Culture

Halloween: Balancing Truth and Cultural Relevance

  Halloween is viewed by some as a time of celebration and a day to get free candy, others see it as day to get free or unrestrained access to the spiritual realm. Halloween highlights the themes of death, darkness, fear and even hell, themes directly opposed to Christ’s teachings, for He highlights life, light, peace, truth and heaven. So should Christians participate in this holiday? Is it too much to let your children watch Halloween movies or dress them up as monsters? Should you participate in parties or not celebrate Halloween altogether? According to History.com, “Halloween is thought to […]

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“I’m Not Ashamed” is a Heartfelt Story of Hope

  It was just another normal day at school for 17-year-old Rachel. On April 20, 1999, at approximately 11:19 a.m., it would be anything but just another day. Everything changed. Rachel was having lunch with her friend Richard outside when two students in trenchcoats began opening gun fire on those present at Columbine High School in Colorado. Rage-filled, unforgiving metal made blood to flow as the life poured out of Rachel — the first of twelve students and one teacher to lose their lives that day not including the two shooters who would commit suicide. “I’m Not Ashamed” is the […]

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Without Rival Hammers Home the Dangers of Comparison

  According to the advance press, Lisa Bevere’s latest book, Without Rival, is designed for “each of us to discover who and why we are a daughter without rival, loved by a God without rival, entrusted with a promise without rival, to complete an assignment without rival, that is destined for an eternity without rival.” And Without Rival fulfills on its promises. The first thing you will notice when you grab your copy is that there are discussion questions after each of the chapters. Designed to be experienced in a small group along with a video, it seems only fitting […]

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“Priceless” is Worth the Cost!

The movie “Priceless,” presented by Roadside Attractions in association with the band for King & Country, stars band member Joel Smallbone (who actually gives a convincing American accent) and is directed by brother Ben Smallbone. “Priceless” is both the name and the theme of the movie… and I’m saying that it is worth the price — mostly referring to the cost of a movie ticket, but also I guess in regards to the time and resources that went into the production. From what I can tell, there are two main purposes of this film: to help raise awareness of the […]

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10th Annual Larry Calufetti Legacy Golf Classic Set for September 26

The Gold Coast Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has announced that former NFL player and NCAA Auburn National Champion, Michael Blanc, will headline the 10th Annual FCA Celebrity Golf Classic, September 26, 2016, at Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale. “This year’s newly named FCA event will honor the former FCA Broward Board Chairman, Larry Calufetti, who started this inaugural fundraising golf classic nine years ago. Larry “Moose” Calufetti was the founder and CEO of Sunshine Cleaning Systems, Inc., a family man, and former athlete and coach, but most importantly he was a man of God. Larry dedicated his […]

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Voiceless: One Man, One Fight, the Ultimate Sacrifice

  Voiceless is an award-winning, pro-life film inspired by real-life events that was written and directed by Pat Necerato with the intention of tackling the tough topic of abortion and calling the church to action. Producer Stuart Migdon said, “Voiceless was made to engage the church. We believe our film artfully presents the issue in a way that pro-life supporters can rally behind without alienating pro-choice viewers before they’ve had a chance to contemplate our story.” The movie stars a bombastic, all-in solider, Jesse Dean, who was discharged and moved to inner city Philadelphia with hopes to make a difference […]

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Hoffman’s Chocolate Named Randall Vitale Regional Vice President

Hoffman’s Chocolates is pleased to announce that it has named Randall Vitale as the new Regional Vice President of the company. Vitale will be responsible for overseeing and managing all of Hoffman’s Chocolates retail stores, corporate sales, online sales and its new mobile truck, The Sweet Ride.  In addition to spearheading the chocolatier’s ongoing expansion, Vitale will also oversee the marketing department. An accomplished business leader, Vitale was most recently the Senior Vice President and Fort Lauderdale Market Executive for Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust. Vitale is actively involved in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors […]

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Take a Break for Fall Colors

One of the things people who have moved from a northern area to South Florida may miss is the obvious change in seasons, as evidenced by brightly colored fall foliage. Whether a vacation is specifically timed for a fall view or takes advantage of the public school’s fall break schedule, fall foliage is not as far away as one might think. There are quite a few places in the Southeast to enjoy fall colors, see historical sights and take in local ‘color’ unique to each state.   Alabama Northern Alabama has later peak fall color times, from late October to […]

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Where is the Church in the Refugee Crisis?

More than a million refugees crossed into Europe last year, according to reports by the BBC. Millions more are crossing into Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and neighboring countries. This ongoing migration has been described as the “worst humanitarian crisis of our generation,” impacting nearly 60 million people globally. In war-torn Syria alone, more than 13 million children and their families are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Refugees in Crisis Late last month an image of five-year-old Syrian boy sitting in the back of an ambulance went viral. Images of boats overloaded with refugees seeking hope for a better life flooded […]

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New Ben-Hur Movie Seeks to Relate to a Modern Audience

“Jesus” kept his distance as he walked into a press conference on the 18th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. “I won’t get too close because I have a cold,” he said with a smile, as he slipped into a padded chair and sipped a bit of tea. “Jesus” is actually Rodrigo Santoro, the Brazilian actor who plays the Savior in “Ben-Hur,” the excellent new action adventure movie released widely on August 19 by Metro-Goldwin-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures. Santoro and Jack Huston, who plays the title role in the $100-million blockbuster, sat side-by-side at a Miami media conference. The […]

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