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  • Prayer – Healing And Freedom From Abuse

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    Cheryce
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Prayer – Healing From Abuse El Shaddai, Lord God Almighty, today I pour out all my praise, I pour out all my love and I pour out my heart unto You, Elohim. Heal me, Precious Saviour, touch my mind, body and soul. Mend what is broken in me and make me whole. I cast out any illnesses that affect me daily, I rebuke it in Jesus name! Read more on Prayer – Healing And Freedom From Abuse…
  • Group Prayer: The How to’s and The Houdinis

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

    A Holy Experience
    Ann Voskamp
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Audio Recording of this post — click the ‘play’ arrow below & a farm girl will read it for you, cheering you on, while you keep on, keeping on. When the woman told me she’d heard round that there were rumblings — she said she was just going to do it. She was just going to step out onto those fault lines, right where there were murmurings of things shifting and moving, right into whatever was being said. She told me she was afraid. Because who knew what they were talking about behind closed doors? Who knew what they were saying about her, about things, about choices,…
  • Ravi’s Update from the United States Air Force Academy

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

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    Eric Bryant
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    From the description of John Burke‘s book Unshockable Love: How Jesus Changes the World through Imperfect People (formerly Mud and the Masterpiece): “We are designed to make an impact in our world, and we can start by loving our neighbor. What do you see when you look at the imperfect people around you? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you shocked at the faults, failures, and moral shortcomings? Or do you see the beauty and potential that God said was worth dying for, the masterpiece hidden beneath the mud of sin in every person? How you frame a person in your mind…
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  • Behind God’s frowning providence

    Chelsea Kolz Boes
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I know the story of Ruth by heart because I listened to its corresponding Adventures in Odyssey episode at least 20 times during my childhood. My brother and I popped in the tape—this one called “Three Funerals and a Wedding”—and we milled around the kitchen making boxed macaroni and cheese. Our ears pricked when Naomi cried out, “Don’t called me Naomi! Call me Mara! Bitter! The Lord has dealt bitterly with me.” Naomi sounded impossibly hostile. If you don’t know the story,
  • How many Christians live in Hong Kong?

    June Cheng
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    After my last article, “Decisive Moment,” some readers questioned this line: “Christians make up about one-fifth of Hong Kong’s population.” Hong Kong officially pegs the number of combined Protestants and Catholics around 10 percent. But territory-wide studies done by the Divinity School of Chung Chi College (DSCCC) and Hong Kong Baptist University reveal the number is closer to 20 percent. In 2009, DSCCC professor Francis Yip conducted a phone survey to explore Hong Kong
  • Amazing Grace sets sail on stage

    Daniel James Devine
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    John Newton’s life in musical form illustrates the cultural fruit of Christianity
  • Jeb Bush and taxes—read my lips, part II

    Cal Thomas
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) is thinking seriously about running for president in 2016, according to his son, George P. Bush. According to Commentary magazine, Jeb Bush had an impressive record as governor, including tax reductions totaling $20 billion. Given that performance, why is Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, upset? Politico, and many others, assert it’s because of an answer Bush gave in 2012 to a hypothetical question posed by a member of the House Budget
  • Web Reads: Why do we give our cast-offs to the poor?

    Susan Olasky
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Selfish giving. In the relief and development world, the acronym SWEDOW (Stuff We Don’t Want) has come to stand for the practice of giving our cast-off stuff to the poor, especially abroad. Sometimes the giving is just silly (bras to Africa campaigns), but sometimes it’s harmful. Sometimes the attitude affects Christians, as this blog entry about a cell phone shows. Solving equations. Another reason to require algebra of all students hits the dust. An app on a smart phone can solve
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • One Brave Way to Heal Our Relationships, Our Hearts & the Internet

    Ann Voskamp
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Audio Recording of this post — click the ‘play’ arrow below & a farm girl will read it for you, cheering you on, while you keep on, keeping on. When the woman told me she’d heard round that there were rumblings — she said she was just going to do it. She was just going to step out onto those fault lines, right where there were murmurings of things shifting and moving, right into whatever was being said. She told me she was afraid. Because who knew what they were talking about behind closed doors? Who knew what they were saying about her, about things, about choices,…
  • 3 Creative Ways to Love Kids Through Hard Spots

    Ann Voskamp
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    When Mary Ostyn and her high school sweetheart got married at 19, neither of them knew what adventures would lay ahead. By their 8th anniversary, they had four kids. Not long after that, God opened their eyes to the need of orphans all over the world, a need that dovetailed beautifully with their complete and utter passion for kids.  She and her husband now lives in Nampa, Idaho with the youngest six of their ten children, including four daughters born in Ethiopia and two sons born in South Korea. A grace to welcome the wisdom and joy that is Mary to the farm’s front porch today……
  • When You Love First — Maybe There’ll be No Questions to Ask Later?

    Ann Voskamp
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Audio Recording of this post — click below & a farm girl will read it for you, cheering you on, while you keep on, keeping on. It’s after the Farmer checks over the combine that I crawl in the cab, in beside him in that ratty old t-shirt. Something about a man who wears his work with no shame. “Ride a few rounds with me?” The engine’s drowning out that quiet voice of his. I sit closer, my shoulder pressing against his. His dirt-lined hands man that steering wheel around and he turns the combine into the light, into that field of soybeans east of the bank…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [10.25.14]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Soul of the System

    Acton Web
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    by Jordan Ballor In his review of Hunter Baker’s latest book, The System Has a Soul, Doug Wilson picks up on the allusion in the title. You might also like... The System Has a Soul: Essays on Christianity, Liberty, and Political Life read more
  • Why is 'For The Life of the World' such a valuable and popular film for expanding our audience at Acton?

    Acton Web
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    by Kris Alan Mauren "For the Life of the World: Letter to the Exiles," a film series produced by the Acton Institute, is receiving a lot of attention for its crisp and entertaining visuals as well as rich content. Andy Crouch, the executive editor of Christianity Today said, "'For the Life of the World' is the best treatment of faith & culture ever put on a screen. Just outstanding." I'm delighted that we succeeded in creating something so strong theologically as well as so thoroughly entertaining. Acton FAQ read more
  • American National Character and the Future of Liberty with William Allen

    Acton Web
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Register Now Event Date:  December 2, 2014 - 11:30am1:30pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street (Map) Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Schedule 11:30am - Doors Open 12:00pm - Lecture Begins 1:00pm - Book Signing Lunch will be provided. Pricing $15 - Regular $10 - Full time studentsread more
  • Capitalism is About Love with Jeffrey Tucker

    Acton Web
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    Register Now Event Date:  January 22, 2015 - 11:30am1:30pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street (Map) Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Schedule 11:30am - Doors Open 12:00pm - Lecture Begins 1:00pm - Book Signing Lunch will be provided. Pricing $15 - Regular $10 - Full time studentsread more
  • Let’s Get Back to Robbing Peter: The Welfare State and Demographic Decline

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

  • Live to Give: "How to Be Rich"

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

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    This week, Senior Pastor John Ortberg is launching a new series, "Live to Give," with a message on tithe.Featured Scripture:Malachi 3:7-12; Leviticus 27:30; 2 Chronicles 31:5b-6; Proverbs 3:9-10; Leviticus 23:19; Exodus 34:19; Deuteronomy 15:10; Matthew 23:23; I Corinthians 15:20; Acts 20:35 Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Search for Happy: "What's So Great About Grateful"

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

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

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

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I have great respect for Dalia Mogahed. You'll see why in this interview on Obama and Islam.
  • A reader writes: Energizing my curacy

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Just wanted to say thank you for your writing and insights God has given you. Your book, Generous Orthodoxy, was a breath of fresh air and articulated much of how I had seeing the Christian faith since my teenage years, but could not find in the Churches I attended or could understand why not. This book was instrumental in drawing me back to church and on to ordained ministry in the Church of England. I am currently reading your book, A New Kind of Christianity, and all I can say is yes, yes , yes. Having grown up within a conservative evangelical household and church, you have said…
  • This is a big deal: a key Evangelical leader switches sides on the LGBT issue

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    Jonathan Merritt writes: It is difficult to overstate the potential impact of Gushee’s defection. His Christian ethics textbook, “Kingdom Ethics,” co-authored with the late Glen Stassen, is widely respected and was named a 2004 Christianity Today book of the year. He serves as theologian-in-residence for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a coalition of 15 theological schools, 150 ministries, and 1,800 Baptist churches nationwide. (more here) I have grown to respect David Gushee deeply in recent years. Even before he took a stand on LGBT issues, he stood boldly against torture and for…
  • A reader writes: as I am weeping

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

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

    Larry Hoop
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Convinced by clergymen from across the country that she had entered a raging national debate on religious freedom she wanted no part of, Mayor Annise Parker on Wednesday agreed to withdraw controversial subpoenas the city issued to five local pastors in connection with a lawsuit over Houston’s equal rights ordinance. The mayor’s announcement came amid an unabated firestorm over the subpoenas, particularly among Christian conservatives and Republican politicians, who blasted Parker for trying to “silence the church.” Parker’s decision represented the only viable…
  • Good News for the Naked Public University

    Larry Hoop
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Recently, an academic administrator informed me that passing judgment on others’ sexual orientation or religious beliefs was grounds for exclusion from partnership with the university office she represents. This was hardly a surprise. As Richard John Neuhaus pointed out in The Naked Public Square, in order to enter public life in America, one had to remove one’s religious garb, that is, to withhold religious ideas and assumptions about reality. In the naked public (and private) university, notwithstanding its commitment to open inquiry, the same restriction holds. But how did we get here?
  • Cracks in the atheist edifice

    Larry Hoop
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    The coastal city of Wenzhou is sometimes called China’s Jerusalem. Ringed by mountains and far from the capital, Beijing, it has long been a haven for a religion that China’s Communist leaders view with deep unease: Christianity. Most cities of its size, with about 9m people, have no more than a dozen or so visibly Christian buildings. Until recently, in Wenzhou, hundreds of crosses decorated church roofs. This year, however, more than 230 have been classed as “illegal structures” and removed. Videos posted on the internet show crowds of parishioners trying to form a human shield…
  • Stuart Patterson Home with the Lord

    Staff
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Stuart Patterson went home to be with the Lord yesterday Oct. 27, 2014. He was 84. For the past 42 years, Patterson was ruling elder at Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina. According to Mel Duncan, administrator at the church, Patterson taught through every book of the Bible while serving the church as a Sunday school teacher. Patterson was among the PCA’s founding fathers. He was the dean of faculty at Furman University, and a NASA project scientist. He also served on the board of several Christian organizations, including Greenville Presbyterian Seminary, Bailey Manor…
  • Idaho Christians Who Refused to Officiate Gay Marriages at Wedding Chapel May Avoid Fines, Jail

    Larry Hoop
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    The city of Coeur d’Alene in Idaho is now saying that a wedding chapel operated by Christian ministers  Donald and Evelyn Knapp can refuse to perform same-sex marriages. Earlier, the city had said that the for-profit wedding chapel, Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, was violating non-discrimination laws by refusing to perform same-sex marriages. The Knapps faced high fines and possible jail time for violating the laws. Read the article.
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  • The fire next time

    David Williams
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I and a small group of intrepid members of my congregation have been heaving our way through the book of Revelation for the last half-dozen weeks, and it ain't easy going. The convoluted mind of John of Patmos and the circuitous, repetitive pattern of his visions are notoriously unforgiving.  read more
  • Supporting couples through infertility

    Laura Kelly Fanucci
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I never expected this. Those words swam in my head every single month that we were waiting for a baby. So I should not be surprised that infertility continues to shape my life in unexpected ways, such as in the overwhelming number of stories people shared in response to a recent post I wrote. I've been floored by how many people are yearning to hear that they are seen.So many couples are suffering the invisibility of infertility. read more
  • My cause is better than your cause

    Cindy Brandt
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A while back, a blog post speaking into the pain of miscarriage was making its rounds on the Internet. Having never miscarried (that I know of), or grieved the death of any child, I asked my friend who lost her two-month-old son whether she felt highlighting the pain of miscarriage diminishes the story of her own tragedy. She replied, “It is not very helpful to compare pain.”But how often do we do just that?  read more
  • What’s your status?

    Susan M. Reisert
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the efforts that the church I serve has engaged in order to support and encourage new members and friends. I’ve especially been thinking about the time I’ve spent with new and fledging members and visitors. I’ve visited with, met for coffee, opened my office to what feels like countless new people—some new to the area and others just new to church. A few haven’t even made it to worship. read more
  • The process of change

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

  • Bet On a Republican Senate Majority

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:42 pm
    While many races remain close, it's just getting harder and harder to envision a plausible path for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Ultimately, with just a few days to go before the election, the safe bet would be on Republicans eventually taking control of the upper chamber.
  • Halloween: Steeped in Superstition

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    It's that time of year again when not only are nights getting colder and darker, but so too the atmosphere in many churches and Christian homes. The debate begins at the first sign of the autumn leaves and abruptly comes to a halt on November 1st – after all, Halloween comes to its demise for another year.
  • 'God the Father' Review: An Extraordinary Testimony About Ex-Mob Boss Michael Franzese

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    "God the Father" tells the story of ex-mob boss and Colombo crime family captain Michael Franzese in a new and innovative format that includes animation, re-enactment, actual news footage and commentary from Michael, his wife, Camille, and several Christian pastors.
  • Black Bears Street Fight in NJ Suburb (VIDEO)

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Two bears were seen street fighting in the suburb of Rockaway, New Jersey this summer, according to reports. The video, which was uploaded to YouTube earlier this month, has got everyone talking about the bears, who viciously clawed and bit each other for over six minutes before retreating into the woods.
  • This Musician Writes a Beautiful Song to Help Out Sick Kids – A Personal Thank You To Those Who Saved His Child's Life

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Matt Hires does a collaboration music video for his song "Hold You Up" with Rock the Cause and Ronald McDonald House.
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • Citizen Snowden, the movie

    Dominic Preziosi
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Citizenfour is the new documentary about Edward Snowden, who in 2013 disclosed the existence of a secret NSA mass surveillance program. In its subject and production it looks and feels a bit like those conspiracy movies from the 1970s—Three Days of the Condor, Marathon Man, or All the President’s Men. There’s the unwitting protagonist, the chance at heroism not sought but thrust upon him; the outsized, amorphous antagonist, the extent of its reach and capacity for treachery heretofore unimaginable; and the paranoia informing and infusing the story, heightened by ominous music and…
  • I believe so that I may see (Gilead pp. 1-86)

    Scott D. Moringiello
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Each morning, my wife and I get up between 5:15 and 5:30. We hope to be at our desks by 5:45 so that we can spend some time writing before our son wakes up.  There’s something about writing in those wee hours that allows me to be more productive in 75 minutes than I often am for the rest of the day, even when that productivity just means a lot of thinking and a lot of staring at a blank notebook page. Around 7:00 each morning I close the notebook because I hear,  “Babbo! I wake up! I wake up, Babbo.” I know it’s time to get my son out of his crib, get his milk and oatmeal ready and…
  • Browsers Welcome

    Albert Wu
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    As an exchange student in Paris in 1999, Phyllis Cohen was drawn to the city’s used bookstores. She went to work in one, and ultimately she decided to open one herself: Berkeley Books of Paris, which she founded in 2005 with two friends, in a location near the Luxembourg Gardens.
  • Nuggets

    Joseph A. Komonchak
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    An Orthodox member of the North American Orthodox Catholic Theological Consultation sent us these reflections written by a graduate of Harvard Divinity School who after graduation spent a year in a woman’s monastery in Greece. The gems of wisdom often reminded me of the sayings of the Desert Fathers. Just a few of them: "The monastery is a spiritual hospital. And as you can see, some of the patients are chronic." (JAK: Substitute “Church” for “monastery”...)
  • New stories on the homepage

    The Editors
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Two new items on our homepage right now. First, the editors write on the candor of the debate at the recently concluded synod: Francis wanted something different …. He encouraged participants—mostly bishops, but also select priests and laypeople—not to fear openly disagreeing with one another, or with him. If nothing else new comes out of what will be a yearlong synodal process, that change alone constitutes a major accomplishment.
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • The Baby Elephant Rescuer

    Eryn Carman
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    You’ve probably met Wass. Wass is the baby elephant who’s been in the news recently after he was rescued from a well in Northern Kenya. Unable to be reunited with his herd, he and two orphaned ostrich chicks were airlifted to safety by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Photo: youtube/dswtkenya   You might not have met Edwin, though. Edwin is the head elephant keeper at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya. He is also a graduate of our Child Development Program and was recently featured in Compassion Explorer Magazine, our magazine for kids, where he shared…
  • Fear, Ebola and Me

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

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

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

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

    Scott Williams
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    We live in a world where there is greatness all around us. We get to watch our favorite TV programs with all of the great actors and actresses. Right now we are in the middle of the MLB World Series where we get to watch the greatest baseball players in the world battle it out on the field. We get to attend conferences and hear from some of brightest minds and the greatest speakers of our time. We simply get to sit and watch greatness. We get to imagine what greatness could be and get a little glimpse of what it is. We get to watch greatness all around us and often times we are in awe because…
  • 10 Signs They Are A Not-So-Good Leader

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Questions on Prayer with Tim Keller

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Pastor and author Tim Keller was our guest this week on the Ask Pastor John podcast. Keller has a new book on prayer, releasing next week, titled Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. He talked with us from his office in New York City about this often-neglected discipline, and we served him up 10 rapid-fire questions. Here’s a lightly edited transcript of the conversation. Question 1: Prayerlessness Among Christians today, how widespread is prayerlessness — and what does that reveal about our spiritual health? We know from empirical secular studies that everyone in our Western…
  • Where Sin Increased, Grace Overflowed

