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Not just for Valentine’s Day

What is one of the kindest things someone has ever done for you? When I thought about this recently, one of the first things that came to mind was when I suffered a significant head injury several years ago. A few weeks into my recovery, a friend called to say she wanted to clean... -Read More


Looking for financial security

The world tells us security can come in many forms such as a big bank account, a great job or a large retirement fund. We use many of these things as “security blankets” instead of seeking the only true secure foundation available. The security blanket has played a big role in our family life.... -Read More


Praying for our newly-elected president

Since our recent presidential election, I’ve often thought of my deceased grandfather and an important lesson he modeled.  My maternal grandfather, Sidney Plott, taught me to pray for our president. In all of my years of memory, from President Dwight Eisenhower to the end of George H.W. Bush’s term, he always prayed for the... -Read More


Jars of Clay members combine music, messages and Life

Dan Haseltine knows that music occupies a unique place in communicating tough messages. As the lead singer for Jars of Clay, he has experience in telling difficult, yet true stories to move audiences. One of those stories involves his first visit to a South African village. His guide challenged him to spot someone who... -Read More


Local Life receives $4.8 million government grant to combat AIDS

Cross International, a South Florida-based humanitarian agency, has been awarded a $4.8 million grant from the U.S. government for a new program to prevent the spread of AIDS in Haiti and provide care to orphans and vulnerable children affected by the disease. The grant, announced on World AIDS Day, is the largest Cross has... -Read More


Churches rally to change the face of foster care

Churches celebrate Christian Foster Care Month by encouraging parishioners to take in “modern-day orphans” When Lisa Tchividjian was looking for something to challenge her family’s spiritual life, her husband mentioned the idea of providing foster care to a needy child. “At first, I was against the whole idea,” Tchividjian says. “I thought I’d raised... -Read More


Running on faith and generosity

South Floridians have many options to get in shape as they share their faith at walk-a-thons, races and relays in 2009 Instead of cringing at the thought of joining a gym this January, why not just take a few steps for your faith instead? Upcoming walk-a-thon, race and relay fundraisers are a great opportunity... -Read More