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Family Life Home Towns – Jefferson County PA – 2/06/24

Family Life Home Towns – Jefferson County PA – 2/06/24

The week of Ground Hog Day is an opportune time to visit Jefferson County, Pennsylvania.

Punxatawney, Brookville, and the rest of the region have lots of natural wonder, ties to history, and at least two major sports figures who made claims to fame in their careers. Find out about Cook Forest and Clear Creek State Park, Sparky Lyle and Chuck Daly, and the unique history of a site called Scripture Rocks.

Our “Hometowns” series gives you a radio-tour of the communities which make up the Family Life listening area in Pennsylvania and New York.  Your tour guide is Family Life news anchor Mark Webster.

Family Life Interview – Wars in Ukraine & the Middle East – Mike Aleprete – 10/25/23

Family Life Interview – Wars in Ukraine & the Middle East – Mike Aleprete – 10/25/23

A global studies professor at a Pennsylvania Christian college sees geographic differences — but political parallels — between Russia’s war on Ukraine, and the aftermath of Hamas violence in southern Israel.

Doctor Mike Aleprete of Westminster College tells family life that it is a challenge for many in the American public to think long-term about international tensions. As an example, the international relations specialist says as Americans are focused on the Middle East, many heard nothing about the loss of civilian lives last week in a Ukrainian town:

Aleprete offers his analysis of both wars, comments on the anti-Israel protests which are popping up in the U.S. and elsewhere, and discusses governmental posturing and choices made by terror cells.

Aleprete also offered initial analysis of the attacks on Israel last week on our Family Life Noon Report. That interview is available here

Max Lucado’s Prayer for Family Life Listeners – 01/05/24

Max Lucado’s Prayer for Family Life Listeners – 01/05/24

During a special Family Life Interview which aired on January 5, 2024, we asked Pastor Max Lucado if he would offer a prayer for Family Life's listeners and web visitors, especially those who feel like they are facing the doubts and despairs which his Bible study addresses. Here is that prayer for you.


Feel free to share it with anyone for whom you believe this could be beneficial.

You also can listen to our September and January interviews with the author of “God Never Gives Up On You.

Feature – Eight Days of Hope – Steve Tybor – 07/13/23

Feature – Eight Days of Hope – Steve Tybor – 07/13/23

 

 

 

Eight Days of Hope started two decades ago, mobilizing volunteers for hurricane recovery work.

The organization this weekend will begin its latest annual projects in Buffalo, New York — and continue a major new ministry in Ohio. Crews from Eight Days will fan out to offer free home repairs to families which had applied earlier this year.

In an extended interview on today’s Family Life Noon Report, Bob Price asked founder Steve Tybor to talk about what God brought about throughout the 20 years, to preview the upcoming Buffalo work (July 15-22), and to highlight the new construction project which will create a multi-faceted campus for victims of sex trafficking who are ready to relaunch their lives with hope and freedom. While staying at these Safe Houses,

Eight Days of Hope serves as the hands and feet of Christ – providing light in the face of darkness, restoration in the face of destruction. This national organization responds to natural disasters and human-caused disasters across the country – helping to rebuild homes, communities, and lives.

 

Faith Under Fire – Drama in a Vegas High School – 06/22/23

Faith Under Fire – Drama in a Vegas High School – 06/22/23

Faith Under Fire: First Amendment protections for students and their parents

Parents are increasingly being ignored, targeted and attacked – for protecting the rights of their children in school settings. Family Life talked with a Christian attorney who says what is happening to the young people is even worse.

A 15-year-old student in a Clark County school district in Nevada was forced to perform a profanity-laced, sexually explicit, and obscene monologue before the entire class as a graded assignment. School officials then lied to the parents. Although the teen girl had been forced to say those words in front of her class the school board prevented the student’s mother from reading aloud those same words in a public meeting of adults.

Abigail Southerland of the American Center for Law and Justice explains the case for us, as well as the multiple efforts which the parents made to complain to the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. (The girl’s father had to do so virtually, as he was on a military deployment.)

A decision from the Federal Court is expected soon. Because of the First Amendment issues raised, there could be an appeal of the verdict, to address what the plaintiffs call compelled speech for the student and restricted speech for the parents.

 

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Capital Connection – Budgets & Social Issues – 05/12/23

Capital Connection – Budgets & Social Issues – 05/12/23

Budget Battle Brewing in Harrisburg.

and What Happens Now in Albany ?

Legislative budgets are being debated for Pennsylvania, as the New York State government is funded for the year. Still, lawmakers in both states continue to debate issues beyond dollars-and-cents matters. Some of the topics “making waves” here this week: Charter Schools & School Choice, Assisted Suicide, Abortion Expansion, Social Media Regulations

Our Capital Connection crew discusses governmental and social issues which impact Pennsylvania and New York.

Information on upcoming events

60 Rise Up: Why Marry When

60 Rise Up: Why Marry When

Any time of year can be wedding season, if that’s when you got married. Steve, Terese and Tim share about why they got married when. 

Then: a-limericking we go for St. Patrick’s Day!

Rise Up is a morning radio show hosted by Steve, Terese & Tim, on Family Life, a network of stations across New York and Pennsylvania. Our podcast is a weekly conversation that will help you think and grow in your faith. If you haven’t already, subscribe today, so you don’t miss a single episode! Listen online and find out more about our show at familylife.org.   

Capital Connection – 02/24/23

Capital Connection – 02/24/23

Capital Connection” is our weekly Friday Roundtable to explore public issues and governmental actions, in Pennsylvania and New York.

Hear faith-based commentary from Jason McGuire and Michael Geer.

On this week’s menu:

  • Spiritual fervor among young people — and not only at Asbury University
  • Death penalty considerations in NY and PA, including Josh Shapiro’s revised position on capital punishment
  • School districts must choose “all” or “none” as outside groups ask to promote new clubs
  • A returning proposal to force all NY health care into government-operated programs
Feature – America’s Christian Leaders are Aging – 02/15/23

Feature – America’s Christian Leaders are Aging – 02/15/23

The current generation of America’s Christian leaders are aging — and now is the time to prepare for the upcoming (and necessary) transition to those who will follow.

That is the advice from Warren Smith, president of MinistryWatch.com. His ministry surveyed the 1,000 largest Christian organizations in the nation about leadership issues. Smith tells Family Life that many ministries have addressed how to continue the work after a popular leader retires or steps down, but more organizations need to prayerfully think through what their future holds.

Smith talks about how to communicate with mid-level personnel and call up the gifts of young candidates. Boards of directors of ministries (of all sizes) should develop succession plans, even if current leaders seem likely to stay in their positions for a decade or more. This conversation includes recommendations for key aspects to include in those succession plans.

Hometown Heroes – Lydia Rizkallah – 02/14/23

Hometown Heroes – Lydia Rizkallah – 02/14/23

Lydia Rizkallah, a student at Corning-Painted Post High School, chose to be a Christian only about 4 months ago. Despite being new as a disciple of Jesus, she is already spreading her faith. Lydia has already formed a Jesus Club there and is coordinating a large youth rally in her town at the end of February.

On this “Hometown Heroes”, hear about she found that there are many teenagers have a eagerness to find out more about Jesus. School administrators appreciated her enthusiasm for launching an in-school club and encouraged her efforts.  She emailed 300 churches, inviting their congregations and their young people to the February 26 rally.

Lydia also tells how Jesus’ claim on her life transformed her life “in a crazy and exponential way.”  Her awareness of this salvation motivates her to act and tell others about her Lord.

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