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  • Rodney King Forgives Officers Who Beat Him

    03/02/2009 10:44:23 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 36 replies · 1,503+ views
    At first glance, VH1'a Sober House, like its predecessor, Celebrity Rehab, appears to be exploitative reality TV at it's worst -- stars hitting their bottoms and relapsing, going on drama-fueled drug binges. But there are moments on Sober House that are not only real and touching, they are even cathartic. In the most recent episode with Rodney King, the moment is downright historic. In this clip King revisits the site of his infamous beating. He forgives the officers who beat him and prays for the people who died during the riots. More than a decade later, Los Angeles is still...
  • Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act (Bill Text)

    02/18/2009 5:29:39 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 71 replies · 2,498+ views
    Thomas (Library of Congress) ^ | 1/06/09 | John Conyers
    HR 40 IH 111th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 40To acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 6, 2009 Mr. CONYERS (for himself and Mr. SCOTT of Virginia) introduced the following bill; which...
  • The Fonz was Never Wrong [Devotional]

    02/19/2009 4:18:25 AM PST · by tenger · 4 replies · 668+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | February 19, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 Arthur Fonzarelli, affectionately known as The Fonz on the 70s TV show "Happy Days," would never admit that he was wrong. According to The Fonz, he was never wrong. One episode shows him practicing in a mirror trying to say the word "Wrong" but he just can't do it. To my knowledge he never did admit he was wrong. We're like that. Confession is good for the soul, but boy is it difficult to do...
  • Life: An Inalienable Right-awesome video that tells it like it IS

    01/11/2009 8:38:27 AM PST · by NellieMae · 17 replies · 664+ views
    Coral Ridge Ministries ^ | 1-11-2009 | D. James Kennedy
    This is the best message that I have ever heard on the sanctity of life. Please pass this around so this messge will be heard as much as possible.
  • The founder of Italian Communism had deathbed conversion

    11/26/2008 9:45:21 AM PST · by GonzoII · 31 replies · 1,014+ views
    Times Online ^ | Nov 25 2008 | Richard Owen in Rome
    The Vatican has revealed that Antonio Gramsci, the founder of Italian Communism and an icon of the Left, reverted to Roman Catholicism on his deathbed..
  • "Forgiveness Doesn't Count" (Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35)

    09/13/2008 9:49:16 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 13 replies · 172+ views
    September 14, 2008 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Forgiveness Doesn’t Count” (Matthew 18:21-35)“Forgiveness Doesn’t Count.” Oh, don’t get me wrong! I don’t mean that it’s not important. No, forgiveness counts for a lot in that respect. In fact, it’s everything. We’d be lost without it. But when I say, “Forgiveness Doesn’t Count,” I mean it in the way that Jesus teaches it, which is to say, forgiveness doesn’t keep score. Forgiveness doesn’t count--it doesn’t keep score or keep track of--how many times it has to forgive or how much sin it has to have mercy on. That’s the way it is with God toward us, and that’s the...
  • John Edwards calling former staffers asking for forgiveness

    08/26/2008 6:08:50 AM PDT · by Stoat · 41 replies · 299+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | August 26, 2008 | THOMAS M. DeFRANK
    ExclusiveJohn Edwards calling former staffers asking for forgiveness By THOMAS M. DeFRANK DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF Updated Tuesday, August 26th 2008, 12:07 AM   DENVER - John Edwards is burning up the phone lines, begging former aides and backers to forgive him for lying about his affair - but hearing their rage instead.As Democrats kick off their convention Monday, the onetime presidential contender is a man without a party - or a political future - trying to rebuild bridges through dozens of remorseful phone calls.It's proving a hard sell with onetime true believers. CLICK TO SEE A PHOTO...
  • John Edwards calling former staffers asking for forgiveness

    08/25/2008 5:01:43 PM PDT · by Baladas · 32 replies · 282+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | August 25th 2008 | THOMAS M. DeFRANK
    DENVER - John Edwards is burning up the phone lines, begging former aides and backers to forgive him for lying about his affair - but hearing their rage instead. As Democrats kick off their convention Monday, the onetime presidential contender is a man without a party - or a political future - trying to rebuild bridges through dozens of remorseful phone calls. It's proving a hard sell with onetime true believers.
  • "Why I Love the Baby of the Man Who Raped Me"

