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Social media blew up on Friday with rainbow pictures, hateful words, and a lot of strong opinions around homosexuality and same-sex marriage because of the SCOTUS ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
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True Freedom From JP | June 29, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
Every 4th of July, our country celebrates freedom and independence—independence from the king and country that once ruled over us. Freedom has always been a core value in America. It’s the general
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How to Live in a Post-Christian America From JP | June 22, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
Recent Pew research shows the number of people in the U.S. who describe themselves as Christians has declined pretty sharply in recent years, dropping from 78.4% in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014. (For Millenn
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God’s Will for You From JP | June 15, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
People sometimes ask me for advice about how to determine God’s will for their lives. It can range from the big, broad questions (“What does God want me to do with my life?”) to more specific de
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Some of my favorite spiritual conversations are the ones I have with atheists, agnostics, religious skeptics, and other “science first” kinds of thinkers. And, as you’d expect, the conversation
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Get Married Already From JP | June 8, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
We hear it all the time: Millennials (my generation) are getting married later in life, if they get married at all. The average age at which people first get married has increased by about 7 years sin
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What is the Launch Retreat? Special Editions | June 3, 2015 . By The Porch
You have probably heard us talk about the Launch Retreat, held every year over Labor Day weekend. But what is Launch, and why should you care? I’m talking to the people who have never been, obviousl
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If I had a time machine…well, first off, that would be awesome. I think everyone’s dreamed about being able to jump forward and see the future, or go back in time and change something in the past.
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How Will You Be Remembered? You Won’t. From JP | May 22, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
It’s Memorial Day, the day we all remember those who died in the military while defending our country and our freedoms. Odds are, you may have someone in your family who made such a sacrifice, so ta
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6 Questions for Leaders From JP | May 18, 2015 . By Jonathan Pokluda
Are you a leader? Believe it or not, most everyone is (or at least could be) a leader. Leadership isn’t limited to politicians or CEOs; it includes moms, dads, teachers, coaches, chefs, singers, bus
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