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  • 80-Foot-Tall Jesus Hot Air Balloon to Lift Off This Easter Season

    The Christian Post
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    A mammoth hot air balloon featuring the painting of a smiling Jesus Christ will ascend to the skies of western New York courtesy in the Easter season.
  • Final Purim: Alive and Free

    Blasts From The Trumpet
    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    As God's knowledge began to flow the spiritual eyes of mankind slowly opened and His plan for restoration, the new heaven and new earth was revealed. Continue reading →
  • -SCOTUS: Should Two Justices Recuse Themselves From the Same-Sex Marriage Case?

    ANSWERS For The Faith
    Dr. D
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Two Supreme Court Justices have gone out of their way to demonstrate their opinions on same-sex marriage by actually officiating at gay weddings. Should they recuse themselves from the upcoming same-sex marriage case? Here’s an article about this situation from the Christian Post: …In April, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in an appeal from the Sixth Circuit regarding the constitutionality of state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. Calls have been made by some conservative groups for Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse themselves from the case because…
  • What Everyone Who Secretly Feels Like a Loser Really Needs

    A Holy Experience
    Ann Voskamp
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    We’re not that far into Lent and forget that sign of dust they brush on the center of your forehead. I’m bowed over the sink after a teenage daughter’s slammed out the backdoor. Slammed out of my ugly diatribe. And I’m thinking I need something more direct, right there on the middle of brow. Like the “L” sign. The one the Farmer frowns deep at me and shakes his head that it isn’t true. She says she didn’t. I say she did. I don’t know how it suddenly got so loud and we both lost. I do know there are parenting days when the terms of…
  • Books I am Reading. Winter 2015

    Deep Thoughts by Gman
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    So with the cold weather there has been time to catch up on some books on my to read list.I finished some of these books recently:I. Be Real.II. Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley (a book I am going to keep nearby and revisit its thoughts - good practical advice on reaching out to the unchurched)III. Preachers I have Heard. (an older book from an author from the UK and first published in the 1940s some preachers include William Booth)Upcoming to read: I. Good Leaders Ask Great Questions. - Maxwell. (Follow up from an earlier seminar of the same title)II. Growing in Christ. 40 days to a deeper…
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  • Feds crack down on birth tourism, but it’s not illegal

    Courtney Crandell
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Traveling to the United States to have a baby just so the child can get a U.S. passport isn’t illegal. But the federal government is cracking down on the practice, which births thousands of new citizens every year. On March 3, federal agents searched three-dozen California homes run as birth hotels by operators who help pregnant Chinese women travel to America to give birth.  “They make arrangements for lodgings here, their medical care, etc., so that [their clients] can have
  • Scientists grow pieces of miniature human lab rats

    Julie Borg
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:08 pm
    A bioterror attack 14 years ago killed five people and sickened another 17 when someone spread anthrax through the United States Postal Service. That attack spurred research to develop countermeasures for potential biological, chemical, or radiological warfare. Each year the U.S. government spends hundreds of millions of dollars to develop agents to fight bioterrorism, but for obvious ethical reasons, many of the agents have never been tested in humans. Now U.S. military and civilian
  • Darren Wilson cleared, Ferguson condemned in federal reports

    Rachel Lynn Aldrich
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    Federal investigators cleared Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson of wrongdoing in the shooting death of Michael Brown, even as they declared the department he worked for is rife with racism. The U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the shooting found physical evidence and credible witnesses supported Wilson’s argument that he feared for his life when he opened fire on the unarmed teenager.  “Based on this investigation, the department has concluded that Darren
  • ‘Give people the gift of allowing them to give’

    Chelsea Kolz Boes
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    The 5 a.m. Baltimore chill cut right through our coats last Thursday, the morning my husband and I flew to Texas for the very first time. We boarded the icy shuttle that runs between airport parking and the BWI terminal. A woman near us on the bus caught my eye: timid but bright, middle-aged, and very alone. When the shuttle stopped at the terminal and the doors opened, she hoisted her bag up—and accidentally dropped it out the bus door and onto the hard ground
  • CPAC shakes up GOP race for president

    Kent Covington & Joseph Slife
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    The staff of The World and Everything in It has profiled 22 possible 2016 presidential candidates in its “White House Wednesday” series, which aired on a Thursday this week. Now they take a look at who’s ahead and who’s making moves as the big campaign gets closer. A hit with the kids. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., won the straw poll at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference for the third year in a row. Paul seems to do well with young voters, and there are always a lot of
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • Come to Israel with me this Lent?

    Ann Voskamp
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    …so about the middle of this 40 day journey toward Resurrection, you can find yourself in Jerusalem and looking up — and you feel all these walls coming down that you didn’t even know were there. Sometimes you only know the way through — by being very still. And then each step forward becomes a way of praying with your feet. #IsraelThisLent #Jerusalem #40days #PrayerJourney #Pray703 … O little town of Bethlehem…turns out God comes to this sod, visits this planet, not by choosing His entry point as the most esteemed place — but the most…
  • When You Feel Wounded By Your Own

    Ann Voskamp
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Dear Thriver, I once held a bird in my hand. No one else could see it, but I felt it. I felt it’s heart thumping hard and afraid. It happens– there are ways to look fine on the outside…. and no one knows what you’ve really survived. But honestly? You didn’t just survive, so let’s toss that myth right at the outset. The way you keep walking? You may be wounded. You may be hurting. You may be limping. You may feel alone and overwhelmed and an unspoken broken — but you’re no victim. And you’re not just a survivor. You’re a Thriver.
  • What Everyone Who Secretly Feels Like a Loser Really Needs

    Ann Voskamp
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    We’re not that far into Lent and forget that sign of dust they brush on the center of your forehead. I’m bowed over the sink after a teenage daughter’s slammed out the backdoor. Slammed out of my ugly diatribe. And I’m thinking I need something more direct, right there on the middle of brow. Like the “L” sign. The one the Farmer frowns deep at me and shakes his head that it isn’t true. She says she didn’t. I say she did. I don’t know how it suddenly got so loud and we both lost. I do know there are parenting days when the terms of…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [02.28.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    Come away for a visit around our world? happy endings best group of teens ever?  amazing he can’t talk — but what he can do is ridiculously inspiring: Don’t Give Up when a little double amputee’s gets the wish for ‘Wings’ <grin> these photos from the 2015 Sony World Photography Contest are worth being wowed by what the tick of the clock actually means — fascinating What do you see? A White and Gold (No, Blue and Black!) Dress Melts the Internet up for a virtual visit to Dubai? Struggling Students Read To Therapy Dogs, Find Confidence In…
  • Why We Can’t Miss Our Compassionate Call to Counter Culture

    Ann Voskamp
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    When I first met  David Platt and his wife, Heather, I couldn’t help but be struck by their warm joy, their gentle grace, and their deep, kindling passion. It was as tangible as fresh air. We laughed loud and got real and talked kids and bumps in the road and the Cross and I left that hour and a half conversation ridiculously enlivened in the all-encompassing love and reality of Jesus. David’s first love in ministry is disciple-making – the simple, biblical model of teaching God’s Word, mentoring others and sharing real Hope — I’ve been to…
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    Acton Institute

  • Christianity and the Foundations of a Free Society

    Charissa Romens
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Throughout the world today, freedom is often taken for granted. Yet freedom is the exception rather than the norm in human history. It is also the case that the institutions of freedom, and particular liberties such as religious liberty, civil freedoms, and economic liberty, were consolidated and further developed by Christianity. Knowledge of this past, however, is dangerously absent from many public discussions of freedom, and its relationship to other important values, such as dignity and solidarity.read more
  • No Faith-Based Case for FCC’s Net Neutrality Power Grab

    Acton Web
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    by Bruce Edward Walker What could possibly go wrong with a regulatory power grab by a government agency applying an 80-year-old law to the most dynamic and innovative aspect of the world’s economy? The Federal Communications Commission last week voted along partisan lines for passage of network neutrality regulations. The first two attempts were both defeated in U.S. Circuit Court, and one hopes this third try meets the same fate. You might also like... Defending the Free Market read more
  • Women and the Academy Awards: Hashtag Nonsense and Factual Farce

    Acton Web
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    by Elise Hilton My Academy Awards confessions: I have not seen Birdman. I use the time allotted for the best sound editing award to get a snack and let the dog out. I like to watch the pre-show and see the beautiful gowns (and reel in horror at some of the couture creations.) You might also like... For the Life of the World read more
  • Oscar Romero: An archbishop driven by faith, not ideology

    Acton Web
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    by Rev. Robert A. Sirico While on a lecture tour of El Salvador about a year ago, I asked my hosts if it were possible to visit the church where Oscar Romero celebrated his last Mass in 1980. The Salvadorian archbishop was assassinated by a government hit squad at the point in the Mass known as the Offertory. Here, the priest slightly raises first the host and then the chalice in a re-enactment of Christ’s institution of the Eucharist, which Catholics believe to be the self-offering of Christ for the salvation of the world. You might also like... Acton University 2014 Flash Drive Bundle…
  • January / February 2015 Notes

    Acton Web
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:09 am
    Acton Breaks into Top Spots of Global Think Tank Ranking For the past eight years, the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) has researched think tanks worldwide and ranked the top few hundred in various categories. For the first time, the Acton Institute broke into the top 30 United States think tanks and the top 10 global social policy think tanks. Highlights from the 2014 Global Go-To Think Tanks Report include: Article read more
 
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • Unstuck - Get Help

    22 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    This week, John Ortberg continues the series, "Unstuck" with a message on how we can turn to God as the Power greater than ourselves, who can "restore us to sanity."Featured Scripture: Genesis 3:5; Daniel 4; Romans 1:21 Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Unstuck - "Me Too"

    15 Feb 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Today, John Ortberg begins a new series, titled: "Unstuck." We've all been stuck at some point in our lives... Today John covers the first step in getting unstuck and explains how God gives us hope for change, healing, freedom and deliverance.Featured Scripture: John 8:34-36; Galatians 5:1; II Corinthians 3:17; Romans 7:15-21ff; Isaiah 53:6; Matthew 19:23-26; I John 1:8-9; James 5:16. Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • "The Power of Influence"

    8 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    This week, Jenni Catron speaks to us about that power of influence. She discusses Galatians 6:4-5 and breaks down how each of Paul's statements apply to our personal influence in our daily lives.Featured Scripture: Galatains 6:4-5; John 10:14; Philippians 1:12-14. Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • "All You Need Is" - Why We Have Hands

    1 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This week, John concludes his series, "All You Need Is," talking about the importance of the fifth love language... The love language of physical touch.Featured Scripture: Leviticus 5:3; Mark 1:40-42; Matthew 17:6-7; Luke 22:51; Mark 10:13, 16; Mark 6:2; I Corinthians 11:24; John 20:25-27. Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • "All You Need Is" - It's Your Serve

    25 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    John continues his series, "All You Need Is," talking about biblical service and the example Jesus gave us when He walked on the earth.Featured Scripture: Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
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    Brian McLaren EMC

  • Stephen Colbert on Faith

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
  • Seven Ways to Live a Faithful Life ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Here's my most recent Sojourners post ...
  • Morning Prayer with Prayerful Movement

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    It's great to hear reports like this one about Twelve Simple Words, which yoga/tai chi/chi gong instructor Suzanne Jackson and I produced together: … I used the Twelve Simple Words program two days a week during Advent as part of an experiment to see how Morning Prayer with prayerful movement would do at our parish. It has been so successful that two to three parishioners are now offering it at 7 a.m. daily! Learn more (and order) here.
  • In tortoise news ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    Some progress in the Galapagos.
  • IT Spooks … and It's Unique

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
    I really enjoyed being asked to contribute to this project with Jack Caputo and a cast of equally fascinating characters … https://www.createspace.com/5100626 If you ask the big questions, including questions about the existence of God, this book could be a big help.
 
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    byFaith

  • The Need for Biblically Faithful Child Protection

    Zoe Erler
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    To put ourselves through school, we both worked for a national bank as part-time tellers. Before the bank allowed us access to cash drawers or customer information, we went through extensive screening and training. We submitted personal information for background checks and references. We attended two weeks of training. The bank, understandably, wanted to protect its valuable assets. In the church, our children are much more valuable than any bank’s money. We can — and should — protect children with as much diligence and care. Pastors and ministry leaders can learn about child…
  • Membership Has Its Privileges

    Zoe Erler
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    Some of us are old enough to remember the “Members Only” jackets we wore in school.  Back then, you were “in” if you had one. Fashion trends are a way of marking the privileged in our society with everyday, mundane items. But our friend Branden is forced to consider his daily wardrobe choices much more carefully than either of us. Harvard-educated, married, and the faithful dad of two energetic kids, Branden recently shared his thought process about several of his daily activities: “I don’t wear hoodies. I try to avoid stores that sell the exact item that I’m wearing in fear of…
  • Two Hundred Sheds

    Zoe Erler
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    “There’s no explaining it. It’s a feeling like I’ve never had before,” said Vinita Cariveau about the tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, in May 2013, almost destroying her home. The EF5 tornado killed 24, injured 377, destroyed 1,150 homes, and left $2 billion worth of damage. In an effort to minister to those who suffered property loss, Mission to North America (MNA) Disaster Response deployed volunteers to the area to build Sheds of Hope for the survivors. From May 2013 to August 2014, teams from more than 70 churches — including 21 PCA churches — and nine…
  • The Trek to Ridge Haven

    Zoe Erler
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    In 2010 Willow Creek Presbyterian Church in Winter Springs, Florida, contacted Ridge Haven to inquire about reserving the camp for a men’s retreat. The church leadership had one clear directive for the camp: Make the weekend intense enough that no one gets bored. Willow Creek sent Ridge Haven its materials from previous retreats, and Ridge Haven went to work customizing the established format to suit Ridge Haven’s resources. By the first evening, many of the Willow Creek men had requested Tylenol. Since 2010 Ridge Haven has made Men’s Adventure Weekends a regular offering, and the…
  • Ministry Transitions

    Staff
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Logan Almy, from pastor of Grace PC in Duluth, Minnesota, to pastor of First PC in Waynesboro, Georgia. Robert Bailey, from without call to pastor of Southside Community Church in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dwight Basham, from without call to assistant pastor of Arden PC in Arden, North Carolina. David Bindewald, from Mission to the World (MTW) missionary to assistant pastor of Lexington PC in Lexington, South Carolina. Chris Donnelly, from associate pastor of Valley PC in Lutherville, Maryland, to pastor of Grace PC in Cookeville, Tennessee. David Donovan, from pastor of Grace PC in Lookout…
 
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    Business Blessings

  • Dayz with God Testimonials

    jasonr2015
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:09 pm
    We had a fantastic time on Friday at our last Dayz with God below are some testimonies from the day.  Register for the next Day with God and join us in encountering his presence and receiving his revelation, insight, love, healing and refreshing. I came here wanting specific answers about my business, but God reminded me that ‘I was’ before I ever ‘did’. He also reminded me that I am creative, and love an adventure and a surprise. I came to another level of surrender as I made room for his creativity in my life and the adventure we are going on. I’m excited and I loved taking a…
  • Options for Outsourcing Overseas for Small Business

    businessblessings
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    Recently I had the privilege of sharing on Outsourcing options for small business. This blog represents some of my notes on the presentation and trust that you will find this helpful.  It is not exhaustive but serves as a guide for you. Topics covered in this blog will include: Business agility requires you to have flexibility with staffing How do you do that given the current staffing costs and legislation in Australia Services that are available Practicalities involved Case Studies Outsourcing is something that has been around for a long time. Major corporations use it, but now because of…
  • 2015 A Year of Growth and Change

    jasonr2015
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Happy New Year! It has been awhile since I have sent out an email to our Business Blessings list, so wanted to bring you up to speed on what our plans are for 2015 and where we see God taking us this year. I would like to start off be declaring that I see that 2015 as a year of growth and a year of change. I sense that it is going to be a year of growth in our businesses in terms of numeric growth, the size of your turnover, an increase in the number of products and services you provide, an increase in staff and an increase in influence. But for that growth to happen there is a need for you…
  • Understanding Seasons

    businessblessings
    6 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    1 Chronicles 12 describes the different men from different tribes who joined David at Ziklag.  Of those from Issachar (v32) they were described as men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do. I’ve been reflecting on this lately, particularly in relation to the different seasons that we go through in life and the different natural seasons we go through each year.  Because of this I recently purchased a book entitled “The Seasons of God” by Richard Blackaby and wanted to share some thoughts that he shares on different seasons. Richard talks about the fact…
  • Why I am recommending the Financial Fitness Pack

    businessblessings
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    For those who have known me for awhile will know that I am passionate ab out ensuring that people have a good financial education.  Primarily so that they know how to manage their own money. The reality is that in Australia our financial literacy rates area very low only 26% according to the OECD figures.  Most people have learned how to manage their money by osmosis.  They saw what their parents did and copied it. Or they have learned points from friends or work colleagues, but never really had consistency in how to manage their money across the board. When you are in business and your…
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • Elsewhere

    Matthew Boudway
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    In a piece titled "The Robots Are Coming," John Lanchester explains why technology may one day force us to choose between capitalism and democracy. The word "socialist" does not appear until the last sentence of the piece, but the drift of Lanchester's argument is clear. And compelling.
  • The Bibi-Boehner Coalition

    E. J. Dionne Jr.
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    It was disconcerting to watch Congress cheer wildly as a foreign leader, the prime minister of one of America’s closest allies, trashed an American president’s foreign policy. It was equally strange that the speaker of our House of Representatives interjected the United States Congress into an Israeli political campaign.
  • Indian bishop: remarried Catholics shouldn't be 'rudely refused' Communion.

    Grant Gallicho
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    “I have heard of so many Catholics being rudely refused Eucharistic Communion because they are divorced persons and have remarried," said Bishop Thomas Dabre of Poona, India, during a February 25 conference of priests. "We need to be kind and compassionate in communicating the Church doctrine and dogma," he continued. "We should have polite dialogue with the faithful instead of rudely turning them away.”
  • Common Ground

    Robert P. Imbelli
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
  • Don’t Pray Against Yourself

    Joseph A. Komonchak
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:26 am
    It’s in your power how you look forward to Christ’s coming. He delays coming so that when he comes he will not condemn you. He hasn’t come yet, he in his heaven and you here on earth. He delays his coming; don’t you delay your decision. His coming will be hard on the hard-hearted, gentle on the devout. Consider which you are now: if you’re hard-hearted, you have the chance to become gentle; if you’re gentle, you may already rejoice that he is to come. You’re a Christian? “Yes,” you say. I believe that when you pray, you say: “Thy kingdom come” (Mt 6:10).
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • Top Stories From the Dominican Republic Blog Trip

    Brianne McKoy
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s almost been one week since we returned home from the Blog Trip to the Dominican Republic. We’re slowly settling back into our routines. Remembering how to live in our reality while carefully carrying with us the reality of the children we met. And thank you, thank you, thank you for following the journey, praying, sharing and commenting. Thank you for stepping up beside us and immersing yourself in every story. More than 30 blog posts were written by our trip bloggers. It may have been hard to keep up with them all so I wanted to highlight my favorite post from each blogger!
  • The Power of Pity

    Sam Hoover
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    A third of the way through Brian Ivie’s documentary, The Drop Box, we meet a girl who works with Pastor Lee Jong-rak’s ministry in South Korea — a ministry that provides refuge to orphans through an anonymous donation system that they call the baby box. Often, these orphans are disabled and would have otherwise been abandoned to the streets. Staring past the camera, the girl confesses to feeling strange when she first came in contact with these Korean orphans. She felt pity. It’s a feeling that many of us have when we come face-to-face with the misfortunes of others —…
  • Tips from Compassion Sunday Pros

    Amber Van Schooneveld
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    We’re getting so excited for Compassion Sunday on April 26! This is a day when thousands of children living in poverty will gain a sponsor and new opportunities for their lives. But we know that hosting Compassion Sunday can be a little intimidating, especially if it’s your first time. Never fear! We’ve asked a few people who are old pros at hosting Compassion Sunday what they would like to share with people who are thinking of hosting their first one at their church. Meet Paige, Anji and Brenda who are here to share their Compassion Sunday Tips! Paige Farmer: Hailing from Mobile,…
  • Uniting the Global Church Through Compassion Sunday

    Amber Van Schooneveld
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    I remember when I first decided to sponsor a child. When I was growing up, my family sponsored children through Compassion. Once I was on my own and had a job, I meant to start sponsoring a child, but years passed and I never took action. I knew about Compassion, I respected their ministry, and I wanted to do something to help others. But I needed a little push. So when my church hosted a Compassion Sunday, it was just the thing to get my sponsorship journey started. People from my church shared about their experiences with their sponsored children, and the pastor spoke about how…
  • World Day of Social Justice: To Save His People

    Brianne McKoy
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:46 pm
    I’ve been learning stories. Re-learning stories. Repeating stories. Banging bold right up into stories. My pastor, he’s telling the story of Nehemiah. The story of a man who had great influence and how God used him to help His people. And there are the stories of Esther, Joseph, David, Abraham, and Peter. Countless others. They all have a string shooting straight through their lives pulling them together. They came from places of insignificance to places of great influence. And at some point God called on them. He called them to save His people. Always weaving through is the story of…
 
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    Big Is The New Small

  • Amazing Highlights From Russell Westbrook’s Career Night

    Scott Williams
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    This is absolutely ridiculous… Russell Westbrook goes for a career high 49pts, 16reb and 10asst just days after having face surgery. Amazing Highlights From Russell Westbrook’s Career Night is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • Leadership Development – Understanding The Leaders Who Need The Most Development

    Scott Williams
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    The Leaders Who Need The Most Development Are Sometimes The Leaders That Say That Others Need More Development. Have you ever seen a situation where a leader has a team member who is either up for a promotion or in all actuality should be considered for a promotion; and the leaders says they are not ready yet… or they need more development. I understand that sometimes people aren’t ready and they could benefit by a little more time in the leadership development cooker. More times than not, the person is ready, all they need is a little belief in them, encouragement and an opportunity to…
  • If I Were The Devil… A Prophetic Essay

    Scott Williams
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:39 am
    “If I were the devil” ~ A prophetic essay written and recorded by radio commentator Paul Harvey in 1965. This is really, really, really good. If I Were The Devil… A Prophetic Essay is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • How To Succeed In Spite Of The Naysayers

    Scott Williams
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    Belief in people is of paramount importance as it relates to the success that they will have. As a matter of fact, believing in others is the fuel that propels them down the road to success. What should you do when those around you don’t believe in you? You should find a different group of people to surround yourself with. If the people that don’t believe in you are friends and family, limit your interactions with them, tell them they’re wrong and more importantly prove them wrong. “Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to succeed.” ~H.H. Swami You tend to become who…
  • The Power Of “Not Yet”

    Scott Williams
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    Understanding the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. From TED: “Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.” The Power Of “Not Yet” is a post from: Big Is The New Small
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    Desiring God

  • The Bigger Thing in Bible Study

    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Rather than thinking of Bible study as a debit account, where you are putting in your card and taking out the emotional boost you need for the day, regard studying the Bible as a savings account where you make small deposits on a regular basis. Watch Now
  • Exhort One Another Every Day

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    God has appointed other believers as one of the primary means of our perseverance. In this lab, John Piper explains how sin wages war against our souls, and how God equips us with weapons for the battle. We will see that this fight is not one we should fight alone. Watch Now
  • Spurgeon Biography by John Piper (New Book)

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    You will face adversity — it’s only a matter of time. In fact, chances are, you’ve already experienced hardship. The question then, and going forward, is how you persevere through the oppressing moments of life? This goes for everyone, but the question for pastors is even more difficult. It’s not just how you persevere through adversity, but how do you preach through it? Charles Spurgeon once said of pastoral ministry, “Ours is more than mental work — it is heart work, the labour of our inmost soul.” But how do you continue to minister when your heart is under siege? How do you…
  • Lazy Busy

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    My children love the zoo. Surrounded by the concrete wilderness, there comes over them a sudden instinct to act and speak and even gyrate in ways that are animal-like. It’s an exercise in mimicry and communication. Children love connecting with wild beasts — so they slam their little hands on the glass, rattle cages, and make all those goofy noises. It’s an attempt to draw the notice of animals. And, of course, the beasts that respond are the crowd favorites. Even if it’s just a lion simply staring into your eyes for three seconds through glass, that’s a chilling victory. That’s a…
  • Two Words to Stop Self-Condemnation

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    I am not sweet. I should be, but I’m not. That’s what I thought to myself as I pulled into the garage and closed it behind me, sitting safe in the cocoon of my home and free from the opinions of others. I had just been thinking of someone who is sweet, and how much I love her, and how I wish I were sweeter myself. I couldn’t find a way to hide from all the thoughts, all the condemning thoughts of everything I am not. If it sounds like I have been through this before, it is because I have. The thoughts speak so loud they seem real and true. I am not sweet enough. I am not enough for my…
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    Emergent Village

  • Three Great Ways To Save On Bathroom Maintenance

    Thomas
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:13 pm
    These days, many homeowners are interested in whipping their bathrooms into excellent shape. One of the most important things you should do to realize this objective is invest in bathroom maintenance projects. This way, you can keep everything in working order while simultaneously ensuring that your bathroom is aesthetically appealing. In many cases, people do not invest in ongoing bathroom maintenance projects because they believe doing so will be too expensive. Yet tending to bathroom maintenance does not have to be an expensive endeavor. Here are three great ways to save on your bathroom…
  • 5 Hacks for Everyday Kitchen Items

    Thomas
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Your appliances have hidden uses If you are like most people, you probably have a kitchen cupboard full of single-use appliances that you use about once a year. You also probably can’t afford to give up any more counter space to another addition to your kitchen. Check out these hacks to see if you can get more use out of some of the kitchen gadgets that you already own. Coffee Grinder Turned Spice Mill Everyone knows that freshly-ground spices just taste better than the dried and bottled variety. If you have a coffee grinder on hand, roast your whole spices and give them a whirl. You will…
  • Spring Clean your Garden

    Thomas
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    As the days begin to grow a little longer, the promise of some sunshine (however weak) is enough to get us up and outside after a long, dark winter. Whilst the weather is still changeable, we can spend more time outdoors and get the garden in good shape for the summer. Swell UK have a broad range of pond essentials from pond filters to pruning scissors to see you and your garden through every season. February Planting can’t begin with earnest as frost is still very likely, but you can plant some bulbs and keep them in the greenhouse until the spring arrives. Think about planting lettuce and…
  • Give Your Kitchen a Minimalist Vibe with these 4 Easy Steps!

    Thomas
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Have you lost your passion for cooking? Take a quick glance at your kitchen. Sometimes, the main reason why you are not too interested about making your own dishes is that your kitchen is disheveled and messy. If your knives and other kitchen utensils are not properly organized in one shelf, you will spend more time in looking for them rather than actually using these tools.  Depending on the size and the state of your cooking area, you might need a lot of time to clean and organize it. However, all your efforts won’t go to waste. Once your kitchen is tidy, you can surely enjoy preparing…
  • Cleaning your rugs and carpets

    Thomas
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:23 pm
    New York is a demanding town. It’s the nation’s premier cultural environment. It’s the largest city in our nation and, in many ways, still its most prestigious. While Los Angeles is known for its glitz and tinsel, and Las Vegas for its razzle and dazzle, New York is known as the dwelling place of our nation’s most sophisticated and hard to please cultural critics. And their critical skills don’t shut down when the curtain falls for the night on Broadway. New York is the nation’s premier center of fashion, and this very much includes even the decor in their…
 
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • Hillary Clinton’s Poor Judgment

    Stanley Kurtz
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:32 am
    A recent email scandal is only the latest chapter in Hillary Clinton's long history of flawed judgment at the executive level. The post Hillary Clinton’s Poor Judgment appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Be Prepared

    James C. Capretta
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    King v. Burwell could be an enormous opportunity for those opposed to Obamacare. But it will only offer such an opportunity if conservatives are prepared to give the states a serious alternative arrangement. The post Be Prepared appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Whose Republicans?

    Henry Olsen
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Today’s conservatives must follow Reagan’s example and reapply their principles to meet today’s economic and political realities. The post Whose Republicans? appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • No Fighting God

    George Weigel
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Some months after my son-in-law, Rob Susil, died, a longtime friend asked me, in a gentle but point-blank way, “Are you still fighting God?” The only honest response was, “Yes.” At which my friend said, simply, “You’re not going to win, you know . . .” I think back on that exchange now, during the Lent following the fifth anniversary of Rob’s death, because Lent is the “acceptable time” (2 Cor 6:2) to ponder the mystery of suffering and death, and what it teaches us about God’s ways, our ways, and the incalculable difference between the two. Even after a half-decade, the…
  • The Lessons of Hillary Clinton’s Secrecy

    Stanley Kurtz
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    We now know that Hillary Clinton evaded government record-keeping and jeopardized national security by using a private email account while Secretary of State. Troubling as this incident is, it points to larger and more disturbing lessons about the woman who may become our next president. As the New York Times piece that broke the Clinton email story notes: “The revelation about the private email account echoes longstanding criticisms directed at both the former secretary and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for a lack of transparency and an inclination toward secrecy.” Yes, but…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Breaking Up with Nashville?

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    It’s kinda crazy. After a year in Nashville, we weren’t sure if it was the place for us to start a family and raise kids…so we began exploring a few ideas. One of these ideas was a casting call for young couples who were thinking of “breaking up” with their city. We applied as a joke, not realizing it was a real reality show on FYI, a station under A&E. After a ton of Skype calls, cameras showed up to our house in Nashville and we began the process of finding our next home. We filmed for a few weeks, really…long…days. How they managed to make this…
  • Look What God Did

    Anne Marie Miller
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Dear 25 year old Anne, It’s me. Anne. Today you…me…we…? turn 35. Holy Moses, has it been a decade? I wanted to tell you four words: “Look what God did.” 25 year old Anne, 2005 was the year you landed in the hospital so stressed out and so hurt from working at a church. You were 40 pounds overweight, working 90 hours a week, and glued to people-pleasing. You thought doing things for God was the same thing as being with Him. But it wasn’t. And over the next two years, as you resigned from that church and healed, you wrote about your journey. You helped…
  • Why the American Church is Not Going to Hell in a Hand Basket

    Anne Marie Miller
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    I know what the statistics say about the future of the evangelical American church. Our buildings are bigger, our lights are brighter, our programs are sleeker, our preachers are teaching, our pastors are shepherding and yet people are leaving out of the church in droves–especially my age (almost 35) and younger. Some are leaving for good. God, the Church, religion…it’s just not part of our core anymore. Some leave and plant other churches. We’re more entrepreneurial than ever so when we see something, in our opinion, that needs to be improved on, we know how to run a…
  • Managing Anxiety and Making Friends

    Anne Marie Miller
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The fine folks at Christianity Today had me write a little bit about the challenges of community when you’re struggling with mental illness (or when you love someone who has a mental illness). Enjoy! With mental illness, community becomes more challenging… and more essential. I was a high school freshman when I had my first panic attack. Heart palpitating and lightheaded from heavy breathing, I laid down and tried to take deep breaths, but my lungs didn’t want to cooperate. What was happening? Was I having a heart attack? My heart kept pounding and my head kept spinning, and I…
  • Happy New Year!

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    Happy New Year from the icy plains of west Texas. Tim and I are almost back to Lubbock after a few extra days of adventurous travel. The new manuscript is due in two weeks and wow-it has been a wonderful learning experience. I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season. I’ll see you back online in a couple more weeks after that next book is turned in! Much love-Anne The post Happy New Year! appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
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    Godspace

  • Reconciling our Fragmented Selves by Alex Tang

    Christine Sine
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    Soul care or care of our inner spiritual life is a lifelong process. It is worthwhile during this Lenten season to reexamine it. Procrastination is one of our favorite habits, made worse by social media such as Facebook. Procrastination is what we do to avoid doing what we should be doing. Playing games in soul […]
  • The Body by Keren Dibbens-Wyatt

    Christine Sine
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    I am a heart, beating to the drum of creation, a percussive pounding in the chest of the church, jumping for joy. A leaping, living thing that softens with every break into deeper and lovelier ravines of gentleness and compassion, leading the dance of love where all believing begins. Will you join my rhythm? I […]
  • The Heart of Tolerant Hospitality in Reconciliation by Steve Wickham

    Christine Sine
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    “For God was pleased for all fullness to reside in him, and through him to reconcile all things to himself…” — Colossians 19-20a (USC) Indigenous peoples of the world have an inherent commonality. Inevitably they have had their homelands pulled from under them, and our collective histories rarely do justice to the actual, and often abhorrent, facts […]
  • Meditation Monday – Let Your Light Shine

    Christine Sine
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:39 am
    Each one of us is like a stained glass window – beautiful, colourful and translucent said our rector Cherry Hairston in a recent sermon. We are all beautiful in ourselves but made even more beautiful by the light of God that shines through us revealing an inner translucence that is breathtaking. Part of the beauty of […]
  • Lets Get Creative – Doodle Your Way Through the Lenten Calendar

    Christine Sine
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:20 am
    Several people have sent me links to wonderfully creative Lenten practices that make me feel – I wish I knew that before Lent! If you are like me now that the first week of Lent is over you may be looking for some more creative inspiration. So I thought that I would make Saturday a […]
 
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    thehighcalling.org

  • Share Your Story: Tithing

    denadyer
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    In Darlene's childhood home, tithing was a sticky subject. Her parents were both mature believers, but Darlene's entrepreneur father and stay-at-home mother disagreed about how much to tithe on the proceeds from his accounting business. From an early age, Darlene heard sermons encouraging believers to give at least ten percent of their income to God. Darlene's young mind didn't know the difference between "gross" and "net"--the terms her parents argued about. However, she knew that biblical stewardship was something she wanted her future husband to take…
  • Technology at Work: When Online Friendship Leads to Ministry

    Jennifer Dukes Lee
    13 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    To this day, neither of us can remember how it began. Did I comment on her blog first, or did she comment on mine? Either way, we consider it a divine-online connection. Susan Stilwell lives in Virginia and I, in Alabama. Susan would laugh at me later, because I would not tell her a lot about myself. I guess I was afraid she would break into my house with her Visa card and steal my good shoes! We still laugh about it. Soon I opened up and shared from my heart. God was up to something, and the edges of the bigger picture have still not been fully seen. Before long we were talking…
  • Technology at Work: The Joys and Woes

    Patricia Hunter
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:16 pm
    I can't believe I just did that. I groaned and covered my face in disbelief. When my husband’s desktop computer, where most of my hi-res images were stored, began freezing up days before we were to leave for Louisiana over Christmas, I immediately began transferring photos onto disks while simultaneously working on my laptop to meet a magazine deadline. An hour into that multi-tasking between the desktop and laptop, I stood to answer the phone and stepped on the laptop, which I'd foolishly left closed on the floor. I opened it up to find dark purple lines spreading across…
  • Technology at Work: Dismantling the Bad Rap of Technology

    BeckyKeife
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:57 am
    My phone bing-bongs like a melodic harp running scales, alerting me that the time I decided to rise has now arrived, and I must crescendo out of bed. I shuffle to the kitchen, avoiding creaky floorboards, lest a sleeping child hear me and wake before the sun. I pull the antique bronze ball hanging from the dangling chain, igniting my favorite desk lamp and my senses awake. In soft glowing light, I slide my finger across my phone to initiate functionality. I find the brown Holy Bible icon in its familiar bottom left corner and tap the digital Good Book to begin my daily reading. I’m…
  • Technology at Work: Technology in the Classroom

    Jennifer Dukes Lee
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:57 am
    When I was in high school, I learned to type on a typewriter. I’m part of the last generation to remember the classroom without computers—not only as a student, but also as a teacher. When I started teaching English to middle school students, I placed my overhead-projector at the front of the classroom, and I had a plethora of plastic transparencies and erasable markers within easy reach. This allowed me to face my students while writing on the overhead. I used to wait days, sometimes weeks, for curriculum resources to arrive by mail. When my teaching materials eventually landed…
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    Good Letters

  • Remembering Phil Levine

    Guest Contributor
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    By Paul Mariani Note: We asked the author, one of Image’s editorial advisors, to write a tribute to his longtime friend, the late poet Philip Levine. It was at the Breadloaf Writers Conference back in the late 1980s that I first met Phil Levine. The summer before, Bob Pack had asked me for the names [Read More...]
  • Remember You Are Dust

    Morgan Meis
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:53 am
    There is no greater materialist than a Christian observing Lent. You get ashes smeared on your forehead. You hear words like, “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Those words are from the Book of Genesis. This Biblical thought about dust and the dustiness of all living things is taken up again [Read More...]
  • The Arts and Faith Top 25 Films on Memory

    Guest Contributor
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    By Ryan Holt For me, there is no more acute reminder of the passing of time than the Academy Awards’ “In Memoriam” montage. Every year, as I watch the parade of faces and names that will never again illuminate the screen, it’s a reminder of the fragility and brevity of life. Even the great icons [Read More...]
  • Exercises for Lent

    D.L. Mayfield
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:13 am
    An evangelical mutt, I have only in the past few years discovered the allure of the liturgical season, and I dabble in the traditions as my whims dictate. This Lent, I told my husband, we shall be giving up all of our little indulgences: coffees and meals out and little snacks. That should set us [Read More...]
  • Mama and The Help

    Caroline Langston
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:55 am
    In memory of my mother  “How come we don’t have a maid?” I asked my mother. It was the summer of 1973 and I was five. Across the street at the neighbor’s, Lula wore men’s white cotton socks with sandals and came outside to greet the mailman every afternoon. She was slow moving and wide, [Read More...]
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    Tod Bolsinger

  • Of Collaborators and Winter Coats

    Tod Bolsinger
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:55 am
    By Tod Bolsinger “No one would live in Boston without owning a winter coat. But countless people think that they can exercise leadership without partners…” -Ronald Heifetz “I’m going to need new clothes,” my daughter warns me. “It’s just a weekend trip,” I remind her. “I mean, if I go to college there. If I do, then I’ll need a whole new winter wardrobe,” she says trying to demonstrate how reasonable she is being. I have to concede her point. My eighteen-year-old soon-to-be college freshman is looking at two different schools that are in very different climates…
  • 26 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am

    Tod Bolsinger
    26 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    Living and leading in the light of a Christmas surrender. “What we are all searching for is Someone to surrender to, something we can prefer to life itself. Well here is the wonderful surprise: God is the only one we can surrender to without losing ourselves. The irony is that we find ourselves , and now in a whole new field of meaning. This happens on a lesser level in every great love in our lifetime, but it is always a leap of faith ahead of time. We are never sure it will be true beforehand. It is surely counter-intuitive, but it is the promise that came into the world on this Christmas…
  • Google and Jesus Agree on At Least One Thing

    Tod Bolsinger
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Google might be on to something. But then again, Jesus had it long before Google did. Earlier this year in a New York Times article, a top Google executive said the company’s hiring had moved from typical resume highlights toward something more abstract. “Intellectual humility,” they called it. Without humility, you are unable to learn,” Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock said. This reminded me of Chris Agyris, a Harvard business professor who wrote about teaching smart people to learn. I imagine he has plenty of experience teaching at Harvard. So take note of Agyris’…
  • Community and Necessary Things

    Tod Bolsinger
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    “So, Charlie, when are we going fix that wall that’s falling down?” My good friend, Charlie heard the voice from the yard next door. Frankly, he hadn’t noticed that the wall was falling down.  Charlie is not the kind of guy who notices these things. But, Jim, the next door neighbor most definitely does.  They’d lived next door to each other for seven years.  But until the wall fell down they didn’t know each other.  When Charlie saw that indeed the wall was in need of serious repair, he assumed that meant that he and Jim would split the cost to pay someone to fix.  You know,…
  • Seminary Grads Give Schools all “D”s.

    Tod Bolsinger
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
     “Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him…”  Ephesians 4:15 In my new role at Fuller Seminary, I have been trying to follow the example of our faculty.  Academic Dean and Leadership Professor, Scott Cormode teaches his students, “Leadership begins in listening.”  And Scott and the faculty, led by Dr. Love Sechrest, walked their talk with an in-depth study of alumni and graduates that led to a complete revision of the curriculum that will be rolled out in the fall of 2014. So, in the brief time I have been at Fuller, I have been trying to follow…
 
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • The Narrow Vision of House of Cards

    Jake Meador
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Spoilers below spoilers below do not blame me for spoiling it if you read this there are spoilers below. Ahem. Since the debut of House of Cards‘ third season last week the reviews have been a mostly consistent blend of “meh” and “zzzz.” Those reviews are basically right, but a further point needs to be made about the show’s failings in order to understand why the show has gone from an exciting (if also horrifying) first season to a mostly dull and tedious third season. It’s become a cliche to contrast the 2010s Washington-based hit TV show about…
  • The Work of the Church: Once more Around the “Countercultural” Question

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Jonathan Leeman has done helpful work clarifying his own view and pressing against my recent series of reflections on the evangelical condition. I will put his comment in its entirety below. But I wanted to make one more go at clarifying my own take on this issue. But first, I want to highlight Jonathan’s clarification of his understanding of “holiness,” which he suggests has more overlap with mine than I allowed. As he points out, he defined it as “consecrated to,” and so emphasized that it is not primarily a matter of difference or distinction. I apologize for misconstruing his…
  • Mere Fidelity: Lament and the Church

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    Theologian Todd Billings new book on lament stems from his personal struggle with cancer, but explores it theologically.  In this episode, we talk with him about the nature and meaning of lament and why our culture may not leave much room for it. See Derek’s review of Rejoicing in Lament here.  But more importantly, get the book. If you enjoyed the show (AND ONLY IF), leave us a review at iTunes.  If you didn’t enjoy the show, let us know and we’ll work to make it better.  Or we’ll ignore you.  And if you want to subscribe by RSS, you can do that here. Finally, as always,…
  • The Hope of the Church and the World: Once more on “Countercultural”

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Jonathan Leeman of 9Marks left a comment on my previous post that I think worth highlighting in full. He writes: Thanks for the post, Matthew. Many things I agree with. A couple thoughts: (i) We tried to adopt an anti-declinist posture in this 9Marks Journal. See especially the articles by Larson, Dever, McCullough, and Kidd. So I agree with this instinct to couple the decline narrative with something which affirms. (ii) Counter-culture (or distinctness) should not be equated with a decline narrative, per se, nor should it be treated as a matter of negation. Rather, counter-culture, to a…
  • Mere Fidelity: Our Culture of Public Shaming

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    We have a growing culture of public shaming.  Or at least that’s one possible conclusion from an interesting NY Times essay on the phenomenon.  We decided that we should take up the question of what such public shaming means for us as Christians.  So we did. Jonathan Chait’s essay on “political correctness” also makes an appearance or two, so it’s worth reading as well. If you enjoyed the show (AND ONLY IF), leave us a review at iTunes.  If you didn’t enjoy the show, let us know and we’ll work to make it better.  Or we’ll ignore you.  And if you want…
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    RZIM

  • Book Sale: ‘Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus’ & ‘Why Jesus?’

    Bethan Adams
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    For a limited time only, “Why Jesus?” by Ravi Zacharias and “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus“ by Nabeel Qureshi are on sale for $5. Get both on ChristianBook.com: “Why Jesus?” here and “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” here.                
  • RZIM Speakers at Georgetown and GWU: Truths and Delusions

    Bethan Adams
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    Is Christianity a delusion? In the vast array of worldviews, which message do we believe and how do we know if it’s true? This weekend, Andy Bannister and Stuart McAllister answer these questions and more at George Washington University (GWU) and Georgetown University (February 27-28). Andy speaks on “Is Christianity a Delusion?” Friday night at GWU and Stuart will join him afterwards for a Q&A to answer questions from the audience. On Saturday night, it’s reversed: Stuart will address “Whose Message, Which Truth?” and Andy will join him in…
  • 21 Coptic Christians: Calling on Yesua for Strength that Never Drains Away

    Abdu Murray
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:29 am
    “I can do all things through him who gives me strength,” Paul writes in Philippians 4:13. The faithful cling to those words when hanging on the cliff of difficult circumstances or challenges. More than once I’ve prayed those words as I stood on the cusp of some anxiety-inducing situation. They are comforting, empowering words. We’ve heard them preached hundreds of times. But there are times when someone’s living out Scripture penetrates the fog of our familiarity and illuminates a fuller meaning. Twenty-one men I have never met have done that for me. By now, the video showing…
  • Short Answers 06: Is It Arrogant to Claim You Have ‘The Truth’?

    Andy Bannister
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    Watch Dr. Andy Bannister of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries answer the question “Is it arrogant to claim you have ‘The Truth’?” This video is episode 6 of RZIM’s Short Answers to Big Questions series, in which Nathan Betts and Andy take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realize we can only often scratch the surface. Nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of food for thought. We encourage you to circulate these videos to…
  • Minute Update with Stuart McAllister in North Carolina

    Bethan Adams
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    RZIM’s Stuart McAllister gives a brief update from the University North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte February 4. Stuart and his son, Cameron McAllister of RZIM, spoke to students at UNC Charlotte, UNC Wilmington, and Appalachian State University. The dynamic, father-son team answered students’ questions on truth, relativism, and worldviews. The title of the talks was Whose truth, which perspective: Isn’t everyone right? “You cannot be a consistent relativist. You wouldn’t graduate from the university, would you? None of us want a relativist brain surgeon or a…
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    Red Letter Believers

  • Who needs a bucket list?

    David Rupert
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    Fly fish in New Zealand. Kayak in the San Juan Islands. Eat lunch in Istanbul. I have a list of things that I want to do — one day. The Jack Nicholson – Morgan Freeman movie, The Bucket List was about two men with terminal cancer nearing the end of their days. They escaped their hospital rooms so they could finally pursue things they had delayed their whole lives. Their list had things they wanted to die before they “kicked the bucket.” The term made its way into our vernacular and even today I hear people about “Putting the things on my bucket list.” The problem with bucket…
  • Groundhog Day: Winter of Despair or Spring of Hope?

    David Rupert
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:27 am
    Today it’s supposed to be 56. Yesterday it was snowing. Why is this time of year so undecided? “Will it be the winter of despair or the spring of hope?” asked Charles Dickens in a question that transcends the weather. In a thousand different ways in a thousand different times I’ve heard the same cry of the heart. How many times have I asked, “am I going to make it?’ Punxsutawney Phil, the erstwhile groundhog in Punxsutawney, PA, saw his shadow this morning. But the bigger questions at hand are not being asked by this overgrown rodent. All he knows is that the food…
  • Why you can’t run away from your problems

    David Rupert
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    I grabbed my backpack, took an apple from the bowl on the table, pocketed  two of my favorite Hot Wheels and marched out the house. I wasn’t going to take it anymore! I was eight and I was a childhood runaway.I made it all the way to the Dutra’s house where they had a secret hide-out in the back yard. I sat down and rested. It was a quick stop, a layover, a resting point before I made my final dash to freedom.  It had been a long journey so far, and I had a long ways to go. It was just eight houses away, but it was a first step away from my problems.The day was warm and the emotions…
  • Let me tell you a story

    David Rupert
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    Chris was a character. You know the type — fun, engaging, and always right at the edge of trouble. On one hand, he was a fount of information, intensely loyal to the company and indispensable. On the other hand, he was subtle, clever, and at times, irreverent. As low-level clerks, we were enamored with the complexity of this man. He knew enough about the company political structure to make things happen. He was smarter than any of his superiors – and they knew it. That’s why they gave him plenty of free-reign knowing his work ethic superseded any downside. Chris was at his best at…
  • How should a Christian living in Colorado react to legal marijuana?

    David Rupert
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Everywhere I go across the country, I’m hit with the pot question. No matter where you live, you’ve probably heard that here in Colorado, marijuana is legal to purchase and grow for personal use. The question usually starts with, “Dude….” It started out insidiously a few years ago with the medical marijuana justification. Nearly every medical doctor could write prescriptions for marijuana which could then be “Filled” by the neighborhood “dispensary.”  It wasn’t long before “doctors” set up shops next to dispensaries and began writing…
 
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Lots-o-Links 2.25.15

    Steve McCoy
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    9Marks -- Life, Ministry, & Books with Tim Keller Part 1 on Life, Part 2 on Ministry, Part 3 on Books - Excellent interview. Kindle DealsThe Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper ($1.99)The Daring Mission of William Tyndale by Steven Lawson ($3.99)Imagination Redeemed by Gene Veith ($2.99)The God Who Is There by D.A. Carson ($3.99)Crazy Busy by Kevin Deyoung ($0.99)The God Who Justifies by James White ($2.99)Can artists do good work in the suburbs?The key attraction of the suburbs for artists is comparatively cheap and spacious accommodation; the same imperative…
  • Danny Dozen

    Steve McCoy
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Happy Birthday, Danny! So proud of you making it a dozen years when THIS is your idea of a good time.
  • Fall Upon This Gospel

    Steve McCoy
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:44 pm
    I say man must fall upon this Gospel and be broken to pieces and in deep consciousness lie prostrate, like a man that is powerless, unable to move hand or foot. He must only lie motionless and cry: Almighty God, merciful Father, now help me! I cannot help myself! Christ, my lord, do help now, for with only my own effort all is lost!Complete Sermons of Martin Luther, Vol 2.1, page 396-397.
  • Giveaway: The Happy Christian by David Murray

    Steve McCoy
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:06 am
    “Don’t carry one miserable sin for one miserable second.” David Murray, The Happy Christian, p 56I've been given the opportunity to give away a copy of David Murray's new book, The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World. David is professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and pastor of the Free Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. I've reviewed his excellent book, Jesus on Every Page. A book that may not be on your radar but should be is Murray's Christians Get Depressed Too. I appreciate Dr. Murray…
  • Elijah Crohn's Update 2.19.15

    Steve McCoy
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    Here’s a brief overview of the events of Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, which have been important days for Elijah, his diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease, and the hope for remission through a plan for treatment. Check out previous posts for some context if you need it.Tuesday Appointment - First to Shriner’s Hospital for E’s rheumatologist appointment. Molly and I took Elijah and Daniel (12). His doctor is wicked smart, not only concerning the arthritis he suffers as a residual effect of Crohn’s, but also because she gave timely advice on steps forward as parents of a…
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  • Designing a Course on the Atonement

    Adam Johnson
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    There is more than one way to skin a cat (or so I’m told), and the same holds true for teaching a doctrine. This fall I am teaching a seminar on the doctrine of the Atonement, and I am working through different ways of approaching it. All methods presume extensive interaction with Scripture, but variously navigate arrangements of history, theology, and contemporary discussion. It is worth noting that these alternatives are by no means exhaustive—they are just a first foray into the delightfully complex world of this doctrine. History of Doctrine: This would be the bread and butter…
  • LATC 2015: Locating Atonement

    Scriptorium Admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
      The videos for the plenary sessions and panel discussion for the Los Angeles Theology Conference 2015, “Locating Atonement” are now available! LATC 2015  Plenary Speakers: Matthew Levering, Mundelein Seminary Atonement and Creation Ben Myers, Charles Sturt University Atonement and the Image of God Bruce McCormack, Princeton Theological Seminary Atonement and Human Suffering Michael Horton, Westminster Seminary California Atonement and Ascension Eleonore Stump, St. Louis University Atonement and Eucharist                    The…
  • Confessing the Generations

    Adam Johnson
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:22 pm
    (This is in some ways a sequel to my earlier post, “Gospel of Confession”) Perhaps, like me, you have dreaded your turn to tell your conversion story at a church event. I would open my story with an apology: “well, my story really isn’t very interesting….” Unlike some of the more sensational stories that had been told, my own story was pretty pedestrian. Raised in a Christian home, I had some struggles and questions, but my transition to my own Christian faith from that of my parents was pretty seamless. I have come, however, to radically rethink this story, partly through a…
  • God, Science & The Big Questions

    Scriptorium Admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    The Torrey Honors Institute recently partnered with Biola’s Apologetics department to host a discussion on God, science and the big questions between J. P. Moreland, William Lane Craig, and John Lennox, moderated by Hugh Hewitt. Enjoy this discussion. The minds are keen, the wits sharp, and the ideas vibrant. From Biola University: Join us for this fast-paced, wide-ranging and supremely stimulating discussion among some of the finest thinkers in the Christian world. Nothing is off the table as they discuss science vs. Christianity, arguments for God, the decline of Darwinism, radical…
  • Lent with Benedict

    Greg Peters
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    The word “lent” is of Anglo-Saxon origin and literally means “spring,” though the practice of observing a 40 day period of preparation for Easter goes back to the time of the early Church and was a fully developed liturgical season by the twelfth century. In short, Lent is our own imitation of Christ’s journey into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan – it is our own form of bearing the yoke of Christ and feeling pain and discomfort like that experienced by Christ as he faced temptation and deprivation. Further, it is a season in which we give ourselves over in particular to…
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  • March Is For (Panic) Writing

    Chris Marlow
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:14 pm
    March Is For (Panic) Writing Jen sends me this text last week: “How’s the writing coming along?” Me: “Good, I think. I mean, how do you know? It may be the worst or best words ever penned.“ Jen: “You got this… trust me!” To a rookie, first-time author, that is like telling a person who is speaking in public for the first time, not to worry. “There’s no need to be nervous. What could happen?” Well, everything could happen, duh! You could forget to zip up your fly, so people will stare at you all awkwardly and you won’t know why, until AFTER you speak.
  • Egypt, Persecution and Love

    Chris Marlow
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
      Egypt, Persecution and Love For Christmas, my wife and I gifted my daughters a quick trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. As we were driving back yesterday, I saw the news of ISIS killing 21 Egyptian Christians. I spent a week with Egyptian church leaders in 2008, so this news is extremely personal to me. I love the culture, history, and people of Egypt. They’re kind, humble warrior types. Egypt is unique in so many ways. It is considered a bridge to the West for the rest of the Middle East/North Africa countries, as they are a modern society. Rich and poor live…
  • Why You Should Take Your Kids to See Selma

    Chris Marlow
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:54 pm
                                                                  Photo Credit Why You Should Take Your Kids to See Selma  I’ve been hearing people raving about Selma, so I decided to check out the trailer. Right away, I knew it would only be a matter of time before my eyes started to water. I immediately resonated with this quote: “What happens when a man stands up and says “enough is enough?” We build the path as we came … rock by rock.” At Help One Now, we always say in our internal conversations: “Everyday, we struggle for…
  • Tools for 2015

    Chris Marlow
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    Tools I’m Using for 2015. The Muse   I’m a super fan of being productive. When much is given, much is required. I feel like one of my responsibilities in life is to manage my time well and utilize key tools that will help me fight to make the world better. I don’t go overboard and buy all the new shiny toys each year, I rarely buy apps, and I have a system that helps me control the cost (buy, sell, buy, sell). But, if I do need to spend cash, I will in order to be productive. Some of these tools are personal and others are team related. Some are new, but most are things I’ve been…
  • It’s Time to Fight

    Chris Marlow
    2 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    Fight. I’ve decided that this will be my one word for 2015.   There are so many things to fight for. For some, I know the word “fight” may even be a little too violent–maybe even a bit unspiritual. For me, it’s the essence of what I do. I fight to be a good husband and dad. I fight to build an organization that fights to break the chains of extreme poverty. I know in 2015, I’m going to have to fight to write a book. I’m also going to have to fight to be healthy, rest well, and enjoy the journey. Fighters change the world. But, as Mike Tyson…
 
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  • Bohemians 1905

    Andrew Jones
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Tonight I am speaking for 3 minutes at a football (soccer) stadium in Prague. One of the owners of The Bohemian 1905 football club asked me to share some thoughts on Australia and my own pilgrimage because, he told me, the tour of  Australia in 1927 that this Czech team undertook, as well as the great games that were played ...
  • Finding Prague at St Nicholas

    Andrew Jones
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    A new hotel opened last weekend called The Nicholas Hotel and our family were invited by the creative team at Bohemia Hotels to stay a night by the and enjoy the great location. I thought it would be a great time to bring out the old film cameras and take some old school shots around the hotel, which sits next ...
  • To blog or not to blog

    Andrew Jones
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    In light of Andrew Sullivan’s announcement today to give up blogging after 15 years, (striking similar to my 15 uninterrupted years of blogging with the distinct difference of Andrew Sullivan being talented and famous and Andrew Jones being neither), I am reflecting on my own decision to stop my blog 18 months ago and enter a blog sabbatical that has ...
  • Vintage logos and fonts. Special deal.

