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Your Best Life - Strength and Power

Many people believe strength and power to be the same thing. They aren’t. The word “strength” is described as the ability of a muscle or muscle group to exert force and overcome maximum resistance in a single effort. The greater the resistance, the stronger the individual. The stronger the individual, the greater the work they can perform. Power is the ability to generate usable strength as quickly as possible. So, one can become more powerful by either doing more work or doing work in a shorter period of time.

‘We Are Your Friends’ predictable but not without scruffy charm

You know you’ve aged out of the target demographic for “We Are Your Friends” when during the triumphant pool party to christen the house up-and-coming DJ Cole Carter (Zac Efron) rents with his buddies — a blowout complete with booze and drugs, thumping music and topless girls — all you can think about are their poor neighbors and whether those homeowners will have some sort of recourse through their HOA.

Afraid of God?

Is God angry with you? Is he watching and waiting for an occasion to punish you? Many have spent their entire lives afraid of God, afraid to approach him. God has gone to great lengths to show us that he’s not mad at us.

Conflicted feelings natural when children leave home

Q. Recently, my husband and I dropped our youngest child at college several hundred miles away. I have felt so depressed since then. We were actively involved in our son’s sports teams and with his friends for the past five years. My husband seems OK, but I feel lost. Please offer some tips for surviving the next few months.

Your Best Life - Music can have great impact on exercise

Music has an effect on physical activity in human beings. Profound statement, huh … bear with me. For many elite athletes, fitness buffs and weekend warriors, music isn’t just a happy add-on — it’s essential to peak performance and a satisfying workout. And for those of you new to the workout game, music may end up being the variable that keeps you going. Let’s investigate.

God wants to use you

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord’.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 New American Standard Bible.

‘Dope’ will hook you

Three nerds with a mad obsession for ’90s rap mistakenly get tangled up in a drug snafu in the Sundance smash “Dope.” The movie, from writer-director Rick Famuyiwa, is a high school coming-of-age comedy with a lot of heart, smarts and edge. Unlike others of its ilk, “Dope” isn’t set in some tony suburb or cultured city, but rather the gang-infested streets of a rough piece of Inglewood, California, called “The Bottoms.” Life there is a “daily navigation between bad and worse choices.” Call it “Geeks in the Hood.”

Forgiveness is a command

“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:30-32.

What is salvation?

Salvation is a rescue operation. When God made humans, he made them “in his own image,” which includes intelligence, creativity and power over creation.

Your voice matters

Pine Bluff is approximately 76 percent African American, but we own no banks, car dealerships, hotels, major grocery stores, etc. The silent majority in Pine Bluff, both black and white, clergy, educators, lawyers, doctors, business professionals and others, must pull together to save and build up this city.

Choices

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19-31.

God’s love and wisdom re-routes our lives

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,” declares the Lord, “and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14.)