    08/12/2008 4:18:44 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 42 replies · 182+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/12/08 | Hilary White
    August 12, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - When sixteen year-old Elizabeth Cameron found she was pregnant after being brutally gang raped, "practically everyone" in her life said she had every moral and legal right to kill her daughter by abortion. But Elizabeth defied the world's wisdom and says, now that her daughter Phoebe is a toddler, that she could not imagine life without her. "Every time I look at Phoebe, I know I made the right decision. I never wanted to end my baby's life just because of how she came to be," she told the Daily Mail this weekend. In...
  • Female Soldier Asks Forgiveness of Gush Katif Expellees

    08/08/2008 2:48:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 262+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 8-8-08 | Hillel Fendel
    (IsraelNN.com) A left-wing kibbutz member, who had never seen a Yesha settlement until the day she came to destroy it, asks forgiveness of the people she expelled. "Three years without a home is much too long," she says. The soldier publicized her story, and request for forgiveness, in an interview with Yedidya Meir on the Kol Chai radio station. She had been an active member of a left-wing youth movement in her kibbutz, never having met a "settler" (Jewish resident of Judea, Samaria and Gaza), or been inside a Jewish town there, in her life. After enlisting in the army,...
  • Chick-fil-A Principles Guide Vandals Penalty

    08/08/2008 2:28:57 PM PDT · by epow · 26 replies · 168+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 08/08/08 | Moni Basu
    Vandals entered the six-bedroom lodge and sprayed the interior with fire extinguishers, slathering the floors and walls with dust. They poured cooking oils, soaps and lemon juice in the living room, halls and kitchen and even on a dining table large enough to seat 20 for dinner, using it as a slip-and-slide. They threw eggs on the walls and television set. They scribbled obscenities. They stole two hair dryers and two pillows and left the water running. They might have spent five years behind bars had they been adults convicted on burglary and vandalism charges. As preteens, they might have...
  • Parents of Dead Teen Whose Unborn Child Was Stolen Forgive Culprit at Funeral

    07/25/2008 7:09:47 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 70 replies · 239+ views
    Life News ^ | 7/25/2008 | Steven Ertelt
    The parents of a teenager girl who became a homicide victim when Andrea Curry-Demus, 38, allegedly sliced open her stomach and stole her unborn child say they forgive her. The parents of 18-year-old Kia Johnson spoke at her funeral on Friday after her body was found in Curry-Demus' apartment. "I forgive her for the simple fact that if she wouldn't have took the baby to the hospital, we would not have been able to find our daughter," Johnson's mother Darlene said. "She's going to be missed by everyone," her mother said. "Kia was a special child. An AP report indicated...
  • Former Pastor Ted Haggard Sexaholic, says Friend (admits to sex and drugs)

    06/26/2008 1:38:48 PM PDT · by mngran2 · 278 replies · 170+ views
    KRDO ^ | 6/26/08 | Tak Landrock
    In an e-mail obtained by NEWSCHANNEL 13, former New Life Church Pastor Ted Haggard admits to sexual contact with a gay escort and using drugs. This is the first public revelation of what Haggard claims is the full story of what happened between him and his accuser, Mike Jones. Haggard sent the e-mail to close family friend Kurt Serpe back in October. In it, he writes: "I was referred to Mike Jones from the concierge at a Marriott hotel when I asked for a masseur." The e-mail then becomes more detailed and sexual in nature.
  • Mother forgives man who killed daughter

    06/03/2008 12:00:59 PM PDT · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 30 replies · 489+ views
    Concord Monitor ^ | June 3, 2008 | AP
    When Lylah Rose Goldwater visits Shayne Pitts in prison, she can't bring herself to shake his hand, the one that held the gun that killed her daughter 17 years ago. "There seems to be a connection between that handshake and my daughter's death," she said. "One of those emotional barriers I have yet to overcome, if ever." But Goldwater has overcome her hatred of Pitts, 35, who is serving a 40-year to life sentence for the killing of 19-year-old Melody Derosia-Waters in Hopkinton. The mother who once sat in her car outside a courthouse and aimed a gun at Pitts...
  • The Peril of Hidden Wedges - President Thomas S. Monson (LDS Devotional)

