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BUG: Reading Plan for Code of Canon Law - Unexpected Results

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I decided that perhaps it is time for me to at least familiarize myself with the Code of Canon Law, and I created a six-month reading plan to read it through sequentially. In creating this plan, I used the following settings:Read All Passages
in Code of Canon Law: New English Translation
every day
starting today
and finishing in six months ,
by myself .And the results came out really hideous, as shown in the following screenshot. It makes me dizzy just looking at it, and does not make for a pleasant reading experience.Am I doing something wrong here?I am using Verbum 7.6 SR-1 (7.6.0.0037) on macOS Sierra (10.12.5).

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BUG: Reading Plan for Code of Canon Law - Unexpected Results

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I decided that perhaps it is time for me to at least familiarize myself with the Code of Canon Law, and I created a six-month reading plan to read it through sequentially. In creating this plan, I used the following settings:Read All Passages
in Code of Canon Law: New English Translation
every day
starting today
and finishing in six months ,
by myself .And the results came out really hideous, as shown in the following screenshot. It makes me dizzy just looking at it, and does not make for a pleasant reading experience.Am I doing something wrong here?I am using Verbum 7.6 SR-1 (7.6.0.0037) on macOS Sierra (10.12.5).

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Cold call about a wish list item sale

I got a call today about a deeply discounted item, asking if I wanted to buy it, and that they could put it on a payment plan for me. The interesting thing that the caller said the item was on my wish list.I checked my wish list after the call, and the item wasn't there (because I apparently bought it a couple of weeks before I got the call, and had already removed it from the list).Is FL generating these lists and passing the contact information on to their telemarketers? If so, you may be calling someone who already took advantage of the sale.Personally, I prefer to use the online store, so I can see all my options. It's not the first time someone has recommended I buy a resource separately, when I could get it for less in a bundle.


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Cold call about a wish list item sale

I got a call today about a deeply discounted item, asking if I wanted to buy it, and that they could put it on a payment plan for me. The interesting thing that the caller said the item was on my wish list.I checked my wish list after the call, and the item wasn't there (because I apparently bought it a couple of weeks before I got the call, and had already removed it from the list).Is FL generating these lists and passing the contact information on to their telemarketers? If so, you may be calling someone who already took advantage of the sale.Personally, I prefer to use the online store, so I can see all my options. It's not the first time someone has recommended I buy a resource separately, when I could get it for less in a bundle.


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No Man More Pitiful

“Barely a day goes by when I do not speak to someone or inquire after someone or pray for someone who is struggling with the sin of pornography. Men get in touch all the time to confess the sin and to ask for help. And what I want them to know is that they are cities without walls.”God had promised his people a land. He had promised to lead them out of captivity and into a place of their own. And now he had delivered them from their bondage in Egypt, he had led them across the Red Sea, he had remained with them for forty years of wandering, he had taken them safely across the Jordan River. Now just one great barrier remained—the people who already inhabited that land. The first city they encountered was the city of Jericho, a strong and fortified city surrounded by great walls. How could these wilderness wanderers hope to prevail against so great a city? God had a plan.For six days the Israelites marched around Jericho. First came an honor guard to lead the way. Behind them walked sev…

7 Rules For Keeping Pastoral Sanity

“These seven rules for keeping pastoral sanity are not intended to be legalistic. Rather, I hope they will assist us in our leadership interactions with others. I’ve listed them in the negative for effect and hope they will stick out to you as they have to me.”Pastoral ministry can be busy and rewarding. It can also be a place to lose your sanity.It is truly a joy to serve the Lord and the church as a pastor. We know many things we’re supposed to do—study, pray, read, show compassion, love others, and lead well. But there are some things I’ve learned we just shouldn’t do; not because they are sinful, but because they aren’t helpful.These seven rules for keeping pastoral sanity are not intended to be legalistic. Rather, I hope they will assist us in our leadership interactions with others. I’ve listed them in the negative for effect and hope they will stick out to you as they have to me.Don’t believe everything everyone says about you. Some people will compliment you. Some will critici…