    Andrew Jones
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    I have been collecting vintage fonts and logos recently, despite NOT being a hipster, but the huge collection in the January Big Bundle from Creative Market is about to swamp everything I have and give me plenty of goodies to spruce up the blogs of my friends and clients. Hmmmmmmmm!!!!!! Can’t wait. Especially that Tall Abbey font that could easily ...
  • Stepping down is easier

    Andrew Jones
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    Today I am playing around with a potential logo for a social enterprise site called Next Step. I made a few icons in Affinity Designer, which I am still getting used to, and sent them off to Next Step in California. A few years ago I created the Next Step website with a logo of some stairs going upward, to ...
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  • Readers ramp it up on fifth Sundays

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    From Shelby to Shreveport, for some congregations the fifth Sunday is a favorite of the church year.  In Shelby, N.C., Ascension Lutheran Church is using the fifth Sunday in March to take its first ever “noisy offering” and will do it again in May, said Christina Auch, pastor. The offerings support specific ministries over and above the budget, including a local hospice and a men’s shelter. If The Lutheran’s Facebook poll of how congregations use fifth Sundays is any indication, collecting a noisy offering is a popular way to mark the extra day…
  • The Theory of Everything

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This film is based on the true story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. The film opens when Hawking is attending Cambridge University in 1963. At a party, he is very much taken with Jane, a major in romance languages and literature. Instead of dancing, they spend the evening talking about science, religion and poetry.  But their slowly budding love is interrupted by a shocking development. Hawking is diagnosed with a motor neuron disease similar to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Jane is willing to…
  • Lutheran perspectives on healing

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Editor’s note: This series is intended to be a public conversation among theologians of the ELCA on various themes of our faith and the challenging issues of our day. It invites readers to engage in dialogue by posting comments online at the end of each article at www.thelutheran.org. The series is edited by Michael Cooper-White, president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.), on behalf of the presidents of the eight ELCA seminaries. Each week Christians gather for worship and offer prayers on behalf of the sick. Apart from letting the congregation know who…
  • A safe place to begin a new life

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    For people hungering for safety and hope — those fleeing religious, political and racial persecution in their countries of origin — the Center for New Americans in Sioux Falls, S.D., is a valuable resource.  Since 2000 the center, a program of Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of South Dakota, has helped people from Burma, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and other countries launch new lives in the U.S. It provides community orientation and education; case management; English as a second language (ESL) classes; employment, interpreter and immigration services; and…
  • Changing times prompt merger

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The times they are a-changin’, so the lyric goes, and that’s true for The Lutheran and the communications efforts of the ELCA. Over the past two years, professionals were engaged to help leaders assess The Lutheran’s situation in order to make informed decisions about its future—a general interest denominational publication in an increasingly fractured digital age. That ultimately led to an examination of the magazine’s reach, as well as other communication vehicles at the churchwide offices. The conclusions aren’t a complete surprise.
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  • You are a pastor

    Carol Howard Merritt
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    There are a lot of scrappers out there, who use their wits and entrepreneurial vigor to live into their calling. Seminary students are increasingly being asked to be innovative, bi-vocational, and create their own calls. With the decrease in the number of stable positions, it’s important that we train apostles and tent-makers as well as pastors. read more
  • New today: Divine labor pains, indigenous Australian religion, thin places in the lectionary

    Steve Thorngate
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud. read more
  • Straight lines

    Ryan Dueck
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When I was young, faith often seemed to be about straight lines. Right/wrong. Do/don’t. Pure/impure. In/out. Faith/doubt. Virtue/sin. Blessed/cursed. Victorious/suffering. Innocent/guilty. Saved/damned. The lines were clean and true, and not to be trifled with. To suggest that the lines might not be so straight was itself evidence that you were on the wrong side of the line. read more
  • Thin places in this week’s readings

    Joanna Harader
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In the Celtic spiritual tradition, people refer to “thin places”—spaces where the veil between the Divine and the earthly is especially thin; places where you can easily have a sense of the holy, a feeling of connection to God.There are places commonly recognized as thin, as holy. read more
  • A 19th-century French novel’s insight into American racism

    John D. Wilsey
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Between April 1831 and February 1832, two officials of the French government under Louis-Philippe toured Jacksonian America. These two officials—Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont—were on assignment to research prisons in the United States and later produced a report of their findings in 1833. But while traveling through America, Tocqueville and Beaumont were also carefully observing political and social life in the new republic. Both men published works on their observations. Tocqueville wrote Democracy in America (1835/1840) and Beaumont wrote a novel, entitled Marie or,…
 
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  • Speak Wisdom and Justice

    Roger Mugs
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:23 am
    I’ve come to the conclusion that my role in the Kingdom of God is to speak. The problem with being called to speak is that it’s one of the easiest things to abuse, esepcially when you think the Lord has called you to do it. I’ve had a friend who told me their job was to speak in to my life, to sharpen me, to make me more like God. It doesn’t sound bad on the surface, but it ended up meaning this friend is constantly looking for things in my life in which he can give input. Any action is presumed to represent character flaws, and then something which can be fixed. Thank…
  • Farewell Trip

    Roger Mugs
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    I recently got on a plane and flew back to China to shut everything down. Nearly ten years living as a missionary in one place, it’s every bit as difficult to leave as you might imagine. I’ve wondered what kind of job I’ll be able to get after having been nothing but a missionary since college, and I have yet to figure it out. I’ve been thinking I’d love to do something which would send me to China a few times each year, but then, on the plane back I questioned that thinking. Fifteen hours on a cramped airplane followed by two more flights can put things in to…
  • Ten Years a Missionary

    Roger Mugs
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Well, it’s been ten years and as of last week, I’m no longer a missionary. Well, I’ll always be a missionary, because like James Fraser said, true, lasting missionary work is done on our knees. I won’t be getting off my knees. But I will be looking elsewhere for employment. It’s been a long complicated road to arrive at this conclusion. And there will be a lot I miss about working as a missionary in China. Hell, I’m gonna miss noodles like crazy. But, on the bright side, I can say hell whenever I want now. Now I’m just going to be a Christian. No…
  • Pffffft

    Roger Mugs
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    There’s a shocking amount of uncertainty in my life right now. Shocking because of how little there was six months ago. Shocking because I have always known who I was, where I was going, and exactly how I intended to get there. It turns out the whole world as my apple kind of scares the hades out of me. I’d rather know exactly where I’ll be taking a bite and how, and where that will lead three years from now. Instead I’m chasing away questions I’m unwilling to ask because I’m too overwhelmed by the ones I can’t answer. They pile up and I shove them…
  • Infrequent Opportunity

    Roger Mugs
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Preaching this Sunday on a topic of sound theological basis, but with lots of complex explaining needing to be done to fit in with different eschatological views. Hope I can skirt the right issues, and address the right ones. Landing where the Lord is honored, and His Kingdom is grasped better by those who hear. It’s interesting to only have infrequent opportunity to speak on whatever topic I’d like. I speak a lot, but seldom do I get to choose to share what’s on my heart. In these situations I feel the need to jam a lot in, and hopefully allow my passion for the topic to…
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    Think Christian Articles

  • Ringling Bros., elephants and serving as creation’s stewards

    Josh Larsen
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    Posted on 03/05/15 The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus was a regular part of my childhood. I don’t remember feeling too strongly about the use of elephants in the show either way. To be honest, I was more into the tigers (although the elephants certainly ranked higher than the clowns). Things look differently through adult eyes, however, which is how I’ve experienced the Ringling Bros. circus in recent years. My grandparents – bless their hearts – carried on the tradition by taking four generations, including my own kids, to the show a few times. It was a…
  • Colbert Catechism covers Lent and Pope Francis

    Josh Larsen
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Posted on 03/04/15 Perhaps to help us bide time until he takes over as host of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert recently made a video (embedded below) for the Catholic magazine America that showcased the same comic-religious sensibility that defined the best episodes of The Colbert Report. Called “Colbert Catechism,” the video features a casual interview between a newly bearded Colbert and James Martin, editor-at-large of America. The comedian, a practicing Catholic, discusses what he gives up for Lent, his favorite Scripture passage and what he would say to Pope Francis.
  • The difference between outrage and accountability

    Karen Swallow Prior
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Posted on 03/03/15 I was recently reading the newspaper when I came across a story that pushed my outrage button hard: a public figure, one whose position depends utterly on public trust, was exposed as a hypocrite, an egomaniac and a liar. I composed a snarky tweet in my head, pulled out my iPhone and began to type. But somewhere between the 140th character and “send,” I paused. A humiliating hashtag was already trending. What could my tweet possibly add? But more importantly, how might it harm? I deleted the draft and turned back to reading the newspaper. As providence would…
  • Hope for the children of Honduras

    Omar Rivera (with Evan Trowbridge)
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Posted on 03/03/15 Editor’s note: This is the third installment in A More Welcoming Way, a series of TC articles on the immigration experience, attempts at reform and the church’s role in the process. We are Christians; we are people of hope. We rely on hope to live boldly for God and we rely on hope when hardship comes our way. Many of my fellow Hondurans are desperate for hope. For each of the last five years, Honduras has found itself with either the worst or second-worst homicide rate in the world. And while there is progress being made, it is still a country afflicted with…
  • Russell Brand on the problem of porn

    John J. Thompson
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    Posted on 02/27/15 It’s not every day that a celebrity known for shocking behavior, tight pants and over-the-top comedy crafts a homily on the catastrophe that is modern-day porn culture. The fact that Russell Brand has just issued one of the most powerful, personal, effective and even prophetic messages on the subject of pornography is simply fascinating. Comic dandy Brand may not be the first person that comes to mind when considering important social commentary, but maybe he should be. Brand’s recent YouTube episode (embedded below) on the harmful biological, psychological and…
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    Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day

  • Deuteronomy 6: 6-7

    Bible Gateway
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
 
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  • This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 3

    Terrace Crawford
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    This is third episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.  Next week: My guest is Greg Stier and our topic is Equipping Your Students for Evangelism at Ground Zero (how to get … Continue reading →
  • 3 Steps to Recruiting New Volunteers

    Terrace Crawford
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    Recruiting volunteers is not easy for many youth workers. I’d like to encourage you to try a different way of recruitment next time you need to add volunteer staff. Here’s a 3-step approach I tried before with our student leadership team: … Continue reading →
  • This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 2

    Terrace Crawford
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    This is second episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.  Next week: My guest is Stephanie Caro and our topic is Youth Workers Getting Fired. from the description: This Week in … Continue reading →
  • The End of An Era

    Terrace Crawford
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    My contract with ChurchLeaders.com is ending. Five years ago when Crossroads had to make some painful budget cuts and had to reduce my position in Student Ministry to part-time status, I was seeking supplemental income to keep food on the table. … Continue reading →
  • 5 Types of Conference Goers

    Terrace Crawford
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    People go to conferences for a variety of reasons: Some go to be inspired while others join to network, play, learn, or to simply have fun. In my experience there are several types of conference goers that I always run in … Continue reading →
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  • Church Shouldn't Suck the life out of you.

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    I had just read this book ...still taking it in.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Walking on Water.

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    There is a passage in Mark 6 that gives Jesus walking on water. I had recently given a short devotional thought this morning at Piedmont Christian School. (#yrs olds to High School)Here are my thoughts:I. We need to pray more. Pray like Jesus. II. We don't need to be afraid. We don't need to be afraid of Jesus especially.III. We do need to be astonished more. Our job is to point to well, Jesus.Sometimes it is just a matter of knowing WHO is in control.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Mulan- I'll make a man out of you (with lyrics) (HD)

    20 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
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  • Teaching the Word. What books are you teaching?

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    Sunday Mornings I've been preaching through the book of Galatians.Wednesday nights we just started Nehemiah. And my Thursday Morning Small Group we are looking at Ecclesiastes.So what books of the Bible are you reading and teaching from?http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Books I am Reading. Winter 2015

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    So with the cold weather there has been time to catch up on some books on my to read list.I finished some of these books recently:I. Be Real.II. Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley (a book I am going to keep nearby and revisit its thoughts - good practical advice on reaching out to the unchurched)III. Preachers I have Heard. (an older book from an author from the UK and first published in the 1940s some preachers include William Booth)Upcoming to read: I. Good Leaders Ask Great Questions. - Maxwell. (Follow up from an earlier seminar of the same title)II. Growing in Christ. 40 days to a deeper…
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    Digging The Word

  • Mercy Versus Legalism

    Rick Morgan
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    Mercy is more important than trying harder.  John 5:1-18  Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days.  2  Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches.  3  Crowds of sick people--blind, lame, or paralyzed--lay on the porches [waiting for a certain movement of the water,]5  One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years.  6  When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, He asked him, "Would you like to get well?" 7  "I can't, sir," the sick…
  • Awesome Outcomes

    Rick Morgan
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:18 am
    Does your faith have a positive effect on others?  John 4:43-52  At the end of the two days, Jesus went on to Galilee.  44  He Himself had said that a prophet is not honored in his own hometown.  45  Yet the Galileans welcomed Him, for they had been in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and had seen everything He did there. 46  As He traveled through Galilee, He came to Cana, where He had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick.  47  When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to…
  • Kingdom Work

    Rick Morgan
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:19 am
    Jesus focused on his father's business.  John 4:31-38  Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, "Rabbi, eat something." 32 But Jesus replied, "I have a kind of food you know nothing about."  33  "Did someone bring Him food while we were gone?" the disciples asked each other. 34  Then Jesus explained: "My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent Me, and from finishing His work.  35  You know the saying, 'Four months between planting and harvest.'But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.  36  The…
  • Celebrate The Messiah

    Rick Morgan
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:36 am
    Are you excited about Jesus?  John 4:26-30, 39-42  Then Jesus told her, "I AM the Messiah!" 27  Just then His disciples came back. They were shocked to find Him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, "What do You want with her?" or "Why are You talking to her?" 28  The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone,  29  "Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could He possibly be the Messiah?"  30  So the people came streaming from the village to see Him.39  Many Samaritans…
  • Worship Done Right

    Rick Morgan
    4 Feb 2015 | 3:13 am
    If it isn't done right then maybe it isn't worship.  John 4:19-26  "Sir," the woman said, "You must be a prophet.  20  So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?" 21  Jesus replied, "Believe Me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22  You Samaritans know very little about the One you worship, while we Jews know all about Him, for salvation comes…
 
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  • The Most Interesting Pitcher in the World

    John
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Daniel Norris is a simply fascinating human being: This is where Norris has chosen to live while he tries to win a job in the Blue Jays’ rotation: in a broken-down van parked under the blue fluorescent lights of a Wal-Mart in the Florida suburbs. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I wasn’t somewhat jealous of his absolute hard-core focus. Insanely-awesome: “I’m not going to change who I am just because people think it’s weird. The only way I’m going to have a great season is by starting out happy and balanced and continuing to be me. It might…
  • Handmade Hero

    John
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    This guy is building an indie game and recording his work every single night on video for others to learn. Seriously badass: Handmade Hero is an ongoing project to create a complete, professional-quality game accompanied by videos that explain every single line of its source code. You can even follow him live via Twitch. The post Handmade Hero appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Welcome to Macintosh.fm

    John
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    A sweet new podcast (really, really well done) that I sponsored via Desk App. The post Welcome to Macintosh.fm appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Leader-ish

    John
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    via Dilbert Leadership is hard, it’s complex, and it’s nuanced. There isn’t one-size-fits-all leadership style out there and so the goal, therefore, is to find the model and style that works best for you. The principles are almost always the same – those things aren’t up for grabs. It’s the practice and the manifestation of leadership is what separates the good ones from the ones that have to use sticks, to poke and to prod to get stuff done (or cast magic spells). There is something redeeming in the Pointy Haired Boss attempt here… and it is the fact…
  • “Full Dad Mode”

    John
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    Lol. This. Well done Curt, well done. The post “Full Dad Mode” appeared first on John Saddington.
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  • Bicycles, Mental Health, and Life at Our House

    paulthinkingoutloud
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    The secret algorithm of repeated articles on this blog is that every new month I give myself permission to re-post items that appeared in the same month. Usually I go back several years, but if I feel something was important it might get reused as soon as 12 months later. This particular article represented some major stuff we were dealing with at this time a year ago… Today I’m happy to report that for the most part, things resolved and we’ve moved on. More than a dozen years ago, we woke up one morning to discover a pair of children’s bicycles had been left at the…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
      Read the screen carefully: Some who are part of the modern Evangelical religious establishment probably wish this is how the text read. Don’t forget to read the short-takes following the featured links… Sundays are Still the Worst - A year ago here we linked to a website dedicated to stories of servers in restaurants who are forced to deal with an influx of church-goers whose behavior is abominable. Sundays Are The Worst still gets submissions, but this recent one shows in great detail what all this looks like from the other side. ” I wasn’t expecting a tip, but I…
  • First Person Faith

    paulthinkingoutloud
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    B. J. Stockman This first ran here three years ago under the title “A New Type of Bible Translation” It was produced by B. J. Stockman and appeared as a guest post at another blog that is now dormant.  Stockman called the concept “Preaching to Yourself” and it involved taking a chapter of an epistle and re-interpreting it in the first person, so that instead of it being Paul writing to a first century church, it’s me making a declaration to live out the things Paul is teaching. You might want to pause here and read his introduction to the first chapter. I had…
  • Martha’s Busyness vs. Mary’s Devotion

    paulthinkingoutloud
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    Today’s post appears courtesy of Christianity 201 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things…” (Luke 10:41 NIV) Most of you are familiar with the story of Mary and Martha. (Click this link if not.) On the one hand we have Mary, so willing to just sit at Jesus’ feet and take in each precious moment of teaching. I had an experience once where I was talking to a pastor after a church service while he in turn was trying to listen to some things the guest speaker was saying to people near the door as they were…
  • 5 Perspectives for Power Point People

    paulthinkingoutloud
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    While it’s not listed in the New Testament, assisting the worship leader or worship team by being the computer graphics or Power Point person is definitely a gift, if not a spiritual gift. Here are some things on choosing who serves in this area, or if you are that person, the qualities needed: 1. You need to be really comfortable around a computer. The goal is to minimize distraction and allow people the freedom to enter wholeheartedly into expressing their worship to God. The last thing you want is for the computer to decide to run updates in the middle of the service, and you need to…
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  • This I Know

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    July 31, 1984.  This was the day I went forward at a vacation Bible school in East Tennessee, repented of my sins  and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. Like most new believers, I was filled with zeal and wanted to learn all I could about the Lord.  I began reading my Bible fervently, attending every service and trying to be a good Christian. I now know I was not properly discipled.
  • Blindsided by God

    8 Feb 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Blindsided by God is an interesting book. The author, Peter Chin, shares the story of how his life of faith was brought to a low point over just a few months.  A miscarriage, a breast-cancer diagnosis and a break and entering were just some of the suprises that brought the Chin family to re-evaluate disappointment, suffering and the untamable goodness of God. As I read their story, I found
  • Unshockable Love

    1 Feb 2015 | 2:30 pm
     I need to recommend this book! Unshockable Love  by John Burke is a breath of fresh air.  It's a call to seeing yourself and the people around you through the eyes of Jesus.  Now I have heard that rather cliche statement before but John Burke delivers. Originally titled Mud and the Masterpiece, Burke's book is filled with interesting stories. Part One of the book really challenges you to
  • That Loving Feeling

    18 Jan 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Today in church, our guest speaker shared from Matthew 22:36-40. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
  • More Than A Review, 5 Questions Too!

    7 Jan 2015 | 6:52 pm
    A long time ago (20 years) in a land far, far away (Texas) I first met Jason Wiedel.  Jason, my future wife Sarah and I joined 30+ others at a ministry school deep in the heart of Texas.  We were young, idealistic and had many plans for the future.  Jason's future has invoved his current job with Habitiat for Humanity and now author of the recently released Persecution Complex. I sat down to
 
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  • Gateway South Location Update #life24seven

    Eric Bryant
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    TweetThis is our defining moment! Life24seven is about knowing God intimately and bringing hope to humanity – no matter where we may be 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Life24seven is also about a new location for our campus which would enable us to do even more of what we are doing well to change our world plus provide a place to do even more for our city! FINANCIAL UPDATE Thanks to the generosity of those who have been giving, sacrificing, and serving for years, before this past Sunday we had $250,000 in savings and $150,000 in Life Giving Life pledges for a total of $400,000…
  • Mobilizing for Impact – A Weekend in Your City

    Eric Bryant
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Tweet Last year I have been able to help mobilize church leaders to love, serve, and influence their cities. From Toronto, Las Vegas, Kansas City, California, and Shanghai among others, I have been amazed at what God is doing among His people across the planet. Let me know if you would like for me to be a part of your efforts to raise up and mobilize your leaders, connect with your city, or coach your staff. A few openings remain in 2015! If you ever have a need for something like this, here are a couple of the weekends I have been leading for churches in the U.S., Toronto, and Shanghai:…
  • Exponential East Bonus Session: Creating the Church Out of the Culture

    Eric Bryant
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    TweetCreating the Church Out of the Culture FOR OUR BONUS SESSION SPECIAL: Use code “bethel15″ for $30 off registration + FREE pre-con @ Expo East 2015! From the Exponential website: Bethel Seminary will be hosting a BONUS session at Exponential East this year entitled: Creating a Church Out of the Culture. Led by Eric Bryant from Gateway Church in Austin and Rick Dunn of Gateway Leaders, this session will focus on discovering how to create a church out of the culture by helping a spiritually diverse group of people connect, grow, and serve. Learn more about this bonus session as…
  • Bringing Hope to Humanity #life24seven

    Eric Bryant
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    TweetAt Gateway South in Austin, we are at a defining moment. To move forward into what God has for us will require each of us trusting God more than we ever have before. We can experience the life and freedom God intends for our lives and bring that life and freedom to others. We can experience God’s loving presence and guidance all day and every day. Life 24 seven means knowing God intimately and bringing hope to humanity wherever we may be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In this message, I shared on our part in moving forward into God’s better future for our campus. Watch the…
  • Our Defining Moment: This Sunday at Gateway South

    Eric Bryant
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Tweet CHECK OUT THE NEW WEBSITE!: www.life24seven.org This is our defining moment! The opportunity is right in front of us. We must ask ourselves: Are we willing to trust God and move forward? This is not about a few big gifts. This is about everyone who calls Gateway South their church home being willing to pray, sacrifice, give, and respond to what God puts on each of our hearts. As we do, we can help others experience the fullness of life 24 seven! READY TO PARTICIPATE? 1. Work through the #life24seven Next Steps. This is a powerful exercise on gratitude!2. Consider your financial…
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  • Fine Fine Sports Illustrated salute to Dean Smith, yet haunted by one ghostly error

    Terry Mattingly
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    What we need here is a sports metaphor that will help me make a larger point about an amazing feature story that ran recently in Sports Illustrated, a tribute to the late, great University of North Carolina hoops coach Dean Smith.This long and detailed piece story ran under the headline, "Hail and Farewell." The subhead provided the sad context: "Five years ago, amid his sad decline, the coach's former players and assistants found a way to say to him what he had always told them: Thank you."I would love to link to this feature and share some of the finer points in it, in large part because…
  • Memories of Mother Teresa and a religious-freedom story worth watching in India

    Ira Rifkin
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    One of the highlights of my journalism career came in 1982 in Bombay (now Mumbai) where I had the opportunity to conduct a news conference for Mother Teresa, the late Nobel Peace Prize-winning nun and current candidate for Roman Catholic sainthood. The occasion was a conference staged by the International Transpersonal Association. My wife, Ruth, and I handled the press and Mother Teresa was one of the star presenters, hence the news conference opportunity.Her talk and media comments were boilerplate Mother Teresa. Love the unloved, love the unwanted, love the dying; love, love, love until…
  • Sorry, Southern Baptists: AP slants Alabama same-sex marriage coverage in favor of gay-rights advocates

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:54 am
    The Associated Press' quick-hit, 800-word coverage Tuesday night concerning the Alabama Supreme Court halting same-sex marriage licenses in that state seemed relatively straightforward and factual. It read like an unbiased news report.BREAKING: Alabama Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage; contradicts previous ruling by federal judge.— The Associated Press (@AP) March 4, 2015 MORE: All-Republican Alabama Supreme Court orders judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples: http://t.co/cTtnh38R38— The Associated Press (@AP) March 4, 2015 "Bias" is, of course, contrary to AP's…
  • Washington Post runs Spock-tacular story on Leonard Nimoy

    Jim Davis
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Whenever Trekkies flash Spock's Vulcan "Live Long and Prosper" sign, they're actually borrowing from Judaism, Leonard Nimoy often said. That fact came to the fore in numerous retrospects after Nimoy's death Feb. 27."People don’t realize they're blessing each other with this!" he says in one of the better stories, based on a recorded interview reported by the Post.Nimoy became a photographer, a director, a narrator, even a singer over his career. But his best-known role was, of course, Spock, the logic-minded alien in three TV seasons and eight films based on the original Star Trek. The…
  • Anglican wars update in Fort Worth: Star-Telegram misses a date or two in timeline

    Terry Mattingly
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    The Anglican wars timeline keeps getting longer and longer, as the court cases roll on and on and the lawyers keep cashing the checks. It is very hard for reporters to keep up with all of the details, of course, especially since there are brilliant experts on both sides whose views of the facts clash more often than not.However, as always, it helps to know what happened when.Take the case that is unfolding in Fort Worth, Texas, the subject of another amazingly short update in The Star-Telegram. I can understand the temptation to cut to the chase, but the problem with this story is that it is…
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  • Mea Culpa: Andy Stanley’s “Temple” Model

    Chaplain Mike
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I spoke too soon. Like often happens, I heard something and filtered it through my own learning and experience. Then I responded to what I thought I heard. That is bad listening, something I abhor. Mea culpa. Yesterday, in our open forum, the subject of Andy Stanley’s “temple model” came up. A commenter referenced this article and quoted from it. When I got home, I looked it up and read it more carefully. Then I went to North Point’s site and listened to the actual message. And then I realized I’d had the wrong idea about Stanley’s use of the temple…
  • Open Forum: March 4, 2015

    Chaplain Mike
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I’ve been working my fool head off this week, and simply don’t have time or sense enough to come up with a post today. That means the table is yours, my friends. Today, it’s Open Forum on Internet Monk. The rules are: Use common sense. Follow the law of love. Know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em. Conversation is a gift. Enjoy and savor it. As for me, I am on my way to get some sleep, hoping I won’t have to go out in the middle of the night again.
  • Lent with Walter White

    Chaplain Mike
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:58 pm
    In case you suspect that I’ve been distracted lately, it’s because I have been living in the Old Testament. Old Testament Albuquerque, that is. I just finished binge-watching Breaking Bad, an act of self-flagellation worthy of the most rigorous Lenten discipline. I’ve known about the show, and had heard about its magnificent writing and performances and its labyrinthine plot line, but hadn’t committed to watching it all the way through. A co-worker highly recommended it, despite her misgivings about subjecting herself to scenes that were deeply troubling to watch.
  • Music Monday: Music for Daily Prayer

    Chaplain Mike
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Today on Music Monday we feature music for daily prayer by Margaret Rizza. The album is called, Officium Divinum, and it is performed by the Convivium Singers under the direction of Eamonn Dougan. It was recorded at Portsmouth Cathedral and many of the pieces were accompanied by David Price on organ. Rizza is an English composer of classical and contemplative choral music. I came to know her through a daily prayer podcast that I love dearly, “Pray As You Go,” which regularly uses Rizza’s pieces to create a calm, meditative, Christ-centered atmosphere as you participate…
  • Sundays with Michael Spencer: March 1, 2015

    iMonk
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM: In 2015 we will mark five years since the death of Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. Today, we continue our “Sundays with Michael” series with another excerpt from a post that was originally published in February 2005. Last week, from this same post, we heard Michael critique approaching the Bible like a “magic book.” Today he suggests another metaphor to describe a common, inadequate way of reading the Bible. Another way of approaching the Bible is by collecting verses. The “grocery store” analogy is particularly helpful in describing how mainstream…
 
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  • Bohemians 1905

    Andrew Jones
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Tonight I am speaking for 3 minutes at a football (soccer) stadium in Prague. One of the owners of The Bohemian 1905 football club asked me to share some thoughts on Australia and my own pilgrimage because, he told me, the tour of  Australia in 1927 that this Czech team undertook, as well as the great games that were played ...
  • Finding Prague at St Nicholas

    Andrew Jones
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    A new hotel opened last weekend called The Nicholas Hotel and our family were invited by the creative team at Bohemia Hotels to stay a night by the and enjoy the great location. I thought it would be a great time to bring out the old film cameras and take some old school shots around the hotel, which sits next ...
  • To blog or not to blog

    Andrew Jones
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    In light of Andrew Sullivan’s announcement today to give up blogging after 15 years, (striking similar to my 15 uninterrupted years of blogging with the distinct difference of Andrew Sullivan being talented and famous and Andrew Jones being neither), I am reflecting on my own decision to stop my blog 18 months ago and enter a blog sabbatical that has ...
  • Vintage logos and fonts. Special deal.

    Andrew Jones
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    I have been collecting vintage fonts and logos recently, despite NOT being a hipster, but the huge collection in the January Big Bundle from Creative Market is about to swamp everything I have and give me plenty of goodies to spruce up the blogs of my friends and clients. Hmmmmmmmm!!!!!! Can’t wait. Especially that Tall Abbey font that could easily ...
  • Stepping down is easier

    Andrew Jones
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    Today I am playing around with a potential logo for a social enterprise site called Next Step. I made a few icons in Affinity Designer, which I am still getting used to, and sent them off to Next Step in California. A few years ago I created the Next Step website with a logo of some stairs going upward, to ...
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  • The Table of the Nations, the Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Part 2

    Albert Mohler
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    In part 1 of this series I set out an exposition of Genesis 10-11. In part 2, we will look at the question of ethnic and racial diversity through the lens of biblical theology. Now let’s consider how the rest of Scripture develops the table of nations. The apostle Paul clearly indicates that the dispersion of the nations was God’s plan all along. “And he made from one man, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place” (Acts 17:26). God’ sovereign plan from the beginning was to fill the…
  • The Table of the Nations, the Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Part 1

    Albert Mohler
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:53 am
    The world around us is changing at a velocity unprecedented in human history. But we must realize that while the world seems to be changing almost regularly before our eyes, the task of the ministry remains absolutely the same. The founders of this school were convinced that Christian ministry should be modeled on the life and teaching of Jesus and his Apostles and later handed down to men such as Timothy, Paul’s protégé in ministry. Increasingly, the world is recognizing that to be human is to live by the light of a story — a story that tells us about the past, explains the future, and…
  • Fifty Shades of Shame — The Evolution of Pornography

    Albert Mohler
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:25 pm
    The release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, timed for Valentine’s Day, is a more important and lamentable event than many Christians may realize. What the movie represents is nothing less than the evolution of pornography in an age increasingly distant from a biblical vision of sexuality and human dignity. One of the hallmarks of the Christian worldview is an affirmation of the unity of the transcendentals — the good, the beautiful, and the true. Christianity affirms — and demands — that the good, the beautiful, and the true are actually one, unified in their…
  • The President at the Prayer Breakfast

    Albert Mohler
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Presidents of the United States are usually awful as theologians. In far too many cases, the closer they get to anything theological, the bigger the mess they make. President Obama seems rather adept at making such messes, but he is hardly the first. The only President of the United States to be baptized while in office was Dwight D. Eisenhower. In remarks made at the Freedoms Forum at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in 1952, the recently-elected Eisenhower said: “In other words, our form of government has no sense unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious faith, and I don’t care…
  • Downton Abbey — What Are Americans Really Watching?

    Albert Mohler
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Americans by the millions are still tuning in to watch Downton Abbey — now in itsfifth season — eager to enjoy the continuation of the saga of the Earl and Countess of Grantham and their household. According to press reports, 10.1 million Americans watched the first episode, apparently quite ready to be transported by drama into another place and time. This season, one looming issue is the arrival of a socialist government in London. But, do Americans have any idea what they are really watching? The millions of Americans who are now devoted Downton fans are drawn, no doubt, to…
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  • Why You and I Have Such A Hard Time With Intimacy

    Pete Wilson
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    Intimacy in our relationships is found when we are able to strip back the personality we’ve created to cover the shame of our past. And as we move forward in our relationships, we constantly have to work on trying to show people a little bit more of our real self that we’ve buried underneath our shame.
 
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  • Turning Nirvana Into a 1-man a Cappella Doo-wop Show Is Both Amazing and Freaking Hilarious

    Abraham
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    Comedian and musician Daniel Koren brings us his own, slightly jazzed-up version of Nirvana’s “Lithium.” It’s as impressive as it is funny…
  • 15 Brilliantly Creative Ways to Use Leftover Wine

    Abby Heugel
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    Leftover wine? Is that really a thing? Yes, there are times when one too many bottles are opened or you forgot about the one in the back of the fridge and find it’s no longer pleasing to the palate. While you could take one for the team and swig it down in an attempt to avoid wasting those last precious drops, there are alternatives. You can still make the most of that wine without toasting the evening with a chilled class of vinegar vino. 1. Turn Your Pinot into Paint Wine is water-based, obviously, so you can use the same tools from watercolors for painting with wine. But you can’t…
  • Dude Demonstrates Brutal Pro Wrestling Moves on a Girl and You Won’t Even Be Mad

    Abraham
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    Repeatedly leveling your girlfriend with your sick WWE moves is hardly the definition of gentlemanly, but you have to admit that this guy came up with the best way to do it if it needs to be done. If there’s a safe and painless way to practice your crazy knockouts, this is it…
  • These Parents Let Their Baby Play with an Egg and Were Shocked at the Result

    Abraham
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    This 16-month-old and her parents just discovered she’s an absolute natural in the kitchen. Dad says, “We were playing…and decided to give her an egg, fully expecting to have a mess to clean up.” But is that how things went down? Not at all. This kid is going places… Good for these parents, taking a risk that allowed both them and their baby to discover a hidden talent. Dad pretty much sums it all up: “She never ceases to amaze.”
  • Maroon 5’s Biggest Fan Got Scared When He Met Them. Adam Levine’s Response Was Perfect…

    Megan Berman
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Meet Christopher Warner: he’s ten years old, he has Down Syndrome, and he LOVES Maroon 5. In fact, he’s their self-proclaimed #1 fan… At school, he sings their songs, draws pictures of his favorite bandmate, Adam Levine, and dances along to their music, his teacher told TODAY.com— He has just been fascinated with Maroon 5 and especially Adam Levine. He loves to listen to their music during work breaks. He draws pictures of them. He just absolutely loves them. So his special education teacher, Avery Stanert, created a video collage showing Chris absolutely gushing about…
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  • The Drop Box film. Why it’s complicated, why it matters, and why you should watch it.

    Eugene Cho
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:57 pm
    It’s true. The topics of orphan care and adoption are incredibly complex. Anyone that says otherwise are naive or selling something. It’s complicated on their own and even more complicated in the same sentence. And even more complicated when you engage it on local, national, and international level. They might be undergirded by certain same principles but they can (and should) look different on the ground. There’s no one simple, generic solution. And whenever solutions are presented, eventually – surely enough – loopholes are found to be exploited or…
  • There will come a time to hope but for now, we mourn. We lament.

    Eugene Cho
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:20 pm
    “…Mourn with those who mourn.” [Romans 12:15] This picture. Wailing. Crying. Disbelief. Incredulity. Oh no, not again. Just utter pain. Deep lament. It hurts to just stare at this photo and even more so, to imagine the shrieks and intensity of this father’s deep scream. For a moment, put aside your views, your “I told you so” comments, or your aspirations to be a political commentator. For us – especially as Christians – if our Black brothers and sisters in Christ are hurting …If they are truly our brothers and sisters in Christ; And if we are truly…
  • In prison or in freedom, the good news is that God has not abandoned us. Christ is with us…

    Eugene Cho
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Over two years ago on November 3, 2012, we heard about Kenneth Bae’s arrest in North Korea. Over a year ago on August 10, 2013, we held a special prayer vigil for Kenneth Bae and his family. Two weeks ago, we marked his two-year anniversary in North Korea and prayed for his liberation from captivity. His sister, Terri, shared some specific prayer requests and conveyed that it would take a miracle. Last Sunday, we celebrated the news of his freedom and safe arrival in Seattle to be reunited with his family. There’s something special about family reunions. Today, we had the joy of…
  • Pray for the people of North Korea. Lord, may your light shine forth.

    Eugene Cho
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    I’m sitting in front of my computer and I’m crying. And I can’t stop. There’s a tidal wave of emotions. As a follower of Jesus, I’m ecstatic over Kenneth Bae’s release from jail. Many will know that he was detained in North Korea not because he was trying to topple its government but because of his faith in Christ and his love for the people of North Korea. And while many question the wisdom of going to a country like North Korea, I know that following Christ will sometimes lead us to places that might be irrational to many – even to the Church. As a…
  • Two years. 730 days and counting. It’s time to release Kenneth Bae. #BringBaeBack

    Eugene Cho
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:50 pm
    This is a deeply personal post and I hope you’ll take a moment to read it and share the video above. While I have never met Kenneth Bae personally, his sister and family attend the church I lead, Quest Church. He is an American citizen. He is also a son, a father, a husband, a brother…and also a follower of Christ. I do not know him personally but I consider him a brother-in-Christ. Yes, he is a missionary although he was not directly doing ‘missions’ work in North Korea but he was captured on November 3, 2012. If you do the quick math, today marks 2 years. That’s…
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  • The Life and Theology of Paul: A New Teaching Series from Guy Waters

    Nathan W. Bingham
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    From Enemy to Apostle Before being beaten and imprisoned, planting multiple churches, and authoring much of the New Testament, Paul had no equal as a Pharisee in his dedication to the law and his persecution of the early church—but God called Paul to be an Apostle. Join Dr. Guy Waters in this new 12-part teaching series as he identifies key moments in Paul's life and considers the essence of Paul's God-centered theology. Paul's inspired writings and the story of his life continue to be a precious gift to the church, used by God to encourage and equip His people in every generation.
  • Bible-Believing, Bible-Obeying

    Nathan W. Bingham
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from Bible-Believing, Bible-Obeying, Burk Parsons' contribution to the March issue of Tabletalk: Scripture is the foundation for all we believe and the fountain from which we daily drink. It was the heart of the sixteenth-century Reformation, and it holds the message of eternal life for ourselves, our children, and our neighbors. It is the sacred Word of God given to us by human authors through the superintendence of the Holy Spirit, and it is our only inerrant and infallible authority for all of faith and life. Continue reading Bible-Believing, Bible-Obeying, or begin…
  • What Difference Does an Inerrant Bible Make?

    R.C. Sproul
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Does it matter whether the Bible is errant or inerrant, fallible or infallible, inspired or uninspired? What's all the fuss about the doctrine of inerrancy? Why do Christians debate this issue? What difference does an inerrant Bible make? Before answering that question, we should consider in what way inerrancy doesn't make a difference. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy states: We affirm that a confession of the full authority, infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture is vital to a sound understanding of the whole of the Christian faith. We further affirm that such confession should…
  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, March 2015

    Motte Brown
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The March issue of Tabletalk is out. This issue will explain the doctrine of Scripture and, more specifically, the doctrine of inerrancy. God gave His written Word to His people as their only infallible rule for faith and life. Its authority outranks all other authorities in this life. It is thus essential that Christians have a right understanding of Scripture and what it means that Scripture is inerrant. This issue of Tabletalk will demonstrate a robust doctrine of Scripture, explaining the meaning and significance of the doctrine of biblical inerrancy. Contributors include R.C. Sproul…
  • Bad Homiletical Models of Expository Preaching

    Derek W. H. Thomas
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Despite the many books on preaching, bad homiletical models of expository preaching still exist. They come from various sources and are influenced by a variety of factors. Often it is not the model itself that is at fault, but the use made of it. They include: 1. The Puritans With the exception of John Calvin, few men have influenced my thinking more than John Owen. To Owen I owe an understanding of sanctification and biblical spirituality that has preserved my sanity on more than one occasion. Owen's works are deservedly reprinted and studied. If banished to a desert island with the Bible…
 
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  • Why Do You Doubt?

    15 Feb 2015 | 5:29 am
    In Matthew 14 we read the story that many of us have heard or read many times - Jesus walks on water. In the middle of the night, while the disciples are out on the boat, they look out into the stormy waters, and they see a figure walking on the water. At first, as would be expected, they are afraid. But then Peter makes a bold request "Jesus, if that is you, then command  me to come out on the water with you."Jesus replies "Come." So Peter steps out onto the water in faith.Peter steps out in faith. He steps out of the boat, and he walks on the water! This is an amazing moment. It's a…
  • Waiting and Wandering

    14 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    A couple of friends and I decided to go backpacking earlier this week. It seemed like a good idea when we made our plans a couple of weeks ago. And while I love being on the trail, the cold weather really has a way of putting a damper on things. We knew it would be cold, but we didn't expect the wind, fog, mist and ice that we encounterd…after the first night we were done. We headed back to the car and went home.I continue to wonder what God has next for me and my family. Waiting is difficult. The hardest part is being sure that we are supposed to be waiting. If I knew how long I had to…
  • The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

    29 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    "The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me." - Psalm 50:23I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. I hope you were able to celebrate with loved ones, spend some time with good friends, and reflect on the abundant blessings in your life. We are blessed, far beyond what we even realize most of the time. Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect on those blessings.Psalm 50:23 says that "the one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me." When's the last time you offered thanksgiving as your sacrifice? But what does that even mean? Thanksgiving equals…
  • Guest Blogger: Kelsey Janes

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Kelsey went with me on this trip to Mexico last year. She had a really amazing time, and is looking forward to going again. Here are Kelsey's Top Ten "Reasons why I want to go back to Mexico:"These are the reasons I want to back go to Mexico:1. I want to go to Mexico because I want to help the people there.2. It will be a good opportunity to learn another language.3. The food and fruit juices are delicious.4. Sleeping in a hammock is fun.5. Its fun to see the different villages and how they live.6. Meeting the people is fun because they are very different.7. Its a good way to make new friends…
  • One Week To Go!

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Time flies! I am blown away that 1 week from tomorrow we leave for Mexico! It seems we've been talking about it and planning it for so long, and in just 7 days we will be boarding a plane heading out on this Family Missions trip together.There are 23 of us going. 7 families. What an opportunity to see God work in the lives of each of these individuals, and in each of these families. The thing is, God is going to work in our lives. He is. He always does. What I love about trips like these is that it forces us into a deeper reliance on Him. We are removed from our comfort zone. We are removed…
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  • What can you tell me about small groups?

    Tim Archer
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’ve started a new small group ministry within the bilingual group that I work with at the University Church of Christ. Going on the theory that late is better than never, let me ask for some input. Have you been involved in small groups? Have you been in an especially successful group? Have you been in a group that was unsuccessful? What works and what doesn’t in terms of…? frequency size location format study/discussion materials childcare Any other thoughts or suggestions you’d like to share? Image from CreationSwap.com
  • Links To Go (February 18, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    In court, ‘guardian angels’ aim to help immigrants facing deportation They call themselves “guardian angels.” They say they are protectors of the tens of thousands of children apprehended at the U.S. border in recent years after fleeing rising violence in Central America. Because the government does not provide lawyers to immigrants facing removal, many of the children have ended up navigating complex deportation proceedings alone. Last fiscal year, 72% of children in deportation hearings were not represented by an attorney, according to federal data analyzed by…
  • Moving Mom

    Tim Archer
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    The last few days have been unusual. My family has helped my mother move from her home in San Angelo to an apartment in Abilene. She is now in a retirement community about 5 blocks from my house. The transition isn’t easy. She had lived in that house in that same house in San Angelo since the summer before I began first grade. She’d attended the same congregation since before I was born. She had her set appointment with the hairdresser and her time with the ladies that helped her clean the house. She was around friends that she had known for decades, even if they were able to see…
  • Links To Go (February 16, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    ISIS and “the Nation of the Cross” You can’t kill people who have already died. That’s who you are talking about and who you are talking to when you address “the people of the Cross” The people of God have faced worse things than this before and we actually have a bit of historical perspective on what God does with our spilled blood. “The blood of Christians is the seed of Christianity” one early Jesus follower wrote during a much scarier time than this. And he was right, you have no idea the sleeping giant that you are waking with this challenge, and it’s not the West.
  • Links To Go (February 9, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    The Girl in the Tuxedo: Two Variations on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity If she speaks of her religion and says there are faith convictions at stake that matter deeply to her, the therapist tries to help her overcome her “homophobic” values and free her from the “false consciousness” and oppression to which she is clearly subject. And if she finally discusses the still unrevealed secret of sexual abuse—the fifty-year-old uncle and the summer six years ago? Exploring its possible connection with her same-sex attraction is forbidden. Any such discussion or treatment must still…
 
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  • How To Write Email Subject Lines That Get Opened Immediately

    Kenny Jahng
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Email is still the killer app for engagement.   If you show up in someone inbox consistently (with permission), you are relevant. If you’re writing emails to your list – newsletters, promotional notices, anything with a call to action, you really need to get a good handle on writing amazing subject lines. Here’s 5 ways to think about copywriting your email subject lines so that people open them consistently and immediately when showing up in their inbox.   Do you have any other tips or insights on how to get your emails opened? Share your ideas below.
  • List of Top 7 Most Shared Bible Verses

    Kenny Jahng
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Check it out, kind of a zeitgeist for Christian culture perhaps, this is the list of the seven most popular Bible verses being shared over YouVersion. If you don’t have the YouVersion Holy Bible app on your mobile phone yet, you should download it and start exploring today. How many of these Bible verses are you familiar with?
  • “Done For You” Social Media: Tim Keller Style

    Kenny Jahng
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Imagine if your social media feed was filled with Tim Keller awesomeness? Well, here’s your chance. . . I’m giving away a pack of professionally designed, non-branded, social media network optimized, graphics quote cards. I love Tim Keller wisdom, and want to help you spread some of it across the Twitterverse and more.  Just click on the image below for details.
  • Worrying & Bitterness: Tim Keller Style

    Kenny Jahng
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
  • Reminder to F O C U S

    Kenny Jahng
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    One of the foundations of what we do when we try to be strategic: *FOCUS = Follow One Course Until Successful* Get rid of all those distractions and stay focused on the task at hand. Some people think it is best to diversify and keep pursuing tons of stuff at once. But if you look at the successful people in any given industry, you’ll typically find that they have figured out how to be ultra laser-FOCUSED on just a couple of things (if not just one!) at a time. *Thoughts on this? Let me know what is the one or two things (ONLY) that are at the top of your focus list.*
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  • Going (Back) to Seminary

    Paul Burkhart
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    My last post on this site, years ago, was a fiery little piece called “Realizing Seminary’s Not For You“. At the time, God had powerfully and clearly led me to a place of realizing that seminary was not the place He had for me at the moment. I had just finished my first year at a well-known Reformed Evangelical seminary in Philadelphia. Coming out of that first year, I was not the man I was when I went in. I don’t know how to describe the changes without making them sound hyperbolic and overly-dramatic, but suffice it to say: I was in a place ripe for God to make big…
  • Around the Web: Lent 2015 Edition

    Paul Burkhart
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    Using the Christian Church Calendar can be an incredibly meaningful way of engaging God, and the tradition of the Community of Faith. It’s also a way of sharing one’s spirituality with the global church, both past and present. Here, I want to offer some of my favorite resources to engage in this time deeply. Check out Churches Different churches around the country put out specific resources for Lent. Check your church community’s website. Also be sure to look at churches in your area if your church doesn’t have anything. For example, I live in Philadelphia. My church…
  • Am I Called?

    Lauren Visser
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Today’s guest post is from Evan Duncan. He is pursuing his MDiv at Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and he currently serves as media and communications director at First Baptist Church in Temple, Texas. Originally from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, he has a passion for using all forms of media to help spread the gospel message across the world. Duncan loves spending time with his wife, Brittany, as well as reading, writing, watching baseball, and trying to be funny on Twitter. For more of Duncan’s work, visit www.evanduncanmedia.com. I sit next to an accountant, a…
  • There’s No Such Thing as Balance

    Jonathan Watson
    9 May 2014 | 9:34 am
    My job allows me to chat with distinguished seminary professors every week. During one such conversation, I asked the professor what advice he would give to a young student trying to balance school, work, ministry, and family—i.e., me. His response? “There’s no such thing as balance.” He went on to explain that if a student were to balance every demanding area of life, he could only give a modicum of attention to each. For example, when you’re at your day job, do you balance it with family and ministry? Would you, while at your desk, be bouncing your child on your knee and inviting…
  • Devotions vs. Academic Study: Is One More Important Than the Other?

    Jonathan Watson
    3 Feb 2014 | 2:37 pm
    When I was accepted into seminary, I was filled with wonderful ideas about how soul-enriching my studies would be. After all, I’d be studying the Bible all day and learning about God and his character in every class. How could this not lead to deeper devotion and richer worship? I thought that, perhaps, in the interest of saving some precious time, I could combine my devotional time with my studies. Good idea? Well, yes and no. Once I began my studies I quickly realized that while  what I was learning was edifying, it was not enough. I was reading Scripture and studying deep theology and…
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  • Taller Than Any of the People

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Sermon preached on 1 Samuel 9 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 2/15/2015 in Novato, CA. Sermon manuscript Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. 1 Samuel 9 2/15/15 “Taller Than Any of the People” Who chose Saul to be the first king of Israel? This chapter […]
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith 29-30

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Rev. Reid Hankins at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 2/15/2015 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on the book Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by RC Sproul, covering chapters 29-30, dealing with Christology, including his virgin birth and his begotteness.
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith 27-28

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    8 Feb 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Mr. Mike Awtry at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 2/8/2015 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on the book Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by RC Sproul, covering chapters 27-28, dealing with Christology, including his humanity and his sinlessness.
  • Now Make For Us a King

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:42 am
    Sermon preached on 1 Samuel 8 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 2/8/2015 in Novato, CA. Sermon manuscript Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. 1 Samuel 8 2/8/15 “Now Make For Us a King” Would they remember the lessons of Ichabod and Ebenezer? That becomes the […]
  • Ebenezer

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Sermon preached on 1 Samuel 7 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 2/1/2015 in Novato, CA. Sermon manuscript Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. 1 Samuel 7 2/1/15 “Ebenezer” Sometimes you have to learn a lesson a hard way. And sometimes you have to learn it […]
 
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  • knowing why God is doing certain things

    Austin Gardner
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    Genesis 45:7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. Joseph was able to love his brothers though they had severely mistreated him. He was able to forgive. He was able to continue in the ministry. The way to continue was to see above the stuff on this level. To see from God’s perspective. God was at work in Joseph’s life and the life of an entire people. God’s plans were bigger than Joseph’s comfort. Try to see what God is doing before you get too upset!
  • Parent Corner: March 1st

    John Pearson
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    Submitting to authority is submitting to God.   March 1, 2015 Text: Romans 13 To help our parents stay informed about what their students are learning during the Student Bible Fellowship time at church we are providing an overview of the lesson from this Sunday for you.  Submitting to authority is tough at any age, especially when you want to do your own thing.  There is no law against doing your own thing, unless it impacts you or others in a destructive manner.  God knew that every generation would want to leave its own unique mark on the world, and sometimes that would involve…
  • Send Me I’ll Go: Letting the Mission Choose Your Life

    trent cornwell
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    Jake Taube wrote this on his blog. I wanted to make sure and share it with everyone of you. Also at the end of the article you will see that I want to give away several copies of the book. Read on to see how to get your own free copy. Last week was an exciting one for me as CLC released my book ‘Send Me, I’ll Go’. A lot has gone into this project, and I’m very thankful for this new opportunity to talk about missions. As the purposes of the book and the purposes of this blog overlap considerably, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of the book’s content for readers…
  • forgotten

    Austin Gardner
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Genesis 40:23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him. Joseph had helped the butler. The butler forgot Joseph and did not help him. I can only imagine how that made Joseph feel. If you are in the ministry of serving people then you know that you have been forgotten. People have promised to remember. People have promised to help but they have forgotten. Welcome to the club. Just do your job knowing that God will not forget!
  • Thank You- Sam Wilson

    Beth Staley
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
      Thank you card from Sam Wilson to Vision Baptist Church. We greatly enjoyed having him with us.  
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  • Welcome to Purpose Laboratories

    Andy Wood
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Hello everybody and welcome to the laboratory.  I hope this is educational or helpful to you, and we’ll go inside in just a minute.  Just a couple of guidelines first, so you can benefit the most from the tour. First, this is MY lab.  It’s up to you to set up YOUR laboratory however you think best. Second, it’s a little raw and messy because I just finished a major project redesign.  At least I THINK it’s finished. One other thing… as your tour guide, my job is to remind you, this is not a museum, but an active living and learning space.  So every once in a while I’ll ask you…
  • Is it Time to Review (or Create) Your Mission Statement?

