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  • First Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S.

    WORLDmag.com
    Leigh Jones
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late this afternoon it has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States. The unidentified patient is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Doctors put the patient in isolation as soon as they suspected Ebola might be involved. The patient’s travel history played a role in making the doctors suspicious, which indicates he or she probably had the disease before arriving in the United States.
  • What the North American Church is Most Hungry For

    A Holy Experience
    Ann Voskamp
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    So yeah, dear North American Church, Anywhere, if you dared to look into eyes and didn’t turn away, you’d care. Yeah, yeah, I know — another day, another cracking news flash, another crisis we’re all supposed to give a caring rip about. But it’s a thing of glory — if you look into eyes anywhere, if you listen well enough anywhere, you can always hear it: If you knew me — you’d care.  Maybe that is the thing — If we go through the world with our ear to the ground, with our ear pressed up against people’s words, listening for…
  • You broke my burrito! and 2 other moments I stink at giving people grace.

    Stuff Christians Like
    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…
  • Film screening of ‘Rockin’ the Wall’

    Acton Institute
    Acton Web
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Schedule 6:30pm - Doors open 7:00pm - Screening Pricing Tickets are $10. Includes beverages and desserts. Event Date:  November 20, 2014 - 6:30pm9:00pm Location:   Acton Institute - Mark Murray Auditorium 98 Fulton St. E, Suite 101 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Special Appearance and Comments by Dr. Larry Schweikart, author of A Patriot’s Guide to American History. Larry Schweikart, a former rock drummer who opened for "Steppenwolf," is a professor of history at the University of Dayton. In addition to some of the books mentioned here, he has authored over 50 academic…
  • Chelsen Vicari on the Religious Left

    Radio Free Acton
    paul.edwards
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Radio Free Acton On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Sarah Stanley speaks with Chelsen Vicari, Evangelical Program Director at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, about her new book Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith. Soundcloud:  Audio File: 
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    WORLDmag.com

  • First Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S.

    Leigh Jones
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late this afternoon it has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States. The unidentified patient is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Doctors put the patient in isolation as soon as they suspected Ebola might be involved. The patient’s travel history played a role in making the doctors suspicious, which indicates he or she probably had the disease before arriving in the United States.
  • Character counts in education reform circles

    Russ Pulliam
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    INDIANAPOLIS—Character was a hot topic a few years ago. Some feared that America was losing its bearings in terms of traditional values and wanted to promote integrity and virtue. Others were dismayed by President Clinton’s moral problems in the White House. In several cities business executives started character councils to collaborate on how to encourage employees in qualities such as initiative and perseverance. In Indianapolis, Mayor Bart Peterson, a Democrat, started giving
  • Sandy Hook commission calls for homeschool oversight

    Andrew Branch
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    A Connecticut government task force wants to give special educators with public schools the power to veto homeschooling parents’ education plans .   The Connecticut Post reports the state has placed increased scrutiny on its roughly 5,000 homeschoolers since the December 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 students and six educators died. The shooter, Adam Lanza, 20, was diagnosed in 2005 with Asperger’s syndrome. High school exacerbated his struggles, which
  • National pediatrics group urges birth control for teens

    Rachel Lynn Aldrich
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the nation’s most influential pediatricians group, wants teen girls to get IUDs or hormonal implants to keep them from getting pregnant. The new AAP policy, published yesterday, describes the long-term birth control methods as effective, safe and easy to use. Most pro-life groups would say otherwise—IUDs are considered by many to be abortifacients, as they prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb.  The policy retains language
  • Say goodbye to Saturday morning cartoons

    Caroline Leal
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    “That’s all, folks.” The trademark closing line from Porky Pig, the lovable cartoon character from Loony Tunes , might be ringing especially loudly in the ears of some Gen Xers (and even some millennials). This weekend, Saturday morning cartoons officially became a thing of the past.  According to NPR, the CW has aired its last batch of Vortexx programming, leaving American children for the first time in decades without any animated broadcast television to kick off their weekends.
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • What the North American Church is Most Hungry For

    Ann Voskamp
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    So yeah, dear North American Church, Anywhere, if you dared to look into eyes and didn’t turn away, you’d care. Yeah, yeah, I know — another day, another cracking news flash, another crisis we’re all supposed to give a caring rip about. But it’s a thing of glory — if you look into eyes anywhere, if you listen well enough anywhere, you can always hear it: If you knew me — you’d care.  Maybe that is the thing — If we go through the world with our ear to the ground, with our ear pressed up against people’s words, listening for…
  • Dear You…a letter for all of the hard days

    Ann Voskamp
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
    As we are traveling to another part of Rwanda today, a letter for you, and self, and me, and us… Dear you, Dear Self and me and you and us, Really, it’s all going to be okay. You’re going to be okay. Promise. Remember when you were 16 with that ridiculous hair? And how you’d thought that by the time you got to here, to now, it was going to be good? That by now everything would be all good. That by now you’d know down in the very marrow of your bones, what it’s like to really live loved. That you’d be known. Fully known. And wholly embraced. That the…
  • When You’re Just Flat-Out Desperate To Live What You Believe [*Updated]

    Ann Voskamp
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    [UPDATE: Hey you amazing ‪#‎GenEsthers‬? Our regular Saturday Multivitamins link post will be back next week, when us ‪#‎FarmGirls‬ get back to the farm? So while we're travelling, yeah --  begging you to come with us today -- flat out begging you to come read this post, live from Rwanda --] By a good God’s grace, you’d think it wouldn’t happen again. They tell you that — That we have to stop history from repeating itself. Somedays, you gotta wonder if CNN guffawed loud and tossed that memo? When Shalom walks in front of me across the floors the Anne Frank’s Secret…
  • How to Stay Sane in a Spinning World

    Ann Voskamp
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    [The farm girls and their mama have just landed halfway round the other side of the world, and we feel a bit spun from the travel, but woke up thinking about just this as we get ready for a our first full day here, and all the God-stories to come….]   So there’s a poor reason why they call ‘em spin doctors. You know, how the newspapers and airwaves are loud with them, PR guys winding journalists and the news up, spinning some yarn, some twist on this regulation, about that siege, this regime, those rebels and my heart twists, wrung out and weak. Sometimes I have to just…
  • The Thrill of an Unrushed Yes

    Ann Voskamp
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve sat with this mama and laughed till my side hurt. And I’ve squeezed her hand tight and prayed for all we are worth. Lysa TerKeurst has a heart that loves to say yes, yes, yes to everything even when the reality of her schedule screams no, no, no. She knows what it’s like to want to be Wonder Woman but feels more like a worn-out woman. So when she put pen to paper for her new book last year, she admitted she was aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul because of the stress of her overwhelmed schedule. The Best Yes was born from Lysa’s desire to step out of…
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    Stuff Christians Like

  • 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…
  • How to write an amazing Christian passive aggressive note.

    Jon
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    Someone sent me a picture of a sign they saw in a church. It is perhaps the greatest Christian passive aggressive note I have ever seen in my life. Since we Christians are so into “teachable moments” I thought I might be able to redeem this but turning it into a teaching tool. Let’s do life together. We’re in a season. We should sit in circles not rows! Sorry, I get a little carried away when I start down the path of the ole Christian conversation. Here is how to write an amazing Christian passive aggressive note. 1. CAPS. YOU GOTTA GO WITH CAPS. You know who loves lower case? The…
 
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    Acton Institute

  • Film screening of ‘Rockin’ the Wall’

    Acton Web
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Schedule 6:30pm - Doors open 7:00pm - Screening Pricing Tickets are $10. Includes beverages and desserts. Event Date:  November 20, 2014 - 6:30pm9:00pm Location:   Acton Institute - Mark Murray Auditorium 98 Fulton St. E, Suite 101 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Special Appearance and Comments by Dr. Larry Schweikart, author of A Patriot’s Guide to American History. Larry Schweikart, a former rock drummer who opened for "Steppenwolf," is a professor of history at the University of Dayton. In addition to some of the books mentioned here, he has authored over 50 academic…
  • Kirk and State: What Next for Scotland?

    Acton Web
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    by Ewan Watt Before he was arrested and ultimately burnt at the stake, the great Presbyterian martyr George Wishart dissuaded his young disciple John Knox from following him to martyrdom with the famous words, “Nay, return to your bairns and God bless you. One is sufficient for a sacrifice.” You might also like... Becoming Europe read more
  • 2014 Chicago PovertyInc. Premiere

    nick.porter
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    Schedule 6pm--Registration. Cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. 7pm--Premiere of PovertyInc (94 min. approx.); Q&A Panel to follow. Panelists TBD. Admission TBD. Registration is not open yet. Please check back for updates. Event Date:  November 6, 2014 - 6:00pm9:30pm Location:   Location TBD   The business of doing good has never been better. The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry. Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the…
  • Pastor Appreciation Day by For the Life of the World

    Acton Web
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Event Date:  October 29, 2014 - 9:00am11:00am Location:   Acton Institute 98 Fulton St. E, Suite 101 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Register Now FREE Event, but registration is required West Michigan pastors are invited to a breakfast reception at Acton in order to explore the role of faith in culture and what that means for the church. Guests will learn about Acton’s latest project, For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles; will hear from area pastors who have used this series in their churches; and will also receive a complimentary copy of both the series and Field…
  • The Importance of Sound Money

    Acton Web
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Register Now Event Date:  November 4, 2014 - 12:00pm1:30pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 Fulton St. E, Suite 101 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Schedule 11:30am - Doors Open 12:00pm - Lecture Begins 1:00pm - Book Signing Lunch will be provided. Pricing $15 - Regular $10 - Full time studentsread more
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    Radio Free Acton

  • Chelsen Vicari on the Religious Left

    paul.edwards
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Radio Free Acton On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Sarah Stanley speaks with Chelsen Vicari, Evangelical Program Director at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, about her new book Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith. Soundcloud:  Audio File: 
  • Os Guinness with Father Robert Sirico on The West's Augustinian Moment

    paul.edwards
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    Radio Free Acton As we head into the fall of 2014, the world seems in many ways to be a very dark and dangerous place. Between the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria (and the resulting slaughter and displacement of Christians in the middle east) and the relentless advance of secularism in the West, many Christians are wondering how Christianity can advance in our modern world. In this edition of Radio Free Acton, Acton Institute Co-Founder and President Rev. Robert A. Sirico talks on this topic with Os Guinness, public intellectual and author most recently of Reniassance: The Power of the Gospel…
  • David Bromwich on Edmund Burke, Part Two

    paul.edwards
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    Radio Free Acton On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Michael Matheson Miller - Research Fellow at the Acton Institute - continues his interview with Yale's Sterling Professor of English David Bromwich on his new book, "The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke." This week's podcast is part 2 of the interview; part 1 can be found in the prior edition of Radio Free Acton. Soundcloud:  Audio File: 
  • David Bromwich on Edmund Burke, Part One

    paul.edwards
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Radio Free Acton On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Michael Matheson Miller - Research Fellow at the Acton Institute - interviews Yale's Sterling Professor of English David Bromwich on his new book, "The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke." This week's podcast is part 1 of the interview; part 2 will be forthcoming in the next edition of Radio Free Acton. Soundcloud:  Audio File: 
  • Herman Selderhuis on Refo500

    paul.edwards
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Radio Free Acton 2017 will mark the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of his 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Castle Church, the event that would eventually lead to what we now know as the Protestant Reformation. In anticipation of this very significant anniversary, churches, seminaries, colleges, and many other organizations have begun the process of examining the events leading up to and flowing out from the reformations of that time, and a great deal of those organizations have joined together to form Refo500, which describes itself as "the international…
 
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • 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+.
  • The Search for Happy: "What's Better Than the Happy Life?"

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    This weekend, our senior pastor John Ortberg is kicking off a new series, The Search for Happy. Everyone is looking for "Happy," but what is it we're really looking for, and how do we find it?Featured Scripture:Philippians 1:1-8; Ephesians 1:1; 1 Timothy 1:1; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Philippians 1:1; Philippians 2:5ff; Acts 16:25; Psalm 30:5; Philippians 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 13:5; Philippians 1:1; John 15:11; Hewbrews 12:2Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Search for Happy: "Four Ways to Make Your Life Miserable"

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    This weekend, our senior pastor John Ortberg continues the series, "The Search for Happy," with a message on how we can be joyful no matter what our circumstances are like because "joy is not a feeling of happiness based on what happens" but because "it is the only rational response to the resurrection of the Redeemer."Featured Scripture:Philippians 1:12-26; Hebrews 3:13Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Search for Happy: "The Shocking Secret Happy People Learn"

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    This weekend, Senior Pastor John Ortberg continues the series, "The Search for Happy," with a message on the common misunderstanding that we'd find joy in achieving status and at the top of the social ladder but that it's found as we descend with Christ to the bottom -- at the Cross.Featured Scripture:Luke 15:10; Philippians 3:1, 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:16; Nehemiah 8:10; Philippians 2:1-11; Galatians 2:20Check 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

  • Summer Camp

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    I'm a huge fan of summer camp, especially camps with a goal of spiritual formation and enrichment. I gained so much from camp experiences in my childhood and youth, and it breaks my heart to think that too few kids get to enjoy the beauty of creation that camps often provide. I plan to write further in coming months about some of the reasons I am such a firm believer in summer camps, but first, I wanted to share (with permission) this story that friend shared with me: When I was 11 years old, I went away to church camp in the mountains. To this day, it stands out in my memory as one of the…
  • Peter Enns interview, Part 3

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    Peter Enns (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/peterenns/) and I (http://www.brianmclaren.net) both released important books about the Bible this year. Peter's book is called The Bible Tells Me So (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/peterenns/books/), and mine is called We Make the Road by Walking (http://brianmclaren.net/archives/books/brians-books/we-make-the-road-by-walking-2.html) We decided to interview each other about our books and what they say about the Bible. This is Part 3 of 3. +++++ Brian: What is your biggest hope for the book? What would success look like? Peter: Besides getting me…
  • A reader writes: not alone

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    A reader writes: I am a lifetime believer, with a constantly evolving relationship with God. I picked up your book [Secret Message of Jesus] nearly by accident in the public library. I was shocked to read your interpretation of Jesus, His message, and the church, since it mirrors my beliefs so perfectly. I constantly struggle with what I have come to believe and what I see being preached and practiced in many churches. Thank you so much sharing your journey. It's nice to know I am not alone. I'm always grateful for encouraging words like these. And glad to hear the book was available in your…
  • Art.

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    “Who among us has not suddenly looked into his child's face, in the midst of the toils and troubles of everyday life, and at that moment "seen" that everything which is good, is loved and lovable, loved by God! Such certainties all mean, at bottom, one and the same thing: that the world is plumb and sound; that everything comes to its appointed goal; that in spite of all appearances, underlying all things is - peace, salvation, gloria; that nothing and no one is lost; that "God holds in his hand the beginning, middle, and end of all that is." Such nonrational, intuitive certainties of the…
  • Fostering Empathic Capacity and Ethical Reasoning

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:52 am
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC7ANGMy0yo
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  • The Centrality of Everyday Work

    Staff
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Mike Rowe apprenticed at hundreds of the most reviled jobs in America as host of “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel — he milked camels, picked up roadkill, castrated sheep, lashed down crab pots, and slithered through sewers. He found that those employed in such jobs are the happiest, most balanced people he’s ever met. Yet, our culture marginalizes and devalues most manual and skilled labor. More than that, Rowe says, “We’ve declared war on work, as a society, all of us. … What’s really being said? Your life would be better if you could work a little less, if you didn’t…
  • Is Divorce Equivalent to Homosexuality?

    Larry Hoop
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    This week my denomination, through its executive committee, voted to “disfellowship” a congregation in California that has acted to affirm same-sex sexual relationships. This sad but necessary move is hardly surprising, since this network of churches shares a Christian sexual ethic with all orthodox Christians of every denomination for 2,000 years. One of the arguments made by some, though, is that this is hypocritical since so many ministers in our tradition marry people who have been previously divorced. The argument is that conservative Protestants already embrace a “third way”…
  • Ministry Transitions

    Staff
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Mike Aitcheson, continuing as assistant pastor of Lake Baldwin Church in Orlando, Fla., and starting as organizing pastor of Christ United Fellowship Orlando. Jarrett Allebach, continuing as assistant pastor of Trinity PC in Providence, R.I., and starting as organizing pastor of Grace PC in Worcester, Mass. James Almond, from assistant pastor of Carolina PC in Locust, N.C., to pastor of Goshen PC in Belmont, N.C. Joseph Arnold, from pastor of Covenant PC in Rockingham, N.C., to pastor of Faith PC in Cheraw, S.C. Marshall Brown, from assistant pastor of Pacific Crossroads Church in Los…
  • Speaking the Truth in Love

    Staff
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As gay lifestyles and same-sex marriage march relentlessly toward social acceptance, PCA leaders and congregations face a quandary: how to stand firm on biblical teachings about homosexuality without alienating people who desperately need Jesus. Many in the PCA insist that the question can no longer be ignored. John Freeman, president and founder of Harvest USA, an organization that works with sexually broken people, recalled speaking with a pastor who insisted that homosexuality wasn’t an issue for his congregation. During the next 18 months, six young people in the church “came out”…
  • How Do We Love a Broken World?

    Richard Doster
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    “Knowing what we know about the world, with all its wonder and wounds, what we will do? Do we see ourselves implicated, for love’s sake, in the way the world turns out?” That’s the question at the heart of Steve’s Garber’s book “Visions of Vocation.” If we know the world the way God knows it and if we love the world the way God loves it, then what, when we confront the brokenness, will we do? The answer, Garber says, is found in our individual callings. It’s there, he says, that we see the world as it is. And it’s there — with the duties and responsibilities we each have…
 
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    From the CCblogs Network

  • Look at how we kill you

    David Williams
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Sunday morning, as I was doing the final edit on my sermon, I flitted briefly to web-based news sources to check in on the world. It's always wise, before the community gathers, to be sure you're not blithely arriving, unaware of some momentous and terrible event. read more
  • Dear couple in the pew: I see you

    Laura Kelly Fanucci
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I see the way you grip each other’s hands when you notice us. I see the way you try not to cry while you watch our kids.  read more
  • The great cloud of unreliable witnesses

    Tripp Hudgins
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    One morning, with the requisite fog covering Berkeley, I turned to Last Night’s Fun, about Irish traditional music, for some solace and inspiration. I had a lot to do: e-mails to send, books to pack up in one office and take to another, reservations to make, recruitment kits to create, and a metric ton of introspection to accompany it all.Once again I am plagued by missing the mark. We have a long and uncomfortable relationship. read more
  • Three reasons to love asking people to give

    Margaret J. Marcuson
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Is your church preparing for your stewardship campaign? Remember this: When you provide leadership in stewardship at church, you do essential work. You help people connect their money and their faith. Both money and faith are part of everyday life, and bringing them together is one of the most vital connections in the spiritual life. read more
  • The meaning in meetings

    Susan M. Reisert
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I wish that I had had the foresight when I was young to have started a tally of church meetings that I attended—though I’m not sure if I would be impressed or depressed by the number. I started attending regular church meetings when I was in high school, when I was the youth group representative to the Christian Education Committee at First Parish Congregational Church in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Here in Maine—at the local church and conference levels in the United Church of Christ—there’s a lot of talk about reducing church meetings. read more
 
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    Business Blessings

  • Money flees from those who have no purpose for it, and flows to those who do

    businessblessings
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    One of the issues that employers face is whether or not to use the payment of extra money as a means of motivating increased performance from employees. The issue that we face though is that money does not always provide greater motivation to employees to increase productivity. Here is a great explanation as to why that is the case: “If you only have a dollar and you earn another, the second dollar is worth 100% of the first one’s value.  If you have $10 and earn a dollar, it’s only worth 10% of the value to you.  If you have $100, a dollar is worth 1%, if you have $1,000…
  • Financial Fitness Pack Now Available

    businessblessings
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Business Blessings is pleased to announce that we are now working with Life Leadership to provide you access to some amazing personal financial teaching. The Financial Fitness Pack teaches the principles behind the Offense, Defense, and Playing Field of personal finance. With a basic understanding of these three areas, which are rarely taught together as a whole, anyone can learn to prosper, conserve, and multiply the fruits of his or her labor. Economic affairs do not have to be boring or stressful. Have fun learning how to take charge of your money and be fiscally fabulous! The Financial…
  • Help! I Can’t forgive that Person

    businessblessings
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH FORGIVING SOMEONE FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO YOU? You know you should forgive, but it just doesn’t seem to be working. You know you need help. You have been searching for the answers but have not found them yet. The reality is, the world is full of people. Unfortunately, where there are people, there will also be relationship issues. This is nothing new. It’s been around almost since time began. Adam blamed Eve for eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Later, the first brothers, Cain and Abel, clashed. We can go right down through history to this present…
  • 10 Things the Church can learn from the Federal Budget

    businessblessings
    19 May 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Last week’s Federal Budget has caused quite a stir in Australia.  Some newspapers are reporting that it is the toughest budget in 20+ years. There is no doubt that the budget is going to affect many people’s lives.  As a Father of four who knows what it is to juggle the families finances to make ends meet I know it is going to hit us and could possibly hit us hard.  For single parents, those under 30 who find themselves out of work and those just barely surviving on the pension will be hit particularly hard. While the government is seeking to provide skills to people to better…
  • Alice’s Challenge

    businessblessings
    2 Oct 2013 | 3:44 am
    There are times in most people’s lives, when trying to cope with everything just seems too difficult. It is how we face up to life’s challenges that defines who we are. I recently spoke to one diminutive lady who has used the power of prayer to rise above the massive challenges in her life. While the breeze gently ruffled the lace curtains, I sat in Alice’s Lane’s kitchen to hear her inspirational story. As a young woman rearing a family on her own, Alice was able to manage daily necessities on the pension; but it weighed on her heart that she was unable to pay outstanding debts. One…
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • Poem | Comfort & Justice

    Emily Stout
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I want to gather you like the accordion folds of a long dress Around my wrists and run. If you ask where, I say, breathless, —The comfort & justice of an open field. I want to hide you like the tender Seder bread Our little fingers suspend over the plate, For each plague, drip “Blood (splash) frogs (splash) darkness” Or, if you prefer, there is a place In the slats of the granary Where only the barn owl flashes its Oriental face A slashed geode
  • William Giraldi's supercharged novel

    Dominic Preziosi
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    How charged was the last novel you read? The question is borrowed from novelist William Giraldi, who borrowing in turn from Ezra Pound (“literature is language charged with meaning”) posed it in the course of an infamous takedown of another young writer’s work in the New York Times Book Review a couple of years ago. Writers, Giraldi said then, have a moral obligation to write well, “to raise words above the enervated ruck and make the world anew”--a demanding standard, formulated not just to wield against the subject of his critique but against which to hold fiction in general. Thus…
  • It Keeps Getting Worse (Update)

    Robert P. Imbelli
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The latest twist in the White House break-in story: The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident. An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Of course,…
  • Was Bishop Livieres sacked for abuse-related reasons or not? (UPDATED)

    Grant Gallicho
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    "Vatican Says Bishop's Dismissal Not the Result of Sexual Abuse," read a Catholic News Service headline published Saturday. The story, written by Francis X. Rocca, tut-tuts those who interpreted the firing of Bishop Livieres of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, as a sign of a Vatican crackdown on sexual abuse. The diocese was investigated by the Vatican in July after local Catholics, including the archbishop of Asuncion, Paraguay, Pastor Cuquejo--the metropolitan bishop--reportedly complained to Rome about several aspects of Livieres's leadership. Among his concerns was Livieres's decision to accept…
  • New issue, now live

    The Editors
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    We’ve just posted our theology issue to the website, and here are some of the highlights. Thomas Albert Howard, in “A Question of Conscience,” writes about the excommunication of German priest, theologian, and historian Ignaz von Döllinger:
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • Keeping Our Head Above Water

    Leanna Summers
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The fall issue of Compassion Magazine is now available, and I’m excited for you to read these powerful stories about how you’re helping children! One of my favorite pieces in this issue may change your perspectives about water. It’s about Nyabwiri, a 9-year-old sponsored girl from Tanzania whose day revolves around using water. How much of your day is focused on water? Much of mine is. Emma, my busy, bubbly almost-2-year-old absolutely loves her baths! She takes a long bath every night, often gulping bath water as she plays with her fish, frogs and rubber duckies. After bath time, I…
  • 4 Easy Ways to Give

    Eryn Carman
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    You look at your money a little differently. You understand what a micro-loan is and have probably contributed to a crowdfunded project. The buckets at church pass you by because you prefer to “text to give.” You’d rather pay your rent through Paypal. And locating your checkbook is time consuming because you can’t remember the last time you used it. You also probably give a little differently. Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name through holistic child development is what we do. In addition to sponsoring a child through our program, you can help support…
  • What to Expect from Your Child’s Letters

    Susan Sayler
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Working in the Compassion USA Contact Center, I get the opportunity to help answer the questions of Compassion sponsors over the phone, via email, or online about their sponsored children. And often there are questions about the letters sponsors receive from their children. Building a relationship through letter writing is one of the most important things you can do to offer hope to the child you sponsor. So here are a few of the questions I get from time to time. Hopefully, they’ll help you know a little about what to expect from your child’s letters while you are building that fruitful…
  • Not Too Soon for Christmas

    Yvonne Reynolds
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    With two December birthdays in our family (and one of those birthdays being mine!) we have a tradition of waiting until my daughter’s birthday to put up our Christmas tree. We decorate our tree with lots of special ornaments we have made or collected over the years. So what does a Christmas celebration look like for our sponsored children? Do they have special Christmas traditions in their families? Do they decorate their homes with Christmas decorations? Do they attend special Christmas services at their churches? Over the years, Lina has shared with me that her family has enjoyed a…
  • Can We Defeat Poverty? (Infographic)

    Web Team
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Recent studies tell an incredibly positive story of progress against extreme poverty around the world. We now have decades of peer-reviewed research supporting the fact that we are making significant strides in combating the issue, but we’re finding out that people simply don’t know. People still believe the myth that the problem is too big and the solution is too small. But it’s not true!   We have hope that we can see the end of extreme poverty in our lifetime. We are motivated to keep forging a path toward its demise. We have the guts to get our hands dirty to do the work that…
 
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    Big Is The New Small

  • 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…
  • Turnover Is Always A Small Symptom Of A Bigger Problem

    Scott Williams
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Organizational leaders love to look at numbers and performance to evaluate success. Unfortunately, those same leaders don’t like to look at numbers to evaluate failure. A number that is a key indicator of failure is turnover. Turnover Is Always A Small Symptom Of A Bigger Problem.  Organizational leaders can’t continue to write turnover off as a bi-product of “They just couldn’t handle it here, they didn’t have the capacity, they couldn’t keep the pace, they were a problem…” There is always an underlying issue for every person leaving a high…
  • You Can Quit Your Job Sooner Than You Think!

    Scott Williams
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    You Can Quit Your Job Sooner Than You Think! As my good friend Scott recently posted, You should be doing the work you love. I agree with him so much I recently wrote a book on how to do just that. I don’t believe God puts passions in our gut and dreams in our heart just to frustrate us! However leaving your job for your dream is no picnic. One of the biggest hurdles to jump over, probably the scariest, is the BIG I – Income. Today I want to offer you some insight on how to go for your dreams faster by simply tweaking what “Full-Time {Insert Your Dream}” means to you.  I’m…
  • Are You Choosing Excellence?

    Scott Williams
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    Excellence – (noun) [ek-suh-luhns] The fact or state of excelling. Often times Excellence is viewed as this moving, high-level target that only a select group of fortuitous individuals can achieve. Excellence is simply a choice, it’s choice to: study more, practice longer, take that extra step in customer service, spend the necessary time with your children, making sure the restroom in your place of business is spic and span, to say “My Pleasure” instead of saying “Pull around to the second window…” Excellence is a choice to care more than most think…
  • Why Apple Has The Best Business Strategy On The Planet – iPhone 6

    Scott Williams
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Let me start off by confessing that I’m an Apple fan, I’m part of the Apple tribe, I love what Apple does and how they do it. With that being said I always have some interesting debates with my Android and “Other Device” friends. It always ends with them talking about their improvements, their advancements, their sexy product commercials and how Apple is behind the times. My response is generally something like, “So what, your product really doesn’t matter and no one really cares.” Don’t get me wrong as an Apple fan, at times I find myself…
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    Desiring God Blog

  • Twelve Benefits of Team Leadership

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Christian leadership is not for the lone wolf. The labor is too important when souls are in the balance, and all of us are simply too frail and shortsighted, with too much indwelling sin and too many blind spots, to go at it on our own. Whatever the role, whether on the college campus, or in the inner city, or among an unreached people group, or in the local church, we desperately need each other in all of life, and especially in leadership. Christian leadership is a team sport, and in a post-Enlightenment society, still deeply affected by modernist individualism, the biblical model of…
  • What Is the Highest Good?

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    “God, and God alone, is man’s highest good.” Herman Bavinck Nearly every Christian has uttered, “God is good.” When we experience a job promotion at work, witness the physical healing in the life of a loved one, the marriage of a godly couple, or receive new possessions, we appropriately praise God for his goodness. To experience goodness and not give thanks to the divine source is the epitome of ingratitude and a step toward apostasy. But while all Christians have said that God is good, often we miss the fact that God is himself our highest good. And even if we acknowledge this to…
  • Boomers’ Bodies — And Yours

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    All of the 10,000 people in America who turn 65 each day have wrinkles. Our skin is more flaccid. Our complexion is more mottled. Our equilibrium is more tenuous. And our hair is more scarce. The effect of aging on our appearance and our bearing is universal. No one escapes. Except by death. The reason for this is that God has subjected the creation to futility (Romans 8:20). It is in bondage to corruption (Romans 8:21). Even new creatures in Christ groan, waiting for the redemption of our bodies (Romans 8:23). In other words, when sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, God established a…
  • Where Satan Will Attack You Today

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    You wonder why it’s so hard to find some peace of mind? Well, peace is hard to come by when you live in a warzone. And like it or not you are in a war — a very serious one. This war is cosmic in its proportions. It involves God, humans, angels, demons, principalities, powers, nations, and antichrists. And do you know where the front of the battle is? It’s in your head. We Destroy Arguments Here is how Paul describes it in 2 Corinthians 10:3–5 (emphasis added): For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the…
  • Learning How to Boast

    28 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    An individual’s worth and consequently his respect in the community was dependent on the status he was able to project. . . . It was a time when everyone yearned for an admiring public. The pursuit of the upward mobility thus turned into a quest for applause and esteem. . . . When people turned to evaluate their contemporaries they looked for the same evidence of personal worth and glory that they prized for themselves. This is a description of society. And if the shoe fits, I suppose we could wear it. The only problem here is that it’s a very old shoe — like a 2,000 year-old shoe. The…
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    Emergent Village

  • 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…
  • Heating the Pond

    Thomas
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    As the darker nights draw in, it’s important to make sure that you have the right heating system in your garden pond. After a summer spent cultivating and tending to your fish and plants, a cold winter can spoil the healthiest pond, costing you time and money. In the summer months, plants provide essential oxygen for fish, but as the weather changes and plants die off, the rotting waste releases toxic gasses. Add to this fish waste and other decaying matter and a lethal blend is created. If allowed to freeze over, the fumes can’t escape and can suffocate and poison fish. The purpose of a…
  • Increase the Value of Your Property with a Homemade Rock Fountain

    Thomas
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    We’ve given you advice on ways to update your garden in the past, but today we’re going to give you the first steps to building your own rock fountain that will wow your friends and family. While this can provide the perfect place for Zen relaxation, landscaping features can also add to the value of your property. What might seem daunting at first should take just a few days to complete so follow our tips and you’ll be creating a beautiful focal point for your garden in no time. Picking Your Spot While you’ll want the location of your fountain to be aesthetically pleasing, you also…
  • 5 Essential Home and Garden Security Tips

    Thomas
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    We love and cherish our homes whether it’s a small one-bedroom flat as our first proper home after moving out, a cottage, small semi-detached property or luxury mansion in the country and we all want them to look their best and impress any family and friends who come to visit. The problem that we all have, especially when we have our own gardens, is keeping our property secure. We can spend hundreds, even thousands upgrading our homes and gardens into something we truly love, places we want to spend time in and show off whenever we can; but this only encourages thieves and vandals to take…
 
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • The Real ‘Party of the Rich’

    Mona Charen
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Every Republican candidate should make it his constant goal to upend the image of the party as favoring the rich. The post The Real ‘Party of the Rich’ appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Explosive Business in North Dakota

    George Weigel
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    A North Dakota university has a bright future as one of the leaders of Catholic higher education reform. The post Explosive Business in North Dakota appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • A Pessimistic Case for Hope

    Yuval Levin
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A clearer sense of the limits of human nature should help traditionalists see not only why traditionalism never triumphs in the liberal society but also why progressivism can never suffice. The post A Pessimistic Case for Hope appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • The Senate and the Courts

    Edward Whelan
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    President Obama has been remarkably successful in reshaping the federal courts, and this year's Senate election will determine whether Republicans can begin restoring the courts to their proper role. The post The Senate and the Courts appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Is It Ever Okay to Spank?

    Mona Charen
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    It may be time to reconsider whether using physical punishment is appropriate for teaching children right from wrong. The post Is It Ever Okay to Spank? appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
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    FirstThings.com RSS Feed | Web Exclusives

  • Difficult Marriage in A Modern Age

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    In 1567, the famous reformer Pope Pius V condemned various propositions from the writings of a little known theologian by the name of Michael Baius, a professor at the University of Leuven in Belgium. Concerned with combatting a rising secularism, yet ironically yielding to it, his problems are to a great extent our own. Among the seventy-nine propositions of Baius’s work that were condemned, two principal themes stand out. One is the idea that prior to the fall, there existed no real distinction between our human nature and the grace of God. Grace was something integral to the human…
  • Wanted: A Synod of Affirmation

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Pope Francis has called a special session of the Synod of Bishops, which will meet from October 5–19 and prepare the agenda for the ordinary session of the Synod that is scheduled for the fall of 2015; both sessions will focus on the family. In my view, the Synod should focus on two related themes: Marriage culture is in crisis throughout the world; the answer to that crisis is the Christian view of marriage as a covenant between man and woman in a communion of love, fidelity and fruitfulness. To focus the conversation elsewhere is to ignore a hard fact and a great opportunity. The…
  • Are You Greek?

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Are you Greek?” This is the question I get asked the most when I tell someone that I am an Orthodox Christian. At first, this question rankled, because I am not Greek. (I am, among other things, Lithuanian.) Mind you, I would have no problem being Greek. It’s a wonderful, ancient culture with much to recommend it. But what rankled was the sense that being Orthodox means being Greek. It is a touchy subject for many Orthodox Christians in America, especially those who converted to the faith, because the implication of such a close identification of culture with faith implies…
  • Newman’s Bones

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This coming October marks the sixth anniversary of the exhumation of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s corpse. From an austere burial site in a small cemetery near Rednal, Newman’s remains were to be moved—translated, as the term of art has it—to a marble sarcophagus standing opposite All Soul’s Altar in the Birmingham Oratory, the fraternal congregation established by Newman (with Pius IX’s endorsement) shortly following his 1845 reception into the Catholic Church. That the Church should take a keen interest in his corpse was no surprise. No, that…
  • Duty and Delight

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    It is difficult to spend much time on the Internet without tripping over advice—reams of it—on marriage. Tuning out the wit and wisdom of the hordes and looking instead to married couples I admire, mostly my parents, has been, for me, the path of sanity. So I watch, and think and ask questions. Mostly I watch.My grandmother had a stroke recently. In her wheelchair, her eyes wander, lighting on ordinary scenes—a daughter pushing her father’s chair around the rehab center garden—with a puzzled curiosity that suggests a benign alien visiting earth for the first time.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • 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…
  • Because Free Books are Good and Because Friends are Better

    Anne Marie Miller
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    In a couple of weeks (October 7 to be exact) my latest book, Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community, will ship and be placed on book shelves and will hopefully, hopefully, hopefully help people think about and relate in community in very Jesus-like ways. What’s the book about? Well, when I started doing the writing/speaking/blogging thing, life was pretty great. I got to do what I dreamed of for a living, I met fascinating people, I traveled the world, I spoke at conferences…I felt known.  I know many people who strive to live that life thinking a…
  • Fight for Unity, or Don’t Fight at All: My Plea for Christians to Keep Your Opinions To Yourself

    Anne Marie Miller
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    When I was sixteen, my dad left the ministry. He did nothing wrong, but it was an ugly church-wide meeting full of Southern obstinacy. I saw men in our small church yelling at each other, accusing each other, accusing my father, accusing my mother, accusing the youth pastor. Some claims were insidious, others plan incredulous. I will never forget that Sunday in April. A fire rose inside me that rarely burns for much anymore. As shy as I am, as non-confrontational as I am, and – for that church – as female as I am, none of that mattered. I stood up, my whole body shaking and read verses…
  • Blogging Isn’t What it Used to Be…And that’s Okay.

    Anne Marie Miller
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    Several times a week, I log into the dashboard of my blog and think I have something to write. I could write about true freedom, and how that means willingly accepting my identity as a slave to Christ, which doesn’t bring oppression, but true joy. I could write about how I think the voice of the peacemakers is being shut down because the voice of the cynics is so loud…and the peacemakers know there’s really no point in fighting a virtual battle of words. I could write about all the new stuff I’m learning about anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma and grief or about the…
  • Redefining Friendship

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    When Facebook first opened its “Sign Up” doors to those of us far removed from a .edu email address, I remember landing in a competition with a coworker on who could “friend” more people than another. We would shout through the office wall that separated us, “I’m up to 881!” or “Your mom doesn’t count as a friend!” This went on until eventually, each of us hit the 5000 friend limit. Then I deleted Facebook for a few years and for me, was all the better for it. So many articles and blog posts and now even scientific studies are…
 
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    Godspace

  • Pray to End Ebola

    Christine Sine
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    Yesterday the first Ebola case was diagnosed in the United States. Suddenly everyone is on high alert. People are being quarantined and I suspect that fear is growing. But in Africa the epidemic has already claimed over 3,000 lives and continues to spread. My heart grieves for all whose lives have been devastated because of(...)
  • St Francis & Blessing the Animals – Prayers, Litanies and Other Resources.

    Christine Sine
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    St Francis Feast Day is October 4th and many churches including ours, are getting ready for a blessing of the animals. I love being about to take our Bonnie dog to church and have her blessed and I know that this practice is growing in popularity. Each year I post resources for both blessing the(...)
  • Meditation Monday – The Sounds of Silence

    Christine Sine
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    Time to reflect: Make yourself comfortable. If you are at home, sit in your favourite armchair. If you are at your office, close the door. Cut out as many distractions as possible. Focus on your breathing. Take a deep slow breath in from the depths of your abdomen and hold it for a moment. Then(...)
  • Leading Spiritually – What Does it Look Like

    Christine Sine
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    Last week I published a post on Leadership as Spiritual Direction. It has made me think a lot about what I feel a good spiritual leader looks like. Our modern idea of leadership, even of Christian leadership is often a very hierarchical model, based on power and prestige. Success is often judged by growth in numbers(...)
  • Every Season Has Its Beauty

    Christine Sine
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    On Monday I posted a meditation reflecting on the words Every season has its beauty. The words keep revolving in my mind. I taste them on my tongue and savour them in my thoughts.  I look for the beauty of God in a fallen leaf. I see it in the clouds and in the mountain skyline. Our(...)
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    thehighcalling.org

  • Vocation Focus: Do You Know What You Want?

