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

    Catholic Spiritual Growth » » Gaudium Veritatis (The Joy of the Truth)
    Jeffrey Arrowood
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    How to change your life by building your character Building your character is the fastest and surest way to change yourself for the better. To develop our character we can use the best in human psychology, Sacred Scripture and the Catholic moral tradition. But the true power of character development is the power of grace. Our choices can cooperate with grace to transform us into the masterpiece God wants us to be. Grace teaches why, not just how to change your life. The free will is part of what makes human beings in the image of God. Our free will gives us the power of self-determination. We…
  • Demon Possession or Mental Illness?

    Sermon Notes by Silas
    Esther Eke
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The bizarre events of the past week got me thinking about this topic.I was called in by a neighbor to join in prayer for a young girl who was believed to be demon-possessed. I got there and was a bit startled. Not only was she unnaturally aggressive, she was talking with multiple voices and in perfect English. This girl could barely speak English on a good day. The spirit inside her went on and on boasting about how it was Satan himself and how it was going to kill the girl and a number of other people. According to the neighbor, their home had been under spiritual attack a few days prior to…
  • Girlfriend, Boyfriend, Sex, Love, Kiss, Mastubation

    The New Life In Christ
    John Luke
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    What is a boyfriend, what is a girlfriend, who is a boyfriend, who is a girlfriend, where to find a boyfriend, where to find a girlfriend, when to have a boyfriend, when to have a girlfriend, how to find a boyfriend, how to find a girlfriend, how can I have a boyfriend, how can I have a girlfriend, am I ready to have a boyfriend, am I ready to have a girlfriend, when to have a boyfriend, when to have a girlfriend, my boyfriend, my girlfriend, can I have sex with my boyfriend, can I have sex with my girlfriend, when to have sex with my boyfriend, when to have sex with my girlfriend, how to get…
  • Cheap Kindle Books 10.12.14

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

    WORLDmag.com
    Russ Pulliam
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    In nearly every generation, the church learns again how to help the needy. David Apple of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia has stepped forward for this generation with valuable wisdom in his new book, Not Just a Soup Kitchen (CLC Publications, 2014).  Back in the early 1980s George Grant offered Bringing in the Sheaves , on the same subject, based on his experience as a pastor in Houston. In the 1990s WORLD’s Marvin Olasky offered lessons from history on mercy ministries in his
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    WORLDmag.com

  • Helping the suffering

    Russ Pulliam
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    In nearly every generation, the church learns again how to help the needy. David Apple of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia has stepped forward for this generation with valuable wisdom in his new book, Not Just a Soup Kitchen (CLC Publications, 2014).  Back in the early 1980s George Grant offered Bringing in the Sheaves , on the same subject, based on his experience as a pastor in Houston. In the 1990s WORLD’s Marvin Olasky offered lessons from history on mercy ministries in his
  • More details in Washington school shooting

    The Editors
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Four students remain hospitalized, including two of the shooter’s cousins
  • Remains confirmed as Virginia student

    Mickey McLean
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The human remains found last Saturday in a rural area of Virginia have been confirmed as those of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham. The 18-year-old disappeared Sept. 13 after a night out with friends. Graham, whose remains were found about 12 miles from campus in a heavily wooded area of Albemarle County, was last seen with 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., who has been charged with abduction with intent to defile Graham. The location of last Saturday’s discovery is
  • Getting to the bottom of the Benghazi cover-up

    Jim Henry
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    While Benghazi may be absent from the headlines, the investigation into unanswered questions surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya is ongoing. The most recent revelations involve the possible withholdingof documents and evidence tampering at the U.S. State Department.   Former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell blew the whistle last month on what he said was a backroom, document-sifting operation. The goal of the operation was to separate any politically damaging
  • New data: Obamacare primarily a Medicaid expansion

    Andrew Branch
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    With the next Obamacare enrollment period approaching on Nov. 15, new numbers from Obamacare’s first go-round are finally shedding some light on who bought what earlier this year.  According to a Heritage Foundation analysis, seven out of 10 newly insured under Obamacare are actually on Medicaid. “When it comes to covering the uninsured, Obamacare so far is mainly a simple expansion of Medicaid,” Heritage Foundation analyst Edmund Haislmaier wrote.  Prior data has mainly
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [10.25.14]

    Ann Voskamp
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    After this week? We all just really need to look up: #exhale? time for a sky virtual tour? God’s got this: “He determines the number of the stars & calls them each by name.” Psalm 147:4 what we all really need these days: go make a friend? when the gunshots rang — she ran toward them. And whispered to him right to the end: You are loved. We all just wanted to know we are loved — right to the very end, just to know that we are loved. Tears. Pictures of the week? what happens when our fallen soldier doesn’t come home? The grieving of even his dogs…
  • Dear Daughters: Why Women Don’t Need to Freeze Their Faces or Their Reproductivity: The Fluid Beauty of a One-Piece Life

    Ann Voskamp
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Just straight up — there was no way we were going without our girls. We had four of them between us, Lauren, Rebekah, and I. Four daughters between us, and not one of a them that would let anyone think for a blink of a New York minute that they were all about sitting still and looking frozen pretty. No way — only a few seconds with these girls and one flash of a dimpled grin and it was pretty clear: you were in the presence of some gate-leveling, risk-it-all Esther girls here. You know — the kind of girls you can’t merely describe with words — you have to experience…
  • What Happens When Our Goodness Still Isn’t Good Enough

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

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

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

  • If the Hobbits made an airline safety video, this would be it.

    Jon
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    If there were ever something that belonged on the Stuff Christians Like blog, it’s this video in which Air New Zealand shows you how the Hobbits would prepare to have a safe flight. Bravo! The post If the Hobbits made an airline safety video, this would be it. appeared first on Stuff Christians Like.
  • Group Prayer: The How to’s and The Houdinis

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

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

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

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

  • American National Character and the Future of Liberty with William Allen

    Acton Web
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Register Now Event Date:  December 2, 2014 - 11:30am1:30pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street (Map) Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. 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
  • Capitalism is About Love with Jeffrey Tucker

    Acton Web
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    Register Now Event Date:  January 22, 2015 - 11:30am1:30pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street (Map) Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. 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
  • Let’s Get Back to Robbing Peter: The Welfare State and Demographic Decline

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

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

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

  • Give to Live: "The Test"

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

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

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

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

    21 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    This weekend, Nancy concludes the "Start Again" series with a message on how our faith can be lived out by serving our communities and spreading the gospel.Featured Scripture:Gen. 2:10; John 7:38; Joshua 7:35; Deut. 15:7-8, 10; Acts 2:42-47 Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
 
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    Brian McLaren EMC

  • A reader writes: as I am weeping

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    I just wanted to write ( as I am weeping) as I start reading your new book. I just read the first couple of pages and the emotions started. I have had a really challenging spiritual awakening over the past seven years. Long story. It has been difficult following how the Holy Spirit led me and living within a community of conservative, evangelicals, including my spouse. Challenging on every level of my being. Having a devotion to Christ … I have been struggling to find a way to be authentic, and reconcile my walk in faith within my community and family. I think I have found a way with your…
  • Christianity, Islam, and Hate

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    John Esposito's responses to Michael Coren are a model of clarity, wisdom, and civility in the context of profound disagreement … worth reading both for content and style. Quotable: "Esposito, founding director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, thinks Coren is correct to speak of Jesus as a man of peace, "but he conveniently overlooks the practice of some popes, and other Christian leaders in terms of religious persecution, violence and wars," he says. "Moreover, I presume Coren accepts the Old Testament as part of the Bible and the Christian tradition. If so, then…
  • Need some good music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The process of change

    Jeff Nelson
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I'm a big fan of change, especially in the church. My upbringing as a pastor's kid kind of ingrained change into me; it helped me accept change as a natural, inevitable fact of life. This has been a helpful asset for me in ministry. read more
  • 8 Tips for Using Visuals in Worship

    Ruth Everhart
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Visual images are powerful. We are surrounded by images used to influence our behavior as consumers. What is the role of the church in using images? More than five years ago I wrote about the connection between computer icons and iconography. read more
  • Questions and answers

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

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

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

  • Anniversary Wishes from Charlotte Allen

    Paul Baumann
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    There are so many obvious errors and wild generalizations in Charlotte Allen’s comment on Luke Johnson’s piece in our anniversary issue ("The Commonweal Catholic") that I confess to the sneaking suspicion that she may not have read Commonweal as closely over the past eight years as her critique of the magazine pretends. In fact, I’m not sure she’s ever read the magazine carefully (perhaps she only reads the table of contents). She pines for the pre-Vatican II Commonweal of her youth, lamenting the disappearance of its “spritely” graphics in today’s allegedly duller, more…
  • Death penalty in the Colorado gubernatorial race

    Michael Peppard
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Over the past few election cycles, Colorado has become an important "battleground state" and a bellwether for larger electoral trends. Featuring contested races for both a Senate seat and the Governor's mansion, it is arguably the most important site of the upcoming midterm elections. The gubernatorial contest has Bob Beauprez, an established figure in the Colorado Republican party, attempting to unseat (the previously very popular) Gov. Hickenlooper. Social issues have entered the two campaigns in some expected ways -- abortion, health care coverage, gun safety laws, and marijuana…
  • The best Christian books?

    Joseph A. Komonchak
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
     In the 18 October issue of the London Tablet, Peter Stanford’s column draws attention to the list of the 100 Best Christian Books compiled by the Church Times, which claims to be “the world’s leading Anglican newspaper.” A sidebar explains the process: regular reviewers were asked to submit nominations, and from more than 700 titles, 120 were ranked in accordance with the number of mentions received. A panel of eight judges then met and decided on a final list of 100 titles.
  • Is Joan Didion a "moral" writer?

    Maria Bowler
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    A fundraising campaign and trailer of sorts for a new documentary about Joan Didion has hit the internet, engineered by her nephew Griffin Dunne. For someone with such a distinct place in American letters — her seminal subjects, her cool tone, those sunglasses — it’s surprising that no such documentary already exists. What was surprising, however, was Dunne’s confident, repeated description of Didion as a “moral voice.” I say this as a great fan (I came this-close to getting a tattoo of her prose a few years back): it never occurred to me to read her as someone with a particular…
  • Was the Synod All Just a Terrible Dream?

    Mollie Wilson O'Reilly
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    George Weigel! George Weigel! I had the most frightening dream! It was about the Synod on the Family, and oh, it was dreadful! Now now, have you been listening to The Media again? You just come over here and let George Weigel put it all in the proper context for you. Well, I dreamed that the bishops at the synod were openly debating how to apply abstract principles to specific challenges, instead of serenely insisting that nothing about either church teaching on marriage or its application in particular instances can ever change a bit! My, that does sound scary. I dreamed that people --…
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • Fear, Ebola and Me

    Katy Causey
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Are you sure you want to travel there right now? Couldn’t you get … Ebola?” My friend hesitantly asked me this question before my recent trip to Uganda, in eastern Africa. I found a map and showed my well-meaning friend the actual distance from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak to Uganda. It’s about 4,500 miles, which is well over the distance from California to New York. My friend isn’t the only one to question the safety of traveling these days. Many members of the mainstream media are asking if it’s safe to travel to Africa right now. In a culture where fear sells, it’s…
  • The Wait Is Over

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

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

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

    Yvonne Reynolds
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    United Nations Resolution 66/170 states that the “empowerment of and investment in girls are … key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights.” This is the resolution that sets aside October 11th of each year as the International Day of the Girl Child. When you were a little girl, what were your big dreams? Did you dream of marrying your Prince Charming? Did you dream of going to a big university? Did you dream of doing something to make a difference in the world? Now imagine the dreams…
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  • 10 Signs They Are A Not-So-Good Leader

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    When I got my hands on the new ESV Reader’s Bible, I opened first to Ezekiel. I’m not sure why, except I’d long neglected this book, and it seemed like a good one simply to read straight through, unhampered by headings and chapter and verse numbers. When I came to the end of the Ezekiel, I started over. And then I read it a third time. Each time I was more struck by the rawness of the book. The prophetic books (like the prophets themselves) are jagged. Ezekiel is abrasive. The images of God are forceful, even when they are sometimes too incredible for the human imagination to picture.
  • Be Generous with Your Master’s Money

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Jesus once told his disciples an odd parable where he used a dishonest manager as an example of how we should be shrewd with our money. What did he mean? Imagine his disciples Simon (the Zealot) and Matthew (the tax collector) discussing this parable. “Matthew, you know more about these things than I do. Why did the Master commend the dishonest manager’s shrewdness?” Simon’s question stung a little, and Matthew’s look said so. “Oh. I didn’t mean that the way it sounded,” said an embarrassed Simon. Simon and Matthew were unlikely friends. And they hadn’t liked each other much…
  • Self-Promotion and Our Fear of Obscurity

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Bono apologized last week for U2’s (and Apple’s) aggressive automatic insertion into our iTunes libraries with their latest album Songs of Innocence. Bono explained it as, Drop of megalomania, twitch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we’ve poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard. It’s hard to know how sincere of an apology this is, but it is remarkable he uses such honest and self-effacing language: “self-promotion,” “deep fear,” and “megalomania.” It is perceptive and insightful.   We all love to be…
  • Sin Is Worse Than Hell

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

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

  • Are Illuminated Mirrors Really Better?

    Thomas
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    When you are looking for the perfect mirror for your bathroom you may encounter a new designer-style mirror that looks ideal for the smallest room – the illuminated bathroom mirror. The reviews for this product sound excellent, and the mirrors certainly look fresh and contemporary. But is it really worth buying one of these mirrors over a standard mirror? Are illuminated mirrors worth it? Here we investigate the advantages of a lighted mirror for your bathroom. Direction and Strength of Lighting It is important to be able to see your face clearly when you are shaving or applying make-up.
  • Consumer Confidence Reflected in the Property Market

    Thomas
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    The property market recovered in London and the rest of the regions of the UK followed on. The return in consumer confidence has ensured that the growth has continued despite the fact that it has not been uniform throughout the country. It does mean that property investment is once again on the agenda. That applies to businessmen who want to build a portfolio as much as to families who either want to improve their existing homes or to move somewhere bigger. All this is good news for people wanting to sell and for the construction industry that went through a period of lean years after the…
  • Promoting the Benefits of Energy Efficient Windows for your Customers

    Thomas
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Every customer is different and therefore every customer will put a different emphasis and importance on energy efficient windows. It’s your job to give the customer what he or she wants – but you can also use the selling process to advise consumers on the benefits of energy efficient windows and what they need to know in order to make the best purchase decision. Here’s how to give buyers information about energy efficiency without losing the momentum of the sale. Demonstrating Energy Ratings Each window is given a different energy rating so that the consumer – and the supplier –…
  • Do you know enough about the R22 phase out?

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

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

  • Blinded by Nostalgia

    Yuval Levin
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Many Americans on the Left and the Right miss the relative social consensus and broadly shared values of the postwar years, but much of this is false nostalgia. The post Blinded by Nostalgia appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • George Weigel Speaks at St. John Paul II Chapel Dedication at Mundelein Seminary

    George Weigel
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel gave a lecture at a ceremony dedicating the new St. John Paul II Chapel at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. The post George Weigel Speaks at St. John Paul II Chapel Dedication at Mundelein Seminary appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Michael Brown and Faux ‘Civil-Rights’ Victims

    Mona Charen
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    New details about the Michael Brown case indicate that the media has abetted a false narrative that inflames racial sentiments and obscures America's very real progress on civil rights. The post Michael Brown and Faux ‘Civil-Rights’ Victims appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Reestimating Obamacare

    James C. Capretta
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    The Congressional Budget Office says Obamacare will induce a downsizing of the U.S. workforce, but the agency does not include the lost federal revenue in official cost estimates of the law. The post Reestimating Obamacare appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • An Extraordinary Synod, Indeed

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

  • Pixels Distract. Praise Focuses.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Christ You Come to Us In the Gentle Whisper – A Prayerful Reflection

    Christine Sine
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:54 am
      This has been a busy but fulfilling week for me. The publishing of A Journey Toward Home, and the videoing of the first two modules of our e-course Reimagining How We Pray, have brought great satisfaction to me. But it still seems as though I am struggling to come up for air. But in the midst I have(...)
  • Red Brown Yellow Black White Who’s More Precious In God’s Sight? by Leroy Barber

    Christine Sine
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    Staff and leaders of mission organizations in the U.S. are overwhelmingly white. Mission conferences, though advertising ethnic diversity do not always represent multicultural or multiethnic expression because the style of the conferences is still monocultural and presented in an Anglo context. This lack of racial diversity and sensitivity hurts the cause of Christ. So says Leroy(...)
  • A Journey Toward Home – An Exciting New Resource Now Available.

    Christine Sine
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    It here, its here, its here!  I am very excited to announce that after months of hard work by Kristin Carroccino, we have launched  A Journey Toward Home: Soul Travel For Advent to Lent.  For most of us, the birth of Christ conjures up images of a dirty stable where Jesus and his family are alone(...)
  • A Celtic Prayer for the Week

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

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

    DavidRupert
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The ebb and flow of days filter into my consciousness as the memories of the cycle of living are rehearsed. For me, memories mostly consist of hearts whose love left deep-rooted paths into my own. Isn’t that how it is supposed to be? We are meant to leave an imprint upon the living, a tell-tale sign we were there. Sometimes the signs that remain leave a broken trail behind, I am sure we all have them. I know we do. Brokenness leads us to seek after new life over and over, like a record that continues to skip or the static that used to roll over the TV screen when the station ended…
  • Find New Life: Tending Hope

    DavidRupert
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I bought a half-dead tree several years ago during an End-of-Season-Clearance sale at the hardware store. I knew better.  But, it seemed a reasonable risk for the price. I dumped the short twiggy weeping crab apple tree out of a sad little plastic bucket and transplanted it near the rain downspout, in a hidden sheltered corner of our house, safe from high-altitude wind and dry extremity. I gave it fussy attention, hoping for a piece of my Midwest roots to bloom in the pine forest of the Rocky Mountains. Four years later, early morning coffee pot burbling quietly in the kitchen, I leaned…
  • Find New Life: The Lesson of Second Place

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

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

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

  • Billy Collins’s Art of Drowning

    Peggy Rosenthal
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    I always keep a poet by my bed. Lately it has been Billy Collins, former U.S Poet Laureate. I don’t open the book every night. Only when I need to touch the play of language, to be entertained by poetry’s taut twists and turns and surprises, before settling into whatever novel I’m reading that will [Read More...]
  • Raising Kids in the Creation/Evolution Divide, Part 2

    Tania Runyan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:31 am
    Continued from yesterday.  At the time of our children’s young-earth themed Vacation Bible School, I was in the midst of writing a poetry collection on Paul and his letters. While I’m no theologian, I can discern one theme that permeates the epistles like nothing else: unity. Paul prays continually for his brothers and sisters, even [Read More...]
  • Raising Kids in the Creation/Evolution Divide, Part 1

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

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

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

  • The American Conservative’s Case Against the Suburbs

    Keith Miller
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    The American Conservative has opened up a new front in the decades-old War on Suburbia. This attack, purportedly, comes from the Right. Suburban Critics? In the past month, the magazine has launched two broadsides on this topic. Rod Dreher composed an ode to Philip Bess’ “New Urbanism of the Soul” and Charles Marohn published “The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs.” After reading both articles, I found my conservative soul unstirred. Ultimately, it is unclear if either Bess or Marohn are espousing “conservative” principlesat least how that term is…
  • A Tale of Two Deaths

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cheap Kindle Books 10.12.14

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

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

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

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

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

  • Irrelevance & Relevance of the Trinity to the Christian Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • We have something way better to say

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This documentary, produced by Presbyterian minister John Ankele and educator Anne Macksoud, offers the most inspiring, creative and practical overview of the spiritual dimensions of climate change that we’ve seen. With rare clarity and depth of insight, it reveals the challenges and possibilities that this situation bestows upon the sons and daughters of God. We are called to be co-creators and caretakers of the good Earth and to love our neighbors — humans, animals, plants, waters, soil and rocks. To do so, we have to face climate change and all its ramifications. Speakers in the…
  • Get set for clergy retirement wave

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When I think about the partnership between Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., andLutheran World Relief, my mind floods with images. I see students eating bananas standing by Maria’s organic coffee farm high on a mountain in Nicaragua. I see an old board attached to a rusty cable spanning a river that was the only access to Ruben’s lush, shaded farmstead. I see students laughing, radical hospitality, awestruck faces and hands shaking in gratitude. Ultimately I see a campus community embracing a global leader in sustainable development.  In some ways, this is a natural…
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  • Hello world!

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

  • New today: Brian Doyle reviews Bruce Cockburn's memoir, tips for visuals in worship

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • "A hidden death penalty"

    Tobias Winright
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Many Catholics and others against capital punishment have often suggested life in prison without parole as an alternative for dangerous criminals such as murderers. Some, however, have noted that life without parole is problematic as well. I have had "lifers" write to me about how they are merely warehoused, without any sense of hope or meaning or purpose. read more
  • Other people saying things

    Steve Thorngate
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    "The key to stopping Ebola in the United States is stopping it in West Africa." read more
  • The process of change

    Jeff Nelson
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I'm a big fan of change, especially in the church. My upbringing as a pastor's kid kind of ingrained change into me; it helped me accept change as a natural, inevitable fact of life. This has been a helpful asset for me in ministry. read more
  • Who's afraid of Ebola?

    Richard A. Kauffman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I imagine some of the people freaking out about Ebola consider themselves Christians. How ironic is that? 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

  • Whiplash and our striving for perfection

    Josh Larsen
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:43 am
    Posted on 10/24/14 Perfect is a loaded word, in both artistic and religious circles. Can a song be perfect? Can we? Even if most people would answer no (John Wesley aside), many of us still strive toward some idea of perfection. And when we fail to achieve that, the result can be a dizzying case of existential dissonance. The thrilling new movie Whiplash explores this tension in the context of competitive jazz. As it charts the relationship between a promising young drummer named Andrew (Miles Teller) and his abusive, obsessive instructor (J.K. Simmons), Whiplash considers the potential,…
  • Seeking justice and righteousness in campus sexual misconduct policies

    Caryn Rivadeneira
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Posted on 10/23/14 When my son told me he wanted to play lacrosse, the first thought that popped in my head was, “Great. Lacrosse. The sport of rapists.” Of course, I was thinking of the case in which three Duke University lacrosse players were accused of raping a woman at a party. As it turns out, the three men had been falsely accused. Criminal charges were dismissed and they were declared innocent of the horrific charges that had been hurled at them. And yet, all these years later, when I heard the word lacrosse, I also think rape. Because of those accusations. I’m sure…
  • Parenting is not a covenantal relationship. Marriage is.

