“Sweet Lorraine”

Have your heard about Fred and the sweet song he wrote for his wife of 73 years? Fred is 96-years old and his “Sweet Lorraine” went home to Jesus earlier this summer, and shortly afterwards he wrote these lyrics and entered a songwriting contest. It’s an incredible love story, and one that’s encouraged me to one day write a song for my beautiful bride too. Thanks Fred for the inspiration! Oh, and you might want to grab a few tissues!

~Garrett from Shine Afternoons



Mandisa “Stronger”

“I should preface this comment by saying that I am blind. On May 27th, 2011, I was arrested on false charges. I spent 188 days in jail before the truth came out. I was afraid every day that someone would hurt me. I spent 98 of those days separated from the general population for my own protection. At one of my lowest points, I heard ‘Stronger’ by Mandisa. It really lifted me up and helped me keep my faith. The song reassured me that God was with me and would not forsake me.” – Darrin

Just 10 Percent

You know with one little question, I have seen some couples turn their entire relationship around for 12 months. It’s a question we sometimes post at seminars or even in the counseling office.

Yeah, I love this question. Here it is: “If you could make your marriage 10% better in just one specific area over the next 12 months. What would that area be?”

Yeah. That get’s you thinking, “What could I do?” Just 10%. We’re not talking about a huge change here, but that little thing that could make a difference.

It can. Immediately, I would want us to have more meals at the dinner table together. I just love that fellowship time.

It’s that kind of specific idea that can drive you to make your own relationship better.

If you have a comment or question for the New Shine.FM relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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Are More Intelligent People Less Religious?

Are intelligent people less likely to be religious?  That’s the conclusion of a new study conducted by Miron Zuckerman, a psychologist at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Zuckerman says it doesn’t mean that only people with less intelligence believe in God.  Instead, more intelligent people tend to fulfill basic needs like self-esteem, a sense of community and a sense of purpose outside of religion.

Commenting on the study, Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, says Christians don’t draw support for their faith from scientific reports.

Lillian Daniel, a Congregationalist pastor and author of “When Spiritual but not Religious is not Enough“, says it is not intelligence that leads to atheism or education that leads to loss of faith.

Instead, Rev. Daniel points out that there is a certain peer pressure in educational circles that tends to dismiss all religion as fundamentalism for the sake of  “open mindedness.”

In other faith news, a spiritual revival is taking place on Indian reservations throughout the United States.

Evangelist Ron Hutchcraft reports that nearly 600 Native American youth began a relationship with Christ this summer, during special evangelistic outreach events.

Ron says, “These very broken Native American young people were the drug addicted, they were the drug dealers, they were the alcoholics, they are the abused. But they come with a story of hope about our Jesus.”

The 2013 Summer of Hope outreach began on July 1. Over 53 Native American young people from 30 tribes traveled to 10 different reservations to share the Good News with other Native American teens.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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