Posts Tagged ‘Anna Kiappes’

The Spirit of the Season

Posted by    |    November 1st, 2011 at 6:00 am

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It’s that time of year again: the Holiday Season. This means a time to be with family and friends, but it usually turns into who can give the best gifts? Many people forget the real reason behind the holidays and focus on what they will be getting. I know I am guilty of this getting caught up in the holiday season, especially when it comes time to making Christmas lists and shopping for loved ones. This year though I have decided to turn over a new leaf.

After working with the North Texas Food Bank, and  Austin Street Centre, I’ve realized how many families have become down on their luck because of the recession and I want to try to give back more. Whether this means donating an extra hour of volunteering, or canned foods, or supporting a family from the Angel Tree, I want these families and individuals to have a great holiday season. If everyone gives back, even something small like donating a dollar to the Salvation Army Santas, that can help turn around someone’s holidays and make this place a little bit brighter. Happy Holidays!

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All Hallows Eve: The Disputed Holiday

Posted by    |    October 31st, 2011 at 10:42 am

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It’s finally Halloween and children everywhere are getting excited to put on their costumes of favorite cartoon, TV, and movie characters and run around the neighborhood. Interestingly enough there has been upset from different groups to protest Halloween because it is the “devil’s holiday.”

To combat the “evil” holiday of eating candy and bobbing for apples, the holiday of Jesus Ween has been created. Christians are asked to give out Bibles instead of candy. (more…)

The Big Man Upstairs

Posted by    |    September 28th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

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He has different personalities, different names, and different faces, but he is the same person: God. He is known as the creator, the one who threw the earth into existence, but why do people have strained relationship with him? Why do they think he will smite them whenever they do something bad?

I’ve always thought that God is kind of a grandfather type character; someone elderly with a long beard that cares for you unconditionally. While He is disappointed when one does bad things, He knows that you are not perfect and that is why He loves us. As it says in John 3:16, “for God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believed in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Other books of worship like the Tanakh and the Quran also talk about God’s love for His people.

I believe that people should investigate their relationship with God and try to strengthen it. He created us because He loves us and we should give some of that love back. People also shouldn’t be scared about talking to God. He’s there to listen and help you as best as He can.

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To Forgive

Posted by    |    September 26th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

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It’s something we’re taught when we’re little. It’s a response to someone who has intentionally or unintentionally hurt you and asked to be forgiven. It usually is a response to a sibling who has done something like steal a toy or punch you.

“Anna, J.L. just said he was sorry. What do you say?”

“I forgive you.”

“Now give him a hug.”

We also learn it in church because forgiving someone is the Christian thing to do. The Bible is full of times when Jesus and God forgave people, and the bad things that happened to people who didn’t forgive others. “Forgive Thy Enemy” and “Lord forgive them, they know now what they do,” also come to mind when I think of church and forgiveness. (more…)

Families Finding Hope After Fire

Posted by    |    September 19th, 2011 at 11:04 am

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A week ago, a fire swept through the Northwest Crossing Apartments causing 24 families to become homeless. Many of these families have children and teenagers who are now without toys, uniforms, school supplies, etc. It’s situations like this that show us how everything you’ve worked for can be gone in a matter of minutes. Everyone wants to believe that something like this will never happen to them, but even terrible and tragic things happen to amazing people.

Now it is time for us to help these families get back on their feet. Wouldn’t we want people to do the same for us? Groups like the Greater Dallas Justice Revival and Grand Prairie’s People That Care are asking people and churches to donate items and money to help these families regain some sense of normalcy.

You can mail monetary donations to Randy Skinner in c/o Strategic Justice Initiatives 2114 Iroquois St. Dallas, Texas 75212.  Anyone wishing to help gather supplies can email Randy Skinner at or may contact him at 214-316-1356.

Tolerance and True Blood

Posted by    |    July 14th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

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I am completely addicted to True Blood. If you have not watched or do not know about the show, it’s about vampires and other supernatural creatures living among humans. Weird, I know. You might ask yourself what does this have to do with Faith and Religion? Well, in the show there is a church that is against supernatural creatures and wants to destroy them. They’re leading point in the discussion is that Jesus and God were the only ones who could have special abilities like rising from the dead.

The main characters point (and mine too) is God and Jesus taught us to love everyone even our enemies. Also to forgive others as we ask for forgiveness. While I know True Blood is a make believe situation, I think we can learn something from it. Just because someone is of a different race, religion, gender, whatever, they are not evil. We should celebrate those differences because that is what makes us unique. We should also look past the differences and look at the similarities. You might find a new friend that can change your life.

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Finding Faith

Posted by    |    July 11th, 2011 at 11:06 am

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This time last year I wanted to know where God was. I was going through a rough time and I felt like God had left me when I needed him most. I remember being angry because no matter how hard I prayed I felt like I wasn’t getting any answers. It was the first time in my life that I felt that God wasn’t listening, and maybe he didn’t have a plan.

I tried talking to my parents about what I was feeling, but I didn’t know what to say. I had gone to church all my life and then to say to my parents, “You know. I don’t think God is there anymore.” They would most likely flip out. After that, I kept what I was feeling to myself and focused on getting ready for my junior year at school. When I got back to University in August, I had an email from my bible study leader, John, inviting the group to meet in a few days. I decided to go and asked John if he could meet me before the meeting to talk. (more…)