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  • Links To Go (April 17, 2015)

    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts
    Tim Archer
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Why Following Your Heart Is a Really Bad Idea Therefore, we should follow the Great Heart Surgeon. This would be a great campaign movement: Don’t follow your heart; follow Jesus. Follow His Word, and His Holy Spirit that has been given to us as believers. “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever (John 14:16).” Three Cheers for Celibacy Paul’s teaching on celibacy makes it clear that he expected people to want to have sex and to not do it – and that this lifestyle of celibacy was to be preferred over marrying in order to act on the…
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith 41-42

    Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Novato, Marin County » Podcast Feed
    Pastor Reid Hankins
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Mr. Mike Awtry at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 3/29/2015 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on the book Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul, covering chapters 41-42, dealing with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the doctrine of the Holy Spirit […]
  • Using Your Tongue for God's Glory

    Ligonier Ministries Blog
    Dr. Joel Beeke
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Just as the Bible illustrates many forms of bad speech, it gives detailed instruction on positive uses of the tongue. It tells us to use positive words in our relations with our spouses and children, and to be cheerful in our speech. The following practices will help us use our tongues in positive ways and teach our children to do the same: Reminding ourselves of what we deserve. If we remember what we deserve, we won't be so critical of others. One day, I began witnessing to a lady on an elevator. To my surprise, she responded by evangelizing me, saying, "My mama always told me anything…
  • Who Is Jesus? Here Are Some Witnesses That Jesus Is God

    Digging The Word
    Rick Morgan
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
    The decision is yours but don't neglect to look at the evidence that Jesus really is God.  John 5:31-40  "If I were to testify on My own behalf, My testimony would not be valid.  32  But Someone else is also testifying about Me, and I assure you that everything He says about Me is true. 33  In fact, you sent investigators to listen to John the Baptist, and his testimony about Me was true.  34  Of course, I have no need of human witnesses, but I say these things so you might be saved.  35  John was like a burning and shining lamp, and you were…
  • Into Iraq #1: Love in the Time of Isis

    A Holy Experience
    Ann Voskamp
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    So we fly into Iraq in the middle of the night. We’d seen the news, the headlines. The footage of kneeled men in orange jumpsuits and black-masked men behind them, knives in their hands. On what planet is this warped nightmare that is 2105? We’d all tried to stop seeing the carnage and medieval horror that ensues, taunting knives held high in the air. My father had told me not to go: “I do not approve of this. I cannot possibly approve of this.” You could hear it in Dad’s voice on the other end of the line. Sometimes, if you just wait and really listen, you can hear what isn’t…
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  • Judge nixes Houston pastors’ petition for anti-bias policy vote

    Bonnie Pritchett
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    HOUSTON—A Harris County district judge ruled Friday that plaintiffs fell 585 signatures short of the required count on a petition recalling a controversial non-discrimination ordinance. Plaintiffs and their supporters, a racially diverse coalition of pastors and civic leaders, will appeal the decision, but they are running against the clock to get an approved referendum on the November ballot by the mid-August deadline. “We’re going to file a notice of appeal on Monday and
  • Diamonds in the Shadowlands

    Marvin Olasky
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    As a new baseball season begins, a personal reflection of the past 50-plus
  • A public sin dealt with publicly

    Bill Newton
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Private sins should be dealt with privately and public sins should be dealt with publicly. But what can you do when you have sinned publicly against those you love the most? I’ve done just that. First, you need loved ones who’ll confront you with their hurt and challenge you to think about your sin. Next, you listen to them when they confront you, pray about their arguments, refrain from defending yourself, and ask God to convict you. Third, you ask for wise counsel if there are
  • Weekend Reads: Dealing with reason and reasons to persevere

    Caleb Nelson
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:02 am
    Not a Chance: God, Science, and the Revolt against Reason By R.C. Sproul and Keith Mathison Not a Chance: God, Science, and the Revolt against Reason  (Baker Books, 2014) is a patient examination of the nonsense latent in much popular and even academic cosmology. Ultimately, the book argues, such nonsense is a revolt against rationality that will destroy the scientific enterprise and the possibility of human knowledge. R.C. Sproul and Keith Mathison both teach theology at Reformation
  • Absolute relativism and missing marriage champions

    Nick Eicher
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    This week, I talked with John Stonestreet of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview about a recent article in The New York Times about college students who don’t believe in moral truth. Professor Justin McBrayer of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., noticed his students showed up for class already having strong beliefs in moral relativism.  He found public schools are teaching children that facts are only those things that can be scientifically proven, while moral
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    A Holy Experience

  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [04.18.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    all US national parks are waiving entrance fees for the wkend — I need a walk — wanna come? encouraging everyone to get out there and #findyourpark <grin> sometimes you just need to go smile with a kid and his adopted dogs this never gets old — because the ties of family never does one mother thought her daughter died at birth. 49 years later she gets the rest of the unbelievable story  yeah…. just maybe the best kept secret ever? one little girl — with one very big hope scars aren’t always reminders of trauma — they can be symbols of…
  • Into Iraq #1: Love in the Time of Isis

    Ann Voskamp
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    So we fly into Iraq in the middle of the night. We’d seen the news, the headlines. The footage of kneeled men in orange jumpsuits and black-masked men behind them, knives in their hands. On what planet is this warped nightmare that is 2105? We’d all tried to stop seeing the carnage and medieval horror that ensues, taunting knives held high in the air. My father had told me not to go: “I do not approve of this. I cannot possibly approve of this.” You could hear it in Dad’s voice on the other end of the line. Sometimes, if you just wait and really listen, you can hear what isn’t…
  • The Secret You Need to Know about Inconveniences (& Why You Need to Stop Avoiding Them)

    Ann Voskamp
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    You know I came to your funeral, right? You know I paused all that was pressing, just corked the Niagara Falls of things to be done, and I came. You know I paused all the living, because you aren’t anymore. You know this is how I tried to keep loving you: I showed up. You would have loved that. And maybe you would have loved if I had showed up more. Showed up with an old frayed blanket and told you — not asked you, but told you — that we were ding right now to the park with a stack of old books and nothing to do but watch the clouds. Or if I had called you back that time that I thought…
  • When You’re Ready to Make Your Space about Grace instead of Perfectionism

    Ann Voskamp
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    You know that moment when you meet someone and you just know? You just know that they are as introverted and wanting to be a wallflower as much you — and you love their every word, their every story, the way their lovely mind works through every little thing, and you know you’ve met a truly extraordinary soul? That’s Melissa Michaels. I’m sorta smitten with this woman and every morning for a year, a little chime went off, and I prayed Melissa through the scratching down of her words – because, oh, did I want more of her wisdom! And she cheered me through…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [04.11.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    exhale? this self-taught photographer travels the world capturing some incredible destinations <grin> decades later? He thanks his former high school teacher in a big way it’s never too late to show gratitude… these pups and chicks? The First and Foremost I Am Collection - Photo series of people with Down Syndrome beautifully illustrates the diversity of humans and we’re smiling…one to share with the kids? She’s working to help blind students in Indonesia find independence – inspiring read and what a shot! celebrating 90 years young with his team at…
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    Acton Institute

  • Weeping for Argentina

    John Couretas
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    by Samuel Gregg “There are countries which are rich and countries which are poor. And there are poor countries which are growing rich. And then there is Argentina.” You might also like... Becoming Europe read more
  • March / April 2015 Notes

    Acton Web
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Acton Lecture Series Explores Love, Happiness It may only be spring, but it’s already been an exciting year for the Acton Lecture Series, which has drawn almost 350 attendees so far. Article read more
  • President's Message

    Acton Web
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:39 pm
    The 40 days prior to Easter, known as Lent, are often filled with fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. Fasting takes many forms: Some choose to abstain from a favorite food; others give up activities like watching television or gossiping. We fast so that, every time we reach for that piece of candy or begin to say something uncharitable, we are reminded of Christ’s great sacrifice for us, and we attempt to be more and more like Him. President's Message read more
  • Dinner and Lecture at Acton University - Rev. Robert A. Sirico

    8 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    For more information, please email Catherine Biewer at or call 616.454.3080.  Pricing: Each dinner is $60 per person. Want to bring along friends? Purchase four tickets for only $200! Event Date:  June 19, 2015 - 6:00pm8:30pm Location:   DeVos Place Steelcase Ballroom 303 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Parking: Parking is available at DeVos Place. Enter on Michigan Street next to the Grand River.  Register Now You're invited to enjoy dinner and a great lecture at Acton University 2015! Join us from 6pm to 8:30 on June 16, 17, 18, and 19 at…
  • The Logic of Economic Discrimination

    John Couretas
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    by Jordan Ballor The passage of religious liberty laws in states like Indiana and Arkansas has sparked a firestorm of controversy. These bills have been opposed by powerful corporate interests and vociferous gay activists. You might also like... Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) read more
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    Radio Free Acton

  • Gene Veith on Reformation and Vocation

    Marc Vander Maas
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Radio Free Acton 24:25 In this edition of Radio Free Acton, we talk with Dr. Gene Edward Veith, Provost and Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College. Dr. Veith discusses the influence of the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther's understanding of vocation on the development of capitalism, and gives his thoughts on how young people - and all of us - should view work and education as we discern our vocations in life. Soundcloud:  Audio File: 
  • Chelsen Vicari on the Religious Left

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

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

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

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

  • Easter 2015 - "Get Up"

    5 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    This Easter, John Ortberg speaks to us about how the kingdom of God is operating here on Earth today.Featured Scripture: Mark 1:14-15, Luke 8:1, Luke 4:43, Luke 9:1-2, Acts 1:3, Romans 14:17, Matthew 6:9-10Acts 2:38, Acts 2:41 Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Unstuck - Get Out

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    This week John Ortberg continues the "Unstuck" series with a sermon on carrying our message of faith to those around us.Featured Scripture: Matthew 28:18-20(MSG); Jonah 3:4-5; Matthew 25:40 Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Unstuck - Get Even

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    This week John Ortberg returns with a message on reconciling with the ones that we've hurt.Featured Scripture: Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Unstuck - Get Vulnerable

    15 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    This week Scott Scruggs continues the "Unstuck" series with a message on vulnerability and confession as the next components in becoming "Unstuck."Featured Scripture: Genesis 3:9-10, Leviticus 5:5, James 1:23-24, James 5:16, Acts 19:18, 1 John 1:8-9, Revelation 3:20 Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Unstuck - Get Real

    8 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    This week Nancy Ortberg continues the series "Unstuck" with a message on how to make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves as the next step in becoming "Unstuck."Featured Scripture: Matthew 7:3-5, Psalm 139:23, 1 Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 2:10, Romans 12:3 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

  • Theologian Thomas Oord takes you outside ...
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:27 am
  • How America Became "Christian" -
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    Fascinating and disturbing interview with Terry Gross and Kevin Kruse here: To adapt a quote, we might say, "In the Soviet Union and China, capitalism conquered socialism and communism. In the USA, capitalism conquered democracy and Christianity."
  • Wisdom about communication ... from Wm. Paul Young
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
  • Hypocrisy indeed: David Cortright gets it right
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    Quotable: President Obama has said the United States supports the goal of achieving a world without nuclear weapons, but some in his administration seem not to have gotten the memo. The Washington Post article has a stunningly cynical yet honest quote from the former White House Coordinator for Arms Control Gary Samore, replying to South Africa’s nuclear negotiator: “Nuclear disarmament is not going to happen…It’s a fantasy. We need our weapons for our safety, and we’re not going to give them up.” This from the person responsible for managing the President’s supposed commitment…
  • Will I see you in Fort Worth this weekend?
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:35 pm
    I hope so! More here.
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    Business Blessings

  • Announcing the New Audio Series – Getting the Numbers Right

    9 Apr 2015 | 11:21 pm
    We are very pleased to announce the release of a new 4-part teaching series entitled “Getting the Numbers Right”. A key to being in any business is getting the numbers right. If the profit is not there than you are simply not in business. During this four session series we look at coming to understand the key financial data that you need to and lay a foundation for you to understand what you need to know. Session 1 – Laying the Foundation This session looks at what is your purpose for being in business and the different functions of being in business. Session 2 – Basic Accounting…
  • Twitter For Business – Notes from Seminar I attended

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:57 am
    Twitter for Business Blessings By Nick Bowditch @nickbowditch It is not about the vehicle but the message What can you go to tell, who as you are going to tell @big_ben_clock 452000 followers every day we produce more content then from the beginning of time to 2003 Millennials (those less than 30 years old) are now 50% of the world population. They are more engaged, more connected and less fearful. They have no limit or inhibitions. LinkedIn – two new people sign up every second. They have now lowered the age to 13 that you can join. Each day 20% of the terms put into Google have never been…
  • Dayz with God Testimonials

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

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

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

  • Cardinal Francis George, R.I.P. (UPDATED)

    Grant Gallicho
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    Cardinal Francis George, who served as archbishop of Chicago for nearly two decades before retiring in November, died this morning after a years-long struggle with cancer. He was seventy-eight. Read the Chicago Tribune obituary here. The archdiocese's memorial page here.  Live coverage here. Archbishop Blase Cupich delivered the following remarks this afternoon: A man of peace, tenacity and courage has been called home to the Lord. Our beloved Cardinal George passed away today at 10:45 a.m. at the Residence. Cardinal George’s life’s journey began and ended in Chicago. He was a man of…
  • Common Core: What if they gave a test and nobody came?

    Paul Moses
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:29 am
    When public schools across Long Island gave this year's New York State English Language Arts assessment test to students in grades 3 to 8 this week, there were a lot of empty seats. A new survey by Newsday of most Long Island school districts found that more than 2 in 5 students declined to take the test. That's a sign of how deep the parental opposition is to the school "reform" movement's emphasis on standardized testing as the chief solution to poor educational performance. The school "reformers" -- that assemblage of bi-partisan political backers, foundation leaders, corporate executives,…
  • Boston Strong

    Luke Hill
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    Do yourself a favor and read the brief, humble, forthright, heartfelt and eloquent statement  from Bill and Denise Richard on the front page of today's Boston Globe  asking the Justice Department not to seek the death penalty for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev:
  • Remembering Emil Antonucci and Commonweal

    Peter Steinfels
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    The AIGA (American Institute for Graphic Arts) has just published this overview of what it calls the “quietly beautiful” work of artist and designer Emil Antonucci. Emil Antonucci redesigned Commonweal in the latter part of 1964, during the months when the journal marked its fortieth anniversary.  The new design appeared at the beginning of 1965. I was a lowly editorial assistant but, as the son of artists, an intensely interested participant in the discussions around Emil’s ideas. Had the magazine previously been consciously designed?  Or had it merely evolved piecemeal? The dull…
  • 'It Follows' & '71'

    Rand Richards Cooper
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Does any cinematic product deliver as much bang for the buck as the indie horror film? The Blair Witch Project (1999) was shot on a budget of $30,000, while last year’s critically acclaimed The Babadook cost just $2 million.
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • From Alcoholism to Economic Freedom

    Provashish Dutta
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    As many sponsors are getting ready to share about the joys of child sponsorship with their churches on Compassion Sunday in the United States on April 26, we wanted to share about how our office in East India has taken the idea of Compassion Sunday and changed the futures of eight families in the Child Survival Program. In 2008, the Compassion East India office launched its first advocacy campaign, “Compassion Sunday.” It aimed to educate and raise awareness in 29 worship centers in Kolkata about the plight of children in poverty, as well as of infants who do not live to celebrate their…
  • Kenyan Resiliency: Wounded but Unbowed

    Katy Causey
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Did you feel heavy hearted going into Good Friday this year? I did. Each year heaviness seems to wrap around me when I contemplate the crucifixion. This year the heaviness felt more substantial. The day before Good Friday, a brutal terrorist attack occurred at Garissa University College in Garissa, Kenya (a little more than 200 miles from the capital city of Nairobi). The Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab from Somalia, which has been linked to al-Qaeda, carried out the attack by separating the Muslim and Christian students. The gunmen murdered 148 people, mostly Christians who died because…
  • Second Friday Writing Club: Share Your World

    Yvonne Reynolds
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    When we first became sponsors five years ago, we headed to the library to check out a book about Colombia. We didn’t know a lot about the country, and since my children were 15 and 10 at the time, it was the perfect time for all of us to learn more about our sponsored child’s country. The Compassion “Where We Work” webpage is also a good source for learning more about your sponsored child’s country. You can learn about how long we’ve been working in that country, how many child development centers there are, and how many children are being served there. And you can…
  • New Mobile App: Carry Your Sponsored Child With You

    Dan Woolley
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’m waiting at the pharmacy to pick up a prescription and, like everyone else standing around me, I pull out my phone. “Dead time” — unplanned downtime — I hate dead time! What app shall I pull up? Angry Birds? Facebook? Email? (No, not email!) How many moments do we encounter in a typical day that feel like wasted time, moments we try to reclaim to accomplish something useful or important? We created the newest version of Compassion’s mobile app to help sponsors use those moments of downtime to connect with their sponsored children in tangible ways, and to access key…
  • From Farm to Table: What Safe Food Means to One Child

    Web Team
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    World Health Day is April 7 and this year’s focus is food safety. More than 200 diseases are caused by unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses and chemical substances. Helping meet the physical needs of the children in our program, and of their communities, sometimes means having to find healthy food sources. Often, farm to table is the best solution possible. This is where little Borisut comes in. He is a sponsored child in Thailand’s rural northern region. And we’d like you to hear his perspective on how farm-to-table living has benefited not only his family but…
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    Big Is The New Small

  • How Micromanagers and Insecure Leaders Kill Creativity In Their Organizations

    Scott Williams
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    Creativity is a key ingredient to a successful, thriving and growing organization. Unfortunately some Micromanagers, Control Freaks and Insecure Leaders Kill Their Organizations and the creative spirit without even realizing it. Micromanagers take the dynamics of creativity off the table. Their negative and counterproductive process goes a little something like this: Team member tries something new, micromanager watches over their shoulder, questions them and doesn’t give the team members ideas any credibility. Team member gets frustrated and stops thinking outside the box, trying new…
  • Conquering Your Fear To Start Your Own Business by Seth Godin

    Scott Williams
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
    Simple and Great! Conquering Your Fear To Start Your Own Business by Seth Godin is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • 8 Ways Leaders Destroy Their Teams

    Scott Williams
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Often times when it comes to “leadership” we hear the warm and fuzzies or the great success stories. There are so many great books and tools at the disposal of leaders that growth, competency and effective leadership should be inevitable. The challenge with that theory is it’s rendered “not always true” because of the simple fact that leadership deals with human beings and human beings are rather complex creatures. Anytime you are dealing with people things are never that simplistic. Another reason being an effective leader is not that simple is that fact that…
  • 2 New Postions – Campus Pastor and Director Media And Technology

    Scott Williams
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    New Search- Campus Pastor (Broadcast Location) and Director Of Media, Arts and Technology Church- The Crossing Church Location- Tampa, FL Some Details- In April of 2005, members of Crosstown Community Church and The Pointe Church merged to form The Crossing Church. Crosstown had been searching for the right Senior Pastor to fulfill the calling God had placed on it; the Pointe Church was a rapidly growing church who had outgrown their facility and was in need of additional space. God aligned these two churches and formed one amazingly strong and balanced church.  The Crossing Church has…
  • How To Move From Couch Potato To Entrepreneur

    Scott Williams
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:13 am
    When you hear the term couch potato, often times you think of a lazy, slouchy individual who sits around on the couch watching television and eating potato chips. There may be some truth to that; however I tend to look at a couch potato as anyone who is sitting on the “couch” or “sidelines” of life and not reaching their potential. I often talk with aspiring entrepreneurs and the biggest inhibitor of them reaching their entrepreneurial goals is not ability, it’s the fact that they are sitting on the couch and not willing to take a step. If you want to be a…
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    Desiring God

  • God’s Grace Will Find You

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:01 pm
    He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:3–4) The grace of God will find you. No matter where you’ve gone or how far you’ve drifted, nowhere is out of the reach of God’s grace. This is the truth behind David’s words in Psalm 23:3–4. The focus is on the Lord’s active nearness as the shepherd of his people. The Lord makes us to lie down in green pastures. He leads us beside the still…
  • Smartphone Addiction and Our Spiritual ADD

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:15 pm
    If I am being honest, I have to admit that my iPhone habits have been largely unchecked, undisciplined, and unhealthy. And in a recent survey of 8,000 of our readers, many of you honestly admit the same struggle. We asked you to finish this sentence: As I evaluate my life right now, my use of social media [Facebook, Twitter, Instagram] is . . . (A) . . . under control, limited, and healthy. (B) . . . not controlled or restricted, but also not having a negative influence on my life. (C) . . . uncontrolled and unhealthy. I check my social networks compulsively throughout the day, and it’s…
  • Steward the Gifts God Has Assigned to You

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Each of us has received grace-gifts from God. And, “as each has received a gift,” we are to “use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10). We are given these gifts for the “progress and joy” of one another’s faith (Philippians 1:25). Pride-Infected Gift Stewards But we are all by sin nature selfaholics, born with an addiction to the intoxication of thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought to think (Romans 12:3) and others thinking more highly of us than they ought to think. And because remaining sin still dwells in us born-again…
  • Gentle Jesus and the Compassion Conspiracy

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    The metaphor seems self-evident. “Bruised reeds are people who are broken and needy, people worn out and tired and exhausted with life’s circumstances, people neglected by the world, but accepted by Jesus.” We casually toss the phrase out like a trump-suit ace impervious to counter-play. No need to explain; just assert: “Jesus never broke a bruised reed.” But have you considered why the reed doesn’t get broken? Look at the text carefully, and you might find you’ve become a little too familiar with this biblical phrase and perhaps have missed a profound point. In fact, hastily…
  • Jesus Wept

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    He seemed composed as he approached the town. The sister of his dead friend met him outside. He consoled her with truth and grace. But then he saw the other sister, manifestly more emotional. And he burst into tears. Jesus wept. Just two simple words, and yet they carry a world of significance. John 11:35 is the shortest verse in all of the Bible, but one of its most powerful, and insightful. Rightly was this tiniest of sentences assigned its own number. Here we find a remarkable glimpse into the glory of the Lord of the universe. His Human Emotions “A man of sorrows,” the prophet…
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    Emergent Village

  • How to garden organically

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:47 pm
    One of the main reasons many of us turn to growing our own produce is to control the amount of harmful chemicals and pesticides we expose ourselves to via food. Organic fruit and vegetables used to be something that only hippies and tree huggers would go for, but it’s increasingly becoming a dirty word in the general public. They have been linked to diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, and washing your fruit and vegetables does little to rid them of pesticides. Worse still, commercially grown fruit and vegetables are loaded with pesticides, with an apple containing as much as 30…
  • Renovating Your Home? Questions to Ask Your Flooring Store

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    Home renovations are becoming increasingly popular as the housing market still hasn’t recovered since it took a hit in the last decade. Instead of moving into bigger homes, more homeowners are simply renovating their current homes, sometimes adding rooms and other times just giving it a whole new appeal. If you are currently renovating your home from the ground up, you will almost certainly be installing new flooring. Photo from Before beginning your project, there are some things you should know about the different types of flooring available and how they should be…
  • Home Ideas: Polka Dot Decorating With a Tasteful Twist

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Many people start to squirm at the mention of polka dots. They simply don’t like them or they associate them with little girls and dresses and never think that they could be used in a serious decorating scheme. In recent years, polka dots have made something of a resurgence and are now gracing a variety of walls in homes and businesses around the world. Polka dots can be trendy, sophisticated, and even edgy when done right. Here are some tips for making polka dots work for you. Curtains Polka dot curtains can be a great way to add color and interest to any room. This works especially…
  • Choosing a door that’s right for your home

    2 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Interior doors can make or break a room. Choose the right door and it will compliment your décor; the wrong door can outdate a room or create a feeling of inconsistency. There are several things to consider when choosing a door: the existing décor, your personal style, how much space you have… All of these will impact which door will maximise the aesthetics of your room. Choosing a door when you have a small space Glazed Doors are a great way of letting in light into a room and creating a feeling of space so are perfect for small rooms or rooms without a lot of natural light. Choose…
  • The Rise of Faux Wood

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Once upon a time, any material that had just been designed to mimic another was immediately cast aside. They were seen as a “poor man’s version” to the alternative and generally didn’t take to the market at all. In the case of faux wood, at least in the window blinds market, this has proved to be an exception. While it is unlikely to ever dwarf the standard wood market, the popularity of faux wood blinds has risen to an extent that nobody could have ever predicted. They have become one of the most popular types in the industry and on the face of it, it’s no…
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • Cardinal Francis George, R.I.P.

    George Weigel
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    When it comes time to write his story in full, he will be remembered as the most consequential archbishop of Chicago in the modern history of the Church — and a leader in American Catholicism whose intellectual and physical courage was instrumental in making the Church in the United States, for all its challenges and problems, the most vital in the developed world. The post Cardinal Francis George, R.I.P. appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Why Is Obama Parroting Castro Talking Points?

    Mona Charen
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    Two relatively recent photos of Barack Obama with foreign leaders reveal much about his deep-dyed leftism. The first features President Obama and democratically-elected prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of one of America’s most loyal friends. Obama looks strained. His face is stiff, and his eyes are veiled. The second is a snap of Obama at the recent Summit of the Americas in Panama. He’s seated with “President” Raul Castro, leader of a bitter enemy, who has never received a single free vote. Obama is grinning, his eyes dancing with pleasure. In contrast to the bitterness with…
  • EPPC Briefly: The Church of the Left

    EPPC Briefly
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Yuval Levin on liberalism as state religion; Peter Wehner on why evangelicals should love Pope Francis; Roger Scruton on the good of corporations; and much more. The post EPPC Briefly: The Church of the Left appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • The Good of Corporations

    Roger Scruton
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    The issue of whether the rights and duties of the corporation are in any way comparable to those of the individual citizen connects with deep moral issues concerning the place of free association and the experience of membership in the life of the individual. The post The Good of Corporations appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Newman and Vatican II

    George Weigel
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    That Blessed John Henry Newman was one of the great influences on Vatican II is “a commonplace,” as Newman’s biographer, Fr. Ian Ker, puts it. But what does that mean? What influence did Newman have on a Council that opened seventy-two years after his death? And from this side of history, what might we learn from Newman about the proper way to “read” Vatican II, as we anticipate the fiftieth anniversary of its conclusion on December 8? Those are questions Fr. Ker explores in Newman on Vatican II (Oxford University Press), a book whose brevity is inversely proportional to its depth.
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  • Let’s Get Creative – Gold Leaf River Rocks.

    Christine Sine
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
    Tuesday is Earth Day  so keeping that in mind, I thought that I would focus on a craft that draws us into reflection on God’s good creation. I came across this creative cool craft project from poopscapecom. (love that name don’t you?) Collect and decorate humble river or garden rocks with gold leaf to create a beautiful […]
  • A Jewish Prayer for Creation 2015

    Christine Sine
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:37 am
    Another prayer in preparation for Earth Day.  I love this prayer which I came across in David Adam’s Rhythm of Life: Celtic Daily Prayer. This book has long been a favourite of mine. I love to use it when I travel, finding that the short daily offices help to ground my spiritual practices during what can otherwise […]
  • Earth Day Prayers

    Christine Sine
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:20 am
    With Earth day rapidly approaching, I thought that I would post some of my favourite nature related meditations. I am finding these to be very enriching this week and hope that you will too. You might also like to check out some of my previous Earth day blessings and liturgies Native American Prayers for Earth […]
  • Reimagine Life With Us – Join Our Learning Community

    Christine Sine
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    We are getting ready for the summer, planning our annual Celtic retreat and setting aside time for reflection and renewal. We hope that you will join us – in person or online. Join Our Growing E-Course community Many of you have expressed your regret at not being able to attend a retreat in person. Here is […]
  • Fashion and Ethics: Why Should I Care and What Can I Do? by Katie Metzger

    Christine Sine
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Look at the clothes you are wearing right now….Would you believe that 80-90% of what you are wearing was made in inhumane, unsustainable conditions? Well, the sad fact is, this is most often the case. Sweatshops are not a thing of the past. Buying well-made, high end clothing does not mean that it is made […]
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  • Spiritual Disciplines: The Spiritual Discipline of Itinerancy

    Jennifer Dukes Lee
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Tomorrow we are moving. Again. My husband and I will be married 18 years in July. This will be our 16th house. 16 homes. 11 towns. 3 countries. You could say I am used to moving. So that is why when this surprise opportunity to rent a home that will allow us build vision and increase the impact of our maternity hostel ministry, we jumped on it. And when we learned that we had to pack and be ready to go in five days, I didn’t freak out. We move. It is what we do. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard. There is the physically hard part. The overwhelmed…
  • Spiritual Disciplines: The Same Old Thing Every Day

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    "Do you have to do this every day?" My youngest flops down on my caramel colored bedspread and rolls over onto her stomach. She's asking out of curiosity, not annoyance. "Yes," I say. "It changes me."  I'm in the same rocking chair where I cradled her in my arms 10 years ago. I glance out the window at the Weeping Cherry and the swirls of an orange and pink sunrise. I drink coffee with hazelnut creamer from a mug that says, "Put Your Big Girl Panties On and Get Over It."  It's the same thing every day: coffee, rocking chair, and…
  • Share Your Story: Spiritual Disciplines

    Jennifer Dukes Lee
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Three mornings a week, I wake up at 5:09 a.m. to head to the gym. On those mornings, I contemplate hurling my alarm clock across the room. For me, waking up that early is the opposite of fun. But I drag my stubborn self out of bed because it’s good for me. And by the time I get to the gym, I remember why I came. Working out makes me strong and healthy. That’s the reward for discipline. The same applies to my spiritual health. In order to grow strong and healthy in my spirit, I need the disciplines of prayer, solitude, worship, self-reflection, Bible reading and more. But the…
  • Tithing: It's Personal

    Michelle Henrichs
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The last command we have in the books of the Law regarding the tithe gives us this liturgy:  “So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O LORD, have given me.” You shall set it down before the LORD your God and bow down before the LORD your God. Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house. – Deuteronomy 26:10-11 (NRSV) And this is also my last reflection on the tithe. So far, I've learned the tithe was an offering from…
  • Tithing: On learning contentment and cheerful givng

    Patricia Hunter
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I’m ashamed to admit this. When my husband and I were married in the fall of 1976, and I moved into his apartment near the university where he was a student, I brought an $800 credit card debt with me. According to an online calculator, $800 in 1976 would be almost $3400 today. Among other character flaws, my credit card debt was a reflection of undisciplined spending habits.   My husband wisely assumed responsibility for our finances. He closed that credit card account after paying it off and established a budget that kept us from spending more than we had coming in – a…
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    Good Letters

  • Jesus Through Poets’ Eyes

    Peggy Rosenthal
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:55 am
    In my Catholic faith, Easter lasts for seven weeks, until Pentecost; so I’m not too late with this little Easter offering. This year for Easter, instead of hunting for colored eggs, I hunted through my book The Poets’ Jesus for some of the many ways that poets have seen Jesus over the centuries. I found [Read More...]
  • Make It Old: A Wedding Anniversary Epithalamion

    Richard Chess
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:45 am
    In the beginning was a wedding. The ceremony began with light. The ceremony included the separation of water from water, and it included the formation of land followed by the breaking apart of continents. The sound was terrible, and it was heard beyond the sky and in the perfect garden, the expensive venue chosen for [Read More...]
  • Writing This Post Was on My Bucket List

    Tania Runyan
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:09 am
    I’ve never left North America, seen the Statue of Liberty, or dipped a toe in the Atlantic. Nor have I ridden a motorcycle, bungee jumped, snorkeled, or skied. I haven’t eaten beets, bratwurst, bread pudding, or anything with tentacles or pincers. I’ve never had an actual, entire, beer. I’ve never completed Harry Potter, Moby Dick, [Read More...]
  • Who Needs to Read Anymore?

    Vic Sizemore
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:06 am
    At the community college where I teach—actually in the state capitol two hours away—a massive overhaul of the English curriculum is underway. As I understand it right now, a diagnostic test will determine student placement, and three levels of developmental reading and writing are being added for those with low scores. Those students will be [Read More...]
  • No Glory in Jericho

    Morgan Meis
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:58 am
    I was standing with a Palestinian Muslim and three Jews. Jericho. The ancient city. Some say Jericho is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Others say that distinction belongs to one of the cities in Egypt, or Syria, or Turkey. Either way, the old city of Jericho is astoundingly old. Settlement activity dating [Read More...]
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • The Limits of Dialogue: Q Ideas, Gay Marriage, and Chuck Colson

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:41 am
    On Wednesday, Owen Strachan and Eric Teetsel offered a strong challenge to Q Ideas for hosting dialogues on questions relating to homosexuality and gay marriage with David Gushee and Matthew Vines, both of whom are affirming of gay marriage within the church. As Teetsel and Strachan put their objection: By making their case for homosexuality on supposedly biblical grounds, Vines and Gushee sow confusion within the body of believers. The crux of the matter is this question: “Is there room within Christianity for different understandings of human sexuality?” Now, in my previous essay on…
  • The Cost of Freedom

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    Let’s start with where we all, I think, can agree:  right now, there is a great deal of conflict and disagreement over what justice requires and what freedom should look like. The religious liberty throw-down that we’ve recently experienced is only one instance of a wider set of conflicts.  There are questions about what “political correctness” hath wrought, or what kinds of mercies should be afforded those who err in public.  There are disputes about the kinds of liberties college campuses should have. Even our video game “industry” has been in the…
  • Material Dimensions of Spiritual Friendship

    Matthew Loftus
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Wesley Hill’s new book Spiritual Friendship is not an easy read. It’s short, yes, coming in at under 150 pages. But in that space Hill manages to be disquieting on a subject that is often taken for granted–specifically, the question of how we form and maintain intimate friendships. Part historical survey, part Biblical analysis, and part personal reflection, Spiritual Friendship manages to be informative and insightful but also unnerving and challenging. Rather than a full review, I’d like to briefly summarize the themes in the book and then respond to some of the questions that…
  • Hope, Failures, and Young Evangelicals: On What I Said and Didn’t

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:42 am
    My piece last week generated plenty of conversation, which is always gratifying. Over the past decade, writing here at Mere Orthodoxy has allowed me to work through a number of questions with others who have very different perspectives than I do.  One reason why I will never turn off the comments is that even though I can’t respond to everyone, I read all of them and learn from many of them.  Of the various critiques that were made, one in particular kept coming up, which I would like to address here. A good friend distilled the objections nicely, I thought, in an email.  This is an…
  • Mere Fidelity: Christendom and the Privilege of the Church

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    You commented:  we listened.  After a number of intelligent readers made remarks about the church in America losing its position of “privilege,” we decided to talk about what that privilege is, what it (maybe!) should be, and whether “Christendom” as a concept is compatible with a plural society. For reading, check out James K.A. Smith’s recent article redeeming Christendom.  For the unadulterated version, see Oliver O’Donovan’s Desiring the Nations.  Help us improve the audio!  How fitting it is that we had some audio difficulties on the show…
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  • Live Stream: 51st Annual Louisiana Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

    Ted Burnham
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Ravi Zacharias will speak at the 51st Annual Louisiana Governor’s Prayer Breakfast in Baton Rouge hosted by Governor Bobby Jindal and a broad coalition of leaders from across the state. You can watch the live stream of the program here, from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. CDT (8:30 – 10:00 a.m. EDT): Governor Jindal hosted Dr. Zacharias and the RZIM team along with the Prayer Breakfast’s Steering Committee for a reception on Tuesday evening in preparation for the event. “I’ve been hearing about this famous international evangelist for quite sometime, and when we…
  • Os Guinness in Austin, April 15-17: Time for Truth

    Bethan Adams
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    Time for Truth: Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype and Spin  Where is society going? Between the busyness, demands, and expectations placed on our lives, is there deeper meaning? These questions are the basis for a series of insights by author and social critic Os Guinness in Austin, Texas April 15-17. Os plans to answer these questions and provide thoughtful conversations on current cultural and societal topics. See a full list of events below. Explore Truth Summit The Explore Truth Summit takes place over three days with a series of five events in multiple venues. The Truth Summit is…
  • Sunday Live Stream: Answering the Biggest Objections to Christianity

    Ruth Malhotra
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:17 pm
    On Sunday evening, April 12, Ravi Zacharias will hold an open forum on “Answering the Biggest Objections to Christianity” hosted by Christ Community Chapel in Hudson, Ohio.  The event will be streamed live here beginning at 6:00 p.m. (EDT).   Answering the Biggest Objections to Christianity Sunday, April 12, 2015 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (EDT) Christ Community Chapel – Hudson Campus Are you a skeptic? A believer with questions? Join us for a Q&A session by scholar and speaker Dr. Ravi Zacharias. Make intellectual sense of some of our culture’s most argued religious…
  • Nabeel Qureshi Debates Muslim Apologist Shabir Ally

    Bethan Adams
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    For media requests, please contact  Churches and groups are welcome to broadcast the debate live and/or rebroadcast it at a later time.   What is God Really Like: Tawhid or Trinity? Imam Dr. Shabir Ally and Christian Dr. Nabeel Qureshi (a former Muslim) will debate the question, “What Is God Really Like: Tawhid or Trinity?” April 8, 2015 at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (EDT). Qureshi is a former Muslim who converted to Christianity through historical reasoning and a spiritual search for God. He and Ally will debate on…
  • Where Was God During the Garissa University Terrorist Attack?  

    J.M. Njoroge
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Once again, Kenya, my homeland, has been thrust into the international news headlines over the last couple of days due to the deeply painful and senseless massacre of students at the Garissa University College in the eastern part of the country. I am deeply saddened by the horrific nature of this tragedy, and I join the many across the world who are praying for the victims. I especially pray with all sincerity for the parents, siblings and relatives and friends of the 147 students who lost their lives, and those who were injured. As I write, some are yet to learn of the fate of their family…
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    Gordon Atkinson

  • Elegy from Elton

    Gordon Atkinson
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    I was driving the other day. The August sun was pounding on the car. Everything felt heavy. Things were moving slow and the traffic noise was incredibly intrusive, like it was from some other world. How dare this awful noise break into my world, into my inner world, into the place where I think I know who I am. The noise reminded me that I had so much to do. So many obligations – family stuff, money stuff, work stuff, life stuff. And then Elton John came on the radio. It was Rocket Man, but it could have been Philadelphia Freedom or Someone Saved My Life Tonight. They all work the same for…
  • The Ministers’ Morgue

    Gordon Atkinson
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Originally posted in 20087 at 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 ( 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…
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    Red Letter Believers

  • If you want to hear God in the desert, just quit talking

    David Rupert
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:03 pm
    The hair was white, coarse and yet surprisingly soft. The saddle was a simple blanket with a horn to grip and stirrups to aid in mounting. I had never been on a camel. It definitely wasn’t like riding a bike. As I sat on the lumbering beast, I thought about how much the animal has meant to the people of the Middle East. Camels have been companions on long treks and have been a status and wealth. I think in a strange way, their grinning demeanor has provided a source of comfort and amusement to people going back thousands of years. People of the desert I was in the Wadi Rum desert of the…
  • The unlikely pilgrim: Day 3, “Of pigs and thistles”

    David Rupert
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:25 pm
    (Fictionalized Account) I hate these thistles. They choke everything out. I’ve seen goats eat them, but then they get sick. These weeds are worthless. Nothing grows around them, and my sandals don’t like them one bit. So I took my herd around to the other side of the hill when I saw them — and I was they scared me.  I knew these two men. We all did. Screaming, clawing at the air, they were as bad as the lepers on the other outskirts of town. Their families had long since walked away from them. They had no friends. Scabs covered their bodies and they hadnt bathed since the…
  • The Unlikely Pilgrim: Day 2, “No longer strangers”

    David Rupert
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:33 pm
    I was an intruder.  I didn’t  belong. Someone will surely figure it out. What was I thinking?  I walked up to the simple concrete building with the illuminated cross on the roof. As I looked out across the skyline, I spotted two other buildings, adorned with crescent moons on their ridges. I heard calls to prayers echoing across the city. Like a children’s book, it didn’t take long to see what wasn’t the same. I walked into the Melkite Greek Catholic church in downtown Amman, Jordan, graciously invited by others. The St. Peter and Paul church was small, with…
  • The Unlikely Pilgrim: Day 1, “Lean back”

    David Rupert
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:42 pm
    I couldn’t sleep. Maybe it was adrenaline. Maybe it was nerves. Maybe it was God, trying to get through my thick skull.  Mile after mile of nothing but water and an inky sky out my window, with only the moonlight separating the two dark bodies.  The lights had been dimmed in the cabin with only a few glowing at floor level to guide the occasional person to the cramped bathroom. I looked around, heads by the hundreds were nodded off into deep sleep. One girl had a whole row to herself and she enthusiastically spread across the three seats.  Another leaned back, her nose pointed at the…
  • The Unlikely Pilgrim: And so it begins

    David Rupert
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am
    And so it begins. Today is the start of a very long day — to New York, then to Amman, Jordan. I start at 7 this morning and will land at 3 PM Friday. I have no idea how long the trip is. There are about 11 of us who part of the the Jordan Tourism Board-sponsored Journalist/Writer trip There are plenty of thoughts running through my head. The last two weeks have been a whirlwind as God has placed amazing people in my life  who have paved the way. I have connections that I would have never dreamed of having that have been dropped into my lap. FIrst there’s Louis, who is lives just…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • The Fullness That is in Christ, and Our Fullness in Him

    R.A. Torrey
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:05 pm
    We begin today the study of another of Paul’s wonderful letters to the churches. It was written at about the same time as the letter to the Ephesians and send by the same messenger, Tychicus (ch. 4:7, cf. Eph 6:21). It contains many of the same truths that are contained in the letter to the Ephesians, but those truths are looked at from another point of view. Its agreements with and differences from the Epistle tot he Ephesians are alike interesting and significant. These agreements and differences are well set forth by Bishop Moule in a scholarly yet popular way in the Introduction to…
  • “Behold, This Dreamer Cometh:” Joseph Typology

    Fred Sanders
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:42 am
    “It sure seems that the story of Joseph is a typological foreshadowing of the life of Jesus,” mused Peter Leithart recently, and I have to agree.  It sure seems so! Leithart went on, in his post, to describe the kind of mental abstraction required to read the Joseph story that way; a “Proppian structural move that captures a common morphology” [had to look up “Proppian!“] There’s a reason Leithart needed to spend some time theorizing about how to make the case. The peculiar and stubborn fact is that the New Testament never invokes the Joseph story as…
  • Davenant Latin Institute

    Fred Sanders
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:06 am
    The Davenant Trust, the organization that sponsors creative resourcement projects “to revitalize contemporary Reformed and evangelical discourse,” has launched a major new undertaking: the Davenant Latin Institute. Readers of the Scriptorium may remember Davenant for its sponsorship of The Future of Protestantism event at Biola. They are also behind a number of other initiatives, including digitization and translation of key theological texts, conferences of various kinds, and all manner of fundraising, fellowships, scholarships, bursaries, and such. But the Davenant Latin…
  • ISIS As Religion

    Adam Johnson
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    Graeme Wood’s article, “What ISIS Really Wants”, published in the March edition of The Atlantic is an immensely helpful article, taking us into the world and mindset of the Islamic State. Graeme’s basic thesis states that Westerners have consistently misunderstood the true basis and aims of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and as a result have consistently made bad decisions about how to act. Whether or not Graeme is correct—and I am not the one to say, for I have little understanding of the immensely rich and varied history of Islam and the role of ISIS therein—I…
  • “Though He Was the Ocean of Blessing, He Endured the Malediction” (Ps. 22)

    Fred Sanders
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Psalm 22, with good reason, has long been read by Christians as prophetic commentary on the death of Christ. Jesus cried out the first line of the Psalm, “My  God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” during the crucifixion itself. But the entire Psalm, not just the opening line, runs in mysterious parallel to the events and meaning of passion week. The first 21 verses are uniquely centered on the cross. Here are a few observations from the early and medieval church, drawn from J.M. Neale’s anthology of Psalms commentaries. If they are sometimes extravagant in their…
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    Chris Marlow

  • When Life Is Overwhelming

    Chris Marlow
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    Photo Credit When Life Is Overwhelming I often meet folks who want to lead something–a business, a church, a nonprofit, whatever. They are in the dream phase. Their plan makes sense on paper, but paper doesn’t always account for the risk. These individuals may not have the chops to fully execute their dreams. They ask me questions about the “how”. They almost always hate my answer. Q: How did you build Help One Now? “I worked really hard for a really long time.” Q: Um, ya, okay.. but what did you do? Show me the magic! Give me the code! “I worked really hard for a really…
  • I Hit Submit and Cried

    Chris Marlow
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:10 am
      I Hit Submit and Cried (Ok. I didn’t actually cry.) It was 4:30 Tuesday afternoon and a gorgeous spring day in Raleigh. I left the office and headed to BREW, my usual third-place joint. I opened my computer. Like most, it’s a Mac. Opening a Mac is like a sacred experience; you do it over and over and yet it always feels amazing. Design matters. I had been writing and editing like a madman the week before. I worked 14-hour days for 5 days in a row. Over the weekend, Ken  did some key edits because my grammar and spelling is–well–not all that great. So, folks like Ken…
  • March Is For (Panic) Writing

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

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

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

  • Church offers life raft to seals

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When the sun comes out, thousands of Seattle folks wander down from their hillside apartments to trendy Alki Beach to sunbathe, picnic on Spud’s fish and chips, jog or let their dogs run.  That doesn’t leave much space for the harbor seal pups that must haul out of the frigid Puget Sound on this crowded beach to warm up, rest and wait while their mothers chase down dinner.  While harbor seals are a common site and are by no means endangered, infant mortality rates in heavily urbanized areas can hit 50 percent, said Brenda Peterson, environmental author and…
  • Care of earth includes people

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Our cover story profiles Lutherans working to care for creation (page 16). These are interesting and different tales all joined by “an activism that has been shaped by faith.” Following is a story that illustrates why some of these folks do what they do. Marvin R. Jonasen is pastor of Shishmaref Lutheran Church on Sarichef Island in Alaska. The barrier island near the Bering Strait, about 120 miles due north of Nome, has been washing away for the last 20 years.  By some estimates 40 percent of the island has eroded into the sea over recent years as the waters off Sarichef…
  • Deeper understanding on prayers for sick

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The meaning of prayerThe answer to the often-asked questions about prayers for the sick (March, page 14) has to do with the meaning of prayer in the first place. Our prayers are not a request for God to intervene and miraculously heal a certain person (out of the millions who may be sick). When the disciples asked Jesus to feed the 5,000, he replied, “You feed them!” When we ask God to heal the sick, the answer is quite similar, “You heal them” (or make it possible for others to do so). This is what Courtney Wilder was suggesting when she wrote: “What is the…
  • Seminary, synod make ?mission possible?

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Wartburg Seminary senior Joshua Johnson jokes, a bit seriously, that only a year ago you could stand in the middle of his living room to figure out the wind’s direction. Likewise, senior Hannah Benedict said that she, her husband Josiah and their daughter Eve used to “pile on blankets and crank up the heat.”   Until October 2014 drafty windows and doors were a given with the seminary’s family housing, made up of 10 units built in 1968. “While the houses had been kept up very well by our maintenance staff, time was beginning to take its toll,”…
  • Miracles

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Most people spend precious little energy thinking about miracles — that is, until they need one. When the desire for a miracle becomes urgent and personal, one’s imagination begins dreaming of an eye-popping display from God. This is how we tend to define miracles — as eye-popping activities that create astonishment. Whenever there is a disruption in the created order, or nature gets invaded, or seemingly impossible things begin to occur, a stupendous response becomes our measure of a miracle. The problem with miracles being hinged to our reaction is that we all react…
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    Spencer Burke

  • The Forrest Gump of the Evangelical World

    8 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    When people ask me about my spiritual journey, I tell them that I feel a little like Forrest Gump—intuitively finding myself in the middle of some of the defining moments of American evangelical history of the last 50 years. Much of my church experience has been within the context of southern California, but what has happened here also was happening around the country. I can identify four phases in my journey (and the church’s evolution) that have lead us both to the dawn of a new movement. PHASE 1: THE JESUS PEOPLE MOVEMENT As a child my family went to the original Calvary Chapel where…
  • Evolution of the Church Service

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    We are witnessing another fundamental shift in church culture with the decline of teaching-centric churches and the rise of service-centric churches. As I said in the last post, there have been three important components to church – a COMMON faith/experience that holds us together, COMMUNITY (relationships, meal sharing, sacred ritual), and TEACHING (including biblical exposition and moral exhortation). MORE THAN A METAPHOR During the recent emerging church movement, evangelicals in particular have used a more figurative paradigm than ever before. You could see it in the names of the…
  • Are We Training Pastors for a Job That No Longer Exists?

