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  • I Will Always Have Hope, Because…

    Renewed Daily
    Renewed Daily
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    God replied to Moses, “I AM who I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.” - Exodus 3:14 Today as I was asking God what to write about, He answered, “Hope.” So I said a prayer for the right words and I said out loud.... “No matter my circumstances, I will always have hope.” But how, I thought? And then these familiar words poured into my mind. Aaron Wesley Dicus wrote these words many years ago, but oh how they hold true! No matter my circumstances, I will always have hope because.... There is, beyond the azure blue A God, concealed from human sight He…
  • The Search for Happy: "It's All in Your Mind"

    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Scott Scruggs continue the series, "The Search for Happy." Just trying to worry less tends to add to the load. Scott Scruggs looks at worry--one of the greatest joy barriers we face.Featured Scripture:Matthew 6:27; Romans 12:2; Phil 4:4-9; James 4:2Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Canadian police: Attack investigation ongoing

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    The Editors
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Soldier targeted in attack and one shooter have died
  • What Happens When Our Goodness Still Isn’t Good Enough

    A Holy Experience
    Ann Voskamp
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Liz Curtis Higgs, the humble, wise ( funny!)  author of 30 books,  is one of my soul sisters, and together we’ve wandered Shaker Village (that unforgettable story coming soon too). Author of the bestsellers, Bad Girls of the Bible , Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn From Them, and The Girl’s Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs in all 50 United States and 14 foreign countries — but she’s about as down to earth and warm and happiest grace as it gets. I just love…
  • Group Prayer: The How to’s and The Houdinis

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    Jon
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Today is another great guest post from Gabriel Lytle! Check him out on Twitter too @gaberuski!) If you’re not already cringing, then you may be what some would call a “sneaky snake.” (words chosen purposefully) We’ve all been there. They’ve just finished up weekly home group, the end draws near, the night is almost over and that can only mean one thing: Time to pray. Out loud. Your leader peers around the circle, and everyone is already saying a small prayer, “Please God, don’t pick me.” One to play the Houdini card? Here are 5 subtle moves to…
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    WORLDmag.com

  • Canadian police: Attack investigation ongoing

    The Editors
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Soldier targeted in attack and one shooter have died
  • The martyr’s death

    La Shawn Barber
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:10, NKJV) Only God knows the appointed time, place, and method of our death. I occasionally joke with my family about wanting to go out as a hero, stopping a terrorist and saving thousands of lives, pushing a child from the path of an oncoming car, stepping in front of a bullet meant for someone with young children to raise. But what about a martyr’s death? I rarely
  • HRC targets pro-gay activist whose views aren’t extreme enough

    Courtney Crandell
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Robert O. Lopez is openly bisexual, although he has a wife and two children. Raised by lesbian parents, the Cal State-Northridge English professor advocates civil unions and foster parenting for homosexual couples. But because he opposes homosexual couples raising children of their own, he has been blacklisted by pro-LGBT organizations like the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and GLAAD.  HRC featured Lopez in its “Export of Hate” report and in a recent email sent to its members. The
  • Huckabee no longer a presidential long-shot

    Kent Covington & Nick Eicher
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This article is the 14th in the White House Wednesday series   by The World and Everything in It  looking at potential 2016 candidates for president. Earlier installments profiled Republicans Rick Perry , Bobby Jindal , Paul Ryan ,   Rand Paul , Jeb Bush , Ted Cruz , Chris Christie , Mitt Romney , and Rick Santorum , and Democrats   Elizabeth Warren , Joe Biden , Andrew Cuomo , Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Bernie Sanders . Oftentimes, long-shot candidates for president will run knowing even if they
  • The fall of Harvard

    Andrée Seu Peterson
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    They say the Enlightenment is what caused Christian colleges like Harvard, Williams, Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Amherst to fall from grace. I have never entirely bought that proposition. It is not that I dispute the identity of the proximate irritant to faith; I dispute whether the Enlightenment could have made a dent in the faith if the faith had been firmly established. Harvard, of course, was founded in 1636 by Puritan Congregationalists for the purpose of training ministers. One of the
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • What Happens When Our Goodness Still Isn’t Good Enough

    Ann Voskamp
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Liz Curtis Higgs, the humble, wise ( funny!)  author of 30 books,  is one of my soul sisters, and together we’ve wandered Shaker Village (that unforgettable story coming soon too). Author of the bestsellers, Bad Girls of the Bible , Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn From Them, and The Girl’s Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs in all 50 United States and 14 foreign countries — but she’s about as down to earth and warm and happiest grace as it gets. I just love…
  • What to Do When You don’t Feel Like You Fit

    Ann Voskamp
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Audio recording of this post — click below & a farm girl will read it for you, cheering you on, while you keep on, keeping on. What to Do When You don’t Feel Like You Fit: BlogCast from the farm http://www.aholyexperience.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2014-10-20-917-AM1.mp3 When the gorgeous woman on stage with the microphone hikes up the side of her shirt to show all 10,000 of us how her white side spills thick over the elasticized waist of her pants… and I want to know what Jesus thinks of women. The singer holds her milk white thigh right there and she’s…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [10.18.14]

    Ann Voskamp
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    come? start the weekend right here? 10 of the most beautiful towns during the fall — glory Food rescuers — asking grocery stores to stop dumping and start donating – yes, yes, yes what this retired school teacher does every. single. night for the homeless? these photos? how can we ever stop remembering life is amazing grace?!  This dolphin? Slow & really watch this? could it be — a 5-year-old Monet? “I’m still here, but I’m gone....” when a legendary musician finds he has Alzheimer’s — his poignant last song: Not Going to Miss…
  • The Secret to Stop Feeling Like a Failure

    Ann Voskamp
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    She’s a farmer’s wife & we keep dreaming about getting both of Farmer’s together to talk tractors. She and I keep notes on weather and crops and words in each other’s parts of the world. I reached across a table once and grabbed Jennifer Dukes Lee‘s hand and I told her I believed in God’s gifts in her and I prayed for His words through her to keep coming. She’s a pure-hearted, soul-encouraging woman after God’s own heart and reading her always makes me read more of Christ everywhere. Humbling grace to invite Jennifer  to the farm…
  • Why You Can Still & Be (& Internet Loud is Not the Boss of You)

    Ann Voskamp
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Some kid mutters it to his kid sister like a filing to the complaint department: “You are not the boss of me.” He’s got the last of the peanut butter cookies in his hand, like a defiant declaration. Peanut butter cookie crumbs trail across the counter. You can still feel the warmth of the oven across the kitchen. A three wick candle flames by my Bible on the prayer table, light flickering up the wall like an open invitation to the other side of prayer. Oh, kid — it’s okay. Eat the cookie. Eat the cookie slow and taste it all the way down and smile in the moment and just…
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    Stuff Christians Like

  • Group Prayer: The How to’s and The Houdinis

    Jon
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Today is another great guest post from Gabriel Lytle! Check him out on Twitter too @gaberuski!) If you’re not already cringing, then you may be what some would call a “sneaky snake.” (words chosen purposefully) We’ve all been there. They’ve just finished up weekly home group, the end draws near, the night is almost over and that can only mean one thing: Time to pray. Out loud. Your leader peers around the circle, and everyone is already saying a small prayer, “Please God, don’t pick me.” One to play the Houdini card? Here are 5 subtle moves to…
  • You broke my burrito! and 2 other moments I stink at giving people grace.

    Jon
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
      Sometimes I like to think I’m good at this grace thing. Mostly this happens after I have listened to the song “Oceans” by Hillsong United. Having been hit with the audio waves of that fantastic chorus 92 times, I take my headphones out and make some strong declarations. “This is it! I’m going to show other people grace! I am going to walk on water and be bold and brave and yay #TeamGrace!” I don’t pronounce the word “Hashtag” out loud because I’m not 13 but in that moment, I do get ready to live with so much grace. Until, I run into these three situations and…
  • Something no counselor tells you about marriage.

    Jon
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    I wish you could take your honeymoon 10 years after you’ve been married instead of 10 minutes after you’ve been married. When you first get married you don’t know how to vacation together. You’re amateurs at this whole “doing life together” thing. On my honeymoon for instance, I decided to spend four hours winning a ping pong tournament. Why? Because I’m an idiot and didn’t know that one of Jenny’s love languages was “Spending quality time together.” I swore that her love language was “My husband winning a ping pong tournament at a Sandals resort.” The vacations we…
  • Bro-ears

    Jon
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Today is a great guest post from Gabriel Lytle! Check him out on Twitter too @gaberuski!) I’ve spied shell necklaces under a collar. I’ve seen “Ice” swaying about one’s tank. I even once witnessed pants touching the ground, But there’s a new sheriff in town: In-ear monitors In-ear monitors (aka “ears”) are high-tech earphones typically molded to fit snug inside your ear. You know, something a musician uses while performing. I’m enjoying my job as a snobby barista, making lattes and denying room-for-cream, when suddenly a local worship…
  • When God goes full circle.

    Jon
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Six years ago, Jenny and I lived in Alpharetta, GA. We had a small house with green carpet and a purple bedroom that I called “Purple Rain.” The older woman before us who had owned it had what I believe interior designer’s call “Thomas Kinkade Palette.” We had young kids that were in that intense age where it’s impossible to leave the house, you destroy restaurants when you show up and you get roughly 92 minutes of uninterrupted sleep at night. In many ways we were in the survival years, but in others we were just starting to dream. Every few weeks, we would drive to a planned…
 
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    Acton Institute

  • Let’s Get Back to Robbing Peter: The Welfare State and Demographic Decline

    Acton Web
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    by Dylan Pahman The German economist Wilhelm Röpke, commenting on the expansion of European welfare states in 1958, wrote, “To let someone else foot the bill is, in fact, the general characteristic of the welfare state and, on closer inspection, its very essence.” While he did not argue that, therefore, such state assistance should in all cases be stopped, he put the question in sober terms: “[T]he welfare state is an evil the same as each and ev You might also like... For the Life of the World read more
  • Our Prodigal Generation

    Acton Web
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    by Rev. Robert A. Sirico As a pastor, parents often share with me the grief they have when a child of theirs leaves the faith. I won't bore you with statistics, but suffice it to say that many young adults today seem to leave their faith behind, shedding it as if it were one more remnant of childhood to be boxed up and stored in Mom and Dad's attic. Article read more
  • Abigail Adams

    Acton Web
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    From 1744  to 1818 How difficult the task to quench the fire and the pride of private ambition, and to sacrifice ourselves and all our hopes and expectations to the public weal! How few have souls capable of so noble an undertaking. In the Liberal Tradition read more
  • An Epic of Ideas

    Acton Web
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    by Bruce Edward Walker Review of Liberalism: The Life of an Idea by Edmund Fawcett (Princeton University Press, 2014) 468 pages; $35.00. Review read more
  • Double-Edged Sword: The Power of the Word - Isaiah 40:26

    Acton Web
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. There is comfort in knowing that God counts the stars and calls them each by name. Our little corner of the observable universe only has about 400 billion stars while some galaxies easily have over 1 trillion. If God can number the hairs on each of our heads, He has little trouble in remembering the constellations. Article read more
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • Give to Live: "The Test"

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    This week, Senior Pastor John Ortberg is launching a new series, "Give to Live," with a message on tithe.Featured Scripture:Malachi 3:7-12; Leviticus 27:30; 2 Chronicles 31:5b-6; Proverbs 3:9-10; Leviticus 23:19; Exodus 34:19; Deuteronomy 15:10; Matthew 23:23; I Corinthians 15:20; Acts 20:35 Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Search for Happy: "What's So Great About Grateful"

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    This weekend, Senior Pastor John Ortberg wraps up the series, "The Search for Happy," with a look at the relationship between gratitude and joy...and how we can grow as grateful people.Featured Scripture:Philippians 2:10-16; Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 10:10; Luke 17:14-19; Philippians 1:3; Mark 14:22-23Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Search for Happy: "It's All in Your Mind"

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Scott Scruggs continue the series, "The Search for Happy." Just trying to worry less tends to add to the load. Scott Scruggs looks at worry--one of the greatest joy barriers we face.Featured Scripture:Matthew 6:27; Romans 12:2; Phil 4:4-9; James 4:2Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Search for Happy: "Getting Past Your Past"

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Senior Pastor John Ortberg continues the series, "The Search for Happy," with a message on how we must allow Christ to help us get past our past so that we can "press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God had called us heavenward in Christ Jesus."Featured Scripture:Philippians 3:12-14; Proverbs 26:11; Psalm 139:23-24; Colossians 3:13; Philippians 3:10; Romans 8:28Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Start Again: Life on Mission

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    This weekend, Nancy concludes the "Start Again" series with a message on how our faith can be lived out by serving our communities and spreading the gospel.Featured Scripture:Gen. 2:10; John 7:38; Joshua 7:35; Deut. 15:7-8, 10; Acts 2:42-47 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

  • Need some good music?

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    If you haven't been enjoying the music of Steve Bell for years and years as I have, you can catch up (kind of like watching a few seasons of a great TV series on Netflix) with his new 25-year retrospective, Pilgrmage. You can listen to clips and order the CD here: http://stevebell.com/product/pilgrimage/ It's beautiful.
  • A reader writes: violence is all we know because it is all we see

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    A reader writes: While I know this framing story doesn’t have a chance in the world. Hell, we can’t even get the poor out to vote on election day, and we are hoping someday they will stop thinking of themselves and start living for the sake of the community? I live in a condo complex and serve on the HOA board, and we can’t get enough people to serve to make a full board. It certainly isn’t the framing story I would choose, except I love God and this is the story I believe God chooses and I feel God chooses me to learn it and live it. I found your book Everything Must Change in the…
  • A reader writes: theological musings ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    A reader writes: Brian, my wife and I just returned from a trip (my first) to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Spectacular doesn’t even begin to describe these places. To be sure, we weren’t in Kansas anymore. I just wanted to share some thoughts with you. While we were there, one of the places we went was to the Episcopal Chapel of the Transfiguration. While I sat in the darkness looking at that view, I thought “We have something all wrong”. When someone asks us to “prove” the existence of “God”, we trot out the old “watch and watchmaker” schpiel. I think this misses the…
  • A reader writes: using your book in Northern Ireland

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    A reader writes: I just thought I would let you know we have a group reading We Make the Road by Walking in Whitehead, Northern Ireland. Do hope you can visit Ireland soon!! So glad to know you're using the book. I will be in Ireland, co-leading a private retreat, next June. We will probably have one public event while I'm there (not yet scheduled, details TBA). More information here.
  • Thanks, David Wilcox.

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:47 am
    I needed this.
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    byFaith

  • Sermons Are “Fair Game” in Houston — The Real Warning in the Subpoena Scandal

    Larry Hoop
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    The scandal over the subpoenas issued to several Houston-area Christian pastors continues, even after the city refiled legal documents, removing the word “sermons” from the demand. They have clearly not removed the scandal from their city, and from the administration of Mayor Annise Parker. As the mayor’s own comments make abundantly clear, she stands at the center of the scandal. When news broke earlier this week that the attorneys working for the City of Houston had issued subpoenas to pastors for sermons, I was fairly certain that some mistake had been made. When the actual text of…
  • 7 lessons from the Vatican’s wild and crazy Synod on the Family

    Larry Hoop
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    (RNS) Pope Francis and senior Catholic leaders wrapped up their two-week Vatican summit on the challenges of modern family life on Sunday (Oct. 19) without reaching a consensus on a number of hot-button topics. So where does that leave Francis’ papacy? And the church? Here are seven takeaways: 1. Hard-liners won the battle A midpoint status report on the debate among some 190 cardinals and bishops was described as a “pastoral earthquake” because of its unprecedented (for Catholic churchmen) language of welcome of and appreciation for gay people, as well as divorced-and-remarried…
  • Intentionally Married, Happily Married

    Larry Hoop
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Marriage in America is in trouble. Now this isn’t the first time you’ve heard Eric and me say this on BreakPoint, but new data from Pew Research shows that barely half of adults in the U.S. are married. That’s an all-time low. And if this trend continues, singles will soon make up the majority of the adult U.S. population. What’s more, the median age of first marriage for both men and women is higher than ever before. In other words, by the time the shrinking cohort who do decide to become brides and grooms reach the altar, they’re already flirting with 30. All of this coincides…
  • Cultivating a Healthy Presbytery

    Staff
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    There comes a time when every church needs revival — when congregations that started with a burst of energy reach a plateau — calcified in habits, schedules, expectations, and ministry; churches that will continue to decline without a strong dose of revitalization. In recent years it’s dawned on several PCA pastors that what’s true of the local church is also true of the regional church — the presbytery. Three pastors in particular — Jason Dorsey, Ray Cortese, and Bruce O’Neil — have seen such decay firsthand, and decided to do something about it. At the 2014 General Assembly,…
  • The Biblical Meaning of Success

    Staff
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Two great lies have been promoted in our culture during the past 20 years. They are told to children in school, students in college, and workers throughout the business world. The first great lie is, “If you work hard enough, you can be anything you want to be.” It is often sold as the American Dream, expressed in sayings such as, “In America, anyone can grow up to be president.” The second great lie is like the first one, yet it’s possibly even more damaging: “You can be the best in the world.” These lies are accepted by many Christians as well as non-Christians. They…
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  • Questions and answers

    Ryan Dueck
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Among the more delightful and rewarding tasks of managing a blog is dealing with the blight upon digital existence that is spam. My blog platform’s spam settings are usually pretty reliable, but occasionally either a legitimate comment is labeled spam or something gets through that shouldn’t. read more
  • Some things take a long time to heal

    Beth Merrill Neel
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We were talking about health and mental health the other day in staff meeting, and I asked why mental health issues couldn’t just be called health issues. After all, many of the diseases that affect one’s emotional life are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, a physical thing. read more
  • Awake to life

    Guy Sayles
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The narrator of one of Alice Munro’s short stories described a middle aged woman this way: “Here she sat and saw her day as hurdles got through.  Not much to her credit to go through her life thinking, Well, good, now that’s over, that’s over. What was she looking forward to, what bonus was she hoping to get, when this, and this, and this was over?” (Selected Stories, 1997).Sometimes it’s that way for us, I think.  read more
  • “If you don’t go to church you can’t complain.”

    MaryAnn McKibben Dana
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As I drove home from breakfast with a church member recently, I caught the last 15 minutes of The Diane Rehm show on NPR. She and her panel were discussing the upcoming midterm elections. One of them shared a recent poll, in which only 15 percent of respondents said they were “closely following” the midterm elections. Among voters ages 18-29, that number is 5 percent.The topic turned to voter turnout, especially among young people. How can we get young people to register and vote?  read more
  • On having enough

    Steve Woolley
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I was talking with some younger friends recently, and the subject of having enough came up. They have young families, mortgages, some loans to repay, college tuition to look forward to, their own so recently paid off, and a certain middle class lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed. When, they wondered, would they have enough? Enough to not worry about money. read more
 
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • Letter from Rome

    Robert Mickens
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    An Italian Catholic bishop recently belittled Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, saying a “campesino,” or simple peasant, could have written it. That’s what Fra Enzo Bianchi, founder and prior of the Monastery of Bose in northern Italy, penned last week in the Turin daily, La Stampa.
  • All in a night's work for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Dominic Preziosi
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    You’re permitted to cast a ballot in Texas (where early voting began Monday) if you show a concealed-handgun license at the polling place, but not if you present a student, veteran, or federally recognized Indian tribe ID card. Of course, that eligible voters (in Texas and elsewhere) would suddenly need specific types of photo identification or meet any variety of strict new requirements was foreseeable when the Supreme Court last year struck down the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg memorably dissented at the time: “Throwing out…
  • Catholic colleges, the unchurched, and the nones

    Bernard G. Prusak
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    The editors extended to me an invitation to blog at dotCommonweal a good year ago; I can only thank them for their patience!
  • When a young reader wrote about a future Nobel Peace Prize winner

    The Editors
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    On October 10, children’s rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi of India was named as co-winner (with Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai) of the Nobel Peace Prize. A couple of days later, Commonweal reader William Spielberger wrote to remind us of a letter to the editor that appeared in our October 20, 1995, issue.
  • The Blue-Collar Imperative

    E. J. Dionne Jr.
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas. One ad includes a quotation from Perdue about his outsourcing past: “Defend it? I’m proud of it.” The tagline: “David Perdue, he’s not for you.”
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • The Wait Is Over

    Sam Hoover
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Every year, the United Nations dedicates one day to raise awareness on global poverty. This year’s theme is “Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty.” At Compassion International, we dedicate our LIVES to the very same thing. We’ve been marking off the days on our calendar for today to come and, finally, the wait is over! It’s kind of a big deal! Today, in partnership with Hillsong, we want to introduce you to Halena and her family in Indonesia. They have been…
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: Leave No One Behind

    Eryn Carman
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Meet Oscar. Oscar is a soldier. Oscar is a musician. Oscar is a baker. Oscar is also a graduate from our Child Sponsorship Program and he is using the skills taught to him as a child to become a successful adult. You can also view Oscar the Baker on YouTube. This Friday, October 17, is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, also known as World Poverty Day. This year’s theme is “Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty.” Oscar wasn’t left behind. Remember Oscar. Remember that there is hope when when we act together…
  • The Nobel Peace Prize Went to a Child. And it’s About Time.

    Brandy Campbell
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    This morning, 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize. Though Yousafzai’s name may not be familiar, you probably remember her face—the face of a pale teen, eyes rimmed with dark circles, her head shrouded in bandages, clutching a white teddy bear. Two years ago Yousafzai garnered the world’s attention when she was shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting education for girls in Pakistan. Since then, after recovering from surgery, she has taken her campaign global, most notable with a speech last year at the United Nations.
  • International Day of the Girl Child

    Yvonne Reynolds
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    United Nations Resolution 66/170 states that the “empowerment of and investment in girls are … key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights.” This is the resolution that sets aside October 11th of each year as the International Day of the Girl Child. When you were a little girl, what were your big dreams? Did you dream of marrying your Prince Charming? Did you dream of going to a big university? Did you dream of doing something to make a difference in the world? Now imagine the dreams…
  • Valerie’s First Christmas

    Brandy Campbell
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I was about 3 years old in my earliest Christmas memory. I had chickenpox, and because I was quarantined, my stepfather dressed as Santa to cheer me up. I don’t remember the gifts I got that year, but I remember feeling so special that Santa had made a house call to visit me. That memory surfaced recently when I read the story of Valerie, a little girl in Togo. Valerie’s first Christmas memory happened last year — because it was the first time she ever celebrated Christmas. Valerie doesn’t have a lot of joyful memories. She was 5 years old when she was enrolled at a Compassion child…
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    Big Is The New Small

  • 10 Signs They Are A Not-So-Good Leader

    Scott Williams
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    Most of us have worked for leaders that are for all intents and purposes are not very good. I actually learned a lot in my early days of leadership from some really bad leaders. Not only were they bad leaders, they were oblivious to the negative affects of their poor leadership. There are many signs that a leader is not a good leader and I have identified 10 Signs below. The reason I attribute these signs to not being a “Good Leader” is because a leader has to at least reach the mantle of being a “Good Leader” before they can be a “Great Leader” Here are 10…
  • 11 Key Attributes Of Awesomely Great Leaders

    Scott Williams
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    There are many attributes that leaders from all facets possess. A number of these attributes are positive and unfortunately some not so positive. Organizations, teams and people in general are always searching for desirable attributes in leaders they want to work for. Not only leaders they want to work for, but leaders who inspire them to work harder and faster all while developing their personal leadership. The types of leaders that inspire and produce greatness all around them are always highly sought after; however the are often hard to find. A few key indicators that an organization, team…
  • 5 Ways Leaders Can Minimize Stress In The Workplace

    Scott Williams
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    As a leader it’s important to set the tone for your team or organization, especially as it relates to handling stressful or crisis situations. If the leader wigs out, stresses out, worries or has a heart attack during high stress or crisis situations; there will always be undertones of that stress transferred to the rest of the team. Leaders must learn to keep calm in these types of situations. I learned the importance of keeping calm during crisis situations during my tenure as a young 25 year old Prison Warden. As you can imagine running a prison presents the daily opportunity for…
  • There Is A Difference Between Leadership and Dictatorship

    Scott Williams
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    There is definitely a difference between leadership and dictatorship; unfortunately many so called “leaders” confuse the two. According to webster, we can easily see the distinguishing differences between the two: Leadership – the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group. Dictatorship - absolute, imperious, or overbearing power or control. Aha, one guides, directs, coaches and leads a group and the other tells the group to do this thing, this way, because I said so and more importantly because I have the power… I am the dictator. Can a…
  • Your Imaginary Limitations Are Inhibiting Your Success

    Scott Williams
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Your mind is a powerful device, actually its the most powerful device on the planet. Your mind can allow you to create, dream and make amazing things happen. Your mind is also the place where most limitations begin and unfortunately end. “I Can’t” is the beginning of most of your limitations. The reason you don’t succeed is because you tell yourself that you will not be successful. Your Imaginary Limitations Are Inhibiting Your Success. Stop being held back by your imaginary limitations. Real limitations and challenges can be overcome, it’s the imaginary ones…
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    Desiring God Blog

  • Sin Is Worse Than Hell

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    For some, the doctrine of everlasting punishment in hell feels like a divine overreaction. Take Clark Pinnock as an example: “How can Christians possibly project a deity of such cruelty and vindictiveness whose ways include inflicting everlasting torture upon his creatures, however sinful they may have been?” However sinful. The assumption behind Pinnock’s question is that no amount or degree of wickedness could justify conscious torment without end. For this reason, Pinnock proposes a modified view of hell in which the ungodly pass out of existence after a period of suffering. But what…
  • God Is in the Grocery Aisle

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’m the grocery shopper in our family. I walk the aisles of choices and read the labels, searching the food, trying to discern facts from fiction. This regular responsibility comes with some regular fears about making the wrong choices in what I feed my family. I hear the warnings in the news and read about them online. The consequences of choosing poorly can be paralyzing. What if my decisions somehow were sentencing our family to stunted growth or lower immunity or sickness or cancer or even death? It’s sad, but sometimes I allow the food in my cart cart to label me. If I walk down the…
  • Ode to the Church

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    There she stands in splendor, secure on the arm of her Father, adorned in brilliant white for her husband. The music sounds and beckons their short passage down the aisle. Once she had been disgraced and dirty, unholy and seemingly unlovable. Now she walks without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. Now she moves in spectacular holiness, beautiful and without blemish. She played the hellion and the whore. She had followed the course of the world as a daughter of disobedience. She was dead in her trespasses and sins. But her Father, ever rich in mercy, loved her with an extraordinary love. He…
  • Have You Lost Your Love?

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    It was an unforgettable moment. For those of you who attended the Desiring God National Conference back in 2010, Francis Chan’s hour-long talk, “Think Hard, Stay Humble,” is likely still fixed in your memory. It’s one worth dropping somewhere on your calendar and hitting “Repeat: Yearly; Ends: Never.” Chan, speaking to a room full of thinking-types, asked us a simple question: “Do you love like you used to?” He understands the insidious pull in the course of learning that gradually yanks us from a warm life of love to a cold life of truncated knowledge. Somehow, he explains,…
  • Biblical Counseling for the Great Commission

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This is a simple plea that those of you whom God is calling to be biblical counselors consider your counseling as a way of reaching the unreached peoples of the world with the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. In Ephesus Paul said, “A wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9). Might biblical counseling be a wide door for some of you into the greatest cause in the world? I was prompted to write this because of my recent trip to Japan. For three days Don Carson, Michael Oh, and I spoke sequentially and simultaneously in…
 
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    Emergent Village

  • Everything (almost) you need to know about air source heat pumps

    Thomas
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Air source heat pumps (ASHP) harness latent heat energy from the ambient outside environment. This energy is, by way of what is known as a vapour compression refrigeration system. In much the same way as a domestic or industrial fridge unit operates, heat is transferred from the exterior of a building to the inside. Heat and hot water This latent heat energy can then be used to heat the interior and maintain a comfortable ambient temperature as well as serving hot water through the taps. Water can be heated to as much as 80 degrees centigrade, more than enough for what most families and…
  • Do you know enough about the R22 phase out?

    Thomas
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    Information on the R22 phase out If your office or home uses an air conditioning system that is still running on R22 then there is some information you need to know about the upcoming R22 ban. You have probably received notification that R22 is being phased out but what do you need to do next? The air conditioning installation company Breeze Installations inform us about the R22 phase out. All About The R22 Phase Out R22 is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) that is widely used in air conditioning systems. However the substance contains chlorine which is an ozone depleting substance. The law…
  • Your Buying Guide for the Perfect Dining Table

    Thomas
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    As you begin to shop for your next dining table there are some things that you should be considering to make it suitable for your personal needs and preferences. Keep in mind that the table is not just a place to serve food; it’s where many memories for your family and friends will begin. You’ll be able to find tables that have different shapes, colors, and styles all within your budget if you do plenty of good research ahead of your purchase. Let’s take a look at some of the points that you should consider in your quest for the perfect dining table. Shapes to Think About You’ll want…
  • How to assemble new furniture to decorate your home

    Thomas
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply looking to revamp your current address, there’s always something exciting about the prospect of new furniture. The things we surround ourselves with in our homes can have a big impact on the way the place looks and, ultimately, on the way we feel when we’re at home. For this reason, it’s important to get things right. An increasing number of us are finding ourselves buying flat-pack furniture, or furniture which needs to be assembled when it arrives. This is certainly far more convenient to buy, and often more affordable,…
  • Choosing The Right Countertop For Your Kitchen Space: How To Find The Best One?

    Thomas
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Do you know that the kind of countertop you choose for the kitchen says everything about you? For instance: It not only helps your friends or neighbours to know about your taste but also reveal everything about the personality. If you have decided to do a kitchen makeover, then what you should do now is buy kitchen countertops. However, it’s advisable to consider certain aspects so that you can make the right choice. Along with the aesthetic aspects i.e. feel, colour and shape; it’s also very important to choose a kind of material which is strong and durable. What this mean is that you…
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • An Extraordinary Synod, Indeed

    George Weigel
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Here are six ways in which the Extraordinary Synod of 2014 was truly extraordinary. The post An Extraordinary Synod, Indeed appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • The Liberating Power of Truth

    George Weigel
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    George Weigel talks with NRO's Kathryn Jean Lopez about the recently-concluded synod on the family. The post The Liberating Power of Truth appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Racist Telephone Poles

    Stanley Kurtz
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Colleges are increasingly giving students common reading assignments that are roundabout enough to deflect charges of politicization, yet thoroughly political nonetheless. The post Racist Telephone Poles appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • What Women Want

    Mona Charen
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Republicans need not fear women voters, but they must offer an agenda that improves daily life for women as well as for men. The post What Women Want appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • The Unequal-Pay Delusion

    Mona Charen
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Pay equality for women is an overblown problem - one for which plenty of legal remedies already exist. The post The Unequal-Pay Delusion appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Pixels Distract. Praise Focuses.

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    I’ve been caught up in my mind more than paper lately, an avalanche of thoughts I suppose…Relating in a real, tangible realm and relating in a social media world. I adore the people who have morphed from screen name monikers to friends. I cherish those who I always and only knew as flesh and blood, a pixel-less soul. And I wonder why it is we are so drawn in to the complexities of online connection. Indeed, we connect, but what we see and how we feel because of minuscule lights and squares and code sometimes astounds me – both in good and bad ways. Why do some things I see…
  • Depression, Prozac, And Where I Come Out As a Nerdy Girl

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you’ve been around these parts for any amount of time, you know I’ve wrestled with seasons of anxiety, depression, and even a time where a shrink thought I was bi-polar II (I wasn’t). One of the crazy (ha!) things about mental health is it’s really difficult to diagnose and if you’re serious about getting healthy (Note: Not fixed, not medicated, but healthy), you agree to subject yourself to a myriad of paths to find that health. Paths like: A commitment to be healthy physically – heal thyself. All the stuff you hear about eating well and exercising…
  • “Lean on Me” Book Club Discount + Free Shipping

    Anne Marie Miller
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Last weekend, I spoke at a church. Saturday was a women’s retreat and we focused on my new book Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community. Each woman got a copy of the book. On Sunday, something awesome happened that blew my mind a little bit. About a third of the women who got a book on Saturday came back to buy another book on Sunday for a friend so they could work through it together. THAT WAS JUST SO NEAT. This was not a pat-on-the-back moment for me. Yes, I’m really quite happy with the way the story was written in Lean on Me, but what delighted…
  • How Do You Know It’s Safe to be Vulnerable?

    Anne Marie Miller
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Do you have solid community in your life? I thought I could answer that question with an easy “YES!” until a crisis hit. It took that crisis for me to evaluate how I relate to God and to others. Today my book Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community is officially out and available for your perusal. My dear friend Shelia–who is a character in the book, and a protagonist in my life–said this about it: “Lean on Me is not a stale “how to” book with seven action points to automatically fix all your relationship woes. It is a story. A…
  • Wanting God in the Midst of Imperfect and Crazy

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Today I’ve asked my sweet friend Lisa to share on my blog. Because she has good things to say. Good things that resonate with my heart and soul and challenge me and beat me up in the best way. My life is usually crazy and always imperfect and I can choose to either embrace it with a bitter heart and want it all to be easy or I can want God. Lisa talks about this in her new book I Want God  and gives us a little glimpse of how deep this message goes in today’s blog post. I hope you love it! I will never forget the day in college when my friend asks me to describe God, the way I…
 
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    Godspace

  • A Celtic Prayer for the Week

    Christine Sine
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    This prayer was a part of our service at church on Sunday. It was part of our Celtic weekend celebrating Saint Andrew patron saint of our church (Saint Andrews’ Episcopal) We ended with the piping of Amazing Grace which I managed to capture in part here. It was phenomenal.
  • Stop The Madness: Return to Our Senses for Advent

    Christine Sine
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    The season of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year starts November 30th and it is time to get ready. How serious will you be about this journey toward the manger and the birth of Christ? In The Liturgical Year, Joan Chittister, says: The function of Advent is to remind us what we’re waiting(...)
  • Monday Meditation – Attached to God By A String

    Christine Sine
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    God in heaven holds each person by a string. When you sin, you cut the string. Then God ties it up again, making a knot – and thereby bringing you a little closer to him. Again and again your sins cut the string – and with each knot God keeps drawing you closer and closer.(...)
  • Let’s Celebrate Freedom Sunday

    Christine Sine
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    It is rare for me to do two posts on a single day but I was so moved by this prayer and the wonderful resources available from the Church of England on human trafficking and slavery that I just had to add this. The prayer comes from this excellent resource Freedom for Worship and Action which(...)
  • Learning from Teresa of Avila

    Christine Sine
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    October 15th was the feast day of Teresa of Avila. And I missed it, partly because I was so occupied with the concerns of this world, the pull of World Food Day and the aching desire to pray for those impacted by ebola. But I did not want to let the week go by without highlighting this(...)
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    thehighcalling.org

  • Find New Life: The Lesson of Second Place

    Prasanta Verma
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In high school, I finished second in my graduating class. And while that may seem like an accomplishment, and I was indeed proud of it– still, it was second place. Not first. In college, I auditioned to be an emcee for a special show. I encouraged my roommate to also audition, who felt insecure. Guess what? She got the part! I was happy for her- she did a fantastic job. But I felt also that I had failed. God used those circumstances, and similar ones afterward, to draw me closer to him. Learning lessons What was he teaching me? That failures more often define our character than…
  • Find New Life: The Power of Second Chances

    glynnyoung
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I was raised a Missouri Synod Lutheran, courtesy of my mother. I was raised with a strong Protestant work ethic, courtesy of my father. Both of those influences fused me into something of an overachiever, although only for those things where I felt I had a chance to overachieve. Academics were one area. Sports were not. Until my senior year in college, my life followed that overachiever pattern. Set goals, achieve them, surpass them, and then set new goals. As a college freshman, I set several goals, and kept adding to them. By the middle of my senior year, I had achieved or overachieved…
  • Find New Life: Any Day, Any Season

    Katie Kump
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I  knew these days would come. I knew the lease would end and she would move. I knew the bellies would swell while mine stayed flat ish despite my swelling baby fever. I knew the leaves would change again and the temperature would sooth itself off the ledge of languishing hot. I knew we’d wait for answers on what the next season of his career will be. I knew the seasons would change. Yet here I am, digging heels in, and demanding that it not. Not that here has been comfortable. This season was full enough of challenges, tears, and chaos. We’ve been too busy and he’s…
  • Pursue God: Playing Tug-Of-War With God

    DavidRupert
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I asked a classroom of women a question a few weeks ago and my words hung in the silent air. I knew I’d stumbled onto something. I had scribbled a line on a page with a single spot in the middle. With my black marker I threw down the words “You” and “God” on either side of the line. This was only meant to be a filler during my 30-minute talk about Knowing God. I was coming to the end of my talk, so I pulled out the half-wrinkled page. With a round-about way I explained an idea about the spot and how close we “feel” to…
  • Pursue God: The Changing Chase

    annie_rim
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In high school, pursuing God meant raising my hands in praise, saying the right things, and never questioning. It meant choosing to pursue, even when saying those right things didn’t lead to discovering the right answers and when church felt far away. In college, pursuing God meant deconstructing all I’d known, reading the right books, and breaking just enough rules. It meant choosing to pursue, as liturgy replaced charisma and faith became multifaceted. Pursuit meant processing the spiritual journey in Parisian cafes with Evangelicals, Anglicans, Catholics, and Pentecostals. It…
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    Good Letters

  • Raising Kids in the Creation/Evolution Divide, Part 1

    Tania Runyan
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    Two summers ago,my husband Jeremy and I decided to cancel our family’s cross-country road trip just days before departure. Our bank account had taken a beating with some unexpected bills. We suddenly found ourselves looking for staycation activities for our children, who were devastated to miss out on hiking the national parks and splashing in [Read More...]
  • Fury: The Beautification of Violence?

    Guest Contributor
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    Guest post by Christine A. Scheller I loathe violent movies. When my husband watches them at home, I escape to another room or ask him to change the channel. This has been especially true since our son died a violent suicide death. I don’t want to see blood and guts. Death is too real and [Read More...]
  • Hannah Graham and a Silence too Loud

    Vic Sizemore
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:13 am
    It was forty degrees this morning when I got into my car. The back window was spotted white with frost. As I drove to work, a new appeal came from news that had made me heartsick for weeks. It was a plea from the mother of Hannah Graham, the eighteen-year-old student who disappeared in September [Read More...]
  • Inside Matisse’s Chapel of Cut-Outs

    Morgan Meis
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:13 am
    At the end of his life, Henri Matisse made art for a chapel. It was a strange thing for an atheist to do. That Matisse would make religious art was especially annoying to his friend Picasso. In one exchange, Picasso asked Matisse, sarcastically, why he didn’t just make art for a brothel. “Because nobody asked [Read More...]
  • Holding the Blade of Sacrifice

    Caroline Langston
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    I had fallen asleep thinking about the Sacrifice of Isaac: The account, given in Genesis, in which patriarch Abraham is called by God to venture to Mt. Moriah, and sacrifice his young and beloved son—the son born to him and Sarah in old age, for whom he had longed for decades. And as the Genesis [Read More...]
 
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    Tod Bolsinger

  • 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…
  • A Cure for Denominational Depression

    Tod Bolsinger
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:13 am
    I’m a pastor in a denomination that is in the middle of (yet another) divide. I sat through another discussion about exiting churches at our Presbytery meeting a couple of weeks ago. It was like being part of a divorce negotiation with a couple that still loves each other yet one spouse can’t fathom being married any longer. The parties involved are trying really hard to be civil, to be respectful, to be fair.  All in all, they are doing a good job.  This is a Presbytery with a lot of mutual goodwill. If anything, it’s the kind of place where a “good” divorce could happen. And…
  • Partners in Failure

    Tod Bolsinger
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    We sat together at a coffee shop in Pasadena.  Me, a bit nervous.  He, warm and kind.  He had committed to fund the spiritual formation work I will be doing at Fuller Theological Seminary for the next three years. I wanted to buy him a cup of coffee as a tiny gesture of thanks.  And then he said something that has become as important to me as his financial support. In fact, it was really the moment when I knew for sure that God was in this huge vision to transform theological education.   “Tod, I believe that our Plan A is never God’s Plan A and we only get to God’s Plan A when…
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • A Tale of Two Deaths

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The stories of two impending deaths has recently come before our society’s attention, and justly so. Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old who recently transplanted herself from San Francisco to Oregon, explained why she is planning to commit physician’s-assisted suicide.  Her account was elegantly and movingly countered by that of Kara Tippetts, who has documented her own ongoing struggle with cancer in a forthcoming book. It is nearly impossible to speak well of such matters: there are few aspects of our lives that are as intimate or personal as the manner of our death. Whatever theological…
  • Mere Fidelity: The ‘Ask Us Anything’ Edition

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    We’ve had a great time recording Mere Fidelity, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness of your response and support for it. Now we want to hear from you.  We don’t have a show for you this week, so instead we thought we’d solicit questions from you all that we can take up in our next edition.  We’ve wanted to do this for a while, but the timing hasn’t quite been right.  Now it is. So, ask us anything.  And then vote below in the comments on which questions you like best.  We’ll discuss as manyh of the most popular questions as we can in…
  • The Progressive Evangelical Package

    Guest Writer
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Derek Rishmawy is the Director of College and Young Adult ministries at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Orange County, CA, where he wrangles college kids for the gospel. He’s been graciously adopted by the Triune God. That God has also seen fit to bless him with lovely wife named McKenna. He got his B.A. in Philosophy at UCI and his M.A. in Theological Studies (Biblical Studies) at APU. His passions are theology, the church, some philosophy, cultural criticism, and theology. He has been published at the Gospel Coalition and Out of Ur blog. He writes regularly at his Reformedish…
  • Engagement is Discipleship

    Guest Writer
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Matthew Loftus is a family doctor who lives with his wife Maggie and his daughter Naomi in Baltimore , where they are blessed to be a part of New Song Community Church. He aspires to finish his novel and to teach medicine overseas. You may follow him on Twitter @matthew_loftus if you’d like. As Christians face more direct opposition from cultural powers, we should consider Rod Dreher’s recent discussions of the Benedict Option and the Jeremiah Option. The former represents a more “separatist” approach to cultural or political engagement and the latter embraces “assimilation” as a…
  • Marry or Burn?

    Guest Writer
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hannah R. Anderson lives in Roanoke, Virginia, with her husband and three young children. In the in-between moments, she is a freelance writer and blogs at www.sometimesalight.com. She is the author of Made for More: An Invitation to Live in God’s Image (Moody, 2014). You can follow her on Twitter. I recently read an article that argued against early marriage as a way to fight sexual temptation. It seems that in response to the cultural trend to delay marriage, some evangelical churches have started promoting early marriage as a way of pursuing sexual purity. The author took issue with…
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    RZIM

  • Ravi’s Update from the United States Air Force Academy

    Ted Burnham
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Ravi Zacharias gives an update about his recent meetings after his talk at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over the last few weeks Ravi has  journeyed to twelve different countries and spoken at several events.  In this video Ravi shares highlights from his events in Seattle with Microsoft executives, Singapore, Hong Kong, the NSA, and the United States Air Force Academy. Help support the efforts of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.
  • Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale Release New Book, “Why Suffering?”

    Ted Burnham
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    New book tackles age old question, “Why would a loving and powerful God allow so much pain and suffering?” Christian apologist Dr. Ravi Zacharias has written a new bookWhy Suffering? Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense co-authored with Vince Vitale of RZIM’s Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Why Suffering is published by FaithWords and will be released on October 21, 2014. WHY SUFFERING? will appeal to a large cross-section of readers as Zacharias and Vitale uniquely combine both an apologetic approach as well as a pastoral perspective. It is written for…
  • RZIM Academy: Scholarship Deadline Tonight, Registration Ends Thursday!

    Ted Burnham
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The RZIM Academy is a 12-week online course covering the topic of worldview, with a particular emphasis on the importance of engaging with individuals of different belief systems, and doing so with gentleness and respect. It is entirely online and offers 26 lectures featuring some of the most experienced and gifted apologists on the RZIM team including Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, John Lennox, Os Guinness, Amy Orr-Ewing, and many more.  The aim of this program is to help individuals become better equipped to give a reason for the hope that they have. The Core Module tuition is $199.
  • Live Stream: Hong Kong Apologetics Conference

    Ted Burnham
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Ravi Zacharias and several of RZIM’s team members from offices around the globe will be in Hong Kong for a three day apologetics conference.  Please note: All events will be streamed live from Hong Kong and archived for later viewing.  Hong Kong is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time. Schedule of Events What Does It Mean to be Human? Ravi Zacharias Starts: September 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM HKT, 7:30 AM EDT (GMT+8)   Made in God’s Image – Simon Edwards Starts: September 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM HKT, September 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM EDT (GMT+8)   Fit Bodies, Fat Minds…
  • RZIM Events in Seattle Area

    Ted Burnham
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
      Join Ravi Zacharias, Stuart McAllister, and Margaret Manning for two live streaming events this weekend in Washington state. Please note, unless otherwise listed all times are PDT. Jesus Among Other Gods Open Forum- Ravi Zacharias September 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM PDT, 8:00 PM EDT (GMT-7) Ravi Zacharias speaks on Jesus among other Gods followed by a live open forum with Ravi, Stuart McAllister, and Margaret Manning at City on a Hill Church’s Conference in Washington state.   Agents of Hope in a Contentious Age – Stuart McAllister September 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM EDT…
 
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    Red Letter Believers

  • Just because I don’t agree with you, doesn’t mean I hate you

    David Rupert
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Of all the words flung around carelessly these days – like love, sex, marriage, and selfie — perhaps none is more thoughtless than the modern use of “hate.” Suddenly, any opposition to any idea or principle, regardless of the argument is deemed “hateful.” For example, my friend Jack said he couldn’t make a wedding cake for two men. He would sell them anything else in his store, but his principles would not allow him to participate in something he felt was morally wrong. Jack the Baker became Jack the Hater. Those of us who know Jack know him to be honest, pure and…
  • Six Flags. Seven Principles. One Love.

    David Rupert
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    Can a company in today’s cutthroat world actually run on biblical principles – and prosper? Can an organization be guided by faith and still be sensitive to a diverse world? Can you take the words of Jesus and put them in a corporate setting? There is a company that’s doing precisely that– Herschend Family Entertainment, which runs 26 theme parks such as Dollywood and Stone Mountain. Joel Manby is the CEO and cheerleader for a relationship-based organization that makes a difference in it’s employees lives, resulting in a better experience for its customers. Manby appeared last year…
  • Is Christianity a waste?

    David Rupert
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sometimes I look at this life I’m living, trying to make righteous choices, and the doubts creep in. I wonder if it’s just a waste of time when I could be enjoying the full fruits of this world. After all, the world looks like they are having fun. Unbridled by the tenants of faith and the threat of sin, shame, and punishment, they do what they want. Morality is what you define it to be. And then there’s everyone else. Since the beginning of time, it’s estimated that more than 8 billion people have made a decision to follow Christ. Since 1934, the number of…
  • I can be great (But it’s not what you think)

    David Rupert
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    I always had this belief that I would be successful. This belief was instilled in by a mother who was a high school dropout, married at 17, and had lived a modest, yet decidedly meager life. But in her sons, she saw greatness. She pushed me to memorize the math tables that swirled in my head. She turned off the TV and stuck books in front of my square eyes. The B plus was a sign of failure. The second-place wasn’t good enough. She never relented in telling us that we weren’t like the other kids. “You can do better.” Doctor. Pilot. Scientist. Any of those professions would…
  • The Freedom Project

    David Rupert
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    A writer’s group I belong to just published a group project, Freedom! It’s available for free here. Freedom_Final Please feel free to copy, print, and share!   The post The Freedom Project appeared first on Red Letter Believers.
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Cheap Kindle Books 10.12.14

    Steve McCoy
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Exploring Grace Together by Jessica Thompson ($0.99)Galatians by Todd Wilson ($0.99)Church History by Christopher Catherwood ($0.99)Redemption by Mike Wilkerson ($0.99)Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian ($0.99)Finding Faithful Elders & Deacons by Thabiti Anyabwile ($0.99)Holy Subversion by Trevin Wax ($0.99)Learning Evangelism from Jesus by Jerram Barrs ($0.99)A Meal With Jesus by Tim Chester ($0.99)What's Best Next by Matthew Perman ($3.79)Facing Leviathan by Mark Sayers ($3.82)The Road Trip that Changed the World by Mark Sayers ($3.82)I recommend: Kindle Paperwhite
  • Bassically

    Steve McCoy
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    It's Friday so you need something to dance to. I'm listening to Tei Shi on repeat today. It's cool. Tell me whacha think. You can listen below or download "Bassically."
  • Adios Johnny Bravo

    Steve McCoy
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    I watched this as research for a project I'm working on. Awesome.
  • Fear(s) of the Dark

    Steve McCoy
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    I haven't seen the full Fear(s) of the Dark film, but this Richard McGuire clip is a lot of fun. Turn the lights off and bring in the kids too.
  • Lots-o-Links 9.25.14

    Steve McCoy
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    The Palomino Blackwing Pearl is probably the greatest pencil I've ever used. If you've never tried them, wowwy you are in for a treat. Pick up a pack.Austin Kleon has made clipboards look like an interesting as a part of office design.This is one of my favorite themes: it’s not that I have a need and then I seek out the right tool for it, but most of the time, having a tool lying around (like a row of clipboards) will inspire me to find some use for it.Where Have All The Poets Gone?We need our poets now more than ever. In fact, they should be on the front lines — at rallies and marches…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Irrelevance & Relevance of the Trinity to the Christian Life

    Fred Sanders
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    I was excited when Kyle Strobel and Kent Eilers invited me to write the Trinity chapter in their book Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life (Bloomsbury / T&T Clark, 2014), and I’m more excited now that the book is in print.  I described the whole book briefly in a recent post, and in this post I want to share a little of the chapter I wrote for the project. The book begins with five chapters on the nature and the works of God, which is a revolutionary way to begin an account of the Christian life. The reader’s attention is immediately directed not to the ups…
  • Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life

    Fred Sanders
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    The doctrine of the Christian life –that is, a theological account of what it is to exist as a Christian– is a wonderful part of theology, but also one that is open to distortions in two directions. In one direction, the doctrine can become overly practical, and get reduced to a kind of applied spirituality. In modern culture, that usually means the gravitational pull of psychology and self-help will begin pulling it downward toward a naturalistic understanding, toward a set of techniques, tips, and best practices for the management of immanent possibilities. When the doctrine of…
  • Theology and California: The Book

    Fred Sanders
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:14 am
    I’m pleased to announce the publication of a strange, new book: Theology and California: Theological Refractions on California’s Culture (Ashgate, 2014), edited by Jason Sexton and me. It’s available in hardcover for your libraries, softcover with a gorgeous cover photo, and e-book for portability. As Kevin Vanhoozer asks back-handedly on the back cover, “Theology is faith seeking understanding –yes, but of California?” Yes, of California. This book of essays is the result of several years of collaboration in a project called Theological Engagement with…
  • The Common Room: Virgil’s Aeneid and the Meaning of Fate

    Scriptorium Admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Torrey director Dr. Paul Spears discusses “Virgil’s Aeneid and the Meaning of Fate” with Dr. Adam Johnson.  Moderated by Dr. Fred Sanders. The post The Common Room: Virgil’s Aeneid and the Meaning of Fate appeared first on The Scriptorium Daily.
  • Where to go to Church

    Greg Peters
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    It recently came to light that the inimitable Billy Graham said that if he could do it all over again, he would be “an evangelical Anglican.” Such a sentiment immediately caught the attention of evangelical Anglicans everywhere: we could have both J.I. Packer and Billy Graham playing on our team? Then it sunk in: if he could do it all over again he would be an Anglican. Graham, enjoying his twilight years, does not appear to be contemplating a “conversion” to Anglicanism. Nonetheless, he sees something in Anglicanism that makes him think that it holds promise and Anglicans everywhere…
 
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    Chris Marlow

  • Why I Have Been a Coward: A Confession of Silence

    Chris Marlow
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
      It’s really easy to be a coward. It is true that the word “coward” is harsh, but I have been a coward–let me tell you why. I have a message that I need to share, but it’s not an easy one. I constantly feel this very tense emotion–a true inner battle that I wrestle with over and over. God’s people are called to be seekers of justice, to lay down their own comfort for the sake of their neighbor. This is hard– really, really hard. At the same time, we cannot bear the burden to change the world; that is for God and God alone. You and me–we simply cannot fix…
  • The Payoff

    Chris Marlow
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    You know that moment when all the pressure disappears? You can look back at the work, the stress, the obstacles and the risks and you finally reach the reward at the top of the mountain? Watch this video for 10 seconds. The Payoff We all were a bit weepy… the week had brought MANY challenges including driving 8-10 hours a day in a van that felt more like a wooden roller coaster from the 1970’s. Then there was also four or five hours of sleep in six different hotels and constant packing and unpacking over and over again! And, of course, the never ending search for decent wifi so that…
  • Love Hope

    Chris Marlow
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Love Hope — Ethiopia Today, I leave on another jet plane across the Atlantic. On Wednesday, I will touch down on Ethiopian soil with some really amazing friends to do our best and tell some powerful stories with dignity and hope. Our team has been working on this moment for almost two years. And now, that moment is here: a chance to make a massive impact in a community suffering from extreme poverty. This is a community in which moms and dads often have to make a decision that is far beyond my understanding… a decision that asks: “Should we abandon our child and let him live in…
  • Building Something Beautiful

    Chris Marlow
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    For Such a Time as This What do I do? This is a question I often get asked. Are you primarily a speaker? A writer? An activist? No, I’m not any of these, though I am involved in all of them. My primary role is to build. I’m building Help One Now. Sometimes, building requires that I speak and write. But, my passion–what keeps me up at night–is processing how to build something beautiful, something meaningful. I don’t build alone. I have a board, a team, and our amazing tribe. We build together and together, we are building something that matters. When you build,…
  • From Hogwarts To Haiti

    Chris Marlow
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    From Hogwarts To Haiti A few years ago, I noticed my daughter on the computer. She was totally locked in and focused. Her eyes were wide, and her smile was so big her face could barely contain her excitement. “What was she doing?” I wondered. She broke the silence with a simple question: “Hey Dad, all my friends in class have been to Disney World. When are we going to go?” (Since when is it not normal for 10 year olds to have not been to Disney?) I quickly realized she was looking at YouTube videos of Disney World and, like all good marketing, she was hooked. Soon she would…
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  • A World Without Missionaries?

