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Twitter's Social Innovator: All In for God

By Claire Diaz-Ortiz What happened the second time he flooded my life. A city most famous for its leftist political history and hippie youth movement, Berkeley, California, doesn’t always appear brimming with committed Christians. They’re there, of course, but they’re sometimes hard to spot. Born, baptized, and raised in this town I love, I spent my early years trying to find folks who walked and talked like me. Our small Presbyterian church was of little help. It seemed to lose members every Sunday, and my parents often shook their heads at the ever-emptying pews. My younger brother once returned from Sunday school telling our mother he never wanted to go back. “Why?” she asked, concerned. “Because I’m the only one there.” My youth group bore an equally small population. Don’t get me started on Vacation Bible School. But I had camp. Every summer for the 11 years before I departed for college, my parents shipped me off to Westminster Woods among the redwoods of Northern California. Those weeks of music, fellowship, and requisite felt hats (don’t ask) were one of the highlights of my year, and kept me grounded in a faith that sometimes felt like it took a backseat in Berkeley. For several years at camp, I had learned …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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HGTV Axes House-Flipping Reality Show After Liberals Decry Host for Christian Beliefs

By Heather Clark CONCORD, N.C. – The popular Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) axed an upcoming house-flipping reality show on Wednesday following the release of an article from a liberal organization that decried one of the hosts for his outspoken Christian beliefs and activism. David and Jason Benham, twin brothers from North Carolina, were set to air their benevolent remodeling show Flip It Forward this fall on the network. The Benhams, both former major league baseball players turned business entrepreneurs, focused their broadcast on making dreams come true for those who thought they could never afford a home. “After a decade of flipping houses for profit, brothers David Benham and Jason Benham now help families buy the homes they never thought they could afford,” a synopsis of the broadcast read, as published last month by HGTV. “In each episode, the guys help a deserving family find a fixer-upper and transform it into their forever home—with a healthy dose of sibling rivalry between the brothers along the way.” But on Tuesday, Right Wing Watch, a project of People for the American Way, released an article decrying David Benham as an “anti-gay, anti-choice extremist.” It noted that the Benham brothers are the sons of Flip Benham, the …read more Source: Christian News Network     ...
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Education

#FAU Owls Racing will unveil their 2014 formula race car this Saturday at 10 a.m...

By Florida Atlantic University #FAU Owls Racing will unveil their 2014 formula race car this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Engineering East building! Then this automotive speedster is off to the races to compete in the 2014 Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) competition in Michigan from May 14-17! clubs.eng.fau.edu/owlsracing …read more Source: FAU Facebook feed     ...
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Christian

The Fifth Chapter: The Wonderful Effect of Divine Love

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK THREE: INTERNAL CONSOLATIONThe Fifth Chapter: The Wonderful Effect of Divine Love The Disciple I BLESS You, O heavenly Father, Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, for having condescended to remember me, a poor creature. Thanks to You, O Father of mercies, God of all consolation, Who with Your comfort sometimes refresh me, who am not worthy of it. I bless You always and glorify You with Your only-begotten Son and the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, forever and ever. Ah, Lord God, my holy Lover, when You come into my heart, all that is within me will rejoice. You are my glory and the exultation of my heart. You are my hope and refuge in the day of my tribulation. But because my love is as yet weak and my virtue imperfect, I must be strengthened and comforted by You. Visit me often, therefore, and teach me Your holy discipline. Free me from evil passions and cleanse my heart of …read more Source: Imitate Christ     ...
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Local News

22 attorneys general oppose NY gun law

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and attorneys general from 21 other states have filed a friend of the court brief in opposition to a New York law banning certain kinds of semi-automatic weapons. …read more Source: Miami Herald     ...
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Miami firefighter suspended with pay after alleged attack

Reynaldo Miranda was in no mood to speak as he left jail Wednesday night, but the 47-year-old seasoned firefighter did have plenty to say to a judge earlier in the day. “I’ve been a firefighter for 29 years, ma’am. I have a perfect record at work and a perfect record in the streets, ma’am. I’ve never been arrested, I’ve never done anything wrong,” Miranda said. “Obviously you got in trouble yesterday,” the judge said. Tuesday Miranda was parked in his truck in a parking lot near Southland Mall in Cutler Bay when he became enraged after a 71-year-old man pulled up and “parked too close,” according to a police report. Miranda, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 205 pounds, yelled and screamed at the 5 feet 5 inches tall, 128 pound elderly man before things allegedly turned physical. “The guy seemed to be explaining himself when the guy who was aggressive started punching,” a witness said. “I seen at least three punches and I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness, is he gonna beat this elderly guy?'” The witness, who wants to remain anonymous, said she was driving by at the time and witnessed the attack. “So I continued to drive west and I made a U-turn,” …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Man arrested in largest robbery in history of Coral Gables arrives in Miami

A Cuban national accused of stealing nearly $3 million worth of gold in Coral Gables arrived in Miami Wednesday afternoon to face charges in the United States. Raonel Valdez was arrested in Belize in March, after nearly a year and a half on the run in what is considered to be the largest robbery in the history of Coral Gables. Police say Valdez and two accomplices allegedly attacked a courier at gunpoint in October 2012 as the victim, George Villegas, was transporting about 110 pounds of gold flakes to an Opa-locka refinery. Valdez was arrested two weeks after the heist, but disappeared after he was granted bond. Police say $2.8 million worth of pure gold was stolen in the heist. Meanwhile, the gold that was stolen is still missing, and it appears unlikely it will ever be returned. The company responsible for it did not insure it and will have to absorb the major loss. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Fire crews battle blaze near Southland Mall

Firefighters say they now have a brush fire in Southwest Miami-Dade under control. The fire was burning Wednesday afternoon at Southwest 118th Avenue and 228th Street, just south of Southland Mall. The blaze occurred close to a church and fire crews say some homes in the area lost power. No injuries were reported and it is unclear how the fire started. Residents in the area who have respiratory conditions have been told to stay inside their homes to avoid smoke inhalation. Watch Local 10 News or refresh this page for updates. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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