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Posted 3/20/17 at 1:25 PM | David Fournier

5 Ways to Improve Safety on Your Next Road Trip

There’s no better way to see the country’s most beautiful sights than by piling into the car for a road trip. The sad thing, though, is that few keep road safety in mind, and often disregard simple precautionary measures before they leave. In this article, we’re going to cover five simple ways to improve safety on your next road trip.

1) Take Your Car in for Service

To set out on a lengthy road trip in an uninspected car is to court disaster. It might break down in the middle of nowhere or worse, in a dangerous neighborhood. Thus, always take your car to a qualified mechanic for a tune up before hitting the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has some tips on what you need to have checked out. They include: seat belts, air conditioning system, and battery. It also recommends you check and top up all fluids, if necessary. If you plan on towing a trailer or driving in hot climates, top up with high viscosity motor oil.

2) Avoid Distractions

Anything that gets your mind off the road should be avoided at all costs. It could be something as simple as wondering whether you activated your SimpliSafe alarm system before leaving the house. In most cases, though, it is texting, looking at a map for directions, or turning to control noisy children in the back seat. Deal with these distractions by keeping the kids entertained with games or music, using a GPS with turn-by-turn directions, and not using your phone while driving. FULL POST

Posted 3/17/17 at 1:46 PM | David Fournier

Preparing Your Car for a Long Trip - The Complete Checklist

A long trip pushes your car to the limit. So, it’s imperative your vehicle be in perfect condition before you head out. Remember, even the smallest problems can turn into a major disaster later if not taken care of. This checklist lists all the important points that you should cover before you hit the road.

Carry Your Car Owner’s Manual at All Times

Grab a copy of the vehicle owner’s manual from the local dealer and keep it in the glove box. Use the helpful instructions inside to handle common problems on the road, such as towing a trailer or changing a flat tire. Download an e-copy onto your laptop or smartphone if you cannot find a physical copy.

Check the Documents

Avoid being pulled up by the cops without any of your documents. Carry your driver’s license with you at all times. Make sure your car is insured. If not, compare car insurance to find the best deal. Getting your car insured before along trip is a good idea. And roadside assistance is a must-have for a solid car insurance policy, especially if you're frequent road travelers. FULL POST

Posted 3/17/17 at 1:43 PM | David Fournier

Why Psychotherapy and Faith Are Not Mutually Exclusive

For generations, it has been a topic of conversation that faith and science, more specifically faith and psychiatry, are somehow mutually exclusive. While that may be the thinking of those faiths that oppose modern medicine in totality, the mainstream religions should be able to understand that science and faith are not diametrically opposed to each other. The benefits to be had from much of our latest technology and many medical innovations can help believers live a better quality of life to practice the faith they adhere to. Psychiatry is one area that seems to bear the brunt of controversy, probably because reason is involved. Here again, reason and faith can reside together in the human psyche if you understand the underlying principles of each.

Reason vs. Faith – Are They Inherently Oppositional?

Part of the problem seems to be that man likes to control his universe. We have put men on the moon, have developed technology that enables us to communicate (in real time) with anyone and everyone around the globe and have machines capable of learning so that they can teach themselves as new obstacles are encountered in what they have been programed to do. We can now cure many kinds of cancer, prevent diseases through vaccines but we cannot cure the common cold. In other words, science which is based on reason is not infallible. FULL POST

Posted 3/9/17 at 11:28 AM | David Fournier

Grow With Grace: How Consultants Can Help Your Church

As Christians, we look to the next world while doing our work in this one, but is your church working as effectively as it could be? According to many Christian leaders – such as Dr. Tim Keller – the church today is stuck.

We get caught on binary expectations – huge growth or loss of faith communities, assimilation or rigid communities of belief – when we should be seeking missionary encounters. But how do we change? And should we?

Change is necessary for the church to survive, but it needs to come from a place of experience and from people with fresh eyes. That means combining an understanding of the world of the church with outsiders from your community.

Consultants may be the answer.

Why Consultants?

There are about as many kinds of consultants out in the world as there are traditional jobs – if you can take on a role from within a business or organization, you can do it as an outsider, sharing expertise. That’s why you’ll find consultants that offer green business trainings, work-life balance courses, and far more unusual offerings. There are even consultants who teach people how to become consultants! FULL POST

Posted 3/1/17 at 11:35 AM | David Fournier

10 American Religious Landmarks You Have to Visit

We know there are many sacred places to visit around the world, but have you ever thought about looking a little closer to home? The USA has some truly wonderful religious landmarks to visit, from the towering churches in California to the unusual chapels in Arkansas. Here are ten American religious landmarks you have to visit…

1. Trinity Church, New York City (NY)

Trinity Church stands in Wall Street with neo-gothic buttresses, stained glass windows and awe-inspiring vaulted ceilings and, until the invention of the skyscraper, Trinity Church’s 280-foot spire was the highest structure in the city. Thankfully, Trinity Church survived 9/11, and the little damage it sustained now plays central role in the church’s remembrance of the tragic event. There is a small museum at the back of the church to explore, and the churchyard is a lovely place to sit quietly on a summer’s afternoon.

2. Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs (AR)

Have you ever wanted to pray among nature? Well, Thorncrown Chapel is the perfect place to do exactly that: this little chapel nestled into the Ozark hills is constructed from glass and offers beautiful views of the surrounding Arkansas woods. The chapel has won numerous architectural awards and is known for being one of the most beautiful and inspiring chapels in the world, so it’s not a place you’ll ever forget. Make the most of over 6,000 feet of glass - it’s a place to sit quietly and contemplate God among nature. FULL POST

Posted 2/28/17 at 10:20 AM | David Fournier

The Right Thing for Businesses to do for Employees

Today, companies have an obligation to their employees to keep them the most prepared for success. To do this, companies need to make sure their employees are properly trained in important subjects that improve safety, productivity and as a result, the company’s bottom line. Therefore, they need to involve classes and other training techniques for all employees. Here are a few areas of training that top the list:

Cyber Security Training

The landscape for cybersecurity is constantly changing and companies need to have all of their employees aware of the latest threats and the newest security measures to combat them. Data breaches may involve malicious programs, unauthorized access into the systems, ransomware, or DoS attacks and with the explosion of social media use, employees must remain vigilant about what might be trying to invade their privacy. FULL POST

Posted 2/22/17 at 1:34 PM | David Fournier

Make It Your Business to Care

When potential entrepreneurs make their business plans, most of them aren’t necessarily thinking of how much money they will make or the strength of their revenues. Everyone who starts a business does take financial issues into consideration, but most businesses, particularly successful ones, start with a larger vision. When marketing a product or a service, your company is focused on how it is going to impact lives and fill a growing need. In addition to thinking of the bottom line or the product, it is a good idea to focus on making a difference.

Cross-Promotion With Charities
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Businesses and causes have one thing in common—they both need marketing to achieve their goals. Companies large and small partner with charities as a way of doing good for society and to promote their brand. Your company could pledge that a certain percentage of proceeds goes to fund a popular charity, and promote the cause on your social media page and in your advertising. The charity. in turn. will have your logo on its website and at its charitable event, which will give your brand more exposure. This is an example of how being involved in charitable activities makes good business sense. FULL POST

Posted 2/17/17 at 12:19 PM | David Fournier

Running Tips: Essential Workout Gear for Marathon

Running is one sport that doesn’t require much equipment; however, a marathon is the only exception. Running for over two hours straight can be a strenuous task. Usually, runner packs the necessary item when going out for a typical workout. But as the miles escalate you need to carry some extra running gear as well to keep yourself comfortable and steady on the track. Mentioned below is the detailed list of all the essential running gear that you would possibly need while preparing for the upcoming marathon:

Running shoes

The first and foremost thing that you need to purchase is a new pair of running shoes. Choose a pair that fits you snugly without being too tight or uncomfortable around the ankles and toes. Also, ensure that the shoes complement your running style and support the natural movement of the body rather than hinder it.

Running socks

Now that you have got yourself a new pair of shoes, it is only obvious that the next item on our list will be a set of sports socks. There are special socks made just for runners that absorb more sweat and are far more durable than the ones you usually find. The material of the socks keeps the moisture away from your foot so as to reduce the risk of blisters and any bacterial infection. FULL POST

Posted 2/16/17 at 1:24 PM | David Fournier

5 Surefire Steps For Israel

Keeping up with current events can be daunting and time consuming. When it comes to the Holy land, staying informed becomes even more difficult. Here are five surefire steps and a few handy links to ensure that you don’t remain ignorant when it comes to Israel:

1) Make a commitment

Staying informed requires effort and consistency. Make a habit of putting aside time to check up on Israel, whether it be 15 minutes a day or an hour a week. At first this might seem hard, but targeting your time in a focused manner yields much more efficient results than swimming through the constant flow of news, which is time consuming and exhausting. Download the Israel On Demand app to get behind the scenes updates in real time straight from the Holy Land to your phone. You can also bookmark a few Israeli news sources that you find resourceful, such as the The Times of Israel or i24 News and check in regularly.

2) Go for Quality over Quantity

With 24-hour news channels, myriads of online reporting updates, and a constant barrage of articles flashing through social media, it’s easy to get inundated with too much information. A common heuristic to deal with this overflow is to simply skim headlines, which leaves the reader full of assumptions yet devoid ofactual news. Instead of scanning 20 headlines, take the time to read two or three articles in depth. This approach makes staying up to date manageable and in the long run develops a well rooted understanding of Israeli affairs. FULL POST

Posted 2/12/17 at 1:19 AM | David Fournier

How to maintain proper hygiene while holidaying abroad

It is tough to maintain proper hygiene while you are on the road covered in dust and grime with only old roadside motels for accommodation. Discussed below are some simple yet practical tips that keep you safe and healthy while holidaying around.

Always Carry Your Own Water

You can never be entirely sure of the sanitation of the local tap water in areas you are traveling. Drinking contaminated water is the easiest way to catch deadly infections and other water-borne diseases. Therefore it is best that you avoid drinking the water served in local restaurants or roadside eating joints (even cold drinks, juice, and ice). Carry your own water bottle instead.

Take Your First-Aid Kit

Staying in a remote unknown area can be quite exciting for a traveler who loves exploring new places. However, amidst all the frolic and fun tourists often miss out a tiny but significant detail, their safety, and health. A first-aid kit is an indispensable part of your carry bag. From fresh band-aids to natural pills and other medications, the first-aid kit has got you covered for any untoward situation. Always be prepared for emergencies, you never know when you will fall sick. FULL POST

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