The Bible story of the talents is a familiar one. One servant received five talents, another two, another one. Two of the servants used, or invested, their talents and increased them. The third servant guarded his closely for fear of losing it. Those servants who used and increased their talents were given more, and the servant who fearfully clung to his had it taken away and given to the servant with ten talents.
I stood looking at the vast expanse of mountains, the cool breeze against my skin. This moment was another experience with nature as the essence of God. In my mind once again I am reminded of the awe and wonder of this magnificent creation of God, Alaska. As I walked through a beautiful field of Alpine and other wild flowers, the words from the song written by Marie Drake are on my lips, "May it mean to you, the blue of the sea, the evening sky, the mountain lakes, and the flowers near by." While the writer was referring to Alaska's flag, for me it was much more. It was a continuation of truth unfolding in my life.
The shocking truth about prosperity is that it is shockingly right instead of shockingly wrong for you to be prosperous!...
Jesus never made any pronouncements about homosexuality. Or, if he did, those comments were never written in any of the Gospels. There are statements about homosexual acts in the Hebrew Scriptures (commonly known as the Old Testament) and in several of the letters of the Christian Scriptures (commonly known as the New Testament) that condemn homosexual acts. None of those passages refers to a mature, committed love relationship between people of the same gender.