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The 3 Things We Truly Need

The 3 Things We Truly Need

"I really need that!" How many times have you said those words this past week? Or maybe it was your eight-year-old who has been impressed by the commercials on television who says, "I really need that, Dad!"  And, of course, we quickly think of Philippians 4:19, which...

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The Fresh Start Effect

The Fresh Start Effect

Special occasions, such as a new year, often inspire people to set new goals or make positive changes. It gives people the chance to turn a new page and start all over again. This phenomenon is known as the Fresh Start Effect. A fresh start is a great possibility to...

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Whatevering

Whatevering

What's your go-to word when you want to say something but run out of words? Mine? "Whatever." The Bible offers a whatevering alternative: Philippians 4:8 "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is...

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Quiet Your Heart

Quiet Your Heart

Have you noticed how noisy it has become lately? It isn’t simply the noise and din of traffic, the roar of jet engines, and the blare of radio, TV, and stereo players. There’s the noise of people, the endless chatter of meaningless conversation, and the weariness of...

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Worship

Worship

Will you allow me a bit—just a tiny bit—of self-indulgence? I love to sing. Always have. Always will. I'll probably be eternally singing. And that's no joke. But read on. In high school, circa nineteen kopong-kopong (a long long time ago), I dreamt of being a Broadway...

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How Much Do You Think You Are Worth

How Much Do You Think You Are Worth

What stops you right now from succeeding? Is it the fear or uncertainty of your strengths and capabilities? Are you the type of person who always questions yourself if you are good enough and deserving to be successful in life? That is exactly what happened to me when...

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Cultivating Happiness

Cultivating Happiness

Our brains are not wired to keep us happy. Instead, it is designed to keep us safe by looking out for possible and potential threats. The thing it cared most about is our survival. For instance, if you were to walk too closely to the edge of a cliff to have a closer...

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Are You Quitting Too Soon?

Are You Quitting Too Soon?

Adam Bischoff, 15, was riding his bicycle with a friend when he was swept into a flood channel that had been swollen to overflowing by rains.  When the alarm was sounded, rescuers frantically tried to save the lad, who was holding onto a log, screaming, "Help me! ...

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5 Steps to Releasing Hate from Your Soul

5 Steps to Releasing Hate from Your Soul

The English word “misery” comes from the Greek word miseo which is translated “to hate.” Yes, we know what hatred is, and with all due respect to what psychologists can do, I’ve never met anyone whose heart was filled with hatred for someone who was a happy person. A...

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