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  • Prayer Reveals Your Pride

    Pete Wilson
    Pete Wilson
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    Prayer reveals how much PRIDE is in the tank of your soul. Most of us struggle with prayer, because we’re very talented at pride. We are attracted to control, confidence, and competency. We have convinced ourselves that we have a lot more control than we actually do, but prayer allows us to realize that we are in desperate need of God’s help. I preached about this recently and I wanted to share a short portion of it with you.
  • Feasting on Thanksgiving

    Desiring God Blog
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In a week, most of us in the United States will gather as family and friends around a table and share in the lavish feast we call Thanksgiving. The tradition of setting aside a day to give thanks extends back to the earliest days of the U.S. The Continental Congress proclaimed a day of national thanksgiving in 1777, and President George Washington proclaimed one in 1789. After 1815, the practice disappeared until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln established an annual national holiday of Thanksgiving to be observed on the last Thursday in November. This tradition is a merciful common grace…
  • How to Instagram your quiet time.

    Stuff Christians Like
    Jon
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    If a Christian has a quiet time and doesn’t Instagram it, did it really happen? Comedian John Crist has the answer and it is brilliant. The post How to Instagram your quiet time. appeared first on Stuff Christians Like.
  • The secret circle of people you text funny stuff that you’re afraid to share online.

    Stuff Christians Like
    Jon
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I have a confession. I have a small group of friends I text funny stuff to that I am afraid to share online. They are like minded, humor friendly, non judgy people I trust not to shame me for laughing at something I probably shouldn’t be laughing at. It is possible I am the only one who does this. It is possible that you will have two reactions to this post: How dare you sir! I never text funny things to a select group of like minded people. You’re not brave! I tweet, Facebook, and pin whatever I feel like. But regardless of your reaction, I felt it was time to come clean. Here’s how it…
  • The word of the year is an addictive mist

    WORLDmag.com
    Emily Scheie
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    What new words have we used in 2014 to talk about ourselves and our world?  “[L]anguage has preserved for us the inner, living history of man’s soul,” wrote Owen Barfield in his book History in English Words . “It reveals the evolution of consciousness.” Each year, Oxford Dictionaries chooses a “Word of the Year”—one that reflects our culture’s conversation over the past months and has the potential to stick in our vocabularies. This year’s contestants come
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    WORLDmag.com

  • The word of the year is an addictive mist

    Emily Scheie
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    What new words have we used in 2014 to talk about ourselves and our world?  “[L]anguage has preserved for us the inner, living history of man’s soul,” wrote Owen Barfield in his book History in English Words . “It reveals the evolution of consciousness.” Each year, Oxford Dictionaries chooses a “Word of the Year”—one that reflects our culture’s conversation over the past months and has the potential to stick in our vocabularies. This year’s contestants come
  • Child homelessness spikes as marriage crumbles

    Kiley Crossland
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The number of homeless children in America is at an all-time high of almost 2.5 million, an 8 percent increase from 2012 to 2013, according to a report released Monday.  The report claims one in every 30 children in the United States is homeless, or “lacking a fixed, adequate, and regular nighttime residence.” It blamed poverty, trouble finding affordable housing, trauma from domestic abuse, and the difficulty of single parenting for the spike in the number of kids without
  • Pastors: Separate church and civil marriages

    Daniel James Devine
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    Dozens of pastors, priests, and other clergy have signed their names to an online pledge renouncing involvement in government-recognized marriages. “The Marriage Pledge,” posted at the website of the Christian journal First Things on Tuesday, calls on church ministers to “separate civil marriage from Christian marriage” and to refuse signing their names to government-issued marriage certificates. “In many jurisdictions, including many of the United States, civil authorities have
  • Pro-life leader convicted of cackling

    Bob Brown
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life activist faces jail time after her conviction Wednesday for harassing the operator of that region’s only abortion center. Government prosecutors said Bernadette Smyth, 51, had threatened Dawn Purvis, the director of the Marie Stopes abortion center in Belfast. Police had served Smyth with a notice of warning regarding her conduct outside the center, but Smyth had no prior criminal record. The judge in the case has ordered Smyth to pay compensatory
  • An immigration fix almost nobody loves

    J.C. Derrick
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Republicans, Democrats, and activist groups can all find something to dislike in the president’s executive order
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • 35 Things We’d Better Tell Our Sons About Harassment, Assault & “Boys will be Boys”

    Ann Voskamp
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    When the kid just up and said it, I choked on my drink, spit the water clear across the table. “I think assault culture is an assault against humanity.” Sure, when you’re the mother of four sons anything can happen at the dinner table, and you can count on it, we’ve about seen and heard it all. Yessiireee, this here is our little circus to love, these are our crazy monkeys to love. But when it comes up at the dinner table as the dark settles in, our own young men looking up from their dinner plates right at you and asking you — about men  who joke about drugging…
  • Preparing for Advent: When the First Snow Falls on the Trees — and Your Family Tree Feels Like A Mess

    Ann Voskamp
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Snow’s coming down here now like confetti for a party that just won’t stop and the orchard just keeps on welcoming the whole thing. Yeah, so only about two more beckoning weeks now. That’s what Advent means — coming. Only two more weeks now and it’s Advent — this waiting for the coming of the holy party. And Kai’s shaking trees like a big kid at the party and grinning that there are apples still hanging on the trees in the orchard in the middle of all our shaking snow globe. Kai’s got the trees feting him now and the dog’s romping like…
  • A Story: How One Unlikely Man Stopped the Stealing of Thanksgiving

    Ann Voskamp
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    So there this Farmer. Yeah, he could have been an electrician, a mechanic, a vet — and a story like this could have easily been about a salesman, a mother, a nurse, a teacher, a trucker because we’re all kin with stories that are kind of the same and we’re all the same kind of different. So, yeah, there once was this Farmer — and the guy knew dirt. He had dirt. And yeah, there’s not one of us that doesn’t. When he found out that this is the way it goes — that he had to work out his own salvation – he stood on the edge of the field and looked across it like a man trying to find…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [11.15.14]

    Ann Voskamp
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    all of this beauty? Extraordinary small towns all around the world This: When was the last time you were comfortable in your own skin? Think about that.  what happens when this 9 year old picks up a camera? A Paralyzed Vet. His Bride. And what she never expected could happen for their wedding dance. Can’t begin to express how I loved this — it’s like Van Gogh’s Starry night. In his hometown. For bikes to find their way home.  And then this happened to that girl with only weeks to live … that unexpected thing about depression & dark that no one tells you…
  • What The Cure Is: When You Keep Waiting for Real Life to Finally Begin

    Ann Voskamp
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    So when the first boy wandered back home from far away — Maybe mothers measure distance in heartbeats — he takes his old mama for a walk through the woods. The summer had been long. Not the heat, but the way parts of us had felt a bit scorched.  Yeah, you know — Burned. All summer, we didn’t know if we were staying on the farm. Or if we were meant to hammer in a For Sale sign in the front field and go looking for a piece of good dirt somewhere else. There’d been these long talks, the Farmer and I, the kids, trying to put out these burning questions, things that…
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    Stuff Christians Like

  • How to Instagram your quiet time.

    Jon
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    If a Christian has a quiet time and doesn’t Instagram it, did it really happen? Comedian John Crist has the answer and it is brilliant. The post How to Instagram your quiet time. appeared first on Stuff Christians Like.
  • The secret circle of people you text funny stuff that you’re afraid to share online.

    Jon
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I have a confession. I have a small group of friends I text funny stuff to that I am afraid to share online. They are like minded, humor friendly, non judgy people I trust not to shame me for laughing at something I probably shouldn’t be laughing at. It is possible I am the only one who does this. It is possible that you will have two reactions to this post: How dare you sir! I never text funny things to a select group of like minded people. You’re not brave! I tweet, Facebook, and pin whatever I feel like. But regardless of your reaction, I felt it was time to come clean. Here’s how it…
  • 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…
 
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    Acton Institute

  • Economic Tyranny Trumps Religious Liberty

    Acton Web
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    by Michael Novak In Poland and elsewhere, religious communities had inspired and led the nations for hundreds of years. In such places, people were not imprisoned solely in their own individual power, which was little. Sometimes they acted through institutions and associations of their own choosing. Solidarity in Poland, for example, or People Against Violence in Slovakia. You might also like... Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded read more
  • The (Actual) Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism with Gene Veith

    Acton Web
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Register Now Event Date:  February 26, 2015 - 11:30am1:00pm 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 students For more information regarding this event, please email Catherine Biewer at cbiewer@acton.org or call 616.454.3080.read more
  • ‘Contrarian: The Life of Sir John Templeton’

    Acton Web
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Pricing $15—Regular $10—Students For more information regarding this event, please email Catherine Biewer at cbiewer@acton.org or call 616.454.3080. Schedule 11:30am—doors open 12:00pm—Lecture 12:30pm—Screening Lunch will be provided Event Date:  February 12, 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. Register Now Narrated by Fred Dalton Thompson and directed by award-winning filmmaker…
  • Toil as Curse and Grace

    Acton Web
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    by Dylan Pahman According to ancient legend, Sisyphus was punished by the gods for his craftiness in life. You might also like... Work: The Meaning of Your Life—A Christian Perspective read more
  • Envy in a Time of Inequality

    Acton Web
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    by Samuel Gregg Envy, I’ve often thought, is the very worst human emotion. The epic Biblical narrative of Cain’s slaying of Abel reminds us that people have been jealous of others’ successes and well-being from time immemorial. When mixed, however, with the near-obsession with inequality that dominates much public discourse these days, there’s a serious risk that envy — and desires to appease it — can start driving public policy in ways that aren’t economically wise or politically healthy. You might also like... Tea Party Catholic read more
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • Putting Injustice in its Place: "Gary Haugen"

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Senior Pastor John Ortberg has a conversation with Gary Haugen from International Justice Mission in the first part of the "Putting Injustice in its Place" series.Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Live to Give: "Picking a Winning Investment"

    9 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Senior Pastor John Ortberg continues the series, "Live to Give," with a look at how to excel in the grace of giving through being a joyful giver.Featured Scripture:2 Corinthians 8:1-2,7, 9:7; Philippians 4:12-13; Proverbs 22:7; 1 Timothy 6:17; Matthew 6:19-21; 1 Chronicles 29:9Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Live to Give: "How to Get Rich"

    2 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Senior Pastor John Ortberg continues the series, "Live to Give," with a look at generosity and its effect on those who are generous.Featured Scripture:Luke 6:38; Proverbs 11:24-25; 2 Corinthians 9:6-11; Exodus 1:8-11; Exodus 5:1, 6-8, 17; John 12:24ffCheck out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Live to Give: "How to Be Rich"

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    Scott Scruggs continues the series, "Live to Give," with a message on what it means to be rich and how we can be rich through giving.Featured Scripture:1 Timothy 6:17-19; Proverbs 18:11; Ecclesiastes 5:10; Matthew 6:24Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Live to Give: "The Test"

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    This week, Senior Pastor John Ortberg is launching a new series, "Live to Give," 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+.
 
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    Brian McLaren EMC

  • Are you saying the entire Christian faith has been wrong?

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:17 am
    Quite often when I'm speaking to conservative Christian groups, whether the subject is evolution, the meaning of John 14:6, equality for women or LGBT people, the doctrine of inerrancy (papal or biblical), or related topics, people will say it is arrogant of me to suggest that the mainstream of the Christian church has been so wrong for so long. Certainly that could be the case. I wish I were a greater stranger to arrogance than I am. But to refuse to acknowledge the possibility that a tradition has been seriously, consistently, and tragically wrong can also reflect another kind of arrogance,…
  • A Difficult but Necessary Conversation ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Voice A: And we must ask you, 'Why are you picking on Israel?' Why not criticise countries like Syria or North Korea where they treat their people with contempt and barbarity. Why aren't you criticising Hamas who want to wipe Israel off the map and murder all of its Jews - haven't you read their charter! Why aren't you condemning Islamic State and Boko Haram? Surely they deserve your wrath more than Israel does. Israel treats women with respect and complete equality, and you can live an openly gay life without fear. How many Middle East countries can say that? Why are you attempting to…
  • Q & R: Research "emergent church"

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Here's the Q: I am a pastor in an evangelical church…. I love what has been happening in the emergent church and often feel like I am hiding in the evangelical world as I have experienced persecution for my searching heart and questioning the status quo of evangelicalism for some time. Anyways, the reason for my contacting you, is that I am writing a theological research paper on the theology of the Emergent Church. I was wondering if you could suggest some theological/scholarly texts that would aid me in the writing of this paper, both sources that would affirm and challenge the theology…
  • Q & R: Membership

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    Here's the Q: I am the pastor of a little church which is really struggling with the issues of church membership. We are recognizing more and more the aversion many people have to church membership. Most of us understand that aversion, having experienced spiritual abuse of one form or another, and therefore, we try to be supportive and compassionate and resist the temptation to be “heavy handed.” But after three weeks and two congregational meetings which almost were rendered ineffective because of the lack of a quorum … we also realize that, sometimes, we need to define a “corporate…
  • More on the emergent conversation

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    I was asked recently for my view of what's happening in the emergent/emergence conversation in North America. Here's a very short overview, from my perspective. +++++ The conversation continues to grow, not by creating a new slice of the pie, but by seasoning nearly all sectors of the pie. Even where the word "emergent" is not used, ideas from emergence leaders are being considered and adopted, leading to new experimentation and openness. Influence in the Roman Catholic world is still relatively small, but growing numbers of Catholic scholars and leaders are listening, reading, and engaging,…
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    byFaith

  • Sexual revolution is destroying families, Russell Moore tells Vatican conference

    Larry Hoop
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Prominent U.S. evangelicals Russell Moore and Rick Warren blasted the sexual revolution at a Vatican conference Tuesday (Nov. 18) and said it is destroying the institution of marriage. Moore, the public face of the Southern Baptist Convention, said sexual liberation had created “a culture obsessed with sex” that had simply led to a “boredom of sex shorn of mystery.” “Western culture now celebrates casual sexuality, cohabitation, no-fault divorce, family redefinition and abortion right as part of a sexual revolution that can tear down old patriarchal systems,”…
  • A Small Beginning

    Larry Hoop
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    (WNS)–Oslo’s Nobel Peace Center this month served as a launchpad for what lawmakers from around the world hope will be a global coalition to fight religious persecution. The gathering took place in the face of escalating violence against religious believers worldwide, and against a backdrop of carnage the same week. Reports of atrocities continue to emerge from Iraq, where the Islamic State captured and continues to hold hundreds of women and children after it evicted Christians, Yezidis, and other minorities from Mosul and Nineveh Province this summer.  From Pakistan just as the…
  • Ed Stetzer on Statistics and the Church

    Larry Hoop
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    (WNS)–Ed Stetzer is the president of LifeWay Research, an organization that does polling and statistical analysis. Though associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, LifeWay and Stetzer’s influence has spread well beyond Southern Baptist circles. Stetzer has two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and he is the author of nearly 20 books. He’s also a social media phenomenon with 135,000 Twitter followers. He’s become the go-to guy to learn about trends in the Christian world. This conversation took place at his office in Nashville, Tenn. Ed, what is LifeWay Research? We do…
  • Bethel Presbyterian

    Staff
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    Even the grounds that surround Bethel Presbyterian Church in Clover, South Carolina, bear witness to the story of God’s faithfulness. “The neat thing,” said pastor John Gess “is that they tell the story in tangible ways. When you’re on the property, you can see and experience God’s faithfulness.” Bethel was organized in 1764 by Scotch-Irish Presbyterians who settled in North Carolina and the South Carolina upcountry. More than 50 Revolutionary War patriots are buried in Bethel Cemetery, located on the church grounds. Among them is Thomas Neel, a War of Independence hero and a…
  • MTW West Coast Missions Conference

    Staff
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    As keynote speaker of Mission to the World’s first West Coast Missions Conference, Stephen Um, pastor of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston, will address the changing dynamics of missions with the rise of urbanization and globalization. Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Encinitas, California, will host the conference Jan. 30-31. The event will also feature newly nominated MTW coordinator Dr. Lloyd Kim. Um trains pastors planting churches in Asia through Redeemer New York’s City to City ministry. This role uniquely equips him to speak to pastors and lay people about the changing context…
 
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • Borders and Ethics: Krakow and Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church

    James F. Keenan
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    “I drove 9 hours from Ljubljana to Krakow, from Slovenia, through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and then into Poland.  I travelled through five countries and I was stopped at no border.  We are now a Europe without borders.  Are we European theological ethicists without borders? With these words, Slovenian Theological Ethicist Roman Globokar opened the conference on “Faith and Morals: Contemporary Challenges: Reorientation of Values; Change of Moral Norms?” last Friday in Krakow.  His words were at once challenging and welcoming.  For many years European Catholic theological ethicists…
  • The Best 2014 Election Analysis Was Written Two Years Ago

    Luke Hill
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    "(T)he biggest single under-discussed aspect of contemporary national politics is the consistent disparity in turnout patterns between presidential and non-presidential elections, which at the moment happen to align almost perfectly with party preferences." If anyone's taking nominations in the category of "Best 2014 Election Analysis", I nominate Ed Kilgore's Nov. 9 post, "Turnout Disparities and the Democratic Dilemma for 2014", on the Washington Monthly's invaluable Political Animal blog. What's so good about Kilgore's piece?  Well, for one, it's from Nov. 9, 2012.  That means it was…
  • She's talking to you, Amazon, but not only to you...

    Matthew Boudway
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    There have recently been many good articles about what Amazon is doing to the book trade. In February, the New Yorker's George Packer offered a short history of the company, along with some shrewd ideas about how publishers might escape its vise grip. In October, Franklin Foer, the editor of the New Republicdescribed how Amazon violates the spirit, if not the letter, of our anti-trust laws. Back in 2012, TNR's Leon Wieseltier published this nice little lament for some of the important things Amazon is destroying. And in our own November 14 issue, Albert Wu wrote about how the French…
  • Fifty years ago: Lumen gentium

    Joseph A. Komonchak
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    Tomorrow will be the fiftieth anniversary of the promulgation of Lumen gentium, Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, which by some standards can be said to be the most important document issued by the Council. Everyone expected that the Council would attempt to redress the imbalance in ecclesiology caused by the premature closing of the First Vatican Council which prevented that body from issuing the full statement on the Church that had been planned. The only document produced on the Church defined the supreme jurisdictional primacy of the pope and the infallibility of certain…
  • What's on the website

    The Editors
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    We’re highlighting a few new pieces on the homepage: The editors on the importance of letting Cardinal Burke speak his piece, Robert Mickens’s latest Letter from Rome, and, featured today, “‘I Want to Be a Sister,’” Helen Maher Garvey’s account of her years in a religious community, from the day she understood she was “called to a different life—a life of consecrated celibacy and one of ongoin
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • To Such As These

    Web Team
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is me. I have a name, but it is not easy to remember or pronounce and the person to whom it is attached is of no real value. Or so people tell me. I am small. And the world around me is so big. I try to contain it in the folds of my hands. There are things I want. To be comforted in the black pit of night. To raise my eyes and see sunlight streaming through my window, instead of waking to a smudged scene as dim to my heart as to my sight. To know if anything I do, any words I can utter from my mouth, will be worthy enough to catch praise. For my father to take notice. For my mother…
  • World Toilet Day: Well, This Is Awkward

    Katy Causey
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I love awkward situations. What makes most people squirm makes me break out in a fit of laughter. I enjoy watching people react in uncomfortable situations and don’t mind entering awkward situations myself. At this point, you’re probably asking yourself two questions. How does this woman have any friends? Is she about to ask us something awkward?!? Both valid questions. And sure, now that you brought it up, here’s a potentially awkward question: How do you feel about toilets? That’s right. Toilets. They go by different names around the world: squatty potties, latrines, pits,…
  • 4 Tips for Writing Your First Letter

    Yvonne Reynolds
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    You attended a concert a couple of weeks ago or maybe someone spoke at your church and your heart was moved to sponsor a child through Compassion. Yea! Congratulations! And then, just yesterday, you received a welcome packet for this new member of your family. As you look through it, you read the section titled “Write to Him” and you think, Wow! I can’t even remember the last time I wrote a letter, let alone sent a card to someone! What in the world am I supposed to write to this child? You can write letters online or from your smartphone, but a lot of our Pinterest followers…
  • The Year I Gave Homework for Christmas

    Brandy Campbell
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m a big reader. As a child, I had books hidden away everywhere — in the cushions of the couch, tucked under my brother’s car seat and stuffed into my pillowcase. So when I was about 10 years old, I decided I would buy every person in my family a book for Christmas. I pored over the Scholastic Books order form and found books for my parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. I wrapped them and carefully placed them under the tree. On Christmas Eve, when we exchange gifts with my extended family, I was so excited to watch everyone open their gifts. There was one problem, though. Not…
  • The Best Perspective on Setting Goals

    Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    As part of a recent global staff meeting, President Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado shared his perspective on the power of setting goals and achieving them. I want to talk to you about goals. I think goals are powerful. You certainly need them to be successful in athletics or in academics. Goals are powerful because they can create the right conversation, spur the right imagination and give you direction to the right amount of scaling for what you’re trying to achieve. In the 1960s, NASA set a goal to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. President Kennedy picked up on it and told…
 
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    Big Is The New Small

  • You Suffer From Paranoia

    Scott Williams
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    Some of you probably clicked on this post because you found yourself intrigued by the title and others of you clicked asking yourself the question, “I wonder if I suffer from Paranoia?” Read through the simple definition of Paranoia below: Paranoia 1.baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others. 2. a tendency on the part of an individual toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others. Often times people become so consumed with what people think and trying to please people that they truly suffer from paranoia.  All of their…
  • Why Leaders and Organizations Need To Stop Burying Their High Capacity Talent

    Scott Williams
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Most organizations and leaders would love to have “High Capacity” leaders to fill the slots within their organizations. The sometimes overlooked challenge is the fact that with “High Capacity” leaders, comes the need for those leaders to lead at uhh… a “High Capacity” in addition to releasing their creativity. This will sometimes leave organizations scratching their head and asking the question what do I do with so and so?  They are knocking it out of the park, they have an entrepreneurial spirit, their potential is off the charts and they actually…
  • 4 Ways To Get Your Ideas To Spread by Seth Godin

    Scott Williams
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    Great thoughts on getting your ideas to spread. 4 Ways To Get Your Ideas To Spread by Seth Godin is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • Greatness Is Always A Matter Of Choice

    Scott Williams
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    We live in a world where there is greatness all around us. We get to watch our favorite TV programs with all of the great actors and actresses. Right now we are in the middle of the MLB World Series where we get to watch the greatest baseball players in the world battle it out on the field. We get to attend conferences and hear from some of brightest minds and the greatest speakers of our time. We simply get to sit and watch greatness. We get to imagine what greatness could be and get a little glimpse of what it is. We get to watch greatness all around us and often times we are in awe because…
  • 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…
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    Desiring God Blog

  • The Local Church and the Supremacy of Christ

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Membership in your local church is one of the most important things about you. The local church is the greatest, most profound collective of which any human could be a part. Your family, your career, your nationality — these all pale in comparison to what it means to be a member of a local church. And of course, this doesn’t make any sense unless we understand what the local church actually is. There is a lot we could say at this point, and there are many good definitions out there, but in hopes of keeping it basic, here’s one way to put it: The local church is a community of Christians…
  • The Search for a Better Pleasure

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Desire is a tricky thing. It has the power to lead us either to a throne or a tomb, to slavery or freedom, to true joy or mirages of satisfaction. The war of faith and desire began in the Garden. In Genesis 3:5, Satan is ending his conversational attack on Eve’s faith by influencing her logic, causing her to question not only the commandment of God but the character of God. He uses his demonic craftiness to subtly lie to Eve, telling her that God will not do what he said, that he’s not as good as she thinks he is. Sinful Desires? When the character of God comes into question, the mind and…
  • Feasting on Thanksgiving

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In a week, most of us in the United States will gather as family and friends around a table and share in the lavish feast we call Thanksgiving. The tradition of setting aside a day to give thanks extends back to the earliest days of the U.S. The Continental Congress proclaimed a day of national thanksgiving in 1777, and President George Washington proclaimed one in 1789. After 1815, the practice disappeared until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln established an annual national holiday of Thanksgiving to be observed on the last Thursday in November. This tradition is a merciful common grace…
  • What Does It Mean to Be Gospel-Centered?

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    To be gospel-centered is first to do everything you do in reliance on blood-bought grace and promises. To be gospel-centered is to do everything you do with a view of displaying the all-satisfying grace of God. To be gospel-centered is to live so that you show the glory of God, treasuring above all things the One through whom grace comes. Watch the entire sermon, Gospel-Centered History and Gospel-Centered Living. Related Resources I Act the Miracle (message) Ten Gospel Verses to Keep Warm (article) The Eight Steps of Christian Obedience (interview)
  • Resolve to Be a Lifelong Learner

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Wisdom does not come automatically with age (Job 32:8–9). You’ll find plenty of foolish old fogies out there. For many aged saints, gray hair and a good head go hand in hand. But for others, far too many others, length of life only entrenches stubbornness, irritability, and careless ways of thinking and living. Life experience may increase inevitably with age, but without some long-term pattern of receptivity and intentionality, multiplied experiences will only create more confusion than clarity. For Christians in particular, the stakes are even higher for cultivating holy curiosity and…
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    Emergent Village

  • What Do Your Ceiling Lights Say About You?

    Thomas
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    “Light” by @Doug88888 licensed under CC BY 2.0 What Do Your Ceiling Lights Say About You? Believe it or not, your choice of ceiling lights illuminates more than simply the living room or kitchen in your home. The centrepiece of your room, your lighting choice can give away some clues to your personality too. Whether a reflective, delicate chandelier, or a more modern, brushed-steel affair; Read on to find out what your home lighting says about you, and how you can embrace the persona… The Chandelier “Chandeliers” by APPLE OU licensed under CC BY 2.0  Although…
  • Winter warming interior designs

    Thomas
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    When it comes to getting ready for a cold and blustery winter, changing summer cottons for woolly knits is a definite requirement. Preparing the home for wintertime may not be the first thought as the temperature falls, but taking a few steps to getting interiors ready for winter will ensure the home remains a cozy refuge throughout the long, dark season. Beating the winter chill The key to maintaining a warm interior during the colder months is to embrace cozier textures and warmer colors. Warming up the home’s interior may be accomplished with larger-scale projects such as painting walls…
  • The Different Uses of Log Cabins

    Thomas
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    A log cabin isn’t just somewhere you stay when you’re on a skiing holiday in the Alps, you can have your own in your back garden if you want to! The stylish and spacious designs are perfect for adding a touch of class to the exterior of your home and provides a great alternative to the traditional wooden garden shed.   Log cabins are far from just alternatives to sheds, however. They have the potential to provide all kinds of uses around the home, many of which you might not have initially thought of. Their size, in comparison to the traditional garden shed, means you can use them…
  • 3 Reasons To Choose Quadrant Shower Enclosures For Your Bathroom

    Thomas
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    3 Reasons To Choose Quadrant Shower Enclosures For Your Bathroom When you’re refurbishing a bathroom there’s a lot of things to take into account, and one of the most important is your choice of shower enclosure. There’s certainly no shortage of different configurations, manufacturers and models on the market. In fact it can get downright difficult to know which to choose. Each bathroom will have its own requirements, so the kind of enclosure that works best in a big bathroom might not be right for an en-suite. However, quadrant shower enclosures are increasingly popular and work in a…
  • Preparing Your Pond For Winter

    Thomas
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    It’s safe to say that winter is well on its way, so it’s time to prepare your pond for the colder weather. Put together a set of equipment, including a pond vacuum, plant scissors, tongs and maybe a net. This way you are well prepared for every season as it arrives. Plants and Trees First of all remove any delicate or exotic plants. They won’t be able to survive during a frost. Remove and wrap the roots in damp newspaper and then in bin liners or plastic bags. Keep in a heated shed or cellar during the cold season, making sure that the roots are kept moist. Trim back any plants that…
 
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • Best Shot for GOP in 2016? Look to the Governors

    Henry Olsen
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:41 pm
    To win in 2016, Republicans need to rely on a model of positive governance that suits the public mood better than the liberal or conservative models Washington has on tap. The post Best Shot for GOP in 2016? Look to the Governors appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • What Will the GOP’s Senate Takeover Mean for Judicial Nominations?

    Edward Whelan
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Senate Republicans should give President Obama's judicial nominees the same treatment that Senate Democrats offered Republican nominees in the recent past. The post What Will the GOP’s Senate Takeover Mean for Judicial Nominations? appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Ukrainian Lessons for the West

    George Weigel
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    The Maidan “revolution of dignity” in Ukraine has reminded those with eyes to see and ears to hear of truths that form the moral and cultural foundation of the Western experiment in democracy and ordered liberty. The post Ukrainian Lessons for the West appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • EPPC Briefly: November 13, 2014

    EPPC Briefly
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Yuval Levin on what a Republican Congress should do; Ed Whelan on the judicial filibuster; Jim Capretta on the future of Obamacare; and more. The post EPPC Briefly: November 13, 2014 appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Ecumenism and Russian State Power

    George Weigel
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    For the past year, top leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church have functioned as agents of Russian state power in matters having to do with Ukraine. The post Ecumenism and Russian State Power appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Enjoy A Free Chapter of “Lean on Me” from the Folks at FaithGateway

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
      The fine folks at FaithGateway posted a free chapter of Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community today. Here’s a little tease; you can click over to their website for the rest! They’re also offering 20% off the book, too! (Insert your own verbiage about stocking stuffers or Christmas shopping here…I’ll save you the grief.) Much love, Anne Marie Sometimes the only way to return is to go. — Josh Garrels Leaving behind four years of friendships in Nashville, I moved to California, confidently running, fearless in my decision to…
  • Having a Plan for Coping with Anxiety

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    It was 3:12 am and it felt like what I imagine a heart attack feels like. If I hadn’t felt this tightness hundreds of times before in the last 20 years, I probably would have been concerned, but it was a familiar foe. Rarely does it visit while I’m sleeping, but last night it did. I took some deep breaths, told my brain what was happening (because brains are only wired to know evidence – my racing heart and shallow breathing – not reason.) “You are starting to have a panic attack. There is no reason you should be this afraid. You are healthy, you are safe. This feeling…
  • 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…
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    Godspace

  • Blessed, Grateful But Living In the Tension

    Christine Sine
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:28 am
    The church year, which sets the rhythm for life here at Godspace is almost over. Officially it ends next week, but last year, I started messing with tradition and began Advent early with a week of gratitude and thanksgiving. It was so good that we decided to continue the tradition this year. Wow, what a year […]
  • A Thanksgiving Liturgy for 2014

    Christine Sine
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:39 am
    American Thanksgiving is only a week away. People are zipping across the country (or at least trying to plough through the record snowfalls to get together) to spend the day with family and friends. This is the holiday that I have most relished adopting since I have lived in the U.S. but I find that in […]
  • Welcome to the Manger – Let Us Stand in the Sacred Circle

    Christine Sine
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    Today I intended to make my Come to the Manger Advent wreath. I got as far as cutting out the circle for the wreath and printing out the manger image I plan to paste at the centre. Then I stopped. Suddenly it struck me that what I had in front of me was an image […]
  • Celebrating Christ the King Sunday

    Christine Sine
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:36 am
    Sunday is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday in Ordinary Time before Advent and the beginning of a new liturgical year.  I wanted to make sure that the celebration did not pass unnoticed in the midst of my preparations for Thanksgiving and Advent even though I must confess it is not a celebration that is very much on […]
  • Meditation Monday – The Gathering of Memories

    Christine Sine
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
    Have you ever noticed how often the Israelites collected rocks to build cairns as memorials for significant events in their history?  Joseph built one after his encounter with God.  The whole nation of Israel built one after they crossed the Jordan.  Memorials, reminders, places to come and and remind us of the faithfulness of God […]
 
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    thehighcalling.org

  • Create Good: Harvesting Quiet Gifts of Good

    mkayesnyder
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:49 pm
    I grew up in a family entrenched in ministry.  I saw shepherding and serving as difficult and thankless.  My parents often burned-out on doing good but never pulled back for times of respite. The older I became, the more I resented their focus on other people, especially since my siblings and I floundered around spiritually. My mom cross-stitched Galatians 6:9 as a Christmas gift to hang in my dad’s office. The verse read, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”  How could they be so committed when the Church was such a…
  • Create Good: Finding Purpose in a Pickle Jar

    Tarissa Helms
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I love pickles–ALL sorts of pickles. Pickle spears to accompany sandwiches, dill slices on hamburgers, little gherkins for snacking, and giant pickles on a stick (the kind they sell at the state fair). Consequently, we have a lot of pickle jars at my house. I used to throw them away. I mean, what good were they, anyway? They were tainted by the sour smell of pickle, and that’s not an odor easily removed. Besides, they didn’t have the same cute-factor as store-bought mason jars. I deemed them worthless and threw them in the trash. Then, one day I needed a jar and couldn’t find one. A…
  • Create Good: Close Enough to Love

    Anne Dahlhauser
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    “Your house smells weird!” He dramatically shook his head and crinkled his nose. I agreed. “Yea, it smells different than yours, huh?” I didn’t rush to open a window or light a candle. He was right. My place doesn’t smell like his. In fact it’s so different, it must be “weird” to his eight-year old nose. As I’ve lived and worked among various cultures, I have come to recognize the unique smell of each; we all tend to cook certain types of foods, use certain cleaning products, prefer certain fragrances over others, etc. It’s obvious. And, it’s apparent even to the…
  • Create Good: Cultivating Good in the Midst of Grief

    Sandra Heska King
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    She was my age, and also a nurse. She helped birth this place–a place where people could live out their last days in unforced rhythms of grace, where grief itself could cultivate good. I’m sure she never dreamed that she would be birthed to a new life from one of its beds. She was admitted the same day we were, to the room next door to ours. She’d done battle for 18 years. A bone marrow donor stood ready, but she could not bounce back from her latest round of chemotherapy. Hers was a family devoted to caring–husband a respiratory therapist, daughter a nurse (for one of my…
  • Create Good: Choosing Good to Create Good

    leigh.powers1
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The emotional undertow started tugging at my ankles while I was mopping the kitchen. Yesterday’s confrontation with a coworker played through my head, and my emotions went along with the wave. Anger. Hurt. Powerless. Trapped. My thoughts tugged at me, tempting me to sink deeper beneath the surface. Why didn’t you speak up for yourself? You’re such a coward. And what’s her problem, anyway? You were right. You ought to go back in there tomorrow and make sure your boss knows what happened. It was a familiar cycle: rehearse it all in my head, chewing over the hurt and offense like a cow…
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    Good Letters

  • The Subtle Traitor

    A. G. Harmon
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:18 am
    I’m about to describe a character. He doesn’t exist everywhere, nor is he a threat to everyone. But it’s important to sketch out his profile, because he’s hardly ever seen for what he is, and because his brotherly embraces can end with a knife between your ribs. To be even halfway familiar with him, you [Read More...]
  • The Treasure in the Trash

    Chad Thomas Johnston
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    As much as I associate Kansas with The Wizard of Oz, I have yet to come across one canary-colored brick in my eight years as a Kansan. There are, however, a number of historic red brick sidewalks and streets in Lawrence, the city I call home. The words “LAWRENCE KANSAS” appear, imprinted, on the bricks, [Read More...]
  • Trouble Called Again Last Night

    Richard Chess
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:23 am
    Trouble called again last Thursday night. The number illuminated in the landline phone’s small window. Mother. She’s eighty-four now. Father’s eighty-seven. They sold their house—where we lived when I was in in high school—about twenty-five years ago. Moved into a condo. They’re still living in the condo, independently. A few nights earlier, during one of [Read More...]
  • Back off, Man, I’m a Scientist

    Tony Woodlief
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:28 am
    My friend in graduate school used to groan as the holidays approached. His father was a surgeon whose every dinner table pronouncement about medicine was taken as authoritative. His sister was a lawyer, and her proclamations about whatever legal conflicts happened to be in the news were likewise greeted with unquestioning acceptance. My friend lamented [Read More...]
  • Seeing and Being the Face of Christ

    Jan Vallone
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:54 am
    The Catholic church I attend is lovely. A wine brick building with a copper steeple in the English Gothic style, it is not only a city landmark, but listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Perhaps it’s because of this pedigree that the sanctuary is maintained in a way that exudes warmth and welcome, [Read More...]
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • The Marriage Pledge and the Libertarian Solution to the Marriage Debate

    Jake Meador
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Over at First Things the Revs. Christopher Seitz and Ephraim Radner have published a document called The Marriage Pledge. The gist of it can be summed up as follows: Therefore, in our roles as Christian ministers, we, the undersigned, commit ourselves to disengaging civil and Christian marriage in the performance of our pastoral duties. We will no longer serve as agents of the state in marriage. We will no longer sign government-provided marriage certificates. We will ask couples to seek civil marriage separately from their church-related vows and blessings. We will preside only at those…
  • Mere Fidelity: Theosis and the Warning Passages (Ask Us Anything, vl. 2)

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    In this episode we consider the role the warning passages play in Scripture and the question of theosis.  The conversation takes a hand-brake turn at 16:30, so if you’re only interested in one of those subjects then that’s the place to go. We mentioned this article by J. Todd Billings, so go read that.  If you’re interested in more, you can read Letham’s Union with Christ, Horton on the same theme, and J. Todd Billings again. Special thanks to MK Creative Arts for the audio editing. If you enjoyed the show (AND ONLY IF), leave us a review at iTunes.  If you…
  • An Accurate Parody: On Andrew Wilson and Matthew Vines

    Guest Writer
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    Editor’s note:  Samuel James is a writer based in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned a BA in apologetics from Boyce College. He blogs regularly at Patheos and tweets regularly at @samwisejams. Did Andrew Wilson’s parody misrepresent Matthew Vines? Last week Andrew Wilson posted a brilliant and (in many minds) effective satire called “The Case for Idolatry.” The piece parodied many of the arguments used by progressive evangelicals advocating for a departure from traditional Christian teaching about homosexuality. Wilson opened his piece this way: For many years, I was taught that…
  • Mere Fidelity: The Bible and Dr. Peter Enns

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    The backstory:  Andrew Wilson reviewed Dr. Peter Enns’s new book.  Dr. Peter Enns responded to said review.  We talked about it (above), and we scheduled it in a hurry so we didn’t get Dr. Enns on.  Our bad.  We’d love to have him join us.  Really.  Then Andrew responded to Dr. Enns. Confused yet?  Listen in.  It will help everything. Special thanks to MK Creative Arts for the audio editing. If you enjoyed the show (AND ONLY IF), leave us a review at iTunes.  If you didn’t enjoy the show, let us know and we’ll work to make it better.  Or we’ll ignore you.
  • The Media, Evangelicals, and Me: On Being a Pessimist in a Progressive Age

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    The conservative evangelical world has confronted stories over the past two weeks of defectors and would-be defectors to the traditional view of marriage. Hillsong, the mega-mega church from Australia who are re-colonizing the West with their church plants, found themselves under the spotlight precisely by trying to avoid it. Conservatives denounced them, led by one-time Mere-O writer Andrew Walker, and they promptly came out and said that Saint Paul was right, guys, and everything is A-OK. Then Jonathan Merritt wrote a story on David Gushee’s change of heart that was sent around with…
 
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    RZIM

  • With Gratitude on Veterans Day

    Ravi Zacharias
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    Thank you to all who have served in the U.S. military. You have our respect and gratitude on Veterans Day and every day. I have tremendous admiration for your skill, your commitment, and your passionate desire to defend this country and this country’s values, which I also cherish. More than ever, your strengths are needed in a world where so much is going wrong with such rapidity. We must be very careful to protect our loved ones, our offspring, and the values by which we live. America’s military and guardians of the law are protecting the sacredness and sovereignty of a nation and…
  • Prayer Request: Programs with Glenn Beck on November 10

    Ravi Zacharias
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Hello to all our friends and supporters. I have a special prayer request for two programs I have been invited to do with commentator and broadcaster Glenn Beck at his studios in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, November 10. I met with Glenn recently, and he is a delightful person to know and talk with. He is on his own spiritual journey. He would like to interview me on my latest book, Why Suffering?, and also on my spiritual journey. I am grateful for this unique opportunity, but it will be a tough one. I am a deeply committed evangelical Christian. Glenn is a member of the LDS church. So in that…
  • Happy 96th Birthday to Billy Graham!

    Ravi Zacharias
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Happy 96th Birthday to a dear friend and hero of the faith, Billy Graham! Dr. Graham literally opened the whole world up for my calling and my passion as an evangelist, and I am profoundly grateful. I pray God will continue to strengthen Dr. Graham and use the ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to reach many with the truth of the Gospel message. I shared this personal reflection alongside many others in the 2013 book, Billy Graham and Me: 101 Inspiring Personal Stories from Presidents, Pastors, Performers, and Other People Who Know Him Well. I first met Billy Graham in…
  • 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…
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    Gordon Atkinson

  • The Ministers’ Morgue

    Gordon Atkinson
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Originally posted in 20087 at RealLivePreacher.com. This story may only be online for a limited time, since it will be in the new edition of Turtles All the Way Down. I got the news that a minister friend had died in Waco. He dropped dead right on the sidewalk. There was no warning. A witness said he looked surprised for a moment, and then fell in a heap. I hadn’t heard from Doug in years, so I was surprised to find that my name was in his wallet, listed as the person to contact in an emergency. He had a wife, but she left him years ago. I heard he was working at a church in Waco. I…
  • Greetings to the 2006 Freshman Class of Cornell University

    Gordon Atkinson
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Originally published in August of 2006 at Real Live Preacher. The big day is finally here; you’ve made it to college. You’ve worked hard to get into Cornell, and I assume you are giddy with excitement. Almost drunk with it. This is the beginning of a modern adventure that is almost mythic for our culture, and I hope you see it that way. I went off to college in the fall of 1980. Sure, the world was a different place then, but I felt much the way you do now. If I recall, my main concern was not looking stupid. I knew I was a freshman, but I didn’t want to look like one, you know? The…
  • The Smallest Person In All The World

    Gordon Atkinson
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    A Dramatized Version of a Bible Story The Rabbi (20 years before) Jesus, son of Joseph, what would you do if you met the smallest person in the world? The smallest, Rabbi? Yes, the person who matters the least. The person with absolutely no power. The smallest person in all the world. How would I know this person, dear Rabbi? Indeed, how WOULD you know this person? For when we speak of the smallest person in the world we are speaking of the very mathematics of God. It is only with the reckoning of The Almighty that we are able to make sense of a newborn infant, a fallen sparrow, and a single…
  • Everett Joseph Smith was a real boy

    Gordon Atkinson
    10 Mar 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This essay was never published online. It was written for the book (RealLivePreacher.com) and published in 2004. There were 9 essays only that only appeared in the book. The phone call came at night. Doesn’t it seem like they always do? I felt sick. I hung up the phone and turned to my wife. “John and Denise’s baby came.” There was nothing to say, really. We sat there feeling horror and dread. “How far along?” she asked. “Twenty-two weeks. A little boy, and he was alive.” Her face fell. My wife is a chaplain. She spent years working labor and delivery, so she knows what…
  • The Preacher’s Story in Four Parts

    Gordon Atkinson
    10 Jan 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This short autobiography was posted in four parts from December 14-21, 2002, the first month of Real Live Preacher. I’ve never liked it. It was roughly written, and I cringe when I read it. Correction, I cringed when last I read it back in 2004. My editor at Eerdmans agreed that it was rough, but he liked that about it and demanded that we include it in the book. He felt it was unpretentious or something. Maybe so. Offering my opinion on that would introduce paradoxes, so I’ll just smile and say nothing more about it. I do recall that this was a kind of break-out piece for me. It…
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    Red Letter Believers

  • All of out excuses. How about you?