Small Towns Need Missionaries

“Small towns desperately need normal, everyday people like farmers, factory workers, teachers, secretaries, and small business owners who think and act like missionaries to reach their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and extended families for Christ.”I grew up on a farm.Tractors, cattle, crops, big machinery, freezing cold winters, too many cats, and a marathon bus ride to school every morning. That’s right, I grew up on a farm. And that farm was next to a small town that my family and I called home. I’ve lived in small towns for most of my life, even after I moved away from the herd of cats. The small towns I’ve lived in may not be as cool as Austin or have the trendy conveniences of Seattle, but small towns will always be a part of who I am. If you live in a small town, you might know what I mean.According to the US census, just over half of our population lives in towns, boroughs, villages, and townships with fewer than 25,000 people or in rural areas. Meanwhile, thousands of Chris…

2017 Bible-Minded Cities

“Albany / Schenectady / Troy, NY (10%) is the least Bible-minded city in America—also for the second year in a row. The New England area takes second and third positions, with Boston, MA / Manchester, NH (11%) as the runner-up, and Providence, RI / New Bedford, MA (12%), a previous least Bible-minded city in America (2013, 2014, 2015), close behind.”We live in an age when the Bible is read and understood very differently in cities across the country. So how exactly do Americans from each region interact with the Bible? In the annual Bible-Minded Cities report, in partnership with American Bible Society, Barna explores how Bible engagement plays out regionally in the United States. The study, based on interviews with 76,505 adults over a 10-year period, shows how people in the nation’s 100-largest media markets view and use the Bible. Where does your city rank?The Top Bible-Minded Cities in 2017
For the second year in a row, Chattanooga, TN (50%) is the most Bible-minded city in America…

10 Things I Wished I’d Done as a Young Pastor

“I assumed my job was to counsel every member until he or she overcome the problem. Consequently, I had no sense of the need to refer people, and I spent far too much time counseling.”I’ve written previously about my lessons learned as a young pastor (here, here, and here), but I’m thinking today about things I wish I had done back then. Here are several of them:Go on an overseas mission trip. I didn’t take my first missions trip until several years into my ministry. That means that I really didn’t challenge my church to think much about missions until much later than I should have.Find a mentor.  I didn’t even know the term “mentor” back then. And, had I known the word, I probably would have given up too easily on finding a mentor if one didn’t respond quickly.Travel across my state. Even a day long road trip could have helped me see that my little world in southwestern Ohio hardly reflected the world – it didn’t even reflect much of my state!Take more regular days off. My failure to…

Luther’s Theology: Music as Servant of the Word

Having ensconced the Bible at the pinnacle of worship, Luther sees an intimate connection between music and the Word: “Thus it was not without reason that the fathers and prophets wanted nothing else to be associated as closely with the Word of God as music. Therefore, we have so many hymns and Psalms where message and music join to move the listener’s soul.”Luther’s recovery of a Bible-centered Christianity led him to revise the worship liturgy to reflect this new theological orientation.  His reordering of worship services gives us a glimpse of his theology of music, and from his own words, we see that he had a high view of it, not only for worship, but as an entity in itself.Using the gospel as his grid, Luther retained, replaced, or revamped various elements from the mass.  We clearly see his guiding principle:  “And this is the sum of the matter: Let everything be done so that the Word may have free course instead of the prattling and rattling that has been the rule up to now. We…

Loving The People You Love To Hate

“Do you love to hate somebody? Do you hope for their failure and inwardly delight when it comes? Do you have the slightest inkling that your desire for justice has bled into desire for vengeance? And if so: do you find any of that commensurate with loving your neighbor?”In the midst of my umpteenth re-reading of C. S. Lewis’s classic Mere Christianity, I came across the passage excerpted below and found it holding new resonance. Apply what Lewis is explicating below to any of the following:GossipChurch conflictRelational jealousySharing of news stories that confirms our suspicions about people on the other end of the political or cultural spectrumThe language that is used in clickbait links, soundbite videos, mocking memes, and exposé blog posts. We don’t say someone is “critiqued” or their ideas “debunked;” we say they were “destroyed,” “owned,” and so on. We use the language of humiliation or violence.Here’s how you know if you hate something someone has done or if you actually hate…

The Most Difficult Verse in the Bible

“God is merciful. God is gracious. God is patient. God is loving. And God is just. He will by no means clear the guilty but will visit consequence upon people and upon communities in keeping with their actions. That is who God is. Therefore, what He says in Deuteronomy 28:63 is entirely in keeping with His character.”A few days ago I wrote a brief reflection on my favourite chapter of the Old Testament – Isaiah 52:13-53:12. If that doesn’t make you want to leap for joy and praise the Lord, there is something seriously wrong with you. However, not every chapter in the Bible is intended to lighten our steps – some of them are meant to put weight in our souls. So it is with Deuteronomy 28.Deuteronomy 28 is not my favourite chapter in the Bible. Not by a long shot. In it, Moses tells the people of Israel that they are not strong enough to live apart from the protection of the Lord. He tells them that if they forsake their covenant with the Lord, then they will be exposed to the power of t…

