Sin and Forgiveness 2


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SERMON:  “Repentance”

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SONG:  “The Old Rugged Cross

 

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“The Quiet Death Of Long-Term Unemployment Insurance In 2013” 1


THE HUFFINGTON POST

By Sam Stein and Arthur Delaney

WASHINGTON — The looming expiration of federal unemployment benefits raises the question of whether Democratic lawmakers bungled the debate.

Though Congress can still act retroactively, Democrats‘ goal had been to pass an extension of the benefits before Dec. 28, when they are set to expire. The administration and allies on the Hill tried to attach a provision to the budget deal passed in mid-December. But by the time they began engaging the fight, few Democrats seemed particularly attentive and Republicans were more than comfortable running out the clock.

Now, with Congress in recess, long-term unemployment insurance will come to an end for 1.3 million Americans, potentially costing 240,000 jobs, according to the White House‘s Council of Economic Advisers. Was it inevitable? Or was it a case of political mismanagement?

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BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY


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PSALM 103:1-2

Bless the Lord, O My Soul ] [ Of David. ] Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

TODAY IN HISTORY, DECEMBER 27th


Dedicated to Persons We Lost in 2013


Mahalia Jackson– “A City Called Heaven”

Noted Persons We Lost in 2013


CNN

IN MEMORIAM

“Inequality isn’t important? That’s just wrong”


MSNBC

By Timothy Noah

President Obama observed, in a December 4 speech, that “a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility” are “the defining challenge of our time.” This seemingly self-evidentstatement prompted many people—not all of them conservative—to argue that all this talk about income inequality is overblown. They happen to be wrong, but the inequality backlash has gathered sufficient strength that it’s worth reviewing their arguments.

…President Obama’s insistence on talking about inequality is not only apt; it is, given the especially direturn this trend has taken during his presidency, pretty brave. The problem was one-third of a century in the making and won’t be halted overnight. But isn’t it time to start trying?

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LUKE 2:28-32

he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”

Today in History, December 26th


2013: THE YEAR IN PICTURES


MSNBC

PHOTO ESSAY – SLIDESHOW