    26 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    What do you want? I’ve grown up in a culture that taught me all I needed to do was figure out what I wanted and then go make it happen: whatever the cost, whatever means necessary. The biggest problem was I had no idea what I wanted. Still don’t. Am I alone? Or do we have millions of twenty- and thirty-somethings running around, making things happen (whatever the cost or means), without an end goal? Perhaps. Our world tells us we can go anywhere and achieve everything. Some of us just dive in and make things happen. Others are paralyzed by possibilities. In my conversations with…
  • Best Books for Business: Love Works

    DavidRupert
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:13 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 Six Flags, Dollywood, and Stone Mountain. Joel Manby is the CEO and cheerleader for a relationship-based organization that makes a difference in its employees lives, resulting in a better experience for its customers. Manby appeared…
  • The Business Books That Have Most Influenced Me

    glynnyoung
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Over the years, I probably have read most of the self-help books that have taken the business world by storm. Speechwriters were almost required to do this, if for nothing else than finding a topical quote to use in an executive’s speech. In Search of Excellence. Who Moved My Cheese? The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The One Minute Manager. Reengineering the Corporation. Crucial Conversations. The Tipping Point.On Management. First, Break All the Rules. Made to Stick. Many of these books had interesting ideas. However, the impact on me was nil, or close to nil. But I did…
  • Best Books for Business: The Business of Work

    lauralynnbrown
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    When I gave Dad a tour of my workplace, we were maybe five steps into the newsroom when he took in our paper-piled desks and file-filled boxes and asked, “Does OSHA ever visit here?” Dad worked at an an industrial bakery — hot, heavy, noisy work, turning out thousands of loaves of bread every day. It was bread that put bread on our table. His formal education ended with high school; he started at the bakery because his father worked there. Dad worked up to foreman and then manager, through a combination of common sense, dependability, adaptability, and fairness in his dealings…
  • Share Your Story: Best Books for Business

    Jennifer Dukes Lee
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    So first, a confession: This week's community link-up falls under the theme "Best Books for Business," but I am not an avid reader of business books. However, I’ve read plenty of books that have deeply influenced my work in the world. My work life has been greatly impacted by books that have helped me to prioritize, think differently about my writing life, and be grateful, even on the hard days. Books have helped me see that God cares deeply about my work, even when it is tedious. And other books have encouraged me to chase after God-sized dreams. And…
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    Good Letters

  • Who Lives? A Meditation for the Days of Awe 5775

    Richard Chess
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    “And who by fire, who by water, / Who in the sunshine, who in the nighttime,” sings Leonard Cohen, picking up on a thousand year old poem that is one of the touchstones of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. The poem that Leonard Cohen sings is known by its first two words, Unetaneh [Read More...]
  • In a Domain of Sheep, He was a Lion: Tributes to D.G. Myers from Friends & Colleagues

    Gregory Wolfe
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:33 am
    The writer, critic, and literary scholar D.G. Myers died September 26 at the age of sixty-two, almost seven years to the day after he was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. David wrote about his illness as he wrote about books and his faith–incisively, forthrightly, with vast knowledge, and without self-pity. In August, David wrote in [Read More...]
  • Jesus and the Junkie in My Car

    Morgan Meis
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    You learn a lot about your neighborhood when you drive a junkie from the laundromat to the homeless shelter in the next town over. You learn, for instance, that the red house on the corner across from the pizza joint is owned by a man who has a serious crack habit and (though you must [Read More...]
  • Living My Family’s Legacy

    Caroline Langston
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    The sins of the fathers may indeed be visited upon the children, and upon the children’s children, until the third and the fourth generation, but there is more to inherit than that. My grandmother, Irene, whom I grew up calling “Big Mama” was born 1902 on Dunbarton Plantation (or was it Stonewall?) in Holmes County, [Read More...]
  • Better Red(head) than Dead

    Tania Runyan
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    One day my mother came home from the interior decorating shop where she worked, very upset about a young man who had come into the store with his mother. “You wouldn’t believe what his T-shirt said!” my mom cried. “‘Better Dead Than Red!’” I asked her what it meant. “He’s making fun of redheads, of [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

  • Mere Fidelity: On Friendship

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Wesley Hill is one of the brightest and best young writers evangelical Christianity has. His recent cover story at Christianity Today on friendship raised some interesting questions, which we consider in this episode.  Listen in as we discuss friendship’s proper shape, its limits, and its role in our late-modern world. My own previous essay responding to Wesley came up.  Read it here if you haven’t yet. The iTunes feed for Mere Fidelity is here if you’d like to subscribe (thanks to everyone who has reviewed us so kindly), and an RSS feed for the show lives here. Special…
  • The Death of Adulthood

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    We’ve reached the end of adulthood in America according to AO Scott. Or at least of the patriarchal version of it, anyway, which Scott sees in three paradigmatic dramas of our era—Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Sopranos, whose protagonists and their downfalls allow us to “marvel at the mask of masculine incompetence even as we watched it slip or turn ugly.”  On Scott’s reading, “in doing away with patriarchal authority, we have also, perhaps unwittingly, killed off all the grownups.”  It’s a provocative, sweeping hypothesis of the sort that are useful for engendering…
  • The Lavishness of Friendship and a World Beyond Vows

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Wesley Hill’s Christianity Today cover story on friendship is now available, and it deserves consideration. The title they gave the online version is terribly misleading, but I’m told (by the author) that the title inside is much more reflective of the piece: “’Til Death Do Us Part: Why Now More Than Ever, We Need to Recover a Rich Vision of Lifelong Friendship.” Wesley argues—rightly—that evangelicals need to build stronger and more enduring ties of friendship, and that one path toward this would be to recover the “historic Christian practice of vowed friendships.” While he…
  • Mere Fidelity: The Benedict Option

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    “Is there a lesson here for Christians? Should they take what might be called the “Benedict Option”: communal withdrawal from the mainstream, for the sake of sheltering one’s faith and family from corrosive modernity and cultivating a more traditional way of life?” That’s how Rod Dreher has defined the “Benedict Option,” which he has been discussing over the past few years. In this episode, we take up the question of how Christians should respond to modernity:  should we withdraw or not, and in what way? We’re joined by special guests Jake Meador…
  • The Mark Driscoll School of Leadership

    Keith Miller
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    For months now, I’ve been wanting to write something about the Mark Driscoll saga, but I’ve never quite found the words. I wanted to argue that some of the charges of plagiarism were overblown, but I didn’t want to come off as blindly defending one of my “tribe.” I wanted to explain why using ResultSource to game the New York Times bestseller list seemed like a permissible marketing practice to me, but I didn’t want to defend something that Driscoll, himself, had since disavowed. I wanted to shame those dredging up decade-old anonymous message board posts…
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    RZIM

  • 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…
  • Registration for Next RZIM Academy Course Closes on August 28th

    Ted Burnham
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Registration for the next course of the RZIM Academy closes at Thursday, August 28th at midnight EDT.  To sign up, visit rzimacademy.org and click on the box at the bottom of the page labeled Core Module: September 1 – November 23. REGISTER NOW Scholarships are available, but please get your applications by tomorrow (August 27th) if you want to enroll in the course starting next week.  That application can also be found at the bottom of the RZIM Academy’s homepage.
  • Who’s Doing Your Thinking For You?

    Cameron McAllister
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    I was oddly paralyzed in a used bookstore the other day. A feeling of helplessness seized me as I surveyed  the creased spines of the numerous books crowding the dusty shelves. Rifling through the faded paperbacks, I felt bored and listless, like I was rehearsing a tedious habit I’d long since outgrown. Usually, time stops the second I step into a bookshop. On this particular occasion, however, the exit exerted a near-magnetic pull. Like any self-respecting booklover, I wondered what was happening to me. Setting aside my tendency to be overdramatic, a surprising thought occurred to me…
 
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    Red Letter Believers

  • 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 Six Flags , 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…
  • 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.
  • A Letter to My Younger Self – The 10 Percent Rule

    David Rupert
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    I come from a long line of thriftiness. Perhaps it was the fact that my father’s kin were Norwegian peasant farmers who staked a claim in the hard North Dakota soil, planting beets and potatoes, hoping to make a living. They endured the ups and downs of dusty, dry summers and frigid, windy winters. They cobbled and they scrimped and saved. Photo by Jennifer Dukes Lee My mother’s side were Polish Jews, escaping Europe with little but their wits and small bags of precious stones to their names. Most of them died with about the same possessions they brough into this world. Both forks of the…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • 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 Reflections on California’s Cutlture (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…
  • Boethius and Divine Simplicity

    Adam Johnson
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Perhaps you have heard of the term “divine simplicity.” The basic meaning is that God is one – he has no distinct or separate parts that can in any way be in conflict with each other. Often this doctrine is employed in the context of discussions concerning the divine character. One might say that God’s justice and mercy were at odds with each other, for instance, and then qualify or correct that by means of divine simplicity, arguing that because God is one, his mercy is a just mercy, and his justice is a merciful justice. The implications of divine simplicity for how we think about…
  • The Common Room: On 1 and 2 Samuel

    Scriptorium Admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Theologians Dr. Joe Henderson and Dr. Adam Johnson discuss the books of 1 and 2 Samuel.  Moderated by Dr. Matt Jenson. The post The Common Room: On 1 and 2 Samuel appeared first on The Scriptorium Daily.
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    Chris Marlow

  • 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…
  • Struggle for Progress

    Chris Marlow
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Have you ever risked everything–to pursue a dream, to see progress, to make a difference, to grow to the next level? Have you ever been so fully committed, risked so deeply and worked so hard for a moment, a season of possibility? Last year I spent most of my time assembling an amazing team and board for Help One Now. We hired 5 full time staff positions and brought in multiple new board members. I hired an amazing coach to help me walk through the vision. We saw tremendous growth last year as we doubled our revenue. Plus, the work in Haiti and Africa continues to thrive. But you see,…
 
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  • Hong Kong Protest – Social media being shut down

    Andrew Jones
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    My friend in Hong Kong is sending photos of the riots and is talking about tear gas, rubber bullets and pretty much everything closing down in the area he is currently staying.  Very disturbing and very different from when I was there a few years ago. Pray for Hong Kong and for China. These photos are free for use and ...
  • The Next Season: Who’s with us?

    Andrew Jones
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    I am very VERY happy to make public that our family has been accepted by a mission organisation and we are returning overseas towards Europe and Africa. The next 3 years will see us work in about 30 countries, many of them the same countries we have been investing in, helping to launch new expressions of  faith communities and sustainable impact ...
  • Truck revamp

    Andrew Jones
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Its been a lot of work but the truck is now ready for shipping to Africa. Inside and out, our family have been busy. We have chosen a look that is kind of rat-rod, steam-punk and carnival at the same time. Not too posh for Africa but not too rubbish for Europe. Photos of the inside coming soon.
  • Hoping the Scottish vote YES for Independence

    Andrew Jones
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    UPDATE: I have updated this post because it was graciously brought to my attention that the English people are not the same as the English/British government and my original post was therefore insulting. My sincerest apologies. ORIGINAL: My son posted on Facebook yesterday that he would be voting “YES” on the Scottish Independence referendum coming up next Thursday, if he ...
  • Funny Accent

    Andrew Jones
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    My wife has a funny accent so the kids make fun of her. So do I actually. Debbie’s mum is from Kentucky and her dad was from Oklahoma. So my wife says “BADMINTON” in one syllable and she also says “curtains” without hitting the “t”. More of a swallow than a “t”. Recently the kids and I asked her to ...
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    The Lutheran

  • Beautiful to behold

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tucked onto a high ledge of the sunny side of the Cascades in Washington is the Plain Valley, where horses venture outside of storm-worn barns to enjoy the early spring rays of sunshine, and where ponderosa pines watch over verdant farm fields. Plain? Hardly. It’s a place so beautiful, so deafeningly quiet, it makes you “stop, shut up and pay attention,” explained artist Richard Caemmerer, who did just that nearly 35 years ago when he and wife Liz bought an old community hall to start the Grünewald Guild. They had spent time at nearby Holden Village, a Lutheran…
  • Living generously

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Editor’s note: This series is intended to be a public conversation among teaching theologians of the ELCA on various themes of our faith and the challenging issues of our day. It invites readers to engage in dialogue by posting comments online at the end of each article at www.thelutheran.org. The series is edited by Philip D.W. Krey, president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, on behalf of the presidents of the eight ELCA seminaries. In the ancient myths, Jason and the Argonauts joined in a search for the Golden Fleece. Their journey would lead to an…
  • Vespers

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Editor’s note: This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Tailings: A Memoir(Cascade Books, 2014), Schwehn’s record of a year as a 20-something coming to terms with her floundering faith and emerging sense of vocation while living with 70 other people at Holden Village, a remote, intentional ELCA-affiliated Christian community near Chelan, Wash. In the summer the Village Center (or VC) fills up with bodies and singing and clapping and breath. The Village Center is actually a large gymnasium and was used as such during the mining days. We still use it for the…
  • The Giver

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This screen adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning young adult novel by Lois Lowry is set in a futuristic society where all war, fear and hatred have been eliminated. But by emphasizing “sameness,” this dystopia has also done away with color, all memories of the past and emotions such as love. Differences among people have been minimized.  At the Ceremony of Advancement, a young man named Jonas is given the role of “Receiver of Memories.” He trains with “The Giver” who transmits to him the history of the world by showing him both joyful and painful…
  • Trinity Growers: Ready for harvest

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In Cooperstown, N.D, they’re growing more than disciples at Trinity Lutheran Church. They’re growing soybeans and wheat. Three years ago, Mike Jacobson, pastor of Trinity, received a phone call from the Food Resource Bank saying it had someone who wanted to donate 90 acres for farming to generate funds for a mission project.  “I said, ‘Yup, we’ll do it. We have plenty of farmers and we’ll get it done,’” Jacobson recalled. “It’s amazing to see how this has happened and come to fruition. It blows me away. It has brought…
 
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    Century Blog

  • New today: Q&A with an independent Christian bookseller, blogging the lectionary, Becca Stevens's favorite books for ministry

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    29 Sep 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
  • Look at how we kill you

    David Williams
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Sunday morning, as I was doing the final edit on my sermon, I flitted briefly to web-based news sources to check in on the world. It's always wise, before the community gathers, to be sure you're not blithely arriving, unaware of some momentous and terrible event. read more
  • LaSalle Street Church makes use of abundance

    Amy Frykholm
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “You might think,” I told a group of high school students gathered for “Service Day” at our church’s community meal, “that we have to deal a lot with scarcity here. We are trying to feed 250 people a week entirely from donations. But the truth is that our bigger problem is often how to deal with abundance.”I pointed at the table where we had put donations that came in from a nearby Whole Foods: strawberries just about to rot, packages of guacamole, gallons of milk, cartons of organic yogurt, and dozens of loaves of bread. read more
  • Fired? Forced out? You're not alone.

    Carol Howard Merritt
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you’ve been fired or forced out, it doesn’t always mean you need to fold up the cloth all together. It’s incredibly painful. We might feel a spiritual rejection that we’ve never experienced. We may have a loss of identity. Betrayal might become wounds that are so deep that we don’t feel like we’ll be able to love a congregation again. We may feel abandoned by God. But sometimes we just need to need to endure the ache, walk through the rejection, and find a place where our gifts can flourish. read more
  • Consumers and kenosis

    Stan Saunders
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In her most recent book, Blessed Are the Consumers, Sallie McFague focuses on kenosis as the key element in shaping a Christian alternative to the pervasive religion of consumerism. McFague says that consumerism consists of those cultural patterns and practices by which people “find meaning and fulfillment through the consumption of goods and services.” We may rightly identify consumerism as a religion. read more
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    theologer

  • 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

  • Left Behind and the dark side of rapture theology

    Shiao Chong
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Posted on 10/01/14 A new Left Behind movie starring Nicolas Cage opens this Friday. A reboot of the earlier films based on the best-selling novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, this version promises to be “bigger and better.” How can we explain the enduring appeal of this franchise, and rapture theology in general? I don’t believe the popularity of rapture theology can be simply attributed to the claim that it is Scriptural truth. I strongly disagree with rapture theology, for reasons I’ve explained in detail here. I also don’t believe rapture theology is…
  • A theology of billboards

    Tamara Hill Murphy
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Posted on 09/29/14 Three years ago my family moved to Austin, Texas. Our very first spring we got a front row seat to the effects of the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, a legacy of former first lady Lady Bird Johnson. In a place known for heat and drought, springtime in Texas kicks off a wildflower parade up and down the state’s medians and roadways. Johnson’s concern about the increasing number of billboards crowding out the natural beauty of her home state energized her to become the first president’s wife to actively campaign for legislative action. A recent NPR story…
  • Homegrown terrorists and the human need to belong

    John Van Sloten
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Posted on 09/28/14 What if a Western Islamic man knocking on the door of a terrorist organization is really looking for the love of God? I don’t even want to think about the possibility. Those who join the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) are our enemies and have sworn to destroy us. Attempting to understand them feels like betrayal. Anyone who chooses ISIS is 100% evil. Period. United States President Barack Obama is right: when it comes to ISIS, we need “to degrade and destroy.” And as I think these things I hear the words of Jesus whispering, “Love…
  • America’s most epic churches?

    David Greusel
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Posted on 09/26/14 Editor’s note: After clicking on one of the photo links below, give your browser a few seconds and the corresponding image should load. In an Internet of endless clickbait, an article promising “Divine Photos of America’s Most Epic Churches” threatens to be just another BuzzFeed list of Worst Celebrity Facelifts, only more uplifting. But the piece, in Wired, features stunning photography by Christoph Morlinghaus, so it’s worth a look whether you care for the churches or not. Are they the most epic churches in America? Some, like the amazing…
  • CBS’ Mom and comedy of recovery

    Donna Bowman
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Posted on 09/25/14 You’d never guess it from the yuk-a-minute CBS promos, but Mom, the Anna Faris/Allison Janney sitcom that begins its second season Monday, is a show about alcoholism. No, it’s not about characters who drink constantly and hilariously (that would be Cougar Town). On Mom, single mother Christy Plunkett and her mother Bonnie never touch the stuff. But each week, everything they do is framed against the background of their drunken pasts, and their weary, grudging attempts to make the future better. Mom is a sitcom about recovery. Of all the cultural turns that…
 
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  • Matthew 5:11-12

    Bible Gateway
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    ““Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
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  • 3 Signs You’re Going from Bad To Worse

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    OK, I must admit that when I first was asked to write about going from "softcore" pornography to "harcore" pornography, my first thought was “Porn is porn.” But It really is amazing---and also pretty self-deceptive---to think that so long as what you’re watching is “softcore porn,” that it’s really not all that bad. In fact, take it from me: That is exactly what Satan wants you to think.  I mean, do you really believe that the Archbishop who recently got busted for having over 100,000 (100,000?!?) child porn videos stashed away started out with…
  • 2 Reasons My Addiction Evolved From Fantasy To Reality

    28 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    My addiction isn’t hurting anyone. It’s only pictures on a screen. It’s not like I’m cheating on my wife. There’s no way I could ever do that. At least that’s what I told myself. Right up until I had my first affair. I never would have considered myself capable of being unfaithful to my wife. I loved her, found her attractive, and honestly wanted to be a Godly husband. I simply couldn’t fathom the thought of hurting her in that way. So what happened? How did my addiction to pornography erupt out of the computer and evolve into multiple real-world…
  • 3 Ways Porn Destroyed Sex in My Marriage

    24 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    One of the lies I often hear is that pornography can be a helpful tool to spice up your sex life—especially in a monogamous relationship like marriage. After all, if you’re getting tired of the same meal, shouldn’t you pick up a cookbook for some extra inspiration? This logic breaks down though, when you realize the purpose of sex (unlike food) goes much deeper than to merely satisfy physical desires. (Tweet This!) The purpose of sex is to bring you and your spouse together in a way that unites your entire selves together; not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually…
  • 7 Reasons WHY Great Sex Is A Must In Your Marriage

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Last week I wrote a blog that was called 7 Keys To Great Sex (if you missed it go ahead and read that one first). I heard from a number of people and even talked about some of the reactions that the post got on my podcast “Craig’s Car Ride.” One thing I noticed is: when you talk about sex, it gets a big reaction. (Tweet This!) Some good and some bad, and while I totally understand this is a sensitive topic, ultimately we want to see people having great marriages, and an important part of having a great marriage is having great sex. Why? Here are 7 reasons: #1. Sex Helps…
  • 3 Things You NEED To Know That Can Hinder A Marriage (Other Than Bad Sex)

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    This week we’ve been talking great sex. Well, more specifically, great sex in marriage. If you haven’t seen my latest post, check it out now. I really believe the seven things I share with you are going to help your sex life with your spouse immensely. That being said, if a great marriage were only about great sex then things would be simple (Tweet This!). However, we know that great sex is only part of having a great marriage. There are many other things that factor in. Here are 3 quick things that can get in the way if we don’t get them right. 1. Failure to recognize…
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  • 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 →
  • 3 Key Tips for Effective Communciation

    Terrace Crawford
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    I ran across this video from my archives the other day and thought it was worth sharing again.  Its a video I shot with my friend, EJ Swanson, backstage at a conference. EJ shares 3 tips that could help you become … Continue reading →
  • Check Out These Ministry Partners!

    Terrace Crawford
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    For those of you who haven’t been directly to the site in recent weeks, you may have missed out on some helpful new resources. Here are the folks that are making things happen at TerraceCrawford.com this month: D6Family - Check out … Continue reading →
 
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  • A Coyote near my home

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I was cutting the grass of my yard on my riding lawn mower when I came across this creature. (I looked online to see exactly what the animal was) At first I thought it was a gray fox but too big (It was the size of a dog) ..... It crossed the road into my yard and then into the woods behind my house to never be seen again. There have been a few times I've seen this animal near our home. A fox, coyote, wild dog? Seems odd for the animal to be here but oh well ..welcome to the neighbourhood ...along with the turtles, frogs, deer, skunks, mice, cats, wolf spiders, racoons and other creatures…
  • Aging With Grace Seminar

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    I recently went to an "Aging with Grace" seminar sponsored by the Virginia Council of Churches .... very interesting session. It had a variety of churches, health care organizations and resources in the Central Virginia area ... I went to two breakout sessions: From Prayer to Practical and Legal documents (From wills, to end of life care) both well worth it. Then we broke for lunch and had time for to see all the different vendors. The facilities (Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center) were amazing. The afternoon, key note speaker, was ok. His premise of King David aging with grace was flawed ....
  • An old post from 2003: Dare to Dance with a cat.

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    Dare to Dance with a Cat Yesterday I did it. I danced with my cat. His name is Pepe. It was a fast song ...by some group named the Supertones. Anyways, I picked him up and we danced. Not really good and not really too fast. But do know know what happens when you dance with a cat? Yesterday, I found out quick. It wasn't the pain, nor the clawing that got me. It was the shock. Here I had a peaceful loving pet; and suddenly ...without warning I was toast or rather a scratching post. Will I do it again? Probably not for some time. But some of us would dare to. Now I got thinking that is how it is…
  • Watch Dogs 2014.

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    Went to a meeting about being a watch dog in my children's schools. Should be a good thing. Anyone else involved?I know my friend, Shawn Williams is. http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Currently Reading: Summer/Fall 2014

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Along with the many resources for studies, lessons, commentaries .... I just finished Perry Noble's book and in the midst of the Preaching distracted resource and the 6 questions book is for a Fusion group study that is upcoming in October.So what are you reading?http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
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  • 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,…
  • A Special Announcement

    Rick Morgan
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"John 1:6-9 God sent a man, John the Baptist, 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. 9 The One who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.John 1:15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”16 From his…
  • Who Do You Think You Are?

    Rick Morgan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    Keeping your perspective in ministry.John 1:19-28 This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” 20 He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.” 21 “Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?” "No,” he replied. “Are you the Prophet we are expecting?” “No.” 22 “Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?” 23 John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear…
  • The Testimony That The Light Is Coming

    Rick Morgan
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    John was sent to tell us to get ready.John 1:6-18  God sent a man, John the Baptist,  7  to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.  8  John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.  9  The One who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.  10  He came into the very world He created, but the world didn't recognize Him.   11  He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him.  12  But to all who believed Him and…
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  • Chrome Bravo Backpack (What’s Inside)

    John Saddington
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    I’m somewhat obsessed about backpacks. Even as a child I would obsess about them and stand there in the store aisle toying with them, trying them on, walking around the store with them as I attempted to find the perfect one for the coming school year. I can remember my mother yelling “Hurry up!” as I painstakingly compared and contrasted my options. There were just too many points to compare, too many weights and balances to experience and try, and never enough color choices (although I really like black). As an adult I’ve somewhat learned to manage my obsession…
  • Never Underestimate Initiative

    John Saddington
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    I attempt to spend time with every single Academy cohort @ The Iron Yard so that I might pour into them as much as I possibly can so that they can have the most success when they leave the program. I have a few presentations that I give covering blogging, personal branding, product development, entrepreneurship, and pitching for Demo Day. These talks are some of the best part of my job even though it often requires a bit of travel. The blogging and personal branding talk is one of my favorites because I believe it can create some of the most value for our students. For some, this is the very…
  • Freedom: 4 Months without Comments

    John Saddington
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    It’s been almost 4 months since I’ve turned off comments on this blog and although the intent was to originally move some of those conversations to Twitter I quickly adjusted my implementation to neither encourage nor explicitly direct people to comment there. Social sharing. Yey. I just removed them entirely and kept some of the social sharing links at the bottom. Boring, I know, but apparently that’s where I’m headed anyways. And it has been entirely worth it. You see, the net-gain has been amazing as quality of life has improved. Tactically I have saved myself a ton…
  • I Got Boring

    John
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Fame is an interesting thing. Being “internet famous” is even more weird. Stories like Phil Fish scare the shit out of me. Literally. A large dose of anxiety is attacking me as I type these very words. I used to be somewhat “subculturally important” at one point in my life. I am no longer important in that particular context or culture; I am no longer “famous” or on the fringe of being “famous”. In fact, the people that used to care about my opinion in that subculture no longer care – they’ve entirely moved on. How do I know that?
  • On Selfies and Employment

    John
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    via Dr. Tracy Alloway, professor at the University of North Florida: Every narcissist needs a reflecting pool. Just as Narcissus gazed into the pool to admire his beauty, social networking sites, like Facebook, have become our modern-day pool. How do you react to this? How do you react typically when you see a selfie posted in your own social network? When I thought about this explicitly I had to laugh because I think that I am the only person that I follow on Twitter that actually does the so-called selfie. I have typically made them somewhat goofy and I surround them with some other…
 
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Photo: Drew Dyck A fresh crop of October links! Mind you, they’re all dated September. But they’re new to you. Campus prayer focus See You At The Pole turned 24 last week. MGM has acquired a 55 percent stake in the film and television production company owned by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the executive producers behind the Emmy-nominated “The Bible” series. The family of Calvary Chapel’s Chuck Smith have launched a lawsuit against the church over distribution of the late pastor’s property, royalties and life insurance; and also elder abuse……
  • Currently Reading: N. T. Wright on The Psalms

    paulthinkingoutloud
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    Okay, I admit it.  I currently have four books on the go, and one should probably finish one before starting another. N. T. Wright’s The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential should not be confused with Lee Strobel’s The Case for… series. I don’t think of this as apologetic, though in a way, it is a defense of the Psalter at a time when people’s reading habits probably direct them more to the gospels, the epistles or the history narratives. Or more likely, they’re not reading at all. He brilliantly notes themes and motifs that run throughout the…
  • Currently Reading: Apologetics Beyond Reason

    paulthinkingoutloud
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    James W. Sire is the author of the landmark apologetics book The Universe Next Door (1976) and the more recent A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics (2006) and has been an editor at InterVarsity Press (IVP) for several decades. In the first chapter of Apologetics Beyond Reason: Why Seeing Really is Believing he explains that it might be time to chart a different direction. For those in our culture who put their trust in human reason, these apologetic approaches have worked well. Many Christians today read and benefit from them. Without the, thoughtful Christians would have too few resources…
  • “We Don’t Go To Restaurants”

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    Depending on your social/church circle, it’s possible you’ve heard the phrase, “We don’t go to restaurants;” or even use it yourselves. Usually there are one of three underlying convictions at work behind the statement: a sort of righteousness associated staying away from those places; which presupposes that every Waffle House is a seedy sports bar a financial decision based on good money management, and rigid budget, or a distinct savings goal like a new car or new house a stewardship decision which is spiritual at its root, but is coupled with a personal…
  • What I’m Hoping to Accomplish Here

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    In theory anyway, some day I’ll look back at what’s posted here and possibly regret a few articles and might start deleting some. But in the meantime, I try to deliver a decent product 7-days-a-week to my readers.  Here are some questions I must either ask now or ask later… 1. Was it informative? My opinions leach out all over this blog, but hopefully I also provide raw information, spot new trends, help readers make connections to other resources, and even educate my readership about things they didn’t know. 2. Was it helpful? The passing on of information by itself…
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    Just A Thought

  • 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. 
  • David Wilkerson

    4 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    My familiarity with David Wilkerson comes primarily from The Cross and the Switchblade and receiving his newsletter for a short period of time in the late 1980's.  This created an image in my mind of a man who seemed cutting edge but also at times quite legalistic.  I knew almost nothing else about him. When Zondervan announced a new biography about David Wilkerson, written by his son Gary, I
  • Jesus Loves Me This I Know

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
     I have been singing this children's hymn for over a week now.  Like any ear-worm, it has buried itself deep and I have even woken up in the middle of the night with the song on my lips.  However, this simple but profound song isn't driving me crazy, it's driving me deeper into the Word of God!   I found a definition of love that I have been using as a baseline as I read various
  • Don't Miss Jesus

    9 Aug 2014 | 6:03 pm
    And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, "Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to
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  • Conversations on Faith – Retreat

    Eric Bryant
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:22 pm
    From the Hill Country Institute website: There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. —C.S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory” Every person is a living work of art, a masterpiece uniquely created by the King of the Universe. But often the masterpiece is hidden beneath layers of hurt, pain and sin, and it’s easy to forget there is a valuable treasure underneath. Results from a recent study conducted by the Barna Research Organization concluded Christians aren’t doing such a great job of representing Jesus to the world. Christians are often experienced as…
  • The Exchange – From Striving to Satisfied

    Eric Bryant
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series: “The Exchange.”  I shared about an exchange from striving to satisfied at the McNeil campus. Kenny Green shared at the South Campus. You can watch the message I shared at the McNeil campus here: Here are some resources for this week as well as the upcoming themes for the 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 StepsLeader’s Guide Sept 21 | From Lonely to Never Alone Next StepsLeader’s Guide Sept 28 | From…
  • “Exchange: Lonely to Never Alone”

    Eric Bryant
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we kicked off our series: “The Exchange.”  John Burkeshared about an exchange from lonely to never alone at the McNeil campus. I shared at the South Campus. You can watch the message John shared at the McNeil campus at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. You can listen to the message I shared at South Campus here: Here are some resources for this week as well as the upcoming themes for the 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 StepsLeader’s Guide…
  • A Fruitful Life: An Update

    Eric Bryant
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    According to Jesus, we were created with unlimited potential in the area of spiritual influence as part of His New Kingdom. Our fears, weaknesses, past mistakes, regrets, background, and the trials we face do not have to keep us from being fruitful – being transformed and transforming others in dramatic ways. The book will help you with the following: Discover your calling. Make decisions using a grid for hearing God’s voice Overcome the most painful moments of life. Make progress in areas where you are most tempted. Experience renewal and bring change to others. The Snippet series is far…
  • “Heart Scan: Healing Agents” by Rick Shurtz

    Eric Bryant
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we concluded our series: Heart Scan. Rick Shurtzshared about bringing healing to others in spite of and as a result of our wounds called “Heart Scan – Healing Agents.” Apply the Scriptures to your life with the Next Steps. You can watch the message Rick shared at the McNeil campus at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. “We’re in a series about the heart, about wounds, about how heart-wounds effect our lives, our relationships, our personal well-being. To one degree or another, we all carry wounds. To one degree or another, we all do our…
 
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    GetReligion

  • Go West, young rabbis: NPR produces interesting-but-incomplete feature on isolated Jews

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    In rural West, 'roving rabbis' reach isolated Jews: http://t.co/B1vlDsJUBy Just 4% of U.S. Jews live in rural areas: http://t.co/Gi7Qu6Wis7— PewResearch Religion (@PewReligion) September 29, 2014 A decade ago, while working for The Associated Press in Dallas, I wrote a feature on frequent-flier rabbis:COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — For Jeff Brown, studying to become a rabbi has been quite a journey – and not just in the spiritual sense.For the last two years, the 25-year-old scholar from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati served as student rabbi at a…
  • Another Kellerism case? Or a priest refusing to violate the seal of confession?

    Terry Mattingly
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Every now and then, a longtime reader sends your GetReligionistas a note that, in addition to the URL to a mainstream news story, includes their own commentary that almost writes a post for us.That was the case with a note about a recent report from The Billings Gazette about yet another clash between a Catholic priest who is attempting to defend the doctrines of the church and one or more progressive Catholics who see themselves as loyal, practicing Catholics, even though they openly reject one or more specific teachings of the faith.At first glance, this story looks like a classic…
  • A tale of Twin Cities: Pioneer Press outdoes Strib with stellar story on bishop's meeting with abuse survivors

    Dawn Eden
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    After I wrote in this space that the Minneapolis Star-Tribune 's over-reliance on SNAP marred an otherwise good story on Archbishop John Nienstedt's meeting with abuse survivors, I received an e-mail pointing me to the Pioneer Press's take on the same story. The e-mail was from the meeting's organizer, Bob Schwiderski, and although he himself did not say which story he preferred, for me it is no contest. Pioneer Press columnist Rubén Rosario didn't look to SNAP, or any outside advocacy group, to tell readers how they should feel about the archbishop's meeting.
  • A few of my favorite things -- in OC Register's story on Christ Cathedral

    Jim Davis
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In telling about the redesign of Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral, the Orange County Register sounds like it's imitating the song My Favorite Things:GARDEN GROVE – Ceiling lights that mimic stars.Dozens of crape myrtle trees.A rebuilt organ.Those are some of the elements included in the restoration of Christ Cathedral, according to plans announced Wednesday by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and its architects.Kinda singsong, dontcha think? But stay with it; the story turns out as light 'n' bright as the glass building itself. Especially compared with the heavier, wordier account in…
  • A BBC puzzler: Defense of a universal human right is now an 'evangelical' thing?

    Terry Mattingly
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    If there are readers out there in cyberspace who have been reading GetReligion for a decade-plus, the odds are good that they have heard of the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, especially Article 18. That's the one that proclaims, in the name of the United Nations:Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.Long ago, this statement was…
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  • 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…
  • “If we build it, they will come.” The Field Of Dreams Church Growth Strategy And Why It Needs Tweaking

    loswhit
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    It is relatively new. To a degree. I mean the stained glass windows of the churches of yesterday were created by amazing artists and, I’m sure, in somewhat of a hope that it will allure people to worship their God more intensely. But I’m not sure that people came to a church service in order to stare at the windows for an hour. Somewhere in the last 20 years a slew of churches have grabbed a hold of a new “outreach” strategy. If we build it they will come. So we create attractional services to attract people to see God for the first time. Which…happens. Which…works. But I can’t…
  • I’M THE WORST HUNTER ON THE PLANET. I’M THE BEST HUNTER ON THE PLANET.

    loswhit
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    I’m a really bad hunter.  Like horrible.  I’ve been hunting for 2 years now and have killed absolutely nothing. You know what that makes me? A really bad hunter. Once I had 4 deer under my tree stand and I didn’t shoot them.  Why?  Because I heard “The Big One” at the top of the ridge. Dreamers shouldn’t be hunters. I mean lets be honest.  I can’t even sit at the same spot in a coffee shop longer than 25 minutes without needing to move. But you know who thinks I’m an amazing hunter?  Losiah does. Why does he think I’m an amazing…
  • The #1 Secret To Increasing Your Influence.

    loswhit
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    There isn’t a secret to a better blog. There isn’t a secret to greater influence. There isn’t a secret to making more money. There isn’t a secret to more people going to your church. There isn’t a secret to better public speaking. There isn’t a secret to funding your indie project. It’s not a secret. So if they tell you it is… you will be let down. Work Hard. It’s not a secret. There are 244343 tips and tricks out there. But none of those tips and tricks work unless you WORK HARD. I know all the “It’s about working smart not working hard!” people are out…
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  • Fr. Ernesto: Orthodoxy and Scripture

    Guest Author
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM: Today we welcome our friend, Fr. Ernesto Obregon, to whom we turn regularly with questions about Orthodox Christianity. In this post he gives an overview of the Orthodox view of Scripture. I was asked to write on the Eastern Orthodox view of the Bible. Let me quote from one of our scholars here in America. Dr. Jeannie Constantinou said in an interview: First of all, the Church does not rely on the Bible for its doctrine. We don’t rely on the Bible, because the Church came first. First of all, we’re talking about Christian texts. We’re talking about the New Testament. That…
  • Another Look: The Bible — Rated “R”

    Chaplain Mike
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    First posted in 2010. Okay, so let’s get real about the Bible. A lot of folks have a mistaken and inadequate understanding of what the Bible is like and what it contains. I agree with author Frederick Buechner, who says: When a minister reads out of the Bible, I am sure that at least nine times out of ten the people who happen to be listening at all hear not what is really being said but only what they expect to hear read. And I think that what most people expect to hear read from the Bible is an edifying story, an uplifting thought, a moral lesson — something elevating, obvious, and…
  • iMonk Classic: A Conversation in God’s Kitchen (2)

    iMonk
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM: This is part two of Michael Spencer’s most comprehensive essay on the Bible (read PART ONE here). For a couple of weeks here we are focusing our attention on posts related to the Bible, its nature and purpose. This has been a hot-button issue in our generation, especially in American evangelicalism, which took a stand in the late 1970’s with The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. Michael critiqued that statement, calling it “inefficient, unnecessary, and divisive.” In a roundtable discussion published in Modern Reformation magazine, he said: I…
  • Eugene Peterson: An Invitation to the Story

    Chaplain Mike
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As an aid to understanding the Scriptures, which he translated into the language of the German people, Martin Luther thought it important to provide prefaces to the various books in the Bible. You may recall that it was during the reading of one of these prefaces, years later, that John Wesley’s heart was “strangely warmed” as he experienced the assurance of his salvation. Today, of course, we have a plethora of study Bibles, most of which provide similar prefaces. But I would like to recommend a little book to you today that (if you can still find it), will encourage you in…
  • Saturday Ramblings: September 27, 2014

    Chaplain Mike
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s a beautiful fall Saturday in the Midwest, and I am rambling around Chicago this weekend, reuniting with friends and classmates from my junior high and high school days. I graduated from high school in 1974. That was in Baltimore — I moved at the beginning of my senior year. But I have always considered the kids from Downers Grove South High School as my “graduating class.” And it’s actually my 8th grade class friends that I have stayed closest to. We have reunions annually, reflecting a time in our lives when we were going through the wilderness of…
 
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  • Hong Kong Protest – Social media being shut down

    Andrew Jones
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    My friend in Hong Kong is sending photos of the riots and is talking about tear gas, rubber bullets and pretty much everything closing down in the area he is currently staying.  Very disturbing and very different from when I was there a few years ago. Pray for Hong Kong and for China. These photos are free for use and ...
  • The Next Season: Who’s with us?

    Andrew Jones
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    I am very VERY happy to make public that our family has been accepted by a mission organisation and we are returning overseas towards Europe and Africa. The next 3 years will see us work in about 30 countries, many of them the same countries we have been investing in, helping to launch new expressions of  faith communities and sustainable impact ...
  • Truck revamp

    Andrew Jones
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Its been a lot of work but the truck is now ready for shipping to Africa. Inside and out, our family have been busy. We have chosen a look that is kind of rat-rod, steam-punk and carnival at the same time. Not too posh for Africa but not too rubbish for Europe. Photos of the inside coming soon.
  • Hoping the Scottish vote YES for Independence

    Andrew Jones
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    UPDATE: I have updated this post because it was graciously brought to my attention that the English people are not the same as the English/British government and my original post was therefore insulting. My sincerest apologies. ORIGINAL: My son posted on Facebook yesterday that he would be voting “YES” on the Scottish Independence referendum coming up next Thursday, if he ...
  • Funny Accent

    Andrew Jones
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    My wife has a funny accent so the kids make fun of her. So do I actually. Debbie’s mum is from Kentucky and her dad was from Oklahoma. So my wife says “BADMINTON” in one syllable and she also says “curtains” without hitting the “t”. More of a swallow than a “t”. Recently the kids and I asked her to ...
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  • 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…
  • The Osteen Predicament — Mere Happiness Cannot Bear the Weight of the Gospel

    Albert Mohler
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen — this time offered by Victoria Osteen as her husband Joel beamed in the background. It is a hard video to watch. In her message, Victoria Osteen tells their massive congregation to realize that their devotion to God is not really about God, but about themselves. “I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God–I mean, that’s one way to look at it–we’re doing it…
  • Lead with Empathy, Love Your Neighbor, Let the Truth Come Out — A Response to Ferguson

    Albert Mohler
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    From a modified transcript of today’s edition of The Briefing:   I first addressed the situation in Ferguson back on August 12th, which was then the first opportunity I had to speak to the issue. Since then I have not addressed the question because I wanted to stand by what I said back on August 12th. We should not speak to the facts on the ground until we know what those facts are. The facts we know now are pretty much the facts we knew then—that there was an 18-year old African American young man who was shot 6 times, twice in the head and four times in the forearm by a police…
  • Are Christian Missionaries Narcissistic Idiots? — A Response to Ann Coulter

    Albert Mohler
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    In an ominous development Wednesday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest level alert for a response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, even as reports came in indicating that the crisis may now not be limited to West Africa. Centers for Disease Control Chief Tom Frieden posted on Twitter: “Ops Center moved to Level 1 response given the extension to Nigeria & the potential to affect many lives.” According to Doug Stanglin of USA Today, Level I means that increased staff and resources will be devoted to the outbreak. He also said it is the first time…
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  • The Blame Game

    Pete Wilson
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    It’s not a new game. Adam played it. Eve played it. I’m so guilty of wanting to play the “blame” game. And few things hold me back from becoming the person God created me to be than this.
 
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  • Very Average Man’s GoPro Footage Makes Being Very Average Look Rather Appealing

    Abraham
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Mike Fry recently got a GoPro “cause of all the cool videos people make.” Since it seems like everybody else who has one of these cameras straps it on themselves to document their life (and usually something involving a cliff), Fry wanted to do the same. Unfortunately, he says, he “quickly realized [his] life is lame.” Perhaps his life isn’t quite as extreme as the other folks who own a GoPro…but it actually seems kind of awesome in comparison…
  • Adorable Little Show-off Flexes His Muscles Just Like Dad

    Joey White
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    8-month-old Hadley isn’t going to let his dad get all the attention in front of the mirror… Via: TO
  • This Teen’s Adorably Epic Yearbook Photo Was Rejected Until He Struck a Deal with the Principal

    Megan Berman
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Draven Rodriguez and his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, made national news this month when Rodriguez released a photo he hoped to include in the yearbook, featuring the purrfect pair amongst pink and blue lasers. But the school rejected the image. According to school district spokeswoman Karen Corona, the photo “would not be acceptable for the senior portrait section.” So Rodriguez began a petition hoping to get 500 people to join him in asking the school to include it. He got over 7,000 signatures. But the school refused to budge on its guidelines for senior portraits. Happily, however, he and…
  • This animal shelter is ingenious. How could you NOT adopt cats with names like this…

    Abraham
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Over at the Wisconsin Humane Society, they sometimes get a chance to name the cats that they put up for adoption. And they do a really good job of it… Via: Reddit The fantastic names must make a difference. Only Professor PuddinPop is left, but we predict he’ll be adopted in short order.
  • 17 Dogs That Totally Look Like Something Else. The Harrison Ford Dog Is Spot On…

    Joey White
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, including these pups that bear an uncanny resemblance to other people, creatures, and even your favorite foods… Teddy bear Vladimir Putin Clydesdale Polar bear Chewbacca Fried chicken Sid from Ice Age Mop Jabba the Hutt Dumbo Richard Branson Sheep Croissants Lion Panda Bison Harrison Ford Via: Sad & Useless, ViralNova, Huffington Post, Babble, Telegraph, About Horses, Wikipedia
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  • What Is the Covenant of Redemption?

