Guest Post – Did You Know that Selfie Is in the Bible?

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Pictures and portraits of people have been around throughout history. In time, famous artists started focusing on themselves, painting self-portraits. Rembrant, Van Gogh, de Goya, Renoir and Rockwell – all created selfies long before “selfie” was a trendy word.

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iOS 8 App Update Fix

ios_updateIf you recently updated your iOS device to iOS 8, you might have noticed an issue with the WORDsearch app crashing when you try to log-in to sync your library.
We are currently working on a fix so that this won’t happen in the future, but if you have already updated and are experiencing this issue, there is a one time fix. To fix this, log out of your account and then log back in prior to doing an initial sync after upgrading to iOS 8.
This should stop the freezing/crashing and get the app working and synced again. Thanks so much for your patience!

B&H to Publish Lost Spurgeon Sermons with Critical Review

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By Bob Smietana

NASHVILLE, Tenn:

Nineteenth century legendary London pastor Charles Spurgeon was a publishing and preaching juggernaut.

He preached to more than 10 million people, baptized more than 14,000 converts, and sold more than 50 million copies of his sermons. Spurgeon’s fans nicknamed him “the Prince of Preachers” and flocked to hear him.

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Minute for Missions – Hope in Ethiopia

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As we entered the one-room mud hut, the first thing we noticed was the absence of light. The one window was tightly shut and there was no lamp to illuminate the darkness. The second thing we noticed was the woman lying on a straw pallet quietly moaning in pain. As soon as we saw her, we stopped, bumping into one another, dumb in stupor. We’d come to visit her and the little boy, her son, who was playing outside. But, how do you visit the dying when you thought you were going to see the living? As we fumbled through the darkness, our translator took over, “I will ask her how we can pray for her. It is not appropriate to ask other questions at this time.”

This was one of our first visits to families supported by a partnership between Food for the Hungry, local Ethiopian congregations, and our home church in Austin, Texas. The AIDS pandemic has created a generation of orphans in the world’s second largest continent. In years past, grandparents and aunts & uncles would care for these children, but many of those potential caregivers have died as well. For those caregivers who remain, there are just too many children and not enough resources to care for them all. The result: children living alone, trying to act as grown-ups as they grow up. These young ones are incredibly vulnerable to malnutrition, disease, exploitation of the cruelest kind, and the fate of living in an unbroken state of extreme poverty. Our cross-Atlantic partnership tries to catch these little ones in a safety net of love, protection, and grace.

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Staff Pick – A Caregiver’s Survival Guide

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“At least she still knows me and the names of her grand-kids, but I don’t know for how much longer. She’s declining rapidly and can’t be left alone any longer. I’m weary of her asking the same question over and over and over and embarrassed by her unfiltered outbursts when we’re out in public.”

“After her multiple-organ transplant I thought she’d regain her strength and be back to her old self. But they don’t tell you that the new organs don’t fix the damage the diabetes has already done to the rest of her system. Her pain is extreme and unrelenting and I’m torn between wanting to take care of her and wishing that God would take her home where her pain would end.”

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Weekly Devotional – Teachable People

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A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person more than a hundred lashes into a fool.—Proverbs 17:10

Allow me to paraphrase the above verse: You can get more through to a wise person with one gentle conversation than you can to a fool by whacking him over the head a hundred times.

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