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  • for all us hope-ers: when things aren’t working out as we’d hoped

    A Holy Experience
    Ann Voskamp
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    So… it didn’t work out. You know — That Thing. You got that letter that said no to that thing that you were dreaming of, praying for, hoping about. No to what your heart was holding on to though your head was telling you not to, no to that dream that you kept telling yourself it was foolish to even dream but you couldn’t — for the life of yourself — stop yourself. You opened that envelope and you stood there with that paper in your hardly trembling hands and you skimmed the words, and you got the gist of it—that you were, frankly, a little wild to ungist. Or, you got…
  • Plowing Hope

    Just A Thought
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:13 pm
    "...That he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope."  (1 Corinthians 9:10b) I recently read this passage of Scripture, found in the latter part of 1 Corinthians 9:10, and it has been rattling around in my head ever since.  The thing that stand out to me is the word 'hope'.  Plowing in hope.  Threshing in
  • What George Mueller Can Teach Us about Prayer

    Crossway Blog
    Matt Tully
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    This post was adapted from Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney. Sign up for a free five-day email course on praying the Bible at A Man of Prayer George Mueller (1805–1898) is widely considered one the greatest men of prayer and faith since the days of the New Testament. He lived nearly the entire nineteenth century, two-thirds of it in Bristol, England. He led four far-reaching, influential ministries, but we know him best today for his orphanages. During a time in England when most orphans lived in miserable workhouses or on the streets, like Charles…
  • Forgive your Enemies

    Your Bible Quotes
    Sonya Richards
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord; I will repay.  Romans 12:19 Often times, maybe even most of the time, when someone has done us wrong, we want to get even, make sure that the person who did this will be punished, and make sure we get our licks in.  This goes against everything that God commands you, the Bible truth which says to love, treat kindly, and forgive your enemies.  You can find the strength and humility needed to bring this to fruition in God’s Word, the only source for Biblical wisdom. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love The post Forgive your Enemies appeared first…
  • Which is Real? Which is Onion?

    Brian McLaren EMC
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    Local Man Knows All He Needs to Know About Muslims Florida Man Declares Gun Shop Muslim-Free Zone Both are sad and ridiculous. If you'd like to understand the causes and cures of religious bigotry and hostility, consider my book Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? With some faith, hope, and love, we can build a beautiful and better world where these sad stories only exist in museums, along with other ugly artifacts of our past.
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  • The Legacy Movement and gospel racial reconciliation

    Jarvis J. Williams
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Major media outlets often report many of America’s inner cities have economic disparities, high crime rates, drug problems, and broken families. These sources virtually never report that there are major works of gospel-centered racial reconciliation happening throughout many of America’s most dangerous inner cities. One movement is called the Legacy. Brian Dye founded and directs the Legacy Movement, which includes Legacy Christian Fellowship, a church-planting movement seeking to
  • North Carolina high court OKs school choice program

    Evan Wilt
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled 4-3 last week in favor of taxpayer-funded scholarships for low-income students to attend private schools. “Most Americans have school choice, but it is only available if you have money,” said Renée Flaherty, an Institute for Justice attorney who advocated in favor of the grants, known as opportunity scholarships. The ruling allows for 2,400 low-income students from kindergarten through 12th grade to receive up to $4,200 toward a private school
  • Possible split threatens CCCU

    J.C. Derrick
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:57 am
    Decisions at Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College spark tension among coalition of Christian schools
  • ‘We can see how much we get out of it’

    Courtney Crandell
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    In latest video from the Center for Medical Progress, Planned Parenthood director talks about per-item price for aborted baby parts
  • Midday Roundup: State Department coughs up more Benghazi docs

    Leigh Jones
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    Document dump. The U.S. State Department will hand over 5,000 documents related to the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya to the House Select Committee on Benghazi today. In exchange, Secretary of State John Kerry’s chief of staff, Jon Finer, will get a reprieve on his Wednesday date to testify before the committee. The document dump is the “second largest production the committee has received and the largest since last summer,” according to committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
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    A Holy Experience

  • when you’re tired of co-existing with your people & want to actually connect

    Ann Voskamp
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Dr. Kimberling and his wife Nancy and have been married over forty years and they say they still work on it every day. Their hope was that they would work awhile at marriage, get it “right”, and then coast for fifty years or so. They realized that this hope was not reality. “7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage” is about purposefully closing the gap each day between where your marriage is and where God wants it to be.  Dr. Kimberling‘s passion is helping people have Awesome Marriages and wherever your marriage is today, he believes God has even greater things… It’s a…
  • unwrapping summer: the absolute easiest way to make this a great, unforgettable summer

    Ann Voskamp
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    When the sun slides down windows, beckoning us to come out now, you have time now to come out and be — it’s like hope and grace begin again with every summer day. And these fleeting summer days unwrap like melting ice cream sandwiches, like gladiolas unfolding unabashedly glad in the garden, like monarchs unfolding out of pearled cocoons in His own perfect time. Try, but really, are there fresher words than those two: summer morning? Summer mornings and the air thick with the spices of a thousand opening flowers and would it matter if we were one of the winged ones that lived only a…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [07.25.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    Happy, happy, happy weekend! Some real, down in the bones JOY to celebrate today! Links & stories this week 100% guaranteed to make you smile a mile wide & believe like crazy in a Good God redeeming everything — and that there’s love everywhere & for ((you))! Serving up only the Good Stuff for you right here: SimonTrnka SimonTrnka SimonTrnka ah, it’s all too miraculous not to go see Joseph Sohm then bask here? every summer needs to go to the best beaches across America <grin> a home that will inspire you to make art today  a fun summer project? incredible…
  • when you’re more than ready to get to Wake Up Singing

    Ann Voskamp
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    Liz Curtis Higgs, the humble, wise (funny!)  author of more than 30 books,  is one of my soul sisters, my mentor and prayer sister. I couldn’t love this woman more —  she’s about as down to earth and warm and happiest grace as it gets. And her latest book, It’s Good to Be Queen, is knocking my socks off as she just knocks it out of the park. Lizzie gets women. Full stop. She gets women’s hearts like no one else quite does — and when you read her? You feel our Father’s heart for His daughters.  So the beauty of  this post from Liz? Well, have a…
  • for all us hope-ers: when things aren’t working out as we’d hoped

    Ann Voskamp
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    So… it didn’t work out. You know — That Thing. You got that letter that said no to that thing that you were dreaming of, praying for, hoping about. No to what your heart was holding on to though your head was telling you not to, no to that dream that you kept telling yourself it was foolish to even dream but you couldn’t — for the life of yourself — stop yourself. You opened that envelope and you stood there with that paper in your hardly trembling hands and you skimmed the words, and you got the gist of it—that you were, frankly, a little wild to ungist. Or, you got…
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    Acton Institute

  • Planned Parenthood and Unfettered Congressional Spending

    22 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    by Zack Pruitt The more
  • 2015 Houston Luncheon with Rev. Robert A. Sirico

    15 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    admission Individual Seats $50 Student Seats $25 Table Sponsorship $600 Event Date:  October 29, 2015 - 12:00pm1:30pm Location:   Omni Houston Hotel Four Riverway Houston, TX 77056 Register Now A luncheon with Rev. Robert A. Sirico President, Acton Institute 12:00 p.m. - Lunch followed by an address by Rev. Sirico For more information or to reserve your seats contact Nick Porter at 616.454.3080 or read more
  • Acton on Tap--"Government: Less is More" with Dr. David Hebert

    15 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    Schedule 6:00pm--Grab a seat & a drink. Extended happy hour drink specials available for Acton on Tap participants! 6:30pm--Introduction 6:40pm--Dr. David Hebert speaks, followed by discussion and Q&A Acton on Tap is a FREE Event!!!! Event Date:  August 25, 2015 - 6:00pm8:00pm Location:   San Chez Bistro 38 W Fulton St Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Parking Local parking garages, lots and street parking nearby. Street parking is free after 6pm. The closest public parking garages to San Chez Bistro include the Gallery Ramp located in the UICA building (enter on…
  • Pope Francis Meets Comrade Mr. President

    15 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    by Jorge Velarde Rosso On July 8, during his whirlwind tour of Latin America, Pope Francis arrived at La Paz, Bolivia. He stayed for two hours before continuing to Santa Cruz de la Sierra where most of his public activities during his visit to Bolivia were more
  • Christian Reformed Church Backs UN Climate Change Agenda

    8 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    by Jordan Ballor When the Christian Reformed Church in North America - CRCNA passed a synodical resolution on climate change in 2012, some wondered "how will doing this hurt?" They concluded You might also like... Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Churchs Social Witness read more
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    Brian McLaren EMC

  • Which is Real? Which is Onion?
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    Local Man Knows All He Needs to Know About Muslims Florida Man Declares Gun Shop Muslim-Free Zone Both are sad and ridiculous. If you'd like to understand the causes and cures of religious bigotry and hostility, consider my book Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? With some faith, hope, and love, we can build a beautiful and better world where these sad stories only exist in museums, along with other ugly artifacts of our past.
  • A reader writes: YOU'VE GONE TOO FAR!
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:08 am
    A reader writes (Note: profanity alert, irony alert): Damn you Brian McLaren (because it is easier and more convenient to blame you than God), I have preached the most difficult sermons the last month. We have gone there. Gone there with race--looking instead of out there, examining ourselves and how racism infects us. How it has infected the systems we participate in. Your book We Make the Road by Walking has been more than prophetic--but it has been God sent. I could not have planned for the texts to line up the way they have, yes, with our national conscience, but also with what is…
  • Friends in New Zealand ...
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    I'll be in your beautiful part of the world August 1-10 - in Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington and Christchurch. You'll find more information here: Hope to see you soon!
  • Struggling with the LGBT issue?
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    For those Christians sincerely struggling to come to terms with LGBT identity, equality, and inclusion, you couldn't ask for a better guide and mentor than my South African friend Graeme. Let me introduce you to him here. Here's his recommended reading list.
  • A reader writes: nothing more than intellectual slaves
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    When I began reading "A New Kind of Christianity", I thought, finally! Then I began to understand that you propose a shift in what the Bible actually represents in our christian experience. Frankly, I struggle with the status change of God breathed to the more jewish interpretation as story for the purpose of teaching. I won't be so close minded as to dismiss the position, but I am struggling with it. When I discovered that you question the validity of atonement, I almost fell out of my chair. This revelation caused me to begin investigating theological history in the church. The history of…
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    Business Blessings

  • Help! My Board is falling apart

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Are relationships between board members tense? Is it hard to find agreement on issues? Is there a board member that you are finding particularly difficult to deal with? Do you have the right mix on your board?   From personal experience I know what it is like to have tension on boards. It curtails the agenda that the board is seeking to achieve and flows down to the rest of the organisation.  As the saying goes, where the head goes the body follows. A lot of the misunderstanding that comes is purely because of lack of or ineffective communication between the board members and the board…
  • And you thought God gave you a tough gig!

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    When you think of Joseph in the Bible most of us think of the Joseph from Genesis and not Joseph the earthly Father of Jesus.  However lately I’ve been reflecting on this Joseph and the task that God gave him to do and wondered if it is not unlike the task that God is calling us to do today. What a job that Joseph was given. The task of being the earthly father to the Son of God. Many of us believe that we have been handed something that is too difficult even impossible. The circumstances around which it is given to us may even appear murky or unclear. But God knows and has a plan for…
  • 10 Key Areas for the new financial year

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Happy New Financial Year! From an accounting perspective a new financial year allows you to close off the books from the last year and start a fresh in the new financial year.  Issues that you have been carrying forward all year and now done and dusted and you can move forward with a new slate. It’s a great picture of what happens when we deal with the sin in our lives.  The old has gone and the new has come! As we step into this new financial year there have been some things on my heart that I felt to share with you.   1.  Relationships are key. Bottom line, people do business…
  • Discover your Life Language Now – Link to complete the Questionnaire

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Based on Romans 12 there are 7 different Life Languages.  Mover, Doer, Influencer, Responder, Shaper, Producer, Contemplator. Want to know what your specific Life Language is? It’s very easy: Step 1: Click on this link: It is important that you enter “businessblessings” as the “KLLP” code so we can access your profile and produce your Group Reports. Step 2: Answer the questions. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes  Make sure you are not being interrupted, distracted or rushed. Step 3: Pay the US$45 Step 4:…
  • Build a Better Business Workshop

    13 May 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Designed to enhance the business skills, profitability and growth of small businesses and delivered in conjunction with TAFE Queensland’s Small Business Solutions, this course provides owners the opportunity to get real business assistance from an accredited industry professional. Participants who complete the full workshop and mentoring program may be eligible to receive a nationally accredited qualification.  (BSB40407 Certificate IV in Small Business Management) Current planned dates are: Tingalpa Monday Nights 21st July, 28th July, 4th August, 11th August, 18th August  …
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • The Road to Character

    Thomas Baker
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:25 pm
    “Character,” like “leadership” and “values,” is one of those virtuous-sounding, malleable words that frequently end up in places like prep school mission statements, where being more specific might be too threatening for everyone concerned. David Brooks, however, thinks character is the very word that describes what’s missing in our garish, self-centered society.
  • Prominent Ladyjerk Gets Happy Ending

    Caroline Belden
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    In the movie Trainwreck, the comedian Amy Schumer stars as a reckless but successful magazine editor who has been drinking for love in all the wrong places. Like Schumer’s sketch-comedy series Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central), Trainwreck contains its share of off-color humor. (“You dress him like that just so no one else wants to have sex with him? That's cool,” she asks her sister about her husband.) She may not be everyone’s cup of tea; critics deride her work as self-gratifying, crude, and offensive. But her fans call her a brilliant, courageous feminist leader. Whatever one…
  • There Will Be No Buckley Revival

    Matthew Sitman
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    "It’s as if he never existed," Andrew Ferguson reports a friend recently commenting about William F. Buckley, Jr., the founder of National Review who died in 2008. Ferguson's friend mainly was referring to Buckley's place—or rather, lack thereof—among the rising generation of writers, and he goes on to suggest that "it’s not clear that younger journalists, tweeting and Snapchatting and texting and Instagramming all the livelong day, have more than a vague notion of who he was." His interlocutor is right, I think, but for reasons Ferguson might be too kind to consider directly. Rather…
  • What's the problem? II

    Margaret O'Brien Steinfels
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Don't want to prolong this discussion, but the Science section of the NYTimes (July 28) tells us some more about fetal research, fetal tissues, and fetal parts pricing. I'm guessing Mr. Daleiden's video prompted the story.
  • A Better Way

    The Editors
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:56 pm
    How good is the deal the United States and its partners have struck with Iran to dismantle that nation’s capacity to build a nuclear weapon? On the face of it, the agreement looks like a remarkable achievement for President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the five major powers that have been in negotiations with Iran. Of course, everything depends on whether Iran’s compliance can be verified with confidence.
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • How Do You Fight Human Trafficking?

    Web Team
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:04 am
    “The girls are being forced to do things they don’t want to do. They were planning to take girls to other countries. I never thought they were going to release me; I even thought my family wasn’t doing anything. I didn’t think I was going to return home.” These are the heartbreaking words of Daniela*, a sponsored teen girl who attends the Compassion Child Development Center at Emmanuel Global Evangelical Church in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as she shares about her time in captivity last year. Human Trafficking in Boliva According to the Organization of American States (OAS), Bolivia is…
  • Conversations with Alumni: Proof That’s Real [VIDEO]

    Maggie Turner
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    I know you’ve thought it. I’ve thought it. If we’re being honest, we’ve ALL thought it… Is this child real? Does this whole sponsorship thing really work? Where is my money really going? When you walk into a Compassion program at any of our local church partners in any of the 26 countries where we are privileged to work, you will find the same holistic program being implemented. But you don’t have to take my word for it…. When this group of nine Alumni sat down to visit with one another, most having just met that day, they shared so many common experiences of the Compassion…
  • I Am One Life

    Web Team
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:04 am
    A few months ago, we saw a picture on Instagram that made us very excited (and yes, we do look when you tag us!). A sponsor named Kensi had posted a picture of herself holding a thank you note to a friend who sponsored a child through Release3. Her joy was evident, and we immediately thought, “That girl should tell her story!” Here’s Kensi’s Release3 story in her own words! Since I became a sponsor nearly six years ago, I’ve shared the life of my sponsored child, Immaculate, with those I love. I even displayed a picture of her at my wedding to symbolize just how important she is to…
  • Conversations with Alumni: What’s for Dinner? [VIDEO]

    Maggie Turner
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    “What’s for dinner?” It was the first question that popped out of your mouth when you got home from school as a kid. You secretly hoped for something different than last night and if you were lucky….you got your favorite meal! Although my family had a short season of eating red beans and rice (Louisiana girl here!), for most of our dinners, I still had other things for breakfast and lunch. Most of my life, I had access to all sorts of food and snacks. The story is very different for children in our program. Our local church partners reach out and enroll those in the most need. And…
  • Nothing But Trust

    Web Team
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Her arms were fastened tight around my neck, her forehead snuggled in my hair. What an embrace Maia gave me when she was told that I was her Compassion Sponsor! At only four years old, she knew what it meant to have a sponsor, and she was overwhelmed. Little did she know this big moment in her life was a moment that I, too, will carry in my heart for years to come. She is the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. We called her Princesa Maia for the rest of the day as she shyly smiled at us in her soft pink dress. Together we twirled and played. Her favorite place was the tire swing, where she…
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    Desiring God

  • Pride Is Your Greatest Problem

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:25 pm
    We’re asked common questions when people find out what we do. Are you a plumber? Get ready to remotely troubleshoot a leaky faucet. A doctor? Get ready for a rundown of mysterious aches and pains. For counselors, somewhere near the top of that list is the question, “What problems do you see most?” Depression, anxiety, anger, marital conflict all make the cut, but my top answer may surprise you. It’s pride. That pride should be the chart-topper actually shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone — and least of all to Christians. Proverbs 6:16–19 lists seven traits that God despises,…
  • Give Your Suitor Some Grace

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    He wasn’t putting himself out there. His indirect attempts at prompting my admissions were not working. I stood firm and resolute. He kept prying. It was our third date, he was putting the feelers out, and I wasn’t having it. No way would I be the first one to jump in the water. I expected him to directly broach the topic of our relationship with me. I wanted him to tell me his feelings first and initiate an official relationship. Yet we were at a stalemate. The awkward silence swallowed our fun evening as it came to a close. When we parted ways, I became angry and began to doubt him.
  • The Ultimate Purpose of the Universe

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    Why would God prepare some people for wrath and destruction? It’s one of the biggest, weightiest questions in all the Bible. In this lab, John Piper uncovers the purpose above every other purpose in the universe, and points to the role wrath plays in God’s bigger design.Watch Now
  • A Call to Teenagers to Be Free

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I am writing for the liberation of teenagers. I write to challenge teenagers to “live as people who are free” (1 Peter 2:16). Be wise and strong and free from the slavery of culture-conformity. To put it another way, I am calling teenagers to a radical, wartime lifestyle. The Creation of “Teenagers” As teenagers, you should know that the idea of “teenagers” was created only seventy years ago. The word “teenager” did not exist before World War II. Between children and adults, there was no such category of human being. You were a child. Then you were a young adult. Just a…
  • Wake Up to the Corrupting Effects of Compromise

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    When I was 22 years old, I worked at a small company where an older salesman bragged to me about how he defrauded customers. I raised serious concerns with him, and it got back to the company owner, who one day decided to give me some fatherly, sage advice. He said, “You know, when I was your age, I also saw things in black and white. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that things are mainly shades of grey.” It was true that I was young, inexperienced, and naive in many things. I’m now close to the age that company owner was back then. I better understand the layered…
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    Emergent Village

  • Transform Your Backyard Into A Peaceful Oasis

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    No matter the size you have to work with you can create a tranquil, peaceful and relaxing area to call your own or to share with family and friends by upgrading your backyard with a Koi pond and waterfall Imagine your own private calming waterfall with Koi fish swimming in the pond. The calming sounds of the waterfall are sure to take you away as soon as you close your eyes and listen to the sound. You will be swept away to a tropical paradise so your body and mind can relax in complete comfort. Image Credits Today, stress is ruling our lives in more ways than we imagine. Physicians have…
  • Why Call on the Professionals for Water Heater Repair and Service

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:46 am
    Getting up in the morning, you jump in the shower, expecting a flow of hot water to ascend upon your head; however, when you are met with an icy blast, chances are there is an issue with your hot water heater. When this happens, the first move you make – after composing yourself from the icy water – should be to call for hot water tank repair in Richmond bcfrom a professional. When you call for professional tank repair in Richmond, BC, you will reap a number of benefits, which include: Getting your tank back up and working quickly Help you save money on your energy bills Provide reliable…
  • 4 Home Improvement Projects to DIY (or Not DIY)

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:08 am
    We live in a time when do-it-yourselfers are celebrated. Everybody’s online trying to figure out how to save a buck, by putting in some elbow grease rather than hiring the pros. But this is not the best strategy to take up. Without the necessary skills of personal capacity for mastery, you can leave your nice little house in worse shape than you found it. While I’m an advocate for DIY, I know when to step away and hire a contractor. Here are two times I might roll up my sleeve, and two times I definitely won’t. DON’T DIY Home InspectionThis is perhaps the most important addition to…
  • 3 Ideas for Getting Money for Home Renovations and Redecorating

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:40 am
    With the emergence of Pinterest and HGTV, any old Jane or Joe can become an interior decorator or home craftsman. With millions and how-tos and tutorials found on YouTube and various home improvement sites, tasks and projects that used to require hiring a professional can now be done by your family after only a few hours of studying and planning. But while executing these plans is now easier than ever, it still takes a decent amount of money to purchase the tools and supplies you’ll need to complete your projects. So with all these new home improvement projects to try your hand at, how can…
  • Benefits Offered by a Prefabricated Metal Structure in Calgary

    20 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    There are quite a few advantages offered by prefabricated metal buildingsin Calgary. In addition to being extremely affordable, these buildings are also more durable and easy to install. Learn more about the advantages offered by these buildings here. Durability The modern prefabricated metal buildings are considered an extremely durable option. They are strong enough to easily withstand strong earthquakes, high winds and snowfall. The metal paneling that is used can also be coated with various aluminum compounds in order to help and prevent rusting while increasing the overall life of the…
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • Trump’s Disturbing Rise Shows Political Intemperance Isn’t Limited to the Left

    Mona Charen
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Donald Trump’s moment is probably fading, but his little balloon ride is disturbing nonetheless. The post Trump’s Disturbing Rise Shows Political Intemperance Isn’t Limited to the Left appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Why Even Pro-Choice Americans Should be Upset with Planned Parenthood

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:56 am
    Even those who hate pro-life politics should be concerned about the fact that Planned Parenthood misleads women about medical procedures. The post Why Even Pro-Choice Americans Should be Upset with Planned Parenthood appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • A Ghost’s Lament

    James Bowman
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    It’s a pity that The Speechwriter will be judged, both for good and ill, in the light of the media sensation created six years ago by Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina. Famous for not hiking the Appalachian Trail, Sanford is Barton Swaim’s former employer and the principal character—under the less-than-cryptic pseudonym of “the governor”—in this immensely sad yet very funny book. Even if Swaim had figured out some way to push the governor to the periphery, though, some stories and characters are just too good not to insert themselves into and take over every lesser matter…
  • Flannery O’Connor and Catholic Realism

    George Weigel
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:20 pm
    From this vale of tears, one can never be sure about the boundaries of acceptable behavior at the Throne of Grace. Is laughter at earthly foibles permitted? Encouraged? I like to think so. Which inclines me to believe that, this past June 3, Miss Mary Flannery O’Connor of Milledgeville, Georgia, was having herself a good cackle. That was the day the U.S. Postal Service released a Flannery O’Connor stamp—a grand idea, unhappily executed by doing a Vogue makeover on Miss O’Connor. The iconic peacock feathers are there, but that doesn’t quite compensate for a portrait of the author…
  • Letter from Cracow, Poland’s Crown Jewel

    George Weigel
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    Cracow — When I first came here 24 years ago, Poland’s cultural and spiritual capital was just beginning to recover from 50 years of deferred maintenance. Unlike every other major Polish city, Cracow was not flattened by World War II. The Wehrmacht got here too quickly in September 1939 to do much damage; Cracow was the gangster-Gauleiter Hans Frank’s headquarters during the Occupation; and the legions of the Thousand-Year Reich left in a hurry in January 1945, intent on destroying the evidence of their genocide at nearby Auschwitz-Birkenau. So Cracow was spared the gratuitous…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Walking with Your Spouse through Uncertainty

    Anne Marie Miller
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    I got the honor of writing over on today about walking with your spouse in uncertain times. We are in that season now. I hope you are blessed by the words and how God is always, always, always working (even when it seems quiet).   Our relationship started wrapped in mystery; I was doing a research paper debunking the science behind online dating and came across his profile. He lived five hours away, but he was cute and his picture was clearly of him on a mission trip. That’s the Western Christian Girl’s aphrodisiac. A quick message sent, followed by emails and…
  • Sharing My Spiritual Gift of Awkwardness – Now Booking 2016

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    After taking most of the year off from traveling and speaking, I’m starting to book events for 2016. If you’re interested in having me speak at your church, retreat, conference, or living room, submit an inquiry here.     The post Sharing My Spiritual Gift of Awkwardness – Now Booking 2016 appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
  • Jesus’ Hidden Years…And Yours

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    I just finished a book called anonymous, which talks about Jesus’ “hidden” years — the first 30 years of his life where we really don’t know much of what happened. The author, Alicia Britt Chole, makes a great point that reminds me that God is always working, building, planning, designing, going before us for good. Often times as mere humans we get frustrated in the waiting times, in the quiet seasons…where we are filled with so much passion and we know our calling and our skills and our gifts but for some reason, it doesn’t seem as if we can…
  • Why the Supreme Court’s Decision to Legalize Gay Marriage is Not the Issue

    Anne Marie Miller
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    An historical decision was made through our Supreme Court in the USA yesterday. Gay marriage in America is officially recognized as receiving the same legal and civil rights as heterosexual marriage. This is an important day in history. I do not want to diminish it. I came across this tweet from a man who I do not know named John McGowan. He said, “Don’t write off America or put your hope in her. Anchor your life in the eternal Word and Kingdom of Christ.” And I could not agree more. Regardless of your views on this decision, Mr. McGowan cuts straight to the core of what is…
  • We Cannot Remove God’s Love From Us

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 May 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Today at (in)courage, I share a slice of Lean on Me.  Here’s a sample for you. To read the full article, click here. I’m so grateful these women were so generous to share a little bit of this book that was many years in the making. And, oh yeah. I punched a wall in it. Over a year had passed since my divorce, and God’s silence was still too much for me. I was out of town, and in my hotel room one evening. I wept. For hours. Why? Why? Why? Where are you? I don’t understand. Still nothing. Still silence. The numbness morphed into anger. I drew myself up on to my knees and faced…
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  • Preparing for Retreat – Thoughts from Henri Nouwen

    Christine Sine
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:41 am
    This week, in preparation for our 24th annual Celtic retreat, I have been rereading Henri Nowen‘s The Genesee Diary: Report from a Trappist Monastery. It profoundly impacted me as I read about the seven months that he spent in a Trappist monastery. Here are a couple of passages I found particularly convicting.  First this passage […]
  • Meditation Monday – Thin Places

    Christine Sine
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:29 am
    For Celtic Christians, God was a key part of all things natural and beautiful. They praised God’s design and creation of all things. All creation was seen as translucent with the glory of God shining through it. The hills, the sky, the sea, the forests were not God, but their spiritual qualities revealed God and […]
  • Creative Suggestions with Broken Glass

    Christine Sine
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    I am very grateful for the many creative suggestions that have been sent our way as regards the broken glass created by the vandalism at the Mustard Seed Village Site. We are planning to incorporate a couple of them into our Celtic retreat programme. (Just 2 weeks left to sign up) Such fun suggestions a […]
  • Let’s get creative with ACTS prayer by Lynne M. Baab

    Christine Sine
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:10 am
    As a young adult I was taught the model of ACTS prayer. Pray this way, my mentors said. Begin with (1) adoration, because you’re entering into the presence of a holy God. Then (2) confession will come naturally because God’s holiness will make you aware of your own sin. After you confess your sin, you’ll […]
  • A Prayer for the Day from St Columba

    Christine Sine
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    I am busily getting ready for our Celtic retreat August 7-9th on Camano Island WA, with an emphasis on reconciliation and drawing on the life of St Columba, the Irish monk who started the monastery on Iona off the west coast of Scotland. The above prayer is one that we will use during the day and […]
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • The Future of Evangelicalism at Patheos

    Jake Meador
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    I contributed to the Patheos forum on the question of evangelicalism’s future: At the heart of American Evangelicalism has always been an unhealthy alliance between the two types of Americans that Wallace Stegner has described as “boomers” and “stickers.” Boomers are the industrialists, the progressives (in the general sense of believing in inevitable social progress, not the more specific political sense), the people who move from work to work, always in motion, always growing, always trying new things in hopes of earning more money or “advancing”…
  • In Search of Sanctuary: Reviewing Young Evangelical Memoirs

    Jake Meador
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    “All I wanted was a safe place to be. Like so many, I was in search of sanctuary.” ~ Rachel Held Evans I. Exhaustion On a cold rainy day in the suburbs of Chicago, Addie Zierman’s mom pulled into school to drop off her teenage daughter. They were an hour early because Zierman, a student leader in her youth group, planned to attend the annual See You at the Pole event where evangelical students rally round their school’s flagpole to pray for the school and witness to their peers. After assuring her mother multiple times that yes, she really did want to do this, Zierman…
  • A Resignation Letter

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    Let me get this out of the way, so no one else has to say it:“Farewell, Matthew Lee Anderson.” Effective immediately, I am stepping down as Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy and handing full control of the site over to Jake Meador. He will assume responsibility for all aspects of the site. If he makes me “Emeritus Writer,” well, I won’t turn him down. I am also indefinitely departing from Twitter, though I will be carrying on with Mere Fidelity.  Whenever we get off our summer holiday, that is (which should be next week). Eleven years ago, a friend and advisor told me that I should…
  • The Distortions of Progressive Christians: How Religious Liberty is in Danger

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    “You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver. That is something I will not do.” So said Baronelle Stutzman, a seventy-year old florist who has been sued by the State of Washington and by Rob Ingersoll in both her personal capacity and in her business for declining to provide flowers for Ingersoll’s wedding, a decision she reached after prayer and careful consideration. Ingersoll is gay. But he had also been a customer for some nine years, during which Stutzman had formed a close relationship with him, so…
  • Anthony Kennedy was *Almost* Right: Post-Obergefell Thoughts on Where We Go Now

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:29 am
    Anthony Kennedy was almost right. While his inventive reading of the Constitution in Obergefell vs. Hodges has been widely and panned by both liberals and conservatives, his transcendentalizing of marriage is precisely the kind of understanding to which defenders of traditional marriage can and should offer a hearty and enthusiastic ‘yes.’ When it comes to constitutional reasoning, Obergefell is a disaster. But when it comes to our nation’s culture of marriage, Obergefell provides traditional Christians the best opportunity we have had in fifty years to make a more persuasive…
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    Red Letter Believers

  • Competence breeds confidence: Why I’m comfortable with my surgery today

    David Rupert
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today, I go under the knife for a multi-hour surgery. After several months of dragging an unwilling limb around, I’m having a hip replaced.  It’s really a new malady. In January, I visited the doctor because of a clicking in my hip. That was the beginning of a breakdown in the joint. Every week it has worsened; from a slight irritation to a limp to a now-constant pain. Apparently, I have lived with a certain dysplasia in my joint for all my life. The hip ball never quite fit right in the socket and thus degenerated earlier than normal. It’s been of little comfort to talk to people who…
  • “My daughter’s a Muslim!” When children step away from the faith

    David Rupert
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    Earlier this week, I published a post called, “When Children Disappoint.” It told the stories of Christian parents whose children take turns that hurt the parents. Substance abuse, trouble with the law, relationships and walking different paths from how they were raised. In just three days, it’s become the all-time most shared post. And the reason for that? It’s because this issue is so raw and real with so many Christian families. Earlier this month, my fellow Denver neighbor Patricia Raybon and her daughter released a book, Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian…
  • When children disappoint

    David Rupert
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:13 am
    “How could this child have come from us?” I read the words of Arlene Holmes and my heart stopped. Her son is the young man who went on a rampage in the Aurora movie theater, killing 12 and wounding 70. “Grief and alienation” is how the Denver Post describes the feelings of the parents of James Holmes. There is no disputing the fact that their son killed people without regard. The only thing left for the jury to decide is if he was crazy or a cold-blooded killer. Either of those are terrible conclusions for a parent. Dylan Roof, who killed nine in a Charleston church forever…
  • I don’t hate you. I just disagree with your position.

    David Rupert
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    For once in my life, I actually decided to think before I spoke. I’ve let the whole thing slow down to a dull roar before jumping in. The emotions surrounding the gay marriage decision by the Supreme Court in May were running high – and still are in many quarters. Rainbow flags are flying, hashtags are tweeting and the rhetoric is thick. Some are smiling. Some are disheartened. A few don’t care. Observers who call this a “historic decision,” are accurate. With at least 10,000 years in the books, traditional marriage has been the norm. And this new definition opens our society…
  • Looking at race — Through their eyes

    David Rupert
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:01 am
    Unsettled. There it is again. This has been happening plenty lately as I’ve gone to the Middle East, marched with Ethiopians and now this. It’s just three days after the horrific shooting in a church in Charleston. Nine people, open bibles, heads bowed, seeking God. They should have been safe. They shouldn’t have to worry about murder and death.  Mothers. Fathers. Sisters. And a pastor…gone, snuffed out by a man bent on starting a war between the races What he didn’t know is that he actually might have ignited a campaign of love.  What he intended for evil, God will use…
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • 24 Frames

    Steve McCoy
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    This is my favorite song right now. It on repeat. It's a new song from Jason Isbell's new album Something More Than Free called "24 Frames." You thought God was an architect, now you knowHe’s something like a pipe bomb ready to blowAnd everything you built that’s all for show goes up in flamesIn 24 frames
  • Little Darts & Hand Grenades

    Steve McCoy
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:26 am
    "...between...times of devotion, labor to be much in ejaculatory prayer. While your hands are busy with the world, let your hearts still talk with God; not in twenty sentences at a time, for such an interval might be inconsistent with your calling, but in broken sentences and interjections. It is always wrong to present one duty to God stained with the blood of another, and that we should do if we spoiled study or labor by running away to pray at all hours; but we may, without this, let short sentences go up to heaven, ay, and we may shoot upwards cries, and single words, such as an…
  • Father John Misty Covers Arcade Fire

    Steve McCoy
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    This is great whether you like Father John Misty, Arcade Fire, or just good music. 
  • Is God Anti-Gay?

    Steve McCoy
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:06 am
    Heard a great discussion with Sam Allberry yesterday about his book Is God Anti-Gay? (Kindle only $5.99). Once again The Good Book Company is showing that they are serious about publishing important (and often wonderfully succinct!) books for our time.You can listen here to the discussion on Westminster Seminary California's podcast, Office Hours. Sam also gave a lecture while at Westminster.I also discovered this talk Sam gave at the ERLC national conference in 2014 which I remember hearing about but until now hadn't heard. Good stuff.
  • A Fox, a Drummer, and an Axe

    Steve McCoy
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:38 am
    This is maybe the first time Fox News seemed interesting to me. #Genius
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • The Kingdom in Person

    Fred Sanders
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
    Origen of Alexandria (ca 184-254) apparently coined the word “autobasileia,” meaning something like “the kingdom in person.” It was in his commentary on Matthew 18, as he was discussing the parable that begins: “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.” Origen, who had by this time worked through a number of parables of the kingdom, seems struck by the fact that now, in this one, Jesus compares the kingdom to a king. In fact, what Origen is staring at is the Greek text whose idiom and word…
  • The Very Atmosphere Mentally Absorbed

    Fred Sanders
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:03 am
    The age of the full-scale “hellenization” critique of early Christian doctrine seems to have passed, at least for now: anybody who wants to assert that the church’s early thinkers allowed the pure biblical message to be contaminated by Greek thought has to write so many footnotes qualifying the charge, answering compelling objections, making reasonable concessions, and adding nuance, that it’s hardly worth doing (See for example Chr. Markschies’ 2012 article “Does it Make Sense to Speak about a ‘Hellenization’ of Christianity in…
  • Theology of the Pastoral Epistles (Lecture)

    Fred Sanders
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    Here is video of a lecture I gave last semester on the theology of the pastoral epistles. The time I spent studying Titus and 1 & 2 Timothy last year at Los Angeles Bible Training School was very productive theologically. It seems like there have always been plenty of reasons to neglect and marginalize these letters, and I learned a lot from doing the work of setting them right in the center of Pauline thought –or perhaps at the summit of Pauline thought, since they ought to be read as “the later Paul.” I don’t have plans to write anything on the pastorals in…
  • No Mules Were Skinned: The History of the Muleskinner Blues

    Fred Sanders
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Let’s say you get obsessed with a song. And let’s say it’s an old song, one that’s been around a long time and has been performed so many ways that it’s no longer possible to name any particular version of it as definitive. If you’re like me, that’s when you fire up a Youtube search and start tracing the journey the song has taken. Tracking a song’s history like this is one of my favorite things to do. No kidding: Start digging at “Louie Louie” or “Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream)” and revelations await you. And I can…
  • Are Artists Creators?

    Matt Jenson
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    What do people do when they make a work of art? What do we mean when we speak of human creativity? Are artists creators? Humans are made in the image of God; does this imply that, in our creativity, we mirror his creating? Surely in some sense, human uniqueness includes our capacity to intentionally shape the world. Any living being can shape the world, but only humans shape it with intention, having considered the world and decided to shape it in a certain fashion. But then, we are shaping something that already exists, a big, fat, unavoidable given. Imagine human creativity absence of any…
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    The Lutheran

  • Ecumenism blossoms in Georgia

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Full fellowship between Lutherans in the ELCA and Episcopalians was declared in 1999 and has resulted in many cooperative ministries and the sharing of pastors. In the last few years, that cooperation in the Southeastern Synod has blossomed like magnolias in May.  A retired ELCA pastor serves an Episcopal congregation in Tybee Island, Ga., and an ELCA pastor is now vicar of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Woodbine, Ga.  Another ELCA pastor, John Pearce, serves St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, a mission in Columbus, Ga. The Southeastern Synod…
  • Annual rummage sale supports seminarians

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The rummage sale at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa, provides more than an opportunity to buy a 25-cent vase. It supports those in need, makes neighbors aware of the church, and has resulted in more than $37,000 for church renovation and tuition for seminarians from the congregation. The three-day event, which is held every October in the church gymnasium, takes a year to plan ( Throughout the year, donations are stored as they arrive: sporting goods and electronics; clothing and shoes; tools, garden and household items; antiques and…
  • Service, mission top gatherings

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Editor’s note: This year The Lutheran asked synod communicators to share a  highlight from assemblies, which ended in June. What made a difference to participants? What was the most important part of the assembly? Responses received by presstime are included on these pages. When provided, there is a Web address for more information. Assembly reports also appeared in the July issue (page 38).   North Carolina, May 28-30, Greensboro, N.C. The assembly met under the theme “Forward Together.” Voting members elected a new leader (see page 40) and…
  • On forgiveness and childhood sex abuse

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Recent revelations about abuse in the Duggar family, known for TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, and the ensuing public discourse, has motivated me to write about my experience as an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse.   With the help of many years of therapy, particularly EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and the tender companionship of a husband who both gave me space and held me close when I tried to run or self-harm, I am where I am. Supportive friends, survivor networks and most certainly the grace of God also have made me strong. I’m a…
  • Take some time to share insights

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This summer finds The Lutheran and others in Strategic Communications of the churchwide organization working to determine how we might better reach ELCAmembers with news and information that informs faith and unites us as a church. What we’re planning is a robust storytelling website that combines articles from the magazine with those of the blogging microsite Living Lutheran, plus full access to ELCA news releases and material on the denomination’s main site. It would be coupled with a regularly distributed e-news digest highlighting the best stories we have…
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    Century Blog

  • Advice to prudent preachers

    Steve Woolley
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Max Stackhouse, in his essay on “Public Theology and Ethical Judgment,” asks, “What allows human life to flourish so that the common life can flourish?” If it is a question that is ever asked in the congregational setting, it will drive teaching and preaching toward other questions, and some answers, in the political realm of the life of the community. read more
  • New today: Trafficking in ideas, lectionary column, Caitlyn Jenner is doing the Lord's work

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • Five liberal excuses to do absolutely nothing

    Carol Howard Merritt
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The person has been robbed and beaten. He’s bleeding on the side of the road. Unlike the Good Samaritan, we step over him. But we have really great reasons for why we do it. read more
  • In I am Cait, Caitlyn Jenner is doing the Lord’s work

    Lily Burana
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Caitlyn Jenner, Olympic athlete turned world-class glamour girl, took the planet by storm in April when she sat down for an interview with Diane Sawyer and announced her ongoing transition from male to female.Now she’s back with an eight-episode miniseries, “I Am Cait,” that debuted Sunday (July 26) on E!. The show, which airs in 154 countries and in 24 languages, serves as both classic reality TV lookie-loo entertainment and a spiritual exercise. read more
  • New today: The ethical world of multiplayer gaming, multiversal creation and process theology, the 25th anniversary of the ADA

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
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  • When Theology "Justifies" Foolishness

    Roger Mugs
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:07 am
    When the Europeans were first arriving in the North America they were rejoicing over the slaughter of the natives. They’d share the gospel and, without near immediate repentance, they would slaughter and somehow feel guiltless as they moved on. Today, missionaries are trying to learn how leave as little collateral damage as possible. But we still don’t have it figured out. Partly because our theology justifies our actions to ourselves now as it did then. Just for different things. In what things do I use my theology to justify my actions—and will I one day believe I was way off…
  • Comfort's Relationship with the Supernatural

    Roger Mugs
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    Our level of comfort seems to affect our ability to see the supernatural. The more comfortable we are, the less we ask for the supernatural, or expect it, because we don’t feel we need it. Certainly the finances to put food on our own table day in and day out has us seldom praying for food. And as such, the Lord doesn’t need to provide it supernaturally. But when you’re hungry, and your kids are hungry, you pray and pray, and your expectation that the Lord will provide is heightened because He has to, and He does. The more spiritually oppressive the place is, the more you…
  • Good Christians Don't Play Video Games

    Roger Mugs
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    A few years ago, when we were home on a furlough, a couple had us over to talk about our missionary life. After talking for a bit the father mentioned to me that his son liked to play video games, he said this with some disappointment in his voice. I didn’t notice at first and I expressed excitement. I also like video games. I talked with his son about the games I played when I was a kid and we laughed about a few he still knows. But apparently I did that wrong. The father wanted me to condemn it. Maybe I should have been “hyper spiritual.” But I’m not. And I…
  • God Give Us Maturity, Patience For Your People

    Roger Mugs
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:32 am
    If you're in ministry, you know the feeling. You're sitting around a table and taking prayer requests—you have exactly 90 minutes to pray for just about every need in your church or ministry—and the person you're hoping wouldn't start talking, starts to talk. This is the guy who starts to tell about one thing and then tangents off to another, slowing only to glance at his notebook and make sure he hits every point he spent the morning writing down. Every time his speech lets up and you think you'll be able to interrupt, he just says "um, um, um," as loudly and quickly as possible to keep…
  • The Dehumanizing Job Hunt

    Roger Mugs
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Giving up a career in the mission field was hard. I had a lot of authority. And I gave it up.Now I'm looking at a industry change, and then it's even harder. Some people can see past the ten years experience as a missionary on my resume, and many cannot. Especially in Colorado.About six weeks ago I flew out to Denver and interviewed with four different companies. All four interviews went fantastic. But once I got an official "no" from one of them, I went from thinking "I'm the most awesome person in the whole world and everyone is going to want to hire me," to "Nobody likes me, everybody…
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    Think Christian Articles

  • Does Donald Trump need to repent?

    Chad Thornhill
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    Posted on 07/28/15 Donald Trump has certainly added spice to the politics-as-usual flavor of the presidential primary season. Whether it is his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants, his critique of John McCain’s status as a war hero, his support of Mike Huckabee’s much-criticized Holocaust analogy, his broadcasting of Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number or his labelling of Hillary Clinton as a “criminal,” Trump has mustered more public outrage and interest than most other candidates in an election cycle combined. His demeanor and message seems…
  • Instead of Facebook, a book of faces

    Tamara Hill Murphy
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    Posted on 07/28/15 A book of photographs titled Face elicits obvious comparisons to the social media giant. The latest from photographer Bruce Gilden, the collection of portraits might be more appropriately titled Mug Shot. If these folks filled your Facebook news feed with selfies, you’d probably be tempted to click the “hide” option. In a world overflowing with Photoshopped and filtered images, Face stops our scrolling in its tracks and makes us evaluate exactly what it is we’re seeking. The 50 subjects in Gilden’s project aren’t beautiful by conventional…
  • California’s drought and a Christian ethic of water

    Erica Schemper
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:25 am
    Posted on 07/27/15 A few miles from the town where I live on the San Francisco peninsula, there is a monument to water: the Pulgas Water Temple. It’s a Beaux Arts-style temple, with a reflecting pool set in a green, grassy lawn. The temple bears these words from Isaiah: “I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people.” The temple celebrates the 1934 completion of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and its aqueducts, bringing Sierra Nevada snowmelt water across California to supply the city of San Francisco and the peninsula. But the Pulgas Water…
  • Stephen Hawking and the body of Christ

    Bethany Keeley-Jonker
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    Posted on 07/22/15 In an interesting article in the June edition of Epic magazine, Helene Mialet writes about people’s response to her 10-year ethnographic study of the social fabric (people and machines) that surround Stephen Hawking and allow him to be the Stephen Hawking we recognize and respect. As an ethnographer, Mialet is interested in how Hawking’s ability to do what he does as a scientist is dependent upon the social factors that surround him. Mialet suggests that while this interdependence is true for everyone, it is particularly true for people we regard as…
  • Humbled by Pluto

    Branson Parler
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Posted on 07/20/15 After traveling 3.6 billion miles, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft came within 7,700 miles of Pluto last week, sending us close-up images of that dwarf planet for the first time. The pictures shed new, surprising insight, including huge mountains likely made of water ice. There were also no impact craters on the surface of Pluto, indicating that the surface is (relatively) young. Another surprise was that Charon, Pluto’s largest moon, is not geologically dead, but still active. The entire New Horizons mission is mind-boggling to me, in its scope and…
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  • Husbands, It’s Okay To Be Attracted To Images Of Other Women

    Shaunti Feldhahn
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Within days of releasing For Women Onlybased on my research study of the inner lives of men, my husband Jeff told me it was all his male buddies wanted to talk about. Not because their wives could finally understand them… but because they could finally understand themselves. The most popular topic of discussion? The “Visual” chapter, where I explained that even the most honorable, happily-married men are confronted every day in this culture by dozens of attractive, sexualized images of other women that they don’t want to have rattling around in their brains. They have to spend time…
  • 2 Questions to Ask Yourself If You Want Your Marriage to Thrive

    Seth Taylor
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    When a couple gets married, they know a lot about one another. But their relationship winds up being built as much upon their lack of knowledge about one another as it is upon that existing knowledge. Couples walk into every marriage with a set of assumptions and expectations about their spouse that will inevitably bring the relationship to a fork in the road with several paths to take. How can you know which path is the right one? Ask yourself these two questions: 1. What are you protecting? If I may speak for husbands a bit (seeing that I am one), the road we most often take is the one…
  • 35 Million Marriages Could be Ruined by Hack. Worth it?

    Craig Gross
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    News broke earlier this week about the hacking of “adultery” website Ashley Madison, where some “heroic” hackers obtained the personal information of presumably everyone who has an account on the site. Or who had an account. Because while the site’s sleaziness extends to being a hub for people who want to “discreetly” cheat on their spouses (their slogan is “Life is short, have an affair”), it’s grossness knows no bounds: they also charged a fee for people who had second thoughts and wanted to delete their accounts. At the risk of mashing two succinct clichés into one:…
  • Free me.

    XXXchurch Visitor
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Letter to myself: for years you have controlled me, you have driven me further and further from God and from the ministry He has called me to. No longer, by His grave will I let you win. Its time for you to die Letter from my sex addict: i want to be set free. Just as the Israelites in Exodus longed for freedom I long for freedom and only God can make me free. The post Free me. appeared first on
  • Triumph Is my Name, Temptation Will Suffer In pain

    XXXchurch Visitor
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    Letter to myself: Letter to my food, sex and lust addict, loneliness, fear of rejection, fear of worthlessness, fear of not being able to stop. Accecpt my Fear and sin and Faith it to I make it to the promise land of Gods plan by the Goals he leads me to set. I. Victory comes through “Guarding my Temptation Quotient” 2 Cor 2:11b … I am not ignorant of Satan’s devise. (His methods, strategies and approaches) He attacks when I am weakest: ” No Right or wrong answer, Simply am where, I am.” 1 to 10 Scale determine: 1. How Physically exhausted/tired am I? Vs.
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  • [Podcast] ★ The Disconnect: Part Two with Doug Franklin ★

    Terrace Crawford
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:03 pm
    The 23rd episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday. from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 23 ★ The Disconnect: Part Two with Doug Franklin ★ What if you … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ Bridging the Gap Between Youth Pastors & Senior Pastors ★

    Terrace Crawford
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The 22nd episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday. from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 22 ★ The Disconnect: Bridging the Gap Between Youth Pastors and Senior Pastors … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ Q&A: Answering Your Questions! ★

    Terrace Crawford
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    The 21st episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday. from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 21 ★ Q&A: Answering Your Questions! ★ Terrace Crawford answers your questions — … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ Sex Matters, Part Two ★

    Terrace Crawford
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    The 20th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday. from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 20: ★ Sex Matters with Jonathan McKee ★ This is Part Two of Terrace’s … Continue reading →
  • Free Video Training for Adult Volunteers!

