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God Isn’t Only Good When You Say So
Tyler Huckabee
By Tyler Huckabee
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It was not a pleasant scene. I was chatting with two wonderful friends, Parker and Meg at their house when we were joined by two surprise guests—Mark and Abigail—who showed up to announce big news: They were pregnant with their first. They’d just had the ultrasound and the baby was healthy as a horse. And, wouldn’t you know, Mark’s employer was giving them a house so that there’d be enough room for Junior to run around, and their parents were just thrilled and oh isn’t God good?

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What Your Gut Feeling Is Actually Telling You
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
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I make a lot of decisions using intuition, which researchers are beginning to understand as more reliable and less mystical than previously thought. Intuition is really about pattern recognition, about subconsciously picking up on conflicting patterns in a situation. One of the more discussed examples of intuitive decision making has to do with a fire chief who, shortly after entering a burning house, commanded all his men leave the house immediately without really understanding why.

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Why You Resist Looking On The Bright Side
Mike Foster
By Mike Foster
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Have you ever done something wrong and then been irritated when someone told you to “look on the bright side?” Sometimes it just feels better to wallow in the sorrow of our own loss/failure without letting anything positive taint it. It’s like we don’t want to accept that anything good could come from the bad we caused.

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Jesus Wants Us To Use Common Sense
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
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In John 7, Jesus decides to go to Galilee and avoid Judea because the Jews in Judea were hatching a plan to kill Him. I often turn my faith into voodoo like seances and emotion-filled prayers in seeking God’s will, while Jesus Himself just uses common sense. I’m not going to Judea, He says, because […]

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What Would You Have Done Differently?
Susan Isaacs
By Susan Isaacs
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My friend Alicia and I used to meet for yoga a few times a week. We loved the strenuous workout, the relaxation… okay, mostly the strenuous workout. We were actresses in our forties and needed to stay fit. We were competitive, too, with the mindsets of our younger, more limber selves — a competition you can never win in yoga, by the way. It didn’t matter how often the teacher said, “Every body is different; don’t compare yourselves to others,” I’d still end up envying some chick who was doing a hand stand while the rest of us were in child’s pose.

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Get Rid of the Takers in Your Life
Donald Miller
By Donald Miller
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My friend Ben, who is an accomplished photographer, told me a long time ago he got rid of the takers in his life. I’ve done the same, and it’s improved my life and relationships for the better. This is a harsh thing to talk about, because most of us think we are supposed to love and be accessible to everybody. But here’s the truth, if you were accessible to everybody, all the time, you’d be spent.

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Is the Advice You’re Giving More Harmful Than Helpful?
John Richmond
By John Richmond
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Our culture habitually judges people by the skewed subjective standard of personal experience. This means that we generally show compassion when it makes sense to us, is convenient, or makes us feel better about ourselves. However, our personal perception does not define reality for other people.

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More Money Won’t Make You More Generous
By Pete Wilson
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Resist the Urge to Create Out of Anger
By Donald Miller
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The Only Religious Formula That Ever Helped Me
By Donald Miller
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Why You’re Terrible At Goodbyes
By Andrea Lucado
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