    05/14/2008 10:58:30 PM PDT · by sevenbak · 2 replies · 395+ views
    lds.org ^ | July 2007 | President Thomas S. Monson
    By President Thomas S. Monson.In April 1966, at the Church’s annual general conference, Elder Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave a memorable address. He quoted an account written by Samuel T. Whitman titled “Forgotten Wedges.” I too wish to quote from Whitman’s account, followed by examples from my own life. Whitman wrote: “The ice storm [that winter] wasn’t generally destructive. True, a few wires came down, and there was a sudden jump in accidents along the highway. … Normally, the big walnut tree could easily have borne the weight that formed on its spreading...
  • Men Have A Harder Time Forgiving Than Women Do

    03/03/2008 6:11:06 PM PST · by blam · 90 replies · 264+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-3-2008 | Case Western Reserve University
    Men Have A Harder Time Forgiving Than Women Do ScienceDaily (Mar. 3, 2008) — Forgiveness can be a powerful means to healing, but it does not come naturally for both sexes. Men have a harder time forgiving than women do, according to Case Western Reserve University psychologist Julie Juola Exline. But that can change if men develop empathy toward an offender by seeing they may also be capable of similar actions. Then the gender gap closes, and men become less vengeful. In seven forgiveness-related studies Exline conducted between 1998 through 2005 with more than 1,400 college students, gender differences between...
  • Detroit mayor pleads for forgiveness

    01/30/2008 5:20:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 671+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/30/08 | Corey Williams - ap
    DETROIT - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded for forgiveness from his family and his constituents Wednesday in an emotional televised speech, his delayed response to recently revealed racy text messages that contradict his sworn testimony that he did not have a physical relationship with a key aide. "I truly apologize to you," Kilpatrick said, turning to his wife, Carlita, who sat by his side, holding his hand, at their family church. Kilpatrick did not publicly specify, however, what he was apologizing for, saying legal matters prevented him from doing so. A prosecutor is investigating whether the mayor and chief of staff...
  • Forgiveness - from The Joyful Christian

    01/22/2008 10:58:40 AM PST · by WileyPink · 4 replies · 59+ views
    The Scott Wilder Show ^ | Unknown | C.S. Lewis
    Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive, as we had during the war. And then to mention the subject at all is to be greeted with howls of anger. It is not that people think this too high and difficult a virtue: it is that they think it hateful and contemptible. "That sort of talk makes them sick," they say. And half of you already want to ask me, "I wonder how'd you feel about forgiving the Gestapo if you were a Pole or a Jew?" So do I. I wonder very much. Just...
  • Straight or Gay, Sin is Sin

    11/13/2007 5:19:32 AM PST · by BigAlPro · 246 replies · 185+ views
    The Holland Sentinel ^ | November 12, 2007 | Alan Helvig
    I am a Christian. What should I say then about sin? How should I deal with my own sins? How should I treat others regarding their sins? The Bible says it is a sin to seek revenge against others. However, I cannot allow someone who has wronged me to go unpunished. What lies should I say to myself? "It is justice that I seek, not vengeance. If God didn't want me to get even with my enemies, then he would not have made me so judgmental." If I love God I will not. The Bible says it is a sin...
  • Christ and Forgiveness

    10/20/2007 5:23:07 AM PDT · by Santiago de la Vega · 135 replies · 145+ views
    History and Experience | 10/20/2007 | Santiago de la Vega
    One of our colleagues here on FR has asked for an explanation of my comments about sexual preferences. Here's what I said. In the last two thousand years, the most important advance in moral and ethical practice and teaching is forgiveness. Christ embodied that virtue and risked - and lost - his life for it. No other single characteristic has so greatly transformed religion and society. It's the force that says to a criminal: "repent, make amends, and you can return to society." Forgiveness, even more importantly, liberates those who have been trespassed against, allowing them to move past the...
  • US National Life Chain Sunday 2007 - October 7 - Life Chain's 20th Year