    Terrace Crawford
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    One of my favorite partners in ministry is with my friends at LeaderTreks. These guys know how to equip your ministry and help you build leaders! Recently they released some videos to help train your adult leaders. And the best … Continue reading →
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    Digging The Word

  • Flawless

    Rick Morgan
    18 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    You have blown it plenty of times but the cross can make you flawless."Flawless" - MercyMeThere’s got to be more Than going back and forth From doing right to doing wrong ‘Cause we were taught that’s who we are Come on get in line right behind me You along with everybody Thinking there’s worth in what you do Then Like a hero who takes the stage when We’re on the edge of our seats saying it’s too late Well let me introduce you to amazing grace No matter the bumps No matter the bruises No matter the scars Still the…
  • It's All About Him

    Rick Morgan
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    God is great and he treats me way better than I deserve.Nehemiah 9:2  Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners as they confessed their own sins and the sins of their ancestors.Nehemiah 9:6-10  "You alone are the LORD. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship You.7  "You are the LORD God, who chose Abram and brought him from Ur of the Chaldeans and renamed him Abraham.  8  When he had proved himself faithful, You made a…
  • Life Is Hard So Come To Jesus

    Rick Morgan
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    When life don't seem worth living and you need a helping hand.  Oh, my baby, when you're olderMaybe then you'll understandYou have angels to dance around your shoulders'Cause at times in life you need a helping handOh, my baby, when you're prayin'Leave your burden by my doorYou have Jesus standing at your bedsideTo keep you calm, keep you safe,Away from harmWorry not my daughters,Worry not my sonsChild, when life don't seem worth livin'Come to Jesus and let Him hold you in His armsOh, my baby, when you're cryin'Never hide your face from me'cause I have conquered hell and driven out the…
  • Reactions To Jesus Offer

    Rick Morgan
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    You have to decide what you will do with Jesus.  John 7:37-38  On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, "Anyone who is thirsty may come to Me!  38  Anyone who believes in Me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, 'Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.'"John 7:40-46  When the crowds heard Him say this, some of them declared, "Surely this man is the Prophet we've been expecting."  41  Others said, "He is the Messiah." Still others said, "But He can't be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee?  42…
  • Come To Jesus

    Rick Morgan
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:06 am
    Jesus is God and he is able to satisfy your thirsty soul better than anything else.John 7:30-32  Then the leaders tried to arrest Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His time had not yet come.  31  Many among the crowds at the Temple believed in Him. "After all," they said, "would you expect the Messiah to do more miraculous signs than this man has done?"  32  When the Pharisees heard that the crowds were whispering such things, they and the leading priests sent Temple guards to arrest Jesus.John 7:37-38  On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus…
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  • Conviction > Consensus

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Boy, do I love that: And then there’s this via Mark Suster: No answers are obvious or everybody would be doing these things. I am amazed at how some entrepreneurial teams dither. I watch founders who want to get “air cover” for hard decisions by getting too much input from their teams or boards. I watch management team hedge by building multiple products and spreading resources too thinly versus having strong conviction in their core ideas. Often I think this is because poor leaders are too worried about being loved. Respect > Love. I haven’t used the word…
  • Discipline is a Greater Utility than Passion

    26 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    I have discovered this plain and simple fact: Discipline is of far greater use and has a much wider (and deeper) level of utility than passion. The reason is because most of the things that I’m passionate about actually change, if that makes sense. But, more importantly, it’s too hard to know the difference at times between what I’m passionate about and what I’m really, really, really, into. In other words, I can be too easily deceived about the depth of my interest in someone and/or some thing rather than an authentic life-long, unchangeable passion. I mean, we…
  • Breakout Career Advice

    25 Jul 2015 | 10:15 pm
    An interesting resource to help others figure out their career path, especially engineers and/or designers. The first two, What should I do with my life? and How should I think about my career? are particularly useful. One of the best things about being alive today is that there is so much information freely available about the whats and the hows and even the whys of life. You can find an infinite number of resources to guide you through some of life’s most challenging things. And yet, the same things always stop people from moving forward, regardless of how much information they may…
  • On Loving Discipline

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:48 pm
    No one loves being disciplined, as kids and as adults. I suppose the stakes are higher when you’re an adult than when you’re a kid but it stings all the same. My wife and I have to discipline our two daughters all the time. This shouldn’t be a surprise, in general, but what I am surprised is the fact that it hurts me a lot to do it. The old adage is apparently true, that it might just hurt me as much as it is going to hurt them (in that parenting way, of course). The scriptures, via Proverbs 12:1, says that “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates…
  • We Must Strive to Be Ourselves

    23 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    This, via Hunter S. Thompson, is too good to pass up. Read this and I hope that it impacts your thinking about your vocation, job, career, career goals, and the like: To put our faith in tangible goals would seem to be, at best, unwise. So we do not strive to be firemen, we do not strive to be bankers, nor policemen, nor doctors. WE STRIVE TO BE OURSELVES. But don’t misunderstand me. I don’t mean that we can’t BE firemen, bankers, or doctors—but that we must make the goal conform to the individual, rather than make the individual conform to the goal. In every man, heredity and…
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Noah’s Prayer Whilst in the Ark

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:29 am
    This was written by Gary O’Dwyer who gives pastoral leadership to Christ the Servant, a spiritual community near Cobourg, Ontario that we have been privileged to worship with on four or five different occasions. This was written as part of a Creation Liturgy, and while we don’t really know what Noah prayed on board the Ark, this could come fairly close… Lord, I am grateful…Really I am. We’re all safe in the ark when everyone else is gone. And Lord, I am sorry about the phoenix. We didn’t believe the stories; we thought they were old wives’ tales. How it got hold of…
  • The Heavens Are Telling: A Review of Story in the Stars

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:07 am
    Several years ago I was made aware of First Century Foundations, the ministry of Joe Amaral. Joe and his wife Karen are based in Canada; their ministry is very similar to that of America’s Ray Vander Laan. Both are committed to help people see the life, teachings and miracles of Jesus in the context that his Jewish audience would have seen, heard and understood them. Although I had some early exposure to Ray, it has been Joe’s teachings which most recently have helped me learn more of this type of content, which truly makes the Gospels come alive. In addition to books such as…
  • Too Many Characters to Tweet

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:56 am
    Some random thoughts: My wife noted the other night that if she were black and lived in the United States, she would simply take public transit everywhere. It’s increasingly difficult for a person of African-American descent to survive a routine traffic stop. Also, in the Sandra Bland case, did anyone notice on the video that she was pulled over for failing to signal a lane change in an area that was completely devoid of traffic? Even if it’s the custom to divert cars to a side street for the ticketing process, there’s no denying that in the dashcam video, the traffic…
  • Worship Moments

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Last week we attended an outdoor Sunday service in which the focus was honoring and respecting God’s creation. Toward the end, I was reminded of a poem I thought we had posted here, only to learn I had done so on a different website. On Friday’s post at Internet Monk, there was a statement that “American readers will refuse to read poetry.” Reading the poem there, I was reminded again of the one below.  I know nothing of the author of this poem, which I had memorized when I was much younger; in fact I had always thought it was written by Tennyson. Some conservative…
  • The Day The Audience for the Music Died

    24 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    …and they say modern worship is repetitious… There is no denying that there’s been a slowing down in the production of the Gaither Homecoming video series, aka the Gaither Gospel Series. For the uninitiated, these concert videos — appearing first in 1991 on VHS and later switching to DVD — featured a large cast of singers performing a mix of old hymns and southern gospel standards. A trip down memory lane for people of a certain age, I suppose. Back in the day, we couldn’t resist adding former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to this Gaither Gospel DVD cover.
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    Just A Thought

  • Plowing Hope

    25 Jul 2015 | 6:13 pm
    "...That he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope."  (1 Corinthians 9:10b) I recently read this passage of Scripture, found in the latter part of 1 Corinthians 9:10, and it has been rattling around in my head ever since.  The thing that stand out to me is the word 'hope'.  Plowing in hope.  Threshing in
  • Closed Doors and Open Windows - Guest Blogger Teri Gerdes

    8 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I am away on vacation.  While away, a couple of Compassion Bloggers have agreed to make guest posts on my blog!  Enjopy and check out thier blogs for regular doses of awesomeness! Closed Door and Open Windows   Our children had the blessing of attending a Christian school.  One of them from 5th-12th grade.  One of them from 2nd-12th grade.  One of them from Kindergarten-2nd grade.  This
  • Summertime, Sum Sum Summertime - Guest Blogger Michelle Kelly

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> I am away on vacation.  While away, a couple of Compassion Bloggers have agreed to make guest posts on my blog!  Enjopy and check out thier blogs for regular doses of awesomeness! <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE
  • Proud Papa

    20 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    We are blessed to have two wonderful kids. Our daughter, our blessing, came to us at just the right time and has been just that. She has an aweesome voice, is a talented writer and has a such a heart of compassion that even her dear old dad looks up to her! She has been an encouragement and blessing to her parents and we are so thankful God gifted us with her presence seventeen years ago. Our
  • The Faith of a 5 Year Old

    12 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    Five is a fun age. When I was that age I remember playing tons, reading some and watching a bit of TV.  I could tell you how to get to Sesame Street, visited Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, played with friends, colored, and did all those typical five year old things. One thing I did not do was write songs. CJ, my 5-year old, is that kid.  He plays lots, reads way more than I did at that age, watches
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    Eric Bryant - Blog

  • Makers of Fire Winners!

    Eric Bryant
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    TweetCongratulations to the winners of the Makers of Fire Giveaway! Joshua from CA, Raj from NE, Julia from CA, Andrew from MN,and Ryan from CA. For a chance to win our next giveaway, be sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter which includes resources, articles, and giveaways. To do so, go to the top right of this website and sign up for the monthly newsletter! Makers of Fire Book Giveaway and Interview with Alex McManus Alex McManus has always challenged my thinking and been a great mentor at times in my ministry. Whether from a distance or while working together at Mosaic in Los…
  • Happy 16th Birthday, Caleb!

    Eric Bryant
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:39 pm
    TweetWe celebrated Caleb’s 16th birthday today! If you’ve never heard Caleb’s miraculous beginning, read more here.
  • Rick and Ted’s Excellent Adventure at Gateway!

    Eric Bryant
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    Tweet You won’t want to miss the next two Sundays in our Flix series! Gateway McNeil (7104 McNeil Drive 78729) Sundays 9:30am, 11am, and 12:30pm July 19 Divergent and Insurgent – Rick Shurtz July 26 Boyhood – Ted Beasley Gateway South (Crockett High School, Stassney Lot) Sundays at 9:30am and 11am July 19 Boyhood – Ted Beasley July 26 Divergent and Insurgent – Rick Shurtz Art imitates life, right?  If it’s true that every movie is an artistic take on a meta-theme of life, then we should be able to locate ourselves in every good movie. (disclaimer: we…
  • Gateway South – New Location Update!

    Eric Bryant
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Tweet   Great News! We have received the executed contract with our new landlords! Moving to a new location will enable us to do even more together to serve our city! Here’s how you can get involved: 1. Pray. Continue to pray for the permits, the funding, and the buildout. Pray God would continue to use us to bring faith, hope, and love to our city as individuals, as life groups/networks, and as we come together to grow and serve on Sundays at Crockett High School and in our new location. 2. Serve. Jump into a serving team by going through the serve tour! If you have a special…
  • Becoming A Guardian of Your Galaxy (Or A Hero To Those You Know)

    Eric Bryant
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    TweetAt Gateway Church in Austin, we are continuing a series called Flix: God, Movies, Life.  You can watch the message here: You can also work through the Next Steps. Here are the notes from the message: Ever had a bad day? Our hero in this story had a really bad day. Young Peter Quill had never known his father, and now he has lost his mom. If that wasn’t tragic enough, while grieving the death of his mom, he was abducted by aliens. Now that is a bad day. As the story continues, we discover that Peter Quill grows up to become a criminal. Now he was an effective criminal so he has that…
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  • Mormons to the rescue: How to write about sex trafficking but leave out a few details

    Julia Duin
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
    A few weeks ago, while scanning a few articles in a print copy of Foreign Policy, my go-to magazine for all things outside U.S. borders, I chanced upon a piece about human trafficking.I began to read about how a group of Americans in Acapulco posing as sex tourists are really part of something called Operation Underground Railroad (OUR). The piece traces how they’ve invited some pimps and their girls over for an afternoon of fun when suddenly the local police rush in and arrest all the bad guys.It’s gripping narrative and fun to read. Then the author spins us some background, how…
  • Boy Scouts, church-based troops and the threat of lawsuits — about that big vote on gay leaders

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:55 am
    Could the Boy Scouts of America's decision to accept gay leaders hasten the exodus of troops sponsored by conservative religious groups?Could traditional believers who maintain ties with the Boy Scouts face lawsuits if they limit scoutmaster roles to heterosexuals?Those questions gain prominence in the aftermath of Monday's big vote:The national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America voted to end ban on gay adult leaders:— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 28, 2015 Boy Scouts lift blanket ban on gay leaders, will allow exceptions…
  • From the good old days to the hellish ISIS days for Christians in Middle East? Really?

    Terry Mattingly
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    At the time of 9/11, I was living in South Florida and attending an Eastern Orthodox parish in which the majority of the members were, by heritage, either Palestinian, Syrian or Lebanese. Needless to say, I spent quite a bit of time hearing the details of their family stories -- about life in the old country and the forces that pushed them to America.The key detail: It was never easy living in the Middle East during the Ottoman Empire era, even when times were relatively peaceful. While it was easy to focus on the horrible details of the times of intense persecution, it was important to…
  • Mustachioed villain attacks brave theologian -- at least in St. Louis Dispatch story

    Jim Davis
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Remember the classic old-timey movie villain, twirling his mustache while laughing "Nyah-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaa"? Did you know he's Lutheran?Well, no, he's not, as far as I know. That's just kinda the way Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, comes off in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Right in the first two paragraphs, we get this:The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod recently carried out what various members consider the equivalent of a modern-day heresy trial.The Kirkwood-based church has 2.3 million members. The case pits two-term synod President Matthew Harrison — who…
  • B-I-B-L-E with a lowercase 'b': Hey Wall Street Journal, what's up with that?

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    #NewYork #News New York Churches Receive Tearful Farewells: The final Sunday services for th... #NewYorkCity #NYC— New York News (@NewYork__News) July 27, 2015 Pop quiz for GetReligion readers: Without checking your handy-dandy Associated Press Stylebook, pick the proper journalistic style for the following terms:1. Is it Scripture or scripture when referring to religious writings of the Bible?2. Is it Bible or bible when referring to the aforementioned writings?3. Is it Mass or mass when referring to the Catholic religious observance?I'll provide the…
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  • Ryan McLaughlin: A Luminous Darkness

    Guest Author
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    A Luminous Darkness By Ryan McLaughlin At long last, I had found my way out of the wilderness! Or so I thought, at least. My wife and I became Roman Catholic on a beautiful spring evening in the heart of Boston. As Holy Saturday became Easter Sunday, the bells rang out and the lights came on in the century-old parish and I, too, felt like I was leaving a spiritual grave. We’d found a new beginning! Our little apartment smelled like the chrism oil we’d been doused with for days afterwards, and my sense of rapture lasted for many weeks more. I had been wandering in the “post-evangelical…
  • Teaching One Another: Feeding the Crowds

    Chaplain Mike
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    We haven’t done much Bible study recently, and I thought today might be a good day to dig in again. Yesterday’s lectionary readings intrigued me, particularly the OT reading and the Gospel. I think they raise some questions, not only of biblical interpretation, but of how we approach the Bible and stories like this. First Testament Reading: 2 Kings 4:42-44 A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.” But his servant…
  • Sundays with Michael Spencer: July 26, 2015

    25 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Carina Nebula Details: Great Clouds Note from CM: You will find a link to the HubbleSite in our Links list as well as in this post. I encourage you to go there often and “consider the heavens.” One of my life-long loves is astronomy. I’ve owned some very nice telescopes, and I’ve spent many a clear, cold winter night out on someone’s farm, looking at the glories of the heavens. Since I was a child of the golden age of the space program, my interest in astronomy and NASA made me a big fan of the Hubble Space Telescope. My students are quite used to me refering to my favorite…
  • Saturday Ramblings, July 25, 2014

    Daniel Jepsen
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hello imonks, and welcome to the weekend. Ready to Ramble? Good thing he doesn’t have to run for re-election. Pope Francis’s approval rating in America has plummeted in the last year.The drop-off has been especially sharp among American conservatives: “This decline may be attributable to the pope’s denouncing of ‘the idolatry of money’ and attributing climate change partially to human activity, along with his passionate focus on income inequality — all issues that are at odds with many conservatives’ beliefs,” Gallup analyst Art Swift wrote Wednesday when the…
  • You’ve Gotta Hear This. It’s Amazing.

    Damaris Zehner
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Rock of Ages in the Big Room (Carlsbad Caverns), Ansel Adams You’ve Gotta Hear This.  It’s Amazing. By Damaris Zehner Jeff Dunn insists that American readers will refuse to read poetry.  He’s always counseled me to leave the poetry out and in fact removed all the poems I had snuck into the manuscript of the book he’s publishing.  I trust Jeff’s experience , but sometimes I can’t help myself.  Sometimes the densely packed, singing lines of poetry are the only way to express what I experience of the immensity of nature and the mercy of God. The poet who captures the…
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  • “A Lot of People Want Intact Hearts These Days” — Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and the Conscience of a Nation

    Albert Mohler
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Yesterday’s release of a video showing the senior medical director of Planned Parenthood casually discussing the sale of organs from aborted babies is a moral challenge thrown right in the face of all Americans. The video reveals Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, discussing the intentional harvesting of organs and other tissues from babies aborted in Planned Parenthood clinics. While reaching with her fork for salad, Dr. Nucatola openly tells a group she believes to be medical researchers that there is a great demand for fetal livers, but…
  • Everything Has Changed and Nothing Has Changed — The Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

    Albert Mohler
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Everything has changed and nothing has changed. The Supreme Court’s decision yesterday is a central assault upon marriage as the conjugal union of a man and a woman and in a five to four decision the nation’s highest court has now imposed its mandate redefining marriage on all fifty states. As Chief Justice Roberts said in his dissent, “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not a legal judgment.” The majority’s argument, expressed by Justice Kennedy, is that the right of same-sex couples to marry is based in individual autonomy as related to sexuality, in marriage as a…
  • The Heresy of Racial Superiority — Confronting the Past, and Confronting the Truth

    Albert Mohler
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Among Christians, the word  heresy must be used with care and precision. Not every doctrinal error is a heresy, though all doctrinal error is to be avoided. A heresy is the denial or corruption of a Christian doctrine that is central to the faith and essential to the gospel. The late theologian Harold O. J. Brown defined heresy as a doctrinal error “so important that those who believe it, who the church calls heretics, must be considered to have abandoned the faith.” That sets the issue clearly. Premillennialists consider postmillennialists to be in error, but they do not…
  • Which Way, Evangelicals? There is Nowhere to Hide

    Albert Mohler
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:46 pm
    The very first issue of Christianity Today is dated October 15, 1956. In his first editorial, Carl F. H. Henry set his course for the magazine: “Those who direct the editorial policy of Christianity Today unreservedly accept the complete reliability and authority of the written Word of God. It is their conviction that the Scriptures teach the doctrine of plenary inspiration.” Henry also affirmed continuity with the great orthodox tradition of biblical doctrine and moral principles: “The doctrinal content of historic Christianity will be presented and defended. Among the…
  • For Summertime or Anytime: A Summer Reading List for 2015

    Albert Mohler
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Do we read by seasons? To some degree, we probably do. Summer promises the opportunity to pack a stack of books that otherwise might not fit in the schedule. Every serious reader needs to read some books just for the sheer thrill of reading. A good book brings more than pleasure, of course, but pleasure in reading is not to be taken lightly. In this list I suggest some new and current books that brought me pleasure and satisfaction as I read them, and as I now share them with others. The list is heavily weighted to history and historical biography. No apologies there — these are the…
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    Pete Wilson

  • A Long To Be Reconciled

    Pete Wilson
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
     “I realize there’s a subconscious longing in my heart that can never be resolved by another human being.” – Donald Miller, Scary Close Often times we confuse the longing we have to be reconciled with God by projecting that onto our wives and husbands. It’s important to realize that there will always be an unfulfilled longing in your heart, but to put that on anyone else but God will be detrimental to your relationships.
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    Ligonier Ministries Blog

  • Setting the Stage

    Nathan W. Bingham
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from Setting the Stage, Ryan Reeves' contribution to the July issue of Tabletalk: Of all the centuries of church history, the fifteenth century is one of the most pitiable. In popular imagination, it is a bridge between the medieval and the Reformation worlds. And while it may be important for the journey, few stop to admire a bridge. We need to avoid this perspective if we are to understand the transition between the medieval and Reformation ages. The fifteenth century was an era of destruction and exploration. In Africa, the rapid expansion of Islam brought first pressure…
  • Calvinism and Romans 8

    Nathan W. Bingham
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In this excerpt from his new teaching series, Calvinism and the Christian Life, Ian Hamilton describes how he first learned of God's sovereignty in salvation. Transcript I'd never heard of Calvinism until I was in my second year—my sophomore year—at university in Glasgow. I'd become a Christian in my late teens through the life and witness of a fellow pupil at my high school in Glasgow. A couple of years earlier, I excitedly told the deacons in the church that I had discovered something wonderful in the Bible. "What was that, Ian?" "I've discovered that before I chose Christ, God…
  • The Key to the Christian's Joy

    R.C. Sproul
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The word joy appears over and over again in the Scriptures. For instance, the Psalms are filled with references to joy. The psalmists write, "Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning" (Ps. 30:5b) and "Shout for joy to God, all the earth" (Ps. 66:1). Likewise, in the New Testament, we read that joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22), which means that it is a Christian virtue. Given this biblical emphasis, we need to understand what joy is and pursue it. Sometimes we struggle to grasp the biblical view of joy because of the way it is defined and described in…
  • Social Media Highlights (7/26/15)

    Nathan W. Bingham
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Here are highlights from our various Facebook and Twitter accounts over the past week. The institution of family has become "utterly malleable" at the will of sinful people. Find out why today: — Renewing Your Mind (@RYMRadio) July 20, 2015   We invite you and your family to experience life at Reformation Bible College (RBC) during our Fall Preview Weekend,... Posted by Reformation Bible College on Monday, July 20, 2015   When we pray, we must remember who we are and whom we are addressing. —R.C. Sproul Posted by Ligonier Ministries…
  • 5 Things to Look for in a Church

    R.C. Sproul Jr.
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    First, that it be a church. The Reformers argued that there are three distinguishing marks of the church—the Word, sacraments, and discipline. That means your campus ministry isn't the church; your podcasts are not the church; your family sitting around the table is not the church. But it also means that those institutions claiming to be the church that lack these things are not the church. If a church refuses to exercise discipline, excommunicating the unrepentant of gross and heinous sins, it's not a church. Second, that it be a body marked by repentance. If the marks of the church…
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    Geoffrey Janes

  • Treatment #40

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment has been a long and steady journey. Each day, 5 days a week, Garren and either I or Nancy have been sitting in that chamber for 90 minutes, while Garren breathes 100% oxygen. We have had lots of time for reading, napping, and watching the minutes tick by. We are often asked "How's Garren's treatments going?" I'd love to have a definite answer, but the truth is, we don't really know for sure.
Originally the doctor recommended 40 treatments, followed by a reassessment to determine whether or not to continue. As treatment #40 approached, we were able to discuss…
  • Garren's Walk

    12 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    Yesterday Garren took the walk he's been waiting to take for 18 years: high school graduation! We are so proud of him! We are so thankful that we were able to witness what we saw yesterday.There was a time when we didn't know if it would even be possible. Garren has spent his 4 years of high school in a wheelchair. Freshman year it was a motor chair, controlled by moving a joystick with his right hand. By his senior year Garren was able to move himself around in his manual chair. In class he often transferred from his wheelchair into a desk like everyone else. He even took weightlifting,…
  • Hyperbaric Treatment Update - Day 16

    27 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    We are continuing our journey of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. We just completed day 16 today. Garren is adjusting well to the treatments. We are now consistently at 2.0 atmospheres (equivalent of approx. 34 feet under water) for 1.5 hours (up from 1 hour when we first started). We are experiencing very little issues with ears clearing.
We are not expecting to see any significant changes until after at least 20 treatments, but to date here are some observations:Garren had a split in his lower lip from a fall 2 years ago that just would not heal. Since beginning the treatments his lip is…
  • Week 1 Complete

    13 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    We made it through the first 5 treatments. After taking one day off, the doctor felt like the twitching was not even related to the treatments, and was comfortable with allowing Garren to continue. On day 5 (yesterday) Nancy was introduced to the chamber for the first time. There are a couple of days that I will not be able to get in with Garren, so yesterday was Nancy's opportunity to get in and start getting used to it.While in the hyperbaric chamber, air pressure is increased in order to simulate being under water. The deeper you go under water, the greater the pressure (remember your high…
  • Good Twitch? Or Bad Twitch? - Day 2

    6 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    Day 2 in the chamber went according to plan. That is until we got out. As we were leaving, the technician who has been working with us noticed Garren's left cheek was twitching. (You know how sometimes your muscles will spasm? It was doing that).  Not constantly, but enough that she saw it and started asking about it. Nancy and I had noticed it after the first day. We assumed it must be something happening as a result of the treatment.The technician wanted the doctor to see it, so he came it to take a look. His first response was that it could be the onset of a seizure. After talking…
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  • First Day In Israel

    Tim Archer
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    OK, I’m adjusting to a new morning schedule as I help my mom adjust to life in assisted living. That’s thrown my blog posting off. But I do want to write some about what I saw and heard in Israel, mainly to write it down before I forget it all! We arrived in Tel Aviv, spent the night there, met the rest of the group that was coming from the States, then drove up to the Sea of Galilee. Our hotel the next few nights was in Tiberias, a popular lakeside resort town. It’s hard to get used to the distances in Israel. Israel is smaller than Lake Michigan. From Tel Aviv (on the…
  • Links to Go (July 27, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Majoring in the Minors? Where are those who know that hope and salvation will never be found in a determined vote but only in the empty tomb? Where are the glossy professional ads telling me that Jesus saves and the church will love me despite my brokenness? Where are those who will courageously meet me where I am and tell me that I am loved with a love so extreme that only it can heal my wounds? Where are those who will take me to the cross and tell me why it matters? Where are those unafraid to show me, not a political party, but Jesus? The Grieving Process of Miscarriage Time will…
  • Links To Go (July 23, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Top Ten Reasons for Pastors to Avoid Politics Pastors, by all means think about politics and study about politics so that you can preach and call people to politics according to Biblically grounded principles and insight into the major trends of our time. But leave the actual politics to actual politicians and political scientists. 5 Tips for Spotting Fake News Hoax stories like these are likely to become more common as hoaxers become more sophisticated, warned Dan Gillmor, a journalism professor at Arizona State who specializes in digital media. “That means we all have to pay more…
  • Links To Go (July 16, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    What we know about illegal immigration from Mexico Even as border apprehensions dropped, deportations of Mexican immigrants reached a record high in 2013 of 314,904, up from 169,031 in 2005. This is due in part to a 2005 shift in policy that has increased the chances of being deported following apprehension in the border region, instead of just being sent back without an order of removal. How the Gospel ended My Same Sex Relationship Beloved brothers and sisters, if this battle rings true for you, I want you to know that I get it, and I’m sorry. I’m sorry that you have a VERY hard choice…
  • Links To Go (July 9, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    As always, links are provided for information and entertainment; no endorsement nor agreement is implied Responding to Obergefell v. Hodges: The Ruling and Its Implications for Religious Freedom Now, in the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that the Constitution requires all states to recognize marriage equality, we’ve witnessed an outpouring of prophecies that the apocalypse for religious freedom is near. These prophets of doom are just wrong, except in one crucial respect.Virtually all of the publicly expressed predictions of the threat to…
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  • Organizing Seminary: Apps for Reading

    Paul Burkhart
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    It won’t take you long upon your arrival at seminary how much things may have changed from previous generations of seminary educations. One of the biggest differences is just how digital everything is. Most seminaries have some sort of online class management system through which you will track grades, assignments, schedules, and get documents and readings necessary for your classwork. Lectures are on PowerPoints that are often shared online. Likely the very first official seminary swag you’ll get is an email address. Things have changed, for sure. But luckily, we live in a time of…
  • Greek, Grades, and Grace

    Ryan Burns
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    “Surely that can’t be right.” I leaned closer to the computer screen, willing away the obvious. However, it was hard to deny the pull of reality, and the next few minutes were spent coming to grips with the fact that in my first semester at seminary, I had earned a C+ in my first-ever Greek class. A C+! Understand, I am not comfortable with being a C+ sort of student. NASA and I have one thing in common – failure is not an option for either of us. This was the mantra by which I had rigidly lived for quite some time. Academics weren’t my strength or my concern, in…
  • How to Survive Greek Exegesis Capstone Class

    Ryan Burns
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    The hardest class I have taken in seminary is Greek Exegesis of James. This was the capstone class for the Biblical Greek classes and includes creating narrative flows, taking weekly quizzes, a Final exam, and writing the “notorious” exegesis paper plus panel discussion. Your seminary will likely have a Greek capstone class like this and I want to offer some insight on my experience that may help you. The exegesis paper and panel discussion are by far the most difficult aspect of the class as the paper itself has to be around 40 pages long consisting of detail analysis of a passage from…
  • 3 Tips for Learning Greek

    Ryan Burns
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    Greek class often gets a bad rap in seminary. Bible students would probably interpret Paul’s words about trials and tribulations to be a reference to Greek class. “For what can separate us from the love of God…certainly Greek class!” Students of apologetics or theology may ask, “How can a good God allow such evil in this world…like Greek class!” However, I am here to give another viewpoint. I loved Greek class. I took advanced Greek grammar my second semester of seminary, and it has remained one of my favorite classes while at seminary. I’m here…
  • Theology and Spirituality in Seminary

    Ryan Burns
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    One of my teachers in the Seminary once remarked that theology has the tendency of making theological students and teachers become complacent and lukewarm about spiritual things. At first, I joined others in criticizing the teacher’s statement on the ground that good theology will always lead to good behavior and spirituality. But after some time, what he said began to make sense to me. From my experience of being in the Seminary both as a student and also as a teacher, I came to realize that such a complacent tendency as pointed out by my teacher is very true and common both among Seminary…
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  • I Don’t Need Fellowship to Do American Church

    14 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    When it comes to “Fellowship”, I don’t need that to do American church. I don’t need fellowship to attend church on Sunday, to gather in a building with a bunch of people, face forward and hear some guy deliver a well rehearsed message maybe or not about God, and go home, I can do that on my own. I don’t need fellowship to just be a fan of Jesus, be a Sunday Christian, to live everyday just like the rest of the world, live for the same things as them, advance my career, make more money, get a bigger house, newer car, talk about politics, sports and the kids soccer games. I can…
  • Home Fellowship Group – Really? Where’s Jesus?

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    A friends church home group gathering was having a BBQ for his birthday, I attend and did the Barbecuing for them. The Lord has been teaching me this week is about being a follower of Jesus, and the church, and His teaching really took on flesh at this gathering. The top topics of the night where, sports, politics, work, children and grand children, but never was Jesus even mentioned that I ever heard. If any one did while I was not near them it was brief, quickly mentioned and on the something else if they did. Is that’s what followers of Jesus look like when they get together?
  • I am an Angry Christian

    15 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    I read a blog post titled “Still an Angry Christian” and its first part “I am An Angry Christian”, by Cindy Brandt celebrating the gift of anger. And it was freeing to read, and it compelled me to write a similar post, being that I too am a Angry Christian, mad as hell might even be a more appropriate title for me. Reading it has released me to surrender to the fact that its Okay for me to be angry, that I am right in being angry. That personal growth and spiritual maturity does not mean experiencing less episodes of anger, or even about managing anger better, but embracing it instead…
  • Please Stop saying "All you need is Jesus" to singles

    2 Jun 2015 | 2:34 pm
    There are so many things that Christians say to others that really is callus, and cold hearted, that does not help others at all, and for me the one that tops the list is for someone to say to me “All you need is Jesus”.  Say to anyone who is single, you don’t need love and family, “All you need is Jesus”. For someone to say, as if to brag, “All I need is Jesus”. First off I have yet to hear one person say that to someone, that it is true about their life. Yes, Jesus is all we need as to salvation, it’s Jesus + Nothing = Everything. But when it…
  • A time when I had hope

    9 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    I spent Friday afternoon setting on the wall out front of the apt building I lived in during my Jr. and High School days, I was there just last Tuesday after finding out my oldest female friend, Risa (Marisesa) Casey had died recently. I went up to my High School to look at the year book from my graduation year, and to my surprise was able to get one from the journalism dept. After that I went to my old apartment complex and walked around the old neighborhood, and thought about my Jr. and High school days. I was also remembering Kath Colby, a good friend who lived across the street who died…
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  • Proving who He is

    Austin Gardner
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:06 am
    John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. Jesus told them before it happened so that they would know that He was God. If He knew before it happened then He was no ordinary man. Jesus came to this earth with a purpose. He knew exactly what was going on. He knew that they might not understand what He was saying as it happened but when it was over they would remember that He had told them everything. They needed to know that Jesus was no ordinary man. He was no ordinary teacher. He was God in human flesh. He told them before so that…
  • Sunday in Review 7-26

    Beth Staley
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:19 pm
    This morning at Vision Baptist Church, we learned great truths about government and God from Matthew chapter 22. When the Pharisees and Sadducees came to entangle Jesus in a trap by asking Him questions about politics, Jesus responded in a way that teaches us many lessons. First, He acknowledged the government and each citizen’s responsibility to it. We, as Christians are to obey the law and be good citizens of our country. We are commanded to obey, honor, and pray for those in rule over us. Yet, our true allegiance belongs to One who is greater than any president or king, and that is…
  • Love people

    Austin Gardner
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:54 am
    John 10:13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. Jesus explains, in this passage, the difference between Him and someone who would be paid to take care of us. He loves us. He gives His life for us. The guy who takes care of the sheep for money will run when there is danger. He doesn’t care about the sheep. He only cares about himself. Jesus cares for all of us. We should learn from Jesus how to treat people. It costs to be a Sunday School teacher. It costs to work in the nursery or teach Children’s church but it is worth it. We should take…
  • You won’t get the Word till you get Jesus!

    Austin Gardner
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    John 5:38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. This is a wild statement. If you do not believe Jesus then the Word doesn’t abide in you. I see so many important truths in that. Jesus is the Word. If you say you believe in Jesus then you have to believe in the Word. You say you can’t understand the Word but you refuse to believe in Jesus then you make it clear what the problem is. The Bible is about Jesus. It is Jesus. So Jesus is the key to understanding the Bible. If you want the Word of God to mean something and to work in your life…
  • Why do people hate Jesus

    Austin Gardner
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. It is so easy to misread why so many hate Jesus. They make up all sorts of excuses. They say that they do not believe in God. They are tired of the church and many other things. Jesus told us one of the major reasons that people would not want to come. He said it would be that their sin would make them want to stay away. They choose to stay in the darkness. The truth of God’s Word will reprove. It will drive people to see their sin and repent of it. Don’t…
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  • Ain’t Got Time to Panic Today

    Andy Wood
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    When everything’s urgent and demands attention now… And everywhere you turn invites stress at best, frustration at worst… It’s hard to think, much less act, positively. So remember again how you eat that elephant… One bite at a time. One day at a time. One step at a time. Do the NEXT right thing, not every right thing. Ordering your life isn’t the same as procrastination. Some things SHOULD be put off. Some things SHOULD get in line. You need to be able to say, “I can’t do that right now… …but I’ve scheduled myself to panic about that tomorrow.”…
  • The Not-So-Secret to an Abundant Life

    Andy Wood
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    In the mood for a little detective work?  Care to uncover a secret that may have right in front of our noses for years?  It certainly was in mine, and I was oblivious. Would you be interested in mining out some clues if I told you that when you do, you may have discovered one of the most powerful life and success principles known to humanity?  And that if you master this one skill, the transformation in your own life, to say nothing of your influence and circumstances, can be breathtaking? Am I exaggerating?  No, if anything I’m understating the potential of this discovery. Getting this…
  • Maybe It’s Time for a New Banner

    Andy Wood
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:27 am
    (A Brief Conversation about symbols and change and heritage and hate and other awkward things…) What’s wrong with it?  It represents who I am. It also represents some things you don’t want to be. It’s my heritage! Some would say it’s hatred. Not to me!  It’s about love and a culture of warmth and hospitality. Maybe. But to others it’s the emblem under which their ancestors were tortured or killed. So I’m supposed to deny my identity because of some fanatics or fools? No.  But maybe it’s time for a new banner. But what speaks more clearly than a cross? Something that…
  • Ten Lessons My Daddy Taught Me

    Andy Wood
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    (My dad with Great-Grandchild #8, Archer Wiley)   I’ve been simmering on this for a while, and I figured since I’m away from home this Father’s Day, this would be a good day and a good way to honor my dad.  My daughter Carrie did this for me last year and reposted it again here.   I also wrote this about what I learned from my Mama last year. Regardless of the many influences and teachers I’ve been blessed by over the years, none of them has taught or influenced me more than my dad. I have mentioned often that I was blessed to have a father who actually wanted to be a dad and…
  • Elisabeth Elliot on Waiting

    Andy Wood
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Elisabeth Elliot is one of the most impactful writers I have read. She was always on my bucket list of people I hoped to meet one day.  We’ll now have to plan for that in glory, as she went into the presence of Jesus two days ago.  I thought I would share with you something from her book Loneliness about the subject of waiting.  The writing is hers; the editing is mine.  Thank you, Elisabeth, for being one of my lifevestors… Many times in my life God has asked me to wait when I wanted to move forward. He has kept me in the dark when I asked for light. To my pleas for guidance His…
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  • Jesus Culture | Unstoppable Love
    18 Jul 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Watch & Learn this Song with Jesus Culture’s Kim Walker. Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Episode 4-1-15 | #WorshipTeamHangout | Sara Kelly
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    Episode 4-1-15 | #WorshipTeamHangout | Sara Kelly SEASON FINALE “Worship Is A Way... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Matt Redman – Better Is One Day
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    Music video by Matt Redman performing Better Is One Day. (C) 2015 sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • "Majestic" from NCC Worship
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    “Majestic” from NCC Worship Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Lay Down Your Weary Tune – David Zahl
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    2015 Mockingbird Conference Tyler Texas March 27-28 Tangled Up in Grace Lay Down Your Weary Tune... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
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  • Bible, Gender & Sexuality

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    James V. Brownson, Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church's Debate on Same-Sex Relationships. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. 312pp. $24.99/£15.99Revolutions don't happen overnight. They build. What we witnessed in Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26 of this year - the full legal recognition of same-sex marriage in all fifty states - was decades in the making, wrought through an interplay of cultural and legal moves emerging out of the sexual revolution. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), Justice Anthony Kennedy infamously introduced an untamable definition of liberty when he…
  • SCOTUS: Too Much and Too Little

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court issued the majority opinion in Obergefell et. al. v. Hodges, which consolidated four cases addressing the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage. Led by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the majority found state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Piggybacking off of the 14th amendment, the Supreme Court made sexual orientation a protected category, analogous to race, using cosmological language about the greater good that comes to all when homosexual sexual relationships are allowed to flourish under the invention of a new kind…
  • Presbyterians and the Political Theology of Race: Part 3 - Gospel Politics

    22 Jul 2015 | 4:12 pm
    In his "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" Martin Luther King, Jr., charged the "moderate white clergy" with failing to grasp the clear implications of the Gospel for the South's social institutions. "I have heard numerous religious leaders of the South call upon their worshippers to comply with a desegregation decision because it is the law, but I have longed to hear white ministers say, 'Follow this decree because integration is morally right and the Negro is your brother.' ... In the midst of a mighty struggle to rid our nation of racial and economic injustice, I have heard so many ministers…
  • Traces of the Trinity

    20 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    Peter J. Leithart, Traces of the Trinity: Signs of God in Creation and Human Experience. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2015. ix + 165 pp. $15.99/£10.99In this extraordinary book, Peter Leithart's starting point comes from New Testament revelation about God: namely, the indwelling of one divine Person in another (see John 14-15), which Leithart terms "perichoresis" or "reciprocal penetration" (p.vii).  His goal is to guide us to embrace a robustly "trinitarian 'worldview'" (p.viii).The first chapter begins with René Descartes's separation between the thinking "I" and all external…
  • Planned Parenthood's Politics and the English Language

    20 Jul 2015 | 6:46 am
    In 1946, George Orwell wrote "Politics and the English Language," an essay in which he complains that people had begun to speak and write without clarity. Laziness is sometimes the culprit, but too often people use pretentious diction and meaningless words to intentionally hide the truth. Orwell wrote, "In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible." The same seems true in our time as well.People try to shape political reality with their words, and nowhere is this more true than our debates about abortion--er, excuse me, reproductive rights. The two…
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    Connecting to Impact

  • Don’t Tolerate the Squatters
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you had a person show up at your door, push his way in, and immediately set out to make himself at home, eat your food, steal your cash, and be a nuisance… If someone came in and did all that, how long before you would get upset and do something about it? No matter how ‘nice’ a person you are or how afraid of confrontation you might be, your righteous indignation would probably kick in fairly quickly. “How dare you!” you might say. “What makes you think you can come in here, abuse me and my stuff and just get away with it?” Why do we get these…
  • Light Friday Hit List
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Here are some favorites that challenged, inspired, encouraged, made me laugh, or all of the above. Be sure to check ’em out then add your own favorites to the widget below! Why Dirty Hands Lead to a Clean Soul by Margaret Feinberg ( 10 Reasons Believers Should Take Care of Themselves Physically by Chuck Lawless ( Purposeful Remembering by Kari Scare (Struggle to Victory) Not everyone can pull off a hat… Just sayin’ Originally Found Here Your turn! I started this list, I need your help finishing. Share your favorite inspiration,…
  • When God Sets You up
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    As a senior in high school, I had the opportunity to go to Japan with a missionary from our church who would soon be returning there. In our Christian school, we were encouraged to pray for nations and I had prayed for Japan since the 5th grade. I had done reports on this nation and seen pictures, but as is always the case, knowledge with the addition of experience is an illuminating thing. The second week we were there, we stayed in Osaka at a YWAM (Youth with a Mission) base where I met some incredible people. One of those incredible people was named Nathan. He was a toddler of maybe two…
  • Listening for the Symphony
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    This past week, I helped some friends move and strained my knee a bit. Since I couldn’t do my normal exercise routine and I couldn’t run, I decided to walk. It turned out to be a wonderful change of pace (no pun intended). Many times as I’m running, I listen to audiobooks or sermons. It’s a great way to multitask, but it fills every moment with sound. Having to slow down, I also made the conscious decision not to listen to something the whole time. I listened to a chapter then turned it off. I prayed and took in the nature all around me. There is one tree on the…
  • Sanctuary: His Work in Faithfulness
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sanctuary– 1 : a place (as a church or a temple) for worship 2 a place of refuge and protection Meditating on the beauty He’s created and the power of His words… Psalm 33:3-5 (NASB) Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. For the word of the Lord is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.    Nothing Haphazardly done. His faithfulness is perfect. His work is perfect.   “God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting with a…
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  • Human Rights Campaign Doubles Down on Alternative Views

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    On Monday, the Boys Scouts of America voted to allow gay adults to lead troops and work in the organization, while still letting church-chartered troops make their own decisions on this issue. While this is disappointing considering the BSA had already won a long legal battle culminating in a Supreme Court win against those who wanted to disrupted the group’s First Amendment freedom of association and force it to admit those living lives inconsistent with its values, it was not unexpected considering the BSA’s other recent actions. Despite clearly having constitutional protection,…
  • Incest, Polygamy: Where do We Draw the Line and On What Basis?