    Andy Wood
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    President Woodrow Wilson once said, “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forgot the errand.” Have you forgotten the errand lately?  Maybe it’s time for a look under the hood. At least it is for me.  And maybe for you, too. I’m involved in some pretty big initiatives lately (you’ll be seeing more of that soon).  And those initiatives are added to an already-very-busy life. Never a…
  • Whatever Happened to Your Dreams?

    Andy Wood
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    Hey… you on the treadmill or the carousel. Yes, you.    I have a question for you. Remember the time you had an idea that would make a difference in your world?  Remember when you aspired to something better?  Something richer?  Something gloriously possible because you imagined it so? Yeah, so… whatever happened to that idea?  Whatever happened to your dreams? Remember when you were on a mission – when you had a sense of calling and clarity, and you even gave the G-word as your source?  Remember when you stepped out in confidence because God told you to? Yeah, so… whatever…
  • The Airplane

    Andy Wood
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:34 pm
    (A Fable) Aging and sad, a grand hulk of useless machinery sits in an airplane hangar when it probably should have been sold for scrap.  Designed by an Engineer as an elegant flying machine, this plane has never left the ground or even taxied the runway.  For reasons that still don’t make sense, when the time came to assemble all the parts, in the end the plane looked more assaulted than assembled. To an untrained eye everything appeared to be in place.  There was a fuselage, wings, wheels, and engine shrouds.  But if you looked closer, you would see that the assemblers failed to…
  • Hold Tightly in the Night

    Andy Wood
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Closer than you may realize, And darker than you can imagine, Someone you know languishes now Under black clouds of fear and despair – Clouds that never seem to break enough To let the light in. The only hope that they have Is the light that shines through you. Believe fervently for them. Hope confidently for them. Love them gently As you hold them tightly in the night. Hotter than an angel’s breath, More violent than you care to admit, Someone you know futilely fights Against demons that enslave them – Demons disguised as flesh and blood Habits and heartaches. The only freedom they see…
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  • Album Preview: WorshipMob “Carry The Fire”

    Worship.com
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    WorshipMob:  “Carry the Fire” Album preview, available March 3, 2015 Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Oh The Deep Deep Love (feat. Aaron Keyes) – Official Lyrics Video

    Worship.com
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Oh The Deep Deep Love (feat. Aaron Keyes) – Official Lyrics Video: Info and resources for... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Worship Leading & Ministry and Challenges, Ideas & Encouragement

    Worship.com
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Worship Leading & Ministry and Challenges, Ideas & Encouragement Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Matthew West | One Day

    Worship.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:17 pm
    “Day One” LIVE by Matthew West   Well, I wish I had a short term memory Wish the... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Vertical Church Band – Bound For Glory

    Worship.com
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    A live performance from the Vertical Church Band – Bound For Glory 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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  • Evangelicals and Catholics Together - Twenty Years Later

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    Twenty-one years ago to the month, a group of ecumenically-minded Evangelicals and Roman Catholics, led by Richard John Neuhaus and Chuck Colson, gathered together and issued the statement: 'Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium (ECT)'. It first appeared in New York on Tuesday, March 29th, 1994 and a few months later was published in First Things. While many applauded and welcomed the document at its launch, it was also met with intense controversy and a great deal of suspicion. To this day some would argue that not much has changed. ECT was…
  • Kingdom Conspiracy

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    Scot McKnight, Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2014. x + 289pp. $21.99The Kingdom of God has captured the attention and imagination of many recent evangelical writers. Even so, nothing resembling a theological consensus concerning the Kingdom has arisen within evangelicalism. Many have pressed for an understanding of the Kingdom that carries a mandate for the amelioration of social ills or the rectification of perceived social inequities. These priorities often curiously align with those of progressive political platforms in…
  • Around and Around We Go

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Since we completed our discussion of the "Ten Tenets" last month, I thought it might be useful to comment on some of the common objections to a Covenantal approach to apologetics.One of the most common objections against a "Covenantal" (or presuppositional) approach to apologetics is that it reasons in a circle, and thus provides no real argument for its position. Reasoning in a circle is a fallacious endeavor, so the objection goes; it cannot provide reasons for what it claims. Examples of this objection could be almost endlessly multiplied, but we will be content with just a couple. In a…
  • Rejoicing in Lament

    22 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    J. Todd Billings, Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2015. $14.99/£11.99Much of life in a fallen world consists of navigating through the fog of tragedy and suffering. Any pastor who has spent more than a month or two in any given parish will come up against the broken gears of the cycle of life. Illness strikes the healthy, death comes to take the young, and all too often it seems that curse falls upon the way of the righteous. At times like these, in a church culture that has all-but-lost the Psalmic language of lament, it…
  • Joining the Resistance: Lament and the Kingdom [Part 4]

    22 Feb 2015 | 1:13 pm
    In previous posts, I have suggested that the question of suffering before God needs to remain an open question - a question that we, along with the Psalmists, bring before God in the midst of our grief, anger, and confusion. All of this relates to prayer. But it also relates to action - action in a world in which God is king, and yet we groan and wait for his kingdom to come in fullness.When I was a seminary student, I had a friend who was a chaplain at a children's hospital. He was counseling a nurse who was facing what we might call "compassion burnout." She wanted to help people. Perhaps,…
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  • A Coming Storm Update

    Wes Bridel
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    The following is a reprint of the March 2015 Coming Storm newsletter… A Coming Storm Update Good news.  The work of the Lord is progressing.  I haven’t written much in the past couple years in part because I didn’t have anything different to say than what I’ve already said.  I would write from time to time to say that I felt we probably had a couple more years before the economy turned down again.  Today I have a different opinion. I believe this is the year that we begin to see the economy begin to crack apart.  My guess is that if I’m correct and these things begin in…
  • A Couple Updates

    Wes Bridel
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:17 pm
    It’s been too long since our last post and as you’ll read below, we hope to get this blog a little more active.  I wanted to make this quick post just to point out a couple things going on with: 1) The newest addition to our team here at Kingdom Calling 2) A friend’s blog and business who helps writers get published as New York Times Best Sellers & 3)  A short word on geopolitical & macroeconomic events Welcome Robin Slaughter!Robin has joined us as the Office Manager here at Kingdom Calling and our other related businesses.  I’ll probably speak more about a…
  • The Government has “Saved” us from the Government!

    Wes Bridel
    16 Oct 2013 | 12:47 pm
    It appears as I write this that the government will come to a Debt Ceiling agreement just in the nick of time.  Of course, that has probably been their plan for months (and is exactly what I would have told you months ago if you had asked what they will do).  This appears to be a favorite strategy of Pres. Obama’s although he provides no leadership in these matters, so it’s hard to say it’s his strategy. Do you believe that crises as been averted?  Or do you see this as more along the lines of the politicians creating a crises so that they can avert one for their own political…
  • QE to Infinity

    Wes Bridel
    11 Oct 2013 | 10:56 am
    Could QE go on forever?  I think Jim Sinclair coined the term “QE to Infinity” to mean that the US Fed’s printing of money will never stop.  They can’t possibly stop it based on their current thinking and objectives.  What they are doing is an incredibly stupid idea, but their choice is basically to have crises soon, or keep printing and hope that the crises comes on the next guy’s watch…even though that means the crises will be bigger than it had to be. Well, when we put out the August newsletter, we told you all of this.  At that time, just about everyone on Wall Street…
  • Gold & Silver: Backwardization & Conclusion

    Wes Bridel
    9 Sep 2013 | 3:10 pm
    The gold and silver markets have had a crazy year with big drops in US dollar prices and a big bounce from the lows.  We’ve been discussing these markets here and here.  Today we’ll look at another big issue and conclude the focus on silver and gold before moving on to other topics… Backwardization This is why the gold futures prices have been in backwardization for months now.  This is unprecedented.  As it stands now, the market will pay you to hand over your gold bars today and collect new ones in the future.   (We’re talking big bars here, this isn’t something…
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  • Finding Joy in the Little Things

    jason@church4allnations.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This year I’m teaching a 10th grade English class. It’s a lot of work, for sure, but I love the kids. Besides that, I get the opportunity to give spelling tests. I know, right? How lucky am I? What’s crazy is I actually enjoy writing out sentences for these tests. Some of funny, some are slightly off-kilter (like my sense of humor often is), and some are more serious. Honestly, writing these sentences have become one of the highlights of my week. For this reason, I thought I’d share some of my favorites. Enjoy! 5. Excelled Barbara excelled at blending in, not that…
  • If I Knew Then…

    jason@church4allnations.com
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Can you finish that title’s statement? I’m sure you’ve heard it, “If I knew then what I know now…” The thought behind it is that what you know now would have helped you back then or you would have avoided certain things altogether. A statement after a long, arduous hike described in this week’s chapter of Fight Back with Joy by Margaret Feinberg has sparked in me a pondering. The group hiked various lengths and through varying treacherous conditions, and this was the statement, “If I had known how challenging this hike was going to be, I…
  • Getting Past “I Want to Know You”

    jason@church4allnations.com
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Taste of His goodness; see how wonderful the Eternal truly is. Anyone who puts trust in Him will be blessed and comforted. Revere the Eternal, you His saints, for those who worship Him will possess everything important in life. Young lions may grow tired and hungry, but those intent on knowing the Eternal God will have everything they need. –Psalm 34:8-10 (VOICE) I’m a worship leader who loves to sing. I’ve sung hundreds of songs and a whole bunch of them have focused on “knowing God.” So many songs have themes like, “I just want to know you” or…
  • Sanctuary: Saving Light

    jason@church4allnations.com
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:00 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… Psalms 6:4-5 (VOICE) Come back, Eternal One, and lead me to Your saving light. Rescue me because I know You are truly compassionate. I’m alive for a reason—I can’t worship You if I’m dead. If I’m six feet under, how can I thank You?   What’s your sanctuary this week? What thought, verse, etc. are you meditating on? 14 comment(s) for this post: Gina Duke: 28 Feb 2015 Beautiful post. I am your…
  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    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! When Singing “Let it Go” is Far Easier than Doing it by Margaret Feinberg (MargaretFeinberg.com) Recovery Room: the Second Page by AJ Swoboda (SethHaines.com) The Best and Worst Foods to Eat before Bed by Katie Golde (Greatist) In her defense, it had always worked before Originally found on Pinterest. Your turn! I started this list, I need your help finishing. Share your favorite inspiration, practical…
 
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  • The Dignity of Motherhood

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    Motherhood is hard. Really hard. As I consider all my wife has done with and for our three children, I'm humbled by the sacrifices she has made day in and day out. Our children are delightful, but they are human, which means they are fallen in nature and finite in judgment. That means that motherhood is hard. Really hard. Motherhood is under attack. "No fault" divorce, cohabitation, promiscuity, abortion-on-demand, and pornography have made women of childbearing age prey to a variety of evils and susceptible to the often malign choices of others. And simply being a mom can induce demeaning…
  • Abraham Lincoln: "The Judgments of the Lord" March 4, 1865

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Some might say he was clinging to his guns and religion. Abraham Lincoln began his Second Inaugural Address with a reference to the military situation. Gen. Grant’s powerful army then held the rebel Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia in a death grip, besieging it at Petersburg, with the Confederate capital of Richmond sure to fall to Union forces. Lincoln expressed his satisfaction with “[t]he progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends…” He moved on to a brief recitation of the causes of the Civil War.He offered no condemnation of his…
  • The 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Second Inaugural: A Meditation on the Will of God

    4 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    My brilliant friend Daniel Dreisbach (Ph.D., Oxford), a professor at American University, has written a wonderful piece on the 15oth anniversary of what he rightly calls “among the most eloquent of all presidential utterances.”    Lincoln’s remarkable, 700-word speech is a meditation on God’s will during a time of national crisis and massive bloodshed, the Civil War.  It also reflects the 16th President’s internalization of the Word of God and how it affected his understanding of this great American trial. Read Daniel’s perceptive piece, and…
  • Ultrasounds Save Lives

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:07 am
    A survey conducted by the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), a national legal network of prolife pregnancy centers, showed how powerful ultrasounds are in changing the minds of abortion-minded and abortion-vulnerable patients.  NIFLA stated in a press release: Four-hundred and ten (410) of NIFLA's medical membership (less than one-half) reported providing 75,318 ultrasound confirmations of pregnancy in 2013 on patients identified as either abortion-minded or abortion-vulnerable. Of these abortion at risk patients, 58,634 chose to carry to term, indicating that 78%…
  • The Threat to Domestic Religious Liberties

    frc-media-office
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Anyone keeping a relatively close eye on the religious liberties landscape in this country cannot fail to sense a growing tension developing. Whether it's anti-discrimination laws restricting the full extent of religious conscience, federal abortion coverage mandates demanding compliance from private catholic charities, or the tenacious Freedom From Religion Foundation mailing complaint letters to administrators demands the installment of laïcité in our public schools, the culture clash between church and state is anything but boring. The Christian Legal Society was fortunate to…
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  • A New Rendition Of Ephesians 5:22- Submit, or Tenderly Devote?

    Michael
    14 Feb 2015 | 3:20 pm
    I really enjoyed this episode of Sid Roth with Brian Simmons. He talks about open visions, and revivals in central America. He tells of one supernatural account of a dead toddler who died in a ditch, and was brought back to life. The woman found her toddler in a drainage ditch, and walked all day, carrying her child to a revival which he was holding in hopes for a miracle. Brian saw an open vision of this woman carrying her child and called the woman he saw in the vision forth. Unknown to her, she was just entering the revival, and heard his call and came forward. The child which had been…
  • A Muslim Asks A Christian Apologist About The Trinity

    Michael
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    A Muslim from Pakistan asks Apologist Nabeel Qureshi questions about the “trinity” and questions about why Yeshua, Jesus called himself  “son of man”. Additional questions are asked “Can God be finite and infinite at the same time?” He also asks questions that Qureshi answers more substantively by using his knowledge of the Everyone can learn something from the respectful exchange found in this video.
  • Fantastic Christian Guides To Own

    Michael
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    The following is a list of Christian books that are highly recommended….. Christianity: The Faith that Makes Sense The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Last Days Nephilim Stargates: The Year 2012 and the Return of the Watchers Nephilim and the Pyramid: Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse 23 Minutes in Hell Stripes, Nails, Thorns and the Blood That Flowed for Us: The Quadrilogy of Jesus’ Suffering Countdown to the Apocalypse: Learn to read the signs that the last days have begun. Eternity in Their Hearts: Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of…
  • 10 Reasons Why People Are Leaving The Church

    Michael
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    We all know them, the kids who were raised in church. They were stars of the youth group. They maybe even sang in the praise band or led worship. And then… they graduate from High School and they leave church. What happened? It seems to happen so often that I wanted to do some digging; To talk to these kids and get some honest answers. I work in a major college town with a large number of 20-somethings. Nearly all of them were raised in very typical evangelical churches. Nearly all of them have left the church with no intention of returning. I spend a lot of time with them and it takes very…
  • A Vision of Warning To Pastors Who Do NOT Preach The Word

    Michael
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    The Sword and the Serpent by L. Vere Elliott In this Vision/Revelation, I was in the midst of a great meeting hall (a church), and the walls and ceilings were covered with jewels and ornaments, and the windows were made of colored glass (a typical cathedral or church). The hall was full of people, some rich, some poor, some sick and crippled, mute and blind; but all had chains on and were hand-cuffed, and no one was free, (a picture of today’s church, they are in church but they are not free). In front of the meeting hall was a large platform, with a pulpit on one side and a large cage…
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  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    What Difference Does an Inerrant Bible Make?R.C. Sproul:Does it matter whether the Bible is errant or inerrant, fallible or infallible, inspired or uninspired? What’s all the fuss about the doctrine of inerrancy? Why do Christians debate this issue? What difference does an inerrant Bible make?What if Wes Anderson directed X-Men?Stunning:New Spurgeon bio by John Piper20 years ago, John Piper shared a message drawing from the life and ministry of Charles Spurgeon. Now, Desiring God has turned it into a small book, Charles Spurgeon: Preaching Through Adversity, which you can get for…
  • 5 books Christians should read on Islam

    Aaron Armstrong
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    What do Christians really know about Islam and Muslim people? It’s tempting to view them solely in light of what we see in the news, and hear in the rhetoric of many commentators. While it might be easier to treat all Muslims as though they are sleeper agents for ISIS, I’m pretty sure it’s not going to help us actually reach them with the thing they need most: the gospel.And if we’re going to do that, we need to have a better idea of what they actually believe, the questions they are really asking, and the objections they hold about Christianity. So, here are five…
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    Aaron Armstrong
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Free resources for MarchThis month’s free book for Logos Bible Software is 1 Corinthians by Roy Harrisville. Over at Christian Audio, you can get The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel free (along with a number of other titles reduced to $4.98).Free Gospel Project live eventRegister here for Gospel. Life. Ministry, a live-streamed event hosted by The Gospel Project on May 11.Concerning Those Crusty CalvinistsMike Leake:What I see is a growing movement of gracious Calvinism…at least in regards to how we relate to non-Calvinists and others who differ. I praise God for a growth of…
  • Articulating unbelief

    Aaron Armstrong
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    A letter.You wouldn’t think it’d be that hard to write a letter, but this one has a very specific purpose, because it’s also my term paper for my apologetics and outreach course. I am to write a letter to a friend, a family member—someone I am close to—bridge the gap between their beliefs and my own, and encourage them to pursue Christ.And until last night, I’ve been stuck.Every time I’d start, I’d hit a wall. I didn’t know where to begin. So I started thinking about a different person, our relationship and what they believe. And then I’d…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersB&H’s Perspectives series is on sale for $2.99 each:Perspectives on the SabbathPerspectives on the Ending of MarkPerspectives on Your Child’s EducationPerspectives on Family MinistryPerspectives on the Doctrine of GodPerspectives on ElectionPerspective on Children’s Spiritual FormationPerspectives on Church GovernmentPerspectives on Christian WorshipPerspectives on Israel and the ChurchPerspectives on Our Struggle with SinPerspectives on Spirit BaptismChristian America?: Perspectives on Our Religious HeritagePerspectives on TithingAlso on…
 
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • God on the Move: “Eyes on the Road Ahead” – Colossians 2-3

    Randall Smith
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    Are you concerned about people who TEXT when they drive? Have you ever found yourself focused on something other than the road ahead WHILE you were driving? In this lesson, we want to look at the road ahead, and we want that road to have our full attention – undistracted. If you are involved in training young people in the church, these are exciting days to live in! I believe a new wind is blowing in the church of the west, and God is raising up young people who are preparing to take a firm commitment to Jesus Christ into a world where even western culture has grown hostile to its historic…
  • God on the Move: “The Dream” – Colossians 1

    Randall Smith
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    When a brand new baby is first placed into the arms of a new loving parent, a universe of dreams is ignited. This much I have seen: new parents handle the baby with such care, you can tell they believe the child is far more “breakable” than they really are – but that is fine. It is better that they learn to be gentle than they learn how resilient that little child truly is. The first days, new parents often share with me that their fears are NOT about the baby, but about their ability to be good parents. They want to do things the “right way”. Should their little boy be circumcised?
  • Following His Footsteps: “Anticipation” – Luke 18:35-19:27

    Randall Smith
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Have you ever had to wait for something with such expectancy that you could hardly contain yourself? Carly Simon sung to us about “anticipation”, and a number of years ago, the Ketchup company “Heinz” paid for the use of that old pop song to emphasize how much thicker their ketchup was than their competitors. Their argument was, “Ours comes out slower because it has less water.” They proudly pressed their claim that water was somehow a cheater’s way to make ketchup, and sitting there with a bottle that wouldn’t yield the condiment was somehow a symbol of its higher quality. I…
  • Following His Footsteps: “The Temptations” – Luke 18

    Randall Smith
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    In this lesson, we have the privilege of meeting five temptations. The singing group named “The Temptations” has been successful for more than half a century – noted for their choreography, harmonies, unmistakable wardrobe, and their musical evolution. They sold tens of millions of albums, featuring five male vocalists originally formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan under the name “The Elgins”. The founding five members came from two rival Detroit vocal groups. The group, over the years of their performances gave the world some true Motown hits, including “My…
  • God on the Move: The Letter to Philemon

    Randall Smith
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Bridges are important. If you have ever lived in a place where the bridge was necessary to access the rest of the world – you know that is true. For a number of years my parents lived (while my wife and I were overseas) on the “Outer Banks” of North Carolina. They made their way to and from “Southern Shores” in the “Kitty Hawk” area, by means of some bridges that were the KEY to being connected to the mainland. In times of storms, those bridges are often jammed as people flee the oncoming hurricane winds that occasionally pound that area. For those who live there, the bridge is…
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    Heart Choices

  • Is it Time to Replace Your Old Mascara?

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    Photo Credit; Lash L'AmourHave you noticed the women on TV seem to have the longest eyelashes lately? Eyelash extensions seem to be the rage right now. But they are expensive and have to be redone about every 60 days. You have to go to a skilled professional to have them applied.  I knew I wasn't in the market for something that took so much time and money.But then I discovered Younique Moodstruck 3D lash mascara!I bought it for $29 online and loved it. Now I sell it!  This is the mascara I use every single day. I love it.I wrote about it on Heart Choices several months ago. I…
  • Exercise is a Healthy Heart Choice

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    I know you've heard it over and over again. Exercise is good for you. You have to exercise! Exercise is a healthy heart choice. But let me ask you a question. How many of you enjoy exercising? What excuses do you have for not exercising?I can't tell you how many women my age groan when they hear the "E" word. Even friends who have the time would rather do anything else but ...exercise.It takes discipline and commitment. Another dreaded word; the "D" word.I can honestly tell you I'd rather sleep an extra 45 minutes in the morning. But I've learned that unless I get up and jump on my treadmill…
  • Valentine's Week Blessings

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:14 am
    What a fun Valentine's week! Holidays are so different for me when I get to spend them with children. This past week we had a Valentine's party at school and the children were permitted to dress up for the holiday. They looked so cute. I'm so used to seeing them in uniforms so this was a nice change.The students in my Mini-Mustang class are the youngest at our school (2.75 - 3 years old). I have to be creative as I want them to learn but at the same time have fun. By this time, they all know and recognize the first letter of their name. They can identify their own cubby and find their seat…
  • Weigh-In Wednesday: Back in the Saddle Again

    11 Feb 2015 | 4:52 am
    Let me ask you a question? Do you want to be in good shape? I think the universal response would be a resounding YES! And I'm included in that response.For the last forty or so years I've been consistent in my exercise program. I used to teach post open heart patients about how to take better care of their health. I believe that if you teach something, you need to live it. I'd advise them to make a daily appointment for exercise. They wouldn't think of leaving their house without brushing their teeth. And I told them exercise was just as important for their health. So many times patients…
  • The Blessings of Frozen Moments

    8 Feb 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Something magical seems to happen when little girls talk about Elsa and Anna from the Disney movie "Frozen". They know all of the words to the songs. If the DVD is on in our classroom at school, the girls begin singing the words accompanied (of course) by the hand motions. I was invited to a birthday party for a friend's little girl who was turning three years old. This was right up my alley since I now teach a class called the Mini-Mustangs. My students are this same age. Of course, the theme for the party was Frozen and little Tina adores Elsa. Her Elsa ballerina dress was very…
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  • Hiding From Myself

    Chad Estes
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    A couple of summers ago I received an email from an author who wanted me to review his book. It wasn’t an unusual request. I had spent a couple of years building up my presence on Amazon.com as a top book reviewer and parlayed my status into a job with a Christian web company. I loved getting paid to review new literature and fiction. I also stopped accepting a lot of the freebie work, for Christian authors, even through books kept showing up on my doorstep each week from writers and publishers. When Bryan asked me to review, Hiding From Myself, I was honest with him that my reviewing queue…
  • Jesus Take The Wheel

    Chad Estes
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:42 pm
    We blew a tire on our way home from Portland on Sunday. We had just come over the mountain pass known as the Blues and saw the results of the dangerous, icy roads. Within a quarter mile there were two big SUV’s on their sides with emergency vehicles attending both accidents. I was definitely white knuckling the steering wheel until I saw the town of LaGrande approaching. An hour further down the road I was grateful to have Ladd Canyon, another cold weather road hazzard,  in my rearview mirror.  I anticipated a relaxed final two hour drive to Boise with dry roads. It was then that our tire…
  • What do Mark Driscoll and Bill Cosby have in Common?

    Chad Estes
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:46 pm
    They can both fill auditoriums with people who want to hear them speak They are both very entertaining, and can be very funny They both are known for speaking down to their constituents They both were surrounded by infrastructures that shielded them from consequences and stymied ridicule They both had power and hierarchy over others They both come across as family men They both speak out against filth, flarn, filth They both, apparently, had secrets Both of their empires are crumbling I’ve seen a lot of angry responses regarding ‘the unfair judgement and treatment’ that Cosby is getting…
  • A Second Follow-up to my Article about Churches and the LGBT Community

    Chad Estes
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Today the Idaho Statesman posted a letter to the editor regarding my guest article: With legalities settled on same-sex marriage, churches need to show love. Chad Estes’ guest opinion reflects the superficial understanding of the Bible that many “ordained ministers” have of God’s word. His statement that many conservative denominations continue their stand against any coupling that doesn’t fit their definition of marriage flies in the face of numerous verses in the New Testament condemning such homosexual relationships. Is he suggesting we delete these verses…
  • A Follow-up to my Article about Churches and the LGBT Community

    Chad Estes
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    I figured there would be more of a response to my recent article in the Idaho Statesman regarding same-sex marriage and how it will affect our local churches. I guess it won’t be an issue if these families don’t want to attend church, but don’t we want them too? Their presence may make us squirm as we figure out how to be family, but isn’t that a good issue to be faced with? The worse situation, in my opinion, is if same-sex couples don’t want to join one of our communities. If this happens we know that a forcefield is firmly in place around our churches keeping some sinners in…
 
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  • Ethics: Friend Called to Online Discernment Ministry

    Mark Lamprecht
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! A friend and fellow church member comes to you with a ministry idea. He recently spent quite a bit of time studying church history and apologetics. Believing God gifted him with discernment, he decides to start an online discernment ministry so he can use this gift. He wants to be known for standing up for and promoting truth! However, you have concerns from knowing him for several years and observing his Facebook interactions. You ask if he is the humility, temperament, and biblical grounds to start such a ministry. You also ask what…
  • Ethics: 50 Shades of Grey at a Sunday School Outing

    Mark Lamprecht
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! Most Christians I know – every one actually – has no plans to watch 50 Shades of Grey. In fact, they do not think Christians should watch the 50 Shades of Grey movie. However, how would they, and should they, respond if they were caught in the following situation? Friday night is here and your Sunday School class is having an outing. The plan was to catch movie around 5 o’clock. The movie was to be picked out together at the theater. Then, you all would have a fellowship dinner to discuss the movie, life, your walk…
  • Ethics: Christian Alabama Probate Judge Receives Same-Sex Marriage Application

    Mark Lamprecht
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama, recently defied orders from a federal judge telling Alabama probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Moore took his stance arguing that the decision to issue Alabama marriage licenses falls under his authority. For today’s ethical situation, you, dear reader, play the role of an Alabama probate judge. You are a judge who is also a Christian with convictions that homosexuality activity and same-sex marriage are sins. You just received Judge…
  • Ethics: Seminarian Knows a Church Would Not Hire Him

    Mark Lamprecht
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:08 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! A friend of yours is in seminary. In fact, he is in the senior class working towards a Master of Divinity (M.Div.). One Sunday afternoon you catch up with him over lunch. The conversation turns toward ministry, seminary, etc. You ask him how long he has before finishing his M.Div. He explains it will probably take him about 1.5 years to finish given he works full-time and has a family. Then, you ask about his future plans, “What are you going to do vocation-wise once you have your M.Div.?” He answers explaining that he…
  • Ethics: Bible College Student Can’t Get Over Fiance’s Promiscuous Past

    Mark Lamprecht
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! A friend of yours is in Bible college. He is 23 years old and became a Christian when he was 20. He met a great Christian lady who is also in Bible college. They recently became engage, but he has a dilemma. His fiancée is also 23 and saved at 20. Before becoming a Christian she was a bit promiscuous. In fact, your friend was also promiscuous before coming to the Lord – maybe more so than his fiancée The fiancée understands their promiscuous past has been forgiven and is behind them in their old life. However, your…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Turning Blah Blah to Wow!

    Peter Mead
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    A lot of people in our churches read a lot of the Bible as filler and waffle.  They wouldn’t state that overtly, of course.  After all, it is the word of God!  But actually, in practice, a lot of the Bible is read without real engagement.  Consider the epistles, for instance.  Why does this phenomena occur? 1. Because of complex sentences.  It can be hard for any of us to truly track a sequence of sentences from Paul. 2. Because of unfamiliar words.  Stewardship. Saints. Manifold. Rulers.  Not necessarily unknown words, but not words most people tend to use in normal life. 3.
  • How Do You Pray for Fellow Believers?

    Peter Mead
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:13 pm
    There is a strange phenomena in the church when it comes to praying for people.  Obviously this is a generalisation, but I have observed it enough to suggest that it may be a pattern. When people become followers of Jesus our prayers for them seem to change.  Before they are saved we pray for God to work in their lives and circumstances, for their hearts to be drawn to Christ, for the spiritual blindness to be taken away, etc.  Once they trust Christ and are in the family, then what do we pray for? Often it seems to shift to the more mundane matters of health and career. This is not just…
  • Genre Shock

    Peter Mead
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:21 am
    Can a church experience genre shock?  Maybe. Let’s say you have been preaching through a narrative series – perhaps a gospel or the life of Abraham or David.  Then you start a series in Romans.  This could be a shock.  From flowing plots and character development to tight and complex logical sentences, abstract theological explanations and loaded terminology. Is there a way to ease the transition?  And if there is, is it necessary?  I would say probably not in most cases, unless the last series has been a long one and the shift in genre is stark. Here’s how not to…
  • 6 Ways To Be a Whole Bible Preacher

    Peter Mead
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Some preachers have their pet books and topics, but how can I be a whole Bible preacher?  Here are six suggestions to get us started: 1. Read the whole Bible.  Seems obvious, but if you only read certain bits, then you will probably only preach from certain bits.  Read the whole thing as if God wrote it and reveals Himself there (which He does).  Remember, reading for 10 minutes a day will get you through in a year, but you will be reading with a noisy mind and heart.  It is easier to read for 30+ minutes a day and enjoy the clear heart and mind that comes beyond about 10 minutes.
  • Challenge Without Condemnation

    Peter Mead
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:18 am
    Good preaching should be challenging, without feeling condemning. No challenge, no condemnation – this is entertainment preaching.  Actually, it could be tedious waffle, but essentially this will tend to be entertainment, ear scratching type of stuff. Challenging by condemnation – this is burdensome preaching.  People feel the challenge of God’s Word on their lives, but the weight of condemnation is a pressure we aren’t intended to carry. Condemnation by challenging – this is shortcut preaching.  The shortcut is the assumption that just pressuring people will…
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    Crossway Blog

  • Equipped for the Task

    Lizzy Jeffers
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    "So when they had come together, they asked him, 'Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?' He said to them, 'It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.'” Acts 1:6-11 Are We There Yet? We all have a habit of looking for our own solutions and timetables. Children want to know, "Are we there yet?" Hungry teen boys want to know when dinner will be served. Bored…
  • Ask a Pastor's Wife: Sermon Feedback

    Matt Tully
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    In this video Q&A, Gloria Furman responds to Megan who writes, "How can I give my husband good sermon feedback in a constructive way?" Ask a Pastor's Wife: Sermon Feedback from Crossway on Vimeo. This Q&A is part of Pastor's Wife Appreciation Month. Learn more and get involved at crossway.org/PastorsWifeAppreciation.
  • Video: How to Cultivate "Gospel-Doctrine" and "Gospel-Culture"

    Matt Tully
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    In the video below, Ray Ortlund sits down with Justin Taylor to discuss his new book, The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ. Justin Taylor Interviews Ray Ortlund about Gospel-Doctrine and Gospel-Culture from Crossway on Vimeo. Timestamps 00:00 - In the book, you talk about "gospel-doctrine" and "gospel-culture." What do you mean by these terms? 07:03 - You say that gospel-doctrine without gospel-culture equals hypocrisy. What does that look like? 10:10 - You say that gospel-culture without gospel-doctrine equals fragility. What does that look like? 11:32 - You say that…
  • A New Book By Gloria Furman

    Matt Tully
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    Being a Pastor’s Wife Is a Noble Calling In her new book, The Pastor’s Wife: Strengthen by Grace for a Life of Love, Gloria Furman offers wives of ministers a breath of fresh air, reminding readers that Christ stands ready to help regardless of the circumstances—whether it’s late-night counseling sessions, unrealistic expectations related to how they spend their time, or complaints about their husbands’ preaching. Filled with life-giving truth from God's Word, this book will help pastors’ wives joyfully treasure their Savior, love their husbands, and serve their churches. About…
  • Introducing Pastor's Wife Appreciation Month

    Matt Tully
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    Whether you’re aware of it or not, pastors’ wives have a unique calling. Standing beside their husbands in ministry, navigating congregational expectations, and trying to apply the gospel to their own hearts can make being a ministry wife both a blessing and a challenge. In working with Gloria Furman on her new book, The Pastor's Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love, we were freshly reminded of this remarkable calling and challenged to think of a way to honor ministry wives for their important work in the church. To that end, this March Crossway is celebrating Pastor’s Wife…
 
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    Go Connect

  • 3 best practices when giving to someone in need

    Admin
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:38 pm
    We have all experienced a time when someone asks us for a handout.  It is more common in the city, but not absent from the burbs.  Just the other day someone approached me in my hotel’s parking lot as I was loading my bags into my car. Instinctually, I was presented with two options, to […] The post 3 best practices when giving to someone in need appeared first on Go Connect.
  • Engaging Working Poor

    Admin
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Suburban areas of cities are the place to live if you want to avoid crime, homelessness, and drugs.  This is a delusional point of view.  Before we get into the meat of this paper, we will define some terms for clarity.  So who are ‘suburbanites’ – The proper definition from Princeton.edu is ‘A person who […] The post Engaging Working Poor appeared first on Go Connect.
  • Can Poverty be Beaten?

    Admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    All of us come face to face with poverty on a daily basis. Well that may change here in Clark County with a recent decision from our commissioners to ban solicitations in areas near traffic. Regardless of what you think of this action, I am sure you wonder what the right thing to do is. Do I […] The post Can Poverty be Beaten? appeared first on Go Connect.
  • Thank you Go Connect

    Admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:22 pm
    My wife and I have been so inspired by Go Connect.  Thank you for pushing us to live beyond what we think we can do and serve in our own neighborhood.  Thank you! Steve from Washougal The post Thank you Go Connect appeared first on Go Connect.
  • Advocating for the Vulnerable

    Admin
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    We offer outreach consulting services to help churches as they develop plans and relationships with the community around them. The post Advocating for the Vulnerable appeared first on Go Connect.
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  • Applying Faith in Everyday Situations [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    IF THEY DON’T admit their struggles to someone, they will never experience the power of bringing things to light in a way that facilitates freedom and forgiveness.  IF THEY CAN’T be their Monday-through-Saturday-self when they are with you in group, they will have a hard time applying their faith in everyday situations. Reggie Joiner And don’t forget about the special Orange Conference 2015 Registration Giveaway. Go Register Today!   Lead Small: Five Big Ideas Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know (Atlanta, GA: Orange, a division of The reThink Group, 2012)
  • Story of Restoration and Redemption [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    God is at work telling a story of restoration and redemption through your family. Never buy into the myth that you need to become the “right” kind of parent before God can use you in your children’s lives. Instead learn to cooperate with whatever God desires to do in your heart today so your children will have a front-row seat to the grace and goodness of God. Reggie Joiner And don’t forget about the special Orange Conference 2015 Registration Giveaway. Go Register Today! Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community (David C. Cook, 2010)
  • A Consistent Place Where They Know They Belong [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you want to get serious about influencing the hearts of this generation, you have to think about creating an actual, visible, consistent place where they know they belong. Reggie Joiner And don’t forget about the special Orange Conference 2015 Registration Giveaway. Go Register Today! Creating a Lead Small Culture: Make Your Church a Place Where Kids Belong (Atlanta, GA: Orange, a division of The reThink Group, 2014)
  • A curriculum replaces parents, but a strategy connects with them [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    A strategy seeks to create an alignment between the church and the home. As much as we try to maximize the impact we have on this generation, the time a child or students spends at home plays a huge role in his or her spiritual development, not just in the hours spent there, but because of the fundamental relationship between a parent and a child. That’s why it’s important to be strategic in how we connect with parents and champion the parent-child relationship. Reggie Joiner   And don’t forget about the special Orange Conference 2015 Registration Giveaway. Go Register Today!
  • Orange Conference 2015 Giveaway

    Jonathan Cliff
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    This week I’m helping the Orange Conference giveaway one completely FREE conference registration. Seriously friends. This registration is worth over $350 value and it’s totally going to be FREE. All you have to do is play along nicely and only make one entry a day. Enjoy! OC15 will take place in Atlanta from April 29–May 1.   Entry-Form Here are a few resources for you to consider as you plan your own trip to The Orange Conference 2015. How to Get to OC15 on a Budget The Complete OC15 Breakout Breakdown 4 Things Volunteering at OC15 Will Teach You Frequently Asked…
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  • The Yellow Box

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    The Yellow BoxBrothers -- I had two.  They were as different as salt and pepper. No they were not black and white, but in flavor they were distinctively unique.  The room they shared illustrates their differences. One side was very neat.  The bed was made neatly.  All the clothes were picked up and hung in the closet or folded perfectly in his dresser drawers.  This side belonged to my brother Dan. Dan was eighteen months younger than me and eighteen months older than our youngest brother.  He was a perfectionist from birth and would go bonkers when things were…
  • Baseball and Mosquitoes

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Baseball and MosquitoesIt was one of those hot dry-your-eyeballs-out kind of days and I was board.  My nine year old mind decided to go visit my friend Rebecca, who lived across town, which in reality was only about four blocks away, but to me seemed quite a distant.  Rebecca was a few years older than me.  She was a sandy-haired Alabama girl with a Southern accent, which made her a weird bird to us Nevada kids.  She was constantly putting on chap stick, because the dry Nevada air caused her lips to chap and split. We became acquainted through our mothers.  My mother…
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    17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    In remembrance of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, I am re-posting my original story from my November 2009 blog.The Day JFK DiedNovember 22, 1963, Yerington, Nevada     As a sophomore in high school I sat looking at the clock in my English class, when the principle’s voice came over the loud speaker. “We regret to inform you that President Kennedy has been assassinated. School is dismissed. Go home and be with your family.”My mouth dropped; I could not take my eyes off the speaker box that hung over the door. I numbly heard the gasps and cries of my…
  • Poetry: Too and To

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Too and ToToo sick tonight  Too sick to fightToo sick to be right  Too sick to make it to midnight.Too many broken dreams  Too many failed schemesToo many unheard screams  Too many of life’s extremes.Too is abundance, to is towards   Too is my circumference, to is like new cordsToo is heavy, to is free flight.Too will be laid down, to heaven I’ll go tonight.Chere L Brown, Fort Worth, TX, June 3, 2014
  • Poetry: Pills

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    PillsPillsRound solutions To all that illsPills, pills, pillsPillsHard solutionsFor the over the hillPills, pills, pillsPillsScientific solutions Can they save or will they killPills, pills, pillsBy Chere L. Brown, Fort Worth, TX 2012
 
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  • Dignity: The 12-Month Recovery Program (February)

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Last month, I began my 2015 Resolution, which is all about reclaiming dignity. Truth be told, while I'm expecting to learn a whole lot of things, I also thought it would be more difficult: I anticipated it being more intimidating, confronting the boors and the bullies who have a vested interest in mocking women. I mean, people tend to look at you like you have two heads if you protest rough or demeaning treatment, because this culture has zero tolerance for women who know their worth. But I had some interesting experiences in January, enough that it was difficult to pick the incident to…
  • Dignity: The 12-Month Recovery Program (January)

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    New Year Resolutions bore me. I rarely feel inspired to start something - or everything - anew just because the calendar turned to January 1st. Heck, it takes me six months just to remember to write the correct year on a check. There's simply nothing magical about January. At least, not for me.But today, this year became an exception.If you follow this website, you know that I write, talk, and write some more about women's issues. Often, the topic is our dignity. Or our lack of it. I believe that our collective acceptance of disrespect - our silence in the face of all kinds of inappropriate…
  • Run For Your Life

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    (Collaboration with J.R. Werner)Bill Overton lives up the street.  It’s a nice street, and a nice neighborhood. Seldom does anyone miss the occasional chance to greet a fellow stroller. So few people stroll these days, that one feels a camaraderie when happened upon by a neighbor who abandoned the family car to the garage for the day.I live on the corner, about two small-town blocks from the Overton house, but I don’t know Bill well enough to speak to. He doesn’t seem much interested in camaraderie.I do, however, know his early-morning routine, during the hours…
  • Eden, Still 

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    The gender that encouraged, enabled, promoted, and legislated into existence the very "radical feminism" that they now whine about - incessantly - have hit a new low. No, they have. Really. My sympathies to anyone who has to associate with these males - especially if they aren't wholly offended by the rhetoric. Seems like women are still to blame for every choice a male makes. (Can you say, "Eden"?) Watch this:
  • The Ultimate Power Trip: Forgiveness

    6 Jan 2015 | 9:17 pm
    I love the Alexander Pope quotation in this picture.He's known for this one, as well: "To err is human; to forgive, divine."True. For several reasons.We all know that we should forgive everyone. Friends. Enemies. The guy who cut us off in traffic. The snarky customer, the disapproving in-law, the wayward spouse, the rebellious child. The worst of the evil-infected interloper? Yes, that person, too. We should offer the grace that we hope to receive from God one day; and as Christ said, we must do so seventy-times-seven times. Wow. That's a lot to expect, especially from a bunch of…
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  • 12 Other Gnarly Products That Need to Come Back Like JNCOs

    jessec
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    If it can happen to JNCOs, it can happen to these phat items too. As you know, JNCOs are coming back. You've probably already ordered eight pairs (one for each day of the week, and an extra for emergencies), but why stop there? The '90s are back, dawg, and why should we, like, limit ourselves to JNCOs when there are buckets of other gnarly products from the '90s we still miss?
  • RIP, Jared Leto's Long Hair. You Were Too Beautiful For This World.

    Anonymous
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Most people know Jared Leto for two things: Thirty Seconds to Mars and looking sort of like a heavily Americanized version of Jesus. Well, also for going crazy on drugs in Requiem for a Dream. Also for the greatest tweet of all time, hands down. OK, so there are a lot of reasons you might know Jared Leto, but now there is one less: his hair. The actor's famously long locks have been shorn off as part of his preparation for his upcoming role as the Joker in DC's upcoming blockbuster: We Can Make an Avengers Movie Too. Good night, sweet Jared Leto's hair. You were too beautiful for this world…
  • Outrageous: Man Burned By Fajitas While Praying Can't Sue Applebee's

    Anonymous
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Put down your three-cheese blast enchilada poppers. Step away from your double fried buffalo hot dog platter. In a clear, transparent case of blatant injustice run amok, it seem you, your food and your beliefs are no longer safe at Applebee's. Just ask Hiram Jimenez of Westampton, who simply went to Applebee's to get down on some fajitas. When he got his food, Mr. Jimenez bowed his head to pray, because Heaven is the giver of all good things and we know fajitas are good. Unfortunately, prayer—though often thought of as a place of refuge and safety—became a liability in this instance, in…
  • 3 Youth Group Lessons I've Had to Unlearn

    addiezierman
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    A few church culture misconceptions that need correcting. A few months ago, I stumbled upon a televised version of a youth conference on some obscure Christian channel on cable. It was the conference I attended every year as a high school student, the conference that deeply informed the way I understood and lived my faith. I couldn’t believe it was on TV. I couldn’t believe I was sitting there, watching it.
  • U.S. Concerned about North Korean Nukes

    Anonymous
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    In a statement to the U.N's International Atomic Energy Organization, the U.S. said North Korea’s re-engagement of its nuclear program presents “clear violations of multiple (U.N.) resolutions and must cease immediately." The statement comes after the U.S. Army commander in the Pacific said military officials had detected "increased militarization" of the program, adding that the distance North Korean missiles could travel with nuclear warheads is “of great concern" to the United States. The U.S. is currently undergoing military training with South Korea, a country with whom North Korea…
 
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  • 12 Other Gnarly Products That Need to Come Back Like JNCOs

    jessec
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    If it can happen to JNCOs, it can happen to these phat items too. As you know, JNCOs are coming back. You've probably already ordered eight pairs (one for each day of the week, and an extra for emergencies), but why stop there? The '90s are back, dawg, and why should we, like, limit ourselves to JNCOs when there are buckets of other gnarly products from the '90s we still miss?
  • RIP, Jared Leto's Long Hair. You Were Too Beautiful For This World.

    Anonymous
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Most people know Jared Leto for two things: Thirty Seconds to Mars and looking sort of like a heavily Americanized version of Jesus. Well, also for going crazy on drugs in Requiem for a Dream. Also for the greatest tweet of all time, hands down. OK, so there are a lot of reasons you might know Jared Leto, but now there is one less: his hair. The actor's famously long locks have been shorn off as part of his preparation for his upcoming role as the Joker in DC's upcoming blockbuster: We Can Make an Avengers Movie Too. Good night, sweet Jared Leto's hair. You were too beautiful for this world…
  • Outrageous: Man Burned By Fajitas While Praying Can't Sue Applebee's

    Anonymous
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Put down your three-cheese blast enchilada poppers. Step away from your double fried buffalo hot dog platter. In a clear, transparent case of blatant injustice run amok, it seem you, your food and your beliefs are no longer safe at Applebee's. Just ask Hiram Jimenez of Westampton, who simply went to Applebee's to get down on some fajitas. When he got his food, Mr. Jimenez bowed his head to pray, because Heaven is the giver of all good things and we know fajitas are good. Unfortunately, prayer—though often thought of as a place of refuge and safety—became a liability in this instance, in…
  • 3 Youth Group Lessons I've Had to Unlearn

    addiezierman
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    A few church culture misconceptions that need correcting. A few months ago, I stumbled upon a televised version of a youth conference on some obscure Christian channel on cable. It was the conference I attended every year as a high school student, the conference that deeply informed the way I understood and lived my faith. I couldn’t believe it was on TV. I couldn’t believe I was sitting there, watching it.
  • U.S. Concerned about North Korean Nukes

    Anonymous
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    In a statement to the U.N's International Atomic Energy Organization, the U.S. said North Korea’s re-engagement of its nuclear program presents “clear violations of multiple (U.N.) resolutions and must cease immediately." The statement comes after the U.S. Army commander in the Pacific said military officials had detected "increased militarization" of the program, adding that the distance North Korean missiles could travel with nuclear warheads is “of great concern" to the United States. The U.S. is currently undergoing military training with South Korea, a country with whom North Korea…
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  • The Pink Outfit: Why Joy Takes Courage: Choose Joy

    Bonnie Gray
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:19 am
    “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” Henri Nouwen {photo thanks to kindred artist Sarah @stimmerman85  who shared her beautiful #spiritualwhitespace moment painting the little girl in her on a swing on Instagram. my images are free goodies for you to savor, pin & share}  Choosing joy takes courage. Because choosing joy is really about choosing to believe we are worth it.  That we can choose joy — not because we deserve it.  Not because we’ve earned it.  Purely, radically, only because God says joy is our…
  • Don’t Despise Small Beginnings. #BeginNew #SpringChallenge (FREE PRINTABLE)

    Bonnie Gray
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
     Very little grows on jagged rock, Be ground, be crumbled So wildflowers will come up where you are. You’ve been stoney for too many years Try something different Surrender ~ Rumi {my images are free goodies for you to savor, pin & share} I hear a whisper. It’s very quiet.  But, it has never left me. Even though I chose time and again to turn my face from it.  Even though I did not chose to believe this whisper was for me. I only chose to be strong. But, I no longer want that to be my name. I want to live by a new name: Beloved. I am listening to God’s whispers –…
  • Who The Little Girl In Me Met In The Slums of Santo Domingo

    Bonnie Gray
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    (I’m sharing 3 video clips I took walking through the slums of Santo Domigo in today’s post below.) Remember you can’t help everyone.   I told myself, as I braced myself before the trip. Although I understood third-world poverty intellectually and even theologically, I never saw it first-hand personally. Now, I was going to spend 5 days morning ’til night in the field to meet little boys and girls and the families who suffer the realities of unending hopelessness every day. I was afraid I would be overwhelmed by what I would see — by my own stories of…
  • Move Out of Autopilot Mode: Choose Your Worth By Choosing to Rest

    Bonnie Gray
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:29 am
    {my images are free goodies for you to enjoy & share} {psst.. I have a soul-stirring video below  to share with you today I created with my friend Henriette. We share an honest conversation between kindreds… with you.} For those of us who are encouragers, we’re often shy about voicing our needs. We don’t want to add to anyone’s burdens. We often liven in autopilot mode. Especially if we find ourselves in a stressful situation, sometimes we are the most vulnerable.  We’re afraid to take time for ourselves because we don’t really believe there’s…
  • Sharing My Story on TV (The Leon Show) Finding Spiritual Whitespace

    Bonnie Gray
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    I shared my story on TV (click on video below). On Tuesday February 24, I was interviewed on The Leon Show to talk about anxiety, panic attacks, and the beautiful journey of  finding rest —  finding spiritual whitespace — when your soul feels stressed. Take a moment to brew a cup of coffee and watch this interview with me. I watched it with hubby on the couch, peeking through a living throw wrapped around me for comfort.  I never imagined I’d ever be talking about childhood memories that have caused me so much private pain so publicly. But now I know God takes…
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  • Let’s Show Our Children That Farming IS Viable

    Justin Naylor
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    I can think of no greater joy that I could receive in life than one or all three of my boys choosing to follow in my footsteps to become a farmer. The post Let’s Show Our Children That Farming IS Viable appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Beginnings (Act 2): Why were WE created?

