How Generous Should A Good Christian Be?

During my Master's program when we were relatively poor I went to the local supermarket and found some fantastic sales on foods we enjoy - cheese, hamburger, pork shoulder, it was quite a list. So I felt impressed to buy twice as much as usual, and went home.  My wife was delighted.  She had been visiting a mother who was literally starving.  She felt spiritual promptings to help her immediately, but we did not have the food.  And then I walked in, at which point she took half and went to de...
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Strengthening Marriage Through Marriage Enrichment Programs

The Family: A Proclamation to the World states marriage partners have "a solemn obligation to love and care for each other." This love and care requires intentional effort. One way is through marriage enrichment programs. Many religious organizations, public institutions, and private groups have developed enrichment programs. The best ones teach couples skills to make their marriages strong, satisfying, and enduring. Underwhelming Participation Unfortunately, very few couples take advan...
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It’s a Wonderful Life

  In this continuation of yesterday’s post (An Honest Person), I decided to name it after my favorite movie of all time, which I had never seen until well into my thirties, when I was staying with my oldest brother and his family one Christmas holiday. It reinforced what I suppose I always knew – that everyone’s life has meaning, and that little things can cause huge ripple effects, a lot of times when we aren’t even aware of them. But more on that another day. So there I was, in ...
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Can Little Things Bring Great Joy?

By Jay F How can I be a better neighbor?  How can I love my brother?  It’s the little things that matter. Some time ago, I observed a good friend of mine writing something.  I inquired as to what it was.  She explained that it was a postcard to her grandmother.  I think I probably furrowed my brow a bit and made some remark about it being a lot easier to just shoot off an email.  She said that her grandmother liked getting postcards.  I still didn’t really understand, but what she said nex...
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How Can a Church Help Me in My Life?

By Seth D. I have many friends who recognize the importance of spirituality in their lives but the history of organized religions becomes a stumbling block in their path. Unfortunately many of this generation have abandoned the idea that a church can be of any assistance to them in their lives. They have seen that wars have been waged under religious pretenses and that many religious people might appear to be pious on the surface, but are hypocritical in their actions. But don’t stop eating j...
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How can I Know God Knows and Loves Me?

By Brynley L. My life has been full of challenges. I have witnessed and experienced the heartbreak of abuse; I have been the child of a bitter divorce; I have been the target of prolonged and vicious bullying; I have battled anxiety and depression, and I have combated painful loneliness. Yet, throughout my life, even in the midst of my most serious trials, I have also been blessed to see God’s hand operating and to know and feel of His love for me. This great blessing has provided (and contin...
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