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:32 am
    After the recent legalization of same-sex unions, the internet was in a flurry with the logical consequences of the decision.  If the basis of the decision was about adult consent and autonomy, what about polygamy? Chief Justice John G. Roberts said it best in his dissent in Obergefell: “Although the majority randomly inserts the adjective ‘two’ in various places, it offers no reason at all why the two-person element of the core definition of marriage may be preserved while the man-woman element may not,” Roberts wrote. “Indeed, from the standpoint of…
  • The Short Walk to Barbarity

    23 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    Whether it is the mind-boggling cruelty of ISIS or the clinical brutality of Planned Parenthood officials contemplating the trafficking of fetal organs, we are reminded of the thin line that separates civilization from barbarism. The heart of man is desperately wicked and deceitful who could comprehend its depravity but for God alone. Coincidental with these recent events, the AHC cable channel is now showing a new series, "Auschwitz: The Final Solution." If it is not the best historical documentary series produced about the Nazi extermination machine and its most notorious factory of death,…
  • House Members Speak out on Planned Parenthood Scandal

    22 Jul 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Watch the videos of their moving speeches on the House floor here: Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), opening and closing Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA) Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)and closing statement Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)…
  • Kansas Gov. Brownback: Investigating Planned Parenthood for "Treating the Unborn as Commodities"

    22 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    For two decades, in the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and now as Governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback has stood with conviction and compassion for the unborn and for their mothers, both victimized by a predatory abortion industry. Under his leadership, Kansas has now become the eighth state to address the gruesome videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discuss the marketing of organs from unborn babies aborted late in the term of their pregnancies. Here is an excerpt from Gov. Brownback's statement: "Kansas remains committed to a culture that respects the dignity of life at all…
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  • Listen To An AUDIO Bible On Youtube FOR FREE

    25 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    The Bible-Smith on Youtube has Audio Bibles which you can listen to for FREE. Get the word of God in your mind while driving in the car, laying down, relaxing in your recliner, while you are having your morning coffee… Find them on youtube, and book mark your favorite translation. AudioBible King James On Youtube While the “New King James” is not from the trusted manuscripts, this version adds effects which adds drama to the reading.  It sounds as though you are listening to a movie.  [AudioBible] NKJV – Orchestrated New King James Version (Full)
  • TRUSTED BIBLES- The MEV Bible- Written From The Same Manuscripts Such As The King James Version

    25 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    What bible can I trust?  Lets boil it down for you. In the past, many copies of the bible were circulated.  People would copy the text, word for word for themselves.  You just couldn’t go out and buy a bible.  You had to copy it by hand. Those texts were called “manuscripts”.  They gathered them all together and grouped them into families much like you would match socks.  They created piles of those which matched, and those which didn’t.  These groups are called text family, or a text type.  They were grouped into 4 types.  Names for these texts are –…
  • The Worst Natural Disaster Is Coming To The Pacific Northwest Say The Scientists

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Hollywood has fooled most people into thinking the “big one” is going to happen in California, although according to Michio Kaku, a City College Of New York Physicist and Professor says that the Cascadia fault has about 30 times the energy of the San Andreas fault. If this were to occur, we would see about 4 minutes of shaking and within about 15 minutes a wall of water arriving to the coast lines.  Shepard Smith reports that anything west of interstate 5, which includes cities like Seattle, Olympia, Salem, Eugene will be swept away. Research shows tsunamis happening in this area…
  • One Man Saves Over 600 Children From The Holocaust

    8 Jul 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Sir Nicholas Winton, is a hero, but he never flaunted it. Between the years of 1938 and 1939 he rescued 669 Jewish Czech children from Nazi death camps, and brought them back to the UK. Winton was a stock broker at the time and was able to arrange a total of eight trains to carry Jewish children out of Nazi occupied Prague. Anyone in his situation would tell the world about such a great deed, but not Nicholas Winton. His heroic acts were all but forgotten until his wife Grete found an old photo album from 1939 with a list of all the children’s names and photographs. In the video below, Sir…
  • Breakthrough of Prayer Fasting and Faith

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Read more about prayer and fasting at Visit Triumph Prophetic at
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Experiencing the Trinity

    Aaron Armstrong
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    When most people hear “Trinity,” they think to Carrie Ann Moss’ character in the Matrix movies. When many (most?) Christians hear “Trinity,” they think “concept of God I (maybe) affirm, but don’t get.” But how many think of the Trinity as practical—a source of encouragement and comfort when you’re at the end of your rope?Joe Thorn does, and we should be grateful for that. Because if he didn’t, we wouldn’t his latest book, Experiencing The Trinity: The Grace of God for the People of God.Preaching…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersThe Ever-Loving Truth by Voddie Baucham Jr—$2.99The Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing by Don M. Aycock—99¢Touching God by Harold Sala—99¢Living with Less: The Upside of Downsizing Your Life by Mark Tabb—99¢Fulfilled: The Refreshing Alternative to the Half-Empty Life by Joey Lankford—99¢Making Your Emotions Work for You by Harold Sala—99¢How the Bible Shapes the Things You Say by Wayne Harvey—99¢Three reasons your group should break upBrandon Hiltibidal:Small groups have at least one thing in common with middle…
  • A key point we miss in defending the faith

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the classic texts for apologetics is 1 Peter 3:15, where we read that we should always be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you”. Certainly this is true, but we’re missing something kind of important. I was reminded of this afresh as we studied this text together at church on Sunday, and our local missions pastor made an important point:The primary action in this text is not to make a defense, but to honor Christ in our hearts. Remember, the verse in full reads, “In your hearts honor Christ the Lord…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersCrossway’s got a few books on marriage on sale this week:No Ordinary Marriage by Tim Savage—$3.99What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp—$3.99This Momentary Marriage by John Piper—$3.99Does the Bible say anything about sleep habits?David Roach:Americans aren’t getting enough shut-eye. That’s the conclusion of a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that nearly nine million Americans take prescription sleeping pills and such prescriptions have tripled for people between 18 and 24. Of course,…
  • The only truly good sermon you will ever hear

    Aaron Armstrong
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    “Did he tell us where we can see Jesus in the text?”It’s a question I’ve asked on more than one occasion after hearing a message. It’s hard to hear someone speak—even when they explain the text more or less correctly—and wonder, “Did he say anything about Jesus here?” It’s common to wonder this if you’re used to messages that involve five points beginning with the letter “p,” but I’d argue that a commitment to preaching verse by verse does not guarantee we’ll keep Jesus front and center. In fact, I sometimes…
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • The Gospel Applied: “Service with a Smile” – Romans 14, Part two

    Randall Smith
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    I walked into the café and read the sign. It said: “Seat yourself!” I walked over to a booth and sat down. “You can’t sit there!” a waitress barked. I turned to look, and she said, “I just cleared that booth and I have some men coming in to take it.” I smiled and got up. I wasn’t in a particular hurry because my flight was running behind a bit. I said: “That’s fine. Do you have another seat I could have?” She looked at me and saw my smile and said. “I am sorry. A lady just yelled at me and another guy took me apart this morning at breakfast, and I have just had it…
  • What does it mean to be a priest? (Hint: It is about purity and dedication)

    Randall Smith
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    This video helps set the priesthood of the Tabernacle and the really strange sounding “Millu’im Offering” into principles for our walk with God:  
  • The Gospel Applied: “Red Card” (Romans 14, part one)

    Randall Smith
    18 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    A “red card” is a penalty card used in many sports as a means of reprimanding a player, coach or team official. They are usually used by referees to indicate that a player has committed an offense. I mention that, not because this is a sports lesson, but because there are times when it seemed appropriate to the Apostle Paul to raise a “red card” to some of the people in the church of the first century, because they were acting in ways that needed to be “called out”. It isn’t unloving to call out bad behavior, though it can be done in an unloving way. In fact, the basis of much…
  • “The Taming of the Shrew” – Zechariah 12-14 (Video)

    Randall Smith
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Sometimes we are just so rebellious there is no better word for us. The same was true of Israel – and God promised that His love would be victorious over their stubborn hearts!
  • The Long Arm of the Lord (Zechariah 12)

    Randall Smith
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    Some of the tough passages about God’s work in your life can also be jewels to be mined! Here is the conference video at:
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  • Another Planned Parenthood Undercover Video

    Mark Lamprecht
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsPlanned Parenthood has been caught on video in another undercover sting. If you thought past undercover videos were bad, this time the Senior Director of Medical Services for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America has been caught selling body parts of aborted babies. Dr. Russell Moore, president of Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, weighed in on the video. Sadly, some have reported his article “Planned Parenthood and the Atrocity of Corpse-Selling” to Facebook as abusive thereby blocking the link. Dr.
  • Ethics: Same-Sex Married Couple Come to Faith and Repent

    Mark Lamprecht
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do? The recent SCOTUS decision to legalize same-sex marriage will bring new challenges to local churches. One of the challenges may involve a same-sex married couple who comes to faith in Jesus as in the scenario below. Similar questions have been raised about advising an unbelieving transgendered person who comes to faith. Let’s think about it! A same-sex couple made up of two men begin attending your church. You get to know them after the first two months. You have shared the gospel with them, explained Christianity, and invited them to…
  • The SCOTUS Ruling Reveals Christian Hate for Homosexuals

    Mark Lamprecht
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:57 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsThe Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recently ruled that gay marriage is a right legalizing such marriages. thereby redefining marriage. The support for this decision among professing Christians has been striking but so has the backlash. The reaction to the SCOTUS ruling from some Christian circles has revealed a kind of hatred for the homosexual community. Let me explain. Jesus commanded Christians to love others. In fact, he taught that one of the greatest commandments is to love our neighbor as ourselves. But that was the second greatest…
  • Ethics: Pastor Flies Confederate Flag on Church Grounds

    Mark Lamprecht
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! The recent racist and tragic killing of 9 African Americans by a white man at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston has brought up a national debate over states flying a Confederate flag. Emotions run high on all sides of the Confederate flag debate. What would you do if, upon arriving at church Sunday morning, you noticed a Confederate flag hanging from a wall-mount at the corner of the front of the church? Then, you notice your pastor standing at the front doors so you ask him about the flag. He asks that you wait for him to explain…
  • Ethics: Parents Disagree on Attending Son’s Same-Sex Wedding

    Mark Lamprecht
    10 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! As the same-sex marriage debate continues among some Evangelicals, tough decisions among families are bound to arise. How about when those tough questions come between husband, wife, and child? Consider the following scenario. Five years ago, the son of Evangelical Christians finally told his parents he is gay. Today, that son is planning a same-sex wedding with his partner. His parents have strongly disagreed with his lifestyle though have always welcomed him and loved him. The son has invited the parents to his same-sex wedding.
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Repentance Uncompromised

    Peter Mead
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:25 am
    I have just posted on the Cor Deo site on the subject of repentance.  It is such a critical subject, and it is so often compromised by the way we preach it and practice it.  I hope the post will be helpful to you. One of the greatest terms in the Old Testament prophets is the word “turn” or “repent.” The prophets spoke to a nation of God’s people who had consistently turned away from God and to others. They turned to Assyria or Egypt for support via political alliance. They turned to their own military might for confidence. They turned to idols for alternative spiritual…
  • A Quick 9-Point Illustration Checklist

    Peter Mead
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    A lot is said about the importance of illustrations in preaching. Some of it is true. Hopefully this quick checklist will be helpful as you plan your next message: 1. People need to see what you are saying, which means preaching an image and not just a concept. 2. What images are right there in the preaching text for you?  Poetry, wisdom, and prophecy are packed with visual imagery.  Narrative is imagery.  Epistles can give less images to use, but check the context and remember the setting (that is a narrative). 3. Before you jump to adding other illustrations, could you do a better job of…
  • New Covenant Ministry – Part 6

    Peter Mead
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:17 pm
    And the final post in this series.  Looking at the last paragraph of 2 Corinthians 5 – 17. Too many will boast about outward issues in ministry, but God evaluates the heart (2.Cor.5:11-12) God knows what is going on inside the minister of the Gospel.  Others will only ever evaluate based on externals since that is what they see.  Don’t evaluate your own ministry based on what “fans” say who only watch the outside stuff.  They may be impressed, but prayerfully ask God what is going on inside you and you will probably get a clearer glimpse in a few seconds than…
  • New Covenant Ministry – Part 5

    Peter Mead
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Into 2 Corinthians 5 for the final stretch of this series of ministry related comments: 14. The Spirit guarantees our hope, not our circumstances. (2 Cor.5:1-5) God has given us the Spirit as a guarantee of what is to come.  This earthly tent is fading (this earthen vessel is being increasingly broken), but the stirring of the Spirit within whispers the dawning of eternal immortality as we anticipate the fuller life that is to come. So in ministry we don’t cling to false promises of easy life now, but we are willing to serve in the midst of groans because there is something far greater…
  • New Covenant Ministry – Part 4

    Peter Mead
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:12 am
    Continuing the thoughts in 2 Corinthians 3-5, so why is ministry glorious, yet so tough? 11. We should not expect our lives to match the glory of the gospel in respect to our strength, but rather  to manifest the glory of the gospel in our weakness. (2 Cor.4:7-12)  Others may look down on us because we are not impressive.  We may long for superhero strength in ministry – every spiritual gift, perfect life, abundant tangible blessing, being liked by everyone, etc.  But the treasure that we have is held in jars of clay.  Unimpressive, weak, fragile, often cracked and inadequate.  Life…
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    Crossway Blog

  • Why Study the Books of Colossians and Philemon?

    Matt Tully
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    This is a guest post by Chris Beetham, author of Colossians and Philemon: A 12-Week Study, which is part of the Knowing the Bible series. Why Paul’s letters to the Colossians and Philemon? Let me provide three reasons. First, Colossians is unrivalled in its portrayal of the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Some of the most exalted language concerning him is found in this short jewel of a letter we know today as the book of Colossians. Second, the gospel is robustly stated and demonstrated in these two letters. And third, Colossians taps into and develops the epic story of Scripture in…
  • What George Mueller Can Teach Us about Prayer

    Matt Tully
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    This post was adapted from Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney. Sign up for a free five-day email course on praying the Bible at A Man of Prayer George Mueller (1805–1898) is widely considered one the greatest men of prayer and faith since the days of the New Testament. He lived nearly the entire nineteenth century, two-thirds of it in Bristol, England. He led four far-reaching, influential ministries, but we know him best today for his orphanages. During a time in England when most orphans lived in miserable workhouses or on the streets, like Charles…
  • 6 ESV Bibles You Can Take Anywhere

    Lizzy Jeffers
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:11 am
    Portable, Durable, and Affordable These three words are often used by someone searching for the ideal Bible that will be able to handle the wear and tear of everyday life. The ESV Bible editions highlighted below embody these four characteristics: Affordable prices starting at only $4.99 Conveniently sized to carry anywhere–church, school, work, vacation, etc. Durable material options Genuine leather–includes a lifetime guarantee TruTone–soft, flexible synthetic material that includes a lifetime guarantee Cloth over board–read about the benefits of this cover material High-quality…
  • 3 Things the Pro-Life Movement Needs to Do to Stop Abortion

    Matt Tully
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    This post is adapted from The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture by Scott Klusendorf. How to Make an Impact During a ministry symposium in 1984, I heard a Christian historian say he thought the Berlin Wall would come down in ten years. I nearly laughed out loud. As it turns out, he was wrong. It came down in five years. Despite the bleak picture we see all around us, I’m convinced that the pro-life cause is not nearly so bleak when our message is clearly communicated. Though I don’t think we’re in for a quick fix, it’s apparent that pro-lifers are making an…
  • Video: 6 Reasons to Pray the Bible

    Matt Tully
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:25 am
    6 Reasons to Pray the Bible from Crossway on Vimeo. Why Pray the Bible? Here are six reasons: Your prayers will be more biblical. Your prayers will be less repetitive. Your prayers will be more refreshing. Your prayers will be more focused. Your prayers will be more God-centered. Your prayers will feel more like real conversations with a real person. Sign up for a free, 5-day email course designed to teach you how to pray the Bible at About the Book When you pray, does it ever feel like you’re just saying the same old things about the same old things? Offering us…
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    Joyfully with Ruth Joy

  • 28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    July 28, 2015WHO I AM IN CHRIST!I AM ONE IN WHOM THE WORD OF CHRIST ABIDESColossians 3:16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. So what exactly is it that spills out of you when this old world starts to push and shove you? THE WORD?!!!! WE have an active part in being one in whom the WORD of Christ lives! The computer world has a saying "GIGO" Garbage In Garbage Out! The point being for the WORD of Christ to dwell in us richly we MUST be inputting it!
  • 27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    July 27, 2015WHO I AM IN CHRIST!I AM GOD'S BUILDING1 Corinthians 3:9For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building. Yes it is a similar thought as yesterday - but today's thought takes it a step further - as God's building, we have a responsibility to add on to HIS building. The Apostle Paul, goes on to admonish us to build on Christ's foundation with quality building materials! As God's own building, He'd like you to use nothing but the best - so take an inventory check today to see exactly what kind of material you are using - is it wood, hay and stubble -- or…
  • 26 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am

    26 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    July 26, 2015WHO I AM IN CHRIST!I AM GOD'S FIELD1 Corinthians 3:9For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building.There are many thoughts here but the one that stand out to me today is that GOD is willing to own me! There is no earthly or heavenly reason why HE should see me (or you) as worth all the trouble a field involves! You know, a field by itself just grows weeds (and rapidly!) It takes CONSTANT upkeep to keep a field producing anything useful!!! Know today that GOD thinks YOU are worth the effort of HIS perpetual care!  whew! S P R E A…
  • 25 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am

    25 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    July 25, 2015WHO I AM IN CHRISTI AM CALLED TO HIS ETERNAL GLORY1 Peter 5:10But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.We like the eternal glory part - but did he have to throw in that bit about suffering? !!! But notice that "it comes to pass" it is only for a "while" - this life is not the end! There is ETERNAL GLORY waiting for us - and we live in it's light DAILY!!! Today may "heaven come down and GLORY fill your soul"! 
  • 24 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am

    24 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    July 24, 2015WHO I AM IN CHRIST!I AM CALLED TO LIBERTYGalatians 5:13 (Message Bible)It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love, that's how freedom grows.Hmmmmm. . . . when we think of liberty; serving one another in love does NOT usually come to mind! :-) Yet this is what we are called to and part of who we are in Christ! I want to say "put that in your pipe and smoke it" but that doesn't sound like the…
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  • Orange Books

    Jonathan Cliff
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Summer Reading List WHAT ARE YOU READING THIS SUMMER? Orange Books has put together a reading list just for you. Whether you are in children’s ministry, a lead pastor, a volunteer, or stumbled upon this page by accident, they have a book for you. Leaders, like writers, read. So they asked leaders three questions about books: What books do you recommend to leaders in your area of ministry?  What books are you asking your team to read?  What’s on your own reading list? The Summer Reading List is the result. Organized around eight topics, and comprised of both religious and secular…
  • Made for Justice [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. Christians are called to…take up our proper role, our fully human role, as agents, heralds, and stewards of the new day that is dawning. That, quite simply, is what it means to be Christian. N.T. Wright Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense (HarperOne, 2010)
  • What is home anyway?

    Starr Cliff
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Home Again, Home Again BY: Starr Cliff I have a really great life. A perfect life? No. I have certainly had heartache and loss; but I know God as healer and redeemer probably better than I know him in any other way, and he has been good to oversee my pain and certainly never waste it. Bumps in the road not withstanding, I really do get way down in my gut that my life is enviable. It humbles me. A good, good man who loves me.  Healthy kids.  Never missed a meal.  A family in Oklahoma who would do anything for me. The one “hang up” and pity-party I keep revisiting in my adulthood, in…
  • Image of Ourselves [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:34 am
    “It is always true to some extent that we make our images of God. It is even truer that our image of God makes us. Eventually we become like the God we image. One of the most beautiful fruits of knowing the God of Jesus is a compassionate attitude towards ourselves… This is why Scripture attaches such importance to knowing God. Healing our image of God heals our image of ourselves.” Brennan Manning The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus, Brennan Manning (Revell, 1986), 24
  • Faith Cannot Help Doing Good [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
    Faith cannot help doing good works constantly. It doesn’t stop to ask if good works ought to be done, but before anyone asks, it already has done them and continues to do them without ceasing. Martin Luther “An Introduction to St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans,” Luther’s German Bible of 1522
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    Shooting the Breeze

  • God sets the standard for goodness

    Kevin Martineau
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    How do we determine what is “good” and what isn’t “good”? What is the standard for “goodness”?  In Matthew 19:16-17 we read of the story of the Rich Young Ruler. The Rich Young Ruler had everything money could buy … he was living the “good” life. One day he comes to Jesus and asked Him: “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus wants to teach him the standard for “good” and He replies: “Why do you ask me about what is good? “There is only One who is good.” The Rich Young Ruler didn’t know what “good” was. He…
  • God is good

    Kevin Martineau
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    I believe very strongly that our perception of God will radically affect the way we think and act! If we have a poor and distorted view of God – it will affect us negatively and conversely if we have a good and proper view of God it will affect us positively.  We need to have a proper view of God! Even though we cannot see or touch God we can learn about Him though His attributes. God’s attributes are some of the things that make up His character and they are things that we would use to describe our Great God. God is Good One attribute that describes God is good.  In our house we…
  • 12 killers of good leadership

    Kevin Martineau
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:55 am
    I know numerous leaders with great potential. They have all the appearance of being a good leader. But they lack one thing — or two. In my experience, some of this self-learned the hard way, there are a few killers of good leadership. I decided to compile a list of some of the most potent killers I’ve observed. Any one of these can squelch good leadership. It’s like a wrecking ball of potential. If not addressed, they may even prove to be fatal. It’s not that the person can’t continue to lead, but to grow as a leader — to be successful at a higher level or for the long-term —…
  • The solution to overload

    Kevin Martineau
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    We live in an overloaded world and we are suffering for it.  We are overloaded with activity. We are overloaded with choices. We are overloaded with commitments. We are overloaded with debts. We are overloaded with decisions. As a result, we are worn out, burned out and just plain tired. What is the solution to overload? Margin is the solution to overload. Margin is the opposite of overload.  Richard Swenson in his book “Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives” defines margin this way: “Margin is the space between our…
  • Life is risky

    Kevin Martineau
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
    Whether we like it or not or accept it or not, life is risky.  We can’t avoid risk.  It is all around us. Getting into your car to drive to work is a risk. Walking down the street is a risk. Entering into a building is a risk. Eating at a fast food restaurant is a risk (and yet for some unknown reason I continue to do so:)). Life is risky. There are many uncertainties. The truth is: Living a safe and predictable life is a fallacy! To risk or not to risk? I have struggled with the question of “to risk or not to risk?” throughout my entire life. My tendency has been to…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • Why My Mom Sent Me To The Vet In Yerington

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    Why My Mom Sent Me To The Vet In YeringtonIt was the best of times; it was the worst of times, 1956 and 1957 were not my best childhood years. In 1956, at age 8, I came down with rheumatic fever and was on total bed rest for a whole year.  When I returned to school the next year, I was required to lay down in the nurse’s office at all recesses for the first six months of the fourth grade. I could see all the children playing on the playground and longed to join them.  When I was finally released to go to recesses, I went absolutely crazy.  I  rejoiced on every piece of…
  • The Cracker Lady’s House Roots

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    The Cracker Lady’s House RootsThe question was asked recently by a Facebook friend, “ What is this cracker lady house stuff all about? I have no idea what the cracker lady house is.”  Well, the origin of the Cracker Lady goes clear back to 1977 and I was in my last year of Bible College in Tennessee.  Most of the time that I lived in Cleveland, Tennessee, I attended a very large white church.  But in my last year of college, I felt the Lord’s leading to go minister in the black church across town. Don’t ask me why He would wanted this country white girl in a black…
  • The Last Road in Yerington

    28 Jun 2015 | 12:28 am
    The Last Road in YeringtonThere is a road I’ve yet to travel.  It is not the longest or the most adventurous road I’ve traveled. It is not the first time I have driven this road, but It is the last road I will ever go down.  It will start at the corner of Main & Bridge Street.    The Wells Fargo Bank will be on the left and the Copeland Lumber Company will be on the right. It might be called something else now, but when I was a kid it stood there like a big orange square Jack-o-Lantern with its black cat logo.  Every time I went by it I would count how many…
  • You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Three)

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Three)  ...You thought it was fun to watch grocery trucks unload or hair cuts.  Mac the barber cut “Baby Face Nelson’s hair” right in that very chair. (CB) & (MB)  ---You hung out at John’s Cafe hoping a friend with a car would let you drag Main with them. (CB)  ---if you didn’t drag in a car, you walked up and down Main until your feet got tired, then return to John’s Cafe or the F&B for a coke and some 25 cent order of french fries. (CB)… You remember hearing the “dart” trucks from the…
  • You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Two)

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Two)...You know which side of a dead cottonwood tree the edible mushrooms grow (MB)… When you are hunting, hiking or mushroom picking to close all the head gates and to pack out what you packed in. (MB),,,You love the aroma of new mowed alfalfa. (MB)...You remember the dog catcher patrolling on his 1930’s bike, but still question where the basted dogs sat. (MB)      ...You are a Giants fan who despises, no absolutely hated, the LA Dodgers.  Dodger blue makes you nauseated. (MB)...You remember when…
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  • Someone Is Claiming Conan O'Brien Stole His Jokes

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Comedy writer Robert Alexander Kaseberg filed a lawsuit accusing Conan O'Brien of stealing his jokes. Kaseberg claims O’Brien used jokes taken from the writer’s Twitter feed and his personal blog. According to Mashable, the complaint filed in a California federal court, “targets TBS; Time Warner Inc.; Conaco, O'Brien's production company; Conan executive producer Jeff Ross; and Conan head writer Mike Sweeney.” The suit alleges that O’Brien used four jokes in his monologues without citation that Kaseberg previously published online. Kaseberg says he dismissed the first two instances…
  • 3 Ways to Answer Your Christian-Critical Friends

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Advice for meaningful conversations. Telling someone you're a Christian can kill a conversation. Many people react strongly to Christianity with a mix of fear and anger. I hate stirring up this reaction in people, especially when I suddenly become the personal embodiment of something another person hates and fears. To avoid this, I have found some things helpful in explaining myself as a Christian to those who do not share my faith in Christ or may even be hostile toward Christianity. 
  • And Now, the World's Largest Balloon Animal

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    A guy named Jeremy Telford created a 65-foot-long, 35-foot-high balloon animal because, after all, this is a free country. It took him four days to build the world’s most iconic balloon creation: the wiener dog. The massive latex dachshund includes 8,867 balloons and weighs about 180 pounds. And, really, it’s awesome.
  • Aziz Ansari’s New Sitcom ‘Master of None’ Hits Netflix on Nov. 6

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    Aziz Ansari is headed back to television. Along with some updates about its new original programming, Netflix announced today that Aziz Ansari’s upcoming sitcom Master of None will drop on Nov. 6. The 10-episode series is somewhat based on Ansari’s real life: The show follows a 30-year-old actor in New York City named Dev, who struggles with chronic indecision. Tom Haverford fans have reason to be hopeful: One of the show’s executive producers is the co-creator of Parks Rec, Michael Schur.
  • 11 Keith Green Songs That Changed Worship Music

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    A look at his lasting legacy 33 years after his tragic death. Thirty-three years ago today, the world lost one of its great songwriters. On July 28, 1982, Keith Green boarded a private plane with two of his young children and a family of church planters. It crashed shortly after take off, killing all 12 people on board. Though he was only 28-years-old when he died, Green’s music and legacy as a songwriter, minister and artist continue to have an impact today.
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Someone Is Claiming Conan O'Brien Stole His Jokes

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Comedy writer Robert Alexander Kaseberg filed a lawsuit accusing Conan O'Brien of stealing his jokes. Kaseberg claims O’Brien used jokes taken from the writer’s Twitter feed and his personal blog. According to Mashable, the complaint filed in a California federal court, “targets TBS; Time Warner Inc.; Conaco, O'Brien's production company; Conan executive producer Jeff Ross; and Conan head writer Mike Sweeney.” The suit alleges that O’Brien used four jokes in his monologues without citation that Kaseberg previously published online. Kaseberg says he dismissed the first two instances…
  • 3 Ways to Answer Your Christian-Critical Friends

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Advice for meaningful conversations. Telling someone you're a Christian can kill a conversation. Many people react strongly to Christianity with a mix of fear and anger. I hate stirring up this reaction in people, especially when I suddenly become the personal embodiment of something another person hates and fears. To avoid this, I have found some things helpful in explaining myself as a Christian to those who do not share my faith in Christ or may even be hostile toward Christianity. 
  • And Now, the World's Largest Balloon Animal

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    A guy named Jeremy Telford created a 65-foot-long, 35-foot-high balloon animal because, after all, this is a free country. It took him four days to build the world’s most iconic balloon creation: the wiener dog. The massive latex dachshund includes 8,867 balloons and weighs about 180 pounds. And, really, it’s awesome.
  • Aziz Ansari’s New Sitcom ‘Master of None’ Hits Netflix on Nov. 6

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    Aziz Ansari is headed back to television. Along with some updates about its new original programming, Netflix announced today that Aziz Ansari’s upcoming sitcom Master of None will drop on Nov. 6. The 10-episode series is somewhat based on Ansari’s real life: The show follows a 30-year-old actor in New York City named Dev, who struggles with chronic indecision. Tom Haverford fans have reason to be hopeful: One of the show’s executive producers is the co-creator of Parks Rec, Michael Schur.
  • 11 Keith Green Songs That Changed Worship Music

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    A look at his lasting legacy 33 years after his tragic death. Thirty-three years ago today, the world lost one of its great songwriters. On July 28, 1982, Keith Green boarded a private plane with two of his young children and a family of church planters. It crashed shortly after take off, killing all 12 people on board. Though he was only 28-years-old when he died, Green’s music and legacy as a songwriter, minister and artist continue to have an impact today.
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    Faith Barista » Feeling Invisible? Let Encouragement In | Faith Barista

  • Feeling Invisible? Let Encouragement In

    Bonnie Gray
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    One time, when I was little, I played a game. Grandparents, aunts and uncles were all visiting that weekend. The house was packed. I don’t know why I came up with the idea, but I thought it would be fun to hide. I wanted to see what would happen if I suddenly went missing. I slipped behind our dusty olive-green couch, squeezing myself under it’s sagging belly. My legs slid in easy, along with part of my tummy. There I hid half contorted, like a gummy worm stuck between the wall and the carpet. I waited and waited for someone to come look for me. I eventually climbed out numb and…
  • Why Your Best Days Are Ahead of You

    Bonnie Gray
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    When we’re tempted to look back and think our best days are behind us, God knows better. Every once in a while, I like to clean out my closets and drawers. Like clockwork, I’ll suddenly be struck with the urge to purge. I will pronounce to myself and anyone in close proximity, This weekend, I’m gonna stay home and get organized. I’m getting rid of stuff! What inevitably happens, though, is that I will get derailed. I’ll stumble on old photos, trinkets, or loose papers I scribbled journal entries on. I’ll end up sitting there, surrounded by clutter, and…
  • Face What You Fear To Live A Significant Life

    Bonnie Gray
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    What does it mean to have faith?  God values faith in ways we least expect. I never used to be afraid. I was all faith. Or so I thought. I had enough faith for everyone around me and seconds to go around too. Everything would always work out fine because I was with Jesus.  And Jesus was with me. I loved people.  Prayed, studied my Bible, and recycled regularly. But, as time passed by and the number of things that went wrong started adding up, I unconsciously started keeping a tally. I would’ve never admitted that I was keeping such a list.  Not even to myself, much less God. But, I…
  • 5 Whispers to Set Your Heart Free from Perfectionism

    Bonnie Gray
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    “Faith is a verb described as a noun.” ~ William Backus I was sitting there on my bed, tethered to the wall — unable to freely move around the house — by an iPhone charger. Hubby and I had finally tucked the kids in for the night when he walked over to me as I was checking email on my phone. “What are you doing, sitting here by yourself? Come hang out in the living room with me. We can read together.” Eric asked. “I lost my 10-foot power cord. So, I have to wait here while it charges on this short one. Doing some email. I’ll come down in a bit.” I explained.
  • Why I Wish I Was a Solider: A Stars and Stripes July 4th Challenge: Be God’s Light

    Bonnie Gray
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:49 pm
    I cried reading the news. I read about the Charleston Shooting at the AME church, killing nine people in a prayer meeting — one of which is a pastor — and a tenth person injured.  Innocent people who felt safe to carve out time and space to be with others, just a small gathering.  No big fan fare. Only a desire to be together and pray. Innocent, like little children in their spiritual home, wounded and murdered. I cried and sat paralyzed, reading about ISIS reportedly crucifying and burying children alive in Iraq.  And earlier this week, as we’re going to celebrate July…
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    Sustainable Traditions

  • Becoming a Rooted Church: Letter From Brazil

    Claudio Oliver
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
    We are not creating a model or a program, but we do hope to inspire other churches and groups to experiment more: that is, not to live under the obligation of “doing good,” but to embrace contingency, caring for the neighbor you meet on the Jericho road, inspired by Jesus’ example of love and readiness to serve. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • A Theology of the Table: Making a Meal of It

    Tim Chester
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    Meals are a powerful of expression of welcome and friendship in every culture. This is why Jesus’ meals are so significant – they embody God’s grace and enact God’s mission. Jesus ate with tax collectors and sinners. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Foundations Shaking

    Talon Ben Rion
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    At the end of the song my companion sang: "Something is about to happen that will shake the earth". That is when I awoke long enough to see the red glow of the digital clock by the bed. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • The Earth is the Lord’s

    Jason Fowler
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    "The Earth is the Lord's, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it" - Psalm 24:1 {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Wendell Berry: Christian Agriculture (quote)

    Jason Fowler
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Wendell Berry on Christian Agriculture (quote). {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
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    Mr. Garner Goes To Washington

  • See You Around, Ang!

    Rick Garner
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    Social media and I have a love-hate relationship. I've had to adjust my consumption of Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ over the years out of necessity. There's only so much content one can consume!While designed to connect us more, social media seems to have divided us as well...both from engaging with each other in person and over petty issues. Recently, for example, someone unfriended and blocked me for trying to support a friend going through a tough time.But without Facebook, I wouldn't have learned that a college friend was dead from cancer.The news hit me extra hard because I thought her…
  • This Is How Love Wins...

    Rick Garner
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:16 am
  • Reflecting on the Past

    Rick Garner
    8 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    It's always healthy to do some personal maintenance. To look back over the course of your life, vocation, or other aspects and consider if you're on the best path. Recently, I started reading my blog from the beginning. I was surprised that I'd forgotten certain details or emotions of some recorded moments. This is the beauty of journaling  or blogging: capturing moments for history.When I started this blog, it was actually a Yahoo Group called "Mr. Garner Goes To Washington." Blogs weren't such the rage in 2004 but they soon would be. My posts focused my experiences as one who'd never…
  • Mississippi, The Last Shall Be First

    Rick Garner
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Scripture refers to how the last shall be first. I love how God likes to turn on its head what we think is right or the way things should be. Jesus, from His foretold arrival, birth, ministry, and to His death was the personification of this.It doesn't surprise me when I read reports about how Mississippi is last in this and backwards at that. Reports likely written by folks who've never been to the Magnolia State.On paper, Mississippi may seem like a lost cause or a worthless investment. Too hot, too unstable, and too backwards to be worth taking a second look.She's so much more.Being in the…
  • Hailing Frequencies Closed

    Rick Garner
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Leonard Nimoy, the multi-talented man who simply was Mr. Spock, is dead at 83. In many respects, one cannot think of Star Trek without thinking of Spock. His character was somewhat replicated in other series such as Voyager and Enterprise but no one could compare to the original Vulcan.Recently, I introduced my daughter to Star Trek. She already has a love for Star Wars but to truly appreciate Star Trek requires starting with The Original Series. We've watched over a dozen episodes of the first season. Her favorite character is Spock. She enjoys "his look" with raised eyebrow often directed…
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  • Core Mission

    Jay Cookingham
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    One of my core missions in life is to encourage men and help them see the Father as I have come to know Him. This mission is a passion of mine and I love sharing the message of sonship wherever I can, conferences, men's groups, social media and even better, one-on-one over some really great coffee. To be used by the Father this way is powerfully rewarding and equally as humbling.Sometimes you get instant feedback, men sharing what God has done by revealing who He is to them, those are precious moments and ones I'm grateful for. However, most of the time you give/share/reveal and pray that men…
  • Affliction

    Jay Cookingham
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    I am sharing a movie my son Joshua made on Lamentations 3. One of his favorite passages in Scriptures. There's a powerful message in this...I hope it ministers to you.
  • What Life Does

    Jay Cookingham
    5 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Its funny what life does to a man’s heart, the twists and turns of living on this planet places you in jeopardy by asking a simple question.Why am I here?The answer—not simple at all—challenges me on a daily basis, causing moments of deep panic because I have no response and then intoxicating me with thrilling moments when I “get” the intent of the question.The question is an invitation“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12Following Messiah helps me with the…
  • The Big Question

    Jay Cookingham
    27 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    I've share my testimony in blog posts, sermons, men's events and one-on-one counseling sessions... it is time for something new.At the encouragement of my wife and much prayer, I started a new writing project. "My Story of Freedom: Forgiveness and Letting Go" is the story/testimony of how God transformed my life. How does one recover from growing up in an abusive home? This book will chronicle all the life events that Father God used to set me free and help answer that question. And it's a big question. Approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the United States have been the victims of sexual…
  • The Gain of Losing

    Jay Cookingham
    13 May 2015 | 9:05 am
      For over a month now my spirit seems unsettled and living on the edge of something I can't quite understand. This particular discomfort is like looking over your shoulder and expecting something or someone to be behind you but finding only your imagination at work. Not creepy but puzzling just the same. It seems to be a mixture of anticipation and uncertainty... throwing in a dash of curiosity and you have a hint of what I'm feeling lately. Not "bad" but uncomfortable, not anxious but so "not sure" of why I'm feeling this way. And I'm OK with that. It could be connected to being…
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    Natalie Snapp

  • Will You Join Me At Proverbs 31 Today? We’re Talking About Showing Up For A Hurting Friend

    Natalie Snapp
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    It’s not always easy to know what to say. Or do. Or how to react. Or when to just listen. Or when to exhibit righteous anger. Or you name it. When a friend or a family member is hurting, when they’re wading through a pain that seems unfathomable or a grief so thick it’s exhausting to even formulate a sentence, sometimes we can flee the scene rather than be a first responder. My mom is an expert at this sort of thing . . . She has a friend who lost a son in a tragic drowning accident at the age of three back in the 1970’s. Most of the people her friend knows shy away…
  • What Is The Global Leadership Summit? (And How To Win A Ticket)

    Natalie Snapp
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Have you heard about Global Leadership Summit? No? Read on until the end because you might want to register to win a ticket to the Lafayette, Indiana area satellite location. If you aren’t local to Lafayette, read-on anyway because there is definitely a host site near you. Founded by the Willow Creek Association (WCA) in 1992, they exist to help Christians grow their leadership to maximize Kingdom impact. According to the Global Leadership Summit website, they are committed to a singular idea: that inspired, encouraged and equipped Christian leaders create thriving local churches that…
  • Getting Past The Pretty Front Porch (Join me @ Women of Faith)

    Natalie Snapp
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:03 pm
    I interrupt this unofficial writing sabbatical to share a post I wrote recently for Women of Faith – and yes, I’m super honored they invited me to do so. I mean, super. So many of us feel like we have to put-on a beautiful front. We have to maintain an image of perfection – of course,  our house is always this picked-up and we didn’t just stress our entire family out for two days before hosting a gathering. Of course our marriage is great – we never fight or argue over the toilet seat. Of course our children eat organic and local. Of course. But the truth is . .
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    Christianity 201

  • Forgive Us Our Debts

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:33 pm
    A year ago at this time, we introduced you to a website with the catchy title, The King’s English. The author is Glen Scrivener. The article we’ve chosen today will get you thinking, and you just might find yourself forwarding the link to it (copy and paste from the title below) to someone who might find it equally insightful. Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors Matthew 18:21-35; Matthew 6:5-15 Spot the common theme in all these sayings: –  I owe you an apology. –  How can I ever repay you? –  Give credit where it’s due. –  I’m forever in your debt. –…
  • Uriah’s Wife and Potiphar’s Wife

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
    One of the Lectionary readings for today is the story of what the paragraph header in one translation calls “David’s Great Sin.” 2 Samuel 11:1Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.       2Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. 3So David…
  • Scattering

    25 Jul 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Mark 4:1 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched,…
  • Let Your Gentleness, Reasonableness Be Known to All

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:32 pm
    When Paul tells the Philippians in a verse we know by heart to “Rejoice in the Lord always…” the message is quite clear. But in the words that follows there is a lot more going on. First the full context: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ…
  • Struck Down, But Not Destroyed

    23 Jul 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Today we pay a return visit to Charlie Garret at The Superior Word blog. He is working his way through 2 Corinthians; there are a large number of articles which precede this one, and no doubt several to follow in this particular passage. This is actually two posts from two different days. If you click the links and then click the banner, you can bookmark the site to return as he continues through these verses. (That’s okay, we’ll be here in a week when you get back!) The first time someone handed me a Bible that was open to this passage was at a very pivotal time in my life. I…
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    Worthy News

  • Iran Deal Worth More Than All U.S. Aid to Israel Since 1948

    Worthy News Staff
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:46 am
    (Worthy News) – The Iran deal will provide Iran with a cash windfall as sanctions are eased and assets are unfrozen. The total amount is estimated to be as high as $150 billion. If so, the Iran deal would give more cash to Iran than the $124.3 billion U.S. has given in total aid to Israel since 1948, Breitbart News reported. The exact amount that Iran would gain through the unfreezing of its foreign assets is a matter of some dispute. The Israeli ambassador has put the number at $150 billion; the Obama administration puts the number at $50 billion, since some of Iran's assets…
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court Rejects State's Attempt to Keep Ten Commandments Monument

    Worthy News Staff
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:34 am
    (Worthy News) – The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a last ditch attempt by the state to keep a Ten Commandments monument next to the Oklahoma Capitol. Monday, the court turned down a request from the state to reconsider its June 30 ruling calling for removal of the 6-foot granite statue. The monument violates a section of the Oklahoma Constitution prohibiting state property from being used to further religions, the court said. The original ruling and the denial of a rehearing came on 7-2 votes. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has argued there are historical and secular…
  • Obama To Force Charities To Promote Abortion Or Lose Funding

    Worthy News Staff
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:03 am
    (Worthy News) – Religious groups that refuse abortion counseling no longer can get grants to help trafficking victims unless they ensure the counseling is provided by a third party, under new guidelines by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Washington Examiner reported. In guidance quietly posted online in June, the agency said groups competing for grants must offer "the full range of legally permissible gynecological and obstetric care," which includes abortion counseling and referrals. If groups don't offer the services, they must propose an alternative…
  • Obama Pledges to Use Last 18 Months in Office Pushing Gun Control

    Worthy News Staff
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:50 pm
    (Worthy News) – President Obama on Thursday pledged to use his last 18 months in office to work on gun control, calling it "the one area where I feel that I've been most frustrated and most stymied," CNS News reported. "If you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that I've been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient, common-sense gun safety laws – even in the face of repeated mass killings," he told the BBC in an interview.
  • Liberals Push Congress for LGBT Bill That Critics Say Would Limit Religious Freedom

    Worthy News Staff
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    (Worthy News) – LGBT groups and their allies in Congress are pushing for a sweeping piece of legislation that if enacted would, according to critics, limit religious freedom in the United States, the Christian Post reported. Known as the Equality Act, the bill would add the classifications of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as well as expand the level of businesses that must adhere to the Act. "The Equality Act seeks to massively broaden the federal definition of public accommodations. It expands the definition of what…
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    Worthy Christian Devotional - Daily Devotion

  • Be a bold voice for Him!

    George Whitten
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:40 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Isaiah 52:7-8 How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!" Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, With their voices they shall sing together; For they shall see eye to eye When the Lord brings back Zion. In the 4th century lived a Christian named Telemachus, in a remote village, tending his garden, and spending much time in prayer. One day, he believed he heard the voice of God…
  • Stand in Faith, Receive your Inheritance!

    George Whitten
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:02 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Numbers 14:6-11 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: "The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and honey.' Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from…
  • Will We Learn From History?

    George Whitten
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:27 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. This Saturday night, Jewish people around the world will mourn Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of the fifth month of the Hebrew calendar year. Some of you may know that a lot of bad things have happened to the Jewish people on this date, the first of which was when the spies…
  • Choose the better part!

    George Whitten
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Luke 10:38-42 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and…
  • Just do it!

    George Whitten
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:44 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. Winston Churchill exemplified integrity and respect in the face of opposition. During his last year in office, he attended an official ceremony. Several rows behind him two gentlemen began whispering. "That's Winston Churchill." "They say he is getting senile." "They say he should step aside and leave the running of the nation to more…
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  • When You’re Called to a Ministry of Tears

    Alia Joy
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:20 pm
    My friend lies broken in a hospital bed across oceans and continents set adrift by her loss. I’ve sent prayers into the heavens on days when the clouds hover, petitioning for miracles, the kind that pop up in two tiny pink lines and no more blood. The kind that come in flutters and heartbeats and lab test results delivered with a smile instead of a somber tone. The kind that pushes out with life and arches backs wide and straddles miracle and wonder and life. But she’s left with why? It’s not an answer I have, it’s not an answer she knows. I wish I could gather my strength like wings,…
  • When Our Hearts Are Held Hostage by Hustle

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:10 pm
    I looked at the clock the other day and wondered where the day had gone. It felt like I’d gotten nothing accomplished and yet — the hours had zipped by. I realized that when I’m not the boss of my time, it adds stress to my life, and I can’t figure out how to make time for the things that are important to me because I’m always playing catch-up. The to-do list grows longer with each unfinished task, and before I know it I’m adding even more to it because success means multi-tasking and hustle and “look at all the things she’s doing!” And at…
  • Hope in the Journey

    Melissa Michaels
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:20 pm
    My family has moved quite a bit. But whether we’ve moved a few minutes away or a few hours away, it’s never been an easy process. Selling a home, finding a suitable new one, getting your belongings from one place to another and setting up a new place is pretty stressful. Military folks, bless your hearts, you move all the time, so I’m sure you get very efficient at it! I’m always in awe of my friends who move every three years to a new community. But I know it isn’t easy. Even under the best of circumstances, when you are excited about the move or the new…
  • Sunday Scripture

    25 Jul 2015 | 11:20 pm
    “I will extol the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” {Psalm 34:1-5, NIV} Radiant Faces . . . I see the way her shoulders slump, the way her countenance betrays the pain she’s so desperate to conceal. I see the way she’s feeling her way through the darkness of her everyday,…
  • The Myrrh Bearer, the Message Bearer, and Me

    Amber C Haines
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:20 pm
    I came to love my Lord on a linoleum floor, and I’m beginning to meet other women who are like me in this, those whose darkest moments were ruptured by light. The memory is seared into me so deeply that I can close my eyes and be there again in the first moment I knew Jesus loved me. This is why I close my eyes in worship. I’m getting back in the floor to meet my love there, my Jesus. As I matured in faith, I read specifically of two other women in Scripture who share my first name, Mary, not to mention Mary, Christ’s mother. It’s no wonder that throughout history the…
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    Plough Weekly

  • The Face of Nonviolence in a Violent Century

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    What does it mean to advocate nonviolence? The past hundred years were the most violent in history. But this bloody century will also be remembered for the lives of prophets who embraced nonviolence...
  • The Blessings of Conflict

    20 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    I tried everything I could to eliminate conflict in my life. But I soon found that this would not be possible if I hoped to have meaningful and lasting relationships, the kind I read about in the New Testament church...
  • My God and My All

    16 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    The captivating story of the world’s favorite saint is now retold for a modern audience by one of the great novelists of our time.
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    Cheryl Cope

  • Book Review: The Biblical Guidebook to Deliverance by Randy Clark

    Cheryl Cope
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:02 am
    Book Review: The Biblical Guidebook to Deliverance by Randy Clark I found this book to be comprehensive in its scope of subtopics included under the main topic of deliverance.There were good summaries of each area or point included, including excellent … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: TOX-SICK: From Toxic to not Sick by Suzanne Somers

    Cheryl Cope
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Book Review: TOX-SICK: From Toxic to not Sick by Suzanne Somers First off I would like to say that this book is scholarly. It’s 367 pages long and 29 pages of that are lists of medical journal articles for further … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Self Deliverance by K. A. Schneider

    Cheryl Cope
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Book Review: Self Deliverance by K. A. Schneider This book is all about how to minister deliverance to yourself. I believe in the whole concept of self deliverance and this book was very easy to read, easy to understand, and … Continue reading →
  • What is the Fear of the Lord?

    Cheryl Cope
    4 Jun 2015 | 3:43 am
    What is the Fear of the Lord? Webster’s 1828 dictionary says fear of the Lord is: “In scripture, fear is used to express a filial or a slavish passion. In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe … Continue reading →
  • Joy Quotes and Scriptures part 3

    Cheryl Cope
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:47 am
    Joy Quotes and Scriptures part 3 To tweet these verses or quotes, simply click where it says “click to tweet”, and a new window will open up enabling you to send your tweet. . To pin these verses or quotes, … Continue reading →
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    Life & Theology

  • The Leader’s Family

    Ben Reed
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    When I was in graduate school, I worked an hourly job as a barista. I loved it, for so many different reasons. The people, the atmosphere, the camaraderie, and the unlimited supply of coffee. I cannot overstate the beauty of that last truth. A few years later, as I was finishing up school, I took a role on staff at a church. Instead of hourly, I was salaried. No more punching a clock. No more *required* lunch breaks. No more worrying about hitting my *full time* hour mark. A consistent paycheck was a thing of beauty. I wasn’t paid by the hour anymore. Now I was paid regardless of…
  • 7 leadership lessons I learned from an injury

    Ben Reed
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Just the other day, while doing box jumps at the gym I’m a part of, I injured myself. A box jump is a simple move…it’s just jumping from the ground on top of a wooden box, then back to the ground. I had a box that was 30 inches high, and in the middle of the workout when I was a bit fatigued, I lost focus, clipped my foot on the way up, bumped the box a bit, and on the way down, scraped my shin. Well, to be a little more specific, I filleted the skin right off the bone. To the tune of 7 stitches. As you can probably guess, it hurt like mad. I hit my shin so hard that I…
  • The “Why” before the “What”

    Ben Reed
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    This is an excerpt from my book, Starting Small: The Ultimate Small Group Blueprint. It’s more than an excerpt, too. It’s the entirety of chapter 2, my favorite chapter. This is the part of the book that I love the most, it was the easiest to write (because it was an overflow of so much of what I teach and live), and it’s the part I come back to most because it’s so foundational to everything I do. My book’s on sale this week! Pick up a copy for yourself, or someone you’d like to invest in spiritually! Pick it up HERE.   Chapter 2 The Why before the…
  • 8 Leadership Principles from my first 90 days at Saddleback

    Ben Reed
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    My family and I just made a massive move across the United States, from Nashville to California. From the syrupy sweet Southern US culture to the fast-paced, always-sunny Southern California. To say that Nashville is different that Orange County would be the understatement of the century. But we’re adjusting. Slowly, but surely, we’re building healthy relationships, finding our rhythm, and figuring out where to get the oil changed. Coming on staff at Saddleback has already been an amazing adventure. I’ve learned more here than I’ve learned in the same amount of time in any other…
  • The 8 keys to being a better small group leader

    Ben Reed
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    You want to be a better leader, in life and in your small group. I know you do. Nobody that reads, watches instructional videos, and seeks to grow in their faith says, “I want to put this work in…so that my leadership capacity decreases.” Nobody. This is one of the best talks on small group leadership that I have ever heard. My friend John Morgan (blog, Twitter, Facebook) gave the talk at a leadership rally I held for small group leaders at Long Hollow Baptist Church. Whether you’re on a church staff, a small group leader, or not, this video will help you become a…
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    Naty Matos' Blog

  • Luke Murphy Presents: Kiss and Tell

    Naty Matos
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    This novel took me 15 years to write. Well, not exactly, but… Even though Dead Man’s Hand was my first published novel, it’s not the first book I wrote. Kiss & Tell is my “baby”. It’s the first book I ever even attempted to write. I started writing the novel in the winter of 2000, while playing hockey down in Oklahoma. A lot of circumstances surround this novel, and it’s the reason I started writing in the first place. This novel, and all of my writing, happened by “chance”. I was playing professional hockey in Oklahoma, and was struck in the eye with a stick in a…
  • The Rising Muse Mid-Year Review 2015

    Naty Matos
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    As always I like to make an inventory of how things are going usually around my birthday and the end of the year. God planned those very well because they’re exactly 6 months apart. I know I haven’t been writing as often as I used to. The funny thing is that I think about posts I want to write all the time, but the butt to chair connection hasn’t happened. The year started with great news, I was moving into a new 9-5 that would allow me more breathing time to write and do other things. At the beginning of that transition I decided to take some time off. My last 9-5 had left my brain…
  • Drink your Starbucks

    Naty Matos
    1 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Not too long ago, I was sitting by the entrance of one of my favorite restaurants waiting for takeout. I usually dine in and hadn’t paid much attention to my surroundings. The place is clean, good customer service and superb food, nothing to complaint about. This particular day, while having the opportunity to seat there and with nothing more to do than look around (my phone battery was low); I noticed something I had never noticed before. Right behind the bar was an altar to a god. Something inside of me didn’t feel right. Here I was picking up lunch and now I had a dilemma, where am I…
  • Practicing humility

    Naty Matos
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    In Romans 12: 14-16 we get a lesson on how to be with others regardless of how they treat us. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited. When we read this we know in our gut that is no easy task. We tell others what we know. We repeat the right words like a chant, but in the actual day to day is a different story. Be honest with yourself, how loving and blissful are you in…
  • Not just serve, but how to serve

    Naty Matos
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    We are no looking at: Romans 12:11-13 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.   When we serve we need to check our attitudes and motives in check. We start a new service assignment with excitement, like all new things. At the beginning we are learning the ropes, then we go through the phase of knowing our roles and probably improving our service. But like everything in life, not every moment is a happy…
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    mnphysicists theological blog

  • Rose Colored Stained Glass Windows

    Ron Amundson
    10 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    I’ve been plowing through some of my old bass stuff, and came across Rose Colored Stain Glass Windows from back in the 80’s. It was especially cool back then, as a bunch of us were within inches of opening for Petra… but alas it was not to be. That being said, the music stayed with me over the years, this tune especially. Its written from the standpoint of an church / belief system, where in they are so apart from the world with their white knuckle sin avoidance thing or related polity, that their light from within is so dimmed, that it doesn’t reach very far, if it…
  • Consistent Ethic of Life?