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

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

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

  • Ephesians 5:19-20

    Bible Gateway
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    “speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
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    All Blogs - XXXchurch

  • 5 Things You MUST Do If Your Spouse Is Hooked On Porn

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

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

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

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

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

  • Help Me Help Leaders in Need!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dealing with Loss.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Commitment Through Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rick Morgan
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    How would you answer Jesus question?John 1:35-39  The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples.  36  As Jesus walked by, John looked at Him and declared, "Look! There is the Lamb of God!"37  When John's two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus.  38  Jesus looked around and saw them following. "What do you want?" He asked them.They replied, "Rabbi" (which means "Teacher"), "where are You staying?"  39  "Come and see," He said. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon when they went with Him to the place where He was staying,…
 
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  • iPhone 6 Plus

    John
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    What size? It took 4+ weeks to get here but I’ve been far too busy to really care about not having one so when my wife dropped it on my chest as I lay passed out on my couch (I didn’t hear the knock on the door) I didn’t react in my typical fashion of exuberance; sleep seemed like a much more attractive activity than restoring and reconfiguring a new device. But eventually my curiosity gave way and I stumbled to my notebook computer with the small package in hand. 5 minutes later I was in the process of restoring an iCloud version and was generally underwhelmed. It’s…
  • A Quick WordPress (Self-Hosted) Starter Kit

    John Saddington
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    A Publishing Toolbox! If you’ve been around this blog for any length of time then you probably already know that I’m a big fan of WordPress (both the .com and .org). Although I’m not overly dogmatic about this particular technology as I am more inclined to recommend anything to anyone as long as they are blogging, I believe that WordPress has a lot to offer both the casual and serious digital publisher. I especially believe in the “independent web,” a web that celebrates real control of the content and stories that you write. I believe that’s vitally…
  • What a CEO Does

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

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

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

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Okay, you need to be a Christian blog nerd to appreciate this, but I thought today I’d give you an inside look at my computer; specifically, all the Christian blogs that I have bookmarked there.  The blogroll you see in the right margin of Thinking Out Loud is just a small part of a bigger picture.  So here they are in no particular order, except that the first 40 or so are kinda on speed-dial — remember that Seinfeld episode? — and the bottom 40 or so have been added more recently. But otherwise, there’s no predictable pattern.  If you see anything here…
  • Parents Possibly Clueless to Kids’ Online Account Activity

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    In the 1960s a generation of parents, concerned for their teenagers told the kids to stay away from alcohol. It was turbulent time with seismic shifts taking place in culture which pitted adults against their children, but certainly some of the kids listened. Instead they turned to drugs. In the 2010s another generation of parents, concerned for their children told their youngest ones that they didn’t want their time or mental energies consumed with Facebook. This was also a turbulent time with technology in general and social media in particular changing communication and community.
  • When The War Came to Canada

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    Members of Parliament barricade the doors to a caucus chamber – October 22, 2014; CTV Twitter Exclusive report from someone locked in on the lock-down Different things impact different readers in different degrees, but after 9/11, there was a newspaper which on its front page story used the headline “When War Came to America.”  I’ve tried to find a screenshot of it unsuccessfully, but I was reminded of it yesterday when the shootings in and nearby Canada’s Parliament Hill combined with events that took place earlier in Quebec this week which would seem to lend…
  • Wednesday Link List

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Eric Bryant
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series: “The Exchange.”  Rick Shurtz shared about an exchange from powerless to empowered at the McNeil campus.  You can watch or listen to Rick’s message at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. I shared at the South Campus with a special update on our search for a new South Campus location at the very end of the audio. You can listen to my message here: Here are some resources for this series: Sept 7 | From Death to Life – (Next StepsLeader’s Guide What’s Next If I Want To Follow Jesus? Sept 14 | From Despair to Hope Next…
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  • Attacking graveyards: Washington Post probes unusual form of oppression in Pakistan

    Jim Davis
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This is how bad persecution gets in Pakistan: You can't escape it even if you're dead.Denying a final resting place to a despised group is the topic of an enterprising newsfeature by the Washington Post. For Christians and other minorities there, enduring contempt even in death is a way of life."Bleak" seems hardly adequate to describe the picture painted by the article. Here's a painfully eloquent passage:Christians say they earn less than $2 a day working in the sugarcane fields. They must shop at the sparsely stocked Christian-run rice and vegetable store. They are not allowed to draw…
  • After the synod: Was 'confusion' caused by the press, the pope or the devil?

    Terry Mattingly
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Let's walk into this minefield very slowly and carefully.This week, "Crossroads" host Todd Wilken and I talked about the recent Synod on the Family at the Vatican and some of the themes that emerged out of it. Click here to listen to the podcast.Truth be told, that primarily meant discussing the tsunami of news coverage about a draft report earlier in the week that was hailed by a major gay-rights group, and thus the elite media, as a "seismic shift" in Catholic attitudes toward the LGBTQ community, the divorced, cohabiting couples, etc. By the end of the week, following blasts of input from…
  • Southern evangelicals dwindling?: RNS blogger examines the numbers behind The Atlantic's claims

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Is the South losing its "cultural Christianity," as Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler describes it?New research indicates that "the percentage of Alabamians not affiliated with a specific religion surpasses the percentage of white mainline Protestants, ranking it third among 'religious' groups," Alabama Godbeat pro Carol McPhail recently reported.In #Alabama, the religiously #unaffiliated now surpasses a major religious group, says @publicreligion http://t.co/UGy3whPauL via @aldotcom— Carol McPhail (@cmcphail) October 13, 2014 The numbers cited in that story…
  • 'Magic underwear' is offensive term, but AP uncritically accepts church's PR spin on Mormon undergarments

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    On the positive side, an Associated Press story this week on Mormon underclothing — sacred attire derided by critics as "magic underwear" — handles the subject matter with discretion and respect.On the negative side, the widely distributed wire service report uncritically accepts the church's public relations spin.Let's start at the top:SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of…
  • Here we go again: What does 'moderate' mean in today's Syria warfare?

    Terry Mattingly
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Several years ago, I was asked to travel to Prague to speak to the newsroom staff at Radio Liberty. The topic: Efforts to improve news coverage.However, once I was there it became clear to me that some members of the staff wanted me to discuss a much more specific topic. Thus, I ended up in a small room with a circle of Muslim journalists linked to radio broadcasts into Afghanistan and surrounding regions. The key question: Why do American journalists insist on using "fundamentalist" and "moderate" as labels to describe Muslims, since these are terms never used by members of that faith? Don't…
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  • Why the biggest issue facing the church IS NOT addressing homosexuality. And it never will be…

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

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

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

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

    loswhit
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    There is going to be this guy. His smile will charm you, his words will woo you, and he will actually want to be yours. When that guy shows up, remember that the desire he has in his heart for you quite possibly equals 1/10000th of the desire God has for you. There is going to be this girl. She is going to be your best friend. She won’t mean to, but she is going to say some things behind your back that will wreck your world. Know that she is simply human and wants to be just like you. Forgive her. This is key to not self poisoning yourself. There is going to be this dream you have. It’s…
 
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  • Saturday Ramblings – Oct 25, 2014, Scary edition

    Chaplain Mike
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Chaplain Mike is glimpsed sneaking through the labyrinth to the monastery library. Nice haircut, huh? I’m so tired of the ranting that’s going on in cyberspace these days it’s scary. That’s right. I’ve had it with all the attention being given to that pastor in Seattle who resigned last week, and then showed up at a big conference where he talked about being a victim. Just seeing him sitting next to Steven Furtick was about all I could take. And I don’t care to keep discussion going on and on about the subpoenaed sermons in Houston, even if one pundit…
  • A Short Reflection on the Week that Was

    Mike Bell
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Canada, or at least its institutions were attacked this week.  In two separate incidents two soldiers were killed.  One of them Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was from my home town and was a friend of a friend. Although my son didn’t know him, they did have a number of mutual friends. My facebook feed is filled with thought and comments (mostly good) by friends who have been affected by this tragedy.  One commented that 10/22 has become Canada’s 9/11.  It is the date on which we were attacked within our own country.  Another commented that both attackers were known to have a history of…
  • Breakfast

    Chaplain Mike
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    He sits across the table from me as we enjoy our biscuits and gravy. A good ol’ boy, a true Hoosier. He had been a pretty good baseball player when he first met her. But he was rough around the edges and she thought him uncouth. He didn’t know how to eat properly, she said. Still somehow, they fell in love, and she took him in and converted him into a presentable-enough gentleman. Not that he ever became a white collar guy. He worked for a trucking company his whole life. He tells me he learned a cuss word or three on the job. Now that she is gone, he’s been talking to her…
  • Under Roiling Skies

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

    Guest Author
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM: Our friend Miguel Ruiz will now be blogging at The Brothers of John the Steadfast. This article, “First Church of Authenticity and Trends,” was recently published there, and Miguel gave us permission to run it as well. First Church of Authenticity and Trends By Miguel Ruiz …is it just me, or is this title hopelessly contradictory? And yet, this is the message that countless congregations endeavor to send to our culture. “We’re the genuine article, bona-fide disciples of Jesus, and we’re just like you, so you’ll fit right in!” Mercy. So my wife and I…
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  • A World Without Missionaries?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Money and Peace

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

  • How to Make Simple, Glow-in-the-dark Eyes to Hide in Your Bushes and Scare the Neighbors

    Abraham
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Make your yard entertainingly spooky this Halloween by sticking a few of these really easy and cheap homemade eyes in the bushes by your front door…
  • This Man’s Life Was Saved When His Nurses Sneaked His Dog to Him in the Hospital

    Megan Berman
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Pets can often feel like a beloved member of the family: we count on their unconditional love and companionship, and in turn, they count on ours. And for one man in Kentucky, this was especially true recently. 73-year-old James Wathen was so sick and weak that he couldn’t eat, or even speak above a whisper. James told his nurses how much he missed his dog, Bubba, and sensing that it might be their final goodbye, the care team conspired to reunite the best friends. The only problem? The hospital didn’t allow for the admission of pets. Undeterred, James’ nurses worked in…
  • Two Polish Guys Help a Man Who’s Passed Out on the Street When Suddenly—Chuck Norris!

    Abraham
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When these two neighborly fellows stopped to see if the guy laying on the side of the road was OK, they were in for a bit of a surprise. Uncanny… Via: Reddit
  • 5 Tricks This Dog Can Do Better Than You

    Megan Berman
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Jesse the jack russell terrier doesn’t beg for his treats on Halloween…he earns them. Watch him put a grown man to shame with tricks he can perform way better than at least one ridiculous human… Lucky for the human, Jesse is feeling generous enough to share his candy.
  • Dance Battling Priests Bring the House Down at a Seminary Fundraiser

    Joey White
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you think Roman Catholic priests don’t know how to have fun, think again. American Reverends David Rider and John Gibson are in seminary at the elite Pontifical North American College in Rome, just up the hill from the Vatican. During a fundraiser at the college, the men got into a lively dance battle that garnered a standing ovation…
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    Eugene Cho

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Reformation of Worship

    Dr. Aaron Denlinger
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    "We go to church to worship God, and that's done by giving, not getting." Statements to this effect, made regarding the corporate worship of God's people, abound in Christian literature and Christian conversations. They sound rather convincing. Scripture, after all, assures us that "it is more blessed to give than to receive." And the etymology of our English word "worship"—apparently from an Old English term meaning "to ascribe worth"—lends itself, perhaps, to a view of worship as an act of giving something to God. In reality such statements—contrary, I'm sure, to the…
  • Covenant Theologian: Heinrich Bullinger

    Steven J. Lawson
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Heinrich Bullinger (1504–1575) is regarded as the most influential second-generation Reformer. As the heir to Ulrich Zwingli in Zurich, Switzerland, he consolidated and continued the Swiss Reformation that his predecessor had started. Philip Schaff writes that Bullinger was "a man of firm faith, courage, moderation, patience, and endurance . . . [who was] providentially equipped" to preserve and advance the truth in a difficult time in history (Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. VIII: Modern Christianity: The Swiss Reformation [1910; repr., Grand Rapids: Eerdmans,…
  • $5 Friday: The Cross, Scripture, & Marriage

    Nathan W. Bingham
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources cover such topics as the cross, Scripture, marriage, revival, God's law, repentance, and more. Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET. View today's $5 Friday sale items.
  • Us and Them

    Nathan W. Bingham
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from Us and Them, R.C. Sproul Jr.'s contribution to the October issue of Tabletalk: It certainly is, comparatively speaking, a subplot. But it is plenty important. As God's Word describes the power of God's words in creation, we ought to be astonished. God speaks, and there is light. He speaks and the whole of the universe comes into existence. Creation ex nihilo—the doctrine that God did not merely rearrange preexisting "stuff" to form our universe but spoke it into being—is true, however mind-boggling it may be. God did, however, arrange what He created.
  • Prince of Translators: William Tyndale

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

  • BT Daily: Canadian Terrorist Attack

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Recent terror attacks in Canada provide a spiritual lesson for all of us.
  • BT Daily: Ecclesiastes - Part 2

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Some books are better started at the end rather than the beginning. Why is this important for Ecclesiastes?
  • It's Not My Fault!

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    "It's not my fault!" How often have we heard—or even said ourselves—those exact words when something we're involved in goes wrong? It's often an initial reaction. Nobody likes to be wrong or liable, and we often can quickly grope for ways to explain away or justify failure or setback by placing blame on everyone else but ourselves.
  • BT Daily: Ecclesiastes - Part 1

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    A book of the Bible that deals with real issues in life.
  • Sermon: Where is the Garden of Eden?

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Where is Eden? Will it be found? Will we ever return to paradise?
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    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts

  • Christian marriage is between a man and a woman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Power for His name

    Austin Gardner
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Psalm 111:6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works, That he may give them the heritage of the heathen. Maybe the reason we do not have His power to the extent we wish is that we do not the right motives. What he desires is that we take the heathen for our inheritance. That does not mean that we are to conquer them but to evangelize them. His power is not a selfish investment on our part but rather to empower us to lift high his name.
  • Whose pleasure?

    Austin Gardner
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Psalm 103:21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; Ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Whose pleasure do you do with your life? Some say to each his own but God wants you to do his pleasure. You were created for his pleasure Colossians 1:16. What pleases you? What pleases him? Does he want the world to know what Jesus did on the cross? What were we to pray in the model prayer—would that be what he wants—Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done Matthew 6:9.
  • Don’t turn aside

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

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

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

  • Where Grace Has the Final Word

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

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

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

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

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

  • Holy, Holy, Holy – Norton Hall Band

    Worship.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Holy, Holy, Holy – Norton Hall Band: Holy, Holy, Holy from the Norton Hall Band’s... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • 10/12/14 – Faith Walking: Part Two – Randy Pope

    Worship.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    10/12/14 – Faith Walking: Part Two – Randy Pope: Getting Prepared For A Faith Walk... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Episode 9-17-14 | Season 2 #WorshipTeamTrainingHangout

    Worship.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Episode 9-17-14 | Season 2 #WorshipTeamTrainingHangout: FallenFavor TOPIC/QUESTIONS: 1) How do... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Romans 7:22–8:2 // No Condemnation

    Worship.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Romans 7:22–8:2 // No Condemnation: The Greatest Chapter, Part 1 In your Bible reading, an author... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Such Wisdom

    Worship.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Such Wisdom: Earthly wisdom is not true wisdom at all: it is unspiritual and comes from the devil.... 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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    Desperate for More of Him

  • My Vent for the day: Why I Read

    Robin
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    My Vent for the day: Why I read. Someone said to me the other day when I was talking to them about applying knowledge from what I learned in a book. “Well, that’s just a book..” I know what they meant. They were trying to say you can’t just read a book and try and plug in a formula to make it work. I get that. But let me tell you why I read. I read books of all types to not just gain information, but for transformation; to learn how people have done things, to challenge my thinking, to stretch and to grow. That is why I read. And that is why I also read the Bible, not…
  • Leading Like Jesus with vision, value and risk

    Robin
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    As I am reading a book about leadership and how to motivate and influence people, I was reminded of Jesus and how he called the disciples. It has always bugged me when I read the gospels how quickly they left everything and followed him. I get that it’s a picture of radial obedience, but there is something else underneath the surface. They must of known of Jesus or maybe heard him speak before he went public. Something compelled these men to follow him. It wasn’t the money, it wasn’t women, or popularity, but it was a hope that he was going to bring the kingdom, he was going to lead…
  • Living the Kingdom Life

    Robin
    28 Feb 2014 | 9:06 am
    Focusing on seminary has kept me far from blogging but today, as it is my reflection day as I will call it, has got me continually thinking about Living the Kingdom life.   One of my first classes in seminary almost 5 years ago, was Biblical Survey of the book of Matthew, which is all about the kingdom of God.  If you read  Matthew, you will see Jesus refer to the Kingdom time and time again.;  “the kingdom is like, the kingdom is like, the kingdom is like…”  He is trying to teach his disciples that living the Kingdom life is so extremely different from the way they…
  • Prayers for our Church

    Robin
    2 May 2013 | 8:23 am
    Today as I was preparing for the National Day of Prayer at my own church, God reminded me of a prayer sheet that I created years ago when I was on a church prayer team.  I quickly tweaked it to my context and we spent today praying it.  I then wanted to bless and encourage pastors I new on facebook, so I sent it to them. Then the Lord told me to post it here on my blog for others to use in their church contexts as well. So what followers is a prayer sheet for God’s Church. I truly believe that pray has to start with the local Church.  As someone who desperately longs to see…
  • Do You Trust Me?

    Robin
    19 Apr 2013 | 12:01 pm
    If you’ve ever watched the Disney movie Aladdin, you may recall this clip, where Aladdin asked princess Jasmine to go on a magic carpet ride. Will she trust him in this new experience? In the same way that she takes Aladdin’s hands, hops up on the carpet and gets whisked away into an endless night sky, God comes to each of us every day and asks the same question “your name, Do you trust me?” Do you trust my skills and abilities to not let you fall? Do you trust me to guide you ever safely on this adventure? Do you trust me that I will get you where you need to be safe…
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    Connecting to Impact

  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some favorites that challenged, inspired, encouraged, made me laugh, or all of the above. Be sure to check ‘em out then add your own favorites to the widget below!   Talk about thinking outside the hamster wheel… 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: what’s the craziest thing you’ve seen an animal do? 4 comment(s) for this post: Sharon: 23 Oct 2014 I once saw a…
  • Finding and Keeping Your Motivation

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

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

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

    jason@church4allnations.com
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sanctuary– 1 : a place (as a church or a temple) for worship 2 a place of refuge and protection Meditating on the beauty He’s created and the power of His words… 1 Peter 1:23-25 (NLT) For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.
 
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  • Keep Calm and Don't Carry On: On Being Joyful in the Battle

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Don’t carry on, that is, in the sense of panicking over what seems to be the moral collapse of the universe, or at least of our country. Followers of FRC know that we believe we must advance and defend religious liberty, the sanctity of life, the sacredness of marriage, the centrality of the family, and the dignity of the person strategically (we want to win) and faithfully (regardless of any political outcomes). The battles in which we are engaged are intense. Their number is increasing. And the stakes, for the future of the nation we love, are accruing at an alarming rate. But in the…
  • Attacking Canada's Parliament: "This Changes Everything"

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    John McKay is a Member of Parliament in Canada. Of yesterday’s attack by a recent Muslim convert on the House of Commons, Mr. McKay said “This changes everything.” Just before he entered the Parliament building, the killer had murdered a Canadian Forces soldier at the Ottawa war memorial. Parliament’s Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers, is being hailed as a hero. On a normal day, Vickers’ largely ceremonial role would pass outside the view of Canada and the world. On special occasions, Vickers, a 28-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), could be…
  • Excerpts - Judge Upholds "Principles of Logic and Law" in Backing Natural Marriage in Puerto Rico

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    U. S. District Court Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez issued a ruling on October 21 upholding Puerto Rico’s law defining marriage: “Marriage is a civil institution that emanates from a civil contract by virtue of which a man and a woman are mutually obligated to be husband and wife . . .” Pérez-Giménez, a Jimmy Carter appointee, was the second District Court judge to stand against the tide of judges who have asserted a constitutional right to “marry” someone of the same sex in the months since the June 2013 ruling of the Supreme Court in…
  • Public Confidence in CDC Drops

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

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

    Aaron Armstrong
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Is it My Fault? Justin and Lindsey Holcomb’s excellent book, Is It My Fault?: Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence is on sale for the Kindle for $3.99. Do not let this deal pass you by.Age of Ultron, Heaven and Previews that Oversell or UndersellJoey Cochran:I’m not gonna Jesus Juke a punchline at the end of this article. I’m going to show you my cards right here. The reality is movie previews are similar and dissimilar to Sunday Worship. Movie trailers preview movies and they often oversell; Sunday worship previews heaven and it cannot oversell.And speaking…
  • What I learned in the 2014 readers survey

    Aaron Armstrong
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    A few weeks ago, I asked you to participate in my first-ever readers survey. The survey was intended to help me learn a little bit more about you and how I can better serve you through this blog. Here are a few of the key content-related findings:Post frequency: The vast majority (88.8 per cent) think the amount of content is just right.Why it matters: This is helpful to know since it apparently means I’m not overwhelming the majority of you with daily posts. A few people suggested an increase in frequency, which I found fascinating, but because I need to sleep sometimes, I’m…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Book deals for Christian readersHere are a whole pile of Kindle deals to get you started (note, most of these are academic references, but books you’d likely want in your library):Understanding the Koran by Mateen Elass—$2.99Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church by D.A. Carson—$2.99 (US only)Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts—$3.99The Inklings of Oxford by Harry Lee Poe—$5.98Ephesians by Clinton Arnold—$5.99Gum, Geckos, and God by James Spiegel—$5.99Intended for Pleasure by Ed Wheat—$2.99Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary—$5.99An Introduction…
  • What do the attacks in Ottawa mean for us?

