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Good News: Salutatorian Speech Challenges Administrators

 

Brooks Hamby, a senior at BUHS, had his speech denied three times by the high school administration for expressing his Christian faith.  See how he responds here.

 

Good News: Mass Mobs, Not Flash Mobs

 

Playing off the idea of using social media to summon crowds, mobs of Buffalo-area Roman Catholics have been filling pews and lifting spirits at some of the city’s original, now often sparsely attended, churches.  On a given Sunday, participants attend Mass en masse at a church they’ve picked in an online vote and promoted through Facebook and Twitter. Visitors experience the architecture, heritage and spirit of the aging houses of worship and the churches once again see the numbers they were built for, along with a helpful bump in donations when the collection baskets are passed.  What a great idea!  Read more about it here.

 

Good News: Jesus Is Better Than The Super Bowl

 

Mark Driscoll had a chance to sit down with some members of the Seattle Seahawks and asked them, “Who is Jesus?”  Take a few minutes to watch their testimonies here.

 

What’s your “More or Less List” look like?

My “More and Less List” this year. What’s yours look like?
~Garrett from Shine Afternoons

Who are you looking forward to talking to in Heaven?

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and sometimes I daydream about being in heaven and being able to talk with my step-dad and my grandparents who are all with Jesus. Oh–David, Gideon and Rich Mullins too. Who are you looking forward to talking to in heaven?

Americans LOVE Billy Graham…and…Rick Warren Challenges Us to “Eat Like Daniel”

Billy Graham has once again been named one of the top ten most admired men in America.

Americans picked Graham for the 57th time in an annual Gallup survey.

The pollsters at Gallup say: “Graham has appeared in the top 10 list far more often than any other man. He has never finished first, a spot typically taken by the sitting president, but has finished second on numerous occasions.”

Billy Graham recently celebrated his 95th birthday, but he’s been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks.  His daughter Ruth Bell Graham recently paid him a visit and said, “His vital signs are very good, he’s very strong, but his body is just wearing out.”

Ruth Graham is writing a book about forgiveness, lessons she says she learned from her father.

In other faith news, Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Southern California has written a new book about getting healthy and losing weight. It’s called “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life.”

Pastor Warren says the keys to success are faith, food, fitness, focus and friends.

Dr. Daniel Amen co-authored the book.  He says that says faith should prompt Christians to care for their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit by eating healthy foods and exercising regularly with supportive friends.

By the way, three years ago Pastor Warren challenged the Saddleback congregation to join him in the fitness program named after the prophet Daniel.  Rick says that Daniel “refused to eat junk food and challenged a king to a health contest.”

15,000 Saddleback members signed up, and they lost a combined 250,000 pounds.  Amazing!

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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SACKed Jan. 13, 2014

SACKed is an opportunity to perform simple, low-cost to no-cost random acts of kindness!  Each week, the Shine.FM will give you a new, fun way to surprise someone with a small gift, treat, or smile. It’s an easy way to get your kids involved in helping others, and we hope it inspires you to share the hope of Christ in Indianapolis!  Print your SACKed cards here.

This week, we’re bringing back a Shine.FM favorite, the Drive-Thru Difference!  Simply print your SACKed card and head to the drive-thru.  Pay for the person’s order behind you and leave the card for them!

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One of the Best Gifts You Can Give Your Kids in 2014

Happy New Year!  If you’re a parent, here’s one of the best New Years’ resolutions you can make.  It’s giving your kids your TIME.

A few years ago, some so-called parenting experts who told us that our kids really need is QUALITY time, not QUANTITY time.

I’m convinced they came up with that slogan to make overworked, overcommitted parents feel better about themselves.  They also wanted them to feel less guilty about sticking their kids in daycare from sunrise to sunset.

But the reality is you can’t have QUALITY time without QUANTITY time.  Quality time only occurs in the context of QUANTITY time.

For some of us, that means we need to take a hard look at our schedules.  We may need to cut back on some of the activities we enjoy or that we think are so important.

And yes, that might even mean cutting back on ministry activities, if they are interfering with our ability to be available to our kids.

And just because you are PHYSICALLY present, doesn’t mean you are truly present.  Technology and entertainment are big culprits in that area.

Research shows that in the average American home, the TV is on 49 hours per week.  But sadly, the average parent only spends 39 MINUTES per week in meaningful conversation with their kids.

And how much time are you spending on Facebook these days?  In a recent survey of social media users, more than 40% of women referred to themselves “Facebook addicts.”

For more advice on spending quality AND quantity time with your kids, go to focusonthefamily.com.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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New Year’s Advice for Christian Parents

As we get ready to kick off a new year, here’s a question for you:  do you want your kids to grow up with a strong, vibrant, Christian faith?

If so, you’ll need to be intentional about building healthy, lasting relationships with other Christian families.

When I was growing up, we knew our neighbors.  My parents watched out for the other kids in the neighborhood and the other parents on the block watched out for us.

If my brother and I were doing something we weren’t supposed to be doing and someone spotted us, my parents would get a call from one of those neighbors.

I believe my brother referred to them as “snitches” or “narcs.”  ;-]

But today, the sad truth is that in most suburban neighborhoods we DON’T know our neighbors—or at least we don’t know many of them.

Neighbors come home at the end of the day and the garage door goes up, the car pulls in, and the garage door goes down.

In our disconnected world we need to be deliberate about building solid relationships with other Christian parents who share our values regarding things like entertainment, internet use, drug and alcohol use and sexual purity.

By the way, new research has found that if teenagers have other Christian adults in their life who care about them—in addition to their mom and dad—they are much LESS likely to abandon their faith when they go off to college.

Drs. Chap Clark and Kara Powell at the Fuller Youth Institute recommend that in addition to their parents, every Christian teen should have 5 other adults in their life who will commit to building relationships with them.

These adults can pray for that young person, be a listening ear during times of conflict, and reinforce the values held by the teen’s own parents.

To learn more about this research, go to stickyfaith.org.  I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Sharing the Christmas Story with Your Kids

Well, Christmas day is finally here—and my kids can hardly believe it!

I pray that you will set aside some time to thank God for the incredible gift of his Son.

If you’ve never read the Christmas story to your kids, you can find it in the first two chapters of the book of Luke.

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.

Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them.

“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!   

And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

 “Glory to God in highest heaven,and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger.  

After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.

All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.

Merry Christmas, from all of us at Shine.FM!

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