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6 Pro Tips for Your News

6 Pro Tips for Your News

Where do you primarily get your news? Are you a TV news connoisseur? A Gazette subscriber? More of a Twitter or Facebook news aficionado? A Google News enthusiast? Talk radio devotee? Whatever the source, most of our news outlets…

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8 Tips for Social Media

8 Tips for Social Media

Which platform do you use most… Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Snapshot? TikTok? Myspace? If you picked Myspace, I want to meet you. You’re likely the most faithful person on the planet! How can we best leverage…

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4 Descriptions of a Hero-Maker

4 Descriptions of a Hero-Maker

Whose face comes to mind when you hear the word hero? Maybe a dad, a mom, a grandparent, a veteran, a civil rights advocate, or a first-responder? Now, envision a particular hero from a book or movie…

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Why are the Ten Commandments So Relevant?

Why are the Ten Commandments So Relevant?

Would you consider the following advice to be applicable today? “While a loving heart maintains a family, a hateful heart destroys a family.” “Never make a big decision while drinking beer.” This counsel dates back nearly…

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5 Questions to Ask Ourselves in a Crisis

5 Questions to Ask Ourselves in a Crisis

As we wade through the quagmire of our current crisis, you likely have many questions. I do. Some questions are benign. Other inquiries are serious but equally irrelevant. In the quiet moments of midnight, we’re sobered by more haunting questions…

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A Dad’s Highest Calling

A Dad’s Highest Calling

Having just celebrated Father’s Day with our three children, I’m intrigued by the question… “What is a dad’s highest calling?” Is it to make sure my children make straight As? To train them to be star athletes in multiple sports at once? To send them to…

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If You Were God…?

If You Were God…?

What’s the worst mistake you’ve ever made? Does it haunt you? Has it permanently taken up residence in your heart, propping its feet up on the couch of your soul and replaying itself…

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Why Does God Allow Us to Go Through Storms?

Why Does God Allow Us to Go Through Storms?

The following story is based on true events found in the Bible’s New Testament. (Mark 6:45-53) “If a sunny day doesn’t work, then let’s try a storm.” The respected rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth, whispered…

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What is Faith? A True Story

What is Faith? A True Story

The following story is based on true events found in the Bible’s New Testament. (Mark 5:21-43) Almost exactly 1,990 years ago, the respected Rabbi—Jesus of Nazareth—lands on the shores of Capernaum…

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4 Facts about Fear

4 Facts about Fear

Several weeks ago, I had an unusual encounter with fear. Like a wrong turn into a dark alley, life’s GPS seemed to unexpectedly glitch and brought me face to face with this formidable foe…

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FOMO: How to Overcome the Fear of Missing Out

FOMO: How to Overcome the Fear of Missing Out

“Are they really at the beach together again?” “Why do they never tag me in their Snapchat pics?” “Why wasn’t I invited to the concert when it looks like everyone else in the world was there?” Those are just a few statements that flow from the watershed of FOMO…

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Why Celebrate Good Friday? 3 Reasons

Why Celebrate Good Friday? 3 Reasons

There will never be a lack of holidays to celebrate. Hallmark will make sure of it. Currently, the most popular holidays to commemorate in the U.S. are Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Father’s Day…

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One Truth that Helps Suffering Make Sense

One Truth that Helps Suffering Make Sense

“Why????” You shout that one-word question into the cold night sky. You mutter it under your breath. You ask it in your prayers and with any friends or family you might be lucky enough see during his time of quarantine and global pandemic. Why am I: losing my job, receiving a salary-cut…

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5 Ways to Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic

5 Ways to Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic

The global response to the Coronavirus Pandemic has been as varied as the millions of virus-types in the world today. Some cope by sharing memes, such as the hypothetical episode of The Office where: Michael ignores…

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5 Ways to NOT Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic

5 Ways to NOT Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Last week was one for the history books. Our children will remember the Coronavirus Pandemic like many of us remember September 11, 2001. Toss in a crushing blow to the stock market, Friday the 13th, a full moon, the beginning of…

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6 Christmas Myths of the Magi

6 Christmas Myths of the Magi

The Christmas story is a true story. History, logic, fulfilled prophecy, and the spiritual experience of changed lives have left behind a smoking gun. However, not everything we’ve been told about the Christmas story is true. In particular, here are…

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For Men Only: 9 Ways to Be an Unsung Hero

For Men Only: 9 Ways to Be an Unsung Hero

History is filled with unsung heroes. From police men and women, to firefighters, to EMS personnel, to members of our military, to stay-at-home moms. So, how can we—as men—become unsung heroes to the people we love…

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5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving More Meaningful

5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving More Meaningful

Could your Thanksgiving use more spice? I’m not referring to the turkey, stuffing, gravy, cornbread, or pumpkin pie—unless, of course, any of those tastes significantly bland. (In that case, yes, add some spice!) But I am curious… Do you wish…

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4 Tips for Raising Your Child

4 Tips for Raising Your Child

With great pomp and circumstance that little bundle of joy (and tax deduction!) is born into your world. Whether you brought your baby home from the hospital or adopted him or her sometime later, the question…

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You’re More Known Than You Think

You’re More Known Than You Think

If you could trade places with someone famous, who would you pick? Maybe you’d love to be known as the world’s greatest basketball player or business mogul. Perhaps you’d trade…

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What’s Their Secret?

What’s Their Secret?

Do you know two Christians who always seem to get along? I’ve met plenty who couldn’t, and you probably have as well. (Depending on the day, I sometimes…

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How to Fight on Facebook

How to Fight on Facebook

He disrespected your favorite politician! She mocked your taste in music! His comments about your beliefs were less than kind. She’s built an entire case against the way you’ve chosen to raise your children…

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3 Ways to Love Your City

3 Ways to Love Your City

You love your city, your town, your community. It’s not perfect, but no city is. You have your favorite grocery store, pet store, gas station, radio station, coffee shop, and barber shop. But the questions…

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What Disney’s Daughters Teach Us About God

What Disney’s Daughters Teach Us About God

Driving his girls to school each day. Taking them to zoos, parks, and fairs. Giving them “horsy rides” through the house. Reading to them each night before bed. These were the kinds of things that made Walt Disney appear…

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4 Holidays to Celebrate Each Year

4 Holidays to Celebrate Each Year

What holidays do you enjoy most? Perhaps you ring in each New Year’s Day with confetti and a kazoo. Maybe you dye your water green every St. Patrick’s Day. Perchance you patriotically decorate the grave of a respected veteran on Memorial Day…

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What’s Missing from Your Life?

What’s Missing from Your Life?

Do you ever feel like something’s missing? If you’re like most of us, the craving for completion, satisfaction, and peace has little to do with whether or not things are going well…

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