Renew Your Life At Mighty Fortress Church

Mighty Fortress Church is a dynamic and growing Christian ministry based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The mission of the church is to make disciples for Christ and to celebrate God’s presence and goodness in our lives. We believe that caring, compassion, and love are at the heart of the Christian faith, and we practice them in ministering to all those who come into our sanctuary. Watch this video on Youtube.

If you crave a greater purpose in life, if you feel as though there must be a greater plan for your own life and for the world at large, then you can come to Mighty Fortress Church and find out what Christianity has to say about these matters. The Christian faith is not about judgment and condemnation; it is about hope, redemption, and spiritual renewal. At Mighty Fortress Church, you will have the opportunity to explore the tenets of the faith in your own way. You will be given a safe space in which to find your own path to God.

Mighty Fortress Church offers the kind of worship service that every believer can look forward to. We understand that going to church does not appeal to many people because they cannot relate to the dull rituals that occur in so many of them. Our service is authentic in that it allows the presence of God to come into the midst of the congregation. Through the music of the band and choir and the individual gratitude expressed by each parishioner, Mighty Fortress Church creates an atmosphere in which the Holy Spirit can move at will, opening hearts and transforming lives.

Every week, the congregation is given practical biblical principles for pursuing a strong, honest, and prosperous Christian life. The main aim of the message is to apply the lessons of the Bible to everyday life.



Mighty Fortress Church invites everyone to come as they are. You do not need fancy dress or stylish clothes to be welcome in the house of God.

Bishop Thomas Williams is the founder and Senior Pastor of Mighty Fortress Church. He has been a minister of the word of God for over 30 years. Read more on

Highland Capital Management Makes A Move To The Korean Market

Highland Capital Management, based out of Dallas, Texas, is a thriving investment firm. Along with their affiliates, their total assets under management total roughly $15.4 billion. The company was founded in 1993 by Mark Okada and James Dondero and has grown to become one of the biggest and most experienced alternative credit managers around the world. Highland focuses mainly on credit hedge funds, separate accounts, long only funds, distressed private equity and special situation equity. The company also offers some alternative investments which include emerging markets and natural resources. They offer their plans through pension plans, endowments, foundations, financial institutions and high net worth individuals. Read more at Biz Journals about Highland Capital.

More recently, over the past summer, Highland Capital Management, with the help of their affiliate Highland Capital Management Korea Ltd., closed out a private equity fund that was healthcare based with $147 million in capital commitments. The anchor for the fund is South Korea’s National Pension Service. The objectives are all specific and within the healthcare industry. The fund will be co-managed by Stonebridge Capital, a private equity and venture capital firm based in Korea.

This will be Highland Capital Management’s first venture into the healthcare based private equity market in Asia. There has been an increase from Asian investors when it comes to this sector over the past few years, generally most investments were done directly or through a multi-purpose fund. The main targets will be the middle market healthcare companies that are located in both Asia and North America. At the point of the announcement, summer of 2017, Highland reported that they had over $1.5 billion in healthcare assets that they were managing. Read this article at PR Newswire.

Highland already has offices in a number of places including New York, Singapore, Sao Paolo, and Seoul, so the move to Korea wasn’t a stretch. While they spend a lot of time focusing on the American market, Highland Capital Management has been exploring foreign markets. With the US healthcare industry facing disruptive forces, this affects the market greatly. With the increased access to healthcare services in Asia, there is a more complex and greater demand in these areas.


Pressure for Peace in Israel Not Helpful

If there is no longer progress in bringing peace to Israel, it is not the Israeli people’s lack of boldness in their decision making. Constructive international engagement is what is needed. Not disapproval.

Daniel Taub, ambassador of Israel to the United Kingdom, returned to Israel in after four years of working in the UK. Much progress had been made in terms of bilateral cooperation, and many conversations regarding prospects for peace had taken place. The belief that the best Britain can do to encourage peace in the Middle East is to put pressure on Israel is a cause for concern.

In recent years, the pressure has been plentiful. Resolutions and campaigns standing against Israel have all attempted to coerce and control. Israel’s response, however, has been firm, shown by the the re-election of the very government their efforts have tried to condemn. Instead, the most progressive steps for peace have been a result of the international community’s empathizing with their concerns.

Daniel Taub believes it is not that the Israeli people have lost boldness in their decisions that progress towards peace has come to a halt. Rather, the polls show that the majority desire ongoing peace with the Palestinians.

Those same polls, however, uncover Israel’s skepticism towards the possibility of such a peace. This is partly due to their disbelief in the international community keeping its promises.

Despite the desire for peace, Israel’s outlook towards the promises of the international community regarding Gaza, Lebanon, and the surrounding region, they fear that an evacuated West Bank might turn into yet another cause for attack against them. This time, closer to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Read more: Daniel Taub | Ideamench and Daniel Taub | Wikipedia

In such a volatile territory, with anarchistic areas being dominated by ruthless jihadist extremists and Iranian proxies, the Israeli people are confounded by the international community’s stance towards their region remaining mostly unchanged.

