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Heartland to Holyland Tours

You’ve reached the info page of Heartland to Holyland Tours. We have two tours planned in 2024. Both depart as groups from Kansas City but we welcome guests from anywhere and can ...

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Optimism over giving in 2024 despite economy

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A recent survey found reason for optimism about faith-based giving in 2024. Despite ongoing economic challenges, donations to churches and ministries remain strong. That’s according to the Giving in Faith report from ...

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Senator: Why did Treasury Dept. monitor purchase of bibles?

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The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) reportedly instructed banks to monitor Americans’ online transactions involving the purchase of Bibles and Christian books. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the ranking Republican ...

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Here’s the retailers closing more stores in 2024

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The nation’s large brick-and-mortar retailers continue to suffer after thousands closed in 2023.  According to CBS News, major brands shuttered 4,600 locations last year and 2024 is not looking much better. Now, ...

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Iconic New Jersey diner finds new life in rural Missouri


A beloved roadside diner is coming to central Missouri. Rosie’s Diner, which gained national fame as the setting for a series of paper towel commercials in the 1970s and later was moved ...

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From ice cream cones to monster trucks, numerous innovations began in Missouri

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Most people know that Missouri is the home of Harry Truman, Jesse James and Mickey Mouse. Fox 2 News in St. Louis uncovered a few other random innovations that had their beginning ...

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Google layoff mirrors other big tech companies

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Google is beginning the year with a massive layoff impacting a wide range of its business sectors. The effort to slash costs comes as META, the owner of Facebook also cuts positions. ...

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National Parks are free on these 2024 dates

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Planning to visit a National Park in 2024? Here are the six days that are free for the 110 sites that normally charge admission. The most popular parks, like Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, ...

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New Year’s resolutions, goals, plans? God can make a way


Do you have New Year’s resolutions? Maybe you call them goals or plans. However you describe them, they’re a good thing to have. The scriptures talk about making plans. Proverbs says our ...

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IRS begins sending collection letters

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The IRS this week is sending millions of Americans letters about delinquent taxes. In a recent statement, the federal tax agency said the automated letters and “collection notices” to people with tax ...

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Healthier living in 2024 begins with simple lifestyle changes

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Few things are more symbolic of the coming of a new year than making health resolutions that more often than not get abandoned in coming months. The trick? Make it simple. “As ...

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Giving to ministries remains strong despite slight decline in 2022

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Donations to Christian ministries declined last year for the first time in a decade, according to the annual State of Giving Report from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Cash giving declined ...

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Scams abound with gift cards this Christmas

Gift cards make convenient last-minute Christmas gifts. However, they also are attractive targets for scammers who want to steal money or personal information. According to the Better Business Bureau, 50 percent more people ...

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Food website ranks most popular Christmas dishes in Missouri, Kansas

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Favorite dishes are as much a part of the Christmas season as trees and packages. Although nearly everyone enjoys turkey and the trimmings, each state also has several popular regional meals. Three ...

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Grab some popcorn and relax with one of these classic Christmas movies

Taking a break to make popcorn and watch a classic Christmas movie is a good way to escape the holiday stress. Although there is no shortage of new movies (often having the ...

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Why Mr. Beast’s humanitarian efforts actually work–and why his critics hate him

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James Stephen “Jimmy” Donaldson, better known by his professional moniker “Mr. Beast,” has made a name for himself — and hundreds of millions of dollars for humanitarian causes — by leveraging his ...

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Missourians, Kansans list favorite Christmas songs

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“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is the most popular Christmas song in Missouri, while Kansans prefer “Jingle Bells.” FinanceBuzz recently used Google trends to find the most popular song ...

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Switching to whole grains a good choice for winter


When the weather turns cold, people naturally are drawn to comfort foods such as  casseroles, soups, stews and noodle dishes, among others. They often are familiar foods that people may have grown ...

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Show-Me Christmas: Missouri day trips celebrate season

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Families looking to celebrate the holidays with a day trip or overnight stay have a number of options in the Show-Me State. These are among the towns that go all out for ...

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Season of giving offers opportunities to help kids

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This is the season of giving.  Most people, despite whatever financial struggle they find themselves in, dig a little deeper to support charities. One of the reasons is that they want to ...

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8 thoughts on being genuine friends with unbelievers

As a young believer, I learned from older believers that we were supposed to evangelize lost people—but do so from a distance so you’re not stained by the relationship. I understand that ...

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‘Tis the season for thieves: tips to deter porch pirates

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The popularity of online shopping has soared since the start of the pandemic, and with it the prevalence of thieves better known as porch pirates. And it’s not just random people stealing ...

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Exercise, diet and sunlight fight winter blues

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Despite the joy of the holiday season, the end of Daylight Saving Time marked the start of the winter blues for many people. “A more serious version of winter blues is called ...

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On Giving Tuesday, U.S. Christians donate generously to charities

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As Americans share with others on this Giving Tuesday, Christians once again are among the most charitable people. “It won’t come as a surprise that people who are invested in their Christian ...

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Real Christmas trees still available at number of local farms

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Despite the popularity of artificial Christmas trees, many people still prefer the real thing. The National Christmas Tree Association says that between 25 and 30 million real trees are sold each year. ...

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