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Can You Make Joy a Habit?

  1. 19th February 2020
  2. Adam J. West

You've undoubtedly heard the adage: "We're all creatures of habit." What about you? Are you experiencing joy from positive, quality, healthy habits that bring happiness to your life? Or, are you trapped by vicious negative habits and destructive behaviors that rob you of a joy-filled life? Do you want to change? There is hope! God has given you free moral agency...

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The Search

  1. 15th February 2020
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

In his famous book Man’s Search for Meaning, Dr. Viktor Frankl wrote of his horrific experiences as a survivor of Nazi concentration camps. Frankl, a psychiatrist, approached his imprisonment with a scientist’s analytical mind. He observed that prisoners who had a clear goal or a cause greater than themselves were the ones most likely to carry on and survive,...

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When I was in elementary school, one of my favorite parts of the day was recess. Teachers would take us outdoors for sunshine, fresh air, and exercise—once in the morning and once in the afternoon. One game I especially enjoyed was kickball—a cross between dodge ball and baseball. We could not wait for those fun breaks from reciting math tables, correcting...

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The Bible Food Laws vs. Coronavirus

  1. 08th February 2020
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

The world is anxiously watching the coronavirus, which originated in central China. Appearing suddenly, it rapidly spread in Wuhan, a city of 11 million located in Hubei province (population 58 million). The Chinese government has severely restricted all travel, attempting to quarantine several cities. Despite these drastic measures, the virus—which has flu-like...

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What are You Afraid of?

  1. 05th February 2020
  2. Roger Meyer

People have all kinds of fears. Even the bravest among us, though they may not like to admit it, have a fear or two lurking in the mind. Whether it be a common one, like the fear of public speaking (Glossophobia), or a quirky one, like the fear of clowns (Coulrophobia), fears are unpleasant. What are you afraid of? Most of us are able to function normally,...

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The End of Failure

  1. 01st February 2020
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

A major railroad in the United States had a sign posted near the entrance of its expansive repair facility, where it maintained the rolling stock of the railway. The sign read, “Every accident is a result of the failure of man, methods, or material.”

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Joy Inexpressible

  1. 29th January 2020
  2. Bill Long

On January 27, a number of national and international events took place as part of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. It was on that day in 1945 that over 7,000 prisoners were liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp in southern Poland.

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Recognizing Idolatry Today

  1. 25th January 2020
  2. J. Davy Crockett III

The idea that modern society is influenced by idolatry seems ludicrous. Surely, most educated people have moved beyond behaviors that involve paganism—haven’t they? Hasn’t scientific progress liberated people from ancient superstition? You may think, “This is a pretty safe subject for me. I’m certainly not influenced by idolatry!” Don’t be too sure. The Bible...

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Honesty Is Healthy—No Lie!

  1. 18th January 2020
  2. Richard Franz

If you are in the habit of telling lies, then your “pants on fire” may not be your only problem. So says researcher Susan Guibert. Research from the University of Notre Dame was presented at the 2012 American Psychological Association’s annual convention, revealing that people who were able to reduce the number of lies they told over a period of ten weeks...

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The Modern Malady of Mockery

  1. 15th January 2020
  2. Roger Meyer

Mockery has been around throughout mankind’s history, but in recent times it seems to have become increasingly common to mock competitors, public personalities, and authority figures—and even God, Christ, the Bible, and religion in general. The Bible warns that mockers sit “in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1).

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