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    It’s safe to say that the traditional expression of church has not varied for hundreds of years. This form worked well when the dominant culture in the world was agrarian, most people were uneducated and illiterate, and books were either unavailable or very expensive. Information and stories were spread by people who had dedicated their lives to learning, reading, and teaching. Many of these were pastors who received more schooling than most before going out into the world to build a church. Farmers from miles around would put on their “Sunday best” and walk, pile into wagons, or ride…
  • Light of the World in an LED Culture

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. — Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV) I think it’s safe to say that when we read this verse, our imagination paints a nostalgic, beautiful picture—warm light shining through a cabin, flickering candles, cheerful flame in the fireplace, a beautiful little lake outside. Right?
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    Century Blog

  • Pothole season

    Amy McCreath
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Right on schedule, I came down with a head cold on Easter Monday. It’s an occupational hazard. It’s practically what Episcopal clergy sign up for. It should just be added into the ordination vows. read more
  • Why Easter means more to me now

    Steve Thorngate
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    There’s a stereotype that we more progressive Christians tend to downplay this stuff: that our interest in Jesus is mostly about his teaching, that if we do talk about something like the resurrection it’s only to debate whether it’s historically plausible. But I’m a lot less interested in evidence for the resurrection than I am in what the thing means. And I have learned, to my surprise and delight, that it actually means more to me now than it once did—before my faith took a bit of a leftward turn. read more
  • There's a Woman in the Pulpit

    Carol Howard Merritt
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I am so pleased to announce the release of There's a Woman in the Pulpit, a collection of stories from the RevGalBlogPals. read more
  • New today: Jason Byassee reviews Richard Hays, Oakland's Sanctuary of the Arts, Lincoln and the war that never ended

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • Other people saying things

    Steve Thorngate
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    "They had decided that they did not want us in the parade, and that we weren't welcome." read more
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  • Churches are SLOW

    Roger Mugs
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Goodness churches are slow. Unfortunately, as much as it drives me nuts, I’m not entirely sure it’s a bad thing. Now, first of all I should say, I’m an incredibly fast person. Once I discover a problem, or even something I’d just simply like to implement, I go about implementing it. Immediately. And as a missionary with a parachurch organization and the blessing of my immediate supervisor (for some reason christianese dislikes the term “boss”), I could go about things quickly without issue. I simply made them happen. I would imagine the for-profit world is…
  • People Die on the Front Lines

    Roger Mugs
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    I’ve been to the front lines and I strongly want to communicate, it’s not all that great up there. And without the people behind the front lines, there are no front lines. The smallest role is absolutely essential to what happens from the comfort of home, to the beach behind the lines, to the hospitals near the front, to the trenches. I’ve been to the front. A cubicle, a 401k, and a water machine seems awfully comfortable from there. Now I’m not saying no one needs to go, people need to be on the front lines. I am saying, however, that we romanticize it an awful lot in…
  • "Mine!"

    Roger Mugs
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:43 pm
    “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, 'Mine!'” ― Abraham Kuyper
  • Serving In the Mundane (Colossians 3:17)

    Roger Mugs
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 A significant majority of meaningful ministry is done in the terribly mundane. The driving across town, two hours both ways, just to encourage someone. Or carrying things across a church building. Or having God-honoring interactions while standing in line to get your phone fixed. Some people only believe they can honor the Lord when they feel they’re being used to their full potential. And don’t get me wrong, it’s an awful lot of fun…
  • Avoiding Foolish Controversy (2 Timothy 2:23)

    Roger Mugs
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 2 Timothy 2:23 Such talk leads either to a split in the church, or eventually to heresy. People start out arguing decent points about minutiae we can appropriately disagree on. But they end up, by way of arguing, digging in their heels and eventually forsaking the gospel in order to prove they’re right and the other person is wrong. Have nothing to do with conversations crossing such lines. When correcting people gently the Lord “may” grant them repentance (vs. 25). But he might not.
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    Think Christian Articles

  • A note about our “bake for them two” post

    Steven Koster
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Posted on 04/17/15 After publishing a guest post by Jessica Kantrowitz, which proposed one way that Christians might handle the prospect of baking a cake for a gay wedding, readers challenged Think Christian to clarify our position on homosexuality. We mean to answer that here. TC is ultimately a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, which distinguishes between same-sex attraction and homosexual erotic behavior, naming the latter as "incompatible with obedience to the will of God as revealed in Scripture." However, the denominational position statement, which can be read…
  • Should we be “redesigning” death?

    Jarod Grice
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Posted on 04/16/15 “With just a little attention … he might be able to refract some of the horror and hopelessness of death into more transcendent feelings of awe and wonder and beauty.” These words, taken from the California Sunday Magazine article “Death, Redesigned,” speak to a new understand of mortality in our culture. It doesn’t take much experience with death to understand how daunting the subject truly is. Death is not a friend. What is more, the subject of death has the tendency to cloud the air. When we think about death, the harrowing events…
  • The Christian undergirding of David Brooks’ moral bucket list

    John Van Sloten
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:33 am
    Posted on 04/16/15 I am seriously considering taking David Brooks’ recent New York Times essay, “The Moral Bucket List,” adding a dozen Bible references, tacking on an “Amen” and preaching it this Sunday. The piece begins with these words: “About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. …They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. …They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all.” What a beautiful description of what it…
  • Francis Collins on being a man of science and faith

    Josh Larsen
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:08 am
    Posted on 04/14/15 National Geographic usually likes to stay above the fray, but the magazine dipped its toes into the faith-science debate with a March cover story entitled “Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?” Encouragingly, part of that package was a brief interview with Francis Collins, a Christian and director of the National Institutes of Health. It’s a fairly surface-level conversation, but it does allow Collins to stake out a space for Christians who see science as an invaluable tool for understanding God’s creation. Here are some excerpts: On the…
  • The handless body of Christ

    Stephen Woodworth
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:14 am
    Posted on 04/13/15 In 2008, Kelly Knox was an unknown credit controller from Enfield, North London. By the end of that year, she had won Britain’s Missing Top Model and appeared on the cover of Marie Claire. What made this particularly notable was not her previous anonymity, but the fact the Knox was born without her left arm. Knox represents a particular perspective on living with a disability. She hails from a family that refused to allow her to feel inferior to other children or surrender to the notion that her life was somehow limited. As Knox herself has said, “I've never…
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    Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day

  • Romans 10:9-10

    Bible Gateway
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
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  • #ThisWeekinYM – Links of the Week!

    Terrace Crawford
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:11 pm
    You may be familiar with the brand-new This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast … but this is This Week in Youth Ministry LINKS!  Each Friday I’ll be bringing my favorite (and notable) posts from around the blogosphere to you right … Continue reading →
  • #ThisWeekinYM – Episode 9

    Terrace Crawford
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:34 pm
    The ninth episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday. from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 9: The Pastor\Youth Pastor Relationship.  Terrace Crawford and Rob Shepherd, youth pastor turned pastor, … Continue reading →
  • The #1 Most Meaningful Job on the Planet

    Terrace Crawford
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Just posted this on my Instagram. It’s from Forbes. They just released their list of the Most and Least Meaningful jobs. Coming in at #1? Youth Minister. What YOU do has purpose. Sure, it might be the lowest-paying, thankless, and most … Continue reading →
  • #ThisWeekinYM – Links of the Week!

    Terrace Crawford
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:17 pm
    You may be familiar with the brand-new This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast … but this is This Week in Youth Ministry LINKS!  Each Friday I’ll be bringing my favorite (and notable) posts from around the blogosphere to you right … Continue reading →
  • D6 Days FREE Online Conference

    Terrace Crawford
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The D6 Conference recently announced a brand-new online experience that will help further the Family Ministry Conversation around the world! Ministers, volunteers, and parents will enjoy over 20 sessions from some of the most trusted voices on the subject of Family … Continue reading →
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • Why the Cross? Why the Resurrection?

    8 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    This past Sunday I had shared on the 7 last sayings of Jesus from the Cross and why the Cross was important. The death of Jesus was our atonement in which Christ died and took our place and basically was our perfect Sacrificial Lamb.But we can't leave Jesus on the Cross ...much less leave Jesus as the babe at Christmas. the Resurrection is important and fundamental to our faith.There are several skeptic objections to the Resurrection including:1. Jesus a mythological figure. There are 39 ancient sources outside the NT that refer to Jesus.Source: Rose Publishing Evidence for the Resurrection…
  • Church Shouldn't Suck the life out of you.

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    I had just read this book ...still taking it in.
  • Walking on Water.

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

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

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    Sunday Mornings I've been preaching through the book of Galatians.Wednesday nights we just started Nehemiah. And my Thursday Morning Small Group we are looking at Ecclesiastes.So what books of the Bible are you reading and teaching from?
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    Frank Chiapperino

  • AD – Episode 2

    13 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    AD The Bible Continues aired its first episode on Easter Sunday and was the most watched show on TV. If you missed this week NBC is playing the latest episode and a recap up to this point on their website, check it out here: Lots of Christians are talking about how white Jesus was, or how black John’s skin really could have been. While I do find it interesting to discuss the casting choices of the producers, I just don’t find myself thinking about that part of the show. Maybe it’s because the production quality is at a higher…
  • AD – Episode 1

    6 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    The first episode of AD – The Bible Continues took us back in time to experience the death and resurrection of Jesus through the eyes of a handful of Biblical characters. Let me start by saying, I really liked the show. Both the acting and the production quality were excellent. We witnessed the anger of Caiaphas (the high priest), the political pressure that surrounded Pontius Pilate, and the fears felt by Peter and the other disciples after witnessing the crucifixion of their leader. The part of the episode I found the most interesting was the politics around the burial of Jesus. It…
  • Starting Easter Sunday

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Mark Burnett, creator of Survivor and The Voice, is also known for The Bible, which was the number 1 watched TV series of 2013. Now Mark and his wife Roma Downey are picking up where they left off with A.D. The Bible Continues. The show will work through the first 10 chapters in the book of Acts. Here is how they describe the mini-series… The immediate aftermath of Christ’s death had a massive impact on his disciples, his mother, Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the era, completely altering the entire world in an instant. Beginning at that fateful moment of the…
  • Commitment Through Change

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

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

  • How Deep The Fathers Love

    Rick Morgan
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:38 am
    God still loves me as I stand with the scoffers.  How deep the Father's love for us,How vast beyond all measureThat He should give His only SonTo make a wretch His treasureHow great the pain of searing loss,The Father turns His face awayAs wounds which mar the chosen One,Bring many sons to gloryBehold the Man upon a cross,My sin upon His shouldersAshamed I hear my mocking voice,Call out among the scoffersIt was my sin that held Him thereUntil it was accomplishedHis dying breath has brought me lifeI know that it is finishedI will not boast in anythingNo gifts, no power, no wisdomBut I…
  • Palm Sunday - Our Fickle Hearts

    Rick Morgan
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:10 am
    "Blessed is he" will soon become "crucify him!"  Luke 19:37-41  When He reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of His followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. 38  "Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the LORD! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!" 39  But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, "Teacher, rebuke Your followers for saying things like that!" 40  He replied, "If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into…
  • Who Is Jesus? Here Are Some Witnesses That Jesus Is God

    Rick Morgan
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
    The decision is yours but don't neglect to look at the evidence that Jesus really is God.  John 5:31-40  "If I were to testify on My own behalf, My testimony would not be valid.  32  But Someone else is also testifying about Me, and I assure you that everything He says about Me is true. 33  In fact, you sent investigators to listen to John the Baptist, and his testimony about Me was true.  34  Of course, I have no need of human witnesses, but I say these things so you might be saved.  35  John was like a burning and shining lamp, and you were…
  • Who Is Jesus? Here Is Some Proof That Jesus Is God

    Rick Morgan
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    The most important fact that you need to believe.  John 5:17-23  But Jesus replied, "My Father is always working, and so am I."  18  So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill Him. For He not only broke the Sabbath, He called God His Father, thereby making Himself equal with God. 19  So Jesus explained, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.  20  For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He is doing. In fact, the…
  • Mercy Versus Legalism

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

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Super-simple typing web service that’s responsive and really does a decent job of teaching the basics. Although my 8 year old already has a good grasp of QWERTY and typing this will be a good throw-in in-between some lessons during hack school. The post Learn Typing with Ratatype appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Anne Lamott on Perfectionism

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    Here’s how to kill it (and even avoid the “trolls” in your life through people-pleasing): Here’s how to break through the perfectionism: make a LOT of mistakes. Fall on your butt more often. Waste more paper, printing out your shitty first drafts, and maybe send a check to the Sierra Club. Celebrate messes — these are where the goods are. Put something on the calendar that you know you’ll be terrible at, like dance lessons, or a meditation retreat, or boot camp. If you’ve never read Bird by Bird, especially if you’re into writing, then you’re…
  • Going Vanilla

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    via Ryan Carson: As companies grow they seem to have a natural tendency to move from creative, fun and adventurous cultures to safe, systemitized “vanilla” cultures. They’re safe and repeatable but very boring. His solution? My belief is that the best way to avoid this natural vanilla-ization is to work very hard at hiring good people, and if you make a mistake, remove that person from the company quickly. Good people, not thorough corporate guidelines, make a solid company. After having scaled a company 40 employees (and way beyond) I know that this can be easier said than done but…
  • Helpful: 100% Free Support Inbox

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    100% with no catches or “price per seats” – it’s fast and super-easy to use. An unbelievable resource and tool for any size organization. I imagine this would be especially useful for startups who want to create a support system for their projects / apps. Word up. The post Helpful: 100% Free Support Inbox appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Code Kingdoms

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    My hackschooler jumped at this new web app when I first introduced it to her and she’s having a blast. The best thing I’ve heard from her so far? Dad, this is challenging. I like it. #WIN The post Code Kingdoms appeared first on John Saddington.
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Thinking Out Loud after PARSE

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:25 am
    22 Months ago, an email from Skye Jethani changed things around here and forced me to raise the bar on what I was doing with the Wednesday Link Lists. He wrote, I’m a fan of your Wednesday Link List. Not only is it helpful and concise, but I enjoy some of the wit and whimsy of your comments. I think the readers of Leadership Journal’s blog, Out of Ur, would benefit from what you’ve created. I wanted to explore the possibility of having your weekly link list published on our site in order to give it a wider audience. Just days later, the first installment appeared at Out of…
  • Dear WordPress: Your “Improved Editing Experience” Really Sucks

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    Today I’m going to bite the hand that feeds me, I think; or at least one that I feed daily myself. While it takes a lot of smarts to come up with something innovative, it’s really easy to build on the imagination and work of others. Hence, there are a large number of people in the tech community who earn their take-home pay by “improving” websites that, before their input, were working relative well to begin with. The blog platform I have used every day for seven years, WordPress, is in my opinion one of the better ones out there; but recent changes to the text editor…
  • How and Why I Use Different Bible Translations Online

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    If you look at Thursday’s Christianity 201 post, you’ll see that I used a total of seven scripture verses. The verses were ones that my wife and I discussed that were then located using Yahoo’s search engine and the website which seems to have priority status with Yahoo. Sometimes a search engine is more forgiving if you get one word wrong than the Bible programs online; the exception being which — until they destroyed it with the most recent update — allowed a margin of error. (Why can’t they just leave these Bible search…
  • Going Off Course

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Yesterday I was looking at a bit of the history of the Children of God cult, also known as The Family. I’m not including a link here because parts of the story simply are not edifying. Like many Made-in-America cults (and some in Western Europe) the thing that is often highlighted is a very liberal view of appropriate sexual behavior. Sometimes these organizations begin around the distinctive doctrines of a very small-c, charismatic leader. But other times there is a drift away from Christian orthodoxy that happens bit by bit, year over year. (It’s also possible for an…
  • Wednesday Link List

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:45 am
    Featured Stories Churches Without Buildings – “Church attendance and construction boomed in North America during a time when having your own building was expected. For churches, businesses and families. In my parents’ era, owning real estate was a sign of success, status and stability. So churches that wanted to be seen as reliable and successful bought buildings. Often before there was a congregation to fill them. When someone started their own business, they would leave their house to sit in a building behind a desk all day long – even if every aspect of that business could…
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    Just A Thought

  • A Call for Nonviolent Action

    12 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Nonviolent Action is the latest offering by author Ronald J. Sider. Having had losts of discussions over the years about "just war" vs. pacifism, I thought I would give this new book a perusal.  I had read some of Sider's earlier works and never really connected with them.  Despite that, this topic intrigued me enough to give the author another chance. Let me just say it, this is an
  • Jesus Takes a Road Trip

    11 Apr 2015 | 7:01 pm
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  • The Suffering Christ

    5 Apr 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Matthew 20: 18-19,  “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.” As I was preparing a talk for a joint Good Friday service, I realized that I don’t reflect enough on the
  • The Cross

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    My wife Sarah wrote this for an upcoming prayer service: The Cross  More than the place that mends our brokenness, or a bridge to reach God's holiness, the cross is death to sin-soaked flesh and life that lasts, brand-new and fresh. No more addiction, no more shame; no more bondage, no more chains. Christ has taken all the
  • Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I love the smell of fresh baked bread.  When we livied in Croatia, walking down to the local bakery and smelling all the amazing breads and pastries was awesome and the taste was indescribable!  Now, living in northern British Columbia, I have access to fresh baked breads, organic coffees, and a host of other items at local farmer's markets and boutique coffee shops. When I came across
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    Eric Bryant - Blog

  • Questionable: Science and Faith (Gateway South)

    Eric Bryant
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    Tweet This week at Gateway Austin we kicked off a series called “Questionable: Feel Free to Ask.” John Burke interviewed Dr. Walter Bradley at the Gateway McNeil Campus in Northwest Austin. You can watch or listen at I interviewed Dr. Tricia Shepherd, a professor and department chair at St. Edwards University. Here’s what we shared at Gateway South: Who are we? How did we get here? Is there a God and can He be known? The Scriptures describe our origins with the following: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth…
  • 5 Ways to Avoid Divorce (And Maximize Your Marriage)

    Eric Bryant
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:40 pm
    TweetAfter 21 years of marriage and 24 years of ministry, I have discovered a few key habits of couples who have a vibrant and healthy relationship with each other. When couples avoid these habits, trouble could be right around the corner. Marriage can be one of the most challenging relationships we ever have, but it can also be the most rewarding! Here’s how: 1. Seek to Grow in your walk with God first and foremost.* Think of it like the instructions on the airplane to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you put it on yourself. Breathe in the wisdom of God so you breathe out…
  • “Lay It Down” – Gateway Austin Easter

    Eric Bryant
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:25 am
    Tweet At Gateway Church in Austin, we celebrated Easter with the theme “Lay It Down.” John Burke spoke at the McNeil Campus, and I spoke at the South Campus. You can work through the Next Steps here. Here’s some of what we shared: Well, today is Easter—billions of people across the globe celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  Right here at Gateway Church over 57 nations represented—why has this man Jesus had such influence, He was born into a poor, oppressed Jewish minority, in Roman occupied Palestine, never had wealth, power, political office, never…
  • A Passion For You (Good Friday)

    Eric Bryant
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    Tweet How do you think the word “passion” is defined in Webster’s dictionary? Love? Desire? The number one definition of the word “passion” in Webster’s dictionary* is the following: “The sufferings and crucifixion of Jesus Christ” Today marks the day we celebrate Jesus’ passion for us and for our world – the day he gave everything for us. Hebrews 12:1-2 says: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with…
  • Gateway Austin Easter Services

    Eric Bryant
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:33 am
    TweetEaster Services: Lay it Down McNeil Campus (7104 McNeil Drive 78729) Saturday, April 4th – 6 pm Sunday, April 5th – 8 am, 10 am, & 11:59 am South Campus (Crockett High School, Manchaca and Stassney 78745) Sunday, April 5th – 9:30am & 11am Celebrate the hope of Easter with us through music, drama and media telling the story of people, just like you and me, who encounter the real Jesus. We are all burdened with the baggage of life. This Easter is a fresh opportunity to find hope as we choose to lay it all down and experience the freedom of life lived with Jesus. Don’t…
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  • Kellerism on right? Dialogue with atheist reader about coverage of military chaplains

    Terry Mattingly
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Your GetReligionistas get quite a few emails from readers that you never hear about "out front" here on the blog. Many are from professionals on the Godbeat and others come from journalists on copy desks and on other beats. All are read carefully and appreciated.We also have critics, of course, and we pay close attention to them, too, especially the constructive folks who are actually talking about journalism issues, rather than their own pet political or cultural issues. One long-time reader I have always appreciated is atheist Ray Ingles, who makes regular appearances in our comments…
  • CNN gets it right (as opposed to Reuters) about Muslim assault on Christians on the high seas

    Julia Duin
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    There are times when you read an article that is so jaw-dropping shocking that you do a double take.Then you read it again. And again.Then you start seeing the same story in other mainstream news outlets and sometimes the facts are there and sometimes they are not. Let's look at several, starting with the CNN report that really grabbed my attention.I am talking about the CNN piece on the defenseless Christian refugees who drowned Tuesday or Wednesday when Muslims threw them overboard into the Mediterranean Sea. Rome (CNN) Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a…
  • Abducted, not forgotten: Media put spotlight back on kidnapped Nigerian girls

    Jim Davis
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    What a tragic relief to read mainstream media's stories on Nigeria this week.Tragic, because more than 200 of the girls abducted from Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram last year still haven't been rescued -- and, as the nation's new president says, may never be.A relief, because the media remembered the one-year anniversary this week.Things like that often fade from public view as other stories grab headlines. So the follow-up stories in newspapers like the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, and news services like Reuters and CNN,are a genuine service -- both to American readers and to…
  • Peace with the aging prog-nuns: Who gets to correct them and about what?

    Terry Mattingly
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    So one of the big stories of the day is this: Did the progressive nuns on the buses win or not?I would argue that the key to reading the coverage today is linked to two other questions. The key, looking at the stories in the elite publications, is whether these other questions are even asked.First, what was the dispute actually about? Do the stories contain any reference to the doctrinal issues involved and, especially, was any attempt made to describe them?Second, did the discussions about what to do with women religious actually move back into the shadows of Vatican and episcopal oversight…
  • In reporting on Baptists, bootleggers and beer, why not talk to some actual Baptists?

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:18 am
    There's an old joke that Jews don't recognize Jesus as the Messiah, Protestants don't recognize the pope as the leader of the Christian faith, and Baptists don't recognize each other at the liquor store.I thought about that tidbit of religious humor this week as I came across news reports on a study related to Baptists, bootleggers and beer:GALLOWAY: Georgia craft brewers fall victim to the ‘Baptist-bootlegger’ connection— AJC (@ajc) April 16, 2015 Why is the South the region with the fewest breweries? In short, it's because of the Baptists…
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    Carlos Whittaker

  • Why the weekend AFTER Easter is JUST as important for your church

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    So I was thinking. What happens the week AFTER Easter is normally a HUGE disappointment for more people than you think. Let’s make it FEEL JUST AS GOOD AS EASTER!!! Thoughts? Los
  • Today I stopped feeling God.

    2 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    Today I don’t believe. Today I don’t believe God is going to provide. Today I don’t believe I should have ever left working my 9 to five. Today I don’t believe the book I wrote matters. Today I don’t believe the words I’m writing for my next one will matter either. Today I don’t believe my ideas are worth pursuing. Today I just don’t “feel” it anymore. Well that sucks. Cause when I went to bed last night I actually did believe all those things. I actually did “feel” God. But you know the good news? God’s provision…
  • Join My 30 Day Fitness Challenge! #FitByFirst

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    JOIN #FitByFirst TODAY! Only 8% of people who made New Years Resolutions actually kept them! And Spring Is Here. And there is no worse season to feel horrible about your physical fitness than summer. SOOOOOO I’m gonna teach you EVERYTHING I DID to lose my 35lbs in 3 months. But I’m gonna show you in 30 days… I changed my body and SO CAN YOU! Amigos y Amigas. It’s time to break forth the rhythm and the rhyme. Over 2,000 people took part in the #FitByFourth Challenge. But alas, only a few finished.  Why is that? Cause there was nothing at stake. This time around……
  • Booking 2nd Half Of 2015!!!

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    “Carlos is funny and profound. It’s rare to be so entertained by a speaker while he simultaneously changes your life.” Donald MillerStoryline This last year was one for the ages… It was a year 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 AS I DECIDED THIS WAS THE…
  • Your Thorn May Be In You, But Your Thorn Doesn’t Own You

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    It’s so hard to explain. Because it’s never the same. Lately I explain it as this… You know when you are freezing cold, and you can’t help but shiver. It’s like that.  Except you look at your arms and you aren’t shivering. It’s like your insides are shivering. Living with anxiety is a bitch.  Quite literally. I mean, most of my income comes from standing and singing/speaking to lot’s of people. It is the thorn in my flesh that rears her ugly head at the most inopportune times. The second point of my message this past Sunday… Driving to…
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  • Saturday Ramblings, April 18, 2014, The Pissing Off Putin Edition

    Daniel Jepsen
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Hello, all, and welcome to the weekend.  Ready to Ramble? 1929 Rambler We’re going to start with news from Russia that memes are now illegal. Well, not all memes, just those that feature a public character.  Gee, I wonder what powerful public figure is tired of being made into a meme.  [in Church Lady voice]: “Could it be……Putin?” Yes, it seems his Royal Shirtlessness has decided his cheesy photo-ops are not to be laughed at any more. Well, too bad. This is America, Baby, and we do what we want here! My forefathers watered the ground with their blood to give…
  • Why People Move Between Different Church Traditions – A Hypothesis

    Mike Bell
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
      I was wondering a few weeks back, if perhaps people’s worship style preference could be directly correlated to their personality type.  I found this article that seemed to affirm that belief.  I asked our readers to guess what my Myers-Briggs personality type was based on what they knew of my worship style preferences and the way I approach church.  The first response was exactly right!  I started developing that thought a little bit.  That is, if we grew up in a church that didn’t fit our personality type, and wanted to make a change, what would that change look…
  • Easter: do we just not “get” it?

    Chaplain Mike
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Do we “get” Easter? This year, I’ve had this sneaking suspicion that I don’t really “get” Easter, and maybe a lot of the churches and Christians I’ve been around don’t either. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! (Repeat 3x.) Yeah, then it’s back to Monday morning and life as usual. This feeling became intensified when I tried to put together an Easter playlist of music to listen to throughout the Great Fifty Days of the season (didn’t know Easter lasted fifty days? — well, that helps makes part of my point). I found lots of…
  • Ron Rolheiser on Priestly Prayer

    Chaplain Mike
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I have an idea some people have a misconception when I tell them I am going on retreat to a place like the Abbey of Gethsemani, where I am this week. I know I’ve had such wrong notions in the past, especially in my free-church evangelical days. This is especially true regarding the daily services of prayer in which retreatants may participate. I can hardly imagine what my evangelical friends would think if I told them the monks pray nine times a day and that I delight in joining them. Weekday 3:15 am Vigils 5:45 am Lauds 6:15 am Eucharist 7:30 am Terce 12:15 pm Sext 2:15 pm None 5:30 pm…
  • Andy Zehner: On Communitarianism

    Guest Author
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM: I have said often that I am a-political — I don’t care much for politics, and we don’t talk too much about that world here on IM, except when it impinges on some facet of religious discourse. In today’s terms, I consider myself a moderate and you will usually find me lamenting the severe partisan divides that keep our governmental leaders from being effective in working for the common good. My roots are deep in the Midwestern small town ethos, and I also lived for some time in New England, where town meeting was still the main political event of the…
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    Pete Wilson

  • What’s the Point?

    Pete Wilson
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:44 am
    The Sermon on the Mount changes everything for followers of Jesus. The message leaves everyone wondering, what’s the point? It made everything seem impossible to live up to. But the point of the message was not DO THIS. The point of the message was you CAN’T DO THIS. The point of the message  is that we need Jesus.  
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    22 Words

  • You Think You’re Safe Looking at Gorillas in the Zoo? Think Again…

    Scott Neumyer
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    The zoo might look like the kind of place you can safely watch potentially dangerous, wild animals safely, but that might not always be the case. Just wait until you see what happens when one angry Silverback gorilla charges at the glass that separates him from his spectators. Woah!
  • 20 Totally Ridiculous Parenting Products That People Actually Buy

    Abby Heugel
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    There’s no question that you need a lot of things when you have a new baby — most of which you won’t even know you need until you really need them. But we’re talking about the basics here, not a contraption that tweets out prenatal kicks or a placenta teddy bear. All I’m saying is that somehow generations of parents have done this tough job without an alarm that beeps when the baby takes a dump. How did they ever survive? Baby Mop The Baby Mop reminds you that it’s never too early to start making them earn their keep. Image: Dude! I want that Kickbee This might be the most…
  • 30 Nostalgic Snack Foods You Will Probably Never Eat Again

    Abby Heugel
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    There are approximately 1.3 gazillion different snack foods that have come and gone throughout the years, but there are certain ones that everyone remembers and adores. When they’re taken away, it’s like losing a good friend that you hope will eventually come back around. Some snack foods have returned. Things like Pudding Pops and Crispy M&Ms have made valiant comebacks thanks to a clamoring from fans. But others have retired into obscurity, never to be heard from again. Do you remember these classic but forever gone treats? Reese’s Elvis Cups The only thing better than peanut…
  • 40 Things Parents Definitely Can’t Get Away With Anymore

    Megan Berman
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    Today’s parents have a plethora of resources available to them, from scented diaper genies, to spill-proof sippy cups, and parenting forums, where everyone else is wondering about that weird thing their kid is doing. But our parents sure as heck didn’t. Parenting was very different 30 years ago. And when Mommy Shorts asked readers to share throwback photos from their childhood, it became pretty clear that the parents of yesteryear would be visited by the Child Protective Services of this year for all the insane stuff they did. Then again, I guess we turned out okay, right?
  • Magical Coconut Oil Has WAY More Uses Than You’ve Ever Imagined…

    Scott Neumyer
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    Ever wonder just how many things coconut oil is good for? Let’s just say…a lot! That is, if you believe this hilarious skit from The Second City Project. Ha!
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    Ligonier Ministries Blog

  • Reflections and the Next Reformation: A Google Hangout with John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul on Wednesday at 4pm ET

    Nathan W. Bingham
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    As we seek to leverage new technology for the advancement of God's Kingdom, we continue to host live Google Hangouts with Christian leaders. On April 22 at 4pm EDT, we will be joined by Drs. John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul, two respected pastors and theologians with almost 100 years of combined ministry experience. We will ask them to reflect on their initial collaborations in 1970s, each other's ministry during the subsequent decades, and what urgent issues face the church. What is a Google Hangout? These "Hangouts" are video broadcasts that you can watch live using the player above, via our…
  • The Kingdom of God in the Old Testament: Kingship and Creation

    Dr. Ben C. Dunson
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    In a previous post I mentioned that the exact phrase "kingdom of God" does not show up in the Old Testament (although "kingdom of the Lord" does appear in 2 Chronicles 13:8; see also the talk of God's kingdom in Daniel [for example, Dan 6:26]). Despite this fact, the concept of God's kingship is present throughout the Old Testament and is vital if we are going to make sense of Jesus' preaching about the kingdom of God. Remember: Jesus simply announces that the kingdom is "at hand" (Matt 3:2), assuming that His hearers had some grasp of what He meant, even if He knew that they did not fully…
  • Using Your Tongue for God's Glory

    Dr. Joel Beeke
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Just as the Bible illustrates many forms of bad speech, it gives detailed instruction on positive uses of the tongue. It tells us to use positive words in our relations with our spouses and children, and to be cheerful in our speech. The following practices will help us use our tongues in positive ways and teach our children to do the same: Reminding ourselves of what we deserve. If we remember what we deserve, we won't be so critical of others. One day, I began witnessing to a lady on an elevator. To my surprise, she responded by evangelizing me, saying, "My mama always told me anything…
  • $5 Friday: Theology, Atheism, & Church History

    Nathan W. Bingham
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as atheism, sanctification, ministry, theology, church history, and more. We also thank P&R Publishing for their partnership this week. Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET. View today's $5 Friday sale items.
  • For the Church: Singing The Secret Place

    Randall Van Meggelen
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    "The Secret Place," from Glory to the Holy One, is based on Psalm 91 and expresses the superlative comfort of safely dwelling "in the secret place of the Most High" (Psalm 91:1), where there is "no better place now for us to dwell." Indeed, "no greater comfort can He afford" us than to belong to Him (Heidelberg Catechism No. 1), communing in His presence, feeding in His pasture, trusting His promises, thankful for His provisions, and secure under His protection. God assures safety for all who trust in Him. "Communion with God is safety" (Charles Spurgeon), God Himself is our "refuge and…
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    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts

  • ‘The goal of this command is love’

    Tim Archer
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    On Wednesday, I mentioned one of the talks that I gave last month at the National Preachers Conference in Cuba, a class on elders. The other talk was a keynote lecture on “Doctrine.” Because the theme of the conference was 1 Timothy, I had been assigned 1 Timothy 1:3-5. And like so often happens, I learned something new when studying this passage again. I had just heard James Thompson teach a class on 1 Timothy 2, so that was an advantage right there. Taking a cue from him, I went through 1 Timothy looking at descriptions of “unhealthy doctrine” and “healthy…
  • Links To Go (April 17, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Why Following Your Heart Is a Really Bad Idea Therefore, we should follow the Great Heart Surgeon. This would be a great campaign movement: Don’t follow your heart; follow Jesus. Follow His Word, and His Holy Spirit that has been given to us as believers. “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever (John 14:16).” Three Cheers for Celibacy Paul’s teaching on celibacy makes it clear that he expected people to want to have sex and to not do it – and that this lifestyle of celibacy was to be preferred over marrying in order to act on the…
  • So where did elders come from?

    Tim Archer
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last month, I spoke at the annual Preachers Conference in Cuba. Our general topic was 1 Timothy; one of my assigned topics was “Elders.” Two years ago, the whole conference looked at the theme of elders, so I wasn’t too excited about looking at the same material we’d seen then. I decided to start with the Old Testament and look at elders there. The New Testament church drew the concept of an eldership from somewhere. Given the Jewish nature of the early church, it’s almost a given that this idea of elders came from Judaism. In the Old Testament, we see that the…
  • Links To Go (April 15, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Dangers of Consumer Church We can tell people to practice self-denial, but when everything we do caters to their felt needs as consumers (from their placement in small groups, to their participation, or lack thereof, in worship), our practice contradicts the teaching. It’s no wonder so many well-meaning church goers find the call to a cruciform life utterly incoherent. Christ Builds His Church, We Make Disciples When Jesus builds His church, He does the building by using disciples just like you. He has the authority to send you, and He goes with you. Through very imperfect people God works…
  • Male leadership a consequence of The Fall? Where’s the biblical evidence?

    Tim Archer
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    So yesterday’s question was: “Can you think of a New Testament writer who described the current (in their day) state of male-female relations as being a result of The Curse?” I’d still like to hear from anyone who can think of an example. Because I can’t. There are some references, though largely symbolic, to God’s words to the serpent: “Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” (Revelation 12:17) “He seized the dragon,…
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  • Sleep: One of Your Most Important Seminary Classes

    Paul Burkhart
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:17 am
    In any school, especially graduate school—including seminary—one of its greatest costs is to one’s sleep. At least, I know that’s the case for me. I spent most of my adult schooling years with an average nightly sleep duration of 4 to 6 hours. And let’s be honest, for most of us that find ourselves staying up late, it’s often not that we’re doing school the entire time. Sometimes we’re trying to recover from the school work we’ve already finished, or maybe further putting off the work we’ve yet to do. It’s not that I can’t fall asleep, mind you. It’s…
  • Atheists, Pakistanis, and Anti-Porn – This Week’s Around the Web

    Paul Burkhart
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    “What scares the New Atheists” | The Guardian // For the first time in history, there exist societies in which the default worldview and assumption is secular. In these places, people walk out there doors and the existence of a god is not an easily apparent reality. And yet, humanity on the whole can’t seem to shake this whole “religion” thing. In this astonishingly good long read from John Gray, he explores how faith is hardwired into us and how this challenges the anemic philosophies of the New Atheists. (Good sermon illustrations in here too!)…
  • Lessons from BB Warfield’s “The Religious Life of Theological Students”

    Ryan Burns
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    Benjamin B. Warfield’s famous lecture The Religious Life of Theological Students delivered at Princeton Theological Seminary on October 4, 1911 is still very fresh and relevant to theological students in our time. Warfield’s instructions and cautions appeal to us today as they did to those before us over a century ago. I believe these theological truths will continue to speak to theological students for generations to come. What follows is a perusal of the material with the aim of stressing out some of the lessons he emphasized that speak to the seminarian in the contemporary time.
  • Around the Web: Holy Week Edition

    Paul Burkhart
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    This week is Holy Week. And though we are in the final days before the highest annual joy of the Christian Calendar–Easter–these days are meant to be marked by the deepest and most difficult times of meditation on suffering and death. The inner tension is to be cranked up high so that when Easter comes, we feel a tangible relief in our worship and adoration. And so, this week, we dive deep into the Darkness and Death that grips the world, to prepare for God’s overcoming in raising Jesus. First, though, we need a soundtrack for this week.  To that end, my I suggest my two…
  • 5 Simple Ways to Use Your Senses to Learn Biblical Greek and Hebrew

    Ryan Burns
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    By Mikel Del Rosario. Have you ever felt like the more you study the Biblical Languages, the more Greek and Hebrew you seem to forget? I felt that way, too, when I was first starting out. Today, I’ve completed my fourth semester of Greek and I’m currently in my fourth semester of Hebrew at Dallas Theological Seminary. Along the way, I discovered something that helped my Greek and Hebrew to stick.In this post, I’ll share five simple ways to use your senses in order to learn Biblical Greek and Hebrew. How can you better use your eyes, ears, mouth, hands and even your nose to make these…
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    Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Novato, Marin County » Podcast Feed

  • Came to the Tomb

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Sermon preached on John 20:1-23 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 4/5/2015 in Novato, CA. Sermon manuscript Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. John 20:1-23 4/5/15 “Came to the Tomb” We are here again celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This is something […]
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith 43

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    5 Apr 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Mr. Mike Awtry at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 4/5/2015 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on the book Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul, covering chapter 43, dealing with the baptism of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit as a sanctifier.
  • The Heart of the Matter

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Exhortation given on Matthew 15:1-20 by intern Mr. Mike Awtry during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 3/29/2015 in Novato, CA.
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith 41-42

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Mr. Mike Awtry at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 3/29/2015 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on the book Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul, covering chapters 41-42, dealing with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the doctrine of the Holy Spirit […]
  • The LORD Saved Israel That Day

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Sermon preached on 1 Samuel 14 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 3/22/2015 in Novato, CA. Sermon manuscript Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. 1 Samuel 14:1-23 3/22/15 “The LORD Saved Israel That Day” Last chapter we saw King Saul have a major failure. Face with […]
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    Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA

  • He Forgives His People – Daily Devotional – April 18th, 2015

    Austin Gardner
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    I Kings 8:50 And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee, and give them compassion before them who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them: 51 For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron: This is an amazing picture. He forgives those that He has rescued. He forgives those that He has forgiven. He brought them out of Egypt. He made them His people. They do sin but He is a forgiving God. He shows compassion.
  • You Can’t Worship Both – Daily Devotional – April 17th, 2015

    Austin Gardner
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    I Kings 3:2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord, until those days. Solomon loved God but he also tolerated and later participated in the worship of others. Probably his heart was for God, Jehovah, but his policies opened the door for the worship of false gods. God wants, expects, and demands all of our worship. He fully thinks that He is the only God. He wants to be treated as such. Today, we do not have much use for other gods, but money, power, and popularity can become way too important to us. We will not stand for God…
  • True Worship Costs

    Austin Gardner
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    II Samuel 24:24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. David needs to make an offering. He is offered a way to do it at no cost to himself. He doesn’t want to worship that way. Real worship costs. Love costs. Love made God give His only begotten Son. Love is giving of oneself. If we want to worship God we should know that it will cost us time, talent, effort, etc. I easily…
  • The question is how do we respond

    Austin Gardner
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:25 am
    II Samuel 16:12 It may be that the Lord will look on mine affliction, and that the Lord will requite me good for his cursing this day. David is being mistreated by one of his subjects. He would normally have the right to defend himself but he doesn’t. He realizes that God is in charge of what happens in his life. He is not certain if the affliction is coming from the Lord or himself but regardless he wants to respond correctly. He believes that if he responds correctly that possibly God will reward him for that. I deserve much worse in every way for what happens in my life. I have…
  • God is so good to His servants

    Austin Gardner
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    II Samuel 12:8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. David had taken Bathsheba. He had gone out to get on his own for himself. That is what bothered the Lord. In this verse God says that He would have given David more if he had just asked. The problem isn’t so much that we want more but that we choose to go get it for ourselves using our methods. God wants to bless us. This is amazing. God is upset because…
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  • Designed Potential

    Andy Wood
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    Seventy miles above the earth’s surface, a satellite captures the image of a single majestic sequoia tree, rising 300 feet above the barren wasteland that once was California. Okay, just kidding. About California, anyway. It really is a sequoia tree. Not 300 feet tall, yet. More like 3 inches. In a recent tour of the Redwood Forest, I was predictably awed of those stately giants. But I got excited whenever I saw a young seedling starting its skyward ascent. Just call me a sucker for hope. And a future. And designed potential… Like the potential that remains untapped in you. Elsewhere on…
  • The Foot Samaritan

    Andy Wood
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    Update:  You can see the video here:Click here to view the embedded video. Love where you live. That’s the theme at our church for the next few weeks. There are lots of planned ways to do that over the next few weeks, and it’s fun to be a part of that.  But the goal, as Pastor Alan explained yesterday, is to help us get to the point where we do it in the moment.  Don’t just plan to love where you live sometime next week.  Love where you live in this moment. His inspiration, in part:  Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan. Alan said he’d been reading that story over and over, and…
  • How to Get Glad When the News is Bad

    Andy Wood
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Hop on the Hypothetical Bus with me for just a minute.  Let’s take a ride. Let’s assume that as far as you know you’ve been doing everything you know to do correctly. You brush and floss 2-3 times a day. You have your daily devotions. You exercise devotedly. You give your money regularly to your church and other places. You do a really good job at whatever you call work. You only eat organic Cheetos. You get your milk from a Christian cow. Yet despite all the good things you’re doing and the faith and expectations you’ve been exercising, you just checked the scoreboard and, Uh…
  • When Epic Failure Becomes Matchless Beauty

    Andy Wood
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:53 am
    This is an epic photographic failure. A tight shot of these delightful flowers on a sunny spring day became anything but. The shutter fired way too fast; the results were embarrassing. Dark. Dreary. A disaster. Hello “delete” button. But then my photo failure, in the domain of editing software, became something completely different. Maximum exposure… maximum contrast… you see the result here. More than flowers, this pictures God’s grace. When we bring our life failures into His domain, He gloriously transforms them. Careful what you call “hopeless failure.” He still renders…
  • Uberrest – What It’s Like to be Surprised by Peace

    Andy Wood
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    When was the last time you literally felt the tension or stress melt off of you? How long has it been since you were so relaxed, breathing felt optional? Where do you go to remember who you are, or reconnect – not just spiritually, but emotionally and physically also? What would it look like for you if you suddenly found yourself surprised by peace? All that and more has a single answer for me:  Friday.  That was the day we interrupted our regularly-schedule life and made the two-hour drive to the farm.  Know why?  Don’t laugh… I wanted to see the flowers. The Back Story All her…
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  • Vertical Church Band- If I Have You
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
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  • I Know / Kings Kaleidoscope
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
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  • Passion | Crowder – How He Loves
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:28 pm
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  • WorshipTeamHangout Rob Carona
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Special guest Rob Carona from Songsmith Creative!!   Questions: 1 What is making our lives and... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Passion – Chris Tomlin | The Saving One
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Music video by Passion and Chris Tomlin performing The Saving One. 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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  • Dangerous Calling - A Review

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Paul David Tripp, Dangerous Calling:Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Leadership. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015, PB, 240pp.I have been the Pastor of the same congregation for 12 years. I enjoy it. I mean, I really enjoy it. There is no other job I would want to do. It has been a privilege. My eldest brother Dave works in the manufacturing industry. He's a better preacher than myself and my other brother Steve, who is a Baptist minister. He's certainly more pastoral and gentle than I am. Dave leaves the house each day just before 7am and he's rarely home before 7.30pm. He was…
  • God of the "Whats" and the "Hows"

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    In our last article, we saw that the objection of circular reasoning in a Covenantal approach to apologetics has actually been a standard objection to Reformed thinking for centuries. Objections like this one are understandable, given that the ones offering them are, for the most part, outside the pale of Reformed theology. Whether we want to recognize it or not, our theology dictates our apologetic methodology. Responses to a "Classical" approach to apologetics, given its home in Arminian theology, need, first of all, to find their home in Reformed theology. Any disagreement on apologetic…
  • Contesting Catholicity

    13 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    Curtis W. Freeman. Contesting Catholicity: Theology for Other Baptists. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014, 466 pp. $49.95.Curtis Freeman claims to be an "Other Baptist."  In his new book, Contesting Catholicity, Freeman seeks to fill out the theological content of this identity marker (which he borrowed from a catch-all category in a statistical report).  His claim is that Baptists began as a protest movement within the catholic church but have since devolved into a sect or, even worse, a loose collection of autonomous, mystical selves. Part history, part theology, and part social…
  • The Fruit of the Spirit: Walk by the Spirit [Part 1]

    6 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    'The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.' (Gal. 5.22f.)Paul's list of the nine-fold fruit of the Spirit has embedded itself in the varied exegetical and moral-ascetical traditions of Christianity as a succinct depiction of gospel virtue, one which directs the mind, the affections and the will towards great regions of Christian truth. To reflect on this tiny fragment of apostolic exhortation is to be set before an ideal which is at once compelling and impossible. Alert readers are simultaneously captivated by the sheer…
  • Synopsis Purioris Theologiae

    3 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    Synopsis Purioris Theologiae, Latin Text and English Translation, Volume 1/Disputations 1-23 edited by Dolf te Velde, et al. Leiden: Brill, 2014. Pp. xv + 659. $154.00/£95.00The Synopsis Purioris Theologicae, popularly called the Leiden Synopsis, was originally published in 1625 not long after the Synod of Dort in 1618/1619. The Synopsis is a set of theological disputations given by four Reformed faculty members at Leiden University--French theologian Andre Rivet (1572-1651), Dutch theologian Johannes Polyander (1568-1646), Dutch theologian Antonius Thysius (1565-1640), and the eminent Dutch…
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    Desperate for More of Him

  • The Joy of Writing

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    As I have been reflecting on my writing, and what it means, the theme of joy came to mind.  I immediately got this image of “The Joy of Cooking” cookbook, and thought how I had struggled to make cooking a joy in my own life-perhaps I need to read that book?  But it is obvious just from that title that the author finds cooking to be a joy; something that excites her and propels her to create with food.  It was a launching pad of thoughts that quickly came racing all over my head.  I thought back to my initial blogging days when I was new to it all; learning where to blog,…
  • Why only I can hold myself accountable

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
    As the inspiration comes back to me to blog, I have thought about how I am going to keep myself motivated.  I get that trying to build a platform of readership again is going to take some time, and can be very discouraging, but I also know not to focus on numbers at this point in the process, but to just learn again the joy of public blogging and trust the results to God.  Now that doesn’t mean that I don’t seek out wise counsel, which would be from other bloggers and writers online, but no one is going to make me show up here; I am either going to want to write or not.  And it…
  • Why I need to blog

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
    I hate to admit it, but it’s been a long time away from the joy of blogging that I once new.  I had a personal/spiritual crisis over the last several years as I attended seminary, and the life journey that God has had me on has been full of twists and turns.  The writing didn’t stop; I guess that’s a good thing, and maybe affirms that it is a sacred gift kept safely inside of me, because I did journal a lot, mostly on my laptop and some on good old fashioned paper.  But this I know, I am a happy person when I am sharing my life with others, especially my spiritual journey…
  • My Vent for the day: Why I Read

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

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

  • Light Friday Hit List
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some favorites that challenged, inspired, encouraged, made me laugh, or all of the above. Be sure to check ‘em out then add your own favorites to the widget below! If You Stopped Playing Notes, Music Would Still Exist by Admin (Preach the Story) How to Effectively Lead Change on Your Church Staff by Tim Stevens (Leading Smart) The Secret Science of Shyness by Sian Prior (Washington Post) Email in Real Life. Yep. 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…
  • Asking Questions We Don’t Have Answers for
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    God is faithful. That’s true whether He does what I want Him to or not. Sometimes you want to know for sure, “God will do this or not do that” before you make a request. In doing so, you can end up limiting God’s work in your life–not because you are more powerful than God but because you fail to ask. It’s easy to seek rules; it’s harder to seek God. One thing that is a hallmark of childhood is questions. My kids don’t ruminate too long before whatever their currently pondering leaps from their mouths. It can be related to anything from…
  • Never Meant to STAY Grounded
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Certainly not as big a deal in the small town we currently live in, but in Juneau, AK, tourism was/is a very big deal. That means there are lots of cool things to do when you have the chance (which admittedly seems to be rare). One great perk we used to enjoy and take advantage of was Juneau Appreciation Day.  Businesses and attractions would offer discounts for locals, and one of those places was the Mt. Roberts Tramway. If you showed a local ID, you could ride the tram to the top of Mt. Roberts to visit the nature center, take in the sights, and of course, (they hoped) buy something…
  • Sanctuary: Acre after Acre
    11 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Sanctuary– 1 : a place (as a church or a temple) for worship 2 a place of refuge and protection Meditating on the beauty He’s created and the power of His words… Isaiah 30:23 (VOICE) And then God will see to it that your efforts are fruitful—He’ll give you rain for your seedlings, bread from the earth, grain nourishing and plentiful. On that day your livestock will graze on acre after acre of green pastures.   What’s your sanctuary this week? What thought, verse, etc. are you meditating on? 15 comment(s) for this post: Sandra Heska King: 11 Apr 2015 GOD will…
  • Light Friday Hit List
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some favorites that challenged, inspired, encouraged, made me laugh, or all of the above. Be sure to check ‘em out then add your own favorites to the widget below! The Unlikely Pilgrim: And so it begins by David Rupert (Red Letter Believers) Be Respected While Making Unpopular Decisions by Dan Rockwell (Leadership Freak) How to Be a Better Writer, Part 1 by Jon Acuff ( I encourage you to take 5 minutes and breathe this in. “Abba” by Jonathan David Hesler (Thanks Sarah for the reminder) Your turn! I started this list, I need your help finishing. Share your…
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  • Hate, Love, Truth, and Homosexuality

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Hate is sin. Hate is disobedience to God. "Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him" (I John 3:15). To rage against, physically or verbally abuse, belittle, or diminish the humanity of homosexuals is hateful. To disagree is not hateful. To stand for truth is not hateful. To make arguments about human sexuality and marriage from sociological and demographic data is not hateful. To object to the legal redefinition of marriage is not hateful. To oppose efforts to redefine marriage in law is not hateful. To believe in the…
  • Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Stand by. The White House will shortly post a statement on by President Obama on Holocaust Remembrance Day. We feel confident they will do so. Or, perhaps, it will be posted on the State Department website at Any minute now. To underscore the importance of America’s relation to a free and democratic Israel, FRC President Tony Perkins will be leading a trip to the Holy Land this fall. You can find details here. In the meantime, we might read this short but convincing statement from our good neighbor to the North. April 16, 2015 Ottawa, Ontario Prime…
  • His Truth is Marching On April 15, 1865

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:28 am
    My friend Jacob Rudolfsson from Sweden joined me this morning with roughly a thousand people outside Ford’s Theater in Washington. We had come for an early morning tribute. Today is the 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination. Doctors who rushed to the Presidential Box that night in the theater knew the stricken leader could not survive a trip back to the White House, so they ordered him to be carried across the street. They placed him in the back room of the Petersen House. They had to position the 6’4” Lincoln diagonally on the bed for his final hours.
  • Marriage and Conscience Act critic reveals his own hypocrisy and desire to discriminate

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    In a recent opinion piece on Louisiana’s Marriage and Conscience Act (HB 707), state representative and speaker pro tempore Walter J. Leger III tries to dictate morals to his constituents, but only ends up exposing his hypocrisy and desire to discriminate. Against who? Against religious people he doesn’t agree with, such as Richland, Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman, who has happily served gay customers but doesn’t want to be forced to service a same-sex wedding, and the owners of Memories Pizza in Indiana, who received death threats for simply holding traditional…
  • "This is the Lord's Doing" Appomattox April 9, 1865

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    One hundred and fifty years ago today we saw the greatest victory in American history. Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia on this date in the crossroads village of Appomattox Courthouse. Gen. Lee was dressed in his finest gray uniform. He wore a gold sash and a jeweled ceremonial sword. Ulysses S. Grant was the commanding general of all Union armies. He arrived late at the home of Wilmer McLean to receive the surrender of Lee’s army. Although there were yet Confederate forces in the field (notably Gen. Joseph Johnston’s army in North Carolina and Gen.
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    Why God?