    Andrew Jones
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    An article on medical missionaries and Ebola by atheist Robert Palmer has caused some outroar among the Christian community. In Palmer’s In Medicine We Trust, the author denigrates missionaries in a way that has created a lot of ink. I don’t want to add much to that but, A few thoughts: – The notion that missionaries have not impacted the world ...
  • Exponential West

    Andrew Jones
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    A big religious conference called Exponential West starts their LIVE WEBCAST in about  . . 2 minutes. I almost went down to SoCal to see some of my friends who will be there but decided I should just stay in San Francisco and watch a few streaming video sessions while my friend Dave is outside, setting up the smoker for some ...
  • Interviewed by TROV

    Andrew Jones
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Today an interview with me was published on Trov. They really liked my 1890’s field camera and I suppose there were a few questions about it. I was ‘troving’ my possessions a month or so ago because we were shipping our stuff to Europe and then Africa and I decided to use Trov as a way of cataloging my stuff, ...
  • Feast Worldwide Dinner Party

    Andrew Jones
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    11 October 2014 at 7pm UPDATE: There is another Worldwide Feast Coming this weekend with the big one in New York and heaps of tiny ones around the world ———————————————- ORIGINAL POST, 2012 The creative people at Feast on Good, who I met in New York and have mentioned on the blog before, are hosting a worldwide dinner party for good on ...
  • Best of APE 2014

    Andrew Jones
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    My daughter and I just came back from the Alternative Publishing Expo in San Francisco. She wore a red cape and I wore a ridiculous Fez. Gwennie attended some workshops on comic creation and publishing e-books and I sat in them also. For me, it was a good time to wander through the exhibition area chatting with artists and alt. ...
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    The Lutheran

  • We have something way better to say

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Recently I was talking with a friend about one of the huge global problems that confronted us this past summer in stunning succession. Millions of people are involved. For those most closely connected, their livelihoods, their very lives, are at risk. The situation is dire. Urgency is high. My friend and I are both privileged people with access to a range of resources and opportunities for action. We wondered: What shall we do? How shall we act? I’m a preacher. I use words to do my daily work. I’m not the only person who responds with words, of course. Broadcasts and online…
  • A meal of thanksgiving

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When I learned that the Greek word eucharist can be translated as “giving thanks,” a few threads of my life wove together in a way that continues to bind me tightly. This binds me to my grandparents’ table in Miami Springs, Fla., where Grandma stands at the counter shaving corn off the cob, throwing it into a skillet with cream and serving it up hot. We had “smashed corn” every time we visited. Not because my grandparents liked it so much, but because they knew we did. That and my grandmother’s fried chicken. Passed around the table, we eagerly…
  • Get set for clergy retirement wave

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    ELCA pastors are getting younger. It’s not that our beloved, gray-haired pastors are suddenly dropping 20 years (and 50 pounds) and having play-lists of the latest rock stars banging in their ears as they write sermons. The reason is that a large number of pastors are reaching retirement age this year and in the years ahead. As these leaders depart from active ministry, the face of the ELCA pastorate will change and become younger, both in age and outlook. The numbers are clear. The ELCA ministerium is not wholly older, but a significant percentage is more likely to carry AARP…
  • Staying alive

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    For generations ELCA members have thought of seminary education this way: A Lutheran student prepares for Lutheran ministry at a Lutheran congregation. But the mission for today’s seminaries is more complex.  ELCA seminaries are providing theological education more broadly and ecumenically than ever. Instead of simply educating only ELCA members for service in their denomination, Lutheran seminaries prepare leaders to serve the mission of the gospel in many and varied American churches.  Today a student on the campus of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio,…
  • Food pantries strained

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A few containers of yogurt, a box of milk, a bunch of bananas, a bag of carrots, a potato or two. The food many of us take for granted, especially during this month of Thanksgiving feasting, often makes a big difference in feeding a family in need for a week. Participants of the Connecticut Food Bank’s mobile program line up at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Ridgefield, Conn., once a month to receive a few bags of food to last until their next pantry visit. The outreach truck is different because it not only stops in the community but includes fresh produce and meat, items not…
 
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  • Hello world!

    admin
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    Century Blog

  • New today: The future is Filipino, long healing, three lessons for mainline pastors from Mark Driscoll’s resignation

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • Why black American theologians went to India

    Sarah Azaransky
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Ebola outbreak is centered in three West African countries where almost 4,500 people have died; 17 people have been treated for the disease in Europe and North America, most of whom are health and aid workers who contracted the disease in West Africa. Americans are vigorously debating whether to place a travel ban on anyone trying to enter the nation from affected regions. Advocates of interreligious engagement—through their willingness to move across dangerous boundaries—show us how exchange does not necessarily beget vulnerability; it can bolster our humanity. read more
  • Questions and answers

    Ryan Dueck
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Among the more delightful and rewarding tasks of managing a blog is dealing with the blight upon digital existence that is spam. My blog platform’s spam settings are usually pretty reliable, but occasionally either a legitimate comment is labeled spam or something gets through that shouldn’t. read more
  • Ugh, Christian wedding mills

    Steve Thorngate
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Did you hear about the for-profit wedding chapel owners in Idaho who are claiming a constitutional right (pdf) to refuse services to same-sex couples? From Marci Glass's entertaining post:I hate to be the one to point this out to the Reverends Knapp, but they are not, in fact, pastors of a church. They own a wedding mill. read more
  • Some things take a long time to heal

    Beth Merrill Neel
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    We were talking about health and mental health the other day in staff meeting, and I asked why mental health issues couldn’t just be called health issues. After all, many of the diseases that affect one’s emotional life are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, a physical thing. read more
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  • Missionary Tenure

    Roger Mugs
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Growing up I always assumed that the word tenure came from an old English word meaning 10 years. I’ve since looked it up and found the two have nothing in common. Nonetheless, tenure for a missionary seems to come at or around the ten year mark. Tenure for a missionary is like tenure for a professor in the sense that getting tenure means you’re arriving at a kind of ensured longevity. But tenure is different from teaching because in teaching you get tenure for great teaching, research, or published scholarly articles. And as a missionary you get tenure for being broken down and…
  • The Documentary Hypothesis (JEDP) as applied to a Nigerian e-mail request for money transfer

    Roger Mugs
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I've recently been thinking about Biblical criticism and found that I could apply what I've learned to an email I recently received requesting my help for a transaction of a large sum of money. I was really quite shocked to find that not one, but probably as many as four people or groups of people helped to compose this email to me.My breakdown of the text is based largely on who is the master (or the most important person) of the email at the time. I have broken this down into four parts the "Sir," the "Help," the "I," and the "They." At four different times this email was edited by people…
  • Beer and the Resurrection

    Roger Mugs
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Years ago I lamented that I could find no good spiritual parallels for beer. Well good people, I’m glad to say my theology has evolved (joke in there somewhere) and I’ve done it. My reading and pondering lately have all been in the realm of eschatology and the resurrection. Thus… Beer is an excellent example of the transformation we undergo in resurrection. Bland wort (the syrup made from soaking grains which is later fermented in to glory) turns to glorious deliciousness through the wonders of yeast. Likewise, we are bland (even bad) fallen in nature until we are, through…
  • Of Significance

    Roger Mugs
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:19 pm
    As secure of a person as I feel I am, I think I am surprised at how much I nonetheless wrestle with significance. Am I doing what I’m supposed to be doing? Am I a faithful enough missionary? Will my work have a lasting impact? Will anyone care or remember me? Do I even want to be remembered? What if I made more money elsewhere, would I then have a greater impact on the Kingdom? Do I spend enough time in prayer to be doing to real lasting work? If I had to leave tomorrow would anything I’ve built last long enough to accomplish the Lord’s purposes? And this last question…
  • Most Shocking to Me Daily Is

    Roger Mugs
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:40 pm
    There are people in this world with a tolerance for monotony I cannot help but quietly envy.
 
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    Think Christian Articles

  • Parenting is not a covenantal relationship. Marriage is.

    Tamara Hill Murphy
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Posted on 10/22/14 I don’t know if it was the provocative title - “How American parenting is killing the American marriage” - or the actual content, but something about a recent Quartz article caused 47 of my friends to share it on Facebook. Maybe it was the opening sentence: “Sometime between when we were children and when we had children of our own, parenthood became a religion in America.” While the cultural timeline might be accurate, I’d argue the underlying root of idolatry is not new at all. Most telling was the caption under the photo of a yawning…
  • Steve Taylor’s new Goliath

    John J. Thompson
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    Posted on 10/21/14 Phrases like “renaissance man” and “quadruple threat” might seem a tad hyperbolic in reference to a largely unknown pop artist, but when a songwriter, record producer, filmmaker and showman like Steve Taylor emerges from two decades of relative musical silence with one of the most interesting rock records of the year, normal words fail. After a decade pushing limits and bothering gatekeepers as an alternative Christian artist in the ’80s, Taylor decided to let the “real” music industry beat up on him for a change. He formed Chagall…
  • What we lose by choosing death with dignity

    Karen Swallow Prior
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Posted on 10/20/14 First of November. This is the day a 29-year-old, terminally ill woman named Brittany Maynard has chosen to end her own life under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. Diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer and given sixth months to live, Maynard explains that as her disease progresses, …even with palliative medication, I could develop potentially morphine-resistant pain and suffer personality changes and verbal, cognitive and motor loss of virtually any kind. Because the rest of my body is young and healthy, I am likely to physically hang on for a long…
  • Scandal, #WhyIStayed and standing against abuse

    Kory Plockmeyer
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Posted on 10/16/14 Scandal is back on ABC this fall, further detailing the illicit relationship between public-relations guru Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and married President Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant (Tony Goldwyn). Watching the first few episodes, it strikes me that the show could play a helpful role in our current national conversation about abusive relationships. Scandal follows Olivia and her team of PR “gladiators” as they try to clear the name of innocent victims and fight for justice. Despite trying to don the “white hat” (a play on her papal last…
  • Mary Gordon’s The Liar’s Wife and the spiritual gift of attentiveness

    Allison Backous Troy
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    Posted on 10/16/14 Mary Gordon’s latest work, The Liar’s Wife, is a collection of novellas whose settings span Europe and America, pre- and post-World War II, and whose narrators are surprisingly adept truth-tellers - so deft, in fact, as to tell you truths about yourself that you might have a hard time believing. There is Jocelyn, who finds herself tending her dead mother’s house at the height of post-retirement bliss when her ex-husband pulls into her driveway, steering a Frito-Lay truck; Genevieve, a former student of Simone Weil, who tends her infant son and invalid…
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  • 5 Things You MUST Do If Your Spouse Is Hooked On Porn

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    A husband’s compulsive pornography use is rarely disclosed voluntarily. Most men addicted to pornography experience deep shame and hide their choices, but despite well-crafted, guilt-ridden lies that mask their behavior, the truth emerges. Regardless how the wife finds out about the pornography addiction, the discovery is devastating for everyone involved. After this discovery, wives often feel caught in a whirlwind of disillusionment, distress, and relational damage. In the bewildering moments that follow such a traumatic event, women rightfully ask themselves, what do I do now? Here…
  • 10 Lies Men Believe about Porn

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Have you ever had thoughts such as, I’m the only one struggling with porn like this, God must be so ashamed of me, or I just have got to get stronger to overcome my addiction or anything like that? These thoughts are present in almost every case of pornography addiction I’ve seen.  But do you see the problem? These thoughts are all lies! Worse yet, they keep you from discovering the truth that will set you free. This is why my mission over the past few years has been to help men not only recognize the top ten of these lies, but more importantly, to understand the Truth that…
  • Are We Free To Screw Up?

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    My friend Steven wrote a post on Monday about slip up or relapse. My other friend Seth followed it up Wednesday with a different take on things. Now, I guess it is my turn. I appreciate all that has been said and want you to know this has been a huge conversation around XXXchurch recently, especially when it comes to our X3groups. We have a diverse group of people working and writing here at XXXchurch.com and sometimes we don’t see eye to eye on everything. That is ok. That is how I think we will continue to grow.  We have long had a policy where X3group leaders needed to be sober…
  • Are You Surrendering or Just Controlling?

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    A few days ago, Steven Luff wrote a post about the difference between what he terms a “slip-up” and full-blown “relapse,” where he mainly focused on the idea that your sobriety date is a very important tool for you in your recovery. (You can check that out here) In this post, I would like to invite you to take a step back and think a little deeper about some of the words we use so much in this process of seeking freedom. Because there are deeper questions to be asked. But sometimes we struggle to lead people into those deeper questions. Perhaps this is because deep…
  • Is There Really a Difference Between Slip-Ups and Relapses?

    12 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I lead a sexual addiction recovery group in Hollywood every Tuesday night called X3LA. The men who attend have the option of filling out a “Meeting Response Sheet” with eight questions/prompts that help them better understand the nature of their addiction and, hopefully, their recovery from it. The first question? “State your first name and how long you have been sober.” In this instance, “sober” means how long it has been since they last used their substance of abuse. Each man in the group determines that “substance” for himself – for one…
 
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • Help Me Help Leaders in Need!

    Terrace Crawford
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    There’s a number of youth workers\church leaders under stress. They are enduring financial difficulty (among other stresses) and I want to help. For the last couple of years it’s been on my heart to create an assistance fund for church … Continue reading →
  • The Top 50 Family Ministry Blogs!

    Terrace Crawford
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I was really honored to learn this morning that this blog made the Top 50 Family Ministry Blogs of 2014!  Also pretty cool to see I made the Top among those listed.  It’s been incredible to develop my blog and … Continue reading →
  • Follow the D6 Conference LIVE!

    Terrace Crawford
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    I’m soon flying out to Louisville to help lead\cover the D6 Conference. We want you to experience the event even if you can’t make it out to KY.  Here’s a few quick ways to not miss any of the action: … Continue reading →
  • The Real Key to Success with Proven Results!

    Terrace Crawford
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    I read so many articles each week that really try to pinpoint how to be successful. I’m very ambitious and an entrepreneur at heart, so naturally I get sucked in easily by this sort of topic. The truth is, there … Continue reading →
  • Win FREE TICKETS to @TheD6Conference!

    Terrace Crawford
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I’m heading to Louisville for the D6 Conference this October & I would love for YOU to join me in Louisville for the event! To make that happen, I’m giving away TWO FREE REGISTRATIONS (one for YOU & a guest) to TWO … Continue reading →
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • Dealing with Loss.

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    How does one deal with loss?Here are a few suggestions:I. Look Back .... look back at the good times and bad. Cherish the memories. Scars may always be there but looking back sometimes helps with the healing and looking ahead.II. Leave. Leave as in grief the loss and leave the past behind. It is ok to dwell on the loss but don't get so caught up that it makes you absorbed and not to move forward. It might be you have to leave certain areas, or items ...because the loss is too painful. It is ok to cry, give things away, to laugh. everyone deals with loss differently.III. Learn from the loss.
  • Teen Haven Camp

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Flashback Summer 1993 ... I had the honor of working with Teen Haven Camp ..and with Vinnie and the crew there.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • A Celebration

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    this past Sunday I had the honor to partake in a celebration of Delaine Hilborn and her family and have renewing of vowes for her daughter, Coral and her husband, Angel. It was a good time.Continue to pray for Delaine. Thanks. http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Learning from Cows

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
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  • Flashback Friday: Water Street Mission

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    I spent the summer of 1992 there serving the Day Camp and later 1993 the Teen Haven Camp they had.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
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    Frank Chiapperino

  • Commitment Through Change

    frank
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    I’ve been away from blogging for quite a while as I’ve been in a state of transition moving from Minnesota to my new position in Florida. I’m going to miss my friends at Hope Summit and my hopes and prayers are with them as they work their way through the changes in their future. If you are ever in Rochester, Minnesota I would encourage you to visit them. There you will find some loving people who are committed to building a community of faith. About four months ago I connected with Crossroads Christian Church just outside Tampa, Florida. Crossroads has seen some tough…
  • Rainy Day Box

    frank
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    I remember when I was a kid I loved playing outside in our neighborhood.  I was tight with my brothers and we always shared friends, toys, and adventures wherever we lived.  We would ride bikes, play in the park, fly kites, play tag, build forts… until the rain came.  I loved the excitement of a thunderstorm, and certainly thought that lightning was cool, but I hated the rain.  The rain totally killed my mood and canceled the fun. However, in those bummed out moments, my mom would save the day.  She would reach into the closet and pull out a very special box.  A box that we only…
  • Guilty Conscience

    frank
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Quite a few years ago I almost made a huge mistake. Actually, this has happened a few times in my life. In times of uncertainty we should always follow this Proverb: Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. (Proverbs 15:22) You know those times when people really frustrate you, and you want to lay a huge guilt trip on them to get them to do what you want? Well, I started doing that. I actually began the process of tying this person up with the ropes of guilt so they felt trapped into doing what I wanted them to do. Luckily, I acted on the above proverb and got the…
  • Who Knows The Condition Of Your Soul?

    frank
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    The mission Jesus gave his followers that established the church has two parts. In the gospel of Matthew He shares: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28) The first is making disciples by baptizing them, and the second is teaching them to obey. By the very nature of Jesus’ instruction, we can see that the journey of faith and…
  • What Does Wisdom Look Like?

    frank
    19 Feb 2014 | 8:01 am
    Most of us admire people that we consider to be wise.  We will seek their advice when we encounter the big decisions that life brings our way.  However, I don’t think that many of us act on the notion that wisdom is something that we can pursue, but to pursue it we must first know what it is.  James, the brother of Jesus, tells us this about wisdom… James 3:17-18 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
 
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  • Jesus Passion For Reverence

    Rick Morgan
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Does your worship honor God?John 2:12-16  After the wedding He went to Capernaum for a few days with His mother, His brothers, and His disciples.  13  It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14  In the Temple area He saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; He also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money.  15  Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers' coins over the floor, and turned over their…
  • Unbelieving Waterboys

    Rick Morgan
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    The servants knew where the wine came from but they didn't believe.John 2:1-12  The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there,  2  and Jesus and His disciples were also invited to the celebration.  3  The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus' mother told Him, "They have no more wine." 4  "Dear woman, that's not our problem," Jesus replied. "My time has not yet come." 5  But His mother told the servants, "Do whatever He tells you."6  Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used…
  • Stairway To Heaven

    Rick Morgan
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Jesus gives us access to God.John 1:45-51  Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, "We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth." 46  "Nazareth!" exclaimed Nathanael. "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" "Come and see for yourself," Philip replied. 47  As they approached, Jesus said, "Now here is a genuine son of Israel--a man of complete integrity."48  "How do You know about me?" Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, "I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you."49  Then…
  • Come And See

    Rick Morgan
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Jesus invites us to come and check him out.John 1:38-46  Jesus looked around and saw them following. "What do you want?" He asked them. They replied, "Rabbi" (which means "Teacher"), "where are You staying?"  39  "Come and see," He said. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon when they went with Him to the place where He was staying, and they remained with Him the rest of the day.40  Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus.  41  Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, "We have found…
  • What Do You Want?

    Rick Morgan
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    How would you answer Jesus question?John 1:35-39  The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples.  36  As Jesus walked by, John looked at Him and declared, "Look! There is the Lamb of God!"37  When John's two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.  38  Jesus looked around and saw them following. "What do you want?" He asked them.They replied, "Rabbi" (which means "Teacher"), "where are You staying?"  39  "Come and see," He said. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon when they went with Him to the place where He was staying,…
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  • What a CEO Does

    John Saddington
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    A CEO does these three things: Sets overall vision and strategy of the company and communicates it to all stakeholders. Recruits, hires, and retains the very best talent for the company. Makes sure there is always enough cash in the bank. I love this and I love the simplicity of this list. You can read the post and the really helpful comments for some even other great insights. Now, naturally a CEO’s specific role depends greatly on the rest of the leadership team and the stage of the company as the CEO of a publicly traded company has dramatically different responsibilities as the…
  • The Startup Groupie

    John Saddington
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    It’s tough to grow a startup. Talent is limited and not readily available, often because those who are capable are already busy doing great things in other ventures. And the right talent to not only survive but thrive in a startup environment is hard to pin down and classify. Often times I know with more certainty what doesn’t work instead of what does work, if that makes sense. I liken it to the eternal question that you’ve asked (and been asked): So, what/where do you want to eat? Typically I know what I do not want to eat instead of what I really want to eat. I can…
  • Father, First

    John Saddington
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    When I read Max Schireson’s blog post on why he was stepping back from the CEO role of MongoDB I was really impressed by not only his perspective but his transparency. Sure, he may have disqualified himself from many opportunities but I think that level of transparency disqualifies him from the wrong type of organizations and ventures so he has not lost anything in being honest and forthcoming. I have often put my business first and my family second. This goes for not just my beloved bride but also my two wonderful kids. They have often gotten the short end of the stick. Making…
  • After Becoming the Manager

    John Saddington
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Lol. Isn’t it so (sadly) true? Creating a layer of management in a growing organization can be a very positive thing in the right context and with the right culture to support it. Unfortunately, “middle” management has been given such a bad reputation because it’s been so poorly executed. I’ve had my own share of experiences with middle management and I tried as best as I possibly could to find away around it as I made my way up the corporate ladder (or just avoid it). But since doing startups full time I’ve been fortunate enough not to require it since the…
  • Not Satisfied

    John Saddington
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Starting a startup has become much, much easier over the last decade, especially when it comes to technology and software-driven ventures. Spinning up a virtual server, plugging into a near-infinite number of APIs, and waxing a little code can have you more than just a working MVP – you could have the makings of a legitimate and financially growing business. This has created more options for more people to start their own company and also created more volume of choices for consumers. Have a solution for X problem? Get in line as there are 1,000 other companies doing the exact same…
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  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Can you guess who that is in the pumpkin?  Details below. Welcome to the World Series of Christian news and opinion stories. Two teams: People who are screaming to be heard, and people with stories they wish we didn’t know. Just in time for Halloween: Ten reasons why the resurrected Jesus was not a zombie. On the same theme, I’m not sure about calling this a Christian horror movie. In more movie news, “an EMT tells a dying construction worker about Jesus, resulting in a legal battle.” The creators of God’s Not Dead are working on a new movie about religious…
  • The Protestant Kid and The Crucifix

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Yes, this is the third time around for this column, but it’s been four years… When I was in the sixth grade, my friend Jimmy Moss and his family moved to Morristown, New Jersey, where he later decided that his life calling was to enter the priesthood. I have never seen Jimmy since. I doubt very much he goes by ‘Jimmy’ now. “Father Jimmy?” Okay, it’s possible. Jimmy’s family were Catholic. I know that because we had several discussions about it. Not so much Jimmy and I. Mostly my parents and I. It was considered necessary that I know a little…
  • The Fright Industry

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    They appeared just after Labor Day.  Pop-up retail stores in strip malls and indoor centers dedicated wholly to the evening of October 31st. Pop-up retail is not for the faint of heart. It involves a certain amount of portability in terms of inventory and fixtures, but you’re still installing cash registers and point of sale terminals, hiring staff and presumably obtaining liability insurance; all with a less than 60-day sales window. In the U.S. and Canada, there is now big money in Halloween. It doubled between 2005 and 2011 in a way that other holidays did not. But numbers vary with…
  • Give Me This Mountain

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Numbers 14:24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. I thought it would be refreshing to include another Graham Kendrick song here as we head into another week. This song is based on a story in Joshua 14 where Caleb boldly comes before the Lord and asks for victory in battle. Instead, I ended up posting an entire devotion on it yesterday at Christianity 201!  (Click the link to read it in full.) Here’s the song.  
  • Catch a Falling Star

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
      I started immersing myself in the Christian blogosphere at least a year before beginning to write my own, so I’m guessing it’s been at least nine years now. During that time I have unfortunately been made aware of the different tribes that exist among my fellow believers, and the degree to which tribal convictions isolate us from each other. While I enjoy the exchange of ideas that can pleasantly take place among those of divergent views, I have also seen firsthand the dismissive attitude that plagues attempts at conversation between people of differing doctrinal positions.
 
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  • Culture Shock

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Sexuality. Homosexuality. The Environment. Abortion. Politics. These are the issues Chip Ingram tackles head on in his new book Culture Shock.  Seeking to bring the light of Jesus Christ to these issues as opposed to the heat of emotions, Ingram does not shy away from truth. Absoulte Truth. Every issue that Ingram tackles is looked at from both the pro and con viewpoint.  He then looks at
  • Coming to Life!

    4 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    I bought a puppet last week. Though I grew up loving the Muppet Show, I never thought about actually operating puppets myself.  Sure, there was that one time in Croatia where I did a puppet show at an orphanage with a friend but that was an isolated incident. Until now. After discussions on new ways to capture the little kids' attention at church, we decided to give a puppet a try. I
  • Traveling Home

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Occasionally I will hear snippets of words or phrases when my kids are playing or chatting and they just resonate with me.  This past summer, the words spoken by my children had me thinking about eternity! Not too long ago, my son was learning time and measurement. Holding his hands wide, he asked his sister if that was how long forever was.  My daughter's response was, "You can't
  • Dr. Livingston, I Presume?

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I read a book about Dr. Livingstone once. Bored me to tears. The Daring Heart of David Livingstone by Jay Milbrandt was anything but boring. David Livingstone was known as a missionary, explorer and anti-slavery advocate.  As a missionary, he only had one convert during his lifetime.  His entire life was a jumble of faith, missions, exploration, fame and failure. He spent more time in
  • Back to the Wall!

    6 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over the years, I have always tried to sit with my back to the wall.  It could have something to do with the fact that, as kid, I was attacked from behind at school.  I remember sitting on a ramp near our locker area and feeling a sharp pain near the back of my neck.  I woke up on the ground with my back and neck bleeding from cuts made when another kid repeatedly hit me with his cleats. 
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  • The Most Amazing Time Lapse Documentary: This Is Shanghai

    Eric Bryant
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
  • Shanghai – A Story in Urbanization

    Eric Bryant
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    In my time in Shanghai, something quite interesting emerged. Almost 99% of the people I met had no roots in the city of Shanghai where they now live. They came here for a job or for school from Africa, Southeast Asia, America, Europe, or other parts of China. I also asked every one I met: “Do you plan to stay in Shanghai?” Once again 99% of those I talked to said “no.” The world is moving to the cities. 2008 was the first year in which more than half of the world’s population lived in cities, and that number is quickly rising. Shanghai is a stunning example of…
  • Resources for Loving, Serving, and Advancing

    Eric Bryant
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I have been enjoying a great weekend with friends and ex-pats from all across the world at Abundant Grace International Fellowship in Shanghai! For resources to love, serve, and influence our diverse world: daily I try to post an article, a video, or something of interest on leadership, innovation, ministry, or stand up comedy. To receive more frequent updates and be the first to hear about giveaways or special events, here are the four best options: Sign up for the monthly newsletter which includes resources, articles, and giveaways, go to the top right of this website and sign up for the…
  • ACL Music Festival 2014

    Eric Bryant
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    This year Caleb went to the ACL Music Festival and had a great time with 70,000 others from all over the globe!   If you missed it, like I did, you can catch select performances by some of the bands here:  http://aclfest.redbull.tv/ Some of the bands include: Trombone Shorty Childish Gambino Skrillex St. Vincent The Avett Brothers Lorde Beck Spoon Foster the People   Eminem, Caleb’s favorite, does not have any highlight videos. I guess we had to be there to see it!
  • “The Exchange – From Powerless to Empowered”

    Eric Bryant
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series: “The Exchange.”  Rick Shurtz shared about an exchange from powerless to empowered at the McNeil campus.  You can watch or listen to Rick’s message at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. I shared at the South Campus with a special update on our search for a new South Campus location at the very end of the audio. You can listen to my message here: Here are some resources for this series: Sept 7 | From Death to Life – (Next StepsLeader’s Guide What’s Next If I Want To Follow Jesus? Sept 14 | From Despair to Hope Next…
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  • Why can't the pope just change everything? CNN gives (mostly) good answers

    Jim Davis
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The bishops "bickered" during the recent synod at the Vatican on families -- yes, the article by CNN said "bickered" -- and a lot of people wondered why Pope Francis doesn't just order changes, rather than call a two-week debatefest.Good question, and CNN's Daniel Burke has a good answer. Actually, four good answers, highlighting the variety of sources and factions within the Roman Catholic Church. And he lays them out in mostly even-handed fashion. We'll look at the exceptions in a bit.The Vatican synod, as you may know, was called to spot new ways of helping stressed-out families. The…
  • Writing about religion news: Getting past Ben Bradlee's 'SMERSH' verdict

    Terry Mattingly
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you were looking for a quote that perfectly captured the attitude that crusty old-school newspaper editors used to have about religion news (click here for my 1983 Quill cover story on life in that era), then here it is.And let's face it, the fact that the quote comes from an NPR piece about the death of the legendary editor Ben Bradlee of The Washington Post -- the ultimate symbol of the politics-is-the-only-reality school of journalism -- just makes it more perfect."Major regional newspapers mimicked the format he devised for the Post, with a Style section devoted to features involving…
  • Religious liberty in Idaho: Going to the chapel, and we're going to get married ... maybe

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Earlier this month, I dinged Reuters for a "two-sided news story" that really only told one.I argued that the piece on "a new battleground of religious freedom" was framed almost entirely from the perspective of same-sex marriage activists.This week, Reuters reported on two Idaho pastors opposed to gay marriage:(Reuters) - Two pastors in Idaho, who fear they could be penalized for refusing to perform newly legal gay marriages at their private wedding chapel, have filed a lawsuit, saying an Idaho anti-discrimination law violates their right to free speech and religious liberty.Donald and…
  • The protest beat at The New York Times? Silence from Paris

    George Conger
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    News reports on political demonstrations and protest marches have kept the New York Times busy this past week.In the print and on the web it has run a least three dozen articles on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, while also covering civil rights protests in Ferguson, Mo., student protests in Egypt, pro-Kurdish protests in Ankara, and Shia protests in Yemen.Perhaps this surfeit of protests was what led the Times to ignore demonstrations in that far off place called France.Paris police reported that over 78,000 “pro-family” demonstrators…
  • Is Mormonism 'Christian'? (Cue the theme from 'Jaws')

    Richard Ostling
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    KEVIN ASKS:Is the Mormon religion considered Christian? There are radical doctrinal differences.THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS:Depends on who’s talking.The steadily expanding Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed “LDS” or “Mormon”) vigorously defends the Christian identity proclaimed in its very name and resents assertions to the contrary. However, the Catholic Church, virtually all evangelical Protestants, and major U.S. “mainline” Protestant denominations all find the label problematic because, as Kevin indicates, the LDS church disputes central beliefs the…
 
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  • Why the biggest issue facing the church IS NOT addressing homosexuality. And it never will be…

    loswhit
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    I hear it all the time… “The biggest issue the church is facing is addressing the issue of homosexuality.” Excuse me if I rant for a moment… How is this the biggest issue the church is facing? Cause there are sitcoms with gay characters? Cause there are more “out” people in your congregations? Ring Ring Ring…  Clue Phone… Y’all have just as many gay deacons in your church as Billy Graham had at First Baptist Church in Western Springs, Illinois. They were there.  They are there. They will be there. When I look at the biggest issue the…
  • Why I was the top news in MIAMI last night & how 2 make your brand have an EPIC social media presence.

    loswhit
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    So listen. This wasn’t even a story worth reporting. I mean busses break, accidents happen, people are stuck on planes for hours, and there is not even a blip on the news radar. Why? Because there is no STORY. A story isn’t information. A story has a heart beat. People always ask me how I’m so lucky. How I get to have breakfast with the president, win a Peoples Choice Award, have videos go viral, have celebrities retweet my thoughts, or have such an amazing story filled life… IT IS NOT COMPLICATED. You must breathe YOU into IT. When you become the lead character in a…
  • A few thoughts from my plane about my blog.

    loswhit
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    A few thoughts from my plane about my blog. So who knew? Who knew that after 9 years of blogging I would feel like I have nothing to say. It’s funny.  Most people that I meet say things like…”I love your blog.” But when I haven’t really used this space in so long I think maybe they love something that I used to be. But the truth is that this space is still important to me. But as I’ve grown, I’ve also grown into learning that not speaking is sometimes louder than speaking itself. I’m in this new season where I’m primarily an author and a speaker. With that I use more words…
  • Pastor Entourages, Hippie House Churches, & Your Spiritual Drug Addiction

    loswhit
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    It is a drug. It actually is. That Judgement Crack. It LITERALLY gives us a high. “That church’s pastor has an entourage. I’d NEVER have an entourage.” “That church meets in homes? How could they possibly EVER reach enough people for Christ in homes?” “Sure they put out a new worship record every year. But let’s be honest, only like 1 of the songs are worth singing.” “Oh. That church? That’s basically a club with a cross. You go there to hookup.” “Our pastor doesn’t believe in the video campus model. We have ACTUAL teachers at every campus. It’s much more…
  • 5 Things We Forget To Tell Our Daughters…

    loswhit
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    There is going to be this guy. His smile will charm you, his words will woo you, and he will actually want to be yours. When that guy shows up, remember that the desire he has in his heart for you quite possibly equals 1/10000th of the desire God has for you. There is going to be this girl. She is going to be your best friend. She won’t mean to, but she is going to say some things behind your back that will wreck your world. Know that she is simply human and wants to be just like you. Forgive her. This is key to not self poisoning yourself. There is going to be this dream you have. It’s…
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  • Under Roiling Skies

    Chaplain Mike
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The skies today in central Indiana were as wild as any I’ve ever seen. Such contrasts! Here and there, brilliant patches of naked blue broke through a pervasive chaos in the firmament, suggesting some paradise beyond the swirling fury. White, black, and every shade of gray between percolated across heaven’s dome. There was no discernible pattern, just helter skelter as far as the eye could see. A mythic battle ensued overhead all day long while we mere mortals trudged along below. Where my day was typical for a hospice chaplain. It started in the hospital, with a visit to a man…
  • Miguel Ruiz: First Church of Authenticity and Trends

    Guest Author
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM: Our friend Miguel Ruiz will now be blogging at The Brothers of John the Steadfast. This article, “First Church of Authenticity and Trends,” was recently published there, and Miguel gave us permission to run it as well. First Church of Authenticity and Trends By Miguel Ruiz …is it just me, or is this title hopelessly contradictory? And yet, this is the message that countless congregations endeavor to send to our culture. “We’re the genuine article, bona-fide disciples of Jesus, and we’re just like you, so you’ll fit right in!” Mercy. So my wife and I…
  • Steve Scott: Thinking Outside the Blog

    Guest Author
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Thinking Outside the Blog: Connecting With Others in the Wilderness By Steve Scott I have an idea. We know that Michael Spencer wrote much about the problems within evangelicalism. So much so that the subtitle of the Internet Monk blog has long been, “Dispatches from the Post-Evangelical Wilderness.” Wilderness, you say? Yes. That place of dry wandering – and wondering – where neither the city, nor the suburbs, nor the small country town consider us one of their own. Its citizens long for a home, and the comments section at IM has been filled with wilderness wanderers…
  • David Cornwell: Come and See

    David Cornwell
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Come and See Pictures and Text by David Cornwell From the time I can remember I’ve been interested in photography one way or another. It started out, I think, by seeing my mom and dad use a camera to take family snapshots. In fact I now have an old print, taken around 1940 or so, of me sitting in the grass holding my mom’s Kodak Bantam camera to my eye and looking through the viewfinder. When I was about twelve they gave me an Ansco Panda camera for Christmas. I was in heaven. From that time to this I have been involved in photography to one degree or another. It wasn’t until retirement…
  • Saturday Ramblings — Oct 18, 2014 (Leaf-Peeper edition)

    Chaplain Mike
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    One of my favorite weekends of the year: Leaf-Peepers Paradise. The second weekend in October is typically near or at peak time for fall foliage in many of the places where I’ve lived. Tomorrow we will feature some spectacular pix by one of our faithful iMonks, and your chaplain himself is hoping to spend some time over the weekend rambling around the woods looking for good photo opportunities. But for now, let’s ramble together through some of the more interesting sights around the web this week. Sigh. I guess we should start with . . . Something about some guy who resigned as…
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  • A World Without Missionaries?

    Andrew Jones
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    An article on medical missionaries and Ebola by atheist Robert Palmer has caused some outroar among the Christian community. In Palmer’s In Medicine We Trust, the author denigrates missionaries in a way that has created a lot of ink. I don’t want to add much to that but, A few thoughts: – The notion that missionaries have not impacted the world ...
  • Exponential West

    Andrew Jones
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    A big religious conference called Exponential West starts their LIVE WEBCAST in about  . . 2 minutes. I almost went down to SoCal to see some of my friends who will be there but decided I should just stay in San Francisco and watch a few streaming video sessions while my friend Dave is outside, setting up the smoker for some ...
  • Interviewed by TROV

    Andrew Jones
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Today an interview with me was published on Trov. They really liked my 1890’s field camera and I suppose there were a few questions about it. I was ‘troving’ my possessions a month or so ago because we were shipping our stuff to Europe and then Africa and I decided to use Trov as a way of cataloging my stuff, ...
  • Feast Worldwide Dinner Party

    Andrew Jones
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    11 October 2014 at 7pm UPDATE: There is another Worldwide Feast Coming this weekend with the big one in New York and heaps of tiny ones around the world ———————————————- ORIGINAL POST, 2012 The creative people at Feast on Good, who I met in New York and have mentioned on the blog before, are hosting a worldwide dinner party for good on ...
  • Best of APE 2014

    Andrew Jones
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    My daughter and I just came back from the Alternative Publishing Expo in San Francisco. She wore a red cape and I wore a ridiculous Fez. Gwennie attended some workshops on comic creation and publishing e-books and I sat in them also. For me, it was a good time to wander through the exhibition area chatting with artists and alt. ...
 
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  • Sermons Are “Fair Game” in Houston — The Real Warning in the Subpoena Scandal

    Albert Mohler
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The scandal over the subpoenas issued to several Houston-area Christian pastors continues, even after the city refiled legal documents, removing the word “sermons” from the demand. They have clearly not removed the scandal from their city, and from the administration of Mayor Annise Parker. As the mayor’s own comments make abundantly clear, she stands at the center of the scandal. When news broke earlier this week that the attorneys working for the City of Houston had issued subpoenas to pastors for sermons, I was fairly certain that some mistake had been made. When the…
  • The Vindication of Antonin Scalia — A Sad Milestone for Marriage and Morality

    Albert Mohler
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    A giant milestone in the moral revolution passed today when the U.S. Supreme Court turned down every single appeal from several states on the issue of same-sex marriage. This decision not to take at least one case under consideration stunned both sides in the same-sex marriage battle. Last weekend’s edition of USA Today featured a front-page story that declared the virtual certainty that the Court would take at least one of the cases and declared same-sex marriage to be “a cause whose time has come.” Well, same-sex marriage may well be an issue whose time has come in the…
  • Faith on Earth — The Urgent Mission of Theological Education

    Albert Mohler
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    There are few words more formal than inauguration and few occasions that can compare to the beginning of something so recognizably important as this – the ceremonial installation of the Reverend Doctor J. Ligon Duncan as Chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary. It is my high privilege and great pleasure to participate in this occasion and to deliver this sermon marking my dear friend’s inauguration. But I do so with an urgency that eclipses the ceremonial. Members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, students, and all members of the Reformed Theological Seminary family, distinguished…
  • Homosexuality as Dividing Line — The Inescapable Issue

    Albert Mohler
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    The vote to declare that the New Heart Community Church of La Mirada, California “does not presently meet the definition of a cooperating church” came unanimously as the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention met this week in Nashville. It was a solemn moment and a moment perhaps to be repeated any number of times in coming months and years. Homosexuality was the dividing line. The SBC Executive Committee was acting in its ad interim capacity on behalf of the Convention itself. Between the annual meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Executive Committee…
  • Biblical Theology and the Sexuality Crisis

    Albert Mohler
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Western society is currently experiencing what can only be described as a moral revolution. Our society’s moral code and collective ethical evaluation on a particular issue has undergone not small adjustments but a complete reversal. That which was once condemned is now celebrated, and the refusal to celebrate is now condemned. What makes the current moral and sexual revolution so different from previous moral revolutions is that it is taking place at an utterly unprecedented velocity. Previous generations experienced moral revolutions over decades, even centuries. This current revolution…
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    Pete Wilson

  • Money and Peace

    Pete Wilson
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Deep down in each one of our hearts is a place that yearns for peace. We often feel rushed stressed spent restless anxious but what we really desire is peace. I once heard Andy Stanley ask a question that stayed with me. He said, “Do you have money in the bank, but no peace in your heart?” In the past few years I’ve been to some of the poorest places in the world like Haiti and India. I’ve watched  families mix mud, salt and vegetable shortening to cook over an open fire to prepare what they call a “dirt cookie.” Realizing the dirt cookies had no…
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    22 Words

  • This Little Boy Nearly Learned That Nature Is a Brutal Place…but Dad Was There to Lie to Him

    Joey White
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    He just wanted to release his butterfly into the wild. He didn’t know the butterfly had “playmates” waiting for it…
  • Newlyweds’ Entire Fairy Tale Romance Is Thanks To Instagram, Even The Proposal

    Megan Berman
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    When Elizabeth Wisdom posted pictures from her family trip to the West Coast on Instagram in June 2012, she wasn’t expecting to find love. Neither was Denis LaFargue, who saw her pictures, and thought they looked familiar. When he realized that had made the same trip just the summer before, he decided to leave her a comment…and their modern day fairytale began. The two started chatting in the comments section, and a few months later in September, Denis decided to take a leap of faith and offer up his phone number—which, in the online dating world, is a big move. By October of…
  • This Woman Braved a Storm Despite Warnings. You’ll Understand When You Hear Her Excuse…

    Abraham
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    During a winter storm in Ohio several years ago, citizens were encouraged to remain at home if at all possible. However, for one woman, it was most definitely not possible. The news team reporting on the inclement weather briefly gave her the opportunity to explain herself. When you hear her reason, you will completely understand…
  • 40 Hilariously Mindbending Pictures That Will Trick Your Brain Until You Look Again

    Joey White
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Sometimes a photo is snapped at just the right moment to create an accidental optical illusion. What you see at first glance appears to be some wizardry until you take a second look and realize you were deceived by a perfectly-timed photo. These are some of the best of those comically befuddling pictures… Via: Pleated-Jeans, BuzzFeed, Reddit
  • Chelsea Handler Mocks Andy Richter for Being Fat, His Comeback Is Perfect

    Joey White
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    She’s known for saying what she thinks without a filter, so when Chelsea Handler made a joke about Andy Richter’s weight during a recent appearance on Conan, the only surprise was Richter’s hilarious response…
 
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    Eugene Cho

  • It’s my birthday and I’d love to send you a gift – a personalized signed copy of my book.

    Eugene Cho
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Dear Friends, Supporters, Blog Readers, Critics, and Stalkers: So, it’s that time of the year. It’s my birthday on October 20 and I’m turning… [pause for dramatic effect] … 44 years old. Gulp. Double 4s. And for my birthday, I’d love to mail you a personalized signed copy of my book, Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World. Here’s how: In lieu of cards, flowers, iPhone 6+, drinks, or whatever…I’d like to ask you to consider making a small donation to my birthday campaign to help…
  • Thanks for your prayers and support. This is the week I share #OverratedBook with the world.

    Eugene Cho
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Dear friends, supporter, and folks that have prayed and encouraged me over the years: First, thank you for your love, prayers, and support. Sincerely. This is the big week/month I get to share my first book, Overrated: Are We More in Love With the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World? with the world. (The official launch date is Monday, September 1.) I’m excited, nervous, humbled, and everything in between. In many ways, it feels like that hour immediately after you’ve preached your guts and heart out…and you feel very vulnerable to everything. You…
  • If we want to seek the peace of the city…we have to engage the conflicts and injustices of our city.

    Eugene Cho
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Unless you’ve been living in absolute isolation, there’s been much in the news – here, there, and everywhere – including the violence and protests in Ferguson. But in the midst of much shouting, screaming, finger pointing, tweeting, and ‘Don’t Shoot’ hand raising…we also need to engage in practical solutions. It would be tragic if it simply resulted in lots of noise…and it doesn’t compel us (as individuals and church communities) to examine our own lives, our blind spots, and our commitment to live into our calling as ministers of…
  • Please don’t ignore it. Five ways that Christians and churches must engage Ferguson and Michael Brown’s death.

    Eugene Cho
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    I have so much emotions and thoughts in my mind, heart, and body – in light of the oh-so-much that is going on all around the world – including the utterly tragic, brutal, and unnecessary “death” of Michael Brown. But I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts how churches, Christians, and leaders can be engaging the events of this past week in their respective churches – not just for this weekend but for the future. I’m not suggesting that pastors have to completely alter their sermons but to altogether ignore the injustice of Michael…
  • Never stop learning. Go deep. Be deep. Have more depth than 140 characters.

    Eugene Cho
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    There are many beautiful aspects of our larger culture … and then they are broken things. There are also things that are incredibly encouraging and of course, disconcerting. One of my concerns in our larger culture – including the Church: We’re lacking d  e  p  t  h  . In my first book – Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World? (set to release on September 1 but available for pre-order now),  there’s a chapter entitled, “Have More Depth than 140 Characters.” I am the first to tell you…
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  • Prince of Translators: William Tyndale

    Steven J. Lawson
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    William Tyndale (ca. 1494–1536) made an enormous contribution to the Reformation in England. Many would say that he made the contribution by translating the Bible into English and overseeing its publication. One biographer, Brian Edwards, states that not only was Tyndale "the heart of the Reformation in England," he "was the Reformation in England" (Edwards, God's Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale and the English Bible [Darlington, England: Evangelical Press, 1999], 170). Because of his powerful use of the English language in his Bible, this Reformer has been called "the father of…
  • In Secret

    Nathan W. Bingham
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from In Secret, Derek Thomas' contribution to the October issue of Tabletalk: According to Jesus, it is what we do in secret that matters most. Jesus is not suggesting that the outward is unimportant—far from it. "What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?" (James 2:14). The answer is emphatically no. Still, it is also possible to have outward works but no inner reality. In this instance, religion is a pretense. Six times in the Sermon on the Mount, alluding to three distinct exercises, Jesus employs the…
  • Zurich Revolutionary: Ulrich Zwingli

    Steven J. Lawson
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Other than Martin Luther, Heinrich Bullinger, and John Calvin, the most important early Reformer was Ulrich Zwingli. A first-generation Reformer, he is regarded as the founder of Swiss Protestantism. Furthermore, history remembers him as the first Reformed theologian. Though Calvin would later surpass Zwingli as a theologian, he would stand squarely on Zwingli's broad shoulders. Less than two months after Luther came into the world, Zwingli was born on January 1, 1484, in Wildhaus, a small village in the eastern part of modern-day Switzerland, forty miles from Zurich. His father, Ulrich Sr.,…
  • Social Media Highlights (10/19/14)

    Nathan W. Bingham
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here are highlights from our various Facebook and Twitter accounts over the past week. The messages from our Philly Conference are now available for you to stream for free: http://t.co/UewCsPHQ7d #ligcon pic.twitter.com/15PY0s6X94 — Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) October 14, 2014 Study the Bible with your friends. Create a group class and grow together through one of our many courses: https://t.co/3zuYEBMJWX — Ligonier Connect (@LigonierConnect) October 16, 2014   Post by 5 Minutes in Church History. Now Available: The Trinitarian Devotion of John Owen by Sinclair Ferguson.
  • Seasons of Growth

    Chris Larson
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The seasons of the Christian church change, and the challenges change as well. Yet decade after decade, century after century, our faithful Lord raises up pastors, teachers, evangelists, and missionaries—just as He promised He would (Eph. 4:11). Tabletalk readers might recall the words of the great Puritan John Owen before his death: "I am leaving the ship of the church in a storm, but while the great Pilot is in it the loss of a poor under-rower will be inconsiderable. Live and pray and hope and wait patiently and do not despair; the promise stands invincible that he will never leave…
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  • Until You Succeed!

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    How many times does God expect us to pick ourselves up when we fall?
  • BT Daily: Blame Game

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Who is at the heart of your problems?
  • Has God Lost Control?

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    Why does it seem like the all-powerful God is powerless in a world of hate, suffering and anxiety? You need to learn the amazing answer!
  • Beyond Today: Is Hell Real?

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Is it a place of agony, separation from God, superstition or something else? The genuine truth is like nothing you have ever heard.
  • Beyond Today: Utopia: Is It Humanly Possible?

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Will mankind ever live without war, grief and suffering? Is world peace even possible? If so, how will it happen?
 
