MOST PEACE-FULL STATES
The United States Peace Index purports to be the first state-by-state ranking of America based on levels of peace. The group's standard for measuring a state's serenity was rather simple: "absence of violence." The group focused on homicide rates, percentage of population that is jailed, availability of small arms, number of police officers and overall violent crime rate.
Top 3 Peaceful States:
#2. New Hampshire
Lease Peaceful State:
Maryland was #40. Deleware #36. Virginia #25.
Some good news: According to the USPI, American states are getting MORE peaceful every year!
ARTIST OF THE DAY
Josh Wilson grew up the son of a preacher in Lubbock, Texas. His debut album Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup became one of 2008's biggest success stories. The album was called “the future of Christian pop." and his songs Savior Please and Before the Morning rocked Christian radio coast to coast. This February, Josh Wilson released See You.
“Faith is being sure of what we hope and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
The tension between faith and sight is what See You is all about. Josh is quite the accomplished musician, playing 20 instruments on the record, including, ukulele, hammered dulcimer, and the glockenspiel!
I Refuse evolved as Josh was reading David Platt’s book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. While reading the book, Nashville was hit with a huge flood. It was devastating to Josh's community and spurred him to not just cop out with prayer and go along his merry way - but to step out in action to help his community.
Latest Album: See You
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Q: Who built an altar out of stone, drenched it with water and then saw it consumed by fire from Heaven?
A: Elijah (1 Kings 18:31-38)