  • Sad Lessons We Can Learn From Judas Iscariot

    18 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Picture Credit – I came across a detail in John that I never seen before………… I always thought that Judus betrayed Jesus at the passover dinner and that it was a one time event. Look at verse 6…..It revealed that Judas betrayed Yeshua Jesus OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I was talking with my husband, and he said whenever he gets to this scripture he sort of laughs………. Here Jesus gives the responsibility to the ONE man in the group that is a thief. He obviously knows Judas is a thief, and I am sure knows each time Judas steals…
  • Visions And Dreams About Nuclear Attacks, East Coast Tsunamis, Horrific Flooding In Florida

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Re-Published From Brett Creamer My name is Brett Creamer and I am a Bible believing, born again Christian.  I worked for a large non-denominational mega church from 2006-2012 and I ran a large ministry for 5 of those years.  I am now teaching at a church in Indiana and I am heavily active in my new church.  I am a Bible teacher, evangelist and a Bible counselor. I normally don’t talk much about my interaction, dreams or visions from the Lord because quite frankly, most don’t believe…  And for those that do, it freaks them out because they have never experienced something like…
  • 80+ Videos That Contain Amazing Evidence For The Bible

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Probability of Simple Cell Spontaneously Forming – Rittenhouse here The Digital Code of DNA and the Unimagined Complexity of a ‘Simple’ Bacteria – Rabbi Moshe Averick -here Genetic Entropy – Dr. John Sanford – Evolution vs. Reality -here The Absurdity of Inflation, String Theory & The Multiverse – Dr. Bruce Gordon-here General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Entropy, and The Shroud Of Turin-here DNA – Replication, Wrapping & Mitosis -here The Mind Is Not The Brain – Scientific Evidence – Rupert Sheldrake -here The Mathematical…
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer- A Man Of Courage Who Spoke Up In A Time Of Terror

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Therefore, to him who knows to do good, does not do it, it is sin.” ~James 4:17 Too many of us are afraid to speak out about the pressing issues of our day such as the attack on traditional marriage, the change in culture promoting sex, evolution, and blasphemy in the media.  The assaults on our Christian faith seem to be ever increasing with each passing day. We have trouble standing on the word when it comes to these issues, and yet in North America we still have vast freedoms of speech and religion compared to the rest of the world. We do not have a military presence in our streets,…
  • Easter In ACTS 12:4 – Is The King James Bible Wrong?

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    Re-Published From With One Accord Ministry Is there a mistake in the King James Bible? Is the word Easter in Acts 12:4 incorrect? If the infallible Word of YHWH has a flaw, does that mean it isn’t the perfect Word of The Almighty as proclaimed? It is a commonly held teaching of many pastors and scholars that the “Anglican” translators of the King James Bible (Authorized Version) added the word Easter to the text, because they believe the word should be Passover (Greek PASCHA or Hebrew PESACH). This would imply most scholars believe the translators were ‘Bible correctors’! However,…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Links I like (weekend edition)

    Aaron Armstrong
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersToday’s the last day to take advantage of these deals from Crossway:When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper—$1.99Caring for a Loved One with Cancer by June Hunt—$1.99What Happens After I Die? by Michael Allen Rogers—$2.99Disability and the Gospel by Michael S. Beates—$2.99A Shelter in the Storm by Paul Tripp—$2.99Why, O God? by Larry Waters and Roy Zuck—$3.99Suffering and the Goodness of God by Robert Peterson and Christopher Morgan—$4.99Suffering and the Sovereignty of God by John Piper and Justin Taylor—$4.99Traits of leaders…
  • 3 favorite teaching moments from #TGC15

    Aaron Armstrong
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    From April 13-15, 2015, around six thousand Christian men and women came together in Orlando, Florida, for The Gospel Coalition’s 2015 National Conference, to consider the new heavens and the new earth. Yesterday, I shared three personal reflections on the conference, and today, I wanted to share a few of the standout moments from the plenary sessions:1. John Piper on Christians as radical truth-tellers. As Piper applied his texts, Isaiah 11 and Isaiah 65 (the whole message was terrific), he declared that Jesus is “calling us to be people of radical truthfulness. To not make…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersBrothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper—$2.99Augustine as Mentor by Edward L. Smither—$2.99Ministry Is… by Dave Earley—$2.99Pastoral Leadership is… by Dave Earley—$2.99Disciple Making Is… by Dave Earley—$2.99Those Who Must Give an Account by John Hammett—$2.99Transformational Church by Thom Rainer—99¢Everyday Worship by Trisha Wilkerson—$3.99Lives Jesus Changed by Simon Vibert—$2.99If I Should Die Before I Wake by Sinclair Ferguson—$3.99When Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner—$2.99Today is also $5 Friday at…
  • 3 personal reflections on #TGC15

    Aaron Armstrong
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    This week, around six thousand Christian men and women came together in Orlando, Florida, for The Gospel Coalition’s 2015 National Conference, the theme of which was the new heavens and the new earth. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a few reflections on the teaching we all received, but I first want share a few of personal reflections from the event. As you may know, for many of us, these conferences are as much about relationships as about the material (if not more so). Here are three highlights:Connecting with friends, old and new. When most people think a conference full of…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Three Cheers for CelibacyChad Hall:Why should the church reverse polarity on the marriage-celibacy issue? In addition to the unchanging witness of Scripture, I see three good reasons we in the church need to treat celibacy as more normal than marriage.Why?R.C. Sproul:When we raise the question of purpose, we are concerned with ends, aims, and goals. All these terms suggest intent. They assume meaning rather than meaninglessness. Despite the best attempts of nihilist philosophers to deny that anything has ultimate meaning and significance, the perennial question “Why?” shows that…
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • Following His Footsteps: “A Call to Watchmen” – Matthew 24-25

    Randall Smith
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    There are calls for change in the church all around us. My mailbox is filled with them, as is my inbox. “Get busy feeding the hungry!” cries one organization. “Stop shouting at the protestors against your moral agenda and show love!” says another. We seem to be in a time when direction and agenda are shifting. It seems practical that I would sort these calls out and maybe dump the ones that are superfluous, but I am not going to do that. Instead, I want to go back to the Master’s voice on the hillside of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, and ask those who care to listen to His voice…
  • Following His Footsteps: “Bad Moon Rising” – Matthew 24, Pt.2

    Randall Smith
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Have you ever seen a baby delivered? I was physically, emotionally and frantically present during all three of my children’s arrivals into this world in their respective birthing suites. During the birth of our first-born, I remember wondering if my wife would live through the process. I admit it, I was alone by her bedside, and I was very afraid. You see, I didn’t go to a bunch of classes about the birth process, and I didn’t really know what to expect. What I know now is that much of the pain of the process quickly faded in her mind, though it lived on in mine. God gave her grace and…
  • “The God Who Is There” – Romans 9:1-10:4

    Randall Smith
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    If the first five chapters of the Book of Romans describe the Gospel, the next three chapters (6-8) make clear the implications of the Gospel in your life. You don’t follow lust or list, but are Spirit led. The next section of the letter (9-11) describes why the plan to transform lives is secure – because it rests on a FAITHFUL GOD who painstakingly works in lives for generations to tell His story. Key Principle: The resistance of men to follow God isn’t evidence of God’s failure, but His faithfulness. Imagine living in a country that once openly embraced a relationship with God as a…
  • “Dying to Change” – Romans 6-8

    Randall Smith
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    The first issue we explored from Paul’s letter to the Romans was the “meaning and message of the Gospel” – in Romans 1-5. In this lesson, I want to offer a reminder of Paul’s message about CHOICES and BEHAVIORS of those who are following God because of the Gospel. Romans 6-8 moved from the issues of salvation, to the issues of transformation of a believer – since God’s purpose in salvation wasn’t simply to change where you go when you DIE, but how you live in the “here and now”. Paul taught in the middle section of the Epistle to the Romans that believers are…
  • Resurrection Sunday: “Paid In Full!” – Romans 1-5

    Randall Smith
    4 Apr 2015 | 5:50 pm
    For thirty years they struggled in that little house on the corner. They raised five children in a house barely large enough for two. Its halls heard the daily squabbles of rambunctious children, the tussle of trying to get ready for school in one bathroom. It seemed for years there was constant fighting for counter space at the single little bathroom sink, just as there was incessant poking of one another and squealing as the lunch assembly line was launched in the tiny kitchen nearby every school day. Now the towel snapping “battle lines” had long ceased, and each child graduated,…
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    Standing On Giants | Looking to Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

  • A Time Hack That Hurts

    Kyle Reed
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    How many times do you check instagram, twitter, snapchat, or facebook on your phone a day? If you are like me, you check these apps way too much.It’s like a nervous habit or something. You have a brief second so you open your phone and click the icon to do some browsing. Nothing wrong with that. Only there could be a potential problem, the problem of time distraction. Time distraction is when you check these apps to keep yourself from getting work done, not being involved in conversations, or taking your attention away from something important.I have written about time hacks before,…
  • Get Things Done With This Free Download

    Kyle Reed
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:44 pm
    There are no participation trophies for the game of life. No participation trophies, first place trophies, or best spirit trophies. The only trophies paced out are the checks we place next to our task.Nothing great comes to those who just participate. As I write this, I am listening to U2. The best band of all time (another debate for another time). The amount of greatness I see from them almost makes me want to quit trying to do anything. Gifted, yes. But more impressive is their dedication. They never stop. Releasing 13 studio albums since 1980, they have stayed dedicated to making great…
  • 10 Inspiring Home Office Ideas

    Kyle Reed
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    As someone who spends a lot of time in their home office, I am always looking for ways to make my space better, cooler, and more inspirational.Here are 10 images of inspiration to take your home office from good to great. (For more, follow my Pinterest board here)1. The “This Is the Coolest Piece of Desk Wood You Can Get” OfficeCan we talk about how cool this desk is? I love the set up with the window as well. Clean and beautiful.2. The “Minimalist Dream Set-Up” OfficeLove the artwork.3. The “Built In Beauties” OfficeIf you can’t get any work done…
  • 3 Things I Love Right Now

    Kyle Reed
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:22 am
    Here are 3 things I am loving right now:1. Casey Neistat VlogI first discovered Casey through Snapchat. He was one of my first follows where I didn’t know who he was, but really enjoyed watching his stories.Recently, Casey celebrated his 34th birthday by announcing his new project of a video VLOG every day. Being a fan of his Snapchat stories, I was excited to start this journey with him. And so far, I have been a big fan of his daily video blogs.Casey has a way of telling stories, making his daily life seem interesting, and capturing beautiful footage all in a daily video. Give it a…
  • A Conversation About Digital Marketing and Life

    Kyle Reed
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Christina Faith on her podcast Start to Finish.Kyle Reed interview Start to FinishWe talked all things digital, strategy, and finishing task. I also shared my Task Sheet download and the many books I am reading.Listen to the interview here: help make this post, A Conversation About Digital Marketing and Life a whole lot better by adding some value to the conversation by leaving a comment.This is a post from: Standing On Giants - Looking to Stand on the Shoulders of Giants
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    Heart Choices

  • Does Anyone Else Love Fixer Upper?

    7 Apr 2015 | 2:02 pm
    I have to admit I have a new favorite TV show and it's called Fixer Upper. It's on HGTV. I started watching it on the weekends when I was stuck at home because of my allergies. I became so engrossed as I watched Chip and Joanna Gaines work their magic on homes I wouldn't consider buying. But what they do with them is AMAZING!I've never been to Waco, Texas but I'll bet their real estate market has been doing much better since these two have been fixing up homes.As I watched the interaction between this couple, I suspected they were Christians. There were a few things they said and then when a…
  • The Blessings of Spring Break

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    An entire week of spring break was just what I needed. I'd been anticipating this time considering all I wanted to accomplish. I had a list of projects to do. I had compiled a list of people I wanted to see. But spring in Phoenix includes blooming flowers.I love flowers. I love roses in my garden. But citrus in bloom is something else. I'm allergic. One year I actually woke up with hives all over my body. I had taken a long walk in an area where the orange trees were blooming abundantly.And our condo is located smack dab in the middle of a citrus grove! Go figure.Many of the items on my to-do…
  • Is it Time to Replace Your Old Mascara?

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

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

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

  • Ethics: Unmarried Couple Requests Room from Christian-Owned Hotel

    Mark Lamprecht
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! In light of the nationwide disagreements over Indiana’s (and other state’s) Religious Freedom Restoration Act, let’s play the role of a Christian hotel owner. Consider what you would do in the following scenario. You are in your office at the hotel discussing Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act with a friend. You both agree that private business owners should have the right to refuse service to anyone whose requests would go against your Christian moral positions. In fact, since you have a…
  • Ethics: Friend Called to Online Discernment Ministry

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

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

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

    Mark Lamprecht
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:08 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! A friend of yours is in seminary. In fact, he is in the senior class working towards a Master of Divinity (M.Div.). One Sunday afternoon you catch up with him over lunch. The conversation turns toward ministry, seminary, etc. You ask him how long he has before finishing his M.Div. He explains it will probably take him about 1.5 years to finish given he works full-time and has a family. Then, you ask about his future plans, “What are you going to do vocation-wise once you have your M.Div.?” He answers explaining that he…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • 3 Weird Things To Avoid Doing on Social Media

    Peter Mead
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:34 am
    It is easy to live in the moment and lose perspective.  For instance, let’s think about social media.  As a preacher or church leader, just press rewind and imagine doing the following things back in the old days (i.e. even the 1980’s or 1990’s).  What would it look like if we went back in time by a generation, thus removing social media, but still acted the same way?  Would we really do the following? 1. Mundane Info Sharing.  It’s Monday morning.  You had a busy Sunday and are not feeling too motivated to dive into another week.  So you are running a few…
  • 10 Pointers for Special Occasion Preaching

    Peter Mead
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:18 am
    Preaching at a wedding, a funeral, a baptism, a baby dedication, or some other special occasion is a great opportunity to preach to people who would normally not be sitting in the church.  Here are 10 pointers to ponder. 1. It isn’t about you – Don’t try to draw attention to yourself.  At a wedding, people are there for the couple.  At a funeral it is about the deceased and their family. It isn’t about you.  Don’t try to draw attention your way.  Gracious service to others goes a long way. 2. It isn’t the time to be clever – Don’t preach in character with a…
  • 7 Ministry Diet Tips, From David Murray

    Peter Mead
    11 Apr 2015 | 12:16 am
    I have been really enjoying reading through The Happy Christian, by David Murray.  When I finish it, I will offer a review, but meanwhile I will post some highlights along the way.  Murray suggests rebalancing the diet we are taking for ourselves, and offering to others, in the following ways: 1. More Salvation than Sin “…the gospel message must begin with “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  But we don’t want to linger there any longer than we have to.  Some preachers, teachers, and parents love to dwell in the smoke and fire of Mount Sinai…
  • 7 Thoughts on Relevance in Preaching

    Peter Mead
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    When you are planning your message, consider your relevancy strategy.  When and how will you demonstrate the relevance of your message? The Bible is relevant.  We don’t need to “make it relevant,” but we do need to demonstrate how it is relevant.  Here are seven quick points to consider: 1. There is a logic to the traditional Application-at-the-End strategy.  Logically we do explain the text before we can apply the text.  This means that the traditional idea of taking the final few minutes to offer some applications makes sense.  However . . . 2. There is a flaw in…
  • Easter, For Me

    Peter Mead
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Here is an Easter reflection on the Cor Deo site that was posted earlier this week.  Let’s never forget that Easter was for me.
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  • Don’t Rush by Good Friday

    3 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    Let’s not forget the Ground Zero of our salvation — the birthplace of grace, and the foundation of the church: Christ died for our sins. Continue reading →
  • Fifty Shades of No Way

    5 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    The movie version of runaway best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey will soon hit the big screen. The movie, like the book, treads where only fallen angels dare to go: themes of sexual bondage, domination, and sado-masochism (BDSM). The Fifty Shades book series sold over 100 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 52 languages. … Continue reading →
  • Fear Keeps the Faithful Faithful? pt. 2

    16 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    Today’s post is part 2 of a BONUS CHAPTER from Grace Intervention on Fear. There is a growing supply of free resources for you to do a Grace Intervention with your church, small group, or retreat: Click here. If you missed it, here’s part one of today’s blog.   Breaking Bondage For you did not receive the spirit of … Continue reading →
  • Fear Keeps the Faithful Faithful? pt. 1

    15 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Today’s post is a BONUS CHAPTER from Grace Intervention on Fear. There is a growing supply of free resources for you to do a Grace Intervention with your church, small group, or retreat. Click here. Chapter 7 Fear Even the Christian must fear God. But it is another kind of fear. It is a fear … Continue reading →
  • Bible’s Top Ten Grace Interventions, pt 2

    14 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    [Here’s the continuation from the last post…] Grace is traumatic. Grace is a crisis. It’s a massive reversal of everything you thought about God. I use the word intervention on purpose. An intervention is an “in your face confrontation.” An intervention is a direct challenge to your status quo. In psychology, an intervention is a last ditch … Continue reading →
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    Crossway Blog

  • Ask Kevin: How Should Christians Share the Gospel with Practicing Homosexuals?

    Matt Tully
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:26 am
    Ask Kevin: How Should Christians Share the Gospel with Practicing Homosexuals? from Crossway on Vimeo. How should Christians preach the gospel to those living a homosexual lifestyle? I’d start by saying that you preach the same gospel that you would preach to someone who is not in the homosexual lifestyle. That’s the most important thing to say. I think what the question is getting at is what might be some particular strategies for sharing the gospel with practicing homosexuals, and certainly there are some things we want to be aware of. Hospitality will be very important; making…
  • Ask Kevin: What about Scholars Who Deny that the Bible Condemns Homosexual Practice?

    Matt Tully
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    Ask Kevin: What about Scholars Who Deny that the Bible Condemns Homosexual Practice? from Crossway on Vimeo. How should Christians respond to biblical scholarship that denies that passages like Leviticus 18 and Romans 1 condemn homosexual practice? That’s a big question. I’ll try to give just a short answer. One of the main arguments people make is to suggest that the homosexual behavior we are dealing with in the ancient world is much different than the homosexual practice that we have now. In other words, we’re talking about committed, consensual, adult, monogamous, lifelong…
  • Ask Kevin: Should Same-Sex Marriage Be Legal?

    Matt Tully
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    Ask Kevin: Should Same-Sex Marriage Be Legal? from Crossway on Vimeo. Why should Christians oppose state-sanctioned same-sex marriage? I imagine this question gives voice to the thought that many Christians have: "Look, I'm with the Bible's teaching on marriage. I affirm the traditional view that homosexual marriage is sinful. And yet, aren’t there all sorts of things that are sinful? There’s no law against adultery. There’s no law against gossip. There are all sorts of things that we think are bad as Christians but there aren't laws against them." But we need to be clear about what we…
  • Ask Kevin: Should I Attend My Homosexual Friend's Wedding?

    Matt Tully
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    Ask Kevin: Should I Attend My Homosexual Friend's Wedding? from Crossway on Vimeo. Is it OK to attend my friends' wedding if they are gay or lesbian? That’s a question that sooner or later most of us will have to answer for ourselves. It’s difficult on an interpersonal level—you want to be able to maintain a relationship. Perhaps you are praying for these friends or family members. Perhaps you want to share the gospel or you have shared the gospel, and you really want them to know that you love them and you want to have a relationship with them. And yet the answer clearly needs to…
  • April's New & Notable Books

    Nick Rynerson
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? Kevin DeYoung In this timely book, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung challenges each of us—the skeptic, the seeker, the certain, and the confused—to take a humble look at God’s Word regarding the issue of homosexuality. “You will finish this book better equipped to preach the gospel, to love the lost, to welcome the wounded, and to stand up for Jesus and his Word.” —Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; author, Tempted and Tried Learn More / Free Excerpt / Free Study Guide Saturate: Being…
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  • A Sincere Response to No

    Starr Cliff
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    BY: Starr Cliff Ever seen a stubborn kid throw a fit about not getting his way?  Quite a scene, right? I can’t quote him exactly, but a few Sundays ago our pastor said something along the lines of “Our response to ‘No’ is a measure of our maturity. How we feel and act when our expectations are not met reveals our self-righteousness.” I love when a truth about my relationship with Father God parallels so well with the relationship I have with my own children. Seeing a spiritual truth play out in my parenting helps me better grasp the truth of it in my own…
  • Kindness

    Starr Cliff
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    BY: Starr Cliff Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. -Colossians 3:12 Some thoughts, of late, on kindness. To “be nice” is a very different thing that showing great kindness. Excerpt from a post exploring this idea: “…kindness emerges from someone who’s confident, compassionate and comfortable with themselves…..At the root of extreme niceness, however, are feelings of inadequacy and the need to get approval and validation from others.”  So much…
  • 5 Reasons Easter at Your Church Still Matters

    Jonathan Cliff
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    In just a few weeks many across our towns and cities will gather in churches to celebrate Easter. More appropriately, we’d say that some gather because their mothers asked them to attend; but for the most part many feel compelled to remember the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is a good thing. I’ve served in the local church for over a decade now, and have seen the the great, and unfortunately the regrettable approaches to celebrating this holiday together. It’s easy as a church staff insider to get lost in the organization of a day with 3 times the…
  • Rethinking Behavior Modification

    Starr Cliff
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    By: Starr Cliff It has hit me in a new way recently,  that of the four people in that photo right there,  I can only modify the behavior of exactly one of them. Me. I can shape,  nudge,  model,  correct and discipline those other three,  but ultimately it’s up to each of those human hearts how they will act and what words they will say. I’m trying to be ever mindful of the following: When I start to feel like there is not enough gentleness in this house,  rather than trying to figure out how to make my kids lose a bad attitude… maybe I just need to spend that energy…
  • What I Used to Care About

    Jonathan Cliff
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Woah, the past 12 months have been a blur. Much of what I’ve had on my heart to write, my brain has smartly kept me from posting publicly. Much of where my mind has been in this season of transition, has been written with ink on paper in a journal that I’ll treasure for the memory of God’s changing work done in my life. In the spirit of what I’ve seen, heard, and experienced over the past few months; here is a working list of things that matter less to me than they did a year ago. Not that they aren’t still important to me as an employee, father, or husband, but…
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    Shooting the Breeze | Christian Living, parenting, marriage, leadership and more!

  • Funny Church bulletin bloopers

    Kevin Martineau
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    Church bulletin typos can be some of the funniest things you’ll ever read. Here is a collection of funny church bulletin bloopers that I have compiled for your enjoyment. Funny Church bulletin bloopers Warning: This post may force you to thoroughly examine every church bulletin, hope and even pray that your church has a funny typo or mistake and may lead to uncontrollable laughter. However, despite all of that, this post will also give you an appreciation for editors and the people within your church who catch the mistakes before they become printed and distributed.  The choir will meet…
  • How to use your spiritual pathway to experience God

    Kevin Martineau
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    Our individual uniqueness means we will all experience God’s presence and learn to relate to Him in different ways, in ways that correspond to the wiring patterns He Himself created in us.  We call this our spiritual pathway. It is great to recognize our spiritual pathway (to discover what yours is go here) but how do we use this information to help us experience God’s closeness? How to use your spiritual pathway to experience God 1.  Accept and embrace the unique way God created you. Instead of following “mass production” approaches to spiritual growth, you need to…
  • 7 spiritual pathways

    Kevin Martineau
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    Spiritual pathways have to do with the way we most naturally sense God’s presence and experience spiritual growth.  Our individual uniqueness means we will all experience God’s presence and learn to relate to him in different ways.   We all have at least one pathway that comes most easily to us.  We also have one or two that are the most unnatural and require a lot of stretching for us to pursue. There is enormous freedom in identifying and embracing our spiritual pathway.  We don’t have to beat ourselves up or feel guilty because of what is not our pathway.  We can…
  • Should we spend our money on experiences or things?

    Kevin Martineau
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    Money is a limited resource for most of us (unless of course you are BIll Gates or Mark Zuckerberg).  Since it is a limited resource we must discern how we spend it.  We must discern what is going to bring us the greatest satisfaction with our discretionary money: Should we spend our money on experiences or things?  According to some recent research the answer is experiences. The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things (This is from Jay Cassano’s post “The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things.”) There’s…
  • Why we resist slowing down

    Kevin Martineau
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    Slowing down is very difficult for the average person.  We live in a culture that pushes us to our limits.  I would argue that most of us are living at an unsustainable pace.  It’s insane what is considered normal today. Our whole life is spent running from one thing to another.  We are always tired and we are not experiencing true rest. This is not the way to live life!  We need to slow down but that is easier said than done. Why we resist slowing down (this is from Pete Scazzero’s post “Why we can’t slow down.“) Slowing down can be terrifying because doing…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • You’ve Stood the Test of Time

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    You’ve Stood the Test of Time      Today, my Aunt Connie is going on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with the vets to see the WWII veterans memorial and other sites.  This is a program put on by the University of Nevada.  It is completely paid for by volunteers.  Someone from Aunt Connie's church will be her chaperone.  My aunt, Carol Conrad McGee, was a WWII navy nurse.  She is now 94 years old.  This will be a challenging trip for her, but has a sweet determination to go.  On her trip, they’re going to have a “mail call” on…
  • Yerington’s 1950’s Kids Chase The Mosquito Truck

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Yerington’s 1950’s Kids Chase The Mosquito Truck A Memoir by Mary Burns(Published in the Mason Valley News in 1987)Burns Kids 1950'sMary BurnsThe year is 1959(ish) in a South Yerington neighborhood after dinner on hot July evening. Twenty or so juvenile type renegades come streaming out of our houses and start gathering on the big lawn.  Our tummies now full - we are ready for some action.  Could this be the night? It hasn’t happened in awhile. Maybe it will show tonight.  Twenty little kids, nauseous with anticipation, are impatiently shifting around the big lawn.
  • You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part One)

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:39 am
    You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part One) (Compiled by Mary Burns and Chere Brown)...You wait to plant your “toms” ‘till after the snow melts off Pevine. (I’m loving all the southern Californian gardeners out today - we’ll have another freeze - guaranteed) (MB)  ...You know what a Lion’s Club Manure Haul is (was?)  (Lions club manure clean up for the fair. They haul the previous days straw and manure away to keep the fair clean.) (MB)       ...You remember school sports and activities were the town’s rallying hub.
  • Terror On Alt 95

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Terror On Alt 95At the crossroads of Silver Spring, I pulled into a gas station to get my daughter, Shannon, a soda.  She had been demanding a coke for over fifteen minutes.  She was only three years old, but knew what she wanted. The afternoon was warm and we had no air conditioning in our car back in the early 70’s.  I was thirsty too.  We were going to visit my mother in Yerington about thirty-three miles away. Silver Springs was a true crossroad. East was Fallon, West led to Carson City, North was Fernley from which we had just passed through from Reno where we…
  • Rumble At Anaconda Lockout

    9 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Rumble At Anaconda Lockout The 1965 Saturday night dances in Yerington,  Nevada became my responsibility quite by accident.  My best friend, Sue, was a dynamic personality and had a powerful voice. She and four other high school classmates formed a band called the Sabras , but they had no place to practice. Our living room just happened to be very large, and so it became the band practice spot and hangout. My mother worked late, so at first I neglected to even tell her of my afternoon activities, but when she did find out, to my surprise she was supportive.  As the band…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Sandra McCracken

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    This week we talk to songwriter Sandra McCracken about her new album, Psalms. Plus, Tyler Reagin from Catalyst joins us, Jesse breaks down over some tragic news (it’s not what you think) and Cameron doles out life lessons to children.
  • Lawmakers Vote Against Making the Bible the ‘Official Book’ of Tennessee

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Just a day after the Tennessee House of Representatives voted to make the Bible the state’s official book, Tennessee’s Senate killed the measure. From The Tennessean: “The Senate voted 22-9 to send the Bible to committee, effectively killing the bill.” The state’s governor was a vocal opponent of the idea and Tennessee’s Attorney General thought it would be a violation of the separation of church and state. The critics didn’t deter House lawmakers, though; they voted 55-38 to get the measure passed. Supporter Sen. Steve Southerland argued that "the Bible has great historical and…
  • Jay-Z Is Personally Calling Tidal Subscribers to Thank Them

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Either things at Tidal are getting desperate or Jay-Z is just an extremely dedicated business owner. An executive at the streaming service told Business Insider that Jay-Z, Jack White and several of the other artist/owners have been calling subscribers on the phone and personally thanking them for using the service. Since launching earlier this month during a high-profile ceremony with some of music’s biggest stars, Tidal has faced some mixed reviews. It also just reportedly lost its CEO. Lily Allen, members of Mumford & Sons and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard have publically…
  • Ryan Gosling in Talks to Star in the ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in an upcoming sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. Not a lot is known about the plot at this point, but rumors indicate that it will take place 30 years after the time of the first film, and will focus on a search for Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard. Production is set to begin next year ...
  • 4 Ways to Fail Well

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    How we respond to failure will either propel us forward or hold us back. There’s no way around it: Failure stinks. No one likes to fail or sets out to fail. The fear of it is constantly whispering in our ears, begging us to settle for easy, safe and comfortable. But here’s the thing: Failing is part of living, and we’ll never have impactful lives if we let the fear of failing keep us frozen where we stand.
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  • Sandra McCracken

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    This week we talk to songwriter Sandra McCracken about her new album, Psalms. Plus, Tyler Reagin from Catalyst joins us, Jesse breaks down over some tragic news (it’s not what you think) and Cameron doles out life lessons to children.
  • Lawmakers Vote Against Making the Bible the ‘Official Book’ of Tennessee

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Just a day after the Tennessee House of Representatives voted to make the Bible the state’s official book, Tennessee’s Senate killed the measure. From The Tennessean: “The Senate voted 22-9 to send the Bible to committee, effectively killing the bill.” The state’s governor was a vocal opponent of the idea and Tennessee’s Attorney General thought it would be a violation of the separation of church and state. The critics didn’t deter House lawmakers, though; they voted 55-38 to get the measure passed. Supporter Sen. Steve Southerland argued that "the Bible has great historical and…
  • Jay-Z Is Personally Calling Tidal Subscribers to Thank Them

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Either things at Tidal are getting desperate or Jay-Z is just an extremely dedicated business owner. An executive at the streaming service told Business Insider that Jay-Z, Jack White and several of the other artist/owners have been calling subscribers on the phone and personally thanking them for using the service. Since launching earlier this month during a high-profile ceremony with some of music’s biggest stars, Tidal has faced some mixed reviews. It also just reportedly lost its CEO. Lily Allen, members of Mumford & Sons and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard have publically…
  • Ryan Gosling in Talks to Star in the ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in an upcoming sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. Not a lot is known about the plot at this point, but rumors indicate that it will take place 30 years after the time of the first film, and will focus on a search for Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard. Production is set to begin next year ...
  • 4 Ways to Fail Well

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    How we respond to failure will either propel us forward or hold us back. There’s no way around it: Failure stinks. No one likes to fail or sets out to fail. The fear of it is constantly whispering in our ears, begging us to settle for easy, safe and comfortable. But here’s the thing: Failing is part of living, and we’ll never have impactful lives if we let the fear of failing keep us frozen where we stand.
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    Faith Barista » A Love Note: How To Pray When You Don’t Feel Like It | Faith Barista

  • A Love Note: How To Pray When You Don’t Feel Like It

    Bonnie Gray
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:13 pm
    “Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.” K. Chesterton  {my images are free goodies for you to enjoy & share. photo thnx to miss kerilynne, who shared her #spiritualwhitespace moment on instagram.} I remember the first time I got an email from Eric. I read it over and over. It wasn’t more than a few lines. How are you? It was nice to talk to you. I remembered the shape of the paragraph, how the sentences wrapped around at the return of a line. Even though I couldn’t hear his voice, his words placed a conversation in a quiet corner of my heart.
  • Life 2.0 Don’t Bend. Don’t Water It Down. #BeYou (FREE PRINTABLE)

    Bonnie Gray
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    “Come and discover a love you don’t have to work for.” E’yen A. Gardner, Love Letters {feel free to share & download this month’s Spiritual Whitespace Desktop Calendar and April’s Shots of Spiritual Whitespace Prompts [printable below]. created by Kelly Ishmael} It’s daunting. Starting over. That’s what I’m doing. I’m on the other side of my journey to heal. I don’t have panic attacks anymore like I once did. And even the depression that I’ve experienced for the past couple years is lifting. But, I’m not the…
  • A Sweet Easter Whisper

    Bonnie Gray
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    “let the beloved of the Lord rest in him… between his shoulders.” deut 33:12 I just finished dyeing Easter eggs with Eric and the boys yesterday when I snapped this photo. I never dyed Easter eggs when I was growing up. But, two years ago on my journey of finding my ‪Spritual Whitespace, I began a new tradition with my husband and the boys: dyeing Easter Eggs. Dyeing eggs might appear as a small, common tradition that everyone does. But, in my heart, it’s not that way at all.  Easter tends to be busy time with big, overarching messages we want to imprint on our…
  • Be New. It’s Easter. The Living Way.

    Bonnie Gray
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:05 am
    “We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. ” E.E. Cummings  {my images are free goodies for you to enjoy & share} You don’t have to wait until you’re completely new. To be you. You don’t have to wait until there is no more sorrow. In order to step into the light. To be seen. You don’t have to try so hard. To understand everything. These are the words I whispered to myself. As I sat on the couch of my therapist’s office last year.
  • Hot & Fresh…Paint Nite Videos For You! (Yay!)

    Bonnie Gray
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Dear Kindreds, I’ve waiting forever to do this with you! Here below in this post, I’ve brewed up TWO Spiritual Whitespace Paint Nite Videos that I created — just for you — to enjoy with your friends! Since we launched our Virtual Spiritual Whitespace Book Club, I’ve wanted to do a Paint Night together! To celebrate and thank you for taking the journey of soul rest — and sharing the book with your friends! Just last night, I enjoyed Paint Nite with my Spiritual Whitespace Group at my home church!  We first enjoyed an an hour of guided reflection, prayer…
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    Sustainable Traditions

  • Foundations Shaking

    Talon Ben Rion
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    At the end of the song my companion sang: "Something is about to happen that will shake the earth". That is when I awoke long enough to see the red glow of the digital clock by the bed. The post Foundations Shaking appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • The Earth is the Lord’s

    Jason Fowler
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:58 pm
    "The Earth is the Lord's, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it" - Psalm 24:1 The post The Earth is the Lord’s appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Wendell Berry: Christian Agriculture (quote)

    Jason Fowler
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Wendell Berry on Christian Agriculture (quote). The post Wendell Berry: Christian Agriculture (quote) appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Heschel: Servant of GOD (quote)

    Jason Fowler
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Man's sin is in his failure to live what he is. Being the master of the earth, man forgets that he is the servant of God. - Abraham Joshua Heschel The post Heschel: Servant of GOD (quote) appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Jesus: I Am the Living One

    Jason Fowler
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    "I am the Living One. and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades." - Jesus (Revelation 1:18) The post Jesus: I Am the Living One 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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    Mr. Garner Goes To Washington

  • Mississippi, The Last Shall Be First

    Rick Garner
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Scripture refers to how the last shall be first. I love how God likes to turn what we think is right or the way things should be on its head. Jesus from His coming, birth, ministry, and death was the personification of this.So, it doesn't surprise me when I read reports about how Mississippi is last in this and backwards at that written by folks who've likely never been to the Magnolia State.On paper, Mississippi may seem like a lost cause. A worthless investment. Too hot, too unstable, and too backwards to be worth taking a second look.She's so much more.Being in the state this week has been…
  • Hailing Frequencies Closed

    Rick Garner
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Leonard Nimoy, the multi-talented man who simply was Mr. Spock, is dead at 83. In many respects, one cannot think of Star Trek without thinking of Spock. His character was somewhat replicated in other series such as Voyager and Enterprise but no one could compare to the original Vulcan.Recently, I introduced my daughter to Star Trek. She already has a love for Star Wars but to truly appreciate Star Trek requires starting with The Original Series. We've watched over a dozen episodes of the first season. Her favorite character is Spock. She enjoys "his look" with raised eyebrow often directed…
  • My Icy Valentine

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

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

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

    Jay Cookingham
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
       This is a post from last year but I felt I should share it again, it helped me refocus on the power and the and severity of the story of our Messiah. I hope it touches you. – Jay Cookingham Unrecognizable? My neighbors shouted for me to hurry, to drop what I was doing and follow them. They ran ahead, their excited voices forcibly joining the crowd we were running towards. The last thing I heard clearly was… He was coming. The air was filled with dust and anger, and in fear, I almost turned back. Instead, I jostled for position against the mob that lined the street. I flexed…
  • Father's Plan

    Jay Cookingham
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
      I like to share some quick stories about some men I recently met. One man has been dealing with abandonment issues for most of his life...he is now 75 years old. One man grew up in a worse abuse situation than I did (if you know my story (Freedom Story) that's saying something! One young man described himself as "Boring Brian", he struggles with self-worth. One young man desperately wants an older man to help "father" him on his journey and walk with Jesus They all came (along with about 40 others) to hear me speak about "Manhunt: God's Search for Sons" at my seminar at the Iron…
  • Freelance Knight

    Jay Cookingham
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
        In a few days I'll be heading to Carlisle PA to speak at the Iron Sharpens Iron Men's Conference. This will be my second round of ISI conferences (I spoke at 2 last year) and each one is an awesome and humbling event. The fact that I am invited surprises me when you considered the heavy hitters of men ministry that are usually gathered there. As a speaker I pay my own way there (thankfully my church covers all costs) so in some ways, I feel like a freelance knight. A lightweight spear is also called a lance. In the middle ages, a knight who could be hired to fight in different…
  • Braveheart

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

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

    Natalie Snapp
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Super-honored to be featured on Amy Bennett’s podcast, Feathers, today. We’re talking about the experiences that led to my first book Heart Sisters: Be the Friend You Want to Have – which releases on April 21. I would love to have you join us there, friend! Click here to listen. The post Join Me On The Feathers Podcast Today? appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
  • When We Prioritize Our Schedules Instead Of Our Relationships

    Natalie Snapp
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Thank you to sweet Bethany Grove for today’s post! I love her authenticity, don’t you? As soon as my alarm sounds each morning, my thoughts turn to getting my kids ready for school and, of course, coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. Then, the daily to-do list begins to invade my thoughts. My guess is, you know the drill, too. My list includes checking email, writing blog posts, taking care of Facebook groups, tweets, dinner, getting kids in bed and many more tasks that aren’t necessarily worth mentioning but if left undone, my people will notice. Your list may not look exactly…
  • Dear Anxious Mama,

    Natalie Snapp
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
        Greetings, sweet sisters! Today, you are hearing from one of my very own Heart Sisters – Mandy Pagano. Mandy is a wonderful blessing in my life – I know you will love her authentic heart, willing and honest transparency and love of God. She is a gift from Him to me. Too many nights I’ve laid awake rehearsing tragedy after tragedy in my mind and how I would handle them when and if they arose. I’ve mentally walked through how I would rescue my six children should we have a fire. I’ve obsessed over how I would unbuckle and swim all of my kids to safety should our car…
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    Christianity 201

  • Being Assured and Giving Others Assurance of Salvation

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    I chose this to run today simply because we don’t hear enough these days on this topic, the assurance of our salvation. The author is Paul Steele at the blog Paul’s Ponderings whose writing first appeared here four years ago, and you can click the title below to read this at source. How can I have assurance of my salvation? This is a common question many Christians have. I think it stems from the reality that we are saved by grace through our faith. In the minds of most people (for many years this described me as well), being “saved by grace through faith” feels like salvation…
  • Reminder Ministry

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Today’s writer is a long-time acquaintance of Thinking Out Loud and C201. Years ago, I ran a profile/interview with Kevin Sanders aka Kuya Kevin, a guy from Alabama who found himself doing youth ministry in The Philippines. He’s now married and back in the U.S. and still blogging at To read today’s article at source — where we’ve also poached a picture of Kevin preaching — click the title below. The Ministry of Reminding “I am fully convinced, my dear brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness. You know these things so well you…
  • Today’s Word: Can You Say Christocentricity?

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings Phil 3:10 (NIV) For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves because of Jesus. 2 Cor. 4:5 (HCSB) So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. 1 Cor. 1:2 (NLT) Christ means everything to me in this life, and when I die I’ll have even more. Phil 1:21 (GW) For it is in closest union with Him that we live and move and have our being… Acts 17:48a (Weymouth) He must…
  • Setting the Bar High

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    NIV Matt 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. We like to pay return visits to people who have appeared here before. Several years ago we linked to the writing of Bill Muehlenberg at the blog Culture Watch. Today we drop in him again. What appears below is about half of the original article, so click the title to see it all now, or click the link at the end to continue reading; the balance of the article looks at a biography of Thomas Whitefield. Time to Raise the Bar In much of life, and certainly in the Christian life, we need to be inspired, challenged and given…
  • Head for the Hills

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Psalm 121 – The Voice A song for those journeying to worship. 1 I look up at the vast size of the mountains— from where will my help come in times of trouble? 2 The Eternal Creator of heaven and earth and these mountains will send the help I need. 3 He holds you firmly in place; He will not let you fall. He who keeps you will never take His eyes off you and never drift off to sleep. 4 What a relief! The One who watches over Israel never leaves for rest or sleep. 5 The Eternal keeps you safe, so close to Him that His shadow is a cooling shade to you. 6 Neither bright light of sun…
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    Worthy Christian News

  • Ramadi could fall as ISIS militants lay siege, Iraqi official warns (Video)

    Worthy News Staff
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
    (Worthy News)– Ramadi, the capital of Anbar providence, is under seige by ISIS as at least 10 Iraqi security forces were killed and more than 100 others were wounded as the strategic city is threatened to fall to the extremist organization. The extremist group's offensive in Ramadi shows its resilience despite months of U.S.-led airstrikes and its recent defeat by Iraqi forces in the northern city of Tikrit. Essawi, the deputy head of the Anbar Provincial Council, told CNN from inside the city Wednesday that it's unclear how much longer government troops can hold their front…
  • Syrian Christians killed, wounded in Aleppo

    Worthy News Staff
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:57 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News)– Armenians in Aleppo — the largest city in Syria — have been under siege since Holy Week from rocket attacks that have killed 30 and injured almost 60. But according to Barnabas Aid, Aleppo's Armenian Christians are also being threatened from Turkey, which has vowed to show them how to "celebrate" the centenary of the Armenian/Assyrian Genocide. Although Armenians memorialize the event every April, the entire genocide lasted three decades, during which up to 3.75 million Armenians, Assyrians and other…
  • Christian Missionary Wounded in Apparent Terrorist Shooting

    Worthy News Staff
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:38 am
    (Worthy News)– A Christian missionary is critically wounded after being shot in the head in Karachi, Pakistan, in an apparent terrorist attack, CBN News reported. Fifty-five year old Debra Lobo was hit twice when four men fired shots from motorbikes as she was leaving work. Lobo has lived in Pakistan for thirty years and is married with two children. She serves as vice-principal of Jinnah Medical and Dental College. – Source
  • Al Qaida Consolidating Power in Yemen

    Worthy News Staff
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:15 am
    (Worthy News)– Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen consolidated control over much of the country's largest province on Thursday, capturing a major airport, an oil terminal and the area's main military base, and striking an alliance with local tribal leaders to administer the region, the Washington Post reported. The gains highlight how al-Qaida has exploited the chaos in Yemen, where Shiite rebels are battling forces loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. A 3-week-old Saudi-led air campaign in support of Hadi has so far failed to halt the rebels' advance. Military…
  • Christians Thrown Overboard By Muslims in Mediterranean Sea

    Worthy News Staff
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:01 am
    (Worthy News)– Italian police say they have arrested 15 Muslim migrants after they allegedly threw 12 Christians overboard following a row on a boat heading to Italy, the BBC reported. The Christian migrants, said to be from Ghana and Nigeria, are all feared dead. The 15 Muslim migrants involved in the row with Christians were arrested in the Sicilian city of Palermo and charged with "multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate". The suspects, who are from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea, were among 105 migrants travelling in an inflatable boat that left…
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    Worthy Christian Devotional - Daily Devotion

  • Liberty, Freedom and Deliverance are on the way!