    10/07/2007 8:15:07 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 10 replies · 184+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | October 5, 2007
    US National Life Chain Sunday 2007 - October 7 - Life Chain's 20th Year WASHINGTON, DC, October 5, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On National Life Chain Sunday, October 7, pro-life Americans will, for the 20th year, line sidewalks in over 1,300 cities and towns to seek God's forgiveness and His help to end abortion and related evils in our culture. Participants will hold signs that include Abortion Kills Children; Adoption: The Loving Option; Lord, Forgive Us and Our Nation; and Abortion Hurts Women. Royce Dunn the Director of Life Chain calls it a "a peaceful witness against a violent public enemy...
  • Young Pastor's Powerful Sermon Encourages Parishioners to Take Part in Life Chain

    10/07/2007 8:07:41 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 5 replies · 459+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | October 5, 2007 | Steve Jalsevac
    Young Pastor's Powerful Sermon Encourages Parishioners to Take Part in Life Chain By Steve Jalsevac MANOTICK, Ontario, October 5, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On Sunday, Sept. 23, a week before Canada's Life Chain Sunday, Fr. Geoff Kerslake gave what was seen as a powerful sermon encouraging his parishioners to take part in the local Life Chain the following Sunday. Fr. Geoff is the young pastor of St. Leonard's parish in Manotick, Ontario, located on the fringe of Canada's capital city of Ottawa. Fr. Geoff's sermon so encouraged one couple who heard it that they had the text re-printed in the bulletin...
  • Why the Amish forgive so quickly

    10/03/2007 9:49:28 AM PDT · by EBH · 23 replies · 1,074+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Tue Oct 2, 4:00 AM ET | Donald B. Kraybill
    Elizabethtown, Pa. - ONE year ago today, a shooter entered a one-room Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pa., dismissed all but 10 girls, and fired at them execution-style, killing five before shooting himself. Within hours, the Amish community forgave the killer and his family. News of the instant forgiveness stunned the outside world – almost as much as the incident itself did. Many pundits lauded the Amish, but others worried that hasty forgiveness was emotionally unhealthy... ...Members of the Amish community began offering words and hugs of forgiveness when the blood was barely dry on the schoolhouse floor... ...As the...
  • Vanity Plate Made Me See Bigger Picture

    09/25/2007 8:07:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies · 114+ views
    Catholic Exchange.com ^ | September 24, 2007 | Effie Caldarola
    Effie Caldarola  Other Articles by Effie CaldarolaPrinter Friendly Version   Vanity Plate Made Me See Bigger Picture September 24, 2007 You wouldn't expect grace or theological insight or a moment of inspiration to come to you via the vanity license plate on the car in front of you. But maybe a generous God, and one with a sense of humor, knows that sometimes a busy mom needs any opportunity she can get for inspiration. And wasn't it St. Ignatius of Loyola who told us that we should find God in all things?It was a wintry day and the sidewalks...
  • CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS Toward Christian Health and Relationships [Charismatic Caucus]

    09/23/2007 3:31:18 PM PDT · by Quix · 45 replies · 712+ views
    Quix Commentary | 23 SEP 2007 | Quix
    A few Scriptures and some Quix commentary . . .  Keeping in mind . . .  THESE SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW [FOLLOW WHO?] THOSE WHO BELIEVE . . . cast out demons . . . speak with other tongues . . . etc.  AND . . . by reasonable extrapolation: John 20:22-23 (The Message)The Message (MSG)Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson 22-23Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. "Receive the Holy Spirit," he said. "If you forgive someone's sins, they're gone for good. If you don't forgive sins, what are you going to do with...
  • humility

    08/19/2007 9:38:14 AM PDT · by fproy2222 · 8 replies · 314+ views
    Deseret Morning News ^ | August 18, 2007 | Jerry Johnston
    Pres. Faust knew who comes first By Jerry Johnston Deseret Morning News Published: August 18, 2007 If you took everything said and written about President James E. Faust over the past week and counted how often certain words were used, words like "kindness," "sweet" and "loving" would be near the top of the list. But the most-used word, I think, would be "humility." James E. Faust was a humble man. And I think all those other words — kind, sweet, loving — flow from the word "humility." I think that because I'm convinced most Bible stories, lessons and commandments flow...
  • Renowned Priest Forgives Those who Accused Him of “Sexual Abuse”

    08/11/2007 11:28:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies · 327+ views
    Rome, Aug 7, 2007 / 12:04 pm (CNA).- Popular Italian priest Fr. Pierino Gelmini, 82, said this week he forgives the drug addicts who were expelled from his institution and accused him of “sexual abuse” as a way to take revenge and demand money from him. Fr. Gelmini, founder of the “Incontro” community, which has been a successful drug-rehabilitation center, was recently investigated for sexual abuse after accusations were made against him for the first time in his more than fifty years of priestly service. He cooperated fully with investigators and revealed that he had been receiving repeated phone calls...
  • Viewer's Voice - Vitter Scandal

    07/13/2007 8:35:55 AM PDT · by freespirited · 10 replies · 932+ views
    KALB-TV ^ | 7/13/07
    Liz says... Everybody forgave Bill Clinton, why not David Vitter. He at least told the truth, Clinton did not Anonymous says... I think Vitter's biggest mistake was...He got caught. I'll still vote for him. Anonymous says... If Vitter had ran just a regular campaign and not run to all of the preachers to help him run on a platform of him being this great "family man" this would be no big deal. This is not my idea of a husband, father or the moral platform he ran on. He should have done like Edwin Edwards and said he loved all...
  • Vitter Vs Villaraigosa (Rush Limbaugh: Double Standard On Morality Alert)

    07/11/2007 4:12:46 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 61 replies · 5,493+ views
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 07/11/2007 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now, this David Vitter thing. Have you noticed...? You know, we have Larry Flynt out there now, and Flynt is taking credit here now for outing David Vitter, and Flynt says, "Well, we're going to find some Democrats in this list, but probably we'll throw 'em back in the river, because Democrats are not hypocrites on this. Democrats are not out there talking about moral values." Well, that may be true, and I'm not naïve and I understand this, but I gotta tell you something. Have you noticed when Democrats have sex outside of marriage, even with interns, it's...
  • Larry Flynt: My friend, Jerry Falwell

    05/20/2007 2:54:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies · 1,495+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 20, 2007 | Larry Flynt
    THE FIRST TIME the Rev. Jerry Falwell put his hands on me, I was stunned. Not only had we been archenemies for 15 years, his beliefs and mine traveling in different solar systems, and not only had he sued me for $50 million (a case I lost repeatedly yet eventually won in the Supreme Court), but now he was hugging me in front of millions on the Larry King show. It was 1997. My autobiography, "An Unseemly Man," had just been published, describing my life as a publisher of pornography. The film "The People vs. Larry Flynt" had recently come...
  • Man hugs armed robber (Africa)

    03/23/2007 8:59:15 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 13 replies · 638+ views
    News24 ^ | March 23, 2007 | Staff
    Pretoria - A man who caught a young armed robber who had just burgled his home asked him if he knew Jesus, forgave him and prayed for him. Myndert Bloem from Erasmuskloof in the eastern parts of Pretoria said he ran after two armed robbers and hugged one of them after catching him, and told him about Jesus. Bloem's domestic worker, Esther Makgoba, was meanwhile lying bleeding in front of the house after one of the two had stabbed her with a knife. She was being treated in Kloof Hospital. Makgoba and Bertha Pretorius, Bloem's mother-in-law, were overpowered in their...
  • Newt has 'sought God's forgiveness' (Admits to Moral Failings in his Marriages)

    03/09/2007 2:25:29 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 39 replies · 654+ views
    WorldnetDaily ^ | 3/09/2007 | Art Moore
    Addressing an issue some regard as a hindrance if he runs for president, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich confessed to evangelical leader James Dobson in a radio interview airing tomorrow to moral failing regarding two previous marriages and said he has "gotten on my knees and sought God's forgiveness." Dobson's Focus on the Family provided WND with a transcript of Gingrich's remarks, which will be broadcast tomorrow on the group's daily program as the second of a two-part segment. Dobson asked Gingrich about his personal life at the end of a discussion about the former congressman's book, "Rediscovering...
  • Will God Forgive Me?

