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People today are bombarded with images of beauty and health in all forms of the media. Both women and men compare themselves with these images and often feel inferior. But the commonly advertised solutions do not provide a permanent answer. A change of thought is required.
Although advertisers would like us to believe that beauty really is skin-deep, I've learned that beauty—like love, honesty, and integrity—is spiritual. And we discover our true beauty by learning to value our spiritual identity as the child of God.
The Bible tells us man is not, in reality, material. He is spiritual because God, man's creator, is Spirit. For instance, Paul says, "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands" (Acts 17:24). That is, because God is Spirit, He does not dwell in material things. Paul goes on to describe the relation of God and man. He says, "For in him we live, and move, and have our being" (verse 28). Surely this must mean that man is spiritual.
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"Magic Mirror, on the Wall"
Charles Hanson Kaehn
On feeling beautiful
Lucinda Baker Greiner
II Corinthians 5:8
Mary Elizabeth G. Baker
Freedom from sexual pressures
Do you know the "right" people?
Calculated giving or unbounded love?
Bayard C. Auchincloss
As the symbols disappear
Patricia Tupper Hyatt
Margaret E. Leicht
The forgiveness factor
by Kim Shippey
Sexual harassment: an honest discussion
Mary Metzner Trammell
The Christ does indeed meet every human need, however...
Kathleen E. Fenner
One morning when I woke up I noticed a rash on my arm
Devin Lawrence Kuzmer with contributions from Dana Wright-Kuzmer