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Take it from someone who wrote ads for years: The first step in advertising isn’t selling. It’s creating dissatisfaction. If you don’t think you have a problem that needs fixing, there’s no reason for you to act on a solution. In the 1970s, the average person might have been exposed to 500 advertising messages...
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I entertain an enemy every day. And you do, too, without even noticing it. He demands control of our work, our parenting, our food, our love; he requires an account of how we spend our hours. His thoughts shape our calendars, his laugh rings loudest, his words echo longest. Who is this uninvited companion?...
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I didn’t see my firstborn son till he was four days old. Long story. That’s because when he was born, I was in a coma. Even longer story. I started waking up the day after his birthday, and though at first I didn’t know where I was or how I got there, I knew...
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She is 26, and she aches for the children she cannot have. She is 30, and fears that she’ll never get out of debt or own a house. She is 37 and sobs that she’ll never be a great wife and mother. She is 29 and wonders if she’ll ever find work that brings her...
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He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them. Colossians 2:15 So we’ve let ourselves — or someone we love — down again. You’re a disappointment, we hear in our hearts. To your God, your friends, your family, yourself. It’s a natural place to end up on our...
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The soul always seeks to make itself whole. So, as our culture dismantles a biblical standard of righteousness, it has swiftly installed some high bars of its own: tolerance, fitness, environmentalism, clean eating, hyper-involved parenting, simplicity, productivity, charity — to name just a few. The danger is not always this new tree of righteousness....
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When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ (Colossians 2:13). Our lives have been saved. Why, then, do we keep trying to save ourselves? thinking the work God is doing in us is too slow, or not enough, or second best making excuses or...
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A few Sundays ago, I stood knee-deep in a sparkling lake and tasted one of the sweetest moments of my life: watching my husband baptize our youngest child and only daughter, Katy Claire. We had studied the meaning of baptism together before she entered the water — this powerful and ancient symbol of the...