How can we smile when bad things seem to jockey for premier importance in our lives? That bounced check never seems to go away. The social media post that reflects a momentary lapse of judgment, ...

Getting our meaning across is one of the most important things we do. People need to understand where we come from and what we need from them. Of course, some people think they must do it with a ...

What we wear makes a difference in how we live. Try North Dakota in the middle of February. You need a few layers, maybe some down, and warm gloves are a must. If you bundle up properly, you’ll ...

Watch a good travel documentary or check out a cruise line itinerary. Life is a glittering showcase of things to do and places to go. Any travel brochure will convince you that there’s more to ...

Too many people see life as a muddle. THAT’S NOT YOU! Too many people don’t know what it takes to be satisfied. THAT DOESN’T APPLY TO YOUR LIFE! You have the guidebook to joy. You carry ...

God wants a connection with us. He wants to offer us forgiveness and change our lives. That’s the purpose of altars in the church. We’re to place our willful desires and cares on that rough ...

Keeping ourselves on an even keel is a struggle at times. It’s the balance between the calm we need inside and the crazy world outside that’s elusive and maddening. The Bible is clear on one ...

“Who speaks for the trees?” That’s a line from The Lorax, a 1971 book published by Dr. Seuss. That’s how we feel sometimes. Who speaks for us? Who speaks for Martina, for Shaun, for ...

Fear of punishment can be a great motivator. We don’t want a ticket, so we slow down when we see flashing lights. We file our taxes, on time, because we don’t want to go to jail. Show up to ...

It takes a tough skin to survive in our dog-eat-dog world. Or so we’re told, but that doesn’t have to be you! God wants us to be kind, considerate of others, and most importantly, forgiving ...

There are plenty of strong people in the world. Movers and shakers. Men who shall not be moved. Women of conviction and power. Then there’s everyone else. Jesus came to the world to be our ...

Social programs are a byword in our modern culture. Short on food? There’s a program for that. Can’t afford a doctor? Try the free clinic. Priced out of housing? A subsidy will get you into ...

Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “We acquire the strength we have become.” Mahatma Gandhi said, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will.” Seneca, ...
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