Like it or hate it, Instagram has changed our culture in a very distinctive way. With over 300 million users, Instagram became an unavoidable giant, which lead Facebook to buy it out for 1 billion dollars. Though Instagram has brought a lot of good, including the ability to stay connected with loved ones, be inspired by others, and help small businesses boom, Instagram is also causing a lot of damage in our lives; not recognizing and fighting those things can only bring more damage. Here are 5 ways Instagram is ruining your life and what to do about them:
Whether you are still looking for Christmas gift ideas or you are thinking of starting a business; One of the fastest growing business models is the one that gives back. Here is a list of 5 businesses that provide quality products while helping those in need in a significant way.
It was Justin Bieber’s 18th birthday when I was visiting a friend in Los Angeles. That friend happened to be someone that was working very closely with Bieber. I dropped my friend off to a hotel where Bieber was having his birthday party and I was told that the place was unannounced and not to tell anyone. I sat with another friend at the hotel’s bar and we chatted and prayed for Bieber for couple of hours until our friend came down and we drove him back. I wondered, “Is it possible for someone to be willing to give up so much money, fame, and power for the sake of following Jesus? Would I be willing if I am in Bieber’s shoes?” I kept thinking about the story of the rich young man that met Jesus (Matthew 19). The recent events with Bieber have proven that it is possible and that there are lessons every Christian can learn from him.
The world watched in horror at the news of the series of terrorists attacks that killed more than 130 people in Paris. Like so many, I felt anger and confusion. Earlier this year, I had a chance to raise funds for the families of the 21 Christians Egyptians who were killed by ISIS. I was able to go to Egypt and meet the victims and deliver the funds. However, with the recent Paris Attacks, I wasn’t sure how I can actually make a difference. Compared to those in Egypt, money may not be a desperate need for those who lost their loved ones in Paris. While it is impossible to rewind the past, here are 5 practical ways you can take to help with the current situation and help us to potentially prevent future ones:
I just came back from Egypt. I had the chance to personally meet with the families of the 21 men that were beheaded by ISIS for their Christian faith. We met at a local church instead of their homes for safety reasons. It is difficult to put in words how glorious and eye-opening the experience was and I think it will take me weeks if not months to capture it all but here is how it happened and what I learned from it.
After my latest blog post where I discussed my experience with a ministry, I received numerous messages from individuals who expressed how they have been hurt in the past by Christians or/and a ministry and how my story had brought it all back up. I discuss in this post the steps that I believe should be taken when we are mistreated by other believers:
My name is Johnny Youssef and I am 29-years old. I moved to Kansas City to be a part of the International House of Prayer back in January 2009 when I attended a six-month internship called “onething”. I served at IHOPKC in some capacity for over 6 years. One of my roles was being the District Pastor for the Young Adults at the church. I wanted to share my story and experiences for several reasons; The main reason I decided to write this is because I have been asked numerous times from friends and relatives on my experience, especially after moving away, and I wanted to shed light on it. I pray that my writing will bring clarity and encouragement to you.
There has been a rapid increase of racial tension in our nation. Whether it’s the recent police shootings, Rachel Dolezal scandal, Ben Affleck’s ancestors controversy, or San Francisco’s policy that does not turn illegal immigrants to federal officials which lead to the death of a young woman by a criminal, we can all agree that the tension is high. Even pop culture has been vocal about those tensions with MTV’s new documentary “White People”. This is what each white person should know and non-white person should consider:
I am writing this 20,000 feet in the sky as I am on a plane heading back to see my family. Unfortunately, I am on my way to my grandma’s funeral. Her death has deeply affected me these past few days. Just two weeks ago, I was sitting with her having a conversation while she was completely conscious. I have been thinking about grief and what I can learn from losing a loved one. Here are three lessons that the death of a loved one is teaching me:
The Myers-Briggs is one of the most used and trusted personality tests out there. Recently, social media has been flooded with posts and blogs discussing the different personality types. Even though personality tests can be helpful in learning about yourself and others, tests like that are causing confusion and damage. You should seriously consider not discussing personality types if it will cause one of the following results: