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Posted 2/21/14 at 10:13 PM | CP Blogs

Animal Personalities: Video of Cats and Dogs That Hate Kissing

When I was a child, I thought kissing was gross. I did not want my mom to kiss me on the cheek. So the following video reminded me of my myself. Then I thought of two questions:

Why do some animals hate kisses? Is this a learned response or were they made that way? Just like humans, our pets can display unique personalities.

Interestingly the Bible doesn't even use the word "personality." I wonder why that is. Could it be that when we focus on personalities, we lose focus on Jesus?

Cats and Dogs Hate Kisses - Funny Compilation

Posted 1/10/14 at 7:39 PM | CP Blogs

Video: A Short History of Student Missions

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This monument on the Williams College campus serves an historical marker for the Haystack Prayer Meeting.

In December Christian college students gathered for the Cross Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and learned about global missions.

This documentary video A Short History of Student Missions was shown at the conference. In less than 6 minutes we learn about how college students became pioneers in world missions, prayed in a haystack during a thunderstorm and recruited fellow students to take the Gospel to the world.

This video was produced by Citygate Films and features John Piper as the narrator.

A Short History of Student Missions

According to an Arkansas Baptist State Convention article, the students at the Haystack Prayer Meeting "took personal responsibility for the lost souls of their generation" and the article concludes: FULL POST

Posted 1/6/14 at 2:37 PM | CP Blogs

Video: I Forgot my Cell Phone

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Charlene deGuzman and Miles Crawford made this short video about how people can be distracted from what is around them by spending too much time on their cell phones. The video is very popular on YouTube. It has been viewed more 36 million times.

Cell phone addiction is real. WebMD reported that a Harvard University study determined "51% check continuously during vacation."

Some people are embracing the idea of a "digital sabbath" and setting aside time not to use computing and communication devices.

The National Day of Unplugging is scheduled for March 7-8, 2014.

Posted 1/3/14 at 6:25 PM | CP Blogs

TV Anchors Use the Same Scriptwriter

Is TV news fake? Is it scripted?

Conan O'Brien aired the following segment on his late night program Conan on TBS. It shows numerous TV news anchors using the same words.

A Christmas Present or two or ten.

 This phenomenon has been examined by critics of mainstream media. Sometimes the critics accuse media of brainwashing. The following video by Alex Jones' Infowars shows the same news stories featuring the same words being being broadcast by various news anchors.

If I were to guess, these TV stations subscribe to a news service such as the Associated Press and each of the reporters are reading the same story.

Media Brainwashing "Operation Paul Revere Infowars.com Contest"

Posted 1/1/14 at 5:28 PM | CP Blogs

One Factor That Predicts Success: Do You Have It?

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Annette Roozen competes in a long jump.

Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth is fascinated by why some people are more successful than others. As a 7th grade teacher she noticed that the smartest students weren't always the most successful.

Her TED Talk reminded me of a Bible verse. Ecclesiastes 9:11 says, "I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all."

Duckworth's research shows that grit, not intelligence or talent, is the key indicator of success. Duckworth defines grit as "passion and perseverence for very long-term goals." She says, "Grit is living life like its a marathon, not a sprint." Do you have grit?

TED Talk: Angela Lee Duckworth

Postscript: The word "success" only appears once in the King James Version of the Bible and 11 times in the English Standard Translation.

Posted 12/27/13 at 3:41 PM | CP Blogs

Video: The Power of Empathy and Vulnerable Choices

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"What is empathy and why is it different from sympathy?"

Dr Brené Brown answers this question in the following video. Dr. Brown also says, "Empathy is a vulnerable choice."

Jesus is the ultimate example of empathy. God had so much empathy for us that He became human to show us how much that He loves us.

Open Bible has compiled a list of 16 passages in the Bible that relate to empathy. Got Questions answers the question, "What does the Bible say about empathy?"

