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Reflections on Father’s Day

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The third Sunday in June is observed each year in the United States as Father’s Day. The origins of this national event are not clear. Some records suggest the act of honoring ...

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Not your parent’s VBS! Summer tradition makes a comeback

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Vacation Bible School — better known as VBS — is back as one of the most popular church programs in America after a few years of decline. Back in the 1890s, a pair ...

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What was in Billy Graham’s will?

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“Defend the faith” Billy Graham tells his children and grandchildren in the will he left behind. His last will and testament has been revealed to the public for the first time and ...

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Jennie Finch takes bold stand over ‘DWTS’ song: ‘I want to glorify God’

Olympic athlete and “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Jennie Finch last week refused to perform to a popular new Janelle Monae track, ‘Make Me Feel,’ citing her Christian faith and desire to honor ...

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OVERCOMING OBSTACLES – Life Lessons from a Little One

My son and I like to build obstacle courses throughout the house. We overturn chairs, move furniture, repurpose pillows and clutter the floors with whatever large objects we can find. But the ...

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Bus driver gives confidence to little girl who lost her mom to cancer

A bus driver has stepped in to braid a little girl’s hair after the girl’s mom died of a rare disease. The 11-year-old girl in Utah now has a newfound sense of ...

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4 ways to raise discerning children in an entertainment-crazed culture

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It never was a good idea to let children watch television without some parental input or supervision, but more and more, it’s becoming a downright bad one. The series Andi Mack in ...

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Don’t break the bank when celebrating Christmas

Christmas changed – a lot – when my husband and I had children. The first few years, we wanted to make sure our daughter (now almost 8) had the very best of ...

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How Marriage Lifts Families Out of Poverty

The organization behind National Marriage Week USA (in February) makes the case that marriage must be part of the current political debate about income inequality and how to reduce poverty. “Today 53 ...

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Grandparenting: 6 things to pass on!

Grandparenting.  It’s a great thing.  I’ve got two little grandkids of my own, and we are having a blast.  I remember the moment that the first little one came home.  It was ...

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Time for Grandparent Power!

Sept. 23 conference highlights our times as defining moment for the influence found in a grandparent. By Dr. Ken Canfield | National Association for Grandparenting   How important is it for us ...

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Love, forgiveness and shoeboxes in Rwanda

Operation Christmas Child volunteers spread the love of Jesus in Africa with shoeboxes. By Allison Gibeson There are many moments from a recent Operation Christmas Child shoebox distribution trip to Rwanda that ...

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Secret Keeper Girl puts princess culture into perspective for tween girls

Is “princess culture” harming young girls? Research featured in The Washington Post in 2016 indicates it is. As the Post wrote, the princess culture “suggests that a girl’s most valuable asset is ...

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City Union Mission faces budget shortfall

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Even a break in the summer heat does little to ease the burdens of those in our community who are homeless and living in poverty.  Officials at City Union Mission say the recent ...

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Kansas City’s homeless children get to attend summer camp thru Camp CUMCITO

City Union Mission’s Camp CUMCITO Provided Wholesome Fun for Hundreds of Homeless and Disadvantaged Kansas City Children This summer, 475 boys and girls attended City Union Mission’s Camp CUMCITO.  From disadvantaged or homeless families, ...

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Great American Family Campout is July 30 & 31 in Shawnee Mission Park

What could be better than a family campout right here in Johnson County? Come join us for the ninth annual Great American Family Campout and enjoy a rare opportunity to sleep under ...

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City Union Mission needs volunteers for Summer camp

It takes hundreds of caring volunteers to provide a safe and wholesome camping experience for children from some of Kansas City’s most impoverished neighborhoods at City Union Mission’s Camp CUMCITO.  Currently a shortage of volunteers ...

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Metro area packed with summer activities for the entire family

Summer vacation doesn’t mean families have to plan spectacular trips to the beach or a grand tour of roller coasters. Families can plan spectacular summer breaks right here at home with the ...

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Obama administration redefines biology with transgender lawsuit

In a move that already has a majority of the nation’s states saying they’ll join in a move to fight the Obama administration, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the Justice Department will ...

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Number of foster children served by MBCH on rise

Booming business for the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home means that more children are experiencing a crisis at home, but if someone has to take care of children in need, MBCH is happy ...

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Orphans bring Kansas couple to Swaziland

Swaziland, a small, landlocked monarchy in southern Africa, is a long way from Buhler, Kan. However, Tracy and Becky Spencer plan to build their second home in that nation – this one ...

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Bronco thankful and spends $1800 on newborn’s ticket

After having to pay $1,800 for his newborn daughter to be able to attend Super Bowl 50, Bronco punter Britton Colquitt is quick to point out that all things work together for ...

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Reflections on a Reconciliation Weekend with If Not for Grace Ministry

“If Not For Grace” — What is grace? How big is grace? How is grace given? Who qualifies to receive it? The Lord granted me new glimpses into what heavenly grace really ...

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Church is the Place to be for Christmas

Christmas is a great time to invite someone to church, according to a new study. In a poll of 1,000 Americans, LifeWay Research found six out of 10 Americans typically attend church ...

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Is ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ suitable for young kids? (Here’s your spoiler-free answer)

I was five when the first “Star Wars” movie was released, eight when “The Empire Strikes Back” came out, and 11 when “Return of the Jedi” hit theaters. My parents let me ...

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