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    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts

  • Christian marriage is between a man and a woman

    Tim Archer
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m looking at the affirmations I made about marriage in a sermon last week. I’m up to the seventh affirmation: Gay marriage is not Christian marriage. I’ve already discussed this a bit in the comment section of an earlier post. I think that Jesus shows us what marriage is in Matthew 19. There he says that in the beginning, God created two genders, and marriage occurs when those two genders come together. Let’s be clear. The driving force behind the move to legalize gay marriage in the Western world is not about being right with God. It’s about property and civil…
  • Links To Go (October 17, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Blood Trumps Everything: Why the Church Needs Her Martyrs In short, if blood is the most sacred thing we know the church needs to have some blood in the game if she is to stand as a counter-cultural witness to the blood-soaked flag of a nation. Social Justice and the Gospel: What is the Core Mission of the Church? In summary, we should be clear that both gospel proclamation and deeds of mercy should be part of the life of the church. We are not forced to choose. But we must also be careful to distinguish between them. Deeds of mercy are not the gospel. They are the fruit of the gospel. 4 Ways…
  • Commitment and covenant in marriage

    Tim Archer
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In this series on affirmations about marriage, the sixth affirmation is: Living together without marriage is outside of God’s plan. Here we have an area where society has definitely changed. Marriage has become optional for many. It’s something to be done “somewhere down the road” or not at all. Many feel that the commitments that come with marriage actually stifle true love. To the surprise of some, the Bible says little about how you get married. For Adam and Eve, it was a natural consequence of them being the only two people around. For Isaac, it was a matter of taking…
  • Links To Go (October 15, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    City of Houston demands pastors turn over sermons The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. Gossip and Prayer Requests It’s complicated. We want to encourage much intercessory prayer, so we create and maintain phone chains and email prayer lists and we take requests for others at small groups and prayer meetings. However, prayer requests come from sinners, are about…
  • Separating church from state in marriage

    Tim Archer
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week I listed which I had given in a sermon. Since then, I’ve been taking a look at each affirmation, one by one. We’re up to the fifth: Christian marriage and civil marriage are not the same This is a concept that I’ve discussed before. I’ve also discussed what it would be like if the church had more control over divorce. I just think we need to keep in mind that just because the government determines that a marriage has begun or ended, that doesn’t mean that the church has to agree. We don’t depend on judges and politicians to define for us what is…
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  • 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.*
  • Modernized Tithing: Encouraging Giving Ease of Use Technology

    Kenny Jahng
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As the Church has progressed into the 21 Century, many of its functions have been modernized.  We have guest services instead of ushers. Our fellowship halls in the back of the buildings have become Café’s and lounges in the front of the Church. Our music has moved from Hymnals to Projectors. Yet with all the modernization the Church is going through, one thing remains etched in the stones of the past – Our systems of tithes and offerings. Fewer People are carrying Cash or Checks Fewer and fewer people in today’s society pay with cash or checks. We even find that Millennials are using…
  • Social Media: Home Sweet Home

    Kenny Jahng
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    These days we are inundated with options regarding social media platforms. One of the mistakes newbies make is to think they all accomplish similar things and are used by everyone in general. Knowing what each platform has a sweet spot for allows you to engage appropriately and spend your time wisely as you invest in various social media communities. Here’s my latest take on some of the social media platforms being widely used today in 2014-2015: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Flickr, Reddit, YouTube and others. What would you add? What would you modify? I…
  • Don’t Take My Word For It: Why You Should Guest Blog Post For This Site

    Kenny Jahng
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the most common questions that I get, is–“How do I get more traffic and followers of my blog and content?” One of the first suggestions is: go guest-blog for others, like crazy! –AND make sure it is your best content. That response is usually, immediately followed by puzzled looks and defensive arguments, with the inquisitors trying to guide my recommendations for things to do on THEIR sites, rather than on others’. …But they’ve got it all wrong. I’ve always looked for other voices, to share on one of my blogs. It’s boring,…
  • The Social Media Platform Your Church MUST Pay Attention To NEXT

    Kenny Jahng
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
      Today’s post is from Jason Caston who helps to equip churches as they connect their ministry with the online community. There are many resources are available on his blog ichurchmethod.com. I recently asked Jason to share with us some of the up and coming social media platforms that have gained popularity. An interesting transition is happening in the world of social media, Facebook is undoubtedly the king of the hill and Twitter is up there as well but the popular new kid on the block is Instagram and it’s here to stay.  Instagram now has 200 Million users, over 20 billion…
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    Vision Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA

  • Don’t turn aside

    Austin Gardner
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Psalm 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. What a holy hatred! He hated those the work of those that turn aside. This is the hatred that is needed today. Over the years we see so many that become castaways. 1 Corinthians 9:27 They start out well. It is better not to boast when you put on your armour but rather boast when the battle is over and you can take it off. 1 Kings 20:11 Today develop a love for staying in the work, for being faithful to Him, His Word, His work, all of your life. Do not be one of those…
  • Getting concerned for the world!

    Austin Gardner
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Psalm 98:2 The LORD hath made known his salvation: His righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. He hath made known His salvation–He openly shewed his righteousness in the sight of the heathen. It would appear that God wants to make know His salvation. He is concerned about the salvation of the world. It is about time that we also got concerned about how to get the gospel message to the world.
  • So many have had no chance

    Austin Gardner
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Psalm 81:11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; And Israel would none of me. God’s people will have none of Him and yet there are people all over the world that have never had the opportunity to accept or reject our God. We have never even carried the gospel to them. What a shame that the same people reject the gospel over and over while others never even have a chance to hear.
  • How do you spend your days

    Austin Gardner
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Psalm 78:33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, And their years in trouble. How are your days being consumed? As I get older I know that I do not want to waste the life that God has given me. I do not want to have to be disciplined of God for him to get my attention. I want to serve him from my heart. I want to know that my life has a purpose and is accomplishing something for him. When it is all said and done what will you have accomplish. Can you point and someone and say that you definitely influenced their life for eternity. Can you name someone that you have lead to Christ,…
  • That I may declare His works

    Austin Gardner
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Psalm 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all thy works. As the psalmist gets close to God he declares all God’s work. I wonder why we do not declare his works. Could it be that we are spending much time in his presence 73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: Thou hast holden me by my right hand. not so in love with him 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. maybe we do not find strength in him every day 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: But God is the…
 
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    LifeVesting

  • Where Grace Has the Final Word

    Andy Wood
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    I could duplicate stories like these all day… The Job Site I was working construction (pausing here for those who know me to gasp or laugh or something).  It was a high-pressure day and I was off with a coworker on an assignment with a deadline that just wasn’t getting done.  It was Friday afternoon, I was leaving out of town, and the pressure just kept building.  I was a failure at this, and knew it.  I figured at that point the whole world knew it. I had to swing by the other job site where my boss and Ricky were, to give the boss the bad news. Ricky and I usually worked…
  • Fill Up the Bowls! One Christian Response to Ebola

    Andy Wood
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    (Or whatever has us in a panic today) The headlines are curious today, after weeks of holding us hostage over a disease that Americans steadfastly wish to remain somebody else’s problem.  “COMPASSION URGED IN DALLAS AS EBOLA MONITORING ENDS” says the USA Today headline. Who is this compassion aimed for? People who don’t have the disease. So why do they need compassion? Because at one time we were afraid they may have it. But after 21 days of having their lives quarantined while the politicians, media, talk radio and social media had everybody in a frenzy, now the science says, they…
  • One Stop Shopping

    Andy Wood
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:31 am
    Here it is! Mobile’s answer to one-stop shopping. While you’re picking up your Tommee Tippee Back to Nature bottle warmer (currently on sale at you-gotta-be-kidding-me prices), you can also check out some fake blood or a Walking Dead costume next door. We’re talking odd couple convenience, friends. Sorta like church advertising that mentions you’re conveniently located next to the saloon. Or the restaurant right behind the entrance to the ER. Or the doctor’s office across the street from the funeral home. The Halloween store will do just fine. But if anybody starts telling tales…
  • When the Shadow’s Always There

    Andy Wood
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Into every life there come those moments that cut new paths – awkward, ugly paths – across our landscape.  Shadow experiences that block the warmth of the sun’s rays and leave us in a dark spot – or leave dark spots on us. Most of these shadow moments are fleeting.  Just as the sun stays in motion across the sky and recasts the shadows on the ground, life moves on and the light returns to our lives. But sometimes the Shadow has a life and mind of its own.  Sometimes it simply refuses to leave, and we’re left with the scars and the questions and the daytime darkness that threaten…
  • Here’s an Idea – Write a Letter of Recommendation

    Andy Wood
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Wrote a letter of recommendation the other day.  That in itself is nothing unusual – I do that often and have done it for years.  I often joke with whoever I’m writing it for that after I’m done I need a bath, or a priest or something. “I’ve already lost the boots… I’m just trying to save the hat!” But we both know I’m joking, and that I would never be deliberately dishonest – that would eventually catch up with them and me. But between that and the opportunity I have to preach this weekend (here, if you are in the Mobile, Alabama area),  I’ve been thinking about…
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  • 10-3-14 #TrainingTracks | Guitar "Intro of the Short Cut Capo"

    Worship.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    10-3-14 #TrainingTracks | Guitar "Intro of the Short Cut Capo": Hey Worship Leaders... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • This is Amazing Grace (feat. Ian Escalante)

    Worship.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Performed by: The Saddleback Worship Team feat. Ian Escalante Subscribe to the Saddleback Worship... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • DGNC 2014 | Seeing the Gospel Metaphors for Speaking a Believable Gospel – Jonathan Dodson

    Worship.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    DGNC 2014 | Seeing the Gospel Metaphors for Speaking a Believable Gospel – Jonathan... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • A Warning to Would be Teachers

    Worship.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    A Warning to Would be Teachers: Teaching is a role that should be taken very seriously because of... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • When God Himself Speaks to You

    Worship.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    When God Himself Speaks to You: John Piper says that good news is so dense and so constant in... 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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    Connecting to Impact

  • Finding and Keeping Your Motivation

    jason@church4allnations.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ… –Philippians 3:7-8 I find these verses some of the most profound in scripture. It’s so easy to make Christianity about a host of other things. Good works, fighting sin, being a better spouse/parent/person–on and on it goes. Paul brings it back to one thing, one…
  • This May Hurt a Little

    jason@church4allnations.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There is a reason why people avoid the dentist or getting shots. It hurts. How can a place of healing and helping also bring such pain? I’ve sat through lots of appointments with my kids, trying to calm them down. I know that the more they get worked up, the more it will hurt. Their muscles grow tense, the anticipation of pain intensifies. Tears and anger overwhelm them, and they cannot believe it’s better to go through a little pain now to avoid a bigger pain later. Where am I going with this? Even in the midst of believers who have staked their lives on living and learning…
  • What Is the Bigger Component to Your Miracle?

    jason@church4allnations.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There are both “big” miracles that I and my family are believing God for and then the everyday miracles. They can both carry their own stresses as we attempt to follow where God leads and trust Him with the results. Whether you’re believing for healing, relationships, financial breakthrough, or anything else–there comes a point of no return where you either see God come through or it all falls apart. That said, what is the biggest contributor to God moving on your behalf? Many would unequivocally and emphatically state the answer is faith. It’s true. Without…
  • Sanctuary: Eternal Word, New Life

    jason@church4allnations.com
    18 Oct 2014 | 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… 1 Peter 1:23-25 (NLT) For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.
  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    16 Oct 2014 | 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!   God’s emphasis is not on our doing as much as our being. https:// //www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcCNO64ZMnQ Video via the High Calling Your turn! I started this list, I need your help finishing. Share your favorite inspiration, practical wisdom, or hilarity this week, from you or someone else (or one of each), and be a part of the Hit List. And for discussion: little deeper thinking this week–do you…
 
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  • Public Confidence in CDC Drops

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Now public esteem for the long-respected Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has plummeted with the arrival of Ebola on American shores. A new CBS News poll found that only 37 percent of Americans thought the centers were doing a good job, down from 60 percent last year. In fact, of nine agencies tested, seven that were judged highly by a majority of Americans last year have now fallen below 50 percent. I have had my own concerns for decades about CDC. When I was a young appointee in the federal education department under President Reagan, I was assigned to the mournful task of…
  • Ministers: Beware

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    As if the over-stepping Houston major’s office subpoenaing sermons and other private communications of pastors wasn’t enough, we now receive news of two elderly ministers being told by city officials that any refusal to marry a same-sex couple could cause them to face up to 180 days in jail and $1,000 in fines for each day they decline to do so. For many years, the husband and wife team of Donald and Evelyn Knapp have presided over wedding services across the street from the local county clerk’s office in Coeur d’Alene, a beautiful city in North Idaho. Now, they are…
  • "We know from the social science that children do best with a mom and a dad."-TRUE

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    On Sunday, October 12, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins appeared on Fox News Sunday to debate the redefinition of marriage with Ted Olson, a prominent Republican attorney and advocate of giving civil marriage licenses to homosexual couples. At one point in the discussion, Olson began to argue that we should redefine marriage because it would benefit children who are being raised by same-sex couples. Perkins replied, "We know from the social science that children do best with a mom and a dad." Within hours, the “fact-checking” website PolitiFact posted an analysis of…
  • Pulpit Friction: TX Leaders Rally To Pastors' Defense

    tony-perkins
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Thursday may have been Boss’s Day, but don’t expect Houston’s top leader to be flooded with well-wishes. Mayor Annise Parker hasn’t exactly won Manager of the Year after her city-wide intimidation campaign of area churches. After subpoenaing the communications of local pastors, including their sermons and private messages, the Mayor got a few sermons herself from key leaders on the ridiculousness of her vendetta. Everyone from Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to the liberal Americans United for the Separation of Church and State have challenged Parker’s naked abuse of…
  • Conservatives Should Resolutely Oppose Common Core -- And so Should Liberals

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    Conservatives and liberals should oppose federal usurpation of power that is known as Common Core State Standards. The entire history of this education "reform" effort has been one of stealth and deception. In this Townhall column, FRC Senior Fellow Bob Morrison, an official of the federal education department under Ronald Reagan, argues for returning education policymaking to state lawmakers, locally elected school boards, and parents. That’s where the Founders and President Reagan thought decisions about education should be made. That’s where the Constitution placed education.
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Why it’s good to disagree with your past self

    Aaron Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    It never fails. You write something, you put publish it, share it, do all the stuff you usually do with a blog post… And then, a few years later, you come back to it for some reason, and realize “Wow, I’m not sure I agree with that anymore.”When this happens, I actually get pretty happy. Though it might seem strange to say, I don’t want to agree with everything I’ve written over the last six years. Why? Three reasons:1. I’m not the same person who wrote it. Someone told me you’re the same person you were five years ago except for the people you…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Free eBook: An Essential Guide to Christian AccountabilityMy friend Jacob Abshire’s put together a terrific free eBook discussing “the concept of teaming up to kill sin and practical ways to thrive in it.” Head over to Jacob’s blog to download your copy.Steve Jobs on Leadership and the Idol of ApprovalEric Geiger:Jony Ive is the senior vice president of design at Apple and is known as the great design mind behind the products at Apple. In a rare interview, Jony shares some lessons he learned from working with Steve Jobs. In the interview, he recounts a conversation…
  • You and Me Forever

    Aaron Armstrong
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you’ve read more than one or two Christian marriage books, you may have noticed they tend to follow a pretty standard template. For a marriage to be successful, husbands and wives need to:Understand how God has intended them to be (with some sort of discussion of Genesis 2);Have frequent sex;See how their relationship represents the gospel (as per Ephesians 5); andHave frequent sex. Frequently.And then Francis Chan went and wrote a marriage book. Or did he?Chan and his wife, Lisa, give readers a decidedly different take, one suggests that as good as it is it try to make your…
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    Aaron Armstrong
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersThe theme of this week’s Crossway deals is pretty transparent (but very welcome):What Is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile—99Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever—$1.99The Deliberate Church by Mark Dever—$1.99Total Church by Tim Chester—99¢Church Elders by Jeramie Rinne—99¢Also on sale:Pastoral Leadership is… by Dave Earley—99¢Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan—$1.99Preaching to a Post-Everything World by Zack Eswine—$1.99Keep Your Greek by Constantine Campbell—$2.99What We Can Learn From GamergateRichard…
  • Christian, don’t begrudgingly affirm God’s Word

    Aaron Armstrong
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    This past week, the folks at Hillsong found themselves in a bit of a pickle as founder Brian Houston, when confronted on the question of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. In attempting to provide a winsome answer, he said that it’s too important to reduce down to a “yes or no answer in a media outlet,” which many conservative evangelicals took to mean Houston and Hillsong are fudging on what the Bible says.Fast forward a couple of days. Houston clarified, saying, “My personal view on the subject of homosexuality would line up with most traditionally held Christian…
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • Following His Footsteps: “So Close and Yet So Far” – Mark 4 and 5

    Randall Smith
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The eighteenth century brought our world a number of revolutions, including the one that formed our own “American experiment”. In addition to country creation, the British colonists (who seemed to have some extra time on their hands) also busied themselves by creating new English terms. One of the words that caught my attention was the word “daredevil” from that period (which makes me want to know what they were doing that was so much fun way back then). The term first showed up in the middle of that century. Another one was inaugurated in about 1751 – the phrase…
  • God on the Move: “Insufficient Evidence to Convict” – 2 Corinthians 1-3

    Randall Smith
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    We continue today following the life progress of the Apostle Paul, and we are heading for a note he wrote to the church in Corinth – called in the New Testament “the Second Epistle to the Corinthians”. On the way, I want to mention a story to set the scene… I took this account from an African Pastor who shared events recently. I was writing notes as he shared, but the paraphrase is my own: “The people sat huddled quietly in the rectangular room lined with bookshelves. Too many for the chairs, they pressed tightly against one another on the floor. Some were crying softly… all were…
  • Following His Footsteps: “The Rock of Offense” – Matthew 12-13

    Randall Smith
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    One of the men that has an infectious testimony presenting Jesus to crowds over the last few years has been a man named Nicholas Vujicic (pronounced VOO-yee-cheech). Born in Melbourne, Australia without any arms or legs on his body, Nicholas refused (even as a young man) to allow his physical condition to limit his lifestyle. Take a moment and imagine his world… living life without hands or feet you would need help with the most basic needs of life, and you would have no ability to ever tenderly embrace your loved ones… it is a sobering thought. It wouldn’t be easy. In fact, according…
  • God on the Move: “A Question of Loyalty” – 1 Corinthians 1-6

    Randall Smith
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Four days ago I sat in Rome and watched a news clip on an Illinois teenager who was arrested the previous Saturday at Chicago’s O’Hare airport attempting to travel to the Middle East to join the barbaric Islamic State. A 19-year-old U.S. citizen from Illinois was arrested and appeared in court facing charges for allegedly attempting to provide material support for a terrorist organization. If convicted, the man could face up to 15 years in prison. The FBI’s Chicago Join Terrorism Task Force revealed he had purchased a ticket to Istanbul, via Vienna. The young man had apparently penned a…
  • God on the Move: “The Syrup Principle” – The Epistle of Galatians

    Randall Smith
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Have you ever tried to push something uphill that couldn’t get traction and rolled back on you? Years ago a heavy snow storm hit Jerusalem, and I had the wonderful privilege of driving up the slope of the west side of Mount Zion toward the Bishop Gobat school property to attend a meeting that I couldn’t seem to arrive at, because the road was unplowed and barely passable. What made matters even worse was the fact that the large boulders that normally marked the side of the road were hidden under the snow drifts, and navigating the road was made even more hazardous by objects that were…
 
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    Heart Choices

  • Weekend Blessings

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Happy Fall! It's finally beginning to cool down in Phoenix. While it's not yet sweater weather, I'm so grateful for morning temperatures in the low 70's. What a welcome relief from the triple digits of a long summer.I stopped by Trader Joe's (a favorite of mine) to pick up a few items and couldn't help but take some photos of the colorful flowers and pumpkins. I love anything pumpkin!This weekend I actually spent some time in the kitchen. Since Greg works from home, he often fixes dinner during the week. I love to come home to discover what he concocted for us to eat. He never uses a recipe…
  • What Do You Do When Life Gets Tough?

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    There are times when life seems to be going along well. Maybe you're in one of those seasons. You know, the kids are behaving and doing well in school. The bills are getting paid and you're able to take family vacations. Or maybe your children are grown and it's a good time for you and your husband.I remember a season in my life when life seemed very good. I was living in my dream home. I was able to retire from my nursing career and spend time on activities I'd postponed for years. I volunteered and taught children in an international Bible study. Vacations in Europe, a new car and beautiful…
  • Fall Break Blessings

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    I've been writing down my blessings for some time now. Something amazing seems to happen when you're on the lookout for everyday blessings. It can be so easy to take those blessings for granted but when you write them down, it really does make a difference. You develop a heart of gratitude which is pleasing to the Lord.My pastor preached a sermon on contentment yesterday. He had us read from Philippians 4:4-7 (NLT):"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything…
  • What Obituaries Teach Me

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    This morning I spent time perusing my boxes of journals as I'm determined to finish writing a book I started two years ago. I learned so many lessons about life from the dying as I worked as a cardiac nurse for 25 years. Slowly, I've been writing chapters but I wanted to go back to read the stories of the people who inspired me.In the process, I discovered so many newspaper clippings of obituaries I'd saved.Now before you think I'm morbid, let me tell you what I feel when I read their obituaries. I remember each person and the encounters I had with them. I've written about each one in my…
  • Finding Rest for my Soul in Carmel

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Soul rest. I've been craving it. Time to simply be. No laundry to do. No check list to accomplish.I've been reading and rereading Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray of Faith Barista. I have my daily quiet time. I look forward to waking up, sipping that first cup of coffee and being in the Word. My spirit and soul need this.But I've been longing to hear the sound of the ocean waves and smell the salt air. I listen to the sound on my computer but it's just not the same as the real thing.And then I received the invitation. My friend Terri wanted to send me a…
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    Captain’s Blog

  • The Reveal Mission at BSU

    Chad Estes
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    It is the eve of my biggest art show to date. I have an amazing venue to share the Reveal Mission on the Boise State Campus. I have an amazing backing in the University at the request of the Association of BSU Students. I have a reception on Wed night that BSU is hosting (yes, that means they are paying for the Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres that will be served). The advertisements are up all over campus, created by the campus art department. The Reveal Mission art show is now on metal prints, not needing any framing; it is easy to transport, and even easier to hang. Needless to say, I am…
  • Prayer and the Reveal Mission

    Chad Estes
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Yesterday an article about the Reveal Mission appeared in a local magazine near my home. The editor of the magazine is breast cancer survivor herself and wanted to highlight our project. We chose some magazine friendly images and she wrote the article herself. It is coming up on three years that I have made myself available to the breast cancer world. I began by learning to listen, to provide a safe place for women and their families to talk about diagnosis, treatments, and their newest chapters of life. This journey started with a portrait, a woman with a single breast mastectomy shared by…
  • Our Great Big American God

    Chad Estes
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    These days I don’t review as many books as I have in recent years. After reading 50+ books a year for a couple of years I found myself burnt out. I’d built up a good reputation in the publishing world and even moved into the top tier of the Amazon book reviewers. I had a constant stream of Christian books being delivered to my doorstep without me having to request them. One author even asked me to write a blurb for the front of her book, along with other well known ‘names.’ I was enthralled with myself. I read her book, wrote a few well-worded sentences, and sent it to her and her…
  • To Tattoo, or Not to Tattoo

    Chad Estes
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I don’t have any tattoos. The biggest reason is that I hate pain – especially my own. I almost got a tattoo when I was in Scotland, but it would have required a lot of scotch, and since I was leading a missions group at the time it seemed wise not to imbibe. Instead I took the group to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which had nothing to do with body art, but was a festival of military bagpipe bands. The other time I considered getting a tattoo was when I was staying in a mountain tribe in the Philippines. Some of the older ladies still didn’t wear shirts in the village…
  • I Guess You’d Say I Have a Boob Job

    Chad Estes
    20 Jun 2014 | 4:36 pm
    As I’ve been documenting stories of breast cancer and body image I have heard many different realities when it comes to breasts. I have friends with one breast, with no breasts, with reconstructed breasts, with enhanced breasts, with reduced breasts. I have friends with no nipples, with big nipples, with tattooed nipples, and with pierced nipples. I have friends whose husbands’ breast cup sizes are larger than theirs. I have friends whose natural breasts seem to defy the law of gravity. I have friends whose breasts aren’t perfectly symmetrical and have one breast larger than the other.
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    Dave Ingland

  • Get Your Sexy Back With Eating Healthy and Exercising

    Rob C
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Tips to Get Your Sexy Back With Eating Healthy and Exercising If you want to improve your beauty, you can learn how you can get your sexy back with eating healthy and exercising. There are some great tips that you can follow easily. These healthy tips are recommended for most people today. You should be able to lose weight naturally without having any serious issues. Eating healthy and regular exercises are very important to improve your overall health significantly. Make sure that you live in a healthy lifestyle, so you can get your fit and healthy body easily. Here are some useful healthy…
  • Boca Raton HCG Clinic Choices

    Rob C
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Boca Raton HCG Clinic Options Visit a HCG Clinic in Boca Raton if you’re serious about losing weight. It is evident that there is an obesity crisis occurring in North America. There are two reasons why this crisis is occurring. The first reason is because people are eating the wrong foods. Due to a busy lifestyle people are not taking the time to eat nutritiously. Fast food restaurants have become the source for people to eat at least one of their daily meals each day. Also, there is an alarming increase in soda pop consumption and other sugary foods. These types of foods lack the…
  • Local Buy Here Pay Here Financing Options

    Rob C
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Local Buy Here Pay Here Facts If you have bad credit then you probably know just how hard it is to get a loan of any kind. This is especially true if you are trying to secure a care loan. So how are you supposed to hold down a job without a car? How do you rebuild your credit if you nobody will give you a car loan? A local buy here pay here financing option is the type of solution that can help you to overcome these issues. The problem with having bad credit is that lenders don’t take the time to get to know you personally. They don’t ask what caused the problems that you had…
  • All You Need To Know About Gun Hydrographics Printing

    Rob C
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Looking Into Gun Hydrographics? You don’t have to worry that the term “gun hydrographics” sounds threatening or very complicated because it really is not. It is just a very effective way of changing how the surface of your item looks into various designs and colors that you can choose. Now, hydrographics printing has many names (hydro printing, hydrodipping, water transfer printing, fluid imaging) but at the end of the day, they all mean the same thing. Here is the cool way in which the methodology of this printing process happens. There is a soluble film on which you will find various…
  • Why Use In-House Financing Car Dealers?

    Rob C
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    In-House Financing Explained With so many Americans suffering from debt and poor credit scores, in-house financing car dealers are becoming increasingly popular. Working with in house financing car dealers doesn’t come without its cons and risks, such as increased down payments, interest rates, and repossession rates. However, those who are able to look past these flaws and who are willing to make their payments on time now have a chance to finance a vehicle without a high credit score. What Is It? In-house financing car dealers are dealerships who offer financing deals on their cars…
 
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Beyond Christmas

    Peter Mead
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Christmas is just for children, isn’t it? In fact, many would say it should be just for December too. No sooner is the summer over than the first hints of Christmas appear in the shops, and the moaning begins! But for Christians, the Incarnation should be stirring our hearts every day, and more so as we get older. To read the rest of this article, click here to go to Think Theology where it is posted.  
  • Union Podcasts

    Peter Mead
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    So here are the five Union Podcasts that were broadcast last week. 1. Why think about the Incarnation when it isn’t Christmas? 2. How is Christ becoming man vital for our salvation? 3. What does the Incarnation mean for me every day? 4. Does emphasizing the Incarnation risk de-emphasising the cross? 5. Does understanding the Incarnation change the way we share the gospel?
  • Peter Sanlon – Augustine, Bible & Incarnation

    Peter Mead
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Peter Sanlon is vicar of St. Mark’s Church, Tunbridge Wells, and author of Simply God: Recovering the Classical Trinity (IVP, 2014) and Augustine’s Theology of Preaching (Fortress, 2014).  I am currently enjoying Peter’s book on Augustine’s Theology of Preaching and am really thankful for the snapshot he offers in this post of the riches to be found in spending time with Augustine! _________________________________ The first ever book written on preaching, began with a chapter of doctrinal reflection — the topic of Christ’s incarnation loomed large.
  • Webinar on Poetic Literature

    Peter Mead
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    This Thursday I am leading a webinar on “An Introduction to Poetic Literature” at 18:00 GMT.  It is free and if you would like to join, you just need to register on this page. The Union Podcast Interview continues today as I am asked “How is Christ becoming man vital for our salvation?”  (I believe there will be five episodes this week.  I won’t post every day, but will list the links after the series completes.)  
  • Ramesh Richard – Incarnation and Preaching

    Peter Mead
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Ramesh Richard serves as leader of Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Health, as Professor of Global Theological Engagement and Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary, and as General Convener of the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers, DV, June 2016, Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Richard’s Preparing Expository Sermons was named in the top 25 most influential preaching books of the last 25 years by Preaching magazine.  I am thankful to Ramesh for this thoughtful contribution to the Guest Series on the Incarnation – what is it that distinguishes the…
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    maxgrace.com

  • A Pastor’s Wife on Pastor Appreciation Month

    maxgrace
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    You should know I count my dear wife, Margi, as the greatest gift God ever gave me besides salvation. Brave, strong, kind, true, generous, never quitting, dedicated, hard-working, smart, fun, funny, and beautiful. She asked me to share this with you… Please use the share buttons below if you’d like to encourage the pastors and ministers in … Continue reading →
  • 11 Prayers for 9/11

    maxgrace
    11 Sep 2013 | 5:30 am
    In this life, there are villains and there are heroes. In the next life, God will sort them out. Until then, I pray this promise over our towns and cities and farmlands, over our families and neighbors and friends — over this incomparable land of the free and home of the brave: “If My people who … Continue reading →
  • Closure from Past Guilt and Shame

    maxgrace
    28 Aug 2013 | 7:00 am
    [This is an excerpt from Secrets to a Happy Life, based on the story of Joseph in the Bible. Joseph's brothers at long last bow before him, not realizing his identity...] When the brothers made the epic trek to Egypt, they stood before the Prime Minister to buy grain. He just happened to be their long-lost, … Continue reading →
  • Dear Miley,

    maxgrace
    27 Aug 2013 | 6:00 am
    We don’t know each other, but I have a daughter, and, though I can’t imagine your life as a kid on TV, I can imagine you being a little girl, growing toward womanhood. I’ve seen your dad on TV, and I hope he cares deeply for you. He seems to, in public, at least. And … Continue reading →
  • 6 Weirdly Meaningful Words Christians Have Forgotten

    maxgrace
    29 Jul 2013 | 8:16 am
    Sometimes I feel like the Professor on Gilligan’s Island, alone in random thoughts that probably matter only to me. Today, I ache a little over the lost of a common Christian vocabulary — the great words of theology, like justification, and propitiation. In addition to those theologically dense words, many of us grew up with … Continue reading →
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    Crossway Blog

  • Midweek Roundup - 10/22/14

    Nick Rynerson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Each Wednesday we share recent links we found insightful and helpful. These are often related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting and encouraging break for the middle of your week. 1. A Review of the ESV Single Column Heritage Bible There comes a time when Bible lovers just want to read the Bible! Instead of lingering over footnotes or reading articles about the Bible or getting distracted by lots of very, very helpful information, sometimes I just want to read the Bible, cover to cover, as I would any good book. The ESV Single Column…
  • You Might Be An Idolater If...

    Matt Tully
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    What Are You Idolizing? How can we tell if we love something too much? I love drinking coffee. Coffee is a gift from God to be enjoyed. It defibrillates my body into working properly each morning. My workday orbits around coffee breaks. Sometimes I daydream about the coffee I’m going to drink after dinner. Sometimes I dream about brownies too. Big, fat, chocolate brownies that are still slightly warm. Coffee plus brownies almost equals heaven. Not really, but you know what I mean. Do I love coffee too much? Am I a coffee idolater? How can I know if I love coffee or brownies or work or…
  • 50% Off Three Bibles for Pastors

    Nick Rynerson
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    October is Pastor Appreciation Month—a time to thank God for our church leaders and to bless them in practical ways. In honor of this special month, we’re hosting a series of exclusive drawings, giveaways, and sales featuring resources we know pastors have found helpful. This week, we’re offering 50% off three ESV Bible editions to serve pastors in their study, preaching, and devotional life—because nothing is more important for pastoral ministry than God’s Word. With over 20 covers to choose from across the three editions, we think these options fit a range of budgets and personal…
  • Christ in All of Scripture – Judges 2:16-19

    Lizzy Jeffers
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Judges 2:16-19 "Then the LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them. Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they whored after other gods and bowed down to them. They soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the LORD, and they did not do so. Whenever the LORD raised up judges for them, the LORD was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge. For the LORD was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them. But…
  • October's New & Notable Books

    Nick Rynerson
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    New Morning Mercies Paul David Tripp This devotional by best-selling author Paul David Tripp offers daily encouragement through 365 gospel-centered meditations aimed at helping readers trust God and rely on his grace each and every day. “You will find this book to be both deeply rooted in scriptural truths and yet eminently readable. I highly recommend it!” —Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, counselor; speaker; author, Found in Him Learn More / Excerpt / Buy Now God Has Spoken Gerald Bray Intended for non-specialists, this book introduces readers to the history of Christian theology and is uniquely…
 
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  • The Beauty of Approachability

    Jonathan Cliff
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When I was 16 years go I got my first job busing tables at a Goldie’s Restaurant in my hometown.  This job involved removing half-eaten food from tables, waiters that wouldn’t share their tips, cleaning the bathrooms, and just about every other conceivable disgusting thing in the restaurant business.  But I’ve always remembered one thing from my 4 nights of  employment.  (Are you surprised?  Of course I quit after 4 days!) I guess I wasn’t exactly hiding my dissatisfaction with my chores, and my boss pulled me into his office to tell me to smile more.  I laughed…
  • Pursue Parenting Excellence

    Jonathan Cliff
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Having success for a year or two, that’s called being hot. Being in demand. Excellence is being able to perform at a high level for a long period of time.” — Jay Z, music artist and entrepreneur I know a number of people who have experienced overnight success with a product or startup, but as parents the idea of “overnight success” should be dismissed immediately.  If you believe for even a moment that one fantastic conversation with your child will set the course for the rest of their lives, then you are delusional. Excellence is something that comes…
  • Setting and Keeping Goals

    Jonathan Cliff
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’m a big list maker.  I prefer the Santa method, I make a list and check it twice.  My moleskin is full of to-do’s, notes, and things I need to remember to stay on top of all that I’m required to do.  But sometimes the list needs to get bigger, and be in front of you more.  There are some lists that fit the category of “Official Goals.”  But goals doesn’t suffice entirely, because goals can be broken down further into three different categories. Everyday Goals -> You could call these core values, mission statements, or whatever; but I prefer…
  • Handling Offense

    Jonathan Cliff
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fact #1: The people you interact with the most will be offended by you at some point. Fact #2: This doesn’t have to be an everyday occurence. With as many interactions as you have on a daily basis, it’s inevitable that you will eventually cross the line into offense. I’ve found with my own experence that this is usually not because I’m intentionally trying to hurt someone, but instead is caused by my insensitivity, failure to listen, being prideful, or choosing to be dogmatic about one of my opinions. It boils down to this, when I offend…it’s rarely on…
  • Collaboration Enables Compensation [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Collaboration enables people to compensate “for each other’s blind spots.… Collaboration operates through a process in which the successful intellectual achievements of one person arouse the intellectual passions and enthusiasms of others.” Adrian Gostick, The Orange Revolution: How One Great Team Can Transform an Entire Organization (Simon and Schuster, 2010), 99
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    Jenna Brooks - Read My Mind: Culture and Other Things

  • Pay It Forward

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    As you know, I'm a devoted tweaker of conventional wisdom. Here's the latest hangnail of a platitude:“Live this day as if it's your last.”It smacks of wisdom, doesn‘t it? It likely gives you pause, because it sounds so astute, so philosophical. So very deep.The problem is, it’s also very wrong. This snippet of really bad advice, however inspirational it may sound, isn’t borne of wisdom, and it isn’t worthy of the universal acceptance given it. Here’s why:First, none of us do it. Not one of us navigates our daily lives regarding every encounter…
  • Tell a Friend

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    I think there's something like a National Friendship Day, right? In August?I missed it.It's something of a sad statement anyway, that we need a National Friendship Day. Friends  - genuine ones, which are just too rare - are ridiculous creatures, aren't they? They love you when they have absolutely no incentive to do so. They forgive you when you let them down, or miss something important. They somehow find the best in you, and they ferret it out. And they demand that you find the best within yourself.I really should have written this sooner. I tend to be way too busy, always…
  • The Cheat

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    I heard the phrase again at work the other day: “Be careful what you ask for.” I hate that snippet of conventional wisdom. It just bugs me. To be honest, I reject most of the ideas that people call “conventional wisdom”, especially those which smack of cynicism to me. I especially dislike this one, though. Be careful what you ask for? What a hopeless way to exist. Autonomous. Self-reliant. Won’t get taken in. Cynics. We’ve all been exposed to too many of them lately. I don't know about you, but they sometimes get under my skin, leaving…
  • It's All About "Choice"

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    "Bailey" went to GoFundMe to ask people to pay for her abortion. GoFundMe didn't want to support her efforts, so they deleted her.Maybe it's just me - it usually is - but there's a dark, delicious irony in a Facebook page I came across, one which has a case of the vapors over the fact that GoFundMe aborted Bailey's page:"...please continue to email GoFundMe and express your outrage that Bailey's page was taken down in the first place."Hey, chill. After all, GoFundMe is just exercising their Right to Choose.Oh, but reports say that they did forward the money that people…
  • Small Sacrifices: The Murder of Joshua Savyon

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    One year ago today, Muni Savyon made good on his overt threat to murder his son Joshua. He wanted to get even with Joshua's mother (a fact which rapidly morphed into, "He was 'distraught'.") So he was given access to the child whom he said he would kill. "Supervised" visitation. Doesn't it ever occur to the ridiculous, self-important (albeit highly profitable) Family Court industry that the kind of guy who needs "supervised" visitation is going to become irretrievably enraged by that fact alone?I hope the judge who ordered Joshua into visitation with Muni has a good day today.
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  • Meet the Chestnut Praline Latte, Starbucks' First New Drink in 5 Years

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Great news for people who like the idea of drinking coffee but don't actually enjoy coffee itself, Starbucks has announced plans to release a new flavor and, with it, another opportunity to exercise seasonal dominance a la pumpkin spice. Yes, the chestnut praline latte will be released nationwide on November 12, which ought to excite anybody who actually knows what chestnuts taste like, and provided they actually like the taste. The drink, which is associated with coffee only because it comes from a company who claims to serve coffee, was already tested in select markets and is now ready to…
  • The Story Behind Houston’s Sermon Subpoena

    jessec
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Does Houston really have a problem? For the last week, you’ve probably seen headlines involving the city of Houston subpoenaing the sermons of local pastors. Because of the sensational nature of the story—and possible implications for religious liberty and the freedom of speech—the news has ignited a firestorm of controversy fueled by opinions from social media, cable news personalities and political bloggers. But like most hot-button news items, the full story is complex and nuanced, with more at stake than a city simply being legally able to subpoena a church’s sermon notes.
  • Amy Poehler's Next Project: A Church-Themed Comedy

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    As Parks & Rec gets ready to bow out of its delightful run, its stars are gearing up for other projects. Long careers seem assured for the likes of Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari Aubrey Plaza, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman and Adam Scott, but what of beloved team leader Amy Poehler? Well, it turns out she'll be re-teaming with Parks & Rec executive producer and staff writer Aisha Muharrar to write a new single-cam comedy for NBC, and the premise is one that might interest you. It will center around a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church building and a bevy of wild and wacky…
  • Where's the Line When It Comes to Dark and Violent Media?

    eddiekaufholz
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How far is too far? Hey Eddie, I have been a fan of fantasy role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons since I was 12 years old. However, now since giving my life to Christ I hear and read a lot of things by religious leaders condemning these games I have come to enjoy. Are these games still OK to play as a Christian or do they really lead us onto the path of evil? - Derek
  • CDC Says NBC Cameraman Is Now Ebola-Free

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    The freelance journalist who was working as an NBC cameraman in Liberia has officially been declared free of the Ebola virus after receiving treatment in Nebraska. For the last two weeks, 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo has been in a special isolation unit at the Nebraska Medical Center, but will soon be released. On Twitter, Mukpo said, “Special shout out to Nancy Snyderman at NBC News. For the record me and her were never within 3 feet of each other once. Be nice to her plz.” TV’s Dr. Snyderman received criticism from the public after she was spotted outside of her home during a voluntary…
 
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  • Jamaica Travel Deals

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    20 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $120 & up — Jamaica All-Inclusive Resorts, Save up to 55% Jewel Resorts deal includes fees, transportation & more. Travel now through December 2014. $187 & up — Jamaica All-Inclusive Resort incl. Daily Credit This resort with a private beach is located on the grounds of an 18th century sugar plantation. Travel select arrivals through March 31, 2015. $939 [...]
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    17 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
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    15 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $59 — Orlando Hotel near Disney incl. Breakfast, Save 30% Includes daily breakfast for two, complimentary Wi-Fi and complimentary transportation to some of the Disney parks. $59-$79 — Orlando Water Park Resort incl. Weekends, 50% Off This family-friendly water park resort offers free shuttles to Universal and SeaWorld, discount on food & beverage purchases & more. $79 — 4-Star [...]
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    13 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $2099 & up — Australia: Sydney & Cairns 8-Night Trip w/Air Visit the world’s most resplendent harbor in Sydney and experience the acclaimed Sydney Opera House. Then travel north to a holiday maker’s paradise – Cairns. $2690 & up — Sydney, Melbourne & Auckland 9-Nts. w/Air Includes flight into Sydney and out of Auckland, flight Sydney – Melbourne, [...]
  • Hawaii Hotel Deals

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    10 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
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  • Make Today Count

    Chilly
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Don’t crucify your today between the two thieves: yesterday and tomorrow. ~ Chilly
  • ReFocus

    Chilly
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Today I deactivated my Facebook account. Gasp! What?! Why?? I know, I know! Crazy, right?! I had 4,211 Facebook friends. I was Administrator of 4 Facebook pages and 2 Facebook groups. Probably had a combined influence of nearly 10,000 people.  And… I’m done. I could give you several personal, specific, reasons for this action. We had some security concerns and I made a decision best for my family.  I also made the decision to refocus my time, attention, interactions and rest. Here’s a few other questions or thoughts that played into this decision: Why do we spend so…
  • Keep pouring!

    Chilly
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    When you stop pouring yourself into others, the anointing stops. Discipleship is a lifetime calling. ~ Chilly
  • I’m still learning.

    Chilly
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Notes from my journal (This Sunday we celebrate 10 years of ministry in Detroit.) Things I’m learning today … that I had NO clue about 10 years ago. Part TWO. You kids are capable of SO much more than you can even begin to imagine! When we begin, we had three little girls (ages 12, 8 and 4). Since then, we have added to boys! So, we are now: Mariah 22, Courtney 18, Zoe 14, Maximus 9 and Chase 8. They have had to adjust to various types of schooling (public school, home school, charter school, online school). They have had to adjust to various types of sports leagues (Upward, Homeschool,…
  • I’m still learning.

    Chilly
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Notes from my journal (This Sunday we celebrate 10 years of ministry in Detroit.) Things I’m learning today … that I had NO clue about 10 years ago. Part One. It’s OK that everyone isn’t pumped about your passions. When we moved to plant in Detroit we were certain God had sent us and therefore we expected that everyone else would joyfully and generously support us. Some people discouraged us to even come to Detroit — especially with 3 small girls at the time. Some people avoided me — probably because they knew I would ask to be their missionary (which means ‘I need some…
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  • Meet the Chestnut Praline Latte, Starbucks' First New Drink in 5 Years

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Great news for people who like the idea of drinking coffee but don't actually enjoy coffee itself, Starbucks has announced plans to release a new flavor and, with it, another opportunity to exercise seasonal dominance a la pumpkin spice. Yes, the chestnut praline latte will be released nationwide on November 12, which ought to excite anybody who actually knows what chestnuts taste like, and provided they actually like the taste. The drink, which is associated with coffee only because it comes from a company who claims to serve coffee, was already tested in select markets and is now ready to…
  • The Story Behind Houston’s Sermon Subpoena

    jessec
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Does Houston really have a problem? For the last week, you’ve probably seen headlines involving the city of Houston subpoenaing the sermons of local pastors. Because of the sensational nature of the story—and possible implications for religious liberty and the freedom of speech—the news has ignited a firestorm of controversy fueled by opinions from social media, cable news personalities and political bloggers. But like most hot-button news items, the full story is complex and nuanced, with more at stake than a city simply being legally able to subpoena a church’s sermon notes.
  • Amy Poehler's Next Project: A Church-Themed Comedy

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    As Parks & Rec gets ready to bow out of its delightful run, its stars are gearing up for other projects. Long careers seem assured for the likes of Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari Aubrey Plaza, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman and Adam Scott, but what of beloved team leader Amy Poehler? Well, it turns out she'll be re-teaming with Parks & Rec executive producer and staff writer Aisha Muharrar to write a new single-cam comedy for NBC, and the premise is one that might interest you. It will center around a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church building and a bevy of wild and wacky…
  • Where's the Line When It Comes to Dark and Violent Media?

    eddiekaufholz
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How far is too far? Hey Eddie, I have been a fan of fantasy role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons since I was 12 years old. However, now since giving my life to Christ I hear and read a lot of things by religious leaders condemning these games I have come to enjoy. Are these games still OK to play as a Christian or do they really lead us onto the path of evil? - Derek
  • CDC Says NBC Cameraman Is Now Ebola-Free

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    The freelance journalist who was working as an NBC cameraman in Liberia has officially been declared free of the Ebola virus after receiving treatment in Nebraska. For the last two weeks, 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo has been in a special isolation unit at the Nebraska Medical Center, but will soon be released. On Twitter, Mukpo said, “Special shout out to Nancy Snyderman at NBC News. For the record me and her were never within 3 feet of each other once. Be nice to her plz.” TV’s Dr. Snyderman received criticism from the public after she was spotted outside of her home during a voluntary…
 
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  • You Are Not a Brand. You Are Beloved.

    Bonnie Gray
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it everyday.” ~ Henri Nouwen {a quiet find in the fog one morning} Eric and I were driving to Carmel for a weekend anniversary getaway last month. It was a welcome reprieve after three months of releasing my new book, Finding Spiritual Whitespace.  I had completed more than 20 interviews and even more articles to get the word out about the book. I had journeyed through an unexpected two years of debilitating anxiety from reliving painful memories from childhood trauma, as a result of writing the…
  • In the Bitter, There is Also Sweetness (A Soul-to-Soul Conversation)

    Bonnie Gray
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    {me and my “er hu”. the chinese two-string violin. one of my favorite spiritual whitespaces – redwood trees where i recorded today’s soul-to-soul video for you} It’s funny what can happen when you realize something difficult you’re going through isn’t going away. And you don’t know how long it’s going to last. There is a moment in your faith journey, when you find yourself in the middle of something long and hard — and you’ve tried to make it go away. Maybe at first, you ignore it. Then, maybe later, you get very, very positive…
  • Your Rightful Place: Invited Rather Than Driven

    Bonnie Gray
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Last week was an i-need-flowers kind of week.  I bought some hydrangeas last Monday and they became my guiding tone for the week. The flowers helped me stay in touch with the beauty and the slowness that my soul wanted.  So, as much was in my power, I gave myself some extra time outside. While the kids were in school, I went on an extra long hike, even though I felt pressured to do a gazillion other things that could result in a lot more productivity that can be measured. One day, I lingered outside to talk to a new friend outside of my son’s classroom and walked her to her car…
  • {Soul Rest Sunday} Wandering. I Will Love You Freely

    Bonnie Gray
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    “i will heal your {wandering}. i will love you freely. you will be like dew to Israel, you will blossom like the lily…” hosea 14:4 {morning quiet under a cypress tree }  So many voices. So many pulls. Sometimes I start out quiet. I hear God’s voice, easy — like it’s the most natural thing — like breathing. I feel the sun on my shoulder and I know it’s the touch of God’s smile upon me, reminding me who I  am when I’m with Him — Beloved — and I understand what it is I’m meant to be doing. But then, I start to…
  • 5 Questions to Ask Before Giving Up on Your Dreams

    Bonnie Gray
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
     even when the hills are scorched by summer heat, beauty finds a way to bloom. {a quiet find on a morning hike} I was buckling myself in for a four-hour layover flight from Dallas to Nashville, when I noticed the thirty-something guy sitting next to me.  Actually, it’s more accurate to say I was noticing his stylish, brown leather computer bag he was stuffing under the seat in front of him. “Cool bag…” I commented. “Where did you get it?” Somewhere between him telling me the source of his shopping find and me telling him I was on my way to speak at…
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  • Mud Stories: Because There is Power in Our Story

    Natalie Snapp
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Click here to listen to the above podcast (or read-on for more information) A few years ago, while I was attending She Speaks for the first time, I was introduced to a woman whose gentle and kind spirit emanated from every pore of her being. We chatted for a few minutes and I knew we were kindred spirits – and I was right. Except for the fact that she’s a Labor and Delivery Nurse, has five children, homeschools them all and writes on her beautiful blog. Yeah, Jacque’s one of my heroes. After She Speaks, we kept in touch via the Internet and I realized why I liked her so much:…
  • When He Stirs You to Serve The Least of These

    Natalie Snapp
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s been happening for a while now, this stirring in my soul that something just isn’t right. A feeling that we’re living in discord, a feeling like we say one thing but then do another. A feeling that tells me what I already know but often try to squelch deeper so I don’t have to face the truth behind the nudge. The further up, further in I walk, the more I realize a hard truth: Jesus isn’t here in the flesh anymore. He needs us to do what He would do if He were still physically present on this earth. This is a hard truth because sometimes I don’t want to…
  • Jesus Daily: Defending Those Being Bullied

    Natalie Snapp
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    * Congratulations to Allison and Melynda! You both won copies of Lynn Cowell’s new book Magnetic! There is a message from me in your inbox! Ever heard of Jesus Daily? With over 27 million fans on Facebook, the Jesus Daily Fan Page is the place many go for encouragement, support, and answers to tough questions. Developed by  Aaron Tabor, MD, Jesus Daily just released a new 365 day print devotional and I was asked to look it over and offer my thoughts for today. I know it’s been a big book week around here but the timing just worked out this way – thank you for your grace.
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  • What’s In It For Me?

    paulthinkingoutloud
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Pastor Clarke Dixon continues his series on generosity; to read this week’s entry at source and check out previous installments, click the title below. Selfish Generosity? Reflections on Matthew 19, 20   Can you be generous and yet remain selfish and self-centered at the same time? According to the Bible, yes! First, let us consider the rich young ruler who asks: “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16 NRSV). Notice incidentally that he is looking for only one thing to do! But notice especially what he is not asking: “Teacher, what must I do…
  • Chewing on the Word

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    First of all, it’s not a reference to Ezra eating the scrolls, but if you guessed that, give yourself five extra points! Today’s reading is from Jim Thornber whose writing we have shared here several times. For four years, Jim was an Assemblies of God minister who was also a monk. Seriously! Check out his story here and here. To read this at source, click the title below. Gnawing On God “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”…
  • God Isn’t Always Looking for Ability

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
      But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.        1 Peter 2:9 Years ago I remember hearing the idea that “God isn’t looking for your ability, just your availability.” You can be a very competent person, but if your talents and gifts aren’t fully surrendered — or even casually offered — you won’t get picked for the team on God’s next mission. After leaving university, I remember wanting to…
  • Everyone Matters

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Jesus’ compassion wasn’t measured by the social context, or the condition of the individual, but by the need. I found this on the blog of Jonathan Zinck who pastors The Pier Church in Brockville, Canada; a city in which we were involved for 14 years. He wrote it for the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday, and with a largely U.S. audience here, I thought of filing it away for the end of November; but with its references to leprosy it seemed more immediate in light of Ebola and Enterovirus. There are however, less dramatic examples of outcasts around us all the time. Do we reach out to touch…
  • Give Me This Mountain

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    I was enjoying the lyrical depths of a playlist of songs by Graham Kendrick and was particularly drawn to the song Give Me This Mountain (Caleb’s Song). I decided to post it on Thinking Out Loud by itself, but wanted to at least include the scripture reference. The video annotation reads: A song about a Biblical encounter between Caleb and God. Caleb was called ‘wholehearted’ by God and was allowed to enter the promised land. I decided to investigate that further, first in scripture, Numbers 14:24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me…
 
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  • Obama broadens stance on same-sex marriage, calls it a Constitutional right

    Worthy News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– President Barack Obama has broadened his "evolving" views on same-sex marriage, telling the New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin that gay couples have a Constitutional right to marry, UPI reported. "Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states," Obama said in a new interview about his legal legacy. He's referring to the 14th Amendment, which requires states to apply laws equally to all citizens. In May 2012, Obama became the first U.S. president to express personal support for…
  • 'Foreign spies' arrested near Iranian Nuclear Facility

    Worthy News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– Iranian official claimed Tuesday that state security forces arrested a number of spies in the southern province of Bushehr, home to the country’s sole nuclear power plant, the Times of Israel reported. According to Iranian media, the Islamic Republic's Intelligence Minister, Seyed Mahmoud Alawi, claimed the suspects were engaged in surveillance and intelligence gathering, adding that the alleged agents had been serving foreign intelligence services. "Thanks to the vigilance of the Intelligence Ministry forces who monitor the moves of the foreign…
  • IDF confirms Hamas planned massive tunnel attack

    Worthy News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– IDF officials confirmed Tuesday that Hamas had planned to carry out a massive assault by penetrating Israeli communities via tunnels under the border from the Gaza Strip, and then killing or kidnapping as many people as possible, the Times of Israel reported. IDF Spokesperson Peter Lerner said the terror group planned to use the tunnels to attack civilian areas in Israel and “inflict mass casualties,” in a report published Tuesday by Vanity Fair. “Hamas had a plan,” Lerner said. “A simultaneous, coordinated, surprise attack within Israel.” The…
  • Senate Banking Leaders Question Regulators on Cybersecurity of Banks

    Worthy News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– The leaders of the Senate Banking Committee are asking financial regulators what they're doing to ensure the safety of banks targeted for cybercrimes, raising the pressure to respond to recent breaches that include a high-profile attack on JPMorgan Chase and other banks that might have been an act of international aggression, the Washington Examiner reported. Fears that Wall Street might be at particular risk for hacks have risen since JPMorgan revealed in August that an attack had compromised the information of 76 million households and seven million…
  • KY Commish Orders Christian Company to Print Gay T-Shirts

    Worthy News Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:48 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent LOUISVILLE (Worthy News)– A Kentucky human rights commission Tuesday ordered a Christian company to print T-shirts with pro-gay messages and undergo diversity training for declining to do so two years ago for a gay pride parade, according to Christian News. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission declared that Hands On Originals violated the Lexington Fairness Ordinance by not processing the order because of its religious convictions. The Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington wanted T-shirts for the 2012…
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  • Look to the Lord of blessing!