    R.C. Sproul
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A persistent tradition claims that upon being mocked by a skeptic with regard to his doctrine of creation, Saint Augustine was cynically asked, "What was God doing before He created the world? Augustine's alleged reply was: "Creating hell for curious souls." The reply was, of course, tongue-in-cheek. The Bible doesn't speak of such a special work of divine creation before creation itself. But Augustine's bon mot had a serious point that warned against idle speculation of God's activity in eternity. However, quite apart from speculation, the Bible has much to say about God's activity "before"…
  • Only Two Religions: A Google Hangout with Peter Jones

    Nathan W. Bingham
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    As we seek to leverage new technology for the advancement of God's Kingdom, we regularly host live Google Hangouts with Christian leaders. On September 30, we were joined by Dr. Peter Jones, the Executive Director of truthXchange, to discuss his new teaching series, Only Two Religions. If you survey the religious landscape of modern culture, you will encounter an astonishingly diverse range of views. But beneath the surface, these seemingly disparate spiritualities share a common worldview, one that is radically opposed to the Christian faith. In the final analysis, there can be…
  • Lessons from the Upper Room: A New Teaching Series from Sinclair Ferguson

    Nathan W. Bingham
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Knowing the time was fast approaching for Him to depart this world, Jesus spent His final hours with His closest friends. As the disciples sat with their master, unaware of what would soon take place, Jesus served them, taught them, and prayed for them. In this new 12-part teaching series, Lessons from the Upper Room, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson paints a vivid picture of the disciples' final moments with their Savior. Carefully walking through John 13-17, Dr. Ferguson reminds us of the centrality of Christ in all of life. "The Father did not require the death of Christ to persuade Him to love us.
  • God Is Faithful to Preserve His Own

    Rev. Richard Phillips
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:6) Philippians 1:6 develops the theme of God's preserving grace—which ensures the perseverance of His own—in three points. First, Paul reminds us that since God has begun our salvation, we can rely on Him to complete it: "he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion." God always finishes what He starts, especially the salvation of His people. It is in this way that God's preserving grace fits with the other doctrines of…
  • Social Media Highlights (09/28/14)

    Nathan W. Bingham
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here are highlights from our various Facebook and Twitter accounts over the past week.   Post by 5 Minutes in Church History. Our beliefs dictate our behavior. —RC Sproul #reformed #reformedtheology #rcsproul pic.twitter.com/KYNq9YcgiA — Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) September 25, 2014   Post by Reformation Trust Publishing. It’s been an exciting time for the college. Here's a summary of Preview Weekend and links to stream Fall Conference: http://t.co/uvcRoE2vL5 — RefBibleCollege (@RefBibleCollege) September 26, 2014   Post by Tabletalk Magazine. If…
 
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  • Links to Go (September 26, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    What Jesus Didn’t Say In hindsight, this is probably not the best way to express myself. I’m sorry for anyone who was hurt by the whole “never enter the kingdom of heaven” bit. That’s just an figure of speech for “the best way to live!” And I apologize if the righteousness piece felt legalistic. When I talk about hungering after righteousness or pursuing righteousness I’m thinking more on a cosmic level, not so much about your personal holiness. The only righteousness I expect to see from you is being right enough to know you are wrong. Look, the last thing I want is for…
  • Bridging the past and the future

    Tim Archer
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tradition is the living faith of those now dead. Traditionalism is the dead faith of those still living. Jaroslav Pelikan The Vindication of Tradition Traditions of a church can provide an organic link to her past. They can also choke out the future. It takes discernment to have traditions without traditionalism. Another reason that I think that, in most cases, the elders are the ideal ones to lead the church is their tie to history, their ability to bridge the past and the future. The average minister comes into a congregation and spends a limited number of years. He’s not part of the…
  • Links to Go (September 19, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    3 Questions No Victim of Domestic Violence Should Have to Answer What Did She Do to Provoke the Attack? Why Did She Defend Her Abuser? Why Did She Stay With Her Abuser? How to Steward the Power of Marriage Marriage is a good that many people in our culture do not and will not experience. For those of us who have been given the stability and power that comes with it, my hope and prayer is that we wield it well. That we use it not only for ourselves but for our neighbors, not only for our own comfort but for the comfort of our community, especially for those who are particularly vulnerable…
  • The leadership of elders

    Tim Archer
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you listen to preachers talk, many of them complain about their elders. It’s a bit like men and mother-in-laws, as far as stereotypical relationships. It’s just supposed that preachers and elders will be at odds. Sometimes that does happen. The church is made up of humans. I think it can be especially hard when the preacher and the elders are from different generations. Then all of the tension that we’ve been talking about this week enters into the equation. The churches of Christ have typically been an elder-led movement. Some have intentionally sought to change that,…
  • Traditions, generations, and a warning of death

    Tim Archer
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    There’s another side to the generational issue. Just as there are young people who dismiss their elders, so there are older Christians who “despise the youth” of those with less life experience. To many, it feels like the only thing that younger generations want to do is change things. The reaction is often to fight back with three deadly phrases: We’ve never done it that way before That’s not how we’ve always done it We tried that once and it didn’t work In the end, it boils down to tradition. Dr. Wendell Broom once described the creation of a…
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  • 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…
  • Top 5 Things I Learned About Promoting My Content Online

    Kenny Jahng
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today’s post is from Gangai Victor who leads an interesting blog and community over at www.votivepraise.com. I recently asked Gangai to share with us some of the learnings he’s gained from the “publishing” side of things regarding his platform and social media presence. Please engage with questions by dropping them in a comment below the post!   Self-publishing original content online is pretty easy these days—there are loads of free platforms out there to help us. If it’s a blog, there’s blogger.com. If it’s a book, say hello to Kindle. If…
  • Contribute To My Upcoming Book Project: 555 Social Media Marketing Tips

    Kenny Jahng
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    The “New Year”is half over! – and it’s time to think ahead about what BHAG’s you can accomplish in 2014. One of my goals is to publish a series of books (most on the Kindle platform) to help more individuals, non-profits and ministry leaders ramp up their communications efforts. For one of them, I am inviting you to become a contributor in an effort to help empower more people to harness the power of social media for their own cause. Simply submit your contribution below to get started! Loading…
  • Big Church vs Small Church: Does HOW You Say & WHAT You Say Matter?

    Kenny Jahng
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Neat research on some of the key differences between how larger churches and smaller churches communicate with their communities. Take a look: This makes me wonder – should larger churches take a stab at being more interactive? Allowing the voice to be more personal? Being more open to “cluttering the feed” with content regarding specific ministries (vs only church-wide relevant content)? Thoughts? Leave a comment below.
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  • Constant to do my commandments


    Austin Gardner
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I Chronicles 28:7 Moreover I will establish his kingdom for ever, if he be constant to do my commandments and my judgments, as at this day. The word constant here has the idea of seizing and being obstinate or established in the doing of a thing. Our God is looking for some that would determine to obey His commands and wishes and be obstinate or stuck on doing so. In the New Testament the church is given the Great Commission. I wonder just how much we have grabbed that idea. I wonder how much we have determined to stick with it or be obstinate until we get it done. God will use us but we must…
  • Setting your heart

    Austin Gardner
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    I Chronicles 22:19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD. God has been good to you. He has given you peace. He has blessed you in every way now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord. After having received so much we must be willing to give. God has blessed our country, our church, our family, and we must share that blessing. He must be glorified. This is not something…
  • What is your heart set on?

    Austin Gardner
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    I Chronicles 22:7 And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God: What is in your mind to do for the name of the Lord your God? David thought about God, His name, His kingdom, etc. He wanted to do something for His God. I wonder what is in my mind. I am afraid that I often think of my name, my honor, my reputation, my work, and not so much in the things of God. I often veil it with things for Him but how often is it for me. I want to live a life that would truly honor Him and not one that is for my name. David prepares…
  • Giant killers

    Austin Gardner
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    I Chronicles 20:5 And there was war again with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, whose spear staff was like a weaver’s beam. When one man became a Giant Killer others soon learned the trade to the point that they are listed here almost nonchalantly. The enemy had more than one giant but God had more than one Giant Killer. First we should endeavor to be Giant Killers and then we should be training others to kill giants by both our example and our teaching. Every Giant Killer should rejoice in the victories of every other Giant Killer…
  • Make a covenant before the Lord

    Austin Gardner
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    II Kings 23:3 And the king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant. It is time to make a covenant before the Lord like Josiah did. We must promise to keep His commandments with all our heart and soul as we seek to perform the covenant that is written in the book. It is time for us to promise God that we will do all within our power to…
 
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  • Leadership Quicksand: Ten Hazards for Leaders of the Heart

    Andy Wood
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Ever have a conversation like this? Whatever happened to ________? I really thought he was going places. Not sure.  Ever since [insert a distracting or demoralizing event] he never was quite the same. I’ve witnessed countless scenarios like that one. I even lived out a few of them. The idea of leadership is that you’re influencing people, formally or informally, to move together toward a certain goal.  If it were easy, anybody could do it.  But because you’re dealing with people, and because leadership often involves matters of the heart, it’s easy to find yourself sucked into…
  • Endurance of the Heart – a Prayer for You

    Andy Wood
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    I pray that wherever you are in relation to your dreams – whether putting them to bed or waking them up – crying out for new visions or mourning the death of old ones – I pray that you would endure… Not just in terms of putting one foot in front of the other (that’s survival), but in terms of first love – the endurance of the heart.  Specifically I pray that… Mourning and grief will have their say as you confront them, but that they would give way to the joy of the Lord, which is your strength… Yearning and burning for dreams yet to be realized would keep faith, courage, and…
  • Frozen in Time

    Andy Wood
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    The clock in my office, as you can see, says it’s 8:24. Come back in an hour, it’ll say the same thing. All day, every day, 8:24. What the picture doesn’t show is that the battery isn’t dead. The clock ticks. The pendulum swings. Regardless, the results are the same. Doesn’t matter where the sun may be… it’s 8:24. The clock has lost touch with its purpose. It remains frozen at a single point in time… Disconnected from the Power Source… Unable to connect its “heart” to its hands. Does that sound at all like any people you may know? Related articles across the web…
  • Come Join the Celebration

    Andy Wood
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord… Psalm 145:10 This is a work of God. This little guy has lived at my house longer than I have. Throughout the summer he’s maintained this exquisite work of art, despite several collisions with humans. He’s not alone. He joins with all creation, using their gifts and design, worshipping their Creator. And on days like this, I get to have a front-row seat. Blue jays, cardinals and mockingbirds call to each other nearby. The squirrels interrupt their play to begin making preparations for winter; one just came to check out the rear deck rail…
  • What to Do When Your System Breaks Down

    Andy Wood
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Somewhere near you there’s a frustrated pastor whose tried-and-true methods for leadership or church growth he has spent much of a lifetime developing aren’t working anymore.  He’s too passionate to quit, but too tired to start over. Somewhere down the road is an organization that once was the hallmark of success because of its ways of doing ministry or business.  The strategy it perfected was brilliant and worked when others failed.  Until it quit working as effectively. Somewhere nearby a young man is giving up on everything he knew of the Faith as a boy.  Why? Because his boyhood…
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  • Inside The Music – Sanctus Real "Lay It Down"

    Worship.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    http://www.klove.com/music/artists/sanctus-real/ – Matt from Sanctus Real shares what he was... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • "Extravagant Love" from Dustin Smith (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

    Worship.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    "Extravagant Love" from Dustin Smith (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO): "Extravagant Love"... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • As Sure As The Sun

    Worship.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
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  • A Beautiful Design (Part 2) – In His Image – Matt Chandler

    Worship.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    A Beautiful Design (Part 2) – In His Image – Matt Chandler: A Beautiful Design (Part 2)... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Child Of God – Vineyard Worship from Hungry [Official Lyric Video]

    Worship.com
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Child Of God – Vineyard Worship from Hungry [Official Lyric Video]: CHILD OF GOD With every... 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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  • Fallen: A Theology of Sin

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Fallen: A Theology of Sin. Theology in Community. Edited by Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. 320 pp. $19.99/£12.99One might not expect to walk away from a book on the theology of sin feeling very edified or upbeat, but as I considered my many positive responses to this volume, I found myself grateful and very much encouraged. This alone might be worth the value of the book; however, many other features of this book are to be commended. As the other contributions to the Theology in Community series do, Fallen: A Theology of Sin walks us through the…
  • The Cure for Shame

    28 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    "Shame. Boatloads of shame. Day after day. More of the same. Blame. Please lift it off. Please take it off. Please make it stop." Those words are not just the lyrics to a famous Avett Brothers' song, they are also words under which a lot of us live. To live in this world is to experience shame. Boatloads of shame. Shame is a word that's hard to describe. We've all experienced it on some level. It's the feeling you get when you suddenly realize you're underdressed for a party. When you show up late to a meeting thinking you're right on time. Or when your card gets declined buying coffee…
  • Systematic Theology, Volume 2

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Douglas F. Kelly. Systematic Theology, Grounded in Holy Scripture and Understood in Light of the Church, Volume Two: The Beauty of Christ: A Trinitarian Vision. Mentor, 2014. 567 pages. $39.99/£24.99A number of systematic theologies have appeared in recent years from highly respected figures involved in the world of evangelical and Reformed theology. Recent years have seen volumes appear from Michael Horton, Gerald Bray, and John Frame. Douglas Kelly has now released the second volume of his own systematic theology, and it deserves attention alongside these other celebrated volumes.
  • The Problem of Theological Cataracts

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:22 pm
    As we make our way toward the end of the Ten Tenets, Tenet 8 comes into view:8. Suppression of the truth, like the depravity of sin, is total but not absolute. Thus, every unbelieving position will necessarily have within it ideas, concepts, notions, etc that it has taken and wrenched from its true, Christian context.C. S. Lewis once famously said: "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." If, as Christians, we see everything through the lens of Holy Scripture, we can, by the grace of God, understand…
  • Biblical versus Systematic Theology?

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Systematic Theology is often contrasted unfavourably with the relatively new discipline of Biblical Theology. The very terminology immediately sets Systematics at a disadvantage, as if Biblical Theology alone were 'biblical' and anything that sets out to be 'systematic' should be viewed with profound suspicion. At one time in his career Karl Barth even refused to lecture on 'Systematic Theology' because, he argued, the combination of this noun and this adjective was highly problematical. Many Evangelicals share Barth's suspicions, often for the same reasons. 'System' conjures up the notion of…
 
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    Connecting to Impact

  • It’s a Crying Shame

    jason@church4allnations.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Much of our difficulty accepting this new life has to do with the shame we carry. Shame. It whispers and hisses that no matter what you do, you will always be defined by what you did or what was done to you.  –The Cure,by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall. Why are we so intent on beating ourselves up after sin or failure (no matter how seemingly small or great the infraction)? Why do we feel we need to earn our way back into God’s good graces? Or that there is an adequate time of mournful repentance so that we prove we’re serious? It’s shame. Shame acts as an…
  • The Runner

    jason@church4allnations.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Dark stretched a canvas of quiet over the hills Except the crickets chirping in random Or unison? I can’t decide as I make my way The humidity hits me like the breath Of an unknown assailant, but I won’t stop A point fixed in my mind, I make way again Body and strength seemingly conspiring To halt what I decided and reach for Sweetly and slowly, pastel light falls On fertile fields and dusty roads It gathers up the dark as shadows bend to escape, Trying to remain where there is no use for darkness In such a place where morning has come And I breathe it in Hope hits gravel and dust turns…
  • Sanctuary: in the Fertile Field, Peace

    jason@church4allnations.com
    27 Sep 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… Isaiah 32:16-17 (NLT) Justice will rule in the wilderness and righteousness in the fertile field. And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.   What’s your sanctuary this week? What thought, verse, etc. are you meditating on? 8 comment(s) for this post: Dawn: 27 Sep 2014 What a great faith nugget to camp on this evening. One of my favorite views to capture…
  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    25 Sep 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!   Sometimes you gotta stick to your guns… Until they poke you in the heart. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sKdDyyanGk 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: is it sprinkling or raining? What did your mom say? (related to…
  • Same Grace for Every Need

    jason@church4allnations.com
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’m getting ready to embark on a full week of single parenting while my wife travels out of state. To say I’m a little stressed and overwhelmed would not only be an understatement, it would be a lie. I’m trying not to panic and completely freak out. My wife and I are truly a team. We help to make up each other’s deficiencies, remember what the other forgot, or any number of little things daily. Then you think about four kids not having their mom. Trust me, Dad can be gone for a little while and there will be some effect. Mom’s gone for a day and little worlds…
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  • Islamism and Ferguson: There is No Moral Equivalence Between Them

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    In his speech yesterday at the United Nations, President Obama used the shooting of an unarmed African-American man in Ferguson, Missouri to note that America indignation at evil is not self-righteousness. Here is what commentator Richard Grenell, a former American U.N. official, said about the President’s comments: "In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri: (said President Obama). Morally equating the events of Ferguson to Islamic terrorism and Russia's annexation of…
  • PBS's "The Roosevelts": Some Myths, Yes, But Some Welcome Surprises

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Steve Moore of the Heritage Foundation punctures some of Ken Burns's myth-making in the latest PBS series, "The Roosevelts." As this distinguished economist points out, unemployment throughout the decade of the 1930s averaged an eye-popping 15%. Even as late as 1941, as the country ramped up its defense spending and millions went to work in war industries, the unemployment rate was still 12%. On top of all this, the federal government vastly expanded its reach with a dizzying array of "alphabet soup" agencies -- FCC, FDIC, FTC, WPA, PWA, PDQ (oops, that last one is a joke, folks). Still, this…
  • The Social Conservative Review: September 25, 2014

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Click here to subscribe to The Social Conservative Review. Dear Friends: So now even the federal government affirms what FRC and others have been saying for years: President Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA, or ObamaCare) subsidizes abortion. According to a report issued by the General Accountability Office earlier this month, "1,036 qualified health plans in ... 28 states cover non-excepted abortion services." Commenting on the report. FRC President Tony Perkins said, "Not only does Obamacare fund elective abortion, but the ACA only requires that the information about elective abortion…
  • Children of the Heart

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Adoption is a regular target of psycho-babbling critics, race-mongerers, ultra-nationalists in countries filled with parentless children, and those who believe children are better warehoused than loved. In addition to rejecting all of these demonic conceptions, it's a personal joy for me to affirm the wonder that adoption brings into countless families, including my own. Bethany Christian Services, through which my wife and I adopted our three children, has connected thousands of moms and dads with children who need the affection and security of a family. In a moving story on how Bethany…
  • The Importance of Christian Culture

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    When confronting groups like ISIS or Hamas, it is often difficult for the West to understand the grotesque violence and reckless hatred that these groups promote toward those with whom they disagree. These groups do not wish to negotiate or reason. They wish to conquer and rule. On the one hand, the West has seen the all-too familiar horrors of despotic regimes such as those in 20th century Russia and Germany. It has also witnessed the tight grip of control maintained in such places as North Korea and China. All of these places have been the locations of mass executions and violence against…
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  • Write more better: read!

    Aaron Armstrong
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    There are certain authors whose books are about as much fun for me to read as chewing glass. Some are written so poorly that, in my cynical moments, I wonder whether their authors are functionally illiterate or simply hate words. Most of these are written by pastors and academics, sadly.There are several reasons for this: some, while being very well-spoken, lack writing skills (they’re only being published because they have a big church). But others either don’t read or read too much of the wrong types of books.And so comes today’s tip for becoming a better writer:Tip 3:…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersA few new deals for you:Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung—99¢Collected Writings on Scripture by D.A. Carson—$1.99Journey to Joy by Josh Moody—99¢Truth Matters by Andreas Köstenberger—$2.99Fulfilled by Joey Lankford—99¢Orphan Justice by Johnny Carr—$2.99The People of God by Trevor Joy and Spence Shelton—$2.99What not to get your pastor for pastor’s appreciation monthEric Geiger:…I am grateful for the few folks in every church who remember Pastor Appreciation Month, likely because the Christian radio station they listen to…
  • Write more better: be coachable

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’ve never met a good writer who has it all figured out. The best I know are eager for feedback. This isn’t because they love having their egos stroked, but because they want to get better at what they do. As much fun as praise is—I mean, who doesn’t love reading an encouraging comment (they’re not just an urban legend!) or a thoughtful review of a book you’ve written?—it doesn’t help you become a stronger writer.For that, you need thoughtful critique. And you also need humility in order to learn from it. Which takes us to the second tip in our quest…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersLots of new ones from B&H today. Here are a few of the highlights:Manhood Restored by Eric Mason—$2.99Spiritual Warfare and Missions by Jerry Rankin and Ed Stetzer—$2.99Theology of the Reformers by Timothy George—$2.99The Insanity of God and The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken—$2.99 eachCreature of the Word by Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson and Eric Geiger—FREERecovering Redemption by Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer—$2.99Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper—$2.99Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by JD Greear—$2.99Boring…
  • Write more better: write simply

    Aaron Armstrong
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Most of my training has come on the job. I didn’t go to school for journalism or anything like that. I wasn’t a writer until I was one, and I didn’t plan on being one at all. So, when I’m asked the question, “How do I get better at writing,” I feel a little embarrassed. This is not because I don’t know what to say, but because I often feel like I’m making it up as I go along (even when I’m not).I’m kicking off a new blog series called Write more better: Unoriginal (but helpful!) tips for writing well.Over the course of the next few…
 
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  • Despair and hope in northern Iraq

    OM usa
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Dakota DaemynDakota Daemyn*, a disaster response specialist serving with OM Near East, led a week-long assessment of the current crisis in northern Iraq. That assessment forms the basis for our ongoing ministry to displaced Iraqis in the Kurdish region of Iraq.“We fled to the village outside Mosul the first time ISIS came,” one man told me, his thin, earnest son translating for him. “After things settled down we went back in. The second time we were given 10 hours to leave. At the edge of town they ripped up our passports, they destroyed everything we had.”On the other side of his…
  • Ukraine Prayer Update

    OM usa
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    We've just received this update from our OM team in Ukraine:Ukraine Needs Your Prayers- The conflict in Ukraine continues to grow in intensity and scale of destruction.- The MH17 flight tragedy in Ukraine's eastern region has shocked the world.- The conservative death toll figures from the conflict since mid-April is now over 2000 people and 6000 wounded. More than half of those in the last month.  Recently about 60 have died every day. - The number refugees or internally displaced persons (IDP) is over 330,000. - In several large cities hundreds of thousands people are without basic…
  • Hope in Desolation

    Emily
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    An explosion shatters the stillness of the night.People scramble for shelter, the air thick with fear as they huddle together, wondering if they will even live to see another morning. A mother struggles to silence her crying child and cringes at the shouts that seem to echo across the dessert. An orphan crouches into the shadows and trembles as he hears the heavy footsteps that beat across the sandy terrain. As yet another bomb rumbles through the war-torn landscape, ripping up everything in its path, there is only one question that remains...When will it all end?For the people of Syria,…
  • Artist Spotlight: Abby

    Emily
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Like so many other young artists, Abby's experience at Incarnate 2014 was nothing short of life changing. Skilled in over five instruments, her giftedness in the area of music was unparalleled by any other student. In fact, she was so talented, that even Incarnate leader Bill Drake found himself astounded at her musical genius.However, despite her impressive strengths in the area of music, Abby was also very broken and damaged. Originally from Finland, her early life had been one of abuse and pain that she was desperately trying to forget. Her time at Incarnate was a drastic change from the…
  • Artist Spotlight: Kara

    Emily
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    With her contagious laugh and bubbly personality, Kara brought joy to everyone who attended Incarnate 2014. As a small town girl from Minnesota, Kara had grown up in a large homeschooling family with seven other siblings.Time - Oil paint on canvasAlthough she had only taken one online art course, she possessed incredible talent, particularly in the area of painting. Her passion was to create art of people that society often considered to be insignificant or unimportant. She was especially skilled at painting with a knife, creating a unique "ruggedness" that truly captured the essence of…
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  • 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…
  • Following His Footsteps: “The Truth Within” – Luke 7

    Randall Smith
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    Have you ever had someone suggest to you that you could find the truth about life WITHIN yourself? The other day I was invited to watch a motivational seminar on video by a Christian friend who thought I could really gain some insight from a well-known speaker. Because I know this friend well, I put it on the list of things I do for personal growth, and when it got to the top of the stack, I watched it. The man was entertaining and informative, and I found some of the information quite useful, that is, until he journeyed into “self as a source of truth.” That idea troubled me. There are…
  • God on the Move: “The Divine Right” – The Epistle to the Romans

    Randall Smith
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    What do you do when your life is falling apart? For some it can be the dreaded phone call that announced, “Sorry, the test came back positive, we are going to need to discuss options”. Perhaps yours was the announcement of a spouse, or the loss of someone you loved deeply. For others, your job fell apart even though you gave it more than any healthy and sane person should. One minute life is moving along, the next minute a powerful storm pummeled your life, and your plans seem to be in tatters. What do you do? I read a Huffington Post article some time back by a life coach named Tamara…
  • Following His Footsteps: “Misrepresented” – Matthew 10

    Randall Smith
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    Have you ever had someone misrepresent your position before others? The other day a friend explained to me that he got in trouble at work because he sent an email to someone in another department that was entirely appropriate, but that employee added offensive words to the end of the message and passed them on to his immediate supervisor with a stinging rebuke that made clear they “didn’t want to receive that kind of correspondence again.” Fortunately, my friend had a copy of the original still in his “sent” file – and it became clear that the problem wasn’t his email, but the…
  • God on the Move: “Fight the Good Fight” -Acts 19

    Randall Smith
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Recently, many American Christians I have spoken to became deeply concerned with the lack of a coherent strategy to face the growing global threat of ISIS. The mission community is watching this crisis, especially those of us who work in the Middle East region. Watching with horror as journalists were brutalized, many around the world reacted in fear, and wanted the comfort of our governmental leaders – and some are noticeably bitter about not getting what they wanted in assurances from Washington. Others are more concerned with the startling outbreak of the Ebola virus, and the seeming…
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  • Behind the Window

    David
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Buying a new car is one of those things that always evokes mixed emotions is all of us.  There are those of us who get excited and can’t wait to enter into the dance of negotiations and those of us who utterly despise the very thought of walking onto the new car tarmac and dealing with all the gamesmanship of purchasing a car. I for one find myself somewhere in the middle.  I enjoy the hunt, I enjoy the new car smells, and the discovery of the new inventions released for our “driving pleasure”. I recently went through this experience when the lease on my wife’s car…
  • Lessons from Cracker Jacks

    David
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    I was recently contemplating the past, something I find myself doing more and more as I get older, when the thought of something exciting returned from my childhood. Cracker Jacks! Yes, we still see Cracker Jacks today on the shelves of our grocery stores.  Now mostly in bags, not boxes.  Shiny mylar bags with high definition pictures of the molasses candy covered popcorn and peanuts contained within.  Even the familiar Sailor Jack and his dog Bingo graces the bag.  Not much has changed from what I remember from my youth. One thing, however, is missing.  Well, more than one thing, but…
  • Chasing Jesus

    David
    14 Feb 2012 | 10:33 am
    I am proud to present to you a guest blogger. Richard Gill. Yes Richard is related to me. He is my youngest brother in whom I am very well pleased. Not to take away from his bio, below, but his story is one that is quite a journey. A true chief of sinners to righteous servant story. A man after God’s own heart! Biography: Richard Gill lives with his wife and family on a small ranch in Oroville, CA. He enjoys riding his Harley, spending time with family and tinkering with the endless building projects that are required around the ranch and at his work as a contractor. His heart’s…
  • Just Another Magician

    David
    5 Feb 2012 | 4:18 pm
    Just before the turn of the 19th century into the 20th century, there was a young man by the name of Erik Weiss. Erik was born in Hungary the son of a Rabbi, and immigrated to the United States, with his family, one of 7 siblings. The family settled in the state of Wisconsin, and later moved to Harlem, New York. At the age of 9, Erik took a job as a trapeze artist and called himself “Erik, the Prince of the Air”. As a young teen Erik became interested in the art of magic. He started out with simple card tricks and soon found himself performing in dime museums and sideshows. To…
  • MEDIOCRITY

    David
    24 Sep 2011 | 5:33 am
    Mediocrity is something I have struggled with most of my life. It is something that has created many missed opportunities and immeasurable heart ache for me and my family. Recently, a good friend approached me and asked if I would accept a guest on this blog. This is something I would not do lightly. But Colonel Paul Longgrear, US Army retired, is a man who shares my heart for the fathers of this age. Paul is a true American hero and I recently had the honor of attending his induction into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame. His story is an extraordinary one and one Google search will show you why…
 
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    Heart Choices

  • Make Heart Choices not Hard Choices

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    SourceToday is World Heart Day. When I read their slogan "Make Heart Choices NOT Hard Choices", I recognized an opportunity.I chose Heart Choices as the name of my blog many years ago. I was working as a cardiac nurse. Initially I planned to conduct workshops for heart patients to teach them how to make healthier heart choices.When blogging became an option for me, I began to write about making heart choices. And it has evolved into heart choices for body, mind and most importantly ...spirit.I still feel strongly about getting serious about heart health. I've seen too many people impacted by…
  • Where is Your Focus?

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Where is your focus? We live in a time when multi-tasking is applauded. We can accomplish much as we navigate our day, switching gears as required.  One of the parents of a camper in our summer camp program came up to me and asked if she could clone me. She said she observed how well I was able to multi-task and she needed someone like me to help her. I accepted her compliment graciously but laughed inside.How easy it can be to focus on the immediate. I often spend my time getting things done that are right in front of my face. Clean the house, do the dishes, water my flowers, get ready…
  • Five Minute Friday: Hold

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    It's Five Minute Friday when we are given a one word prompt and get to write for five minutes flat. The word for today is: HOLD.STARTThere are days when life seems wonderful and filled with fun. But there are days when life is very difficult.  I remind myself that these are seasons in life. And in each season there are lessons for me to learn to help me grow.But I must confess there are days when I'm barely holding on.Life is so different than what I expected. But God ...I am reminded of the Scripture above from Psalm 73:23. David was going through a difficult season in his life. He was…
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Rain in Phoenix is a novelty. Normally, I'm thrilled when I hear the sound of rain on our roof. But early this morning was a different story. We had record rainfall. The ground in a desert like Phoenix can't absorb the rain quick enough so flooding occurs. We have many washes that are normally dry but they quickly fill up in storms like these. This morning we had almost five inches which is more than our annual levels.I woke up to the sound of commotion. My next door neighbor's condo was flooded. Greg and I quickly checked our condo for leaks. There was a small damp area in the dining room.
  • Five Minute Friday: Whisper

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    It's Five Minute Friday. We are given a one word writing prompt and get to write for five minutes flat. Our word for today is: WHISPER.STARTThe children were busy playing and making much noise. They were focused on the toys and not listening. I watched as Heidi tried to get their attention to no avail.Then she began to talk softly. A few heads looked up as they heard her voice. She continued to talk softly and gave instructions. Several other heads began to check to see what the few children were doing. I was amazed how she managed to change the atmosphere from a noisy classroom into…
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    Coffee Shop Journal

  • John W. Gardner: Leaders are Lifelong Learners

    Marla Saunders
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    I came across this speech by John W. Gardner today. I don’t often get stopped in my tracks by speeches from nearly 25 years ago, but when Harvard Business Review posted an article on lifelong learning, my curiosity was piqued. I was rewarded by this beautiful speech that inspired me to live with purpose, meaning and interest. The quote below is just a snippet of the full speech, which is worth the time you will spend reading it and digesting its meaning. “Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something…
  • Vendor or Partner?

    Marla Saunders
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    I read a great article on Agency Post today about seeing yourself as a partner in your client’s business, rather than as a vendor. Partners are fully vested in the business, will put in the extra hours needed to let it succeed, and will allow their minds to dwell on creative options to solve everyday challenges. Partners will have “Eureka!” moments in the shower. Vendors, on the other hand, do not. They provide a service or an engagement and walk away. Our companies have always approached clients as partners without actually using those terms. That focus on learning a new…
  • Journey

    Marla Saunders
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:25 am
    Blessed are those who make You their strength, for they treasure every step of the journey. On their way through the valleys they stop and dig wells to collect refreshing spring water, and the early rains fill the pools. They journey from place to place gaining strength along the way, until they meet God in Zion.   – Psalm 84:5-7 (The Voice translation)
  • Why I am saying “No” to business

    Marla Saunders
    13 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    On a recent airplane flight from LA to Hawaii I found myself without a book to read. My iPad mini was loaded with at least ten books in the “to be read” queue, but I was thinking about beaches and sunshine. I knew I needed a real, physical, old-fashioned book. Without much hope, I popped into the airport sundries shop and managed to strike gold. Essentialism, by Greg McKeown, is one of those books that is likely to change my life over the course of the next year in ways I did not anticipate. Bottom Line Premise: Once you stop trying to do it all, you can make your highest…
  • Farming is making a comeback!

    Marla Saunders
    5 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
    One of the perks of my job is getting to dive into our client’s businesses during the course of our work with them. I love our Discovery Process where we lead the clients through really fun exercises that lead to deep insights about their industry and their brand. In the process, our team gets to learn details about another industry from the inside out. A favorite client of ours has been Farm Credit of Florida. It turns out that the Farm Credit system was established by the government back in 1916 to provide stability and financing to the agricultural industry. Nearing 100 now, Farm…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Podcast Interview

    Peter Mead
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Glen Scrivener is a good friend of mine and the ministry I am involved in, Cor Deo.  Every year Glen joins us for a day during the full-time course and shares with the team about the Gospel and evangelism.  Back in 2012 he spoke at our Delighted by God conference in London.  Here is his latest episode of The Evangelists Podcast in which he interviews me about Cor Deo, about the book, Pleased to Dwell, and a little bit about Bible reading too.
  • Rick McKinley – Where’d Jesus Go?

    Peter Mead
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    Rick McKinley is the Lead Pastor at Imago Dei Community, the church he planted in 2000, in Portland, OR.  He is also co-creator of the Advent Conspiracy.  Rick and I sat next to each other in our graduation ceremony at Gordon-Conwell some years ago and it was great to get to know him in the midst of all the waiting involved!  He authored The Answer to our Cry (UK Link), Kingdom Called Desire (UK link) and This Beautiful Mess (UK link).  I am very thankful to Rick for this guest post for the Incarnation Series, Rick points us to the significance of the ascension and how that ties the…
  • Ron Frost – A Stirring Love

    Peter Mead
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Ron Frost is my friend and colleague as a mentor in Cor Deo.  He also serves as a Pastoral Care Consultant to missionaries with Barnabas International.  I first met Ron when he was teaching Historical Theology at Multnomah Biblical Seminary.  Be sure to check out his blog SpreadingGoodness.org (as well as his posts on Cor Deo’s blog too).  Ron loves how some Puritans, especially Richard Sibbes, point his heart toward Christ.  So in this entry in the Incarnation Guest Series, Ron takes us to Sibbes with the hope that our hearts will be stirred too: _________________________________…
  • David Murray – Rehearsal for Calvary

    Peter Mead
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    David Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Seminary.  He is also pastor of Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church.  David is the author of Christian Get Depressed Too, How Sermons Work, and Jesus on Every Page (USA Link).  You can read his blog, HeadHeartHand or follow him on Twitter @davidpmurray.  David is married to Shona and they have five children ranging from 1 to 18 years old.  I am thankful to David for contibuting to our Incarnation Series marking the release of Pleased to Dwell. Here, David takes us back to the book of Judges and points…
  • Peter Comont – Jesus Wept

    Peter Mead
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Peter Comont is  the Senior Pastor of Trinity Church Oxford, a new church plant in heart of the city of Oxford.  He is involved with several initiatives to teach, train and nurture the next generation of leaders including Living Leadership, the Porterbrook Seminary,  and the South Central Ministry Training Course.  Peter and I met at a conference in Asia several years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations during those days.  In today’s Incarnation Series guest post, Peter offers us a really helpful reflection on the subject of the incarnation, God and what constitutes…
 
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  • Midweek Roundup - 10/1/14

    Nick Rynerson
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Each Wednesday we share some recent links that we found informative, insightful, or 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. How to childproof your ESV Reader's Bible With two young kids there is always a puddle of liquid hiding somewhere on a surface and I didn’t want to worry about setting the Book down and having the cover soak through anytime.I also didn’t want to worry about food or condensation from a plate or cup that was set on top of the book.
  • The ESV Heirloom Single Column Legacy Bible

    Lizzy Jeffers
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    The ESV Single Column Legacy Bible, first released in January of 2012, was the culmination of precise and thoughtful planning, with the aim of making the ideal reader's edition. It was the first text-only edition where our Typesetting and Design teams started from scratch and tried something completely new in terms of typography. The inviting reading experience of the Single Column Legacy Bible was inspired primarily by Robert Bringhurst’s typesetting philosophy in The Elements of Typographic Style. The page layout is based on the Renaissance ideal of a perfect page, which means that there…
  • Christ in All of Scripture – 1 Peter 1:3–9

    Lizzy Jeffers
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    1 Peter 1:3-9 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes…
  • Doubting Your Doubts

    Matt Tully
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    The Reality of Doubt Is the Bible really true? Does God actually hear my prayers? Can I genuinely be forgiven? Will I definitely go to heaven when I die? Is there truly a God at all? Doubt can be a stimulus to faith, or an ongoing annoyance in the Christian life, or a fatal blow to someone’s loose commitment to Jesus. It all depends on what we do with our doubts. Acknowledging Our Doubts One thing we should always do with our doubts is to be honest about the fact that we have them. Doubt is a struggle to be acknowledged. Indeed, having doubts is a normal part of Christian experience. We see…
  • Video: Edwards on the Christian Life

    Matt Tully
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    In the video below, Dane Ortlund sits down with Justin Taylor to discuss his new book, Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God. Interview: Dane Ortlund and Justin Taylor from Crossway on Vimeo. Timestamps 00:09 - How would you respond to the claim that Edwards is too hard to read? 01:20 - Why write a book about Edwards when so much has already been written about him? 02:29 - What role does beauty play in Edwards's thought? 03:47 - Why is the beauty of holiness so crucial for Edwards? 05:55 - Did Edwards practice what he preached when it came to delighting in the beauty of…
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  • Protecting Marriage

    Jonathan Cliff
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Often the most overlooked parts of our unique parenting style, is the marriage aspect. We read books on parenting, we talk to other parents about our kids, and we laugh together about all of our parenting misadventures. However, we don’t often put an equal amount of energy into our marriage. We’d all agree that we want our kids to see a good marriage. Nobody wants their kids to see an eventual divorce, broken homes, constant bickering, and angry conversations. But, what does it look like for kids to see a good marriage? Is it public displays of affection? A little kissing, and a…
  • What Spiritual Parenting Tells our Children [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    But spiritual parenting tells our children, “Yes, this time you did not choose truth, but this does not define you. This is not who you are. This is something you did, but it is not who you are. You’re still the same person. You still belong to God—you are in Christ. And that can’t be taken away.” We must remind them of their true identity because guilt and shame are debilitating demons. Michelle Anthony, Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today’s Families (David C. Cook, 2010), 1127
  • The Lie of Consensus

    Jonathan Cliff
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Consensus is defined as “general agreement among a group.”  You know where consensus comes into play in your life, right?  You want to start moving ahead with your ideas, but you feel you need some consensus from your leaders to do it.  You know what needs to be done, but you want consensus from others before moving forward.  You are burdened with a need that needs met quickly, but you want to build consensus so you won’t feel all alone meeting the need. The danger with consensus is that oftentimes it stagnates our progress and delays our successes.  In and of itself,…
  • That’s why we’re dissatisfied [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    When the will has become enslaved by its need, when the mind has become obsessed with the object of its desire, when the appetite of the body has become master rather than servant, the soul is disordered. The ultimate reality behind human dissatisfaction is sinful souls that have been cut off from the God we were made to rest in. That’s why we’re dissatisfied. John Ortberg, Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You (Zondervan, 2014), 2455
  • Six Keys to Leading Awesome People

    Jonathan Cliff
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I have led some really great teams of leaders in my experience. Leading great leaders has forced me to evaluate myself to become the leader they need me to be.  In this journey, I’ve discovered 6 important keys to making it happen for my team. 1. Let them be themselves.  You hired them for who they are, let them be that. (Wisdom and Discretion applied as needed.)   2. Encourage Self Management.  When you hire someone, let them manage their own time and productivity.  (See #3 for corresponding key.) 3.  Hold everyone Accountable.  When letting someone be themselves, and…
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  • Poetry: Too and To

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

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    PillsPillsRound solutions To all that illsPills, pills, pillsPillsHard solutionsFor the over the hillPills, pills, pillsPillsScientific solutions Can they save or will they killPills, pills, pillsBy Chere L. Brown, Fort Worth, TX 2012
  • My Couch

    15 Jul 2012 | 9:24 am
    This is the day I spent all day doing nothing on my couch.Oh, I watched a biography on Jamie Foxx and another about John Ritter; I guess that was something.In my mind I stayed busy.I checked my email, read my Google Reader, viewed my Facebook, and watched a half dozen Ted Talks. At different intervals, exhausted from such mental excursion, I took two naps. The only times I left my couch were to go to the bathroom and to warm something in the microwave, which I ate while sitting on my couch. At times my couch is much like an astronaut’s pilot seat.It is very confining, but gives me an…
  • Shannon's Story: Shannon's Obituary

    8 Jan 2010 | 11:40 pm
    Shannon Ivy Brown September 14, 1968 – December 19, 2009 Shannon Ivy Brown died December 19, 2009 after thirty years of serious health conditions starting with a brain tumor at age 11.She died in Richmond, California due to a septic blood infection.She was 41 years old. Shannon Ivy Brown was born September 14, 1968 to Daryl Thomas Brown and Chere Lynn Brown (Barnett) in Seattle, Washington.Shannon has lived with her mother in Washington, California, Nevada, Tennessee and Vermont.She has been a resident of Richmond for 11 years. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Shannon’s greatest…
  • History As Lived By The Cracker Lady: Auld Lang Syne (Millennium/Freedom Mix)-Kenny G

    1 Jan 2010 | 12:05 am
 
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    Jenna Brooks - Read My Mind: Culture and Other Things

  • 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.
  • Have Your Own Back

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    You've witnessed this, too: the self-deprecating comments of women who look for all the world like they're winners. I'm no fan of the trend toward women demeaning themselves, not in any case; but this particular situation - it just seemed more representative than most.Last week, I spent a couple of hours in a local coffee shop. I was just hiding out, escaping my apartment for a while, because I do most of my work at home. Two women were seated at the table right in front of me.They were in terrific shape, dressed in workout gear, and they mentioned something about having just come from…
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  • First Ebola Case Confirmed in the U.S.

