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The Black Church: In relentless pursuit of the things of God

This week, the Minnesota Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) celebrates 90 years of ministry and service to our community. Congratulations go out to Bishop Fred W. Washington and State Supervisor Patricia Hayes. The theme for this year's celebration is "In Relentless pursuit of the things of God." This theme is both timely and relevant. Life has a definite beginning and an end, and in between it is the pursuit of God and His purpose for our lives. Having spent my entire life as a COGIC member, and almost 30 years in ministry, I am personally aware of the importance of relentless pursuit. As I continue this pursuit, let me remind you of how important the black church has been to our community and this country.
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Getting to interdependence

We are all born into this world with a dependency on others. As new born babes, we need someone to feed and nurture us. Without this care, we could only live for a few days at most. Moving from this stage takes time, growth, and development. As we move through the maturity continuum, we all progress through several stages. The three major stages of maturity are dependence, independence, and interdependence, with the highest stage being interdependence.
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Let judgment run down like water

Let judgment run down like waterThe world is an unjust place. The Trayvon Martin case is proof of that. He was a young man that was on his way home from the store doing nothing wrong. He was profiled, followed, and killed. His family, along with us as a people, went to the courts seeking justice, and we were denied. This is a hard pill for us to swallow because many of us hoped that we had moved beyond this. Some of us naively believed that the civil rights struggle of the sixties had brought us closer to a place of equality. But the Trayvon Martin case is yet another example to remind us of how far we have to go.
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New technology helps boomers and seniors have fun and stay in touch

New technology helps boomers and seniors have fun and stay in touch(StatePoint) Whether you're a technophobe who is reluctant to make new purchases, or you warmly embrace every trend, you may be excited to hear about user-friendly innovations, such as touch screen computers, that can make life easier and more fun:
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Do ceiling fans save energy in our homes?

Do ceiling fans save energy in our homes?Yes, ceiling fans can help save energy—but only in the summer.

A ceiling fan during hot, sticky days creates a wind chill effect that will make you feel more comfortable in your home, even if it's also cooled by natural ventilation or air conditioning. If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort. In temperate climates, or during moderately hot weather, ceiling fans may allow you to avoid using your air conditioner altogether. A ceiling fan is recommended in each room that needs to be cooled during hot weather. Ceiling fans should be turned off when you leave a room; fans cool people, not rooms, through the wind chill effect.
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Beat the heat, conserve energy, save money, and stay cool

Beat the heat, conserve energy, save money, and stay coolAs the heat and humidity of summer arrives, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources shares tips to provide consumers with the secrets to help keep cool, conserve energy, and reduce utility bills.
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The pen is mightier than the sword

My daughter recently had an on-going issue with a local government agency. Despite her repeated phone calls and several in-person visits (including one with the director), she did not receive any attempts to resolve the issue. She then decided to put pen to paper and write a letter to the director and copy key local government representatives. The very next day she received a call from the director acknowledging receipt of the letter and asking her to come in to meet. The director indicated that she was now taking personal responsibility for her case, and once the issue was resolved, she would follow up in writing to her as well as the state reps that she copied. My daughter's case is one of many that indicate that the pen is still mightier than the sword.
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