    George Whitten
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Luke 5:3-11 Then He entered into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, nevertheless at Your word I will let down the nets." When they had done this, they caught such a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to…
  • He's Providing — so Rejoice!

    George Whitten
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Deut 16:15 Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice. Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) started last night throughout the world. The feast of Sukkot commemorates the time in which God led the Israelites through the wilderness for 40 years, providing them with every need on a daily basis – shelter, food, water and clothing. Interestingly, during…
  • Enter His Presence, You're Completely Covered!

    George Whitten
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Hebrews 9:24-28 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another– He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so…
  • Embrace the Paradox and Rejoice!

    George Whitten
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Last Friday night and Saturday, Jews throughout the world solemnly “afflicted” their souls during Yom Kippur. However, most kids…
  • Take Us Into the Holy of Holies!

    George Whitten
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Hebrews 9:11-12 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the Most Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement is upon us. Beginning tomorrow evening, Yom Kippur marks the holiest of all holy days on the Hebrew calendar. It is the anniversary of the fall of man and it is the climax of the time of…
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  • What You Never Need to Lose When You Have to Let Go

    Angela Nazworth
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Ginny and I were an unlikely pair — the elementary-school version of Laverne and Shirley. I was quiet, guarded, and careful not to scuff my shoes or put a hole in my white tights. Ginny laughed loudly, spoke out of turn, and somehow convinced me to tie a rope around my waist and swing from the ceiling of an old barn. We said we’d be friends forever. Grownups told us our friendship wouldn’t last that long. They were right. Ginny and I met on the first day of first grade and remained best friends until the last day of seventh. For most of those six years, our personality…
  • God Made Light

    Matthew Paul Turner
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Some of my favorite moments as a father happen right before my children’s bedtime. Whether Elias and Adeline are acting like angels or more like trolls, bedtime can often create the opportunity or space for good stories to get told, for deep and curious wonderings to get said out loud, for the most hilarious moments to happen, and for important lessons and ideas to get talked about. Often the best of these moments are sparked by a book that we read together. But one thing I noticed early on while reading to Elias was that there seemed to be a shortage of fun, easy-to-read, creative, and…
  • Why You Don’t Need Countless Friends (and What You Need to Count On in a Few)

    Kristen Strong
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    My voice rings throughout the house: Faith! Cora! I hear nothing in return from my daughter and her friend. I walk out the front door calling their names again, then I immediately hear laughter from the scarlet maple near the porch. I see Faith right away, but Cora takes a bit of searching. She hides in plain sight amongst the branches. Every whipstitch, what I want to find but can’t sits right in front of me, hiding in plain sight. Every whipstitch, I send a text then immediately want to rewind time and take it back. Or rather hide it from plain sight. This happened recently…
  • Wake Up Call

    Melissa Lu
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    The summer after I graduated from law school, I had a lot on my plate. I was studying for the bar exam, finalizing plans for my wedding, living by myself in a new city, and adjusting to life states away from my closest friends. It wasn’t a bad time, but I was juggling a lot of changes. Suddenly and inexplicably, a fog of depression settled over me. It made it hard for me to function at a time when I needed to get a lot of things done. All I wanted to do was sleep. I fought the bone-numbing lethargy like a champ by studying on the treadmill, sitting outside with my test prep books in the…
  • When You Worry Your Life Is Too “Small” to Qualify for “Big” Ministry

    Lisa-Jo Baker
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    I’ve heard the whispers. The rumblings. The women who pull me aside to share with shy and embarrassed eyes this worry that what you do doesn’t count because you do it at 2am when no one is looking except the baby who’s throwing up. Again. Or because what you do doesn’t require a passport. Or because you think you need a pulpit for your voice to matter or make a difference. Sister, don’t tell me you don’t make a difference. Don’t tell me that your life is small; that the sun sets and rises on the same day in and day out and that you don’t make a…
 
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  • Benedict Groeschel: Friar, Father, Friend

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    A reflection on the life, legacy and recent passing of a modern Franciscan.
  • Composting as Prayer

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    There is a secret joy, a kind of charity to be found in this act, transforming a pile of grass and dirt and old leaves into an offering of humic mystery.…
  • The Gift Everyone Can Give

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    It is impossible to live without money and material goods, and every household must have its provider and its plans for the future. But ultimately it is the love we give our children, and not the material things, that will remain with them for life.
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  • Book Review: Eyewitness to Glory: Moses by Mindy Ferguson

    Cheryl Cope
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Book Review: Eyewitness to Glory: Moses by Mindy Ferguson Discerning God’s Active Presence Another one of Ms. Ferguson’s great Bible study books. Be prepared for real Bible study. She makes you look up the scriptures. The verses are not included in the book. I think this is a good thing as it forces you to look them up yourself and then you … Continue reading →
  • Helps to Repentance

    Cheryl Cope
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Helps to Repentance At the time of this post we are in the middle of what is called the Ten Days of Awe which is the ten days of Rosh Hashanah leading up to Yom Kippur, the day of atonement in the Hebrew calendar. (See Should Christians Celebrate Rosh Hashanah, and Ten Days of Awe, for more information on these … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: As You Wish by Mercy Lokulutu

    Cheryl Cope
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Book Review: As You Wish by Mercy Lokulutu Finding True Strength In Surrender To God Do you like it when, after you read a book where the author has shared enough of their heart and personal stories, that they feel like a new friend? This is one of those books. This entire book is centered on surrender. In some ways … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: The Name Quest by John Avery

    Cheryl Cope
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    Book Review: The Name Quest by John Avery Explore the names of God to Grow in Faith and Get to Know Him Better This book is not a mere list of names and information about them that is dry, merely facts, or boring. Instead it is organized by character trait for each chapter and it is interesting. Mr. Avery made … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Managing Money God’s Way by Bob Lotich

    Cheryl Cope
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Book Review: Managing Money God’s Way by Bob Lotich This book is all about changing your mindset around money. There are plenty of books with all the particulars of the how-to manage your money, but not a lot of books about changing the way you think about money. Even for that reason alone it makes this book worthwhile to read. … Continue reading →
 
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  • Lost that lovin’ feeling?

    Ben Reed
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Ever feel like you’re further from God now than you were a few months ago? Maybe you had that deep sense of awe before God in every aspect of life…and now it is as if that moment in time was just a whisper. As the theologians “The Righteous Brothers” penned You’ve lost that loving feeling Whoa that loving feeling You’ve lost that loving feeling Now it’s gone…gone…gone…who-oh-oh-oh-oh Though they may not have directly been speaking to their spiritual lives, it seems an apt description of our relationship with God in different seasons. We felt close to God…then we wonder…
  • Technology to connect people to groups

    Ben Reed
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    The mechanics of getting people connected to the “perfect” small groups is one of the more difficult parts of small group ministry. Helping them find the small group that works based on their schedule and close to their home or work becomes an overwhelming task. If you have more than a handful of small groups at your church, playing the match-making game with a church attendee wanting to join a group can grow into a full-time job. Remembering which groups are “open,” what they’re studying, the age demographics, childcare situation, and where they meet is difficult to keep straight.
  • How to break up with your small group

    Ben Reed
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    image credit: Creation Swap user Boaz Crawford *que sad music* Oh gosh. Wow. How do I say this? I didn’t think this day would come. I mean, I really liked you. We clicked. We laughed. We cried. *eye contact ceases* For a while, this was really good. But…well…it’s me, not you. Um… *insert awkward silence* I’ve changed. I guess. *que sweaty palms* This just isn’t working out. I’m just not in love with you any more. But I still like you. But not like I used to. And I know someone else that you could see. *que the ugly crying* Ever felt like you wanted to break up with your small…
  • Tim Cooper, North Point Community Church, interview

    Ben Reed
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    I recently got to interview Tim Cooper, director of leader training and resources at North Point Community Church, and organizer of their upcoming small groups conference ReGroup (which is a must-go-to conference for anyone on a church staff or that serves in small group leadership). 1. Be honest, Tim. It’s your job to put this conference on. If it wasn’t, is this still a conference you’d attend? Before I was on staff at North Point, I paid to come to several North Point conferences. I’ve always been a fan of the passion and excellence that North Point puts into Community Groups. Now…
  • A change for the Reed family

    Ben Reed
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    When God calls, you’ve got to go. Well, I guess you don’t have to go. But to not go would be disobedience, and that’s not a choice I’m ready to commit to. So my family and I…we are going. With buckets full of bittersweet joy. At the end of the month, I will be joining the Saddleback Community Church staff on the groups team! This is a very bittersweet move for us. We’re leaving behind so many great relationships at Long Hollow. And beyond that, all of our family connections are here in the middle Tennessee area. We’re leaving what we know, who we love, and where we naturally…
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  • Tsunami

    Naty Matos
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Holly Michael Landing in South India, ten days after the 2004 tsunami, my husband said to our contact there, “Send us to the worst affected area, where no agency or person has yet provided help.” Already weary from nearly thirty hours of travel, I mentally geared up for mission work. My husband, a pastor and native of Tamil Nadu, South India had lived and worked in the affected region for more than twenty years and was aware of the living conditions of the fisher folks in the remote seaside villages. He was certain we’d find decimation and desperation. Back home in Arkansas, we had…
  • WF: Overcomer

    Naty Matos
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I read this devotional by Joyce Meyers and I wanted to share it in its entirety and I think it goes perfect with our worship song for today. More Than Conquerors As Christians, we often hear people quote Romans 8:37, which says we are more than conquerors. For years, I have pondered what being “more than a conqueror” actually means. I’m sure other people have different interpretations, but I have come to the conclusion that being “more than a conqueror” means you have such confidence that no matter what comes up in your life, you know that through Christ you can handle it. You know…
  • #WhyILeft

    Naty Matos
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Naty Matos:As many of you know one of the causes I dearly support is Domestic Violence. When the Ray Rice case came out, like the writer of this post stated, a hashtag was born #WhyIstayed. It was heartbreaking hearing the stories of many survivors explaining how debilitating is the process to leave and even when they had finally realized that they were not treated well, they stayed a while longer. In this post the author gives this theme a spin and talks about #WhyIleft Originally posted on Nikewrites Blog: Instead of posting the usual #FlashFictionFriday piece, I’ve decided to post a poem…
  • A Biblical Definition of Wisdom

    Naty Matos
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    How do you define wisdom? For some it’s measured by a person’s level of knowledge and learning or by one’s level of education. Dictionaries define wisdom as philosophic and scientific learning. Other definitions of wisdom include sound judgment, good insight, or common sense. Native Americans believe wisdom is earned only after living a long life that brings learning and experience. These definitions have merit, but they fall short of a biblical definition of wisdom. Biblical wisdom can be defined as the ability to see things from God’s point of view. As Christians, our wisdom grows…
  • WF: Beautiful

    Naty Matos
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    When someone is in an abusive relationship they feel devalued. People often ask how someone could allow another person to abuse them. The reality is that abuse is a slow systematic process. The abuser recognizes the vulnerabilities on their object of abuse and preys on those vulnerabilities.  It doesn’t happen overnight, but eats slowly at the core of the one suffering the abuse. Once the chains of abuse have been locked, several things extend or perpetuate the abused to stay with the abuser. The lies that were believed, the toll to the self-esteem, the dependence on the abuser (emotional,…
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    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

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    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

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We'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 following pages on the…
  • Opportunities to Serve the Body of Christ

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Len and Jennifer LacroixWe are missionaries, and our desire would be to come to your church or Bible Study group to preach and minister to you, while we are in the States.  If you would like us to do so, we can also make a presentation of our work in Eastern Europe.  Please pray about this.  It's a chance for us to encourage people to greater evangelism and commitment to completing the Great Commission globally, and we would be honored to come speak, if it is God's will.  So give us a call or leave a comment, if you would like us to come to speak to your group.You can find…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - October 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I've recently posted some new blogs to this site that I want to make you aware of: The Forgotten Sin of WorldlinessSeparation from the WorldThe Knowledge of the Holy The Law is Good if Used Lawfully  Pope Francis Supports Homosexuality (updated!)   May the Lord use these to inspire, encourage, and challenge you.  I also welcome your comments and feedback on any of these articles.Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also like the other posts in this blog available through the links in the side bar. You may also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for…
 
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    Relief: A Christian Literary Expression

  • The Discomfort of Empathy

    Jill Reid
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Each fall semester, I anticipate him. I keep open a substantial space in the syllabus for one of his plays. I move through Beowulf and trek through Chaucer until I arrive at that sweet spot – Shakespeare. But however giddy I am about the bard, each year I field the same question that, when pared down to its bare bones, asks – What does dead old Shakespeare have to do with me? What does this centuries old story have to do with my field of biology or law or business? Like any educator, I welcome the questions. They give me the opportunity to acknowledge the relationship between the words we…
  • Getting It Wrong

    Joanna Campbell
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I. The first time I tried Centering Prayer, I did it wrong. The teacher warned us we might hear outside sounds — buses, car horns, construction — and to keep an open heart because life is never quiet in the way we desire. She rang the meditation bell, and I closed my eyes. Within minutes, I heard dishes clanking from the nearby kitchen. I knew it was the white-haired church volunteer. She was preparing our noontime snack. I imagined baby Jesus in the kitchen with her. She gave him a bath in the stainless steel sink. She dried him with white cotton tea towels. She anointed him with olive…
  • The Judgment, Backwards

    Justin Ryals
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have for some time viewed the trial and death of Christ as, in a sense, the Final Judgment, only backwards. Jews of the first century had a deep expectation that the Messiah was going to come in final judgment upon the earth and rescue Israel from its enemies and set up an everlasting kingdom. Indeed, even to the very end, Jesus’ own disciples were arguing over who was to have the higher rank in that kingdom. And the judgment of God did take place, but in a way so far profoundly different from any way anyone expected. God Himself was judged, and declared guilty, and took the curse of…
  • Transcending Reality

    Joy and Matthew Steem
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I was reading that some of the big wigs in theory development are getting annoyed lately at the success of dystopian fiction. Since I am not a particular fan of such literature, I was thrilled at the possibility of acquiring some new potential stones to throw in that direction. Most annoyingly, however, the points made were not about dystopian fiction so much as about the experts thinking that what the general public really needs is more sunny sounding stories than ones of warning and woe. One of the commentators, Ed Finn, was annoyed that “negative visions of the future perpetuated in pop…
  • Or Does It Explode?

    Howard Schaap
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “What happens to a dream deferred?” Langston Hughes asks in the opening line of his poem, “Harlem.” Taken with the title, the first line ties us up in place and language in just a very few words. A “dream deferred” was one of Hughes’ overriding themes, and “dream” is a hard word to read without hitching it to that adjective “American” or dropping it in place in Martin Luther King’s famous speech. “Deferred,” too, begs for a larger audience with the American dream, especially considering how official-sounding it is, conjuring the authoritative action of a…
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  • Saint October 23 : St. John of Capistrano : Patron of Judges

    Jesus Caritas Est
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    St. John of CapistranoFRANCISCAN PAPAL LEGATE AND HERO OF HUNGARYFeast: October 23Information:Feast Day:October 23Born:June 24, 1386, Capestrano, Abruzzi, Kingdom of NaplesDied:October 23, 1456, Ilok, modern CroatiaCanonized:1690 or 1724, Rome by either Pope Alexander VIII or Pope Benedict XIIIPatron of:JuristsBorn at Capistrano, in the Diocese of Sulmona, Italy, 1385; died 23 October, 1456. His father had come to Naples in the train of Louis of Anjou, hence is supposed to have been of French blood, though some say he was of German origin. His father dying early, John owed his education to…
  • Top 10 Saint John Paul II Quotes to SHARE - #JP2 We Love You!

    Jesus Caritas Est
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    1.  "Trust Christ because Christ trusts you" (World Youth Day 2002).2. "Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure."3. "Faith and Reason are like two wings of the human spirit by which is soars to the truth.” 4. “I plead with you! Never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.”For More Breaking News, Novena Prayers,  and Free Catholic Movies LIKE http://fb.com/catholicnewsworld 5. “Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace...Peace will be the last word…
  • Free Catholic Movie : "Karol : A Man who became Pope" on the Life of St. John Paul II - #JP2

    Jesus Caritas Est
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    "Karol: A Man Who Became Pope" (2005) "Karol, un uomo diventato Papa" (original title) TV Movie - 186 min - Biography | Drama - 15 August 2005 (USA) The life of the Pope John-Paul II, from his youth as a writer, actor, and athlete in war-torn occupied Poland to his election as Pope at the age of 58. Director: Giacomo Battiato Writers: Giacomo Battiato (screenplay), Gianfranco Svidercoschi (book) Stars: Piotr Adamczyk, Malgorzata Bela, Ken DukenFree Movies - Breaking News LIKE Us On Facebook http://fb.com/catholicnewsworld
  • Pope Francis "...wars begin in the heart, with this misunderstanding, division, envy, with this fighting among each other..." Angelus Text/Video

    Jesus Caritas Est
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Vatican Radio) Divisions, jealousies, misunderstandings and marginalization do not help the Church to grow as the Body of Christ, they shatter it into many pieces, they dismember it. Instead we should remember that we – as the Body of Christ – are called to appreciate the gifts and the quality of others in our communities. Emer McCarthy reports:The Church as the Body of Christ was the focus of Pope Francis general audience this Wednesday morning, attended by tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists in an autumnal St. Peter’s Square.Referring to the Apostle Paul’s advice to the…
  • Novena to Saint Pope John Paul II - Litany and Prayers - #SHARE - #JP2 We Love You!

    Jesus Caritas Est
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    NOVENA TO SAINT JOHN PAUL II.SHARED from Fr. Jim Chern at Montclair State University in New JerseyBorn in Poland - May 18, 1920Ordained a Priest - November 1, 1946Ordained a Bishop - Sept 28, 1958Elected Pope - October 16, 1978Entered Eternal Life - April 2, 2005Beatified - May 1, 2011Novena - October 13 - October 21Feast Day: October 22FOR NOVENA PRAYERS AND MORE LIKE US ON FACEBOOK NOW https://www.facebook.com/catholicnewsworldNOVENA TO SAINT JOHN PAUL IIPriest: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.People: AmenPriest: O Lord, open my…
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  • JESUS IS LOVING BARABBAS

    Todd
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Watch this Video: Sermon jam on Judah Smith’s, “Jesus is Loving Barabbas,” sermon. Romans 5:8 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Mark 15:1-20 Standing Before Pilate 15 At dawn’s first light, the high priests, with the religious leaders and scholars, arranged a conference with the entire Jewish Council. After tying Jesus securely, they took him out and presented him to Pilate. 2-3 Pilate asked him, “Are you the ‘King of the Jews’?” He answered, “If you say so.” The high priests let loose a…
  • This is for Real

    Todd
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Watch this Video: Todd White Speaks at Gateway “If Satan knew what he was doing, he would have killed everyone that was trying to kill Jesus.” – Todd White   Psalm 27 – A David Psalm 27 Light, space, zest— that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing. 2     When vandal hordes ride down ready to eat me alive, Those bullies and toughs fall flat on their faces. 3 When besieged, I’m calm as a baby. When all hell breaks loose, I’m collected and cool. 4 I’m asking God for one thing, only one thing: To live with…
  • Times Of Refreshing

    Todd
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Watch this Video:  Graham Cooke provides a message about letting God empower us into a life of rejoicing. “And I discovered the fruit of the spirit is a more powerful weapon against the enemy than the gifts of the spirit. [I've discovered] The very fact that you can defeat the enemy by learning to live in Peace.” – Graham Cooke Fruits of the Spirit – Galations 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. “Joy is who God is.
  • Hypergrace, is it possible to exaggerate grace?

    Todd
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder addresses three main misconceptions from his accusers: the idea that we preach “license to sin;” the idea that we are against confession; and the idea that we don’t preach repentance. Following last year’s book “Hypergrace” written by Dr. Michael Brown against John Crowder and other proponents of New Covenant grace theology, John is finally offering clarity on the subject. Far from a defense, John merely clears the air for those confused about what this false moniker “hypergrace” is all about. Enjoy this video as…
  • Celebrate His Love

    Todd
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Watch this Video: Sean Feucht sings Celebrate His Love at Bethel Celebrate His Love – Lyrics Celebrate His Love, Oh Fount of Joy, Unspeak able Celebrate His Grace, rise up my soul, to shout His praise Pre-Chorus From my inner most parts, living water flows It cannot be contained, so I must let it go, let it go, let it go, let it go, Celebrate Verse Celebrate His Love, Oh Fount of Joy, Un speak able Celebrate To day, new mercies found, in heavens rain Bridge Because of Your good ness God, I will not stop sing ing, the fountains are in You so I will not stop dancing
 
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  • Using Social Media as a Christ Follower: One Principle and Three Questions

    Will Mancini
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    After taking LifeWay Christian Stores through a vision process, I not only shop there often, I go with a different mindset. Their mission is passionately engaging believers on their journey of faith. The big idea is to be an oasis-outfitter. A place that feels at the same time like a refreshing oasis and an REI outfitter, for your spiritual life. Because I’m a father to Abby, my 15-year old daughter, I recently  picked up a new piece of equipment: a book by Kate Conner titled,  Enough: 10 Things we Should be Telling our Teenage Girls. Here is a takeaway that I think brings immediate…
  • 10 Compelling Church Mission Statements (from the Last 10 that I Facilitated)

    Will Mancini
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    It’s exciting to lead a growing team of navigators at Auxano these days. Thirteen years ago I dreamed about the idea that I could actually spend a 40-hour work week just helping church leaders work on things like mission, vision and values. Now we have 8 staff navigators, and a dozen part-time guys who have served over 150 churches in 2014. As a player-coach, I still lead a few processes myself for training purposes or to work with churches specifically that I feel called to. Here are 10 that I have recently worked with in facilitating the mission articulation. 1.  Making much of…
  • Latest TeamUP Resource Now Available

    Bob Adams
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    It’s that time of year again… The time when the faint whispers of Autumn are found in loud roars from the gridiron, and when the first colors of Fall are worn on every player’s jersey and in each fan’s heart. It’s football time in America, when an offseason of practice and preparation gives way to team excellence and execution. It’s no different at your church. Do you have a game-plan? Introducing Fall’s most important playbook for church leaders: TeamUP: Top 10 Exercises for Great Team Moments As a reader of this blog, I am offering you free, access to our next TeamUP…
  • 7 Reasons that Proactive Churches Get Legal Advice (Even When It’s No Fun)

    Will Mancini
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I recently got to know David Middlebrook of the Church Law Group. My eyes were reopened to the scope of legal implications for the church. Because I like to focus my energies on vision, I frankly don’t think very much about the legal ramifications of church leadership. What struck me however is this: Legal negligence as a church leader leaves your vision susceptible. Here are my seven take-aways: #1  Don’t ignore governance. Sometime a gap grows between the way you practically get things done and the ways things are legally outlined to get done. You church has a by-laws and some…
  • 10 Principles for Discipling Key Donors

    Bob Adams
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    A guest post from Todd McMichen, Auxano’s Chief Campaign Officer Recently I had several pastors step into the ranks of being committed to providing ongoing discipleship to key donors. It began during the planning phase of a capital campaign, which laid the foundation for a long-term fruitful ministry. Each pastor put in place a unique structure that reflected his personality, church culture, and relational network. Though each took a distinct approach the results were the same, exponential. Here is a list of common principles these pastors employed. 1. Be bold. Provide a high challenge…
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  • Making Choices When You Don’t Know What’s Next

    Cadence Turpin
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    One of the greatest challenges I encountered post college was the suddenness of having to make seemingly “life-altering” choices for myself—unique choices that nobody was going to make for me. They were choices that didn’t come on a 4-year plan or with guaranteed happiness, choices without gold stars and applause, choices that might give you more than you ever imagined or might cost you everything. Unfortunately, these choices don’t have a manual. You can seek and receive advice, read up and listen in, pray for guidance—and all these things surely help. But your choices are…
  • Why You’re More Successful Than You Think

    Scott McClellan
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every day I walk past a series of magazine covers my wife had framed, and I think about them way more than I should. I think about them too much because, to be honest, I’m still not sure what to do with them. I should probably mention that I helped start the magazine in question and I ran it for almost four years. I was young (way back then) and I had no editorial experience, so those magazine covers represent a huge, unexpected opportunity that changed the course of my career. For me, those magazine covers represent life-giving relationships and newfound skills. When I look at them, I…
  • Your Growth May Threaten Others, Grow Anyway

    Donald Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every story is about one thing, the arc of the character. What I mean by that is unless the hero changes, you’ve got no story. They have to be cowardly at the beginning and brave at the end, or selfish at the beginning and altruistic at the end. Something in the character has to change or the audience loses interest. The reason an audience is attracted to a character that changes is because, intuitively, they sense their own desire to change and live vicariously through the character arc of the hero. That’s one of the many reasons we love movies. But that brings up a powerful point. You…
  • What Do You Need to Hand Over So You Can Heal?

    Dean Nelson
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    “That’s it,” I thought, gritting my teeth, my shoulder raised above my head. “That’s as far as it can go.” Then the physical therapist pushed it slowly, but firmly, higher. Just a few more centimeters. “Now it’s at the limit,” I thought. “It’s at the breaking point.” It was cool in the room, but I was drenched in sweat. I pulled the towel with my other hand, put it in my mouth and bit down hard. Maybe it would keep me from screaming. I was sure that the shoulder was about to pop out of its socket, break through the skin, and blind the all-knowing sadistic physical…
  • How You Can Experience More of Eternity

    Donald Miller
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Just the other night when I was trying to fall asleep I found myself wondering what things in life I enjoy the most. The initial list that came to my mind was all about practicing hospitality, building my company, and writing books. Then when I thought about those things further I realized I liked them, but there were things I loved even more. I remembered being a kid, playing with a toy jeep. It was a gift, a jeep with a plastic kayak strapped to the roof. I remember the timelessness of the play, and how I could go for hours digging little rivers in the dirt and turning on the hose to float…
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  • Dropping Like Confetti

    TheChristianGift
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The rain is coming down hard here today…. As a result, leaves have been falling freely – at times it’s looked like a ticker tape parade with confetti coming down from above. I have an aerial shoot scheduled for tomorrow and had also hoped to get one more session in around Lake Winnipesaukee this weekend. We’ll see if there’s anything left to shoot! Meantime, I’ll leave you with an image from a few days ago. The punch of color is doubled as trees along the shore are reflected in the calm waters of Chocorua Lake in Tamworth, New Hampshire  
  • Prayers for Ladel

    TheChristianGift
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I’ve written here previously about Lutheran Church Charities’ wonderful Comfort Dogs Ministry. If you’re unfamiliar with these wonderful K-9s and what they do, you can find out more about them here. Most of the dogs have their own Facebook pages, and are very good about posting photographs and status updates. This week, some sad news regarding one of the pooches came to light. Ladel Comfort Dog recently had a mass removed from her mouth. The diagnosis is squamous cell carcinoma. Unfortunately, the vet was not able to get all of it since it has grown around her jawbone;…
  • Psalm 23

    TheChristianGift
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    As I was on location Saturday at Chocorua Lake in Tamworth, New Hampshire, the lovely scene reflected in the quiet water reminded me of the opening lines of Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul…. Beautiful reflection in the quiet waters of Chocorua Lake
  • Point to Ponder

    TheChristianGift
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here. ~Patrick Henry
  • October Gave a Party

    TheChristianGift
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    I love the George Cooper classic poem about autumn, October Gave a Party - especially the opening: “October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came…” The lovely foliage is at peak right now in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, which remains my favorite place to view the “show.” I’ve been working on photo shoots up north on-and-off since the end of September. It’s always a lot of work, but certainly a labor of love! The image below is one of my favorites so far this season. As the heavy early morning fog clears over Crystal Lake in Eaton, New…
 
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  • Why You Should Update Your Church Website: Five Financial Incentives

    Steve Fogg
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:54 pm
    We live in a generation where the average American spends 23 hours a week online, and as much as 40 minutes a day on Facebook (Social media accounts for 18.8% time spent online). It is probably similar if not more for Australians and anyone in mobile centred countries. As we all spend more time ‘on the line’ (Thanks Internship) we have to understand that people checking us out for the first time, or even members of our communities or cause, are interacting with our website and social media ever hour of every single day. One of the most common trends I see is a lack of…
  • Why Technology Should Matter To You

    Steve Fogg
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    I’m a communicator. I love getting the message ‘right’. I love even more seeing the ‘return on the investment’ unfold before my very eyes. I get a lot of satisfaction in seeing the analytics roll-in as people respond to a message I’ve helped shape and share. But I would not be as effective as I am if I wasn’t supported by great technical products and services. They help me do my job faster, connect with the right audience and can create a great experience for those interacting. The result is that if I do my job right, more people will respond to…
  • How To Improve Your Twitter Reach For Free

    Steve Fogg
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Have you ever wondered why your tweets aren’t reaching as many people as you thought they would? Do you wonder why some seem to reach more people than others? There have been times when I’ve written a blog post like this one that I thought would add amazing value to the effectiveness of a church’s social media strategy, but for some reason when I tweet it out it doesn’t spread as far as I had hoped. Many people have a set and forget mentality to social media. They think they deserve to be shared, liked, retweeted, +1 and whatever happens, happens. But what if I…
  • How To Make Your Church Announcements More Effective

    Steve Fogg
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Photo Credit Helping churches improve their communications has always been at the heart of why I write this blog. I’ve served as a Communications Director now for seven years. I’ve been blogging now for around four years and shared many insights or tips on what I’ve learnt. Recently I’ve leaned heavily into the sharing what I’ve learnt in the social media space. But today I want to write just for the auditorium experience. Before I do that let’s have some perspective. Our church services has a finite time and for the majority of us, in actual time of a typical church attenders…
  • How To Increase The Reach Of Your Facebook Posts (For Free)

    Steve Fogg
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    I’m always experimenting with new tactics to increase our reach and deepen the engagement on our social media channels. With Facebook throttling-back the organic reach of all Facebook pages you have to either have deep pockets, or be smart about how to increase the reach to your existing followers. Facebook obviously allows you to sponsor posts which means that you can actually reach all your audience online, but churches and non-profits that operate on a shoe-string budget can’t always afford to pay to get coverage. I don’t remember how I came across this tactic, but…
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  • Pastors and Deep Change

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    According to Robert Quinn, self-change is crucial to leadership. The organization — for instance, the church — will not change unless the leader (the pastors) experience deep change. Leadership is not so much a set of skills as much as about choosing deep change rather than slow death. There are so many gospel implications I could make from this one key insight. We tend to overemphasize leadership skills and underemphasize what happens when pastors experience deep change.One way to foster deep change? Fire yourself every Friday. Quinn quotes Andrea Jung, CEO of Avon. “Reinvent yourself…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading:He Will Hold Me FastYesterday, I began to tell you about cancer's toll on my body and soul. Today, I want to tell you more about God's work in my soul, even in the most tempestuous times.5 Benefits Of Having A Challenging TeenGod causes all things – even a teenager’s sin – to work together for our good. Here are 5 ways.20 Ways to Be Refreshing in the Local ChurchHow do you refresh the hearts of the saints? Here are twenty practical ways.When Leaders Are Too IndividualisticA leader needs to accomplish more than he did as an individual contributor, not less.
  • Three Avenues to Joy

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    When I look back at what I’ve experienced in church planting these past two or so years, three joys stand out: The joy of risk — There’s something joyful about sticking your neck out and risking for the sake of the kingdom. It’s far more joyful than playing it safe. I don’t think I’d want to go back.The joy of evangelism — My best friends are increasingly outside of the church. I am intentionally cultivating relationships in my community and being present in my neighborhood.The joy of reliance — I am learning new levels of dependence on God. I am also much more aware of my…
  • God Wants Us to Want

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I used to think that God was happy with our grudging obedience. Do the right thing, grit your teeth, and everything is good with God. I’ve been increasingly learning that God doesn’t want us to do the right thing so much as he wants us to want to do the right thing. Big difference. Two examples:Peter writes to elders in churches that are experiencing some suffering. “Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,” he writes, “not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you” (1 Peter 5:2). There’s a world of difference between elders who serve…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Be Yourself in Prayer Prayer is naturally one of the most spiritual things we can do as believers, so we don’t need to add anything extra to over-spiritualize it. We can simply come as deeply joyful sons and daughters with reverent awe that we have been rescued by a God who loves us and hears us. Why Your Church Is Closer to Planting Than You Probably Think I want to help us understand that church planting involves a series of small steps that are not beyond the grasp of churches. Becoming an Influential Leader These principles are important, even if you are…
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  • “All About Love” Lectionary Lesson from Matthew 22:34-46

    Stephanie Fernandez
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
    This free Bible lesson is based on Matthew 22:34-46 where Jesus teaches about “The Greatest Commandment.”  It is designed for children’s church or Sunday School. Please modify as best fits your ministry. If your church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, this teaching plan would correspond to Year A – 20th Sunday After Pentecost, Gospel Reading – Matthew 22:34-46. Opening Activity – All About Love – Love Messages In this variation of Telephone, the kids will send messages 3 different ways. Phone Call – Have the kids sit in a circle and very quietly…
  • 7 Things That Drive Ministry Volunteers Crazy

    Mimi Bullock
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    A few months ago, I wrote an article called 10 Things That Drive a Children’s Pastor Crazy. So many folks responded to the humorous punch list, that I followed that up with 6 More Things That Drive a Children’s Pastor Crazy. (Thanks by the way for all the shares, likes and comments you gave us.) It was kind of cathartic to finally share collectively what many kids’ pastors wished everyone knew. As I mentioned before though, we love everyone and this is meant to be a fun list, not an angry indictment against the church. (LOL) From the buckets of sticky gummy worms to the…
  • Books of the Bible: Word Search & Find Puzzles

    Felicia Mollohan
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Download these free Word Search Puzzles to help children learn the Books of the Bible. Each of these printable seek & find style worksheets displays a group of Bible books. All the downloads have answer keys too. All files below are in PDF format. The first option includes all five puzzles in one download. Use these worksheets in your children’s Sunday School when you have extra time and need an easy review activity. Download Links Below All 5 worksheets in one download Books of the Bible Word Search #1 Books of the Bible Word Search #2 Books of the Bible Word Search #3 Books of…
  • December / Christmas Bible Reading Calendar

    Felicia Mollohan
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    For the month of December, I have created a Bible Reading Calendar for the children in my class. I really want to get them into the habit of reading their Bible, and what better way than to have them reading the Christmas story? As you can see in the calendar, the children will be reading only a few verses each day. I did this so that it wasn’t too overwhelming for the children. Also, if they miss a day, it won’t be that hard to make it up. The point is to get them in their Bibles and read the Christmas story for themselves. Click here to download I have made the calendar without…
  • Gospel Games for Fall Fun

    Kristin Schmidt
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    With Halloween fast approaching, many churches and schools have their own take on how to celebrate (or avoid) the holiday. There are “harvest celebrations,” “Trunk-or-treats,” “Hallelujah instead…” Since we have been blessed with a spirit of joyous love, and not fear, it is only right that we allow celebration and fun at this time of year, but with a faithful intent. As Christians, we have access to an amazing source of supernatural stories…the Bible! Here we see dead men come to life, demonic pigs run off a cliff, water turn to blood (and wine!), Holy spirit tongues of fire,…
 
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    Lawrence W. Wilson

  • 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
  • Why You’re Not Reaching Millennials (Or Boomers, or Gen X)

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Generation labeling makes the church narrow its vision for spiritual transformation. But people aren’t just one thing. They can change. I resisted seeing the movie Divergent at its release earlier this year because it looked to be a knock-off of The Hunger Games. Amazon Prime made it too easy to change my mind though, and I’m glad I did. This story gets at an important truth we, especially Christians, need right now. continue reading
  • The One Way to End Violence in the Middle East (or Anywhere)

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    To a wide-eyed Midwesterner like me, the current spate of ethnic or religiously motivated conflicts in the world is stupefying. Here in the middle of this vast country, we are surrounded by people who look and think pretty much as we do. There are minority populations of course, but we’ve managed to melt into one big pot of suburban blandness. Seeing people forced from their homes under threat of death because of their faith, others murdered over perceived blasphemies, and civil wars fought over what language to speak is both puzzling and terrifying. I realize those descriptions reduce…
  • The Only Two Questions Any Pastor Should Be Asking Right Now

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Pastors spend a lot of time solving problems, and that means asking questions. Unfortunately, most of those questions are unimportant, even trivial. I know this because I’ve wasted plenty of my own time wondering about these same things. In fairness, many of these questions are forced upon pastors by their job description as the leader of an organization and have little to do with their real work as shepherds of God’s flock. But a pastor has to earn a living somehow, so most spend the majority of their time pondering things like these— continue reading
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    Frank King's Blog

  • Giveaway of My New Book, Transforming Moments with God

    Frank King
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Transforming Moments with God Book Cover As some of you know my new book, “Transforming Moments with God,” was released a few weeks ago. It is a book of 90 devotions aimed at strengthening your relationship with God. This book reflects one of my passions. You see, I believe it is vital that we spend time in the Word of God and in prayer each and every day. I am convinced that one of the reasons so many Christians lack power in their lives is that they don’t make their time with God a priority. Jesus says we don’t live by bread alone but by every word proceeding from…
  • Houston City Officials Demand Pastors to Turn Over Sermons?

    Frank King
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Can’t Change the Truth Houston’s first openly gay mayor and her city council have issued subpoenas to a group of local pastors there. City officials are demanding that the pastors turn over sermons and notes that address homosexuality, gender identity, or Annise Parker, the mayor. Reportedly, the subpoenas represent the latest development in the fallout from a new non-discrimination ordinance. The city council passed the law in June. Among other things, the ordinance would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa. For the rest of the story, click here. Let’s just say that due…
  • Our Reasonable Service to God

    Frank King
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Walk to the Cross What God calls reasonable, some Christians regard as extreme. They think that what He asks of their life is too much. But consider these words from Paul the apostle to the church at Rome: “Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). So what is a living sacrifice? In simplest terms, it is a life dedicated to pleasing God. As a Christian, do you think that is an extreme or a reasonable service request? First, let’s look into the word that renders “reasonable” in the aforementioned verse. It…
  • Pastor Knew He Had AIDS and Admitted Sleeping with Members

    Frank King
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Sad Face To me, this is about as sick and evil as it gets. Being a minister of the gospel and having been a pastor for many years, I find this almost inconceivable. In recent years, we preachers have done our share of making bad news while proclaiming the good news. I hardly ever make mention of such events on my blog. But personally, I can’t hold my peace on this one. Juan Demetrius McFarland, recently removed pastor of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, revealed last month that he contracted HIV in 2003. He discovered he had AIDS in 2008. But since that revelation, he admitted to…
  • Ways Christians Can Show “Love One to Another”

    Frank King
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    LOVE “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another,” Jesus said to His disciples” (John 13:35). Not by how often we visit the house of God. Not by how much we serve in the local church. Not even by how much money we give to help the poor. But by the way Christians love each other. The question is, what does this love look like that Jesus is talking about? How can we live out this divine mandate for us to walk in love? In this post, I will touch on a couple of examples from the Scriptures that address Christian love in action. One example is found…
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  • 5 Tips For Successful Relationships

    Admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    A relationship, or meaningful friendship, is based on love and trust among other things. In order for them to be successful they need to be cultivated, and that takes effort and acknowledgment on your part, as well as on the part of the other person. Of course, a real relationship or friendship is a two-way process, but you control your own input and not theirs. Therefore you should focus on improving your relationship with others through improving yourself, and the way you interact. Here are 5 tips for a successful relationship: Make The Most Of Time With Your Loved Ones First of all, you…
  • 6 Health Improvements You Can Implement Straight Away

    Admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    Health is an important factor of life, and is directly related to happiness. If you feel fit, healthy, and in shape then you will feel more confident in yourself, and more able to perform well at work, and during play. It is always a good idea to work at bettering your health, so with that in mind, here are six health improvements that you can make right now: Do More Exercise Top of the list, and available to you right now, is exercise. You know that it is good for your health, and it really needs no justification. You can catch some exercise in whatever way you choose. A brisk walk is…
  • Trick To Happiness: Enjoy The Little Things In Life

    Admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:46 am
    Here is one trick to happiness that everyone can learn to improve their life immediately. Sometimes there are big events in our life; excitements and extravagant trips. For the most part though, life is made up of lots of little moments. If you can find joy in the little things in life, then you will find yourself much happier on a day-to-day basis. Human Connection People are supposed to connect with one another. It is human nature. Whether you come home to family, or go out to spend time with friends, or only get to see loved ones on occasions, you should respect the time that you have with…
  • 8 Ways To Reduce Stress In Your Life

    Admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    Stress is a killer. It can shut down your immune system, and according to the American Psychological Society, can cause you all manner of irritability, stomach problems, headaches, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and social withdrawal. Apart from anything else it isn’t too much fun. It lowers your mood, and makes everything seem like a damned hassle. Here are eight ways to reduce stress in your life: Give Yourself Time Out In today’s super busy society, full of competition and timed deadlines, it is no wonder that so many people fall victim to stress. You may not be able to switch…
  • 12 Highly Admirable Qualities People Have

    Admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    Some people consider their own qualities, and those of other people, to be innate and unchangeable. It is fairly obvious that people vary in character and personality, and some of these variations might have a genetic and chemical basis. Having said that it is defeatist and deterministic to say that a person can not change who they are, or cultivate traits that they find admirable. Surely you believe you are able to become a better person, or why would you read blogs like this? Here are 12 highly admirable qualities that you can enjoy cultivating: Humility Nobody likes a show off, and…
 
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  • the 99%

    theWeir
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I am part of the 99%.We are hypocrites.Oh dear, he's off on a rant.We protest against fracking in our country, against nuclear weapons in our country, against restrictions of civil liberty in our country. There's a host of things we don't want in our country. And sometimes we raise our voices for things we would like to see happen in our country too.Which is all well and good - except we are quite happy that the things we don't like happen somewhere else and we can benefit. Did you choke on your tea there? Tell me that nothing in your life has come at someone else's loss.I don't want fracking…
  • Back from wherever

    theWeir
    21 Sep 2012 | 11:54 am
    It's usually good to take time out from something you enjoy, just every once in a while.To get a fresh perspective, I sometimes need to get out of the instant connection to a thing. Often a wee lateral thinking game can help change your perspective or look at a thing differently. But, to break out of a rut of giving way too much focus to the minutiae of the digital connection I had across multiple platforms, I needed to switch off a few things and focus my finite attention in other places.It wasn't about shunning people or technology. Or about trying to be better than anyone. Nope. It…
  • soft on Yeltsin

    theWeir
    9 Aug 2012 | 8:00 am
    I remember reading this article nearly a year ago.Mr Gorbachev talked about some of his regrets. How he should have known better. Mr G has regrets, but he didn't do anything at the time. So are they just rose-tinted and fuelled by hindsight and a desire to have remained in power for longer? I don't know as I can't ask the man what the real motivations were.I'm sure most of us don't want to get to the point where we find ourselves at 80 years old (Lord willing) with a pile of things we wish we'd said or done.Of lessons we wish we'd learned the first few times, not the twentieth time.
  • entirely possible

    theWeir
    7 Aug 2012 | 4:30 am
    A few years ago, I had the privilege of being asked to speak at the KC.The content was to be from the beatitudes - Matthew 5. In preparation, I noticed a few things that stood out, but the thing I really wanted to emphasise were inspired by something I'd heard from someone else.The Lord's/Disciples prayer is smack in the centre of the passage known historically as the "sermon on the mount".And it's made up for five things:Acknowledging God is bigger than we are (Our Father in heaven, holy is Your Name)We need His ways of thinking and doing (Your kingdom come, your will be done)Help us deal…
  • You act too much

    theWeir
    6 Aug 2012 | 10:00 am
    “...now I have to jump in with both feet. When I am preaching the application of theatrical thinking and technique to the business world (or to presentations), I often hear the criticism that I ‘want people to be fake, to pretend to be something they are not.’ This criticism is based on a fundamental and massive misconception of theater — the idea that theater is a form of pretense.“This is manifestly not the case. Great actors do not ADD anything to themselves in acting. Instead, they selectively REVEAL. On stage — whether acting or presenting — I am never someone else. I…
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • Six Ways to Take Your Micro-Sabbatical

    J.B. Wood
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    My pastor recently took a three-month sabbatical. I imagined him sleeping in until ten every morning, followed by extensive periods of crossword puzzles and personal grooming. But he assured me that his time off was really more professional in nature: he studied up on the Emergent Church and did a biblical tour of Turkey. Am [Read More...]
  • Why Being Vulnerable is Good for Business

    J.B. Wood
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I once attended a meeting where a professional services firm was making a pitch to help my company work through a certain business issue. They had prepared a little presentation to introduce their firm and set up the discussion. As the first power point slide went up on the screen, I could not believe what bullet [Read More...]
  • Don’t Mistake Doing What You Love with Doing What’s Important

    J.B. Wood
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    A few months ago, my wife texted me, “Don’t forget to buy Megamillions tickets!:)” Upon learning of the $656 million jackpot, we couldn’t help ourselves from fantasizing about a potential windfall. We’d quit our jobs. Pursue our dreams. Finally, we’d do what we loved. When the lottery numbers were drawn, ours, of course, did not [Read More...]
  • Acknowledging People Takes SO Much Work!

    J.B. Wood
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Several executives were standing around my office the other day, debating what to do about a particular employee. Not that someone was in trouble – rather, this person had performed an outstanding accomplishment, one which had a substantial impact on our bottom line. They were discussing how best to acknowledge this. A special luncheon in [Read More...]
  • How to Lead With Confidence in a Company that Stabs People in the Back

    Guest Contributor
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    Years ago, I worked for a computer maintenance company, leading a team of college students who received and cleaned the computers. Often, the problem with a computer was simply that it was too dirty. Disassemble it, run its circuit boards through a sonic dishwasher, and it was as good as new. These were the days [Read More...]
 
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • My Faith Heroine – Aunt Anna

    Jean Wise
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Have you ever felt connected to someone you really didn’t know? When you hear their name or read something about them, an electric link reverberates deep within your soul. You know you know them without really knowing them. They become a heroine to you – solidifying your sense of family, faith and foundation. My great Aunt Anna is that connection for me and she also is my faith heroine. The older I get, the more I see segments of her life, her ongoing DNA circling within me, leaving its mark. Anna was born in 1883 and died in 1967 when I was a flippant couldn’t care less about the older…
  • Shouting Trees – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy at your coming, O Lord. Psalm 96: 12 Master Artist, you have outdone yourself this fall. You have adorned your trees with magnificent colors – burnt reds, brilliant oranges and mellow yellows with just touch of crispy browns and lingering greens. My heart leaped as I looked out of the car window this week at your palette of fall fanfare. I think the trees are dancing with iridescent exhilaration. They raise their branches in waves of colorful shouts for joy. All praising you, Lord God, Maker of all. And I join them in their celebration…
  • How We Spend Our Lives – Evelyn Underhill – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    We mostly spend our lives conjugating three verbs: to Want, to Have and to Do. Craving, clutching, and fussing, on the material, political, social, emotional, intellectual, even on the religious plane, we are kept in perpetual unrest, forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in the fundamental verb, to Be, and that Being, not wanting, having and doing, is the essence of the spiritual life. Evelyn Underhill The post How We Spend Our Lives – Evelyn Underhill – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy…
  • Hidden Clutter

    Jean Wise
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    A tip from my Weight Watcher friends is to put the three-pound weights on my desk where I would see them readily and use them more often. While waiting for a video to load on the computer or the printer to print, I could exercise. Great idea! I tried it. It worked for the sum of one day. Then my eyes quit seeing the weights on my desk, hidden among the clutter or amid the normal environment of my desk. Even in plain sight, I never thought of them. On a side note, one lady at the Weight Watchers group said she finally put her dumbbells in her microwave. She has to remove them every time she…
  • The Spiritual Practice of Unplugging

    Jean Wise
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am a techie. I love gadgets. The Internet lures me away for hours playing with history, trivia, fascinating conversation. I admit my struggle with dealing with emails and can tell you all the tips about time management with electronic devices. Okay one more confession. I am one who has been known to read USAToday app on her IPhone in the middle of the night. Yes I have read all about how the white light from the phone interferes with sleep and about the girl whose pillow caught fire from putting her phone there. What drives this? A fear of missing out on something? An ego urge to know the…
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    Daily Devotionals

  • 1 Kings 19:10-11 – Go Out and Stand

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verses He [Elijah] said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.” (1 Kings 19:10-11a ESV) Most mornings, I’m not jumping out of bed, excited for another day of work. I usually drag myself to the kitchen to make coffee, thinking about all the tasks I haven’t yet completed in the office, at…
  • Romans 5:6-8 – Beauty Through The Gospel

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8 ESV) Have you ever seen a picture of a beautiful celebrity without makeup? They look average, normal or even down right awful. But when we see them on TV and in the movies they are larger than life and seemingly spotless. But the images we see are fabrications, the actors and…
  • Luke 9:57-62 – Comfort or Calling

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No…
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -A Muslim Connection to the Spread of Ebola?

