Setting Our Children Apart

by Oletta Branstiter What does it mean to be set apart? How do we set our own children apart for a greater purpose? The Apostle Paul admonished: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his…

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The Pilgrimage of Pain

by Oletta Branstiter Author and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis examined the unavoidable dilemma of suffering in his book, “The Problem of Pain”, published in 1940. In this thoughtful study, Lewis reveals that: Humans have the capability to anticipate and philosophize pain. Pain shatters the illusion that we have all we need. Pain is a means to an end. Pain reminds us that this world is not enough. Pain is a foreshadow of hell to avoid. Pain is a condition experienced by most people at some time in their lives, and…

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The Privacy Crisis – The Perfect Excuse To Restrict Freedom of the Press

by Oletta Branstiter Are you a “media influencer”?  If so, the U.S. government is very interested in your online activities. The Department of Homeland Security needs a private contractor to provide “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.” from Forbes.com Hmmm. Couldn’t anything be considered a “particular event”? Haven’t we all become “bloggers”?  According to the Forbes article, “the United…

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Don’t Be Fooled By Easter

by Oletta Branstiter Some pastors are having a field day with the fact that Easter falls on April Fool’s Day this year. The church marquees practically write themselves. Trump apologist Dr. Robert Jeffress, of First Baptist Church in Dallas, has titled his Sunday sermon, “The Resurrection: Foolish, Fake News, or Fact?” (Insert eye roll here.) Every year, children are being fooled into equating chaotic and greedy egg hunts inexplicably produced by a rabbit, with a prophesied miracle. The fake celebrations are facilitated by exquisite hand-dyed Ukrainian Pysanky eggs from the local…

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Quantum Physics of Prayer: Superstring Theory of Conclusions

by Oletta Branstiter Tap Into Omnipotent Energy Now that we know that we are God’s Thought, connected to Him, invited to respond to Truth in each moment, conscious of both Creator and creation, able to choose His will over our own, and called to a divine purpose, how then should we live? The pastor of the church I once attended liked to use the illustration of a tiny dot to signify our earthly life, and an endless line to describe eternity. “Live for the line”, he preached. Far from being…

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Quantum Physics of Prayer: Christ-Purpose

by Oletta Branstiter “Lucky” Number Seven Continuing with our consideration of the multi-dimensional power of prayer, and how this “superstring theory” connects us to the Creator, we arrive at the number seven. Light, multiplied to the power of seven (the greatest single prime number, representing the Christed, or perfected state), is purpose. Will, multiplied by the Light of the World, carries out the Creator’s purpose according to His omniscience, weaving His perfect will throughout eternity. This is the dimension that repairs the Superstring. Christ Yeshua is the Purpose ordained from…

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Finding the Good – On The Road With Steve Hartman

by Oletta Branstiter Virtual Road Trip Sometimes in the evening, as I switch my TV on to tune into the local CBS news broadcast, I will be fortunate enough to catch the very end of the latest Steve Hartman – On the Road episodes. I admit: sometimes I hesitate, knowing it will leave me with a catch in my throat and a tear in my eye. But I never regret it. Steve Hartman took the wheel for On the Road when Charles Kuralt passed away from complications of Lupus in…

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A Forger’s Life – Book Review

by Oletta Branstiter Rebel With a Cause Sarah Kaminsky’s revelations of a rebel with a cause have finally been translated into English. Originally published in French in 2009, this focused biography of her father peels back the layers of a serial criminal whose forgeries spanned almost three decades. The actress and screenwriter was born in Algeria but grew up in France with her mature father and young Tuareg mother.  Using a first-person narrative, prompted by unobtrusive and infrequent questions of a curious daughter, Adolfo Kaminsky unravels the deceptions in his…

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Quantum Physics of Prayer: Will-Choice

by Oletta Branstiter Two Paths You Can Go By The Bible says Adam and Eve’s “eyes were opened” upon eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 3:7). All they had known until this time was goodness from the hand of God. Now they perceived that something was missing. They felt uncovered and estranged from God because they had yielded to the temptation of doubting the Word (spoken harmonic) of the Creator. Suddenly, their individuality was more perceptible than the symphonic tapestry of the…

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Quantum Physics of Prayer: Self-Conscious

by Oletta Branstiter Omnipresent Consciousness “All the choir of heaven and furniture of earth, in a word all those bodies which compose the mighty frame of the world, have not any substance without the mind … so long as they are not actually perceived by me, or do not exist in my mind, or that of any other created spirit, they must either have no existence at all, or else subsist in the mind of some Eternal Spirit.” – George Berkeley, Idealist Philosopher By now, we realize that we exist…

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