Good for Us

Why is Good Friday considered “good”?

Christ was betrayed by one disciple, denied by another, and deserted by the others. He was mocked and beaten, stripped and slapped, interrogated and jeered. He was declared innocent, but put to death anyway. The perfect became a sacrifice for the imperfect. He was forsaken by God, His Father. Body broken. Isolated and alone.

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Cinderella

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #19 (Original story / photo)

Story Scripture: But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. – Luke 6:35

Story Saying: Always be a little kinder than necessary. – James M. Barrie

Behind the Story: Few would dispute that Cinderella is the queen of fairy tales. Hardly any other fairy tale has been so widely read, loved, or adapted. And perhaps that is because of the story’s overarching theme of kindness. Before she dies, Cinderella’s mother tells her, “Dear child, be good and pious, and then the good God will always protect you.” Cinderella does not fail in obeying her mother’s last words. She remains pious and good towards everyone and everything that comes into her life, including her mean stepmother and step-sisters. Continue reading

Women of the Word: Queen Mothers of Kings

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I find it interesting that when reading about the kings of Judah and Israel in 1 and 2 Kings and 1 and 2 Chronicles, the mothers of these kings are often mentioned. One of the first queen mothers that we looked at was Abijah or Abi. She was the mother of the 13th king of Judah, Hezekiah, and is mentioned in the Old Testament books of 2 Kings 18:2 and 2 Chronicles 29:1. Abi’s son did what was right in the sight of the Lord and is remembered as being a good and godly king. Below are fourteen other women who were also mothers of kings. Did their sons turn out as well as Hezekiah?

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Angelology and Satanology

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Is good greater than or equal to evil? Does Satan have enough power to defeat God?

Ethical dualism asserts that there are two mutually hostile forces in the world – the one being the source of all good, the other the source of all evil. Both of these forces are equal in power. In “Christian” dualism especially, God and His angels represent the good side while Satan and his demons represent the evil side.

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