    Dr. D
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    This is a story that the mainstream media refuses to touch but is common knowledge in Western Africa in the areas where Ebola is spreading exponentially. Muslim burial practices may be contributing to an unchecked spread of the disease. Here’s the story from Investors Business Daily: Washington and its media stenographers won’t tell you this, lest they look intolerant, but Islamic burial rituals are a key reason why health officials can’t contain the spread of the deadly disease in West Africa. … When Muslims die, family members don’t turn to a funeral home or…
  • -City Gives Choice to Christian Ministers: Perform Same-Sex Weddings or Go to Jail

    Dr. D
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
                                                                         (ADF Photos) City officials are demanding that a couple who are ordained Christian ministers conduct same-sex weddings in their wedding chapel or face fines and jail time. From Alliance…
  • -Houston Backs Down On Subpoenas for Pastors’ Sermons? Sort of But Not Quite

    Dr. D
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
                         (Mayor Annise Parker: Wikipedia) After a firestorm of criticism across the entire country, yesterday Houston’s activist mayor seemingly backed away from subpoenas demanding Pastor’s sermons on a variety of subjects including homosexuality and LGBT issues. The update initially sounded good but in reality the demands from the pastors have merely been refocused to only include any communication or sermons specifically mentioning the mayor and the transgender ‘bathroom…
  • -City of Houston Subpoenas Pastor’s Sermons on Homosexuality

    Dr. D
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
          (Seal of City of Houston: Wikipedia) In one of the greatest abuses of government power against religious liberty in memory, the City of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding that a number of local pastors turn over any of their sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity, or those that even mention the mayor. The ministers who refuse to comply are threatened with  being held in contempt of court. Here’s the story from Fox News: …The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The…
  • -ISIS Cites ‘Theological Support’ for Selling Women into ‘Sexual Slavery’

    Dr. D
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    President Obama and more than several Muslim leaders have decried the actions of ISIS as being ‘un-Islamic.’ The capturing and selling of non-Muslim Yazidi women into sexual slavery is particularly abhorrent to everyone in the West including most Muslims. Nevertheless, ISIS in a recent declaration gives Islamic theological support for their outrageous actions. From the UK Telegraph: A new article in the Islamic State English-language online magazine Dabiq not only admits the practice but justifies it according to the theological rulings of early Islam. "After capture, the Yazidi…
 
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    Trevin Wax

  • LOST at 10: Still Lost After All These Years

    Trevin Wax
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Ten years ago this fall, Lost debuted on ABC. It was groundbreaking drama with a premiere that smashed records and garnered a a rabidly devoted fan base. Six years later, Lost ended as a letdown for many of its most faithful fans. Why did the show draw such attention? And why did it prove ultimately unsatisfying for so many viewers? How Lost Drew Us In Lost was at the forefront of “the binge-watching era,” a phrase used to describe the immediate consumption of entertainment through streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
  • Worth a Look 10.22.14

    Trevin Wax
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Understanding the Koran: A Quick Christian Guide to the Muslim Holy Book. $2.99. Find out how the Koran resembles the Bible—and the drastic ways in which it differs. Understanding the Koran gives you a fascinating essential grasp of Islam’s holy book: where it came from, what it teaches, how Muslims view it, and how the Allah of the Koran compares with the God of the Bible. The New Yorker‘s interview with President Obama on his judicial legacy: Beyond diversity, the story of Obama’s influence on the courts is more complex. Indeed, it could…
  • 3 Definitions of “Secular” and Why They Matter for Our Mission

    Trevin Wax
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age has been praised for its thorough analysis of how we arrived at the “secular” moment in which we live, a world where the biggest shift is not simply in what human beings believe or disbelieve, but what is believable. Before reading this book, I considered “secular” as a synonym for “non-spiritual” and used the term as an antonym for “sacred” or as an adjective to describe an increasingly non-religious Western world. Taylor’s work challenged me on the meaning of “secular” by offering…
  • Worth a Look 10.21.14

    Trevin Wax
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever. $1.99. A pastor’s recommendation for how to assess the health of a church using nine crucial qualities often neglected by many of today’s congregations. Patton Dodd – Your iPhone Might Be Making You Less Religious: In this latest study, the scholars posit that lifestyle brands like Apple, Nike, Starbucks, and Harley-Davidson — brands that are “highly salient” — may lead people to disassociate from their religious faith. To test the hypothesis, they conducted three…
  • Churches Speaking for the Unborn

    Trevin Wax
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    The abortion debate is heating up in my home state of Tennessee. In a few weeks, voters will affirm or reject this amendment to the state Constitution: Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother. The amendment is a long time coming. In 2000,…
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • My Faith Heroine – Aunt Anna

    Jean Wise
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Have you ever felt connected to someone you really didn’t know? When you hear their name or read something about them, an electric link reverberates deep within your soul. You know you know them without really knowing them. They become a heroine to you – solidifying your sense of family, faith and foundation. My great Aunt Anna is that connection for me and she also is my faith heroine. The older I get, the more I see segments of her life, her ongoing DNA circling within me, leaving its mark. Anna was born in 1883 and died in 1967 when I was a flippant couldn’t care less about the older…
  • Shouting Trees – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy at your coming, O Lord. Psalm 96: 12 Master Artist, you have outdone yourself this fall. You have adorned your trees with magnificent colors – burnt reds, brilliant oranges and mellow yellows with just touch of crispy browns and lingering greens. My heart leaped as I looked out of the car window this week at your palette of fall fanfare. I think the trees are dancing with iridescent exhilaration. They raise their branches in waves of colorful shouts for joy. All praising you, Lord God, Maker of all. And I join them in their celebration…
  • How We Spend Our Lives – Evelyn Underhill – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    We mostly spend our lives conjugating three verbs: to Want, to Have and to Do. Craving, clutching, and fussing, on the material, political, social, emotional, intellectual, even on the religious plane, we are kept in perpetual unrest, forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in the fundamental verb, to Be, and that Being, not wanting, having and doing, is the essence of the spiritual life. Evelyn Underhill The post How We Spend Our Lives – Evelyn Underhill – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy…
  • Hidden Clutter

    Jean Wise
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    A tip from my Weight Watcher friends is to put the three-pound weights on my desk where I would see them readily and use them more often. While waiting for a video to load on the computer or the printer to print, I could exercise. Great idea! I tried it. It worked for the sum of one day. Then my eyes quit seeing the weights on my desk, hidden among the clutter or amid the normal environment of my desk. Even in plain sight, I never thought of them. On a side note, one lady at the Weight Watchers group said she finally put her dumbbells in her microwave. She has to remove them every time she…
  • The Spiritual Practice of Unplugging

    Jean Wise
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am a techie. I love gadgets. The Internet lures me away for hours playing with history, trivia, fascinating conversation. I admit my struggle with dealing with emails and can tell you all the tips about time management with electronic devices. Okay one more confession. I am one who has been known to read USAToday app on her IPhone in the middle of the night. Yes I have read all about how the white light from the phone interferes with sleep and about the girl whose pillow caught fire from putting her phone there. What drives this? A fear of missing out on something? An ego urge to know the…
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  • A Desperate Muslim Encounters the God of the Universe

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    How desperate are you to have an encounter with God? Share your thoughts with us here on Facebook and Twitter. For email viewers click here to see the video from email.   The post A Desperate Muslim Encounters the God of the Universe appeared first on RN - Guarding The Heart Blog.
  • Saying Yes to the Call of God as a Pastor in Montreal

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    When we left from India in obedience to God’s command, I did not fully comprehend God’s plans for us in Canada. All I knew was that He asked me to stop travelling for a year and go pastor the youth of this predominantly Italian & multicultural church in Montreal. I anticipated it to be the hardest thing for me and it didn’t make complete sense to why God would lead me in this direction. However, the last one and a half year have been crucial to the realigning of my heart to God’s call and purposes. During this time, due to various reasons, three pastors including the Senior…
  • How to Respond to What You Fear the Most

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    What do you fear the most? In the book of Judges, chapter 6 we read about the Midianites who began to attack the people of Israel. The Bible says that the power of Midianites was so oppressive that out of fear the Israelites made shelters for themselves in mountains clefts, caves and strong holds. The attack of the enemy succeeded in pushing the children of God back from the place they were positioned to be. This oppression continued for 7 years. And when the Israelites cried to God, His answer to them was surprising. In verse 10 of Judges 6, God says, “I am the Lord your God; fear not the…
  • Are You Ready for a Leap of Faith?

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Pastor Darren & Krissi West Here is a guest post from Darren & Kirsi West, the Lead Pastors of Real Life Church, in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. They have been in ministry together for 21 years, serving God across Canada. Their passion is to see people walking in freedom and fulfilling their God given destiny.  With a love for His presence and hearts that long for His Glory, Darren and Kirsi believe in one decided truth, “One Word From God Changes Everything!” Imagine with me for a moment, that you are standing on the edge of a cliff, and you can’t see what is below…
  • Heart To Heart With Sarah Jakes #GTH500 Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series GTH500It is my joy to have Sarah Jakes write for the #GTH500 Series as we celebrate over 500 posts and 1,500,000 views. Sarah has been such an inspiration to the Revive Nations community. Like every girl, Sarah Jakes dreamed of a life full of love, laughter, and happy endings. But her dreams changed dramatically when she became pregnant at age thirteen, a reality only compounded by the fact that her father, Bishop T.D. Jakes, was one of the most influential mega-church pastors in the nation. Sarah is a testament to how God is in the business of making a…
 
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    Faithful Choices

  • Don’t Let an Argument Fester

    Paula Whidden
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:18 pm
    When Bill Gates wants business advice, he knows who to talk to. When Oprah seeks to communicate better, she has great advisers. But what about us dumb slobs; those of us who want to be married for the rest of our lives. Okay, we’re not all slobs, that is really aimed at me. Man, I need to clean my house. Sorry, back on topic. Those of us who want to remain married for the long haul need to find our own great advisers. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a grandparents who’ve been married for 55 years or parents married for 29 years. But the statistics tell us that most of us…
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand

    Paula Whidden
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:55 pm
     (This is a re-post of a wonderful habit I recommend for any couple) Jeremy leans back in the couch; he slouches shoulder to shoulder with Lynnette.  It’s their third date. As they enjoy the movie, the tops of their hands brush past one another.  He feels his desires stir while the fear of rejection looks over his shoulder.  She wonders if she should clasp his hand first or wait for him to grab hers.  Sitting on the edge of the most exhilarating tingling sensation, they bask in this wondrous moment. Lynnette never imagined something as small and subtle as a hand touch could stir…
  • Get the Road Map for the Rest of Your Lives

    Paula Whidden
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
      Everyone tells you that the first year of marriage is tough. They aren’t lying.  The combining of two independent people into one joint life challenges even the closest and strongest couples. It’s also fantastic, so don’t let that last sentence get you down. That’s Why I Created Couple Corners: 52 Faithful Choices for a More Joy-Filled Marriage You’re going to want to get one for you and one for another couple. It’s that valuable.  I’m not just saying that because I wrote it. People keep telling me how it’s helped them. “An…
  • Make a Family Plan

    Paula Whidden
    29 May 2014 | 9:31 am
    Image via Wikipedia Years ago my husband and I sat down and made a family plan. You might assume we must be serious planner people.  Not really. For reference, most of our family holidays come up last minute with much prayer, but little prep.  On the scale of things, the family seems more vital to plan than our vacation. Our plan is basic.   We talked about what it would look like if our family was successful. Knowing our mutual success goal helps us to work together toward it. It also helps us to remember what we value and what we don’t. For us, the mark of success centers on…
  • Discipline Required

    Paula Whidden
    27 May 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Left on it’s own, any garden could easily become an overlapping mess of decay and disease. One branch crosses another smothering fragile fruit and blocking light for a small seedling longing to burst. A good gardener knows how much space each plant needs. Some seedlings need more light, some less. When one plant grows it’s flopsy extended arms, a gardener trims it or ties it or gives it a special place all its own. She plans ahead, preparing the ground and space as needed for each plant. Rose bushes require tender but firm care. If the gardener wants the natural look, a rose can…
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    Writer of Pop

  • Best Lines from “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”

    Jeffrey Totey
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Linus:"I didn't know you were going to kill it!" [Writing to the Great Pumpkin] “You must get discouraged because more people believe in Santa Claus than in you. Well, let's face... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Feast

    Jeffrey Totey
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    A new Disney short is coming....Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • The Supremes Become First All-Female Music Group to Make #1

    Jeffrey Totey
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    October 22, 1966Originally called the Primettes, the Supremes were the most commercially successful Motown act and still hold the record for America’s most successful vocal group. The group began... Read more!
  • ‘Believe Me’ Opens New T-Shirt Line

    Jeffrey Totey
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    If you’ve seen the faith-based movie, Believe Me, then you are well aware of the fictional clothing line, Cross Dressing featured therein. In the movie, some non-believing swindlers find a way to... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Weatherman vs. Dog

    Jeffrey Totey
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Must have been "bring your dog to work day" again.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
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    TILL HE COMES

  • Are All Gentiles Depraved in the Mind? (Ephesians 4:17-19)

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ephesians 4:17-19 is often quoted along with 1 Corinthians 2:14, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, and Ephesians 2:1-5 as evidence that the unregenerate person has no ability to understand, comprehend, or respond to the truth of God and the gospel. This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to…
  • Did Martha actually believe what Jesus said in John 11:25?

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are all familiar with the story in John 11 of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in John 11 and the little conversation that Jesus had with Martha before He raised Lazarus. Here is how I have usually read John 11:39-44: Scene: [Mary and Martha are upset with Jesus because they had sent a message to Jesus that Lazarus was sick (John 11:2), and Jesus had not come. Now, four days after Lazarus has died (John 11:39), Jesus decides to finally show up. Mary couldn’t bear to face Jesus, but Martha went out meet Him (John 11:20).] Martha: Too bad you didn’t get here five days ago … when…
  • 6 Principles of Non-Violent Resistance

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When faced with the question of how to deal with violence, most people think there are only two options: either be violent in return, OR lay down and die as a pacifist. There is, however, a third way, which is called “Non-Violent Resistance.” It is what was practiced by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and so many other people throughout history. It is also the way of Jesus. I have been doing a lot of reading and thinking about this over the past six years or so, and some of what I have learned will find its way into my upcoming book about giving up our rights, but here is a…
  • Is faith the gift of God in Ephesians 2:8-9?

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Though many Calvinists use Ephesians 2:5 and Ephesians 2:8-9 to teach that “regeneration precedes faith” and “faith is a gift of God,” a careful examination of these texts reveals that they teach the opposite. The understanding of both texts builds upon what Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:1-3. If you do not recall how those verses are to be understood, you may want to go review that post before reading further in this one. Here is what Paul writes in Ephesians 2:5, 8-9: [God] … even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) ……
  • The Secret Logic Behind Total Depravity

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    OK, so it’s not that much of a secret, but there still are some things about Total Depravity that Calvinists will often not say when they are first presenting their views to others. To really get at the ideas below, you have to know what questions to ask. Total depravity sounds biblical until you start to dig around in it and see all the secret logic that goes with it. ⇦ Tweet that! So next time you hear a Calvinist talk about Total Depravity, ask some of the hard questions, and see what they say! The secret logic behind Total Depravity is as follows: 1. People Cannot Do Anything Good…
 
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • My Faith Heroine – Aunt Anna

    Jean Wise
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Have you ever felt connected to someone you really didn’t know? When you hear their name or read something about them, an electric link reverberates deep within your soul. You know you know them without really knowing them. They become a heroine to you – solidifying your sense of family, faith and foundation. My great Aunt Anna is that connection for me and she also is my faith heroine. The older I get, the more I see segments of her life, her ongoing DNA circling within me, leaving its mark. Anna was born in 1883 and died in 1967 when I was a flippant couldn’t care less about the older…
  • Shouting Trees – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy at your coming, O Lord. Psalm 96: 12 Master Artist, you have outdone yourself this fall. You have adorned your trees with magnificent colors – burnt reds, brilliant oranges and mellow yellows with just touch of crispy browns and lingering greens. My heart leaped as I looked out of the car window this week at your palette of fall fanfare. I think the trees are dancing with iridescent exhilaration. They raise their branches in waves of colorful shouts for joy. All praising you, Lord God, Maker of all. And I join them in their celebration…
  • How We Spend Our Lives – Evelyn Underhill – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    We mostly spend our lives conjugating three verbs: to Want, to Have and to Do. Craving, clutching, and fussing, on the material, political, social, emotional, intellectual, even on the religious plane, we are kept in perpetual unrest, forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in the fundamental verb, to Be, and that Being, not wanting, having and doing, is the essence of the spiritual life. Evelyn Underhill The post How We Spend Our Lives – Evelyn Underhill – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy…
  • Hidden Clutter

    Jean Wise
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    A tip from my Weight Watcher friends is to put the three-pound weights on my desk where I would see them readily and use them more often. While waiting for a video to load on the computer or the printer to print, I could exercise. Great idea! I tried it. It worked for the sum of one day. Then my eyes quit seeing the weights on my desk, hidden among the clutter or amid the normal environment of my desk. Even in plain sight, I never thought of them. On a side note, one lady at the Weight Watchers group said she finally put her dumbbells in her microwave. She has to remove them every time she…
  • The Spiritual Practice of Unplugging

    Jean Wise
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am a techie. I love gadgets. The Internet lures me away for hours playing with history, trivia, fascinating conversation. I admit my struggle with dealing with emails and can tell you all the tips about time management with electronic devices. Okay one more confession. I am one who has been known to read USAToday app on her IPhone in the middle of the night. Yes I have read all about how the white light from the phone interferes with sleep and about the girl whose pillow caught fire from putting her phone there. What drives this? A fear of missing out on something? An ego urge to know the…
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  • 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…
  • Lauren Beukes on getting a literary agent in South Africa

    Ryan Peter
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    Yesterday I managed to get to ask Lauren Beukes, South African author of The Shining Girls (The BFS August Derleth Best Horror, The Strand Magazine Critics Choice Award, and the University of Johannesburg Prize), Zoo City (won the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2011) and her latest, Broken Monsters, a question which I’ve been meaning to ask someone like her for ages: How do you get a good literary agent in South Africa? Especially as an author of speculative fiction / supernatural thrillers etc. This is because these aren’t genres local publishers care about. The market is too small for…
  • God is not as interested in morality as much as you think

    Ryan Peter
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    This article was featured in The Star newspaper on 24 September, 2014. It was edited down (with a different title) so I decided it would be great to post my original piece as submitted to The Star After having read Eusebius McKaiser’s recent article “Why God’s not a moral imperative”, having attended the debate he had with Christian apologist John Lennox, and having engaged with him on my personal blog (Why Eusebius McKaiser’s article is a perfect example of apologetics gone wrong) I felt – in the interests of fairness – to present some thoughts from “the other…
  • Eusebius McKaiser and John Lennox at the #GMWits debate could have been stronger

    Ryan Peter
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
    Last night, well-known Christian apologist John Lennox and Eusebius McKaiser, PowerFM talk show host and agnostic philosophical lecturer, went head to head (mind to mind, more like it!) in a debate on morality at WITS. You can pick some of the conversation on Twitter at the #GMWits hashtag and a Youtube video will be pasted later (I’ll update this blog with it when it comes out). So what happened? It was invigorating and stimulating, as these debates should be. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was impressed with the turn-out. I loved the brilliance and civility of both speakers. However, I…
  • My writing goals for the next twelve months

    Ryan Peter
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    Hitting deadlines as a writer isn’t always easy. I was supposed to finish my supernatural thriller The Butcher’s Shadow by June this year, after which I was going to pick up writing the sequel to my fantasy book When Twins War. Neither of those happened, because we writers tend to get easily distracted. I picked up the work on my forthcoming book on sin and holiness, Holy Sin, which I’ve managed to finish but still need to edit. I also got distracted with revising my first proper book, Single (which I wrote in 2004) after someone asked me for a copy and I was a bit…
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  • What is the Power in the Name of Jesus?

    Kevin Shorter
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The Bible is full of references about the significance of the name of Jesus. There is power in the name. It enables our salvation, deliverance, and sanctification. But, what does the name of Jesus mean? Here are some verses regarding the name of Jesus to help to frame this review: There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. – Acts 4:12 At the name of Jesus every knee should bow. – Philippians 2:10 You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 6:11 Whatever you ask in my name,…
  • The Parable of the Sower Revisited

    Kevin Shorter
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
    The Parable of the Sower Revisited The parable of the sower is a wonderful story that Jesus tells about the power of throwing seeds and preparing the soil of our hearts (Matthew 13:1-23). In the parable there was a farmer sowing seeds. He seemingly throws his seed indiscriminately among different types of soils. We should note that there is power in the seed no matter where the seed lands, but life is more readily released when it lands on good soil. But if there is power in the seed, we should take a closer look at what the seed is. We often take the seed as meaning the Gospel. The Bible…
  • How To Bring Revival

    Kevin Shorter
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    How do we bring revival to America? to Australia? to Europe? to China? This is such an important question. As Christians we are commanded to make disciples of all nations and show the world our love (Matthew 28:19 & John 13:35). God said if we ask of Him, He will give us nations (Psalm 2:8). Our motive is that God doesn’t want any to perish but all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Our task is challenging and technically impossible, but He said we can do greater things them Him and He changed the world (Matthew 19:26 & John 14:12). We long to make this kind of impact in our…
  • The Problem With Christian Business Books

    Kevin Shorter
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    My Problem with Christian Business Books As you may already know, my education is in business. I have an MBA from a secular university, which has helped me tremendously, giving me tools to do those things God has called me to do. But, as you would expect, I also was taught many things that didn’t fit my Christian upbringing and caused me to wrestle with how God viewed business. This area of conflict generates interest for me toward Christian business books, and yet I am usually left not satisfied. I recently received a Christian business book which I agreed to review. This book, like…
  • Do We View Unsaved People the Same Way God Does?

    Kevin Shorter
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
    Let’s View Unsaved People As Loved By God Over sixty years ago, Dr. Bill Bright shook up the accepted Christian thinking of his time by creating a tract that didn’t start with people being sinners. Instead his tract started with God’s love for people. Dr. Bright’s contemporaries thought he was hiding the truth of people being sinners in need of a savior by burying it as the second point. While most of us nowadays will not have a problem with this order, I will would still like to support how it was the way Jesus treated people. Although accused of it many…
 
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    God and You

  • I Wanted to Become a Pastor. Here’s why I’m a Businessman Today.

    Sean
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    I grew up in church as a Sunday school kid. When I was 13 years old, I met Joash who became a good friend of mine. We both wanted to be full-time ministers in church. I wanted to become a full-time pastor. 13 years have passed since then. Today, I’m the CEO of 2 start-up internet companies SEO Hacker and Qeryz. Somewhere along the way, I felt as if what I was doing for God was much less than if I would’ve served in the ministry. I couldn’t be more wrong. Being at the Center of God’s Will Joash went on to become a full-time campus missionary. A very noble job and…
  • How to Accept a Person’s Past

    Sean
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Just this week I met with a friend for lunch to talk about his concerns. It’s not an out-of-this world problem. In fact, it’s a common problem that a lot of couples today face. You see, my friend is at a crossroads in life. I’ve been there before. There are two main roads to take – the rich, adventurous, single bachelor or grow old with the girl who captivated your heart. Lost in a Crossroad There will always be that time in your relationship with a person when you are put in the crossroads and you’re forced to imagine what life would be on either road. I have…
  • The Importance of Conscious Dating

    Sean
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    When I was courting my wife Apple, it has never been uncommon for us to be at home with her family. One of the best things about our courtship stage is that I got to know more about her in a very transparent way. As the saying goes “A person is only as good as she is with her family.” Even so, there are things that I noticed about her outside of our time with her family that has cushioned the difficulties and conflicts in our marriage today. This is an entry about those little things. Checking out her Mannerisms When Apple and I were dating, I would enjoy each minute I spent with…
  • 5 Baby Truths and Myths Every Young Couple Should Know

    Sean
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    I’m not going to lie. It’s been tough. Really tough – mostly on my wife. Having a baby is no easy chapter to flip through. However there are myths in our world today that I find to be farfetched. Here are some of them. Pregnancy is Terrible There are horror stories left and right about pregnancy. Yeah we’ve heard our share. And you know what? All it took for me and Apple is prayer. I’m serious – just pray about your pregnancy. Pray about your delivery. Pray about your baby. It’s really what matters. We were able to go through pregnancy normally. No…
  • The Real Reason why you Fall out of Love

    Sean
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    I don’t know why I’m writing this. Really. I don’t know much about love. It’s such a wide and incomprehensible thought that I will not pretend to know it enough to write this. However for what little I know of love as a lover and husband and soon-to-be dad, I know that there is a way people fall out of love. And that’s what I’m about to tell you. In and Out People fall in love. That much we’re sure of. A guy meets a girl he likes. His heart begins to throb, his mind begins to imagine, his feelings begins to fly. It’s love at first sight. He goes…
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  • Lavishing Love: Dance parties + crafts = time

    Ryan
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As part of this fall and Christmas campaign, we are focusing on “Someone will always find vulnerable  children… always, but Jesus changed everything.” Every Tuesday, inspired by a conversation with our friend Neatness, I will share a story like the one below to give you a glimpse of why we need you to help us reach more children. Thanks for considering investing in them. -Ryan ———– This past week I attended an event at my alma mater Messiah College. Bryan and Courtney Tyson, 2011 Messiah grads, powerfully shared why they give to Messiah. In closing, Courtney…
  • Mercy: What may have been

    Ryan
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    As part of this fall and Christmas campaign, we are focusing on “Someone will always find vulnerable  children… always, but Jesus changed everything.” Every Tuesday, inspired by a conversation with our friend Neatness, I will share a story like the one below to give you a glimpse of why we need you to help us reach more children. Thanks for considering investing in them. -Ryan ———- Remmy driving us through Mufulira, where Stephen lives. Back in January 2011, I listened as Pastor Stephen in Zambia powerfully and painfully shared how a woman in his church…
  • A conversation we won’t forget

    Ryan
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Just over a month ago, our staff in Africa and 2 friends from the USA and I were sitting in a coffee shop in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe having a cappuccino with our friend Neatness. I know I wrote extensively about that interaction in September and you can read about it here. But, I just can’t get over how incredible that was and I keep coming back to it over and over. When I met her, she was collecting wood and fighting for each day, and now she is genuinely dreaming of changing the world. Our conversation with Neatness opened our eyes up to just how many incredible stories we have…
  • Seeds for Growth

    ForgottenVoices
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Forgotten Voices is showing signs of new growth. Doors are opening for us, as an organization, to take the scale of our work to completely new heights as we finish off 2014 and look to 2015.  While in Africa, we recently had the chance to meet with a few of the kids who have benefited from the help of the local church with our support. It was so encouraging to see them working jobs, supporting family members, and eager to invest back in the work of God through the church. It’s easy from a world away for us to lose our grasp – both on the seriousness of kids’ situations on the…
  • Purple Passion: Thank you, Ellen!

    Ryan
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Yesterday morning, my 4 year old daughter woke up and was immediately thinking about a little friend of hers who LOVES purple. So, Avery wanted everything on her outfit to be purple that day. Why? “Because she loves it and it will make her smile.” “Maybe (but probably not) we’ll see her today and when we do, she’ll just smile because she loves purple.” After I helped her get dressed, she scanned her outfit and did a little dance. You should’ve seen that smile. Wow. She wanted to give her best – for a friend she and I knew she was unlikely to see…
 
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  • Run With Endurance

    Justin
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    I received a word from the Lord that I believe is a message for a lot of us. He said Hebrews 12:1 says, “run the race with endurance, not speed.” Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so […]
  • I am set free!

    Justin
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭2‬ NKJV) Thank you Lord that I am free! That freedom comes through faith in believing that what you have already said is true. For God cannot lie and He is faithful […]
  • I Would Have Lost Heart

    Justin
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD! (‭Psalms‬ ‭27‬:‭13-14‬ NKJV) This one is awesome! So true for me. […]
  • The Spirit of Adoption

    Justin
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    The Spirit of Adoption by Justin Powell The enemy had prepared a prison cell just for me, A trap I fell into without the slightest attempt to flee. I gave in and would lie there in loneliness and death, So broken inside, I had little hope to resurrect. Entangled in sin, I had no idea […]
  • New Wine of the Spirit – Post 7

    Justin
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. -John 15:12 It is a choice to pick up an offense.  There is a certain man who came and joined us in treatment recently.  It is not my intent to bad mouth anyone but I must do some “flushing” here.  This […]
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  • Satiety, Tree Beauty, and the Precious Pause

    Josh MacIvor-Andersen
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Xerxes was war-hungry and on the move, the great Persian Shāhanshāh, king of kings, surrounded by a million, let’s say two million soldiers marching west to crush Greece, washing like a murderous wave across the river Maeander. Herodotus said their numbers were so vast that the soldiers not only crossed rivers, but drained them with their thirst. And imagine the momentum of so many men and horses moving together, and what it must have felt like to be Xerxes at the center of all that clanging weaponry, or the cause of it moving setting-sunward, cohesive and singular despite all its moving…
  • An Apology and an Affirmation; or, In Praise of Yoga Pants

    Angela Doll Carlson
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    I wore yoga pants all day today. I admit that I put them on because I was feeling a little puffy, a little bloated perhaps. After returning from a week away from home, I recognized that my eating and exercise habits while on vacation were lacking. It’s possible that those habits had been lacking, in fact, even before the vacation. Stress does that to me. Stress does that to a lot of people. I know I’m in good company. After stepping from the shower that first day back from vacation I had a quick look in the mirror, and the first thought that sprang to my head was bitter and condescending.
  • Meet the Recipients of the 2014 Janet McCabe Poetry Prize

    Ruminate Magazine
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Ruminate Magazine is excited to share with you the winners of the 2014 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize! The winning poems were selected by Jeanne Murray Walker. You’ll find the winning poems in Issue 33, which releases early December.  FIRST PLACE Emily Rose Cole – “Allegheny County, 1888: Ava Remembers Her Canaries” Emily Rose Cole Emily Rose Cole is a writer, folksinger, tea-lover, and MFA candidate in poetry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her debut folk album, “I Wanna Know,” was released in May of 2012 and is available on iTunes and Amazon. Last spring, she…
  • Flame against Flame: Reflections on North Korea & Wiesel’s Night

    Jae Newman
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? –James 3:11 A month ago, I traveled deep into a valley of the Southern Tier in New York State. It was nearly a two-hour trip on a day that I had other things to do. In my fifth of six semesters of seminary, things are picking up. I made the long drive in the rain because I believe it is a writer’s responsibility to make the time necessary to create a work for which we are convicted. For over a decade, a seed of concern about the humanitarian crisis in North Korea has grown into something I could no longer ignore. As a high…
  • Meet the artists: Judith Deem Dupree and Casey Underwood

    Ruminate Magazine
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Thank you to all who came out to support the AIR series event this past weekend. For those of you who missed out, below are introductions to our two artists–Judith Deem Dupree and Casey Underwood. ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: CASEY UNDERWOOD Introduction by Kristin George Bagdanov oil pastel and colored pencil Casey Underwood grew up in Santa Barbara, CA, where he earned his Bachelor’s in Studio Art at Westmont College. He came to Ruminate via a month and a half long fly fishing trip that took him up through California and down through Montana and Wyoming to Fort Collins. Along the way,…
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  • Evangelism Study Bible Designed to Help Christians Confidently Share Their Faith

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:52 pm
    EvanTell Helps Believers Present the Gospel Clearly and Simply DALLAS, Oct. 20, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — EvanTell, a ministry that trains and equips Christians to share the gospel clearly and simply, has brought a fresh perspective to the essential ingredient for evangelism – God’s Word — by publishing The Evangelism Study Bible. The Evangelism Study Bible, coming October 27th from Kregel Publications, has thousands of notes, devotions, tips and other features that will help believers overcome fear and guilt and make them confident and joyful witnesses for Christ.
  • The Trap of First Impressions

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    I was checking headlines, and emails getting ready for this morning’s service when I saw a picture of the cruise ship which departs from Galveston about 50 miles from here. My first thought was “what an ugly ship !” Its outward appearance didn’t appeal to me at all. It was kind of disappointing because I love boats, and ships and such. My second thought was ” I bet its absolutely beautiful on the inside.” The ship’s designers were likely thinking more about capacity, than beauty. It was then that I was reminded that too often we do the same with…
  • Message of the Synod Assembly on the pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Vatican City, 18 October 2014 (VIS) – This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the Message of the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation” (5-19 October). The speakers were Cardinals Raymundo Damasceno Assis, archbishop of Aparecida, Brazil, delegate president; Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and president of the Commission for the Message and Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, India. The full text of the message…
  • Twitter Blocks New Faith Driven Consumer Campaign Supporting Subpoenaed Houston Pastors Minutes After Launch

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    After famously blocking Faith Driven Consumer’s #IStandWithPhil campaign earlier this year, Twitter is back at it again – blocking the group’s new petition drive #HoustonWeHaveAProblem at HoustonProblem.com minutes after launch this afternoon RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Faith Driven Consumer™, the group that emerged on the national stage last year with its #IStandWithPhil campaign that played a leading role in Phil Robertson’s return to Duck Dynasty, continues to serve as an advocate for more than 41 million consumers who spend $2 trillion…
  • Former Virginia Lt. Governor Nominee Launches National Movement to Protect Rights of Christians

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Bishop E.W. Jackson, Harvard educated Attorney, Minister and last year’s Virginia Republican Nominee for Lt. Governor has launched a national movement to protect Christians from “growing hostility, discrimination and anti-Christian bigotry.” He has produced a video addressing the issue: youtu.be/oIl2O9SzzoA. As a first step, today Jackson officially launched the UNITY PETITION FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS. This effort is inspired by increasing concern that pastors, churches and Christians who believe marriage is a…
 
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  • FREE Grace

    Richie
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Grace is scandalous because it offers the unaffordable riches of God for free! Why and how is that possible? This clip answers those questions. For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God ~ Ephesians 2:8
  • God’s Plan For Purity (Holiness)

    Richie
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Does the idea of holy living scare you away from Christianity? Or are you a Christian who struggles with the “house rules” towards rightness? This 10-minute teaching could change your life. 
  • How Holiness Happens

    Richie
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The Bible says “Be holy for God is holy” (1 Pet. 1:16). Holiness can be an intimidating subject if approached from our humanity. So what does holiness mean for a believer, and how is it achieved? This message addresses the topic of holiness and purity in a very real and practical way. I pray it blesses [...]
  • JESUS: The Original (And Only) AWESOME!

    Richie
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    What does “awesome” mean to you? After all, it is a Bible word. It’s time to put the AWE back into AWESOME, and His name is JESUS. He has sent redemption to His people;
 He has commanded His covenant forever:
 Holy and awesome is His name. ~ Psalm 111:9 (NKJV)
  • From Rags To Righteousness

    Richie
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    How is righteousness with God obtained? And what does the Bible say about “works” towards rightness?
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  • The Spirit Mini Series Part 3: Communication in the Spirit

    Ashley S. Reid
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    com·mu·ni·ca·tion noun \kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən\ (Merriam Webster Dictionary): the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc., to someone else: a message that is given to someone : a letter, telephone call, etc.God communicates with us in two major ways: the Bible and the Holy Spirit. As you know we will be discussing the latter today. However, I want to emphasize that there are no set amount of ways that God communicates with us in the Spirit. In fact the way he speaks to me can be…
  • The Spirit Mini Series Part 2: Taking Care of the Spirit

    Ashley S. Reid
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    John 15:1-8The Message (MSG)The Vine and the Branches15 1-3 “I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.4 “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.5-8 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re…
  • The Spirit Mini Series: Part 1 - What is God's Spirit?

    Ashley S. Reid
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Hello Everyone!So thank you for joining me for this mini series on the Spirit! As I said before,  I do not know everything and I cannot possibly cover everything, but I can share what I've been led to learn in hopes that it may kick-start someone else's journey!Let's hop into it!Before we start on this journey of exploring what the spirit is and its role in our lives, I think it is important to look at some definitions so we can understand what the current perspective is, and what we may have been taught. Definitions:Miriam Webster:        …
  • The Spirit Mini Series

    Ashley S. Reid
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    Hello everyone!I want to explain quickly why I have not been posting, and then alert you of a mini series God has placed on my heart to share.First and foremost, my apologies in being so dormant in my blogging these last couple of months. Part of it was my own laziness and stubbornness, and then the great part of it was God's timing. These last few months have been life changing, full of growth, and full of exploration. I've never seen my self development accelerate at such a high speed. A large part of that has come due to my new understanding of the Spirit. I am still learning so much,…
  • Staying With What Is Now: Accepting Who You Are In the Moment

    Ashley S. Reid
    7 Jun 2014 | 10:47 am
    I am guilty of never stopping to appreciate the moment. It's always onward and upward. Always pushing myself for the next great thing, or living out that untapped potential I have. My life tends to be disappointing to me because I know I am not living what I am designed to be. Not because I am not trying, but because it is not that time yet.I think a lot of us suffer from this syndrome. It's one of the bad habits that comes along with the gift of foresight. Anyone that has been given a dream or a vision suffers from the anxiety of waiting to see it come to pass. So much so that you may miss…
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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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  • Trouble Surrendering to God? (“My Heart Is Yours” worship video)

    Steve Fuller
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Surrendering to God We use that phrase a lot, but what does it mean? I think it means taking every part of your life, and instead of clinging to your own ideas of what should take place, giving it to God to do with as he pleases. Let’s get specific.  Say you long to get married. Surrendering to God would mean taking your longing for marriage, and instead of clinging to the thought of getting married, giving this part of your life to God to do with as he pleases.  It would mean knowing that his plan for you is perfect, whether that means marriage or singleness. But if you long to get…
  • How to Love Others When You Don’t Feel Like It

    Steve Fuller
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Looking Forward to Pizza Imagine that you are driving to your church small group.  It always starts with a potluck, and you are bringing your favorite pizza. You’re smelling the melted cheese.  The garlic.  The sizzling Italian sausage.  You can’t wait to enjoy that tasty scrumptiousness. When you arrive you notice that others brought tuna casserole, chicken salad, enchiladas, and fried chicken.  Not bad.  But nothing compares to pizza. Then someone thanks the Lord, and the food is passed around. But when the pizza box gets to you — it’s empty. The pizza is all…
  • Does God REALLY Want Us to Seek Rewards?

    Steve Fuller
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    What Should Motivate Us? What should we do when we don’t want to pray and read God’s word?  Or when we don’t desire fellowship?  Or when we have no interest in sharing the gospel or battling sin? How should we motivate ourselves? A common answer is that we should be motivated by gratitude.  That since God has done so much for us, it’s only right for us to give obedience back to him. But I can’t find any place where that’s taught in the Bible.(If you can, please let me know.) I’m not saying gratitude is unimportant.  It is essential that we see all…
  • Beholding His Glory (“Who Is like Our God?” Worship Video)

    Steve Fuller
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Beholding His Glory Nothing is more important than seeing and feeling and worshiping God’s glory as revealed in Jesus Christ. Here’s what I mean — Glory Exists Whether we feel him or not, see him or not, or believe in him or not – there exists a God whose glory is so beautiful, so spectacular, so awesome, that he alone can fully satisfy our hearts. Creation God has revealed his glory to us through creation — The heavens declare the glory of God. (Psalm 19:1) For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever…
  • Yesterday I Needed an Explosion of Worship

    Steve Fuller
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    An Explosion Of Worship When I am discouraged, tempted, or lukewarm, it’s helpful to search my heart, discover pockets of unbelief, find promises to counter that unbelief, and pray over those promises until my faith is strengthened. But sometimes instead of dealing with one unbelief at a time, I need to blow it all up with an explosion of worship. Yesterday That’s what I needed yesterday.  To my shame, I have been falling into unbelief and discouragement because of some unanswered prayer. So I have been praying over promises, setting my heart on various Scriptures, and fighting…
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  • Guest post: Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief

    Rey Lo
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Michael Carillo is a passionate supporter of artists of all types. A San Antonio-based musician, he is the frontman for Deer Vibes and Michael J. & the Foxes. Go catch one of their shows…soon…your life will be better and you’ll thank us for it later. This isn’t about me complaining about people not coming to […]
  • Just because

    Rey Lo
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I’ve had the privilege of traveling to Russia in the last couple of years. While the Soviet Union as a formal organization is long gone, there are still remnants of Soviet-era culture scattered here and there. Many of the stations in the Moscow Metro are still decorated with the hammer and sickle and images of Lenin […]
  • 25 Struggles Only ENFPs Will Understand

    Rey Lo
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Originally posted on Thought Catalog:ENFPs are passion-driven ‘ideas’ people. They gain energy from interacting with the world around them, and become quickly excited over new possibilities. Though ENFPs loves being around people, they crave alone time much more than the average extrovert. ENFPs search for a deeper meaning in just about everything, and use…
  • This is not the way it’s supposed to be

    Rey Lo
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Even though I made a conscious decision to stop watching the national news some time ago, there are some stories you just can’t get away from. It’s hard to silence the sounds of people fighting each other no matter how hard you try to overlook it. Ferguson, the Middle East, the political and social climate across […]
  • Blah, blah, blah

    Rey Lo
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Welcome guest writer, Mark Ford. Mark lives in Austin and is a cellist, vocalist, composer and chef. Most recently he has performed as half of Dead Tree Duo. You can connect with him on Facebook. It may seem a platitude, it might sound like the tired words of some aging hippie, but our world is divided. Humans […]
 
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    The Book

  • 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
  • The Background Of 2nd Timothy

    Daniel
    30 May 2014 | 9:57 am
    In 64 A.D., Nero, a violent persecutor of Christians was emperor, and the Apostle Paul was now an old man, imprisoned in Rome and facing imminent death for his preaching of the Gospel.  Well aware of his impending death, and largely abandoned and isolated, Paul reached out his long time companion and beloved spiritual son,…Read more The Background Of 2nd Timothy
  • Genesis 1:1-2 In the Beginning

    Daniel
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    The beginning is not God’s beginning, because God has always existed. The beginning is the first mark of time. Time was not accounted for before the creation. There was only eternity.  The Hebrew word translated as “beginning” is reshith (רֵאשִׁית),  which in addition to meaning “beginning” can also mean “chiefest”, “firstfruits”, and “choicest”. These latter definitions relate an…Read more Genesis 1:1-2 In the Beginning
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    Catholic Spiritual Growth » » Gaudium Veritatis (The Joy of the Truth)

  • How to Change Your Life: Character Development Makes You God’s Masterpiece

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    How to change your life by building your character Building your character is the fastest and surest way to change yourself for the better. To develop our character we can use the best in human psychology, Sacred Scripture and the Catholic moral tradition. But the true power of character development is the power of grace. Our choices can cooperate with grace to transform us into the masterpiece God wants us to be. Grace teaches why, not just how to change your life. The free will is part of what makes human beings in the image of God. Our free will gives us the power of self-determination. We…
  • Catholic Spirituality – the Sneakiest of the Seven Deadly Sins

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Enemies of Catholic Spirituality The Seven Capital Sins (also known as the Seven Deadly Sins) make up the greatest enemy of Catholic spirituality in most of us. These are not just sins – they are habitual attachments that turn our hearts away from God. We need to conquer them in our lives if we hope to make any spiritual progress. Jesus’ Sneaky Lesson About a Sneaky Sin While Jesus’ primary message in this parable of the wedding feat (you know, the story where the king invites people to his son’s wedding and none of the invited attend?) is to point out the failure of…
  • How to Change Your Life – Understanding Personality (Who Are You)?

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    So you want to know how to change your life? The place to start is to recognize that any real change we make in our personality is made possible only through grace. However, grace is a real relationship with God and that means that God wants you to participate in the process. We need to do our part, and that means going through a conversion of heart away from our sins and distractions and toward God. You need to learn how to change your life, and a great place to start with that is to understand your personality. What is Personality? Use of the terms “personality” and “nature” were…
  • How to Pray – Praying Always

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Is Saint Paul serious when he says to pray always?People who don’t think they know how to pray find Saint Paul’s exhortation to “pray always” almost unbelievable. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, St. Paul tells us to pray continually and to always rejoice. OK, I get how we can rejoice always, even if I do find it hard to do when things get tough. It’s an attitude thing. But most of us don’t have any idea how to pray continually. What was Saint Paul thinking when he wrote this? I don’t know about you, but I can’t spend the entire day kneeling in prayer. I have…
  • Catholic Spirituality and the Life of Prayer: the Sure Path to Freedom

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
 
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    The New Life In Christ

  • Love, Faith, Hope, Peace

    John Luke
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    How to love, how 2 love, hw 2 love, how to have faith, how 2 have faith, hw 2 have faith, how to have hope, how 2 have hope, hw 2 have hope, how to have peace, how 2 have peace, hw 2 have peace, what is love, what is faith, what is hope, what is peace, where is love, where is peace, where is faith, where is hope, when to love, when 2 love, when to have faith, when 2 have faith, when to have peace, when 2 have peace, when to have hope, when 2 have hope. These four aspects of life are very important, because they define humanity. Some people know, some don't know that these four aspects is what…
  • How to make money online, How 2 make money online, Hw 2 make money online

    John Luke
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    How to make money online, how 2 make money online, hw 2 make money online, how to make money on the internet, how 2 make money on the internet, hw 2 make money on the internet, how to find a job online, how 2 find a job online, hw 2 find a job online, how to find a job on the internet, how 2 find a job on the internet, hw 2 find a job on the internet, what is money, when was money made, who founded money, how to make money, how 2 make money, hw 2 make money, how to find money, how 2 find money, hw 2 find money, where to find money, when to find money, how can I make money online, how can I…
  • Girlfriend, Boyfriend, Sex, Love, Kiss, Mastubation

    John Luke
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    What is a boyfriend, what is a girlfriend, who is a boyfriend, who is a girlfriend, where to find a boyfriend, where to find a girlfriend, when to have a boyfriend, when to have a girlfriend, how to find a boyfriend, how to find a girlfriend, how can I have a boyfriend, how can I have a girlfriend, am I ready to have a boyfriend, am I ready to have a girlfriend, when to have a boyfriend, when to have a girlfriend, my boyfriend, my girlfriend, can I have sex with my boyfriend, can I have sex with my girlfriend, when to have sex with my boyfriend, when to have sex with my girlfriend, how to get…
  • The Way To The Kingdom Of God

    John Luke
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
  • "Do It Again, Bounce Back"

    John Luke
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
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  • EHS: Hermeneutics for Homiletics

    Kenton Anderson
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    I have just returned from the annual meetings of the Evangelical Homiletics Society at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where the theme for the event was “Hermeneutics for Homiletics.” The keynote speaker was Abe Kuruvilla from Dallas Seminary, whose seminal … Continue reading →
  • Scoop.it for preaching.org

    Kenton Anderson
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I have just added a Scoop.it page for preaching.org. You can find it here. This is a place for various curated pieces related to the subjects of biblical preaching and its association with culture. Over time, I will try to … Continue reading →
  • The Future of Homiletics

    Kenton Anderson
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    I was recently asked to answer the following question for a journal forum: “What is the future of homiletics?” The following was my response… When I think about the future of homiletics, as distinct from the future of preaching, I … Continue reading →
  • The 500 Word Manuscript

    Kenton Anderson
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    So how much manuscript should a preacher use? Does a sermon manuscript keep a preacher from rambling into irrelevance, or does it stifle and inhibit communication? A more oral and in-the-moment approach can keep the sermon from feeling like it … Continue reading →
  • Moved or Removed: Managing Emotional and Exegetical Distance

    Kenton Anderson
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:18 pm
    One of our favourite ways to move people with our sermons is to use material that has already moved us. It surprises us, then, when the congregation seem relatively unmoved by the things that have had such an impact on us. … Continue reading →
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    A Life of Gratitude

  • Mark it off the Bucket List!

    Bryan Shaw
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    I've never really made a bucket list but if I had one, riding in a hot air balloon would be on the top of it. I don't know why but I've always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon. Tonight I can... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Exploring Nature....

    Bryan Shaw
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    We had the best day today! We started off the day by driving along the Blue Ridge parkway, taking in all the amazing views and then had lunch at the "Peak of the Parkway at Pisgah Inn." Next we went... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Three Already!

    Tori Shaw
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Today is my sweet Evan's 3rd birthday! I cannot believe its been 3 years since I met this little guy! He is such a joy to be around and brings so much laughter to our family. He has a vibrant... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • One Month Old!!

    Tori Shaw
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I cannot believe that my precious baby boy is one month old already! It's really been a whole month since he surprised us with his explosive entrance! Tyson is the sweetest little guy. He loves to... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • A Mountain Getaway....

    Tori Shaw
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    My little family gets to enjoy a special treat for the next week. We're staying in a very modern log cabin in the mountains while our house is rented for furniture market. One of our friends from... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
 
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  • Try WordLens Translation App for Mission Trips

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:50 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

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:50 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?

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:50 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

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:50 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

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:50 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

  • Little Children, Growing Faith, and a Mighty God

    Craig
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    “Keep away from our children, stop luring them in!” Patma’s father shouted as he shoved The Action Bible into the hands of the teacher leading the J127 Club. He took Patma’s hand and pulled her along down the street. It’s not just Patma’s father’s dislike of Christianity that’s distressful and painful to her, he’s also an alcoholic who terrorizes the family. Adi is Patma’s classmate and best friend. She too has an alcoholic father. Their plight is not unusual. The rural village where the girls live is located in Andhra Pradesh, a state known for the highest liquor…
  • Public School Children Hear The Story of Jesus

    Craig
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    The Guatemalan government has opened up doors for The Story of Jesus booklet to be used in public schools as history and values education. Thousands of children are hearing the Gospel, many for the first time. David C Cook has joined with the Guatemalan Church and a partner foundation to distribute one million copies of The Story of Jesus to children throughout the country. The booklet is a 16-24-page evangelistic booklet hand drawn by famed comic book artist, Sergio Cariello.   “We are reaching children in the most remote villages of Guatemala who have never had a textbook,…
  • From Graveyard to Vineyard

    Craig
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Bihar, India was once labeled the “Graveyard of Missions.” Now, indigenous Christians at the forefront of a revival are calling their homeland the “Vineyard of Missions.”A group of 200 rural pastors from India Mission, one of Bihar’s fastest growing church planting initiatives, held a week of fasting and prayer. One evening they fervently prayed for resources to reach the thousands of children in their villages. Why is this group so focused on reaching the next generation?  Bihar is one of India’s 29 states, and it’s a tough place to live. The state is rife with violence,…
  • Children in Cameroon to Receive Soul Aid

    Craig
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    “Deeply traumatized and broken in spirit,” this is what the deputy director for the Africa bureau of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says of the many thousands of refugees flooding the border of Central African Republic (CAR) into Cameroon. The refugees have escaped brutal sectarian violence and arrived severely malnourished and traumatized from a journey of terror. It’s reported that women, children and the elderly walk as many as three months, subsist on leaves, roots and dirty water and hide out at night from machete wielding men who block main roads. The militia…
  • Tales of Miracles from the Side of the Road

    Craig
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Prem Dham is a special place. It is a home filled with street children, runaways, and those from poor families. It is also a refuge for adults and children who are developmentally disabled or mentally ill. Jesus loves the least of these through caring believers in this community. Human life is not valued in many places in the world. As you can imagine, it’s worse for those who are disabled in some manner. In India, a combination of deeply rooted poverty, superstition, and certain Hindu beliefs has created a well of suffering for those already at a disadvantage in life. The orphanage…
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    CHRISTIANITY Every Day

  • Twice Daily News

    Pamela Rose Williams
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Did you know that I collect news twice daily?  I have selected some sources that I thought would be interesting to our readers and collect them into my “ChrisitanityEveryDay News”. Click below to read the latest edition and visit daily to see what is happening in the news.
  • Vengeance and Recompense

    Pamela Rose Williams
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” — Hebrews 10:30-31 Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. So many times we run into situations where we just want to pay someone back for the wrong that was done to us. It is human — or should I say — fleshly nature. That is why it is so important to know how God wants us to handle such situations. We are never told to inpute payback upon anyone when they have…
  • VeggieTales ‘Beauty and the Beet’ Interview & GIVEAWAY

    Pamela Rose Williams
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    I must confess that when I was preparing for my interview with Mike Nawrocki (co-creator of VeggieTales) and Larry the Cucumber I never expected that it would become a memory of some of the best few minutes of my life. We talked about the history of the VeggieTales and what makes these fun videos so special for kids. I was most interested to chat about the newest episode “Beauty and the Beet”. I have included the audio of the interview so that you can listen to what they had to say. “Beauty and the Beet” will be released on DVD and instant download beginning October…
  • One in Christ Jesus

    Pamela Rose Williams
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” — Galatians 3:28 What a great reminder of how God offers adoption to everyone regardless of race, sex or any religious affiliation! In this chapter of Galatians Paul rebukes the church at Galatia for mixing works in with faith alone for salvation. He reminds them that Abraham was justified by faith alone and that God promised to justify the heathen as well because of His promise to Abraham. These Galatians are Gentile (Greek) Christians. You see, the…
  • Stronghold

    Pamela Rose Williams
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (Psalm 18:2) My strength, my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.  So many ways to describe our Almighty God and Father. This is a Psalm of David, it was written on the day that the LORD delivered him from his enemies and from the hand of the evil King Saul (Ps 18:1). This psalm gives us the lyrics to quite a popular chorus that is sung in many churches.  Beginning with verse 3 and then…
 
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    A Convo With God

  • Being the Hand of God

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” And Gideon said to him, “Please, sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.” And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” (Judges 6:12-14 ESV)Many of us are waiting on God to do…
  • Freedom from Shame

    7 Jun 2013 | 9:05 am
    But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 NKJV)There is no place in our lives for guilt to take root. Our hearts should not be fertile ground for it to blossom. Why? Because Jesus paid the price for all that we have done, are doing and will do. All we have to do is receive Him in faith as our savior, admit that we need saving. We cannot achieve freedom on our own. From this place of vulnerability comes freedom from guilt and shame. Once guilt and shame…
  • God, Help Us Love Each Other

    5 Jun 2013 | 2:54 pm
    Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. (I Thessalonians 5:11 NKJV)God I pray that you help us to comfort each other and strengthen each other in your love by giving us the courage to share your love with others sacrificially. Let us no longer look to our right or left and wait for others to love us first. Help us to be the first to love our neighbor because we know the truth, that it is You who first loved us. Please help us to understand that Your love is sufficient for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.
  • Give Us A Heart For The Poor

    4 Jun 2013 | 7:41 am
    A Heart for the Poor“If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs. (Deuteronomy 15:7, 8 NKJV)God please give us a heart like your heart to care for those in need. Please give us the wisdom to know what others need and the means to provide it. We know that all that you have given us is not ours alone. You have trusted us to be…
  • The Bond of Perfection

    3 Jun 2013 | 8:46 am
    Over and over again in the Bible we hear this instruction to love one another. Why is this so important? It is because love is the bond of perfection. In loving each other we glimpse just a hint of what God's love is for us. As we dare to love we allow God to knit us ever closer together in spirit. Oh what transformations we will see in our lives, in our communities, in our nation, in our world when we relent and open ourselves to love! Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving…
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    Eric Metaxas

  • Newton, Massachusetts

    Ryan Hoover
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Eric will be the keynote speaker for the Massachusetts Family Institute’s annual banquet to be held at the Newton Marriott. For details, click here.
  • Washington, D.C.

