thankful

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful.  We can thank the author of Mary had a little lamb for persuading Abraham Lincoln to establish the national holiday in 1863.  Lincoln understood the power of giving thanks in the midst of our nation’s darkest hour – the civil war.  The Bible tells us to “Give thanks…

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Arizona Justice Center

by JoAnn Armenta The Arizona Justice Center, with 2 locations, the main office at 5534 W. Palmaire Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301 and a satellite office on Wednesdays at the Glendale Christian Church, 9661 N 59th Avenue, D-102, Glendale, AZ 85302, Phone:  623-847-2772 Visit: http://www.azjusticecenter.org/ Gospel Justice Initiative affiliate organizations like the Arizona Justice Center (AJC),…

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make justice for all possible

Next week is National Pro Bono Celebration Week and the perfect opportunity to examine how to make justice for all possible.  By identifying the problem we can identify how to work together toward a solution. America has a problem America’s number one problem is we don’t recognize the problem.  We recognize symptoms and spend a…

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How can we advance peace and justice in a world torn apart?  The Republicans opened their convention on Monday to the theme, “Making America Safe Again”.  Over the past two weeks 2 black men, 8 police officers, 80 pedestrians in France, and hundreds in a Turkish coup were killed.  Nearly a daily barrage of no…

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Stunned.  Numb.  Too overwhelmed for words, as two more black men lost their lives this week to police violence.  This was a week of further racial divides. “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?  Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not save?  Why do you…

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Have you ever thought about why we celebrate the 4th of July?  Probably not.  Honestly, it is very unusual for a country to celebrate its declaration of independence.  Most countries celebrate the day their constitution was signed, but we celebrate the signing of our declaration of independence.  There is good reason to do so. Never…

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  by Bruce Strom This past week John Oliver shone a spotlight on the shadier side of the debt collection industry.  He demonstrated how easy it is to purchase old debt.  For $60,000 he bought $15M in unpaid medical debt which provided names, social security numbers and addresses to pursue collection.  Rather than collect, John…

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by Bruce Strom I’m tired of the divisiveness that mars America.  Why can’t candidates for the most powerful office on Earth treat each other better than grade school bullies?  Why can’t Senators even talk to someone nominated to the United States Supreme Court?  Why can’t we talk? The ideals of democracy were built upon the…

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By Bruce Strom Living broken in a broken world is hard.  Pressures at work and family push us ever inward needing to meet expectations.  Consequently we develop masks to hide the struggle.  But what does God expect of us?  Rather than a continual push for perfection, God ask us to be broken and live broken. …

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by Bruce Strom I grew up in Sunday School and I always thought of Luke 10’s Good Samaritan Story as a nice kids story.  Man was I wrong.  Let me share three quick insights that forever changed my view of the Good Samaritan. 1.  The challenge. As a kid I glossed over the lawyer’s question…

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