    Aaron Armstrong
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Yesterday, something most Canadians never imagined possible happened: a gunman shot and killed 24-year-old Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, as he served as part of the ceremonial honor guard at Canada’s National War Memorial. The gunman, identified as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau1, then moved toward Parliament itself, where he continued his attack where he injured at least two more people before he was killed.2Wednesdays events mark the second such attack on Canadian soil in the last week. On Monday in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Warrant…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Expulsive Power of New AffectionDan Kassis, a voice-over artist in Spring Hill, TN, recently recorded Thomas Chalmers’ sermon, The Expulsive Power of New Affection, as a birthday gift for his pastor. He’s since made it available for $3 to raise funds for The Bridge’s relocation efforts. I’d highly encourage grabbing a copy of this, as well as keeping your eyes open for more recordings of great sermons and essays from Dan in the future.God Is in the Grocery AisleLindsey Carlson:It’s sad, but sometimes I allow the food in my cart cart to label me. If I walk down…
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  • Following His Footsteps: “Taking a Punch” – Mark 6

    Randall Smith
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    One of the most important things a boxer needs to know is how to “take a punch”. Without that knowledge, the rest of his or her boxing abilities won’t amount to much just after the “ding” of the bell at the beginning of round one. It isn’t only about how to deliver a blow to the opponent (though that will help score points for the judges), it is about how to receive a blow and remain standing. Judges take a dim view of boxers who take naps during the fight, and there are no famous narcoleptic boxers. In opening our lesson from the life and ministry of Jesus today, I don’t have…
  • Following His Footsteps: “So Close and Yet So Far” – Mark 4 and 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • I found a lump

    Chad Estes
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    I found a lump under my right nipple. My first thought was, “Oh, God, no…” My next thought was, “There is no way in Hell…” Then they dam broke and the thoughts flooded in: “Now you will really be able to relate to you friends’ journeys.” “But I already cared deeply about them. I didn’t need to experience it too.” “No, this has to be something else, the odds are different for men.” “But I have male friends with breast cancer.” “Still, the odds are in my favor.” “But maybe I was drawn to breast cancer for this very reason.” “Shit.” “I know…
  • The Reveal Mission at BSU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dan King
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
    There’s a movement beginning to stir. Literature being published on this theme is on the rise, conversations and initiatives on college campuses are becoming more frequent, and media coverage (traditional and digital) is broaching the subject more often. What kind of movement are we talking about? It’s the faith at work movement. I’m not sure exactly what’s bringing it on. Maybe it’s the rise in deteriorating moral values by executive leadership, as we’ve seen with the Enron scandal and many others since then. Maybe it’s a move of the Holy Spirit.
  • that time my son reminded me how God is in control

    Dan King
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Sometimes you just need a reminder that God is in control.Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule And sometimes God speaks to us in the most unexpected ways. That happened to Krista and I the other day. It’s been a whirlwind of a week. If you told me a week ago that we’d have a newborn baby in our house within the week, I would have told you that you’re crazy. We’ve wanted to adopt for a couple of years, but nothing ever seemed to work out or feel right. So when I got the phone call asking me if we wanted to take in a baby just born the day before with the possibility…
  • 3 lessons from a year of activist faith

    Dan King
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Activist Faith project has been more than a book project for me. It’s been part of a process of discovering a way of life. The process started in my heart several years ago, and it’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since the book was released. In the last year of my #activistfaith journey, I’ve experienced some amazing stuff (in no particular order): Conducted several radio interviews, including one on Moody Radio The building of a school dreamed of by a Haitian pastor, and funded by a once-in-a lifetime team of bloggers A visit to an incredible…
  • how to do social justice while you work

    Dan King
    29 May 2014 | 2:26 pm
    I got to introduce someone to the wide-open world of Google. It was a few years ago, but still… it was around the time the word “google” was being added to the dictionary in verb form, meaning “to search the Internet to find information.” I forget her name, but I remember her amazement quite clearly. There was an expected bit of sensory overload, mixed with an equal amount of head-spinning at the virtually limitless possibilities. It was something like watching a person who had been blind their whole life able to see for the first time. The company I worked for…
  • gravity waves, the big bang, and my unshakable faith

    Dan King
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:28 am
    This post is probably going to get some people mad at me. I just noticed that Big Bang is a trending conversation on Facebook, and saw some really fascinating articles about how astronomers believe they’ve finally proven the Big Bang Theory. I don’t really fully understand the science myself. And I’m not going to pretend to say that I know enough to argue against it. Essentially, they’ve found some gravity waves that prove the rapid expansion of the Universe in the first few nanoseconds after the Big Bang. It’s being called one of the greatest discoveries of our…
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  • What Does Transformational Preaching Transform?

    Peter Mead
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Almost everyone agrees that preaching should be transformational.  But we need to define what it is that we are seeking to see transformed? 1. Conduct – This is the most obvious area of transformation.  We all love to see a life transformed from worldly conduct to “christian” conduct.  But we also need to be wary.  Consider Frank.  Frank was a drinking champion.  He could drink more than anyone else and still be standing – that is how he got respect in the pub.  Then Frank saw a beautiful young lady going into the church next door.  He started attending.  He…
  • The Biggest Lesson for Preachers from Kids Books and Movies?

    Peter Mead
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    We live in a world that is marked more by narrative than we tend to acknowledge.  Stories are not just for children, the movie industry is massive, so is TV advertising, and sports journalism, and all of these are profoundly narratival in form.  So what might be the biggest lesson for preachers from children’s books and movies? How about this: people still appreciate them second and third time. I have a two and a half year old who will happily hear the same story over and over again each night.  There are numerous books to choose from, but she will often pick the same one to…
  • Beyond Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • John Calvin on the Role of the Pastor

    Nick Rynerson
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Calvin’s Understanding of Church Leadership Calvin did not imagine that the New Testament gave us a precise liturgy or church order, but he was convinced that it gives us clear guidelines. From his study of the New Testament Calvin suggested that there are four offices: doctor, pastor-teacher, elder, and deacon. However, the emphasis falls on the latter three. Pastors are trained, examined, and ordained to preach, teach, and administer the sacraments. They give their full time to the ministry of the Word and prayer. Over against Rome, the Reformers taught that baptism, not ordination, makes…
  • Is Your Church Considering the ESV?

    Lizzy Jeffers
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    An Unavoidable Question At some point in their ministry every pastor is asked the question, “What Bible translation do you recommend?” “Choosing a Bible translation is not a life or death decision, but it’s far from a minor issue either” says Kevin DeYoung, pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan and the author of Why Our Church Switched to the ESV. He goes on to say, “The Bible we study, the Bible used in our pulpits, the Bible we read to our children is the Bible that will shape our vocabulary about God and even the way we think about God.” Meet Pastor…
  • Crossway Titles Win ECPA Cover Awards

    Matt Tully
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Earlier this week, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced its 2014 Top Shelf Book Cover Award winners. We’re pleased to announce that five Crossway titles were selected as winners. ECPA President/CEO Mark Kuyper notes, “The Top Shelf program highlights book design excellence, intelligence and beauty, and we are grateful to all who participated in the program with their quality entries.” In response to this recognition, Crossway’s Senior Vice President of Creative, Josh Dennis, said, “We’re grateful to have been recognized by the ECPA for excellence in…
  • Midweek Roundup - 10/22/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    If you're a gamer or geek in any capacity, you know Felicia Day. The actress has become a nerd icon for letting her own gaming/graphic novel/fandom flags fly high, and recently wrote a post called "Crossing the Street," in which she finally addressed the big topic facing gamedom these days: GamerGate. If you're not familiar with the situation, it's a bit complicated, but the short version is that a community of gamers attempting to raise the bar for ethical video game journalism keeps getting sidetracked by members of their group who make their case by doxxing (leaking the personal…
  • The Perfect Crime: Texting Your Probation Officer for Weed

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Alvin Cross Jr. was out of jail and looking for a marijuana hook up, but for some reason, his friends and family wanted nothing to do with him. One can safely assume that's because Cross' Albany, Georgia community was looking out for him, not wanting him to get into any trouble with the law. But Cross handled getting into trouble just fine on his own. Out of options, he decided to text his probation officer to see if he had any weed to sell. Desperate times call for desperate(ly stupid) measures, and his probation officer had police raid Cross' apartment, where they found cocaine and he's…
  • Rob & Kristen Bell

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    This week we talk to husband and wife duo, Rob & Kristen Bell. The popular (and sometimes controversial) author and his wife have written a new book on marriage called “The Zimzum of Love,” and they have a lot of good advice for our listeners. We also spotlight one of our favorite new indie bands, Colony House, catch you up on the week’s news and entertainment and meet an interesting new podcast character, Jesse’s neighbor.
  • Fury's Director Explains the Film's Theology

    jryanparker
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    'Fury' director David Ayer on faith, redemption and the brutality of war. Fury is one of the most brutal, grueling war films since 1998’s Saving Private Ryan. It centers on a WWII tank unit lead by Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt). Actors Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, John Bernthal and Logan Lerman fill out the tank named FURY.
  • 9 Spooktacular Costumes for This Year’s Harvest Party

    jessec
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    It's time to get ready. While the rest of the neighborhood is busy turning their front yards into altars of darkness with their fake spider webs, ghoul-inviting carved pumpkins and plastic headstones, you’ve got other—dare we say better—things to do: Prepare for the big Harvest Party. Sure, it falls on the same day as Hallween and also revolves around giving candy to children like Halloween does and dressing up in fun costumes like people do on Halloween, but your gathering should not be confused with Halloween. Neither should your outfit.
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  • Saint Lucia Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $1051 — Soufrière: Breakfast & Dinner Package for 2, 39% Off Ladera resort features 32 luxe suites each with private plunge pool & other complimentary amenities. Travel from January 3 through June 30, 2015. Saint Lucia: One-Bedroom Bayview Suite Package for 2 Package includes complimentary room upgrade, breakfast for two, $50 spa credit and more complimentary amenities. $324 [...]
  • Jamaica Travel Deals

    kirsten
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $120 & up — Jamaica All-Inclusive Resorts, Save up to 55% Jewel Resorts deal includes fees, transportation & more. Travel now through December 2014. $187 & up — Jamaica All-Inclusive Resort incl. Daily Credit This resort with a private beach is located on the grounds of an 18th century sugar plantation. Travel select arrivals through March 31, 2015. $939 [...]
  • Fiji Travel Deals

    kirsten
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $1939 & up — 9-Nts. Fiji Islands, Auckland & Sydney w/Air Combine the three most desired destinations in South Pacific. Includes flights, accommodations & breakfast. $1290 & up – 5 Nights Ocean View Garden Bure Package for 2 Travelers, 50% Off Koro Sun Resort in Savusavu, Fiji, welcomes you to an idyllic island retreat, and offers the kind [...]
  • Orlando Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $59 — Orlando Hotel near Disney incl. Breakfast, Save 30% Includes daily breakfast for two, complimentary Wi-Fi and complimentary transportation to some of the Disney parks. $59-$79 — Orlando Water Park Resort incl. Weekends, 50% Off This family-friendly water park resort offers free shuttles to Universal and SeaWorld, discount on food & beverage purchases & more. $79 — 4-Star [...]
  • Australia Travel Deals

    kirsten
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $2099 & up — Australia: Sydney & Cairns 8-Night Trip w/Air Visit the world’s most resplendent harbor in Sydney and experience the acclaimed Sydney Opera House. Then travel north to a holiday maker’s paradise – Cairns. $2690 & up — Sydney, Melbourne & Auckland 9-Nts. w/Air Includes flight into Sydney and out of Auckland, flight Sydney – Melbourne, [...]
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  • Make Today Count

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    If you're a gamer or geek in any capacity, you know Felicia Day. The actress has become a nerd icon for letting her own gaming/graphic novel/fandom flags fly high, and recently wrote a post called "Crossing the Street," in which she finally addressed the big topic facing gamedom these days: GamerGate. If you're not familiar with the situation, it's a bit complicated, but the short version is that a community of gamers attempting to raise the bar for ethical video game journalism keeps getting sidetracked by members of their group who make their case by doxxing (leaking the personal…
  • The Perfect Crime: Texting Your Probation Officer for Weed

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Alvin Cross Jr. was out of jail and looking for a marijuana hook up, but for some reason, his friends and family wanted nothing to do with him. One can safely assume that's because Cross' Albany, Georgia community was looking out for him, not wanting him to get into any trouble with the law. But Cross handled getting into trouble just fine on his own. Out of options, he decided to text his probation officer to see if he had any weed to sell. Desperate times call for desperate(ly stupid) measures, and his probation officer had police raid Cross' apartment, where they found cocaine and he's…
  • Rob & Kristen Bell

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    This week we talk to husband and wife duo, Rob & Kristen Bell. The popular (and sometimes controversial) author and his wife have written a new book on marriage called “The Zimzum of Love,” and they have a lot of good advice for our listeners. We also spotlight one of our favorite new indie bands, Colony House, catch you up on the week’s news and entertainment and meet an interesting new podcast character, Jesse’s neighbor.
  • Fury's Director Explains the Film's Theology

    jryanparker
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    'Fury' director David Ayer on faith, redemption and the brutality of war. Fury is one of the most brutal, grueling war films since 1998’s Saving Private Ryan. It centers on a WWII tank unit lead by Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt). Actors Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, John Bernthal and Logan Lerman fill out the tank named FURY.
  • 9 Spooktacular Costumes for This Year’s Harvest Party

    jessec
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    It's time to get ready. While the rest of the neighborhood is busy turning their front yards into altars of darkness with their fake spider webs, ghoul-inviting carved pumpkins and plastic headstones, you’ve got other—dare we say better—things to do: Prepare for the big Harvest Party. Sure, it falls on the same day as Hallween and also revolves around giving candy to children like Halloween does and dressing up in fun costumes like people do on Halloween, but your gathering should not be confused with Halloween. Neither should your outfit.
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  • You Are Not a Brand. You Are Beloved.

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

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

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

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

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

    Jay Cookingham
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
        Hang with me…this will be tough at the beginning… This was going to be easy, the knife was sharp and I was all alone deep in the woods, no one would find me for days. I had run out of oxygen, I was drowning in despair and looking up from below the surface. My time had run out and I couldn’t fight back anymore. The years of abuse had piled on me, pinning me behind the line of scrimmage of hope… far from finishing the game on a good note. I was tired, so tired of being without… without having the right clothes, the right looks, the right friends, the right family and the…
  • 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…
 
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  • For When You’re Lost Between Here and There

    Natalie Snapp
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Just in case you need to be reminded . . . Somewhere between early-early morning and early-morning, Somewhere between the breakfast rush, hairstyling and the brushing of teeth, Somewhere between the shuttling of children and the kissing good-bye at the classroom door, is a mom who feels unseen and wonders if what she does matters. Somewhere between the “have a good day, I love you,” Somewhere between the stolen glances and the interrupted conversations, Somewhere between the fantasies of date nights long ago, is a wife who wonders if she’s still treasured and adored.
  • Mud Stories: Because There is Power in Our Story

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

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

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Over a year ago we did a devotional column titled Biblical Foxes, and at the end of it, I added an update recommending a similar column that Ben Nelson had written on the same theme at the blog Another Red Letter Day.  I decided that since it’s been a year, we would return to this topic again.  Click the title below to read this at source. (Note: This is a series on Song of Solomon joined in progress.) The Trouble with Foxes Image credit Wikipedia Let’s recap where we have come in the song so far  – or as they say on TV – Here are some things you may want to know: (you can…
  • Michael Card Quotations

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Genesis 17:1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty[a]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Hebrew El-Shaddai It’s been awhile since we ran something in our quotations series. Today we choose author of more than two dozen books, and songwriter with more than 30 albums, Michael Card.  We begin with one of his songs that you can leave playing as you read.  Lyrics are at the end of today’s post. “There comes a moment in our lives when some of the pieces of the puzzle come together – where all our past…
  • What’s In It For Me?

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

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

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

    Worthy News Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    NEW YORK (Worthy News)– A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to New York from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus, becoming the first diagnosed case in the city, CNN reported. The doctor, identified as Craig Spencer, 33, came back from treating Ebola patients in Guinea about 10 days ago, and developed a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue Wednesday night. The physician, employed at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, has been in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan since Thursday morning, the official said. — Source
  • Obama broadens stance on same-sex marriage, calls it a Constitutional right

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

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

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

    Worthy News Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– The leaders of the Senate Banking Committee are asking financial regulators what they're doing to ensure the safety of banks targeted for cybercrimes, raising the pressure to respond to recent breaches that include a high-profile attack on JPMorgan Chase and other banks that might have been an act of international aggression, the Washington Examiner reported. Fears that Wall Street might be at particular risk for hacks have risen since JPMorgan revealed in August that an attack had compromised the information of 76 million households and seven million…
 
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  • Look to the Lord of blessing!

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

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

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

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

    George Whitten
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Hebrews 9:11-12 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the Most Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement is upon us. Beginning tomorrow evening, Yom Kippur marks the holiest of all holy days on the Hebrew calendar. It is the anniversary of the fall of man and it is the climax of the time of…
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  • The Secret to Dealing with Hard Times

    Jennifer Dukes Lee
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    This story begins with a deathbed. But this isn’t a sad story about dying, as much as it’s a hopeful story about living. I was standing there – at the end of a life, at the side of a hospice bed, leaning over the dying woman. She was frail, but wide-eyed. And she was smiling – the kind of smile that came from the inside. Our faces were so close that I could feel her breath on my cheek, like a small, warm fog coasting in and out of her. Our gazes were locked. Though clumsy with grief, I fought for words to express my love. She was my godmother. She had loved me well. And it pained…
  • When Your Faith is More Than Head Knowledge

    Dawn Camp
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    “No one wants to talk about God,” he says, and something in my heart breaks both for him and the world into which he was born. In a culture obsessed with knowing the latest celebrity gossip, taking the perfect selfie, and living in the moment instead of for the future, it’s no wonder that Jesus is a tough topic transition for his twenty-something crowd. Intellectual by nature, I know he can discuss theology with insight and intelligence, but I worry that this floundering in the shallow end of the conversational pool reflects the current depth of his thoughts and relationship…
  • It’s Fall, Y’all: (in) Classics

    incourage
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Leaves and pumpkins and boots, oh my! No matter what the temperature outside your front door – or how you feel about candy corn – fall is here. With it we’re reminded of the nature of seasons and change – and God’s faithfulness through it all. Today we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite autumn-themed posts from the archives. Our hope is that you can take a moment to wrap your hands around your favorite hot drink, sit down in a space with a view of the sky, and enjoy these messages. When Life Hurls a Curve Ball Right at Your Heart by Kristen…
  • Chapters 6-8: People, Talents, Words

    Robin Dance
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Read Chapter 6, Your People Chapter 7, Your Talents Chapter 8, Your Words {pp. 71-98)   Watch {Subscribers, please click here to view video.}   Discuss Q1.  Before reading (and listening to) Annie’s words, I had never before considered that I needed other people to help me be brave; had you? Tell us about some of the people in your life who’ve helped you be braver. Do you simply follow their own courageous examples? Or is it because they encourage you to take brave steps? How have they made a difference in your life?  Q2. The girls brought up the concept of…
  • When The Mirror On The Wall Falls

    Chavos Buycks
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    I hated myself and the skin I was in. I was behind bars for seven years. Not physical prison bars, but bars of self-hatred, self-rejection and low self-esteem. What caused me to end up there was my obsession to have the perfect skin. And my cell mate “Acne” didn’t make life any better. I was too embarrassed to face people at school, work and social events. Self-rejection, self-hatred and low self-esteem roll together. You don’t see one without the other. They made sure to consistently remind me that I wasn’t good enough, pretty enough or talented enough. They made…
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  • Little Religion

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Wiman, former editor of Poetry magazine, shares a poem from his latest collection, Once in the West.
  • Heroes

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Why is it that to this day, whenever I’m asked to tell a story I go blank? My father also never told stories. Perhaps that’s because his own father was a story, one that is in the history books.
  • What Was the White Rose?

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    In summer 1942, German university students Hans Scholl and Alexander Schmorell began secretly writing and distributing leaflets signed by “the White Rose,” calling themselves Germany’s “bad conscience.”
 
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  • Book Review: Eyewitness to Glory: Moses by Mindy Ferguson

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lost that lovin’ feeling?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tsunami

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

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

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

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

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

  • Collection of My Blogs

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    As I've been writing for the Master over the years and publishing my material online, I've developed numerous blogs. My Master is Jesus Christ, God's Son. And this site contains a collection of my best and most popular blogs in one place, so that anyone who would like to browse my material can more easily find what they are looking for. I hope you will enjoy what you find here! Feel free to contact me, if you'd like to, through the website listed at the bottom.Below you will find the names of my blogs, and beneath each title you will find links to the posts within each blog. In the sidebar,…
  • Giving to DMI

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Our gift of these articles by Len Lacroix is made possible in part by your gracious support of the ministry.  There are two ways to donate to Doulos Missions International. You may either send a check or money order by mail or you may donate securely online.Doulos Missions International, Inc. is incorporated in the State of New Hampshire as a publicly-supported non-profit charity.  We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt organization under IRC 501(c)(3). Contributions made to this organization are tax deductible.Online Donations You may…
  • Doulos Missions International

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We're so glad you took the time to visit our blog.  We have been based near Budapest, Hungary, serving as missionaries for nearly five years.   However, we are currently on furlough, away from the field, praying and seeking the Lord's guidance regarding where to be, and for the provision to fulfill the mission.You're invited to listen to our radio interview on the Truth Radio Network, which was aired September 7, 2013.  We were interviewed by Joyce George on the program "A Place Missionaries Call Home."Each of the links below will take you to the following pages on the…
  • Opportunities to Serve the Body of Christ

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

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

  • Internal Editor

    Michael Dechane
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Editing, in itself, is not the problem. Editing is usually necessary if we want to end up with something satisfactory [But] The habit of compulsive, premature editing doesnt just make writing hard. It also makes writing dead. — Peter Elbow, Writing Without Teachers Last Fall, my wife and I began reading The Artist’s Way together and doing some of the work Cameron prescribes for recovering or nurturing the stunted artist she claims is in each of us. Early in the book, she lays out the importance of free writing exercises and brings up the idea of an internal editor that will invariably try…
  • Always Fair

    Jayne English
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When we have a good memory of our childhood, we shouldnt visit it after we grow old. — Antonio In the film Found Memories, Madalena lives in a small Brazilian village. The village’s former vibrance lies forgotten beneath peeling paint and rust. The handful of villagers are old and everything about them seems faded. They walk slowly up the hill to mass. They rarely talk. They eat in silence, the men play ring toss without speaking. The priest has locked the cemetery. Madalena says they have forgotten to die. Madelena struggles to hold on to her memories. She writes a love letter every…
  • On Laughter

    Drew Trotter
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I was saddened like most of the world, when I heard of Robin Williams’s death. I was sad not only because he was gone, and I would never be delighted anew by his acting or his comedy or even his smile, but also because of the way he died. To take one’s own life is such an admission of hopelessness. It was hard to take. Since I write and speak a lot about films, I often think about the various participants in the filmmaking process, and beyond film to the entertainment business in general. It always bothers me when someone from that industry dies. Like their lives, their deaths are so…
  • The Discomfort of Empathy

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

    Joanna Campbell
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I. The first time I tried Centering Prayer, I did it wrong. The teacher warned us we might hear outside sounds — buses, car horns, construction — and to keep an open heart because life is never quiet in the way we desire. She rang the meditation bell, and I closed my eyes. Within minutes, I heard dishes clanking from the nearby kitchen. I knew it was the white-haired church volunteer. She was preparing our noontime snack. I imagined baby Jesus in the kitchen with her. She gave him a bath in the stainless steel sink. She dried him with white cotton tea towels. She anointed him with olive…
 
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  • Today's Mass Readings : Saturday October 25, 2014

    Jesus Caritas Est
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 478Reading 1EPH 4:7-16Brothers and sisters:Grace was given to each of usaccording to the measure of Christ’s gift.Therefore, it says:He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;he gave gifts to men.What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descendedinto the lower regions of the earth?The one who descended is also the one who ascendedfar above all the heavens,that he might fill all things.And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,to equip the holy ones for…
  • Saint October 25 : St. Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão (1739-1822) : Founder

    Jesus Caritas Est
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    St. Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão (1739-1822). Born in Guarantingueta near São Paulo (Brazil), Antônio attended the Jesuit seminary in Belem but later decided to become a Franciscan friar. Invested in 1760, he made final profession the following year and was ordained in 1762. In São Paulo, he served as preacher, confessor and porter. Within a few years he was appointed confessor to the Recollects of St. Teresa, a group of nuns in that city. He and Sister Helena Maria of the Holy Spirit founded a new community of sisters under the patronage of Our Lady of the Conception of Divine…
  • Saint October 25 : St. Crispin and St. Crispianus : Martyrs : Patrons of Shoemakers

    Jesus Caritas Est
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    The French say Crispin and his brother Crispianus were born into a wealthy Roman family in the third century A.D. During the Diocletian persecution of Christians they escape to Noviodunum in France—later known as Soissons. Effectively disinherited and forced to fall back upon their own resources, Crispin and Crispianus become shoemakers. Though teaching the gospel was their life's work, they made shoes for the poor. Arrested and led before the Roman authorities, they were urged to recant. Both refused. Millstones were hung about their necks and they were thrown into the river Aisne. But…
  • Saint October 25 : St. Boniface I : Pope

