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Steem Dollars are now selling for $1.50 on Poloniex! Take advantage of this odd situation now!

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What is going on with the price? No time to research. This is a unique opportunity for holders of Steem dollars. They should only be around $1. Good luck. If you appreciate up to the minute cryptocurrency news like this then follow me here and on Twitter (@techbalt) and sub to my youtube channel.



EDIT: Thanks @bbkoopsta for suggesting that the crazy Tether situation might have something to do with this. Perhaps people who want a stable $1 crypto are flocking into Steem Dollars and ironically making Steem Dollars not so stable at $1 (to the way up side though!)

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Teach Them; Do you have children?

Do you have children?

Written by Hope on 03/11/2013
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Disciples, Life Change
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

Do you have children? If so, you might know that the Bible instructs us to "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6). Taking a new Christian on a path of discipleship can be compared to teaching or training a child. Jesus said, "Let the children come to Me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it" (Mark 10:14-15).

Faith Like a Child
Jesus taught, "unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 18:3). He said, "anyone who welcomes a little child like this on My behalf is welcoming Me" (Matthew 18:5); your service to a new believer is an act of service to the Lord! But we must be careful to teach only what is in God’s Word. Jesus warned that it would be better to die than to "cause one of these little ones who trusts in Me to fall into sin" (Matthew 18:6).

Gift from the Lord
God loves and highly values every person. His Word tells us that "children are a gift from the Lord" (Psalm 127:3). Your disciple, believing in God with faith like a child's, is also a valuable person to the Lord. Like a child, they can turn to you to gain knowledge of the Lord. If you teach your disciple the ways of the Lord while he or she is "young" in faith, they may be more likely to follow the Lord all their life. Be encouraged: "Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, 'You are truly My disciples if you remain faithful to My teachings'" (John 8:31).

Prayer, Care, and Share Jesus
"Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you!”

Scripture: Matthew 28:19-20

One of the most exciting ways we hope your faith is strengthened when learning from the Prayer, Care and Share Jesus guide (PCS) is by becoming more confident when sharing Jesus with others.

When you do lead someone to Christ, you might even feel led to share what you’ve learned in the PCS guide. It can be a great discipleship tool!

In Matthew 28: 19-20, Jesus commands us to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey (not just know) all of Jesus' commandments.

When you walk someone through accepting Jesus in their life, it’s a great idea to start the discipleship process right away – "teaching the new believer to obey everything Jesus commanded." You can also get them connected to a church or community of faith. You might not be able or feel led to be the one to disciple the new believer. But, you can help them find a way to get discipled by connecting with someone or a Christian community or church. When I have led people to Christ whom I won’t see again, such as taxi drivers or flight attendants, I have prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to orchestrate their follow-up.

You can teach them about things that Jesus teaches in the Bible like baptism, reading the Bible, prayer, involvement in a community of believers (such as a church or house church); taking communion (remembering Christ in the way he commanded us); and sanctification ("go and sin no more." John 8:11). These are not all of Jesus' teachings, but they are a good start for your new believer.

This week, start praying about your role in someone’s life as a discipleship mentor. Ask for guidance, wisdom and compassion.

Pray this week:

That your children and disciples will remain faithful to the Lord all their life.

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Volvo will launch its first all-electric car in 2019 to take on Tesla — here’s everything we know

Volvo is looking to China for the future of its electric cars.

The carmaker said Wednesday that it plans to produce its first fully electric car in China and will export it around the world.

The Swedish automaker, which is owned by the Chinese company Geely, is making a big bet on electric vehicles.

In 2015, Volvo launched its XC90, which was its first vehicle with a hybrid powertrain. And in April 2016, the company vowed that it would sell one million electrified cars by 2025.

Volvo's first fully electric car is slated to go into production in 2019. Here's everything we know about the car so far.

Volvo's first electric car will have a 100 kWh battery and be manufactured at its factory in Luqiao, China.

Volvo's designed the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) for its smaller electric cars.Volvo
Mats Anderson, a senior director of electric propulsion systems, said in February that its modular car platforms will support 100 kWh battery packs, according to a report by Green Car Congress. 

 When fully charged, the vehicle will have a range of 250-miles.

To help put that into perspective, Tesla's Model S 100D has a range of 335 miles per charge, according to EPA estimates. 

