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Matthew 5 : A Translation for 2020

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Blessed are those who do not jump to conclusions, for they will see the world with unveiled eyes.

Blessed are those who humbly assume they’re not right about everything. They will inherit understanding.

Blessed are those who react with sadness instead of outrage, for their tears are seeds that will grow into trees of joy.

Blessed are those who love vehemently, unconditionally, and indiscriminately, for

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A Comprehensive Guide to Successfully Breaking Up with Social Media

“The sugar high of convenience is fleeting and the sting of missing out dulls rapidly, but the meaningful glow that comes from taking charge of what claims your time and attention is something that persists.” ~ Cal Newport

In my last post I highlighted a few reasons (among many, many more) that I’ve decided it’s time to say “Baby, bye bye bye” to Facebook and my other social media accounts. (If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend reading it before reading this one. Last post gave the why for what I’m doing. This post goes
really deep into the details on the what and the how).

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3 Reasons It’s Time to Update our Relationship Status with Social Media

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“Addiction is a condition in which a person engages in use of a substance or in a behavior for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue the behavior despite detrimental consequences.”

Twelve years ago, I spent a week at summer camp like I had many summers before. And just like those many summers before, at the end of camp my new friends and I exchanged our contact info so we could stay in touch after we all got home.

In previous years, we would share our email addresses, our MSN accounts (remember those days!?), or in the rare cases of the closest of new friendships, we might share our phone numbers (this was back before any of us had cellphones, so this was actually for calling on the family landline — not for texting).

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Thoughts on Guns

I read a book this year that convicted my heart more than any other (non-Bible) book that I’ve read in recent memory. I’ve been chewing on it for two months, and have been trying to figure out a way to share it… but I’ve struggled to put effectively into words what’s been on my heart, so I haven’t…
 
However, seeing the story floating around about this most recent shooting in a church in Texas has stirred up my heart again… so bear with me as I try to work some of these emotions, experiences, and thoughts into intelligible sentences…