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Posted 2/15/17 at 7:43 AM | Joy Mali

10 Cool Travel Gadgets A Travel Freak Can’t Go Without

Traveling is always fun! But, what if we say that you can really add to your traveling experience with the smart use of some out-of-the-box and cool gadgets? Yes, these smart tools would definitely change the way you travel, all due to the smart usage of technology which adds extra convenience wherever you go.

Without beating around the bush, let’s have a quick look on a few cool travel gadgets we’re already drooling upon!

1. A cute and mini travel steam iron
Are you one of those who would never step out of their home without perfectly ironed clothes? Then, why adjust with this habit while traveling? Look picture perfect with the world’s smallest travel steam iron which is not only very easy and handy to carry wherever you travel, but also provides wrinkle-free clothes on the go!

This travel steam iron is very compact in size and is mainly intended to take along while traveling. It has a 420-watt motor and three heating levels. Compare its size with the mouse of a computer which makes it an excellent pick to pack in your travel bag. Sounds cool, no?
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Posted 2/14/17 at 2:23 PM |

Q&A with Master Illusionist Scott Humston

Q: As someone who has been performing in public schools for over two decades, what changes have you seen take place in children in attitude, character or other traits?
A: I don't know that there has been a dramatic change in elementary age children—as far as their response to my shows. Kids love to laugh. Some parents like to laugh—but many have forgotten how. Since the beginning of my school events, creating a connection between parents and kids has been a huge joy for me. Many parents don't see their children "belly laugh" very often—except for the occasional TV show or movie. Children are (mostly) honest and loving. Since the start of my career performing for families, I have seen children with hard hearts. Many times, I've seen those hearts melt through the fun and laughter. Since the beginning, I've been honored to take on a sort of "crazy uncle" role. Unfortunately, many kids don't see their dad in a loving, fun, role. It seems sometimes when a man becomes a father his psyche changes—and now as provider—he is scared just to be himself with his children. It may be difficult for some men to be a bit vulnerable, open and honest. As a father myself, I have to remind myself often just how much my kids adore me, and my role in guiding, nurturing and directing them is vastly important. FULL POST

Posted 2/11/17 at 12:48 PM | Emelie Hyde

8 Ways to Bring Your Church Community Closer Together

Regular churchgoers know that attending church should focus more on worship and sharingfaith rather than socializing, but it can lift your spiritual energy when your community is more tightly knit. Church members feel more comfortable attending your congregation when they know they’ll be welcomed and made a part of the larger community.

It improves the worship experience and makes your congregation better able to bring lost sheep into the fold.As an ecclesiastical leader who’s looking to improve fellowship and the camaraderie of your church, you should regard community involvement as one potentially of your most powerful tools.

Use some of the following ideas to bring your congregation closer together.

1. Activate a Mass Notification System

Keeping people on the same page is vital for community awareness. When an event or emergency demands immediate attention, religious organizations once employed the calling tree. Essential news was passed by word of mouth through the grapevine.

But this system wasn’t always accurate, and it didn’t necessarily guarantee that everyone got the message. Now we have technology that makes the challenge of notifying everyone in your parish quick and easy with voice broadcasting or SMS messaging systems. FULL POST

Posted 2/6/17 at 4:30 PM | Mark Ellis

Gaga’s Super Bowl anthem ‘Born This Way’ feeds false narrative

Lady Gaga at 2017 Super Bowl

By Mark Ellis

At this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, Lady Gaga avoided major political controversies, but also made a powerful cultural statement by singing her megahit “Born This Way,” which implies that homosexuality is genetically fixed at birth and can not be changed.

However, at least eight major studies of identical twins in Australia, the U.S., and Scandinavia during the last several decades all arrive at the same conclusion: gays were not born that way.

“At best genetics is a minor factor,” says Dr. Neil Whitehead, PhD. Whitehead has worked for the New Zealand government as a scientific researcher for 24 years, as well as the U.N. and International Atomic Energy Agency. His PhD is in biochemistry and statistics.

Identical twins have the same genes or DNA. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If homosexuality is caused by genetics or prenatal conditions and one twin is gay, the co-twin should also be gay. FULL POST

Posted 2/2/17 at 8:13 PM | Mark Ellis

QB Tom Brady follows New Age shaman’s teachings

Tom Brady with his wife

By Mark Ellis

With his prowess as an NFL quarterback, movie star looks, and marriage to a supermodel, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is either deeply admired or the subject of loathsome envy that borders on hate by others.

Like his coach, Bill Belichick, he tends to reveal little about his inner thoughts and feelings. But over the last few years he’s mentioned an unusual book that guides his life, written by a New Age shaman from Mexico named Don Miguel Ruiz.

The book, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom is “kind of a mantra for my life,” Brady told a Boston radio interviewer last year. He said the book helped him face the challenges associated with “Deflategate,” when he was accused of under-inflating footballs to gain a competitive advantage over other teams.