The Power of Empathy

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Posted 12/25/13 at 11:35 PM | CP Blogs

Jesus' Birth if Witnessed Through Bible Software and Social Networks

What if Jesus was born in 2013?

The message of Jesus' birth would spread by Facebook. Mary and Joseph could have used Bible software to examine all the verses prophesying the birth of Jesus. Joseph might have attempted to book a hotel room online. The wise men from the east would consult computer maps on their journey.

The following two videos portray the story of Jesus' birth through the lens of social media and Bible study software.

O Holy Night - Merry Christmas from Logos Bible Software
If Jesus were born in times of Google, Facebook and Twitter

 These videos are definitely entertaining to watch. The tools they portray (social media and Bible software) can glorify God. It is up to us how we use them.

Posted 12/24/13 at 5:34 PM | CP Blogs

Modern Christmas Classic: Grown Up Christmas List

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Since the song "Grown-Up Christmas List" was first recorded 23 years ago, the song has been covered by well known singers Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé and Aretha Franklin. Wikipedia has a list of 36 musicians that have recorded this Christmas song.

According to All Music, the song was co-written by David Foster and Linda Thompson-Jenner. The song is about wanting the best for others rather than material goods for oneself.

So here's my lifelong wish
My grown-up Christmas list
Not for myself
But for a world in need

Natalie Cole sang the Christmas carol on Foster's album River of Love which was released in 1990.
Amy Grant's version of this song was played on Christian radio stations.
Kelly Clarkson recorded My Grown Up Christmas List for the "American Idol: The Great Holiday Classics" CD.
Michael Bublé's recording is the most popular version on YouTube of Grown Up Christmas List with more than 1,570,000 views.

Posted 12/23/13 at 11:11 PM | CP Blogs

4 Versions of "Away in a Manger"

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In 1885 the Evangelical Lutheran Church published a school textbook which included the poem that would become "Away in a Manger." Controversy surrounds the song because it was inaccurately attributed to Protestant reformer Martin Luther. When music was added to the poem, it was first called "Luther's Cradle Hymn."

According to the book Best-loved Christmas Carols, James Ramsey Murray composed the music and is dishonestly responsible for the myth that Luther wrote the song.

The book Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas offers another explanation: "It's more likely that Murray was given the song and simply adapted the existing German-influenced melody into four-part harmony for his book. It also seems likely that Murray received the story of Martin Luther writing the piece from the person who originally gave him the song."

"Away in a Manger" has been recorded by numerous musicians. This year the song was included on the Duck Dynasty CD Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas.

This carol has been recorded by Bing Crosby, Elvis, John Denver and many more musicians.

Here are four different versions of the song ranging from instrumental to country to rock.

Dante Bucci performs this carol with cello, hang drum and violin.
The Irish musical group Celtic Woman version features a mixture of acapella and ochestral background music.
Country singer Brad Paisley performs Away in a Manger.
Christian rock band Seventh Day Slumber recorded Away in a Manger for its 2010 album O Come All Ye Faithful.

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Posted 12/20/13 at 2:51 PM | CP Blogs

5 Versions of "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

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Episcopal priest Phillips Brooks authored the poem "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and his church organist Lewis Redner composed the music. The song became very popular after Brooks' death in 1893. Yahoo reports that Brooks and Redner were both bachelors in an article about the history of this Christmas carol.

Brooks was a such a well known pastor that he was included in the 1911 edition of Encyclopædia Britannica but it didn't mention this song.

Church choirs often perform this tune and famous singers Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey recorded it.

Jazz and big band performer Nat King Cole recorded this song before many Christian Post readers were born.
Kari Jobe sings a medley of O Little Town of Bethlehem and Away in a Manger.
Amy Grant sings "Little Town" from her 1983 recording A Christmas Album.
BarlowGirl's version of this carol features unusual instrumentation and rhythmn.
Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan is one of the many secular performers to record O Little Town of Bethlehem.

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