    Jesus Caritas Est
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Pope Boniface I (Latin: Bonifatius I; died 4 September 422) was Pope from 28 December 418 to his death in 422. He was a contemporary of Saint Augustine of Hippo, who dedicated to him some of his works. On the day of the funeral for Pope Zosimus, which was held at San Lorenzo fuori le Mura, partisans of Eulalius occupied the Lateran. Later that day, he proceeded thither with a crowd consisting of deacons, laity and a few priests, and was elected bishop. The new Pope and his supporters remained at the church until Sunday, 29 December, for the formal ordination customarily took place on a…
  • Saint October 25 : St. Gaudentius of Brescia, Italy : Bishop

    Jesus Caritas Est
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    St. GaudentiusBISHOPFeast: October 25Information:Feast Day:October 25Born:Brescia, ItalyDied:410Bishop of Brescia from about 387 until about 410; he was the successor of the writer on heresies, St. Philastrius. At the time of that saint's death Gaudentius was making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The people of Brescia bound themselves by an oath that they would accept no other bishop than Gaudentius; and St. Ambrose and other neighbouring prelates, in consequence, obliged him to return, though against his will. The Eastern bishops also threatened to refuse him Communion if he did not obey. We…
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  • God Loves You As You Are, Not As You Should Be

    Todd
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Watch this Video: Brennan Manning ” Our religion [Christian] never begins with what we do for God.  It always starts with what God does for us; the great wondrous things that God dreamed up and achieved for us in Christ Jesus. This morning when the Lord comes streaming into your life in the power of His word, in the fellowship of this faith community, all that He asks is that you be astonished that He bothered to come to you at all. The next time you look at that cross and learn at what price you are loved, all God asks, is that you marvel, be surprised, let your mouth hang open in…
  • Dan Mohler Interview and Testimony with Randy Clark

    Todd
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Watch this Video: Randy Clark Interview Dan Mohler revealing a powerful testimony “Satan believes that all people love themselves above God – but we overcome his accusation through the blood [of the lamb] and the word [of our testimony], that redeems us from sin and the power of it – and we love not our own life. So if we don’t fail to preach the gospel this way, then people will come in the right way, put off the old, put on the new, perspective change, and they have a brand new purpose and reason for living. And they’ll even see adversity different, even…
  • JESUS IS LOVING BARABBAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bob Adams
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    A guest post from Todd McMichen, Auxano’s Chief Campaign Officer Recently I had several pastors step into the ranks of being committed to providing ongoing discipleship to key donors. It began during the planning phase of a capital campaign, which laid the foundation for a long-term fruitful ministry. Each pastor put in place a unique structure that reflected his personality, church culture, and relational network. Though each took a distinct approach the results were the same, exponential. Here is a list of common principles these pastors employed. 1. Be bold. Provide a high challenge…
 
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  • Pay Closer Attention to Your Tongue

    Sarah Dubbeldam
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Some days I wish someone would invent a human muzzle. An invisible one, of course—triggered only by negative emotions, ones with the intention of producing a negative outpouring of words. Ideally, it would non-awkwardly stop gossip, slander or discouraging words from flowing out of my mouth the instant before I opened it. I don’t know about you. But I find myself saying horrible things about people that perhaps I disagree with, or believe things opposite of me, or maybe have slip-ups in character. They are comments that if repeated in their presence would ruin all credibility I ever built…
  • Two Resolutions for Being Productive

    Donald Miller
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I meet writers all the time who have talent. They can turn a phrase and reel the reader in. Their use of words is almost magical. And yet, as the years go by, they fail to produce. What’s the problem? I know it well, because I deal with it myself. And it’s a challenge I think exists for every skilled professional. You can think of it as a two-fold nemesis: 1. Focus: I always have a few books going, a business plan, plus speaking projects and workshops. I am wired as a starter and though I’ve finished many projects, hundreds lay half complete in my graveyard of ideas.
  • Making Choices When You Don’t Know What’s Next

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

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

    Donald Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every story is about one thing, the arc of the character. What I mean by that is unless the hero changes, you’ve got no story. They have to be cowardly at the beginning and brave at the end, or selfish at the beginning and altruistic at the end. Something in the character has to change or the audience loses interest. The reason an audience is attracted to a character that changes is because, intuitively, they sense their own desire to change and live vicariously through the character arc of the hero. That’s one of the many reasons we love movies. But that brings up a powerful point. You…
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  • Pastor Appreciation – Not Just for October

    TheChristianGift
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Many of our customers choose to convey thanks to clergy and other members of the ministry team not during the month of October (traditionally set aside as Pastor Appreciation Month) but instead at the end of year, often coinciding with Christmas. Wonderful idea! Whether you’d like to say thank you as an individual, as a family, or as a congregation – we’ve got plenty of unique designs from which to choose. Each one of our plaques is personalized, so you can make it a truly one-of-a-kind gift for pastor or priest. Best yet……….it’s only October so if…
  • Dropping Like Confetti

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

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

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

    TheChristianGift
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here. ~Patrick Henry
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    Steve Fogg: Clear & SimpleSteve Fogg: Clear & Simple | Marketing, Communications, Branding & Digital

  • Why You Should Update Your Church Website: Five Financial Incentives

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

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

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

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

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

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    10 Lessons I learned pastoring the same church for 10 years The first five years were very difficult, while these last five were a great blessing. Here are a few of the lessons I learned these last ten years that I pray will encourage you in whatever season of pastoral ministry you find yourself. How to Shape Your Church’s Culture A key to effective church leadership is to understand a church’s culture as it is presently and shaping it in Biblical ways for the future. The following are three practical ways to shape the culture of your church. Working on Learning to Rest If you’re…
  • The First Priority of Leadership

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    What’s the first priority of leadership? Character. It matters more than leadership techniques, skills, or even results. The results that matter, after all, flow from character.I’ve been thinking about this recently in light of three different books: The Deep Change Field Guide by Robert Quinn, Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer,  and Redefining Leadership by Joe Stowell. To my surprise, Palmer has a lot to say about leadership in Let Your Life Speak. Because pastors are (among other things) leaders, and “a leader is someone with the power to project either shadow or light…
  • Pastors and Deep Change

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

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

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    When I look back at what I’ve experienced in church planting these past two or so years, three joys stand out: The joy of risk — There’s something joyful about sticking your neck out and risking for the sake of the kingdom. It’s far more joyful than playing it safe. I don’t think I’d want to go back.The joy of evangelism — My best friends are increasingly outside of the church. I am intentionally cultivating relationships in my community and being present in my neighborhood.The joy of reliance — I am learning new levels of dependence on God. I am also much more aware of my…
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  • Bible Lesson “Chosen to Proclaim” from Isaiah 6:1-10

    Kristin Schmidt
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Although we read and use many verses from the great book of Isaiah, many children (and even adults) are not quite aware of the concepts of this great prophet—or any prophet for that matter. This lesson provides some information on the purpose and work of Old Testament prophets, and in particular highlights Isaiah and his special mission for God. Lesson focus: God in His amazing wonder has called and equipped us to do great things for Him. Passage: Isaiah 6:1-10 Target Audience: Kindergarten-6th Grade (adaptable older or younger) Materials Needed: Small pebbles/jewels; construction paper or…
  • Best (and Worst) Attention Getters for Teaching Kids

    Mimi Bullock
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Teaching kids is kind of an art form, isn’t it? My hat is off to all the professional educators out there. You guys rock! However, the rest of us who don’t have educational backgrounds can find ourselves in a classroom that seems out of control. We want to serve God, the kids and the church but the kiddos haven’t gotten the message. What’s the difference between a hair-pulling experience and one that’s leaves you feeling blessed? Probably the attention getters! Even if children aren’t jumping up and down, poking one another or talking over you, that can…
  • “All About Love” Lectionary Lesson from Matthew 22:34-46

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

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

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

  • The 9 Emotions You Feel on Every Short-Term Mission Trip

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

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    The lack of prayer as the most obvious gap in our practice of Christian leadership, and one way to close that gap is to challenge, inspire, and educate ourselves to pray more. Learning to pray is no great mystery. You hang around the people who are really good at it. Reading books about prayer may be the best way to do that. It will create a hunger within you to pray more often and enable you to pray with greater effect. continue reading
  • Why You’re Not Reaching Millennials (Or Boomers, or Gen X)

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

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

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Pastors spend a lot of time solving problems, and that means asking questions. Unfortunately, most of those questions are unimportant, even trivial. I know this because I’ve wasted plenty of my own time wondering about these same things. In fairness, many of these questions are forced upon pastors by their job description as the leader of an organization and have little to do with their real work as shepherds of God’s flock. But a pastor has to earn a living somehow, so most spend the majority of their time pondering things like these— continue reading
 
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  • But God Has Not Changed

    Frank King
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Trust God A radical cultural shift is currently occurring. Before our very eyes, our world is drastically changing. But the good news is that God has not changed. Whew, where should I start, as I try to synopsize the whirlwind of change we are seeing? How about terrorism? We have seen the despicable video clips associated with beheadings at the hands of the terrorist group ISIS. The group has vowed to bring its terror to America. Some recent events in the news strongly suggest that we may be seeing initial signs of that happening. But, again, God has not changed. “I am the Lord, I change…
  • Giveaway of My New Book, Transforming Moments with God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • What is Your “One Thing?”

    J.B. Wood
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    My wife and I took a trip to Nantucket recently to celebrate our anniversary. We walked the cobble-stoned streets, toasted champagne on the beach, indulged in a couple’s massage, and took a sailing excursion around the harbor. It was a very romantic, almost magical return to the place of our original honeymoon. Ladies and gentlemen, [Read More...]
  • Six Ways to Take Your Micro-Sabbatical

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

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

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

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

  • Let Us Run to God – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to you. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run. -Augustine The post Let Us Run to God – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • 52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables = Book Review

    Jean Wise
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Les Miserables is one of my favorites books and shows. I love the moving music that uplifts my spirit but even more I relish this tale’s profound story of transformation through love. Since this story means so much to me I was intrigued to read and review this new book by Bob Welch, 52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables. I received this book from the BookLook Blogger program but in no way am I required to give a positive review. I enjoyed this easy to read, thought provoking book. Welch gives the reader a background about the story and its characters, so if you have never trudged your…
  • My Faith Heroine – Aunt Anna

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

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

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

  • John 15:12-13 – A Risky Love

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verses This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:12-13 ESV) So what is love really? In the English language we have one word for love. We use this word to say… I love that pasta dish. I’d love to go on a hike in the woods. I sure miss you bro. Love you man. I’m really glad you are my wife. I love you. But we don’t mean the same thing with the word love in each of those phrases. The Greek language, in which the New Testament was written,…
  • I Kings 10:4-5 – Breathtaking

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verses And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, their clothing, his cupbearers, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the Lord, there was no more breath in her. (I Kings 10:4-5 ESV) Solomon’s flawless court and astounding wealth were overwhelming. So overwhelming that a queen was stopped mid-sentence, and left breathless. There was no mistaking wealth like Solomon’s: tables laden with food in a masterfully…
  • 1 Kings 19:10-11 – Go Out and Stand

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

  • -California Mandated Abortion Coverage Includes Churches?

    Dr. D
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    It started as a mandate that would force religious institutions and universities to include Insurance coverage for elective abortion. Now the state appears to be including churches in their new abortion mandate even if it is contrary to the stated beliefs of that religious organization? Here’s the story from the Blaze: A recent regulatory change in California now requires all employer health plans in the state — including those offered by churches and faith-based organizations — to cover elective abortions … The abortion policy immediately took effect August 22, with the government…
  • -A Muslim Connection to the Spread of Ebola?

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

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

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

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

  • Every Spiritual Blessing in Christ

    Trevin Wax
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    By God’s grace, through the death and resurrection of Jesus, believers are assured of “every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Eph 1:3). We are justified; that is, we receive here and now advance declaration by God of the verdict of his court on the day of judgment, that we are included among those whom we will declare righteous on account of our faith in Jesus and his obedience unto death. We are saved; that is, we are delivered from the wrath to come, rescued from the anger of God against all wickedness and rebellion. We are reconciled; that is, the enmity…
  • Trevin’s Seven

    Trevin Wax
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Kindle Deal: Grace: An Invitation to a Way of Life by John Ortberg. $2.99. 1. This is already amazing, and the potential for future expansion is breathtaking. SmallGroup.Com 2. Three Views: Do the Common Core Standards Endanger Religious Freedom? 3. Three Reasons to Attend Corporate Worship 4. Scott James – The University as a Cross-Cultural Mission 5. The Most Honest Atheist in the World 6. Fifteen Things to Start Doing Before You’re 30 7. Quotes from Michael Green’s Evangelism in the Early Church
  • Abortion as “Unthinkable” in the New Testament

    Trevin Wax
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Our journey through The Moral Vision of the New Testament continues as Richard Hays devotes a series of chapters to the New Testament’s witness regarding specific, controversial issues. (If you’ve gotten behind in the reading or you’re just joining us, see the reading schedule here.) We began with the question of Christians using violence in the defense of justice. Then, we looked Hays’ treatment of divorce and remarriage, homosexuality, and ethnic division and treatment of Jews. Today, we look at abortion by…
  • Worth a Look 10.23.14

    Trevin Wax
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: How to Be a Christian in a Brave New World by Joni Eareckson Tada and Nigel Cameron. $2.99. Stem-cell research. Cloning. Genetic engineering. Today, discoveries in biotechnology are occurring so rapidly that we can barely begin to address one ethical debate before another looms overhead. This brave new world we’ve entered is a daunting one as well, with disturbing implications for the sanctity of life and for human nature itself. How should we respond as Christians? Time reports on China’s Underground Churches: Though CCP cadres remain suspicious…
  • LOST at 10: Still Lost After All These Years

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

  • Let Us Run to God – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to you. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run. -Augustine The post Let Us Run to God – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • 52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables = Book Review

    Jean Wise
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Les Miserables is one of my favorites books and shows. I love the moving music that uplifts my spirit but even more I relish this tale’s profound story of transformation through love. Since this story means so much to me I was intrigued to read and review this new book by Bob Welch, 52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables. I received this book from the BookLook Blogger program but in no way am I required to give a positive review. I enjoyed this easy to read, thought provoking book. Welch gives the reader a background about the story and its characters, so if you have never trudged your…
  • My Faith Heroine – Aunt Anna

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

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

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

  • Influencing Your Children

    Joshua Moran
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Yesterday I posted about Starbucks and used a collage of 3 of my kids and realized I was missing a picture with my precious Aliyah, so I took one today to make up for...
  • Why Starbucks Is My Place

    Joshua Moran
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    My friends and peers understand that I am die hard about 2 major vendors in my life.. Apple and Starbucks. I was sitting here at a Starbucks today and realized I have never written...
  • 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...
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    RN - Guarding The Heart Blog

  • 7 Final Instructions to a Believer of Jesus

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Last Friday was my last service as the youth Pastor, as I moved into the new phase (Read more about it here) I searched deep to see what I would share to my beloved group of young adults as my final words to them. Here are seven thoughts I shared with them: 1. GO! To recap the final words of Jesus. (Mark 16:15,16; Matthew 28:19) a) Go Ye into the World – this world is your world. The farthest you can reach. Till the last person in your college or office. To that person in the other end of the city. Go, don’t be held back. Go, to the farthest your feet can carry with the news that set…
  • A Desperate Muslim Encounters the God of the Universe

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

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

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

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

  • Don’t Let an Argument Fester

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

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

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

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

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

  • Good and Plenty Day

    Jeffrey Totey
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    October 24, 1893In honor of the oldest candy in America, today has been dubbed Good and Plenty Day. The history of the little strips of black licorice coated with a pink and white candy shell is... Read more!
  • ‘Stonehearst Asylum’ is an Example of Old Fashioned Storytelling

    Jeffrey Totey
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Dr. Lamb (Ben Kingsley) “treats” Dr. Newgate (Jim Sturgess) in “Stoneheart Asylum.” (Millennium Entertainment) With a title like Stonehearst Asylum and the spooky-looking poster promoting it,... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Brick Flicks

    Jeffrey Totey
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Morgspenny Productions presents a collection of famous movie scenes all done with LEGOs!Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • Shia’s a Christian?!

    Jeffrey Totey
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Shia LaBeouf (Interview Magazine / Craig MdDean)Is Shia LaBeouf a Christian? According to an interview with Elvis Mitchell of Interview magazine he is. LaBeouf has been a popular actor in such movies... Read more!
  • YouTube Duo Pen New Comedy Book

    Jeffrey Totey
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    You may not know Tripp Crosby and Tyler Stanton by name, but chances are you have seen one or more of their many comedy videos posted on YouTube. Better known as Tripp & Tyler, the two have... Read more!
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    TILL HE COMES

  • All Theologians are Thieves

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I read a book this past week (I’m not going to say which one) where the author (Author A) clearly, consistently, and blatantly plagiarized the ideas of another author (Author B) without giving due credit. I guess it wasn’t “blatant.” It was only obvious to me because I have read most of the books by Author B and was shocked to see so many of his ideas and insights being written about as if they belonged to Author A. While over the course of 50 pages or so, Author A did included two footnotes to the works of Author B, I didn’t feel that this was nearly enough.
  • If Judaizers are Right, then they’re Wrong (Titus 1:15)

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Titus 1:15 is sometimes referenced as further proof for the doctrine of Total Depravity and its twin, total inability. The text says this: To the pure all thing are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled (Titus 1:15). Pulled out of context, this passage appears to be quite similar to some of the others we have looked at previously, and similar arguments could be used to understand Paul’s point. Upon closer inspection within the context, however, Paul’s argument contains a surprising point we have not yet…
  • Are All Gentiles Depraved in the Mind? (Ephesians 4:17-19)

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

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

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

    Jean Wise
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You never go away from us, yet we have difficulty in returning to you. Come, Lord, stir us up and call us back. Kindle and seize us. Be our fire and our sweetness. Let us love. Let us run. -Augustine The post Let Us Run to God – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • 52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables = Book Review

    Jean Wise
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Les Miserables is one of my favorites books and shows. I love the moving music that uplifts my spirit but even more I relish this tale’s profound story of transformation through love. Since this story means so much to me I was intrigued to read and review this new book by Bob Welch, 52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables. I received this book from the BookLook Blogger program but in no way am I required to give a positive review. I enjoyed this easy to read, thought provoking book. Welch gives the reader a background about the story and its characters, so if you have never trudged your…
  • My Faith Heroine – Aunt Anna

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

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

    Jean Wise
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    We mostly spend our lives conjugating three verbs: to Want, to Have and to Do. Craving, clutching, and fussing, on the material, political, social, emotional, intellectual, even on the religious plane, we are kept in perpetual unrest, forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in the fundamental verb, to Be, and that Being, not wanting, having and doing, is the essence of the spiritual life. Evelyn Underhill The post How We Spend Our Lives – Evelyn Underhill – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy…
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  • How I Came to See Holiness in a Brand New Way pt 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Justin
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the […]
  • Run With Endurance

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

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

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

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

    Jeremy Jones
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Last semester, the writer Bret Lott visited my crew of undergraduate creative writers at a small, private, religious university in the South. He fielded questions—“What’s your writing process like? How do you get ideas for stories? Do your characters haunt your dreams?”—and then I let loose the question I most wanted them to hear answered: How do you feel about the term Christian writer? Bret had recently published an essay collection, Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian (recently reviewed in Ruminate by Melanie Springer Mock)so this was, admittedly, a leading…
  • Satiety, Tree Beauty, and the Precious Pause

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

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

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

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

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    EDMONDS, Wash., Oct. 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The irrational fears surrounding Ebola has given way to what mental and behavioral health specialist Dr. Gregory Jantz believes is a much more widespread problem: Fear-bola. Fear-bola refers to the irrational fear of the Ebola that has rapidly spread across the United States. According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, nearly two thirds of Americans are concerned about an epidemic outbreak in the U.S. Another recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that 45% of people are afraid that they or a family member will contract…
  • CAIR Releases Results of Muslim Voter Survey in 6 States

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    THIS ARTICLE PROVIDES SOME INTERESTING INSIGHTS ON ISLAMIC THOUGHT GOING INTO NEXT MONTH’S ELECTIONS. NOTE THAT THE STATES POLLED ARE SIX OF OUR LARGEST ! -PASTOR CRUTCHFIELD WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released the results of a survey indicating that 69 percent of registered Muslim voters will go to the polls on November 4 and that more than half will vote for Democratic Party candidates. Domestic issues like the economy and…
  • Evangelism Study Bible Designed to Help Christians Confidently Share Their Faith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Trouble Surrendering to God? (“My Heart Is Yours” worship video)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Guest post: Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Love, Faith, Hope, Peace

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

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

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

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

    John Luke
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
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    preaching.org » Blog Comments

  • EHS: Hermeneutics for Homiletics

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

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

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

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

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

  • Happy Fall!!

    Tori Shaw
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Over the past couple of days we have been working on some Fall decorations for our front porch. We've been carving and drilling and painting pumpkins. The boys have enjoyed it tremendously! They love... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Mark it off the Bucket List!

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

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

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

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

  • Try WordLens Translation App for Mission Trips

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:49 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

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:49 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?

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:49 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

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:49 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

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:49 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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    Global Church

  • Little Children, Growing Faith, and a Mighty God

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

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

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

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

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

  • Twice Daily News

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

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

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

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

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

  • Being the Hand of God

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dallas, Texas

    Eric Metaxas
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Eric will be doing an evening event for his MIRACLES book at Watermark Church in Dallas. Details TBA.
  • Fort Worth, Texas

    Eric Metaxas
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Eric will be speaking at the Fort Worth Club about his new book MIRACLES. For more information, click here.
  • Newton, Massachusetts

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

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

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

  • Was There Evangelism in the Old Testament?

    Miguel
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In order to consider Old Testament Evangelism properly, we’ll have to define “evangelism.”  Evangelism is not soul-winning.  Evangelism is simply announcing, declaring, or preaching the good news, glad tidings, or the person of Christ Himself.  The Gospel is sometimes expressed as a person, Christ, bet never expressed apart from him.  The God Message and the God-Man areRead More(Visited 2,051 times, 2 visits today)
  • If you’re Making Disciples like Jesus and the early Church did, then what more is needed?

    Miguel
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    An interesting question came up in our Discipleship Group last night.  The question came out of a bit of frustration experienced by local church leaders who are consistently on mission in their own and nearby communities. Some folks in those communities  seemed ill-equipped to carry on the work.  The answer to these frustrations, said one,Read More(Visited 122 times, 1 visits today)
  • Are the Jewish, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, New Agers, and Non-Religious ‘Unreached?’

    Miguel
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    According to the Joshua Project, the world has 7,000+ unreached people groups. ‘Unreached,’ according to them, are groups that “lack enough followers of Christ and resources to evangelize their own people.” Is it right for Christian mission organizations to classify the Jewish, the Muslim, the Hindu, the Buddhist, the New Ager, and the self-proclaimed Non-ReligiousRead More(Visited 95 times, 1 visits today)
  • The Language of Conquest and Colonialism in Missions

    Miguel
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    It is essential, in my view, to abandon altogether the talk of “redeeming the culture,” “advancing the Kingdom,” “building the Kingdom,” “transforming the world,” “reclaiming the culture,” “reforming the culture,” and “changing the world.”  Christians need to leave such language behind them because it carries too much weight.  It implies conquest, take-over, or dominion, whichRead More(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)
  • Mission, The Work of an Evangelist, and Going Beyond Soul Winning

    Miguel
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    The evangelist is less easy to identify in the New Testament, because almost everyone did the work of evangelism. Philip is the only one actually called an “evangelist” (Acts 21:8)  It often perplexes me how easily evangelism is reduced to ‘soul winning.’ The term “evangelist” comes from the Greek and means “one who announces goodRead More(Visited 63 times, 1 visits today)
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    Blasts From The Trumpet

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Whence the lack of peace?

