Jun 17 2013

Soldier's Homecoming Makes "Best Father's Day Ever"

Soldier's homecoming = best Father's Day ever!

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Sweet photo of praying couple on their wedding day goes viral.

Colorado couple lost two homes in two years from wildfire.

Google implements new plan to stop child pornography.

Poor Miss Utah might not live down last night's flub.

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NFL bans all purses and bags at games.

Sesame Street makes a first with new Muppet.

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Jun 14 2013

Guatemala Day 5

For most of us reading this, it would hard to imagine keeping a family afloat for $260 a month, yet that is exactly what the average family of 6 survives on in the village of "El Cerrito".  As if that weren't difficult enough the community is plagued by violence, and sits under the bridge that sadly has become Guatemala's most popular suicide destination… Just reading this probably has you feeling a bit more depressed than when you started, imagine waking up to this reality everyday.  So what do you do?  Should you allow hopelessness to immobilize us?  Of course not, but how often do we?  How often to we try to insulate ourselves from others hopelessness, so that we don't have to be bothered?

In the Bible, Jesus gave us the distinct privilege of being the ones who take His light to the World, but how often is it that sharing that light is the last thing on our minds?  Jesus said the "you" are a city set upon a hill, a light to all the World, a light that should not be hidden.  Seeing El Cerrito and the families living there is a reminder that people need what you have to give…HOPE!  More than just the shoes that we gave the children yesterday, we endeavored to leave them with a message of hope; all week long we have been sharing the story of Queen Esther, and reminding the kids that no matter where they are, or what circumstances they face, God has a plan for them, that "He has created them for such a time as this" to be used by God.  In fact, God used the children of El Cerrito yesterday, to show us that hope thrives regardless of our circumstances.  We came to encourage them, yet it was God reminding us that life isn't about a pay check, or the size of our house, but the size of our heart.  They were filled with such love, not only for God, but for one other.

As Christians, we are to embrace the ideals of "faith", "hope" and "charity", so often we do quite well with faith and charity, but we struggle with bringing hope, and yet it can be the thing that most often is the catalyst for change in someone's live.  Hope can be a hard thing to grasp because it must be practiced through the virtue of patience, which continues to do good even in the face of apparent failure, and through the virtue of humility, which trusts God even in times of darkness.  Often times we must be reminded of the promise of Hebrews 6:19, 

"We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God!" 

When you cling to that hope, you can offer that hope to someone else in need, and before you think it takes going to a place like El Cerrito, think again.  Hopelessness isn't a condition of socioeconomics, it is a condition of the heart.  There are people that you know, that need the hope that you have, in Christ, so share it!

 

Thank you to Shoes for Orphan Souls and to YOU for helping us make this trip possible! If you would like to do your own shoe drive, you can visit them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Jun 14 2013

Happy Father's Day Weekend!

It's a for KING & COUNTRY kind of Friday! 

I had a blast hanging out with the Breakthrough Artist of the Year - for KING & COUNTRY! 

Check out their red carpet interview at the K-LOVE Fan Awards - just minutes after winning the award! 

In case you missed today's interview, here were some of the highlights:

The story behind "The Proof of your Love"

Joel's engagement to Moriah Peters

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Happy Flag Day!

It's Father's Day weekend:

A 29 year-old man finds the father that he never know - through Facebook!

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Help to keep the dad in your life healthy with these awesome Father's Day gifts.

This dad inspired his kids to do something to help the homeless in San Diego.

 

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Save some money at the movies this summer!

Language authorities breaks the rules - and add "tweet" to the Oxford English Dictionary.

A lawsuit filed says the the "Happy Birthday" song is public domain - so sing freely!

6 Ways to be stealthier on the Internet.

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