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Good morning readers!

Sharing something my wife Kristi wrote recently that I think is vitally important in a digital age that is dominated by social media. May it touch your heart like it touched mine.
From my family to yours,

Author Michael T. Powers


Doing Life Together 

by Kristi Powers

Lately I have just taken a step back. And Watched. And read. And listened. As I have done this I have
just felt a few things as I have watched the reaction of others to the news. Things like hollow. Empty.
And tired. I read glib answers to hard issues and I just want to puke. I find no "easy" answers.
And then today, my 12 year old asked me to watch a show. It was a show about Michael Vick. Do you
remember that guy? The guy who had tons of animals that he trained to fight. To the death. The dogs were
so battered and bruised and beaten that when they took them from his home that they thought they would
have to put them all down. But in entered some people who took those dogs and lovingly entered their world
and helped them overcome their abuse against all odds. I felt the tears stream down my face as I watched
how the abuse and hurt of others had affected these dogs lives. It is unfathomable to me how someone can
mistreat an innocent animal. And it is even more unfathomable to me how we treat each other.
We sit behind our keyboards and fire off words we would never, ever in a million years say to someone face to
face. Or would we? Would we really tell the father aching for his son right before Father's Day that he shouldn't
have let his son dip his toes in the water on a hot day? Would we really tell the Mother who's eyes left her child
for an instant and had to watch in horror her son be dragged through the water by a Gorilla that she should have
had her child in a harness? And would we REALLY ever celebrate the lives of 49 people lost at gunpoint? How
can we look upon that tragedy and do anything but mourn with those who mourn and weep with those who weep?
And then we shoot off glib and hollow and empty answers to deep-rooted, heart-wrenching hurts. America,
we have forgotten one REALLY HUGE THING. We have forgotten RESPECT. We have forgotten KINDNESS.
We have forgotten how to DISAGREE WITH GRACE. You know when it happened? It happened when we
started exchanging one on one time with each other and in its place used social media to air out our differences.
We disagree and call it hate. Yet, you cannot see the love in my fingers when I type but can you see it in my
face when I sit across from you and tell you why I feel the way I do?
So this week, I focused on those things. This week I sat with a young woman who asked me to meet with her.
I cannot count the many times I have spoken truth into her life. I have hurt her and loved her and held her as
she cried. Yet she asks to meet. To share. To ask where I see her at. We sit down over breakfast and I know
I wound her. She knows though that I would gladly walk a mile across the desert for her. She knows that by
my actions not my words.
And this week I sit with my husband and talk with a couple close to being married. We have met with them
over the last two months. I am amazed at how right they are for each other. How in love they are. How they
are talking and listening and incredibly ready for the amazing adventure they are about to enter. I hear their
hearts. I see their joy. I let their happiness flow over me like a wave in the ocean.
And today, today as I was walking in the house Miss Ingrid stopped me. The elderly neighbor lady. She tells
me about Chase and asks if I knew that on May Day he put a flower in her door and wrote a note telling her
Happy May Day. No, he never shared that with me. She tells me he does that quite often. Leaves her a flower
or a note. I walk in the house and I see that 12 year old in the back yard. He says "Mom, watch, I have been
working with Nimbus." I watch as that big lug of a dog walks patiently on the leash with Chase. His eyes are
fixed on his boy. Trusting. Loving. He knows he will not be hurt by that boy who has the compassion of a saint for others.
And those things are things we can not see or feel behind a computer. They can only be felt as we commit
to doing life together with others in the NOW. And sometimes, sometimes those life things are hard. But we
commit to agreeing to disagreeing because your life matters MORE to me than anything else. I can respect
you and love you and cherish you despite our differences. Because people matter. You matter. Can you do
the same for me? I hope so. I feel like the future of our country depends on it.
Signing out now. Doing life tonight...
Kristi Powers

Copyright © 2016 by Kristi Powers

Write Kristi and let her know your thoughts on her story!

