Productivity Tips for Keeping Things in Focus

How do we block out the distractions, get work done, and avoid acting like the troll living under a bridge?  Here are some of the techniques I use that might just work for you as well.

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BENHAM BROS: Thanksgiving And Fathers

“For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”  1 Corinthians 4:15 ESV If there’s anything we need today in America it’s more fathers. Not just dads who have children, but fathers willing to invest in future generations and lay their lives down spiritually, morally, and physically so that others might live free. And we’re a bit ashamed to admit it, but until recently we have not drawn the connection between fatherhood and Thanksgiving. Thankfully we never quit learning! During the Thanksgiving season I (David) enjoy reading to my kids the story of the Pilgrims. They didn’t just sit back and enjoy the comforts of England and Holland, rather they chose to suffer that we might live free. Why? Because that’s what fathers do. In the words of the Pilgrims’ first governor, William Bradford, “…they cherished the work of laying good foundations…and were stepping stones unto others for performing so great a work.” Wow, stepping-stones. That’s good stuff. One of the greatest fathers to our nation was Pastor John Robinson. He was the Pilgrims’ pastor back in Holland, and it was he who taught the […]

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Did Trump Launder Drug Money Through Panama?

President Donald Trump made tens of millions of dollars in profits by allowing Colombian drug cartels and other groups to launder money through a Trump-affiliated hotel in Panama, according to a new investigation by the organization Global Witness.

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With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there’s a likely culprit

In a new paper published in Clinical Psychological Science, my colleagues and I found that the increases in depression, suicide attempts and suicide appeared among teens from every background – more privileged and less privileged, across all races and ethnicities and in every region of the country. All told, our analysis found that the generation of teens I call “iGen” – those born after 1995 – is much more likely to experience mental health issues than their millennial predecessors.

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UCLA players suspended after shoplifting incident

UCLA freshmen basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were suspended indefinitely by the school on Wednesday after

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WORST YEAR YET: Global Persecution Of Christians Hits Another All-Time High

Modern Christian persecution has reached another all-time high worldwide, according to new reports and studies. An International Catholic Charity, Aid to the Church in Need, found that Christians comprised 75% of those persecuted for their “Religion” globally over the past 3 years. The Charity found that Christians are not only more persecuted than any other faith group, but they are also experiencing the very worst forms of religious persecution.  The report also ranked the “most extreme” countries, concerning hostility toward Holy Bible believers, and China, Eritrea, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Syria topped the list. All of these countries appear on the World Watch List of Christian persecution watchdog group, Open Doors. In 25 years of “chronicling and ranking” the political and societal restrictions on religious freedom experienced by Christians worldwide, Open Doors’ researchers identified 2016 as the “WORST YEAR YET.”  According to the new studies, over 200 million Christians experience high, very high, or extreme persecution. Islamism remains the most dominant driver of persecution globally, and is responsible for initiating oppression and hostility toward Christians in 35 out of the 50 countries on the 2017 World Watch List. In Iraq, the exodus of Christians has been […]

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North Korean soldier shot by comrades while fleeing to the South

A North Korean soldier came under fire Monday as he raced towards the demilitarized zone and ran across the border to defect to the South, military officials said on Tuesday. The man was seriously injured. Embed from Getty Images The incident happened at about 3:15 p.m. local time in South Korea (2:45 p.m. in North Korea)…

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BENHAM BROS: Be Bold! Call Out Sin And Turn From It

“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19). (Via WND.com) – This is the simple message of the Gospel: Repent from your sins and be refreshed from the Lord – it’s just that easy. It’s not hateful, bigoted or intolerant in any way. In fact, it’s the most gracious and loving message anyone can hear.  And it’s the same message from God since the fall of man, long before Peter even spoke these words in the first century. The prophet Ezekiel spoke the same thing directly from the heart of God centuries before:  “‘Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked,’ declares the Lord God, ‘rather than that he should turn from his ways and live?’” (Ezekiel 18:23)  So, the central message of the Gospel has always been that all people should turn from their sin and enjoy the eternal and abundant life God freely gives us through repentance. This is, and has been, our anchor of hope from generation to generation.  Unfortunately, this message is being distorted and diluted by some spiritual leaders today who seek to make the […]

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THIS GENERATION?: 70th Anniversary Of Israel’s Rebirth Could Herald Christ’s Return

In 6 months from now, Israel will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Biblical Nation’s REBIRTH on May 14th, 1948. Thus, I believe 2018 will be a very prophetically-significant year. You may ask, why is the number 70 so important? Why is it any more significant than the 25th Anniversary, or the 40th, or the 50th??? While there are many reasons I will give in this article, I believe the main reason is a single word. That word is “GENERATION”.  In Matthew 24, arguably the most comprehensive account that Jesus Christ gave of Last Days’ Signs concerning His Second Coming, our Lord mentioned “this generation”. What He meant by this was that the generation to witness all of the Signs which He gave would also be THE generation that would witness His RETURN to earth. First, He gave His disciples many specific signs of the End, such as powerful earthquakes, signs in the heavens, Christian persecution, false Christs and false prophets, rumours of wars, and rampant sin.  In verses 32-34, He mentions the most important Sign of them all. For without this Sign being fulfilled, the rest of the Signs could all be taking place at once yet they would […]

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Perspectives On Gun Violence: Mass Shootings Are Not ‘Inevitable’; It Is ‘A Mental Health Issue’

In response to the weekend’s mass shooting in a small town in Texas, opinion writers offer their ideas on why gun violence continues to plague the United States.

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