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What do Christians mean by free will?

The concept of ‘free will refers to the human ability to make choices from either an unlimited or a restricted number of options. Free will implies a rational choice between two or more things based upon which the individual believes is more important.  The classic example of limited choice is: “Your money or your life!”...

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The Stolen Miracle: Mark 5:24-34

A brief incident, sandwiched in the middle of a story of another of Jesus’ miracles (Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:22-43) is unusual in that it tells of a stolen miracle. Unlike other miracles that Jesus freely gave away for the asking (Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:24-34, Luke 8:42-48), it was stolen because the woman who stole it...

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Regrets are fruitless

Regretting the past only leads to spiritual depression Feelings of regret are not limited to the dying. Nor are they limited to the old. Most people have regrets now and then. Even Job had regrets. In fact, regrets come in all forms: regret over things not done or said; regret over things said and done;...

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You are the Triage Nurse in the ER

You are working the night shift in the emergency room. Four ambulances arrive at the admitting door at the same time. The attendants say they have gunshot wounds to the head. All four patients are critical. Which patient do you see first, second, third and last? This is the job of triage. There is not...

If you want Patient-Centered Care, Put Patients on Your Team!
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If you want Patient-Centered Care, Put Patients on Your Team!

Today’s rant is about clinical prescriptions for modifying other people’s behavior and habits – specifically the addictions, diet, and gambling. I have conducted research on diets and dieting because I was obese and wanted to lose weight. Over the years, I tried several suggested weight loss strategies including the Kelly Brownell plan which is essentially...