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Speak up. "If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you” (Matt. 18:15 NIV). “God calls us to be peacemakers, not peacekeepers,” points out Vernick. She says pursuing peace might mean risking conflict in order to bring about a genuine peace (Ps. 34:14; Heb. 12:14 NIV). Speaking up is very different from venting, which can have negative consequences. We should speak the truth to someone in love after we have spent time praying and preparing for our time together. Approach that person in gentleness and with humility (Gal. 6:1 NIV).

Speak up.

Stand up. “But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses” (Matt. 18:16 NIV). God calls us to stand against sin, evil, deception, abuse and wickedness. When others are blind to their sin, God calls us to enlist the help of others. With a supportive person or church by your side, say, “I will not continue to live in fear,” “be lied to” or “be degraded.”

Stand up.

Step back. “If he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector (Matt. 18:17 NIV),” says Jesus. In biblical culture, Jews did not have close, personal relationships with pagans and tax collectors. Vernick says when someone refuses to respond to our concerns, the relationship changes. “You cannot have fellowship with someone who refuses to respect your feelings, doesn’t care about you, won’t respect you and who isn’t honest.” When we step back from the relationship, it helps minimize the damage and gives the other person time to reflect on his behavior and the relationship. It sends a message that a pattern of sinful, destructive behaviors is unacceptable to us and to God.

Step back.

She points out that even when we find it necessary to step back from a situation, God calls us to love. The apostle Paul says, “We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us” (1 Cor. 4:12 NIV). And in Romans 13:10, “Love does no harm (NIV).”

As we learn to identify destructive conflict and apply God’s Word to our situations, we can minimize its damage in our lives. What’s more, we move from victim to victor, honoring God in even the most difficult of circumstances.

Copyright 2008 Mary J. Yerkes. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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#1: The risk of not getting what you think you paid for

Buying the right property in the right location is perhaps the most important part of being a successful real estate investor. And, it’s important to not overspend on a property. For example, make sure you don’t buy a rental property that is more damaged than it looks, or you risk dealing with costly repairs and maintenance.

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Black Panther gave Marvel a fresh spin on superhero films. A predominantly black cast telling a story about colonialism and exploitation, an incredibly realised Afrofuturist setting in Wakanda, and an array of complex female characters who carry the narrative while also finding time to smack wrong 'uns about.

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"I hadn’t thought of that myself, but I liked it,” he admitted. So, he stuck on his copy of Octopussy and started making notes.

"We watched a bunch of Bond films, but that was early research. Once we realised the themes we wanted to explore, we started to watch different films," he said.

"A big one was we realised we were making a film about a guy who lives in this secretive country nobody really knows, he works with his family, his father dies, he has to step into this position of power, and it was like ‘Oh man, we’ve got to look at The Godfather .’ So once we pivoted and looked at the Godfather films, a lot of things opened up for us."

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Yes, it's disappointing to hear someone as cool as Ryan Coogler talking about 'pivoting' to anything, but he's got more than enough credit in the bank at this point to get away with it. He was understandably quite bashful about telling people he wanted to go the full Coppola in a superhero film.

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"You tell people you’re trying to make a superhero movie but it’s going to be like The Godfather , and I was worried about people thinking we were aiming too high."

Coogler also looked to Ron Fricke's documentaries Baraka and Samsara to work out how best to immerse an audience in an unfamiliar Wakandan landscape: "We would screen those with our whole art department and talk about how we wanted the areas in Wakanda to feel."

He also remembered how his wife forced him to go back to the comic books and rediscover how it made him feel as a child when the project threatened to overwhelm him.

"My wife is real cool – she made me go back to the comic book shop where I first found out what Black Panther was, and I went back there and bought a Panther book, and that reminded me of the awesomeness of it.


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We don’t know about you, but we’re always quite excited by any news story that starts with the phrase “scientists have accidentally created” – it’s either going to be something incredible or it’ll be the future plot of a Hollywood movie.

The latest accident features the use of some very quirky genetic manipulation. Courtesy of Indiana University (IU), we now have beetles with functional third eyes. As pointed out by a rather marvelous Angara EmeraldCut Peridot Cocktail Ring in White Gold b4lEcYGGK
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As emphasized by the team, there's no single “gene” that influences the development of the eyes. Plenty work in unison to produce complex effects, and sometimes altering one can have unintended consequences elsewhere.

This means that finding out how to intentionally trigger the appearance of a third eye in the center of the beetle’s forehead isn’t as simple as finding an on-off switch. Saying all that, however, the team discovered that the silencing of just one single gene led to the fusion of two sets of extra eyes.

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