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New Year

NJ Christian Councilwoman Is Fatally Shot Outside Her Home

NJ Christian Councilwoman Is Fatally Shot Outside Her Home

A 30-year-old Republican councilwoman from Sayreville, New Jersey, was killed Wednesday evening outside her home.

How to Maintain Our “Holiday Spirit” All Year Round

How to Maintain Our “Holiday Spirit” All Year Round

What if we decided that the holiday treatment we restrict to a season would become year-round? What would our communities, families, and lives look like then?

New Year's Resolutions for American Politicians

New Year's Resolutions for American Politicians

I stopped making New Year’s resolutions for myself a few years ago. I found them to be pointless goals that I was not going to chase just because the calendar flipped. Instead, I use the New Year to examine my weekly rhythms and routines to see what I need to change.

My personal disavowal of New Year’s resolutions does not extend to other people. No public figures are coming to me for advice, but if they were, these are the New Year’s resolutions I would recommend.

An Empowering Mantra for the New Year

An Empowering Mantra for the New Year

The best way to prepare for the hard times sure to come is to place our lives in God’s hand today and each day as each day comes.

Will God Lead Me into My Best Life in the New Year?

Will God Lead Me into My Best Life in the New Year?

We find thousands of examples of his kindness and compassion throughout the Bible, encounters where his miraculous mercy and benevolent grace carved his name on the hearts of his followers. We can remember scores of times when he answered our prayers, forgave our sins, and met our needs as well. And yet, if you’re like me, there is this nagging doubt in the back of your mind, this unstated but persistent question: Will he do it again? Will God do for me in the future what he has done for us in the past? Will he meet my needs in the new year, whatever they turn out to be? Will he lead me into my very best life? Will he redeem my struggles and faults? Will he carve his name on my heart in love?

Some Potential Resolutions for Our Government Agencies and Elected Leaders

Some Potential Resolutions for Our Government Agencies and Elected Leaders

As we close out 2021 and get ready to start 2022, I would like to suggest some new year's resolutions for some of our government leaders and agencies. If they follow my advice, I think they – and the rest of us – will have a much better 2022.

Near Year's Resolutions about God Are Popular, Lifeway Poll Shows

Near Year's Resolutions about God Are Popular, Lifeway Poll Shows

According to a new Lifeway Research survey that examined what Americans focus on at the start of a new year, health, faith and finances are the three most common topics of New Year’s Resolutions.

3 Resolutions to End This Year and Begin the Next

3 Resolutions to End This Year and Begin the Next

Years ago, a dear friend quoted Jesus’ call to give others “a cup of water in my name” (Mark 9:41 NIV) and remarked that we often focus on the water or the name, but seldom both. How can we do both? Let’s consider three “resolutions” as ways to end this year and begin the next.

Forgiveness and Gratitude Are the New Year's Resolutions That Will Actually Lead to Happiness

Forgiveness and Gratitude Are the New Year's Resolutions That Will Actually Lead to Happiness

Harvard professor Arthur C. Brooks has a terrific article in The Atlantic titled, “New Year’s Resolutions That Will Actually Lead to Happiness.” After surveying literature regarding our typical difficulties in keeping resolutions for the new year, he determines that “the key to success is positive motivation.” Then he identifies the two motivations that most lead to happiness: forgiveness and gratitude.

Fasting Health: The Physical Affects the Spiritual

Fasting Health: The Physical Affects the Spiritual
Through fasting, the body becomes a servant instead of a master. When Jesus directs us to do something, the outcome is always beneficial, both spiritually and physically.
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