    01/09/2007 9:43:44 AM PST · by bremenboy · 73 replies · 1,089+ views
    This is a question that is asked by many. And it is one that is quite easily answered, Yes, He will. Psalm 86:5 states "For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee." The scriptures also teach us that God would have all men come to repentance, 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." We see by these two verses that the...
  • Amish killer's widow thanks families of victims for forgiveness

    10/15/2006 10:04:40 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 21 replies · 947+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | October 16, 2006 | Damien McElroy
    Marie Roberts, the widow of the killer of five Amish girls in a schoolroom massacre in rural Pennsylvania, has written to the families of his victims thanking them for their forgiveness.The hamlets of Nickel Mines, where the children lived, and Georgetown, the home of Charles Roberts, a milkman who killed himself after shooting dead the girls and injuring a further five, are slowly recovering. At the weekend, Mrs Roberts remained too distressed to give an interview but she issued a letter to her neighbours. Mrs Roberts, now a lone parent to three children, said her family was overwhelmed by the...
  • The True Religion Of Peace

    10/10/2006 5:15:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 1,063+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | October 9, 2006 | Doug Patton
    The temptation to comment on the sleaze currently oozing out of Washington in the battle for control of Congress, tainting the guilty and the innocent alike, is almost irresistible. It can wait. A much more important story unfolded last week in an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania, a tale of forgiveness and grace that brings into sharp focus the clash of cultures in which we are now engaged. We have heard repeatedly over the last five years that Islam is a "religion of peace hijacked by radicals." The President of the United States, in a vain attempt to appear evenhanded, has...
  • Undeserved forgiveness

    10/09/2006 2:44:09 PM PDT · by oldtimer2 · 69 replies · 1,542+ views
    Town Hall ^ | October 9, 2006 | Jeff Jacoby
    Undeserved forgiveness By Jeff Jacoby Monday, October 9, 2006“There was not one desk, not one chair, in the whole schoolroom that was not splattered with either blood or glass. There were bullet holes everywhere -- everywhere.” That description is from Janice Ballenger, a deputy coroner in Lancaster County, Pa. She was among the first to enter the West Nickel Mines Amish School after Charles Roberts murdered five girls and severely wounded five others there last week. One of the bodies she examined was that of Naomi Rose Ebersol , a 7-year-old who had been shot more than 20 times....
  • Where Are The Amish Iraqis?

    10/07/2006 8:26:18 AM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 3 replies · 316+ views
    Iraqi Bloggers Central ^ | Friday, October 06, 2006 | Mister Ghost
    I was just reading a story about the recent Amish tragedy in Bart, Pennsylvania, and what struck me about the article was the sense of forgiveness inherent among the Amish. After such a disturbing and senseless, soul-shattering act of violence, the Amish were not lashing out at the gunmen or the gunmen's family. Though most would. They were not seeking revenge for their loss. Where many have. A great tragedy had just befallen them, which no words can convey the magnitude of, in such a small community, events and people interwoven, interlocked, where everyone knew each others names, the memories...
  • The Amish protest against evil

    10/06/2006 4:52:43 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 253 replies · 3,219+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 06, 2006 | Editorial
    The Amish of Lancaster County, often seen as living in an idyllic but archaic past, have given a powerful example for the future. Their actions since the school shootings that killed five Amish girls provide one of many ways to prevent such tragedies. Previous school shootings, notably the 1999 murders at Columbine High School, have led to calls for any number of useful, preventive measures, such as tighter security, more federal gun control, antibullying training for young children, more parental vigilance in communities, and closer screening of wayward students. And perhaps, as a result, many shootings have been prevented. Those...
  • The Forgiveness of Sins

