Christian View: Personal


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Virtues Virtues

Virtues

Read Time: 3 min.

Honesty. Truthfulness. Purity. Kindness. Forgiveness. Courage. Humility. Obedience. Integrity. Faithfulness. Trustworthiness. Peace. Mercy. Compassion. Perseverance. Love. Hope. Moderation. Generosity. Wisdom. Patience. Common Sense. Diligence. Forgiveness. Endurance. Cheerfulness. Gentleness. Self-control. Serenity. Loyalty. Contentment. Strength. Joy. Purity. Unity. Faith. Respect. Dignity. Hono...


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Being a Good Person? Being a Good Person?

Being a Good Person?

Read Time: 5 min.

“I’m a good person.” “I try to live a good life.” “Everybody’s got their issues, but X is one of the good guys.” We hear these kinds of statements constantly. We might even say them ourselves. But what does it mean to be a good person? What does our culture have to say about it? I checked Twitter to see what came up the most commonly. People were saying things like “being a friend,” “having good m...


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Self-Control Self-Control

Self-Control

Read Time: 3 min.

Self-control is one of those things we all wish we had more of. For a lot of us it’s food (pepperoni pizza, mmmmm); for others, video games, or texting, or constantly refreshing Twitter. For some of us, it gets to the point where there’s an actual addiction involved, and then our problems get even harder to deal with. But self-control goes beyond just dealing with temptations to pleasure. Ever try...


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Fear Fear

Fear

Read Time: 3 min.

The horror writer H. P. Lovecraft says that “the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” While I’d disagree that fear is the strongest emotion, it’s surely one of the strongest. What else can get your heart racing (and your feet pounding!) the way fear does? …Which is why we’re all interested in getting rid of our fearful ...


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Peace Peace

Peace

Read Time: 4 min.

You may have come to this article wondering, “Where can I personally find peace?” If by that you mean “How can I get bad crap to stop happening in my life,” unfortunately, the answer is “Nowhere.” Nobody’s found a pause button for life yet. If you do find it, let us know! We’d like to use it too. But maybe you don’t mean that. Instead you mean, “How can I continue to live my life and still find re...


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Hope Hope

Hope

Read Time: 4 min.

“I hope it doesn’t rain during the picnic tomorrow.”  “I hope their marriage works out.”  “I hope this new year is a good one.”  “I hope she forgives me.” “I hope the last second three-point shot goes in!” You don’t have to go far in life to hear people using the word “hope.” In that sense, hope is an everyday human occurrence. But hope is also a central part of the Christian experience—a virtue t...


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Loneliness Loneliness

Loneliness

Read Time: 4 min.

Loneliness is an odd thing. We all recognize it when it happens, and yet it’s not that easy to get at what exactly it is, or how to prevent it. A person stuck at home because of illness or disability is likely to be lonely with very little human contact, but so is a mother or father of young children who spends the whole day with under-fives and can’t even get enough privacy to go to the toilet al...


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Happiness Happiness

Happiness

Read Time: 4 min.

Happiness. Everyone wants to be happy, right? I certainly do. After all, the right to the “pursuit of happiness” is written right into the U.S. Declaration of Independence! And pursue it we do. Why else do we throw so much money at toys, at amusement, at sex, at experiences ranging from helicopter skiing to dog sledding? Why spend so much time constructing miniature railroad worlds, building enorm...


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Work Work

Work

Read Time: 4 min.

What does Christianity believe about work? And how does that impact YOUR work, whatever it may be? Work Has a Meaning Christians believe that work isn’t just something you do because you have to eat, and you need money. Work is one of the things God designed people for, and so it has meaning for us. The Bible tells us that people were made in the image of God, and one of the first things the Bible...


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Rest Rest

Rest

Read Time: 4 min.

Gotta go to work. Gotta get the kids picked up. Gotta get dinner…meeting tonight …Why did you wait till 8:30 to tell me you needed that tomorrow? Out we go again…Kids finally in bed, thank God, now I can get to that paperwork…  It can’t be THAT late already? Better set the alarm LOUD, I’ll never get up in time tomorrow… Most of us don’t get enough rest. We are a world of underslept, under-relaxed,...


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Humility Humility

Humility

Read Time: 7 min.

Meek. Humble. Humility. When is the last time you heard someone resolve to be more humble? Or saw “humility” listed as a strong point on someone’s resume? Has anyone ever told you, “Oh, by the way, I’ve just found this great set of self-improvement videos and I’m spending the next eight weeks trying to develop inner humility”? I’m guessing not. Humility is a good thing, but it’s terribly misunders...


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Wealth Wealth

Wealth

Read Time: 7 min.

When it comes to money and wealth, we always look at those who have more than us: Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and other members of the ‘1%.’ Those people are wealthy, no doubt. But what if we flipped our perspective? What if we look at who is behind us on a global scale? There is a website that does this—you can put in your yearly income and see where you land compared to the world’s population. Th...


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Mental Health Mental Health

Mental Health

Read Time: 6 min.

What do Christians think about mental illness? There are a lot of stereotypes out there, unfortunately. You can find people, Christian or not, who have TERRIBLE ideas like these: Mental illness is not real. Anybody who claims to have it just needs to try harder (take more vitamins, put on a happy face, get out of the house—fill in the obnoxious advice of your choice); Mental illness is the same th...


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Identity Identity

Identity

Read Time: 6 min.

Not everyone is comfortable with who they are, and the world knows this all too well. Digital and print advertisements prey on our desire to be the best version of ourselves. We are constantly exposed to commercial branding that would have us reinvent our identity again and again. From hair color to the perfect car, many of these products are aimed at reflecting, enhancing, and in some cases, crea...


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Pornography Pornography

Pornography

Read Time: 5 min.

Have you ever come across pornography on the internet when you weren’t looking for it? You’re not alone. Even 70+% of teenagers encounter porn online by accident. The internet’s anonymity and accessibility has led to a flood of pornographic production and consumption in our society. In 2001, it’s estimated that there were 70,000 porn websites; by 2005, there were 4.2 million. More pornographic vid...


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Purpose Purpose

Purpose

Read Time: 5 min.

What is the point of all this? Why am I here? This aspect of our humanity separates us from all other creatures. The answer to this deep, soul-searching quest is personal. No individual’s journey is the same when they seek to work through their own reality and circumstances. The answer, like most things in life, isn’t simple or one-dimensional. We will always encounter another layer or level as we...


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Anxiety Anxiety

Anxiety

Read Time: 7 min.

Never been anxious? Please share your secret with humanity. Anxiety is a part of life for most people.  At some level, we’ve all probably felt anxious about something: finding love, affording life, a future without our loved ones, deadlines, change—the list goes on, endlessly! Anxiety is a complex issue that affects people in different forms and with different levels of severity. It can look like ...


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Suicide Suicide

Suicide

Read Time: 7 min.

Suicide can be a heavy, challenging topic. If you struggle with suicidal thoughts, or if you have lost a friend or family member to suicide, you might feel wounded or scarred by the experience. You might feel restless when the topic is raised in conversation. If someone you love has committed suicide, you might also feel ashamed that he couldn’t face his problems, hurt that she left you behind, co...