Many of us look back on our youth and acknowledge a few regrets here and there. Toni Braxton, the award winning R&B singer, also has a few regrets from her…
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Growing up in the intense spotlight of fame took its toll on pop star, Demi Lovato, causing the talented young singer to cope with her highly public life through alcohol and drug abuse. After multiple close calls, she now curbs her addictions through a lifestyle she calls “California sober.”
But…what does that mean, exactly?
A preacher from Eastern Kentucky was wrapping up a long sermon on temperance when he shouted, “If I had all the beer in the world, I’d pour it in the river!”
The congregation, wanting to seem spiritual, responded with a rousing, “Amen!”
Many wondered if Brazil would be able to ward off rampant crime (and the Zika virus) in order to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Near the end of the global competition, four American swimmers claimed they were robbed at gunpoint…but they were lying.
Given the consequences they’re facing, one of them might wish he actually was robbed….
If you had to describe your church, how would you go about it? What words would you use? Even better, how would your community describe your church? What would they say about you?
Authentic, or obligatory? Loving, or lacking? Transformative, or stagnant?
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In Colossians 3:23, the Apostle Paul writes, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” How different would our world look if we actually took that advice to heart?
For starters, Abraham Lincoln would not have been assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
Lowell, Oakville’s official town drunk, was having a particularly good time down at the Blues and Brews Tavern one Saturday night. When the bar finally closed, Lowell was so inebriated he couldn’t drive, so he stumbled out of the bar and set out for home in a drunken stupor.
But he didn’t make it; instead, he collapsed in a ditch near River Road Baptist Church.
Her music captivated millions; her highly public struggles with drugs and alcohol drew the attention of millions more. But it all ended on July 23, 2011 when Amy Winehouse died in her North London home at the young age of 27.
But in life’s ultimate irony, one of her biggest songs actually contained everything she needed to be alive today.