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    October 31 marks an important day in the history of the church — a day on which a monk deeply impacted by his close study of Psalms and Romans was propelled into the center of a revival of Christ-centered joy. So, before you stock the candy bowl and prepare to welcome people to your home this Halloween, consider a biblical reality that fundamentally shaped the life of Martin Luther and the course of the Reformation. Luther understood perhaps better than anyone the personal implications of Romans 5:20–21. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded…
  • The Light Shines on All Hallows’ Eve

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    There is a fair bit of ambivalence over Halloween in the Christian church. Some Christians see it as a harmless bit of costume and candy fun. Others believe it trivializes — or worse, celebrates — a satanic holiday. You might be interested to know that some of the more fundamentalist modern pagans (Wiccans) also refuse to observe Halloween because it trivializes their beliefs. But All Hallows’ Eve, which later also became Reformation Day, is a moment to celebrate and point to the Light that shines in the darkness of the world (John 1:4). A Brief History of Halloween The origin of…
  • What Will Make You Great

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    God wants you to be great. What would make your life feel great? Would it be a spouse or children or more children? Would it be a better job — more pay, better boss, more responsibility? Maybe it would be more time buried in your reading list or watching football on Sundays or shopping without a budget. All great, but are they great enough? God refuses to define the greatness of your life in dollars or cents, family or friends or kids, promotions or raises, accomplishments or recognition or fun. He loves you too much, and there’s too much at stake. When Jesus said he came that you might…
  • Open the Door to Halloween

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    How you spend Halloween may reveal a good deal of what you think of sanctification. There is a chain of inseparable realities in our local churches that shape the way we look at the costumes shuffling down our streets and knocking on our doors this Friday night. The first reality, as Jeff Vanderstelt explains, is the fluency of gospel proclamation in our communities of faith. We want to be churches that proclaim the gospel to one another, believers to believers. And then, building off this reality, it’s inevitable that we begin to share the gospel with those who don’t know Jesus — that…
 
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    Emergent Village

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • EPPC Briefly: October 30, 2014

    Laura Mitchell
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    October 30, 2014 EPPC Briefly: If Reagan Were Alive Today…   Featured Publications: If Ronald Reagan Were Alive Today… In a cover essay for Commentary, EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen and EPPC Senior Fellow Peter Wehner observe that as the field for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination takes shape, “anyone seeking to lead today’s Republican […] The post EPPC Briefly: October 30, 2014 appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Greatness in Miniature

    Bruce Cole
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    A concise new biography offers good insight into the character of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The post Greatness in Miniature appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • A Hard Left for High-School History

    Stanley Kurtz
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    The College Board's new AP U.S. History framework would force a leftist tilt onto high school U.S. history courses. The post A Hard Left for High-School History appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Voters Aren’t Buying

    Henry Olsen
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    The GOP must offer a pro-growth message that appeals to Americans who already think the economic system is rigged for the rich. The post Voters Aren’t Buying appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Frank Wolf: An Appreciation

    George Weigel
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    A distinguished advocate for the persecuted and voiceless retires from Congress. The post Frank Wolf: An Appreciation appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Pixels Distract. Praise Focuses.

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

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

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

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

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

  • What If the Goal of Our Economy Wasn’t More But Better?

    Christine Sine
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Advent and the Christmas season are racing towards us at warp speed and the hyper-consumerism that has already invaded our favourite stores is incredible. I hate it. And I find myself wanting to change the culture in which we live. And to do that I think we need to do what The Story of Stuff Project suggests:(...)
  • Have We Forgotten About All Saint’s Day?

    Christine Sine
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    November 1st is All Saints’ Day, and to be honest I almost forgot. There is so much happening at the moment that All Saints Day hardly registered for me. Which is a shame as remembering those who gone before, and those who continue to impact our lives is very important. The Episcopal Church website explains:(...)
  • Behind the Scenes of A Journey Toward Home with Kristin and Christine

    Christine Sine
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    Last week we celebrated the release of A Journey Toward Home . which is available on the MSA website for a special discount price of $11.95 until November 5th. You have no idea how exciting and rewarding it is to put together a book like this, so I thought your would appreciate this short video which Kristin and I(...)
  • Meditation Monday – Lord God Almighty May We Dwell In Your Shelter

    Christine Sine
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    A couple of days ago I watched the video below on Facebook. The first time I watched it I held my breath as the mother duck shepherded her chicks across the freeway. The next time I watched it, I found myself reciting Psalm 91. I have always imagined God’s sheltering wings to hold me in a(...)
  • Christ You Come to Us In the Gentle Whisper – A Prayerful Reflection

    Christine Sine
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:54 am
      This has been a busy but fulfilling week for me. The publishing of A Journey Toward Home, and the videoing of the first two modules of our e-course Reimagining How We Pray, have brought great satisfaction to me. But it still seems as though I am struggling to come up for air. But in the midst I have(...)
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    thehighcalling.org

  • Share Your Story: Designed to Work

    Jennifer Dukes Lee
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    His name was Tony. He wore the hotel-issued black shirt, the silver nametag, and the confidence of a man who'd been in his line of work for a while. "May I take your plate? Would you like more water? Is anyone here gluten-free?" He worked his way around our table, serving with ease, generosity, and outrageous hospitality.  All across the conference room, there was this dance of work. Tony and a large staff of waiters and waitresses served up delicious food. A tech crew in the back tested the sound for the upcoming keynote address. A musician propped his guitar on stage. And…
  • Find New Life: Grace Found

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

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

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

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

  • Breaking the Fall in Alice McDermott’s Someone

    A. G. Harmon
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:36 am
    At the beginning of Alice McDermott’s latest novel, Someone, an unattractive but good-natured girl divulges her deepest desire. One day, coming home on the subway, she fell against a man—someone who managed to catch her—an event that was memorable because he was kind in the way that he did it. It’s clear that in that [Read More...]
  • Greg Wolfe Made Me a Better Writer: 25 Years of Image

    Guest Contributor
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Guest post by William Coleman To celebrate Image’s twenty-fifth anniversary we are posting a series of essays by people who have encountered our programs over the years. My first task at Image was to write to Ray Bradbury. That, I told my disbelieving self, was my job: to send proof pages of new work to the man whose old [Read More...]
  • The Trouble with Time

    Richard Chess
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    They talk. They talk to. They talk about. God. Please, God. Dear God. Thank you, God. Comfort, heal, save us, God our God dear God. They should talk. That’s what they’ve been told. I don’t know. I don’t know from God. They say God is the One who shaped the ear. I’ve said it, too. [Read More...]
  • Riding the Waves

    Tony Woodlief
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    My sons argue over Avengers characters. The littlest insists he’s Captain America. Another claims Hawkeye. There’s an argument over Ironman. They resolve it by awarding that honor to me, given that I’m a smartass and look a little like Robert Downey, Jr. I argue that I’m the Hulk. I flex my muscles. They roll their [Read More...]
  • Billy Collins’s Art of Drowning

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

  • The Media, Evangelicals, and Me: On Being a Pessimist in a Progressive Age

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    The conservative evangelical world has confronted stories over the past two weeks of defectors and would-be defectors to the traditional view of marriage. Hillsong, the mega-mega church from Australia who are re-colonizing the West with their church plants, found themselves under the spotlight precisely by trying to avoid it. Conservatives denounced them, led by one-time Mere-O writer Andrew Walker, and they promptly came out and said that Saint Paul was right, guys, and everything is A-OK. Then Jonathan Merritt wrote a story on David Gushee’s change of heart that was sent around with…
  • Mere Fidelity: On Multiple Denominations (Ask Us Anything, vl. 1)

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    In this installment of Mere Fidelity, we take up the first of the questions which were put to us by you, our listeners:  what do we make of multiple denominations? We didn’t get very far down the list of questions, so we decided that we needed to devote additional shows to them.  Turns out we either talk too much or your questions were too hard to sort out in five minute answers.  I’m going with the latter, myself, but listen and judge for yourself. Special thanks to MK Creative Arts for the audio editing. If you enjoyed the show (AND ONLY IF), leave us a review at iTunes.
  • The American Conservative’s Case Against the Suburbs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Ministers’ Morgue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    David Rupert
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    A writer’s group I belong to just published a group project, Freedom! It’s available for free here. Freedom_Final Please feel free to copy, print, and share!   The post The Freedom Project appeared first on Red Letter Believers.
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  • Cheap Kindle Books 10.28.14

    Steve McCoy
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Preaching & Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones ($3.99)Pilgrim Theology by Michael Horton ($5.99)For Calvinism by Michael Horton ($2.99)A Place For Weakness by Michael Horton ($2.99)A Meal With Jesus by Tim Chester ($0.99)Church History: A Crash Course for the Curious by Christopher Catherwood ($0.99)Historical Theology by Gregg Allison ($5.98)Rediscovering Holiness by J.I. Packer ($2.99)Worship By The Book by Carson, Hughes, others ($2.99)Telling the Truth by D.A. Carson & others ($0.99)Learning Evangelism From Jesus by Jerram Barrs ($0.99)Holy Subversion by Trevin Wax ($0.99)The…
  • Music Monday 10.27.14

    Steve McCoy
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    OUT TOMORROW - I'd like to highly encourage you to stream FREE the new The Twilight Sad album, Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave. It's out tomorrow. I still regularly listen to their 2007 album, Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters. Love this band! Their music is wonderfully moody.BURNING UP MY iPODDelta Spirit: Into The Wide | I'm desperate to get as many as possible to discover this album. And it's only $5. A steal. I've listened to no album more this year and it's still pretty new.Hozier: Hozier | A bluesy, rock-soul album. Lots of enjoyable stuff on this…
  • Cheap Kindle Books 10.12.14

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

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

    Steve McCoy
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    I watched this as research for a project I'm working on. Awesome.
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Wordsworth in the West

    Fred Sanders
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    William Wordsworth perfected a certain type of nature poetry, a particularly spiritual sort of nature lyric. He celebrated the movements of the infinite Spirit making itself known to humanity through the forms of nature as contemplated by poet-prophets who were the universe’s appointed spokesmen. Nature herself elected certain sensitive souls, forming them throughout early life to be receptive to her revelations in later life.  As he recounts in The Prelude, Nature populated his young imagination with the forms of giant cliffs and dark forebodings, of dancing daffodils and of…
  • “English Bible” did not mean “Dumbed Down”

    Fred Sanders
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Earlier this year I noted the premiere of a new journal, the Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies.  The second issue is out now, and among the essays published there I especially enjoyed the autobiographical piece by David Bauer entitled, “My Journey with Inductive Bible Study.” Bauer was one of my first Bible professors at Asbury Seminary (and the journal’s editor, Fred Long, was actually the T.A. in that class on Matthew’s gospel in 1991). Years later, I’m still using and teaching a lot of the techniques he taught under the heading of “English…
  • Progress and Regress on the Trinity: The Book

    Fred Sanders
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Zondervan has published select proceedings of the 2014 Los Angeles Theology Conference in a volume bearing the same title as the conference: Advancing Trinitarian Theology, edited by Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders. Slipping into advertising mode, I was going to say “Get the book, don’t wait for the movie!” But then I remembered that the movie’s actually been out for a long time: we made full video of all five plenary addresses available online not long after the January 2014 conference. So I suppose I should say “Don’t settle for the movie, get the…
  • Irrelevance & Relevance of the Trinity to the Christian Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Chris Marlow
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    From Hogwarts To Haiti A few years ago, I noticed my daughter on the computer. She was totally locked in and focused. Her eyes were wide, and her smile was so big her face could barely contain her excitement. “What was she doing?” I wondered. She broke the silence with a simple question: “Hey Dad, all my friends in class have been to Disney World. When are we going to go?” (Since when is it not normal for 10 year olds to have not been to Disney?) I quickly realized she was looking at YouTube videos of Disney World and, like all good marketing, she was hooked. Soon she would…
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  • Help me land the truck in Europe

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

    Andrew Jones
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    The Reformers of the church wore beards and the other guys, those on the dark side, didn’t. I am not being mean to all those baby faced male Protestant leaders out there, although it is true that I am growing a beard and I am allowing my inner Calvin to emerge. But the fact remains: the Reformers wore beards. This ...
  • A World Without Missionaries?

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

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

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

  • Has the Spirit forgotten how to call young people?

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them(Luke 24:15). College can be a challenging environment for Lutheran students who want to stay connected to their faith. At a secular school, church just isn’t at the forefront of social calendars, especially when surrounded by students who cast a wary eye on Christianity. At many colleges and universities, evangelical groups like CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), InterVarsity and Chi Alpha dominate. These three are the largest campus ministries in the country. CRU alone has chapters at more than…
  • Good news of stewardship

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Leave it to seventh- and eighth-graders for a great idea. Because of their concern for the hungry, Grace Lutheran Church, Luverne, Minn., hosted the Community Snowmobile Fun Ride last February and will do so again this year (Feb. 8, provided there is enough snow). The idea was hatched when Daniel Tofteland and Coy Gonnerman were talking to their confirmation adult mentor, Don Dinger, who also happens to be an avid snowmobiler.  “We were talking about kids who go hungry every day and some weekends,” said Dinger (don.dinger@gmail.com). “Both young men have…
 
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  • Hello world!

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

  • The fire next time

    David Williams
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I and a small group of intrepid members of my congregation have been heaving our way through the book of Revelation for the last half-dozen weeks, and it ain't easy going. The convoluted mind of John of Patmos and the circuitous, repetitive pattern of his visions are notoriously unforgiving.  read more
  • "Not a solution but a sign"

    Steve Thorngate
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I like Michael Gerson's writing, and sometimes I even agree with the things he says. This week he wrote a sensitive and heartfelt column about one of the houses in the DC-area L'Arche community—a place I feel some small connection to, as my wife was once part of a different house in the same community. read more
  • New today: The church's new foundation, Charles Scriven reviews Brian McLaren's book We Make the Road by Walking, supporting couples through infertility

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • 10 tips for couples considering co-pastoring (and 10 for those hiring them)

    Beth Merrill Neel
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    My husband and I serve as co-pastors and heads of staff at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon, each at two-thirds time. We are often asked about being married co-pastors by people considering this model. And we have more than a few reflections about it. read more
  • Civil religion in a time of war

    Raymond Haberski Jr.
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The United States is back at war—that didn’t take very long. One might argue we never really stopped fighting, or, frankly, that the country has been in a perpetual state of war since World War II. Religious as well as the more generic popular responses to America’s various wars often boils down to a tension between revulsion and obligation. Not surprisingly, that dualism relates directly to the simple formula presidents have used over the years (and through every war) to justify military actions in strategic and moral terms. The threats change—fascism, communism, terrorism—as do…
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    theologer

  • Turning Over a New Stone

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

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

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

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

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

  • Balancing vigilance and providence in the face of Ebola

    Tamara Hill Murphy
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Posted on 10/29/14 I work in an office building 204 miles from the Dallas hospital where Thomas Eric Duncan died earlier this month, marking the first Ebola diagnosis and fatality in North America. The conversations among coworkers that day veered far from the normal topics to discussions of life and death ethics. Last week, 43 people who had direct contact with Duncan were released from quarantine in good health. Two nurses who’d been infected with Ebola while caring for Duncan have both recovered. Yet this good news does not seem to be settling our national fear. A recent Pew Research…
  • Sewing hope with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

    Tamara Hill Murphy
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Posted on 10/27/14 If you’ve not yet heard of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and her ambitious, hopeful work at Saint Monica’s Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda, now would be a good time to get to know her. While we worry over the well being of West Africa and impotently hashtag into the universe #BringBackOurGirls, we need to know that people like Sister Rosemary live and flourish in the middle of unspeakable human suffering.  I first became acquainted with her story watching Sewing Hope, a documentary chronicling her work among former child soldiers who had been released from the…
  • Whiplash and our striving for perfection

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

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

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

  • Ephesians 2:8-9

    Bible Gateway
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
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  • 5 Reasons To Keep It Buttoned Up Until You Are Married

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Earlier this week Shellie Warren wrote a post talking about the advantages and/or disadvantages of having sex before marriage. It’s definitely worth checking out. Let’s be honest, most people are having sex in some version before marriage (yes, even Christians). To deny that is to live in a bubble. And I want to be transparent with you. I’m a pastor, a Christian, and a guy who had sex before he got married. And I wish I had heard more on this topic when I was younger because maybe it would have spared me some hard life lessons. Don’t get me wrong. When I was…
  • Are You In Love With a Person or Just With Sex?