Volvo will likely price the car between $35,000 and $40,000, putting it in direct competition with Tesla's Model 3.

Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of Volvo Car USA, said in March that he was pushing for its first electric car to fall in the $40,000 range. 

The move makes sense considering more affordable, long-range electric cars are coming to market in a similar timeframe. 

Tesla is planning to launch its first mass-market car, the Model 3, by the end of this year, but the majority of its pre-orders are expected to arrive in 2018. And Volkswagen's first long-range, electric crossover is coming in 2020. 

While Volvo hasn't said whether or not the vehicle will be a sedan or SUV, it has said it will use a smaller platform, similar to the 40-Series, for the car.

While Volvo hasn't said whether or not the vehicle will be a sedan or SUV, it has said it will use a smaller platform, similar to the 40-Series, for the car.
Volvo's 40.2 concept car.Volvo
Volvo previously said that its first electric car would be built on a larger platform, like the one used for the S90. However, the company has shifted away from that plan. 

Volvo said in a press statement on Wednesday that its new electric car will be based on its Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which is the platform the carmaker is using for its smaller 40-Series vehicles. 

However, it is not clear whether Volvo will actually use the CMA platform for its first electric car, or if it will introduce a new platform that is even smaller. 

 Volvo also plans to launch another larger electric car by 2019

Volvo will also build an all-electric vehicle on its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, which is the same platform the company used for its second-generation XC90 SUV and its 90-Series sedan. 

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Do you worry about money?

3 reasons not to worry about money

Written by Hope on 08/03/2015
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Finances, Money, Worry
“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.” Proverbs 3:9

The Bible is full of stories showing God working in the lives of wealthy people. Abraham, Israel’s King David, and Lydia (a woman who sold purple dye) are just a few. But when Jesus also said that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” it was a warning that money can hurt more than it helps. (Matthew 19:24). How can you follow Jesus and His Word rather than letting money keep you from following God? Here are 3 truths to help.

Money Will Never Satisfy
Although money is not a bad thing, “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). Christians should not let anything–including money–interfere with their relationship with God. God is a great provider. Even among the wealthy, “those who love money will never have enough” (Ecclesiastes 5:10). The “happiness” found in things money can buy will not last, for “moths eat them and rust destroys them and thieves break through and steal.” (Matthew 6:19) Remember that Jesus gives His joy as a gift–and doesn’t take it back! (John 15:11)

God Gives What We Need
As Christians, we should strive to take good care of anything God blesses us with–including money. Our goal is to use money in a wise way. This includes providing for ourselves, our families and giving to support the local church. But how can you avoid worrying about money? God tells us to focus on Him. Jesus taught, “seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:33). As you deal with and work for your money, “seek God’s will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:6).

If You Are Walking With God, Be Content As He Provides
The Apostle Paul famously wrote, “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have” (Philippians 4:11). God promised to provide for those who put Him first. So you do not have to “worry about anything; instead, pray about everything” (Philippians 4:6). Be faithful with your money, but when you feel worried, “give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you” (Psalm 55:22). Christians can learn to “be satisfied with what you have, for God has said, ‘I will never fail you’” (Hebrews 13:5).

Pray this week:

that God will provide for you and help you learn to glorify Him with your financial resources.

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Is someone talking behind your back?

Karina and Monika were best friends for over 20 years. Since Kindergarten, they stuck together and created and shared wonderful memories. 

Is someone talking behind your back?

The friendship lasted through marriage and divorce and not even when Karina left for Europe for two years did the friendship suffer the tiniest bit. They are best friends and part of a circle of empowering women that meet on a regular basis.

Now the bond is broken. 

Karina heard from one of the new additions to the circle that Monika was talking behind her back. She was so hurt by this betrayal that she could not forgive Monika. 

Cause and Effect of Gossip
The first thing we need to understand is how people connect. We often do not talk about what is really on our minds. Instead of saying: "My marriage is in trouble, and I am afraid my boss hates me," we might say something like: "The terrible weather gave me a migraine again." 

That allows us to communicate that something is on our mind. It also makes it possible to receive the compassion we are longing for. We can connect with someone without alienating ourselves or giving the other one an awkward feeling. The other person has probably problems of his own and can share how bad "the weather" hit them. 