    David Rupert
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    I was once a Bible-breathing-on-fire young man, ready to change the world. I did my share of shaking things up. But then life got in the way — Marriage. Kids. Jobs. Career. A mortgage. Soon, I had every excuses, every reasons why I couldn’t change the world. And I’m still using them. Only now, I use my past as an excuse, littered with selfishness and broken relationships. I have proven inadequacies, personal chinks in my armor that I know leave me vulnerable. I have doubts and uncertainties about my abilities. “Pick someone else,” I pray. Indeed, if you are like me, we…
  • 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…
 
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Shoot Christians Say

    Steve McCoy
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    My wife made me aware of this. Not new. Still relevant. Not secular. Funny! I laughed pretty hard at this. Enjoy and happy Friday!
  • Lots-o-Links 11.20.14

    Steve McCoy
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    Tim Keller's New Lectures on Preaching | Here you will find four new lectures on preaching and a link to Keller's older talks with Clowney on preaching. Also check out my Tim Keller Resources page.New books to check out, especially as the new year approaches... Tim Keller - Prayer (Amazon) | I'm partway through and it's excellent. Inspiring. Refreshing.Paul Tripp - New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional (Amazon) | These are dated, so perfect for 2015.National Book Awards for 2014 | I'm going to check out Louise Gluck's winning book of poetry, Faithful and Virtuous Night.
  • Logos - Bible Speaks Today NT Commentaries

    Steve McCoy
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    For the last few months I've been using the Bible Speaks Today (BST) New Testament commentary series on Logos. They supplied me with the digital copy in my Logos library for use and review. I reviewed Logos 5 in March and my review for Logos 6 will be up in a few weeks. It's an outstanding program. The BST commentary series isn't new to me. Commentaries from this set have been a blessing to me for years and are some of my favorite commentaries because they do so well at blending Bible exposition, pastoral considerations, and theology. They are deep without…
  • Field Notes - Ambition

    Steve McCoy
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    Two of the everyday carry (EDC) things are a pocket notebook and a pencil. I'm nerding out over them and they are making my daily work more efficient, my mind less cluttered, and my productivity apps on my phone a little more lonely. My favorite pocket notebook, a recent discovery of mine, is Field Notes. And what a discovery. Small enough to keep in a front pocket or throw in a bag. It's barely noticed, yet it gives me the freedom to have the original "white board" with me everywhere I go to do with as I please. I use it as a paper planner, mind dump, quote collector, todo list, journal, and…
  • Music Monday 11.17.14

    Steve McCoy
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Amazon's $5 albums have been a bummer lately, but this most recent batch has some gems. Here they are...Andrew Bird: Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of...Chvrches: The Bones of What You BelieveTove Lo: Queen of the Clouds | Her song "Habits" is one of my favorite songs of the year. Amazing. Right in the same wheelhouse as Sia's "Chandelier."LCD Soundsystem: This Is HappeningExplosions in the Sky: Take Care, Take Care, Take CareThe Gloaming: The GloamingJ.D. McPherson: Signs & Signifiers | Try out: "North Side Gal"Damien Rice: OSturgill Simpson: Metamodern Sounds In…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • The Common Room: Aristotle on Human Flourishing

    Scriptorium Admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:25 pm
    In this edition of The Common Room, Dr. Fred Sanders moderates a discussion with Dr. Janelle Aijian and Dr. Paul Spears on the philosophy behind Aristotle’s notion of “human flourishing.” The post The Common Room: Aristotle on Human Flourishing appeared first on The Scriptorium Daily.
  • Doctrine or Problem: Wainwright on the Trinity in the New Testament

    Fred Sanders
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    In 1962, Arthur W. Wainwright published The Trinity in the New Testament, a helpful one-volume treatment of a vast subject. Wipf & Stock keeps it in print, and no wonder: Wainwright handled the material so well that only a few pages in it seems dated –though it’s more than fifty years old, and there has been much change in some of the sub-fields it reports on. If it doesn’t quite cover everything a reader could hope for, it nevertheless lives up to the promise of its clear title. These 270 pages deliver. Here are some scattered notes from a reading of the first fourteen…
  • Unlucky Argument for Pauline Authorship of Hebrews

    Fred Sanders
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913) was a quirky Bible teacher. I would caution anybody against a steady diet of his books, but as long as you’re getting most of your nutrition elsewhere, a little dash of Bullinger can be a piquant spice. You can count on wild uncle Ethelbert (that’s what the E. stands for) to come up with something that the responsible guild of biblical studies wasn’t going to suggest. Things about stars and constellations. About word order. About revelation. About prophecy (Bullinger championed a kind of dispensationalism that made the rest of the…
  • Hermeneutics with Samuel Johnson

    Fred Sanders
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Samuel Johnson gives some excellent advice in his Preface to Shakespeare (1765) that applies to reading in general, and especially well to Bible reading. Johnson advises readers to plow straight through a Shakespeare play, keeping up a good pace even when passages aren’t clear. To slow down and investigate the unclear passages more carefully would be to lose the momentum and lapse out of the literary flow. And above all, Johnson warned, don’t check the footnotes! Commentators are inevitably offering you help with details (glosses, etymologies, textual emendations, cultural…
  • Wordsworth in the West

    Fred Sanders
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    William Wordsworth perfected a certain type of nature poetry, a particularly spiritual sort of nature lyric. He celebrated the movements of the infinite Spirit making itself known to humanity through the forms of nature as contemplated by poet-prophets who were the universe’s appointed spokesmen. Nature herself elected certain sensitive souls, forming them throughout early life to be receptive to her revelations in later life.  As he recounts in The Prelude, Nature populated his young imagination with the forms of giant cliffs and dark forebodings, of dancing daffodils and of…
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    Chris Marlow

  • Why I’m Going Back to Church

    Chris Marlow
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    I found a church. It is a place that makes sense for my family–a place at which I can be involved and give back. It is a church that is focused on community engagement and not just the Sunday gathering, and yet, the Sunday gatherings are beautiful and holy and needed. It’s not that we have not been going to church. We have, but we have not been fully committed to serving a local body since we have moved back to Raleigh. We tried, but nothing felt natural or long term. It is led by a young, humble, and talented up-and-coming leader, and some of our close family friends are on staff.
  • 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,…
 
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  • What went wrong in the south?

    Andrew Jones
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Alan Cross is a white evangelical Baptist pastor in Montgomery Alabama, the scene of some of America’s worst racial violence. For many years he has been asking the question “What went wrong in the south?” and that journey has led him to be a changemaker for justice in his denomination and beyond. It also led him to publish the book When Heaven ...
  • 5 ways to avoid microfinance corruption

    Andrew Jones
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Conversations about microloans to empower young entrepreneurs in the developing world should NOT contain words such as mafia, suicide epidemic, exploitation, microloan sharks. But they do. In San Francsico I chatted with Wolfgang Fernandez (Next Step) about the microloan industry; why is there so much corruption and what makes the successful programs stand out from those that are now bringing disgrace ...
  • Help me land the truck in Europe

    Andrew Jones
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Update: YEAH!  2150 Euros aleady given (all from European countries) and i am offering those dear people free advertising on my blogs and/or a custom blog for their business or product. Good news: Our truck arrives in a few days in Belgium. Our friend Peter will pick it up and hold it until we arrive to drive it south to ...
  • A beard of prodigious length

    Andrew Jones
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    The Reformers of the church wore beards and the other guys, those on the dark side, didn’t. I am not being mean to all those baby faced male Protestant leaders out there, although it is true that I am growing a beard and I am allowing my inner Calvin to emerge. But the fact remains: the Reformers wore beards. This ...
  • 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 ...
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    The Lutheran

  • Good news of stewardship

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Editor’s note: This series is intended to be a public conversation among teaching theologians of the ELCA on various themes of our faith and the challenging issues of our day. It invites readers to engage in dialogue by posting comments online at the end of each article at www.thelutheran.org. The series is edited by Philip D.W. Krey, president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, on behalf of the presidents of the eight ELCA seminaries. We hear a lot about stewardship in the church, often with reference to generous giving of our time, talents and treasures.
  • Older adults worthy of care and attention

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Thank youThank you for “Older adults” (October, page 16). We need to remember that Scripture does not teach us to write off our elder brothers and sisters as obsolete, but rather to honor, care for and learn from them. Gloria L. EvensonChicago   About timeAt last — the church is recognizing and valuing older members, possibly the largest group within the Lutheran church, but up to now the least valued. Thanks for the cover story and related material discussing older members. Maybe it’s true our numbers are increasing, but older members have always been the…
  • Has the Spirit forgotten how to call young people?

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Jeremiah was only a boy when God called him. Mary was a teen. Timothy was also young. So, too, was Martin Luther. Looking around the church today, one must wonder if the Spirit has forgotten how to call young people.  According to the Pew Research Center, 29 percent of millennials (ages 18-33) aren’t affiliated with any religion and the rate of atheism in this group is twice as high as any other generation in America. Why? David Kinnaman, author of You Lost Me (Baker Books, 2011), suggests millennials are leaving the church because they experience it as…
  • A meal of thanksgiving

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Dear readers: If upon the conclusion of this column you believe I’m advocating for the confiscation of all guns, you have misread my words. Friends and relatives of mine who hunt know my level of respect for thoughtful gun ownership. This article is about the danger of letting the gun become a cultural idol. Most gun owners in America believe public safety and personal freedom aren’t exclusive or contradictory ideas, but complementary ones. So read on with sensitivity. I hope these paragraphs stimulate good conversations for you. Former Congresswoman Gabrielle…
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    Century Blog

  • Does Bob Geldof know it's 2014?

    Steve Thorngate
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I'm not a big fan of Adele's music, but this week I'm a huge fan of her as a human being.Bob Geldof was assembling a bunch of celebrities to relive that "Do They Know It's Christmas?" glory 30 years later, but for Ebola this time. Never mind that a lot of people in Europe and North America have gotten a little more self critical in recent decades about things like paternalism, white-savior complexes, and the fact that Africa isn't one big country of backward horribleness. read more
  • What do you do when your church structure is killing you?

    Carol Howard Merritt
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Many times we are working with church structures of a different time. I have seen churches with 50 people attending on Sunday morning, and they maintain 12 committees. There may have been a lot of retirees in the church, so we have committees who meet in the day. Or there might have been a lot of people without children, so everyone meets at night—on a different night, to ensure that the pastor is at every meeting. read more
  • New today: Sarah Morice Brubaker reviews Christine Helmer’s book on doctrine, the Keystone pipeline as political prop, a time to throw away

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    19 Nov 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
  • The one who writes with fire

    David Williams
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It came in a moment of reflection. It was a brief meditation over a concept, or rather, a meditation over the interplay between two ways of conceptualizing the divine. read more
  • Mormons and domestic change

    Benjamin E. Park
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Last week was a throwback to the 19th century when Mormon polygamy was the center of American news coverage. read more
 
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    theologer

  • Pffffft

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

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

    Roger Mugs
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    This week, namely yesterday, marked a new stone turned over. I tried something I’ve wanted to try my hand at for years and put myself out there in a new, scary, and strange way. Maybe I’ll be shut down, and try to tell myself I never really wanted it anyhow. Maybe I’ll be well received and panic and run. But turning over new stones is always scary. What if there’s something new under this one? I’ve had a lot on my plate for some time now and I am acutely aware of my inability to sort through even knowing what I desire. I feel like the Lord has me on a precipice…
  • 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…
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    Think Christian Articles

  • Kids these days: Parsing that interview with Jaden and Willow Smith

    Tamara Hill Murphy
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    Posted on 11/21/14 Just playing devil’s advocate here: maybe Will and Jada Smith are just like any other good parents who believe their children possess a particular brand of genius. Let’s be honest, if the New York Times style magazine wanted to feature our kids’ accomplishments and precocious personalities in an interview, we’d let them. Otherwise why are we all filling the Internet up with the videos, photos and daily commentary of our children? Let’s not even get started on the number of times we ask our friends to applaud our kids’ talent.  So…
  • Three-parent babies? Let’s not forget about begetting

    Ellen Painter Dollar
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Posted on 11/20/14 Every few months, a story pops up about a new frontier in reproductive medical technologies: so-called “three-parent IVF.” NPR recently reported on efforts in Britain to allow embryos created via this technique to be transferred into women’s uteruses, while a New York Times Magazine cover article last summer focused on whether the Federal  Drug Administration would approve human clinical trials. The three-parent IVF technique engenders controversy partly because all reproductive technologies do, but also because it would be the first technique to make…
  • Honoring complexity in Marilynne Robinson’s Lila

    Laura Konyndyk
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Posted on 11/19/14 In her New York Times review of Lila, Diane Johnson commends the book’s author, Marilynne Robinson, for writing about faith. It’s an act she describes as downright “courageous” given the violent and negative associations with religion today. While Robinson has never been one to shrink from writing about matters of faith, she is hesitant to describe herself as “a religious writer.” “I don’t like categories like religious and not religious,” said Robinson in a recent interview with The Paris Review. “As soon as…
  • They still don’t know it’s Christmas? Band Aid then and now

    Josh Larsen
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    Posted on 11/17/14 The band (aid) is back together, and I’m not so sure how I feel about it. Band Aid 30 is an attempt to recreate a rock-and-roll charity sensation of some three decades earlier, when the likes of Bono, Sting, David Bowie and other superstars gathered to record “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. (Since, there have been other versions.) I was 10 at the time, so I didn’t think much about the song aside from the fact that it was in escapable fact of the holiday season. That’s still the case,…
  • The liturgical nature of National Novel Writing Month

    Chad Comello
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Posted on 11/16/14 My name is Chad Comello and I am a failed novelist. I’m in the midst of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which issues a lofty goal for aspiring literary types: write 50,000 words in the span of 30 days, no matter what. Budding scribes of every stripe participate in this movement throughout the month of November, all with the goal of a first draft by Dec. 1. The point is not to make it good, only to make it in time. Quantity over quality. Completion over perfection. So, in late October, I formulated bullet points for a plot, roughly sketched out some…
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    Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day

  • 1 Corinthians 1:4-5

    Bible Gateway
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    “[Thanksgiving] I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—”
 
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  • Want to Win Starbucks for Life?

    Terrace Crawford
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Starbucks just announced something pretty big. This holiday season our friends @Starbucks will be giving away 10 “lifetime Starbucks cards,” which offer free beverages every day for 30 years!  From December 2 until Christmas, anyone who swipes a registered Starbucks … Continue reading →
  • Special: Get an Autographed Copy of Going Social!

    Terrace Crawford
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    This weekend I’m speaking at the 2014 National Men’s Conference.  In the spirit of the conference I’m making my book “Going Social” available for a special price of only $12.00 — which includes FREE shipping!  This is cheaper than you … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • 30 Things I am thankful for ...

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    My friend, Mike Lynn, is posting everyday in November ...things he is thankful for.Here is my list:I thankful for:1. My wife, Valerie, ... 17 plus years of putting up with my antics and through the UPs and DOWNs of life ... we get to go through this journey together.2. My daughter, Kendra. Your compassionate and loving spirit is catchy. Never give up.3. My daughter, Nicole. You inspire me knowing you are trying new things and amaze me by your walk with Jesus.4. My son, Brian. You amaze me. From your imagination and willingness to learn. Always be a life long learner.5. My Family in Canada.
  • Pray for the Persecuted Church

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    The persecuted church or the underground church needs our prayers. I had a recent disagreement with someone who tried to say the "Churches in Houston" were being persecuted because a mayor asked for their sermons. This is a far cry from what is happening in the church across the world. The persecuted church needs our prayers. According to Release International (Source The Lookout Nov. 2, 2014 pg. 4 "Prosecuted and Persecuted" Dr. Barry Thornton)"More Christians have been martyred in the 20th Century than in all previous centuries combined.About 170 000 Christians are martyred for their faith…
  • Now Caitlin Can ...

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Now Caitlin Can is a book about a little girl that gets a new lease on life through the generous donation of a kidney. This small children's book illustrates the need and reason why people should donate organs. This book also holds a special place for me. I do not know the author personally but do know the family that donated. The young teenage boy's father and I had worked together in Maryland. Currently he is the Chaplain at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, MD.This book illustrated the need for compassion, and giving even in the midst of tragedy. I had recently lent this book to a…
  • 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
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    Digging The Word

  • The Blessing Of Believing

    Rick Morgan
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Jesus came from heaven so we could go there too.  John 3:10-16  Jesus replied, "You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don't understand these things?11  I assure you, We tell you what We know and have seen, and yet you won't believe Our testimony.  12  But if you don't believe Me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13  No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man [who lives in heaven] has come down from heaven.  14  And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on…
  • The Rabbi And The Seeker

    Rick Morgan
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    Don't be afraid to bring your questions to Jesus.  John 3:1-10  There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee.  2  After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus."Rabbi," he said, "we all know that God has sent You to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with You."  3  Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God." 4  "What do You mean?" exclaimed Nicodemus. "How can an old man go back into his mother's womb and be born again?" 5  Jesus…
  • Jesus Perception Of Reality

    Rick Morgan
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    Jesus didn't have any faith in their faith.  John 2:23-25  Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in Him.  24  But Jesus didn't trust them, because He knew human nature.  25  No one needed to tell Him what mankind is really like.John 12:37-38  But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in Him.  38  This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted: "LORD, who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD revealed His powerful…
  • Jesus Power Of Resurrection

    Rick Morgan
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    The empty tomb is the greatest proof of who Jesus is.  John 2:18-22  But the Jewish leaders demanded, "What are You doing? If God gave You authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it." 19  "All right," Jesus replied. "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." 20  "What!" they exclaimed. "It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and You can rebuild it in three days?"  21  But when Jesus said "this temple," He meant His own body. 22  After He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered He had said this, and…
  • 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…
 
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  • Celebrating with Family

    John
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    #1 App in the App Store! My oldest daughter made this for me yesterday after her mother informed her that her Appa accomplished something really cool (it got “Featured“) with his small app, Desk. I know that she didn’t fully understand what had transpired but it was enough for her to get excited (and we decided to celebrate with popsicles as well because the app became “profitable” pulling in a net total of $71.65! I share some more thoughts on the context of that here via the Desk Blog). I love that we celebrate as often as we do and that we decide to do it as…
  • My Child’s Inner Entrepreneur

    John
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    @saddington hi — Pressgram (@Pressgram) November 15, 2014 My oldest sent me into an emotional tailspin a few days ago when I discovered that someone had sent a tweet from an account that only I (and a trusted few) have keys to. As you can see, the first tweet was just a “hi” and I begin to literally conversate with the “rogue” tweeter trying to figure out who in the world was tweeting. And, they had an attitude about it too! @saddington me dodo — Pressgram (@Pressgram) November 15, 2014 I was frantic. I had no idea who was using the account and began…
  • The Power of a Newsletter

    John
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:56 am
    I have been told 1,000 times that a newsletter is one of the best strategies and/or tactics to engage with one’s audience and yet I have not always leveraged it to its utmost. In many ways I just thought that it was just another thing that I had to write for and since I do ample amount of writing every single day I wasn’t motivated to execute against it. But recently I’ve found something very neat with the weekly newsletter (I use MailChimp) that I share on Tuesdays with my very small community surrounding my indie app, Desk. What I’ve discovered, most importantly, is…
  • Not Always What You see

    John
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Success is not always what you see. It’s also different for different people. Even the above image can be looked at a number of ways – for instance, what if “success” in this fictional economy is actually the quantity and quality of the carrot stem and greens? Who’s the know? The challenge, both personally and professionally, is to not only know what success means for oneself but to be satisfied and at peace with what that looks like. That doesn’t mean that it can’t change (and it should) but that the paradigm of thought and perspective doesn’t…
  • Going “Pro” with a “G” Soccer Coaching License

    John
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    One of the biggest changes in my life this past year has been my decision to coach soccer and I have had had a blast coaching 9 young and eager U-8 players to love the game more. Our last game was this Saturday and it was amazing to see the improvement even in the last few months. It’s not that my coaching has been all that amazing and if anything all I did was consistently show up to practice and the games so that they could get a feel for the ball better than they did when they first started. Fall 2014 – “Wolf Pack” I couldn’t be more proud of this small…
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  • The Hardest Days

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Doug and Gary were always the last to leave the office.  Doug always turned off the lights as Gary set the alarm, and on Fridays, Gary always asked Doug if he wanted to join him for church that weekend. “Actually, I’m going to church with my wife on Sunday,” Doug replied. “Oh right. I forgot you’re a CEO,” Gary said smiling. “A CEO?” “Christmas and Easter only.” They both laughed, and Gary continued, “You know it’s good that you’re going, but you always pick the two hardest days.” “I know,”…
  • What if…

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    What if instead of a Jewish prayer book, that was a Bible or a hymnbook that you recognized in the picture? What if instead of happening half a world away this took place in a Christian church a few blocks from your house? What if instead of the victims having foreign-sounding surnames, the names were people that you knew personally? …Religious terrorism always happens somewhere else, but what if…?
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    Stay here to read classic Wednesday links, or visit PARSE to view nine selected stories with more preview info. The above image from the Ship of Fools archives seemed appropriate given that women can now officially be bishops in the Church of England. Desiring God interviews missionary and Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol, who says that it’s all worth the risks aid workers are taking: “[T]o just turn away and put our backs to the world is wrong.” These reviews of Kirk Cameron’s film Saving Christmas weren’t exactly glowing, and these were from people within the…
  • The Baptist and The Bar

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:07 am
    Just three short months before they asked him to consider being on the short list for appointment as a deacon, Ray got into a habit of dropping into McGinn’s Wings on the way home from work. Although he had a more liberal attitude toward drinking than some in the church, it wasn’t about the alcohol. On about half of the days he went with a bottled grapefruit drink they served that was non alcoholic. It was more about having a buffer zone between work and home, though during the process his Sunday morning church attendance was starting to wane. McGinn’s customers tended to…
  • Bruxy Cavey | The Meeting House | The Rise of Isis | Part Three

    paulthinkingoutloud
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    The third and final message in this vital series.
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  • A Good Question

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    “What does that teach you about God, Daddy?” This is the question my son has been asking lately.  He likes to sing praise and worship songs.  He also likes to make up new songs about God. Invariably he will end the song and ask what that song has taught me about God. It is a good question and will often cause me to think, what IS the meaning of the song and what DOES it teach me about God?
  • Confessions of a Kid at Heart

    15 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    I am a kid at heart.  Growing up I loved to read comic books, play with toys and collect baseball cards.  I have a confession to make.  I still collect baseball cards...and read comic books...but you won't catch me playing with toys...when anyone is around! I look back on my childhood with fond memories.  Sure, like any family we had our problems, but I always had a warm meal, a loving
  • A Near Death Experience

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I once had a near death experience. After years of attending churches around the world, I struggled under a heavy burden.  I had lost the joy I once felt when gathering with the body of Christ. I know I am not the only one.  For years I have met people whom no longer want to actively participate in church. Most of those who have abandoned the church share stories of hypocrisy and church
  • Vanishing Grace

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
      Philip Yancey has written another book on grace.   Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey is a sequel of sorts to his classic book What's So Amazing About Grace?  In this newest book, Yancey asks why Christians continue to be ridiculed while losing respect and influence in our modern culture.  Vanishing Grace is actually four books in one. A World Athirst (1), Grace Dispensers (2), Is It
  • 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
 
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  • Life After Birth?

    Eric Bryant
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    Recently Newsweek published an article called: “Heaven Is Real” In addition, John Burke has posted a series of articles based on his research on life after death. His newest book Imagine Heaven comes out in 2015. All of this reminded me about a drama I wrote for our church in Seattle back in 1995.   Twins in utero argue about whether there is life after birth.One is convinced there are signs all around that there is life after birth, but the other cannot see any proof. Their debate rages on for nine months until suddenly there’s a great earthquake. The one…
  • Baylor in Texas Monthly: A Story in Positive Leadership

    Eric Bryant
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    The cover of this month’s Texas Monthly has to be the best one they have ever had! Seriously though, check out this well-written article by Tom Bartlett. Some of the highlights include the following: Bartlett shares about the origins of the school and its recent history going from one of the absolute worst sports scandals in the history of college sports to have “129 wins in four major programs - the highest single-season total in NCAA history.”  “And in the midst of this boom, Baylor is taking on the most ambitious plan in its 169-year history: to transform a…
  • Catalyzing Community and Mobilizing For Impact

    Eric Bryant
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    This year I have been able to help mobilize church leaders to love, serve, and influence their cities. From Toronto, Las Vegas, Kansas City, California, and Shanghai among others, I have been amazed at what God is doing among His people across the planet. A few openings remain in 2015! Let me know if you would like for me to be a part of your efforts to raise up and mobilize your leaders, connect with your city, or coach your staff. For a glimpse of what I shared in Shanghai at Advance 2014, check out the following messages: Session 1: Not Like Me Session 4: Catalyzing Community (GE Service)…
  • “Unshockable Love – Your Story, God’s Story”

    Eric Bryant
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    From the description of John Burke‘s book Unshockable Love: How Jesus Changes the World through Imperfect People (formerly Mud and the Masterpiece): “We are designed to make an impact in our world, and we can start by loving our neighbor. What do you see when you look at the imperfect people around you? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you shocked at the faults, failures, and moral shortcomings? Or do you see the beauty and potential that God said was worth dying for, the masterpiece hidden beneath the mud of sin in every person? How you frame a person in your…
  • World Adoption Day (Nov. 9th)!

    Eric Bryant
    8 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    So amazed with Hank Fortener, navigator at Mosaic in Los Angeles and founder of AdoptTogether along with his family and team Yesterday Forbes featured Hank with an article entitled: “Hollywood Pastor Crowdfunds $4 Million, Launches ‘World Adoption Day’” Consider help others adopt kids in need here: AdoptTogether.org. Check out my interview with Hank about their efforts here: An Interview with Hank Fortener about Adopt Together Be sure to listen to Hank and Erwin McManus at www.mosaic.org/podcast
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  • Don't oppress a stranger: President Obama quotes Scripture in his immigration speech, but which one?

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    There it is — right there on the front page of today's New York Times — a Scripture:WASHINGTON — President Obama chose confrontation over conciliation on Thursday as he asserted the powers of the Oval Office to reshape the nation’s immigration system and all but dared members of next year’s Republican-controlled Congress to reverse his actions on behalf of millions of immigrants.In a 15-minute address from the East Room of the White House that sought to appeal to a nation’s compassion, Mr. Obama told Americans that deporting millions is “not who we are” and…
  • The Guy poses this question: So what does the Bible teach about polygamy?

    Richard Ostling
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    THE RELIGION GUY:Nobody has yet posted a question about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a.k.a. “Mormon” or “LDS”) acknowledging delicate details about founding Prophet Joseph Smith’s polygamy, but The Guy decided he ought to examine the classic matter of how the Bible views polygamy.Smith declared that God was simply using him to restore “plural marriage” (the church prefers that term to “polygamy”) that was divinely inspired in the Old Testament. A major interpretive question affects such Old Testament issues, including slavery. Did God command, or…
  • Crucial, symbolic details in the Jerusalem attack: Why the 'Twersky' name was so important

    Terry Mattingly
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    Anyone who wants to follow the daily flow of news and commentary -- light and serious -- about Jewish life knows that they need to be signed up for the daily newsletters from The Forward. I mean where else are you going to turn for key questions linked to the music of Pink Floyd?Seriously, readers looking for the fine details on the lives of those lost in this week's bloody slaughter in the West Jerusalem synagogue (click here for the earlier Jim Davis post on the coverage) knew what they would find in the wave of coverage at The Forward. Whose blood was shed with those guns and…
  • This Patti's got no beef with Francis: Daily News on rocker Smith's tangled road to Rome

    Dawn Eden
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Veteran Daily News rock critic Jim Farber made a rare venture into Godbeat yesterday with a story on Patti Smith's response to criticism over her planned performance at the Vatican's Christmas concert. Although Farber bases his piece upon a report in The Guardian, he improves upon his source by adding substantial recent background on Smith's faith journey.The lede is provocative, like Smith herself:Patti Smith wasn’t sorry for her words then - and she isn’t sorry for her actions now.Last week, the Godmother of Punk drew criticism from all sides after…
  • Murder in the synagogue: Newspapers excel in coverage, not on analysis

    Jim Davis
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    When people hack, stab and shoot their way into a synagogue -- especially in Jerusalem, a nexus of three world religions -- you can expect a second wave: of news coverage. The killings of Jews at prayer in Jerusalem set a tragic yet vital example of the value of news media in a world where some want to kill a few of us and blind the rest.Pretty much all of the accounts are loaded with gory details -- as frankly, they should after such a gory event. The New York Daily News, with its tabloid heritage, was ready to tell the brutal story of meat cleavers and guns:About 25 people were…
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  • Booking 2015!!! YOU ARE MY BOOKING COMPANY…

    loswhit
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    My Fall was one for the ages… It was a fall in which I made a purposeful switch to trying to fill my calendar dates with 75% speaking and 25% leading worship. “Carlos? Why in the world would you do that? You lead worship at some of the largest churches in the world? That’s just plain dumb man.” No. That is not anything anyone in particular said to me. IT’S WHAT I SAID TO MYSELF ALL SUMMER AS I DECIDED THIS WAS THE DIRECTION I WAS GOING TO HEAD. Because in order to continue to develop at this thing called life… We must take risks. And as much as I love…
  • A Behind The Scenes Look At When A Married Man’s Wife And Kids Go Out Of Town

    loswhit
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you are a married man with kids and have a somewhat healthy family life I’m going to assume this the truth of your bachelor weekends.   You love you wife and kids. Like you love being with them, snuggling with them, and laughing with them. But when the opportunity presents itself for all of them to go out of town for a few days… Something rises from deep within. This feeling of freedom that you once knew. They are going to leave on Friday and come back Sunday night. Thursday night you start planning it all out… Friday night beer, pizza, video games. Saturday you sleep in till 10…
  • A Dad’s Secret Taylor Swift Music Confession

    loswhit
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    This is what happens when you have an 8 hour road trip from Nashville to Chicago and are bored beyond belief. So I need to know.  How many of you parents like TSwift as much if not more than your kids? Playa’s Gonna Play… Los
  • 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…
 
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  • Conversation Enders

    Mike Bell
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:57 pm
    This has certainly between the week where we have talked about words. We have discussed etiquette when commenting here. We have discussed Christians use of militaristic words. We have talked about Christian arguments. We have looked at the need to be careful when you speak. To be honest with you, I have not been that involved in the site this week. My daughter and I are on the West coast, where she is competing in the Canadian National Track Cycling Championships, and I am serving as the team driver. There has been one thing however that has been on my mind concerning words, and that is how…
  • Another Look: A Word about Words

    Chaplain Mike
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Then [Job’s friends] sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great. • Job 2:11-13 My dear friend, Christians believe in words and their power. And well we should. Our sacred book begins with God speaking and bringing order to a chaotic world. The Gospel begins with the Word made flesh. Our very faith comes through hearing the word of God. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus, went through all the land, teaching and proclaiming God’s word about the kingdom of heaven. Great is the company of…
  • Andy Zehner: How to win an argument . . . like a Christian

    Guest Author
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM:  Andy and Damaris Zehner have been good friends for many years, and I have participated in any number of vigorous, vibrant conversations with them about matters of faith and life. iMonk readers have the privilege of reading Damaris regularly, today here’s a re-post of something Andy contributed back in 2011. Chaplain Mike once wrote this nice post regretting what happens when Christians get “political.” By adding my own bit here I affirm what he said. Anything we do from a desire to score off someone else is wrong. But there’s another point I would add.
  • Another Look: Boot Camp Blather

    Chaplain Mike
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM: In July 2010, I wrote a rant that grew out of my attempts to comment on some other sites known for their strong views on a particular literalist interpretation of Genesis 1-2. Unlike the vast majority of the discussions here at Internet Monk, the “conversations” were nothing of the kind. I was shouted down and ridiculed. My commitment to the Bible, my faith and salvation were openly doubted and I was deemed a “dangerous” character. In their view, I was either “all the way in” or categorically on the outside. It appeared to me that I had…
  • Let’s take a break today. I think we need it.

    Chaplain Mike
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Today, we’re going to take a break from conversation here at Internet Monk. This is a “no comment” post. Why? Because on Friday there were too many comments that simply do not fit with what we are trying to do here. I was very busy Friday and Saturday and so did not follow the discussion closely. This is not unusual; I work and have a family and other responsibilities. So does Mike Bell, the author of Friday’s post about how he became an egalitarian. After checking in at one point he became distressed about how people were getting off topic, launching personal attacks,…
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  • What went wrong in the south?

    Andrew Jones
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Alan Cross is a white evangelical Baptist pastor in Montgomery Alabama, the scene of some of America’s worst racial violence. For many years he has been asking the question “What went wrong in the south?” and that journey has led him to be a changemaker for justice in his denomination and beyond. It also led him to publish the book When Heaven ...
  • 5 ways to avoid microfinance corruption

    Andrew Jones
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Conversations about microloans to empower young entrepreneurs in the developing world should NOT contain words such as mafia, suicide epidemic, exploitation, microloan sharks. But they do. In San Francsico I chatted with Wolfgang Fernandez (Next Step) about the microloan industry; why is there so much corruption and what makes the successful programs stand out from those that are now bringing disgrace ...
  • Help me land the truck in Europe

    Andrew Jones
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Update: YEAH!  2150 Euros aleady given (all from European countries) and i am offering those dear people free advertising on my blogs and/or a custom blog for their business or product. Good news: Our truck arrives in a few days in Belgium. Our friend Peter will pick it up and hold it until we arrive to drive it south to ...
  • A beard of prodigious length

    Andrew Jones
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    The Reformers of the church wore beards and the other guys, those on the dark side, didn’t. I am not being mean to all those baby faced male Protestant leaders out there, although it is true that I am growing a beard and I am allowing my inner Calvin to emerge. But the fact remains: the Reformers wore beards. This ...
  • 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 ...
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  • Sexual Orientation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

    Albert Mohler
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:37 am
    I recently addressed a major national conference on “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage” held by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. As expected, the conference was one of the most responsible and edifying meetings yet held of Christians concerned about these issues. This is exactly what would be expected of the ERLC and its leadership. The conference was both helpful and historic. I had the honor of delivering the opening keynote address entitled “Aftermath: Ministering in a Post-Marriage Culture.” The…
  • In Defense of Marriage and the Rule of Law — The Importance of Making the Right Argument

    Albert Mohler
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Some arguments just have to be made, and made well. In the case of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the moment for such an argument arrived last week when that court had to rule on appeals over the question of same-sex marriage coming from the four states in its federal jurisdiction, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. In each case, Federal District Courts had struck down measures banning same-sex marriage. Now, the question loomed before the three judge panel of the Sixth Circuit. Until last week, no federal appeals court had ruled against same-sex marriage in…
  • What the Election Reveals About Us, and Why We Vote as We Do

    Albert Mohler
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    Campaigning over the weekend, President Obama said, “The American people are with us on all the big issues.” He continued, “You know it. I know it. The polls show it.” Yet the midterm election yesterday did not affirm President Obama’s statement. In fact, yesterday’s election is what political scientists classify as a “wave election.” The “wave” became evident early on Tuesday evening and it continued throughout election night as Republicans won key seats in the Senate. Even as some elections are still yet to be called, it is clear that the Republican Party has gained…
  • Halloween and the Dark Side — What Should Christians Think?

    Albert Mohler
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Over a hundred years ago, the great Dutch theologian Hermann Bavinck predicted that the 20th century would “witness a gigantic conflict of spirits.” His prediction turned out to be an understatement, and this great conflict continues into the 21st century. The issue of Halloween presses itself annually upon the Christian conscience. Acutely aware of dangers new and old, many Christian parents choose to withdraw their children from the holiday altogether. Others choose to follow a strategic battle plan for engagement with the holiday. Still others have gone further, seeking to convert…
  • 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…
 
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  • Prayer Reveals Your Pride

    Pete Wilson
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    Prayer reveals how much PRIDE is in the tank of your soul. Most of us struggle with prayer, because we’re very talented at pride. We are attracted to control, confidence, and competency. We have convinced ourselves that we have a lot more control than we actually do, but prayer allows us to realize that we are in desperate need of God’s help. I preached about this recently and I wanted to share a short portion of it with you.
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  • This Commercial for a Bank Is Amusingly Honest About Dumb Bank Commercials

    Abraham
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    Instead of simply making another cliche ad to sell their products, this bank subverted the formula and created a comical commercial that is perfectly open about how silly and meaningless commercials are…
  • Can You Recognize These Classic Cartoons Just by Their Skeletons?

    Abraham
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    What if our favorite cartoons from yesteryear were real creatures and all their exaggerated, comical features were a part of actual bodies? This is what artist Hyungkoo Lee imagined when he created these cartoon skeletons for an exhibit at Basel, Switzerland’s Natural History Museum several years ago. And as he crafted these, he didn’t simply just stand them there, but put them into action, just like we saw them on Saturday mornings. It is both fun and fascinating to see how much energy and personality are still there even though all we can see are their imaginary bones……
  • Taylor Swift Crashes a Family’s Christmas Photos While Jogging, Makes a Young Fan’s Year

    Abraham
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    As photographer Sarah Bailey was with some customers in a Nashville park recently, snapping some photos for the family’s Christmas cards… …who comes along but Taylor Swift. (You can’t tell by looking at her face, but apparently she was out for a run or a hike or something.) She stopped for a moment and posed for a couple pics with the excited daughter… Via: Jezebel Swift’s response to this little act of generosity for a young fan? “Aw this makes me all happy.”
  • Why a Manned Mission to Mars Is Still Very, Very Far Away

    Joey White
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    With all of the talk in recent years about sending a manned mission to Mars, AsapSCIENCE breaks down the fascinating science behind whether or not we could ever live there…
  • Could an American Crowd Do What These Canadians Did When the Singer’s Mic Cut Out?

    Joey White
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    When NHL teams from the US and Canada face off, they sing the national anthems for both countries before the game, regardless of where the game is being played. For Tuesday night’s Toronto Maple Leafs game against the visiting Nashville Predators, the microphone kept cutting out during the singing of the US national anthem before finally going completely dead. Without missing a beat, the Canadians jumped right in to finish off their southern neighbors’ anthem… Via: DPF Do you think this would happen in reverse at a game in the U.S.?
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    Eugene Cho

  • In prison or in freedom, the good news is that God has not abandoned us. Christ is with us…

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

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

    Eugene Cho
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:50 pm
    This is a deeply personal post and I hope you’ll take a moment to read it and share the video above. While I have never met Kenneth Bae personally, his sister and family attend the church I lead, Quest Church. He is an American citizen. He is also a son, a father, a husband, a brother…and also a follower of Christ. I do not know him personally but I consider him a brother-in-Christ. Yes, he is a missionary although he was not directly doing ‘missions’ work in North Korea but he was captured on November 3, 2012. If you do the quick math, today marks 2 years. That’s…
  • When your daughter’s name means “Joy of God” and yet, joy becomes the biggest challenge. #HappyBirthdayJubilee

    Eugene Cho
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    It’s hard to believe but it’s true. Time doesn’t stop for anyone. While I think I still kinda sorta wanna look young, I’m reminded how old I’m getting when I see my children. Today, my eldest child celebrates her 16th birthday. Her name is Jubilee and her name means the “Joy of God.” Jubilee also has a very powerful Scriptural meaning. It’s referenced in the Book of Leviticus where it is to “occur every fiftieth year, in which slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly…
  • 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…
 
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    Ligonier Ministries Blog

  • Spiritual Depression: The Dark Night of the Soul

    R.C. Sproul
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    The dark night of the soul. This phenomenon describes a malady that the greatest of Christians have suffered from time to time. It was the malady that provoked David to soak his pillow with tears. It was the malady that earned for Jeremiah the sobriquet, "The Weeping Prophet." It was the malady that so afflicted Martin Luther that his melancholy threatened to destroy him. This is no ordinary fit of depression, but it is a depression that is linked to a crisis of faith, a crisis that comes when one senses the absence of God or gives rise to a feeling of abandonment by Him. Spiritual depression…
  • $5 Friday: Roman Catholicism, Parenting, & Theology

    Nathan W. Bingham
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources cover such topics as Roman Catholicism, parenting, theology, John Calvin, providence, character, discipleship, and more. We would like to thank Reformation Heritage Books for partnering with us for this week's sale. Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET. View today's $5 Friday sale items.
  • Looking Backward, Moving Forward

    Nathan W. Bingham
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from Looking Backward, Moving Forward, R.C. Sproul Jr.'s contribution to the November issue of Tabletalk: Because the Bible equips us for every good work, the truth is that we already have all that we need. Our best teachers, then, are not those bringing us new truths, but those bringing us old truths. While the world may celebrate creativity—the creation of previously unknown ideas—the church celebrates fidelity—the propagation of previously revealed ideas. Continue reading Looking Backward, Moving Forward, or begin receiving Tabletalk magazine by signing…
  • The State of Theology: Sin Is Not Cosmic Treason

    Stephen J. Nichols
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Dr. Sproul tells the story of receiving a particular book in the mail. It was Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, the classic reference collection of all sayings quotable. The publisher sent this new edition to him because it included a quote from Dr. Sproul. The quote is a memorable four words: "Sin is cosmic treason." While the editors at Bartlett's liked it, most people don't agree with it. In fact, 75% of the American population disagrees with it. That would be cause for concern enough. Consider this, however. 51% of Evangelical Protestants don't agree that sin is cosmic treason, either.
  • Why Does It Matter?

    Nathan W. Bingham
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from Why Does it Matter?, Jonathan Gibson's contribution to the November issue of Tabletalk: The doctrine of definite atonement states that in the death of Jesus Christ, the triune God intended to achieve the redemption of every person given to the Son by the Father in eternity past, and to apply the accomplishments of His sacrifice to each of them by the Spirit. In a nutshell: the death of Christ was intended to win the salvation of God's people alone, and not only was it intended to do so, but it actually achieved it as well. Continue reading Why Does it Matter?, or begin…
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    United Church of God

  • BT Daily: Terror Magnifiers

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    How do you react when a crisis erupts over Ebola or a terror attack?
  • Attitude, Perspective, and God's Commandments

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Modern psychology has shown that our attitude can influence our perception of events, places, people and their motives--everything we experience! Our attitude is generally outside of our control and shaped by our prior interactions, unless we are keenly aware of our own prejudices and make a conscious effort to free ourselves from them.
  • Continued Terror in Jerusalem

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    There was tragic news out of Jerusalem yesterday. Two Muslim gunmen entered a synagogue with guns and knives and killed four and injured several others. The gunmen were later shot down by Israeli police. This is the most violent incident yet in recent escalation of attacks in the city.
  • LIVE Webcast -- End-Time Prophecy 101: Will Jesus Return this Year?