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    It might be a mere coincidence (although I seriously doubt it), but I have yet to counsel a couple who waited until marriage to have sex with each other. Not one. (Tweet This!) Now, that’s not to say that I haven’t had conversations with couples who waited. They’ve experienced challenges within their union, of course, but based on what I’ve heard from them, what they go through tends to sound a lot less… well, “dramatic” is the word that comes to mind.  On the other hand, couples who have had sex with one another before marriage, more than…
  • 5 Things You MUST Do If Your Spouse Is Hooked On Porn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dealing with Loss.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    John
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    When I first started blogging over 13 years ago I had very little intent and couldn’t possibly imagine that it would be something that would “stick” with me for years. I started small and there wasn’t any method or “strategy” or science to it in any way, shape, or form. It was raw, unedited, and brutally honest. Over the years I lost some of that honesty as I started trying to be a “real” writer, a “real” blogger if you will, and I got lost in the mix of what I would suppose were attempts at becoming more “legit.” I…
  • Thrive as an Outlier

    John
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Do you want your app, your organization to thrive? Especially as a startup it is almost required that you become an outlier of sorts. But being an outlier can be lonely business as, per the definition, there just aren’t that many out there. I love how Seth Godin puts this: The easiest way to thrive as an outlier is to avoid being one. He goes on to share succinctly that you must find the “treasured” few that will not only toe the line with you but walk with you on the very narrow path that you’ve decided to embark on: Surround yourself with people in at least as much…
  • A Startup: 5+ Year Endeavor

    John
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    I love this from Chris Dixon: When you start a company, the most important consideration should be working on a product you love (a startup can be a 5+ year endeavor so if you don’t love it you probably won’t be able to endure the ups and downs). A secondary consideration should be matching the skills of the founders to the market. Mine for gold or sell pickaxes? Why not both? I think so. Another thought that has crossed my mind was how this plays out in hiring the right people for the job in new ventures and startups (see who not to hire here). Do some of these people have the guts and…
  • Leading Through Disappointment

    John
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Disappointment is part of life. It’s inevitable. Yet, many of us have never really learned to manage it very well (and you can think of 1,000 examples where you’ve seen this play out). But that’s the thing: It’s easy to spot in others and not so easy to spot (and thus manage) in ourselves. The “solution” seems apparent and so obvious when we encounter a friend or a colleague that’s experienced a disappointment that we can barely control ourselves and we liberally share our opinions and thoughts on how to recover and restore. Yet applying them to…
  • Hello World Tattoo

    John
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    . . . .  .  . – . .  . – . .  – – –  . – –  – – –  . – .  . – . .  – . . Above is “hello world” in morse code which is something I’ve been fascinated with since I was very, very young. And there is an obviously something deeply personal about “hello world” since it’s one of the first programs that I ever put together (many of you readers will have fond memories of this via Java… public static void main…) and also the very first blog post (the title) that one…
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Church Tech Gear: Feeding the Bottomless Pit

    paulthinkingoutloud
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Who’s up for some adventure? Your mission Jim, should you decide to accept it, is to get at least 30 church of varying size to grant you access to their budgets for the last 30 years.  Your job is to pinpoint how much churches are spending on tech-related equipment for the worship center, sanctuary, main auditorium or whatever you call the place where people now are led in worship by bands using the latest in-ear monitoring systems, the loudest amplification and the brightest spotlighting and back-lighting that money can buy; all while lyrics, sermon theme teaser videos and message…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Our graphic image theme this week is parody. The upper one is a supplement to the Orange Curriculum, a weekend service Christian education experience for children. You can click on the image and then surf the rest of the web page to learn more. A bumper harvest this week; get coffee first. The downside of giftedness: “When we elevate people in the church based on our need and their gifts, we put everyone in a precarious position.” This children’s book’s publicity was so ubiquitous this week, it’s hard to imagine that eleven publishers said ‘no.’ A…
  • The Westboro Saga Continues

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    Religion News Service posted an interesting story and video last week. As many of you know the Westboro Baptist Church property sits just 50 feet away from another home in the suburban neighborhood that mounted a counter-protest by painting the siding in the rainbow colors of gay rights. I decided to check out the divide first hand on Google Street View and captured this: Two things surprised me. The first was how sedate and suburban the street is. The second was how unimposing the Westboro building is, given their worldwide infamy. (Was the word ‘God’ in the banner blurred out by…
  • Religious Persecution in America: The Gay Wedding Trap

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Whether it involves a wedding cake, printed invitations, or floral arrangements, everyone has heard a story involving a principled store owner who refused to do work for a gay wedding. But this story has a few twists. First, the proprietor, Barronelle Stutzman, had in fact done work for the couple previously; she was simply uncomfortable with doing the flowers for the actual wedding. Second, the couple didn’t file the complaint; if I understand correctly the state’s Attorney General heard about the situation on social media and filed its own charges.* This video was produced in…
  • Central Theme: The Cross

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    One of my strong beliefs is that instead of shutting down for the weekend, perhaps some blogs and websites should ramp it up a bit. For many people, the days off work are lonely and depressing. For several months awhile ago I actually ran extra posts on the weekend. This week we ran what I thought was a fairly solid series of posts on Friday (parenting kids in the internet age), Saturday (a massive blogroll), and Sunday (one busy family’s activity log). But the rush to do all that left me crashing in terms of what to run on Monday morning. As I went through the archives, I found what…
 
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    Just A Thought

  • Culture Shock

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

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

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

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

    6 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over the years, I have always tried to sit with my back to the wall.  It could have something to do with the fact that, as kid, I was attacked from behind at school.  I remember sitting on a ramp near our locker area and feeling a sharp pain near the back of my neck.  I woke up on the ground with my back and neck bleeding from cuts made when another kid repeatedly hit me with his cleats. 
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  • An Interview with Naeem Fazal, Author of Ex-Muslim

    Eric Bryant
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Naeem Fazal‘s story has always inspired me! As a Pakistani Muslim who grew up in Kuwait, he would seem to be one of the last people on the planet who would one day plant a church in North Carolina (Mosaic Charlotte). On his journey, Naeem discovered that God was not distant but actually pursuing him all along. Naeem says: “Jesus consistently, stubbornly refuses to limit himself to my expectations. Which makes getting to know him an unfolding adventure of epic proportions.” I interviewed Naeem about his book Ex-Muslim: How One Daring Prayer to Jesus Changed a Life Forever GET A FREE…
  • Advance 2014 Shanghai

    Eric Bryant
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Shanghai is filled with people from all across the planet who have moved to the world’s largest city for business or school. I enjoyed touring such a beautiful city with friends from our days in Los Angeles who moved to Shanghai to work on the new Disneyland Park (Michael and Heather Chase) and getting to know new friends who are ex-patriots and part of Abundant Grace International Fellowship.   Here are some of the messages I shared: Session 1: Not Like Me Session 2: Come As You Are Session 3: Don’t Stay That Way Session 4: Catalyzing Community (GE Service) Session 5:…
  • “Unshockable Love – Love Your Neighbor” by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    From the description of John Burke‘s book Unshockable Love: How Jesus Changes the World through Imperfect People (formerly Mud and the Masterpiece): “We are designed to make an impact in our world, and we can start by loving our neighbor. What do you see when you look at the imperfect people around you? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you shocked at the faults, failures, and moral shortcomings? Or do you see the beauty and potential that God said was worth dying for, the masterpiece hidden beneath the mud of sin in every person? How you frame a person in your mind…
  • The Exchange at Gateway Church

    Eric Bryant
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    An amazing Exchange takes place in who we are and how we can live life when God’s at the center. In this series, we take a deep dive into the profound transformation God offers us and the practical difference such change makes in our every day life lives. Here are some resources from this series: From Death to Life (message notes and audio/video) – Next Steps and Leader’s Guide (What’s Next If I Want To Follow Jesus?) From Despair to Hope (message notes and audio/video) -Next Stepsand Leader’s Guide From Lonely to Never Alone (message notes and audio/video) - Next Steps and…
  • The Most Amazing Time Lapse Documentary: This Is Shanghai

    Eric Bryant
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
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  • Religion News Service monkeys around with the Pope Francis evolution speech

    Dawn Eden
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    If the mainstream media had a mantra these days, it would be "The Pope Is Just Like Us!" A recent variation on the meme of Francis as an earth-shattering revolutionary is the press's guiding interpretation of the pope's address to the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences.As Catholic blogger Damian Geminder observes, MSNBC Community Editor Daniel Berger had "the most popular article on msnbc.com for much of Tuesday, featuring this completely-not-sensationalistic-and-totally-journalistic headline"Look whose byline is leading the front page of @msnbc ... pic.twitter.com/FclNELJTdL—…
  • Looking for spiritual ghosts, as the Ben Bradlee story moves to National Cathedral

    Terry Mattingly
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Of course Ben Bradlee was raised as an Episcopalian.This is Washington, D.C., and he was one of the giants of the city, a titan from his days consulting with (and covering) John F. Kennedy, Jr., to his final years working hard to encourage a new generation of journalists in The Washington Post newsroom as it struggled, like all major media institutions, to enter the uncharted waters of the digital age. He was larger than life and that kind of Beltway story can only end with a funeral in the interfaith, ecumenical, civil-religion holy place called National Cathedral.The Post team, as it…
  • 5Q+1 interview: From God and guns to Death Row salvation, JoAnne Viviano excels reporting on faith and values

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    JoAnne Viviano covers faith and values for the Columbus Dispatch, a central Ohio newspaper with a daily circulation of 120,000 and an average Sunday circulation of about 230,000.Her Godbeat writing earned her the 2014 Cornell Religion Reporter of the Year Award from the Religion Newswriters Association. That award honors excellence in religion reporting at mid-sized newspapers."I grew up in suburban Detroit, where my mom fostered in me an early love for books by taking me to the library regularly and teaching me to read as a kindergartener," Viviano said.She received a bachelor…
  • Posterized Bible covers: Enterprising newsfeature in Nashville Tennessean

    Jim Davis
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    You hear so much about the "Word of God," it's easy to forget the need for it to look attractive as well. So the Nashville Tennessean showed some alert reporting in its newsfeature on a venerable poster company being tasked with a contemporary Bible translation.Reporter Heidi Hall took an otherwise mundane announcement and made it into a solid, hybrid business-religion story:The Common English Bible's Nashville-based distributor contracted Hatch to create new paperback covers showcasing three Scriptures — a fresh look for this Christmas giving season. The 2011 translation replaces…
  • CNN continues ratings countdown to the death of young Brittany Maynard

    Terry Mattingly
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Let's face it. At this point CNN owns the Brittany Maynard "death with dignity" story. At this point, we are watching the final steps by in her pilgrimage to Nov. 1.As always, when the rules of "Kellerism" journalism are being followed (click here for background on this salute to former New York Times editor Bill Keller), there is no need for any other point of view on this highly divisive issue. It would be hard to do otherwise, when the story literally began with the 29-year-old Maynard writing an exclusive essay for CNN.This short update is the latest:Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill…
 
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  • A Dad’s Secret Taylor Swift Music Confession

    loswhit
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    This is what happens when you have an 8 hour road trip from Nashville to Chicago and are bored beyond belief. So I need to know.  How many of you parents like TSwift as much if not more than your kids? Playa’s Gonna Play… Los
  • Why the biggest issue facing the church IS NOT addressing homosexuality. And it never will be…

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

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

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

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

    Chaplain Mike
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Whenever we consider the subject of demonology, it is hard to ignore the contributions of C.S. Lewis. In the modern era, few have stimulated the imagination with regard to the spiritual realm as much as the author of The Screwtape Letters. The book, dedicated to his friend and colleague J.R.R. Tolkien, begins with two quotes: The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn. (Luther) The devill . . . the prowde spirite . . . cannot endure to be mocked. (Thomas More) This Lewis proceeds to do in masterful…
  • Luther: Living in a “Halloween” World

    Chaplain Mike
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Werwolf (detail), Cranach   And though this world with devils fill’d Should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath will’d His truth to triumph through us. • Martin Luther, trans. Frederick Hedge Brother Martin lived in God’s presence, but they were generally three, for the Devil was seldom absent. G.W. Foote The world in which Martin Luther lived and led a Reformation was a magical one in which spirits filled the common imagination. The woodcut above by Lucas Cranach (1512), who later did many illustrations on behalf of Reformation causes, pictures a…
  • Another Look: Writers Roundtable on Halloween

    Jeff Dunn
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Note from CM: In 2010, Jeff Dunn solicited responses from our IM writers on the subject of Halloween. We had a great discussion, and I thought it worthy of repeating this week. Boo! Ok, so that didn’t scare you. Maybe this will. I have five of the six iMonk writers sitting around a table right now, and they all look very scary. And Adam hasn’t even put on his mask yet. We wanted to have some fun with this roundtable, but also touch on some serious issues. If you are new round these parts, or have forgotten who is who, allow me to introduce to you the greatest group of blog writers…
  • iMonk Classic: The Annual Halloween Rant (one of them)

    iMonk
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As October 31st looms, it’s time for true confessions. I grew up among Southern Baptist fundamentalist Baptists. The KJV-only, women can’t wear pants, twenty verses of “Just As I Am,” Jerry Falwell, Jack Chick, twice a year revival kind of fundamentalist Baptists. We were serious about things like beer. By sheer quantity of attention in sermons, drinking beer was the most evil act one could describe. We were serious about movies, cards, and something called “mixed bathing,” which normal people would call “swimming.” We were serious about the Bible, Sunday School, suits and…
  • You can take the boy out of evangelicalism . . .

    Chaplain Mike
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Chaplain Mike and friends singing for kids at a hospital in the village of Mangala, south India You can take the boy out of evangelicalism, but you can’t take the evangelical out of the boy. I’m coming to terms these days with the fact that I’m a spiritual mongrel, and one of the strong components of my spiritual makeup is my evangelical heritage (in the modern sense of the word — the revivalistic tradition). Though I call myself a “post-evangelical,” that designation refers to my relationship with American “evangelicalism,” the conservative…
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  • Help me land the truck in Europe

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

    Andrew Jones
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    The Reformers of the church wore beards and the other guys, those on the dark side, didn’t. I am not being mean to all those baby faced male Protestant leaders out there, although it is true that I am growing a beard and I am allowing my inner Calvin to emerge. But the fact remains: the Reformers wore beards. This ...
  • A World Without Missionaries?

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

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

    Andrew Jones
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Today an interview with me was published on Trov. They really liked my 1890’s field camera and I suppose there were a few questions about it. I was ‘troving’ my possessions a month or so ago because we were shipping our stuff to Europe and then Africa and I decided to use Trov as a way of cataloging my stuff, ...
 
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  • Sermons Are “Fair Game” in Houston — The Real Warning in the Subpoena Scandal

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

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

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

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

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

    Pete Wilson
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    I think there are two fundamentally different paths you can take on the Christian journey. One is the path of Pleasing God while the other one is the path of Trusting God. There’s a huge difference. I”ll explain in the video below.
 
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  • It’s my birthday and I’d love to send you a gift – a personalized signed copy of my book.

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

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

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

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

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

    Nathan W. Bingham
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    In celebration of Reformation Day, for the first time ever we're replacing our usual $5 Friday sale with Free Reformation Day Friday. And we're beginning early. Until 11:59pm ET on Friday, you can download the following digital resources for free: Teaching Series Luther and the Reformation by R.C. Sproul Reformation Profiles by Stephen Nichols eBooks John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology (ePub & MOBI) The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther by Steven Lawson (ePub & MOBI) The Expository Genius of John Calvin by Steven Lawson (ePub & MOBI) Audiobook Are We Together?
  • Martin Luther's Definition of Faith

    Martin Luther
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith is not what some people think it is. Their human dream is a delusion. Because they observe that faith is not followed by good works or a better life, they fall into error, even though they speak and hear much about faith. "Faith is not enough," they say, "You must do good works, you must be pious to be saved." They think that, when you hear the gospel, you start working, creating by your own strength a thankful heart which says, "I believe." That is what they think true faith is. But, because this is a human idea, a dream, the heart never learns anything from it, so it does nothing and…
  • What Is Reformation Day All About?

    Robert Rothwell
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    On Friday, much of the culture will be focused on candy and things that go bump in the night. Protestants, however, have something far more significant to celebrate on October 31. Friday is Reformation day, which commemorates what was perhaps the greatest move of God's Spirit since the days of the Apostles. But what is the significance of Reformation Day, and how should we consider the events it commemorates? At the time, few would have suspected that the sound of a hammer striking the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany, would soon be heard around the world and lead ultimately to the…
  • The State of Theology: New Findings on America's Theological Health

    Chris Larson
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Earlier this year, Ligonier Ministries commissioned a survey of 3,000 Americans in partnership with LifeWay Research. The survey quantified Americans' theological knowledge and awareness. A combination of true and false statements was used to test participants. The survey addressed core doctrinal topics and issues, such as the Bible, salvation, God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, sin, the Trinity, man, hell, and the nature of the church. In our desire to serve the church in fulfilling the Great Commission, these findings help to point out common gaps in theological knowledge and…
  • Theologian for the Ages: John Calvin

    Steven J. Lawson
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    John Calvin (1509–1564) is easily the most important Protestant theologian of all time and remains one of the truly great men who have lived. A world-class theologian, a renowned teacher, an ecclesiastical statesman, and a valiant Reformer, Calvin is seen by many as the greatest influence on the church since the first century. Apart from the biblical authors themselves, Calvin stands as the most influential minister of the Word the world has ever seen. Philip Melanchthon revered him as the most able interpreter of Scripture in the church, and therefore labeled him simply "the…
 
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  • Building the church by building our families

    Tim Archer
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    On October 7, I published ten affirmations about marriage. Since then, we’ve been looking at the ten. Here’s the last: Our church needs strong, healthy marriages. Some people rankle at the idea that the church needs anything. Christ built and sustains the church. Does the church really need humans? I understand that line of reasoning. I even agree with some of the sentiment. But I also know that God expects us to do our part to see help the church grow. (Ephesians 4:16) And a bit part of that is helping our families, our marriages, be strong. There have been cultural shifts that…
  • Speaking words of grace to those who have divorced

    Tim Archer
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The ninth of ten affirmations about marriage is this: God hates divorce; God loves divorced people. Yesterday we talked about recovering the first part of that statement, of proclaiming and living as a church the fact that divorce goes against what God wants. Today I want to reflect some on the second part of the statement: God loves divorced people. It’s not easy to combat divorce without communicating some sort of assault on those who are divorced. We need to remember that those people have not removed themselves from the reach of God’s love. Divorce is not the unforgivable sin.
  • God hates divorce… but loves divorced people

    Tim Archer
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    At the beginning of the month, I presented ten affirmations about marriage in a sermon, then repeated them here. I’m looking at the different affirmations, one by one. The ninth statement was: God hates divorce; God loves divorced people. The church must present both of these concepts, teaching both vigorously. Hearing one without hearing the other leads us to dangerous extremes. In an effort to show compassion toward those who have suffered through divorce, the church has run the risk of overly softening its stance on divorce. Divorce should be a rare exception, not an accepted…
  • Breaking marriage vows offends God

    Tim Archer
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    My schedule is a bit irregular these days, which distracts me from taking care of the blog. But I do want to finish my examination of the affirmations I made about marriage a couple of weeks ago. We’re up to number eight: Failure to respect our marriage vows is an offense to God. As I’ve said, we’ve lost the concept of what a vow really means. We stand and pledge allegiance to a flag without thinking of what it means to pledge. We take an oath in court without thinking about the God we are invoking. We take vows on our wedding day and lose sight of the seriousness of that…
  • Christian marriage is between a man and a woman

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Saying what is acceptable

    Austin Gardner
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Proverbs 10:31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: But the froward tongue shall be cut out. We need to know what is acceptable to say when we serve God as pastors, missionaries or soul winners. We must have wisdom to give. We can only get wisdom from the word of God and it is based in a reverence to God and his word and not just head knowledge. If you do not live what you preach then it is not acceptable nor wisdom.
  • Tell the truth

    Austin Gardner
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Proverbs 10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, And he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. Don’t be a fool! Open rebuke is better than secret love. Let your mouth say what is in your heart. You are a fool if you lie and slander due to the hatred that is in your heart. People can see right through you over a course of time. If you do not love the people that God has called you to serve no amount of telling them what they want to hear will make up for the hatred and bad attitude you hide in your heart. Learn to love and then speak the truth in your heart.
  • Sunday in Review: October 26, 2014

    trent cornwell
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
      I never tire of going to church and worshipping our great God with the wonderful people He has sent to Vision Baptist Church! pastor preached two fantastic messages. In the Sunday morning service a man responded to the Gospel call! In the afternoon service it is often easy to get sleepy after such a great meal but the singing and intense sermon fought off the afternoon nap. We were blessed by the singing of Stephen Evans and the Glorybound Quartet. I had been looking forward to hearing Stephen with the South Gospel group he is a member. It was not only great to hear them sing praise to…
  • men will fail you

    Austin Gardner
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: But love covereth all sins. As a missionary you will be called on to train men. They will fail you and you will be hurt. How you deal with their failures and those of your co laborers will determine much of your success and show your character. It will also definitely show what is in your heart. This is no excuse for being easy on sin but it the verse does say that love covers ALL sins. That doesn’t mean that sin goes undealt with but rather that it will handled differently than many. It will not be handled publicly from the pulpit. Nor will…
  • How are you using your mouth?