    Mark McIntyre
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture “And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”” (Luke 7:50, ESV) Peace is the one thing that is lacking in many churches today. Perhaps it is because it is one thing that is lacking in many believers today. Maybe I am projecting this on others because of a lack of peace in my own life, but I think not. Very few of us, including Christians, exude a sense of peace and calm. Notice that Jesus does not say, “your service has saved you, go in peace.” Nor does he…
  • Paul Tripp on the purpose of the Word of God

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

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

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

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

  • What Is Forty Supposed to Look Like?

    Chris Howard
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    I remember a co-worker turning forty when I was a twenty-something still wet behind the college ears. Other co-workers decorated his cubicle with black balloons and banners with phrases of dread, e.g., “Happy Birthday, Dave. You’ve got one foot in the grave” and “New Member of the Over-the-Hill Gang”. I remember forty seemed very far away. Then I blinked. It’s that year. I’m turning forty in less than a week. Some might say I’ve looked forty for years with the rapid on-set of gray (my wife calls it silver) hair. I don’t know exactly what forty is supposed to look like but I…
  • Scripture on Integrity

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

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

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

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

  • The Weekend Brew: Moving Forward And An Introduction

    Barbie
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I cannot tell you how blessed I am to be in community with you all.  I am truly thankful to God, every day, that He brought me to this big world of blogging and has allowed me to share my life with you.  Your comments, messages and emails give me hope and breathe life into my soul.  You have helped to keep me moving forward during a time when I’d rather just not move at all. It’s been a hard week, but hopefully next week will be better!  I just have to keep my head up, looking unto Jesus, believing that He will do what He said He would do.  He is my strength and I put my…
  • When Life Slows To A StandStill

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

  • Healing Scriptures

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

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

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

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

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

  • For All You Pastors Out There Sitting Down to Write Your Sermon This Friday…

    Tim Suttle
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
                Dear Pastor, You put your congregation first, and yourself last, and you did it all week long. You took every phone call, answered every email, attended every meeting you could, and kept the ball moving forward in your congregation. You shared words of comfort, compassion, and encouragement with your people. [Read More...]
  • The Forgotten Virtue of Patience

    Tim Suttle
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    This was originally a sermon that has been converted into a long-form essay. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and steal any of these ideas.   One hundred years ago this was the hottest product on the market. What’s the great Henry Ford marketing phrase? You can have it in any color [Read More...]
  • Pragmatism is Killing the Church – It’s our Kryptonite: A Few Practical Suggestions On How To Avoid It

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

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

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

  • Can demons mimic angels?

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

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

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

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

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

  • On the Divine Heart of God our Father – 12

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

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

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

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

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

  • Prayer: Standing in the Gap for my Children

    Bevjoy
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Stand in the Gap for Your Children Almighty God, thank You for the privilege of being a mother and allowing me the opportunity to stand in the gap for my children. You promised, Father God, that once I raise my children with the Fear of the Lord, they will walk upright. Thank You for Your Word, for I know once I speak it back to You, You are faithful and just, to perform it. I declare that everyone within my household will serve You and that I will proclaim Your promises every minute of every day. I delight in You, Abba Father, and will walk honouring and glorifying You in all that I do.
  • By His Blood – What’s up with Hell?

    Brook Potter
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    “I am not a Universalist, but maybe God is.” – NT Wright. One of the absolute joys I’ve experienced at the conferences that I’ve been a speaker at, has been the absolute liberty and freedom our attendees have to interact directly with the speakers, and to ask difficult questions about very controversial topics. More often than not, the major question in contention is about the subject of hell. Read more on By His Blood – What’s up with Hell?…
  • God Has The Final Say (NOT THE DEVIL …)

    Cheryce
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Oh Jehovah Shalom, You are amazing, magnificent, powerful and mighty. Father, victory is mine,  triumph is mine, success is mine, I claim it, I declare it and receive it. You my Lord never fail, You are eternal and everlasting and are worthy of endless praise. Read more on God Has The Final Say (NOT THE DEVIL …)…
  • What Season Are You In? – Be Uplifted!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Ways to Improve Audience Engagement

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

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

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

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

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

  • Prophetic Word - Revolution Radio with Guest John Natale

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Trinity

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

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

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

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

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

  • Stolen {A Review}

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

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

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

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

    Deanna
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    Source In every life there are seasons, some are harder than others.  In some seasons you can see dreams and you can see progress and somehow that is where life now finds me.  As always though when it comes to seeing progress and seeing dreams, that does not mean that things will be easy.  There is always a cost, sometimes a small one, sometimes a bigger one.  Currently the cost is leaving my comfort zone to reach into the unknown.  Those of you who know me know that I love routine, and I am not a huge fan of change. I find that sometimes my obedience is delayed because of this. …
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    C3 Journey - the Warrior's Log

  • FOCUS and Create Time…

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

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

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

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

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

  • Study the Book of Acts with the Experts

    Jonathan Watson
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    What was it like to be among the first Christians? The book of Acts documents this dynamic and monumental period of our history, the implications of which are far reaching for life and ministry. What were the issues which drove the early Church? What role did missions play in their lives? What does this book reveal to us about God? In the three-course Mobile Ed: Studies in Acts Bundle, top experts in this field will guide you in exploring these questions and many more. You’ll look at the role of the Holy Spirit as the main actor in the book of Acts and explore important themes like…
  • When You Want to Yell at God: Introducing the Transformative Word Series

    Justin Marr
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Lexham Press is proud to announce our new Transformative Word series—and the first volume, When You Want to Yell at God: The Book of Job, is now available on Pre-Pub! The Bible is read and experienced diversely around the world. The New Testament has been translated in over 1,000 languages (and counting). Each culture brings a unique lens to the Bible. These perspectives are important, but we rarely get the chance to see them. Because of language barrier and distance, we have limited access. The Transformative Word series is designed to help illuminate these perspectives. We’ve enlisted…
  • Take Back the Screen with Proclaim

    Jason Hickerson
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s Sunday morning. You worked on your sermon all week, and today is the day. You read countless commentaries, listened to other sermons, and even rewrote the whole sermon Saturday night. It feels like a really great Sunday. Before the service, you’re welcoming the new family while the media team is frantically gathering USB drives and building the final presentation. It’s 10:01 a.m, the first song starts and everything feels wrong. You are preaching about one attribute of God and the song is about another. Clearly this is going to be a mess! This is not what Sunday should…
  • Last Chance: Save on 125 Renowned Romans Volumes

    Pam Bauthues
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The new 125-volume Romans Collection is the perfect way to explore different commentary series and find the ones you like best. If you’re not sure you’re ready to add one of these full commentary sets to your library, try it out in this collection and compare it side by side with other popular Romans volumes. The Romans Collection allows you to sample dozens of commentary series, including:         Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC)         The New American Commentary Series (NAC)         Socio-Rhetorical Commentary         Holman New Testament…
  • Why You Should Integrate Audiobooks into Your Daily Routine

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

  • Only 10% of Your Beauty Is on the Outside

    Tayler Beede
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”  Most of us know this quote from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This popular fairytale tells the story of a woman who defines her...
  • The Greatest Love Story

    Tayler Beede
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dear Babbie, I love you. Do you love me? Yes or no? Circle one. In a number two lead pencil, he signed his name, Billy I don’t remember how I responded to Billy’s proposition to be his third-grade...
  • Having a Meltdown, Mom?

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

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

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

  • The Ministry of Revitalization Pt 2— Seek to Know Before Making Change

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hillbrow AOG Spiritual Dancers

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

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

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

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

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

  • Please Judge Me

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Theology of Productivity

    Chad Brooks
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Chad Brooks, host of the Productive Pastor podcast, challenges us to move past our culture’s values of production of consumption and into a theology of productivity that establishes us within God’s call for our lives and allows for a holistic observance of the Sabbath. – Listen and subscribe to the Productive Pastor podcast. Download our FREE Sabbath Keeping: It’s About Time by J. D. Walt.
  • New Ebook: A Primer for the Practice of Inductive Bible Study

    Seedbed
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Give Me That Book! A Primer for the Practice of Inductive Bible Study is a short guide that teaches a person how to move from the biblical text all the way through to sermon preparation. Enjoy the introduction to the book below and get a 25% discount if you purchase it today (10/24/14). – Within the Wesleyan tradition, the Bible has always enjoyed a place of priority. In the preface to his Standard Sermons, John Wesley said of the Bible, “O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God. I have it: Here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be a man of one book.”1 Of course,…
  • Recovering a Willardian Wesleyanism

    John A. Murdock
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    What do the late Dallas Willard and John Wesley have in common? They both painted a picture of the Christian life that is attainable in the here and now. Read this article from John A. Murdock which draws parallels between the rich life and work of both Christian leaders. – The late Dallas Willard spent his life, as he said when introducing his most popular work The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering our Hidden Life in God, seeking “to gain a fresh hearing for Jesus, especially among those who believe they already understand him.”  Dr. Willard, who passed on in 2013, believed that…
  • Who is the Beast of Revelation 13?

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

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

    Joshua Rhone
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    I’m watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and on two occasions, in as many episodes, Guy Fieri has visited restaurants touting ‘homestyle cooking.’ Many of the comments were along the lines of ‘tastes like home’ and ‘tastes like mom used to make.’ Here’s my question: If it takes like something you can get at home, why […] The post ‘Homestyle Cooking': I just don’t get it… appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • The inescapably haunting ‘Calvary’

    Joshua Rhone
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    Do not despair; one of the thieves was saved. Do not presume; one of the thieves was damned. ~Augustine The quote, at first, is hopeful. But in the end, is teeming with unresolved tension. It is evocative, intentionally ambiguous. Calvary, the recent Irish film from writer/director John Michael McDonagh, starring Brendan Gleeson as Father James Lavelle, […] The post The inescapably haunting ‘Calvary’ appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul (A Review)

    Joshua Rhone
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul, by coauthors Dr. Richard Hawkins (a biblical scholar) and Dr. Richard Leslie Parrott (a professor of education), explores the foibles, faults and failures of King Saul. Following in the footsteps of Sydney Finkelstein, who successfully launched a new sub-category in leadership studies with his classes as Tuck School of […] The post Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul (A Review) appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • 10 Ways to Prevent Ministry Burnout

    Joshua Rhone
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:04 am
    I recently stumbled across the article ’10 Ways To Prevent Burnout in Ministry,’ while viewing an article at TonyMorganLive.com. The article begins: Ministry is a 24/7 occupation and can be emotionally and physically taxing. The pace of life, the demands of counseling and public speaking, the strain of leadership, and spiritual warfare can drain your […] The post 10 Ways to Prevent Ministry Burnout appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Find Your Mission

    Joshua Rhone
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    The recent edition of Fast Company arrived in mail the other day. In the issue’s featured article, GENERATION FLUX’S SECRET WEAPON, Robert Safian argues, ‘In a world of rapid change and great uncertainty, the greatest competitive advantage of all may be at your very core.’ Thinking in terms of business and what motivates people, Safian suggests that […] The post Find Your Mission appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
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    Intersections4Life

  • Readers Choice – Dear God, It’s Me Again

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Today is an exciting day here at Intersections4Life. Today we are launching an ongoing series called Readers Choice. This series will be based on topics that our readers have submitted to us that affect their everyday lives. Personally, I am humbled by the sheer number of topic requests we have received and feel like God is working on all of us, writers and readers, through this. So, lets get started with our first post in the series. At any given point in my life I have wondered if I will ever get an answer from God.  At times I feel like I’m calling and calling but getting no…
  • Never Too Far

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

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

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

    Charles Crutcher
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Christianity isn’t a self-help movement. It’s not a movement at all.  It’s a selfless journey with Jesus, a walkabout, a trek into the wilderness back out into the open. Our culture is so ‘me’ focused, but it has lost itself along the way. We live in a society that wishes for fame, however it may come, good or bad.  What’s so good about being famous? Think about that for a moment.  Another thing to consider is how happy are those famous people? Does having more money make one truly happy? There are plenty of people who have both money and wealth that…
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    Give Me That Mountain

  • Fasting is not about persuading God

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day sixty-seven...As I learned the hard way, fasting is not about going without water in the middle of the summer. Fasting is not about a lot of things we assign to it.
  • Getting rid of unbelief

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day sixty-six...When I decided to go on my first fast, it was during the hottest days of summer. I hadn't read any books or heard any sermons on the subject. The only kind of fast I knew anything about was what Jesus did in the Bible. So I just woke up one morning and decided go without food or water.
  • A higher standard

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

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

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

  • Ezekiel 23: Does This Look Familiar?

    Zak Schmoll
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    Ezekiel was a messenger to many different people for many different reasons, but much of what he ended up speaking against was the problem of idolatry. In Ezekiel 23, he was called to speak to both the people of Israel and the people of Judah. The people of Israel had wandered away from God earlier after the split of the kingdom, but Judah had remained more faithful. However, we had now come to a point in history where Judah had also fallen. Eze 23:22  Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will…
  • Ezekiel 22: Can We Stand under Judgment?

    Zak Schmoll
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In Ezekiel 22, God is explaining the consequences of idolatry. In the middle of His explanation, we receive a very interesting hypothetical question. Eze 22:14  Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it. God is going to bring judgment on the people of Israel, and He asked the people if they think they are going to be able to hold on under the judgment of God. This implicitly brings up two questions. The first is whether or not people are strong enough to endure under the judgment of God. To think…
  • Ezekiel 21: Aiming for the Right Path

    Zak Schmoll
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    I think that it is so tragic to read about the fate of Israel in Ezekiel 21. Eze 21:2  Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel, Eze 21:3  And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked. Eze 21:4  Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north: Eze…
  • Ezekiel 20: Sin As Pollution

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

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

  • Keep Sowing

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

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

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

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

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

  • Notes on the 2014 Westminster Seminary Preaching Conference

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

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

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

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

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

  • Understand before Attempting to Be Understood

    blakemankin
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The Internet was hailed as a way for the walls between us to come tumbling down, giving us a platform to exchange ideas in a civilized way. Sadly, this hasn’t come to fruition. The majority of the people I follow tend to think the same way as I do, and when I take a look at any CNN article, I don’t find respectful discourse. No, I find news about the latest celebrity scandal followed by someone in the comments section claiming that people who believe in God are stupid. A breaking story about Obama is followed by someone claiming he’s the antichrist. It seems to be a medium…
  • Discipline Is a Tool

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

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

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

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

  • Women of the Word: the Shunammite Woman

    virtuousgirls1
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    In 2 Kings 4 we read of a woman whose name is not given – she is only called the Shunammite woman. She lived in a place called Shunem and the Bible calls her ‘notable.’ The word notable is defined as worthy of attention or notice; remarkable. This Shunammite woman was not a judge like […]
  • Delight In the Lord

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

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

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

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

  • Pumpkin Sun Catcher

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

    Crafting The Word Of God
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Thanksgiving Puzzle 5 (Activity Sheet) Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking on the link […]
  • Turkey Wreath

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

    Crafting The Word Of God
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Thanksgiving Puzzle 4 (Activity Sheet) Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking on the link […]
  • Thanksgiving Puzzle 3- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Thanksgiving Puzzle 3 (Activity Sheet) Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking on the link […]
 
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    Renewed Daily

  • Recommendation Saturday: Revel in the Season

    Renewed Daily
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the Lord your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring. - Joel 2:23 Whatever season you're in... whether physical or spiritual... there's joy to be found there.  Take some time to revel today, won't you? It's what God intended. We are best when we are community. I would love to share in some of that community right here from my website. You can join in, too! Share a post from your own blog and then simply click on the “Add your link” button below and enter…
  • Weight of Glory

    Renewed Daily
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Yesterday, a beautiful friend and prayer warrior commented on my post. She referenced the above scripture. She inspired me. So, Mary, this one's for you. <3 With lots of…
  • The Adoption of the Broken ( #yourlifestillcounts )

    Renewed Daily
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. - Romans 8:15-16 I sit here in the corner, in the dark. I don't even dream anymore of a family who will love me want me choose me. They choose the newest babies still moldable, smelling sweet. They choose the ones who still have a sparkle in their eyes to match the glimmer of their perfect blond hair. But You You walk a little farther peer…
  • Do You Have Plans or A Purpose?

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

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

  • The Life and Times of Thom and Kristine

    Kristine McGuire
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Here we go.  Our tour of the east coast has been amazing and there have been many God ordained moments.  Many people made this tour a possibility from the people who donated, to the host homes, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ouija

    kristinemac
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    In keeping with the spirit of Halloween, there is a new movie (Ouija) which is hitting the theaters today. The film’s story follows “a group of friends <who>must confront their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obsession Can Be a Bad Thing

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

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

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

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

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

    Karen Woodall
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Sky watchers got a special treat early this morning with the appearance of a stunning total lunar eclipse. The burnt reddish brown beauty that captured the attention of millions lived up to its nickname, the blood moon. Brilliant red hues resulted from the peeks of sunlight that were filtered through the earth’s atmosphere and reflected off the moon’s surface.  It’s as if the ‘man […]
  • Setting Sun

    Karen Woodall
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    The sun sank low on the horizon beyond the hill out behind our house. As the blazing orange orb melted into the distance, red, pink and purple clouds seemed to ascend into a deepening blue sky in a way that would have made the most skilled of artists weep. As I paused to behold the […]
  • Light Bulb!

    Karen Woodall
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and found it hard to navigate your way around in your own bedroom? I’m now sporting a decent sized bruise on my shin from just such an incident last night. My eyes popped open at 2:30am, and it wasn’t long until I realized that […]
 
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • Fasting vs. Dieting: Is There Any Difference for a Woman?

    Whitney Woollard
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’ll never forget the first time I performed a Christian fast as a new believer. I was on a mission trip in England and the leader called our team to fast together. Although I was a stranger to any sort of spiritual discipline, I was no stranger to going without food for a period of time. I was recently saved from a worldly lifestyle where I invested much time in my looks.
  • A Seat at the Table

    Beth Nicoletto
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    To my friend in Christ who has forgotten who she is, may you find yourself in this: I’ve been there too. I know what it’s like to wake up feeling like you just don’t know who you are anymore. You’ve lost your sense of life, you’ve lost your sense of self, and you’ve lost all sense of Christ. You feel alone and unworthy. You are confused and battered. You carry scars of past abuse both inflicted by others and also yourself, and you stare at them.
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    Self Talk the Gospel
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Do you know any fabulous college students looking to be […]
  • Raising a Modern Day Pharisee

    Jen Rumley
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I hold many titles in my life: daughter, wife, friend, chauffeur, cook, housekeeper, and occasionally the handyman or lawn care worker. But few titles carry the weight of implications and responsibilities as that of mom, mother, mama and mommy. For most of my life, there was not much I desired more than to be a mom and to have children. My husband and I have had our fair share of struggles on our journey to having children through infertility, miscarriages, and ultimately the loss of our second born son. The journey has had many ups and downs, so I can relate to the broad spectrum of where…
  • Why You Should Stop Trying to Earn God’s Love

    Molly DeFrank
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    His love for you will never waver. How could a human do anything to alter the very character of God who has existed forever? He. Loves. You.
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • Lee Strobel Makes the Case for Grace

    Andy Rau
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Lee Strobel visiting the HarperCollins Christian Publishing office. This morning, the Bible Gateway team (and our colleagues here at HarperCollins Christian Publishing) had the privilege of hearing a devotional message by Lee Strobel! Lee is best known for his enthusiastic, reason-based defenses of the Christian faith (perhaps best exemplified in his influential book The Case for Christ). Among other things, Lee shared a moving story (about a drug-dealer-turned-pastor) from his upcoming book The Case for Grace: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives. In telling the story of a…
  • Vanishing Grace: An Interview with Philip Yancey

    Jonathan Petersen
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    If the gospel is “good news,” why is it getting such bad press lately? And what can be done to reverse the trend? Philip Yancey challenges Christians to actually live the mercy-filled message that is so often preached. Bible Gateway interviewed Philip Yancey about his book, Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? (Zondervan, 2014). [Click to see all of Philip Yancey's books in the Bible Gateway Store] Briefly define the biblical idea of grace. Philip Yancey: The classic definition is “God’s unmerited favor.” I would loosen that up a bit to say that it means…
  • Busy Mom’s Devotional Bible

    Jonathan Petersen
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The Busy Mom’s Devotional Bible (Zondervan, 2011), available in NIV pink, NIV blue, and KJV spring green, is a trim, go-anywhere pocket Bible that gives you inspirational content quickly during the course of your day. Packed with one-minute thought starters and featuring the entire Old and New Testaments plus relevant and encouraging thoughts for the day, this is spiritual fuel for your busy mom-on-the-go lifestyle. Throughout this Bible, you’ll find 52 one-minute Thought Starters that let you dip into God’s Word for a minute of refreshment. To go deeper, each of these…
  • How to Understand the Bible: An Interview with Mel Lawrenz

    Jonathan Petersen
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    This November, Bible Gateway invites you to join our first-of-its-kind free weekly Blog and email newsletter series, How to Understand the Bible: Guidance for Ordinary Bible Readers (click to sign up for it now). It’s comprised of simple, practical lessons that walk you through the incredibly rewarding experience of reading and understanding God’s Word. To introduce this series, we’ve interviewed its creator Mel Lawrenz (@MelLawrenz). [Click to see all of Mel Lawrenz's books in the Bible Gateway Store] Explain the need you’re meeting with this new series. Dr. Lawrenz: Having…
  • How to Know When to Say Yes: An Interview with Lysa TerKeurst

    Jonathan Petersen
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    The Bible says “let what you say be simply ‘yes’ or ‘no’,” but sometimes it’s difficult to know how to practically apply that scriptural principle in the everyday complexity of life and why it’s important to do so. Bible Gateway interviewed Lysa TerKeurst (@LysaTerKeurst) about her book, The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands (Thomas Nelson, 2014). [Read an excerpt] Why is your book written specifically toward women? Don’t men need direction in their decision-making too? Lysa TerKeurst: I love that you asked this! Though I write…
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • Secure Because Jesus (Can You Lose Your Salvation? Part 2)

    Caleb Smith
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    My last post on whether or not you could lose your salvation was a bit of a mess. Well, that was mainly because I didn’t know exactly where I was going with it. Since then, I’ve gone through a bit of a paradigm shift. So now I want to approach it differently. My contention: it is completely impossible to lose (or give up, as some will say) your salvation. Why do I say this? See, it all goes back to a particular question. The question of whether salvation can be lost or abandoned goes back to the more fundamental question of this: what is salvation based on? What…
  • The Nicene Noggin

    Caleb Smith
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    I really have two different audiences for this blog. One of them is people who are very interested in theology, philosophy, and nerd stuff. The other is everyone else, especially those Christians I know doing daily life without needing lots of technical blahs. For a long time there has been a necessary tension between writing for these two audiences, trying to keep the more technical stuff more approachable for the less technical reader, and trying to keep the more normal stuff interesting enough for more technical readers.  Because of this, I’ve moved to a segregated blog. Not,…
  • Salvation and Certainty Revisited

