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All that stuff that the grandparents forward….

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The 7 Big Questions…

Take a 20 minutes, visit the site watch the videos. Prove to yourself that the life you are living apart from God is the right choice.

We all have questions, and “The 7 Big Questions” series covers some of the biggest questions surrounding God. This series has been developed to help facilitate meaningful conversation. Simply watch a series of videos and discuss them with the questions provided.

There are two videos per session to watch and discuss. Questions to consider are also provided below each video as well as links to content related to each week’s topic for further exploration.

This series is great for just about anyone who has questions about God, and the truth is: that’s everyone! None of us has it all figured out, and this series is designed to tee up great conversation around these big questions.

Session 1: Does Life Have a Purpose?
Session 2: Is There a God?
Session 3: Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?
Session 4: Is Christianity Too Narrow?
Session 5: Is Jesus Really God?
Session 6: Is the Bible Reliable?
Session 7: Can I Know God Personally?

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You might be from the Pacific Northwest if you:

01. Know the state flower (Mildew)
02. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.
03. Use the statement “sun break” and know what it means.
04. Know more than 10 ways to order coffee.
05. Know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
06. Feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
07. Stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the “Walk” signal
08. Consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is NOT a real mountain.
09. Can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, and Veneto’s and Torrefazione, and Coffee People, and the local roaster that is down the street from your house.
10. Know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.
11. Know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Issaquah, Oregon, and
Willamette. As well as Philomath.
12. Consider swimming an indoor sport.
13. Can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.
14. In winter, go to work in the dark and come home in the dark-while only working eight-hour days.
15. Never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.
16. Are not fazed by Today’s forecast: Showers followed by rain, and Tomorrow’s forecast: Rain followed by showers.”
17. You can NOT wait for a day with “showers and sun breaks.”
18. Have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
19. Know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of mind.
20. Can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you can not see
through the cloud cover.
21. You notice “the mountain is out” when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.
22. Put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still
wear your hiking boots and parka.
23. Switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.
24. Have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
25. Think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.
26. Knew immediately that the view out of Frasier’s window was FAKE.
27. Buy new sunglasses every year, because you can’t find the old
ones after such a long time.
28. You measure distance in hours.
29. You often switch from “heat” to “a/c” in the same day.
30. You use a down comforter in the summer.
31. You carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them.
32. You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.
33. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, (Winter),Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer) and Deer & Elk season (Fall).
34. Know that you should ask not what you can do for Dufur, but ask what Dufur can do for you.
35. You actually understand these jokes and! forward them to all
your friends in the Northwest or those who used to live here!

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Your Non-Stop Texting Damages Your Spine

Your phone is breaking your back.

The human neck is usually just fine supporting your 10-pound head. It doesn’t do so well, though, when you spend your entire day looking down at that precious screen, which is the equivalent of wearing a 60-pound necklace, according to a new article in Surgical Technology International.

That statistic if for the most extreme texters—the people who bring their faces down to the phones in their hands, tilting their necks 60 degrees forward. Still, there’s bad news for the rest of us, too. The force exerted on the neck while using a smartphone ranges from 27 pounds with the neck tilted forward 15 degrees to 49 pounds when you lean forward 45 degrees.

Kenneth Hansraj, the spinal surgeon who conducted the study, came up with those numbers after manipulating computer models of the human neck. His basic conclusion is that putting the spine under so much force for many hours a day—between two and four on average—could be surprisingly damaging. “These stresses may lead to early wear, tear, degeneration, and possibly surgeries,” he writes.

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The simplest solution, of course, would be to throw out smartphone or start using it considerably less. But that’s not going to happen. So in lieu of going analog, Hansraj says the best fix is trying to maintain good posture while looking at your phone. As anyone who’s ever been to dinner with a bunch of phone-addicted yuppies knows, that last piece of advice has more benefits than just saving someone’s neck.

Via The Atlantic.