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From ‘a mess’ to ‘something amazing’

From ‘a mess’ to ‘something amazing’

"I was raised in poverty, surrounded by drug dealers, gangs and community violence. My mother was addicted to crack cocaine and alcohol. I rarely went to church... (Yet) somehow God's grace found and saved me when no one and nothing else could...

"God's Graffiti takes a look at young men and women in the Bible who overcame family and community challenges... Their stories give us some practical guidance for our own lives.

"You have the ability to do amazing things through your faith in God, the courage to try something different, and the help of a few committed people."

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President Speaks On Keeping His Daughters Humble

President Speaks On Keeping His Daughters Humble

Living in the White House, with round the clock transportation, a movie theater, and bowling alley, it can be easy to take things for granted, and that is exactly why President Barack Obama (says that he is continuously teaching his daughters to be humble with what they have.

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5 rules to follow to become a better ‘Me’

5 rules to follow to become a better ‘Me’

LIVING THE LIFE I LOVE Dear Lucy: I enjoyed the article about being sixty years old and enjoying life. I have heard you talk about recreating yourself. How does that work? I feel like that's what I need to do. – Looking for a new me

Dear Looking: Well, the first time I learned how to do a remake of Lucy was during a time in my life that I thought something must be wrong with everybody else. I was unhappy, bored and downright miserable. Then I read a self-help book that said something about changing myself if I wanted the world around me to change. It has taken me years to perfect my own formula for change but the first rule is still the same.

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‘Glad mouth’ po’ mouth-ers out of your life

‘Glad mouth’ po’ mouth-ers out of your life

LIVING THE LIFE I LOVE Dear Lucy: I just celebrated my 60th birthday. I think I am doing great for a 60-year-old woman. But when I act happy about it, I have friends who start talking about how old we are getting, how we can soon get our Social Security checks and stop working. They talk about all their aches and pains. I just don't think 60 is all that old anymore. What do you think? – SIXTY AND LOVING IT

Dear Sixty: Well for starters, any day above ground is a good day. Above ground means I still have an opportunity to make a difference, if only in my way of thinking. Sounds like you are a person who loves life no matter how old you may be. I am definitely with you on that.

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Christians happier than atheists – on Twitter

Christians happier than atheists – on Twitter

Christians tweet from the heart, atheists from the head, according to a new study.

The study conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tapped Twitter as a research tool and compared the messages of Christians and atheists.

The conclusion: When they are limited to 140 characters or less, these researchers say, believers are happier than their counterparts.

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  • Written by Jessica Ravitz/CNN

Want to be free? Be the Shepherd of your thoughts

Want to be free? Be the Shepherd of your thoughts

Dear Lucy: It's the 4th of July already and when I think about freedom, all I want is to be debt free. I know I'm not the only one who wants this. Sure, I live in America, home of the brave, land of the free. But I'm not feeling it.

– Looking for my freedom

Dear Freedom Hunter: Happy Fourth of July. I feel you. Debt can be overwhelming and it is relative. Owing anything at all to anybody can be devastating for some people, even if they have money. Owing more than you earn can also be tough. Or just living on the financial edge all the time can make for a scary life. When this happens, feelings of bravery and freedom are hard to get to.

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Zacardi Cortez jams ‘1 On 1’ radio smash

Zacardi Cortez jams ‘1 On 1’ radio smash

In 2012, Zacardi Cortez made a big splash with his best-selling debut CD "Zacardi Cortez: The Introduction" (Worldwide Music Inc.). The album peaked at #2 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart and earned him a Stellar Award nomination.

After a brief recording hiatus, Cortez is back in the studio and has recorded a soulful new song now playing on the gospel and urban AC radio airwaves. The piano ballad "1 on 1" was sent to radio programmers last week.

The song anchors the latest installment in the Gospel Mix CD series Worldwide Music, Inc. CEO Kerry Douglas. The new 30-track set, "Kerry Douglas Presents Gospel Mix VI," releases August 20, 2013. It boasts tracks by Tamela Mann, Ruben Studdard, Ted Winn, James Fortune & FIYA, Bryan Wilson, Earnest Pugh, Keith "Wonderboy" Johnson, Evelyn Turrentine-Agee and a host of up-and-coming artists.

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