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As we celebrate our 244th year of independence from British oppression, America is looking very different today, than it did then to our Founding Fathers.

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Freedom, independence, self-sufficiency: these are great and glorious concepts. We celebrate them this time of year, whether we process it that way or not, because they're so deeply engrained in our image of America.

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We’re all witnessing the demise of our communities today. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting restrictions, the current protests, and the politics that surround them—we’re seeing one negative incident after another, and much of it occurs without respect, consideration, or love for o…

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Earlier this week, while driving down South Dixie Highway, my son and I saw Spider-Man casually walking down the street: full costume in the hot afternoon sun.

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It is obvious that there is more than enough division and hate to go around. Some people hate others because of the color of their skin, others hate people because of the job they have or the political party they are associated with. Who do you hate and why? You may have been caught off guar…

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“Insufficient facts always invites danger ...” (Spock, from an episode of “Star Trek” titled “Space Seed”) In the science fiction genre, it is quite common to speculate on the nature of humankind’s supposed end, or at the very least, the end of current human civilization. Some sources may ev…

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While it might not be popular to say in the wake of the recent social disorder, the true plight of black people has little or nothing to do with the police or what has been called "systemic racism."

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There’s a jar in front of me full of rocks, some large as softballs, others clumping like sand. Perhaps you’ve heard this metaphor before—the jar contains me, the rocks are my time, what I do in life. It’s my task to dump it all out and categorize myself.

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Recently someone mentioned that, for some, the Christian life is one of great sacrifice, for others, not so much. They implied, with no malice, that mine was a life of minimal sacrifice. Disagreement registered in my heart but did not escape my lips. It set me to thinking.

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What a challenging time we are living in now! Not only is the world facing what could be the greatest pandemic in 100 years, but the measures taken by the world’s governments are causing extreme disruptions to the world economies. It’s bad enough to face the possibility of getting sick and p…

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Is it important to have racial or sexual diversity in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic? Heather Mac Donald suggests that some think it might be in her City Journal article "Should Identity Politics Dictate Vaccine Research?" The funding priorities of the National Institutes of Health …

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It’s been said that freedom is a word that’s used to represent ideas that are taken for granted; that the ideals and principles behind freedom are often overlooked. Perhaps, in varying degrees, we’re all experiencing that sensation right now. We’re all having to go without the daily freedoms…

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Wouldn’t it be nice in this day of social media to find people that admit that they don’t know everything? It used to be that everyone knew a few people that thought they knew everything, and they had to prove it. Today those people have been given a bigger audience. Not only that, but they …

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Former Barack Obama adviser Rahm Emanuel, during a recent interview, reminded us of his 2008 financial crisis quotation, "Never allow a crisis to go to waste." The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a wonderful opportunity for those of us who want greater control over our lives. Sadly, too many…

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Last week, mail-in voting was one of the recommendations by the CDC, in their effort as unelected/unaccountable bureaucrats, to control the lives of Americans, in the guise of re-opening the country after this much hyped plandemic. A.K.A. alphabet government agencies/deep state, these agenci…

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To the Editor: Have you ever been so excited about a meal that you broke into song? We have that, and many other traits, in common with gorillas: These

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Schools remain shuttered across the country, 30 million Americans are out of work, and food banks are running low, but the edutech sector is booming.

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In recent days, it is quite likely that one may have encountered an interesting set of conversations, suggestions, discussions, and debates regarding the "Christian response" to our current circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps the essence of the question is "in what manner …

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It has been my privilege to serve as County Commissioner for District 8 for five and a half years. The Coronavirus era creates unique challenges and also opportunities. I have worked hard every day to help our community cope and survive. And I have done this while staying home as much as pos…

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Earth Day recently passed on April 22, and like every day since the pandemic began, it was vastly different than it was last year.

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During this Coronavirus time, there is an expectation for social distancing. Staying indoors when possible, wearing masks, keeping six feet apart, refraining from group interactions; these measures are meant to keep people safe, reducing the chance that the virus will spread and possibly inf…

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I am a helper by nature. I love to be able to say ‘yes’ when someone needs a helping heart, head or hand. Somehow, God used that quality, that inclination, to make me into a pastor. I didn’t see it coming. But here I am – 13 years later – wanting to be a helper-pastor.

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this one is unlike any other. COVID-19 and social distancing present challenges we have never faced. Yet, professionals and volunteers in the child protection system are working harder than ever to keep children safe.

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One of the first lessons in an economics class is everything has a cost. That's in stark contrast to lessons in the political arena where politicians talk about free stuff. In our personal lives, decision-making involves weighing costs against benefits. Businessmen make the same calculation …

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Some of America's most beautiful spaces -- our colleges and university campuses -- are closed and empty these days. Schools have canceled their spring semesters and commencements because of the COVID-19 virus; classrooms, dormitories and athletic facilities have been closed.

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Yesterday I had a conversation with one of my closest friends who is a major Christian leader in his Latin American country. His country has been already

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Today, our nation faces a crisis of historic and staggering proportions. The coronavirus crisis has reached into millions of communities across America, with hundreds of thousands sick, many thousands have tragically passed, and millions have already lost their job or are at risk of losing it.

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The future will find us looking back on the pandemic of 2020. Articles in newspapers will be archived. Children will grow up with school cancelation tales. Each individual will have a similar, yet a distinctive story about the coronavirus. The days of COVID-19 will be transcribed in history books.

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Since the Coronavirus began its spread, there’s been speculation and positing as to how, if in any way, God’s plan and providence work in any of this. The truth is, people have been asking the question as to whether or not God is good, and if He is why He hasn’t stopped this virus yet. When …

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Historically, we, as Americans, have often sought a further classification of our identity. Frame of reference is tremendously important in our society. Without realizing, we often have perceived and sub-classified ourselves as “hyphenated Americans”. E.g. White-Americans, Black-Americans, H…

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We black people are so convenient and useful to America's leftists. Whenever there's a bit of silencing to be done, just accuse a detractor or critic of racism. A recent, particularly stupid, example is CNN's Brandon Tensley's complaint that the "Coronavirus task force is another example of …

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With Coronavirus continuing to ravage the U.S. and most of the planet, many Christians look forward to celebrating Good Friday and Easter Sunday, despite a few challenging weeks of closings and quarantines.

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It is rare that the entire world with its population of over 7.7 billion people are all paying attention to the same thing. The enemy is invisible, but its impact is very visible. It is killing people and destroying the livelihood of millions if not billions. For some people it is a major in…

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I'm not sure whether COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, China, in the U.S. qualifies as a true disaster. Putting the disease in perspective, we might look at current influenza illnesses. According to Centers for Disease Control estimates, between Oct. 1, 2019, and March 14, 2020, there hav…

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spike in Florida and around the country, it is more important than ever that patients who need healthcare get it. And with more bad economic news due to the virus threat around every corner, it’s also important that patients aren’t saddled with crippling medi…

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Step one: Resist the temptation to advance quickly. Learning the basics is important, even if it seems uncomfortable to tread the same small steps over and again. In the beginning, an ice skater may dream of quad loops and Y spins, those fancy jumps and step sequences that set a crowd ablaze…

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I’m always surprised at how often the worst possible things bring out the best in people.

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With time on our hands, long-delayed home projects are picking up. And we’re reaching out to family and friends we usually only hear from through Christmas cards.