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A Celebration of Gratitude, Hindu Style

Each year, Hindu villagers gather to worship, to give thanks, to visit with friends and family. For many, it takes days to arrive at the temple, and a lot of faith. Sacred stories help along the way.​

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Love Requires Faith

Cultivating relationships requires faith in the value of connection, faith in the power of the process, and faith in constant sources.

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Making Your Life A Masterpiece

Michelangelo was a man of faith, both in God and himself. We can make our own lives masterful works of art by following 5 lessons we learn from Michelangelo.

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Finding Meaning in the Mundane

We all want life to be exciting and adventurous. Unfortunately, most of life does not consist of hiking Mount Kilmonagaro. So, how can faith can help you find meaning in the grocery store line?

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7 Life-Changing Lessons from Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa was a woman of intense faith who fervently believed the world could be a better place, drop by drop, person by person. She dedicated her life to succoring and empowering the disenfranchised, and taught us, through her actions, to cultivate and live an attitude of faith.

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5 Life Lessons from Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy is known for her elegance and composure in the midst of personal heartbreak and tragedy. What can she teach us about getting more out of life?

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7 Things C.S. Lewis taught us about faith

It’s easy to feel weighed down when the pressures from the world seem to swallow us whole. When times are tough, remember these lessons taught by C.S. Lewis.

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5 Inspiring Lessons Learned From Helen Keller

Hellen Keller was an author, speaker, and activist with a spirit of determination that served as an inspiration for people with disabilities and generations to come. She triumphed over adversity and dedicated her life to helping others.

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Leap of Faith

Sometimes all it takes is a leap of faith.

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2 Truths, Some Lies, and an Elephant

When everyone has an opinion, it’s nice to know there’s truth somewhere. But do you know how to find it?

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What are you grateful for?

We all have much to be grateful for. #GiveThanks

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Spiritual Power Outages

Just as power outages occur in the wake of devastating hurricanes, they can occur in our lives during spiritual storms. There is a way to turn the lights back on. We have access to the switch. We have access to a Higher Power who knows how to help.

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When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Everyone has bad things their lives, but that doesn’t mean God doesn’t care. He is teaching us to find gratitude for the beautiful things instead.

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3 Hidden Symbols of the Pumpkin

From interpreting dreams to nourishing your soul, your pumpkin roll means a lot more than just a decadent dessert!

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6 Inspiring Quotes from Nelson Mandela

Though he was generally private about his faith, these six quotes show how Mandela’s beliefs shaped his life’s work.

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Faith Enough to Adopt

The journey to adopt is filled with uncertainty, yet eased by the faith God has entrusted to facilitate the process. After all, he knows us, he knows our families, and he knows how to bring us together.

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Yoga and Your Spirit: Finding the Connection

Can you actually find answers while posing like a hippie? Why yes, yes you can.

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5 Things Pope Francis Wants the World to Know

Pope Francis’s advice for the world’s youth. And for all of us.

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5 Empowering Truths by Eleanor Roosevelt that Could Change Your Life

Whether Eleanor Roosevelt was busy leading as the First Lady, actively pushing for equality, or serving as American Spokesperson in the United Nations, she was a true example of strength, courage and determination.

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What a Cadet Learned About Faith

Have you ever wondered how faith and knowledge can go together? This story details one U.S. Army ROTC Cadet’s experience with just that.

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5 Ways to Find Fulfillment According to the Dalai Lama

Life is full of mundane and even empty pursuits. But a peek into the wisdom of the Dalai Lama provides tools to find fulfillment every day.

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15 Olympians Share Their Secrets For Olympic Success

See what Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky say they have in common.

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How to Reach Beyond Your Limits

Every great athlete has had to push through obstacles and reach beyond limits. How do they do it? And how can we reach beyond our own limits in our individual lives?

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Halfway House Poets – Jasmine

Words of faith by former inmates. Part 4 of 4 – “You” by Jasmine “Pryncez” Harris.