    Ron Amundson
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Brandon stated: Dom Hélder Câmara talked about a ‘consistent ethic of life’, wherein *all* life possesses equal value, and the marked lack of a consistent ethic of life has been one of my long standing critiques of the “pro-life” (or more appropriately: “anti-abortion”) movement. Links to When you spit the “anti-abortion” movement into its sexual purity vs the life aspect, the inconsistency almost completely goes away if one looks at the sexual purity side…
  • Problems w Conservative Argument Against SSM….

    Ron Amundson
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:24 pm
    A fellow from my aviation universe posted a seemingly very well thought out conservative argument against SSM. It was not meant to convince, but more so to help others understand his opposition to it. I have to give the author types a lot of credit, there was a lot of thought put into it, and unlike the hating types, these Christian aviation folks really seem to be trying to walk a Christlike path. It did receive a lot of praise, from the conservative crowd… but crickets from most everyone else. The problem is the vastly different frames of reference… the appeals to the…
  • Ponderings on SSM

    Ron Amundson
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    As pretty much everyone is aware, SCOTUS ruled in favor of SSM on Friday. Many celebrated with rainbow colored pictures, some expressed sadness and disagreement, and more than a few expressed great hate, anger, and condemnation.  Its ok to disagree with the ruling, but when the fruits of the spirit get cast aside and replaced with hate we (Christianity in general) have a big problem I wrote on World Vision’s local church SSM autonomy policy and reversal about 15 months ago, where in I focused on folks who possess other than strong faith. Folks responses to Friday’s decision…
  • Ponderings on Memorial Day

    Ron Amundson
    25 May 2015 | 7:41 pm
    In my younger days, I pretty much lived at the airport. My boss, a member of the greatest generation, an Air Force Colonel, and a B17 captain had started a civilian flight school post retirement. Every once in a while he’d show me a letter from the USAF where they wanted him to return, and had even carved out some loopholes in order to make it possible for folks of his age… He often said it was tempting, but then he’d say “I like my life the way it is”. At 60+, he’d gotten married just a few years before and had a young son. It was a totally new life for…
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    As I've been writing for the Master over the years and publishing my material online, I've developed numerous blogs. My Master is Jesus Christ, God's Son. And this site contains a collection of my best and most popular blogs in one place, so that anyone who would like to browse my material can more easily find what they are looking for. I hope you will enjoy what you find here! Feel free to contact me, if you'd like to, through the website listed at the bottom.Below you will find the names of my blogs, and beneath each title you will find links to the posts within each blog. In the sidebar,…
  • Giving to DMI

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Our gift of these articles by Len Lacroix is made possible in part by your gracious support of the ministry.  There are two ways to donate to Doulos Missions International. You may either send a check or money order by mail or you may donate securely online.Doulos Missions International, Inc. is incorporated in the State of New Hampshire as a publicly-supported non-profit charity.  We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt organization under IRC 501(c)(3). Contributions made to this organization are tax deductible.Online Donations You may…
  • Doulos Missions International

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Len and Jennifer LacroixWe're so glad you took the time to visit our blog.  We were based near Budapest, Hungary, serving as missionaries for four years.   However, we are currently based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. You're invited to listen to our radio interview on the Truth Radio Network, which was aired September 7, 2013.  We were interviewed by Joyce George on the program "A Place Missionaries Call Home."Each of the links below will take you to the following pages on the official website for Doulos Missions…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - July 2015

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I've recently updated some blogs and posted some new ones that I want to make you aware of: A Continual Sacrifice Without DefectHaving a Servant's HeartTattoos and Body Piercing Messiah is a Servant of the JewsIs Tithing Required for Christians? (updated!)Godly Attire and Adornment -- Seven Divine Revelations (updated!)Doing What is Right (updated!)Law of Love in the New Testament (updated!)Deleted Scriptures in the Bible? (updated!)Did Jesus Nail the Law to the Cross? (updated!) Remember the Eternal Law of God (updated!)The Law is Good if Used Lawfully (updated!)  White…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - June 2015

    30 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    I've recently updated some blogs and posted some new ones that I want to make you aware of: The Difference Between a Disciple and a BelieverAll Our Deeds Are Known to the LordA Time for Everything  Your Rewards Are Based on Your Practice  (updated!) Confrontational Evangelism (updated!)Is it a Sin to Take Medicine? (updated!) Alcohol and Cigarettes -- Ten Divine Revelations (updated!)The Bodily Form of God the Father  (updated!)May the Lord use these to inspire, encourage, and challenge you.  I also welcome your comments and feedback on any of these articles.Author's…
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    Relief: A Christian Literary Expression

  • Real Girls: What Amanda Palmer Taught Me About Vulnerability

    Joy and Matthew Steem
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I have a friend who has this gnarly summer job—she calls it an “opportunity.” The thing is it’s not, in truth, gnarly at all. I mean, if picking rocks in the broiling sun is immensely amusing, or if spending most of a day uncomfortably bent over with a linoleum knife hacking away the weeds from inside small prickly spruce trees is an escapade of frivolity, or if cutting heavily tractor packed sod with a shovel is a thing to delight in, then I guess her job really is “gnarly.” When she gets back from her summer job—at least she has a rocking hot tan—I offer…
  • Icebreakers

    Chrysta Brown
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
      It is a Saturday. I am 18. I’m at one of too-many college orientation events. Even though all of my materials read “Chrysta,” my nametag reads “Crysta.” I added in an “h” with a black sharpie. They’ve assured me that the spelling will be fixed in time for tomorrow’s activities and I am oh-so-thoroughly relieved and stick the typo on my jeans, out of site. The introductory activity is an acrostic poem using the letters of our name. My subsequent eye roll is unavoidable. Whenever I am in a situation in which adult says “We’re going to start with a quick ice…
  • Forms of Love

    William Coleman
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    The British newspaper The Guardian recently invited a handful of writers to discuss the words that they cherish the most. “One of my favorites is the Cumbrian word glisky,” wrote novelist Sarah Hall, “meaning a kind of bright flashing light that you get after it has rained, when all the surfaces are wet and reflecting.”  Aminatta Forna, a Scottish-born writer, described an Orkney word: “Plitter: to play about in water, to make a watery mess.” Clot, claret, nesh, thrawn, slipe, whiffle-whaffle: all were extolled. (Will Self lovingly recalled a compound word that formed a…
  • The Power of Humor

    Abby Jarvis
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Twice a year or so, my boyfriend Dave starts showing me YouTube videos and makes me question our relationship. I mean, not really. I wouldn’t actually end our relationship over the YouTube videos he shows me. But I do look at some of them and wonder what on Earth he finds funny about the things he finds on the Internet. Dave has a particular appreciation for surreal humor which, I will freely admit, I do not share. Shows like Tim and Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job! Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule; Don’t Hug Me, I’m Scared; and others are so awkward and weird that they make me almost…
  • Lars and the Real Girl

    Tom Sturch
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    We were driving home from a family wedding in Jacksonville. We are attending these gatherings with increasing frequency, but whether marriages or funerals, outside the formal event and appropriate attire, our family conversation is the same, fraying and reweaving itself out of our particular social and cultural fabrics to an quilted knit of unqualified goodness. So, somewhere between Lake City and Gainesville I imagined us home in Tampa, ragged out and crashed around plates of left-overs and a movie. Lars and the Real Girl cropped up in our impromptu movie reviews, so that’s what we…
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    Catholic News World

  • Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tues. July 28, 2015

    Jesus Caritas Est
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 402Reading 1EX 33:7-11; 34:5B-9, 28The tent, which was called the meeting tent,Moses used to pitch at some distance away, outside the camp.Anyone who wished to consult the LORDwould go to this meeting tent outside the camp.Whenever Moses went out to the tent, the people would all riseand stand at the entrance of their own tents,watching Moses until he entered the tent.As Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come downand stand at its entrance while the LORD spoke with Moses.On seeing the column of cloud stand at the…
  • "Untamed Temperaments": O How Can I Change Thee?

    Jesus Caritas Est
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    Photo credit: sciencedirect.comby: Kathy Vestermark I'm a strong extrovert with mild melancholic tendencies. I only fall into melancholic tendencies when the exertions of being a Choleric-Sanguine push me past my limits.Can anyone relate to this?Does it seem a little bipolar*?My highs can be very high, but my lows are never so severe as to warrant intervention. They are just exhausting and require rest and rejuvenation.The Temperaments chart above delineates a person's behavioral tendencies. People's behavior can be differentiated into four distinct categories of temperament:…
  • Saint July 28 : St. Samson : #Bishop and #Confessor of #Wales

    Jesus Caritas Est
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    St. SamsonBISHOP AND CONFESSORFeast: July 28Information:Feast Day:July 28Born:490 at south WalesDied:565 at BrittanyBishop and confessor, born in South Wales; died 28 July, 565 (?). The date of his birth is unknown. His parents whose names are given as Amon of Dyfed and Anna of Gwynedd, were of noble, but not royal, birth. While still an infant he was dedicated to God and entrusted to the care of St. Illtyd, by whom he was brought up in the monastery of Llantwit Major. He showed exceptional talents in his studies, and was eventually ordained deacon and priest by St. Dubric. After this he…
  • Saint July 28 : St. Victor I : 1st #Pope from #Africa - Died 199 AD

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:10 pm
    St. Victor IPOPEFeast: July 28Information:Feast Day:July 28(189-198 or 199), date of birth unknown. The "Liber Pontificalis" makes him a native of Africa and gives his father the name of Felix. This authority, taking the "Liberian Catalogue" as its basis, gives the years 186-197 as the period of Victor's episcopate. The Armenian text of the "Chronicle" of Eusebius (Leipzig, 1911, p. 223) places the beginning of Victor's pontificate in the seventh year of the reign of the Emperor Commodus (180-87) and gives it a duration of twelve years; in his "Church History" (V, xxxii, ed. Schwarts,…
  • Latest #News of #Vatican Information Service and #PopeFrancis to SHARE

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    27-07-2015 - Year XXII - Num. 141 Summary- Angelus: Jesus counters market logic with the logic of giving- Appeal for the liberation of Dall'Oglio and Orthodox bishops abducted in Syria- Pope's message to the new Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians- Telegram for the death of Cardinal William Wakefield Baum- Cardinal Meisner, Pope's special envoy to the inauguration of the Maria Radna convent complex in Timisoara- Other Pontifical ActsAngelus: Jesus counters market logic with the logic of givingVatican City, 26 July 2015 (VIS) – At midday today…
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  • Inspiration of Scripture

    25 Jul 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder with Special Guest Dr. Steve McVey Dr. Steve McVey founder of Grace Walk joins John Crowder to discuss the trending topic of the inspiration of scripture. While many are writing off scripture as merely “man’s thoughts about God,” and others are locked into a fundamentalist biblio-idolatry … What is a healthy perspective between these two extremes? John and Steve discuss rightly dividing the word, the label of “inerrancy,” holding mystery in tension and honoring scripture as a springboard by which we see Christ. John 5:39-47…
  • Backseat Driver

    24 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    Watch this Video: TobyMac – Backseat Driver (Lyric Video) ft. Hollyn, Tru Backseat Driver – Lyrics Silly me, silly me, aye Revertin’ back to my old ways Them got to be in control days Jump before I pray Yo, I’m headed out the doorway But I want Your way, Yahweh From dirt roads to highways You’re showin’ me a beautiful view from this backseat But there’s lots of room and I never would have seen it if I wasn’t rolling with you I don’t wanna be no backseat, (don’t wanna be) no backseat driver I don’t wanna navigate, (don’t…
  • Lesson From A Boat Ride

    22 Jul 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Watch this Video: Paul White speaking at Revelation to Transformation conference in Manila 2014 Mark 4 The Story of the Scattered Seed 4 1-2 He went back to teaching by the sea. A crowd built up to such a great size that he had to get into an offshore boat, using the boat as a pulpit as the people pushed to the water’s edge. He taught by using stories, many stories. 3-8 “Listen. What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the…
  • Til The Day I Die

    20 Jul 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Watch this Video: TobyMac lyric video Til the Day I Die (feat. NF) Til The Day I Die – Lyrics I’ll keep swingin’ for the fences It’s like this heart is defenseless Against the passion that’s pumpin’ through my veins Blood, sweat, tears, it’s a callin’ And if I can’t walk, then I’m crawlin’ It might flicker, but they can’t kill the flame I can’t stop I can’t quit It’s in my heart It’s on my lips I can’t stop, no I can’t quit It’s in my heart, yeah I’m all in Til the wheels…
  • Different Ways of Receiving from God

    19 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Watch this Video: Andrew Wommack speaking at Charis Bible College “We have a tendency that whatever we’re doing is right, and whatever somebody else is doing is wrong. And I’m just sharing with you that I believe that we need to recognize that God loves people so much, that He’s got multiple ways of reaching people.” – Andrew Wommack Mark 4:1-9 4 Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.
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    Will Mancini

  • The Nine Forms of Generic Church Vision that Stifle Practically Every Church

    Will Mancini
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:49 am
    Most pastors are visionaries. But to fully realize the vision of a church, a pastor needs more than a generic sense of the future. When it comes to vision, the biggest challenge to success is not your obstacles. The biggest challenge to overcome is settling for a lesser vision and not knowing it. If you grab on to a faulty tool—in this case the tool of vision—everything you to try to build with that tool will be limited. Once you move past a generic sense to a vivid vision, you will still have many obstacles to overcome, but those are the natural challenges of implementation. You still…
  • 46 Ways to Use Periscope in Local Church Ministry

    3 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    A guest post from Bryan Rose, one of Auxano’s Lead Navigators. As the social media app Periscope continues to grow in popularity, an ever-increasing number of church leaders are leaning in to this emerging tool as an opportunity to connect and transfer vision. Periscope videos are public broadcasts viewable by anyone, with notifications that are sent to your followers and to your Twitter feed when you “go live.” However, there is also a private broadcasting feature which allows the user to limit potential viewers to a select group of followers. Given this functionality, the…
  • 12 Startling Reasons to Practice Long Term Thinking in Ministry

    28 May 2015 | 2:27 am
    I have never been more excited to put a tool in the hand of church leaders. God Dreams is my fourth book and I’m currently in the writing home stretch with Warren Bird, who’s been an amazing collaborator. The subtitle is 12 Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church’s Future. Here is the first of many peeks into the book. I invite you to sign up for pre-release specials before the book is published in 2016 (link below). The biggest one will be a free visual summary that you won’t want to miss! One of the chapters in God Dreams is focused on recovering the long…
  • 7 Reasons Why Every Church Leader Should Consider Periscope, the New Social Tool

    Will Mancini
    23 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    It’s only been eleven days since I heard about Periscope from one of Auxano’s newest navigators, Chris Rivers. We were doing a leadership training event at Elmbrook Church with 500 leaders discussing their new mission and values. In seconds,  Chris started live streaming the event and over 40 people joined in. Since then, I have broadcast 11 live events, averaging one per day. Yesterday, anyone could have watched 15 minutes of Auxano’s virtual team training. Last night anyone could have chatted with me about book writing, while I hosted a 15 minutes Q&A at 11…
  • 5 Biblical Principles for Personal Visioning

    Will Mancini
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    Two new initiatives have marked my ministry in 2015 and have me spending more time on personal visioning. The first is leading my first personal vision cohort. Fourteen people have joined with me for a 12-month journey of finding and aligning their personal vision. It continues to be a great joy, and you will see a lot of new content on my blog toward the end of 2015 under the banner of “younique.”   Younique will be a brand for training and tools for personal visioning like nothing else currently available. Another initiative is writing the official trade book follow-up to…
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    Storyline Blog

  • Do You Apologize Too Much?

    Allison Vesterfelt
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    It was my first job. Looking back, it wasn’t that big of a deal. I was greeting people at the door of a chain restaurant, asking a simple question, ushering them to their seats with the appropriate number of menus. But for me, at seventeen years old, this was me, becoming an adult. This was the big bad world. Actually, this was my neighborhood Applebees. But that’s beside the point. I worked hard to be good at my job. I learned quickly to seat the big parties in Tony’s section, because he loved to entertain, and to keep the two-tops for Michelle, because she liked to keep things low…
  • A New Way to Think About Not Getting What You Want

    Bob Goff
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I was in college and thought I wanted to be a forest ranger and later, a surfer. Then I got my first “dear Bob” letter from someone I really cared for who didn’t want to date a forest ranger or a surfer any more. I’ve learned that God sometimes allows us to find ourselves in a place where we want something so bad that we can’t see past it. Sometimes we can’t even see God because of it. When we want something that bad, it’s easy to mistake what we truly need for the thing we really want. When this sort of thing happens, and it seems to happen to everyone, I’ve found it’s…
  • Five Articles I Sent My Staff This Week

    Donald Miller
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    As a staff, we are committed to learning and growing, both professionally and personally. One of the ways we do that is by reading. Below are some of the most current things we’re reading together. If you’re in need of something great to read this weekend, start here. Are You Brave Enough to Live The Life You Want? via Brian Clark Bravery is a trait that is built by a willingness to act in the face of fear. Not to mention, you’re probably braver than you think you are. What We Get Wrong About Humility via Mike McHargue What a great perspective on humility and how Christians…
  • 5 Reasons to Attend The Storyline Conference

    Donald Miller
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    If you’re looking for a chance to jump-start your life, consider joining us for The Storyline Conference this November in Chicago. During the conference, I’ll be sharing a step-by-step process I’ve designed to help you find clarity and discover what you really want out of life. We’ll provide no shortage of examples and interviews with people who are already living amazing stories. Very few people leave Storyline the way they came in. Will you join us this fall in Chicago? Paradigm shifts abound, but perhaps the biggest one is this: life is a gift, not a burden, and we have the…
  • How Our Obsession With Success May Be Hurting Our Faith

    Donald Miller
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Our culture is preoccupied with the self and success. America loves a winner. All cultures do, but we love them especially and I’d even say more. I remember spending time in Peru, where the pace is slow, even uncomfortably so. I daily watched farmers walk into their fields from their tiny huts and asked our hiking guide what the values of the culture were. I asked because nobody was really bent on “success” in the American sense. They weren’t trying to build small businesses and seemed content on being, well, largely anonymous. My guide told me the values of the culture were…
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    The Christian Gift

  • Anchor in the Storm

    25 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    Sometimes trouble seems to strike in waves…day after day, it doubles down. Each time you think surely it can’t get any worse; then something else happens. The cumulative effect begins to wear you down, and you feel an overwhelming sense of despair. Your little boat is being tossed in the waves. While you know it contains an anchor, with the storms raging and your heart weakening, that anchor may be difficult to find. I am reminded to call out: to let his hand find mine. For I am the LORD your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.
  • Up to Your Neck?

    23 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Save me, O God! The water is up to my neck; I am sinking in deep mud, and there is no solid ground; I am out in deep water, and the waves are about to drown me. I am worn out from calling for help, and my throat is aching. I have strained my eyes, looking for your help. (Psalm 69) For those protracted periods when life is doubling down with the sucker punches…..
  • God Bless Our Native Land

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    God bless our native land! Firm may she ever stand Thro’ storm and night! When the wild tempests rave, Ruler of wind and wave Do Thou our country save By Thy great might. For her our prayer shall rise To God above the skies; On Him we wait. Thou who art ever nigh, Guarding with watchful eye, To Thee aloud we cry, God save the State!
  • Studio Status Update as of 29 June

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    All: North American Van Lines continues to delay shipment of our studio and inventory. Since they are already well past the promised delivery date, we went ahead already last week and reordered all materials required to produce our custom plaques. This turns out to have been prudent, since it now appears we will be waiting on them for another couple weeks. With the exception of frames, all materials have arrived. As soon as the frames are received, we will be able to process orders. The movers have all our inspirational jewelry, however – so we have no choice but to wait for them for…
  • Studio Status Update

    24 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
    I know some of you have been patiently waiting for us to get our studio back up and running following our relocation across the country (from New Hampshire to Idaho – a big move). We should have been fully operational by the end of last week. Unfortunately, North American Van Lines, who is moving both our household and company, has let us down in a big way. Not only have they missed the delivery window, but our goods have not yet even left New England. They have no ETA for us, now two weeks after everything was loaded. All of our inventory has been reordered since we cannot depend on…
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    Steve Fogg: Clear & Simple

  • Add SPARC To Your Creativity

    Steve Fogg
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Have you every been through a dry creative season? Or just need an auto-immune shot against boredom and routine? A few years ago I attended a conference called SPARC in Sydney Australia. This short conference was a wonderful few days with very different creative speakers from different creative disciplines. The keynote speaker was Erwin McManus who just spoke to my creative heart and made it bloom again. This year’s SPARC conference is on again on 7-8 August. Erwin is back again speaking about the Artisan Soul. It is well worth a visit to feed your own artisan soul. Find out more here.
  • 12 Top Quality Free Church Graphics And Resources

    Steve Fogg
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Have you ever run out of time or budget to create custom graphics and needed some for your church? My design team are often be up against tight deadlines and can need a helping hand graphic design wise. Or you may be a small church or a church planter just starting out (you have a special place in my heart you kingdom entrepreneurs) and you don’t have the kind of support larger churches have. You don’t have to reinvent the graphic design wheel every single time. There are many good reasons such as your designers being on holiday where you may need to use these free graphics that…
  • The Toughest Communication Challenge You Will Face & How To Overcome It

    Steve Fogg
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:03 pm
    There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t face this challenge. Both professionally and privately. And I don’t think it is just me. It probably impacts you too. What is it? It’s competition for my attention. If I just think about even today, the forces and voices competing for my time and attention have been huge. Social media, family, phone calls, missed phone calls, emails, staff, meetings and dare I say, even this blog. They are clamour for my time. It can be very difficult to focus. To finish a task. I’ve had four interruptions just writing this post. If I’m being truly…
  • 10 Of The Best Tips That Will Improve Your Church Website

    Steve Fogg
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:18 am
    Building a great church website isn’t easy. In-fact you never stop. If there is one principle I’ve learnt is that there is always something that needs to be done, updated or improved.  I love reading what different people are doing around the web. Here are ten of the best tips that will improve your church website: 1. Learn from others This is huge. One thing I’ve noticed serving in the church world is the isolation and inward nature of those who work in that space. Look out to what the wider world is doing. Look at your peers around you and check out what they are…
  • One Vital Question You Need To Answer To Create Engaging Social Media

    Steve Fogg
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:32 pm
    I often get asked about how churches ‘should’ use social media. The questions are mainly around what the best tactics or best practices are. Everyone wants to reach more in their community which is fantastic. Some questions come from large churches and others from small churches. No one it seems has completely ‘figured out’ social media (And for the record, anyone who has said they have is lying).  Most churches operate in a broadcast media world, not a social media world. Where engagement is the key. Inherent in that broadcast approach is a builder/boomer way of…
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  • On Vacation (Darryl Dash)
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    I'll be back to blogging on Saturday, August 15.
  • Saturday Links (Darryl Dash)
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: 3 Occupational Hazards for Pastors Adulation invites narcissism. Opposition provokes tyranny. Long toil induces exhaustion or depression. A Quick 9-Point Illustration Checklist Hopefully this quick checklist will be helpful as you plan your next message. Why Join a Church One of the most counter-cultural things you can do is become an engaged member of a faithful local church. 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Leaving Your Church Below are five questions to ask before leaving your church, as well as some suggestions for addressing the issues they may raise.
  • Top Quotes from Sensing Jesus (Darryl Dash)
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you are a pastor, I can't recommend Sensing Jesus by Zack Eswine enough. It gets at the heart of my idolatries, which is why I need to read it regularly. It reminds me of Eugene Peterson's pastoral books, and The Art of Pastoring by David Hansen. This, my friends, is a compliment. Here are eight of my favorite quotes from Sensing Jesus: On looking to upgrade our ministries — Therefore, those of you searching for something larger, faster, and more significant, who feel that if you could just be somewhere else doing something else as somebody else, then your life would really…
  • The Elements of Preaching (Darryl Dash)
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    When I was young and thinking about preaching, wondering if I ever could preach, I came across The Elements of Preaching by Warren Wiersbe and David Wiersbe. There are only a few books that deserve the title life-changing, but this book deserves that status in my life. The Elements of Preaching presents 26 simple lessons on preaching, along with 14 simple prohibitions. As the title suggests, it aims to cover the elements of the subject, "the simplest principles of a subject of study." It is not a book on how to prepare sermons. Instead, it is a book of basics that "that the preacher…
  • Saturday Links (Darryl Dash)
    18 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: 7 Questions Leaders Should Use Often Here are 7 examples of questions leaders should memorize and use often. 7 Statements Every Leader Needs To Use Often Here are 7 statements leaders should memorize and use often. Four Hard Questions Pastors Should Continually Ask Themselves As leaders, we must give people an example of what it looks like to grow in the grace of Jesus. First Steps in Leading Toward Change Ten practical steps in leading change Sermon Disconnect: Six Questions to Assess Your Preaching Here are six markers to help you assess the obstacles that…
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  • “Beatitudes of Kids” Lesson One

    Tara Tegard
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Lesson One: Introduction to the Beatitudes Main idea: The Beatitudes teach us what it means to be blessed and show us the attitudes that followers of Jesus should have. Teacher preparation: Read Scripture references, Psalm 5:12, Numbers 6:24-26, Deuteronomy 30:16, 1 Peter 3:9, Proverbs 16:20 Gather: Bible; dry erase markers or chart paper and markers; many boxes of varying size and shape, loosely gift wrapped, (can just use newspaper, doesn’t have to be fancy); white crayons; white construction paper; watercolors; paintbrushes; water cups; paper towels. Take time to meditate on this…
  • Psalm 3 Sunday School Lesson for Kids

    Bethany Tapp
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    This is lesson 3 of 33 in a series of lessons called “Praise God Through the Psalms.” These lessons are designed to point children to the fullness of God’s character and lead them to see Him as the One who deserves all praise and worship. These lessons work well in Sunday School or mid-week Bible study groups or even family devotion times. “Praise God Through the Psalm” – Psalm 3 Lesson focus: Through the book of Psalms and the worship of the people of Israel, we get a glimpse into the character of God and how we should rightly respond to Him in worship. In Psalm 3 we see God…
  • 4 Reasons to Stay in Children’s Ministry

    Mimi Bullock
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Children’s ministry is so rewarding but like all ministries, it can also be very demanding. Ministering to more than a handful of children each week can be wearing, physically and spiritually, no matter how much you love Jesus. Add in personal struggles, personal relationships and other stressors and you have plenty of reasons to walk away from ministry. I know it’s hard. I’ve been working with kids for almost twenty years. How many times have I said, “That’s enough. No more.” More than a few, I promise you. So no condemnation from me! Let me say before we go any further that…
  • Lesson: How Do I Worship God? (Tough Questions Kids Ask #6)

    Leah Pittsinger
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:17 am
    The concept of worship is often assumed but rarely taught to children. This lesson plan will help kids understand how to worship God in their daily lives. Don’t miss the other lessons in this series, “Tough Questions Kids Ask.” TARGET AGES: 10-14 OBJECTIVE: To understand the definition of worship and learn how to worship in our daily lives. MAIN IDEA: The Lord wants us to have sincere hearts and pure motives when we worship. Physical actions during worship mean nothing without internal submission to God. SCRIPTURE PASSAGES: 2 Chronicles 29:27-28, John 4:24, Isaiah 29:13, Hebrews…
  • 20 Things Kids Really Want to Say

    Mimi Bullock
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Serving in children’s ministry has been the best thing I’ve ever done! Aside from having two wonderful children of my own, I feel blessed to have ministered to thousands of kids around the US. That being said, you have to have tough skin and Duracell battery faith to work in kids min. I may be willing to take a pie in the face for Jesus but I’m only human. I need encouragement occasionally—so do you. Children aren’t the most articulate at saying thank you but I know they feel it and mean it. On behalf of the kids you serve I’m here to share with you 20 things kids really want to…
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    Mike Calhoun

  • Gaining By Losing (A Book Review)

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:53 am
    I have always believed that evangelism was more about “multiplication” than “addition.” I have preached 2 Timothy 2:2 where faithful believers are challenged to make disciples as the greatest plan for world evangelization. Now my friend J.D. Greear has aptly established “subtraction” as a part of the equation. In his new book Gaining By Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send, J.D. explains why sending people away from his church has become a core value. He simply illustrates his foundational premise by proposing churches function as aircraft carriers rather than…
  • Insider Investment Tips for Life Impact

    22 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    I know it is against the law to give “Insider Investment Tips” but I just can’t restrain myself. I probably should not be so bold as to publish them on the internet but this information is critical and time sensitive. I don’t want you to miss the opportunity of this “Investment of a Lifetime” to make your “Investment in a Life.” I knew I had to write about this when I read an “Investment Prospectus Shareholder Document.” One of the primary benefactors shared how they had benefited from well managed assets. They gave a glowing report and so I just have to give you…
  • Pay It Forward Leadership

    15 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    I was only fifteen when I made a decision that changed the course of my life! The decision was simple: I wanted to be like the pastor and leaders at my church. I wanted to be a “Pay it Forward Leader.” “Pay it Forward Leaders” are people who invest in the next generation of leadership. They do so graciously, intentionally and often sacrificially. There are no stereotypes. You will find both introverts and extroverts sharing a common burden to influence and impact future leaders. Experience has taught me some interesting concepts about “Pay it Forward Leadership”: Anyone can do it…
  • If Playground Leaders Ruled the World

    8 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    I had a love-hate relationship with recess in elementary school. I could not wait to get out of the classroom: however, I dreaded the ritual of team-picking on the playground. A couple of self-appointed “cool” guys always declared themselves the Playground Team Captains. The games we played became all about being “Used” to help them win or look good. As a result recess was often argument-riddled and just not fun. Unfortunately, the playground incident depicts some real life leadership teams. The leaders may not be self-appointed just self-serving. People under them feel “Used” and…
  • Leadership 101: The Power of Influence or Position?

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    Which is more important in leadership, influence or position? Does one trump the other or are they equal? Are they mutually exclusive? Can you possess only one or just one at a time? For just a moment pretend you have been chosen to participate in the world’s most prestigious Leadership Game Show. Finally they call you to the stage where two doors await you from which you must chose. One door is marked “Leadership Influence” and the other “Leadership Position,” which one will you choose? I have taught the leadership principle for years that “position does not equal influence.”…
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • Sacred is the New Secular

    J.B. Wood
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:53 am
    A few weeks ago I came across a Blogger who was whining like a little girl about the hostilities of the “secular” world towards Christians. He proceeded to rail against the bogeyman of secular culture, especially corporate America, for apparently making him so miserable and uncomfortable with its lack of ethics, values and moral backbone. My reaction [Read More...]
  • Meditation for (Christian) Dummies: #4 in a series

    J.B. Wood
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Read about how I got here here, here, and here. So. I’m about five minutes into my morning meditation, not very long at all, and I’m focusing on the word “Surrender.” And probably to be honest with you, in the back of my mind at some subterranean subconscious level I was still asking God “What is the [Read More...]
  • Meditation for (Christian) Dummies: #3 in a series

    J.B. Wood
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Continued from previous post and the one before that. The word I chose to meditate on yesterday was “Surrender.” This word had been on my mind lately, because I had been seeing it every day on my desk at work. A few days ago a friend had given me a little laminated 3×5 prayer card that [Read More...]
  • Meditation for Christian Dummies (#2 in a series)

    J.B. Wood
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Continued from the previous post. It seemed like meditation could be an important spiritual discipline to help me grow. But, let’s face it, it also sounds weird. I associate meditation with Buddhists and George Harrison and New Age Eastern religions that are so taboo as I was taught from my right-wing fundamentalist Evangelical upbringing, because they are the Cults Of The [Read More...]
  • Meditation for (Christian) Dummies

    J.B. Wood
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:13 pm
    My mentor, Dr. Payne, suggested that I start meditating. He mentioned it one day as he calmly observed me work myself into a lather over the usual career frustrations and corporate political struggles. He made it sound so easy and fun. And I said, “Well, yes, that might help calm me down.” But I was [Read More...]
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    Harry Shepherd's Blawg

  • Personal Injury and Accident Claims Whilst On Holiday (Guest Post)

    20 Jul 2015 | 5:19 am
    Japp v Virgin Holidays LTD ([2013] EWCA Civ 1371) reiterates the standards that tour operators need to uphold when they are providing facilities to holidaymakers. At Accident Claims Stockport we can help and support anyone in the Greater Manchester area who has suffered in similar circumstances so visit our website for more information on this. In this case, the claimant, Mrs Japp, was on a Virgin Holiday package to Barbados (the defendants). She walked into a glass door on her balcony which shattered, causing her injury. She brought an accident claims action against Virgin Holidays on the…
  • Wow Have You Seen the Star Wars Comic Con Video?

    20 Jul 2015 | 4:59 am
    I wish, I just wish I could have been there! At the recent San Diego Comic Con the lucky attendees were treated to a video teaser from the set of the new Star Wars movie. If like me you were not lucky enough then go check this out below! More Star Wars blog posts from me can be seen here and here. The post Wow Have You Seen the Star Wars Comic Con Video? appeared first on Harry Shepherd's Blawg.
  • Choosing a Personal Injury Solicitor in Leicester

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    The following blog post was written and supplied by a contact of mine called James Barnett. James lives and works in the Leicester area and runs the popular Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester website.  The comments and content of the blog post is all James’ own words and does not reflect my own personal views.  If you are a personal injury solicitor or lawyer and would like to contribute to the Daily Shepherd blawg then please send me an email request. Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester If you have been involved in an accident and it wasn’t your fault then there’s a high chance…
  • Star Wars Parody Videos: The Cops TV Show

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    I was reminded this week of an old YouTube clip that I had not seen for many years.  It’s the Star Wars parody of the TV show, “Cops”.  If you’ve not seen it then it’s well worth a watch.  It’s so well done, obviously not quite as good as the latest Star Wars trailer but still absolutely brilliant. Check it out below. The post Star Wars Parody Videos: The Cops TV Show appeared first on Harry Shepherd's Blawg.
  • Personal Injury Solicitors Stockport Goes Live

    9 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    This week I was contacted by an old friend of mine called Jason Trent.  Jason is setting up a new firm of personal injury solicitors in the Stockport and Greater Manchester area of the UK.  I am more than happy to give him a recommendation as during my time working with him in Edinburgh a few years back he was without any doubt one of the most conscientious people working in the industry of personal injury solicitors that I had ever had the pleasure of working with. Jason has a great reputation with many happy and satisfied clients in the field which is why I am pleased to recommend him…
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • How the Symbol of a Tree Healed My Brokenness

    Jean Wise
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    On retreat last year I talked with the spiritual director about my continual struggle between my head and my heart. Sometimes it felt like a tug of war going on within me. Like I was two people – a split personality. I felt like I lived in either one place or the other, no peace. She asked me if I could describe how I felt in an image. After awhile I told her a hourglass. Two parts with a constriction in between. We sat silently as I pondered the meaning of that symbol. Quietly she suggested that I ask God for the gift of a new image if that would help heal the broken connection within me.
  • What?? I Thought Being Optimistic Made Me Stronger

    Jean Wise
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:07 am
      I’m an optimist. If an Optimist Anonymous existed – I would be their poster child. I have worked hard on developing this trait. See, I wasn’t born an optimist. In fact, as a newborn I emerged with quite a scowl on my face. When I was about 7 years old, I remember overhearing a friend of my mother discussing my frown and lack of smiling. Being optimistic didn’t come naturally for me. When I tell people that now, it surprises them. I am known to be quite a “look on the bright side of things” gal. Little Miss Sunshine. One of my most popular presentations is about optimism. In…
  • A Potato Sack Lesson to Ponder

    Jean Wise
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:08 am
    Our pastor last Sunday shared the following story: A young man wanted to gain body strength and get into shape by working on his uncle’s farm one summer. His wise uncle suggested that he do vertical arm lifts while holding  1, then 5, then 10, then 25, and 50 pound sacks of potatoes. The young man exercised faithfully. Each day he would go to the barn and practice the repetitions with the potato sacks. Yes he started with the one-pound sacks and slowly advancing until the end of summer he was lifting 50 pound sacks. He finally accomplished his goal with 100-pound sacks in both arms. He…
  • Please Take my 2015 Readers’ Survey

    Jean Wise
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I would really like your input on how to improve and grow this blog.  Below is a link to the 2015 Healthy Spirituality Readers’ Survey and I would appreciate you taking the time to fill it out. I want to ensure this space does the best possible job of answering your needs and interests and draws you closer to God.  And that means I need to know more about you. Your input is important to me. The survey is easy to fill out, and the results are completely anonymous. I can’t tell who said what. The survey will be open until August 2.  Thank you so much.  …
  • Help! Where Are You, God and Why Can’t I See You?

    Jean Wise
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Where are you, God? Ever pray this prayer: Where are you, God and why can’t I see You? I have running crazy in July with company visiting, summer to do’s and trying to work on dreams and where God is leading me. I finally took some deep breaths this morning to create space with God – reading my Bible, journaling and spending time with him. It was like having my morning coffee with a friend I was missing and longing to be with. Where have you been, God? I asked with a smile, knowing it wasn’t his absence but my busyness that kept me from experiencing him lately. Then I remembered…
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    Daily Devotionals

  • 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 – Love: Displayed More Than Defined

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.  (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV) Can you come up with a definition for love (that accurately describes what love is) in two or three sentences? It’s not an easy task. No matter how we define love, our definition always seems to be lacking. Trying to define…
  • I Samuel 3:4 – “Here I Am!”

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotions Bible Verse Then the LORD called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” (1 Samuel 3:4 ESV) Sometimes we forget just how big God is. In fact, we even forget the truth that God is unfathomably big. We are short sighted and self-absorbed so often that we neglect a relationship with a God so amazing. Have you ever felt the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart? Have you ever felt the nudging and leading of his hand? That voice that whispers, “Come be with me. Open my word, internalize its truth, I will transform you.” And then rolled over and went back to sleep? Or decided to keep…
  • Deuteronomy 6:5 – Loving God

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5 ESV) Nehemiah, Daniel, Hannaniah, Mishael, and Azariah were Israelite men living in foreign countries. They kept their identity as Jewish people till the end. The reason they could keep their identity is that they loved their God with all their heart, soul, and might. As Christians, in order to keep our identity alive, we must know who we are in Christ; loving God with all our heart, soul, and might. I believe LOVE is the key! Jesus goes…
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -Texas Supreme Court: Houston Must Put Controversial ‘Transgender Bathroom’ Bill Up for Vote.

    Dr. D
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that the City of Houston must put the controversial LGBT rights ‘transgender bathroom’ bill up for a vote by the people or repeal the ordinance. Meanwhile the court suspended the law. Here’s the report from the Christian Post: … Houston’s controversial equal rights ordinance, known as HERO, will appear on the November ballot, as Texas Supreme Court has suspended it, ruling that City Council must repeal it by August 24 or put it to popular vote.  … The gay rights ordinance, which, among other things, allows members of the opposite sex to…
  • -Kentucky: Pro-Homosexual Religious Test for Volunteer Ministers for Juvenile Offenders

    Dr. D
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    Pastors who volunteer to minister and counsel in juvenile detention centers in Kentucky must now sign a state-mandated letter of agreement that homosexuality is not ‘sinful.’ At least one pastor who refused to sign the agreement has been dismissed. Here’s the story from WND: The state of Kentucky has begun imposing a religious test on volunteer pastor counselors in its youth division, insisting that they refrain from calling homosexuality “sinful” and dismissing those who cannot bend their religious faith to accommodate the state requirements. The policy was uncovered by Liberty…
  • -9th Circuit Ruling: Pharmacists Must Serve Abortifacients

    Dr. D
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that pharmacists must serve the public with ‘emergency contraceptives’ (abortifacients) even if it is against their religious convictions and beliefs.  Here’s the story from Reuters: The state of Washington can require a pharmacy to deliver medicine even if the pharmacy’s owner has a religious objection, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, the latest in a series of judgements on whether religious believers can opt out of providing services. The ruling, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, came in a…
  • -Mt. Soledad Cross Controversy Settled After 25 Years

    Dr. D
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
       (Mount Soledad Memorial Cross: Wikipedia) The 25 year Mt. Soledad controversy over the prominent cross displayed at a war memorial in San Diego CA has finally been settled. There have been millions spent on lawsuits and court cases over that time and voters in San Diego even voted to sell the property but the action was blocked by a judge. Now once and for all it appears that it has finally been settled. Here’s the story from Christianity Today: The quarter-century controversy over the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial has finally ended, after the US Department of Defense sold the…
  • -Scholars Now Believe the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a Modern Fake

    Dr. D
    18 Jul 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Most scholars now believe that the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a modern fake. This is not a new story but you probably haven’t heard about this on the 10 o’clock news which originally hailed the story of its magnificent discovery. In fact, most folks on the street probably haven’t heard about the scholarly updates and conclusions on this document. Many out there may still believe that a ‘new gospel’ has been discovered that ‘proves’ Jesus was married. Last year most of the newspapers of record did carry the updated story of its exposure as a probable fake…
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  • new video

    19 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
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  • Why Should You Protect Your Honor?

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Integrity Lessons Learned from Real Life I generally work Monday evenings and my wife stays home. Recently, she has been glued to the TV watching “The Bachelor.” However, last night the opposite happened. I volunteered to watched it for her and tell her what happened. This show is about a man searching for a wife out of a handpicked group of 25 incredibly gorgeous ladies. I considered it a waste of an evening, but I did it for my wife! As the episode started, there were only 4 ladies left vying to marry a nice, rich, handsome male. Each lady was on her best behavior, as they introduced…
  • You Think You’re In Trouble?

    18 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    Perfect Answers can Make No Common Sense, but IF You Trust God Completely, You will Witness Miracles!   Frequently we hear of those who face impossibilities – dire situations with seemingly grave consequences! I used to have a boss who called them “Insurmountable Opportunities!” Just look at these Insurmountable Opportunities and their outcome! A- Need to capture a fortified city without many weapons? God’s Instructions: Have your people stomp around the city 13 times and then yell! ”Makes no sense,” but . . . they did it anyway. The walls immediately fell outward. The…
  • In Trouble and Need Perfect Advice – Not Opinion?

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Correct Answers May Make No Sense and not Arrive Immediately But . . . the RESULTS ARE PERFECT – Arriving not Early, but Just In Time! Many are in trouble/confused, want direction for their lives or just need solid counsel! Whom should they turn? They ask friends, relatives and acquaintances, getting opinions. Then they guess or do nothing. Result? They get buffeted by circumstances. GOOD NEWS! There is someone who always has the right answer and delights in helping. The answer may not make sense, but if you follow His direction, you’ll learn it was exactly right and tailor-made for…
  • Qur’an Scholar Research Findings

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    Quotation from Mario Joseph “For me God was only Allah, and I believe Allah never married, so no sons for Allah. So I preached that Jesus was not God. Then somebody asked me Who is “Jesus?” – From the crowd. Maybe a Muslim, but he asked me “Who is Jesus?” I was preaching He is not God, but the question was, “who is He?” To know who is He, I read the entire Koran once again: 114 chapters and 6666 words in the Koran. When I read it the name of the Prophet Mohammad I found in Koran in 4 places, but the name of Jesus I found in 25 places. There itself, I was a little confused.
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  • How the Symbol of a Tree Healed My Brokenness

    Jean Wise
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    On retreat last year I talked with the spiritual director about my continual struggle between my head and my heart. Sometimes it felt like a tug of war going on within me. Like I was two people – a split personality. I felt like I lived in either one place or the other, no peace. She asked me if I could describe how I felt in an image. After awhile I told her a hourglass. Two parts with a constriction in between. We sat silently as I pondered the meaning of that symbol. Quietly she suggested that I ask God for the gift of a new image if that would help heal the broken connection within me.
  • What?? I Thought Being Optimistic Made Me Stronger

    Jean Wise
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:07 am
      I’m an optimist. If an Optimist Anonymous existed – I would be their poster child. I have worked hard on developing this trait. See, I wasn’t born an optimist. In fact, as a newborn I emerged with quite a scowl on my face. When I was about 7 years old, I remember overhearing a friend of my mother discussing my frown and lack of smiling. Being optimistic didn’t come naturally for me. When I tell people that now, it surprises them. I am known to be quite a “look on the bright side of things” gal. Little Miss Sunshine. One of my most popular presentations is about optimism. In…
  • A Potato Sack Lesson to Ponder

    Jean Wise
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:08 am
    Our pastor last Sunday shared the following story: A young man wanted to gain body strength and get into shape by working on his uncle’s farm one summer. His wise uncle suggested that he do vertical arm lifts while holding  1, then 5, then 10, then 25, and 50 pound sacks of potatoes. The young man exercised faithfully. Each day he would go to the barn and practice the repetitions with the potato sacks. Yes he started with the one-pound sacks and slowly advancing until the end of summer he was lifting 50 pound sacks. He finally accomplished his goal with 100-pound sacks in both arms. He…
  • Please Take my 2015 Readers’ Survey

    Jean Wise
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I would really like your input on how to improve and grow this blog.  Below is a link to the 2015 Healthy Spirituality Readers’ Survey and I would appreciate you taking the time to fill it out. I want to ensure this space does the best possible job of answering your needs and interests and draws you closer to God.  And that means I need to know more about you. Your input is important to me. The survey is easy to fill out, and the results are completely anonymous. I can’t tell who said what. The survey will be open until August 2.  Thank you so much.  …
  • Help! Where Are You, God and Why Can’t I See You?

    Jean Wise
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Where are you, God? Ever pray this prayer: Where are you, God and why can’t I see You? I have running crazy in July with company visiting, summer to do’s and trying to work on dreams and where God is leading me. I finally took some deep breaths this morning to create space with God – reading my Bible, journaling and spending time with him. It was like having my morning coffee with a friend I was missing and longing to be with. Where have you been, God? I asked with a smile, knowing it wasn’t his absence but my busyness that kept me from experiencing him lately. Then I remembered…
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  • Relatives Forgive Charleston Mass Murderer; Persecutions in Iraq, Pakistan; Saeed Abedini Update

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    Charleston Church Massacre: Relatives Forgive the Murderer Relatives of victims of the Charleston church massacre openly forgave the accused Dylann Roof. Nine relatives of victims came forward and offered their forgiveness, while expressing their emotions of a hurting heart. Roof sat for an hour with members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina before opening fire massacring six women and three men. He has told investigators he carried out the shootings telling them “I wanted to start a race war,” but said he almost didn’t go through with it…
  • 10 Critical Keys to Be a Blessing to Your Church!

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    After serving as an Evangelist for 20 years in India, a year ago God commissioned me to pastor a church in Canada. To say what God has been doing is a blessing is an understatement. For a while, I wondered why God didn’t allow me to be a Pastor sooner. I have come to realise that I was not ready. This journey is not without challenges and mostly comes at the very cost of the death of me. Dying, almost daily is the cup of the shepherd. As I learn to love the sheep as Christ loves, I am baffled by how unconditional is God’s love for us. There are all kinds of sheep in the Body of Christ.
  • Lessons on Anointing from the Life of Elijah

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:31 am
    I’d like to elaborate on a few practical things about the anointing that flows into our lives. Sometime ago I wrote about the anointing. Read the 3 Part series here. When God gives you an assignment He also gives you the anointing to carry it out. [tweet this] And it’s important for us to stay at His feet until we are empowered on high. In 1 Kings we read about Elijah, a bold man, who simply walked on the scene and without any self introduction. And He carried an unction and authority over the nation of Israel. Because He came from the presence of the Lord; His heart was synchronized…
  • Join Revive UAE With Pastor Shyju Mathew

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:57 am
    When churches come together in humility and tears to seek the face of our Master, heavens must open above. We believe that God is sending Revive Nations for a time of renewal in the Middle East, starting with UAE. From 8th to 13th of July 2015, we will be in UAE hosting Tent Of Meeting leadership training and Revive Conferences in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. I want to take this moment to encourage all our believer friends to share this good news to your family and friends in UAE. Tent Of Meeting is exclusive training for leaders in the ministry and we are excited to announce that candidates…
  • Worship Session Before Execution; The Born Again Boxing Champion & More

    Blessen Varghese
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    Editorial: As persecutions continue to be on the rise in various parts of the world, let’s remember our brethren in prayer. Many imprisoned children of God face death sentences. Let’s also remember our brothers and sisters from Nepal, many of whom have lost their loved ones and properties. The exact number of Christians who have lost their lives in the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal is not yet known, there were quite a few churches who were affected by the calamity. Sudanese Pastors Jailed, May Face Death Penalty Sudanese authorities have charged two South Sudanese pastors under…
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  • How Well Do You Know Dr. Seuss?