    Austin Gardner
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: But violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. What is your mouth? Is it a well of life? There is great power in the tongue. How are you using yours? Ephesians 4:29. Your mouth can’t speak what your heart has not experienced and your mind has not learned. Do you use your mouth to save souls and make an eternal difference?
 
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  • Some Things Were Meant for the Slow Lane

    Andy Wood
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Driver ahead has precious cargo. He’s creeping along the slow lane with a new mattress and box spring strapped to his little trailer. Any other day, I’d whiz by without a second thought. But not today. My cargo’s precious, too… a top-heavy banana pudding, topped with meringue, perched precariously in the back seat. So I fall in line and follow… slowly. Some things were meant for the slow lane, and only fools try to hurry them. Quality… Safety… Tenderness… Taste… Maturity… Love… These and more are rushed at your peril. Try the slow lane today. Your cargo’s worth it,…
  • Where Grace Has the Final Word

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

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

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

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

    Worship.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Aaron Shust – Unto Us (Official Lyric Video): Aaron Shust’s official lyric video for... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • "Emmanuel" from Martin Smith (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

    Worship.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    "Emmanuel" from Martin Smith (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO): UK iTunes –... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Meredith Andrews with Vertical Church Band – "Open Up The Heavens"

    Worship.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
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  • 10/19/14 – Faith Walking: Part Three – Randy Pope

    Worship.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
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  • Why Our Leadership Systems Should Be Redemptive

    Worship.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Why Our Leadership Systems Should Be Redemptive: by Kevin Peck for the Verge Conference For more... 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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  • My Vent for the day: Why I Read

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

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

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

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

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

    jason@church4allnations.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This week we have a conference at our church (where I also get to lead worship) so this will be my last post for the week as I’m taking a break to fully take it all in. I just wanted to share something that really touched my heart yesterday. How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion! Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion. –Psalm 84:5-7 As I said last week, my heart is at the place where I…
  • I’ve Been Harboring a Fugitive

    jason@church4allnations.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is my second time reading The Cure: What If God Isn’t Who You Think He Is and Neither Are You by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall, and as we discussed last week, this chapter is about forgiveness. As I reread these words, I decided not to rush past them–to allow God to expose some areas of unforgiveness that I didn’t know were even there. I don’t really hold a grudge, but I do sometimes makes excuses for people and justify their hurtful behavior to me. In essence, I give them a pass and pretend that I’ve done the work of actually forgiving. I cannot…
  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some favorites that challenged, inspired, encouraged, made me laugh, or all of the above. Be sure to check ‘em out then add your own favorites to the widget below!   Talk about thinking outside the hamster wheel… Your turn! I started this list, I need your help finishing. Share your favorite inspiration, practical wisdom, or hilarity this week, from you or someone else (or one of each), and be a part of the Hit List. And for discussion: what’s the craziest thing you’ve seen an animal do? 6 comment(s) for this post: Sharon: 23 Oct 2014 I once saw a…
  • Finding and Keeping Your Motivation

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

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

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    The mayor says the subpoenas were “legal, valid, and appropriate,” but is withdrawing them anyway. No, they are not legal, valid, and appropriate. They requested irrelevant and privileged material, and had the purpose of harassing the pastors – these very qualities make them quite inappropriate. She says it is “extremely important” to protect her special rights ordinance. What about free speech rights so essential to open democracy and religious liberty rights protected by the First Amendment? She didn’t mention it was important to protect these. She claims…
  • Houston Mayor Withdraws Subpoenas, but Political Intimidation Continues

    frc-media-office
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    HOUSTON, TEXAS., October 28, 2014 -- On Sunday, November 2, Family Research Council (FRC) will host a nationwide, live simulcast event from Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas. Called "I Stand Sunday," the simulcast will reach into over 2,500 churches and home groups nationwide. "I Stand Sunday" will provide churches across the nation the opportunity to stand with the pastors and churches in Houston, Texas who have been targeted and harassed by the city's Mayor because they publicly challenged her efforts to advance policies that are in direct conflict with biblical morality. FRC…
  • Brittany Maynard Needs to Go to a Basketball Game

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    By now we are all well aware of the story of Brittany Maynard, a young married woman who is terminally ill with a brain cancer.  She has moved to Oregon in order to legally commit suicide.  (Here is Time magazine’s favorable article about her and Oregon’s suicide enabling act.)  Mrs. Maynard plans to kill herself with medical assistance in early November. Not so well known is the story of Lauren Hill, a college freshman at Mt. Saint Joseph University in Ohio.  Miss Hill who also has terminal brain cancer, but she has chosen a different path.  She has been…
  • Federal Judge: Revised "Accommodation" for Religious Organizations Still not Good Enough

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    For the first time since the Obama Administration “tweaked” its HHS mandate “accommodation” this past August, a federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the government from enforcing the mandate on certain religious organizations. This is welcome news. After the Hobby Lobby opinion came down, and after the Supreme Court issued its interim order in Wheaton College v. Burwell, the Administration revised it’s “accommodation” to permit religious objectors to HHS of their objection directly in addition to filling out the EBSA Form 700, if…
  • Fifty Years After

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Every poll confirmed that the Republican nominee for President in 1964 was headed for a major defeat. Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) had pulled off an amazing victory to gain the GOP nomination in San Francisco. He had soundly defeated such Eastern Establishment figures as Gov. Nelson Rockefeller (R-N.Y.) and Gov. William Scranton (R-Penn.) Goldwater’s campaign for the nomination is seen today as the beginning of the modern conservative movement in politics. The liberal media was determined to destroy Sen. Goldwater. They depicted him as the “mad bomber.” Their editorial…
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  • Great Christian Radio Programs- Messiah’s Branch Radio Shows

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

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

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

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

    Michael
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Information Gathered From GodandScience.org Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) Copernicus was the Polish astronomer who put forward the first mathematically based system of planets going around the sun. He attended various European universities, and became a Canon in the Catholic church in 1497. His new system was actually first presented in the Vatican gardens in 1533 before Pope Clement VII who approved, and urged Copernicus to publish it around this time. Copernicus was never under any threat of religious persecution - and was urged to publish both by Catholic Bishop Guise, Cardinal…
 
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  • “Stop feeling that way” doesn’t work

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Last night, Emily and I had an interesting discussion about a little booklet we’d been reading, Help! My Teen Struggles with Same Sex Attractions. Although the booklet had some good points throughout, and presents a solid (albeit extremely brief) rebuttal of common redefinitions of the so-called “hammer” verses on homosexuality, there was something just not quite right about it. In fact, if I had to sum it up in a couple of words, it would be this: naïvely simplistic.Unless I’m completely misreading it (which I hope I’m not), the approach seems to be, more or…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Most Neglected Part of the Pastor’s Job DescriptionThabiti Anyabwile:But in all of this talk over the years, I’ve come to believe that the most neglected aspect of a pastor’s job description is the command for pastors to disciple older women in their congregations. It’s a massive omission since in nearly every church women make up at least half the membership and in many cases much more. And when you consider how many ministries and committees depend upon the genius, generosity and sweat of our sisters, it’s almost criminal that most any pastor you meet has no plan for…
  • Don’t seek what you’re not willing to lose

    Aaron Armstrong
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    There’s a real danger to platform building, as anyone who has paid the slightest amount of attention to the scandals that routinely rock churches in North America will tell you. And it almost always winds up being a variation on the same theme: someone starts believing his or her own press.Despite building a platform for the sake of the gospel, the platform inevitably becomes more and more about us.And the moment that happens, we’ve already lost it. We see this when celebrity pastors hire PR firms, sure, but none of us are immune. When blog stats are lower than we’d like,…
  • Kindle deals for Christian readers

    Aaron Armstrong
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    There are a whole bunch of new Kindle deals this week. Here are a few definitely worth checking out:$1.99 and under:Thoughts on Family Worship by J.W. Alexander—99¢Rediscovering the Church Fathers by Michael Haykin—99¢Gospel by JD Greear—99¢Recovering Classic Evangelicalism by Greg Thornbury—99¢George Whitefield by Arnold Dallimore—$1.99A God-Entranced Vision of All Things by John Piper—$1.99$2.99:Telling the Truth by D.A. Carson—$2.99For Calvinism by Michael Horton—$2.99Gospel Coach by Scott Thomas & Tom Wood—$2.99The Christian Writer’s Manual of…
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    Aaron Armstrong
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    The Hidden Work and Power of God’s WordMark Altrogge:When I’m preaching on Sundays I can’t see what’s happening in people’s hearts. I can’t see if any are born again, or encouraged or sustained or convicted. Some people may be smiling or nodding, but many have unreadable expressions.  If I were to judge by some peoples’ faces I’d guess nothing was happening in their hearts.  When we’d have family devotions when the kids were young, most days they were sleepy, distracted and squirmy.  I couldn’t tell if God’s word was having any effect on my kids.  Often when I…
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  • God on the Move: “Setting the Record Straight” – Acts 20

    Randall Smith
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Now is apparently NOT the time to desire to run our beloved Sunshine State. The current Governor’s race has been typically framed as one of the nastiest in the country, as an incumbent Governor and a former Governor try to woo voters by casting a shadow on their opponent. The current issue of “The Economist” took the time to weigh in without offering any endorsement to either man, as they shed light on the appalling lack of civility in the race. “…Yet both campaigns talk more about the other guy’s flaws than their own policies. Mr. Crist, voters hear, stands for nothing.
  • Following His Footsteps: “Taking a Punch” – Mark 6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mark Lamprecht
    10 May 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsFear God Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words. (Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 ESV) Meditate on the above verses as you prepare for corporate worship this weekend. Guard your heart, mind, ears, and mouth. What…
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  • Get Your Sexy Back With Eating Healthy and Exercising

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Peter Mead
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:21 am
    Part of the preaching preparation process is the sermon strategy phase.  After studying the passage, determining its main idea, prayerfully deciding on your goal for the sermon, and the wording of the sermon’s main idea, then it is time to plot your strategy.  Here are the big questions to be asking: 1. When do I reveal the main idea?  Do I reveal it early and repeat it often?  Do I build up to it and reveal it later?  How does the text set up the communication of the main idea?  How does my audience influence when the main idea should be given? 2. When can I demonstrate the…
  • What Does Transformational Preaching Transform?

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

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

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

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

    Lizzy Jeffers
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    A Crash Course in Cover Materials for Bibles Let’s face it: there are a lot of options when it comes to choosing a Bible, and one of the more puzzling factors is how one cover material differs from another. We hope this crash course on Bible cover material will help you the next time you’re looking for a Bible for yourself or as a gift. ESV Bible Cover Options Paperback Cheapest price Example: ESV Study Bible, Personal Size, Paperback Hardcover More durable than paperback but still very affordable Example: ESV Holy Bible for Kids Imitation Leather A finish intended to substitute for…
  • Keep It Simple Stupid: Martin Luther on the Christian Life

    Matt Tully
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    This is a guest post by Carl Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary and pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. He is the author of Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom (February 2015). Christianity for Everyone One of the striking things about Martin Luther’s vision of the Christian life is its utter simplicity. Against the background of medieval piety, with its myriad holy orders, its penances, and its pilgrimages, Luther presented a Christianity for everyone. And against the backdrop of his own complicated and scrupulous…
  • Midweek Roundup - 10/29/14

    Nick Rynerson
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Each Wednesday we share recent links we found insightful and helpful. These are often related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting and encouraging break for the middle of your week. 1. Desiring God on their Theological Famine Relief efforts Our Theological Famine Relief projects involving ESV Global Study Bibles have been some of the most exciting we’ve ever been involved with. And as I remark in this article, I’m constantly surprised by the far-flung corners of the earth to which they go. I love the letters we received from local…
  • What’s All This ‘Gospel-Centered’ Talk About?

    Matt Tully
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    "Gospel-centered preaching." "Gospel-centered parenting." "Gospel-centered discipleship." The back of my business card says "gospel-centered publishing." This descriptive mantra is tagged on to just about anything and everything in the Christian world these days. What's it all about? Before articulating what it might mean to be gospel-centered, we better be on the same page as to the actual message of the gospel. I don't mean Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. What I mean by "gospel" in this article is the outrageous news of what has been done for us by God in Jesus. The gospel is the front page…
  • Video: The Stories We Tell

    Matt Tully
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    The Stories We Tell: How TV and Movies Long for and Echo the Truth from Crossway on Vimeo. Poking at the Human Condition It’s often said that we tell stories to know who we are—to understand ourselves and our place in the world. It’s as though all of our stories are a way for the imagination to poke at the human condition, testing its borders and depths, looking for ways to understand the why behind the what of our lives. In his memoir, author Salman Rushdie describes how his father told him old folk tales and legends, teaching him that “man was the storytelling animal, the only…
 
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  • The Beauty of Approachability

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Top Ten Best Ways to Stress Yourself to Pieces Over the Holidays

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

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

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

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    20-year-old Micah Dailey of Cape Coral, Fla. got himself in trouble when police caught him with marijuana, which would not be particularly noteworthy but for the shirt Dailey wore when he went directly to jail, did not pass go and did not collect any money as far as we can tell. 2014 is drawing into its evening phase (only eight more Fridays till Christmas, if you can even believe it), but we've got a late entry for the year's best mugshot. Good luck to all of this year's competitors ...
  • When Bible Movies Aren’t ‘Biblically Accurate.'

    jessec
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    We shouldn't be surprised when Hollywood doesn't nail the details. Here we go again. This week, comments made by actor Christian Bale ignited a controversy over how Hollywood portrays Bible characters. Bale, who plays Moses in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, told reporters at a press event that while preparing for the role, he read historical accounts about the Hebrew leader, including the stories in the Quran, Bible and Torah. Bale said,
  • Nike's New Ad Is For the Lebron Fan In All of Us

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Today, we are all from Cleveland ...
  • Important: 'The Rocketeer' Is Coming to Netflix

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    October is nearly over and, with it, the monthly changing of the guard at Netflix. But when Netflix closes a Say Anything, it opens a bevy of new movies. A lot of those movies are worth your time and consideration (Nebraska, Airplane!, The Preacher's Wife), the only thing you really need to block out for date night is The Rocketeer, the wonderful 1991 precursor to today's superhero movie craze. If the idea of seeing a World War II-era hero with a jetpack doesn't excite you, the thought of seeing a sneering, wicked Timothy Dalton as the film's villain ought to do the trick ...
  • Pope Francis’ Other Pro-Life Campaign

    jessec
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    The Pope's idea of being pro-life includes a lot more than just protecting the unborn. Since he assumed the role of leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has largely been recognized as a reformer who has challenged long-held views about the Church’s relationship to poverty, interfaith relations and the formality of the Vatican itself. But despite how progressive his reputation has become, there is one traditionally conservative opinion he has been unwavering on: Being pro-life.
 
