• Things Need to Change

    By Lisa Nuss

    The World’s Methods Changed Do you remember your first computer? I do. I was in 5th grade and I often had to negotiate with my parents for a little more time online when they needed to use the phone. Dial-up problems, right? I remember thinking how great it was that instead of consulting the very old 1973 World Book Encyclopedia set in my house for information for a school project, I could now get more up-to-date information about pretty much any topic at the click of a mouse button. And I’m not going to lie, all of the cool computer games that I now had at my disposal for entertainment were a pretty fun perk as well. Oregon Trail, anyone? Technology has transformed the way that human beings communicate in profound ways. From quill and ink to ballpoint pens, from …

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  • What Makes Jesus Laugh

    By Annie Fox

    Have you ever met someone who can’t laugh at themselves? They just can’t seem to let loose and have a good time because they’re so busy trying to keep up appearances? Let’s be honest—they’re a great big Debbie Downer and no one wants to hang out with someone like that. And yet, sometimes the church can come off like that. Where the Church Has Gotten It Wrong Years ago, there were many churches that worked very hard at telling people what they couldn’t do. They couldn’t go to the movies, women couldn’t wear makeup or jewelry, and something as crazy as dancing was highly frowned upon. Many people looked at those rules and thought, I’ll pass. And who can blame them? I know I wouldn’t want to attend that church! The church shouldn’t be so busy telling you what you …

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  • 2 Reasons You Should Stop Going to Church

    By Andrew Arrol

    I think you should stop just going to church. No, really. Stop it. I grew up in the church. I work at a church. Why don’t I think you should just go to church? Well… Jesus isn’t asking us to go to church Wait, what? That’s right. Jesus does not ask us to go to church. Where in the Bible does he ask you to revolve your faith & life around visiting a building for 1 hour a week? I don’t see it. Here’s what I do see: When Jesus began his ministry, he said things like: “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near,” and “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” (Matthew 4:17b & 19b) It would make sense for Jesus to start his ministry …

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  • Cash for Clunkers

    By Eric Stoudt

    Salvation is like a “Cash for Clunkers” 1994 Dodge Ram work truck; 300,000 miles, bald tires, black oil on the dipstick and completely out of gas. Coasting it into the last spot on the dealership lot, the owner was finally trading it in. Cash for Clunkers was a federal program from 2009 designed to spur the economy. If certain model cars and trucks, produced in specific years were traded in on new gas efficient models, then the government guaranteed a preset value at the point of sale. The enticing part for the consumer was the condition of the vehicle didn’t matter. The federal allowance was valid as long as the car qualified and the dealerships that traded the cars were able to cash the government checks, passing on the savings to the customer. Gas guzzlers from everywhere were being traded …

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  • Would You Rather

    By Lisa Nuss

    Would you rather give up carbs for a month or dairy for a month? Would you rather give up pizza forever or not be able to eat french fries ever again? Would you rather suddenly become allergic to cookies or develop an intolerance to cupcakes? Luckily, these are just choices I’d have to make while playing a “Would You Rather” game and not choices I have to live by! But there are choices when it comes to food that I do have to make every day. Do I choose oatmeal for breakfast or that leftover piece of cake from last night? Do I drink water or soda with my lunch? Do I cook dinner at home or go out to a fast food restaurant? Your Body is a Temple 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your bodies …

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  • Five Things You Can Do to Increase Your Net Worth

    By Sherri McGaffin

    The year is 2018 and Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, tops Forbes list of wealthiest people with a net worth of $158.8 billion. Next on the list, we have Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, with a net worth of $95.7 billion. Rounding out the top three is Warren Buffett, investment champion and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, with a net worth of $87 billion. The year is 2018, what is your net worth? Have you ever calculated your net worth? Do you even know what net worth is? Investopedia defines net worth as, “a concept applicable to individuals and businesses as a key measure of how much an entity is worth.” More simply put, net worth is the monetary value of something or someone. To calculate one’s net worth you must first add up everything a person owns (their …

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  • One of the Biggest Lies Men Believe

    By Rob Tomes

    Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” The Hollywood Image When I was growing up, the male heroes portrayed by Hollywood were strong, independent, and didn’t seem to have too many friends other than their trusty steed or supernatural sidekick. From Han Solo in “Star Wars” to Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky” and from Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry” to Michael Knight in “Knight Rider”, these men were loners, self-sufficient, and portrayed intelligence and strength. The Biblical Image I can tell you that God did not create men to be alone and that isolation from other men in the Christian community is a tactic of the enemy. See, the enemy of our soul loves to divide and conquer. If he can get you out of community, if he can get you to bend to your pride of …

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  • Want to Grow Spiritually? Look at Your Watch.

    By Chris Bisaccia

    Our lives and the time we are given is a gift, and it is up to us how we make use of such a blessing. We are forced to look in a mirror and examine ourselves when we are posed with questions like, is it worth it how we spend our time? Does what I do with my time really matter? Does how I spend my time honor God? These are key questions we must ask ourselves as we study this topic. How to Figure Out What You Treasure For me it can be humbling to look at my day-to-day life and realize how little time I spend actually living for God. Honestly, I have a tendency to live only for the things that please me. There are moments when I’m fully obeying God and living fully for him, but …

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  • Two Big Questions About Talent

    By Annie Fox

    When I was in junior high, I wanted to be on the dance team. The girls on the dance team were basically like cheerleaders, but they could dance. And they didn’t have to be able to do nearly as many gymnastics—which seemed like a great big bonus to me. Two years in a row, I went to the first night of tryout practice and watched intently as we were taught the routine. And two years in a row, I went home after that first practice knowing that it wasn’t in the cards for me because I couldn’t even remember the routine to be able to practice once I got home! Dancing was not my talent—no matter how much I wanted it to be. How Should We View Our Talents? There’s a common saying people tell their children and, although it’s …

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  • 3 Reasons You Should Embrace Your Passion

    By Abigail McKinney

    Sometimes people can think it is a bad idea to be consumed by your passion(s) but I disagree. I believe that your passion is what makes you special. Diving head first into your passion can work wonders in your life for many reasons. When embracing your passion you could possibly help somebody, you will definitely grow as a person, and you are doing God’s work. Help Someone If you’ve ever been inspired by a good painting or had your mood changed by a song, you were changed by someone’s passion. Aside from artistic passions that can help people, there are plenty of other passions which can help people. Some people who are passionate about animals can help educate people on how to treat animals and the environment better, thus creating a more harmonious balance between animals and humans. But helping …

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