    Jeffrey Totey
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Pop Quiz With today's release of Dr. Seuss' most recently-discovered book, Which Pet Should I Get? here's a quiz to test your skills on how well you know your Seuss books. Here are 12... Read more!
  • Disney’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is Released

    Jeffrey Totey
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    July 28, 1951 Walt Disney's 13th animated film, Alice in Wonderland was released in U.S. theaters on this day in 1951. The film was not a huge success, but the film was nominated for an Oscar for... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Happy Birthday Bugs Bunny

    Jeffrey Totey
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    He looks really good for 75! Posted by Read more!
  • Bugs Bunny Gets His Own Coin

    Jeffrey Totey
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    (The Royal Canadian Mint)While some may say that it is about time – others are scoffing at the idea of a cartoon character getting his face on a coin. But, here we have it or should I say, here we... Read more!
  • First “Official” Bugs Bunny Cartoon is Released

    Jeffrey Totey
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    July 27, 1940 While Porky's Hare Hunt was the first Warner Bros. cartoon to feature a “Bugs Bunny-like” rabbit, A Wild Hare, directed by Tex Avery, was released on this day in 1940 and is widely... Read more!
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  • Two Men in one Bed (Luke 17:34)

    Jeremy Myers
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Note: This post is part of the July 2015 Synchroblog.In the past, I have taught that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality.But a few weeks ago, after the Supreme Court of the United Stated ruled that gay couples could get legally married, a guy came up to me and said, “This ruling is a sign of the end of the world! Jesus prophesied in Luke 17:34 that when the rapture happens, there will be two men in a bed!”I went on to show him that in the Greek, the word “men” is not actually there, so all it really says is “There will be two in one bed …”And besides,…
  • Some Christians will not find this funny. But I did.

    Jeremy Myers
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Some Christians might not think this is funny, but I do…Please share this post with others!The post Some Christians will not find this funny. But I did. appeared first on Redeeming God.
  • Do you have Paper theology or People theology?

    Jeremy Myers
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Do you have a paper theology or a people theology?I used to have a paper theology.In many ways, I suppose I still do.A paper theology is when we have the “right” answers to tough theological questions and issues, but we don’t really know any people that are affected by our “right” answer.In other words, paper theology is when we approach Scripture and theology from an “ivory tower” perspective. We study for the sake of studying and finding answers, but none of our answers have any real connection to life.Paper theology is a theology that comes from…
  • Have you persecuted a prophet today?

    Jeremy Myers
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Prophet Isaiah was allegedly sawed in half.In Acts 7, Stephen presents his defense for why he is a follower of Jesus. At one point in his speech, he says this:Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? (Acts 7:52)In other words, “Name me one prophet that our ancestors did not persecute, despise, and reject.”What is Stephen saying? He is saying the same thing that Jesus said: “Prophets are never accepted in their hometown” (Luke 4:24). Yes, and maybe not in their home country, or even their home time era.And “never accepted” is an…
  • Don’t Play Charades with Pastors

    Jeremy Myers
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Here’s a secret: I am almost done writing a book on the atonement. This is the first time I have let anyone know.If you want a free PDF of this book when it comes out, make sure you sign up for my free email newsletter.On a related note, I saw the following image yesterday, and thought you might like it.Please use the sharing buttons below to invite other people on Facebook and Twitter to sign up for my email newsletter so that they too can get a free digital copy of my next book when it comes out. Thanks!Please share this post with others!The post Don’t Play Charades with Pastors…
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  • How the Symbol of a Tree Healed My Brokenness

    Jean Wise
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    On retreat last year I talked with the spiritual director about my continual struggle between my head and my heart. Sometimes it felt like a tug of war going on within me. Like I was two people – a split personality. I felt like I lived in either one place or the other, no peace. She asked me if I could describe how I felt in an image. After awhile I told her a hourglass. Two parts with a constriction in between. We sat silently as I pondered the meaning of that symbol. Quietly she suggested that I ask God for the gift of a new image if that would help heal the broken connection within me.
  • What?? I Thought Being Optimistic Made Me Stronger

    Jean Wise
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:07 am
      I’m an optimist. If an Optimist Anonymous existed – I would be their poster child. I have worked hard on developing this trait. See, I wasn’t born an optimist. In fact, as a newborn I emerged with quite a scowl on my face. When I was about 7 years old, I remember overhearing a friend of my mother discussing my frown and lack of smiling. Being optimistic didn’t come naturally for me. When I tell people that now, it surprises them. I am known to be quite a “look on the bright side of things” gal. Little Miss Sunshine. One of my most popular presentations is about optimism. In…
  • A Potato Sack Lesson to Ponder

    Jean Wise
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:08 am
    Our pastor last Sunday shared the following story: A young man wanted to gain body strength and get into shape by working on his uncle’s farm one summer. His wise uncle suggested that he do vertical arm lifts while holding  1, then 5, then 10, then 25, and 50 pound sacks of potatoes. The young man exercised faithfully. Each day he would go to the barn and practice the repetitions with the potato sacks. Yes he started with the one-pound sacks and slowly advancing until the end of summer he was lifting 50 pound sacks. He finally accomplished his goal with 100-pound sacks in both arms. He…
  • Please Take my 2015 Readers’ Survey

    Jean Wise
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I would really like your input on how to improve and grow this blog.  Below is a link to the 2015 Healthy Spirituality Readers’ Survey and I would appreciate you taking the time to fill it out. I want to ensure this space does the best possible job of answering your needs and interests and draws you closer to God.  And that means I need to know more about you. Your input is important to me. The survey is easy to fill out, and the results are completely anonymous. I can’t tell who said what. The survey will be open until August 2.  Thank you so much.  …
  • Help! Where Are You, God and Why Can’t I See You?

    Jean Wise
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Where are you, God? Ever pray this prayer: Where are you, God and why can’t I see You? I have running crazy in July with company visiting, summer to do’s and trying to work on dreams and where God is leading me. I finally took some deep breaths this morning to create space with God – reading my Bible, journaling and spending time with him. It was like having my morning coffee with a friend I was missing and longing to be with. Where have you been, God? I asked with a smile, knowing it wasn’t his absence but my busyness that kept me from experiencing him lately. Then I remembered…
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  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (Review)

    Ryan Peter
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:09 am
    The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 5 of 5 stars What’s interesting about this book, and Hemingway’s style, is you find yourself at first thinking, “Hmmm. Seems a bit boring and too plain.” But yet you find yourself still reading and reading, and actually quite enjoying it. I love the Old Man in this book. I think Hemingway manages to encapsulate the way a man feels when he is lonely and desperate. I felt the angst of this man. I’m not a fan of stoicism, unlike Hemingway, but nevertheless I enjoyed the way in which he looked to represent it. I…
  • When Twins War: Book II

    Ryan Peter
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:23 am
    Buy at Amazon Buy at Smashwords Buy at Kobo Books * INCLUDES A NEVER-BEFORE RELEASED CHAPTER FROM THE UPCOMING SEQUEL, "FLIGHT OF THE PRINCE." * The Meadow is burning. All hope of the twin cities of Iza-Kiêrre and Ben-Kiêrre recommitting to peace has been shattered. But Tarkanyon the Outlander will not give up so easily. When a fellow Outlander explains to him that the Moncoin, a historic evil from the past, may be returning in five days; and the leader of the nomad tribe, Dersanna, tells him a story about an ancient creature called the Hirmecoi; Tarkanyon and Gerald Rhionan set out into…
  • When Twins War: Book I

    Ryan Peter
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:38 am
    Download for FREE at Smashwords Read at Wattpad Buy at Amazon Download for FREE at Kobo Books For over a thousand years the twin cities of Iza-Kiêrre and Ben-Kiêrre have upheld a covenant of peace, protecting the South of Lexedore from the Moncoin, an ancient evil of the past. But when the cities go to war, all of Lexedore is thrown into turmoil. Only Tarkanyon the Outlander can restore peace. But his journey to the cities uncovers something more sinister behind the war, and that the Wealth, a magic thought to only belong to the long-gone race of Genicoins, is returning in the most…
  • Your Single Happiness

    Ryan Peter
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:38 am
    Buy at Amazon Can we be happy when we’re single? How much is marriage our decision and our effort, and how much do we leave up to God to decide? And what the heck do we do about staying pure during the wait? After struggling with his own self-worth issues and these questions, Ryan Peter found his breakthrough. The result is “Your Single Happiness”.
  • Key take-aways from SAIR this weekend

    Ryan Peter
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    This weekend I attended the SA Indies Rock (SAIR) book festival, which I wrote about and was quite keen for. I quite enjoyed it. SAIR is about indie authors. It’s the first time I’ve seen something that’s purely about indies, which was really cool. It was great meeting new people who do what I do – and completely understand the challenges! Here are the key take-aways from the event for me, which are relevant for any writer in South Africa. 1. You can do this thing After meeting several authors and publishers at the event, who have been quite successful (a relative…
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  • Worship Out Loud

    Kevin Shorter
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:18 am
    image courtesy of Jesus Culture The Dark Days of Worship Music I became a Christian in the late 80’s and suffered through many bad years of worship in the church. I’m not saying there wasn’t anything good out, but in my circles we would sing things like, “Shut the door; keep out the devil” or “Humble Thyself.” It wasn’t pretty. I remember going to church where they would switch the order of the service because people were coming late in order to miss the singing. I can’t say I really enjoyed it either at that time. If we sang…
  • Father, Glorify Me!

    Kevin Shorter
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:38 am
    Glorify Me! For most of us, our form of Christianity doesn’t like the feeling of this title, Father, glorify me. It doesn’t sound humble. It feels self-aggrandizing. However, I want to propose that this is actually something that God wants us to ask of Him. Jesus starts His priestly prayer with this statement, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you” (John 17:1). Sure Jesus is God and is worthy of being glorified, but most of His earthy ministry is done to show us what life can be like in the Spirit. Therefore should we also pray…
  • New Prayer Quotes E-book

    Kevin Shorter
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    The most common area of desired growth among Christians is improving their prayer life. There are many potential reasons for this. It could be feeling distant from God, poor discipline, thinking they are not important enough for God’s time, or just a general lack of effectiveness. Whatever the case may be, I have created this website to help people feel more confident in their prayers. One aspect of this has been slowly collecting prayer quotes over the last six years. These quotes shares other people’s experience with prayer and encouragement on how we can get more out of it. The…
  • How Are We To Pray About the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling?

    Kevin Shorter
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    Eeyore image courtesy of Disney Let’s Not Start a Fight Let me be honest, I didn’t want to write this post. There are so many heated arguments on both sides of the issue, and I don’t want to add fire to this dividing topic. However, everyone’s Facebook feed seems to be filled with an opinion on either side, and I have not seen much guidance on how to find God in the midst of this. Since much has been said about the right and wrong about the same-sex marriage ruling in America, I will not intentionally be offering any views either way on this issue, other than people…
  • Jesus Did Not Entrust Himself to Them

    Kevin Shorter
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:29 pm
    They Believed in Him, But Jesus Did Not Entrust Himself to Them The rain falls on the good and the evil (Matthew 5:45). It is a wonderful assurance that the goodness of God is not limited to those who have everything together. When we see people hurting, we don’t have to ask them to get right with God before He will meet their needs. As ambassadors of God’s goodness and of reconciliation with His lost children, we can feel free to release the goodness of God others. We see throughout the gospels accounts of Jesus freely blessings people. He fed the 5,000. He healed the sick. He…
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    Gina Adams
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    CCM Classic Radio show host Christopher Yates (L) with LarnelleHall of Fame vocalist and five-time Grammy winner Larnelle Harris will be featured on “Retro Spotlight” show on CCM Classic Radio beginning on Tuesday, July 21st. The show will be repeated at least three times daily through Saturday, July 25th. The CCM Classic Radio Show honors the greats of contemporary Christian music. Each show features the music of a single artist, the stories behind their songs and the life-lessons learned from the artist's own personal perspective. Show host Christopher Yates…
  • Publisher’s pre-sales of new novel making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate

    Gina Adams
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    Pelican Book Group donates enough proceeds to Food for the Poor to pay for clean water pump for poor community, food and educationEven before it releases in August, the new fiction book from Pelican Book Group entitledSummer’s Flame, has already made its mark internationally. Pelican is donating proceeds from the sale of the new novel to Food for the Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States which serves the poorest of the poor in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.  Through pre-sales alone of Summer’s…
  • Do Christians still believe in covenant marriage?

    Gina Adams
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:42 am
    Author with Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Counseling shares her personal story of divorce and infidelity in new bookAs prominent pastors continue to fall into sexual sin, the headlines betray the reality that many church leaders refuse to acknowledge. According to Barna Research, nearly one-third of born-again Christians admit to having extramarital affairs. A Christianity Today survey found that 23% of pastors admitted to sexually-inappropriate behaviors with someone other than their wives. On the Ashley Madison website, which introduces people who are already married or in…
  • Two young writers enter the genre of Christian fiction with a suspense novel that is 75% anti-Christian

    Gina Adams
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    First-time authors Ryan Mix and J.T. Payne held nothing back from their initial endeavor into Christian fiction with the new book, The Academy, releasing from Rossling Publishers and distributed by Ingram.  Abortion, drugs, suicide, evolution, and death are just a few of the concepts the main character encounters at a fictitious Christian school.  The Academy has a suspense element that both Mix and Payne wanted to create to keep readers on their toes.  They admit to intentionally making “75% of the book anti-Christian,” but they had a good reason for doing…
  • New book details the horrific account of the first Christian genocide of the 20th century

    Gina Adams
    5 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Author draws a definitive parallel to today’s persecution of Christians in the Middle East The current persecution of Christians in the Mideast has its echo in the religious cleansing that swept Asia Minor early in the last century. Over the course of ten years beginning in 1912, three million Christians were slaughtered. It was the first genocide of the 20th century.  Smyrna was a majority-Christian city inside the mostly Islamic Ottoman Empire, and its destruction was the final episode of the genocide. A small-town minister whose faith in God gave him the strength to save hundreds of…
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  • How I Learned to Man Up, Pursue and Love

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    “Weird”. “Ego-centric”. “Gay”. “Piggy”. “Stupid”. Those are some of the words that I would hear about myself. Thrown at me by different people – mostly in my young years in school. Admittedly, I wasn’t the most charming kid and I really didn’t know any better. Looking back, I realize that those words are deep wounds in my soul that I’ve carried with me since then. How can a guy haunted by a past like that possibly grow to become a man? To pursue the woman of his dreams? To love? The Scorching Truth…
  • She’s the One

    12 May 2015 | 11:49 pm
    When you see the gleam in her eyes for the first time The charm in her voice The grace of her smile When you see how she moves and whispers You are captivated When you see the kindness she shows to people you usually don’t Or how she thinks of others to the point of losing herself The love she gives to the world And her desire to live and nurture You are captivated When you hear her say “I do” the moment she gave herself to you The beginning of forever The start of a journey When you hold her in your arms as if it was for the first time You are captivated When you see her go…
  • Division of Churches and Gray Areas

    10 Mar 2015 | 1:14 am
    I’m going to get lots of opinions publishing this post. However I’d be less of a man if I say that I don’t have my own. I’m saddened by recent news with what’s happening to a local church I used to attend when I was younger. Who I am and why I’m Writing this I write this not as a critic, skeptic or even someone who has know-hows and whatnots in church building. I write this as a sinner in constant need of grace and salvation. I write this as a man who knows only that I have a relationship with Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I have never been in a seminary,…
  • How you are Tempted by the Devil – The Parts and Strategy of Temptation

    9 Feb 2015 | 10:25 pm
    If you look very closely to how Satan tried to tempt Jesus in his forty days and forty nights fast in the wilderness, you will find a fascinating way that Satan tries to tempt people. Temptation doesn’t root in action – it roots in identity and desire. “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” – Matthew 4:1 “After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.” – Matthew 4:2 Here we see and know that by this point, Jesus had a burning physical desire to satisfy his hunger. The tempter came to him and…
  • The Struggles of a Christian Entrepreneur

    1 Feb 2015 | 8:06 pm
    It’s been four years since I started doing business in the Internet marketing industry. I deal with SEO and offer my services to clients around the globe. It isn’t easy. In fact most people think it’s hard. It isn’t hard, really. It is impossible. Webmaster’s Note: It’s been a while since I wrote consistently in the God and You blog. That’s because I’ve been lost in what to really write. My passion is about business and personal growth recently and I thought it may not be a good fit for the God and You blog – until this post. God-willing,…
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  • A Visit with Remmy – Conversation not to be missed!

    15 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    Next Friday (July 24th) we will be hosting an open house featuring a visit with Remmy Hamapande our Africa Director from Zambia. This is a great chance to visit with Remmy but also a time when we plan to invite you to be part of a not to be missed conversation. Remmy will be informally interview by our Director of Impact Kathy Goss.  Remmy and Kathy share a common interest in the role of business and income and how they can be used to usher communities out of poverty. Some questions they will be pondering are:      1) What are the struggles and similarities between economically…
  • Benefit Concert with Kyle Morgan & Friends

    14 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    We are looking forward to a special evening with singer/songwriter Kyle Morgan on the farm house lawn this Sunday, July 19th, from 7-9 pm (Rain Date: Monday, July 20). Pack a picnic and your lawn chairs or a blanket, and mosey on down to Forgotten Voices for a fun summer evening of live music featuring singer/songwriter Kyle Morgan and his special guests. You won’t want to miss this! Donations made during the concert will benefit Forgotten Voices. July 19th – 7pm Forgotten Voices Farmhouse 1215 Gettysburg Pike, Dillsburg PA 17019 For more information on Kyle and his music, check out his…
  • On why Malawi: glance of a child provides purpose

    7 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    From travels to Malawi – June 2015: There is a gentle and warm glimmer to her gaze, as she peers in the small church window. Sadly, though I will never meet her, she is known to come by often with her smile. About 6 or 7 years old, she is on the outside with her friends of a similar age, each taking turns to gaze into the window so they can watch us (these strangers) sing, sit and pray. I’ve come with Remmy, our Africa Director, and my dad, a pastor of 43 years (and my hero). For 3 years, Remmy and I have prayed and waited on the Lord for this moment to be sitting in this…
  • Team Member Wanted – Communication & PR Coordinator

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:08 am
    This is an exciting chapter for us at Forgotten Voices. In collaboration with the local church we continue to serve more children across southern Africa then ever before. We as a team, are excited to be dedicating our lives to keeping children with care givers who love them, connecting them to a supportive local church, and helping bring hope for their future. What an honor and a privilege to be part of God’s work. On THIS side of the ocean, much of the work we do takes the shape of building relationships, communicating stories, and inviting others to be generous in showing the…
  • Orphan Care Spotlight: Educating Hearts and Minds

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:54 am
    “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” -Nelson Mandela What difference has education made in your life? Beyond the essential foundations of reading, writing and arithmetic, what friends are in your life as a result of your educational experiences? Perhaps you made a lifelong friend on the playground or in the dining hall on campus. Are you the first member of your family to graduate from college or acquire an advanced degree? Maybe encouraging words from your…
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  • Coming out my closet…

    Adin Walls
    18 Jul 2015 | 10:59 pm
    I did a sort of “coming out the closet” recently on Facebook. As many people know, I have been part and parcel of the evangelical church movement for the biggest portion of my life. Since leaving formal church gatherings, however, I have been sitting the...
  • The plights of a South African creative

    Adin Walls
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:20 am
    I have positioned myself as a creative liaison – leveraging my creativity alongside others’ technical and creative skills to produce products and services. I also live in South Africa. The gem of Africa. My notes here could very quickly get intensely negative and depressing. But...
  • It’s official, Apple users are d-bags

    Adin Walls
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:29 am
    You all know I am a huge Apple fan. I pretty much run my life on Apple products – my business, my live gigs, my home studio and my mobile devices. I love the seamless flow between all the products, and their onboard software is...
  • This isn’t a dog

    Adin Walls
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    I get pretty soppy in my music. That’s because I’m a soppy guy. I’m pretty sure today’s happenings will result in yet another soppy song. Today Peter died. Peter was a Labrador. But he was not a dog. Peter was found in some god-forsaken place,...
  • The best musical stuff I have ever done

    Adin Walls
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    My recent video that I have inserted above this text is a precursor to an exciting project I am working on. Initially I bought the camera that I did this featured video on for recording myself outdoors, singing my songs live and recording the audio...
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  • Be Still and Know

    10 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    Be still and know that I am God… -Psalm 46:10 There is so much depth in this one little scripture.  It is a very personal word from the Lord to all of us.  It is so important that we recognize this truth throughout the day.  When life gets crazy, be still and know that He […]
  • This is the Year!

    16 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    Last Sunday I woke up really early in the morning and the Lord began speaking to me. He said to make a declaration of Psalm 118:24 over the whole year of 2015. This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. (‭Psalms‬ ‭118‬:‭24‬ NKJV) I often declare this […]
  • Ruins Come to Life

    9 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    “Desire is insatiable as death, but He who filleth all in all can fill it.” -Charles Spurgeon There is a special attribute to the Kingdom of God that I fear many Christians forget or are just unaware of. When seeking first the Kingdom we often get wrapped up in external activities but: “The kingdom of […]
  • The Best Benefits Package

    3 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    It’s not always easy following the Lord, but it’s always worth it. We are all called to full-time ministry no matter what your vocation may be. We are called to love like Jesus did and to be His hands and feet. Sometimes this means doing the exact opposite of what society seems to be doing […]
  • Good News!

    31 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    I’ve got some great news to start off the new year: Jesus tore the veil of separation!! Hallelujah! Mighty is the Lord! Happy New Year
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    Ruminate Magazine

  • 5 Ruminate Blog Posts to Revisit this Summer

    Renee Long
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    The biggest perk of editing the Ruminate Blog is that I get to read each and every post from the extraordinary writers that contribute to our site. I find myself consistently surprised, enthralled, moved, and engaged with each piece of writing they send me. I get really excited when I see an email from a blogger with the little paperclip attachment in my inbox. I even feel a little guilty that I get to have the “first glimpse” into their work. Hopefully you’re already subscribed to the Ruminate Blog and receiving the weekly updates in your email, so you’ve been enjoying the latest…
  • Cooking Fires, Burning Bushes, and the Practice of Art and Faith

    April Schmidt
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    And yet, when passion arrives, it can carry its own worth: the snap and flare of a consuming energy, a distraction that becomes a center, that fugue of close and irritable tension moments before fresh water springs forth. Is there space in a practice of faith for passion? In faith, certainly; but in its practice? Is there space in a practice of art for passion? In art, certainly; but in its practice? Is there space for passion in that long, middle everyday that spreads over most of life, most of worship, most of writing like a worn, inherited, tartan wool blanket? The one with burned-out…
  • Fog Advisory

    Angela Doll Carlson
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The alert was positioned below a “flood warning” on the weather page. The flood warning was red and flashing, full of details and predictions and time frames for waters rising. The “fog advisory” was also in red but not flashing, not serious enough to merit predictions and time frames and text messages to my smart phone. Even so, it was the fog advisory that caught me. Today the sun was streaming into my window after days of pounding rain, hidden behind clouds, unable to travel to me even when the rain finally let up. The humidity was so strong that even when the rains did stop the…
  • Works with Soul: An Interview with Brian Doyle

    Renee Long
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:58 pm
    When I first moved to Oregon from South Florida, I was insatiable for new reads. Something about the drastic change (or trauma) of moving 3,000 miles from my friends, family, sunshine, and my home ocean made me retreat deep into literature. I’d always been a voracious reader, but I was devouring close to 300 pages a day. Around this time, perhaps during my first week in Oregon, someone recommended Brian Doyle’s novel, Mink River. “It’s about a small town on the Oregon coast,” she said. I was aware of Brian Doyle, knew he’d judged Ruminate’s VanderMay Nonfiction prize that year,…
  • Scar Lines and The Kingdom of God

    Jeremy Jones
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:04 pm
    I’ve been staring at a new scar: a nearly straight line on top of my wrist. The holes from the sutures have mostly vanished, so what’s left now is a three-inch pink strip lying within a circle of fledgling arm hair, the echo of a surgery I had earlier this month. The thing is, I really like the scar. While the wrist is painful and puffy and stiff, the scar tissue, like a garden row or fault line, reminds me of the strange and beautiful movement of skin. It slides around, pulls together, regenerates—all without us noticing. Nothing about my finding the human body remarkable is novel. I…
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    Faith That Inspires Action

  • By Faith with Frank Shelton: Episode 8

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Check out the latest episode of my friend Frank’s T.V. Show. In this installment he teaches on John the Baptist to a conference of baptist evangelists in Houston, Texas.
  • Baptist World Alliance: Rwandan Accepts Global Human Rights Award

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:43 pm
    DURBAN, South Africa, July 24, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — The fifth Congress Human Rights Award was presented by the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) to Rwandan Corneille Gato Munyamasoko, general secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda (AEBR), during the 21st Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa. Photo: Corneille Gato Munyamasoko of Rwanda, accompanied by wife, Anne Marie, accepts the BWA Congress Human Rights Award from David Maddox, a longstanding BWA supporter Munyamasoko was recognized for his work in peace and reconciliation after the 1994 genocide in his…
  • Nepal Constitution Crisis Places Christian Ministries in Peril

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Gospel for Asia Calls Christians Worldwide to Prayer for Religious Freedom KATHMANDU, Nepal, July 22, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Political factions in this mountainous country are debating a new constitution that includes anti-conversion laws and underscores decades-old religious tension. If ratified, the result could be a likely crackdown and severe persecution for dozens of Christian ministries serving there. Photo: This is a critical time for prayer on behalf of the people in Nepal as the government seeks to ratify a new constitution. With the country facing its constitutional…
  • By Faith with Frank Shelton: Episode 7

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    Check out episode 7 of my friend Frank Shelton’s show By Faith. In this episode Frank interviews Dr. Roy Fish, and speaks to a conference of Texas Baptist Evangelists.
  • Palestinian Bible Society Serves Communities During Ramadan

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    During Ramadan SWINDON, England, July 14, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — As pressure on Christians in the Middle East continues to mount, the Palestinian Bible Society has been encouraging and equipping churches to reach out with love to their communities in this 99% Muslim territory. This Ramadan – a sacred month of fasting for Muslims, which started on June 17 – it began two new initiatives to serve their Muslim neighbours in a very practical way. Every evening during Ramadan Bible Society staff, members of the Palestinian national force, and volunteers from churches have…
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    Living By Faith Blog

  • 10 Clues That Something Has Become an Idol

    Steve Fuller
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Is This an Idol? Recently a friend and I were discussing how we can tell when something in our lives has become an idol. It’s not easy.  For example, last week I went Stand-Up Paddling for the first time, and loved it. But since then I have wanted to — check out YouTube videos on Stand-Up Paddling, find out how much used Stand-Up Paddle Boards cost, research the best places to do Stand-Up Paddling in Abu Dhabi, tell other people about how much fun it was. So has Stand-Up Paddling become an idol? I am not bowing down before Stand-Up Paddling, or burning incense to Stand-Up…
  • A Worship Song to Strengthen Faith for the Mission

    Steve Fuller
    18 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    A Worship Song For the past few weeks I have been preaching at the Off-Island Church in Abu Dhabi while Pastor Matt and his family are on vacation. And I have been deeply stirred by a worship song we have been singing — Jeremy Camp’s “Overcome.” Faith for the Mission One way this song is stirring me is by strengthening my boldness in sharing the Gospel, so I thought I’d pass it on to you, with the prayer that God will do the same in you. Ponder these lines — He never sinned, but suffered as if He did What a glorious Savior, who was willing to suffer the…
  • How to Motivate Prayer

    Steve Fuller
    11 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    How to Motivate Prayer It’s not easy. As I think of praying lots of other things start to feel really important — like working on our budget, or filing papers, or even taking out the trash. I know — those are flaming darts of distraction from Satan.  But still, they tempt me. So when it comes to motivating prayer, I need all the help I can get. Help from 1 Peter That’s why I was so encouraged this last week as I studied 1 Peter 4:7.  Because in this verse Peter gives a powerful motivation for prayer. Here is what he says – The end of all things is at hand;…
  • Help Your Small Group Grow in Christ-Centered Community

    Steve Fuller
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    What Is a Christ-Centered Community? It is a group of people — — who passionately follow Christ together (2 Timothy 2:22), — who deeply love each other from the heart (1 Peter 1:22), — who regularly encourage each other in faith (Hebrews 3:13), — who know each other’s joys and sorrows (1 Corinthians 12:26), — who see that each member has an crucial part (Ephesians 4:16), — who work together to save the lost (Philippians 1:27), — and who humbly, lovingly, and boldly speak the truth of God’s word to each other (Ephesians 4:15). Why Is…
  • How to Help Your Small Group Grow in Faith

    Steve Fuller
    14 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Danger from the Tempter Paul was concerned about the Thessalonians because he knew the Tempter had been attacking their faith (1 Thessalonians 3:5). The same is true with every member of your home group.  Every day Satan is taking shots at their faith. That is why your small group should focus on helping each other grow in faith.  But how can we do that? Here are steps I find helpful – Explain What Faith Is I have used Romans 4:18-21 to help group members understand that faith means trusting all that God promises to be to us in Christ. Point out how often the word…
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    The Book

  • Psalm 65:8

    9 Jul 2015 | 9:04 pm
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  • Daniel 7:14

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:47 pm
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  • Micah 7:8

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
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  • Matthew 13:44

    28 Jun 2015 | 11:09 am
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    28 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
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    Catholic Spiritual Growth » » Gaudium Veritatis (The Joy of the Truth)


    Precious Ngwu
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    INSIGHT is a short experimental skateboard film. Put your headphones on and enjoy it. We used multiple stabilized camera heads mainly with long lenses. Controled wirelesly. BlackMagic Production Camera 4K in combination with FLIR thermo vision and 6 chanel audio recording. That gave us a lot of material to work with… Watch making of here: Credits: Director, Edit, VFX: Jan Minol Camera operator, Technical support: Jan Dojčán Sound recordist: Marek Salamon Audio mastering: Radomír Geyer Skater: Marek Kocák BTS…
  • The New Evangelization

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:33 am
  • What Keeps You Away From the Fire of God’s Love?

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    The Book I'm Using For My Daily Meditations Click here to learn more about this book (opens in a new window) – Tell me your greatest challenge to growing in your faith and I’ll create a video teaching you how to overcome it! This Catholic spirituality “spot check” challenges you to identify what is keeping you from growing in your Catholic faith. Spot checks are like miniature Catholic spiritual retreats online, helping you overcome spiritual dryness. Brought to you by Jeffrey S. Arrowood. My mission is to help Catholic adults…
  • The Virtue of Prudence – No Margin Ned Recap

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The virtue of prudence is the virtue of knowing what is good and making a plan to attain it. This last video in the “No Margin Ned” series reviews the main principles for destroying margin in each area of your life. This is a great review of the importance of the virtue of prudence. The Importance of the Virtue of Prudence Too many of us are living our lives with no margin. We find ourselves frantically trying to meet one demand after another. We quickly find our personal resources dwindling and our boundaries around our time, finances, moral character, and relationships…
  • The Virtue of Prudence – No Margin Ned: Family

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    The virtue of prudence is the virtue of knowing what is good and making a plan to attain it. Aside from our relationship with God, there is no greater good than our family relationships. Pope John Paul II called the family the “school of love.” It’s the main place where we learn to love selflessly and unconditionally. This fun video series by Kevin Hanly really embraces what the virtue of prudence is all about. Building margin in our family means – among other things- investing time in our relationships. It can also mean learning skills to help us minimize conflict and…
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  • The Sermon Outline

    Kenton Anderson
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:17 pm
    I have been reading Tim Keller’s excellent new book, Preaching: Communicating Faith in the Age of Skepticism. I would commend the book for many things, but I was particularly stimulated by the footnotes, where Keller displays the depth of his … Continue reading →
  • Has Preaching Changed Since the Early Church?

    Kenton Anderson
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Here is an interesting piece by Pete Sanlon, discussing how contemporary preaching relates to ancient practices in preaching. There is always much to learn about the future, by looking to the past. Has Preaching Changed since the Early Church?
  • A Well Turned Phrase

    Kenton Anderson
    14 May 2015 | 7:20 pm
    A word fitly spoken offers more than meets the ear. In my efforts to encourage an accessible and compelling conversational style in preaching, I sometimes fear that I have not given adequate consideration to the value of a well turned … Continue reading →
  • The Reprise

    Kenton Anderson
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:55 pm
    One very effective approach to preaching is what I call the “reprise.” This is where we introduce some piece of distinctive material early in the sermon while bringing it back later for a deepened and renewed consideration. It is this … Continue reading →
  • Half as Much is Twice as Good

    Kenton Anderson
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:13 pm
    I heard an expression recently that has stuck with me. “Half as much is twice as good.” It was offered with respect to public speaking, but I think it applies to preaching in general. As a preacher and public speaker, … Continue reading →
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    A Life of Gratitude

  • I'm Headed to HOOPLA!

    Tori Shaw
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    In the morning (or the middle of the night actually!) I will be getting on an airplane all by myself! As a Mommy of 3, I don't even get to the bathroom by myself so this is going to be a real... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
  • Power Washin'

    Tori Shaw
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:51 pm
    It may sound silly but I really enjoy power washing. It gives me a chance to think and pray while doing something productive. It's also very rewarding and immediately gratifying. Right before your... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
  • A day in the Mountains

    Tori Shaw
    18 Jul 2015 | 8:04 pm
    We had a terrific time in Boone today. The real purpose for the trip was to be a part of the 30th Annual Homer Shaw Golf Tournament. Homer was Bryan's grandfather who loved golfing in Boone. Bryan's... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
  • Before and After!

    Tori Shaw
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:56 pm
    I had a Norwex party at my house last night (which was so much fun!) and one thing that the consultant laid out for everyone to look at was a "Before and After" book. It contained all sorts of photos... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
  • The "Month-Day Boy"

    Tori Shaw
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:21 pm
    This little guy turned 10 months old today!!!! I cannot believe it! Where has the time gone? It seems like he was just born a week ago! Dylan and Evan were celebrating all day because they are so... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
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    Latest content from FaithVillage

  • Try WordLens Translation App for Mission Trips

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:43 pm
    by Bill Reichart with Ministry Best Practices If you are in ministry, you perhaps travel - perhaps on mission trips and other ministry endeavors. I do travel a lot, and one of the apps that I have grown to love, appreciate and depend upon is WordLens. WordLens allows you to translate the written word through the use of your camera, in real time without an internet connection, and it's free! Listen to Lifehacker describe it: WordLens is the brainchild of the folks at Quest Visual, recently acquired by Google, so expect to see some of its features rolled into Google Translate any time now.
  • 10 Leadership Tips from the Millennial Generation

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:43 pm
    by John Weirick with Newspring Church for Catalyst As a generation known for a lack of long-term commitments, millenials are poor poster children for proven work and leadership. However, the tide is turning in churches and culture, with more young adults stepping into the forefront of businesses, arts, ministries, and more. Those of us identified as Millennials, between the ages of 20 and 35, should just admit the stereotypes are true for good reason. We like doing what we want, avoiding responsibility and hard work, and saving money by living with our parents long after we attain a college…
  • What Makes It A 'Christian' Film?

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:43 pm
    by Dave Schroeder with Recently, I watched the movie Calvary (2014), which was one of the most powerful representations of the gospel I’ve ever seen on film. I don’t want to ruin the movie but go see it but see it with caution. Often truth in a movie like Calvary can hit us like a two by four. It is also R-rated and deals with some of the most serious issues in life. Like I would do with any good film, I shared my enthusiasm with a few people and the first question was typically, “Well, is it a Christian film?” I knew this question was coming and I…
  • Differentiating Mourning from Wallowing in Depression-Anxiety

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:43 pm
    by Brad Hambrick with There are many things that unhealthy wallowing and healthy mourning have in common. It can be easier to confuse one from the other than many people think. The person who thinks he is “working through” his pain may be wallowing in self-pity. Those who try to rouse their friend out of self-pity may be rushing them through legitimate mourning. Unfortunately, there is no emotional litmus test to verify the difference in these two experiences. However, we can (a) clarify what wallowing and mourning share in common, so we are less prone to assume…
  • The 3 Sites I Use to Find Music for Videos

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:43 pm
    by Brady Shearer with Pro Church Tools Star Wars. The Lord of the Rings. Home Alone. And most recently, Guardians of the Galaxy. Each of these films are outstanding. I wasn’t even born when Home Alone premiered, but 24 years later, it still holds up. And while Macaulay Culkin’s penchant for mischief and Joe Pesci’s inability to curse are two of the more enjoyable elements of Home Alone, the soundtrack is what truly holds the film together. From beginning to end, the soundtrack of Home Alone — and the soundtrack of each the aforementioned films — provide the…
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    Global Church

  • To Transform a Community, Invest in the Kids

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    William’s heart for kids in Kenyan slums is rooted in his own childhood. He himself grew up in Korigocha, a slum outside Nairobi. Today, he works with David C Cook’s ministry partner, Go Ye Africa. And when he discovered Life on Life curriculum, he knew the hands-on lessons were just what his community needed. Every Saturday, he sat down with the kids to share the lessons in spiritual development and character formation. At first, only a handful of children joined in, but the group soon swelled to 150 children. Many in the community started to notice a transformation in their kids.
  • Helping Communities Heal: After the Earthquake

    25 Jun 2015 | 2:28 pm
    The earthquake in Nepal affected thousands of children, many of whom are suffering from the emotional trauma of living through a natural disaster. A new resource from David C Cook seeks to bring healing and hope for these precious children. As children mourn the loss of parents, siblings, and friends, they need help dealing with this emotional trauma. Communities, locally and globally, are coming together to support earthquake victims by fulfilling practical needs: food, shelter, water, clothing, etc. But the emotional needs of the Nepalese people are more difficult to address. David C Cook…
  • Comfort in the Wake of Tragedy: Equipping Pastors in India and Nepal

    4 Jun 2015 | 1:51 pm
    As we hear in the news of earthquakes rattling Nepal and parts of India, our mission to equip local pastors is more urgent than ever. Last year, donors helped provide 5,000 audio libraries to Nepali pastors. The libraries are packaged on digital cards that plug into mobile phones, so pastors can access Bible study resources anytime, anywhere. Now as the tragedy of the earthquake raises spiritual questions of life and death, 5,000 pastors are already equipped with resources to comfort earthquake victims with God’s Word. Learning God’s Word so They Can Share It To pastors with little…
  • A Growing Discipleship Ministry for Children

    21 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    In collaboration with church leaders in over a dozen African nations, we have adapted Children at Risk resources for local churches under a new name, Life on Life Discipleship for Children. The relational model of Life on Life equips caring adults to serve vulnerable children. Their relationships flourish in connection with their local church. In that context, learning resources cultivate three strands of discipleship—spiritual formation, character development, and life skills—to strengthen the whole child. As the Scripture says, “A cord of three stands is not quickly broken” (Ecc.
  • A Spiritual Remedy for the Effects of Ebola

    6 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last fall as the Ebola virus continued to spread in West Africa, mission-minded donors received word of an urgent global initiative to deliver The Story of Jesus to churches in Ghana. The churches had already come together in 2013 to envision a national evangelism effort. They selected the illustrated story as an ideal resource to reach children and their families. Then Ebola raised the stakes. The donors’ response was swift and generous. Because of the initiative, 5.3 million copies of The Story of Jesus were printed and delivered to Ghana by spring 2015—all for about sixteen cents per…
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  • Eggs Bageldict with Hollandaise (low carb)

    Pamela Rose Williams
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    This Eggs Benedict alternative is less than 40 grams of carbs If you love Eggs Benedict but do not love all the carbs that go with those English muffins, try this recipe. This is a mufti-tasking recipe Ingredients: (one serving = 32-35 carbs) 2 eggs 1 mini bagel (no more than 30 carbs each, look for some that do not have corn syrup) approx. 5 oz. of precooked ham (or Canadian bacon)  tad of butter hollandaise sauce (recipe below) Start the Hollandaise sauce in a small sauce pan — follow instructions below for perfect Hollandaise. Lightly toast the bagels and spread will little butter.
  • He Shall Appear

    Pamela Rose Williams
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:28) In the context of this Hebrews letter, written by Paul, we are reminded that Jesus is coming!  We do not know when, but because the Bible is true, we know He is coming to redeem His purchased possession. I am so thankful that we have the Bible because it shows us so many of God’s promises that have been fulfilled already.  This is a sure sign that when He says He is coming back, He is!  When God gives a promise you can…
  • My hope is in you

    Pamela Rose Williams
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    Aaron Shust is not the most popular of Christian Music artist, but when you hear him you fall in love with him and the message that he proclaims throughout his music. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.  ~ Psalms 33.22 Several years ago my daughter and I had the privilege and joy to attend one of Aaron’s concerts in a local church. It was a wonderful praise and worship service really. Aaron’s experience as a worship leader extends to the audience and we were blessed to sing along with him in praise to our Lord. I found this behind the song video that…
  • Counsel of the ungodly

    Pamela Rose Williams
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” — Psalm 1:1-2 When troubles come isn’t it easy to get carried away and commiserate with everyone about it? You tell your story and you complain about “woe is me”. Then before you know it whomever you are commiserating with starts to give you advice on how you can “stick it to” someone. In the Bible a man named Job had a few…
  • Bible Verse Quote: Ephesians 5:11

    Pamela Rose Williams
    19 Jul 2015 | 2:10 pm
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • The Church Acquires its Real Nature, Unique Identity, and True Vocation from Mission. God’s Mission.

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    “The church is a community of faith. Under no circumstances should we lose this very concept of the church. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not establish an institution that came to be called “church.” He gave a particular mission to his disciples: Go forth into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creatureRead More(Visited 76 times, 8 visits today)
  • Let’s Rescue Missionaries from the ‘Pastorate.’

    21 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    Insanity, according to Albert Einstein is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The ‘pastorate,’ an unfortunate term, has caught many a missionary by the tail and impeded the work of God in the world. When the lasso of the pastorate is thrown around the missionary, and likewise the assumption;Read More(Visited 259 times, 1 visits today)
  • Can a Local church (ekklesia), be Born in a Day?

    11 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    Can a local church (ekklesia), be born in a day? On the surface this would appear to be a simple question, but unpacking it with our own experiences, assumptions, and theologies can be prove to be a bit challenging. Before you attempt to do that, here’s a brief story. Last week, with a team of short-term missionaries, IRead More(Visited 138 times, 1 visits today)
  • What About Plowing In Short-Term Missions Trips?

    7 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    If we’re honest, much of short-term missions is about harvesting. The unsettled urgency to ‘win souls,’ and the expenditures towards that end drive the reaping, plucking, and gathering of ‘fruit.’ In many cases that fruit is considered to be the canny but hesitant confessions of unripened and uncultivated hearts, or the hastily repeated prayers ofRead More(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)
  • When White Chocolate Missional “Sent-ness” Becomes a Yoke Not of Jesus’ Making.

    5 May 2015 | 12:17 pm
    At the outset, and with all the transparency I can muster, I admit that I believe every believer is sent. What does that mean to me? It means I believe that deep within the Image of God DNA that we as believers have inherited, is the impulse for movement and mission from where we are,Read More(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)
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    Before The Cross

  • Sadness Can Be Just What We Needed

    Alan Sivakumaran
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    This is a guest post by Alan Sivakumaran who is “a sinner saved by the grace and love of Jesus. Son, Brother, Friend, Counselor, Runner, DFW Sports Fan, Karaoke Legend in China, and an Adventure-seeker.” You can contact him on Twitter and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here. One of the biggest movies of the summer was the latest Pixar movie Inside Out. The movie focuses on the five core emotions in the mind of a preteen named Riley. The Five Core Emotions in the movie are Joy,…
  • How Good Is Good Enough?