    Joelle Laing
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:04 pm
    as sons and daughters of the living God, we were not only meant to be one with one another, but we were also meant to be one with God Himself! The post Beginnings (Act 2): Why were WE created? appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Beginnings (Act 1): Before Creation

    Joelle Laing
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    All of creation sprang forth from a perfect fellowship characterized by UNITY, LOVE, CREATIVITY, LIFE, DEPENDENCE, REJOICING and GLORY! The post Beginnings (Act 1): Before Creation appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Christian Simplicity and the Joyous Life of Trust

    Jason Fowler
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    Christian Simplicity is a resource and conversation on 'GOD, money and trust' for people who are looking for a life of joyous trust in GOD through Jesus. The post Christian Simplicity and the Joyous Life of Trust appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Greeting Cards On Fire: The Reality of the Incarnation

    Jason Fowler
    26 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    May the reality of the Incarnation catch our greeting cards on fire and melt our yard ornaments to the ground The post Greeting Cards On Fire: The Reality of the Incarnation appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
 
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  • 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…
  • My Icy Valentine

    Rick Garner
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    Valentine's Day 2015 was a bit different than most. It was the first Valentine's Day that I recall being apart from my Valentine, Kim. Georgia has had a stomach bug for a few days, so she wasn't feeling up to a daddy-daughter date. And to cap it off, Georgia and I got stranded on an icy road.Ok, so that's all sounding a bit dramatic. Let's break this down. Kim and her sister wanted to surprise their mom with a visit and this weekend worked out best. It's been a great visit.Not entirely sure what's up with G's tummy but it hasn't been right for a few days. Nothing severe but I'm optimistic…
  • See You Around, Old Friends

    Rick Garner
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:18 pm
    There's been a string of emotionally tough weeks. Perhaps you can understand what it feels like to have products you've worked on for nearly 7 years kicked to the curb. The feeling can't be far from what a shipbuilder feels seeing a vessel they spent months and years hammering rivets and welding sink or be destroyed."I built that and now it's gone."Or how a construction worker must feel seeing a building they spent months or years hammering nails, framing, or pouring concrete demolished to rumble in seconds."I built that and now it's gone."However, the pain of loss is different for the crew…
  • Crossing Off A 2014 Goal

    Rick Garner
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    On Friday, December 19, I accomplished something that before this year would've seemed unlikely: walking a half-marathon. To be clear, I didn't participate in an actual marathon. But I did walk 13.1 miles.Perspective on this begins in 2012 when Kim and a friend trained and walked in the Baltimore Maranthon. This was a huge and wonderful accomplishment! We were all very proud. For Christmas that year, Santa put in both Kim and my stockings entries into the 2013 Baltimore Maranthon. It was on like Donkey Kong.Unfortunately, life happened in 2013. I don't recall the details, I just know…
  • This Video Will Wreck You

    Rick Garner
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    Finding this video yesterday and the other variations of skits similar to it reminded me of the power of drama. Such a simple skit coupled with a powerful song from Lifehouse creates an unforgettableimage of Christ's love. Yesterday, after watching a few versions, I sobbed. Full on ugly cry.Was it due to my gratefulness of Jesus's love for me? Was it my astonishment of how much He also loves you? Maybe it was the vivid picture that no matter how far we stray from Jesus, He is faithful...waiting for you and me. And once we fix our eyes on Him, He'll hold back the tidal waves of evil in the…
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  • Braveheart

    Jay Cookingham
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
      The bravest person I know entered my life Thirty-five years ago. March 16 started out as a snowy day, a winter mix that almost kept us from meeting, but the snow stopped and the sun melted what was left and I was on my way to Valhalla (New York that is, not the enormous hall of heroes located in Asgard). Although I am sharing a story about a hero, it is not the Norse kind. When I first saw this person it was in the middle of a crowd, one that was there to meet an unassuming Christian rock band schedule to sing at their church that weekend. As I got off the bus the band traveled in,…
  • A Review...I Believe

    Jay Cookingham
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:34 am
        Believe, NIV: Living the Story of the Bible to Become Like Jesus and it's companion book, Think, Act, Be Like Jesus (both by Pastor and author Randy Frazee) are two new discipleship tools that some churches may want to use to help new followers of Jesus to deepen their walk. Believe, NIV is divided into 30 chapter readings that address one of the following three questions: “What do I believe?”, “What should I do?” and “Who am I becoming?” and is read more like a story than a typical Bible. I would suggest using it along with a tradition translation so that context…
  • A Leap of Faith

    Jay Cookingham
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
      For the past two Sunday’s at BBCC I've shared on “A Leap of Faith: Where Fear and Faith Collide”. The subject of faith is a lifelong study I believe…one that continues to become clearer as we walk closer to our Messiah. Here are some of the highlights: When we think of the word collide, words like….crash, violent, conflict, pain come to mind. A collision will shape you or misshape you…possibly both. No doubt, you will feel the impact and be changed. Our response to a collision between faith and fear can reveal our heart…our fault lines and our view of Father God. That…
  • A Man of Hope

    Jay Cookingham
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
      To understand hope is to capture a vision of how God sees life. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 I do believe that hope is oxygen for our souls… it breathes life into the empty part of our souls. Hope makes you believe redemption is possible. I recently taught on hope (you can here it here, just look on the episodes menu for HOPE), but I am so aware how much I need to learn about abounding in hope. Part of it is how I choose to remember, how I choose to worship and how I…
  • Home for Christmas

    Jay Cookingham
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
      She peered from her dingy apartment window, wiping the frost with the sleeve of her sweater so she could see more clearly. A light snow was falling making the city streets outside her old brownstone a clean carpet of white. Sally was eagerly awaiting a delivery from the local grocery store containing the simple items for her dinner tonight. It was Christmas Eve and Sally wanted to celebrate this special time, at least in a small way. Over 90 and in failing health, it was to be a bittersweet celebration for sure. A few years ago her husband Samuel became gravely ill. To her great…
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  • Leading Volunteers_Keep It External

    Gina
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:59 am
    I’ve led volunteer teams for a long time. If you lead volunteer teams, you understand the juggle. Keeping track of where each volunteer is, what they need, when they serve and where they serve can be mind-boggling. Like a multi-layered game of Chutes & Ladders, one takes 3 steps forward, another seems stuck in place, and I just lost one down a chute! How do I keep track of this highly valued team and help them as they strive to serve? There are some amazingly gifted leaders in the ministry world from whom I’ve gleaned a few tips and tricks to make sense of the crazy and bring…
  • 5 Things to Help our Volunteers Lead Better

    Gina
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    © 36clicks | Dreamstime.com – Lane Five Photo As a ministry leader, one of my prime objectives is to lead a group of volunteers to successfully implement the functions of ministry on a weekly basis. That’s a flowery way of saying, “I lead a team of volunteers to invest in kids”. But that “Sunday-to-Sunday” race means I focus a lot time on preparing for church every week. Whether you do Sunday School, Children’s Church, or some variation of the two, kidmin leaders spend copious amounts of time ensuring we have enough volunteers to take care of the…
  • Your Ask is bigger than mine

    Gina
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    It’s true. If you volunteer in kids ministry… your ask is bigger than mine. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve got a big ask. But yours is bigger. How do I know? I can prove it. You see, I lead a ministry with a lot of kids. And I need a lot of volunteers to love those kids. I recruit volunteers from several avenues. To name a few, I might find a new volunteer from… …our new member class where someone wants to become an active part of our church. (40% success rate) …a push from the stage when my pastor mentions our kids ministry. (15% success rate)…
  • Preparing for what’s ahead – 3 things a Kidmin leader can do

    Gina
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    It’s hard to believe 2015 is almost here. December is in full swing and as Christmas approaches we are preparing for special weekends and activities for kids focused on the joys of Christ’ birth. But amidst all the holiday focus, there are 3 things I need to have ‘running in the background’ in order to be prepared for 2015. In my ministry context, church attendance trends down through November and December. Holiday events and traveling draw families out of their normal routine and church attendance becomes sporadic. However, we know we’ll see our families again…
  • They Won’t Do It for Jesus… for long

    Gina
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Leading volunteers is a craft. One that requires constant tweaking and learning. Yet there are some principals you learn about leading volunteers that never change. Volunteers want to know that what they do to matters. Volunteers want to enjoy what they do. Volunteers want to feel needed and known. Now, I can convince a volunteer to do just about anything if I present a compelling need. People are pretty generous and willing to do something they may not enjoy in order to meet a need. For a season, they will ‘grin and bear it’. But as ministry leaders, working with volunteers…
 
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  • An Invitation To Join The Heart Sisters Prayer Team

    Natalie Snapp
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    So as you all know, my first book, Heart Sisters: Be the Friend You Want to Have will be released on April 21. As in six weeks. Exciting and terrifying all rolled into one lovely burrito. As I’m preparing for the release, I will need help with opinions and test markets. But most of all . . . I covet your prayers, sweet sisters. I’m creating a prayer group on Facebook and while I know the world doesn’t need one more Facebook group, I would be honored if you would consider committing to praying for Heart Sisters. I will post in this group once or twice a week on average…
  • For Those Of Us Who Are Prodigal Daughters

    Natalie Snapp
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    (Isn’t this print beautiful? I keep a copy of it in my Bible. The artist is Charlie Mackesy – postcards can be purchased here.) Recently, I’ve been asked to speak quite a bit on the stuff that’s made me who I am. It’s hard stuff. It’s messy stuff. And it’s beautiful stuff because it’s the stuff that led me to Jesus. I’m guessing you might have some stuff, too. But for those of us prodigal daughters who once followed a wayward, winding path, there are moments when ghosts from those paths try to sneak their way into our present. They try to…
  • And Our Next Book Club Selection Is . . .

    Natalie Snapp
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The alarm clock sounds and I resist. Of course, this is not unusual because mornings and I are still working on our relationship. But on this particular morning, I just want to throw it’s persistent chirp across the room and tell it to go where the sun doesn’t shine. My schedule for the day is overwhelming. Get the kids ready for school. Take them to school. A conference call at 8:30, another appointment at nine o’clock. A lunch date at 11:30 and a meal I promised to make for a family at church is to be delivered at 5:30. The only margin I would see would be in the notebook…
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    Christianity 201

  • Have You Lost Your First Love?

    paulthinkingoutloud
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    A link to this was added as an update to Sunday’s post, but I felt it worth giving full attention to it today. Randy Davis is another author we linked to in the past at Thinking Out Loud. Click the title below to read this at source and look at other articles. Have You Lost Your First Love? This is a followup on my sermon from Revelation 2:1-7 titled What’s Love Got to do with It? The theme was, have you lost your first love when it comes to your relationship to Christ? But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you…
  • “I go to prepare a place for you.”

    paulthinkingoutloud
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:28 pm
    I so appreciate Clarke Dixon’s regular midweek sharing of the material from his blog, Sunday’s Shrunk Sermon; and it’s also a good fit here. Click the title below to read at source. In My Father’s House . . . In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? (John 14:2 NRSV) A story is sometimes told at funerals about a man who went on a journey. All his family and friends were full of grief as they stood on the shore waving goodbye to the man who so recently left never to return. But on…
  • A Good Confession

    paulthinkingoutloud
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    In a church we attended years ago, a part of the service called “The Prayer of Confession” was always followed by “The Assurance of Pardon.” Too many times I think confession ends without an opportunity to rest in the assurance of pardon, or as this article proposes, outright celebration. A year ago Thinking Out Loud linked to an article by Cedric Lundy at the blog So Says Ced. He doesn’t post often, but I thought this piece was worthy of our consideration.  Click the title below to read at source. What Makes For A Good Confession? I would wager that if you…
  • Troubled About Many Things

    paulthinkingoutloud
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
    “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things…” (Luke 10:41 NIV) Most readers here are familiar with the story of Mary and Martha. (Click this link if not.) On the one hand we have Mary, so willing to just sit at Jesus’ feet and take in each precious moment of teaching. I had an experience once where I was talking to a pastor after a church service while he in turn was trying to listen to some things the guest speaker was saying to people near the door as they were leaving. He made it clear that he wanted to hear what was…
  • Self Evaluation

    paulthinkingoutloud
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:33 pm
    As I read today’s thoughts by Harvest Bible Chapel pastor and Walk in the Word host James MacDonald, I was reminded of those times in school when the teacher would allow you to mark your own paper. That is what God asks you do in the various verses of scripture highlighted below.  To read this at source at James MacDonald’s blog, and then have an opportunity to look around at other articles and available resources, click the title below. Revive Your Soul through Self-Examination I confess to a little ‘blogger’s block’ the past few weeks, at least in part due to my own…
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    Worthy Christian News

  • VIDEO: Netanyahu to Congress: Emerging deal would lead to a nuclear Iran and inevitable war

    Worthy News Staff
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:14 pm
    JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– World powers must negotiate a better deal with Iran over its nuclear program than they have so far, or else risk prompting regional war, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the US Congress on Tuesday, the Jerusalem Post reported. Netanyahu's third address to a joint meeting of the legislature laid bare dramatic gaps between his government and the Obama administration regarding Iran – gaps that have been public for months but that sharpened only in recent days as talks between world powers and Iran over a possible deal have intensified in Switzerland.
  • Laos Sentences Pastors to Prison for Praying for the Sick

    Worthy News Staff
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:25 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News)– Five church leaders in Laos were convicted last week of being "illegal doctors" after they prayed for a sick woman who later died, according to Morning Star News. Held in stocks after their arrest last June, the five Christians are currently imprisoned at Savannakhet Provincial Prison. The People's Court of Savannakhet Province sentenced the five to nine months in prison and fined them all a total of 15 million kips (US$1,836) in emotional damages and 5 million kips (US$612) each for funeral expenses. The deceased…
  • Christian Florist Guilty of Discrimination

    Worthy News Staff
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:23 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro SEATTLE (Worthy News)– A florist may lose her home, business and savings after a judge last week ruled against her failure to fill an order for a same-sex ceremony, according to Christian News. Baronelle Stutzman of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, was sued in March 2012 by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson for not accepting the order even though she referred the customer to other florists who could. Ferguson informed Stutzman that she must either accommodate homosexual ceremonies, or be held legally liable; he also offered Stutzman the opportunity to…
  • Mossad cables hardly contradict Netanyahu on Iran

    Worthy News Staff
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:19 pm
    JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– Leaked memo dovetails with Netanyahu's assertion on Tehran's nuclear program, straying only in describing its progress rate, the Times of Israel reported. Leaked memo dovetails with PM's assertion on Tehran's nuclear program, straying only in describing its progress rate. Used in a sentence, it might look like this: "Leaked cables show Netanyahu's Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad" – which is fine in terms of usage, at least in the condensed prose of headlines, but only partially supported by the evidence provided by The…
  • Obama vetoes Keystone XL

    Worthy News Staff
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:07 pm
    WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– President Obama used his veto power for the third time of his presidency to nix legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, sending the bill back to Congress for an override attempt, the Washington Examiner reported. The rejection Tuesday was expected. The federal government has been reviewing the Canada-to-Texas project for more than six years, and the White House has consistently said it wouldn't accept legislation circumventing that process. "The presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously. But I also…
 
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    (in)courage

  • Still Life

    Liz Curtis Higgs
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    The IF:Gathering in Austin. I know how I got there — a car, a plane, and an airport shuttle — but I wasn’t sure how I got there. How I ended up at a weekend event with two thousand women younger than me. Much younger. My daughter’s age. Even younger. Oh my. I looked around the crowded theater, trying not to be totally intimidated by the skinny jeans and tall boots and thick hair. All around me, beautiful sisters in Christ leaned in to soak up God’s Word, then laid down their burdens to lift their hands in praise. These young women came to do serious business with God. Their…
  • Self-Imposed Pressures, Guilt and Comparison || Chapters 2 & 3

    Robin Dance
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Read Chapter 2, Letting Go of Self-Imposed Pressures Chapter 3, Eliminating Guilt and Comparison (pp. 37-69) Watch and Listen Aren’t able to watch and read right now? Take us on the go ~ Click here to listen! {Subscribers, please click here to watch.} Discuss Q1. Sarah said, “You would never speak to someone else the way you speak to yourself.” Did listening to the Bloom girls’ conversation make you aware of your own negative self-talk? What are some practical ways to combat this kind of negative thinking? Q2. What is a bigger battle for you: comparisons with other…
  • {The Courage to Be Still} Week 1: The Truth that Will Set You Free from Trying So Hard

    Holley Gerth
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    “Be still and know I am God.” We’ve likely heard that verse, but in our culture of to-do lists and commitments, family obligations, and chasing our dreams, it can be hard to know how and when to “be still.” Where do we start? What does it look like to “be still,” and what can God do in our lives when we choose to listen to His quiet whispers in this loud world that can make us feel like we have to do it all? (in)courage exists as an online community committed to making safe spaces for women to connect over topics just like this one. Every Wednesday…
  • Maybe It’s Time to Make an Undo List

    Emily Freeman
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    I’m learning to crochet. Is that dorky? I have a feeling what the hipsters do with yarn these days is knitting. But I’ve heard that takes two needles which is completely intimidating. So for now, it’s crochet. The girls and I took a class at a local craft store, and after three hours we learned one stitch — if that’s even what you call it. We make rows over and over again in a line, turn, and make another line. It’s too narrow for a blanket, too wide for a scarf, and it doesn’t matter anyway because I don’t know how to read a pattern or do…
  • Fellowship of Hope

    Melanie Singleton
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    In the deepest part of my soul lies a dichotomy. Scar tissue gaping from fresh wounds in the same place where beauty is emerging. Pain mixed with kindness Isn’t that where grace flows? Splintered wood, spilt blood, love poured out. Years of my life have been soiled with an injured heart turning inward to a dark cloak of isolation, self-pity. But something is shifting in the layers of pumping flesh — a metamorphosis is taking place as my cocoon of fear and shame has burst open. A flutter, as the Father gently guides me to press into discomfort, risking vulnerability in spite of…
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    Plough Weekly

  • Lazarus Is Dead

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    A writer contemplates the raising of Lazarus, and regrets that the account ends just when it gets interesting. We never hear what Lazarus reported from beyond the grave, or how his second chance changed his life. But there’s something more important we can learn from the story
  • The White Lily

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    An old man’s life is turned on its head when he receives an unexpected gift.
  • Keeping Watch

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Reflecting on Jesus’ exhortation to his disciples to "keep watch," Berrigan is transported back to his days as a young army draftee standing the interminable night watch.
  • Serving in the Spirit of Christ

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:46 am
    Caudwell, a French pastor, explains that there are three types of obedience in service: are we serving Jesus as a slave, a mercenary or a friend?
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    Religion Dispatches

  • The World is (Always) About to End, No Zombies Required

    Kelly J. Murphy
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    This week, researchers at Cornell spent presumably valuable time determining the safest places to be during a zombie apocalypse. Key takeaway: not big cities. To observe that the apocalypse, in varying forms, is all around us is no more than a platitude. Pick your apocalypse: zombie apocalypse, any number of post-apocalyptic worlds that crowd our television screens, movie theaters, and book stores, or, perhaps more traditionally, the apocalypse associated with the Second Coming. Think of the 2011 Family Radio Billboards: “He is Coming Again! May 21, 2011.” Or the tongue-in-cheek bumper…
  • Freezing Our Way to a Fiery Hell?

    Steve A. Wiggins
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Psalms of lament are being sent heavenward this winter. Like a kid, I’m hoping for a snow day today. The forecasters have gone apocalyptic again with inches of white fluff expected overnight. I wake at dawn and pull back the curtain, but not a flake has fallen. This winter has been like that. The south digs out from yet another snowstorm. Boston has drifts that could bury a yeti. The blizzard of the century last month may have missed us New Yorkers by an order of two or three states, but it has been very cold—and those of us in the commuting crowd have learned new applications for the…
  • God is a Terrifying Monster, and Other Takeaways from the Study of Vampires in Pop Culture

    Jess Peacock
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Title: Such a Dark Thing: Theology of the Vampire Narrative in Popular Culture Author: M. Jess Peacock Publisher: Resource Publications Release Date: February 5, 2015 What inspired you to write Such a Dark Thing? Like a lot of kids, I was heavily influenced by the horror genre during my childhood. I was pretty obsessive, actually. Universal Monsters and Famous Monsters of Filmland were particularly influential on me at a very young age, and Fangoria magazine and the plethora of schlocky creature features that drove the VHS revolution summed up my teenage years. The monsters lurking within the…
  • Why Does the Pope Love This Trippy Dystopian Novel from 1907?

    Gordon Haber
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The 2013 election of Pope Francis marked a number of firsts for the Catholic Church: the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first to have worked as a nightclub bouncer, and the first non-European to lead the church in 1200 years. He’s also the first pontiff to heartily recommend Lord of the World, Robert Hugh Benson’s trippy dystopian novel from 1907—a strange, intense and not entirely successful book about the rise of the anti-Christ, the demise of the Church and the end of the world. Perhaps Pope Francis’s enthusiasm shouldn’t be so surprising. Benson, a…
  • ISIS is the Islamic “Reformation”

    Ed Simon
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    On August 10th 1566 an enraged crowd of Huguenots burst into the Chapel of St. Lawrence in Steenvorde France and proceeded to destroy with hammers and picks any ecclesiastical art that they came across. They toppled statues of Mary and the saints, destroyed crucifixes, smashed stain glassed windows, and defaced tombs. It was not an isolated incident, indeed it triggered a wave of iconoclastic fury that radiated north from France into the Low Countries, with cathedrals, churches, monasteries, and hospitals all targeted for destruction. One witness wrote: “They tore the curtains, dashed in…
 
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  • Book Review: Nourished by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph

    Cheryl Cope
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:45 am
    Book Review: Nourished by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep This book was unique in the fact that it was authored by a mother-daughter team. This team effort brought in freshness and a little bit of delightfulness. I found the style of writing to be very personable and a whole lot … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Daily Painting by Carol Marine

    Cheryl Cope
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Book Review: Daily Painting by Carol Marine Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist Between both the title and the subtitle, they give an accurate picture of what this book is about—how daily painting a small sized canvas will help you to become a more successful artist (that is, sell more work, make more … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Longing for More by Timothy Willard

    Cheryl Cope
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    Book Review: Longing for More by Timothy Willard This book is a devotional set up with readings for 5 days a week for a whole year. Each week is themed which helps keep it flowing. As per the author’s declared purpose to inspire and to challenge, it is meant as a supplement to your daily Bible reading and devotions and … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: The Aerobic House Cleaning Lifestyle by Stevie Markovich

    Cheryl Cope
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    Book Review: The Aerobic House Cleaning Lifestyle by Stevie Markovich This book was basically about how to turn house cleaning into aerobic exercise. To that end the author did a fairly good job. There were several good actual fitness tips included throughout and even some detailed explanations of some exercises with photos included. Please note that in the kindle edition … Continue reading →
  • What is God like?

    Cheryl Cope
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    What is God like? First off, I am referring to the One True Living God—the God of the Christian Holy Bible. We may like to compare God to other things but check out what He says about Himself. God asks us who He is like. To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? … Continue reading →
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    Naty Matos' Blog

  • Me Time

    Naty Matos
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    In the crazy world that we live, the last person that we tend to think is about ourselves. I’m not talking about being selfish, but about actually taking care of ourselves. It’s very easy to get lost in the routine of work, family demands and ministry, if you have it. Paying bills, chores and making sure that everyone around us takes precedence because we think that if everyone around us is fine then we’re fine. Think about it this way. You rarely take care of your feet, but they take you everywhere you go. However if you happen to hit a corner it would be all you will be thinking…
  • Return to Eden

    Naty Matos
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I should be the last person to talk about this subject. I love technology, my eating habits are not the best and I drive a regular gas running car. What I’m trying to say is that I’m far from a tree hugger. As live evolves instead of being easier it gets more complicated. I was having a conversation with my mother in which she was telling me how easier my life was. When she was growing up the television was black and white with no more than 5 channels. She had no microwave, no washer and drier and no car. She had to use public transportation to go anywhere. As much as I agree…
  • WF: Hold My Heart

    Naty Matos
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    This song reminds me of many times where we lose faith and question God about his timing. The times in my life where I’ve been in those situations I have to say in hindsight that God was always right. I mean we know he always is, but when we want something to happen or to stop happening we want movement now. In those darkest places we think God is not listening. We think that there’s something that we need to do to make things happen. We beg, plead and bargain. After the storm we see that God was never late and that his apparent silence had a very valuable reason. But while…
  • An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse

    Naty Matos
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    I remember the time I gave my life to Christ. To be honest that was not the time I became born again. I was in a revival, emotions ran high and I decided that it was time to surrender. I started what I thought was living my life for God, religiously. I would go to church, work in ministry. but never worked on developing a personal relationship with God. My prayers were a series of repetitions, my bible reading was the same as reading a suspense book. I knew the right things to say. I had mastered christianese (language spoken by some Christians to sound more christian) I knew the way to act,…
  • Five Foods

    Naty Matos
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    WordPress has these daily prompts that help bloggers come up with topics to blog about. Sometimes they fit my audience and I use their prompts, sometimes I don’t. One of the prompts for last week was: “You’ve being exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?”  To me that’s a one sentence answer: Steak, shrimp, pico de gallo, fried plantains and something to wash it up. But it got me thinking on this verse where Jesus said :”It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word…
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    mnphysicists theological blog

  • 50 Shades of $500 Million

    Ron Amundson
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:40 pm
    There is much lamenting and knashing of teeth in my universes over 50 Shades of Grey. As such, I figured this movie would go down like The Interview… but it didn’t. The first weekend box office figures were $85 million, even larger than Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ. Granted, ticket prices have gong up a lot since the Passion, but still the box office shows this to be an incredibly popular movie with world wide figures pushing $500 million this week. One interesting bit, is that 2 groups who are normally at 180 degrees (feminists and conservative Christians) out of…
  • The Nativity Scene Removal on Facebook

    Ron Amundson
    29 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    There is an internet meme concerning a nativity scene going around again. The picture at hand is a shows pretty amazing nativity scene. Despite the low res copy, “No Room for them in the Inn” is quite beautiful, and when one looks at a photo of a signed and numbered print, one can only imagine how much heart and soul the artist put into it. It was not a simple task to determine who created the art in the first place, as whoever created the meme didn’t include the title of the piece, nor did they give the artist credit. Its almost as if someone found it, said cool, and then…
  • Jean Valjean, Stolen Cookies, and #chsocm

    Ron Amundson
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    In Les Miserables, the main character Jean Valjean makes off with the churches silverware. He is caught, brought back to the church, where in the priest spins a tale that the silverware is a gift and admonishes him for forgetting to take the silver candlesticks as well. Such sets the stage for major change in Valjeans life. Things are quite different at a church in Florida. From the Palm Beach Post. A homeless man stole cookies from a church in the 10700 block of Okeechobee Boulevard. A deputy found him sitting by the building’s entrance. He said he had been looking for assistance, pulled…
  • Valley Girl is Best (rabbit hole and nerd alert)

    Ron Amundson
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I’ve been using the WEB (not internet, but World English Bible) translation since ~2004 when I first got it for my palm pilot. Today was the first time ever that the use of metric units stood out. Pastor was reading John 11, and I was following along on my Palm… and she reads “about 2 miles” where as mine said about 2.7 km in John 11:17 Ok, so we have a big problem. 2miles = 3.2km, not 2.7km, Certainly, I’ve often used the phrase, its about 2 miles (which in my own parlance generally equates to between 1 and 3 miles), but maybe its been years since I went there,…
  • World Vision Blow up and People of Strong Faith

    Ron Amundson
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Its really not about you. There are people of strong faith who had significant heartburn over WV’s decision to change their employee agreement to provide for local church autonomy as concerns same sex marriage. There are also people of strong faith who applauded WV’s decision and were dismayed at its reversal. The issue of whether SSM is aligned with, or counter to the scriptures is not the big deal. The issue of whether the ancient creeds of the historical Christian faith have been cast aside to the point that SSM is a bigger deal than the trinity is not the primary issue at hand…
 
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    Bible Prophecy Blog

  • Critical Calendars Affecting Netanyahu's Speech to Congress

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Dr. Randall Price World of the Bible Ministries By now most of you have heard the speech delivered to Congress yesterday by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and also much of the commentary pro and con that has been on the web and the news channels. I thought it might be good to offer an... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • The Rapture (Part 27)

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Dr. Andy Woods Sugar Land Bible Church My previous articles commenced a series on the rapture of the church. We began with the question, "What is the Rapture?" This question can best be answered by noting ten truths about the rapture from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. We then... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Netanyahu: 'Even If Israel Has to Stand Alone, Israel Will Stand'

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    (BREITBART)—On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the State of Israel reset the agenda for the Western world in a speech before a joint session of Congress.For weeks, the Obama administration has attempted to direct attention away from Netanyahu's actual agenda—stopping the Iranian... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Citing Russia and IS Threat, Kosovo Urges Faster EU Expansion

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    (REUTERS)—Kosovo's Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci urged the European Union and NATO to speed up integration of Balkan states or risk the spreading influence of both Russia and Islamist extremists.Thaci, the first prime minister of independent Kosovo until last year, told Reuters he hoped for... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Historic Court Decision: Jews Must Be Allowed to Pray on Temple Mount

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    (THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE)—In the case of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick vs the Israel Police, Judge Malka Aviv ruled that the police have no legal basis to prevent Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. Specifically, the judge ruled that "police must work to ensure that Jews can pray on the Temple... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

    3 Mar 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

    3 Mar 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

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Len and Jennifer LacroixWe're so glad you took the time to visit our blog.  We have been based near Budapest, Hungary, serving as missionaries for nearly five years.   However, we are currently on furlough, away from the field, praying and seeking the Lord's guidance regarding where to be, and for the provision to fulfill the mission.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…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - March 2015

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    I've recently updated some blogs and posted some new ones that I want to make you aware of: A Peculiar PeopleUnhealthy CompetitionIs Contraception a Sin? -- a Divine Revelation By the Spirit of God AloneLife After DeathThe Kingdom of Darkness Rapture Revelation to James AgboolaThe Kingdom of God as Revealed to James AgboolaListen to Jesus, Who Upholds Moses and the ProphetsSynching Up the Seven Seals with the Gospels  The Rise of Antichrists (updated!)The Marine Kingdom and Queen of the Coast (updated!) A Warning to the Nay Sayers (updated!)Remember the Eternal Law of…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - February 2015

    1 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    I've recently updated some blogs and posted some new ones that I want to make you aware of: James Agboola Revelation of Heaven and HellThe Marine Kingdom and Queen of the Coast The Rise of AntichristsPersecuted or Popular?Sequence of Signs Preceding the Coming of ChristRestored TruthRemember the Eternal Law of GodRapture Revelation to Margaret MacDonaldRapture Beliefs of Church FathersRevelation of People Missing the Rapture  Sins That Will Keep You From Heaven (updated!)Who intercedes for us? (updated!)A Warning to the Nay Sayers (updated!)A Warning for Christian Married Couples…
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    Relief: A Christian Literary Expression

  • Persona and Poetry

    Jill Reid
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “My story is important not because it is mine, God knows, but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize that in many ways it is also yours.”—Frederick Buechner Last fall, I spent a few weeks teaching two beautiful essays to an undergraduate creative writing class. One essay was written by Frederick Buechner and the other by my talented friend Callie Feyen. Both essays dealt with moments of loss and growth and reached far back into the writers’ pasts, all the way to childhood. One of the most interesting things my students discussed in regard to the…
  • Thirty Are Better Than One

    Lou Kaloger
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    In 1963, Andy Warhol silkscreened thirty back-and-white images of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa onto a canvas. The work was less than perfect. Any t-shirt printer will tell you that Warhol’s squeegee angle was sloppy, his ink application was inconsistent, and his registration was a mess. Since there were thirty “Mona Lisas,” Warhol named the piece Thirty are Better Than One. So what does it mean? It’s hard to tell. Warhol was always horribly enigmatic and rarely answered questions directly. When he did answer a question, he often seemed to be alluding to a joke no one else was…
  • The Politics of Poetry

    Howard Schaap
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Make it more obscure,” a student says in an undergrad poetry workshop. This after the assignment says be specific, always specific, and avoid abstraction. And cliché. In fact, I’ve crafted the assignment to follow Ted Kooser’s mystical ideal about poetry, that “meaning arrives almost unbidden from an accumulation of specific details.” But then I read a quote from Stephen Evans in David Orr’s Beautiful & Pointless which says, “Through men like . . . Ted Kooser, Karl Rove’s battle-tested blend of unapologetic economic elitism and reactionary cultural populism is now…
  • Keeping a Record of War

    Adie Smith
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    A couple hours drive outside of Jackson, Mississippi, the Windsor ruins are all that remains of an antebellum home that survived the Civil War only to catch fire in 1890. The fire destroyed the original floor plans, photographs of the house, every brick baked and laid by the injustice of slavery. Even the original name of the plantation home is forgotten; Windsor refers to the sound of the wind passing through the trees and the pillars left to hold up the sky. The only record of the mansion’s appearance is a drawing by a Union officer, sketched while encamped on the grounds. Two years ago,…
  • Beginning Exploration

    Aaron Guest
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    The downstairs bathroom was the most unique room in our home. Its walls were decoupaged with pages of poetry and fiction by the previous owner. I showed it off whenever friends came to visit—it’s even where my bio pic was taken. Then, the day before leaving for my first MFA residency, it flooded. We had gone to the water park and returned to discover my son had left the upstairs bathroom sink running with the drain plugged. The walls were ruined. This past week we moved out of that house after eight years. I’ve been listening to The Mountain Goats song “Genesis 3:23” during this…
 
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  • RIP Cardinal Egan Former Archbishop of #NewYork - Dies Age 82 - Faithful Servant

    Jesus Caritas Est
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Archdiocese of NewYork Release:March 5, 2015Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop-Emeritus , 12th bishop and 9th archbishop and 7th Cardinal of the See of New York, died today.  The cardinal was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Medical Center at 2:20 pm, cause of death was cardiac arrest. Funeral arrangements are pending.Cardinal Egan was born on April 2, 1932, in Oak Park, Illinois. His Eminence was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on December 15, 1957.Cardinal Egan was consecrated a bishop in 1985. From 1985 – 1988, Cardinal Egan served as Auxiliary…
  • Catholic Quote to SHARE by #MotherTeresa "Make us worthy, Lord, to serve..."

    Jesus Caritas Est
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    "Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow men throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them through our hands this day their daily bread, and by our understanding love, give peace and joy."  Mother Teresa
  • Today's Mass Readings : Thursday March 5, 2015

    Jesus Caritas Est
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    Thursday of the Second Week of LentLectionary: 233Reading 1JER 17:5-10Thus says the LORD:Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,who seeks his strength in flesh,whose heart turns away from the LORD.He is like a barren bush in the desertthat enjoys no change of season,But stands in a lava waste,a salt and empty earth.Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,whose hope is the LORD.He is like a tree planted beside the watersthat stretches out its roots to the stream:It fears not the heat when it comes,its leaves stay green;In the year of drought it shows no distress,but still bears…
  • Breaking News 34 Killed in Attack on Government building in Syria - Stats 220,000 killed so far - PRAY

    Jesus Caritas Est
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    Aleppo, Syrian rebels attack the Damascus intelligence headquarters: dozens deadAt least 20 victims among Syrian security forces, another 14 on the rebels side. But the Damascus army managed to repel the assault. The offices of the Air Force Intelligence building targeted. Six other victims among civilians in a second attack. The rebels reject UN envoy’s truce proposal.Aleppo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At least 34 people died in a rebel attack on a government security building in Aleppo, northern Syria yesterday. The bomb attack which was followed by a ground assault.According to reports from…
  • Pope Francis "Worldliness is a subtle sin – it is more than a sin – it is a sinful state of soul.” Lent Homily

    Jesus Caritas Est
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    Pope Francis at Mass on Thursday morning, March 3, 2015 - OSS_ROM05/03/2015 11:44(Vatican Radio) Worldliness darkens the soul, making it unable to see the poor who live next to us with all their wounds: this was the message, in brief, that Pope Francis had for the faithful gathered for Mass in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican on Thursday morning.Commenting on the parable of the rich man, a man dressed “in purple and fine linen,” who “every day gave lavish banquets,” the Pope said that we never hear ill spoken of this man, we are not told that he was a bad man. In…
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  • Acceptable To God

    Todd
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Watch this Video: Paul White explains the appropriation of God’s goodness is a matter of faith and is not based on things we’ve done or not done. “No one on earth qualifies to be your qualifier. You are either qualified because of the spirit – God is Spirit – He lives in you. He either qualifies you or disqualifies you. So the argument then, is not whether I can disqualify you, but whether God would disqualify you. Ok? What God would deem acceptable and unacceptable. What God would deem approved or disapproved. … Your whole Christian experience is a walk…
  • What is the Logos, Word of God?

    Todd
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Watch this Video: Bertie Brits explains that the Word of God is not the Bible, but that it is Jesus. John 1  The Deity of Jesus Christ 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. The Witness John 6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He cameas a witness, to…
  • My Time Has Not Come

    Todd
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Watch this Video: Paul White encourages all to listen to the holy spirit, and ‘whatever He says to you, do it.’ “This is one of the most unheralded things about Jesus. It rarely gets preached. It rarely even gets talked about. In fact, it rarely even gets acknowledged. And that is this … That Jesus did not seem to have any concern with doing or being what people thought He should do or be when they thought He should do or be. He knew who He was and He never worried about what other people thought about that. If He didn’t think it was His time, He said its not…
  • Glorious

    Todd
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Watch this Video: Katie Torwalt singing Glorious live with Jesus Culture. Glorious Lyrics Hope fills my soul, the love that you’ve shown brings refreshing like the rain and peace floods my heart, I know nothing apart, apart from your goodness God You are glorious and you are holy, holy The heavens shout that you are worthy, worthy Whoa Oh Your love frees my soul and fear has no hold for you have broken the chains and now joy fills my life, your Spirit your life, I’m undone by the kindness of Christ You are glorious and you are holy The heavens shout that you are worthy My soul…
  • The Way of Trust

    Todd
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:23 am
    Listen to the Audio: Brennan Manning explains that Trust is our gift to God. “The brilliant theologian, John Cavanaugh,  teaching at St. Louis University in Chicago … 38 yrs old,  was suddenly burnt out by teaching, and in a state of utter confusion with what to do with the rest of his life. So he took a three month sabbatical and he went down to Mother Teresa’s ‘House of the Dying’ in Calcutta. The first morning there, Mother Teresa comes up to him and says, “John I’m glad you’re here, what can I do for ya?” And he said, “Please…
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  • The Top 10 Ways Pastors Spend Time that Doesn’t Make Disciples

    Will Mancini
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    What gets in our way when it comes to the church’s mission to make disciples? Let’s look at the things we do at church and they way we spend our time as pastors: Preparing a sermon or teaching message in a given week without spending time in disciple-making relationships. Spending time meeting with staff and church leaders in a given week in lieu of spending time in personal disciple-making relationships. Designing a worship experience in a given week without a prior design of a clear disciple-making strategy. Managing a weekly money gathering process from people without having a…
  • The Most Important Trend of Church Trends in 2015 And What To Do About It

    Will Mancini
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    I like reading about trends and I like thinking about the long lists of church trends. Two of my most widely read posts on church trends include: 5 Trends in Retail that Matter the Church (2013) 11 Church Vision and Strategy Trends (2011) This year I want to do something different by focusing on one important church trend. By calling it the most important trend, I want to state up front that I am not building my case with stats. What I do have is 14 years of weekly meetings with church leaders across the country talking about what’s happening in the church. Specifically, in the last two…
  • 12 Church Logos that Tell a Story (and Why Yours Should Too)

    Will Mancini
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Auxano just released another TeamUP download that focuses on one of our six services: communication. As a “vision shop,” we believe that all vision should be communicated visually. This gorgeous, free PDF will share a little bit more about our philosophy of communication and how your design can elevate and demonstrate the unique work of God in your church. Christmas is a great time to remember that Jesus is the logos of God; that is, the word, the expression, the representation of Him. In the beginning was the logos and the logos was with God and the logos was God (John 1:1). Here…
  • 6 Reasons Why Most Church Strategic Planning Is a Waste of Time

    Will Mancini
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Most church strategic planning is a waste of time no matter what you call it or why the church started the planning to begin with. Have you ever personally experienced a time-waster planning retreat? The planning may be called lots of things like: long range planning vision planning visioning weekend goal-setting strategic operations In addition to the variety of names, the planning may be spawned for numerous reasons like facility planning, attendance decline, website design, or capital campaign initiatives to name a few. But whatever you call it and and whatever got the process started,…
  • Take the Nice IS Naughty Quiz for Pastors this Christmas

    Will Mancini
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    You’ve heard of the naughty or nice quiz before. We put people on one side of the behavior equation this time of the year. And if that doesn’t cross your mind, then someone at North Pole Central is finalizing the tally before Santa’s globe-trotting, Christmas Eve sleigh ride. This year, however,  I want to put these terms on the same side of the equation. I think pastors need to consider “niceness” from an entirely different point of view. That’s right, I have a growing fear that we, as ministry leaders,  too often do the wrong thing in the name of…
 
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    Storyline Blog

  • Why Losing Everything Could Be the Best Thing For You

    Donald Miller
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    When you’re writing a screenplay, you normally want to have something happen about fifteen minutes from the end of the story in which everything is lost. All the progress that’s been made for the lead character has to wash down the drain. And then, unless you are writing a tragedy, you figure out a way to redeem the situation in the final minutes. It’s formulaic, I know. But it works. You’ll find the “all is lost” scene in almost every movie you go see this Spring. The reason is because it increases dramatic tension, but it’s also in the story because so many people can identify…
  • Two Ways to Make Everyday Life Feel Like a Vacation

    Tim Schurrer
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    For the last few years, my friend Bob has hosted a retreat in Canada for his friends. The lodge where the retreat is held is 50 miles from the nearest road, outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. To get there, you have two options: a quick seaplane flight directly to the dock, or a long couple of bus and ferry rides. I have always taken the long way. I like to think taking the long way makes the arrival that much more enjoyable. There’s something special about riding through the mountains and experiencing every single bend in the journey. The retreat usually lasts a few days and is what…
  • The Most Destructive Thing You Can Believe About Yourself

    Allison Vesterfelt
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I went through a season several months ago where things in my life just didn’t feel right. I wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be in my career, but I wasn’t sure how to move things forward. I could tell my marriage wasn’t living up to its full potential but I felt blank about how to make it right. Needless to say, I was feeling a little discouraged. I had talked to several friends about what to do and tried their suggestions. One friend suggested I stop letting people “walk all over me” and start being a little more assertive. It was a good suggestion, in theory, so I put it to…
  • What is Transparenting?

    Donald Miller
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    If you’re a parent, you know how scary it is when your child starts pulling away from you. And it’s frightening when they stop communicating. One of the reasons it’s so frightening is we never feel like we’re done parenting, or honestly, that they’re ready. We are deathly afraid they are going to repeat our mistakes. We fear they will have our temper, or daydream like we do. We fear they’ll argue the way we sometimes argue with our spouse. Pulling away is, of course, natural in various phases of a child’s development. And every parent has fears. You’re…
  • Pay Attention to What Makes You Cringe

    Tim Schurrer
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    DC Talk, a band from the 90s, once sang, “Some people gotta learn the hard way. I guess I’m the kind of guy who has to find out for myself.” While this may be true for most, my approach to life has been the exact opposite. I’ve always learned quite a bit from paying attention to the mistakes of people around me. I was the youngest of five kids. We were a blended family from early on, so I spent a lot of time around my older sister and three older step-siblings. As an observant nine-year old, I figured out pretty quickly what I could get away with and what I couldn’t. There was…
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    The Christian Gift

  • Nubble Light in the Snow

    TheChristianGift
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:25 am
    Iconic Nubble Light (on Cape Neddick at York, Maine) is lovely any time of the year. That said, I’ve been trying for months to get a composition featuring the lighthouse in the snow with a “big sky.” While I’ve captured some terrific, colorful mornings, expansive color overhead has been elusive. Until this past weekend. On Sunday, though it was perfectly clear when I left my house (I almost abandoned the shoot), clouds quickly moved in. Snow was on the way. “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning…” Three degrees below zero – but it…
  • Personalized Christian Gifts – New Views

    TheChristianGift
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Great news for those of you who’ve asked for a better look at our personalized Christian gifts! We’ve revamped the product views of our artwork to enable you to see more detail in each design. In addition, you can now see each of the pieces in the various frames from which you can choose. Should I choose the black frame? Would I like it better in walnut? What about gold – or white? Now you won’t have to wonder. (Note: we’ve matched the frame choices to the artwork to make sure your finished product looks great. For example, if a design has a great deal of black…
  • Service Appreciation – Volunteer Appreciation – More New Designs

    TheChristianGift
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Our collection of personalized appreciation plaques continues to grow – which means you have more choices than ever before to select just the right design for your recipient! This one, just added to our service appreciation collection, is among the new arrivals. One of our New Service Appreciation Plaque Designs We’ll mount and frame your plaque for you, or you can purchase it unframed. (The unframed artwork comes double matted and ready for you to slip into the frame of your choice.) Either way, we use only premium, museum-quality inks, papers and matboard. Even our paper tape is…
  • Bluebirds Visiting

    TheChristianGift
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:11 am
    Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. –Matthew 10:29-31 Eastern Bluebirds Perched at the Feeder This cute little pair of Eastern Bluebirds, visiting yesterday in harsh weather, reminded me of the verse above. If, like me, you are digging out yet again today and into tomorrow – good luck with the cleanup!
  • New Personalized Service Appreciation Plaque – Volunteer Appreciation

    TheChristianGift
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    We’re pleased to continue to offer you more service appreciation options – new designs are being added to the store this week! Here’s a closer look at one of them: God’s Love Shines – New Personalized Service Appreciation Plaque It’s based on this verse from Matthew’s Gospel: Let your light shine…that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. The accompanying image of warm colors at daybreak on a winter’s day was made on the Atlantic coast at Rye, New Hampshire. As with all of our service appreciation plaques,…
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    Steve Fogg: Clear & SimpleSteve Fogg: Clear & Simple | Marketing, Communications, Branding & Digital

  • 9 Smart Tips For Improving Your Church Bulletin

    Steve Fogg
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:32 pm
    I am always on the look out for new ideas for any church communications and when it comes to the humble church bulletin I’m very interested. Why? In my opinion, the humble church bulletin or as some call it, news-sheet is a much maligned communications piece. Yet it has remained central to the life of many churches around the world from many different denominations. I know that in my experience no one communication piece can solve all your communication problems. And it is the same with the church bulletin. It will never be a magic bullet to helping people find what they are looking…
  • I’m Hosting A Communicators Masterclass

    Steve Fogg
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:03 pm
    I love getting the opportunity to share what I’ve learnt over the years on this blog, but I also love meeting those that I connect with here. In April I’ll be hosting and leading a one day Communicators Masterclass as part of the Connect 2015 conference on the Gold Coast in Australia. This Communicators Masterclass is designed specifically for Christian communicators who have something to say, a burning idea or message they want the world to know about. Is that you? It will be a practical workshop which will allow give you the tools and strategies which will enable you to rise…
  • 5 Communications Ideas To Help Promote Your Easter Services

    Steve Fogg
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:30 pm
    It’s a busy month for all of us in church communications. Our Easter services are coming quickly. Some denominations are also promoting Lent too. One common issue is how churches can promote their services more effectively both to their congregations and to the broader community. Here are five ideas that will help you (Well eight if you count out the extra three in the social media section ): 1. Photo Booth How could a photo booth possibly help spread the news? In our last Twitter chat for church communicators (find out more about #cmschat here) one of the community mentioned…
  • How A Simple Photo Booth Supercharged My Social Media

    Steve Fogg
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:58 pm
    I love sharing what I learn about using social media to reach more people for my church and this concept is one smart social media marketing tactic that most churches of any sizes can implement. When I first thought about using a photo booth as a tactic I didn’t think it would be the huge success that it was. A few years ago we decided to start doing photo booths at our large outreach services such as Christmas, Easter, Mothers and Fathers Day. Initially because we were on a very tight budget we decided to upload the photos onto Flickr so that our church community could download their…
  • Free Photo Release Form Template For Churches

    Steve Fogg
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:02 pm
    I was asked on this week’s #CHSOCM Twitter Chat to share the photo release form we use for our church. As I know this blog reaches many different countries you will need to check with your own legal eagle to find out the legality for your own jurisdiction if you download this template. Every communications team needs a template similar to this. If you are taking photos of your congregation in any environment you need to get their agreement to republish their image. There are very strong privacy legal principles around protecting your community. You can land yourself in very hot…
 
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  • Spurgeon's Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    “I used to think that the book of Job is in the Bible because this story of suffering is so extreme, so rare, improbable, and unusual,” said Ray Ortlund in a recent sermon. “I don’t think that anymore. Now I think that the book of Job is in the Bible because this story is so common and typical.” I suspect that Charles Spurgeon, the famous Baptist preacher of the 1800s, would have agreed. Zack Eswine’s book Spurgeon's Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression is a gift in a world in which suffering is so pervasive, both for the depressed and those of us who…
  • How I Prepare Sermons

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I recently blogged about my decision to start writing sermon manuscripts again. A couple of people asked about my routine in preparing sermons. I don’t know that my routine is the best, but since I enjoy hearing how others prepare to preach, it may be helpful, or maybe interesting.My approach has been to follow the process outlined in this sermon preparation cheat sheet. I try to discipline myself in two areas, with varying success:Spend enough time in the text before turning to the commentaries. This one is hard for me!Exegesis comes before homiletics. Understand the text before you think…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Why We Need to Practice Confession Here are four arguments for the practice of regular, public confession. A Pattern Among Fallen Pastors – Lessons for Us All During my time in seminary I took a leadership course taught by the late-great Dr. Howard Hendricks. As we studied the life of David, Prof shared a study he conducted with a group of men in full-time ministry who had fallen into a morally disqualifying sin. 7 Things NOT to Say to a Depressed Christian You’re not given a podium to preach to the depressed; you’re given arms to hold them. What’s…
  • If We Are Faithless

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    I seem to dwell on certain Scriptures for a season. This past year, I’ve been dwelling on 2 Timothy 2:1-13. It’s a feast for anyone, and I haven’t been disappointed as I’ve meditated on it repeatedly. I commend this passage to you as well. I seldom get to verses 11 and 12 without getting a bit nervous:If we have died with him, we will also live with him;if we endure, we will also reign with him;if we deny him, he also will deny us…(2 Timothy 2:11-12)Paul ramps up the pressure in the areas of conversion, endurance, and apostasy. In a succession of statements, we’re called to do our…
  • Why I'm Back to Writing Sermon Manuscripts

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    When I finished as pastor of an established church in January 2012, I made a massive switch in how I prepared sermons. Up until that point, I’d developed a practice of preparing a sermon manuscript before I preached. I rarely took the manuscript to the pulpit with me, but writing my sermon in advance helped me think my way to clarity in my sermon preparation. When I began the process of planting a new church, I first spoke as an itinerant preacher, often repeating the same message. In late 2013 I began to preach again regularly to our new church, but truncated my sermon preparation and…
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  • Talking to Kids About Monsters (Fear Versus Faith)

    Mimi Bullock
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Popular culture can’t seem to get enough of monsters. From television shows about finding Bigfoot to creature features, our world is permeated with images of monsters. Kids sure don’t need these visual aids to believe in the “boogeyman,” their imaginations make it easy to believe something is under the bed or in the closet. (Incidentally, as a child I believed in all those things too.) As a children’s minister, I often find myself leading kids in prayer to overcome all these types of fears, don’t you? It’s not enough to say, “You’re just…
  • Great Ways to Greet Kids in Children’s Church

    Mimi Bullock
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    Think a good greeting program isn’t necessary for children’s church? Think again! When we don’t greet kids as they come in, we miss making a valuable connection for two reasons. First, the greeting is where you establish discipline. That’s so important to do right at the beginning of each session. Kids need to know someone is in charge. Second, we can miss precious opportunity to build strong relationships. Like anyone, children want to be acknowledged when they step in the room. “Stop, squat and smile.” That’s what I teach my volunteers. Yelling at kids from across the room…
  • Fingerstache Bible Object Lesson (Hebrews 4:13)

    Mimi Bullock
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:10 am
    Have you ever snapped a selfie wearing a fingerstache? A fingerstache is a moustache drawing on the pointer finger that a person can use to pretend he has a moustache. It’s a playful temporary “tattoo” that was made popular a few years when it began showing up on different social media sites. I love the fingerstache—it’s a playful ice breaker for getting to know a shy kid but it also makes a great tool for an object lesson. I’ve come up with a fun lesson you could use for a fingerstache object lesson. Ready? Grab a pen! Hiding from God For this object lesson, use Hebrews 4:13 as…
  • Lesson: Knowing Jesus Through … The Sense of Taste (Matthew 26:17-30)

    Brittany Bradshaw
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Lesson Title:   Knowing Jesus Through the Five Senses: The Sense of Taste Bible Reference: Matthew 26:17-30; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Target Age Group: Elementary Learning Context: Sunday School Target Time Frame: 45 minutes Focus Verse: While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Matthew 26:26 Gospel Connection: Jesus’ death was not a surprise to Him.  He knew it was coming because He had been preparing for it and His resurrection His whole life.  He also wanted His…
  • Lesson: Knowing Jesus Through … The Sense of Smell (Ephesians 5:2)

    Brittany Bradshaw
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Lesson Title:   Knowing Jesus Through the Five Senses: The Sense of Smell Bible Reference:  Ephesians 5:2; Genesis 1:28-31; Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 5:12 Target Age Group: Elementary Learning Context: Sunday School Target Time Frame: 45 minutes Focus Verse: “And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2 Gospel Connection: God blessed us with five senses with which we can discover the world.  In this lesson, children will use their sense of smell to discover that God created a…
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  • Did I just say that?

    Jann Cobb
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    As soon as the words pushed past my teeth and I heard them out loud, I could not believe that I was the one saying those things! What we say can never be completely taken back.In a moment our words have the ability to encourage, challenge, uplift, comfort, discourage, judge, pressure, belittle, anger or hurt.Jokingly, I often say “my filter is broke”, but honestly I’m not disciplined enough in the control of my mouth. Unfortunately those who are closest to me can often be the ones that I hurt.Yesterday was one of those days. A friend who I dearly love had just shared…
  • An Open Door

    Jann Cobb
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    After a wonderful day at church worshiping together and really experiencing a fullness of the Spirit It was time to head home. I was a little tired when I came home. Walking in the house our dog spunky looked at me, “let me out” and so I went over and opened the door to our deck. Once again Spunky looked at me she really did not want to go where it was cold.As I walked away leaving spunky sitting there looking at me, I realized that the the door was still open. It had never closed. “That’s weird”, I thought to myself. Walking  over to shut the door, I heard a wooshing sound. I…
  • I might be Grumbling!

