By Janice LaQuiere
I sat on the wooden bench, squished between two
strangers, and watched the trial proceed. A wide mix of people
composed the audience, journalists waiting to spin their story,
relatives of the deceased seeking revenge, and friends of the
accused hoping to see justice accomplished. I was there, on the
final leg of my mission to understand and support truth.
Months earlier I began to research and piece
together a story I had only read about: Two officers were in a
tussle with a belligerent suspect high on drugs. When he grabbed the
officer's gun the officer hit him. While the suspect was being
handcuffed he suffered a seizure and while in route to the hospital
he went into cardiac arrest and died. Now it was being billed as a
"police brutality case."
My research led me to the courthouse that day,
in support of the accused. It was hard to sit there, knowing the
truth, while the witness spoke falsely.
Even though I could recite the facts of the
incident, I wasn't called to the witness stand because I didn't see
the incident take place. Likewise, our Christian witness is based
upon our experience as children of God. We are witnesses with the
same opportunity to bear knowledge of the truth, but we are to
testify to what we have seen.
What have I seen? What can I testify to? And
what are the blessings and promises of God that we all should be
able to testify to?
- God will grant wisdom to those who ask.
- Even in crisis situations the peace of God
the Father and Jesus Christ our Lord is with me.
- God is able to bless us exceedingly
abundantly above all we ask or think.
- God will see Himself glorified through my
- Our prayers are heard and answered according
to His will.
These are the truths that I not
only testify to, but that I held onto as I continued to fight for
what I viewed as a miscarriage of justice. They were part of what
sustained us until we saw God's blessing on us and my new friend was
John 3:11, I Jn 4:14, 1 Pet 3:15, James 1:5,
John 16:33, Phil 4:7, 2 Pet 1:11
Yes, it's that time of year. Time to pay our
taxes. Here are a few interesting tax facts.
In 1862 Congress enacted the nation's first
income tax law to help support the ongoing war.
Al Capone was imprisoned for tax evasion.
The IRS has to hire an additional 12,000
employees during tax filing season to answer questions from
One in five callers to the IRS will get the
wrong answer to their question
Over a five year period IRS agents will
receive approximately 3,200 threats and assaults
The government will spend $13,700,000,000 to
enforce and oversee the tax code
Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. soda
2 cups sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal*"*
24 oz. chocolate chips
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
18 oz. Hershey bar(s) (grated)
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (discretionary, but almonds recommended)
*"*Measure oatmeal and blend in a blender or food
processor to a fine powder.
Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and
vanilla. Mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and
soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar, and nuts. Roll into balls
and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at
375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies. This recipe can be halved.
Bake for 10 minutes == Even if they don't look
done they are!