Culture

The Smallest Kindness

  In her book, Etched In Sand, Regina Calcaterra writes how as children, she and her siblings would write their names in the sand of the beaches of Long Island. Cherie     Camille     Regina     Norman     Rosie Then they encircled each name with a heart and watched as the relentless waves wiped their work away before they raced down to the water to write them again. Then Regina shares the details of growing up with an unstable mother seemingly incapable of caring for her children and the harsh reality of what it took not only for Regina to survive but to ensure […]

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A Preview of Faith-Based Films Coming to Theaters in 2017

The last few years have seen an unprecedented number of faith-based films shining their light and touching lives in movie theaters nationwide. Thankfully, this trend will continue in 2017 with an exciting lineup of films already scheduled and additional films released later in the year. These movies inspire and encourage believers, providing a special opportunity for an uplifting experience for our families. And since many people who are hesitant to come to church might accept an invitation to see a movie, these films often help reach the unchurched. The more that individual believers and churches help support these films in […]

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“Hacksaw Ridge” is A Great Modern War Film, But It’s Not About War

Explosions release a torrent of flames, dirt and blood as the somber solider narrates a passage of Scripture: “Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:30-31). Thus begins the new WWII film “Hacksaw Ridge,” setting the stage for a tale of both sorrow and hope, defeat and triumph. Desmond T. Doss (1919-2006) was an American Army corporal and combat Medic in the 77th Infantry Division (known as Liberty Division) during WWII. He served […]

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Finding the Star of Bethlehem

Was there an actual “Star” of Bethlehem or was it an apparition that God miraculously set in the skies that led three Magi (Kings or Wise men) to the Savior of the world? Could the star actually be an unusual pattern of heavenly bodies aligned over Bethlehem? Some think it was an angel that appeared as a star. The mystery of the Christmas star has always been subject to much discussion by scholars and followers of Christ. The Star of Bethlehem appears in Matthew 2:3-11 where we are told that there was a sign in the heavens that lead the […]

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“Believe” is a Feel-good Film Just in Time for the Holidays

  “Believe” releases in theaters just in time for the holidays, or should I say Christmas? It is a film by Billy Dickson (Ally McBeal, One Tree Hill) that centers in on the small mining town of Grundy, Virginia. For years, the Peyton family has provided not only jobs but the highlight of the year — the annual Christmas festival and pageant. Unfortunately, as financial hardships fall on the town, Matthew Peyton (Ryan O’Quinn) finds himself overwhelmed as business profits plummet. His workers begin to strike, his community support dwindles, and Matthew is forced to make impossible decisions concerning the […]

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Former NFL QB Jeff Kemp on Turning Trials to Triumphs

Former NFL Quarterback Jeff Kemp is dedicated to strengthening families and strengthening teams. He is passionate about advancing collaboration to support marriages, families and children. In 2012 Jeff joined FamilyLife as vice president and catalyst for helping others. FamilyLife is a national ministry leader in marriage conferences, radio outreach and empowering resources to heal and strengthen families. Jeff founded and led Stronger Families in the Pacific Northwest from 1993 to 2010. Stronger Families united communities around strengthening marriages and today assists military and high-stress couples in protecting their marriages. Jeff is the author of Facing The Blitz – Three Strategies […]

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WeROne Music Festival to Unite Hollywood with Music, Food and Art

“There is strength in numbers. We’ve all heard that phrase and there is much truth to it. It speaks of many people putting their hands together for the work at hand, and the result is that much gets done. It speaks of unity, harmony and agreement. That is what WeROne means to me,” explained Fidel Gomez, pastor of Calvary Chapel Hollywood. “It’s a group of people that, although they may be very different, are willing to put aside differences that there might be unity and harmony.” On Saturday, November 19, the WeROne Music Festival will present its inaugural full-day event […]

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Meet NFL Legends While Enjoying Great Food at Gridiron Grill-off Food & Wine Festival

  Now in its seventh year, John Offerdahl’s Broward Health® Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival will pair NFL athletes with top chefs from area restaurants for a culinary event to benefit local charities on Saturday, November 12 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. And while sampling all that great food, guests have the opportunity to mingle with Dolphin athletes, take photos and collect autographs. “We’re thrilled to host our seventh annual Gridiron Grill-Off and each year it only gets better by welcoming new restaurants and Miami Dolphins legends,” said John Offerdahl, event founder and former […]

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Honoring Veterans on a Day of Armistice

  The eleventh day of the eleventh month is currently known as Veterans’ Day in America and has been celebrated as a day to honor veterans since 1954. Parades and ceremonies often honor veterans and sometimes other community events are held as well. In South Florida, West Palm Beach is hosting a community celebration on Veterans’ Day with a parade, live music, vendors and a picnic. (www.vetfriends.com/parades/directory.cfm?state=FL). Lake Worth is holding a parade and is currently looking for veterans and other military personnel to participate. Davie is holding events as well. (www.davie-fl.gov/gen/DavieFL_SpclPrjcts/activities#veterans). These events are one way the city governments […]

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NFL Legends and Local Chefs to Compete at John Offerdahl’s Broward Health® Gridiron Grill-Off

The seventh annual “John Offerdahl’s Broward Health® Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival,” is set for Saturday, November 12 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, and 100 percent of net proceeds from the event will benefit Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation and its mission to “Feed the Needs of Kids in Crisis.” Charitable recipients include 4KIDS of South Florida, HOPE South Florida, Here’s Help, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Miami Dolphins Foundation and Taste of the NFL. First time participating restaurants added this year include Red Cow, Boatyard and Hard Rock Cafe, plus Miami Dolphins legends Chris Chambers, […]

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