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Five Ways to Find Light in the Darkness from Corrie ten Boom

Through her faith and love, Corrie ten Boom’s life teaches us how God’s light can shine on even the darkest moments of our lives.

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Halfway House Poets – Jesse

Words of faith by former inmates. Part 3 of 4 – “Keeping Safe” by Jesse Anderson.

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Halfway House Poets – Charles

Words of faith by former inmates. Part 2 of 4 – “Letter to God” by Charles.

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Halfway House Poets – Marketta

Words of faith by former inmates. Part 1 of 4 – Marketta’s poem, “Untitled.”

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What Zambia taught me about Faith in God’s Timing

A recent humanitarian trip to the developing, third-world country of Zambia was a lesson for me on faith. Faith is not about our timing, but it is trusting God’s timing for the blessings we hope to receive.

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5 Lessons Gandhi Teaches Us About Humanity

Gandhi was a wise man whose life lessons far extend past the 79 years he spent spreading messages of peace, acceptance and love on Earth.

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This is Why I Pray

We’re told daily how to act and feel, what to eat and drink, how to be happy. But there’s a way to sort through myriad of messages hurled from every direction.

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Following Your Intuition

Intuition is an inner sense of knowing that can’t be easily explained or explained away. Here are four ways to find your intuition—and more peace of mind.

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The Parable of the Honda

When Jessica couldn’t move her head or left arm 40 seconds after her car was T-boned, she knew it was bigger than just cuts on her face and neck.

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Why choose faith?

When there are so many options and opinions, what’s the virtue of belief?

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Why You Should Meditate Today

When my therapist asked if I meditated, I said yes. I thought reading scripture and praying counted, but I was missing an easy, faith-affirming, stress-reducing third step.

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How I Kept My Faith When I Lost My Job

Confession: I didn’t really keep my faith , but I did regain it. Here’s how I stuck with it and saw unexpected doors open up.

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Stop Everything Right Now and Just Be Still

When was the last time you paused to focus on what matters most?

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Are You Living in Focus?

Sometimes we forget to do the simple things that help us stay at the top of our game.

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Former CIA Operator Risks His Life to Fight Human Trafficking

Modern abolitionist and former U.S. special agent Tim Ballard now personally rescues hundreds children from the sex and slave trade around the world through a private foundation, Operation Underground Railroad. Watch how his story of faith unfolded in the face of great fear.

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Celebrating the Faith of Mothers: Anna’s Journey

​This weekend as you celebrate Mother’s Day, consider how your mom has helped inspire your faith.

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How Did Faith Change You?

How has faith changed your life? Watch this inspiring video from Faith Counts contributor, R.J. Hall.
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How the Light of Hope Guides Us Through Darkness and Despair

Here are the inspiring lessons I learned from my mom about how to have hope no matter how dark life may seem.

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The Best Workout for Overall Wellness

We care for our bodies. We walk instead of drive, take the stairs, eat leafy green vegetables, drink imported spring water. But our spirits need just as much nourishment. Take the health of your spirit to heart. Set bitterness aside. Seek peace. Meditate. Dream....
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Relying on Faith to Accomplish Mission Impossible

By Samuel B. Hislop, FaithCounts.com Contributor I love my faith because it doesn’t like comfort zones and constantly invites me to seek excellence in everything. But those are also reasons I struggle with my faith because, thank you very much, I’m quite...
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Faith to Not Be Healed – The Story of Chanel White

Watch the incredible story of Chanel White, who has faith – not to be healed – but to have the emotional and spiritual strength to endure whatever comes her way.

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5 Ways Faith Improves My Life

For many of us of different backgrounds, faith brings peace, power, possibilities, provision and purpose. Here’s how.

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Faith Through the Eyes of a Child

Watch these 15 children share powerful descriptions of faith. What does faith mean to you?

