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Top Picks, Children, Prayer

A little girl had been misbehaving. Her mother sent her to her room, saying, “Pray to God and tell God what a naughty little girl you have been.” The little girl went up to her room, but came back down almost immediately. Whereupon her mother asked, “Did you tell God how naughty you have been?” …

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Top Picks | Kindness

In the New York Times best seller based on the author’s convocation address at Syracuse University, George Saunders writes, “here’s something I know to be true: What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering and I responded, sensibly. Reservedly. …

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Top Picks | Weddings | Opposition

A husband and wife, together with their young son, were invited to a neighbor’s wedding. For the little boy, it was the first opportunity to attend such an affair. As the family entered the Church, an usher extended his elbow and asked, “Are you on the bride’s side or the groom’s?” Before his parents could …

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Top Picks | Art Of Living

Henry Thoreau once wrote that the “greatest of all arts is the ‘art of living.’” He said that the people who practice this highest of arts are not artists in the usual sense of painters, sculptors, authors, dancers, actors or musicians. Rather, they are the ones who, through the nobility and kindliness and generosity of …

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Top Picks | Happiness

If you are over 50, there’s a chance you may remember the popular weekly TV game show called “I’ve Got A Secret.” In the show, celebrity panelists would attempt to determine a contestant’s “secret”: something that was unusual, amazing, embarrassing, or humorous about that person. The host would introduce the contestant, and then, without revealing …

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Top Picks | Secret of Happiness |

There once was a very learned philosophy professor who had earned not one, not two, but three post-graduate degrees. And his head was crammed full of just about everything philosophers of every Age had to say about happiness. Still, he pondered the subject incessantly. He was so obsessed with the question that he decided to …

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Top Picks | Trust

There was a young man named Bud who spent two years working in the oil fields of New Mexico in order to earn enough money for college. One winter day, when he was ninety-feet up on a derrick, Bud slipped on some ice that had formed on the platform. As he fell toward the ground, …

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Top Picks | Responsibility | Service

“Why did God choose to make such a world as this?” someone complained to a friend. “I could make a better world than this myself.” The friend replied, “that is the very reason God put you here. To make this a better world. Now go ahead and do your part.”

Top Picks | Trust

Trust Him when dark doubts assail you, Trust Him when your faith is small, Trust Him when simply to trust Him Is the hardest thing of all.

Top Picks | God, Trust In

Rembrandt did a painting which portrays the Biblical story of the storm on the Sea of Galilee. Perhaps some of you have seen it. The little ship occupied by Jesus and the Apostles is being hit by a huge wave. You can sense the shudder running through the whole boat. The storm is all around. …

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Top Picks | Anxiety | Theology

There is a “Peanuts” cartoon strip in which Lucy and Linus are staring out the window at a tremendous rainfall. Lucy says, “Boy, look at that rain! What if it floods the whole world?” Linus replies, “it will never do that. In the ninth chapter of Genesis, God promised Noah that would never happen again, …

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