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Apr 17th

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Tips for buying a home in today's market

Tips for buying a home in today's market(StatePoint) If you're considering buying a home, some experts think you should get a move on it. Interest rates are at 65-year record lows and national home prices have finally hit bottom and are on the rise. Despite what you may be hearing, loans are available for those with good credit histories, stable income and sufficient savings.
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The plight of the Black man

Last Saturday night, I went to see the new movie "Fruitvale Station."

I cannot begin to tell you how powerful the story is. Michael B. Jordan (depicting Oscar Grant III) really captured what I call or consider the plight of the Black man. The main character was an African-American male who was killed by a policeman at the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit Station. Grant had some struggles in life and he definitely was not perfect. Grant had some previous run-ins with the law, but he was trying to get his life together. He was trying to stay on the right side of the law in efforts to stay out of jail and protect his family. What happened to Oscar Grant, being victimized and brutally murdered at the Fruitvale station, was unreasonable and simply uncalled for.
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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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