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Forgiveness and Reconciliation

In Luke 6:37 Jesus says, "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” Some people believe that forgiving also means reconciling.  But, it doesn’t.

From the time we first meet Absalom as an adult, in 2 Samuel, he begins scheming to overthrow his father.  He murders his brother, Amnon, who happens to be ahead of him in the line of succession.  David, a shrewd king, must have at least suspected Absalom’s motives, forgave…

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Door to Employment are Opening for Returning Citizens

Based on this source: Pasquariello, Roy. (August 30, 2017). Opening doors to employment. The Hudson Reporter.

It is no secret that finding a job, let alone a career, is a difficult task for anyone. College graduates, high school graduates and even people with job experience have trouble but still have an advantage over those who are unemployed, underemployed or inexperienced.

Fortunately, Congress passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2013 to fund state programs in…

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How to Conquer Fear

All of us have a calling.  God didn’t create us to simply eat, sleep, have sex and watch TV.  We’re commanded to do something purposeful.  We’re supposed to multiply.  Meaning, to be industrious using good stewardship, love one another by helping and comforting those who are in any trouble and to worship God.  To me, this means the world should be a better place because we’re in it.  We may not know what our purpose is exactly, but anyone who is honest with themselves knows they have one. 

Whil…

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) may claim tax credit by the following: “If the individual works at least 120 hours, the employer may claim a tax credit equal to 25% of the individual's first year wages, up to the maximum tax credit. If the individual works at least 400 hours, the employer may claim a tax credit equal to 40% of the individual's first year wages, up to the maximum tax credit.” According to the U.S.…

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Returning Citizens Already Have Business Skills

Let me start with a definition:  In the world, good and bad are relative terms defined by the prevailing culture.  A culture is collection of rules, norms and customs of any particular group.

For the past 10 years I’ve been around ex-gang members, in church, in my ministry and while working with returning citizens through 7-70 Re-entry Services.  I find the main points of this video to be true.  I would like to make some comments.

Mr. Blair talks about survival Instincts, leadership skills…

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