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    LIVE Webcast: Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 PM Eastern - This is the second part in the Bible study series: End-Time Prophecy 101. Over the centuries many have tried to predict the date of Jesus Christ's return. Dates have come and gone. Some have said that all signs point to His return this year. There is no doubt that Christ said He would come again. But can we know when this tremendous event will occur? Our Bible study will examine the timing and occasion of His imminent return.
  • Law Will Reign Supreme

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Our world is a violent, law-breaking one, but someday soon that will all change.
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    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts

  • Who will you steal your next Hispanic minister from?

    Tim Archer
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your church wants to start a ministry. Hispanic ministry. Obviously, you need someone who speaks Spanish, preferably someone Hispanic. “What about that preacher we worked with on our mission trip to Guatemala?” someone suggests, “He was a hard worker.” So you contact Brother Gonzalez and offer him five times the support he’s currently getting to move to the States. He gratefully accepts. And everyone lives happily ever after, right? Wrong. The church in Guatemala (or wherever) is weakened. It’s quite possible that Brother Gonzalez’ family will go…
  • Trip to Cuba: November 2014

    Tim Archer
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week I got to go to Cuba, accompanying my wife Carolina and several others from the University Church of Christ in attending the national women’s conference in Varadero, Cuba. As always, it was a great trip. One of the highlights happened on Sunday. The Matanzas church is very active evangelistically, so there are almost always several baptisms while we are there. I know the complications that can arise from foreigners baptizing, so I normally resist that aspect of ministry there. Knowing that they would ask me about it, I tried to be proactive and think of who I could suggest do…
  • Links to Go (November 5, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Jesus in the Public Square The church is a political institution, but one which is not of this world. Whether or not it involves itself in political issues is a secondary issue. Some may be more vocal, while others may more silent. What matters most is that every church seeks to carry on the mission of Jesus and the apostles by inculcating the values of Jesus’ kingdom. No church, however, should be partisan, since no one secular religious party captures or promotes the holistic and countercultural ethics of Jesus’ kingdom. Brittany Maynard Didn’t Commit Suicide (What We Can Learn From…
  • Links To Go (November 4, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Review of The Bible Tells Me So In the end, The Bible Tells Me So is a book about contradictions. Enns intended it to be a book about contradictions in the Bible. But it becomes quickly apparent that the contradictions are really in Enns’s own worldview. He claims the Canaanite conquest is immoral, yet argues the Bible provides no clear guide for morality. He claims the Bible presents a diabolical genocidal God, yet insists we still “meet God in its pages”. He argues Scripture is filled with reworked stories, many of which are made up entirely, yet seems to know which ones really…
  • Baja Missions Conference

    Tim Archer
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This past weekend I had the privilege of speaking at the Baja Missions Conference which was held at the City of Children in Ensenada, Mexico. I spoke several times to different groups, including the students at the Baja Bible Institute, area preachers and their wives, and American supporters of the work in Baja. I never heard an exact count, but there were about 60 people from the States and the same number or more from Mexico. The focus of the weekend was “Relationships.” I spoke on a variety of topics, from family relationships to the relationship between supporting churches and…
 
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    Vision Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA

  • He made us

    Austin Gardner
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    Jeremiah 27:5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me. 
We would be very wise to remember that it is God that has made us and we ourselves. We are His creation. It was He and His great power that gave me all that I have and all that I am. 

 It is so easy to begin thinking that I did something in my life. To think that I made myself.

 It is easy to get selfish with the life, the talents, the time, and the treasure that He has given me. I want to rebel and…
  • House of prayer for all people

    Austin Gardner
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, And make them joyful in my house of prayer: Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; For mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. Isaiah prophesies that the house of the Lord will be called a house of prayer for all people yet not all people have even heard the gospel yet. We must get the gospel to every tongue and nation so that all people will know of our God and will want to go to His house of prayer.
  • Inch by inch

    Austin Gardner
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; Line upon line, line upon line; Here a little, and there a little: Discipleship, pastoring, and the ministry are based on this principle. People grow slowly. They must learn little by little. The missionary often makes the mistake of trying to say too much in his message. Remember that for people to grow they need to learn a little at a time. As a child I was taught “inch by inch it is a chinch but by the yard it is hard”. Each message give them something that they can take home with them. All they need is a…
  • Adult Peer pressure

    Austin Gardner
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: But whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. How often do we cause our fear of man to trap us. We are afraid of what they think. We want them to like us. We worry more about what others think than what God Himself thinks. We have a major problem with “peer pressure!” We can say it is a teen problem but adults seem to be afflicted with the same problem.
 How about we decide to trust God and what He will do in our lives and forget man’s approval. How about we make decisions based on what God wants and not what our friends…
  • Sunday in Review: Week of November 16th

    trent cornwell
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    Download this week’s bulletin:VISIONNEWS for Nov16 I cannot say it enough “I love our church!” Yesterday morning we were blessed to assemble once again and worship Jesus. Josh Ewing did a wonderful job leading us in our congregational worship. It has been exciting to see our middle school and high school Student Bible Fellowships grow over the last several months. You can hear our middle schoolers singing from just about anywhere in the building. It is wonderful! Tony Godzwa has been filling for our Pastor as he has been traveling in Asia. I hear he has been doing a…
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    LifeVesting

  • How to Find Your Mission Field

    Andy Wood
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:28 pm
    I once heard someone say that every Christ follower is a missionary or a mission field.  And when you cease to become a missionary – that is, a functioning ambassador for Christ – you become someone else’s mission field.  Whether that’s true or not, one thing is certain: every believer has been given the mandate to impact other lives positively for a living Christ and His gospel. Yes, that means you, even though you most likely don’t consider yourself a missionary in the classic sense of the word.  But I want to remind you that you quite likely stand on the spiritual shoulders of…
  • What to Do With an Antagonistic “Leader”

    Andy Wood
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    There’s no question that Anthony is a leader in the making.  His dad raised him to think for himself and test everything, and fully expects Anthony to outdo him.  And Anthony has accepted the invitation, so to speak.  He’s a visionary, a solution seeker, and has a bias for action, not just talk. That said, Anthony is young and inexperienced.  At least that’s what he’s told whenever he offers up an idea to Gary the Gatekeeper, Anthony’s boss and longtime mentor.  Anthony does have some experience, and is about to complete his degree in college.  But Gary the Gatekeeper still…
  • A Gown in the Night

    Andy Wood
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Jim was hardly the first businessman to ever try to operate by the Golden Rule.  But he was one of the few who actually put the name Golden Rule over the dry goods store he co-owned and ran in Kimmerer, Wyoming.  So I suppose when your store name means, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” and when you choose to live with your wife across the street from the Golden Rule store that you run, it would probably be a good idea to practice what you preach. Fortunately, the founders of the Golden Rule chain had found in young Jim a work ethic and care for people that would make…
  • The Character Connection

    Andy Wood
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    Maybe it’s because I had another birthday yesterday, or maybe it’s because that birthday was also Election Day.  Maybe it’s because I work with a school whose mission reads, in part, to “cherish character.”  But lately I’ve had character on the brain. Character in leadership. Character development. Character habits. Dr. King envisioned a day when Americans would be judged “solely by the content of their character.”  Our answer to that culturally is to try and not judge anybody at all.  That is, until the tide of public opinion breaks the dam of political correctness.  Or…
  • Always There

    Andy Wood
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Time and time again you’re the one who shows up when somebody needs you to. Sometimes you bring your words with you, sometimes no words at all – just the enduring companionship of a faithful friend. But who shows up for you when you’re the one who’s aching for the presence of another? Jesus, that’s who.  And in this case, me… because He wanted me to remind you, He’s always there.   You’re the one they turn to for their own self-understanding. Like a human mirror or road map, you help others make sense of the terrain or the terrible, the magic or the mystifying of their…
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    Worship.com

  • God Breathed

    Worship.com
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    God Breathed: When Christians say that the Bible is “inspired by God,” what do they mean? Beginning... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Come All Ye Pining

    Worship.com
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    Come All Ye Pining: Words by Anne Steele Music by Brian T. Murphy Performed by Claire Reed and... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • "It Is Finished" from Bluetree (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

    Worship.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:07 pm
    "It Is Finished" from Bluetree (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO): "Worship & Justice"... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Stand Up // Worship Central // Lyric Video

    Worship.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Stand Up // Worship Central // Lyric Video: Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Chris Tomlin – Boundary Lines (Lyrics & Chord)

    Worship.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Chris Tomlin – Boundary Lines (Lyrics & Chord): Official Lyric/Chord video for “Boundary... 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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    Reformation21

  • Proofs, Persuasion and the Truth Problem

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:39 pm
    As a reminder of where we've been thus far, it might be helpful to list the Ten Tenets again. The Ten Tenets are these: The faith that we are defending must begin with, and necessarily include, the Triune God -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- who, as God, condescends to create and to redeem. God's covenantal revelation is authoritative by virtue of what it is, and any Covenantal, Christian apologetic will necessarily stand on, and utilize, that authority in order to defend Christianity. It is the truth of God's revelation, together with the work of the Holy Spirit, that brings about a…
  • Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Alister E. McGrath. Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. XIV, 246 pp. $99.95/£45.99The needs and purposes of scholarship, along with the peculiarities of the history of theology, have resulted in a hodge-podge collection of secondary literature on 20th century Swiss Reformed theologian Emil Brunner (1889-1966); there are indeed a number of excellent and interesting works, but virtually none, apart from Frank Jehle's extensive and as yet untranslated 2006 biography, that provide a developmental overview and introduction to the man and his work in English. Alister…
  • The Seven Deadly Sins in a Digital Age: 2. Gluttony

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    At first glance, the subject of "gluttony in a digital age" might seem almost a joke. However much gluttony might be a dominant vice in our society (and in one of the most perceptive chapters of The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis reveals it to be far more pervasive than we might have imagined), it can have little to do with the digital side of our lives. If gluttony is a matter of over-consuming food and drink, the things most central to our bodily existence, then our use of digital technologies, which we engage with the eyes and the mind, cannot be an issue of gluttony. At one level this is…
  • Ministry to Those Suffering Domestic Abuse

    12 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    We now come to the final article in this series. Here we will discuss hurdles victims face on the path to healing, faulty and harmful approaches to "helping" those who suffer abuse, and a few suggestions on how to minister the victims of domestic abuse. Tragically, at least one in four women experiences violence from her partner at some point in her adult life. And tragically, that rate is no different among Christian homes and homes of other faiths or no faith. In fact, research shows that Christian women stay far longer in the abusive context and in far more severe abuse than their…
  • The Seven Deadly Sins in a Digital Age: 1. Lust

    10 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    When the subject of "Lust in a digital age" comes up, our minds are likely to jump immediately to the suffocating epidemic of internet pornography that is sweeping our country--indeed, the world. Although it is still rarely openly discussed, most of us are probably dimly aware of the statistics, which are terrifying, and the anecdotes, which are more terrifying still. More than two-thirds of men now report watching porn on at least a weekly basis, and many report full-blown addictive behaviors, watching porn daily, for hours on end, and seeking out ever more perverse and degrading videos. The…
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    Connecting to Impact

  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    20 Nov 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! Harvesting Quiet Gifts of Good by Monica Kaye Snyder (The High Calling) How to Be a Miserable Leader by Scott Couchenour (Serving Strong) Keep Emotionally Healthy Through the Holidays by Laurie Wallin (LaurieWallin.com) Somebody’s missing the point (hilariously)… //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANv1_teeb3s ?list=UUFq7vUgpjnVRZI-MzSvRZAA From John B. Crist Your turn! I started this list, I need your help…
  • Choosing Not to Be an Average Missionary

    jason@church4allnations.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Each of you has a mission field. It may be a house full of kids or a dentist’s office or a classroom. It may even be to remote tribes in Africa or South America. What I have been confronted with recently is that God is not interested in increasing your effectiveness, your ministry, or your legacy. This is not what God has called you to be concerned with. Amy Carmichael wrote, “To me there is no more tragic sight than the average missionary…We have given so much, yet not the one thing that counts; we aspire so high, and fall so low; we suffer so much, but so seldom with Christ; we…
  • Are You Ready for Destiny?

    jason@church4allnations.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I talked yesterday about 3 principles to help you hold on to dreams and this is a further expounding of that. I don’t know about you, but I like thinking about doing great things. We know and serve a great God so how could we not do great things? There is nothing wrong with the desire to do something meaningful and impactful, but life and circumstances can seem to hand us just the opposite. After a while it feels like you will never reach that destiny. Destiny is what happens when those God-given desires, mixed with my particular gifting, are allowed to be healed, matured, and released…
  • 3 Principles to Help Hold on to Dreams

    jason@church4allnations.com
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    So many of us can identify with Joseph in the book of Genesis. He knows he has a powerful call on his life. God gave him a dream that confirms as much, but his brothers despised him and even plotted to kill him (which ended in his being sold into slavery). Not the preferred method to dream fulfillment. What I want to bring out though is something very important to us as believers. The enemy often tries to accuse you and convince you that the dreams God planted in your heart can no longer come to pass because you failed, messed up, or otherwise didn’t carry that vision well. I believe…
  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It’s been a crazy week around here, but I wanted to share a video that has just gone over and over in my spirit and open it up to you to share your favorites! Blessings to you!   Great are You, Lord — All Sons and Daughters //www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHz0w-HG4iU 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 song is really speaking to you right now? 2 comment(s) for this post: Sharon: 17 Nov…
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    www.frcblog.com - Latest entries

  • The Constitution and Executive Orders

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Family Research Council does not take a position on immigration reform. We’ve got enough on our plate, from protecting unborn children and their mothers from a predatory abortion industry and sustaining traditional marriage as the foundation of our culture to protecting religious liberty as the “first freedom” of our republic. However, we take a strong position on the Constitution: We believe in it. We agree with the Founders that a written text contains objective meanings and that, to borrow a phrase from Jefferson, neither an activist judiciary nor an impatient president…
  • Fashion Isn¿t the Most Important Thing to Come Out of Milan

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    If you have some time, watch FRC’s lecture with Jim Tonkowich discussing his new book, The Liberty Threat: The Attack on Religious Freedom in America Today. One particularly interesting aspect of the talk was Tonkowich’s discussion of the rise of religious freedom during the Roman Empire. Of particular importance was the Edict of Milan of 313 A.D. Read George Weigel’s First Things blog on this important document. Referencing the great church historian Robert Louis Wilken (The First Thousand Years), Weigel describes the document’s foundational significance in Western…
  • News Flash: The Pope is Pro-Life

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    As a non-Catholic, I have followed with some interest the controversy concerning Pope Francis and his attitude toward abortion.  Although he has made clear pro-life statements all along (“Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world”), some voices on the Left seem to have become nearly giddy at the prospect of the Pope softening his church’s stance on the sanctity of life. Let’s put the issue to rest: Following are excerpts…
  • Meddling Freedom From Religion Foundation Gets Tossed Out of Court

    14 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Thankfully, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Lew, refused to let stand a decision which had declared the clergy housing tax allowance unconstitutional. This case began when the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) sued the U.S. government alleging that the government grants tax benefits based on religion. In a quite ill-advised lower court ruling, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb held that the FFRF could properly bring the lawsuit and that the tax allowance violated the Constitution. The case was then appealed to the 7th Circuit. To…
  • Sketchy Judicial Assignments in Ninth Circuit Marriage Cases

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    The American people are justified in wondering if they are ruled by interlocking ruling bodies that operate in secret, govern with unbridled duplicity, and are immune to correction by the People acting through their representatives or acting directly in referenda. There have been many prominent examples in the last two months. Two involve our imperious judicial oligarchy. But, first we have the recent reports of repeated statements by Obamacare insider and MIT economist, Jonathan Gruber, calling the American people “stupid” and boasting that Obamacare was foisted on the public…
 
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    Why God?

  • Great Christian Radio Programs- Messiah’s Branch Radio Shows

    Michael
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    A Complete LIST of Archives At Messiah's Branch - messiahsbranch.org Shemittah: Reoccurring Dream the Stock Market Will Crash September 13, 2015 Buck Stephens- here Blood Moons, Feasts, and the Shemitah, could America’s Economy Fall in 2015? Michael Snyder here An End Time Place of Safety? here Millennium Chronicles, Satan back from the Abyss here “Daniel Revisited” Discovering the Islamic Signs to the Anti-Christ here The Coming Perfect Storm, Part Two here “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell” here Common Core: The Globalization of our children here The Coming Perfect Storm here The Glory…
  • 36 Christian Radio Show Archives From Jesus and Tim in Las Vegas

    Michael
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Jose Bernal talks about his book "The Truth About The Harbinger" which defends the book by Jonathan Cahn titled "The Harbinger". here Ray Yungen talks about the emerging Church and mysticism within the Church. here Mike Gendron from "Proclaiming the Gospel Ministry" talks about some of the doctrinal issues in Catholicism. here Steven Cook talks about his ministry "Jewish Worldwide Mission Ministries" to the Jewish People. Ed Decker talks about his "Saints Alive Ministry" that is reaching out to those caught up in Mormonism and Free Masonry. here Tim reads some material from a book by Sydney…
  • 7 Facts Prove The Truth Of The Resurrection

    Michael
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Josephus, the 1st century historian, (apart from the disciples or acquaintances) records, "For Jesus appeared to them the third day alive again, as the holy prophets had predicted" Jesus of Nazareth, who claimed to be the Christ prophesied in the Jewish Scriptures, was arrested, was judged a political criminal, and was crucified. Three days after His death and burial, some women who went to His tomb found the body gone. In subsequent weeks, His disciples claimed that God had raised Him from the dead. He appeared to them various times before ascending into heaven. From that foundation,…
  • Interesting Biblical Archeology Links

    Michael
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Creationist Perspectives on Antediluvian (Pre-flood) Civilizations Ancient Atomic Knowledge? by Ooparts & Ancient High Technology - Evidence of Noah's Flood "Thirteen nuclear reactors existed in "prehistoric" periods along the 200-metre mine bed at Oklo --it was discovered in 1972, and they were comparable to the modern nuclear reactor in power and heat combustion. This mine had the capability of enabling self-sustained nuclear chain reactions". This discovery shocked the entire scientific community back in 1972. The "evidence" will largely fit in four categories. 1)Descriptions in what…
  • Famous Scientists Who Believed in God

    Michael
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Information Gathered From GodandScience.org Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) Copernicus was the Polish astronomer who put forward the first mathematically based system of planets going around the sun. He attended various European universities, and became a Canon in the Catholic church in 1497. His new system was actually first presented in the Vatican gardens in 1533 before Pope Clement VII who approved, and urged Copernicus to publish it around this time. Copernicus was never under any threat of religious persecution - and was urged to publish both by Catholic Bishop Guise, Cardinal…
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  • The opportunity to influence through entertainment

    Aaron Armstrong
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    If the Internet had been as popular in 1994 as it is today, Roseanne would have broke it.For those old enough to remember, Roseanne was a sitcom about fairly dysfunctional working class family that often tackled some pretty heavy topics including substance abuse, domestic violence and single parenthood. But one episode in particular stood out because it featured something completely shocking on television at the time: two women kissing as Roseanne (in an effort to prove she was still with it and/or hip, went to the local gay bar). It was one of the infamous “lesbian kiss…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Book deals for Christian readersThis week there have been some pretty phenomenal deals on eBooks at Amazon. You can check out the big lists here and here. Today, I’ve got just a few more for you to check out:Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air by Francis J. Beckwith and Gregory Koukl—$2.99A Basic Guide to Eschatology: Making Sense of the Millennium by Millard J. Erickson—$3.99Nothing Is Impossible with God: Reflections on Weakness, Faith, and Power by Rose Marie Miller—FREE (ends today)Old Story New by Marty Machowski—$3.82Also in today’s $5 Friday sale at…
  • A brief look at the Martyn Lloyd-Jones Collection (5 volumes)

    Aaron Armstrong
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    There are only a few preachers who I hold in very high esteem. Martyn Lloyd-Jones is one of them. His book, Preaching and Preachers, is essential reading for any prospective preacher (even if you disagree with some of it), but this is not his most essential work. Lloyd-Jones was first and foremost a gospel preacher.During his 25 years as a minister at Westminster Chapel in London, he preached the gospel through the books of Genesis, Ephesians, Romans, Acts, and John, as well as more topically driven messages such as those that became the book Spiritual Depression. All this to say, when I…
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    Aaron Armstrong
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Why I Repented from Twitter Following EveryoneJoey Cochran:One sunny day in March I woke up and decided to follow everyone on Twitter. I’d like to think that I had no real reason to do it, but if I’m honest the stunt was stimulated from the base desire of wanting more followers. It was shallow. I wasn’t going to buy them because that’s just crazy. But I thought, maybe if I followed a bunch of people, they’d just follow me back. I justified it by calling the following act a wave. I told myself: “You know what, I’m gonna wave to everyone in Twitterdom, and see who waves…
  • Five books to read near Christmas

    Aaron Armstrong
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Yeah, I know. You probably don’t want to think about that word any more than I do right now. I mean, Christmas has so much baggage surrounding it that it’s hard to have much fun. But it’s coming (just a few weeks away, friends).Despite how we might feel about travel, awkward conversations, and the risk of really loud toys entering our homes, there is so much for us to be thankful for in the season, particularly as we remember the significance of the birth of Christ.In light of this, we’ve been working to develop traditions in our family to help us be mindful of this…
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  • God on the Move: “The Long and Winding Road” – Acts 23

    Randall Smith
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Not to upset anyone, but I am not particularly a Beatle’s fan, and I never was. The emotional and spiritual journey of the “fab four” never really appealed to me – though I cannot deny they were talented young men a generation ago, and they cut new ground in their lyrics and musical scores. I was interested to learn, however, that the last song the four recorded together was a song that captured the tumultuous stages of their break-up as a band, and highlighted something we will see in our text for this lesson. Let me explain: The song called “The Long and Winding Road”…
  • Following His Footsteps: “I Can See Clearly Now” (Part Two) – Mark 7-8

    Randall Smith
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Did you ever see one of these “optical illusion” pictures? I saw one recently that looked like wavy lines, until I looked at it much more intensely – and then I could actually see a face peering through the lines back at me? It was a bit unnerving, but it reminded me of an important truth… our eyes can play “tricks” on us. We cannot always trust what we see…Did you ever have someone you trusted do something that was unbelievably hurtful, and you found out they were actually being deceptive? If you have ever hurt over such a broken relationship, then you have experienced the…
  • Following His Footsteps: “I Can See Clearly Now” (Part One) – Mark 7-8

    Randall Smith
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    If you liked the old clunky digital watch, and you have a special place for the songs from the musical “Grease” in your heart, you probably lived through and remember 1972. That was the year that video games entered our American homes, and PONG became all the rage! The Swedish group “Abba” was formed that year, and it was also the year Johnny Nash wrote and performed the song “I Can See Clearly Now”. It reached all the way to the number one position on the Billboard top 100 chart. The song was optimistic, and said: “I can see clearly now, the rain is gone, I can see all…
  • God on the Move: “Playing Defense” – Acts 22

    Randall Smith
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    I don’t play soccer or ice hockey. I don’t think I have the tenacity to keep moving at the rate of speed and intensity necessary to pull off either. Yet, I can watch, and as a fan, I have determined that if there is one position I KNOW I would not want to play in either sport, it is GOALIE. I don’t want to be a target, and that is what these positions make you. Everyone on the playing surface is aimed at getting something past YOU. If they have to hurt you to do it, all the better. I don’t like the sound of that…but it may increasingly become our life as we follow Jesus bravely into…
  • God on the Move: “Heed the Call” – Acts 21

    Randall Smith
    2 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    I doubt if anyone was thinking that a movement was going to be fostered by the ballad songs of a baby boy born in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota – but that is what would happen some eighteen years later… as Robert Allen Zimmerman entered the stage as Bob Dylan. One of the popular lyric writers of the 1960’s he penned these words: “Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don’t stand in the doorway Don’t block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled There’s a battle outside ragin’. It’ll soon shake your windows And rattle your walls…
 
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  • Do You Want Beautiful Eyelashes?

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    Do you wish you had longer eyelashes? Eyes are often the first thing people notice. While I truly desire to have my beauty come from within, I must admit something.I still like to look my best no matter how old I am. Lately, I've noticed that women on television seem to have the most amazing long lashes. They couldn't be natural.  But then I realize that most of them probably have lash extensions which are quite expensive. I'm not  in the market for a large recurring monthly expense. And then I heard about 3D fiber lashes; a special mascara that helps make your lashes look…
  • Five Minute Friday: STILL

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    It's Five Minute Friday when I get to link up with Kate Motaung and many other bloggers. Each week we are given a one word writing prompt. The rules are to write for five minutes flat. Our word for today is STILL..GO"Be still and know that I am God." The words from Psalm 46:10 immediately come to my mind.But how easy it is for me to want to take action and not be still. You know, figure out things in my mind and do something. After all, I'm fairly intelligent. I have a good mind and a healthy body. I've heard the popular slogan JUST DO IT.But when do I come to the end of myself and begin…
  • How To Handle a Challenging Week

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    Have you ever had one of those weeks? You know, it starts out with one challenge after another. I had one this past week. There were moments when I wanted to put my head between my legs like the children in our preschool class.It started out like this. Several teachers approached me asking if I owned a white Lexus. I had a feeling of dread and nodded yes. A rock hit my rear window and shattered the glass. Apologies and a letter from the student ensued. His parents had my window replaced and lessons were learned. A little inconvenient but ... all is well.This was the week our condo roof was to…
  • Monday Blessings

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    It's Monday morning and I'm blessed. Today is Greg and my 30th wedding anniversary. As I think back over the years, we've gone through so much together. I remember that day so well. We had flown our family members and a few close friends in for our special day. It was a small group but a very special day.We said our wedding vows in a little chapel beside the mountains in Vail, Colorado. I'm so glad I meant every word as little did I know at the time what a rocky road the next 30 years would take. How many people promise to love only in the good times?I remember saying:"I, Debbie, take you…
  • Weigh In Wednesday

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    PinterestExercise, exercise, exercise! I know it. I promote it. I believe it. So why don't I always do it?The older I get, the more I realize how vital exercise is to my health. You see, I can't take my good health for granted. I'm at the age when I'm hearing reports of friends dying of heart disease. It used to be my parents and grandparent's generation but it's starting to impact mine.It takes so much more work to stay and get in shape since I passed the 60 mark! The flat stomach disappeared and ...I don't know where it went. I want it back. :)I work with preschool children each weekday.
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  • What do Mark Driscoll and Bill Cosby have in Common?

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

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

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

    Chad Estes
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    If you learned that your child’s teacher had just returned from Africa, would you be concerned that they had been exposed to the ebola virus? If so, maybe you’d call the school office to find out where the teacher had traveled to. If they had traveled to one of the countries in western Africa where people have been infected maybe you’d have some follow up questions. But if they hadn’t, would you let the issue drop? In Kentucky a school teacher who had recently returned from a medical mission trip to Kenya resigned after being asked to take a 21-day leave. Initially the school asked…
  • Dear Pastor Chad – The Gay Niece Issue

    Chad Estes
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    This morning I received the following email. I am thinking about starting an advice column. Good morning Chad I sure do miss you and your great sermons. I have a question to ask you that my family and I struggle with. You remember Shirley, the gay niece, well she has been through several partners now and is planning on marrying this one. Last Christmas, we had our family gathering at my brother’s house. Well Shirley sent a text and asked my brother and his wife if she could bring a friend. Well my sister-in-law answered her with a “No” and nothing else. Well of course she…
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  • Ethics: Unbelieving Children Practice Communion in Sunday School

    Mark Lamprecht
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! It is the Sunday School hour at church on Sunday morning. There is a special class for unbelieving children this morning. You take your 9-year-old son to the class deciding to stick around to see how the gospel is presented, etc. Since none of the children present professed faith in Christ, the teachers explain that Jesus is God the Son who died on the cross to save sinners. They explained sin and putting faith in Christ alone for forgiveness of sin and salvation. Then, the teachers taught on the Lord’s Supper – by…
  • Ethics: Transgender Student Elected to Homecoming Court

    Mark Lamprecht
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! Recently, here in Metro-Atlanta, a local CBS news headline tells a story that will most likely become more common in the days ahead. The headline reads: Transgender student at Metro Atlanta school elected to homecoming court. Some may be surprised to find out that the high school in question is in a very conservative area. In this post, I would like Christian parents to consider what they would do if they found their kids in the scenario in the above story. Your son comes home from school excited. You ask him, “What’s…
  • Sunday Considerations: Beatitude for Sorrow

    Mark Lamprecht
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon Ads A great preacher has said, “It is worth our thought how small that audience must be that would assemble, life through, to listen to a gospel that said nothing to sufferers, nothing to sorrow.” An old theological professor said to his students, “Never go through a service without some word, in sermon or prayer, for the troubled; for in every congregation there will be at least one heart hungering for comfort.” The gospel is for all experiences. The religion of Christ is for our times of gladness—as well as for our days of trouble.
  • 2 Reasons the SBC Resolution on Christians Suing Fellow Christians was Rejected

    Mark Lamprecht
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsBelow is a follow-up article by Tom Buck, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Lindale, explaining the results of the submission of his SBC resolution on Christians suing fellow Christians.  Last month I submitted a resolution to be considered at the SBC Annual Meeting in Baltimore concerning Christians suing fellow Christians. My motivation for addressing this issue was directly related to multiple lawsuits occurring between members of the SBC. I believed the infighting that was overflowing into the public court system was bringing shame upon the church and…
  • SBC Resolution on Christians Suing Fellow Christians

    Mark Lamprecht
    28 May 2014 | 8:15 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsMy fellow Christians, have you ever been sued? Have you ever sued anyone? A “yes” to either of those questions would not be surprising since there are millions of lawsuits filed every year in the United States. But there is a more important question. Have you ever sued a fellow Christian? Despite the fact that 1 Corinthians 6 has strong language against Christians taking other Christians to court, many do so anyway. Unfortunately, we Southern Baptists are not strangers to lawsuits. For example, in recent years a seminary professor sued the Baptist…
 
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  • Dealing With Dental Emergencies In Boca Raton

    Rob C
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Dental Emergencies In Boca Raton Don’t Have To Worry You Whenever you find that there is something going on with one of your teeth or even your gums, the last thing you will want to do is wait until it starts to get worse. Waiting will make it so that you will have to look for emergency dental care services. Quality services for dental emergencies in Boca Raton and the surrounding area will help you to know that you have a competent dental staff on hand whenever you might need it. This will mean making sure that you are going with a dental office that is going to give you the best…
  • Sell Your Property Fast with Palm Beach Real Estate Photography

    Rob C
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Palm Beach Real Estate Photography Is A Smart Choice If you are having difficulty selling your property, a top notch Palm Beach real estate photography company is the answer to your problem. In selling real estate properties, potential clients do not want to read about how beautiful or how great a house is. They must be able to see photos to get them really interested in your property. Most buyers do not have the convenience of personally seeing the properties being sold. They just simply rely on the photos of the property and when they are impressed, you can consider it sold. But what if…
  • Deer Antler Velvet Side Effects

    Rob C
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Are There Side Effects Of Deer Antler Velvet? The question of deer antler velvet side effects is often raised. It is a valid concern since there are many supplements that have been known to have adverse effects after consumption. Despite its popularity, the extract is yet to gain complete acceptance as a viable option in management of physical health. Deer velvet extract is made from the natural substances found in the antlers before they calcify. The benefits that you can derive from the use of the products are many including regulation of blood circulation, hormone regulation, endurance and…
  • 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…
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  • Pondering Passage Purpose

    Peter Mead
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:07 am
    As a preacher studying a passage it is tempting to be purposeful in pursuing your own message, but to ignore the purpose of the passage. Maybe you are intrigued by the passage, or perhaps wondering how it could be preached.  Yet somehow, in the mix, we seem to lose sight of looking for why the writer wrote the text.  That is, rather than simply looking for what the writer wrote, we also need to ponder why the writer wrote it. 1. Look at the context – It is vital to look at any passage in its context.  What is going on around the text you are focused on?  What is the flow of thought or…
  • Creative Christmas Sermon Options

    Peter Mead
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:06 am
    Christmas services are just a few weeks away.  You might be getting excited, or dreading another Christmas and the need to generate more messages when the obvious options feel well worn.  Here are some other angles to consider: Prophecies - there are some key Old Testament prophecies, such as Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:2, even Jeremiah 31:15.  Why not take an Old Testament approach to Christmas hopes this year? People – maybe you have preached through Matthew’s opening chapters, but have you preached the four other ladies in Matthew’s genealogy . . . Tamar, Rahab, Ruth,…
  • Jesus Was Not 50% Human

    Peter Mead
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:29 pm
    There is a phrase that I suspect we would do better without.  It is only introductory to another thought, but it tends to lead somewhere potentially unhelpful.  It goes like this, “Jesus, in his humanity…” or “Jesus, in his divinity…” I understand why we use these phrases.  There are times when you are preaching a Gospels text and you want to underline the fact that Jesus fully entered into our world and experience (albeit without sinning), so the first phrase is used to highlight some aspect of the true humanity of Christ.  There are other times when…
  • Preparing Christmas Sermons or Advent Reading?

    Peter Mead
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:21 pm
    I just realized that Advent is fast approaching and you may well be starting to think about Christmas preaching (or Advent reading with family).  Can I make an overt promotion of Pleased to Dwell for this purpose? 1. As an Advent Read – With 24 short chapters, Pleased to Dwell, works really well as a pre-Christmas read for an individual or a family.  Engaging and high energy, the sense of anticipation builds toward the Christmas narratives and their implications for us.  I know some churches are using it as a church-wide pre-Christmas resource too. 2. For Advent Sermon Prep –…
  • Identifying with Bible Characters

    Peter Mead
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    The Bible is full of stories.  Stories are very effective ways to communicate.  When a story begins, people tend to do two things – first, they identify with (or disassociate from) characters, and second, they feel the tension in the story, anticipating the resolution.  So when we preach Bible stories, let’s be sure to help listeners connect with what is going on. 1. Don’t give a history lecture, preach the story to today.  It is easier, perhaps, to dispassionately tell what happened back then.  But it is not easier to listen to that.  It is, typically, dull.  However…
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  • November's New & Notable Books

    Nick Rynerson
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    Imagination Redeemed: Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind Gene Edward Veith Jr. & Matthew P. Ristuccia In Imagination Redeemed, Gene Veith and Matthew Ristuccia uncover the imagination’s importance for Christians, helping us understand who God is, what his Word teaches, and how we should live in the world today. Here is a call to embrace this forgotten part of the mind as a gift from God designed to bolster faith, hope, and love in his people. "Veith and Ristuccia have teamed up to give us a mind-stretching introduction to imagination from a biblical perspective. As I read…
  • What’s The Deal With Footwashing?

    Nick Rynerson
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Footwashing? Footwashing was a common practice in Jesus’s day. Roads were just dirt, and people would have worn sandals of rope and leather. Combine the sweat-inducing heat with nearly bare feet, and dusty roads, and you can imagine the result. When you entered someone’s home, you came with filthy, sweaty feet, and it was common courtesy to have a servant wash them when you entered the home. Old Testament scholar Andreas Köstenberger notes: “The practice of footwashing, which has a long Old Testament tradition, usually was performed by slaves.” Some rabbis taught that this task was…
  • Midweek Roundup - 11/19/14

    Nick Rynerson
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:22 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. Gregg Allison reviews God Has Spoken Bray’s headings, along with the timeframe to which they roughly correspond, are eight in number. Part One, “The Israelite Legacy,” establishes the early foundation of the church through a discussion of Christianity and Judaism, specifically how the former parted from the latter yet inherited much from it (e.g., its…
  • Why Study the Book of Psalms?

    Nick Rynerson
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    This is a guest post by Doug O’Donnell. He is the author of Psalms: A 12-Week Study in Crossway's Knowing the Bible study series. Why Study the Psalms? If the question above was, “Why read, sing, or pray the Psalms?” most Christians would have no trouble answering it. God’s people love God’s Psalter! But the question “Why study the Psalms?” is different. Study usually arises out of duty or delight, or a mix of both. For example, you might learn Latin because you have to pass an exam in school, or you might learn Latin because you love learning new languages, even dead ones. I…
  • Christ in All of Scripture – Colossians 3:1–17

    Lizzy Jeffers
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Colossians 3:1-17 "If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." Having established the supremacy of Christ and salvation in Christ, in chapter 3 Paul turns his attention to the practical implications of living out what it means to be united to Christ by faith. He begins by describing the status of…
 
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  • Moved by the Sight [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    How can the inner workings of the heart be changed from a dynamic of fear and anger to that of love, joy, and gratitude? Here is how. You need to be moved by the sight of what it cost to bring you home. Tim Keller – The Prodigal God: Recovering the heart of the Christian Faith (NY, NY : Dutton, 2008), 85
  • 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…
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  • 17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    In remembrance of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, I am re-posting my original story from my November 2009 blog.The Day JFK DiedNovember 22, 1963, Yerington, Nevada     As a sophomore in high school I sat looking at the clock in my English class, when the principle’s voice came over the loud speaker. “We regret to inform you that President Kennedy has been assassinated. School is dismissed. Go home and be with your family.”My mouth dropped; I could not take my eyes off the speaker box that hung over the door. I numbly heard the gasps and cries of my…
  • Poetry: Too and To

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

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

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

    8 Jan 2010 | 11:40 pm
    Shannon Ivy Brown September 14, 1968 – December 19, 2009 Shannon Ivy Brown died December 19, 2009 after thirty years of serious health conditions starting with a brain tumor at age 11.She died in Richmond, California due to a septic blood infection.She was 41 years old. Shannon Ivy Brown was born September 14, 1968 to Daryl Thomas Brown and Chere Lynn Brown (Barnett) in Seattle, Washington.Shannon has lived with her mother in Washington, California, Nevada, Tennessee and Vermont.She has been a resident of Richmond for 11 years. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Shannon’s greatest…
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  • The Top Ten Most Effective Ways to Ruin Your Holidays

    2 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    "Through the years, we all will be together,If the fates allow - Hang a shining star upon the highest bow...And have yourself a Merry little Christmas, now."                                                                           Hugh Martin Know what? I want you to have the best holiday season ever. Seriously. We've all been stressing out over too many things for way too long now,…
  • 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…
 
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  • Your (Slightly Early) Christmas Playlist

    jessec
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    It's (almost) the most wonderful time of the year. Because it’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year, we’ve compiled a playlist of new Christmas tunes (and a few favorites from the last couple of years), to get your holiday season off the right start. Sure, a sizable chunk of Christmas music borders on insufferable, but these songs really do help make the season bright. Give it a listen or - if you must - bookmark it and come back to it after Thanksgiving. Either way, fa la la la la la ...
  • Officer Darren Wilson May Soon Resign from Ferguson Police Department

    Anonymous
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    The officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown in a confrontation on Aug. 9 is in talks to resign from the Ferguson Police Department. According to reports, Officer Darren Wilson “is in the final stages of negotiations” with local officials over the terms of his resignation. Today, a grand jury will meet, likely for the last time, to determine if charges will be brought against Wilson in the Brown killing. Since the shooting, Wilson has said that he did nothing wrong. According to CNN he’s told colleagues that the resignation is a move “to help ease pressure and protect…
  • Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins Are Returning to ‘Parks and Rec’

    Anonymous
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    We’ve got good news and bad news for Parks and Rec fans. The good news is that Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins (played by Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones) will return to Pawnee for the show’s final season next year. The bad news is, they’ll only be back for a single episode. In an interview with TVLine.com, executive producer Mike Schur said, “We made a list of people that we needed to see back one more time. We didn’t get everybody we wanted … But a lot of the people we were hoping to see one more time — we managed to make that happen.” The seventh and final season of the NBC sitcom…
  • President Obama Announces Immigration Reform Plan

    Anonymous
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    As expected, last night President Obama unveiled his new immigration reform plan that would effectively defer deportation for 5 million undocumented immigrants. Under his new plan, parents of legal U.S. citizens or green card holders would be allowed to continue to live and work in the United States without the threat of deportation for three years. The plan also broadens the requirements necessary for undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children, essentially granting legal status to hundreds of thousands more. In his speech last night, he explained, “Mass amnesty…
  • The One Campaign’s New Ebola PSA Features a Lot of Celebrities Saying Nothing

    Anonymous
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    A new video from Bono’s One Campaign features a ton of famous faces, not asking viewers to do anything—instead, it features no speaking at all. The PSA, eventually displays the caption “Talk is cheap. It’s time for action,” encouraging viewers to visit One.org/Ebola to sign a petition, letting the world leaders know we’re “counting on you to quickly make and deliver bold commitments and help end the Ebola epidemic now.” The video, and petitions underlying message to leaders and viewers, is that we initially waited too long to provide the proper resources and aid to the nations…
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  • Tuscany Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $988 & up — Junior Suite Package for 2 at Castel Monastero, 55% Off Junior Suite Package includes buffet breakfast for 2 each morning, €35 daily hotel credit, room upgrade & more. $197 & up — UNA Palazzo Mannaioni: Bed & Breakfast Package for 2, 40% Off This B&B package includes buffet breakfast and special savings vouchers & [...]
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    $650 & up — Grenadines: Young Island Resort 5 Night Package Deal, 25% Off Spectacular settings at this resort boast with ocean view, open-air garden showers, private patios, and all the necessary amenities. Stays are valid through August 31, 2015. $450 & up — One-Bedroom Garden View Villa Package for 2 Travelers, 50% Off Travelers enjoy roundtrip transfers, [...]
  • 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 [...]
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  • Tried and True

    Chilly
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and affections. Psalm 26:2 Why do you do what you do? Yeah, what’s really behind the things you do? The music you play? The clothes you wear? The things you read? The friends you hang with? The prayers you pray? The money you spend? Etc… You see, God knows your motives and affections… He knows the truth. Your service to God and others (yes both) will reveal who you truly are. It’s not enough to pray and read your Bible – no, you must OBEY it AND you must LOVE God…
  • Cold Front

    Chilly
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:50 pm
  • Let’s Do NOW.

