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Quotes: The elephant in the (expensive) church that no one talks about.

Many churches spend more on interest payments than on world missions. Debt ties the church’s hands. If attendance drops, the economy suffers, or giving dips, then pastors or missionaries must go unpaid. The building completed eight years ago, already needing repairs, keeps demanding those monthly payments, mostly going to interest. . . . When a church overextends itself financially, it inevitably spends time during services trying to persuade people to give to the building fund. This changes the focus from worshiping Christ, studying the Scriptures, and meeting the needs of the community, to concerns about buildings, mortgages, and money.

– Randy Alcorn

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Amazon to begin paying self-published authors by pages read. 

IMG_3683I’m not sure if this a good thing or a bad thing. What is your opinion?

(Reuters) – It could soon pay more to write lengthier books, if you are an author self-publishing on Amazon.com Inc’s Kindle ebook platform.

Starting next month, the e-commerce giant will pay independent authors based on the number of pages read, rather than the number of times their book has been borrowed.

The move is aimed at authors enrolled in Kindle Direct Publishing platform – which lets authors set list prices, decide rights and edit the book at any time – and is applicable to ebooks made available via the Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners’ Lending Library programs.

Read the entire article by Sai Sachan here.

Wishing I was half the dad my kids thought I was.

imageToday we celebrate fathers. Today my family celebrates me. Today will be bittersweet.

Firstly, I had no father to celebrate when I was a wee lad.

Young boys growing up without a dad miss out on so many experiences that contribute to a healthy upbringing. I was no exception.

And what makes it harder to accept is that it didn’t have to be that way; he chose for it to be that way. All these years later I still bear that scar. It’s a wound that time has never healed and the weight of which my own wife and children have no idea that I carry.

Secondly, for me this day shines a light on my failures as a father, laying them bare and raw.

Today I will receive accolades and handmade cards with misspelled words telling me I’m the best dad in the world. But the truth is, I know I’m not . . . not even close . . . and that pains me terribly.

So today, while my family showers me with flowery platitudes, I will be troubled inside. I will be wishing I could be a better father and husband, and wondering if I would have been, if only my dad had stuck around to be that example.

Today, more than any other, I will be reminded that if I was half the dad my kids thought I was, I’d be doing all right.

For everyone else . . . Happy Father’s Day.

The 20 best country songs about fathers.

imageThere are few musical genres that contain so many songs on fatherhood like country music. It’s from this genre that I’ve compiled my Top 20 Countdown of songs about dads.

Even if you’re not a fan of country music, if you’re a fan of dads, you’ll find many treasures below.

Some of these songs are old, some are new; some are about happy times, some are about regrettable times; some are about adoption, some are about loss, some are upbeat and will put a smile on your face, some will tear your heart out and leave you reaching for a tissue.

Happy Father’s Day to all those dads who got it right, and even those who didn’t.

20 – The Dollar
Jamey Johnson

19 – Till I Was a Daddy Too
Tracy Lawrence

18 – Walk a Little Straighter
Billy Currington

17 – The Greatest Man I Never Knew
Reba McEntire

16 – He Walked on Water
Randy Travis

15 – Who’s That Man?
Toby Keith

14 – It Won’t Be Like this for Long
Darius Rucker

13 – My Front Porch Looking In
Lonestar

12 – Just Another Day in Paradise
Phil Vassar

11 – You’re Gonna Miss This
Trace Adkins

10 – Just Fishin’
Trace Adkins

09 – I Loved Her First
Heartland

08 – Wish I Could’ve Been There
John Anderson

 

07 – Daddy Let Me Drive
Alan Jackson

06 – He Didn’t Have to Be
Brad Paisley

05 – Best Day of My Life:
George Strait

04 – Watching You
Rodney Atkins

03 – Cinderella
Steven Curtis Chapman

02 -The Car
Jeff Carson

01 – There Goes My Life
Kenny Chesney