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of the Ebola virus in the U.S. in a hospital in Dallas. According to an earlier statement from the hospital, the patient was placed in isolation and evaluated for the infection “based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.” Four American aid workers were diagnosed in Africa earlier this fall, but this case is the first diagnosed on American soil. But don’t panic. The hospital has taken the correct precautions early on, and health experts have said the virus won’t spread like it has in West…
  • No, Caffeine-Infused Underwear Will Not Help You Lose Weight

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Most Americans would swear by their coffee, but let’s be honest, having to drink caffeine is such a hassle—wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could just wear it? Well, apparently, that was the grand idea of clothing companies Norm Thompson Outfitters and Wacoal America, who claimed their undergarments with “embedded microcapsules containing caffeine” could help wearers slim down. The problem is, the claim that someone can lose weight just from wearing certain clothes is not backed up by science, which got the companies in trouble with the Federal Trade Commission for deceptive…
  • 13 George Whitefield Quotes That Will Challenge Your Spiritual Life

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    On the anniversary of his death, a look at the great preacher’s wisdom and humility. In an age where whatever is at the top our news feeds takes precedence, it can be easy to forget and discount the foundations upon which our current practices were built, even within the Church. Certainly, church practices and some aspects of thought change with the times and the culture, but every once in a while, it’s helpful to look back and realize that, at the core, those in the Church have always struggled with and clung to the same truths we do today.
  • California Becomes First State to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    The governor of California, Jerry Brown, has signed a bill banning single-use plastic bags. Under the new law, large grocery stores must stop carrying sing-use bags starting in July 2015. Stores are allowed to charge fees for reusable or paper bags and can apply for loans from CalRecycle to help transition to creating reusable bags for their customers to use. Many cities and counties across the U.S. have plastic bag bans in place, but the bill will be the first statewide law with such a ban. Brown said he hopes the ban will reduce the problem of litter, and that other states will follow suit…
  • Netflix is Producing Its First Feature-Length Film

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Netflix has already disrupted traditional TV with its original series such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but now it’s taking the next step: making a movie. The video streaming service will be working with Harvey Weinstein to create Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend (a sequel of sorts to the popular movie released in 2000). The movie will release on Netflix and have a short run in IMAX theaters in late August of 2015. “The moviegoing experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement,” Weinstein…
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  • Curacao Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $135 & up — 5th Night Free Plus $50 Resort Credit at Luxury Beachfront Resort The resort fefatures a private beach with pristine reef only 20 ft. from shore. For stays now through December 25, 2014. $119 — Willemstad: 4-Star Resort, Up to 34% Off This luxury resort has a full service spa, fitness facility, casino & [...]
  • Antigua and Barbuda Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Saint John’s: All-Inclusive Deluxe Beachfront Package for 2 Includes meals for 2, beverages, unlimited access to resort activities & facilities & more. Saint Philip: All Inclusive Oceanfront Resort on Sale This package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for 2, discount on spa, evening entertainment & more. $1012 — Saint Mary: 4 Night Package For 2, Up to 30% [...]
  • Cancun Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $128-$143 — Cancun Resort w/$100 Credit using MasterCard Book with a MasterCard and receive exclusive hotel discounts & extras at 4-star beachfront resort along the shores of Cancun’s famed hotel zone through Dec. 14. $150-$168 — Cancun All-Incl. Resort in Peak Season, 60% Off This luxe resort sits on a white sand beach overlooking turquoise waters and features [...]
  • Belize Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    $132 & up — Belize City Hotel w/ Free Parking The two-story Best Western has 75 rooms, both smoking and non-smoking, with exterior entrances built around an outdoor courtyard. $175 & up — Waterfront Condominium Resort, Up to 30% Off At Hopkins Bay Belize, relax by an outdoor pool or hit the private beach where you can enjoy [...]
  • All-Inclusive Luxury Resort Deals

    kirsten
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    3 Night Escape in Quintana Roo + All Inclusive Includes welcome cocktails, meals for 2, unlimited beverages, resort savings & more. $825 & up — Montego Bay, Jamaica: 3-Night Luxury Package, Up to 35% Off Includes exclusive Preferred Club amenities, Unlimited-Luxury activities & amenities. Travel through March 31, 2015. $4915 — Virgin Gorda, BVI: 7 Nights Ocean Suite Package [...]
 
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  • Link Love – 4

    Chilly
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    10 Ways to Turn Yourself into a Productivity Dynamo National Coffee Day Deals and Freebies Learning How to Boast The Portfolio The Historical Accuracy of the Bible Revealed Have Trouble Concentrating? Bonneville Salt Flats at Night
  • Keep Us Little

    Chilly
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    So much of ‘today’s ministry’ seems BIG & BOLD – every service is a TV-ready performance choreographed down to the last second. Videos, intelligent lighting, 20 member worship band, gourmet lattes and hip leaders. I guess you can’t argue with the results, right? They’re growing & doing great things. This is not a post to rip on them – or anyone… But, what about the rest of ‘us’ without the big budget, cool buildings or paid staff? Can we reach people without all this stuff? Can we make disciples without a video class? What…
  • Truth IS Dare!

    Chilly
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Truth is powerful. Truth is Jesus! I’ve found myself making choices in behavior, attitude and thought that directly relate to a renewed relationship with Jesus (truth) and His Word.  IF I’m not improving, then I’m proving that I’m lazy, lying or lost. Freedom is a gift not a right, it comes through Christ not charisma. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free … So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”John 8:32, 36 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except…
  • Gems

    Chilly
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
     Jesus said, “Every teacher of religious law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of Heaven is like a homeowner who brings from his storeroom new gems of truth as well as old.”  Matthew 13:52 I like this for a couple of reasons: 1. Jesus opens the thought & door for religious teachers to be redeemed – in fact, He speaks to the wealth (blessing) that such a conversion brings to the body of Christ! 2. So often we see Jesus ONLY rebuking them or them ATTACKING Him – but, there were many during Jesus earthly mission and afterwards that wholeheartedly changed – NEVER…
  • 48

    Chilly
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Reading some Psalm 48 as my 48th birthday begins… O God, we meditate on your unfailing love as we worship in your Temple. As your name deserves, O God, you will be praised to the ends of the earth. Your strong right hand is filled with victory. For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die. Psalm 48:9-10, 14 “It takes a long time to become young.”  ~ Pablo Picasso
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  • Staff Playlist (September 2014)

    Michael Ernest
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    We love music, and because we love you as much, we decided to share with you what has been enjoying heavy rotation on our media players. “Forever” by Kari Jobe Just because I love Kari Jobe,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Stay in School

    Ronnie McBrayer
    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    The Buddha said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Well, ready or not kids, your teachers are showing up in classrooms everywhere. It’s time to crack open the books, slip the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hot Single Releases (August – September 2014)

    Michael Ernest
    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    From Capital Kings to Trip Lee, we bring to you the hot new single/video releases. “I Am Not Alone” by Kari Jobe Kari Jobe dropped the single/ music video for her song “I Am Not Alone” which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lessons in Life

    Ronnie McBrayer
    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    My youngest son started middle school this year. On the first day of classes, climbing on the bus with all his Number Two pencils and three-ring binders, he also carried with them enough anxiety to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Keep it Simple

    Ronnie McBrayer
    4 Dec 0001 | 4:00 pm
    The Old Testament Law contains 613 individual commandments. The majority of these are negative: “Thou shalt not” do such or so. These commandments prohibit activities ranging from coveting your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • First Ebola Case Confirmed in the U.S.

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of the Ebola virus in the U.S. in a hospital in Dallas. According to an earlier statement from the hospital, the patient was placed in isolation and evaluated for the infection “based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.” Four American aid workers were diagnosed in Africa earlier this fall, but this case is the first diagnosed on American soil. But don’t panic. The hospital has taken the correct precautions early on, and health experts have said the virus won’t spread like it has in West…
  • No, Caffeine-Infused Underwear Will Not Help You Lose Weight

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Most Americans would swear by their coffee, but let’s be honest, having to drink caffeine is such a hassle—wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could just wear it? Well, apparently, that was the grand idea of clothing companies Norm Thompson Outfitters and Wacoal America, who claimed their undergarments with “embedded microcapsules containing caffeine” could help wearers slim down. The problem is, the claim that someone can lose weight just from wearing certain clothes is not backed up by science, which got the companies in trouble with the Federal Trade Commission for deceptive…
  • 13 George Whitefield Quotes That Will Challenge Your Spiritual Life

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    On the anniversary of his death, a look at the great preacher’s wisdom and humility. In an age where whatever is at the top our news feeds takes precedence, it can be easy to forget and discount the foundations upon which our current practices were built, even within the Church. Certainly, church practices and some aspects of thought change with the times and the culture, but every once in a while, it’s helpful to look back and realize that, at the core, those in the Church have always struggled with and clung to the same truths we do today.
  • California Becomes First State to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    The governor of California, Jerry Brown, has signed a bill banning single-use plastic bags. Under the new law, large grocery stores must stop carrying sing-use bags starting in July 2015. Stores are allowed to charge fees for reusable or paper bags and can apply for loans from CalRecycle to help transition to creating reusable bags for their customers to use. Many cities and counties across the U.S. have plastic bag bans in place, but the bill will be the first statewide law with such a ban. Brown said he hopes the ban will reduce the problem of litter, and that other states will follow suit…
  • Netflix is Producing Its First Feature-Length Film

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Netflix has already disrupted traditional TV with its original series such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but now it’s taking the next step: making a movie. The video streaming service will be working with Harvey Weinstein to create Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend (a sequel of sorts to the popular movie released in 2000). The movie will release on Netflix and have a short run in IMAX theaters in late August of 2015. “The moviegoing experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement,” Weinstein…
 
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  • Be Here Now. A More Beautiful Place

    Bonnie Gray
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    {be here now. journal given as a gift by janine crum} “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant Making the unknown known is what is important.” Georgia O’keefe Did you ever wonder if you have anything to offer to the world? With this one life, do you ever worry if you’ll ever be able to find it time… to be you? I do. But, I have found even in the midst of my self-doubts, something quiet and beautiful always manages to reach through. It is a hunger. A desire. For more. Than this. This hunger, this desire tells me that there is still a heart beating inside me. That…
  • Your Daily Good: Why Single-Tasking is Good for Your Soul (Say Yes to Rest)

    Bonnie Gray
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    the little girl in you and me… what she loves to do… jesus with her together {shared by kindred @michelleviscuse on instagram from our #spiritualwhitespace #yestorest community.} It’s a new week and maybe you’re thinking like me. I don’t know what to do. There’s so many things I want to to do, but which one is the right thing to commit to? Time is precious and there’s hardly not enough of it. So, we often freeze up. We always hear time is money, so we’re afraid to spend our time… on ourselves. Soul care. Soul care is allowing ourselves to…
  • {Soul Rest Sunday} Sing Me a New Song

    Bonnie Gray
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    you are good soil and I am your seed. {what I hear God whispering to me} new moon rising in the twilight    I want to sing a new song. But I can’t be sure. My heart has been rising and setting on an old song. The hours pass and the days move like water turning under the moonlit sky. It’s really what I long for. But it’s always been good enough. Not anymore. Something is changing in me, Lord. There’s a new moon rising in the twilight of my night. Something is changing. I’m daring to believe — and I don’t want to look away. Do you have a new…
  • Sparkle. Psst…It’s a Blog Birthday! {Everlasting Light Jewelry Giveaway}

    Bonnie Gray
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    {5 years ago, I cried bitter tears here into the sand, feeling weary and small. I started writing & a blog named FaithBarista was born. asilomar state beach, pacific grove, ca} Today, we’re celebrating Faith Barista’s 5th birthday!   Celebrate with me! Enter to win one of DaySpring’s Everlasting Light Jewelry Giveaway at the end of today’s post. Three Winners. Pick up a copy of my book Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest for yourself. (I’d love to meet with you between the pages!) Or gift this book to help me bring rest and beauty…
  • the Anniversary. the song of soul intimacy. whitespace for couples.

    Bonnie Gray
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
      Oh, who would have ever known it Could be this easy? I was a long, long way off. Then just like that it was over, Everything I knew of love… I was a long, long way off. Thank you for opening the window. The sky is clear as my mind is now, I was a long, long way off. Join me in welcoming the sun in, It’s much brighter than the night I hid in, I was a long, long way off.  And I think I like how the day sounds, Through this new song.   And I think I like how the day sounds, Like how the day sounds, Through this new Song. From a long way down… Yeah, it’s well worth the…
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    Sustainable Traditions

  • Journal of a New Agrarian: Killing Chickens

    Jason Fowler
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    We are missing something fundamental in how we think about and practice meat eating. A lost agrarian skill - killing chickens - connects life and death. The post Journal of a New Agrarian: Killing Chickens appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community (Book Review)

    Jason Fowler
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    Planted is a fascinating and enjoyable read...with an important message to embody our discipleship to Jesus in lived community and creation care. The post Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community (Book Review) appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Soil of the Heart

    Jason Fowler
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It all begins, as the author reminds us, with brokenness before our Creator who is the Great Farmer to the soil of our hearts. The post Soil of the Heart appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Plain Speaking

    Lydia Reese
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    I think that plain speech is really difficult to do, but it is a really valuable thing when living with one another. Especially when you’re feeling a bit peeved at someone... The post Plain Speaking appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Avad: To Serve The Earth

    Lydia Reese
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    God is not asking us to turn everything into a productive vegetable garden, but is asking us to serve the needs of our earth, and to recognize its goodness and worth. The post Avad: To Serve The Earth appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
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  • Turtle Invaders Are Here!

    Rick Garner
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zyrobotics, LLC for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.It's sad to think that some of you reading this have never heard of or played Space Invaders. Ah, the memories of playing that game at the mall arcade (something else long gone)! Sigh. Now, multiple game platforms exist and few games are more convenient than those playable via apps on your phone. With a wink at the classic Space Invaders approach, Turtle Invaders is a new app for younger children and children with special needs. I downloaded it and took it for a spin.You are an octupus…
  • Where Are You, iEmanuella?

    Rick Garner
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    One of the things I love about the web is finding fascinating people and resources. Last week, a video was shared on my Facebook feed. You can see the first thing that I saw below, a young girl showing words on card. Like me, you've probably seen dozens of these. I chose to watch it out of curiosity. The video wasn't just a story of a young woman growing in her faith, it was also a call to action. A challenge to love people first, regardless of their choices or if they agree with you. At the video's end was apparently the girl's online identity in white text over a black: iEmanuellaGoogling…
  • Issuing A New Challenge

    Rick Garner
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Last weekend, I was called out to take the #ALSIceBucketChallenge by a friend. The following week, Georgia was called out by a friend to take the challenge. While I had a week to fulfill my challenge, G was given the typical 24 hours. We made her deadline but not before it had gotten nearly too dark to record outside. G and I agreed we'd "dunk" each other. We also discussed changing things up a bit and not donating to ALS. Instead, we chose to donate a scholarship to Girls Grace Adventure which is a discipleship oriented program for 2nd through 5th grade girls. GGA takes place at Grace…
  • Gary Needed Gas

    Rick Garner
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    An unusual event happened Monday around 6pm, and I'm curious how you would interpret the event.I arrived at the BP gas station in Maple Lawn and immediately noticed a man talking to another woman at a gas pump. By her body language she wasn't very receptive to what he was sharing. By his voice, he seemed sincere and somewhat desperate.As I turned off my car's engine and finished a text on my phone, the man walked over to a woman at the pump in front of me and began sharing his story with her. As I listened to his words, I considered just staying in my car or even driving away. For a moment,…
  • Hand Notes

    Rick Garner
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    I will miss you soooo much!G left me a note on the back of my left hand before she went to Kentucky for two weeks. The star is obvious but I'm not to sure what's on the left. Kinda looks like a shark now. :)Maybe I'll wash it off today. But not intentionally. We'll just let the hand washings be light.
 
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  • Tugged

    Jay Cookingham
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
      I seriously doubt my leadership ability at times and wonder about how uninspiring my message can seem. Strange… isn’t that a pastor’s job? To be inspiring and lead a great charge across the landscape of the enemy, winning the battle and the day? Perhaps not… I fret, pray, dream, sweat and lay awake at nights just pondering the effectiveness of my life and the impact it has on others. I dive into Scripture, talk to men far wiser than I and wrestle with questions like a cage fighter on steroids. My heart seems in a perpetual state of being tugged. That’s the haunting reality of…
  • I Go to the Water

    Jay Cookingham
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    I go to the water Waves lapping Shore defining The water comes to me (c) 2014 Jay Cookingham  When I need a Sabbath, I try to go to the water and today I am down by the Hudson River.I need rest for a weary soul.So I steal a few hours from a schedule thick of life, responsibilities and things to do. I drink in the power of the river and I ponder the Psalms...He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed through the desert like a river. Psalm 105:41Restless like the river, I move to a few secluded spots I know, hoping to find the one that fits. I do and silence…
  • The Current of Change

    Jay Cookingham
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
      Changes are one of those constants in life, like seasons they carry promises and challenges but with deadlines not of our choosing. Oh, we have choices to make for sure. We could turn and catch the wave of change and ride it for all its worth, attempting to tame the roar with our courage. Or, we could plant our feet, letting the full force hit us and go spinning in the torrent, possibly drowning in our own failed expectations and imagined strength. Changes are powerful waves…so are our choices It seems every powerful wave of change begs a soul shaking question. How much of my life is…
  • Silencer

    Jay Cookingham
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:39 pm
        I had coffee with Sam (not his real name) recently; Sam and I were trying to catch up after a few years of minimum contact with each other. As it often goes with life, our circles cease to cross or even touch. He went to his church and I went to mine, and there were no social events that overlapped both of our very separate lives. I can’t say that we were deep friends when we attended the same church together but Sam was a very likeable guy, he invited friendship. We had coffee many times, talked in depth about marriage, family and work, the usual subjects of men drinking…
  • Warriors

    Jay Cookingham
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:35 am
      This past Sunday on Father's Day, our church decided to switch things up a bit. We decided to have a council of dads (3 to be exact) answer a few questions about fatherhood and being men in general. As I interviewed this men, in between the laughter and light heartedness, I discovered the richness of their stories and their grip on Father God's heart. Their story is all our story, ordinary guys serving an God who wants to be Father God to us all. I hope you'll listen and ponder the questions for yourself...and leave an answer here if you would. It would be awesome to hear more of your…
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  • If You Want To Pray For Your Daughter Today . . .

    Natalie Snapp
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I have so much planned for her open-oyster life. I want her to feel heartbreak but not too much – just enough to build empathy and gratitude. I want her to feel disappointment but again, not too much – just enough to make her reach higher. And I want her to experience failure but not with something big – something medium that will teach her she doesn’t always get what she wants. I want so much for her. Honestly, when I think about what I want for this beautiful girl who is my daughter, my eyes get teary and I reminisce about the days when she was so little she could curl right up…
  • Our Next Book Club Selection (And A Giveaway) . . .

    Natalie Snapp
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    So we’ve started something here on the blog I’m loving big-time because it combines two of my favorite things ever: books and friends. And by friends, I mean you. And by books, I mean really good ones – like Praying for Boys, The God Empowered Wife, and Unglued . . . I think I can speak for more than just myself when I say they’ve been powerful reads. So are you ready to hear what our next amazingly-wonderful-transformative-make-you-think book will be? Wait no more, friends, because we’re going to read: Here’s the summary from Amazon: In high school, Kristen…
  • Friday Fun: All About That Bass, No Treble

    Natalie Snapp
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You will never, ever, ever, ever, EVER get this song out of your head. EVER. But this version is particularly fun because 1) it’s Jimmy Fallon and he just makes me laugh and 2) they’re using toy instruments. And yes, I realize not all of the lyrics are 100% appropriate, so don’t share it with your kids. Friday Funs are just for you anyway . . . Now see? No need to be a size two – because it’s all about that bass – no treble. Have a wonderful and restful weekend, friends! See you on Monday! The post Friday Fun: All About That Bass, No Treble appeared first on…
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  • The Challenge of Romans 9:22

    paulthinkingoutloud
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Although he took off in a different direction after this, Zach Hunt began a blog post at American Jesus this way… My last year at Yale I was able to take Systematic Theology with Miroslav Volf. It goes without saying that there are many things I will always remember from that class, but one that especially stuck out to me was the time Prof. Volf shared his least favorite verse in the Bible. To be honest, the cynic in me was excepting to witness the cynic in Prof. Volf. I figured he would rattle off a string of cliché/misunderstood passages like Jeremiah 29:11 or that maybe he’d go…
  • Traveling Home

    paulthinkingoutloud
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
      Today we are honored to have a guest post from Rick Apperson who blogs at Just a Thought. Rick and his wife are missionaries living in Smithers, British Columbia, Canada where he is the pastor of Main Street Christian Fellowship. Traveling Home 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. …
  • Apostle Peter Was One-of-a-Kind

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'”  ~Mark 16:7 Tell the disciples and Peter? Why is Peter given separate treatment? Isn’t he a disciple? Did his denial make him an un-disciple? …In a way, Peter always has special treatment in scripture. Even among The Twelve, he is unique… …California pastor Greg Laurie contributes regularly to the WND (World Net Daily) website’s Faith section. Click the title below to read this at source, and find links to other columns and…
  • Dealing with Religious Spirits

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Some days we post articles by mainstream Evangelicals, some from people from liturgical churches, on other days we’re Reformed, and today we’re decidedly Pentecostal/Charismatic. This is actually part two of an article which in turn is an excerpt from the author’s book. To read the entire piece you need to click this link in which the author explains how she was familiar with the practice of deliverance, but never had considered that religion might be something for someone to be delivered from. by Kimberly Daniels What Does the Bible Say? The Word of God has something to say…
  • Justice, Equality, Fairness and Jesus

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    NRSV Matthew 20:8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ 9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.  In first introducing today’s writer last year, I explained that some blogs consist of pastors’ sermon notes written for churches that use the Lectionary as a guide to preaching. In these churches, the Evangelical concept of a sermon series in completely foreign; instead there are three or four…
 
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    Worthy Christian News

  • Indian High Court to Overturn Evangelism Ban

    Worthy News Staff
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent NEW DELHI (Worthy News)– The Bilaspur High Court in India has opposed a ban preventing non-Hindu missionaries from entering villages in Bastar district. According to Barnabas Aid, the Bilaspur court put the Bastar government on notice after a petition by Christians that questioned the constitutionality of a ban that prohibits all non-Hindu religious activities, thereby undermining religious freedom. Back in May, a resolution by the Sirisguda Village Council banned the religious activities of all non-Hindu religions. Although the resolution was…
  • Imprisoned Christian Killed by Police

    Worthy News Staff
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent RAWALPINDI (Worthy News)– A Christian pastor accused of blasphemy was shot and killed by a policeman Thursday inside Pakistan's Adiyala jail in Rawalpindi, according to International Christian Concern. Pastor Zafar Bhatti had been receiving death threats in prison from other inmates and his guards before being murdered. Bhatti was accused of blasphemy back in 2012 after a police report alleged that he had sent blasphemous text messages to Ahmed Khan, then deputy secretary of Jamaat Ahle Sunnat, a Pakistani Muslim organization. On July 16…
  • Islamists Kill Christians in Plateau State

    Worthy News Staff
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent ABUJA (Worthy News)– Ethnic Fulani Muslims razed a church and killed 10 Christians in Nigeria's Plateau state in September, according to Morning Star News. Jihadist herdsmen attacked the Bokkos area by shooting Christian farmers and setting ablaze 15 homes and an Assemblies of God church, according to the Rev. Manasseh Duwong of the Church of Christ in Nations at Mbar. They were shouting, "Allahu Akbar" and chanting: "We must wipe out these infidel Christians today," Duwong told Morning Star. The Rev. Moses Kungyep…
  • CDC Confirms First Case of Ebola in U.S.

    Worthy News Staff
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    DALLAS (Worthy News)– Officials with the Centers for Disease Control have confirmed that a person in Dallas definitely has the Ebola virus. Tuesday's official determination makes the patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas the first diagnosed Ebola case in the United States, CBS News reported. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas Department of State Health Services, Presbyterian Hospital and Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) all participated in an afternoon press conference. CDC Director Thomas Frieden related the…
  • Anniversary of Bombing of All Saints Church

    Worthy News Staff
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:11 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent ISLAMABAD (Worthy News)– On Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, two suicide bombers from the Pakistani Taliban detonated their explosives just outside the gates of All Saints Church in the Christian community of Peshawar just as service ended; over one hundred Christians were killed and hundreds more severely wounded. "For the entire world, a year has passed, but for me it feels like it just happened," Fahmeda, a widow of a Christian killed in the bombing, told International Christian Concern. "I still remember and will never forget the…
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  • Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters!

    George Whitten
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Micah 7:18-19 Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy. [in Hebrew mercy is the word "ch-sed" -- which has a much deeper meaning. Click here to read an explanation of the richness of this word.] He will turn again, He will have compassion on us, and He will subdue our iniquities. Yes, You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. One of the more beautiful ceremonies of the Jewish faith is called…
  • Heed the Sound of the Shofar!

    George Whitten
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet (shofar in Hebrew) in Zion, and sound an alarm on My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD is coming, for it is near at hand; Last night began the feast of Rosh Ha Shannah, or Yom Teruah — the Feast of Trumpets. At the end of the summer the Hebrews are commanded to blow the shofar — the ram’s horn, all day long. The sound of the shofar was a sound of alarm — it told the people to get ready. It marked in the calendar that the summer harvest was over and…
  • Shana tova oo-metukah!

    George Whitten
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Tonight begins one of the highest holy days of all the feasts of the Bible, Rosh ha Shana (Head of the Year). According to Jewish tradition, Rosh haShana is the Day of Judgment, the day when the righteous have their names inscribed in the Book of Life and the wicked are judged for their transgressions. It is a day to commemorate the creation of the world, the creation of mankind, and the…
  • Remain Faithful!

    George Whitten
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions 1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. In the early 1800's a preacher gave a message to call men to join him on the mission field in Africa. In the audience were only a few women along with a boy. The pastor knew that few women were expected to volunteer to face harsh African jungle conditions. However, he gave the message; and no one responded. What he didn't realize was that he had touched the heart of a little boy whose name was David Livingstone. This boy would grow up to spend the rest…
  • Do you want to be honored?

    George Whitten
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Mark 10:44-45 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. A noncommissioned officer was directing the repairs of a military building during the American Revolution. He was barking orders to the soldiers under his command, trying to get them to raise a heavy wooden beam. As the men struggled in vain to lift the beam into place, a man who was passing by stopped to ask the one in charge why he wasn't helping…
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  • Every True Thing

    Alia Joy
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    I’m teaching the importance of words. I hope my kids learn this. But first I have to learn it myself and these lessons are hard learned. Words matter. The things we speak to each other frame the content of our lives. The things we speak to ourselves determine what we believe. So I teach my children God is good. His word is good. I teach them to usher in praise when the world seems to crumble and groan and stretch in anguish. I teach them that every broken thing cries out for redemption and there is but one Redeemer. I let them see me cry when injustice rolls across my news feed and my life…
  • Importing on Purpose

    Katie Matzenbacher
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Today’s post is from our Vendor Network Manager, Mark Palfreeman. We’re excited for you to hear his story and the way our new Words Matter Letterpress Blocks collection is connecting all of us at (in)courage to some beautiful stories around the world.  Take a walk around your house today and see how many different countries of origin you can find printed on the products you own. It can be rare to find something that was made in the USA! Like it or not, imported goods dominate the marketplace, and often our initial reaction to this reality is negative. We are concerned about the…
  • When You Feel Like Damaged Goods

    Renee Swope
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Carol walked down the aisle of the discount grocery looking for a bargain she couldn’t resist. It was always hit and miss in this store, and she had missed…again. Or so she thought. Turning the corner to head out the door, she noticed a bin labeled: “Damaged Goods.” Filled with dented cans and un-labeled boxes, the collection of random items caught her attention. Although they were no longer considered shelf-worthy, for some reason Carol couldn’t resist stopping. Suddenly an odd and aching sense of empathy washed over her, leaving her heart keenly aware of how…
  • Freedom in Forgiveness

    Moriah Nelson
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    When I was in Kindergarten, I was determined to be the best. The best student. The best friend. The best reader. Sometime in the fall, my class was outside for recess and I was reading near the teachers (as usual). I saw a few of my friends near the edge of the playground, and for once I decided to join them. When I walked up to the kids, I saw they were throwing rocks and pebbles near a car. I thought we were seeing how far we could throw, so I joined in. I had fit in perfectly with the teachers so far, but not so much with the other kids. I wanted to fit in. The teachers eventually noticed…
  • Bloom Book Fall Study Announcement

    Jessica Turner
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Fall is here and along with pumpkin spice everything is our latest Bloom book selection. This study includes a few firsts for Angie and me including filming the study in the author’s home and the author making an appearance in our announcement video. I don’t want to share too much, but without question, this announcement is one we won’t soon forget. {Subscribers please click here.} Are you excited? Hop over to the Bloom page to get all the study details and to buy the book!
 
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    Plough Weekly

  • Plugging the Hole in Our Gospel

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    In this interview, Plough asks World Vision president Richard Stearns why he says there’s a hole in our gospel and why we need to “kill the American dream.”
  • What is Discipline?

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 am
    Discipline is probably the most misunderstood word in the vocabulary of parenting. It is not a matter of control, suppression, or coercion, and it should never involve cruelty or corporal punishment. What is it then?
  • Digging Deeper

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Books on the Sermon on the Mount abound, but here are six volumes that deserve special attention.
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  • 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 →
  • The Agony of Disappointment

    Cheryl Cope
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    The Agony of Disappointment There are two sides to disappointment. Being disappointed by someone and being a disappointment to someone. They both can produce pain, agony or misery if you let them. Being disappointed by someone Who hasn’t had their expectations dashed? I would find it hard to believe any child growing up anywhere not having this happen at least … Continue reading →
  • Author Interview: Michelle Miner

    Cheryl Cope
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Author Interview: Michelle Miner Q1.)When did you first consider yourself a writer? A1.) I’ve always liked writing and find it easier to express myself in writing whether through poems or in my journal or letters to friends. Even though I’ve written a book, I’m not completely sure I consider myself a writer. (I know that doesn’t make much sense)…I simply … Continue reading →
 
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    Life & Theology

  • 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…
  • Leaders move without the ball

    Ben Reed
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    In basketball, there’s a concept that’s vital. And it’s something that’s rarely seen by the person unless they’re watching intently. The casual basketball viewer won’t see it, because the casual viewer watches the ball. The ball is where the action happens. Scoring, passing, steals, and blocks all happen AT the ball. But what happens away from the ball is often just as important. image credit: UKSports.com   It’s a concept called “moving without the ball.” It’s pretty self-explanatory, but just for the sake of clarity allow me to explain in further…
  • The Mulligan

    Ben Reed
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    In golf, there’s a shot called the Mulligan. It happens when you hit a terrible shot, and want a do-over. It’s a free re-tee. A concession from the rest of the people playing with you that that shot didn’t happen. image credit: photo-dictionary.com And they’re glorious. Before the last shot, you were embarrassed. Frustrated. Angry. Confused. Lost in the woods. Ready to quit. Now? There’s great potential. You have the whole fairway in front of you. The green is wide open. You’re still on your first shot. Still on the tee box, at least as far as the group, and more importantly, your…
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    Naty Matos' Blog

  • Enough With The Horror Stories

    Naty Matos
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m sure that just like me; many of my sisters out there have heard horror stories about mammograms. I don’t know why as women we have the tendency to create horror stories about those things that relate to our bodies. We heard horror stories about how our menstrual cycle was going to be. We heard the horror stories about our wedding night, child birth and many other things. And in a latter part of our life we have heard those same stories about our preventative checkup for breast cancer. I admit that the horror stories kept me away from getting tested for a couple of years. I would go to…
  • “ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM WHO BELIEVES”

    Naty Matos
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    John 2:1-11 is the narrative recounting the first recorded miracle of Jesus at the wedding in Galilee. “Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.” John 2:7 (NIV) Everyone has a designated time and place when they are to connect with their God-given purpose and the plan God has for them.  There are times when we try to advance too soon and other times, we sit back waiting and possibly missing the proper time.  Based upon the scripture, someone miscalculated and the wine supply ran short, to which, Mary, the mother of Jesus looked to her…
  • Book Release: Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches

    Naty Matos
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Join me celebrate with my author friend Renea Winchester in her launch of her new book  Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches by Mercer University Press. If you are in the Atlanta area on September 6th, please come to the book launch (See attached invitation). Bring the family, bring your friends.  If you are out of town on that date, the City of Roswell is hosting an event September 13th from 1-3 pm. Farming, Friends, and Fried Bologna Sandwiches is filled with stories about neighbors, friends, and visitors from as far away as Puerto Rico, Farming captures the small-town…
  • Open your eyes, the help is here.

    Naty Matos
    18 Feb 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Those close to me know that the last two months have been quite rough. Several incidents have happened and all of them were quite significant hits. Before becoming closer to Christ I use to have this image that it was the world against me and I needed to be strong for me and for everyone around me. Once I understood what it says  in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  I…
  • Book Review: Promises of the Heart

    Naty Matos
    14 Feb 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Promises of the heart” is the first book of author’s Scarlett Rains Sister’s of the Heart Series. The book setting is in London England and it’s a historical fiction. I’m not a fan of historical fiction, but this book was able to capture my attention. To me it was ironic to have the main character to be a sweet precocious child, when in my own books I chose that name for an adult serial killer. So the first thing was that I was interested in seeing how this Amelia would react to her surroundings. Amelia’s behaviors are way advanced for her age and the time in which she…
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  • Columbo and the Melancholy Dane

    Christina Lee
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In a chapter of Works of Love entitled “Love Believes All Things –And Yet is Never Deceived,” Kierkegaard describes two levels of love: the lower level, self-love, which seeks out self-affirmation and is easily deceived, and the higher level, the level he tells us we must reach — a love so strong that it wards off all deception. I’ve read this chapter many times, but it never quite clicked for me. Until I started binge-watching “Columbo”. God bless Netflix. Let me tell you a little about Columbo. First of all, I adore him. At this point, I’ve logged so many hours with the old…
  • Aimless Love

    Abby Jarvis
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Billy Collins’ poem “Aimless Love” strikes a special chord with me. The poem, wherein Mr. Collins falls in love with “… a wren/ and later in the day with a mouse/ the cat had dropped under the dining room table,” makes me remember my first love. I was only a child, and it was a brief affair — a deep, fleeting affection that was not reciprocated — but which set the tone for many of my experiences as an adult. My first love, you see, was an ant on a clover in my neighbor’s yard. My sister and I decided to “go on a safari” outside. So we packed a backpack with some…
  • Where Do You Write?

    Michael Dechane
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s best that I be as clear about this as I can — I want you to understand that my basic belief about the making of stories is that they pretty much make themselves. The job of the writer is to give them a place to grow (and to transcribe them, of course). Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in her or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible. Sometimes the fossil you uncover is small; a seashell. Sometimes it’s enormous, a Tyrannosaurus Rex with all those gigantic ribs…
  • The Birth of Innocence

    Aubrey Allison
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This painting is titled The birth of innocence. It is rich with color. Placed alongside artist Julien Spianti’s other paintings, this scene appears expansive and bright. It is part of a series called Memento Vivi, which includes paintings with titles such as sin of repetition and sin of trust. These scenes are close to grayscale, and they don’t reach the edges of the canvas, as if part of each moment has been lost to memory. But Birth of innocence is a departure in content as well as style: Spianti is showing us two moments in time. The couple is also the subject of another painting,…
  • Notstalgia

    Jayne English
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    You count all your heartaches.  ~ Terry Scott Taylor You know the experience: hearing a song takes you back to where you were the first time you heard it. Suddenly, I’m not just hearing the song in the car, I’m on a crowded beach with my high school friend, and we’re listening to the song on a transistor radio. Just as quickly, my eyes refocus on the road and the way the trees make a V toward the horizon. As the Roman god of beginnings and transitions, Janus presides over time. He sees both past and future, which is why the Romans named the first month of the year in his honor. Janus…
 
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  • Saint October 1 : St. Therese of Lisieux : Patron of AIDS, Illness, and Missionaries

    Jesus Caritas Est
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    St. Therese of LisieuxDISCALCED CARMELITE MYSTIC, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCHFeast: October 1Information:Feast Day:October 1Born:January 2, 1873, Alençon, FranceDied:September 30, 1897, Lisieux, FranceCanonized:May 17, 1925 by Pope Pius XIMajor Shrine:Basilique de Sainte-Thérèse, Lisieux, FrancePatron of:AIDS sufferers; aviators; bodily ills; florists; France; illness; loss of parents; missionaries; tuberculosisThe spread of the cult of St. Therese of Lisieux is one of the impressive religious manifestations of our time. During her few years on earth this young French Carmelite was scarcely to be…
  • Pope Francis "...true prayer comes from the heart, from the moment that we are living in. It is prayer in times of darkness, in those moments of life that seem hopeless...."

    Jesus Caritas Est
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Pope Francis preaching at Mass Tuesday morning30/09/2014(Vatican Radio) In moments of darkness, our lament becomes a prayer, but we must guard ourselves against overdramatizing our complaints and remember that there are people experiencing “great tragedies” who have good reason to lament, like the Christians driven from their homes for the faith, said Pope Francis Tuesday during Mass at Casa Santa Marta.Reflecting on the First Reading of the day, in which Job curses the day he was born, the Pope noted that his prayer at first appears to us like a curse. Pope Francis recalled how Job was…
  • Protests in Hong Kong for Democracy increase by Tens of Thousands

    Jesus Caritas Est
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Asia News Report: Hong Kong protests: police violence "a boomerang against the government" A Catholic source in the city tells AsiaNews that "police behaviour shocked people". Increasingly, Hongkongers want democracy. "Now the only way out is for Leung to resign" and open channels of communication." Protest turnout is increasing. Kowloon Peninsula is blocked.Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - Police violence against students "has turned out to be a boomerang for the government. The sight of agents charging young people, all peaceful with hands raised, has shocked people. Ordinary people are now…
  • Today's Mass Readings : Tuesday September 30, 2014

    Jesus Caritas Est
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 456Reading 1JB 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.Job spoke out and said:Perish the day on which I was born,the night when they said, “The child is a boy!”Why did I not perish at birth,come forth from the womb and expire?Or why was I not buried away like an untimely birth,like babes that have never seen the light?Wherefore did the knees receive me?or why did I suck at the breasts?For then I should have lain down and been tranquil;had I slept, I should then have been at restWith kings and…
  • Pope Francis "...reading of the Word of God, because the sacred text is the nutrient of the soul and the pure and eternal source of..."

    Jesus Caritas Est
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    Pope Francis29/09/(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday thanked members of the United Bible Societies for their “patient, attentive, fraternal, competent and faithful” work.The Pope was receiving them in audience in the Vatican after having been presented with the new Italian version of the Bible, an inter-confessional translation in current Italian, fruit of the collaboration between the United Bible Societies Italian branch, and the ELLEDICI Publishing House.In his discourse, the Pope expressed his desire that “all Christians be able to get to know ‘Jesus Christ’s sublime…
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  • The True War

    Todd
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Watch this Video: Pieter Swart explains that the warfare of the Bible refers to our belief system. “The warfare is against your belief system. It is since the day of Adam and Eve in the garden, there is a war from that day against the belief system of man.  That’s where the war is. See you are not fighting to overcome sin. You’ve got to believe that sin has been dealt with. You are not fighting to overcome poverty. You’ve got to believe that poverty has been dealt with. See I have been looking into finances and money lately and I realized something about Jesus…
  • New Covenant Prophecy

    Todd
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder Speaking From a Place of Completion “The modern prophetic movement originated several decades ago as men were reawakened to the awareness that God still speaks to us. Unfortunately, they often looked to Old Covenant future-telling examples of the prophetic, while lacking a finished work foundation. But the New Covenant prophet is walking in the fulfillment of all Christ has done, not waiting for a future breakthrough! The Galation bewitchment is, ‘to work for something you already have’.  You already have THE Prophet living inside of you, the…
  • New Covenant Contemplation

    Todd
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder discusses the practice of God’s presence which flows out of the revelation that we are already permanently united to God in Jesus. “Mystics get confused and religiously strive when they don’t have a good theology of the finished work of the cross. And on the other hand, theologians get dry, lifeless and powerless when they are not contemplatives – practicing God’s presence … There is ultimately no separation between the whack and the Word!” – John Crowder 2 Corinthians 12:1-13 Strength from Weakness…
  • The Wrath of God in The Light of Grace

    Todd
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Watch these Videos: Bertie Brits defines WRATH from the perspective of the trinity “[True Story] This guy was in jail – I think in China or somewhere- he was in jail for 50 years. He went in when he was 25, and he came out at the age of 75. What do you think would be the first thing this guy asked for once he was released? The first thing he could hold in his hand? The first thing he asked for was a mirror – for he’s never seen his face in 50 years. They gave him a mirror, he looked into the mirror and he started to sob. … And I think that’s whats happened…
  • What Is God’s Wrath

    Todd
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Watch this Video: Steve McVey unpacks an understanding of the root word for wrath that has not been properly understood. “[What is the wrath of God?] The question suggests that there is a dichotomy between the wrath of God and the love of God.  And that would be a mistaken notion – to think that somehow God’s wrath stands apart from His love. Let’s go back the fundamental essence of God. John said God is love – not God loves. God is love. Love, agape, is not one of the incidental characteristics of God’s personality. Love is the foundational essence of…
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  • 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…
  • Choose Your Fuel: Vision, Hype, Busyness or a Building Project

    Bob Adams
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Mike Gammill is one of our Lead Navigators at Auxano. He recently completed a campaign with San Marcos Community Church in San Marcos, TX. The Vision Clarity impact and unique Campaign story will inspire you. In the summer of 2013, San Marcos Community Church was in the church plant doldrums. As a twelve-year-old plant they really weren’t a “plant” anymore, but their base of mission and worship was still a leased facility. They did own land a couple of streets over. They owned a building too, but it was a metal prefab building and was, literally, in storage. Their dreams of permanent…
  • New Personal Vision Cohort Launching Next Month! Join Me for Your Younique Year!