    Mike Mobley
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    A song came out in the early 60’s called “The Last Kiss” by Wilson and the Cavaliers. It’s about a couple out on a date who get in a car accident. The girl dies in her boyfriend’s arms. He mourns her death singing, “Oh where, oh where, can my baby be? The Lord took her away from me. She’s gone to heaven so I got to be good, so I can see my baby when I leave this world.” This song can sum up the attitude of a lot of people. We have a tendency to think if we live a good life, if the good works we do outweigh the bad, then we will have earned our…
  • Why We Come Before The Cross

    Mike Mobley
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Whether we’re talking about being Gospel centered, or reminding ourselves of Jesus, or coming before the cross, one thing is for sure…in the life of the follower of Christ, it is crucial for Jesus to be at the center of all things. Not “just to be in the center,” but because there is actual power in the name of Jesus and as soon as we take our eyes off of Him, we’re in trouble. I’m guilty of this more than anyone else I know and I know the moment I take my eyes off of Christ, my eyes immediately go to myself. My selfishness, my priorities, my rights, my…
  • Scripture on Purpose

    Mike Mobley
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    Everyone seems to be on a search to find their purpose or meaning in life. I’ve spoken with many people that sometimes don’t see the point to why we are here or believe they don’t have a purpose. It crushes them and drives them ultimately to seek out whatever it is they think will bring satisfaction to their lives, only to discover they can’t find life or their purpose. God’s Word has much to say about what our purpose is and why we are here in the first place. Not only does He show us what our purpose is, but ultimately, what His purpose is and what He will…
  • Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

    Chris Howard
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:19 am
    Kind is a four-letter word among men. Literally. You don’t hear us saying it much. If you toss a man a Gatorade after the both of you have finished boxing grizzly bears it’s not likely to hear, “Thanks, man. That was kind.” We like to be called “tough”, “disciplined”, “ambitious”, “driven”. We’ll even go for being called generous, anything other than kind and its pansy cousins “compassionate”, “meek” and . . . yikes . . . “tenderhearted”. Our current culture shines a light on unkindness from every race and creed and gender. As patience erodes, kindness…
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    Barbie Swihart

  • 7 Year Blogiversary & Birthday Month of Giveaways – Week 4

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    Here we are at the end of July and nearing the end of celebrating 7 years of blogging and 39 years of living. Although the banner states this contest ends on July 31st, you actually have until Midnight on Monday, August 3rd to end this week’s giveaway. One of my goals in life is to take a moment or two throughout each day to stop and notice the beauty all around me. I can tell you it’s easier said than done. My life is filled with work, work work and kids, kids, kids and drama, drama, drama etc. But the Lord has been gently nudging me to take moments each day to find the beauty…
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  • In Word and Deed

    18 Jul 2015 | 5:29 pm
      Faith without WORDS is dead! We are created in the image of a communicating God, and it’s not what goes in the mouth, but what comes out of the mouth that defiles a man (Matthew 15:11). If we believe, we need to confess Jesus is Lord. What comes out of the mouth on a regular basis will reveal whether faith is operating in the Christian life. You can’t believe that all things work together for good to those who love God and then say, “Woe is me, I’m doomed!” You can’t believe that the Lord has made you righteous, and then carelessly speak profanity. Words are expressions of…
  • Free Ebook- Win Christ

    9 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
      It’s newly revised and better than before! If you have a Kindle, you can download the book for free through Sunday July 12. Please return me a favor- if you like the book, put a review of it on Amazon. Thanks!   You Might Also Like: More Authority in Christ Be Free and Forgive! Receiving a Kingdom Resurrection: Past, Present, and Future Be Quickened! Now and Later God Wants Us Happy The post Free Ebook- Win Christ appeared first on Interpulpit.
  • Hung by the Tongue

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:21 pm
      They say you need a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but the truth is everyone is packing a loaded tongue! Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” You have the ability to release death and life. That’s a lot of power! You have the power to build others up or cut others down. That little tongue has the capability of setting on fire the course of nature (James 3:6). And yet, most people don’t consider how they use it. The Bible speaks of the tongue more than 200 times, which means it’s something…
  • Hold On To Your Crown

    6 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
      Even when everything is right in the Christian life, there’s still trouble to deal with in this world. The church in Philadelphia received only encouraging words from the Lord (Revelation 3:7-13), yet they had their troubles. Don’t mistakenly think that just because faith is all about the abundant life, that everything just clicks and works beautifully all the time. It’s true that faith brings the victory, but sometimes it comes after hard battles. No Christian has it all together, and no Christian should expect a life of ease just because they are on the right track. On the…
  • OUR Authority in Christ

    9 May 2015 | 8:12 am
      Everybody loves to cheer for the underdog! It’s not enough to go the distance; audiences must see Rocky win—again and again. Has there ever been a greater underdog than a dead person? And yet Jesus rose from the dead and triumphed over all the natural odds. But Jesus was NEVER the underdog. He was the One with authority, and was even authority itself! Death never had a chance of keeping Him. On the other hand, all Christian believers were the underdog. We were in a lost condition, children of wrath, and without God in this world. Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus…
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    Paperback Theology

  • Why the Church Is In Decline…

    Tim Suttle
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    I love the church. I believe in the church. I believe in the church maybe more than I believe in any other thing in this world. The church is the surest sign I know of that God loves everything he’s created; that God is not done with the world. The church is the singular reality [Read More...]
  • When I Talk About Race I Feel Like a Phony: The Problem of Being White & Talking About Racism

    Tim Suttle
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    Many black leaders have been bitterly disappointed that President Obama has not shown more leadership in the arena of race. They might have a point. It’s not as though he hasn’t had the opportunity. From Travon Martin, to Ferguson, to Charleston, the opportunity for a President to actually do something with regard to the issue of [Read More...]
  • 2015 Missio Alliance North American Gathering

    Tim Suttle
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    Missio Alliance just posted the audio files from their North American gathering held in Alexandria, VA last May. You can find them in the Resources section of their website: I cannot recommend this resource highly enough, & I thought I’d take this opportunity to post a few thoughts about what I experienced at this [Read More...]
  • Wise Words from an Ex-Cop: The Police Guardian v. The Police Warrior

    Tim Suttle
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    “Officers… must realize that the public—even a group of non-compliant teenagers—are not an enemy to be vanquished, but civilians to be protected.” - Seth Stoughton   I just read a phenomenal article from TPM & Seth Stoughton, a former cop who now teaches at the University of South Carolina Law School, commenting on the latest video evidence [Read More...]
  • 10 Great Words You Should Know & Use

    Tim Suttle
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    One doesn’t have a good vocabulary; one maintains a good vocabulary. Evelyn Waugh was right to say, “One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.” When at their best, writers work diligently at the use of language because we know that language lives at the heart of [Read More...]
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    5 Jul 2015 | 6:09 am
    Originally posted on HOLY RELICS - The Deification of Man:MBA:The Gallery at Holy Relics – The Deification of Man Originally posted on HOLY RELICS - The Deification of Man: View originalFiled under: God the Father
  • New site: Holy Relics – The Deification of Man

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    Since there are a lot, I set up a new site for the relics, titled Holy Relics – The Deification of Man. Like that, the relics can be easily viewed and found without interference from other posts. So head over there to see over 60 first and second class relics and reliquaries that have been … Continue reading New site: Holy Relics – The Deification of Man →
  • Saint Simeon the God-Receiver

    14 Jun 2015 | 3:05 am
    Originally posted on HOLY RELICS - The Deification of Man:Ex ossibus – St Simeon Small piece of bone of Righteous Simeon the God-Receiver. The reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians. First class relic.
  • Relics – 19 – Purple robe of Jesus Christ

    7 Jun 2015 | 4:17 am
    On the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, above is a reliquary with a small piece of the purple robe of Our Lord Jesus Christ (De Purpurae), a very rare relic. Christ was forced to wear this robe after His scourging at the pillar, when the soldiers crowned Him with thorns and … Continue reading Relics – 19 – Purple robe of Jesus Christ →
  • JUST OUT: The Warrior Prince – Saint Michael the Archangel

    6 Jun 2015 | 12:21 am
    Filed under: Books, Saint Michael Tagged: Books, Saint Michael
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  • Sign your soul over to Satan in Detroit – The Mark of the Beast vs the Seal of the Father

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:02 am
    Many of you will probably have heard or read about the most recent, blatant worship to Satan in Detroit, Michigan through the ceremonial unveiling of the statue of the high demon Baphomet. This is the same demon who was originally worshiped in the city of Mendes in ancient Egypt. But that is not the main point of […]
  • The need for re-consecration to God

    20 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    The need is here for individuals – on their own, and in their families and communities – and for the whole world to re-consecrate itself to God our Father, so that evil, which is becoming increasingly manifest each day, will be vanquished and peace can come on earth. Two thousand and fifteen years after Jesus Christ, […]
  • Consecration Prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father in Italian

    16 Jul 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Below you can find the consecration prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father (shown above) translated into the Italian language. The Italian translation of the prayer is also available for download from here: Consecration to the Divine Heart in Italian. Il Divino Cuore di Dio Padre che racchiude in sé tutti i cuori – […]
  • Consecration Prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father in French

    14 Jul 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Below you can find the consecration prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father (shown above) translated into the French language. The French translation of the prayer is also available for download from here: Consecration to the Divine Heart in French. Le Coeur Divin de Dieu le Père Englobant Tous les Coeurs – Amour Infini Père […]
  • Consecration Prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father in Maltese

    12 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Below you can find the consecration prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father (shown above) translated into the Maltese language. The translation was done by Joanne Micallef, M.A. (Trans.). The Maltese translation of the prayer is also available for download from here: Consecration to the Divine Heart in Maltese. Il-Qalb Divina t’Alla l-Missier Tħaddan […]
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  • Testimony – Breaking Free from a life of pain

    Martin Forgenie
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    My name is Sacha Roopnarine and I am 21 years old. Life isn’t what you always want it to be but sometimes situations happen for a reason. This is my story… I first fell ill at age 13. It started off with unbearable abdominal pains that would last up to three hours and occurred in many different episodes per day. Initially, doctors were unable to find out what was causing these pains, but soon I was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries. I was prescribed several different medications but these only resulted in even more pain, depression and fainting spells. I was also Testimony –…
  • By His Blood – 4 Phrases that helped me understand the End Times according to Jesus.

    Brook Potter
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    “Reading the Bible in context, has become the new false teaching.” – Brook Potter I’ve written a number of articles over the years, on the subject of The End Times. Some people have asked me, what is the importance of having a healthy End-Times theology? There are two main reasons I have focused on this subject. Firstly, with all of the fear-mongering surrounding the subject of End Times, all too often, Christians fall victim to the hype and hysteria, sometimes with grave consequences. Secondly, all the good news in the world about Jesus is basically short circuited if Christians…
  • Praying Against False Teachings in the Church

    Ria Lewis
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:08 pm
    The Church is Called to a Higher Standard Father, please sharpen our spiritual discernment as we observe more and more false doctrines, false prophets, false teachings and blatant heresies around us. Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.” Holy Spirit, show us how to use the Bible as a plumb line against which to measure ALL things. Father, we will not sit complacently in pews that teach watered-down Gospel. Convict us, Lord, when we have become people who pursue sermons that satisfy our itching ears. Embolden us…
  • Prayer – Standing Strong as I Persevere

    13 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Heavenly Father, I take courage that while I persevere with the tasks ahead and as I wait for directions from the Holy Spirit, I will rejoice and give You thanks and praise. No weapon that the enemy throws against me shall prosper and nothing will separate me from Your love. I will continue to rejoice knowing that You are my strength and my shield, my deliverer and strongtower. I will glorify You Father in all that I do. I will not grow weary because I know my victory is coming and I will be triumphant in due season. Father God, Prayer – Standing Strong as I Persevere
  • Where do you stand?

    Simon Wilson
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Where do you Stand? I think today, more than ever, Christians need to remember that we are saved by faith and faith alone. It is a gift of grace, not to be earned. It is unconditional and our attempts at righteousness is nothing but dirty rags (to put it lightly). Our attempts at not sinning or being good will never be good enough, and, no matter how we try to live a “holy” life, it is impossible. In fact, if we live by the idea that there is still something we must do to keep our salvation, we fall back Where do you stand?
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    Christian Home and Family

  • The legalization of gay marriage – what it means for Christian parents [EPICLY LONG POST] - Christian Home and Family

    8 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Carey There is no way I expect this post to completely cover the topic of gay marriage and the impact it has on Christian parenting. I hope you’re not expecting that. What I am hoping is that my comments here can open up a very candid conversation between you and me and the LORD. It’s a conversation between CHRISTIAN PEOPLE. Please understand that. I’m speaking to fellow Christ-followers here.How does the #gaymarriage decision impact #Christianparenting? Do you even know?Tweet This In this post I want to challenge you as a Christian parent: Take the time to deeply consider…
  • Broken Together – the only way marriage works – Casting Crowns [video] - Christian Home and Family

    5 Jun 2015 | 10:54 am
    Carey I love the message of Casting Crown’s new video “Broken Together” In our media-saturated world seldom do I see a video that truly captures the hopes, struggles, pain, and humble reliance on God that are truly needed to make a Christ-centered, God-honoring marriage possible. This one does a good job of it. I love how it portrays the childhood dreams we humans have of male/female relationship, and how we truly are broken together as we walk alongside each other in that journey. It takes two people – husband and wife – each submitting their own desires and…
  • How would you have me become a better father? – What one reader would ask God… - Christian Home and Family

    27 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Carey How to be a good father… It’s not an easy question to answer. A while back I asked readers of this blog to answer this question: If you could get a direct answer from God about any question related to marriage, the family, and parenting – what would it be? I got some very good responses. One Dad asked, “How would You have me become a better father?” It’s a question worth asking. I hesitate to answer FOR God on any question, but I feel pretty safe offering these thoughts because they come directly from His word: First let me say that I don’t know…
  • I love God, you love God – but not enough - Christian Home and Family

    21 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Carey I love God. I really do. In spite of how I fail. And in spite of how passages like this make me feel… I’m often the ornery one, truly loving God but not acting like it. If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. – John 14:23-24 Jesus’ words make sense. Love must be translated into action if it is going to be real in the real world. For God so loved, He gave... is…
  • Child discipline = raising their sights - Christian Home and Family

    11 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Carey Child discipline wasn’t something I appreciated when I was a child But I knew it had to be done. Once, my Dad had told me I was going to get a spanking and then seemed to forget about it. My young soul was tormented. When was I going to get it? Days passed and I was in agony. Finally I went to my Dad and asked him for the spanking he’d promised.Tweet This He was befuddled and told me that I didn’t need it anymore. My older brother told me I was stupid. Maybe I was, but I couldn’t stand knowing that I was to receive discipline but not knowing when. Now that…
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    Pro Preacher

  • 5 Tips For Managing Pastoral PMS (Pre Message Syndrome)

    11 Jul 2015 | 11:58 am
    Photo Credit: Eric Kilby via Compfight cc It’s that time again. You are irritable. You are over emotional. The smallest little thing can set you off. Your family is walking on eggshells around you in fear that they might wake the angry lion. You have a bad case of PMS – Pre Message Syndrome. You are not alone. All pastors get it. I typically get PMS on Saturday nights. On Saturday morning, I’m feeling good. I’m enjoying a relaxing morning with my family. Life is great. But somewhere around 4 or 5pm my PMS starts to kick in. I start looking at the clock ever few minutes. My…
  • Mother’s Day Sermon Ideas

    11 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    Photo Credit: GabrielaP93 via Compfight cc I am studying this week for a Mother’s Day Sermon I will be preaching. When I start the message prep process, I always begin with prayer and then find a text in the Bible that I will preach. Since I am preaching on Mother’s Day, I did a study on all the passages of scripture that I might want to preach for a sermon about mothers. The best sermon ideas come from scripture. So here are some Mothers Day sermon ideas for you. My hope is that this list will be helpful to save some of you the time of having to find the passages on your own. Mother’s…
  • Google Voice For The Glory Of God – A Free Church Texting Solution

    14 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Photo Credit: what_marty_sees via Compfight cc I did something different last Sunday that was highly successful. I preached a sermon calling qualified people to step up and serve in a specific ministry. The sermon wasn’t different, but the way I asked them to respond was. In the past, I have used cards in the bulletin or sign up sheets in the lobby. But we are living in the digital age! There must be an easier and faster way without having to attempt to decipher terrible hand-writing on paper! Nearly everyone today carries a cell phone on them. Why don’t we harness this…
  • 3 Ways Losing Weight Has Made Me A Better Pastor

    13 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Photo Credit: dvgphoto via Compfight cc One of my big goals this year is to lose weight and be healthier. After having a new baby, moving to a new state, and transitioning to a new job, I looked in the mirror one morning and realized I was about 40 pounds overweight. If you are overweight or have ever been there, it’s not a fun realization to say the least. How did this happen? I was so focused on church and family last year, that my own physical health suffered. Can you relate? So I made a commitment, got my family onboard with me (because I know I don’t have the strength to…
  • 5 Keys To A Great Christmas Sermon

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Photo Credit: SpreadTheMagic via Compfight cc For a church, Christmas Eve services are typically one of the highest attended days of the year. A great message is absolutely essential on such a big day. This may be the only time many of these people will give your church a chance. This may be the last time you get to speak to them if they are not compelled to return. So here are some tips. 5 Keys To A Great Christmas Sermon 1. Keep it short. I’m not going to tell you how long you should preach. But whatever your average time is, work to shave some time off of it. If you normally preach…
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    Pastor John's Blog

  • Are Christian's Officially Counter-Cultural?

    john crews
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    It is an interesting time, and in many places a dangerous time, to be a follower of Christ.  The church in North America is generally in decline, the culture is increasingly at odds with what are sometimes thought of as "traditional Christian values," and Christians increasingly face a genuine threat of violence and persecution both at home and abroad.  In the midst of all the chaos, a question (among many questions) that is beginning to percolate is whether Christianity has become counter-cultural.When I think of "counter-culture," I think of the 60's and early 70's.  I…
  • The Declining Church

    john crews
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Much ink has been spilled in recent months celebrating, decrying or denying the recent Pew study that shows in no uncertain terms that the American church is in decline.  The reasons for the shift away from religion, and Christianity in particular, are probably not all that complex.To some extent, I think that the study is a lot like looking at a distant star through a telescope.  Much of what we are seeing is really just a scene from the past.  It is a reflection of a large segment of people who previously self-identified as Christian because…
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    john crews
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Just today I realized that, although June is upon us, I have only posted on this blog twice in all of 2015.  It is not that I lacked the desire to write.  Nor was it a lack of subject matter or writer's block-- there has actually been plenty to capture my attention in 2015.  Rather, what has been lacking is either the time or motivation in the moment.  It seems like I have been too busy to come up for air most of the year, and when I have had time to write I just couldn't bring myself to do it.  I sometimes wonder if people are tired of…
  • Twisted History

    john crews
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    "He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past."                                                   George OrwellFew people would dispute the fact that "traditional Christianity" finds itself increasingly under pressure in the United States.  This stems, at least in part, from the reality that some…
  • Year One

    john crews
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:38 pm
    There were a couple of times last night, I have to admit, when I wondered in passing about the score -- or at least about which team was winning.  With all of the hype surrounding the Super Bowl, I expected it to be a pretty good game.  And, I even knew some of the story lines.  Avoiding awareness of it completely, after all, would have required living under a rock for the last couple of weeks.  But looking up the score on the internet, or God forbid turning on the television, was simply not an option.  For millions of Americans the Super Bowl…
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    C3 Journey - the Warrior's Log

  • Make a Change

    Dave Hastings
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:20 am
    “If I want what I have never had, then I need to do what I’ve never done.” To make a change in your life you need to: Pick something you are passionate about. Being passionate about something will keep you going when the initial enthusiasm wears off. Willpower is not enough. Willpower will get you in the door of the gym a couple of times. Going to the Gym with a buddy will keep you going week in week out. You are the worst coach of yourself. To see real change you need someone else coaching you with the change. Whether this is help with finances, weight loss or starting a…
  • Quotes on Freedom … celebration of what is really free

    Jim Crumbley
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    Church burnt in Egypt We in the West are blessed that we live in relative freedom. We are free to pursue our dreams, worship our God, express our Egyptian Women protest violence driven Muslim Brotherhood opinions and live our lives as we choose. Others live in relative bondage. Their dreams are lost in the midst of violence, worship hidden because it is outlawed, opinions kept to self and lives lived not by personal choice but by societal limitations. Paul wrote in Philippians that he had learned to become content in all things. In other words, whether he lived in physical freedom or…
  • Consecrated…even in the storm

    Jim Crumbley
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    con·se·crate verb past tense: consecrated; past participle: consecrated make or declare sacred; dedicate formally to a divine purpose: (as adj. consecrated) Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth; Your word is consecrating truth. In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world. I’m consecrating myself for their sakes So they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission. John 17:17-19 When I struggle; I don’t need sympathy, understanding or even compassion. These purely emotional responses are nice but can be an opiate that keeps…
  • Our Personal Point of Faith

    Jim Crumbley
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:16 am
    And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. Luke 8:44 This woman had been suffering for years not only physically, but also at the hand of Doctors and by the shunning of the community. She was considered unclean and anyone who touched her was also unclean. Simply stepping outside was a step of faith! Yet, she persisted beyond the step and pushed her way through the crowd. As those around her recoiled, her desperation caused her to ignore…
  • Seasons

    Dave Hastings
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 A Time for Everything 1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. 5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. 6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. 7 A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and…
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    Logos Bible Software Blog

  • In Memory of Dr. Owen Chadwick

    Benjamin Amundgaard
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Rev. Dr. Owen Chadwick passed away on July 17, 2015. He leaves behind a broad, deep, and long legacy that continues to have an influence on the academic world, the church, and the state. Chadwick was a humble man with a sharp intellect and the heart of a pastor. An important scholar and churchman Chadwick held two chairs at Cambridge University, headed the committee to restructure the Church of England’s government, and is responsible for making Cambridge University’s history program what it is today. During his academic career, he published influential works on a wide variety of topics.
  • Save on Volumes from NICOT, NICNT, Anchor Yale Bible, and More!

    Paul Kirby
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    The monthly sale is the perfect chance to build your library with volumes from popular commentary series. Whether you’re looking to expand your collection, try out a new series, or study a specific book of the Bible, you’ll find great savings. Featured commentary deals: Three volumes from the New International Commentary, all at more than 30% off: The Letters to Timothy and Titus, The First Epistle of Peter, and The First Book of Samuel Two volumes from the Anchor Yale Bible, both 36% off: The Gospel according to Luke I–IX and First Corinthians Two volumes from the International…
  • The Simple Way to Save on Your Favorite Resources

    Daniel Motley
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Whenever someone asks me, “What’s the best way to get great books at the lowest price?”, I tell them to invest in another base package. “But I already own a base package, why would I need another one?” The answer is simple: with Dynamic Pricing, you don’t pay twice for the same resources. If a base package that you don’t own contains resources that you already have, the price is reduced automatically. And Baptist base packages? They include some of the most popular resources at the biggest discounts. Normally, the Spurgeon Sermon Collection, the New American Commentary series,…
  • Understand the Flow of Biblical History

    Tyler Smith
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Genesis through Revelation isn’t laid out in neat chronological order. For instance, Ezra and Nehemiah depict events that took place near the end of the Old Testament period. But those books are placed before the book of Job—even though many scholars believe Job depicts some of the earliest events recorded in Scripture! This is an accident of the literary arrangement of the canon, but if you’re trying to understand the Bible’s chronology, you face many other challenges. From sorting out the kings of the Northern and Southern kingdoms, to following the succession of…
  • 6 Reasons to Get the Preaching the Word Series

    Paul Kirby
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    There’s only a week left to save on July’s top product, the Preaching the Word Series (36 vols.). Not sure if you want to add this resource? Here are five reasons we think you’ll want it and why you need it before the month ends: 1. You’ll get 31% off the collection’s regular price—that’s a savings of nearly $200. And if you already own some of the volumes, your price will be even lower. 2. If you’re a pastor, you’ll get both valuable insights into the Bible and models for effective expository preaching. 3. This series isn’t just for pastors—the accessible analysis of…
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    Faithlife Women

  • Forgiveness and What It Means to be Biblically Submissive: An Interview with Sara Horn

    Tayler Beede
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    Free ebook: through July 31 get Sara Horn's How Can I Possibly Forgive? free.  Katie Monsma, contributor to the Vyrso blog, recently had the privilege of interviewing Sara Horn, author of My...
  • Mercy and Grace During Infertility

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” – Hebrews 4:16 When you spend a lot of […]
  • G'Morning, God. Sorry, I'm In a Rush.

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Day after day, I'd roll out of bed and the tune would start as if on cue: Good morning, Lord. How are you? I hope you're feeling fine. I'd like to stay and talk but it's almost 7 o'clock And I...
  • Are Your Friendships Producing Fruit?

    Tayler Beede
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:36 pm
    I met my friend, Carol Porter, twenty years ago when she gathered a group of women together in Chicago to draft one of the early books on women’s ministry. Appropriately called, A Women’s Ministry...
  • Service: Love in Action

    Tayler Beede
    13 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing (Ephesians 2:10, NCV). The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea...
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  • Every Day in Every Way, I Get it Done!

    11 Jul 2015 | 11:53 am
    Every day in every wayI get it done! I get it done!I see a lot of people when I jog at 4:30 in the morning, more than you'd think would be up at that hour. We never stop and introduce ourselves--that would break our rhythm and be a bit scary, but I do name the ones who are up with me at that pre-dawn hour. Hide in a Hood ManWalk in Woman's Wig Overly Polite GirlOld Man JoggerNo Smile SteveThere are a few more, but these are the ones I see regularly, so they have names--not their real names of course--I name them according to how they act or look in the morning. They probably have…
  • Now This is Living

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    "That's not something I would do."This was my Dad's response."Well, I am glad you got that opportunity."That was my Mom's, but she didn't sound glad.What were they talking about?Me jumping out of a plane.Skydiving.Yup, I did it. Took the plunge.And it was one of the BEST things I have ever done. Truly life changing. Exhilarating. Mind-blowing. And you can add about three dozen other California-surfer-girl adjectives like awesome, gnarly, cool, radical and well, crazy.Before I jumped, I was in the waiting area at the airport, watching parachutes get folded by guys in red shirts while nervous…
  • All Dressed Up

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    I thought I saw someone out there.My dog, perched in the window seat next to me, growled long and low. I squinted my eyes and looked closer. There was someone standing out there in the dark. Looking down from the window of my second story bedroom, I could see a shimmer on the pathway.The pathway was unlit, completely pitch black, except for the light generated by the moon that sat high and large overhead. The "paseo" as the locals called it, ran along the dry riverbed from one end of my housing complex to the other. During the day, it was busy with bikes and power-walkers and even the…
  • Please Judge Me

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Did you read that sign above?I did.And I don't agree. It sounds nice and got a lot of "likes" on Facebook, but think about it.Should you only accept the judgments of those who have walked in your shoes?Only listen to people who have been through exactly what you have?Ignore the input of anyone who hasn't suffered the same pain as you?Is that even possible when we are all unique? Is it wise?I don't think so.I think we are so afraid of being "judged" and being "judgmental" that we have lost our ability to admit that sometimes, we need someone else to tell us: "Don't do that!" or "Stop acting…
  • Berta Bird Saves the Day!

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Every morning before the sun comes up, I run with my dog. We start by walking down our street until we reach a small community park, where I grab a clean-up bag from a dispenser and tie it around her leash. Yesterday, as I stopped to grab a bag, I heard a shrill cry above me. I recognized it immediately.Berta Bird!I couldn't see her in the dark, but I could tell she was close. "Berta" is the affectionate name I give this small, sand-piper like bird that lives in my neighborhood. She spends most of her time on the ground running around in what appears to be a frantic search for something lost.
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    Living in the Kingdom of God---Diana Symons

  • Is Change Bad or Good?

    Diana Symons
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    If you’re like me, change is something to be avoided at all costs. Change requires us to let go of ideas, habits, attitudes that we held onto for a reason. We’re comfortable with what we know.  We allow new processes into our routine when it suits us. The problem is how we react when it’s God introducing them? Sometimes God has to shake things up in our lives. He may point to a certain direction for a long time, and if we are not responsive to Him, He may turn our lives upside down to get us where we need to be. In most cases, that’s not a pleasant experience. But He…
  • I’ve Been Reading Scripture Selfishly

    Diana Symons
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    I think I’ve been guilty of reading scripture to my benefit, not necessarily the way it was intended. For instance, Philippians 4:19 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” I’ve trusted this scripture to be true for a very long time. And it has been. God has been faithful to supply all my needs. Some how I’ve always been cared for in all the ups and downs in my life. But now I read more into that passage and I wonder how I’ve missed it. To read that verse in context, Paul is thanking the Philippians for…
  • What’s God’s Favorite Color? And Other Personal Questions

    Diana Symons
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:24 am
    What’s God’s favorite color? What’s His favorite music? I wonder if He eats — what’s His favorite food? He is a person. That means He has a personality. He’s no respecter of persons, but that doesn’t mean that He doesn’t really love some things more than others. We do, and we’re made in His image. Think of your best friend, or someone you respect most in life. What are they like? What is it about them as a person that you find attractive? Now think of God like that. Think of Him as a person you want to get to know. We were made to live in…
  • When Christians Deny What Jesus Died For

    Diana Symons
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:47 am
    Too many people feel that blessing belongs to others — others more important, or more spiritual. Many people don’t believe they even deserve blessing. We’ve been taught to earn our rewards, but blessing from God is a gift. We are blessed through grace, not works. There is not one thing that you can do to earn God’s blessing. He blesses because He loves you. Because some feel the need to earn what grace gives freely, they reject it in their low self-esteem. Even when it’s freely offered, they will refuse it because they don’t feel worthy to receive it. This…
  • Comparing Yourself to Other People is Not Trusting God

    Diana Symons
    23 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    We always think that other people are more spiritual. God uses people like Daniel and Joseph, not us. But the truth is, God uses people like Daniel and Joseph AND us. Remember Jacob? Remember Gideon? God is not looking for perfect people, He’s looking for obedient and loving people. We lose so much by short changing ourselves. Our assumptions rob us of freedom and blessing. God wants you right now, just as you are. Do you have room to grow? Of course, but He loves who you are and all the gifts and talents He put in you. Use them. Enjoy them. We compare ourselves to other people, and…
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  • 3 Steps for Resolving Conflict in the Church

    Patricia S. Taylor
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    We live in the midst of a broken world. Every day, we encounter sin, wounds, and hate. While we experience everyday life, we are keenly aware of the lack of love in the world. We have even come to expect it. After all, how can people be equipped to love one another if they are not submitted to the origin of love itself? But, what happens when a wound is inflicted by another member of the family of Christ? We know that we are often no less broken than people outside the church. Sometimes, we are even more broken! Still, the wounds from someone we have called friend—even family—tend to run…
  • Method Matters: Why the Church Needs to Teach Hows and Not Just Whats

    Caleb Friedeman
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    A wise man once said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Jesus called us to make disciples (Matt. 28:19), but often our disciple-making looks a lot more like giving people fish than teaching them the art of fishing. If the Church is to reclaim its disciple-making vocation for the 21st century, I believe that we must rediscover the lost art of teaching people hows and not just whats. More on that below, but first a little context… Last August, I loaded my life into a fifteen-passenger van and moved from Jackson, MS to…
  • From Radical Leftist to Orthodox Theologian: Thomas Oden’s Theological and Spiritual Journey

    Andrew Dragos
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    In the tradition of the Apostle Paul and other innumerable saints, church theologian Thomas C. Oden, now in his mid-eighties, experienced a series of events that led to a dramatic shift in his life’s orientation. In A Change of Heart: A Personal and Theological Memoir (InterVarsity Press, 2014), Oden recounts his turn from what he calls radical left ideology to classic Christianity. In this autobiography, Oden takes readers through his life decade by decade, narrating aspects of his childhood growing up on a farm in Oklahoma, then presses on toward details of his education, pastoral…
  • Struggles of Parenting in the 21st Century

    25 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    In today’s video interview, Don Joy shares some of the unique challenges that parents face in the 21st century, including the absence of fathers and the temptations of social media. Read more resources on Families and Relationships.
  • Sharing Muslim Stories

    Omar Rikabi
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Last week, Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, called for a stop to all immigration of Muslims because, “Every Muslim that comes into this country has the potential to be radicalized.” He then looked to the U.S. treatment of Japanese during WWII as inspiration for a solution. His comments did not cause me any shock and awe. Since elementary school to last night, I’ve heard different versions of racist, bigoted, or uninformed comments about Muslims. Like the one time, somewhere between 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq, when I received an email from a friend in ministry. It was a joke that read…
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    Joshua Rhone

  • Turn the page: A new chapter begins

    Joshua Rhone
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    It has been a while since I’ve posted anything.1 While there are many reasons for the hiatus, busyness, by far, has been the biggest reason. At the beginning of June I resigned as pastor of the Mount Union Wesleyan Church, where I have served as pastor since August of 2007. My resignation marked the end of wonderful season of life and ministry––a rewarding and fruitful season that Crystal and I are grateful for (see accompanying pictures). [See image gallery at] When I resigned we didn’t know where we would be going or what I would be doing. We resigned,…
  • [Infographic] Flora and Fauna Hiking Guide

    Joshua Rhone
    22 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Stay Safe and Healthy in the Wilderness by Learning All About the Animals and Plants Around You Source:
  • [Video] The Backwards Brain Bicycle

    Joshua Rhone
    21 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Last night, unable to sleep, I stumbled across the following video. It is worth a watch for entertainment value alone, but I cannot stop thinking about the video’s content as it relates to other topics: spiritual formation, leading both oneself and others successfully through change(s), etc. With that in mind, I would encourage you to watch the video. Then, if you are interested, I’d like to invite you to subscribe to my blog, so that you can be notified regarding upcoming posts exploring the implications of the video with regard to such things as personal transformation,…
  • [Photos] Mount Union, PA: Thousand Steps (1000 Steps)

    Joshua Rhone
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:54 pm
    [See image gallery at] I’m proud of Quinton. For the last few days, Crystal and Maddie have been away. As part of our father-son time, Quinton wanted to try to best our reaching of step 700 last year. He not only made it to the top, but managed to spend a couple of hours exploring the mountainside. Good times.
  • [Book] Scary Close by Donald Miller

    Joshua Rhone
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I discovered Blue Like Jazz in college. Donald Miller’s ‘Nonreligious thoughts on Christian Spirituality’ was fresh. Honest. Raw. Naturally, it resonated deeply with many, including me and my peers. In the years since Blue Like Jazz, Donald has written other books. Good books. Books that I’ve enjoyed. Books that I’ve discussed over coffee with close friends. Books that have made me think. Scary Close is the most recent of those books. And it is more than good. It’s great. Scary great. Better than Blue Like Jazz great. To be clear, I didn’t pay for…
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    Give Me That Mountain

  • Oh, the things we don't know
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    A Change of Mind. Day fifty-three...“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” (Albert Einstein)
  • The unintentional victim
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    A Change of Mind. Day fifty-two...“How did you get those kids to behave? They don't pay a bit of attention to me.”
  • Who's in charge here?
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    A Change of Mind. Day fifty-one...After surviving my so‐called prayer, as described in Thursday's article, I spent the day trying to understand God's question to me: “Have you made a decision?”
  • Fed up
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    A Change of Mind. Day fifty...There's no cure for the common cold, right? At least that's what Sherrel and I thought until late in the fall in 2007.
  • At the root of the problem
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    A Change of Mind. Day forty-nine...A couple of years ago my daughter, who is a physical therapist, did an evaluation of my workstation. She found several violations of neutral body positioning. Some of them I suspected and some I didn't. The incorrect positioning of the arm rests on my chair was my biggest surprise.
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • Ephesians 4: Growing in Christ

    Zak Schmoll
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:39 am
    I find it interesting that Jesus Himself spoke about the necessity of people coming to Him as children, but in Ephesians 4 we receive the encouragement from Paul to grow up in our faith. Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: There’s nothing wrong with being a child, and we all started out that way. However, there is…
  • Ephesians 3: Knowing That Which Surpasses Knowledge

    Zak Schmoll
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:18 am
    Ephesians 3 seems to provide us with a contradiction about our perspective on the love of God. Eph 3:14  For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Eph 3:15  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, Eph 3:16  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; Eph 3:17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, Eph 3:18  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; Eph…
  • Ephesians 2: The Foundation

    Zak Schmoll
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    Obviously, churches are more than physical buildings, but it is interesting that in the Ephesians 2, Paul uses the illustration of a building to describe the church and the people who make it up. Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; Eph 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; Eph 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: Eph 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together…
  • Ephesians 1: The Top Authority

    Zak Schmoll
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    Welcome to the Ephesians 1! This chapter tells a lot about the process of salvation, but at the end, it refers to the position that Jesus Christ now holds in heaven. Eph 1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Eph 1:21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Eph 1:23  Which is his…
  • Galatians 6: Glory in God

    Zak Schmoll
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    At the end of his letter to the Galatians, Paul gets down to the final point about where we really should find our value. Gal 6:12  As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. Gal 6:13  For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. Gal 6:14  But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. Gal 6:15 …
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    Armchair Theology

  • Killing Redundancy in Prayer

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    I completely misread the following headline: “The Benefits of Catechetical Preaching.” What I read was: “The Benefits of Catechetical Praying.” I’m so glad I misread that. It sparked a helpful idea in my head. The Problem I find that I’m often redundant in prayer. I’ll often revert to the same thoughts, especially in thanksgiving and praise to God. If I constantly thank God for the same three-to-five things my prayer life gets stagnant. It’s not healthy. What Is a Catechism? A catechism is a tool for doctrinal instruction that is usually…
  • How God Redeems Even Slavery

    24 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    I preached Ephesians 6:1-9 this weekend. It’s the hardest passage I’ve tackled. That’s due to the instruction: “slaves obey your masters.” If you want to pick a passage in the book of Ephesians that is most offensive to our day, it’s either this or “wives submit to your husbands.” My guess is that slavery is still more controversial. Here’s the sermon in whole followed by the pertinent excerpt showing how God worked to redeem the institution of slavery: You can listen to the audio here or watch the video: Even before we try to recalibrate our…
  • Covenantal Credobaptism – A Visual Representation and Conclusion

    10 Jun 2015 | 11:47 am
    This is the final installment of my covenantal defense of credobaptism: Introduction Who Participated in the Passover Meal? Who Participates in the Lord’s Table? Who Participated in Circumcision? Who Participates in Baptism? Covenantal Credobaptism – A Visual Argument This was a detailed series with a hefty word count so it might be helpful to have a visual representation of the argument: On the left you see the development of Passover feast to Lord’s table in red. A corresponding movement from circumcision to baptism is shown in blue. On the right side, in the grayed out area,…
  • Who Participates in Baptism? A Covenantal Defense of Credobaptism

    2 Jun 2015 | 6:46 pm
    This is the fifth entry in a six-part series titled A Covenantal Defense of Credobaptism. It is a lightly-edited version of a paper I submitted for the Westminster seminary course Doctrine of the Church. Introduction Who Participated in the Passover Meal? Who Participates in the Lord’s Table? Who Participated in Circumcision? Who Participates in Baptism? Covenantal Credobaptism – A Visual Argument Baptism Is Tied to Indicative Regeneration In contrast to circumcision, which (like the Passover) did not necessarily entail regeneration of the heart, baptism (like the Lord’s Table) is…
  • Who Participated in Circumcision? A Covenental Defense of Credobaptism

    29 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    This is the fourth in a six-part series titled A Covenantal Defense of Credobaptism. It is a lightly-edited version of a paper I submitted for the Westminster seminary course Doctrine of the Church. Introduction Who Participated in the Passover Meal? Who Participates in the Lord’s Table? Who Participated in Circumcision? Who Participates in Baptism? Covenantal Credobaptism – A Visual Argument Circumcision Tied to Potential Regeneration While it is true that credobaptists have often robbed circumcision of its full meaning it is equally true that covenant theologians have read far…
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 209 — Psalm 104-105, 1 Thessalonians 1

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Psalm 104 Focus Verse: You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth. (9) God has command over all of nature. The winds and the waves obeyed Him when Jesus was in a boat in a storm with a group of scared disciples. The winds and the waves still obey […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 208 — Psalm 99-100, Psalm 102, Acts 17:16-34

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Psalm 99 Focus Verse: Lord our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds. (8) Moses, Aaron and Samuel all called on the Lord and were answered by Him. This brings me much comfort. As much as I would like to think that I am perfect and […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 207 — Psalm 96-98, Acts 17:1-15

    26 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Psalm 96 Focus Verse: Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. (7) Ascribe means to attribute something to (a cause). All that is good, true and beautiful can be ascribed to our God. He is its source. Psalm 97 Focus Verse: Light shines on the righteous […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 206 — Psalm 93-95, Philippians 4

    25 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Psalm 93 Focus Verse: The seas have lifted up, Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. (3) Are the voices of nature more faithful in praising God than our voices? Psalm 94 Focus Verse: They say, “The Lord does not see; the God of Jacob takes […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 205 — Psalm 89, Psalm 92, Philippians 3

    24 Jul 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Psalm 89 Focus Verse: Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. (14) All that God is and all that surrounds Him and emanates from Him is light, goodness and truth. There is no darkness about Him or in Him – nothing evil or vain or selfish. There […]
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Daniel Crafts, Coloring Pages And Activity Sheets

    Crafting The Word Of God
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Daniel Crafts Daniel Refuses The Kings Food  I Will Not Defile Myself Daniel Food Basket King Nebuchadnezzar’s Gold Statue Fiery Furnace Hand Spinner The Fiery Furnace Sun Catcher The Writing On The Wall Daniel In The Lions Den Daniel In The Lions Den Puppet 1 Daniel In The Lions Den Puppet 2 Daniel Coloring Pages […]
  • Creation Crafts, Coloring Pages And Activity Sheets

    Crafting The Word Of God
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Creation Crafts All Made In God’s Image Creation Sun Catcher In The Beginning Bookmark Days Of Creation Wheel God The Creator And Sustainer Days Of Creation Creation Coloring Pages Days Of Creation God The Creator Creation Of Man Creation Activity Sheet God The Creator Color By NumberFiled under: Activity Sheet, Adam And Eve, Coloring Page, Creation, […]
  • Update: Slow Posting

    Crafting The Word Of God
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:29 am
    I just wanted to upload this short post to let you, my awesome readers, know what’s going on with my schedule and why its affecting my frequency of posting. The months of June-July have always been the most hectic months for me every year. It seams as if these are the moths when I’m at my […]
  • Happy Fathers Day 3 Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Happy Fathers Day 3 Puzzle (Activity Sheet) Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking […]
  • Happy Fathers Day 3- Coloring Page

    Crafting The Word Of God
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Happy Fathers Day 3 (Coloring Page) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on […]
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    Renewed Daily

  • Why I Am My Illness… And Why That’s OK

    Shelly Hendricks
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever. So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! - Hebrews 10:33-35 When chronic illness impacts your life, it leaves nothing untouched. Nothing. Think about the simplest of plans. Like, what's for supper? Like, it's…
  • The Leading

    Shelly Hendricks
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. - Galatians 5:25 Have you ever felt led to do something? Maybe it's something big and scary. Maybe it's something small and insignificant. Maybe it even feels like a silly thing to keep coming into your heart. You may wonder what difference your obedience to this leading could possibly make. Trust me on this. You could be the exact answer to someone's prayer. There's a reason the Spirit keeps nudging. There's a reason the Savior keeps reminding. There's a reason your Father won't let the matter…
  • The Beauty of His Hands

    Shelly Hendricks
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. - Psalm 16:11 He reminded me again just this week... that I never leave His hands. Never. This song has been an anthem for me since the first time I heard it a few years ago. Hope you enjoy me singing a little reminder today. <3 Have a blessed weekend.   Heavenly Father, I offer You this sacrifice of praise today. Please go with us into our weekend. We love You. In Jesus' Name, Amen... If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to…
  • A Letter to My Body

    Shelly Hendricks
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Dear Body, I thought it was past time for me to write this letter to you. You see, I owe you an apology. I spend most days considering how you've done me wrong. In my estimation, you've let me down. You've failed me, and it's all your fault that I'm in the shape I'm in. I truly believe you may hate me. But lately I've realized how hard I am to live…
  • Do You Feel a Bit Like a Seed in the Dark?

    Shelly Hendricks
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    “He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches’” (Matthew 13:31-32). My friend P.J. has a Mexican sunflower plant. She planted it with her boys as part of a homeschool project. It was just a bitty thing then–pretty, but bitty. The other day she texted me that she was taking photos of her plant. She had to go up to the second floor balcony to do it.
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • The Deluded Heart Which Led Me Astray

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Thom and I were cleaning out our bookcase to determine which books to donate to a church library, what to get on Kindle, and what we will have shipped to us in Hamburg, Germany when we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Do You Have the Audacity To Go Against The Flow?

    23 Jul 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Audacity–The willingness to take bold risks. According to an article posted on CharismaNews, there is a new movie produced by Ray Comfort Ministries which gay activists are warning... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You Do Not Stand Alone

    20 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    There are days when I want to shake my fist at the sky (because when thinking of God in the sense of "physical location" we humans tend to "look up") and just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • All These Things We Do

    14 Jul 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Yesterday, Thom and I had the opportunity to chat with a good friend of ours. J.R. Pittman is a pastor, evangelist, and Christian radio personality (I've had the pleasure of being a guest on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Need Is Great

    11 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    This past week, my husband and I had the great privilege of sharing information with a local church on human trafficking and why as Christians we must lead the charge against it. The church we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Squandered

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    Did you see the recent story about Kim, the college girl who spent nearly her entire $90,000 college fund in 3 short years? While she did use a chunk of it on her first years of school, the remainder, which would have been more than enough to get her through the last year of a […]
  • Pre-Paid

    15 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    My son, Jason, recently returned from a week at summer camp with his scout troop. During his six day stay, he was able to participate in all the standard camp activities like swimming, hiking, games & campfire festivities. In addition, he was also signed up for specific merit badge classes like archery, camping, and, his […]
  • Bridges to the Kingdom

    8 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    Recently I read the testimony of Rosaria Champagne Butterfield who was once vehemently opposed to Christianity. As a self-described happy and content leftist, liberal, post-modernist, she pronounced those who followed Jesus as worthy only of “pity” and “wrath.” She sought neither a personal understanding of faith in God nor any interaction with His followers. That […]
  • America & The Book of Job

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:35 am
    Listen to the news on just about any given day, and you’ll most likely hear another disturbing story of some kind. Violence, riots and lawlessness both domestically and abroad seem to be unrestrained while assaults on long-held values and godliness are unrelenting and even publicly praised. It’s as if traditional thought, reason, and decency between people […]
  • Unfiltered

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    Recently, I took a really cute a picture that I wanted to upload to Instagram. But instead of just posting quickly, I ended up messing around with the filters. The app I’ve been using has 23 options to pick from that do everything from highly saturating the colors, to muting them, to making the picture look like […]
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • Standing in the Space

    Sybil Kolbert
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Nap time – or rest time as we called it in our house, because it didn’t always involve sleep and to presume it would may have been cause for protest – with a 12, 10 and 7 year old, is a thing of our past. I miss it. The quiet. The peace. The time set aside each day to stop all activity. It was a boundary we set up for ourselves, which could have seemed restrictive, as we most often had to schedule our appointments and activities around it. Yet, it gave us freedom to keep that space sacred and we generally felt better because of it. This, I’m finding, is much like what…
  • Compassion is Not a Feeling

    Michele Slayden
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Disclaimer: Some of the links in the following article connect to images and video of women who have suffered greatly. Please be advised as some readers may find the content disturbing. This past Monday seemed like any other day. While sitting in my car, waiting for my daughter to get out of school, I scrolled through my feed on Facebook. A story was posted about women facing major consequences for turning down marriage proposals. As I clicked on “read more”, my heart began to sink and suddenly every minuscule complaint I had ever uttered came to mind, filling me with embarrassment and…
  • Taking Back My Thought Life

    Paige Harris
    12 Jul 2015 | 6:06 pm
    I am fiercely introverted. I often find myself drifting to the corners of my mind – pondering ideas, meditating on scripture, revisiting conversations, and making observations. I also delight in creating engaging lesson plans, dreaming up dinner menus, and planning weekends with loved ones. These are good things. But my mind can also be a place of darkness. A hellish cavern of crippling lies. “You are too much.” “You aren’t worthy of love.” “You are fat.” “You are ___________.” There is much to say about how destructive and powerful…
  • On Purging My Pride

    Darlene Hanson
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    “I’m exasperated and I hate my life! When will this end?!” That was the thought I had on that particular morning long ago while struggling to get my 2 year old daughter to let me tie her shoes. Fifteen minutes had gone by, we needed to get started with our day and she was crumpled up in a heap on the floor insisting that she could tie her shoes. Even my best, “no 2-year-old can tie their own shoes” reasoning did not work. If only this was the first time we had done battle! “Self do it” was a phrase I heard uttered countless times when my children were young. I still…
  • When Believers Stop Believing

    Whitney Woollard
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Presently, I’m tempted to believe that God is holding out on me. My plan was to postpone this article until I could speak about my unbelief in the past tense. We Christians love to share our struggles when we are looking at them in the rearview mirror with a “lesson” in our back pockets. There is something that seems godlier about saying, “Six months ago I was tempted in that area, but praise God I’m fully trusting in Christ’s work now.” However, I’m coming to understand that Christ isn’t only sufficient for me when I’m past my temptations; no, He’s more than sufficient…
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • How to Read the Context of a Verse on Bible Gateway

    Jonathan Petersen
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    When you search and find individual Bible verses on Bible Gateway, very often you want to quickly see how those particular verses fit in to the flow, context, and understanding of the complete chapter where each one resides. It’s simple. [Also see our blogpost: Read More Than One Bible Version Side-By-Side] Look up any Scripture verse (say, John 3:16) by typing the reference into the top search window and clicking the magnifying glass or the “enter” key on your keyboard: Now, to see that verse in its context in the full chapter where it’s found, click the…
  • How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization: An Interview with Vishal Mangalwadi

    Jonathan Petersen
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    What triggered the West’s passion for scientific, medical, and technological advancement? How did the biblical notion of human dignity inform the West’s social structure and how it intersects with other worldviews? How did the Bible create a fertile ground for women to find social and economic empowerment? How has the Bible uniquely equipped the West to cultivate compassion, human rights, prosperity, and strong families? What is the role of the Bible in the transformation of education? How has the modern literary notion of a hero been shaped by the Bible’s archetypal…
  • Bible News Roundup – Week of July 26, 2015

    Jonathan Petersen
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    [Return daily during the coming week for updates] ECPA’s Christian Book Award® Winners for 2015 ⇨ ECPA ⇨ Browse these titles in the Bible Gateway Store ▼ An Interview with Bible Gateway’s Rachel Barach ⇨ Living With Faith ▼ International Network of Children’s Ministry Adopts the International Children’s Bible ⇨ News Release ⇨ Read the International Children’s Bible on Bible Gateway ⇨ Browse International Children’s Bible editions in the Bible Gateway Store ▼ Americans Rank the Bible the Most Influential…
  • Remembering Mary Magdalene, First Witness to the Risen Christ

    Andy Rau
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    This week, Christians from the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran families took time to commemorate one of the most notable women in the Bible: Mary Magdalene. Going by the frequency with which she’s mentioned in the Gospels, Mary Magdalene was an important figure in the early community of Jesus’ followers. Mary Magdalene was present at some of the most significant moments of early Christian history. We read in the Gospel of Luke that she traveled with Jesus after being freed from the oppression of “seven demons,” so she probably witnessed much of Jesus’…
  • How to Understand the Bible: A Complete List of Articles

    Andy Rau
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    The How to Understand the Bible series has wrapped up! If you’ve been following along since the beginning, you’ve taken a tour of the entire Bible, and given thought to the major themes and questions raised by each section of Scripture. If you missed out on some or all of the series, this is a great time to take a new look at it now that it’s complete. To that end, here’s a full list of the essays that make up How to Understand the Bible. Together, these essays form an excellent high-level overview of the Bible, written especially for those who are unfamiliar with…
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • 5 Myths about End Times

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    Recently I’ve seen more Christians than usual warning about the imminent end. Perhaps in light of recent political events, an expectation/desire for Jesus to return has increased beyond the everyday. This has reminded me of several misconceptions people have about that time, the eschaton, so I figured I’d throw together this list of 5 popular end times myths. Wars, earthquakes, famines, and other disasters are signs that Jesus is just about to return. This is a common misconception, based on Mark 13:7-8 and the parallel verses. But this is exactly the opposite of what Jesus…
  • Bible Time with Owl City: Bombshell Blonde

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Another new post series I’ve had in mind has been this: Bible Time with Owl City. Because Owl City. Since Owl City (i.e. Adam Young, the sole songwriter and singer) is a Christian and has made that perfectly clear, and some of his songs are either explicitly or implicitly founded on his faith, his material seems perfect for mining. That said, I was a bit dismayed when I heard one of his newer songs, “Bombshell Blonde.” If you want to listen to it, here’s the YouTube link. Or just the lyrics. At first I was a bit confused and disappointed at what appeared to be a…
  • Don’t Make Yourself God When You Read the Bible

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    The Bible is God’s word. This is a conviction Christians have shared since the beginning. When the Bible speaks, we believe, God speaks. We have been debating what exactly that means for quite some time, but nonetheless seem to agree that this is the case. So we try to conform our lives to what Scripture teaches. Unfortunately, when we believe that God Himself speaks in 66 (or 73 if you’re Catholic, or 77 if you’re Orthodox) books written thousands of years ago by people with totally different situations, languages, cultures, and worldviews, we find ourselves in constant…
  • Heaven, Resurrection, and New Creation: Our Destiny in Christ

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:23 pm
    [This is a sermon I preached a week ago. Like my previous sermon, it is a long read.] The Mismatch I want to start out this morning with a few really simple and straightforward questions. No gimmick or trick; I’m just looking for totally natural answers. What do you smell with? Your nose. What do you see with? Your eyes. What do you walk with? Your feet. Okay, so now, what do all these things have in common? What are they all part of? Your body. In that case, without body, could you do any of these things? See, hear, walk? No. And where is your body after you die? In the ground. So if…
  • Using Psalms: Psalm 132 and God’s Promise in Christ

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    18 Jul 2015 | 7:25 pm
    This is the first post in a new, ongoing series of mine, Using Psalms. The psalms have been given to us as a way of prayer and worship from God. Jesus Himself prayed, sang, and memorized these songs growing up as a Jew. They were part of God’s means of preparing Israel to give birth to its Messiah. And now they form a major component of Jesus’ own worship He offered to God in faith on our behalf. Because of all this, when we engage the Psalms we can participate in the life Jesus lived for us, and share in His justifying faith. When we make the Psalms part of our devotions, we…
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    a Journal of Missional Living

  • Trusting God in Hard Times

    Sharon R Hoover
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Please welcome my friend and fellow member of the Redbud Writers Guild, Meadow Rue Merrill. I’m delighted to be a part of Meadow’s blog tour this summer. She writes devotionals and encouragements for Christian living. Trusting God, Act IV: Looking around, receiving God’s love through others I was seven months pregnant when my husband, Dana, … Continue reading Trusting God in Hard Times → The post Trusting God in Hard Times appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Refresh Your Soul

    Sharon R Hoover
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:45 am
    Lately, soul care has not been part of my life. I am embarrassed to say how easily I slipped out of the daily habits that had been cornerstones in my spiritual walk. Through incredible highs and lows — including the celebration of our daughter’s graduation and the loss of a beloved member of our family (my father-in-law Bob) … Continue reading Refresh Your Soul → The post Refresh Your Soul appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • New Resource for Bible Study

    Sharon R Hoover
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    I recently read a most valuable book that gave me new tools for studying the Bible. The book, Women, Leadership, and the Bible  (WLB), was written by my friend and fellow member of the Redbud Writers Guild, Natalie Eastman. I’m excited to share the following interview about her book, Women, Leadership, and the Bible (WLB).  Thoroughly researched and filled … Continue reading New Resource for Bible Study → The post New Resource for Bible Study appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Aaron’s Story

    Sharon R Hoover
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Sometimes, life moves along so smoothly. During those times, I coast through the days carefree and light-hearted. Viewing life through the lenses of its intricacies and beauty comes easily during these days. I ponder life. I journal. Life is good. When the hard times descend, however, everything changes. It is then that I wrestle and battle … Continue reading Aaron’s Story → The post Aaron’s Story appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Locust Effect of Violence on Poverty

    Sharon R Hoover
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    In the five-plus decades of my life, little has captured my attention on poverty as the research, personal accounts, and documented cases in the book, The Locust Effect. The book painstakingly details the impact of violence on vulnerable people. Violence is like a swarm of locusts that devours the hope and incremental progress that families make. A … Continue reading Locust Effect of Violence on Poverty → The post Locust Effect of Violence on Poverty appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
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    Brad Andres

  • “Unequally Yoked” Does Not Mean What You Thought It Meant

    Brad Andres
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    And What To Say When Saying "Don't Marry a Non-Christian" How many times have you heard the phrase, “don’t be unequally yoked?” If you’ve been following Christ for some time, there’s a good chance you’ve heard it many times. If you haven’t been following Christ, you may have never heard it at all. Normal people in the 21st Century do not talk about being “yoked.” So, what does “do not be unequally yoked,” mean in the Bible? Paul writes this phrase in the middle of his second letter to the Corinthian church. This means the…
  • Understanding the Importance of Faith in God

    Brad Andres
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    While I am away at summer camps I’ve hosted a few writers to provide good content in my place. This is a guest post from Arold Augustin. He is the founder of Living For Jesus Alone Ministries, which exists to provide Christians with powerful biblical teachings to strengthen their day-to-day walk with Christ. Are you aware of how important faith is in the life of those who follow Christ? Having faith in God hinges fully on Christ’s death and resurrection. Christ came to earth to restore the relationship between humanity and God. While faith in God is significant in the Christian…
  • Can I Date A Non-Christian?

