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     Magnolias, marriage and makeovers
Chip and Joanna Gaines have made a name for themselves as renovators and 'house flippers' through the HGTV show Fixer Upper, but reading their book The Magnolia Story one glimpses a little bit of what underpins their remarkable creativity and surprisingly resilient relationship.
Magnolias, marriage and makeovers
     ‘Reframing’ our lives through gratitude
The last season of Fixer Upper started Tuesday. But Chip and Joanna Gaines's lifestyle empire will continue long after they leave their incredibly successful television show.
‘Reframing’ our lives through gratitude
     The most scary power in the world
I recently watched a series on Netflix (Marvel Comic's Jessica Jones) where the villain had the most terrifying superpower I could imagine: to be able to mind-control people and make them do anything he tells them to.
The most scary power in the world
     Lazarus come forth
Like Lazarus rising from the dead, gang-banger Neaners Garcia has found unexpected life and hope.
Lazarus come forth
     Ex-correction officer gets taste of the inside
Drugs took James Gebele down a very dark path - but he went on to find the light.
Ex-correction officer gets taste of the inside
     Rats in the cellar
 
Rats in the cellar
     Victim of ‘cowardly’ abusers restored
Nige Burr’s father was a womanizer, had a violent temper and didn’t like working. This wrecked any chances of Nige having what would be considered a ‘normal’ upbringing.
Victim of ‘cowardly’ abusers restored
     Unusual encounter
So many times Pastor Greg Locke is asked the question by sceptics and atheists: "If your God is real, if He's so good, why does He allow such suffering?"
Unusual encounter
          A-Team’s Mr. T ain’t no fool
One of the most recognizable characters on TV, cinema, animation and computer games is Lawrence Tureaud or Mr. T.
A-Team’s Mr. T ain’t no fool
          What will heaven be like?
When someone says "heaven", what do you think of? Wings, harps and clouds? Doing your favorite thing all day? A bland place with lots of singing?
What will heaven be like?
     What makes humans special?
In the preamble to the United Nations declaration to human rights it recognizes "the inherent dignity ... and inalienable rights of the members of the human family".
What makes humans special?
     New moral code
For generations in western democratic nations there was an agreed moral code that has centred around basic Christian ethics. It is the foundation to our legal system.
New moral code
          Sex trafficking in the US
She grew up poor, in one of the decaying mill towns of Massachusetts.
Sex trafficking in the US
     Pro which life?
A woman in my church was recently diagnosed with breast cancer around the time she was told she was pregnant with twins. She was advised to abort the babies and get immediate surgery and chemotherapy.
     Organic/paleo/detox trends and life
Okay wow that was a long title. So I have been thinking—as I drink my single origin signature blend latte at my favorite coffee spot—is it just me, or is everything either organic or something like it these days? It seems paleo is the latest thing ... well more like the latest thing to hit mainstream. From my understanding it has been around for a while in Europe .
Organic/paleo/detox trends and life
     Parents forgive murderer
Would you forgive the man who murdered your daughter?
Parents forgive murderer
     Becoming haters of hate
There’s something volcanic within us which can discharge the overflowing lava of hatred, on those we don’t like.
Becoming haters of hate
     Finding peace in prison?
Stephanie grew up going to church and learning about God. But a traumatic experience at a young age sent her on a different path.
Finding peace in prison?
     All things work together for good
Former professional soccer player Jeremy Joseph Vuolo, husband of TV reality star Jinger Duggar from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" and "Counting On", is now the pastor of a successful church in Laredo, Texas but he was not always such a good boy.
All things work together for good
     Truth: something we can learn from TV drama?
I can't help but cringe when a TV series or movie character lies about something important or holds back significant information from a loved one. We can all quickly guess it will cause conflict at some point in the story when the truth finally comes out...and it always does.
Truth: something we can learn from TV drama?
     A deadly cancer that infects us all
Cancer. The c-word that causes people to cringe. The death-row diagnosis that everyone dreads.
A deadly cancer that infects us all
     Search for peace leads transgender to find true identity
Laura Perry experienced a tumultuous life during her teen years, having struggled with her sexuality for most of her childhood.
Search for peace leads transgender to find true identity
     An illustration from Leonardo da Vinci
I'd like you to consider what is now the world's most expensive painting!
An illustration from Leonardo da Vinci
     Caving in to creation
CMI’s Carl Wieland interviews Romanian geologist and world cave authority Dr Emil Silvestru
Caving in to creation
     Giving ear to imaginary voices
A new global movement among professional clinical psychologists is taking a very different approach to treating patients who 'hear' phantom voices.
Giving ear to imaginary voices
     Finding the path to ‘oneness’
There is something very special about seeing an elderly couple who have been married for many years still walking hand in hand with each other.
Finding the path to ‘oneness’
     Prayermate prayer diary app
There really is an app for everything! Are you new to Christianity and never prayed before? Not sure how to? Maybe you pray but your prayer list is too long and overwhelming? Do you tell people you are going to pray for them but then forget?
Prayermate prayer diary app
     Lessons from a Dachsie (Part 6)
One Sunday afternoon my husband, myself, our three children and the dog were all on our queen-size bed and Adrian was rough-housing with the kids
Lessons from a Dachsie (Part 6)
          I asked but God said no!
I asked God to take away my habit. God said, "No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up."
I asked but God said no!
     Hope for hypocrites
Hypocrisy just makes us mad doesn't it? Politicians speaking of tightened belts, while endorsing payments for themselves.
     From the Gospel of John
John 3:7-21
From the Gospel of John
          Who is your audience?
In an NFL season filled with controversy and division, one team is finding a truly unifying common ground, led by their star quarterback.
Who is your audience?

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