    Chilly
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Have you ever noticed how stressed-out and uptight people get talking about “what’s next”?  Or, how down & discouraged they get when they look back on their past?  I think we tend to get all bogged down with hopelessness because we give way too much consideration to the past and to the future instead of really living our destiny in THE NOW! And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! “So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be…
  • Faith like an Anvil

    Chilly
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    October was a really tough month (emotionally, physically and spiritually)! It had some awesome highlights, like the “10 Year Anniversary” of Courage Church; but whoa, October was filled with some of the toughest blows of my life and ministry – which means, October was an awesome month! Yeah, I’m getting hammered by the enemy! But, the he is NOT winning! It’s in our most difficult times that we often become aware of how GREAT our God truly is!! We ALL get pounded! Hits can come from anywhere!  Physical attacks, unexpected disappointments, harsh &…
  • Knee Deep

    Chilly
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    A few quotes I’m reading today… “I lack the fervency, vitality, life, in prayer which I long for. I know that many consider it fanaticism when they hear anything which does not conform to the conventional, sleep-inducing eulogies so often rising from Laodicean lips; but I know too that these same people can acquiescently tolerate sin in their lives and in the church without so much as tilting one hair of their eyebrows.” Jim Elliot “Important as it is that we recognize God working in us, I would yet warn against an over preoccupation with the thought. It is a sure road to sterile…
 
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  • Your (Slightly Early) Christmas Playlist

    jessec
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    It's (almost) the most wonderful time of the year. Because it’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year, we’ve compiled a playlist of new Christmas tunes (and a few favorites from the last couple of years), to get your holiday season off the right start. Sure, a sizable chunk of Christmas music borders on insufferable, but these songs really do help make the season bright. Give it a listen or - if you must - bookmark it and come back to it after Thanksgiving. Either way, fa la la la la la ...
  • Officer Darren Wilson May Soon Resign from Ferguson Police Department

    Anonymous
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    The officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown in a confrontation on Aug. 9 is in talks to resign from the Ferguson Police Department. According to reports, Officer Darren Wilson “is in the final stages of negotiations” with local officials over the terms of his resignation. Today, a grand jury will meet, likely for the last time, to determine if charges will be brought against Wilson in the Brown killing. Since the shooting, Wilson has said that he did nothing wrong. According to CNN he’s told colleagues that the resignation is a move “to help ease pressure and protect…
  • Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins Are Returning to ‘Parks and Rec’

    Anonymous
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    We’ve got good news and bad news for Parks and Rec fans. The good news is that Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins (played by Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones) will return to Pawnee for the show’s final season next year. The bad news is, they’ll only be back for a single episode. In an interview with TVLine.com, executive producer Mike Schur said, “We made a list of people that we needed to see back one more time. We didn’t get everybody we wanted … But a lot of the people we were hoping to see one more time — we managed to make that happen.” The seventh and final season of the NBC sitcom…
  • President Obama Announces Immigration Reform Plan

    Anonymous
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    As expected, last night President Obama unveiled his new immigration reform plan that would effectively defer deportation for 5 million undocumented immigrants. Under his new plan, parents of legal U.S. citizens or green card holders would be allowed to continue to live and work in the United States without the threat of deportation for three years. The plan also broadens the requirements necessary for undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children, essentially granting legal status to hundreds of thousands more. In his speech last night, he explained, “Mass amnesty…
  • The One Campaign’s New Ebola PSA Features a Lot of Celebrities Saying Nothing

    Anonymous
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    A new video from Bono’s One Campaign features a ton of famous faces, not asking viewers to do anything—instead, it features no speaking at all. The PSA, eventually displays the caption “Talk is cheap. It’s time for action,” encouraging viewers to visit One.org/Ebola to sign a petition, letting the world leaders know we’re “counting on you to quickly make and deliver bold commitments and help end the Ebola epidemic now.” The video, and petitions underlying message to leaders and viewers, is that we initially waited too long to provide the proper resources and aid to the nations…
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  • Before the Spaces Fill: How To Give Yourself a Soulful Holiday

    Bonnie Gray
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    The holidays are coming… are you ready? The answer depends on who you’re talking to. If it’s just an acquaintance, you may answer courteously. But, if you talk to a soul friend — someone who you trust — you might begin to confide how you’re really doing. Inside. Are you stressing out about what will or won’t be happening? Or maybe you’re so excited with anticipation — filled with dreams — imagining the memories you want to create. But you’re not sure how it will all turn out… …I can’t wait.  This year is…
  • {When You Long To Rest } A Soulful Spiritual Whitespace Face{Book} Club

    Bonnie Gray
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    {Psst..I recorded a special video message from the beach for you at the end of today’s post} I’ve been dreaming about it from the very beginning. From the moment I began putting pen to paper — to write about the unexpected, beautiful journey to find rest — I’ve dreamed of doing this with you. In this quiet space, we can pull up a chair and enjoy a soulful brew of encouragement together. We slow, swap stories and brainstorm ideas to make rest our heart’s everyday home. Are you longing for rest? (me too) What doest rest look like in your season of life?
  • What’s Really Worth Savoring: The Second Brew

    Bonnie Gray
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:08 am
    It was last on my list. I didn’t want to go to Chinatown. But, the wife of Captain Sterling, Anne Marie, was visiting San Francisco for the weekend. She emailed to ask if I could be her tour guide one morning. I met Anne Marie and her husband earlier this summer when I went to Nashville for the first time to lead a three-day Spiritual Whitespace Retreat for the Military — the Warrior Transition Battalion, serving the “Screaming Eagles” Airborne Division. They introduced me to cheesy grits and inducted me into the downtown Nashville scene by taking me to the coolest…
  • Is it Time To Break Your Silence? What I Was Afraid To Tell My Son (An Unexpected Journey at Josh Wilson’s Concert)

    Bonnie Gray
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    {i had no idea of what was about to unfold because of this one night at Josh Wilson’s concert} Is there a piece of your story that you’ve been afraid to share with someone close to you? Maybe you feel it’s better to stay silent.  You’re trying to protect them, but you feel a part of you is invisible. Unknown. Sometimes, it may not be time to share certain stories. But, more often than not — at least in my case — fear keeps me from sharing what I long to express. Sometimes, to be real, we need to allow God to speak through a living story — in you.
  • 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…
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  • C.S. Lewis and Three Kinds of Christmas

    Jason Fowler
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:13 pm
    One is a religious festival...The second is a popular holiday, an occasion for merry-making and hospitality...The third is... the commercial racket. The post C.S. Lewis and Three Kinds of Christmas appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Citizens of Another Kingdom

    Ben Keys
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    The kingdom of God requires a total makeover of how we've been trained to see human value. It gives us a brand new way of measuring and realizing identity and worth. The post Citizens of Another Kingdom appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Journal of a New Agrarian: Killing Chickens

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

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

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

    Jay Cookingham
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
      You find yourself, at age 58, pretty comfortable in your own skin. You’re taking some risks, stretching in areas unfamiliar to you. “Not bad for an old guy” you think and that brief thought puts some swagger in your steps. Yet swagger, like comfort… is very temporary… I believe a better word would be fleeting. I read this quote yesterday and it disturbed me, souring the milk of swagger in me. “He was swimming in a sea of other people’s expectations. Men had drowned in seas like that.” - Robert Jordan, New Spring Any husband, any father, any man following Christ, who is…
  • Killing Lions – A Review

    Jay Cookingham
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
        Many of us are hunting mice - while lions devour the land. - Leonard Ravenhill In the book Killing Lions: A Guide Through the Trials Young Men Face, John Eldredge (Wild at Heart) is joined by his son, Sam, for a conversational journey of what it takes to become a man. II bought this book for my sons (I have five) but found it revealing my heart as I read it through several times (I’m a fast reader). I grew up without a strong father influence in my life and many of the questions Sam poses resonated with my heart. Dealing (father and son together) with subjects such as…
  • 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…
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  • For When You Can’t Hear Your Children Argue Even Just One More Time

    Natalie Snapp
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    “Mom, Samuel pushed me!” he declared emphatically, eyes as big as saucers and beginning to moisten with either authentic or dramatic tears (who can know?). “I did not!” the accused retorts, even more emphatically because one-upping is important in these situations. The pick-a-little-talk-a-little game ensues. And I just can’t listen to it one more time because it’s currently running rampant through our home and honestly, I don’t really know how to stop it. So because I’m weary and at-a-loss, I handle it with grace and love by smacking the towel…
  • For When You Get Lost

    Natalie Snapp
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    My GPS was off. Way off. Apparently, numbered country roads not only confuse me but the snazzy devices we’ve all come to depend upon to get us from point A to point B, too. I was lost. And I don’t know about you but when I’m lost, my initial response is to panic. I find myself jumping to dramatic conclusions, assuming I won’t ever find my way out. I just know I’ll have to build a shelter like Bear Grylls and live the rest of my days off the grid. My kids will always wonder what happened to their mother. I’ll try to send smoke signals but they won’t be…
  • Because Small Things Make a Huge Difference

    Natalie Snapp
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I love the story Lysa TerKeurst tells about a little, old granny who stopped to help her on the side of the road early in her speaking career. Lysa was traveling with an assistant when something happened to their rental car causing them to become stranded on the side of the road. It was a Sunday morning and they needed to get to the airport to catch a flight home so time was of the essence. Lo and behold, a white Lincoln Continental pulls-up, driven by an older woman dressed to the nines on her way to church. When she asked if she could help, Lysa explained their dilemma. “Well girls,…
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  • Men Standing Firm

    daletedder
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:55 pm
    About Men Standing Firm Men who stand firm in the faith are what I call Kingdom Disciples. They are men who submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and pursue godly manhood in every sphere of life. Such men are, I contend, the real counterculture in our world today. I put this website together to explore what standing firm in the faith looks like for men today. It’s my desire to educate, equip, encourage, and empower men to become all that God has created, redeemed and called them to be. I pray that this website will be useful toward that end. About Me My name is Dale Tedder and I am…
  • Interview with Ravi Zacharias

    daletedder
    29 Nov 2012 | 9:41 am
    Incredibly inspirational and thought-provoking interview with Ravi Zacharias and Nicky Gumbel. Tagged: Apologetics, Christianity, Gospel, Nicky Gumbel, Ravi Zacharias, Truth
  • Growing Boys Into Men (with Mark Driscoll)

    daletedder
    27 Nov 2012 | 8:59 am
    Per my post yesterday, I thought this was a pretty good follow-up by Driscoll on the same subject. This video is part of a new men’s curriculum called Stepping Up, produced my Family Life. Tagged: Boys, Family Life, Manhood, Mark Driscoll, Masculinity, Men Stepping Up, Parenting, Sons, Stepping Up
  • Satan and Your Marriage

    daletedder
    26 Nov 2012 | 8:30 am
    Deepak Reju at Grace & Truth shares a helpful list of ways that Satan delights in seeing a couple’s marriage fall apart. It’s a helpful list because, as the old saying goes, to be forwarned is to be forearmed. He writes… According the Bible, Satan prowls around like a lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8), but many times, he probably doesn’t have to do that much. I wonder if sometimes Satan sits back and laughs at us. Marriage can be extremely messy. As sinners we can do dumb things in marriage—we hurt one another; we make false assumptions and then…
  • Building Strong Families for a Strong Nation

    daletedder
    15 Nov 2012 | 7:56 am
    Tagged: 100 Huntley Place, Christian, Family, Strong Families, Val Dodd, Values
 
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  • Jesus: “Be Me”

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    John 15:9-12 The Message (MSG) 9-10“I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love. 11-15“I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do…
  • Selfishness, Hoarding and False Security

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Once again, some great thoughts to consider from weekly contributor pastor Clarke Dixon. Click the title below to read at Sunday’s Shrunk Sermon. Being Foolish with Abundance Inheritances can be a terrible source of stress for families. The first ever funeral I presided over was graveside with everyone standing, yet they still managed to have a center aisle. A fight over inheritance had already formed the family into two distinct camps. And I had to decide which of two receptions I would attend! So if you want to avoid fights over your possessions when you die, spend you children’s…
  • Obey: Benefits. Disobey: Consequences

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Today’s devotional comes from the website Daily Manna, a ministry of Deeper Life Bible Church, which originated in Africa with Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, but now has churches around the world including branches in the U.S. and Canada.  As always, click the title below to read the devotional at source. The God Of Justice TEXT: 2 KINGS 17:9-23 Key Verse: “…So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day” (2 Kings 17:23). The dealings of God with the children of Israel reveals a lot of paradoxes: Israel, without deserving the love of God, enjoyed a unique…
  • Heaven is Heaven Because There We Find Christ

    paulthinkingoutloud
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    NIV Col 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. NIV Eph. 1:20 …he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. NLT Phil. 3:20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. 21 He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will…
  • You’re So Vain, You Probably Think This Sermon is About You

    paulthinkingoutloud
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The Voice – II Cor. 3:18 Now all of us, with our faces unveiled, reflect the glory of the Lord as if we are mirrors; and so we are being transformed, metamorphosed, into His same image from one radiance of glory to another, just as the Spirit of the Lord accomplishes it. The Amplified Bible – II Cor. 3:18 And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from…
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  • National Cathedral Hosts Islamic Prayers; Lone Protester Objects

    Worthy News Staff
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:25 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– To improve relations between Muslims and Christians, the Washington National Cathedral hosted its first Muslim prayer service Friday, according to The Christian Post. However, the service was not without incident. "Jesus Christ died on that cross over there," announced a lone female protester immediately after the service began. "He is the reason why we are to worship only him. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior." And because Islam's "Allah" represents an "other god"…
  • Bakers Who Won't make "Gay" Cake May Face Legal Action

    Worthy News Staff
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:24 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Corespondent DUBLIN (Worthy News)– A Christian bakery in Northern Ireland must pay compensation or face legal action after an equality commission declared that it was guilty of committing "unlawful religious, political and sexual orientation discrimination" for declining to bake a "gay" cake, according to Christian News. Back in May, Ashers Baking Company in Newtonabbey was approached to bake a cake that featured the logo of a homosexual advocacy group in observance of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Instead,…
  • School tells Students to stop Praying, Singing

    Worthy News Staff
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent COLORADO SPRINGS (Worthy News)– Christian students at a public high school were told that they could no longer meet to pray, sing religious songs or discuss religious topics during their free time because it violated the Constitution, according to Fox News. Three years ago Chase Windebank — a senior at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs — and his classmates started meeting informally for fellowship in an unoccupied choir room to sing songs and discuss the issues of the day from a religious perspective. But when Windebank…
  • Global Terror Attack Deaths Increased Sharply in 2013

    Worthy News Staff
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    The number of deaths from terrorism increased by 61% between 2012 and 2013, the BBC reported. There were nearly 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013, a 44% increase from the previous year, the Global Terrorism Index 2014 report added. The report said militant groups Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Taliban were behind most of the deaths. — Source
  • Fatah's Military Wing Prepares for the "Destruction of Israel"

    Worthy News Staff
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, the military wing of the Palestinian political party Fatah, released a new recruitment video Friday hoping to enlist new soldiers for the "destruction of Israel." The video, entitled "The al-Aqsa Brigades begin training their fighters and open the doors of registration to their ranks," signals preparation of what could be the beginning of a third Palestinian intifada amid rising tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem. "We never fear, O usurper!" the video's narrator begins, referring to the…
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  • Walking out the Will of God!

    George Whitten
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions 1 Thes 5:14-18 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. The apostle Paul's epistle to the Thessalonians contains clear and powerful exhortations concerning the will of God for believers. These exhortations…
  • Be a Hearer — and a Doer!

    George Whitten
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Matthew 12:46-50 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, your mother and your brothers stand outside, desiring to speak with you. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brothers? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brothers! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Luke 8:19-21…
  • How do I understand the Will of God?

    George Whitten
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.< Writing daily devotions throughout the years I've often been asked the question, "How do I find the will of God?" There are probably many good scriptural approaches to answering this question; but I want to offer something very basic as you think about understanding the will of God. That is, simply, that you'll know His will when you come to know the heart of God. When you begin to understand, appreciate, and share the heart of…
  • Thaw out!

    George Whitten
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions John 7:37-38 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. An estimated 500,000 tons of water go over Niagara Falls every minute. On March 29, 1948, the falls suddenly stopped. Those who lived near enough heard the overwhelming silence, and immediately they thought it was a sign – the end of the world had come! However, after thirty hours had passed – the…
  • Be Faithful to the End!

    George Whitten
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. A careful reading through the life of the Apostle Paul will yield insight concerning those who surrounded him. In this brief devotion, I want to focus on two of Paul's friends — Luke and Demas. Luke was a true and faithful friend to Paul, staying with and supporting him to the very end of his life, even through the worst adversities (2 Timothy 4:11). Then, there was another friend, whose name was Demas, about whom Paul wrote positively at first, (Col.
 
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  • If You Ever Feel Lonely, Read This

    Lysa TerKeurst
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:20 pm
    There were many feelings I thought I’d have at this small conference I’d been so looking forward to attending. Acceptance. Fun. Camaraderie. On paper, these were my people. They lead organizations. I lead an organization. They are vulnerable. I am vulnerable. Like me, they know the stresses of deadlines, trying to balance kids with ministry, and the nagging sense that we should keep hidden the fact that we have the pizza delivery place on speed dial. Yes, these will for sure be my people. And the great thing about gathering with people you just know you’re going to bond with is that…
  • It’s the Season of Giving – 18 Ways To Give Back

    incourage
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Just like the parable Jesus told about the widow and her two coins (Mark 12:41-44), these words from Longfellow remind us that giving what we have – no matter how small – could make a world of difference to someone. And we know that during this season of family and festivities and cooking and shopping, giving back is top of your list. But it can be easy to get overwhelmed when deciding when and where to help. There are so many ways to help others and to give back! How can we choose? We’ve seen our online friends and community here at (in)courage rally to support (in)Mercy,…
  • On Bringing Our Darkness Into the Light

    Cherie Lowe
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Being in debt is a lot like being in the dark. You grope around, reaching and praying for a way out. You can’t quite seem to find anything stable to grab onto and steady your feet. You don’t know if anyone else is out there struggling in the ways you are . . . not knowing if you have enough money to make it to the end of the month. consumed with guilt from financial mistakes of the past. fearful someone else will find out. You feel hopeless and alone and stuck . . . in the dark. I struggled for years, knowing we were in way over our heads. I sat in the silence of empty church pews,…
  • How to Remodel Your Home By Thanksgiving

    Kristen Strong
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:20 pm
    In 2004, a tornado hit our house and nearly knocked it down. Okay, not a literal tornado with swirling, wind-fueled debris brought on by adverse weather conditions. Rather, it was one of my own wind-fueled words brought on by the dangerous combination of too little sleep and too much frustration. And maybe too much caffeine. When I cup my hands onto the windows of our families’ life at that time, I see more specific things fueling my storm, things such as: The stress of caring for three little ones largely by myself while my husband worked crazy long hours.  Loneliness because I…
  • (in)courage Christmas Gift Guide

    Katie Matzenbacher
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Lots of people I know are really great at buying gifts. Gift giving is their love language. They love the challenge of finding just the right gift for each person on their list. My little sister is one of these people. I, however, am not. My love language is quality time. Right before Christmas this year, my husband and I are taking a short “baby moon.” We’re going on a 4-night cruise, and my grandparents are going with us! I’m so excited about this time away. Of course I’m excited about the cruise itself – being on a boat and at the beach (and let’s be honest, the unlimited…
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  • We’re All Adopted

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    At the onslaught of World War Two, English citizens welcomed nearly three million evacuated children into their homes. Isn’t this the spirit Christians need today?
  • Christianity’s Third Divorce

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    How is Christianity to cope with a world increasingly hostile to its message and mission? Will the polarized responses to this question lead to yet a third schism through the Christian world?
  • A Living Witness for Marriage

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Johann Christoph Arnold and his wife Verena joined Pope Francis and religious leaders and scholars from around the world this morning to explore what their diverse faiths teach about marriage and “the complementarity of man and woman.”
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    Religion Dispatches

  • Pope, Christian Conservatives Team Up to Promote Patriarchy

    Patricia Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    The Vatican held an interfaith conference this week on the promotion of the “traditional”—that is, non-LGBT or single-headed—family organized around the concept of “complementarity.” Complementarity is one of those obscure theological concepts that nevertheless casts a long shadow over modern conservative religious thinking. It’s the idea that men and women’s differing and complementary biological roles play out in their respective roles in religion and society, which are separate, but supposedly equal, and divinely ordained. Pope John Paul II was a big proponent of the…
  • Do White People Think Black People Are Magic?

    Joseph Laycock
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    Last week, media reported on a psychological study suggesting that white people are predisposed to ascribe superhuman and magical qualities to black people. Spike Lee famously described the trope of the “Magical Negro,” found in films like The Green Mile, but this study is the first attempt to analyze “superhumanization bias” empirically. It may also have implications for religious studies since historians of religion have noted that the way we imagine the religious other overlaps closely with racist ideas about witchcraft and “voodoo” as well as forms of “romantic racism”…
  • What do Crystal Meth and Contraception Have In Common?

    Kara Loewentheil
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Is meth the new peyote? A woman arrested in Oklahoma recently for possession of methamphetamine is arguing that as a Wiccan she has a religious right to possess and use the drug for her religious practice. In Smith, as you’ll remember, the plaintiffs had used peyote as part of Native American religious practices. They were out of luck under the First Amendment, but the denial of their claim led to passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, after which a factually similar case involving hoasca (a.k.a. Ayahuasca) was decided in favor of the plaintiffs under RFRA’s more lenient legal…
  • Israel Will be a 2016 Evangelical Litmus Test

    Sarah Posner
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    Or so say Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, and Joel Rosenberg, convert from Judaism and author of numerous end-times-themed novels. Yesterday, the trio published a piece in the Christian Post, arguing that the 2016 “evangelical primary” is already underway, and that “no one seeking the GOP nomination in 2016 can afford to ignore this vital and dynamic constituency. There is simply no viable road to the presidency for a Republican candidate who fails to win strong support from voters of…
  • A Secret Family History Shows “Regular” Life Under the Reich: Sarah Wildman on Paper Love

    Sarah Posner and Sarah Wildman
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Title: Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind Author: Sarah Wildman Publisher: Riverhead Release Date: October 30, 2014 Sarah Wildman’s new book, Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind(Riverhead) chronicles her quest to find the woman her grandfather left behind in Vienna when he escaped the Nazis in 1938. It’s part memoir, part personal history, part World War II history, and part globetrotting detective story—and completely riveting. Wildman’s quest began after the deaths of her grandparents, when she opened a box labeled…
 
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  • Book Review: When Heaven Seems Silent by Mark and Tammy Andres

    Cheryl Cope
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Book Review: When Heaven Seems Silent by Mark and Tammy Andres I was nearing the end of this book and had been crying because of it. My husband walks in and says, “You’ve been crying, look at that whole bowl full of kleenex, you shouldn’t read books like that.” I said, “That’s the sign of a really good book!” So, … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Dirty Faith by David Z. Nowell

    Cheryl Cope
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Book Review: Dirty Faith by David Z. Nowell I could tell this book was special, even in the first couple of pages. This book is not a neutral book. It will either soften you or harden you. As you read this book, pray for God to soften your heart and to not miss out on a truth or lesson He … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    Life & Theology

  • The 8 keys to being a better small group leader

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

    Ben Reed
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    I’ve talked with a number of men and women in ministry, and I’ve noticed an alarming problem. It’s often felt but rarely talked about. Just below the surface, it affects daily interactions, vision casting, and strategic planning. It affects how we relate to God and how we relate to others. I call it post-traumatic-church-disorder. image: CreationSwap.com user Megan Watson It may not be a professional diagnoses, but it’s a real issue. You’ve heard of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, right? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by…
  • God of the beginning and the end

    Ben Reed
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    My friend Jason Dyba (JasonDyba.com) just released a song on Chris Tomlin’s new album. It’s called “In the End,” and I remember the season in which he wrote it. I lived the season with him. And in fact, I’m still living the season. He wrote it in the wake of finding out (my pastor at the time) David Landrith had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. In a time of not-knowing, confusion, of watching this larger-than-life man who was seeking God with all of his heart announce to us that his body was being overtaken by cancer, Jason found hope in the God who…
  • 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.
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    Bible Prophecy Blog

  • Revelation 3:20 and Asking Jesus into Your Heart

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    Dr. Charles Bing GraceLife Ministries "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20)"I asked Jesus into my heart" is a common way Christians relate their salvation testimony.... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Reexamining an Often-Overlooked Kingdom Passage—Genesis 1:26-28

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    Dr. Michael J. Vlach MikeVlach.com As I study God's kingdom program I am struck by the importance of Gen 1:26-28. I often don't see this passage brought up in discussions of the kingdom of God or millennium. But its importance is front and center for the kingdom issue and we all should wrestle... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Palestinians Celebrate Jerusalem Synagogue Slaughter

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    Ryan Jones Israel Today Palestinian Arabs in Gaza and elsewhere openly celebrated the massacre of Jewish worshippers at a synagogue in Jerusalem Tuesday morning.Hamas hailed the attack as "revenge" for the death of an Arab bus driver in Jerusalem a day earlier, a death that was ultimately... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Video: Dropping Oil Prices Are Destroying America's Enemies!

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    Well this is good news for a change...4:20Related Links Low oil prices to punish Iran and Russia • World Bulletin Iraq to revive mega refinery project in Babylon • Zawya Despite Crashing Oil Prices, The Shale Party Rocks On In North Dakota • Business Insider Putin's oil tsar heading to Vienna as... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Book Review: 'Dreams and Visions, Is Jesus awakening the Muslim World?' by Tom Doyle

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Dr. Gary Gilley Southern View Chapel Tom Doyle is a missionary in the Middle East and Central Asia and attended both the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and Dallas Theological Seminary (p. 133). Dreams and Visions is endorsed by the likes of Anne Graham Lotz, Charles Dyer and Janet Parshall. The... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
 
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

    31 Oct 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,…
  • Doulos Missions International

    31 Oct 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…
  • Giving to DMI

    31 Oct 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…
  • Opportunities to Serve the Body of Christ

    31 Oct 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 - November 2014

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    I've recently posted some new blogs to this site that I want to make you aware of: Alcohol and Cigarettes -- Ten Divine RevelationsThe Judgment Seat of Christ The Sale of Christian Music and Art -- A Robbers' Den?Pope Validates Evolution and Big Bang Theory Testing the Spirits of False Prophets (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…
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    Relief: A Christian Literary Expression

  • Inheritance

    Jayne English
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This mad house is my home. ~ Barbara Weston The film August: Osage County opens in the home of Violet and Beverly Weston. Their decades-long marriage has been an attempt to blend their divergent natures; Beverly’s is poetic, Violet’s is mean. She wreaks emotional violence against anyone who gets too close to her frayed center. Beverly navigates her tumultuous waters by gripping the gunwales. As the film starts, he is bearing the tempest that occurs when Violet learns he has hired “an Indian” (the tragically and recently deceased Misty Upham) to help care for her through her developing…
  • The Poetry of Loss and Resurrection

    Jill Reid
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes, especially when I’m most in need of meeting myself—the actual Jill long lost within the daily, rigid busyness of life—I hunt for myself in the files on my computer. I look for me between the lines of what I have managed to write down, in words and images that, over time, come together in patterns and threads and whispers. And I try to understand what I believe I have been trying to tell myself. I have discovered that the Jill who has been writing these past few months is one who can’t stop talking about the past, about memory, about loss. A few months ago, I stood in the…
  • How to Swim Naked

    Joanna Campbell
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Life can survive in the constant shadow of illness, and even rise to moments of rampant joy, but the shadow remains, and one has to make space for it.Diane Ackerman from One Hundred Names for Love You pull back the curtains shielding you from the ocean view. Rub your eyes. Step back from the window frame. Your body tells your head it is time to visit the water. The child in you remembers this need. You take a walk with your husband to the beach. The sun dips beneath the lagoon. Your husband brings his portable speaker and iPod tucked in one of his vest pockets, the kind of vest that makes him…
  • Founding Mythologies

    Howard Schaap
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A place isn’t a place until you tell stories about it, says Wallace Stegner in “The Sense of Place.” In fact, Stegner says, “[N]o place is a place until it has had a poet.” He has Yeats in mind, who claimed about Ireland that “there is no river or mountain that is not associated in the memory with some event or legend.” Stegner goes on to worry about the American “mythless man” who “lives a life of his own, sunk in a subjective mania of his own devising, which he believes to be the newly discovered truth.” As an undergrad, I had the pleasure of visiting Yeats’ County…
  • Darkness Rather than Light

    Jean Hoefling
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    It has always seemed strange to me . . . the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egoism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first, they love the produce of the second. – John Steinbeck What epitomizes the essence of Steinbeck’s ruminations better than the highly successful Netflix TV show House of Cards, a statement on the ruthless spirit of Washington politics…
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  • Pope Francis calls for a renewed commitment to spiritual Ecumenism and to the rediscovery of shared...

    Jesus Caritas Est
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pope Francis - ANSA20/11/2014 04:(Vatican Radio) The search for full Christian unity remains a priority for the Catholic Church and it is one of the Pope’s principle daily concerns. That was the message that Pope Francis shared on Thursday with members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity who are taking part in a plenary session in the Vatican this week. The meeting includes a public commemoration at the Gregorian University on Friday of the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II decree ‘Unitatis Redintegratio’. That document marked the start of a new era in the Catholic…
  • Pope Francis "either you worship the living God, or your worship money". Presentation Homily

    Jesus Caritas Est
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    (Vatican Radio) People will forgive a weak priest or pastoral minister, but they will not forgive a greedy one or one who mistreats people, said Pope Francis at Mass Friday morning as he marked the feast of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a prayer that she help us keep the Lord's Temple clean. Basing his homily on the Gospel of the Day in which Jesus drives the merchants from the Temple because they had turned the house of prayer into a den of thieves, Pope Francis said in doing so Jesus was purifying the Temple of God because it had been profaned and with it the People of…
  • Today's Mass Readings : Friday November 21, 2014

    Jesus Caritas Est
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin MaryLectionary: 501Reading 1RV 10:8-11I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me.Then the voice spoke to me and said:“Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angelwho is standing on the sea and on the land.”So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll.He said to me, “Take and swallow it.It will turn your stomach sour,but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey.”I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand and swallowed it.In my mouth it was like sweet honey,but when I had eaten it, my…
  • Pope Francis Full Text on #Migration "everyone is worthy of being welcomed and supported."

    Jesus Caritas Est
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
     (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday addressed participants at the Seventh World Congress for the Pastoral Care of Migrants. In his remarks, the Holy Father said, “Today, notwithstanding new developments and the emergence of situations which are at times painful and even tragic, migration is still an aspiration to hope.” After remarking on the causes of migration – including inequality, poverty, disasters caused by climate change, and wars and persecution – the Pope noted that migration offers benefits both to the receiving nations and to the nations from which migrants…
  • Saint November 21 : The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Jesus Caritas Est
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin MaryFeast: November 21Information:Feast Day:November 21Religious parents never fail by devout prayer to consecrate their children to the divine service and love, both before and after their birth. Some amongst the Jews, not content with this general consecration of their children, offered them to God in their infancy, by the hands of the priests in the temple, to be lodged in apartments belonging to the temple, and brought up in attending the priests and Levites in the sacred ministry. It is an ancient tradition, that the Blessed Virgin Mary was thus…
 
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  • What In The World Are We Doing

    Todd
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Watch this Video: Judah Smith explains that God loves the world and that we are here for a reason. “I made a decision right after my earthly father passed, that You’re the Dad of this church. You’re in charge, and if You want to say something, You’ll let me know. Until then, I’ll just get up and talk about golf, if that’s all I got. But I’m not going to stress. Cause You called me to this. These are Your people. This is Your city. This is Your earth. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. I’m leaning in to Your love. I’m…
  • Graham Cooke Inheritance

    Todd
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Watch this Video: This one is worth another go around. Graham Cooke’s reminds us that God Loves us Outrageously! “The Lord says there is nothing you can do that would make Him love you more.  There is also nothing you can do to make Him love you less.  He loves you … Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because that is what he is like.” – Graham Cooke   Also check out The Nature of God to know how Good God is, by Graham Cooke.
  • Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind

    Todd
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Watch this Video: Sid Roth interviews Bill Johnson about the power of the renewed mind. “Bill Johnson operates in MAJOR miracles. He says when you “renew your mind,” it transforms your walk with God. Then what happens? It brings “Heaven down to Earth” wherever you go! The key is there’s no sickness in Heaven, no fear, no poverty! Are you ready to be transformed?” – Sid Roth Matthew 6:10 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. “He gave us a very clear example in how He lived, and a very clear commission in what…
  • Victorious Eschatology

    Todd
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Long Video Series: Victorious Eschatology, by Harold Eberle, a Futurist View versus Partial-Preterist View Victorious Eschatology – Study Guide  Book Available at Amazon.com What are the signs of Jesus’ coming? What are the signs of the end of the world? Are things getting better or worse?   Visions and Prophecies of Daniel. Book of Revelation – Chapters 1-11 Book of Revelation – Chapters 12-22 Antichrist, Rapture, and End Times.
  • The Bride of Christ

    Todd
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder explains that right here and now you are flesh of His flesh, bone of His bone. “You are not the future Bride of Christ. Right here and now you are flesh of His flesh, bone of His bone … He who is in Christ is one spirit with the Lord. The two have become one. Out of this revelation of our true identity – that God and humanity have forever merged in Jesus – we are free to walk out the purity which is our very true and God-given essence. Contrary to many end-times ideas that the Bride is cleaning herself up, the truth is that we are merely…
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    Don't Eat The Fruit

  • What Can We Learn about Video Churches from Mars Hill’s Closing?

    John Dyer
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    It’s been a while since I’ve written here, but I did put together a piece about the video satellite model of churches for OnFaith. As I write in the piece, I’ve always been a bit skeptical of the model since I want to favor in-the-flesh personal encounters and avoid celebrity preachers and branded models of church. However, when I actually talked to churches using this model, I found that some of them had actually thought through a lot of the common objections and come up with creative ways to overcome them. Here’s how it starts: At the Acts 29 Conference in Dallas,…
  • A Technology Fast from Everything *Except* the Internet

    John Dyer
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A few months ago, I moved my family from hot and sunny North Texas to cold and rainy northern England so I could start a PhD on digital Bible use. I hoped to learn a lot about technology, but I what I didn’t expect on was how much the move itself would teach me. Technology Fasts and Sabbaths Almost anytime Christians discuss the internet or mobile phones, someone suggests that it is important to take a break from technology from time to time in the form of a short-term fast or a regular Sabbath. If you feel yourself checking your phone a little too often or feel overwhelmed by our…
  • “The Bible”: A book or a category of things?

    John Dyer
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    When you browse through the Christian section of your favorite  online or neighbor store and see a book with the term “Bible” (or its much murkier corollary,  “Biblical”) on the cover, what exactly does that term mean? Over at Second Nature Journal, I explore this question looking at how various content creators use the term “Bible” and ultimately argue that it isn’t as clear as one might prefer. Here’s how it starts… Tonight, after dinner, baths, and a lot of screaming, my wife and I will settle down next to our toddlers and attempt…
  • What Form of Video Best Addresses Phone Addiction & Isolation?

    John Dyer
    5 May 2014 | 2:41 am
    We all know the basic message: “put down your phone” “talk to a real person,” and “pay attention.” And we’ve probably all noticed the irony of people use social media to post videos that contain these messages and warn about  the dangers of social media. As I’ve been watching these, I noticed that some struck me as quite powerful while others as predictable and even boring. Why is this? Is there a simple reason why some of these videos more effective than others? Why do some make us stop for a moment, but others are easy to dismiss?
  • Kids Are Addicted to Social Media Because Parents Are Addicted to Control

    John Dyer
    10 Feb 2014 | 11:08 am
    Of course, it’s not quite as simple as the headline makes it seem. But new data suggests that while the often heard complaint, “Kids these days spend all their time online rather than face-to-face,” may be true, it’s not true for the reasons we think. No, today’s under-18 crowd is not made up of degenerates who don’t like human contact. Rather, they want face-to-face time as much as we did, it’s just that their parents won’t let them have it. Parents Controlled by Fear In her forthcoming book It’s Complicated: the social lives of…
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    Storyline Blog

  • Why We Pick Apart the People We Admire Most

    Kyle Reid
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    I recently attended a conference hosting some of the top creatives in the world. I spent every jam-packed day of the conference learning, being inspired and trying to soak up any and all creative magic from those around me. “Oh, you work for Facebook you say? I think I’ve heard of that…(internal freakout moment).” I was inspired, yet equally intimidated. I learned many important things that will define the future of my work. But, as the speakers delivered home run after home run, I began to squirm in my seat. Why am I here? How can I call myself a designer? Those were real thoughts I…
  • 3 Keys to Winning the Mental Game

    Donald Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    A couple years ago, I had lunch with Ben Malcolmson who serves as the assistant to Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. We met on a Sunday afternoon before the Seahawks were to play on Monday Night Football. I’d read Coach Carroll’s book Win Forever (a terrific read for any leader) and so knew a little about his coaching strategy and how he encourages his teams to simply believe they are going to win at everything they do. Then Ben said something I thought was interesting. He said that at the NFL level, all the athletes are world class. He said there really aren’t that many…
  • Turn Your Mistakes into Opportunities to Get Better

    Tim Schurrer
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    While we often view past struggles as the unfortunate parts of our story, I’ve learned to see them as opportunities. I no longer get down on myself about making mistakes as long as I make things better the next time. I don’t know if it’s my optimism or some kind of lesson that’s been instilled in me, but I’ve been operating in this “just make it better the next time” mentality for a long time now. Our staff just returned from Chicago. We’d been hosting Storyline Conference at Willow Creek. This is now the 4th conference I’ve been able to curate alongside Don. When I…
  • Why Your Ideas Need a Place to Play

    Amena Brown Owen
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The ideas are waiting to get out. They are second graders raising their hands saying, “Pick me! Pick me!” in the classroom that is your brain. They want to go to recess, which means we need to give them a place to play. Sometimes life steals away the moments we could be creative. Sometimes family and taking care of ourselves has to take precedence above letting that idea climb the monkey bars. Sometimes we don’t want to face the same bullying, trash-talking fear that plagues us every time we sit down to create. We get discouraged. We don’t want to confront the nagging voice that says,…
  • My 6 Tips for Surviving Criticism

    Donald Miller
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you share yourself with the world, you’re going to be criticized. The world may seem like a nice, safe, warm place, but as soon as you put yourself out there’s a good chance you’ll be a target for criticism. If you’re not careful, you’ll start feeling like a character in The Lord of the Flies. Photo Credit: Mikaela Hamilton So how do you survive it? How do you keep putting yourself out there? Here are a few ideas: 1. Understand great ideas get criticized just as much as bad ones. Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln were ferociously criticized.
 
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    The Christian Gift

  • New Every Morning

    TheChristianGift
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    I do a lot of shooting in the early morning. A dynamic sky can help transform an iconic and often photographed scene like the one pictured here from “run of the mill” into something more unique…so there is incentive to get up early, grab my gear, and go! The passage from Lamentations which I’ve paired with this image of Nubble Light (Cape Neddick, Maine) often comes to mind when I’m working in the field at daybreak. His mercies are new every morning! Indeed.
  • Keepsakes for Children – Religious Christmas Gifts for Children

    TheChristianGift
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:45 am
    All sorts of items make wonderful gifts. We’ve all no doubt received some great presents from people over the years. But every so often, a gift is particularly cherished because is of its sentimental value. It’s special because of who gave it to us – or who made it – or because it commemorates something important – or for some other significant reason. Sometimes a gift we give may become a keepsake, even if it wasn’t necessarily intended as such. My mother made this cross-stitch bedtime prayer for my room when I was very young: I wonder if she had any…
  • Christmas Gifts for Volunteers – Service Appreciation Gift Ideas – End of Year Appreciation Gift

    TheChristianGift
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:21 am
    “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” … “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40 So many people donate time and talents – or finances – or all three, to help others. It might be supporting a food pantry or soup kitchen, or volunteering for disaster relief efforts.
  • Gratitude

    TheChristianGift
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
  • Beautiful Autumn

    TheChristianGift
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. John Burroughs  Though we are long past peak color where I live, and most of the leaves have fallen – those that remain continue to paint the landscape with muted tones of deep gold and brown. It’s much more subtle than the “main attraction” but still pretty. I’m hoping to have an opportunity to get up north with the camera in the next day or two to capture the juxtaposition of late autumn below and winter on the mountain tops, now capped with snow. How wonderful it is to watch…
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    Steve Fogg: Clear & SimpleSteve Fogg: Clear & Simple | Marketing, Communications, Branding & Digital

  • 7 Useful Tips That Will Ensure Your Emails Get Opened

    Steve Fogg
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I’ve heard it said a many times ‘email marketing is dead, social media is where it is at.’ You may have experienced it yourself. When you’ve sent out an email to your list and the open rates are in the basement and are way too low. So low in-fact that you asked yourself why you should bother at all. Today I want to share with you seven useful tips that will help your open rates go off the charts. They are so simple, yet so powerful and will help your audience engage with you and open your email, rather than hit the delete button. What specific area of your email…
  • WordPress Or Hosted Solution For Your Church Website? 5 Steps To Help You To Decide

    Steve Fogg
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Photo Credit: Whether a church should use a WordPress or proprietary hosted Content Management System for their church is a huge decision. Your website is the front door to your church and should rightly have a high price placed on it’s communication value. I actually received this exact question in my inbox recently asking for recommendations as well for a developer. Now I’m NOT a techie. Far from it. But the decision isn’t just a technical decision, it’s a leadership decision that should be made in consultation across a communication’s and IT team. Last year…
  • 46 Brilliant Tips, Ideas & Strategies That Will Improve Your Church Communications

    Steve Fogg
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    It’s my 46th birthday today. Yes I’m 46… time goes so quickly. So I thought I’d share 46 brilliant tips, ideas and strategies from my blog and around the web that will help you step up to that next level in church communications. It’s half way through my birthday and I can’t believe I just thought of this so I better keep this light and tight. Here are the all 46 tips, ideas and strategies (in no particular order) bursting with birthday goodness: 1. Finding the brand essence of your church – Brad Abare, Church Marketing Sucks 2. Why good design…
  • Social Media: To Schedule or Not?