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  • Tuscany Hotel Deals

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

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

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

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

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

    Chilly
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    (reposted by request) Candy, Costumes & Christianity HALLOWEEN… is it as evil as “they” say it is?? Or are Christians playing defense and missing the whole point… again?!! What IF this is a chance for us to PUNK the devil and have fun laughing at death?! Read on… Since the eigth century Christians have celebrated All Saints’ Day on November 1 to celebrate the known and unknown Christian Saints. Saints are not just those whom the catholic church has canonized, but ALL members of the “cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) who proclaim Jesus as…
  • Make Today Count

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

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

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    20-year-old Micah Dailey of Cape Coral, Fla. got himself in trouble when police caught him with marijuana, which would not be particularly noteworthy but for the shirt Dailey wore when he went directly to jail, did not pass go and did not collect any money as far as we can tell. 2014 is drawing into its evening phase (only eight more Fridays till Christmas, if you can even believe it), but we've got a late entry for the year's best mugshot. Good luck to all of this year's competitors ...
  • When Bible Movies Aren’t ‘Biblically Accurate.'

    jessec
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    We shouldn't be surprised when Hollywood doesn't nail the details. Here we go again. This week, comments made by actor Christian Bale ignited a controversy over how Hollywood portrays Bible characters. Bale, who plays Moses in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, told reporters at a press event that while preparing for the role, he read historical accounts about the Hebrew leader, including the stories in the Quran, Bible and Torah. Bale said,
  • Nike's New Ad Is For the Lebron Fan In All of Us

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Today, we are all from Cleveland ...
  • Important: 'The Rocketeer' Is Coming to Netflix

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    October is nearly over and, with it, the monthly changing of the guard at Netflix. But when Netflix closes a Say Anything, it opens a bevy of new movies. A lot of those movies are worth your time and consideration (Nebraska, Airplane!, The Preacher's Wife), the only thing you really need to block out for date night is The Rocketeer, the wonderful 1991 precursor to today's superhero movie craze. If the idea of seeing a World War II-era hero with a jetpack doesn't excite you, the thought of seeing a sneering, wicked Timothy Dalton as the film's villain ought to do the trick ...
  • Pope Francis’ Other Pro-Life Campaign

    jessec
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    The Pope's idea of being pro-life includes a lot more than just protecting the unborn. Since he assumed the role of leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has largely been recognized as a reformer who has challenged long-held views about the Church’s relationship to poverty, interfaith relations and the formality of the Vatican itself. But despite how progressive his reputation has become, there is one traditionally conservative opinion he has been unwavering on: Being pro-life.
 
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    Faith BaristaIs it Time To Break Your Silence? What I Was Afraid To Tell My Son (An Unexpected Journey at Josh Wilson’s Concert) | Faith Barista

  • Is it Time To Break Your Silence? What I Was Afraid To Tell My Son (An Unexpected Journey at Josh Wilson’s Concert)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Natalie Snapp
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    *Originally published on October 31, 2013 So today is Halloween – some celebrate it and some don’t. I’m aware of the holiday’s pagan roots and yes, there are some parts of it I don’t love like scary werewolf faces with blood hanging from its fangs and anything that’s “dark.” But you know what I do love about Halloween? How it brings neighbors and friends together. We live in a neighborhood filled with children and Halloween becomes a two hour street party– it’s the last hurrah before winter hibernation begins. We gather for jack…
  • Mud Stories with Jacque Watkins: Part Two

    Natalie Snapp
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    So last week, I shared the first part of my story (entitled “Addiction, Abortion, and Finding God”) on an awesome podcast started by my friend, Jacque Watkins at Mercy Found Me. Today, Jacque released Part Two. I would love for you to join me there . . .  and please share with anyone who might need to know there is hope when they feel hopeless, love when they feel unloved, and faith when they feel faithless. Click here to listen to Part Two of my Mud Story . . . Thanks, friends.   The post Mud Stories with Jacque Watkins: Part Two appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
  • Because When We Say Yes to God, We Say Yes to Building Our Family

    Natalie Snapp
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It’s so easy to live safe. And I’m so often guilty of doing it. We go to church. Talk to other Christians after it’s over. Attend Bible study. Use Christian phrases like “hedge of protection” and pray for our loved ones to have “traveling mercies.” We can have wonderful fellowship at women’s luncheons. We can teach Sunday School. We can go to a Christian concert. And mind you, none of this is bad. Unless it’s ALL we do. Though it’s certainly easier (usually) and feels like a great social club, living in a Christian bubble is not how…
 
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    Christianity 201

  • You Are a Sheep-Feeder

    paulthinkingoutloud
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    So how many sheep could a sheep-keeper keep, if a sheep-keeper could keep sheep? Of course the word is actually shepherd, and the line the way I originally wrote it a few years ago had to do with sheep-shearing. (Try saying it five times!) At any rate, it’s time for our weekly visit from pastor Clarke Dixon.  To read this at source, click on the title below. Feed My Sheep! (John 21:15-19)   15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said…
  • Bible Metaphors

    paulthinkingoutloud
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Today’s reading is adapted from the book The Ransomed Heart: A Collection of Devotional Readings by John Eldridge, author of Wild at Heart. The Bible uses a number of metaphors to describe our relationship to God at various stages.  If you’ll notice, they ascend in a stunning way: Potter and clay.  At this level we are merely aware that our lives are shaped – even broken – by a powerful hand.  There isn’t much communication, just the sovereignty of God at work. Is. 64:8 Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of…
  • Parables Aren’t Fantasy; Based in Reality

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    I would expect all readers here are familiar with the parable that we call The Good Samaritan. As with most parables, we believe Jesus invented the story on the spot. It begins in most translations “A certain man.” Only once — with Lazarus and the rich man — is the character in a parable even given a name. The surprise ending of course is: NIV Luke 10:33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought…
  • Only Visiting This Planet

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    On Sunday our sermon had a “passport” theme. One of the central points was that we’re just visitors, or what the Bible calls “strangers and aliens.” NLT Phil. 1:21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. 22 But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. 24 But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live. 25 Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can…
  • Why Trials Come: Two Reasons

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Today’s article was submitted by Kimberly David who blogs at Excellent Way and is part of a women’s blog collective called The Loft. To check out her blog, read today’s article at source by clicking the title below, and then look around at other entries. 2 Reasons for Trials and Suffering “Life is pain…Anyone who tells you differently is selling something.” -Westley, The Princess Bride We all know life hurts.  While at times we may enjoy the sunshine of the mountain peaks, we are bound to spend some time in the dark valleys too.  Thankfully we have a promise: “And…
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    Worthy Christian News

  • Worldwide Surge in 'Great' Earthquakes Seen in Past 10 Years

    Worthy News Staff
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
    WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– The annual number of "great" earthquakes nearly tripled over the last decade, providing a reminder to Americans that unruptured faults like those in the northwest United States might be due for a Big One, NBC News reported. Between 2004 and 2014, 18 earthquakes with magnitudes of 8.0 or more rattled subduction zones around the globe. That's an increase of 265 percent over the average rate of the previous century, which saw 71 great quakes, according to a report to the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America this week in…
  • Muslims Kill 31 Christians in Taraba State, Nigeria

    Worthy News Staff
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent ABUJA (Worthy News)– On Oct. 19, armed Muslims stormed two churches in Taraba state and killed 31 Christians as they worshipped, according to Morning Star News. Two pastors and 29 others were slain in the attacks in the villages of Gindin Waya and Sondi, said the Rev. Caleb Ahema, president of the Christian Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria. Ahema said the onslaught was the seventh attack on Christian communities in Wukari Local Government Area since February. "The attack on Christians in Taraba state is a planned genocide against…
  • China Continues to Tear Down Crosses after Dark

    Worthy News Staff
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent BEIJING (Worthy News)– About 4 a.m. on Oct. 17, hundreds of uniformed Chinese agents blocked all the entrances to Kaiyang village, then climbed over the Kaiyang Church wall, broke into the church building and forcibly removed its cross. International Christian Concern also reported that two other church crosses in Zhejiang Province were removed that same day. This campaign of church cross removal has been carried out by China's Zhejiang provincial government for more than six months. Now, the only cross left belongs to Zengshan Church in…
  • Iranian Christians Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

    Worthy News Staff
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent TEHRAN (Worthy News)– Authorities have sentenced Behnam Irani and two other Christian leaders to six years in prison for their involvement with Iran's underground house churches, according to Morning Star News. Irani, Abdolreza Ali-Haghnejad and Reza Rabbani — all leaders of the Church of Iran — were sentenced Oct. 19 for "action against national security" and "creating a network to overthrow the system". They will now be transferred to prisons in remote regions: Irani will be sent to Zabol Prison on the…
  • Doctor Diagnosed with Ebola in New York City

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Emily Freeman
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Often I remind myself of the importance of speaking out and writing words, not because they’ve never been spoken or written before but because our saying or writing them may be the first time someone finally hears them. I recently heard two simple sentences that had a deep impact on me, not because I’ve never heard anything like them but because I’m in a season where I needed to hear them now. A few words Preston Yancey recently spoke came at just the right time for me, so right that when he said them, I had to block out everything that was happening around me until I could…
  • Chapters 11 & 12 || Hold On, Let Go

    Robin Dance
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Read Chapter 11, Hold On Chapter 12, Let Go {pp. 121-134)   Watch {Subscribers, please click here to view video.}   Discuss Q1.   Let’s start with where the girls ended the video by asking, “Are you in a season of holding on or letting go?”  I’m particularly thankful Annie extended a heap of grace by saying it’s also okay if you don’t know what you’re supposed to do; sometimes we need a season for figuring it out. How does it relieve you to remember that God will not let you miss him?  Q2. Wasn’t it fun hearing Annie talk about how…
  • When You Feel Your Light Is Not Bright Enough

    Asheritah
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    “You are the light of the world,” Jesus said, as He took in the faces of all those surrounding Him. There was James and John, Joanna and Mary. There were nameless disciples and future pillars of the church. They all took in the Teacher’s words. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 Your light. Shines. So that. God gets the glory. There Jesus was, the Light of God shining brightly before them, dispelling the doubts and the confusion from their hearts, preparing them for the calling…
  • The Word – A Spoken Word Poem

    incourage
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    {email subscribers click here to view the video} In the beginning was the WORD And the WORD was with God. And the WORD was God.   The WORD – the Capital Letter change-your-life Word that winds itself into the sentences of your day and spells out all the glory in your ONE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.   Strung between DISCO balls and WEDDING BELLS all these years stretch like so many choose-your-own-adventure STORIES, each new season a REWRITE as you turn the page to discover GRACE, FREEDOM, REST right here in the middle of the chaos.   This is HOME This freedom to take a RISK and fly…
  • Life-Giving Words in Small Spaces – and a “Words Matter” Link-Up!

    Crystal Stine
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:10 pm
    I was traveling home from a conference this week, and the final leg of my journey found me on a very small plane. The kind of small where overhead bins are non-existent, where personal space isn’t an option, and where the conversations held between passengers are far from private. Also the kind of small where you never see the tops of the clouds and the gusty winds shift everything – your stomach included – side to side and up and down. To say I was happily distracted by eavesdropping on the passengers behind me would be an understatement. For 25 bumpy minutes I listened to…
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    Plough Weekly

  • Isaiah

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Sometimes called “the Shakespeare of the Bible,” Isaiah is among world literature’s greatest poets. He gives voice to the cry for justice by oppressed peoples still today.
  • All Hallows

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Whether we celebrate Halloween and All Saints’ Day or not, we can all take time this week to remember eternity and give thanks for the lives of loved ones who are now with God.
  • The Storm

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    A short story for family reading which gives hope that something new is on the way, and the belief that the Someone for whom humanity longs and waits is seeking us, just as we seek Him.
  • Little Religion

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

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Why is it that to this day, whenever I’m asked to tell a story I go blank? My father also never told stories. Perhaps that’s because his own father was a story, one that is in the history books.
 
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  • Book Review: Dirty Faith by David Z. Nowell

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

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

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

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

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

  • God of the beginning and the end

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tsunami

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Long Obedience

    William Coleman
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Balzac drank close to fifty cups of coffee every day. Before he wrote a single word, Steinbeck set twelve, freshly sharpened Blackwings on his desk. Poe made scrolls of narrow sheets and sealing wax: a tiny scroll for every final draft. Hemingway stood; Capote reclined; Dickens paced.  Tales of rituals about the act of writing abound. They are told and retold, collected and displayed: evidence of eccentricity, or quick-fix jump-starts to propel us into creative space. What’s rarer, at least to my knowing, are stories in which the whole of a writer’s life is seen to have been brought to…
  • Snow Writing

    Rebecca Spears
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    While some deplore it, snow cover attracts many people, writers especially, when it first covers the ground and changes the usual view of things. In the countryside, snow cover might remain untouched and therefore quite appealing for some time. But in the cities, the snowscape gets mucked up quickly by our incessant industry — plowing, shoveling, de-icing, sanding away the inconvenience of it. Still, the snowy scene draws writers not only for its newness, but also for the awe and fear it can stir in the observer. With little wind behind it, descending snow falls quietly and calmly while it…
  • Taizé & The Glass Siblings

    Christina Lee
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The first time I read Franny and Zooey I was captivated by Franny Glass’s (admittedly unhinged) plan to repeat “The Jesus Prayer” until it became as natural as a heartbeat. I was less impressed by her brother Zooey’s admonishment, later in the story, that Franny should stop using the prayer “as a substitute for doing whatever the hell your duty is in life, or just your daily duty.” Upon a second reading, it dawned on me the reader’s sympathies ought to lie with Zooey (if the reader was the type of reader who could ever really sympathize with a Salinger character) and that…
  • Caritas abundat in omnia…

    Abby Jarvis
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every newspaper I pick up is awful. The whole world, it seems, is in an uproar. Fear of war stalks families and countries around the globe; Ebola is throwing whole governments into panic; ISIS continues its brutal campaign across the Middle East; politicians stateside and abroad fling insults and petty accusations at each other. Rarely do I ever let myself look away from what’s going on in the world at any given moment, but the temptation to do so can be overwhelming. Perhaps it is because of that worldwide turmoil that the compositions of German nun and healer Hildegard von Bingen have…
  • Internal Editor

    Michael Dechane
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Editing, in itself, is not the problem. Editing is usually necessary if we want to end up with something satisfactory [But] The habit of compulsive, premature editing doesnt just make writing hard. It also makes writing dead. — Peter Elbow, Writing Without Teachers Last Fall, my wife and I began reading The Artist’s Way together and doing some of the work Cameron prescribes for recovering or nurturing the stunted artist she claims is in each of us. Early in the book, she lays out the importance of free writing exercises and brings up the idea of an internal editor that will invariably try…
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  • Saint October 31 : St. Wolfgang : Patron of apoplexy, carpenters, and strokes

    Jesus Caritas Est
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
     St. WolfgangBISHOPFeast: October 31Information:Feast Day:October 31Born:924 in SwabiaDied:31 October 994 at Pupping, Linz (modern Austria)Canonized:1052 by Pope Leo IXPatron of:apoplexy; carpenters and wood carvers; paralysis; stomach diseases; strokesBishop of Ratisbon (972-994), born about 934; died at the village of Pupping in upper Austria, 31 October, 994. The name Wolfgang is of early German origin. St. Wolfgang was one of the three brilliant stars of the tenth century, St. Ulrich, St. Conrad, and St. Wolfgang, which illuminated the early medieval period of Germany with the…
  • Amazing Testimony of Priest who is Ready to die for flock in Ebola region of Africa - SHARE!

    Jesus Caritas Est
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Pinoy priest in Ebola-hit Africa ‘ready to die’ for flockCBCPNews  report: MAKENI, Sierra Leone, Oct. 30, 2014—True to his calling, a Filipino missionary based in Sierra Leone, one of the countries in Africa plagued by the killer Ebola virus, refuses to return to the safety of the Philippines, stressing that a “good shepherd” never leaves his sheep to the wolves.“I will stay here in Sierra Leone. I am still convinced that this is not a moment to leave this country,” said Fr. Anthony Patrick S. Santianez on the social media site Facebook on Wednesday, Oct. 29.Fr.
  • Vatican gives Pro-Life message to UN - Full Text - "The Holy See reaffirms that all life must be fully protected in all its stages from conception until natural death.

    Jesus Caritas Est
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    (Vatican Radio) The Holy See has told the United Nations that the right to life is at the foundation of human rights. The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, was speaking on Wednesday to the United Nations General Assembly Committee Meeting on Human Rights in New York.“The right to life as enshrined in natural law and protected by international human rights laws lies at the foundation of all human rights,” he said.  “The Holy See reaffirms that all life must be fully protected in all its stages from conception until natural…
  • Today's Mass Readings : Thursday October 30, 2014

    Jesus Caritas Est
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 482Reading 1EPH 6:10-20Brothers and sisters:Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power.Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firmagainst the tactics of the Devil.For our struggle is not with flesh and bloodbut with the principalities, with the powers,with the world rulers of this present darkness,with the evil spirits in the heavens.Therefore, put on the armor of God,that you may be able to resist on the evil dayand, having done everything, to hold your ground.So stand fast with your loins girded in…
  • Over 300 Buried Alive in Mud in Sri Lanka - Asia - Please Pray

    Jesus Caritas Est
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Asia News report: Sri Lanka, rescue operations hampered: more than 300 people buried alive by mud by Melani Manel PereraBad weather prevents rescuers from freeing the village of Meeriyabedda inhabited by tea growers, swept away by a landslide. Except for the children who had left early to go to school.Colombo (AsiaNews) - More than 300 people have been buried alive and an entire village swept away by an avalanche of mud. This is the death toll from yesterday's landslide in the mountainous area of Meeriyabedda (Badulla District), inhabited by farmers on the local tea plantation. Bad…
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  • What is the Gospel

    Todd
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Watch these Videos: Bruce Wauchope, in association with Perichoresis and Transformation Media, presents a seminar discussing how theology, philosophy, spirituality and history has influenced the church’s views on God and the good news He brings. In Session 1, there is a deconstruction of “the western ‘dodgy’ gospel”, while Session 2 puts forward a hebraic-centred, scriptural, life-giving good news message, and concludes the best teaching  of the Gospel in Session 3. Session 2 Session 3 John 1:1-18 The Deity of Jesus Christ 1 In the beginning was the Word, and…
  • Every Idle Word

    Todd
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder encourages us in the practice of God’s presence to be slow to speak and quick to listen. “The glory of quietness, listening and radiating in the silence of God’s presence is often drowned out by a cacophony of noise in these days of social media … On the other hand, some get legalistic with their words, fearfully considering Jesus’ admonition that we will give account on the day of judgment for “every idle word” we have spoken.” – John Crowder Habakkuk 2:20 20 “But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all…
  • God Loves You As You Are, Not As You Should Be

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

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

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

    Amena Brown Owen
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    When I was in high school I had a short career as a track and field athlete, and by short I mean five practices. A track coach walked into my journalism class looking for another athlete on the team and mistook my tall, lanky frame for a runner. I told her I wasn’t on the track team and, in the way only a coach can, she told me to meet her at the track after school. I wasn’t sure if this was to practice or fight, but based on the size of her biceps, I hoped it was to practice. The track coach ran me through a few drills. She told me to meet her at the track every day. When I told my mom,…
  • Are You Willing to Get Divorced?

