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Why comic books are important

“Truth is, I was a slow student initially, because we were always going from town to town, and the curriculum varied tremendously across locations… So in a very real way, comics taught me how to read, taught me a love of language, and storytelling, and most of all, an appreciation for heroes, for chivalry and bravery and a refusal to surrender. In addition… I learned my sense of morality, my sense of right and wrong, from comics. That may sound stupid and naive, but it’s true, and that understanding is what propels me to this day.” J. Michael Straczynski, writer and creator of Babylon 5

Don’t just talk, live it

“I ask you, do we pray for our loved ones, do we love our enemies as we love ourselves? Do we comply with God’s Word? Love your enemies and pray for those who hurt you! If God is really within us then we can move mountains and move people to reach out to our people for the glory of Yeshua. Believe me, brothers and sisters, the Muslims are not the enemy and the Arabs are not the enemy; Satan is the enemy. He is the one who destroys and kills. Pray for the Arab people and call them to come to your homes and show them the love of Yeshua that is inside you. If Yeshua’s love is in you, it has to show. Don’t just talk God’s Word, but live it so that people will see it.” Taysir (Tass) Abu-Saada, former Fatah fighter

Widower

“JDate lists the following relationship status choices: Single, Divorced, Separated, and Widowed. It seems that most young adults on the site seem to shy away from meeting widows. If you ask me, ‘Separated’ sounds like it would be more trouble.” ShaBot 6000

You’ve got to find what you love

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement address

After the bath

“I ask, ‘Brush teeth?’ And you say ‘Brush. Teeth.’ I lean over to the sink and find your toothbrush and toothpaste. I say ‘Paste.’ And you say ‘Paaaaste.’ Toothpaste is always funny. I say ‘Brush brush brush,’ and motion with my hand like I’m brushing. Sometimes you ask, ‘Dada brush?’ and I take my own toothbrush and paste and brush my teeth along with you. You say ‘All done’ but it comes out as ‘ahdone.’ Lots of things are ahdone. Dinner is ahdone. Blue’s Clues is ahdone. Brush is ahdone.” Mark Pilgrim

How a faithful nation gets Jesus wrong

“What Jesus meant is the most deeply potent political, cultural, social question. To ignore it, or leave it to the bullies and the salesmen of the televangelist sects, means to walk away from a central battle over American identity. At the moment, the idea of Jesus has been hijacked by people with a series of causes that do not reflect his teachings. The Bible is a long book, and even the Gospels have plenty in them, some of it seemingly contradictory and hard to puzzle out. But love your neighbor as yourself - not do unto others as you would have them do unto you, but love your neighbor as yourself - will suffice as a gloss. There is no disputing the centrality of this message, nor is there any disputing how easy it is to ignore that message… American churches, by and large, have done a pretty good job of loving the neighbor in the next pew… But if the theology makes it harder to love the neighbor a little farther away - particularly the poor and the weak - then it’s a problem. And the dominant theologies of the moment do just that. They undercut Jesus, muffle his hard words, deaden his call, and in the end silence him.” Bill McKibben, The Christian Paradox: How a faithful nation gets Jesus wrong

First love

“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.” Revelations 4:2