    George Whitten
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:13 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy  Devotions. 2 Corinthians 3:6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. When the Torah was given on Shavuot in the days of Moses, the sin of the golden calf resulted in the death of 3,000 men. Some 1500 years later at the same season the Holy Spirit descended causing 3,000 men to be saved! The Lord has never changed; His mercy and His holiness are the same throughout all ages. But the contrast of these two historical events during the same Holy Day may…
  • Be Quick to Obey!

    George Whitten
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:56 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Genesis 26:1-2 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: In the days of Isaac, there was famine in the land of Israel. It appeared then, that the right thing to do was to go to Egypt where there was plenty. But the Lord instructed Issac not to go, and instead cling to the promise that He made with His father, Abraham. When…
  • Wake up – the eruptions are here!

    George Whitten
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:54 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Zephaniah 2:2-3 Before the decree is issued, Or the day passes like chaff, Before the Lord's fierce anger comes upon you, Before the day of the Lord's anger comes upon you! Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the Lord's anger. In the 1883, Captain Sampson of the British navy witnessed one of the greatest volcanic eruptions in history which took place in Indonesia. The eruption was so powerful that its shock waves…
  • Patience — Oh what a lesson!

    George Whitten
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions. 2 Peter 1:5-7 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. Patience is one of those attributes that you cannot learn by reading about it. It's a quality that can only be acquired by persistent, enduring, practice– and for me it's a drill that I go over, and over, and over again! The original Webster's dictionary offers this…
  • We are the "bikoreem" of creation!

    George Whitten
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:35 am
    by George Whitten, editor of Worthy Devotions Leviticus 23:10-12 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 But now Christ is risen from the…
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  • God Has Brought You to This Place

    Stephanie Bryant
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Their toes were still in the sand of wilderness, but their eyes could finally see the Promised Land. They knew it was for them. Just waiting for the taking. Are you in that place? You’ve prayed and longed for “it.” You’ve waited and waited. Now, all of a sudden, God has placed it in front of you. I’ve become a little obsessed with the Israelites and their story, from slavery to wandering to being chosen to enter into the Promised Land. I’m sure you can identify, too, on some level. I feel like our little family is on the edge of what God has planned for…
  • The Long Haul of Friendship

    Tawnya Smith
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Eight years ago my husband and I waved good-bye to our families, our friends, and the church community we’d been surrounded by since childhood. With stars in our eyes we pulled a U-Haul truck out of the city we’d grown up in and headed hundreds of miles away into a new adventure. Our excitement — to join the staff at a ministry we loved — carried us through the difficult departure. By the time our moving truck was unloaded, however, a cloud began to form over my head. We had just left a life where we had history, where we were known, and where we were understood. Now, for the…
  • The Truth Is I Am Tired

    Alia Joy
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Sometimes I write and people tell me I’m brave. Because I write hard things. Because I dive past the small talk and tell you where it hurts. Because I don’t want to pretend. Because I tell you it’s ok if you hurt too, I know the balm for the scars we carry, the antidote to utter despair, the flicker of light when your feet stumble and bruise in the dark night. Because I tell you He is big enough to be met with your doubts and your worries. I want to invite you to meet Him, know Him more, see Him in the light I do, I want to share my Jesus with you. And I want words to soothe the ache. I…
  • {The Courage to Create Friendship on Purpose} Week 3: Making Plans with Open Hands

    Renee Swope
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:20 pm
    While we don’t have plans to do a formal (in)RL gathering this year, God has put it on our hearts to continue to encourage and equip women to gather in real life throughout the year — not just one weekend. Since the last weekend in April holds a special place in our hearts, we want to launch our first “Girlfriend Gathering” Saturday, April 25th. We’ll spend each Wednesday in April sharing our own “friendship on purpose” stories, with topics to inspire you as you gather with your own friends. Then, on April 25th, get together with the women God puts on your heart for a few…
  • The Importance of Sisterhood and Friendship

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:20 pm
    It seems like no matter what we do around here, we can’t get away from celebrating friendship in April! As we’re all praying about and planning our own Girlfriend Gatherings on the 25th (you can read more about those here), we wanted to share this post with you again. Originally from Lisa Leonard last year, we thought it might encourage and inspire you today — because adult friendships can be hard, but we’re in this together! You can find the image in this post, and the rest of the “10 Tip to be the Friend You Wish You Had” images to share with friends on…
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    Plough Weekly

  • Easter Tears

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:16 am
    “There are many who feel they have lost the Savior. For whatever reason, Jesus is dead to them. Those who feel they have lost Jesus are actually the very ones in whom Jesus has special joy. They are the ones he is seeking.”
  • An Ambassador for Life

    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A baby boy with profound disabilities teaches his foster family about life, love, and surrender.
  • A Spark Bird Lights a Fuse

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:55 am
    Raising environmental consciousness does not require deep knowledge. The author delights in joining children as they identify a plant, bird, or insect and learn about its unique place within the web of life.
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    Religion Dispatches

  • Adventists Cancel ‘Holy Sexuality’ Confab; Egyptian Court OKs Deportation of Gays; Mongolian Trans Activist Gives TV Interview; Global LGBT Recap

    Peter Montgomery
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    A Russian nonprofit group, the St. Petersburg-based Coming Out, celebrated April 17 International Day of Silence by releasing a video “Break the silence,” which ends with “silence can break us / but we can break the silence.” A small Day of Silence protest last Sunday was reportedly broken up by police as “unauthorized.” Shortly after a public celebration of the half a dozen gay U.S. Ambassadors now serving, BuzzFeed’s Lester Feder reports that “multiple” LGBT foreign service officers said they need more support:  “But, for many career staff, the department has not leaned…
  • Six Overlooked Gems from the Future of World Religions Report

    Tim King
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    The global religious landscape is changing, fast, and The Future of World Religions report from the Pew Research Center has boldly gone where no exceptionally long research group report has gone before by extrapolating current trends to draw a spiritual picture of the world in 2050.* The report is careful to acknowledge that a lot could change between now and 2050. War, famine, pandemics, and general political instability, for example, could knock these trends off track given that the greatest driving factors for change are determined by age of the population, life expectancy, and fertility…
  • Ask a Muslim: No, Dear Reader, Sex-Obsession Isn’t Confined to Muslim Nations

    Haroon Moghul
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
      RD recently received the following email from reader HK, in reference to my recent post, “Dear Reader, I’m Assuming You Don’t Know Any Muslims”: I am writing to offer a suggestion for an RD piece (or series?) that would be extremely useful to me, and I suspect to many other RD readers: Please discuss some of the problematic aspects of the Koran, and of Islam. For example: why are there no majority-Muslim countries that are democracies, or that recognize civil liberties? why are majority-Muslim countries so concerned with matters like sex (and particularly…
  • “Pro-Family” Ad Helps Explain Fear of Marriage Equality

    William E. Smith
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:20 am
    In late March The Washington Post published a peculiar ad from the American Family Association (AFA) addressing the U.S. Supreme Court, which will soon issue a ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in a handful of states. The ad, in brief, demands that the Supreme Court uphold these marriage bans or else. Click image to read the text of the ad. Think of the threatening tone as the AFA’s Hail Mary effort to salvage a victory, a victory seemingly harder to achieve for the AFA and its allies with each passing year. Paying attention to the ad’s threat, rather than…
  • Why Body Cameras Won’t Solve Police Brutality

    Stephanie Gaskill
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Three days after police officer Michael Slager shot and killed Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina earlier this month a video surfaced that led to the officer’s arrest for murder. Passerby Feiden Santana had recorded Scott fleeing as Slager repeatedly shot him in the back, belying the officer’s claims that Scott posed an imminent threat at the time. During the Scott family’s press conference to address the widely-circulated video, attorney Chris Stewart stressed the rarity and importance of the footage, while Scott’s mother, evoking the call and response…
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  • Practicing humility

    Naty Matos
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    In Romans 12: 14-16 we get a lesson on how to be with others regardless of how they treat us. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited. When we read this we know in our gut that is no easy task. We tell others what we know. We repeat the right words like a chant, but in the actual day to day is a different story. Be honest with yourself, how loving and blissful are you in…
  • Not just serve, but how to serve

    Naty Matos
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    We are no looking at: Romans 12:11-13 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.   When we serve we need to check our attitudes and motives in check. We start a new service assignment with excitement, like all new things. At the beginning we are learning the ropes, then we go through the phase of knowing our roles and probably improving our service. But like everything in life, not every moment is a happy…
  • Love in Action Romans 12:9-10

    Naty Matos
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    9 Love must be sincere.Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love.Honor one another above yourselves. The tricky part about love and honor is that it’s not just for those who we like. Being devoted to love those who are mean to us is no easy task. But this is something we really need to get serious about, after all is our second commandment right up there with loving God above all else. The other misconception is that love is just tolerating everything others do and that’s not what love is. Love also brings correction and boundaries. Honoring others…
  • WF: Open Up The Heavens

    Naty Matos
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    This is an amazing worship song. I need this song to be my alarm because it will not only get me out of bed energized but filled of the spirit. After a long hard week of work we need to be refreshed and renewed and what better way than praising God. How awesome is recognizing that God is almighty, all powerful, all amazing? We are all in need of a showers from heaven of peace, love and just his sweet presence. Enjoy this song and have a great weekend.  
  • More on serving Romans 12 :4-8

    Naty Matos
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body,and each member belongs to all the others.6 We have different gifts,according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying,then prophesy in accordance with your[a]faith;7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;if it is giving, then give generously;if it is to lead,[b]do it diligently; if it is to showmercy, do it cheerfully. Just as I closed the last…
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  • The Joy of Easter Vigil

    Ron Amundson
    4 Apr 2015 | 10:26 pm
    I’m fixin to blog the 50 days of Easter, so I figured it best to start out on day 1 with a cool bit about the joy of the East vigil. It was easy see the joy on the Bishops face, so that was cool, but it was also expected. Sadly, far too often such joy begins and ends at the altar rail… most folks in the pew tend to be so serious, any joy they have internally gets a  mask put over it. Alas, there was one person there who wore no mask.. and in the middle of service, probably wore nothing at all, being his mom was gone for a period just long enough for a quick diaper change. Yep,…
  • 50 Shades of $500 Million

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

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

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

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

  • Russia Ready to Renew Military Cooperation with Libya
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:14 am
    (SPUTNIK)—Russia is prepared to renew military technical cooperation with Libya if the UN Security Council allows it, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Thursday.Earlier, Libyan authorities expressed hope to continue cooperation with Russia in military training and the purchase... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Establishment GOP Plots to Empower Obama on "Progressive" Trade
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    (THE NEW AMERICAN)—In a controversial move that came as a shock even to many of the American people's elected representatives, a coalition of establishment lawmakers in both parties—primarily Big Government Republicans—unveiled a secretly negotiated globalist plan to empower Obama with "fast-track... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Islamic State Sets up Camp Within a Few Miles of Texas Border
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    (IBD)—No sooner had President Obama gutted border enforcement than the Islamic State built a Mexican training camp just a few miles from Texas. Did Obama doubt IS would take advantage of his immigration policies?If he did, he is dangerously naive. But we do not see how he could have been so... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Anti-Semitic Attacks Surged Worldwide in 2014
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    (ARUTZ SHEVA)—A new research study released its findings on Wednesday, exposing how acts of violent anti-Semitism in Europe positively skyrocketed in 2014.The report, conducted by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, was prepared together with the... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Countdown to Israel Attack: Russia Lifts Ban on Missile Sales to Iran
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    (BREITBART)—Russia announced Monday that it will sell Iran advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles. The decision, which ends an embargo dating back to 2010, shows that President Barack Obama is rapidly losing control of the international consensus on Iran.It also sets Israel a deadline to attack... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

    3 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    As I've been writing for the Master over the years and publishing my material online, I've developed numerous blogs. My Master is Jesus Christ, God's Son. And this site contains a collection of my best and most popular blogs in one place, so that anyone who would like to browse my material can more easily find what they are looking for. I hope you will enjoy what you find here! Feel free to contact me, if you'd like to, through the website listed at the bottom.Below you will find the names of my blogs, and beneath each title you will find links to the posts within each blog. In the sidebar,…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - April 2015

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    I've recently updated some blogs and posted some new ones that I want to make you aware of: Saved By a Vision of Second Coming - O. Moses Alabi Rachael Mushala Third Testimony of HellGabriel Doufle Kokou Testimony of Heaven and HellPhilosophy and Empty Deception Hope for YouIs it a Sin to Take Medicine? Is Contraception a Sin? -- a Divine Revelation (updated!) Sins That Will Keep You From Heaven (updated!) The Spirit's Law of Life (updated!)Rock, Rap, and Reggae Music -- Three Divine Revelations (updated!)Aim for Perfection (updated!)The Law of Christ  (updated!)May the Lord use…
  • Giving to DMI

    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Our gift of these articles by Len Lacroix is made possible in part by your gracious support of the ministry.  There are two ways to donate to Doulos Missions International. You may either send a check or money order by mail or you may donate securely online.Doulos Missions International, Inc. is incorporated in the State of New Hampshire as a publicly-supported non-profit charity.  We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt organization under IRC 501(c)(3). Contributions made to this organization are tax deductible.Online Donations You may…
  • Doulos Missions International

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Len and Jennifer LacroixWe're so glad you took the time to visit our blog.  We were based near Budapest, Hungary, serving as missionaries for four and a half years.   However, we are currently based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. 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 official website for Doulos…
  • Opportunities to Serve the Body of Christ

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:30 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…
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    Relief: A Christian Literary Expression

  • The Interior Geography of Merton’s Mountain

    Tom Sturch
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    I had intended to finish Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain before I wrote this piece, but alas, he makes me think too much, and when I think it yields writing, and writing works on me from the inside out. I think Fr. Merton would be happy with that. In his preface to the Japanese edition published twenty years after its initial release, he says, “I seek to speak to you, in some way, as your own self. Who can tell what this may mean? I myself do not know, but if you listen, things will be said that are perhaps not written in this book. And this will be due not to me but to…
  • The Current

    William Coleman
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    A few years ago I was asked to write an essay on the importance of poetry in our time and place. I did not accept right away. The task was daunting; my impulse was to say no. At the same time, however, I’d been teaching improvisation, and the first rule of improv is to say yes. And so, though I felt panicked, I said yes, and the moment I did, an extraordinary thing happened. I felt like some Midwestern Robert Burns, composing a tune: “My way is: I consider the poetic Sentiment, correspondent to my idea of the musical expression; then chuse my theme … [and] I walk out, sit down now and…
  • Taking Advice From The Police

    Chrysta Brown
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    “I’m so tired, and I have so much homework.” In the space between ballet and rehearsal, I asked my student how she is doing, and I receive a diatribe about the hardship of being eleven. I’m tempted to tell her to wait until college when she tells me that that she has track and field day tomorrow. “What?” How has this ridiculous tradition survived years of educational advancements? I am convinced that there is no day more pointless than track and field day. For one day in grade school, we were bussed to a school with a proper track, and, under the guise of testing our fitness…
  • Boyhood, Birdman and the Problem of Existence, Part 1

    Drew Trotter
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Birdman and Boyhood shared more than the race for the Best Picture Oscar last year. Though the two movies were as different as can be imagined in tone, form, subject matter, pace, and just about every other movie-making category, they were unified in pushing to the forefront a philosophy that goes back some fifty years, but seems to be gaining momentum as a philosophy of life: existentialism. Existentialism is known best at the popular level as the theory that the only meaning one can find in life is by living authentically, i.e. passionately and sincerely, in the moment. The “now,” not…
  • Fritz Eichenberg

    Paul Luikart
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of my favorite pieces of visual art is Fritz Eichenberg’s wood-cutting from 1951 called The Christ of the Breadlines. I have a print of it framed and hanging on the wall in my house. It depicts Jesus Christ standing in line at a soup kitchen, waiting with the rest of the down-and-outers for His turn to be served. In front of Him and behind Him are other raggedy people, hands in their pockets, wrapped up in shawls, anxiously waiting for food, a meal they couldn’t prepare for themselves. They’re all together nomads, riff-raff, vagrants, human dreck, homeless. I like this piece simply…
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  • Free Catholic Movie : Bernadette - Girl who saw Our Lady of Lourdes Stars Sydney Penny

    Jesus Caritas Est
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    119 min - Drama - January 1989 (USA)The true story of St. Bernadette Soubarous who saw Our Lady of Lourdes. An unemployed miller moves his family into grim lodgings; his wife takes in laundry. In February of 1858, at the Massabielle grotto, their 14-year old asthmatic, illiterate daughter, Bernadette, sees a light she later distinguishes as a beautiful young woman. Crowds follow her and people are cured by the waters from a spring Bernadette has cleared.Director: Jean DelannoyWriters: Robert Arnaut, Jean DelannoyStars: Sydney Penny, Jean-Marc Bory, Jean-Marie BernicatFOR FREE MOVIES AND MORE…
  • Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday April 18, 2015

    Jesus Caritas Est
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Saturday of the Second Week of EasterLectionary: 272Reading 1ACTS 6:1-7As the number of disciples continued to grow,the Hellenists complained against the Hebrewsbecause their widowswere being neglected in the daily distribution.So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said,“It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men,filled with the Spirit and wisdom,whom we shall appoint to this task,whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayerand to the ministry of the word.”The proposal was acceptable to…
  • #PopeFrancis “Many times, many times these new forms of slavery are protected..."

    Jesus Caritas Est
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Pope Francis addresses the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences - OSS_ROM18/04/2015 13:52Pope Francis met this afternoon with the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences who are in Rome for their plenary session to discuss ways to combat human trafficking.Following a greeting by the Academy’s President, Margaret Archer, the Pope welcomed the members and expressed his gratitude for their work in finding new ways to eradicate all new forms of slavery in the world.Drawing from the Beatitudes, the Holy Father noted that those who suffer from forms of modern slavery, such as forced labor,…
  • #PopeFrancis God "“loves others, loves harmony, loves love, loves dialogue, loves walking together.”

    Jesus Caritas Est
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    Pope Francis at Mass on Friday at the Casa Santa Marta. - OSS_ROM17/04/2015 12:37(Vatican Radio) Humiliation for its own sake is masochism, but when it is suffered and endured in the name of the Gospel it makes us like Jesus. That was what Pope Francis said in his homily at the Mass at Casa Santa Marta, as he invited Christians to never cultivate sentiments of hatred, but to give themselves time to discover within themselves sentiments and attitudes that are pleasing to God: love and dialogue.Is it possible for people to react to difficult situations the way God does? It is, the Pope said,…
  • RIP Cardinal Francis George of #Chicago - Official Statement from Archdiocese

    Jesus Caritas Est
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE, OMI ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS OF CHICAGO 1937 - 2015 Archbishop Blase J. Cupich’s Statement on the Passing of Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago April 17, 2015 A man of peace, tenacity and courage has been called home to the Lord. Our beloved Cardinal George passed away today at 10:45 a.m. at the Residence. Cardinal George’s life’s journey began and ended in Chicago. He was a man of great courage who overcame many obstacles to become a priest. When he joined the priesthood he did not seek a comfortable position, instead he joined a…
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  • Enemies Of The Cross

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Watch this Video: Paul White illustrates the silliness of us trying to add anything to Christ’s finished work. “Man I just want people to walk and live in the freedom and liberty that is theirs. If they don’t want it, they can stay where ever they are, however they’re thinking, however they’re living. I’ll not push, prod, poke, trip, jump ‘em, scream at ‘em, yell at ‘em.  But the moment they want an article of grave clothes pull off, I want to be there. Church, if we’ll have that approach with the people that come in, if we’ll…
  • The Glory Within

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder discusses how the Kingdom of Heaven dwells within us, and that thanks to Jesus we have the fullness of the Godhead! “The process of Christian “growth” in that sanctification is not a process of becoming holy, but rather was something accomplished single-handedly by Christ. While the Christian does grow and mature, this is not a process of “becoming holy” or simply “rooting out sin.” Rather it is a process of discovering and rightly identifying with the truth of who we are in Christ.” – John Crowder 1…
  • Grace From Start To Finish

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Watch this Video: Andrew Farley explains that we’re dead to the law, free from the law, and not under the law. Galatians 3:1-27 Trust in Christ, Not the Law 3 You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the cross was certainly set before you clearly enough. 2-4 Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s…
  • The Role of Impartation?

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    Watch this Video: John Crowder discusses Impartation from a Finished Work Lens “If we have the fullness of God thanks to our union with Christ, then what is the role of impartation? Is it a valid Biblical practice? Is it necessary at all? Many are confused over the idea of “transferring” an unction, anointing or mantle from one person to another … In summary, impartation does not give us anything we don’t already have – rather it stirs up the fullness that is already fully latent within us!” – John Crowder Colossians 2:8-10 8-10 Watch out for…
  • Unsettling The Settlers

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Watch this Video: Brennan Manning illustrates two paradigms found in the church. “Many men and women fear the responsibility of being free. It’s so much easier to let others make the decisions for us, or to find refuge in the letter of the law. I say this with tears in my eyes, but many christian men and women want to be slaves. After enslaving themselves to the letter of the law, these people always go on to deny freedom to others. They will not rest until they’ve imposed the same oppressive burdens on everybody else. Jesus described them this way. “They tie up heavy…
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    Will Mancini

  • 5 Biblical Principles for Personal Visioning

    Will Mancini
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    Two new initiatives have marked my ministry in 2015 and have me spending more time on personal visioning. The first is leading my first personal vision cohort. Fourteen people have joined with me for a 12-month journey of finding and aligning their personal vision. It continues to be a great joy, and you will see a lot of new content on my blog toward the end of 2015 under the banner of “younique.”   Younique will be a brand for training and tools for personal visioning like nothing else currently available. Another initiative is writing the official trade book follow-up to…
  • Powerful Quotes on Vision and Leadership by Lyle Schaller, Church Consultant #LyleLearnings

    Will Mancini
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Lyle Schaller, a church consultant who passed away last week, was the most well-known and most-traveled church consultants of the 20th century.  He was a master of understanding church vision and leadership. He wrote or cowrote over 94 books, and brought a prolific diagnostic ability to his work. I cannot express my gratitude enough for his life model and the rich learning that he passed on; especially helping guys like me practice in the arena of church consulting. To celebrate his legacy, the Auxano team is inviting church leaders and church consultants everywhere to join in a simple…
  • Incredible Coaching Opportunity for Pastors in Southern California: Vision co::Lab with Senior Pastor Rich Kannwischer

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:16 pm
    How would you like to get 24 hours of vision, strategy and missional leadership coaching from one of the most effective pastors in the country? Rich Kannwischer, Senior Pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA, will be leading a Vision co::Lab at his church from April – November. I am particularly excited about this opportunity to learn from Rich. Shortly after Rich assumed the pastorate at St. Andrew’s, I reflected on a dynamic interplay I observed in his leadership, between two different kinds of “wins.” Some things that a new pastor does naturally relate to…
  • The Top 10 Ways Pastors Spend Time that Doesn’t Make Disciples

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

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

  • Don’t Find Joy In What You Do But How You Do It

    Joshua Becker
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    These days, there’s a lot of talk about loving what you do. I think that’s important—but I don’t think it’s nearly as important as finding joy in how you do it. I learned this from my grandma. Growing up, I attended church every Sunday with my family. Every week, it was the same story. The sermon would begin. I would complain about needing the bathroom. I’d quietly leave the sanctuary and I’d check the nursery, hoping my grandma was there. I would always find her, peacefully sitting in a wooden rocker, holding a sleeping baby, watching the pastor on a small black-and-white…
  • How To Ignore Your Worst Critic And Become Your Best Self

    Andrea Lucado
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    A friend recently introduced me to a fabulous talk Brené Brown gave at a conference for creatives. You can watch it here. In it, she uses the metaphor of a coliseum-type arena as the place where we display our work, art, ourselves. The place where we must be vulnerable and put it out there. Whatever “it” happens to be. In the audience of the arena are many people, including the critics. Brown says there are always four internal critics present in our arena: Scarcity – which asks, “What am I doing that’s original?” Shame – which says, “You’re not enough. Who do you think you…
  • The Introvert’s Guide to Staying Alive

    Donald Miller
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    I feel it like a sickness. I’m tired. I’m irritable. I have trouble focusing and I get confused about priorities. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be working on. My head feels like a junk drawer. What’s the problem? The problem is I’m an introvert taking on an extrovert’s life. It’s my own fault. I know this about myself. I simply need time alone in order to recharge, and when I don’t get it, I suffer the consequences. So does my work. It sneaks up on me and by the time I feel it, it’s too late. I have to shut down. So how do I stop the spiral? Several years ago a life…
  • Three Simple Steps to Resolving Conflict

    Tim Schurrer
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    We all face conflict every once in awhile. Is there a way to approach these conflicts so they can be negotiated peacefully? Our office is in an alley behind this great little Mexican restaurant in Nashville. We’re right in the middle of a neighborhood, so there are always people on foot, walking to the coffeeshop and nearby restaurants. But apparently there have been neighborhood kids causing some trouble. The property managers sent a couple emails about it, but the messages never felt urgent or had a tone to communicate a lack of safety for our staff. I’ve seen a few of the kids running…
  • 2 Things I Do That Increase My Creative Output

    Donald Miller
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    I believe creative work is a dance. I think you have to show up with regular discipline, but I think something else has to show up too. Creativity, despite what so many motivational writers say, can’t be forced. When we create we dance with something mysterious, perhaps subconscious and perhaps spiritual, but regardless, we are only one person dancing in a two-entity concoction. So, how do we control the other entity? How do we make the words or the images of the sermon or the music show up? We don’t. But here are two tricks I’ve learned that greatly increase my chances of being in the…
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    The Christian Gift

  • Shout for Joy!

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
    Even here in Northern New England, where we were buried under many feet of snow and winter has been slow to release its grip, spring is trying to make inroads. Though it will be some time before the dahlias make their appearance, that day is nearer. Meanwhile, I’ve pulled out one of my favorite shots of that lovely flower… Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy! Psalm 98:4  
  • Personalized Graduation Keepsakes

    10 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    Graduation season is right around the corner. If someone special will be completing high school or college studies soon and you’re looking for a gift to commemorate the day, check out our collection of personalized graduation keepsakes! There are a variety of designs from which to choose. Each piece is hand finished using premium museum-quality materials. That means your memento is going to look just as good years from now as it does the day you give it: the matboard will not yellow, and the artwork will retain its vibrant color. View the collection here. One of our Personalized…
  • Early Morning at Nubble Light

    8 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:9-10 Nubble Light – Cape Neddick, Maine
  • Happy Easter

    5 Apr 2015 | 1:08 am
    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 Happy Easter!
  • Good Friday

    3 Apr 2015 | 3:43 am
    But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
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  • Why Your Church Bulletin Isn’t Dead

    Steve Fogg
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Photo credit I read an interesting post today by Mark MacDonald called ‘7 Ways to Kill Your Bulletin’ on Church Marketing Sucks and felt compelled to write a follow-up post in response. Here goes. Printed church bulletins are much maligned and put down. In my humble opinion people don’t appreciate their value as an effective communication tool (I’ve written previously about it here and included a few tips on how to improve the bulletin.). Your printed bulletin is a great tool to communicate to first-time visitors, like your mobile website is easy to access by…
  • 7 Social Media Tips That Will Rapidly Grow Your Platform

    Steve Fogg
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:56 pm
    I’ve been a passionate advocate for churches to embrace social media for a few years now. More broadly than just churches, people often ask me how they can grow their platform on social media. I thought I would dedicate some time to that today. These tips will also work for churches too, I’ve just tried to be a bit broader in the application. Here are the seven social media tips that will rapidly grow your platform. 1. Pay to play I’ve said it before, the social media networks are maturing. They are now looking for a return on their initial investment and to reach new…
  • 4 Free Vector Graphics For Your Easter Services

    Steve Fogg
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:17 pm
    I love giving away free stuff. Here are four free vector graphics you can use for your upcoming Easter Services that I created in my spare time. I based the theme (not surprisingly) around the crucifixion. Feel free to remix and adapt. My images are covered under the Creative Commons Licence for non-profit use. Free Vector Graphic No. 1 Free Vector Graphic No. 2 Free Vector Graphic No. 3 Free Vector Graphic No. 4 They were all created in Adobe Illustrator CS6 by myself. Download them here. Happy Easter! Want more? LightStock give a high quality free vector away every week on their website.
  • How To Simplify And Organise Communication Requests

    Steve Fogg
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Being organised in your communications is essential. Having a streamlined system to manage requests is also vital. Gone are the days where you could just have a conversation in a meeting. We get bombarded with more information than we can cope with in a day. How do we make sure nothing is missed? One area which I need to improve in is to create simple repeatable systems and processes that help others get what they need to communicate out efficiently. We receive many communication requests each week which are processed through editable Microsoft word documents. Works well for us, but it…
  • 7 Of The Best Church Websites This Easter

    Steve Fogg
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Every Easter I love searching around different church websites looking for the best designs and functionality. This year there are some beautiful church websites specifically developed for this profound season. Each website design is so different. Some are dark and brooding. Some are full of hope.  But I didn’t select some of them just for the design, some of them have fantastic functionality. Click on the images and check them out. City On A Hill Church Dark, moody. This website is so classy. The video is uniquely Australian and very beautifully shot with some great social…
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  • Saturday Links (Darryl Dash)
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Are You Weak Enough for God to Use You? God is so single-minded in his preference for weakness, that when he wants to use us, he often begins by weakening us. Steward the Gifts God Has Assigned to You So live your assignment. Steward your gifts to the utmost for the sake of others. Aspire to be the very best and most fruitful you that you can be for God’s glory. Being an Iceberg Pastor Whatever public ministry a pastor engages in (that bit above the surface) needs to be built upon a lifetime of preparation, growth, character, learning, and reliance on God…
  • No Coasting (Darryl Dash)
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’m now officially old enough to coast. I have been for a while. According to Crest Leadership, most leaders start well. Around the age of 40, most start to plateau and either end up maintaining or declining. Only a minority continue to grow, which is a shame. “The second half of life has the most potential,” they write. I’ve done my share of coasting. I’m happy to be in a position now in which coasting is just not a possibility. It’s hard to coast and plant a church at the same time.I spoke this week on Paul’s command to Timothy: “Fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5).
  • Losing Our Location (Darryl Dash)
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    I knew the day would come. I had just arrived at a conference when I got a phone call with some bad news. It was the owner of the dance studio, the spot where we rent space for our new church plant. Due to some changes, we would no longer be able to use the studio, she said. We would lose the space within a matter of weeks, or even a matter of days.This isn't the phone call I wanted to get right before Easter.Church plants aren't about buildings. Still, having a space has been useful to us. While we could continue to function if we lost our building, I also believe it would have set us back…
  • Saturday Links (Darryl Dash)
    11 Apr 2015 | 4:19 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Telling an Alternative Story A future with hope is one we can build together intentionally, while the future of fear is one from which we can only run haphazardly. The difference is the story we decide to tell. 7 Critical Abilities of Senior Leaders Here are 7 critical abilities of senior leaders. A God? That’s Complicated Canadians hanging on to personal faith as organized religion declines: poll 5 Integral Reasons Mature Disciples Sleep So why should mature disciples sleep? Here are five integral reasons. Five Steps to Digital Hygiene Each habit is hard to…
  • Honest Church Planting (Darryl Dash)
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Although all the chapters in Rico Tice’s new book Honest Evangelism are good, one chapter in particular stood out to me. It’s chapter 7, called “Getting started (or re-started).” It outlines the changes that have taken place in culture over the past few decades, and how this affects the way we evangelize. Tice writes in the context of the United Kingdom. He argues — correctly, I think — that the U.K. is a couple of decades ahead of the United States in these trends.In the 1950s, people generally believed “in a Creator God, the notion of sin, and in the truth that Jesus is…
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  • We Miss You Cards & Attendance Sheets for Sunday School

    Felicia Mollohan
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:37 am
    It is so important for us as Sunday School and Children’s Church teachers to keep track of our students. Letting children know that they have been missed tells them that they matter and that they mean something to you and your class. If we aren’t keeping attendance, then it’s difficult to know who is here each week and who has missed. I have created multiple sheets in order to help you keep track of your children’s attendance and information. Attendance Sheets (download here) These are important for you to take attendance each week. There is space on the right-hand…
  • Balloon & Rocks Object Lesson: The Weight of Sin (Romans 3:23)

    Mimi Bullock
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
    Ready for another cool object lesson? With Passover and Easter so close it is a great time to teach kids about the weight of sin and how it affects the soul. Kids hear us say, “Jesus saves us,” but do they know from what? This balloon object lesson is ideal for demonstrating how sin weighs down the soul and how only Jesus can remove sin. This object lesson would make a good intro to a teaching on the meaning of the cross. Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” What You’ll Need A helium-filled balloon Balloon anchor Balloon string…
  • “Understanding Scripture” Lectionary Lesson (Luke 24:36b-48) Emmaus Road

    Stephanie Fernandez
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:10 pm
    This free Bible lesson is based on Luke 24:36b-48 when Jesus suddenly appears before the disciples after his resurrection. It is designed for children’s church or Sunday School. Please modify as best fits your ministry. If your church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, this teaching plan would correspond to Year B – 3rd Sunday of Easter, Gospel Reading – Luke 24:36b-48. Opening Activity – Understanding Scripture – Telephone Supplies – none Play a quick game of “Telephone” before class using the following phrases. Is this easy to understand? Try again. Do you like…
  • New Testament Books of the Bible Board Game

    Felicia Mollohan
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:13 am
    I am always working on ways to help my students, and my own children at home, to learn the books of the Bible. They need consistent practice in order to remember them, let alone be able to read them. So I have come up with a simple board game for students to practice the New Testament books of the Bible. All you need is: Game Board (download here) this could be 1 per every 2+ students, however many children you want to play at a time (this could even be laminated so it could be used multiple times) Game Pieces – these could be anything! 1 die – to see how many spaces you get to go…
  • Old Testament Books of the Bible Board Game

    Felicia Mollohan
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:13 am
    I am always working on ways to help my students, and my own children at home, to learn the books of the Bible. They need consistent practice in order to remember them, let alone be able to read them. So I have come up with a simple board game for students to practice the Old Testament books of the Bible. All you need is: Game Board (download here) – this could be 1 per every 2+ students, however many children you want to play at a time (this could even be laminated so it could be used multiple times) Game Pieces – these could be anything! Die – to see how many spaces you get…
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  • Lessons I am Learning Lesson #4

    Jann Cobb
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Lesson #4When our memories fail us. God will remind us of the truth! This is good news!But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26Reading this passage gave me restored hope for my mom.  After telling her the same things several times, I can get so down. When I read these words of Jesus my hope is restored.I have been praying this truth over her. The Holy Spirit will remind you of everything that Jesus has said.  It may not make her memory of everyday…
  • The Lessons that i am Learning Lesson #3

    Jann Cobb
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s the place that makes sense to me, there I can put things in order.Do you have a place like that? The spot where you feel safe and things make sense.  Where everything has a place?Yesterday sitting with my mom at the rehab hospital, we talked about the place that she feels safest -her apartment. She went in and out of confusion about where she currently is staying.  The rehab hospital is not familiar to her. The room is not familiar, the people are not familiar ,the hallways are not familiar, it’s not home. Watching her try to make sense out of…
  • Oh what I am Learning Lesson #2

    Jann Cobb
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    Cleaning, sorting, organizing, trashing and hauling away have been the mode of operation this week. In the hope that my mother who has dementia may be returning to her apartment, my husband and I began to clean her apartment. We have known for a while that she had hoarding tendencies, but until we examined her belongings more closely we had little knowledge of how much she collected.Outwardly the small one bedroom apartment appears tidy and put together, but under the surface, in drawers, closets, and refrigerator the evidence revealed her addiction to stuff.  It seems as though…
  • The lessons I am Learning- Lesson #1

    Jann Cobb
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:22 am
    At this time in my life I am shocked by how much I am learning.It seems as though there are lessons to be learned around every corner,In every joyful situation,In the midst of conversation,Within difficulties and painful events,In beautiful sunsets and starry skiesListening to the rainfall and taking in the sunshine.I am not sure if my eyes have been opened and therefore I am more teachable or if God is shouting in the midst of the painful period that involves caring for my mom with dementia.Because I have nothing else to rely on with this disease of dementia I cling to…
  • Phone Calls

    Jann Cobb
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:37 am
    The phone calls from my mom in the middle of the night range from humorous to heart wrenching. Currently she is in a Rehab hospital following a week-long hospital stay. Unfortunately the hospital stay ramped up her dementia to a whole new level. Previous to this stay she forgot things, would get confused and sometimes look at you with a blank stare. Now however, the stares are more often, the confusion is throughout the day and evenings have become a terrifying time for her.Almost everyday at 5pm she will turn to us and ask, “am I going home with you?” We reassure her that she will be…
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    Lawrence W. Wilson

  • What the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Is Really About

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:37 am
    The Hoosier State is at the center of a national controversy because of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which Gov. Mike Pence signed into law this week. In part, the law provides that the government may not substantially burden a person’s right to practice their religion unless it is essential for a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive way of doing so. It’s billed as a protection of religious freedom, and as a Hoosier and a pastor, I’m all for that. But this law isn’t so much about religious freedom as about something that has…
  • 9 Evangelical Dinosaurs and Why They Disappeared

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Heaven tourism books were pulled from LifeWay Christian Resources this week. The Christian retail giant will no longer carry titles like 90 Minutes in Heaven, Heaven Is for Real, and The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven. The latter book caused a stir when its subject and coauthor, Alex Malarkey, admitted that he lied about having a vision of heaven as a 6-year-old. So that’s that. Another Evangelical blockbuster bites the dust. continue reading
  • The One Hidden Factor in the Growth of Your Church

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:22 am
    A clock is something you can take apart, analyze, clean, improve, and put back together. If it works properly, it will produce the same result every time. A cloud exists all around you, perceptible but intangible, ethereal yet powerful. It produces a different effect on nearly every person nearly every time they encounter it. For decades we’ve treated the church as if it were a clock when it’s really a cloud. The result is a mechanized religion that defines spirituality in terms of voting records and a church that is more commodity than community, a product to be consumed. How…
  • 7 Ways to Renew Yourself Spiritually

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

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

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:46 am
    Here is one trick to happiness that everyone can learn to improve their life immediately. Sometimes there are big events in our life; excitements and extravagant trips. For the most part though, life is made up of lots of little moments. If you can find joy in the little things in life, then you will find yourself much happier on a day-to-day basis. Human Connection People are supposed to connect with one another. It is human nature. Whether you come home to family, or go out to spend time with friends, or only get to see loved ones on occasions, you should respect the time that you have with…
  • 5 Tips For Successful Relationships

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

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

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

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

  • I Am Not Alone…

    10 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    In our daily lives it’s often easy to allow the world to overwhelm us and shake our faith, but even in those moments of doubt and disbelief we’re not alone…
  • Through The Lens of God’s Gifts

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

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

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

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

  • I Heard You But I Don’t Believe You

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    Talk is cheap or so goes the maxim. Every generation esteems authenticity but especially the present one. This generation is more impressed with the way you live than the words you say. FutureCast executive Greg Vodicka has discussed this concept extensively and challenges organizations to consider the difference between “StoryLiving and Storytelling.” The learning curve for “Next-Gen” students may be accelerated through a good narrative but stories are only as compelling as the people who actually live them. Creatively interweaving truth via the nuance of a great story is necessary…
  • Deja Vu: Lessons from a Seven Time Rookie

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    Once upon a time in a leadership world “far-far” away there lived a man named Bob (not his real name). Bob was an accomplished leader who had “it” all together (just ask him). He had been performing the same leadership role for seven years and was an amazing man who knew just the right thing to say at just the right time. Bob was always ready to give his advice to all the other leaders who lived in his “far-far” world (even when they didn’t ask). Bob was indispensable, irreplaceable and exceptionally gifted (he often reminded people, too). He refused to ask for help because he…
  • HELP… My Students Are Graduating!

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:26 am
    Graduation is quickly approaching. Are you are searching for just the right gift for your seniors? Giving something of meaning without it being another trinket bound for the attic is always a challenge. My friends at Interlinc have created just such a gift with the added bonus of also challenging students to continue their walk with Christ. ConGRADulations, consisting of both music and media, has exceeded 1,300,000 copies given to graduates by 25,000 churches. It is the #1 grad gift of the decade and this year’s gift includes: 20 songs from the top names in Christian music including…
  • Next-Gen Leadership: “Process Over Product”

    7 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Effective mentors of “Next-Gen” leadership are as committed to teaching Process as they are to creating Product. It is easier to give answers and directives than it is to take time to engage. However, the development of young godly leaders requires life-on-life encounters. Often that involvement with the process not just the product will provide invaluable mentoring opportunities. We consistently see Jesus employing this approach as He answered a question with a question, forcing people to think (Matthew 13:10 –ff, Luke 7:36-50; 24:13-27). Yes there were times when He gave clear…
  • Pray With Youth…Start A Movement

    4 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    There is one ministry that every person, in every church, on every continent can do without excuse, theological degree or cooperate strategy and that is…Pray. My friend Tim Eldred of Endeavor Ministries believes the best way to make the ministry of prayer an investment for the present as well as the future is to get adults praying with students. Pray With Youth is a global initiative designed to connect adults and students in prayer. The third Sunday of every September Endeavor Ministries challenges churches around the world to do their part to help “Start a Movement” with youth that…
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • Why Being Super-Generous at Work Will Make You Happier

    J.B. Wood
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:53 am
    The other day I received an email from a complete stranger, asking for advice on a business plan: “Dear Mr. Wood,” he blurted forth. “I saw your name blah blah blah and I have this wonderful idea blah blah could you please take some time to review and give me feedback blah blah.”  Like most of you, [Read More...]
  • Want to Create Your Dream Life? Write it Down.

    J.B. Wood
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    I was cleaning out the basement last weekend when I turned my attention to an old file cabinet perched in a dark corner, minding its own business. In the frenzy of my purging rampage, I decided this guy’s number was up and began tossing its outdated contents into the trash. Eventually I came across one particularly wrinkled and faded folder [Read More...]
  • Tired of the Treadmill? Here’s How to Turbocharge Your Goals

    J.B. Wood
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    I once worked with an organization that was not quite as focused as it should have been. Their returns were on a long, slow decline, and nobody was sure what to do. After we clarified the company’s vision and three strategic priorities, I asked the President how many of the projects and initiatives throughout the [Read More...]
  • Through God You Will Do Valiantly

    J.B. Wood
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    I have been thinking lately about excellence. Not just at work, but in every area of my life — as a Christian, husband, father, friend, volunteer, Starbucks customer… Do I truly aspire to excellence in the work I do? In the relationships I have? I guess this sudden conviction is a result of the convergence [Read More...]
  • Why Guilt-Ridden People Make Better Leaders

    J.B. Wood
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    The head of security, Fred, poked his head into my office the other day and asked if I was busy. “Uh…well, I’m going to lunch,” I said. It was 12:15, and my stomach was growling. Fred doesn’t usually show up around here in the executive suite, so it seemed a little suspicious. But, whatever. Maybe he [Read More...]
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    Harry Shepherd's Blawg

  • Choosing a Personal Injury Solicitor in Leicester

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    The following blog post was written and supplied by a contact of mine called James Barnett. James lives and works in the Leicester area and runs the popular Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester website.  The comments and content of the blog post is all James’ own words and does not reflect my own personal views.  If you are a personal injury solicitor or lawyer and would like to contribute to the Daily Shepherd blawg then please send me an email request. Personal Injury Solicitors Leicester If you have been involved in an accident and it wasn’t your fault then there’s a high chance…
  • Star Wars Parody Videos: The Cops TV Show

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    I was reminded this week of an old YouTube clip that I had not seen for many years.  It’s the Star Wars parody of the TV show, “Cops”.  If you’ve not seen it then it’s well worth a watch.  It’s so well done, obviously not quite as good as the latest Star Wars trailer but still absolutely brilliant. Check it out below. The post Star Wars Parody Videos: The Cops TV Show appeared first on Harry Shepherd's Blawg.
  • Personal Injury Solicitors Stockport Goes Live

    9 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    This week I was contacted by an old friend of mine called Jason Trent.  Jason is setting up a new firm of personal injury solicitors in the Stockport and Greater Manchester area of the UK.  I am more than happy to give him a recommendation as during my time working with him in Edinburgh a few years back he was without any doubt one of the most conscientious people working in the industry of personal injury solicitors that I had ever had the pleasure of working with. Jason has a great reputation with many happy and satisfied clients in the field which is why I am pleased to recommend him…
  • Road Safety Decline as Children Death Rates Rise

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

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

  • Hello world!

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Five Tips for Finding Time with God

    Jean Wise
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Many of us want to spend more time with God. We have good intentions. Start out strong. But after a few days or changes in schedules or sick kids or life in general, we forget/postpone/purposely choose to delete spending precious moments with God. I really do believe God understands this common human dilemma but I sincerely want and desire to spend more time with him. We don’t make time; we have difficulty in managing time. In reality we have no control over time nor the disruptions in life. Life happens. Our job is to be faithful and keep returning to God. I have been thinking about the…
  • Searching for Sunday – Book Review

    Jean Wise
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Every once in awhile a book comes along that nourishes both the mind and the heart. Searching for Sunday – Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church – by Rachel Held Evans is one of those books. What I liked: I love reading material that makes me think. Words that haunt my thoughts throughout the day and help me clarify their meaning. Yet I don’t want to live just in my head – I also need fuel for my spirit and my heart – to grow in my passion and love of God. This book fits both needs. Searching for Sunday is a book about Rachel’s brave and vulnerable quest and exploration on what…
  • Peace Be with You – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” John 20:26-29 (NRSV) Thank you for your peace, Lord. May your tranquility be ever surrounding me. May…
  • Easter Lily Lessons

    Jean Wise
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    The front of our church erupted with white-trumpeted lilies this past Easter Sunday. The Easter lily has long been a sign of resurrection for many churches and its white flower symbolizing hope and purity. Legend tells that lilies were discovered in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ died on the cross. Lilies grow from ugly dead looking bulbs. These bulbs are buried in the ground all winter – through terrible storms and cold endless nights. In spring they burst forth with new beautiful life. What a wonderful symbol of resurrection and life rising from death. The tradition of my church is…
  • It’s Spring!

    Jean Wise
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I love spring. The new beginnings – trees spouting green tips, birds caroling from branch to branch, crisp fresh air rushing in from newly open windows and the earth awakening from its dull brown slumber. Spring is God’s way of saying, ‘One more time!’ Robert Orben My Florida friend, Laura, knows I long for spring during the dreary cold Ohio winters. She sent me this quote last week that captures this season: “The snow has not yet left the earth, but spring is already asking to enter your heart. If you have ever recovered from a serious illness, you will be familiar…
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  • John 1:35-39 – What are you seeking?

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verses The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth…
  • Exodus 3:10-11 – Being Perfected

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verses Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, o“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:10-11) Why did God choose Moses when he was eighty-years old? He could have used him, say, 40 years back when he was still in Egypt and was brave and confident. But at 80 years, he had none of his earlier capabilities; in fact he had a feeling of inadequacy. How could he impact the mighty Pharaoh? Let’s look at some qualities Moses…
  • Luke 11:4a – The Lord’s Prayer: Forgive Our Sins

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:1-4 ESV) As we pray for our needs we can often forget that our greatest need is forgiveness. God wants us to experience the freedom of forgiveness: the…
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -A Shifting Definition of Religious Freedom?

    Dr. D
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    An article by Eric Metaxis in the Christian Post cites some of the latest responses to religious freedom and same-sex marriage. The involvement of the media in the whole process seems to be escalating to a new level where Christians are now being persecuted and silenced when it comes to this issue. Some radical writers are now blatantly questioning whether religious freedom should be curtailed when it comes to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Metaxis writes that this is tantamount to the establishment of a new mandatory ‘established religion’ in America. In some instances government…
  • -Religion: The New PC Dirty Word in Schools?

    Dr. D
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:25 am
    Is ‘religion’ becoming the new politically correct ‘dirty word’ in academic circles? We asked this question last week about ‘religious freedom.’ Citizen Link finds that there is a problem about what to do with religion on school campuses all across America in spite of the fact that we have a Constitution that addresses religious freedom and a siting Supreme Court that has ruled on this issue recently. From Citizen Link: Religious freedom is the First Amendment right of all citizens – even those who work for and attend public schools. Even so, kids, teachers and administrators of…
  • -Canadian Poll: Most Believe Islam Incompatible with Western Society Including 42% of Canadian Muslims

    Dr. D
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    Recent polls show that most Canadians believe that Islam is incompatible with Western society including 42% of the Canadian Muslims. From Breitbart: Two recently-released polls found that 42 percent of Canadian Muslims agree that Islam is “irreconcilable” with Western society. The surveys also found that over 60 percent of Jewish and Christian Canadians believe that Islam is incompatible with the West. Among secular Canadians, 46 percent shared the “irreconcilable” viewpoint, the Vancouver Sun reported. The polls asked 2,000 individuals and its surveying took place in 2013 and 2014.
  • -Pastor Who Requested ‘Anti-Gay Marriage’ Cake Threatened with Legal Action?

    Dr. D
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:39 am
    This is the flip side of the usual situation and yet it is the Christian who is in trouble regardless. Quite a few Christian bakery owners who refused to produce cakes for same-sex marriages have gotten in trouble all across America. In this case a pastor asked a bakery for a cake with an ‘anti-gay marriage’ message (“We do not support gay marriage”) and the baker refused but it is the pastor who may face legal trouble instead. From Breitbart: The latest skirmish in an ongoing battle between Christians and gay rights campaigners began when pastor Josh Feuerstein called Cut the Cake in…
  • -Is Supporting Religious Freedom Political Suicide?

    Dr. D
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    In his Politico column this week, Roger Simon indicates that supporting ‘religious freedom’ is now political suicide: There is a poison pill inside the Republican Party and if its presidential hopefuls keep swallowing it, they are going to choke off their chances for the White House.  … And by taking the poison pill that the religious right offers, the potential candidates risk alienating the rest of the nation. Witness the events of the past few days: Indiana’s Legislature had passed a “religious freedom” law on March 25. <Read the whole article> Simon seems to be…
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    Trevin Wax

  • A Pledge of Convictional Civility

    Trevin Wax
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Millard Erickson: I will not point out the presuppositions of another’s position without acknowledging that I have presuppositions myself. I will not contend that another’s view is historically conditioned without conceding that mine is also. I will be more concerned not to misunderstand or misrepresent others’ views than to claim that mine has been misunderstood or misrepresented. I will be more concerned that my language by fair and objective than I am that others’ language about me may not be. I will not caricature my opponent’s view to make my own appear more…
  • Trevin’s Seven

    Trevin Wax
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Kindle Deal: Exalting Jesus in Exodus (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary) by Tony Merida. $2.99. 1. I’m looking forward to attending this event in California in a couple weeks — The Cost of Freedom: How Disagreement Makes Us Civil 2. Tim Keller’s foreword to Collin Hansen’s Blind Spots 3. Chad Hall – 3 Cheers for Celibacy 4. Congrats to my friend, Rob Tims, on the birth of their fourth child! I enjoyed reading their “adventures in naming a child.” 5. The Pentagon plans to identify the remains of hundreds killed at Pearl Harbor. 6.
  • Know Your Southern Baptists: Reggie McNeal

    Trevin Wax
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Name: Reggie McNeal Why you’ve heard of him: McNeal is a well-known and well-respected author and speaker on the church and its future. Position: McNeal currently serves as the Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network. Previous: He has been involved in ministry within the denominational level, the local church, and academia. Education: McNeal has a B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina and the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees both from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Books: He has contributed to numerous denominational publications and church…
  • Christians Redirecting Cultural Realities Toward Christ

    Trevin Wax
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Yesterday, I wrote a brief review of Bruce Ashford’s new book, Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians. Today, I’ve invited Bruce to the blog to answer a few questions about Christians and cultural engagement. Bruce is Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Professor of Theology and Culture. Trevin Wax: You want Christians to understand that all of life matters to God, and that every Christian can serve powerfully as a representative of Christ, even if he or she is not an…
  • Worth a Look 4.16.15

    Trevin Wax
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Christian Leadership Essentials by David Dockery. $2.99. Christian Leadership Essentials finds university president David S. Dockery assembling a great wealth of tried and true insights on the distinctive methods of leading Christian organizations and institutions. Thom Rainer lists six ways millennials are educating their churches theologically. I’m encouraged by this! In recent years, however, I have noticed a remarkable—and welcomed—return by younger leaders to the fundamentals of the faith, basic theological education, and the…
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Five Tips for Finding Time with God

    Jean Wise
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Many of us want to spend more time with God. We have good intentions. Start out strong. But after a few days or changes in schedules or sick kids or life in general, we forget/postpone/purposely choose to delete spending precious moments with God. I really do believe God understands this common human dilemma but I sincerely want and desire to spend more time with him. We don’t make time; we have difficulty in managing time. In reality we have no control over time nor the disruptions in life. Life happens. Our job is to be faithful and keep returning to God. I have been thinking about the…
  • Searching for Sunday – Book Review

    Jean Wise
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Every once in awhile a book comes along that nourishes both the mind and the heart. Searching for Sunday – Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church – by Rachel Held Evans is one of those books. What I liked: I love reading material that makes me think. Words that haunt my thoughts throughout the day and help me clarify their meaning. Yet I don’t want to live just in my head – I also need fuel for my spirit and my heart – to grow in my passion and love of God. This book fits both needs. Searching for Sunday is a book about Rachel’s brave and vulnerable quest and exploration on what…
  • Peace Be with You – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” John 20:26-29 (NRSV) Thank you for your peace, Lord. May your tranquility be ever surrounding me. May…
  • Easter Lily Lessons

    Jean Wise
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    The front of our church erupted with white-trumpeted lilies this past Easter Sunday. The Easter lily has long been a sign of resurrection for many churches and its white flower symbolizing hope and purity. Legend tells that lilies were discovered in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ died on the cross. Lilies grow from ugly dead looking bulbs. These bulbs are buried in the ground all winter – through terrible storms and cold endless nights. In spring they burst forth with new beautiful life. What a wonderful symbol of resurrection and life rising from death. The tradition of my church is…
  • It’s Spring!

    Jean Wise
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I love spring. The new beginnings – trees spouting green tips, birds caroling from branch to branch, crisp fresh air rushing in from newly open windows and the earth awakening from its dull brown slumber. Spring is God’s way of saying, ‘One more time!’ Robert Orben My Florida friend, Laura, knows I long for spring during the dreary cold Ohio winters. She sent me this quote last week that captures this season: “The snow has not yet left the earth, but spring is already asking to enter your heart. If you have ever recovered from a serious illness, you will be familiar…
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    As the Deer

  • Closed

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    This blog has closed, mostly so that I can let go of the past and move on in the life God gives me. There is a new site, Christopher. If I write anything new, it will be posted there. Thank you for reading. Peace to you.
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  • Worshiping God Like the Seraphim – Unashamed Worshipper Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Unashamed Worshipper SeriesI am excited to write to you today, the Lord blessed us with baby Moses Mathew on 6th April 2015. Please see some pics here and here. I want to thank all of you for your prayers and wishes. Both the mother and baby are fine. Today we continue the series on Worship. If you missed the first part, read here “5 Reasons Why We Worship”. God is more interested in us learning why we worship than how we worship. How is the easy part. But more than what happens on the outside, we need to understand what happens on the inside.
  • Persecutions in North Korea, China; Mark Hall Recovers From Cancer; ISIS Releases 19 Christians; Update on Saeed Abedini

    Blessen Varghese
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    Editorial: At the outset, let me start by apologizing for a couple of things. Firstly, for publishing a news item last month, which was actually a hoax. The news, which had been published in some news portals, was about supposed conversion of an ISIS terrorist. As exciting as the news was, turns out that it wasn’t true and had initially appeared on a portal dedicated for sarcasms, which was then picked up by other portals and reported as ‘news’. We thank our readers for pointing this out to us, and after checking again, found that many portals had this news item removed thereafter. We…
  • Church Politics & Understanding Your Pastor [Podcast]

    Shyju Mathew
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Welcome to episode 6 of Revive Nations Podcast. In this podcast you will find: Personal updates New podcast direction Q&A Answer to handling church politics. Understanding your Pastor. Managing internal conflict And more. Have a question? Email it to us at or facebook/tweet/Instagram us @revivenations Click here to listen to the podcast on SoundCloud. Here are some quotes from the podcast that you can share: Everybody disappoints, but Jesus never fails! [tweet this] Be a peace maker in your church and don’t give your pastor a pacemaker. [tweet this]…
  • 5 Reasons Why We Worship – Unashamed Worshipper Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Unashamed Worshipper SeriesI am excited to start a new series on GTH. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to subscribe to this blog so that you can receive these posts directly in your inbox. You don’t want to miss this series! What is Worship? Worship is an overflow of your heart rising from honor and extreme submission. In simpler terms, it is the overflow of emotions welling up inside your heart from a place of honor and submission through extreme reverence. Your love for God overflows to a point where it is not just a feeling…
  • 3 Things That Slow Down Intimacy With God

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The point of breakthrough in our walk with God comes when we learn intimacy. Many of us have a relationship with God but we don’t have intimacy. We read our bibles and go to church, but it ends there. God is saying, “I desire more than that.” As believers, we should acknowledge that it’s only by God’s grace that we can walk close to Him. There are three different levels of walking with God: 1. Relationship 2. Fellowship 3. Intimacy Relationship is the first level when we ask Jesus to come into our hearts. We begin our walks with God with consistent times of…
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    Writer of Pop

  • The First Crossword Puzzle Book is Published

    Jeffrey Totey
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    April 18, 1924Although crossword puzzles had arrived a few years earlier in 1913 in the pages of the New York World, it wasn’t until this day in 1924 when Simon & Schuster published the first... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Batman vs. Superman

    Jeffrey Totey
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:41 pm
    So, the first teaser trailer finally comes out for this. I am sort of disappointed. How about you? And does Batman have to sound like he's been smoking cigarettes for 25 years?Posted by... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Dial a Prayer

    Jeffrey Totey
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Movie trailer for Dial a Prayer featuring Brittany Snow and William H. Macy.Posted by Read more!
  • 'General Hospital's 10,000 Episode

    Jeffrey Totey
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    April 17, 2002 On this day in 2002, ABC aired the 10,000th episode of the soap opera, General Hospital, the longest-running program ever produced in Hollywood. The show included a storyline... Read more!
  • Ben-Hur Actor Gets Blessed by Pope Francis

    Jeffrey Totey
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    Actor Rodrigo Santoro takes a break from filming BEN-HUR,  which is currently in production in Rome, to attend the  Papal Audience and meet Pope Francis. (MGM/Paramount)Not your usual perk... Read more!
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    Redeeming God

  • Which son is the true Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32?

    J. D. Myers
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Have you ever felt like the “older son” in the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)? I have often felt this way, and so has my wife. Earlier this week, I met someone else online who felt the same way.I think a lot of “good” Christian people relate to the words and feelings of the older son.Relating to the Older SonI mean, why is it that people who lived the rowdy life get more praise and glory in the church (and from God too, it seems) when they repent and return than those who lived respectable and responsible lives?Even when someone doesn’t spend their…
  • Good fruits are not the good works we perform

    J. D. Myers
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    In Matthew 7:16, Jesus says that to recognize false prophets, “you will know them by their fruits.” In Matthew 7:20 He says something similar: “By their fruits you will know them.” Many teachers and Bible scholars say that Jesus is referring to a person’s good works as the indication of whether or not they are a  false prophet, or more generically, whether or not they are even a Christian.Good Fruit Does Not Equal Good WorksTwo things can be said against the idea that good fruit refers to good works in Matthew 7:16-20.First, in the immediately following passage (Matthew 7:21-23),…
  • If you love your church service, don’t watch this video.

    J. D. Myers
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    Hat Tip to “Eve” for this video.Please share this post with others!The post If you love your church service, don’t watch this video. appeared first on Redeeming God.
  • She Would Not Have Had An Abortion If She Had Not Been A Christian

    J. D. Myers
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is a guest post by Michael Thompson. Michael currently works at Denso Manufacturing TN as Expatriate Support. He is married to his wife Rachel, and they have two children (two and four-year-old). Michael also plays keyboard for Hope Church in Knoxville TN.Feel free to connect with Michael on Facebook.If you would like to write a Guest Post, begin by reading the Guest Blogger Guidelines.When my wife started attending college her father served as an elder in their church. Even though she was very involved with her youth group and loved her church, she didn’t feel comfortable talking…
  • Is the Shedding of Blood Required for the Forgiveness of Sins? (Hebrews 9:22)

    J. D. Myers
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hebrews 9:22 provides the main reason Christians believe that if Jesus had not shed His blood for us, we could never have been forgiven for our sins. Hebrews 9:22 refers to Leviticus 17:11 as saying this:… without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness of sins.So there we go! The blood of Jesus is important – necessary even – for the forgiveness of sins.End of story. The question is answered. The post stops here.Except … hmm … something doesn’t seem quite right with that quick and tidy answer …For example, I forgive people all the time…
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Five Tips for Finding Time with God

    Jean Wise
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Many of us want to spend more time with God. We have good intentions. Start out strong. But after a few days or changes in schedules or sick kids or life in general, we forget/postpone/purposely choose to delete spending precious moments with God. I really do believe God understands this common human dilemma but I sincerely want and desire to spend more time with him. We don’t make time; we have difficulty in managing time. In reality we have no control over time nor the disruptions in life. Life happens. Our job is to be faithful and keep returning to God. I have been thinking about the…
  • Searching for Sunday – Book Review

    Jean Wise
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Every once in awhile a book comes along that nourishes both the mind and the heart. Searching for Sunday – Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church – by Rachel Held Evans is one of those books. What I liked: I love reading material that makes me think. Words that haunt my thoughts throughout the day and help me clarify their meaning. Yet I don’t want to live just in my head – I also need fuel for my spirit and my heart – to grow in my passion and love of God. This book fits both needs. Searching for Sunday is a book about Rachel’s brave and vulnerable quest and exploration on what…
  • Peace Be with You – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:06 am
    A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” John 20:26-29 (NRSV) Thank you for your peace, Lord. May your tranquility be ever surrounding me. May…
  • Easter Lily Lessons

    Jean Wise
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    The front of our church erupted with white-trumpeted lilies this past Easter Sunday. The Easter lily has long been a sign of resurrection for many churches and its white flower symbolizing hope and purity. Legend tells that lilies were discovered in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ died on the cross. Lilies grow from ugly dead looking bulbs. These bulbs are buried in the ground all winter – through terrible storms and cold endless nights. In spring they burst forth with new beautiful life. What a wonderful symbol of resurrection and life rising from death. The tradition of my church is…
  • It’s Spring!

    Jean Wise
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I love spring. The new beginnings – trees spouting green tips, birds caroling from branch to branch, crisp fresh air rushing in from newly open windows and the earth awakening from its dull brown slumber. Spring is God’s way of saying, ‘One more time!’ Robert Orben My Florida friend, Laura, knows I long for spring during the dreary cold Ohio winters. She sent me this quote last week that captures this season: “The snow has not yet left the earth, but spring is already asking to enter your heart. If you have ever recovered from a serious illness, you will be familiar…
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  • Key take-aways from SAIR this weekend

    Ryan Peter
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    This weekend I attended the SA Indies Rock (SAIR) book festival, which I wrote about and was quite keen for. I quite enjoyed it. SAIR is about indie authors. It’s the first time I’ve seen something that’s purely about indies, which was really cool. It was great meeting new people who do what I do – and completely understand the challenges! Here are the key take-aways from the event for me, which are relevant for any writer in South Africa. 1. You can do this thing After meeting several authors and publishers at the event, who have been quite successful (a relative…
  • Keen for the SA Indies Rock Book Festival this weekend

    Ryan Peter
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Being an indie author in South Africa is really tough work. You spend your life hearing a lot of, “Yeah, I still need to read your book. I’m just busy finishing this new James Patterson novel,” from your friends and a lot of, “Your book doesn’t fit our marketing plans,” from publishers. (Well, the reason why is because it’s far more lucrative for the publisher to be marketing James Patterson!) I think the real reason for the lack of support, however, is due to the lack of a decent community and vibe around indie authors. That sort of thing has to…
  • Why I’m not Happy with the Media’s Take on the Helen Zille and Cape Times debacle

    Ryan Peter
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:44 am
    This week there’s been a huge debacle in the South African media world after Helen Zille, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party federal leader and Western-Cape Premier, publicly announced that the Western Cape government will not renew its subscription to the Cape Times. Her reason for doing so: It’s clear that the Cape Times not only plagiarised another article, but she implies that they may have even made a whole story up, given that they absolutely refused to provide her any details of their sources and confirm the story. Read her thoughts here. Then compare the Cape Times article…
  • Racial Self-Righteousness: The Real Problem

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

    Ryan Peter
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Below is an excerpt from my book about singleness, Your Single Happiness. Can we be happy when we’re single? How much is marriage our decision and our effort, and how much do we leave up to God to decide? And what the heck do we do about staying pure? Your Single Happiness looks to answer these questions and more. There I was, ten years old, crying at the back of the bus as our school tour to the small town of Oudsthoorn ended. For months I liked this girl, you see, and plucked up the courage to buy her a necklace in the gift store. What girl wouldn’t like jewellery?
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  • God Wants to Have Sex With You

    Kevin Shorter
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    Ok, What’s the Catch? I realize that some of you are hesitantly reading this post. You are half-interested and half-scared what may be said. With that in mind let me quickly clarify what I mean. God gave us marriage to represent His love for His people. (Ephesians 5:31-32). This verse is about the two becoming one flesh. Sex represents the level of intimacy and partnership He is after with us. He wants a relationship with us where we are naked and not ashamed (Genesis 2:25), so He can pour His full love on us. What Does Sex With God Look Like? I really believe this will look different…
  • A Call to Everlasting Joy

    Kevin Shorter
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:26 am
    Joy in the Midst of Problems A couple years ago, my wife and I were going through a hard time financially. I was not getting any work, and we were running out of money. In times like this, the enemy speaks in our ear and tries to get us to fear and worry. It is real easy to listen to him because you can see the money drain from your bank account and you know the monthly bills that keep accruing. The enemy will try to get you to doubt God and to come up with a plan apart from God. In this particular instance, I was desperate for God’s input. However, as I prayed, I did not hear an…
  • God’s Way is Joy

    Kevin Shorter
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:56 pm
    The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength. In Nehemiah chapter 8, Israel has been destroyed, and its people sent into captivity. Everything is going bad, and they knew it was a punishment for how they had abandoned God. Nehemiah is allowed to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city walls, so Israel can protect itself. God is with Nehemiah, and the city walls are rebuilt even with the danger of attacks from enemies. In celebration for this achievement, the Israelites gathered together for the public reading of Scripture. For most of them, this was the first time hearing the words of the Law and…
  • Don’t Limit Your Prayers

    Kevin Shorter
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Jesus Curses the Fig Tree I was recently reading Matthew and was stopped by the account of Jesus cursing the fig tree (Matthew 21:18-22). It is an interesting story. Jesus and the disciples were heading into Jerusalem, and Jesus was hungry. Coming upon a fig tree, they found nothing on it but leaves. Jesus cursed the tree declaring it would never bear fruit again. Most interpretations of this event surround around why Jesus did this. Was he angry? Should He have done this? What did it mean? These are interesting interpretations and many of which are helpful. What I found little discussion…
  • A Fresh Infusion of Truth

    Kevin Shorter
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:43 pm
    Does God Really Think This Way? For many years I have participated in or led men’s groups. One of the major points of our times together have been listening to God on behalf of one another and sharing what we have heard. It is an interesting practice as some of the men feel very uncomfortable hearing from God in this way. How do we know if what is being said is from God or just nice words? Most of the difficultly with this type of prayer is that we are afraid to put words in God’s mouth. We are more confident in our ability to get it wrong than in God’s desire to use us in…
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  • Award-winning vocalist hopes new music project will help curb biblical illiteracy

    Gina Adams
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    According to a LifeWay Research study, only 45 percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week, and 18 percent of attenders say they never read the Bible. A Barna research study showed that 60% of Americans cannot name five of the ten commandments. Similar surveys have shown that scripture illiteracy is at an all-time high, and Telly Award winner and top 40 Billboard artist, Jennifer Shaw, hopes her new project will help alter the current trend. Shaw is releasing a children’s music project entitled Scripture Memory Songs for Kids and…
  • New Documentary exposes the Green Movement’s attack on Christianity

    Gina Adams
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    A new documentary claims to expose the anti-Christian agenda behind the global environmental movement.  The new film entitled “It’s Easy Being Green When You Have No Choice” features some of the top experts on the green movement.  The narrator for the film is former meteorologist and current morning host at KSFO Radio in San Francisco, Brian Sussman, who has authored two books entitled Climategate: A Veteran Meteorologist Exposes the Global Warming Scam and Eco-Tyranny: How the Left's Green Agenda will Dismantle America.  The documentary also…
  • Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir's new CD "Pray" debuts #1 on iTunes Christian and Gospel Albums Chart

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

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

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

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations…”  If we are honest, we can be attracted to orphan care because we feel we are making a difference and transforming lives.  And that’s true. Lives are being transformed and a difference is being made. However, the words of Psalm 90 (which bookend this post) remind us of a bigger perspective which is even more exciting. Moses, who wrote the psalm, reminds us that we are like grass – “in the morning it flourishes and is renewed and in the evening it fades and withers.”  The work of salvation and transforming lives is…
  • On the move… why we need you to run

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    Join us on May 2nd for the Forgotten 5K. Register by April 15th for a race t-shirt AND be eligible to win 4 season passes to Hershey Park. Sign up now. I’ll never forget the faces of 3 children, staring through a window in a church that I was visiting in a remote village in northwestern Zambia. I was inside, they were outside looking in. In the meeting inside the church, our team was meeting with the pastor of the local church and other community leaders to learn about the challenges the community was facing. The kids patiently stared and waited. After the meeting, they ran and jumped…
  • Upcoming Events

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Spring has sprung, and here at Forgotten Voices we have some exciting events coming up!   We are On the Move! We are being presented with some exciting opportunities for growing the number of children we can help. Join us to celebrate what God has done in the past year and hear first hand from Ryan about what’s next and how you can be involved.  This is a casual event that will feature light refreshments, a short presentation with Q&A, and time to visit. April 16th, 2015 / 7:00pm at our Farmhouse office   We’re excited about our 5th annual Forgotten5k being in…
  • Hope from Hostas

    27 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Nestled in the countryside of York Springs, south of Harrisburg about a half-hour,  Hosta Hideaway sells over 400 varieties of hostas in a quaint low key setting.  As Spring comes and customers minds turn to their gardens, owner Donna Seitz works long hours getting ready with her top quality plants that she has been preparing since last summer.  However, Donna also works to serve far beyond the backyard garden.  I spent some time visiting with Donna, and its evident that she cares about children in need deeply.  She and her husband Charles have chosen to act that out by investing a…
  • Orphan Care Spotlight: Skills Training

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    In March and April, we will be sharing about the value of skills training within the context of orphan care. Most often,skills training among Forgotten Voices church partners targets caregivers– the person who has assumed the responsibility for raising a child who has lost one or both parents. This is often a surviving parent, a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, older sibling or family friend. These are people who have bravely and faithfully stepped into the void left by a parent, often without the practical means to meet all of that child’s needs. Through our local church partners, we can…
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  • Breathe Deep: On Worship, Snow Bikes, and the Great Beyond

    Josh MacIvor-Andersen
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    All actual life is encounter. Martin Buber I live in a city so singular it helped birth and sustain a new winter sport. To be fair, snow bikes didn’t exactly originate in Marquette, Michigan, but part of their evolution, their expansion, has benefitted from local riders terrorizing the groomed trails running like arteries around town. Go further up the Keweenaw and there’s almost too much snow and trail to maintain, further south and you start hitting slush. We’re in a perfect meteorological playground. So it’s no wonder the recent Polar Roll Fat Bike Race drew almost 250 riders, the…
  • Review of Epiphanies, by Kathleen L. Housley

    Ruminate Magazine
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Reviewed by Thom Satterlee It may surprise some readers to find in the same collection poems about the Spanish flu, Leonardo da Vinci (both as artist and inventor), evolution, heart attacks, mathematics, Robert Frost (mostly by way of allusion and brief quotation), Greek mythology, psychiatric illness, and the martyrdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. However, the poet Kathleen L. Housley has a way of organizing her material so that dissimilarities and apparent randomness more or less vanish and leave us with common ground and orderliness. Her collection—Epiphanies (Wising Up Press, 2013)—holds…
  • Finding Peace in the Particulars: A Review of Particular Scandals, by Julie L. Moore

    Ruminate Magazine
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    Reviewed by Elise Kimball When I first read the title Particular Scandals (Cascade Books, Poiema Poetry Series, 2013), I envisioned steamy revelations of past delinquencies, but when I finally opened the book, I found that these scandals refer to the mystical phenomena we encounter every day, the greatest scandal being that we would praise “nothing / for creating beauty / as particular as” hyacinth, huckleberry, and “Hopkins’ beloved bluebell.” In this way Julie L. Moore wraps up her version of the age-old argument on the goodness, and existence, of God. Her title poem runs through…
  • It’s a Sign: Symbols in Literature and Life

    Alexa Van Dalsem
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:50 pm
    The way I remember her, Mrs. Mell was a formidable, five foot tall (maybe), redheaded woman. What she didn’t have in height, she made up for in teaching acumen, knowledge, and demands on my fellow seventh and eighth grade English students and me. Under her tutelage, my understanding of literature, analytical skills, and ability to write were transformed and molded. One of Mrs. Mell’s most dreaded and, probably, most effective teaching strategies was the pop essay. We read several John Steinbeck novels in eighth grade—The Pearl, The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men—and throughout the year,…
  • Review of Second Sky, by Tania Runyan

    Ruminate Magazine
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Reviewed by Katie Shara In her book A Journey with Two Maps, Irish poet Eavan Boland asks, “When had poetry made that troublesome investment in separating the ordinary world—the small universe of the cup, the open door, the room—from the epic world of violence and civil struggle?” With Second Sky (Cascade Books, 2014), Tania Runyan joins the likes of Boland, Sylvia Plath, and other poets who affirm the power of the everyday in their work. Runyan constructs a bridge from the ordinary world of family road trips and canker sores to the Apostle Paul’s world of journeys to Damascus,…
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  • Las Vegas Christian TV Station Launches New Family Channel

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:03 pm
    LAS VEGAS, April 16, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Dale Davidson, President of Las Vegas Tonight TV and Dale Wynn Davidson Ministries, announced today at the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention in Las Vegas, NV, that The Family Channel is joining The Walk TV as “family friendly” television offerings now available via FREE TV in the Las Vegas market. Davidson had been part-owner, President and General Manager of KEEN-TV in Las Vegas prior to selling the station and leaving his position following the transition to new ownership. His 10 year tenure at KEEN has…
  • Australia Calls World to Pray & Fast for Seven Days for USA from 30 April – 6 May 2015

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    CANBERRA, Australia, April, 14, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — The team behind Australia’s National Day of Prayer and Fasting with other prayer leaders are calling the nations of the world to prayer and fasting for seven days for USA. This period of prayer will take place from 30 April – 6 May 2015.  April 30 is America’s National Day of Repentance (NDOR) May 7 is the 64th Annual National Day of Prayer (NDP) Warwick Marsh, Australian coordinator, said, “30 April is the 226th…
  • Pope Cites Armenia Genocide

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    NEW YORK, April 13, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Bill Donohue (photo) comments on the remarks made yesterday by Pope Francis: There are two good reasons why Pope Francis chose to address the genocide of the Armenian people. First, Armenia was the world’s first Christian country. Second, this year marks the centennial of the 20th century’s first genocide. It should also be noted that it was Muslims who were responsible for these atrocities, and they are at it again today. The Turkish government says the pope is guilty of promoting “unfounded claims.” It is wrong:…
  • A Biblical Case for an Active Patriotism

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:58 am
    By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield Editor, Scripture tells us that no man is perfect. From this we know that no creation of man is perfect, therefore no nation is perfect. Even so many Christians find themselves very proud of their country. Many born elsewhere have feelings of pride about both their nation of birth, and their new homeland. What does the Bible say about these feelings of patriotism, and what should our reaction be ? First let us consider the words of Ezra 7:26 “ And whoever will not do the law of your God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed…
  • Social Media’s Fastest Growing Faith-Based Social Media App

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Share A Prayer App Now Available for Install as a Facebook Desktop App — Application Allows Christians to Share Prayers, Inspirational Thoughts and Greetings to friends and family via Facebook. MIAMI, April 6, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — John Swisher and Joseph Bellissimo, co-founders of Pray Forward, Inc., are pleased to announce the launch of the newest addition to the Share A Prayer product line with the Share A Prayer Facebook Desktop App. This stand-alone app comes on the heels of the initial launch of the Share A Prayer App which is widely considered to be “the fastest…
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  • It'sTime to Grow Up - Let's Get Real About Purpose

    Ashley S. Reid
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:08 pm
    I know before I have said Romans is my favorite book in the bible, but now I think my 2nd favorite book has got to be Ephesians. In my last post my meditation came from Ephesians, and it has continued to be my meditation. If you are going through any kind of transition in your life, Ephesians is a great book to read.So on that note, as I meditated today on needing guidance in this period of transition, I read Ephesians 4. As I read the chapter I realized that we have to grow up at some point.We are all working towards a greater cause, and if we are serious about walking our journeys we have…
  • God is Building a Home, and You Belong Here

    Ashley S. Reid
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:06 am
    Today I finally sat down to journal for a bit and through my writing I discovered I was becoming unsure if I was achieving my purpose right now. I was beginning to think that I would return home to the U.S. in three months and still not have my life figured out. So after expressing myself, I did what I know to do when I need to listen...I went to go read some scripture.I came across a chapter in Ephesians that reminded me of something important; It wasn't long ago that we all started our respective journeys, and because of this God is still preparing us. He is still building our home and even…
  • The Spirit Series Finale - Part 5: Protecting the Spirit

    Ashley S. Reid
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Hello everyone! As usual I apologize for the extremely long delay. A lot has changed in my life and in a very short period of time, but you can learn about these changes on my new blog: My Living Abroad Journeys.However, in the mean time I would like to bring closure to our Spirit Series which was a very important topic. If you are just starting or catching up you can find the previous posts here:Part 1- What is God's SpiritPart 2- Taking Care of the SpiritPart 3- Communication in the SpiritPart 4 - Love in the SpiritWe have explored what the Spirit is, how to take care of it,…
  • 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…
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  • Embracing the Grief of Parting

    Steve Fuller
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sorrowful Goodbyes As the time approached for our move to Abu Dhabi, Jan and I experienced many sorrowful goodbyes. We have shared hugs and prayer and tears with our kids, our parents, our church family, and our neighbors. And our hearts have hurt.  We have grieved at the thought of being far from them.  We have felt sorrow. So here is how we have thought about this — Goodbyes in the Bible We see many examples of sorrowful goodbyes in the Bible.  There is Paul with the church at Ephesus — And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. And there was…
  • Pictures from Abu Dhabi

    Steve Fuller
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Abu Dhabi We have arrived in Abu Dhabi, where we will be planting an English-speaking international church. We are staying with a wonderful couple and their new baby — thanks Brian and Michelle (and Madeleine!). We have met many people who have offered to help us with any needs we have. And we are impressed with Abu Dhabi — friendly people, wonderful diversity, and beautiful buildings. And some of you have asked about pictures — so here you go —                                  …
  • “Come as You Are” (David Crowder Worship Video)

    Steve Fuller
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Come As You Are Let’s say you are feeling far from God.  Maybe you are discouraged, or full of worry, or overwhelmed with anger. At those times, what should you do? The good news of Jesus is that no matter how unspiritual we feel, if we want him to help us, and trust him to help us, we can turn to him just as we are — and he will help us. Show Me You might be wondering where this is taught in God’s word.  Good question. In John 7:37 Jesus said “if anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.”  So heart-thirst does not disqualify you from coming to Jesus. In…
  • Promises for the Stress of Packing and Moving

    Steve Fuller
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Stresses of Moving Tomorrow the movers come, and everything except what we have in our suitcases will be packed into a 20-foot storage container and shipped to Abu Dhabi. So it’s been pretty stressful – as we had to give away, throw away, sell, or pack all our worldly possessions. But the good news is that in Jesus Christ, God promises to be everything we need. So I thought I would take this blog post to share with you promises God has used to bring us peace. Help ESV Psalm 33:20 Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. Whether it’s wondering how many…
  • If We Aren’t Motivated by Rewards, We Can’t Please God

    Steve Fuller
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    My final sermon series at Mercy Hill Church is on the three words that summarize our vision – Faith, Community, and Mission. This last Sunday I preached on faith, from Hebrews 11, focusing on verse 6. As I soaked in this powerful chapter, and meditated especially on verse 6, I saw three truths which are crucial for every believer to understand. First, we should always have faith in God. I see that in the first half of Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please him… If it is impossible to please God without faith, then the only way to please God is with faith. Which…
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  • Don’t hate

    Rey Lo
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Bobby Rivas is a San Antonio-based musician and writer. He is the frontman for Islands & Tigers, currently on a tour in the Western U.S. You can check out their tour dates here. A lot of musicians, particularly from my generation, have lost sight of the purpose of music. It’s supposed to serve us. It seems, though, that a […]
  • Because you didn’t hang the moon

    Rey Lo
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    I was having a conversation with my daughter Elena this week. She was sharing some of her thoughts about the relationship she’s in right now. It was one of those moments that every dad hopes for as their child moves into young adulthood. Against what I normally do I listened before speaking. I asked questions and […]
  • All is (not) lost

    Rey Lo
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    In 2013, Robert Redford starred as the only cast member in the film “All is Lost.” In this brilliantly made and highly acclaimed movie, Redford plays an unnamed man, navigating a boat in the ocean on a solo voyage. As the story begins, a man is lost at sea. He says, “I’m sorry. I know that means little […]
  • The problem with other people’s problems

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

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

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Some spiritual gifts come with authority to lead or govern others. In the Kingdom of God, to rule means to serve in self-donating love. Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, had a crucifix for a throne and a crown of thorns for His royal diadem. Jesus instructed His apostles that if they are to rule in the Kingdom of God, they must become a servant to all. But Jesus called them to him, and said: You know that the princes of the Gentiles lord it over them; and they that are the greater, exercise power upon them. It shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be the greater among you,…
  • Spiritual Gifts – the Prophetic Charisms

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    Spiritual Gifts and the Prophetic Mission Through our baptism, every Christian is called to participate in Jesus’ prophetic mission – to share the Gospel through teaching and preaching. But some of us are especially equipped and empowered through specific charismatic graces to make this part of our Lord’s mission central to their lives. The prophetic spiritual gifts empower us to directly witness to others in word and deed, and to help others discern God’s “voice” in their lives. The Charismatic Grace of Evangelism Evangelization is part of the prophetic…
  • Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:24 pm
    The Seven Deadly Sins are not particular sins at all. Rather, they are vices – or patterns of immoral choices. Most of them are the abuse of something that is otherwise good. They are defined by the phrase “inordinate desire,” meaning a desire that is “out of order” with human health, happiness and holiness. The Seven Deadly Sins are Portrayed as Layers of Purgatory by Dante The Seven Deadly Sins Defined Vainglory (sometimes called pride) is the inordinate desire for human praise – it is good and healthy to accept complements from others, but vainglory…
  • Spiritual Gifts – the Priestly Charisms

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Send to Kindle Through our baptism, every Christian is called to participate in Jesus’ priestly mission – to sanctify the world through prayer and sacrifice. But some of us are especially equipped and empowered through specific charismatic graces to make this part of our Lord’s mission central to their lives. The priestly charisms are spiritual gifts and empowerments from the Holy Spirit that lead others to praise God. The Charismatic Grace of Tongues The charism known as “Tongues” is actually a deep prayer in which the Holy Spirit prays for us to our Heavenly…
  • Christian Prayer – What Does it Mean to Pray in the Name of Jesus?

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Is there really power in Christian prayer? Because I go to the Father: and whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, that will I do: that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask me anything in my name, that I will do (John 14:13-14). Jesus makes a powerful promise. Whatever we ask in His name, He will do. OK . . . In the name of Jesus, I ask for a million dollars! Nope . . Still poor. How about you? Some people will say, “Well, you didn’t really ask in faith.” True. I didn’t really expect God to give me a million dollars. Some people will say, “Well, that’s…
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  • Game World!: Cell Phone Cheats On GTA 5

    John Luke
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Game World!: Cell Phone Cheats On GTA 5
  • Game World!: Grand Theft Auto 4 Cheats And codes.

    John Luke
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:08 am
    Game World!: Grand Theft Auto 4 Cheats And codes.

    John Luke
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:43 am
    Normally I am not a huge fan of games that shows only the hands of the playerI like it all full like God of war and Devil may cryBut half-life 3 changed thatYou can get some cool half-life 3 screens here
  • Game World!

    John Luke
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    Game World!
  • The Psychology Of Blogging

    John Luke
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Blogging what is this now? hold your breath. Blogging is a means of organising items, stories, news, and information on the internet. It is like a website, but this one is free you do not have to pay any hosting fee. I found out about blogging in 2011. I was just playing with it all through that time. But as I kept doing it, I found this guy at viperchill that is even employing family members doing blogging after he left his full time job and decided to do blogging. He is crazy about seo (you can read about what the heck is seo at (The A, B, C's Of SEO). I found out how much I was in love…
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  • Half as Much is Twice as Good

    Kenton Anderson
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:13 pm
    I heard an expression recently that has stuck with me. “Half as much is twice as good.” It was offered with respect to public speaking, but I think it applies to preaching in general. As a preacher and public speaker, … Continue reading →
  • Preaching as Leadership

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

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

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

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

    Tori Shaw
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    I fell down my steps about 4 months ago and my foot has been hurting ever since. I've been to 3 different doctors, had 4 sets of x-rays and a CT scan, worn a boot for 9 weeks, and had 2 injections in... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
  • Crawling Lessons and a Tickle War!!

    Tori Shaw
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Living in a house with 4 males can be very loud and exciting from time to time! The excitement is at an all time high right now because Tyson is SOOOO close to crawling. He gets up on all fours and... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
  • Providing what we need and then some!!!

    Tori Shaw
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:38 pm
    When Bryan and I made the decision to homeschool our children almost 4 years ago, it was a really big deal for us. We spent a lot of time praying and weighing the pros and cons. It was abundantly... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
  • "I love you too!"

    Tori Shaw
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:47 pm
    I heard many words of wisdom at our Neighborhood Bible Study this evening but one thing just keeps coming to mind. Beth Moore made a simple suggestion. She suggested that when we pray, instead of... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
  • Spring Break!

    Tori Shaw
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:26 pm
    We're having  a "spring break" from homeschooling this week so instead of relaxing and resting (like I should be doing) we've been doing all sorts of fun stuff! Today we made homemade oatmeal cookies... To read today's full post, please go to the following link:
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  • Try WordLens Translation App for Mission Trips

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    by Bill Reichart with Ministry Best Practices If you are in ministry, you perhaps travel - perhaps on mission trips and other ministry endeavors. I do travel a lot, and one of the apps that I have grown to love, appreciate and depend upon is WordLens. WordLens allows you to translate the written word through the use of your camera, in real time without an internet connection, and it's free! Listen to Lifehacker describe it: WordLens is the brainchild of the folks at Quest Visual, recently acquired by Google, so expect to see some of its features rolled into Google Translate any time now.
  • 10 Leadership Tips from the Millennial Generation

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    by John Weirick with Newspring Church for Catalyst As a generation known for a lack of long-term commitments, millenials are poor poster children for proven work and leadership. However, the tide is turning in churches and culture, with more young adults stepping into the forefront of businesses, arts, ministries, and more. Those of us identified as Millennials, between the ages of 20 and 35, should just admit the stereotypes are true for good reason. We like doing what we want, avoiding responsibility and hard work, and saving money by living with our parents long after we attain a college…
  • What Makes It A 'Christian' Film?

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    by Dave Schroeder with 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

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    by Brad Hambrick with 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

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:45 pm
    by Brady Shearer with Pro Church Tools Star Wars. The Lord of the Rings. Home Alone. And most recently, Guardians of the Galaxy. Each of these films are outstanding. I wasn’t even born when Home Alone premiered, but 24 years later, it still holds up. And while Macaulay Culkin’s penchant for mischief and Joe Pesci’s inability to curse are two of the more enjoyable elements of Home Alone, the soundtrack is what truly holds the film together. From beginning to end, the soundtrack of Home Alone — and the soundtrack of each the aforementioned films — provide the…
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    Global Church

  • The Action Bible in Iran

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    While Iran is a difficult place for Christians, a ministry director like Azar will smile and tell you that Iran is at the center of some of the greatest things God is doing. “The Lord is revealing Himself to many through dreams in the night,” he said, “and people are waking up knowing and believing in Jesus. The Iranians’ hearts are so ready for the gospel that they can be led to the Lord within three minutes, though if someone is more hard-hearted, it might take five minutes in such cases.” Today, over one million Iranians confess Jesus as their Savior. That’s still a small…
  • A Resource Library for Pastors in India and Nepal

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    A few weeks ago, we shared how God is touching hearts in India and Nepal with the gospel and raising up leaders like Pastor Rajan Neupane. (If you missed the story, you can catch up here.) In Nepal, Christianity is spreading so rapidly that emerging Christian leaders—who are barely more than new believers—are stretched thin. Written materials are helpful in some places, but many of the leaders are semi-literate or oral learners. Seminaries and training programs cannot reach them or keep pace. Audio recordings on a secure digital (SD) card provide an ideal solution. Families typically own…
  • From Nepal: A Pastor’s Perspective

    12 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Pastor Rajan Neupane’s conversion to Christianity could have landed him in a Nepali prison twenty years ago. But today, stories like his reverberate throughout the entire region: Twenty years ago, one of my friends became ill and after some time, he was cured. I asked him, “How did you get cured?” He answered me, “I read the Bible and Jesus changed me.” I went home and couldn’t sleep for more than a week. Only one sentence was coming to my mind: I read the Bible and Jesus changed me. I read the Bible and Jesus changed me. So I went back to his home and asked for a Bible. He gave…
  • From Uganda to Nations Next Door – Part 2

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

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

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    I hope to see you over there! I am going on a trip to heaven, I am going on a trip to the sky. I am going to see my Jesus, In the great blue yonder, by and by! Way up! Way up! I’m going to see my Jesus! Way up! Way up! I’m gonna meet Him in the air. Way up! Way up! I’m leaving this world behind me. Way up! Way up! I hope to see you over there! Given in prayer 10/13/09 About this Guest Author: Marty Rene is married to a wonderful man, Daniel. They have been married 16 years. She is also a homeschooling mother of two beautiful children. Nathaniel 14, and Emilee 8. She is…
  • Shout

    14 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    Moleskine at Sea by StarbuckGuy @ Flickr This original poem was contributed by Marty Rene Quintana.  I hope to share more from her in the future. Give God the glory, For He is mighty and Strength.Give God the glory, For His life-giving breath.Shout, O people! With tambourines, and dancing.Shout, O people! For He is our King. A great and mighty Warrior, He fights with honor and valor. With a battle-cry, He makes His enemies flee! No one who stands against God almighty, Can escape His might and power! Shout O people, For the Lord reigns forever! Given in prayer 1/29/01 About this Guest Author…
  • Sowing and Reaping

    Pamela Rose Williams
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    Pamela’s Garden Have you heard the children’s song “You Reap What You Sow”?  I love this little song.  It is based on the Bible verse Galatians 6:7: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Listen to the song. Click on Play button below:   Lyrics: There once was a little boy who wanted some respect. So he bragged on himself to everyone he met. He always criticized his friends and treated them like dirt. And he…
  • Green Leaves

    Pamela Rose Williams
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    For he shall be as a tree … but her leaves shall be green “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8) Here it is already autumn. Today’s verse reminded me of a photo that I snapped on my phone when it was November here in Albuquerque a couple years ago. I took the picture because I…
  • This Mystery – Christ in You

    Pamela Rose Williams
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    Riches in Glory “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:” (Colossians 1:27-28) Today’s passage begins in the middle of a thought.  So that we might understand the “To whom” in this passage, we need to back up a bit.  So let’s take a look beginning in verse 23: 23If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from…
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • Mission or Fruitless Mimicry?

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    Your Christology, or theology of Christ is the starting point of your mission. I say ‘your mission,’ because there are differing views about who Christ is and what His message was. These different views, when it comes to mission, have different results. Those who claim to follow Christ can either be transformed into His imageRead More(Visited 56 times, 11 visits today)
  • The Final Word on Whether or not All Christians are to be Missionaries

    13 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    It’s chic to say that “Every Christian is a Missionary,” or that every Christian ‘ought to be’ a missionary. Look at the following proposition; “If God is a missionary God, and we are created in His image, then the people of God should be a missionary people.” ~ Miguel Labrador Seems somewhat reasonable, doesn’t it?Read More(Visited 155 times, 1 visits today)
  • What are God’s Doctrinal Deal-Breakers?

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:25 am
    A couple of days ago, I posted this article; “Doctrinal Deal-Breakers Dissociative Disorder in The Church.” It opens up a conversation about perceived and justifiable reasons to dissociate with other Christian believers over doctrinal issues. Feel free to read that short post before continuing… This is the second part and primarily focuses on the relationshipRead More(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)
  • Doctrinal Deal-Breakers Dissociative Disorder in The Church

    8 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    No, Doctrinal Deal-breakers Dissociative Disorder (DDDD), is not a real thing.  I just made it up.  But if one were to look at the sheer number of denominations, somewhere between 217 and 3300 (yeah, I know), and question the reason that Christ’s followers are so fragmented, then that one would be justified in asking”Why?” and likewiseRead More(Visited 54 times, 1 visits today)
  • Something About the Word ‘Resurrection,’ That You Might Not Know.