    Allison Vesterfelt
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    When I was about to get married, someone gave me this advice: Be willing to get divorced. I remember thinking, “What??? Really? That’s going to be your marriage advice to me? Be willing to get divorced? I shrugged it off as advice from an old, bitter married person and vowed to never let myself get to that place in my marriage. Then, recently, I understood what this advice meant. It’s been a hard season for my husband and me, if I’m being totally honest. It feels a little weird to say that since no one is hurt, or dying, or about to go bankrupt, or in really any danger at all. But…
  • Is a Balanced View Possible on Amendment 1 in Tennessee?

    Donald Miller
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Here in Tennessee, an important piece of legislation is about to be passed or rejected. And it’s a hot topic. The more I speak with my fellow Tennesseans about Amendment 1, and for that matter the challenging personal and social issues surrounding abortion rights, the more I realize people who are able to see an issue from multiple angles are being forced into the woods. I can’t blame people for not wanting to discuss an issue that invites the polarized minorities to shout from their trenches about a woman’s self-determination over her body, or a child’s right to continue to…
  • How I Used Twitter to Write a Book

    Donald Miller
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Writing books is a no-feedback game. Certainly you can ask friends to review your work, but that’s dangerous. The truth is you know when it’s good and you know when it’s not and if you’re asking for opinions you’re likely not doing your best work. Photo Credit: Mikaela Hamilton That said, I recently used Twitter to find out what themes and ideas would stimulate thought. I would tweet an idea I was writing about, and if it got re-tweeted or stimulated conversation, I was more eager to use it in my book. I found out many things using Twitter. I found out people are much more tough…
  • Pay Closer Attention to Your Tongue

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

    TheChristianGift
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    “Autumn…the years’ last, loveliest smile.” -William Cullen Bryant  How quickly the colors come and then fade…. The fact that autumn’s glory is fleeting is perhaps what makes it even more special. That said, it’s a special treat to watch the trees who save their spectacular displays for the very end – well after their brethren have shed their leaves. There are two trees in my yard who are reliably beautiful late into the season. It’s as if they are shouting, “notice me!” I choose not to think about the snow, biting winds, and…
  • Pastor Appreciation – Not Just for October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    If there’s a command I’ve missed before, I’m sure not missing it now. In his letter to Christians facing persecution, the apostle Peter repeatedly issues the same command, twice in the last part of 1 Peter:The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. (1 Peter 4:7)Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) He also says something similar in 1 Peter 1:13. “Therefore,” he writes, “preparing your minds for action, and being…
  • The Number-One "Vision Problem"

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I believe in the importance of vision and leadership. Still, I've grown almost allergic to the statements that seem to be so common about having and casting a vision. It's why I love this quote by John Ortberg in Ready, Steady, Grow, a book by Ray Evans. Ortberg says: Vision is fundamental to the health of your church, but it’s probably not the kind of vision you’re thinking about.Someone gets gripped by a vision that will not let them go. But it is not a vision of what they’re going to do. It is not a vision of a preferred future. It is not a vision of human activity. It is a…
  • Saturday Links

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

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

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

    Kristin Schmidt
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Sunday School teachers (or any type of educator, for that matter) have quite a lot of competition these days…children are bombarded with all types of demands on attention. Between movies, video games, computers, and all the other “noise” that clutters our lives, it is no wonder that children might find a trite flannel graph less than thrilling. It is essential to catch the interest of our youngsters and as much as possible make them part of the story to communicate our Biblical points and values. This need not involve too many electronics, bells and whistles, or technical thrills,…
  • Bible Object Lesson Ideas with Popcorn!

    Mimi Bullock
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Popcorn is a classic snack and children love hearing it and watching it pop-pop-pop! Did you know that popcorn makes the perfect tool for an object lesson? Take this opportunity to teach the kiddos an important Bible truth about what happens when God turns the heat up! Demonstrate how a hard, inedible seed becomes a fluffy, delicious treat. I recommend using a verse like: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 Supplies You’ll Need Microwave Bag of microwave popcorn Bowl Plastic bags…
  • “Do as He Says” Lectionary Lesson from Matthew 23:1-12

    Stephanie Fernandez
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    This free Bible lesson is based on Matthew 23:1-12 where Jesus teaches about hypocrisy.  It is designed for children’s church or Sunday School. Please modify as best fits your ministry. If your church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, this teaching plan would correspond to Year A – 21s Sunday After Pentecost, Gospel Reading – Matthew 23:1-12. Opening Activity – Do as He Says – Not as I do In this variation of Simon Says, the kids will have to pay extra special attention to Simon’s instructions. Have all of the kids stand up, staying a full arms length away…
  • Bible Lesson: Proverbs-Wisdom is choosing God’s way

    Kelly Henderson
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    The following lesson is from a series in Proverbs created for older students.  The students will discover that when making decisions, choosing God’s way leads us on the path of wisdom.  We need God for everything including His wisdom and power to make wise choices. Bible Passage:  Proverbs 16:25, Matthew 7:13-14, Bible Story Title:  Proverbs-Wisdom is choosing God’s way Target Age Group:  Ages 9-11(3rd-5th Grade U.S.A.) Target Time Frame: 60 Minutes Original Teaching Context: Sunday School Supply List:  Bibles, wide gate/narrow gate activity, journals, pens/pencils Learning Goal:…
  • Zechariah Bible Coloring Page

    Mandy Groce
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    This free coloring page is based on the book of Zechariah. It’s one part of our series of illustrations for each individual book of the Bible. Click here to download the print friendly PDF version. We’ve also uploaded the image in JPEG format. The illustration shows the four horses along with the words, “These are the four horses.” We will add a series index one we have several books online. For now you can follow our progress on this page. Information about the book of Micah is included in review worksheets about the Minor Prophets. Don’t miss all our printable Bible…
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  • Reasons Our Prayers Go Unanswered

    Frank King
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Kneeling at the Cross There is nothing commendable about saying that you pray several times a day, or that you pray an hour every day, if your prayers are not being answered. Prayer is not a religious exercise. It is our main way of communicating with God. And a main objective of prayer is for God to hear us and to grant us our petitions. The Bible reveals a number of reasons our prayers go unanswered. One of those reasons is given in the epistle of James: “You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3). The word here, amiss, denotes…
  • But God Has Not Changed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • What is Your “One Thing?”

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

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

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

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

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

    Jean Wise
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    Every life tells a story – a story rich with spiritual lessons. One spiritual practice I follow is learning about other Christians throughout church history and their spiritual journeys. Their lives fill me with hope, guidance and ways to draw closer to God. My faith tradition – Lutheran – has added to the worship and lectionary readings what they call commemorations – recognition of individuals or events that have been noteworthy in the life of the Church. Our Catholic friends have for centuries honored saints on certain festival days. What I am really enjoying is the expansion of…
  • WHACK! “A Gentle Whack on the Side of the Head” Kind of God

    Jean Wise
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    What a great start to the morning -on my second cup of coffee, checking the third item off my to-do list, and accomplishing numerous jobs. I was a multitasking fiend, zipping along like a road runner. WHACK! Hitting myself on the side of the head I said out loud, “I forgot to pray this morning.” Each morning I try to start my day with the Lord. I sit quietly and praise him. I lift up my prayer concerns for family and friends and I read a devotional. Often I also journal where I feel God is leading me on my journey. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? But to be honest too often I dive into my day…
  • Lord, Write It On My Heart – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:33-34 Lord, I see you – with a feather quill pen in your hand looking for my open heart. Here I am Lord, waiting for your works to…
  • Let Us Run to God – Quote of the Week

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

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

  • Luke 10:1-2 – Knowledge Vs. Experience

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Luke 10:1-2 ESV) Knowledge does not always mean action. We know that eating junk food isn’t good for us, but we still do it. We know that exercising regularly helps our bodies and we still don’t do it. We tell our kids to not touch the…
  • Romans 1:11-12 – Encouraging Relationships

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. (Romans 1:11-12 ESV) Do you have a friend who you know you can go to coffee with or call on the phone and feel refreshed after the talk? They are good listeners and seem to understand everything you are going through. They don’t condemn you, but lift you up with encouragement. Paul earnestly desired to visit the church in Rome. There were probably multiple reasons, including:…
  • James 1:2-4 – Pedal to the Metal

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verses Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4 ESV) Recently, I was invited by a friend to try a spin class. A spin class, if you don’t know, is a group of individuals sitting on stationary bikes, riding like there’s no tomorrow. In other words, it’s a cardio workout x’s 100! I’m in alright shape, but WOW, I was not prepared for…
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -Israel: The Only Middle East Country ‘Not’ Persecuting Christians?

    Dr. D
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Christian priest tells UN: "Israel is the only Mideast country not persecuting Christians" Response: Meanwhile it is also the country the present administration seems to like least. Christians in the Middle East were far safer before this President took office and supported the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ that led to the radicalization of a number of moderate Muslim countries.            *Top Related Posts?: -Mosul: Then There Were Nun -Syrian Christian Leaders Call On Obama to Stop Supporting Islamist Rebels
  • -Houston: Mayor Withdraw Subpoenas on Pastors

    Dr. D
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Mayor Annise Parker announced today that the city was withdrawing all the subpoenas served on 5 local Houston pastors. Two weeks ago the mayor of the city of Houston,Texas  started a religious freedom nightmare scenario when she subpoenaed 5 local pastors demanding that they turn over all of their sermons that mentioned homosexuality or the city’s transgender bathroom ordinance. Following a national firestorm, the mayor revised the subpoenas to include only speeches that mentioned the ordinance and the mayor. The criticism justifiably continued unabated. Today’s action followed…
  • -City Backs Off and Exempts Wedding Chapel Ministers

    Dr. D
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Initially city officials gave a couple who are ordained Christian ministers and owners of a wedding chapel a choice to marry same-sex couples or face potential fines and jail time. After help from the ADF (Alliance Defending Freedom) the couple has received an exemption for their wedding chapel. Here’s the story from Boise State Public Radio: The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, said a for-profit wedding chapel owned by two ministers doesn’t have to perform same-sex marriages.  … Initially, the city said its anti-discrimination law did apply to the Hitching Post, since it is a…
  • -Response to Houston’s Demand of Pastor’s Sermon’s from ‘Bonhoeffer’ Author

    Dr. D
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    The City of Houston has somewhat backed off of initial demands that key pastors in the city turn over sermons mentioning homosexuality but still are demanding any material that mentions the ‘transgender bathroom ordinance’ or the mayor. Meanwhile the video above shows a poignant response from the author of ‘Bonheoffer.’ From the Blaze: When Eric Metaxas, author of “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” first read about the Houston city government subpoenaing the sermons of five church pastors, he said he couldn’t believe it.“This has to be a joke,” he told Fox News on…
  • -California Mandated Abortion Coverage Includes Churches?

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

  • 10 Guidelines for Grasping New Testament Ethics

    Trevin Wax
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    We’re coming to the end of our journey through Richard Hays’ The Moral Vision of the New Testament. (You can see my summaries and comments on each chapter here.) Today, I’d like to backtrack to chapter 13 – “How Shall We Use the Texts?” This is where Hays’ method is laid out most clearly. He sums up his approach and then offers ten guidelines for grasping New Testament ethics. Summary and Normative Reflections The Descriptive and Synthetic Tasks Wrestling with sustained close reading of the New Testament texts is likely to produce…
  • Worth a Look 10.30.14

    Trevin Wax
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns edited by D. A. Carson. $2.99. Provides informed insights on the heart of the Gospel, the soul of postmodern culture, and their complex interface. This book is a compilation of thoughts and strategies from twenty-nine prominent practitioners of contemporary evangelism. The 15 Spookiest Episodes of Old-Time Radio. The Suspense episode, “Sorry, Wrong Number” is absolutely masterful. Download it today. This episode of Suspense was its most popular and successful, eventually being not just…
  • Here’s Where Your Neighbors Are Theologically

    Trevin Wax
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    A recent poll by LifeWay Research, sponsored by Ligonier Ministries, surveyed Americans on a variety of theological issues in order to, in the words of Stephen Nichols, “take the temperature of America’s theological health.” Bob Smietana’s article, “Americans Believe in Heaven, Hell, and a Little Bit of Heresy,” walks us through the statistics and the study’s major findings. The research provides a fascinating snapshot of how churched and unchurched people understand theology. I’d like to comment on a few of the findings and how they might…
  • Worth a Look 10.29.14

    Trevin Wax
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: My book Gospel-Centered Teaching is on sale for $2.99. Lore Ferguson – Healing Handlers of Mud: The Bible doesn’t command us (ever) to trust people. We’re called to trust the Lord, and to honor others, to, as much as it’s possible, be at peace with all men. But trust them? Trust is nothing less than a miracle, astounding wherever it rises. Terry Mattingly – This Just In! Southern Baptists Still Convinced Christianity Has Been Correct on Marriage for 2000 Years: You don’t have to agree with this point of view in the current…
  • Book Notes: In the Kingdom of Ice / Next / Expositional Preaching

    Trevin Wax
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides If you’re looking to lose yourself in a gripping but largely forgotten moment in U.S. history and exploration, then look no further than this book. Hampton Sides is up there with Laura Hillenbrand (author of Unbroken) when it comes to recounting history and biography in a way that focuses on the overarching narrative without losing sight of the human drama on display in all of the main characters. In the Kingdom of Ice tells the story of explorer, George Washington De…
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Teresa of Avila – Perseverance in Prayer

    Jean Wise
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    Every life tells a story – a story rich with spiritual lessons. One spiritual practice I follow is learning about other Christians throughout church history and their spiritual journeys. Their lives fill me with hope, guidance and ways to draw closer to God. My faith tradition – Lutheran – has added to the worship and lectionary readings what they call commemorations – recognition of individuals or events that have been noteworthy in the life of the Church. Our Catholic friends have for centuries honored saints on certain festival days. What I am really enjoying is the expansion of…
  • WHACK! “A Gentle Whack on the Side of the Head” Kind of God

    Jean Wise
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    What a great start to the morning -on my second cup of coffee, checking the third item off my to-do list, and accomplishing numerous jobs. I was a multitasking fiend, zipping along like a road runner. WHACK! Hitting myself on the side of the head I said out loud, “I forgot to pray this morning.” Each morning I try to start my day with the Lord. I sit quietly and praise him. I lift up my prayer concerns for family and friends and I read a devotional. Often I also journal where I feel God is leading me on my journey. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? But to be honest too often I dive into my day…
  • Lord, Write It On My Heart – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:33-34 Lord, I see you – with a feather quill pen in your hand looking for my open heart. Here I am Lord, waiting for your works to…
  • Let Us Run to God – Quote of the Week

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

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

  • Sermon on Psalm 90

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

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

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

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

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

  • Influencing Your Children

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

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Final Instructions to a Believer of Jesus

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Love, Day 1

    Will Johnston
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    It’s amazing how a little bit of focus can change your perspective. I woke up this morning thinking about beginning this nine week challenge and what it means to love, and within three hours of starting my day (which started at 0530) I had noticed more about the people around me than I usually notice in a week. From the prostitutes standing on the corner eight blocks from my house to the wounded warriors racing in a marathon with a hand cycle, I started to see people through different eyes this morning. I evaluate people based on how they relate to me. The Starbucks barista rings…
  • Interested in a year-long leadership and character development program?

    Will Johnston
    7 Mar 2014 | 7:31 am
    It was nearly six years ago that I made the decision to quit my job on Capitol Hill to take an unpaid internship as a Protege at National Community Church. It was a decision that radically altered the trajectory of my life. If you are interested in vocational ministry or just want to spend a year growing as a leader and follower of Christ, I'd encourage you to check out the Protege Program.  It's not just an internship, it's a year long leadership and character development program in which you are paired with a mentor from your chosen department. I'd especially recommend checking out the…
  • An Interview with Ben Reed, Author of Starting Small

    Will Johnston
    20 Dec 2013 | 1:06 pm
    Energetic, passionate, committed, relentless: these are just a few of the words that describe Ben Reed. Ben is the small groups pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church, a great faith community just outside of Nashville, where he is rethinking and restructuring group life. Before that he served as the groups pastor and then executive pastor for a church plant that grew to over 2000 in weekly attendance. But more important to me than his impressive resume is that I have the privilege of calling Ben a friend, and I am excited to introduce you to his first book, Starting Small: The Ultimate Small…
  • Reggie Joiner – Catalyst 2013 – Leaving a Legacy

    Will Johnston
    4 Oct 2013 | 7:20 am
    It's interesting that people who used to be known aren't known anymore.  The speakers at conferences like this when I was in my 20s aren't speaking anymore.  People come and go. My grandad's dying words were, "Don't let them forget me."  How many of us know our great, great grandparents. You will die sooner than you think. You will be forgotten. You will only be remembered by the people who know you now. When we talk about legacy and being known, the power that you have, the moment that you have is now with the people you are with now. When you see how much time you have left, you get…
  • Malcolm Gladwell – Catalyst 2013 – David & Goliath

    Will Johnston
    3 Oct 2013 | 7:07 am
    David and Goliath is all about how we don't know our own strength. It takes place in 1100 BC.  The Israelites are in the highlands in the east in Jerusalem and surrounding areas.  And the Philistines are in the coastal plain.  And in between is the Shepelah.  It's a beautiful area, but the real importance of it is strategic. So the Philistines begin to march up the Valley of Elah to split the Israelite kingdom in two.  So the Israelites camp out on the northern edge of the valley, and the Philistines camp out on the southern edge.  And no one wants to be the first to advance because…
 
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    Writer of Pop

  • Video of the Day: Mr. Bean is Spiderplantman!

