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Spiritual Disciplines and the Sinkhole Syndrome

You know the story. A man has been a believer in Christ for decades. To all outward appearances he’s a man of Christian faithfulness and integrity. …

9 Things Exceptional Thinkers Do Every Day

Throughout history the most innovative and successful people have used exceptional thinking to overcome obstacles. Instead of going along with the …

Self-improvement

Thinking Outside The Box: Critical Thinking Exercises

Critical thinking is one of the most important skills for students. They will use it in every content area during their high school years and rely on …

How Writing To-Do Lists Helps Your Brain (Whether Or Not You Finish Them)

To-do lists get a lot of flack, but the simple act of planning has some psychological and productivity benefits all by itself.<p>For a long time, I resisted to-do lists. I wanted the flexibility. I felt that if I kept a list, it would tie me down to a particular set of tasks. Gradually, though, I came …

Productivity

European churches say growing flock of Muslim refugees are converting

Anecdotal evidence suggests rising pattern of Muslims becoming Christians, with some churches conducting mass baptisms<p>A growing number of Muslim refugees in Europe are converting to Christianity, according to churches, which have conducted mass baptisms in some places.<p>Reliable data on conversions …

Religion

A tale of two cities in Aleppo: Rubble on one side, packed restaurants on the other

ALEPPO, Syria — Five years of conflict have torn Syria apart. And nowhere is that more stark than in its most populous city, Aleppo, where front lines carve through neighborhoods and slice it in two.<p>It is a city of sharply contrasting halves, and one side clearly appears to have the upper hand.<p>In a …

These two ISIS battles could change everything in the Middle East

But not to those who marked the 562nd anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul by the Ottoman Turks last May.<p>Hundreds of thousands reportedly gathered in a field outside the city where a parade of jets painted the sky with red and white smoke—the colors of the Turkish flag.<p>Bands played, flags flew, …

Medvedev Reaffirms Support For Assad

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Moscow will not end its military action in Syria until the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad …

Syria: In Aleppo, one man's story of fear, defiance and survival

<b>(CNN) —</b> Karam al Masri is watching his city die. Or more accurately, he is watching the life gradually ebb from it.<p>Masri is a 25-year-old photographer in Aleppo who documents the fatalism, fear and sometimes the defiance of tens of thousands of civilians who remain in rebel-held areas of the city …

Middle East

Syria: a deadly political chess game

Saudi Arabia’s been mulling over its entry into the Syrian conflict for some time. It has just sent warplanes to a Turkish base and Riyadh has repeated that Bashar Al-Assad cannot be part of the country’s future. Now it is openly declared it is willing to intervene on the ground.<p>On Sunday Saudi …

War on Isis: SAS sniper takes Daesh commander's head off while giving beheading lessons

A British SAS sniper took an Islamic State (Isis) commander's head clean off as he taught jihadi recruits how to behead captives, according to …

A city destroyed: What you need to know about Aleppo

A Syrian child waits to return to his country with members of his family at the Turkish border crossing with Syria Source: AP/Press Association Images<p>…

Hezbollah vows to 'slaughter Saudi forces' if they try to invade Iraq

On Thursday, after initial reports about Saudi military movement on the border began to emerge, Hezbollah brigades started mobilizing their forces to …

NATO Accuses Russia of Loose Talk on Nuclear Weapons

Officials say threats blur lines on warfare; Moscow accuses U.S. of undermining deterrence<p>MUNICH—The North Atlantic Treaty Organization sharpened its criticism of Russia on Saturday, as alliance officials argued that Moscow was dangerously blurring the line between conventional and nuclear …

Russia

The dark ages come to Aleppo

In the 21st century, the Syrian city of Aleppo has entered its dark ages. Vulnerable to sudden attack by Islamic State militants, bombed routinely by Russian warplanes and lately encircled by government forces, most inhabitants have fled. Google Earth shows no lights at night.<p>Until the second year …