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  1. Here's the average net worth of Americans at every age - Business Insider
  1. TD Jakes on Poverty 

Bible Research

Bible Facts

  1. Jesse Duplatis on Black History 

Climate Change

  1. It's not just Harvey: August marked by deadly floods around world CNN

Debt and Deficit Spending

  1. The only certainty in Trump's budget: Oceans of red ink

Digital Malls

Education  / Learning
  1. The Cone of Learning - Edgar Dale - Click for Google Search Results
  2. College grads are getting nearly all the jobs

Education Issues

  1. Trump's choice for education secretary raises questions

Education Stats

  1. African-American Women Now Top the List of Most-Educated Group in the Country
  2. The Population With a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher by Race and Hispanic Origin: 2006–2010 

Ethnic Stats and Insights

  1. Living in a poor neighborhood changes everything about your life
  2. Video From Sunday: April 26, 2015 - Dr. Julia Hare speaks on schools, discipline, and young black men.
  3. Why Riots Don't Work The Long-Term Negative Effects of Riots How the 1960's Riots Hurt African Americans
  4. Black Lives Matter and Racial Tension in America - Barna Group 
  5. Black Wealth in America Hardly Exists


Evangelicals and Trump and a Rising View
  1. Trump's spiritual adviser says president is a man of repentance - USA TODAY
Family and Children
  1. Top Reasons For Divorce: http://divorce.lovetoknow.com/Top_Reasons_for_Divorce
  2. Divorce Statistics and Living Together Before Marriage: https://www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide/facts-and-figures
  3. Suicide Facts and Figures: https://www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide/facts-and-figures
  4. Racial Disparities in Suicide Rates May Be Due to Culture Rather Than Genes: https://nihrecord.nih.gov/newsletters/2010/06_25_2010/story2.htm
  5. Bishop TD Jakes Comments on Supreme Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage
  6. The Father Factor http://www.fatherhood.org/father-absence-statistics
  7. ACE Study: Relationship to Childhood Trauma and Later Life Health Issues  http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/
  8. How much screen time?: http://bgr.com/2014/05/29/smartphone-computer-usage-study-chart/
  9. Power of your thinking (Margaret Thatcher): http://www.ranker.com/list/the-iron-lady-movie-quotes/movie-and-tv-quotes
  10. Healthy Husbands: http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/03/12/husband-s-health-and-attitude-loom-large-happy-long-term-marriages
  11. Reading Levels Linkage to Incarceration: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/07/an-urban-myth-that-should-be-true/259329/
  12. High School Graduation Rates: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/25/high-school-graduation-rate_n_2755340.html
  13. Life Expectancy: http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/life-expectancy-by-re/
  14. Cost of Raising a Child: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/18/cost-of-raising-a-child_n_5688179.html (see money also)
  15. Facts about Child Abuse: https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-child-abuse
  16. 49 Fascinating Facts About Fathers
  17. The absent black father myth—debunked by CDC
  18. How Dads Affect Their Daughters into Adulthood

Federal Budget 2017

  1. 2017 United States Federal Budget 

Finances 2017

  1. The State of American Family Finances

Foreign Side

  1. CNN: US cuts to relief funding hit refugees

Great Men In History

  1. Martin Luther King Jr. - A 5 Minute Biography

Great Companies In Trouble

  1. How GE Went From American Icon to Astonishing Mess
Health and Fitness
  1. Interrupted Sleep? No Wonder You're Moody: http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/robert-rosenberg-sleep-answers/interrupted-sleep-no-wonder-youre-moody/?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthEmotionalHealth_20151020
  2. Are you fit enough for the Army?: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/10/24/army-says-only-30-percent-of-americans-could-join.html
  3. Lack of Sleep Linked to Stroke: http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/47773488
  4. Life Stress Test: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTCS_82.htm
  5. Everyday Health Website: http://www.everydayhealth.com/
  6. 6 Fantastic Health Benefits of Apples
  7. Is Red Wine Really Good for You?
  8. How Much Sleep Do You Need?: http://www.everydayhealth.com/sleep/101/how-much-sleep-do-you-need.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthHealthyAging_20151228
  9. 15 Questions for Your Doctor About Type 2 Diabetes
  10. 7 Ways Your Body Gets Better With Age
  11. 1 Mealtime Mistake That’s Making You Gain Weight
  12. Health Survey United Methodist Clergy 2014
  13. Rising Obesity Now Affects 1 In 10 People Worldwide, Fueling Illness, Death
  14. Health Facts 2016 Causes of death

