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Posted 7/7/16 at 5:15 AM | Lara Sen

5 Things Parents Should Teach Teens About Car Safety

Parents want to keep their children safe, but they can’t always stop them from doing dangerous things. This is why driver’s licenses present such an issue. You want to say no, but you also can’t keep them young forever. Thankfully, you can help ease this milestone by teaching your children about vehicle safety.

You won’t be able to control everything your teens do when they drive, but you can teach them about the importance of safety. Overall, you should strive to lead by example and pass along valuable lessons.

On that note, here are some lessons to consider teaching your teens in the near future:

1. Locking the Door Upon Entering

Did you know you should lock your doors immediately upon entering your vehicle? If your teen hasn’t been taught this, or hasn’t seen you lock your doors consistently, then they probably won’t do so either. Teach them to lock their doors, as this could ensure their safety when pulling out of a dark parking lot or stopping at a red light.

2. Driving a Safe Vehicle

You may provide your teen with their first car, but they’ll purchase another one eventually. They probably don’t care what you consider to be a good color, make, or model, but you should teach them how to buy a safe car. Top safety features include an anti-lock brake system, electronic stability control, rear view camera, adaptive cruise control, and side impact airbags. These will help them better control the vehicle and offer protection in the event of an accident. FULL POST

Posted 7/6/16 at 3:35 PM | Greg Holt

The Value of Friends

Some friends are with us a long time
Others are part of our lives but a short time
Passing through leaving an indelible mark upon us

Cherish your friends and hold them close
We never know when a friend will pass from this life

Take time to let a friend know you love them
Take time to let them know you appreciate them
Tomorrow they may not be here
Tomorrow you may not be here

Friends are like gold, only better
Friends, true friends are hard to come by
They are to be cherished and enjoyed

A true friend will support you even when you are wrong
They may not agree with you…but they will not run away either
A true friend will tell you when you are wrong as well

True friends do not gossip, they do not bite you
A true friend has your back
Yes true friends are hard to come by

Be a true friend…warm someone’s heart
Support them when they need it
Be quite and present when they need that
Love them at all times…love them more when they are struggling FULL POST

Posted 7/6/16 at 3:48 AM | Joy Mali

Motivation Or Discipline: Which One's More Essential

You look at successful people and you wonder how they did it. You hear the stories about the successful man or woman who grew up with nothing and somehow managed to end up a millionaire. You see the successful restaurateur who parlayed a food cart into a chain of restaurants and you wonder how it was done. You hear that anyone can make something of themselves if they just try. But trying isn’t all of it, is it? These successful people must have something more and they do, but it isn’t something you don’t have, it’s something they developed.


One thing successful people have is motivation. They have something that causes them to act. It could be simply refusing to live in poverty forever. It could be that they want their parents to be proud of them or they wanted to be the first in their family to own a business or become the head of a company. Just like the children that are the first in their family to graduate from high school or college, people that are successful started out with a goal or a vision. There was something in their lives that was missing or that made them unhappy or discontented and they sought to change it. FULL POST

Posted 7/2/16 at 1:38 PM | Lenita Reeves

If I told you Jesus was a purpose underdog would you believe me?

I Am Book Cover
Copyright 2016 Purposehouse Publishing

If I told you Jesus was a purpose underdog would you believe me? He didn't have Paul's education, he wasn't married like the Apostle Peter and he didn't have a grand palace like Solomon. The Pharisees looked down on him but he still declared, "I Am."

Like Jesus, there comes a time in your purpose journey when it is necessary to declare who God says you are. The Divine Purpose Manifesto book is a declaration–a manifesto–of who we are in Christ. It is inspired by the “I Am” statements of Jesus and grounded in the reality of Sonship that Jesus purchased for us with his own blood.

This book is not about prosperity as overachieving but living like Jesus and fulfilling purpose. If that's your desire, this book is for you. Here are a few questions that will give you more insight about the book:

1. What is the primary benefit, above all others, that your potential reader will gain from reading this book?

Readers will discover the key strategy Jesus used to fulfill purpose and overcome naysayers, haters and lack of support from his own family and townsmen. Despite the winds of life pressing against them, they will be empowered to run into the arms of destiny—full speed ahead. FULL POST

Posted 6/28/16 at 10:45 AM | Karen Farris

The Meaning of Epic

This is mind-blowing. It puts true meaning back into the word epic. Rob Decou climbed onto his recumbent bike June 14th in Oceanside, California with his eyes on God and a destination of Annapolis, Maryland.

With intensity athletes know well, Rob says, “impossible is unacceptable.”

Just imagine 3000 miles on a bike, with incredibly tough time constraints along the journey.


He’s on the Race Across America team—riding and raising money for brain cancer research. Rob’s goal is to raise $20,000.

But this isn’t about Rob, it’s about honoring his friend Christina who lost her battle with brain cancer in 2013. It’s also helping about others facing brain cancer and the daunting challenges it presents.