    Caleb Smith
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    [This whole post is a follow-up of two earlier posts. First was I'm Not 100% Certain I'm Going to Heaven (And That's Okay) and the second was Clark Is Certain He is Going to Heaven. Make sure to read them if you haven't!] Some time ago, I argued against the possibility of true, epistemic certainty of salvation. You cannot be 100% certain of salvation, I argued, because you cannot have 100% certainty of anything you experience, period, even of the existence of the Bible, God, or anything beyond your own mind. Since then, I have come to think of this in another light. See, the assumption…
  • He’s Not Safe, But He’s Good

    Caleb Smith
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    I absolutely love this song, as it perfectly encapsulates the call and person of Jesus Christ. The post He’s Not Safe, But He’s Good appeared first on The Nicene Nerd.
  • The Real Problem

    Caleb Smith
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    As much as I read and write about theology and Christian living, I find myself in a place of wishing I could live up to half of what I find in Scripture. Every time I find a truth about the Holy Spirit, I feel woefully unable to walk in step with Him more. When I perceive the wondrous grace of what Jesus has done for us, I seem too weak to reorient my living and loving to reflect His life. And whenever I hear a convicting message on pray, I despair that I will ever get my prayer life in order. What is this? Surely the point of God’s Word is not to make us feel trapped in the…
 
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    Nomadic Ministry

  • He Will Come In the Blink of an Eye

    Kyle
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    With the release of the new “Left Behind” movie eschatology and the rapture have again become the hot button topics in mainstream Christianity. Many Christians no longer believe as they do a decade ago and think a secret rapture is unreasonable or nothing more than mere fairy tale. The problem with this is the same as the Jeffersonian Bible. We accept things because they seem reasonable and fit within our understanding of how the world works. If it does not fit within those perimeters we dismiss it as hocus pocus and continue to only believe that which we can see. We believe that…
  • So It Goes

    Kyle
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In my quest to finish 100 books before the end of the year I finally picked up “Slaughterhouse Five”. Kurt Vonnegut’s classic repeated the same line repeatedly throughout the book that took us from a World War, the domestic life, and an amazing alien world called Tralfamadore. Throughout his amazing adventures and intense life moments the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, continually states, “So it goes”. What seems like a contrite statement actually holds a very profound truth we should follow the rest of our days. Not everything is going to go our way, and it is how…
  • I Went Left

    Kyle
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Monday through Friday, most weeks without fail, I go to work and come home with nary a hitch. This Thursday though was the exception. My wife was out of town and I decided to go crazy and turn left out of the parking lot. Though I had lived in the area all of my life I had never gone out this road. Where I ended up surprised me. I ended up on rolling hills, with beautiful fall scenery, on a microadventure in my own back yard. Now I know your wondering why I went on this little tangent. I had this desire in my heart for a few weeks, but how did it get there. Did God put that there or did I…
  • The “State” of Palestine

    Kyle
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    I agree the status quo is not working.  You cannot continue to have the Israeli’s and Palestinians in a perpetual struggle over what amounts to East Jerusalem. Sooner or later the sides will have to agree on who gets to live on what land or fight it out to the very end. The problem is that the Palestinians want to go back to the pre-67 borders which would involve Israel relinquishing the Temple Mount and the Old City, and the world seems to be eating it up. Abbas is playing a dangerous game by forcing Israel into a corner and we must remember that God never forgets his chosen people.
  • Perspective

    Kyle
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    I have a habit of forgetting to do things. My mind is usually racing a million miles per minute so of course things are going to get left behind. This week one of those things was leaving a piece of old fruit out a little longer than it probably should have been and has attracted fruit flies. For those of you unfamiliar with these little pests, they are small and more of a nuisance than anything. As I plotted ways to get rid of the vermin a thought popped into my mind. All of their lives would be spent in this smell corner of my kitchen. Many would be born and die within the same few inches…
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    a Journal of Missional Living

  • Be a Peacemaker

    Sharon R. Hoover
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Acts of peacemaking change things. Being a peacemaker, though, is not comfortable. The calling places us directly in the middle of conflict. It’s where the peace is needed! As Christ-followers we live as peacemakers. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Do you have three minutes? I made […] The post Be a Peacemaker appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Problem of Forgetting

    Sharon R. Hoover
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    I suffer from the problem of forgetting. Perhaps you struggle with it, too? When I take a class, I fill my notebook with lecture notes. I underline and annotate the textbook. I write outlines and essays to help me to process the information. When I craft the new stuff into my own words, it helps […] The post Problem of Forgetting appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Distractions from God’s Will

    Sharon R. Hoover
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    This post follows on last week’s discussion, How to Know God’s Will. As we seek to know the will of God, we often become distracted. Through my years of discipling believers and walking my own path, I’ve seen challenges emerge and effectively remove us from our Christ-centered journeys. These diversions come in many forms but most […] The post Distractions from God’s Will appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • How to Know God’s Will

    Sharon R. Hoover
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Have you ever asked: How can I know the will of God?  If you have, then, welcome! It is one of the most common questions asked about the Christian life. We read, pray, study and occasionally listen. Sometimes we feel content and in the center of God’s will. Other times we wander unsure of the direction […] The post How to Know God’s Will appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Our Drift from Generosity

    Sharon R. Hoover
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    We know the  Golden Rule of Kindergarten: share with others. We teach it, encourage it, expect it. Scripture calls us to it (Luke 10:25-37, James 2:14-17, Hebrews 13:16). Yet as adults we drift away from basic generosity. Ambition, hurts, envy, and betrayals become unseen companions in our journey. They bend our steps off our intended Christ-centered path. […] The post Our Drift from Generosity appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
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    Brad Andres

  • She Is More Precious Than Jewels (Scripture & Prayer) [Video]

    Brad Andres
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    God, thank you for Carlie. She is so much more excellent than I ever imagined. Never in a million years did I think I would find a wife like her. You have blessed me with a woman after your own heart. Carlie is the object of my eye. She captivates me with her beauty and strength. She runs our household effectively and keeps our doors welcoming. She desires to see people come to a saving knowledge of you and uses her talents to bring others into your presence. Thank you for bringing Carlie into my life. Amen. Men, what’s your prayer of gratitude for your wife?
  • Men – You Don’t Wanna Do It (Pornography & Adultery)

    Brad Andres
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    I love music. It has ways of communicating messages in ways that wouldn’t happen in other forms of communication. It helps make words memorable. It helps make messages stick in the mind. Lecrae has a new album. It is excellent. The messages and ideas he sends out in this album are deep and impactful. A message of his I want to emphasize is this: Men – You don’t wanna do it. I want to take a minute to highlight a song, and yes, this is directed primarily towards men. (I thought this post was about pornography and adultery? It is, just trust me, but you need to listen to the…
  • Help Yahoo Stand Against Child Pornography [Link]

    Brad Andres
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Help Yahoo Stand Against Child Pornography Love 146 10/19/2014 Love 146 is a charity I personally support. They exist to bring an end to child sex trafficking and exploitation. Here are the quick and short details of what I’m asking you to do: - Go over to Love 146′s call to action for standing against child abuse images by clicking on the image or clicking here. - Once you are there, read the short explanation, then sign the petition with your name and email. These two simple steps may help stop child exploitation online, and may help stop people from having the ability to find…
  • Are You Growing In Grace & Knowledge? (@WORDsearch) [Snippet]

    Brad Andres
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Are You Growing In Grace & Knowledge? (@WORDsearch) Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ… 2 Peter 3:18 is an interesting ending to Peter’s last letter to the Christians before he is crucified for the sake of the gospel. Peter tells the people to continue to grow in grace and knowledge. Of all the things he could have ended with, he emphasizes growth. Growing is an interesting concept. We can gain understanding when we consider our natural growth process. Who looks the same as they did when they were a newborn baby? Growth demands change. Why do we accept…
  • Perfect Peace (Scripture & Prayer) [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    God, Give me your peace. Help me to understand this peace that only you can give. It is a perfect peace, a complete peace, an all encompassing well being. Let me see that your peace comes from how I think about various situations in life. For if I have your vantage point, I can live in peace.  Help me to keep my focus on you. Let me give all of my trust to you.  And as I trust you with everything I am, then I will know that you are the Great I Am.  You are forever. Therefore, only you can give me perfect peace, peace forever. Thank you God. Amen. 
 
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    SightShift

  • I Am Centered And Focused- The 1 Dangerous Mistake I Make With What I Do

    Chris McAlister
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    I think about the pursuit of mission as a climb. I keep climbing. Every day. It’s a love. It’s grueling. It’s play. It requires sacrifice. And I’ve learned how to recognize when the climb becomes dangerous. I am making one key mistake. I am focused on the mission but I lose center. I start building who I am around what I do. I get uptight with people I love. And I stop appreciating the ways others are different than me. Instead I get annoyed at differences. A number of years ago a friend called this out in me. He said, “You’re focused but you’re not…
  • 7 hidden realities I learned the hard way about pastoring (6 apply to all leaders)

    Chris McAlister
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    (low res pic of Discovery’s launch 4 years ago) Your internal world drives your external leadership. And what you don’t know is dangerous. You can self sabotage the good you hope to accomplish. There are 7 hidden realities for pastors that change everything about their leadership. 6 of these apply to all leaders. This isn’t one of those posts. I don’t hate the church. I’m not bitter. But yesterday was my first day in 15 years that I haven’t pastored or been heading towards a pastoring role. I’ve served from the mega to the mini. I’ve served in…
  • One Thing Men Don’t Know About Themselves That Impacts Everything

    Chris McAlister
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    If you would have told me I would be writing about this topic a decade ago you would have gotten a strange look at best. But here I am. And I’m gonna say it. Men forget they are human and have emotions. This isn’t cliche. This is daily reality. The lightbulbs starting clicking on for me a number of years ago. I was getting battered financially. I was defeated. I was hurting. But I didn’t know how bad I was hurting. Instead I was focused on getting things done. In the name of survival I had learned to shut off parts of who I am. It took a number of incidents screaming for…
  • Rebuilding Who I Am (guest post)

    Chris McAlister
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The other day my friend Ryan mentioned something he wrote about the process of discovering and finding his own identity. It was really beautiful and I asked him if I could share it here. It’s so easy to let others make us in the image of who they need us to be. May you have strength to persevere in the de-construction and discernment in the re-construction. I live in this house. Lived here for almost 24 years. It’s where you live too. I remember seeing you here more when I was younger. I remember hearing you walk the halls. I remember feeling you around. This place used to be so much…
  • My Transition Away From Lead Pastor Of Discovery Church

    Chris McAlister
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The journey began 7 years ago. It was a transition that took more from me than I could’ve imagined. And gave back more than a lifetime’s worth of insight and transformation. Then almost 4 years ago the rebirth happened. Discovery Church was launched from the ashes of what was and reborn into a new future. Today I shared with our church family that effective the last Sunday of September I would no longer be the lead pastor of Discovery Church.  A few points to make: There’s nothing hidden. I’m not burned out. What became clear is that God has used me three times in transition…
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • Wrath and Tribulation Are Two Different Things

    Steve Bremner
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Sure, I can see how they can be confused as the same thing, but hear me out. Not that I'm pre-tribulationist, but I want to help my friends out who hold to the pre-trib doctrine by giving many of you a helpful nugget here. This is also for those sending me emails and private Facebook messaged setting up straw man arguments about what you THINK post tribbers or amillenialists (or those of us who are both) believe without having bothered to actually look into it or ask one of them for yourself. Here's [Continue reading...]
  • Stop Giving Junk To Jesus

    Steve Bremner
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    A few months ago we were switching my office in our apartment with the guest bedroom to prepare for our intern named Lauren to arrive and have more space for her bedroom. As we were doing so, I put the books on my small bookshelf into a box to make migrating them to the new office much easier (and to make the bookshelf lighter when we carried it, mostly). That's when I noticed a big honking King James Translation of the Bible I had never noticed before. Since I never bought nor did I recollect [Continue reading...]
  • Missionary Tip #5: Don’t Thank Everybody Equally

    Steve Bremner
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    The following tip might seem obvious to some, but might cause a light to go off for others. You may have heard or believed that if you have partners who give you five dollars a month, and other partners who support you at $1000/month, to treat them all the same. For as long as I've been a missionary on support, I've also given to missions. The amounts I've been able to give have been pretty small due to the amount of my sustenance, but I've still been in the habit of doing so -- even now as [Continue reading...]
  • Come up out of Babylon And Build God’s Temple

    Steve Bremner
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Today I'm going to do something I've never quite done before. I initially sat down to write this after meditating on and praying into just what building the Lord's church looks like. I had recently talked to a friend and teacher of mine in Bible school named Bob Gladstone that helped stir some things up in my foundational thinking. Simultaneous to that I just finished reading Frank Viola's book From Eternity To Here, and came across something that gave words to what I've been feeling. From [Continue reading...]
  • The Disciples Were Losers Like Us

    Steve Bremner
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    "Note that in making his selection, Jesus bypassed the religious institutions and took it to the streets. He snubbed the head of the class, the cream of the crop. He ignored credentials, achievements, and the “who’s who” of religious piety. He jettisoned every qualification we deem important in leadership and chose instead to call ordinary people—mostly manual laborers with little or no education, ministry experience, or leadership skills. They didn’t bring much to the table. They [Continue reading...]
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    Shiloh 2014 Live

  • DECLARING SHILOH 2014 – December 9th – 13th 2014

    Shiloh 2014
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    DECLARING SHILOH 2014 – December 9th – 13th 2014 Herewith are the Epistles declaring the themes of Shiloh 2014, Shiloh 2014’s date amongst other information a we get set for this years convention. Exceeding grace greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. From scriptures we understand that: Every child of God is a member of […] The post DECLARING SHILOH 2014 – December 9th – 13th 2014 appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Pre Shiloh 2014 Message on Settlement

    Shiloh 2014
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Pre Shiloh 2014 Message on Settlement – The theme of Shiloh 2014 has gone forth as Heaven on Earth and it will be a season of settlement. What are you to expect come Shiloh 2014? Settlement! Stay expectant of settlement in your life. God does not want you unsettled beyond a moment in Shiloh 2014. […] The post Pre Shiloh 2014 Message on Settlement appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Shiloh 2014 Live Broadcast, Theme, Date and Venue

    Shiloh 2014
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Shiloh 2014 Live Broadcast, Theme, Date and Venue Shiloh 2014 Live Broadcast, Theme, Date and Venue – Hurray! Shiloh 2014 Date and theme has been unveiled by God’s servant. Bishop David Oyedepo reveals that the theme of this year’s Shiloh 2014 is “Heaven on Earth” while Shiloh 2014 date will span between December 9th to […] The post Shiloh 2014 Live Broadcast, Theme, Date and Venue appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Leadership Empowerment Summit, Shiloh Prep

    Shiloh 2014
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Leadership Empowerment Summit, Shiloh Prep – This is to inform you of a leadership Empowerment Summit scheduled to hold in all our churches within Nigeria on the 1st October 2014, which is a public holiday. The categories of Leaders expected to be in attendance include all Pastors, Elders, members of the Statutory Bodies, Deacons and […] The post Leadership Empowerment Summit, Shiloh Prep appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh

    Shiloh 2014
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh – Turbulence, turmoil and unrest are not the plan of God for our lives. Isa. 14:27. God’s intention for our lives is all round rest. Rest is a worry- free existence. Nobody wants to live in worry or anxiety. Mtt.11:28 – 29. Whatever is causing you worry […] The post Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
 
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  • 9 Amazing Benefits of Being Christian

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Jehovah Mekoddishkem, The Lord Who Sanctifies, has never shied away from HIS people - in fact, the common, the profane and the sacred are all very special to HIM.  Today, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution continues to protect Americans' freedom of religion, thereby protecting the right to be Christian. There's never been a better time to take advantage of all the benefits that spirituality and motivational spiritual quotes have to offer. Here are a few of the best things that Christianity can contribute to your life:
  • Pink isn’t just pink

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
     Pink isn’t just pink Pink is not just a color anymore It stands for those fighting for life The women who deal with this life threating disease
  • How to Find and Follow Your Bliss

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    "Following your bliss" is a phrase used in self-help circles to mean living a lifestyle that gives you a sense of peace, satisfaction, and wholeness. It is often centered on both modern and ancient spiritual quotes that serve to motivate and encourage people to chase after what truly makes them happy and to see the bliss that is already inherent in the world around them. For example, consider when Confucius said that: "Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see." Those who follow their bliss strive to live in a way that brings this beauty into every moment of their…
  • When Jesus Speaks the Words

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    When Jesus speaks the words... Healing takes place Forgiveness starts Mercy and grace endure Peace and love rule Freedom and resurrection arise Everything once broken and fallen is repaired Broken hearts and diseases are cured
  • Choosing Your Clothes--How the Clothing You Wear Affects Your Mood

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    While clothing in no way defines the person or determines his or her worth, the clothes you wear say a lot about you. They can reveal glimpses of your mood, your priorities, your value system, and your occupation. Coleman Cox described the connection between a person's clothing and the perception of state of mind: "Keeping your clothes well pressed will keep you from looking hard pressed."
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  • Houston we have a (religious freedom) problem

    Andre Viljoen
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    They said it couldn’t happen. But it did. The lesbian mayor of the city of Houston, Texas in the US subpoenaed sermons and other private communications from city Pastors to monitor its contents. Apparently, Mayor Annise Parker, who recently passed the “Bathroom Bill” allowing men to use women’s toilets and lockers rooms – is on a witch-hunt to stifle any criticism of homosexuality. Alarmingly, the largest charismatic Church in America is located in Houston – which appears to have very little influence in the city. Only 16 percent of citizens turned out to vote in the mayors…
  • Boko Haram kidnaps 60 women despite ceasefire reports, continues killings in Nigeria

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    A campaigner from “#Bring Back Our Girls” shouts slogans during a rally calling for the release of the chibok school girls who were abducted by Boko Haram militants, in Abuja, Nigeria, October 17, 2014. Nigeria said on Friday it had agreed a ceasefire with Islamist militants Boko Haram and reached a deal for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the group six months ago. (PHOTO: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde) Originally published in The Christian Post Terror group Boko Haram has reportedly kidnapped another 60 women in Nigeria and continued its violent attacks despite…
  • Behnam Irani, two others sentenced to 6 years in prison for Christian activities in Iran

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    23 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Pastor Behnam Irani. (PHOTO: Present Truth Ministries). Originally published in Morning Star News In what was termed a “serious blow” to house-church leader Behnam Irani, Iran has sentenced him and two other Christian leaders to six years in prison for their involvement in house churches, human rights groups learned this week. Irani, Abdolreza Ali-Haghnejad and Reza Rabbani, all leaders in the Church of Iran, were sentenced on Sunday (Oct. 19) for “action against national security” and “creating a network to overthrow the system,” catch-all terms the Islamist government uses to…
  • Prayer warrior in Liberia healed of Ebola after touch from God

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    23 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Dorothy Sawer with her Bible (PHOTO: Robyn Dixon; L.A. Times) Originally published in God Reports This woman of faith lives in a one-room tin house with holes in the walls in a crowded section of the capital of Liberia. Her most-prized possession is a well-worn Bible, a sword she wields – along with fervent prayer – as Ebola ravages her church and her neighborhood. “Only God knows where we are heading to now,” Dorothy Sawer, 48, told the Los Angeles Times. Sawer is an abandoned wife caring for six children in impoverished circumstances – but she has her faith. That faith – in the…
  • With Oscar trial over it’s time for broader look at justice

    Afrika Mhlophe
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    The sentencing of Oscar Pistorius for the death of Reeva Steenkamp was the most trending international news item this week. After Judge Thokozile Masipa announced the 5 year sentence for culpable homicide many people rushed to social media platforms to share their views on the sentence and on what had become the most sensational trial in South Africa’s history. This is the first trial in South Africa to have been fully broadcast and had a dedicated television channel.   Now that the dust is settling I am trying to understand what the fuss was about. Did the people who clamoured to have a…
 
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  • Jesus is still reckless with hope

    Wendy van Eyck
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you…
  • When Love takes you places you never expected

    Wendy van Eyck
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
    Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8 (VOICE)Sun fell in shafts on the square as Xylon and I propped our feet on our backpacks. Opposite in a row of old women sat smoothing knee-length skirts over their knees and speaking rapidly in Spanish.Xylon pointed, and I turned to see an auburn haired woman clutching the hand of a blonde toddler heading towards us. We had never met Susannah but we guessed this must be her. Pulling our bags behind her we walked over to introduce ourselves.Susannah took us back to her apartment and started showing us around the space…
  • If you’re wondering if Jesus likes all of you (or how depression showed me he does)

    Wendy van Eyck
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
    But I'll take the hand of those who don't know the way, who can't see where they're going. I'll be a personal guide to them, directing them through unknown country. I'll be right there to show them what roads to take, make sure they don't fall into the ditch. These are the things I'll be doing for them - sticking with them, not leaving them for a minute. Isaiah 42:16 (MSG)I was 21, and standing in the dog food aisle, when I realised that I did not want to kill myself anymore. I remember the moment clearly; I can even picture the bag of dog food I was examining when I realised that I did…
  • When you long for peace

    Wendy van Eyck
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
     He will be our peace. When the Assyrians invade us, set foot inside our strong palaces,We will raise up more than enough to conquer them—seven shepherds and eight rulers of men. Micah 5:5 (VOICE)I don't think I realised as a child how hard life can be: how many problems, troubles and disasters can come a person’s way. Sometimes, like the last week as I watched my brother and sister-in-law come and go from NICU, the reality of the brokenness, so many of us live in everyday, hit me.Hospitals are a hard place to run from the realities of life, a hard place to hide from death.But…
  • When God redeems heartbreak (or one way to find purpose in suffering)

    Wendy van Eyck
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    But now, this is what the Lord says—    he who created you, Jacob,    he who formed you, Israel:“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.When you pass through the waters,    I will be with you;and when you pass through the rivers,    they will not sweep over you.When you walk through the fire,    you will not be burned;    the flames will not set you ablaze.Isaiah 43:1-2 (NIV)As…
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  • Readers Choice – Dear God, It’s Me Again

    Steve Becker (Intersections4Life)
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Today is an exciting day here at Intersections4Life. Today we are launching an ongoing series called Readers Choice. This series will be based on topics that our readers have submitted to us that affect their everyday lives. Personally, I am humbled by the sheer number of topic requests we have received and feel like God is working on all of us, writers and readers, through this. So, lets get started with our first post in the series. At any given point in my life I have wondered if I will ever get an answer from God.  At times I feel like I’m calling and calling but getting no…
  • Never Too Far

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

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

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

    Charles Crutcher
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Christianity isn’t a self-help movement. It’s not a movement at all.  It’s a selfless journey with Jesus, a walkabout, a trek into the wilderness back out into the open. Our culture is so ‘me’ focused, but it has lost itself along the way. We live in a society that wishes for fame, however it may come, good or bad.  What’s so good about being famous? Think about that for a moment.  Another thing to consider is how happy are those famous people? Does having more money make one truly happy? There are plenty of people who have both money and wealth that…
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  • Persecution Is Consequential.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    What people do not understand they usually reject. When someone is too used to darkness, light can become either a blinder or an illumination. It all depends on perspective and understanding. Many... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • What Happens When Couples Are Resolute.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    I have discovered that times when I make up my mind that something must be done; somehow, I find a way to get it done no matter how difficult or impossible it appeared. It does seem to me that... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • 5 Ways To Put The Devil On The Run.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    We cannot ignore or wish away the fact that we would have to face the enemy and all that he hurls at us as long as we live in this world. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Little Things That Matter In Marriage.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    Many times we expect our spouses to do the “big things” for and with us or sometimes we want to do “big things” for our spouses or to enhance our marriages. And we often neglect those things we might... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • When We Had To Wait.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    Saddled with several medical reports on the impossibility of ever becoming a mother, and with a husband who chose to marry me in spite of these reports, (I had prayed that God would make him leave me... Please click on title to READ ALL.
 
