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17
Mar

Embracing the Offensive by Lorraine Montanari

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Several years ago, my husband David and I toured for one week Quebec City, Canada. Rich in French culture, European flavor, and Gothic cathedrals, I remember well the experience of sauntering alone through an outdoor, public area of the 14 Stations of the Cross.   I approached the sacred spot, which traced the crucifixion of Christ, and the first stop was at a massive, soaring, stone cross.   Instinctively, I simply dropped to my knees and wrapped my arm around its wide base. Tears soon followed….   The cross: the major symbol of Christianity in Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant churches alike....
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16
Dec

The Majesty of a Word by Lorraine Montanari

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Words are my life. As a former and now retired high school teacher and adjunct professor of English, I attempted for decades to instill the same love of words into my students; every time I read or heard a word unfamiliar to me, I would write it on a small, lined notebook card in red, define it in blue ink, and then file it in its alphabetized format-- a love affair like no other as words convey thoughts, thoughts convey meaning, and the right meaning can convey inspiration, capable of changing and transforming all of humanity.   Our society today also...
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05
Oct

True Humility By Lorraine Montanari

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Pope Francis has just swept in and out of the eastern United States with flourish, fanfare, and flowing vestments, after a six-day visit. Scores and teeming thousands of individuals stood in the city streets for hours and teary-eyed awaiting to see him, touch him, hear him say Mass, or have their babies carried to him for a blessing, a kiss, or both—such was his magnetic, massive, special appeal and aura that enveloped and embraced him.     Any Evangelical, though, would more than likely have serious and profound differences with the Pontiff doctrinally, scripturally, liturgically, and economically. Nevertheless, he still reflected a...
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09
Jul

A Total Stranger by Lorraine Montanari

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News headlines presently will demoralize anyone with a God-consciousness. But if we read those headlines from an historical perspective, it sadly is the same song but with a different verse. The scripturally orthodox Christian church is definitely singing the blues, over the latest ruling by the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage. For certain, this particular ruling will pose serious and challenging dilemmas from the church building to the state court house. The increasing secularization of America and its ongoing, long, and drawn-out divorce from God and His commandments and principles, has jolted believers this time throughout our nation, to sit up...
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29
May

Polls Can be Misleading by Lorraine Montanari

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The just-released news reports have stated that "The Decline of the Christian Empire in the United States" is now a fact as tabulated by new data.   The Pew and Gallup polls have stated that only two major denominations in the States have maintained a steady count: the SBC and the Assemblies of God.   Polls, however, can be most misleading.  The British news recently stated that David Cameron, up for re-election for Prime Minister of England, was nowhere in the counting and all polls indicated that he would definitely lose to his opponent.  Imagine how the English journalists had to...
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04
Mar

Power Hungry by Lorraine Montanari

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I remember it as if it were yesterday, though it happened decades ago when I was just eight or nine years old. I have three older brothers and we were all reared in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Shove! Jerry, Jim, and Frank could usually be found across the street at the elementary school yard playing touch football, but since I was the only daughter in the family, I had more girlie things to do to occupy my time.   Mischievous little gal that I was, however, I was doing something I should not have been doing and was told not...
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10
Oct

Time To Laugh by Lorraine Montanari

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I love to laugh…at myself and with others. Nothing attracts me more to an individual than if he/she has an astute and keen sense of humor. Even in choosing a mate, a sense of humor was near the top of my list of criterion. Walk with me down marital lane and let’s see who didn’t make the cut: Bill, Glen, Todd, Dan, and Paul—gentlemen who were much taller than I, blonde and dark-haired, suave-looking, handsome, and cerebral but none grabbed my heart.   Then along came David—committed believer, shorter than the rest, deft way with words, intelligent, and with a terrific...
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17
Jun

"Living Upside Down" by Lorraine Montanari

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A few months ago, I was walking alone on a sidewalk in Occoquan headed toward my car, after my friend Barb and I had just enjoyed a two-hour lunch at Madigan’s. But before I reached my car, suddenly a white, open topped jeep, sped directly up to that brick-laden sidewalk, inches from where I was walking.   A tall gentleman, in sunglasses, emerged quickly from his jeep and approached me abruptly. Oh, no, I thought-- I’m going to be robbed, as I held more tightly onto my long-strapped purse. Then the unexpected happened: “Mrs. Montanari”? He asked. “Yes,” I blurted out as...
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01
May

National Day of Prayer, May 1, 2014

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Today is the National Day of Prayer in our nation's capitol from 9:00 A.M. until noon; the adopted scriptural thematic focus is taken from Romans 15:6: "One Voice, United in Prayer." The following is just an excerpt of the "official" prayer written by Anne Graham Lotz, chairwoman of the event: Lord of the Universe, Lord of this planet, Lord of our hearts. On this National Day of Prayer, we look to you. In the darkness, You are our lightIn the storm, You are our anchorIn our weakness, You are our strength.  In our grief, You are our comfortIn our despair,...
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19
Mar

I Got a Secret

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I Got a Secret By Lorraine Montanari   Shhhh…come close—no closer.  I need to whisper something in your ear and tell you a secret. What is the secret? you may ask.  Well, maybe not so fast.  If you’re willing to take a journey with me, let’s discover it together. Game on? I even brought along a map to help us find the way. Ready?  Let’s go…   First, you and I need to arrive at a destination where secrets thrive, for our maximum spiritual good, and that it is in the secret place of the Most High where we will...
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