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Can you pick your child’s friends?

Fewer things influence our children more than the people they hang out with, their friends. Friendships have a powerful impact. Kids want to go where their friends want to go, do what their friends do, and think the way their friends think. Knowing the impact friends have on our children, you would think parents would […]

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Primaries show a potential shift among voters

  Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas each held primaries May 18.  The results were surprising and may indicate what could happen in the November elections. In Pennsylvania, long-time Sen.  Arlen Specter was defeated by Joe Sestak.    Specter left the Republican Party a year ago to become a Democrat, but the move may have backfired.  Sestak […]

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VeggieTales launches Bible exploration DVD

If you have children, chances are that you have heard of the VeggieTales. Have you heard the statistic that there is a Bible in 92 percent of American homes? The most important question is: Do children really understand what is in the Bible? Realizing that the new generation learns more visually, Tyndale House Publishers presents […]

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References to God banned from classroom

A San Diego math teacher was forced to remove two posters from his classroom walls because they included the phrases “In God We Trust,” “One Nation Under God” and “God Bless America.” A federal judge said the Poway Unified School District was wrong to order the removal of the posters, and now the school district […]

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Abstinence and faithfulness more effective

  A deadly virus is sweeping through nations, killing millions, and if people don’t want to catch it, they must consider changing their sexual behavior, a Harvard researcher told Baptist Press. The public health establishment, meanwhile, has failed to recognize the obvious in assessing AIDS prevention methods because it fears endorsing a perceived religious conservatism […]

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From Mafia to Ministry

Walter L. Shaw died, at 10:30 in the morning, on July 21, 1996. Sadly, only 28 people showed up to the funeral for a man whose forward thinking mentality, combined with sheer brilliance, originality and talent, created innovations that many of us use on a daily basis. You might be asking yourself, “Who is Walter […]

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Group applauds iPhone anti-porn stance

A conservative group that monitors the Culture industry is applauding Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs for his pledge to keep porn applications off the iPhone. So-called “apps,” or programs, are wildly popular and can be downloaded through Apple’s iTunes store. There’s an application for nearly everything – including News, sports, maps and restaurants – but Jobs […]

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Five short term spending objectives revealed

One thing that often prevents us from being proactive with our family financial planning is that we perceive financial planning to be too complex.  The unlimited alternatives for spending our money often results in “analysis paralysis.”  The good News is that in the short term, there are basically only five spending objectives; in the long […]

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When your sheep wander

Can you name 10 high school students in your local church? OK, five if your congregation is small. Go ahead; write down their names and picture them in your mind. Soon they will leave the nest to enter college or the work world. In the process, a significant number of them will drop out of […]

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Getting on the road to financial recovery

One summer evening, I was driving towards my small hometown on a quiet stretch of Texas highway. Just ahead of me in the next lane, traveling about 65 miles an hour, was a big yellow school bus. Suddenly, with no warning, both tires came off its left rear axle and one hurtled toward me Having […]

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