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    Overcoming Stress: Part 2

    Last week’s blog was on what stress is and where it comes from. If you haven’t read that post, I suggest you read it first, or at least go back and read it after this one. Basically, stress comes from the feeling of being overwhelmed by circumstances, of being loaded down with things that need dealing with. It’s can be the feeling of losing control of life to external circumstances. The cure for being stressed is to have faith in God to guide you through the trials and tribulations of life, not to eliminate them. Jesus tells us, “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer;…

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    Overcoming Stress: Part 1

    Stress can make you sick, It can be a killer. It is a significant factor in bringing on heart attacks. At the least, it can cause psychological pain and give you ulcers. The multimillion-dollar antacid business is founded to a large degree on stress. Negative Stress need not be a factor in your life. By negative stress I mean harmful stress that causes you problems. A Slight amount of stress can be advantageous. For instance, It can help you in sports and other contests and games. But most stress can be overcome. Stress is a feeling of strain or pressure. It is a type of psychological pain caused by stressors…

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    A State of the Blog Post

    This is the start of 2020, a new year, a new decade, and one-fifth, 20 percent, of this century is gone already. I think it’s a good idea to let my loyal readers know what’s going on with the blog, and why it doesn’t look any better than it does. New readers will also have a better understanding of the blog and where it’s going. Problems do exist with the blog, and I’ll address some of them here. Readers may have suggestions that I haven’t seen yet. The reason for that is below. I am going to address the problems shortly, hopefully by the end of February. Some will be…

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    New Year’s Resolution, Part Two

    The main thought last week was that a Christian’s main new year’s resolution should be to follow Christ’s example for you and to follow His Great Commandment to witness and evangelize. It’s important to understand exactly what you’re resolving to do. A lot of confusion exists around this topic, so I’m going to try resolving some of the confusion here. Christ’s Great Commandment to us is to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength (Matthew 22:37-39; Mark 12:30; also Deuteronomy 6:5; 10:12). Love here in Greek is agapao, meaning a commitment, a devotion directed by the will. It is commanded of Christians by God. God is to…

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    Making New Year’s Resolutions? Part One

    This is the time of year when many people think about making a resolution to do or not do something in the coming year. Jokes about the resolutions abound on social media, and friends ask each other if they’re making one, and if so what it is. What are you planning to achieve in 2020? An idea for resolution making I suggest is evaluating yourself in the light of what the Bible expects of you. Are you doing everything according to biblical standards? It is hard to make an accurate self-evaluation, so you may want to talk about it with trusted friends or your pastor. The Bible says that when…

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    Understanding Christmas

    Almost everyone has some idea of what Christmas celebrates. Almost all know that it celebrates the birth of Jesus, and He is the founder of Christianity. Not very many people, though, have taken the time to think about Christmas and to understand exactly what the celebration means to and for them. And, the commercialization of His birthday starts before Halloween with stores putting up decorations nearly three months in advance. This has backfired to a large extent, with shoppers rebelling against the early decorations, and many of them actually stop shopping at stores that overly commercialize Christmas. But still, the import of the day is minimized in most peoples’ minds.…

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    Your Christian Brand

    Who you are is your personal brand, and it’s not what you project to the world. Your personal brand is how you are perceived by others and what they say about you in your absence. Branding is important in business. In the last few years marketing experts have come to realize that a brand is not just a logo and a slogan, but the customer experience with a company. And, as a Christian, God’s “brand” depends on what others think of you and what they say about you when you’re not there. Most often you don’t know what others are saying, but it’s your brand. And by proxy, it’s God’s…

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    Stopping Mass Murder, Part 2

    Last week’s blog gave an overview of the problem of mass murder and school shootings. This week I’ll focus on school shootings and the main underlying cause which is bullying. Bullying is a wide subject, because it encompasses a lot more than most people realize. It’s actually a subcategory of conflict, both mental and physical, that is found in the bully. Stopping school shootings requires a two-pronged response of working with the bully and working with their victims. It is the victims that turn out to be school shooters. Bullying comes in many forms found in four main categories: verbal; physical; psychological; and cyberbullying. Most people usually think of the…

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    How to Stop Mass Murder

    Mass murder here is defined as being committed by just one or two persons, as in the case of Columbine, Colorado, where 18 students were killed by two boys. It excludes such events as the Boston massacre and others. Primarily, the focus is on school shootings. Most of these shootings occur in the United States, but they are found in Taiwan, Israel, Yemen, the Philippines, China, New Zealand and other countries. The first one occurred on October 19, 1923, at the Waikato School in New Zealand. The attempts to stop the killings have included stricter gun laws, putting metal detectors at entrances to schools, putting armed officers inside the schools,…

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    Good Enough Isn’t

    A trend exists today that good enough to get by is all that’s necessary, that doing your best isn’t required. Why put out the extra work to do everything right when no one will notice anyway? And in business, just good enough will save you time and money- maybe. But doing things just good enough to get by can cost you in the long run. I watch a lot of videos on photography to learn more about what I’m doing so that I can do a better job and make better photographs. A number of the instructors for the editing program I use say that building a mask on one…