    Jann Cobb
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    I live in Michigan it should not be any surprise that it’s February and it’s snowing again! But this California girl is having a hard time with temperatures constantly below 30°.  Where is the warmth? Where is that walk outside feeling of warmth. When I look down at my arms they pasty white! Outside everything is white, the driveway, the yard, and the roads.  It’s as if I live in the land of Pleasantville. The movie where everything starts out in black and white. During November when we get a first dusting of snow, I’m kind of giddy with excitement…
  • Just past the Trees

    Jann Cobb
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:22 am
    Sometimes it feels as though there are things almost within my grasp and yet not close enough. It is as if they are just beyond the trees! The moments when I'm standing on my tippy toes and I'm trying to reach but my 5 foot 4 inch body is only so tall and that cabinet that I thought I could reach into is out of bounds! I can't, no matter how much I stretch, reach, wiggle and jump! I just can't seem to reach that object that I want so badly.Inevitably I need assistance, I need to get a chair, a ladder, or one of those really cool gizmos that you click a button and it…
  • It is Well

    Jann Cobb
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    What is he doing with his coat unzipped in this kind of weather? There he was, not dressed well for the weather that was way below 20°. On this day it was only 1° There he stood in his snow boots, hat, warm jacket that was completely unzipped with no gloves or mittens on his hands. Staring at him I had so many questions.Where's your mama? Aren't you cold? Why do you come so unprepared when the weather is so freezing? How is it that for you?Deeper questions came into my mind as well.  They made me think of moments that I felt cold and alone unable to take…
 
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    Lawrence W. Wilson

  • 7 Ways to Renew Yourself Spiritually

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:43 am
    One of the core activities of Christian spirituality is the daily pursuit of God through personal spiritual disciplines. For centuries, Christians have done this to become more aware of themselves and more in tune with God. But few Christians today practice these habits—which may account for the generally low level of personal spirituality in the church. We have lively worship, lots of great activities, and strong opinions on public morals. Yet we often behave selfishly and with a sense of entitlement, as if we don’t know Jesus all that well. Spiritual disciplines correct that.
  • Top 10 Posts of 2014 and What They Reveal about Ministry

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Readership of this blog grew dramatically in 2014. Overall traffic rose by more than 250 percent, and the number of unique readers climbed by more than 80 percent. Hopefully, that’s an indication that the posts are helpful and meaningful to a growing number of folk. Through the year I learned a couple of lessons about blogging. But my greatest insights are about the state of the church. Here are my top 10 posts for 2014 and what I’ve learned from your responses. continue reading
  • The Power of Asking a Different Question in Ferguson

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    In July 1967, when I was seven years old, I woke up on a bright summer’s day to find that the city of Detroit, just an hour’s drive from my home, was on fire. Police had raided an after-hours club where a group of African American men were celebrating the return of two GIs from Vietnam. An altercation broke out. The situation escalated. A full-scale riot ensued. As a child I knew nothing of the causes and barely understood the events, but I saw pictures in my parents’ newspaper and on evening news. It was like watching a nightmare, black-and-white images of Black and White…
  • The 9 Emotions You Feel on Every Short-Term Mission Trip

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    A short-term mission trip is an intense experience in many ways. And that’s a good thing. Leaving home, being immersed in another culture, and learning to work as a team creates a perfect storm of stress that can be a prime setting for spiritual discovery, if you’re open to it. Although there is much debate about the effectiveness of short-term efforts, I see a great value. In fact, I think every pastor should lead a trip at least once. You learn things on a mission trip that you just won’t get any other way. One of those learnings has do do with the big question not just for…
  • Best Books on Prayer for Christian Leaders

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    The lack of prayer as the most obvious gap in our practice of Christian leadership, and one way to close that gap is to challenge, inspire, and educate ourselves to pray more. Learning to pray is no great mystery. You hang around the people who are really good at it. Reading books about prayer may be the best way to do that. It will create a hunger within you to pray more often and enable you to pray with greater effect. continue reading
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    Inspirations from Phather Phil

  • Through The Lens of God’s Gifts

    PhatherPhil
    14 Feb 2015 | 5:46 am
    “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” – John 14:27 (NLT) Joy and Peace are gifts of grace already given to each and every one of us… Receiving, embracing and allowing those gifts to shape us however, is a choice.  And when we make the choice to see our lives through the lens of those gifts, we begin to recognize how truly present God is with us every day.
  • If there are words for Him, then I don’t have them…

    PhatherPhil
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
  • The True Nature of Love

    PhatherPhil
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT) As I read and prayed on these words this morning, God reminded me of the depth of this fundamental truth; that when we embrace the true nature of the Love He freely offers and seek to share that Love in all…
  • Defined by Our Blessings

    PhatherPhil
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:11 am
    “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” – James 1:17 (NLT) When we allow our attitudes, our outlook, our words and our actions to be expressions of the many Blessings God places in our lives each and every day, we not only share His light with those around us but also find that our struggles and circumstances no longer define who we are.
  • Another Chance…

    PhatherPhil
    31 Dec 2013 | 11:20 am
      Dear Lord; Happy New Year’s Eve Father! As my mind wandered this morning Father, drifting along this past year’s erratic path and pondering the days ahead You spoke to my heart; a whispered phrase of things to be… “Another Chance…” You promised.  And with that I realized Lord… Every day I wake with breath in my lungs You’ve granted me Another Chance… “I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies…
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • You Won’t be an Effective Leader if You are Too Busy Trying to Be Someone Else

    J.B. Wood
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    My friend, a high-level manager at a financial services firm, confided he felt as if he were leading a double-life. Not in a sordid, creepy way, involving drugs or scandal or Liza Minnelli cabaret impersonations by night. Rather, he complained that his “work” persona and his “home” persona had grown distinctly separate over the years, and it made him [Read More...]
  • How Not to Suck Up to Your Boss

    J.B. Wood
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    A colleague of mine, an older, distinguished gentleman, has this habit of trying to predict and finish my sentences. For instance, when I start a conversation, he’ll interject these vocal micro-blips while I’m speaking, as if he was just about to say the exact same thing. Me: “We were on the verge of closing the Colosco deal, [Read More...]
  • Five Things to Stop Doing in 2015

    J.B. Wood
    8 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Strategy consultant Dorie Clark wrote an intriguing post a couple years ago at Harvard Business Review blogs presenting somewhat of an anti-outlook for New Year’s goal-setting. Instead of promoting typical professional stretch-goal tips, she made suggestions for things to stop doing, in order to become more focused and productive. Her red lighted list of things to stop doing included such helpful recommendations [Read More...]
  • It’s Okay to Feel Stupid Sometimes

    J.B. Wood
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Have you ever been in a meeting, minding your own business, maybe thinking about what  you might want to have for dinner that night, when suddenly you realize all eyes have turned on you looking for an opinion? Except that you have no idea what they were just talking about? It’s not that you weren’t paying attention. [Read More...]
  • The Secret Art of Reinventing Yourself

    J.B. Wood
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Eighth grade is typically a harsh year for pre-teens, and mine was no exception. I was not the most athletically coordinated boy, which placed me firmly at the lowest ranking of the middle school echelon. Add to that my greasy hair, braces, and over-sized, thick-lens eyeglasses, and you start to get a very sorry picture. Thankfully, [Read More...]
 
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  • Road Safety Decline as Children Death Rates Rise

    admin
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:16 am
    Statistics from the Department for Transport has shown that the number of child deaths and serious injuries on roads have risen for the first time since 1995. The statistics show that the number of children under 16 killed or seriously injured (KSI) rose by 3% in the 12 months from September 2013 to September the following year. Alarmingly, the figures did not point to a one-off, freak incident for the growth in the number of deaths and serious injuries on the road, but rather a rise in every quarter of 2014 in comparison to the previous year. Roads Most Dangerous Year? The latest figures…
  • The Role of Family Lawyers in Modern Society

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Family law has evolved rapidly to reflect social changes in the society; it has blossomed from the patriarchal approach to the gender parity reforms of the twentieth century. This is that group of norms that are invoked to settle domestic disputes, for instance between spouses. In this age where the marriage institution is guided by parity between partners, divorce, separation, guardianship, civil unions and the creation of partnerships are handled by family lawyers. Most states have different rules that apply to the family institution; however, the growing role of international law has led…
  • Courts Reform Bill – Effect on Personal Injury Cases

    admin
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Scottish Parliament unanimously passed significant reforms to Scotland’s civil justice system earlier this month. The current service was regarded as slow, inefficient and expensive, and thus the Courts Reform Bill was designed to upgrade the justice system. Under the new reforms sheriff courts will take on many more cases allowing the Court of Session, Scotland’s top civil court, more time to deal with more complicated and serious cases. Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny Mac Askill said : “This is a hugely important step forward in making Scotland’s civil justice…
  • The New Star Wars Trailer is Finally Here!

    admin
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:56 am
    It was with huge excitement that I managed to see the new Star Wars trailer. I am sure you have probably seen a lot of the hype about it too on the Internet, Facebook, and other social media channels. From the first glance, it really looks like it might be getting back to the style of the original Star Wars Trilogy. Personally I hated the new George Lucas movies, so here’s hoping that the JJ Abrams’ versions are going to get back to the roots of what we all know and love. If you’ve not seen it then here’s the Star Wars “The Force Awakens” teaser trailer in its full glory. What…
  • Recommending an Employment Solicitor in Crewe and Cheshire

    admin
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:23 am
    About a year ago my brother was involved in quite a messy fall out from a previous job he was working at due to redundancy.  If you have ever had to go through this you will know how painful it can be, plus how expensive it can be too – especially if you feel that you have been let go with no real reason. It’s vital that you find a good employment solicitor to handle the whole process, because without one you could get taken to the cleaners and not get the money or recompense that you are owed… my brother nearly was.  I got in touch with these guys who are solicitors in Crewe,…
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Begin Again

    Jean Wise
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    I should have known better. I’ve been down this path in the past and it didn’t work well for me then, why should it now? Sigh. Will I ever learn? What is wrong with me? These are the types of negative thoughts that haunt me. The inner critic appears quite quickly: When I fail. When I lose my focus. When my good intentions fade and the temptation of too many calories, too much complaining and/or whining, and old habits take over. While on retreat last week I ran across the Benedictine saying from more than 1500 years ago: “Always we begin again.” Buddhist wisdom calls it…
  • Failing and Learning about the Spiritual Practice of Beholding

    Jean Wise
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    The Spiritual Practice of Beholding Last week I submerged my soul in silence at my annual spiritual retreat. I have learned that in order to hear God I need to get away at least once a year for a few days at a retreat center for solitude, silence and being with him. My time away and my notes in my journal nourish my spirit for many days afterward. I am a doer and settling my soul in silence and stillness isn’t easy for me. It often feels like I peel off layers of soiled clothing as I settle into the quiet. I have to hand over my concerns, my worldly frantic to do’s and my agenda into…
  • Taking Up the Cross – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    “He called the crowds with his disciples and said to them ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’” Mark 8: 34 Lord, remember that moment yesterday? I thought of you. I was arranging the pulpit area at church for our Lenten services. What was missing? Then I knew. The wooden cross with the crown of thorns. I went to the upstairs storage area and found it. I picked it up forgetting just how heavy it was. My arms ached as I dragged it to the top of the stairs. Ouch! A splinter pricked my thumb. Slowly I descended, one step at…
  • Becoming What We Worship

    Jean Wise
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshiping we are becoming. Ralph Waldo Emerson This quote about becoming what we worship stopped me cold. I felt that nudge from the Spirit to pay attention. What am I worshipping? I would love to say I only worship, bow down to God, the Creator and Almighty. But in…
  • 12 Ordinary Things that Make Me Happy

    Jean Wise
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward I read a blog post the other day about ordinary things that makes us happy. His words stuck with me, opening my heart and eyes to the everyday things that bring me joy and fill me with gratitude. The process of creating this list didn’t take long – I was amazed at the simple steps in each of my day that I truly enjoyed. I realized how rich I am with these simple pleasures. The smell of coffee in the morning, any morning, even…
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    Daily Devotionals

  • John 10:10 – Life Stealer

    admin
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 ESV) Jesus came to bring us truth (John 18:37), freedom (Luke 4:18), light (John 8:12), and as we read today, life. As we often hear, to do this he lived blamelessly, not once compromising or submitting to temptation, and never forsaking the Father’s will. As followers of Christ we find this life and give glory to Him by obeying Him and walking as He walked. We have been redeemed, literally taken from a domain of darkness to a kingdom of light…
  • Psalm 19:1 – The Sky is a Mirror

    admin
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1 ESV) God’s beauty is displayed in every sunset, His renown blazes brighter than every star, His grace is sweeter than honey. The world that surrounds us declares the glory of God! As a painting dimly captures the beauty of nature, so does nature itself dimly capture His splendor. The sky is a mirror reflecting the wonder that is our God. Right now, look out the window and up into the sky; when God spoke, that’s what happened! Dwell on the grandeur of our world and all…
  • Acts 17:16-18 Stretching Our Borders

    admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verses “Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.” (Acts 17:16-18 ESV) We can often fall into a trap…
 
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -SCOTUS: Should Two Justices Recuse Themselves From the Same-Sex Marriage Case?

    Dr. D
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Two Supreme Court Justices have gone out of their way to demonstrate their opinions on same-sex marriage by actually officiating at gay weddings. Should they recuse themselves from the upcoming same-sex marriage case? Here’s an article about this situation from the Christian Post: …In April, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in an appeal from the Sixth Circuit regarding the constitutionality of state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. Calls have been made by some conservative groups for Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse themselves from the case because…
  • -Obama Foreign Policies Leading to Christian Persecution?

    Dr. D
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian relief organization0 and BGEA believes that  President Barack Obama’s sympathy towards Islam is bringing on a ‘Storm of Islam’ that will result in Christian persecution in this country and around the world. From the Blaze: “We’re going to see persecution, I believe, in this country, because our president is very sympathetic to Islam…growing up his frame of reference and his influence as a young man was Islam. It wasn’t Christianity, [it was] Islam.” …“Our foreign policy has a lot of influence now from Muslims,” he…
  • -Costco Lawsuit: Is this Really Religious Discrimination?

    Dr. D
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    A former employee is suing Costco for religious discrimination after he complained about some of the requirements of his job which went against his faith. Then he was reassigned to a different position that he obviously did not like. As a Muslim he didn’t want to touch pork or liquor which was required in his position as an assistant checker. The manager reassigned him to get the shopping carts outside instead after he complained. Here’s the story from abc7NY: …The devout Muslim says he was working as a cashier’s assistant at the Costco in Sunset Park Brooklyn in September of 2012…
  • -The Biblical Origins of : “Live Long and Prosper”?

    Dr. D
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    Leonard Nimoy passed away this week and on Facebook I literally read dozens of references to his famous saying in the Star Trek series and movies: “Live Long and Prosper” View the video above where Leonard Nimoy talks origins of Spock’s famous greeting as having its origin in a Jewish Cohen blessing over a congregation. Then read what I have to say about the Biblical origins of this famous saying on my Apologetica page.             *Top Related Posts?: -British Quakers OK Same-Sex Marriage -Amish Beard Cutting a Laughing…
  • -Pew Study: “Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities”

    Dr. D
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    China Among the Worst and Anti-Semitism on the Rise Internationally A new Pew study on religious liberty and persecution across the world entitled- “Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities” showed that China headed the list of the most restrictive nations. North Korea was not included in this study since it is too difficult to get real data from that country which undoubtedly is the real ‘worst’ nation when it comes to the freedom of anything. The study showed that religious minorities were the recipients of most of the ‘restrictions and hostilities’ noted in the…
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    Trevin Wax

  • Finding Joy in Your Kids’ Clutter

    Trevin Wax
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Next to the sink in the kids’ bathroom is a makeshift aquarium. Makeshift, because it’s actually the see-through, plastic part of a paper shredder our daughter bought for fifty cents from a neighbor’s yard sale. The kids ditched the paper shredder, turned the plastic container upside down, and filled it with water. Three plastic jellyfish are bobbing around inside. They’ve never been to Hawaii, and I suppose this is how they cope. In the reflection of the “aquarium,” I see our daughter’s Frozen toothbrush, with little flecks of toothpaste still in the…
  • Worth a Look 3.5.15

    Trevin Wax
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Perspectives on Election: 5 Views. $2.99. Bruce Ware (Infralapsarian) Robert Reymond (Supralapsarian) Jack Cottrell (Arminian) Clark Pinnock (Corporate) Thomas Talbott (Universalist) This is a powerful post from Jonathan Parnell – Parenting Means Wrestling Demons: There is a war on children, and we are all, in one way or another, playing some role in it. Every time we move forward as faithful parents (or care for kids in any capacity, including advocating for the voiceless not yet born, and volunteering for nursery duty on Sundays), we are wrestling demons…
  • The Surprising Opportunity of Conflict

    Trevin Wax
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    What elements make for a great story? Some say, “You’ve got to have interesting characters. If no one cares about the people in the story, no one is going to read it.” Characters matter, no doubt. Some of the best characters in all of English literature come from the works of Charles Dickens. Who could forget Ebenezer Scrooge or Mrs. Havisham? Others say, “Good characters or not, the story has to have a certain atmosphere. A good story immerses you in the world the storyteller is creating.” The story world matters. Readers were sad to close the…
  • Worth a Look 3.4.15

    Trevin Wax
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior. $3.79. The enthralling biography of the woman writer who helped end the slave trade, changed Britain’s upper classes, and taught a nation how to read. Matthew Schmitz on the problem with how we’re using the word “problematic” these days: This is how we now talk in public. We condemn things not for being ungentlemanly or childish, but for being offensive, hurtful, or outrageous—in short, for being problematic. As Douglas…
  • 3 Reasons I’m Looking Forward to the SBC This Year

    Trevin Wax
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Summer is for vacations, and for many pastors, denominational gatherings. The Southern Baptist Convention is no exception. This year, we’re meeting in Columbus, Ohio, the fifteenth largest city in the U.S., one that is well outside of the Southeast where most of our churches are based. In the past decade, though the attendance at the annual meeting has risen and fallen in conjunction with the location and the major topic of conversation (or controversy), the overall trend has been a dwindling of messengers. This isn’t surprising, considering the loosening of…
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    EverydayChristianFamily.com

  • Why Should You Protect Your Honor?

    Jim
    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?

    Jim
    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?

    Jim
    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

    Jim
    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.
  • Are “Magicians” Condemned in the Bible?

    Jim
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Strong’s Definition Clears up Confusion! Years ago I became fascinated when something disappeared then magically reappeared. It fooled my eyes and my mind. So, I purchased trick after trick and had fun showing the tricks. As a wedding musician I found “Flower Girls” and “Ring Bearers” were initially cute dancing together at receptions, but after 15 minutes no one paid any attention to them and were just in the way. Out of pity I began entertaining them on my breaks with tricks, then hearing their belly laughs. 3 years ago I decided to start entertaining as a Magician professionally.
 
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  • Begin Again

    Jean Wise
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    I should have known better. I’ve been down this path in the past and it didn’t work well for me then, why should it now? Sigh. Will I ever learn? What is wrong with me? These are the types of negative thoughts that haunt me. The inner critic appears quite quickly: When I fail. When I lose my focus. When my good intentions fade and the temptation of too many calories, too much complaining and/or whining, and old habits take over. While on retreat last week I ran across the Benedictine saying from more than 1500 years ago: “Always we begin again.” Buddhist wisdom calls it…
  • Failing and Learning about the Spiritual Practice of Beholding

    Jean Wise
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    The Spiritual Practice of Beholding Last week I submerged my soul in silence at my annual spiritual retreat. I have learned that in order to hear God I need to get away at least once a year for a few days at a retreat center for solitude, silence and being with him. My time away and my notes in my journal nourish my spirit for many days afterward. I am a doer and settling my soul in silence and stillness isn’t easy for me. It often feels like I peel off layers of soiled clothing as I settle into the quiet. I have to hand over my concerns, my worldly frantic to do’s and my agenda into…
  • Taking Up the Cross – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    “He called the crowds with his disciples and said to them ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’” Mark 8: 34 Lord, remember that moment yesterday? I thought of you. I was arranging the pulpit area at church for our Lenten services. What was missing? Then I knew. The wooden cross with the crown of thorns. I went to the upstairs storage area and found it. I picked it up forgetting just how heavy it was. My arms ached as I dragged it to the top of the stairs. Ouch! A splinter pricked my thumb. Slowly I descended, one step at…
  • Becoming What We Worship

    Jean Wise
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshiping we are becoming. Ralph Waldo Emerson This quote about becoming what we worship stopped me cold. I felt that nudge from the Spirit to pay attention. What am I worshipping? I would love to say I only worship, bow down to God, the Creator and Almighty. But in…
  • 12 Ordinary Things that Make Me Happy

    Jean Wise
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward I read a blog post the other day about ordinary things that makes us happy. His words stuck with me, opening my heart and eyes to the everyday things that bring me joy and fill me with gratitude. The process of creating this list didn’t take long – I was amazed at the simple steps in each of my day that I truly enjoyed. I realized how rich I am with these simple pleasures. The smell of coffee in the morning, any morning, even…
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    As the Deer

  • The Almighty Has His Own Purposes

    Chris
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Lincoln delivered his Second Inaugural Address 150 years ago today. I have long reflected on the section highlighted in the middle. The Almighty has His own purposes. Fellow-Countrymen: AT this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the…
  • Spinach and Sweet Potatoes 

    Chris
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:32 pm
    The Department on Aging feeds hundreds of senior adults each day using volunteer drivers. One of the meals I delivered today went to Mohammed, and another to a home with a Buddha statue. When you drive, you get a free meal. I couldn’t eat the ham because of Lent, but the spinach and sweet potatoes were good. 
  • Almsgiving, Prayer, Fasting 

    Chris
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:17 am
    Our week staffing a homeless shelter began Monday. Our congregation provides food, laundry services, and volunteers to spend an evening at the shelter or sleep overnight. Overnight volunteers stay in a separate room for them. Last night dinner was hot dogs and baked beans. There have been 20-25 residents each night. They watch TV till 10 p.m., and then the men and women go to sleep in separate rooms. I spent the night there last night with a woman from my church.  It occurred to me in the night that volunteering at a homeless shelter counts as almsgiving. Add to this my regular daily…
  • The Self Does Not Exist

    Chris
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Lately I am reading Doubt: A History, by Jennifer Hecht. It is becoming an unplanned Lenten practice. So far she has said Plato and Aristotle doubted stories of the gods and goddesses, and Qoheleth doubted the existence of the Hebrew God. This evening, while watching the Oscars, I have also learned that Buddha doubted the existence of the self. Letting go of a sense of self is a key part of our transformation. We think we have a self, we assume it, it’s the thing reading this right now, mulling it all over. But spend some time seriously looking for that self and one’s internal experience…
  • Altitude

    Chris
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I am finished with life. On the contrary, I feel intensely alive, and I want and hope in the time that remains to deepen my friendships, to say farewell to those I love, to write more, to travel if I have the strength, to achieve new levels of understanding and insight. This will involve audacity, clarity and plain speaking; trying to straighten my accounts with the world. But there will be time, too, for…
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  • 40 Questions for Christians: Morality

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:20 pm
    I have returned to blogging! I’ve decided to answer the questions on this hub, written by Thomas Swan.  Dr. Swan has a Ph.D in physics and a master’s degree in the cognitive science of religion.  And his questions betray a very shallow understanding of Christianity.  Let’s get to today’s batch. When an atheist is kind and charitable out of the kindness of his heart, is his behavior more or less commendable than a religious man who does it because God instructed him to? Neither.  In the words of the apostle Paul: For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature…
  • 40 Questions for Christians: Characteristics of God

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:03 am
    For my return after a year’s absence from blogging, I have decided to answer the questions posed by this hub to Christians.  Thomas Swan has a Ph.D in cognitive science of religion as well as a masters degree in physics.  So far, this list has been nothing but the usual atheist groupthink.  This group starts off the same way — I even answer one question with biting sarcasm.  The last two questions, however, are thoughtful and will offer some insight. An all-knowing God can read your mind, so why does he require you to demonstrate your faith by worshiping him? I believe…
  • 40 Questions to Ask Christians: Communication with God

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:45 am
    After a one year absence from apologetics blogging, I have returned, inspired by this hub from Thomas Swan.  Swan has a Ph.D in physics and a master’s degree in the cognitive science of religion.  Sadly, these academic decorations do not give him the ability to generate better questions about religion than my 7 year old. As infantile as the understanding of Why Won’t God Heal Amputees? and God is Imaginary websites’ understanding of prayer was, I think it was deeper and better-reasoned than Dr. Swan’s.  So let’s get to the questions. How can you tell the voice…
  • 40 Questions to Ask Christians: World Religions

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Has it really been a year since I’ve written anything on this blog? Wow.  I always kept putting it on the back burner.  “I’ll get back to it.”  “Really.  Soon.  I will get back to it.”  And I never did. For better or for worse, I decided to return with a series inspired by this hub written by atheist writer Thomas Swan.  Dr. Swan appears to have a Ph.D in physics and a master’s degree in the cognitive science of religion.  In the hub, Dr. Swan asks Christians 40 questions based on “a decade of pondering religions and their…
  • What an Apologist’s Job is NOT

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Cory Tucholski:Melissa Cain Travis pretty much hits the nail on the head with this piece. Excellent work! Originally posted on Hard-Core Christianity: A year or so into my grad school work, I tentatively assumed the role of public apologist. The landmark day was in the summer of 2010, when I instituted this blog to formally make myself available to both believers and non-believers struggling with questions about the alleged truths of Christianity. Not surprisingly, as I’ve worked to educate others, I have learned many valuable lessons on what to do and what  not  to do in apologetics…
 
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  • Egyptian Christians Martyred; ISIS Terrorist Converts to Christianity; Victims of ISIS Forgives; Saeed Abedini Worships God in Prison

    Blessen Varghese
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    Editorial: I just did not have the courage to view the video of the execution of the heroes of faith by ISIS. But I had moist eyes reading about how they were uttering the name of Jesus even as they were being beheaded. There was also an amazing report about a former jihadi ISIS terrorist converting to Christianity. I believe these are all signs of things to come. Persecutions and revivals will take place simultaneously! Pray, not just for those persecuted around the world, but also take a moment to pray for ourselves to be able to stand firm in our faith, that God may give us much grace and…
  • Tapping Into Favor Through Mercy

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:12 am
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Divine Favor SeriesDear friends, I am back in Montreal from powerful meetings in India last month. And I want to thank all our partners and friends for your prayers and support. Meanwhile, in this post I’d like to continue the study we have been doing on favor. Before we get into it, let me remind you that “The greatest favor we can have is the grace to see His face.” [tweet this] We Cannot Understand Favor Without Understanding Mercy. If we were to honestly look at us, we’re not worthy. It’s not that we pray like we…
  • Possible Site of Jesus’ Trial and a Papyrus With Words from Mark’s Gospel Found; Man Wakes Up After 12 Years and More.

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    Snippet: Attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, India; Faith growing stronger in Niger; Air crash kills 46 church members; Possible site of Jesus’ trial and a papyrus with words from Mark’s gospel found; man wakes up after 12 years. Editor’s Note: Make no mistake, we live in tough times, but we can take comfort in the fact that amidst these storming seas comes One who walks on water and calms the waves. And onto this Jesus is where we put our hope as we pray for churches and believers who face threats every time they wake up. Continue to pray, church! If you come across any news on the…
  • What Attracts God’s Divine Favor? #DivineFavor Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:27 pm
    This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Divine Favor SeriesI’m believing the Lord for 2015 to be the year of divine favor. How about you? I challenge you to read this post with fresh expectation and hunger. God is glorified through people who are hungry for His presence. [tweet this]. He is not moved by your experience, your family name or how many years you’ve been attending your church. If you are not hungry for God, He cannot anoint you. His anointing flows to those that revere Him and seek His face. The Time of Favor is Provoked by 2 Things: See Psalm 102:13 ESV “You…
  • Tapping Into God’s Divine Favor

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Divine Favor SeriesThis new year is special for me because it’s the first time that it’s not just about what I’m walking into in this new year, but it is also about what lies ahead in my role as a pastor as I lead my church and also to know what God has in store for my generation in 2015. You can do one of two things: Read this post like any other or receive this as a Word of God into your life. How you receive it is how it will explode. When you celebrate what God is speaking to you, it will explode. [tweet this] Can I share it how I…
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  • So Sorry

    15 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    I am so sorry that I haven't posted any new stories or poem in the last 5 or 6 months.  My computer went down and there is no fixing it.  I am able to go on my son's computer for short periods of time once in a while, but it's just not enough time to write much.  As soon as I can, I will be back with more stories and poems.  Thank you for reading!  Connie
  • Pure Joy

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:58 am
    Pure JoyThings are hard for everyone, these days.  I know, I’ve seen it on the news.  Poverty, earthquakes, hurricanes, wow.  When I look at all of that I think, “I’m so lucky.”  But what I’m really thinking is, “Why are things so bad for me?”       This all started on a Friday, my son, Elijah was really sick, fever, cough, sore throat, the works, and my son Michael was just getting over a cold.  I go to an ATM to pull some money off my card and it doesn’t work, I try many more times but no deal.  I get in the car and go to the…
  • Father's Day

    15 Jun 2014 | 1:25 pm
    For my dadHe was worn from years of workHe pointed to the lawn mower motorHis hands were rough and strong“This is a spark plug, this is a rotorStanding tall and slimAnd with my full attentionHe said, “It works the sameAs a basic car engine”Dad, older and wiserKnows how to teachSomeone like meA little hard to reachHe gave me his knowledgeHard earned through the yearsI smiled as I rememberedAnd blinked back the tearsIt’s been three years since he’s passedInto heaven to waitI’ll see him againSomeday at the gateToday on Fathers DayI say a little prayerI Think of him and smileOne day I…
  • It Could Be Me

    29 May 2014 | 9:18 am
    I see a woman day by dayAt the bus bench where she layWhere’s her family, where’s her kin?No one helps, or lets her inClothes look dirty, old and wornHer rough face, dour, forlornDark, sun weathered, leather skinI long to help, where to beginIgnored by people passing byAll I want to do is cryShe carries all she owns in towNeighbors want to see her goDesolation in her eyesDisgust from others passing byDistrust in her grave, helpless voiceIs living on the street her choice?What can I do to help this girlAll alone in this harsh worldI pray for God to heal her heartAnd that is how it all…
  • Tantrum

    26 May 2014 | 4:57 pm
    lyricoc@yahoo.comAs I took a moment to take a breath and look around my room, I saw scattered books and toys, dolls, socks and shoes.  Pile on top of pile on top of colorful pile of shirts, pants and dresses and me, on the tip top of all of the piles, screaming!What was I screaming about?  Who knows, I used to throw a temper tantrum at the drop of a hat.  If I was getting ready for school, or bed or just about anything, and things weren’t to my liking, I would scream, throw things ,pull my clothes out of my closet and sit right in the middle of it all until I got my way, or…
 
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    Writer of Pop

  • Video of the Day: That's Offensive

    Jeffrey Totey
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A non-offensive video about being offended by the guys from Extremely Decent.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • The Hula-Hoop Receives a Trademark

    Jeffrey Totey
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    March 5, 1963 Although invented for hundreds of years earlier, Arthur Melin, founder of Wham-O products, received a trademark for “his” version of the hoop toy on this day in 1963. The Hula-Hoop was... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Mandisa - "Press On"

    Jeffrey Totey
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Inspiring new video featuring Mandisa's "Press On" and mini-testimonies of others who have vowed to press on in their circumstances.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • Birth of People Magazine

    Jeffrey Totey
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    March 4, 1974 Originally titled “People Weekly,” the leading news and gossip magazine was first published on this day in 1974. It featured Mia Farrow on the cover and her role in The Great Gatsby. It... Read more!
  • Enter to Win a Night with Tony Stark

    Jeffrey Totey
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    If you read that headline and are wondering who Mr. Stark is, than you can ignore the rest of this post. It isn’t for you. However, if you are still reading, you might be excited to learn that you... Read more!
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  • The Day I Met Jesus

    Jeremy Myers
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    Frank Viola and Mary DeMuth have written a fascinating and insightful book about five women from the Gospels. The books is titled The Day I Met Jesus. If you enjoy seeing Jesus from a new perspective, gaining insights into Scripture, or have an interest in how Jesus interacted with women during His ministry, I highly recommend this book. Here is an interview with Frank Viola & Mary DeMuth about The Day I Met Jesus. Why did you write this book? Frank: Back in 2007, I got an idea to create a new genre of Christian literature. I call that genre “biblical narrative.” The new…
  • I am Dying … (So I Can Live Again)

    Jeremy Myers
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    One of the themes of my life is that death precedes resurrection. I firmly believe that many people hold on to personal goals and pet projects long after they should have let them die a natural death. If we would let these things die, this would enable God to raise up something new in our life from the dust and ashes of the past. I wrote about this in The Death and Resurrection of the Church. Churches often keep programs running for many years after they have ceased contributing anything to the life of Jesus in the church. If a church would remove programs from life-support, they would see…
  • Thanks for helping Rescue Girls from Sex Slavery

    Jeremy Myers
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you had lived back during the days of slavery, would you have helped slaves gain freedom? If you answered “Yes!” then keep reading… First, I want to thank those of you who donated to help me rescue girls from sex slavery. I said I would cut off one inch of hair for every $100 dollars raised. I raised almost $600, but went ahead and cut off over 10 inches of hair anyway. I didn’t get enough to shave my head though! Here are the Before and After shots: That second shot was with my webcam, which obviously as terrible color…. Anyway, if you would have helped…
  • How to Raise Children When Not “Attending” Church

    Jeremy Myers
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    When parents seek to follow Jesus by being the church in their communities (rather than by simply attending church), one of the questions that often comes up is “What about our children? How will they learn about the Bible? How will they discover Jesus? How will they learn to worship God?” First of all, here is what it DOES NOT look like. Ever. At least, not in any family I have ever seen: So how do we raise children if we don’t “attend church”? I don’t have all the answers to these questions, but note, first of all, that the prevalence of such questions…
  • Help me Rescue Girls from Forced Prostitution

    Jeremy Myers
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tomorrow I am getting my hair cut. I am also using my haircut to raise money (and awareness) for human trafficking victims. The more I raise, the more hair I cut. Rather than write a bunch of words about the dire problem of human trafficking and forced prostitution, I decided to just post some pictures and infographics. Sex slavery and forced child prostitution a bigger issue than most realize, and it is is huge problem right here in the United States. You most likely have human trafficking and child prostitutes right in your own town. Invite others to participate by using the sharing buttons…
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Begin Again

    Jean Wise
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    I should have known better. I’ve been down this path in the past and it didn’t work well for me then, why should it now? Sigh. Will I ever learn? What is wrong with me? These are the types of negative thoughts that haunt me. The inner critic appears quite quickly: When I fail. When I lose my focus. When my good intentions fade and the temptation of too many calories, too much complaining and/or whining, and old habits take over. While on retreat last week I ran across the Benedictine saying from more than 1500 years ago: “Always we begin again.” Buddhist wisdom calls it…
  • Failing and Learning about the Spiritual Practice of Beholding

    Jean Wise
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    The Spiritual Practice of Beholding Last week I submerged my soul in silence at my annual spiritual retreat. I have learned that in order to hear God I need to get away at least once a year for a few days at a retreat center for solitude, silence and being with him. My time away and my notes in my journal nourish my spirit for many days afterward. I am a doer and settling my soul in silence and stillness isn’t easy for me. It often feels like I peel off layers of soiled clothing as I settle into the quiet. I have to hand over my concerns, my worldly frantic to do’s and my agenda into…
  • Taking Up the Cross – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    “He called the crowds with his disciples and said to them ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’” Mark 8: 34 Lord, remember that moment yesterday? I thought of you. I was arranging the pulpit area at church for our Lenten services. What was missing? Then I knew. The wooden cross with the crown of thorns. I went to the upstairs storage area and found it. I picked it up forgetting just how heavy it was. My arms ached as I dragged it to the top of the stairs. Ouch! A splinter pricked my thumb. Slowly I descended, one step at…
  • Becoming What We Worship

    Jean Wise
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshiping we are becoming. Ralph Waldo Emerson This quote about becoming what we worship stopped me cold. I felt that nudge from the Spirit to pay attention. What am I worshipping? I would love to say I only worship, bow down to God, the Creator and Almighty. But in…
  • 12 Ordinary Things that Make Me Happy

    Jean Wise
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward I read a blog post the other day about ordinary things that makes us happy. His words stuck with me, opening my heart and eyes to the everyday things that bring me joy and fill me with gratitude. The process of creating this list didn’t take long – I was amazed at the simple steps in each of my day that I truly enjoyed. I realized how rich I am with these simple pleasures. The smell of coffee in the morning, any morning, even…
 
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    Ryan Peter. Writer.

  • Racial Self-Righteousness: The Real Problem

    Ryan Peter
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    So much of our discussion on race in South Africa misses the point. We focus on the effects all the time but not the cause. Why is that? Because when we look at the cause we have to look at our own hearts – white, black, coloured, indian, chinese, or whoever else. This is because it’s our own hearts that are the problem. The brilliant writer G.K. Chesterton once touched on this when he was invited by The Times to write on the topic, “What’s wrong with the world?” His alleged response to the paper was simple: “I am.” Human nature always deviates…
  • Crying at the back of a bus

    Ryan Peter
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Below is an excerpt from my book about singleness, Your Single Happiness. 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? Your Single Happiness looks to answer these questions and more. There I was, ten years old, crying at the back of the bus as our school tour to the small town of Oudsthoorn ended. For months I liked this girl, you see, and plucked up the courage to buy her a necklace in the gift store. What girl wouldn’t like jewellery?
  • Your Single Happiness is here!

    Ryan Peter
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:10 am
    Your Single Happiness, a new book of an old book of mine, has released! I’m very excited to be releasing this book! So what do I mean by “a new book of an old book”? In 2004 I was tired of “having tried everything” and still being single. For most of my life I battled with self-worth issues, while being absolutely fascinated with girls and romance. But my dreams and hopes of being married at the age of 24 had, by now, been shattered too many times, and I was over it. This was augmented by a very popular but over-idealistic view of dating, which had influenced large parts…
  • How African are South Africans?

    Ryan Peter
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    Recently, among friends and colleagues, I’ve seen and been involved in a lot of discussion on the issue of white privilege in South Africa. This discussion seems to have come to the forefront after the events in Ferguson in the U.S. I’m not going to comment on Ferguson, but I am going to talk about some of the South African discussion. Firstly, Brett “Fish” Anderson defines white privilege at his post: i’m not sure you’re against that thing you think you’re against: white privilege. John Scheepers speaks about why he doesn’t get a free pass on white…
  • How I Came to See Holiness in a Brand New Way pt 3

    Ryan Peter
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    Perfect love. That’s the key phrase that changed everything for me. What is perfect love? It is God’s love. All of sin is the opposite of love. Even private sin, that we think only affects ourselves, like watching pornography. The question is: Can I live in perfect love? Can perfect love live through me? Because if God’s love can live through me then surely my sin will start to get rooted out of my heart? In Dealing with Addictive Sin: How I Came to See Holiness in a Brand New Way pt 2 I highlighted how 1 Thessalonians 5:23 began to make me see that God promises that he will…
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  • Are We Unintentionally Encouraging People to Sin?

    Kevin Shorter
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    I feel the need to add to the last post after some comments that thought I was encouraging people to sin. I understand where people may think this. Our natural desire is to try to control others. We think if we love them in their sin, then we are saying their sin doesn’t matter. Did Jesus Love People Too Much? The Pharisees also had a hard time with this. That’s why they were always pointing out that Jesus was hanging out with prostitutes and tax collectors. In their minds, Jesus was condoning their sin by spending time with them. What we find though is that these people enjoyed…
  • Are We Unintentionally Encouraging People to Hide Sin?

    Kevin Shorter
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:26 am
    Radical Vulnerability in Relationships Discouraged Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, just released his new book, Scary Close. Last week this book went to number 5 in the New York Times Best Seller list. I’m so happy to see this and hope to read it soon. Basically, Miller won me over with its premise: dropping the act and finding true intimacy. The more we hide who we are, the less we will live out of the greatness God put in us. This book promises to share how he lived out being himself no matter what the cost. I was thinking recently how as Christians we actually move people away…
  • The Secret Warning for Audacious Prayers

    Kevin Shorter
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    God has a habit of getting us to make bold requests of Him. James and John asked to be the ones who sit on the right and left of Jesus. Peter declares he would die for Jesus. The disciples often fought over which one of them was greater. They would come back from mission trips bragging about what they were able to do. When they were not able to heal the poor boy that would throw himself in the fire, they questioned Jesus for how to succeed. When Jesus was not welcome in a Samaritan village, James and John asked permission to call down fire to destroy it. Reading the Gospels makes you believe…
  • 10 Things to Pray to Increase Love in Your Life

    Kevin Shorter
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Earlier this year, I started a many posts on love. I felt that this would be a year of love, a year where we would be truly known as Christians because of our love. As I have thought about this, I realized we would need more and more of the Lord’s help to really love as He loves. Therefore I have pulled together 10 things to pray to increase love in your life. Lord, I choose to open my heart to receive more of Your love today from wherever and whomever You choose to give it to me. Lord, open my eyes to see when and where you give me these opportunities. Lord, help me to give love even…
  • How to Read the Bible Without Going Astray

    Kevin Shorter
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:36 am
    How true it is that without the guidance of the Holy Spirit intellect not only is undependable but also extremely dangerous, because it often confuses the issue of right and wrong. – Watchman Nee People Read What They Want Out of the Bible In the last post and a recent comment, I stated that people normally read what they want out of the Bible. Thinking that may confuse some people, I thought I would elaborate. So today’s post is on How to Read the Bible Without Going Astray. Most of interpretations on what the Bible says are based on how we view God, view ourselves, and view the…
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  • Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir's new CD "Pray" debuts #1 on iTunes Christian and Gospel Albums Chart

    Gina Adams
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:09 am
    The new CD Pray from six-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir debuted in the #1 spot on iTunes Christian and Gospel Albums chart.  Since its inception over 40 years ago when the Choir began with only nine members, the choir director, Carol Cymbala, has never read music – though she has written numerous hit songs—and the choir has never used charts.  The 300-voice choir is a blend of ethnic and economic backgrounds, with members ranging from lawyers and doctors to former drug addicts.  Cymbala believes that choirs and praise teams…
  • Media Network to host live, free webcast on healing in February

    Gina Adams
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    E-Squared Media Network will host a free, one hour webinar on Wednesday, February 25 at 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern time called “Encountering and Experiencing a Healing God.” The seminar will feature several podcasters from the E-Squared Media Network including Jefferson Drexler, Suzanne Lederer, Dixie Diamanti, Jeff Allen and Dewey Bertolini. The webinar will be live via http://www.E2MediaNetwork.com, Twitter @e2medianetwork, www.Facebook.com/e2network.  The webinar is free, but registration is required at…
  • Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir to offer free, live stream of world concert premiere of their new CD this Sunday, February 8

    Gina Adams
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    The six-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir will offer a free, live stream of the world premiere concert of its new CD, Pray, on Sunday, February 8 beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The new CD releases via Provident Distribution on February 10, 2015. Pray is the choir's 29th recording and features fourteen new songs, twelve of which were co-written by Brooklyn Tabernacle's worship and band leader, Freddy Washington."I think this CD has something for everyone," says Washington. "It’s a great blend of old and new. There are songs that I think are very new for…
  • Six-time Grammy-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir releases 29th recording

    Gina Adams
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    The Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir will release its 29th album via Provident Distribution on February 10, 2015. The CD entitled, Pray, features fourteen new songs, eleven of which were co-written by choir director, Carol Cymbala.  Cymbala believes that choirs are still an integral part of congregational worship."The ultimate purpose of a choir is to lead the congregation into the presence of God," says Cymbala. "Prayer is vital. Preparing the choir spiritually is so important. I do feel strongly that the idea of many voices lifted up to the Lord,…
  • New book validates biblical version of Creation through comprehensive timeline of archaeological and scientific findings

    Gina Adams
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Search for the Truth Publications will release their latest book entitled Brilliant: Made in the Image of Godby the company’s founder, Bruce Malone. The coffee-table-sized hardcover uses a timeline of scientific and archaeological facts to validate that the Creation account of the Bible is accurate.  Malone says the timeline makes this title unique among similar books.“Most books on creation deal with the scientific evidence supporting the reality that we have a designer,” says Malone.  “Brilliant places creation in a real biblical timeline of Earth's history.
 
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  • How you are Tempted by the Devil – The Parts and Strategy of Temptation

    Sean
    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 said,…
  • The Struggles of a Christian Entrepreneur

    Sean
    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,…
  • Living Life Beyond Memories

    Sean
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    Today wasn’t really super special. I did a talk in Batangas for the Batangas Information Technology Society (BITS). Then tuned in to a song I’ve been listening to on the long drive home. Glen Campbell’s final ballad for his wife before he succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease, “I’m not Gonna Miss you.” I love my wife very much. We’ve been married for almost a year now and I must say that I never expected married life to be this good. Especially with all the jokes about it out there. Apple has made my life so much better and has made me a far better…
  • Merry Christmas God and You Readers!

    Sean
    27 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    It’s been an awesome 2014. I have nothing but thankfulness and gratefulness to the Lord for all the blessings and mercy and grace – and most especially for the salvation that He has freely given us through Jesus. Here are some of the blessings that I’ll always be thankful to God for this year: I got married to the most beautiful, wonderful girl I’ve ever known Were blessed to have a beautiful baby boy My new SaaS start-up Qeryz A small but lovely home Lots and lots of baby stuff A new batch of teammates for SEO Hacker New awesome clients to take care of New mentors…
  • How to Attract the Right Girl

    Sean
    29 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Let’s face it,  you’re reading this because you have not yet been able to close “that part” of your life. And that’s fine. Lots of guys in society at large find themselves right where you are. Clueless on how to find “the right one” and close the relationship with a heartfelt “I do“. This post is wrong from the time I wrote the first word until now. Yep. But not wrong in a bad kind of way. More of wrong in a screwed up kind of way. And that’s mostly because of the things that we’ve been indoctrinated with – subtly but…
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  • No Snow Day Here… hope continues

    Ryan
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    It’s a snow day where I am today. It seems everything around us is closed.  But, as I walked outside to shovel my driveway this morning, I got a Skype call from Beki, our Zimbabwe Director. He was MUCH warmer, but he wasn’t off. Instead, he was busy organizing a retreat that Forgotten Voices is hosting tomorrow for most of our pastor partners in Zimbabwe. It’s absolutely incredible that on the other side of the world, amidst all this snow, our work is going 24/7. Your faithful gifts have brought this about. The last few hours we’ve been working on some last…
  • Kids Open House!

    ForgottenVoices
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    Here at Forgotten Voices, we love kids, and we are intentional about engaging families here in the U.S. as they look to live lives that reflect God’s generosity and invest in the church in Africa. On March 27th, 2015 at 7:00pm, we are inviting families with kids in elementary and middle school to join us at our farmhouse for arts and crafts centered around God’s heart for children who have been orphaned. Whether you are a long-time friend of Forgotten Voices, or are new to our work, this is a great activity for your family. Invite your friends, too!   March 27th, 2015 at…
  • Meet One Of Our New Church Partners

    ForgottenVoices
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  • “Here is my quarter…” – thoughts on Lent

    Ryan
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Lent is upon us and its arrival reminds me of a story from 5 years ago. I remember a young boy, perhaps 6 or 7, coming up to me in his church after I spoke to his Sunday school class. He looked me in the eye and said to me, “here is my quarter.” Moved by our work, he knew he wanted to do something and that’s what he had on him. With his big eyes looking into mine, he trusted me fully, gave me everything he had, and declared, “here is my quarter.” He gave me everything he had. Everything. I remain thankful for his investment into Forgotten Voices. I wish I…
  • Orphan Care Spotlight: Home Based Care – Good news through the feet of Elizabeth and Dickson!

    Kathy
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:23 am
    In January and February, our Orphan Care Spotlight is on Home Based Care.  Among our church partnerships, Home Based Care services typically involve housecleaning, medical kits, provision of medication, clothing, food, sanitation resources, home visits and/or counseling. Home Based Care volunteers provide support for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and their families by assessing the gaps in their care as well as the risks they face.  Volunteers then work to fill these gaps with church and community-based resources. Through regular home visits, volunteers become intimately familiar with the…
 
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  • Album Review: My Brightest Diamond, “This is My Hand”

    Levi Bagdanov
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    In an interview with the website Wondering Sound, My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden says of her album This is My Hand: I was looking at Shamanism and looking at the unseen world and the whole, ‘musician as John the Baptist character’ who goes out into the world and seeks some kind of revelation and comes back to the tribe and says, ‘This is what I’ve learned, this is what I’ve experienced in the wilderness.’ Indeed, Worden steps into the role of shaman on This is My Hand, released last September on Asthmatic Kitty Records. Her music asks us to look back and explore beginnings,…
  • Album Review: The Dave Brubeck Quartet, “Dave Digs Disney”

    Chris Hess
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Jazz is cool. Inherently, it seems. It is full of exchange—player to player, band to audience, audience to band. Jazz holds time in a pocket, fitting time signatures inside time signatures. It reacts to itself. Cool jazz to bebop. Hard bop to cool jazz. A system of artistic checks and balances. Musical debate over a geography of regions…the arguments a beautiful mess of composition and improvisation. Subversion of the grids and power systems, with spontaneity at its heart. It seems odd, then, that a jazz album full of songs from Walt Disney’s earliest motion pictures would be…
  • 2015 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize

    Ruminate Magazine
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    We are pleased to announce that Dan Beachy-Quick will be the judge of the 2015 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of five books of poetry, Circle’s Apprentice, North True South Bright, Spell, Mulberry, and This Nest, Swift Passerine, five chapbooks, Apology for the Book of Creatures, Overtakelesness, Heroisms, Canto and Mobius Crowns (the latter two both written in collaboration with the poet Srikanth Reddy), a book of interlinked essays on Moby-Dick, A Whaler’s Dictionary, as well as a collection of essays, meditations and tales, Wonderful Investigations. Reddy…
  • How to Greet Rejection With Love

    Nicole Rollender
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    When I was in high school, I got one and only detention—for plagiarism. Sister Marie watched me from her rolling stool as I erased and wiped the board. The back of my neck felt hot. My uniform sweater scratched through my shirt to my back. “Well?” she bellowed. “Are you ready to admit it?” Slowly, I turned around. I had handed in three poems for her advanced placement English class, and she accused me of plagiarism. The reason? I used the word “immutable” in one, and she said there was no way I could know that word at age 16. She was the same teacher who gave me a D for my…
  • Review of Six Sundays Toward a Seventh by Sydney Lea

    Kristin George Bagdanov
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Ever since I strayed from my non-denominational roots, yearning for a Christian identity that didn’t begin with negation, I’ve looked to Lent as a time for growth and reflection. In Lent I can lose myself in tradition and ritual. I can enter an accountability that liberates rather than restricts, that shakes me from my dailyness. Sydney Lea’s collection of spiritual poems Six Sundays Toward a Seventh (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2012), which is comprised of poems written over the course of four decades, provides a meditative space for such reflection and growth. Through its pages one…
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  • To God Belongs Our Anxieties !

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    Worry and anxiety by themselves are not bad things. They are very natural feelings in certain situations. They are a part of God’s plan. In fact, the fact that we worry about something is a direct result of how much we care about that thing. If there were no thing or situation we cared about, we would probably never worry. However anxiety can become a paralyzing, destructive thing if we do not manage it properly. It is at such times that we as Christians rightly turn to our faith for help, and direction. What then does the Bible say about worry and anxiety ? Let’s start with the…
  • Like a Lamb Gone Astray

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield Editor, FaithInspires.Org “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. “ Isaiah 53:6 We are all imperfect people living in an imperfect world. Add to that the many distractions of our popular culture, and it is no surprise that we stray from God’s path now and then. As I often tell people, its a good thing God always allows for a”do over.” This is made even clearer in Mathew 18:12-14, “How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray,…
  • A Bible Movement Emerges in Palestine

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:30 pm
    DNA and call to prayer opens the Bible to Palestinians PADUCAH, Ky., Feb. 23, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — New interest in the Hebrew and Christian Bible may point the way to reconciliation between war weary Jews and Palestinians. The Jesus Christ Embassy Palestine, a Christian organization, thinks so and has launched a campaign to call 1,000,000 people to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. The Christian ministry recently held a series of meetings in Palestine and introduced DNA scientific studies along with the Bible record to demonstrate that many Palestinians are direct descendants of…
  • Pastors Kicked Out Of U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Over “Appeal To Heaven” Theme Of Meeting

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The wall of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) in Washington D.C. says IN GOD WE TRUST, but apparently God is not welcome in the building. After being granted the use of the Congressional Auditorium in the CVC for an event on February 25, a group of Pastors planning a meeting dedicated to racial reconciliation was told on Friday – five days before the event – that unless they eliminated “AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN” from the theme, the use would be revoked. Congressional Oversight Committee Staff required that the theme be…
  • Digital Bible Society – Spreading the Word of God in Every Language…with the Speed of Digital

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:50 pm
    HOUSTON, Feb. 18, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Digital Bible Society doesn’t plan to stop until the whole world knows — sharing the good news, that is. Photo: Founder Ken Bitgood Ken Bitgood, the CEO and founder of Digital Bible Society, and his team have a vision for every person in the world to have the word of God in their hearts and in mobile devices of their choice before the year 2020. With headquarters in Conroe, Texas, (30 miles north of Houston), DBS is a clearinghouse for digital resources for missionaries and mission organizations, pastors and churches, and…
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    Evolution, Creation, Sermons And Christian Music

  • Fingerprints of Creation - Dr Robert Gentry

    Samuel Kadyakale
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    Dr Robert Gentry a Geologist presents evidence from Granite that flies in the face of present scientific beliefs that the universe evolved and was not created. It details the nature of polonium halos and how they provide evidence that the Earth was rapidly formed and did not cool over millions of years. The video, shot mostly in California takes the viewer to picturesque Yosemite National Park during the winter and the regions surrounding Palm Springs and Bishop where granites are plainly visible. Three-dimensional graphic animations are included to help convey the process of halo…
  • Is Islam in Bible Prophecy? - Dr Dwight Nelson

    Samuel Kadyakale
    28 Jan 2012 | 10:26 am
    In the following videos Dr Dwight Nelson of Pioneer Memorial Church tackles the question, Is Islam in Bible Prophecy. He goes to among other Bible books, the book of Revelation to explain the origins of Islam. He goes further to show how God has used the sons of Ishmael in the Bible to preserve the truths of the bible and to preserve God's people. He gives among others the time when Joseph's brothers wanted to kill him but ended up selling him to the Ishmaelites who eventually sold him to the Egyptians. Through this intervention God saved his people from famine when they were allowed to…
  • Is Islam in Apocalyptic history - Dr Dwight Nelson

    Samuel Kadyakale
    21 Jan 2012 | 12:52 pm
    In a series entitled,"The Star Is Still Rising Over Islam", Dr Dwight Nelson or Pioneer Memorial Church at Andrews University in the US. preaches on this controversial topic on the part Islam will play in the end of the world. Has God used Islam just as he has used Catholics, baptists etc or is He still using Islam in spreading his will on the earth. Could it be that God had a hand in the rise of this monotheistic religion? Before you answer this question remember that God promised to be with the children of Ishmael until the end of the world. Is He still keeping his promise over the Arabs…
  • Quotable Quotes on Christianity

    Samuel Kadyakale
    17 Jan 2012 | 12:10 pm
    "History's greatest revolution began, not under a red star in Petrogad in 1917, but under the star of Bethlehem 2000 years ago in the cradle where God invaded history."Men begin revolutions with riots and gunfire. God began His revolution by singling out Mary, a simple country girl,and by telling her that the Holy Spirit would cause the very Son of God to be born to her. Mary consented, and the revolution began. That's how God always starts revolutions: by quietly in­vading ordinary lives that are open to Him."— Christianity Today 4/12/70.
  • Barry Black - How Then Shall We Live

    Samuel Kadyakale
    16 Oct 2011 | 10:00 am
    In the following video US senate chaplain Barry C Black preaches on the title How Then Shall We Live. He preached this sermon at a camp meeting in Bermuda.
 