They have accepted that a different future requires different thinking and a welcoming of opportunities to work with states which they have not worked with before. Still, Daniel Taub says the discussion on peace continues as if Israel and Palestine exist in a vacuum.

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Equities First Holdings Wants People To Use Their Subsidiaries

Equities First Holdings has subsidiaries that they want people to use, and they are using a lot of different services to help out. They have an asset management team, and they have a large set of offices in the UK and Australia to help people. They are expanding to places like New Zealand and South Africa, and they want to be sure that the offices they bring people to will give them the services that they require. It is very simple for someone to have the right kinds of help and loans that they need. They can get help with funding, and they can get the company to offer them asset care and stock based loans that will work for them in any country where they need help.

3 Home Improvement Upgrades That Probably Won’t Increase Your Home’s Value

If you watch home improvement TV shows on HGTV or read a lot of home design magazines, you probably have a laundry list of ways you’d like to upgrade your current home. But despite what you see on television, not every home improvement will help increase the value of your home. In fact, some design choices can actually cost you money. Trulia recently spoke to some professional house flippers and based on their experiences, they had some solid ideas for home improvement do and don’ts.

1) Don’t Make Your Design Too Personal

Sure, you like pigs of all shapes and sizes. But potential buyers are likely to be turned off by your wall-sized pig mural and the states of tiny pigs that cover the front yard. If you are going to make very personal design choices, be sure to stick to things that you can easily remove when it’s time to sell.

2) Pools Are Fun. But They Usually Don’t Make Financial Sense

There are few things in life more fun than walking to the backyard for a quick swim in your bright, shiny pool. But the maintenance on a pool can be expensive and unless you live in Florida or Southern California, many potential buyers may not be looking to take on such a capital-intensive extra. Especially if they can only use it a few months per year.

3) Unnecessary Room Conversions

Sure, the designers on HGTV are always converting an extra bedroom into the master bath and walk-in closet the home owners have always dreamed about. But be very careful about converting rooms if it means you’ll be losing a bedroom. In most cases, a four-bedroom house is likely worth than a three bedroom with a fancy en-suite bathroom. If you want to make the conversion, be aware the decision might cost you when you are ready to sell.

Home Improvement Sales Up

During a bad economy, the average person does not think much about home improvements of any kind. During a rising economy people start to think about making improvements on their home. The US is facing a strong economy. The economy is much stronger than it has been in years. This strong economy trickles down to the local retailers that noticed a big jump in sales during the past holiday season. A tremendous jump in sales was seen all around. Those sales boost were evident in online sales, local sales, and most major credit card companies saw more sales too. Many of those sales were people purchasing home improvement services and products.

Big Boost In Sales
A lot of people might wonder why people are starting to buy more services and products at this stage of the game. Reports are they people are feeling more confident about the present economy. If people are feeling more confident about the economy, they are going to purchase more services and more products. Another reason that there is a sudden boost in home improvement products and service is due to the ease of making purchases online. Now, people are able to go to the computer or mobile device and find the home improvement contractor, plumber, or other type of service without much effort. Online shopping is also another reason that sales hit an all time high.

Lacey & Larkin Fight Back By Defending the Individuals Arpaio Discriminated Against

The cofounders of Front Page Confidential, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, had strong things to say in response to Donald Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, currently the most controversial sheriff in recent American history. Learn more about Jim Larkin: and

Ten years ago, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were personally visited and arrested per Joe Arpaio’s orders for releasing information about an investigation by a grand-jury. During the time of the arrest Lacey was an executive editor of the newspaper chain, Village Voice Media, and Larkin was the CEO. They had recently released a story about the probe in the Phoenix New Times.

Lacey and Larkin made it very clear that the grand jury was scrutinizing them personally. The New Times was very active in publishing information that shared the wrongdoings by Arpaio since he became Sheriff in 1992.

Some of the scariest things carried out under Arpaio’s leadership included cuffing pregnant mothers during childbirth to the tables, the intricacies of Tent City, and the lack of care given to prisoners which lead many of them to premature deaths.

Arpaio has used his power since 1992 to utilize the police force to ensure that he stays in his seat as Sheriff and to counter any others who attempted to run as Maricopa County Sheriff. He carried negativity for years against any media outlets or newspapers that spoke out against his decisions and blatantly ignored many rights given to Latinos that lived in Maricopa county.

He blatantly allowed the police officers working under his reign to discriminate against Hispanics and Latinos and investigate them for no reason at all. No one in this country should feel scared to drive down the street or go for a walk because they might be judged negatively and potentially harassed by the individuals that swear to protect and serve.

Arpaio’s arrest of Lacey and Larkin was an obvious disregard for the First Amendment and raised brows across the entire country. Very quickly after arresting the journalist’s Arpaio had dropped and closed the case after a brief press conference.

