Pondering: 1 John 2:15-17

A worthwhile reading of Matthew Henry's commentary found at biblehub.com, featuring the context of 'loving this world' from 1 John 2:15-17 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the -world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of... Continue Reading →


Patience …

Patience is a virtue One characteristic that should be practiced for a better common weal is being patient. A lot of us experience situations where you just feel like throwing tantrums despite how you consider justifiable your excuse might be. It is naturally acknowledgable that we would still feel a little bit of anger and annoyance when dealing with our... Continue Reading →

Promenade: Nature & History – Sorrento

#strangersinparadise My daily routine is a sort of promenade for me. So,  taking off from home, riding a bus and finally getting off from the city of Sorrento, the first iconic spot where I passed through reminded me of the influence of the past settlers in this town - the Greeks. Seeing the remains of... Continue Reading →

Color of the year 2017 ft. Cruciani C

After a week of stress, I did my own research to write about things in general that include tourism, photography, fashion trends and a little bit of history. For this entry, I will be writing about the COLOR OF THE YEAR 2017 featuring an Italian Brand "Cruciani C". *** In this spring season we feel much more revitalize... Continue Reading →

Worry Freak

How to recede from being a worry-freak? Okay, I hate to admit it but I am not really the kind of out-going person although today is an exception. So I went on a casual travel to the famous city of "Sorrento" and I just realized that by going out and seeing wider space areas, I... Continue Reading →

A youth’s desperation

I know it sounds like another mind boggling issue, yet again today, I am writing to release my emotions to feel better. I've hurt a lot of people by continually hurting myself. My own "wise" words go back to me and they're eating me alive. I know that I still have a lot of things... Continue Reading →

Squalor state of mind

"Humility is a surveillant eye that keeps you from vain glory" I'm troubled about writing a Christian story for our movie. One way or another, it pushes you to think deeper until you come to the poignant part and end up staring absent-mindedly and feeling dried up. This time though, I am writing my thought. Although, I admit... Continue Reading →

Balancing Acts – A Tale of Two Kingdoms

A really clear explanation of what it means to be constant and devout. I learnt that not all things can be obtained by gaining more, but instead, you only have to choose one and then, enroot yourself on that path.


tom bEditor’s Note: Tom Beutel, a regular contributor to PeaceSigns, is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Balancing Acts is a monthly feature of PeaceSigns.

by Tom Beutel

“choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve”

(Joshua 24:15)

When I was younger, I was not much of a reader. It was not until early adulthood that I took a real interest in reading, even joining, as many did then, the Book-of-the-Month Club. As a teen, I tried to be interested in reading, but, other than schoolwork, without much success. One book in particular that intrigued me was Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities. I started it many times, but never got very far.

I thought of Dickens’ masterpiece because of the familiar opening and because it provides a nice play on words for the title of this article. And, in…

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