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I have a confession to make. I am a real, true-to-life, no-one-better-at-it than I, LOSER. Oh, I know that the letter or form or valuable article is in my office, the kitchen, or the sofa where I was reading it before supper was done. But I can’t find it!

I can usually keep my attention on positive, constructive activities. Maybe it’s partly a personality trait, although there’s likely some luck and privilege involved, too. I hope there’s skill to it as well, because if there’s an element of skill to being happy or at least content – that gives us some control.

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Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an Associated Press investigation has found.

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People of the great faith traditions have a profound investment in the environmental crisis which threatens the life of God’s creation, our beautiful earth. The way we think about God can help us connect the dots of our environmental responsibilities.

Have you followed the “Blue Zones” movement started by the folks at National Geographic? A group of researchers studied areas where clusters of people lived to the age of 100 in relatively good health. They searched for commonalities, or lessons, these healthy people could teach the rest of us. They came up with lessons that include move and exercise naturally every day; know your purpose; down-shift, or have regular routines for relieving stress; eat moderately — stop eating when you feel 80% full and eat an early and light supper; eat very little meat and in small portions; prioritize time with family; and develop a close group of friends.

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One of the best gifts God gives to people in Jesus is a good conscience. A good conscience doesn’t just mean you feel good about yourself (like self-esteem, for example). Rather, a good conscience is what comes from the forgiveness of all your sins in the blood of Jesus Christ. You are accepted by God as his dear child and all the guilt and shame is taken away by the sacrifice of Jesus.

How do I develop my inner potential and at the same time contribute to the well-being of humanity? According to the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith, each individual has a “twofold moral purpose” in life. Our first purpose is to strive to improve our own inner character. The second is to have a constructive effect on those around us.

Since I published my historical Jesus novel, "The Dead Sea Gospel," I have met with several local groups to discuss it and I’m discovering that there are many who feel a hunger to find out more about the historical Jesus of Nazareth. Indeed, there seems to be a need to form what I would call “Jeshuan study groups” both within and outside of churches.

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