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Very interesting article from Kara Powell from Fuller Youth Institute talking about why so many students don’t stick with their Christian faith after high school. (This was on Relevantmagazine.com)
She says there’s a sociologist names Tim Clydesdale— who says after students graduate from high school. They place important parts of themselves in an "identity lock-box," and their faith is often part of that.
I've watched this video several times, it's done two things for me..... 1. Made me very grateful for the blessings and people that God has placed in my life....2. Made me take a look at the "problems" in my life and realize how small they are in the grand scheme of things. Grab a couple tissues check out this video from Ben Breedlove....
My gut tells me that the following "Top 10" list is one of the view on the internet that won't contain the names Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, or Katy Perry.
Call them resolutions, call them goals... If I don't make a list of things I want to accomplish, I find myself looking back and not really doing much with the new year. Here's my 2012 list.
1. Spend more time with Vanessa. With 6 kids time is really a valuable commodity. This year I want to manage my time so that I'm spending more quality time with my wife.
2. Read. This is on my list every year, but it seems to fall to the wayside come spring. This year, reading 14 books in my goal.
3. Starting a college fund for the kids....... I need to start now if I'm gonning to send 6 kids to college!
4. Make healthy choices when it comes to eating.
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Here's a video of modern day Bethlehem. It's actually part of Palestine now and it's heavily armed with checkpoints and strict laws. Bethlehem is in the central West Bank and about 5 miles south of Jerusalem. About 30,000 people live there today. Relevant Magazine did an article about what Jesus would face if he was born into Bethlehem today. It's really interesting- check it out here.