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Be grateful for the beauty around us

Be grateful for the beauty around us

In the very beginning of time, the Bible states in Genesis 1:1 that “God created the heavens and the Earth.”

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Updated: mar. 28, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Words can say so much

Words can say so much

Last week, I wrote about the power of words. I want to pick up on that theme one more time because I think it matters so much.

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Updated: mar. 27, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Why religious confession is good for the mind and soul

Why religious confession is good for the mind and soul

Janet Perry has been a Catholic for more than 30 years, yet going to confession still makes her sweat.
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Do religions try to keep their scriptures inaccessible?

Do religions try to keep their scriptures inaccessible?

The late Christopher Hitchens once ranked, with Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, among the “four horsemen” of the New Atheism. His most comprehensive attack on religious faith came in a best-seller called — and don’t miss the title’s lowercased first word — “god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” (Twelve, 2009).
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'Who am I?' Let God help you answer

'Who am I?' Let God help you answer

Many lessons can be drawn from the account of Moses given in the book of Exodus.

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Updated: mar. 26, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Would you help this child? What happens next will have you in tears

Would you help this child? What happens next will have you in tears



If you passed someone in need, in desperation, would you stop to help?
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Heaven (visitation stories) can wait, Christian bookstore chain says

Heaven (visitation stories) can wait, Christian bookstore chain says

Heaven, apparently, can wait, a chain of Southern Baptist-owned bookstores says.
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The door is open, but why won't this dog come inside?

The door is open, but why won't this dog come inside?



Have you ever walked into what you thought was an open door, but it was really a closed screen door or a really clean glass door?
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First degree: How America recovered from a murder epidemic

First degree: How America recovered from a murder epidemic

Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the sixth commandment: "Thou shalt not kill."
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24/7: The case for a day of rest in a digital age

24/7: The case for a day of rest in a digital age

Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the fourth commandment: "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy."
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American idols: When a nation falls in love with itself

American idols: When a nation falls in love with itself

Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the second commandment: "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images."
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OMG: Is profanity losing its punch?

OMG: Is profanity losing its punch?

Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the third commandment: "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord the God in vain."
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The surprising reason you're not achieving your goals

The surprising reason you're not achieving your goals



Do you have a goal or dream that isn't going anywhere? What is keeping you from achieving it?
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Kara Tippetts, Christian who blogged against assisted suicide, succumbs to cancer

Kara Tippetts, Christian who blogged against assisted suicide, succumbs to cancer

Kara Tippetts, the Christian blogger and author who begged fellow cancer sufferer Brittany Maynard not to take her own life but let death take its course, died Sunday from breast cancer. She was 38 years old, a pastor's wife and mother of four.
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Soul seekers: How spiritual is secular America?

Soul seekers: How spiritual is secular America?

Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the first commandment: "I am the LORD thy God … thou shalt have no other gods before me."
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ValueSpeak: The original March Madness

ValueSpeak: The original March Madness

You’ve doubtless seen the symptomology all around you this week. Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself: Eyes glazed over. Fingers trembling. Uncontrolled twitching of facial muscles and limbs. Occasional panic attacks followed by outbursts of joy and/or rage.
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Jesus loves us, for the Bible tells us so

Jesus loves us, for the Bible tells us so

“Jesus Loves Me,” a song known far and wide, normally is considered a kids’ song, but every adult should know and understand it.

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Updated: mar. 21, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Through Jesus, go out like a lamb

Through Jesus, go out like a lamb

One of the favorite sayings about the month of March is, “In like a lion, out like a lamb.”

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Updated: mar. 20, 2015 6:30 p.m.
Leading female evangelical blazes trails, builds bridges

Leading female evangelical blazes trails, builds bridges

Around 25 years ago, Karen Swallow Prior and her husband, Roy, were walking to their car in a Buffalo, New York, drugstore parking lot when they came upon two men in a heated argument.
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When weddings become protests: the debate over civil marriage in Lebanon

When weddings become protests: the debate over civil marriage in Lebanon

There was much to perplex the Greek official presiding over Samer and Eva’s wedding last summer.
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Be careful what you say

Be careful what you say

Are you on social media? The various methods for communicating today have multiplied — Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Instagram and on it goes. And yes, those are all spelled correctly.

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Updated: mar. 19, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Fidelity starts outside the bedroom

Fidelity starts outside the bedroom

There's a song in heavy rotation on the radio these days that goes something like this.
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Muslim teachers can wear headscarves, German court rules

Muslim teachers can wear headscarves, German court rules

Ending years of contention over religious garb, Germany's constitutional court has ruled in favor of Muslim teachers who want to wear a headcovering in class. Opponents maintain teachers wearing the scarves in class will violate Germany's post-war "neutrality" principles.
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This will make you rethink how you spend your minutes

This will make you rethink how you spend your minutes



One minute seems like a pretty inconsequential amount of time. But, have you ever considered what you can actually do with one minute?
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Quebec charter left a legacy of religious, racial tension

Quebec charter left a legacy of religious, racial tension

Yasmine had a generous scholarship to study in her hometown of Montréal, where her family migrated from Algeria before she was born and where many of her friends live.
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God has shown mankind the perfect way to live

God has shown mankind the perfect way to live

God gave His Son to die for the sins of mankind (John 3:16), and He gave man the Bible to know how man is to serve Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

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Updated: mar. 15, 2015 5:56 p.m.
ValueSpeak: St. Patrick's Day helps with growing, learning, changing

ValueSpeak: St. Patrick's Day helps with growing, learning, changing

There was only one thing I didn’t like about Mom’s corned beef and cabbage.
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The more wealthy a nation, the less religious it is — except for America

The more wealthy a nation, the less religious it is — except for America

Citizens from wealthy nations are less likely than citizens from poor nations to see religion as an important role in their daily lives, according to a recent report from The Pew Research Center.
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Spirituality is not only light, it's shade and shadow

Spirituality is not only light, it's shade and shadow

Traditionally, spiritual moments are moments filled with “light.”
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Being content with what we have

Being content with what we have

The other morning, I was listening to a sports radio station when I heard something that caught my attention. 

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Updated: mar. 13, 2015 5:57 p.m.
Can science and religion come together to improve global health?

Can science and religion come together to improve global health?

Doctors relied on safety suits and isolation wards in the recent fight against the global Ebola epidemic. Scientists had tests for potential cures. And the United Methodist Church armed itself with an animated video.

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Evangelicals embrace immigration reform, border controls, survey says

Evangelicals embrace immigration reform, border controls, survey says

A majority of evangelical Christians say Congress should pass immigration reform, while they are split over the economic impact of immigration and they would like to hear more about the issue over the pulpit, according to a news survey.
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Artists and advocates working toward a more human portrayal of Muslims in popular media

Artists and advocates working toward a more human portrayal of Muslims in popular media

Lena Khan’s first feature film, "The Tiger Hunter," focuses on a Muslim character.
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Give family and the Lord your attention

Give family and the Lord your attention

I continue to be fascinated by the advances in technology.

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Religious freedom, contraceptive rules get new hearing as Supreme Court sends Notre Dame case back

Religious freedom, contraceptive rules get new hearing as Supreme Court sends Notre Dame case back

Nine months after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of privately held business opting out of contraceptive care mandates under the Affordable Care Act, a nonprofit Roman Catholic university will get the opportunity to again present its case for an exemption.
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