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J. Stephen Lang Work has become a four-letter word for many people. Societies go through cycles—one generation works hard and plays little, another generation reverses the trend. Right now we seem to be in a pro-play, anti-work feeling. We seem to have forgotten the truth of William James’s statement: “Nothing is work unless you would rather be doing something else.” In other words, if you truly enjoy work, it isn’t work. Maybe we’ve neglected this truth and fallen prey to the “can’t wait till Friday” mentality. The Bible makes no pleasant promises to people who spend their entire work week…

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Breaking Free From The Crippling Effects of Stress Anxiety, worry, and tension are some of the most destructive forces we can face. They sap our strength and slowly undermine our faith, keeping us from maturing in the Lord (Luke 8:14). If we are to grow in our relationship with Jesus, we must discover God’s plan for freedom from the crippling cycle of stress. Stress’ Source of Power Anxiety, worry, and tension occur when we face a situation and choose to rely upon our own strength rather than upon God and His Word. Maybe we have forgotten that God can handle…

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Jim Burns – Contributing Writer Most parents are doing a good job of parenting, but don’t realize it. All parents should understand that there are no perfect families. I know for sure that mine isn’t! Likewise, there is no perfect parenting method. Still, my wife Cathy and I have settled on what we believe to be the 10 essential ingredients for building and maintaining a happy family. Here they are presented in an “overview” form. For a more in-depth look at these issues, you may find my book, The 10 Building Blocks for a Happy Family, helpful! 1.  Be there for…

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By Pat Robertson There is no way of knowing for certain that someone is hearing from God, unless that person has been listening to God over a long period of time and then testing what he or she has heard. Such people have become accustomed to discerning God’s voice (see John 10:27). There are many others, however, who think they are hearing from God when maybe they are not. How annoying are the super spiritual who always say, “God told me this–God told me that–God told me this other?” It seems that their every thought is a revelation from God. God…

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Seven Tips on How to Talk to Difficult People Dr. Linda Mintle – Therapist & Author We all have difficult people in our lives. You know, the uncle who argues every point, the boss who constantly criticizes your work, the mother who plays the martyr, or the neighbor who is looking for trouble. Difficult people aren’t born that way, but become difficult through childhood attachment problems, poor choices, blaming others, and having negative experiences related to loss and trauma. Difficult people escalate conflict and create drama. Excessive anger is often related to disappointment and issues of emotional neglect. Anger is…

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