Senator James Lankford on assisted suicide; Russell Moore on criminal justice reform

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Senator Lankford on physician assisted suicideSenator Lankford, Oklahoma (webpage)Explainer: How to reject physician-assisted suicide- ERLC.comExtendedpodcast interview with ethicist Ben Mitchellon assisted suicide - ERLC.comWhat I said to my state's legislators about assisted suicide- ERLC.comSBC Resolutionsrelated to assisted suicide and sanctity of lifeRussell Moore on Criminal Justice ReformJustice Declarationincluding fullwhite paper- Prison FellowshipSBC Resolutions on thegrowing prison population(2013) andcapital punishment(2000)  Justice reformresourcesfrom Prison FellowshipiTunes|Google Play|Stitcher|Tune in

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Southern Baptists offer yard work, gospel message to East Topeka residents - Topeka Capital Journal

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Southern Baptists offer yard work, gospel message to East Topeka residents
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Except in this case, all the churches were members of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination with more than 15 million members in the United States. “The main goal is to share the love of Christ within this ...

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Southern Baptists offer yard work, gospel message to East Topeka residents - Topeka Capital Journal

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Pastor Gary Roten, of Topeka, second from left, offers instructions to volunteeers, from left, Lashad Buffett, Stephanie Hamby and Clarence Newton during the Serve Day event on Saturday, June 24, at True Light Baptist Church, 2046 S.E. California Ave.



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Can't afford all the pre-pubs which are shipping at once...

I appreciate that FL is getting so many pre-pubs shipped in July!But when too many expensive items happen to ship at the same time, I can't afford to pay for all of them at once. I've had to cancel a $400 Mobile Ed pre-pub, to be able to afford the remaining ones shipping in the same two weeks.Certainly this is not beneficial for FL, as they "lose" a sale, and I miss out on a pre-pub I had wanted to buy.Other customers have brought this up before, but we still don't have a "solution" to handle getting hit with a big pre-pub expense in the same month.While it doesn't happen too often -- perhaps a couple of months out of the year -- can FL provide some sort of option which helps us get the resources we want at pre-pub pricing, without having to cancel?Thanks for your consideration!

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Can't afford all the pre-pubs which are shipping at once...

I appreciate that FL is getting so many pre-pubs shipped in July!But when too many expensive items happen to ship at the same time, I can't afford to pay for all of them at once. I've had to cancel a $400 Mobile Ed pre-pub, to be able to afford the remaining ones shipping in the same two weeks.Certainly this is not beneficial for FL, as they "lose" a sale, and I miss out on a pre-pub I had wanted to buy.Other customers have brought this up before, but we still don't have a "solution" to handle getting hit with a big pre-pub expense in the same month.While it doesn't happen too often -- perhaps a couple of months out of the year -- can FL provide some sort of option which helps us get the resources we want at pre-pub pricing, without having to cancel?Thanks for your consideration!

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Oklahoma public university at center of controversy over cross on campus chapel - kfor.com

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ADA, Okla – An Oklahoma public university is at the center of a religious controversy after a group from Washington D.C. requests all crosses and bibles be removed from the school's chapel, citing the First Amendment. “I actually went inside that ...

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What Do Addicts Need from You?

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If you have a family member or friend trapped in the throes of addiction, you know enduring pain. One of the most devastating realities of addiction is that it inflicts collateral damage on loved ones — the people trying to help the most end up being hurt the most.Care for people struggling in addiction demands a resiliency of character and commitment that is extraordinarily difficult to sustain over time. Rescues fail, ultimatums are ignored, mercy is trampled, patience is exhausted, and trust is crushed. You are profoundly hurt, but you can’t simply turn away. You can’t write a loved one out of your life simply because addiction has overthrown theirs.How do you stay in the fight? How do you keep your footing in the chaos?Stabilizing Grace in a Chaotic PlaceI believe there is a wonderful anchoring truth in the familiar but profound words of the apostle Paul:So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13) When we read the lette…

What Do Addicts Need from You?

