It's true we all remember the words of others. Sometimes they used words of affirmation that made us feel better about ourselves, and sometimes they spoke thoughtless words that made us feel degraded.

Forgiveness isn’t about being a weak pushover. Forgiveness is about reclaiming a position of strength and regaining control over your pain. It’s about choosing to allow your wounds to heal.

Christians go to school, too, for the New Testament calls us “disciples.” This word has two meanings: to follow and to learn. As someone noted, the followers of Christ are branded on their ears and feet, for we hear his voice and we follow him.

The Democrats would have you believe that Clinton falls asleep listening to the National Anthem, and all she wants is to give everyone a hug. The Republicans would have you believe that Trump is going to do America the favor of riding in on a white horse to rescue this country from all that ails us. The truth is, as usual, somewhere in the murky middle, lost in political ads and talking heads ...

By the grace of God we're Americans living in a land of plenty. The Global Village at Habitat for Humanity's International Headquarters in Americus, Ga., has actual housing from the third world -- housing we wouldn't use for our dogs or lawnmowers in America. We are all wealthy.

Judah's "ace in the hole" was Solomon's temple in Jerusalem. They reasoned that they were invulnerable since God lived there. The prophet Jeremiah taught that religion is more than a building.