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Stressed Out?

It was kind of you to share my distress. Philippians 4:14 NRSV Stress is universal in our world. Do a quick internet search and you’ll find thousands of pages dedicated to helping us deal with stress. You’ll get suggestions that cover everything from sniffing lavender to jogging to prayer to yoga and so on. The good news is that many of these suggestions will actually help
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Our Words Make a Difference

From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. James 3:10 NRSV There is a difference between couples whose relationships succeed and those who fail. Noted relationship researcher Dr. John Gottman names them the “Masters” of relationship as opposed to the “Disasters.” The difference between the Masters and the Disasters isn’t always what we might think. It’s not
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Quirks and Maps

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known
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Commitment

Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 NRSV Josh and Sarah loved each other deeply. Before God and their families they stood and pledged their lives to each other, vowing to be faithful until death. They wrote their own vows. They vowed that they would let nothing separate them, that they would
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Addiction

The new century presents many challenges. In a time of impatience and selfishness, a person’s wants and desires often can gain instant gratification. Science and culture provide helpful advances and opportunities. However, some people get trapped in a downward spiral of addiction to substances and behaviors used to gratify impatient desires. The word “addiction” technically means that the brain has become neuro-chemically dependent on substances ingested
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