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Faith, Religion & Spirituality

 10 records found

How You Say It is More Important Than What You Say by Bill Nichols


(Faith   February 26, 2021)
Don't throw away good 'food'…
Topics: Christian Life Communication Faith Language, Meaning Relationships


Two Gifts Nobody Wants by Bill Nichols


(My World   April 25, 2020)
Who wants pain and fear? Yet, we need them…
Topics: Coping COVID-19 Crisis Faith Fears, Concerns News


Baby Maggie Needed to Breathe by Bill Nichols


(Faith   December 15, 2017)
The meaning of that first cry…
Topics: Change Christian Life Faith Jesus Metaphors, Life Lessons


How Can You Hang in There? by Bill Nichols


(Health & Wellness   August 15, 2016)
How can you remain faithful and peaceful no matter what?…
Topics: Christian Life Coping Faith Trouble


Worth More Than Mona Lisa by Bill Nichols


(Faith   June 10, 2016)
As valuable as The Mona Lisa is, it is just a painting, and your heart is far more valuable…
Topics: Christian Life Faith Inspiration Values


There are 5 more items for the category Faith, Religion & Spirituality by Bill Nichols...See the whole list


Health & Wellness

 2 records found

You Can Clear Your Conscience by Bill Nichols


(Health & Wellness   May 1, 2017)
Regaining the God-given gift of a good conscience…
Topics: Change Optimal Aging Relationships


Amazing Breakthroughs by Bill Nichols


(Faith   January 6, 2016)
Medical breakthroughs in 2015 give us reason to think about becoming 'instruments of breakthrough' in 2016…
Topics: Achievements Faith Health Care Hopes & Dreams Inspiration News Opportunity



Hobbies

 1 record found

First, Check His Track Record by Bill Nichols


(Health & Wellness   May 3, 2020)
Preserving an artist's eyes…
Topics: Arts & Entertainment Choices and Decision Making Disease Faith Fears, Concerns Planning Wellness



Holidays

 2 records found

The True Meaning of Christmas by Bill Nichols


(My World   December 16, 2016)
Which piece of chicken would you choose?…
Topics: Christmas Family Holidays Holiday Season Love Relationships


Been to Bethlehem? by Bill Nichols


(My World   December 9, 2016)
I almost drove right by…
Topics: Christmas Comfort & Consolation Courage Faith Holidays Holiday Season Inspiration Jesus



Inspiration

 1 record found

Earth's Oldest Car Teaches Great Lesson by Bill Nichols


(Faith   February 27, 2016)
Big ventures start with seemingly insignificant small steps…
Topics: Christian Life Faith History Inspiration



Life Events

 5 records found

What's Your Vantage Point? by Bill Nichols


(My World   May 17, 2020)
Viewing life experiences through the eyes of an artist…
Topics: Arts & Entertainment Beliefs Character, Integrity God Hopes & Dreams Metaphors, Life Lessons Planning


He Faced Death this Week by Bill Nichols


(Health & Wellness   September 1, 2019)
It made be think…
Topics: Circumstances, Life Events Comfort & Consolation Contemplation, Insight Coping Dying and Death Disease Fears, Concerns Relationships Wellness


Comfortable Saying I Don't Know? by Bill Nichols


(Faith   December 21, 2018)
For some it's a hard lesson to learn…
Topics: Christian Life Communication Faith God Relationships


I'll Fly Away by Bill Nichols


(My World   November 24, 2018)
Thoughts stirred by a morning walk…
Topics: Contemplation, Insight Dying and Death Memories Metaphors, Life Lessons Nature


Joy While Grieving by Bill Nichols


(Health & Wellness   November 20, 2017)
Reflections on the loss of a dear friend…
Topics: Coping Dying and Death Faith Loss & Grieving Relationships



News & Current Events

 1 record found

Destroy or Be Constructive by Bill Nichols


(My World   June 7, 2020)
More than ever, the church needs to follow Jesus' example…
Topics: Civility Compassion Crime, Justice, Punishment Discipleship Faith Jesus Racism and Inequality Religion Social Issues Trust Values



Relationships

 3 records found

He Turned 21 Today by Bill Nichols


(Connections   August 26, 2019)
An occasion to pass on a family heirloom…
Topics: Family Memories Personal Issues Tribute, Testimony


8 Things Never to Say When Your Friend Hurts by Bill Nichols


(Connections   December 1, 2016)
Do you know what to say when someone is in serious emotional and spiritual pain?…
Topics: Comfort & Consolation Communication Relationships


Make Me a Blessing. What's That? by Bill Nichols


(Connections   March 19, 2016)
What does in mean to be a blessing? How can you be a blessing to someone?
Topics: Compassion Faith Relationships



Tragedy

 2 records found

Responding to Disasters: What You Should and Shouldn't Say by Bill Nichols


(Faith   February 21, 2016)
Helping victims of disaster cope with the loss and questions…
Topics: Christian Life Coping Disaster Relationships Tragedy


Your Crisis is Only Part of the Picture by Bill Nichols


(Health & Wellness   February 9, 2016)
We often get defined by our crises, but need to see a bigger picture…
Topics: Character, Integrity Coping Crisis Tragedy Wellness