    Brad Andres
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    The Question Many People Ask That We Aren't Confident to Answer She sat there, staring with intent, yearning to know the answer. It bothered her because for once it seemed she could date someone who is nice and respectful. He just decided to follow God and has been praying for a girlfriend. Then, the girl that’s finally into him shows up to youth group one day, but she’s not a Christian. Many of us want to know the answer: Can I date a non-Christian? A quick google search will give you a plethora of Bible verses that are supposedly about “dating.” However, most of…
  • 3 Advantages to Keeping Jesus at the Center of Your Family

    Brad Andres
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:55 am
    I typically can’t go a full week without saying or hearing the following phrases, “It would be to your advantage to do it this way” or “You’re definitely at a disadvantage if you do it that way”. Now although these phrases might be common, I like to think about the uncommon parts of them. In other words, you can only use such phrases in your everyday life because you have learned to use them by either experience or through teaching. This is what I consider maturity. So when I start out any conversation or post with the word ‘advantage’, I can do so because I am a man who has…
  • The Lie About Sex You Learned As a Child

    Brad Andres
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    And What Is Destroying Sex Within Marriage Sex is bad! Sex is wrong. Don’t have sex. You can’t have sex. God says, “You can’t have sex. It’s not right for you to have sex.” I remember these types of statements and have heard them multiple times. And, we aren’t alone in these statements. Other people heard these types of statements before, so they had some questions. The Corinthians made a similar statement to Paul when they asked him about sex. Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with…
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    Steve Bremner

  • What is the Context of Biblical Discipleship? | Discipling Culture

    Steve Bremner
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:04 am
    Oikos is the context of a biblical lifestyle As we eat meals in neighborhood restaurants, observe cottage industries, and get to know local residents we see the same is still true in the Holy Land today. Our closest friends here in Jerusalem are a Christian family who trace their ancestry back many centuries in this place. We have been friends for 30 years. Their home is designed almost exactly as the first-century homes we see in archaeological digs: multiple rooms and a kitchen built around a common courtyard where they cook and share life together. They think of everything in the context…
  • After 10 years, Canada STILL can’t get God to judge her over gay marriage

    Steve Bremner
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:43 am
    In case you’ve been living under a rock, which in this day and age simply means “have not been on the internet” since Thursday, then you may have missed the news that the US Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples can now marry in all 50 states. This provoked the predictable reaction by Christians and virtually everyone else on social media and beyond.  Tech companies like Google, Mashable and The Verge are putting rainbows on everything and Facebook is even allowing users to rainbowify their profile pictures to show pride. You literally can’t escape the rainbow if you use the…
  • Unconditional Obedience?

    Steve Bremner
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:55 am
    “The Disobedient Prophet” by Benjamin West, 1793 (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) “And as they sat at the table, the word of the LORD came to the prophet who had brought him back. And he cried to the man of God who came from Judah, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the LORD and have not kept the command that the LORD your God commanded you, but have come back and have eaten bread and drunk water in the place of which he said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water,” your body shall not come to the tomb of your…
  • When You Accidentally Become “Church”

    Steve Bremner
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:42 am
    Photo credit: There is a longing for intimacy in our society. Todd said, “Gen Xers and Millenials (sic) have a real desire for community. Longing for it. “If we’re willing to be gatherers there is no shortage of people who would like to be invited into that.” Todd noted, “If you create the space and invite the Spirit He will not refuse the invitation.” Would you be willing to create space in your neighborhood, in your home perhaps, and invite the Spirit and your neighbors? Source: This is What it Looks Like to Accidentally Become a Church –…
  • Entering Into God’s Presence Without Even Singing Songs

    Steve Bremner
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:34 am
    This week we have returning guest Stephen Crosby on the show mostly to discuss themes in his book, Praise, Worship, and the Presence of God: A Better Way to Worship — A New Covenant Perspective. Dr Crosby discusses why this book exists in the first place and what motivated him to write it. We do a lot of things in charismatic evangelicalism that has very little substantiation in the New Testament, and the modern day “worship leader” is among the most prominent. If you have the Stitcher Radio app on your smart phone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show…
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  • Zizipho Pae: UCT head condemns intimidation, upholds freedom of expression

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:18 am
    The University of Cape Town condemns the invasion and vandalism of the office of SRC Vice President Zizipho Pae by LGBTQIA+ protesters and “other actions that exceed the bounds of legitimate debate and protest”, says UCT Vice Chancellor, Dr Max Price, in a statement published in the UCT Daily News today. In his statement Price also says that a UCT legal adviser has found that a personal Facebook statement by Pae in response to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the USA is not in breach of the UCT Student Code of Conduct as alleged by a student group, the UCT Queer…
  • Cape Town prayer warriors gather in ‘surprising’ force

    Andre Viljoen
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:56 am
    A crowd of prayer warriors at a recent united prayer gathering in Cape Town. Prayer leaders in Cape Town are encouraged by a stronger than expected response to a recent call to prayer warriors in the city to join in a united prayer gathering around the themes of unity and 24/7 prayer for revival. A venue at the Lighthouse Family Church in Parow that can accommodate about 400 people was booked for the united prayer gathering on July 5. “But the Lord wanted to do something in our day that even if we were told of it we would not believe it! (Hababkuk 1:5) We had over double the number and…
  • Zizipho Pae rejects ‘expulsion’, calls on UCT to take action

    25 Jul 2015 | 3:42 am
    University of Cape Town SRC Vice President Zizipho Pae has issued a statement in response to a reportedly chaotic SRC meeting on Tuesday at which a group of SRC members took a decision to expel her because of a personal Facebook post in which she expressed an opinion on the legalisation of same sex marriage in the United States. Zizipho Pae Her statement which was issued on her behalf  by Freedom of Religion SA (FOR SA) yesterday evening, reads: “Through reports in the newspaper and on social media this week, it has come to my attention that I was expelled from the UCT SRC at a SRC…
  • Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox drop support for Planned Parenthood abortion business

    Andre Viljoen
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:17 am
    Originally published in Representatives from Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and Xerox say they’ve asked Planned Parenthood to remove their names as corporate donors to the embattled organization.  The move follows a Daily Signal report revealing the names of 41 companies that Planned Parenthood listed as donors. That list, which was featured on Planned Parenthood’s website, has since been removed. This latest development comes in the wake of two undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood executives talking about the sale of fetal body parts. Planned Parenthood is facing…
  • 3 things I’ve learned after 1 year of marriage

    Jacob McMillen
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Jesus came to give us abundant life (John 10:10). In this new monthly column, Jacob McMillen examines what it means for men, young and old, to father abundant life in their families, communities, businesses and churches. 1 year of marriage is in the books. I’d make a joke here about being an expert now, but you’ve heard that a billion times already. The honest truth is that marriage is by far the most humbling thing I’ve ever done. I generally tend to think rather highly of myself. Hopefully in more of a confident way than an arrogant way. I’m fairly competent at everything I try and…
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    I Love Devotionals

  • When you’re struggling to believe you are valuable, read this

    Wendy van Eyck
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:29 am
     For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)Xylon and I spent a couple of hours wandering around the Museum of Modern Art in New York about 18 months ago. We couldn’t figure out how a couple of pieces of string attached from the floor to the wall could be worth millions. But they are. I can see how someone would pay a lot of money for a painting. Some paintings are really beautiful. Many paintings have the abilitity to lift the soul, take you back to a time in your life, and…
  • Why your life doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful

    Wendy van Eyck
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:47 am
    Heart-shattered lives ready for love    don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.Psalm 51:17 (MSG)I was walking our dog in the field below our house this morning. It has been raining for the last four days and there was a brief break in the rain so I grabbed a rain jacket and told Oliver to come and off we went. As we walked I noticed a pinky wild flower open to the sky. I leaned in to take a closer look and I thought, “What a pity it’s not perfect.”But it was beautiful so I pulled out my phone, and knelt down to take a pic. This intrigued our 8 month old…
  • Why you can make it through the darkest days of your life

    Wendy van Eyck
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    “This is what the Lord says: As I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will give them all the prosperity I have promised them. Once more fields will be bought in this land of which you say, ‘It is a desolate waste, without people or animals, for it has been given into the hands of the Babylonians. Fields will be bought for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, because I will restore…
  • How I learned not to worry about tomorrow

    Wendy van Eyck
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    There is a funny story about this post. I was sitting worrying about what to write on the blog tomorrow. I was thinking about how Xylon just arrived back from 2 weeks away, and how I wanted to spend time with him, and not write. Then I thought let me check my mail and I saw a mail from my friend Nelet with a guest post submission. Not any guest post submission but this one about not worrying about tomorrow. Felt like God was speaking write to me, saying, “See, you’re worth more than many sparrows. I will look after you. Here’s a devotional for tomorrow.” I hope it meets you right…
  • When you feel unloved by God, try this

    Wendy van Eyck
    12 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    I am my beloved’s,And his desire is for me.Song of Solomon 7:10 (NASB)It's been a long time since I've read a book that wasn't a memoir or a novel. Most non-fiction Christian books I read are full of lists of things to do or change about myself. I became tired of finishing a book and feeling like I need to pray more, read the bible a certain way, go to church or tell one stranger about Jesus every day. So I stopped reading them. This weekend I read a book by Brennan Manning called “The Furious Longing of God”. I only read the book because, well, it’s Brennan…
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  • Inside the Darkness

    Sandy Baggs
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    There is so much going on in the world and in America today. So much has happened in the last few weeks in addition to the last century. It’s mind boggling for most everyone, but really shouldn’t be for the Christian. Most Christians who are paying attention see the clear signs of the beginning of the End. And though we’ve heard that phrase repeatedly over the years, people thinking it couldn’t get any worse that it is “right now,” or was back then. Well, it’s still going to get worse, much worse, as we draw nearer to what Christians look forward to…
  • After 20 Years

    Charles Crutcher
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:31 am
    How do you measure the depth of love? By years? No, by the moments given to us. Some people love a lifetime inside only a couple years. It’s not how much time we have to love one another, it’s how deeply. Many things intersect the binds of marriage: vacations, births, happy surprises, and other happy memories. While this is what I call the “frosting” of the cake, then there is the deeper layers: arguments, fights, panic, late-night hospital runs, sick kids, and deaths in the family. Shannon and I have been through a lot. Most people may think we have a formula to…
  • The First Verse

    Steve Becker
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    I can tell you without a doubt that God speaks to all of us through His Word.  It is His voice.  We use prayer, He uses His Word. I can also tell you that God’s Word will point out where you are at in life by just opening it and studying. Lastly, anyone who studies the Bible and is close or very familiar with you can tell you what your current focus is, spiritually, based on one simple question. What is the first verse that comes to mind? It really is that simple.  What is the first verse that comes to your mind?  Don’t think about it, don’t consider and choose from many…
  • Lost in Transition

    Charles Crutcher
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    I have a friend going through a transition in his life. Being in between jobs can be a difficult place. He asked me to write about patience in the midst of change. I have been here a few times myself. In 2006, the place I worked at for ten years closed down. I thought I would retire at this place of employment, but the plant closed. Not only me, but 2,000 other people would walk away from the factory. When everyone leaves at the same time, it can be a bit daunting. Each of us were without a job. Strike one. I was young at the time (cough, I mean, younger). Some of those I worked with were…
  • Turning Grief Into Love

    Charles Crutcher
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:02 am
    Recently, a good friend of mine lost someone dear to them. They asked, “How do you deal with grief in the loss of a loved one?” I have experience with this one, unfortunately. But then so do many of us.  Did I ever tell you that my wife calls me Captain Obvious? It’s a fact: Each person alive will 100% die whether it is by a bullet, cancer, or old age. Atheist agree with this, and every other religion believes this.  We can’t outrun, cheat, or hide from our last moments here. What’s even more difficult is for those of us left is when we lose someone we love.
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  • Living An Irreproachable Life.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Is it possible to live without blame or fault? I wasn’t so sure myself. We live in a sin filled world, pull and tugs from here and there towards sin, towards evil. How can any one live to... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • When Your Spouse Changes.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    I have had to talk with some men or women who tell me that their spouses have changed suddenly. They are beginning to bring on some attitude that never existed, they are talking funny, making... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Holding Fast To Good.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    Sometimes thinking about all the craziness going on in the world we live in right now can make even the happiest person depressed. Especially one who looks away from the word to the world. I was in a... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • I’m Better Without My Spouse.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    “I do not need my spouse to survive or thrive.” “I am fine by myself.” “I have not had to argue with anyone since she left.” “I have been able to take care of myself since he has not been around.” I... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • I Must Have The Last Word.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    I had a very terrible experience a couple of weeks ago flying to Port Harcourt, a Nigerian State capital. We boarded the flight and I drifted off into a very peaceful sleep when midway into the... Please click on title to READ ALL.
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  • The Biggest Mistake Christians Make

    22 Jul 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Recently, I have been struggling with feeling very discouraged about all the trending topics in social media and the news. I see posts and comments […]
  • Stay Focused: A Perspective For Christians on Same Sex Marriage

    27 Jun 2015 | 1:39 pm
      sterlingpr / Foter / CC BY Dear Christians, While those of us who believe scripture as it is know what God has said about […]
  • Sin is like…

    4 May 2015 | 3:12 pm
    A quote about what sin does from Love Isn’t Selfish, the book (available on Amazon at (affiliate link)).
  • “Stop being afraid”

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Have you ever felt utterly hopeless as you look around you and see the enemy coming at you from every angle? What do you do when […]
  • A Sore Thumb

    3 Feb 2015 | 9:40 pm
      From another room, I recently heard our oldest ask his dad, “why are you looking down?” As his dad responded that he was looking […]
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    Blog - Live In The Round

  • The Gospel Project Wrap-Up

    13 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Ending our series on answering the question, "What is the Gospel?" is bittersweet. Even after studying different 'facets' of the Good News of our faith, we have barely scratched the surface! What was your favorite part of the series? Leave your comments below! Need to catch up on the series? You can do so here!This week, as we prepare for our next study (find out later this week!), we will share some tips on how LITR authors dig into the Word! Check our facebook page for further links to helpful articles and posts. Also, follow us on Twitter!If you haven't already subscribed to…
  • Focus on the Road

    Erin D
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Ephesians 2 :8-10, NASBFor by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.I have lived through some nasty Ohio winters. Snow and ice are the norm around here, and this can create challenging driving conditions.I have heard that, if you find yourself on a road that has become one long Slip ‘N Slide, you should keep your gaze fixed on where you want your car to go. Your…
  • Mercy

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I am often guilty of forgetting that God's mercy did not stop on my day of salvation. When I was asked recently how God has proven Himself to be rich in mercy in my life, I struggled to come up with examples other than my personal salvation story.So I asked friends to help. Here are a few ways they shared that God is continuing to shower mercy upon them.“I am a selfish and critical person, and yet many times when I have sinned against people close to me, I've been shown grace in response. The ways I've failed as a wife and a parent, whenever I see God's hand in redeeming those failures,…
  • How to Identify Sin

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I tend to be a rule follower. In many ways, I identify more with the elder brother than the prodigal son (Luke 15: 11-32). Because of that, it used to be easy for me to feel like I was a pretty good person. Sometimes, I could go weeks without really noticing any sin. Then, some obvious sin would surface, and I would feel like a failure. I would confess to God repeatedly, devise ways to keep myself from ever messing up again, and internally beat myself up until enough time passed that I forgot the guilt. Thankfully, God has been changing my perspective on the depth of my sin and my response to…
  • Hallelujah

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Happy Friday!What an amazing week! Let's recap!We looked at the promise that through Christ, we are dead to sin, but alive in Him! Hallelujah!Although sin still surrounds the believer, we know that Jesus is better!Hallelujah!We wrestled with the law that condemns, but Jesus gives freedom through His grace!Hallelujah!To wrap up this amazing week, let's spend the day together reading throughRomans 6 : 1-14.Romans 6 : 1 - 141 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who…
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  • The Porch Swing

    Michael Thompson
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    The Celts called them “thin spaces”…natural settings that intersect spiritual openings and create eternal moments. In the fast-paced frenzy of life as we know it, such moments seem fewer and farther between than ever before. The frenetic energy of everyday living and the white noise of technology’s incessant intrusion routinely drown out the voices of those we most long to hear. For me, it is essential–perhaps life-saving–to seek out these thin spaces. They are my touch points where time and eternity meet. These are the junctures where heritage is…
  • What Do I See?

    Michael Thompson
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:51 am
    She was well-known to men. Hated by their wives. Easy on the eyes and available for a price. To say the least, her reputation had preceded her and it was not pretty. It had been so long since she had been treated with respect she had forgotten what it felt like. Being embraced in love was such a distant memory she wasn’t sure love still existed. A commodity. A currency. A delicacy. An object. Used to being used. Far too familiar with familiarity. Her life was a series of one-night-stands that in the end were always one-more-stain. That’s what made her action both crazy and…
  • Do I Really Have A Voice?

    Michael Thompson
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    Righteous indignation. That is what many of my Christian friends call their reaction to the Supreme Court decision concerning same-sex marriage. Heated debates are popping up in both traditional and social media forcing people to opposite sides in rancorous arguments about civil liberties, legal rights and traditional values. Seems just about everyone is wading into the fray. Unfortunately, I see more indignation than righteousness in so much of this war of words. I am more saddened by the debate than by the decision. Full disclosure: I hold a traditional view of marriage. I believe it is an…
  • This Father’s Heart

    Michael Thompson
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    It burst out of him spontaneously. He literally couldn’t help himself. When our oldest grandson, Gabe, was little and something really good happened to him, he would look up with an ecstatic smile and squeal, “Happy birthday to me!” It made no difference that it wasn’t even close to his birthday, he could think of no better way to celebrate good stuff than to have a personal birthday party. My three children are grown with families of their own. They have gifted me with the three loves of their lives and seven joys straight from heaven who call me PawPaw.
  • That’s My Dad

    Michael Thompson
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    My Dad died two months ago. I was privileged to speak at his memorial. With Father’s day around the corner, I thought I’d share some excerpts from that eulogy to honor his memory…. If you knew my Dad or ever sat under his ministry, you most likely know the words: “The Cedars of Lebanon.” It was the title of His signature sermon. His description of these massive, mighty trees and the way they were used to build the Temple of God and the nation of Israel was earthy and visceral. It always called me toward greatness and challenged me toward excellence. Based…
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  • Why was Jesus Crucified?

    Joshua M. Spaulding
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am
    There are two answers to the question, “Why was Jesus crucified?” One addresses the question on a secular (non-religious) level (why did the Pharisees have Jesus killed)? The other addresses the question on a spiritual level (why did God allow Jesus to be killed)? We must go to God’s Word, the Bible, to answer these questions. First we will answer the question of why the Pharisees and Sadducees (the religious leaders of that time) delivered Jesus up to the Roman authorities to have Him killed. The answer is because Jesus claimed to be the Messiah, the Son of God (Matthew…
  • What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

    Joshua M. Spaulding
    24 May 2015 | 7:08 pm
    You may have heard someone refer to the “gospel.” Maybe you heard about the Gospels of Matthew, Mark Luke and John. The Lord Jesus also preached the gospel in Mark 1:14-15: “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” So, what is the gospel? The word “gospel” means “the good news.” In short, the good news is that Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, willingly gave Himself and died on…
  • What does “Judge not that ye be not judged” mean?

    Joshua M. Spaulding
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    One of the most popular verses in Scripture is Matthew 7:1 – “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” It is commonly referred to when the sin of an individual or group is condemned. But what exactly are we being told not to judge here? Does this mean that we should not condemn sin? Should we just ignore sin, or are we correct in calling sin, sin? To answer this question we must go to God’s Word (the Bible). In John 7 the Lord Jesus has one of many run-ins with Jews who are critical of His ministry. In this instance they question His authority and rebuke Him for healing on…
  • Do Animals go to Heaven? Will there be Animals in Heaven?

    Joshua M. Spaulding
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Do pets go to Heaven? To answer this question we must go to God’s Word, the Bible. The Bible does not specifically say whether animals cease to exist at death or if they carry on as eternal beings. With some questions that are not specifically answered in the Bible, like children going to Heaven, we can draw conclusions based on the nature of God when we have passages that support such conclusion. But even then, we should never be dogmatic, or definitive on anything if it is not 100% clear. What does the Bible say about pets in Heaven? The Hebrew word that is normally translated to…
  • Do Children go to Heaven?

    Joshua M. Spaulding
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    Many people ask the question “do children go to Heaven when they die?” To answer this we must ask another question “What does the Bible say about children going to Heaven?” When we do this we do not find a direct answer, which means we should not be dogmatic about it. However, we do find some truths in the Bible that seem to support the idea of an “age of accountability” and “age of innocence.” The “age of accountability” is the age at which a young person is mentally able to truly understand the Gospel. (When he knows that: that he…
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    Love God Love People - Blog

  • Laying Down

    14 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    My body flinched in reaction to the electronic sounds next to my ear. Slowly my muscles relaxed as my mind “caught up” to my body in realization that it was the morning alarm. My alarm is set to the sound of church bells…awhile ago I had thought that if I set my alarm to a joyful sound, it would be easier to roll out of bed in the morning. Normally it worked. I would sleepily roll to the edge of my bed, and before my feet touched the floor, I would focus my mind on something I was thankful for. That’s how the day would start…with thanksgiving. Except for this morning. This morning I…
  • Walking in the Recesses of the Deep

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    As I blinked quickly, I strained my eyes to try and see out into the night. My eyes only saw the white lines of the waves, as my ears picked up the whooshhhhhh, whooshhhhhh of the ocean crashing against the beachhead. I shivered even amidst the strong gusts of warm Caribbean air as I leaned against the upstairs portico of the house, viewing the night storm. I had come here to pray, my evening ritual of touching base with God once more before I closed my eyes for the night. Yet this encounter…it took the words right out of my mouth. I stood there silent, awestruck by the power and…
  • ISIS vs. Restraining Grace

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:37 pm
    I sat and looked at my screen today as I read a message from a friend serving in the north of Iraq… “We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically.” My eyes scanned the words again, and I blinked harder thinking that if I just cleared my sightline, the message would be different. But it wasn’t. It was there in black and white. As the minutes passed, and I sat in stillness, I desperately wanted to push my heart out of my chest. The ache was so heavy, and all I could do was push away from my desk and drop to my knees. As my…
  • With God, There Is No Plan B

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    The smile that passed over my face that evening, and the joy that seared through my heart like a flaming sword, was so surprising and yet infinitely welcome. As I sat on the couch curled up in a fleece blanket, sipping a glass of merlot, I listened to sermon after sermon about what it meant to be the “beloved.” And like the wine, I savored the message that I heard. Often as a little girl, I had been told that as believers we were the "Lord’s beloved," but that night I realized that I hadn’t even begun to scrape the surface of what that really truly meant.  I was transfixed.
  • When Waiters Wait, and Flavors Flood In

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    The waiter was waiting, staring me down as I hurriedly scanned the menu again and again. I was on a cleanse called the Whole30, in honor of someone I loved who was just diagnosed with diabetes. The cleanse was going well, until I would go out to restaurants. Then it got tough, and the restrictions against yummy things like grains, dairy, sugar, and alcohol became roadblocks to dining. And here I was sitting at a restaurant, giddy to be spending time with close friends, but staring warily at the menu. I had thought that if my friends ordered first, it would buy me more time, but they were so…
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    Griffin Paul Jackson

  • There are cedars where I’m going

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    On the other side of the sea, clasped tight between ancient mountains and a battered blue coast, perches a small country with a brilliant and blemished past and, with a little help and a little hope, a great future. For many over the age of 30, Lebanon summons grainy televised imagery of car bombs and the ruins of Beirut. The country’s civil war (1975-1990) was as calamitous as it was brutal, especially when one considers that, when it broke out, Lebanon, and especially Beirut, was a highly-developed, eminently intellectual, objectively beautiful place. War turned a bright haven of a…
  • Where the moons are ever waning

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    When the New Horizons spacecraft left our little lonely rock on January 19, 2006, iPhones hadn’t been invented yet. Gas prices were under $2.50 and Hummer sales had yet to peak. Facebook laid claim to a meager five million users and the most popular songs on the radio were by the likes of Fall Out Boy, Mary J. Blige, and D4L. You still used AOL instant messenger, and the Patriots were reigning Super Bowl champs, so I guess some things never change. Those were the good old days when Pluto, that distant frozen boulder and the object of our astronomical affections, was, in fact, still a…
  • Better than words

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Much braying about the moral health of the country has gone firing across the social corral in the last week. From all sides fly cries of victory and defeat, right and wrong, absolutes bellowed with such finality it is a wonder the federal dawn of legal same-sex marriage did not bring with it the apocalypse. In too many places the sentiment suggests that the so-called culture war between traditional Christendom and homosexual matrimony is a zero-sum game, that the two cannot coexist in the same country. In reality, however, there are very few zero-sum games. And because neighborly love and…
  • The NFL has a message for Jackie Robinson West

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    12 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Why is it that when the National Football League concludes that the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs to a level more to their quarterback’s liking in the AFC Championship Game, the team is fined a million dollars, two draft picks, and Tom Brady gets a four-game suspension, but when a little league team from Chicago is found to have included players from outside of their district, they get their national title revoked? The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl, and they will keep their rings. Jackie Robinson West lost in the World Championship, and ended up having…
  • A religion for heroes

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    11 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    A problem with Christianity — and shared by most great religions — is its perfection. The holiness of the call, the excellence of the commands, make it literally impossible to adhere. The standard of religion makes its only true adherent God himself; the rest of us are jesters and foolish observers, if we are not altogether critics. And so it is with Christianity, which literally demands perfection. Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. And Be holy, because I am holy. And, more specifically, think of your neighbor before yourself, be fearless, walk humbly,…
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    Faith Travel Focus

  • Italy’s Orvieto is a Don’t-Miss

    Ruth Hill
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    One of Italy's most stunning cathedrals is about 90 minutes out of Rome in the hill town of Orvieto. The post Italy’s Orvieto is a Don’t-Miss appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Museums In Israel Open Virtual Doors

    Ruth Hill
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:09 am
    The new Museums In Israel online portal provides a gateway to a treasure trove of heritage and knowledge residing in Israel's array of museums. The post Museums In Israel Open Virtual Doors appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • U.S. Students Visit Israel for Faith and Culture Building

    Ruth Hill
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    Thanks to the new Covenant Journey program, hundreds of Christian student leaders from American colleges and universities are visiting Israel this summer. The post U.S. Students Visit Israel for Faith and Culture Building appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • The Whitmans – Faith and Tragedy that Changed the U.S. West

    Ruth Hill
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:24 am
    The Whitmans and Spaldings left home in 1836 to begin their missionary work of converting Indians to Christianity in the Oregon Territory. The post The Whitmans – Faith and Tragedy that Changed the U.S. West appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Philadelphia to Welcome 8th World Meeting of Families 2015

    Ruth Hill
    27 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    The World Meeting of Families is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families. The 2015 event is the first to be held in the United States. The post Philadelphia to Welcome 8th World Meeting of Families 2015 appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
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    Your Bible Quotes

  • Resisting God’s Call – What Happens When We Quit

    Sonya Richards
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem.  Acts 13:13 Acts Chapter 13 tells the story of Paul’s first missionary journey to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.  With him are Barnabas, formerly known as Joses, and John Mark, Barnabas’ cousin and their assistant on this journey.  Their first stop was on the island of Cyrus where they eventually made their way to Paphos.  As Paul and Barnabas made their way to their next port of call, for some reason John Mark resisted God’s call and did not continue The post…
  • The Holy Spirit is the Power From on High

    Sonya Richards
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Many Christians walk around, proclaiming Christ, yet never go any deeper than Sunday morning sermons.  I see and know my relationship with God as it is now – deep, personal, satisfying, and freeing, more wonderful than anything I have ever known. But this relationship is newly formed with regards to the length of my life up until now.  It began more than 10 years ago, but in comparison to my more than 50 years on Earth, it is a short-term relationship as of now – the experience of Power from on high.  Jesus is our perfect foundation, but there is The post The Holy Spirit is the Power…
  • Prayer Changes Things Through the Power of God

    Sonya Richards
    12 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    Prayer changes things, not least of all, our hearts.  The word “pray” appears in the Bible more than 300 times.  I think God is trying to tell us something; don’t you?  If God knows everything that will ever happen, why should we pray?  First of all, the Lord has commanded us repeatedly to pray and the Bible promises results.  This is really the only reason for doing anything.  God commands it; we should do it in obedience to Him.  We should be committed and submitted to His Words. The Basis of Prayer But prayer and reading the Bible are the The post Prayer Changes Things Through…
  • Forgive your Enemies

    Sonya Richards
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord; I will repay.  Romans 12:19 Often times, maybe even most of the time, when someone has done us wrong, we want to get even, make sure that the person who did this will be punished, and make sure we get our licks in.  This goes against everything that God commands you, the Bible truth which says to love, treat kindly, and forgive your enemies.  You can find the strength and humility needed to bring this to fruition in God’s Word, the only source for Biblical wisdom. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love The post Forgive your Enemies appeared first…
  • Submitted, Sanctified, and Committed to Christ

    Sonya Richards
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Consider these Bible truths to learn not only what God would have us do but also how to get victory over our flesh while gaining Biblical wisdom. The Bible calls us to be committed to Christ. Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  Matthew 16:24-25 (ESV) The Bible calls us to be submitted to Christ. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no The post Submitted, Sanctified, and Committed to Christ appeared…
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • Weight Loss is hopeless?

    Austin Andrews
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Last night, I read the most disturbing article I have ever read on Weight Loss. I am used to stats that are against people being successful, and I am also used to seeing transformation shots of people that my eyes can barely believe because of their success. I am exposed to it all… or so I thought. But no. Last night, I read an article that blew my head gasket. Maybe this is normal, maybe these kinds of things are written often; but if they are, I have never seen them. The article basically said: “If you are trying to lose weight, we have proof you’re doomed.” Here is an excerpt…
  • Spartan Race: Believing You Can

    Julie Wilson
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:58 pm
    I told you in another post that I learned many things from my first Spartan Race. I have to say the most valuable thing is that I am capable of even more than I thought. Along with this, I want to say that what you are capable of has more to do with your mind, than your physical capabilities. A Positive Mind Set My strategy throughout the Spartan Race, obstacles and miles was to tell myself that I could do it.  Sounds simple,right? A lie, maybe? I had to have faith in knowing that I could do it, if I really wanted it. Could I climb an 8 foot wall by myself? No, but I had my team behind me.
  • Casting Giveaway Biggest Loser 17- This is YOUR CHANCE!

    Austin Andrews
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:36 pm
    For information about the Open Casting Calls scroll down, otherwise good luck in the Giveaway! Biggest Loser Casting Pass Giveaway   a Rafflecopter giveaway   The Biggest Loser Casting Team is coming to a CITY NEAR YOU! Your chance to be on Season 17 of the Biggest Loser is HERE!  Lucky for you, my dad and I have 10 FRONT OF THE LINE PASSES to give away! This means that at ANY of the Open Casting Calls (details listed below) YOU can skip the lines! If you win, you will get an email from someone on the RFM staff asking for a little more information (including which casting call you…
  • Refocused: Eyes on Jesus

    Julie Wilson
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    It’s been so long since I have been able to sit down and write.  It’s the first day of June, but also my first day of summer break from teaching.  A lot has happened since I have been able to write. I have competed in my first Spartan Race, walked a 5k race with my husband, and also ran a 12k Xtreme Trail Run. I will be spending time writing about things I learned at those events, but today I wanted to focus on what I haven’t been doing. On My Own I haven’t been focused on keeping my eyes on Jesus. When this happens, I fall in many areas. I have been in a really bad cycle of poor…
  • Eating At the Buffet and Family Style Meals!

    Austin Andrews
    29 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    A Woman in our Free Health Support Group on Facebook posted: I am stressing about the food tomorrow! Texas, y’all, we are talking b-b-q, brisket, potato salad, baked beans, sausage, and I’m pretty sure not a green veggie in sight. And I don’t even want to think about the desserts!!! Temptation will be all up in my face. Any strategies??? Eat before the event: Do not walk in STARVING! If you are anything like me, walking into a buffet/family style meal hungry is like standing next to your own Old West Wanted Poster with the sheriff walking by. It’s going to get you in…
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    United Faith Church

  • Where can I go from Your Spirit?

    Kris Burke
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Psalm 139:7-10 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Church, Its hard to contemplate just how endless creation truly is. We are but a small grain of sand in comparison with all that The Father created and called to be. Yet as small as we may be in comparison, there is nothing more precious to God than His children. He has…
  • Sing Under His Wings

    Kris Burke
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Psalm 63:7-8 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. Church, Have you ever met someone who felt like the weight of the world was on their shoulders? For many of us, we might have been that person. Someone who is bogged down by the worries and troubles that this life offers us every day. Many people spend their entire lives in that state and we know what a toll that can be on our souls. Our Father in Heaven offers something different for His children. We do not bend to the world because His right hand upholds us. We are not held…
  • The Good News

    Kris Burke
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:34 am
    2 Peter 1:4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. United Faith Church, So often in church you will hear people talk about the, “Good News”. The good news of Jesus dying on the cross and raising from the grave. It is good news but how does it affect us? It gives us the power to live a completely transformed life and be free from the sin of the world. Jesus Christ on the cross gave us a chance to participate in His divine nature. We…
  • Where to put our trust

    Kris Burke
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    Psalm 20:7-8 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. Church, Every person puts their “trust” in something. Some put their trust in their jobs and paychecks, trusting that the money will continue to come every week. Some trust in the strength of their own hands, that whatever happens they will be able to fix it with their own strength. Others trust in people, they rely on their family or friends. The truth is that everything in this world can fail us. You could…
  • The Path of the Righteous

    Kris Burke
    6 Jun 2015 | 8:46 am
    Proverbs 2:20-21- “Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land and the blameless will remain in it;” United Faith Church, The world that we live in has many paths that you can choose to walk. We are constantly faced with decisions on which path to choose and which turn to take. As many different paths that are to take, there is only 1 path that God has called you to. There is only one “Good” path, the path that keeps you in righteousness and saves you from the ways of the world. So many seek their own path…
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    brian niece | sacramental living

  • A Prayer for Those of Us Who Struggle with Pride

    Brian Niece
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    A Prayer for Those of Us Who Struggle with Pride For those of us who endeavor to follow Jesus, pride is sin. If you are like me and struggle with pride, I offer this prayer. Father, I have spoken of things beyond my understanding, things too wonderful for me to know. I have acted, not from love of you, but from fear for my own self preservation. Bending to your will is so hard for me. Forgive me. Jesus, I have not allowed your perfect love to rid me of fear. A sense of superiority leeches onto me, suffocating your peace. The dark shadow of “me” has battered against the brilliance…
  • What Do I Believe About Holy Scripture, Jesus, and Myself?

    Brian Niece
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    What Do I Believe About Holy Scripture, Jesus, and Myself? This is somewhat of a clarification and mea culpa for my previous post, which can be found here. Scripture is inspired by God Paul, in his second letter to Timothy, nicely sums up what I believe about the Bible: “Remember that from early childhood you have been familiar with the sacred writings which have power to make you wise and lead you to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All inspired scripture has its use for teaching the truth and refuting error, for reformation of manners and discipline in right living, so that…
  • Why Holy Scripture Is NOT My Final Authority

    Brian Niece
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    Why Holy Scripture Is NOT My Final Authority I love God’s Story, Scripture, the Bible. I do believe that this text holds divinely inspired words. I’ve devoted the majority of my adult years to the study and interpretation of this text (and will continue to do so). But God’s Story is not my final authority; rather God’s self is. Allow me to detail why the Bible should not be the final authority for any one, any church, any community that seeks to follow Jesus Christ. The Unhelpful Age of Reason Not until we entered the age of Enlightenment in human history, did the church begin to…
  • Choosing Kindness Over Proving I’m Right

    Brian Niece
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Choosing Kindness Over Proving I’m Right I like to be right. Confidence in my knowledge and skills comes naturally (perhaps, too easily). Being kind on the other hand … Yeah, I’m not good at choosing kindness.  It took a piece of children’s fiction to show me that. via // The Power of Fiction My wife and I have been taking turns reading a book out loud with our children: Wonder by R. J. Palacio. We are only about a third of the way through the book, but I’ve already decided that for a first effort of published fiction by Palacio, it might…
  • Big Question :: Is God In Control?

    Brian Niece
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:57 am
    Big Question :: Is God In Control? BIG QUESTIONS are 2-minute video talks on life, God, faith, theology, discipleship, and walking with Jesus. 2-minute Video Talk Big Question #2 :: Is God In Control? from Brian Niece on Vimeo. Big Question :: Was Christ’s Passion Providence or Choice? Not About People :: A Brief Theology of Worship “Who Is God?” :: 6 Ways to Answer the Question A Story of Hope The post Big Question :: Is God In Control? appeared first on Sacramental Living - : worship/read/think/pray/listen/serve/live.
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  • VIDEO: Priest Talks About Forced Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

    16 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am Father Santiago Martin, Madrid, Spain, is the founder of The Franciscans of Mary which is present in nineteen countries, including Spain, the US, Canada, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Poland, Holland and Italy, and Asia.  In the homily… Read more → The post VIDEO: Priest Talks About Forced Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • VIDEO: False Prophet "pope" Francis and Environment Agenda

    9 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am False Prophet "pope" Francis is discussed on the Alex Jones show in a clip titled "Is pope Francis the False Prophet?" which aired on June 29, 2015. Following his Encyclical on the environment (the first ever in Church history to… Read more → The post VIDEO: False Prophet "pope" Francis and Environment Agenda appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Pope Francis, The Rotary Club, Masonic Signs & Wonders

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:14 am July 7, 2015 PAGE TOPICS Papal Decree Banning Clergy from Rotary Club Membership Pope Francis, Rotary Club Member Since 1999 Catholicism and Rotary – An Open Question The Masons and Pope Francis The Catholic Church's Position on Freemasonry PAPAL DECREE… Read more → The post Pope Francis, The Rotary Club, Masonic Signs & Wonders appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • VIDEO: Ave Maris Stella ~ Hail Star of the Sea

    28 Jun 2015 | 1:33 am “As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary.” Saint Thomas Aquinas In honor of the Mother of the Crucified Christ, here is a video reflection on 'Star of… Read more → The post VIDEO: Ave Maris Stella ~ Hail Star of the Sea appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • VIDEO: The Hail Mary and Spiritual Warfare

    19 Jun 2015 | 1:55 am AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen. Words from Saints about the The Virgin Mary and… Read more → The post VIDEO: The Hail Mary and Spiritual Warfare appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
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    Purposeful Faith

  • You Are Welcome Here

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Post by: Katie M. Reid Have you ever tried on a dress that was just not your style—ill-fitted for the shape God gave you? I have been “blessed” with a pear shape figure, smaller on top and curvy on bottom; literally. Straight, fitted dresses are a death sentence for my body type. I need extra material down south to cover the bulk. Last week I tried to wear a style that was not flattering on me. No, it wasn’t a dress style, it was a writing style. I tried to pull on a style that looked good on others, but it was not a good fit for who God has made me to be.
  • Breaking Under Pressure

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:27 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Like a teenager under the overwhelming weight of pressure – I did not choose the right road. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. Gal. 5:19-20 I let my internal pursuit for feelings of acceptance compel my feet right to the place of wanting more for myself. I wanted to get from God rather than enjoy him. His blessings, rather than his presence. Big confirmations, rather than…
  • Dreaming of Being Used By God

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:57 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Here I am Lord. Will you use me? I am trying Lord. Will you help me? I am hoping Lord. Will you come through for me? I am dreaming Lord. Will you send me? It is easy to look at our dreams and think they are the answer to our joy. It is easy to look at another and think they have all we dreamed of – and more. It is easy to face our rejections and to let them destroy us. In many ways, we have set up our structures of hope and we have decided how they should be built. We know who needs to be involved, how we will put them together, what will make up the parts to…
  • When the Recognition Doesn’t Come

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:22 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Blog Post by Abby McDonald I waited a week for acknowledgement that the gift was received. A book I carefully picked out for this season of his life when he was groping for meaning and purpose. I opted for the express shipping so it would be there in time for his birthday. My anticipation of his reaction mounted. But the gratitude never came. There was no text, no thank you. I went online to make sure the package was delivered and saw it had. It was as though the attempt to reach out never happened. Self-defeat and pity consumed me. Why did I bother? Why did I make an effort…
  • Slammed With A Shot of Pain

    22 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Mommy, I am going to play doctor. This came as no surprise to me as we had just returned from the doctor’s office, but what came next totally hit me. “Sit.” Mikey said in a high pitched doctor voice, “Here little honey, here’s a sticker for you, sweet thing. Choose out which one you like. I hope you like it. Now, I am going to stick you with this shot.” Mikey slams the shot straight down into my leg. Ouch! He hit the nail on the head (or the shot on the target) with this one. This is exactly what that doctor did, and sometimes, how I…
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    Articles | NewSpring Church

  • Your Anxiety Doesn’t Have To Control You
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    It was a night like too many I’d had before. I was trying to sleep, but my thoughts were spiraling out of control. My anxiety was getting the better of me — again. I had a huge decision to make. What started out as a simple “What if…” had my mind dreaming up worst case scenarios for either choice. 2 Corinthians 10:5 came to mind, and I got mad: “...We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” I found myself yelling back at God, “I know you say take my thoughts captive, but if I knew how to do that, I wouldn’t have anxiety…
  • Not All Christians Are Created Equal
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The cell was rank with the acrid stench of urine; a searing spear of blinding torment pierced both temples. Bile rocketed up his throat as he swallowed hard to force it down. A single tear escaped the corner of his eye; he swiftly wiped it into his hairline. Head down, facing the concrete floor, he silently mouthed, "God, I need you....if you are real, please help me....please save me...." _____________ She bit the side of her cheek as she thought through what she should do. The goldfish in her belly plunged and soared as an audience went wild in the splash zone. She hadn't expected to…
  • The Free and the Brave
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A recap of Teaching Pastor Clayton King’s sermon, “The Free and the Brave,” in 140 characters or less.​ Don't just say what you'd die for; show what you're living for. #MericaSeries Every opportunity begins as an obstacle. #MericaSeries Learn from the lesson; don't fixate on the failure. #MericaSeries Opportunity brings responsibility, vulnerability, and opposition. #MericaSeries God is so good He can use bad things for good purposes. #MericaSeries If we want to grow, we must prepare to face opposition. #MericaSeries It doesn’t take courage…
  • Can You Be A Christian And Have A Political Opinion?
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    It makes some people nervous that I am a pastor and I have a political opinion (a pretty strong one if you want to know the truth.)  I’ve heard the argument that Christians are too political, and that if you are a Christian then you should not express your political opinion.  If you claim to be a Christian then you are also claiming to be a follower of Jesus Christ.  Being a Christian is about way more than getting our “get out of hell free” card. It’s about meeting Jesus then walking with Him every single day, learning more and more about who He is,…
  • Single and Ready To Mingle?
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Single people believe two great lies regarding God's timing in marrying them off: 1. I'll never get married until I fix everything that's wrong with me. 2. Getting married will fix everything that's wrong with me. While the first lie is obvious (just think of all the married people you know who still have major life struggles), the second one presents a greater danger. Complacency tempts us to reinforce selfish single behavior, especially as the years stretch on. If we don't make some effort to be intentional in how we spend these days, we risk wasting time that God…
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    Stories | NewSpring Church

  • How I Found Healing From A Spring Break Gone Wrong
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Brandy Braxton was raped on a spring break trip to Panama City, Fla. The trauma crushed her until she discovered the hope of Jesus at NewSpring.  Watch her story.i
  • The Couple Who Found God’s Best Second Time Around
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Mike and Phyllis Cattafi had reason to be cautious when they began dating. The scars were deep from their divorces, and they were afraid to trust. Each had spent more than a year alone before they were ready to even consider a new relationship. Phyllis, 51, had been married for 27 years to a man who for most of that time was an addict and physically and mentally abusive. Phyllis had met Jesus about 10 years into the marriage. She believed marriage had to be a lifelong, unbreakable commitment and she had faith God would change his heart and heal the marriage. But when his violent outbursts…
  • The Newlyweds Who Weren’t Ready For A Crisis
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Chip and Elizabeth Bordeaux had been married for little more than a year when a full-time position opened up for Chip at an auto manufacturer in the Upstate. It was the opportunity that Chip had been working toward since they tied the knot. Everything, it seemed, was falling into place: A job with great pay and benefits that opened up great prospects for career advancement. Both of them were so excited, it didn't matter that the job was third shift. They were young. They didn't have children. "This isn’t forever," Elizabeth remembers thinking. "We can bite the bullet and do…
  • The Match That Wasn’t Made In Heaven
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Wil Martin met his fiancée at Chick-Fil-A while they were both in high school. He was one of the cooks. She worked the register. Between her dry sense of humor and his sarcasm, the two found it easy to pass the time in conversation when they were on the same shift together. "She was just a really good girl," Wil says. "We had an attraction to each other." That summer, at separate events, both asked Jesus into their lives. And their three months of casual dating graduated to "serious" quickly - including a commitment to honor God with sexual purity. A lot of times, I think how bad…
  • Behind The Music Was A Cry For Help
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The music was a prayer before it became a song. First, Tilman Acker had to come face-to-face with his brokenness. At a New Year’s party with friends, his guard down after a night of drinking, he gave in to sexual sin. The decision cost him his job as a worship leader at NewSpring Church. The only way forward was to put his eyes on Jesus, Tilman says. "Eyes on You'' was basically my prayer, pretty much, for myself. The lyric of "Eyes on You,” a song he’d started writing months before and never finished, suddenly became the cry of his heart. Tilman…
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    Benjamin Ehinger's Blog

  • Is the Grace of God Really Free?

