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Ten Ways to Be a Happier Person

December 6th, 2016

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” —Martha Washington … Continue reading

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The History of Favorite Christmas Carols

December 1st, 2016

The practice of singing carols began centuries ago. People sang carols or songs of celebration and joy for all seasons. Traditionally, carols were sung at pagan celebrations, but early Christians encouraged new converts to sing songs that represented Christianity. These … Continue reading

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Confusing New Cremation Guidelines From Catholic Church

December 1st, 2016

Recently, the Vatican issued guidelines about cremation and scattering ashes. If you only saw the following headlines, you might be confused: • Vatican Issues New Cremation Guidelines for ‘Faithfully Departed’ • Final resting place: Vatican releases instruction on burial, cremation … Continue reading

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Are You Guilty of Ageism?

November 22nd, 2016

On September 19 in Japan, the elderly will be celebrated and honored on what is actually a public holiday called “Respect for the Aged Day.” Those individuals who reach the age of 100 receive a commemorative cup from the government. … Continue reading

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Dealing With Grief at the Holidays

November 10th, 2016

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” —Washington Irving … Continue reading

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A Biblical Perspective on Debt

November 4th, 2016

Managing money can be a challenge for some people. It can be difficult to figure out how to cover all of your expenses, especially if you are living paycheck to paycheck. This may make it tempting to get a credit … Continue reading

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One House, Three Faiths

November 1st, 2016

Jerusalem is often considered one of the holiest cities, not only by Christians and Jews, but those of the Islamic faith as well. During one period in history, the city was thought to be the center of the world. Jews … Continue reading

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Creating a Positive Legacy for Your Family

October 25th, 2016

Although it’s not a national holiday, August is often referred to as “What will be your legacy month.” Each person will leave a legacy to his or her family, whether he or she plans to or not. Most people think … Continue reading

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Signs Your Teenager Is Abusing Drugs

October 19th, 2016

Parenting a teenager can be a challenge. Almost all teenagers are dealing with raging hormones, and that can make them difficult to be with. Even the most well-behaved teenager is bound to have his or her moments. It’s understandable considering … Continue reading

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How to Have a Successful Youth Group

October 12th, 2016

As a youth pastor, you probably desire to have lots of teenagers in your youth group. Even if you are starting out small, you likely want to see the numbers grow. While you know that it isn’t necessarily the number … Continue reading