Where’s the Real Life Reset Button?

By: Marci M Oops. Did it again. I know better – really I do – but I keep making the same mistakes. Sometimes it’s new mistakes. Maybe it’s a trivial annoying matter, with the result being a dented fender, another few pounds gained, or an offended friend. (I didn’t mean to.) Sometimes it’s a mess-up of colossal proportions; the fallout may be life-altering or even life-threatening. Is there a real life reset button? Or am I stuck forever in this regret and misery? How can I repair the damag...
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Thanksgiving in Prison

by Lori F. I have a friend in prison. At some point years ago he made choices that are hard to imagine now, but may have seemed like a good idea at the time.  He later made changes in his life, turned over a new leaf, began to come to church, and made friends there, but those earlier choices had not conveniently evaporated, and their aftermath eventually led him to prison.  As Thanksgiving approached I thought about my friend, whether he would get turkey that day. I wondered whether a pri...
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Aren’t a Lot of Religious People Hypocrites?

By Elana B “I don’t need religion. I don’t need to go to church to be a good person or happy. Besides, I think church-goers are all a bunch of hypocrites.” That’s often what I hear, along with: “Your standards are out of date; no one believes them anymore.” These comments are often the basis for criticism or a direct attack, or they’re the basis for a group’s or individual’s fighting back, railing against the loss of morals and decorum in society. The proverbial “gauntlet” is thrown down dail...
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Is There a Path to Follow?

By Chandler F Two years ago my family, friends, and I went backpacking through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Our plan was to hike 25 miles up to a certain peak and then to return. Excitement abounded among us as we camped at the bottom that first night. We were ready. Morning came and we were anxious to begin this great journey through the beautiful mountains. Unfortunately for quite some time, we couldn't figure out where our trail was! This setback was frustrating. Finally my grandfat...
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Finding Christ in Russia

By Vladimir O “I don’t believe in God, and frankly I don’t care whether or not there is a God. “ Big questions of the soul never crossed my teenage mind. I was content with my life and the only thing I really wanted to do was practice the piano, at which I was fairly accomplished. What room was there for religion in my life? I had been baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church as a child, but my family’s relationship with religion was more cultural than spiritual. Then my grandfather died. S...
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