Faithwalker

The smell of buttery popcorn filled the living room as the microwave announced its readiness. On cue, I procured the bag, ripped it open, shook it into a bowl and with a quick spritz of I Can’t believe It’s Not Butter, headed back to the couch to start the movie. It was “The Hobbit: The […]

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A June Day in Jerusalem

Still waking up, but with hot coffee in hand, we step outside on the balcony to join the pots of red geraniums that are already welcoming the day. The Jerusalem sky never fails to stun us. It is too blue to be real, but there it is, always this blue through at least September, reaching […]

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529 College Savings Plans Offer Tax Benefits

Saving for college—whether for your children or your grandchildren—has become easier in recent years with the emergence of state-sponsored savings plans. Called a Section 529 Plan, after the section of the Internal Revenue Code that created them, these plans are offered by all 50 states and provide tax benefits to college savers. Two options While […]

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Tell Mom How Much She Means To You

“For Mother’s Day this year, I want . . . .” If you’ve ever heard your mom utter these words, consider yourself among the fortunate. For the rest of us, Mother’s Day can be a somewhat stressful holiday filled with indecision and confusion as to what to buy for the woman who gave us birth. […]

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Do You Want to be Happier?

By: Dr. Norm Wise Happiness is one of the goals that people consider of significant value in their lives. However, if happiness comes from outside circumstances and other people, then only to the extent that we can control these factors will we be happy. Therefore, happiness is very fragile because we have little or no […]

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Who is On the Lord’s Side?

By: Penni Bulten “Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, ‘Are you for us or for our adversaries?’ He said, ‘No; […]

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Unmarketing: Jesus’ Unconventional Method of Spreading His Message

I’ve thought for the longest time that marketing and advertising (my chosen profession) is probably the most useless things in the world of Christianity.  My rationale goes something like this: Jesus didn’t have a brand. He didn’t even have logo. Jesus didn’t have the media. He didn’t even have the internet for crying out loud. […]

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Local Church Meeting at the Movies

Special to the Good News Choosing a 20-foot movie screen and comfy chairs with cup holders over the traditional pew and pulpit, Coastal Community Church launched its church services in the Muvico Broward 18 Theater on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 10:15 a.m. Holding a church service in a movie theater may seem odd, but […]

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Ripped Apart By Suicide

By: Julie Woodley A couple of months ago, a friend came to me and told me that his 74 year-old father-in-law committed suicide. This man was an upstanding Christian and of course, it shocked the whole family. As I reached out to his daughters, I began to reflect how suicide had impacted my own life […]

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Jesus Christ, Victor over the State

By: Penni Bulten Jesus was constantly turning the tables on iron-fisted hypocrites who undermined the rule of law, especially two groups who regularly tried forcing him and everyone else into their molds: religious legalists and bureaucratic statists. Statists The Herodians, sometimes teaming up with hypocrites among the Pharisees, tried to trip up Jesus (Matthew 22:15-22) […]

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