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January 25, 2015

Expand and enhance your job search with social media

Expand and enhance your job search with social media

Enhance your job search

(BPT) – If social media isn’t at the top of your list when starting your job-searching endeavors, you might find the process slow and tedious. That’s because social networks are the way nearly all U.S. companies are finding new employees, according to Jobvite.

As you finalize your resume and create drafts for cover letters, be sure to plan your social media strategy as well.

“Make sure you have a social media strategy to augment traditional methods such as face-to-face networking and informational interviews,” says Lyndsay Cooper, career services director for The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, which is a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta.

Check out the following tips to give yourself an edge in your job search.

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March 18, 2011

The Return of the Nephilim?

Who are the Nephillim mentioned in the Bible? Mischievous Angels or Sethites?”

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March 18, 2011

Travelers from other planets … or from hell?

Before Eliot Spitzer apparently became motivated to destroy his own credibility, he said, “I don’t care about motivation. I care about credibility.”

The former governor of New York made a great point … even as scandal later tainted his reputation. His comment on credibility, however, is spot on.

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February 15, 2011

Christianity taking over planet?

What is the fastest-growing religion on Earth?

Most news reports suggest it is Islam.

But the evidence suggests a new, or, perhaps, original form of biblically inspired evangelical Christianity is sweeping through places like China, Africa, India and Southeast Asia – making it, by far, the fastest growing faith on the planet.
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February 3, 2011

I can balance the budget

The Congressional Budget Office says the current year’s budget deficit will be a record $1.5 trillion. It also says that over the next decade we’re on track for annual deficits of “only” $768 billion. I suspect the CBO has hired Rosy Scenario to do the bookkeeping, but let’s take that number at face value.  Read more

January 28, 2011

Are you eating food sacrificed to idols?

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When you bite into a delicious pizza, succulent sandwich or luscious lamb chops, are you possibly eating food that has been sacrificed to idols?
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October 1, 2010

IRS Complaint Filed Against Okla. Church Over Pulpit Politics

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I read the following article about a complaint filed with the IRS  by Americans United for the Separation of Church and Statehttp://www.christianpost.com/article/20100929/irs-complaint-filed-against-okla-church-over-pulpit-politics/.  Excerpt from the article: “After hearing about Blair’s sermon, Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, urged the IRS to investigate the pastor and his church and to apply the IRS law.”

It seems there are those who think that because this Pastor was speaking about a political candidate from the pulpit, he must lose his tax exempt status.  The rationale is that you can’t mix politics and religion.

Why Not?

Does a pastor give up his first amendment rights because he speaks in a church?

Does the first amendment stop at the church’s doorstep?

Some would say, that it’s because of the “separation of church and state” clause that political speech doesn’t belong in church. I say, where would we be if  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had not been able to talk politics from the pulpit? Does the first amendment actually say the words “separation of church and state”?

Let’s see.

The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, states as follows:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. The Free Exercise Clause reads,  (“… or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”), these two clauses make up what are commonly called the “religion clauses” of the First Amendment.  (For more detailed information, read the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution#Free_exercise_of_religion)

The way I read this, it seems obvious the intent here is to keep the government from establishing an official state religion and keeping the government from limiting private citizen’s freedom to worship as they please (“the free exercise thereof”.  I interpret that as promoting freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

 The  expression, “wall of separation between church and state,” is not actually in the U.S. Constitution, but was written in a letter to the Danbury Baptist’s Association in 1802 by Thomas Jefferson. With all due respect to Thomas Jefferson and as weighty as his  words in a letter may be, they do not carry the weight of law.