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  • When Divine Healing Isn’t God’s Answer : 4 Focus Points in Ministry

    Keri
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    The following is an article by guest contributor (and my sister), Amy Harris. Thanks for sharing, Amy!   In a recent discussion while working toward […]
  • Are You a Key Piece?

    Keri
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Mark 1:2-8 (NIV) 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you,     who will prepare your way”[a]— 3 “a voice […]
  • “Can I Pleeeease???”

    Keri
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Lotus Carroll / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA During bath time, my 3 year old asked for the plastic cup I’d used to rinse his hair. […]
  • When the Road Gets Curvy

    Keri
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of the book, Love Isn’t Selfish: Understanding God’s Love through Human Relationships _____________________   I once had […]
  • Even When it Hurts

    Keri
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:58 pm
    The last couple of months have been somewhat quiet here on the Love Isn’t Selfish blog. My attention had been pulled away to our non-profit’s […]
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  • Happiness vs. Joy

    Megan
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    What is the difference between happiness and joy? Is there one? They're both positive emotions, correct? But certainly there is a difference. Happiness (n): the quality or state of being happy; good fortune; pleasure; contentment.Joy (n): the expression or display of glad feeling.Can you see the difference? Happiness is solely based on our circumstances. We experience happiness when we get a promotion at work, eat a delicious meal, and get paid for our hard work. Happiness is circumstance focused.Joy, on the other hand, is something we, as Christians, can experience at anytime…
  • He is always faithful

    Erin
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I believe God sovereignly chose the sin of adultery to be so painful in marriage because it may be the closest we can come to experiencing the anguish we cause our Savior in our unfaithfulness. Believers are Christ’s bride. He is our perfect groom. He has always been and always will be faithful to us. We choose other lovers over and over again and he refuses to let us go. When he joyfully endured the cross this truth was not absent from his mind.The Jews had just turned their backs on him and because he is God, he knew we would continue to do this until the day he returns to redeem the…
  • When I Question His Goodness

    Ashley
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Let us acknowledge the Lord; Let us press on to acknowledge Him.As surely as the sun rises, He will appear.He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.Hosea 6 : 3In times of trouble, I have two options when it comes to my interaction with God. I can blame Him. By calling God an unjust bully, I can easily find ways to shut Him out. If I’m not careful, I can easily try to convince myself that my faith was in vain.I can cling to the promise of His Word. I cannot allow my current state to guide my weak heart. I lean on a faith that was built up over…
  • As Sure As The Sun Rises

    LITR
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Won't you join us in memorizing Hosea 6:3 today?As part of your quiet time with the Lord, take some time to look at this verse today. If you feel up to the challenge, post a video of you reciting the verse on our Facebook page!Ashley will be sharing further thoughts about Hosea 6:3 tomorrow.See you in the Round!LITR*Scripture quotations are from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
  • God, I am NOT a morning person

    Ashley
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s 5 am.God, I hate 5 am. Am I cursing or actually talking to God? It’s too early to even figure it out.Now I’m outside with the dogs. The moon and stars are still out.I need to go back to sleep.    Why don’t you spend time with the Creator of that moon and those stars (Psalm 8:3-4)?I can later. I have all day.    Do you (James 4:14-15)?But sleep is so good.    My Word says, “How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?” for a    reason (Proverbs 6 : 9). I am better.But I haven’t…
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  • His Mystory

    Michael Thompson
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    A park bench was the backdrop for two young men in deep conversation. This wasn’t one of those “who’ll take the Series” talks. It was gut level, expose-your-real-self talk. As they were unpacking hearts, one of the guys got quiet and just stared pensively into space. Noticing the distance and the deep sadness in his eyes, his buddy asked, “Man, where did you drift off to? You look so bummed. What did you start thinking about that got you down?” “My future”. Knowing his friend had a pretty good life, he couldn’t help but ask, “Your future? What in the…
  • Heartbreak

    Michael Thompson
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    How can you mend a broken heart? Anyone who grew up in the 70’s like me will likely find it hard to read those words without hearing the staccato falsetto of the BeeGees. Sorry. But in spite of that, it is a good question. There is so much heart-break in raw reality of life. And there are so many living constantly with those aching, unmended hearts. The searing pain of knowing someone you loved betrayed you, let you down, didn’t care or gave up when you needed them most is severe. In truth, nothing hurts like your broken heart. Nothing. Except when you face someone whose heart you…
  • Automanically

    Michael Thompson
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Automation. It is literally gold in my world…stock trading. In buying and selling equities, moms and pops compete with super computers which execute multitudes of trades in milliseconds with microscopic precision. Automated trading has become a kind of Holy Grail. Many who live and work in this world of Main Street vs Wall Street crave it with manic obsession. They chase it like Indiana Jones in pursuit of the Lost Ark. Set up a strategy, flesh out a technique, implement an idea…all before it actually happens. Then, leave it in the “cloud” to be mysteriously–almost…
  • Look What I Did!

    Michael Thompson
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Rehab Addict. Fixer Upper. Kitchen Crashers. American Restoration. It is a sad and silly admission, but my wife and I love DIY shows. The whole process of watching a dilapidated old house rise like a phoenix from the ashes of disrepair to its former beauty is mildly addictive. We can’t seem to get enough. One of my favorite parts in these renovations is to see what is uncovered from beneath the years of decay.  Layers of paint and wall paper; half-hearted attempts at adding on or covering up; tacky or kitschy approaches to trendy redecorating…all of these cover what was once the…
  • Gotta Make A Living

    Michael Thompson
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:24 am
    Sewer inspector. Charcoal maker. Dirt sterilizer. Worm dung farmer. Bat cave scavenger. Dirty jobs. In fact, according to Mike Rowe who made himself famous visiting and participating in these and many other nasty employment opportunities on the hit TV show Dirty Jobs, these are some of the all-time dirtiest. When asked why they do these things, almost without fail people answer with some variation of, “a person’s gotta make a living”. That phrase haunts me. What I do as my vocation is not what I do to ‘make a living’. It is what I do to make a paycheck. That…
 
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  • A Response to Some Distortions by Archbishop Gregory Concerning the GOC

    Anastasios Hudson
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    [PDF] Introduction Archbishop Gregory of Colorado At the onset, I want to say that I have an extreme dislike for engaging in polemics. Nowadays, I normally do not engage in public refutations of false accusations; I spent too many hours of my life doing so in the 2000s, and it caused me a lot of consternation. Perhaps some good came out of it, but I found it impossible to answer every critic, and every argument. Nowadays, I don’t mind writing broadly in article or book format to address trends and events, but the point-by-point refutation style of responding so common online is something I…
  • Why Bishop Christodoulos Is Being Forced Off Facebook

    Anastasios Hudson
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis Those active in Orthodox Christian “corners” of Facebook have likely heard of or interacted with His Grace Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis, who joined the site as soon as it became open to the public in 2006 (in fact, I joined Facebook when he invited me). Bishop Christodoulos, a vicar bishop in the GOC, quickly reached the Facebook limit of 5000 friends, and while he primarily used it to interact with his spiritual children and promote videos on the YouTube Channel Greek Orthodox Christian Television, he also used it to become one of the most…
  • I’m Sorry, but I Hate Fall

    Anastasios Hudson
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Autumn…Did You Know It’s a Symbol of Death? I’ve always hated Fall. Autumn. The changing of leaf colors. The cold breeze. The way the sunlight seems to cast down upon us differently. Longer hours of darkness. Wet rain. Back to school. Hardly anything interesting on the church calendar. The stupid “holiday” of Halloween. The death of my best friend Roberto (+11/19/2008). Sweaters, long pants. Unpredictable weather: mornings cold, afternoons hot. Animals going away. Heating bills increasing. Seemingly more tired. Fall in 2012 was when I had to come to terms with…
  • Excerpt from Upcoming Book: Finding the True Orthodox Church

    Anastasios Hudson
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Finding the True Orthodox Church. The book consists of a series of chapters which address various objections to True Orthodoxy. This is the introduction to a chapter which addresses the question, “Are True Orthodox Vagantes?” This charge is sometimes leveled against the True Orthodox, by comparing them to various pseudo-churches with no legitimate heritage, in an effort to paint the True Orthodox as pretend clergy and poseurs. The chapter will explore the differences between True Orthodox and Independent Orthodox (i.e. vagante)…
  • The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine Routis

    Anastasios Hudson
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    +November 15/28 1927 Originally published by the Ta Patria Periodical Saint Catherine Routis THE HOLY NEW MARTYR Catherine Routis was born in 1900 in a small Greek village called Mandra in Attica Greece to poor but pious parents. Like her parents — John and Maria Peppas — Catherine was a pious child, offering to help family and neighbors in any way possible. At the age of 22, Catherine Peppas married Constantine Routis from the same village. Christ gave them two children, Christos and Irene. The devout Routis family joined the resistance of the True Orthodox Christians, participating in…
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  • Walking in the Recesses of the Deep

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

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

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

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

    16 Jun 2014 | 7:42 pm
    As I stepped out onto the bleachers and my eyes fell upon the scene that matched the noise we’d been hearing from outside the stadium for a half hour, a smile immediately touched my face. There was so much excitement in the air it was palpable! The hotdog vendors were shouting out among the buzzing fans, who were finding their seats while bribing their young kids to stay seated in exchange for cotton candy. The stands were full, and as you looked down onto the field, you could see the sun glinting off of the water—sprayed to dampen the baseball diamond. This was Camden Yards, home of the…
 
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  • Ode to Hot Doug’s

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A sad day for everyone who eats   Friday, October 3, in the two-thousand and fourteenth year of our Lord, the West’s inimitable culinary paragon, the peerless Hot Doug’s, shutters its doors in valedictory glory. From no other succulent summits and in no other toothsome times has such piquant, palatable, and positively nutritive delicacies captured the hearts and gullets of so many for so long.   Few modern mavens can now recall the long comestible winter before Doug’s raised a light of hope for the maws of civilized gastronomes. A hope built of unadulterated esculent will and…
  • On safari

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    In Swahili, the word “safari” just means “trip.” So, a safari doesn’t necessarily mean heading out into the bush to see animals. For us, however, it meant exactly that. On our last full day, we woke up early (4:30 a.m.) and headed out to Nairobi National Park. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so I’ll just post photos below. We ended the trip with a last meal with our host families and much of the church staff who’d been with us over the course of the week. We exchanged gifts and words and prayed together. It is, of course, impossible to summarize…
  • Kibera start-ups 1.0

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Thursday was mostly a repeat of Wednesday morning, so there will not be a great deal more to add. We returned to the Blue House — the popular local name for the church in Kibera (because it is painted sky blue and stands out from the surrounding browns and grays) — where we conducted the second day of the entrepreneurial training. We talked about assessing and starting small businesses, about supply and demand, market saturation and finances. The creativity and excitement in the group was even more evident today. They created lists of potential small businesses. I was impressed…
  • Down to business… and dancing

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    We returned to Kibera Wednesday for the first day of the entrepreneurial training class, the part of the trip I’d been most excited about. A local Kenyan businessman and our team leader tag-teamed the morning session, which focused on savings groups and how to think about starting a small business (markets, supply and demand, skill sets, team building, etc.). Attending the class were about 20 students, all probably between the ages of 18 and 30, and all from Kibera. Most of them also attended NBC’s church in Kibera and some had been with us for the clinics the last two days. The…
  • Care for widows and orphans

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    On Tuesday we went with a group of church volunteers to Kuwinda, a slum in the Karen neighborhood of Nairobi. By comparison, Kibera seemed well-off. The story goes that Karen was a wealthy British woman living in Nairobi during the colonial era. When visitors would head her way, they’d say they were going to Karen’s. As more and more Brits moved into the area, Karen’s name became the default title of the whole area. Today, Karen refers to a wealthy, traditionally expat community in the southwestern corner of the city. Interestingly, it also encompasses one of the poorest areas in the…
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  • Demon Possession or Mental Illness?

    Esther Eke
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The bizarre events of the past week got me thinking about this topic.I was called in by a neighbor to join in prayer for a young girl who was believed to be demon-possessed. I got there and was a bit startled. Not only was she unnaturally aggressive, she was talking with multiple voices and in perfect English. This girl could barely speak English on a good day. The spirit inside her went on and on boasting about how it was Satan himself and how it was going to kill the girl and a number of other people. According to the neighbor, their home had been under spiritual attack a few days prior to…
  • Disciplined for Service

    Silas Eke
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Reading: Hebrews 12:3-11There are a few reasons given in the passage for why God chastens us:a.Chastening is the evidence that we are saved (verses 6-8)For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receivesChastening is first of all evidence that we belong to God’s family. God does not chasten the devil’s children. He lets them go, and will deal with them in the final judgment.b.Chastening is for our profit and welfare (verse 10)For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.It is…
  • The Responsibility of Christian Youth

    Silas Eke
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    What messages does the Bible have for the Christian Youth? Here are a few passages: "Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, And put away evil from your flesh, For childhood and youth are vanity. Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, "I have no pleasure in them". [Ecclesiastes…
  • Lust of the Flesh

    Silas Eke
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Ephesians 2:1-10“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace…
  • What does the Bible mean by "Flesh"?

    Silas Eke
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    This post has absolutely nothing to do with the TV Show "Prison Break" aside from the fact that the show's major plot-line is centered around a massive tattoo carved in... well... flesh!.The word “flesh” occurs two hundred and sixty-nine times in the Old Testament. It is used literally to explain/describe the tissue just below the skin; the soft muscular tissue of the body both of men (Genesis 2:22) and of animals (Genesis 41:2).It is also used metaphorically as a figure or term referring to the human body either partially or as a whole. “All flesh” could include the animal…
 
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  • Stop Asking God For Material Items

    Robert
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Don’t Keep Asking God For Things You Don’t Need 1 John 5:13-14 CJB says, “I have written you these things so that you may know that you have eternal life – you who keep trusting in the person and power of the Son of God. This is the confidence we have in his presence: if […] The post Stop Asking God For Material Items appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • He Who Speaks To God

    Robert
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    He Who Speaks to God Some people believe that hearing God is a privilege that is only available to those have become sons in the faith. This is not true. Many of us are evidence of this when considering that he had to “speak to us” in our sin state in order for us to […] The post He Who Speaks To God appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • God Still Heals Experience God Healing

    Robert
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    God Still Heals – God Healing Sometimes, when we are in the midst of great distress – either physical, emotional or even spiritual, it can be very difficult to believe that he is with us. But the truth is this: “God never breaks or loosens his commitment to his people. We are often the ones […] The post God Still Heals Experience God Healing appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • Don’t Be Anxious About Anything

    Sonya Richards
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    What The Bible Says. Don’t Be Anxious About Anything Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians Chapter 4, Verse 6 Are there times we pray for things that we ought not to?  James Chapter 4, Verse 3 says when we […] The post Don’t Be Anxious About Anything appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • Christians Support Same Sex Marriage?

    Sonya Richards
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Should Christians Support Same Sex Marriage? Why supporting same sex marriage is not loving “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not […] The post Christians Support Same Sex Marriage? appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • How To Accelerate Muscle Growth In A Short Period Of Time

    Get Better Today
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    If you have ever stepped into a gym, most like you’ve used the old school method of 3 sets with 10 reps to try and build muscle.Then, 90% of you won’t return after a month because you don’t see any gains. Of course not! Think about what you’re doing. In order for a muscle to increase in size you have to first break it down. You’re not going to accomplish that will 3 measly sets of a weight you can lift 10 times. If you really want to build muscle, try the method fitness coach Chad Waterbury advocates in his book Huge in a Hurry. At first I was skeptical to try this method I am about…
  • The Top 5 Exercises That Burn The Most Calories

    Get Better Today
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    So many people would love to lose body fat. Whether the goal is to burn fat to allow muscles to shine through or you are looking to lose pounds, the key to doing so is cardiovascular exercise. Cardio gets your heart rate up and burns calories unlike any other type of exercise. Although, there are many calorie burning exercises out there, you want to do the ones that yield the best results.   Here are the top five exercises that burn the most calories.   Cycling Cycling is a huge calorie burner. It is basically the ultimate cardiovascular workout. Something as simple as a hour bike…
  • The Top Grossing Christian Movies Of All-Time

    Get Better Today
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
      With the recent success of God’s Not Dead and Heaven Is For Real, Christian themed movies are on fire at the box office right now. And like we mentioned in “Christianity Might Be Hollywood’s Secret Weapon”, the success is creating a situation where we’ll need to evaluate the biblical accuracy of each movie. But it’s hard not to get excited about the popularity in the movies with an honorable Christian message. That’s why we wanted to share this cool Infographic from OnlineChristianColleges.com that details the…   Highest-Grossing…
  • In Case You Didn’t Know, Jesus Wasn’t White

    Get Better Today
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    After Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly said “Jesus was a white man” on her show, popular Pastor Matt Chandler chose to address the issue in his next sermon. As you may not know, Jesus wasn’t white.  Hollywood and world history have inaccurately portrayed Him. Share On Facebook! Share On Twitter!
  • This Little Girl’s Prayer Is Hilariously Sweet

    Get Better Today
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
      “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” -Matthew 18:3 YouTube user MsTeddip, recently shared this incredibly cute video of a little girl praying before dinner.   Let’s just say it will melt your heart…
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  • 4 Things We Get Wrong About Prayer

    Charles Samuel
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Here are 4 misconceptions we have about prayer. Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post 4 Things We Get Wrong About Prayer appeared first on .
  • Bad Church Doctrine Makes Us Slaves

    Charles Samuel
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Church leaders have a responsibility to accurately relay what's in scripture. So why do so many leaders share bad church doctrine? Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post Bad Church Doctrine Makes Us Slaves appeared first on .
  • Anwar Wants A Bucket Of Ice Water

    Charles Samuel
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Anwar wants to be nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge. Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post Anwar Wants A Bucket Of Ice Water appeared first on .
  • Nothing But the Truth

    a friend
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    One of the most glaring weaknesses of Indian churches all throughout America is that most of them have no hermeneutic. That is, most of them are not trained to have a process of biblical interpretation. Here's how we deal with it. The post Nothing But the Truth appeared first on .
  • 3 Questions You Should Ask Before Selecting a Mentor

    a friend
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Here are 3 questions to ask when you decide to be mentored in an area you want to be successful in. The post 3 Questions You Should Ask Before Selecting a Mentor appeared first on .
 
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  • I HAVE A SECRET!

    Matt Hylton
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    Shhh… Don’t tell anybody! It’s not a fad diet, nor a miracle pill, powder, or potion.  It’s not a spa treatment or medical procedure. It’s not even in most people’s top 5 lists to become healthy and lose weight. What is it you ask?? What’s the secret I am talking about? So simple, yet people seem to ignore the basic truth that I am about to share with you. THE SECRET There is no secret, no formula, fad diet, pills or powders. It all comes down to the simple basic truth of eating right, living right, working out hard, and serving God. That’s it.
  • Breaking Through 20 Miles: Lessons from Marathon Training

    Julie Wilson
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    No doubts here! Twenty miles didn’t seem so bad the second time around.  The first time I ran that far, I was in doubt whether I could do it or not. This time, I knew I could do it just like I did a few weeks before. I anticipated a decent run, and it would be better because I knew the exact route. I knew what I would feel like, and I was ready. I shifted my schedule around to make sure I had plenty of time to get this “doable” run in. Things are not always what they seem… I started my run like any other long run. Plenty of Gatorade in my Camelbak, lots of Gu packets ready to fuel…
  • The EXCESS SKIN DILEMMA

    Matt Hylton
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:31 am
    The Truth about Excess Skin If you have never been extremely overweight and  lost a lot of weight, you probably have no idea about how uncomfortable excess skin is. Sure, I have done the easy part of eating right, living right, working out hard, & serving God. I know He is taking care of the hard parts, the things I could not do. The excess skin is still very annoying, cumbersome, and not to mention not attractive. I have more hanging excess skin then a flying squirrel. At least a flying squirrel has a purpose,and a good use for theirs. My skin is truly an irritant, and makes wearing or…
  • Stay Humble: Lessons from Marathon Training

    Julie Wilson
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    Things Don’t Always Go as Planned. Have you ever had something planned and certain circumstances got in the way? One thing I love about my marathon training is my schedule. I know exactly what distance I am running each day, and I even have my rest days scheduled in. I have it drilled in my head that I must stick to the schedule, and getting these miles in is very important. And when talking about long distance running, someone always chimes in with “ Especially the long run! Never skip the long run.” This all sounds easy enough until something happens making your schedule shift or…
  • My First Half Marathon Finish

    Julie Wilson
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    Goal: Finish a Half Marathon I started this year saying it was my year to be fearless and conquer my first half marathon. I accomplished that goal on Saturday August 23,2014! I didn’t just finish it, but I finished it well! My time for the 13.1 miles through a course full of rolling hills was 2 hours and 16 minutes.  I learned a lot about myself during this race. Confident in my Training I knew that the training I had done up until this point had physically prepared me for what I was going to endure during the race. I felt prepared and was in a great place mentally. It was foggy, and…
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    United Faith Church

  • Heavenly Minded

    Kris Burke
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Ephesians 3:7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. UFC, When I first read this verse I was stricken by the difference between Paul’s attitude in his writing and the circumstance he was in when he wrote it. If you read just the verse, he speaks about how he has become a servant of God and how it was given to him as a gift by God’s grace. He sounds like he is enthused and counts himself blessed to be given this opportunity of servanthood. But we know that Paul was writing this letter from a jail cell. He was imprisoned,…
  • Sonship

    Kris Burke
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Ephesians 1:5 In lovehe predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…   UFC, The world is full of people who have no choices in their actions but are bound to be “slaves to sin”. All of us can remember what that was like as we were once there. But Christ came to break slavery and bring us into sonship. Christ came and suffered on the cross so that you could be a son! We do not seek the Father because of rules; we seek the father because we have been adopted in love and we want to be close to our Father. We do not restrain…
  • Rejoice!

    Kris Burke
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Deuteronomy 16:14-15 You shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your towns. For seven days you shall keep the feast to the Lord your God at the place that the Lord will choose, because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful.   UFC, It is such an awesome time in the church of God! This verse is talking about the Festival of Tabernacles, the time we are currently…
  • Be At Peace

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ NIV) Its very easy to see the turmoil and chaos that’s building up in the world. There are cases of Ebola beginning to spread. There are diseases affecting children that doctors can’t cure. There are rumors of war and wars that are occurring. Threats of economic collapse, terroristic attacks, and the list goes on and on. But what should be happening within the believer at such a time? PEACE! Jesus speaks peace…
  • Obedience that is Faith

    Kris Burke
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Romans 1:5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. UFC, If you read into this verse in the Hebrew the words “That comes from” are interchangeable with “that is”. More accurately, this verse would say “… to the obedience THAT IS faith”. Isn’t that exactly what we, as the church, have been called to? Not a dead Faith that is fruitless but a faith that is alive and active and producing all sorts of fruit in our lives; most importantly obedience. This was the type of faith that Paul was…
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  • How Important Is Speaking in Tongues?