    Jeffrey Totey
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    If you are a fan of Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) and superhero movies, you'll love this. Spiderplantman vs. Batman!Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • ABC’s ‘Fright Fight’ is Actually Very Interesting

    Jeffrey Totey
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Michael Moloney and Sabrina Soto serve as judges for ABC's Halloween GreatFright Fight airing tonight on ABC.  (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)Last winter’s limited series The Great Christmas Light Fight was... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Into the Woods

    Jeffrey Totey
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Disney is offering a special featurette about their new movie coming soon: Into the Woods. Looks good!Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Jim Carry's Send Up of Matthew McConaughey's Car Commercials

    Jeffrey Totey
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    If you are like me and hate those Matthew McConaughey Lincoln car commercials, you are going to love these.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • Infant Receives Baboon Heart

    Jeffrey Totey
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    October 26, 1984 On this day in 1984, an infant known as “Baby Fae” was the first to receive the first baboon-to-human heart transplant. The infant was born with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome, a... Read more!
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    TILL HE COMES

  • What I believe about Total Inability

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    In a previous post I explained what Calvinists believe about total inability. Here is what I believe about total inability as it relates to faith. While I would agree that people cannot take the first step toward God, I believe that God has taken steps to enable people to believe in Jesus for eternal life, and that this faith is not meritorious. To read the full post, click here. Please share this post with others! Click the following link to read the entire post and leave a comment: → "What I believe about Total Inability" by Jeremy Myers
  • Why 1 John 5:1 does not teach that regeneration precedes faith

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    1 John 5:1 is one text used to defend the idea that regeneration precedes faith. It seems to say that faith is a result of being born again. But when studied in context, 1 John 5:1 is not teaching that regeneration precedes the faith that results in eternal life. To read the full post, click here. Please share this post with others! Click the following link to read the entire post and leave a comment: → "Why 1 John 5:1 does not teach that regeneration precedes faith" by Jeremy Myers
  • How to be as Smart as Martin Luther (Use Logos 6)

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    I don't know what I would do without Bible study software like Logos 6 to help me in my research and writing. Imagine what Martin Luther could have done! Logos 6 has just been released, and it is better than ever! New study tools, new search capabilities, new Bible study and sermon prep resources. Launch your Bible study capabilities to the next level with Logos 6. To read the full post, click here. Please share this post with others! Click the following link to read the entire post and leave a comment: → "How to be as Smart as Martin Luther (Use Logos 6)" by Jeremy Myers
  • Is the World Controlled by the Devil? 1 John 5:19

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Calvinists often use 1 John 5:19 to teach that the world is controlled by the devil, and is therefore totally depraved and unable to believe in Jesus. In this post we consider 1 John 5:19 in context and see that John is calling on all people to choose whom they will serve - God or wickedness. 1 John 5:19 does not teach total inability, but its opposite. To read the full post, click here. Please share this post with others! Click the following link to read the entire post and leave a comment: → "Is the World Controlled by the Devil? 1 John 5:19" by Jeremy Myers
  • Coffee – The Elixir of Life

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    In my family, we call coffee "The Elixir of Life." This is what it does for me: To read the full post, click here. Please share this post with others! Click the following link to read the entire post and leave a comment: → "Coffee – The Elixir of Life" by Jeremy Myers
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Teresa of Avila – Perseverance in Prayer

    Jean Wise
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    Every life tells a story – a story rich with spiritual lessons. One spiritual practice I follow is learning about other Christians throughout church history and their spiritual journeys. Their lives fill me with hope, guidance and ways to draw closer to God. My faith tradition – Lutheran – has added to the worship and lectionary readings what they call commemorations – recognition of individuals or events that have been noteworthy in the life of the Church. Our Catholic friends have for centuries honored saints on certain festival days. What I am really enjoying is the expansion of…
  • WHACK! “A Gentle Whack on the Side of the Head” Kind of God

    Jean Wise
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    What a great start to the morning -on my second cup of coffee, checking the third item off my to-do list, and accomplishing numerous jobs. I was a multitasking fiend, zipping along like a road runner. WHACK! Hitting myself on the side of the head I said out loud, “I forgot to pray this morning.” Each morning I try to start my day with the Lord. I sit quietly and praise him. I lift up my prayer concerns for family and friends and I read a devotional. Often I also journal where I feel God is leading me on my journey. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? But to be honest too often I dive into my day…
  • Lord, Write It On My Heart – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:33-34 Lord, I see you – with a feather quill pen in your hand looking for my open heart. Here I am Lord, waiting for your works to…
  • Let Us Run to God – Quote of the Week

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

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

  • How I Came to See Holiness in a Brand New Way pt 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ryan
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Last week, coming back from vacation, I saw so much glass all over the place. Under his lap. All over the road. By his feet. Frank (about 80) had been struck along Interstate 81 in Tennessee. I didn’t see it happen, but I heard it while my family was at a rest area along the TN/VA border. As I ran down the hill toward his car, it didn’t look too bad on the passenger side, but when I arrived, the highway side of the car was destroyed. Standing along the right lane of the highway, watching for cars, I was trying to open the driver door, but it was destroyed. After 6 or 7 cuts to…
  • Lavishing Love: Dance parties + crafts = time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    rgerryts
    11 Sep 2013 | 1:29 pm
    each of us is made up of three parts one part worth one part beauty one part mystery each of us is given three tasks seek out the worth in everyone seek out the beauty in everyone and patiently listen when someone shares their mystery — Author’s Note:  Constructed this from a comment I made earlier this week.  I think it works.  Sharing today with Dverse and Imperfect Prose.
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  • A Transformed Mind

    Justin
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    “I can’t afford to have a thought in my head that He doesn’t have in His head about me. We adjust our thinking to His.” -Bill Johnson Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what […]
  • You Are Not Alone!

    Justin
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    You never have to do it alone because Jesus is with you! Whatever you’re going through, whatever is stressing you out taking up space in your thoughts, you don’t have to do it alone. Jesus is with you.
  • Make Way for the New!

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

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

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

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

    Brianna Van Dyke
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    After seven years with Ruminate, Stephanie Lovegrove will be passing the torch of poetry editor to spend more time on her own writing and on her family. Stephanie writes: “I have been a fan of Ruminate as a reader, as a contributor, then for my seven years as poetry editor. At this time in my life, it’s time for me to step back and enjoy being a Ruminate reader again, as I devote more time to my own writing and to my growing family. I deeply cherish the interactions with Ruminate’s contributors and staff, and with Brianna, whose passionate devotion and vision spark all those…
  • Writing Towards the Messy

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

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

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

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    HOUSTON, TEXAS., October 28, 2014 — On Sunday, November 2, Family Research Council (FRC) will host a nationwide, live simulcast event from Grace Community Church in Houston, Texas. Called “I Stand Sunday,” the simulcast will reach into over 2,500 churches and home groups nationwide. “I Stand Sunday” will provide churches across the nation the opportunity to stand with the pastors and churches in Houston, Texas who have been targeted and harassed by the city’s Mayor because they publicly challenged her efforts to advance policies that are in direct conflict…
  • Prison Ministry Opens Campus in Puerto Rico

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    NAGUABO, Puerto Rico, Oct. 28, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Crossroad Bible Institute (CBI) is thrilled to announce the launch of a new satellite campus in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (USA). This fast-growing campus has already enrolled ninety-two students and trained over forty Instructors under the direction of long-time prison chaplain Madeline Garcia. CBI has served Puerto Rican students for many years, due largely to Garcia’s efforts to personally distribute and collect lessons throughout the island’s prisons. However, without indigenous support, these lessons had to…
  • To Serve Others

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield Short of salvation itself perhaps the greatest gift God ever gave us was each other. The reason I say this is because God put us all here so we could serve each other. Not serve in the sense of being slaves to each other, but rather to reinforce and empower each other. We are all interconnected and for very good reasons. Look at what the Bible says about our connectedness “so that there won’t be divisions in the body and so the parts might have mutual concern for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part gets the glory,…
  • Federal Commission Begins Deliberating in Effort to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) began deliberations today in Burlington, Vermont in advance of issuing a report to President Obama and Congress on a national strategy to eliminate child abuse and neglect fatalities.  The meeting took place one day after the Commission heard from local, state and tribal stakeholders from the Burlington, Vermont region. The Commissioners met as a body for the first time to begin deliberating on key questions related to how federal, state, and local governments define…
  • Combatting Fear-Bola: Anxiety Expert Cautions Against Spread of Ebola Hysteria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How God’s Promises Helped a Marine Lost at Sea

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

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

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

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

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

  • Guest post: Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Love, Faith, Hope, Peace

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Preacher

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Mommies In My Life....

    Tori Shaw
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    All day today God has been revealing how blessed I am to have so many Mommies in my life. Please allow me to share how these awesome ladies have been a blessing to me, just today.... A few nights... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Make A Difference Day!

    Tori Shaw
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Today was National Make A Difference Day. Dylan and Bryan were away on a camping trip so Evan and I decided to do something to make a difference for someone. We decided to make cookies and a card for... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Happy Fall!!

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

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

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

  • Try WordLens Translation App for Mission Trips

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:55 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

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:55 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?

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    by Dave Schroeder with DavidSchroeder.com Recently, I watched the movie Calvary (2014), which was one of the most powerful representations of the gospel I’ve ever seen on film. I don’t want to ruin the movie but go see it but see it with caution. Often truth in a movie like Calvary can hit us like a two by four. It is also R-rated and deals with some of the most serious issues in life. Like I would do with any good film, I shared my enthusiasm with a few people and the first question was typically, “Well, is it a Christian film?” I knew this question was coming and I…
  • Differentiating Mourning from Wallowing in Depression-Anxiety

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    by Brad Hambrick with BradHambrick.com There are many things that unhealthy wallowing and healthy mourning have in common. It can be easier to confuse one from the other than many people think. The person who thinks he is “working through” his pain may be wallowing in self-pity. Those who try to rouse their friend out of self-pity may be rushing them through legitimate mourning. Unfortunately, there is no emotional litmus test to verify the difference in these two experiences. However, we can (a) clarify what wallowing and mourning share in common, so we are less prone to assume…
  • The 3 Sites I Use to Find Music for Videos

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    by Brady Shearer with Pro Church Tools Star Wars. The Lord of the Rings. Home Alone. And most recently, Guardians of the Galaxy. Each of these films are outstanding. I wasn’t even born when Home Alone premiered, but 24 years later, it still holds up. And while Macaulay Culkin’s penchant for mischief and Joe Pesci’s inability to curse are two of the more enjoyable elements of Home Alone, the soundtrack is what truly holds the film together. From beginning to end, the soundtrack of Home Alone — and the soundtrack of each the aforementioned films — provide the…
 
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    Global Church

  • Little Children, Growing Faith, and a Mighty God

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

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

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

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

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

  • Twice Daily News

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

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

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

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

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

  • I No Longer Know What APEST I Am

    Miguel
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    What’s APEST? It’s an acronym for the people gifts in Ephesians 4:11. Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds and Teachers. Forget for a moment that there is adamant pushback against two of these (Apostles & Prophets) and slight disdain for one (Evangelists). There are still large segments of the Church that put ALL of the emphases on PastorsRead More(Visited 138 times, 35 visits today)
  • The 5-Failed Ministry #APEST

    Miguel
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    “And men gave the extra-biblical 5-fold ‘ministry’ of theologians, philosophers, seminarians, professors and academics, to paralyze and burden both saint and sinner’s alike; for the work of religion, to the perpetuation of infancy in the body of Christ; until as many attain to the disunity of schism and the knowledge of speculation, to an enduringRead More(Visited 100 times, 1 visits today)
  • Was There Evangelism in the Old Testament?

    Miguel
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In order to consider Old Testament Evangelism properly, we’ll have to define “evangelism.”  Evangelism is not soul-winning.  Evangelism is simply announcing, declaring, or preaching the good news, glad tidings, or the person of Christ Himself.  The Gospel is sometimes expressed as a person, Christ, bet never expressed apart from him.  The God Message and the God-Man areRead More(Visited 2,065 times, 1 visits today)
  • If you’re Making Disciples like Jesus and the early Church did, then what more is needed?

    Miguel
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    An interesting question came up in our Discipleship Group last night.  The question came out of a bit of frustration experienced by local church leaders who are consistently on mission in their own and nearby communities. Some folks in those communities  seemed ill-equipped to carry on the work.  The answer to these frustrations, said one,Read More(Visited 144 times, 1 visits today)
  • Are the Jewish, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, New Agers, and Non-Religious ‘Unreached?’

    Miguel
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    According to the Joshua Project, the world has 7,000+ unreached people groups. ‘Unreached,’ according to them, are groups that “lack enough followers of Christ and resources to evangelize their own people.” Is it right for Christian mission organizations to classify the Jewish, the Muslim, the Hindu, the Buddhist, the New Ager, and the self-proclaimed Non-ReligiousRead More(Visited 99 times, 1 visits today)
 
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    Blasts From The Trumpet

  • What is Sh’mini Atzeret?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Whence the lack of peace?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jesus is Our Source for Everything

    Bob Parker
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    This is a guest post by Bob Parker. “I have spent my life in ministry. Henri J. M. Nouwen describes it as a mystery, “The mystery of ministry is that we have been chosen to make our own limited and very conditional love the gateway for the unlimited and unconditional love of God.” I amazed that God used me at all.” You can contact him on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here. I was about nine years old when I first began to seriously (as seriously as a nine year old…
  • Free Book Giveaway: You and Me Forever

    Mike Mobley
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    We are giving away You and Me Forever by Francis & Lisa Chan this week! The deadline to enter this giveaway is Friday, October 31st by 11:59PM (CST). We will announce the winner on Saturday, November 1st via Facebook & Twitter. This is a fantastic book whether you are married or not. It really points to the fact that marriage is all about Jesus at the end of the day as opposed to what we naturally think about it being about one another. Francis and Lisa both share their viewpoints which are incredibly helpful to both husbands and wives. I would highly recommend this book to anyone…
  • What Is Forty Supposed to Look Like?

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

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

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

  • This Holy Ground (A Song) – Featured Writer Dana Butler

    Barbie
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Friends, today I am so excited to introduce you to my dear friend, Dana Butler.  I’ve followed Dana’s blog for a number of years and I just adore her.  She is genuine and has such  heart for the Lord and for others.  I just know you be blessed as she shares today.  Please leave her a comment, and take a moment to visit her blog.  You will be encouraged! Hello, sweet friends! This week has found me trying, trying, and trying again to wrangle and wrap words around deep, burning places inside me, to compose a coherent, authentic piece to share with you here. And the more I…
  • Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio Coffee Machine + Giveaway | #MC #Sponsored #LiveWithGusto

    Barbie
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto, and received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. If you know me, you know that I absolutely LOVE my coffee.  I take it with sugar, hot, over ice — there are so many ways to enjoy a good cup.  With the different seasons there are different flavors that I love to indulge in.  Although I don’t always have the extra money to fund my coffee habit, having a good quality coffee maker at home is essential for this busy professional. Introducing the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto…
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    Interpulpit

  • Patience

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

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

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

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

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

  • No Regrets…

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

    Tim Suttle
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    “I’ve tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I’ve worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance… It’s a [Read More...]
  • The Forgotten Virtue of Brokenness

    Tim Suttle
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    This essay was originally a sermon, delivered to Redemption Church. If you would like to listen or download the mp3, here’s the link.       One of the consistent claims of Jesus in the New Testament was this idea that the heart matters. The exterior life can be deceptive; we can play games with [Read More...]
  • For All You Pastors Out There Sitting Down to Write Your Sermon This Friday…

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

    Tim Suttle
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    This was originally a sermon that has been converted into a long-form essay. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and steal any of these ideas.   One hundred years ago this was the hottest product on the market. What’s the great Henry Ford marketing phrase? You can have it in any color [Read More...]
 
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • The Woman Clothed With The Sun – 1

    MBA
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Just completed second layer of roskrysh for the icon of The Woman Clothed With The Sun (Rv 12:1) – in progress.Filed under: Iconography, Icons, Mary Tagged: Iconography, Icons, Mary, Our Lady, Theotokos
  • Can demons mimic angels?

