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Does the command about not taking God's name in vain include swearing?

I can identify with having an unruly tongue. Whenever I bump my toe into a table or graze my bumper on the garage doorframe, the first word that comes to mind typically isn't hallelujah!

Regardless of stubbed toes or bent fenders, we bumbling ...

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How can I figure out what God wants me to do with my life?
How can I figure out what God wants me to do with my life?

There are few things more attractive, more noticeable, than someone who's pursuing an activity he or she loves and is good at. We've all had the remarkable experience of sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher who engages and awakens the ...

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Confronting Sin Versus a Critical Spirit
There is a fine line between helping and criticizing

Q: What's the difference between "seeing sin" in someone else's life and confronting it, and having a critical spirit?

A: The key distinction between recognizing behavior that's ungodly and passing judgment on others is the posture of our heart. Are we ...

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How do I witness to my Hindu friend?
We might need to do more listening than talking.
Can I forgive those who have betrayed me if they are not repentant?

If we wait for those who have hurt us to repent first, we will almost certainly wait for a long, long time. We also give ourselves a justification to stay bitter the rest of our lives.

This cannot be right. Even non-Christian organizations are emerging ...

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The Bible says drunkenness is a sin (Galatians 5:21). But is occasional social drinking okay for Christians?

Although alcohol is by no means a central scriptural issue, the Bible alludes to its use. The problem emerged in Jewish experience after the conquest of Canaan. The land of Canaan flowed not only with milk and honey but with wine as well. The hills of ...

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How can we in the church prevent volunteer burnout?

Good question, because it's a big problem. Josh was one of the most zealous workers we'd seen at church, but I realized he was three steps beyond "weary in well doing" when I read his letter: "My walk with the Lord is nonexistent. I've allowed the pressure ...

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How can I know God's will?
How can I know God's will?
How do I make good decisions? What does God really want from me?

How do I make good decisions? What does God really want from me? Does God care about every little choice I make? The big question behind all of these questions, of course, is this: What's God's will for my life?

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What are the signs of abuse we should look for in a woman's life?

The wife of a verbally or emotionally abusive spouse is one whose self-esteem has been diminished by constant criticism, blaming, name-calling, mocking, manipulation, public embarrassment, or humiliation. She may become more withdrawn and isolated under ...

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How can I reach out to others when I'm an introvert and would rather be alone?

I understand this question because I, too, am an introvert that has to make myself reach out. I first truly understood how difficult this is for me when I was at my friend Mary's house along with a woman who was in campus ministry. This woman told us ...

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How can I handle discouragement and fear?

Many years ago I was walking in Newport Beach, a beach in Southern California, with two friends. Two of us were on staff together at a church, and one was an elder at the same church. We walked past a bar where a fight had been going on inside. The ...

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How can we be thankful when times are tough?
How can we be thankful when times are tough?

A: It's November. The holidays are coming we tell each other, sometimes with a wild, fearful look in our eyes. But think about that word—holidays. Holy days. Its etymology is far removed from its current stress-inducing connotation, but I want ...

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Should I accept my disability, or seek treatment for it?

Amy Julia Becker responded to debates over some preliminary research showing that drug therapy might improve cognitive function in people with Down syndrome. Several high-profile bloggers wrote about this research from the angle of whether Down syndrome ...

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Why do I still feel stuck, even though I confessed my sin?

On a sitcom, one regular character carried meekness to a fault. He bustled into the office muttering, "I'm sorry I'm late."

"You're not late."

"Well then, I'm sorry I'm early," he replied.

"You're not early, either."

"I'm sorry," he sighed.

In some cases ...

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Does how I treat my body really matter to God?
Does how I treat my body really matter to God?

A photo of my seven-week-old nephew, Jayden, shows an irritated expression on his face and a tiny black shirt printed with a white rib cage on his little tummy. Jayden's ensemble was a nod to my family's legendary ability to ignore a gently rumbling ...

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How should we treat gay people?

We should treat them as we would like to be treated. Sound familiar?

My husband, Brad, met Norman when Brad spoke at an interfaith Easter service. Norman approached him and asked if he could talk. In a short time, Brad learned that Norman had been ...

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How should Christians engage attacks from popular culture?

From beach novels (The Da Vinci Code) to art photography (Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ") to music videos (Lady Gaga's "Alejandro") to video games, Christian outrage and criticism have lifted numerous works up from obscurity—and made household ...

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What is the Christian perspective on war?

It was one of the first men to use total war, American Civil War General William Sherman, who used to say, "War is hell!" He was both right and wrong.

It is hellish in its horror and destruction: the unleashing of the forces of evil.

It is hellish in its ...

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How can we embrace our weaknesses?
How can we embrace our weaknesses?

Christians love to talk about strengths. Want proof? Just ask a church leader to list his or her spiritual gifts, talk about his areas of passion, or tell you her Myers-Briggs profile (any other ENTJ's out there?). You're sure to get an enthusiastic ...

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How should Christians think about film and television?

For as long as the church has existed, Christians have embraced the arts as a poignant and effective method for telling the story of the Bible. From visual displays to music to literature, no organization has been more responsible than the church for ...

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