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Divine Love: where mercy meets justice

The human heart longs to right injustices of all kinds. It would seem that justice and mercy are often at odds, but the Bible reveals that they have their source in God and work together for good.

Mercy for the corrupt who come clean?

To expose and punish corruption, governments have long relied on tough tools, from wiretaps to time in prison. But what if a business volunteers that it committed bribery? Should the confession lead to mercy if the company also mends its ways and makes amends? The issue is front-and-center for two countries, Tunisia and the United States, that are highly focused on curbing corruption.

Stuck with a bad habit? Not me!

My fingernails looked awful! Biting them was a bad habit. Bad habits can be hard to break.

Finding the pearl of great price

As a young man I had a rather antagonistic and contemptuous attitude toward religion. The first I heard of Christian Science was when I met the woman who would later become my wife.

A gift from the holidays

Moving 2,000 miles away from my parents didn’t seem like too much of a problem for me, my husband, or our three-year-old son until the holidays came around. We had always spent Thanksgiving and Christmas at home with my family.

Claiming our divine immunity

When I was in the US Foreign Service, working at embassies abroad, I had the protection of diplomatic immunity. This legal immunity, derived from the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, allows diplomats serving in a foreign country to go about their duties without interference from local laws or officials.

The where of prayer

In his Sermon on the Mount Christ Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, giving them the prayer that has been named after him (see Matthew 6:9–13 ). In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes that the Lord’s Prayer “covers all human needs” ( p.

Dear God … Thank You for being You

I’ve always loved the old folk tale about the devil going out of business, selling all his tools. There they were, all lined up, labeled and priced—fear, envy, malice, jealousy, hatred, deceit, sensuality, etc.

On the web

  Christian Science Sentinel—Audio Podcast How can we support countries whose leaders don’t uphold term limits? by Kevin Graunke This podcast tackles the topic “How can prayer support our elections?” Kevin discusses how understanding God’s governance of His universe helps countries progress when it comes to term limits. for more, visit:  sentinel.

Prayer that moves you forward

How can we pray in a way that’s more effortless, and more effective? A day of sailing helped this author find answers to that question, and gave new momentum to her prayers.