Daily Digest: July 17, 2013

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"Worship is the most important thing we do, the most important action we take as a Christian congregation." - 'Chuck' of Chuck Knows Church.

Churches train young entrepreneurs

HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) - In parts of the Zimbabwe West Annual (regional) Conference, half of the United Methodists are youth. The church is finding new ways to reach individuals who are 22 and younger.
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Chuck Knows Church: Worship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Give your Christian faith a workout this week as the United Methodist Board of Discipleship series Chuck Knows Church shows the actions of worship.
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Bishop Swanson: Transformation is possible

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) Mississippi Area Bishop James Swanson reminded people attending at the July 12-14 National Gathering of United Methodist Men that with God's help, they have the power to transform their lives. "I believe men have a deep yearning to become different from the who they currently are," said Swanson, the president of the Commission on United Methodist Men.
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Men take sponges home

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) Some men are like dry sponges. Others are saturated with the water of the Gospel, and they provide water to anyone who touches them. That was the message of David Delk, president of Man in the Mirror ministries, at the National Gathering of United Methodist Men.
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Some young people have 'HadEnough'

NEW YORK (UMNS) - A new microsite from the United Methodist Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence offers young people tools for substance abuse prevention. It is on the denomination's Board of Global Ministries site.
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After explosion, Texas town stays strong

WEST, Texas (UMNS) - Residents of the Texas town rocked by a massive fertilizer plant explosion in April are just beginning to recover and United Methodists have been there to help. Susan Kim reports for the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
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The Xs and Os of leading when young

DURHAM, N.C. (UMNS) - The move by wunderkind basketball coach Brad Stevens, a United Methodist, from Butler University to the Boston Celtics raises issues about how young leaders in and out of the church can be effective, writes Nathan Kirkpatrick for the Faith & Leadership website.
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Blog: Ramadan redux

PLANO, Texas (UMNS) - The Rev. Wes Magruder, a United Methodist pastor in Plano, is fasting again for Ramadan. "I want to try again to live in the constant presence of God," he writes. He also wants to show solidarity with Muslims in his community.
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