The experiment
When I was about 13, my bestie, Eileen, took me to her home in Ireland for a vacation. We loved to play games. We played two little games:

We went to a park, pointed on our watches and said "You stupid idiot" (in German) to our Irish targets. The people told us the time. After all, we were smiling and pointing to our watches. It was fun until someone who apparently understood German hit Eileen on the head with his newspaper. 

We decided to play it safe for a few days. We replied "terrible, how are you" in the tone of "good, how are you" when someone asked us how we are. Maybe 1 out of 10 reacted and asked: "Why terrible?". The rest did not listen. 

In most everyday situations people do not want to know what is on our mind. Even the least shallow people need to simplify their approach to life sometimes. Can you imagine how much time it would take to shop for groceries if everyone would give a heartfelt reply to the simple question "how are you?".

Talking about the weather is a safe measure of communication that allows the person in need of compassion to receive what they want without scaring others off or giving them an awkward feeling. 

Creating bonds
I am not saying it´s the perfect way to establishing a connection, and I encourage to look for other ways (you will find many on the Aurorasa Coaching blog). But one of the ways people connect is over a shared "enemy" or belief. 

You automatically belong to a group when you put on your ManU shirt before you go to the soccer stadium. Maybe you will form a bond with a stranger when you discuss the incompetent referee. 

Having a common like or dislike are both natural conversation starters. It´s up to us which ones we choose. 

Most of the time when people talk about others the primary intention is to connect with someone. Not to harm the person they speak about. Or it´s just careless and not meant to hurt the topic of the conversation. They do not as much as dislike the person they gossip about.

Still, being the object of gossip is one of the biggest fear of individuals. 

A disser gets snitched out
The "friend" that told Karina that Monika talked about her might not have such an altruistic motive after all. It might create trust if share who is badmouthing you. 

It makes me the "loyal" one. It can help me to find my place in a new circle of people. 

Here´s the thing: A real loyal friend would have stepped up to Monika and told her that they do not appreciate how Monika dishes out.

The snitch girl was new in the circle and still had to proof herself. This is not about evaluating how good or bad a reaction was but understanding its cause. 

Snitch girl enhanced her connection to Karina by "warning" her about her best friend. They could connect via a shared "enemy." Snitch girl has probably no hard feelings against Monika. 

Most of the time when people talk bad about us it is without any evil intent. Hearing about it from a third party can make it seem like a bigger deal than it is. 

Nobody in this example had bad intentions. Karina and Monika have talked things out and what they have learned is that they are grateful that someone showed them that they need to trust each other more. Sadly for the new girl, her attempt to bonding backfired. She fell victim to the fact that friendship is stronger than gossip and that people love treason – but not traitors. 

Karina and Monika re-connected via a "shared enemy". 

Being talked about is a huge fear of people. Hopefully, the questions below can help us to be more relaxed or selective about what we take to heart:

Do I sometimes say something negative about another person? What is my intention when I do so? Does it mean I dislike them? 
Was what someone said about me meant personal? Do I say something similar about others without evil intention?
What is the intention of the person telling me about it? Are they in need of compassion?
What other ways are there to form bonds and create connections?
Could it be that someone is just compensation his own insecurity or dissatisfaction? Or should you maybe invite them to not be scared of you and share their concerns directly with you?
Most of the time gossip is harmless. Only in a tiny number of cases does the person who talks bad about you have the intention of harming you. 

I´d say: Save your energy for the rare occasions that might happen and smile about the rest. 

Most of the times you can learn that someone is in need of empathy, friendship or compassion. I believe we should spread as much positivity as we can. Help those in need of compassion, invite to use empowering forms of bonding and be empathic.

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Usain Bolt is one of the Christian competitors taking a stand for Jesus Christ in the most inspiring way.

Mainstream media tries to force the secular agenda on us during the Olympics, but Usain Bolt is one of the Christian competitors taking a stand for Jesus Christ in the most inspiring way.

Bolt won the hearts of every American at the 2012 Summer Olympics when he paused in mid-interview to honor the U.S. national anthem as it was being played. Bolt politely interrupted the reporter interviewing him and stood at attention, reminding the world what a class act looks like.

The Olympic legend is an inspiration to millions around the world, but it’s what mainstream media is hiding about Usain Bolt that’s touching hearts even more.
Usain Bolt is known for his extraordinary speed and joyous facial expressions while competing, and you don’t have to look too hard to discover where that joy comes from: Bolt is outspoken about his faith in Jesus Christ.

