The best way to deal with anger

The author Jim Taylor tells a story about his longtime friend, Ralph. One morning, Ralph woke up at 5:00 a.m. to a terrible thumping noise up on his roof. Still in his pajamas and groggy from just waking up, he walked out into the backyard to investigate…

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Facing life’s challenges with the right perspective

Byron Janis was a world-class concert pianist at the peak of his career. He had spent years studying and practicing and developing his art. Then one day…

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Forgiving in Ernest

The first time I remember being so angry and not willing to forgive was when I was a young boy. A girl who lived in my neighborhood, someone I liked very much, made me some chocolate cookies! Wow! And did they look good…

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Releasing bitterness and embracing grace

It was the week before his freshman year would begin, and Bruce Goodrich was being initiated into the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University…

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Responding to God’s love for you

God’s redemptive work in the lives of His faithful people will naturally provoke worship. Author and pastor Leslie B. Flynn once told a story that illustrates this truth…

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The blessings that are yours today

There was a golfer on the pro tour years ago who was a pompous egomaniac. In his mind, he could do nothing wrong, and he always had a quick excuse for any loss. As if these faults were not enough, he was also not above hustling a few extra dollars playing amateurs in cities on the tour for $50 a hole…

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Leaning on Christ in the midst of loneliness

A woman recognized the famous pastor F. B. Meyer one day in her neighborhood, and she ventured to share her burden with him. For years she had cared for a crippled…

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Struggling with thankfulness

Scottish minister Alexander Whyte was known for his uplifting prayers in the pulpit. That’s because he always found something for which to be grateful. One Sunday morning the weather was so gloomy that one church member thought to himself…

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How to experience the fullest life possible

Thirty years ago, 33-year-old Larry Walters decided he wanted to see his neighborhood from a new perspective. He went down to the local army surplus store one morning and bought 45 used weather balloons…

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Don’t be shaken!

During an earthquake that occurred many years ago, the inhabitants of a small village in South America were terrified as the massive quake shook their village apart…

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