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An Unlikely View…a Different Review on Beauty and the Beast

This movie was not created to be a catalyst for the gospel. It was not designed with an agenda to lead people to the cross or challenge them in their walk with the Lord…and yet that is exactly what our family took away. Was there sin in the movie – yes. There was a hateful man that treated women and men like the dirt beneath his feet, who lied, who abused, who lifted himself above everyone else. There was the inclusion of magic, of prejudice, the belittling of women, the hint of homosexuality, the abuse of the elderly, the worship of idols to name just a few. Not a one of these sins greater than the next; not a one less ungodly than the the other. None of them so blatant – all just a piece of the tapestry of the film. As a mama, I had a choice. I could have pointed out all of these things to my children before going into the theater.I could have painted a picture of hating all of these things and they would have watched the movie through that lens – absolutely. Instead, I asked them to view with God in mind. They did observe those same things, these sinful moments, but with the perspective of God in mind they viewed them with a broken heart, from a place of understanding our need for Jesus in this world. My little girl hopeful that she too would come to a place where she trusted the hope that is in Jesus – that she doesn’t have to be a ‘beast ‘ forever. My oldest challenged in his faith, strengthened in his walk. Their mama moved beyond what she can adequately express.

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A coach says what is important to him 

Danger keeps Omaha , Nebraska doctor from treating patients in South Sudan. Instead, he’ll treat them in Uganda

Today, Joseph Dumba, an Omaha family practitioner with an incredible back story, will begin his annual medical mission trip to Africa — his 11th.
But instead of going to his native South Sudan, where he has established a clinic that is funded in part by Omahans, Dr. Dumba will be in neighboring Uganda.
This year, it is simply too dangerous and difficult to go to South Sudan, where famine has added to the misery of civil war. Plus, many of the South Sudanese people who need Dr. Dumba’s care aren’t there anyway.
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Some words from the man Saint Patrick,thanks to Cal Thomas:

“God, my God, omnipotent King, I humbly adore thee. Thou art King of kings, Lord of lords. Thou art the Judge of every age. Thou art the Redeemer of souls. Thou art the Liberator of those who believe. Thou art the Hope of those who toil. Thou art the Comforter of those in sorrow. Thou art the Way to those who wander. Thou art Master to the nations. Thou art the Creator of all creatures. Thou art the Lover of all good.”
  ON A DAY WHEN PEOPLE ARE DRINKING GREEN BEER AND THE CHICAGO RIVER IS TURNED GREEN, THE WORDS OF THE REAL PATRICK ARE WORTH CONSIDERING.

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Saint Patrick, and being a saint (a thought on the Bible )

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. I hope you are having a great one. 

       Did you know the real Saint Patrick did not drive the snakes out of Ireland. Fact Patrick was a missionary, who was transformed by God.

   I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

          Yes, Patrick did amazing things for God. Did you know to be a saint you don’t have to do anything special, or does a priest have to declare you a saint. There is only one who can make you a saint ,and that is the Lord Jesus himself. John 1:12 reads. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

     You and I become a child of God not by doing good works. It is not based on what we do, or don’t do.The Bible teaches we get a relationship with God, by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. 

    So the meat of the matter is a saint, or child of God is somebody..

Who has realized their own sinfulness before a Holy God.

They are willing to turn away from sin, and change their mind about sin. That is called repentance. 

They know they can not become a Saint through good works, but they need to receive Jesus as their Savior, and Lord.  

So you can become a saint, like Saint Patrick though you may not have a day named after you. You will have the only thing you truly need, which is a relationship with God. That is a thought on the Bible. 

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 

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Hero Who Saved 669 Children During The Holocaust Has No Idea He’s Surrounded By Them On TV Show

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Knicely Done: From 3rd graders with love

On prominent display in Carol Bigley’s 3rd grade classroom is a poster that reads: Compassion Matters.
It’s a lesson that the students has been reminded of throughout the school year and they’ve memorized a song that underscores the importance of compassion.
They sang the song while our WOWT 6 News camera was there and each verse ended with the words: “We are in this world together.”
With that in mind, the 3rd graders recently spent a portion of their school day making creative valentines for some people they would never meet.
“We’re making them for the elderly,” said one student.
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Woracek twins reunited with Omaha police officers who rescued them 20 years ago

When the Woracek twins were 3 years old, they wandered out of their South Omaha home into the bitter cold. They nearly froze to death. They meet their rescuers for the first time.

Tom Woracek woke up early Jan. 17, 1997, to get ready for work. It was 4 a.m. and he noticed something awry in the house.

“I just saw the lights on and front door open and hand prints on the door,” Woracek recalled. “I yelled for Marlene, ‘the girls are gone’ and we started looking. I didn’t know where to look. I saw footprints but once I got down to the street, there were too many prints to follow so it was scary.”
The Woraceks called 911 and at 4:03 a.m., dozens of Omaha police officers swarmed the area near 13th and Center streets. There was a half-foot of snow on the ground and the temperatures were below zero.

Forty-six minutes later, the officers found the girls in an alley off Center Street. Kourtney was on top of her sister, Jennifer, who had taken off her coat. Officer Troy Kister said their cruiser got stuck on the icy hill and when he got out, he saw fresh little footprints in the snow and followed them.
“We walked down the alley and that’s how we found you. Because we got stuck in the snow, ” Sgt. Troy Kister said. “We found the shoes first and we looked up and we could tell further down that’s where they were at. When you first see that shoe, OK, this is getting worse, shoes and no kids and it’s cold out,” Kister said.
Kister said Kourtney looked up at them and said, “Help my sister.” No time to wait for an ambulance, the officers rushed the girls to the hospital in their police cars.

The twins spent days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and months getting physical therapy. They suffered from hypothermia and severe frostbite on their hands and feet. They did not lose any toes or fingers.

The twins described the effects of the severe frostbite. “We had to relearn how to walk again. We had blisters,” Jennifer said. Kourtney said she remembers the painful physical therapy. “I remember saying to someone, why do I have to walk again? It was that painful,” Kourtney Woracek said.
Despite the pain, both tried to play college soccer. They also suffer from arthritis.

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Mommy guess who sat by me at middle school lunch 

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. Middle school is challenging enough and a disability, can make it even harder. It’s the way it was for Bo who had autism. Hoping he was making friends, Bo’s mother always asked him who he sat with at lunch and mostly Bo would answer “nobody.” It broke his mom’s heart. But one -day….

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NFL Star Ben Watson on March for Life: ‘The Pre-Born Are Important’

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