When I learned how mainstream media was hiding Usain Bolt’s devout Christian faith, I knew the world deserved to know the TRUTH about the fastest man alive.

Usain Bolt’s faith in Jesus Christ has always played a prominent role in his life and success. His parents, Wellesley and Jennifer Bolt, instilled him with a devout Christian faith. Bolt prays before every race, and immediately praises God when he’s finished. His strong Christian upbringing equipped him with the desire, discipline and dedication to become the Olympic legend he is today.

Bolt’s parents emphasized the ‘fruit’ of the Holy Spirit to their son, molding him into an honorable man of God. When I learned the details of Usain Bolt’s testimony, I realized God was using him in extraordinary ways.

Usain Bolt could easily let the fame get to his head at a time like this, but the fastest man alive knows where his true fortune can be found — in heaven.

Despite his legendary success, Bolt stays true to his humble roots. He was born on August 21, 1986 in Sherwood Content, a small town in Trelawny, Jamaica. The Bolt family’s faith was put to the test when doctors realized he was born with scoliosis – a condition of the spine where it is curved from side to side. Although the condition has led to a series of injuries in his career, Bolt continues to turn tragedy into triumph.

Bolt had the odds stacked against him, but time and time again, his strength in Jesus Christ allowed him to persevere through every life challenge.

“I’ve worked hard over the years, I’ve been injured and I’ve worked hard through it, and I’ve made it. But if I keep my core and back strong, the scoliosis doesn’t really bother me,” Bolt revealed.

Bolt’s parents, Wellesley and Jennifer, ran the local grocery store and raised their three children in a humble country lifestyle. Where Usain Bolt is from, the people value respect, good manners and honesty. Thankfully, Bolt’s humble upbringing and foundation in Christ keeps him grounded amidst all the Olympic chaos.

“Manners is the key thing. Say, for instance, when you’re growing up, you’re walking down the street, you’ve got to tell everybody ‘Good Morning.’ Everybody. You can’t pass one person,” Bolt explained.

As a child, Bolt enjoyed playing cricket and football in the street with his brother. But everything changed when Bolt realized God blessed him with the gift of running. By the age of 12, Bolt was wowing fans of sprinting with his lightning speed.

Little did Bolt’s parents know then that they were raising a true champion who would use his Olympic platform to spread the message of Jesus Christ…

Although the Olympian has been outspoken about his faith, mainstream media refuses to cover that aspect of Bolt’s story. They recorded his most recent race second-by-second and described Bolt’s personal life — yet they never mentioned his faith, even though Bolt attributes his success to his faith in Jesus Christ.

Bolt intentionally waits for the camera to be on him so his worship can be a public witness for Christ. However, representatives for Bolt say his tradition of giving God the glory before and after each race is consistently ignored by mainstream media. In fact, when he got on his knees to thank God after his most recent victory, the BBC presenter called his act of worship “a moment to himself” instead.

Shortly after, God reminded mainstream media who’s REALLY in charge — he rewarded Bolt for his steadfast faith in the most heartwarming way.

Bolt’s public relations team and members of his family responded saying, “Usain Bolt is a Bible-believing, God-honoring, Jesus-worshipping Christian. But not a whisper from the BBC; not a word of explanation of the real significance of these ‘moments to himself.'”

Bolt made history again at the 2016 Rio Olympics when he won gold in the 100-meter race, making him the first athlete to win three successive titles in the event. He’s smashed world records and won 7 gold medals as a reigning champion at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Despite mainstream media’s constant dismissal of his Christian faith, Bolt defied all odds and reached heights most athletes will never see — all by the grace of God.

Usain Bolt’s testimony illustrates the reward that can only be found when we submit ourselves to Jesus Christ. Instead of being bound by bitterness, Bolt trusted in God’s plan. He didn’t blame the ‘Dealer’ or the other players for the cards he was dealt with — Bolt just made the most of the cards the Dealer handed him, and won.

Please keep Usain Bolt in your prayers as he continues leading others to Jesus Christ through his gift of running. His final race at the 2016 Rio Olympics will share the message of Jesus Christ in the most healing and powerful way – at a time when the world needs it now more than ever.

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“I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on, the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just Judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for His appearance.” – 2 Timothy 4:7-8

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