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Looking Down the Street…
Supreme Court Makes Decision on Sports Gambling
The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of New Jersey in the case that was formerly known as Chris Christie vs. NCAA, striking down a 25-year-old federal law known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that largely outlawed sports betting outside of Nevada.
According to an article in The Washington Post, the court’s 6–3 decision overruled the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, saying PASPA violates the state’s 10th Amendment rights, thereby creating a path for New Jersey and other states to offer sports betting.
“Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own,” wrote Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., for the majority. “Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not.”
FDA Warns Against Abuse of Popular Diarrhea Medicine
The opioid crisis has taken what the FDA calls "many new and troubling turns," and this is one of them. Opioid addicts are buying a popular diarrhea medicine, loperamide, sold under the brand name Imodium, to get high or as a way to taper off opioids.
According to a report by ABC News, the FDA is taking steps to change the packaging of loperamide to help deter abuse of this drug. It's safe at approved doses, but when taken at 100 times the recommended amount, as some addicts do, it can be deadly, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a recent article for the agency.
The FDA has been aware since June 2016 of some people taking far higher amounts of loperamide than is recommended on the packaging. But at these high doses, the drug has been associated with severely abnormal heart rhythms and even death. To combat this, the FDA began proposing methods to encourage safe use of the drug, including ensuring that negative side effects are clearly written on packaging and that the medicine is not sold in huge amounts. The agency is working with large retailers like Walmart, Amazon, and eBay about changing their packaging.
Americans Are Lonelier Than Ever
The result of some 20,000 people participating in a new nationwide survey published by Cigna shows that Americans are lonelier than ever, with almost 50 percent of those surveyed feeling left out or lonely.
According to an NBC News report, using the UCLA Loneliness Scale to compile scores, those who scored above a 43 on a scale of 20 to 80 were classified as lonely. An astonishing 43 percent Americans sometimes or always feel that their relationships are not meaningful and that they are isolated from others. And 27 percent of Americans rarely or never feel as though there are people who really understand them.
Most alarming: Loneliness scores rose among the generations, with the youngest generation—Gen Z or the iGen, born between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s—scoring a 48.3 overall, as opposed to Millennials, who scored a 45.3. Gen X scored an also-dismal 45.1, and Baby Boomers scored 42.4. Those of grandparenting or great-grandparenting age, the Greatest Generation, were the least lonely, with a score of 38.6.
Increased Diagnosis of Depression Can Be a Good Sign
Depression is on the rise in the United States. A quick glance at the data, which shows rising diagnosis rates, could give the impression that a series of terrible events plunged millions of people into depression. A more nuanced evaluation, however, suggests this isn’t a tale of increasing numbers of depressed Americans. Instead, it shows that people in the U.S. are just as depressed as they ever were—but are increasingly seeking the treatment they need.
According to an article from Quartz, the health insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) released a report on May 10 showing that, according to analysis of the 41 million people it insures, depression diagnoses increased 33 percent from 2013 to 2016. Though women overall are more than twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression, both men and women saw the same 33 percent increase over the three-year period.
Alcohol and Tobacco Are Worst Drugs for Human Health
Alcohol and tobacco are by far the biggest threat to human health around the world, while the harms of illegal drugs “don’t even come close,” a major report on addictive substances has found.
The Global Statistics on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drug Use: 2017 Status Report found a quarter of a billion hours of healthy human life are lost each year because of smoking and drinking, 10 times more than is lost to illicit drug use.
According to an article in the Independent, the study measures the impact in “disability adjusted life years,” which factors in the years lived with cancers, respiratory disease, or cardiovascular disease alongside the lives cut short by things like overdoses.
Study Shows Donor Giving Preferences Are Shifting
A new study released by Community Brands looks at donor experience and expectations, with an aim to help nonprofits assess what their own donors experience and pinpoint where there’s room for improvement.
