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Boldly Go

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When I was in first grade I lived in a neighborhood in Norfolk, Virginia, that was just outside of the inner city in the shadows of Interstate 64. We had much more freedom to just wander the streets and do whatever we wanted until we got into trouble: which we did quite often. One day I went with my mom across the street to visit with one of her friends. She had a little boy several years younger than me.
While our moms were inside talking, we went outside to play. I gave this boy a ride in my little red wagon. As I was pulling him, the handle started to come loose, so I stopped, raised the handle up to the wagon and bent over to tighten the nut around the bolt that connected the handle to the front wheels. While doing this, the little boy thought it would be funny to shove the handle toward me.
What happened is probably one of the many reasons that we now have so many strict regulations regarding toy safety. When the handle came down, the open hinge around the bolt and nut sliced th…

Propelled

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In 1827, Czech-Austrian inventor Josef Ressel invented a device that, in conjunction with a steam-powered engine, would help move ships through the water at a faster pace. Now almost 200 years later, the propeller is stilled used for ships, motorboats, airplanes, and even drones today.
Propellants are often necessary to move objects. Whether it is fuel for a jet engine or a parent’s warning to their child about possible punishment, we need some force to get things moving in the right direction.
Today we will see what propelled the viral message of God’s redemptive story. We start with that final moment that the disciples had together with the Incarnation of God.
While He was together with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise. “This,” He said, “is what you heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”  So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, are You rest…

Going Viral: Intro

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Most of us use the Internet for our own personal enjoyment, whether it is Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, or just email. But there are some people that have made a fortune because of the Internet. Sometimes they found the right formula for marketing themselves or their product and they hit it big: like Justin Bieber or Kickstarters. Other times it was just a coincidence because they shared a cute family moment and the world went crazy over it: like “Charlie Bit My Finger.”
Because of the unknown nature of the Internet, many people have started posting their entire lives online in hopes that they may have that one post that goes viral. There is no industry standard as to what constitutes a post going viral. The social media app used also has a lot to do with it.
A Facebook post that reaches 10,000 people is considered a viral post. Last year we posted a photo on our Facebook page and it reached over 1.5 million people. That was a viral post and because of it w…

The Greatest Day in History

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for a declaration of war against Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor, which he said was “A day which will live in infamy.”
Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas), killing every last Texas army defender. It was the battle-cry of "Remember the Alamo" that later spurred on the forces of Sam Houston to victory.
Following the flood, God placed a rainbow in the sky as a tool to remember the agreement that He made with Noah to never again flood the entire earth.
During the last supper of Jesus, He asked His disciples to remember every time they eat a meal how He was about to die for each of them and all who would believe.
Following the terrorist attack against the United States on September 11, 2001, the phrase “Never Forget” could be found everywhere.
Remember D-Day was a popular saying d…

The Premiere

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The media knows that many people are obsessed with celebrities. They following them on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc. They buy magazines to read about them. They search Google for information about them. They flood Reddit when they do an Ask Me Anything. The celebrity agents are constantly trying to find ways to keep them in the news.
There is probably no organization that better understands how to celebrate a celebrity than Hollywood. Every time a new movie is premiered, they roll out the red carpet, watch the crowds line up around it, bring in the cameras and microphones, and let the parade of celebrities begin. And the celebrities eat up all that attention as they are treated like royalty.
This article was posted following this year’s Oscars in February:
While many actors are naturals in front of the camera when they're on set, walking the carpet is a whole other thing -- and everybody remembers their first.

The lights, the cameras, the questions: It's a lot…

Power of Prayer

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Maria was a single mom with a beautiful little boy named John. When she told her parents that she was pregnant at the age of 16, they kicked her out of the house and refused to have anything to do with her again.
The next 10 years were very difficult for Maria. She moved to a new city and struggled every day working two jobs just to pay for her low rent apartment in the highest crime area of the city. She did everything she could to provide for John and help him succeed in school. She even started attending a small church with her son.
By all outward appearances, Maria was doing great. Inside, she was a wreck. She had reached the end of her own inner strength. She had no close friends, she had very little time to spend with her son, and she was always exhausted.
After one particularly difficult day at work, Maria picked up John and went to their church to pray. She told her 9-year-old son to take a seat and just leave her alone for five minutes.
She cried out to God as she shared her…

Caught

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When I was a teen I lived in Mississippi in the country. I did crazy things like go snake hunting. And there were lots of snakes in Mississippi. If we weren’t hunting snakes we were probably hunting something else or fishing. We usually met somewhere and then road dirt bikes out into the woods or down to the river.
We would ride in shorts. That way we could really feel the burn when we accidentally let our legs bump against the muffler. We also never wore helmets. I know exactly what a windshield feels like when a bug splats against it. I also know what it feels like to have rain smack you in the face while going 60 mph.
Since I didn’t own a motorcycle or dirt bike, I was at the mercy of my friends to use theirs. The reason I didn’t own one is because my dad refused to let us ride them. He had a motorcycle as a teen and had broken almost every bone in his body due to multiple accidents. He was afraid we would be the same way if we were to ride.
So I secretly used my friends bikes. So…