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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After the Storm

May 20, 2013 A devastating, killer tornado struck. But the lives of this woman and her family were saved forever.  Her husband had left her, and she was in the depth of despair, but the tornado miraculously changed all that. "That morning I had wanted to give up.  But when I faced the reality that I might have lost my kids, that I might not see their faces, or hear their laughter again, I changed my mind." "God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform." After the Storm &...
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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 That’s often what I hear, along with: “Your standards are out of date; no one believes them anymore.”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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