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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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4 Ways to Pluck Sin Out of Your Life and How to Pluck It

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

-- Matthew 5:29 KJV

When I first started reading the Bible I’d get stuck on particular versus and couldn’t go forward.  For example, when I read the verse above, I thought a couple of things.  One was to engage in thought experiment trying to visualize it’s meaning.  I started with a question. …

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Recipe For Change: Verse Written Inside

  1. You have to knead past your old you
    To get to spread your new you
    So what do you do?
     
  2. Take one cup of change
    Change is our only option
    And this change must be forever
     
  3. Chill by loving yourself
    then you can love others
    My sisters and brothers
     
  4. Add one cup of love
    ‘Cause it’s gonna be a struggle
     
  5. Starting right here
    Right now
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Blessed Are The Base

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen… 2 Cor 1:28

Brother E. preached and the prisoners listened.  Some mouths were open, some clamped tightly shut but no one fidgeted and every eye was fixed on him.  Brother E's words hit them like bullets that no armor could stop. Their effect was so apparent that I could hear the thud each made as it penetrated their hearts.  Their eyes, many filling with tears, broadcast their thoughts; I need to change, each said.…

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