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For this month--here's what we posted to our News & Insights section!

How to be creative like Google in 4 complicated steps

  • Monday, June 13, 2011
  • Katie Burke
  • Insights

Google's Homepage Doodle GuitarAn email appeared in my inbox with the subject line "GOOGLE."  It came from a co-worker whose office is seven doors away from mine.  I thought, Hmm, what has Google done now?  The email said:

If you haven't seen Google's homepage today, you might want to check it out.  It's quite creative -- be sure to move your mouse over the strings!

Google has a great track record of mixing surprise, whimsy and cleverness.  I quickly toggled to an open browser window and typed in Google's web address.  My co-worker didn't provide a link to the ...

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Teaching Children To Honor Our Soldiers

  • Friday, June 10, 2011
  • Lee Ann Jackson
  • Insights

As a mom of three (including a recent high school graduate!), I'm very mindful of my parental responsibilities--moms and dads know that it is our duty to teach, guide and encourage our children as well as our privilege to help them grow in their relationship with Christ.

Recently though, I learned an important lesson from a 5 year old boy named Fred.

Fred is one of my AWANA Sparks and on Memorial Day, he told his mother he wanted to go to the cemetery and place flags for the dead soldiers. 

When his mom asked him why, he said ...

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A Lifetime Sacrifice - A 4th of July Special

Brad Mattes - 4th of July SpecialI'm a firm believer that we need to take time to celebrate life. Simply slowing down to enjoy a meal with family and friends on special occasions is important to me, as I'm sure it is for you too! Perhaps that's why I'll most likely spend Independence Day doing just that! In the midst of these family times, however, I also like to think about what makes the day special in the first place. This 4th of July, as you enjoy the BBQ and fireworks, we invite you to also take time to pay tribute ...

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BGEA -- Updates from Joplin

June is a month typically known for graduations, weddings and summer vacations.  But for the Joplin, Missouri community, this June is anything but typical.

For the 50,000 in the small town, June comes with significant losses .  . . neighbors, friends and relatives whose lives were lost in the May 22nd tornado.

As the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's Rapid Response Team (RRT) continues to minister in Joplin, they invite you to share with your listeners, a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what they're seeing in Joplin and how they are encouraging the community.

Because it's not always a tornado which ...

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trivia question

Seemed only fair ...

1)  Navy's air exhibition team.

2)  Car salesman's Bible.

3)  Saw me standing alone, without a love of my own.

4)  Roquefort; Stilton; et al.

5)  Low-priced diner special, changes daily.

6)  Home of two great national parks in the Appalachian range.

7)  First place wins this.

8)  Wireless access.

9)  Gainsborough's masterpiece--just up the road too!

10) It's wild.


Looking for the answers? Talk with Peggy!

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Simple Pleasures

Keep It Simple June 2011 Blog

Are you so busy that you don't take time to really relax?  Why not try focusing on the simple things in life that make you smile?  After a few minutes, you'll find yourself relaxing, and smiling... a good combination!  

Emilie Barnes has a wonderful list of "simple pleasures."  When she begins to feel stressed, she takes a moment to think about the things she enjoys - things that make her smile.   

Here are a few of Emilie's "simple pleasures".  See if they don't make you smile too! 

Feeling the sun on the back of your neck

Sunrise ...

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