Today's Question: Halal

Written by WMCN Editor on . Posted in Perspective

questionAs reported recently by Mlive, the federal government is now required to help food pantries supply specialty foods to the less fortunate and homeless. Of special note was the requirement for food pantries and shelters to provide meals to Muslims prepared according to Halal standards.

According to Wikipedia, Halal foods are foods that Muslims are allowed to eat or drink under Islamic Shariʻah. The criteria specifies both what foods are allowed, and how the food must be prepared. The foods addressed are mostly types of meat and animal tissue.

Changing Your Life Script

Written by Robert Ellis on . Posted in Perspective

lifeLife Scripts come in all descriptions: The self-conscious man who can never relax, the worrier who is only one mistake from depression, the woman repetitively attracted to abusers, the addict who can’t quite kick the habit, the man or woman who sabotages their own prosperity, those who always manage to sabotage themselves with anger. These are just a sample of the “script characters” people tend to play their whole lifetimes.

How to Have an Extra 144 Minutes a Day

Written by Kimberly Gleason on . Posted in Perspective

 cellThe disappointed look on her face conveyed everything her father needed to know—if only he’d look. But he was too busy fiddling with his phone to witness her growth on the basketball court. She was hoping for encouragement, pleading with her eyes for him to notice her.

Another player—my daughter—beamed at me when she made a good pass. I gave her a thumbs up, happy to be in that place.

Family Affair

Written by Dan Seaborn on . Posted in Perspective

family2A multigenerational household is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as three or more generations living together. These types of living arrangements have been common in the Asian and Hispanic cultures, but they have not been typical in American households. According to the Census, only about 4% or 4.2 million American households in the past were multigenerational. That’s changing! Current Census results show that between the years of 1990 and 2000, multigenerational households in the United States grew by 38%. In 65% of multigenerational families, the children and grandchildren were living with a grandparent and in one-third of the cases, the parents lived with their children.

A One-word Resolution

Written by Dan Seaborn on . Posted in Perspective

words Some time ago, around this season of the year, a friend named Dennis dared me to take a crack at a certain sort of New Year’s Resolution. Dennis’s goal for the year was to pick a single word, just one, and let that word come alive in his life over a twelve-month period. His challenge for me was to do the same thing, to try out a word of my own.

Never the kind of person to let a challenge go unmet, I took the one-word resolution idea and

Christmas Overload

Written by Dan Seaborn on . Posted in Perspective

downloadThere’s almost a popping noise in my head as circuits become overloaded. My eyes glaze over from wires crossing at a rapid pace because of the information being filtered to my brain. At the same time, bright colors awaken my senses and get my heart pumping. Words sear my soul and create a longing that wasn’t there just minutes before.

It’s all the Christmas ads I see weekly in the paper along with the pop-up ads I get online. It’s the computerized billboards that shine vivid images as I’m driving and the clever jingles I hear in my head for weeks from television commercials. It stirs a desire in me for things I didn’t even know I wanted and don’t come close to needing.

Shine On!

Written by Dan Seaborn on . Posted in Perspective

stagelights3Remember when former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, announced they were separating after 25 years of marriage. At the time of the announcement there was no mention of any particular reason, and it was just sad to see them give up. Schwarzenegger had just left the Governor’s office four months earlier and the couple had recently celebrated a silver anniversary. About a week after the separation, the news media revealed that Schwarzenegger had admitted to an extra-marital affair that resulted in the birth of a child. Apparently the woman was on staff at the Governor’s home and the incident and birth had occurred more than 10 years earlier. Now the separation was starting to make some sense. A year later Schwarzenegger released a book about the whole ordeal making his family essentially live through it all over again.

An Attitude of Gratitude

Written by Dan Seaborn on . Posted in Perspective

thankyou8Recently I was on the phone with a gentleman from another state, and he asked me the question, “Dan, why is it so hard to meet the basic needs of my wife?” The first thing I thought was that this gentleman is not alone! We all have a tendency to skip the basic things we should do to keep our spouse feeling loved and cherished. Why? That’s easy to answer but not always easy to solve. Over a period of time, spouses take each other for granted.

Luther's Discovery

Written by Jeffery Carlson on . Posted in Perspective

Luther“For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”   Romans 1:17

I was somewhat surprised earlier this month as I drove past one of my neighbors. They had already totally decorated their yard to get ready for Halloween. Mind you, this was not just some sort of simple pumpkin in the front yard, but an entire transformation. Maybe it is just me, but it seems like Halloween is becoming a bigger holiday each year. More and more people are spending time and money on this silly, pagan holiday. I am not sure what this says about our culture these days, but is certainly is not good from a Christian perspective for many reasons.

Eldermusic Ministries: Restoring Joy And Hope Through Live Music

Written by Marc DeRuiter on . Posted in Perspective

marc“My mother used to sing that song with me when I was a little girl!”

– 89 year old Alzheimer’s patient at Holland Home’s Verblauw Center, after singing along with the old hymn “In The Garden.”

Our elderly friend would have great difficulty recalling events that happened earlier today or last week, but she has vivid memories of her mother singing that song with her over eighty years ago. Most other long-term memories are hazy at best.  Why did the song evoke a response like this?

Hollywood Sees the Light

Written by Dick Rolfe on . Posted in Perspective


Dick-Rolfe-PictureIt should come as no surprise that Hollywood has seen the light and rediscovered the Bible; not that they’ve become religious in the spiritual sense. The light they see is the unprecedented success of well-made, theologically sound movies like The Bible miniseries, produced by husband and wife team, Mark Burnett (The Voice, The Apprentice, Survivor, Shark Tank) and Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel)

The five week, ten-hour History Channel series ending on Easter Sunday was a blockbuster by any television audience standards. The DVD sales by Fox Home Entertainment have been record-breaking. The miniseries was such a success that 20th Century Fox is going to theatrically release a truncated movie-length version focusing on Jesus, called Son Of God.

Hollywood’s core business model is based on leveraging any existing brand or property into a movie. This increases the chance of success due to the familiarity of the subject with

Just One Look

Written by Dan Seaborn on . Posted in Perspective

flirtIs it okay to look? When you are married, is it okay for you to glance or admire the beauty of another person of the opposite sex? It’s an interesting question and one that I’m not going to answer for you, but rather have you decide once you consider the possible implications of that action.

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