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Posted 5/19/17 at 2:57 PM | Dylan Moran

How Ethical is Gambling on Slot Machines?

In the United Kingdom right now there is an epidemic of gambling that has created a new breed of gambling addict and has caused all kinds of problems within local communities. Something similar is happening in Australia and in several other countries. These things have something in common. Firstly, gambling is legal there, and secondly, the problems are all created by slot machines.

If you listen to the economists than legalized gambling is the way to go. They say that it brings in a lot of money for local communities and is able to generate millions in tax. All of that is true. But the issue that the American people have with gambling is not about the money. It’s about the damage that it can do to society. Countries like the UK and Australia have ignored this damage for many years, and they are now suffering as a result.

Yet, there are still many people calling for the legalization of gambling in the United States, perhaps not realizing just what damage it can do. FULL POST

Posted 5/11/17 at 4:42 AM | Mark John

Fun Ideas For Summer Bible Camp

Summer is fast approaching and thousands of churches across the nation will be gearing up for their annual Summer Bible Camps. For kids across the country, summer bible camp is often one of the highlights of the year. It’s important to make sure your camp is as fun and engaging as possible — it will ensure participants get the most out of the experience and come back next year hungry for more! This article will give a brief overview of a few ideas that will help make sure your Summer Bible Camp is as fun as possible.

Inclusive On-Stage Play

Elementary school children at your camp will love to feel involved in everything. Have camp attendees participate in a play (or series of plays) that will help kids be creative and inclusive with their fellow camp friends. Divide children up by age and have them choose their favorite Bible story — allow them the creative license to act and illustrate the scene the way they want to. Make sure the script has been organized, roles have been chosen, and the play has been rehearsed. Then have each group act out their play in front of the whole camp. By dividing children into groups you can ensure that every camp attendant plays an active role in their production. FULL POST

Posted 5/3/17 at 10:58 AM | Lucy Perry

Useful Apps for Families Traveling Abroad

Traveling Family

These days, smartphones can be a lifesaver, especially if you have young children and want to minimize stress and expenditure when traveling. The apps featured in this post will save you the time and energy it takes to find your way in a new place when traveling abroad with a big family, as well as help you travel as inexpensively as possible.

Travel apps are a great tool if you have the basic skills it takes to operate a smartphone. If you have a smartphone with nothing but gimmicky apps then you need to uninstall some and make room for a few of these useful apps ahead of your travels. Ranging from choices that work toward directing you to arrange your itinerary and language translation, here is a roundup of essential traveling apps.

CityMapper

If you are still using Google maps to navigate new cities, then you are the person CityMapper is meant for. It offers wide-ranging and simple journey planner information with a sprinkling of humor. The information is much more detailed than Google maps, covering real-time departures, traffic information (including disruptions), Uber information and cycling routes. It covers 30 cities around the world. The app is so devoted to travel information that it will tell you how long your journey should take with jetpack. It’s a worthy joke when you missed the train and you have to wait another half hour before the next one comes. FULL POST

Posted 3/23/17 at 2:56 AM | Mark John

5 Considerations For Throwing Your Next Office Party

Office parties can be a boom or a bust, and unfortunately, many of us have suffered through more than a few busts. It is a challenging and delicate balance to get colleagues together in an enjoyable social capacity, but it can be done.

Here are 5 considerations for throwing your next office party to ensure your next event is a boom!

1. Determine the objective—and make it clear

When planning your next office social event, make sure the goal and objective of the event is clear to those attending. Don’t leave your colleagues wondering:
● Is it a closed-invitation, employees-only party?
● Are plus-ones invited?
● Should I leave the kids at home?
● Is this event strictly social, or are we forming a brain trust for the next annual conference?
● Is attendance optional or mandatory?
● Am I expected to present an update or pitch?
● Will there be team-building exercises?
● How long will the party be?
● What is the attire?

The party invitation should make the objective clear and answer all of the above questions. That way, attendees can make informed decisions and can arrive feeling certain about their role and the expectations of the event. FULL POST

Posted 3/13/17 at 1:37 PM | Robert Hoffman

Top Free Christmas Apps To Entertain Your Kids

Child Playing on iPad at Christmas

Christmas can be something kids enjoy the whole year round with the availability of free Christmas apps downloadable any day of every month. If you are looking for ways to entertain your kids, here are some top free apps you can install on your phone:

Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle

Boost your child's creativity and thinking skills while keeping him entertained with this jigsaw puzzle. Made especially for kids, the puzzle has five different levels of difficulty multiplied by 8 Christmas-inspired images. Made for kids less than 5 years of age, the game is beautifully colored and mashed with entertaining pops and music for a very enjoyable activity.

Wombi Christmas Toys

Santa needs help in his shop! This Wombi Christmas Toy app lets your kid be part of the magic of Christmas by giving him the 'elf' role in Santa's North Pole operation. Using this app, kids can assemble toys, design them, and have them ready for delivery to all the nice boys and girls of the world. A truly interactive game with lots of possible combinations, Wombi Christmas Toys should leave kids entertained for hours at a time. FULL POST

Posted 2/20/17 at 1:50 PM | Mark Ellis

Actress’s 93-year-old grandma hovered near death, but prayer brought an amazing miracle

Alexa PenaVega

By Mark Ellis

Actress Alexa PenaVega can’t believe what happened when a group of prayer warriors gathered around her grandmother’s bedside as she began to go the way of all the earth.

“This past week has been a struggle for my family as our beautiful abuelita (grandma) was on life support,” PenaVega said on an Instagram post.

The actress said watching her grandmother’s decline was a “bittersweet experience,” partly because she led such a full and beautiful life.

PenaVega’s grandmother has 12 children, more than 50 grandchildren, and 10 great grand children. She is “just the most incredible little Colombian woman inside and out.”

But she was facing steep odds against reaching the age of 94. “This week her lungs collapsed, her heart started failing and her stomach stopped working and she fell into a coma,” PenaVega shared.

As PenaVega and her family gathered to say goodbye, they were joined by local church members who came to her grandmother’s side and prayed for five hours. FULL POST

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

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