Reaching Our Own Backyard
What comes to your mind when you hear the word "missionary"? For most of us, it represents one who goes overseas and starts or helps in a ministry. These people are definitely needed. But what many American Christians do not realize is that there are plenty of opportunities for someone to give the gospel to those we see at work every day-our neighbors and many others at a variety of places. It seems that many Christians do not have much of a concern for these types of people, the ones in our own backyard who we have contact with frequently. These people need to be reached with the gospel. I think that because these types of people aren't reached is why our society is turned away from God. Maybe Christians could reevaluate their strategy in missions and spend more time sharing the gospel to our own culture and maybe even the nearest urban environment, which are places that tend to be the most godless. If the ones who we know are reached with the gospel, maybe our backyard will be strong enough to reach other places farther away.
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You can say 'no' to things, and you should. Do it like this.
- Give yourself permission to say "no" to things. Saying yes to everything is a fast way to burn out.
- Learn to say no in a way that keeps the door of opportunity open: No should never be a one-word answer. Say "No, but I could do this instead," or, "No, but let me connect you to someone who can help."
- If you really want to say yes but can't manage another commitment, try qualifiers like "yes, if," or "yes, after."
Three scientists publish a paper proving that Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth.
- Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?
- Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
- Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury!
Neuroscience research suggests it might be time to rethink our ideas about when exactly a child becomes an adult.
- Research suggests that most human brains take about 25 years to develop, though these rates can vary among men and women, and among individuals.
- Although the human brain matures in size during adolescence, important developments within the prefrontal cortex and other regions still take pace well into one's 20s.
- The findings raise complex ethical questions about the way our criminal justice systems punishes criminals in their late teens and early 20s.
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