Culture

Family, Choices, and the Media

“Life is about finding the meaning, joy and purpose in all the chaos,” declares Allyson, the main character in the movie “Mom’s Night Out.” The film is intended to be a funny, faith-based, family-friendly portrayal of four moms who are desperate for a night out, leaving their husbands to watch the kids for a few […]

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Impacting the World with Powerful Music

Listening to Justin Jarvis talk about his recent ten-city tour is like listening to an excited little boy tell about opening his long awaited gift on Christmas morning. With bright wide eyes and a smile from ear to ear, Justin exudes elation. Not only is he a gifted and skillful musician living out his dream […]

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NOAH: An Opportunity to Discuss the Truth

Anyone plugged into the world of cinema entertainment would have heard hype caused by the movie, Noah, released last month. Reviews were raving, yet very mixed in range. Half of movie viewers strongly disliked or disagreed with the way the film was presented, whereas others, found a different perspective, believing the movie to be entertaining, […]

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The Stories Behind Your Favorite Hymns

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…” I’m sure we all recognize these lyrics and could even recite the next line, but have we ever stopped to wonder how this famous song came to be? What about “It is Well with My Soul” or any of the other powerful praises we have sung again and again? […]

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Noteworthy: Meet Local Musician Rick Krive

Every once in a great while, you may find yourself sitting in the audience at church or other various local venues and, to your surprise, something absolutely exquisite graces the stage causing your heart to quietly bow. You gently brace yourself and think, “Wow, there is something special here!” If you’re a musician you can […]

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Five Excellent Local Restaurants

McDonalds. Chipotle. Subway. Cheesecake Factory. Without a doubt, chain restaurants abound in our casual sun-drenched tri-county locale. However, there comes a time (that time is now, in case you’re wondering) to step away from the Happy Meal and enjoy really good cuisine served in a place without plastic chairs. Grab your Google maps, ladies and […]

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Spring Films Worth Watching

Springtime is upon us, and with it come fun and thought-provoking films to enjoy. With convenient entertainment options Netflix and Redbox, it seems that people are spending less and less at the theatres these days. This is understandable since it often feels like you could spend the day at Disney World for the price of […]

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Upcoming Christian Films

Christian films in the theaters used to be rare events. However, we are now being blessed with more and more faith-based films, many of which deliver powerful, life-changing messages. These inspirational films are truly a “light in a dark place” that strengthen believers and can serve as an outreach to the unchurched. We can each […]

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5 Easy Gluten-Free Recipes

Giving up gluten doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor or quality. Gluten-free diets can lower bad cholesterol, increase energy levels, and improve your body’s digestive processes. Here are a couple of recipes that don’t diminish taste and are easy to throw together. If you don’t have access to a gluten-free flour blend such as Bob’s Red Mill […]

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Got Kids? Take Notes!

The new parenting book Got kids? Take notes! written by Norma Smoker and Rachel Smoker-Cox was launched May 7, 2013. Got kids? Take notes! represents a compilation of Smoker’s experiences and knowledge gained while hosting a radio show, where she interviewed best-selling authors, doctors, psychologists, and internationally-known Fortune 500 speakers. It also draws on Smoker’s […]

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