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June 14, 2018 @ 4:58 PM

We like to be entertained.  Fortunately, Scripture calls for it as part of balanced living (e.g., “A cheerful heart is good medicine ..." (Prov 17:22).  Abundant evidence from social sciences shows its benefits.

Thus, it is right that groups and individuals that visit nursing homes should sing to residents or engage in other activities such as a travelogue or slide show, arts/crafts, demonstration of a hobby, skits, comedy, an interpretive dance, or an instrumental recital.  Good show!    Just so you know, Diana was not made up this way when she was on TV.

Entertainment is commendable as far as it goes.  But should not followers of Christ do more than entertain?  Of course we should, and we ......

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February 23, 2016 @ 8:41 PM

DEFEAT YOUR OWN GOLIATHS is the most recent title in the Vitality Bible Study Series and is ready for field testing.  If interested in helping with this, write to me.  See contact page.

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February 9, 2016 @ 11:14 AM

Changes are always made to new products based on suggestions during our field testing phase.  The two titles in field testing mentioned in an earlier blog post are getting good reviews.  Two more titles are in preparation.  "Defeat Your Own Goliaths" guides readers through events of six biblical figures who discovered the depth and completeness of God's care while facing scary situations.  "What Would Jesus Say" is an introduction to biblical communication skills and is 24 pages instead of 16.  It is particularly for those who visit homebound or elderly persons.

Because of the enthusiasm of early users, we are eager to proceed with publication.  We need contributions to make this ...

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January 23, 2016 @ 9:54 PM

Watched an old western movie on TV the other night and now I’m trying to extract some value out of the two hours spent in Couchpotatoland.  In one of the scenes, a rustic character bites a coin to determine if it is gold or brass.  That is a skill that, unfortunately, I haven’t needed, but it seems incumbent on me to make sure that our materials are "the real thing."  We believe they are, and this is a summary of why we have that confidence:

      1. Positive reports from a large, diverse population of people who use the materials.

      2. We have had only one negative comment we have received since we began.

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November 30, 2015 @ 1:13 AM

Two more books in the VITALITY BIBLE STUDY SERIES are in development.  

Be Strong When Storms Come is in field-testing.  (If you have a group of elders who meet at least onces a week and would like to use this, we'll send them to you in return for your comments about what works best.)  It uses stories about Daniel, Jochebed, Esther, Jonah, Paul, and Lydia to illustrate God's faithfulness.  

God of Hope, God of Help is at the writing stage and will have examples from the lives of Elijah, the Widow of Zarephath, Joshua, Rahab, Gideon, and Bartimaeus to show that God has a way out even when things seem to us to be hopeless. (Or should it be "God has a way out especially when things seem to us ...

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November 21, 2015 @ 2:09 PM

Diana and Lota Alsup, V V (that's V V for Valued Volunteer) represented the Center for Bold Action at the annual conference of our local Alzheimer's Association yesterday.  We had a table display of our materials and distributed materials about our programs, especially ElderCaring and a training program planned for January 30, 2016.  They believe it was well worth the effort.  Thanks for your help, Lota!  

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November 14, 2015 @ 8:34 PM

Diana and the ElderCaring program at Falling Water Cumberland Presbyterian Church were featured on a popular local noon-hour TV program this week.  She was interviewed by highly-respected personality, Bill Race, from our ABC affiliate, WTVC.  Thank you, Bill, for your creative and informative work on this project and throughout our community.

Click here to run the short (4 3/4 minutes) video.  This will open in a new window.

We take no responsibiliy for any advertising you may encounter on the other site!

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November 12, 2015 @ 5:14 PM

It is happening!  Copies of Never Too Young, Never Too Old, the first volume of this series, arrive tomorrow and will be in the Gifts and Books section as soon as I can post it.  The purpose of the series is to address problems common among the elderly by showing how God placed his people in positions where they could be useful and enjoy the emotional rewards from their efforts.  The second volume, Be Strong When Storms Come, will begin field testing next week!

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October 21, 2015 @ 2:58 PM

We rejoice that two men that we respect highly have agreed to serve on the Board of Advisors of the Center for Bold Action. The Board has local members who meet together in person and now we are adding selected individuals who will not attend in person because they live at a distance.    

Dr Richard Nelson is a general contractor who lives near Nashville.  He is an accomplished, published poet and was a personal friend of the late Maya Angelou.      

Dr Paul Mathenia is Executive Pastor of East Side Baptist Church in Mountain Home, AR.  

We look forward to receiving godly counsel from these two astute men.

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October 19, 2015 @ 1:31 PM

Diana conducted two-hour workshops recently!  On Oct 7 at Bethel University (McKenzie, TN) and the next evening at Eastside Baptist Church, Mountain Home, AR.    Both were attended by people who are committed to visitation with late-age elders and both workshops received high marks on evaluation forms.  The workshop emphasized the “hands-on” skills of visitation.  (In view of the importance of verbal communication, it might be more accurate to describe the skills as “mouth on” but that just doesn’t seem right!)      The workshops are fun and build confidence by role-playing with materials that are included in the low fee.  These workshops are followed by ......

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