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If you have a family member or friend trapped in the throes of addiction, you know enduring pain. One of the most devastating realities of addiction is that it inflicts collateral damage on loved ones — the people trying to help the most end up being hurt the most.Care for people struggling in addiction demands a resiliency of character and commitment that is extraordinarily difficult to sustain over time. Rescues fail, ultimatums are ignored, mercy is trampled, patience is exhausted, and trust is crushed. You are profoundly hurt, but you can’t simply turn away. You can’t write a loved one out of your life simply because addiction has overthrown theirs.How do you stay in the fight? How do you keep your footing in the chaos?Stabilizing Grace in a Chaotic PlaceI believe there is a wonderful anchoring truth in the familiar but profound words of the apostle Paul:So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13) When we read the lette…

The God-Centered Ground of Saving Grace

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In every way, God’s saving grace is God-centered. Salvation’s goal is God’s glory and our joy in the praise of his perfection.

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What Do Addicts Need from You?

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If you have a family member or friend trapped in the throes of addiction, you know enduring pain. One of the most devastating realities of addiction is that it inflicts collateral damage on loved ones — the people trying to help the most end up being hurt the most.Care for people struggling in addiction demands a resiliency of character and commitment that is extraordinarily difficult to sustain over time. Rescues fail, ultimatums are ignored, mercy is trampled, patience is exhausted, and trust is crushed. You are profoundly hurt, but you can’t simply turn away. You can’t write a loved one out of your life simply because addiction has overthrown theirs.How do you stay in the fight? How do you keep your footing in the chaos?Stabilizing Grace in a Chaotic PlaceI believe there is a wonderful anchoring truth in the familiar but profound words of the apostle Paul:So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13) When we read the lette…

God’s Pleasure to Do You Good

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“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)Jesus will not sit by and let us disbelieve without a fight. He takes up the weapon of the word and speaks it with power for all who struggle to believe.His aim is to defeat the fear that God is not the kind of God who really wants to be good to us — that he is not really generous and helpful and kind and tender, but is basically irked with us — ill-disposed and angry.Sometimes, even if we believe in our heads that God is good to us, we may feel in our hearts that his goodness is somehow forced or constrained, perhaps like a judge who has been maneuvered by a clever attorney into a corner on some technicality of court proceeding, so he has to dismiss the charges against the prisoner whom he really would rather send to jail.But Jesus is at pains to help us not feel that way about God. He is striving in this verse to describe for us the indescribable worth and excellency of God’s soul by…

bug:Course Tool Incorrectly Reporting Locked Resources

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Course tool on Web app is incorrectly indicating Factbook and Atlas are locked. This is a false negative given the level of access of my account and the fact these two features are currently available via the web app.

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bug:Course Tool Incorrectly Reporting Locked Resources

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Course tool on Web app is incorrectly indicating Factbook and Atlas are locked. This is a false negative given the level of access of my account and the fact these two features are currently available via the web app.

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Students earn Google certifications - Shawnee News Star

Students earn Google certifications
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Students from Oklahoma Baptist University's Paul Dickinson College of Business recently earned Google certifications in internet marketing. The business school competed for the first time in the 2017 Google Online Marketing Challenge. This practical ...



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Local students earn Comcast scholarships - Devil's Lake Daily Journal

Local students earn Comcast scholarships
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Several Eastern Jackson County students were among the 12 suburban Kansas City area students to earn scholarships from Comcast as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. Comcast awarded $16,000 in scholarships for the ...



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Sin Always Lies

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Sin can never lure you by offering something better than God. It can only entice you by lying to you.

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Feature Request: Music Visualiser

I like feeding the audio of the band into a music visualiser and then using it as the background to the lyrics on screen... unfortunately, this takes a good video mixer and more than one computer. Proclaim already handles an audio feed... any chance you could add a set of music visualizers as backgrounds to slides?

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Feature Request: Music Visualiser

I like feeding the audio of the band into a music visualiser and then using it as the background to the lyrics on screen... unfortunately, this takes a good video mixer and more than one computer. Proclaim already handles an audio feed... any chance you could add a set of music visualizers as backgrounds to slides?