    Bob Adams
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    For over a decade in my personal ministry, I have worked closely with friends and close associates to coach them along their personal clarity journey. Recently, I have offered personal clarity tools and insights when speaking at conferences and leadership gatherings. As a result, many of you have shared your interest in going deeper on your personal clarity journey. Which is why I want to invite you to participate in Younique Year – a personal vision cohort designed to catalyze progress in realizing your life calling. I use the word “catalyze” very intentionally here. A chemical…
 
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  • What You’ll Find When You Stop Running

    Al Andrews
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve had two epic dreams in my life. One of them entered my sleep the week before I got married at age 36, after years of running from relationships, fearing intimacy, and petrified of commitment. The other came the day after my 60th birthday. I’d like to tell you about the first. In my dream, I was a member of a counter terrorist group. I wore dark camo, a helmet, night vision goggles, a bulletproof vest, and black face paint – the whole deal. Before I go on, you must know how comical this is. In my non-dream life, I’m the kind of guy who would pet all of the forest animals if…
  • Discovering Your Calling Won’t Make You Whole

    Andrea Lucado
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    When I was 24, I was in a job that was not a great fit for me. Not terrible, but not great, and the “not great” part was all I focused on. I was very anxious about my job and very restless for the next thing. I wanted to find out exactly what my calling was and do only that. I thought if I found the job that was my calling, I would love it and jump out of bed every morning, even on Mondays. I’ve felt this way for most of my twenties. Even when I got a new job at age 24 that was a much better fit for me and gave me more joy, I prayed that God would show me exactly what He wants me to do…
  • Why You Can’t Seem to Find Your Willpower

    Donald Miller
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Awhile back, I listened to a book called Willpower by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney and took great interest in their findings about how willpower actually works. Citing study after study (perhaps too many for an otherwise enjoyable read) Baumeister and Tierney argue willpower actually comes from the muscle of the mind and that it can be strengthened. I thought I’d share some of what I learned. How do we build up our willpower? 1. We don’t try to tackle too much too soon. If you’re trying to lose weight, get out of debt, get married, build a rocket ship and write a symphony, chances…
  • Why Being Vulnerable is Leaving You Lonely

    Cadence Turpin
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Vulnerability is a hot topic right now, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. Not only have I realized I have a lot to work on, but I’ve become more aware and thankful for the people in my life who model vulnerability well. But I’ve also learned there are people who model vulnerability poorly. Here’s what I mean. Have you ever been setup to meet a stranger for coffee and left two hours later knowing every brutal detail about her recent divorce but still not her last name? Or followed someone on social media who posts vivid details about her personal life but is extremely difficult…
  • The Character Trait That Pleased Jesus

    Donald Miller
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    In John 6, Jesus loses some of his followers after He tells them they have to eat His flesh and drink His blood. I imagine they thought He was crazy. And I would have thought He was crazy too. But it was the twelve disciples who remained. And why? It’s not because Jesus clarified He was speaking metaphorically (it might have been nice for Him to have clarified that, though); it was because they said they had no other choice. They believed He was the son of God. And they really had no other options. They literally said to him “where else are we going to go?” The striking…
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  • Let the Show Begin

    TheChristianGift
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    The colors have arrived with gusto in New Hampshire’s north country. I spent some time up there this weekend with my camera – and there will be more of that to follow! It’s always an awe-inspiring sight and something I never tire of seeing. If you’ve never visited, it is most certainly a bucket-list type of item. It’ll take your breath away. Even the plants which cling to the rocks in the harsh environment in Mount Washington’s alpine zone transform into vibrant shades of red and yellow – rivaling anything you’ll see from the maple leaves a…
  • Autumn Arrives

    TheChristianGift
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    Farewell, summer…. The calendar tells us that autumn will officially arrive later today. All one has to do here in northern New England is look upward and it’s obvious the change of seasons is underway. Quite a few trees are already showing color, and since there has already been a hard frost in the north country, I expect the foliage to be well along in the mountains and north from there. As the Psalmist says, “Come and see what God has done.” Indeed! I’m looking forward to it!
  • Morning Psalm

    TheChristianGift
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    Psalm 143:8 is just one of many verses that kick off the day in such a nice way… Make it a great day, and enjoy the weekend ahead!
  • Ushering in Autumn

    TheChristianGift
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Did this summer speed by – or is that just my warped sense of time? Perhaps it’s because last winter was another challenging one in my neck of the woods, so the thought of returning to that frozen time of year leaves me a little cold (pun intended)! Maybe it’s due to the fact that our summer was relatively mild. (Believe me, I’m not complaining about this one. Excessive heat and humidity are not my favorites.) Autumn doesn’t officially arrive until next week, but it’s already feeling like it has settled in. While only the middle of September, there’s…
  • Thank You to Pastor (and the Ministry Staff)

    TheChristianGift
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    We are honored that so many congregations choose us to help them say “thank you” in a tangible way to pastor, priest, and ministry staff via our personalized appreciation plaques. This time of year we’re always busy with Pastor Appreciation mementos…but what’s nice to see is that many folks choose to show their appreciation not just in October but throughout the year. Sometimes it’s in conjunction with a congregational anniversary or an ordination anniversary. In other situations, it’s to mark the end of a term for members of the lay ministry team.
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  • 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…
  • Thanks Kem

    Steve Fogg
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    I remember around eight years ago being asked if I would be interested in taking up a role as the Communications Director here at Crossway. At that time I had no actual experience as a comm’s lead, but had been in various job roles where I had learnt about public relations, communications to feel confident enough to consider the jump across from being a Creative Director to a Communications Director.  During that time I also remember doing some research and googling what a Church Communications Director was. It was here where I discovered a blog from Kem Meyer. It was through…
  • What The Best Church Websites Do

    Steve Fogg
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:29 am
    I was recently listening to an Andy Stanley Leadership podcast where Andy talked about ownership. Andy told the story about where he walks around this church and picks up the rubbish as he finds it. Eventually his staff who were meeting with him hired a cleaner not only to help him focus on the meeting, but also because they realised that the rubbish was being cleaned because Andy owned every level of responsibility. Not just at the higher levels of leadership. But all levels. If he saw something was wrong. He helped fix it where he could. What Andy probably also knew was how people would…
  • Bite-Sized Communication tips: Episode Three

    Steve Fogg
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:22 am
    Welcome to episode three of my bite-sized communications tips (It blew again today – so its a few bites now). Today I answer one of your questions about social media.  This weeks question from Ron Woodbine after episode one. ‘What’s the best way to deal/manage/brand control with multiple campuses and multiple cities and multi cultures?’ Bite-Sized Communications tips: Episode 3 from SteveFogg on Vimeo. (Excuse the lack of editing at the start. I thought I had edited it out.) While I was answering Ron’s question I thought this might be relevant ’22 Common…
 
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  • Risk in Ministry

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    I was really struck by this tweet by Ray Ortlund recently:My three criteria for ongoing self-assessment: reality with God, honesty with brothers, risk in ministry.— Ray Ortlund (@rayortlund) September 9, 2014 Bang on. This tweet is proof that you can say a lot in 140 characters or less. The third criterion is one that is often missed, but it's crucial.Risk is one of the most undervalued ingredients of successful ministry. The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) teaches us, in part, that risk avoidance reveals a fearful mindset based on a deficient view of God. It reminds us that there…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Everybody Is a Theologian As ministry leaders, we are called to be good theologians and to teach our people to be good theologians. Good theologians think rightly about God and live rightly before God. Called to Speak 'Freakish' Truth As far as I can see, those speaking up for Christianity in the public square today usually rely on one of three approaches. The three differ from each other dramatically, and everything we say is colored by the approach we choose. Silver Bullet Ministry We have what we need to do ministry effectively in the glorious gospel of the…
  • The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Churches that believe the gospel are common. Churches whose cultures are shaped by the gospel are not. In his excellent book Samson and the Pirate Monks, Nate Larkin describes the time when, as a sexual addict, he first encountered a church that whose culture breathed gospel:I didn’t realize it at the time, but my world had just turned. Barely four months later I would be listening to the gospel in a church where it was safe to admit brokenness, where the pastor talked about his own sin in the present tense and celebrated the mercy of God every Sunday. Here I would hear about the covenant…
  • Sobering Up: The Prerequisite to a Good Prayer Life

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    I struggle with prayer. It’s some comfort, I suppose, to understand that others do as well. A recent story about renowned preacher Sinclair Ferguson illustrates that even those who seem to be mature Christian leaders feel that they have lots to learn when it comes to prayer. When it comes to praying more, I wonder if we start at the wrong end of the problem. We want to pray more. Good! That is admirable. But we shouldn’t begin there. Our efforts to pray more fall flat, and it isn’t long before we are just as discouraged as before. The cycle of good intentions leading to failure and…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Is Church Too Easy? If our goal is to “teach people to obey” all that Jesus commanded, then we may want to rethink our commitment to comfort on Sundays. Gospel Affection Consider what follows a simple encouragement to press into a life of love in practical ways. Slammed in the Spirit Christians too often bury the good and beautiful ways God is working through our constant criticism of one another. The Blessings and Curses of Being an Introverted Pastor My goal is to share three blessings and curses of being an introverted pastor so that whether you are an…
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  • How Socially Connected Should a Children’s Pastor Be?

    Mimi Bullock
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In 2014, the children’s pastor must skillfully walk the increasingly awkward line between what’s appropriate and what’s not. Eighteen years ago, (yeah, I’m a kids min veteran) I never thought twice about hugging a child or calling a kid. I can’t say that today, sadly. Now that everyone is on the web (even the kiddos) the kids’ pastor faces a lot of pressure to be hip and become socially connected. By adding your tweeting, liking and pinning to the mix, you have even more awkward lines to walk. If you do choose to utilize the Internet to maintain and build…
  • Bible Lesson: Proverbs-Two Paths: Pride & Humility

    Kelly Henderson
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    This lesson is another in a series from Proverbs that our entire church is doing.  The lesson was prepared for a small group of students ranging from age 5-10.  This lesson focuses on how the path of pride leads to destruction and the path of humility leads to wisdom. Bible Passage: Proverbs 11:2, 16:18, 29:23, Daniel 4 Bible Story Title: Proverbs-Two Paths: Pride & Humility Target Age Group:  Ages 5-11 (3rd-5th Grade U.S.A.) Target Time Frame: 60 Minutes Original Teaching Context: Sunday School Supply List:  Bibles, pens, pencils, activity pages, visuals for Nebuchadnezzar’s…
  • Bible Lesson: Building on Solid Ground (Matthew 7:24)

    Kristin Schmidt
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    This free Bible lesson is based on Jesus’ parable of the wise & foolish builders. Use it in your children’s church or Sunday School to help children build their life upon Jesus Christ. He is the “rock” that can withstand any storm. Lesson Focus: A life built on a firm foundation of faith will survive trials and tests. Bible Passages: Matthew 7:24-27 Target audience: 1st-5th grade (adaptable older or younger) Materials needed: Blocks (foam or wood); rug; exercise ball; large rocks; paint/glitter Opening Activities: Greet students and start with a question: what is a…
  • Really Messy Fall Children’s Ministry Activities

    Mimi Bullock
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    One thing I am known far and wide for is my messiness. In children’s church, it is anything goes really as long as no one gets hurt (or gets their feelings hurt) and it lifts up the name of Jesus. So far, I’ve been smacked in the face with a whipped cream pie, had a bucket of slime poured over me and I’ve smashed at least a dozen bananas. Partly because I have adult ADD but also because I love having fun with the kids. (For the record, I do teach too.) For me, fall means more than festivals and trunk or treat. Kids are back to school and they need an outlet for some fun.
  • Story Time with Jesus: Lesson Two

    Tara Tegard
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    This lesson is the second in a nine part study for children on the parables of Jesus. We’ll be adding a new lesson each week while the series is created. There will be an index page once it’s finished, for now you can follow along hereFor related ideas, search our website for “Parables of Jesus Main idea: We sow the seed of Truth into every kind of heart, just like God does. Teacher preparation: Read Scripture references, Galatians 5:22-23 Gather: Bible; dry erase markers or chart paper and markers; rice; sunflower or pumpkin seeds; small rocks, gravel, or glass marbles used in…
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  • 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

  • Our Giving Begets More Giving

    Frank King
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Blessed to Give “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). These words penned by Paul the apostle challenge conventional thinking. We tend to think that if we keep giving, we will eventually deplete our resources. The truth is that giving begets more giving. How is that? According to the verse above, when we are passionate about giving, God gets on board with what we are doing. He showers us with His grace so we can continue giving to every good work. And I emphasize “good…
  • The One True Gospel

    Frank King
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Bible Preacher “I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel” (Galatians 1:6). This is a short but loaded verse of rebuke from Paul the apostle to the church at Galatia. First of all, Paul was blown away by how quickly the people had been removed from him and his gospel message of grace. It was as if there was no depth to their convictions about Christ. The second problem Paul noted was consequential to the first. He said they had been moved from the grace of Christ to “another gospel.” This word, another, refers to…
  • Get a Life Outside of Social Media and Digital Technology

    Frank King
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Mobile Devices Do you have a life outside of social media and digital technology? Or have they become your life? Hopefully, your answer to the first question is yes and no is your answer to the second. For many, I fear that a serious blurring of the line exists between their preoccupation with social media and real life. Let me begin with a couple of my personal observations: One, for a growing number of teens and young adults, the main means of phone communication is texting, as opposed to talking on the phone. Do I think this is bad? No, I think it’s terrible. You don’t learn how to…
  • God Speaks to Us through Holy Vessels

    Frank King
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    Open Bible Sometimes, I hear people say they don’t adhere to the teachings of the Bible because it was written by man. Well, it was written by man, but God is the Author of the Bible. In his second epistle, Peter reveals how the prophecies of the Old Testament came about: “No prophecy of the scripture is of any interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:20-21). Think about the prophecies found in the writings of the prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Based on the verses…
  • Experiencing God through Prayer

    Frank King
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Man Praying The only way for us to really learn how to pray is to pray. You can learn certain principles about prayer through books and sermons to get you started. But you grow in the area of prayer only by experiencing God through prayer. Let me give you an example. In his second letter to the church at Corinth, Paul the apostle shares an experience of his. He had sought the Lord three times for deliverance from what he calls the messenger of Satan buffeting him. But God did not grant Paul’s request. Rather, He responded, “My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect…
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    Mike Calhoun

  • Pray With Youth…Start A Movement

    mikec
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    There is one ministry that every person, in every church, on every continent can do without excuse, theological degree or cooperate strategy and that is…Pray. My friend Tim Eldred of Endeavor Ministries believes the best way to make the ministry of prayer an investment for the present as well as the future is to get adults praying with students. Pray With Youth is a global initiative designed to connect adults and students in prayer. The third Sunday of every September Endeavor Ministries challenges churches around the world to do their part to help “Start a Movement” with youth that…
  • Don’t Pray Like a “Wuss”

    mikec
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Wuss – weakling or wimp – Dictionary.com Unabridged, Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010. If you cannot bench press 1075 lbs. (world record), climb Mt. Everest without bottled oxygen, score the decisive goal at the World Cup or win the Mixed Martial Arts championship then some may refer to you as weak or a “wuss.” The truth is few people want to do any of these things. Only a minority has the desire to even try – and a select few have actually pulled one of them off. Yes, there are some things that are limited to a small number of people. But being…
  • Super-size Your Youth Ministry Model

    mikec
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Why is it that every time I order food I hear something like: “Would you like that Super-Sized “Will that be small, medium or Large “Lunch or dinner portion?”  “Do you want to add a side for just …?” or my favorite “Tall, Grande or Vente Sometimes the most difficult decision in ordering food is choosing the size you want to consume. I am sure the marketers are just playing to the “I want to have choices” culture. People in general and this Millennial Generation specifically wants to be the masters of their own consumption. Interestingly enough, the consumer is sold the…
  • Five Reasons Good Christian Leaders Leave

    mikec
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Good leaders don’t leave organizations/churches that they hate: they leave the ones they love. Often they don’t leave because they are mad or upset: they are just tired and used up…they feel they don’t have anything left to give. The travesty could have been avoided by good oversight. Although there are probably one hundred reasons that this is true, I have identified five that I feel represent broad areas of concern. Each of these should be building blocks in good leadership. When they are missing or are misplaced then the results are less than desirable. Trust – If there is a lack…
  • What is a Reverb?

    mikec
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    REVERB is an incredible all-night student event. More than 1,000,000 students have attended this event (formally called Superbowl) and there have been over 100,000 recorded decisions for Christ. This year REVERB will be held in twenty locations nationally plus several more in Canada. The night kicks off with a sporting event, some even connected with NHL and NBA teams. This is followed by an interactive AMP rally with music, games, and tons of prizes. During the AMP rally the students will hear a clear Gospel presentation and be given an opportunity to respond. The rest of the night is…
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • Don’t Mistake Doing What You Love with Doing What’s Important

    J.B. Wood
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    A few moths 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...]
  • Is Work a Curse, or Inherently Good?

    J.B. Wood
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I recently overheard a conversation where a middle-aged, mothering woman was asking a scrappy-headed and pockmark-faced young man in his mid-twenties how he liked his job. “It’s okay,” he said, staring down at his unlaced black Skechers. “Pays the bills, right?” she prompted with an encouraging smile. “Yeah, no – it’s not so bad. For now.” [Read More...]
  • The Spiritual Value of Wasting Time at Work

    J.B. Wood
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    I was on speaker phone the other day with a colleague, Bruce, closing up several items regarding some new deal activity. After five minutes or so, the business part of our conversation was over, so I fired up my computer, opening several application windows in anticipation of the call winding down. Hello, excel! Hello, email! Good day, internet! [Read More...]
 
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  • Mondays Are For Ministry – 10 Gifts To Give Your Pastor

    Brad
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    (This article was first published on October 11, 2011. It received numerous comments and was published in Baptist Press. It has been revised and reposted here for as an encouragement to pastors and church members alike.) October is Pastor Appreciation month. This is the month when many churches will take some time to show their appreciation to their pastor for his love and ministry over the past year. Some churches will take up a love offering for their pastor. Many will put a basket in the vestibule for members to place cards in with kind sentiments they want to share with their pastor. A…
  • Foundations Video: Why Do Secret Sins Matter?

    Brad
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
  • Fridays Are For Family – 15 Fun Ideas For Your Family This Fall

    Brad
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I do love this time of the year. There’s something about leaving behind the blazing heat and washed out scenes of the summer and moving into the cooler temperatures and brilliant colors of the fall that speaks to my soul. I’ve always loved the fall. Some of my earliest memories go back to this time of the year. I remember jumping into leaf piles, games of touch football and tagging along with my dad behind a pair of far-ranging english pointers in the search for quail. If I let my mind wander much at all, I can still smell the musty aroma of those leaves, the first pot of chili on…
  • Sunday Video Preview – September 28, 2014

    Brad
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
  • Devotional Thought – The Hunger Of The Heart

    Brad
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    “But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.” Luke 15:14 Poor, pitiful prodigal. It was out of your excesses that the famine arose in your life. No doubt, the famine arose in that land, but it was your poverty that caused you to wallow in its devastating effects. Yes, there was enough food in the land to feed the pigs. The Psalmist promised that He would open His hand and “satisfy the desire of every living thing.” But, then you are not a living thing. You are a living soul! All of creation would be nothing more than…
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Let God’s Light Shine – Why Our Souls Sparkle.

    Jean Wise
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Don’t you love the energy and fun in the word – SHINE? I heard a powerful story about shine a few months ago that continues to inspire me and fill me with hope and encouragement. “And God said, “Let there be light… And God called the light day and the darkness he called night.” Genesis 1: 3 I never noticed before that God created light in verse 3 of the first book in the Bible, but it wasn’t until verses 14- 18 that the great Creator added the sun, moon, and stars which to our limited perception is the source of light for day and night. Just what did the shining in verse 3? An…
  • God Is At Work Within – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    “For it is God who is at work with you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2: 13 So often, Lord I think of myself as a failure, a flawed human being. While that is so true, how reassuring are these words that you are at work within me. I am incomplete, imperfect, raw and unfinished. But You, the Great Carpenter, take your hand tools and like Gibbs in NCIS, gently shape me to Your original divine blueprint. Shaving off inadequacies and smoothing bumps and bruises, your grace continues to hone my heart and chisel my character to be more like You. All…
  • God’s Work – Quote by Oscar Romero

    Jean Wise
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    “It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.  We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future that is not our own.” -Archbishop Oscar Romero The post God’s Work – Quote by Oscar Romero appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • OOPS!

    Jean Wise
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    For all of you who normally get this blog by email, I owe you an apology. Sometime end of last week, my blog and the software that mails out new posts to you decided not to communicate. I didn’t realize this until Tuesday and then had difficulty reestablishing the links. Finally late Wednesday, the two parties decided to talk again and to be honest, I am not sure if the connection miraculously healed itself (I was praying!) or if something I did finally worked. BUT OOPS!  Once all was well again in cyberworld, the internet imp decided to mail all of you not one, not two, but three…
  • Soul Feast Update – Book Review

    Jean Wise
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
      One book that has been a classic for anyone interested in spiritual practices and a great one for small groups is Marjorie Thompson’s Soul Feast. First released in 1995 this best seller has been recently updated and I had a chance to review it from a book review site called NetGalley.  I was excited to see a new chapter on Sabbath keeping, as this has been a hot topic among many people lately. I also appreciated more information on the chapter about Rules for Life – a practice I learned when becoming a spiritual director, but have found many others never heard of before. The group…
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    Daily Devotionals

  • Ephesians 2:10 – We Are God’s Symphony

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 ESV) If God is an artist, we are his artwork. If he is a musician, we are his symphony. If he is a sculptor—well, you get the point. At first reading, your theological-heresy-detector may be going off, leading you to think we’re making far too much of Christians, and far too little of Christ. After all, the greatest man who ever lived (Matthew 11:11) said that Jesus must become greater, and he must become less (John…
  • Psalm 139:23-24 – Search Me

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalm 139:23-24 ESV) Relationships take time. And as time passes, we can decide whether we want to go to the next level with a person and eventually open up to them. This doesn’t have to be a boyfriend or girlfriend thing; this can apply to many relationships. Hopefully, we all have someone we can tell our deepest and darkest secrets to; someone we know can keep our confidence. Friends like these know when there…
  • Proverbs 3:5-8 – Dependence and Victory

    admin
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:5-8 ESV) From Jordan: *Dependence and Victory is part five in the series DEPENDENCE, and holds the greatest value when read in sequence. You can start at the beginning here.* As Christians we must realize a simple, yet significant truth: through complete dependence upon…
 
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -School Removes All Books Suspected of Being ‘Christian’

    Dr. D
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
                      (Cover of The Hiding Place) The administrators at a public charter school in Temecula, California have removed all books suspected of being ‘Christian’ from the school library including Corrie ten Boom’s holocaust account, The Hiding Place. Here’s the report from Pacific Justice Institute: Pacific Justice Institute is warning a charter school in Southern California that it is violating the First Amendment by removing library books based on their perceived Christian content. A parent…
  • - We Should Be Praying For Our Leaders Regardless

    Dr. D
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
                                                  (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There are very few political leaders right now in America that I whole heartedly agree with particularly the President and the Governor of the state I live in (California). Nevertheless we should be praying for them regardless. This reminder is for me if no one else. Remember Paul counseled the early…
  • -Oklahoma: Woman Beheaded by Recent Muslim Convert

    Dr. D
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:45 pm
    UPDATE: Nolan linked to radical Imam also linked to the Boston bombers. In a story that was originally reported by the American press as just another case of workplace violence comes the updated information that the fired employee was a recent convert to Islam who tried to convert his co-workers and then ended up beheading one woman before he was stopped while trying to kill another. Here’s the story from the UK Daily Mail: Alton Alexander Nolen, who converted to Islam during a recent stint in prison, was fired from Vaughan Foods, a food processing plant in Moore, Oklahoma, on Thursday…
  • -California Baptist Church is Kicked Out of SBC for Accepting Homosexuality

    Dr. D
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    The California Baptist congregation which earlier this year came out in support of homosexuality and same-sex marriage has been officially kicked out of the Southern Baptist Convention. Here’s the story from the World Mag: The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday voted to remove a Los Angeles-area church from its membership after its pastor announced support for same-sex marriage and homosexual relationships. The national organization’s action came 10 days after the California Southern Baptist Convention voted to remove New Heart Community Church from its fellowship Posting on Twitter,…
  • -Student Prayer 9/24/2014: “See You At The Pole”

    Dr. D
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    For 24 years the ‘See You At The Pole’ day has demonstrated to schools, parents, and the whole country that prayer is still allowed in public schools just not the official kind led by school officials or teachers. Hundreds of thousands of students participate each year by gathering around their school flag pole on campus the third Wednesday of September. The theme this year is taken from Ephesians 6:18a: NEVER STOP PRAYING, ESPECIALLY FOR OTHERS. Atheist groups continue to try to shut this down but the law is really on our side. Students have the right to pray in public schools and even…
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    Trevin Wax

  • Good Theology, Good Lyrics, Good Melody: An Interview with Selah

    Trevin Wax
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Since 1997, Selah has been a mainstay in Christian music. The original trio was comprised of brother and sister Todd and Nicol Smith, and their friend Allan Hall. Nicol married and left the group in 2004, and Amy Perry joined a few years later. The trio has sold more than 4 million albums and singles, and garnered seven Dove Awards. Despite their previous accomplishments, their most recent album, You Amaze Us, has achieved unprecedented success. Recently, I sat down with Todd, Allan and Amy to ask them about their history, their songs, and why theology is such an…
  • Worth a Look 10.1.14

    Trevin Wax
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of Day: The People of God: Empowering the Church to Make Disciples by Trevor Joy & Spence Shelton. $2.99. Authors Spence Shelton and Trevor Joy seek to show why community is central to the Christian life, and how to practice it in the 21st century church. Whether you are a pastor or a volunteer leader, People of God aims to equip and encourage congregations as they build a culture of discipleship in the life of their church.  9 Lessons from Spurgeon on Commitment and Family: The leader who prioritizes a commitment to his family honors the God whom he serves. Spurgeon…
  • Every Theology Has a Degree of Passionate Extremism

    Trevin Wax
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Pastors and scholars try their best to be “balanced” as they work through different aspects of theology. Balance is a worthy goal, of course, since imbalance tilts us toward extremes, which drop off into heresies. Not long before he died, John Stott included “balance” as one of the eight aspects of radical discipleship most needed in today’s church. He focused on balance between individual discipleship and corporate fellowship, balance between worship and work, and balance between pilgrimage and citizenship. Balance is a worthy pursuit, but there are times…
  • Worth a Look 9.30.14

    Trevin Wax
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Why Business Matters to God: (And What Still Needs to Be Fixed) by Jeff Van Duzer. $2.99. Van Duzer presents a profoundly Christian approach that integrates biblical studies with the disciplines of business and economics. Looking beyond the place of ethical principles and the character of the individual, Van Duzer displays a vision of business that contributes to the very purposes of God. Ed Stetzer – Loving Muslims Enough to Reach Out, Globally and Locally: I get the geopolitical issues. But, that’s not all there is. There are evangelism issues to…
  • The 3 Things I Miss Most About Pastoral Ministry

    Trevin Wax
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    In a couple months, I’ll celebrate four years of ministry at LifeWay. Looking back on the development of The Gospel Project, I am overwhelmed to see how the Lord has blessed this effort in ways that far surpass our initial expectations. We are serving nearly 750,000 participants this fall. Almost every day, we hear new stories of kids, students, and adults who are using The Gospel Project and encountering Christ through His Word. A pastor recently contacted me. He is considering a leadership position in a Christian organization, and he’d read…
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Let God’s Light Shine – Why Our Souls Sparkle.

    Jean Wise
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Don’t you love the energy and fun in the word – SHINE? I heard a powerful story about shine a few months ago that continues to inspire me and fill me with hope and encouragement. “And God said, “Let there be light… And God called the light day and the darkness he called night.” Genesis 1: 3 I never noticed before that God created light in verse 3 of the first book in the Bible, but it wasn’t until verses 14- 18 that the great Creator added the sun, moon, and stars which to our limited perception is the source of light for day and night. Just what did the shining in verse 3? An…
  • God Is At Work Within – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    “For it is God who is at work with you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2: 13 So often, Lord I think of myself as a failure, a flawed human being. While that is so true, how reassuring are these words that you are at work within me. I am incomplete, imperfect, raw and unfinished. But You, the Great Carpenter, take your hand tools and like Gibbs in NCIS, gently shape me to Your original divine blueprint. Shaving off inadequacies and smoothing bumps and bruises, your grace continues to hone my heart and chisel my character to be more like You. All…
  • God’s Work – Quote by Oscar Romero

    Jean Wise
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    “It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.  We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future that is not our own.” -Archbishop Oscar Romero The post God’s Work – Quote by Oscar Romero appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • OOPS!

    Jean Wise
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    For all of you who normally get this blog by email, I owe you an apology. Sometime end of last week, my blog and the software that mails out new posts to you decided not to communicate. I didn’t realize this until Tuesday and then had difficulty reestablishing the links. Finally late Wednesday, the two parties decided to talk again and to be honest, I am not sure if the connection miraculously healed itself (I was praying!) or if something I did finally worked. BUT OOPS!  Once all was well again in cyberworld, the internet imp decided to mail all of you not one, not two, but three…
  • Soul Feast Update – Book Review

    Jean Wise
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
      One book that has been a classic for anyone interested in spiritual practices and a great one for small groups is Marjorie Thompson’s Soul Feast. First released in 1995 this best seller has been recently updated and I had a chance to review it from a book review site called NetGalley.  I was excited to see a new chapter on Sabbath keeping, as this has been a hot topic among many people lately. I also appreciated more information on the chapter about Rules for Life – a practice I learned when becoming a spiritual director, but have found many others never heard of before. The group…
 
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    As the Deer

  • Sermon On the Philippian Jailer

    Chris
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    When You Are Lost (Acts 16:25-34) He thought this was going to be another night at the office. He was an ex-Roman soldier, working now as the head jailer in the Greek city of Philippi. His job was simply to keep prisoners safely locked away. For a setting, imagine stone walls, dirt floors, and a damp musty smell. This was where he worked each day. He received two new prisoners, named Paul and Silas. Some kind of disturbance in the marketplace. Apparently they were preaching about foreign gods. He put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the wooden stocks. Then he went back to…
  • Sermon on Faith

    Chris
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Today is the first of a three part sermon series on faith, hope and love. In the next two Sundays, Pastor Drew will talk about hope and love. Today, the topic is faith, what faith is and what it looks like. For a scripture, I have chosen the story of Gideon in the Book of Judges. I love the characters in the Old Testament. They are earthy and real, full of strengths and flaws, as we all are. Gideon’s story tells us about faith. Gideon lived in a scary time in Israel’s history. They were being oppressed by the Midianites, who were terrorizing them and burning the crops. The Israelites had…
  • Shorter Morning and Evening Prayers

    Chris
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    It’s been a while since I have posted from the Prayer Book for Earnest Christians, an Anabaptist resource I use on most days, coupled with the Psalms and Bible readings from the daily lectionary. Here are shorter morning and evening prayers. Morning Merciful, good God and Father, once again you have allowed the rising sun to shine upon good and evil. May praise and thanksgiving be declared to you, O good God, for your tender grace and for the protection and blessing I have enjoyed this past night. Let me enjoy your blessing this day as well. Illumine my heart with your light of grace,…
  • All That We Do

    Chris
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    All that we do we do in your sight, O Christ, but we cannot see the light of heaven for we walk in the dark. Hear our prayers for help as we live our life in the flesh. Hear and answer. Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 65; 147:1-11; 125; 91 Judges 3:12-30 Acts 1:1-14 Matthew 27:45-54 Selected Verses: O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come. (Psalm 65:2 NRSV) The Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD strengthened King Eglon of Moab against Israel, because they had done what was evil in the sight of the LORD. (Judges 3:12) They said,…
  • Be Open to Being Surprised By What Is Possible

    Chris
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Scientists in Colorado are studying the amount of light in the universe, and they have discovered a curious thing. There is far more light in the universe than they can account for, from the sources of light they know of. One of the scientists said, “The universe is like a brightly lit room, but you only see one 40-watt bulb. You wonder where all the light is coming from.” Then he said, “The way we understand light may be fundamentally wrong. The universe is exciting, scary, and mostly mysterious.” I love this honest, humble admission of how limited our knowledge is. And it reminds me…
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  • Religion versus Relationship.

    Joshua Moran
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:47 pm
    I always marvel when I read the part where Jesus says: “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of...
  • The Power of Day 1

    Joshua Moran
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    We can go through the Bible and read about quite a few “Day 1″ moments and so many of them are built with anticipation. In Joshua 6 we read the story of Joshua and the...
  • God’s Masterpiece

    Joshua Moran
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Wow! I had a great time sharing the word with our Wednesday night crew at Christian Life Center and glad I could spend some time in the front of house this week. God has...
  • Panic versus Trust

    Joshua Moran
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Ever been in an emergency situation with a group of people? For some, that moment is the time run around with their hands flailing around. pacing and saying “oh no” every 2 seconds. Then...
  • 5 Must Have WordPress Plugins for Church

    Joshua Moran
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
    So you decided to build your church website in WordPress! Congratulations on making a wise choice, and unless you have a budget of 10k or larger, you can grow with WordPress for years to...
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    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…
  • 6 Keys to Avoid Building Walls of Offence & FREE Overcoming Offence eBook!

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Overcoming OffenceI’m blessed to hear all your feedback on this series and I hope I can do justice to the subject with my concluding post. As an additional resource I’d like to share this video footage of me preaching on the same subject at our church here in Montreal, Canada. (There are a couple more videos of the same topic in our editing queue. So make sure that you have subscribed to our YouTube channel so that you can receive our new video upload notifications in your email inbox). Building the Walls of Offence There’s a scary…
 
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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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    Nathan Creitz

  • NYC Mayor and Board of Education Want To Use Church Space For UPK Expansion

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    In recent months, Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked religious institutions to help with his expansion of prekindergarten in New York City. Who benefits the most from this arrangement? Should churches be serving the city in this way? Or are there better ways to help? On September 4th, 53,000 four year olds in New York City walked into a classroom for the very first time. Some of those classrooms are in community-based or faith-based organizations, including churches. By next year the mayor has promised an additional 20,000 openings. In an effort to generalize the UPK experience across such a…
  • 3 Reasons You Need To Know Jesus

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    What if Mark’s Gospel had been written as a series of blog posts? Here’s what he might have to say about Jesus based on Mark chapter one verse one. The Beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. – Mark 1:1 Everyone needs to know Jesus. Why? Here are 3 reasons that come to mind: 1. Jesus is King The word “gospel” means “good news”. But not everyday good news. Like, “Gospel! My indigestion seems to be clearing up!” More like, “Gospel! A king has been born.” Or, “Have you heard the gospel? Our king conquered…
  • David Platt: Newly Elected President of the IMB

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    David Platt has been selected as the new president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. I find it important to highlight this breaking news because of the strategic importance of the IMB and because of my respect for David Platt. If you don’t know about David or the IMB, let me give a brief introduction of my own and then share a few resources to help you get to know the man and the mission. Brief Introductions The IMB is “the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals”. With nearly 5,000 career missionaries,…
  • Jesus is asking, “What do you want me to do for you?”

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Prosperity Theology brags, “Give us the highest positions of power.” True Belief begs, “Please be merciful and give me sight.”
  • MNYBA Justice Ministry Roundtable [Event]

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    31 May 2014 | 11:27 am
    I’ll be speaking at the next MNYBA Justice Roundtable about how we can unite our church and community around a shared concern for the vulnerable and oppressed. This is a free event open to pastors and other church leaders. Date: June 12, 2014 Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m. Event: MNYBA Justice Ministry Roundtable Sponsor: Raleigh Sadler Venue: MNYBA Location: New York, NY Registration: Click here to register.
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    Writer of Pop

  • 'The Flinstones' Debuts

    Jeffrey Totey
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    September 30, 1960In 2013, TV Guide ranked a number of animated cartoons. The Simpsons made the top spot but a much older cartoon series, The Flintstones, created by Hanna-Barbera was ranked #2. The... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Opening of the First "Donny & Marie Show"

    Jeffrey Totey
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Donny and Marie Osmond introduce their new series, "The Donny & Marie Show." The opening act... on ice!Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • Love American Style Airs for the First Time

    Jeffrey Totey
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    September 29, 1969 While never a huge rating hit, Love American Style was a unique and different type of sitcom. The show premiered on this day in 1969 and featured different stories of romance and... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: British People Taste American Snacks

    Jeffrey Totey
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I can't believe that they never heard of Hot Tamales before.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • Roy Lichtenstein's Most Popular Painting is Displayed

    Jeffrey Totey
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    September 28, 1963You may appreciate pop art, but did you know that Whaam!, a 1963 pop art piece painted by Roy Lichtenstein, is one of the best-known works of the art form? The painting was first... Read more!
 
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    TILL HE COMES

  • Paul Does Not Teach Total Depravity in Romans 3

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yesterday we look at the context of Romans 3 to see that Paul is not teaching Total Depravity or total inability in Romans 3:9-20. Today we want to take a closer look at Romans 3:10-12 to see what Paul is really teaching in these verses. We argued briefly that Romans 3 is part of an “epistolary diatribe” against an imaginary objector. Of course, even if one does not accept the idea that Romans is an “epistolary diatribe,” the point of Romans 3:9-20 is still the same. In either case, Paul is saying that Jewish people have traditionally thought that as God’s elect, they…
  • Is Paul teaching Calvinism in Romans 3:10-12?

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Of all the various texts used to defend the Calvinistic teaching on Total Depravity, Romans 3:9-20 is one of the most popular (another being Ephesians 2:1-3). Rather than quote the entire passage, a few select verses from the beginning of this section are representative of the whole. As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one” (Romans 3:10-12). It is not difficult to see why these texts are popular…
  • The more I study the Bible…

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The more I study the Bible, the more I realize how little I know about it. The more I study the Bible, the more I realize how dangerous this book really is. The more I study the Bible, the more I begin to see why the medieval Catholic church did not allow the average person to read and interpret it. The more I study the Bible, the more I begin to wonder how much the Bible has truly influenced my theology, versus how much my theology has influenced my reading of the Bible. The more I study the Bible, the less confident I am in saying that my theology is based on scriptural exegesis. The more I…
  • Because the Bible Tells Me So… or does it?

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you struggle with the Bible? Do you wrestle with what it says, what it means, and how to apply it to your life? Confession time… I do. Here’s another confession…. When it comes to helping me understand what to do with Scripture, Bible college and seminary didn’t help me much. In fact, some days, I wonder if Bible College and Seminary hindered more than they helped. ⇦ Tweet that! We have probably all had run-ins with Christians who like to condemn others (or condemn you) by saying, “The Bible says it; I believe it; that settles it.” Okay,…
  • You can help others with their Bible Questions in the Forum!

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Help others with their Bible and Theology questions! Over the past several months, I have received dozens of Bible and theology questions using the contact form on the right sidebar, and due to time constraints, I have not been able to answer most of them. So I am going to post them in the forum and let you provide answers to these Bible and theology questions if you want…. go check them out! Here are a few examples: Why is God so violent in Numbers 15:32-36? (Go suggest an answer) Why did Paul re-baptize twelve men in Acts 19? (Go suggest an answer) Do all Christians speak in…
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Let God’s Light Shine – Why Our Souls Sparkle.

    Jean Wise
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Don’t you love the energy and fun in the word – SHINE? I heard a powerful story about shine a few months ago that continues to inspire me and fill me with hope and encouragement. “And God said, “Let there be light… And God called the light day and the darkness he called night.” Genesis 1: 3 I never noticed before that God created light in verse 3 of the first book in the Bible, but it wasn’t until verses 14- 18 that the great Creator added the sun, moon, and stars which to our limited perception is the source of light for day and night. Just what did the shining in verse 3? An…
  • God Is At Work Within – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    “For it is God who is at work with you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2: 13 So often, Lord I think of myself as a failure, a flawed human being. While that is so true, how reassuring are these words that you are at work within me. I am incomplete, imperfect, raw and unfinished. But You, the Great Carpenter, take your hand tools and like Gibbs in NCIS, gently shape me to Your original divine blueprint. Shaving off inadequacies and smoothing bumps and bruises, your grace continues to hone my heart and chisel my character to be more like You. All…
  • God’s Work – Quote by Oscar Romero

    Jean Wise
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    “It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.  We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future that is not our own.” -Archbishop Oscar Romero The post God’s Work – Quote by Oscar Romero appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • OOPS!

    Jean Wise
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    For all of you who normally get this blog by email, I owe you an apology. Sometime end of last week, my blog and the software that mails out new posts to you decided not to communicate. I didn’t realize this until Tuesday and then had difficulty reestablishing the links. Finally late Wednesday, the two parties decided to talk again and to be honest, I am not sure if the connection miraculously healed itself (I was praying!) or if something I did finally worked. BUT OOPS!  Once all was well again in cyberworld, the internet imp decided to mail all of you not one, not two, but three…
  • Soul Feast Update – Book Review

    Jean Wise
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
      One book that has been a classic for anyone interested in spiritual practices and a great one for small groups is Marjorie Thompson’s Soul Feast. First released in 1995 this best seller has been recently updated and I had a chance to review it from a book review site called NetGalley.  I was excited to see a new chapter on Sabbath keeping, as this has been a hot topic among many people lately. I also appreciated more information on the chapter about Rules for Life – a practice I learned when becoming a spiritual director, but have found many others never heard of before. The group…
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    Ryan Peter. Writer.