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    Living By Faith Blog

  • Superstitions: Worry, Control, and Trust (by Joe Scheumann)

    Steve Fuller
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Introducing Joe I met Joe last summer, as he was one of the instructors on the Training Leaders International trip to India and the Highlands. We had lots of stimulating theological discussions, and God gave us a rich heart connection. A few days ago he sent me this post, and asked if it might be helpful for my blog.  Since I am swamped preparing for our move to Abu Dhabi, the timing was perfect.  Thanks, Joe! —————————————- Superstitions I noticed something while I was watching a sporting event a few weeks ago. I…
  • Promises to Help You Receive Constructive Criticism

    Steve Fuller
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Constructive Criticism I am writing a book on how to live by faith.  My sister, Janice, is a godly woman, a sharp thinker, and a skilled editor. So I asked if she would give me some constructive criticism, and she graciously said she would. A few weeks ago I sent her the first three chapters.  I figured they might need minor tweaking and polishing.  But when we talked on the phone, she humbly and gently suggested that they needed major revision. She was quick to point out that she loved what I was saying and that it’s what Christians desperately need to hear. But she also said the…
  • A Heart-Changing Worship Song (“Signature of Divine”)

    Steve Fuller
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Skimming through Stations Last week as I drove to an appointment I was restlessly skimming through radio stations, not finding anything interesting. But then I landed on a Christian music station. At first it was just the usual Christian DJ talk. But then they played a worship song. Powerful Lyrics As I listened, I was stirred by these lyrics — Yahweh, Yahweh, Great is your glory, when you go before me. I thought about the word Yahweh, the name for God which means “I am who I am.” That means God is the only being who is and does whatever He himself chooses to be and do.
  • What Does It Mean to Be Sealed with the Holy Spirit?

    Steve Fuller
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Sealed with the Holy Spirit Three times in his letters Paul says we have been sealed with the Holy Spirit — in 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13; and Ephesians 4:30. So what does this mean? And how does this impact our lives? The Background In the ancient world people used damp clay to close letters. Then they would imprint that clay with their own personal seal (Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, 8:940). This seal served a couple different functions – It secured the letter by tightly closing it, It authenticated the genuineness of the letter, and it identified the…
  • Are You Living by Faith? (And Why That’s Important)

    Steve Fuller
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Living by Faith Faith means trusting all that God promises to do for us in Christ. And since we are called to live by faith, this means everything we do should involve conscious trust in God’s promises. This is important, because ”without faith it is impossible to please [God]” (Hebrews 11:6), and because ”whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23). But Why? Why is anything that’s not from faith sinful and displeasing to God? What helps me understand this is to see that we are always trusting something to satisfy us — either God as revealed in Jesus, or…
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • The problem with other people’s problems

    Rey Lo
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    There was a season in my life during which I worked as an auto claims adjuster. Anyone that knows me well knows that is an odd job for me to have had, but when you’re in need of work and no one else is calling you on the phone, you take what you can get. […]
  • The Prodigal Us

    Rey Lo
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:39 am
    By now you may have heard about Katy Perry tweeting a Bible verse before her Super Bowl performance a couple of Sundays ago. Before anyone in Christendom starts to stake a claim on Perry, I’ll be the first to say that this probably doesn’t mean much more than, before a pretty big career moment, she […]
  • I see.

    Rey Lo
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    “What you don’t see with your eyes don’t invent with your mouth.” My friend Marcella posted the words of Judge Judy on a meme as a status update. They made me chuckle at first then I started letting them sink in. What an intriguing concept. What if all of us spent one day only speaking that […]
  • Through a lens

    Rey Lo
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein Sometimes I judge someone else by their ability to be like me and that’s just wrong. It’s not that I cannot see people in a certain […]
  • Guest Post: Are we done?

    Rey Lo
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    In recent weeks a lot of digital ink has been spent discussing an emerging demographic in Christianity.  A growing number of believers are walking away from their local churches. But these are not people only nominally involved with their local church. These aren’t “pew warmers”. They aren’t people abandoning their faith. They are the people who are often the most involved attendees and […]
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  • Finding friends

    Fervr
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    It's not easy making friends - these tips might help
  • What to do when you don’t feel God

    Fervr
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Feeling distant from your creator? These tips might help you reconnect.
  • The world is not enough

    Fervr
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    Look beyond the obvious, and you'll find something really worth living for.
  • It’s time to get real!

    Fervr
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Following Jesus might cost you money, popularity, success. Are you willing to pay the price?
  • X+Y: Movie Review

    Fervr
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    In a fallen world, there is still amazing beauty to be discovered.
 
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    The Book

  • Mark 1:14-20 Jesus begins his Ministry and Calls his First Disciples

    Daniel
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    The Arrest of John the Baptist (1:14) Jesus begins his Ministry (1:14-15) Jesus calls Simon and Andrew (1:16-18) Jesus calls John and James (1:19-20) Exegesis Up until this point, Mark testified that three things occurred prior to Jesus beginning his ministry:  The appearance and prophecy of John the Baptist (Mark 1:1-8), the baptism of Jesus…Read more Mark 1:14-20 Jesus begins his Ministry and Calls his First Disciples
  • Mark 1:9-13 The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus

    Daniel
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    Jesus comes to John for baptism (1:9) The descent of the Holy Spirit (1:10) The approval of the Father (1:11) The Spirit send Jesus to the wilderness (1:12) Jesus is tempted (1:13) Exegesis Jesus approached John during the pinnacle of John’s ministry, as John had fulfilled his prophetic duty in preparing the way for Jesus.…Read more Mark 1:9-13 The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
  • Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist

    Daniel
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Introduction to the Gospel about Jesus Christ (1:1) The prophecy concerning John the Baptist (1:2-3) John’s preaching and ministry (1:4-5) John’s clothing (1:6) John’s preaching about the Messiah (1:7-8) Exegesis The Gospel’s introductory verse asserts that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and the Son of God. Mark begins his gospel not with the ministry of…Read more Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist
  • Background on the Gospel of Mark

    Daniel
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    The Gospel of Mark is attributed to Mark, also known as John Mark. We say attributed because the all of the gospels were written anonymously– the authors did not identify themselves; at least not explicitly.  Mark was always believed to be the author of this Gospel, and there are few, if any challenges to this…Read more Background on the Gospel of Mark
  • 2 Timothy 1:1-5: Introduction

    Daniel
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:08 am
    Paul began his letter with an introduction, in which he  identified himself as an apostle.  Timothy knew Paul was an apostle, but Paul included this to emphasize that above all, this was who he was. Though he was imprisoned and faced execution, Paul was still carried the message of the Gospel that was entrusted to him…Read more 2 Timothy 1:1-5: Introduction
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    The New Life In Christ

  • Have You Seen How Many Blogs Are Online?

    John Luke
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    The first time I stumbled upon blogging was back in 2011. By then I did not even know what I had felt on. I was just trying to have content online to my Cameroonian friends since I had just travelled to Germany at the time. When I just started to find out what blogging was all about back in 2012, I found out that people made some money blogging. I was determined to also make some money from my blog. I have succeeded to make a couple of dollars since then. But I was curious to find out more...Then late 2014 I found out that people do make a living from blogging. Then I took blogging a little…
  • Leading Bloggers

    John Luke
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    Leadership is something that has been in place from the foundation of the Earth. Man fall when he left the leadership of God. We are not here today to talk about the Bible, so stay with me. In the times of the Pirates, when a leader fails to lead them to Gold and precious stones, he was either replaced or killed. A good leader should be able to inspire, encourage, guard, direct protect his subjects. I want to take up that position and hope you vote for me to be your leader. If you recently had an idea to start a blog then do a search on the number of blogs online, and you will find out that…
  • 5 Steps To Christian Growth

    John Luke
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:22 am
    Like birth that involves a child being born and gradually growing to an adult, so is Christianity. There is also birth and growth to adult hood in Christianity. Christianity is not a Religion it is a understanding of the death on the cross of Calvary. To the world dead on the cross is foolishness but unto us it is power leading to salvation. This are the 5 steps to Christian growth...1 Understanding Your Helper: Your helper to Christianity is the Holy Spirit. Understanding the Bible is a very difficult task. Infact you can't understand the Bible as a human. You need divine interpretation to…
  • Choosing Faith

    John Luke
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:48 am
  • Super! Hier ist, wie Inhalte, die in Kunden verwandelt erstellen

    John Luke
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    Hey,Heute werde ich gepumpt.Hier die Gründe:In den letzten Monaten habe ich gearbeitet wahnsinnig hart an einem brandneuen Projekt ...... ein Projekt, das ich weiß, du wirst eine Tonne Wert zu erhalten.Was ist das neue Projekt?Es ist eine neue Schulungsreihe, die Ihnen zeigen, wie Sie Inhalte, die mehr Leads, Sales und Kunden für Sie und Ihr Unternehmen generiert erstellen.Ich sollte Sie warnen:Dies wird nicht die gleiche Cookie-Cutter-Rat, den du aus so genannten SEO "Experten" zu hören. In der Tat, ich erwarte mein Material, einige Federn sträuben.Außerdem ist meine neue Serie aus…
 
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  • Preaching as Leadership

    Kenton Anderson
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    We occasionally hear preaching about leadership. I would like to suggest something more fundamental: that preaching itself is an act of leadership.  Certainly preachers have greater opportunity to act as leaders given that they stand in front of crowds with … Continue reading →
  • Is Good Enough Enough?

    Kenton Anderson
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:38 pm
    I hear a lot of decent sermons. I am talking about sermons that will keep a pastor from getting fired. These are sermons that give the listener just enough to keep people satisfied without giving them enough to change their … Continue reading →
  • Playing to Specific People in the Crowd

    Kenton Anderson
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    Often when I am preaching or teaching, I find that I am focused on how a particular listener in a crowd might be responding to what I have to say. I find that sometimes I am scanning the crowd looking … Continue reading →
  • Telegraphing the Theme of Your Sermon

    Kenton Anderson
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    I can still hear my high school basketball coach warning about “telegraphing” our passes. This was a staple of his half-time tirades. Telegraphing occurred when we would look directly at the person that we were passing the ball to, making … Continue reading →
  • Story Stacking

    Kenton Anderson
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    Stacking is when a preacher gathers several stories or pictures and offers them in bulk, one after the other in a confined space of sermon time. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but stacking stories is … Continue reading →
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    A Life of Gratitude

  • Scared-y Cat?

    Tori Shaw
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:34 pm
    We got our newest family member a few weeks ago. He was the most terrified little thing at the animal shelter. Seriously, calling him a "scared-y cat" doesn't even do it justice. Max, a 1 year old... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Times...they are a-changin'

    Tori Shaw
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:02 pm
    On Monday during the Creative Writing class I teach at High Point Home Educators, I showed the class a whole bunch of different items. The items were very random. A bib, a cook book, an ice cream... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Sweet Little Prayers

    Tori Shaw
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:18 pm
    This evening, at dinner, Evan said the blessing over our food. He usually says the same thing over and over again but not tonight. This time he was very specific. He said, "Dear God, thank You for... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • SNOW!

    Tori Shaw
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:39 pm
    We were supposed to get 3-4 inches of snow last night but it ended up being about an inch of snow with 2 inches of ice on top! Still, this counts as Tyson's first snow and our first snow in our new... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Have you said thank you for your teeth?

    Tori Shaw
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:30 pm
    During our family devotions tonight, we read a story about a little girl going to the dentist for the first time. The story sparked a very interesting conversation that started with this question:... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
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    Latest content from FaithVillage

  • Try WordLens Translation App for Mission Trips

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:47 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

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:47 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?

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:47 pm
    by Dave Schroeder with DavidSchroeder.com 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

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:47 pm
    by Brad Hambrick with BradHambrick.com 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

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:47 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

  • From Uganda to Nations Next Door – Part 2

    Craig
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:09 am
    Recently, we wrote about how God is doing something so amazing among the children of Uganda that even the country’s president sees the potential. He said: We could have a different country in two generations. If you need to, you can quickly catch up on Part 1 of this update. To the Nations Next Door Now, word is spreading about the groundbreaking new children’s ministry in Uganda. Christian leaders in a dozen other African nations have contacted David C Cook and are ready to invest in their churches’ ministry to children. For example, the curriculum team for the nation of Mali reports…
  • From Uganda to Nations Next Door – Part 1

    Craig
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:33 am
    God is doing something so amazing among the children of Uganda that even the country’s president sees the potential. He said: We could have a different country in two generations. A different country … from the one where children are bending—and at risk of breaking—under the weight of violence, poverty, abuse, disease, and even ritual child sacrifices. A different country … from the one where churches are ill-equipped to intervene on behalf of children because they have lacked both the priority and the resources … until now. A Light in the Darkness With an entire generation at…
  • A Miracle in a Young Girl’s Life Alters Family’s Destiny

    Craig
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    A young Indian girl studied The Story of Jesus booklet translated into herKanada language,and then slept free from the nightmares and evil dreams that had haunted her most days. But there’s more to this testimony. The Story of Jesus is a graphically illustrated Bible story created to introduce children to Jesus. Our ministry partner in South India, where this young girl lives, is using three million copies of The Story of Jesus in six native languages. He and his ministry equip Christians at sports camps, local churches, schools, and parachurch organizations to evangelize children and their…
  • Local Church Brings Jesus into Hopelessness

    Craig
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Nagu is a 10-year-old boy who lives in Vjaywada, India. His father searches the drains for scraps of iron, and on a good day he makes the equivalent of $1 U.S. dollar. On days when he finds no iron, the family doesn’t eat. Nagu has hope in the midst of these dire conditions because of his faith. He is a budding evangelist and loves singing to the Lord. Najaraju is 12 years old and unable to attend school. He recently lost his brother and sister to disease and struggles to understand their deaths. His father collects garbage door to door and delivers it to a dump. Narajaru fishes from early…
  • Encouragement for Those Serving in Hard Places

    Craig
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson. Pastor, writer and well-known theologian, Warren Wiersbe, shared this quote in a recent interview with staff at David C Cook. Wiersbe is the man behind the bulk of written material the ministry uses to equip leaders in the global Church. And he feels strongly about standing alongside men in women serving in places where persecution and hardship are common. These individuals include those living in rural Punjab, an area in South Asia that covers eastern Pakistan and northern…
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    CHRISTIANITY Every Day

  • The Faces of Noah VeggieTales Promotion

    Pamela Rose Williams
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The new VeggieTales DVD Noah’s Ark staring Pa Grape as Noah was released on February 28th and you can get it from the VeggieTales online store or in other popular places that sell family DVDs. This is the only DVD that will be released for the VeggieTales this year so when Grace Hill Media asked me to participate in a little video promotion I thought it would be fun to put together a slide show of the Faces of Noah as we have seen them on the big screen and television throughout the years. Take a look at what we found: Did you see that? VeggieTales’ Pa Grape is our newest face of…
  • What more could He give?

    Pamela Rose Williams
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15) Today a song popped in my head when I read this verse.  It has to do with the fact that Jesus gave everything.  Sometimes I take this for granted.  Today I reflect … sing with me: ♪♫♪ Oh how He loves you and me Oh he He loves you and me He gave His life, what more could He give? Oh how He love you, Oh…
  • Despised, rejected, stricken & afflicted

    Pamela Rose Williams
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    Wounded for our transgressions; photo by duliece @ photobucket.com “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:3-4) WOW! Are these not all terms to which we can relate? But how much more did My Savior deal with these things? But look at the verse that directly follows today’s passage: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he…
  • Bread for Lord’s Supper

    Pamela Rose Williams
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    I recently had a friend ask me for a recipe for Bread for the Lord’s Supper. So I decided to add it to my recipe’s here. This recipe serves about 60 people and it is likened to a thin cracker or wafer. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Ingredients: 1/2 C whole wheat flour 5 Teaspoons Sugar 5-6 Tablespoons of cold butter 2 Tablespoons of cold milk Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.  In medium bowl mix together flour and sugar.  Cut butter into small cubes and then cut them into the flour mixture as if you are making a pie crust.  Cut dough until it is like little coarse…
  • Crown of Life

    Pamela Rose Williams
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
        “Crowns” by Jamie_065@photobucket.com “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (James 1:12) The Bible talks about 5 crowns that are awarded to the believer at the Judgment Seat of Christ, following the Rapture (1 Cor 3:11-15).  The are: The Everlasting Crown (Victory) in 1 Cor 9:25, The Crown of the Soul Winner in Phil 4:1 and 1 Thes 2:19, The Crown of Righteousness in 2 Tim 4:8, The Crown of Life in Jas 1:12 and Rev 2:10, and The Crown of Glory in…
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • Andy Stanley was Calling the Church to end its Templish Behavior. So, why all the ruckus?

    Miguel
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    If you’re reading this, then it’s unlikely that much background is required, but last week Andy Stanley said; “The “temple model grants extraordinary power to sacred men in sacred places who determine the meaning of sacred texts.” Sure, the megachurch pastor is passionate about taking the Church back to what he feels Jesus called itRead More(Visited 198 times, 68 visits today)
  • The ‘Deacon Language’ of the New Testament is a Language of Mission.

    Miguel
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    In the New Testament Greek, diakon- words like servant (diakonos) in Mark 9:35; “And Yeshua sat down and he called the twelve and he said to them, “He who wants to be first shall be last, and the [servant] ( of every person.” (Aramaic Bible in Plain English) and Matthew 20:26 “It shall not be so amongRead More(Visited 84 times, 1 visits today)
  • Like God’s Manifold Nature, Mission Unfolds Too

    Miguel
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:28 am
    Imagine an infinitely unfolding autobiography written on an equally infinite unfolding piece of paper where the author forever reveals himself.  The manifold nature of God is like that.  It gives me great comfort to know that God is manifold and that He will never cease to be so.  It has been popular of late toRead More(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)
  • 3 Words That Will Change The Way You Look At Mission Forever!

    Miguel
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    The words “Apostle,” “Apostasy,” and “Resurrection,” could change the way you look at mission forever!   Here’s why;    Apostle (Apo-Stello) There are over 80 occurrences of the Greek word ‘apostolos’ (apostle) in the NT, mostly in the writings of Luke and Paul. The word is a joining of two ideas; the common prefix ‘apo’ (out from) andRead More(Visited 515 times, 1 visits today)
  • This Quote about Church was Good until…

    Miguel
    8 Feb 2015 | 3:57 pm
    I read a lot. Right now, I’m reading, amongst other things, “Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory”  I keep bumping into quotes in this book that make me want to stand up and shout “YES!” and then get a bit deflated when the quote, or the idea, boomerangs back to church as institution,Read More(Visited 84 times, 1 visits today)
 
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    Blasts From The Trumpet

  • Final Purim: Alive and Free

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    As God's knowledge began to flow the spiritual eyes of mankind slowly opened and His plan for restoration, the new heaven and new earth was revealed. Continue reading →
  • In His Image, After His Kind: Enter His Rest

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    As man enters God's rest he begins to experience restoration and slowly matures into a new species altogether. Continue reading →
  • What Happened?

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Adam and Eve were created physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually perfect in every way. They were in total harmony with all the universe. Sickness, pain, sorrow and decay were unknown. They lived in a beautiful garden planted and manicured by God Himself, hobnobbed with angels freely, and every evening in the cool of the day the Father visited His children. Continue reading →
  • Which Tree Have You Chosen?

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    There is a harvest going on people, a separation of those that eat from the Tree of Life from those that choose the Tree of Good and Evil. Continue reading →
  • Christmas Past

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I am not going to write another blast concerning Christmas as it is a very small issue in the big picture of things. It is a minor atrocity that has evolved from a very major mistake mankind made. For your … Continue reading →
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    Before The Cross

  • 3 Ways We Ruin the Gospel

    Chris Howard
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Disclaimer: I write “we” knowing full well this is more about how “I” have managed to ruin the gospel at times over my years of being a Christian. I write “we” in the case that those reading can identify. As Christians, we are given the task to share this good news and it can be a rough go if we depend too much on ourselves. I’ve been guilty of the following: I Sell Our American culture is saturated with sales. As a culture, it seems we want the best cars, castles and cloth we can afford (or put on credit) and there’s a whole army of marketers to encourage us. We are used to…
  • Special Thanks to Our March Supporters

    Mike Mobley
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    We appreciate and want to thank the supporters of Before The Cross this March. Not only do our supporters help make this site possible, but we are partnered together to glorify God by sharing the love of Christ! Each supporter offers something unique in regards to ministry and we would like to encourage you to give them a look. If you have any questions, please let us know. Supporters You and Me Forever Whether you are single, dating or married, You and Me Forever will help you discover the adventure that you were made for ­­and learn how to thrive in it. 100% of the net proceeds from You…
  • We Didn’t Choose Jesus, He Chose Us

    Mike Mobley
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:08 am
    When Jesus was choosing His disciples, He went to them and told them to follow Him. He initiated the relationship with them. He is the one who sought them out on His own to make them disciples. If Jesus chose His disciples this way, why would we think He would do anything different with us today? “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” – John 15:16 We need to remind ourselves every day that we didn’t choose…
  • Scripture on Healing

    Mike Mobley
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    What comes to mind when you think of healing? Someone that is sick getting better? A person being able to walk again after years of being in a wheelchair? Tragedy? Scripture is filled with areas of healing whether it’s in regards to a specific person being healed, or how Jesus healed us by dying on the cross for us. Whatever it is that comes to mind for you, be encouraged today to take your requests before The Lord with confidence in asking Him to heal someone or to heal yourself by His comfort with whatever you are going through. God does not make mistakes and knows exactly what He is…
  • Clarifying The Bible

    Mike Mobley
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:28 am
    Clarifying The Bible: “… amazing… powerful… a treasure…” “Clarifying The Bible is an AMAZING resource! Mitch has provided an enriching way to dive into the Scriptures for anyone, no matter where you are in life. I’ve seen personally, from a small group setting to one-on-one, how this resource can open up our understanding of God’s Word in a way that drives you to want more of Jesus. My wife and I love it!” - TEDASHII: Hip Hop Artist, Reach Records; Radio Host, #SERIUM Clarifying The Bible by Mitch Maher is a two-hour video presentation and workbook that gives viewers…
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    Barbie Swihart

  • Grace Like Rain // The Weekend Brew

    Barbie
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:09 pm
    I painted this piece last Sunday during worship.  Before I went out on stage, I was pondering this verse, Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.  (Psalm 42:7 ESV) As I reflected on this verse, all I could think about were the waves — not the all consuming waves of God’s presence which bring refreshing, but the waves of life which threaten to overtake you and pull you under, leaving you gasping for air, unable to breathe without the weight of the water being felt with every inhale. At least that’s how they feel…
  • Tending The Fire // Share The Brew With Katie Reid

    Barbie
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Today I have the honor of welcoming Katie Reid to my space.  I met Katie via the Five Minute Friday and was instantly pulled in by the depth of her words.  Please make sure you visit Katie at her blog, The Tightly Wound Woman, and read more of her inspiring posts. A bumpy dirt road leads to our home in the country. Stunning sunrises emerge above acres of farm land beyond our backyard (and sometimes I’m up early enough to see them). But where the lawn meets open fields there sits an eye-sore; the propane tank. Propane fuel is necessary to heat our home but it is quite expensive. A group of…
  • When Lent Is Not Giving Up But Looking In // The Weekend Brew

    Barbie
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Growing up in a structured, traditional church came with the yearly Lenten sacrifices. I would start planning weeks in advance for the “just right” thing to give up as my offering each Lent. Choosing involved making sure that whatever I gave up would hurt, but not too much. Giving up chocolate or desserts seem to be a typical “go to” sacrifice each Lent because I knew I could handle this for 6 weeks and often other family members were doing the same thing so there was strength in numbers. I noticed as I went through this process each Lent, I didn’t feel any…
 
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    Interpulpit

  • Be Free and Forgive!

    Rick
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
      The petition to forgive appears somewhere in the center of the Lord’s Prayer. That’s an interesting place for it. It would seem more likely, and is often taught, that we should first get right with God before we move on in prayer. And yet, Jesus brings it in after asking for our daily bread. What is the meaning behind this?   As forgiveness is central in the Lord’s Prayer, forgiveness is a central factor in the Christian life. It’s like the hub on the wheel of faith! That there’s forgiveness of sins brings forth all the joy and power for living a godly life. Forgiveness…
  • Praying “Our Father…”

    Rick
    7 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
      While a multitude of churches around the world make it a weekly practice to recite the Lord’s Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4) is taught to be a model: “After this manner, therefore pray…” Of course, it’s not wrong to recite the prayer. My fear, though, is that in the name of tradition, it’s often recited meaninglessly. When this happens, it can become what Jesus warned of just before teaching it: a vain repetition (Matt.6:7). The prayer is found in two different places, and in each place there is some variation in the recorded words. That,…
  • The Prayer of Faith

    Rick
    17 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
      Prayer is one of the most important and powerful aspects of the Christian life. The devil knows that he’s in trouble when Christians begin to pray. That’s why it’s so hard to develop our prayer life. There are many hindrances and distractions. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak, and the principalities and powers do all they can to take advantage of our weaknesses. Anything to keep us from praying! That’s because things change when Christians pray. Everyone prays, but Christian prayer makes a difference. After Saul was converted on the Damascus road, the Lord told…
  • Now Podcasting

    Rick
    2 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
      Get 15-minute shots of encouragement through the Interpulpit Radio Blast! Still broadcasting on the Fourteen12 radio network, but now you can listen or download at your convenience. It’s available at the link above or you can subscribe through iTunes.     You Might Also Like: Power From on High Helpless Christianity? The Exceeding Greatness of His Power Immersed in the Spirit of God An Easy Way to Memorize Scripture Fascination with Sorcery? Jewels in James The post Now Podcasting appeared first on Interpulpit.
  • The Church as The Incarnation

    Rick
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
      At Christmas, we celebrate the incarnation. We remember the Word became flesh, when God clothed Himself in the person of a man, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was the perfect representation of God, and the reason for the incarnation was to reveal who God is, and His love for mankind. When you receive Jesus as Lord, you become another incarnation. God Himself comes to dwell in you and His purpose is to reveal Himself to you and through you. Then there is the church. The church is another incarnation, and God has purposes for it that many in the church fail to understand.   …
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    Paperback Theology

  • Immigration and the Health of a Nation

    Tim Suttle
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    I was reading some Eugene Peterson this week, and ran upon a section in which he talked about how we assess the health of a nation. He said, “We measure the health of our nation and the success of our lives in terms of per capita income and gross national product.” (Working the Angles) The book was written [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional

    Tim Suttle
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    I confess that I led worship with some excellent musicians yesterday and had such a good time. I felt like the sermon was pretty decent, but all I could think about for the rest of the day was how much fun I had playing with this band, and how often I leave church feeling like [Read More...]
  • The Beauty of the Midlife Crisis: Monday Morning Confessional

    Tim Suttle
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    I confess that I’m in the middle of a midlife crisis, and it’s way better than I could have ever imagined. In fact, I’ve become convinced that the midlife crisis gets a bad rap. The phrase itself conjures images of extramarital affairs, two-door sports cars, and the hair club for men. My story is unfolding [Read More...]
  • Lutheran Satire’s Take on Ash Wednesday (A Little Friday Funny)

    Tim Suttle
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:44 am
    In order to really get this video, one must appreciate how truly difficult it is to make Lent funny. I think my favorite line is, “I’m surprised you haven’t heard about this. We invited every member of your church.” …so funny. Happy Friday everybody.  
  • Ash Wednesday Service Ideas & Why This Day is So Important

    Tim Suttle
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:14 am
    “What good is it to live long when we improve so little? A long life does not always improve us; in fact, it often adds to our problems. Would that we could spend even one day well in this world. Many people count the years of their lives in Christ, but often not much comes [Read More...]
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • Icon drawing of the Virgin of Tenderness

    MBA
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    Drawing of another icon I am working on, this time of the Virgin of Tenderness (Eleusa).Filed under: Drawings, Iconography, Icons, Jesus Christ, Mary Tagged: Christianity, Iconography, Icons, Jesus, Mary, Religion and Spirituality
  • Icon drawing of Christ with Joseph the Patriarch

    MBA
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:49 am
    Here is the basic drawing of another icon that I am presently working on. It is a panel icon of Jesus Christ with Joseph, the Patriarch of the Old Testament.Filed under: Drawings, God, Iconography, Icons, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Joseph the Patriarch Tagged: Christianity, God, Icon Drawings, Iconography, Icons, Joseph the Patriarch, Religion and Spirituality
  • Icon drawing of God the Father

    MBA
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    This is the basic drawing of another icon that I am working on. It shows God our Almighty Father on His throne. And before anyone starts yelling that such an icon is heretical, such icons are allowed in the Catholic Church. Moreover, neither does the Orthodox Church forbid them, although many think they do. If […]
  • Top 10 posts and pages for 2014

    MBA
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    Here are the top 10 posts and pages for 2014: Envy – Some Characteristics and Presentations Discerning Dreams, Revelations and Visions Discernment Purification, Illumination, Deification On Foreclosure of the Name of the Father – 1 Purification, Illumination, and Deification – 2 – Characteristics What is Deification? The Icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow Lacan’s “Nom […]
  • 2014 in review

    MBA
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:44 am
    The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,700 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many […]
 
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • The Almighty Father’s call to humanity

    MBA
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    Filed under: God the Father Tagged: God the Father, Seal of the Father, The Father's Words, Videos
  • What is the divine will of God for mankind?

    MBA
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:07 am
    The question was asked, “What is the divine will of God for mankind?” A lot can be and has been said about this. But the succint answer is that none of us were created to live apart from our Heavenly Father. The Will of God is that all His children, all mankind, returns to live […]
  • Pray for the intentions of the Almighty Father

    MBA
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Do not pray solely for yourself and for others. Pray also for the intentions, the desires, of God the Almighty Father. It is what He wants at this time.Filed under: God the Father, Prayer, Praying to God, Signs of the Times, The Desires of the Divine Heart, The Divine Heart of God the Father Tagged: […]
  • It is time – The relationship between the Father and the child

    MBA
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    And everyone who has left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or land for the sake of My Name will be repaid a hundred times over, and also inherit eternal life (Mt 19:29). Give Him everything. It is time. Give Him everything without the slightest hesitation: everything you are and everything you are not; everything […]
  • Purification and intimacy with the Father

    MBA
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:22 am
    As darkness increases all around the world in our times, we should recall that we are presently in the period of the purification of the earth. However, after purification comes illumination and deification. Intimacy with God our Father, in the very heart of our souls, will ensue after the purification and illumination, not just for […]
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    ChristiansTT

  • Spiritual Warfare Prayer to Break Ungodly Soul Ties

    Ria Lewis
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Father, I know now that soul ties can be formed through fornication, close relationships, vows, commitments as well as agreements. Lord Jesus Christ, I ask for Your forgiveness for sins committed, which opened the door to ungodly soul ties. Godly soul ties between a husband and wife are perfectly illustrated in Ephesians 5:31 “For this […] Spiritual Warfare Prayer to Break Ungodly Soul Ties
  • She Chooses Life for Her Daughter, Gives Up Her Own

    Martin Forgenie
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:48 am
    When the question was put to her, her answer was instant. She did not need to think about it. The life of her yet-to-be-born daughter was more important than her own. Every mother (and some fathers) have thought about this possible situation. What if you had to make a choice between your life or your […] She Chooses Life for Her Daughter, Gives Up Her Own
  • A Prayer to Love and Serve

    Geevetha Mary Samuel
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Matthew 20: 28 Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Almighty Father, We thank You for Your great salvation plan for mankind and Your beloved Son, Lord Jesus Christ, who came into this world as a living sacrifice. In […] A Prayer to Love and Serve
  • Reasons You Are Precious in God’s Sight

    Ria Lewis
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    You are so precious in God’s Sight that He knows the exact number of hairs on your head. Did you know that Jesus bottles up every tear you ever cried? And that He even has your named engraved in the palm of His hand? He knew you before you were even formed in your mother’s […] Reasons You Are Precious in God’s Sight
  • Prayer: Deeper Relationship with God

    Bevjoy
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Great and Mighty is Your name, Lord!  You are worthy of all my love, respect, honour and praise.  You are my Strongtower, my Deliverer, my Refuge and my Strength, In You, I put my confidence and trust. Heavenly Father, I love You with all my heart and soul. You are awesome!  You make me glad and I will rejoice and praise Your […] Prayer: Deeper Relationship with God
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    Where Can I Find God

  • Bible Verses Of Encouragement

    Right Believing
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    Bible Verses of Encouragement — Bible Verse of the Day Are you feeling down today? Do you feel like there is no end in site and your troubles will never go away? The audio message below will provide bible verses … Continue reading →The post Bible Verses Of Encouragement appeared first on Where Can I Find God.
  • Why Do We Believe In A God We Cannot See

    Right Believing
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:18 am
    Why Should We Believe In A God We Cannot See  Soon after Jesus resurrected, He appeared to His disciples and instructed them to go out into the world with the good news that God had forgiven all the sins of men, … Continue reading →The post Why Do We Believe In A God We Cannot See appeared first on Where Can I Find God.
  • Why Does God Allow Suffering And Bad Things To Happen?

    Right Believing
    24 Sep 2013 | 6:06 pm
    Why Does God Allow Suffering When we look around at the world we are living in, taking in the horrors that are occurring around the world on a daily basis, the most prevalent question on many people’s minds is,“Why does … Continue reading →The post Why Does God Allow Suffering And Bad Things To Happen? appeared first on Where Can I Find God.
  • How To Find Inner Peace — Jesus Is In The Midst Of Your Life

    Right Believing
    24 Sep 2013 | 2:13 am
    How To Find Inner Peace Are you at a point in your life where you are desperately searching on how to find inner peace? No matter which way you turn you are overwhelmed with emotional turmoil. My friend, it is … Continue reading →The post How To Find Inner Peace — Jesus Is In The Midst Of Your Life appeared first on Where Can I Find God.
  • Finding Peace Of Mind In Your Daily Life-Simplify Your Life

    Right Believing
    24 Sep 2013 | 2:01 am
    Finding Peace Of Mind In Your Daily Life When You Rest In God Is finding peace of mind in your life a daunting task? Are you looking to simplify your life and desire peace of mind in your life? Have … Continue reading →The post Finding Peace Of Mind In Your Daily Life-Simplify Your Life appeared first on Where Can I Find God.
 
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    Pro Preacher

  • 3 Ways Losing Weight Has Made Me A Better Pastor

    Brandon
    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

    Brandon
    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…
  • 10 Reasons I Am Thankful To Be A Pastor

    Brandon
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Photo Credit: rustiqueart via Compfight cc Sometimes I complain about being a pastor. There are times when I have Elijah moments. I feel depressed and whine to God about how I don’t have the strength to keep going. I think, if we are honest, we would admit that most of us have felt this way about ministry. Ministry is difficult! It can be extremely discouraging and defeating. It is times like these, when you feel down or discouraged in ministry, that you have to remember why you got started in the first place. You have to remember why you made the decision to follow God’s…
  • POLL: What Preaching Resource Do You Need?

    Brandon
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    As ProPreacher.com heads into its third year, I was thinking about how I might be able to make this website more helpful to you. Last year, I wrote an eBook that many have found helpful. This year, I want to begin working on another helpful resource. I have a few ideas, but limited time. So rather than working on just what I think might be helpful, I would rather hear from you. What would you like to see? What kind of resource would be most beneficial to you? Please help me out by voting below. Thank you! Take Our Poll Related posts: POLL: What Preaching Resources Are Most Helpful For You?
  • 2 Years of ProPreacher

    Brandon
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Photo Credit: kelly.sikkema via Compfight cc Wow, has it really been two years already? Two years ago I had a crazy idea to start a blog about preaching. I had no idea what would happen or if anyone would actually read it, but I had some thoughts that I wanted to clarify and some ideas I had to share. When I first began a career in ministry there were not many resources available for learning about preaching. You could go to a conference or read a book or two, but I was a broke newlywed youth pastor. I could barely afford to keep the lights on in our one-bedroom apartment. There was no way…
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    Christian Magazine Today.com

  • 7 Important Facts About Jesus’ Name

    Annette
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Jesus Christ. It’s a name everyone knows. Unfortunately, unless we’re in a church, it’s a name we’re more likely to hear abused than glorified. Even as Christians we may sometimes forget just how special His name is. Here are seven important facts to remember about Jesus’ name. 1. Jesus means “the Lord saves.” And truly He does save, for though He is God, He came to earth as a man and took away our sins on the cross. 2. The name of Jesus was chosen by God, His Father. God picked a name to perfectly describe what Jesus would accomplish with His life: Salvation for all believers.
  • Wings of Hope

    Annette
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    Birds fly about through the pages of the Bible, often bearing messages of hope. Sometimes hope is pointed to by true stories, such as when a dove brings Noah an olive leaf, letting him know it’s safe to leave the ark (Genesis 8:10-11), or when God uses ravens to bring Elijah food (1 Kings 17:1-6). Most commonly, however, birds appear as symbols, reminding us to hope in God’s love. The Bible tells us much about God’s care for birds. He watches over them (Psalm 50:11), welcomes them to nest at His altars (Psalm 84:3), waters the trees they live in (Psalm 104:16-17), and feeds them. All…
  • Saving Christmas – New Holiday Movie by Kirk Cameron

    Annette
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    If anyone knows me at all, they know I love Kirk Cameron and what he stands for. I also love his movies and listening to him teach. From his movie ‘Fireproof’ to his upcoming new holiday movie ’Saving Christmas, he puts Jesus first spreading the word of God one story line after another. In the movie trailer below, you’ll see how Kirk Cameron wants to share how Christmas is about Christ! For years, you have read, written, and even talked about how we need to keep ‘Christ’ in Christmas. Now, he shows us how in this holiday movie that’s sure to be a…
  • “Eye” Shouldn’t Have Looked – Life Lessons

    Annette
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Donny, my husband, had bladder cancer and had to be checked and rechecked every three months.  The way bladder cancer is checked is with the use of a camera – and there’s only one way to use that!  Yup, that’s right! Anyway, I would go with Donny to his appointments for support and also to drive him home afterward.  One of his recent appointments was at a cancer center about two hours from our house.  The doctor there was taking longer than usual to see us and we were waiting in the examining room.  Donny had assumed the position that many of us women have assumed so many times…
  • Inspirational Wall Art for Christian Families

    Annette
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    One of the most popular ways to decorate right now is with word art. Word art, of course, comes in many different styles, types, and sizes. For the Christian family, some word art may not suit your needs, but luckily, there are some inspirational wall art pieces that may not only dress up your walls, but help remind you daily that God is good! Here are some pieces that can be seen on Etsy. There are more canvas wraps added daily with different types of mediums in the works. Take a look. We hope you like them… If you follow us on Facebook, you may have seen some of these posted.
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    Logos Bible Software Blog

  • Get Dozens of Eerdmans Resources at the Best Prices

    Derek Fekkes
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Logos’ Pre-Publication program gets the titles you want into Logos, while also giving you the best discounts on those resources. Currently, there are dozens of valuable Bible reference works from Eerdmans available on Pre-Pub. You can get up to 34% off works on hermeneutics, biblical studies, preaching, history, philosophy, theology, and more. Here are some great Eerdmans resources currently on Pre-Pub that you won’t want to miss: Eerdmans Lesslie Newbigin Collection (8 vols.) Explore pertinent topics in missions, discipleship, and church structure with these select works from…
  • Meet Contemporary Challenges with March’s Free Book

    Jonathan J. Watson
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Through March, download the Augsburg Commentary on 1 Corinthians for free! The issues that faced the congregation in first-century Corinth are still applicable today. From divisions and factions, to sexual immorality, to controversies over the Lord’s Supper, to speaking in tongues, explore how Paul addressed issues that remain relevant to the twenty-first century. His words of advice, encouragement, and reproach for the church in Corinth remain fitting and useful even today. Roy Harrisville’s commentary on 1 Corinthians brings Paul’s words into the modern context with detailed insight…
  • Bible Study with Logos 6

    Naomi Deviny
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Each issue of Bible Study Magazine features a “Bible Study with Logos 6″ section, which shows you how Logos 6 can help you gain insight and understanding by tackling a complex Bible passage. Here’s an example from the current issue of Bible Study Magazine—see the power of Logos 6 in action: Let Your Yes Be Yes By Elliot Ritzema I remember reading a description of a political meeting from the 18th century. In it, one speech was described as “pathetic.” That was jarring to me, since calling something or someone “pathetic” is an insult today. But back then, it…
  • Resource Updates: February 2015

    Pam Bauthues
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Whenever a resource you own is updated, you’ll get that updated content—for free—so your Logos library is always becoming more valuable and staying up to date with the latest improvements. Here’s a list of Logos resources that were updated throughout February: Added missing segment headings: NT331 Book Study: Paul’s Letter to the Romans Updated bibliographic milestones: Youcat English: Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church Diccionario Hispano-Americano de la misión Catechism of the Catholic Church Updated external links: 365 Days with Spurgeon (volumes 1–5) Catena Aurea:…
  • Different Approaches to Apologetics

    Miles Custis
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Apologetics can be narrowly defined as “a defense of the faith.” More broadly, however, apologetics involves communicating the truth of Scripture to those around you. This will, at times, involve defending the claims of the Bible, but it may also involve showing people how the gospel addresses their needs or the needs of a culture at large. Mobile Ed’s four-course Apologetics Bundle gives you an in-depth look at several different approaches to apologetics. It will help you to more effectively articulate the truth of the gospel in the specific context in which you live. Covenantal…
 
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    Faithlife Women

  • An 11-Year-Old’s Honest Letter to Sports Illustrated

    Tayler Beede
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    In my free time I run a blog with my mom called Nitty Gritty Love. My brother was recently out for the day with my dad, and came home upset after seeing the most recent Sports Illustrated cover. My...
  • How Lent Can Bring You Closer to God (Even If You Didn't Grow Up With It)

    asheritahciuciu
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    If you grew up in a faith culture that doesn't include rituals, the season leading up to Easter may be filled with confusing terms. Lent? Ash Wednesday? Maundy Thursday? What do they all mean, and...
  • A Paralyzed Faith

    Tayler Beede
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    What is paralyzing your faith? What issue are you hiding from the rest of the world? What is the prison you’re hiding in so you don’t have to face others or yourself? The truth is, we all have...
  • Every Believer Is Called to Study: An Interview with Beth Moore

    Tayler Beede
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Beth Moore is a 30-year veteran of teaching the Bible. Recently Moore sat down with our own Bible Study Magazine to share about her love for scripture: “I taught Sunday school for 23 years straight...
  • Giving Your Child a Heart For the World

    beckyharling
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” —Matthew 28:19 When our kids were growing up my husband did an incredible job of cultivating in them a love for the world. Often he would orchestrate...
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    Seedbed

  • Threshing Floor Podcast 035: Adam Weber, Church Planting and being Missional

    Seedbed
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s Missional Month at The Threshing Floor. This month our hosts are having a conversation with other leaders about what missional means in different contexts and how ministries see themselves as missional. In this episode we have a conversation with Adam Weber, the founding and lead pastor of Embrace in South Falls, SD. Embrace is a leading UMC church and Adam shares some great wisdom and drops gospel bombs on us. Seriously-if you listen to this interview you just might find yourself having church. We also go through some listener mail, talk about our own definitions of mission and…
  • A Christian Response to Terrorism, Part II

    James Thobaben
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Violence done in the name of religious and political ideology by people who do not represent their governments has become a pressing issue, while people victimized by terrorism—both strong and vulnerable­—struggle to answer with a successful response. In this Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. James Thobaben works through Just War theory. Click here to purchase a PDF discussion guide for this video. View our growing list of Seven Minute Seminary videos
  • Wandering: A Reflection on the Appointment Season

    Molly Just
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    With appointment season upon us in the United Methodist tradition, this is an exciting, scary, and trusting time in the life of our denomination. Several weeks ago my father-in-law, an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, called to tell my husband and me that he was being reappointed. While my husband’s side of the family has experienced this type of news a few times during their life together, it was surprising news to all of us this year. You see, my father-in-law was just appointed as a district superintendent last year at this time. While he has thoroughly enjoyed serving the…
  • Christian Cultural Engagement: Two Approaches

    Benjamin J. Videtich
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    What’s so important about cultural discernment? It’s called Porchfest. Every year, my undergraduate university, Spring Arbor, does a years-end gathering complete with songs, dances, parodies, and comedy of every kind. Each year we looked forward to Dr. Patton’s humble submission to the show. As an actor with a deep attachment to the world of theatre, he leveraged his powerful voice and calculated training to broadcast a simple yet profound message. He would take the stage, stand in front of the microphone, and recite–as if reciting a moving sililoque–the lyrics from a top 40 song.
  • Wallpaper Download: March 2015

    Seedbed
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” John 16:16 Download the free March 2015 wallpaper and use it as your smartphone background or desktop calendar. 1280×800 ; 1440×900 ; 1680×1050 ; 1920×1080 ; 2560×1440 ; mobile version (may require resizing to fit your phone’s resolution)
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    Joshua Rhone

  • [Book] Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure

    Joshua Rhone
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failureshould be required reading for anyone entering into, or already engaged in, ministry. It is jarring. Raw. Author J.R. Briggs writes about failure in a refreshingly honest way. At times he shares from his own experiences with failure.1 In other instances, he shares lessons that he’s learned through relationships that have been cultivated as a result of the Epic Fail Pastors Conference, which J.R. created. That is not to suggest that Fail is simply a book of anecdotes about ministry failure. Far from it. As the title…
  • [Book] Eldership and the Mission of God: Equipping Teams for Church Leadership

    Joshua Rhone
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    In Eldership and the Mission of God: Equipping Teams for Faithful Church Leadership, authors J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt contend that ‘when a church lacks structural health, that local body suffers, and there’s no hiding it.’1 According to the authors, ‘the local church is most healthy when it is pursuing God’s heart and oriented around his mission.’2 Thus, church leaders – Briggs and Hyatt term these people ‘elders’ – play a crucial role.3 But what is an elder? What are the responsibilities of an elder? Who can be an elder? We begin with the question: What is an…
  • Mile… Mile & a Half

    Joshua Rhone
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    I struggle with insomnia. The last few weeks have been particularly challenging. Usually, I try to take advantage of my sleepless nights by reading, researching and writing. The other night, I felt like a member of the walking dead, so I perused Netflix for something to watch. While perusing I stumbled upon Mile…Mile & a Half. (The film can also be streamed via Amazon). The film follows’a group of artists who] leave their daily lives behind to hike & record California’s historic John Muir Trail, a 219 miles stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney.’1 Over the span of…
  • [Book] American Methodism: A Compact History (Chapter 3: Print, Nurture, Missions)

    Joshua Rhone
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:44 am
    I’m currently reading American Methodism: A Compact History by Russell Richey, Kenneth Rowe and Jean Miller Schmidt. In recent posts, I looked at the book’s Introduction, Chapter 1 & Chapter 2. Today’s post looks at Chapter 3, the years 1816-1850s, and the role of print in Methodism’s efforts to nuture congregants, train preachers, etc. Nathan Bangs & the journey of Methodism from side street to main street The year 1816 was significant for American Methodism. Francis Asbury died on his way to General Conference. The Methodist historian Nathan Bangs, who eulogized the…
  • [Book] American Methodism: A Compact History (Chapter 2: Reforming the Continent and Spreading Scriptural Holiness)

    Joshua Rhone
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    I’m currently reading American Methodism: A Compact History by Russell Richey, Kenneth Rowe and Jean Miller Schmidt. In recent posts, I looked at the book’s Introduction and Chapter 1. Today’s post looks at Chapter 2 and reforming of the continent and the spread of scriptural holiness.’ Reform From 1792-1816, Methodism wrestled with issues of identity. While the issues were many, and while they were wrestled with in a myriad of ways, to get a sense of the identity issues facing Methodism at this stage of her development, we need look no further than the Christmas Conference…
 
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    Intersections4Life

  • “I Give You My Word.”