    4 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The words “Apostle,” “Apostasy,” and “Resurrection,” could change the way you look at mission forever!   Here’s why;    Apostle (Apo-Stello) There are over 80 occurrences of the Greek word ‘apostolos’ (apostle) in the NT, mostly in the writings of Luke and Paul. The word is a joining of two ideas; the common prefix ‘apo’ (out from) andRead More(Visited 652 times, 1 visits today)
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    Blasts From The Trumpet

  • Feast of Passover: Passing Over from Time to Eternity

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    This truth will hopefully prepare many to come to the Lord's table as truly His family, children of the wind, His kin, His portion, His victory over the enemy as ones being transformed to His image, a new species. But we must eat all of the Passover Lamb, the Word of God. Continue reading →
  • From a Worm to Victorious Butterfly: New Creature – New Species

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Before man can fulfill the will of God to totally re-establish His Kingdom on earth, he must be transformed, and passover from the new creature, the worm, to the victorious butterfly, the new species. Continue reading →
  • Final Purim: Alive and Free

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

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

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

  • Only Child Syndrome

    Chris Howard
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:43 pm
    I was raised an only child. My wife points this out when food disappears and when I get tired of being around a lot of people. I can be selfish too, but that’s another post. Not knowing what God has planned for our family going forward, I wonder if my 3-year old daughter will get to experience being the only child. There are definite benefits. The competition is nil. Growing up, the stage was mine, the toys were mine, the clothes were mine . . . well, at least at home. Because we live in a world where we go outside and mix with other people, there can be some challenges for an only child.
  • Scripture on Praise

    Mike Mobley
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:07 pm
    I’ve noticed a trend when we look up Scripture on a particular topic. I’m guilty of this myself, which is probably another reason why I’ve seen this take place, but have you ever noticed how we go to the Bible to look up particular topics? Maybe we want to look up how to get strength, how to be healed, where to find peace, how to parent kids, or what marriage is all about. We look through these various topics all the time, but how often do we go to Scripture with thanksgiving looking to praise God? After all, if we aren’t praising God, there’s our first problem.
  • Let’s Trust God Above All

    Arold Augustin
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:52 pm
    This is a guest post by Arold Augustin, founder of a developing ministry known as Living For Jesus Alone Ministries. You can contact him on Twitter. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here. Trust is defined as a firm belief in the reliability of someone or something. Trust is truly an element out of any relationship that’s of great significance since it pertains to one’s own credibility, character, reputation, along with ability. The bottom line is that there can’t be any true…
  • Special Thanks to Our April Supporters

    Mike Mobley
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    We appreciate and want to thank the supporters of Before The Cross this April. Not only do our supporters help make this site possible, but we are partnered together to glorify God by sharing the love of Christ! Each supporter offers something unique in regards to ministry and we would like to encourage you to give them a look. If you have any questions, please let us know. Supporters You and Me Forever Whether you are single, dating or married, You and Me Forever will help you discover the adventure that you were made for ­­and learn how to thrive in it. 100% of the net proceeds from You…
  • Prone To Wander, Here’s My Heart

    Mike Mobley
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    I wasn’t really part of the Church growing up and started following Jesus later on in my life after I was already in my 20’s. That means I missed a lot of Church history including things like older hymns that the Church used to sing and worship to. Whenever I would hear one when I first became a believer, I almost immediately thought “that sounds too old…not interested,” but now I find great encouragement in them. “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love, Here’s my heart. O take and seal it; Seal it for thy courts above.”…
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    Barbie Swihart

  • Life’s Lens // The Weekend Brew

    Mary Geisen
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:18 pm
    What do you surround yourself with each day, each hour or minute? Does life look like an ending becoming a new beginning? Do you watch as the day turns into night and the cycle of many awakes becomes many sleeps? Does the sun remind you of all the possibilities that lie ahead and the moon becomes the lullaby that sings you to sleep? Does life greet you with joy or are the challenges consuming, stopping your forward movement? We can look at our lives and point out all that is right or wrong with what we see, but we have the choice of deciding what lens to look through. Choices come at us at…
  • The Great Intercessor

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:12 am
    Did you know that Jesus stands at the right hand of Father God and intercedes on your behalf? He has the power to save, heal, restore and renew all things concerning you. It’s wonderful to know there are people lifting you up in prayer when you are struggling. But how much greater it is to know that Jesus Himself stands next to the Father and prays for you. If God is for you, who can be against you! There is One who takes our petitions, worries, cares and especially our sin straight to the Father’s heart. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died–more…
  • Grace Of God DVD // Review & Giveaway

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:03 am
    I am always thrilled to share with you movies with a Christian message. I was excited to be able to review this movie and share my thoughts with you. About The Movie Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is…
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  • More Authority in Christ

    4 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
      When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, the people shouted, “Hosanna!” (John 12:13). This was a transliteration of the Hebrew word meaning, “Save now.” They were looking for the King of the Jews to free them from Roman occupation. Yet Jesus rode on a donkey. Donkeys were traditionally ridden by kings in times of peace. It would be a horse in times of war. Nevertheless, the Pharisees didn’t like that the people were praising Him. They rightfully perceived Jesus as a threat to their authority. They weren’t the first who wanted to get rid of Him. When Jesus was born, Herod tried to…
  • Does God Lead Us Into Temptation?

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
      It’s often been taught that God brings His people into trying situations in order to produce something good. But if this is true, why would Jesus teach us to pray, “lead us not into temptation”? Temptation is present everywhere. It’s present with you the minute you wake up in the morning! You might be tempted to sleep in, or tempted to dread the coming day. Temptation is broadcast into our homes through the TV and internet. It’s present through friends who want to do the wrong things. Everywhere you go there are noises and sights that tempt you away from being…
  • Why Samson?

    11 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
      Why, of all people, was Samson mentioned as an example of faith in Hebrews 11:32? The book of Judges records his lying and self-indulgence. As a Nazirite, he was supposed to be completely consecrated to God, yet he had no qualms about breaking the law and eating from an unclean carcass. He even pursued a pagan bride, and that against his parents’ will! Yet in the book of Hebrews, he’s included among the greats in the chapter on faith!   Though he hardly acted like a saint, Samson did show faith. He must have understood that his hair was more than the key to his strength. It…
  • Be Free and Forgive!

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

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

  • Everyday Sundays: Frederick Buechner on Why the Subdued Sundays of Eastertide are So Important

    Tim Suttle
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    In his sermon “The Secret in the Dark,” Frederick Buechner wonders at why in the four gospels, when they get to the most important part of the story (resurrection), the gospel writers tell it in whispers–no choir of angels, no explosion of light, not a soul was there to witness it. “It was the most [Read More...]
  • 3 Myths About Calling: Why RELEVANT’s Take Falls Short

    Tim Suttle
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:16 am
    Let me start by confessing a pet peeve: I believe that the combined Jewish and Christian traditions express the most profound wisdom ever contemplated by human beings. This stuff is deep, and you really shouldn’t handle it with marketing in mind. So when someone—usually a pastor-slash-writer-slash-musician with an appealing headshot and a self-composed bio—attempts to [Read More...]
  • Walter Brueggemann’s Blurb for my book Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture

    Tim Suttle
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    It was great to finally meet one of my heroes face to face yesterday. Walter Brueggemann’s work has meant a great deal to me over the years. His book The Prophetic Imagination continues to be a source of guidance and inspiration for my life and ministry. When I was working on Shrink, I relied heavily [Read More...]
  • Walter Brueggemann at Faith & Culture Conference 2015 – Lecture 01 Detailed Notes

    Tim Suttle
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    The Redemption Church staff & friends are in St. Joseph, MO today, listening to Walter Brueggemann talk about The Prophetic Imagination. Here’s a set of my notes from the first lecture he gave. CONTEXT We live in in the midst/under the rule of Empire Totalism: totally contained socio economic political educational social system outside of [Read More...]
  • How Do You Fire Thomas Jay Oord?

    Tim Suttle
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    …by email, apparently. Oord is one of the highest profile, and well respected theologians in the Church of the Nazarene. He’s a brilliant and popular teacher, a prolific writer, and is well respected among his peers–including theologians of all stripes. Oord has also been dedicated to the COTN serving on all kinds of committees and boards, [Read More...]
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  • Relics – 11 – St Mary Magdalene

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    Above is a reliquary showing a bone fragment (ex ossibus) of Saint Mary Magdalene, the prostitute who had seven demons cast out of her and became a penitent and the apostle to the Apostles. You can read more about Magdalene here. The bone fragment shown above constitutes a first class relic and the reliquary was sealed … Continue reading Relics – 11 – St Mary Magdalene →
  • Relics – 10 – St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Above is a reliquary showing bone fragments (ex ossibus) of Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Apostle, Evangelist and Theologian. John the Baptist, aka the Forerunner, was the cousin and baptizer of Jesus Christ. He died as a martyr, beheaded by Herod Antipas at the request of Salome. The Apostle John, aka the … Continue reading Relics – 10 – St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist →
  • Relics – 9 – St Peter and St Paul

    12 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    Above is a reliquary showing bone fragments (ex ossibus) of the Holy Apostles, Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Peter, aka Simon bar Jonah, was the fellow who despite all his bravado, denied knowing Jesus Christ three times during His passion. Then he ended up becoming Apostle to the Jews and the first Vicar of Christ. … Continue reading Relics – 9 – St Peter and St Paul →
  • Relics – 8 – St John Chrysostom

    12 Apr 2015 | 5:15 am
    Above is a reliquary showing a bone fragment (ex ossibus) of Saint John Chrysostom, one of the Three Holy Hierarchs and an early Church Father. He is also a doctor of the universal Church. You can read more about John here. The bone fragment constitutes a first class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the … Continue reading Relics – 8 – St John Chrysostom →
  • Relics – 7 – The Blessed Virgin Mary

    5 Apr 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Above is a reliquary showing a piece from the sash (ex fascia) of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ and Queen of heaven and earth. You can read more about her here. The sash fragment constitutes a second class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.Filed under: Relics, Saints, Virgin Mary Tagged: … Continue reading Relics – 7 – The Blessed Virgin Mary →
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  • Happy Easter

    4 Apr 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Filed under: God the Father
  • FREE for Easter – Devotion to the Divine Heart of God the Father

    4 Apr 2015 | 2:56 am
    Available FREE on this Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, you can download in Kindle edition the book on the Devotion to the Divine Heart of God the Father (3rd ed.).Filed under: God the Father
  • Relics of Jesus Christ

    2 Apr 2015 | 11:38 am
    Here are two small reliquaries showing relics of Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father and Son of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The reliquary on the right shows a fragment of the pillar (ex columna flagellationis) to which Christ was tied when He was being scourged. This is a first class relic because […]
  • What the world needs – Holy Octave of Purification and Consecration to God our Father

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:18 am
    Below is what the world really needs in our times, but Whom it keeps rejecting out of false wisdom. The Heavenly Father has promised to come and live with us and in us, restoring order in the world and granting it a period of true peace – His peace – when the world is re-consecrated […]
  • The Almighty Father’s call to humanity

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    Filed under: God the Father Tagged: God the Father, Seal of the Father, The Father's Words, Videos
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  • By his Blood – Do you Believe EVERYONE is Saved?

    Brook Potter
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    “Humanity is already ‘saved’ in principle. We individuals have to appropriate that salvation. But the really tough work – the bit we could not have done for ourselves–has been done for us.” – CS Lewis The hardest transition for most western Christians to make, is the transition from the Greco-Roman mindset to the Jewish mindset […] By his Blood – Do you Believe EVERYONE is Saved?
  • A Prayer for Widows

    Geevetha Mary Samuel
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Proverbs 15:25 The Lord will tear down the house of the proud, but He will establish the boundary of the widow. Heavenly Father, Most loving and gracious God, You know the pain and sorrow of death, mercifully hear our prayers for those who mourn the death of their beloved. The nights are lonely and the days […] A Prayer for Widows
  • Prayer for Faith

    Ranuka Ramesar
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:59 pm
    The Lord is faithful to his promises and loving to all he has made. Psalm 145:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your authority endures from one generation to another. God is faithful about everything he says and merciful in everything he does. Father, many times I have no idea where my life is headed, I seems like […] Prayer for Faith
  • Prayer – Coping with Grief

    Ria Lewis
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Lord Jesus, help me to remember this promise every day, and I thank You for Your Holy Spirit, the Comforter. At […] Prayer – Coping with Grief
  • A Personal Prayer and Meditation

    Geevetha Mary Samuel
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:12 pm
    John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Heavenly Father, we Praise You and we thank You for this day. We thank You for being able to see and hear this morning. We are blessed because You […] A Personal Prayer and Meditation
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    Christian Home and Family

  • Praying parents that rock their kids’ world - Christian Home and Family

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Carey Prayers offered up by parents are not magical mantras They are heart-felt, scriptural cries to our God, who cares for our children more than we do. When I first became a parent, I didn’t know how to pray for my kids. What should I say? What do they really need? What words should I use? But I discovered… it’s not all that hard. I just needed to relax, think about what God Himself wants for all of us, and ask Him for those things in the hearts and minds and lives of my kids. That made it a lot simpler for the prayers of this parent to become more meaningful. So how do I…
  • Where have I been? OR “When life takes over” - Christian Home and Family

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Carey You may have wondered where I have been… or – maybe not. So sorry I’ve been off the radar Either way, the truth is that I’ve been off the radar for a long, Long, LONG time. I left a podcast series unfinished, the blog vacant (hear the crickets chirping?), and the mailing list an orphan. What happened? It’s what happens when life takes over… when the best laid plans have to be set aside. We all have the best of intentions in life. We want to do and be the very best for our families and others who depend on us (employers, friends, etc.). But sometimes…
  • This Christmas, I give you Jesus [4-minute audio inspiration] - Christian Home and Family

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Carey Christmas can be a hectic time. But I don’t have to tell you that, do I? Gifts to buy, cards to mail, parties to attend, decorating and baking to do… If we’re not careful, the celebration can outpace the meaning. Here’s my 4-minute Christmas-time reset for you… a chance for you to: Press the “play” button below Close your eyes Take a deep breath Soak in the truth Reconnect with the meaning behind the celebration. I’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts on how this short audio has helped you this Christmas season. I’d also love it…
  • Let’s tackle the “for generations” part – Radical Faith for Generations – episode 2 - Christian Home and Family

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Carey In the last installment of this podcast I thrust you deep into the recesses of my mind… I hope it wasn’t too scary. My goal was to take you on the journey that I took as I was trying to unpack the notion of radical faith, because when it comes to faith in Jesus, I don’t want to be normal… at least not the kind of normal that is normal in the world today. That makes sense… right? If it doesn’t make sense to you, it will probably help if you stop this episode and go listen to the first one. It’s the context for what I’m going to go into today, so you…
  • Why “radical” is EXACTLY the right word – RFG episode 1 - Christian Home and Family

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

  • Mother’s Day Sermon Ideas

    11 Apr 2015 | 9:22 am
    Photo Credit: GabrielaP93 via Compfight cc I am studying this week for a Mother’s Day Sermon I will be preaching. When I start the message prep process, I always begin with prayer and then find a text in the Bible that I will preach. Since I am preaching on Mother’s Day, I did a study on all the passages of scripture that I might want to preach for a sermon about mothers. The best sermon ideas come from scripture. So here are some Mothers Day sermon ideas for you. My hope is that this list will be helpful to save some of you the time of having to find the passages on your own. Mother’s…
  • Google Voice For The Glory Of God – A Free Church Texting Solution

    14 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Photo Credit: what_marty_sees via Compfight cc I did something different last Sunday that was highly successful. I preached a sermon calling qualified people to step up and serve in a specific ministry. The sermon wasn’t different, but the way I asked them to respond was. In the past, I have used cards in the bulletin or sign up sheets in the lobby. But we are living in the digital age! There must be an easier and faster way without having to attempt to decipher terrible hand-writing on paper! Nearly everyone today carries a cell phone on them. Why don’t we harness this…
  • 3 Ways Losing Weight Has Made Me A Better Pastor

    13 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Photo Credit: dvgphoto via Compfight cc One of my big goals this year is to lose weight and be healthier. After having a new baby, moving to a new state, and transitioning to a new job, I looked in the mirror one morning and realized I was about 40 pounds overweight. If you are overweight or have ever been there, it’s not a fun realization to say the least. How did this happen? I was so focused on church and family last year, that my own physical health suffered. Can you relate? So I made a commitment, got my family onboard with me (because I know I don’t have the strength to…
  • 5 Keys To A Great Christmas Sermon

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Photo Credit: SpreadTheMagic via Compfight cc For a church, Christmas Eve services are typically one of the highest attended days of the year. A great message is absolutely essential on such a big day. This may be the only time many of these people will give your church a chance. This may be the last time you get to speak to them if they are not compelled to return. So here are some tips. 5 Keys To A Great Christmas Sermon 1. Keep it short. I’m not going to tell you how long you should preach. But whatever your average time is, work to shave some time off of it. If you normally preach…
  • 10 Reasons I Am Thankful To Be A Pastor

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

  • Like Us on Facebook, Get Free Books

    Elizabeth Russell
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Get free books, big discounts, and access to inspiring and share-worthy quote images. Like the Logos Bible Software page to always be in the loop and receive Facebook-exclusive offers. Click the “Like” button below to get started:   Free books! Need we say more? Every month we make a new free book available exclusively through Facebook. This month it’s, A.A. Hodge’s Outlines of Theology. <cite=”″>Get A.A. Hodge’s Outlines of Theology for free—a Facebook-exclusive offer!Explore central doctrines,…
  • Never Miss Another Free Book

    Jonathan J. Watson
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Save over 98% on two great commentaries during the month of April when you get the free book and Plus One for only $0.99. This month, get two renowned volumes from the The Old Testament Library series: Isaiah and Jeremiah. With fresh translation discussions of text, philology, historical background, and literary architecture, respected scholar Brevard S. Childs’ Isaiah helps you come to a critically informed, theological interpretation of the text.  Then, for only $0.99, add Jeremiah to your library. With the same literary focus, this commentary details the various literary forms of…
  • 2 Effortless Tricks for Studying with Your Logos Bible App

    Katie Monsma
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    This post gives hints on how to get the most out of our mobile apps. If you aren’t using Logos on your mobile device, you’re missing out! Download it for iOS or Android now! One of the most helpful capabilities of the Logos Bible app is the ability to stay in the Word while you explore other relevant commentaries, books, or other resources. You can use a book and guide at the same time to help you get the most out of your Bible study! Here are two tricks you can use to study multiple resources on your mobile app. Read and compare two resources at once Open a book from your library. Locate…
  • Logos Pro—How to Cut Down Your Prep Time with Inline Search

    Tyler Smith
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    When I was in full-time ministry, I had to preach or teach as many as three times a week. I was committed to making every single sermon and lesson based on careful exegesis of God’s Word. That meant paying careful attention to the original languages. But when you’re preparing that much material in a given week, switching between all those resources can really drain away the time you could be using to get to the meat of a biblical text. Being really thorough means scouring mammoth volumes for every occurrence of a word or phrase in the original language. I love studying the Bible, but with…
  • Become a Logos Now Member Today

    Chris duMond
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    In the late 80’s, American Express ran the slogan “Membership has its privileges.” The campaign was so ubiquitous, I can’t help but think of it when I hear about membership programs. Well, Logos Now is our exclusive membership program for Logos 6 base package owners. As a Logos Now member, you get exclusive access and benefits to content, services, features, and discounts not found anywhere else. Some of those member benefits are available right now, like access to the following content and tools: Concordance Media Browser Old Testament Propositional Bible Outlines Dataset Greek…
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    Faithlife Women

  • God Doesn’t Have Blurred Lines

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Last year, a song about blurred lines hit the top of the pop and R&B charts selling 6-million in 29 weeks. It has a catchy tune, so people would play it in the backgrounds of their lives and hum...
  • Exclusive Free Book by Kay Arthur, June Hunt, and Others!

    Tayler Beede
    2 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Last Summer Faithlife brought together some of the most influential women in ministry for a summit in Dallas, Texas. It was a blessed time of sharing testimonies, connecting with other ministry...
  • Loving Myself Isn’t Selfish

    Tayler Beede
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    I am by most standards a very frequent flyer. In the last several years I have logged over a half of million sky miles. I’ve become so accustomed to the long distant flights, that any flight ten...
  • Why Is the Heart of Worship So Important?

    Tayler Beede
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Recently I read an article about a husky dog named Miley who was living—or perhaps I should say barely surviving—in a trash dump somewhere near Los Angeles. When a rescue worker found her, she could...
  • An 11-Year-Old’s Honest Letter to Sports Illustrated

    Tayler Beede
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    In my free time I run a blog with my mom called Nitty Gritty Love. My brother was recently out for the day with my dad, and came home upset after seeing the most recent Sports Illustrated cover. My...
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    Living in the Kingdom of God---Diana Symons

  • Why Easter Is So Awesome

    Diana Symons
    5 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    Easter is a reminder for us to celebrate God’s Great Plan. It’s not just a day to have fun with the kids. It’s not even a day to marvel that Jesus rose from the dead. It’s a day to remember why He did it. I call it God’s Great Plan, not just because it’s a good idea, but because of its massive design. God made the universe and put us in it so we would become His family. Before a single word of creation was spoken, He knew every name and everything everything we would go through. He created a way to relate to us from heaven, and though He knew we would…
  • Is It Possible To Live A Perfect Life?

    Diana Symons
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Jesus said that we are supposed to be perfect. Yikes! That’s a tall bill. Who can do that? Do you know anyone who is perfect? No, I didn’t think so. Yet Jesus said we should be. Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48) The thing is, God’s definition of perfection is different from ours. We think we would be perfect if we never made a single mistake, never said the wrong thing, and every single project we attempted came out, well, perfectly. But we fail and fail and beat ourselves up because our humanity gets in the way. And…
  • The Opinion of Other People Doesn’t Matter

    Diana Symons
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    There is such a danger to arrogance. We are essentially selfish people. It’s our natural instinct to think of ourselves all the time. But it’s just as dangerous to consider the opinions of others. How many times have you made decisions because of how you thought you’d be seen by other people? Think about the clothes you wear, the music you listen to, friends you hang out with. We can be absolutely controlled by what we think others will approve of. And it’s wrong. There is only one opinion that matters, and that is God’s. His opinion of you is given in love. He…
  • Are You Actually Living What The Scripture Says?

    Diana Symons
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    When we have the Bible available to us, we have no excuse for not obeying it. The problem is, we are so familiar with it that we forget to live it. Take for instance, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 5:3) Another way to look at that is, if you are not poor in spirit, you have no part of the kingdom of heaven. Being poor in spirit does not mean being spiritually destitute. Think in terms of opposites. Poor in spirit is opposite of arrogance, pride, and selfishness. We have to be told to be poor in spirit because our natural tendency is to be selfish. We…
  • It’s Not About Bible Study Or Signs And Wonders

    Diana Symons
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    There’s a lot to be said for Bible study. It teaches you the truths of God and the stories of what He has done. But that’s just knowledge. There’s no life in just reading the Bible. Knowledge of God is not the same thing as salvation. The demons know God better than the average person who claims to be a Christian. And then there are those who live and breathe the experience of signs and wonders. When God is present, anything can happen and there are groupies who seek after that as their goal in life. Signs and wonders are cool. They really are, but seeking after miracles…
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  • What Does Christian Retirement Look Like?

    Ellsworth Kalas
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    In today’s Aging and Spirituality series video, Dr. J Ellsworth Kalas shares with us what it means to be a Christian in retirement. Follow the Soul Care Collective for more resources like this one.
  • 10 Biblical Tips for Christian Singles

    Katie Heckel
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you’ve ever wondered whether the Bible has anything to say to singles, this is for you. Whether directly or indirectly, Scripture indeed addresses the often sensitive topic of singleness. My hope is that when taken together, the following advice would help make singleness a unique time of uncompromising spiritual formation and growth. 1) Remember both marriage and singleness portray elements of the gospel. Christ’s sacrificial love for the church portrays a person’s love for their spouse. The church’s submissive love to Christ portrays a person’s submissive love…
  • Discipleship According to Mark 8:34

    Bill Mounce
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, according to his own words? In this Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. Bill Mounce shares insights from Mark 8 based on the difference that the Greek text makes. Click here to purchase a PDF discussion guide for this video. View our growing playlist of Seven Minute Seminary.
  • Confession: I Miss You After Easter

    David Drury
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Even though I have known you, I often miss you after Easter, Lord. I am on the Road to Emmaus. I walk with you, talk with you. I hear great truth. I listen to how the entire narrative fits together. I hear sermons. I read books. My knowledge grows and grows among the faithful until I know more about you than ever before. But I fail to notice that you are walking with me, that you have been not only trying to teach me but to have a relationship with me. I miss you after Easter, Lord. I am Mary Magdelene. I am on the way to do my duty, and I see only a gardener. I barely look in his eyes, and I…
  • Growing Churches that Grow Marriages

    Tracey Farrell
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today we are in a unique position to reclaim the holy purpose and intention of God for marriage. E. Stanley Jones used to say, “…we are Christians in the making.” If this conviction is true, the question naturally follows: How is a Christian made? We are convinced one of the primary ways the heavenly Father forms us into the likeness of our Lord and Savior is through the covenant of marriage. Marriage is a formational relationship where we are made holy as God Himself is holy. The Apostle Paul points to this reality in Ephesians 5:15-33. Paul can’t help but point out that to talk of…
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    Missional Women - Dating

  • Dating to Glorify God

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    Living a life that glorifies God is our purpose in life. So, how do we ensure that our dating relationships glorify God? How do we balance living a life where we are growing in our walks with Christ and also have a dating relationship that glorifies Him? There isn’t anything in the Bible about dating (because it didn’t exist back then!) so it can seem impossible to know what God would desire our dating lives to look like. But we do know other things in the Bible: how to glorify Christ with your life, how to treat your brothers and sisters in Christ, and how God created marriage to…
  • 4 Keys to Keeping on Mission as a Dating Couple

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    To succeed at any great endeavor, you need to have a plan.  Don’t you agree?  For example, as a college student, I had a calendar, a course catalog, and a budget.  I didn’t just show up to class and expect everything to fall into place.  I made sure I had my textbooks purchased, and I had read the syllabus before day 1.  I came with sharpened pencils and a nice notebook to take notes.   I had my “game face on.”  The same preparation principle applies to almost everything I can think of – for example, running a marathon,…
  • 4 Things You Can Do As A Dating Couple to Live On Mission

    11 Sep 2013 | 9:38 am
    Are you dating someone right now?  When you both love Jesus and want to honor Him with EVERY SINGLE area of your lives, it makes sense that you are wondering how to use dating to His glory too!And it's SO possible!  Are you surprised that God is interested in this?He cares deeply about dating because He is wild over you so your heart = His investment.This season of life can be used very intentionally for the Great Commission if you're willing and ready for some steps of faith.  Here are just a few ideas to get you started in using dating on mission...  4…
  • Dating by Faith

    7 Feb 2013 | 11:31 am
    I'm passionate about relationships.  I get totally jazzed when a friend goes on a first date or announces their marriage.  We are meant for the sweetness of relationship-and dating is no exception. The Lord has created us FABULOUSLY, and at our core is an innate, though sometimes ignored, sense thatanything worthwhile takes action. Are you really believing that?  That dating will require steps of faith on your part? I'm passionate about relationships.  I get totally jazzed when a friend goes on a first date or announces their marriage.  We are meant for the…
  • How to Make a Relationship Work

    15 Jan 2013 | 2:11 pm
    Dating is hard. But dating as a Christian has become even more difficult. There is this idea out there that God has that one special person and that person is just waiting to come sweep us off our feet, be a spiritual leader all the time, never fail, and consistently give us foot massages after a long day of work. Here’s the deal, ladies: not one of the men out there is perfect. But there is a man out there that is going to be the best partner in your walk with Jesus. It drives me nuts when people give up on relationships because the man “didn’t seem good enough.”…
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    Salt Formation

  • John 14:15 If You Love Me

    3 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
      This week’s memory verses are John 14:15, 21 & 23.  In them Jesus tells us that if we love Him we will keep is commandments. But what are His commandments? This can be confusing because Jesus was under the Law himself, taught on the Law of the Millennium and taught on the age of Grace. Once we have this answered we can better understand what He is telling us to do. Before we get into the text let’s take a brief look at the theme and purpose of John’s Gospel. Then we will quickly overview John 13 & 14 to set the context. Purpose The purpose of the book of John can be…
  • New Testament Introductions and Outlines for theWord

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
      Are you looking for a short and concise New Testament survey for theWord? Then this is for you! I orginally found this New Testament Introductions and Outline online at I was trilled when I found it for theWord Bible Software. This is a concise new testament survey. It contains  introductions and outlines to each book of the New Testament. By Daniel B. Wallace, Ph.D. who is Professor of New Testament Studies Dallas Theological Seminary. Enough said right? You can get the New Testament Introductions and Outlines for theWord here!  The the New Testament Introductions and…
  • 2 Cor. 9:6-7 God Loves a Cheerful Giver

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
      This week’s memory verse is 2 Cor. 9:6-7 which speaks on the believer’s posture in giving. Before we get into the text we are going to take a look at Paul’s purpose for writing the letter, the theme of the letter and a quick overview of 2 Corinthians 8-9:5 to understand the background.   Purpose “The purpose of this letter was threefold: (1) to express joy at the favorable response of the church to Paul’s ministry (2 Cor. 1-7); (2) to remind the believers of their commitment to the offering for the Christians in Judea (2 Cor. 8-9); and (3) to defend Paul’s…
  • Dr. Bob Utley’s Free Bible Commentary for theWord

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
      This is a commentary I use almost daily. Dr. Utley has done a fantastic job. Though I do not always agree with everything he says I definitely want to hear it. The commentary is a word study commentary, often word by word, giving the meaning in the original language and context. He writes in such away that allows you to do the interpretation. I found it for theWord bible software and wanted to share it with you. Do yourself a favor and go get it. Dr. Bob Utley’s Free Bible Commentary Here is the description from website.   You Can Understand the Bible:…
  • Free Bible Software theWord

    16 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
      I have been meaning to get this post out. I have played around with a few bible softwares and a came across theWord. It is by far the best! Install the best free bible software theWord!  In fact there is so much free quality content (modules) that you can get with theWord that I am going to be writing a lot more posts on the modules. Most of my links to products that I use will be transitioning to theWord. If I use a tool that is not offered by theWord then I will link to otherwise all links to tools will be to theWord. This really is the best software I have found…
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    Salt Formation

  • John 14:15 If You Love Me

    3 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
      This week’s memory verses are John 14:15, 21 & 23.  In them Jesus tells us that if we love Him we will keep is commandments. But what are His commandments? This can be confusing because Jesus was under the Law himself, taught on the Law of the Millennium and taught on the age of Grace. Once we have this answered we can better understand what He is telling us to do. Before we get into the text let’s take a brief look at the theme and purpose of John’s Gospel. Then we will quickly overview John 13 & 14 to set the context. Purpose The purpose of the book of John can be…
  • New Testament Introductions and Outlines for theWord

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
      Are you looking for a short and concise New Testament survey for theWord? Then this is for you! I orginally found this New Testament Introductions and Outline online at I was trilled when I found it for theWord Bible Software. This is a concise new testament survey. It contains  introductions and outlines to each book of the New Testament. By Daniel B. Wallace, Ph.D. who is Professor of New Testament Studies Dallas Theological Seminary. Enough said right? You can get the New Testament Introductions and Outlines for theWord here!  The the New Testament Introductions and…
  • 2 Cor. 9:6-7 God Loves a Cheerful Giver

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
      This week’s memory verse is 2 Cor. 9:6-7 which speaks on the believer’s posture in giving. Before we get into the text we are going to take a look at Paul’s purpose for writing the letter, the theme of the letter and a quick overview of 2 Corinthians 8-9:5 to understand the background.   Purpose “The purpose of this letter was threefold: (1) to express joy at the favorable response of the church to Paul’s ministry (2 Cor. 1-7); (2) to remind the believers of their commitment to the offering for the Christians in Judea (2 Cor. 8-9); and (3) to defend Paul’s…
  • Dr. Bob Utley’s Free Bible Commentary for theWord

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
      This is a commentary I use almost daily. Dr. Utley has done a fantastic job. Though I do not always agree with everything he says I definitely want to hear it. The commentary is a word study commentary, often word by word, giving the meaning in the original language and context. He writes in such away that allows you to do the interpretation. I found it for theWord bible software and wanted to share it with you. Do yourself a favor and go get it. Dr. Bob Utley’s Free Bible Commentary Here is the description from website.   You Can Understand the Bible:…
  • Free Bible Software theWord

    16 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
      I have been meaning to get this post out. I have played around with a few bible softwares and a came across theWord. It is by far the best! Install the best free bible software theWord!  In fact there is so much free quality content (modules) that you can get with theWord that I am going to be writing a lot more posts on the modules. Most of my links to products that I use will be transitioning to theWord. If I use a tool that is not offered by theWord then I will link to otherwise all links to tools will be to theWord. This really is the best software I have found…
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    Give Me That Mountain

  • Communion vs isolation
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    The Law and Grace. Day fifty-one...In the early days of my furniture manufacturing business, my staff was unable to reach me when I was away from the factory. Then pagers came along, but I was still unreachable until I could get to a pay phone somewhere. And finally the cell phone made communication immediate, if I wasn't in the middle of a meeting.
  • God hasn't moved
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    The Law and Grace. Day fifty...I remember, while riding in the car as a little boy, turning my head away from Mom and picking my nose—thinking she couldn't see me as long as I couldn't see her.
  • Welcome interruptions
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Law and Grace. Day forty-nine...The positive emotions that come from experiencing God's presence are the dessert of life—especially if you've been living on the destructive emotions that come from experiencing a hostile work environment or a hostile home situation.
  • Not just emotion
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Law and Grace. Day forty-eight...During His teaching from the mountain, Jesus gives us a lengthy description of a way of life that was previously unknown to man—and only possible through Jesus.
  • Our internal infrastructure
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    The Law and Grace. Day forty-seven...When was the last time, during an evening out with friends, that you talked about the transportation system, the utilities, the civil defense network, or the law enforcement network in your area? Not likely, unless there was a problem.
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • John 3: Is Jesus the Only Way?

    Zak Schmoll
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:41 am
    John 3:16 is the most popular verse in the Bible I suppose, and that is where I want to focus our attention today along with the surrounding verses. Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Joh 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Joh 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. I…
  • John 2: Coming to Jesus

    Zak Schmoll
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    I find it very interesting that in John 2, it seems as if Mary is expecting Jesus to do something miraculous even though He had hardly begun His ministry. Joh 2:3  And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Joh 2:4  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. Joh 2:5  His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. I first of all find it interesting that Mary came to Jesus. She didn’t ask Him to go buy more wine; she simply outlined the situation. Jesus asks her what she wants from…
  • John 1: Extraordinary Claims

    Zak Schmoll
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:04 am
    There are many people who will argue that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. This was brought out mainly by Carl Sagan, and the main point is that for something extraordinary like a miracle for example, the evidence needs to be substantial. John 1 brings us to the reaction of Nathanael. Joh 1:47  Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Joh 1:48  Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Joh…
  • Luke 24: Not Hallucinating

    Zak Schmoll
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:49 am
    Welcome to Luke 24, the end of another book! I find interesting today that there are times when people assume that people living in the first century were gullible by nature. That is then extended to point out how it is not surprising that they were fooled by some type of apparition. It wasn’t really Jesus Christ, but they were fooled at some point. After all, they were from the ancient world, so people say that they were superstitious by nature. However, that doesn’t seem to be the picture we see here in Luke. Luk 24:25  Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all…
  • Luke 23: Willing to Forgive

    Zak Schmoll
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:38 am
    I think that we all have a desire for justice. I think there is something about humanity that embraces fairness and does not want to see the innocent suffer. Jesus was an innocent victim. He was brought to death based on charges of essentially treason against Rome, and Pontius Pilate found Him innocent before caving to the desire of the crowd and consenting to the crucifixion in Luke 23. I always am amazed by the fact that Jesus forgave all these people in some of His final moments before death. Luk 23:33  And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified…
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  • What Do You Do if You’re Being Financially Bullied at Church

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    Warren Throckmorton recently did a series of posts regarding the alleged bullying tactics of Faith Christian Church. In addition to reports about bizarre teachings on spanking infants, former members have described feeling forced to give money to the church. One Former staff minister Jeff Phillips said that “tithing is strictly enforced. We were taught that […] The post What Do You Do if You’re Being Financially Bullied at Church appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • What Happens When You Force People to Tithe

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Faith Christian Church has been accused of using coercive leadership and financial tactics. More than 20 former members were interviewed by the Arizona Daily Star for an inside investigation into the church’s practices. The church is now being investigated by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. The EFCA is meeting with one of the former […] The post What Happens When You Force People to Tithe appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Pastor who promised three-fold return for Bentley “seed” missing

    21 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Prophet Uebert Angel founder and president has been involved in case of fraud regarding a Bentley and the promise of “a three fold return.” Businessman Ndabazinengi Shava says he gave the car to Prophet Angel last year to sow “a seed into his life.” According to Shava it was promised he would see the three fold return […] The post Pastor who promised three-fold return for Bentley “seed” missing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • 3 Biblical and Data Driven Reasons Why You’re Giving Less

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

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

  • Who Participated in the Passover Meal? A Covenantal Defense of Credobaptism

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:52 pm
    This is the second in a five-part series titled A Covenantal Defense of Credobaptism. It is a lightly-edited version of a paper I submitted for the Westminster seminary course Doctrine of the Church. Introduction Who Participated in the Passover Meal? Who Participates in the Lord’s Table? Who Participated in Circumcision? Who Participates in Baptism? I encourage you to read the introductory post again as I made an error in the statement of the Presbyterian position. This error does not affect the substance of the post but I do not want to present an inaccurate view. Children…
  • A King Sends His Son Who Is Also A King

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Michael Kruger’s post about substitutionary atonement at The Gospel Coalition got me to reading an early Christian document called The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus. In chapter 7 of the letter we read this wonderful description of Christ. I’m seeing big influences here from Paul (especially Colossians), and possibly John. What do you think? (The quote for this post’s title comes from the final paragraph.) God Himself, who is almighty, the Creator of all things, and invisible, has sent from heaven, and placed among men, [Him who is] the truth, and the holy and…
  • A Covenantal Defense of Credobaptism – Introduction

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    Update: I made a mistake when I first produced the tables in this article. I incorrectly listed the Presbyterian position as believing that children participated in the Passover meal. This is the position I will argue that they should believe, not the one they hold. I am a credobaptist. That means I believe baptism is only for regenerate Christians who can articulate a confession of personal faith. That excludes infant baptism (paedobaptism). Being a credobaptist at a Presbyterian seminary causes some interesting discussions. I didn’t want to be that guy who came to Westminster and…
  • Should We Avoid Redemptive-Historical Sermons?

    14 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Over on the Ligonier blog Derek Thomas recently wrote an article titled “Bad Homiletical Models of Expository Preaching.” The fourth hermeneutic he lists is redemptive-historical preaching, more commonly called Christ-centered preaching. He makes two criticisms: First, he warns that redemptive-historical sermons can become repetitive: Within the redemptive-historical model, there is a commitment to preaching the text and even doing so consecutively; as such, it sounds like expository preaching. But there is a (valid) concern to emphasize context within the overall structure of…
  • Free “Preaching Christ” Webinar

    11 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Peter Mead is holding a free webinar tomorrow, 12 March, at 6pm GMT called Preaching Christ. I think that’s 2pm eastern US time. Peter is a great resource for practical ministry advice so this will probably be a worthwhile lecture. To register head over to Peter’s website. It doesn’t look like there’s word yet on whether this will be recorded for those who can’t make the live broadcast.
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 108 — Judges 11-12, Luke 14:25-35

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    Judges 11 Focus Verse: “My father,” she replied, “you have given your word to the Lord. Do to me just as you promised, now that the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the Ammonites.” (36) When Jephthah’s daughter heard that she was to be the fulfillment of her father’s vow, she did not grow […]
  • Acts of Righteousness and Acts of Justice

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 107 — Judges 9-10, Luke 14:1-24

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Judges 9 Focus Verse: Have you acted honorably and in good faith by making Abimelek king? Have you been fair to Jerub-Baal and his family? Have you treated him as he deserves? (16) Even though they knew that he had just murdered his seventy brothers, the Bible says that all the citizens of Shechem crowned […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 106 — Judges 7-8, Luke 13:23-35

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Judges 7 Focus Verse: The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.'” (2) God works His greatest miracles in us, with us, and for us when we are at our weakest. We don’t have […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 105 — Judges 4-6, Luke 13:1-22

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Judges 4 Focus Verse: “Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” (9) God is willing to use anyone who is strong and courageous and has faith in Him […]
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Naaman Is Healed

    Crafting The Word Of God
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:26 pm
    This craft is a visual illustration of the healing of Naaman. “So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child and he was clean.” 2 Kings 5:14 Instructions Print the template […]
  • That Where I Am There You May Be Also Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
    That Where I Am There You May Be Also Puzzle (Activity Sheet) Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free […]
  • That Where I Am There You May Be Also- Coloring Page

    Crafting The Word Of God
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    That Where I Am There You May Be Also (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 […]
  • Naaman- Coloring Pages

    Crafting The Word Of God
    11 Apr 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Naaman (Coloring Pages) 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 below. […]
  • The Fiery Furnace Sun Catcher

    Crafting The Word Of God
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    A sun catcher craft for the story of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and the fiery furnace. Your kids might need some help cutting out the template. “23 But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; […]
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    Renewed Daily

  • Recommendation Saturday: Prayer Time

    Shelly Hendricks
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling…
  • Longing for a Constant in the Midst of Change?

    Shelly Hendricks
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17) Sometimes I feel like this life of chronic illness and disability is a never-ending guessing game. I keep trying to adapt, find a new rhythm, but the rules keep changing on me. Learning your new activity level is hard! It can be cringe-worthy as you wait to see what will set your body off. It’s especially hard when no day is the same as the one before. How are we supposed to find a “new norm” when the rules are constantly changing on…
  • Lead On, Jesus

    Shelly Hendricks
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:20 I've had many times when I thought I had reached the last of the “new” news in these past six years or so. The time I realized I was actually ill. The time that I knew this was rare and chronic. The point where I accepted that disability was for, well... ever. The hearing of the words “brain atrophy”. At every stage, it was like Jesus was just sitting with me. He had His elbows on His knees, just relaxed-like. I sat beside…
  • I Am Still…

    Shelly Hendricks
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. - 1 Peter 1:7 It's so easy to forget who we are when we face such challenges as our failing health and our increasing pain every day, isn't it? Just the other day I was telling someone that I forget that I am Wife or Mom. I forget that I am anything but IIH and Essential…
  • What God Does with Stones

    Shelly Hendricks
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. - Ezekiel 36:26 Take this stone of fear press it carefully into the curve of the leather strap and use it to show that Your power alone can slay any giant Let this stone of helplessness be just the beginning of a towering ebenezer reminding the world that our God helps Use this stone of stubbornness to pillow my head as I wrestle and realize that a blessing is mine and God always delivers When this stone marks a hard ending shake the ground…
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • Standing Firm While Loving Others

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    A story which aired yesterday on a local news channel has been making the rounds on the social media networks (and has apparently caught the attention of the national news... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Back from Canada

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Earlier this week I had a whirlwind trip to Winnipeg, Canada to appear as a guest on The Leon Show. What a fabulous time! Pastor Leon Fontaine (the host of The Leon Show) is so kind. He has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Contemplating Happiness

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    This afternoon, I have spent time working on what will be (for lack of a better term) a script from which I will record a mini-devotion on Tuesday for a Canadian Christian show called Devoted. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Inspired. Informed. Indignant. In Sync

    6 Apr 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Thom and I have been doing a lot of praying as a couple in the last few weeks. We have been working our way through The Prayer Course. It is our second time watching the videos and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Low in the grave He lay, Jesus My Savior

    4 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    As a child, one of my favorite memories is of Easter Sunday service at our church. We would rise from our beds, even before the sun began creeping over the horizon, to attend an outdoor sunrise... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • “Leave It Be”

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    You know how sometimes there is something so irritating that you simply can’t focus past it? Well, my personal universe definitely has a center this week. I have a bad case of poison ivy all over my face.  (I’ll spare you the pictures!) Unfortunately, when I was a little kid, I got an extremely high concentration exposure to […]
  • Marinated

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:21 am
    I tried out something new on the family for dinner this week, and the recipe that I picked called for the meat to marinate for several hours before cooking. As with all marinades, the point is for the meat to soak for a long time to allow the flavors in the bowl to penetrate completely […]
  • Famous Last Words: Relationship

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I die before I wake I pray the Lord my soul to take. You’re probably familiar with this well-known children’s bedtime prayer. But did you know that it’s not all that different from an evening prayer of first century […]
  • Famous Last Words: Complete

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    We always enjoy having guests over to our house. The fresh faces and conversation are a welcome change of pace, and this past weekend was no exception. So, of course, the days before their arrival were filled with preparation and much needed cleaning. In an attempt to spread out the workload, I gave each of […]
  • Famous Last Words: Diligent

    18 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    Spring is at the door and here in Atlanta, it has come with wonderfully moderate temperatures. A most welcome change after what seemed to be a particularly cold and dreary winter. But as anyone this far south knows, it won’t be long until oppressive heat envelopes the region in a thick steamy blanket as spring morphs […]
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • Amidst the Desert

    Jaime Strmiska
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    It was a sweltering June morning hiking through Israel’s Wilderness of Zin. Barren. Parched. Desolate. This was not the land of milk and honey. This was the land of dust and rock. This was the desert where the Israelites wandered—where God sustained his people on a humble diet of manna, and where he lovingly rooted out their false gods before entering the Promised Land. The desert isn’t where I picture having an “aha” moment. The desert is where I’m overheated, exhausted and tested. But that’s exactly the place where I believe God wants to teach us some of his most compelling…
  • Veggies for Dinner

    Sarah Welles
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Travel with me for a moment. Let’s go back in time to your childhood. We are around your dinner table with your family. Look at your plate. What’s the last food that’s left? If you were anything like me it was squash, carrots, or peas; the healthy stuff was always last. I begged my mom for dessert before I had finished eating the food that was good for me. More often than not I had a little tantrum when I had to eat my healthy portions first. I didn’t have a good grasp of what was good for me or what I would appreciate in the long run. I’m guessing you were the same way, unless…
  • Fear of Man vs. Fear of God

    Melissa Danisi
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    A few years ago the book Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis was released. The book told the true story of a young woman in her early 20’s that left behind her riches in America to move to Uganda and serve Jesus. She eventually started a non-profit there and adopted 13 young girls. I repeat, she became a single mother in her 20’s to 13 girls as she ran a non-profit in Uganda. And it was really messing with a bunch of us here in America. I invited a bunch of women to read through this book with me and had some over to discuss it. During our discussion, the question was asked, “Could we…
  • Grateful is the New Happy

    Jen Bell
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Have you heard the story of the woman who decided to write down one thing she was grateful for every day for a year? Despite her seasons of struggle and suffering, her determination to focus on the sweetest aspects of life resulted in a tangible and incredible change in her perspective. The practice of gratefulness literally changed her from the inside out. After hearing that story over 20 years ago, it left an impression on me that still resonates today. When I hear the term “gratitude,” it sounds so simplistic and underwhelming. But how often is it that the simplepractices and…
  • The Implications of Following a Crucified Messiah

    Whitney Woollard
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Lately my self-talk has been more subtle than usual, but no less harmful. During an ongoing season of being stretched in about every imaginable way, I’ve caught myself offhandedly thinking, “Don’t you wish you chose an easier path?” Or, “Why can’t you just have a normal, more comfortable life?” Undoubtedly, in these moments, I’m believing the lie that I can be a follower of Christ and a friend of the world. I want to experience all the benefits of salvation without the consequences of following Jesus. I want to follow Him and have a comfortable, convenient life. I start buying…
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • God of the Big Bang: An Interview with Leslie Wickman, Rocket Scientist

    Jonathan Petersen
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Leslie Wickman PhD, former Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space corporate astronaut, rocket scientist, and engineer on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station programs, is chair of the Engineering and Computer Science department and director of the Center for Research in Science at Azusa Pacific University. Stanford University-educated, she also works as a research scientist with government think tanks on technical and political aspects of national aerospace and defense issues. Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Wickman (@LeslieWickman) about her book, God of the Big…
  • Who Was Paul, and How Should We Understand His Epistles?

