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By Cindy Mallette | ResonateNews.com

AUSTIN, Texas — Bob Long’s granddaughter is 15 years old this year. The preacher and leader of Rally Call Ministries here is concerned that the young woman — who was just 5 years old when the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks occurred — will not be raised to fully appreciate the change that took place in America physically and spiritually on that day a decade ago.

“Culturally one of our greatest strengths is moving forward, being irrepressible, unbeatable. But in that, we don't teach our generations to remember. We don't intentionally build a sense of nationhood into our young people. I have a real concern for the next generation because, for them, it's just a history thing. They need to be more aware of what happened that day,” Long said. “We need to look at the videos from that day. We need to do it more often. Not so it will result in making us angry, but so it would push us toward understanding the spiritual reality of events like that. There is a spiritual significance.”

America has a tendency to pack away painful moments in time until the rawness has passed. Long said that is a weakness — one that causes Americans to avoid confronting and dealing with the truth of good and evil in the world. Add a comment

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Is_that_really_youBy Scott Tompkins | ResonateNews.com

LINDALE, Texas — The creative team that birthed “Is That Really You, God?” — the story of missionary organization Youth With A Mission’s early years — met last week for the first time in nearly 30 years.

YWAM founder Loren Cunningham was visiting the YWAM Woodcrest campus here at the same time John and Elizabeth Sherrill were conducting a writers workshop with Loren’s sister Janice Rogers, who has co-authored all of Cunningham's books.

The last time they were all together was 1983 when they met in Kona, Hawaii, to begin the research for the book. “Is That Really You, God?” now ranks as one of the most-translated  and best-=selling Christian books of all time.

“It’s a joy to see Loren again,” John Sherrill said. “What he and the YWAM family have done in the years since we helped write the book is simply amazing.” Add a comment

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By Raymond Billy | ResonateNews.com

 

     BOGATA, Columbia - Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos is undertaking aggressive measures to crack down on municipal corruption, international observers say. Those efforts are giving Colombians a glimmer of hope that the country's law enforcement officials will one day become trustworthy. But police there will have a lot of work to do to rebuild relations with a distrusting citizenry.

 

     Camilo Solarte Bothe, a Bogotá, Colombia, native who has lived in the United States for two years, said citizens of his homeland would be wise to avoid encounters with police.

 

   “I tried to avoid them. I tried to stay above reproach so I didn't have to deal with them,” said Bothe, 21, a Tyler Junior College alumni and former player for the school's Apache soccer team. Bothe said graft is a major problem among Colombia's police officers.

 

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Raymonds_mugRUMINATIONS: Raymond BillyAre poor people poor because they're lazy? Twenty-seven percent of Americans say “Yes,” according to a Salvation Army survey. Perhaps that perception is valid, but it belies the despair poor people face that undermines ambition — a problem some analysts call spiritual in nature. That despair is fueled in part by a life-long series of dead-end jobs in which employers — it would appear — take advantage of the desperate circumstances of low-skilled laborers.

I received a first-hand look at what the poor experience while working as a busser at a Chili's Grill & Bar in South Louisiana. It was a summer gig for me between college semesters in 2005. The job paid $2.15 per hour plus a percentage of wait-staff tips that, on a good night, amounted to about $65 after an seven-hour shift. If someone could manage to last one year on the job (a highly improbable scenario) they could expect to earn only $16,000 during that period.

While there, I distinctly remember thinking, “I don't deserve to make more money; anyone could do this job.” That, of course, was easy for me to say. After all, I wasn't depending on the job for my livelihood. Others I met did the job because they desperately needed the money. You wouldn't know it based on some of their work habits.

During my brief stint at Chili's, as many as probably six bussers came and went. Managers wanted a stable of four bussers, but found few who could hold up under the weight of pressure the job entailed. Most of the bussers who quickly abandoned the job did so because it simply was not worth the grief. One busser quit in the middle of a shift, leaving only a female busser to work alone during a busy Saturday night. Another refused to wear his headset — which bussers are required to wear so the host/hostess can communicate which tables need to be cleaned soonest — because he found it annoying. I also remember a waitress telling me she was glad I was cleaning her tables because another busser once stole her tips.

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BP_stationBy Raymond Billy | ReonsateNews.com

A well in the Gulf of Mexico leaking millions of gallons of oil for three months was finally plugged two years ago last week. That didn't stanch the outpouring of frustration experienced by those most severely affected by the episode.

An oil rig explosion off the Louisiana coast precipitated the leak and killed 11 men. It was the latest in a series of industrial incidents during the previous decade involving energy company BP, which also came under scrutiny after a 2005 explosion at its Texas City, Texas, oil refinery that killed 15 workers. Left behind in both cases are family members who are grappling with whether they will — or perhaps even should — forgive an inanimate entity such as BP. Some of them say it's a question their theology has forced them to confront. Add a comment

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