    Sandy Baggs
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    John 1:1-2: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God… John 1:14 14…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. What do you suppose John is saying here? What is the “Word?” Why does the word “Word” start with a capital letter? Well, John 1:2 says that “He was in the beginning with God.” So, the Word is a “He.” This “He,” as v.1 says “was with…
  • I surrender all

    Sarah Galloway
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    I often get frustrated at my own humanness. Altho I never expect perfection from anyone else, I seldom tolerate anything short of that from myself. Perhaps one of the worst double standards there is.. Not a good fit since I seem to have a knack of profoundly screwing things up. It’s been one such a day when it seems like if there was something that could go wrong then it went wrong. And if it looked promising I managed to muck it up. It’s one of those half a pan of brownies and ugly cry kinda days. But I’ve finally decided that I am done. I am weary and tired of trying to make things…
  • Love Well

    Charles Crutcher
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Recently, I was at a Men’s Conference. The opening speaker spoke about the Bible, what it meant to him, and how it changed his life. I was very impressed with his knowledge of scripture, but as my eyes started to wander down the pages of John 15, part of the words leaped out to me from the pages. You see, recently I’ve been asking God many questions for the direction of my life. I don’t always have everything sorted out nor do I understand where God is taking me. But there are times when I know he’s calling me to move, just like he told Abraham to go but didn’t…
  • Let Me Show You The Ropes

    Steve Becker
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    Years ago I was introduced to the challenge course style of training and team building.  I worked for a consulting company where every newly hired person had to attend a welcome training and onboarding experience that included both high and low challenge course activities along with the normal company orientation meetings. One of the many activities was accurately called the “leap of faith”.  This is where you climb a telephone pole that has pegs on each side and no platform at the top, you stand on top of it, count to 20 and then leap forward to grab a brass ring and you are…
  • The Waiting is the Hardest Part

    Charles Crutcher
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    On a recent trip, my wife and I waited in the terminal with a flight delay. Both of us were rested and refreshed, but ready to go home to see our son Aidan. Then the overhead speaker’s announcement would put everyone on the flight in a cranky disposition.   How much of our life do we spend on waiting?   I’m not a patient person. God has been working on me.   The thing I love about God is He intentionally guides people into failure.-Bob Goff   I am not a fan of traffic, long lines, Wal-Mart where all the kids go to cry, congested areas, places where there are a…
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    Salt Formation

  • 2 Timothy 1:7 A Spirit of Power, Love & Discipline

    Britt
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
        Is there an answer to timidity in the Christian life? What is the key to walking in the power of God? What is the key to living boldly in the midst of suffering and persecution? These are questions that God answers in 2 Timothy 1:7. This week’s memory assignment is 2 Timothy 1:7. As you know before we get into the verse we need to look at the background of the book, its purpose, theme and audience. Then we will look at the first and some of the second paragraph in chapter one to draw out the context. We can then see how 2 Timothy 1:7 applies to us today! Let’s get started.
  • Hebrews 7:11-28 A Better Hope Through Which We Draw Near to God

    Britt
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:05 pm
      Does the Law have an impact on blievers today? Has the Law been put away? What is the better hope that Christ brought? How should it affect me? These are jsut some of the questions that will get answered in our lesson today in Hebrews 7:11-28 on a better hope through which we draw near to God. Last lesson we looked at Hebrews 7:1-10 and learned about Melchizedek.  We saw that he was king of Salem and priest of the Most High God, that he was greater than Abraham, that Abraham tithed to him therefore Levi tithed to him and that he established a continual priesthood. He was either a…
  • Matt. 22:15-22 Render to Caesar the Things that are Caesar’s

    Britt
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:41 am
      What is the proper response of a Christian to government? Do my thoughts and actions to my government have any eternal significance? What does the Bible say about how a Christian should view and respond to government? These are some questions we will answer today in our scripture memory verse. The scripture meditation for this week is Matt. 22:21. We will be looking at the whole paragraph of Matt. 22:15-22 to better understand the context and see how Matt. 22:21 relates to us today. Before we get into the text let’s take a look at a brief introduction, Matthew’s purpose and the…
  • Hebrews 7:1-10 Melchizedek King & Priest of the Most High God

    Britt
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am
        Who is the mysterious character in the bible named Melchizedek? What does he have to do with our Lord Jesus Christ? What does the bible have to say about him? These are the questions we will look at as we dig through Hebrews 7:1-10 and find out about Melchizedek the king and priest of the Most High God. Last lesson we looked at Hebrews 6:9-20 and learned about taking hold of the Hope we have.  We saw the answer to sluggishness in our Christian walk, how those who are inheriting the christian hope should conduct themselves and where our assurance comes from. Before we jump…
  • A Fond Affection for Fellow Believers 1 Thess. 2:8

    Britt
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:06 am
      What are my motives for the gospel? How do I feel about fellow believers? Your answers to these questions will tell alot about for faith. 1 Thess. 2:8 will reveal how our hearts should respond to these two questions. Our memory verse for this week is 1Thessalonians 2:8. Before we dig into it, we will want to look at the background and then on overview of the first chapter to build the context. Then we will look at the paragraph that the passage is in. You should never try to interpret just a passage but should look at the scripture at paragraph level. Words make up sentences and…
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    Salt Formation

  • 2 Timothy 1:7 A Spirit of Power, Love & Discipline

    Britt
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
        Is there an answer to timidity in the Christian life? What is the key to walking in the power of God? What is the key to living boldly in the midst of suffering and persecution? These are questions that God answers in 2 Timothy 1:7. This week’s memory assignment is 2 Timothy 1:7. As you know before we get into the verse we need to look at the background of the book, its purpose, theme and audience. Then we will look at the first and some of the second paragraph in chapter one to draw out the context. We can then see how 2 Timothy 1:7 applies to us today! Let’s get started.
  • Hebrews 7:11-28 A Better Hope Through Which We Draw Near to God

    Britt
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:05 pm
      Does the Law have an impact on blievers today? Has the Law been put away? What is the better hope that Christ brought? How should it affect me? These are jsut some of the questions that will get answered in our lesson today in Hebrews 7:11-28 on a better hope through which we draw near to God. Last lesson we looked at Hebrews 7:1-10 and learned about Melchizedek.  We saw that he was king of Salem and priest of the Most High God, that he was greater than Abraham, that Abraham tithed to him therefore Levi tithed to him and that he established a continual priesthood. He was either a…
  • Matt. 22:15-22 Render to Caesar the Things that are Caesar’s

    Britt
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:41 am
      What is the proper response of a Christian to government? Do my thoughts and actions to my government have any eternal significance? What does the Bible say about how a Christian should view and respond to government? These are some questions we will answer today in our scripture memory verse. The scripture meditation for this week is Matt. 22:21. We will be looking at the whole paragraph of Matt. 22:15-22 to better understand the context and see how Matt. 22:21 relates to us today. Before we get into the text let’s take a look at a brief introduction, Matthew’s purpose and the…
  • Hebrews 7:1-10 Melchizedek King & Priest of the Most High God

    Britt
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am
        Who is the mysterious character in the bible named Melchizedek? What does he have to do with our Lord Jesus Christ? What does the bible have to say about him? These are the questions we will look at as we dig through Hebrews 7:1-10 and find out about Melchizedek the king and priest of the Most High God. Last lesson we looked at Hebrews 6:9-20 and learned about taking hold of the Hope we have.  We saw the answer to sluggishness in our Christian walk, how those who are inheriting the christian hope should conduct themselves and where our assurance comes from. Before we jump…
  • A Fond Affection for Fellow Believers 1 Thess. 2:8

    Britt
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:06 am
      What are my motives for the gospel? How do I feel about fellow believers? Your answers to these questions will tell alot about for faith. 1 Thess. 2:8 will reveal how our hearts should respond to these two questions. Our memory verse for this week is 1Thessalonians 2:8. Before we dig into it, we will want to look at the background and then on overview of the first chapter to build the context. Then we will look at the paragraph that the passage is in. You should never try to interpret just a passage but should look at the scripture at paragraph level. Words make up sentences and…
 
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  • Clean up

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Law and Grace. Day twenty...In the 1950s the Niagara Falls City School District needed to expand, and persuaded a reluctant Hooker Chemical Company to sell them a toxic chemical dump buried in what was once was a mile of canal (never completed) known as the Love Canal. Hooker Chemical had purchased the failed canal project as a place to dispose of its chemical waste.
  • The back story

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Law and Grace. Day nineteen...Sherrel has a theory that Adam and Eve are probably under some kind of witness protection in Heaven. Of course she's just being funny, but how many times have you wondered what life would have been like if mankind hadn't been kicked out of the Garden of Eden.
  • Dealing with the consequences through grace

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Law and Grace. Day eighteen...When an EF‐5 tornado blew a mile‐wide path of destruction through my hometown of Joplin on May 22, 2011, thousands of people were left with circumstances that were simply not their fault.
  • Without the drama

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Law and Grace. Day seventeen...I eat and exercise with one primary purpose in mind—to keep my body fit and healthy so it won't ever stop me (or even slow me down) from doing what I need to do. I cannot do what God has put me on this earth to do if I am consumed with trying to get a broken‐down body to function.
  • Running with endurance

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Law and Grace. Day sixteen...When I was in my late thirties I was assigned to teach a group of seniors in a Sunday school class. I had never spent much time with “old” people and didn't know how to relate to them.
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • Matthew 27: Jesus Was Different

    Zak Schmoll
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    Matthew 27 brings us to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. As one of the most monumental events in history, it is interesting that there were rumors about Jesus rising from the dead even among the Pharisees who had Him crucified. Mat 27:62  Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, Mat 27:63  Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Mat 27:64  Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night,…
  • Matthew 26: Surrendering to God

    Zak Schmoll
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    I was at a small group last night, and we were talking about how hard it is for some people to want to surrender control of their lives to Jesus Christ. We kind of have some type of innate selfishness that motivates us to want to do things our way. In Matthew 26, Jesus Christ, the most powerful person in the universe, showed His willingness to follow through with the will of God. Even though He had prayed twice that if it was possible, He would like the cup to pass from Him, it was clear that these events needed to happen. Mat 26:52  Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his…
  • Matthew 25: Evidence of a Change

    Zak Schmoll
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
    I entirely believe that salvation is something that we cannot earn. I believe it is a free gift from God that, although we do not deserve it, we can freely accept. However, in Matthew 25, it certainly seems like what we do matters. Mat 25:34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: Mat 25:35  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Mat 25:36  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I…
  • Matthew 24: Jesus Is Coming!

    Zak Schmoll
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:43 am
    Matthew 24 starts off with a very interesting question from the disciples. Mat 24:3  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? Remember all of the things that Jesus had just spoken about in chapter 23, and He had said the following: Mat 23:36  Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. It is possible then to understand why the disciples were a little bit nervous. Jesus had been saying how there would be a time…
  • Matthew 23: Hypocrites

    Zak Schmoll
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    I don’t know how many times I have heard or read about someone who left the church because of hypocrisy. Christians do not always practice what they preach. However, at the beginning of Matthew 23, I think that there is an important distinction that we need to make. Mat 23:2  Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: Mat 23:3  All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. The rest of the chapter goes on to talk about the hypocritical actions of the Pharisees and scribes. I call out this…
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • 3 Biblical and Data Driven Reasons Why You’re Giving Less

    Michael
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Ellen Painter Dollar recently shared her struggles with tithing. According to her, when she was in her 20’s she was a faithful giver. Now that she and her husband presently make 4 times what she used to make she doesn’t tithe. According to her: “We give away about 5 percent of our gross income every […] The post 3 Biblical and Data Driven Reasons Why You’re Giving Less appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • What I’ve Learned from a Series of Rapid Fire Promotions

    Michael
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
    I recently got promoted. That is why you haven’t seen as much posts from me.My workload has increased because of the promotion. I used to be an assistant branch manager at a Fortune 500 company, now I’m promoted to a branch manager. Being a new manager has a few perks including increased pay, greater responsibilities, […] The post What I’ve Learned from a Series of Rapid Fire Promotions appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How Tithing Helped Improve My Marriage

    Michael
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    I’m a pro-tither. I advocate it and encourage people to do it. I have seen tremendous blessings as a result of it. One blessing that I’ve seen is the improvement of my marriage. Before I was a consistent tither my marriage was on its last leg. My wife was pregnant with our 2nd child and […] The post How Tithing Helped Improve My Marriage appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The Marketing You’re Subjected to When Giving to Larger Ministries

    Michael
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:39 am
      Since I embarked on this journey of giving I’ve been bombarded with extra mail. The letters above are the ones I received Tuesday. ( I crossed out my name for privacy’s sake. I like you but I don’t need you to know where I live ) The most intrusive one I’ve received is from […] The post The Marketing You’re Subjected to When Giving to Larger Ministries appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How The State of Tithing in America Has Evolved

    Michael
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    For all its controversy tithes and offerings account for$50 billion a year in the U.S. $50 billion. This $50 billion is from 10 million tithers–people who donate 10% or more their income to a church–across America. They make up 10-25% of a normal congregation yet they for 50-80% of church funding. The ole’ Pareto principle […] The post How The State of Tithing in America Has Evolved appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
 
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    Blake Mankin

  • You Can’t Take It with You: Storing Treasure in Heaven

    Blake Mankin
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    One of the easiest things to forget is that we won’t be able to take a single one of our possessions to heaven. Everything we think we own is essentially leased to us by God, and we’ve been trusted to manage his portfolio. Giving our possessions a perceived attribute of permanence makes us more likely to grip them with white knuckles. We can become unable to view our things with the eyes of Christ. In Matthew 19, Jesus says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures…
  • Work is Worship for Pastors and Project Managers Alike

    Blake Mankin
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:44 am
    I’ve taken a whack at this topic before, but it’s worth writing about it again because it’s easy to miss the fact that what we do from nine to five Monday through Friday is an opportunity to worship God. Not just interactions with coworkers or the chance to use the money earned for charity, but the actual vocation itself. Whether you’re a banker, artist, accountant, or craftsman–your job has potential for worship. Exerting ourselves in work is an opportunity to bring God glory. Much has been said about finding meaningful work. This line of thinking is…
  • What Giving Does

    Blake Mankin
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:16 am
    When we give money away, we’re participating in more than just a transaction. We’re influencing heart-level change. But sometimes it can feel as though a small donation to a huge charity, cause, or need is just lost in the shuffle, not truly contributing much. Here are some reminders about what giving does. It reminds us we don’t own anything. When we choose to part with the money in our bank accounts, we’re reminded again that none of it is ours to begin with. The foundation of being a good steward is understanding the funds entrusted to us are ours to manage, not own. Giving money…
  • Can Christians Stand with Israelis and Palestinians, Too?

    Blake Mankin
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:43 am
    Few things spark as strong of a reaction as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, especially in Christian circles. It’s an incredibly complex issue, one I can’t completely wrap my head around—full of religious, historical, cultural, geographical, and emotional factors that are too many to list here. Wrapped up in this decades-long conflict is violence that’s resulted in incredible heartbreak and overwhelming injustice. Just recently, a Palestinian man boarded a bus in Tel Aviv and attacked people with a knife, injuring nine. At the end of January, the New York Times reported on an…
  • Look for Leaders Keeping the Sheep

    Blake Mankin
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:11 am
    David’s story has always fascinated me. I studied his story again for an Every Village devotional recently, and it struck me that God chose David to be the king of Israel from such a lowly place. When we think about leadership in churches, companies, and communities, we often go to the most visible people producing the most visible and measurable results. As much as we say character is the most important thing, it’s often easy to forget this when someone with a dose of recognition in our particular sphere says they want to champion our cause. In 1 Samuel, Samuel visits the house…
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 64 — Leviticus 19-20, Mark 9:30-50

    virtuousgirls1
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Leviticus 19 Focus Verse: Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.’ (2) To be holy we must be like God. We must become closer to Him and His ways by separating ourselves from things that dishonor Him. One of our main […]
  • Faith of Our Fairy Tales

    virtuousgirls1
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    So most everyone knows by now that we love stories. Love is an understatement. We really love stories (especially ones that include fighting Wizards and fearless Hobbits) … but we like fairy tales, too. Who doesn’t like a fairy tale? A BIG shout out to Disney here for refusing to let the fairy tale magic […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 63 — Leviticus 17-18, Mark 9:1-29

    virtuousgirls1
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Leviticus 17 Focus Verse: And does not bring it to the entrance to the tent of meeting to sacrifice it to the Lord must be cut off from the people of Israel. (9) The Israelites were required to offer their sacrifice by bringing it to the tent of meeting. If they offered it in their home or […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 62 — Leviticus 15-16, Mark 8:22-38

    virtuousgirls1
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Leviticus 15 Focus Verse: You must keep the Israelites separate from things that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for defiling my dwelling place, which is among them. (31) We are no longer under the Old Testament laws. Inside cleanliness is way more important than outside cleanliness. While people check […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 61 — Leviticus 14, Mark 8:1-21

    virtuousgirls1
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Leviticus 14 Focus Verse: Seven times he shall sprinkle the one to be cleansed of the defiling disease, and then pronounce them clean. After that, he is to release the live bird in the open fields. (7) You’ve probably heard the popular saying that “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” While this is not a Bible verse, it is […]
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Elijah Fed By God- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Elijah Fed By God (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 on […]
  • Elijah Fed By God- Coloring Page

    Crafting The Word Of God
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Elijah Fed By God (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 […]
  • King Nebuchadnezzars Gold Statue Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    King Nebuchadnezzar’s Gold Statue 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 on […]
  • King Nebuchadnezzars Gold Statue- Coloring Page

    Crafting The Word Of God
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    King Nebuchadnezzar’s Gold Statue (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 […]
  • Daniel Prayed Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Daniel Prayed 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 on the […]
 
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    Renewed Daily

  • On the Move

    Shelly Hendricks
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The Lord your God is going ahead of you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt. - Deuteronomy 1:30 This will be my last post for a little while. I will miss all of you and will return as soon as I can, hopefully sharing with you lots of gems the Lord has shared with me in the meantime. Our family is relocating to a different state. It's a lot of stress, especially when you throw in chronic illness and disability. We'd covet your prayers for us during this time. I hope to see you when I return. Until then, God be with you til we meet again... <3 If you have been helped by…
  • Perspective on Pain

    Shelly Hendricks
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:16 am
    After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. - 1 Peter 1:10 Approximately six years ago, my life changed drastically. One day my vision was changed. A week later, I lost one side of my face. The next thing I knew, I was having trouble with balance, walking and speech. It took 3 years to get an accurate diagnosis. I have a rare and debilitating brain disease. I have had 2 brain surgeries. And I just found out this month that I am losing brain matter. It's terrifying.
  • The One Thing Heaven Is Missing

    Shelly Hendricks
    5 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. - Genesis 1:1 Last week I wrote a post about the beauty of Heaven. It's a perfect place and one I long for... as I'm sure you do. Well, ever since I wrote that post, God's been poking me in the ribs with a truth that needs to be shared. He's persistent and I'm finally getting it together enough to write what He'd have me tell you. As beautiful as Heaven is... as stunning and awe-inspiring and completely amazing as Heaven is... as mind-blowingly perfect as Heaven is... There is one thing that Heaven is missing. It's a missing piece that…
  • A Hymn

    Shelly Hendricks
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? - Romans 7:24-25a Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, and that thou bidst me come to thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Just as I am, and waiting not to rid my soul of one dark blot, to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Just as I am, though tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt, fightings and fears within, without, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind; sight, riches, healing of the mind, yea, all I need in thee…
  • Have You Assumed Incorrectly What God’s Gift Is?

    Shelly Hendricks
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly” (John 7:24). Way back a long time ago, I was at a party. Something happened that has stuck with me all these years. I’d like to tell you about it, if you’ll bear with me. The party was a holiday one and we had a white elephant gift exchange. When it was one’s turn, s/he could steal someone else’s gift or choose one from the remaining pile of unopened ones. One of the first people to open a gift found a fruitcake tin inside. This party had a lot of people. I lost track of how many of them bypassed that tin. The guy who…
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom

    kristinemac
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom is a documentary narrated by Natalie Grant which features the stories of six modern day abolitionists in the fight against human trafficking.  Raising... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What about The Good Witch?

    kristinemac
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Any person who has not been living under a rock or living without a television should be aware of the "positive vibes" toward anything related to the occult on offer for viewing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Exciting News!

    kristinemac
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:59 pm
    I have been sitting on this for WEEKS but the time has come to announce exciting news for An Insider's Guide to Spiritual Warfare.  So here it is: On Monday, March 9th, I will be a guest on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Listening, Sharing, Loving

    kristinemac
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    On Saturday, I had the great pleasure of meeting a young woman with whom my husband works at HQ Runaway and Homeless Youth Drop In Center. She is one of the many (though she is now... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Finding the Words

    kristinemac
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:21 pm
    The church where I attend has started a new session of women's bible study meetings. I had the pleasure of attending this week and am looking forward to the next seven or eight weeks of gathering... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    A Constant Grace

  • Grace from a Lowly Beginning – Matthew 1:18-25

    Matthew Monroe
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Matthew 1:18-25 v.18 Joseph and Mary were engaged, and became pregnant out-of-wedlock.  The child was of the Holy Ghost, not Joseph, not another man but of God in the form of the Holy Spirit. v.19 Joseph had every right under the Law to give Mary a writ of divorce and of course he thought through the scenario.  Joseph was a man of the law but decided to divorce her without drawing attention and letting Mary keep her honor in the community.  A graceful mindset of which we all need reminding.  The ability to move forward out of conflict quietly, letting the other party…
  • Through the Gospels: Matthew 1:1-17

    Matthew Monroe
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Matthew 1:1-17 “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ” – This begins the account of Jesus’ family line.  In it you will find some of the greatest Men in biblical history.  But first and foremost you will find proof of the line in which it was prophesied that Jesus would come. God promised Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3.  In Genesis 22:18, God told Abraham, “in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you…
  • Too Embarrassed to Ask

    Matthew Monroe
    26 Aug 2013 | 4:10 am
    At least once in a lifetime, unless luck is in good portion, help is required to survive an unfortunate circumstance.  Many in the world have made decisions that have made it difficult to meet the demands of everyday life – credit card debt, termination of employment and so on.  Others have burdens and encounter circumstances that are nearly unbearable and have catastrophic effects on the quality of life.  The latter scenarios offer an easier path to compassion and are easier to ask for and find relief.  On the other hand, the former scenario can lead to embarrassment of the…
  • Thoughts on Dwelling in the Past

    Matthew Monroe
    23 Aug 2013 | 7:41 am
    Dwelling on the past is taking away from God what He is doing for you now. One of the toughest concepts to grasp as a Christian is that the most debilitating sin is fixating your mind on things not reverent to God. This includes something as seemingly benign as dwelling on your past mistakes and sins. Have you ever thought about a moment in your previous years and felt the rush of blood to your face and embarrassment of your actions all over again? I have done so many times. This is not meant to happen. God has forgiven us through the blood of Jesus Christ and those happenings are forgiven…
  • Proving God’s Existence in Five Minutes

    Matthew Monroe
    23 Aug 2013 | 7:00 am
    This is a great video from Dr. William Lane Craig who has become the biggest defender of the faith against the rise of atheism. Related articles The Simplest, Most Direct Argument for God’s Existence (BrandonVogt.com) A Presentation of the Cosmological Argument(s) (philosophicaugustine.wordpress.com) Kalam Cosmological Argument – Video (reasonsforthehopewithin.wordpress.com) After action reports from William Lane Craig vs Lawrence Krauss debate in Sydney (winteryknight.wordpress.com) William Lane Craig Alex Rosenberg debate: Does God Exist? Video, MP3 audio and summary…
 
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    Switchbacks

  • Famous Last Words: Family

    Karen
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    My friend, Michelle, is about to add two new members to her family. No, she’s not having twins. She and her husband are adopting two orphaned children from Haiti. Knowing a little about the complexities of their experience with foreign adoption, I know she would be quick to say that bringing a baby into a […]
  • Famous Last Words: Promise

    Karen
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    A few years ago, the book Heaven is For Real rocketed to the top of the New York Times best seller list, and its popularity peaked last year with the release of a 12 million dollar feature length drama that drew audiences searching for confident assurance that the promise in the title was definitely a […]
  • Famous Last Words: Pardon

    Karen
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:50 pm
    I spent the last couple of couple of months reading “The Story” which is a version of the Bible compiled by Max Lucado that presents its message as one continuous narrative in chronological order. While it isn’t a comprehensive study of scripture by any means, it was an interesting read that provided a well-connected understanding […]
  • Legacy

    Karen
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    I grew up in North Carolina and so it’s not surprising that college basketball is in my blood. My shade happens to be light blue… Tarheel blue to be exact. My parents, my brother, and I all went to college at the University of North Carolina, so an excellent basketball tradition is woven into the […]
  • Super Success or Super Fail

    Karen
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:55 am
    This past Sunday night, the Super Bowl drew the largest television audience in history. An estimated 111.5 million people tuned in to the game between New England and Seattle. Thankfully, unlike last year it was far from a blowout and the game was actually settled in the last seconds of play. If you were inclined toward the […]
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • Why Living Simply is Simply Living {Simplicity}

    Jen Rumley
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This post is part of our awesome Spiritual Disciplines series. Keep track of the series here and check our e-mail newsletter for all posts. Don’t subscribe? Sign up!   Lately I have been enthralled with a couple of the Alaska shows on television as they depict the last true frontier and what life is like living in the “bush.”  At first, I could hardly even imagine living a life like that; no electricity, hunting for every meal, using outhouses, sleeping huddled together with a large family, warding off bears, and not to mention, my anxiety over what I would do…
  • A New Kind Of Conversation {Confession}

    Jessica Visser
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Editor’s Note: This post is part of our awesome Spiritual Disciplines series. Keep track of the series here and check our e-mail newsletter for all posts. Don’t subscribe? Sign up! The discipline of confession is one that I have been accidentally practicing over the past year. I say ‘accidentally’ because I didn’t intentionally set out to confess more often and I didn’t just finally muster up the guts to leak out all my secrets. I’ve simply been in a new kind of conversation with God that has changed me in every way. In my asking God to reveal blind spots of sin in my life, in…
  • The Sounds of Silence {Silence}

    Amy Young
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This post is part of our awesome Spiritual Disciplines series. Keep track of the series here and check our e-mail newsletter for all posts. Don’t subscribe? Sign up! Though I don’t remember many specifics from Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God’s Transforming Presenceby Ruth Haley Barton, one phrase has stayed with me. Stirred up river water. Ruth is an active go-getter and was once described by her spiritual director as living her life like a jar of stirred up river water. She recommended building in silence and solitude as ways to “quiet…
  • Writing Treasure on Your Heart {Bible Study}

    Jen Bell
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:13 pm
    Editor’s Note: This post is part of our awesome Spiritual Disciplines series. Keep track of the series here and check our e-mail newsletter for all posts. Don’t subscribe? Sign up! Quick–finish this sentence: “To be or not to be ____ ____ ____ _________.” Or what about this one: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ___ ____ ____ _____ __ ____ _____ ___________.” How about: “Row, row, row your boat, ______ ____ ____ ________.” I bet you can also rattle off phone numbers, answer multiplication questions and recite songs from years ago. Now tell me that you cannot…
  • Cultivating A Love That Lasts

    Self Talk the Gospel
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    It doesn’t take much does it? A few days here and there, a stressful circumstance or two, a marriage gone bad, a job lost, a busy season…most of the time it happens so quickly we don’t even realize the gravity of it until all hell breaks loose and we are not prepared for battle. Whatever it is for you, those distractions are slyly stealing your affections away from God. Slowly but surely we get to a place where we feel distant and disconnected from God. But we all have been there haven’t we? What happened? Well, life happened. Life can get a little out of hand…
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • What Should We Understand About the World of the New Testament?

    Mel Lawrenz
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Understand the Bible” series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. When we turn the page from Malachi to Matthew, from the Old Testament to the New Testament, from Ezra the scribe and Haggai the prophet to John the Baptist and Jesus of Nazareth, we enter an entirely different world—and we must understand it. The gap between the testaments, known as the intertestamental period, is 400 years, but what…
  • Fathers & Faith: New Poll on Struggles with Dads and God

    Andy Rau
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    This story was written by author and apologist Lee Strobel. It appears in the latest issue of his email newsletter, Investigating Faith with Lee Strobel. You can sign up to receive Investigating Faith here. Two findings emerged in a new national poll that I commissioned on fatherhood and faith: the younger the generation, the more people report having difficult relationships with their fathers. At the same time, the younger generation reports the highest percentage of people who are struggling with belief in God. I’m wondering: are these findings related? The poll itself can’t prove or…
  • What Do We Learn From the Exile and Return?

    Mel Lawrenz
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    This is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Understand the Bible” series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. The grand narrative of Scripture speaks to the most urgent needs all people have, including the needs to be connected and grounded, to be protected and to belong, to know who you are and where you fit in. The Bible contains the stories of the people of God when they lost all of that. People torn away from their land, torn up as a people,…
  • The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses: An Interview with Chris Bruno

    Jonathan Petersen
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:23 am
    Even though the Bible is the world’s bestselling book, it can be intimidating for new, as well as seasoned, readers to know where to begin reading it and how to best understand it. Dr. Chris Bruno (@chrisbruno1) has written The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses (Crossway, 2015) to help readers grasp the overarching story line of the Bible through concise key scriptures that serve as “turning points” in the Bible narrative, highlighting God’s sovereignty, glory, and grace throughout his Word. In the video above, Dr. Bruno discusses his book with Justin Taylor, senior…
  • Journey to Easter with Bible Gateway’s Lent Devotionals

    Andy Rau
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:21 am
    Lent is the 40-day part of the church liturgical calender leading to Easter, and millions of Christians around the world mark this season with prayer, Scripture reading, and acts of self-denial—all aimed at drawing closer to Christ by reflecting on the message of Easter. Every year, we put together a series of special email devotionals and reading plans during Lent, and this year is no exception. With Lent here, now’s the perfect time to visit our Newsletters page and sign up for one or more of these: Bible Gateway’s Lent Devotions: An eclectic mix of Scripture passages and…
 
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • Faith and Works, Plus a Bar Fight

    Caleb Smith
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    The Fight A Catholic bishop and a Presbyterian preacher walk into a bar. Seeing that they were both teachers of Scripture, they began talking theology over drinks. The discussion soon got heated when they got to the topic of justification by faith. Before anyone knew what had happened, both men lay dead on the floor, beaten and bruised. In an instant they found themselves before God. They were told by an angel to be patient while God prepares to declare their destinies. But they couldn’t control themselves and blurted out, “Who was right, Lord? Are we justified instantly by faith…
  • Why I Defend What I Don’t Believe

    Caleb Smith
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:05 pm
    If you read my blog, and even more so if you know me in real life, you’ve probably noticed that I tend to be unusually defensive about doctrines I don’t agree with and people I think are wrong. My recent post on Catholicism makes a decent example. Some might assume this is because I’m secretly leaning to my opponents’ ways or maybe I’m some kind of relativist who thinks everyone’s interpretations are equally valid. Neither of those ideas would be true. Instead, I simply am committed to clarity and charity. To get what I mean, follow the link below to a blog…
  • Why I’m Still An Evangelical Protestant

    Caleb Smith
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Before I get into the meat of this post, I’ll define my terms for any readers who don’t know exactly what Evangelical Protestant refers to. “Protestant” encompasses all churches descended from the Reformation, when Martin Luther and others concluded there was rampant intuitional and doctrinal corruption in the Catholic Church. They tried to reform it, but wound up breaking off into their own churches. Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, and most other non-Catholic churches fall under this label. While there’s a lot of diversity among Protestants,…
  • In Defense of My Catholic Brethren

    Caleb Smith
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Are Catholics Christians? To phrase it better, is Catholicism truly Christian, a thing which genuinely preaches and follows our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Do faithful, educated Catholics actually know Him? I do believe the answer is “yes.” I’ve wanted on some level to make a post on this for a very long time, but in all honesty fear has held me back, fear of how my evangelical Protestant friends, relatives, and other readers will react. I believe this was wrong of me, because if I am right that Catholics and Protestant are united as children born from the Father, then I…
  • The Hunger Games, Amos, and American Christianity

    Caleb Smith
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:15 pm
    If you have any idea what this post is about by the title, you deserve a prize. I doubt the connection between the items is at all obvious, unless maybe you’ve recently given them each good thought. But there is a connection, and one that concerns me. To put it as concisely as possible, the connection is “luxury and poverty.” The Hunger Games presents this theme quite prominently, and even a bit humorously. While most of the people in Panem live difficult, impoverished lives, working hard to just provide the basics for their families and avoid the government’s wrath,…
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  • Am I Too Comfortable in this Life?

    Sharon R Hoover
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:36 am
    When I am home, I auto-pilot my way through most daily tasks. Even driving. When I returned from the grocery store yesterday, I barely recalled the drive home. Scary stuff. My mind lapsed into replaying conversations from the day, then making dinner plans, then deciding what to include in a new book proposal. My body, … Continue reading Am I Too Comfortable in this Life? → The post Am I Too Comfortable in this Life? appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • One Thai Day at a Time

    Sharon R Hoover
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    I sit barefoot in a bamboo hut in rural Thailand. My sandals lay at the foot of the six-rung wooden ladder at the home’s entrance. Smoke wafts into this center space of the home as the family prepares dinner. The open fire pit glows off to the right in the kitchen area. Pots and pans … Continue reading One Thai Day at a Time → The post One Thai Day at a Time appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • 48 Hours and an Ocean Away

    Sharon R Hoover
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    I am literally on the other side of the planet from my home. In an amazing opportunity, I’ve joined a small team to come alongside the ministry of Farthest Corners in Thailand. We are here to host several biblical training seminars in rural villages. I am humbled to be a part of this team and … Continue reading 48 Hours and an Ocean Away → The post 48 Hours and an Ocean Away appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Our God is Able

    Sharon R Hoover
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    I am excited to be travelling to southeast asia today to serve with our mission partner, Farthest Corners. So, please welcome my friend and fellow writer, Debbie Harris,  with her beautiful offering of poetry as the new year begins. Our God is able! Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and … Continue reading Our God is Able → The post Our God is Able appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Endurance

    Sharon R Hoover
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:55 am
    For the past couple of years, I have choosen one word to be the year’s theme.  As the days proceed, my word reminds me of my desired focus. In a simple way, it acts like a compass setting to which I return when distractions overtake my intentions. Last year, my word was Courage. It was a bold … Continue reading Endurance → The post Endurance appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
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    Brad Andres

  • What Jesus Says About Premarital Sex in the Bible

    Brad Andres
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    Jesus taught something profound, something radical, and something so unfair that it made everyone’s head spin. He said that to lust was to commit adultery. For us, this means watching porn is cheating on your wife. If you haven’t read Men – You Don’t Wanna Do It (Pornography & Adultery), then you should consider doing that now before you continue reading. It leads to this article, but if you want to see one thing Jesus discusses in reference to premarital sex in the Bible, then read on! Just when people thought Jesus couldn’t get any more radical, he tosses a…
  • Tempted Yet Without Sin [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:55 am
    God, Sometimes I feel like I’m all alone. Sometimes I feel like you don’t understand. Like you don’t get what I’m going through. Sometimes I feel like you’re so far off. While I still trust that you care for me, that you love me, I just can’t help but feel abandoned in my moments of temptation. It’s like your presence, power, and strength seem to disappear when these temptations come to overtake me. But you didn’t leave me alone. You sent Jesus. And Jesus gets it. He went through the temptations. Some of which, I’ll never have to face. His…
  • Finding Purpose In A Lost World

    Brad Andres
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This is a guest post by David Pollard. David is the Discipleship and Communications Director of Ventura Baptist Church. He also regularly contributes to Gospel Ramblings, a blog by regular pastors and regular people who love Jesus’ church. “I firmly believe, and I don’t say this as a criticism, that life is meaningless. I’m not alone in thinking this — there have been many great minds far, far superior to mine, that have come to that conclusion. And unless somebody can come up with some proof or some example where it’s not, I think it is.” – Woody Allen Born in 1935, Woody…
  • What the Bleep Does the Bible Say About Profanity [Link]

    Brad Andres
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    What the Bleep Does the Bible Say About Profanity Relevant Magazine 08/22/2014 Intriguing read from the vice president of Eternity Bible College’s Boise extension. It probably doesn’t say what you think it will. But it also will probably challenge your thoughts about the language used throughout the Bible. Here’s one of the sections I like the most from the article: In some ways, it’s understandable that we don’t want to be using this type of language in church. But, on the other hand, the Gospel is offensive. Grace is scandalous. And that’s the real point. The…
  • Disney’s Frozen and God’s Story [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:55 am
    If you have been bit by the Frozen bug, you should enjoy this infographic from churchm.ag. If you’ve come down with Frozen fever, you’ll enjoy this devotional taking the movie and its appliactions to God’s story a little more in depth. Sharing God’s Story with Disney’s Frozen eBook Yes – I like frozen. My little girl watches it all the time. Occasionally I sing with Carlie in the car to the soundtrack…
 
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • Schizophrenic Eschatology

    Steve Bremner
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    If you believed it would be 500 years before Jesus returned instead of that He may return any minute, would that affect the way you live your day-to-day life? I know for many reading this the answer would be no. But unfortunately I know many more believers for whom it would make a world of difference. [Tweet "If Jesus took 500 years to return, how would that knowledge affect your day-to-day life?"] I was thinking about a comment I read by someone on one of my Facebook pages recently [Continue reading...]
  • Do New Testament prophets need to be 100% correct?

    Steve Bremner
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:17 am
    This week we have a cross-generational chat with our friend who goes by the name Nor'west or Northwest Prophetic on social media. On this week's show you’ll enjoy learning about a man who’s pastored several times in the past and has an interesting calling and perspective on the Northwest region of the United States. Topics we started off with today today: The ‘dones’, are many of them gravitating towards house churches because they’re rebelling against institution or unable [Continue reading...]
  • Let Your Disciples Outpace You

    Steve Bremner
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:39 pm
    This past weekend my disciple Raul came over to our apartment, urgently wanting to talk to Lili and me after having just got back within the last hour from a 10 day trip into the jungles of Pucallpa. When I got the call I leaned over to my wife and said "please God don't let something bad have happened in the jungle..." due to the last time someone urgently wanted to talk to me after going on a trip and it was extremely bad news. We sat down at our dining room table, put some Baby Einstein [Continue reading...]
  • Fifty Shades of Grey Matter | Podcast

    Steve Bremner
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    This week I Skyped it up with Dave Edwards for the latest episode of Fire On Your Head. We began our conversation with absolutely nothing planned, and it turned out to be a longer discussion than normal. Whether that's a good thing or not, we'll let you be the judge. We begin with asking Dave about what’s new with him, and prophetic expectation for 2015. He tells us the key to revival is not “waiting for a surprise”, but positioning ourselves to be ready and “going for it”. I gave [Continue reading...]
  • Do You “Misremember” Stories You Share?

    Steve Bremner
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:39 am
    I posted a blog a few weeks ago called "Do you know what your missionaries are actually doing?", and though it didn't exactly go viral or anything, I can't help but think this whole situation with NBC news anchorman Brian Williams is like icing on the cake for some of the points I brought up in that article. For those who don't use social media and haven't seen any news or memes about it, he "misremembered" not actually having been on a helicopter in Iraq that was shot at (or as we call this [Continue reading...]
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  • Mar 4, Pray for me to make peace with myself and my doings.

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Dear St. Jude, My mother has prayed for you all her life and now I pray to you. I am generally a good person, but I have recently realized that I am selfish
  • Mar 4, Love of My Life

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Oh Holy Saint Jude, please help me in this great need. I really want to have my own family in the near future. Have a good husband and 2 children. I always
  • Mar 4, Reconciliation of marriage

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,I open up my heart to you ,oh Lord, in hope that you will hear my prayer and create a reconciliation between my husband
  • Mar 4, Please pray for my strength to go on..

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:29 pm
    please lord help me to keep the faith and strength to continue on in my life. I have done something unforgivable and need prayers for my family too. Just
  • Mar 4, a prayer to save my relationship

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Dear Lord The alpha and omega. I come to you my lord in tears and heartache, my relationship is on the rocks heavenly father I pray in your son's name
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  • Christian crash course for surviving the modern university

    Tendai Chitsike
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    A monthly column that reflects on living in the Kingdom of God. It is no secret that scores of young Christians abandon the faith in their teens and twenties. In particular, the university campus is a key battleground where some young Christians turn their back on the faith. As a former student and having being involved in a ministry that reaches students, I have witnessed this painful reality for the past 18 years. I have often wished I could meet with these young people before they get to varsity and give them a survival crash course. Here’s what I would teach:  History 101 A brief…
  • Meshoe meets WC Mighty Men marketers

    admin
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    ACDP President Dr Kenneth Meshoe (standing, centre) with Mighty Men Conference Western Cape marketing representatives (from left), Pastor Arthur Hansby, Ina Murion and Dmitri Murray. The Mighty Men Conference Western Cape (MMCWC)  marketing representatives, Ina Murison, Dmitri Murray and Pastor Arthur Hansby, met with African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) President Dr Kennith Meshoe on February 24, 2015, reports Murison. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the MMC WC’s mission to encourage men of the Western Cape and beyond to “…go up to the mountain of the LORD,…
  • Wet weather did not dampen spirit of Durban prayer walkers

    admin
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Resolute prayer walkers on the Sunkist Beach lawn area at the start and finishing point of last Saturday’s event. “What a mighty God we serve. The Durban prayer walk was a massive success with great support and wonderful testimonies. God was glorified and His Holy Spirit was evident,” says Dias Isaac, of Prevailing Women which hosted the event last Saturday (February 28, 2015). The day was grey and rainy, but this did not stop the people who had come out to bring the city and its problems before God. At the halfway point in the 5km prayer walk the rain was coming down quite hard,…
  • Parliament seeks more time on sexual offences law

    admin
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    Justice Alliance of South Africa Director, John Smyth. With more than 400 submissions on the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act to weigh up, the chief justice and Correctional Services parliamentary portfolio committee said yesterday it will be asking the Constitutional Court for an extension of time, reports The Citizen. In October 2013 – in what has become known as the Teddy Bear case – the Constitutional Court declared certain sections of the Act “constitutionally invalid to the extent that they criminalise consensual sexual conduct between children”.
  • In defence of the family

    admin
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    As a result of live events on Faith Broadcasting Network, the “Watchmen on the Wall” feature on the chaotic Opening of Parliament will be broadcast on Sun 8 March at 7pm & Tues 10 March at 8pm. Following the disturbing events that unfolded at Parliament on 12 Feb, I feel led by the Holy Spirit to encourage the Body of Christ in South Africa to unite in prayer and intercession for the nation. In consultation with various Church leaders, we have set 7 hours aside on Saturday 21 March (Human Rights Day) from 10am–5pm for believers to pray & intercede in unity for SA. See video…
 
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  • What I’m learning as I pray my reckless prayer for 2015

    Wendy van Eyck
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19 (MSG)I started the year with a reckless prayer, “Lord, disturb me.”A few weeks ago, I wrote that God hasn't disturbed my life but that is not true. He bought Oliver into it. When Oliver arrived at 8 weeks old we opened our lives to all the mess, chaos and love that a…
  • When you're wondering what Jesus sees in you (or when you feel unfinished)

    Wendy van Eyck
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who comes from God and dwells inside of you? You do not own yourself. You have been purchased at a great price, so use your body to bring glory to God! 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (VOICE)On Saturday we moved into our unfinished house. The bedroom is finished but the rest of it still has a lot of little things that need to be done. And then there is one big thing still undone: our kitchen. The builder has been scrambling his men for the last few days trying to finish everything up but these things never run on the…
  • How I control my thoughts (& a free printable so you can do it too)

    Wendy van Eyck
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 (KJV)I struggle with my thoughts.My mind has a tendency to run after its own things, to dwell on what isn't helpful for me.Sometimes these thoughts take the form of fears. Sometimes these thoughts take the shape of lies.Sometimes these thoughts take the shape of TV shows I probably shouldn't have…
  • Two things to remember when you're anxious about changes in your life

    Wendy van Eyck
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:30 pm
     For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself. Hebrews 13:8 (MSG)There has been a lot of change in my life recently: we’ve moved house, got a puppy, changed the times I work, added clients.My husband and I have been living in between, in the tension between the now and the not-yet. We have been living with my parents while we wait for our new house, in a new city to be renovated. In the midst of all this shift I’ve been thinking about one verse in Hebrews: For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always…
  • Is it okay to ask God for the moon?

    Wendy van Eyck
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:28 pm
    God spoke again to Ahaz. This time he said, “Ask for a sign from your God. Ask anything. Be extravagant. Ask for the moon!” Isaiah 7:10-11 (MSG)This verse was written in the colours of a rainbow on my sister-in-law’s kitchen wall:Scrawled onto the blackboard this verse caught my imagination: Ask for a sign from your God. Ask anything. Be extravagant. Ask for the moon! tweet this)I thought of all the times I’ve asked God for the moon but have been disappointed when I haven’t received it gift wrapped as the sun rises. I prayed that Xylon wouldn’t have cancer. I…
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  • “I Give You My Word.”

    Sandy Baggs
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    John 1:1-2: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God… John 1:14 14…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. What do you suppose John is saying here? What is the “Word?” Why does the word “Word” start with a capital letter? Well, John 1:2 says that “He was in the beginning with God.” So, the Word is a “He.” This “He,” as v.1 says “was with…
  • I surrender all

    Sarah Galloway
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    I often get frustrated at my own humanness. Altho I never expect perfection from anyone else, I seldom tolerate anything short of that from myself. Perhaps one of the worst double standards there is.. Not a good fit since I seem to have a knack of profoundly screwing things up. It’s been one such a day when it seems like if there was something that could go wrong then it went wrong. And if it looked promising I managed to muck it up. It’s one of those half a pan of brownies and ugly cry kinda days. But I’ve finally decided that I am done. I am weary and tired of trying to make things…
  • Love Well

    Charles Crutcher
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Recently, I was at a Men’s Conference. The opening speaker spoke about the Bible, what it meant to him, and how it changed his life. I was very impressed with his knowledge of scripture, but as my eyes started to wander down the pages of John 15, part of the words leaped out to me from the pages. You see, recently I’ve been asking God many questions for the direction of my life. I don’t always have everything sorted out nor do I understand where God is taking me. But there are times when I know he’s calling me to move, just like he told Abraham to go but didn’t…
  • Let Me Show You The Ropes

    Steve Becker
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    Years ago I was introduced to the challenge course style of training and team building.  I worked for a consulting company where every newly hired person had to attend a welcome training and onboarding experience that included both high and low challenge course activities along with the normal company orientation meetings. One of the many activities was accurately called the “leap of faith”.  This is where you climb a telephone pole that has pegs on each side and no platform at the top, you stand on top of it, count to 20 and then leap forward to grab a brass ring and you are…
  • The Waiting is the Hardest Part

    Charles Crutcher
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    On a recent trip, my wife and I waited in the terminal with a flight delay. Both of us were rested and refreshed, but ready to go home to see our son Aidan. Then the overhead speaker’s announcement would put everyone on the flight in a cranky disposition.   How much of our life do we spend on waiting?   I’m not a patient person. God has been working on me.   The thing I love about God is He intentionally guides people into failure.-Bob Goff   I am not a fan of traffic, long lines, Wal-Mart where all the kids go to cry, congested areas, places where there are a…
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  • 6 Deadly Love Mufflers.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    Love is the most important ingredient for a blissful home because God is love (1 John 4:8). Where love is, God is, and where God is, failure is out of sight.  Any home where love is lacking becomes a... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • I Am Free!

    Ugochi Jolomi
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    I have been there and done that. I did all the bad I could muster courage to, ran with girls older than me and did unthinkable things that I get so ashamed of when I remember. In the past you were... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • The Blame Game.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
      I feel so honoured that Beth (a sweet bloggy friend/mentor) asked me to share on marriage at her blog MESSY MARRIAGE. Beth is someone I respect a lot, if you read her articles you would... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Life With The Three Pigs.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:02 pm
    I want to share this story I read as a little girl, then I will share with you what I have realized as a grown up lady. Read on even if you know the story, just to refresh your mind. Once upon a time... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Unvoiced Apologies.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    16 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Sometimes when someone is hurt by their spouse an apology is expected, voiced that is. But I have learnt over the years that some do not like to say the words, “I am sorry.” It beats me to try to... Please click on title to READ ALL.
 
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    Happy Easter 2015, Easter Wishes Messages

  • Happy Easter Wallpapers 2015 - Easter HD Wallpapers

    Deljo Joseph
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Here is some glorious happy easter wallpapers of Jesus, related with Easter.These HD Easter wallpapers are here with out loosing the essence of spirituality.  I hope sharing these pictures will bring you divine caring. For sure the wallpapers will be attractive in your facebook too.  Rather than just words, these kind of clean pictures will curve more impression on the viewer.You might love: Funny Easter Pictures 2015Happy Easter HD Wallpapers, Free Easter Wallpapers, Blessed Easter Wallpaper 2015Easter Tomb Wallpapers, Empty Easter Tomb WallpaperHappy Easter Cross…
  • Happy Easter Messages 2015, Easter Text Messages Wishes

    Deljo Joseph
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    Happy Easter Messages - Easter Wishes MessagesSkip to: Easter Bunny Wallpapers 2015 | Easter Egg Photos 2015Easter, the day of glory which reminds the resurrection of Christ is also a day of refreshing relations.  It is a good opportunity to talk to someone you haven't contact for long, or with some relatives or friends who are away. Similarly it is a good reason to begin a relationship with somebody you really wish to.  Yah, that is what I mean.  Even after the appearance of Facebook, Twitter or Whatsapp, SMS /…
  • Funny Easter Pictures, Easter Funny Pics 2015

    Deljo Joseph
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:22 am
    Yes, here I have gathered some Easter funny pics for you.These are all just for fun, I think this will be good for sharing in Facebook and Whatsapp.  What you can see here is natural rare collection of funny Easter pictures.See the Easter bunny is in a hurry for the Easter is getting closer:Easter bunny is our Easter Buddy who greets you Easter wishes for the first time, so,On behalf of Easter Bunny, I too am greeting all the best thoughts and wishes of Easter to you, Yes especially for you You.Population is increasing every day all around the world, so, somebody has reserved so many…
  • Easter Recipes 2015, Easter Dishes

    Deljo Joseph
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    Without special drinks (Cool and Hot) and food, Easter is incomplete.The presence of deliciousness is a real decoration for Easter. Invite your friends, relatives, girl friend, boy friend or teachers, to home, and serving them some Easter dishes is going to be great. Being good in preparing dishes & drinks is a real honor, whether you are a girl or boy.Skip to: Making Easter EggsJust imagine you inviting someone special, or your friends, to home these days. If you could prepare something in a simple way, but interesting like, you have never done before. It will be awesome. Me by adding…
  • Easter Bunny Pictures 2015 Collection HD Free Download

    Deljo Joseph
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:43 am
    Easter Bunny Pictures - Easter Bunny HD Pics CollectionSkip to: Easter Cards 2015Hey friend, here I’m providing you the best pictures of Easter bunny, I’m sure that you won’t get it so easily even you go to somewhere around web. Well I’m not adding text on the picture because, you may use that picture for various acts like, using it for projects, print and past in your walls, sharing in facebook, sending to friends, send on whatsapp, and many other works depends on your creativity. I am sure that these will be perfect for your desktop background.Skip to:  Funny Easter Pictures…
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  • Western Pride and Prejudice

    Elaine
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sin Destroys Peace...InternationallyChrist-follower.Trendy Clothes. English-speaking.American.All of these words can be used to describe parts of who I am, amongst many others. What came to your mind with each of these words?  What did you imagine me to be like? What did you assume about me?Let’s try another set of words…Communist.Business suit.Chinese-speaking.Asian.Or another?Muslim.Covered face.Arabic-speaking.Middle-Eastern.What assumptions did you make with these identifiers?  What words or pictures came to your mind?  What you assume about a person with…
  • What about ME?

    Erin D
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sin Destroys Peace With...OthersI was seething with anger. How could this person be so selfish? With much emotion, I told God exactly how I was feeling. Alone. Affronted. Disregarded. Hurt. With the bitter taste of tears in my throat, I croaked the word again: Selfish. The situation felt so unfair! With my next shaky breath came a question that exposed something about my own heart: “God, what about ME??” (I sensed His gentle answer as another question: Are you sure there’s only one selfish person here?)In God’s gentle question back to me, He stopped me in my flailing,…
  • Stressed Out?

    Jenn
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sin Destroys Peace With...Ourselves.I have never felt so understood when I read this post a few months back, where a mom recorded 5 minutes of her thoughts.  It's funny at first (because many of us can relate), but the reality is this mentality is not what God desires for us.  It's not how it's supposed to be—we should have peace! “Our minds are in constant turmoil whenour hearts are not at peace with God.” I wonder what it would have looked like to be a woman in the Garden of Eden before the Fall. I imagine Eve's thoughts were lovely, her intentions were…
  • Of Sin and Dirty Shorts

    Joy
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sin destroys peace with… GodWhen my nephew Noah was little, he loved his basketball shorts. Whenever his mom would put them in the laundry basket, he would sneak upstairs, put them on, and hide. When my sister would call out, “Noah, where are you?” he would reply, “I don’t know!” He knew he was not supposed to be wearing his dirty shorts, and even though his hiding tactics were not the most advanced, he wanted to avoid his mom so he would not have to take them off.Sounds a bit like me. When I know I have sinned, I often want to avoid God, especially if I want to keep on doing…
  • The Lies of Sin

    Megan
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    I hate Satan. He’s the absolute worst. Genesis 3:1 tells us that he is more crafty, cunning (in the negative sense), prudent, and evil than any other beast in all the land. He can rob us of our freedom, hope, and trust found in Christ…if we let him. Satan takes the cake in the game of manipulation and deceit.Let's take another look at what he did in the Garden. We find the account of The Fall in Genesis 2:15-3:2. It all began by God telling Adam that he could eat from EVERY tree in the perfect and harmonious garden, except from one tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.But…
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  • Just Like Me!

    Michael Thompson
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:57 am
    The only thing better than a new baby around the house is… TWO! That pleasure is amplified when they are grand-babies! That is the happy predicament in which my wife and I find ourselves. Two new grandbabies invading our lives only a few months apart and each planting their own flag of conquest in our hearts. We feel a bit sorry for our Facebook friends. A few days ago, as much of our “gang” came home to visit their elderly Granny, these two little cousins–just now old enough to be aware–discovered each other. Isabella, meet Silas. Silas, Isabella. Lying on the…
  • The Last Note

    Michael Thompson
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Music boxes. Intricate musical contraptions that you wind up to enjoy their tunes while they disappointingly wind to a stop. I grew up hearing them because they were one of Mom’s favorite things. She had some that looked like decorative art and others that only came out on their appropriate holiday. An especially elaborate one actually required metal discs to play various tunes while tiny skaters danced on a picturesque frozen pond. As a kid it was fascinating to watch the cylinders move while tiny pins plucked the lamellae (tuned teeth) of what is called the “steel…
  • Hidden Beauty

    Michael Thompson
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Sticks. That’s really all they were. Whether unused lumber from a construction site or broken branches from a tree, they were discarded scraps of wood deemed unfit for use. Nothing but waste. Refuse. Junk. Fuel to be thrown in the fire. That’s what most people thought. But not Luther. He would pick up an old piece of wood and see what no one else could. A bird with intricate feathers in magnificent blue hues. A bright red cardinal with startling black eyes. A family of owls peeping out from their secret nests in the knots of an old tree. An old grey mule lazily grazing on…
  • The Re- asons I Do Lent

    Michael Thompson
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    I grew up in a “low-church” world. We sang gospel music out of “camp-meeting” songbooks, had “testimony” services, “prayed through” at the altar and didn’t mind a bit of jitterbuggin’ for Jesus. So clearly, I never celebrated Lent. Truth be told, I didn’t even know what it was until I was in seminary. Church calendars were high-brow stuff for the hoity-toity, liturgy-lovin’, hymn-singin’, robe-wearin’ types. You get the picture. Spiritual arrogance in its Sunday best. It was later in life as I became…
  • Circle Of Quiet…Clamor of Evil

    Michael Thompson
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:43 am
    Andrew. Opal. Charlie. Ivan. Jeanne. Francis. Dennis. Wilma. Just ordinary names…until you attach them to Hurricanes.  I’ve lived through all 8 of these in my 30 years as a Floridian. But 2004 was a banner year! Charlie, Ivan and Jeanne all visited within six weeks of each other. It was like the family reunion from Hell! There is a phenomenon in each of these storms that you cannot really appreciate or understand until you experience it. The eye of the storm. It is that time when at the peak of the violence and velocity of the hurricane–at its epicenter–there is an…
 
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    EternalAnswers

  • 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 make assumptions based off of the nature of God when we have passages that support that assumption. 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 (that he does things that his…
  • Is Christianity about being really good?

    Joshua M. Spaulding
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    Many unbelievers (and sadly some self-proclaimed Christians) in the world today believe that Christianity is all about being really good as the means of gaining God’s favor. Nothing could be further from the truth. Referring to the 14th Psalm, the apostle Paul said in Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one…” Furthermore, the prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”…
  • Which Bible Translation is Best?

    Joshua M. Spaulding
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    There are many different English Bible translations available today. The following translations are only a few of the total translations available in the English language: King James Version (KJV) New King James Versions (NKJV) New International Version (NIV) English Standard Version (ESV) New American Standard (NAS) Holman Christian Standard (HCSB) The Message (MSG) New American Standard (NASB) New Living Translation (NLT) With so many versions to choose from, many people ask “Which Bible translation is best?” The first thing that must be understood is that the different…
  • Who did Cain and Abel Marry? Where did Cain get his Wife?