So why not ride 3000 miles in less than two weeks? He knows he can’t do it alone, and neither can those suffering with cancer. FULL POST

Posted 6/10/16 at 6:32 AM | June Samuel

Human Beings and Animals

I saw the video online of a four year old boy’s encounter with a 450 pound gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio. The Zoo employee saw the danger the gorilla posed to the child and the gorilla was killed. There has been outrage and anger over the killing of the gorilla by many. A four year old child cannot defend himself from a 450 pound gorilla. Even a man in that situation may be hard press to find a solution to avoid a confrontation with the gorilla.

I was amazed at the outcry of many people who seem to care more about the life of the gorilla than the life of the child. Which life is more valuable? Which life has more potential for good on this earth? The gorilla’s or the child’s? A human’s life is more precious than any animal. Human beings were made in the image of God. We are eternal beings. Animals are not. God breathed eternity into man. This is why we can never be satisfied with just earthly stuff. We desire more. We yearn for more. Eternity is in our hearts.

God has given humankind dominion over the works of His hands. God has placed all animals, birds, fish, every living creature under the submission of mankind. Psalms 8. Human beings are not on the same level of life as animals. We are made a little lower than the angels. Psalms 8:5. The Zoo took the correct action in killing the gorilla and saving the life of the child. FULL POST

Posted 6/9/16 at 3:33 PM | Mark Ellis

Jesus appears to refugees crossing stormy Aegean Sea, calms waters

Jesus Film Project
Refugees survived their dangerous crossing

By Mark Ellis

When the wind and the waves threatened to swamp a boat filled with refugees fleeing the Middle East, Jesus made a dramatic appearance to them and calmed the waters, saving their lives.

The truly amazing account is from Erick Schenkel, executive director of the Jesus Film Project.

“A group of refugees fleeing the fighting in the Middle East were jammed into several pontoon boats. They were trying to make it across the Aegean Sea to Greece,” Schenkel recounts.

The seas were extremely rough and dangerous and some of the boats in this small armada capsized.

The report is reminiscent of a similar storm on the Sea of Galilee described in the Gospel accounts, when “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.” (Matthew 4:37)

The refugees were afraid, just as Jesus’ fellow travelers were frightened. FULL POST

Posted 6/8/16 at 12:24 PM | Karen Woodall

"The Greatest"

This week’s news has been dotted with stories covering the life and career of former Heavy Weight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali who passed away last Friday from protracted health issues. Arguably the first of a vanguard of flamboyant ‘trash talking’ athletes, Ali was known for taunting his opponents openly both inside and outside the ring, boldly declaring himself to be “the Greatest of All Time.” And, you know, he was right… for a while.

But that was a long time ago, and as he learned, (and the rest of us will learn if we live long enough,) time has a way of stealing away things in which we once took great pride and satisfaction. Oh, these things don’t have to be limited to athletics. They can be beauty, intellect, dexterity, imagination, creativity, or a host of other things. Even for those who are skilled and fortunate enough to somehow against all odds reach the pinnacle of their career, and to ride the fading wave of fame and fortune while garnering the admiration of millions, they all soon find out that being “the greatest” just isn’t that great anymore. FULL POST

Posted 6/5/16 at 8:04 PM | Brittney Moses

Dear Christian, It's Okay to Not Be Okay

I’d like to think I have a pretty wholesome attitude and state of mind in general. However, I am in no way immune to breaking down.

I’m not perfect (surprise).

I get stuck in my fears and my doubts.

I’ve felt hopeless.

I've hit my ultimate low on many days.

I’ve been trapped by the expectation to set an example.

I've depended far too much on myself to get this thing right.

I have handled my flaws legalistically rather than with grace.

(And trust me, my flaws are many.)

I learned to be resilient and strong in the Lord, but I had lost the beauty of being broken.

We tell people to come to Christ as they are but the image we present doesn’t match our words. In perfectly groomed clothes, photo shopped images and the lack of sharing our present day struggles, we subconsciously make ourselves the standard. We praise the good but when the bad and the ugly actually come out we’re quick to shame and judge another's walk with Christ. Since when did imperfection and human flaws become such a shocker among the body? Everyone is going through something behind closed doors, including those we admire the most. FULL POST

Posted 6/2/16 at 7:42 PM | Mark Ellis

College president who resigned to care for wife with Alzheimer’s passes to his heavenly reward

Dr. Robertson McQuilkin

By Mark Ellis

John Robertson McQuilkin, the college president who stepped down to care for his wife stricken with Alzheimer’s, passed into the arms of Jesus on June 2nd. He was 88.

McQuilkin had served as president of Columbia Bible College and Seminary for 22 years (now Columbia International University) when he resigned in 1990 to care fulltime for his wife, Muriel, who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease.

He met Muriel at the school when they were students. When they first met, he discovered she was “delightful, smart, and gifted, and just a great lover of people and more fun than you can imagine.”

He proposed on Valentine’s Day in 1948 and over the next 30 years, they raised six children and served God in many ways, including 12 years as missionaries in Japan.

In 1968 they returned to the U.S. and Robertson became president of the college. Muriel also taught there, spoke at women’s conferences, and on TV and radio programs. FULL POST

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