    Steve Fogg
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    As the use of social media by churches becomes more common, a debate is raging: Should you schedule your social media posts or not? For the anti-scheduling camp, the very nature of scheduling social media is like pre-recording a message for a dinner party and expecting everyone to want to talk to you. For the pro scheduling camp it’s a no brainer. Why wouldn’t you? The Pro-Scheduling Argument: 1. Efficient There are only 24 hours in the day. We’ve all got other things to do at work and we can’t be on social media all day. 2. Helps Alignment Planning ahead and scheduling posts helps…
  • 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…
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  • Saying True Things in a True Way

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve noticed a trend. In many of our settings, we tend to say things that are true as far as they go, but the way we say them contradicts what’s being said. We’re told that pastors shouldn’t measure themselves by the size of our churches, but we’re told this by megachurch pastors who have platforms because of the size of their church.We’re told to plant small, authentic, missional, reproducing churches at a large, slick conferences in attractional churches.We read books about overcoming the success syndrome in ministry written by pastors who appear to have been quite successful.We…
  • Saving Grace: Daily Devotions from Jack Miller

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    I read a lot of books, but there are only a handful that have changed me as much as The Heart of a Servant Leader by C. John Miller. I bought this book in early 2008. By this time I’d been listening to Tim Keller sermons for a couple of years, and I’d attended my first T4G conference. I’d been wrestling with the ideas of gospel centrality and was in the early stages of working through all the implications for my life and ministry.The Heart of a Servant Leader accelerated all that. It was written by C. John (Jack) Miller, a pastor and seminary professor from Pennsylvania who had once…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Saying No The key to a productive and content life is “planned neglect”—knowing what NOT to do, and being content with saying no to truly good, sometimes fantastic, opportunities. 4 Tasks of a Senior Leader Directional clarity Strategic movement Cultural leverage Resource stability Over-Pastoring and Under-Pastoring There are two common dangers in pastoral ministry and Paul is alert to both of them. They are what we might call over-pastoring and under-pastoring. 6 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches Let’s plant churches that plant…
  • Can't Quit, Won't Quit

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    As a church planter, I don’t get discouraged often. One day, though, I wanted to quit. I thought of my brother, who told me that he doesn’t have any job-related stress. I wanted to take a “normal” job and be done with the pressures and demands of ministry. And yes, I realized even then that the idea of a stress-free job is a mirage that doesn’t actually exist. Still, I wanted to quit.As I thought about this, I began to ask myself what would change. Yes, I would be freed from some of the pressures of vocational ministry. So many other things would stay the same.I would not be my own.
  • Help Me Kickstart The Church Website Expert's Guide to Squarespace

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    As you probably know, I'm helping to start a church in downtown Toronto. To help pay the bills, I work on other projects as a tentmaker one day a week. One of those projects has just gone live on Kickstarter. It's called The Church Website Expert's Guide to Squarespace. Here's the deal: I want to help churches create excellent, affordable websites using a great service called Squarespace. To do this, I'm publishing an ebook that will offer practical advice on how to build a great website. I've put together a website that explains all the details. I think this project will help churches, and…
 
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • 10 Reasons Why Children’s Ministry is Better!!!

    Mimi Bullock
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Everyone thinks that their particular ministry call is “the best” but children’s ministry leaders have the unique position of being right. (Insert LOL here.) I have had the privilege of being involved with some dynamic ministries and worked in at least five different ministries like Adopt-A-Block, discipleship and even ladies ministries. However, working with kids has always been my favorite. I can give you 10 reasons why children’s ministry is better–for me at least. I get to shout “do over!” if I make a teaching mistake or if an object lesson or…
  • Three Popcorn Object Lessons from Mark 4:7-9

    Mimi Bullock
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Could teaching kids about God be as easy as popping a bag of popcorn? Yes, indeed! If you have some popcorn, you can easily teach three significant object lessons to your Sunday School, children’s church or summer camp. Since it smells so tempting and delicious, have plenty of popcorn on hand to serve and share with kids after your teaching demonstrations. Ready to show object lessons that pop? (I couldn’t resist, sorry!) The Transforming Power of the Holy Spirit (For this object lesson you need an air popper, popping oil, a bowl and some loose kernels.) Place all the items on a table in…
  • Jesus’ Family Tree: Matthew 1:1-16 & Luke 3:23-38 Genealogy

    Felicia Mollohan
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    I was reading in the Bible where it lists the genealogy of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:1-16 & Luke 3:23-38). I thought how great would it be for the students in my class to learn about Jesus’ family tree and the bloodline that He came from in order to fulfill prophecy of the Old Testament? So I put together these cards that will end up looking like a tree in the end, if you follow the format that I have provided. On each card, it gives a basic “title” for each of the people to help the students remember who they are, as well as one to two Bible verses that relate to that…
  • Cell Phone Object Lessons from Romans 15:13

    Mimi Bullock
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    Have a cell phone? You have everything you need to teach a valuable Christian lesson to teens or kids. Based on bible verses like Romans 15:13, “ Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost,” You’ll have everything you need to teach kids the importance of powering up with God. If I were to give my cell phone object lesson a theme, it would be: Just like a cell phone needs a charger to power up, we also need to be be spiritually charged regularly. Teaching a Cell Phone Object Lesson Place…
  • Sunday School Lesson: God delivers Israel through Deborah and Barak

    Kelly Henderson
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    The following lesson was taught to a small group of children ranging from age 5-10.  The students will discover from this lesson that when we live lives that please God others will see His glory. Bible Passage: Judges 4-5 Bible Story Title: God Delivers Israel through Deborah and Barak Target Age Group: Ages 5-11 (K-5th Grade U.S.A.) Target Time Frame: 60 Minutes Original Teaching Context: Sunday School Supply List:  Bibles, Letters A,B,C,D, copies of Deborah and Barak Booklet, crayons, markers, visuals for lesson, Learning Goal: Students will learn that God’s glory is seen in lives of…
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    Frank King's Blog

  • A Lesson from Bill Cosby

    Frank King
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Bill Cosby I have loved The Cosby Show from the time it debuted in the 80s. I am sure millions of others can say the same thing. I still enjoy reruns of the show when I stumble across them. But these days, a totally different Bill Cosby is being portrayed on the TV screen that made him famous in the past. To date, at least five women have gone public saying that Bill Cosby, the beloved TV dad, raped them. Some claim he gave them pills and/or something to drink before violating them. Still, Mr. Cosby refuses to address the issue. Of course, that’s his prerogative. But in my opinion, this is…
  • “He Gives More Grace”

    Frank King
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Amazing Grace All who make it into heaven will do so solely by the grace of God. It is only by His grace that we will be deemed faultless before Him. But the grace of God is not limited to grace for salvation. Moreover, we don’t all walk in the same measure of total grace. For the Bible says, “He gives more grace….” (James 4:6a). The remainder of the verse gives the basis for receiving more grace: “God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble” (v. 6b). That truth should not be hard to understand. All other things being equal, a person who walks humbly before God will…
  • Hear God’s Quiet Voice

    Frank King
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Note: The words comprising this post were taken from devotion 36 (“A Quiet Voice”) of my recently released book, “Transforming Moments with God.” Listening for God Oftentimes, in the Bible when God manifested His presence, He did it in a dramatic way. He caused, for instance, the rain to fall 40 days and nights when He judged the world in Noah’s day. To destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, He sent fire and brimstone on earth. When He called Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt, fire appeared amid a bush that was not consumed. He sent an angel on earth to announce the birth of Christ our Savior.
  • Stir Up the Gift within You

    Frank King
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Prayer Station Most of us have a vivid memory of how it was when we first met Christ and He miraculously changed our life. Remember how excited you were about your newfound faith? Remember how passionate you were about the Word of God? Remember how your thinking of Christ pervaded your every thought about anything else? But for some of us, perhaps many of us, that fire no longer burns like it used to. What can we do about that? We can do as Paul the apostle instructed his friend Timothy: “Stir up the gift of God, which is in you by the putting on of my hands” (2 Timothy 1:6). Paul knew…
  • What Church Membership Has to Offer

    Frank King
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:49 am
    Black Congregation A few years ago, I wrote a book entitled, “Steps to the Victorious Walk.” It was a resource aimed at helping believers progress from a genuine salvation experience to victorious Christian living. One of the chapters in that book is entitled, “Victory through Church Membership.” In that chapter, I address some of the benefits of belonging to a good local church. In this post, I will touch on several of those benefits: A LOCAL CHURCH CAN PROVIDE YOU ENCOURAGEMENT. For Christians, the local church is a major support base. The members that make up the local body…
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • Are You Going to Stay Stuck, or Are You Going to Fight?

    J.B. Wood
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Every great story, every hero, every inspiring moment is born out of adversity and perseverance. Conflict and battles are the stuff of myth and legend, and we love these stories because we can relate. Our personal and work lives are filled with mini-versions: Pushing through. Overcoming obstacles. Fighting. I am not necessarily talking about fighting in [Read More...]
  • Don’t Expect God to do Your Grunt Work

    J.B. Wood
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    I was privy to a conversation involving a mentor and his coaching subject, a mid-level manager. They had been discussing the manager’s future – moving up the ladder, making the next career move, and the like. When asked about his plan of attack for pursuing the opportunities before him, the manager, an earnest and devout Christian, [Read More...]
  • 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...]
 
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    Bible Study Lessons and Topics

  • The Names of Jehovah in the Bible – Infographic

    Amit Christian
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    This infographic describes the names of God (Jehovah) in the Old Testament in the Bible. Share it! To Share the Infographic, Read the Guide! Click on the code in the box below. Hit Ctrl-C to copy. Paste the code into your site’s page. Download this infographic.Embed Our Infographic On Your Site!Image Widthpx<img src="http://bibleseo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/names.jpg" alt="The Names of Jehovah in the Bible &#8211; Infographic - An Infographic from Bible Study Lessons and Topics" width="100%" class="infographic_embedder" /><p…
  • What did Jesus say about Paying Taxes

    Amit Christian
    23 Mar 2014 | 8:14 am
    Bible Study Lesson on Matthew 22: 15-22 It is that time of a year. Do you know what is this season for? You might wonder it’s a ‘Spring’ season. Well, you are right, but it is also a time of ‘Tax Season’!s Around March-April of each year, most people in America file their taxes, many even waiting till the last moment! It is the time when many of us ask the question, why should I pay taxes? Why should I give my hard earned money to the government? Have you ever wondered what would be Jesus’ opinion about paying taxes? Did he actually pay taxes (Matthew 17:24-27)…
  • The God who comforts As a Mother

    Glory
    18 Jan 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Isaiah: 66:13 – As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you. While I was reading and meditating on this passage, I was little surprised by this verse. We generally view God as our Father, and rightly so. So when we think about God, it might be a little hard for us to think of Him as a mother. John 4:24 says that God is the Spirit and those who worship him, must worship in truth and spirit. Thus this is not a matter of – he or she. But God uses this visual of a mother, or father for us. In other verses of the Bible, God uses different human relationships and calls us His…
  • Fishers of Men – Peter’s encounter with Jesus

    Amit Christian
    5 Jan 2014 | 10:01 am
      Bible Study Passage: Luke 5:1-11 1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all…
  • Parable of a Sower and Four Soils

    Amit Christian
    18 Dec 2013 | 7:38 pm
    When The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie was released, we went to see the movie with some of our friends. Every one of us enjoyed the movie. Later we were discussing about the movie and its Christian message, one of our friends did not really understand it. We then shared the representation of Christ in Aslan, the Lion. He was amazed by the deeper truths of the Narnia story. We all like good stories. But many stories have deep, (often hidden) spiritual truths to them. If you are not careful, you can easily miss its meaning. Jesus also told many of such stories…
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  • Lessons from the Olive Trees

    Jean Wise
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a series of reflections following my trip to the Holy Lands this fall. What a profound and life-changing experience to walk where Jesus lived. Visiting Israel opened my eyes and refreshed my heart on so many levels – historically, politically, biblically and spiritually. Olive trees thrive in the Holy Lands. Every meal we ate offered at least one form of olives. Olive oil and olive wood gifts decorated the shelves of stores we visited. We passed miles of olive tree groves. Olive trees don’t grow in NW Ohio, so this is a tree I wasn’t familiar with. I read and heard about the…
  • Holy Lands Harmonics

    Jean Wise
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a series of reflections following my trip to the Holy Lands this fall. What a profound and life-changing experience to walk where Jesus lived. Visiting Israel opened my eyes and refreshed my heart on so many levels – historically, politically, biblically and spiritually. Music marinated my soul on our trip to Israel. I didn’t realize how deeply the songs we heard and sang still rang within my heart until we were home. My memories anchored in Holy Lands harmonics in a land of not much harmony. “Music is well said to be the speech of angels; 
 in fact, nothing among the…
  • God’s Gifts – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the…
  • Advent Approaches – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    “The house lights go off and the footlights come on. Even the chattiest stop chattering as they wait in darkness for the curtain to rise. In the orchestra pit, the violin bows are poised. The conductor has raised his baton. In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You walk up the steps to the front door. The empty windows at either side of it tell you nothing, or almost nothing. For a second you catch a whiff of some fragrance…
  • Faith Shift – Book Review

    Jean Wise
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    If we are really honest, we all face doubts about our faith at times. How our churches help us recognize, embrace, think through and learn from our uncertainties can make all the difference. When we journey with one another through the haziness of being unsure, often we all become stronger. I read Kathy Escobar’s new book, Faith Shift – Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart – with a great deal of interest. She deals with this topic – when we go through dark times of questions, hesitation and doubts – from both personal experience and from…
 
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  • -Catholic Priests Choose to Disobey DC Circuit Court Contraceptive Ruling

    Dr. D
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    A pro-life group of Catholic priests,  Priests for Life, has chosen civil disobedience rather than compliance to a court ruling to provide birth control and abortifacients through the insurance plans for its employees. Here’s the story from Christianity Today: The United States DC Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a claim from Priests for Life that it should be exempt from the Obamacare legislation on grounds of religious freedom. A three-judge panel said that the regulations "do not impose a substantial burden on the Plaintiffs’ religious exercise." A statement from…
  • -7th Circuit: Pastors Can Keep Their Housing Allowance

    Dr. D
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court decision that would  have denied pastors their traditional tax exempt housing allowance which is normally a major part of their compensation package. Here’s the story from Christianity Today: Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s high-profile 2013 decision that the longstanding clergy housing allowance was unconstitutional. The 60-year-old tax break excludes the rental value of a pastor’s home from their taxable income. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) challenged the…
  • -SBC President Pleads for Churches to Pray for Another Great Awakening

    Dr. D
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is pleading and encouraging and calling the 46,000 churches in his denomination and beyond to “extraordinary prayer” for revival and another Great Awakening. Here’s the message from his blog: <Read the whole message> He has also made available his complete message in an 16 page e-book which can be downloaded for free: Response: I would like to see and plead with other denominational leaders and non-denominational pastors all across America to follow Dr. Floyd’s lead.  We have long held that revival and a new…
  • -National Cathedral to Host a Friday Muslim Prayer Service

    Dr. D
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    The National Cathedral in Washington DC is going to host a Muslim prayer service on Friday. About 100 Muslim leaders are expected to attend the service which will be  closed to the public. Here’s the story from the Washington Post: Washington National Cathedral, known for presidential funerals and other major spiritual services, will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time Friday. … organizers said Monday that they are seeking to make a statement by having Muslim leaders come and hold their midday service in such a visible Christian house of worship. “We want the world to…
  • -Sweden Has 55 ‘No-Go’ Muslim Zones Where Sharia Law Rules

    Dr. D
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    Political correctness and ‘multiculturalism’ has produced 55 ‘no-go’ zones in Sweden that are essentially Muslim micro-states where sharia law rules. Here’s the story from Investor’s Business Daily: …There are Muslim enclaves where postal, fire and other essential services — even police officers themselves —require police protection. A police report released last month identifies 55 of these "no-go zones" in Sweden. These zones are similar to others that have popped up in Europe in recent years. They formed as large Muslim populations emigrating to politically…
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  • Trevin’s Seven

    Trevin Wax
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Kindle Deal: Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air by Francis Beckwith & Greg Koukl. $2.99. 1. How 1,000 Protestant Pastors Feel About Immigrants and Reform 2. Ann Voskamp – 35 Things We’d Better Tell Our Sons about Harassment, Assault, and “Boys Will Be Boys” 3. The Habits of Highly Productive Writers 4. Your Church is Without a Senior Pastor. Now What? 5. Poor New Zealand! 6. Aaron Earls – The Real Mystery of Serial 7. The State of Theology: Sin is Not Cosmic Treason
  • Know Your Southern Baptists: Jen Wilkin

    Trevin Wax
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Name: Jen Wilkin Why you’ve heard of her: She is a writer, teacher, and blogger at JenWilkin.net. Position: She is the managing editor of The Village Church blog and leads the Flower Mound Women’s Bible Study, an interdenominational Bible study with about 700 members representing 68 different churches. Previous: Jen was the Director of Women’s Ministry at Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land, TX. Education: She earned a B.A. in English and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M. Books: Jen wrote Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our…
  • Overcoming Evangelistic Paralysis with an Unbelievably Good Gospel

    Trevin Wax
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Earlier this year, I read Jonathan Dodson’s book, The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing (Zondervan), and found it to be a solid resource that gives careful attention to the message we proclaim as well as the person with whom we are speaking. Dodson casts a vision for evangelism that goes beyond formulaic recitation of biblical facts, re-centers it within the grand narrative of Scripture, and refocuses our attention on the particular needs of the person who needs good news. This is a biblically faithful and contextually sensitive approach to evangelism that…
  • Worth a Look 11.20.14

    Trevin Wax
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: The Complete Ante-Nicene & Nicene and Post-Nicene Church Fathers Collection: 3 Series, 37 Volumes, 65 Authors, 1,000 Books, 18,000 Chapters, 16 Million Words. $2.99. The Greatest Christian Classics. Includes an Active Index, 37 Tables of Contents for all Books & Chapters and Layered NCX Navigation. Micha Boyett – Ghostly Grief: On Miscarriage and Loss: A friend recently sent me a note after hearing about my loss: “Miscarriage is the strangest grief, ghostly but intensely embodied.” That word, ghostly, has stayed with me. What is it…
  • What Happens When You Judge the Church “Now” By the Kingdom’s “Not Yet”

    Trevin Wax
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together, a classic little book on the community of Jesus Christ, speaks a word of caution to those who fall in love more with the idea of Christian community than with the community they are actually a part of. “Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than they love the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community even though their personal intentions may be ever so honest, earnest and sacrificial.” Bonhoeffer’s warning describes a Christian who is zealous for the church to be everything God has…
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  • Lessons from the Olive Trees

    Jean Wise
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a series of reflections following my trip to the Holy Lands this fall. What a profound and life-changing experience to walk where Jesus lived. Visiting Israel opened my eyes and refreshed my heart on so many levels – historically, politically, biblically and spiritually. Olive trees thrive in the Holy Lands. Every meal we ate offered at least one form of olives. Olive oil and olive wood gifts decorated the shelves of stores we visited. We passed miles of olive tree groves. Olive trees don’t grow in NW Ohio, so this is a tree I wasn’t familiar with. I read and heard about the…
  • Holy Lands Harmonics

    Jean Wise
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a series of reflections following my trip to the Holy Lands this fall. What a profound and life-changing experience to walk where Jesus lived. Visiting Israel opened my eyes and refreshed my heart on so many levels – historically, politically, biblically and spiritually. Music marinated my soul on our trip to Israel. I didn’t realize how deeply the songs we heard and sang still rang within my heart until we were home. My memories anchored in Holy Lands harmonics in a land of not much harmony. “Music is well said to be the speech of angels; 
 in fact, nothing among the…
  • God’s Gifts – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the…
  • Advent Approaches – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    “The house lights go off and the footlights come on. Even the chattiest stop chattering as they wait in darkness for the curtain to rise. In the orchestra pit, the violin bows are poised. The conductor has raised his baton. In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You walk up the steps to the front door. The empty windows at either side of it tell you nothing, or almost nothing. For a second you catch a whiff of some fragrance…
  • Faith Shift – Book Review

    Jean Wise
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    If we are really honest, we all face doubts about our faith at times. How our churches help us recognize, embrace, think through and learn from our uncertainties can make all the difference. When we journey with one another through the haziness of being unsure, often we all become stronger. I read Kathy Escobar’s new book, Faith Shift – Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart – with a great deal of interest. She deals with this topic – when we go through dark times of questions, hesitation and doubts – from both personal experience and from…
 
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  • What the Desert Teaches

    Chris
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    What distinguishes the Christian exercise of silence in prayer is the “naked intent” of the person who, while empty of thoughts, nonetheless reaches blindly for the God who cannot be seen or even named. What keeps contemplative prayer from being privatized, disembodied, and free-floating is its anchorage in the repetition of the psalms, lectio divina, the sacramentality of the Mass, and the stabilizing influence of community. What the desert teaches is a radical letting-go of the thinking-experiencing-managing self, so as to be content with God alone, a God without adjectives,…
  • Sermon on Psalm 90

    Chris
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The Safe Place I am thinking today about the impermanence of things. My wife and I used to shop at the Pharm, a drug store downtown. They stocked lots of groceries too; it was handy. But the Pharm closed. We used to shop at Country Market on South Main St. But it closed too. Years back I read Charles Lindquist’s book on the history of Adrian. Time and again he’d mention something in Adrian at a certain place and time, and I’d imagine the location, and it wasn’t there anymore. Even in a stable community like Adrian, there is an impermanence to things. New things spring up, but old…
  • Sermon On the Philippian Jailer

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

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

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

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    Picture this : Arms of a strong and rich man pick up a frail and dying baby from a ragged and old street. He brings the baby to his palatial home and feeds its hungry stomach. Day by day the child grows stronger and it is here that the little orphaned boy finds a name. He even inherits the rich man’s identity and possessions. Many decades later, this child now a successful entrepreneur, now wants to show his gratitude by taking care of the kind old man and buy him a new home. Can you imagine the journey of this little boy? This may be a relatively weak comparison but close enough for us…
  • Before You Try to Fix the Mess in Your Church – 7 Reflections

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    The purpose of this blog is to empower God’s children to have a closer walk with God. To be able to do so we must also understand how God places His children on earth. Marriage and Church Firstly, God never liked the concept of man being alone. He wanted us to understand partnership and dependence on each other through marriage. Simply because together we are stronger. And so when God created Adam and Eve, He also had the church on His mind. So being without a church is not an option. See Apostle Paul’s writings in Ephesians 5:30, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and…
  • Iraqi Christians Flee to Jordan; Persecutions in US, Nigeria, China; Christian Theme Park and Museum on Track

    Blessen Varghese
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    Editorial: Dear Friends, News Digest is back after a break for a month. While we have some encouraging news about Christians who had fled Mosul in Iraq, situation there is still grave. Amidst awe-inspiring news of standing of faith, Christians in that town had to go through a lot. Surely, their rewards in heaven will be great! While that is Iraq, it is quite disheartening to hear how pastors and Bible-believing Christians are having a tough time in the USA, a nation built under Christian principles. While some are facing jail sentences and fines for refusing to officiate gay marriages, others…
  • Latest Videos: Finding the Greater Reward

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
     Finding the Greater Reward Pursue the greater reward -Jesus [tweet this] Keep your eyes on Jesus, the blessing will follow you. [tweet this]   How to Hear God Clearly The man who learns to be at rest and not strive for things to happen is the man who has the greater revelation of Jesus. [ClickToTweet]   Why Does the Past Still Hurt God did not call you because you were better than you fathers, but He called because you were available. [tweet this] Disappointment, discouragements and offence come from us looking inwards, the more you make it about you the more  power you give them…
  • 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…
 
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    Faithful Choices

  • Surviving The Vote

    Paula Whidden
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Another election day has come and gone.  Many marriages got tossed around in the tumolt of opinion and reason. Some of us live in politically divided homes where politics stirs up fear and anxieties like nothing else. Learning to love one another through the differences will help you to remain strong. No matter how compelling your ideas may be, remember to respect and value one another through it. Research conducted by John Gottman, co-founder of the Gottman Institute,  revealed the intense harm caused by contempt within a marriage. He refers to it as the second horseman of the apocalypse.
  • 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…
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    Will Johnston | Life, Faith & Leadership

  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Reflections on Patience

    Will Johnston
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    This is a guest post by Susannah Cafardi, NCC Barracks Row Saturday Small Group Director. So I haven’t been particularly patient these past few days. And you know what? I really haven’t been very peaceful either. Kinda goes to show how interconnected these two fruits are. I guess I never thought of how much overlap there is between them, but now I’m not sure how we could really focus on one without integrating the other. I’m realizing that the definition of patience is far more than “grit your teeth and get through the current season,” and I’ve decided that true patience is…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Reflections on Peace

    Will Johnston
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    This is a guest post by Susannah Cafardi, NCC Barracks Row Saturday Small Group Director. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. -Jesus (John 14:27) When we started this week on peace, I found myself wondering what my interactions would look like if I really embraced His peace. Like all the time. If I’m being honest, I’d say that fear is much more of a natural response for me. I like to think that if I intellectually prepare for what might happen I won’t get caught off guard, but…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Thoughts on Peace

    Will Johnston
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    There are two ways that we can be at peace. The first happens when everything externally is okay. Our lives are undisturbed. Nothing bothersome is going on. Nothing is uncertain. No one we love is sick. Us and ours are safe, secure, and happy. This is the type of peace that the American dream pursues. If we work hard enough we can buy security and stability. The problem with this kind of peace is that it never lasts. People die, jobs are lost, friends betray, spouses cheat, economies crash, and disasters happen. No matter how hard we work or how much money we have, we’re ultimately not in…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Thoughts on Joy

    Will Johnston
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    This is a guest post by Susannah Cafardi, NCC Barracks Row Saturday Small Group Director. The past few months have been a fairly awesome season of life for me.  I’ve explored Boston and the Grand Canyon, spent time with my family along Lake Erie, and celebrated my niece and nephew’s first birthday, complete with all the food a hungry caterpillar could eat.  I’ve seen growth in established friendships and have even become more secure in my career: my first peer reviewed journal article will be published in early 2015. Amidst the blessings, I am mindful not to let the happiness and…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Scriptures on Joy

    Will Johnston
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Joy isn’t something that I would say really characterizes my life, so I wanted to start the week by digging into the Scriptures to see what they say about it. As I was reading through the passages that Andrew put together for us, I took note of what each one said would bring joy: The Gospel and Salvation (Luke 1:26-56, Luke 10:1-24, 1 Peter 1:3-9) Loving each other as Jesus loves us (John 15:1-17) Faithfulness and Stewardship (Matthew 25:14-30) Encountering God (Nehemiah 8:1-12) The coming of The Lord (Psalm 96, John 16:16-24) God’s glory and power (Psalm 47 & 66) Salvation (1 Peter…
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    Writer of Pop

  • Steven Curtis Chapman is Born

    Jeffrey Totey
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    November 21, 1962 Steven Curtis Chapman, winner of five Grammy’s and 58 Dove awards, was born on this day in 1962. Not surprisingly, he began singing and playing the guitar at a young age. What is... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Cinderella

    Jeffrey Totey
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Disney's reinvention of their own film, Cinderella arrives in theaters next March.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Airs for the First Time

    Jeffrey Totey
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    November 20, 1973On this day in 1973, CBS aired A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special for the first time. It played every year on that network until 2000. In 2001, it moved to ABC.  The special... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: The Peanuts Movie

    Jeffrey Totey
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ah man, we have to wait until NEXT Christmas to see this? Seriously?Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • Ford Discontinues the Edsel

    Jeffrey Totey
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    November 19, 1959 Beginning in 1958, Ford began production of the Edsel in hopes of making a huge dent in sales against GM and Chrysler. It was not to be. On this day in 1959, Ford announced that... Read more!
 
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  • The Church is an Elect People

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The church is a group of God’s elect (cf. Rom 8:33; Eph 1:4; Col 3:12; 1 Thess 1:4; 2 Tim 2:10; Titus 1:1; 1 Pet 1:1-2; 2:8-9; 5:13; Rev 17:14). As we have seen previously, Israel is another group of God’s elect. The real difference, however, between Israel as God’s elect and the church as God’s elect, is that while not all Israelites were regenerate, every member of the church is. Of course, this is only true of the invisible, universal church of God; not the visible and physical “church” down on the street corner or identified by some denomination. All people who are…
  • Jesus is the Elect One

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Did it ever occur to you that Jesus was unregenerate? He never had to be regenerated by God because He never lacked eternal life. He always had eternal life. In fact, Jesus is eternal life (John 1:4-5; 14:6; 1 John 5:11-12). Yet even though Jesus is eternal life, Jesus Himself was elected by God. Jesus was chosen. “A wide range of texts throughout the New Testament identifies Jesus as God’s Chosen or Appointed One” (Klein, The New Chosen People, 269). Robert Shank overstates the case when he writes that “outside of Christ this is no election of any man” (Shank, Elect in the…
  • Israel is God’s Chosen Nation … but what does that mean?

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    No, this is not a political post. This post is part of my ongoing series about Unconditional Election. In it, I intend to briefly discuss the nation of Israel as God’s election nation, His chosen people on earth. In this way, we will learn what is election is for. Calvinistic author Loraine Boettner was absolutely correct when he wrote that “Throughout the Old Testament it is repeatedly stated that the Jews were a chosen people” (Boettner, Predestination, 88). Repeatedly throughout Scripture, Israel is referred to as God’s elect nation, His chosen people (cf. Deut 7:6-8;…
  • Reconciling Mark Driscoll

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    I am sure you have heard about Mark Driscoll and his recent resignation from Mars Hill in Seattle. This post is not really about Mark Driscoll, but about how his resignation is a symptom of a wider problem in Western Christianity. As much as I never really cared for Mark’s preaching, approach to ministry, or theology, I always felt a bit sorry for him. He was another victim of the corporate, celebrity-style Christendom that operates under the word “church” in most of the western world. About ten years ago I listened to a sermon by Mark Driscoll in which he publicly stated his desire for…
  • This Video Taught me What It Means to Have “Faith Like a Child”

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sometimes people think that “faith like a child” means living in ignorance. Children don’t know much, right? They just believe without any facts or thinking or logic. So this must be what it means to have faith like a child. I agree that in some ways, faith like a child means taking God at His Word and just moving on. But at the same time, God gave us brains, and desires that we use them. He invites us to reason with Him (Isa 1:18). So if faith like a child doesn’t mean living in willful ignorance, what does it mean to have faith like a child? This video clues you in…
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  • Lessons from the Olive Trees

    Jean Wise
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a series of reflections following my trip to the Holy Lands this fall. What a profound and life-changing experience to walk where Jesus lived. Visiting Israel opened my eyes and refreshed my heart on so many levels – historically, politically, biblically and spiritually. Olive trees thrive in the Holy Lands. Every meal we ate offered at least one form of olives. Olive oil and olive wood gifts decorated the shelves of stores we visited. We passed miles of olive tree groves. Olive trees don’t grow in NW Ohio, so this is a tree I wasn’t familiar with. I read and heard about the…
  • Holy Lands Harmonics

    Jean Wise
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a series of reflections following my trip to the Holy Lands this fall. What a profound and life-changing experience to walk where Jesus lived. Visiting Israel opened my eyes and refreshed my heart on so many levels – historically, politically, biblically and spiritually. Music marinated my soul on our trip to Israel. I didn’t realize how deeply the songs we heard and sang still rang within my heart until we were home. My memories anchored in Holy Lands harmonics in a land of not much harmony. “Music is well said to be the speech of angels; 
 in fact, nothing among the…
  • God’s Gifts – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the…
  • Advent Approaches – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    “The house lights go off and the footlights come on. Even the chattiest stop chattering as they wait in darkness for the curtain to rise. In the orchestra pit, the violin bows are poised. The conductor has raised his baton. In the silence of a midwinter dusk, there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You walk up the steps to the front door. The empty windows at either side of it tell you nothing, or almost nothing. For a second you catch a whiff of some fragrance…
  • Faith Shift – Book Review

    Jean Wise
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    If we are really honest, we all face doubts about our faith at times. How our churches help us recognize, embrace, think through and learn from our uncertainties can make all the difference. When we journey with one another through the haziness of being unsure, often we all become stronger. I read Kathy Escobar’s new book, Faith Shift – Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart – with a great deal of interest. She deals with this topic – when we go through dark times of questions, hesitation and doubts – from both personal experience and from…
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  • How African are South Africans?

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

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

    Kevin Shorter
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    As we pray, the power of God enters the situation and begins to transform the situation. And in the middle of that, we are being transformed. God is offering revelational insight based upon a pursuit of Him in prayer. God will crush the obstacles in your life if you will follow in His way. Here is a key point for us to embrace as we persevere in prayer for our loved ones: Jesus wants to minister through us. I think a starting place is to recognize that if we don’t pray, it’s not going to happen. Instead of yielding to fatalism, hear the call: ‘Keep praying, even when tough stuff…
  • Thoughts on Biblical Humility

    Kevin Shorter
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Humble Yourself Through Fasting I couple weeks ago I had a post on How to Bring Revival. One of the points was to humble yourself. As I was writing the short description on this point, I realized there was more to say than what I was giving myself at that moment. Here is the fuller post on that section with the “deleted scenes.” Humbling yourself is often synonymous with fasting as David said he humbled himself with fasting (Psalm 35:13). In the late 90’s, Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ spearheaded the prayer and fasting movement for revival to come to America…
  • How to Impact Nations

    Kevin Shorter
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    This past week my family was honored with a free stay at a four-star hotel in Thailand. Christian Hospitality Network, a group out of Tennessee, had raised money to provide this rest along with many gifts for us and our kids. They do this out of love and gratitude for Christians choosing to live overseas. We in turn are very grateful to them for the rest and love they gave us. One the things they said stuck out to me. They called us their heroes. To my family, these people were heroes. We each have our part to play. If you just think of the work being done overseas, you have so much more…
  • Prayer Quotes – Allison Shorter

    Kevin Shorter
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Until we know we are freely loved, giving love away in prayer or intercession or with our teams can be difficult. It can come off with an edge of condemnation and taint our prayers and purity of heart. As people who stand in the gap for individuals, situations and nations, we need to see them the way God does and let go of our personal opinions and ideas about things. As we see ourselves as God sees us, we are freed up from striving and we begin to simply enjoy His Presence. We have all been uniquely created to experience God’s Presence and Kingdom and release it wherever we go. He longs…
  • 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,…
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  • New book validates biblical version of Creation through comprehensive timeline of archaeological and scientific findings

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

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

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

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

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

    ForgottenVoices
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    We are excited about the opportunity that we have this year to participate in the 7th annual Gifts that Give Hope Lancaster Alternative Gift Fair! Gifts that Give Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting other non-profits through alternative giving. Join us this year and take part in alternative giving to support a child orphaned by AIDS in Zimbabwe or Zambia. This is a great opportunity for a family outing! In addition to gift giving, there will be lots of family friendly activities and yummy food vendors. For more information and to see the list of participating…
  • Meet Loveness – Lifting tired arms

    Ryan
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    http://www.forgottenvoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Lifting-Tired-Arms-Meet-Loveness.mp4 She has an incredible name that gets to the essence of what I see every day in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Love is at the core of life for a Christian believer in southern Africa. Vulnerable children will always be found. Always. But Jesus’ love changes everything, allowing all of us to share love fully, regardless of circumstances. Meeting her taught me that. Loveness is a volunteer leader in her local church in Zambia. This September, she talked with Remmy and I about her community in Zambia.
  • “Welcome home, Ryan”… brief thoughts on Veterans Day

    Ryan
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    “Welcome home, Ryan,” is my favorite phrase to hear when I get back in the USA after the border control agent at the airport examines my passport. The longer I travel the world, the more thankful I am to come home to the USA. Sure, there are aspects of our culture and American life that I don’t enjoy – mainly our love for “stuff” that doesn’t matter in the end, but I’m so thankful for the freedoms we enjoy and many of the values we collectively advance around the world. On one of my trips to Africa, I was asked by a group of men in a remote…
  • Hope amidst despair – Jesus changes everything

    Ryan
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    In times of grief we must also remember to zoom out to see God at work; or at least pray for hope to sustain us and those we have been asked to help sustain. I’ve now sat bedside next to hundreds of people no longer with us. Every time is sacred and every time is unique. Never does it feel comfortable, nor does it feel odd anymore. It just is. In the last moments of someone’s life, I am reminded of the essence of what all of life is about. I let the truths before me pour down my back, allowing the scenes my eyes take in to rush to my soul. Increasingly, I resist the urge to brush…
  • Be a Part of God’s Generosity

    ForgottenVoices
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    This is a season of great thanksgiving. God is moving, the church is growing, and an opportunity to be a part of God’s generosity is before us like never before. Click the video below to learn how you can be a part of this movement. Follow along on our blog for updates.
 
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  • Bridge

    rgerryts
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    i built a bridge today in the spot where the last one burned no fault of my own i shouted at the time standing in the red glow while the anger sang build a bridge then burn it fall in love then spurn it grab a wheel then turn it all around the world i built it with sticks and twine spittle and grime mind the gap i said to the wind standing in the dappled sunshine above the dark water and the tension sang flick a switch to light it raise a fist to fight it pull the oar to right it all around the world i worked my hands raw knotting and tying and it held and i crossed and that is all that…
  • First Date

    rgerryts
    31 Oct 2013 | 6:38 am
    She met him on the steps of her front porch, standing in the rain, with drops falling from the brim of her floral print hat. She held one arm tight to her side, and rested the hand of the other arm on an old valise. Behind her, in a large pile on the porch, was an assortment of suitcases and handbags. “I come with baggage you know,” she said. “That’s ok,” he replied, “Can I help carry some?” He leaned slightly and tried to look behind her. She leaned with him, obstructing his view, and replied, “No, they’re mine to carry, just mine, I can manage.” “Suits me,” he…
  • Jonas

    rgerryts
    13 Oct 2013 | 8:28 am
    Jonas was a quiet man But not because he didn’t have anything to say He was quiet Because in his soul Kindness and anger wrestled And in his heart Kindness and anger danced He was quiet Because he was afraid That if he opened his mouth He wouldn’t be able to control Which one would speak
  • Bricks

    rgerryts
    19 Sep 2013 | 6:36 am
    My load is heavier I count the bricks Seven, ten, eleven The count the same between us But we hold it all together Differently Her with a smile And me with a memory of what used to be
  • Harmony

    rgerryts
    11 Sep 2013 | 1:29 pm
    each of us is made up of three parts one part worth one part beauty one part mystery each of us is given three tasks seek out the worth in everyone seek out the beauty in everyone and patiently listen when someone shares their mystery — Author’s Note:  Constructed this from a comment I made earlier this week.  I think it works.  Sharing today with Dverse and Imperfect Prose.
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  • Nothing Separates You

    Justin
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    God is Love and nothing separates us from Him. Nothing separates you from the Love of God. Dying does not separate you, and neither does living. There is nothing on this earth that can separate you. No angels, principalities or powers can separate you. The demonic cannot separate you. Darkness will lie to you and […]
  • Mark this Day

    Justin
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Today in prayer the Holy Spirit said, “Mark this day and keep moving forward, walking with God.” There’s a lot going on in the spirit world right now. There are many being placed in places of ministry. I believe we are at the brink of a huge move of God. There is a clear war […]
  • Sunday’s Meditation

    Justin
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:54 pm
    I’ve decided to start posting on Sundays a simple set of verses that the Lord has been speaking to me through in the prior week. So here’s this week’s verses. Let me know in the comments if He’s spoke to you through these as well. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for […]
  • God Corrects Those He Loves

    Justin
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    In seeking the Lord recently I have been asking in prayer to have the mind of Christ and for the Holy Spirit to correct my wrong thinking. One way God has been doing this is by showing me what certain scriptures do not say. The first verse He did this with was Hebrews 12:1 where […]
  • True Good Works (Part 2)

    Justin
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard […]
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  • Trusting the Eyes

    Haley Littleton
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I look amidst the room at the PhD candidates, published writers, and all around brilliant human beings and want to put my head on the table. I’ve spent half the semester feeling out of place and the other half questioning if I am one of them—a writer. As an MA student in literature, the scholar constitutes the external, but internally, I imagine myself with a typewriter and the next provoking literary masterpiece. Thus, I find myself in a graduate prose seminar. I obsess over my first collection of submitted work the whole week after I turn it in. Dread rises up in my stomach, and I…
  • Show & Tell: Nothing New Under the Sun

    April Schmidt
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I keep feeling like I need to tell you something. I keep feeling like I need to tell you something—that my job when I sit down to craft this at the end of a full Tuesday (after trying last Tuesday and that disastrous attempt on Thursday) is to tell you something about the world we share. Of course it should be insightful. Really insightful. Because we’re all busy. Really busy. Who has time for watered-down wisdom? And it should be musical. Of course, really lyrical. Because we’re all busy. Really busy. And who has time for lackluster prose? (I don’t. Even to make a point, I can barely…
  • The Value of an Ordinary Life

    Stefani Rossi
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    In the war between the Yellow Jackets and the Gardner, the victory undeniably went to the winged beasties. I—said gardener—devised stealth attacks, striking nests in the cool of morning, double fisting cans of pesticide. Even so, I adopted a “flee after four stings” retreat strategy. And despite my best efforts at controlling pests near populated buildings, I confidently assert that there are just as many nests and aggressive airborne minions as when I began. These battles, along with a cyclic effort to stave off encroaching weeds, punctuated my work as a grounds keeper over the…
  • Starting My Long Goodbye: On Grief and Death

    Nicole Rollender
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    I call myself a cynical realist—meaning I don’t always look at the bright side or the silver lining or sing about the glass being half full. I figure it’s better to prepare for the worst, like how after my grandmother’s congestive heart failure scare, I grieved for two weeks as if she had died, crying silently into my pillow at night until my throat hurt. My grandmother lived for a few more years in steadily declining health, and when I got the call from my mother that she had passed away one week before Christmas, I didn’t cry.When we arrived at the nursing home shortly after 9…
  • On Teaching, Learning, and the Insidious Nature of Bad Christian Art

    Daniel Bowman Jr.
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” —1 Corinthians 13:11 In the wake of another laughable movie version of one of the worst examples of Christian kitsch in recent decades, I am mostly smiling at the uniformly horrible reviews (which I hope discourage future similar works) and spending my time and money on good art, which always abounds. Yet, because I’m a person of faith and a writer and reader, I fear that someone might associate me with the kitsch. It’s important to me to…
 
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  • ‘Touched By An Angel’ executive producer Martha Williamson ‘delivers’ new Christmas classic

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ for Christmas’ premieres Nov. 23 on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel ATLANTA, Nov. 20, 2014 – Crown Media Family Networks recently announced that the Hallmark Channel original weekly scripted series, SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED, created and executive produced by Martha Williamson (executive producer of “Touched By An Angel”), will move to sister network Hallmark Movies & Mysteries as a movie franchise consisting of a series of two-hour original films. The highly anticipated first movie in the franchise, SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED FOR…
  • Benjamin Altschul, Great Among The Nations’ Pastor Finds ‘An Ear for Revival’ in Denmark During Five Local Events as He Ministers in His Danish Homeland

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Hosted by First International Baptist Church and Bethel Worlds Mission Church, hosting Pastors Gilbert Rukundo and Anon Kijana reported the abundant blessings their congregations received from Pastor Altschul’s ministry.  “I feel strength by being around Pastor Altschul, and when he prayed with our people; we saw a move of God in form of healing miracles and touches by the presence of the Lord.” COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Nov. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ – As Pastor Benjamin Altschul taught from the book of Revelations, chapter 2:29, “He who has an ear, let him…
  • Black Friday Becomes Bless Friday – From the Pacific Coast to the Gulf Stream Waters

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Black Friday Becomes Bless Friday® – Blessings Stretch from the Pacific Coast to the Gulf Stream Waters to the Rhineland in 5th Year HOUSTON, Nov. 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ – Since 2010, Houston area churches have provided an alternative to frenzied Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. Continuing this tradition, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (MDPC), Beacon of Light Christian Center, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, St. Francis Episcopal Church, West University Baptist Church, Crosspoint Church and The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, are each…
  • Elgin Continues to Prevent Ex-Latin Kings from Sharing Faith

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:15 pm
    ELGIN, Ill., Nov. 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The city of Elgin continues a lawsuit against ex-Latin King members preventing them from telling current Latin-King gang members about Jesus. Elgin claims that Street Gang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act allows them to silence the evangelists. In September 2010, Elgin filed the lawsuit against a group of alleged gang members to obtain a court order prohibiting them from all interactions with current members of the Latin Kings. Defendants Elias Juarez, Saul Juarez, Oscar Sanchez, and Ruben Sanchez are represented by Mauck & Baker,…
  • Christian and Muslim Leaders to Condemn ISIS Violence at White House Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday Evening

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The vigil will be on Wednesday, November 12, at 7:00 P.M. on Pennsylvania Ave. NW across from Lafayette Park. It is critical that Christian and Muslim voices stand together in solidarity to condemn the violence of ISIS and encourage the Obama Administration to ensure religious minorities, women and children are being helped and protected. Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C. states, “It is imperative that the global community stand up and with a loud voice and condemn the…
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  • HAVE YOU HEARD?