Health Issues: Flu Epidemic


  1. What to know about the future of Obamacare
  2. Anger erupts at Republican town halls - CNN
  3. ObamaCare: Pros and Cons of ObamaCare
  4. Paul Ryan Reveals Why Republicans Have A Big Obamacare Repeal Problem - The Huffington Post - US
  5. What doctors think about the Affordable Care Act - CNN
  6. Rand Paul previews Obamacare replacement plan
  7. Record number of Obamacare sign-ups on HealthCare.gov for 2017 health insurance coverage
  8. Republicans’ 4-Step Plan to Repeal the Affordable Care Act
  9. Health care Obamacare Results: Medicaid expansion under ACA linked with better health care, improved health for low-income adults | News | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  10. Vox: The American Health Care Act: The Republicans’ bill to replace Obamacare, explained
  11. The Washington Post: Obamacare revision would reduce insured numbers by 24 million
  12. Obamacare Repeal Fails: Three GOP Senators Rebel in 49-51 Vote - NBC News


  1. How Long Did the Empires of Ancient Civilizations Last? | Owlcation

Household Stats

  1. No-car households are becoming more common in the US, after decades of decline


Income and Wealth Research

  1. The Average Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Build the Wealth of a White Family Today 
  2. Are you in the US middle class? Try our income calculator
  3. BlackDemographics.com | Black Male Statistics
  4. 10 reasons you will never be a millionaire

International Issues

  1. China - Trump team floats tariffs

IRS Under Pressure

  1. The Washington Post: Fallout from allegations of tea party targeting hamper IRS oversight of nonprofits

Jesus Facts

  1. Miles Jesus and Mary Walked


  1. The New York Times: The Long-Term Jobs Killer Is Not China. It’s Automation.
  1. You've Gotta Love Millennials - Micah Tyler
  2. Why Aren’t Black Millennials Leaving the Church? – RELEVANT Magazine
  3. Why Black Churches Are Keeping Millennials | Christianity Today
  1. Wanted: Jobs For 600 Million Young People: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wanted-jobs-for-600-million-young-people/
  2. GenX has most Financial Worries: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-generation-x-had-the-worst-personal-finance-year-ever-214519220.html
  3. Retirement Myths: http://www.nextavenue.org/blog/busting-myths-about-work-retirement
  4. 10 Richest Presidents: http://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/2013/02/14/americas-10-richest-presidents-1049821554/
  5. Gender Pay Gap: http://www.today.com/money/gender-pay-gap-persists-women-age-812558?franchiseSlug=todaymoneymain
  6. Cost of Raising a Child: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/18/cost-of-raising-a-child_n_5688179.html
  7. The Black White Economic Divide in 5 Charts
  8. Study: Less than half are middle class: http://money.cnn.com/2015/12/09/news/economy/middle-class/index.html
  9. Millennials: Steps for Financial Success | Northwestern Mutual

Music And The Brain:

  1.  Why can't you get that song out of your head?
Pastors and Churches
  1. Generational Giving Habits:  http://www.fellowshipone.com/blog/leveraging-ramifications-generational-giving/
  2. High Cost of Debt for Ministries: http://ministrytodaymag.com/index.php/ministry-leadership/finance/1491-the-high-cost-of-debt-in-ministry
  3. Importance of Church Membership: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/is-church-membership-really-required/
  4. Church Bankruptcies: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/november-web-only/surprise-inside-church-bankruptcies.html
  5. The Church In Financial Crisis: http://www.daveramsey.com/blog/the-church-in-financial-crisis/
  6. Momentum - Training: http://www.daveramsey.com/momentum/home/
  7. Top Reasons for Church Attendance - Why People Go to Church
  8. Church Bankruptcies Paper (Pamela Foohey): http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2219964
  9. Why Churches are Less Evangelistic: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e900691004213b8049094abdb&id=472e888079&e=ed7bc02419
  10. Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church Volunteer Handbook -http://www.ocbfchurch.org/images/uploads/ministries/membership/OCBF-Volunteer-Handbook06-12.pdf
  11. Online Giving 
  12. Why Do So Many Pastors Leave The Ministry? The Facts Will Shock You 
  13. Six Things You Need to Know about Pastors Who Leave Their Ministry 


People Who Make A Difference


  1. CNN's 2015 Hero of the Year: Maggie Doyne
  2. CNN Hero of the Year revealed: Jeison Aristizábal
  1. Why Trump keeps focusing on the 'Johnson Amendment'
  2. Obama Has Deported More People Than Any Other American President 
  3. Pentecostal Leaders Pack Out Trump's New Christian Advisory Board 

