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Smokescreens

Jack Vawdrey | Posted 04.28.2016 | Religion
Jack Vawdrey

In the first book of the Book of Mormon, a prophet named Lehi narrates an allegorical vision that has become a hallmark of Mormon religious discourse. In this dream he saw "the tree of life," whose fruit brought joy and peace to anyone who partook of it.

The Last Temptation Of America

John A. Tures | Posted 03.26.2016 | Religion
John A. Tures

This Easter, I hope you'll think about where we are, where we're going, and what we can do to, as Langston Hughes put it, "Let America be America again," instead of a path not so different from those biblical temptations.

Gourmet Activism and Not Living by Bread Alone

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

The first of Jesus's temptations in the wilderness is often seen as Jesus overcoming sins of the flesh. Jesus has mastery over his body, and we should all be strong like that and not give in to our fleshly desires, right?

7 Surprising Hacks to Build Your Willpower

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Gleb Tsipursky

Recent research shows that strengthening willpower is the real secret to the kind of self-control that can help you resist temptations and achieve your goals. The great news is that scientists say strengthening your willpower is not as hard as you might think.

A Stoic Guide to Coping With the Holidays

Skye Cleary | Posted 12.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Skye Cleary

With drunk and flirty coworkers at holiday parties, rowdy relatives at family gatherings, and the inherent foibles of holiday travels, there is a neve...

Dear Devil: I Forgive You!

John Schlimm | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
John Schlimm

Evil is a parasite. Therefore, the Devil can only thrive if we play host. 1 Peter 5:8 warns us, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the d...

Halloween, Jesus, and Giving the Devil His Due

Eric Elnes | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion
Eric Elnes

Halloween images of ghoulish monsters and devilish demons may be scary, but far more terrifying to me is the idea that one could die before ever having really lived in this world.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXI

Alan Black | Posted 08.07.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Here comes, Steve. He hates himself so he drinks 10 cranberry juices. His pee is clear but as for his conscience... He picks up a small orchard of limes from the tray and squeezes them in his fist. Rumor has it, he's angry at his brother.

Temptation in the Neurons

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.13.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Why, in the face of everyday temptation, do some individuals fail miserably while others coast by unscathed? Psychological scientists have been puzzling over this problem for years, but the answer remains elusive.

The Devil and Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.30.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

The particular incident I am referring to is Jesus being tempted in the wilderness by Satan for forty days, related to us in Matthew 4:1-2, Mark 1:12-13, and Luke 4:1-2.

Use This Trick To Conquer Temptation, From Dessert To Flirting

Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs By now, you have probably read or heard about the benefits of mindfulness. So why haven’t you tried it? You may believe those advan...

Nutty or Naughty?

Dr. Shelley Plumb | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Shelley Plumb

Even as an adult, I find myself being a little naughty at times too; I find myself making poor choices when it comes to nutrition. What happens when nutty, or a lack of knowledge surrounding nutrition, turns into naughty, making poor decisions?

7 Ways To Easily Increase Your Willpower

Business Insider | Eric Barker | Posted 07.22.2014 | World

In general, people have an overly positive vision of themselves and their abilities. But what’s the one thing surveys show most everyone will admit...

Where Do You Follow Your Nose?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

I hadn't realized how powerful scent was until I separated it from my other senses. There were clues, though. There's a armoire in the basement of the house my parents still live in where they keep the World Book Encyclopedias. Nothing, and I mean nothing, calls up my childhood faster than opening those doors and taking a breath.

The Observance of Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

This coming Wednesday, March 5, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Let's take a look at the historical emergence and spiritual significance of the Lenten season.

Succumb to Your Desires in 2014: Controlling Them Only Intensifies the Urge

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 03.02.2014 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

Today millions of Americans will pull out their lists of New Year's resolutions, full of intentions to control their many temptations, from one-night stands to junk food to alcohol to smoking. What are the costs of all that self-control?

Should the U.S. Attack Syria?

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Does violence ever end violence? Do we ever learn anything from it, except how to be more violent? The wisdom teachers throughout history have reminded us time and time again...

Nelson Mandela: The Greatest Spiritual Leader of Our Time

Lorna Byrne | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

Nelson Mandela is the greatest spiritual leader of our time. He always listened to God and did everything God asked him. He has been able to change the world because of his deep belief and trust in God. This level of faith is exceedingly rare.

Shot by a Follower of Christ!

Lester & Charlie | Posted 08.07.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

You go on the Internet to find just the right image to add to it, typing in an obvious, safe phrase like "pictures of women on their knees" -- but you don't get images of good Christians praising God!

Actress Blasts Tyler Perry Over Latest Film

Posted 04.30.2013 | Black Voices

I found it interesting that Tyler did that with Temptation, hiring Kim Kardashian because she has 16 million Twitter followers, which would seem like ...

Kim Kardashian's Baby Bump Has Officially Popped

Posted 03.17.2013 | Celebrity

Kim Kardashian cradled her blossoming baby bump on the red carpet last night (March 16) at the premiere of Tyler Perry's "Temptation" in Atlanta, Ga. ...

WATCH: Pastor: 'DON'T Resist Temptation'

OWN | Posted 01.11.2013 | OWN

Every Sunday, thousands of people flock to Saddleback Church in Southern California to hear sermons by Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Drive...

Rejecting the Wanting Self

Tara Brach | Posted 02.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

As the monk in the Zen tale shows, if we push away desire, we disconnect from our tenderness and we harden against life. We become like a "rock in winter." When we reject desire, we reject the very source of our love and aliveness.

Why I Deleted All The Apps On My Phone

Carla Naumburg | Posted 02.05.2013 | Parents
Carla Naumburg

My name is Carla. I am the mother of two young daughters and I am addicted to my iPhone.

Elevate the Conversation

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 10.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

If we believe we are here to improve the journey of our soul, we are charged with making the best choices to perpetually evolve to a higher good. We study, we go to therapy, we develop a spiritual practice and we try to do the right thing. The unfortunate part is that we are human.