    Benjamin Ehinger
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    The Christian community teaches that the Grace of God is given freely to those that accept Jesus Christ with their heart, mind and words. My question to you is, do you believe this is a free gift? Many Christians will tell you it’s free, but when we really look at what it means to accept Jesus Christ, is the gift really free? Why do Christians Believe Grace from God is Free? The obvious answer to why Christians believe Grace from God is free comes in the bible. Here are a few verses that talk about this free gift. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal…
  • Finding the Truth For Yourself – Be Careful Who’s Words You Trust

    Benjamin Ehinger
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:36 pm
    This was posted by a Lutheran Pastor (Jerry O’Neal) on Facebook and I had no intention of doing a blog posts about the recent Supreme Court ruling, but here it is: “I’ve done a lot of thinking about same-sex marriage over the past few days. As an ELCA pastor, I feel it is my responsibility to minister to people on all sides of this issue, and as a result, I have been reticent to share my viewpoint. That ends now. I believe the Supreme Court got it right on same-sex marriage. I believe that my LGBT friends and colleagues have been denied rights which the Constitution guarantees…
  • Know the Truth Before it’s Too Late!

    Benjamin Ehinger
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:27 pm
    I am not writing this post to convince you to be Christian. If that is the outcome, Praise the Lord! However, this post is more for those that call themselves Christian, but still don’t know what they really stand for when they say, “I am Christian.” You see, Christianity is no longer as black and white as it should be. It should be simply, you believe in Jesus Christ with your whole heart, whole soul, whole body and whole mind. However, as we humans always do, we have about a million different Christian belief systems and none of them are fully right or fully wrong. This…
  • What is Satan’s Ultimate Plan?

    Benjamin Ehinger
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Satan has a specific plan with this world and he works his plan through the many demons he has captured over the years. His plan is to destroy every soul possible and he will do it through you, through me, through anybody, even an innocent little child, if the opportunity presents itself. Heck, if there’s not opportunity available, he might just try to create one on his own. Sadly, many of the people in the United States willing to label themselves as Christians don’t even believe Satan exists. Here’s a blog post from Matt Walsh that explains quite a bit about this epidemic…
  • It’s never too late, but why wait?

    Benjamin Ehinger
    24 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    We say it all the time….”it’s never too late.” Usually, this phrase is used when talking to or about somebody that is suffering from the “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve syndrome.” The truth is, it really is never too late, but why procrastinate any longer? I remember when I was floating through life in a fog and had no idea that I could experience so much more fulfillment from Christ than I would ever find in sex, drugs, alcohol or social interaction. It’s amazing how much knowledge we gain when we look back. It wasn’t too late…
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    Church Community Builder

  • 4 Questions to Help Executive Pastors Plan and Prepare for Fall

    Steve Caton
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Here’s a crazy reality which is now top-of-mind for every church leader: We are only a couple of weeks away from back to school. This means the hustle and bustle of fall growth season at our churches is going to be back in full swing — already! As an executive pastor, the time is now to make sure your church is ready to capitalize on the busy season and finding a new way to generate momentum for your ministry. Many families either get in the swing of making corporate worship and small groups a part of their routine for the school year or they don’t. I’m sure you want to do all you…
  • 5 Followup Processes Every Church Needs to Define

    Steve Caton
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    When church leaders talk about ‘followup’, we’re primarily referring to first-time guests. And most every church has a process for engaging people who visit their church for the first time. But that’s only one set of people in the church who need to be connected. A few months ago, we had the chance to sit down with Mark Waltz to discuss how churches can leave a lasting impression. Today, I wanted to revisit some of the followup processes Mark highlighted during the webinar and share a few additional process steps I believe it’s important for church leaders to consider and define.
  • Say goodbye to the summer giving slump

    Steve Caton
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Many churches may be feeling all too familiar with the ‘summer giving slump’, the time of year when people vacation and giving often goes down as a result. What can you do to reverse the trend in your church? You can pray about it and hope for the best, or you can pray about it and develop a plan to overcome it. If you’re interested in the second approach, here are some practical ideas for cultivating more consistent generosity during the ‘dog days’. Five easy steps to overcoming the summer giving slump Capture email addresses — today. Make sure they’re up to date. Many of…
  • Planned Maintenance Wednesday, July 22 10pm (MDT)

    Church Community Builder
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    On Wednesday, July 22 at 10:00pm MDT, we will be upgrading core firewall firmware. The firmware upgrade includes regular security updates and stability improvements that should have no noticeable impact. We anticipate no downtime lasting longer than 15 seconds, but please be aware that users who are signed in to the Church Community Builder software during the maintenance may be required to sign back in before proceeding. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve your experience, and we thank you for allowing us to serve you! The Church Community Builder Team Be sure to follow…
  • Re-thinking the approach to discipleship

    Steve Caton
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Being resistant to change is a mentality we must avoid at all costs as church leaders. Remember when we started accepting that guitars were going to be in church? That ties were no longer uniform? That Sunday School may indeed be more effective on a Tuesday evening in a home rather than Sunday morning in a classroom? A few weeks ago, Ryan Stigile wrote an excellent post over on Tony Morgan Live about the future of discipleship in the church. Just as the means by which people are reached has changed in the past, it will no doubt continue to. Ryan pointed out that small groups may morph into…
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    A God-man in Christ

  • We need to See the Vision of the Age and be Joined to the Ministry of the Age

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:07 am
    In order for us today to enter into a new revival, we need to arrive at the highest peak of the divine revelation, the vision of the age, through the ministry of the age. In every age there is only one ministry of the age with the vision of the age. There are many ministers, but there is only one ministry. The Bible shows us many cases of people who loved God and served Him but did not join themselves to the minister of the age with the ministry of the age. In the Old Testament we see that Noah had the ministry of the age: he received the vision of the age from God, and he labored with his…
  • Our Aspiration to be Revived is fulfilled only by Christ as the Life-Giving Spirit

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:08 am
    For the next few weeks we will be getting into the matter of the need for a new revival. We need to be poor in spirit before the Lord, pure in heart toward Him, and have a turned heart to the Lord so that we may see the vision of the new revival, have the living of a new revival, and practice the new revival in our daily living. There are three main aspects of the new revival: reaching the highest peak of the divine revelation, living the life of a God-man, and shepherding according to God. As believers in Christ we have eternity in our heart (Eccl. 3:11), and God fills the God-shaped vacuum…
  • The Need for a Thorough Recovery of the Priesthood for God’s Building through us

    25 Jul 2015 | 4:35 pm
    As believers in Christ we are members of the Body of Christ, and we have the privilege and responsibility to be one with Christ, the Head of the Body to build up the church as the Body of Christ. The Lord today is building up His church by building Himself into us, His believers, through making His home in our heart through faith (Eph. 3:17); by building Himself into us, God is built into man and man is built into God for the mutual dwelling place of God and man, the church. If we realize that God’s desire is to work Himself into His chosen people, then the goal of our work will be to…
  • God Meant It for Good – the Enjoyment, Experience, and Burden behind this Album

    Matthew David Fritz
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:59 am
    With the recent release of the song album, God Meant It for Good, I have had opportunity to share my enjoyment, experience, and burden behind the writing of it. There is a wonderful story behind the album and each of the 12 songs on it that brought me into a further enjoyment of God’s word and the ministry which unfolds it. The ministry on these matters in Genesis are so profoundly experiential, that I would be pleased to share my testimony of the inspiration for the album in a series of blog posts, each covering a song on the album as well as this blog covering the enjoyment,…
  • Our Work must be to Minister God into others for Him to Build Himself into them

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    The Lord Jesus said, I will build My church (Matt. 16:18). How does the Lord build His church? First of all, the church is not that physical tall building with a cross on top of it; the church is the Body of Christ composed of all the believers in Christ, those redeemed by Christ, regenerated by God, and filled with the Holy Spirit. The church is the mingling of God and man; it is not merely an assembly of believers but the Body of Christ where Christ is the Head and all believers in Christ are the members of the Body, each being organically joined and intimately related to Christ. As such an…
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    "What Is The Meaning Of Life?"

  • Meaning In Life, From What You Were Told All Along

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:42 am
    The posts on this blog have examined the Meaning Of Life from several different angles. And that is what the blog is; Knowledge acquired and experiences that are used to enhance your life in some way. That way, in these blogs, is to try to get more out of your life than the common motions … Continue reading Meaning In Life, From What You Were Told All Along →
  • Why Is It So Woefully Hot?

    22 Jul 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Can someone please make it stop??? It hasn’t been that way most of the summer, but in the Midwest it recently got hot – quite hot and sticky. Fry an egg on the sidewalk kind of hot. Dry heat is one thing, but this is dew point in the mid 70’s kind of hot. Ugh. … Continue reading Why Is It So Woefully Hot? →
  • Should Christians Try To Change Other People?

    19 Jul 2015 | 1:58 am
    This is a common dilemma Christians (and others) face regularly. It is about the people you meet who seem to have non-Christian values. You can name some; cursing, smoking, sloth, deceit, corruption, etc. And the dilemma is this: Is it up to you to try and change them, if you know they are straying from … Continue reading Should Christians Try To Change Other People? →
  • Meaning In Your Life, From Not Denying Reality

    15 Jul 2015 | 11:41 pm
    It might not be what you want to hear, but self-help books state it anyways – for your own good. The words of wisdom you don’t want to hear go something like this: Accept things the way they are. Actually, some books state to accept things exactly the way they are. This is important because … Continue reading Meaning In Your Life, From Not Denying Reality →
  • Some Applicable Ramblings From Someone Who’s Lived And Blundered

    12 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    As you get older you start to notice patterns. People are in a situation and you have witnessed the same thing so many times before, you just wonder what they were thinking. We are probably all guilty of these things at one time or another, but they are still worth discussing. After enough blunders a … Continue reading Some Applicable Ramblings From Someone Who’s Lived And Blundered →
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    Even If i Walk AloneEven If i Walk Alone | ...this i choose to do.

  • The Point of it All

    Tim Sherfy
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The point of it all, everything we do in life, is to glorify God. The word glorify is a word we don’t use a lot in everyday speech, but essentially it means we reflect the love and character of God in our thoughts, words, and actions. Everything we think should reflect the love and character of God. Everything we say should be full of love and truth. Our every action should demonstrate the love and trustworthiness of God. image © kevron2001 Nothing else matters. All of the goals and dreams we had had for ourselves died when we committed our lives to Jesus. His dreams become our dreams. His…
  • Loving Others

    Tim Sherfy
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I was listening to a sermon by a pastor recently and heard him say, “I have no use for your religion when you claim to love a God you can’t see but hate your brothers and sisters who you can see.” It’s why religion disgusted Jesus as well. Religion of any flavor inevitably devolves into saying one thing with our lips but ignoring those same platitudes in our own lives. image © javiindy Religion defines a set of rules no one can ever keep. We will never be able to effectively share the truth with others as long as we insist they adhere to a set of rules Jesus never laid down. Jesus…
  • Nothing Without God

    Tim Sherfy
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As I was praying recently, a thought occurred to me: “I am nothing except what You are through me.” We love to pose and posture. We love to talk about our accomplishments and achievements. But the reality is nothing we do would be possible if not for God. He created us, gave us our skills and abilities, provided our wisdom, and nurtured our development. image © hriana Not a single thing we have ever done would be possible if not for some gift of God. That doesn’t mean everything we’ve done is good or blessed, but it does mean we are all absolutely useless and weak except for the…
  • Serve Where You Are

    Tim Sherfy
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I love this quote from Christine Cain: “If you can’t serve God here, you won’t serve Him there because once you get there it will be here.” How often have you thought, if only God would put me there, or give me this, then I would truly be able to serve Him? We all fall victim to thinking we could serve God better if our circumstances were different. image provided by Fotolia But the truth is, if you can’t serve Him where you are, with what you have, you won’t be able to serve Him regardless of where you are or what resources you have at your disposal. God calls you…
  • Worshipful Wonder

    Tim Sherfy
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I like to read authors from fifty years ago or more. It’s interesting how much of what they said so many years ago is still relevant today. They told it like it was without a hint of the political correctness that has become the rule of our day. One of my favorites, which will come as no shock to you if you have followed this blog for very long, is A.W. Tozer. image © Vibe Images This morning I read the following comment from him: “In the majority of our meetings there is scarcely a trace of reverent thought, no recognition of the unity of the body, little sense of the divine Presence,…
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  • Family Confirms Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies at 22

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, the only daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died Sunday, nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub of her home, her family said. Brown has been unresponsive in hospitals and hospice care since she was found in a bathtub of her Roswell, Georgia, home on Jan. 31. Her family said she suffered irreversible brain damage. “She is finally at peace in the arms of God,” her family told NBC News in a statement. “We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last The post…
  • Good, Bad, Ugly, This Was Probably Be The Hardest Thing He Ever Did… Lecrae Confesses

    4 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Christian rapper Lecrae has a powerful testimony and in this short video he displays true openness as he confesses to an abortion he made his girlfriend get when he had just become a Christian. He discusses carrying around the weight of this sin, hiding it, and trying to cover it up for years, and finally having to confess to his wife. God works in all of us, bringing light to the darkest corners of our hearts, and washing away the deepest stains of guilt. It’s never too late to confess, God wants to heal us, and the first step to freedom in The post Good, Bad, Ugly, This Was Probably Be…
  • Kirani James shatters Michael Johnson’s Drake 400 metres record

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    Kirani James outdid the field on a miserable Friday to win the 400 metres and shatter the meet record. that record was set by in 1996, by American Michael Johnson. The 22 year old Grenadian’s performance was outstanding especially in the horrid weather conditions. James shattered the meet record set in 1996 by American star Michael Johnson on a cold and windy night, finishing in 44.22 seconds, beating the old mark of 44.41 seconds. It wasn’t that far off the 43.94 that James posted to win the 2012 Olympics, and it was a half-second better than runner-up Yousef Ahmed Masrahi.
  • Best Marriage Proposal of 2015? Warning: Will Make You Cry! – 365 Day Proposal

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    So, how have you imagined the ideal proposal will be? Do you cared to be romanced at the proposal?  Dean proposed to Jennifer on the beautiful island of Aruba. This video has already garnered more than 22 million likes from the time it was uploaded on YouTube. Many say that it is the best proposal ever. It took the groom-to-be 365 days to film his proposal! Now how’s that for devotion and dedication!  Lots of love certainly went into making this proposal! And when the given day of proposing came, his fiancée burst into tears after watching the video. You will The post Best Marriage…
  • World’s Best Street Drummer? You’ve Have To See This!

    10 Apr 2015 | 3:47 am
    WOW! Watching this drummer playing these buckets is simply wonderful! Known simply as Gordo, he is a street performer in the Australian city of Sydney. He is known as the fastest street drummer, and watching the video you will understand why! This guy is talented!! The post World’s Best Street Drummer? You’ve Have To See This! appeared first on ChristiansMag.
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    A Journal of Love

  • Worship, A Matter Of The Heart (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    This Wednesday will mark the end of the “Worship” series at our home church, Church on The Rock. This series has been full of Golden Nuggets, and Life-Changing Truths. I have to say that this one has been one of my all-time favorites, and has truly taken my quiet-time to another level. As I have found so much joy, and strength in meditating on His Names, Nature and Attributes. Our Lord is Holy, and He is Perfect bringing with Him, Perfect peace, Perfect timing, and a Perfect love for us all. Wow, What an Amazing God we Serve!!! If you want to draw closer to God, and I believe that…
  • The Names Of God (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    A Few Notes From Today’s Study; Is He your Most High God, All sufficient One, Master, Lord of Peace, the Lord Who Will Provide? Is He your Father? We must be careful not to make God into an “it” or a “thing” to which we pray. He is our Jehovah Raah, the Lord our Shepherd. God knows us by our name, shouldn’t we know Him by His? Biblically, names carry meaning. Names describe qualities and characteristics of the person or being who bears the name. For instance, the Hebrew name Jacob (Genesis 25:26 ; Genesis 27:36) means “taking hold of the heel,…
  • “A Purpose Driven Life” (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:07 am
    Notes from Today’s Study (Quiet-Time Review): Putting God at the center of our life is the first real step to knowing and accomplishing our purpose. The Bible says that you were created for God and not the other way around. God says if you place Him first, He will take care of everything else (Matthew 6:33) Living without God’s plan for our life is like driving a car without a motor or trying to sail a sail boat without a sail. In the book “Purpose Driven Life,“ Rick warren outlines five purposes for which every child of God is created. 1. We were planned for…
  • The Power of Focus (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:38 am
    There are distractions everywhere (pulling, tugging, and begging for our attention). In this day and age it takes real effort to stay focus. If you care anything at all about living a meaningful life, then it begins by becoming and Staying Focused on Christ. Living a Christ-Focused, Christ-Centered Life will keep you on track. Jesus is not just an historical figure – He’s that for sure. But He’s also a very real and central figure to each of us. Make a decision today to Focus on the Good. Focus helps us grab onto our goals with ferocity, and it won’t let go until the job is…
  • Faith In Focus (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    27 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    It’s the last official day of school for my youngest son (Freshmen Year). And As I was praying over his day; I heard the Lord whisper in my spirit, “Faith In Focus!”  As moms, we believe the very best for our children, and if we are not careful; worry, doubt or even fear can easily creep in. Especially, when listening to the local, state or national news. A few blogs ago, I spoke about a healing that occurred within our family (oldest son). We were in our early-to-mid twenties and had just joined our 1st local church (as a married couple), and had rededicated our life back…
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    Blog - Faithfully Social

  • 8 Facebook Hacks for Bloggers

    21 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    Facebook terrifies me.All those algorithm changes and dings for not doing something right.To me, Facebook feels like childhood, where you don’t know what you’re doing and any mistake can cost you. What do I do with my fear? Eat it for lunch and share my lunch with all of you.I love to share goodies like the ones I am about to share with you. Be sure to sign up for my VIP list to receive exclusive goodies, info and tips that I don't share with anyone else (or anywhere else, for that matter). You'll also receive my top 7 tips for creating a successful online community, just for signing…
  • Don't Catch the Ball

    16 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    If someone throws a ball at you it doesn't mean you have to catch it. I learned this many years ago when I was a Bilingual Trading Assistant at Bear Stearns. I had a manager at the time who was not a very good leader. She had a different way of saying this to me, or maybe it's a different perspective. She would say "Lob the grenade". In my early 20s, when I had this job, I knew it wasn't the right way to think of it. You don't want to pass the problem off, or "the ball" to someone else. You just don't need to catch it. Watch to see what I'm talking about. And please forgive the…
  • 5 Sites That Will Change How You Blog

    14 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    How do you consume content? By that, I mean in this blogging and social media world we live in, how do you stay in the know? Yes, you come here and get the deets, but where else do you go?I thought I would share my secrets and give you a list of the 5 sites I go to daily (I have 29 must read sites, but I’ll give you the first 5 on my list, right now) that have changed how I blog - and how I do social. These sites are noted in my Feedly as “Must Read”. This means, that Feedly shows them to me first, before any other site or blog. Don’t know how to promote a blog or site to “must…
  • How to Keep Your Blogging Head in the Game

    9 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    I'm moving, I've been sharing about it all over the place. I've been sharing, partly because the move is a real upheaval for me. I didn't realize just what a creature of habit I am and packing all of my stuff away is hard. There's always a silver lining though, right? Or at least that's how I roll. With all the packing, I've been keeping my head in the game of blogging, social media, marketing and strategy with podcasts. So what are you waiting for? Press play. I dare you!Here are those podcasts, twitter chat and app I mentioned, and where to find them!Amy PorterfieldInvisible Office…
  • 7 Facebook Groups for Bloggers Seeking Strong Community

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    That title is a mouthful, isn't it? But, that's what we, as bloggers are looking for, right? I wanted to add authentic in there, but I know you get the point. I get asked by clients and blog buddies all the time about how to get more traffic. We all know that writing useful, helpful and actionable posts are key, but what else can we do to get more eyeballs on what we write?I love to share goodies like the ones I am about to share with you. Be sure to sign up for my VIP list to receive exclusive goodies, info and tips that I don't share with anyone else (or anywhere else, for that…
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    Raj's Reflections

  • C’mon Let A Christian Marry A Non-Christian????

    Raj Richard
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:16 pm
                What’s wrong if a Christian marries a non-christian? If they marry, would their marriage be disastrous or would their children hate Christianity?             A foundational verse quoted in this context is “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers…” (2 Corinthians 6: 14). A common faith in Christ is at the heart of a Christian marriage, they say.             This is the backdrop. Conventional Christian teaching mandates Christians…
  • Why Believe Adam & Eve? (Defending Adam & Eve’s Existence)

    Raj Richard
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
                Bible reveals Adam & Eve’s existence. But did they really exist? If they did exist, how do we reason it out?            In August 2013, Yahoo News reported the unraveling of a genetic Adam and Eve, who lived about 135,000 years ago [1]. This report was based on papers published in Science(August 2013). Genetic Adam and Eve are not to be confused with the Biblical Adam & Eve.             Genetic Adam & Eve were supposedly two out…
  • Miracles Are Useless If…

    Raj Richard
    12 Jul 2015 | 11:48 pm
                Bible is replete with miracles [1]. Sincere Christians who worship the Triune God will objectively believe every recorded miracle in the Bible. Miracles are intended to glorify God, meet human needs and establish the supernatural basis of revelation.             Sincere Christians will also affirm miracles subjectively. Every sincere Christian will subjectively assert his existence as a product of not one or two, but many a miracle. A classic spiritual example of a miracle is the born-again…
  • Prophet Muhammad A Friend Of Christians? (Islam-Christianity Brotherhood)

    Raj Richard
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:42 pm
                Should Christians and Muslims be archenemies?             Christians have no reason whatsoever to persecute anyone; they are mandated to love their neighbors. However, Islamic State’s (ISIS) persecution of Christians has probably amplified the Islam-Christianity divide – the notion that Islam constantly endeavors to persecute Christians.             During the few years I lived in the Kingdom of Bahrain, I was constantly thankful to…
  • Same Sex Marriages Legitimized; Why The Hoopla? (A Christian’s Response)

    Raj Richard
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:51 pm
                In a historic ruling, the SCOTUS legitimized same sex marriages in the USA.            On one end of the response spectrum was a threat from 10,000 pastors from the ‘Black Robe Regiment’ – preachers wearing black robes – to die if the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriages. On the other end, the liberal and postmodern Christians would welcome the legitimization of same sex marriages because they favor the practice of homosexuality within Christianity.
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  • Design Criteria - Understanding Your Website's Design Objectives

    17 Jul 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Designers like to talk about style guides. Style guides are helpful documents that lay out various aspects of how designs should appear and function throughout a website — like how buttons should be labeled, how forms should work, how error messages should be written and all kinds of other things. But style guides define low-level details, whether related to aesthetic or function. There's something that comes long before style guides...Design criteria.Before you can know how every piece should look and work, you need to know the objectives for the design. Remember, you're…
  • The Art of the Crowdfunding Video

    17 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    If you want to succeed at crowdfunding, you need a good campaign video. These short clips have become essential on websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, enticing viewers to support everything from books and movies to wearable tech and vegan doughnuts.Jerry Needel, Indiegogo's senior vice president of sales, says campaigns with videos raise 114 percent more than those without them. “Creating a video that is authentic, personal and simple inspires contributors and is an important part of every successful campaign," Needel says.Crowdfunding expert Chris Hawker says a…
  • How to Sell Your Small Business

    17 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    I’m a yoga and healing expert. But I’m also a businesswoman. Although I always knew I eventually wanted to sell my business, I wasn’t actively promoting the sale. But then it ended up happening much more quickly than I had expected.So how was I able to sell my business? Below are the five key reasons I was able to lay the foundation for a sale that has allowed me to move on to the next chapter of my life.I made each day exciting.At Jody Ford Yoga, I created, wrote, and produced curriculum for yoga teachers. Working with yoga teachers to help them develop signature programs…
  • Build Your Brand with Authenticity

    10 Jul 2015 | 3:39 pm
    It's one thing to build a brand, but another thing to make it last. One of the best ways to give your website or small businesses staying power is to be authentic.“In an age of abundant choice, consumers are drawn toward brands with an original story, an engaging identity and a sincere commitment to deliver what they promise," states The Authentic Brand Index (ABI), which measures authenticity across different industries.The stronger a brand's authenticity, the more likely it is that people will become advocates for it — and the better your site or small business will…
  • 6 Tips for Building Huge Audiences for Your Website

    10 Jul 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Want a loyal audience for your website? Would you settle for 100 regular visitors? How about 1,000? If so, you're thinking too small. Even niche websites can generate an audience tens of thousands strong, says Joe Pulizzi, founder of the Content Marketing InstituteFor proof he points to Andy Schneider, the Chicken Whisperer, whose radio show teaches its 20,000 weekly listeners how to raise chickens in their backyards. He also cites Brian Clark, who took Copyblogger Media from a one-man operation in 2006 to a $10 million-plus business today, and Rand Fishkin, who…
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    Grow in Virtue

  • Oh How the Years Go By

    Alan Scott
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Soon I will be 44 years old, and I seriously don’t know how I got here. I remember when I was a kid and time seemed to move so slowly. A school year seemed like the span of five years. Summers, though, went much faster. And better. Days were spent riding bikes, building forts, staring up at clouds, and talking in front of the high-speed, large window fan in my childhood home, which had a cool way of making me sound like Darth Vader. We didn’t stare at computer screens or phones. The only phone we had was attached to the wall of our kitchen, and we had no interest in it. When we played…
  • The Great Summer Slow Down

    Alan Scott
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Back in 2005 I was working for a large corporation. Making some pretty good money. Traveling often. Promoted several times. Life was busy. I was miserable. I quit. Leaving that job coincided with the start of summer. And after much consideration (about 10 minutes), I decided to take the entire summer off, and not return to work immediately. That summer turned out to be the best few months of my life. New to my Catholic faith, I did a lot of spiritual reading. Learning about our Lord, our Holy Blessed Mother, and the saints who served them well. I also went for a morning jog everyday. Well,…
  • Peace of Soul

    Alan Scott
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:45 am
    Surely one can do, for a day, that which seems impossible for a lifetime. That’s my motto of late. The process of taking one day at a time. It’s certainly not easy, but I will say, I’m getting better at it than I used to be. Recently I decided to take a “staycation”. You know what I mean, when you just stay at home and relax, versus going on a vacation that requires planning, packing, and traveling. Last year I went to Italy, which was a wonderful vacation – a pilgrimage, but after the trip, I felt as if I truly needed a vacation from my vacation. It was many great things, but…
  • Finding Something that is Lost

    Alan Scott
    11 May 2015 | 6:34 pm
    The topic of my last article was on perseverance. When I wrote it, I had no idea that I was about to enter an extremely tough time in my life. Since that article nearly three weeks ago, things have taken a difficult turn. My mother, who lost the use of her right leg two years, has now lost the use of her left leg. The past three weeks has been an ongoing struggle to accept and adapt to a new reality. It’s been a mental challenge for everyone involved – my mother, the friends who help me to care for her, and myself. And it’s also been a physical challenge. She’s no longer able to…
  • The Power of Perseverance

    Alan Scott
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:38 pm
    One of the things I would like to deny about myself (but can’t) is that I have a tendency to bail on things. When someone raises their voice to me, I’m ready to walk away. When my life becomes what I feel I didn’t sign up for, I start seeing greener grass. Whenever I’m in a funk, I start to consider other options. Every time I’m in a rut, I seek my escape. Basically, I have a tendency to want to do away with what no longer feels natural or easy to me. Honestly, I didn’t even realize I was like this until about 2 years ago. I had just left my most recent job because I no longer…
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  • Lawless Times

    Gerald Fugit
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.” “I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.”       I Corinthians 3:1,2. On several writings […]
  • Know Your Audience

    Gerald Fugit
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.”     I Corinthians 2:1. Every four years it starts. These men and women who come out and proclaim that they will give us the plan for solving problem 1, 2 […]
  • The Bible Said It – Now It Happened!

    Gerald Fugit
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”     I Corinthians 1:18. There are two words that are certain tickets to hell. Each one has its own danger points. The intelligent adult must come to grips with these […]
  • Troubled Church

    Gerald Fugit
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:49 am
    “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.”           I Corinthians 1:2. In the United States we call a […]
  • Do Not Get Excited – It Will Not Be Long

    Gerald Fugit
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:21 pm
    “For behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem.”        Joel 3:1. The United States has evolved into a cesspool of evil. The national agenda has brought corruption and moral pollution on us through its leaders such as recently proclaimed by the Supreme Court. Satan […]
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    Online Christian & English Movies

  • Do You Believe? (2015)

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    A clergyman’s re-energized faith and commitment has a far-reaching impact on a physician, a paramedic, a homeless woman and others. (168) The post Do You Believe? (2015) appeared first on Online Christian & English Movies.
  • 10 Cent Pistol (2014)

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:03 am
    When a high-stakes scheme goes horribly wrong, two brothers must take on the craziest job of their criminal careers, and pray they get out alive. (118) The post 10 Cent Pistol (2014) appeared first on Online Christian & English Movies.
  • Echoes (2014)

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:48 am
    Struggling with horrifying, sleep-paralysis induced visions, a young writer retreats with her boyfriend to an isolated desert house. As the visions intensify, she finds herself on the verge of losing her mind…or uncovering a life-threatening secret. (126) The post Echoes (2014) appeared first on Online Christian & English Movies.
  • Unexpected (2015)

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:32 am
    When Samantha Abbott begins her final semester teaching science at a Chicago high school, she faces some unexpected news: She’s pregnant. Soon after, Samantha learns that one of her favorite students, Jasmine, has landed in a similar situation. “Unexpected” follows the two women as they embark on an unlikely friendship. (153) The post Unexpected (2015) appeared first on Online Christian & English Movies.
  • The Chosen (2015)

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:17 am
    When a child-stealing demon attaches itself to a little girl, her family is thrust into a battle against time in order to save the girl and send the demon back to hell. (108) The post The Chosen (2015) appeared first on Online Christian & English Movies.
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  • Sitting With Lesbians in Church

    Joel Malm
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    We started with a song and then turned to greet those around us. I shook hands with two women sitting just behind me who made it abundantly clear they were lesbians. How brazen of them, I thought. We continued to sing. I heard them behind me singing loudly. Songs about our need for salvation and about Jesus being the hope of the world. The guest speaker talked about the stroke that took everything from him. His speech was labored by aphasia, but he shared his deep understanding of how much Jesus loves us, even when we have nothing to offer. I cried. And I could hear the two women behind me…
  • Chris Brown and the Devil

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The Bible calls him, “the adversary”, “lord of the flies”, “a snake” and, “the ruler of this world”. But Grammy winner Chris Brown calls him, “the f*king devil”. This week, the Hip-hop star posted a photo on his Instagram with this caption: “When u tired of the f*king devil ruining your life and u hear God speak for the first time. No one knows what I deal with on a day to day. The average man wouldn’t hesitate to blow his f*king brains out but that’s the cowards way out… Most won’t understand the genius and beauty in…
  • Is There Hope For Single Mothers? Grace Says Yes!

    Amy Ford
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Jordan was nineteen years old. She was pregnant and unmarried. And she had lost all hope. She came to our class a little late into the semester but after we heard her story, we made an exception and let her join in. Jordan had just found out she was pregnant and was very scared. She was an only child and her mom left when she was just a baby – so it was just Jordan and her father. Her boyfriend (and father of the baby) was in and out of jail and she knew she couldn’t rely on him for any kind of parenting at all. She believed wholeheartedly, “I am on my own.” After her dad…
  • The 8 Useful Tips for the Useless Preacher

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:40 pm
    It’s a bit odd to share preaching tips when I am still such a work in progress. But what I have learned, I love to give away. If you feel incompetent about sharing, preaching or teaching, then welcome to the club! It’s you, me and the Apostle Paul; who wrote, “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 I…
  • The Temptation of Jesus and Bill Cosby

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    19 Jul 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Jesus was tempted in every way. Every way.  As a young, single, anointed, rugged-looking, sought-after speaker, Jesus was faced with thousands of women who approached him. For healing, for attention, to worship. Some of them were beautiful. Some desperate. Others, interesting and engaging. And even one (who was known for her sexual sins) who showered him with oil while kissing his feet.  Jesus could have slept with one of them. He could have forced himself. He was tempted to take advantage. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who…
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    Something More - TRAILHEAD

  • Poem

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:33 pm
    "Perfection" All is right, no curl misplaced,white-gloved hands and painted face.Posture, poise and propriety’s charm,slender leg and elegant arm.Perfection’s image near unseen wall,feminine grace in living doll.Each breath a quiet statement made-but beauty’s fleeting and flowers fade.  Click Here for Full Poem
  • Devotion

    26 Jul 2015 | 7:55 pm
    "Tunnel Vision" It is so hard sometimes to remember that God sees more than we do. It should be a fairly obvious thing- you know, Him being God and all, but it's not. There are so many times when we forget that we can only see a very small part of our lives... particularly when going through something troubling or difficult (then the view gets even smaller). While there's not much that can be done about our vision regarding life and eternity, there is a lot we can do about our perception of it and our ability to let God do the rest of the "seeing" for us.  Click Here for Full Devotion
  • Poem

    23 Jul 2015 | 6:13 pm
    "Hold My Hand" (for my daughter) Hold my hand and dance with me;leave the playthings on the floor.Forget the laundry in the basket,tomorrow there will just be more. Click Here for Full Poem
  • Poem

    22 Jul 2015 | 7:44 pm
    "Duplicity"  Painted beauty,fragile smile,teardrops formedthis earthly child.Heart of love,riddled mind,languished soulwith fate divine. Click Here for Full Poem
  • Devotion

    21 Jul 2015 | 7:20 pm
    When Faith Says "Give Up" To say someone has faith implies that they believe in someone or something. Regardless of circumstances or feelings, faith says "I will keep going and stand firm simply because I believe".  So, when would faith ever tell you to just give up? Well, it does a lot actually, we just rarely listen. Click Here for Full Devotion
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    Love Made Known

  • Who I Am Meant to Be

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Jae battled with homosexuality, depression and bipolar disorder. When he gave his life to Jesus, Jesus showed him who he really is. The post Who I Am Meant to Be appeared first on Love Made Known.
  • Set Free From Sexual Addiction

    Lauren Hatch
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:36 pm
    My name is Lauren and I am made in the image of God... But the last thing I felt was that I was a reflection of Him. When I was 10 years old I began my struggle with sexual addiction. The post Set Free From Sexual Addiction appeared first on Love Made Known.
  • Ashamed No More

    Jo Beck
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Imagine being told, by your mother, about the miraculous healing that you received when you were a tiny infant. Imagine being reminded of how it was her prayer that got answered. Imagine, also, how your entire life was based on fabrications of what you thought was truth. Such was my life until a month ago. The post Ashamed No More appeared first on Love Made Known.
  • From Hate to Freedom

    Chris Hardy
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:38 pm
    After my father’s death and years of being bullied, I declared war on my oppressors and war on God. Spiraling into a life of crime fueled by drink and hardcore drugs, I lived a selfish life with one message and that message was hate. Hate poisoned every part of me, even to the point of The post From Hate to Freedom appeared first on Love Made Known.
  • Becoming Love

    Tommy &#38; Michele Hunter
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Tommy and Michele’s destructive marriage led them to divorce, but Jesus taught them how to love and how to become love for one another and He restored their marriage. We had the privilege of filming their story and at the same time were inspired and encouraged by the lessons they learned together. As you will see and The post Becoming Love appeared first on Love Made Known.
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    The Christian Journey

  • The Desert Fathers and Communities In Church History

    16 Jul 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind. – Luke 10:27 In A.D. 303 started the greatest time of persecution for the early Church, known as the Great Persecution. It was not until A.D. 313 when Constantine issued the edict that made Christianity legal in the Roman Empire ending a great time of suffering. It was during this great time of change and suffering in the Church that Christian monasticism was birthed. Anthony the Great was one of the first known as the Desert Fathers who left the cities to go into a life…
  • Head Covering A Symbol To The Unseen Realm

    16 Jul 2015 | 9:45 pm
    It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels. – 1 Corinthians 11:10 The passage in Corinthians clearly teaches of headship where God is the head of Christ and Christ is the head of man and man is the head of woman. Though Biblical submission is right woman are not inferior spiritually but one in Christ. Yet they must choose to submit and humble themselves just as Christ humbled himself before the Father. God’s government and way of order is in such a way where each member must do his or her part. When women or men choose not…
  • The Practice of Head Coverings for Women in the Church

    16 Jul 2015 | 9:44 pm
    I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you. – 1 Corinthians 11:2 Of some of the most questioned practices in the New Testament in the modern day Western Church is the practice of Head Coverings for women. Yet to get perspective we need to look over the panoply of God’s Church for 2000 years and see that this is not something new but old and has been practiced diligently over the ages. It is hard to image but since the 1960’s the Church almost entirely practiced this tradition. Secular reasoning, feminism…
  • Lacking Mercy Before A God of Great Mercy

    14 Jul 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands. – 2 Samuel 24:14 It is a simple truth yet very important and David recognized this when he failed before the Lord. The truth is that God is more merciful then his creation is. David knew himself and how ruthless we as humans can be to each other, judging, condemning and thinking others deserve judgment without mercy. David knew that men’s mercy was not great and abounding. The hebrew word for “great” in this passage speaks of abundant, exceedingly, and full.
  • In The Stillness And Quietness God Speaks

    14 Jul 2015 | 8:37 pm
    But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. – Psalm 131:2 For those who have had the wonderful experience of having children the constant cry of a infant is something every parent gets used to. The cry for milk is a natural instinct of the baby and until it is weaned from this milk there is a restlessness an infant has constantly throughout the day to receive this nourishment. The psalmist gives us this picture of his own soul being like a child that has been weaned and is at peace and calm. Our minds and hearts are…
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    Chronicles of a Kid Next Door

  • Why Is Greed Actually Popular in Churches Now?

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    The gospel is like milk it does not need any seasoning. However, many people are trying to make it attractive through their greed.… More Why Is Greed Actually Popular in Churches Now?
  • What Happened to Death and Life are in the Power of Words?

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:03 am
    Overlooking the power of the tongue is tragic. Many people die, a slow emotional death, that usually culminates into a suicide. But, if used wisely, the tongue can bring life and joy. Sibongile wears an immaculate smile, big, broad and welcoming. Her voice when she stands on the stage to sing is like a million… More What Happened to Death and Life are in the Power of Words?
  • How To Fight Anxiety By Faith in Your Heart

    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    There is no better arsenal against anxiety than constant faith in God. Faith ushers peace even in trying times.… More How To Fight Anxiety By Faith in Your Heart
  • How To Deal With Idols of the Heart

    25 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The human heart is an idol factory that takes good things like a successful career, love, material possessions, even family, and turns them into ultimate things. -Timothy Keller… More How To Deal With Idols of the Heart
  • It Actually Sucks To Be Me, This is Why

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    Most people do not read what I write not because I am a poor writer, but because I wrote it. … More It Actually Sucks To Be Me, This is Why
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  • 2 Peter King James Version

    Chad Nichols
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    2 Peter King James Version Chapter 1 2 Peter King James Bible 1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our...Read more The post 2 Peter King James Version appeared first on To Live Like Jesus Apparel.
  • 1 Peter King James Version

    Chad Nichols
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    1 Peter King James Version Chapter 1 1 Peter King James Bible 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,...Read more The post 1 Peter King James Version appeared first on To Live Like Jesus Apparel.
  • “Snuggle Time Devotions that end with a hug!” by Stephen Elkins

    Dawn Nichols
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    “Snuggle Time Devotions that end with a hug!” by Stephen Elkins        Snuggle Time Devotions that end with a hug is a cute devotional book for kids with adorable illustrations and short daily devotions. Each day has an...Read more The post “Snuggle Time Devotions that end with a hug!” by Stephen Elkins appeared first on To Live Like Jesus Apparel.
  • “Mrs. Grant and Madame Julie” by Jennifer Chiaverini

    Dawn Nichols
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    “Mrs. Grant and Madame Julie” Historical Fiction by Jennifer Chiaverini        “Mrs. Grant and Madame Julie” by Jennifer Chiaverini is historical fiction based on the life of Mrs. Grant, the wife of Ulysses S. Grant, and her slave...Read more The post “Mrs. Grant and Madame Julie” by Jennifer Chiaverini appeared first on To Live Like Jesus Apparel.
  • “Bonhoeffer Abridged” by Eric Metaxas

    Dawn Nichols
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    “Bonhoeffer Abridged” Biography by Eric Metaxas       “Bonhoeffer Abridged” by Eric Metaxas is an amazingly insightful and moving biography.  The abridged version makes his story more accessible to the reader who might be overwhelmed by the extremely long...Read more The post “Bonhoeffer Abridged” by Eric Metaxas appeared first on To Live Like Jesus Apparel.
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  • Money Lies vs. Truth

    Pearson Lee
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:27 am
    People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is root of all kinds of evil. Some people eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:9-10 I hate when people say money is the root of all evil – because it’s a lie. Money has no soul. Money doesn’t call you on the phone and say, “Hey Girl, I got this hustle that will make us this fast money if we just…” No. Money doesn’t do that. Money doesn’t do crazy,…
  • Cutbacks and Dollar Bills – Part 2

    Pearson Lee
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
    Welcome to another episode of Cutbacks and Dollar Bills… Money and I began to have a great understanding. As I began to pay close attention to our relationship, we grew stronger together, paying down debt. Teamwork! Now, don’t get me wrong…although Money and I are in a good place, Suze Orman, I’m not. I’m more Moses Orman. Slow on the draw and completely relying on God to help me out here. Two years ago, I was in Zara with two of my girlfriends while on break from a women’s conference. I saw a shirt that I wanted and went to the register. I heard a voice say “no.” Yall. I…
  • Cutbacks and Dollar Bills – Part 1

    Pearson Lee
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    On today’s episode of Cutbacks and Dollar Bills… Money and I have never been friends. I wouldn’t say we were enemies, but if we were casual acquaintances, that was a lot. The less I had of him, the more I wanted. And when I had him, I didn’t exactly give him the respect he deserved. I was a stalker girlfriend who needed more, more, more, but gave less. And then a negligent girlfriend at that. I didn’t budget. I didn’t save. I didn’t prioritize. I didn’t pay my bills on time. I didn’t tithe. Disrespectful. No wonder he steered clear of me. And one day, that changed. I can’t…
  • Do Not Worry

    Jennifer Osler
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:15 am
    Finances can be a very intense topic filled with information and realities that are sometimes hard to digest. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was someone willing to say to you, “Don’t worry, I’ll take care of it,” so you didn’t have to carry the stress? There is. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what will you wear. … Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of…
  • “Budget” Is Not A Bad Word

    Jennifer Osler
    11 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    There are two types of people in the world: The ones who get excited when creating a budget, and the ones who cringe at the thought. I fall into the latter of the two categories. The idea of creating a budget scared me to death. I was overwhelmed with where to begin, and I didn’t know how to budget for things other than regular monthly bills (grocery budget? What’s that? I just make a list and go to the store). And then my secret sin (as I discussed in a previous post) happened and it became obvious that I needed to figure out how to create, and more importantly stick to, a budget. There…
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    The Rested Life Ministries
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you recognize the title, or worse, the album cover, it puts you in a certain era.  Life was good back then, wasn’t it?  The world was trying to take it slow, go with the flow, and ‘don’t worry be happy’ was quite the buzz.  Yet, if you read the words of the Lynn Anderson hit, lovely as it is, it does leave us wanting for a little more stability.  Click on the album cover to watch the music video and you will see what I mean.“I beg your pardon,I never promised you a rose garden.Along with the sunshine, There's gotta be a little rain sometimes.”Wow,…

    The Rested Life Ministries
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    There was a Thai movie on the tele the other day.  The Thais make excellent horror flicks and this was no exception.  Plot was simple.  Boy fancies girl, boy drugs girl and just as boy was about to have his way, girl has an epileptic fit and dies.  Then she haunts him throughout the movie.  Predictable and familiar, I know.  Which says a lot about how the values of the world have changed so much since its perfection in Eden.  But that is another message for another time.  Instead, what was interesting about this movie was the fact that right from the…

    The Rested Life Ministries
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Righteousness makes a nation great,but sin degrades any people.”  Proverbs 14:34 [CJB]We are always building something, be it our families, our careers, our businesses, our companies or our ministries.  Sometimes, we may even be building different things all at once.  With time, these things become our ‘cities’.  We dwell in them.  We dwell on them.  Their success delights us.  Their trials torment us.  But regardless of how things are going, our ‘cities’ are important to us.  They become our own little ‘nations’ and we feel like…

    The Rested Life Ministries
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    What comes to mind when you hear this said to you?“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.  In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.  Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”  Exodus…

    The Rested Life Ministries
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    As young Christians, we were always taught verses of empowerment. We were always told to remember that,“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”  John 3:16-17So for all who would believe in Him, Jesus says,“I come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”…
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  • Two Powerful Pro-Life Videos That Show the Travesty of Abortion

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    BIG C CATHOLICS is not expressly a political blog. Nonetheless, the following videos from the secular media are forceful, articulate presentations of the pro-life position. In a July 20 Fox News Special Report, Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume “laid bare the essentially brutal nature of abortion.” His denouncement of the abortion industry followed the July 14 release of videos showing
  • Words of Wisdom as a Catholic Mass is Held to Counter Detroit Satan Statue

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:34 am
    (Article continues below) God's words of wisdom are found in Sacred Scripture. He tells us that; In the face of this...  Statue of demon idol We should remember this. Driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness, Christ triumphs over Satan... CCC §566 Hundreds of people attended Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Detroit on Saturday to protest the debut of an 8 1/2-foot-tall
  • Christ and the Feeding of the 5,000

    25 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    This Sunday's gospel story from John, the feeding of the 5,000, is the only miracle (besides the Resurrection) recounted in all four gospels. As such, its significance cannot be overstated. It portrays Jesus as the new Moses who will lead fallen humanity to salvation. When the miracle of the multiplication of loaves is told in the Gospel of John, it is related to the manna in the wilderness.
  • Homily for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 26, 2015, Year B

    25 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    Fr. René J. Butler, M.S. Director, La Salette Shrine Enfield, NH  Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them... John 6:11 (Click here for today’s readings) How much food can you buy for $11,600.00? Maybe 1,365 small pepperoni pizzas. Not enough. Or about 2,900 hamburgers. Not enough. Or about 1,900 rotisserie chickens. Still not enough. Not enough, according to the Apostle
  • Being Catholic in an Age of Challenge

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    I want to draw your attention to the recent pastoral letter by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington D. C., Being Catholic Today: Catholic Identity in an Age of Challenge. There is a strong animus today against what we believe and our right to follow our faith convictions as Catholics. Cardinal Wuerl's letter is an excellent reflection on our freedom to be followers of Christ and some of the
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  • TLH025: Getting Your Youth to Share Their Faith

    Jody Livingston
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Teaching your youth to share their faith is one thing…getting them to actually share it is another thing altogether.  In this episode of the podcast Dr. Alvin Reid shares how to help get your youth to actually share their faith. This episode is packed with resources, helps, and practical steps to get your youth to share their faith. Links mentioned: @alvinreid Resources mentioned in this Podcast: As You Go by Alvin Reid Get Out: Student Ministry in the Real World by Alvin Reid The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission by John Dickson Let…
  • TLH024: Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry

    Jody Livingston
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Are you effectively partnering with parents in your Youth Ministry? In today’s episode Jeremy Lee from shares why this is important, and some helpful tools to do it effectively.  Make sure you stick around to the end of the episode where Jeremy gives an AWESOME free resource to listeners! Links mentioned: Parent Ministry Podcast Resources mentioned in this Podcast: A REALLY cool freebie In this particular episode, you will learn: Why partnering with parents in important for you personally Why partnering with parents is essential for your…
  • TLH023: How and When to Write Your Own Youth Ministry Curriculum

    Jody Livingston
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    When should you write your own Youth Ministry curriculum and how do you do it well? In today’s episode we are giving you practical and helpful tips for creating curriculum that will really teach your students in a way they will process and learn.  Kenny and Elle Campbell share from their years of experience crafting and creating youth ministry resources and lessons. Links mentioned: Youth Ministry Answers Podcast Resources mentioned in this Podcast: It’s Just a Phase In this particular episode, you will learn: When you should write your own instead of using…
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