Starting Fresh

by Bethany D. (From a talk) I was asked to speak about starting fresh in the new year and finding ways to spiritually assess yourself and recommit.  I did not realize how difficult this topic is for me, and I kept thinking about environmental factors that relate to these topics, so I am going to speak about the importance of environment and how it affects our ability to start fresh in the new year, or at any given time, later in my talk. What can we do to have a fresh start in the new ...
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Why Attend Church?

By Robert P There are a number of people who can easily rip apart churches. Those critics view churches as being more interested in political power and control because Our Founding Fathers insisted on the separation of religion and state. Criticism comes when some churches seem dedicated mainly to accumulating wealth for their leaders. Others seem more like social clubs. Religious extremists are positively scary, leading Blaise Pascal to despair: "Men never do evil so completely and cheerful...
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How Can I Forgive Others?

By Richard M. My “conversion” to a life of forgiveness and tolerance began 20 years ago when I lost one of the best jobs I ever had. I was managing a team of engineers, working hard to grow our business, and climbing the ladder of worldly success when the corporation re-organized our division and assigned my team to one of the most selfish and offensive men I had ever known. I tried to adjust to his harsh style. But it was no use. He was rude and evil, and I was horribly offended by things he...
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How Can We Overcome Loneliness?

By Maxine T. I am English and my husband is American. We have lived in America all of our married life. I left my family to move to a country that, while similar in a lot of ways to my country of birth, is still very different. Needless to say, particularly in the early years of our marriage, there was a lot of adjusting. I not only had the learning curve of living with someone new, I also had a new culture to figure out. As newlyweds, my husband was in his last year at university and held...
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How Can I Be Happy?

By Holly T. Someone once told me to put a penny in one of my shoes and for the whole day when I felt the penny in my shoe I should think of one thing I was grateful for. The penny in my shoe was about as irritating as a pebble---at first. But then I remembered the meaning behind it and started thinking of things I was thankful for. It happened more frequently than I thought, and I soon ran out of ideas. But that was when my thinking process changed. I really looked around and started being grat...
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Why Get Married?

By Mallory W. …If you’ll likely get divorced anyway. That is what many statistics show, right?  We often see friends and family members marry seemingly happily, only to have that marriage end in sadness, heartache, and often times bitterness. When there is so much at stake to potentially lose, what do we gain by getting married?  My decision to get married on December 22, 2006 was the second best decision I have ever made. The best decision I have ever made was to get a divorce on March 29, 20...
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