Kristi is happily married to Michael and they have three boys. Her writing appears in ten inspirational books,
including many in the Chicken Soup series, and their own book entitled: Heart Touchers. Kristi is also a
homeschool mom and fills her "free time" doing Youth ministry alongside her husband at their church
and now around the world as they travel to different countries ministering to third culture kids and missionary families.

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 Inspired Audio -- Inspirational Audio Message of the Week!

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This Week: "How to Train Your Parents" by Michael T. Powers (A youth related message)


Thought For The Day

"He who provides for this life, but takes no care for eternity, is wise for a moment, but a fool forever."--Tillotson

Verse for the Day

"What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his soul, or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" --Matthew 16:26

Kid's Thought for the Day

"Make up a reason to have a party."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"Is it not strange that they who have no children bring them up so well?"

Coach's Thought For The Day

"You don't break habits; you can still know how to do the wrong habit, you just don't do it anymore." --John Kessel

Writing Thought For the Day

"I never take notes, and I never consciously look for story ideas; it's a much subtler process than that. You pour the information into the subconscious, dump it all in like meat and vegetables into a stew pot, then let it cook until the ideas boil to the surface. They will boil up, I guarantee, and they'll be far better than the ones you arrive at by conscious manipulation of story elements, better because they're not forced." --Dean Koontz

Deep Thought For The Day

"I Was told that I have no right to talk about abortion because I'm a man. I am self-identifying as a woman today so I can discuss the issue." -- Michael T. Powers


Creation Q & A

Is Noah’s Ark a Myth?

It’s a bedtime story; it’s a myth; it’s an allegory. The idea of a global Flood seems almost too big to be true: water covering the entire earth, all those animals fitting on a single boat, one family saved out of a numberless multitude of people. Could something like that ever really happen? Where’s the evidence? And, most importantly, how can we possibly reconcile a loving God with such death and destruction?

Too long ago to matter?

Many people doubt the story of the Flood because they don’t think that there is any evidence—it would be a one-of-a-kind event, after all. Most of us have been taught that everything we see—erosion, wind, water-flow—has always been happening at a nearly consistent rate for millions of years. This idea, called uniformitarianism, assumes that, for the most part, canyons and fossils, mountains and rock layers, were created gradually over long periods of time. The Grand Canyon, the Himalayas, the ocean basins, they all came about by the same processes we see today at basically the same rate.

But what if there’s another explanation? What if the evidence suggests a completely different picture of the earth’s past?

Taking another look

The image of Noah’s Ark that you may have seen in children’s books or painted on nursery walls is often small and cramped with giraffe heads sticking out of the top. But the real Noah’s Ark, the one described in the Bible, would have been around 510 feet long and 51 feet tall—and amazingly seaworthy in even the roughest seas. This is a ship that could have kept the occupants safe during a year-long ordeal.

During the Flood, raging water, enough to cover the entire earth, transformed the landscape, laid down layer upon layer of sediment, and formed most of the fossils that we are still digging up today. The earth shows evidence, not of gradual change, but of one cataclysmic event that completely transformed the world and left us with an amazing testimony to the power of our Creator.

But this destruction was not without purpose. God is love, but He also must judge wickedness. The people of Noah’s day did not care about justice or doing what they knew to be right. Instead of seeing the Ark that Noah was building as a means of escape, they rejected the idea of such a catastrophe and were left outside of the saving walls of the ship. Noah was saved, not because of His own “good deeds,” but because of God’s provision alone.

All of us have that same offer today. God sent another Ark—His only Son—to pay the penalty for sin (Romans 6:23)—that is, to die a perfect sacrifice (Hebrews 10:11–14), covering the sins of all who believe. What God said in His Word, the Bible, about Noah and the Ark is true (and we can see evidence of this in the geologic record of a worldwide watery catastrophe) and what He says about our need for His gift of salvation is true as well. When we repent of our sins and trust in the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, on our behalf, we will be saved from the destruction to come.

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