    Eric Metaxas
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Eric will speak at a banquet for 1st Choice Women’s Health Center on October 14, 2014. For more information, visit their event page.
  • Pottstown, Pennsylvania

    Ryan Hoover
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    Eric will be joining Coventry Christian Schools for their annual Founder’s Dinner.  The dinner’s theme is “Fearless: Raising a Bold Generation.”  In addition to Eric speaking the dinner will celebrate the school’s heritage and vision for the future.  For more information visit the event site: www.Fearless2014.com!
  • New York City, New York

    Eric Metaxas
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Join Eric, Kristin Powers, Dennis Prager, and Greg Thornbury for “Faith and Freedom in the Public Square” on September 29th! For more information, click here.
  • Houston, Texas

    Eric Metaxas
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Eric will be speaking at a dinner hosted by East-West Ministries International on Saturday, September 20th. For details, visit the event page.
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • If you’re Making Disciples like Jesus and the early Church did, then what more is needed?

    Miguel
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    An interesting question came up in our Discipleship Group last night.  The question came out of a bit of frustration experienced by local church leaders who are consistently on mission in their own and nearby communities. Some folks in those communities  seemed ill-equipped to carry on the work.  The answer to these frustrations, said one,Read More(Visited 85 times, 85 visits today)
  • Are the Jewish, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, New Agers, and Non-Religious ‘Unreached?’

    Miguel
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    According to the Joshua Project, the world has 7,000+ unreached people groups. ‘Unreached,’ according to them, are groups that “lack enough followers of Christ and resources to evangelize their own people.” Is it right for Christian mission organizations to classify the Jewish, the Muslim, the Hindu, the Buddhist, the New Ager, and the self-proclaimed Non-ReligiousRead More(Visited 93 times, 14 visits today)
  • The Language of Conquest and Colonialism in Missions

    Miguel
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    It is essential, in my view, to abandon altogether the talk of “redeeming the culture,” “advancing the Kingdom,” “building the Kingdom,” “transforming the world,” “reclaiming the culture,” “reforming the culture,” and “changing the world.”  Christians need to leave such language behind them because it carries too much weight.  It implies conquest, take-over, or dominion, whichRead More(Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)
  • Mission, The Work of an Evangelist, and Going Beyond Soul Winning

    Miguel
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    The evangelist is less easy to identify in the New Testament, because almost everyone did the work of evangelism. Philip is the only one actually called an “evangelist” (Acts 21:8)  It often perplexes me how easily evangelism is reduced to ‘soul winning.’ The term “evangelist” comes from the Greek and means “one who announces goodRead More(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)
  • She’s Been ‘Saved’ 4 Times by 4 Mission Teams in 4 Years.

    Miguel
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    I see her walking around town, in stores, and taking her children to school. I’ve even seen her in church a couple of times. I often wonder “what her angle is,” but I think she’s all too well aware of what she’s doing. It’s the mission teams that I worry about. I often wonder ifRead More(Visited 3,349 times, 6 visits today)
 
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    Blasts From The Trumpet

  • The Feast of Tabernacles: The Spirit and the Bride Say Come

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The new species of man or the new generation of God's people perhaps look on the Feast of Tabernacles a little differently than Adam's race. Continue reading →
  • The Feast of Atonement: You Must Eat All of the Lamb

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The need for atonement started in the garden? Eve disobeyed God, interacted with Satan, answered his questions, and ingested his reply. He took captive Eve's mind. Continue reading →
  • Rosh Hashanah Today

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Trumpets are sounding from a mountain unseen with natural eyes and the gates are opening wide to receive God's people in a city seen only by light seekers or those who have searched out the end time knowledge of God. It is from here that the new species of man blow their shofars, the ram's horn to gather God's people for the harvest. Continue reading →
  • Daylight at the End of the Tunnel: All Things Made New

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Is this the year of the new species of man? Is there going to be a sounding of shofars or trumpets in the upper realm announcing the harvesting or ingathering of them? Could they be the firstlings, the firstfruits, born through God's end time knowledge, through the Word? Could they be the ones that lead all creation to God's holy mountain for reversal, renewal, bringing back the original order? Something to think about! Continue reading →
  • A New Species of Man Has Been Born: The Light Seekers … The Illuminated Ones

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    The new species of man, who is he, what is he, where is he? The new man is one that is tired of the way the earth is run, tired of its lack of morals, the immodesty, the blatant disobedience to God's call for holiness, and decided to seek God's light. Continue reading →
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    Attempts at Honesty

  • Paul Tripp on the purpose of the Word of God

    Mark McIntyre
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture When the Word of God, faithfully taught by the people of God and empowered by the Spirit of God, falls down, people become different. Lusting people become pure, fearful people become courageous, thieves become givers, demanding people become servants, angry people become peacemakers, complainers become thankful, and idolaters come to joyfully worship the one true God. The ultimate purpose of the Word of God is not theological information but heart and life transformation. Biblical literacy and theological expertise…
  • On money lenders and impure motives

    Mark McIntyre
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture This morning I read the story in Mark 11 of Jesus cleansing the Temple. He was angry with those who were using worship at the Temple for their own gain. Since most of us haven’t been guilty of selling birds or running a currency exchange in the back of the church, we are afforded the opportunity to smugly look down on those rascals that Jesus tossed out. But it strikes me that I have been guilty of attending church for wrong reasons. A sense of obligation is not a good reason. Fear of criticism is not a good…
  • Why are you amazed?

    Mark McIntyre
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?” – Acts 3:12 I can read about miracles in the Bible and not be amazed. The flannel graph presentations of my youth have made the stories so familiar that too often I do not connect with how radical the events actually were. This healing should amaze me but its familiarity masks how marvelous it really is. But how would I respond if I actually witnessed a miracle of this…
  • Leaders – How well are you getting people grounded in the faith?

    Mark McIntyre
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture It should come as no surprise to anyone who is at all paying attention to the culture around us that we can no longer assume that the people we interact with subscribe to a Judeo/Christian worldview. In fact, an increasing percentage of the populace is hostile to such a view. This begs the question of church leaders, “what are you doing to get your people grounded in the Christian faith?” I believe that good preaching does part of the job, but assuming that the average sermon is 30 minutes and the average…
  • Spiritual CPR – No Insurance Required

    L. T. Lewis
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture This is a guest post by L. T. Lewis whose biographical information appears in the author box below this post. If you would like to provide a guest post to Attempts at Honesty, please see the guest post guidelines and contact me if you are interested in providing a post. I lost my job.  For clarity, I lost my job but I wasn’t unemployed.  Yes. Seriously. I have been a public servant for more than 25 years.  In that time, I worked my way up from a receptionist position to being Division Director with a team of 15…
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    Before The Cross

  • Scripture on Integrity

    Mike Mobley
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    It’s difficult to define integrity in our culture today because most definitions include moral principles. It can get pretty confusing to try to define what moral principles are right, and which ones are wrong in our world. Luckily, we have the Bible to teach us what the real moral principles are that we should follow, therefore, we also know what it means to have integrity. At the end of the day, as we follow Jesus, it’s what we do when no one is looking….and when everyone is looking….that shows us where our integrity is. What we actually do proclaims what we really…
  • 5 Ways for Men to Lead Their Family

    Mike Mobley
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    I was considering writing another sinful confession, but I wanted to change it up this time. Instead of just writing about it, I wanted to provide some practical ways to repent of it and encourage you to do the same if needed. God has recently done some work in my life to reveal to me just how much I have not been leading my family spiritually. Yes, I might be working hard and providing for them…yes, I might not be doing anything terrible against them…yes, I do love them very much, but, I haven’t been leading them to The Lord and that is one of the worse things I could do…
  • Act Like Men Conference

    Mike Mobley
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Culture does not get to dictate what a real man is. The Bible provides us the real definition of a man. We’ve written about this topic before, and that’s why we are excited to share with you the Act Like Men conference coming up this November. This helps explain why: Look around. What’s so desperately needed where we live, in our country and in our world, are men who embrace all God created them to be. Men who are loud and ruthless about their own sin, but patient and full of grace in leading others. Men who long to follow God without limits and meet the needs of those around…
  • No Mask Required

    Chris Howard
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    It’s that time of year again. Candy, pumpkins and costumes fill the stores. As a kid, I loved this time of year. My birthday falls 5 days before Halloween so for awhile that meant a lot of celebrating and costume parties. It was great to dress up and to see friends dressed up and ready to score some candy. Many years older, I think of how innocent that was to masquerade as a superhero, a Jedi knight or whatever else caught the eye and my mom’s budget. Many years later, it’s still fun to dress up on Halloween with the family and score a few laughs (I don’t find the candy as magical…
  • 5 Fatherly Examples from God

    Mike Mobley
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    There’s no telling what people think when they hear the name “Father.” It could bring memories of a loving relationship, someone who is completely unknown, memories of abuse, abandonment, or raising children. Luckily, we have the Bible that defines what responsibilities a real Father should carry out. Not only out of duty, but out of honor and joy. Scripture is filled with areas that describe what God does for us as our Father. As a father myself to Peyton and Matthew, there are many things I already feel responsible for and I am thankful I have someone who has gone before…
 
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    My Freshly Brewed Life

  • When Life Slows To A StandStill

    Barbie
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    I started a 31 day journey on October 1st. I had just been laid off the day before, and thought it would help me pass the time to write 5 minute reflections on change. I remember dialoging with the Lord about whether or not I was to participate as I had the prior three years. I don’t think I heard a definite “no”, but I do remember a faint check in my spirit. I wasn’t sure I would be taking on too much, what with another major life change. But, I thought it would be easy, with the 5 minute prompts, and help to pass the time as I looked for work. I lasted just 14 days.
  • Journey To The High Places: The Place Of Anointing (Week 14)

    Barbie
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The Shepherd called to Much-Afriad to come and join him on the chair, hung by a cable. If she would but trust herself to the chair, she would be carried in perfect safety up to the place that He wished to take her without any struggling and striving on her part. When she and her companions, along with The Shepherd, had reached their destination, they had arrived at the borderland of the Kingdom of Love. And what a breathtakingly beautiful site it was, filled with little rushing streams and flowers of many kinds. Above were peaks of pure white snow and the sun shone brightly, filling the land…
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    Interpulpit

  • Healing Scriptures

    Rick
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
      Healing Scriptures. The Bible gives more than enough evidence to show that healing is available to ALL through Jesus Christ. He is not testing you with sickness. It is not a “blessing in disguise.” Jesus never placed cancer on anyone. He came to save, and to give life. The Gospels reveal Him dealing with sickness as much as sin, and Jesus remains the same yesterday, today, and forever. Tradition has crippled so many people with the thought that healing is only for some and not for all. That’s an easy way to explain why some don’t get healed. But it’s…
  • Can I See Your ID?

    Rick
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
      Recently as I was recording one of my radio episodes, I found myself making quite a bold statement: “Don’t call yourself a Christian if you’re not living a godly life. I’m not judging you, and it may be true that you’re indeed a Christian. But if you’re not living for the Lord, don’t embarrass Him or His church by presenting yourself to others as a Christian!” We are living in dark times, and the world is looking for someone to shine the light. If you are claiming to be that light, then let it shine! But the world scoffs at those who make a noise about their faith and…
  • The Name: I AM

    Rick
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    It was during the mid-1700s, a time known as the Great Awakening, that men like George Whitefield and John Wesley burned through England and America with revival fire. Both preachers preached to thousands in the open-air because many churches wouldn’t have them. Whitefield was particularly known for his eloquent and animated preaching. Nobody could command an audience like him! The story goes that one day Whitefield, actually inside a church, wasn’t living up to his reputation. It was rainy and the gathering was relatively small. One man reported to have thought, “This man is no great…
  • Have A Blast!

    Rick
    3 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
      The Interpulpit Radio Blast is now airing on the Fourteen 12 Radio Network. It is 15 minutes of glorious gospel truths, much like you see here, only you can listen instead of read! Monday through Friday at 9:15 am and 3:15 pm CST. Go to Fourteen12.com, tune in and spread the word!     You Might Also Like: Can I See Your ID? Definition of Christianity Paul’s Gospel The post Have A Blast! appeared first on Interpulpit.
  • The Lord is My Helper

    Rick
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
      Jesus is the answer. So what’s the question? I believe Paul asked the right question when the heavenly light shone and knocked him off his horse on the road to Damascus: “Who are you Lord?” (Acts 9:5). He learned who Jesus was, and it changed his life forever. When God shined the light of his knowledge into our lives, it changed us as well. At least it should have knocked sin, selfishness, and pride off the throne of the heart. Sometimes, however, it is not the light that knocks us down, but life knocks us down! The trials come and we are found reeling from the hits. At such…
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    Paperback Theology

  • Pragmatism is Killing the Church – It’s our Kryptonite: A Few Practical Suggestions On How To Avoid It

    Tim Suttle
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    I recently wrote an article for FaithGateway.com. Here are a few pull quotes… would love to have you go to the article & share a link on Facebook or Twitter…     Nearly every pastor or ministry leader I’ve ever met operates with the underlying assumption that their job is to make their ministry successful. [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional – I Have Royals Fever & The Only Solution Is…

    Tim Suttle
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I confess that the past few weeks have been a blur. I’ve been out of town Monday through Wednesday each week, and have felt one step behind. The first trip was to Conception Abbey to spend a few days in discussion with Ian Cron… will blog about that later. The other trip was to Durham [Read More...]
  • Resident Aliens 25 Years Later: Stanley Hauerwas & William Willimon at Duke’s 2014 Convocation

    Tim Suttle
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    I spent the past couple of days at Duke University listening in on conversations between Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon. The event was part of Duke’s annual Convocation and Pastor’s School. Twenty-five years ago Hauerwas and Willimon teamed up to write the book Resident Aliens. To date the book has sold over 160,000 copies, a [Read More...]
  • Claiming the Body: The Funeral Task as Keeper of the Sacred Words

    Tim Suttle
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Remembering the Dead: Ancestors, Rituals, Relics. Read other perspectives here. A few years ago my friend Chris Jehle asked me to begin making a trek to the hood in KCMO to help him with a peculiar task. Chris had spent the previous fifteen [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional: Fatherhood, Ian Cron, & Chasing the Rhino

    Tim Suttle
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I confess that my daily routine has been completely whacked lately. I blame the Kansas City Royals’ three extra-innings playoff games in a row, after which I’m so jacked up, it takes me awhile to come back down. My body doesn’t seem to know what to do, so it just keeps trying to get me [Read More...]
 
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • Can demons mimic angels?

    MBA
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 am
    The question was asked, “Can demons mimic angels?” The very brief answer is yes, they decidedly can. One thing, one quality, they gave never mimic nor give to anyone is peace.Filed under: Questions Tagged: angels, demons, Questions
  • How can we share in the divine life?

    MBA
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    The question was asked, “How can we share in the divine life?” Since there is quite a bit that needs to be said to clearly address the topic of partaking in the divine life (2 P 1:4), I will be answering at length about this in a post to follow. Briefly, however, the answer is […]
  • On icons – 11

    MBA
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    Icons “show us the contiguity and interaction of two worlds, two planes of being: on the one hand, the eternal peace of the higher regions; on the other hand, a world of sorrow, sin, chaos, but thirsting for God’s peace – a world that seeks but has not yet found God” – E. Trubetskoii, Icons: Theology […]
  • The difference between dreams, revelations and visions

    MBA
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    Originally posted in 2012, I am re-posting the above herewith because of the ongoing number of questions that keep coming in on this subject. According to Saint Nikita Stithatos, the differences between dreams, revelations and visions can be discerned as follows: Dreams are “images that do not remain unchanged in the imaginative faculty of the […]
  • On icons – 10

    MBA
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    The symbolic language of the icon is “incomprehensible to the sated flesh, to the heart full of longings for material things. But it becomes the very fabric of life when these longings collapse and an abyss opens at our feet. Then we need a firm foothold at the edge of the abyss, we need to […]
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • On the Divine Heart of God our Father – 12

    MBA
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    “Our Father’s Paternal Heart is a refuge, a fortress, and a sanctuary for us. It is an ocean of love and mercy, a sea of bliss, and a paradise for each and every child to return to, when he or she is left alone in a world of emptiness and false illusion. Our Father’s Heart is, as Christ showed […]
  • On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 11

    MBA
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    “Everything has been entrusted to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Mt 11:27).Filed under: God the Father, Spirituality of the Heart, The Core of the Divine Heart, The […]
  • On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 10

    MBA
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    “The great mystical tradition of the Church of both East and West has much to say in this regard. It shows how prayer can progress, as a genuine dialogue of love, to the point rendering the person wholly possessed by the divine Beloved, vibrating at the Spirit’s touch, resting filially within the Father’s Heart” – […]
  • On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 9

    MBA
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    “In Paradise the Son is residing within the Heart of the Father, conversing with the Father in the Garden over Adam” – Saint Hippolytus.Filed under: God the Father, Spirituality of the Heart, The Core of the Divine Heart, The Divine Heart of God the Father Tagged: Christianity, Divine Heart, God, God the Father, Religion and […]
  • The Signs of the Times – 30

    MBA
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    “I am astonished at the promptness with which you have turned away from the one who called you and have decided to follow a different version of the Good News. Not that there can be more than one Good News; it is merely that some troublemakers among you want to change the Good News of Christ; and […]
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    ChristiansTT

  • What Season Are You In? – Be Uplifted!

    Rio M
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Be Uplifted! When you are going through your rough and tough times, be still and know in your heart, mind, body and Spirit that He is God. He wants you to be still and not act in the flesh so that He can do His work in you, through you and for you for HIS name to be exalted in heaven and on Earth. Don’t go looking for something that you want. Thank Him and let Him bestow it upon you. Remember, wants and needs are two different things. Have you ever thought of what a big responsibility that is, to just be still and let Him be, for His glory? Read more on What Season Are You In? –…
  • Prayer- The Blessings Of SPIRITUAL GIFTS

    Cheryce
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Yeshua, my Lord and Saviour, I praise Your Holy name, for You are worthy. Oh so worthy of all the worship, honour, glory and love. Father, please cleanse my heart and renew my mind, as I pour out my soul unto You. Bless me with Spiritual Gifts, Lord, so I can use them to help Your people, if that be Your will. Read more on Prayer- The Blessings Of SPIRITUAL GIFTS…
  • PRAYER AGAINST THE SPIRIT OF BLOCKAGE AND BARRIERS

    Cheryce
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    PRAYING AGAINST THE  SPIRIT OF BLOCKAGE AND BARRIERS Almighty, Everlasting Father, Lord my God, I speak victory and prosperity in not only my life but my family’s as well. Father, I request the favour of You wherever I go. Shower Your blessings upon my humble life, grant me protection anywhere that I go. Guide me Lord accordingly, be with me, draw near. Read more on PRAYER AGAINST THE SPIRIT OF BLOCKAGE AND BARRIERS…
  • Prayer for Overcoming Family Problems

    Cheryce
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Overcoming Family Problems Oh Lord my God, I praise Your Holy name, I bow down at the essence of the Holy Spirit. Heavenly Father, my family is struggling; fighting and bickering at each other. They are drifting further apart and away from You. Father, draw them near and bring them back to You. Read more on Prayer for Overcoming Family Problems…
  • Drawing On What Jesus Has Already Done

    Bevjoy
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Drawing on what Jesus has already done Great and Mighty is Your name JESUS, I praise You! I sing a new song in worship to You, I will glorify Your all powerful name. I worship You in the beauty of holiness and declare Your worth over my nation. I declare that as my praises go up to the heavens, Your blessings will continue to flood the earth, which will continually be filled with Your glory! Read more on Drawing On What Jesus Has Already Done…
 
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    Christian Home and Family

  • Why “radical” is EXACTLY the right word – RFG episode 1

    Carey
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Carey Radical faith for generations. That’s the boiled-down, no-extra-words version of the outrageous goal I’m aiming at, in my family… and in yours. You’re invited to join me as we discover what radical faith in Christ really looks like, how we get it, and what we must do to pass it along to our children And their children, and their children. Let’s dive in. Or if you are using a “podcatcher” here is the feed address: http://www.christianhomeandfamily.com/feed/podcast/ Go to top Radical Faith for Generations – Episode 1 I may just be me, but the…
  • Radical Faith for Generations – the new podcast and format – coming tomorrow!

    Carey
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Carey Radical faith for generations is my new mission – and the name of the all-new podcast. I’m very excited to finally have my ducks in a row so that I can get the podcast revamped, rejuvenated, and ready to go for you starting tomorrow. It’s an entirely different format… less preachy-preachy, more entertaining and thought provoking. No video, but lots more music and sound effects. My aim is to walk with you through the Biblical idea of what faith in a family is supposed to look like. Through the course of the podcast episodes we’ll discover together what…
  • Say it to him

    Carey
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Carey Your husband needs you to say it to him. Don’t assume he knows. Never assume. Make sure that the things you value about him are spoken… clearly and often. When you say it, you will help him beyond what you can imagine. As a man, he’s got deep seated insecurities about himself. He wonders if he’s man enough, strong enough, capable enough. You may think he doesn’t struggle with that kind of stuff, but that’s just because he’s snowed you, and possibly himself. The doubt and insecurities are there. They’re why he gets angry and defensive so…
  • Say it to her

    Carey
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    Carey Your wife needs you to say it to her. Don’t assume she knows. Never assume. Make sure that the things you value about her are spoken… clearly and often. When you say it, you will help her beyond what you can imagine. She’s got deep seated insecurities about herself as a woman. She wonders if she’s woman enough, pretty enough, satisfying enough… And the enemy assails her with lies about those things every day. And YOU, her HUSBAND are the only one who can dispel those lies. You’re the only one who can help her know the truth about herself. Your wife…
  • Clarity, Certainty, Confidence – life changing benefits of scripture

    Carey
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Carey Life changing. It’s an over-used word in our day and age. Everyone from business gurus to doctors are touting the “life changing” effects of their system, program, or method. It’s enough to make you a skeptic for life. But don’t go there just yet. There truly are some life changing things in the world, and scripture is one of them. I want to quickly outline 3 things that come from a right knowledge of the scriptures that are truly life changing. 1 Clarity Yes, there are parts of the Bible that are less than clear. I know that. I get that. But overall, the…
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    Pro Preacher

  • 5 Ways to Improve Audience Engagement

    Brandon
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    Photo Credit: wajakemek | rashdanothman via Compfight cc Is your audience boring? Do they respond to your preaching? Do they laugh at jokes? Do they say “Amen.” Do they ever clap their hands? Are they leaning in to listen? Are they taking notes? You may think the problem is your people, but I want to propose something different here: If your audience is dull, maybe the problem isn’t your audience. Maybe, the problem is how you have engaged with them. Audience engagement starts with the speaker. People will do what they are taught., Many pastors just don’t encourage…
  • You Are Supposed To Preach, But Suddenly Get Sick. What Should You Do?

    Brandon
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Photo Credit: foshydog via Compfight cc The last few weeks I have been really sick. Nothing life-threatening. Fevers. Vomiting. That sort of thing. My kids keep picking up junk from school and lovingly passing it on to me. Being sick is no fun. And, as a pastor who is scheduled to preach, it presents a whole new set of problems. The night before I was supposed to preach, I suddenly came down with a 101 degree fever, and was throwing up. What do you do in that situation? What do you do when you suddenly get sick before preaching? I woke up the next morning feeling like death, but I had a…
  • 10 Books I Am Excited To Read

    Brandon
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Photo Credit: ginnerobot via Compfight cc Leaders are readers. Although it can be time consuming, you actually save time by reading. Nothing has accelerated my own personal and spiritual growth as a pastor as much as reading. So what are you excited about reading right now? Here are a ten books I am excited to read. I just picked these up and cannot wait to dive into them: Living By Revealed Truth: The Life And Pastoral Theology Of Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Tom Nettles Heaven by Randy Alcorn Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways To Keep Yours Alive by Thom Rainer Real-Life Discipleship:…
  • You Can Preach A Good Sermon Without Love, But Not A Great Sermon

    Brandon
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Photo Credit: Neal. via Compfight cc Can you preach a good sermon without love? I was at a gathering of pastors, and the guest speaker said, “You can preach a good sermon without loving your people, but you will never preach a great sermon without loving them.” I immediately wrote the phrase down and chewed on it for a while. Can pastors really preach good without love? The more I thought about it, the more I realized it is true. There are plenty of pastors who preach good sermons without love for the people they are preaching to. They preach well, because, although they don’t love…
  • Amazing Deal On My New Book – 50% OFF!

    Brandon
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    For a limited time only, I am offering my new book for 50% off the original price! Preaching Nuts & Bolts: The Essential Guide to Sermon Prep is a practical guide for anyone who wants to get better at the art of sermon prep. Learn what it takes to be a successful preacher, my 7 Step Sermon Prep Method, how to get sermons written months in advance, and so much more. Preaching Nuts & Bolts is packed with the best tips and strategies from ProPreacher.com plus content you won’t find anywhere else. Originally sold for $10, you can get your copy today for only $4.99! Hurry, this…
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    Revolution Radio

  • Prophetic Word - Revolution Radio with Guest John Natale

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Join me once again with and my guest John Natale! A prophetic ministry that moves in the Holy Spirit and is passionate for Jesus!  John will be releasing a prophetic word for the next three months! For more information about John Natale Ministries visit  http://www.johnnatale.net Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnNataleMin Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnnataleministries
  • Revolution Radio with Guest Tina McCorkle

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Tina McCorkle is a passionate worshiper of Jesus.  Making Jesus her Lord and savior at the age of 3, she knows and values the heart of a child. Through the ups and downs of living this life, Tina has found her anchor in the knowledge that nothing can separate her from the Love of God in Christ Jesus. Tina and her husband Steve have been married for 31 years, have 4 children and have founded First Fruits Revolution. Ministries. Tina is a Minister of Gods Presence through worship, intercession and the prophetic word. First Fruits Revolution Ministries,  is a movement- for the people of God…
  • Intimacy with Jesus - Do you know Him?

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Join Aimee has she shares a teaching on knowing Jesus intimately. How many misunderstand what Christianity really is and how you can live in power. 
  • Are you dealing with fear? What about ISIS? Revolution Radio Guest Adam LiVecchi

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Join me for an exciting broadcast with Adam LiVecchi as he shares a message of hope! With so many trials in the world today, wars, protests, ebola, ISIS and so much more how do we live in peace? Join me tonight at 8PM CST and find out! Adam and Sarah are very happily married. Sarah is a classically trained Violist. She with Aaron, Adam’s brother, have produced several instrumental CDs which can be found on the Store page. Also she has been featured in several other CD’s with Shores of Grace. When Sarah plays prophetically the atmosphere changes and people are refreshed. Adam is the…
  • When you face trials where is God?

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Aimee will be sharing a message of encouragement and freedom, teaching on when you face trials where is God? How do we get through them and what does the Bible say about them?
 
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    Pastor John's Blog

  • The Trinity

    john crews
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Not long ago my son Christian and I were kayaking on the Trinity River, just a few miles from home.  We began to explore a finger off the river called "Denton Creek", but had to turn back sooner than we wanted because it was getting late.  Christian casually mentioned that "next time" we would explore further up Denton Creek.It was the second time that day that Christian talked about what we might do "next time" we went kayaking on the river together, and both times it felt like a punch to the gut.  In just a few days Christian and Dani would be leaving for Europe, and it was…
  • Faith, Hope, Love and Purpose

    john crews
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Over the past months I have had occasion to read many stories of other parents about the loss of a child and about life, such as it is, following such a loss.  Not surprisingly, I seem to gravitate mostly to stories of young people (usually in their late teens or twenties) who obviously left this world far to early.  The contexts are varied -- from homicide to suicide, a drug overdose to a car accident, or health issues -- both expected and unexpected.  But, the heartbreak is always the same.I have corresponded with some of those parent-writers through…
  • Radical Continued

    john crews
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    I know my posting on this blog has fallen off in recent months, and that when I have posted my writing has been dominated by thoughts about life after Jonathan's passing.  It is an inescapable fact that the events of that horrific February night will forever color my view of life, and my view of God for that matter.  Our family continues in the struggle to find our footing in a new world that is so unlike the world we once knew.  The Bible tells us that we are foreigners and temporary visitors in this world (1 Peter 2:11-12) and never has that seemed more true.I continue to…
  • The Four Of Us

    john crews
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    From the day that Dani was born until the day that Jonathan went off to Baylor, it was a set of words we rarely put together.  And when we did use those words it was simply a mathematical description of how many of us happened to be at home at the moment.  It was an expression of convenience -- used when one of the kids was spending the night away or when one of the boys was off at college.But, "the four of us" is now an inescapable expression.  Even worse is "all four of us."As the days, weeks and months roll by, I suspect that from the outside all…
  • Praying For Peace

    john crews
    9 Jun 2014 | 9:08 pm
    In just a couple of hours the clock will strike midnight, and the date on the calendar will roll over from June 9th to June 10th.  And, in that moment Jonathan would have been 28 years old.But there will be no celebration of his birthday tomorrow.  There will be no cake and no candles and, most of all, no Jonathan to blow the candles out.Instead of a birthday, tomorrow will mark an anniversary of sorts.  As Pam said earlier today, it will mark the 28th anniversary of when she and I became parents.  I became "Dad" on June 10, 1986, and I celebrated my first Father's Day by…
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    The Pure Sacrifice

  • Stolen {A Review}

    Deanna
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
      I recently finished the book Stolen by Katariina Rosenblatt, PhD, this was an eye-opening book on the horrors of sex trafficking and how it happens here in the United States.  While it was a very good book however it was not a book that I enjoyed.  I don’t mind reading about serious topics and generally enjoy it yet I could not connect well with this book.  It seemed like the author wrote the book purposefully just to promote her organization There is H.O.P.E. For Me, Inc. The book was eye-opening in revealing just how easily children can fall into sex trafficking and how…
  • Breathing Room {Review}

    Deanna
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
      This book caught me from the introduction, I found myself sharing pictures of quotes.  It is a much-needed book, a combination of recovery and Christianity, Leeana Tankersley has reached out to a population that is often ignored.  Most Christian living books offer helpful advice, yet many come from a perspective of having it all together. This book is different in the fact that it approaches things from a recovery standpoint.  What I mean by recovery isn’t just a recovery from addictions, although it may help with that, but a recovery from the times that life has sapped you of…
  • On Resting and Waiting

    Deanna
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    I have gotten out of the habit of writing daily. With trying to figure out what is going on with my health that keeps me exhausted all the time and working 48 hours a week, I haven’t had a lot of words.  Today though I would like to share some of the things that I am learning.  There is an importance to resting and simply being still before Jesus.  Sometimes we need to simply be with Christ and not striving to accomplish anything. Over and over God is teaching me this need for rest, and a Godly balance.  I also find that I am in a period of waiting for direction from God.  I found…
  • Lord Undo Me

    Deanna
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:27 pm
    From the Archives Originally Posted October 8, 2012 I heard this prayer on Klove, last year, and it was really powerful.  I had thought of it again recently and wanted to share it here. Lord Undo Me I don’t really worship these days I don’t really stand up to praise you with songs Or prayers or actions or with anything I am full of all the right moves I am full of all the right words I am full of all the right religion But it is all just illusion I am really Lonely Lost Calloused Jaded Cynical Too religious Too realistic and well really just to lazy to worship you anymore I have lost my…
  • Stepping Out

    Deanna
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    Source In every life there are seasons, some are harder than others.  In some seasons you can see dreams and you can see progress and somehow that is where life now finds me.  As always though when it comes to seeing progress and seeing dreams, that does not mean that things will be easy.  There is always a cost, sometimes a small one, sometimes a bigger one.  Currently the cost is leaving my comfort zone to reach into the unknown.  Those of you who know me know that I love routine, and I am not a huge fan of change. I find that sometimes my obedience is delayed because of this. …
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  • FOCUS and Create Time…

    Jim Crumbley
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Success. John Lee Dumas, Entrepreneur on Fire For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Our biggest lie to self? “I don’t have the time.” Self Time doesn’t just exist. We make it. We form it. Time is the greatest of our personal creations and we are 100% in control of it.  If we can learn to walk in the season of our time and make the most of our day, we will “have the time!” But you would never know this from watching our lives. We run constantly from one meeting, one…
  • The Fallacy of Fantasy…

    Jim Crumbley
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Thank you… fantasy football draft, for letting me know that even in my fantasies, I am bad at sports. Jimmy Fallon Stop setting goals. Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them. Stephen Covey Fantasies are easy, just close your eyes and fantasize. And if fantasies of the imagination are not enough, then join a Fantasy Football League and pretend that you are the GM of an NFL franchise. Trade, bench, and develop your own roster. What the team, even your favorite team, does on a Sunday becomes unimportant. What matters are the stats; yards passed, yards run…
  • Get through it by GOING through it…

    Jim Crumbley
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Psalm 23:4 If something is wrong and not working out then where is our faith? If faith the size of a mustard seed can toss the mountain into the sea then why do we still struggle? Why are we still in the valley? But the valley is not the problem. We all go through them. The problem with the valley is our tendency to set up camp and believe that we are alone in our struggle. The belief is wrong for even in the valley…the dark times of…
  • Make the invite, change a life…

    Dave Hastings
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    INVITE: make a polite, formal, or friendly request to (someone) to go somewhere or to do something. We lost a good friend in Mark Creath Sunday after a fight with cancer.  My wife wrote a tribute to Mark on facebook which really encompassed the impact Mark had on our lives. It recently crossed my mind how much my family owes Mark Creath for our amazing lives! Our kids owe their best friends to him, since they met their best friends at the church he invited us to. In fact, we owe him for most of OUR best friends, too! If Mark hadn’t invited us to C3, we would never have moved to…
  • Mark Creath, The Man in the Arena…

    Jim Crumbley
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the…
 
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    Logos Bible Software Blog

  • Why You Should Integrate Audiobooks into Your Daily Routine

    Tyrel Tjoelker
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Don’t let day-to-day activities compete with your Bible study—instead, make them work together with audiobooks. Audiobooks are perfect for when it feels like life is getting in the way of your study. They increase your productivity, help you integrate the Word into your life, and keep you grounded and focused on the things important to you. The struggle to choose between important day-to-day tasks and productive study doesn’t have to be difficult—with an audiobook, you can accomplish both. Working out, hiking, driving, cooking, and other regular activities are all part of a healthy…
  • Webinar Recap: Sharpen Your Pastoral Care and Counseling

    Art Pinney
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This past week, in a webinar hosted by Logos expert James Fowler, we outlined some exceptional pastoral-care and counseling resources using Logos Bible Software. Fowler shared his knowledge on ways to build unique and useful counseling collections from the books you already own. He also demonstrated how to use the Cited By tool to find connections between Scripture and specific counseling situations. If you missed the webinar, don’t worry! You can still watch the recording anytime you want and learn about all the benefits described in this important training session: During this webinar, we…
  • Logos 5: Attach Notes to Headwords

    Morris Proctor
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials. Last week’s blog post about adding notes to verses generated some questions and comments, so I’m following up with a similar discussion about adding notes to headwords. I’ll introduce the subject with a personal story. I remember years ago when I first started studying Scripture, every topic was brand new to me. As I studied passages, I investigated individual words and…
  • The Gospels and Red Volkswagens

    Jonathan Watson
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    What if the order of the New Testament was on purpose? What if we read the Gospels not as four varying accounts, but as one inspired four-fold Gospel? How would our understanding of the rest of the New Testament change if we read it through the lens of this four-fold Gospel? These questions, posed to me by Dr. Jonathan Pennington, made me stop and think. To illustrate, he drew a helpful illustration for me, about a red Volkswagen. If you were to go out and buy a red Volkswagen, something remarkable would happen to your perception and observation of other cars around you. You would begin to…
  • Why Read Satire?

    Francesca Leaf
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    English philosopher Francis Bacon wrote, “The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.” In other words, while the trappings of power may decay, works of wit endure. Among these works of wit is satire. Much more than just a joke at another’s expense, satire is the use of humor to expose faults and inspire change. I love reading classic satirical literature. While appreciating the author’s razor-sharp pen and comical incisions, we get to study the social mores of another culture and era. And, amazingly, works of satire that were written hundreds of years ago still feel…
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  • Having a Meltdown, Mom?

    Tayler Beede
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    I had a lot of meltdowns during my mommy years—and they left me feeling wretched. I didn’t want to be cranky, critical, and short-tempered but too often, I was. The result? I hid from God. I told...
  • Is “You Complete Me” Biblical?

    Tayler Beede
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Marriage was made BEFORE the fall. So before sin entered the picture, God brought man and woman together to form the first family. This newlywed couple had the perfect “love garden” environment. (In...
  • My Ambien-Induced Parenting Epiphany

    Tayler Beede
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Justin: “Kasey…Kasey…KASEY!!!” (frustration intensifies) Lake: “mawwwwwwwwm” (in 6-year old whimper-whine voice) Lake: “maaaaaaawm, I threw up.” (real pathetic-like) Me: “huh? what?!? what tha...
  • Who God Is

    Tayler Beede
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I heard someone say this morning that when we’ve grown accustomed to disappointment, we take the posture of disappointment. He called this form of expectation “resentment waiting to happen.” I...
  • Win an iPad mini, Logos 5 Bronze, and 3 Ebooks!

    Tayler Beede
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Through October 15, we're partnering with Girlfriends in God to give away an iPad mini, Logos 5 Bronze, Broken into Beautiful, What God Really Thinks about Women, and The Power of a Woman's Words!...
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  • The Ministry of Revitalization Pt 2— Seek to Know Before Making Change

    joebuchanan
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    A couple of days ago I began to share some thoughts about the important work of revitalizing existing churches and encouraging young men going into the ministry to consider this area of ministry. During the first year or two of a revitalizing project the Pastor must seek to really get to know his people and ministry context.  More important than making immediate change or seeing immediate growth is to develop relationships and learn as much as you can about the community and church you’ve been called to serve. One of the most successful revitalizing Pastors that I have ever met was…
  • The Ministry of Revitalization Pt 1

    joebuchanan
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Last Friday on this blog I addressed young men going into the ministry to encourage them to consider the important work of revitalizing existing churches.  This week, my desire is to flesh out a little of what it takes to be a successful revitalizer.  Today, I want to focus on the single most important step in revitalizing an existing church — refocusing on the gospel. Whenever I have the opportunity to talk to young Pastors who are taking on a new church I always like to advise them to be careful about making many changes in their first year.  Instead of trying to change programs,…
  • Plant or Revitalize? — Why I would like to Encourage Young Pastors to Consider the Exisiting Church

    joebuchanan
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    One of the growing trends that I see among young men entering the ministry is the desire to plant new churches rather than Pastor existing, established churches.  The reasons for this are rather simple.  Many young guys simply do want to deal with the hassles and difficulties of steering a church back towards health and gospel centeredness, as one young man told me, “Why try to fix what is broken when I can just start brand new.”  Young Pastors also know that it is far easier to start an evangelistic minded church than it is to lead an existing church to recapture their zeal.
  • G.K. Beale on the Assurance of Salvation

    joebuchanan
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    At the recommendation my dear friend Nathan Martin (@nater_Martin) I spent some time last night reading the excursus in G.K. Beale’s “A New Testament Biblical Theology” on the assurance of salvation (pgs. 865-870). Assurance is one of the most important doctrines for a new believer to comprehend, but unfortunately it is often presented in ways that are at best unhelpful and at worst can be unbiblical. Instead of offering trite sayings or clichés, Beal provides us with a clear, simple and Biblical model for understanding the assurance of salvation. He argues that we can understand…
  • Why Do We Give?

    joebuchanan
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    As church leaders we are charged with the responsibility of teaching our people good Biblical stewardship.  In other words, we have to talk to them about how they use their time, talent, treasure and temple to glorify God.  One of the hardest areas that we have to deal with is the issue of giving.  This always a sensitive subject, however, I believe that our focus needs to be more on teaching people “why” they give than “how much they give.”  The truth of the matter is that someone can give a large sum of money but if they give it for the wrong reason it is all for…
 
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    Christ Like

  • Hillbrow AOG Spiritual Dancers

    Busisani Majola
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
  • WE ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD

    Busisani Majola
    4 Jun 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The challanges that we face are a constant reminder that we are not of this world. Therefore our soul shall forever be in discomfort within the flesh for objects of different worlds have been combined and made to live together. Bretheren we are not of this world but we are citizens of the Kingdom of God, and we are not from the creation but the Creator Himself. What was dead that which was created and had no life was made alive through Him with us "soul", that perfect breath of God. Our soul and flesh will always be in conflict and contrary with each other. Thus our soul is always against the…
  • GOD's BLESSING IS EVERYTHING

    Busisani Majola
    4 Jun 2014 | 11:23 pm
    It is better to have nothing and wait upon God then have everything but without a blessing!!
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WORD!

    Busisani Majola
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:26 am
    The absence of the WORD in the Church is the cause of the lack of discernment of spirits. Aside from the WORD we have nothing, if we ignore it then we will surely die and perish for it is only fools have feet and able to walk but choose to crawl with their stomachs! The Church is built upon the Word and must be fed the Word and meditate upon it and then the Spirit of God can fully operate and give jugdement! And then it will be able to abondon and forsake all that is not of God and grow up to the standard of Christ that the world may know Him through it.
  • WE ARE ANNOINTED!

    Busisani Majola
    12 Mar 2014 | 4:25 am
    A born again believer, a true child of God does not ask for annointing! "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you..." John 15:16. Brethren you should know who you are so you will not be fooled and mislead, allowing every tom, dick and harry to lay hands upon you as an impartation of annointing. The LORD when you are saved anoints you and it ends there, this is your inheritance, your legacy. You cannot be of God and not be anointed. Its for this same lack if understanding that the anointing is ascribed to certian individuals yet we are the LORDs anointed and not pastors,…
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    HopeHorner.com

  • Please Judge Me

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

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

    4 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    I hate spiders.Please don't preach to me about how they are such wonderful little creatures; how the planet would be overrun with mosquitoes and flies and world terror organizations were it not for these little eco-friendly eight legged wonders.I hate them.I visited my brother in Seattle last week and realized just how much these little creatures give me the heeby-jeebies. Evidently, Seattle is the spider capital of the world. OK, maybe that is not exactly true, but I did see spiders EVERYWHERE. Most were small, but a few were big enough to wear saddles and give rides to small children. My…
  • Slow Down!

    27 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    Always on the move. Motivated. Busy. Determined. Can't relax. Can't slow down. This is the way a friend of mine described herself.So what DO you slow down for? I asked.She seemed a little confused by my question, but thought about it for a minute and then responded:Campfires...The ocean...Vacation...It made me think.What do I slow down for? If you know me, I am a person on the move. Like my Dad, I am always "up to something" and will probably die in motion. Thankfully, he hasn't died. Not even close. He is definitely still in motion--still teaching, leading,…
  • Overheard in a Diner: "You Get What You Get And You Like It!"

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    I walk into the diner and plop into a booth. The smooth red vinyl makes it easy for me to slide over next to the window. I fiddle with the salt shaker for a minute and look around for my waiter. The place is crowded, as usual--plates and silverware clink and clank; a bell rings; people laugh and chatter. I get my phone out of my purse, take a selfie, then post an "I'm eating at Law's Diner!" status update on Facebook. I glance up.Still no waiter.I organize the sugar container. Put all the pinks, blues and whites together. Look out the window. Beautiful day. Perfect, actually. Blue sky.
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    Living in the Kingdom of God---Diana Symons

  • The Best Thing To Do When You Just Don’t Know

    Diana Symons
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    There are times when the only answer is to just set everything aside and go to God. And by that I don’t mean that we don’t go to God when we have specific prayers, or in our time of worship. But we all go through seasons where we feel adrift. We’re not even sure how to pray, or tell others how to pray for us. God understands that. He’s not judging you for not knowing what to do with yourself. He’s there for you, and the best thing you can do is to get as close to Him as you can. When You said, Seek My face, my heart said to You, Your face, Lord, I will seek. (Ps…
  • Experience God Face To Face — Go For It

    Diana Symons
    3 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    It’s obvious that some people have a special relationship with God. They hear Him clearly and move in signs and wonders. Who are these people? What have they got that the rest of us don’t have? They have a desire to know God deeply. And when I see that I think, if they can do it so can I. I love all the stories of people who became friends with God. So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. (Ex 33:11) This is what I want. And what’s awesome is that we live in a different covenant than Moses did. We can have the Holy Spirit in us for the asking.
  • God Doesn’t Care That You’re Not Perfect

    Diana Symons
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    We are all called to serve the Lord somehow. All of us. We are all called to make disciples , teaching them what Jesus taught. Many people will never obey this command because they think it’s the job of pastors and ministers. They are wrong. But there are others who understand the commandment, but feel unworthy to obey. This is not a bad thing. I understand the feeling of unworthiness. I too struggle with feeling like the last person on the earth that should be discipling anyone. The enemy can get into our heads and make us feel like losers who don’t deserve to go to heaven, let…
  • Work Out Your Salvation With Fear And Trembling- You Have Too Much To Lose

    Diana Symons
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    We need to be very careful about what we think God expects of us. I used to think that all I needed to do was believe that Jesus died for me so I could go to heaven. That’s it. I had no interest in ministry. That was for other people. I had job and it was enough that I went to church and believed in God. But God had other plans for me. I began to read the Bible to understand exactly how I was supposed to live. I wanted to hear from God myself. What I learned startled me. The scriptures that I knew from childhood began to convict me for not believing what I already knew. We’re…
  • The Kingdom of God Is Not About Heaven

    Diana Symons
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    The church in America has turned entering the kingdom of God into a prayer to go to heaven. I don’t think that’s what Jesus meant by the kingdom of God at all, at least not entirely. Every time He healed someone or performed a miracle, He told them, “The kingdom of God has come near you.” It’s not a far off place, it’s a lifestyle for us here and now. Jesus described the kingdom in so many ways, it sounds like the blind men describing an elephant. And because of that, we pick and choose what parts we want to believe and hold onto that truth as if…
 
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    Seedbed

  • Who is the Beast of Revelation 13?

