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Lack Of Sleep Kills Brain Cells, New Study Shows

If you’re burning the midnight oil, you may be burning out brain cells, too, new research shows. A study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience found that staying awake too long destroys brain cells in mice, and may do the same in humans.

It’s the first study to show (if only in animals) that sleep loss can lead to irreversible brain cell damage.




This Horrifying Infographic Shows The Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

Bloodshot eyes, discolored skin, and an increased risk of diseases is what awaits those who don’t get enough sleep, as this terrifying infographic from The Huffington Post illustrates.

It’s generally recommended that people sleep for seven to nine hours per night, but nearly 40% of Americans get less than that. And the effects of sleep loss can kick in after just one night.

Check out what can happen if you don’t sleep enough… (click the title link)




Rethinking Preaching: Whatever it Takes to Make the Gospel Clear

As a pastor and evangelist, I am often asked about preaching in the 21st century.

The questions usually take one of the following forms:

  • Does preaching need to sound different to reach a more secular culture?
  • How do pastors connect to non-believers from the pulpit?
  • What are some ways to invite people to respond to the gospel during a sermon?

These are not only good questions; they are essential to the future of the church and the eternal destinies of those who have never heard the gospel.

To answer these questions, we need to think like missionaries.

Be creative but don’t compromise

Once he connected with his audience, Paul moved to the person of Jesus, the testimony of the resurrection, a warning about coming judgment and a command to repent of sin. He didn’t compromise the message by contextualizing his delivery and neither should you.

He spoke their language, literally and figuratively. He won a hearing by treating them with honor and respect. He dignified them as humans, spoke to them in their context, and seized the small window of opportunity to preach the gospel. And guess what happened?

Some sneered. Some were curious and wanted more time to think about it. And some believed and were converted, namely Dionysius and Damaris.




Jesus Defeats Paralyzing Fear -  Newspring Church

A well-known quote from President Franklin D. Roosevelt ‘s first inaugural address is “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

81 years later, we all still face these nameless, unreasoning, unjustified fears.

Fear is a powerful weapon. It imagines the worst-case scenarios about our futures. It twists the facts, distorts the truth and compels us to stand frozen or turn back when everything within us begs to move forward. 

What if we faced our fears and believed our great God is a mighty warrior (Exodus 15:3)?

After accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are never alone. Through every storm, our great God goes before us and will fight for us. He is on our side every step of the way (Deuteronomy 1:30).





3 Things to Know About Finding Your Calling – by Jeff Goins

The Ancient Romans didn’t have a word for vocation. They had what they called a magnum opus, your body of work. To them, a calling meant more than a single task to be checked off a list. It meant your whole life.

Your calling is not just one thing. It’s more than project to be completed; in fact, you will spend your whole life finding it. It may encompass all your skills and passions, uniquely combined in a way that serves the world’s deep need. That is your calling.

What does this mean for you? If you’re trying to find your calling and feel like you might be failing, take heart. You are already on your way. Remember:

A calling isn’t just a job; it’s a life lived well.

A calling is never complete—that is, not until you die. Everything you do matters, even now in the messy middle.

A calling is more than one thing, so be open to using every experience as an opportunity to create your magnum opus.

And when you are done, and the work is complete, hopefully you will hear those wonderful words: "Well done."

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