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The Old Testament Made Me an Optimist

by Ian Cox I recently made a discovery. For me, it changes everything… Well, maybe not actually everything. Here’s what happened: I was doing some research, and I realized that there are multiple ways to study the Bible (and other great classics, for that matter). I knew this before, of course; but this time something clicked. By the time I … [Read more...]

Jefferson Madison Debates: John Adams on How to Fix Washington D.C. in 1791 and 2018

"Odd, that so many should favor frames that seemed to be trying to outdo the art they held." ~Brandon Sanderson, The Alloy of Law What You Think You See In the old American West, a façade town featured two- and sometimes three-story buildings lining Main Street, so visitors to the town would be impressed with how up-and-coming the community … [Read more...]

An Audience of One

She knocks on the door to my office and waits until I motion her in. Politely she asks with expectant eyes if I'd like to visit her "gum store." For once making the right choice (trying to remember if I've put her off earlier for the same request), I rise from my work and take her by the hand. Her big brown eyes and freckled face are all … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards – Resolved to Serve with Humility

By Orrin Woodward Here is the section from my new book on Jonathan Edwards.Here is another great American who utilized the power of resolutions in his life. Have you implemented RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE into your life? Let’s start a resolution revolution together. Sincerely, Orrin Woodward Jonathan Edwards was a preacher, theologian, … [Read more...]

The More You Know: Avoiding Cynicism

By Chris Brady She wasn't exactly keeping up with me. I turned, amidst the crowd, to discern why. A moment's glance contained the explanation: she was trying to walk on the tiles of a certain color while dodging the rest. "Do it with me, daddy!" she gushed. And I couldn't help but comply. It didn't matter that we were surrounded by a hundred … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Effective Meditation

By Steve D'Annunzio 1. Commit to twenty minutes daily. Start out with a commitment to at least ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the evening.  Wear loose fitting comfortable clothes and sit in a comfortable chair with your back straight.  Choose a place where you’ll be undisturbed by phones, people, etc. It is recommended not … [Read more...]

The Natural Laws of Happiness

By Steve D'Annunzio The Creator designed the universe for our benefit. Natural laws are the code of the universe, the rules of existence that determine our happiness or lack thereof. Living in accordance with the laws brings us peace, happiness and prosperity, while being misaligned with them brings about inner turmoil, suffering, and … [Read more...]

The Pursuit of Happiness

By Chris Brady "Don't make that face! It might freeze that way!" It's a silly little thing parents say to kids. We've all heard it. Even as children we knew it wasn't true. But now I'm aging and I realize something profound: it was true! There are lines in my face representing the most dominant facial expressions I've been making all these … [Read more...]

The Soul Purpose Map

By Steve D'Annunzio “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.”   -Danny Kaye If you were embarking on a journey, you would start out with a destination in mind. You would need a map, directions, and a compass. You would need a functioning vehicle, as well as fuel. You would need to understand the terrain. It would also be nice to … [Read more...]

Faith Gap

By David Grant People need to believe. They need to believe that something magical, transcendent, other-worldly, or divine will allow for positive outcomes. They need to believe that statistical probability, reason, and science cannot adequately calculate the likelihood that future events will occur as predicted. Some of the more … [Read more...]