this went thru my mind


Climate change: Lebanon’s Cedar Trees Threatened by Climate Change

“King Solomon used them in the construction of the temple that would bear his name, the Phoenicians used them to build their merchant ships and the ancient Egyptians used their resin in the mummification process. But now Lebanon’s cedar trees (Cedrus libani), described in the Scriptures as ‘the glory of Lebanon’ … face a new threat in the form of climate change.”

Geography: Geography Strikes Back

“To understand today’s global conflicts, forget economics and technology and take a hard look at a map.”

Happiness: Happiness: The Secret by Richard Beck

“It is said that someone once asked St. Ignatius, ‘What would you do if you knew that the world was going to come to an end tomorrow?’ St. Ignatius replied,’I would go on doing what I’m doing now.’ I’ve always felt that this might be the secret to happiness.”

Hatred, Egypt, Islam & Libya: * Let’s Remember; * 12 Essential Points About the Offensive Film on the Prophet Muhammad, and the Subsequent Reactions in Libya & Egypt by Omid Safi

* “In light of the events in the last few days involving attacks on American diplomats in foreign countries (and the ensuing political conflict), let’s remember one thing: Our fight is not with flesh and blood. As Christians, our real enemy is not Libyans or Egyptians or Muslims or President Obama or Governor Romney. Our enemy is the one who infects our hearts with hatred and violence and seeks to distract us from the cross and divide us against one another by any means necessary. Let’s not play his game.”

* “Omid Safi is a Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in contemporary Islamic thought and classical Islam. An award-winning teacher and speaker, his most recent book, “Memories of Muhammad,” looks at the biography and legacy of the Prophet Muhammad.”

Politics: Why I’m a Political Atheist: Part 2 by Caleb Wilde

“There’s a reason Jesus was born into an oppressed people group, in one of the poorest towns, to one of the most poor and ostracized couples. … There’s a reason he wasn’t born into a royal Roman family where he could have inherited the throne.  There’s a reason he violently denied his disciples attempts to thrust him into a political position. … He too was a political atheist … something that his 12 disciples had a hard time understanding … something that his followers still have a hard time understanding. As a follower of Jesus, I’ve established my atheism on the life of Christ. It doesn’t mean I’ve disconnected myself from politics. It doesn’t mean that I forsake my civic duty. It just means I’ve stopped believing in the divine power of politics.”

Relationships: Who in Your Life Makes You a Better Person? by Jim Martin

“I have learned that I am better equipped … if I am deliberate about surrounding myself with five different kinds of people.”

Spiritual gifts: Understanding Spiritual Gifts by Peter Horne

“Our spiritual gifts are to serve, express love and unite us to each other.”

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