  • 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…
  • Why Eusebius McKaiser’s “No need to treat God with kid gloves” article is a perfect example of Apologetics gone wrong

    Ryan Peter
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    Well-known radio personality, political commentator, debater and philosophical lecturer Eusebius McKaiser published an article through The Star this morning entitled: “No need to treat God with kid gloves“. It’s the perfect example of apologetics gone wrong – atheist or Christian. (In the article McKaiser advertises his upcoming debate with well-known Christian apologist John Lennox, which will be taking place this Thursday, 7pm, at WITS University JHB’s Great Hall. I’ll live-tweet the debate and blog about it on Friday. My Twitter handle is…
  • Summarising the Discussion on Mark Driscoll

    Ryan Peter
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    When it was announced that Mark Driscoll, well-known evangelical pastor at Mars Hill Seattle, has stepped down for six weeks while allegations against him are examined, it resulted in a flurry of opinion, conversation, and finger pointing. I don’t like to say too much about this sort of thing. I don’t know Driscoll, have never been to his church (they just never appealed to me) and live on the other side of the planet anyway. But some of the opinions around this are worth talking about. If you’re not quite up to speed on who Driscoll is and the background of the allegations,…
 
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    prayer coach: prayer blog

  • 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…
  • Let’s All Be Brave by Annie Downs

    Kevin Shorter
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    When God speaks, oftentimes His voice will call for an act of courage on our part. – Charles Stanley I received this book as a Book Look Blogger. I don’t do these much, but I happened upon the site again and this book interest me. There seems to be a theme going around about being brave by being yourself. Let’s All Be Brave by Annie Downs has two purposes it is trying to tell: 1. God made you on purpose and 2. God made you to be brave. Annie tells of how growing up she wouldn’t take risks because she didn’t believe she could mess up and still be loved. Then as…
  • How to Overcome Problems: Know Who You Are

    Kevin Shorter
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Knowing Who You Are Is Not The Same As Knowing Who You Have Been Have you noticed that God thinks that you are more amazing than you do? This may be the biggest reason we have a hard time hearing Him speak to us. He is saying something wonderful about us, and we shut Him down. We think that there is no way that is God speaking to us because He would know that I really am . . . Those amazing words must be coming from our pride. This is what happened to Moses. God tells him that he would set the Israelites free, and Moses tells God that he was not fit for the job (Exodus 3:10-11). You are not…
  • 10 Things to Pray for Your Pastor

    Kevin Shorter
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
      image courtesy of the Hillsong Unfortunately events occur that remind you to pray for your pastor. The news tells us stories of pastors falling away, making incredulous statements, and such. Not all of what we read is true, but there is a pressure on the position as they seek to lead you in your relationship with God. They may not ask you for it, but they need your prayers. There are many things you can pray for your leader. Ask God to help lead you in these prayers. I have put together a list to help you think through what to pray for your pastor. 10 Things to Pray for Your Pastor 1. He…
  • What is the Book of Philemon About?

    Kevin Shorter
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    original image courtesy of Haagen Dazs Philemon is an interesting letter to have been kept in the Bible. Most of the letters were written to a community of believers, which makes sense to have for us now to read and benefit from them. The personal letters to Timothy, Titus and even 2 & 3 John have instructions for those individuals about how to live for or serve Christ. The point is each of these letters in the New Testament are easily applicable to our lives, except Philemon. What is the Book of Philemon About? Philemon is a letter requesting forgiveness of a slave that ran away. In my…
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    Christian News Feed

  • New Historical Fiction YA Novel Earns Early Accolades

    Gina Adams
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    The new Young Adult historical fiction novel,Fighting for Freedom and George Washington, has been named to the Mamie Eisenhower Library Project’s (MELP) Recommended Book List. The MELP is the National Federation of Republican Women’s oldest program, celebrating more than 45 years of book donations from an approved list to schools and libraries.  Lee’s book will join a list of notable titles including America the Beautiful by Ben Carson, Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson as well as another historical fiction novel for…
  • New Imprint to offer romance novels that promote abstinence

    Gina Adams
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Pelican Book Group, a division of Pelican Ventures, LLC, has announced the creation of its new imprint,Pure Amore, to launch books beginning in October. Pure Amore will be the first romance genre imprint to promote abstinence before marriage. Editor in Chief for Pelican, Nicola Martinez, says the content of the books will be something both Christians and non-Christians will embrace, but that there was a specific goal in mind while forming the new imprint.“I wanted to produce something that would help young people to see how precious the gift of…
  • Major U.S. company partners with renowned school speaker to counter bullying and school violence

    Gina Adams
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Life Promotions, founded by international speaker and author Bob Lenz, is partnering with Lifetouch, the world’s largest employee-owned photography company, to supply Lenz’ new book entitledDignity Revolution: Standing up for the value of every person, to 6000 middle schools around the nation.  Co-authored with award-winning educator, Deborah Tackmann,  Dignity Revolution is a culmination of Lenz’ three decades of leading assemblies in over 3000 public schools on the issues of bullying, self-harm, suicide and substance abuse. Since 1982, Lenz…
  • Hall of Fame Vocalist to be honored with Governor's Award

    Gina Adams
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    Larnelle Harris will be the first Christian artist to receive the honor since the awards began 29 years agoHall of Fame vocalist and five-time Grammy winner, Larnelle Harris, will receive the 2014 Kentucky Governor’s Artist Award in a public ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, Kentucky this October. The prestigious award is given to Kentuckians who have made significant contributions to the arts in the Commonwealth, across the country, and around the globe. Harris will be the first Christian vocalist to receive the Artist Award since its inception 29 years ago.“It…
  • Critically-acclaimed Author to give away book in August

    Gina Adams
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    "Fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT will simply adore IMPERVIOUS..." -- Pretty Little PagesHeather Letto, author of the new young adult fiction book entitled Impervious (Bookfish), is offering readers a chance to download her entire book for free, one chapter each day,during the month of August.  Additionally, Letto has created a bible study that is also available for free.  The study guide expands on the topic of heaven that the fictional tale of the city of Impervious represents. Letto says the main theme of Impervious revolves…
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    God and You

  • 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…
  • A Letter to my Firstborn Son

    Sean
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    It’s been a while since I wrote in God and You – perhaps about a month? A lot has happened lately. I’ve co-founded another start-up, Qeryz, a SaaS company that deals with as-you-go microsurveys. It’s been tough and it’s been busy and I wanted to take this time off to write this letter to my son – in hopes of him reading it someday. So here it goes. Son, You are loved. I want you to know that. You’re going to be young, you’re going to be innocent, you’re going to be cute and cuddly and all things a baby boy should be. But someday I know…
 
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  • A life worth living – thoughts on my birthday

    Ryan
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    It is hard to imagine sometimes that just 3 weeks ago I was sitting in homes in Zimbabwe and Zambia meeting people that are currently living a very different life than my own. In Zambia, I was listening to a pastor describe the impossible. With their community’s largest and only employer polluting the air in ways that are killing people at increasing numbers, should the church challenge the company’s leadership and risk losing the community’s only source of income? Should they risk it all to seek justice from an unjust company, where those working each care for 12-15 people?
  • Our journey with Neatness

    Ryan
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    This will be brief. I have so many long posts half baked. We’ve been busy with 3 major delays, but I wanted to share a couple of photos from our time with our friend, Neatness. You can read about her here or see the video we did way back in 2009. What a joy it was to meet her as a group. A few nights ago, our team met Neatness for a few hours over at a local coffee shop to discuss life, goals and catch up with my friend of nearly 10 years. Each person challenged her to keep dreaming, no matter the obstacles. Deeply personal stories were shared by all and God’s love was very…
  • Edson, the boy/man who kept dreaming

    Ryan
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Without question, one of the highlights of my time in Africa has been meeting Eddie, a boy who wanted to become a pilot. You can read more of his background here, but I want to focus on his present situation. A couple of years ago, Forgotten Voices made the painful decision to end our partnership with Eddie’s church because the pastor had been called away and a team of local volunteers did not remain to carry on the project to a level that met our accountability standards. In those moments, we are reminded to trust in God and know that God has called us to steward resources well, AND…
  • Weaving joy and loss into love

    Ryan
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    I’ve arrived safely Zambia and have spent the past few days visiting current and potential partners. Check out our twitter feed for live updates on the stories God is weaving this week! I wrote the below reflection on the plane to Africa. Pray on and thanks for reading. “My life is but a weaving, between my God and me, I did not choose the colors, He worketh steadily, Oftentimes He weaveth sorrow, and I in foolish pride, Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside. Not till the loom is silent, and shuttles cease to fly, Will God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why. The…
  • Off to Zimbabwe & Zambia – Prayer & Requests

    Ryan
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Dear friends, I am sending this from the gate at JFK in New York. I am about to board for Johannesburg, South Africa and then on to Ndola, Zambia. It’s a long day of traveling – about 20 hours from gate to gate. Please pray for health, safety, and joy along the way. Specifically, I am going to Ndola, Zambia (Aug 18-Aug 23) and Bulawayo, Zimbawe (Aug 24-Sept 4) to meet with new potential church partners as we strive to reach 500 more beneficiaries this year than last. In addition, we have recently invested in some new church income generation projects that will hopefully allow…
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  • Feed on His faith today!

    Justin
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. -Psalm 37:3 Feed on His faith today. Let His grace be your strength. If we rely on our own faith we will ride a roller coaster of ups and downs making faith our last “good work.” Faith is granted […]
  • New Wine of the Spirit – Post 5

    Justin
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Last night I got to thinking that one of my biggest problems with getting sober is denial.  I deny that I have a true addiction.  I justify my drinking by pointing out others I know that are worse.  I deny that drinking is a sin.. “Jesus drank wine.” My greatest threat to relapse is lying […]
  • New Wine of the Spirit – Post 4

    Justin
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Today was my first day involved in the daily activities.  Praise God my detox has gone extremely well.  We do open meditation each morning and I decided to do scripture meditation.  The Lord led me to Psalm 27.  Immediately I felt His gracious and healing presence.  The verse that really spoke to me was Psalm […]
  • New Wine of the Spirit – Post 3

    Justin
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    There’s a single painting hanging on the wall of my room.  The picture is a view from the shoreline looking out into the ocean.  A single small fishing boat is in the calm waters not far from the shore.  At the bottom of the painting is a caption with the word, “BREATHE.” I’ve found myself […]
  • New Wine of the Spirit – Post 2

    Justin
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Day one of sobriety.  Sleeping last night was a little tough.  I fell asleep easily but woke up around 3:30am and found myself with racing thoughts and restlessness.  I opened my bible and was led to two scriptures: So it was, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel again played the […]
 
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  • All the day

    Angela Doll Carlson
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Everything I wrote yesterday was crap, except maybe for that one line about birds and air. I had a great idea in the car. The title was perfect and the subject was engaging and interesting. It could be funny, I thought as I sat in traffic. The cement mixer truck in front of me had been blocking the intersection for what seemed like ten minutes. I was stuck there through two green lights. I see faces in the dried cement, scarred and bumpy, grey faces done as a relief against the dirty beige truck. I am ignoring the sounds of cars honking around me. There is really nowhere we can go. I am…
  • Cleaning Out the Clutter

    Judith Deem Dupree
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    We’re cleaning out the garage. Not only this day, but the days and weeks ahead. Step by laborious step. I am a saver, a re-user, a make-do mama―part of the world-war-raised generation that learned as young children to find a new use for anything usable, for whatever might be spruced up, re-purposed or recombined imaginatively, somehow, any how. It is a secret and semi-legit and often passionate game I have played for much of a lifetime. And, guess what: not infrequently, it really, really works. An old-new thingamajig to live with once again! A transformation! A victory against…
  • On Moving and Art Making

    Scott Laumann
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    In his book Art As Experience John Dewey writes that spontaneity is the result of long periods of activity. He suggests that is something available only to those who have long been absorbed in observation of related material and whose imaginations have been occupied with reconstructing what they see and hear. Like a volcano, a creative outburst presupposes a long period of prior compression, a transformation of original raw materials. I am thinking about this as I walk at dusk in my new town, glancing up at the peach colored bulbous clouds. I notice the piercing light falling in chunks on the…
  • Review of Letters and Life by Bret Lott

    Melanie Springer Mock
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Reviewed by MELANIE SPRINGER MOCK For a number of years, I’ve used Bret Lott’s short essay “Genesis” in my first-year writing courses. “Genesis” narrates Lott’s first memory of printing his name, and traces the way that initial creative act becomes Lott’s “own small imitation of God.” The essay is rich in its simplicity, a fine example of the old (but true!) first-year writing class bromide of showing, rather than merely telling about, an experience. My students love “Genesis,” and so do I, its meaning unfolding for me in different ways each time I teach it. Lott’s…
  • Process: The Night Sea Journey Part

    Nicole Rollender
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    “What was your writing process with this poem?” Recently, I froze when a fellow woman-poet asked me this in a writing workshop. I was thinking, “Well, I email myself a poem draft 45 times after each minute revision in a different font, and pretend it’s from a poet-friend-far-away. But that’s a quirk, not process, right?” Then, she said, “You need to articulate how you write. Do you walk in the woods reciting your poems, figuring out the downbeats? Do you internalize your rhythms? Do you black out found texts?” The question blindsided me because I just didn’t know what…
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  • SonSet Solutions to Become Independent, Nonprofit Ministry

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Move Allows Organization to Cultivate New Ministry Opportunities While Still Serving Technology Needs of Reach Beyond COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The board of trustees of Reach Beyond (www.reachbeyond.org) announced today that SonSet Solutions, its technology division based in Elkhart, Ind., will become a new independent nonprofit ministry effective Jan. 1, 2015. The move will allow SonSet Solutions to pursue new ministry opportunities while continuing to serve the technology needs of Reach Beyond. Photo: Engineers at SonSet Solutions prepare a 100-kw…
  • Majed El Shafie to Testify Before Parliament of Canada; Featured on VisionTV’s Human Rights Week

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    Sept. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — On Tuesday, September 30, One Free World International (OFWI) founder, Rev. Majed El Shafie, will appear before Canada’s Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the House of Commons to speak about the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq. El Shafie traveled to Iraq in August, leading a delegation which included three Canadian Members of Parliament. At the request of United States Congressman Christopher Smith, El Shafie submitted a report about his trip to Iraq to the United States Congress on September 10th.   El…
  • Give God Your “Sunday Best” Every Day !

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield In many parts of our country the only time people wear their best clothes is when they go to church on Sunday. Their lives the rest of the week they dress more for comfort, or to suit their occupation. They refer to their nicest clothes as their “Sunday best. Or their “Sunday going to meeting clothes. They wear their finest clothes to church out of respect and reverence. And this is not a bad thing. Unfortunately too many people treat their faith the same way. They treat being Christian as something you take out and “wear” on Sunday. Sunday comes and they…
  • Are You Too Small For God To Notice ?

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield Over one hundred years ago a hymn was written, that has become one of the most popular hymns of all times, especially in African-American churches. That song ? “His eye is on the sparrow.” One of the most important things to note here is that sparrows are one of the smallest birds in all of creation. They are so small, and thought to be so insignificant that in the first century several were sold as a “bundle” for a tiny sum. The song’s scriptural roots come from Mathew 10. Lets look at what it says beginning with verse 27 “ What I say to you in…
  • SIM Calls for Week of Prayer to Stop Ebola Crisis

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Mission Group Urges Christians to Set Aside Sept. 29-Oct. 5 for Focused Prayer. CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 25, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — SIM (www.sim.org), the global mission organization of which SIM USA (www.simusa.org) is a part, is encouraging Christians around the world to set aside Sept. 29 to Oct. 5 and pray (www.praytoendebola.org) that God would stop the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. SIM encourages prayer specifically for the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak has been most severe. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 3,000…
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  • 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?
  • Grace Explained In 2-Minutes

    Richie
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Have you got 2-minutes for a spiritual download? Take a moment to check out this clip on the meaning of Biblical GRACE. I pray it empowers you! For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. ~ John 1:17
  • Pure Christianity Explained In 50-Seconds

    Richie
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    What sets true Christianity apart from all other religions in the world? This clip answers that question in 50 seconds flat For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. ~ Ephesians 2:8-9
 
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  • 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…
  • There's a Lesson In Everything: The Truth About Coping With Pain

    Ashley S. Reid
    26 May 2014 | 6:37 pm
    John 8:32 --- And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.Pain stinks. Everyone knows pain, handles it differently, hates when it happens to us personally, but yet we still can't seem to empathize and allow each other to cope with pain."Ashley, what are you talking about?" Well people experience variations of pain every single day. Some in small amounts, other in larger portions. However, I always wondered why we don't allow ourselves to hurt? As a child you aren't encouraged to cry or be sad because parents don't want to see that hurt, as a teen pain equals weakness, and…
  • When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong

    Ashley S. Reid
    11 May 2014 | 8:13 am
    MSG - Matthew 7:1-5“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to…
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  • 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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  • 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…
  • Dealing with Past Hurts

    Steve Fuller
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Past Hurts We all experience them.  A painful break-up.  A friendship gone sour.  Reports that someone has slandered you. We experience them, and they hurt.  Bad. So what does God promise when we struggle with past hurts? The God of All Comfort God promises to comfort us.  You can see that in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction. This is beautiful.  When your heart is in pain over what someone has done to you, God promises to comfort you.  He promises to ease…
  • Is Joy in God Different from Happiness?

    Steve Fuller
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Joy vs. Happiness Throughout the Bible God commands us to have joy in him. You can see this in passages like Matthew 5:12, Romans 12:12, Philippians 3:1, and 1 Thessalonians 5:16. But what does it mean to have joy in God?  I have heard people explain this by saying that joy in God is different from happiness. But this is puzzling, because dictionaries say that joy IS happiness. For example – Joy is “the emotion of great delight or happiness.” (Dictionary.com) Joy is “great happiness or pleasure.” (Cambridge Dictionary) Joy is “a feeling of great…
  • Is Satisfaction in Christ the Focus of Every Promise?

    Steve Fuller
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    A Summary of God’s Promises In one of the first posts I wrote for this site I summarize all of God’s promises under seven categories – HEART-SATISFACTION – God promises to satisfy you fully and forever in Jesus Christ (Psalm 16:11; Psalm 36:7-9; Psalm 63:1-2; Psalm 73:25-26; John 6:35; Philippians 3:8; 1 Peter 1:8). FORGIVENESS – God promises to forgive you through faith in Christ so you can experience his heart-satisfying presence forever (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:14). PERSEVERANCE – God promises to…
  • Don’t Be Surprised by Trials

    Steve Fuller
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Knee Problems Years ago I hurt my left knee, and had surgery which took out most of the cartilage. Although this meant I had to stop running, I was thankful that I could still ride my mountain-bike. But now I’m wondering if even my mountain-biking has to stop.  Here’s why. My knee felt fine during our June mission trip, including one hike up what seemed like thousands of steps to a mountaintop viewpoint. So when we got back home, I had a crazy idea about hiking to the top of a nearby mountain.  Big mistake. Now my knee is hurting.  Bad.  And it’s been bad for a couple…
 
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  • 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 […]
  • Why I’ll still listen to Gungor’s music

    Rey Lo
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:53 pm
    I really enjoy creative people and I particularly enjoy artists. Music, film, theater, painting…my best day would be spent in a local art museum leading into a performance of a play at a community theater followed by a stop at a local venue to hear a few local bands and capped off by a midnight […]
 
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    Catholic Spiritual Growth » » Gaudium Veritatis (The Joy of the Truth)

  • How the Gifts of the Holy Spirit Empower Our Adventure of Faith

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Do you know the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and how they’re active in your life?God has created you for love. He wants you to be his child and his friend – to have a deep, intimate, loving relationship with him. But this relationship is going to be a real relationship – one where both parties are active in each other’s life. That’s where the Gifts of the Holy Spirit come in. Now we stop and ask ourselves – how can we be active in God’s life? He tells us Himself, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts…
  • Where Are All the Catholics Living Faith?

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    If Catholics really had a living faith they would be an unstoppable force for good in the world. But the sad fact is, most Catholics are not living as disciples of Jesus. Do you want to miss the opportunity of a lifetime? I know it sounds judgmental for me to say that most Catholics are not living as true disciples. After all, how the heck do I know? Well, let’s think about it for a bit . . . The Signs of the Times This isn’t just the attitude of the young. Adults are just as guilty of duplicity.1. God empowers us with the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit to not only have a more dynamic…
  • Where Are All the Catholics With a Living Faith (Where Are YOU?)

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:33 pm
    If Catholics were really had a living faith they would be an unstoppable force for good in the world. But the sad fact is, most Catholics are not living as disciples of Jesus. Do you want to miss the opportunity of a lifetime? The Church Today is Not Dynamically Living the Faith! The Current State of the Church I know it sounds judgmental for me to say that most Catholics are not living as true disciples. After all, how the heck do I know they don’t have a living faith? Well, let’s think about it for a bit . . . 1. God empowers us with the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit to not only…
  • The Importance of Living Faith In Discernment (& What You Need to Discern)

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    If you’re not in the process of discerning, you’r not seeing God’s will!One thing that makes living faith difficult is that we often struggle to know God’s will for our lives. Of course, the paradox is that we don’t take the time to discern God’s will – or if we do we don’t really understand what to listen for. Sometimes God will speak directly to our hearts in unmistakable ways. But most often, he guides our lives gently, respecting our free will but definitely having a plan for us. If we want to live the adventure of faith by living out our office, our…
  • Living Faith in Your Mission (Participating in the Divine Life of Jesus)

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:45 pm
    A living faith is an adventure. At least it should be if we’re truly engaged. Think about the lives of the biblical disciples of Jesus – the 12 apostles and the numbers of other people who followed Him. These people didn’t sit around talking about how great Jesus is. They didn’t attend committee meetings and worry about renovations. They went out and spread the Good News! They traveled the known world.They shared the love of God and the salvation that Jesus won for us. They exercised the gifts of grace and their unique charisms. They bravely faced persecution and even martyrdom.
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  • Lessons Learned from a Surpise

    Tori Shaw
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:22 pm
    I cannot believe its been two weeks since Bryan and I received the biggest surprise of our lives! In the past two weeks we have grown accustomed to the idea of having a third son and we have fallen... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Making Memories....

    Tori Shaw
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:37 pm
    We got to do something very special at our house this evening....Tyson had his first bath! We had two very eager brothers helping us bathe Tyson. I was worried that Tyson would hate having a bath... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Indescribable Loss and Instant Love...all at once

    Tori Shaw
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:12 pm
    This morning one of my Facebook friends posted an article on my page called, "Delivery Room Surprises: When Gender Predictions are Wrong." I read it and was extremely comforted. I now know that the... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Drawers filled with blue...

    Tori Shaw
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I never would have thought that I would be completely redecorating our nursery when we brought the baby home from the hospital. I am happy to say that it is done, all except one or two decorative... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • We're home!

    Tori Shaw
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    When we left to go to the hospital on Monday morning, the baby's nursery looked like the picture above. After meeting our precious surprise, Tyson, it became clear that we would need to change the... 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

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    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

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    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?

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    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

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    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

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    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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    CHRISTIANITY Every Day

  • 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…
  • Zucchini Bread

    Pamela Rose Williams
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:32 pm
    When I think autumn, I think about when I lived up north and the leaves that have fallen from the trees crunch under your feet as you walk. The smell of the leaves and soil as they are coated with fresh dew in the morning.  AND I think it is time to bake some Zucchini Bread! I have never grown zucchini because I have learned through the years that those who do grow it have plenty to share. Such is the case in this recipe, I am using some of the lovely fresh zucchini that my friend not only shared with me, but also processed it so that it was ready to use — already grated in a 2 cup…
  • How Can I Keep from Singing?

    Pamela Rose Williams
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    If you have known me long enough you know that one of my favorite Worship Leaders and singer/songwriters it Chris Tomlin. I like his voice but mostly I love how his songs are inspired by Scripture as well as by the great hymns of faith — which are also very Scriptural. This song “How Can I Keep from Singing” is one such song that is based upon a great hymn of faith with the same title. The words and the music to the hymn are now a matter of Public Domain so I thought I would share them with you as part of this video post for your worship today. I especially love the bridge…
  • Respect Your Elders

    Pamela Rose Williams
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1 Peter 5:5 “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” I grew up on the idea that we are to respect our elders.  As much as my sisters and I participated in sibling rivalry, I remember that I did submit to the authority of my oldest sister.  I was taught that when she was in charge when Mom and Dad went out for the evening that she was in charge!  I admit I was not so respectful and submissive to my second to the oldest sister, but…
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    Eric Metaxas

  • 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.
  • Chicago, Illinois

    Eric Metaxas
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    On September 19, Eric will be speaking at The Illinois Family Institute’s Fall Banquet. For tickets and more information, click here.
  • Midland, Texas

    Eric Metaxas
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    Eric will be speaking at lunch and dinner events with East-West Ministries International on Wednesday, September 17th. Make sure to reserve your spot! For more information, visit the East-West event page.
  • You Are Invited! Oct. 28th Miracles Event

    Eric Metaxas
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    My new book officially comes out on Oct. 28th — with a national event! The book’s title is MIRACLES: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life. It will be a Socrates in the City event and oddly enough, I will be the guest! Of course we needed to find a guest host to interview me, since I couldn’t interview myself! We hoped to find someone who was as good an interviewer as Dick Cavett, but unfortunately the only person as good as Dick Cavett is Dick Cavett! And of course he “wasn’t available.” Sigh. But then — wait a minute –…
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • 3 Questions About Bad Doctrine or Theology Thwarting Mission.

    Miguel
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Over the past few months, our discipleship group has been having very lively discussions about those things that kill or thwart mission.  Specifically, Christian mission, the preaching of the Gospel, Making Disciples, and acts of justice & reconciliation. Early next year I plan to release a book with the tentative tittle “This Kills Mission,” whereRead More(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)
  • Concerning Christian Missions, Which is Better?

    Miguel
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    When speaking on Christian Missions, Paul G. Hiebert says that “Western cultures highly value order, thus strictly protect hierarchy, are time-oriented, and seek rational explanations for problems in the world. Other cultures emphasize relationship, thus are more flexible with schedules, know how to handle ambiguity, and are less focused on technique.” Is one really betterRead More(Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)
  • Mission/Ministry ‘Inside’ The Church & ‘Outside’ Of It

    Miguel
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    I know that discussions about being ‘inside’ or ‘outside’ of the church are theologically problematic at best.  Like the Apostle Paul addressing “Apphia and Archippus and “the church that meets in their home.”  The church (the people of God) locate themselves spatially (congregate) for a time in a place. Let’s put aside that debate forRead More(Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)
  • ‘Working Out Your Own Salvation’ Happens Through Mission.

    Miguel
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12) I often hear this verse being misappropriated and see it being misapplied.  To equate this call with mustering up our own sanctification,Read More(Visited 69 times, 1 visits today)
  • Mission Might Be In, Through, or Beyond the Church. Right?

    Miguel
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Are there any faulty assumptions in this picture? What are they? Additionally; What sorts of activities may be considered ‘mission’ in the local church? What sort of activities may be considered ‘mission’ through the local church? What sorts of activities may be considered ‘mission’ beyond the local church? Use the comment section below…(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)
 
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    Blasts From The Trumpet

  • 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 →
  • Enforcing Christ’s Victory to Earth: Part 7

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    There are two kingdoms waging war. It's the Kingdom of light against the kingdom of darkness. The Word, also known as Yeshua, stands against the prince of this world, Satan. They both have a plan, one for restoration of man, the other for his destruction. Continue reading →
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    Attempts at Honesty

  • 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…
  • Tune my heart . . .

    Mark McIntyre
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture I love many of the old hymns. The ones I most appreciate are those for which much thought was put into the lyrics. One of my favorite hymns is “Come Thou Fount.” Here are the lyrics: Come, thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace; streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise. Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above. Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love. Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’m…
  • Roy Abraham Varghese on the “New Atheism”

    Mark McIntyre
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:02 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture At the foundation of the “new atheism” is the belief that there is no God, no eternal and infinite Source of all that exists. This is the key belief that needs to be established in order for most of the other arguments to work. Int is my contention here that the “new atheists,” Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Lewis Wolpert, Sam Harris, and Victor Stenger, not only fail to make a case for this belief, but ignore the very phenomena that are particularly relevant to the question of whether God…
  • On the real meaning of stewardship

    Mark McIntyre
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture If you’ve spent any time in a church, there is a high probability that you have been exposed to the word stewardship. It is a great word and a great concept, but too often it is used only in reference to finances and giving. “Stewardship Sunday” is the day when the pastor talks about the financial situation of the church and people are encouraged to give money. But this is only one aspect of Christian stewardship and I would argue that it is one of the less important aspects. What is a steward? The…
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    Before The Cross

  • By Way Of The Holy Spirit

    Sophia Reed
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    This is a guest post by Sophia Reed. “I’m a mother of one and have a Master’s Degree in Human Services specializing in marriage, couples, and family therapy/counseling. I’m a Christian and enjoy meshing my Christian values with my education and experiences.” You can contact Sophia on her blog, Twitter, and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here. For nearly all of my life I could technically say I was a Christian. I was brought up to know and believe that…
  • The Lord Will Always Provide

    Mike Mobley
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23 Jesus Christ is our provider. In all circumstances, no matter what is going on, through sickness…health…work…money…wisdom…strength…peace…patience…understanding…wisdom, He provides everything and is in everything (Colossians 1:16). Let this be an encouragement for you that regardless of the situation you currently find yourself in, that He will take care of you and…
  • Every Knee Will Bow

    Chris Howard
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    It’s going to happen. For some it will hit like bricks and for others it couldn’t have come soon enough, but guaranteed . . . Jesus Christ will return and heaven and earth will once again be in agreement. We don’t like to talk about judgment these days. Today, bad behavior usually gets a book deal and with the right public relations director, a bad image can be spun into something manageable and with passing outrage as a weary public becomes more and more desensitized. I don’t like it any more than you do. Bad doesn’t always get what it deserves and good doesn’t always amount to…
  • Scripture on Trials

    Mike Mobley
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    For the believer, it is crucial to understand that following Christ does not mean you won’t face trials in your life. In fact, as you follow Jesus, you’ll probably have an increase of trials. From a worldly standpoint, that sounds like bad news, but if you look at trials from a Biblical perspective, you’ll see there are great opportunities that arise when these come into our lives. No doubt you are more than likely going through a trial at this very moment. While I personally want to give you my empathy and compassion as much as I possibly can, I also want to encourage you…
  • Stay In Your Own Lane

    Chris Howard
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    The Swerve Ask a group of Christian guys to confess a sin and usually a safe response is admitting they get angry in traffic and they would like to handle their commute with a little more grace. I know I would. One thing that always pulls me offside is when somebody swerves in front of me without signaling. It appears to be the epitome of rudeness with a vehicle. It seems to say, “I don’t care who you are or where you’re going or when you have to be there, I’m getting in front of you NOW!” The selfish intrusion occurs and I’m left to try to make a grace sandwich out of it, knowing…
 
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    My Freshly Brewed Life

  • Day 1: When You’re Called To Move

    Barbie
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:19 am
    This post is part of a 31 day series on change, where I share my reflections in just 5 minutes.  To read all of the posts in this series, click here. Move I like familiar paths. I like seeing the same people every day and doing the same tasks. My feet are firmly planted and I can be pretty stubborn when I’m asked to move.  Move can have a negative connotation for me. Several years ago we had to move from the home we owned for 16 years, in order to avoid foreclosure, as we were walking through an intense time of unemployment, surrounded by debt.  So we packed our bags and moved not…
  • Featured Friend: Nannette @ Hope In The Healing

    Barbie
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Today I am introducing you to one of my beautiful writing friends.  I hope you will take the time to read, get to know the writer and visit her blog and social media links. Character, not Competition by Nannette Elkins One of the very first stories in the Bible concerns Competition. Cain and Abel were brothers. Both brought an offering to the Lord and Cain’s offering was not accepted; Abel’s was. This type of sibling rivalry, jealousy and competition eventually caused Cain to take the life of his brother. Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If…
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    Interpulpit

  • 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…
  • Be a Spiritual Person

    Rick
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
      What does it mean to be a spiritual person? Many can miss out on the blessings in Christ, even though they hold all the right Christian beliefs and values. Jesus said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38). Why is it that so many Christians complain of thirst and emptiness when it comes to the Lord? Jesus spoke this about the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit had not yet been given. But now that Jesus has been glorified, and the Spirit was given at…
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    Paperback Theology

  • Ten Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

    Tim Suttle
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    “We have all been there, and it feels like the end of the world. It’s like a chickadee being hit by and H-Bomb. Here’s the thing, though. I no longer think of it as block. I think that is looking at the problem from the wrong angle. If your wife locks you out of the [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional: Buechner, Rohr, Volf, and Faithful Remembering

    Tim Suttle
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    “One way or another, we are always remembering… there is no escaping it even if we want to, or at least no escaping it for long, though God knows there are times when we try to, don’t want to remember. In one sense the past is dead and gone, never to be repeated, over and [Read More...]
  • Why Are Christians so Bad on the Environment Issue? Because We Have No Spirituality of Creation

    Tim Suttle
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    This was originally the sermon I preached at Redemption Church on September 21, 2014. It has been edited into a long-form essay here. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and use any of this.   SHIFT: From Exploitation to Stewardship The Catholic theologian Ronald Rolheiser says that to be human is to live [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional

    Tim Suttle
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    I confess that I’m tired of setting up online accounts. I’m tired of creating passwords. You can’t do anything anymore without setting up an account. For instance, I just want to get scores from the ESPN app. I don’t want to customize my experience because I don’t care that much. I’m going to use this [Read More...]
  • Corporations Aren’t People, Money Isn’t Speech: Citizens United & the Heresy of Corporate Personhood

    Tim Suttle
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    More Americans believe in witchcraft, ghosts, and UFOs than agree with Citizens United. When 80% of the people agree on an important issue & the leaders refuse to act, something has to change. I’m for finding a peaceful solution. Citizen’s United refers to a 2010 Supreme Court case on how elections are financed. The ruling said that corporations [Read More...]
 
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • The difference between dreams, revelations and visions

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    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

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    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 […]
  • Notice – Icon of Saint Martial featured

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:37 am
    The icon of Saint Martial that I recently completed has now been chosen to be featured at the Catholic Art, Christian Theme Artwork and Women Painters Galleries at Fine Art America.Filed under: Icons, Notices, Saint Martial Tagged: Beauty, Christianity, Icons, Religion and Spirituality, Saint Martial
  • The icon of Saint Martial

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    The icon of Saint Martial has just been completed. It was named on the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Martial was an orphan boy who was adopted by Saint Peter after the intercession of the Virgin Mary with Her Son, Jesus Christ. Martial died in Rome as a martyr as a […]
  • On icons – 9

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    In creating a work of art, the psyche or soul of the artist ascends from the earthly realm into the heavenly. There, free of all images, the soul is fed in contemplation by the essences of the highest realm, knowing the permanent noumena of things. Then, satiated with this knowing, it descends again to the earthly realm. And […]
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • Why an icon not a painting? – 3

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:01 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 […]
  • Are the Orthodox part of the Roman Catholics in the Book of Revelation?

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    The question was asked, “Are the Orthodox part of the Roman Catholics in the Book of Revelation?” In brief, the answer is a resounding “yes, of course!” I was surprised when I found the above question because the Book of Revelation does not pertain to a single denomination, no matter how much various denominations of […]
  • Is the divine light God? – Response to a question

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    The question has been repeatedly asked, “Is the divine light God?” The short answer is that the divine light is part of the very presence of God and coming from Him. It is the light emanating from the core of the Father’s Divine Heart.  An example of the divine light is that specific light which […]
  • Pray for grace as nothing else will suffice

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    For those who do not pray, do not pray enough, or those who pray but have so far neglected to ask for specific graces in these and upcoming times: pray! Pray with the entirety of your beings and ask God our Father unreservedly for all the graces needed to remain faithful to Him to the […]
  • The Fifth and Sixth Seal of Revelation in the prophecies of Isaiah

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:04 pm
    (1) “You have rejected Your people, the House of Jacob, for it has long been full of sorcerers like the Philistines, and is overrun with foreigners. The country is full of silver and gold and treasures unlimited, the country is full of horses, its chariots are unlimited; the country is full of idols. They bow down before […]
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    ChristiansTT

  • Prayer: Dealing with Crisis

    Cheryce
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:03 pm
    In a time of Crisis Sovereign King, the rain is pouring down on me heavily, the ocean rises up against me as the thunder roars. The winds are pushing me too and fro, I feel so weary and weak, Lord, give me strength. In the midst of this storm, this crisis, Oh Lord, I still have hope, though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear, though a war rise up against me, in this will I be confident. Read more on Prayer: Dealing with Crisis…
  • Prayer: Controlling my Emotions

    Cheryce
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Prayer for Controlling my Emotions Jehovah Shalom, Lord my God, You are the love of my life, You are amazing, magnificent, powerful and mighty. We bow down before You, Oh Lord, broken, shattered and in pieces. At this point, we feel so lost and helpless and as our hearts cry out to You today, we humbly request that You heal the brokenness within us. Read more on Prayer: Controlling my Emotions…
  • Prayer: Fill my Emptiness with God’s Fullness

    Cheryce
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Fill my Emptiness with God’s Fullness Jehovah Jireh, the provider of all my needs, I request to be in Your Holy presence, for I am weary, weak and drained. Uplift me, Lord, when I fall by the wayside, fill my emptiness with Your strength and mighty power, that I will rise up once again. I feel so empty, Heavenly Father, I feel as though there is a missing piece in the puzzle of my life. Fill me with that Faith to move mountains, fill me with that Hope that dissolves doubt and fill me with that unfailing, neverending, undying love that never fails. Read more on Prayer: Fill my Emptiness…
  • Dewdrops ~ Second Chances: I did not know how to say NO

    Bevjoy
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    Second Chances - “I did not know how to say NO” Posted on behalf of, and written by, one of my best friends, who has inspired me over the years. Recently, I read Max Lucado’s writing on “Grace for breakfast.” It’s the story of Peter and Christ, the bond of friendship and the betrayal of a friend. It brought me to a place of thought for my own best friend who had been part of a crime, tried and punished, served time, reacquainted himself with God and developed a deep connection and certainly, an undoubted unbreakable bond with God. Released, he has felt…
  • By His Blood – Jesus explains God’s Wrath, Part 2

    Brook Potter
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Continued from: What brings the Wrath of God Part 1 Matthew 3:7  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Read more on By His Blood – Jesus explains God’s Wrath, Part 2…
 
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    Christian Home and Family

  • 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…
  • Podcast 90 – How to stop family conflicts

    Carey
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Carey How to stop family conflicts. Or if you are using a “podcatcher” here is the feed address: http://www.christianhomeandfamily.com/feed/podcast/ Family conflicts can make life inside the home horrendous. Nobody wants to be around when arguing, fighting, and complaining are the norm. So how do you get past the arguing? You get past it by preventing it in the first place. And you do that through working hard toward every person in the family having a right relationship with God. Go to top Go to top Podcast 90 – How to stop family conflicts Christian Home and Family -…
  • Monday Mindset: Compassion

    Carey
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Carey I have to admit that I’ve come to see the value and need for compassion toward others far later in life than I should have. I’m typically a “suck it up and get to work” kind of person when it comes to how I view others. But I’m coming to see that though that may be a very “American” attitude (rugged and individualistic), it’s not a very Christ-like one. So, I’ve been intentionally working on seeing others through the eyes of compassion. Here are some thoughts that have helped me as I’ve considered the issue: When I understand…
  • I forgive you, but…

    Carey
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Carey When you or I say, “I forgive you,” we’re supposed to put the situation behind us, right? Well, yes… but there’s something else that’s supposed to happen. The offending person is supposed to change. It’s called repentance. I can remember a handful of times when my wife or myself have been dealing with one of our children about the very same issue, for the thousandth time. OK, not the thousandth, but it seems like it when there’s been an ongoing pattern of dealing with the same issue. In those situations, it’s not uncommon for one of…
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    Pro Preacher

  • 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 gust 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…
  • 5 Steps To Creating A Culture of Evangelism In Your Church

    Brandon
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Photo Credit: tj.blackwell via Compfight cc It is a sad reality today that many churches are simply not reaching many people for Christ. No, it’s not all about numbers. Yes, fellowship and discipleship are important. But if we are trying to follow the great commission, why are we not doing more to try to reach more people? Put simply, I believe it is because we have not created a culture of evangelism in our churches. Somewhere along the way, many churches have lost their evangelistic fervor. If we want to create a culture of evangelism in our churches, I believe there are at least 5 things…
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    Revolution Radio

  • Revolution Radio with Guest Adam LiVecchi

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    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 founder of We See Jesus Ministries, he travels and speaks in churches and at conferences. He has authored several books, the first one is entitled “His Name is the Word of God”. He was also featured in a book compilation published by…
  • 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?
  • Interview with Sharnael Wolverton on Quantum Physics and healing essential oils

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    16 Mar 2014 | 2:30 pm
    This was the interview from 2010 that Aimee did with Sharnael Wolverton on Quantum Physics.  If you would like to get one of the kits discussed in this program, the offers have changed slightly, but you can do so by clicking here
  • Song of Solomon Part 10 by SJ Hill

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    25 Feb 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Continuing the series on the Song of Solomon Part 10a by SJ Hill
  • Interview with Adam LiVecchi of We See Jesus Ministries

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    18 Feb 2014 | 6:00 pm
    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 founder of We See Jesus Ministries, he travels and speaks in churches and at conferences. He has authored several books, the first one is entitled “His Name is the Word of God”. He was also featured in a book compilation published by…
 
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    Working Christianity

  • I Don’t Wanna Be Famous

    Michael
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few weeks ago a lady in our church came to the front and admitted to everyone that she had tried to commit suicide. That is probably one of the most courageous things I’ve seen someone do ever. To share something so personal in our life that reveals that you are going through some tough […]
  • In The Wind

    Michael
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    A few weeks as I took out the trash outside of my house, a tall man named Robert started walking toward my house. Now normally that would freak out a lot of people out, but he stood back and talked to me from the top of my driveway. He told me he used to cut the […]
  • 5 Principles for Spiritual Victory

    Michael
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    When you hear a great sermon sometimes the best thing you can do is to share it. So that’s what this is. The text today comes from Joshua 6:1-5, where Joshua and the Israelities were about to take the promised land. They had been through a lot and were out in the wilderness finally about […]
  • Insecurities Won’t Be The Death of Me

    Michael
    1 Jun 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Being tired is often the perfect storm for doubt to creep into my life and give the devil a foothold and this past week was no different. When you’re doing a lot of anything in life, like building a company, you can sometimes wear yourself out and that’s when doubt can creep in. It’s one of […]
  • Come In One Way, Leave Another

    Michael
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Mark 10: 17-22 is one of my favorite parables, the rich young ruler, because of the analogy that’s made (about a camel passing through the eye of a needle, powerful stuff right?).  But more importantly it demonstrates what Jesus really wants from us and what true change is all about. In the parable, Jesus was […]
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    Pastor John's Blog

  • 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…
  • Of Dogs and Armadillos

    john crews
    25 May 2014 | 3:11 pm
    It has been nearly four months since Jonathan passed away.  While I would like to say that life is getting easier, the reality is that little has changed (putting aside the horror of the first couple of weeks).  In fact, if anything, so far time has not been our friend.Even when Jonathan was in college, I can't think of a time when two months passed without seeing our son.  And, in the last four or five years there was never a time when even two weeks went by without seeing him.  Except for his years at Baylor, Jonathan was always part of our daily life.There are…
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    The Pure Sacrifice

  • Lord Undo Me

    Deanna Wiseburn
    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 Wiseburn
    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. …
  • Boundaries Regarding Technology

    Deanna Wiseburn
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    photo credit: Ed Yourdon via photopin cc As I look around lately I can’t help but see that we have become a very rude society.  People sit together but they don’t talk to one another and they barely look at one another.  It is sad really.  We were created to be in community together, that was by Gods design.  Yet many people are so caught up in technology that they will not lay it down for face to face contact. I’m not sure when we moved from technology as a helpful tool to letting it control every aspect of our lives.  This is something that I noticed greatly when I…
  • What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days {Review}

    Deanna Wiseburn
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
      This book is a balm for the soul!  Once you open the pages it feels just like you are sitting across from a dear friend receiving life-giving encouragement that uplifts and points back to God.  I love the way Holley Gerth writes just as I imagine she would talk in person.  She brings life to her books and then it is as if she sees straight into your own heart. This book is 52 days worth of devotions, I can’t wait for Holley to write one for 365 days.  I can tell that this will quickly be a favorite and may well be read many times throughout the year! Holley will be hosting a…
  • The Hard Times

    Deanna Wiseburn
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Sometimes it is hard to write.  The words just don’t seem to come as easily when you find yourself in the midst of a struggle and begin to search within.  I find my life these days in a constant state of change. In all the uncertainty I cling tightly to the fact that I am never alone and that God already has the victory. I am being reshaped and refined and it is uncomfortable, but necessary. However I am choosing to use this as a chance to redefine myself in some ways. Currently I am keeping a close watch on my perspectives and trying not to fall back in old habits. I am also…
 
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    C3 Journey - the Warrior's Log

  • Who says you are supposed to be happy?

