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Remodeling and relaxation on display at Lauderdale home show

By Mike Clary The hundreds of goods and services being offered at the Fort Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Show come in all sorts of sizes, shapes and prices, ranging from a door handle that looks like a sea horse to a new tile roof, a kitchen knife or a $9,000 massage chair. But the inspiration is free. … …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Christian

Church Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important (Part Two)

By Kenn Oke Measure outcomes, not activities. Read Church Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important, Part One (The Problem of Measurement Inversion; Defining and Measuring “Healthy Church”; Is Your Organization Suffering from Measurement Inversion?). Define the Object of Measurement (i.e., Church) As mentioned above, the end goal for church planters should be a biblically healthy church. The target “biblically healthy church,” however, is too vague to be observed and quantified. The design team needs to take the target and deconstruct it into sub-targets and observable indicators. Sub-targets are the components that characterize biblically healthy churches. They don’t describe church planting activities, but rather results of those activities. The list of sub-targets, when taken together, should be an accurate description of a healthy church without going beyond the biblical definition of church. The design team prepares a draft list of sub-targets, which they revise and rewrite as they receive input from leaders and practitioners. To keep the list of sub-targets manageable, the final list should be as short as possible (e.g., seven or fewer sub-targets). The following questions can serve as a guide for the design team as they define sub-targets: Is the sub-target a description of an outcome (rather than an activity)? Is the sub-target an …read more Source:: Christianity Today       ...
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Hazy skies could be smoke from Everglades fire, forecasters say

By Mike Clary Smoke from wildfires in northwestern Broward County cast Sunday morning skies with a high haze, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service. The smoke was not expected to cause any health hazards, forecasters said. The fire, burning in the Everglades in the northwest corner of Broward… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Christian

City Refuses Atheist Group’s Request to Remove Cross From Public Park

By Heather Clark NEOSHO, Mo. — Officials at a city in Missouri have decided to refuse a prominent professing atheist organization’s request to remove a cross display from a public park. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter earlier this month to the mayor of the city of Neosho, stating that it had been informed by a complainant that a cross… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Local News

Car plunges into Deerfield Beach canal, two feared dead

By Mike Clary Two people are feared dead after a car struck a tree and plunged into a canal late Saturday in the 600 block of Siesta Key Circle in Deerfield Beach. Two other occupants of the car may have survived, according to one report. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were on the scene early Sunday as the… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Christian

‘Church of Scotland’ Backs Homosexual Unions

By Editor (Christian Institute) — The Church of Scotland has taken steps to allow its ministers to perform same-sex “weddings,” after debating a report in its General Assembly. The report, put forward by the influential Theological Forum, acknowledged that the Bible condemns same-sex acts, but claimed Scripture was framed by cultural context. Marriage was redefined in… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Local News

Great American Beach Party brings antique cars, alligators — and crowds

By Brooke Baitinger The laughter and chatter of the crowds at Saturday’s Great American Beach Party in Fort Lauderdale were frequently interrupted by an eclectic chorus of sounds, from the squawk of a parrot to the rev of an engine. Music swelled from two stages at both ends of the street where the event was held… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Hallmark Offering Cards to Celebrate ‘Gender Transitions’

By Heather Clark The popular greeting card company Hallmark is selling cards to affirm those who identify as “transgender” and to celebrate those who are undergoing gender “transitions,” the company has confirmed. “Hallmark is committed to helping people share what’s in their hearts with those they love, and we strive to be inclusive and relevant with our products,” the… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Education

Socialized Medicine 101 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

– Hollywood Branch Multi-Purpose Room An Introduction to the Pros and Cons of Universal, Single-payer Government Healthcare presented by DR. Robert Ben Mitchell, D.O. . Dr. Robert Ben Mitchell, D.O., an osteopath with over 20 years experience as a practicing physician, outlines the good, the bad, and the surprising of this often mislabeled and misunderstood form of healthcare administration. …read more Source:: Broward County Library       ...
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Education

Adult Coloring Book Club: Unwind and destress while coloring a beautiful world. Coloring books and pencils provided. Registration required. 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

– Miramar Branch Library & Education Center Multi Purpose Adults will enjoy this calming and meditative exercise. Coloring Books and Pencils provided. Registration required. 954-357-8180 …read more Source:: Broward County Library       ...
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Christian

Pregnant Teen Prohibited From Walking Christian School Graduation for Violating Code of Conduct

By Heather Clark HAGERSTOWN, Md. — A pregnant teenager has been prohibited from walking her graduation ceremony due to a violation of her Christian school’s code of conduct, which requires that students refrain from premarital sex. Heritage Academy Principal Dave Hobbs says that he doesn’t believe the situation would be a good example for those present and also doesn’t want to… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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Education

Literary Selfies Wall 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

– Stirling Road Branch Book Display Main Entrance Book lovers of all ages can take a selfie of themselves holding their favorite book. The librarian will help them “literary selfie” with them holding their favorite book along with creating/inserting other images pertaining to their favorite book or author. …read more Source:: Broward County Library       ...
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Christian

Church Leader Among Dead in Central African Republic

By Editor (World Watch Monitor) — A church leader was among those killed in the recent outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic, it has emerged. Baptist pastor Ange-Apoléon Ngakolada, 36, leaves behind a wife and eight children. The president of the Association of Evangelical Baptist Churches in CAR, Singa Gbadia, told World Watch Monitor that Mr. Ngakolada… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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