    10/05/2006 1:26:37 PM PDT · by cowboyfan88 · 16 replies · 498+ views
    Pastor Ken Lawson
    "[Christ] in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (Eph. 1:7). A businessman near St. Louis recently received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and was rejoicing in the knowledge of sins forgiven. Lately, however, he has become conscious of sin creeping back into his Christian life. Haunting fears of an angry God keep torturing his tender conscience as he wonders if God still accepts him. A suburban housewife has a husband who is an alcoholic. Early this morning, he came home drunk with a major dent in the...
  • Raw anguish for tiny angels

    10/05/2006 10:22:58 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 29 replies · 1,351+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Oct. 5, 2006
    Raw anguish for tiny angels Hundreds mourn 5 schoolgirls executed by deranged gunman BY HELEN KENNEDY and JESS WISLOSKI DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS PARADISE, Pa. - Dressed by their mothers in pure white pinafores, the little girls slain in Monday's Amish school massacre were laid out in rough wooden coffins in their front parlors yesterday as hundreds of friends, relatives and neighbors came to say goodbye. "There was a war between good and evil in that schoolhouse and good won," Naomi Ebersol's grandfather told mourners by the 7-year-old's coffin, according to a visitor. "He said he thought good won because...
  • Amish prepare to bury shooting victims

    10/05/2006 7:18:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies · 5,070+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | October 5, 2006 | MICHAEL RUBINKAM
    Horse-drawn buggies clip-clopped past roadblocks Thursday morning as Amish families gathered to bury four of the five young girls gunned down inside their tiny rural schoolhouse.All roads leading into the village of Nickel Mines, where a milk truck driver took 10 girls hostage and opened fire, were blocked off for the funerals.The Amish families had asked for privacy as they pray at three homes before burying Naomi Rose Ebersole, 7; Marian Fisher, 13; and sisters Mary Liz Miller, 8, and Lena Miller, 7. The funeral for a fifth girl, Anna Mae Stoltzfus, 12, was scheduled for Friday.Five of their friends...
  • Accepting 'God's will'

    10/04/2006 10:09:29 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 36 replies · 741+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5 October 2006
    NICKEL MINES, Pa. (AP) -- In most communities, a deadly school shooting brings demands for tighter gun laws and better security, and the victims' loved ones lash out at the gunman's family or threaten to sue. But that's not the Amish way. As they struggle with the slayings of five of their children in a one-room schoolhouse, the Amish in this Lancaster County village are urging forgiveness of the killer and quietly accepting what comes their way as God's will. "They know their children are going to heaven. They know their children are innocent, and they know that they will...
  • The Meaning of Repentance (LDS Devotional)

    09/28/2006 5:57:09 AM PDT · by restornu · 2 replies · 206+ views
    Brigham Young University ^ | 26 March 1985 | Elder Theodore M. Burton
    The simplest and most basic principles of the gospel are sometimes those least understood. One of the most fundamental gospel principles is repentance. The mere announcement of the word "repentance" will cause some of you to conclude at the outset that you've already "heard it all," to tune out the speaker, or to allow your mind to wander to your studies, to dating, or simply to daydream. But I would like to give you a new insight into the principle of repentance and show you how relevant and helpful repentance can become for you. Even though some of you may...
  • There Are Only Two Religions in the Whole World! (Reformed Caucus)

    09/01/2006 9:49:37 PM PDT · by Ottofire · 98 replies · 905+ views
    Sound of Grace, volume 4 number 3 ^ | 1997(?) | John G. Reisinger
    There Are Only Two Religions in the Whole World! by John G. Reisinger There are basically only two religions in the world. One says, "If you will do such and such, God will graciously bestow His blessing upon you." The thousand and one varieties of this religion differ only on what the "such and such" is that you must be willing to do. One variety says bathe in a sacred river, another bids you kiss the sacred rock located in the holy city, still another says be baptized or some similar rite, and in distinctly evangelical circles this religion emphasizes,...
  • Let Me Tell You About MY Abortion

