Building Margin Into Your Life

By Rick Warren "Jesus said to his followers, 'Go everywhere in the world, and tell the Good News to everyone'" (Mark 16:15 NCV). A lot of people are on overload and headed for a crash. Consider these statistics among U.S. citizens: • People now sleep 2 1/2 fewer hours each night compared to people from one hundred years ago. • The average work week is longer now than it was in the 1960s. • The average office worker has 36 hours of work piled up on his or her desk. It takes three hours a week just to sort through it and find what we need. • We spend eight months of our lives opening junk mail, two years of our lives playing phone tag with people who are too busy to answer, and five years waiting for people who are trying to do too much and are late for meetings.
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Reasons For Depression & The Cure

By Rick Warren “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for” (Jeremiah 29:11 MSG). ------- Here’s a Bible trivia quiz: Can you name any of three men who became so depressed that each of them asked God to take his life?
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That Vision Thing or What Do You See?

By Charles E. Reece, PhD What shapes your expectations in life? The same old same old? More of the same, good or bad, that has been your recent experience? They say the weather forecast most often correct is simply: more of the same. Does that describe how you look at life? Do you expect next year to be pretty much the same as this year? Is that your vision of the future?
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A 'Do-Over' Or A New Start?

By Robert J. Tamasy For each of us, the end of another year can mean different things. Some businesses base their fiscal years on the annual calendar, so for them it is a time for assessing the year just concluded as well as planning and forecasting for the year about to start.
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A Truly Gift-Worthy Christmas

By Robert Tamasy In many parts of the world, Christmas is synonymous with gift giving. How that is practiced varies from culture to culture, but in most cases a spirit of generosity and good will prevails. We exchange gifts of some sort in our homes with family members and friends. Businesses sponsor Christmas parties for employees, often accompanied by gifts as tokens of appreciation for another year of diligent labor. Sometimes annual bonuses are presented, dependent on how prosperous the company was over the past 12 months.
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Impossible Task Or Great Opportunity?

By Steve Trice "We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations." (Chuck Swindoll) My assistant shared this message with me from Chuck Swindoll, at just the right moment. I had come through what I perceived as a very frustrating and perplexing long term issue, and I was considering allowing the circumstances to cause me to retrench and give up on a passion I believe the Lord has laid on my heart.
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Is It A Good Time To Be Thankful?

By Robert J. Tamasy "Thanks a lot!" These three words carry a tremendous amount of meaning, and can be intended many ways. They can represent a sincere expression of gratitude, extended to an employee for excellent work on a project, a coworker, a valued customer for their business, or a supplier for meeting an urgent need in a timely manner. Or it can be said sarcastically, referring to someone's work, comments or attitudes that were not appreciated.
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