According to an article in Associations Now, the study showed that 71 percent of those surveyed have donated on a mobile device during the past year. Younger generations are making most—if not all—of their donations through a mobile device. Because of this, researchers urged organization to no longer put off optimizing their websites and donation forms for mobile donors.
In addition to surveying donors on their preferences for making online and offline gifts, the study also looked at their behavior, how much follow-up and personalization affects their giving, and the impact that events have on their giving. To the latter point, researchers said, “There’s a special kind of magic that happens at fundraising events,” and the study’s results prove it. In the study, 78 percent of respondents reported feeling “very or somewhat engaged” after attending an event, and 63 percent of respondents reported that they were more likely to financially support a nonprofit after a positive event experience.
The following job positions are currently open at AGRM member missions. Please visit www.agrm.org/careers to view full descriptions and to apply. Click here for instructions on using AGRM's Recruiting Center to post open positions for your mission.
Program Manager - Homes for Life: Miracle Hill Ministries, Inc., Greenville, SC
Biblical Pastoral Counselor: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA
Bookkeeper: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Chief Development Officer: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Chief Operating Officer: Helping Up Mission, Inc., Baltimore, MD
Development Associate: The Path of Citrus County, Beverly Hills, CA
Development Director: Home of Grace, Vancleave, MS
Development Officer : The Rescue Mission Tacoma, Tacoma, WA
Development Support/Outreach Coordinator: Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Kalamazoo, MI
Director of Development: Rockford Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc., Rockford, IL
Director of Men’s Ministry: The Scott Mission, Toronto, ON
Director of Operations: Wyoming Rescue Mission, Casper, WY
Donor Development Professional: Madera Rescue Mission, Madera, CA
Events Coordinator: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Executive Director: Jericho Road Ministries, Inc., Brooksville, FL
Executive Director: Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Philadelphia, PA
Food and Beverage Driver: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA
Food Manager: Beacon Light Mission, Wilmington, CA
Food Services Manager: Turlock Gospel Mission, Turlock, CA
Grant Writer: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Health and Wellness Center Manager: San Francisco City Impact, San Francisco, CA
Leader of Women's Addiction Recovery Centre: Union Gospel Mission, Winnipeg, MB
Major Gift Officer: Los Angeles Mission, Los Angeles, CA
Major Gifts Officer: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Marketing & Digital Communications Associate: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Men's Transitional Living Director: Lexington Rescue Mission, Lexington, KY
Overnight Supervisor: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Public Relations Manager: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Resident Advisors: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Salesforce Data Analyst: Atlanta Mission, Atlanta, GA
Senior Director of Development: St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Shelter Manager : Turlock Gospel Mission, Turlock, CA
Shelter Supervisor: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Shepherd's Door Program Manager: Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, OR
Support Services Coordinator: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
volunteer Coordinator: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Women's Recovery Counselor: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA
Where Is Jesus Now?
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades” (Revelation 1:17–18, ESV).
Close your eyes and picture Jesus. Don’t keep reading, just close your eyes and form a picture of him… What does he look like? Where is Jesus in your mind’s eye?
Now, you probably saw either a painting of Jesus with pretty hair and a docile expression, or Jesus hanging on a cross, head dipped in despair.
These are the two most popular depictions of King Jesus. The marginalized peasant and the suffering servant. And Jesus did live his life on earth for the good of others and to the detriment of himself (Mark 10:45).
Do you know where Jesus is right now?
“Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength” (Revelation 1:12–16).
Jesus took on flesh for a time, but he is no longer suffering on a Roman cross. He is alive. He is ruling and reigning, sovereign over all the universe.
He is King in heaven, King over hell, and King upon the earth. There is no glory like His to be seen by the eyes of men.
What was John’s reaction to seeing King Jesus? “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.”
This, too, should be our response to Jesus. If you do not feel awe toward Jesus, maybe you don’t know who He is.
We serve neither the Jesus of pop-culture nor the one depicted by oil paintings and dead relics.
We serve the risen Jesus, the living God. We serve a most capable King.
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