Five years after the event Maricopa County paid the journalists over $3 million dollars to settle the wrongful arrest. That money was invested into a nonprofit called the Frontera Fund which fights to ensure that migrants and immigrants’ rights are maintained.

While Larkin and Lacey continue to stand up for the rights of those who are imposed by the pressure of Joe Arpaio and the support he receives from President Donald Trump, Arpaio receives no punishment for the cruelty he imposed on others for the last twenty-four years in Arizona. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

Not only is he avoiding prison time, he has decided recently to run for Senate. Lacey and Larkin, despite the ridiculous system protecting someone as terrible as Arpaio, continue to fight on in defense of Hispanics and Latinos in this country that experience discrimination from the people who should be working to help them.

The Frontera Group is a beautiful result of the disgraceful actions allowed by individuals like Donald Trump and George Arpaio but there is still so much to be done. Luckily their organization will be there to defend those who aren’t given the opportunity to defend themselves.

Lime Crime, China & A New Frontier

The cosmetic industry is one of the most popular and fascinating industries on earth. Some of the biggest names in pop-culture comes from this exclusive industry. This includes Maybelline, MAC, Almay, Revlon and Covergirl. On the other hand, there is a new applicant that’s bidding for the top position, and it’s known as Lime Crime. This company was founded by Russian-immigrant Doe Deere. This extraordinary woman has brought new life back into the mix. Lime Crime uses some of the boldest and most vivid colors with its cosmetics line. Thanks to its huge success, the brand is looking to expand into new territories, which happens to be in China.

Having the ability to sell the products in China could potentially be very lucrative, but there are many stipulations involved when dealing with foreign markets. One of the major issues that is involved with cosmetic wholesale is that the products must be tested on animals. This is a touchy situation because Lime Crime is against animal-testing, and it does not do any testing in this manner. One of the solutions to this issue is that Lime Crime could ship its products from the United States directly to the Chinese market. Of course, there are many issues with this style of shipping because of its complex shipping-logistics. The company would have to pay numerous taxes and manage duties. On top of that, the company would be held responsible for handling any international returns, which can be a headache.

On another note, LimeCrime has partnered with Revolve to handle this matter. Revolve is an e-commerce fashion platform. By using this platform, Lime Crime can by-pass all of the distribution and logistical issues by advertising its products directly to its Chinese fan-base. This partnership was a match made in heaven because Revolve is a legitimate platform, and it shares the same perspective as Lime Crime. Since the Chinese market is already full of counterfeit products, this e-commerce-hub will be put in place for anyone who’s seeking authentic products. In the end, Lime Crime has found a solution that works, and only time will tell if this frontier is successfully conquered.

Beloved Home Improvement Series To Make Reappearance

I remember laying around in the summer afternoons watching back to back episodes of my favorite home improvement series, Trading Spaces, when I was younger. I couldn’t get enough of the transformation that each neighbor’s home would be dragged through while the opposite neighboring team was left to make the design choices for their neighbor’s house. And, at the end of the show, the few tense moments each team would go through to see if the other neighbor would love the new room that their across the street bestie decorated. Some rooms worked,some rooms were spectacular flops, and we all had those designers we loved (or hated).

It was just announced, in the coolest video ever, that the show will be brought back with the original cast, even the original host, Paige Davis, will be present for the redecorating mayhem. Airing on TLC, April 7th, Trading Spaces will be airing a special one hour episode to catch viewers up on what the cast has been doing since the last series ran. And, I believe that this show will be a hit like it’s original airing was. The clip detailing the premier has been viewed 4 million times thus far. But don’t take my word for it, view the clip announcing the series comeback here and enjoy the good vibes.

New Home Improvement Loans Offered By Goldman Sachs

While Goldman Sachs has largely stayed out of the mortgage market since the financial crisis in 2008 (and their settlement with the government in 2016), they’ll once again be offering a loan for homeowners, thought it might not be what you think. In a boon to homeowners everywhere, Marcus by Goldman Sachs now offers home improvement loans. These are personal unsecured fixed rate loans with no fees. It has been difficult in the past for homeowners to get loans for home improvement that offered these terms, so this comes as a relief to anyone embarking on a home improvement or home repair project.

Marcus is Goldman Sach’s online lender that specialize in personal loans and other financial tools for individuals. By offering a simple application along with removing barriers like a home appraisal, this loan offers a wide variety of distinct advantages in comparison to a lot of home improvement loans offered by other financial institutions.

But what does this mean for you if you were planning a home improvement project in the near future? That largely depends on the scope of your project and how many resources you have to pour into it. If you were already planning to take out a loan for your project, this loan might offer a good alternative to whatever loan you were considering before. Be sure to budget out your home improvement project before taking out a loan or beginning your project since you need to know exactly how much you’ll be spending so you can make the best financial decisions possible.