    Richie
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    Here we see in the Gospel, and the revelation through Paul’s letter, that there are two clear distinctions – two clear dispensations: a dispensation of Law and a dispensation of Grace. The Law appeared to Israel. Grace appeared to you and His name is Jesus. He appeared personally to you. Titus says grace appeared bringing salvation [...]
  • THE AIM OF IT ALL

    Richie
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The aim of our charge is love that issues form a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Tim 1:5 Paul breaks it all down: our aim is to walk in love. If we walk in love we fulfill every requirement, against which there is no law (Gal. 5:22-23). So are [...]
  • WHY PASTORS PREACH LAW

    Richie
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    We have been raised and educated to believe that we get what we deserve; that you need to get fully qualified to receive what is appropriate to the qualification you have earned – and then the work you have performed in order to receive the reward. A new creation ( 2 Cor. 5:17) receives the [...]
  • TIRED OF SWIMMING UPSTREAM?

    Richie
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
    Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters. (Isaiah 55:1a) Someone would in time say, “whoever drinks of the water I give him will never thirst. It will become in him a spring of living waters that wells up to eternal life.” Jesus said that (John 4:14). When you think about water, the biblical imagery [...]
  • FREE GRACE

    Richie
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    The prophet Hosea is such an interesting character to me. I don’t know if you know about him: let me give you a picture: His name actually means ‘salvation’ as it is derived from the same root Hebrew word for ‘Joshua’ and ‘Jesus.’ God commanded Hosea the prophet to marry a prostitute! And, then He [...]
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  • The Spirit Mini Series Part 4: Love in the Spirit

    Ashley S. Reid
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Sorry for the little delay in posting, but I am back and we are continuing where we left off with our Spirit series. If you are new to these posts here are the first three parts to the series for you to catch up on: Part 1- What is God's SpiritPart 2- Taking Care of the SpiritPart 3- Communication in the SpiritToday we are going to talk about Love in the Spirit. Love is a very interesting concept and has been a part of society since the beginning of time. Usually when we think of love we think of it in a romantic sense, however when we talk about love in the spirit, it goes much further…
  • 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,…
 
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    Evolution, Creation, Sermons And Christian Music

  • Fingerprints of Creation - Dr Robert Gentry

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Questions about Sanctification

    Steve Fuller
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    What is sanctification? Sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit overcomes our sin by increasing our desire for and joy in Christ which overflows in love for others. See 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Luke 18:27; Titus 2:11-13; Galatians 5:6; John 6:63. How do we grow in sanctification? We are sanctified the same way we are justified, by faith alone in Christ alone.  See Galatians 3:2,5; Hebrews 11:8; Romans 1:5; Romans 16:26; Galatians 5:6; 1 Timothy 1:5. What is faith? Faith means trusting all that God promises to be for us in Christ Jesus.  See Romans 4:18-22; 2…
  • Another Battle with Spiritual Dullness

    Steve Fuller
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Feeling Dull Here I am in my usual morning routine, sitting at my desk with my Bible open, ready for my time with God. But I am feeling spiritually dull.  Apathetic.  Empty. I have little love for Christ, some worry about problems, and things to do today that don’t thrill me, Not only that, the future has some obstacles, I received some disappointing news yesterday, and I am feeling tired. What Should I Do? I could think my dullness disqualifies me from receiving anything from God, and so just give up, close my Bible, and go have breakfast. Or I could just go through the motions of…
  • How God’s Promises Helped a Marine Lost at Sea

    Steve Fuller
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Disaster At midnight on July 30, 1945 the US Navy ship Indianapolis, sailing near the Philippines, was struck on her starboard bow by two torpedoes fired by a Japanese submarine. The torpedoes caused massive damage, and in 12 minutes the Indianapolis rolled over, her stern rose in the air, and she sank into the depths. 300 of the 1,196 crewmen went down with the ship, leaving the rest of the crew in cold, shark-infested water with few life-jackets and fewer lifeboats. Edgar Harrell was one of them. Born Again Edgar Harrell had gone to church all his life.  But in August 1943 he became…
  • 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…
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • In support of young artists

    Rey Lo
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    I’m going to take a moment and stray from my usual musings to share something I think is pretty inspiring. But first take a few minutes to watch these two videos. One of my personal missions is to encourage artists, especially musicians, in their creative endeavors. There’s a band in my hometown of San Antonio […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Catholic Spiritual Growth » » Gaudium Veritatis (The Joy of the Truth)

  • Christian Love: Why Selfishness and “Stinking Thinking” Make Us Miserable

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Christian love is the key of Catholic spirituality. Our first calling is to love God with our whole hearts, mind and soul and to love our neighbor as ourselves. But it’s too easy to relegate love to a broad, vapid sense of well-being while still remaining selfish and self-centered at heart. My “favorite flavor” of selfishness is self pity and self pampering. What’s yours? Christian Love is More than Feelings of Good Will To truly love as Jesus calls us to is to make a firm choice to put God and other people before ourselves. The fullness of Christian love is actually…
  • Human Virtues: Forming Intellectual Virtues Can Be Fun!

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    When we think of human virtues, we often think of the moral virtues – the ones that help us to choose what is good and to strengthen our character. In fact, the moral virtues aren’t all that popular. Hopefully that is changing. But the intellectual virtues – the ones that help us to know and clarify truth – have an even longer journey to the popular circle. Human Virtues – On the Path to Human Fulfillment What most people don’t realize is how much happiness they turn their backs on when they disregard virtue. We hear so much about “Christian…
  • Catholic Spirituality: Saint Teresa of Avila and the Way to Perfection

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Saint Teresa of Avila wrote her book Way of Perfection for the sisters in her order to lead them to growth in Catholic spirituality no matter where they were in their journey. Like all of the works by spiritual masters, this book is challenging for most Catholics to work through, but the payoff is amazing. It is filled with spiritual beauty and practical advice. Check out this introduction to the Way of Perfection. If it hooks you and you want to explore it more, you can purchase the book or the audio book at the Bookstore here. How to Grow in Catholic Spirituality If you’d like to…
  • 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…
 
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    The New Life In Christ

  • 10 Reason Why Everyone Should Read Daily Devotional.

    John Luke
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    Daily devotional in its simplest defination is an explanation of Biblical scriptures to apply in every day life. We all live in a world we met and most of the things we live on was told to us by a family member, friend, collique or a parent. But the comes that time we want to find out the truth ourself. This is where a daily devotional plays a very vital role. As you begin to grow up, life is gradually going to lead you to it's vanity and you will need to find out things like importantance, usage and value. Only the Bible have the information, for those of you that are already advanced, the…
  • 18 Secrets Mentally Strong People Use

    John Luke
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:56 am
    We all life in a World were each man most fight for himself to survive. Some learn how to fight, some go to church and other spiritual help and yet some learn the hidden secrets of the mind. If you want to learn the art of mentally strong people, then keep reading...The avoid the following 13 things1.    Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves. 2. Give Away Their Power. 3.    Shy Away from Change. 4. Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control.  5. Worry About Pleasing Others. 6. Fear Taking Calculated Risks. 8. Make the Same…
  • Breaking Bad Habits With Christ Daily Devotional

    John Luke
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    Bad habits are some of the disgusting things we learned to do with our body while growing up, especially in the days of our youth. Some adults still do live with this habits but they are losing alot without knowing. So those of you who have decided to get ride of these habits and live a healthy, higher and forfilling live, then this article is for you so you might want to grab yourself a cup of coffee and a confortable sit and read on...Here is a list of 10 of the most common bad habits and the best way to quit them.1. Bad Habit: Snacking non-stop, even when not hungry.daily devotionalWhy…
  • Deactivate Bad Stuff

    John Luke
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
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  • 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…
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  • Love

    Christian
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    There is no fear in Love. But perfect love drive out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4;18)
  • Scripture for August 29

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)
  • Scripture for August 28

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. (Psalm 4: 4)
  • Psalm 4

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Psalm 4 is the psalm of David. The main theme is rejoicing in the protection and enjoying the peace of god. Psalm 4 has 8 verses. 1 Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. 2 How long, […]
  • Psalm 3

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Psalm 3 is the Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom. Psalm 3 has 8 verses. 1 O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you […]
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    preaching.org » Blog Comments

  • To Manuscript or Memorize

    Kenton Anderson
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    I have been having a bit of a debate recently with some of my students about memorization. If we value a more look-the-audience-in-the-face kind of extemporanaeity, are we better to memorize written manuscripts or should we allow ourselves more freedom … Continue reading →
  • Paying Attention to Life

    Kenton Anderson
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    I heard a sermon this morning on the famous “Widow’s mite” narrative. The preacher took care to tell us the story in a way that had us leaning forward. We were completely gripped by his imaginative handling of the details … Continue reading →
  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Preacher

    Kenton Anderson
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Click here for full article Is there a place for heat in homiletics? A.J. Swoboda I have no better remedy than anger. If I want to write, pray, preach well, then I must be angry. Then my entire blood supply … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
 
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    A Life of Gratitude

  • "Be Kind to Yourself"

    Tori Shaw
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:19 pm
    I heard some of the most amazing advice this morning at Mom2Mom while sitting with a group of ladies in different stages of motherhood. So many wonderful things were said but one thing keeps... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • The Gratitude Tree!

    Tori Shaw
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    As you can probably tell by reading this blog, I think gratitude is pretty important. Since starting this blog 3 years ago, I have learned to look for God's blessings through out the day. Even on the... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

    Tori Shaw
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:51 pm
    All weekend we've been decorating our new house for Christmas! Other than the big Christmas tree, we're done. It has been so much fun finding places for the different Christmas trinkets, especially... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • A Yard to Play In

    Tori Shaw
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Our old house had the tiniest yard. The kids could play outside but not without me holding my breath because the cars were so close. In our new house, we have a wonderful yard! The back is fenced and... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Dedicating our Children to the Lord...

    Tori Shaw
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:21 pm
    This morning we celebrated our sweet little Tyson as we dedicated him to the Lord. Friends and family watched as we dedicated our third son to our Heavenly Father. He has given us these precious... 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

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:44 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

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:44 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?

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:44 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

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:44 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

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:44 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

  • Preventing Ebola from Stealing Children’s Hearts

    Craig
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Five Liberian children pose for a picture. It’s a fearful, uncertain time for them. They’ve been exposed to a virus ravaging their country. They are sequestered and don’t know if their parents, siblings and friends are still alive. The day before this photo was taken their quarantine center took in four children. That same day two died. The man in the picture is a hero. He is one of many Liberians who’ve placed themselves in harms way to care for children exposed to the Ebola virus. Other Christians like him have sheltered children orphaned by this disease. At least 3,700 children in…
  • 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…
 
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    CHRISTIANITY Every Day

  • Two Minutes

    Blogs to Share
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    From Carl Kerby at reasonsforhope Pictured above: Carl Kerby I had just finished speaking to a group of youth and they asked if we could open it up for an impromptu Q&A session. Of course I said, “Yes!” and what followed was a very blessed time. These young folks asked great questions and I did my best to point them back to the Word of God to show that it has answers. At the very end one of the adults that had come to the meeting raised his hand and asked what turned out to be the last question of the evening. His question, “Carl, what apologetic would you use to share with someone…
  • Unbroken: Sneak Peek

    Pamela Rose Williams
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    UNBROKEN! In theatres Christmas Day This is the inspiring tale of Louis Zamperini and his journey – as told in the New York Times best-selling book of the same name — through the various stages of torture, turmoil and oppression during World War II. Moviegoers will see how he allows God to work in his life and in the lives of his enemies, an 80-plus year sojourn that pulls on the heart and faith strings. Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack…
  • Washed Clean

    Pamela Rose Williams
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    I see the Bible verse of the day as: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalms 51:7) How great is it to meditate upon the fact that we can be “washed clean” by the blood of the one who redeems; Jesus the Christ.  I am so thankful the the blood of Jesus washes away sin and that we see this repeated over and over from the Prophets and all throughout the Bible.  Do you know my savior?  You can meet him here: Meet My Savior And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of…
  • Temptation Not Uncommon

    Guest
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 My youthful brothers and sisters in Christ, allow me to start off by saying this, God knows what you are going through. He knows the temptations that you are faced with every single day. You may think that no one understands you, but He does. As teens, today you are faced with so many temptations such as sex, drugs, alcohol, suicide, and…
  • How Can You See and Hear it?

    Pamela Rose Williams
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9 In his letter to the Church at Corinth, Paul begins this second chapter reminding them that he did not have “excellency of speech or of wisdom” (1 Cor 2:1). He goes on to say that he speaks the wisdom of God in a mystery. One that had been hidden and ordained by God. God had not revealed this mystery until He chose Paul to be a minister of the Word. God chose Paul to reveal this mystery that not even…
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • 10 Tips On How Not To Be Presumptuous With Your Bible Interpretations.

    Miguel
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    1. Don’t presume that your English Bible translations are accurate down to the ‘jot & tittle.’ 2. Don’t presume that because you have strung bible verses together making an iron clad logical argument, that there haven’t been logical fallacies committed along the way. 3. Don’t presume that another’s GRAMMATICAL-HISTORICAL-CULTURAL lenses from another age are moreRead More(Visited 79 times, 1 visits today)
  • What’s The Shelf Life Of A Revival Meeting?

    Miguel
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I’m sometimes amazed when I look at the expiration dates of batteries.  Some have a  2-3 year shelf life, others more than 10.  I think to myself, “What’s going on inside that battery that keeps its potential energy going for so long?” I know there are chemical reactions inside which build up electrons that areRead More(Visited 42 times, 2 visits today)
  • Let The Churches Die, but Keep Making Disciples

    Miguel
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:20 pm
    What if church, the gathering of God’s people in a particular local, was supposed to be a temporary thing, a seasonal ecosystem that cycled through life and death, or a snapshot of ecclesiastical, historical, and geographical history. I know, ‘church’ is not a place, it’s a people. We all say that, but still act asRead More(Visited 273 times, 1 visits today)
  • 6 Months Left to Live, To Disciple Someone, How Would You Do it?

    Miguel
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Dr. Herman, a fetal surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, was told she’s got an inoperable brain tumor and has 6 months to live. She’s got a chip on her shoulder, and she’s become angry, impatient, and demanding of a fellow Dr. Arizona Robbins. You see, there are’s only a handful of people in theRead More(Visited 94 times, 1 visits today)
  • Unity in Diversity – Global Perspectives On a Simpler Church

    Miguel
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    There’s a new book ready for publication, pre-orders are now being accepted by Redeeming Press and Amazon in Paperback and Kindle versions.  It’s called Simple Church: Unity Within Diversity. I am excited about this book because I know many of the authors who have contributed AND because ‘many authors have contributed.‘  Additionally, these authors represent practitioners from veryRead More(Visited 75 times, 1 visits today)
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    christian-view.com

  • Love

    Christian
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    There is no fear in Love. But perfect love drive out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4;18)
  • Scripture for August 29

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:17 am
    I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)
  • Scripture for August 28

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. (Psalm 4: 4)
  • Psalm 4

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Psalm 4 is the psalm of David. The main theme is rejoicing in the protection and enjoying the peace of god. Psalm 4 has 8 verses. 1 Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer. 2 How long, […]
  • Psalm 3

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Psalm 3 is the Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom. Psalm 3 has 8 verses. 1 O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you […]
 
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    Blasts From The Trumpet

  • A Deeper Look at Simchat Torah So We Can Rejoice in the Law

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    We are not under the law of Moses any longer, but we are sure under the laws of the Kingdom! Continue reading →
  • What is Sh’mini Atzeret?

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Sh'mini Atzeret is the feast celebrated on the 8th day, counting from the beginning of Sukkot or Tabernacles. It is a separate feast from Tabernacles however, and is in no way a part of it. It is its own convocation. Not all of God's people will experience Sh'mini Atzeret. Man must develop a love and hunger for Truth. Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    Attempts at Honesty

  • What is the source of your glory?

    Mark McIntyre
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture “. . . for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.” (John 12:43, ESV) What would the church look like if all of us were more responsive to God and less concerned about what others think of us? Let’s be honest, we care about what other people think. We want to wear the right clothes, drive the right car, eat the right foods and we work hard to gain the admiration of our family, friends and neighbors. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be liked and admired,…
  • On the source of your passion

    Mark McIntyre
    2 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture In 2 Corinthians 5:14, the Apostle Paul tells us that it is the “love of God that controls us.” The love of God was the source of Paul’s passion in ministry and it is to be the source of all that we do in the church. Our passion cannot come from love of correct doctrine. We are not to be motivated by obligation. A desire for societal reform (however necessary) is not to control us. Our actions cannot be fueled by a desire to be seen doing the right thing. The one and only correct source of passion…
  • 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…
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    Before The Cross

  • Can Productivity Really be Gospel Driven?

    Mike Mobley
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    This is an excerpt from my article in Credo Magazine. To read the full article, click here. There have been more “Gospel centered” or “Gospel driven” ideas over the past year or two than I can ever remember. Gospel centered church, discipleship, parenting, marriage, dating, work, prayer, conversations, relationships…and the list goes on. Certainly there are pros and cons to having something like the Gospel be the center of attention in everything. While the message of the Gospel is the most important thing we can share with others, there’s danger in just calling everything the…
  • We Don’t Have to Force Discipleship

    Mike Mobley
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Our staff has been walking through Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman recently and a couple of parts have struck me in terms of how Jesus made disciples and how He didn’t force the issue. If Jesus Himself didn’t have to force anyone to be a disciple, then why do we often fall into this line of thinking? “He (Jesus) did not ask anyone to do or be anything that He had not demonstrated first in His own life, thereby not only proving its workability but also its relevance to His mission in life.” (Master Plan of Evangelism) Jesus modeled everything for His…
  • Scripture on Money

    Mike Mobley
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    Money is talked about in the Bible more than most other topics and continues to be a popular subject today. Most of us would say that life would be better if we had more money. Money drives so many of us whether that is in our career, pursuits of sinful desires, or just obsession over it as we crave more and more each day. Sometimes we go too far to make the point that money is evil. The pursuit of money and that being the drive of what you do is evil, but money itself can be an amazing thing to use for God’s glory. After all, if He provides every single breath you are breathing at…
  • The Gold Standard

    Chris Howard
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    We parked the car out in the field across from Grapevine Mills Mall. I remember saying, “Let’s just stop and look” with no intention of bringing a new puppy home. We already had our hands full with a black lab puppy and to add to the puppy frenzy at home was unthinkable. A half hour later we were driving home with a golden retriever sprawled across my chest as Jess drove because I just couldn’t put the ball of fluff down. When Jess asked what we should name her I blurted out “Honey”, even surprising myself at how the name seemed to instantly fit this dog (and would match her…
  • Special Thanks to Our November Supporters

    Mike Mobley
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    We appreciate and want to thank the supporters of Before The Cross this November. Not only do our supporters help make this site possible, but we are partnered together to glorify God by sharing the love of Christ! Each supporter offers something unique in regards to ministry and we would like to encourage you to give them a look. If you have any questions, please let us know. Supporters Logos Bible Software Logos is the worldwide leader in electronic tools and resources for Bible study. Their mission is to serve the Church. They do this by fostering a culture of service and innovation and by…
 
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    Barbie Swihart

  • When You’re Forced To Slow Down & An Invitation

    Barbie
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:38 pm
    I’ve been pretty silent in this space over the last month or so. I feel as if my blog is in survival mode, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. I am thankful, so thankful, for the amazing featured writers who have loaned their voices to my space over the last month — actually, over the last several months, and for my new Weekend Brew co-host, Mary Geisen.  I am not sure this blog would be moving forward without my beautiful friends. As a reader, I know you come here to read my words, and I want you to know I value your time and effort. I appreciate the grace and…
  • Journey To The High Places: Healing Streams (Week 17)

    Barbie
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Much-Afraid awoke to the warmth of the sun on her face and the smell of spikenard, frankincense and myrrh all around.  As she recalled the events of the previous day, she looked down at her chest where the priest had wrenched out of her heart her flower of human love. She was surprised to see that there was no scare underneath the cloth soaked in spices whose perfume filled the cave. Outside the cave the sun shone brightly in the canyon.  Grass was growing everywhere and there were flowers of every variety.  In the center of the canyon was the stone altar where she was bound, now covered…
  • Featured Writer: Lyn Cooke-Confessions Of A Former Beauty Queen

    Barbie
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Friends, I am excited to introduce you to another beautiful soul that I got to know better during the 31 Days of October series. I’ve been reading through her series on prayer and it was just what my heart need in this season. After you read her post, I hope you will take a moment to connect with her at her blog and on social media. What is the gospel? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself recently. You can hardly open a Christian magazine or visit a Christian website without seeing the word used in a variety of contexts. The word “gospel” is used in connection…
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    Interpulpit

  • Patience

    Rick
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
      It only takes a short amount of time to read from chapter 12 to chapter 21 in the book of Genesis. If you read a chapter a day, it would only take 10 days. The promise that Abraham received in chapter 12, however, took 25 years before Isaac’s birth is recorded in chapter 21. That’s a long time to wait on a promise! Hebrews 6:12 encourages us to be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. The church talks a lot about having faith and receiving the promises of God, but often patience is forgotten. We want it yesterday! When the answer…
  • 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.
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    Paperback Theology

  • Saint Brennan Manning: A Ragamuffin to the End

    Tim Suttle
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    This was originally a sermon preached at Redemption Church on 11 NOV 2014. If you are a pastor, please feel free to copy and steal. One of the important aspects of our discipleship, often overlooked, involves the understanding that our relationship with God didn’t just appear out of thin air. Our faith has a history [Read More...]
  • Shawn Merithew’s 9Marks Review of Shrink: A Non-Engaged Engagement

    Tim Suttle
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Shrink is my third book, so I’ve been through the review process a few times. I know what the author is supposed to say in response to a critical review. “I enjoy the give and take. The dialogue is helpful. This conversation is why I wrote the book.” Usually I can bring myself to say [Read More...]
  • A Fond Farewell to Car Talk’s Tom Magliozzi

    Tim Suttle
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    In my twenties and thirties, I spent more time on the road than at home. I was attempting to make a career in music, first on my own, then with the band Satellite Soul. I was a fickle NPR listener in the beginning, but that many hours staring at the horizon (pre-Sirius Satellite Radio and in [Read More...]
  • Public Jesus: Beyond the Politics of Anxiety

    Tim Suttle
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Politics in the Pulpit. Read other perspectives here.   Talking politics in the local church is tricky. One statement that flies in the face of a parishioner’s strong belief and that could be the end of the conversation, the end of your influence, and quite possibly the end [Read More...]
  • No Regrets…

    Tim Suttle
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    I know it’s just a silly game. More than that, it’s professional sports, so it’s corrupt and corrupting. There’s a whole chapter in my most recent book, Shrink, called “Cooperation and the Mythic Failure of Competition.” A friend of mine once sat with a group of Hispanic parents and asked them what they thought about the culture of Johnson [Read More...]
 
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • On the Holy Spirit

    MBA
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    To be filled with the Spirit is to be intoxicated with joy.Filed under: Acquiring the Holy Spirit, God, Quotes, The Holy Spirit, Thoughts Tagged: God, HolySpirit, Quotes, Thoughts
  • The Woman Clothed With The Sun – 1

    MBA
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Just completed second layer of roskrysh for the icon of The Woman Clothed With The Sun (Rv 12:1) – in progress.Filed under: Iconography, Icons, Mary Tagged: Iconography, Icons, Mary, Our Lady, Theotokos
  • 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 […]
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • A tribute to God our Father by Sr Margaret Mary, S.D.M.

    MBA
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    The site God the Father Calls: The Great Circle of Love is a tribute to our loving Father set up a few years ago and maintained by Sister Margaret Mary, S.D.M., a Catholic hermitess in Maine. I am posting it here in public recognition of the humble, but never failing, work Sister Margaret did to encourage […]
  • On God the Father – 3 – Thought for the Day

    MBA
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:13 pm
    He comes in humility, without any fanfare – just like His Son came when He was born.Filed under: God the Father, Thoughts for the Day Tagged: Christianity, God, God the Father, Religion and Spirituality, Thoughts for the Day
  • The Father and the Son

    MBA
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    How much the Son, Jesus Christ, loves the Heavenly Father! Christ does not just love us with the whole of Himself to the extent of having died on the Cross for us. He loves the Father – His Father and our Father – with the entirety of His being. It is a love inconceivable and […]
  • 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 […]
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    ChristiansTT

  • Prayer for Encouraging Others

    Bevjoy
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Prayer for Encouraging Others Jesus, Most Loving Saviour, thank You for Your gift of salvation. Today I come before You with gratitude in my heart for the mercy and grace which You show me each day. Thank You for the patience, understanding, strength and wisdom that you have already provided. May it be manifested within me and transferred to my colleagues and those I interact with on a daily basis. Read more on Prayer for Encouraging Others…
  • Tributes Continue To Pour In For Dr Myles Munroe

    Christianstt
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    The Board of Trustees at BFMI issued a statement saying: “We have literally been flooded with calls and well wishes from all over the world. We have also received a number of phone calls from several Head of States including Presidents of Countries, Prime Ministers as well as well known Pastors, Singers, Actors and Dignitaries expressing their sympathies and who have all indicated a commitment to attend.” Read more on Tributes Continue To Pour In For Dr Myles Munroe…
  • Monster Energy Refutes Viral Video Accusing Company of Satanic Imagery

    Christianstt
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    The Monster Energy drink company is denying claims that it uses satanic imagery on its cans, despite accusations featured in a YouTube video that went viral earlier this month. The YouTube clip titled “Monster Energy drinks are the work of SATAN!!!!” features writer Christine Weick and has garnered close to 7 million views. The video makes the claim that the M used on the can represents the numbers 666 in Hebrew. Read more on Monster Energy Refutes Viral Video Accusing Company of Satanic Imagery…
  • Prayer: God’s Timing is Perfect

    Bevjoy
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    God’s Timing is Perfect I bow humbly before Your mighty throne of grace where I obtain mercy and worship You Abba, in spirit and in truth. Thank You blessed Father for always answering to my every call, not always the way I want or expect, but always for my benefit. Your timing is perfect and I trust in You! Read more on Prayer: God’s Timing is Perfect…
  • Some Denounce Myles Munroe as a “False Teacher” for Preaching ‘Jesus Is Not the Gospel’ Sermon

    Christianstt
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Critics of Pastor Myles Munroe have denounced him as a “false teacher”. Footage from a sermon in which Munroe declares “Jesus is not the Gospel…The good news is the Kingdom, not Jesus”, first published online in April, has been shared widely on the internet in the wake of the preacher’s death. Read more on Some Denounce Myles Munroe as a “False Teacher” for Preaching ‘Jesus Is Not the Gospel’ Sermon…
 
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    Pro Preacher

  • POLL: What Preaching Resource Do You Need?

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

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

  • Last Rev Radio: Guest Luke Jones on the power of creativity

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Listen in to our last broadcast! Guest will be Luke Jones, who will be sharing with us on the topic of the power of creativity within the realm of media and entertainment, and how God is empowering believers to create. "Luke T. Jones is an author, screenwriter, and revivalist with a passion for equipping everyday believers to walk in the raw power of God wherever they go. Since Luke's encounter with the Holy Spirit in 2011, he has personally led treasure hunt teams, power evangelism and street miracle crusades, as well as taught in conference settings the mechanics of hearing God's…
  • 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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    The Pure Sacrifice

  • 19 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am

    Deanna
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    Bear with me friends, I have plans to come back and write some great posts, and we will be moving soon.  My sickness has interrupted my schedule, but I know that everything will happen right on time.  Currently working on a redesign to go with the new location and making notes for lots of new posts as I prepare for this coming year. Also beginning to prepare for our holiday season.  But for now God is asking me to rest and Be still. Filed under: Uncategorized
  • On Trust

    Deanna
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    I am sorry that I have not posted much recently.  I find myself having some struggles with my health. These struggles have made it hard for me to do much of anything for long. Going through the process of tests and multiple doctors visits to decide what is going on so that I can have my life back. All of this is teaching me that there are areas of my Christian walk that still need work.  So while I am waiting I am hoping to fully learn the lessons that God intends to teach me. Something that I know I have struggled with again and again is the area of trust. Life has taught me that you…
  • God’s Wisdom Test

    Deanna
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    In church we are currently studying the book of Proverbs.  When we began to study this book in our notes we were given what was called God’s wisdom test for our “wise” choices.  Since then I have referred back to this several times, because of that I want to share it here. I am always questioning my choices, and are the things I am thinking about good in the eyes of God, or is it something that is just what I want.  I know I have shared before on ways to check your motivations.  But this one has come straight from the bible and I love that. The Compliance Test:…
  • 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…
 
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    C3 Journey - the Warrior's Log

  • The Man in the Mirror…

    Jim Crumbley
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    It seems to happen to me at least three to four times a year. I hit a wall. I get lazy and an old habit creeps back. I focus on my own strength and an old attitude returns. When I should have been warmed up and ready to roll towards an opportunity, my faith gets unexpectedly stretched and I pull up lame; unable to push through. My first thought is to blame my circumstances. “I just don’t have the time.” At other points, depending upon what is going on, I cast responsibility on someone else. I focus on their attitude, their controlling nature, and/or their insecurities as…
  • Change is mined….

    Jim Crumbley
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    Well…the hard part is over. You decided that you needed to change. You decided you wanted to change. You decided TO change. You sharpened your pencil…wrote down some goals…took some positive steps. Then, the bottom fell out. What you tried failed…what you said had the opposite result…the habit you thought was broken raised its ugly head. Does that mean that the effort to change failed? No way… Change is not bought. It is not stumbled upon or given as a gift. Change is mined. When the deposit is not found where you dug, you regroup and dig again. Step by step you move to a new…
  • The Smile of a Father…

    Jim Crumbley
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    Even good people go through hardship and heartbreak. Those who fight the good fight are those who are able to show the smile of a Father. Pat Cole was such a man as this. One never knew Pat without that smile. Every hello…every hug…every tear…every celebration ended with his smile. There were times that the smile was sad and occasionally it was tired but it was always genuine and it always lifted up others. I’ve often talked about finding our “one thing.” That thing that God has called us to do. The thing that we were created for and our life prepared us…
  • We all make mistakes

    Dave Hastings
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Working in IT and Software development, one thing I have learnt is that we all make mistakes. The common reaction from a new software developer is to start to argue the point, on whether or not the issue is a defect, whether they caused it, and who should be blamed.  The fact is neither the customer nor the lead developer actually care if the developer made a mistake and caused the defect.  All they care is that the issue is resolved. What we need to remember in life is that “we all make mistakes”.  There was only ever one person who was sin free and mistake free and that was…
  • The Rhythm of the Climb

    Jim Crumbley
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    Breathe, step, rest…Breathe, step, rest… The final push up Everest is the most difficult. The typical start up the final leg begins between 11pm and 2am so that the climbers have time to reach the summit, take in the view, pop a few pictures and then head back before the weather takes any possible turn for the worse. If they are lucky, they make it back by nightfall. If not, they climb down in the dark. A good time allotment for the final push and return is 15 hours. When conditions are particularly challenging, the trip up and back down to Camp 4 can take 24+. Breathe, step,…
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    Logos Bible Software Blog

  • Enrich Your Study with Beautiful Media

    Sherri Huleatt
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some insights can’t be discovered from reading plain text—they need to be visualized for full understanding to take place. That’s why media plays such a big role in enriching your study: it allows you to both engage the Word and engage others in new, compelling ways. That’s why Logos 6 offers new Media Collections you won’t find anywhere else. Here are three ways new Media Collections can enrich your study and presentations: 1. Create compelling presentations and sermons Engage your audience and increase their understanding with professionally designed media, ready made for your…
  • Study Hacks for Students: Top 6 New Tools

    Sherri Huleatt
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Logos 6 is every seminary student’s new best friend. It equips you to do smarter, more impressive work, and it saves you the stress of tedious tasks with new study tools. With Logos 6, mind-numbing tasks like transliteration, citing your sources, and performing textual analysis are all done for you. Here are six of Logos 6’s top study tools: 1. Morphology Charts If you’ve ever been stumped by Greek and Hebrew forms or, for some odd reason, found yourself forgetting the ending for the first-person singular imperfect active indicative of a verb (tsk, tsk), then Morphology Charts will be…
  • Understanding the Text of the Bible

    Miles Custis
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Bible is the foundational text for all Christians. We read it, study it, and hear sermons on it, but many Christians don’t think about how we got it. We take for granted the 66 books—39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New—that make up our Bibles. How did these individual books, written in three different languages to a variety of different audiences across several centuries, come together to form our Bible? And since we don’t have the Bible’s original manuscripts, how do we know the text of these books was transmitted accurately? Logos Mobile Education’s four-course…
  • The Lexham Bible Dictionary: Bigger and Better than Ever

    Jake Mailhot
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The most advanced Bible dictionary in existence just got bigger and better. We’ve worked tirelessly to expand the Lexham Bible Dictionary to its current size—over 5,000 total articles and over 2.7 million words—and we’re still not finished. One of the amazing things about a digital Bible dictionary is the lack of a back cover. We’re able to quickly and easily add content to continue to expand the scope of the dictionary and to make sure it never goes out of date. By early 2015, we’re planning on adding an additional 2,000 articles and another 1 million words, increasing the totals…
  • Start Your Study with Factbook

    Sean Boisen
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Logos has always provided the richest library available for Bible study, and Logos 6 now offers more resources than ever to help you understand the Bible’s world. But all that information can be a bit overwhelming: how do you get started in your study if you’re not sure where to go? We’ve created the Factbook to help answer this need. Rather than looking through different books to see if one has relevant content or searching for a word or phrase across your whole library, just enter your query into Factbook to start your study. Logos offers more than 30,000 pages on a wide…
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    Faithlife Women

  • What Gone with the Wind Taught Me about Marriage

    Tayler Beede
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Most of us know that Margaret Mitchell wrote the 1936 novel Gone With the Wind. What you might not know is that if it weren’t for her husband’s encouragement, this work, and the Academy Award winning...
  • God Used Depression to Set Me Free

    Tayler Beede
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    There was a time in my life when I felt completely ashamed of letting people see into my struggles with depression. There was a time when I would have never told anyone that I was taking medication...
  • The Benefits of Actually Knowing God’s Word

    Tayler Beede
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Recently I threw out a question on Facebook: “Why do you read the Bible? What’s your motivation?” I must admit, I was a bit surprised at the outpouring of enthusiastic responses. If you’ve ever...
  • How to Manage Doubtful Thoughts

    Tayler Beede
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    My confidence suffered a hefty blow! An event I was scheduled to speak at cancelled. Though their reasons had nothing to do with me, I found my heart sinking down into the pit of self-doubt. Ever...
  • Healing Where it Hurts: 3 Pieces of Advice

    Tayler Beede
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    As a life coach who has coached over 1,000 people in over 10 countries, one of the most often asked questions is: “How can I heal?” From teens to women old enough to be my grandmother, most of my...
 
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    HopeHorner.com

  • All Dressed Up

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

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

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

  • When You Live In Praise, You Are A Portal To Heaven

    Diana Symons
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:47 pm
    When you are filled with the presence of God, you become a portal to heaven for everyone around you. How many people do you work with, go to school with, hang out with? Do they all know Jesus? No, but you do. You may be the only connection those people have with heaven. You carry the kingdom of God with you where ever you go. You’re not just an ambassador, you’re a connection to the eternal, living God. Walk worthy of this calling. If you refuse to honor Christ is your life, He has no obligation to honor you. Your response to stress and pressure should show others that there is…
  • Answered Prayer Can Be Hidden In The Middle Of Your Mess

    Diana Symons
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    The cry of our heart should be to have more of God, to be filled with Him, to be changed by Him. He said seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened. The more you pursue Him, the more willing He is to be found. But we have to remember that He is God, and His ways are not our ways. In our desire for holiness, we assume that God will move and act the way we expect Him to, because that’s the way we would do it. We have the Holy Spirit in us, so we expect that His Godliness will emerge in us because we want Him to. To some degree that will happen, but it is more probable that God…
  • 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…
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    Seedbed

  • Confessions of a Church-Hopping Pastor

    Drew McIntyre
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Crossing the threshold of a potential new community is frightening, no matter its nature. In this article, Drew McIntyre compares his recent search for a gym to searching for a church home, and shares what he learned from the experience. – “I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25:35) Long-time Christians too easily forget how difficult it is to find a church that fits. We use the phrase “church home,” I think, because the right church feels like family. But discovering that ecclesial family can be quite daunting. This is true for Christians who move…
  • How Does Prophecy Work?

    Ben Witherington
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    How does prophecy work? Does it tell us in detail the timing of key future events? In this Seven Minute Seminary episode, Dr. Ben Witherington explains. Biblical prophecy is about the telling of truth as God sees it, whether about the past, present, or future. This is why some helpfully characterize prophecy chiefly as “forth-telling,” which is the proclamation of God’s word. For example, Nathan’s confrontation of David (2 Samuel 12) is an example of addressing sin in God’s people and is part of the prophetic office. Other times, biblical prophecy may include…
  • How the Early Church Used Prayer to Make Disciples

    Steven D. Bruns
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    How people pray greatly impacts what they believe. The early Church taught its people prayers and how to pray so that their faith would be correct and intact. It was one of the ways the Church discipled its people and encouraged them in their spiritual life and growth. Read more from Steven Bruns as he continues his series on discipleship in the early church. – During the initial spread of the Christian faith into the world, one of the earliest descriptions of how the Church would make disciples is found in Acts 2:42, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and…
  • Why I Stopped Doing Devotionals

    Jessica LaGrone
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Sometimes doing devotionals can get in the way of really hearing from God if it makes us dependent on others’ thoughts to get into Scripture. In this article, Jessica LaGrone narrates the story of how when and how she stopped doing devotionals in order to get back into the Word herself. – I have a confession to make. I’m done doing devotionals. It started a few years ago. I showed up for an appointment and learned I would have to wait for about 45 minutes. I headed to my car to find something to do during the wait (this must have been before smart phones, because now none of us…
  • Ken Collins on John Wesley 08: The Original, Nature, Properties, and Use of the Law

    Kenneth Collins
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Listen in on Steve Martyn and Ken Collins as they host a series preaching through John Wesley’s sermons. This week, enjoy The Original, Nature, Properties, and Use of the Law (Romans 7:12). Check back every Sunday for a new sermon, and view the entire collection here. http://seedbed.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/Collins-Wesley-VIII.mp3 If you’re listening from outside of North America, please contact J. D. Walt and let us know. Learn more about the new collection of John Wesley’s sermons here.
 
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    JoshuaRhone.com

  • The Nones & The Dones: The varied forms of ‘spiritual but not religious’

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    First, there were ‘The Nones,’1 Now, there are ‘The Dones.’ Thom Schultz provides the following definition of ‘The Dones’: The Dones are fatigued with the Sunday routine of plop, pray and pay. They want to play. They want to participate. But they feel spurned at every turn. Will the Dones return? Not likely, according to the research. […] The post The Nones & The Dones: The varied forms of ‘spiritual but not religious’ appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Health and vitality in ministry

    Joshua Rhone
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Another John Wesley quote. This one comes from a meeting he had with some of the Preachers of early Methodism. The conversation was about the ideal length of time to minister in one place. Wesley writes, In the evening I talked largely with the Preachers, and showed them the hurt it did both to them […] The post Health and vitality in ministry appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Pescetarian fun: Salmon baked in foil, bake (sweet) potato & coffee roasted carrots

    Joshua Rhone
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    I’ve been vegetarian pescetarian since April 2013. The reasons for our diet are many. None of which are ethical or moral, although Crystal and I both now understand the ethical and moral arguments against our previously carnivorous diet. It seems that many people think I/we only eat salads and, otherwise, boring food. Most of the […] The post Pescetarian fun: Salmon baked in foil, bake (sweet) potato & coffee roasted carrots appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Another tidbit of homiletical insight from John Wesley

    Joshua Rhone
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Writing of yet another sermon he sat through, Wesley notes: The sermon was very sensible; but having no application, was no way likely to awaken drowsy hearers.1   John Wesley, The Works of John Wesley: Volume 4, 3rd edition (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998), 272. ↩ The post Another tidbit of homiletical insight from John Wesley appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Homiletical insight from John Wesley

    Joshua Rhone
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    On Monday, I’m to submit a rough draft of my chapter on John Wesley to my supervisor. The chapter traces the formation of Wesley’s ecclesiology, utilizing his sermons and journals. As I was looking over my notes and engaging the material by way of writing and editing, I came across a quote from Wesley’s journal. […] The post Homiletical insight from John Wesley appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
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    Intersections4Life

  • Readers Choice – Help Me Guide My Kids Through Public School

    Steve Becker
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    Another great topic presented to us by our readers is… “Children attending public schools – how to talk to your child (teen) about other lifestyles and not to judge?” This is something I concern myself with every day so I have decided to tackle this one myself. I have three kids.  One is grown and on their own and the other two are in high school.  All three will have graduated from the same school; a public school. As it turns out, most kids attend public school and I think that’s a good thing.  Yep, I said its a good thing.  Some of you are bailing now,…
  • The Wounded Soldiers (A Message to the Broken-hearted)

    Charles Crutcher
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    As I am writing this, snow is falling in Oklahoma covering everything in a blanket of pure white. The famous Oklahoma winds are spinning eddies of flurries up my front porch creating snow drifts that look  like mock all-white sand dunes. I used to hate the winter, but now I can find the beauty in it. This has been a hard lesson for me. Some don’t come easily. I have discovered that pain is a teacher. Either you learn from pain and transfer it into something good or you allow it to take over. It’s a cruel teacher. But boy, do you learn. I lost someone dear to me. I won’t go…
  • WOW Worship Deluxe Edition-Charles Crutcher’s Review

    Charles Crutcher
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I recently was given the cool opportunity by Family Christian to write a review for the WOW Worship 2014 Deluxe Edition. If you are interested in purchasing yourself, you can do so here: www.familychristian.com. We are also giving one copy away to one of our readers! For the past several weeks, I have been playing this in my car on the way to and from work. This is during a transitional phase in my life as I went between one job into another. I’ll admit, it’s been a very long time since I listened to a compilation in any format. But what I experienced during those treks to and…
  • Love Unfurled (Rebirth of Honor)

    Charles Crutcher
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    This year, my church asked each of us to find one word for the year. Mine is love.   So many things encompass the action of love, much that goes unnoticed in our time of the “me” generation. If you turn on the news, it bombards you with horrific stories of people being cruel to one another, turn the channel to watch sports, sitcoms, and other reality television shows and you witness people speaking to one another in very negative ways. In fact, I dare you to watch a show and count the amount of times you hear a negative comment versus a positive one.   Even in our lives,…
  • Reader’s Choice: Does God Care About What Job I Have?

