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Are We Idolizing Our Relationships?

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“My life is incomplete. I’m still waiting until my knight in shining armor swings by on his horse, scoops me up in his arms, and takes me away in the distant sunset!  And then, I'll feel complete.”

5 Signs that Something is an Idol in your Life

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I was swept up by the Korean wave and became an avid follower of K-Pop in 2009. Back then, I was obsessed with the 12-member boy band, Super Junior.

ODJ: one more year

Happy New Year! Today marks the day that planet Earth has once again completed its annual orbit around the sun. Just how many times the earth has made its journey is anyone’s guess. But we do know the voyage is a long one—584 million miles, to be exact. The account of creation in the book of Genesis tells us some important things about the earth and its relationship to the su

ODJ: dynamite & self-idolatry

Alfred Nobel invented the detonator in 1863 and the blasting cap 2 years later. Then, in 1867 he invented dynamite—something he hoped would revolutionise the mining and construction industries. It certainly did that, but dynamite also became the basis of military weapons for a century, with variations of it used in wars even today. Nobel would probably be saddened to know that something h

ODJ: beloved

Standing near the body of his older brother, his pain was visible. Adding to the weight of death was the knowledge that their relationship had been the closest thing he’d ever known to that of a father and son. His brother had always said, “I love you,” whenever they parted. But the differences in their lives, the jagged edges of their arguments and the absence of true intimacy left this gri

ODB: Misplaced Love

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Martin Lindstrom, an author and speaker, thinks that cellphones have become akin to a best friend for many owners. Lindstrom’s experiment using an MRI helped him discover why. When the subjects saw or heard their phone ringing, their brains fired off neurons in the area associated with feelings of love and compassion. Lindstrom said, “It was as if they were in the presence of a girlfriend, boy

ODJ: God in a box

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could fit God into a box? When we want to do or say something that’s not Christ-like, we could simply place Him in it and shut the lid. Perhaps we’d like to do so just before cursing during a bad traffic jam or when we’re checking something out on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter that isn’t appropriate. After our dalliance with sin, we could simply bring God back ou

ODJ: no other gods

Jason is dead serious about his studies. He’s striving to gain an overseas scholarship that will allow him to pursue a doctorate degree in mathematics. So he makes sure that he does well in all his required classes. He’s also gone beyond the basics to take higher level classes. He eats, drinks and sleeps maths!

Has education become his god? It’s hard to tell. Any responsible stu

ODJ: idols of affection

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In the final scene of the film, the leading man—eyes brimming with tears—summarised his life to his girlfriend: no friends, no job and a shady past. He had no family ties, no apparent faith in God. He really had only one thing—the love of his favourite girl, and he vowed lifelong devotion to her. To make her happy, he had refrained from violence, remained monogamous and had stopped using ce