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Walk-It-Out-Wednesday: Scars

Hey, it’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and scars are something we all have.  Whether it’s a physical scar from an injury, or an emotional scar from something painful we’ve gone through (which isn’t easily visible from the outside by the way). God allows scars to remind us that we went through something and “survived.” On this “Walk-it-out-Wednesday,” how are you walking out your “scars?” Have they made you bitter or better? Are they a conversation starter, or a conversation “ender?” Oh, and don’t forget about the one who was sent to take your “scars” for you to give you hope and a future too.

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Good News: Return To Sender

A love letter from 1953 was finally returned to its sender.  Private Bob Rodgers had just arrived at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for basic training when he sat down to write a letter to his wife after the post’s power went out.  Sixty years later, that letter finally turned up, when the U.S. Postal Service gave it back to Rodgers, who’s now living in southwestern Michigan.  Watch the video here.

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Shine.FM Teens Shine!

Wow!  We love hearing Good News Stories from our Shine.FM listeners.  Here’s another great story from our friends at Crown Point Christian School:

 

Derek wrote, “This year I have really stepped in my faith.  Before 6th grade, I was a casual Christian.  I went to church, acted good, prayed before every meal, and went to church.  But this year it was different.   I am in Mr. Stallinga’s class and I learned a lot about exploring deeper into Christ.  If I ever have a question, I just look in the Bible. I pray whenever I need comfort, and when I did that this morning, God told me in order to grow in my faith, I need to accept Jesus into my heart for real.  So I did!  My Dad, my best friend Jared, and Mr. Stallinga all encourage me.  Someday I will speak in chapel and tell everyone how to use Christ in school.”

 
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Temporary Tattoos May Not Be So Temporary

Does your teen ever get temporary tattoos?  That may not be such a good idea!

A lot of kids are getting temporary tattoos these days, but they may not be as harmless as they think.

According to an article in the LA Times, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a new health warning, stating that temporary tattoos may pose some health risks.

Temporary tattoos can last anywhere from three days to several weeks. Although they aren’t injected into the skin, they do come with some risks.

Dr. Linda Katz, director of the FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors, says kids and adults are still at risk for allergic reactions, which can be severe and can last even longer than the tattoo itself.

The FDA has received many reports of serious, long-lasting reactions that people didn’t expect from temporary tattoos.  Those include blisters, raised red weeping lesions, loss of skin pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight and even permanent scarring.

Some people had to seek medical attention after getting one of the tattoos, including trips to the emergency room.

Temporary tattoos are typically done using henna – a reddish-brown coloring that derives from a flowering plant.  Modern-day henna is called “black henna” and is often used in place of traditional henna.

The henna is often mixed with several other ingredients, which makes the tattoo last longer and look darker. The extra ingredient in black henna is often coal-tar hair dye, which can cause dangerous skin reactions in some people.

To learn more, go to www.fda.gov

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

 
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