    SEGUN
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    How Important is Speaking in Tongues By Kenneth E. Hagin There is more to being filled with the Holy Ghost than speaking in tongues, but tongues are an important and inte­gral part of receiving the Holy Ghost, since they are the initial evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:4). Also, speaking in tongues is an integral part of the believer’s devo­tional prayer life, for as
  • DEALING WISELY IN LIFE'S AFFAIRS

    SEGUN
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    RHEMA ENCOUNTER DAILY DEVOTIONAL DEALING WISELY IN LIFE'S AFFAIRS This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8). The Septuagint rendering of the latter part of the verse
  • How to Have a Harmonious Marriage

    SEGUN
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    How to Have a Harmonious MarriageThe Number One Problem in Marriages—StrifeHarmony at home is one of the greatest blessings in life. It’s also one of the easiest blessings to lose if we don’t make a decision to do all we can to nurture our marriage relationship.From the Scriptures you can learn the proper attitude about marriage: “Let marriage be held in honor (esteemed worthy, precious, of great
  • Great Faith can be yours

    SEGUN
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    What is faith Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. —Hebrews 11:1 Moffatt's translation of this verse reads, "Now faith means that we are confident of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see." "Faith is just acting on God's Word irrespective of what we feel, think or see." Faith is an act. That's what faith is. Importance of faith We
  • God is watching over us (Protection)

    SEGUN
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Gods angels are watching over us Ps 91:11 ​​​​​​​- NETFor he will order his angels to protect you in all you do. Matt 18:10 “See that you do not disdain one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.Ps 34:7 ​​​​​​​The LORD’s angel camps around the LORD’s loyal followers and delivers them. Heb 1:14 Are they not all ministering
 
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    brian niece | sacramental living

  • Why Celebrity Pastors Are Going the Way of the Dodo Bird

    Brian Niece
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Celebrity pastors aren’t cool anymore.  But were they ever, really? North American churches have too easily slipped into cults of personality. And celebrity pastors have too easily given into the temptation to be called “good.” via // http://www.churchleaders.com I won’t name names in this post.  The intent here is not to call people out, nor add to divisions. The headlines of shady actions by celebrity pastors speak for themselves. Instead, let’s explore why this phenomenon even exits, and what it means to you. Follow Me Jesus used this phrase often. He called…
  • Let’s Talk About Grace, New Creation, Presence (Sermons)

    Brian Niece
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Grace, new creation, and presence sermons just posted here. God is on the move! I’m humbled to be a part of Christ’s work in reconciling all of creation to himself. Though I’m called to preach and that’s where I’m right at home, I know full well that the best sermons are those that are lived. My prayer is that something here will inspire you to join me in practicing the presence of God in all avenues of life. That’s how we make disciples!Related Posts: Another Un-Truth I Learned from the Church Hey, Leader! This Is for When the Transition Gets Tough 5 Ways…
  • 5 Ways We Can Live Grace in Everyday Life

    Brian Niece
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Grace radiates from the center of God. If we are being made in the image of this God, and if we are followers of Jesus the Christ, grace should be lived out in our lives in 5 clear ways. via // http://theologigal.com Paul’s letters to the Corinthians (the body of believers at Corinth) give insight to these 5 ways of living grace. 1. Divine Love The divine love that God shows to the undeserving is the greatest gift of all.  This character of divine love cannot be possessed. It must be granted. Paul’s greatest desire for the Corinthians is that they would be willing recipients of…
  • Truthful Tuesday :: The Work-life of a Pastor

    Brian Niece
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Some folks that are part of my faith community, CrossRoad Church, started a #TruthfulTuesday practice on Facebook a few weeks ago.  So here I am taking the plunge to show you behind the veil of my work-life as a pastor. It’s amazing that I’m pastoring again at all.  Let me explain … Why I’m Pastoring Again When I resigned from being a pastor 5 years ago, I wanted nothing to do with the local church, much less being a pastor ever again.  I was burned out, broken, hurt, damaged.  I knew I was still called to preach, but I couldn’t reconcile that call with…
  • Being the Church Around a Meal // from the archives

    Brian Niece
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    *This post first appeared September 14, 2008 // I thought this was an appropriate post based on the sermon I recently preached. We were sitting around, eating the family meal. Eliot, my 3-year old said, “We are the church.” “Why?” I asked. “Because we have food.” via // http://www.shutterstock.com My wife and I just stared at each other and smiled.  After a moment pregnant with meaning, awe, wonder, I said to Heather, “Something profound was just going on there.” She nodded in agreement. Somehow, Eliot is getting it … even at 3 years…
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    The Cross-Current

  • Shepherds 360 Conference [more notes and quotes]

    Cross-Current
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    My church, Colonial Baptist Church, in conjunction with Shepherds Theological Seminary (which I am attending), recently concluded their first annual national church leaders’ conference. The theme was, “Christ and our changing culture,” and the speakers included names such as Al … Continue reading →
  • Shepherds 360 Conference [Al Mohler]

    Cross-Current
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    My church, Colonial Baptist Church, in conjunction with Shepherds Theological Seminary (which I am attending), just concluded their first annual national church leaders’ conference. The theme was, “Christ and our changing culture,” and the speakers included names such as Al … Continue reading →
  • Tender Warrior

    Cross-Current
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    In light of my article on staying power, I thought it may be beneficial to share some excerpts from a book by Stu Weber (from whom I gained much of my ideas for that post, as I’m sure you’ll see). … Continue reading →
  • Man Up.

    Cross-Current
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    “To be a man is not a one day job… It is my duty as a man to persevere. Not that I will never fail; not that I will never fall down; but that I will never stay down.”    … Continue reading →
  • What Kind of Man Do You Want to Be?

    Cross-Current
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Some rambling thoughts on the kind of man I pray I may be, in light of my recent study on gender roles. Home Within my home, I am praying that God gives me the strength to be the husband and … Continue reading →
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    The WILD VOICE

  • PLEASE SIGN PETITION – Asking Pope Francis to ANSWER CARDINAL BURKE and DEFEND THE CATHOLIC FAITH

    The WILDVOICE
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    http://thewildvoice.org Please SIGN THIS PETITION asking Pope Francis to answer Cardinal Raymond Burke's call to defend Catholic teaching. Read more → The post PLEASE SIGN PETITION – Asking Pope Francis to ANSWER CARDINAL BURKE and DEFEND THE CATHOLIC FAITH appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • The Church's Enemies Within The Church

    The WILDVOICE
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    http://thewildvoice.org God's story unfolding – the murder of Pope John Paul I, the removal of Pope Benedict XVI, the rise of the False Prophet, the changing Eucharist PAGE TOPICS God's Story The Murder of Pope John Paul I Interesting Coincidences Tony… Read more → The post The Church's Enemies Within The Church appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • TWR- THE WILD REPORT – 10.07.14

    The WILDVOICE
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    http://thewildvoice.org 10.07.14: Changing Catholic Doctrine – Pope Purges Conservatives – EBOLA in US – EBOLA as Bio-Weapon – ISIS in Canada – Exorcism – Satanic HBO Show – Satanic Music Video – LGBT Inclusiveness – Zombie Apocalypse – Putin and The… Read more → The post TWR- THE WILD REPORT – 10.07.14 appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Pope Benedict XVI Is Still My Pope – We Want Our Pope Back

    The WILDVOICE
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org Please feel free to DOWNLOAD and SHARE this image freely. "Pope Benedict XVI Is Still My Pope – We Want Our Pope Back" Read more → The post Pope Benedict XVI Is Still My Pope – We Want Our Pope Back appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Letter to POPE FRANCIS from DR. KELLY BOWRING

    The WILDVOICE
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org "Are You Planning to Redefine Church Doctrine?" On October 1, 2014, Catholic Theologian Dr. Kelly Bowring released an open letter to Pope Francis. You may read the full letter at www.twoheartspress.com We have posted a video of Dr. Bowring reading… Read more → The post Letter to POPE FRANCIS from DR. KELLY BOWRING appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
 
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    Purposeful Faith

  • How to Believe God (over the lies of the world): Part II

    purposefulfaith
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: In the blog post, Caution: How Not to be of the World, we talked about how taking our focus off of Christ can divert us down a road we never intended to drive.  But, by keeping our eyes on the Lord, nothing can take us down.  Nothing can shake us.  Nothing can keep God away.  He sees us and is right next to us.  We can learn how to believe God and not the World. And when we do, God will stand next to us and walk us right up to the purpose of our life.  Finally, we can stand before purpose and to grab hold of it. When we keep our eyes on the Lord, when we keep him…
  • Caution: How Not to be of The World (Part I)

    purposefulfaith
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: We have a choice to make.  Do we believe the World or do we believe the Lord?  We have to live in this world, but we are smart to discover how not to be of the world. Because the fact of the matter is that you can’t serve both. You will either serve God or you will serve the world. “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.  (Matthew 6:24) The world tries to tell us that we need to be rich, powerful, successful, beautiful, funny,…
  • Why Can’t I Be Better?

    purposefulfaith
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Have you ever had that pull on your heart?  That ache that tells you that something is not quite right?  The persistent call that tells you that you have messed up yet again? The one that makes you ask, “Why can’t I be better?” It’s a feeling of shame, mixed with regret, all combined with a ton of guilt. I hate these feelings sometimes.  Even worse, I hate how I feel when I am not sure what I should do.  I hate not knowing if I will ever “be better”, “do better” and “love better”.  I hate feeling like I will…
  • The Best Tip to Get Through An Argument

    purposefulfaith
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: There is one tip – one tip – that is the best tip to get through an argument and you are about to learn it. We have all been in an argument. Those ugly, annoying, life-taxing disagreements that leave us feeling horrible. They hurt. They frustrate.  We feel slighted, annoyed and aggravated. We just can’t seem to get over how and why a person would treat us the way that they did. We Ask: Why would they intentionally hurt us? Why would they be so mean? Why would they go and say THOSE things? That is how I felt. I felt that the words spoken to me were…
  • How to Run Hard for the Lord

    purposefulfaith
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: God doesn’t answer based on what we want, he answers based on what we need. We may think we need peace and he says no, you need trials. We may think we need joy – he says perseverance.  We may think blessings – he says endurance.  We may think money – he says contentment.  We may think appreciation – he says love. I was on the hunt for “encouragement”… After my “big rejection”, an amazing friend who is wise beyond her years, strong in the Lord and faithful to his call, sent me this verse: “Therefore, since…
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    The Standard Blog for Christian Business Owners

  • Spiritual Warfare in Business

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    I’m not going to believe some mumbo-jumbo about evil spirits and demon possession Firstly, why should I even consider entertaining God and business in the same sentence? Secondly, I am perfectly capable of taking care of business by myself. And lastly, if you think I’m even going to believe some mumbo-jumbo about evil spirits and demon possession, you’ve got to be kidding – I’ll leave that for my kids and Halloween! Does this sound about right? Well, I’m not surprised, especially when Christians talk about faith and work together, they’re invariably referring to what happens in…
  • Can I to talk to God direct about my business?

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Don't listen to what others say about God - your life depends on it! We're told; "you're unique, there's only one of you, your fingerprints, eyes and even your ears are all unique." I get it, I'm unique, I accept I'm made this way, I also have a unique brain, a unique business, I have unique mind and my thoughts are my own too, because that's how it is. So why do so many listen to other people views, ideologies and perceptions about God?Surely if we're unique 'all-over' we should be making up our own minds about God - shouldn't we? Where do I start? How can I make up my own mind about God and…
  • Left Behind - Released 2014 - Starring Nicholas Cage

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    I believe this is the start of a major revival and that Hollywood will change millions of lives Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have blessed so many people with their books, not just the Left Behind series but literally hundreds more.   This film being released in October 2014 will, I believe, change the lives of more people that we could ever imagine - in to the millions! The books have sold over 75 million copies and to date they have over 1.2 million Facebook followers for the movie.I was once told by a "grown-up" Christian that the last book in the Bible - Revelation, was nonsense…
  • Kovac (Charlie) Karol - Testimony & Fund Raising for Ghana

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Saved From the Brink of Death and friending Jesus on Facebook Charlie Kovac rebelled as a kid growing up and got enlisted in the army by His Dad.  He then got put in prison for rioting. After the army he pursued a life of alcohol, dealing drugs and porn and ended up homeless on the streets of Prague before moving to the UK.  Charlie's life was heading for terminal disaster until he had a personal encounter with God. This is his testimony...Starting with a Curfew My name is Charlie, and I'm 32 years old. I grew up in Slovakia and I had a good childhood. I had the best parents anyone…
  • What can the West do about the Islamic Problem?

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    When we're so full of arrogance, self-aggrandisement and renounce faith in God? In the same way the Israelites who ignored God chose to follow their own ideologies and idols, so too have successive western governments. Muslim hoodlums are allowed to roam British streets telling the ‘open and welcoming’ resident British, they are no longer walking on British run territory but militant Shari’ a enforced territory.Did any of our British soldiers die for this to happen in their own country? Who is to blame for allowing this to happen? I believe it is quite simple to identify how this has…
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  • Life Interrupted

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the movie "Taken," a dad goes to extraordinary lengths to rescue his daughter from a group of sex traffickers. This isn't just the plot of an action movie. Sex trafficking is real, and it happens every day. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70 percent are female and half are children. The following is a guest post from Christine Caine, who with her husband, Nick, founded The A21 Campaign, an anti-human trafficking organization with the goal of…
  • Is It Wrong To Celebrate Halloween?

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Is Halloween the devil's holiday? Are Christians sinning if they dress in costumes for a party or trick-or-treating?The History of HalloweenWhat began as a holiday to mark the harvest time and the changing of seasons, ancient Celtic traditions used to emphasize the spiritual. The night between Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 was seen as a window of chaos when the spiritual world was especially accessible to the physical world. Masks, costumes, and bonfires were adopted to keep away evil powers and spirits of the dead.Catholic influence led to the creation of All Saints’ Day around AD 600 to…
  • How Fear Leads to Wisdom

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    We all fear something, whether it’s spiders, clowns, cats, failing, or finances. We all have something that causes a direct fear in us that causes us to make a decision. The way we handle our decisions when faced with fear will give us a perspective on how wise we are. We all want to be wise in how we handle decision making, but what does it take to gain wisdom?Proverbs 9:10 says the fear of God is where wisdom starts, but what does it mean to have a healthy fear of God? Why does it matter? How does fear lead to wisdom when the world tells us that courage leads to wisdom?Fear God, Gain…
  • Anger Doesn’t Have To Control You

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Anger boiled within me for decades.If my circumstances or relationships squeezed me in just the right way, out it would come, like molten lava below long dormant rock.When I was a moody 13-year-old, feeling trapped in a chaotic and dysfunctional home, I remember being so overcome with rage that I picked up a 100-pound armchair, held it above my head, and threw it into an empty corner of the living room, while mom and dad watched, dumbfounded.I’ve kicked holes through doors and slammed them so hard windows shattered. I’ve screamed at my wife so loudly that cops were called. The…
  • How To Have The Best Sex

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    As the grand finale to His creation, God created Adam in Genesis 2. Even before Adam came on the scene, God declared that everything He formed was good. But after Adam appeared, there was a single shortfall in all of creation. Adam was alone and that wasn’t good. So using Adam’s rib, God created Eve, an ideal companion for Adam. God united Adam and Eve and everything was very good. “Be fruitful and multiply,” God told them.Through Adam and Eve’s relationship, God reveals His design for marriage and for sex. To a lot of people the idea that marriage is between one…
 
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  • He Was A Cheater Until God Changed The Game

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Daniel and Michelle Hemmingsen had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed their lives forever. Watch the couple's remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind their story ...Daniel and Michelle Hemmingsen were engaged to be married when the affair began.The woman was a customer at the store Daniel was managing in a neighboring town. He flirted with her, telling her how nice she looked. Then he asked her whether she was single. And within a few minutes, they had…
  • The Couple That Was Stuck In The Middle Of God’s Love

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Jesse and Ashley Boot had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed their lives forever. Watch the couple's remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind their story ...Ashley Boot felt an instant connection when she met Jesse the night of her 21st birthday.Jesse invited her to a rehearsal with his rock band, April’s Fall, which was just breaking out as support for nationally known acts such as Hinder. And from that moment on, the two spent every day together,…
  • The Girl Who Said “Yes” To A Dream Bigger Than Herself

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Tori DiMuzio had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed her life forever. Watch her remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind her story ...Tori DiMuzio suddenly looked into her future and couldn’t see anything.NewSpring’s Senior Pastor Perry Noble had made a rare Wednesday night visit to the Fuse student ministry to share a special message that God had laid on his heart specifically for the church's thousands of middle school and high school…
  • From Burned Out To Sold Out

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Jonathan Ashe had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed his family's life forever. Watch his remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind his story ...Jonathan Ashe and his wife, Brooke, had made a pact.This time, they told themselves, they’d sit on the sidelines. They deserved the break, after all. They would say ‘no' to membership, ‘no' to serving, and ‘no' to small group. They would show up…
  • She Found The Reason To Keep Living

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Maribeth Bottorff​ had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed her life forever. Watch her remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind her story ...Maribeth Bottorff thought friends were for other people.As far back as she could remember, Maribeth felt sad, awkward, unwanted. Maribeth had grown up in church, but she didn’t believe anyone could love her, much less God. She felt lesser than other people. Defective."It seemed out of the realm of…
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  • Be Prepared to do Good – Daily Bible Post – 10.24.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    Today’s Scripture is Titus 3:1-7 Paul writes to Titus in this letter and asks him to remind the people to be obedient to authority and to do good. This can be a difficult thing because sometimes, in order to do good, it means not obeying whatever the authority is asking or trying to force us to do. Paul goes on to remind Titus that once, they were foolish people and surrendered to pleasures and passions, too. This sounds quite a bit like what we are dealing with today in our society. Things haven’t really changed all that much. Showing the Love of Christ The main message Paul…
  • Is your Closet Full? – Daily Bible Post – 10.23.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Today’s Scripture is Psalm 139:13-24 Have you ever met somebody that believes in the saying, “fake it until you make it”? This may sound okay and it might make you appear to be happy to the rest of the world, but God knows better. Often, when I worked in sales, I was taught to drop my personal stuff at the door and pick it up when the day was over. However, this trick didn’t allow me to escape what was going on in my life. Instead, it made me focus on it even more because I wasn’t allowed to talk about it. The Outside Looks Clean We do many things and have many…
  • God is Everywhere – Daily Bible Post – 10.22.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Today’s Scripture is Psalm 139: 7-12 The Psalm for today shows us something very important, God is everywhere we go. We cannot hide from God nor can we escape his presence. No matter where we go, He will be there. It’s important to take comfort in knowing God is with us in every place, at every time, forever. God loves us and wants to guide us every step of the way. All we have to do is step out of the way, turn everything over to God and let Him guide our lives with his love. Of course, this is easy to say and not so easy to do. Whenever we feel as if God may have abandoned us,…
  • Iggy Azalea – Black Widow – Is this a Satanic Song?

    Benjamin Ehinger
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    This should be a pretty easy question to answer. Is the song, “Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea Satanic? Below I will show you what you’re really listening to or letting your kids listen to when the radio plays this song. The Lyrics Let’s start by looking at the lyrics. Often, we hear it, but we don’t really know what we hear until it’s so etched in our brain we can’t seem to get it out. Here’s a closer look at what this song is all about. The hook: I’m gonna love ya Until you hate me And I’m gonna show ya What’s really crazy You…
  • Getting Messy for God – Daily Bible Post – 10.21.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Today’s Scripture is Luke 5:27-32 In the scripture for today, we see Jesus meet Levi the tax collector, also known as Matthew. Jesus tells him to come follow Him and Levi does so by throwing Jesus a party. At the party there are many other tax collectors and Jesus becomes accused of dining with sinners. It’s important to understand that tax collectors were the enemy of the time. They often charged more than the actual tax and put the excess in their pocket. Tax collectors were also those from a conquering country that had come in and taken over. In other words, they were the worst…
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  • How To Accelerate Muscle Growth In A Short Period Of Time

    Get Better Today
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    If you have ever stepped into a gym, most like you’ve used the old school method of 3 sets with 10 reps to try and build muscle.Then, 90% of you won’t return after a month because you don’t see any gains. Of course not! Think about what you’re doing. In order for a muscle to increase in size you have to first break it down. You’re not going to accomplish that will 3 measly sets of a weight you can lift 10 times. If you really want to build muscle, try the method fitness coach Chad Waterbury advocates in his book Huge in a Hurry. At first I was skeptical to try this method I am about…
  • The Top 5 Exercises That Burn The Most Calories

    Get Better Today
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    So many people would love to lose body fat. Whether the goal is to burn fat to allow muscles to shine through or you are looking to lose pounds, the key to doing so is cardiovascular exercise. Cardio gets your heart rate up and burns calories unlike any other type of exercise. Although, there are many calorie burning exercises out there, you want to do the ones that yield the best results.   Here are the top five exercises that burn the most calories.   Cycling Cycling is a huge calorie burner. It is basically the ultimate cardiovascular workout. Something as simple as a hour bike…
  • The Top Grossing Christian Movies Of All-Time

    Get Better Today
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
      With the recent success of God’s Not Dead and Heaven Is For Real, Christian themed movies are on fire at the box office right now. And like we mentioned in “Christianity Might Be Hollywood’s Secret Weapon”, the success is creating a situation where we’ll need to evaluate the biblical accuracy of each movie. But it’s hard not to get excited about the popularity in the movies with an honorable Christian message. That’s why we wanted to share this cool Infographic from OnlineChristianColleges.com that details the…   Highest-Grossing…
  • In Case You Didn’t Know, Jesus Wasn’t White

    Get Better Today
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    After Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly said “Jesus was a white man” on her show, popular Pastor Matt Chandler chose to address the issue in his next sermon. As you may not know, Jesus wasn’t white.  Hollywood and world history have inaccurately portrayed Him. Share On Facebook! Share On Twitter!
  • This Little Girl’s Prayer Is Hilariously Sweet

    Get Better Today
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
      “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” -Matthew 18:3 YouTube user MsTeddip, recently shared this incredibly cute video of a little girl praying before dinner.   Let’s just say it will melt your heart…
 
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  • New Preferred Service Provider: Kindrid

    Church Community Builder
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Unleash generosity with Kindrid Smart Giving. Kindrid provides churches an approach to giving built out of an understanding of generosity. Formed in partnership with LifeChurch.tv and OneHope, Kindrid’s Smart Giving tool is the simplest way for churches to engage givers. By providing easier and more enjoyable ways to give, the Kindrid team has found that churches can substantially increase participation in giving. You can learn more about the impact from a case study here. Not only is it simple for givers, but with a direct integration into Church Community Builder, Smart Giving also simple…
  • Nov. ’14: More Than Just a Pretty (Inter)Face

    Updates Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    A Redesign and More November 12’s release is more than just a beautiful new design. We’re also introducing some small but powerful new features to help you streamline the processes at your church. Mobile-Friendly Attendance We know attendance data is extremely valuable to you — crucial both in strategic planning and in evaluating the effectiveness of the ministry programs you already have. That’s why the interface for recording event attendance without logging in is one of the first places we’re implementing a new, mobile-friendly interface. Recording attendance with…
  • Nov. ’14: Introducing Church Community Builder 4.0

    Updates Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Beautiful New Style, with the Power You Expect We’re pleased to announce that, on the evening of Wednesday, November 12, we will be rolling out Church Community Builder 4.0 — a beautiful new look to our software, designed to feel intuitive and natural. If you’ve been wondering where we were going with the style updates we’ve been making in our last few updates, this is it! We think this new interface will be easy an