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Moving Past Betrayal

Have you ever felt betrayed? Although at times it may not be easy to keep a hopeful perspective, here is how I found the courage to move past betrayal and press on to brighter horizons.

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Faith Is the Chocolate on My Vanilla Ice Cream

Faith makes the good times even better, just like chocolate on vanilla ice cream.

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What Two Singing Gigs Taught Me about Faith and Friendship

I thought it was just another performance, until a stranger’s gratitude opened my eyes.

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Exercise and Faith – A Lifetime Commitment

I love to exercise every day, whether it’s a walk outside or practicing yoga in a studio. Here are a few things I realized faith and exercise have in common.

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7 Life-changing Lessons We Learn from Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa was a woman of intense faith who dedicated her life to succoring and empowering the disenfranchised, and taught us, through her actions, to cultivate and live an attitude of faith.

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Learning to See the Unseen

The next time you start to doubt your beliefs or think that physical proof is what you need, take comfort in knowing some of the most meaningful things in life aren’t seen.

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Faith to Move Forward

God was slowly laying down the puzzle pieces, revealing the larger image He has for me. Showing me how faith brought me here.

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How a Fake Cheeseburger Saved My Life

My son went missing when he was two years old. His body didn’t go anywhere, but the rest of him did.

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In Failing to be Another, I’m Learning to be Me

I’ve spent much of my life envious of others endowed with more talent, more money, more success. I’ve repeatedly failed to be them, forgetting that there’s a divine, unique me.

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Discovering Your Brand New Life

You can completely change your life at any moment. Here’s how.

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Bidding Goodbye to Busyness: Finding Faith at Christmas

The holidays seem to be defined more and more by busyness, but the story of Christmas invites us to something different, something better.

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Holidays Are about People, Not Things

What we crave most is connection, not things. Here are five tips for keeping the holidays focused on what truly matters.

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Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful Music Video – Faith Counts

BYU Vocal Point and BYU Noteworthy have teamed up for a powerful music video of the Christmas song “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful”. Watch the video today and invite the Christmas spirit into your home.

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Gratitude in the Hardest of Times

After my brother’s death, I felt I was in the darkest of times. But gratitude helped me to see how God was extending small and significant blessings.

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Finding Peace in Every Moment

As a busy working mother, I wanted to figure out how to maintain a sense of peace throughout the day, but I didn’t know how. I decided to look for people who had already figured it out.

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Have Faith in the Little Things

Whether you’re 17 or 70, love is made up of little things. Watch how two couples keep love alive.

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Faith As A Mustard Seed

How to have faith in difficult times when all you see are dark tunnels ahead.

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At Home with a Higher Power

What nature can tell us about divinity’s nature.

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How Faith Opens the Eyes of Our Hearts

In your darkest moments, do you ever feel like God isn’t there? Faith opens the eyes of our hearts.

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A Rare Disease, a Rarer Faith

This 14-year-old made a choice to be happy in the face of a surprising diagnosis. Do you have the faith to be happy, no matter what?

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Sacred Spaces

Visiting and understanding the sacred sites of other faiths helps us appreciate the faith we all share.

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5 Inspiring Lessons of Faith from Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc’s life is an inspiring example of why faith counts. In her short life of 19 years, she led armies of her countrymen to drive the English from France, ensured a French Prince was crowned, and then died bravely as a martyr.

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Don’t Censor Your Faith

How comfortable are you talking about your faith with others?
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Keeping Faith In College

Transitioning to college life can be overwhelming and scary for everyone. Here are four students’ perspectives on keeping your faith in college.

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Bridging Faith Across Generations

How are parents sharing their faith with their families? The answer may have less to do with what they believe and more to do with how they believe.

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Do You Believe in Miracles?

We went to the Las Vegas Strip and asked about miracles. Watch to see some inspiring responses.

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Tap Into the Transformative Power of Music

Music is a universal language with the power to uplift, motivate, inspire, and transform our lives.