    Mel Lawrenz
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:08 am
    This is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Understand the Bible” series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. Besides Jesus, no single figure was more influential in the beginnings of Christianity than the apostle Paul. Of the 27 books of the New Testament, 13 are attributed to Paul. Take a look at a Bible map showing the missionary journeys of Paul, and you will be astonished to see the territory he covered—not just geographically, but…
  • 50-Year Anniversary Celebration Continues with the NIV Bible: ‘Made to Study’

    Jonathan Petersen
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:10 am
    To continue celebrating 50 years since work began on the New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible, Biblica (@BiblicaMinistry) and Zondervan (@Zondervan) are releasing the next campaign theme: Made to Study. [Browse the Bible Gateway Store to see the many editions of New International Version Bibles.] Since its release in 1978, the NIV has become the world’s most read and most trusted modern-English Bible translation with over 450 million copies distributed worldwide. [See our Live-Blog: Doug Moo’s Special Message on Bible Translation (Live Presentation from ETS 2014).]…
  • Read the Original Before Watching the Reproduced

    Jonathan Petersen
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    If you’re not careful, you might end up believing more in dramatic interpretation than the original Bible script during this year of Hollywood’s capitalizing on the popularity of biblical events. Big-budget biblical programming has found its way to the theater and television because producers have seen skyrocketing success in box office receipts and ad revenue. According to film critic and Hollywood historian Leonard Maltin, when it comes to finding plot and script material for movies, “there is nothing older or more reliable than the Bible.” It’s important to…
  • The Bible Really Is God’s Word

    Jonathan Petersen
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    [Editor’s Note: This guest blogpost is by Stephen J. Nichols, President of Reformation Bible College and Chief Academic Officer of Ligonier Ministries, Sanford, Florida. Reformation Trust, the publishing ministry of Ligonier, has thoroughly revised the Reformation Study Bible (2015) with more than 20,000 study notes and commentary by 75 scholars under the leadership of Dr. R. C. Sproul, who says, “By presenting a modern restatement of biblical, Reformation truth in its comments and theological notes, the Reformation Study Bible (2015) aims to carry on the legacy of the Geneva…
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • Augustine on Open Theism

    Caleb Smith
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Ever heard of open theism? If you haven’t, open theism is an umbrella term for a variety of doctrines of God which hold this in common: God does not have total foreknowledge of all future events. For most of my readers, I’m sure this an unfamiliar and very bizarre sounding position, but unfortunately open theism does have growing supports in groups which otherwise appear to be Evangelical. Major supporters include Clark Pinnock, Gregory Boyd, and John Sanders. Here, I have no interest in providing my own arguments against open theism. There are plenty of those to go around…
  • Witness with Your Inside Voice

    Caleb Smith
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Have you ever heard of a BHAG? (That’s a Big Hairy Audacious Goal, if you don’t know.) What about the book Radical? Or can you imagine a college student dressing in funny blue pants and a massive afro wig? Whether you are familiar with all of these things or not, they represent a common thread in popular Christian thought, especially among rambunctious teenagers. There is an idea out there that as Christians we need to do big, bold things to be the “light of the world.” Popularly, BHAGs, Radical, and the silly stunt I pulled while a dual-enrolled student are all examples. We…
  • How God is Simple, and Why That is Good News (Divine Simplicity and the Cross)

    Caleb Smith
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    So I had this thought while I was taking a walk yesterday. I had been thinking about the term “holy love” which is occasionally used in theology. This brought me to the doctrine of divine simplicity. A few of you here probably already know that that means, but for those of you who don’t, divine simplicity takes “God is one” down to a very deep level. According to divine simplicity, God is not separately love, and holiness, and justice, and kindness. Instead, all of these so-called attributes are in fact analogies of a single reality, so that God simply is who…
  • There Is No Life Possible in A Covenant of Works

    Caleb Smith
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:22 pm
    “Do this and you will live.” This statement, taken from the Bible, has become the main basis for the idea in Reformed theology of a “covenant of works.” What is the covenant of works? Here’s Reformed covenant theology 101: In covenant theology, there are two or three primary covenants revealed in redemptive history. The first, not accepted by all covenant theologians, is the covenant of redemption, a hypothetical agreement between the members of the Trinity to redeem a people for God. In eternity past, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit swore to work together for redemption.
  • Rare Steak and the Death Penalty

    Caleb Smith
    11 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Execution. Such an awful and yet, according to many people, necessary thing. Where one life was taken, another must be. When dealing with death, people usually get touchy, so there’s no mystery behind the death penalty being controversial. I mean, some of the most heated issues in popular debate involve death (abortion, euthanasia, animal rights, police shootings, and war come to mind off the top of my head). So that the death penalty is also so divisive is no surprise. What may be a surprise to some Christians is that even within Christianity, the death penalty is very controversial.
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    Do You Really

  • Who do you go to when you are weary?

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    When I was a kid, I thought that life was so difficult.  Then I got older and realized that I had it easy.  As a child, I really had no one counting on me. Now, as I have grown into being an adult, I see that my responsibilities continue to grow.  My father always said, “Getting older is not for the faint of heart!”.  As he started to have to deal with day-to-day responsibilities, including  illness, he realized that life was going to be a hard journey.  Every time you think  that you have life figured out, it appears to throw you one more curve ball.  “Come to me, all you who…
  • Do you like change?

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

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

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

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

  • Jesus as Carpenter, Artisan, Creator

    Sharon R Hoover
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:49 pm
    In biblical times, artisans played a vital role in community life. Potters, carpenters, leatherworkers, silversmiths, tentmakers and weavers provided necessary goods and services. The market hosted stall after stall of the wares from these skilled workers. Knowledge and tools were passed through generations and apprenticeships. Most artisans oversaw every step of their production process. A … Continue reading Jesus as Carpenter, Artisan, Creator → The post Jesus as Carpenter, Artisan, Creator appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Help Me Overcome My Unbelief

    Sharon R Hoover
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:02 am
    I struggle with unbelief when crises overwhelm me. My stomach churns. My thoughts tangle as I search for more information. My faith in the strength and power of our Almighty God wavers. My racing mind searches for alternatives as I struggle with God’s timing. I wish I could say that my faith is 100% unwavering 100% of … Continue reading Help Me Overcome My Unbelief → The post Help Me Overcome My Unbelief appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Journaling: Healing through Private Words

    Sharon R Hoover
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    Do you journal? If so, have you ever read through your pages of writing? Journaling offers a window into the past and that can instruct our future. Last week I flipped through my 2014 journals. Like glancing over the stern of a boat at the rapids already passed, the meandering paragraphs and doodling entries reminded me … Continue reading Journaling: Healing through Private Words → The post Journaling: Healing through Private Words appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Am I Too Comfortable in this Life?

    Sharon R Hoover
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:36 am
    When I am home, I auto-pilot my way through most daily tasks. Even driving. When I returned from the grocery store yesterday, I barely recalled the drive home. Scary stuff. My mind lapsed into replaying conversations from the day, then making dinner plans, then deciding what to include in a new book proposal. My body, … Continue reading Am I Too Comfortable in this Life? → The post Am I Too Comfortable in this Life? appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • One Thai Day at a Time

    Sharon R Hoover
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    I sit barefoot in a bamboo hut in rural Thailand. My sandals lay at the foot of the six-rung wooden ladder at the home’s entrance. Smoke wafts into this center space of the home as the family prepares dinner. The open fire pit glows off to the right in the kitchen area. Pots and pans … Continue reading One Thai Day at a Time → The post One Thai Day at a Time appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
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    Brad Andres

  • I Am A Sinful Man (Scripture & Prayer) [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:55 am
    A few interesting facts and thoughts about fishermen in first century Palestine: A fisherman would trust a rabbi’s teaching on religious matters, but why would any fisherman listen to a rabbi on their own professional expertise? Moses, Gideon, and Jeremiah were overwhelmed by their initial calls from the Lord. But, Peter’s response is extremely similar to Isaiah’s: “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty” (Isaiah 6:5). As God…
  • What Most Millionaires and the Apostle Paul Have in Common [Snippet]

    Brad Andres
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    What Most Millionaires and the Apostle Paul Have in Common Have you ever desired to make millions? After all, having tons of money comes with tons of benefits right? Having money gives you freedom. You can go do things that most people can’t afford. You can also give away all the money you make if you want. If you don’t have to spend all day every day working to “make a living,” money can provide time to spend with your family. Having lots of cash can even buy you the time to go on missions trips. It provides you the opportunity to serve Jesus in ways many people…
  • May I Live with Freedom in Christ [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    11 Apr 2015 | 3:55 am
    God, Thank you for giving me freedom in Christ. I appreciate how you have given me the ability to enjoy things of this world. I am grateful how you have set me free from the weight of sin. But I know, freedom in Christ does not give me liberty to live any way I desire. I must follow your teachings. I need to live led by your Holy Spirit. I have to pattern my life after your revealed will in Scripture. So help me. Give me the understanding that I can live according to the rules and law of my government. Help me to stop the slander towards our political leaders. It does not matter if agree…
  • Actions and Faith (Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is)

    Brad Andres
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    First we heard it, then we saw it! “Guess your pitch!” yelled out the game attendant, desperately trying to steal our cash as we were highly unlikely to guess the speed of our third toss into the thick tarp. We all played baseball and most of us pitched; you may be able to guess what came next. The game was no longer about guessing our speed on the third toss. It transformed into a contest about seeing who could throw the fastest. Who cared about winning a stuffed animal? It was about being the best and showing everyone up. The dollar bills began to unfold from our pockets as…
  • The “Weak in Faith” are the “Spiritually Mature”

    Brad Andres
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    It’s astounding, how some of us can live our Christian life and never grow, while others of us who decide to follow Christ flourish in ways almost unimaginable. It’s like some people simmer in the oven forever, while other people zap up in the microwave instantly. Because some young people sprout, there’s sayings you hear: “You shouldn’t be teaching others,” and “You’re too young, what do you know?” And trust me, if you don’t hear them, we can tell when you are thinking it. I rest assured knowing God is with me and He has given me a…
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    Steve Bremner

  • Growing in Prayer by Mike Bickle | Book Review

    Steve Bremner
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Photo credit: I don’t need to discipline myself to make out with my wife, so why do I have such a difficult time spending time in intimate prayer with the heavenly Father who delights in me? This is an honest question I ask myself from time to time whenever I realize I’ve drifted from consistent or frequent prayer and devotion. In discipleship and helping new Christians grow, I find myself often telling people that prayer should be a delight and not a chore. More often than not, prayer is often something believers know that we they should be…
  • The Seven Lies of Living Cross Culturally | The Culture Blend

    Steve Bremner
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Photo Credit: The Culture Blend   I just read this article over at The Culture Blend, People who live cross-culturally, for any significant portion of their lives, are often duped. When we first choose to live as foreigners we are prime for the suckering.  We are wide eyed and overflowing with enthusiasm.  We soak up everything that Lonely Planet, Rosetta Stone and Wikipedia have to offer about our soon to be new home.  In our zeal we are prone to misgauging our own proficiency. We are pumped . . . and ready . . . and oh so naive. Set for swindling. There are seven great…
  • The God Who Answers By Fire

    Steve Bremner
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:20 pm
    The first time the Lord revealed Himself to Moses was in a burning bush. He could have done His appearing in any form He wanted to, but chose this method — a fire. Likewise, when the Lord chose to come down and meet the people of Israel for the first time after departing from Egypt, he showed up as thunder, lightning and a thick cloud with a very loud trumpet blast. All of the few million men and women who heard it trembled (see Exodus 19:16-24). The mountain itself did not speak, but the voice in the midst of the fire did. It is interesting that at significant times when God showed…
  • We Have Signed a Contract With a Publisher

    Steve Bremner
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:09 pm
    As some of you may have seen on social media, or heard on the podcast, we have signed a contract with Destiny Image Publishers who will be re-launching 9 Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues! We invite you to celebrate this step with us and continue reading for what this all means. The Detailed Backdrop Back in November, a Facebook friend of mine wrote to let me know he had gotten a job as an acquisitions editor for Destiny Image, and had shown my book to his boss and she loved it. Then began the process of the book going through different channels in their company to see if…
  • Encounters With Jesus | Book Review

    Steve Bremner
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    The following post is an expanded version of of my Amazon review of the book Encounters with Jesus: Forty Days In The Life Of Jesus Through The Eyes of Those He Touched by Benjamin Nelson I’ve been acquainted with Benjamin online for a while now. He’s always been an encourager and champion of my books and podcast, so when he contacted me asking if I’d be willing to look at his book, I couldn’t resist, as I felt it was the least I could do to show some appreciation for him. You may think this is a flagrant contradiction to my previous post on doing review swaps with…
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    Recent Prayer Requests

  • Apr 17, Pray they I may recover from infection

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Dear Jesus, Please help me through this scary health problem. Help me regain my good health quickly and fully. I pray Jesus that my suffering from this
  • Apr 17, Prayer for My Son's Epilepsy to be Healed

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:03 pm
    LOrd God almighty, I pray to you that you will heal the sickness of my son Marlon. He is suffering of eppelipse, every now and then he is in danger cause
  • Apr 17, Healing and Restoration

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Please pray for me I'm struggling with heartache and loneliness. I loved a girl very much and we were going to get married. She ended things between us
  • Apr 17, Please help me

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:54 pm
    St Joseph please help me find the right buyer(s) for my special home. I can no longer afford it or maintain it, and I am so tired from trying. Please take
  • Apr 17, Please heal my Dad's lung cancer

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Please help me pray for my Dad who was just diagnosed with mesothelioma, a serious form of lung cancer. Please St. Jude I pray for you to help him by
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  • Anglican Church denounces ‘senseless’ attacks on albinos

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:25 am
    Right Reverend Vitta Brighton Malasa. Originally published in Nyassa Times The Church said it is sickened with reports that people living with albinism are still living in fear because some segments in the society continue hunting for their lives or body parts. Chairman of the Anglican Council in Malawi, the Right Reverend Vita Brighton Malasa, who disclosed that the Anglican Communion is monitoring the events and constantly engaging relevant sectors, observed that it is high time the nation joined hands in “uprooting this evil” so that sanity returns in the country. “This is strange…
  • US states approve pro-life legislation

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:43 am
    Originally published in The Christian Institute Several US states have backed pro-life laws recently, including banning a controversial procedure for late-term abortions. Last week, Oklahoma’s senate voted 37–4 in favour of a Bill that prohibits a method involving using instruments to remove the baby from the womb during a second trimester abortion (at 13 to 28 weeks). Republican Pam Peterson’s Bill, which only allows the method if the mother’s life or health is at serious risk, was signed into law by the state’s governor Mary Fallin earlier this week. Feel painSenator Josh Brecheen…
  • Sean Feucht and friends in Cape Town, PE and Joburg in May

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:22 am
    Sean Feucht, founder of the Burn 24/7 movement which is blazing in more than 100 cities around the world and Andy Byrd leader of Fire and Fragrance School, Kona, Hawaii, will be leading worship events in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg in early May. They will be at Bay Community Church, Muizenburg, for a weekend of Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire from Friday, May 1 to Sunday, May, 3 with worship events from 5pm on Friday and Saturday, as well as a morning session from 9.30am on Saturday when creative arts will be explored and expressed and impartation received, and at the Sunday services at…
  • Christians in Niger forgive Muslims who destroyed their homes and churches

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    A demonstrator holds up a “Je suis Mohamed” sign during a protest following the attacks on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Angry Muslim protesters in Niger destroyed 69 churches and 11 Christian homes in January.  “We want them to know Jesus Christ” Originally published in The Gospel Herald Christians living in Niger, West Africa have offered Christ-like forgiveness to the radical Muslims who destroyed their homes and churches, are are continuing to share the Gospel in the region. On January 17,  hundreds of Muslims, angered by the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad…
  • Tenth Avenue North – Cathedrals [Deluxe Edition]: Review

    Luchae Williams
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Tenth Avenue North releases their 4th studio album, Cathedrals. Photo: A music review by Luchae Williams When I popped the new Tenth Avenue North album, Cathedrals, into my CD player, I secretly hoped that I would hear something other than ‘just another contemporary Christian band’. I had a craving for something different. But before I get into the review, here’s a little background info about this American based ensemble: They are a full on band, with Mike Donehey on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Jeff Owen on  electric guitar and vocals, Ruben Juarez III on…
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    I Love Devotionals

  • How to know if God hears your prayers

    Wendy van Eyck
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    {NOTE FROM WENDY: I'm going on holiday next week so I'm going to break from this blog too. The next new post will be up on 20 April.}While he was still talking, some people came from the leader’s house and told him, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher any more?”Jesus overheard what they were talking about and said to the leader, “Don’t listen to them; just trust me.” Mark 5:35 (MSG)I've often wished that I never heard the words, “Your husband has cancer.”They are hope-sucking words.Those four words were the ones we heard a few months after marriage.And these are the…
  • For those who feel like the broken things will never be made new

    Wendy van Eyck
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:23 am
    And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5 (ESV)One of the things I love about Easter is the reminder that God makes all things new. All things. All.Easter makes me believe that God can take all the broken things and make them whole again.All things. All.I don’t know about you, but I often don’t see God’s redemption in all things because I’m looking at the broken things, thinking how they can’t be fixed.As Easter comes to an end I’m…
  • One simple thing to focus on this Easter

    Wendy van Eyck
    2 Apr 2015 | 4:26 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 thing I really like about God (and 6 reasons why I’d probably never seek him out)

    Wendy van Eyck
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:30 pm
    When they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God.God called to the Man: “Where are you?” Genesis 3:8-9 (MSG)There are lots of things I like about God. But the thing I like the most about him is that he seeks us out. God doesn’t wait for us to come to him. I like that. I like it because I’m kinda shy.I like it because there are so many reasons (but I'm only going to list 6) why I’d probably never seek God out:God's better than me.He’s perfect, while most of the time…
  • To the ones who struggle to cope with death

    Wendy van Eyck
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
    Look at the myriad of stars and constellations above you.Who set them to burning, each in its place?Who knows those countless lights each by name?They obediently shine, each in its place,because God has the great strength and strong power to make it so. Isaiah 40:26 (VOICE)Friends of mine have three little children. The oldest, Ethan, is six. He wants to be a pizza delivery man when he grows up and marry his childhood friend, Isabella. Four year old, Emma vacuums up spiders, dances in tiny ballet shoes and is one of the most beautiful little girls I know. Caleb is the type of guy…
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  • Quiet Time

    Steve Becker
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:41 am
    A quiet time is something that I believe every Christ follower can benefit from at the start of their day. The issue with this is that I have found most Christians do not have a dedicated quiet time reserved in their busy schedules.  Some have asked me why they should dedicate a specific time of the day to spend with God.  I have even had someone tell me that dedicating a time is like limiting God to a small part of their day and that they, proudly, spend all day with Him. Personally, I have found that spending a daily quiet time with God has developed my relationship with Him in ways I am…
  • What’s Wrong with the Birds?

    Sandy Baggs
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    For those of us who live in the country, waking up to birdsong is an every morning joy. It’s really wonderful. It was the frenzied, “double-talking” Whippoorwill that woke me up at 0600 today. It sounded like there were two of him, but no. And there are many, many other birds singing on the acreage that surrounds us, and audible from our open bedroom windows. It is beautiful. It is a lovely welcome to the new day that still surprises me each and every morning. I guess I’m still getting used to living in the middle of nowhere southeastern Oklahoma. I do notice something about it…
  • My Friend David McGaugh

    Charles Crutcher
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
      Just recently, I lost a friend. My wife lost an uncle. My son lost a Papa. I believe there are miracles within our lives, but sometimes you have to be alert to see some of them. Some are big and captures our notice, but some are more subtle. A heart of gratitude opens our eyes toward the many small surprises God has for us.   I’ve known David for almost 20 years. When I married my wife Shannon, I not only married up, but I also became part of a beautiful family. Angie (Shannon’s cousin) is David’s daughter. Holidays, birthdays, and football brought us all…
  • What church do you go to?

    Steve Becker
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    “What church do you go to?” I am asked this question from time to time and have developed a complete answer over the years. This year brought another dynamic to my answer.  What changed this year was something simple, but very powerful. Let’s start with my original answers and some you may already use yourself. At first, this seems simple.  “I attend (enter Sunday place of worship here)” seems like a good answer. It’s straight forward and to the point.  There is little wiggle room there, and I think a lot of people use the standard answer. Our Sunday…
  • And so its Monday…

    Sarah Galloway
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:08 am
    But not just any Monday – it’s the Monday after the entire body of Christ in one giant chorus celebrates the day that our Savior conquered the grave and saved us from a life of slavery to The Law and the yearly animal sacrifice for atonement of our sins.  The Sunday when, as a child of the Father, you can’t help but feel that all things are possible… or can you? Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He plunged into an agonizing sorrow.  Then He said, “This sorrow is crushing my life out.  Stay here and keep vigil with me.”  Matthew 26:38 For some of you, you…
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  • 21 Ways You Can Be A Blessing To Your Church.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    In case you have not realized it yet, God did not put you in your local Church just to make up the number and be blessed. You are there to also contribute to the health, growth and wealth of your... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Dealing With Resentment In Marriage.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    A man told of how his wife can no longer seem to look him in the eye or face. She seems to get irritated at every instance and reacts negatively at almost every thing he says or does. He said it all... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • The Tortoise, His Tricks And The Devil.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    Many years ago my late dad told us a story about a time when there was a contest for the leadership of the animals in the forest, after the general screening the tortoise and the squirrel emerged as... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Discussing Marital Issues With Family.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    Mr. John (not real name) could not contain his wife’s indifference to the things that really mattered to him. He always felt disrespected by his wife and thought it was okay to tell his mum and... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • 6 Disturbances Of Quality Time For Couples.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:49 am
    The world is too fast these days and lots of “good things” have turned out to become a problem for couples due to carelessness or carefreeness. Marriage is primarily for companionship. A companion is... Please click on title to READ ALL.
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    Blog - Live In The Round

  • Sacrifice was necessary

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Why is the cross necessary?  Why is it not enough to simply follow the teachings of Jesus?  I have been mulling these questions over in my head the last few days and continue to be drawn to one word:Sacrifice.This is the difference between simply following Jesus’s teachings in order to try to earn salvation and believing in the power of the sacrifice on the cross to provide a gift of salvation.Why sacrifice?  A recurring theme on LITR is that sin eternally separates us from God.  In the Old Testament, God required the Jewish people to make annual animal sacrifices to…
  • What The Hunger Games taught me about Jesus

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    I have heard Romans 3:23 quoted a lot in my years of church-going – “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” It often is used as a stand-alone verse to give us permission to be okay with our sin. We are all sinners after all, right? However, you see in this verse the “for” is lowercase and there is a comma at the end of the phrase. That is because, my sweet friends, there is a whole lot more to the story. Praise God!Let’s look at the fullness of Romans 3 : 21-26, shall we?21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law…
  • From Sorrow to Hope

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    What we say can mean a lot of things. “I'll be there at five!” probably does not mean five on the dot. “Sure, you look fine!” might be said just to make someone feel better. “I'm sorry.” Now there's a tough one. If you're, say, seven years old, there's a good chance you're saying it just to get out of trouble.It's really what's behind them that matters, of course. Psalm 51 : 17 says, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” You can apologize till you're blue in the face, but it's not until the gravity of your sin weighs…
  • WHY must Jesus be God AND man?

    13 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    I hear a lot of people who are not believers say that they believe that Jesus was a man. They say, "He was a good man, but just that a man."If we think of Jesus as only a man, we can't have hope. Yes, Jesus did come to live on the earth. He was born of a woman, and raised like many other children. However, if He was only a man, we would not have salvation. Jesus would not have lived a sinless life. He could not have raised himself from the dead.1 Corinthians 15:14 says, "And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith." Furthermore, verse 17 in that same…
  • Jesus, the God-Man

    10 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Was he just a teacher?Was he a prophet?Was he just a good person?Is he a spirit-creature?Is he God?Who was exactly Jesus?This has been a hotly debated topic ever since the time of Christ.  The widely accepted answer within Christian theology is that He is fully divine, yet also fully human.  That when He was born as a man, He became two distinct natures, yet one person.  He was not equally split, not one a little more than the other, not exclusively divine one moment and merely human the next, not two people, and not a mixture of both.   “Either this man was, and is,…
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  • A Swift Kick in the Ask

    Michael Thompson
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    It wasn’t much really. Just a nudge in the pre-dawn thoughts on a Wednesday morning in late January–like a poke from a friend on Facebook. I woke up and knew I was to speak at my Dad’s memorial service. I also knew exactly what I was supposed to say. Now understand, Dad wasn’t dead or dying. Yes, he was 88-years old and in assisted living, but he was still very much alive and ornery as ever. But that prompting in my spirit was undeniable. I emailed two of my siblings and asked them if they would agree to my speaking. Both said, “Yes!” Here is some context.
  • A Tutor Called Loss

    Michael Thompson
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:07 am
    I am a slow learner. Even in life, I seem to need the remedial class. Far too often I learn critical lessons too late to apply them. Regrets seem to be my way of processing the ‘woulda, shoulda, coulda’ moments of my life. I am grateful that God sends people into my life to shape my emotional and spiritual growth. Often they are people who stretch me either by their keen minds, beautiful lives or profound thoughts. But sometimes it is the unusual influencers who press me to face and experience the biggest transformations. These not-too-wonderful teachers reform my character…
  • Black Sabbath

    Michael Thompson
    4 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Homes of hope. That is what travelers facing terminal illness found in the Middle Ages in places called hospes–inviting places where they could experience rest and comfort as they awaited death. In these homes, they were allowed to rest in peace. That is the idea behind the modern Hospice movement. Palliative care for those near the end-of-life. It is in this care we now find our two remaining parents…my father and my wife’s mother. Arching over these days like an umbrella is the truth that hospice a season of waiting. It is a time when each day’s journey simply involves…
  • The Full Extent of His Love

    Michael Thompson
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Endings say a lot about what went before. I saw this personally and painfully as I conducted the memorial service of my 36-year-old nephew this week. A brave fire-fighter, a loving husband, a dedicated father, a real friend. David died as he had lived, spending his life-currency on others. The real stuff—the core of what we leave behind as legacy—surfaces in these moments of closure. Our impact on life is summed up with our imprint on people. The indelible mark David left on those closest to him became obvious as he was remembered. The memorial tribute from his family and friends,…
  • Life-Mulligans

    Michael Thompson
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    I love do-overs. Whether in games, relationships or life, I delight in second chances–an occasion to redeem myself. There is hardly any sense of relief as good as when I mess up my lines but get to rewind the footage and film take two. In golf we call them Mulligans. For non-golfers, a Mulligan is when a hacker like me takes a second shot because the first one stunk so bad…and my score is no worse because of it. In other words, the first shot didn’t count. Yes, I know Mulligans aren’t legal. But then, I’m not quitting my day job for the PGA tour either. But no…
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    Griffin Paul Jackson

  • They couldn’t save the photo album

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    There’s a large, old apartment building one town over. It’s the oldest place around. Old brick, old heating, old beautiful architecture. Lots of families live there, and it’s pretty diverse. Still, folks have gotten along pretty well for the most part since the building went up. One of the most interesting thing about the apartment is the consistency of it. The same families have lived in their respective flats for decades and decades. Generations have passed through this building. Parents passing flats and everything in them to their children, who pass it on to their…
  • It’s on for tomorrow

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    4 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    The Lord has a wonderful sense of humor. He’s gotten me again, just now. You may notice that the post immediately preceding this one, put up earlier today, is titled, “Are we on for tomorrow?” It’s about the way social norms are trending toward non-confirmation and being noncommittal. It’s a comment on culture. It’s about saying we’re going to show up, then not showing up, or simply refusing to comment one way or the other on our potential attendance because we don’t want to make appointments when something better might come along. The humor…
  • “Are we on for tomorrow?”

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    4 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    “Hey, do you want to get together next week?” “Sounds good. Let’s connect in a few days to figure it out.”   …a few days later… “So, will Wednesday work?” “Probably. Let me check on some things.”   …a few days later… “Are we on for tomorrow?” “I think so.”   …the next day… “Meet at noon?” “Sorry, something came up.”   A real doozy, this scenario. What’s described here is becoming, I observe, more and more commonplace. Our culture is making it increasingly difficult to actually firm up appointments. The reason? We’re always…
  • Dayenu – It would have been enough

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    It’s Maundy (mandatum) Thursday, the day Jesus gave his mandate: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.   That means we love all people with the love of the Lord, with grace and forgiveness. This is like Christian Valentine’s Day. It’s the day we say again – echoing all other days – “I love you.” This is also the day we say “Dayenu,” which means, “It would have been enough.” The day before he was crucified, Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples. It was here he instituted the…
  • Repent more

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    I am struck by how infrequently the Church confesses its sins. I am talking to myself here, too. It is easy to confess pride, selfishness, laziness, because these are the kind of sins that make everyone else nod and say, “Me too.” We are not going out on a limb confessing these things. But how often do we confess gossip and jealousy, anxiety and ungratefulness? How often do we confess our sins of bad language, bad thoughts, bad desires? Too often, our hypocrisy goes unrecognized, our judging ways get overlooked with the words, “Well, it’s true!”, and our dirty earthliness gets…
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    Faith Travel Focus

  • Journeys Unlimited Offers Ethiopia Tour and Christian Heritage Conference

    Ruth Hill
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    Journeys Unlimited, an American tour provider for the past 20 years, is sponsoring its Third International Conference on Ethiopia and its Biblical, Historical and Cultural Roots November 4-12. The post Journeys Unlimited Offers Ethiopia Tour and Christian Heritage Conference appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • What To Do When You Lose Your Passport

    Jessica Kane
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
    Losing your passport is one of the most stressful situations a traveler can experience, especially if you're in a foreign country. What do you do? The post What To Do When You Lose Your Passport appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • The Magna Carta, England’s Greatest Export, Celebrates 800 Years

    Ruth Hill
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:49 am
    The Magna Carta may be the most important export that ever left Britain. 2015 marks 800 years since the charter launched democratic ideas the world over. The post The Magna Carta, England’s Greatest Export, Celebrates 800 Years appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Don’t Miss the Czech Countryside!

    Ruth Hill
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Czech outside Prague is scenic and even more affordable than the city. Along your way, there are a collection of unique historic and sacred sites to contemplate. The post Don’t Miss the Czech Countryside! appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Prague, the Affordable, Ancient Sophisticate

    Ruth Hill
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Prague panorama surrounding our river barge pulled me rapidly into another century, place and time. The Prague Castle, Tyn Church, and other unique landmarks. The post Prague, the Affordable, Ancient Sophisticate appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
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    Sermon Notes by Silas

  • The Excellence of Knowing Christ

    Silas Eke
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Philippians 3:7-11“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ  and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any…
  • How Responsive is Your God?

    Silas Eke
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Reading: First Kings 18:17-39Our society today is full people who are between two opinions. The question most present on the lips is; “where do we go from here?” This problem prevails in the economic as well as in the social life of the people. It is most pronounced in their religious lives. People change from one religious sect to the other in search of meaning and answer to the yearnings of their heart. They are silently asking “which god is the real God? Which god answers the prayers of his children? Where can I find him?” The mistake they make and the mistake that has made the…
  • Jesus Lives and I Saw Him

    Silas Eke
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Luke 24:1-12“Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when…
  • Why did Jesus Christ Resurrect?

    Silas Eke
    4 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Artwork: John MarrFirst Corinthians 15:1-28In our last consideration, we looked at the miracles of incarnation and crucifixion. We saw that Christ in the incarnate life lived a life that is exemplary, challenging and without blemish. His entrance into the world was unusual having come without the help of man but through a virgin; he lived a life of sinlessness - the first fact prepared Him for the second because in that He did not inherit the Adamic sin. He manifested supernatural powers in the form of miracles. He had power of God in Him. This is so because there was no sin to break His…
  • False theories on the death of Christ

    Silas Eke
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    There are some few false theories concerning the death of Christ; Again an attempt by the devil to confuse the world. There are about four of such theories.The Payment-to- Satan theoryThis says that man had sold his immortal soul to Satan through sin and that Christ’s death was the devil’s “pound of flesh” ransom note. In order words devil has got man in his pocket and Jesus wanted to redeem him, so the devil demanded every drop of blood. Though a high price, indeed, Jesus decided to pay. This is wholly untrue as God does not owe the devil anything except a place in Gehena hell where…
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    Your Bible Quotes

  • Read Your Bible Daily

    8 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Read Your Bible Daily If you go to church every Sunday and listen to a sermon based on the Bible, why should you read your Bible daily?  “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).  You cannot expect an hour sermon to give you the […] The post Read Your Bible Daily appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • Thats Why I Love The Bible

    3 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    I love the Bible!  There is no situation or problem His Word cannot address.  When I am stressed, worried, sad, or angry the Lord Himself will whisper a few scripture words into my ear; I run and find it, and when I do, it is like water to my soul.  I know it is the […] The post Thats Why I Love The Bible appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • Rejecting the Bible and Implications It May Have

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Rejecting the Bible Rejecting the Bible and refusing to believe in either God or the Bible is setting oneself up for condemnation on the Day of the Lord when Christ returns. 9-12 The Anarchist’s coming is all Satan’s work. All his power and signs and miracles are fake, evil sleight of hand that plays to the […] The post Rejecting the Bible and Implications It May Have appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • How the Bible was Canonized

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    How the Bible was Canonized A canon is: a general law, rule, principle, or criterion by which something is judged. a collection or list of sacred books accepted as genuine. Scripture was written over a period of hundreds of years by shepherds and poets and kings.  The Bible authors include more than 40 people, and […] The post How the Bible was Canonized appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • Sometimes the Bible is Confusing

    19 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Sometimes The Bible Is Confusing Sometimes the Bible is confusing.  Oh, we might not want to admit it, but it is often not clear what God is trying to say through the text.  There are reasons, of course.  Since the Bible is a living document, meanings change to speak to you at different times and […] The post Sometimes the Bible is Confusing appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
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  • Get in Fantastic Shape with this 4 Minute Workout

    Get Better Today
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Are you spending a lot of time at the gym but not seeing the results you want? Maybe you want to get in better shape but can’t find time to go to the gym? What if you could get in fantastic shape exercising only 4 minutes each day, 4-5 days week? What if you could do all the exercises at home without buying any equipment? You can. This article will teach you how. Tabata interval training is a highly effective training protocol designed to produce exceptional results in a very short period of time. In 4 short minutes, you get a complete workout that will improve your fitness performance,…
  • Jordan Spieth Writes Thank You Letter To Family Who Helped Pay For His High School Tuition

    Get Better Today
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Jordan Spieth is a humble dude. After winning the 2015 Masters at 21 years old, he still sounded like someone that’s truly grounded. But here’s the really cool thing…His character, isn’t anything new.  Apparently it started a long time ago. When Spieth was in High School, he wrote a thank you letter to the family who paid for his tuition at Jesuit College Prep in Texas.   Hilariously, he even mentions how he’s the #1 rated junior golfer in the country – and how his dream is to win the Masters.     Jordan Spieth’s thank you letter was…
  • Kendrick Perkins Takes 8 Steps Without Being Called For Traveling

    Get Better Today
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Cleveland Cavalier’s big man, Kendrick Perkins, recently caught a pass against the Miami Heat and decided to go on a little trip.  Ok, maybe a long trip. In this short video, he took 8 steps – and wasn’t called for traveling.  Where were the refs? This comment on reddit sums it up perfectly… “I don’t know what’s more amazing, that a guy who’s been playing basketball all his life didn’t feel weird taking all these steps without thinking to take a dribble, or that three professional paid and experienced referees didn’t see this…
  • Reggie Miller’s 8 Points In 18.6 Seconds

    Get Better Today
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Current broadcaster and former NBA great Reggie Miller, still has owns one of the greatest achievements in basketball history.  This video shows the night during the 1995 playoffs where Reggie scored 8 points in less than 20 seconds. The post Reggie Miller’s 8 Points In 18.6 Seconds appeared first on
  • An Open Letter To Get Better Today Readers

    Michael Fear
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    If you’re reading this, I’d like to say thank you… You’ve made the journey rewarding.  And we’ve gone places I would have never imagined. For example: Over 500,000 people have visited our site in the last two years. When Get Better TV was launched, people from 11 different countries tuned in for the LIVE show. It’s been amazing. God has been good.  And I’ve learned a lot along the way. That’s why I know it’s time to make a change.   Here’s why… Since this website was created, there’s been…
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  • Getting Drunk Is Easy: What It Means To Be Sober

    Christopher Pemhiwa
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    The importance of being sober in a world so intoxicating cannot be emphasized enough. Here are a few words to keep you focused in such a distracting world.
  • “Book of Yesus” Replaces God with Kanye West

    Palesa Maselela
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Just when you thought Kanye West news couldn't get any more controversial! Kanye might not have expected it, but he now has his very own Bible - 'The Book of Yeezus'.
  • 3 Things We Ought To Know About Forgiveness

    Alroy Ndhlovu
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    If we are to be like Jesus Christ then forgivess is a topic we cannot ignore. Yes, it is a difficult virtue to have, we can't take that away from it, but once aquired it is one of the most liberating character traits to have.
  • Christianity Is Not In The Name

    The Consolation Project
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:12 am
    If only we could learn from His example, to speak a lot louder with our actions than our words. What the world needs today is too see more than it listens.
  • Allowing God to do His Job

    Alroy Ndhlovu
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    "With a little oil in the cruse, and a handful of meal in the barrel, Elijah outlived the famine, and you will do the same." Charles Spurgeon
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • So you want to do a 5K?!

    Julie Wilson
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    You have thought about signing up for a 5k, but the thought of it freaks you out. This was me just a few years ago. I remember my friend asking me to do a 5k with her and I thought she was nuts! Honestly, at that point in my life, a mile seemed like a marathon. A 5k sounded impossible, but I was already walking regularly and thought I would give it a try.   Location One thing I never realized when I wasn’t in the running scene is how many 5k races there are in my area. I can find a race almost every weekend if I wanted to within an hour radius! This is also great because you can…
  • Healthy Grab and Go Breakfasts!

    Austin Andrews
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Grab and Go Breakfasts For a Healthy Lifestyle are sometimes hard to come up with! I think all of us can agree what we need some ideas of what to grab in the mornings. I mean, if you were anything like me, I wouldn’t touch food most days until 10am or even lunch time! Then I was incredibly hungry, and I ate more than I should, yet the whole morning I basically let my body believe it was going to be a day full of famine. This is a recipe for disaster and its not promoting a healthy, balanced diet! Let’s list out some options for breakfasts, and start to think about the options that we…
  • Remember Where You Started

    Julie Wilson
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    This post is for those of you who have made progress from the beginning. Maybe you have lost 30 lbs, but have been spinning in circles trying to lose anymore; but you have been stuck at the same weight for weeks, months, or even years. We CAN NOT forget where we came from! I just recently ordered a team jersey for my first Spartan race. I measured and was so excited to get it. I opened it up and tried it on. It doesn’t fit like it should. It is fine in the shoulders and the chest, it’s good in the hips, but I hate how my middle looks. I broke down into tears and was determined to try…
  • The End is Where We Begin

    Matt Hylton
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    “What We Do Today Affects Our Tomorrow.” - Unknown   The End Goal We must keep the end goal in sight as we travel this road in our journey to life and health. If you were to tell me three years ago what my life would look like today, I would have laughed because I didn’t see any hope or future for myself. I was 625 pounds, depressed, broken, burnt out with life since losing wife, family, friends, job, church, and my health all due to my priorities being wrong and my obesity. A Glimpse into Our Future Recently I had a night of multiple recurring dreams that kept showing…
  • I am taking the plunge into Running

    Ken Andrews
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    I am so excited to share that I have decided to embark on a new adventure that started 5 years ago, I would never have dreamed possible. I am going to run my first half marathon this September. Five years ago walking two miles on a slow moving treadmill would have been a challenge for me. At my largest I tipped the scales at 455 lbs and never would have dreamed this could even be possible. After finishing Season 11 of Biggest Loser, one of my friends from Bible college, Len Banks, invited me to speak at his church in Half Moon Bay. If memory serves, Len weighed just under 400 lbs at that…
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    United Faith Church

  • Word of Truth

    Kris Burke
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. UFC, We have been given something so precious. God has entrusted us with His precious Word. What are we doing with that Word? It has the power to transform, convict, teach, reveal, cut, and expose. How are we handling the Word of God? Are we allowing it to sit unused or are we utilizing it to cause change and transformation in our hearts? The Word is a gift from God and we should be utilizing it every day. That way we can present…
  • A New Time

    Kris Burke
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Isaiah 55:12-13 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.” UFC, Praise God, this year is going to be a year of favor! I pray that the Lords presence would dwell among you as never before. I pray that God will dwell in you more mighty than you have ever felt Him. I pray that righteousness would…
  • Good Friday

    Kris Burke
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:18 am
    1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” UFC, As we spoke about on Sunday, let us not go through this day as just another day. As you go through your day, imagine what Jesus was experiencing at each hour. From the time He was arrested, to the time He was brought before Pilate and all the way until He was nailed to the cross. We know that each lash Jesus took, each insult that He bore, was all so that we could be free. Every minute He endured brought us one step…
  • Eyes to see

    Kris Burke
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Matthew 16:15-17 “But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. UFC, Lately, God has been showing me how so many walk in this world blinded to the truth. They are blinded to the state of their lives, blinded to their sin and blinded from seeing the Lord Jesus Christ for who He is. Jesus Christ had the same problem while He was walking this earth. Many people…
  • Light in the Dark

    Kris Burke
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Psalm 112:4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. UFC, Ever walk in a place that just seems dark? Maybe its your jobs or your schools but when you are there you feel as though you are surrounded by the ways of the world and there is an absence of light. We, as Christians, are supposed to be carriers of the light of Jesus Christ, light in the dark.   That light is supposed to shine from our hearts where ever we go. We are meant to bring light to the hopeless and desolate places. As you are at your jobs today, the light of…
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    brian niece | sacramental living

  • Confessions :: If I Could Just Be a Christian

    Brian Niece
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    Confessions :: If I Could Just Be a Christian I was reading recently where Gandhi was once asked why he was not a Christian even though he spoke highly of Christ. Gandhi’s reply: “I would become a Christian, if I could just find one.” Ouch! Immediately we might want to respond to such a subtle accusation by reminding Gandhi of all the churches that are filled (or partly filled) each Sunday. “Go into any one,” we might say, “and meet a Christian.” The truth is, Gandhi’s reply is haunting me. via // Confession: I have come to…
  • Sacrifice of Comfort // from the archives

    Brian Niece
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Sacrifice of Comfort // from the archives *This post first appeared September 18, 2007 // At that time, we had just one child and one on the way ... Seems so long ago ... A week ago, on a breezy Monday night, my family and I joined some friends outside a store to give away something: free hugs. It was part of International Free Hug Day. I floated out the idea to some people to see who (if anyone) was interested. Actually found a person who loved the idea, headed it up, invited others, etc. I must confess … I was way out of my comfort zone. I signed up to make a sign, but not to be a…
  • Sabbath As Resistance :: Book Review

    Brian Niece
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Sabbath As Resistance :: Book Review I’m a recovering workaholic. Which means I always tend toward working too much. Walter Brueggemann has been another clarion call for me to recenter in the practice of Sabbath. Sabbath Means Saying “No” to the Culture of Now Brueggemann’s latest book “Sabbath As Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now” reminds us that the practice of Sabbath declares that our lives are not defined by the production and consumption of goods. He ties the strains of the Sabbath commandment to where it is situated in the Decalogue. And…
  • Christianity After Religion :: Book Review

    Brian Niece
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Christianity After Religion :: Book Review I recently finished “Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening” by Diana Butler Bass.  Here’s a brief review. The End of the Church? This phrase may sound alarmist, but Bass does a fine job of casting this as an end to organizational traditionalism that has sought societal power ever since Constantine. Religion rarely protects people from change. And so, much like our ancient spiritual ancestors when they were in exile, we must do the work of reforming, renewing, and reimagining…
  • Big Question :: Was Christ’s Passion Providence or Choice?

    Brian Niece
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Big Question :: Was Christ’s Passion Providence or Choice? BIG QUESTIONS are 2-minute video talks on life, God, faith, theology, discipleship, and walking with Jesus. 2-minute Video Talk Big Question #1 :: Christ’s Passion from Brian Niece on Vimeo. Be an Apprentice of Jesus What Opposition for Jesus-Followers Looks Like Why Celebrity Pastors Are Going the Way of the Dodo Bird A Story of Hope The post Big Question :: Was Christ’s Passion Providence or Choice? appeared first on Sacramental Living - : worship/read/think/pray/listen/serve/live.
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    The Cross-Current

  • What Makes Good Friday “Good?”

    4 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    Good Friday marks the day that the promised Messiah — the One whose followers were certain was going to deliver them from their oppressors, establish an everlasting peace on earth, and reign as righteous King — was taken and executed … Continue reading →
  • Who was St. Patrick?

    16 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Happy St. Patty’s Day! I have to admit that, next to Easter and Christmas, my favorite holiday is St. Patrick’s Day. I love St. Patrick’s Day! The way my wife gets excited about Valentine’s Day (which is more than you … Continue reading →
  • What is Your View of God?

    15 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    What do you think about God?… some random thoughts on my views: I believe in one God, who exists eternally in triune nature. That is to say, there is one God, yet He exists in three persons – Father, Son, … Continue reading →
  • Paul’s Epistle to the Romans

    9 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    The following is a very brief digest/outline of the book of Romans. The goal is to provide a condensed summary of the book–a cursory introduction to get started in personal study.   The Epistle of Righteousness In the epistle to … Continue reading →
  • The Festival of Purim and the Providence of God

    9 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    I am a couple of days late in sharing this, but I thought I would share these thoughts from my professor, Dr. Doug Bookman, on the providence of God and the celebration of Purim – the memorial holiday that remembers … Continue reading →
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  • A POPE AND A PRIEST SAY ‘Don't Worry Too Much About HELL’

    11 Apr 2015 | 2:44 am published on   April 11, 2015 PAGE TOPICS There Is No Punishment – Distinct and Clear Pope Francis – Don't Quote Me On That Cut Back On The Pasta – By The Way, The 'Pope' Just Denied Hell Father Barron… Read more → The post A POPE AND A PRIEST SAY ‘Don't Worry Too Much About HELL’ appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • BREAKING BREAD – Pope Reshaping the Eucharist

    16 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am March 14, 2015 PAGE TOPICS Is the Eucharist Still the Body of Christ? Does Anybody Still Care? The Really Big News Story – That Nobody Really Covered A New Transubstantiation – The Body of Christ Turns Into 'The Brother' (VIDEO/TRANSCRIPT)… Read more → The post BREAKING BREAD – Pope Reshaping the Eucharist appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • An Enormously Popular Pontiff and The Uncomfortably Unpopular Jesus Christ

    17 Feb 2015 | 5:08 pm February 17, 2015 PAGE TOPICS A Dissenter's Reply to More Praise of Popular 'Pope' Francis Response to His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl Huff Post – Pope Francis Slams 'Prejudiced Mentality' of Doctrinal Legalists A Post from Antonio Socci's Website Using… Read more → The post An Enormously Popular Pontiff and The Uncomfortably Unpopular Jesus Christ appeared first on The WILD VOICE.

