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Brooke and I recently watched an animated Christmas movie released a few years ago titled ‘The Star’. The story features an anthropomorphic donkey who unknowingly finds himself in the midst of the events leading up to Jesus’ birth, all the while yearning for something ‘greater’. It’s a cute movie and probably one that we’ll encourage Wren to watch in the coming years as a kid-friendly way to learn about an important Bible story.

However, it’s important to note that the movie isn’t meant to serve as a literal depiction of the biblical events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Clocking in at 86 minutes of runtime, it entertains more than a few creative liberties to fill the time required to make it a feature-length film. …


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Christmas music is simultaneously the best and worst genre of music. Its songs are a joyful reminder of the Christmas season and the merry feelings that accompany it, but most years it feels like radio stations and department stores play the same 30 song covers over and over.

I’m a big fan of finding different takes on the traditional songs as well as new songs, and so I’ve decided to compile and share a list of the ones I’m listening to the most this season. Some might be new to you, some might not. Some you might enjoy, some you might not. …


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MLMs, or multi-level marketing businesses, are a modern implementation of traditional pyramid schemes. Despite their constant public positioning against this accusation, they engage in unique operating practices that support the idea of people at the top of an organization taking advantage of those at the bottom. These practices include requiring sales associates to purchase their own inventory of products before they can begin selling to customers, as well as relying on the recruitment of other sales associates and their affiliated sales as a primary stream of revenue (often referred to as network marketing).

Chances are, most of us have met or followed someone on social media looking to exit an MLM due to the low chances of experiencing even moderate success. As a result, they were probably stuck with a closet or room full of products they were financially liable for and unable to sell, and a network of friends and family who had grown tired of constantly being sold to. …


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2020 has been a difficult year for many people. We’ve mourned with friends and family as they’ve lost loved ones to the pandemic. We’ve watched men and women lose the ability to financially provide for their families as a result of economic turmoil. We’ve witnessed the political divide in the U.S. grow as corrupt politicians and wealthy businesspeople incite anger and spew false rhetoric for personal gain.

And the list goes on.

Unsurprisingly, recent events have prompted Christians across the world to question their beliefs, when in reality, they actually confirm what the Bible tells us —that we’re living in an increasingly hurt and broken world full of people who need love, compassion, and grace. In the gospels, Jesus spends an inordinate amount of time emphasizing the concepts of loving our neighbors and caring for the poor and needy. …


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I’ve always considered myself a good citizen when it comes to politics — I’ve voted in every local, state, and federal election since I’ve been old enough to vote and have always attempted to stay informed on the most politically-relevant topics.

It wasn’t until the last year or two that I developed a more substantial interest in politics, and more specifically the political process and how it influences the decisions that impact our progress as a nation. …


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Introduction

Sometime last year I developed an interest in Old Testament studies, specifically the historicity of the events concerning Israel’s origins. Having attended a combination of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches throughout my life, some of the topics I came across were fairly new to me and not something that I ever remember being covered in Sunday School (at least not in any real depth).

My curiosity was mostly piqued by some difficulties I had run into trying to reconcile modern, mainstream Christianity with the characteristics of the god I’d grown up knowing and experiencing. While the Evangelical perspective is that the Bible is inerrant and infallible, I was interested in learning how the culture at the time the various books had been written might have influenced the scriptures as we know them today. …


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Introduction

If you’ve read my previous tutorial on setting up NGINX Proxy Manager using Cloudflare and a custom domain and are looking for a similar solution that doesn’t require paying for a custom domain, there are several free dynamic DNS providers you can leverage instead. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through using Duck DNS, one of my favorite free alternatives, to accomplish the same task.

Before we begin, if you’ve stumbled upon this tutorial and aren’t sure what a reverse proxy is — it’s a secure way to externally access applications or services installed on a computer or server on a home or internal network. Instead of exposing your network to the internet through port forwarding, a reverse proxy will allow you to set up an application behind an internal firewall that can be accessed through a domain or subdomain name rather than an exposed IP address and port. …


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Introduction

Reverse proxies are helpful for any server administrator who’d like the ability to securely access content outside of their home network while minimizing the risk of exposing their services via port forwarding.

In this guide, I’ll cover how to securely access an application through a custom domain utilizing Cloudflare’s free DNS service and a Docker application called NGINX Proxy Manager. While the guide will be catered towards configuration on Unraid, NGINX Proxy Manager can be installed on most Linux-based operating systems. The process should be fairly similar across distributions.

What We’ll Need

Below is a list of the services and applications I’ll be referencing in this guide. By default, I’ll assume you already have Unraid installed and the basics configured (user shares, hard drives, etc.). The only cost associated with the services below is the custom domain, which shouldn’t cost more than $5–10 on an annual basis. …

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Ethan Sholly

Person. Amateur writer. Jack of many trades, master of none.

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