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Schizophrenia Runs in My Family
On the morning of my 25th birthday, I looked at the wall calendar from my spot in bed, horizontal and snug beneath the covers. And I waited. I knew what turning 25 meant in my family. My mother, who has struggled with mental illness for the better part of her life, started hearing voices around the time she turned 25. Her paternal grandmother was a diagnosed schizophrenic. So was her biological father. My mother is certain that she has schizophrenia, though she has never been formally diagnosed. Partly because she doesn’t “do doctors.” Partly because she doesn’t have medical insurance.https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/01/fashion/psychosis-schizophrenia-family.html
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The Power of The Blessing
I want to talk to you today about The Power of the Blessing. When you honor God with your life, there is a blessing he puts on you that gives you an advantage. It causes you to rise up when circumstances are trying to push you down. You will recover from an illness when the expert said you wouldn't. You will accomplish dreams that looked impossible. It wasn't just your talent, your skill, determination. There is a force behind you fighting your battles, opening doors you couldn't open, bringing the right people. Those weren't just good breaks. That's the blessing on your life. The blessing will cause you to prosper when others are struggling. The blessing will bring promotion when you weren't next in line. The blessing will cause people to be good to you that don't even like you. The scripture says in Malachi, when we give our tithes and offerings, God will pour out a blessing that we don't have room to receive. It doesn't say "Blessings," plural. It says "Blessing," singular. When you have the blessing, then all kinds of blessings will come. You won't have room to receive all the good things God has in store. When you face difficulties, the medical report, doesn't look good. You don't see how you could ever get out of debt, ever break the addiction. Ordinary people would complain. Ordinary people would be worried. https://sermons.love/joel-osteen/3621-joel-osteen-the-power-of-the-blessing.html
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The Hope Cycle
Watch here: https://elevationchurch.org/sermons/the-hope-cycle-holly-furtick/
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German Catholics Storm Out of Sermon...
A Roman Catholic priest in Germany is facing backlash over a sermon urging parishioners to forgive pedophile priests. About 70 parishioners stormed out of Holy Spirit Church of Münster in northwest Germany on Sunday, after realizing what exactly the Rev. Ulrich Zurkuhlen was asking them to do, Deutsche Welle reported.https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ulrich-zurkuhlen-germany-sexual-abuse-forgiveness_n_5d1fbb00e4b01b8347369e4b?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=women_fb&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000046&fbclid=IwAR2KpqpPFp053Fw2hms9j65eqBpc9K_EmcZ_Utvo5zTYn_-Xzk4yB_Jj5bE
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Is Smoking Weed a Spiritual Practice?
Cannabis can be tricky to work with spiritually. For many, even most of us, there’s a learning curve in finding out how to most skillfully benefit from the cannabis plant as a spiritual ally. A number of factors can influence the short- and long-term spiritual effects of cannabis—dosage, strain, frequency of use, attitude toward the plant, one’s state of mind and body at the time of the encounter, the specific setting, and, maybe most important, the ability to quiet the discursive mind and allow periods of inner stillness, as in marijuana meditation.https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/cannabis-spiritual-meditation/
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The Rewards of Integrity
I want to talk to you today about The Rewards of Integrity. There's a lot of compromise in our society, people that think nothing about being dishonest, making underhanded deals, not keeping their word. They wonder why they can't get ahead, it's because they don't have integrity. Integrity is the foundation that a successful life is built on. You can have talent, vision, determination, but without integrity you won't reach your highest potential. And a person of integrity does the right thing, when no one is watching. They don't play it on the computer, because the boss stepped away, they don't lead people out of a commission, because they didn't know about the sale, they don't cut corners at the job site, because nobody will find out about it. They give it their best whether anyone is there or not.https://sermons.love/joel-osteen/3776-joel-osteen-the-rewards-of-integrity.html
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Trump and Kim’s DMZ Meeting
As it turned out, it was more than a photo op. Donald Trump not only shook hands again with Kim Jong-un and became the first incumbent US president to enter North Korea but also, instead of the expected exchange of pleasantries, sat down with his counterpart and talked for an hour in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between the Koreas. And there was a tangible outcome. Meetings between US and North Korean working groups will restart four months after they broke down at the Hanoi summit in February. Real negotiations are back on. The question, as ever, is whether they will lead anywhere.https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/30/trump-and-kims-dmz-meeting-proves-more-than-just-a-photo-op?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR37QBZOjdsz943bX-Z-D_RDL4olZ_0dCi8et2jd2FNcowcWEl5jByLuKrQ#Echobox=1561908691
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Police to Draw Blood From DUI Suspects w/o warrant
The Supreme Court says law enforcement officers can generally draw blood without a warrant from an unconscious person suspected of driving drunk or while on drugs.The high court issued its ruling Thursday in a case involving a Wisconsin law about impaired driving.The question before the Supreme Court had to do with what happens when a motorist suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is unconscious, generally as a result of a crash. Wisconsin law said that in that case, blood can be drawn even without a warrant.https://time.com/5615936/scotus-police-blood-warrant/?utm_medium=socialflowfb&xid=time_socialflow_facebook&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=time&fbclid=IwAR2iMEN1INnUayx2toeATvHraD-Rt3upcLBk_S5JIf6-lfbm4-xXPbkStfY
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Japan urges UK to avoid no-deal Brexit
Japan's foreign minister has told the BBC that he has been telling the two prospective Conservative leaders to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Taro Kono told the Today programme that he knew Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt "very well" and had told them in meetings, "please no no-deal Brexit". He said trade talks could not take place until the UK leaves the EU. Japanese firms were "very concerned" about the implications of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, he said. Speaking to the BBC ahead of the up-coming G20 meeting in Osaka, he said he had urged both Mr Hunt - the current foreign secretary - and his predecessor, Mr Johnson, to give clarity on Brexit.https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48783525?ns_campaign=bbcnews&ocid=socialflow_facebook&ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR29jOTI19ENXe-c7F5dTq4Q7dDuhM1DTx2a_fHXmnbDqrQc4wSlk7W_tuM
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WIFE-BEATING' TO REMIND HER SHE 'MISBEHAVED'
Shiite Imam Bassem Al-Sheraa said in a class he taught at the Az-Zahraa Islamic Center in Detroit, Michigan that when the Quran refers to beating one's wife, it is referring to a beating that does not cause pain and that should be done using a sewak dental twig. He explained that the purpose of the "beating" is to clarify and remind the wife that she has misbehaved, and that it is only to be done when verbal admonishment and forsaking her in bed have been ineffective in getting her to change her ways. Imam Al-Sheraa compared the "beating" to slapping the hand of one's child when he reaches to touch an electrical socket or eat something dangerous. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbUhJVIP1xI