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Quote of the day – Alice Walter

“I think it pisses God off
if you walk by the color purple
in a field somewhere
and don’t notice it.”
― Alice Walker, The Color Purple
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My purple moment of hope.  It always appears at the side of the drain when I am in doubt.

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Blessed Good Friday

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God did not bear the cross only 1900 years ago,
but he bears it today,
and he dies and is resurrected from day to day.
It would be poor comfort to the world if it had to depend
upon a historical God who died 2000 years ago. 
Do not then preach the God of history,
but show Him as He lives today through you.     
– Mahatma Gandhi

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The Great Preacher

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I remember
growing up in one of the
oldest towns in Pahang, Malaysia.
I attended church every Sunday.
Church services were held
at the parsonage
as there were only about
twenty members at that time.
On special occasions,
our Pastor would let us
watch Billy Graham’s 
evangelistic rally 
on a VCR.
I was a teenager
the first time I watched
this charismatic
preacher on TV.
I was blown away
by Billy Graham’s
sincere and moving message
of God’s love and hope.
And I enjoyed his sense of humor.
I wished our Pastor would
deliver his sermons
just like him.
A preacher who could
awaken our souls and
not make us fall asleep.
Billy Graham had
inspired my faith 
but I wouldn’t say
I am religious,
perhaps more spiritual.
But what I am sure is that
I believe in God,
the creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in His word,
love and grace.
And I believe
in the power of prayer.

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Billy Graham (1918 – 2018)

Memorable quotes by Billy Graham:
“Take one day at a time. Today, after all, is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”
“We say to our children, ‘Act like grown-ups,’ but Jesus said to the grown-ups, ‘Be like children.’
“They asked her (Ruth Graham) did she ever think about divorce and she said, ‘No, I’ve never thought of divorce in all these 35 years of marriage, but,’ she said, ‘I did think of murder a few times.’”
“The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.”
“God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.”
“God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”
“The message I preach hasn’t changed. Circumstances have changed. Problems have changed, but deep inside man has not changed, and the gospel hasn’t changed.”
“We are the Bibles the world is reading; we are the creeds the world is needing; we are the sermons the world is heeding.”
“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.”
“During all my years as an evangelist, my message has always been the Gospel of Christ. It is not a Western religion, nor is it a message of one culture or political system . . . it is a message of life and hope for all the world.”
“Someone asked me recently if I didn’t think God was unfair, allowing me to have Parkinson’s and other medical problems when I have tried to serve him faithfully. I replied that I did not see it that way at all. Suffering is part of the human condition, and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to him in trust and confidence.”
“The moment we take our last breath on earth, we take our first in heaven.”

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Beautiful Easter Poem – Charmaine Chircop

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On the day our eyes open to the prism of the sun;

On that day, winter solitude would be gone;

The avalanche of differences melts into nothingness;

Through the same breath, through  the same soul;

We would live again as one, no matter who we are;

No matter the colour of our skin, gay or straight,

rich, or poor, innocent or once found guilty.

No matter if we are lawyers, prisoners, doctors or peasants;

No matter our political beliefs, nor our different religions;

A  Catholic, a Muslim, a Buddhist , a Hindu or a  Jew.

On that day, we would all wear identical dresses;

We would all be the significant other, because He has died,

and He has died for all. Jesus died for Peter, John and Judah,

for Lazarus and Maria, Magdalene, Jesus died for me,

He has died for you, for him, for her and even for them.

He gave up till the last drop of blood and painful cry,

for each and every name engraved upon our Father’s palm.

He was  born to die,but it’s not his death that we celebrate,

We celebrate His life, because we believe in life

We celebrate His forgivness, because we experienced

the beauty of forgiveness, the happiness, the return of  blissful joy.

and  we celebrate the ever present love;

Because it is the gift of love that He bestowed on us.

Jesus was born to die, but He was born to rise

Upon death He has risen, through His death we survived;

Because of Him, in the darkness, in the labyrinth of our night;

There will always,always be the little flicker of  a candle,

that fills our hearts with hope, and  warming  light.

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