    08/10/2006 4:13:23 PM PDT · by Fishtalk · 287 replies · 4,919+ views
    CNSNEWS ^ | 8/9/06 | Pat Fish
    Below is a little missive I ripped out just as soon as I heard about MS. Magazine’s attempts to recruit abortion supporters by asking them to supply their names and their stories. In a fit, an absolute fit of pique, I typed up my own abortion story. Then I saved it on the hard drive and pondered all week how to deal with my narrative of anger and angst. I don’t want to put it on my own Blog as frankly-MS. Magazine doesn’t realize this-I am certainly not at all proud of my story. Yet I wonder if the millions...
  • Love Your Heavenly Enemy

    07/22/2006 5:49:32 PM PDT · by AlbionGirl · 12 replies · 271+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 2004 | Miroslav Volf
    Love Your Heavenly EnemyHow are we going to live eternally with those we can't stand now? When my Yale colleague Professor Carlos Eire visits his elderly mother, he often ends up as a resident theologian for a small Cuban-immigrant community of her friends. "Is it possible," one woman asked him, "for Castro to convert on his deathbed and end up in heaven?""It is possible," Professor Eire assured her. "This is what Christian faith is all about. Nobody is beyond the pale of redemption.""Well, if that were to happen," said the woman, "then I would not want to be in heaven."Karl...
  • What Forgiveness Is and Isn’t

    05/06/2006 6:43:17 AM PDT · by restornu · 3 replies · 156+ views
    M E R I D I A N M A G A Z I N E ^ | May 2006 | By Fay A. Klingler
    Editor’s note: This is one of a series of articles about recovering from betrayal. Read the first article CLICK. All names shown here in italics are pseudonyms, used to protect the identity of the writers. A lot has been written about forgiveness — the physical and emotional healing power of making peace. For some, giving up the anger and resentment that comes with holding a grudge can reduce back pain, limit relapses among those battling substance abuse, and slash one’s stress level by up to 50 percent. Studies have led researchers to conclude that harboring bitterness and anger can actually...
  • Recovering from Betrayal

    05/06/2006 7:00:18 AM PDT · by restornu · 10 replies · 197+ views
    M E R I D I A N M A G A Z I N E ^ | May 2006 | By Fay A. Klingler
    Read Part 2 What Forgiveness Is and Isn’t CLICK It seems everyone experiences some tragedy in life, some trial or test. After all, that’s what we’re here for. And proving our character by the choices we make in responding to those trials is what forms the basis of God’s just rewards. Being betrayed is part and parcel to many, if not most, trials — betrayed by spouse, business partner, friend, neighbor. How do you recover? This is a heavy subject, and one that has derailed many of life’s travelers. Yet the outcome for some individuals is positive. Over time, they...
  • Forgiving the unforgivable (Michael Berg forgives Zarqawi for hacking off his sons head)

    04/30/2006 10:19:15 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 200 replies · 3,820+ views
    Michael Berg has come to terms with his son's murderer. But to most Americans that man is still enemy No.1, writes Martin Daly in New York. In the darkness, when the pain becomes too great, Michael Berg pulls out a chair for the man who decapitated his son and talks to him about compassion and forgiveness. Michael Berg has cried publicly many times for his dead son but he has forgiven Zarqawi, considered by the Americans to be the premier threat to peace in Iraq, but who remains free despite a $US25 million ($33 million) bounty on his head, and...
  • Paralyzed Girl Forgives Man Who Shot Her And Shattered Her Spine

    04/15/2006 6:19:27 PM PDT · by roadrunner96 · 17 replies · 696+ views
    medicalnewstoday ^ | 15 Apr 2006 | Christian Nordqvist
    15 Apr 2006 A five-year-old girl, Kai Leigh Harriott, wheelchair bound after a bullet paralyzed her three years ago, forgave the man who shot her and told him what he had done to her was wrong. She did this to his face, in court. After breaking down and crying, the girl picked up a glass of water, took a sip, and said to Anthony Warren ‘What you done to me was wrong…..but I still forgive him.' Anthony Warren had pleaded guilty to shooting her, shots that paralyzed the girl. Kai Lee Harriot used to be able to walk. She had...