Marijuana, especially the legalization of it for recreational or medicinal purposes, has been a controversial topic since the '60s. Overwhelming data exists about the harm this chemical causes, but many people with a loud voice continue to demand access to it — via easier and easier avenues.
One fact is clear: the compulsive and extreme pursuit by those interested in the legalization of marijuana proves that the substance is addicting. Proponents have persevered with a singular focus and have overcome many obstacles and consequences to increase and ease access to their next high. This, almost in itself, would be a strong indication of the addictive component and effects of marijuana.
Think of it this way: What if one of your favorites were taken away? Twinkies, ice cream or ESPN? Would you go to incredible lengths of time, money, energy, effort and consequences to fight for a snack or a TV network? Only if you are addicted to it, because that is the definition of addiction. more >>
Meriam Ibrahim, her husband, Daniel Wani, and their two children will be greeted quietly Thursday afternoon by Philadelphia's Mayor Michael Nutter upon their arrival at the Philadelphia International Airport, in another leg of a harrowing persecution case that nearly resulted in the Orthodox Christian woman being executed for her faith by Sudanese authorities.
The family departed earlier this morning from Fiumicino Airport in Rome, where they had been transported after a hellish year-long ordeal that has enshrined Ibrahim, 27, as a near-martyr and resulted in her giving birth to her youngest child while shackled in prison.
The family is expected to touch down on an American Airlines or US Airways flight at the Philadelphia International Airport just a little after 3 p.m. According to an email sent Thursday morning by the Philadelphia mayor's office, "Mayor Nutter will welcome Meriam Ibrahim and her family at the airport." more >>
At first you won't believe what you are actually seeing, but this is real! A love affair between a retired salesman, Dominic Ehrler, and a Toulouse goose named Maria. They have attracted many people to watch and see what they are up to, being that this is a rare occasion.
As a close friend or lover would, this overprotective goose makes her defensive presence known every time this pair is seen together. It all started when Maria started following Dominic and now they can't leave one another's side. Even when he drives his scoter away!more >>
The pendulum often swings when following truth (biblical principles). At one extreme is legalism. Legalists have self-righteous attitudes that rate spirituality by how well a person follows rules. This we want to avoid at all costs lest we become modern-day Pharisees.
A legalist often has a sliding scale mentality — the more rules and regulations a person follows, the more spiritual they become. The legalist often forgets that we are saved because of what Christ did, not by what we do. He, or she, may have the tendency to view struggling Christians as counterfeits because they don't measure up to the standards of the legalist. Most Christians will struggle with legalism from time-to-time. That's why it's important to check motives, remove the "plank" from our eye, and respond in love.
The compromiser, sometimes referred to as a "Las Vegas Christian," is at the other extreme, and compromises God's word by their lifestyle. They forget that God's absolutes are guardrails through the canyons of life. They don't prevent us from enjoying life; they protect us from falling. I Peter 2:16 warns us "not to use liberty as a cloak for vice." In other words, we can artfully use liberty to hide addictions, sins, and destructive lifestyles. more >>
The two Americans diagnosed with Ebola after working in Liberia are both fervently praying to God for deliverance, and now they are reportedly improving as well. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were both infected while working as Christian missionaries and their faith is helping them through their ordeal.
"She's stable," Nancy's son Jeremy told "Today." "She's fighting through it and continuing to express a few symptoms but she's able to move around on her own. She's working real hard to get through this."
Writebol and her husband David have served as missionaries for over 15 years and are still together in Liberia. David is only allowed to see his wife through a window, lest he be infected as well. Their church in Charlotte, North Carolina held a prayer service for the couple. more >>
The residents and staff at the Diana Isaac Retirement Village in New Zealand, put together a very "Happy" tribute. They celebrate 80 years and show they have lots of energy left. This song was made for people all over the world to get happy when they sing it. You can tell these residents definitely are happy to come this far.
Thank God for allowing them to sing and dance as well as they do!more >>