  4. Trump: God's Chaos Candidate (with Dr. Lance Wallnau) - Pastor Rick disagrees with this extreme view. 

  5. Tavis Smiley Spoke Honestly and Passionately About Trump's Win, Why Did Black Twitter Trash Him?

  6. Tavis Smiley: Donald Trump Must Be Held Accountable

  7. Overcoming Systemic Racism

  8. Bills would target college student protests, abortions
  9. Here's what Barack Obama told his daughters the morning Trump won the election
  10. How to see the election and its outcry
  11. T. D. James and Bill Hybels insight: "Overcoming Racism"
  12. The Millennials - God and Politics
  13. Electoral College set to make Trump's win official - CNNPolitics.com
  14. What is the Electoral College? - CNN Video
  15. Political fight brews over ethics director's Trump comments
  16. How Much Will the Inauguration Cost, and Who’s Paying?
  17. The Democratic Tide Rises: Democrats In Illinois Just Unseated A Whole Bunch Of Republicans

     * Politics: The President and Trump Issues

  1. Smithsonian: What Geology Has to Say About Building a 1,000-Mile Border Wall
  2. Trumps Great Wall compared to China's Great Wall
  3. Trump Administration Considering Shutting EPA's Enforcement Office: Report
  4. The one wall this real estate mogul won't build: CNN
  5. Exclusive - Trump border 'wall' to cost $21.6 billion, take 3.5 years to build: internal report
  6. Many Conservative Christian Activists Are Still OK With Donald Trump

Prayer Stats and Information

  1. Statistics on Prayer in the U.S. • ChurchLeaders.com
  2. 5 facts about prayer | Pew Research Center
  3. Evangelicals admit struggling to find time for daily Bible reading and prayer | Christian News on Christian Today

Publishing Research 

  1. May 2016 Author Earnings Report: the definitive million-title study of US author earnings – Author Earnings

Russia Investigation

  1. Business Insider: Meet the all-star team of lawyers Robert Mueller has assembled for the Trump-Russia investigation

Same Sex Discussion

  1. Supreme Court seems divided in case of baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple 


  1. School lunch shaming: Inside America's hidden debt crisis


  1. Remembering the Women of Slavery | The New York Public Library

Singles Facts

  1. The Trends Redefining Romance Today - Barna Group
Smoking, Obesity and Diabetes
  1. Americans are fatter than ever, CDC finds
  2. Belly Fat May Hit Your Heart The Hardest: http://www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health/0829/belly-fat-may-hit-your-heart-the-hardest.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthHeartHealth_20150930
  3. Diabetes Video - Dr. Oz: http://www.oprah.com/video_embed.html?article_id=21458
  4. Simple Guide to Heart Health: http://www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health/
  5. Why are Asians at Higher Risk? | Asian Diabetes Prevention Initiative
  6. Exercise and Diabetes
  7. 3 Healthy Cooking Tricks for People With Type 2 Diabetes
  8. Type 2 Diabetes Complications You Can Avoid: http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/type-2-diabetes-treatment-diet-exercise/diabetes-complications-you-can-avoid-pictures/#08
  9. African Americans and Kidney Disease - The National Kidney Foundation
  10. Continuous Glucose Monitoring Is Essential for Diabetes Management

Stock Market Changes and Why

  1. The stock market correction two weeks later: How it happened, and if it can happen again

Student Loan Debt Crisis

  1. U.S. Plans to Forgive $108 Billion in Student Loans
  2. The $1.3 trillion student loan problem facing Betsy DeVos
  3. As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away


  1. Will People Stop Coming To Church If You Offer Live Streaming?

Tax Reform 2017

  1. 7 reasons Republicans tax bill bet may be bad - CNNPolitics


  1. Americans devote more than 10 hours a day to screen time
Theology and Bible Topics / Christian Lifestyle

Trade War Facts

  1. The Economist: What might a trade war between America and China look like?


  1. Trump Approval Highest Among Mormons, Lowest Among Muslims
  2. Trump wants to slash food stamps and replace them with a ‘Blue Apron-type program’

Uncommon Facts

  1. How Many U.S. Presidents Owned Slaves? - Ask History
What Some Believe (These are not necessarily my views. The articles listed in this section are for research purposes)
  1. Black Hebrew Isrealites
  2. What Is The Original Hebrew Name For Jesus? And Is It True That The Name Jesus Is Really A Pagan Corruption Of The Name Zeus? 
  3. Why did God love Jacob and hate Esau (Malachi 1:3; Romans 9:13)?

Work Facts

  1. CNN: Half of American workers aren't using all their vacation days

Worship Service

  1. Nine Reasons People Aren’t Singing in Worship


Youth Research 

  1. Pew Research: Why Young People Are Leaving Christianity


Motivational Speeches That Touched Me

Pastor's Favorite and Leadership Videos

Exclusive: Philip Yancey on Donald Trump, evangelicals and politics

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Spoken Words That Spoke To Me


Pastor's Favorite Music Samples