    Ben Witherington
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Who is the Beast of Revelation? In this Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. Ben Witherington responds with important Bible background. It’s important to keep in mind that the term “antichrist” actually only shows up in the epistles of John (1 John 2:18-22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7), where there are supposedly several antichrists already on the scene. Christians have conflated this term with one of the beasts in Revelation though, who has the famous number 666 (Rev. 13:18). Using gematria, an ancient numerical code system for concealing sensitive information, the biblical author was…
  • Why Discipleship Needs the Church

    Steven D. Bruns
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many discipleship programs prize individualism and leave out the essential ingredient without which discipleship doesn’t really happen: the church. In today’s article, Steve Bruns shares why we need to leave our Gnostic tendencies behind and recapture a vision for discipleship that happens in and by the church. – As people take a serious look at the world in which Western Christianity finds itself today, many are seeing strong similarities to the world in which the Church was birthed and lived for its first three hundred years.  While it is true we do not face widespread…
  • 12 Things I Learned in My First 12 Months of Marriage

    Andrew Dragos
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yesterday was our one year wedding anniversary. These first 12 months have been a time of overwhelming joy, blessing, and of course challenges. Along the way, both from mistakes and from the welcome victories, I’ve learned the following 12 things: 1) A wedding doesn’t change a person, so allow for transitions. A lot changes after you move in together, but most things don’t! Our deep-seated habits take time to change and reform. Don’t expect that having a wedding and going on a honeymoon is what makes you a husband or wife. Those roles are something you grow into, so…
  • Ken Collins on John Wesley 04: Awake, Thou That Sleepest

    Kenneth Collins
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listen in on Steve Martyn and Ken Collins as they host a series preaching through John Wesley’s sermons. This week, enjoy Awake, Thou that Sleepest (Ephesians 5:14). Check back every Sunday for a new sermon, and view the entire collection here. http://seedbed.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/Collins-Wesley-IV.mp3 Learn more about the new collection of John Wesley’s sermons here.
  • Introduction to 4 Great Ecumenical Creeds

    Charles Gutenson
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In case you missed them, a while back we did a series on 4 of the great ecumenical creeds that define historic Christianity. In the following videos, Charles Gutenson outlines each creed and explains the historical and doctrinal issues involved in each one. The Apostles’ Creed The Nicene Creed The Creed of Constantinople The Creed of Chalcedon – Get the discounted combo set of Timothy Tennent’s catechism resources from our store.
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  • Find Your Mission

    Joshua Rhone
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    The recent edition of Fast Company arrived in mail the other day. In the issue’s featured article, GENERATION FLUX’S SECRET WEAPON, Robert Safian argues, ‘In a world of rapid change and great uncertainty, the greatest competitive advantage of all may be at your very core.’ Thinking in terms of business and what motivates people, Safian suggests that […] The post Find Your Mission appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Apple’s OS X Yosemite: Some initial thoughts

    Joshua Rhone
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    After playing with Apple’s newest OS X, Yosemite, for a little less than a week (including just a few short days with the newly released iOS 8.1), I feel that I can now speak somewhat intelligibly to my experience with the OS and its features. First things first, I should tell you that two of […] The post Apple’s OS X Yosemite: Some initial thoughts appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • 12 minutes to Yosemite

    Joshua Rhone
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
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  • We’ve reached the ‘restart’ portion of the install

    Joshua Rhone
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    We’ve hit the home stretch with the Yosemite install. Both the 2007 iMac and the 2014 MacBook Air have downloaded the updated. However, the MacBook Air is clearly in the lead regarding the installation. MUCH quicker. (Which causes me to hope that I won’t regret installing Yosemite on my iMac.) The post We’ve reached the ‘restart’ portion of the install appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Updating to Yosemite

    Joshua Rhone
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    27 and 22 minutes of download time remaining. The post Updating to Yosemite appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
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    Intersections4Life

  • Never Too Far

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Have you ever wondered if something you have done in your past or in the present has taken you too far from God to ever get back?  Are there secrets you are hiding that make you wonder if you are truly forgiven?  Are you talking one way and walking another?  Are you good enough for God’s grace? I have wondered all these questions at one time or another in my life.  I have been in situations that I thought there was no way back into God’s grace.  I have made the poorest of poor decisions and have lived with the results.  I felt so far from a relationship with Christ that I…
  • The Freedom in Forgiving

    Charles Crutcher
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    How do you forgive someone who has done horrible things to you? This is something I thought to myself early this morning. Someone I know betrayed my trust and hurt me. I won’t go into all the particulars. Even though I still have some anger over it, I know I must give them the grace to catch up.   Forgiving them, on the other hand, isn’t easy. It’s a process. And sometimes the person responsible will never ask you for forgiveness, which makes it difficult for us because most of us like to address the elephant in the room. We want what they did to us acknowledged. But…
  • Becker’s Blurb – Rain

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    It’s raining outside!  For Oklahoma this is a great day.  We suffer from drought every year in one way or another here, so when it does rain we celebrate. I could use a lesson or two about this in my own life from time to time.  I have a tendency to see the negative and try to work out a solution to each issue.  Sometimes the solution is to just throw your hands up and say “Okay God, its all you now”.  He will take care of any issues we may have in His time. So the next time a drought comes along in your life, just throw your hands up and send the drought to Him.  You…
  • Help Yourself

    Charles Crutcher
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Christianity isn’t a self-help movement. It’s not a movement at all.  It’s a selfless journey with Jesus, a walkabout, a trek into the wilderness back out into the open. Our culture is so ‘me’ focused, but it has lost itself along the way. We live in a society that wishes for fame, however it may come, good or bad.  What’s so good about being famous? Think about that for a moment.  Another thing to consider is how happy are those famous people? Does having more money make one truly happy? There are plenty of people who have both money and wealth that…
  • No Longer Indifferent

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Many of my years have spent being indifferent about certain things in life.  I have chosen not to take a stand in favor of being acceptable to everyone around me.  If I had any strong convictions they were purely personal and self-righteous in nature.  Taking a stand meant not being accepted by all, or so I thought. A little less than ten years ago I found myself at a very difficult intersection.  I had to choose a direction in life that either pleased everyone around me or risk losing all that for the sake of my faith.  I chose the latter and found something out about myself and those…
 
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    Give Me That Mountain

  • A higher standard

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day sixty-five...When I ask friends who have grown children, “How are your kids doing?” I hope to hear about good jobs and good health. I hope to hear something like, “Oh, they're doing great. Everybody's healthy—thank God! And all three of them are in positions where they make plenty of money.”
  • Misplaced hunger

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day sixty-four...You haven't eaten yet today, and all that stands between you and the delicious‐looking snack in that vending machine is a crisp one‐dollar bill.
  • Unbelief challenges faith

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day sixty-threeI've always had complete confidence that my string trimmer would start on the third pull. But in the middle of the summer this year, when I pulled the start rope for the third time my trimmer just wouldn't start–acting as if it was flooded. It was a big hassle to get the thing to run that day.
  • Faith and unbelief at war

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day sixty-two...It's moving day. And you're counting on your only friend with a pickup to help you. But he's not yet shown up.
  • Unbelief and faith don't mix

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day sixty-one...Sally lost the job she had for twenty years, when the company closed down its local facility. “Well,” Sally told a close friend, “I didn't have a job when God helped me find that one. I guess I don't have to have a job, for Him to help me find the next one!”
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • Ezekiel 20: Sin As Pollution

    Zak Schmoll
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    As I was reading Ezekiel 20, I was struck by how many times my Bible used the term “polluted.” I am reading from the King James Version (I like it), and it seemed like almost every other verse brought this word out and somehow pointed towards the people of Israel. Here is one example for you. Eze 20:30  Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations? Eze 20:31  For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all…
  • Ezekiel 19: Are We Firmly Rooted?

    Zak Schmoll
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Ezekiel 19 is written to the princes of Israel. It is a lamentation, and it speaks about how their motherland had become desolated. Eze 19:10  Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters. Eze 19:11  And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches. Eze 19:12  But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods…
  • Ezekiel 18: Are You Perfect?

    Zak Schmoll
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    Ezekiel 18 is a very telling chapter. We are told to exactly how people end up becoming separated from God. Eze 18:1  The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying, Eze 18:2  What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge? Eze 18:3  As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Eze 18:4  Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. This…
  • Ezekiel 17: Not Finished Yet

    Zak Schmoll
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    It is interesting how in Ezekiel 17, we find out how Israel is going to be taken down by Babylon. They are going to be laid low, and it is not going to be the most pleasant thing in the world. However, it is not as if God had forgotten about the people of Israel all together. They were not thrown away forever. Eze 17:22  Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent: Eze 17:23  In the mountain of the height of Israel will I…
  • Ezekiel 16: A Serious Relationship

    Zak Schmoll
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Ezekiel 16 takes us through the entire history of the people of Israel. They began as wanderers in the land, but God was with them, and they became a great kingdom. However, as soon as it became that great kingdom, they began losing their faithfulness. They are beginning to deviate and wander away from God who had brought them to the point where they were. Eze 16:58  Thou hast borne thy lewdness and thine abominations, saith the LORD. Eze 16:59  For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant. It is important…
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • Keep Sowing

    mholmes
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    It’s not easy to honor God with your giving. I will be the first to admit that. Having to wrestle the doubt, uncertainty, fear, AND sometimes the financial strain doesn’t make it any easier. But when it truly becomes unbearable there is only piece of advice I can give: keep sowing. There are numerous people […] The post Keep Sowing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Why Tithing is Not Giving

    mholmes
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
      Tithing is not giving. Ouch! I know… strong words… but its true. It’s the starting point but not the end all be all. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked. The Tithe is God’s The Bible is clear the tithe belongs to God: “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of […] The post Why Tithing is Not Giving appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Why the Televangelist is NOT Wrong in Asking for Money

    mholmes
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
      If you log on to ANY TV minister…or any media minister… for that fact you will see a call for funds. Whether you agree with the minister of their ministry their will be a call. The calls will come from the seediest of individuals to the most respected…   …and some calls with a […] The post Why the Televangelist is NOT Wrong in Asking for Money appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The Lopsided and Completely Unfair Covenant of Tithing

    mholmes
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
      God is a God of covenant. He legally binds Himself to His Law.This is why He acts in the life of a believer who clings to and confesses His Word (or Law). Someone who believes and confesses His Word is literally laying claim to their legal rights. And He being who He is HAS […] The post The Lopsided and Completely Unfair Covenant of Tithing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How to Make THE BEST Financial Decisions…Everytime!

    mholmes
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
        Today I’m going to walk you through the EXACT step by step process that will ensure you make the BEST financial decisions, large or small, every single time. Make sure you read all the way to the end for a special Bonus Guide that will teach you EXACTLY How my wife and I […] The post How to Make THE BEST Financial Decisions…Everytime! appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
 
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    Armchair Theology

  • Notes on the 2014 Westminster Seminary Preaching Conference

    Dave
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    R. Kent Hughes was the plenary speaker at this year’s WTS preaching conference. His two main teaching sessions were entitled “Essential Bibliology” where he treated critical beliefs about the Bible to ground our preaching, and “Essential Cardiology” where he discussed the heart attitudes that must shape our preaching. Following are my notes – fragmented as they may be – of the two sessions. Essential Bibliology Hughes coined a phrase which he calls “Dysexposition” which takes several forms The textis referenced and then abandoned, perhaps for the…
  • Connect to Christ in Function, Not Form

    Dave
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    I recently preached a sermon on the ark of the covenant in Exodus 25. While studying the ark I realized that there was an overwhelming amount of typology written about the ark that, while not necessarily allegory, was definitely superficial. I would consider it unwise at least and probably irresponsible. Most of these instances focused on how the Ark was built from two materials (gold and wood). Here’s an example: the ark may be viewed as a figure of the person of Christ. This is seen from its composition. It was made of shittim-wood, overlaid with pure gold. The shittim was a kind of…
  • Engaging With Keller: Is Selfishness the Core of Sin?

    Dave
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Note: This is a thinking-out-loud kind of post. It’s my current reflections on an important chapter in Engaging with Keller. My view on this, like everything else on this site, is subject to correction. In fact, I will read Campbell’s book on anthropology this semester in my WTS course Doctrine of Man. There may be an update to this post in the next few months. Tim Keller is kind of a big deal. He is a gifted communicator, a deep thinker, and his insights on culture and human nature make people take notice. Many Christian leaders, especially young ones like myself, are heavily…
  • Where Righteousness and Peace can Kiss

    Dave
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Another awesome quote about the Ark of the Covenant. This one didn’t make it into the sermon but I really wanted to share it. The deposition of [the Ten Commandments] in the ark underneath the mercy seat… testified to the fact that God’s kingdom in Israel was founded on immutable justice and righteousness (Ps. 89:15; 97:2). Even grace, in its actings, must respect law. Favour cannot be dispensed on terms which make the law “void” (Rom. 3:31). If sin is pardoned, it must be with full recognition of the law’s claims against the sinner. The ultimate end must be to…
  • The Claims Both of Justice & Mercy Satisfied

    Dave
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    I’m putting the finishing touches on a sermon about the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:10-22) for tomorrow morning and wanted to share this tremendous quote. It’s a meditation on how only Yahweh could bring together the conflicting demands of mercy and justice perfectly: The teaching of the ark in this respect was, primarily, that of David in the eighty-fifth psalm: “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” Mercy without justice is a weak sentimentality, subversive of moral order. Justice without mercy is a moral…
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    Blake Mankin

  • Discipline Is a Tool

    blakemankin
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Discipline is one of the best tools we can use to create progress. As much as I like binging on The West Wing and eating queso, doing so every day would be detrimental to my health. In smaller doses, these things are fantastic. Who doesn’t love eating thousands of chips while watching Toby and CJ get into it after a press briefing? But the uncomfortable practice of habitually saying no to doing the easy things and yes to doing the hard things will breed forward momentum. The snooze button might be tempting, but the completed novel will be far more rewarding–even though it hurts.
  • Dreams for What Could Be

    blakemankin
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    The world’s societies have deplorable pieces: inaccessible clean water, human sex trafficking, corruption, desperate poverty, moral decay–to name just a few. Heck, I have deplorable pieces: selfishness, greed, bitterness. But what do we do about solving the largest issues of our day? It’s a simple question requiring complex answers, answers we could (and will) spend the rest of our lives trying to articulate. One thing Jesus models for us, though, is what not to do to solve these massive problems: hate. The world is full of more pain than we know what to do with, but that…
  • Authenticity

    blakemankin
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    To live authentic lives inherently means to surrender control. We have to give up trying to manipulate the way people think about us. This is hard, obviously, and nearly impossible. In fact, I’m hoping you’ll think I’m more insightful, intelligent, and profound after reading this. My commentary on authenticity is washed in hypocrisy. But we’ve got to start somewhere, and maybe the best place to start is with awareness. Authenticity is more than just a buzz word we use to signify a progressive participation in faith. It’s the active process of taking off the masks and kicking down…
  • Moments

    blakemankin
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Life is made up of a series of moments. Some of them are explicitly magnificent, like the ringing of wedding bells, the birth of a child, or the smell of the air in a foreign land. Some of them are explicitly tragic, like the last words, the horrible phone call, or the bad news at the doctor. But most of life’s moments are seemingly mundane. They conglomerate to make weeks, months, or even years–seasons filed away in our memories as buckets of water rather than a series of drops. I tend to get the lowest when it seems as if the string of normal won’t stop because I wrongly…
  • Fear

    blakemankin
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    If I’m honest, fear isn’t something I truly want to eradicate from my life. Fear keeps me safe, and safety keeps me comfortable. But fear isn’t truly the problem. A love for the path of least resistance is. Fear is an inherent part of being human. It’s never going away. This is why I’m starting to think the quest to eliminate fear altogether is fruitless. What we need—what I need—is an ability to realize the deceptive power of comfort to keep us from living into all God has. The question stops being, “How do I get rid of this fear from my life?” Rather, the question becomes,…
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • Delight In the Lord

    virtuousgirls1
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
  • Girls of Virtue Series – TASHA – Week 5 Recap

    virtuousgirls1
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    V-GIRL: GIRLS OF VIRTUE SERIES BOOK FOUR – TASHA 14-year-old Tasha Lu Solara loves dance, drama, fashion, and coding. But the most important thing you should know about her is that she is a follower of Jesus. Growing up in an atheist/Buddhist family, Tasha is reluctant to talk about her faith. It isn’t until she […]
  • Zandra Azariah Cunningham: Entrepreneur, Founder of “Azariah’s Innocence”

    virtuousgirls1
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Visit Zandra online at: www.azariahsinnocence.com Twitter: @AZInnocence | Facebook | Tumblr | Google+ My name is Zandra Azariah (Az-ah-rye-ah) Cunningham. I am a 13-year-old kid entrepreneur. I am a 8th grader who loves to read, dance and do gymnastics; but most of all, I love to be beautiful! At the age of nine, I joined […]
  • Women of the Word (Recap 6)

    virtuousgirls1
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    When God created woman, He made a very special creation. He made us beautiful and unique. He made us strong and resilient, gutsy and spirited, sassy and sweet. And He loves us. God really, really loves His girls. And the Bible is filled with many women – some good, some bad – all of who […]
  • Women of the Word: Sarah

    virtuousgirls1
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    We often hear of the fathers of the faith, the “patriarchs” of Judaism, but we don’t hear so much about the “matriarchs” – the mothers of the faith. Sarah, first called Sarai, was the faithful wife of Abraham and the mother of Isaac. This makes her the mother of the Jewish people and a s(hero) […]
 
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Pumpkin Sun Catcher

    Crafting The Word Of God
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    Instructions Print the template onto card stock. (Template) Glue the template sheet to the back of a sheet of black construction paper. Cut out all of the white from the template. You will be left with the pumpkins border shape. Place the pumpkins shape onto a self laminating sheet or contact paper, construction paper side down. Fill […]
  • Thanksgiving Puzzel 5- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Thanksgiving Puzzle 5 (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 link […]
  • Turkey Wreath

    Crafting The Word Of God
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    This cute turkey wreath will look great hanging from your door. The wreath can also be decorated using craft feathers or fall leaves. Instructions Cut out the inner circle of a paper plate. You will be left with a ring. Paint the paper ring brown. Print the template. (Template) Color and cut out all of […]
  • Thanksgiving Puzzle 4- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Thanksgiving Puzzle 4 (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 link […]
  • Thanksgiving Puzzle 3- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Thanksgiving Puzzle 3 (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 link […]
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    Renewed Daily

  • Do You Have Plans or A Purpose?

    Renewed Daily
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. - Proverbs 19:21 Something struck me about this verse this week. The word purpose. The dictionary defines purpose as an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal. In my life before illness, I had so many plans. It's been a grief having to give them over, one at a time, to a new purpose. I certainly never planned to not be able to cook for my family. It was never a plan to have to live right in town. My plans never included not being able to drive and travel. The plans I made, they slip right through my fingers like water. Drip…
  • The Line

    Renewed Daily
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. - Ephesians 6:16 We're all so careful, aren't we, to stay on the right side of those bright red lines... choose right, do good, lean conservative. But I'm finding in this life of chronic illness that there are other lines... lines that have less to do with right and wrong, and everything to do with faith and trust. These lines aren't bright neon red. They're not black and white, either. They're different for every person, but they're still important. I'll give…
  • I Will Always Have Hope, Because…

    Renewed Daily
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    God replied to Moses, “I AM who I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.” - Exodus 3:14 Today as I was asking God what to write about, He answered, “Hope.” So I said a prayer for the right words and I said out loud.... “No matter my circumstances, I will always have hope.” But how, I thought? And then these familiar words poured into my mind. Aaron Wesley Dicus wrote these words many years ago, but oh how they hold true! No matter my circumstances, I will always have hope because.... There is, beyond the azure blue A God, concealed from human sight He…
  • The Power of Light

    Renewed Daily
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing. - Isaiah 40:26 There's nothing quite like a Utah sky, especially at night. Deep, layered velvet. Past black and into indigo hues that boggle the mind. So many brilliant pinpoints of light that your eyes can scarcely take it in. I lived in Utah when I began to get sicker and sicker. Down and down the rabbit hole I went. Pain, loss, disability, confusion. Questions…
  • 10 Great Gift Ideas for the Chronically Ill

    Renewed Daily
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor – Romans 12:10 It's hard, isn't it? It's hard to be the recipient who receives a “get well soon” card when you never will. But sometimes it's even harder to be the one trying to guess what to give in order to be the most sensitive and caring. I hope this list will help with that. Just know that your friendship and love, your time and attention, will be the greatest treasure to your friend or loved one. Thank you for being here. Truly. 1. Know your recipient. Choose something that pertains to their…
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • Obsession Can Be a Bad Thing

    kristinemac
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Have you heard of the Harper Teen novel No One Else Can Have You? Yeah, me neither. But apparently, the author of this “teen novel” (Kathleen Hale)  has stirred up quite a frenzy in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Those God Designed Moments

    kristinemac
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    One of the best things about being on a book tour are the people whom Thom and I are able to interact with throughout the journey. We have spent time with good friends, renewed friendships from long... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When A Pastor’s Wife Defends Visiting a Medium

    kristinemac
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    A friend, who invited me to share my testimony and information about my first book (Escaping the Cauldron) two years ago, told me about an interesting encounter. A pastor’s wife, whom my friend... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Three Days-Three Blessings

    kristinemac
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
    The past three days have been filled with such blessing! On Tuesday, we kicked off the An Insider’s Guide to Spiritual Warfare Book/Speaking Tour in Lancaster, Pennsylvania at the East... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Rainy Day in Lititz

    kristinemac
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Today, we arrived in Pennsylvania. I will be speaking tomorrow evening at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church so Thom and I thought we would go spend a couple of hours in the quaint town of Lititz.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Switchbacks

  • ReNamed

    Karen Woodall
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    A cute little terrier mix puppy arrived at our house last week. She’s about 5 months old and couldn’t be properly taken care of by her previous owner. So being suckers for furry canine faces, we decided to give her a new home and adopt her into our pack. So far, she is getting along with […]
  • Trail Blazes

    Karen Woodall
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    My boys have been fond of camping since they were in grade school, and they still manage to go on at least a couple of outings every fall and spring. In fact, Jason just got home from a backpacking trip two weeks ago. I’m not a big camper anymore, but when I was in college […]
  • Reflected Light

    Karen Woodall
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Sky watchers got a special treat early this morning with the appearance of a stunning total lunar eclipse. The burnt reddish brown beauty that captured the attention of millions lived up to its nickname, the blood moon. Brilliant red hues resulted from the peeks of sunlight that were filtered through the earth’s atmosphere and reflected off the moon’s surface.  It’s as if the ‘man […]
  • Setting Sun

    Karen Woodall
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    The sun sank low on the horizon beyond the hill out behind our house. As the blazing orange orb melted into the distance, red, pink and purple clouds seemed to ascend into a deepening blue sky in a way that would have made the most skilled of artists weep. As I paused to behold the […]
  • Light Bulb!

    Karen Woodall
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and found it hard to navigate your way around in your own bedroom? I’m now sporting a decent sized bruise on my shin from just such an incident last night. My eyes popped open at 2:30am, and it wasn’t long until I realized that […]
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • A Seat at the Table

    Beth Nicoletto
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    To my friend in Christ who has forgotten who she is, may you find yourself in this: I’ve been there too. I know what it’s like to wake up feeling like you just don’t know who you are anymore. You’ve lost your sense of life, you’ve lost your sense of self, and you’ve lost all sense of Christ. You feel alone and unworthy. You are confused and battered. You carry scars of past abuse both inflicted by others and also yourself, and you stare at them.
  • STG Internship!

    Self Talk the Gospel
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Do you know any fabulous college students looking to be […]
  • Raising a Modern Day Pharisee

    Jen Rumley
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I hold many titles in my life: daughter, wife, friend, chauffeur, cook, housekeeper, and occasionally the handyman or lawn care worker. But few titles carry the weight of implications and responsibilities as that of mom, mother, mama and mommy. For most of my life, there was not much I desired more than to be a mom and to have children. My husband and I have had our fair share of struggles on our journey to having children through infertility, miscarriages, and ultimately the loss of our second born son. The journey has had many ups and downs, so I can relate to the broad spectrum of where…
  • Why You Should Stop Trying to Earn God’s Love

    Molly DeFrank
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    His love for you will never waver. How could a human do anything to alter the very character of God who has existed forever? He. Loves. You.
  • Everywhere but Nowhere

    Michele Slayden
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Running late, pressed to respond to texts, getting kids to and from practices and school, working, head in my phone, saying “uh-huh” to my family when I don’t event know what they’ve asked or said – much to my chagrin, this had become the norm. Even my sweet family’s subtleties in trying to explain this to me had not gotten through to my heart. Defensiveness, excuses, justification, and even laughing it off had been a way for me to escape admitting something needed to change. Until…
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • Vanishing Grace: An Interview with Philip Yancey

    Jonathan Petersen
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    If the gospel is “good news,” why is it getting such bad press lately? And what can be done to reverse the trend? Philip Yancey challenges Christians to actually live the mercy-filled message that is so often preached. Bible Gateway interviewed Philip Yancey about his book, Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? (Zondervan, 2014). [Click to see all of Philip Yancey's books in the Bible Gateway Store] Briefly define the biblical idea of grace. Philip Yancey: The classic definition is “God’s unmerited favor.” I would loosen that up a bit to say that it means…
  • Busy Mom’s Devotional Bible

    Jonathan Petersen
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The Busy Mom’s Devotional Bible (Zondervan, 2011), available in NIV pink, NIV blue, and KJV spring green, is a trim, go-anywhere pocket Bible that gives you inspirational content quickly during the course of your day. Packed with one-minute thought starters and featuring the entire Old and New Testaments plus relevant and encouraging thoughts for the day, this is spiritual fuel for your busy mom-on-the-go lifestyle. Throughout this Bible, you’ll find 52 one-minute Thought Starters that let you dip into God’s Word for a minute of refreshment. To go deeper, each of these…
  • How to Understand the Bible: An Interview with Mel Lawrenz

    Jonathan Petersen
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    This November, Bible Gateway invites you to join our first-of-its-kind free weekly Blog and email newsletter series, How to Understand the Bible: Guidance for Ordinary Bible Readers (click to sign up for it now). It’s comprised of simple, practical lessons that walk you through the incredibly rewarding experience of reading and understanding God’s Word. To introduce this series, we’ve interviewed its creator Mel Lawrenz (@MelLawrenz). [Click to see all of Mel Lawrenz's books in the Bible Gateway Store] Explain the need you’re meeting with this new series. Dr. Lawrenz: Having…
  • How to Know When to Say Yes: An Interview with Lysa TerKeurst

    Jonathan Petersen
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    The Bible says “let what you say be simply ‘yes’ or ‘no’,” but sometimes it’s difficult to know how to practically apply that scriptural principle in the everyday complexity of life and why it’s important to do so. Bible Gateway interviewed Lysa TerKeurst (@LysaTerKeurst) about her book, The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands (Thomas Nelson, 2014). [Read an excerpt] Why is your book written specifically toward women? Don’t men need direction in their decision-making too? Lysa TerKeurst: I love that you asked this! Though I write…
  • Do You Wish You Understood the Bible Better? New Weekly Lessons Launch Soon!

    Andy Rau
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Do you find the Bible hard to understand at times? Does the Bible seem mysterious, complex, or impenetrable? If so, you’re not alone—and we can help! This November, we invite you to join Bible Gateway for How to Understand the Bible: Guidance for Ordinary Bible Readers, a free weekly series of simple, practical lessons that walk you through the incredibly rewarding experience of reading and understanding God’s Word. Here’s author and pastor Mel Lawrenz, host of How to Understand the Bible, explaining what you’ll get out of these lessons: Click here to sign up to…
 
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • Secure Because Jesus (Can You Lose Your Salvation? Part 2)

    Caleb Smith
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    My last post on whether or not you could lose your salvation was a bit of a mess. Well, that was mainly because I didn’t know exactly where I was going with it. Since then, I’ve gone through a bit of a paradigm shift. So now I want to approach it differently. My contention: it is completely impossible to lose (or give up, as some will say) your salvation. Why do I say this? See, it all goes back to a particular question. The question of whether salvation can be lost or abandoned goes back to the more fundamental question of this: what is salvation based on? What…
  • The Nicene Noggin

    Caleb Smith
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    I really have two different audiences for this blog. One of them is people who are very interested in theology, philosophy, and nerd stuff. The other is everyone else, especially those Christians I know doing daily life without needing lots of technical blahs. For a long time there has been a necessary tension between writing for these two audiences, trying to keep the more technical stuff more approachable for the less technical reader, and trying to keep the more normal stuff interesting enough for more technical readers.  Because of this, I’ve moved to a segregated blog. Not,…
  • Salvation and Certainty Revisited

    Caleb Smith
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    [This whole post is a follow-up of two earlier posts. First was I'm Not 100% Certain I'm Going to Heaven (And That's Okay) and the second was Clark Is Certain He is Going to Heaven. Make sure to read them if you haven't!] Some time ago, I argued against the possibility of true, epistemic certainty of salvation. You cannot be 100% certain of salvation, I argued, because you cannot have 100% certainty of anything you experience, period, even of the existence of the Bible, God, or anything beyond your own mind. Since then, I have come to think of this in another light. See, the assumption…
  • He’s Not Safe, But He’s Good

    Caleb Smith
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    I absolutely love this song, as it perfectly encapsulates the call and person of Jesus Christ. The post He’s Not Safe, But He’s Good appeared first on The Nicene Nerd.
  • The Real Problem

    Caleb Smith
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    As much as I read and write about theology and Christian living, I find myself in a place of wishing I could live up to half of what I find in Scripture. Every time I find a truth about the Holy Spirit, I feel woefully unable to walk in step with Him more. When I perceive the wondrous grace of what Jesus has done for us, I seem too weak to reorient my living and loving to reflect His life. And whenever I hear a convicting message on pray, I despair that I will ever get my prayer life in order. What is this? Surely the point of God’s Word is not to make us feel trapped in the…
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    Nomadic Ministry

  • I Went Left

    Kyle
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Monday through Friday, most weeks without fail, I go to work and come home with nary a hitch. This Thursday though was the exception. My wife was out of town and I decided to go crazy and turn left out of the parking lot. Though I had lived in the area all of my life I had never gone out this road. Where I ended up surprised me. I ended up on rolling hills, with beautiful fall scenery, on a microadventure in my own back yard. Now I know your wondering why I went on this little tangent. I had this desire in my heart for a few weeks, but how did it get there. Did God put that there or did I…
  • The “State” of Palestine

    Kyle
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    I agree the status quo is not working.  You cannot continue to have the Israeli’s and Palestinians in a perpetual struggle over what amounts to East Jerusalem. Sooner or later the sides will have to agree on who gets to live on what land or fight it out to the very end. The problem is that the Palestinians want to go back to the pre-67 borders which would involve Israel relinquishing the Temple Mount and the Old City, and the world seems to be eating it up. Abbas is playing a dangerous game by forcing Israel into a corner and we must remember that God never forgets his chosen people.
  • Perspective

    Kyle
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    I have a habit of forgetting to do things. My mind is usually racing a million miles per minute so of course things are going to get left behind. This week one of those things was leaving a piece of old fruit out a little longer than it probably should have been and has attracted fruit flies. For those of you unfamiliar with these little pests, they are small and more of a nuisance than anything. As I plotted ways to get rid of the vermin a thought popped into my mind. All of their lives would be spent in this smell corner of my kitchen. Many would be born and die within the same few inches…
  • Wherefore Hast Thou Gone Kirk Cameron

    Kyle
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Ok I have not yet seen the “atrocity” and “abomination” that is the new Left Behind reboot. I also freely admit that I really truly enjoyed the original movies even with their cheesy acting and obvious low budget. Saying that I know enough and have heard enough to fathom what Hollywood has done yet again to a portion of a Christian story. Instead of allowing a great story based on exciting prophecy come out with great actors we get another Hollywood dramatization of a watered down story that just happens to involve something about Jesus. It is amazing how bad Hollywood…
  • We All Deserve One to Love

    Kyle
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    In a historic decision yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear any appeals from the lower courts on the issue of gay marriage. This expanded the number of states in which gay marriage is legal to 30, and paves the way for the rest to run out their appeals and join the party. Though many Christians will see this as a huge lose I believe things are happening exactly as they should be. We all deserve to love one another and find some measure of happiness in this life, and that means everyone with no exceptions. Christians have long sought to throw homosexuals under the…
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  • Be a Peacemaker

    Sharon R. Hoover
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Acts of peacemaking change things. Being a peacemaker, though, is not comfortable. The calling places us directly in the middle of conflict. It’s where the peace is needed! As Christ-followers we live as peacemakers. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Do you have three minutes? I made […] The post Be a Peacemaker appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Problem of Forgetting

    Sharon R. Hoover
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    I suffer from the problem of forgetting. Perhaps you struggle with it, too? When I take a class, I fill my notebook with lecture notes. I underline and annotate the textbook. I write outlines and essays to help me to process the information. When I craft the new stuff into my own words, it helps […] The post Problem of Forgetting appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Distractions from God’s Will

    Sharon R. Hoover
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    This post follows on last week’s discussion, How to Know God’s Will. As we seek to know the will of God, we often become distracted. Through my years of discipling believers and walking my own path, I’ve seen challenges emerge and effectively remove us from our Christ-centered journeys. These diversions come in many forms but most […] The post Distractions from God’s Will appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • How to Know God’s Will

    Sharon R. Hoover
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Have you ever asked: How can I know the will of God?  If you have, then, welcome! It is one of the most common questions asked about the Christian life. We read, pray, study and occasionally listen. Sometimes we feel content and in the center of God’s will. Other times we wander unsure of the direction […] The post How to Know God’s Will appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Our Drift from Generosity

    Sharon R. Hoover
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    We know the  Golden Rule of Kindergarten: share with others. We teach it, encourage it, expect it. Scripture calls us to it (Luke 10:25-37, James 2:14-17, Hebrews 13:16). Yet as adults we drift away from basic generosity. Ambition, hurts, envy, and betrayals become unseen companions in our journey. They bend our steps off our intended Christ-centered path. […] The post Our Drift from Generosity appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
 
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    Brad Andres

  • Help Yahoo Stand Against Child Pornography [Link]

    Brad Andres
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Help Yahoo Stand Against Child Pornography Love 146 10/19/2014 Love 146 is a charity I personally support. They exist to bring an end to child sex trafficking and exploitation. Here are the quick and short details of what I’m asking you to do: - Go over to Love 146′s call to action for standing against child abuse images by clicking on the image or clicking here. - Once you are there, read the short explanation, then sign the petition with your name and email. These two simple steps may help stop child exploitation online, and may help stop people from having the ability to find…
  • Are You Growing In Grace & Knowledge? (@WORDsearch) [Snippet]

    Brad Andres
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Are You Growing In Grace & Knowledge? (@WORDsearch) Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ… 2 Peter 3:18 is an interesting ending to Peter’s last letter to the Christians before he is crucified for the sake of the gospel. Peter tells the people to continue to grow in grace and knowledge. Of all the things he could have ended with, he emphasizes growth. Growing is an interesting concept. We can gain understanding when we consider our natural growth process. Who looks the same as they did when they were a newborn baby? Growth demands change. Why do we accept…
  • Perfect Peace (Scripture & Prayer) [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    God, Give me your peace. Help me to understand this peace that only you can give. It is a perfect peace, a complete peace, an all encompassing well being. Let me see that your peace comes from how I think about various situations in life. For if I have your vantage point, I can live in peace.  Help me to keep my focus on you. Let me give all of my trust to you.  And as I trust you with everything I am, then I will know that you are the Great I Am.  You are forever. Therefore, only you can give me perfect peace, peace forever. Thank you God. Amen. 
  • My Darkness Wrapped In Religious Light

    Brad Andres
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    For the last four years, I’ve worked in retail. We have many, many people that come through our doors. During my break times, I can often overhear or witness some sort of conversation or human interaction which makes me laugh, chuckle, or sit in wonder. Sometimes, however, I witness things that break my heart. A family was walking back to their vehicle. The teenage son was pushing a cart filled with two little siblings and groceries. The mother was coming up behind the group, yelling, “better get that door unlocked!” I paused to watch. They were in no hurry. They did not…
  • Love Never Fails (Scripture & Prayer) [Video]

    Brad Andres
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    God, teach me how to love deeper than I have experienced before. Give me a sincere heart overflowing with your love for people. I desire to use the gifts of your Spirit to help me minister your love and truth to others. I want to see the supernatural confirmation of your Word and Truth change people’s lives. However, I realize that love will last forever. Therefore, fill me up with your love. Amen. What’s your prayer?
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    SightShift

  • I Am Centered And Focused- The 1 Dangerous Mistake I Make With What I Do

    Chris McAlister
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    I think about the pursuit of mission as a climb. I keep climbing. Every day. It’s a love. It’s grueling. It’s play. It requires sacrifice. And I’ve learned how to recognize when the climb becomes dangerous. I am making one key mistake. I am focused on the mission but I lose center. I start building who I am around what I do. I get uptight with people I love. And I stop appreciating the ways others are different than me. Instead I get annoyed at differences. A number of years ago a friend called this out in me. He said, “You’re focused but you’re not…
  • 7 hidden realities I learned the hard way about pastoring (6 apply to all leaders)

    Chris McAlister
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    (low res pic of Discovery’s launch 4 years ago) Your internal world drives your external leadership. And what you don’t know is dangerous. You can self sabotage the good you hope to accomplish. There are 7 hidden realities for pastors that change everything about their leadership. 6 of these apply to all leaders. This isn’t one of those posts. I don’t hate the church. I’m not bitter. But yesterday was my first day in 15 years that I haven’t pastored or been heading towards a pastoring role. I’ve served from the mega to the mini. I’ve served in…
  • One Thing Men Don’t Know About Themselves That Impacts Everything

    Chris McAlister
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    If you would have told me I would be writing about this topic a decade ago you would have gotten a strange look at best. But here I am. And I’m gonna say it. Men forget they are human and have emotions. This isn’t cliche. This is daily reality. The lightbulbs starting clicking on for me a number of years ago. I was getting battered financially. I was defeated. I was hurting. But I didn’t know how bad I was hurting. Instead I was focused on getting things done. In the name of survival I had learned to shut off parts of who I am. It took a number of incidents screaming for…
  • Rebuilding Who I Am (guest post)

    Chris McAlister
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The other day my friend Ryan mentioned something he wrote about the process of discovering and finding his own identity. It was really beautiful and I asked him if I could share it here. It’s so easy to let others make us in the image of who they need us to be. May you have strength to persevere in the de-construction and discernment in the re-construction. I live in this house. Lived here for almost 24 years. It’s where you live too. I remember seeing you here more when I was younger. I remember hearing you walk the halls. I remember feeling you around. This place used to be so much…
  • My Transition Away From Lead Pastor Of Discovery Church

    Chris McAlister
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The journey began 7 years ago. It was a transition that took more from me than I could’ve imagined. And gave back more than a lifetime’s worth of insight and transformation. Then almost 4 years ago the rebirth happened. Discovery Church was launched from the ashes of what was and reborn into a new future. Today I shared with our church family that effective the last Sunday of September I would no longer be the lead pastor of Discovery Church.  A few points to make: There’s nothing hidden. I’m not burned out. What became clear is that God has used me three times in transition…
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • Wrath and Tribulation Are Two Different Things

    Steve Bremner
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Sure, I can see how they can be confused as the same thing, but hear me out. Not that I'm pre-tribulationist, but I want to help my friends out who hold to the pre-trib doctrine by giving many of you a helpful nugget here. This is also for those sending me emails and private Facebook messaged setting up straw man arguments about what you THINK post tribbers or amillenialists (or those of us who are both) believe without having bothered to actually look into it or ask one of them for yourself. Here's [Continue reading...]
  • Stop Giving Junk To Jesus

    Steve Bremner
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    A few months ago we were switching my office in our apartment with the guest bedroom to prepare for our intern named Lauren to arrive and have more space for her bedroom. As we were doing so, I put the books on my small bookshelf into a box to make migrating them to the new office much easier (and to make the bookshelf lighter when we carried it, mostly). That's when I noticed a big honking King James Translation of the Bible I had never noticed before. Since I never bought nor did I recollect [Continue reading...]
  • Missionary Tip #5: Don’t Thank Everybody Equally

    Steve Bremner
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    The following tip might seem obvious to some, but might cause a light to go off for others. You may have heard or believed that if you have partners who give you five dollars a month, and other partners who support you at $1000/month, to treat them all the same. For as long as I've been a missionary on support, I've also given to missions. The amounts I've been able to give have been pretty small due to the amount of my sustenance, but I've still been in the habit of doing so -- even now as [Continue reading...]
  • Come up out of Babylon And Build God’s Temple

    Steve Bremner
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Today I'm going to do something I've never quite done before. I initially sat down to write this after meditating on and praying into just what building the Lord's church looks like. I had recently talked to a friend and teacher of mine in Bible school named Bob Gladstone that helped stir some things up in my foundational thinking. Simultaneous to that I just finished reading Frank Viola's book From Eternity To Here, and came across something that gave words to what I've been feeling. From [Continue reading...]
  • The Disciples Were Losers Like Us

    Steve Bremner
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    "Note that in making his selection, Jesus bypassed the religious institutions and took it to the streets. He snubbed the head of the class, the cream of the crop. He ignored credentials, achievements, and the “who’s who” of religious piety. He jettisoned every qualification we deem important in leadership and chose instead to call ordinary people—mostly manual laborers with little or no education, ministry experience, or leadership skills. They didn’t bring much to the table. They [Continue reading...]
 
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    Shiloh 2014 Live

  • DECLARING SHILOH 2014 – December 9th – 13th 2014

    Shiloh 2014
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    DECLARING SHILOH 2014 – December 9th – 13th 2014 Herewith are the Epistles declaring the themes of Shiloh 2014, Shiloh 2014’s date amongst other information a we get set for this years convention. Exceeding grace greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. From scriptures we understand that: Every child of God is a member of […] The post DECLARING SHILOH 2014 – December 9th – 13th 2014 appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Pre Shiloh 2014 Message on Settlement

    Shiloh 2014
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Pre Shiloh 2014 Message on Settlement – The theme of Shiloh 2014 has gone forth as Heaven on Earth and it will be a season of settlement. What are you to expect come Shiloh 2014? Settlement! Stay expectant of settlement in your life. God does not want you unsettled beyond a moment in Shiloh 2014. […] The post Pre Shiloh 2014 Message on Settlement appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Shiloh 2014 Live Broadcast, Theme, Date and Venue

    Shiloh 2014
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Shiloh 2014 Live Broadcast, Theme, Date and Venue Shiloh 2014 Live Broadcast, Theme, Date and Venue – Hurray! Shiloh 2014 Date and theme has been unveiled by God’s servant. Bishop David Oyedepo reveals that the theme of this year’s Shiloh 2014 is “Heaven on Earth” while Shiloh 2014 date will span between December 9th to […] The post Shiloh 2014 Live Broadcast, Theme, Date and Venue appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Leadership Empowerment Summit, Shiloh Prep

    Shiloh 2014
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Leadership Empowerment Summit, Shiloh Prep – This is to inform you of a leadership Empowerment Summit scheduled to hold in all our churches within Nigeria on the 1st October 2014, which is a public holiday. The categories of Leaders expected to be in attendance include all Pastors, Elders, members of the Statutory Bodies, Deacons and […] The post Leadership Empowerment Summit, Shiloh Prep appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh

    Shiloh 2014
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh – Turbulence, turmoil and unrest are not the plan of God for our lives. Isa. 14:27. God’s intention for our lives is all round rest. Rest is a worry- free existence. Nobody wants to live in worry or anxiety. Mtt.11:28 – 29. Whatever is causing you worry […] The post Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
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  • Oct 23, Fighting for my marriage.

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Lord, I pray that you surround your angels around my husband and open his eyes up to see that his wife and children need him. We are one in your Holy Name
  • Oct 23, My family prayer

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Dear lord , Please forgive us for being sinful to you . Please guide us to our problems bless us and protect us from danger help us to reunite when we
  • Oct 23, prayer for my beloved family

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    dear lord, first I give thanks to you for everything that you give into my family, thanks for the blessings that you provide to my whole family thank you
  • Oct 22, Prayer to Learn How to Let it go

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:37 am
    Dear Jesus, Help others to see that I am excluded from anything that means anything amongst those favored in my family and it hurts to find out after
  • Oct 22, Prayer for a fruitful life

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:36 am
    Dear God, I pray for mercy and guidance that I may acquire a job soon. So that I have means to help my parents financially. To help my siblings with their
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    Only|Ordinary

  • Staying Productive

    admin
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Productivity Tools…do they help? I like to think I am productive… But I know that I am not as productive as I could or should be! In the past I was addicted to DayTimers.  I would spend hours agonizing how to set up the binder to make me more productive…and then never carry the thing. It is a little easier to remember to carry my iPhone around with me…and have a bunch of apps that I have downloaded and rarely use, all in the name of trying to be more productive! Here is my list of what I use to stay productive! 1. Evernote-  This is probably the most used tool I use.  I get…
  • Do You Remember what Church is Supposed to Be?

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Do you remember? How Church is supposed to be and what it is supposed to do? Have the light shows and fog machines clouded our minds? Maybe this will help: We are the Church The post Do You Remember what Church is Supposed to Be? appeared first on Only|Ordinary.
  • Are we changing church to attract people…too much?

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Is Your Church Relevant? I found a post on ChurcLeaders that was about trying to be relevant to young adults. You can read the article here.  Basically the author states that what a young adult wants in their 20’s is different than what they want in their 30’s. So the question needs to be asked why are we changing our churches to attract young adults in their 20’s only to loose them because they don’t like the church of their 20’s in their 30’s. Church is supposed to be where people gather with God at the center…not our wants, styles, culture. The post Are we changing church to…
  • Unconventional Leadership Lesson Number 14: Watcha gonna do now PL?

    admin
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:52 am
    Watcha gonna do now PL? IF you have ever been to Ranger School that is a question you have probably  heard a lot.   It is usually asked about the time the stuff just hit the fan and the plan you had has gone out the window and you as the Leader are standing there like a deer in the headlights, possibly mumbling to yourself…saying don’t cry, don’t cry… The question is mean to find out what you are going to do with the mess you just found yourself in. Unconventional Leaders are able to answer that question 99% of the time.  They may have to take a knee and a deep breath, think a…
  • What if Churches had to follow Truth in Advertising Laws?

    admin
    17 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    What if Churches had to Follow Truth in Advertising Laws like businesses do? What do you think a church add would look like or sound like?   Here a a few church commercials you can watch     This is what your church looks like to first timers:     This is what Christians sound like to those that don’t go to church.   Here is a commercial if churches had to follow Truth in Advertising Laws.     Here is the best T-Shirt ever                         The truth is that there are no perfect…
 
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  • Pink isn’t just pink

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
     Pink isn’t just pink Pink is not just a color anymore It stands for those fighting for life The women who deal with this life threating disease
  • How to Find and Follow Your Bliss

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    "Following your bliss" is a phrase used in self-help circles to mean living a lifestyle that gives you a sense of peace, satisfaction, and wholeness. It is often centered on both modern and ancient spiritual quotes that serve to motivate and encourage people to chase after what truly makes them happy and to see the bliss that is already inherent in the world around them. For example, consider when Confucius said that: "Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see." Those who follow their bliss strive to live in a way that brings this beauty into every moment of their…
  • When Jesus Speaks the Words

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    When Jesus speaks the words... Healing takes place Forgiveness starts Mercy and grace endure Peace and love rule Freedom and resurrection arise Everything once broken and fallen is repaired Broken hearts and diseases are cured
  • Choosing Your Clothes--How the Clothing You Wear Affects Your Mood

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    While clothing in no way defines the person or determines his or her worth, the clothes you wear say a lot about you. They can reveal glimpses of your mood, your priorities, your value system, and your occupation. Coleman Cox described the connection between a person's clothing and the perception of state of mind: "Keeping your clothes well pressed will keep you from looking hard pressed."
  • Spirituality, Sleep, and Satin Sheets

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    Physical and mental fatigue can have a detrimental effect on your faith. As Christian author and pastor John Ortberg has explained, "Sleep is a gift from God." Indeed, Ortberg suggests that, at any given time, taking a nap might be the most spiritual thing you could do. Learning to relax and get a good sleep is a spiritual discipline. Adjusting your schedule, listening to calming music, and learning to trust God rather than constantly worrying can enhance your sleep, as can your choice of bedding. Consider satin sheets. Just about everyone has heard of satin sheets and how great…
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    gatewaynews.co.za

  • A remarriage dreamed in heaven

    Andre Viljoen
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Happy wedding group, Audrey and Ron Duffield (right) and Carryn and Craig Duffield. It was a match dreamed in heaven when Audrey and Ron Duffield remarried each other on Saturday (October, 18)  — 28 years after they were divorced. Audrey, 74, said although they had both been living in the same Port Elizabeth cottage for some years, they had lived totally separate lives and she had never given a thought to remarrying Ron, 81 — at least until three and a half weeks ago when she told God she was lonely and asked Him to send somebody across her path. God responded: “Marry…
  • MeCAHT ignited a blazing fire against human trafficking

    Madeline Roquemore
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Delegates at the Media Campaign Against Human Trafficking (MeCAHT) passionately connected in their quest to partner with God and each other to see human trafficking abolished. Madeline Roquemore reflects on the impact of The Media Campaign Against Human Trafficking (MeCAHT), an international Christian conference held in Cape Town last week to unite people in the war against human trafficking. The Media Campaign Against Human Trafficking (MeCAHT) Conference was not just a gathering of people to share stories, teachings, and media, but it ignited a fire against human trafficking, as people…
  • “Discipleship in the Wild” gap year programme starting in 2015

    Marieke van der Merwe
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    When you pass the little town of Tarkastad between Cradock and Queenstown on the R61 in the Eastern Cape, you might not picture it as the place your teenager would want to stay – for a year. But this might just be the place where he or she could have the year of their lives… Gateway Community Church in Tarkastad is starting an outdoor Gap Year project in 2015 called Gateway Gap Year Africa. This is for born again Christian young people between 18 and 25 from all over the world who love nature and the outdoors, but also want to grow into a deeper relationship with God and become better…
  • US citizen released from North Korea

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    Jeffrey Fowle…released. Originally published in Christian Telegraph One of three US citizens being detained in North Korea has been released, US officials said yesterday (Tuesday, October 21), reports Michael Ireland, Special Correspondent, ASSIST News Service. State department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed that Jeffrey Fowle was on his way home on Tuesday following negotiations, according to the BBC. The BBC reported Harf said the US was working to secure the release of two other US nationals, Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae, who remain in detention in North Korea. The US has accused…
  • Tanzanian teacher murdered in church, pastor and wife on Zanzibar attacked by extremists

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    Pastor Crodward Edwar (centre) at a press conference about the Bukoba murder(PHOTO: Harakati News blog). Originally published in World Watch Monitor Unknown attackers killed a Christian man by machete and injured another in Bukoba in northwest Tanzania on Thursday, October 9, according to sources. This followed another recent incident on Zanzibar island in which a pastor and his wife were attacked in their home, after being threatened that they should leave the island. In Bukoba, the two men, Dioniz Ng’wandu, 31, a secondary school teacher and a man known only as Temistores, 25, were at…
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    I Love Devotionals

  • When Love takes you places you never expected

    Wendy van Eyck
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
    Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8 (VOICE)Sun fell in shafts on the square as Xylon and I propped our feet on our backpacks. Opposite in a row of old women sat smoothing knee-length skirts over their knees and speaking rapidly in Spanish.Xylon pointed, and I turned to see an auburn haired woman clutching the hand of a blonde toddler heading towards us. We had never met Susannah but we guessed this must be her. Pulling our bags behind her we walked over to introduce ourselves.Susannah took us back to her apartment and started showing us around the space…
  • If you’re wondering if Jesus likes all of you (or how depression showed me he does)

    Wendy van Eyck
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
    But I'll take the hand of those who don't know the way, who can't see where they're going. I'll be a personal guide to them, directing them through unknown country. I'll be right there to show them what roads to take, make sure they don't fall into the ditch. These are the things I'll be doing for them - sticking with them, not leaving them for a minute. Isaiah 42:16 (MSG)I was 21, and standing in the dog food aisle, when I realised that I did not want to kill myself anymore. I remember the moment clearly; I can even picture the bag of dog food I was examining when I realised that I did…
  • When you long for peace

    Wendy van Eyck
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
     He will be our peace. When the Assyrians invade us, set foot inside our strong palaces,We will raise up more than enough to conquer them—seven shepherds and eight rulers of men. Micah 5:5 (VOICE)I don't think I realised as a child how hard life can be: how many problems, troubles and disasters can come a person’s way. Sometimes, like the last week as I watched my brother and sister-in-law come and go from NICU, the reality of the brokenness, so many of us live in everyday, hit me.Hospitals are a hard place to run from the realities of life, a hard place to hide from death.But…
  • When God redeems heartbreak (or one way to find purpose in suffering)

    Wendy van Eyck
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    But now, this is what the Lord says—    he who created you, Jacob,    he who formed you, Israel:“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.When you pass through the waters,    I will be with you;and when you pass through the rivers,    they will not sweep over you.When you walk through the fire,    you will not be burned;    the flames will not set you ablaze.Isaiah 43:1-2 (NIV)As…
  • How does God see me?

