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FYI — December 2017

WHAT’S INSPIRING? Last Christmas, I spent a day sightseeing in New York City. As I went through Rockefeller Center, I excitedly stopped as I saw two young women dancing in front of a Salvation Army kettle. I got out my wallet and put in the…
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YS Interviews Charles Billingsley

Launching his music career more than two decades ago, Charles Billingsley has headlined more than 3,000 concerts and released 24 recordings as a solo artist. Behind the big voice and numerous accolades, he is simply a man on a mission for the…

My Refugee Story

Welcome to Cambodia: a country rich with cultural traditions, art, and architecture, all infused with elegance and beauty. One common worldview permeates our heritage: Buddhism. Embedded in everything, from the garments we wear, to the birthday,…

Walking With The Refugee

A Biblical Response To The Global Crisis A refugee is any person who seeks safe living away from their homeland due to persecution or physical danger. Refugees are people who seek a refuge—they seek a place to live that will keep them safe…

From One War Zone To Another

Eva den Hartog (1923-2006) MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 shocked audiences with 10 seasons of outrageous, over-the-top, coming-of-age celebrations. From arrivals on gold thrones and helicopters, to gifts of custom Lamborghinis and no-budget shopping…
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Gospel Art Jackpot

Carlos Alequín and Omayra Velázquez were searching for wholesome, safe, activities for their two teenage children, Aleyra and Jahziel. They found that, and so much more, at the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of The Salvation Army…
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Young Salvationist Interviews Hannah Kerr

[one_third] [/one_third][two_third_last] The title of Hannah Kerr’s first full-length album—Overflow—has significant meaning. “The word ‘Overflow’ sums up this whole project,” she says. “Musically, I want what pours out of…
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Listen Up! — November 2017

[one_third] Artist: Cory Wong Song: "Work It Out" Stars: 5/5 [/one_third][two_third_last] Cory Wong is a rhythm guitarist and music producer from the Twin Cities area. He contributes to numerous musical groups and has worked on several popular…

What's On? — November 2017

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Movie: All Saints Rating: 3/5 Sometimes we set out to accomplish something we think we should do, only to learn that God has a different plan entirely. All Saints is a film based on the true story…
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FYI — November 2017

WHAT'S SHOWING? There’s been a video circulating social media from the international nonprofit organization, Save the Children. In the span of a minute and 33 seconds, the video goes through a fictional year-in-the-life of a young girl named…
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Game Time — Pyre

Pyre — 4/5 Stars Pyre is a fantasy, role-playing, sports game from indie developer Supergiant Games. You play as a Reader, someone literate in a land where books and literacy have been outlawed. For the crime of reading you have been exiled…
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What Can I Do? Something.

Practical Advice to Help Those Facing Anxiety and Depression Anxiety and depression are incredibly difficult to get through in and of themselves, and they can seem impossible when someone feels like they are going through it alone. These conditions…
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5 Biblical Tools to Tackle Depression and Anxiety

Biblical authors regularly refer to depression and anxiety. Sometimes translated as “worry” or “care,” the Hebrew word, dĕ ’ āgâ, and the Greek word, merimma, are used together nearly two dozen times. So, in what context do we see…
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The Angel of Skid Row

Captain Tom Crocker, (1894-1959) Ever finished an older series on Netflix, or thought back to a show you watched when you were younger, and wondered what the stars of the show have been up to since then? It’s always a shock to find out…
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It Takes Two

Twin brothers Charles and Dajuan Hill have become a force for good in the urban community of Dorchester, Massachusetts—especially through the mission and ministry of Boston’s Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. These two hearts…
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Listen Up! — October 2017

[one_third] Artist: Stephen Christian Album: Wildfires Stars: 5/5 [/one_third][two_third_last] Stephen Christian, mostly known for his upbeat Gospel music, recently released an album called Wildfires. This singer is from Kalamazoo, Missouri.…
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FYI — October 2017

WHAT'S TRENDING? A few month’s ago, it seemed that everyone on social media was sharing and discussing a new Netflix series: 13 Reasons Why. I have to be honest, I haven’t watched it, and I hope you haven’t either, but I know our curious…
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Game Time — Metroid: Samus Returns

Metroid: Samus Returns — 2.75/5 Stars Metroid: Samus Returns is a Nintendo 3DS game billed as a remake of Metroid II: The Return of Samus for the original Game Boy. This is a “remake” in the loosest sense of the word. There only seems…

What's On? — October 2017

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Movie: Dunkirk Rating: 3/5 Dunkirk, a World War II period piece directed by Christopher Nolan, was a movie that I had been excited to see. The movie uses three different narratives—the soldier,…
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Brian + Jenn

As co-founders of Bethel Music, WorshipU, Brian and Jenn Johnson have produced over 15 albums that have influenced worship across the global church. Their latest album, After All These Years, was released in January 2017, and includes “You’re…
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Game Time — Depression Quest

Depression Quest — 3.5/5 Stars Depression Quest is a text-based, “choose-your-own-adventure” game developed by Zoë Quinn. Depression Quest is intended to be something other than just “fun.” Its goal isn’t to entertain, but to raise…

I Want to Hear God Speak to Me! Where Do I Start?

What is the best conversation you’ve ever had? Who was it with? Why was it so meaningful? What came out of it? These questions posed to a broad audience will produce a variety of responses, memories, thoughts, and ideas. And yet, if I could…

Bible Study: God Does Speak

HE ALWAYS HAS. HE ALWAYS WILL. As Christians, we know the Bible is God’s Word. We can “hear” God’s voice as we read His Word. But how did people hear from God before His Word was inspired, transmitted orally, written down, canonized,…
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Seeing Beyond the Clouds

The voice of God is a magnificent reality. Think of it. The Creator of the entire cosmos desires to relate to us intimately through speech. Sometimes we have trouble hearing God speak, but we must live within these seemingly silent experiences,…