    Charles Crutcher
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Recently, we had a reader ask the question: Does God care what job I have? I know God doesn’t want me to be doing a job where I am doing something immoral. But if there are 30 moral jobs to choose from, does he care which one I do?   As I read this question, I’m saying good bye to a company I just spent the last 4 years with. On to a new opportunity.   During my career life, I have wore many hats. I’ve ran a Subway store, worked as a shipping manager, worked in the warehouse of a plant, a production worker in manufacturing tires, with a finance group that loaned…
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  • Introduction to the Book of Hebrews

    Britt
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
        Our youth Sunday school class has been going through the book of Hebrews and in the process I have put together a bible study on the book of Hebrews. This study will help you walk through the book but forces you to do the interpretation on your own. What I have done is walked through the main sections of the book and used questions to get you engaged and thinking about the author’s main point. Then you can take that main point put it into to a theological truth and apply it to your life. Here is an introduction to the book of Hebrews with an outline of the book at the end…
  • Albert Mohler Ministering in A Post-Marriage Culture

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Photo Credit/You Tube Albert Mohler opened up the ERLC National Conference on “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage” This is some of what he had to say bout ministering in a post-marriage culture. Here are some highlights and you can watch the whole video of his talk below. How Our Posture Should Be “When we come to an event like this we have to have our hearts broken, not about their sin but about ours,” Mohler even shared, “I repent of denying that sexual orientation was legitimate.” “It is a slander against the gospel for us to redefine…
  • Love We Share Video by Bizzle Feat. Lavoisier & Datin

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Photo Credit/You Tube Love We Share Video by Bizzle Feat. Lavoisier & Datin the Well Wishes album! Christian rapper Bizzle returned in 2014 with fourth album Well Wishes, a collection of expertly produced beats, countless guest stars, and lyrics addressing the rapture, devotion, and selfless spirituality. Joining Bizzle in his relentless flow are fellow Christian rap names such as Mouthpi3ce, Eshon Burgundy, Redd Lettaz, Bumps INF, and other affiliates of Bizzle’s Texas-based record label God Over Money Records. Living up to the name and ethics of the label, 100 percent of the…
  • Like That Tho by GS Feat. Bizzle

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
      Like That Tho by GS Feat. Bizzle! I’M DOIN’ JESUS front man GS, is back with his sophomore album “That Real Talk 2″. After the response he received from his debut album he saw it appropriate to create a part 2. Its not a continuation of his first album (That Real Talk) you will obviously hear his growth in this project. With great production and features, this project is sure to make an impact. Its scheduled to drop Saturday November 8 Get ready!!! Listen to Like That Tho by GS Feat. Bizzle Below! First single off GS Album due Nov. 2014 featuring God Over Money front runner…
  • UnderDog by Still Diligent Free Download

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
      Photo Credit/ Sound Cloud Underdog by Still Diligent Free Exclusive Mixtape! Still Diligent is a Hip Hop artist from Miami Florida with an act for combining introspective rap lyrics with melodic harmonies to give it a fresh sound. With a brand new team behind him HPTP records, Still Diligent is ready to take the scene by storm.When he is not on stage rocking crowds for the lord, Still Diligent is at his local church serving on the praise and worship team with his wife. Listen to the full project below feat: Loso, Witness, Dillon Chase, B-Les, Datin B Cooper & More! Download…
 
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  • Introduction to the Book of Hebrews

    Britt
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
        Our youth Sunday school class has been going through the book of Hebrews and in the process I have put together a bible study on the book of Hebrews. This study will help you walk through the book but forces you to do the interpretation on your own. What I have done is walked through the main sections of the book and used questions to get you engaged and thinking about the author’s main point. Then you can take that main point put it into to a theological truth and apply it to your life. Here is an introduction to the book of Hebrews with an outline of the book at the end…
  • Albert Mohler Ministering in A Post-Marriage Culture

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Photo Credit/You Tube Albert Mohler opened up the ERLC National Conference on “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage” This is some of what he had to say bout ministering in a post-marriage culture. Here are some highlights and you can watch the whole video of his talk below. How Our Posture Should Be “When we come to an event like this we have to have our hearts broken, not about their sin but about ours,” Mohler even shared, “I repent of denying that sexual orientation was legitimate.” “It is a slander against the gospel for us to redefine…
  • Love We Share Video by Bizzle Feat. Lavoisier & Datin

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Photo Credit/You Tube Love We Share Video by Bizzle Feat. Lavoisier & Datin the Well Wishes album! Christian rapper Bizzle returned in 2014 with fourth album Well Wishes, a collection of expertly produced beats, countless guest stars, and lyrics addressing the rapture, devotion, and selfless spirituality. Joining Bizzle in his relentless flow are fellow Christian rap names such as Mouthpi3ce, Eshon Burgundy, Redd Lettaz, Bumps INF, and other affiliates of Bizzle’s Texas-based record label God Over Money Records. Living up to the name and ethics of the label, 100 percent of the…
  • Like That Tho by GS Feat. Bizzle

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
      Like That Tho by GS Feat. Bizzle! I’M DOIN’ JESUS front man GS, is back with his sophomore album “That Real Talk 2″. After the response he received from his debut album he saw it appropriate to create a part 2. Its not a continuation of his first album (That Real Talk) you will obviously hear his growth in this project. With great production and features, this project is sure to make an impact. Its scheduled to drop Saturday November 8 Get ready!!! Listen to Like That Tho by GS Feat. Bizzle Below! First single off GS Album due Nov. 2014 featuring God Over Money front runner…
  • UnderDog by Still Diligent Free Download

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
      Photo Credit/ Sound Cloud Underdog by Still Diligent Free Exclusive Mixtape! Still Diligent is a Hip Hop artist from Miami Florida with an act for combining introspective rap lyrics with melodic harmonies to give it a fresh sound. With a brand new team behind him HPTP records, Still Diligent is ready to take the scene by storm.When he is not on stage rocking crowds for the lord, Still Diligent is at his local church serving on the praise and worship team with his wife. Listen to the full project below feat: Loso, Witness, Dillon Chase, B-Les, Datin B Cooper & More! Download…
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  • God is where?

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day eighty-seven...I have a problem with most Christian funeral services anyway. I just don't like all the emphasis on the trappings of Heaven. It's as if we believe that the first thing out of anyone's mouth upon arrival will be, “Take me to the stuff?” rather than, “Take me to Jesus?”
  • The reality of the invisible

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day eighty-six...Jimmy Stewart (1908‐1997) played Elwood P. Dowd in the 1950 movie, Harvey. In the film, Dowd's best friend was an invisible rabbit—a six‐foot, three‐and‐a‐half inch pooka (spirit/ghost) named Harvey.
  • God's ways are not like ours

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day eighty-five...“It was the custom when men received nominations to come to me for contributions, and I made them and considered them good paying investments for the company. In a Republican district I was a strong Republican; in a Democratic district I was Democratic, and in doubtful districts I was doubtful. In politics I was an Erie Railroad man all the time.”
  • A bigger perspective

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day eight-four...“The Germans got us, and they got us right smart. They just stopped us dead in our tracks. Their machine guns were up there on the heights overlooking us and well hidden, and we couldn't tell for certain where the terrible heavy fire was coming from... And I'm telling you they were shooting straight. Our boys just went down like the long grass before the mowing machine at home. Our attack just faded out... And there we were, lying down, about halfway across [the valley] and those German machine guns and big shells getting us hard.”
  • Retreat or advance

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day eighty-three...My elementary school had just been open a couple of years before I began to attend. It was built to consolidate the remaining one-room schools in our farming community. Even then, no class had more than about fifteen kids. When I was in the seventh grade, the eighth‐grade class had about four boys who had flunked at least one grade, if not two. Those boys, not surprisingly, were way bigger than us seventh‐graders, and they used their size as a weapon.
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  • Daniel 2: Not Afraid to Share

    Zak Schmoll
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:53 am
    Daniel 2 is a remarkable chapter. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that bothered him, and he commanded to have the dream interpreted. He was surrounded by wise men and astrologers, so he knew that if anyone could help them, they would. However, all of them came up short, so Nebuchadnezzar sentenced all the wise men to death including our man Daniel. However, after asking Nebuchadnezzar for an extension with a promise that he would be able to interpret the dream, God came to Daniel and showed him the dream perfectly. I spent my time on the summary because it is interesting how Daniel was in a…
  • Daniel 1: Man of Principle

    Zak Schmoll
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:56 am
    Welcome to Daniel! Right away, we discovered that Daniel was a man of principle. When Jerusalem was invaded by the Babylonians, they decided that for bright young men like Daniel, there was more value in using them to serve the King rather than throwing them in jail. There was a problem though. Dan 1:8  But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. It is interesting. Sustenance is a very important thing, but…
  • Ezekiel 48: The Land of the Levites

    Zak Schmoll
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    Ezekiel 48 shows us an interesting shift from Old Testament Israel to this vision of the Temple. As you recall, the tribe of Levi did not receive any land because the Lord with their portion. In this vision though, there is some land given to the priests. Eze 48:9  The oblation that ye shall offer unto the LORD shall be of five and twenty thousand in length, and of ten thousand in breadth. Eze 48:10  And for them, even for the priests, shall be this holy oblation; toward the north five and twenty thousand in length, and toward the west ten thousand in breadth, and toward the east ten…
  • Ezekiel 47: Purifying Waters

    Zak Schmoll
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    The imagery that we have been developing this entire time is incredibly important as we move into Ezekiel 47. Again, Jesus Christ is the ideal Temple, and now we have a situation where there is water pouring out of the Temple and making saltwater fresh. Eze 47:8  Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. Eze 47:9  And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall…
  • Ezekiel 46: Sufficient Worship

    Zak Schmoll
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:25 am
    Ezekiel 46 lays out the ordinances for how this Temple is to be used. This is the ideal Temple that any human effort to build fell short. It is what I would argue in the model of the ideal Christian life that conforms to the model laid out by Jesus Christ. Now, in Ezekiel 46 it is shown that there should be a significant portion of time reserved for the worship of God. Eze 46:1  Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened. Eze…
 
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  • Enter the Dragon, Part 2

    Mr. Wiseguy
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    [Part 1 here] I smiled as I walked through the doors. “I’m here for a 10am interview with [Leah].” The morning had been perfect. Thanks to the time change, I was up at 5:30 – my ideal time for productive days. The hotel fitness center was empty. It was a good workout – plenty of sweat, no vomiting, and the predictable endorphin rush that follows. Shave. Shower. One last revision of my paperwork before submitting. 8am and relaxed. Breakfast buffet. This part was tricky. The interview would go long past lunch, and I don’t do well without food…
  • Enter the Dragon, Part 1

    Mr. Wiseguy
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Written ~2 months ago Last week I had a breakthrough – I want this. I care about the outcome. And if it was in my power, there’s no question what I would choose. Perhaps that sounds obvious. Who would pursue something they didn’t want? Well… I would. I have. I would choose what I thought was best, thought was right. I chose my major because it had the most transfer options in case I changed my mind. I can think of few exceptions – Jesus, wife, baby. Maybe soccer and guitar. And spreadsheets if I’m completely honest (insanely organized math – what…
  • One-Day Website Challenge – An Entre-Xperiment

    Mr. Wiseguy
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    www.BetterBigDay.com – building a website in a day I call this an entre-xperiment (patent pending). When it comes to business (and creativity in general), constraints are more important than options. It’s more helpful to decide what you won’t do than what you could do. To put this into practice, we gave ourselves some crazy constraints – 4 guys, 6 hours, and $25 to come up with an idea and build a website from scratch! We gave ourselves passing grades – the site was up with enough content to run on auto-pilot for two months! A few big take-aways: Distractions…
  • Young at Heart for the Overly Responsible

    Mr. Wiseguy
    16 May 2014 | 10:56 am
    Photo Credit: susieq3c via Compfight cc Here’s a quick (yet surprisingly long), real-time post written over a lunch break (or two – I blame editing)… Haven’t had one of these in awhile, but when inspiration strikes, take advantage! It’s no small secret I have a man-crush on Jon Foreman, lead singer of Switchfoot. I’ve seen him perform nearly a dozen times, including a small after-show I like to pretend was a birthday gift from him to me. Today I came across an article he had on HuffPost a few weeks back. He talks about hitch-hiking and surfing, as well as…
  • Mother’s Day

    Mr. Wiseguy
    11 May 2014 | 5:30 am
    Play day at the park Mommy, It’s a good thing I’m around to remind daddy about big days like today! He’s a little forgetful sometimes. It’s okay though – once I reminded him, he was all in! I’m doing most of the work of course. You may notice today that I’m a little extra giggly, that I smile a little more often, that my diapers are a little less messy. That’s my way of saying thank you. Thank you for carrying me around for nine months as I grew. Thank you for being uncomfortable, for changing your diet and your lifestyle, and for eating all…
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  • We’re Not the Solution

    blakemankin
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    To truly care about something means to wish its well being with or without us. It’s far too easy to want to see ourselves as the solution to another’s problems more than we want to see their problems solved. Sadly, I fall into this mentality all the time. But the savior mentality was never meant for us—that role has already been filled. It was placed on the head of a Jewish carpenter with the crown of thorns. For us to desire the best for others, we must be willing to be a part of a solution—not the entire solution. In fact, we must be willing to be absent from the solution. If we…
  • Excellence Is Boring

    blakemankin
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Excellence requires a certain level of boring. To be excellent requires focus, and focus makes us predictable. It means saying no to most things and yes to a few. It means being associated with a particular skill, cause, or activity when our names come up in conversation. Our wanderlust can be our biggest liability because it can keep us from adopting the amount of boring it takes to become great at something. This is often said of my generation, that we’re too directionless because we live off the thrill of chasing new experiences. I know this can be true in my life. As a millennial, the…
  • 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…
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  • He Will Carry You

    virtuousgirls1
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    Today thru Sunday, our new book is free on Amazon Kindle. He Will Carry You: Random Thoughts on God, Faith, Life, Love and Each Other If our blog (virtuousgirls.wordpress.com) were a book, it would look something like this. Started in December of 2012, we’ve collected our random thoughts and organized them into nine sections: 1. […]
  • Julia and Maria Myers: Founders of “Pretty Purposeful”

    virtuousgirls1
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Visit Julia and Maria online at: www.prettypurposeful.org Twitter: @ppurposeful | Facebook | Google+ | YouTube | Instagram | Pinterest | Tumblr Julia and Maria live in Southlake, Texas and are the creators of Pretty Purposeful. They decided to start their charity because they wanted to inspire and empower other girls, both locally and globally to […]
  • Girls of Virtue Series – TASHA – Week 9 Recap

    virtuousgirls1
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    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 […]
  • Women of the Word: Talitha or Jarius’ Daughter

    virtuousgirls1
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    The miraculous healing of this little girl is similar to that of the Syro-Phoenician woman’s daughter. Someone (in this case, the girl’s father) had faith for her that she would be healed by Jesus the Christ. This story is recorded in both Matthew 9:18-19, Matthew 9:23-26 and Mark 5:22-24, Mark 5:35-43. Also, the girl’s name […]
  • Be Good

    virtuousgirls1
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:22 pm
 
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  • Christmas Wreath- Coloring Page

    Crafting The Word Of God
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    Christmas Wreath (Coloring Page) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link […]
  • Christmas Angel- Coloring Page

    Crafting The Word Of God
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Christmas Angel (Coloring Page) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link […]
  • Update: Vacation Bible School 2015 Winners

    Crafting The Word Of God
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The poll is now closed and the winners are: SonSpark Labs- Gospel Light Journey Off The Map- Lifeway Everest- Group In the next couple of months I will be working hard on coming up with the crafts for these three V.B.S. programs. I will post the crafts up in March/April.Filed under: Updates Tagged: crafts, Everest, Gospel Light, […]
  • 25+ Thanksgiving Crafts, Coloring And Activity Sheets

    Crafting The Word Of God
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Pumpkin Craft Pumpkin Sun Catcher Peek A Boo Turkey I Am Thankful For… Fall Welcome Sign Turkey Crafts Peek A Boo Turkey Turkey Hat Turkey Wreath Thanksgiving Turkey Basket Hand Turkey Thanksgiving Turkey Pilgrim Crafts Count Your Blessings Doorknob Hanger Scarecrow Crafts Paper Plate Scarecrow Scarecrow Puppet Cornucopia Crafts Thanksgiving Cornucopia Leaf Crafts Leaf Sun […]
  • Peek A Boo Turkey

    Crafting The Word Of God
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    This is a fun and simple Thanksgiving craft. You can also make this craft using craft foam. Instructions Print the template on card stock. (Template) Color and cut out all of the pieces. Cut the pumpkin piece in half. Glue the wings onto the turkey body. Assemble the pieces by using metal brads/paper fasteners. Filed under: […]
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  • Of Small Beginnings

    Shelly Hendricks
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. - Zechariah 4:10 When a chronic diagnosis flies into your life, it sure does feel like starting over again. Square one. But not in a good way. Not at all. It feels like you can only tiptoe one centimenter at a time, and not until you've been curled in a ball on the floor for at least 20 years. It feels... small. Hardly even worth the effort, especially when you have not a clue of where you're going or how to get there. Please remember today, whether you're starting…
  • The Truth About Love

    Shelly Hendricks
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Meanwhile, the leading priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas to be released and for Jesus to be put to death. - Matthew 27:20 Sometimes I feel like that crowd. I'm so easily persuaded to believe a lie about my Savior. I'm so willing to sacrifice Him yet again. It grieves me, this fleshly weakness that I have. The priest of pain whispers into my ear that Jesus has no idea how this feels. Surely He wouldn't have expected me to be thankful in this circumstance. The elder of grief sidles up and smiles and reassures me that it's perfectly normal to lose faith in moments…
  • The Place

    Shelly Hendricks
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love your sanctuary, Lord, the place where your glorious presence dwells. - Psalm 26:8 I honor the stillness that echoes in these hallowed places You've created in my soul perfect measurements, fine materials only the best for You the silence heals and settles and beckons May Your glorious light always shine through my windows colored and stained fired and redeemed casting color and bringing life into stagnant places dust motes dance through the warmth of these slices of your splendor Let the padded pews and marble pathways be always open and accessible not only to You but to your children…
  • The “Other” Layer

    Shelly Hendricks
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” - Romans 10:11 Guilt... sigh... it's just another layer, isn't it? As if this pain, this loss, this change, this discouragement is not enough in and of itself. The guilt piles on, and the weight it adds is suffocating. I wanted always to be the kind of wife that was attractive to my husband, who kept the home and made it a retreat for him to step into each evening. I wanted our free time to be filled with fun and laughs and adventures. I wanted always to be the kind of mommy that dances while she cleans, who…
  • Sunday Scripture: 11/16/14

    Shelly Hendricks
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing. - Romans 4:17   If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to someone you know, please share this post on the social network of your choice for me. All you have to do is click one of the buttons below. May God Bless You, Shelly The post Sunday Scripture: 11/16/14 appeared first on Renewed Daily.written by Shelly Hendricks
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  • The Spiritual Armor of God is our Relationship with Christ

    kristinemac
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    "Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DVD Review: Susie’s Hope

    kristinemac
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    If you love a true life, feel good movie with a message and a cause behind it, then you are going to want to watch Susie's Hope. Here is a synopsis from the official site: An extraordinary story... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Christian’s Best Stategy for Spiritual Warfare

    kristinemac
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
    "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth, break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Life of Gratitude

    kristinemac
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Yesterday, my pastor at New Vintage Bible Church began a series on gratitude. Many good points were made but the one which really stuck out to me had to do with giving thanks to God... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Review: Manic Drive – VIP

    thommac
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Hey, it's Thom again.  This posting thing is starting to become a habit. Kristine has asked me to review a CD by Manic Drive. Disclaimer, right up front: I have known these guys... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Do Not Grow Weary

    Karen Woodall
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    Three weeks left until the end of the semester… and it can’t come fast enough. This stretch of homeschooling has proved to be much more demanding than I had anticipated, and as a consequence, has extracted a lot of blood, sweat and tears from my kids… and from me. You know, I don’t really mind […]
  • Warning Signal

    Karen Woodall
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Living in a large city has a lot of advantages, but it does come at a price… traffic! That means that I have to use my GPS a lot. Even when I know where I’m going, I often plug my unit in just to make sure I don’t need to take an alternate route to […]
  • Jesus In The City

    Karen Woodall
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    We’re heading toward the end of the first semester in this year’s journey through home schooling.  And while teaching at home definitely has its pluses, there are some days that are, shall we say, difficult. Knowing that the domestic stress level usually rises about this time of every year, Clif usually asks me to send him a […]
  • Scarier than Halloween

    Karen Woodall
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    It’s finally the end of October! That beautiful time of year filled with pumpkins, colored leaves, and cool, crisp evenings. It’s also the time of year that we as Christians are inundated with blogs, ministry programs, articles and hallway conversations at church all centered around the reoccurring (and far too divisive) question: “Should Christians let their […]
  • 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 […]
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • From Fairy Tale to Faith Tale

    Amy Young
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Recently I listened to a podcast about the resurgence of fairy tales in American culture, as seen in television shows such as Game of Thrones, True Blood, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. The person giving the lecture said fairy tales aren’t just for kids, as they help us too. I agree that tales are powerful; look at how often Jesus used them as a teaching technique! But in fairy tales, it is usually obvious who the good guys and the bad guys are and what the lesson is, and everything is worked out by the end. They can certainly be useful tools for children who are trying to make sense of their…
  • When Your Life Becomes a Pinterest Fail

    Molly DeFrank
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I had a day this week. Like, a DAY. You know the kind? When you wake up too late for coffee? (Fail.) You frantically rush the kids to dress, eat and sit still for a bumpy, mediocre ponytail that you’d have NEVER let your mom get away with. Ants invaded your kitchen while you slept – a pleasant reminder that you did a lousy job wiping down the counters after dinner last night. (Another fail.) You are a grump, and grumpiness is scientifically proven to be eleventy-gazillion times more contagious than Ebola. So now your kids are all grumps, too. And you’re annoyed at them for being grumps.
  • The Rollercoaster of Life

    Meghan Alanis
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    My husband absolutely loves the thrill of being strapped into a man-made machine and being tossed, whipped, and hung upside down. The thrill of the experience and the anticipation of waiting in line makes my very conservative (one might say “square”) husband squeal and laugh like a little boy. I, on the other hand, am not a big fan of amusement park rides. The risk, fear, and potential vomiting just don’t seem all that appealing to me. I am more content to wait in line and chat with you or hold your sunglasses under a shade tree while you, the thrill seeker, get your kicks 100 feet…
  • How Imperfect Women Can Battle Perfectionism

    Michele Slayden
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This article is part of our exciting video series, Who Do You Think You Are? Check out the other videos HERE. Escalating thoughts, replaying conversations over and over again in my head, ruminating on others and their opinions of me, and desperately wanting to be seen for what I do. The performance trap haunted me for a very long time and lead to emotional and spiritual exhaustion. I thought I was seeking godliness, when in reality I was trying to be perfect. Perfectionism is a deceitful goal. Clothed in what looks like selflessness, service, and glory to God and others, its…
  • Living With The End in Mind

    Jen Rumley
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    My perspective on life and death changed drastically that day.  I remember sitting on the front porch of my sweet friend Katie, staring out at the roof tops and the sky full of clouds beyond.  Nothing really mattered anymore.  Heaven and eternity became real in a matter of seconds, and all I longed for was a day with no more suffering.  As a believer in Jesus, I know that a day is coming that every tear will be wiped away and the trials of this life will have surpassed, but that day, that truth became a sobering hope I clung to. As humans, our finite minds and perspectives operate day to…
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • Revised Common Lectionary Reading Plan Now on Bible Gateway

    Jonathan Petersen
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) is now a part of Bible Gateway’s many Bible reading plans for your daily enjoyment, personal worship, and spiritual benefit. We offer both the Complementary and Semicontinuous editions. A lectionary is a collection of readings from the Bible (called “lections”) that are intended to enhance the act of worship. Lectionaries have been in use in the Christian church from the fourth century, spanning denominational differences. Scripture selections are arranged according to a schedule which follows the church calendar of Sundays and festivals,…
  • Live-Blog: Doug Moo’s Special Message on Bible Translation (Live Presentation from ETS 2014)

    Zondervan Academic
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Read highlights from Dr. Douglas Moo’s presentation Wednesday night on Bible translation, “We Still Don’t Get It: Evangelicals and Bible Translation Fifty Years After James Barr.” We live-blogged these remarks during Dr. Moo’s speech, delivered in a special event at the 66th annual meeting (#ETS2014) of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) (@etsjets) in San Diego, CA. The special event was the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the New International Version (NIV) Bible translation (website / @NIVBible); Dr. Moo is Chairman of the Committee for Bible Translation, which…
  • What Is the Big Picture of the Bible?

    Andy Rau
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This new series by Bible Gateway and Mel Lawrenz is called “How to Understand the Bible.” Over 30 weeks we will cover questions about the content of the Bible and interpreting and applying the Bible. We’ll look at the way we should read everything from historical stories to Psalms to prophecy to Gospels to Revelation. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along, encourage them to learn more and sign up to receive the series via email. [Special news - Mel Lawrenz's devotional, Christmas Joy, is now available in paperback and Kindle here. Readings start December 1.] If…
  • Understanding the Bible’s Big Picture: An Interview with Drs. William Marty and Boyd Seevers

    Jonathan Petersen
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    Reading the Bible can be intimidating, no matter where you are in your faith walk. Made up of individual “books” ranging in subject matter from history to instruction, from poetry to prophecy, this all-time global bestseller is frequently considered confusing, by first-time—as well as seasoned—readers. Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. William H. Marty and Dr. Boyd Seevers about their book, The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible: Understanding the Big Picture Book-by-Book (Bethany House, 2014). As Bible school teachers, describe the average Christian student’s Bible knowledge…
  • Overcome the Holiday Stress With Our 5-day “Give Thanks” Devotional

    Andy Rau
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Are you starting to feel the holiday stress already? Thanksgiving in the U.S. is just two weeks away, and Christmas isn’t far beyond that. For a holiday season that is theoretically devoted to the celebration of gratitude and peace on earth, it’s an unfortunate fact that for many of us, the hectic pace of November and December crowds out much chance for spiritual reflection. Well, we’d like to help you take a step back from the stress and re-focus on what really matters this holiday season. To that end, we’ve brought back our popular five-day email devotional, Give…
 
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • A Magical Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Sandwich Recipe

    Caleb Smith
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    I do love Chick-fil-A. Their sandwiches are the best. So one day I was on the Internet and searched for a recipe to make a Chick-fil-A style chicken sandwich. This led me to the basis for this post, a Serious Eats Food Lab article on how to make one. The detailed experiment post is here, while the actual recipe is here. Let me be clear. The Serious Eats sandwich recipe is completely awesome. That makes crazy delicious chicken. But! Some people order the spicy sandwich. My wife is definitely one of those people. So in order to please her (and I often do like spicy, too), I did some…
  • I Feel Robbed of the Psalms

    Caleb Smith
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    The heavens declare the glory of God;  the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech;  night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words;  no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,  their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.  It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,  like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens  and makes its circuit to the other;  nothing is deprived of its warmth. Psalm…
  • A Different Kind of Calvinism: Some Quick Background and the Gist

    Caleb Smith
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    [This is the second post in my Evangelical Calvinism series. You can read the first one here.] In my last post, I introduced my recent (somewhat in progress) transition from classical, TULIP Calvinism (“TC”) to Evangelical Calvinism (“EC”). I did not elaborate much, of course. That is the point of the rest of the series. Before I get into all the details, I’ll give a quick history lesson about where EC came from. After all, no discerning believer is going to jump straight into novel doctrine. He’ll need to see roots in the tradition of the Church. Totally…
  • A Different Kind of Calvinism: Introducing the Change

    Caleb Smith
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    I’m not the Calvinist I used to be. This change came rather suddenly, but was the result of a long process of difficulty with TULIP. While when I became a Calvinist (feels like 100 years ago) I loved it. My experience was rather honeymoon like. It was the best thing that had happened to me theologically. Soon, though, the honeymoon ended. In time I came to be struck by the same problems that keep people from becoming Calvinists in the first place. How does the God of love determine before time to abandon most of humanity in their sins? Does God even love all people in any meaningful…
  • When God Doesn’t Seem Good: Living with Tough Texts in the Bible

    Caleb Smith
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    God isn’t always easy to trust. I don’t just mean in the daily lives of living out of faith. I mean even based on what we know of Him, it can be tough to trust Him to be good. Prime example: This is what the LORD of Hosts says: ‘I witnessed what the Amalekites did to the Israelites when they opposed them along the way as they were coming out of Egypt. Now go and attack the Amalekites and completely destroy everything they have. Do not spare them. Kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ “ 1 Samuel 15:2-3 Think about that for…
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    Nomadic Ministry

  • A Jewish Christians Look at Islam: Zakat

    Kyle
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    So far Islam is not the scandalous apostasy that many would have you believe.  Thus far we have seen a religion in which people:  put their faith in one God, believe He sent a messenger to tell of Him, and fervent prayer that many Christians could not fathom keeping up with.  Could it be that they are truly not that different than we are.  Moving forward we will look at the Third Pillar of Islam, Zakat.  Zakat is the idea of the redistribution of wealth through taxation. Zakat is done so that all Muslim would be equal.  For those who have to little, more will be given.  For those who…
  • Jesus Loves Us All

    Kyle
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    As of this evening a fifth person has died in the synagogue attack in Jerusalem this morning.  Thousands have died from hunger, malnutrition, lack of shelter, and disease that has been cured for 50 years.  We often look at the world and say where is God, and my answer to you is that our God is everywhere.  I the dying eyes of a child our Messiah is there, in the shouts of pain from a cripple on the street our Lord is present, and every time someone’s life is snuffed out unfairly God is ever present.  He loves us all. We call God by a number of different names YHWH, Adonai, Jesus,…
  • ISIS Beheads Another

    Kyle
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    This week another journalist was beheaded by the islamist extremist group ISIS.  Though it has become commonplace for the group to kill off journalist that it has under its control there is something different about the last decapitation.  This man, Peter Kassig, was an army ranger who converted to Islam within captitivity and had actually started an aid organization for Syrian refugees.  This man was not just an American, but was someone who it seems wholeheartedly followed Allah in the same way his islamist captors claim too.  They are showing they will kill anyone who does not fall…
  • A Jewish Christians Look at Islam: Salat

    Kyle
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    Prayer is an integral part to any religion.  To converse with your God, no matter His name, is one of the most powerful acts we can do in this life.  Islam is no exception.  The second pillar of Islam is called Salat.  Salat is the ritualistic prayer said five times per day. The Salat is said at preset intervals throughout each day.  This prayer is always pointed in the direction of the Ka’ba in Mecca.  It is done by a serious of repetitious movements up and down which is called a Rakat.  During this the recite “The Opening” which is the first sura of the Quran which…
  • The Afterlife is Real, Do Not Kid Yourself Otherwise

    Kyle
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I was watching the latest season finale of Doctor Who in which there was a significant theme about the afterlife and were we would go.  In this episode the people who had died over millennia were put into a container that was bigger on the inside in a fake pseudo afterlife that they were kept in until they were needed for the final plan.  Though it is a work of fiction it still places an idea to the forefront that many people believe today.  This is that the afterlife is not some physical reality, but something of an idea or a feeling.  Many people of faith’s that have believed in…
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    a Journal of Missional Living

  • Ode to Lost Sock

    Sharon R Hoover
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    It’s laundry day. It. Happened. AGAIN… Where, O where have you gone, Lost Sock? At the bottom of the clothes basket, I found you not. I shall miss your soft texture that warmed my toes, as well your vibrant hues that did delight mis ojos. Have you gone off in search of fellow wanderers? The […] The post Ode to Lost Sock appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Beauty of Childlike Faith

    Sharon R Hoover
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Earlier this week I let my inner child out. My birthday served as the convenient excuse. I didn’t get dressed until 11:00am; and when I did get dressed it was into my most favorite clothes. The colors and styles clashed loudly but they rated exceedingly high on my meter-o-comfort. My daughter cringed when she heard […] The post Beauty of Childlike Faith appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Love versus Love On

    Sharon R Hoover
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    I am not one to complain. But I heard it again yesterday. She said: “We want to love on the community!” Like the sound of fingernails scraping a chalk board, the “love on” phrase causes me to physically cringe. My shoulders rise as I draw a deep breath. My jaw involuntarily clenches. What happened to: “We […] The post Love versus Love On appeared first on 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.
 
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    Brad Andres

  • Maybe God Could Have Used Me To Stop a Suicide

    Brad Andres
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    I met my friend Victoria last year. I saw this beautiful Kenyan girl in the mall with a baby in a stroller and went to ask her who styled her hair. We live in a town in Sweden where it’s impossible to find someone to style our Kenyan hair. We quickly became friends; speaking on the phone a lot.  She tried on numerous occasions to invite me to dinner, but I’d always say no and postpone it to a later date. I can vividly remember the number of times we tried to make arrangements to meet. These meetings never happened. I plan my time meticulously weeks ahead of time. Therefore, her impromptu…
  • New Testament Best Book Charles Dickens Quote [Quote]

    Brad Andres
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world. Charles Dickens Books by Charles Dickens
  • I’m considering publishing a 14 day devotional on interacting with God’s Living Word. Does it sound interesting? Would you read through the devotional? What are your thoughts? [Question]

    Brad Andres
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    I’m considering publishing a 14 day devotional on interacting with God’s Living Word. Does it sound interesting? Would you read through the devotional? What are your thoughts? Answer this question on my blog and join the discussion →
  • 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…
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    SightShift

  • If You Want To Be Resilient Separate Who You Are From What You Do

    Chris McAlister
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    7 Days in on the #SightShift30Days project. I’m sharing something from my daily life and how SightShift helps me order and process thoughts and activities. Find certainty in who you are. Then you can have clarity in what you do. And you’ll be resilient… //www.youtube.com/watch?v=8586HTIA8Yk
  • How I Struggle and 30 Days of SightShift

    Chris McAlister
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    For 30 days I’ll be sharing some challenge or struggle from that day and how SightShift helps me process it. I won’t be posting them all on the blog or emailing them out. I’ll create a playlist on youtube. Spend 30 days with me and follow along at #SightShift30days and you’ll get certainty in who you are, clarity in what you do, and confidence in relating. It’s deep in my bones and everything has changed. Even when I struggle, mess up, and hit obstacles I can reframe in the moment. You can too. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiAHoJmcsF0 (if the video doesn’t…
  • 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…
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • No, God’s NOT Going to Change His Mind In The End

    Steve Bremner
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    I started to write the following blog post over the past weekend before I saw an article show up in my news feed that basically gave me pause for thought. Or at least pause for concern, to say the least. It was for an article on the Huffington Post called You Know God's Going to Change His Mind and Save Everyone in the End, Right? by Mick Mooney. I'm seeing a lot of my friends in the "Hyper Grace" camp -- of which on certain specific points I consider myself apart of -- champion a lot of his [Continue reading...]
  • The Manifest Presence of God is Birthed in Intimacy

    Steve Bremner
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    This week we finally release an interview I've been sitting on for a couple of months with Brian Guerin, itinerant minister with Bridal Glory International, and author of the new book God of Wonders: Experiencing God's Voice Through Signs, Wonders, and Miracles. This episode flows nicely with what we've been talking about concerning the collective Bride of Christ and we get back to "the upper room" again. We started off today with learning a little bit about Brian and his testimony, and [Continue reading...]
  • The Holy Spirit Flows Through Intimacy and Community | Podcast

    Steve Bremner
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Today's podcast is another word of encouragement that follows along the thoughts I began unpacking in the last podcast -- or at least the last one I did alone without a guest -- Come Up Out of Babylon and Build God's Temple. You don't have to listen to that one first before jumping straight in today, but it might help. If you have the Stitcher Radio app on your smartphone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show for later. Recenly Shaun Wissmann, who I’ve had on [Continue reading...]
  • Reimagining Church — A Quick Review of Frank Viola’s Book

    Steve Bremner
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    The following post is an expansion of the one I wrote for this book over at Amazon after I finished reading it. If you liked that review, could you please click "yes" to finding it helpful? Thanks in advance. One person over there who gave it a negative review said Frank Viola writes in a "my way or no way at all" approach to how church is to be done. I found that hilariously preposterous since I didn't get that vibe at all. This is the first of his books I've read, and recently I just finished [Continue reading...]
  • Left Behind, Revival, and Organic Church | Podcast

    Steve Bremner
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    This week we finally have Dave Edwards back on the podcast and talk about some of the latest goings on in theological internet-land. We recorded this episode a few weeks ago and the Left Behind reboot had just tanked at the box office, so naturally we get talking about it a bit and how much our eschatology shapes our worldview. Are our assumptions of end times correct? Then we segue into first century church life and Dave's thoughts on organic church and recent revelations on revival. Recommended [Continue reading...]
 
