The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 3, 2013

Readers' Forum 10-3 | Tea-party terrorists and Obama hypocrisy


JOHNSTOWN — Uplift, encourage one another

Unemployment, a 39 percent divorce rate, financial troubles, families broken apart and self-destructing government are some of the recent headlines that plaster all television media and grocery-store checkout tabloids. We as a society have become so “brainwashed” and accepting of such things that we now just expect and accept what we see and read.

It is like watching a train wreck, you know it’s bad but you just have to watch.

The good news is that despite all the adversity and turmoil, God is at work. Families are being reunited, people are overcoming things like addiction, couples are rediscovering the true meaning of their vows, and, in general, there is a lot of good going on in the world.

Did I mention foreign countries are hearing the gospel in their native language for the first time ever? That’s a good thing, I’d say.

The point is that Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 to encourage one another. We may not know every detail of each other’s lives, but what we can know is that we all have victories and blessings in our lives to celebrate and praise God almighty for. Take a minute every day to uplift someone and encourage them as we are instructed. One word, or one act of kindness, or just a simple hello, can change a person’s life forever.

Dan Mihm



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Controlling folks moving into city housing.
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