An examined life
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Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Like other philosophers in the single-digit centuries, he asked a big question: What gives life meaning? He answered with ideas that became basic material for the philosophical building blocks of Western civilization. Such as, because we are people and not animals, vegetables, or rocks, we can take a long, hard look at ourselves. We can live an examined life. The examined life is the cornerstone of the Christian life. Embracing our... Read More
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February is the month of love. How is that going for you? Are you more loving in your interactions? Have your feelings for your spouse, children, parents, and friends increased and resulted in renewed expressions of love?  If we’re honest, most of us are operating like cell phones on low battery mode. The busyness of life and the hassles and heartaches drain us till we feel, well, nothing.  Our cell phones give us a warning. A box appears to let... Read More
I’m single and I love my life
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Parents really love it when their 20-something kids start settling down with a steady boyfriend or girlfriend, and they really get excited when there is engagement news. Pre-grandparents get all giggly when they envision holding a baby in their arms again. Those feelings are understandable and natural. But parents (and grandparents) need to be careful about marriage pressure. It’s okay to want to set up your granddaughter with your friend’s handsome grandson. But accept and respect the fact that singleness... Read More
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The Roman orator Cicero (106–43 b.c.) is credited with saying, “Where there is life there is hope.” He made that astute observation decades before a young Jewish woman felt the Son of God kicking inside of her, giving mankind the hope of eternal life. Much later, another Jewish girl turned the phrase to sustain herself through the daily torment of the Holocaust. Her observation was equally profound: “Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes... Read More
Spirits of the afterlife
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Halloween is one of the biggest nights of the year, at least if you run a bar, sell candy, or rent costumes. People are endlessly fascinated with the legends and mythology of death, spirits, and the afterlife. Trick-or-treat, jack-o-lanterns, cobwebs, and the colors of black and orange dominate stores for the entire month of October. Some of it is harmless fun, and some of what goes on is evil—the vandalism and fascination with black magic and satanic powers. We have... Read More