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…

Read More

In the Midst of a Horrific Tragedy, A Nation Forgets Where to Turn

By Janice Barlow LATE IN THE AFTERNOON LAST FRIDAY, in the wide open expanses of western Canada, the unthinkable happened. A bus carrying a hockey team, a coach, an assistant coach, a young statistician, and a radio announcer was plowed into by a semi-truck. Fifteen people were killed and the rest were all injured. The small town of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, population 6,000, was forever changed. Much of Canada lives and breathes hockey. Most of the children grow up knowing how to skate, and many dream of playing in the NHL…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Are Evangelicals And The Religious Right Damaging Christianity With Their Trump Worship?

by Richard Cameron   A friend and colleague, alerted me to an interesting article published in the online site, Baptist News Global, entitled, “The death of Christianity in the U.S.”,  written by Miguel De La Torre.  The title seemed a bit hyperventilated, but as I began reading his column, it was clear that he had a point.  From the first paragraph: Christianity has died in the hands of Evangelicals.  Evangelicalism ceased being a religious faith tradition following Jesus’ teachings concerning justice for the betterment of humanity when it made a…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Resolutions For Restoring Our Republic

by Oletta Branstiter In 2017, America resolved to curb the Progressive movement. Reflecting back to 2017, President Trump accomplished much better policies than Hillary Clinton would have wrought! This article proves it: Year One List: 81 major Trump achievements, 11 Obama legacy items repealed   Americans are not content with better. We strive for what is best. The United States dodged a disaster when we rejected Hillary Clinton and her Progressive agenda to occupy the White House. The American voters recognized that the Obama era had fractured our Republic. In…

Read More