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When was the last time you prayed?

Prayer can take many forms, but the purpose is the same. To connect for a moment in our busy lives with a higher power.

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Finding Faith in Fries

Five companies that aren’t shy about their religious convictions.

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Faith: The Ultimate Personalized Experience

Do you own the one device where you will never have to worry about paying for data or losing a signal?

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How to Move Forward While Being Still

Sometimes the best way to move forward in life is to stop and be still.

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What If You Didn’t Trust Elevators?

The Elevator. A 5,000 pound mechanized death-trap strung together with pulleys and cables, hidden behind the curtains. How can you trust it?

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Around the Table: How Sharing Food is an Act of Faith and Love

They didn’t have to spend their money or their time or their lives with me. But they did. I was a stranger, and they welcomed me.

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A 96 Day Premature Baby Miraculously Survived Because of This

Born three months premature and weighing just 2.7 pounds, see how this baby miraculously survived.

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Homeward Bound: How to Discover the True Meaning of ‘Home’

In our ever-increasingly globalized world, we cross boundaries, move to different cities, travel over oceans. What is the meaning of ‘home?’

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Put Down Your Device – Upgrade Your Faith Instead

We wait in line to get our hands on cutting-edge gadgets that will make life easier, but do we really need all the terabytes and latest operating systems to find solutions to our everyday problems?

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Have you ever experienced unnecessary censorship?

Don’t be a victim of unnecessary censorship. Don’t censor your faith or anyone else’s.

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Anatomy of a Soul

Often without us even realizing it, prayer is the ground upon which we stand.

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Skateboards and Faith

We all jump into the unknown more than we realize. Watch how these skaters find balance on the board and in life.

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Hear Elizabeth Smart Explain This One Crucial Detail That Helped Her Escape

The real reason Elizabeth Smart survived a brutal abduction.

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Faith is Like Summer Rain and Roller Coasters

We asked you to put on your poet’s cap and tell us what your faith is like. Here are some of the top responses.

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Faith: Worth the Dial Up

Dial up your faith. It’s worth the wait.

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Is Your Faith Well Worn?

Put it on, wear it in. It looks great on you.

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Big Hearts

The Little Sisters of the Poor give a home and hope to the elderly.

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Pray with Your Food

You gonna eat that? Sample the many flavors of faith.

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Lifting Leyte

When typhoon winds whipped the Philippines, a relief team put faith to work.

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Faith Lifts

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Freedom Isn’t Free

Thank you to those who leave their homes to protect...
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Faith Is Greater Than

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Swim Lessons

Olympic champ Missy Franklin learns to swim on solid ground.

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Sharp As Words

Words cut. Cut the bull: stop the bullying.

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Faith-Inspiring Quotes from 3 Fabulous Women

Read faith inspiring quotes from famous women such as Helen Keller, Audrey Hepburn, and Princess Diana.

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Read the Signs

How will you respond to signs of need?

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Wherever You Go

Let your faith ride shotgun each day as you travel life’s roads.
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A Break in the Clouds

Clouded by doubt and despair? Here are three ways to let faith shine through.

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Wisdom of the Aged

Get schooled by Professor Dumbledore and other cinematic wise guys.

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Better Believe It

Unlike your uncle Lenny’s leisure suit, faith is still in style.
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In Other Words

We wax synonymous with an assist from Dictionary.com.

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Are You Passionate?

Passion, purpose, and faith: connect the dots to reveal the big picture.
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Power Up with 3 Ps

Proven principles to pack pow into your personality.

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Different Folks, Same Strokes

Our patchwork of faiths is diverse, but common threads stitch us together.

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Oh, Mr. Darcy!

Notes from The Notebook and other chick flicks.

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GPS for the Soul

Hit a turning point? Turn to a reliable guide.
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Delight in the Light of Faith

Plans change. Things go wrong. Still, belief illuminates the way forward.
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