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    Since we’re talking about religion, here’s the LOTD. It’s a typical Life in Fayetteville one:

    Good deeds bring us closer to God

    People never cease to amaze me. I wrote and published a book, “Are You Going To Heaven?” I show people. I’m told, “I don’t need that, I go to church when I can or every Sunday.” That’s great, but that alone won’t get you to heaven.

    You have faith; what about deeds? “What do you mean?” I explain, read your Bible every day; start with James 2:14-24. The more time you spend with the Bible, praying, doing for others you don’t even know in nursing homes or hospitals, visiting the sick to cheer them up, that’s what God wants us to do.

    Many people swear, misuse the Lord’s name; it’s a no-no. Don’t swear in front of children, who pick it up not knowing it’s wrong.

    God wants people of integrity, open and honest. Pray, “Father, I trust you to work in and through me. Make me strong so I may accomplish all that you ask of me. Amen.” Don’t love the world or anything in it, for boasting of what one has or does is not from the Father. Men who do the will of God live forever. Don’t be afraid, the Lord your God goes with you, will not forsake you.

    Read Proverbs 6:16-19 and Proverbs 4:1-25 to get wisdom and understanding.

    All that I have accomplished was by God’s power and grace. All the glory must go to God!

    Esther Holcombe

    I think I’m going to write a LttE singing the praises of the FSM.

    4 Responses to “GIVE ME AN “H”! GIVE ME AN “E”! GIVE ME AN “R”!”

    Comment by
    October 16th, 2009
    at 10:35 pm

    Don’t love the world or anything in it…

    This is such a sad sentiment, especially when people take it literally. I know a xian whose sect takes it literally, to the point that in her sect, people are never to say to each other “I love you.” Not to your spouse, not to your family, not even to your children. The thought of that breaks my heart.

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    October 17th, 2009
    at 6:28 pm

    That’s some kind of mental problem. Actually, my MIL never said “I love you” and her grown kids still talk about it. Not in a good way. . .


    Comment by
    October 18th, 2009
    at 9:46 am

    Huh. I’ve never in my life encountered the notion of saving all one’s love exclusively for only God. Been to church probably two thousand times by now.

    I did hear one Catholic’s interesting interpretation of how pain helps your deceased loved ones atone for their sins. She was happy she had pancreatic cancer, because somehow her suffering was helping her dead hubby get to heaven.

    Asking yourself “why do I believe that” – it’s a useful habit no matter what your belief system.

    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    October 19th, 2009
    at 9:39 am

    How is it a useful habit though, if authentic inquiry isn’t something that you understand and “believe” is useful? I went through a time as a new mom having just lost my own parents and feeling I had no family, when “Mormon beliefs” attracted my attention, family home evening ads on tv, etc. I studied up, got a free copy of the Mormon bible in the mail and tried to understand WHY these were the beliefs. Like alll religious belief, the answer cannot be accepted as any legitimate intellectual inquiry.