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    Road to Redemption

    Excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to abuse and addiction or even be a gateway to drugs. Alcohol use leads to 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost. Each year between 2006 and 2010, it claimed the lives of 1 in 10 individuals between ages 20 and 64. The cost of excessive alcohol use in 2010 was $249 billion, which means people spent approximately $2.05 per drink. Opioid abuse is a growing problem in the United States and has now attracted national attention. In 2016, 116 people died daily from opioid overdoses – 11.5 million individuals misused prescription opioids (Percocet, Norco, Roxicodone, Lortab, MS Contin, etc.) and…

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    Funding Fun

    I know what you’re thinking, “How can I have any summer fun if my finances aren’t expendable at the moment? I want to enjoy some quality time with the family and/or friends but I don’t think I can afford it.” Don’t fret and get into a financial frenzy. There are ways to have an exciting new adventure and stay within your allotted budget. Not only can you find deals in your city, but you can even get out of town with a few tips and tricks. This article will examine hidden treasures within you city, exploring the idea of mini-vacations and things you can do at home in lieu of…

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    New Cash, New You

    The New Year brings notions of new beginnings. New Year Resolutions flood the timelines on social media and takes over conversations worldwide. The promise of a new era, a second chance or a “do over” excites the masses and often motivates people to tackle a certain goal or goals. According to a recent newscast on the most common New Year resolutions, “spending less money or saving more” is among the top 5 (www.abc7.com). It may be commonly said but how often is this goal reached? In fact, the same data showing the most common resolutions also shows the gross lack of follow-through. Why not make this year different? Proper preparation…

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    DID YOU KNOW? -Teen Dating Violence Awareness

    Happy New Year! We are so excited that God brought us to a new year. Of course, the new year brings new year’s resolutions… some last for just a few moments and others last a life time. For this issue,want to present a topic that if you or someone you know may be dealing with. Our prayer is that you will make the decision to escape it for a lifetime. So… In honor of February ‘s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, let’s learn about it! What is Dating Abuse/Violence? It is a type of violence between two people in a close relationship that can include physical,emotional or sexual offenses. The…

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    Let there be Peace on Earth

    by: Darlyshia Menzie   Holidays are here! You know, family gatherings, food, and so much laughter. For some, this time of the year brings drama, bad memories, and outward displays in differences of opinions. Each family has its own functions and dysfunctions, however, as believers in Christ, we are commanded to love through it all. Think with me on the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). He decided that his life in his father’s house was not what he wanted, so he went off to “live his own life.” He partied, drank, slept around, and squandered all of his inheritance on temporary things. Once he ran out of money,…

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    Healthy Holiday

    It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate with our family and loved ones. Time reminiscing about the past, talking about the present and discussing our plans about the future. This is the season of giving and sharing, laughter and tears; joy and love, and seeing those you haven’t seen in a long time. It is also the season of weight gain. Here, we will give tips on how to stay fit and healthy through the holiday season. Let’s start with food. Holiday Eating Tips • Bring food with you. If you are concerned about eating all the wrong things, you can take your food with you. • Eat…

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    Dreaming of a Debt Free Christmas

    The holiday season can really become a burden for some families. Magnifymoney.com states, “between gifts, hosting parties, family emergencies, and for some, fewer work hours, it’s easy for debt to add up if you don’t have savings on hand. While the $986 of those surveyed added to their debt on average is a manageable amount, it can easily snowball (1).” In a time where building wealth and living a comfortable life is top priority in many households, the want to shower loved ones with expensive Christmas gifts does not fade. The Christian doctrine preaches that the “reason for the season” is to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior…

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    The Carter Link

    Meet the Carters. Joel and Summer Carter met each other at the age of 16 and have been inseparable since. Joel has worked in the field of education for several years at William Frantz Elementary School and he was recently made head of the athletics department. For the historians, the name of the school may sound familiar to you. It’s the school that Ruby Bridges attended to desegregate. Summer, Joel’s wife, has a knack for creativity. Her background is in art and fashion. She creates oil paintings and fashion designs. Summer is also a stay at home mom caring for their two beautiful children. The Carters are known on their…

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    Grace for the Journey

    Statistics show that single mother pregnancies have been on the rise for decades. While it is a belief that long gone are the days where this population of women is kept in secret or held to shame, don’t be deceived. If you take a moment to think about the people in your circle you probably know at least one woman who has been or currently is pregnant and single. Did they announce the pregnancy right away or hide it? Were they welcomed with open arms of love and concern or shunned with disappointment and judgement? The Christian church teaches from a biblical stance against fornication (sex before marriage), in turn…

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    Summer Shaping Fun

    Beaches, amusement/ water parks, family vacations, back yard barbecues, outdoor exercise classes, mommy get-a-ways…Yes, honey! Summer is here! Summer time brings about various memories and good times with family and friends. To ensure that you enjoy it to the fullest, I’d like to discuss a few health maintenance topics.   Fun in the sun! Who doesn’t want to be outside enjoying the summer breeze and sunlight? Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to hideous sunburns and tans. You know, the ones that make wearing that beautiful prom, wedding or summer dress almost impossible? It can also lead to wrinkled or early aging of skin, skin cancer and cataracts of…

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    I Weathered the Storm!

    by: Anise Marshall   Vanessa Murray’s testimony is the definition of what it means to be a bold believer, bold dreamer and bold achiever. Vanessa’s dream as a teenager was to become a successful meteorologist. As a child, she was always intrigued with the inner workings of weather. She had her entire life planned out and thought about her plans daily. As for many, when we desire to accomplish something, everything and anything happens to deter us from moving forward. During the interview, I was beyond grateful to be able to hear her testimony and unbeknownst to Vanessa, she was encouraging me. Vanessa has faced so much in her life. At only 26…

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    LXW Chicago, A League of Their Own

    In 2014, gospel singer and pastor, Deitrick Haddon, introduced LXW (League of Xtraordinary Worshippers) to the gospel scene. With hits like “Great God” and “Just Like He Said He Would,” this amazing group began to take flight. Fast forward to 2015, where Haddon and Eric Rideout (Co-founder of LXW Chicago) came together to form LXW Chicago. According to Haddon’s wife, Dominique Haddon, and Eric Rideout, Co-founder, the group is an identical replica of the group located in L.A. “Due to costs, there were two groups created so that LXW L.A. could handle west coast engagements, and LXW Chicago could handle mid-west and east coast engagements.” Though a young group, the…