It’s Not Just Entertainment

by Anthony Weber   As the Traverse City Film Festival approaches, anyone going to downtown Traverse City will inevitably see one or twenty posters with this year's slogan: "One Great Movie Can Change You." I completely agree. This is not a new insight, of course. People have recognized the power of entertainment for thousands of years. However, … Continue reading It’s Not Just Entertainment

How Men Can Manage Their Fears, Depression, OCD, And Other Stresses

by Stan Popovich   Some men may experience those times when their fears, anxieties, and depression are stronger than what they can handle. There are times that no matter what they do, their fears have the best of them. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a man can use to help manage … Continue reading How Men Can Manage Their Fears, Depression, OCD, And Other Stresses

Parenting The Strong Willed Child

by Antje Hill   So you have a strong willed child on your hands! That personality that makes you want to scream at times, may be the very characteristic that makes him fight against all odds in the adult world. It could be that this little person within the sound of your voice has a noble calling … Continue reading Parenting The Strong Willed Child

Teaching Good Things While Aging-Encouragement for Older Women

by DEBORAH OSINIBI   Older women are great treasures to the body of Christ, these are women who have lots of experience, some of them have experienced challenging marriages, raising difficult children, health issues etc. Even though we may have the uprising of young women on the platform of preaching, yet, I still believe we need the … Continue reading Teaching Good Things While Aging-Encouragement for Older Women

Parents choosing new forms of education in uncertain school year

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square July 29, 2020 (The Center Square) – Several reports and national surveys indicate that private and charter schools provided more meaningful educational services during state shutdowns than public schools did, and more parents are choosing nontraditional educational options this fall. A nationally representative survey conducted by Education Next found that while … Continue reading Parents choosing new forms of education in uncertain school year

Breaking Free From Addiction

by stephanie reck   Addictions come in many forms, such as, alcohol, drugs, food, sex, gambling, and pornography. Addiction happens when we have a compulsive, repetitive desire for a certain thing and we act on the impulse. Nothing else will do until the craving we are after is fulfilled. Have you ever noticed how people go to … Continue reading Breaking Free From Addiction

Conquering Shyness

by Cate Russell-Cole   "The shell must break before the bird can fly." TennysonWhen I was in High School, people thought I was a stuck-up snob because I wouldn't speak to them. It's not that I didn't want to, just that I didn't know how. I had no self confidence, and was very shy. One on one … Continue reading Conquering Shyness

Lawmakers unveil criminal justice reform packages to increase safety, reduce costs

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square 10 hrs ago (The Center Square) – COVID-19 isn’t stopping sweeping criminal justice reform in Michigan. Legislative leaders unveiled a bill package of recommendations from the Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration based on hundreds of testimonies and a dive into 10 years of statewide arrests and … Continue reading Lawmakers unveil criminal justice reform packages to increase safety, reduce costs

How to Blog for Emotional Healing

by Miriam Kinai   Starting a blog has numerous benefits which include sharing your faith, gaining a following, leading people to Jesus, and finding financial freedom as well as living a location-independent lifestyle. However, blogging can also help you heal emotional wounds if you chose the right niche.   Christian Self-Development Blogger Talking about the issues which … Continue reading How to Blog for Emotional Healing

Michigan Supreme Court Slams Door on Counties Keeping Excess Profits from Tax Home Foreclosures

By Scott McClallen | The Center Square July 17, 2020 (The Center Square) – The Michigan Supreme Court ruled unanimously Friday that counties can’t additionally profit from tax-foreclosed homes without justly compensating the property owner. The court found that withholding any surplus from tax-foreclosure sales that exceeded the amount owed constituted an “unconstitutional taking without just compensation.” Since the … Continue reading Michigan Supreme Court Slams Door on Counties Keeping Excess Profits from Tax Home Foreclosures

Surviving the Marathon of Motherhood

by Amanda Williams   Get your running shoes on ladies! The marathon of motherhood is here and survival is the name of the game! What is a marathon anyway? One dictionary defines a marathon as "a contest of endurance" (www.dictionary.com). Another definition, my personal favorite, states a marathon is "a main event of the manifestation for the … Continue reading Surviving the Marathon of Motherhood

Setting Boundaries With Your Difficult Adult Child Who Has A Mental Illness

by Karla Downing   Are you wondering how to set boundaries with your difficult adult child who has a mental illness? It is hard to have adult children that make poor choices that cause problems in their lives and in their parents' lives; it is even more difficult to have adult children who have mental illnesses that … Continue reading Setting Boundaries With Your Difficult Adult Child Who Has A Mental Illness

Five Things Positive Thinking Will Do For You

by Daniel Dela Dunoo   “Positive and negative are directions that lead to different outcomes. Which direction do you choose?” –Remez Sasson Positive thinking is obviously not a magic wand bringing closure to all your struggles and troubles. Positive thinking isn`t some kind of miracle cure for all your frailties and inadequacies. But what I can tell … Continue reading Five Things Positive Thinking Will Do For You

Good Things Take Time: 7 Things You Should Never Rush

by Divine Akorli   We live in an instant gratification society. Immediate notifications, light-speed Twitter feeds, instant internet connections…and an irrational frustration upon delay. We are a species who could find out that a convenience exists, begin to enjoy it, and 5 minutes later become dissatisfied when it does not meet our expectations. We spend most of … Continue reading Good Things Take Time: 7 Things You Should Never Rush

Nothing Short of a Miracle

by Jennifer Mobbs  I was watching one of those heart-wrenching videos on the Internet. The remnants of what once was a German Shepard dog had been starved to the point she was only a skeleton covered with patches of dirty, dingy fur. This poor dog couldn't even stand up without help. As I watched this short … Continue reading Nothing Short of a Miracle

Eight Things You Can Do To Get Your Husband To Do What You Want

by Carla Downing Do most of your attempts to change your husband not only fail but result in distancing him from you and making your marriage worse? If so, you will benefit from the following eight things you can do to get your husband to do what you want:-Ask if it is a good time … Continue reading Eight Things You Can Do To Get Your Husband To Do What You Want

Op-Ed: Troubling trend of states attacking private donors

By Dr. Jameson Taylor and Sean Parnell 15 hrs ago Data from Gallup shows that charitable giving today is at a 19-year low. One reason donations to some nonprofits may be declining is fear of social and governmental targeting. In today’s polarizing environment, it’s not surprising that donors are concerned. Making fears into reality, some … Continue reading Op-Ed: Troubling trend of states attacking private donors

Brighten summertime dishes with fresh grapes

(BPT) Warmer weather is finally here, and that means more daylight for activities of all types and ideally more time for relaxation. Whether family members choose to spend their time playing outside, tackling home projects or getting creative with crafts, it’s easy to work up an appetite for tasty summertime food. Crisp, juicy grapes serve … Continue reading Brighten summertime dishes with fresh grapes

Yelling at Children May Be More Harmful Than You Think

by Minnie Hawkins We hear it in homes, grocery stores, and in school hallways. Sometimes we even hear it in churches. What is this spectacle? It's yelling at children! Is it necessary? Is it an effective form of discipline or is it damaging to children? Research shows that yelling is one of the most harmful … Continue reading Yelling at Children May Be More Harmful Than You Think

Managing Stress in Healthy Ways

by Stephanie Reck Between 75-90% of all doctor's visits are stress-related. Stress comes in a variety of symptoms, ailments, and conditions. Stress can affect you spiritually, physically, and emotionally. There are many things in life to cause us to feel stress and anxious. Chronic stress can complicate matters and can lead to burn-out and Adrenal … Continue reading Managing Stress in Healthy Ways