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Hope, works to give children better future

Broward County School Board Member Phyllis C. Hope spoke with Scott Spages about the changes she hopes to see in Broward schools and her South Florida upbringing. Hope was born in Pompano Beach, and is now the married mother of two and grandmother of four. She attends Piney Grove Baptist Church in Ft. Lauderdale. BackgroundScott Spages (SS): Where did you grow-up and what was it like? Phyllis Hope (PH): I grew up in South Florida and had a great childhood spending time at beaches, parks and playing basketball and kickball with family and friends. SS: What’s your favorite sport or […]

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A Child Is Missing launches alerts

When a child or elderly person goes missing, what do you do? First you call 911. Then, when it is established that a child is missing, the police or sheriff’s office will contact the “A Child Is Missing Alert Program,” based in Ft. Lauderdale. In the first critical hours, A Child Is Missing alerts the neighborhood with a specialized message asking for information on the missing child or elderly person (often someone dealing with Alzheimer’s). They also send an alert when students, the disabled and people with special needs go missing. The program’s 1,000 alert calls in 60 seconds have […]

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Debt could lead U.S. into economic crisis

Deficit spending and government debt are reaching a level that could culminate in another economic crisis as big as the one that hit the United States last year, Minnesota’s Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty told CNSNews.com. “One of the main things I’m very worried about is this administration and the Democratically-controlled Congress running on a pathway to bankruptcy,” Pawlenty said. “I mean, we have a reckless amount of deficit and debt in this country. The Obama administration and this Congress are exponentially growing that.” The $787 billion stimulus package pushed by the Obama administration and congressional Democrats was supposed to salvage […]

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Iron Men

Local Christian leaders meet to sharpen one another The men’s Life of Iron Sharpens Iron started out in David and Karen Woods’ kitchen in 1995. David and his long-time friend Kevin Bowser wanted to bring some muchneeded organization to their church board in Washington, D.C. But there was no local support to do this. Pastors of large churches are able to participate in seminars and workshops on the national scene, they noted, but what about the leaders of smaller churches? That is where Iron Sharpens Iron comes in. The Iron Sharpens Iron Conference Network they started now travels across the […]

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Lisa Welchel’s roles

‘The Facts of Life’ actress will speak in South Florida in November as part of Women of Faith’s ‘A Grand New Day’ tour With families across the nation facing economic hard times and foreclosures up more than 80 percent, there is more stress on women than ever before. So there’s no better time to get together with your girlfriends for a weekend of hope and inspiration when Women of Faith’s 2009 tour, “A Grand New Day,” comes to the BankAtlantic Center, Nov. 20–21. A fresh face that was added to this year’s line-up of speakers is a familiar face to […]

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Bearing One Another’s Burdens

Healthcare cost sharing ministries threatened by reforms President Obama says he’s looking for creative, “outside-the-box” solutions to the “healthcare crisis” in this country. But the plans that have the greatest likelihood of passing – including the so-called “Kennedy Plan” – put at-risk a Christian alternative to insurance that is now being used by more than 100,000 people in the U.S. James Lansberry is vice president of Samaritan Ministries, the largest of the self-described “healthcare sharing ministries,” whose members pay for each other’s healthcare costs. His organization’s members pay for about $3 million in healthcare expenses a month. Payments vary, but […]

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Churches bring The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry to Florida theaters

Five & Two Pictures is proud to announce the upcoming release of a very special film entitled “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry.” Coming to theaters Sept. 18, “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry” is an inspiring film for viewers from 8 years old to 80 years old. Set in 1970, the film follows three 12-year-old boys as they encounter the town bully and an older fellow named Jonathan Sperry (played by Gavin MacLeod) who encourages them to live out what the Bible says. Jansen Panettiere, the younger brother of Hayden Panettiere of “Heroes” fame, and Robert Guillaume also co-star. Fireproof actor […]

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Green means go

Sometimes, God gives us a green light, but we’re too busy texting at the wheel to notice. Have you ever been in your car behind someone at a stoplight when the light turns green, and the person just sits there? The driver has a green light to go, but he goes nowhere. Somehow I always tend to find these people when I come to a light. In my observation, it usually happens because of one or all of the following reasons: –The driver misunderstood the signal. As impossible as it seems to misunderstand a simple green signal, it happens. He […]

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A Little Direction

I’ve learned a lot of lessons while driving around South Florida. Not only do the crazy drivers teach me lessons in holding my tongue, but I’ve also learned how to apply make-up without a mirror at 75 miles per hour. Just kidding! However, because I am a native South Floridian, I’m sure I fit into that crazy driver category. But, in all seriousness, God gave me a bit of insight on the road the other day. I just wasn’t the one driving. My dad wanted to take me and my husband to a nearby restaurant. Dad and I had been […]

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Building a miracle for His Caring Place

On a recent Thursday morning, a text message flashed across the cell phone of a His Caring Place staff member. It read, “He said to get an abortion and stay or get out if I’m having the baby. I don’t even have bus fare, and the fighting is getting worse. I’m so scared.” The staff member replied, “Let’s make a plan. We can come pick you up.” The staff member followed up with the young woman by picking her up, taking her to a local church and soon she was sitting in at MomsLife, the weekly outreach Life His Caring […]

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