    Jim Crumbley
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
      I stand corrected Wyatt. You are an oak. Doc Holiday in Tombstone Did someone promise us happiness? Did someone say we would not feel pain, hurt or remorse? Did someone say that everything we want will happen when we want it? HAPPY: 1. Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment 2. Fortunate and convenient JOY: 1. To be exceedingly glad Happiness is a STATE OF MIND largely dependent upon outside sources and therein lies its problem. Our STATE OF MIND changes when our circumstances change. Joy, on the other hand, is a STATE OF BEING. Joyful is not WHAT we are it is WHO we are. Joy…
  • Comfort is poison that takes life out of vision…

    Jim Crumbley
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Recently I spoke on the  “TRACSs” to walking out vision and the role that attitude plays in achieving our dreams or failing in life. While telling some of my journey…my success and failures…I shared how I had to adjust my attitude (pride, arrogance, control, fear) before I could succeed. In a moment of personal revelation I expressed a truth: “Comfort is poison that takes the life out of vision.” The quote was met with many nods and comments. I don’t believe that I stole it from anyone but, if I did, this is the last time they get credit…
  • Not a hero…a champion

    Jim Crumbley
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I read a “Monday Morning Quarterback” article by Peter King yesterday on SI.com about the Super Bowl rematch of Denver vs Seattle. Below are some thoughts related to Russell Wilson’s play and team attitude. “I know I shouldn’t say this,” Wilson said, “but I actually wanted overtime. Of course I want to win in regulation, but overtime is so much fun. I live for those moments.” The proof is in the 7-0 record (against the “Elite Quarterbacks of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers and Sean Payton), and the one interception in 28 quarters (against these same…
  • Life becomes your passion…

    Jim Crumbley
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    So many people waste so much time LOOKING for their passion. Passion can’t be looked for. Passion has to be lived. In other words; don’t just try to find your passion, “live passionately and LIFE becomes your passion.” But, what is passion? Passion (from the Latin verb patere meaning to suffer) is a term applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion, compelling enthusiasm or desire for anything. Wikipedia What I love about this excerpt from Wikipedia is the discovery that the latin root for passion is “patere” or…
  • How to live our life…

    Jim Crumbley
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Tell the older men that in anything they do, they must not go too far. They must be worthy of respect. They must control themselves. They must have true faith. They must love others. They must not give up. Titus 2:2 How should we live our lives? Titus 2:2 is one verse that gives us SIX rules for life. Six simple yet profound ways of living our daily life that, if followed, can positively impact our relationship with God and our service to others. These rules for life can save our family, grow our career and heal our emotions. Our whole world can be changed if we take this one scripture and…
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    Logos Bible Software Blog

  • Pastor Appreciation Month: Save All Month Long

    Naomi Deviny
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” —1 Timothy 5:17 Pastor Appreciation Month is upon us and it’s time to let our pastors know how much we value them. This year we have a new special for you every day, and you can save on over 50 products—even if you’re not a pastor. Plus, get The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 14 for free the entire month! How to get the best deals in October Every day during October (except Sundays), we’ll be revealing a 24-hour deal. The resource…
  • Webinar Recap: Streamline Your Sermon Preparation

    Art Pinney
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last week, in a webinar hosted by Logos expert Todd Bishop, we outlined some key steps in assisting you with your sermon preparation using Logos 5. Todd shared ways to create custom layouts that are easy to use and navigate. He also demonstrated how to manage your workspace to match your work preferences and explained how to save your shortcuts to your most-used workspaces so you can easily access them later. If you missed the webinar, don’t worry! You can still watch the recording anytime you want and learn about streamlining your sermon preparation from this training session: During…
  • New Lower Price on the NIDNTTE!

    Janae Lovern
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The price has dropped on the five-volume New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis. Pre-Pub prices often go up as a product gets closer to shipping. Typically, even when you pre-order early and the price goes up, you still get it at the lower price. This is a rare exception where the Pre-Pub price has gone down. We’ve been working with the publisher to make the NIDNTTE available for pre-order at a discount. So if you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, now’s your chance to pre-order this set at a much lower price! We don’t know how long we’ll be able…
  • Logos 5: Exploring Lemmas with the Same Root

    Morris Proctor
    29 Sep 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. A Logos user recently presented this question to me: I’ve noticed Logos includes the root words for Greek lemmas in English Bibles with the reverse interlinear. How might these root words be used in actual Bible study? Excellent question! While this blog post will certainly not exhaust all that could be said, hopefully a few insights may get you started using this tool. First,…
  • Empowering God’s People for Ministry

    Jonathan Watson
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    During the Protestant Reformation, a concept arose to prominence that has deep implications on our theology: the priesthood of all believers. This is the conviction that we are as priests before God, with access to the Father through his Son, without need of a merely human mediator. This concept came implicit with two claims: that the Bible, God’s Word, would be returned to the hands of the people, and that the ministry would be returned as well. This is what Dr. Greg Ogden calls “vertical” and “horizontal” priesthood—vertical as we have access to God, and horizontal as we…
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    Faithlife Women

  • Beautiful Feet: The Spa-less Secret

    Tayler Beede
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    My husband and I entered our home upon our return from a three-week missions trip to Asia. I immediately removed my favorite leather sandals and parked them near the door. “These need a disinfectant...
  • Our Greatest Gift to God

    Tayler Beede
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    “I need you to clean your room, please.” Simple enough, right? Well, not so much with a teenager. I asked my daughter to clean her room a while ago, but instead she decided to walk the dog, make...
  • The Gospel for the Weak Mom

    Tayler Beede
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    "I thought parenting was going to portray my strengths, never realizing God had ordained it to reveal my weaknesses." —Dave Harvey 106 degrees. I stood leaning against the port-a-potty dutifully...
  • Why You Don't Have to Prove Yourself

    Tayler Beede
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    It’s difficult to not feel pressure in a society that praises works, beauty and monetary status, when all you’re trying to concern your mind with is how your life will be used to glorify God. How can...
  • The Best Kind of Confidence

    Tayler Beede
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” —Philippians 1:6 My confidence suffered a hefty blow! An event I was scheduled to speak at cancelled....
 
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    Fresh Bread

  • 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…
  • Seven Characteristics of Effective Christian Leadership

    joebuchanan
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    What makes an effective Christian leader?  There have been hundreds, maybe thousands of books written on this subject.  I’ve listened to countless sermons and lectures about what it takes to be a good leader.  But I have found no better source for understanding Christian leadership than the Bible.  In the Old Testament, one of my favorite leaders is King David.  Over the past couple of months I have been preaching through 1 Chronicles and have been inspired by the tremendous example of leadership found in King David.  This Sunday night I will be concluding the series by preaching…
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  • 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

  • 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.
  • Top 5 Ways The California Drought Helps YOU!

    16 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    The situation in California is dire.The state is in an epic drought.State governing officials just issued strict water conservation measures for all Californians--absolutely NO watering lawns everyday, washing cars with a hose or allowing sprinklers to spray water on sidewalks. Fines will be issued to violators. The "water police" are making the rounds. "Water wasters" are being ratted out on websites and hotlines.So what do Californians do in the midst of this crisis?They buy Evian.And adjust their sprinklers, put away hoses, time showers and pray for rain. Californians sacrifice to SAVE THE…
  • Jiminy Cricket is a Liar

    9 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are...When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true!Shut up, Jiminy! You know that ain't true. You're a BUG. You couldn't be a lawyer or a banker or a doctor if you wished on every star in the galaxy! Cool hat, though.I'm sorry. I don't mean to pick on a cricket. It's just that I'm frustrated. Have you noticed how many teens live in Jiminy's dream world when it comes to their future careers? They have no idea what they are good at, are motivated only by money, and haven't the slightest interest in doing the HARD WORK it takes…
  • Put Down Your Finger & Back Away from Your Opinion

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Opinions are like belly buttons. Everyone has one.I come from a very opinionated family. We have opinions about our opinions. We like to "go on the record" or like the people in the old Saturday Night Live skit: "Talk Amongst Ourselves." I could chalk it up to our Irish blood, but that would probably be a cop-out. I mean You can tell an Irishman, but you can't tell him much is really true, but the reason why people in my family bring a bean casserole AND an opinion to get-togethers is more than just heritage. My Dad especially loves to "debate the issues" and discuss what the "moderns" think…
 
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    Living in the Kingdom of God---Diana Symons

  • 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…
  • Love Is Not For The Faint Of Heart

    Diana Symons
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    We become bondservants out of love. Love is not for the faint of heart. Love takes guts and determination. Why? Because we need to love people we don’t even like. We need to love our enemies — you know, the ones who hate us back. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Cor 13:4-7) Love does not take…
  • You’ll Never Love Like Jesus Without Humility

    Diana Symons
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Love is the essential heart attitude of the kingdom, and you can’t love without humility. Love is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity. (1Cor 13:4) Love makes you take a backseat to the needs and feelings of others.  Humility guards your heart. It keeps arrogance out and makes you gentle. Good deeds done without humility become bragging grounds. We feel justified in telling people how we prayed for someone or helped them. Humility allows us to do good in secret. When we feel free to talk about our…
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    Seedbed

  • Is the Rapture in the Bible?

    Seedbed
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
  • When the Almost Christian Intentionally Stays Out of the Promised Land

    Steven D. Bruns
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    John Wesley preached a sermon early in his career on the Almost Christian, someone who had all the language and practices of Christianity but did not have faith.  This person is one who, despite best efforts, is still worthy of condemnation because of the lack of faith.  Later in his life, he preached another sermon, On Faith, where he said it is possible to have the faith of a servant, but not the faith of a child.  Robert Tuttle, in an article entitled “God at Work in the World” in World Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit (Seedbed, 2014), writes, “Here [in the later sermon] the faith…
  • The Every Day Art of Listening

    Heather Celoria
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    John 10:27:  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. Do you remember the last time you heard the voice of Jesus? Maybe it was two minutes ago or maybe you are not actually sure if you ever have. Hearing God can seem out of reach for many because it has sometimes been seen as mysterious or reserved for mystics and the exceptionally spiritual. Yet, I believe that we are all experiencing God’s voice all the time. The disconnect is most often that we don’t recognize His voice. We fail to listen. I love the tagline from the movie August Rush because it describes this…
  • Ken Collins on John Wesley 01: The Image of God

    Kenneth Collins
    28 Sep 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 The Image of God (Genesis 1:27). 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-I.mp3 Learn more about the new collection of John Wesley’s sermons here.
  • What Does Election Have to do with Salvation?

    Ben Witherington
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    What does election have to do with salvation? In this video, Ben Witherington reminds us that the two are not the same thing. While in the Old Testament election was considered “in Israel,” in the New Testament it is for those “in Christ.” This means that it’s always a corporate matter, as opposed to which individuals are saved and which ones are not. View all of our video resources. View more resources on election. Get The Indelible Image: The Theological and Ethical World of the New Testament (2 vols) by Ben Witherington III.
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    JoshuaRhone.com

  • John Wesley: On The Duty of Constant Communion

    Joshua Rhone
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    The following are excerpts from John Wesley’s sermon, ‘On the Duty of Constant Communion.’ (To read the sermon in its entirety, please click here.) I. I am to show that it is the duty of every Christian to receive the Lord’s Supper as often as he can. 1. The First reason why it is the duty of every Christian so to do is, because it is a plain command of Christ. That this is his command, appears from the words of the text, “Do this in remembrance of me:” By which, as the Apostles were obliged to bless, break, and give the bread to all that joined with them…
  • The Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike: Featuring the Sideling Hill and Rays Hill Tunnels

    Joshua Rhone
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    As I was relaxing today, I stumbled across this video, shot by some Canadians who ventured to Breezewood, PA, to explore the Sideling Hill and Rays Hill Tunnels. Part of the a thirteen mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike that was bypassed in 1968, and subsequently abandoned, ‘The Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike,’ as it has been referred to, has become a popular tourist attraction. As we live only a short distance away, we plan to make a trip to do some exploring. The post The Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike: Featuring the Sideling Hill and Rays Hill Tunnels appeared first…
  • Centralia: The Town That Was

    Joshua Rhone
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Stumbled across this video today. It documents the demise of the rural Pennsylvania mining town of Centralia. Once a thriving little town, an underground fire, which is still burning, all but wiped the town off the map. It was a fascinating little documentary that has stirred up a number of thoughts and emotions. The post Centralia: The Town That Was appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Success: iOS8

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
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  • iOS8: Almost there

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
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    Intersections4Life

  • Distorted

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    We have strayed so far from focusing on God, as a whole, that we are moving from the image that God created us in, His, to an image we are now creating for ourselves. When we distort our image, we are distorting His image as well. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away.  But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.  Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
  • Rescue Me

    Charles Crutcher
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    “It’s what God put us here to do,” he said. “Rescue each other.”-The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story Some of you reading this know me personally. But some of you may be reading my post for the first time. Allow me to be brutally honest with you, or as the pastor of my church calls it, “Authentic.” For the past few years, I have been answering the phones for a company. It’s not glamorous. It isn’t always easy. People can be pretty mean when they want to. Sometimes I wonder if my interaction with others bears any significance at all. I like…
  • Saving Sarah

    Sarah Galloway
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    I’ve been in a writing dry spell for a while.  I guess we all go thru those at some point and time in our lives whether it’s with writing, diet, exercise, you name it.  My world gets terrifyingly overwhelming sometimes and quite frankly my brain is otherwise spent and not in the mood for pontification (yes, I took a nap today, thank you!).  I don’t have to tell you how life goes, you know this.  Most likely you are even experiencing some form its chaotic nature even now.  But tonight I was I wish hit right between the eyes with one of life’s great truth’s. My 10 year old…
  • The Only Thing Harder Than Following God

    Andrew Gilmore - Guest Writer
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have a son who loves to do anything but go to bed when it’s time to go to bed. On his way, he’ll find a piece of trash that needs to go in the garbage. Or he’ll pick up a toy and put it away. He does this every night even though I tell him explicitly to go to bed. The activities he does aren’t intrinsically bad—picking up after yourself is a good thing—but the context makes them wrong. Essentially he’s doing the right thing the wrong way. King Saul had this same problem. His troops were scattered and afraid. The Philistine threat at Mikmash melted the…
  • A Fresh Start

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Coffee.  It is my stimulant of choice.  I enjoy all kinds of different varieties of the drink, but there is something really special about a straight black cup of coffee. That sounds crazy to some of you, I am sure.  How can someone love a simple black cup of coffee with so many choices out there today. I mean, why not something like a venti triple shot no–whip raspberry mocha from Starbucks?  Okay, yes, I have had one of those as well.  It still isn’t near the top of the list though. The simple black cup of coffee wins hands down every day with me.  The aroma.  The…
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    Give Me That Mountain

  • God is close, very close

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day fifty...Last week, something went wrong with the database on our server, and I had no access to our website for several hours.
  • With Him

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-nine...Recently, God put it on my heart that life shared with Him is one big adventure.
  • What would you ask for?

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-eight...That night, there in Gibeon, GOD appeared to Solomon in a dream: God said, “What can I give you? Ask.” (1 Kings 3:5 MSG)
  • Sometimes the gift comes in more than one package

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:59 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-seven...“Open this gift first!” So you open the beautifully‐wrapped package, but you scratch your head over what you've just opened.
  • Relationship matters

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-six...Marriages born out of love often become marriages of convenience over time. Same two people, and technically the same marriage—but things are not the same as they once were.
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • Lamentations 4: At Your Own Risk

    Zak Schmoll
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    In Lamentations 4, Jeremiah talks about the perception of other nations in regards to this downfall that was happening in Judah. Lam 4:11  The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof. Lam 4:12  The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem. God’s people had been blessed for years. They were given many miraculous victories. In the not-too-distant past, David and…
  • Lamentations 3: Where We Need to Be

    Zak Schmoll
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:28 am
    Lamentations 3 would have to be one of the most encouraging chapters in the Bible. Jeremiah was clearly in an incredibly dark place. As we just read in the book of Jeremiah, nothing really ever went right for him. He was following God, and he continually did what God told him to do, but I think that his testimony alone destroys the prosperity gospel where it stands. The first 20 verses of this chapter talk about how abandoned Jeremiah felt. He basically felt as if God had become his enemy. However, he also understood that God was perfectly good. The next 20 verses talk about how even despite…
  • Lamentations 2: Listen to the Right People

    Zak Schmoll
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    Lamentations 2 demonstrate some of what it is like to fall under the judgment of God. I think it is sufficient to say that it is not a place you want to find yourself. God is certainly loving, but He is also a God of justice. However, there is one thing that stood out to me about this entire chapter. The people of Judah were certainly responsible for their actions. After all, they had the Law, and they could have come back to God, but there was a major problem. Lam 2:14  Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy…
  • Lamentations 1: Sorrow Is Okay

    Zak Schmoll
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Lamentations was also written by Jeremiah, and in chapter 1, it is clear that the book is appropriately named. When we start at the beginning, we really get a summary of what the situation is like now that the city is virtually vacant. Lam 1:1  How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary! Lam 1:2  She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously…
  • Jeremiah 52: Closer to the Fire

    Zak Schmoll
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    At the end of the book of Jeremiah, we finally get a summary of all that went wrong with the people of Judah, and even though it took 52 chapters to describe entirely, it really was rather simple. Jer 52:1  Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. Jer 52:2  And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done. Jer 52:3  For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast…
 
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    Armchair Theology

  • 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…
  • Does Bible = Jesus?

    Dave
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 If Jesus is the Word and the Bible is “the Word” does that mean the Bible is Jesus? I’ve actually heard this taught in a Bible study and I recently had a conversation with another blogger about a similar statement so I thought I’d explain exactly why this isn’t the case. Why you might be tempted to think Bible = Jesus If you paid attention in math class you might remember something called the transitive property. It states: If A = B and B = C, then A = C. So, in mathematics,…
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    Seeing Invisible

  • The Investment Banker and the Bank Janitor: All Work Has Value

    Blake Mankin
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    One of the greatest lies our culture tells us is that certain types of work are more valuable than others. In the kingdom of God, this couldn’t be further from the truth. All work, done with integrity, is meaningful. I heard a story from a pastor once about a father talking to his son as they passed a construction site. “Stay in school and work hard, son,” the father said, “or you’ll end up like that man laying bricks.” Oh, how this story breaks my heart. It points to the faulty assumption that a meaningful life can’t be found in certain employment positions. It turns people…
  • Pull Stewardship Out of the Attic

    Blake Mankin
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Stewardship is a word I would expect to find dusty and in the attic, a seemingly outdated concept that’s been replaced with more cutting edge ideologies like “minimalism.” It’s time, however, to climb the ladder, clear out the cobwebs, and take stewardship out into our culture again. Don’t get me wrong, I think Christians should be leaders in the minimalist movement (as I’ve written before). But we all need to be reminded again about the basis of this movement from a Christ-follower’s perspective: none of this stuff is ours to begin with. We are simply managers—stewards—of…
  • Robin Williams, Depression, and the Church

    Blake Mankin
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    After Robin Williams’ recent suicide, depression has been placed in the national spotlight. How could someone so successful feel so terrible about himself? What does depression actually look like, and what do I do if I feel similarly? What do I do if someone in my life is battling depression? These and other questions have been discussed on radio stations, news sites, and blogs. But what about in Christian circles? What does the national dialogue about mental illnesses such as depression have to contribute to our churches? Let me start with this: I love Jesus with all my heart, and I…
  • Are You a Child?

    Blake Mankin
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    When I was a young child, I asked a ton of questions. I would ask everything from, “Why can’t I have a soda?” to “If God created the world, who created God?” Yes, I was curious. But I wasn’t alone in my curiosity. The Guardian cites a fascinating study about curiosity in children: A 1964 study found that babies as young as two months old when presented with different patterns will show a marked preference for the unfamiliar ones. The instinct to explore grows into an instinct for inquiry. Some time after their first birthday, children start to point at things, looking up at…
  • You Should Be a Member of a Subculture

    Blake Mankin
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Every place has a culture with both stated and discrete ways of doing things. Stop at a stop sign. Tip at least 18% at restaurants. In Austin, there’s a coffee house called Flight Path. In college, it was one of my favorite places to study–mostly because it had a strong culture of silence. It didn’t take long to realize the largest room in the cafe was a place where talking was unacceptable. No rules were posted on the wall stating this explicitly, it was simply a strong cultural expectation. Most of the rules and strong suggestions, like the silent culture of Flight Path,…
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • Gabrielle Jordan: Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, and Philanthropist

    virtuousgirls1
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Visit Gabrielle online at: www.gabriellejordaninspires.com Twitter: @gabrielleintl | Facebook | Flickr | Instagram | LinkedIn | YouTube “When I reflect back on my life, I want it to be filled with big dreams, big actions and big accomplishments and that’s what I want for others,” says Gabrielle Jordan, the flourishing 14-year-old with a mature, yet […]
  • Girls of Virtue Series – TASHA – Week 2 Recap

    virtuousgirls1
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:43 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 […]
  • His Grace Is Sufficient

    virtuousgirls1
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:51 pm
  • Women of the Word: Sapphira

    virtuousgirls1
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Sapphira’s story is a sudden and a sad one. She can be found, along with her husband and partner-in-crime, Ananias, in Acts chapter 5. They lived during early A. D. days when the Christian church was getting started in Jerusalem. The resurrection of Jesus the Christ had just taken place, the apostles had been filled […]
  • Isabella Rose Taylor: Fine Artist and Fashion Designer

    virtuousgirls1
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Visit Isabella Rose Taylor online at: www.isabellarosetaylor.com Twitter: @isabellartaylor | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube via Good Morning America, Stephanie Tuder At age 13, most people are trying to get homework done while maybe juggling playing a sport, with hanging out with friends in between. Not so for Isabella Rose Taylor, who made her debut […]
 
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Thanksgiving Puzzle 1- Activity Sheet

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Thanksgiving Puzzle 1 (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 below. […]
  • Happy Thanksgiving 3- Coloring Page

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    Happy Thanksgiving 3 (Coloring Page) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link […]
  • Happy Thanksgiving 2- Coloring Page

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Happy Thanksgiving 2 (Coloring Page) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link […]
  • Happy Thanksgiving 1- Coloring Page

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Happy Thanksgiving 1 (Coloring Page) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link […]
  • Thanksgiving Cornucopia- Coloring Page

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Thanksgiving Cornucopia (Coloring Page) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link […]
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    Renewed Daily

  • Sunday Scripture: 9/28/14

    Renewed Daily
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy,to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. - Jude 1:24-25 If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to someone you know, please share this post on the social network of your choice for me. All you have to do is click one of the buttons below. May God Bless You, Shelly The post Sunday Scripture: 9/28/14 appeared first on Renewed Daily.written…
  • Recommendation Saturday: Arrange the Cards

    Renewed Daily
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. - Hebrews 3:13-14 You.  You are loved more than words. You are someone's rock. You make a difference with just your existence... your ear... your smile. Whatever hand of cards that life has dealt you, you get to arrange them. Make something beautiful. We are best when we are community. I would love to share in some of that…
  • Make Yourself at Home

    Renewed Daily
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. - John 1:16 He curls up on the window seat and soaks up the Son-light He makes a meal of our fears and sometimes squeezes in snacks of our weaknesses He breathes in our pain and exhales His mercy He sleeps not at all but enables our own rest He stretches out and explores those empty places chasing shadows and lighting candles He throws open the doors and sweeps out the cobwebs He makes it a Home Sweet Home with just His presence Grace     Lives         Here   Jesus, we can never thank You enough for the gift of…
  • Spam

    Renewed Daily
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience…
  • NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition (a Review & Giveaway!)

    Renewed Daily
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition organizes the New International Version Bible---the world’s most popular modern-English Bible---into 365 daily readings placed in chronological order. This softcover edition includes a daily Scripture reading followed by a short devotional thought written by the staff at the trusted ministry Walk Thru the Bible. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate,equipped for every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17 What you are getting is…
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • When He Is Answers Before We Know to Ask

    kristinemac
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:26 pm
    “But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Peace God Gives

    kristinemac
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Some days, I wake up with the cares of today and tomorrow in my thoughts. This results in very early mornings. I’ve had several of these types of early morning musings over the past few weeks.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Counting the Cost

    kristinemac
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Confession time. I love chocolate. Truly. Milk chocolate. Dark chocolate. Chocolate with bits in it. But… The cost of enjoying a bar of chocolate produced by Hershey, Mars, Cadbury, Nestle, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Participation is Required

    kristinemac
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    “But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • God’s Faithfulness in Life’s Uncertainty

    kristinemac
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Last week, I wrote a post on what was a truly difficult day. A day which has ushered in a persistent (and uncomfortable) level of uncertainty during a time which should be filled with excitement and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Thoughtful

  • Be The Truth

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I am currently reading a book that I'll be reviewing later.  In the introduction, the author reminds us that truth, especially scriptural truth, does not just belong in classrooms and discussions.  It belongs in life. For truth to fulfill its purpose, it needs to be part of everyday life. A great example of this is 1 Corinthians 13. "Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love
  • Margaret's Ark (Book Review)

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Last week, I read a book that is way out of my comfort zone.  It was available from my local library as an ebook, and I thought the premise was interesting.   It got to the point where I would not allow myself to read it at night, for fear I would have nightmares. It wasn't a horror story, but it was apocalyptic.  Like The Day After Tomorrow.  Or I Am Legend.  Knowing.  
  • What are you praying for?

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    It seems like there are so many more things to be praying for today.  Maybe it’s just that communication has improved and hearing prayer requests isn’t limited to a few minutes during the Sunday service.  It would be an easy thing to pray all day and not run out of people or situations to pray for.  Our cities, our countries, our world needs prayer.  Our families.  Our friends, both the
  • The Dust From My Feet

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension and Essential Tremor, among a myriad of other issues mostly stemming from these two. She had brain surgery in 2012, to install a VP Shunt, and had a revision in January of this year. She now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is
  • Deliver Us From Evil (book review)

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Deliver Us from Evil by Don Basham was an interesting book about a Christian man's journey from believing that the devil and demons did not exist and had never existed to recognizing the influence of them in our world.  The tag line of the book is "A Pastor's Reluctant Encounters with the Powers of Darkness."  It is really an apt description. At the beginning of this story, Mr. Basham
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    Switchbacks

  • 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 […]
  • Imagine That!

    Karen Woodall
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    I was flipping through the television channels the other evening and happened to stop for a minute on an infomercial.  On the screen were beautiful people extolling the virtues of their amazing product. Featured in attractive lighting and on polished sets, they demonstrated its versatility, explained its durability and lauded its affordability. The more I […]
  • Itching Ears

    Karen Woodall
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    I read an article last week that included the text of a podcast interview with Christian singer-songwriter, Michael Gungor. His comments included some startling statements that revealed his views on the veracity of the book of Genesis, the accuracy of the Gospels, and sinless nature of Jesus Christ. Sharing his thoughts about what he considers to be the “mythical” story […]
  • Stitchin’ Along

    Karen Woodall
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    I love quilts! I think my affinity for them can be traced back to my grandmothers, both of whom were skilled in all kinds of needlework and made quilts for both necessity and recreation. I have several of their textile treasures displayed around my house along with a few others that I’ve collected or been […]
  • Shedding the Camouflage

    Karen Woodall
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    The Butterfly Garden is one of the feature attractions at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. The glass enclosed exhibit is home to scores of exotic species of these beautiful, free-flying insects. This time of the year one of the showcased creatures is the Latin American Blue Morpho butterfly. This particular flittering beauty sports iridescent blue […]
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • A Heap of Truth, a Pinch of Grace, and a Serving of Pain

    Matt Strmiska
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    January 7, 2012 will forever be seared in my mind. I had been plagued by numerous questions for well over a year – questions like “What is God’s plan for my life?” and “Did He already make it clear, and I just did not see it?” And there I was, on a slopped grassy knoll in the northern hills of Thailand on a missions exposure trip, still suffering from these questions. I could not get over them. Could it be because I didn’t understand God? If you’re like me, maybe these questions have kept you up at night. But shouldn’t they? I mean, we are talking about something of utmost…
  • When Christians Don’t Measure Up

    Daniel Bunker
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It happened again.  Even as I sat down to write this blog post, that all too familiar, discouraging voice started shouting within me: “Why did you sign up for this?” “You don’t have anything good to write about” “Other people are better writers” “You always procrastinate like this, you’ll never finish it in time” This is the voice that accompanies me all the time, especially when I’m working on something difficult and important.  This voice has led me to avoid, delay or flat out refuse to do things God was calling me to do because I questioned whether or not I really…
  • Why the Act of Service Can Literally Change the World

    Aaron Bartlett
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    “I like to talk about changing the world but I don’t really like to do what it takes.” – Eugene Cho Reading an interview with Pastor Eugene Cho, in which he discussed his new book Overrated, I couldn’t help but feel frustrated. The interview called out the American Church, with Eugene saying that we were on pace to become “the most overrated generation in human history.” His reasoning? We have access to so much data, info, resources, modes of communication, but we end up doing so little. The feeling of frustration stemmed from the idea that we have…
  • Friday Faves Vol. 10

    Self Talk the Gospel
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
      Welcome to our Friday Faves! In case you missed it, here is a collection of content we found online this week that we thought you might enjoy. Although we won’t always endorse or agree with everything you see here, we would love to provoke your thoughts. Enjoy! Instructions for an evening of your life by Sarah Bessey “Sit in silence at the edge of the water and learn to be satisfied…Then you’ll remember how when you were a kid you used to be able to just be in a place without compulsively needing to check text messages or chase around getting things done, and you’ll…
  • Parenting: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

    Rob Harris
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s all about relationships. Whether you are a professing Christian or an unbeliever, you cannot refute the solemn principle that your life is filled with a culmination of various relationships. These relationships can be healthy and constructive, or unhealthy and detrimental. The essence of these relationships hangs in a constant state of flux. The Bible’s entire essence stands firmly on the principle of relationships. Parents, Children & Discipline Growing up in an “old-school” modality of parenting forged my view of how children are to be disciplined. I was brought up in a…
 
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • Finding God, Losing Him, and Finding Him Again: An Interview with Preston Yancey

    Jonathan Petersen
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    A young student arrived at Baylor University in the autumn of 2008 with his life figured out, then slowly each piece of his secure world fell apart: his church, his life of study, his politics, his girlfriend, his best friend, and his God. Perhaps you can identify with his story. Bible Gateway interviewed Preston Yancey (@prestonyancey) about his book, Tables in the Wilderness: A Memoir of God Found, Lost, and Found Again (Zondervan, 2014). The title of your book is taken from Psalm 78. What has this Scripture come to mean to you? Preston Yancey: The psalmist recounts how the children of…
  • Most People Prefer to Memorize Scripture Without “Thee” and “Thou”

    Jonathan Petersen
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    The majority of Bible Gateway users responding to an online survey say they use modern English Bible translations to devote Scripture verses to memory. We asked blog readers “What English Bible translation do you primarily use to memorize Scripture?” More than 2,000 of you responded. Of that number, 63% chose Bible versions other than the popular 400-year-old King James Version (KJV) and the 100-year-old American Standard Version (ASV), known for poetically old-English words like “thee,” “thou,” “ye,” and “verily.” However, at 34% of…
  • ‘The Story’ is Improving Bible Literacy in Churches: An Interview with Shelley Leith

    Jonathan Petersen
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    The Story is a dynamic, powerful, and rewarding experience produced by Zondervan for churches, families, small groups, and individuals. The Story is helping people everywhere experience Scripture like never before. Carefully selected verses from the Bible are organized chronologically. From Genesis to Revelation, participants come to understand God’s story and how their stories intersect with it. Churches and small groups have seen enhanced comprehension of the Bible, newfound confidence to share the Word, unified community, and naturally increased community outreach by using The Story.
  • Exploring Scotland’s Bible

    Andy Rau
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Scotland has understandably been in the news quite a bit lately. Bible Gateway, alas, has no online Bible in the Scottish Gaelic or Scots languages. But all of the recent discussion of Scottish history and identity prompted me to read up on the history of the Bible in Scotland. The University of Glasgow has an excellent virtual exhibition showcasing the Bible in Scottish history. Here, it explains the relative dearth of native-language Bible translations in Scotland, and notes that while English-language Scriptures dominated, localized Bible translation projects actually helped to preserve…
  • How to Acquire Bible Savvy: An Interview with James Nicodem

    Jonathan Petersen
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The Bible is often seen as a daunting book, written in ancient times and addressed to a vastly unfamiliar culture. Is it really possible to draw relevant insights from it for our lives today? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Jim Nicodem (@JimNicodem) about his Bible Savvy book series, Epic: The Storyline of the Bible, Foundation: The Reliability of the Bible, Context: How to Understand the Bible, and Walk: How to Apply the Bible (Moody Publishers, 2013). Explain what the Bible Savvy Series is and why you’ve written it. Dr. Nicodem: The Bible consistently appears at the top of lists of the…
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • 5 Lies, Christians, and Fries

    Caleb Smith
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I am wrong. On what? Many things, I imagine. And so are you. Your neighbors, as well. We all get things wrong, being finite and sin-impaired people. Fortunately, the Triune God revealed in Jesus Christ has provided a path to true knowledge, which sometimes must correct our mistakes. Most of what He has to say to us is found in the Bible, written by the apostles and the prophets. The irony of this revelation is that even the divine revelation itself can be affected by our broken minds, and so there are many misconceptions, bad ideas, and even what might be called “lies” that…
  • Our Joy, God’s Joy, and Victoria Osteen

    Caleb Smith
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    In case you missed it, here’s something Victoria Osteen said recently that got everyone into a tizzy: I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God we’re not doing it for God — I mean that’s one way to look at it. We’re doing it for yourself, because God takes pleasure when were happy. That’s the thing that gives him the greatest joy this morning…just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy. When you come to church when you worship him, you’re not doing it for God, really. You’re doing it for yourself, because…
  • Jesus is the New Us: Being In Christ

    Caleb Smith
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    My title probably makes no sense, so I shall move straightaway to explaining it. We are humanity. We are humans. So is Jesus. Jesus is the God-man, both entirely divine and entirely human. He is indeed entirely human. So what is my point? Jesus is not just any human, but the human. First time around, Adam was the human. He represented all of us, and was deeply connected with each one of us by being the original man from who we all descend. And thus because of his sin, in Adam we all die. Adam’s death is our death, and our death is Adam’s death. In Adam we, humanity, were given…
  • Can Animals Go to Heaven? Fido’s Destiny

    Caleb Smith
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Off the top of my head I know my family has killed at least half a dozen dogs. Well, I say “killed,” but it’s really just that our land is cursed with the ability to drastically shorten any animal’s lifespan. Time would be too short to tell of the demise of Jax, Johnny Reb, Sadie, Rascal, and the others, not to mention our cats and their babies. This carries with it a small burden of sadness. Given that pets are so beloved, and that as Christians we strongly believe that we will be reunited with our loved ones in eternity, it is only natural that people ask if our…
  • Zelda and the Outdoors

    Caleb Smith
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    I stepped outside the other day to go to my car and stopped as I saw the brightness of the world. It occurred to me that “to go” was really the only reason I head outside, at least most of the time. This seemed, and seems today, a bit of a shame. This is what a lot of us do. We use outside as nothing more than a way to get from Building A to Building B, with most of even that trip actually spent inside a car.  The situation here is quite a shame. Outside is filled with wonders and beauty. Flora and fauna grace hills, fields, mountains, lakes, valleys, and forests. There is…
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    Nomadic Ministry

  • PM Netanyahu’s UN Speech: Israel’s Great Defender

    Kyle
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    I figured if I did an analysis on Abu Mazen’s speech I should also do one on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Though he did not bring out any pictures of acme bombs this year he did in fact give a strong speech that again puts Israel at odds with the Muslim countries of the Middle East. The danger surrounding God’s chosen people grows ever more constant as each new General Assembly convenes. He started with his usual schtick about what he seems to see as Israel’s greatest threat, Iran. He again reiterated that Iran’s nuclear program needs to be stopped. We know that…
  • Abbas Shows His True Stripes

    Kyle
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    It is again one of my favorite times of the year. No its not a holiday or a day filled with personal meaning, but the speeches at the UN General Assembly. The first one that I have seen in depth is the one given by Abu Mazen, or as he is more commonly known Mahmoud Abbas the current President of the Palestinian Authority. Seemingly emboldened by the news that a united Palestine would be headed by the PLO, Abbas has allowed his true colors to come forth with his latest irrational diatribe. There are a couple of main points that I would like to examine with this speech. The first is that the…
  • Perpetual Infinity

    Kyle
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    As I was sitting at my computer last week I had the sudden realization that it really did not matter if I continued writing or not. Every generation comes through, leaves their mark, and then the majority of thought fades away. Even if I decided to stop someone else would pick up the mantle and continue on with whatever work I was doing at that point and time, and I realized how brillant God’s design was in this effect. We each get dropped into a perpetual infinity where we are allowed to make our contribution but it will not fail if anyone of us does not achieve our full potential.
  • The Seventh Trumpet

    Kyle
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:13 am
    Woe to you inhabitants of the earth for the end is nigh! The seventh trumpet brings us to the end of the first half of Daniel’s 70th week. If God has not got your attention by this point it may be to late. It is after this event that I believe the Rapture will occur as God’s mystery will finally be finished. I believe the events that occur in Revelation 11:15-19 constitute the last chance for anyone who is still unsure about whether to follow the Messiah before it is to late. Revelation 11:15-19 states, “15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in…
  • The Pope on WW3

    Kyle
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    You expect the lunatic fringe to come up with crazy ideas about the coming end of the world or the next great world war. So when somebody, say the Pope, starts speaking about it you tend to listen a little closer. While speaking to a crowd at an Italian cemetery the Pontiff remarked that, “Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction.” This is not some two bit theologian with a website this is the leader of the Catholic Church. So if the world as a whole is starting to…
 
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    Do You Really Believe.com

  • Do you like change?

    admin
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Well…it depends on what it is. They say that the older you are the less you like change. I guess that makes me 3000!!!  This morning at Church the lady sitting next to me was not happy with the music. I guess that it was too contemporary for her. She obviously doesn’t like change in musical styles.  Years ago, the person in charge of leading the music at church was called the choir director.  Change came and now this person is called the Worship Leader. Don’t you think that title is much better? ‘Worship’ is defined: to show respect and love for God or for a god especially by…
  • Are you an “American Christian”?

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I think sometimes a person believes that a sacrifice is when they cannot pay their television cable bill. Just this week I picked up my laundry and the man that works there is from Iraq.  He asked me where is Jesus?  He said that a Christian baby had its head removed and put on a stick and he asked me, “Where is Jesus in this?”  I have to say I am an “American Christian” and I was speechless! I have been to Asia and have seen that people who believe in Jesus and want to serve Jesus need to walk carefully in doing so or they could suffer imprisonment or even lose…
  • Are you home yet?

    admin
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Even tho I’m sitting in my home office, my answer to that question is ‘NO’.  Yes, I’m blessed to have a place to come home to after a busy day out and about. Yes, I’m thankful to have a roof over my head and many comforts in my home. I look forward to pulling up to my home after being on a lengthy trip away. But, I realize that this is a temporary home. Because I truly believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, I know that my real and permanent home is with HIM. And that someday, when He calls me home, I will truly be HOME. Do you really believe? For we know that if the…
  • Does Prayer Work?

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    YES!!!!! The Bible tells us: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalms 145:18 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. ─ 1 John 5:14 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will…
  • Do you worry about the end or get excited?

