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No Good without God

Sin comes when we take a perfectly natural desire or longing or ambition and try desperately to fulfill it without God. Not only is it sin, it is a perverse ...

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Borrowed Brains

I use not only all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.

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The Necessity of Regeneration

Without regeneration, all human efforts to improve the quality of life (mental or physical) are limited.

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Ben Franklin Fails Attempt at Moral Perfection

In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin wrote:

I conceived the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection. I wished to live without committing ...

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C. S. Lewis on God's Will

"There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.'"

—C. S. ...

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Apology Hot Line Seeks to Relieve Guilt

Jesse Jacobs has made it possible to apologize without actually talking to the person you've wronged.

Jacobs created an apology hotline. People unable ...

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Fire-Walkers Get Burned

At a self-help seminar in Rohrbach, Austria, participants were urged to walk over hot, fiery coals. The purpose of the exercise was to "mobilize their ...

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Man's "Toothache" Is a Nail in the Head

Construction worker Patrick Lawler thought he had a toothache. For almost a week, he tried painkillers and ice packs to reduce the swelling. When nothing ...

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People Find Freedom by Confessing Secrets

Confession has a purpose. At least, that's what Frank Warren, creator of, has come to find. Every week he receives secrets in the form ...

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John Ortberg on Following God Instead of Your Gut

My friend, Jimmy, and his son, Davey, were playing in the ocean down in Mexico, while his family—his wife, daughters, parents, and a cousin—were ...

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