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These Habits Will Help You Fight Comparison

These Habits Will Help You Fight Comparison

  So how do we get out of this self-destructive trap? How do we break the cycle? Ultimately, we embrace our identity as children of God, wholly accepted and loved. But how do we get to that place? First, we have to recognize that it’s not an overnight cure or a magical mental shift. Instead, […]

Vatican Refuses to Go Gluten Free at Communion

Vatican Refuses to Go Gluten Free at Communion

The unleavened bread that Roman Catholics use in the celebration of Mass must contain some gluten, even if only a trace amount, according to a new Vatican directive. The directive, which was dated June 15 but received significant attention only after it was reported by Vatican Radio on Saturday, affirms an existing policy. But it […]

Modesty Isn’t All About Your Clothes

Modesty Isn’t All About Your Clothes

My decision to bring up the topic of modesty feels a little like wading into a shark pool or striking up a conversation about politics at the Thanksgiving table. Because—let’s face it—the subject of modesty riles up a lot of feelings among women. But perhaps the reason this subject gets our nerves rattling and our […]

Salah The Prayer

Salah The Prayer

Salah is the daily ritual prayer enjoined upon all Muslims as one of the five Pillars of Islam.  It is performed five times a day by all Muslims.  Salah is a precise worship, different from praying on the inspiration of the moment.  Muslims pray or, perhaps more correctly, worship five times throughout the day: ·       […]

The Five Pillars Of Islam

The Five Pillars Of Islam

Acting correctly and sincerely on the five pillars transforms a Muslim’s life into one that is in harmony with nature and thus in conformity with the will of the Creator. It inspires one to work towards the establishment of justice, equality and righteousness in society, and the eradication of injustice, falsehood and evil. 1. TESTIMONY […]

How To Become A Better Reader

How To Become A Better Reader

One of the most frequent questions I get is how to keep up with culture. My stock answer is to read voraciously. Then the follow-up comes: How can I become a better reader? Borrowing a phrase from Thomas Jefferson, Susan Wise Bauer rightly maintains that any literate man or woman can become a reader. “All […]

Five Extraordinary Mothers Of The Bible

Five Extraordinary Mothers Of The Bible

1. Sarah: The Mother Who Waited In Genesis 11:30 we learn, “Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.“ This would have grieved both Sarah and Abraham, and in Genesis 15 when the word of the LORD came to Abram he answered, what will you give me LORD since you have not given me an heir? […]

You Really Do Not Want To Sit Beside These Guys In Church

You Really Do Not Want To Sit Beside These Guys In Church

1. The Sneezer These aren’t the people who sneeze into the crook of their arm. I’m talking the sneeze-directly-into-my-hand-and-then-wipe-snot-all-over-their-palms people. The Sneezer takes many forms: A mom with allergies, an old man with a common cold, or a kid with nose so runny it’s nicknamed “Old Faithful.” The Safe Zone: While you’ll be safe from […]

Why Gratitude Should Be A Gift In Every Season Of Your Life

Why Gratitude Should Be A Gift In Every Season Of Your Life

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. –Henry Ward Beecher The fact that we had made it meant so much. Our first Thanksgiving together was a miracle of sorts. This fragile, blended family had endured so much in such a short amount of time, many could have fairly reckoned we might not […]

How To Rise Above Limitations As Youths

How To Rise Above Limitations As Youths

How are you spending your youth? Are you sleeping in late, looking for fun but feeling confused, and bouncing around from one odd job and casual relationship to another? Or are you getting up each day determined to go on whatever new adventure God has for you, no matter much commitment and responsibility that involves? […]