Hope College, located in Holland, Michigan, received a $458,502 grant on June 29 to address the decline of church attendance and religious affiliation among youth. A bill in Oregon State that requires private insurance to cover the cost of abortion procedures was passed by the Oregon Senate on July 5. House Bill 3391, also named the Reproductive Health Equity Act, now awaits signature by Governor Kate Brown. Help us to always remember that You are sovereign over all living things, so that we may remember Your grace forever. Allow us to live the life of a worshiper and glorify Your name. Vocational ministry is a calling. It is not just another vocation. If you enter ministry for the wrong reasons, it is likely you will not do well. Indeed, it is likely you will not make it. Here are five of the most common failures. Eugene Peterson, most known for his authorship of The Message translation of the Bible, released a statement on Thursday afternoon retracting a comment he made during an earlier interview that he would perform a same-sex marriage today if he were asked. New Vision Church, located in Lynnwood, WA, shared the gospel in Zambia from June 20 to July 6 as mission team members helped build a church there, hosted a Vacation Bible School for children, and helped build clean water wells. For those in the immigrant community, the numerous reports of raids by enforcement officials may give rise to a greater sense of fear. But immigrant rights advocates say there are still actions that individuals can take in response to, and in preparation for, such encounters. While the Iraqi government celebrated as its Prime Minister officially declared victory over ISIS in Mosul on Monday, many humanitarian groups expressed concern that much still remains to be done in addressing the war crimes and displacement that occurred. Over the years, a majority of Americans have said they believe the impact of churches on the nation is a positive one, and according to a study released on Monday, that view hasn’t shifted much. Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts store operated by a Christian family which gained most of its publicity from a religious freedom case at the Supreme Court in 2014, has recently been gaining media attention once again — but this time, under accusations of smuggling biblical artifacts. Crystal Church of New York held its eighth annual Mission Concert on July 2, during which various performances took place with the purpose of raising funds for the short-term mission trips taking place this summer. Milal Mission, a non-profit which serves individuals with disabilities, hosted its annual Camp Agape from June 29 to July 1 with its Southern California, Northern California, and Vancouver branches all together. The weather is very hot. But summer must be hot. We cannot resist the flow of nature. The most flexible life is to live according to the flow of nature. "We acknowledge that we can only fall apart no matter how hard we try if You do not allow things to happen. You have complete authority over our life. We are just like a house built on sand if You do not protect us." Aiming to provide resources to those who hope to become homeowners in Southern California, a non-profit will be hosting an informational homeownership fair for the 16th time.