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Your Spiritual Emoji Colossians 3:1-11

Your Spiritual Emoji

Appearance matters, and the Bible gives us some guidelines.

At a Glance

A new app allows you to create a virtual self, including a new wardrobe, to personally punctuate your texts and tweets. Paul offers us an even better way to dress up our real selves that will make the people around us take notice and want to know who put us together!

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Expire-ment Planning," August 2, 1998, at

If you've been around long enough, you might remember the yellow "smiley face" that seemed to be everywhere from buttons to bumper stickers in the 1970s. The origin of the smiley face as we know it dates from a few years earlier (1963) when an insurance company contracted with artist Harvey Ball to develop a happy face symbol to raise the morale of its employees.

We're not sure if it actually did raise their morale (our guess is that raises would be more likely to put smiles on their faces), but we do know that the smiley face has taken on a new role in the digital...

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