    Wendy van Eyck
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 (NIVHe is so tiny: my little nephew with his dusty hair and minute fingernails. He is a good and perfect gift.I only see my nephew for a few minutes. Our time together limited by the rules of the NICU he is in. As I am introduced to this baby who will one day be a man, my brother touches his tiny head, and tells me about all the things that are just so right and so lovely about his tiny newborn son. He is a good and perfect gift.I really…
 
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  • Never Too Far

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Have you ever wondered if something you have done in your past or in the present has taken you too far from God to ever get back?  Are there secrets you are hiding that make you wonder if you are truly forgiven?  Are you talking one way and walking another?  Are you good enough for God’s grace? I have wondered all these questions at one time or another in my life.  I have been in situations that I thought there was no way back into God’s grace.  I have made the poorest of poor decisions and have lived with the results.  I felt so far from a relationship with Christ that I…
  • The Freedom in Forgiving

    Charles Crutcher
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    How do you forgive someone who has done horrible things to you? This is something I thought to myself early this morning. Someone I know betrayed my trust and hurt me. I won’t go into all the particulars. Even though I still have some anger over it, I know I must give them the grace to catch up.   Forgiving them, on the other hand, isn’t easy. It’s a process. And sometimes the person responsible will never ask you for forgiveness, which makes it difficult for us because most of us like to address the elephant in the room. We want what they did to us acknowledged. But…
  • Becker’s Blurb – Rain

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    It’s raining outside!  For Oklahoma this is a great day.  We suffer from drought every year in one way or another here, so when it does rain we celebrate. I could use a lesson or two about this in my own life from time to time.  I have a tendency to see the negative and try to work out a solution to each issue.  Sometimes the solution is to just throw your hands up and say “Okay God, its all you now”.  He will take care of any issues we may have in His time. So the next time a drought comes along in your life, just throw your hands up and send the drought to Him.  You…
  • Help Yourself

    Charles Crutcher
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Christianity isn’t a self-help movement. It’s not a movement at all.  It’s a selfless journey with Jesus, a walkabout, a trek into the wilderness back out into the open. Our culture is so ‘me’ focused, but it has lost itself along the way. We live in a society that wishes for fame, however it may come, good or bad.  What’s so good about being famous? Think about that for a moment.  Another thing to consider is how happy are those famous people? Does having more money make one truly happy? There are plenty of people who have both money and wealth that…
  • No Longer Indifferent

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Many of my years have spent being indifferent about certain things in life.  I have chosen not to take a stand in favor of being acceptable to everyone around me.  If I had any strong convictions they were purely personal and self-righteous in nature.  Taking a stand meant not being accepted by all, or so I thought. A little less than ten years ago I found myself at a very difficult intersection.  I had to choose a direction in life that either pleased everyone around me or risk losing all that for the sake of my faith.  I chose the latter and found something out about myself and those…
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  • What Happens When Couples Are Resolute.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    I have discovered that times when I make up my mind that something must be done; somehow, I find a way to get it done no matter how difficult or impossible it appeared. It does seem to me that... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • 5 Ways To Put The Devil On The Run.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    We cannot ignore or wish away the fact that we would have to face the enemy and all that he hurls at us as long as we live in this world. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Little Things That Matter In Marriage.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    Many times we expect our spouses to do the “big things” for and with us or sometimes we want to do “big things” for our spouses or to enhance our marriages. And we often neglect those things we might... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • When We Had To Wait.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    Saddled with several medical reports on the impossibility of ever becoming a mother, and with a husband who chose to marry me in spite of these reports, (I had prayed that God would make him leave me... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • When You Are Crucified In Marriage.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Have you ever been so hurt and pained by someone’s actions or inactions that you want to let the person feel a piece or more of the pain you feel? Well, I have to shamefully admit that I... Please click on title to READ ALL.
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  • When Divine Healing Isn’t God’s Answer : 4 Focus Points in Ministry

    Keri
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    The following is an article by guest contributor (and my sister), Amy Harris. Thanks for sharing, Amy!   In a recent discussion while working toward […]
  • Are You a Key Piece?

    Keri
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Mark 1:2-8 (NIV) 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you,     who will prepare your way”[a]— 3 “a voice […]
  • “Can I Pleeeease???”

    Keri
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Lotus Carroll / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA During bath time, my 3 year old asked for the plastic cup I’d used to rinse his hair. […]
  • When the Road Gets Curvy

    Keri
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of the book, Love Isn’t Selfish: Understanding God’s Love through Human Relationships _____________________   I once had […]
  • Even When it Hurts

    Keri
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:58 pm
    The last couple of months have been somewhat quiet here on the Love Isn’t Selfish blog. My attention had been pulled away to our non-profit’s […]
 
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  • When I Question His Goodness

    Ashley
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Let us acknowledge the Lord; Let us press on to acknowledge Him.As surely as the sun rises, He will appear.He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.Hosea 6 : 3In times of trouble, I have two options when it comes to my interaction with God. I can blame Him. By calling God an unjust bully, I can easily find ways to shut Him out. If I’m not careful, I can easily try to convince myself that my faith was in vain.I can cling to the promise of His Word. I cannot allow my current state to guide my weak heart. I lean on a faith that was built up over…
  • As Sure As The Sun Rises

    LITR
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Won't you join us in memorizing Hosea 6:3 today?As part of your quiet time with the Lord, take some time to look at this verse today. If you feel up to the challenge, post a video of you reciting the verse on our Facebook page!Ashley will be sharing further thoughts about Hosea 6:3 tomorrow.See you in the Round!LITR*Scripture quotations are from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
  • God, I am NOT a morning person

    Ashley
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s 5 am.God, I hate 5 am. Am I cursing or actually talking to God? It’s too early to even figure it out.Now I’m outside with the dogs. The moon and stars are still out.I need to go back to sleep.    Why don’t you spend time with the Creator of that moon and those stars (Psalm 8:3-4)?I can later. I have all day.    Do you (James 4:14-15)?But sleep is so good.    My Word says, “How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?” for a    reason (Proverbs 6 : 9). I am better.But I haven’t…
  • Carried By The Church

    Ashley
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    What is Your Story?Each midweek, I join a small group through my church to dig deeper in faith. By the time Wednesday rolls around, I’m already set in my schedule, feeling like my plate is full and thinking about what excuse I could use to stay home (which is a difficult task when your husband leads the group).Each week, however, I am thankful that I paused the craziness of the outside world for a couple of hours to be around people who don’t have much more in common with me than worshipping a glorious Savior.Our night begins the same, with the really cute leader asking the group the…
  • 3 Singer/Songwriters Worthy Of Your Ear

    Ashley
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Since it can be a challenge to find quality music with good, God-centered lyrics, I want to pass on a few of my favorites.  These ladies have, through their music, encouraged my faith with their Scripture-based lyrics. I hope they will be a blessing to you too. Enjoy the music! Download on iTunes: www.assureasthesun.com Official Music Video for "The Broken Beautiful," from Ellie Holcomb's debut album "As Sure As The Sun," available where music is sold.Click here if you cannot see the above video www.jillianedwards.comClick here if you cannot see the above video Brooke Fraser…
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  • Heartbreak

    Michael Thompson
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    How can you mend a broken heart? Anyone who grew up in the 70’s like me will likely find it hard to read those words without hearing the staccato falsetto of the BeeGees. Sorry. But in spite of that, it is a good question. There is so much heart-break in raw reality of life. And there are so many living constantly with those aching, unmended hearts. The searing pain of knowing someone you loved betrayed you, let you down, didn’t care or gave up when you needed them most is severe. In truth, nothing hurts like your broken heart. Nothing. Except when you face someone whose heart you…
  • Automanically

    Michael Thompson
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Automation. It is literally gold in my world…stock trading. In buying and selling equities, moms and pops compete with super computers which execute multitudes of trades in milliseconds with microscopic precision. Automated trading has become a kind of Holy Grail. Many who live and work in this world of Main Street vs Wall Street crave it with manic obsession. They chase it like Indiana Jones in pursuit of the Lost Ark. Set up a strategy, flesh out a technique, implement an idea…all before it actually happens. Then, leave it in the “cloud” to be mysteriously–almost…
  • Look What I Did!

    Michael Thompson
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Rehab Addict. Fixer Upper. Kitchen Crashers. American Restoration. It is a sad and silly admission, but my wife and I love DIY shows. The whole process of watching a dilapidated old house rise like a phoenix from the ashes of disrepair to its former beauty is mildly addictive. We can’t seem to get enough. One of my favorite parts in these renovations is to see what is uncovered from beneath the years of decay.  Layers of paint and wall paper; half-hearted attempts at adding on or covering up; tacky or kitschy approaches to trendy redecorating…all of these cover what was once the…
  • Gotta Make A Living

    Michael Thompson
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    Sewer inspector. Charcoal maker. Dirt sterilizer. Worm dung farmer. Bat cave scavenger. Dirty jobs. In fact, according to Mike Rowe who made himself famous visiting and participating in these and many other nasty employment opportunities on the hit TV show Dirty Jobs, these are some of the all-time dirtiest. When asked why they do these things, almost without fail people answer with some variation of, “a person’s gotta make a living”. That phrase haunts me. What I do as my vocation is not what I do to ‘make a living’. It is what I do to make a paycheck. That…
  • Light From A Bug’s Butt

    Michael Thompson
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    “Look Pawpaw…its butt lights up!” That’s exactly what you’d expect to hear from a 5-year-old seeing fireflies for the first time in his young life. Mikey was mesmerized by the bioluminescent glow of the lightning bugs all around us as we waited for the 4th of July fireworks to come streaming off the hilltop in McCaysville, the tiny town on the Tennessee-Georgia border that was the site of our annual vacation to a mountain cabin. This particular region is one of only two worldwide where the lightning bugs flash in a synchronized sparkle–so many of them…
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  • A Response to Some Distortions by Archbishop Gregory Concerning the GOC

    Anastasios Hudson
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    [PDF] Introduction Archbishop Gregory of Colorado At the onset, I want to say that I have an extreme dislike for engaging in polemics. Nowadays, I normally do not engage in public refutations of false accusations; I spent too many hours of my life doing so in the 2000s, and it caused me a lot of consternation. Perhaps some good came out of it, but I found it impossible to answer every critic, and every argument. Nowadays, I don’t mind writing broadly in article or book format to address trends and events, but the point-by-point refutation style of responding so common online is something I…
  • Why Bishop Christodoulos Is Being Forced Off Facebook

    Anastasios Hudson
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis Those active in Orthodox Christian “corners” of Facebook have likely heard of or interacted with His Grace Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis, who joined the site as soon as it became open to the public in 2006 (in fact, I joined Facebook when he invited me). Bishop Christodoulos, a vicar bishop in the GOC, quickly reached the Facebook limit of 5000 friends, and while he primarily used it to interact with his spiritual children and promote videos on the YouTube Channel Greek Orthodox Christian Television, he also used it to become one of the most…
  • I’m Sorry, but I Hate Fall

    Anastasios Hudson
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Autumn…Did You Know It’s a Symbol of Death? I’ve always hated Fall. Autumn. The changing of leaf colors. The cold breeze. The way the sunlight seems to cast down upon us differently. Longer hours of darkness. Wet rain. Back to school. Hardly anything interesting on the church calendar. The stupid “holiday” of Halloween. The death of my best friend Roberto (+11/19/2008). Sweaters, long pants. Unpredictable weather: mornings cold, afternoons hot. Animals going away. Heating bills increasing. Seemingly more tired. Fall in 2012 was when I had to come to terms with…
  • Excerpt from Upcoming Book: Finding the True Orthodox Church

    Anastasios Hudson
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Finding the True Orthodox Church. The book consists of a series of chapters which address various objections to True Orthodoxy. This is the introduction to a chapter which addresses the question, “Are True Orthodox Vagantes?” This charge is sometimes leveled against the True Orthodox, by comparing them to various pseudo-churches with no legitimate heritage, in an effort to paint the True Orthodox as pretend clergy and poseurs. The chapter will explore the differences between True Orthodox and Independent Orthodox (i.e. vagante)…
  • The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine Routis

    Anastasios Hudson
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    +November 15/28 1927 Originally published by the Ta Patria Periodical Saint Catherine Routis THE HOLY NEW MARTYR Catherine Routis was born in 1900 in a small Greek village called Mandra in Attica Greece to poor but pious parents. Like her parents — John and Maria Peppas — Catherine was a pious child, offering to help family and neighbors in any way possible. At the age of 22, Catherine Peppas married Constantine Routis from the same village. Christ gave them two children, Christos and Irene. The devout Routis family joined the resistance of the True Orthodox Christians, participating in…
 
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  • Walking in the Recesses of the Deep

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

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

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

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

    16 Jun 2014 | 7:42 pm
    As I stepped out onto the bleachers and my eyes fell upon the scene that matched the noise we’d been hearing from outside the stadium for a half hour, a smile immediately touched my face. There was so much excitement in the air it was palpable! The hotdog vendors were shouting out among the buzzing fans, who were finding their seats while bribing their young kids to stay seated in exchange for cotton candy. The stands were full, and as you looked down onto the field, you could see the sun glinting off of the water—sprayed to dampen the baseball diamond. This was Camden Yards, home of the…
 
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  • Ode to Hot Doug’s

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A sad day for everyone who eats   Friday, October 3, in the two-thousand and fourteenth year of our Lord, the West’s inimitable culinary paragon, the peerless Hot Doug’s, shutters its doors in valedictory glory. From no other succulent summits and in no other toothsome times has such piquant, palatable, and positively nutritive delicacies captured the hearts and gullets of so many for so long.   Few modern mavens can now recall the long comestible winter before Doug’s raised a light of hope for the maws of civilized gastronomes. A hope built of unadulterated esculent will and…
  • On safari

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    In Swahili, the word “safari” just means “trip.” So, a safari doesn’t necessarily mean heading out into the bush to see animals. For us, however, it meant exactly that. On our last full day, we woke up early (4:30 a.m.) and headed out to Nairobi National Park. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so I’ll just post photos below. We ended the trip with a last meal with our host families and much of the church staff who’d been with us over the course of the week. We exchanged gifts and words and prayed together. It is, of course, impossible to summarize…
  • Kibera start-ups 1.0

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Thursday was mostly a repeat of Wednesday morning, so there will not be a great deal more to add. We returned to the Blue House — the popular local name for the church in Kibera (because it is painted sky blue and stands out from the surrounding browns and grays) — where we conducted the second day of the entrepreneurial training. We talked about assessing and starting small businesses, about supply and demand, market saturation and finances. The creativity and excitement in the group was even more evident today. They created lists of potential small businesses. I was impressed…
  • Down to business… and dancing

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    We returned to Kibera Wednesday for the first day of the entrepreneurial training class, the part of the trip I’d been most excited about. A local Kenyan businessman and our team leader tag-teamed the morning session, which focused on savings groups and how to think about starting a small business (markets, supply and demand, skill sets, team building, etc.). Attending the class were about 20 students, all probably between the ages of 18 and 30, and all from Kibera. Most of them also attended NBC’s church in Kibera and some had been with us for the clinics the last two days. The…
  • Care for widows and orphans

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    On Tuesday we went with a group of church volunteers to Kuwinda, a slum in the Karen neighborhood of Nairobi. By comparison, Kibera seemed well-off. The story goes that Karen was a wealthy British woman living in Nairobi during the colonial era. When visitors would head her way, they’d say they were going to Karen’s. As more and more Brits moved into the area, Karen’s name became the default title of the whole area. Today, Karen refers to a wealthy, traditionally expat community in the southwestern corner of the city. Interestingly, it also encompasses one of the poorest areas in the…
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  • Demon Possession or Mental Illness?

    Esther Eke
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The bizarre events of the past week got me thinking about this topic.I was called in by a neighbor to join in prayer for a young girl who was believed to be demon-possessed. I got there and was a bit startled. Not only was she unnaturally aggressive, she was talking with multiple voices and in perfect English. This girl could barely speak English on a good day. The spirit inside her went on and on boasting about how it was Satan himself and how it was going to kill the girl and a number of other people. According to the neighbor, their home had been under spiritual attack a few days prior to…
  • Disciplined for Service

    Silas Eke
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Reading: Hebrews 12:3-11There are a few reasons given in the passage for why God chastens us:a.Chastening is the evidence that we are saved (verses 6-8)For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receivesChastening is first of all evidence that we belong to God’s family. God does not chasten the devil’s children. He lets them go, and will deal with them in the final judgment.b.Chastening is for our profit and welfare (verse 10)For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.It is…
  • The Responsibility of Christian Youth

    Silas Eke
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    What messages does the Bible have for the Christian Youth? Here are a few passages: "Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, And put away evil from your flesh, For childhood and youth are vanity. Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, "I have no pleasure in them". [Ecclesiastes…
  • Lust of the Flesh

    Silas Eke
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Ephesians 2:1-10“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace…
  • What does the Bible mean by "Flesh"?

    Silas Eke
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    This post has absolutely nothing to do with the TV Show "Prison Break" aside from the fact that the show's major plot-line is centered around a massive tattoo carved in... well... flesh!.The word “flesh” occurs two hundred and sixty-nine times in the Old Testament. It is used literally to explain/describe the tissue just below the skin; the soft muscular tissue of the body both of men (Genesis 2:22) and of animals (Genesis 41:2).It is also used metaphorically as a figure or term referring to the human body either partially or as a whole. “All flesh” could include the animal…
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  • Stop Asking God For Material Items

    Robert
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Don’t Keep Asking God For Things You Don’t Need 1 John 5:13-14 CJB says, “I have written you these things so that you may know that you have eternal life – you who keep trusting in the person and power of the Son of God. This is the confidence we have in his presence: if […] The post Stop Asking God For Material Items appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • He Who Speaks To God

    Robert
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    He Who Speaks to God Some people believe that hearing God is a privilege that is only available to those have become sons in the faith. This is not true. Many of us are evidence of this when considering that he had to “speak to us” in our sin state in order for us to […] The post He Who Speaks To God appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • God Still Heals Experience God Healing

    Robert
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    God Still Heals – God Healing Sometimes, when we are in the midst of great distress – either physical, emotional or even spiritual, it can be very difficult to believe that he is with us. But the truth is this: “God never breaks or loosens his commitment to his people. We are often the ones […] The post God Still Heals Experience God Healing appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • Don’t Be Anxious About Anything

    Sonya Richards
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    What The Bible Says. Don’t Be Anxious About Anything Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians Chapter 4, Verse 6 Are there times we pray for things that we ought not to?  James Chapter 4, Verse 3 says when we […] The post Don’t Be Anxious About Anything appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • Christians Support Same Sex Marriage?

    Sonya Richards
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Should Christians Support Same Sex Marriage? Why supporting same sex marriage is not loving “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not […] The post Christians Support Same Sex Marriage? appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
 
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  • How To Accelerate Muscle Growth In A Short Period Of Time

    Get Better Today
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    If you have ever stepped into a gym, most like you’ve used the old school method of 3 sets with 10 reps to try and build muscle.Then, 90% of you won’t return after a month because you don’t see any gains. Of course not! Think about what you’re doing. In order for a muscle to increase in size you have to first break it down. You’re not going to accomplish that will 3 measly sets of a weight you can lift 10 times. If you really want to build muscle, try the method fitness coach Chad Waterbury advocates in his book Huge in a Hurry. At first I was skeptical to try this method I am about…
  • The Top 5 Exercises That Burn The Most Calories

    Get Better Today
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    So many people would love to lose body fat. Whether the goal is to burn fat to allow muscles to shine through or you are looking to lose pounds, the key to doing so is cardiovascular exercise. Cardio gets your heart rate up and burns calories unlike any other type of exercise. Although, there are many calorie burning exercises out there, you want to do the ones that yield the best results.   Here are the top five exercises that burn the most calories.   Cycling Cycling is a huge calorie burner. It is basically the ultimate cardiovascular workout. Something as simple as a hour bike…
  • The Top Grossing Christian Movies Of All-Time

    Get Better Today
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
      With the recent success of God’s Not Dead and Heaven Is For Real, Christian themed movies are on fire at the box office right now. And like we mentioned in “Christianity Might Be Hollywood’s Secret Weapon”, the success is creating a situation where we’ll need to evaluate the biblical accuracy of each movie. But it’s hard not to get excited about the popularity in the movies with an honorable Christian message. That’s why we wanted to share this cool Infographic from OnlineChristianColleges.com that details the…   Highest-Grossing…
  • In Case You Didn’t Know, Jesus Wasn’t White

    Get Better Today
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    After Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly said “Jesus was a white man” on her show, popular Pastor Matt Chandler chose to address the issue in his next sermon. As you may not know, Jesus wasn’t white.  Hollywood and world history have inaccurately portrayed Him. Share On Facebook! Share On Twitter!
  • This Little Girl’s Prayer Is Hilariously Sweet

    Get Better Today
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
      “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” -Matthew 18:3 YouTube user MsTeddip, recently shared this incredibly cute video of a little girl praying before dinner.   Let’s just say it will melt your heart…
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    charlessamuel.com

  • 4 Things We Get Wrong About Prayer

    Charles Samuel
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Here are 4 misconceptions we have about prayer. Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post 4 Things We Get Wrong About Prayer appeared first on .
  • Bad Church Doctrine Makes Us Slaves

    Charles Samuel
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Church leaders have a responsibility to accurately relay what's in scripture. So why do so many leaders share bad church doctrine? Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post Bad Church Doctrine Makes Us Slaves appeared first on .
  • Anwar Wants A Bucket Of Ice Water

    Charles Samuel
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Anwar wants to be nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge. Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post Anwar Wants A Bucket Of Ice Water appeared first on .
  • Nothing But the Truth

    a friend
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    One of the most glaring weaknesses of Indian churches all throughout America is that most of them have no hermeneutic. That is, most of them are not trained to have a process of biblical interpretation. Here's how we deal with it. The post Nothing But the Truth appeared first on .
  • 3 Questions You Should Ask Before Selecting a Mentor

    a friend
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Here are 3 questions to ask when you decide to be mentored in an area you want to be successful in. The post 3 Questions You Should Ask Before Selecting a Mentor appeared first on .
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • I HAVE A SECRET!

    Matt Hylton
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    Shhh… Don’t tell anybody! It’s not a fad diet, nor a miracle pill, powder, or potion.  It’s not a spa treatment or medical procedure. It’s not even in most people’s top 5 lists to become healthy and lose weight. What is it you ask?? What’s the secret I am talking about? So simple, yet people seem to ignore the basic truth that I am about to share with you. THE SECRET There is no secret, no formula, fad diet, pills or powders. It all comes down to the simple basic truth of eating right, living right, working out hard, and serving God. That’s it.
  • Breaking Through 20 Miles: Lessons from Marathon Training

    Julie Wilson
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    No doubts here! Twenty miles didn’t seem so bad the second time around.  The first time I ran that far, I was in doubt whether I could do it or not. This time, I knew I could do it just like I did a few weeks before. I anticipated a decent run, and it would be better because I knew the exact route. I knew what I would feel like, and I was ready. I shifted my schedule around to make sure I had plenty of time to get this “doable” run in. Things are not always what they seem… I started my run like any other long run. Plenty of Gatorade in my Camelbak, lots of Gu packets ready to fuel…
  • The EXCESS SKIN DILEMMA

    Matt Hylton
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:31 am
    The Truth about Excess Skin If you have never been extremely overweight and  lost a lot of weight, you probably have no idea about how uncomfortable excess skin is. Sure, I have done the easy part of eating right, living right, working out hard, & serving God. I know He is taking care of the hard parts, the things I could not do. The excess skin is still very annoying, cumbersome, and not to mention not attractive. I have more hanging excess skin then a flying squirrel. At least a flying squirrel has a purpose,and a good use for theirs. My skin is truly an irritant, and makes wearing or…
  • Stay Humble: Lessons from Marathon Training

    Julie Wilson
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    Things Don’t Always Go as Planned. Have you ever had something planned and certain circumstances got in the way? One thing I love about my marathon training is my schedule. I know exactly what distance I am running each day, and I even have my rest days scheduled in. I have it drilled in my head that I must stick to the schedule, and getting these miles in is very important. And when talking about long distance running, someone always chimes in with “ Especially the long run! Never skip the long run.” This all sounds easy enough until something happens making your schedule shift or…
  • My First Half Marathon Finish

    Julie Wilson
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    Goal: Finish a Half Marathon I started this year saying it was my year to be fearless and conquer my first half marathon. I accomplished that goal on Saturday August 23,2014! I didn’t just finish it, but I finished it well! My time for the 13.1 miles through a course full of rolling hills was 2 hours and 16 minutes.  I learned a lot about myself during this race. Confident in my Training I knew that the training I had done up until this point had physically prepared me for what I was going to endure during the race. I felt prepared and was in a great place mentally. It was foggy, and…
 
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    United Faith Church

  • Sonship

    Kris Burke
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Ephesians 1:5 In lovehe predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…   UFC, The world is full of people who have no choices in their actions but are bound to be “slaves to sin”. All of us can remember what that was like as we were once there. But Christ came to break slavery and bring us into sonship. Christ came and suffered on the cross so that you could be a son! We do not seek the Father because of rules; we seek the father because we have been adopted in love and we want to be close to our Father. We do not restrain…
  • Rejoice!

    Kris Burke
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Deuteronomy 16:14-15 You shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your towns. For seven days you shall keep the feast to the Lord your God at the place that the Lord will choose, because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful.   UFC, It is such an awesome time in the church of God! This verse is talking about the Festival of Tabernacles, the time we are currently…
  • Be At Peace

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ NIV) Its very easy to see the turmoil and chaos that’s building up in the world. There are cases of Ebola beginning to spread. There are diseases affecting children that doctors can’t cure. There are rumors of war and wars that are occurring. Threats of economic collapse, terroristic attacks, and the list goes on and on. But what should be happening within the believer at such a time? PEACE! Jesus speaks peace…
  • Obedience that is Faith

    Kris Burke
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Romans 1:5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. UFC, If you read into this verse in the Hebrew the words “That comes from” are interchangeable with “that is”. More accurately, this verse would say “… to the obedience THAT IS faith”. Isn’t that exactly what we, as the church, have been called to? Not a dead Faith that is fruitless but a faith that is alive and active and producing all sorts of fruit in our lives; most importantly obedience. This was the type of faith that Paul was…
  • Vine & Fruit

    Kris Burke
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    John 15:1-4 & 8 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. UFC, God has been giving the church so much revelation of His word.
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    FaithSuccess

  • How Important Is Speaking in Tongues?

    SEGUN
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    How Important is Speaking in Tongues By Kenneth E. Hagin There is more to being filled with the Holy Ghost than speaking in tongues, but tongues are an important and inte­gral part of receiving the Holy Ghost, since they are the initial evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:4). Also, speaking in tongues is an integral part of the believer’s devo­tional prayer life, for as
  • DEALING WISELY IN LIFE'S AFFAIRS

    SEGUN
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    RHEMA ENCOUNTER DAILY DEVOTIONAL DEALING WISELY IN LIFE'S AFFAIRS This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8). The Septuagint rendering of the latter part of the verse
  • How to Have a Harmonious Marriage

    SEGUN
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    How to Have a Harmonious MarriageThe Number One Problem in Marriages—StrifeHarmony at home is one of the greatest blessings in life. It’s also one of the easiest blessings to lose if we don’t make a decision to do all we can to nurture our marriage relationship.From the Scriptures you can learn the proper attitude about marriage: “Let marriage be held in honor (esteemed worthy, precious, of great
  • Great Faith can be yours

    SEGUN
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    What is faith Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. —Hebrews 11:1 Moffatt's translation of this verse reads, "Now faith means that we are confident of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see." "Faith is just acting on God's Word irrespective of what we feel, think or see." Faith is an act. That's what faith is. Importance of faith We
  • God is watching over us (Protection)

    SEGUN
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Gods angels are watching over us Ps 91:11 ​​​​​​​- NETFor he will order his angels to protect you in all you do. Matt 18:10 “See that you do not disdain one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.Ps 34:7 ​​​​​​​The LORD’s angel camps around the LORD’s loyal followers and delivers them. Heb 1:14 Are they not all ministering
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    brian niece | sacramental living

  • Why Celebrity Pastors Are Going the Way of the Dodo Bird

    Brian Niece
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Celebrity pastors aren’t cool anymore.  But were they ever, really? North American churches have too easily slipped into cults of personality. And celebrity pastors have too easily given into the temptation to be called “good.” via // http://www.churchleaders.com I won’t name names in this post.  The intent here is not to call people out, nor add to divisions. The headlines of shady actions by celebrity pastors speak for themselves. Instead, let’s explore why this phenomenon even exits, and what it means to you. Follow Me Jesus used this phrase often. He called…
  • Let’s Talk About Grace, New Creation, Presence (Sermons)

    Brian Niece
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Grace, new creation, and presence sermons just posted here. God is on the move! I’m humbled to be a part of Christ’s work in reconciling all of creation to himself. Though I’m called to preach and that’s where I’m right at home, I know full well that the best sermons are those that are lived. My prayer is that something here will inspire you to join me in practicing the presence of God in all avenues of life. That’s how we make disciples!Related Posts: Another Un-Truth I Learned from the Church Hey, Leader! This Is for When the Transition Gets Tough 5 Ways…
  • 5 Ways We Can Live Grace in Everyday Life

    Brian Niece
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Grace radiates from the center of God. If we are being made in the image of this God, and if we are followers of Jesus the Christ, grace should be lived out in our lives in 5 clear ways. via // http://theologigal.com Paul’s letters to the Corinthians (the body of believers at Corinth) give insight to these 5 ways of living grace. 1. Divine Love The divine love that God shows to the undeserving is the greatest gift of all.  This character of divine love cannot be possessed. It must be granted. Paul’s greatest desire for the Corinthians is that they would be willing recipients of…
  • Truthful Tuesday :: The Work-life of a Pastor

    Brian Niece
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Some folks that are part of my faith community, CrossRoad Church, started a #TruthfulTuesday practice on Facebook a few weeks ago.  So here I am taking the plunge to show you behind the veil of my work-life as a pastor. It’s amazing that I’m pastoring again at all.  Let me explain … Why I’m Pastoring Again When I resigned from being a pastor 5 years ago, I wanted nothing to do with the local church, much less being a pastor ever again.  I was burned out, broken, hurt, damaged.  I knew I was still called to preach, but I couldn’t reconcile that call with…
  • Being the Church Around a Meal // from the archives

    Brian Niece
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    *This post first appeared September 14, 2008 // I thought this was an appropriate post based on the sermon I recently preached. We were sitting around, eating the family meal. Eliot, my 3-year old said, “We are the church.” “Why?” I asked. “Because we have food.” via // http://www.shutterstock.com My wife and I just stared at each other and smiled.  After a moment pregnant with meaning, awe, wonder, I said to Heather, “Something profound was just going on there.” She nodded in agreement. Somehow, Eliot is getting it … even at 3 years…
 
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    The Cross-Current

  • Shepherds 360 Conference

    Cross-Current
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    My church, Colonial Baptist Church, in conjunction with Shepherds Theological Seminary (which I am attending), is currently holding a national church leaders’ conference. The theme is, “Christ and our changing culture,” and the speakers include names such as Al Mohler, … Continue reading →
  • Tender Warrior

    Cross-Current
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    In light of my article on staying power, I thought it may be beneficial to share some excerpts from a book by Stu Weber (from whom I gained much of my ideas for that post, as I’m sure you’ll see). … Continue reading →
  • Man Up.

    Cross-Current
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    “To be a man is not a one day job… It is my duty as a man to persevere. Not that I will never fail; not that I will never fall down; but that I will never stay down.”    … Continue reading →
  • What Kind of Man Do You Want to Be?

    Cross-Current
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Some rambling thoughts on the kind of man I pray I may be, in light of my recent study on gender roles. Home Within my home, I am praying that God gives me the strength to be the husband and … Continue reading →
  • The Feminized Church

    Cross-Current
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    In the vein of our recent discussion of men and women, gender and whatnot, I thought it fitting to point you to this excerpt from a message given by Phil Johnson, a pastor at Grace Church in California, whom I … Continue reading →
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    The WILD VOICE

  • PLEASE SIGN PETITION – Asking Pope Francis to ANSWER CARDINAL BURKE and DEFEND THE CATHOLIC FAITH

    The WILDVOICE
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    http://thewildvoice.org Please SIGN THIS PETITION asking Pope Francis to answer Cardinal Raymond Burke's call to defend Catholic teaching. Read more → The post PLEASE SIGN PETITION – Asking Pope Francis to ANSWER CARDINAL BURKE and DEFEND THE CATHOLIC FAITH appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • The Church's Enemies Within The Church

    The WILDVOICE
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    http://thewildvoice.org God's story unfolding – the murder of Pope John Paul I, the removal of Pope Benedict XVI, the rise of the False Prophet, the changing Eucharist PAGE TOPICS God's Story The Murder of Pope John Paul I Interesting Coincidences Tony… Read more → The post The Church's Enemies Within The Church appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • TWR- THE WILD REPORT – 10.07.14

    The WILDVOICE
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    http://thewildvoice.org 10.07.14: Changing Catholic Doctrine – Pope Purges Conservatives – EBOLA in US – EBOLA as Bio-Weapon – ISIS in Canada – Exorcism – Satanic HBO Show – Satanic Music Video – LGBT Inclusiveness – Zombie Apocalypse – Putin and The… Read more → The post TWR- THE WILD REPORT – 10.07.14 appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Pope Benedict XVI Is Still My Pope – We Want Our Pope Back

    The WILDVOICE
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org Please feel free to DOWNLOAD and SHARE this image freely. "Pope Benedict XVI Is Still My Pope – We Want Our Pope Back" Read more → The post Pope Benedict XVI Is Still My Pope – We Want Our Pope Back appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Letter to POPE FRANCIS from DR. KELLY BOWRING

    The WILDVOICE
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org "Are You Planning to Redefine Church Doctrine?" On October 1, 2014, Catholic Theologian Dr. Kelly Bowring released an open letter to Pope Francis. You may read the full letter at www.twoheartspress.com We have posted a video of Dr. Bowring reading… Read more → The post Letter to POPE FRANCIS from DR. KELLY BOWRING appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
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    Purposeful Faith

  • How to Believe God (over the lies of the world): Part II

    purposefulfaith
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: In the blog post, Caution: How Not to be of the World, we talked about how taking our focus off of Christ can divert us down a road we never intended to drive.  But, by keeping our eyes on the Lord, nothing can take us down.  Nothing can shake us.  Nothing can keep God away.  He sees us and is right next to us.  We can learn how to believe God and not the World. And when we do, God will stand next to us and walk us right up to the purpose of our life.  Finally, we can stand before purpose and to grab hold of it. When we keep our eyes on the Lord, when we keep him…
  • Caution: How Not to be of The World (Part I)

    purposefulfaith
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: We have a choice to make.  Do we believe the World or do we believe the Lord?  We have to live in this world, but we are smart to discover how not to be of the world. Because the fact of the matter is that you can’t serve both. You will either serve God or you will serve the world. “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.  (Matthew 6:24) The world tries to tell us that we need to be rich, powerful, successful, beautiful, funny,…
  • Why Can’t I Be Better?

    purposefulfaith
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Have you ever had that pull on your heart?  That ache that tells you that something is not quite right?  The persistent call that tells you that you have messed up yet again? The one that makes you ask, “Why can’t I be better?” It’s a feeling of shame, mixed with regret, all combined with a ton of guilt. I hate these feelings sometimes.  Even worse, I hate how I feel when I am not sure what I should do.  I hate not knowing if I will ever “be better”, “do better” and “love better”.  I hate feeling like I will…
  • The Best Tip to Get Through An Argument

    purposefulfaith
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: There is one tip – one tip – that is the best tip to get through an argument and you are about to learn it. We have all been in an argument. Those ugly, annoying, life-taxing disagreements that leave us feeling horrible. They hurt. They frustrate.  We feel slighted, annoyed and aggravated. We just can’t seem to get over how and why a person would treat us the way that they did. We Ask: Why would they intentionally hurt us? Why would they be so mean? Why would they go and say THOSE things? That is how I felt. I felt that the words spoken to me were…
  • How to Run Hard for the Lord

    purposefulfaith
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: God doesn’t answer based on what we want, he answers based on what we need. We may think we need peace and he says no, you need trials. We may think we need joy – he says perseverance.  We may think blessings – he says endurance.  We may think money – he says contentment.  We may think appreciation – he says love. I was on the hunt for “encouragement”… After my “big rejection”, an amazing friend who is wise beyond her years, strong in the Lord and faithful to his call, sent me this verse: “Therefore, since…
 
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    The Standard Blog for Christian Business Owners

  • Spiritual Warfare in Business

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    I’m not going to believe some mumbo-jumbo about evil spirits and demon possession Firstly, why should I even consider entertaining God and business in the same sentence? Secondly, I am perfectly capable of taking care of business by myself. And lastly, if you think I’m even going to believe some mumbo-jumbo about evil spirits and demon possession, you’ve got to be kidding – I’ll leave that for my kids and Halloween! Does this sound about right? Well, I’m not surprised, especially when Christians talk about faith and work together, they’re invariably referring to what happens in…
  • Can I to talk to God direct about my business?

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Don't listen to what others say about God - your life depends on it! We're told; "you're unique, there's only one of you, your fingerprints, eyes and even your ears are all unique." I get it, I'm unique, I accept I'm made this way, I also have a unique brain, a unique business, I have unique mind and my thoughts are my own too, because that's how it is. So why do so many listen to other people views, ideologies and perceptions about God?Surely if we're unique 'all-over' we should be making up our own minds about God - shouldn't we? Where do I start? How can I make up my own mind about God and…
  • Left Behind - Released 2014 - Starring Nicholas Cage

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    I believe this is the start of a major revival and that Hollywood will change millions of lives Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have blessed so many people with their books, not just the Left Behind series but literally hundreds more.   This film being released in October 2014 will, I believe, change the lives of more people that we could ever imagine - in to the millions! The books have sold over 75 million copies and to date they have over 1.2 million Facebook followers for the movie.I was once told by a "grown-up" Christian that the last book in the Bible - Revelation, was nonsense…
  • Kovac (Charlie) Karol - Testimony & Fund Raising for Ghana

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Saved From the Brink of Death and friending Jesus on Facebook Charlie Kovac rebelled as a kid growing up and got enlisted in the army by His Dad.  He then got put in prison for rioting. After the army he pursued a life of alcohol, dealing drugs and porn and ended up homeless on the streets of Prague before moving to the UK.  Charlie's life was heading for terminal disaster until he had a personal encounter with God. This is his testimony...Starting with a Curfew My name is Charlie, and I'm 32 years old. I grew up in Slovakia and I had a good childhood. I had the best parents anyone…
  • What can the West do about the Islamic Problem?

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    When we're so full of arrogance, self-aggrandisement and renounce faith in God? In the same way the Israelites who ignored God chose to follow their own ideologies and idols, so too have successive western governments. Muslim hoodlums are allowed to roam British streets telling the ‘open and welcoming’ resident British, they are no longer walking on British run territory but militant Shari’ a enforced territory.Did any of our British soldiers die for this to happen in their own country? Who is to blame for allowing this to happen? I believe it is quite simple to identify how this has…
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    Articles | NewSpring Church

  • How Fear Leads to Wisdom

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    We all fear something, whether it’s spiders, clowns, cats, failing, or finances. We all have something that causes a direct fear in us that causes us to make a decision. The way we handle our decisions when faced with fear will give us a perspective on how wise we are. We all want to be wise in how we handle decision making, but what does it take to gain wisdom?Proverbs 9:10 says the fear of God is where wisdom starts, but what does it mean to have a healthy fear of God? Why does it matter? How does fear lead to wisdom when the world tells us that courage leads to wisdom?Fear God, Gain…
  • Anger Doesn’t Have To Control You

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Anger boiled within me for decades.If my circumstances or relationships squeezed me in just the right way, out it would come, like molten lava below long dormant rock.When I was a moody 13-year-old, feeling trapped in a chaotic and dysfunctional home, I remember being so overcome with rage that I picked up a 100-pound armchair, held it above my head, and threw it into an empty corner of the living room, while mom and dad watched, dumbfounded.I’ve kicked holes through doors and slammed them so hard windows shattered. I’ve screamed at my wife so loudly that cops were called. The…
  • How To Have The Best Sex

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    As the grand finale to His creation, God created Adam in Genesis 2. Even before Adam came on the scene, God declared that everything He formed was good. But after Adam appeared, there was a single shortfall in all of creation. Adam was alone and that wasn’t good. So using Adam’s rib, God created Eve, an ideal companion for Adam. God united Adam and Eve and everything was very good. “Be fruitful and multiply,” God told them.Through Adam and Eve’s relationship, God reveals His design for marriage and for sex. To a lot of people the idea that marriage is between one…
  • Going After The One

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A recap of Senior Pastor Perry Noble’s sermon, “Going After The One,” in 140 characters or less.Sin always takes us to places we never thought we’d go. #AtTheMoviesGod doesn’t want to get you back for what you’ve done, but wants to bring you back into a relationship with Him. #AtTheMoviesThe Father’s love for us is so much deeper than we can imagine. #AtTheMoviesGod cares enough to pursue you and fight for you, no matter what you’ve gone through. #AtTheMoviesEven if God seems distant, He has been fighting for your heart—not to get…
  • Don’t Allow Your Past To Be Your Prison

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I see it all the time.I will be on stage teaching about God’s love, His unbelievable grace, how He forgives and through Christ has an amazing plan for our lives —then I see him/her. That person in the crowd that has that look on their face that says, “I really want to believe what you are saying, but I can’t because…” Then comes the list of how wicked they’ve been and how they are probably the only exception to the fact the Bible says God completely forgives.Reality is, God has an amazing plan for your life right now.  Unfortunately, too…
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    Stories | NewSpring Church

  • He Was A Cheater Until God Changed The Game

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Daniel and Michelle Hemmingsen had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed their lives forever. Watch the couple's remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind their story ...Daniel and Michelle Hemmingsen were engaged to be married when the affair began.The woman was a customer at the store Daniel was managing in a neighboring town. He flirted with her, telling her how nice she looked. Then he asked her whether she was single. And within a few minutes, they had…
  • The Couple That Was Stuck In The Middle Of God’s Love

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Jesse and Ashley Boot had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed their lives forever. Watch the couple's remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind their story ...Ashley Boot felt an instant connection when she met Jesse the night of her 21st birthday.Jesse invited her to a rehearsal with his rock band, April’s Fall, which was just breaking out as support for nationally known acts such as Hinder. And from that moment on, the two spent every day together,…
  • The Girl Who Said “Yes” To A Dream Bigger Than Herself

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Tori DiMuzio had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed her life forever. Watch her remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind her story ...Tori DiMuzio suddenly looked into her future and couldn’t see anything.NewSpring’s Senior Pastor Perry Noble had made a rare Wednesday night visit to the Fuse student ministry to share a special message that God had laid on his heart specifically for the church's thousands of middle school and high school…
  • From Burned Out To Sold Out

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Jonathan Ashe had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed his family's life forever. Watch his remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind his story ...Jonathan Ashe and his wife, Brooke, had made a pact.This time, they told themselves, they’d sit on the sidelines. They deserved the break, after all. They would say ‘no' to membership, ‘no' to serving, and ‘no' to small group. They would show up…
  • She Found The Reason To Keep Living

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Maribeth Bottorff​ had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed her life forever. Watch her remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind her story ...Maribeth Bottorff thought friends were for other people.As far back as she could remember, Maribeth felt sad, awkward, unwanted. Maribeth had grown up in church, but she didn’t believe anyone could love her, much less God. She felt lesser than other people. Defective."It seemed out of the realm of…
 
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  • God is Everywhere – Daily Bible Post – 10.22.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Today’s Scripture is Psalm 139: 7-12 The Psalm for today shows us something very important, God is everywhere we go. We cannot hide from God nor can we escape his presence. No matter where we go, He will be there. It’s important to take comfort in knowing God is with us in every place, at every time, forever. God loves us and wants to guide us every step of the way. All we have to do is step out of the way, turn everything over to God and let Him guide our lives with his love. Of course, this is easy to say and not so easy to do. Whenever we feel as if God may have abandoned us,…
  • Iggy Azalea – Black Widow – Is this a Satanic Song?

    Benjamin Ehinger
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    This should be a pretty easy question to answer. Is the song, “Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea Satanic? Below I will show you what you’re really listening to or letting your kids listen to when the radio plays this song. The Lyrics Let’s start by looking at the lyrics. Often, we hear it, but we don’t really know what we hear until it’s so etched in our brain we can’t seem to get it out. Here’s a closer look at what this song is all about. The hook: I’m gonna love ya Until you hate me And I’m gonna show ya What’s really crazy You…
  • Getting Messy for God – Daily Bible Post – 10.21.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Today’s Scripture is Luke 5:27-32 In the scripture for today, we see Jesus meet Levi the tax collector, also known as Matthew. Jesus tells him to come follow Him and Levi does so by throwing Jesus a party. At the party there are many other tax collectors and Jesus becomes accused of dining with sinners. It’s important to understand that tax collectors were the enemy of the time. They often charged more than the actual tax and put the excess in their pocket. Tax collectors were also those from a conquering country that had come in and taken over. In other words, they were the worst…
  • Wisdom and Fear – Daily Bible Post – 10.20.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Today’s Scripture is Poverbs 15 There’s plenty of wisdom found in the book of Proverbs. From how to handle money God’s way to how to handle a disagreement, God gave us instructions within this good book. Proverbs 15 provides us with plenty of instruction for how to handle conflict and so much more. It’s mostly about our tongue and when we should speak, how we should speak. Just as most everybody else in this world, I am quite guilty of opening my mouth when I shouldn’t and saying things I shouldn’t. We all do it, but that doesn’t make it okay and that…
  • What do you Think of Katy Perry at the Super Bowl Halftime Show?

    Benjamin Ehinger
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Recently, it was announced that Katy Perry will be performing at the 2015 Super Bowl Show. This announcement has sparks some interesting debates because of her turn from Gospel singer to Satanic singer. If you don’t believe her music is satanic, just look at her performance of the song “Dark Horse” at the Grammy’s. If you think that is innocent, it’s time to wake up. Regardless of whether you’re a football fan, like myself or you just watch the Super Bowl for the commercials and the halftime show, it’s important to know what you’re watching. If…
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  • How To Accelerate Muscle Growth In A Short Period Of Time

    Get Better Today
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    If you have ever stepped into a gym, most like you’ve used the old school method of 3 sets with 10 reps to try and build muscle.Then, 90% of you won’t return after a month because you don’t see any gains. Of course not! Think about what you’re doing. In order for a muscle to increase in size you have to first break it down. You’re not going to accomplish that will 3 measly sets of a weight you can lift 10 times. If you really want to build muscle, try the method fitness coach Chad Waterbury advocates in his book Huge in a Hurry. At first I was skeptical to try this method I am about…
  • The Top 5 Exercises That Burn The Most Calories

    Get Better Today
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    So many people would love to lose body fat. Whether the goal is to burn fat to allow muscles to shine through or you are looking to lose pounds, the key to doing so is cardiovascular exercise. Cardio gets your heart rate up and burns calories unlike any other type of exercise. Although, there are many calorie burning exercises out there, you want to do the ones that yield the best results.   Here are the top five exercises that burn the most calories.   Cycling Cycling is a huge calorie burner. It is basically the ultimate cardiovascular workout. Something as simple as a hour bike…
  • The Top Grossing Christian Movies Of All-Time

    Get Better Today
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
      With the recent success of God’s Not Dead and Heaven Is For Real, Christian themed movies are on fire at the box office right now. And like we mentioned in “Christianity Might Be Hollywood’s Secret Weapon”, the success is creating a situation where we’ll need to evaluate the biblical accuracy of each movie. But it’s hard not to get excited about the popularity in the movies with an honorable Christian message. That’s why we wanted to share this cool Infographic from OnlineChristianColleges.com that details the…   Highest-Grossing…
  • In Case You Didn’t Know, Jesus Wasn’t White

    Get Better Today
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    After Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly said “Jesus was a white man” on her show, popular Pastor Matt Chandler chose to address the issue in his next sermon. As you may not know, Jesus wasn’t white.  Hollywood and world history have inaccurately portrayed Him. Share On Facebook! Share On Twitter!
  • This Little Girl’s Prayer Is Hilariously Sweet

    Get Better Today
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
      “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” -Matthew 18:3 YouTube user MsTeddip, recently shared this incredibly cute video of a little girl praying before dinner.   Let’s just say it will melt your heart…
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  • Five tips to improve year-end giving

    Steve Caton
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    With the end of the year approaching, both your church and your congregation are looking at budgets and finances and preparing for the new year. This can be a hectic time for your church — but it’s also a time with unparalleled potential for cultivating generosity, not just around this one season, but forward into the next year and beyond. It’s just a matter of knowing how. Brad Leeper and Greg Morris of Generis have written a new eBook, the Year-End Church Giving Guide, designed to help you create a year-end giving project that will breathe new life into the generosity culture of your…
  • Five things you should know about mobile (and how to leverage it for ministry)

    Steve Caton
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In today’s always-connected world, it should be easier than ever to connect and engage with the church. Churches of any size can benefit from a branded mobile app, enabling members and visitors alike to access and engage with your church when, where, and how they want. Five things church leaders should know about mobile Have you considered how the rise of mobile is affecting your church? If not, here are five important things you should know: More than 90% of all U.S. citizens have their mobile device within reach 24/7. (Tweet that!) An app for your church is a new front door to an old…
  • A Trio of New Integrations and Partnerships

    Brian Ferris
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    In this webinar series, you’ll take an inside look at the features offered by three of Church Community Builder’s newest software integrations. You will learn how to get the most out of integrated background check software, aWordPress plugin, and a mobile giving app, along with strategies around risk management, your public website, and generosity. When you’ve got the right tools in your hands, church becomes easier. Are you ready to take your screening process to the next level? Steve Durie, founder of SecureSearch, will share how their integration with Church Community…
  • Four important discipleship conversations you might have missed

    Steve Caton
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today I want to share with you a few posts that I’ve written around the web that you may not have caught. All four of these posts center around the vital topic of discipleship. Four Important Things Every Church Should Know About Discipleship How do we move first-time visitors to members? How do we move members to get involved in small groups? How do we cultivate disciples and see real life change? Here are four posts that seek to answer those questions. Making Disciples Is Both Art and Science. There is a place for intuitive leadership in the life of a church, but we can’t underestimate…
  • How to leverage data to fuel ministry growth

    Steve Caton
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Technology has made it easier than ever for churches to leverage information to connect with church members and enhance their ministry. While learning how to leverage untapped data will be more difficult for some ministries than for others, churches that have learned how to do it have experienced a new level of ministry growth they never thought possible before. We recently hosted a webinar with David Thoroughman, CEO of MortarStone, to talk about leveraging technology to fuel ministry growth. MortarStone provides a solution for pastors who want a better understanding of donor giving…
 
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  • Speaking the Heavenly Vision even while in the “Dungeon” on the Way to the Throne

    aGodMan
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    Before Joseph entered into the fulfillment of his dreams, he had to go through a long period of time (12 years or more) of suffering, trials, and imprisonment. It seemed as if everything around him was not working together for his dreams to be fulfilled, but Joseph was still strong in faith and spoke his vision. If we seek the Lord and He gives us the heavenly visions of the all-inclusive Christ, the life-giving Spirit, the church, the Body of Christ, the divine life, the growth in life, the glorious church life, and the New Jerusalem, we may not enter into the fulfillment of these visions…
  • Having Boldness and Faith to Interpret Others’ Dreams and Speaking the Heavenly Vision

    aGodMan
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    God gave Joseph two dreams when he was young, but these were not fulfilled until much later; however, even though his own dreams were not yet fulfilled, Joseph had the faith and the boldness to interpret the dreams of this two companions in prison (Gen. 40:8). If we had been Joseph, we would have probably “thrown in the towel” and said, I dreamed that I will be the ruler, and now I’m in prison – why should I bother listening to the others’ dreams? But Joseph was different; he didn’t only have the Lord’s presence, prosperity, and blessing, but he had…
  • Living Always in the Presence of the Lord and Having Christ Constituted into us

    aGodMan
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    Our God is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the Triune God. But what about Joseph – where does he fit in this? If we have the glasses of God’s economy on while reading the last chapters of Genesis we will realize that Joseph and Jacob are a complete unit: Jacob represents the broken, transformed, and mature believer, and Joseph represents the reigning aspect of the mature life. In other words, Jacob was dealt with, broken, transformed, and matured to express God, and he represented God to reign for God as he reigned through Joseph. It is very good to…
  • As Kingdom People, We are Living as a Sheaf of Life and Shining as Stars of Light

    aGodMan
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    While Joseph’s brothers were drowning in the water of human anger, Joseph, representing the reigning aspect of a mature life, lived as a sheaf of life and emerged from the death water of human anger. Witness Lee, Life-Study of Genesis In Genesis 37-39 we see that, while Joseph’s brothers were drowning in the water of human anger and lust, Joseph lived as a sheaf of life and shined as a star of light. The Bible doesn’t say anywhere that Joseph remembered the dreams and he “did his best to live according to what he dreamed”, but we can clearly see that his life and…
  • Being Governed by the Way God Sees His People and No Longer Judging or Condemning

    aGodMan
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    It makes a tremendous difference to the way we live our Christian life and church life if we see the way God sees His people, that is, as sheaves full of life and as heavenly bodies full of light. When he was young, Joseph saw these two dreams and they governed his entire life. He realized that, in God’s eyes, he is at best like his brothers – sheaves of wheat full of life and heavenly bodies full of light. These dreams controlled his life and directed his behavior. When temptation came, he conquered his lust, and when anger was rising up, he subdued his anger; the dreams he saw…