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A day of thanks

It would have been easy on Oct. 3, 1863, for President Lincoln — or anyone else — not to be thankful. The nation (or nations, depending on one’s perspective) was still mired in a terrible Civil War, and while the Union had enjoyed victories that summer in Gettysburg and Vicksburg, much bloody fighting remained. Earlier that year, Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd, had been injured in a carriage “accident” caused by an assailant sabotaging the driver’s seat. Their beloved son, Willie, had died the previous year at age 11.

Realism in fighting the Islamic State

After a bloody series of terrorist attacks, the natural impulse is to respond with overwhelming force to make sure they never happen again. The 9/11 carnage prompted a U.S. invasion of Afghanistan to smash al-Qaida, which carried out the attacks, and remove the Taliban, which furnished the plotters a safe refuge.

Woman’s pain pill addiction could be deadly, needs treatment

Q. We are going to visit my parents for a week over Thanksgiving. The only problem is that my wife is addicted to pain medication. Her behavior is so strange that I’m certain my parents will notice and be horrified. I’ve tried to talk to her about addiction, but she says I’m over-reacting. Could you please explain the dangers of pain medication? She won’t listen to me.

Your Best Life - Upper body training in women

In doing research for this week’s article, I came across some disturbing statistics. In a Framingham Disability Study, researchers found that 40 percent of women between 55-64 years old, 45 percent of women between 65-74 and 65 percent of women between 75-84 were unable to lift 10 pounds. I repeat — 10 pounds!

Don’t fight in the flesh

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”

Pray and believe God

Recently, I had the opportunity to catch a movie entitled, War Room. War Room was an epic movie. It reminded me of one of our most powerful weapons as Christians…. Prayer! Prayer, combined with faith in God’s word, is a means of communication with our Heavenly Father. It’s not a hit or miss deal.

Helping your child with bullies

Q. My 14-year-old-daughter was bullied all of last year. She lets everyone say things about her and doesn’t take up for herself. I had to push her out the door the first day of school. I am so afraid that the bullying will start again, and she refuses to talk about it. Can you give her some suggestions for dealing with bullies?

Your Best Life - Strength and Power

Many people believe strength and power to be the same thing. They aren’t. The word “strength” is described as the ability of a muscle or muscle group to exert force and overcome maximum resistance in a single effort. The greater the resistance, the stronger the individual. The stronger the individual, the greater the work they can perform. Power is the ability to generate usable strength as quickly as possible. So, one can become more powerful by either doing more work or doing work in a shorter period of time.

‘We Are Your Friends’ predictable but not without scruffy charm

You know you’ve aged out of the target demographic for “We Are Your Friends” when during the triumphant pool party to christen the house up-and-coming DJ Cole Carter (Zac Efron) rents with his buddies — a blowout complete with booze and drugs, thumping music and topless girls — all you can think about are their poor neighbors and whether those homeowners will have some sort of recourse through their HOA.

Afraid of God?

Is God angry with you? Is he watching and waiting for an occasion to punish you? Many have spent their entire lives afraid of God, afraid to approach him. God has gone to great lengths to show us that he’s not mad at us.

Conflicted feelings natural when children leave home

Q. Recently, my husband and I dropped our youngest child at college several hundred miles away. I have felt so depressed since then. We were actively involved in our son’s sports teams and with his friends for the past five years. My husband seems OK, but I feel lost. Please offer some tips for surviving the next few months.

Your Best Life - Music can have great impact on exercise

Music has an effect on physical activity in human beings. Profound statement, huh … bear with me. For many elite athletes, fitness buffs and weekend warriors, music isn’t just a happy add-on — it’s essential to peak performance and a satisfying workout. And for those of you new to the workout game, music may end up being the variable that keeps you going. Let’s investigate.

God wants to use you

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord’.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 New American Standard Bible.