    Joshua M. Spaulding
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    We know that Adam and Eve were the first people, so who did Cain and Abel marry in order to multiply the human race? Cain married a relative, just as, really, each person today marries one of his or her relatives. Genesis 4:16-17 “And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.” Since we all have common ancestors (Adam and Eve) we are all one big family. So who was the wife of Cain?
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    Griffin Paul Jackson

  • You can’t fix it

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    It must be one of the worst feelings in the world to watch from the street as a building burns, or to watch from the shore as a ship sinks. You think, If only I could throw enough water on it. Or, If only I could swim fast enough. But no fire extinguisher or life raft you have will do the job. The same is true in other parts of life. There are some habits you just can’t break on your own. There are some relationships you just can’t save. At least not now. At least not in this way. It’s a terrible feeling. All this helplessness. You might respond by overthinking or people-pleasing or…
  • The Church stays relevant not by CONFORMING, but by REFORMING

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Rob Bell was only pointing out what so many think is obvious in remarks that have caused Christians of all stripes to hurry to their ramparts. He offered his opinion on the Church’s “inevitable” about face on homosexuality. Then he said something about the Church getting more irrelevant if it keeps quoting letters written 2,000 years ago. Lots could be said (and has been said) in response. The thing that got me thinking the most, however, isn’t what he says about homosexuality or the Bible; it’s the word relevance. At first we may be tempted to say the Church…
  • Leave the ashes on

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    There’s still ash on the back of my hand. The sign of the cross smells like campfire. For some reason it feels weird that Ash Wednesday reminds me of hotdogs and marshmallows and Tonka pies. Less weird that it reminds me of kids singing praise songs around a bonfire at summer camp in Michigan. It’s a very visible sign, ashes. But it’s doing something to the other senses too. Feels chalky. Looks birch-y. Smells ashy. Tastes — — no, not really. Religion is a sensory experience as much as it is a spiritual one. Bread and wine and church chairs. Singing and trembling…
  • Ash Fall: The heat of Ash Wednesday

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Ashes mean the end of something. A house burned down, a body cremated, a book torched, a fire dying low. Ashes come out of the flame, and flame means destruction. Destruction like a wooden city scorched and left in a heap of blackened beams. But also purification, like young forests rebirthed in once-charred woodlands. When volcanoes explode in earth-quaking eruptions, dripping lava and belching clouds of smoke, they drop a scalding blanket of ash wherever the wind blows. Volcanic ash is made of pulverized rock, fiery mineral crumbs superheated in the oven of the under-earth. Magma, gas, and…
  • ‘The seed of the Church’

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Lifeless there, orange jumpsuited, sill warm with the boldness of dying well. Young men who went from desert to westward desert, from the very land where Christ himself was once a boy and a refugee. They look the same as every young man you have ever known. And kneeling on the low gray sand of the Mediterranean shore, captured and murdered, and then in their final breath set free to kneel again, this time proudly, joyfully on the high crystal sand of one Eternal Shore. Today, the Father counts them worthy by the blood of the Lamb, for the Lord too was led like a sheep to the slaughter… and…
 
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    Faith Travel Focus

  • What To Do When You Lose Your Passport

    Jessica Kane
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
    Losing your passport is one of the most stressful situations a traveler can experience, especially if you're in a foreign country. What do you do? The post What To Do When You Lose Your Passport appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • The Magna Carta, England’s Greatest Export, Celebrates 800 Years

    Ruth Hill
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:49 am
    The Magna Carta may be the most important export that ever left Britain. 2015 marks 800 years since the charter launched democratic ideas the world over. The post The Magna Carta, England’s Greatest Export, Celebrates 800 Years appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Don’t Miss the Czech Countryside!

    Ruth Hill
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Czech outside Prague is scenic and even more affordable than the city. Along your way, there are a collection of unique historic and sacred sites to contemplate. The post Don’t Miss the Czech Countryside! appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Prague, the Affordable, Ancient Sophisticate

    Ruth Hill
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Prague panorama surrounding our river barge pulled me rapidly into another century, place and time. The Prague Castle, Tyn Church, and other unique landmarks. The post Prague, the Affordable, Ancient Sophisticate appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Germany Counts Down to Luther 500

    Ruth Hill
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    Martin Luther struck the match historians say lit the fires of the global cultural earthquake called The Protestant Reformation. 2017 marks 500 years since that moment. The post Germany Counts Down to Luther 500 appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
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    Sermon Notes by Silas

  • Learning Discipline from the Soldier, the Athlete and the Farmer

    Silas Eke
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Reading: Second Timothy 2:1-19There was a time when the then Nigerian Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo,  made so much call for discipline that it became a house-hold word. Many people tried to refer to their Dictionaries to find out if the word had acquired a new meaning. I did too!. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary says among other things: System of rules for conduct; control exercised over members of Church; chastisement (Ecclesiastical); mortification by penance; (were Paul to define discipline I feel convinced that he would have taken this last one for his…
  • Can two walk together?

    Silas Eke
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Can two walk together except they agree? Let us look at eight things that characterize those who walk with God.1. One who is ready to obey Him and be identified with Him as we find in the case of Daniel and the three Hebrew Children. Read John 14:21; 15:7. We need to be ready to obey(a)in doing His commandments(b)in giving Him control of your life(c)in bearing fruit – by which the Father is glorified(d)in loving one another(e)in not hiding your talents and putting them to work2. One who is ready to be the servant of all – showing humility in word, action and thought. Following…
  • A Date with my Mom

    Silas Eke
    7 Feb 2015 | 6:18 pm
    After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie.She said "I love you but I know this other woman loves you too and would love to spend some time with you".The other woman that my wife wanted me to take out was my MOTHER who has been a widow for 19 years. The demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie.'What's wrong, are you well,' she asked?My mother is the type of  woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise…
  • The Priority of Faithfulness

    Silas Eke
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    First Corinthians 4:1-5: “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will…
  • Elect, Pilgrims and Saints

    Silas Eke
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Reading: First Peter 1:1-12The Church in Asia Minor was undergoing persecution, especially under Nero.  The terrible persecution of Christians led to some turning back on or at least question their faith. It was at this time that the great Apostle Peter wrote a letter to the believers. It was a source of great encouragement. You can imagine their excitement when the letter got to them:“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the…
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    Your Bible Quotes

  • The Bible is a Love Story

    Robert
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    The Bible is a Love Story The Bible is a love story of God’s love for creation.  “In the beginning, He created…and He saw it was good.”  Genesis But He loved the frailest of all creatures the most, as you would love the weaker child more.  Compassion for weakness makes love stronger; the bravery of […] The post The Bible is a Love Story appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • The Bible Is Alive and Here Is Proof

    Robert
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The Bible is Alive The Word of God is alive and powerful, able to change, comfort, bless, encourage, teach, rebuke, convict, calm, and speak to every person who looks into its pages with an open mind, a willing spirit, and a sincere desire to know, learn, grow, and be changed into the image of God, […] The post The Bible Is Alive and Here Is Proof appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • The Great Heroes From The Bible

    Robert
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:08 am
    Heroes From The Bible The great heroes from the Bible – Moses, Abraham, Jacob (Israel), David, Gideon, Elijah, and more than space and time allows to mention – how they inspire us to want to do great things for God.  What great faith they had, and how we need faith like that now to inspire and […] The post The Great Heroes From The Bible appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • The Bible is a Living Document

    Robert
    13 Feb 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Bible is a Living Document The Bible is a living document, able to guide, instruct, comfort, and console.  It gives strength to the weak, hope for the hopeless, freedom to the captives, and eternal life to a dead man. Many have tried to silence the Word of God, but despite burnings, bans, and laws […] The post The Bible is a Living Document appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • Bible Interpretation and Commentaries

    Robert
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Bible Interpretation and Commentaries Be careful how much stock you put in so-called proof of Bible interpretation and commentaries. The Bible itself is true, as written by holy men of God as God moved on their hearts to write. The Bible is a measuring rod; compare all other sources to the infallible Word of God. […] The post Bible Interpretation and Commentaries appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
 
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • What If Walt Disney Listened To His Doubters?

    Get Better Today
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Walt Disney World is widely known as greatest place on earth.  But ask yourself this… What if Walt Disney, the founder of the popular amusement park, had listened to his doubters? Let’s be thankful he didn’t. The post What If Walt Disney Listened To His Doubters? appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • 5’7″ Kid Spends 6 Months Trying To Dunk And Finally Does It!

    Get Better Today
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Have you ever dreamed about dunking a basketball? If so, we have great news!  According to a 5’7″ kid named Malte, you may be able to dunk if you’re willing to put in the hard work. Through a 6-month time period, he filmed his dunk attempts and you can see the progress. Disclaimer:  We don’t think following his plan will guarantee you can dunk.  Part of it is God-given ability.  Did Malte work hard and achieve his goal?  Yes and it worked. But I can train all day and never run the 100-meter dash in the Olympics. It’s still an awesome video and inspiring…
  • Dean Smith Quotes About Life, Leadership & Basketball

    Get Better Today
    8 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Dean Smith Quotes   “If you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.”   (Click To Tweet)   “I always mean what I say, but I don’t always say what I’m thinking.”   (Click To Tweet)   “Basketball is a team game. But that doesn’t mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.”   (Click To Tweet)   The best leaders in any profession care about the people they lead, and the people who are being led know when the caring is…
  • I’m Tired Of Underestimating God

    Michael Fear
    7 Feb 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Can I tell you a secret? But before I tell you, you have to promise to share it with someone else. Let me repeat… I think you should share my secret with everyone you know. Ready to hear it? Ok… I underestimate God. And I think you do too.   This past week… I was driving home from work and thanking God for His goodness. In other words, I’m always a grateful, content, mighty prayer warrior. Just kidding. I’m not even close. In all actuality, my prayer went something like this… “Thank You for everything You’ve done for me.  You have been…
  • All Youth Sports Leagues Should Have This Sign Posted

    Get Better Today
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:21 pm
    The post All Youth Sports Leagues Should Have This Sign Posted appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • I found 1,000 Calories a Day that I Wasn’t Tracking

    Julie Wilson
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    I was kind of hesitant to share this with anyone. I decided it would be more beneficial in helping someone else on their own journey, than to just keep it to myself. If I was doing this after losing a significant amount of weight, working with Retro Fit Ministries ,and being best friends with a personal trainer; then others have to be doing the same thing.   Frustration on the Scale I have been so frustrated with my health journey the past few months. I know I have posted since my marathon that I was starting over a few times. I have done so well with my water intake, consistent workouts…
  • Change Your Thinking

    Matt Hylton
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    This journey is a process. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Do not expect to have everything figured out in one week or one month. Heck, it’s been 3 years for me and I realize the more I think I know, the more I don’t know. I have devoted myself to this life and health journey, and I constantly evaluate what works and doesn’t work for me. These past few years my nutrition, exercise, and knowledge has changed as I hit goals or plateaus.  It has morphed me into what I am today. Get Rid Of Stinking Thinking For years I never cared about my health or body. It didn’t…
  • Cauliflower Pizza Crust

    Austin Andrews
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:28 am
    Below is a recipe my family enjoyed a few nights ago. We got it from the Detoxinista.com, and could not be more excited with how it turned out! Now, while the rest of my family decided to be classic in their approach to the pizza sauce sauce I went a little bit crazy. Deliciously crazy! I used Classic Wholly Guacamole as the sauce on my pizza, and it was stunning! I enjoyed every bite, every taste! Oh and, yes, the picture above is the pizza I had. The pepperoni and sausage is turkey based and quite tasty! More healthy than their classic counterparts! Below is the recipe as we used it, as…
  • Sweet Potato Chips Recipe

    Austin Andrews
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    I have been enjoying my tastebuds recently. I have been getting into spicy foods and enjoying it! Thoroughly! I have using tapatio, spicing my foods differently and coming up with spicy recipes to enjoy in the kitchen! Here is one of the recipes that i have been LOVING recently! Ingredients 3/4 pound sweet potatoes 1.5 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper Powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin Wholly Guac Ranch Mini Method Preheat oven to 425°. Cut 3/4 pound sweet potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick slices; set aside. I use a Food Processor because it make the slices…
  • 5 Tips to get Walking at Work!

    Austin Andrews
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:07 am
    So, you want to ditch your seat? Convinced that it’s time to stand up and move more during work? Here are 5 ways to make that shift in your life happen! Walk your Meetings. Make the decision to get your meetings moving with a walk! It is a great way to improve the memory retention, creativity, and other aspects of the meeting. Before you set off on your first walking meeting, build your routes and identify options of varying lengths and direction. You’ll want walking routes that are safe, not too busy or noisy, and easily accessed from the office without an additional commute. Walk by…
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    United Faith Church

  • Fruit of the Gospel

    Kris Burke
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Colossians 1:6 In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. UFC, Paul and the Apostles worked diligently in the gospel and got to see just the beginnings of the fruit of their labor. They were witnesses to the gospel beginning to spread and multiply throughout the land. Even today, we have had the opportunity to hear this gospel because of the seeds that Paul laid during this time long ago. Today, we need to ask ourselves how we are seeing the fruit of…
  • Confidence

    Kris Burke
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    Galatians 1:3-5 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. UFC, In our reading last week, I was struck by the opening lines that Paul wrote to the church in Galatia. Many theologians believe this letter to be the first letter that Paul wrote. He opens by saying, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. To me it sounds as Paul was speaking on behalf of Jesus Christ. Paul knew…
  • Praise the Lord

    Kris Burke
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Psalm 150 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. UFC, We are in a season of praise with God. As you are at work, at home, in the supermarket or at school continually lift up praises to our King! Never let…
  • Crops

    Kris Burke
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    Hebrews 6:7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. UFC, This verse is speaking about us, we are the land and the Spirit of God is the rain. We have been so blessed in the church; we have been constant recipients of the presence of God in our midst. With all that God has rained down on us what are we producing? Are we producing good things like love, peace, joy or self control? Or does our fruit look like the fruit of the world? In Hebrews, Jesus says that He calls us brothers and sisters and…
  • Strength

    Kris Burke
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Psalm 84:5-7 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion. UFC, This verse really stood out to me this week. In looking into it I found that the Valley of Baca was also known as the Valley of Weeping. It was known as this because of how barren and desolate it was, there was no water to be found there. So when reading this verse it makes sense. Blessed is the man who puts their strength in…
 
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    brian niece | sacramental living

  • The Prayer of Examen

    Brian Niece
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    The Prayer of Examen was formally introduced by St. Ignatius of Loyola in the 1500s. ex·a·men (iɡˈzāmən) noun “a formal examination of the soul or conscience” Last week in my faith community, we practiced a version of this prayer. It is a simple but very effective daily practice that can be used focus on God’s presence in our lives. Become More Aware of God’s Presence The prayer of examen is a review of the last 24 hours. So if you engage in this exercise at night, you are essentially reviewing the day. As you move through the prayer, you are meditating on the…
  • Living Like God’s Kingdom Is Here Now

    Brian Niece
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    What if we lived like the God’s kingdom was already breaking into this world? I’ve spent the last few weeks exploring the details of The Lord’s Prayer. Imagine if we actually lived like our prayer “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” were already being answered in a multitude of ways? via // http://stevehackman.net God’s Kingdom Is Like … Jesus tells a story in the first part of Matthew 25 that illustrates what God’s kingdom is like: “Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast…
  • Toward Unity :: A Follow-Up

    Brian Niece
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    This is a follow up to my recent post “Not About People :: A Brief Theology of Worship.” It speaks more toward unity than worship. via // http://fanpop.com Opening Statements I’m a communicator. I’m a pastor, preacher, and writer. I value the gifts of communication God has granted me. I’m also a prophet. I’m a renovator, changer, and agitator. I do not take lightly this role God has given me. What humbles me most is when my communication is not clear, and, at the same time, my prophetic voice has unnecessarily hurt people. So with my last post regarding…
  • Not About People :: A Brief Theology of Worship

    Brian Niece
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    I’m so fatigued from the focus of worship for so many US American churches. So I thought I’d weigh in on the point of worship. This will yield a brief theology of worship. via // http://theocentric.com Stop Seeking Seekers Here in 2015 we are still suffering from the “seeker-sensitive” model of worship that renovated church worship several decades ago. We began to focus on which people we wanted our worship to appeal to, instead of directing our worship to God. It’s not the first time we’ve done this. Our cyclical history of losing our focus in worship…
  • A Story of Hope

    Brian Niece
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    The purpose of any good story is to show us where we fit into it.  In many stories we find ourselves as the main character.  But the story of hope at Advent shows us we are not the center.  And it is in that displacement that we have immeasurable hope. via // http://favim.com/orig/ No matter how many times I’ve celebrated and observed the season of Advent, I never tire of it.  Advent reminds me that hope is a gift; a gift that I will never deserve. But the receiving of this gift of hope requires some response.  And each season of Advent, my response is to trust my God a bit more.
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    The Cross-Current

  • Digest of the Gospel According to Luke

    Cross-Current
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The following is a very brief digest of the book of Luke. The goal is to provide a condensed summary of the book–a cursory introduction for the benefit of personal study. Jesus – the Son of Man Luke writes this … Continue reading →
  • Digest of the Gospel According to Mark

    Cross-Current
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:03 pm
    The following is a very brief digest of the book of Mark. The goal is to provide a condensed summary of the book–a cursory introduction for the benefit of personal study. Jesus – The Servant Mark writes his account of … Continue reading →
  • Digest of the Gospel According to Matthew

    Cross-Current
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    The following is a brief digest of the book of Matthew. The goal is to provide a condensed summary of the book, as a cursory introduction for the benefit of personal study. Jesus – The Messianic King Matthew describes how … Continue reading →
  • Science and the Bible [Part 3]

    Cross-Current
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:13 am
    Evolution is the next topic Morris covers. It is a brief but necessary discussion, and Morris covers a large range of issues in what I think is an excellent treatment of the issue for anyone wanting to quickly familiarize themselves … Continue reading →
  • Science and the Bible [part 2]

    Cross-Current
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    One of the books I read while looking into the relationship between science and faith was Science and the Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris. I would highly recommend this book for anyone trying to understand a reconciliation of the seeming … Continue reading →
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  • An Enormously Popular Pontiff and The Uncomfortably Unpopular Jesus Christ

    The WILDVOICE
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:08 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org February 17, 2015 PAGE TOPICS A Dissenter's Reply to More Praise of Popular 'Pope' Francis Response to His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl Huff Post – Pope Francis Slams 'Prejudiced Mentality' of Doctrinal Legalists A Post from Antonio Socci's Website Using… Read more → The post An Enormously Popular Pontiff and The Uncomfortably Unpopular Jesus Christ appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • POPE FRANCIS AND THE DEVIL'S HORNS

    The WILDVOICE
    3 Feb 2015 | 2:56 am
    http://thewildvoice.org February 3, 2015 THE HORNS, THE POPE, and HELEN KELLER written by Agnes MJ After having bumped into the images displaying Pope Francis making the "horns sign" on January 17 while visiting the Philippines, and having found myself both in… Read more → The post POPE FRANCIS AND THE DEVIL'S HORNS appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • What The Bible Really Says About What Pope Francis Sort of Said About Atheists

    The WILDVOICE
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:52 am
    http://thewildvoice.org           January 31, 2015 PAGE TOPICS 'Pope Francis' – His Own Words The Missing Links – Damage Control Saint Mark Reports – 'Pope Francis' Interprets Modern Day Atheism   Rabbits. Balloons. Limits on freedom of speech.… Read more → The post What The Bible Really Says About What Pope Francis Sort of Said About Atheists appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • "I am confused and worried…" – Catholic Voices speak to Pope Francis

    The WILDVOICE
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:43 am
    http://thewildvoice.org January 22, 2015 BACKGROUND and INTRODUCTION On October 18, 2014, The WILD VOICE initiated a petition asking 'Pope Francis' to clarify his positions, statements, and behavior on matters important to Catholics and to answer the call of Cardinal Raymond Burke… Read more → The post "I am confused and worried…" – Catholic Voices speak to Pope Francis appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Wise As Serpents – A Crash Course in SYMBOLS

    The WILDVOICE
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:59 am
    http://thewildvoice.org January 13, 2015 PAGE TOPICS Introduction Ancient Symbols in Modern Times Explanation of Glossary and Disclaimer Visual Glossary of Symbols A Brief Visual Glossary of Symbols Please Note – The information below has been compiled by Christian (Catholic) authors and… Read more → The post Wise As Serpents – A Crash Course in SYMBOLS appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
 
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  • Where is Your Hope?

    purposefulfaith
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:13 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Blog Post by Abby McDonald “What’d you do that for? Because you wanted him to lose?” My husband recalled the conversation he had with the scout master just minutes earlier as we sat in the fellowship hall, waiting for our son’s turn to race his pinewood derby car. Those words were directed at my husband after he’d explained that we let our six-year-old do the majority of the work. I was seething. I wanted to march over to the leader and give him a piece of my mind. However, as I watched the joy on my son’s face when his car raced down the track, my anger…
  • Truly Embracing Grace

    purposefulfaith
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:21 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Recently, a friend, did something that completely offended me. Her sin was so apparent. What offended me even more was how she seemed to embrace it and promote it. I took it personally. I started critiquing her in my mind, putting her down in my head and getting annoyed with her in my heart. You can’t do that and call yourself a Christian. You can’t defend that and feel good about yourself. You can’t speak this way and lead others down the same wrong roads. But as the Lord yielded his sword of truth, I realized that I needed to yield to him.  “For…
  • When You Feel Unlovable (Linkup)

    purposefulfaith
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Every time my son does something bad, he looks up at me with fear-filled eyes and asks, “Do you still love me?” He asks it over and over again – as if every bit of who he is depends the response. In those little fear-filled, tear-filled eyes, I know he’s asking: Am I am enough? Do you still want me? Care about me? Have I pushed you over the edge? Over the point of no return? In his pleading, he’s asking if everything has changed. Wondering if he has finally crossed the threshold of abandonment. Pondering if he is worthy of my love. My…
  • Do I Need to Forgive?

    purposefulfaith
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:51 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: I wasn’t aware I had unforgiveness in my heart. But, I wondered, “Do I need to forgive?” So, I sat before the Lord and asked the Spirit to reveal to me if there was anyone I needed to forgive. Someone did come to mind. Someone rather unexpected. This person had hurt me again and again. They had stepped on my toes. They had left me annoyed. They had let me down. I had forgiven them in the past, but new offenses had taken the place of their forgiven place. I thought, in my mind I thought, “This person – again? How many times do I have to go…
  • Do You Have Eyes to See?

    purposefulfaith
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:19 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: I remember when I was young, I went to the PGA US Open when it was held near my town. Amidst the thousands of people, amidst my sister who turned into a lunatic, amidst people pushing and shoving, I remember tottering on my tippy toes just to see. I just wanted to see the world famous Tiger Woods. I knew that I wouldn’t really get a hello from him or a handshake – there were too many people and he was too famous. I was too average and he was too important. But I just wanted to grab a look. Wasn’t it similar for Zacchaeus? And he was seeking to see who…
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  • Honey Production in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:14 am
    Small business investment in Bosnia Herzegovina - Honey Production | 5000 EUR | 3 Yr ROI What are we to do? I received this message this week (22.01.15) below via The Standard from a group of Pentecostal Christians in Zenica, Bosnia Herzegovina. Dears, My name is Dario Kapin and I'm pastor of Pentecostal Church in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. We have been working on planting church for about 11 years and city is 95% Muslim town. Unfortunately due to many things we have lived only by supports we received from other Christian ministries. Now we have came to a point that we would like to…
  • ISIS: Fighting Fire with Fire

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    In the battle with ISIS You cannot fight a spiritual war with physical artillery  In a world where faith and spirituality are ridiculed, even by some Christians, it’s not surprising that the West appears to be doing nothing about the atrocities in the Middle East. From where I’m standing, it all seems pretty clear to me. Our world has become so self-serving that it has dispensed with all this God stuff and continues with the self-styled order that allows anyone and everyone to reject the past – even if it was right and even if it foretold our future.Say it as it is! Try as we may…
  • How do worship songs affect us?

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    Is it right to sing Matt Redman's Blessed be the name of the Lord? When life “hit’s the fan”, the Church regularly turns us to the Book of Job to supposedly help comfort us, however, it seems to me that there’s a mismatch of messages. Are we really supposed to be comforted by the Book of Job or are we being “left in the lurch” for the sake of entertainmenmt?Some Experience of Suffering When my twelve day old sister died when I was about eleven years old I remember my Grandmother talking about Job. Of course I didn’t have a clue then. But recently I heard a sermon about Job and…
  • Engaging with Islam Conference - 4th March 2015

    17 Feb 2015 | 1:40 am
    One Day Conference facilitated by the Community Church Network Fundamentalism - fun¦da|men¦tal|ism Pronunciation: /fʌndəˈmɛnt(ə)lɪz(ə)m / Definition of fundamentalism in English: NOUN A form of a religion, especially Islam or Protestant Christianity that upholds belief in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture: ‘there was religious pluralism there at a time when the rest of Europe was torn by fundamentalism’Example Sentences Strict adherence to the basic principles of any subject or discipline: free-market fundamentalism Does this suggest any sort of parallel to the rise…
  • Jesus was poor because the Church says...?

    11 Feb 2015 | 2:37 am
    The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests...Matt 8:20 When discussing if Jesus’ was poor prior to and during his ministry, the immediate response I have received over the past five years is as follows: The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has no where to lay his head - Matthew 8:20 I came across the information below which seems to make complete sense; however, I am confused as to why so many Church leaders quote the same Scripture yet view it completely differently than below?The following article was written by Brother J. Leland…
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  • 6 Questions About Tithing Answered

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    It takes a leap of faith to write that first tithe check. There are bills to be paid, expenses you haven’t thought of yet, and your fingers shake as you pray, “God let there be enough at the end of the month.” Tithing is about trusting God, and trusting God is a journey. We’re going to have questions along the way and that’s OK. We’ve received many questions about tithing over the years, but six seem to come up often.   6 Commonly Asked Questions About Tithing 1. What is a tithe?   A tithe—which just means “tenth”—is…
  • What To Do When There’s Never Enough Time

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Time is precious but incredibly fleeting. Most days I beg for more of it, as my to-do-list seems to be a separate beast that is taunting me.  If only I had more time, I could finish that book, enjoy that hobby, read more of my Bible, clean my house better, or spend more time with family. I am busy. You are busy. We live in a time of business that can feel as though we are drowning in a sea of deadlines. I was reading with my daughter from her children’s Bible this past week, and Jesus spoke to me right about to this very issue  I thought I was reading the story for her, but…
  • You Might Have a Next Step If…

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Church seems like the best place to find out where God wants you to be or what God wants you to do, but sometimes we can leave more confused than when we came. Is everything a next step? Is that friend’s advice a sign from God? God definitely speaks through the people He has placed in our lives; however, I think often times we know our next step and don’t realize it. Not every next step requires us to sign up for a class. A next step can be any action that brings us closer to Jesus and gives Him more and more glory. 5 Ways To Identify Your Next Step 1. You can’t get an…
  • All in Due Time

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Trees only show fruit in the season they are meant to. You won’t see a tree growing apples in winter, even if you can find apples in the grocery store. When winter comes, trees will look barren or maybe even appear dead. But regardless of how they may appear, winter trees are still very much alive. Psalm 1 gives us a picture of a person who follows in God’s ways. The psalmist writes, “He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not whither. In all that he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:3). Like this tree, our…
  • Where Am I?

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A recap of Senior Pastor Perry Noble’s sermon, “Where Am I?” in 140 characters or less. God celebrates every time one of His children takes a step forward. #Progress You can’t figure out where you’re going unless you know where you are. #Progress Jesus didn’t come down from heaven with a command, but an invitation to follow Him. #Progress Following Jesus is a process; none of us is where we need to be yet. #Progress It’s impossible to pursue Jesus and sin at the same time. #Progress Find out what sets your heart on fire for Jesus and do it a lot.
 
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  • The Couple Who Found God’s Best Second Time Around

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    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

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    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

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    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

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    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…
  • This Couple Lost A Baby, But They Never Lost Their Hope

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    24 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Jamie and Elizabeth Salmon shared the dream of being parents even before they married. Elizabeth knew she had a condition that would make getting pregnant a struggle, but she and Jamie were hopeful. Both had felt a strong calling on their lives to raise children to love Jesus and change the world. They believed nothing was impossible with God. When the couple were ready to try for a baby, Elizabeth got a prescription for fertility medication. But before she had a chance to take the medicine, she discovered she was pregnant. It seemed like proof to the couple and the friends who had prayed for…
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  • Agape, Supreme Love – Daily Bible Post – 3.5.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    Today’s Scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 This specific passage has been read at so many weddings that it has become known as a wedding cliche. However, it could never be over used as it’s one of the most important sections of any of the letters written by Paul. “4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
  • Lack of Trust – Daily Bible Post – 3.4.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
    Today’s Scripture is Numbers 13:25 – 14:19 A fascinating part of the story of Moses and his people, we see the lack of trust, the worry and the quick jump to a conclusion of new leaderships in this passage. Moses has been leading the people to a new land God has directed them to. However, they have so little trust for God that as soon as the scouts return with the information of how large the people are occupying the land, the people of Moses get scared and lose trusts. They automatically want a new leader and they want to go back to Egypt. The story of the people of Moses is full…
  • The Seasons of Life – Daily Bible Post – 3.3.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:29 am
    Today’s Scripture is Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 The seasons change and bring different types of weather every year. We also go through our own seasons of life, which may not change quite a frequently, but the change is still evident. This passage reminds us that there is a time for everything and our job, as Christians, is to accept God’s timing for things, not our own. We are all in a specific season right now in our lives. From engagement to newly married to becoming a parent to the empty-nest to retirement and so on, there are many seasons we go through within our lives. It’s…
  • Seeing Through the Taunting – Daily Bible Post – 3.2.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    Today’s Scripture is Nehemiah 4:1-10 Taunting is something we all deal with in one way or another. Whether it’s somebody close to us telling us we are not good enough or making it clear they don’t like something we are doing or somebody we have been an enemy of all our lives, taunting can cost us if we give into it. Athletes used taunting all the time to get into the heads of their opponents. Often, this leads to the opposition wasting energy as their opponent waits for the opening to strike. “4 [a] Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry…
  • Seeing Past the Mess – Daily Bible Post – 2.26.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Today’s Scripture is Acts 17:16-23 In today’s scripture Paul sees all the idols in Athens and struggles to see past the mess. As I read this passage, I wondered what he would think about the idols of today that run rampant in our world. From the TV to money to winning prizes to gambling to alcohol and so much more, we have idols all throughout our world. I wonder if Paul could see past our mess today. “16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the…
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  • What If Walt Disney Listened To His Doubters?

    Get Better Today
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Walt Disney World is widely known as greatest place on earth.  But ask yourself this… What if Walt Disney, the founder of the popular amusement park, had listened to his doubters? Let’s be thankful he didn’t. The post What If Walt Disney Listened To His Doubters? appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • 5’7″ Kid Spends 6 Months Trying To Dunk And Finally Does It!

    Get Better Today
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Have you ever dreamed about dunking a basketball? If so, we have great news!  According to a 5’7″ kid named Malte, you may be able to dunk if you’re willing to put in the hard work. Through a 6-month time period, he filmed his dunk attempts and you can see the progress. Disclaimer:  We don’t think following his plan will guarantee you can dunk.  Part of it is God-given ability.  Did Malte work hard and achieve his goal?  Yes and it worked. But I can train all day and never run the 100-meter dash in the Olympics. It’s still an awesome video and inspiring…
  • Dean Smith Quotes About Life, Leadership & Basketball

    Get Better Today
    8 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Dean Smith Quotes   “If you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.”   (Click To Tweet)   “I always mean what I say, but I don’t always say what I’m thinking.”   (Click To Tweet)   “Basketball is a team game. But that doesn’t mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.”   (Click To Tweet)   The best leaders in any profession care about the people they lead, and the people who are being led know when the caring is…
  • I’m Tired Of Underestimating God

    Michael Fear
    7 Feb 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Can I tell you a secret? But before I tell you, you have to promise to share it with someone else. Let me repeat… I think you should share my secret with everyone you know. Ready to hear it? Ok… I underestimate God. And I think you do too.   This past week… I was driving home from work and thanking God for His goodness. In other words, I’m always a grateful, content, mighty prayer warrior. Just kidding. I’m not even close. In all actuality, my prayer went something like this… “Thank You for everything You’ve done for me.  You have been…
  • All Youth Sports Leagues Should Have This Sign Posted

    Get Better Today
    6 Feb 2015 | 8:21 pm
    The post All Youth Sports Leagues Should Have This Sign Posted appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
 
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    Church Community Builder

  • The value of coaching in ministry

    Steve Caton
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    How do you know that a garden or a yard has been handled with great care? You see it in its appearance and the fruit that is produced. If it’s left to fend for itself, it will become overgrown or withered. The same is true for our personal lives and the organizations we lead. If we fail to manage them with ongoing care and cultivation, like a garden they will wither or become overcrowded with the chaos of unnecessary activity. Why is it that we so often ignore this truth? In my own life I have experienced the incredible value of coaching through Building Champions. Through the guidance of…
  • March 25, 2015: A Dashboard for the Executive Pastor

    Updates Team
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Serving church leaders is at the core of our DNA. Church leaders are the target users for most of the features in the Church Community Builder software and for almost all of our services and resources. You may have heard that we are creating a number of tools and resources aimed at serving the Executive Pastor … and they’re coming the evening of March 25! We’re releasing saved and emailed reports, and a big feature we’re really excited about: the Executive Pastor dashboard. The Executive Pastor Dashboard Say hello to our first dashboard! This is the place for the…
  • March 25, 2015: Reports In Your Inbox

    Updates Team
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    In addition to Dashboards, we’ve got two big additions to reporting and a bunch of bug fixes coming March 25. Saved System Reports If you ever find yourself running the same reports with the same settings week after week, this one’s for you. We’re introducing the ability for you to save your setup on nine different system reports for future use, so you can run your key reports with just the click of a button. When you’ve set up your report, click Save Report Settings to add the report to your Saved System Reports tab on the main Reports page. From there, just click the…
  • What Is a Leadership Role?

    Church Community Builder
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    We’ve identified sixteen ‘Leadership Roles’ that are filled in some capacity in most churches. These are categories of ministry work, and while a few of the names may correspond to leadership titles at your church, they are not necessarily limited to the responsibilities of just one person. They are areas of emphasis, or core competencies. We know some of our roles belong to more than one person. Conversely, some church leaders may find they fill more than one of these roles. That’s normal. These names are just here to get you started. Administrative Support People know…
  • *Resolved* Issues with Submitting Online Gifts through BluePay

    Church Community Builder
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Update: Mar 4, 2015, 11:05am (MST): The beta fix was successful and we have released that fix to stable. The stored giving feature has been restored and there should be no more issues with using saved giving information to submit a new gift. Update: Mar 2, 2015, 11:20am (MST): Our engineers were able to identify the problem and have released a fix to our beta testers, which has restored their ability to use stored giving information. If this fix proves successful, we will be releasing it to stable soon. Thanks for your patience! We recently discovered an issue that is affecting some…
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    A Normal Believer in Christ

  • Having the Lord’s Leading and Guidance through the Spirit and the Living Word of God

    aGodMan
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:24 am
    In Exodus 13 we see four crucial matters related to Israel’s exodus from Egypt; these are related to our spiritual experience and can be applied to our Christian life today. First, the people of Israel were sanctified unto Jehovah; they were not only redeemed by Him but also sanctified unto Him, set aside unto Him based on His redemption (Exo. 13:2). In our Christian experience we need to be sanctified to the Lord, that is, separated unto Him to be saturated with Him, presenting ourselves with all we are to Him to be filled and saturated with Him. Second, they went out of Egypt in the…
  • Experiencing the Resurrection Life to be Sanctified and have a New Beginning Daily

    aGodMan
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:41 am
    We have seen quite number of details regarding Israel’s exodus from Egypt in Exo. 12:29-42 such as being delivered by the saving God with His mighty hand, plundering the Egyptians on their way out, watching with and to Jehovah throughout the night of the Passover, leaving Egypt as an army arrayed for battle, and breaking away from Egypt to go toward the good land. Today we want to see more crucial points regarding the exodus of the people of Israel in Exo. 13:1-22, and their application to our spiritual experience today. The Bible is full of significance, and in Exodus especially the…
  • Breaking Away from the World and Plundering it, being Watchful, and Enjoying Christ

    aGodMan
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    The picture of the exodus of the people of Israel in the Old Testament matched with its interpretation and spiritual significance recorded in the New Testament give us a clear view of the significance of the exodus from Egypt. In Exodus 12:29-42 and 51 there are a number of details regarding Israel’s exodus from Egypt, the first of which is the fact that it was God’s mighty hand that brought them out of Egypt (and not their effort, desire, or zeal). The exodus from Egypt was accomplished by the saving God with His powerful hand; our exodus from the world is initiated and…
  • Being Delivered from the World by the Power of our Saving God and by Eating Christ

    aGodMan
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:28 am
    God’s deliverance of His people Israel from Egypt was through the passover, the exodus, and the crossing the Red Sea. The Passover is foundational, basic, and critical for the sake of our exiting the world (typified by the exodus from Egypt) and going through baptism (typified by crossing the Red Sea), making it clear that we are absolute for the Lord and for His building. Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, and we need to eat Him day by day so that we may be inwardly supplied to have an exodus from the world. The only way we can live a sinless life is by daily eating Christ, the…
  • Keeping the Feast of the Unleavened Bread by Eating Christ as the Sinless Life

    aGodMan
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    The feast of the Passover was to be a memorial to the children of Israel to remind them of how God rescued them from the judgement falling on those living in Egypt, and how God provided the passover lamb to be their supply for them to get out of Egypt and serve God in the wilderness. God instructed His people in great details how to prepare and sacrifice the lamb, what to eat with the roasted lamb, how to apply the blood, how to be dressed and where to be when they eat as they ate the passover lamb. All these details point to the our detailed remembrance of the redemption of Christ, the…
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    "What Is The Meaning Of Life?"

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    5 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Please Don't Do This
  • Please Don’t Do This

    Albert
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    These verses can be found in the Bible.   “The Lord God said to the man, where are you? – Genesis 3:9 “Do not think I have come to bring peace. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” – Matthew 10:34 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, … Continue reading Please Don’t Do This →
  • Zionism: The Beginner’s Guide

    Albert
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    God’s Chosen people. This is one way the Jews have been referred to, historically. People know the Jews have had a hard time throughout the world, with anti-Semitism and such, being discriminated against. They also know Jews are scattered around the world. But one topic that comes up occasionally in the media – pertaining to … Continue reading Zionism: The Beginner’s Guide →
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    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Don't Gamble With Your Destiny
  • Don’t Gamble With Your Destiny

    Albert
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:19 am
    This was an interesting view overheard recently that seemed worthy of a blog post. Sometimes you hear something said and wonder why you hadn’t looked at it that way before. This is one of those times. As this post has put forth before, one opinion of the author is how you can change your life … Continue reading Don’t Gamble With Your Destiny →
 
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    Even If i Walk AloneEven If i Walk Alone | ...this i choose to do.

  • God on a Leash

    Tim Sherfy
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    image © Halfpoint – Fotolia.com I recently heard Daron Earliwine preach a sermon where he relayed a story about having to keep his new puppy on a leash when they walk. After giving it some thought, he surmised that the reason he keeps his new pal on a leash is because he doesn’t trust him.  They haven’t developed the level of trust where Daron can rely on his dog to stay with him in every circumstance. Since the dog can’t be fully trusted, Daron feels safer keeping him on a leash where he can exercise a modicum of control over his actions. His point was that we often treat God…
  • Pride

    Tim Sherfy
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Photo Credit: bowler1996p via Compfight cc A.W. Tozer once said that “The proud man cannot worship God any more than the proud devil can worship God.” Pride is a relationship killer. When we love someone, we make everything about them. Pride makes everything about us. The only relationship that thrives in the midst of pride is the narcissistic one we have with ourselves.  If we would follow Christ with all of our hearts then we must love as He did (John 15:12). We must be humble as He was. There is no room for pride in our relationship with God. We’ve got to let go of every feeling of…
  • The Art of Self-Denial

    Tim Sherfy
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    image © kanzefar – Fotolia.com There are a few extremes that people hold to on the topic of self-denial. I think A.W. Tozer said it best: “The meaning of self-denial is not an infliction of personal torment nor penance, but it is simply the giving up of the very principle of living for ourselves. It is completely changing the direction of our being and will, so that no longer in any sense do we act with reference to how anything will affect us, but our one thought is how it will affect God or others.” Self-denial then is not principally about doing less for ourselves, but rather…
  • Choose

    Tim Sherfy
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Photo Credit: Maria J Aleman via Compfight cc Jesus lives inside of each of us who choose to believe in and follow Him. This isn’t news to most of us who profess faith in Jesus Christ and in the holy, loving character of God. But how often do we live as if this is an absolute truth? We feel alone, yet our Creator is always with us in the very core of our beings; He is so close that He is actually inside of us. We feel powerless, yet all of the power of God Himself resides within our very being. More tragic still, we live as if Christ is not only absent, but as if we don’t believe in the…
  • Stare at God

    Tim Sherfy
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Photo Credit: Étienne Ljóni Poisson via Compfight cc What if we stared at God every moment of our day? The Bible tells us we should fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2), but how often do we make a conscious effort to do that?  More importantly, what does that look like in real life? I’ve recently been trying to work this out for myself. The key is to first get a proper mental image of God. Check out Revelation 4:8-11, where it describes angels who do nothing but praise God, all day. They are so consumed with His beauty that they can do nothing else. God is the perfection of all that is…
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    Broken & Contrite Hearts

  • Heavenly Thinking

    sarahbeth
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    Lately I’ve felt like I’ve had to choose between two crappy feelings: either I feel horrible about myself or I feel horrible about everyone else. Either I’m just not worthy of anyone’s time or everybody is just selfishly busy. I get so angry at everyone for always being so busy. And then I think that […] The post Heavenly Thinking appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • Do You Really Believe?

    Ashley Welch
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Have you ever heard how God took the day off? He got so tired from running the world and listening to everyone’s prayers that he just clocked out. He didn’t make the sun rise or set; he didn’t set the wind in motion. The ocean flooded and the sky fell. It was a disaster. I […] The post Do You Really Believe? appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist: A Book Review

    sarahbeth
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    The authors of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” use logical, philosophical, and scientific evidence to provide proof for the Biblical account of how this world got here. I will not beat around the bush: I strongly recommend this book. I especially recommend this book to Christians who are struggling to reconcile […] The post I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist: A Book Review appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • God’s Other Gift to the World

    sarahbeth
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    “For the time being, God would rather make sons and daughters of His enemies than destroy them. Instead of pouring out His judgment on sinful humanity, He poured it out on Christ on Good Friday. And while we wait for God to renew this world, He is waiting, too- waiting to bring His children home…Someday, […] The post God’s Other Gift to the World appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • Killing Two Spiritual Birds with One Stone

    Bob Baldwin
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    “Let’s kill two birds with one stone” is a familiar phrase to most people. There are many theories about who originally penned this phrase, but its practical application has appealed to people throughout the ages. Accomplishing two tasks with only one effort is a great idea for time and task management. Killing two spiritual birds […] The post Killing Two Spiritual Birds with One Stone appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
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  • This Toddler’s Mom is Always Tired, and When You Find Out Why, You Will Call Yours!

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    4 Mar 2015 | 7:48 pm
    This short film is a touching tribute to the unselfish love of moms around the world. Mother, doctor, caterer, transporter, storyteller, educator, and in some cases, father, mothers sacrifice a lot foe their loved ones. It’s a 24 hour unpaid job, and never ends! Filmmaker Matt Bieler recently created this touching short film as a thank you to moms around the world “for their heroic unselfish love as told through the eyes and voice of their children”. The post This Toddler’s Mom is Always Tired, and When You Find Out Why, You Will Call Yours! appeared first on…
  • Her Coach Catches Her as She Collapses After Every Race, When I Learned Way, I Broke Down!

    .
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Kayla Montgomery is one of the best distance runners in the USA. But she is also suffering from a very debilitating disease. Kayla suffers with Multiple Sclerosis and as her body heats up, she loses all feeling in her legs. She feels like her legs are not even there. As such she is unable to control herself and stop at the finish line. And her coach Patrick Cromwell is always there waiting to catch her. In this video Kayla’s last high school race takes a tragic, very dramatic turn for the worst. The post Her Coach Catches Her as She Collapses After Every Race, When I Learned Way, I Broke…
  • Deadly LAPD shooting of homeless unarmed man caught on video

    .
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:18 pm
    A dramatic confrontation caught on a cellphone, depicts Los Angeles police shooting and killing a homeless man in the heart of the downtown district on Sunday, just around midday. A video of the incident posted on Facebook (which contains foul language, BE WARNED!) shows a group of officers getting into a scuffle with a man standing on a sidewalk littered with tents and other debris. During the struggle, one officer drops his nightstick, which is picked up by a woman on the street. Two officers roughly handcuff the woman. (To be updated) This video contains foul language. The homeless man…
  • This Insane Russian ‘skywalker’ films herself on a Beam – Try watching this to the end!

    .
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    A young girl walking along a narrow concrete beam high above the ground has become the latest online fad due to her bravery and… breast exposure. It has become a craze for Russian youngsters to climb on high buildings in restricted areas and make “once in a lifetime” videos in the process. The girl in the latest video chose to film from the most attractive angle. A camera strapped to helmet gets a bird’s eye view of her bosom every time she checks her footing. Was she really walking on the roof? I didn’t mention that,” says one of the The post This Insane…
  • ‘Finding Jesus,’ ‘Killing Jesus’ and ‘A.D.: THE BIBLE CONTINUES’ — Competition is on for Christian Viewers

    .
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:54 pm
    “Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery” is the first of these shows, this one presented by CNN. It’s an investigative look at Jesus Christ and those in his life. aiming to debunk and authenticate different artifacts, both physical and textual. Over six episodes, the show tries to give a new, intensive outlook on Christian history. The first episode airs Sunday, March 1 at 9 p.m. E.T. on CNN will focus on the Shroud of Turin. The experts will investigate whether the imprint left on Jesus’ burial wrap after his crucifixion is actually the face of Jesus or rather a forgery.
 
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    Gospel Daily

  • Jacob is the lot of his inheritance

    David
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Jacob is the lot of his inheritance For the LORD’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance. In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. Deuteronomy 32:9-10 “Jacob is the lot of his inheritance”. In other words, God was saying, “Jacob, you belong to Me forever. You are more precious […] The post Jacob is the lot of his inheritance appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Saakshya michcheda Mana Swaami Yesu Devu Danchu

    David
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Saakshya michcheda Mana Swaami Yesu Devu Danchu Saakshyamanaga Ganina Vinina Sangathulanu Delputaye Saakshya Michchu Koraku Nannu Swaami Rakshinche Nanchu సాక్ష్యమిచ్చెద మన స్వామి యేసు దేవుడంచు సాక్ష్యమనగా గనిన వినిన సంగతులను దెల్పుటయే సాక్ష్య మిచ్చు కొరకు నన్ను స్వామి రక్షించె నంచు              ||సాక్ష్య|| దిక్కు…
  • I know that you can do all things

    David
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:57 pm
    I know that you can do all things I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted. Job 42:2 Job was a God-fearing man, honest and upright. Yet God allowed great sufferings and sorrow in his life. Suddenly, within a period of twenty-four hours […] The post I know that you can do all things appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • the commandment is charity out of a pure heart

    David
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:50 pm
    the commandment is charity out of a pure heart “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned” (1 Timothy 1:5). A friend of mine, an engineer, sent me Rs. 300/-. I never asked for it. Having heard that I had no money after […] The post the commandment is charity out of a pure heart appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Our Lord worthy to receive glory and honor and power

    David
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:27 am
    Our Lord worthy to receive glory and honor and power You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have. Revelation 4:11 In Matt. 2:11 we see wise men at worship. They fell down and worshiped the young child. […] The post Our Lord worthy to receive glory and honor and power appeared first on Gospel Daily.
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    A Journal of Love

  • Launch Out Into The Deep (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Simon (Peter) was awestruck at the miracle that took place in Luke 5:1-6. He first response was to feel his own insignificance in comparison to this man’s greatness (Luke 5:8-10). Peter knew that Jesus had healed the sick and driven out demons, but he was amazed that Jesus cared about his day to day routine, and understood his needs. God is interested not only in saving us but also in helping us in our daily activities. Launching out into the deep, is an invitation to go deeper with God. He wants us to grow deeper in our faith and trust (start that book, open that business, start that…
  • Morning Inspirations (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    “Let the name of Jesus stir new confidence in your life today. He has granted His own name as the signature, the badge of authority, the security, the guarantee of every promise offered in God’s Word. And in that name, we are to expect results-in our life, in our family, in our neighborhood, in our church, and in our world. Yes there is the waiting of faith and the patience of hope, but people who pray in Jesus’ name can expect action. Boldly believe!” (Re-post from a blog I wrote in 2013) Still Relevant For Today!  
  • “Forever” by Kari Jobe

    Marvlun Reed
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    Listening to songs for our Upcoming Easter Service at Church (Rehearsal Tonight).  They are all amazing songs, but This one has been on repeat in my spirit, “Forever” by Kari Jobe.  Powerful Song!  
  • Praying The Word (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:54 am
    Pray the Word over You & Your Family! Here are a Few Scriptures To Get You Started…. Psalm 115:12-15 The Lord has been mindful of us: He will bless our home. He will bless those who fear Him both small and great. May the Lord give us increase more and more. May we be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth. In Jesus name Prayer: We will always be on God’s mind. He is continually finding ways to bless us. My joy knows no bounds as He showers us with His wonderful gifts. He makes both me and my children increase so that we have an abundance of all good things. He has placed…
  • Run With Purpose (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This past weekend, I completed my 4th running event overall.  It was 20+ degrees, with both snow and ice on the ground. Before that, I completed 3 events (2 5Ks, and 1 half-marathon).  That half-marathon was my first serious run, and it was truly an amazing experience. I was surrounded by some of the most dedicated & focused runners. The course was challenging (lots of Hills), but very beautiful. I discovered parts of St Louis that I did not know existed!! I Finished The Race, & Crossed the Finish Line in a little over 3 hours, My PR! Why Run? It started with a challenge, a gentle…
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    Filling My Prayer Closet

  • Getting out of My Comfort Zone

    Cristina
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This is totally different. I've been living completely out of my comfort zone both online and offline, so it's been a combination of scary and exciting. I am trying to change, grow and create. This doesn't mean that I am changing who I am at the core. I think I am working on just embracing all of what I can be and not putting off what makes me content. I am a creative and that means a lot of things, but it also means that there is a whole host of things I have given myself permission to explore.Have you noticed? New blog space, freebies for blog subscribers, new and different content. I…
  • Book Review: The Mommy Blogger Next Door Series

    Cristina
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    We've all read or at least heard of Ruth Soukup's How to Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul, right? Well we're not here to talk about that. In my opinion, we're here to talk about that books' scrappy, keepin' it real sister that I mentioned in last week's post, Real Moms Making Real Money Blogging, At Home, In Their Pajamas (The Mommy Blogger Next Door Book 1) by Stephanie O'Dea. Stephanie is the crock pot recipe queen (in my estimation). I'd heard her name before actually being set in front of her (metaphorically speaking, of course) when she was interviewed on a podcast. In her…
  • 7 Must Have Blogging Resources

    Cristina
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 am
    This week is all about blogging and social media, have you noticed?Monday, we talked about social media and whether or not it’s really bad for you (especially for those who have given it up for Lent!). On Tuesday, I shared an ULTIMATE blogging resource, the Knowtbook. Amy Lynn Andrews is a bloggerpreneur like no other. Sorry, that didn’t really rhyme. Here are my 7 Must Have Blogging Resources (there may be more than 7 of them, because you should have more) This is not an exhaustive list. How is that even possible? If you want access to my Blog Crafting printable, where I share all…
  • Why You Want to Know about the Knowtbook

    Cristina
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:25 am
    Every Saturday morning, I can't wait to receive Amy Lynn Andrew's The Useletter®. It's a list of tips she's crawled the web for and freely shares with people who sign up to receive it. The way she says it: "The Useletter® is a wildly popular, weekly, hand-curated email for bloggers, authors, freelancers, online business owners and those who want to work from home. It contains handy tips, useful tools, cool stuff I find and a behind-the-scenes look at what I’m doing in my own online business." A self proclaimed introvert, she doesn't share these tips on social media (or…
  • Is Social Media Bad for You?

    Cristina
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Scrolling through my Facebook feed this weekend, I came across an update. A friend was quoting someone she'd heard on a podcast. "Social Media is a bunch of people that don't know anything telling each other what to do!"My response to that was, "Eh I wouldn't go that far".But her post had my curiosity piqued. I had to listen to the podcast in context because I think social media gets a bad rap sometimes. So I listened to it and cocked my head to the side in confusion when I heard the quote.So what is social media? Why is there such a mass exodus during Lent? Or why is it to…
 
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    Raj's Reflections

  • Was Mother Teresa Guilty? Responding To Ghar Wapsi & Conversion Controversy In India

    Raj Richard
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
                It’s a widespread firm notion among the resolute Hindu community that Christian missionaries in India have been converting people to Christianity under the guise of service. This accusation has now been leveled by the leadership of Hindu community against Mother Teresa – arguably the most popular face of contemporary Christianity.             Mother Teresa founded ‘Missionaries of Charity’ – a prominent Catholic social service organization that cares for the needy - children, sick,…
  • A Christian’s Letter To ISIS (A Christian’s Response To ISIS)

    Raj Richard
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Dear ISIS,            It’s exceptionally difficult to use an endearment term ‘dear,’ for you mercilessly traumatize and slaughter human beings. I am a Christian, and I write to you since you sadistically persecute the Christian community.            You brutalize women sexually that forces them into hospitals.1 You are merciless with children. You beat, enslave, crucify, and use them as child soldiers! 2            You…
  • Are Children Who Are Disabled & Ugly, Gifts of God?

    Raj Richard
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:52 pm
                      Our world discriminates the ugly1 and the disabled. 2 But the Bible does not discriminate them. The Bible says, “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127: 3, NASB). So our question could be organized as:             A. God creates life (Isaiah 42: 5; Job 33: 4; Colossians 1: 16; Revelation 4: 11).             B. If children are a gift from God, must we also consider…
  • Why Did God Create Satan Knowing That Satan Would Cause Evil?

    Raj Richard
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:22 pm