HOW DO WE RESPOND TO UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES

HOW DO WE RESPOND TO UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES On the day of rejoicing called Palm Sunday, a storm cloud was approaching, that within a week, Jesus would be crucified. But a greater triumph would be secure: the resurrection and yet; Jesus was weeping as Luke tells us. As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he …

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HOW TO EMPOWER THE LIVES OF OTHERS IN THEIR BROKENNESS

Nobody likes to be disciplined, but when it is done right it brings about a healthy outcome. One of the most difficult challenges of being a parent is having to discipline your children. Everything is great when kids obey, but then they say or do something that needs to be addressed, then it causes tension. …

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DISCOVER HOW TO QUENCH THE THIRST IN OUR LIVES

Survival experts talk about the rule of three. You can live without air for about 3 minutes, without water for 3 days, and without food for about three weeks. Obviously, there are exceptions, but that is generally the limits for human existence. It is interesting that Jesus describes a relationship with God in terms that …

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HOW TO SHATTER A FALSE SENSE OF SELF

One of the most difficult things to do is to shatter people’s biases and prejudices. People today speak of tolerance and openness of mind regarding ideas, values, and lifestyles, but the reality is that our world is filled with self-righteousness, intolerance, and blindness in relationship to what is healthy, virtuous, and loving. This can be …

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HOW TO EXPERIENCE A NEW DIMENSION OF LIVING

What brings true fulfilment in life? Once the basic needs of life are met, then what? For many it is simply the acquisition of more things, experiences, adventures, and novelties. For some they are looking to discover something new as the old becomes boring. There is a restlessness in the human experience, and it can …

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HOW TO MANAGE OUR EMOTIONS IN A HEALTHY WAY

When Marion Duckworth was in first grade, the Depression had just ended, and talking about anything related to sex especially sexual abuse was taboo. So when an older man coaxed her away from her paper dolls one afternoon and fondled her, Marion felt she had to keep her dirty secret to herself. And she did.                  …

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HOW INTELLIGENT PEOPLE CAN MAKE DISASTROUS DECISIONS

Cognitive dissonance is the mental stress people experience when they are exposed to information that conflicts with their beliefs, values, ideals, and actions. There are two responses to cognitive dissonance: to dig in and continue in your current way of thinking and acting by dismissing and fighting the evidence mounting against your position, or, the …

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