    3 Feb 2015 | 2:56 am February 3, 2015 THE HORNS, THE POPE, and HELEN KELLER written by Agnes MJ After having bumped into the images displaying Pope Francis making the "horns sign" on January 17 while visiting the Philippines, and having found myself both in… Read more → The post POPE FRANCIS AND THE DEVIL'S HORNS appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • What The Bible Really Says About What Pope Francis Sort of Said About Atheists

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:52 am           January 31, 2015 PAGE TOPICS 'Pope Francis' – His Own Words The Missing Links – Damage Control Saint Mark Reports – 'Pope Francis' Interprets Modern Day Atheism   Rabbits. Balloons. Limits on freedom of speech.… Read more → The post What The Bible Really Says About What Pope Francis Sort of Said About Atheists appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
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    Purposeful Faith

  • Living Unfulfilled Dreams

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:32 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: I always wanted to be someone. I wanted to do things. I wanted to pursue life. I thought, tomorrow, I will live as God wants me to live. I knew if I wanted to be someone tomorrow, I had to do something today. Yet that was the hard part. No matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to follow through. I studied to become a realtor and never got myself to the test. I planned ways to bring chef dinner parties to people’s home, but I never got it off the ground. I had goals of starting my own marketing agency, but I never made it happen. Tomorrow. It’s the day we…
  • Remember God’s Faithfulness

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:20 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Post by Katy The word tumor took my breath away. Even through two months of watching the little bump on Elijah’s head grow, that word never once invaded my thoughts. But there I stood, with my 5-month old son and a doctor looking at me with those words, It’s a tumor. We’ll have to remove it. Why do words you never want to hear stick with you for a lifetime? Two weeks later I handed my son over to the nurse with one last kiss. One last prayer. One last, I love you. Luke and I walked hand in hand down the hall. I stared at the floor choking back tears. Be…
  • How To Deal When Life Gets Tough

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:57 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Where can I go when I am tired? Worn? Weary? Because sometimes in life: A minute overwhelms. A day get’s to be too much. My schedule feels too full. People get a little forceful. Bad things happen. Circumstances throw me off guard. Just the other day, a troubled heart started to sink me with anxiety. I turned on the TV to find a moment of peace, a second of calm and to possibly hear from God. Yet, within 2 minutes, my so-called “peace” was interrupted. My son called out, “Mommy, be with me. Just be with me. Sit next to me. I need you.” A…
  • From Bad Self-Talk to A Good God (Linkup)

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: I think to myself: You are not doing that right. You’re coming off as a know-it-all. Kids don’t love a mom who acts annoyed. You always drop the ball with your husband. You are being too selfish. You are a continual mess-up. God won’t bless that. Condemnation. Like rain, it sure can pour down. Yet, somehow I have grown to think it’s an ordinary part of life.  It’s like a fly in the house. Sure, it’s annoying, but I can deal with it. Sometimes, it even becomes familiar. Provided it doesn’t bother too much, we can co-exist. But I…
  • Move From Survival to Revival

    13 Apr 2015 | 1:39 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Ever felt like you were just trying to make it through the day? Just going through life rather than charging through it?  Perhaps God is calling you to move from survival to revival. I have been spending many a weekend this way. I run circles around my house chasing small feet. Clean crumbs constantly. Entertain with whatever will keep us all smiling. Mostly, I just try to make it until bedtime.  Many times, it feels like the kids are running me, more than I am running life. For you, it may not be kids that makes you go into existence mode, but perhaps a job where…
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    The Standard Blog for Christian Business Owners

  • Corporate Christianity: Infographic

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:06 am
    Why Church in the UK consistently fails so many Click on the link below to view the full infographic... AuthorNigel Maine
  • Two Ways to Do Marketing Like Jesus

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
    If Jesus taught a class about marketing, what might He say? Considering that one out of every three people in the world claims to be a follower of Jesus, he is unquestionably the greatest marketer in history. Whether you’re a businessperson trying to sell more products or services, a non-profit leader trying to recruit more donors and volunteers, a pastor trying to get more members, a politician trying to win more votes, or as a thought leader trying to gain acceptance of an idea… Jesus has provided a model for marketing that can help you make a profound, positive impact on the…
  • Death Came Knocking; I am a walking miracle!

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    If you are walking in your purpose, are you giving it your best shot? The following article was written by a good friend of mine who is very active on the Women's Speaker Circuit and a great advocate of Women in Business and of course Christians in Business. Her "shocking" article will resonate to both business owners and employed people alike...Redbull Coincidence? I am so glad to be back and connected with you once again. Last year on the 15th of December, I was heading home to London after enjoying a wonderful weekend away with friends and family. During the drive back, I suddenly felt…
  • Honey Production in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:14 am
    Small business investment in Bosnia Herzegovina - Honey Production | 5000 EUR | 3 Yr ROI What are we to do? I received this message this week (22.01.15) below via The Standard from a group of Pentecostal Christians in Zenica, Bosnia Herzegovina. Dears, My name is Dario Kapin and I'm pastor of Pentecostal Church in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. We have been working on planting church for about 11 years and city is 95% Muslim town. Unfortunately due to many things we have lived only by supports we received from other Christian ministries. Now we have came to a point that we would like to…
  • ISIS: Fighting Fire with Fire

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    In the battle with ISIS You cannot fight a spiritual war with physical artillery In a world where faith and spirituality are ridiculed, even by some Christians, it’s not surprising that the West appears to be doing nothing about the atrocities in the Middle East. From where I’m standing, it all seems pretty clear to me. Our world has become so self-serving that it has dispensed with all this God stuff and continues with the self-styled order that allows anyone and everyone to reject the past – even if it was right and even if it foretold our future.Say it as it is! Try as we may to…
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    Articles | NewSpring Church

  • Great Singleness, Great Marriage and Great Sex
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Some might ask, “Why in the world would you talk about something as sensitive as sex on a Sunday?”  Two reasons: The Bible talks about it A LOT! We live in a society consumed by it! I could take this blog article to review Sunday’s message, but you can watch it here. What I would love to do instead is offer one piece of advice that, if applied, will make your single life more focused, your marriage greater, and your sex life within marriage something that is enjoyable. Here it is: STOP MAKING EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU! I know, simple. And probably not what you wanted to…
  • Want Better Sex? Try This
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    There’s something important every married couple needs to talk about. That’s right, sex. Some of you may have just blushed, a few of you probably giggled, and, if you’re anything like my husband, you may have even let out a “Hallelujah!” People either love talking about sex or they hate talking about sex. And if you’re looking for some guidance, you’ve got two extremes to choose from. The church hammers home the principle that sex should be saved for marriage but after that, the talk dies down pretty quickly. On the other hand, our culture talks so…
  • 3 Lies We Believe About Sex
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    We are bombarded with conflicting lies about sex. Don’t have sex; it’s bad! Have sex with whoever you want, whenever you want; it’s great! Living as if lies were truth hurt me, my marriage, and those I love. But once I began to embrace truth, I began to heal and reverse the effects of living the lies. 3 Lies We Believe About Sex 1. Sex is dirty and bad. Well-meaning Christians say this to help us avoid the sin and pain of pre-marital sex, but when we bring that mindset into our marriages, our intimacy suffers.   The truth is God made sex, and sex is good. Within…
  • 5 Ways To Make the Most Of Your Refund
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s the time of year when we’ve all finished our taxes (hopefully). Whether you’ve been doing your own taxes for years or have someone run the numbers for you, tax season can be a stressful time. Little mistakes can turn into lower refunds or higher tax bills. We all want to get the most for our money. God wants that for us, too. Our money is really His money and He wants us to manage it wisely. It takes self-control not to immediately spend our tax refunds immediately. But rather than spending cash for a good time now, consider the financial legacy you want to have…
  • 4 Blush-Worthy Things The Bible Says About Sex
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Nothing reduces a collegiate art classroom into nervous giggles quite like the sculpture of David by Michelangelo. As an art teacher for 13 years, I have seen reactions to David that have varied from amazement — “Wow! What an amazing work of art!” — to embarrassment and even outright anger — “How dare you show this in class?! He is… well, he is… you know…. Naked!” Culture sends us many messages about the human body, nudity and sex. Unfortunately, these messages can taint our views of sexuality, causing us to feel shame about our…
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  • Sand or Stone – Daily Bible Post – 4.7.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:12 am
    Today’s Scripture is Matthew 7:21-27 What have you set your foundation on, here on earth? Have you set your foundation on sand or is it built on stone? Do you have the rock as the foundation of your life or are you living on shaky ground easily destroyed by the smallest gust of wind? In today’s scripture, Jesus makes it clear we need to do more than just say we believe in Him with our lips. We need to build a life with Jesus Christ (The Rock) as our foundation and nothing else. “21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only…
  • Praise the Lord! – Daily Bible Post – 4.6.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:52 am
    Today’s Scripture is Psalm 18:1-3,46 Very fitting scripture for the day after Easter, we remember what the Lord has done for us and this Psalm helps us to glorify Him in every way. David used seven different words to describe what the Lord is to him and we can use all seven and more to describe what He is to us. “18 I love you, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my…
  • A Great Purpose – Daily Bible Post – 4.1.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:05 am
    Today’s Scripture is John 16:17-24 This is a tough section of scripture for the disciples. They are distraught at learning Jesus will soon be gone. They are also confused because they are told He will return and they will have great joy. Anybody that has lost a loved one can relate to what the disciples are feeling. Jesus tells them they will “weep and mourn” much like we do when we lose somebody we love. The difference is, Jesus also tells them He will see them again and they will have great joy. We often think of the same type of thing in order to ease our hearts when…
  • Why Me? – Daily Bible Post – 3.31.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    Today’s Scripture is Mark 14:10-21 Most Christians know this passage from the bible very well because it’s all about the betrayal of Jesus. Judas agrees to betray Jesus for some cash and Jesus calls him out at the table with the rest of the twelve around it. However, Jesus doesn’t just name him. He allows the other 11 to question whether it’s them or not. This has deep meaning because Jesus could have just said, “Judas, you will betray me.” Instead, He says: “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” This isn’t to…
  • Giving out of Love – Daily Bible Post – 3.30.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    Today’s Scripture is Mark 14:3-9 A fascinating part of the Gospel that may have many of us landing on the side of the disciples for a minute, this section in Mark is about giving to God from our hearts. You may have read this before thinking the disciples have a valid point. The perfume could have been sold and helped feed, cloth or even house some of the poor of the time. However, that is not how Jesus sees it. “4 But there were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment thus wasted?5 For this ointment might have been sold for more than three hundred…
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  • Get in Fantastic Shape with this 4 Minute Workout

    Get Better Today
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Are you spending a lot of time at the gym but not seeing the results you want? Maybe you want to get in better shape but can’t find time to go to the gym? What if you could get in fantastic shape exercising only 4 minutes each day, 4-5 days week? What if you could do all the exercises at home without buying any equipment? You can. This article will teach you how. Tabata interval training is a highly effective training protocol designed to produce exceptional results in a very short period of time. In 4 short minutes, you get a complete workout that will improve your fitness performance,…
  • Jordan Spieth Writes Thank You Letter To Family Who Helped Pay For His High School Tuition

    Get Better Today
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Jordan Spieth is a humble dude. After winning the 2015 Masters at 21 years old, he still sounded like someone that’s truly grounded. But here’s the really cool thing…His character, isn’t anything new.  Apparently it started a long time ago. When Spieth was in High School, he wrote a thank you letter to the family who paid for his tuition at Jesuit College Prep in Texas.   Hilariously, he even mentions how he’s the #1 rated junior golfer in the country – and how his dream is to win the Masters.     Jordan Spieth’s thank you letter was…
  • Kendrick Perkins Takes 8 Steps Without Being Called For Traveling

    Get Better Today
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Cleveland Cavalier’s big man, Kendrick Perkins, recently caught a pass against the Miami Heat and decided to go on a little trip.  Ok, maybe a long trip. In this short video, he took 8 steps – and wasn’t called for traveling.  Where were the refs? This comment on reddit sums it up perfectly… “I don’t know what’s more amazing, that a guy who’s been playing basketball all his life didn’t feel weird taking all these steps without thinking to take a dribble, or that three professional paid and experienced referees didn’t see this…
  • Reggie Miller’s 8 Points In 18.6 Seconds

    Get Better Today
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Current broadcaster and former NBA great Reggie Miller, still has owns one of the greatest achievements in basketball history.  This video shows the night during the 1995 playoffs where Reggie scored 8 points in less than 20 seconds. The post Reggie Miller’s 8 Points In 18.6 Seconds appeared first on
  • An Open Letter To Get Better Today Readers

    Michael Fear
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    If you’re reading this, I’d like to say thank you… You’ve made the journey rewarding.  And we’ve gone places I would have never imagined. For example: Over 500,000 people have visited our site in the last two years. When Get Better TV was launched, people from 11 different countries tuned in for the LIVE show. It’s been amazing. God has been good.  And I’ve learned a lot along the way. That’s why I know it’s time to make a change.   Here’s why… Since this website was created, there’s been…
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    Church Community Builder

  • Executive Pastor Dashboards: Evaluate the Health of Your Ministry at a Glance

    Steve Caton
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    We have declared 2015 to be the year of the Executive Pastor at Church Community Builder. As an Executive Pastor (XP), you wear many different hats. Operational manager. Staff leader. Strategic collaborator. Keeper of the reports. It all rolls up to you. You need to know what’s going on with attendance, membership, giving, and small groups. You need to have access to all this information. In case you haven’t heard, I wanted to take some time to share with you about a new feature that we created especially for the Executive Pastor. We’ve created a new dashboard so you can have all the…
  • 4 simple ways to protect your church from financial mismanagement

    Steve Caton
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever read a story in the news about a church dealing with fraud or financial allegations and thought to yourself, “That could never happen at my church”? Unfortunately, mismanagement of funds can happen to any church. However, as church leaders, there are specific things we can do to protect our ministries. Four simple ways to protect your church from financial mismanagement Do you have precautions put in place that not only protect your church from having funds mismanaged but also protect your staff from accusations of such? Consider implementing these simple tips to help keep…
  • One HUGE mistake churches are making online (and how to fix it)

    Steve Caton
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    We are still in the early years of using social media in the church. Some churches are still catching up and just starting to adopt social habits even now, in 2015. But the truth is while many of us do have a social presence and even have cool things like apps, we don’t always do a good job of connecting the dots from our social presence to our live, in-person presence. I recently read a post from Carey Niuewhof that hits the nail on the head. Here’s the bottom line: when we engage with people at church, we rarely mention the way they can plug in the other six days of the week —…
  • How video can help your church build stronger relationships and deeper community

    Steve Caton
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    There’s no denying that digital communication has changed the way churches communicate. Consider video. You may be thinking it’s only useful for televised services or maybe video announcements, but video may hold even more potential than you’ve seen. While gathering corporately is critical to connection and growth within the body of Christ, there are some exciting ways to incorporate technology into your church to enhance in-person connection. Check out these three ways video can be incorporated into your church ministries. How video can help your church build stronger relationships and…
  • A simple way to streamline and improve church communication

    Steve Caton
    2 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a pastor, your greatest honor is being trusted with the spiritual growth of other believers. Your greatest responsibility is to set the overall tone of the ministry while providing a safe environment for believers to thrive. And one of the most vital ways you do this is through your communication. In today’s world, you need to be able to reach people in more ways than just through the pulpit on Sunday mornings. We’re thrilled to share with you one of our new preferred service providers to help you do that: ChurchCast. A simple way to streamline and improve church communication…
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    A God-man is a Normal Believer in Christ

  • Being Recovered to Function as Priests for the Building of God’s House, the Church

    18 Apr 2015 | 3:12 pm
    The building of God’s house is related to the priesthood and depends on the priesthood. If we are enlightened by the Lord and have a clear view of the fact that all the believers in Christ are priests to God – the priesthood – then we will realize that the building up of the church is intimately related to and depends on the priesthood. If there’s a body of priests to God who function in their measure by bringing sacrifices to God, entering into the Holy of Holies, burning the incense, trimming the lamps, and are one with God, then God has a built up dwelling place on…
  • As a Kingdom of Priests, we are Both a Holy Priesthood and a Royal Priesthood

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:51 am
    God’s desire is to have a kingdom of priests, and we as the church today are both a holy priesthood and a royal priesthood (1 Pet. 2:5, 9). This is very meaningful. First of all, as believers in Christ, we are a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, a coordinated body of priests. In particular, we are holy – we are set apart, separated unto God, and sanctified unto the divine things. As holy priests, we are those who daily spend time with God and offer up our body for His use, being sanctified unto Him for His purpose. As holy priests, we need to be those separated from any worldly…
  • A Priest is a Person Saturated and Filled with God until God Overflows through him

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:26 am
    As believers in Christ we are a kingdom of priests, the corporate priesthood of God, those who are not only called, saved, and regenerated by God but who also are priests to God. The term “priest” has been spoiled and thus much misunderstood in today’s Christianity, so much so that many believers would not even associate themselves with a priest. But according to the divine revelation in the Bible God desires that all His people would be priests. In the Old Testament God wanted that the entire people of Israel would be priests, and in the New Testament all the believers are…
  • 13 Aspects of a Priest, a Particular Kind of Person who Serves God Continually

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:50 am
    It is so wonderful to realize that all the genuine Christians, the believers in Christ, are priests; they are called by God and saved by Him that they may be priests to God, a royal priesthood, the church. A priest is one who receives God and is filled, saturated, and permeated with God until God flows out of him so that he may be a living expression of God. A priest doesn’t primarily DO things for God but rather first spends time with God to be infused with God, be filled with God, and be saturated with God so that God in him and through him would do things and minister to others. The…
  • Realizing what a Priest is According to God’s Eternal Plan as Revealed in the Bible

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    All believers in Christ are priests to God, and their full-time job is to serve God by spending time with God to be infused with Him and filled with Him until they flow Him out to others. God has chosen a people on earth – the church today – that would be a kingdom of priests, a royal priesthood, a peculiar treasure and a special possession for Himself. What is a priest? According to the human understanding, a priest is one who serves God professionally, or a clergy-man, one who wears a distinct set of clothes and has a distinct life, speaking the word of God and doing many things…
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    "What Is The Meaning Of Life?"

  • Kindly, Mind Your Own Business

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:05 am
    I should start off by saying I am not that qualified. Not qualified with a license or specific degree. Some of what I write in these posts is based on personal experience, mixed in with education or spirituality. But this one is obvious. It is debatable to need qualifications to witness things in life. It … Continue reading Kindly, Mind Your Own Business →
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    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Why Biblical Inspiration Should Make You Feel Good
  • How The Biblical Inspiration Of God Can Make You Feel Better

    12 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
    You might have heard it said before. “The Bible was Divinely inspired.” It sounds good, but what does that mean for you? Can this help you? It is important to know that Scripture ultimately comes from God. Otherwise how much use does it have? This post examines how the inspiration of God helps ensure the … Continue reading How The Biblical Inspiration Of God Can Make You Feel Better →
  • 11 Interesting Concepts In Christianity

    9 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    In Eastern Orthodoxy it is Holy Week. The peak of the Christian year. Since it is, then, a busy time (for some) here is a brief list of some items that were found by the author along the way. Some of these items are tidbits that were found while researching something else. These facts could … Continue reading 11 Interesting Concepts In Christianity →
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    6 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    A Mystery Of The Bible: Revealed
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  • Living in Love

    Tim Sherfy
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In a recent post (see “When All is Said and Done”) I discussed how it is vital that we live our lives with an eye toward retelling our story to Jesus. This is an important concept to grasp, because each of us will one day have to give an account of our lives to Him (Romans 14:10-12). image © Nikki Zalewski – Fotolia With that in mind, I wanted to look at practical ways we can live to ensure we have a pleasing story to tell. This isn’t a list of “do’s and don’ts”, but rather a motivation that must invade every aspect of our lives. That motivation is love. Since God at His…
  • When All is Said and Done

    Tim Sherfy
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When all is said and done, all that matters is what you have done with Jesus. Your big house won’t matter. Your car won’t matter. How much you’ve accomplished in life will not matter. Almost all of the things with which we concern ourselves are temporary, fleeting, and useless. image © Andy Dean – Fotolia Our daily pursuits – outside of what we do for Jesus – are as futile as chasing after the wind (Ecclesiastes 2:11). It’s a sobering exercise to take inventory of one’s life and discover how much of it we live for ourselves, and how little time is spent on things that…
  • What Does It Mean To Be In Relationship With God?

    Tim Sherfy
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    There are a lot of phrases that Christians tend to throw around that sound great but often leave you scratching your head as to what it really means. If you’ve attended a church or read a few books on Christianity, you no doubt have heard that we should be in relationship with God. It sounds like a no-brainer. Of course we should, and who wouldn’t want that anyway? image © diego cervo – Fotolia The very thought of being in relationship with God gives you a warm feeling inside; you know that it is something that you want. But what does being in relationship with God really look…
  • God is All We Need

    Tim Sherfy
    5 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Francois Fenelon noted that, “God needs nothing that is in us. He can never find anything there except what He Himself has given us.” How often do we stop to ponder that? In the midst of chasing success, building relationships, and achieving new accomplishments, it becomes easy to become impressed with ourselves. image © Romolo Tavani – Fotolia We are so impressed that we can’t wait to point out how amazing we are to others as well. But there is nothing that we ever achieve that God has not put in us. We are nothing on our own. It’s one thing to acknowledge this, but quite…
  • Trading TV for God

    Tim Sherfy
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Francis Chan once posed an interesting challenge to his family: limit your television watching time to the same number of hours you spend studying God’s Word. As with any household, especially those that have children, the challenge was not very popular at first but everyone was soon on board. When I read this, I had a couple of thoughts. One, what a brilliant idea and something I immediately knew I was going to put into practice in my own life. image © StudioAraminta – Fotolia Second, I was deeply saddened that there would be any resistance to the challenge, knowing full well that I…
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    Broken & Contrite Hearts

  • Context, Context, CONTEXT!!

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
      Looking at the context of passages in the Bible is critical to understanding them. I felt compelled to write on the importance of context because it is amazing how many arguments come from incorrectly quoting anything, let alone Scripture. Out of Context No. 1 Many of you may have heard this little example: The […] The post Context, Context, CONTEXT!! appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • Why do we say Amen?

    Donald Macleod
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Let’s be honest how often have we said the word “Amen” and not really known what we are saying or why we are even saying it !? Why do we say amen? The word is used throughout Scripture, both in the Old Testament and the new. In fact the book where it occurs most is […] The post Why do we say Amen? appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • The Gospel is Offensive Enough

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The message of The Gospel is offensive enough, so don’t be an offense (obnoxious, arrogant, or self-righteous). Whenever I am preached at by arrogant people, my ears just shut down. For example, I had a friend condemning other Christians, including myself, for celebrating holidays such as Christmas and Easter. However, it was obvious from the […] The post The Gospel is Offensive Enough appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • The Error of the Prosperity Gospel

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    The author of this post chooses to remain anonymous and they were gracious enough to allow us at BC Hearts to post their work. The purpose of this article is to point out the error of the prosperity gospel and the dangerous path it leads toward. Original Post [Teachers of the prosperity gospel are] leading […] The post The Error of the Prosperity Gospel appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • Slow Processes

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    I grew up with Christian parents and we always went to church twice a week. I have no memory of the day I chose to put my faith in Christ. That used to bother me a lot. However, Christ has given me peace that it does not matter if I remember the exact moment I […] The post Slow Processes appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
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  • Best Marriage Proposal of 2015? Warning: Will Make You Cry! – 365 Day Proposal

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    So, how have you imagined the ideal proposal will be? Do you cared to be romanced at the proposal?  Dean proposed to Jennifer on the beautiful island of Aruba. This video has already garnered more than 22 million likes from the time it was uploaded on YouTube. Many say that it is the best proposal ever. It took the groom-to-be 365 days to film his proposal! Now how’s that for devotion and dedication!  Lots of love certainly went into making this proposal! And when the given day of proposing came, his fiancée burst into tears after watching the video. You will The post Best Marriage…
  • World’s Best Street Drummer? You’ve Have To See This!

    10 Apr 2015 | 3:47 am
    WOW! Watching this drummer playing these buckets is simply wonderful! Known simply as Gordo, he is a street performer in the Australian city of Sydney. He is known as the fastest street drummer, and watching the video you will understand why! This guy is talented!! The post World’s Best Street Drummer? You’ve Have To See This! appeared first on ChristiansMag.
  • She Had to Choose Between 2 Doors. Which Door Would You Choose…?

    9 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    Would you describe yourself as beautiful? Do you rely on the opinion of others to know if you are beautiful? Dove traveled to San Francisco, Shanghai, Delhi, London and Sao Paulo to prove that beauty is a choice – and the power of this choice is in your hands. The company put up signs that said “beautiful” and “average” above the entryways of shopping centers in these five cities and filmed as completely random women contemplated about which door to enter. Feeling beautiful is a personal choice women (and men) should feel empowered to make for themselves, every day. According to a…
  • Teen Girl Left with Broken Bones, Missing Teeth After Being Stopped by Cops

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    A 19-year-old female suffered multiple broken bones and missing teeth after reportedly being brutally assaulted and tasered by the St. Louis PD. Police reports says that Kenisha Gray was having a conversation in the middle of an intersection holding up traffic, then ran when approached by officers. According to the police, she was caught and handcuffed, but somehow managed to escape from the back of the police car. They claim Gray was injured after they were forced to taser the teen, causing her to fall forward. “That’s a lie,” Williams said. “I don’t see how she could hit face…
  • Former Televangelist and Online Pastor goes in Hiding to Protect His Family

    8 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    Joshua is a 33 year old husband and father of four. A former television and radio evangelist, he has turned to social media with his personal story of redemption and the hope of how Jesus Christ can heal a hurting heart! But his latest video has gone national, in a way he didn’t expect! The news media has since tried to portray his message as a hate crime. Joshua Feuerstein wanted to show that every business (including Christians) deserves the right to refuse providing a service, if they believe it’s against their morals and core beliefs. Did his social experiment end up…
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    Gospel Daily

  • Audio Bible Telugu Psalms 101-150

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Audio Bible Telugu Psalms 101-150 Telugu Audio Bible – Psalms 150 chapters listening audio bible free, audio bible Telugu download, Telugu audio bible Old Testament, Telugu audio bible New Testament, free download Telugu audio... The post Audio Bible Telugu Psalms 101-150 appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Audio Bible Telugu Psalms 51-100

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    Audio Bible Telugu Psalms 51-100 Telugu Audio Bible – Psalms 150 chapters listening audio bible free, audio bible Telugu download, Telugu audio bible Old Testament, Telugu audio bible New Testament, free download Telugu audio... The post Audio Bible Telugu Psalms 51-100 appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Audio Bible Telugu Psalms 1-50

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:43 am
    Audio Bible Telugu Psalms 1-50 Telugu Audio Bible – Psalms 150 chapters listening audio bible free, audio bible Telugu download, Telugu audio bible Old Testament, Telugu audio bible New Testament, free download Telugu audio... The post Audio Bible Telugu Psalms 1-50 appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Telugu Audio Bible – Job mp3

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:58 am
    Telugu Audio Bible – Job mp3 Telugu Audio Bible – Job 42 chapters listening audio bible free Telugu Audio Bible – Job 42 chapters listening audio bible free, audio bible Telugu download, Telugu audio... The post Telugu Audio Bible – Job mp3 appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Audio Bible Telugu Esther mp3

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    Audio Bible Telugu Esther mp3 Telugu Audio Bible – Esther 10 chapters listening audio bible free Esther 2:1    Later when the anger of King Xerxes had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done... The post Audio Bible Telugu Esther mp3 appeared first on Gospel Daily.
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    A Journal of Love

  • Scriptural Prayers For Our Children (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    Up this morning praying & interceding for us moms, and our children. A mother’s heart is always with her children (even when they are long gone from home/ young adults with their own families).  Here are a few scriptural prayers for our children that I thought would be helpful to share. I hope you enjoy praying this as much as I have (Good Stuff)… Scriptural Prayers For Our Children:   Salvation—”Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” (Isa. 45:8; 2 Tim. 2:10) Growth…
  • Mommy Moments (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    These past few weeks have been super busy, a true walk of faith! I haven’t had the opportunity to sit and blog, I mean really blog (though, I’ve been writing/studying, just not blogging).  Mommy duties, Wife duties, Business-in-the-making duties, extra rehearsals (Easter), and so forth, have been front and center in my life. My day begins very early, which makes evenings a bit of a challenge for me, but I am learning the value of a mid-day nap (smile). Being a mother, sacrifice is part of the journey. We are often called upon to fill many roles such as; personal chef, taxi…
  • You’re Invited!!!!

    Marvlun Reed
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    I would like to personally invite you to Church on the Rock this weekend for one of our Easter Services. Times are as follows: Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 9/11 or Online (9/11)   For More Information Check out:  
  • Children Of Promise (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Today’s Study: “Unborn generations are depending on our faithfulness today! As we teach our children about the Lord, so they will teach their children and their children’s children. If we fail to tell our children about the Lord, we may well be breaking the chain of God’s influence in generations to come. We must view our children and all the young people we meet as God’s future leaders. If we are faithful in opportunities today, we may well be affecting the future. If we want our children to serve the Lord, they must hear about him from us.  It is not enough to…
  • Amazing Grace (Sermon Notes)

    Marvlun Reed
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Here are a Few Golden Nuggets from Today’s Service (Check Out The Podcast for More); His Grace brings Transformation Changed from the inside out Made into the person God created us to be His Grace brings Identification; Only in Christ can I Find God!!!! Only in Christ can I Get to Know Me!!!! Only in Christ can I Find Out How To Live!!!! Only in Christ can I Find out How to Die!!!! Scripture References: Galatians 2:20,21 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God,…
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    Filling My Prayer Closet

  • How To Easily Improve Your Social Media Sharing

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    That's right, I am in love with an app. I guarantee you, that if you're a blogger, this one thing will create instant butterflies in your stomach too. I am a Hootsuite gal. I've always been a Hootsuite gal. To me, it looked old school, and I liked that. I use scheduling tools to manage social media for Real Housekeeping, to keep up with my Pinterest account - Tailwind, I am so sorry to cheat on you. You're still my sweet thang. Sorry, Tailwind was looking at me a little sideways from the sidebar. He knows he has a post coming up soon.I have columns set up for mentions, messages,…
  • Will Sharing Your Secrets Make You Obsolete?

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    Ever hear the saying "A rising tide lifts all boats"? That's what I'm talking about today in the #thoughtsonthurs link up with Jen at JVKomChronicles. The last couple of weeks I have shared a lot of tips and tricks on how I blog and manage social media.Am I worried that people won't work with me, or that I won't be seen as valuable?Find out.How do you feel about sharing your wisdom? What are you afraid of? Tell me in the comments, I'd love to hear from you. For more secrets, subscribe and gain access to my exclusive freebies page. 
  • How A Newbie Hosts a Twitter Chat

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    I recently hosted two Twitter chats for The SITS Girls as a Community Lead for their network. Their weekly chats take place on Saturday mornings at 10AM EDT and the other on Monday nights at 8PM for an hour each. I had never hosted a Twitter chat before and had no idea what to expect. To be perfectly honest, I had only participated in two Twitter chats prior and never thought I would ever host so I wasn't taking notes. I pictured it like a party, a really loud party where I was trying to do my best to give directions in an impromptu game of Twister with people I'd never talked…
  • 4 More Ways to Maximize Your Time on Social Media

    14 Apr 2015 | 4:45 am
    Today, I am sharing tons of social media tips. Not just here, but over at SITS as well because if we’re going to use social media, we should get the most bang for our buck!We all know I love social media + I love sharing what I learn with others, so let's not waste anymore time! 1. Cross post your Pinterest pins all over FacebookI am sure you knew that you could share your Pinterest pins to your Facebook wall, but did you also know you could share your pins on your Facebook fan page, a group you manage or a group that you’re a part of? What a great way to cross-promote your…
  • Why You'll Never Succeed at Being Perfect

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    Welcome to my living room! Changing it up to see if you're paying attention. So much has happened in the last couple of weeks and I learned a lot. Mostly, that I'll never succeed at being perfect. Have a watch and I'll see you after the vlog.As promised, here's the info that I talked about, you know in those "show notes!" As a community lead for The SITS Girls, I get to host Twitter chats and guest post for them. The first set of twitter chats I'm doing will take place April 11th at 10AM EDT. We'll be using the #SITSBlogging  hashtag for "Saturday Sharefest". Here's a link to…
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    Raj's Reflections

  • So You Messed Up Your Exam! Why Pray?

    Raj Richard
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:18 pm
                      “Post debacle” prayer or ‘how would prayer help me when I have messed up?’ is intriguing enough to be examined.             The specific situation of children writing crucial examinations in India could be good case in point. Contextually our question could be, ‘would there be any use in prayer after messing up the exams?’             Indian high schoolers (11th & 12th graders) are deemed potentially unsuccessful if they…
  • Christianity In The Hands Of Mindless Histrionic Preachers

    Raj Richard
    5 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
                       It’s a perennial joy to watch certain Christian preachers preach. I have enjoyed the sermons and lectures of Billy Graham, Ravi Zacharias, William Lane Craig and a few. They preach the gospel, defend historic Christianity and teach the Bible diligently.             However, a few days ago I was bewildered to watch the mindless histrionic preaching of a few Christian preachers.             A proud preacher1had the…
  • If All Religions Are Same, We Would Be Destroyed

    Raj Richard
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:36 pm
                Let us equate ‘conversion’ with the claim that all religions are same.              Uniqueness is an underlying belief in conversion. A religion indulges in evangelism because of its uniqueness. The three major religions, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism are actively evangelizing religions.             Notwithstanding these, the New Age movement, highly eclectic in its structure, converts people into its fold. Even atheists…
  • Fear Of Death; Are You A Genuine Christian?

    Raj Richard
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:11 pm
                Some fear death and consider it evil. In contrast, the illustrious Greek philosopher Plato, who lived much before the Lord Jesus, ridiculed mankind’s fear of death, “No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils.” 1            The Bible teaches that death is not to be feared. Apostle Paul welcomed death (Philippians 1: 21). Psalm 23 urges its believers to not fear death (verse 4). Having…
  • Could Christians Worship In Temples & Mosques? (Pope Francis Worshiped in a Mosque)

    Raj Richard
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:33 pm
                Whether Christians could worship in mosques and temples is not a moot point, because Pope Francis has provided a panoramic backdrop through his worship at an Istanbul Mosque. Since we are wired to follow our leaders, we could think that worshipping in mosques and temples is acceptable to the God of the Bible.             Christians’ worship in mosque or temples is predicated on our visit to these sacred places. So we should primarily clarify if Christians could visit a sacred place of…
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  • 5 Video Marketing Tips for Your Website

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:29 pm
    If a picture is worth a thousand words, consider this: one minute of video is worth 1.8 million words, according to a report by Forrester ResearchVideos are great for concentrating large amounts of information into an easy-to-understand message. It's such a popular medium that YouTube now has 4 billion daily video views, with about 60 hours of video uploaded to the site every minute.Video marketing is one of the most effective ways to reach online viewers. In fact, consumers who view a video are 174% more likely to purchase a product, reports Retail Touchpoints. With…
  • Is Crowdfunding Right for You?

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Crowdfunding can seem irresistible to small business owners and entrepreneurs. By taking your products and ideas to a crowdfunding platform, you can liberate yourself from the danger and unreliability of traditional financing. But not every venture is ideal for the crowdfunding sector, which has tripled to more than $5.1 billion over the past three years. The crowd likes some products and industries more than others, while a few important ingredients—including the elusive “cool” factor—aren’t so easy to attain. Before you dive into the digital crowd,…
  • Creating a Logo? Complete this Checklist

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Your logo represents your business. It’s the entryway to your brand and should make your customers feel welcome from the start. Use the checklist below to create a logo that’s right for you.1. Define Your BrandWhen creating a logo, it’s critical that you lay the foundation of who you are, what you stand for and how this idea looks in colors, fonts and images. Put this into a brand statement – what do you stand for? Make absolutely sure that your logo reflects your brand.2. Make it Simple and PracticalToo many small businesses create fussy,…
  • How $15-An-Hour Wages Helped My Business Succeed

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    When my partner, Harry Moorhouse, and I opened a fast-casual restaurant in suburban Detroit in 2013, we decided to do things differently. Our business, Moo Cluck Moo, would use better ingredients, offer healthier fare and pay employees much better than the typical quick-service eatery. We set our initial starting wage at $12 an hour, but we increased that to $15 shortly after we opened. It wasn't a big deal to us. We just thought it was the right thing to do.Skeptics questioned our strategy, naturally. We're part of an industry not known for treating its employees well. How would we…
  • How to Create a Website Style Guide that Builds Your Brand

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    Awesome web template? Check. Thoughtfully considered color scheme? Check. Logo and images that work thematically with your brand's voice? You got it. Now about those blog post titles -- are all words capitalized or just the first? Is your site for "ecommerce" or "eCommerce"? How about your copy? Is friendly and playful or formal and refined?You might be tempted to brush off these questions as negligible details, but inconsistencies like this can create a poor user experience for your site visitors. The last thing you want is for potential buyers to dismiss your brand's web presence as…
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    My Thoughts - John 3v16

  • 1510 - Growing up

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:43 pm
    Just spent a wonderful week with my youngest and her husband, sampling some of what Capetown has to offer. The weather played along fantastically, except for the one day we wanted to watch another sunset from the beach and were greeted with a chilly sunless fog, in sharp contrast to the evening before in the picture above.I have been looking at growth and God’s expectation from us. I think the popular understanding of religion is that God loves us and as long as we go to church and live a ‘good’ life we have pretty much covered all the bases. I call that worshiping the God in your own…
  • 1509 - The Remnant

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    I love stained glass, and the last post and this one contain pictures I took in Winchester Cathedral when we were there at the end of 2014. This one was interesting because of the South African connection, the description at the bottom mentions the soldiers of the Kings Royal Rifles who laid down their lives for their Sovereign in South Africa.I was in an interesting discussion today in which the subject of apathy with respect to the attitude of an unbaptized person, and his approach to the Bible, was discussed. How does one rev up spiritual interest in someone who is comfortable in the way…
  • 1508 - Make up your mind

    22 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    ‘Make up your mind’, an expression often heard, more by the undecided than others but interestingly a process that once complete is followed by action. A decision has been made and a physical action now follows. Sounds simple. Often though, action does not follow in spite of the decision because we can be held back by a certain powerful layer of resistance, our own bodies and the fickleness of our minds. It’s one thing to decide to go sky diving, it’s quite another to stand at the edge of the door, wind whistling around your ears, peers egging you on several kilometers above the earth…
  • 1507-Christianity is for fools

    15 Mar 2015 | 10:47 pm
    ‘Christianity is for fools’ was the subject of a great communion message on Sunday and the theme was the absurdity of Christianity as seen from the eyes of non-Christians. I had not thought of it from that extreme point of view before and yet if I had to roll back the blanket of time to the late 70’s and 80’s I would certainly have thought that with the worldly mindset that I had those days. If I was able to see myself through the lens of time to where I am today I would have called the lens owner a charlatan because that future was not what my young brain had mapped out for itself.
  • 1506 - Joy is better than happiness

    8 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    We have just changed cities, moving from Johannesburg to Capetown. Moving from an established household to a granny flat with as much as we could pack into our car for the two day journey as we could (or as my wife could, she is much more efficient than me). In the words of a local car manufacturer, “Life’s a journey, enjoy the ride”, and so we did. This made me think about one characteristic that always seems to be affected whenever something takes place outside of our planned life, and that is joy.Joy is one of those emotional charges that we usually completely misunderstand. We seem…
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    Grow in Virtue

  • Supposed Former Nonconformist

    Alan Scott
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    If you haven’t noticed yet, most people in society operate by standards that have already been set for them by someone else. Many of these standards are false and can often leave those who follow them, well, miserable. A nonconformist clearly see these paths, and says – no, thank you. They follow a different path. Their own. Nonconformists are often considered to be rebels and innovators, and perhaps that’s true in many cases. Nonconformists are also often seen as purposefully difficult. Or being different for the sake of being different. Perhaps to be “cool”, or more…
  • You Can’t Change Others – Only Yourself

    Alan Scott
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    I’m disappointed. Constantly. Other people irritate me. They don’t do the things I want them to do. They don’t react the way I want them to react. They’re rude. They’re inconsiderate. They’re selfish. And this leaves me constantly annoyed, angry, frustrated and disillusioned. And I’m officially sick of it. I’ve decided that everyone else on this planet is wrong, and they’re against me. And they all must die! Ok, I’m being a bit dramatic here. But in all seriousness, what I said above is exactly how I feel…a lot. Just minus the cruel deaths. It’s safe to say that since…
  • Slow Down, Life’s Not a Race

    Alan Scott
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    In the past few years I have been living a life that is more intentional, peaceful and controlled. And as I slow down, I notice more than ever just how fast our lives can often be. Some of my friends are always on the go! They eat out several times a week. They’re involved in many organizations. They work late. They have an abundance of friends and social events to attend. I often wonder if the thought of spending a Saturday night at home is perhaps inconceivable to them. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, but to be constantly moving is definitely inconceivable to me. And nowadays it…
  • Stop Complaining for a Happier Life

    Alan Scott
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    I learned a big lesson this week. Be careful what you ask for. Especially when you’re asking it from God. For Lent this year I gave up one (I stress “one”) of my biggest faults. Complaining. Well, at least that was my intent. It turns out that during my first two weeks of Lent, my resolution has been a smashing failure. In fact I think in the span of 12 days, I have complained more than I have in four months. Again, be careful what you ask for. When we decide to give things up, or to stop falling into our old faults and habits, it can only happen if we are given opportunities to prove…
  • Lent – A Time for Spiritual Spring Cleaning

    Alan Scott
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:20 am
    Who has a stronger conflict than he who strives to overcome himself? - Thomas à Kempis Well, it’s Lent again. Every year it’s the same thing. Christmas is over and I’m constantly thinking about how far away Lent is. I always think to myself how the season of Lent is so spiritually benefiting to me. How wonderful it is. How valuable it is. And I’m always glad…it’s weeks away. I think it’s often hard to transition from the spirit of Christmas, to a spirit of penance. But the reality is, that if you do practice Lent, in the spirit it is intended to be practiced, it’s certainly…
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  • Bigger, Best, Brightest

    Gerald Fugit
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:32 am
    “Come and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.”    Hosea 6:1. There was an emperor of Rome who was one of the best that Rome ever produced. His name was Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. He was the emperor […] The post Bigger, Best, Brightest appeared first on .
  • Bible Is The Standard

    Gerald Fugit
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:44 am
    “Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, O house of king; for judgment is toward you, because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.”    Hosea 5:1.     In 1933, there arose a group of Christian leaders who were in […] The post Bible Is The Standard appeared first on .
  • Easter Message for 2015

    Gerald Fugit
    5 Apr 2015 | 8:17 pm
    This is  an Easter Message for 2015  &  not a post from the owner/writer of this blog.   Easter is not just about Easter bunnies and hiding Easter eggs!  The true meaning of Easter is about Jesus’ Resurrection. After the death of Jesus, his mother Mary, Mary Magdalene and Joanna went to the tomb to […] The post Easter Message for 2015 appeared first on .
  • When Sin Surrounds Us

    Gerald Fugit
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:39 pm
    “Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.”       Hosea 4:1. There is a tragic mistake that has been perpetrated upon us by those who […] The post When Sin Surrounds Us appeared first on .
  • Finally

    Gerald Fugit
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:57 am
    For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:”       Hosea 3:4. As we each live out our lives it appears that there will be no end to our trouble. It […] The post Finally appeared first on .
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    Christian Faith

  • In Christ Alone..Passion 2013..Great Christian Song

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    In Christ Alone…Passion 2013..Kristian Stanfill Passion 2013 is a spiritual gathering for high school seniors & university students of 18-25 year old, and their leaders. (163)
  • Faith Music Manila: Walang Hanggang Sasambahin

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:11 am
    Faithmusic manila purposes to create a new perspective on Christian music and leave a mark by removing all barriers and crossing boundaries, thereby reaching people and changing their lives through faith-filled and gracious songs. Our Vision To produce and distribute various Christian worship and music materials and literature worldwide, and train worship leaders and musicians through workshops, conferences, seminars and concerts. (84)
  • GARY VALENCIANO–greatest hits

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:09 am
    GARY VALENCIANO–greatest hits (71)
  • Gary Valenciano Songs

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    Gary Valenciano Songs (81)
  • Inspirational songs Gary Valenciano

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    Inspirational songs Gary Valenciano (82)
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  • Men Who Kiss Their Wives

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:09 pm
    We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.If you’re like me, you have been a second-rate husband these last few years. A combination of anger, laziness and pride kept me from loving my wife like she deserves.I felt bad about it. I tried to modify myself. But like you, I made little progress. So I kept trying to control, to manipulate and to blame her for all our issues.Until now.  Last weekend my wife and I went on a 3-day-love-extravaganza trip to New York City. We saw zero landmarks. No Statue of Liberty, no Madison…
  • An Uncomfortably Practical Example Of Kingdom In The Workplace

    Jacob McMillen
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:55 pm
    One of the central tenets of “Kingdom Theology”, aka bringing Heaven to Earth, is that God’s Presence was never meant to be confined to your Sunday church service. We preach a message that says you can be just as spiritually influential in the workplace as you can from the pulpit.And that sounds amazing.But if you’re anything like me, you may have had the thought, “What on Earth does that actually mean?”I know exactly how to be influential in church:Preach an entertaining sermonShare healing testimoniesSay things everyone agrees withSay things no one understandsShare healing…
  • Happy Devotion 7: The Good News about Bad Moods

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    11 Apr 2015 | 11:11 pm
    I can get in a bad mood quickly. And sometime it’s the smallest thing that triggers the biggest reaction.Obviously, I need more of Jesus. I need more self-awareness. I need more healing in my heart. That’s why my bad moods are an invitation. They welcome me to realise that there’s something missing on the inside. A hurt that needs the Holy Spirit. An un-met need, that only God the Father can meet.The Father of mercies and God of all comfort,who comforts us in all our affliction. – 2 Cor. 1The key is radical acceptance. To embrace the moment even when it’s…
  • The Benefits of Church Hopping

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:28 pm
    One of the most annoying things for a pastor are the hoppers. Those dirty, dirty church hoppers. In 20 years I have been part of three churches. I pride myself in loyalty. And as a leader for the last 13, I have hated the heart-break!I took time that could have been invested watching Netflix and wasted it on loving them, encouraging them and teaching them. Still, they left. Adios. Arrivederci. Sayonara. And all that remained was the hope that I did not have to see them at the neighbourhood restaurant for the awkward, “I have to say Hi because you used to come to my church but…
  • Happy Devotion 6: Long Live the King

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    5 Apr 2015 | 3:31 pm
    *Highly recommend you watch the video above: “Long Live the King!”I will let the King himself make the initial statement and ask you the most important question, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26The Resurrection is either one of the most wicked, heartless, vicious hoaxes ever or it is the most fantastic fact of history. We celebrate today because we get to live every other day. We are alive because He is alive.
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    Something More - TRAILHEAD

  • Youth Q&A

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:43 pm
    "Am I on The Truman Show?" Oh my goodness I love this question so much! Here is what a very sweet girl wrote to me: Did you ever think that you were on something like The Truman Show? Am I on The Truman Show? Before I get into explanations I want to say 2 things: 1. No, you are not on anything like The Truman Show.2. But, I know EXACTLY what you mean by asking this. Click Here for Full Youth Q&A
  • Poem

    13 Apr 2015 | 7:34 pm
    "Hell's Disease" Feigning strength with forlorn smile,forcing heartbeat; breath is bile. Shards of glass- mental debate…but good girls don’t give way to hate.Swallow hard and bury deep,all emotions; no retreat. Saintly sister, so far gone,wrenching spirit- bitter pawn.  Click Here for Full Poem
  • Devotion

    12 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    "The Problem with Prayer" Wait a minute... Problem with Prayer?! Did I really just say that?  Is there a problem with prayer? Or, worse yet, am I saying that God made some kind of mistake?  IN A VERY EMPHATIC WORD:  no. The problem with prayer is not in the act of praying or in the prayers themselves, but in the pray-ers. I believe (speaking from personal struggle) that the problem most believers have with prayer is that IT'S TOO EASY!  Click Here for Full Devotion
  • Poetry

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:50 pm
    "Pressing On" I take one step forwardthen two giants backand again I'm caught  deep in the mire.Sinking- deep and slownever knowing quite whymy ascent never gets any higher. Click Here for Full Poem
  • Youth Q&A

    8 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    "Healthy vs. Skinny"  I received a question that I have been faced with in my own past and see many (girls especially) facing now... Here is what this sweet beauty asked- I'm 11 years old, 5 feet 1'', and 129 pounds. I want to go on a diet but mom said I don't need to. I want to lose weight for cheer tryouts. What do I do?  I'm gonna call you "cheer-heart" sweet girl because, trust me, cheering is all about heart- regardless of the stereotype.  Click Here for Full Youth Q&A
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