“I take everything from it (the book),” he told the Wall Street Journal. “There isn’t a wrong word in that book. I read it every couple of years just to refresh.” FULL POST

Posted 1/31/17 at 3:24 PM | Mark Ellis

Scorsese: Christianity is where I find meaning in life

Martin Scorsese at Fuller's Brehm Center

By Mark Ellis

Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese spoke at Fuller Seminary recently after a private screening of his new film Silence, the formidable saga of Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan based on the novel by Shusaku Endo.

At the screening, Scorsese reflected on his years-long struggle to make the film and its impact on his Christian faith.

“Where do I go to find the meaning of existence and the meaning of life? For me, it’s Christianity,” Scorsese told Brehm Center Director Mako Fujimura (who served as a consultant to the film) and Kutter Callaway, an asst. professor of theology and culture at Fuller.

Without the love and compassion inherent in Christianity, there is little hope for humanity, he said. “This is the real saving grace of our world, of our species, really,” he declared.

Scorsese has been thinking about the book and the film project since 1989. “Reading over the last 20 years I’ve found authors apologizing for a Christian attitude, another one saying, ‘This seems disturbingly Christian.’” FULL POST

Posted 1/25/17 at 2:11 PM | Biru Singh

The Formidable Online Fighting Games You Should Look Out for In 2017

Embark on a journey of never ending excitement and fun when 2017 is already here. The online fighting games have successfully carved out a community of passionate gamers in recent times. With enhanced graphics and better gaming consoles, the contemporary video games are proving to be the hot flavor these days. These developments in the online gaming domain have led to a sharp upsurge in terms of demands from the gamers. As a result of this the gaming industry has become a multi-billion dollar industry around the world.

As far as 2017 is concerned, the gaming fanatics are not going to be disappointed to say the least. Though the World Wide Web has already been flooded by countless games that are played online, but there are few that are developed to capture our attention. In 2017 also the online fighting games remain at the forefront of those games that require advanced graphics, endless amount of gaming skills and ability to overcome the challenges. This year also brings up an opportunity for the gamers to test their skills by playing fighting games at muchgames.com.

Thus the following games clearly emerge as the ones that will drive the gaming experience to the next level. Here they are: FULL POST

Posted 1/5/17 at 2:33 PM | Mark Ellis

Tim Tebow’s gigantic John 3:16 ‘coincidence’…not!

Tebow appearing with Harry Connick Jr.

By Mark Ellis

He is one of the most outspoken athletes in America about his Christian faith. During his college football career, he frequently wore references to biblical verses on his eye black and his signature stance kneeling and praying on the sidelines became a modern neologism known as ‘Tebowing.’

But even he was shocked by a quirky confluence of time and football stats that could not be explained away as coincidence.

Tebow appeared on Harry Connick Jr.’s television program in December, and related the unusual story.

“We were playing for the national championship in college on January 8, 2009 and I decided to wear John 3:16 under my eyes,” Tebow recounted to Connick. “During the game, 93 million people decided to Google John 3:16 and it was a pretty cool moment.

“Exactly three years later we happened to be playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the play-offs when I was with the Denver Broncos and I didn’t know it was exactly three years later. It was January 8, 2012, exactly three years later to the day,” he noted. FULL POST

Posted 1/3/17 at 3:31 PM | Mark Ellis

Uganda: National rugby team sings Christian hymn before every game

team sings before games

By Mark Ellis

While they have never qualified for the World Cup, the national Rugby Union team known as the Cranes finds inspiration for their play with prayer and hymn-singing before and after each game.

“If I live a holy life, shun the wrong and do the right, I know the Lord will make a way for me,” the Cranes sing together.

Team manager Michael Wandera finds the singing uplifting. “In singing this hymn, the team recognizes that with God all things are possible,” he told CNN.

“It is meditative, raises the team psyche and causes the team to focus as one.”

This has been one of the most successful years for the Cranes. The team qualified for the 2016-17 World Series by earning Africa’s rugby sevens title for the first time last September.

Uganda defeated Kenya, a highly regarded team, in the semifinals and then dismantled Namibia in the finals. Namibia has played in the previous four Rugby World Cup tournaments. FULL POST

Posted 12/28/16 at 1:02 PM | Dylan Moran

State Government Actions on Daily Fantasy Sports: A snapshot of where things stand for DFS ‘state by state’

Started off as a recreational activity, Fantasy sports have now been changed by big market players into a mass money making activity which is an expansion of gambling... as stated by state governments.

Over two dozen states are showing slow progress into the regulation of DFS (Daily Fantasy Sports), while some states have already considered it illegal. There were also some victories for the legalization of DFS industry in different states in 2016.

Robert Tomlinson, the State Senator for Pennsylvania advised the members of state ‘House of Representatives’ earlier this month, “not to rush into the matter. The formal legalization of the activity needs careful consideration about whether and how to do it.”

The primary concern of Tomlinson about DFS is to identify whether the activity is completely based on chance or skill. They doubt the business models of the two leading commercial operators of the industry “DraftKings and FanDuel”, who appear to merge into one company (according to recent press reports). He also highlighted that, such market dynamics may further deform the market and potentially decrease the revenue to be garnered by Commonwealth. FULL POST

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