C.S. Monitor

Having a childlike summer

Perhaps we need to worry less and appreciate more the good that we have. Be a little less rigid about schedules and activities. Embracing the childlike qualities will often restore joy and balance to our lives.
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Being there

One of the most important qualities of fatherhood is simply . . . . being there.
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The time to pray is now

Daily prayer is an effective protection. We need to pray daily to be delivered from evil, as Jesus taught in the Lord s Prayer. Prayer does prevent evil from succeeding. But we need to do it.
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Handling success

How do we pray to overcome feeling guilty about success? The answer is to think less about yourself and more about God.
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True repentance is love of good

Freedom from depression, confidence that something good can happen, happiness are found in God. The good you are looking for is pouring out to you from this spiritual source. God, divine Love, is talking to you 24 hours a day.
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God isn’t too busy

One might question praying about lost tickets. Isn t God busy with more important matters? God is not a human being with a limited schedule or limited capacity. God creates harmony and order. It is not an effort for Him to maintain it.
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Public speaking with prayer

Do you freeze in front of a crowd or avoid speaking in groups? Do you worry about saying the right thing? God s answer helps anyone praying about public speaking.
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Ten thoughts of praise

The essence of Thanksgiving is acknowledging God as the Giver of good. Praising God comforts. Praising God lifts sorrow and burden. Praising God heals.
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Taking chance out of Christmas

Have we confused the chance of Santa with the certainty of Christ? Do we make lists of request hoping that a few will be answered by a benevolent God? Do we think of God as arbitrary, overworked, remote (residing at a heavenly North Pole)?
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Faith as a grain of mustard seed

How can we nurture our faith in the power of God? First by planting our faith in good soil or a human consciousness rich in morality, strong in willingness to put God first.
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Resolve arguments with grace

Our opinion might be right. Our words might be eloquent. But right words pounding against a closed door will not reach the heart within. Grace is the key that unlocks the door.
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Live in the now

It is tempting to live in the past or dream of the future instead of doing today. God is pouring forth abundant good today. Let s not miss today s good.
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How to pray when we have too much to do

God does not give us more than we can do, nor does He give us too little time to accomplish His work. If the demands seem extraordinary, turn to God trusting that He has an extraordinary supply of right ideas.
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Truth brings freedom

True freedom is based on honesty, obedience and boldness in the truth. We will never win our own and others permanent freedom by keeping silent over immorality and wrong-doing.
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Thanksgiving in July

As we were enjoying foods in July traditionally associated with November, I began thinking about gratitude as a year-round event. Shouldn t we be just as conscious about giving gratitude for all blessings in summer as in fall?
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Prayer can help with exams

Communion time with God always prepared me for the day ahead. As God’s reflection, I expressed the Mind of God. Whatever God knew, I knew by reflection.
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A perfect Mother’s Day commandment

Honor thy father and thy mother: . . . Sometimes mothers need loving support. Rather than being afraid for them or justifying their fears, we can help mothers challenge fear and regain their independence and dignity.
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Thou shalt not covet

The underlying theme of much advertising is to awaken the covetous inclination of people. Coveting is big business. How can we defend ourselves from covetousness?
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Thou shalt not commit adultery

Proving our love by having sex without marriage is like the ancient ritual of sacrificing to idols. Sex is like an idol. We are worshipping idols when we put sex before obedience to God.
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The resurrection thought

Are we like Thomas? There are Christians whose faith in the Word of God, the promises of the power of God to heal and save, is shaken by the world around them. They become mesmerized by world events. This is what happened to Thomas.
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Thou shalt not steal or cheat

I realized there was no such thing as cheating just a little or justifying stealing. One is either affirming God s presence and ability to guide us, or one is ignoring God.
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There is always time for prayer

Whether in a closet in a hotel room, walking to a destination, or driving a car to work, God is providing us with opportunities to pray and listen for His guidance and inspiration.
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Start the New Year with gratitude

Gratitude does not come once a year on Christmas. Learning to maintain an attitude of gratitude will sweeten life s experiences, renew our enthusiasm, reveal God s power over our lives.
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When God’s word is not what we want to hear

In honor of Martin Luther King, I was thinking about a courageous Ethiopian who spoke the truth even when it was unpopular. Ebedmelech was a high-ranking Ethiopian who served Zedekiah, king of Judah from 597-586 B.C. (Jeremiah 38).
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Walking with God in a snowstorm

I thought I had been praying. Wasn t I asking God to help me? Wasn t I asking Him to send me someone to take me home? But right there in the biting cold, I realized what was wrong with my prayer.
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Gratitude at the holidays

Mom had been praying this entire time. Not pleading with God to do something, but the prayer of praise. Knowing that the nature of God is good and that God naturally provides good for His children.
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Do a good deed today

Perhaps if we think of Christ Jesus as the model for action, we will be willing to look for opportunities to express love to one another.
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Christmas and the stranger

Most of the immigrants which we see in our community will not be home for the holidays. If we help just one individual far from home, the universal message of Christmas will be seen to shine through us.
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