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The Best of Both Worlds

The knowledge of God without that of our wretchedness creates pride. The knowledge of our wretchedness without that of God creates despair. The knowledge ...


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Looking Through the Bars

Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud, and one the stars.


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Problems Make Us Try Harder

I was talking with a 29-year-old woman recently. She told me how she was changing and how happy she was that her life was going well. She shared all the ...


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We Are not What We Own

In April 1997, residents of Grand Forks, North Dakota abandoned their possessions to the rising river. Record snowfalls had melted into record spring ...


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Coping with Reality

In real life people disappoint you. They are cruel, and life is cruel. I think there is no win in life. Reality is a very painful, tough thing that you ...


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Death Is the Only Certainty

Joseph Bayly, delightful personal friend now in heaven, was flying from Chicago to the city of Los Angeles. He engaged the woman sitting next to him in ...


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Healing Requires Openness

Self-devastated people are often initially quiet; it hurts too much to air the sordid details. But healing cannot come without it.


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The Despair of William Cowper

William Cowper (1731-1800)

Despite recurring mental illness, he wrote hymns on God's providence.

William Cowper's poetic achievements are remarkable in ...


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The Suicidal Hymnist

William Cowper, who wrote a classic hymn on God's providence--"God Moves in a Mysterious Way His Wonders to Perform"--tried a number of times to commit ...


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When Meditation Isn't the Answer

If I feel the least bit depressed, I don't dare sit and meditate. That's as ridiculous as Joseph trying to meditate his way out of the bedroom of Potiphar's ...


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