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    Shiloh 2014 Live

  • Winners Chapel Prophetic Focus for November 2014

    Shiloh 2014
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Winners Chapel Prophetic Focus for November 2014 – Exceeding Grace greetings. This is the official prophetic focus for the month of November directly from Bishop David Oyedepo.   All through scriptures, godliness has proved to be the foundation for profitable living. This is because godliness entitles us to the following among others: Divine Protection – […] The post Winners Chapel Prophetic Focus for November 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.
  • Leadership Empowerment Summit, Shiloh Prep

    Shiloh 2014
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Leadership Empowerment Summit, Shiloh Prep – This is to inform you of a leadership Empowerment Summit scheduled to hold in all our churches within Nigeria on the 1st October 2014, which is a public holiday. The categories of Leaders expected to be in attendance include all Pastors, Elders, members of the Statutory Bodies, Deacons and […] The post Leadership Empowerment Summit, Shiloh Prep appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh

    Shiloh 2014
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh – Turbulence, turmoil and unrest are not the plan of God for our lives. Isa. 14:27. God’s intention for our lives is all round rest. Rest is a worry- free existence. Nobody wants to live in worry or anxiety. Mtt.11:28 – 29. Whatever is causing you worry […] The post Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Engaging the Power of The Holy Ghost

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

  • The Stories Jesus Told: The Problems with Parables Part 1

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    The Problem of Not Being There…Context, Context, Context Studying the Parables of Jesus presents us with some difficulty.  It is kind of like trying to tell a popular American joke to someone from another country, only to have them not laugh with you at the punch line.   The reason they did not laugh at the joke is either because you are not a good joke teller, but more than likely it is because the person you intended to make laugh did not fully understand the joke.  They may have understood the language of the joke but they missed nuances of the context, cultural and locational…
  • New Blog Series: The Stories Jesus Told

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The Stories Jesus Told Have finally got the Small Group Study Guide Student Manual about ready for publication.  I have ordered the proof copy and it should be ready to roll of the presses at the new year! The Leader’s Guide The Leader’s Guide is compiled and being edited.  It is a slower process than I had hoped that it would be, mainly due to being very picky about content and layout.  Of course this is self-induced pain, but worth it I believe to make this a tool that people can use. The guide is designed to enable a Study Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Pastor to be able to open the…
  • Write Better: Scrivener

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I Tried Scrivener…and I liked it! I read a blog that talked about using Scrivener to write and how it was better than trying to write in Word or Pages. It is really designed for screenplays and books more than it is papers on the Old Testament…but it works for writing, period! I admit that I don’t have a handle on all of its features but just using it for one paper has me sold on it. If you need quantitative proof here you go: Usually I struggle to write a ten page paper.  When I use Pages or Word, I feel like I spend more time formatting than writing especially footnotes. I end up…
  • Dear Pastor: Communion is more important than your sermon

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Too many times I have been to services where Communion was an afterthought because the sermon and/or the worship went longer than was planned…and so as people are gathering their stuff and thinking about lunch (depending on what time the service is)…and not really focused on communion. Sadly most churches celebrate Communion only once a month, being relegated to line in the bulletin and another thing to do on the schedule. Communion is a BIG deal!  It is probably the most important ordinance Jesus gave to the church (you could argue baptism is…) -Communion is the meeting place between…
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    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:51 am
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  • The Single Mom's Holiday Survival Guide

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    With the holidays fast approaching, the focus of single moms everywhere shifts to packing the maximum amount of fun and family time into the least amount of stress possible. Anxiety, tension, and worry have a way of rearing their heads at the holidays, making what should be the happiest time of the year feel more like a depressing blur of weeks leading to January. It is during this time that many moms start to look for some good advice from blogs for Christian women. Consider these fun and simple holiday tips for making the most out of end of the year as a single mom:
  • All About Jesus--Getting to Know the Christ of the Bible

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:07 pm
    "I can give a precise day when Christ came to me and began to transform my life with his power and love." - Keith Ward Some people consider Christianity to be about culture, morality, or the fulfillment of religious obligations. In reality, however, it is all about Jesus. Though the Christian faith involves doctrines and practices that affect all of life, its essence is about the person of Jesus Christ. This is why powerful, encouraging spiritual quotes such as the one above by philosopher and theologian Keith Ward are not rare within Christianity. Many people who have either had a…
  • My Gift

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    One day, when I was a very little girl, I went to a very special place. I went into a large room filled with lots of other little children. We were all waiting together for a big event. Suddenly, a man entered the room. He stood strong and tall, and had a large bag full of gifts. He sat down with the bag and began to call our names, one by one. As each child's name was called, the man reached into the bag and handed them a wonderful gift made especially for them. I waited and waited for my name to be called, but I soon realized that all the children had their gifts and I was the only one…
  • The Necessity of Sacrifice in Faith

    15 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    C.S Lewis, author of many encouraging spiritual quotes that are still widely read and appreciated today, once said that, "No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice." In American society, it's easy to forget that sometimes acting in your own best interest isn't the primary order of business. There are a myriad of people out there who claim to be deeply religious, spiritual people, who go out and do horrible things. Fundamentally, they are not thinking of God's will, but of their own. They have forgotten that the nature of religion is giving of one's self in the support of the…
  • Subtle Ways to Show Your Faith

    15 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    Are you trying to find some subtle ways to show your Christian faith? Are you perhaps even a little intimidated and worried about what other people might think of you? The first thing to do is to remember that it isn't other people's place to judge you. Your faith is between you and God. Christian expressions of faith are often spiritually motivated by quotes from Jesus. For example, Christian men and women are often not readily identifiable because Jesus told his followers that: "Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your…
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  • PE church’s amazing journey through “death” to vibrant new life

    Andre Viljoen
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Anchor of Hope’s pastor Giellie Noeth (centre, standing) with a church member, making friends on the street. Anchor of Hope in Central Port Elizabeth is a vibrant, multicultural, English-medium church that is bursting with life with a membership made up of 50% white Afrikaners and 50% black people from all over Africa. But it took a journey of “death” to get there, said its leader Giellie Noeth. The writing was already on the wall for the NG Kerk Port Elizabeth Sentraal (Port Elizabeth Central Dutch Reformed Church) — as the church was formerly known– when he…
  • ACDP calls on government to investigate allegations of ISIS recruitment and funding from SA

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    21 Nov 2014 | 1:08 am
    An image taken from a propaganda video allegedly shows Isis members, among them a jihadist believed to be French citizen Maxime Hauchard, right. (PHOTO: AFP/Getty Images) The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) has called on the South African Government to investigate “concerns  and allegations that elements in SA are key players in facilitating funding and sending of recruits fighting alongside ISIS”. The call is made by ACDP MP Cherylln Dudley in a press statement released on Tuesday (November 18) expressing condolences to the family and friends of Abdul-Rahman (Peter)…
  • Kenya: Youths kill two Christian men after police raid mosques

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Hand grenades and other items displayed by police after a raid of the Mombasa mosque this week. (PHOTO: rEUTERS Originally published in Christian Today A group of youths with machetes and knives killed three people on Kenya’s coast after police raided two mosques that officials said were used to recruit Islamist militants, police said on Tuesday. At least two of the three were Christian. About 10 youths chanting “Allahu Akbar”, or “God is greatest”, killed a shopkeeper who tried to close his store in case of a riot, police had said late on Monday. The man’s…
  • Famous painting of Jesus by Piero della Francesca in danger

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Originally published by Christian Today An Italian Renaissance masterpiece that English novelist Aldous Huxley once described as “the greatest picture in the world” was saved from destruction in World War Two by a British artillery officer who defied orders to shell the town. Today, Piero della Francesca’s 15th Century fresco of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on a wall in the Tuscan town of Sansepolcro is again in danger, and those trying to save it are again taking matters into their own hands. Centuries of grime and humidity have wrought their damage, and the painting is…
  • Courageous Christian woman survives rape in Sudan and braves dangers to save orphans

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    20 Nov 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Dr Milton and Kimberly Smith (Make Way Partners) Originally published in The Blaze Poverty, starvation and illiteracy are just a few of the tragic problems facing children and families in Sudan and South Sudan, where violence continues to rage following South Sudan’s independence in 2011. While these issues are monumental in scope and seemingly unsolvable, that hasn’t stopped Kimberly Smith and her husband, Dr. Milton Smith, from risking their lives and safety to help feed, clothe, educate and house 1,500 young people trapped in the ongoing chaos. In fact, Kimberly has even been raped in…
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  • Depression is real (but so is God)

    Wendy van Eyck
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! Habakkuk 3:19 (AMP)I used to be a paramedic. For a year I pulled on a blue overall and spent two 12-hour shifts a week on an ambulance. Before I started working as a paramedic I loved the idea of riding in to save the day, of rescuing people, and making everything okay. But the reality of being a paramedic in…
  • One thing to remember when you're about to unravel

    Wendy van Eyck
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    You hem me in behind and before. Psalm 139:5 (NIV)I feel so tired. Since 1 November Xylon and I have been gypsies. We've moved out of our old home but can't yet move into our new place. Everything we own is in storage except for a few bags of luggage that we'll rely on for the next 3 months. In less than 3 weeks we've slept in 8 different beds in 4 different towns. By the end of the month that count will be up to 10 beds in 6 towns.And each time things get hard, each time I feel overwhelmed, I remind myself: God hems me in: behind and before.The image of God hemming me in…
  • We are not as happy as we look

    Wendy van Eyck
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:28 am
    Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. Romans 5:6-8…
  • One way to read the bible (and one thing I've learnt about God by doing this)

    Wendy van Eyck
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Timothy 3:16 (MSG)Almost on a weekly basis I’ll receive an email from a reader asking me how to know if God is speaking to them. One reader admitted to me, “I don't know how to read God's word. I try and read bible chapters on my own, but I don't hear or see God speak from it. I always pick things I don't understand. How do you know what and where to read to get help from God?”Another reader…
  • When you’re at the end of your rope

    Wendy van Eyck
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:08 am
    You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. Matthew 5:3 (MSG)Some days I feel like the ability to hang on by a fingernail should be a superpower.I’ve had a week of those days. Maybe more. Days when I’ve been trying to do everything. Days when I’ve been battered from every side: moving house, relocating towns, renovating our new place, spending three months sleeping in beds wherever they’re vacant, extra work stress, health checkups for Xylon, tight finances, a new nephew, family visiting, friends wanting to say by…
 
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  • Readers Choice – Help Me Guide My Kids Through Public School

    Steve Becker
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    Another great topic presented to us by our readers is… “Children attending public schools – how to talk to your child (teen) about other lifestyles and not to judge?” This is something I concern myself with every day so I have decided to tackle this one myself. I have three kids.  One is grown and on their own and the other two are in high school.  All three will have graduated from the same school; a public school. As it turns out, most kids attend public school and I think that’s a good thing.  Yep, I said its a good thing.  Some of you are bailing now,…
  • The Wounded Soldiers (A Message to the Broken-hearted)

    Charles Crutcher
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    As I am writing this, snow is falling in Oklahoma covering everything in a blanket of pure white. The famous Oklahoma winds are spinning eddies of flurries up my front porch creating snow drifts that look  like mock all-white sand dunes. I used to hate the winter, but now I can find the beauty in it. This has been a hard lesson for me. Some don’t come easily. I have discovered that pain is a teacher. Either you learn from pain and transfer it into something good or you allow it to take over. It’s a cruel teacher. But boy, do you learn. I lost someone dear to me. I won’t go…
  • WOW Worship Deluxe Edition-Charles Crutcher’s Review

    Charles Crutcher
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I recently was given the cool opportunity by Family Christian to write a review for the WOW Worship 2014 Deluxe Edition. If you are interested in purchasing yourself, you can do so here: www.familychristian.com. We are also giving one copy away to one of our readers! For the past several weeks, I have been playing this in my car on the way to and from work. This is during a transitional phase in my life as I went between one job into another. I’ll admit, it’s been a very long time since I listened to a compilation in any format. But what I experienced during those treks to and…
  • Love Unfurled (Rebirth of Honor)

    Charles Crutcher
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    This year, my church asked each of us to find one word for the year. Mine is love.   So many things encompass the action of love, much that goes unnoticed in our time of the “me” generation. If you turn on the news, it bombards you with horrific stories of people being cruel to one another, turn the channel to watch sports, sitcoms, and other reality television shows and you witness people speaking to one another in very negative ways. In fact, I dare you to watch a show and count the amount of times you hear a negative comment versus a positive one.   Even in our lives,…
  • Reader’s Choice: Does God Care About What Job I Have?

    Charles Crutcher
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Recently, we had a reader ask the question: Does God care what job I have? I know God doesn’t want me to be doing a job where I am doing something immoral. But if there are 30 moral jobs to choose from, does he care which one I do?   As I read this question, I’m saying good bye to a company I just spent the last 4 years with. On to a new opportunity.   During my career life, I have wore many hats. I’ve ran a Subway store, worked as a shipping manager, worked in the warehouse of a plant, a production worker in manufacturing tires, with a finance group that loaned…
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  • Be A Saviour Not A Judge.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    The enemy has from the beginning been a deceiver. He is working hard, especially this end times to set believers against each other and disunite the Church of Christ. Unfortunately believers are... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • 21 Easy Ways To Wreck Your Marriage.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    I am not given to use negative sounding titles, but I had to get your attention with this one. Believe me, I do not recommend, encourage or suggest in any way that you wreck your marriage. I wrote... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • One Risky Choice!

    Ugochi Jolomi
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:40 am
    We… or rather the country we had been taken to got a new king. He was not anything like his father. He (his father) had given us some hope and bettered our lives. We were even almost sure of his love... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • My Marriage And The Tree.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    I read an intriguing story sometime ago about an island Northeast of Australia, Solomon Islands; where they perform a very unique form of logging. The story says that if a tree needs to be cut down... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Why Will God Answer You?

    Ugochi Jolomi
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    We often seek God’s intervention in our lives. We always have a need and prayer awaiting His response and sometimes we wonder if our prayers make sense to God, if He will answer or if He is even... Please click on title to READ ALL.
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  • Sin & Sacrifice

    Keri
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    John 3:16 (NIV) 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Leo […]
  • Judge Not!!

    Keri
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Joe Gratz / Foter / CC BY-NC Matthew 7:1-3  (KJV) 7 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be […]
  • Maranomi – The New Normal

    Keri
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    As we come to the end of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, I wanted to share a post I wrote a few months after […]
  • 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 […]
 
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  • Freaking Out in a Godly Way

    Ashley
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession,and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 2 Corinthians 2 : 14One of the things I love about the Bible is that there is so much to discover each and every time I venture through its pages. God is always in the business of revealing Himself through His Word regardless of how many times I’ve read it before.That’s why it’s so important to be fully engaged during times of prayer and study.  For instance, the Apostle Paul makes a brief mention of a “triumphal procession”…
  • What do YOU smell like?

    Ashley
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession,and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being savedand among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death,to the other a fragrance from life to life.Who is sufficient for these things?- 2 Corinthians 2:14-16The Corinthian church gets a bad rap nowadays. Pastors use them as an example of how NOT to do church. Think about what it’d be like if it was your church who went down in history as one of the worst…
  • The Aroma of Christ

    Erin D
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?–2 Cor 2:14–16I am pregnant, and pregnancy can wreak havoc on my senses. In particular, my sense of smell is very sensitive. I notice aromas that others don’t, and I am bothered by smells that others find pleasant.
  • Tips for Studying the Bible

    Ashley
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession,and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being savedand among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death,to the other a fragrance from life to life.Who is sufficient for these things?- 2 Corinthians 2:14-16I love the community that is beginning to form in the Round! It is wonderful to look at Scripture together and see God is the same, regardless of our personal contexts.  As you have probably…
  • 2 Corinthians 2:14-16

    LITR
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    As your week starts afresh (perhaps even with new winter weather), join us in studying 2 Corinthians 2:14-16.  Please join us in the Round this week in studying another amazing passage of Scripture. We look forward to studying God's Word with you!See You In The Round!LITR“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved."
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  • Wait, wait!…

    Michael Thompson
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    “Wait, wait…” It is his intrepid way to interrupt the ongoing line of chatter because something has sparked an urgent question in his quick young mind. I could be talking about anything at all, but if along the way I mention something he does not fully understand or wants to know more about, he simply blurts out… “Wait, wait!…” If I heard it once over the summer, I heard it…well, you know. He has a hankering for the distraction of a rabbit trail. Some spark of interest has landed on the vast field of his unbridled imagination and you can smell…
  • Too Much For Our Own Good

    Michael Thompson
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Contempt. The proverbial offspring of familiarity. It is the sense that we know something so well that we know it completely. Nothing mysterious, surprising or arousing is left to discover. That which is held in contempt is not despised because it is evil, it is devalued because it is common. Sometimes we are too close to something or too well-acquainted with someone to really see the worth that is inherently there. This is the missing-forest-for-trees mindset. It is simply knowing too much for our own good. What should inspire a gasp merely causes a yawn. What should create…
  • Why I Still Pray

    Michael Thompson
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    “I’m like the persistent widow before the judge…I’m going to keep reminding You of this until You do something about it.” I’ve heard her say it many times, in many critical moments of our 35-year marriage. When our children are sick, our grandkids in crisis or our home under attack. When friends are suffering, leaders are sinning or nations are shaking. She boldly marches her 5’4″ frame before the Throne and wags her skinny finger in the face of the Almighty. Unafraid and unrestrained–like she is supposed to be there! I have to say,…
  • The Lunchbox

    Michael Thompson
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    “Don’t forget your lunch!” Good thing his mother hollered that reminder. The boy was so excited he’d nearly taken off without it. Little did he know when he grabbed it and ran like a thief out the door what the day would hold for that lunchbox. This was a day of big adventure. He was finally going to see something he’d only heard hints of from the others who had been there. Nothing sparks the imagination like the whispered tales of the unimaginable. So he ran down the dusty path to catch up with the crowd on their way to watch the world change. His mind was…
  • The Heavens Declare

    Michael Thompson
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    We were floating in the Atlantic just outside the inlet near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The near perfect conditions of the evening highlighted the breathtaking splendor of the Fall sunset. Watching the fiery orb sink behind the horizon as it painted the stratus clouds with brilliant hues of pink, red, purple and orange, I could only sit in silent wonder as the boat bobbed aimlessly in the salty brine. Majestic. Regal. Stunning. Extravagant. Glorious. Awesome. All words that came to mind but were completely inadequate to sum up the visceral experience of realized beauty. As the…
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  • Ordained by a New Calendar Bishop?

    Anastasios Hudson
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Part of my ongoing Correspondence series, featuring replies to people who contacted me and asked questions. Based on your research, Is it true that one of the ordaining bishops of Metropolitan Petros was with the “New Calendar but under the ROCOR” like I have read? You’re getting things mixed up a bit—Metropolitan Petros was ordained by ROCOR Bishop Seraphim of Caracas and Archbishop Leonty of Chile. Archbishop Akakios of the GOC The ordination you are referring to is that of Archbishop Akakios, who was ordained for Greece while traveling to America (the only way he…
  • Thoughts on Halloween

    Anastasios Hudson
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    Example of sensationalistic, Fundamentalist Nonsense I don’t celebrate Halloween, out of obedience to my bishop and because my conscience does not permit me to engage in anything that makes light of the dark powers (which, when I was involved with occultic things as a teenager, I witnessed with my own eyes). That being said, a few points: 1) A lot of the anti-Halloween stuff is derived from Protestant Fundamentalist nonsense, and should not be taken seriously or used in Orthodox arguments against Halloween. We really don’t know what Druids did, what their religion was like, or…
  • 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…
 
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  • Thirty seconds in a thousand years

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    I first posted this a year ago today. It was a Wednesday, and it was not so cold as now. __________________________________________________________ Eighty years after the fact, you’re lying on a worn mattress with now-thin pillows under your sun-freckled baldspot and your hand is propped higher than the rest of you. Why? Because it’s being held by your wife or your son or your neighbor in the old folks’ home who sometimes cheats at dominoes. Because whoever it is pulled up the ugly chair with the flower-pattern cushion and has been sitting at your bedside since you woke. Because this…
  • Losing a friend

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    A very dear friend passed away about two weeks ago. He was one of the best people I know: a good friend, a loving husband and father, a sibling in Christ. He didn’t grow up with brothers, but to me – and I’m sure to many of those who lived with or near him – he was very much like a brother. There is nothing I can say – and, strangely, nothing I want to hear just yet – that can make lighter the weight of this loss. And mine, it must be said, is a meager pain compared to the surpassing sadness that belongs now to his family and his wife. I feel grief, and will for many days, but it…
  • 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…
 
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  • Christmas is still Christmas at Gaylord Resorts

    Ruth Hill
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    Christmas sacred and secular remains alive and well at Gaylord Resorts near Washington, DC, Nashville, Grapevine, TX and Orlando, FL. again this season. The post Christmas is still Christmas at Gaylord Resorts appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Washington, DC: New Capital of Bible?

    Ruth Hill
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    Washington DC may become "Bible capital of the world" when The Museum of the Bible’s vast assembly of biblical artifacts join the Library of Congress’ Bible Collection. The post Washington, DC: New Capital of Bible? appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • New Faith-Based Journeys to Cuba

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

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

    Ruth Hill
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    As you plan a trip to wildly popular Orlando, consider adding some "unexpected" inspirational visits that will enhance your vacation experiences. The post Orlando For Faith Travelers appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
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    Sermon Notes by Silas

  • And you, Parents,...

    Silas Eke
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Ephesians 6:4: “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”  In the bible passage before us, the father is being addressed as the head of the family. He is therefore given the collective role of the parents. The father, according to Deuteronomy 6, is responsible for teaching God’s laws to the children. The father’s second area of responsibility is that of leadership. He is not only the head of the family, but should also give leadership. The third area of responsibility is discipline. He should…
  • The Greatest Gift

    Silas Eke
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:09 am
    1 Corinthians 13:1 - "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal." Love is the Oil to lubricate all our spiritual being, and to cause it to run easily – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8Love is the Life to rejuvenate, so that everything may blossom  fruitfully – John 15:10-16Love is the Affection to captivate, and to cause us to go with others willingly – Ruth 1:16-17Love is the Power to consecrate, which causes us to sacrifice ardently – 1 Samuel 18:3-4Love is the Spring to animate which will cause us…
  • The Marriage Machine: Rules that make it work

    Silas Eke
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Studying people and their reasons for marriage can be quite intriguing. Have you ever wondered how some couples ever got started? Marriage pairs come in different shapes and combinations: tall and short, outgoing and introverted, smart and absent-minded, plump and thin, attractive and sloppy. The combinations can be equally impressive, oppressive, depressive, encouraging, mind-boggling and simply neat. One important fact is that each pair fashions out a way of life for itself. An outside observer may not be able to understand what they see in each other, but these two folks are drawn together…
  • In case stuff happens

    Silas Eke
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The story is told of a King who wanted to celebrate the twenty first birthday of his son, the Prince. He printed posters and handbills and invited all who considered themselves his loyal subjects to attend the Birthday party. At the bottom of the posters and bills was printed in very fine print “you must be well dressed”.In his domain lived a very poor, homeless beggar who was dressed in rags. He read the poster and wanted to attend the party but was not qualified because of the fine print. He then decided to go to the palace to protest his disqualification.When he got access to the King,…
  • The Second Coming of Christ

    Silas Eke
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Reading: Matthew 25:31-46On July 20, 1969, when Astronaut Neil Armstrong walked on the moon President Nixon the then Chief Executive of USA, erroneously said; “Today is the greatest day in man’s history” He was very wrong. Before then one April morning about 2, 000 years ago, a greater event took place – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Yet there is an even greater, grander and more glorious day than the resurrection day, - it is the day of the return to earth again of Jesus Christ. John the Apostle was led to write about it in Revelation 11:15 and 19:11-16.We shall today look only…
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    Your Bible Quotes

  • God Knows How Weak We Are

    Robert
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    God Knows How Weak We Are For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.  Psalm Chapter 103, Verse 14 Ever feel like you have failed the Lord?  Everyone feels like this at some time or the other.  Although we have been redeemed, we still have to deal with our flesh […] The post God Knows How Weak We Are appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • 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. No related posts.
  • 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. No related posts.
  • 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. No related posts.
  • 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. No related posts.
 
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • Here’s Why Following God Can End Badly

    Get Better Today
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    If there’s one thing you can say about Matt Chandler – it’s that he is all about the Truth. And that’s why we love him. Even though the topic in this video can be incredibly difficult to handle, his message is incredibly powerful.  Chandler talks about the people in the Bible who’s lives ended badly here on Earth.   Like usual, he cuts straight to the chase. Even though we’re Christians, it doesn’t mean our life is going to be easy.  In fact, sometimes it can be flat out horrible. That’s why you need to watch this video…
  • Christian Girl Instagram

    Michael Fear
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Christian Girl Instagram is the brand new & bestselling book by John Crist.  Not only will it help you take the perfect devotional photo, it will help you get more likes on those photos! Sound amazing? Yeah, it’s fake.   Hilariously fake. This video that’s written and directed by comedian John Crist, hilariously depicts young women, Instagram and their devotionals. P.S. – Make sure to watch the whole video.  There’s a part at the end about Social Media fasting that’s incredibly funny and 100% accurate.
  • Jaw-Dropping Performance of “Mary Did You Know” Will Get You Ready For Christmas

    Get Better Today
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Ready for Christmas yet? We are! That’s why we wanted to share this incredible performance by Pentatonix of the popular Christmas song ‘Mary Did You Know’.  You’ll be ready for Christmas Eve service and Uncle Eddy in Christmas Vacation by the end of it.
  • Hey Church, The “American Dream” Isn’t The Enemy

    Michael Fear
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I’ll never forget it. My wife and I were on our honeymoon in St. Lucia, specifically on an all day boat tour of the small island. We had just finished eating lunch and the tour guide was showing us his hometown.  It was just a small fishing village, but still considered one of the biggest cities on the island. As the tour guide described the city, my mind started to wonder – until he said this… “You guys will love this place.  It’s really nice and clean.” Huh? Was he talking about the same village? The one we were walking through? Because…
  • Putting The Word “Christian” In Front Of Something Doesn’t Make It Christian

    Get Better Today
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Christian music. Christian movies. Christian books. If you grew up around church, you’ve probably heard about all these and more. That’s why this video by Blimey Cow & Jordan Taylor is hilariously perfect.  He points out all the goofy intricacies in Christian culture and you’ll find yourself saying, “That’s so true!”.
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    charlessamuel.com

  • Your Love Is Insulting And You May Not Even Know It

    a friend
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Saying you love God and not wanting to know more about him? That's just insulting. The post Your Love Is Insulting And You May Not Even Know It appeared first on .
  • Being A Gay Christian Won’t Work For A Church of Fat People

    Charles Samuel
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    We treat overweight Christians sensitively as a church. But if you're a gay Christian? Not so much. 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 Being A Gay Christian Won’t Work For A Church of Fat People appeared first on .
  • 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 .
 
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • Bodymedia And Check Into Life Giveaway!

    Austin Andrews
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Get more info about the Holiday Challenge that just started! It is time for a giveaway! On our season of Biggest Loser one of the greatest tools we got for weight loss was not just the knowledge of how to lose weight BUT a tool to measure our workouts! We used the Bodymedia Fit Link and we have loved it! Since the season Pastor Ken has worn his consistently and it has been a great tool for his maintenance! The second item we are giving away is my book, Check Into Life! It has been available on Amazon for several months and I have LOVED getting the feedback from readers all over the globe! Why…
  • Life is Precious: Let’s Do Our Part!

    Julie Wilson
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    Make Your Days Count God has shown me just how precious our life is this past summer. I have seen how important it is to use each minute of our time wisely. This life that our Creator has given us can be taken away in an instant. Last July, I spent my Saturday at a 5K benefit for my sister-in-law who is battling Cholangiocarcinoma also known as Bile Duct Cancer of the liver. She is a wife and mother of an 8 year old boy. We celebrated her life, and built her spirits up for the surgery she was going to have. She received so much love and support reminding her how important she was to all of…
  • Fun Questions with RFM Staff: Julie Wilson

    Julie Wilson
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    We thought it would be fun to put together some random questions to have our staff answer! What a great way to really get to know us! 1 What is one surprising thing about you? I love the smell of skunks! If we are driving and smell a skunk, I will roll down the window! (My poor family)   2 What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime? I would love to be able to work for Retrofit Ministries full time.   3 What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer? I love being outside, and spending time watching my children play!   4 If they made a movie of your life,…
  • Flights May Result in Water Retention

    Matt Hylton
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:43 am
    Water Retention: A Real Issue When you travel by plane, it’s normal for your body to hold or retain water(fluid). It can be very uncomfortable when you land because the fluid doesn’t seem to distribute evenly throughout your body. I know from multiple trips that this is the case. With me, the fluid tends to linger in my lower belly area around my upper thighs, so I dislike this. It’s uncomfortable and makes normal physical activity a chore. I have tried to be fully hydrated before, during, & after each flight. However, each attempt to minimize my discomfort has failed.
  • The Andrews Christmas Cake Recipe

    Austin Andrews
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:13 pm
    As many of you know, we have a phenomenal Holiday Challenge launching this monday, and it includes over 40 recipes! We wanted to take some of our family recipes that have been handed down for generations, and reimagine them in a healthy light. This recipe is just one example of how we introduce nutrition and health into the decadence of the holidays! For more info on the Holiday Challenge, go take a look!  Christmas Cake Cake Ingredients ¾ cup Organic Oat Flour 1 ¼ cup Organic Spelt Flour 1/3 cup Organic Coconut Four ¾ cup Flaxseed Meal 1 cup Truvia/Sugar Baking Blend 6 Egg Whites ¾ cup…
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    United Faith Church

  • Prayer

    Kris Burke
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.   UFC, People underestimate the power of prayer. Throughout the country we can see prayer as an under utilized part of peoples walk holding no expectation of an answer. But what, in all the world, is as powerful as prayer? When we are praying we are not just speaking to the air but we are lifting our petitions to the ears of the Most High God. Our prayers enter the realm…
  • A City on a Hill

    Kris Burke
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. UFC, When I first read this verse I immediately started thinking about Jesus on the cross. Picturing that, “city on a hill” reminded me of Jesus being brought up a high hill and than lifted up high in the air on the cross for all to see. Jesus allowed himself to be brought up that hill and raised up on that cross to be on display. The enemy thought it was to display His shame but Jesus Christ knew it was a display of His victory. Now we, reborn by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, are also being raised up and…
  • Bountiful Fruits

    Kris Burke
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    2 Corinthians 9:10 – Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. UFC, I love this time a year; the air is cooler, the leaves are changing and it is traditionally the time of the harvest. In the kingdom of God, it is also the time of the harvest. It is the time when you will be reaping all that you have sown into the Kingdom. We can see it happening in the church and we know it happens in our lives also. Remember all those prayers you prayed, all the revelation that you sought or…
  • The Reason Why

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— (‭Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭4-5‬ NIV) God chose us before creation to be his own. He adopted us as His children to shine in the way we live our lives. And the question is why? Why would this awesome God choose us? The key phrase is: “In love…” God chose before creation, this  means before we could make any move, before we could think or prove anything, simply…
  • 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,…
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    FaithSuccess

  • Adieu Dr Myles Munroe

    SEGUN
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    It is no longer news that our famous pastor and motivational speaker Dr. Myles Munroe went to be with the Lord on 9th November, 2014. Adieu Papa, till we meet to part no more at the bosom of Our Lord Jesus Christ When the sun says goodbye to earth, it leaves a beautiful sunset as a gift. Dr Myles Munroe, You have touched lives and made the gospel real to multitudes. Farewell Sir. (1 Thess 4:
  • 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
 
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    The Cross-Current

  • Shepherds 360 Conference [plans for 2015]

    Cross-Current
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:29 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 →
  • Christmas Eve Service 2014

    Cross-Current
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    In all the rush and excitement of the festivities with family and friends — the lights, the food, the song, the gifts, the laughter… It’s so easy for Christmas to come and go, without ever taking the time to focus … Continue reading →
  • Open Range

    Cross-Current
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    An exposition on honor, character, manliness, and romance. One of my all-time favorite movies is Open Range, starring Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall. If you want a movie that shows what real men used to be like, if you want … Continue reading →
  • Resources for the Study of Gender Roles

    Cross-Current
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    In my recent introductory survey of gender roles and sundry, I promised a list of resources for further study of the issue of gender roles in the home and church, complementarianism vs. egalitarianism, feminism, etc. As promised (though far later … Continue reading →
  • Without Stain

    Cross-Current
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    My family’s motto is “Without Stain” (ar bith máchail in Gaelic). Of course, we haven’t always lived up to it, but the motto of our ancestors reflects the unwavering pursuit of courage, honor, integrity, and excellence in which my family … Continue reading →
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    The WILD VOICE

  • CHARITY: SARAH VS BERGOGLIO

    The WILDVOICE
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:55 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org CARDINAL ROBERT SARAH SPEAKS THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARITY by Paul Joseph C. On November 7, 2014, a voice of truth reminded us of charity's true meaning according to Christ-based, Catholic teachings. It is a true thunderbolt cutting through the thick… Read more → The post CHARITY: SARAH VS BERGOGLIO appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • A MOTHER'S LOVE LETTER TO HER LOST SON

    The WILDVOICE
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    http://thewildvoice.org INTRODUCTION written by Paul Joseph C. It was 3pm on Passover day in the year 33 AD. That dark afternoon witnessed the brutal suffering and death of a special Man on a cross. That innocent Man's birth was the very… Read more → The post A MOTHER'S LOVE LETTER TO HER LOST SON appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • THE NEW WORLD KINGS: POPE FRANCIS and PRESIDENT OBAMA

    The WILDVOICE
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:23 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org PAGE TOPICS The Francis Effect – Still Going Strong Welcome to King Francis I For the Love of Islam Confusion Reigns The Meeting of Kings Final Words FRANCIS I and BARACK OBAMA by Paul Joseph C. THE FRANCIS EFFECT –… Read more → The post THE NEW WORLD KINGS: POPE FRANCIS and PRESIDENT OBAMA appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Putting Pope Francis into Perspective

    The WILDVOICE
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org 'Pope Francis' – A Chronology   Below is a very abbreviated and incomplete chronological summary list of troubling quotes, headlines, and happenings which have taken place so far in the very young Pope Francis papacy. These items are presented in… Read more → The post Putting Pope Francis into Perspective appeared first on 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.
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    Purposeful Faith

  • From Complaints to Thanks

    purposefulfaith
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Post By: Angela Parlin I stood beside their beds in the dark, praying for each of my 3 little ones while they slept. Every night on my way to bed, I whispered thanks to God for the gift of being their Mommy. But often tears fell, because I knew the truth of that day. And the one before. I was discontent with that season of my life, and I had become an under-the-breath complainer. I didn’t always like that this was what God had called me to do. Because it looked like endless wiping. Wiping counters, spills, bottoms, floors, always wiping. With a preschooler, a toddler, and a…
  • 3 Proven Tactics to Let Go of Fear

    purposefulfaith
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:26 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Sometimes we see life gearing up to deliver a punch that we think can take us down. We see it winding back, we see it gaining power and we immediately know what to do – we get afraid.  We curl up in a ball of fear – aggravated, tormented and usually alone. Why? Because we see every detail of the punch- the blood, the anguish, the embarrassment and the feelings.  And we know one thing is for sure – we are in for it. I can’t even begin to tell you the places my mind has wandered, the things I believed would come true and the ditches I thought I…
  • Labor vs. Love

    purposefulfaith
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:17 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Post by: Katy With the Thanksgiving feast only a few weeks away I can’t help but think about the feast preps made famous by Jesus. One feast that two women treated completely different. One woman loved. The other labored. Jesus’ disciple, Luke, recorded the exchange: Martha invited Jesus into her home then went to work. But her labor peeled her away from His presence. Mary, consumed by her Savior, chose to sit at His feet. Labor cumbered Martha. Love consumed Mary. I can’t blame Martha. I imagine her chopping away in the kitchen thinking, “If I…
  • Shame in the Bible

    purposefulfaith
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: I messed up again.Guilt hit me like a wrecking ball pounding into a damaged building ready to crumble.  It hit me hard and when the shame came – it effectively ruined me. Defeated, crumbled, laying in pain – I hurt.   I wondered, what does God say about shame in the bible? Starting up at the sky, I realize, I lost sight of Christ, what he has called me to do, his unique plan for me, his purposes, his might, his power, his authority. I lost sight of it all. I looked at another person and decided God’s blueprint for my life wasn’t as good –…
  • The Key to Freedom

    purposefulfaith
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Blog Post by:  Abby McDonald “It’s not about you.” The words hit me with a palpable force. My pride wanted to take over and convince me that the statement was a lie. But deep down, I know it was the truth. How long had I been running from God? Months? Years? I couldn’t remember the last time I just rested in the comfort of his presence. Like so many young adults, my feelings toward the church had become jaded after high school. Leaders who I looked up to had let me down. I’d been hurt by people I trusted, and projected their faults onto a perfect God. I turned my…
 
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    The Standard Blog for Christian Business Owners

  • Keep Calm and Pray Out Loud

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    God is not sitting in heaven quaking in his boots, worrying about ISIS As a business owner and a Christian I offten feel torn between thinking that I have to do everything in my own strength to change what's going on in the world or to shout out from the rooftops that we've got to pray out loud, even to pick up a Bible and go to another country and almost scream at people so that they understand what it means to be a Christian and why it is so important to stop blanking Jesus thinking they're got it all sussed!When I turn on the news or scroll down Facebook or twitter there are so many…
  • 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…
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    Articles | NewSpring Church

  • What Is Communion and Why Do We Do It?

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever wondered why Christians eat a small piece of bread and drink a sip of wine (or grape juice) in some church services?You’re not alone.For thousands of years, the Church has continued a practice called  communion, or depending on different church traditions, the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist.Communion uses bread as a symbol for Jesus’ body and wine as a symbol for His blood. Yes, it sounds strange. But why do Christians talk about eating Jesus’ body and drinking His blood? Are we cannibals?Where Did Communion Come From?Jesus started the tradition of…
  • One Way You Can Change Your Family

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our family, especially our parents, can wound us deeper than anyone else.I used to get so agitated when I spoke to my mother that afterward I would rant to anyone who would listen. Oddly enough, when asked, I would say I had forgiven her for the disappointments and hurts I experienced over the years.  It's only recently that I've begun to understand and apply the process of true forgiveness.  And our relationship has been transformed because of it.  She didn't change. I did.Change Starts With ForgivenessWe're sinning when we pass judgment, speak or act in anger,…
  • The Fire Is Catching: 4 Lessons from The Hunger Games

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 hits theaters today, but you probably already knew that.Few film franchises have gained as much popularity in both younger and older audiences as The Hunger Games. There’s a lot for all ages, especially if we take the time to dig into the topics that point to the truth about who Jesus is and who we are.4 Themes To Look For In The Hunger Games1. We all want a hero.Capitol residents were eager to admire and support the tributes who fought in the Hunger Games. Once Katniss Everdeen defied the Capitol, the Districts looked to her to fulfill their hopes…
  • Man of the House: What Makes a Good Husband

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    It seems like everyone has a different opinion on what role a husband should fill in the house. Some say husbands are large and in charge; every decision and idea must run through him. Others think husband and wife are equals; it doesn’t matter who makes decisions or income as long as both agree.In Ephesians 5, the apostle Paul says husbands and wives should submit to each other. Then he says that the husband is the head, and the wife should submit to the husband. So, should the wife submit to the husband or should they both submit to each other? Paul concludes his thoughts on the…
  • How To Love Someone Who’s Hard To Love

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    When you hear the word “love,”what comes to mind? Most of us think of our spouses, children, family, or friends. We think of people who are easy to love, because they love us back.In Luke 6:32, Jesus says “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?" Jesus goes on to issue this challenge to his followers: “But love your enemies, do good to them” (Luke 6:35). It is not enough for us to love the people that are easy for us to love; we are called to love those who are hard to love.But how? Do we just put on a smile and make fake conversation until we…
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  • Blood And Sacrifice: The Battle Of A Soldier’s Soul

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Ryan Hulon learned the hard way: Freedom isn’t free.A paratrooper in the second unit of the 505th Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, Ryan escaped death and physical injury only by the grace of God during perilous combat missions in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.But war cost the lives of 28 of his U.S. Army brothers — and counting.It cost a piece of himself. And it cost his family.“I came home, but I left a part of me over there," Ryan says. "One of my friends told me that a few years of service will give you a lifetime of demons. But…
  • 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…
 
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  • Faith Without Works is Dead! – Daily Bible Post – 11.20.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Today’s Scripture is James 2:14-20 This part of the second chapter of James is very important. We learn that faith without any works is dead in this passage, which is very important for us, as Christians, to understand. James uses a pretty clear example with this part of the passage: 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? However, this example is seen in many different ways today. Of course, we still have plenty of people…
  • A Few Great Choices for Music that Glorifies God

    Benjamin Ehinger
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    I have spent time over the past couple of months looking closer at the lyrics, videos and meaning behind some of the most popular songs in the world. As good as it is to be aware of what we are really hearing, it’s also important to find alternatives for our listening pleasure. Today, I am going to take a look at my Top Ten when it comes to Christian Music #10 – Francesca Battistelli I have heard a few songs from Battistelli and I really enjoy her voice. Her lyrics are quite clean and glorifying to God, as well. A few of the songs I really enjoy by her are: “He Knows My…
  • Avoiding the Negativity – Daily Bible Post – 11.19.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    Today’s Scripture is Numbers 11:1-10 Numbers is an interesting and very hard book. It’s one we don’t often, as Christians, take much time to consider, but it has a pretty clear message in this passage. The Isrealites, before this passage, were given a provision from God of manna. This was to keep them sustained as they went through the hardship of the dessert. As we see in this passage, they become displeased to the point of wailing. It started with just a few becoming negative and spread like wildfire. Negativity is Contagious Life isn’t full of sunshine and rainbows.
  • Share with Others – Daily Bible Post – 11.18.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    Today’s Scripture is Hebrews 13:15-25 We cannot possibly live up to this passage from Hebrews alone. Without God, we cannot live up to most of what the bible instructs us to do. Today’s scripture tells us to, 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.   Not only are we told to share with others, but we are also told not to forget to do this and that it’s pleasing to God. If we are truly putting God first in our lives, we will want to share with other simply because we know it’s pleasing to God. Think about…
  • Another Attack on the Homeless….in My Own Town

    Benjamin Ehinger
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    This story – City Evicts Homeless – was recently on the news in Fort Wayne. It’s another attempt at making homelessness a crime. While, the city may think they are doing the right thing and doing it with compassion, they are simply fooling themselves. Fort Wayne Police Department spokesperson Michael Joyner said the notices are an attempt to not only enforce the ordinance, but also point the homeless toward shelters. “We’re being as compassionate as we can. We’re assisting them in any way we can. We’re providing them information to seek shelter and services that…
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  • Here’s Why Following God Can End Badly

    Get Better Today
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    If there’s one thing you can say about Matt Chandler – it’s that he is all about the Truth. And that’s why we love him. Even though the topic in this video can be incredibly difficult to handle, his message is incredibly powerful.  Chandler talks about the people in the Bible who’s lives ended badly here on Earth.   Like usual, he cuts straight to the chase. Even though we’re Christians, it doesn’t mean our life is going to be easy.  In fact, sometimes it can be flat out horrible. That’s why you need to watch this video…
  • Christian Girl Instagram

    Michael Fear
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Christian Girl Instagram is the brand new & bestselling book by John Crist.  Not only will it help you take the perfect devotional photo, it will help you get more likes on those photos! Sound amazing? Yeah, it’s fake.   Hilariously fake. This video that’s written and directed by comedian John Crist, hilariously depicts young women, Instagram and their devotionals. P.S. – Make sure to watch the whole video.  There’s a part at the end about Social Media fasting that’s incredibly funny and 100% accurate.
  • Jaw-Dropping Performance of “Mary Did You Know” Will Get You Ready For Christmas

    Get Better Today
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Ready for Christmas yet? We are! That’s why we wanted to share this incredible performance by Pentatonix of the popular Christmas song ‘Mary Did You Know’.  You’ll be ready for Christmas Eve service and Uncle Eddy in Christmas Vacation by the end of it.
  • Hey Church, The “American Dream” Isn’t The Enemy

    Michael Fear
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I’ll never forget it. My wife and I were on our honeymoon in St. Lucia, specifically on an all day boat tour of the small island. We had just finished eating lunch and the tour guide was showing us his hometown.  It was just a small fishing village, but still considered one of the biggest cities on the island. As the tour guide described the city, my mind started to wonder – until he said this… “You guys will love this place.  It’s really nice and clean.” Huh? Was he talking about the same village? The one we were walking through? Because…
  • Putting The Word “Christian” In Front Of Something Doesn’t Make It Christian

    Get Better Today
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Christian music. Christian movies. Christian books. If you grew up around church, you’ve probably heard about all these and more. That’s why this video by Blimey Cow & Jordan Taylor is hilariously perfect.  He points out all the goofy intricacies in Christian culture and you’ll find yourself saying, “That’s so true!”.
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    Church Community Builder

  • -BETA- November 2014–January 2015

    Updates Team
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    For the November 2014–January 2015 beta release, we’re starting by rolling out some small but impactful features in scheduling and attendance. As we’ve been doing for the last few beta cycles, we’ll be introducing new features as we create them. There’s more to come! No Email Required Just because someone doesn’t have an email address in the system doesn’t mean they’ll never volunteer. Yet anyone who had no email address in their profile couldn’t be confirmed on a serving schedule before. That’s all changed behind the scenes. After…
  • Seven reasons to be strategic about your church management software

    Steve Caton
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    I get it. Researching church management software and which option is the best for your church is not the most exciting thing in the world to most people. However, this is a much more important decision that most people realize. Whether you fully understand the value it can have in supporting your ministry or you’re not really sure but have heard others talk about it, getting the decision right is critical. If you don’t, you’ll not only hear about it from your staff, you’ll end up wasting valuable time and money. Seven reasons to be strategic about your church management software…
  • Planned Maintenance Wednesday, November 19 10pm (MST)

    Updates Team
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Update 10:40pm MDT: We were able to complete the maintenance without downtime. Thanks for your allowing us to serve you! On Wednesday, November 19 at 10:00pm MST, we will be completing maintenance and upgrades on some of our firewall and loadbalancing equipment. This additional maintenance time was required due to complications with last Wednesday’s planned maintenance that was rolled back. The upgrades will improve security, performance, and failover operations. We anticipate no downtime lasting longer than 15 seconds, but please be aware that users who are signed in to the Church…
  • Turning first-time connections into lasting impressions

    Steve Caton
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    If first impressions are about connections, then lasting impressions are about relationships. The challenge is that forcing friendships has never worked. So how do you help people engage past their first weekend at your church? How do you encourage them to connect in a natural and easy way — with God, with other people, and with the ministry and mission of your church? We recently hosted a really insightful webinar with Mark Waltz, the executive pastor at Granger Community Church, on building great lasting impressions. Mark is a sought-after consultant and trainer and has helped dozens of…
  • Three foundational elements of effective church communication

    Steve Caton
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to the way your church communicates, consider how your messages are being experienced by the people you’re trying to reach. Do you know what your church’s message is to your community? Do you know how guests are experiencing your church when they visit for the first time? Are you engaging the next generation of leaders in a way that equips and empowers them to reach their friends and spheres of influence? Three foundational elements of effective church communication In a world that’s noisier than ever, the strategy and effort we put into communicating with church members…
 
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    A Normal Believer in Christ

  • Living in the Kingdom of the God’s Son and Being the New Man to Fulfill God’s Purpose

    aGodMan
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:22 am
    When God created man in His image and according to His likeness, He had an intention: He wanted man to express Him with His image and represent Him with His authority on the earth. The first man, Adam, failed to accomplish God’s original intention, but Christ, the second Man, came and fully fulfilled God’s intention in creating man through His incarnation and God-man living. The world has never yet seen such a Person living on earth like the Lord Jesus Christ: He denied Himself, lived under the authority of His Father God, expressed God in all He said and did, and He brought in…
  • Image and Dominion in Romans: We’re Conformed to Christ’s Image and we Reign in Life

    aGodMan
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:14 am
    God created man in His image and according to His likeness so that man would express Him with His image and represent Him with His dominion over all the earth. In Genesis we see how Adam failed to express and represent God, but in the New Testament the Lord Jesus as the second man came to fulfill God’s original intention in creating man. Through His incarnation and God-man living on earth, the Lord Jesus expressed God in everything and He exercised God’s authority to bring in the kingdom of God. Hallelujah! Now when we preach the gospel, we need to first help people to repent and…
  • God’s Image and Dominion are Fulfilled in Christ and are the Issue of the Gospel

    aGodMan
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    Genesis is a book of seeds, a