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.  You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  Matthew 24:5-7 (NIV) If the end of your life is happening tragically, naturally, or by the entire world coming to a conclusion, I think that it will feel the same way no matter how it comes to you.  I know my parents thought that Jesus would return…
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    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.
  • Connecting Life through Blogs

    Sharon R. Hoover
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:35 am
    Everyone has a story. And, we are connected to one another’s story. Sometimes our paths physically criss-cross; other times similar experiences draw us together. We have much to learn from one another’s story. Blogs offer one way to share these adventures. Their public voice creates a bridge between us and allows us access to one another that we […] The post Connecting Life through Blogs appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
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    Brad Andres

  • 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?
  • Whether You Walk On Water or Take A Swim, “The Water Feels Alright”

    Brad Andres
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Ever wonder what it would be like to walk on water? I do. I think about it on occasion. Truth be told, I have this desire to experience walking on water. Sure, it wouldn’t serve much purpose, but if I have the faith then I could do it right? Not so much. I guess I’ll have to stick to swimming, but is that really so bad? I am fascinated with the event when Peter walks on water while moving towards Jesus. (Read all about it in Matt. 12:22-33) Here’s my summary: It’s about 3 AM. The disciples are pulling an all-nighter. Not because they want to, but because they are in…
 
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    SightShift

  • 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…
  • Loading The Dishwasher Is Your Next Step For Change

    Chris McAlister
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I hate home improvement or repair work. If I have to buy a new tool for a job around the house I try and give away the tool so I don’t have to use it again. I don’t like laundry or dishes or anything that isn’t doing work I love or playing hard. But with 3 daughters and a wife there’s a necessary amount of work, I mean…errr…partnership, to keep things humming along. And I know this is lame but I didn’t pitch in as I could’ve when the kids were toddlers. I failed to understand how profound loading the dishwasher could be. It was profound because…
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • Fathering & Parenting a Holy Generation | Interview with Bert Farias

    Steve Bremner
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
      This week on the podcast I am privileged to have an interview with a friend and former teacher of mine in my days at FIRE School of Ministry named Bert Farias. He and his son Daniel recently co-wrote a book called My Son, My Son: Fathering and Training a Holy Generation. It was an honor to be able to talk to Brother Bert Farias in this capacity. I remember being a little intimidated by him in my days in Bible college (which in all honesty, I was intimidated by all of my teachers [Continue reading...]
  • What Should I Write Next?

    Steve Bremner
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:09 pm
    I Have a A Sincere Question For You, My Loyal Readers I thought I'd take a moment and ask you what would you like me to write about next? I've got about 8 drafts started or close to finished, two of which I believe need to age like fine wine and not rush to publish. One is on discipleship, which I'd like to do a lot more of before putting out a book on it (and share more stories from experience and not just theory). The other is on the Song of Solomon, my favorite book in the Bible, but [Continue reading...]
  • Another Testimony About Praying For Neighbors

    Steve Bremner
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:06 pm
    I was bursting at the seams to share this testimony. When I first moved to Chorrillos, south of Lima, Peru nearly three years ago, I lived with my now-brother-in-law Ronald who did a LOT of ministry with youth and teenagers in our neighborhood called Los Cedros. God provided Ronald and his now-wife Nancy two teenaged girls in the neighborhood who were quite popular amongst their peers and were hungry to know Jesus. It became a domino effect; that was until their families found out we [Continue reading...]
  • Review: The God Ask by Steve Shadrach

    Steve Bremner
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    From time to time I take a post on this blog to recommend books that I think are relevant to my audience. I'm a reading machine, and if I were to review every book I read, whether good or bad, this blog would be more of a review site than a blog. So, I truly wait until I feel like I should review one. That doesn't mean each time I review something it will be a five star review or a one star review where I'm totally bashing something. This is a book that I felt like I should recommend, especially [Continue reading...]
  • Despise Not the Day of Small Beginnings

    Steve Bremner
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    That’s the phrase that kept popping into my mind as I sat down to write this post. Normally I have a title after I’ve begun working on a post, but this time, I knew that’s what the title needs to be. The other night before heading for bed I saw my friend James had posted a Facebook status that was rather poignant, encouraging and profound. “Many opportunities are lost by those waiting for the goose that lays the golden egg, failing to realize the demand for normal geese eggs.” I [Continue reading...]
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    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.
  • Engaging the Power of The Holy Ghost

    Shiloh 2014
    23 Jan 2014 | 7:07 am
    ENGAGING THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST FOR CONQUEST OVER WICKEDNESS Conquest to the believer is a walkover if you engage the power of the Holy Ghost. Zach.4:6 He is the reality of the God-head on earth. • He is the bonafide representative of God. Exo.15:3 • He is the invincible power of the God-head. […] The post Engaging the Power of The Holy Ghost appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • CROSSOVER NIGHT SERVICE 2013 Live Broadcast, Winners Chapel 2014

    Shiloh 2014
    31 Dec 2013 | 10:28 am
    CROSSOVER NIGHT SERVICE 2013 Live Broadcast from Winners Chapel 2014 The Crossover Night Service Telecast will be broadcasted live here on shiloh.com.ng. The Test transmission for the live broadcast has also commence. Details of the cross over night service from Canaanland Ota: Kick off time is 10pm Nigeria Time. Once the Streaming commences, it will […] The post CROSSOVER NIGHT SERVICE 2013 Live Broadcast, Winners Chapel 2014 appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Shiloh 2013 Live Video, Announcement, Broadcast Details

    Shiloh 2014
    11 Dec 2013 | 4:30 am
    Shiloh 2013 Live Video, Announcement, Broadcast Details Shiloh 2013 Live Video has been amazing. Here are the Announcement and Broadcast Details you need for Shiloh 2014. Let’s get a full recap of Shiloh 2013 and the feedback’s from Canaanland, Ota, Africa. As of the first night session (opening ceremony); over 44 nations of the earth […] The post Shiloh 2013 Live Video, Announcement, Broadcast Details appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
 
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    Recent Prayer Requests

  • Oct 1, Feeling pretty low

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Please God see me at my hour of need. I have done much wrong and now I am trying very hard to get back on track. Please put my mistakes behind me and
  • Oct 1, Prayer For A Beautiful Heart

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Dear Lord, I thank you very much for the gift of this relationship. Thank you for the love that we share with each other. May we never forget that you
  • Oct 1, God needs to forgive me.

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    My enemies and my exes cursed me and now God won't listen to me. I need someone to pray for me and get authority over my life and spirit from my enemies
  • Oct 1, To come out of debt into abundance

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Heavenly Father, I submit before You in the name of My Lord Jesus Christ. Eternal God, maker of heaven and Earth and all that is in it. Giver of Power
  • Oct 1, Prayer for conception

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Oh Lord God, Most High, In you only do i trust Please help my wife conceive of our own baby in this month. Every month, in the dream she sees herself bleeding
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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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    Blog Roll

  • Summarized Short History of Judgment Days

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Religious believers are in waiting for Judgment Day. Whether they're Islamic or Mormon, Jehovah's Witness or Catholic, many religions believe in the End Times. Within Christianity, this period is traditionally viewed as including a time of tribulation, the Rapture, the Second Coming of Christ, and the Day of Judgment when people will be judged by Jesus and treated accordingly. This Day of Judgment has proven to be motivational; spiritual quotes from Scripture and Church leaders throughout the centuries describe how who are in right standing before God will go to heaven and those who remain in…
  • Try Christ

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
        "Know Jesus, know peace. No Jesus, No peace."   (Found on a bumper sticker)   Amidst the commotion of everyday life, there's Jesus. He is always steadfast, loving, and true. Whatever storms may erupt, whenever plans may fail, the Savior is reaching out to you. So many other things compete for your affections and hope, but only He is faithful. Turn to Him, entrusting your life and yourself to His care.
  • Is Jealousy Poisoning Your Relationship?

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    "Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own... Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition." - Robert A. Heinlein God calls on Christian men and women to rise above jealous thoughts and feelings. Many are able to find spiritual motivation for this through the Bible and through prayerful contemplation. Even then, however, jealousy can be difficult to deal with. It is an extremely common but also an extremely unpleasant emotion. Intense jealousy can actually make you feel physically sick! Furthermore, it can strike at any stage of a…
  • Invite

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:10 pm
    You can not be saved by keeping the law.  Joining the church and being baptized will not even help save you.  - by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified - Galatians 2:16 You are helpless you can not save yourself.   The good news of the gospel is this:
  • St. Thomas Aquinas' Five Ways to Prove the Existence of God

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    St. Thomas Aquinas is one of the most influential Catholic theologians in history. Many of his spiritual quotes continue to provide motivation and inspiration to religious and spiritual people around the world. Most of these quotes come from his massive work, the "Summa Theologica." Considered by many to be Aquinas' masterpiece, this is where he laid out the five ways by which he believed the existence of God could be proven.   These arguments can be traced back to ideas about God in Aristotelian philosophy, which in turn have influenced religious and philosophical thinking for…
 
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    gatewaynews.co.za

  • Media Campaign Against Human Trafficking presents international human trafficking conference in Cape Town

    Marieke van der Merwe
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    A music concert, soccer match, film festival and a gala evening are all part of the International Human Trafficking for Africa Conference from October 13 to 17, 2014 at the Rocklands Centre in Simonstown, Cape Town. Organised by MeCHAT (Media Campaign Against Human Trafficking), the conference aims to motivate individuals and churches to become involved, but also to encourage those already actively involved in anti-trafficking initiatives.  Other focus areas will be to encourage trafficked men who are now survivors; to intercede for Africa, to form new networks to use the media and God’s…
  • Christians at forefront of mass protests for democracy in Hong Kong

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Tens of thousands of people are rallying for free elections in Hong Kong Baptist ministers, Catholic cardinals and Christian students are at the forefront of protests for free democracy in Hong Kong. Among the founders of the ‘Occupy Central with Love and Peace’ movement is Baptist minister Rev Chu Yiu-ming, who has fought for true democracy in Hong Kong for more than 30 years. Ahead of the demonstrations, Chu told the South China Morning Post that he is prepared to “pay the price” for a free and fair electoral process. “I am already 70 years old…I come…
  • 500 gatherings around the world to pray for release of US pastor jailed in Iran

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Pastor Saeed Abedini. Originally published in All Christian News.com Imprisoned US pastor Saeed Abedini continues to remain in the thoughts and prayers of Christians around the world after two years in an Iranian prison. This week more than 500 gatherings of Christians around the world will pray for the sick pastor’s release as well as other Christians who have been persecuted for their beliefs. Abedini’s troubles started when he returned to Iran two years ago after leaving the country in 2005 for a new life of freedom of religion in the US. After his conversion to Christianity, he…
  • Soldier saved in Ukraine, now reaching out

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Originally published in Christian Telegraph Russian President Vladimir Putin is causing tension between Russia and Ukraine to increase. Yesterday, Putin warned Ukraine that if they moved forward on a European Union trade deal, there would be a price to pay, reports MNN. According to reports, Putin says Russia will put restrictions on Ukrainian exports bound for Russia, which would create even more economic turmoil for this beleaguered nation. Months of unrest have closed businesses, forced people out of some cities, and created a poverty unseen in recent years. While troops continue to amass…
  • Ebola clinics fill up as death toll hits 3 000

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Originally published in Fox News Doctors are in short supply and countries are scrambling to find more resources for the Ebola outbreak, as the death toll from the virus hit 3 000.  According to a Wall Street Journal report Sunday, the World Health Organization said 3,091 people have died of confirmed, suspected or probable cases of Ebola.  Even as countries try to marshal more resources, those needs threaten to become much greater, and possibly even insurmountable. Fourteen-year-old D J Mulbah was taken by his mother and grandmother on Saturday in desperate pursuit of a coveted bed at the…
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    I Love Devotionals

  • How to get God to write you love song

    Wendy van Eyck
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Give thanks to the Eternal because He is always good. He never ceases to be loving and kind. Psalm 118:1 (VOICE)I sing and dance a lot. I try to keep this a secret because I dance like the white women that I am. Elbows up in the air on all the wrong beats. My husband who wasn’t born white, and has moves I’ll never have, laughs at me and tries to teach me to find the rhythm of the song. It’s a long running joke between us. And one I use when Xylon’s feeling down. I know that if I enter a room singing and dancing to just one line of a song it’ll lift his mood…
  • When you have to do something you don't want to

    Wendy van Eyck
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    A note from Wendy: I first heard of Bronwyn via an online friend who told me they knew another South African blogger who lived in California. And then I bumped into her online one day and we both went, "I've heard of you!". I loved her writing and invited her to share on ilovedevotionals. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. Hebrews 12:1a (NIV)I sometimes overhear people talk about their love of gardening: how they lose track of time, how they look forward to time alone with…
  • When you feel invisible (or one way God reminds me he keeps his promises)

    Wendy van Eyck
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    When that rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember this eternal covenant I have made with all living creatures. Genesis 9:16 (VOICE)I used to walk into university singing, “I hate the world today”. I did not sing it to anyone in particular. I sang it under my breath, in my head. I sang it to all the people I walked past who did not know I was inhaling the same air as them. I sang it in defiance, and I sang it in despair, because I did not know how else to get through each day. Around the same time, God started painting the sky for me with…
  • When you're not sure which way to turn

    Wendy van Eyck
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Serve only the LORD your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. Deuteronomy 13:4 (NLT)“Turn left in 70 metres.”“At the round about take the third exit.”My husband and I have been following Charles, the British GPS voice, wherever he tells us to go for the last few days.We’ve been driving round tiny one-way roads in Madrid and Lisbon. And somehow finding our way, thanks to Charles. Most of the time, I don’t have a clue where the GPS is taking me but I trust it will get me to my destination.Yesterday while listening to Charles tell us…
  • When trusting God is all you've got

    Wendy van Eyck
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
     In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. Psalm 25:1 (NIV)“And babies?”It’s a common question I hear these days.It’s slipped in between, “How are you?” and “What are you up to?”Each time I hear it I think back to our whispered fears and hopes outside a sperm bank: “Do you want to do this?” Xylon asked.“No…do you?” I whisper.“Not at all.” He says.“Ssshall we go?” I stutter.In reply, Xylon turns the key, and drives out of the fertility clinic.My husband and I drove all the way to deposit sperm after he was diagnosed with cancer, and then we couldn’t do…
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    Intersections4Life

  • Distorted

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    We have strayed so far from focusing on God, as a whole, that we are moving from the image that God created us in, His, to an image we are now creating for ourselves. When we distort our image, we are distorting His image as well. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away.  But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.  Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
  • Rescue Me

    Charles Crutcher
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    “It’s what God put us here to do,” he said. “Rescue each other.”-The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story Some of you reading this know me personally. But some of you may be reading my post for the first time. Allow me to be brutally honest with you, or as the pastor of my church calls it, “Authentic.” For the past few years, I have been answering the phones for a company. It’s not glamorous. It isn’t always easy. People can be pretty mean when they want to. Sometimes I wonder if my interaction with others bears any significance at all. I like…
  • Saving Sarah

    Sarah Galloway
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    I’ve been in a writing dry spell for a while.  I guess we all go thru those at some point and time in our lives whether it’s with writing, diet, exercise, you name it.  My world gets terrifyingly overwhelming sometimes and quite frankly my brain is otherwise spent and not in the mood for pontification (yes, I took a nap today, thank you!).  I don’t have to tell you how life goes, you know this.  Most likely you are even experiencing some form its chaotic nature even now.  But tonight I was I wish hit right between the eyes with one of life’s great truth’s. My 10 year old…
  • The Only Thing Harder Than Following God

    Andrew Gilmore - Guest Writer
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have a son who loves to do anything but go to bed when it’s time to go to bed. On his way, he’ll find a piece of trash that needs to go in the garbage. Or he’ll pick up a toy and put it away. He does this every night even though I tell him explicitly to go to bed. The activities he does aren’t intrinsically bad—picking up after yourself is a good thing—but the context makes them wrong. Essentially he’s doing the right thing the wrong way. King Saul had this same problem. His troops were scattered and afraid. The Philistine threat at Mikmash melted the…
  • A Fresh Start

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Coffee.  It is my stimulant of choice.  I enjoy all kinds of different varieties of the drink, but there is something really special about a straight black cup of coffee. That sounds crazy to some of you, I am sure.  How can someone love a simple black cup of coffee with so many choices out there today. I mean, why not something like a venti triple shot no–whip raspberry mocha from Starbucks?  Okay, yes, I have had one of those as well.  It still isn’t near the top of the list though. The simple black cup of coffee wins hands down every day with me.  The aroma.  The…
 
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    Teshuva

  • Some Kinds Of Wives

    Ugochi Jolomi
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:14 am
    If you are like me, you want to be a better wife to your husband (or is that not so?) I really want to be the best help-meet I could ever be to my husband, but I fail many times. I however do not... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • When Faith Gets Rusty

    Ugochi Jolomi
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    When any metal, especially tools, gets rusty, it neither looks good nor works effectively. Most metals get rusty when they are not well taken care of or when they have not been put to adequate use.... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Partnering With God For Your Spouse’s Salvation.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    When a married couple consists of only one believer, it can put a lot of strain on the marriage. It is easy for the believing spouse to mount pressure on the other in a bid to “make” them... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • What An Orange Taught Me.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    The Orange Story. I had a couple of oranges in the sink, about to wash them since they just came from the market. There was a particularly pretty one, well ripened without spot or speckle. I thought... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • When My Appreciation Changed.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:46 am
    I was in the kitchen ALONE, we had just finished dinner and I sent our boys off to bed because they needed enough rest before morning. They had end of session exams to prepare for, they would... Please click on title to READ ALL.
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    loveisntselfish.com

  • 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 […]
  • The Traumatic Life of a Betta with a 3-Year-Old

    Keri
    21 Jun 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Stephie189 / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)  B (the betta) escaped trauma a few nights ago because after giving my […]
  • On the Ark with the Lions

    Keri
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    La Lince / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) For some reason, when I woke up this morning, one of the […]
  • 5 Lessons from Frozen

    Keri
    30 May 2014 | 9:43 pm
    ChaoticMind75 / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) Like many households, we’ve seen the movie Frozen a time or two. Or […]
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    Blog - Live In The Round

  • Layovers and Prayers

    Christina
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    William and I were hanging out at the Denver airport, biding our time during another multi-hour layover. He held my fingers and walked around, exploring the seats, giving out little excited cries now and again. The biggest cry, however, came when he spotted another little boy also exploring the seats with his mother. I'd seen her earlier walking around the terminal. She was about my age, probably, and was also playing single mom for the time being. That looked to be where the similarities ended, though.Her long blonde hair was in dreadlocks, her clothing was more on the free-spirited (and…
  • God, Where are You?

    Erin
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Heavenly Father, It’s 4 am. I am awake like it is 10! All is quiet and seems well, but my mind is so loud Lord! I have been just lying in bed, listening to the sweet, deep breaths of my husband (and dog) while my mind whirls. The burden, Lord, of other people’s hurts are all around me. My mind playing every scenario, every fabricated fear, every possible worry. Somehow I must believe from this paralyzed position in the dark of the morning that my worrying could control the world.Chronic Illness that may lead to death, marriages that seem they will never be loving or honoring to…
  • You're in Everything I See

    LITR
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    “The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.” — Psalm 50 : 1-2 “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” — Psalm 8 : 2-4 “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O…
  • An Un-Canonized Psalm of Identity

    Erin
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, an employee, but none of those things define me. I am a hot- head, a complainer, a gossip, a jerk, but praise God that none of those things define me either. Over the past 4 months I have been sharing the story of my husband’s infidelity. In doing that, I feared I would become the woman who suffered and survived marital adultery, but that does not define me either. When trying to sort through the grief, I prayed that my husband would never forget the pain he caused me, my family, and many others in the “ripple effect” of his choices. However,…
  • A Letter to My Deployed Husband

    Christina
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dear Richard,It doesn't seem like five months is long enough for you to have been gone now. I remember the night you left so well; you must have gotten so little sleep before having to leave in the wee hours of the morning. Saying good-bye was awful, but we'd done it before.God asked, “Who will go?” You said, “I will.” Kind of like Isaiah (Isaiah 6:8). While your physical work isn't really a spiritual battle, though that rages around all of us all the time, your willingness to do the Lord's work in another country on behalf of our country makes me so, so proud of you. It's definitely…
 
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  • 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…
  • What Lies Beneath

    Michael Thompson
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Pierre-Paul Thomas, a 68 year-old Canadian from Montreal, tumbled down a staircase and broke bones throughout his face. It required extensive and painful facial surgery to reconstruct his eye sockets. Months later at a follow up appointment evaluating the need for more surgery, Dr. Lucie Lessard of Montreal General, asked him an unexpected question: “…while we’re at it, do you want us to fix your eyes, too?” The old man couldn’t believe his ears. Thomas had a congenital condition caused by damaged optic nerves, cataracts and nystagmus. Childhood surgeries had failed so he…
  • Babe Magnet

    Michael Thompson
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Magnetic. That is the only word I know to describe the impact our two-week old granddaughter, Isabella, had last night at the restaurant where we were enjoying time with our son’s family. Our oldest granddaughter, Angelina, and I have birthdays one day apart–she turned 11, I turned 55. So we were sharing some food and fun in a joint birthday celebration.The focus was supposed to be on the two whose births were being celebrated. But there is something gloriously distracting about a baby. People couldn’t walk by without staring, smiling, oooing and ahhhing over this gorgeous…
  • Earth and Heav’n…One

    Michael Thompson
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    Around the turn of this century, a New York pastor named Maltbie Babcock used to go for long walks up a steep escarpment that overlooked rolling orchards and beautiful Lake Ontario. When asked before any of these hikes where he was heading, he smilingly replied “…out to see my Father’s world”. It was on one of these strolls that he penned lyrics to one of my favorite hymns. This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought Of rocks and trees, of…
  • Under Your Skin

    Michael Thompson
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Being a middle-aged bald man, I’m not a big fan of mirrors. But this one really creeps me out. It is a 3D mirror, unveiled in late April at the Computer-Human Interaction Conference in Toronto. Xavier Maître, a medical researcher at a Paris university, married medical imaging technology (PET, X-ray and MRI scans) with Microsoft’s Kinect motion capturing camera. What he created was a fully animated version of you without your skin on! “It’s as if you’re inside your body. You’re discovering something that belongs to you,” says Maître. Most people who…
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  • Priests Who Hold Back

    Anastasios Hudson
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
    In my article Just One More Step, I addressed the phenomenon of people who have given up a great deal in order to convert to Orthodoxy, but who refuse to follow their conscience and become a part of Genuine/True Orthodoxy because of social stigmas, isolation, or other practical concerns. Far from being the concern solely of laypeople, I have personally seen the example of priests who also realize the truth, but cannot commit to it, for various non-theological reasons. I will illustrate just one example here. There is a priest whom I have known since 1998, who is a convert to New Calendar…
  • 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…
  • Journey Into the Heart of ROCOR

    Anastasios Hudson
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Today I was talking to a historian friend on Facebook. He mentioned how he loves pouring over reams of historical data, something which bores other people to tears. I told him I share his passion. That sparked a memory of a most curious and interesting event that occurred during the writing of my thesis on Metropolitan Petros of Astoria: my journey into the heart of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR). While a seminarian at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in nearby Yonkers, New York, I became interested in the Greek Old Calendarists, much to the chagrin of some of my professors and…
 
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  • 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…
  • Learning from the Magoso School and Orphanage

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Even many Nairobians don’t seem to know how to talk about Kibera. Some told me there are 500,000 people in the slum. Some said three million. Some said it is the biggest slum in sub-Saharan Africa; some said the biggest in the world. Some talked sadly about the poverty and disease; others pointed to more positive things — “Everything is cheap in Kibera!” The first bizarre thing about entering the slum is the utter transformation from outside to inside. The place we are staying in Nairobi is a nice gated community. We drove for perhaps 15 minutes through what seemed…
  • And there was great rejoicing in Ongata Rongai

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    It was fitting that our first full day in Nairobi was a Sunday, a very necessary Sabbath after an eventful and far-from relaxing day of travel. After spending 16 hours in narrow metal canisters shooting at 550 miles per hour across the sky, even the most eager travelers could use a day of rest. We woke to big blue skies and a perfect Kenyan breakfast – chipati, potatoes, fruit, and “African tea” – from our entirely lovely host mother, a woman who immediately made us feel at home and who cared for us as her own children. There will be much more to say about her through the week…
  • ‘Have no fear of sudden disaster’

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    A proverb:   My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.
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    Faith Travel Focus

  • New Faith-Based Journeys to Cuba

    Ruth Hill
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Faith travelers with interest in Cuba have new tour choices for 2015. Itineraries showcase Catholic and Protestant Christian heritage, ecclesiastical architecture, and the diverse religious culture of the island nation. The post New Faith-Based Journeys to Cuba appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Stepping Off DC’s Grid into Hillwood

    Ruth Hill
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hillwood Museum and Gardens, the 26-acre former estate of Post cereal heiress and philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post, houses the most comprehensive collection of 18th – and 19th – century Russian imperial art outside of Russia. The post Stepping Off DC’s Grid into Hillwood appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Orlando For Faith Travelers

    Ruth Hill
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    As you plan a trip to wildly popular Orlando, consider adding some "unexpected" inspirational visits that will enhance your vacation experiences. The post Orlando For Faith Travelers appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Canada’s Prince Edward Island Celebrates 150

    Ruth Hill
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Founders Week is August 28-September 7 in Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island province, and multiple events are on the calendar including a flotilla of Tall Ships that will visit the island. The post Canada’s Prince Edward Island Celebrates 150 appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Star-Spangled Banner Celebrates 200

    Ruth Hill
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    The War of 1812 is often forgotten, but two enduring symbols survived that conflict - the Star-Spangled Banner and the National Anthem which honors it. The post Star-Spangled Banner Celebrates 200 appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
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  • 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…
  • Whatever you ask in My name

    Silas Eke
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    There are some common passages we use in prayer. I shall mention just a few. Isaiah 45:11; “Thus says the LORD, The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me. ””Matt 7:7-8, 11: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you;  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in…
  • Teach us to pray

    Silas Eke
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    All religions pray. God and prayer are inseparable. The ideas may be crude and cruel in pagan peoples, but they belong to the universal institutions of the human race. Only human beings pray.  The basis of prayer is sonship. It is natural for a child to ask of its father, and it is reasonable for the father to listen to the request of his child.  See Matthew 7:7-11, Luke 11: 5-13.The apostles once asked the Lord – “Teach us to pray” Can prayer be learned? Some people pray using Rosary beads, just as others use prayer books- such praying may be perfectly sincere, and the devout…
  • Nobody's Perfect

    Silas Eke
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    First John 1:8-2:2If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. Many Christians live in a state…
  • Billy Graham Stories

    Silas Eke
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Bundesarchiv, Bild 194-0798-22 / Lachmann, Hans / CC-BY-SA [CC-BY-SA-3.0-de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia CommonsThe Christian cannot do anything without Christ. Billy Graham was preaching, and a chap listened intently and later told Billy: “Do you know why I cannot be a Christian? It is because I fear that when I start, I cannot hold on” To this Billy replied: “Don’t ever forget that!” You can never be able to hold out without Christ!The Bible is God's TNTOnce the great Evangelist Billy Graham sent his New Testament to a…
 
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • This Photo of High School Students Supporting Their Classmate Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

    Get Better Today
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
      In the halls of a high school in Texas, students gather together to support their classmate after his mother lost her battle with cancer. Words can’t describe how awesome this is.   Reddit Photo via beet111   Share On Facebook!   Share On Twitter!  
  • Christianity Might Be Hollywood’s Secret Weapon

    Michael Fear
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
      The secret is out… You can make A LOT of money with Christianity. And Hollywood has figured it out. Heaven is for Real made $22.5 million in it’s first weekend.  Noah has made over $300 million at the box office.  The Passion of Christ raked in over $600 million. And it’s no secret that God’s Not Dead and Son Of God were huge hits as well. Needless to say, if you make a movie about Christianity – people will show up in droves. To be honest, that’s a great thing.  As Christians, we should celebrate that we in a country where people will pay to…
  • Weird Workout Hacks that Actually Work

    Get Better Today
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
      It’s not hard to find hundreds of search results for workout tips when searching the internet. That’s why I was on a mission to find quick and easy workout tips that actually work, proven by scientific studies. Below are my findings on Weird Workout Hacks That Actually Work:   Talk to Yourself While most people get bothered, and slightly scared, by others who talk to themselves while working out, the results of a recent study might get you mumbling too. In a study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal, researchers found that physical…
  • Here’s What A Random Old Lady Taught Me About Being A Christian

    Michael Fear
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
      Take a second look at the picture above. Seriously… do it. That’s an older lady praising God during a Switchfoot concert last weekend – in other words, a ROCK CONCERT. I hate to be incredibly stereotypical here, but that’s pretty unexpected. She caught my eye so much, I coaxed my wife into taking a paparazzi shot for this post. Since when do old ladies rock out to Switchfoot?   As I stood from a distance, I started to realize something… That’s who I want to be in 40 years. I want to be praising God in a completely new way – one that…
  • Christian Mingle The Movie, Is Really Happening! Watch the Trailer Here.

    Get Better Today
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Photo via GospelHarald.com There are some things in life you just can’t make up. Yes, there really is a movie coming out in October about Christian Mingle.  And to be completely honest, the preview looks pretty good.   According to the film’s YouTube page… Gwyneth Hayden is a 30-something marketing executive with a top-notch career, killer wardrobe, dream apartment and great friends. She thinks the only thing missing is a man. In a moment of inspired desperation, she fills out a profile on the dating website ChristianMingle.com hoping to find Mr. Right. However,…
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  • Bad Church Doctrine Makes Us Slaves

    Charles
    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? The post Bad Church Doctrine Makes Us Slaves appeared first on .
  • Anwar Wants A Bucket Of Ice Water

    Charles
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Anwar wants to be nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge. 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 .
  • Are we too comfortable to evolve?

    Charles
    5 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Why settle for mediocre products when we could probably do better? Are our culture-centric conferences treading water when they should be raising the bar? The post Are we too comfortable to evolve? appeared first on .
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • 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…
  • Cleanse The Temple: Your Body, Your Life

    Matt Hylton
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    The other day I was reading the scripture in John 2:13-17 where Jesus fashioned a whip of cords and drove out the merchants and money changers who where in the outer court of the temple selling animals for sacrifices for the altar. Jesus became righteously angry because of the defilement that was taking place in the temple. Defiled, Angry… The Temple and Jesus. “Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He…
  • Running Support from Others: Lessons from Marathon Training

    Julie Wilson
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    Running: A Metaphor for Life Running can be a metaphor for life, I hear this all the time. This weekend, I witnessed it along a beautiful trail. A New Mindset for Running Another week down! I wrapped up another week of my marathon training. This week was completely different than last week. Last week I ran twelve miles on my long run, and it seemed nearly impossible before I finished it. This week I was scheduled to run thirteen miles, just one tenth of a mile away from a half marathon. I went into this run with a totally different mindset than I did the week before. I lacked the doubt that I…
  • September: Goodbye Food Entitlement

    Julie Wilson
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Does the Journey Get Easier? Someone asked me yesterday if eating right is easy for me now. It has been almost four years, after all. My response was no, and I don’t know if it will ever be easy for me. It’s my normal now, and most of the time I choose to eat right. The truth is that I am still tempted every meal, and I have to make a conscious decision every time. It’s not an automatic thing that happens easily.  It’s a meal by meal choice that I have to choose for myself and be intentional about. Will Run for Food It’s been really easy to get off track lately. I can tell you that…
 
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    United Faith Church

  • 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.
  • On The Right Trail

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. (‭Psalm‬ ‭119‬:‭15‬ NIV) Recently I took a bike ride down the Barnegat trails with Luke our worship leader and while on the ride this scripture hit our hearts and spoke to us. The trail we were riding on was clear. While we were riding there was fresh air from the surrounding trees, an amazing view of the woods and surrounding area that was so peaceful and it led us to our destination. What does this have to do with anything? When we are meditating and following the Word, we are focusing on God’s ways! His ways are a path,…
  • STEADFAST!

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. (‭Psalm‬ ‭119‬:‭5-6‬ NIV) Each and and everyday we should be able to compare our actions to God’s Word to see if we’ve been in “tune.” And when we consider His commands we are either thankful that we’ve been obedient, or left in shame that we’ve not walked according to His great instructions. What will it be for you today? Will you cry out for a steadfast heart to follow? The Psalmist desired a STEADFAST heart to be…
  • The Right Way

    Kris Burke
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. UFC, In prayer this week the Lord reminded me of this verse. So often in this world people are always trying to do the “right thing”. But what do people base what is right off of? The way they feel, what the media portrays, how people may react? The Word shows us that there are many ways that seem right in life but in the end they do not lead to God. The “right way” is the way that was shown to us through the Word of God, demonstrated in life by The Lord Jesus Christ. It is our job to walk on…
  • New Season

    Kris Burke
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Psalm 1:3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. UFC, Most trees spend years growing before they finally begin to give off their fruit. They establish their roots, grow down deep and sturdy their limbs before they can finally bear the weight of the fruit. Then, when the season is right, they bear the fruit they were meant to bear. We too, as a church, have gone through the growing years. We have established ourselves in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have grown our roots…
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  • 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
  • The DNA OF GOD (PROTECTION)

    SEGUN
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The DNA OF GOD (PROTECTION) What is DNA DNA is a self replicating molecule that holds the genetic code for our life, health, and for the unique physical features of our bodies. DNA has the divine blueprint for our body, programming our cells to maintain optimum health from birth to death. Adam’s DNA Adam had the spiritual DNA of God (Perfect health, no lack/want, sin-free etc). Gen 1:
  • Sincere Apology

    SEGUN
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    FAITHSUCCESS EXPRESS ITS SINCERE APOLOGY TO EVERY READER OF THIS BLOG I (OLUSEGUN) HAVE BEEN BUSY WITH MY MSC PROGRAM WHICH HAS NOT GIVEN ME TIME TO POST NEW FAITH ARTICLES ON THIS BLOG FOR A WHILE WE ARE SINCERELY VERY SORRY. WE HAVE RESUMED UPDATES AGAIN THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING WE LOVE YOU WWW.FAITHSUCCESS.ORG   Also Read: If It Troubles You, God Wants To Take Care Of It!
  • THE PLAN OF GOD FOR MAN

    SEGUN
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:11 pm
    SEED OF DESTINY Thursday, 14th August 2014 01:00 SCRIPTURE: 'O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!...  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? ... ? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: Psalm 8:1, 4-6.THOUGHT
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    United Faith Church Blog

  • What is a Disciple? – A Crucial Question for Today’s Church

    United Faith Church
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    What is a disciple? Many people think that a disciple is simply one who believes in Jesus. Some might even take it further to say a disciple is one who studies the word of God, one who is well versed in the discipline of being a Christian. Still neither is a true disciple of Jesus […] The post What is a Disciple? – A Crucial Question for Today’s Church appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
  • How do you know if you’re in a cult? – the True Church checklist

    United Faith Church
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Nowadays, the term ‘cult’ is thrown around rather loosely, casually labeling churches and other organizations as cultish for displaying radical characteristics. UPDATE – View the True Church Infographic In this day and age of tolerance, where all things are permissible, the only thing that does not seem to be permissible is unwavering and undivided devotion […] The post How do you know if you’re in a cult? – the True Church checklist appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
  • What is Discipleship? – 10 Blessings for the True Disciple

    United Faith Church
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Are you a Christian searching for more and asking what is discipleship? When you read the Bible, do you discover a major gap between the powerful lives led by Jesus’ disciples and your own? Perhaps you have been ‘born again,’ but you have yet to see the fruit of the abundant life that you have […] The post What is Discipleship? – 10 Blessings for the True Disciple appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
  • Freedom in Marriage – United Faith Church Testimony

    United Faith Church
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Freedom for the captives from cancer, poverty, alcoholism, depression, and death. Our family overcame it all and now lives in freedom with a fully restored marriage!  This is a real-life story of my miraculous journey to freedom with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Story My wife and I began our marriage following some really terrible […] The post Freedom in Marriage – United Faith Church Testimony appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
  • From Rejected to Accepted – United Faith Church Testimony

    United Faith Church
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:39 pm
    “It was the most important hug of my whole life. I felt the love of God that day being held in the arms of people that I knew genuinely cared for me.” I have known Pastors Jerry Santiago and Janeth Santiago of United Faith Church for over 20 years. I first met them at the age […] The post From Rejected to Accepted – United Faith Church Testimony appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
 
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    brian niece | sacramental living

  • 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…
  • Hey, Leader! This Is for When the Transition Gets Tough

    Brian Niece
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Hey, Leader! Are you trying to lead into the future and finding the transition is tougher than what you expected? Guess what … All God’s leaders have faced the same thing at some point. Here’s just one example from the story of Moses and Aaron. via // https://digestmovies.wordpress.com/ Moses and Aaron I was reading Exodus 4-6 recently, in which Moses and Aaron go to Pharaoh for the first time. Probably they were a bit nervous; but also confident. Confident because God had shown Moses three powerful signs that the LORD was with him: a staff that’s a snake that’s…
  • Why “The Rapture” Is a False Concept

    Brian Niece
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    I was recently reading 1 Thessalonians 4 and was reminded it has nothing to do with the popular concept of the rapture. This passage of Scripture has spawned quite a bit of theologically irresponsible notions, such as the rapture. The Left Behind series is testament to that. Did you know the word “rapture” does not appear in Scripture? Rapture Is Not Biblical The very idea that we will leave this earth at the Second Coming of Christ is not biblical at all. Stop, take a breath. I know that sounds heretical. But read the entire Book of the Revelation. Especially the ending…
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    The Cross-Current

  • Gender Roles [What Feels Right to You? - AiG]

    Cross-Current
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    An article published recently by Answers in Genesis comments on the current crisis of defining gender. I thought it pertinent to our current discussion and worth sharing. “Gender is not a social construct that confines us and can be arbitrarily … Continue reading →
  • Gender Roles [The Fall and its Consequences]

    Cross-Current
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Man’s original disobedience in the Garden of Eden, and the subsequent Fall, had some major consequences and repercussions for our current topic – the relationship between men and women, and their God-given roles. The man and woman experienced both mutual … Continue reading →
  • Gender Roles [Original Design]

    Cross-Current
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:16 pm
    I’ve introduced the topic of gender issues… that is, what is the relationship between men and women in the church and home? Do men and women have differing roles, or should women be permitted (or, encouraged) to do anything and … Continue reading →
  • Key Principles

    Cross-Current
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Before I really get into the subject of gender roles, which is where I hope to go next time, I thought it may be worthwhile to mention a couple of key principles – concepts that aid in our study of … Continue reading →
  • Gender Roles – Why do we care?

    Cross-Current
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    So what? The topic of gender issues and gender roles has always been one of much debate. It is a topic that, quicker than almost any other issue, raises the ire and indignation in the room to a level unprecedented … Continue reading →
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    The WILD VOICE

  • TWR – THE WILD REPORT – 9.28.14

    The WILDVOICE
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org In an age when we are constantly and strongly encouraged to only get excited by the 'new' and the 'now', The WILDVOICE  invites you to some reflection. Curated below is just a small sampling of headlines and mainstream news items… Read more → The post TWR – THE WILD REPORT – 9.28.14 appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • POPE FRANCIS on ALLOWING FORGIVENESS

    The WILDVOICE
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org   ~ Jesus understands our weaknesses and sins; and he forgives us if we allow ourselves to be forgiven ~  – Pope Francis on Twitter – Sept. 25, 2014 -   Today I felt compelled to share this very sophisticated… Read more → The post POPE FRANCIS on ALLOWING FORGIVENESS appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • The NEW WORLD POPE of the NEW LAWS within the NEW UNITED NATIONS RELIGION

    The WILDVOICE
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org ONE WORLD RELIGION — POPE FRANCIS SPEAKS WITH LEADERS OF THE MIDDLE EAST SHIMON PERES AND EL HASSAN BIN TALAL ABOUT A UNITED NATIONS OF RELIGIONS THE NEXT DAY HE TELLS CATHOLICS NOT TO FEAR CHANGES IN CHURCH September 4… Read more → The post The NEW WORLD POPE of the NEW LAWS within the NEW UNITED NATIONS RELIGION appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • ISIS, the ANTICHRIST, the CROW, the WITNESSES and the ABOMINATION

    The WILDVOICE
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am
    http://thewildvoice.org THE DARK CLOUD ON PENTECOST DAY by Paul Joseph C. Palestinian Sunni Imam Syed Soharwardy of Calgary, founder of 'Muslims Against Terrorism' and the 'Islamic Supreme Council of Canada' sang: “Grant us victory over the heathen/disbelieving/infidel” ~Sura 2: 286~ during… Read more → The post ISIS, the ANTICHRIST, the CROW, the WITNESSES and the ABOMINATION appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Mother Angelica on Vatican II "As Catholics we've been terribly quiet…"

    The WILDVOICE
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:42 am
    http://thewildvoice.org Below is a video of Mother Angelica, which aired in 1993 on EWTN, speaking about and to a "group" within the Catholic Church. This monologue was her response to Jesus Christ being portrayed by a woman in a mime performance during World… Read more → The post Mother Angelica on Vatican II "As Catholics we've been terribly quiet…" appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
 
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    Purposeful Faith

  • The Best Tip to Get Through An Argument

    purposefulfaith
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: But 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…
  • See Your Beauty – To Overcome Failure (Part II)

    purposefulfaith
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: What is the one thing you can do to overcome feelings of failure, as we discussed in Part 1, How to Overcome Your Weaknesses? Here it is:  SEE YOUR BEAUTY.  You are absolutely beautiful to God, just as you are. You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. (Song of Songs 4:7) God loves you.  Choose today to believe in the depths of your heart that God does not look at you and see a list of flaws, of shortcomings and of failures. He sees beauty. He sees a treasure that he loves.  One that he created.  He sees a child of God, his own child.   For…
  • How To Overcome Your Weaknesses – Part 1

    purposefulfaith
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:21 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Have you ever wondered what is wrong with you? Why you can’t do things right? Why you are the way you are? Hold tight, you are about to find out how to overcome your weaknesses in this two part series.  There is one simple tip that will change your life! We all have them.  Try as we may to sweep them under the carpet, our flaws, our shortcomings and our failures still exist.  In fact, often stand out bright as day. Or, at least this is how I felt – when what started as a simple task turned into a colossal failure. I was working on what was supposed to be the…
  • How to Get Through A Bad Day

    purposefulfaith
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: It was one of those days. I wasn’t sure how to get through a bad day – that was this bad. “I don’t want to leave the house.  I don’t want to put my shoes on.  I can’t get dressed.  I don’t want to get in the car. I can’t buckle myself in.  I don’t want music.  I do want music. Mommy, I am hungry.  I am not hungry. I am thirsty.  I am not thirsty.”     We make it to the car – a small victory! “Mommy, don’t sing. I don’t like music. I want my window down. I don’t want the wind to hit me.” Finally, our car pulls into our…
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    The Standard Blog for Christian Business Owners

  • 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 2