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Free Stuff Fridays (Win Logos 7!)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Logos Bible Software who also sponsored the blog this week. They are offering a great prize this week: One winner will receive Logos 7 Silver. There’s no better way to kickstart your Logos collection!While you’re considering Logos (and waiting to hear if you’ve won), why don’t you download Logos 7 Basic, which is entirely free.Starting your study in Logos has never been easier. Jump right into your preferred workflow with customizable Quickstart Layouts. Or choose from hundreds of carefully designed learning plans included in the new Courses Tool. Each plan pulls together essential readings, media, and even Logos features on key topics. You can even take a seminary-level class with Mobile Ed courses included in our new base packages.You can learn all about Logos 7 right here, and learn the detail of Logos 7 Silver here.Enter HereGiveaway Rules: You may enter one time. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will b…

Reftagger stopped working

I was just informed that the Bible references on my site haven't been working in several days. Is the reftagger server experiencing issues?Example:http://ift.tt/2saEwmQThanks!Brandon

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Can we get dynamic pricing set up on Max Lucado treasury?

http://ift.tt/1DxowQcI would like to have the rest of this collection. 

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Reftagger stopped working

I was just informed that the Bible references on my site haven't been working in several days. Is the reftagger server experiencing issues?Example:http://ift.tt/2saEwmQThanks!Brandon

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Can we get dynamic pricing set up on Max Lucado treasury?

http://ift.tt/1DxowQcI would like to have the rest of this collection. 

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Is Your Job a Living Sacrifice?

The Heavens Declare, but Can’t Even Compare

EDITORIAL: Orígenes de la Familia Humana

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Copyright (c) 2017 Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press (www.baptistpress.com), news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2tv7JMK NEW - 27 minutes agoEDITORIAL: Orígenes de la Familia HumanaNOTA DEL EDITOR: La columna First-Person (De primera mano) es parte de la edición de hoy de BP en español. Para ver historias adicionales, vaya a http://ift.tt/NdButa.FORT WORTH, Texas, (BP) -- El libro de los Orígenes nos cuenta sobre cómo el Creador estableció el orden y la naturaleza de la realidad en la que hoy vivimos (Gn.1-3). Mi interés en este corto ensayo es enumerar las bendiciones con las que él dotó a la familia humana.1. SEMEJANZA. Los seres humanos fueron dotados con la imagen de Dios. (1:26-27). Ningún otro ser en la tierra o en cielo tiene este privilegio. No hay ángel o criatura que junto con la pareja humana pueda decirse portador de la imagen de su creador. La discusión teológica sobre cuál es la naturaleza de esa imag…

Capitol Hill panel discusses religious liberty ruling

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Copyright (c) 2017 Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press (www.baptistpress.com), news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2tuM1IS new - an hour agoCapitol Hill panel discusses religious liberty rulingWASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in a religious freedom case is not about government funding of the church's mission, but it will have far-reaching results, a Capitol Hill audience was told Thursday night (June 29).Panelists discuss religious liberty during a Capitol Hill conversation sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and Alliance Defending Freedom.Photo by Brady Weller Panelists discuss religious liberty during a Capitol Hill conversation sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and Alliance Defending Freedom.Photo by Brady Weller Panelists in a conversation co-sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Allianc…

Teen walks 300 miles, spotlights human trafficking

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2tuWLHl new - 4 hours agoTeen walks 300 miles, spotlights human traffickingARTHUR, Illinois (BP) -- Fourteen-year-old Lindsey Yoder walked 15 miles a day along the dusty back roads of southern Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee in a quest to raise awareness about human trafficking.Lindsey Yoder, right, was surprised to see Christian recording artist Natalie Grant show up to accompany her on the last mile of her 300-mile trek from Arthur, Ill., to Nashville. Yoder walked to raise awareness about human trafficking. Nashville is the home of Hope for Justice, an organization Grant helped found that is dedicated to eliminating human trafficking. Lindsey Yoder, right, was surprised to see Christian recording artist Natalie Grant show up to accompany her on the last mile of her 300-mile trek from Arthur, …

Layman honors wife's legacy at Bonnaroo

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2tv5KrT Layman honors wife's legacy at BonnarooEDITOR'S NOTE: Please see related Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival story.MANCHESTER, Tenn. (BP) -- Ignoring the heat and the insects, Bill Thompson maneuvered his way through the tall grass, weaving through the maze of parked cars and pop-up tents that were jammed together in the massive open field at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tenn.Bill Thompson and Sue Simpkins visit with attendees of Bonnaroo. They passed out frisbees and Bibles to anyone who wanted them. Bill Thompson and Sue Simpkins visit with attendees of Bonnaroo. They passed out frisbees and Bibles to anyone who wanted them. The path wasn't especially easy to navigate for the 85-year-old Thompson. But he relentlessly pressed on, determined to complete his two-pronged mission: Sharing …