If you read a book that has a witch in it, are you guilty of witchcraft?

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The Bible says we are to avoid contact with “mediums” and “necromancers” (Leviticus 19:31) and that “sorcerers” will ultimately be sent to the “lake that burns with fire and sulfur” for all eternity (Revelation 21:8).

What does this mean for those Christians who enjoy reading — and perhaps writing — fantasy novels?

What does it mean for Christians like me?

As a kid, I was enamored with Superman, fascinated by Star Wars, practically addicted to Star Trek, and thoroughly enjoyed watching Buck Rogers and the 25th Century.

Of course, in full disclosure, Buck Rogers came out about the time I…

One of the best ways to destroy a country is to get the people living in that country to hate it or be ashamed of it.

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On this 4th of July weekend, I have a simple question: Can we love America without disclaimers? Or must we bury our patriotism in qualifications and apologies?

According to many national surveys, patriotism continues to decline with fewer Americans (especially younger Americans) expressing any pride in their national identity.

What’s more, it’s become trendy for people to respond to just about any expression of patriotism with some form of protest or disapproval. To do otherwise, these people allege, would be to ignore injustice.

In the minds of many, patriotism itself is associated with injustice.

Or racism and white supremacy.


A daring bayonet charge saves the Union army at Gettysburg

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One hundred and fifty-eight years ago yesterday (July 2), a professor on leave from Maine’s Bowdoin College courageously led his outnumbered and battered volunteer regiment on a desperate bayonet charge down the slope of Little Round Top in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

In so doing, Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine saved the Union army from almost certain defeat.

At the outset of July 2, 1863, Colonel Chamberlain’s regiment of Maine volunteers was posted to the extreme flank of the Union army at Gettysburg.

The Confederates launched repeated, determined attacks to dislodge the 20th Maine from their position. …

Life is too short for unnecessary drama

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Forgiveness and letting things go are two of the healthiest practices you can cultivate. Those who learn to let go and forgive generally enjoy better health and greater peace of mind than those who don’t.

Most people understand this … at least intellectually.

Yet many people struggle with doing so.

While it’s understandable that people struggle to forgive serious acts of aggression or malice, it never ceases to amaze me how many people struggle to forgive comparatively minor, even trivial offenses.

If another person does something that frustrates, annoys, inconveniences, or irritates you, ask yourself this:

  • Did they intend to…

#5: Don’t let other people determine your self-worth

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People with a poor self-image struggle in just about every area of their lives. And yet no one needs to accept defeat in the battle with low self-esteem.

You can overcome insecurity and boost your sense of self-confidence, provided you have the right strategy, tools, and support.

Here are eight ways anyone can improve their self-image:

Many people, feeling overwhelmed and discouraged by their present situation, think they can never achieve anything better in life.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The present doesn’t dictate the future.

As the legendary motivational…

If we don’t, the long-term prospects of the First Amendment aren’t promising

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People and communities of faith should have the right to their respective beliefs and practices (including on sensitive and controversial issues).

And they should have the right to live out these beliefs — ESPECIALLY in their own homes and within their own voluntary faith communities — free from hatred and harassment.

We can and should have an open, honest, and robust debate over how and to what extent faith-based values and beliefs should enter or influence the marketplace and/or public square, but…

There should be little to NO debate over the right of faith-based individuals to practice their beliefs within…

Whether you love or hate, should be based on you, not other people

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Other people may hurt you. They may try to manipulate you. They may mistreat you. They may hate you. But they can’t control your heart.

Not unless you give them that control.

Obviously, by “heart,” I’m not referring to the heart-pumping organ in your chest. Rather, I’m defining it in the common metaphoric sense.

Your heart is who you are.

Your heart represents who you are down deep — tucked away from the external world and all the noise, the worries, the distractions, the outside influences.

Circumstances, and other people, certainly influence us. They can affect us emotionally and physically…

Our society is dying — and it may be too late to stop it

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We are the United States of America in name only.

In reality, we hate each other.

And those who traffick in hate are far more popular than the few of us still calling for love, mercy, and compassion.

When I post a message on social media calling for love, compassion, or civility, it gets hardly any attention. And yet someone else — even if they have fewer followers — can post something that mocks or attacks a politician or celebrity, and they’ll get loads of likes or comments.

It isn’t just me. It’s this way for many of my friends…

If you cheer the death of your political adversaries, you are part of what’s wrong with society today

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Americans were greeted with the news this week that right-wing radio broadcaster Rush Limbaugh had succumbed to cancer. The reaction was sadly predictable. While many (particularly on the right) mourned his passing, a huge number of Americans who disagreed with Limbaugh’s politics erupted in cheers. Their sentiment: Good riddance.

This is where we are, my fellow Americans.

We now cheer the death of those with whom we disagree.

That’s right. Americans hate each other so much these days that they will enthusiastically and publicly celebrate the demise of politicians, judges, activists, commentators, or broadcasters with whom they disagree.

We have…

“Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections.”

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On September 19, 1796, readers of the American Daily Advertiser were greeted with perhaps the most famous letter in American history. That letter was titled The Address of Gen. Washington to the People of America on His Declining the Presidency of the United States.

It was immediately reprinted in newspapers throughout the country. Within days, all Americans had read the letter — a letter now known simply as “Washington’s Farewell Address.”

The letter was remarkable for its time, not simply for the ideals and principles it conveyed, but mostly because of the news it conveyed.

As far as those living…

Brian Tubbs

A writer doing my best to help people on this road we call life. | Follow me on Twitter @briantubbs and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BrianTubbsAuthor

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