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Living the Shepherds Way

Wherever and whenever there is a need, there should also be an urgency to educate the community about how and why this need should be met. The Shepherd’s Way, located in Fort Lauderdale, offers both this education and a desire to provide countless homeless families with housing, food and the understanding necessary to develop and sustain peace and stability in their lives. To personally learn what services were offered to these families, I visited The Shepherds Way and had a conversation with Executive Director, Robin Martin. While receiving a complete tour of the facility, I was greeted by a staff […]

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Retired attorney pens first Christian novel

Paul Turk practiced law as a board-certified trial lawyer at one of Florida’s most prestigious law firms, yet he’s always harbored a dream of writing a novel on his own personal docket. “I’ve had a passion for writing for a long time,” says the Wellington resident. “I love the creativity and developing characters.” “I wanted to write something with Christian themes, but did not want sensationalism. I did want it to be intriguing,” he explains. More than anything, Turk says he wants to inspire his readers in his first novel, Faith Beyond the Trials. If they’re not inspired by one […]

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Should preachers keep book royalties?

Joel Osteen is fond of telling reporters that he hasn’t accepted a salary from the church he pastors,  Houston’s mammoth Lakewood Church, since 2005. When Pastor Rick Warren’s “The Purpose-Driven Life” made bestseller lists, he went on Larry King Live to tell America that he has reimbursed his church for all the money he had ever received from Saddleback Church and that he and his wife Kay are now “reverse tithing”: they keep 10 percent of their income and give away 90 percent. Fans and some in the media swooned at these conspicuous displays of generosity. The Orlando Sentinel’s Mark […]

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The Doctor Will See You Now

One doctor’s pursuit to put his patients first Even though politicians have spent much of this year discussing the needs of America’s healthcare system, they seem to be overlooking one major aspect of the system that has been a growing problem; the relationship between patient and doctor is decaying. Today there are many Americans who are vocal about the fact that not only are they struggling to afford health care and medications, but also that both the respect level and individualized attention at their doctor’s office has declined.  One local physician is trying to change this reality for his patients. […]

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The two greatest stories ever told!

(Scroll down to leave a comment on how your stories are intertwined with Jesus’) If you are a regular reader of the Good News in South Florida you are probably familiar with The Greatest Story Ever Told.  If you are not, let me encourage you to read through the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  The Greatest Story Ever Told is the divine revelation of Jesus Christ set forth in sacred Scripture from His arrival as a baby in a manger to His ascension back into heaven as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  In fact, […]

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The Star of Bethlehem

O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to thy Perfect Light … and so goes the lyrics of We Three Kings as penned by John Henry Hopkins at a New York seminary in 1857. Over the years scholars have debated if this star of wonder, the Bethlehem Star, was actually a real astronomical event or something told in stories. According to Rick Larson, host of the documentary, The Star of Bethlehem, the star was indeed an actual event and part of a dramatic poem God was writing in the […]

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Give rather than get

“More blessed to give than receive?” You’ve got to be kidding! What kind of a statement is that? That’s ridiculous! Of course it’s more awesome to receive than it is to give. That’s what we’ve been taught all our lives. That’s what makes us feel good – getting more things – isn’t it? But what if it were true? It’s kind of like eating vegetables. Once I was taught to eat them, I eventually liked them. Then I really liked them. Then I discovered that I felt better when I ate my vegetables. It actually made me healthier then my […]

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President Bush discusses faith in TV interview

In a television interview broadcast Dec. 8, President Bush said he doesn’t know if God wanted him to be president, doubts the Bible is literally true, agrees you can believe in God and evolution simultaneously and believes Christians and those of other faiths pray to the same God. In the segment for ABC’s “Nightline,” Bush said he is “not so presumptuous as to be God” in knowing whether God picked him out of all the people in the world to be president. “I just can’t go there,” he said. “I’m not that confident in knowing the Almighty to be able […]

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Giving Back This Holiday Season

Congregations across the Nation to Team Up with Worldwide Charity Soles4Souls, a Nashville based not-for-profit charity, is teaming up with congregations across the United States this holiday season, with the hopes of collecting 250,000 shoes to distribute to those in need. This year’s event, “Thanks4Giving”, is a unique project that allows people across the nation to share their new or “gently used” shoes with those less fortunate.  One local church that is participating in the event is Calvary Chapel in Coral Springs. Calvary Chapel, a non-denominational Christian church that is committed to teaching the message of Jesus Christ, is holding […]

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9 free & easy gifts to give this holiday

Compliment someone When you speak, be uplifting to those around you. The Bible tells us how powerful our words can be. You can brighten up someone’s day just by paying him or her an honest and sincere compliment, such as, “You really look beautiful in that outfit,” “That last project you handed in was exceptional,” or “Thank you for taking the time to cook today – that was a delicious meal.” Represent a joyful disposition People take notice when they see someone who is joyful and polite, no matter what task they are doing or what situation they are in. […]

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