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

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

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

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

  • The Father and the Son

    MBA
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    How much the Son, Jesus Christ, loves the Heavenly Father! Christ does not just love us with the whole of Himself to the extent of having died on the Cross for us. He loves the Father – His Father and our Father – with the entirety of His being. It is a love inconceivable and […]
  • On the Divine Heart of God our Father – 12

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

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

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

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

  • By his Blood – The Wrath of God, explained by Peter, Paul, and Hebrews Part 3

    Brook Potter
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Acts 2:20  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: In my previous article, we examined some of the passages in the ministry of Jesus discussing the Wrath of God.  I pointed out that the audience of the wrath and judgement passages was always the religious Jews, as the Gospel had not gone to the Gentiles as yet. Until the conversion of the house of Cornelius in Acts 10, there was nothing going to Gentiles, all the messages were directed to the Jews. Read more on By his Blood – The Wrath of God, explained by…
  • Prayer – Healing And Freedom From Abuse

    Cheryce
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Prayer – Healing From Abuse El Shaddai, Lord God Almighty, today I pour out all my praise, I pour out all my love and I pour out my heart unto You, Elohim. Heal me, Precious Saviour, touch my mind, body and soul. Mend what is broken in me and make me whole. I cast out any illnesses that affect me daily, I rebuke it in Jesus name! Read more on Prayer – Healing And Freedom From Abuse…
  • Prayer – Praying In Troublesome Times

    Cheryce
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Adonai, Almighty, Everlasting Father, in these troublesome times, where the waters are rough and the storm waters swell, I will not fear, for You hold my world in the palm of Your hands. I praise You, Lord, in the midst of the darkness, for You are worthy, Oh so worthy, You are amazing, mighty and powerful. Read more on Prayer – Praying In Troublesome Times…
  • The Greatest Weapon There Is – Love

    Rio M
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Love – The Greatest Weapon Love. You heard me. Love, love, love. It is the greatest weapon there is. It breaks all chains, tears down all barriers, mends relationships, heals the broken, it is a tough thing to learn, it changes lives, love unites. We are not creatures of love. We ARE love because God living in us, is true, pure love. Love is like a diamond with so many facets that we have to learn about. We have to be broken, chiseled and polished in love for our beauty to shine, just like the diamond on an engagement ring. Read more on The Greatest Weapon There Is – Love…
  • There Is No Condemnation For Those Who Are In Christ Jesus

    Cheryce
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Father, our souls long for You and nothing else will satisfy, because You, my Lord, are the cup that never runs dry. Your springs of living waters quench our thirst. You are our heart’s desire, we crave Your presence, Oh Precious Saviour, please draw near. Never leave our sides, never let us go,wrap us in Your loving arms and tender mercies. Read more on There Is No Condemnation For Those Who Are In Christ Jesus…
 
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    Christian Home and Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Ways to Improve Audience Engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • God’s Wisdom Test

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

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

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

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

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

    Jim Crumbley
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim Rohn From 1982 to 1993 the TV show Cheers was a top rated sitcom and a cultural phenomenon. The initial storyline held that the bartender, a recovering alcoholic and womanizer, Sam Malone, had the hots for the highly educated and snobby Diane Chambers. The remaining ensemble…an angry waitress with out of control kids, an insecure know it all Postman, a bumbling bartender and the likable “Norm” who was trying to drown out an unhappy marriage and unsatisfied life…rounded out the cast. None…
  • FOCUS and Create Time…

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

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

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

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

  • What’s New in Logos 6: See What You Can Do

    Sherri Huleatt
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Logos 6 is smarter, easier, and faster. Get precise answers with new search tools, visualize the biblical world with stunning media, explore the cultural perspectives from which the Bible was written, and get streamlined tools for preaching and teaching. Logos 6 offers everything you need to gain fresh insights and share your findings in engaging ways. Here’s a rundown of what’s new in Logos 6: Better searching, smarter results We’ve streamlined searching so you can find the answers you need faster than ever. Everything Search combines all your powerful search tools, so you can sweep…
  • 2 Days Only: All Pastor Appreciation Deals Are Live

    Naomi Deviny
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    “Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.” —Galatians 6:6 The anticipation has been building all month long: all 23 Pastor Appreciation Month deals are now live! But October is coming to a close—you only have two more days to save on these pastoral resources and download The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 14 for free. Last chance to save! Here’s a look at this month’s top products: Baker Studies on Preaching Collection (37 vols.) Regularly $461.90—get it for $399.95! This collection assembles 37 volumes filled with…
  • Introducing Logos Bible Software 6

    Bob Pritchett
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We study the Bible for insight. We look to God’s Word to know his mind, to understand his truth, and to be reminded of his love. We seek insight for living our daily lives, and we aspire to share that insight with others. Logos 6 is all about delivering insight. Building on the innovations in Logos 4 and 5, the new release features new tools for exploring the Bible, connecting it to ancient and modern literature, and sharing your insights with others. While our library of books is larger than ever, it is the new digital-first content that lets you explore the Bible like never before.
  • Get These 3 Deals on Old Testament Resources

    Jonathan J. Watson
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s not too late to save on 170 resources on sale through the end of October! You don’t need a coupon code to take advantage of these awesome deals—just be sure to get them before the month is over. Are you looking to bolster your Old Testament knowledge? Here are a few highlights from this month’s sale: From Exegesis to Exposition Now 29% off! In this noted work, Dr. Robert Chisholm takes the study of Hebrew and brings it into the pulpit in new and practical ways. With emphasis on linguistic elements such as narrative, poetry, and anthropomorphism, Dr. Chisholm helps readers…
  • Study the Book of Acts with the Experts

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

    Tayler Beede
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hugh Jackman. I have to confess I don’t know much about this particular actor. Well, other than the obvious like sometimes his work uniform is wolverine wear. Recently, however, I heard something...
  • Logos 6 Is Here: Biblical Insight Awaits

    Tayler Beede
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    We’ve just released Logos 6—the most powerful Bible software on the planet. Take your Bible study to the next level: get Logos 6 now. More than 20 years ago, we revolutionized Bible study with Logos...
  • Only 10% of Your Beauty Is on the Outside

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Threshing Floor Podcast 027: Youth Ministry with Jeremy Steele

    Seedbed
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever served in Youth Ministry?  In this episode Drew interviews Jeremy Steele, author of Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry and serves as Editor for the Youth Ministry Collective. We also talk about crazy youth ministry stories, talent shows, Christian rap battles,  should Chad shave his beard and Joshua no longer is known as the singing host…and the infamous Asbury Ale 8 One Whassup. We are giving away 2 copies of Jeremy’s latest book. You can win one by sharing a youth ministry story and use the #hashtag #TTFshebear. Listen: Direct Download iTunes RSS Stitcher
  • Keys to a Better Small Group Experience

    Kevin Watson
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    What are some keys to a better small group experience? In this Seven Minute Seminary, Kevin Watson shares insights from the early Methodist small group practices. The social religion that John Wesley advocated was not synonymous with “social justice.” Rather, it was a call for Christians to pursue holiness by living in shared community, including the class meeting and the bands. These were two key ways that contributed to renewal of the church and revival in the 18th century, and could very well lead to renewal again in the 21st century. – Get Kevin’s book, The Class…
  • The Third Race: How The Early Church Engaged with Culture

    Steven D. Bruns
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    John Wesley lived in a time when the Church he knew had grown weak and inept, and the faith of many had grown cold.  His situation is not unlike the situation in which we find ourselves today.  The solution for Wesley was to look to the primitive church as the model and prototype for a vibrant expression of the faith that would turn the world upside down once again.  Our tendency today is also to look back—to Wesley, to the Fathers, or back to the primitive church, which serve as ad fontes for our model. In order to look once again at who we were and see who we can become, it is most…
  • Why Youth Ministry is a Misnomer

    Jeremy Spainhour
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the attempt to become relevant to teenagers, many youth ministries have lost the sense of sacredness that properly belongs in all churches. In this article, Jeremy Spainhour reminds us that youth ministry is not about providing entertainment and snacks, rather, youth ministry must reclaim its gospel-centeredness. – Youth ministry is a misnomer, or at least it has become one. The fact that there is such a designation forces the assigned minister to lead his or her ministry in a way that accommodates the designees. And if that accommodation were only a question of how to shape our…
  • Ken Collins on John Wesley 05: The Spirit of Bondage and of Adoption

    Kenneth Collins
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listen in on Steve Martyn and Ken Collins as they host a series preaching through John Wesley’s sermons. This week, enjoy The Spirit of Bondage and of Adoption (Romans 8:15). Check back every Sunday for a new sermon, and view the entire collection here. http://seedbed.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/Collins-Wesley-V.mp3 If you’re listening from outside of North America, please contact J. D. Walt and let us know. Learn more about the new collection of John Wesley’s sermons here.
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  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

    joshrhone
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    According to Mick Jagger, the song propelled the Rolling Stones from being a band to being ‘a huge, monster band.’ Jagger credits the catchy title and memorable lyrics with the song’s success. There’s no question that he’s on to something. But I also think there’s more to it than that. I think the song’s enduring […] The post (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then ‘give all you can.’

    joshrhone
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    This famous quote comes from John Wesley’s sermon ‘The Use of Money.’ It’s a great quote. I’ve used it a time or two. Although short and succinct, there’s a lot to unpack and it truly takes a lifetime to live out. Today, I’d like to share a portion of the sermon. In the section that follows, Wesley […] The post Having, First, gained all you can, and, Secondly saved all you can, Then ‘give all you can.’ appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • A brief word on rosaries

    joshrhone
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Earlier, I received this question: What is the difference between the Catholic rosary and the Anglican rosary? It’s a good question. One that I will try to answer, in as brief a manner as possible. Admittedly, I should preface what I am about to say by letting you know that I am neither a Catholic, […] The post A brief word on rosaries appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • The Jesus Prayer

    joshrhone
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    It was bound to happen I suppose. For my PhD I’m researching John Wesley and the connections between Wesleyan-Methodist ecclesiology and early Pentecostal ecclesiology. Needless to say, along the way I have immersed myself in liturgy––liturgy of the Church of England during the time of Wesley; liturgy of the early Methodist societies; liturgy of the American […] The post The Jesus Prayer appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Te Deum

    joshrhone
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    [Latin] Te Deum laudamus: te Dominum confitemur. Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur. Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi caeli et universae Potestates; Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae. Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus, Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus, Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus. […] The post Te Deum appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
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    Intersections4Life

  • Reader’s Choice: Does God Care About What Job I Have?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Albert Mohler Ministering in A Post-Marriage Culture

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

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

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

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

    Britt
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
     Photo Credit/You Tube Shweet Video by Trip Lee just released! Trip Lee’s highly anticipated fifth studio album, Rise, is now available! Featuring production from Gawvi, with appearances from Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Thi’sl and more, be sure to get your copy today! Share your thoughts using #RISENOW!  Download Rise Now on iTunes!      What do you think of the Shweet Video?    
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  • Albert Mohler Ministering in A Post-Marriage Culture

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

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

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

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

    Britt
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
     Photo Credit/You Tube Shweet Video by Trip Lee just released! Trip Lee’s highly anticipated fifth studio album, Rise, is now available! Featuring production from Gawvi, with appearances from Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Thi’sl and more, be sure to get your copy today! Share your thoughts using #RISENOW!  Download Rise Now on iTunes!      What do you think of the Shweet Video?    
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    Give Me That Mountain

  • Writing on the heart

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day seventy-oneAre you interested in doing a fast, either for the first time or with a different perspective?
  • All for the sake of appearances

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day seventy...In Shakespeare's play, “Hamlet,” Queen Gertrude makes the comment, “The lady protests too much, methinks.” This famous line has become a modern‐day response to those who make such a big deal out of something that their big deal comes off as suspicious, at best.
  • Traditions can become meaningless

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day sixty-nine...Has anyone ever said to you before a meal, “Will you ask the blessing?” Here in the Midwest, I can't image any Christian who doesn't occasionally “ask the blessing” over food.
  • Fasting challenges unbelief

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day sixty-eight...I remember clearly those days when I tried to perform for God like a little dog might try to perform for its master.
  • Fasting is not about persuading God

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

  • Ezekiel 28: Taking Inappropriate Credit

    Zak Schmoll
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    Generally in society today, it seems as if we have the tendency to try to make ourselves into God. We want to be in charge of the universe, and we want to hold the ultimate control. The same thing was happening to the Prince of Tyre in Ezekiel 28. Eze 28:6  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; Eze 28:7  Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. Eze 28:8  They shall bring thee down to the pit, and…
  • Ezekiel 27: Inconsistent Values

    Zak Schmoll
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    In Ezekiel 27 we get to consider the city of Tyre a little bit more. It had been a blessed city. The majority of the beginning of this chapter is a list of all of the merchants who came from many other countries around the region to do business. It was a marketplace, and it was a valuable city in terms of economics. However, even that value for the world was not going to be enough to protect it from judgment. Eze 27:32  And in their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and lament over thee, saying, What city is like Tyrus, like the destroyed in the midst of the sea? Eze 27:33 …
  • Ezekiel 26: Entire or Partial Destruction?

    Zak Schmoll
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Ezekiel 26 is an interesting prophecy. The city of Tyre was going to be destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar. This is a controversial one though because Nebuchadnezzar did not entirely destroy the city of Tyre. Half of the city was on the mainland while the other half was on an island out in the harbor. The part on the mainland was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, but the part on the island was not destroyed until later. Now, is this a Biblical problem? It is important to look at the chapter as a whole in order to understand how this works out. First, we need to begin with the prophecy of Ezekiel. Eze…
  • Ezekiel 25: God Is Good When We Are Not

    Zak Schmoll
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    In Ezekiel 25, it is really interesting to hear prophecy against another nation. This time, we are talking about a few rival nations, but one of them stood out to me. Eze 25:8  Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the heathen; Eze 25:9  Therefore, behold, I will open the side of Moab from the cities, from his cities which are on his frontiers, the glory of the country, Bethjeshimoth, Baalmeon, and Kiriathaim, Eze 25:10  Unto the men of the east with the Ammonites, and will give them in possession, that the Ammonites may not…
  • Ezekiel 24: How Can God Allow That?

    Zak Schmoll
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Ezekiel 24 must have been incredibly difficult. As we find out, Ezekiel has been called to tell the people of Jerusalem about the imminent siege of Nebuchadnezzar. However, right before he is to deliver this message, his wife passed away. Eze 24:16  Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down. Eze 24:17  Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men. Eze…
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • Keep Sowing

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

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

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

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

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

  • Notes on the 2014 Westminster Seminary Preaching Conference

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

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

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

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

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

  • Understand before Attempting to Be Understood

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

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

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

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

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

  • This World Needs You

    virtuousgirls1
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    You were put here as you for a reason. No need to try to be like the rest.
  • Women of the Word: Possessed Slave Girl

    virtuousgirls1
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Chapter 16 of Acts tells of an interesting event that took place during one of the apostles’ many mission trips. In verses 16-19, Paul and his companions were going merrily on their way to prayer when a young girl interrupted them. The Bible reads: “A certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met […]
  • Rachel Parent: “Kids Right to Know” Founder, Anti-GMO Activist

    virtuousgirls1
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Visit Rachel online at: www.kidsrighttoknow.com Twitter: @RachelsNews | Facebook From a very young age, Rachel has shown a true compassion for the protection of animals, the less fortunate, and elderly. She attended a small school that encouraged caring for others by sharing her innate talents for singing and the playing guitar with the York Region […]
  • Girls of Virtue Series – TASHA – Week 6 Recap

    virtuousgirls1
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    V-GIRL: GIRLS OF VIRTUE SERIES BOOK FOUR – TASHA 14-year-old Tasha Lu Solara loves dance, drama, fashion, and coding. But the most important thing you should know about her is that she is a follower of Jesus. Growing up in an atheist/Buddhist family, Tasha is reluctant to talk about her faith. It isn’t until she […]
  • Women of the Word: the Shunammite Woman

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

  • Count Your Blessings Doorknob Hanger

    Crafting The Word Of God
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    A simple reminder for the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving. I decorated the hanger with red circles, but you can use paper leaf cut-outs, Thanksgiving/fall stickers or craft turkey feathers. Instructions Print the template. (Template) Cut out both of the two largest pieces. Glue them to two different colors of construction paper. Cut both pieces out. From […]
  • Thanksgiving Turkey Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Thanksgiving Turkey 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 printable activity sheet by clicking on the […]
  • Pumpkin Sun Catcher

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

    Crafting The Word Of God
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Thanksgiving Puzzle 5 (Activity Sheet) Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking on the link […]
  • Turkey Wreath

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

  • How to Keep Dreaming When Your Life Feels Like a Nightmare

    Renewed Daily
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    God’s voice is glorious in the thunder. We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power. - Job 37:5 It is so important to keep dreaming, no matter what. There is always something to reach for and look forward to, no matter how barren life seems sometimes. Please do not let your chronic illness or disability lock down your dreams. That's what happened to me. Once I realized that this wasn't going to be cured, that this new scary reality was actually a reality, I just sort of shut down the section of my life and heart that belonged to imagining. No goals beyond making it through the…
  • Unmasking God

    Renewed Daily
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. - 1 John 5:20 With Halloween approaching, I've been thinking a lot about masks. My daughter wants to be a black cat, and my son wants to be an old man... at least this week. Hopefully they will both be certain before the costumes are bought. It's so exciting to get dressed up this one night of the year and spend time with friends and family, playing games, eating sweet treats, and trying to…
  • Many Waters

    Renewed Daily
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned. - Song of Solomon 8:7 The many waters of tears and grief the tide and flow of tribulation and trouble the dark depths of pain and loss Cannot quench His merciful love for you try as they might try as the will try as they do The streams of dependence and leaning the puddles of confusion and difficulty the rivers of sorrow and hard Cannot drown His fathomless love for you rushing as they seem rushing as they can rushing as they do The best you can do of…
  • 10 Verses that Grow Endurance (& Free Printable)

    Renewed Daily
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I tried today to choose some lesser-known verses that help me through the tough times. I don't think it's a coincidence that most focus on Jesus. Seems pretty right to me. May they encourage you as well... Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love. - 2 John 1:3 This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers. - 1 Timothy 4:10 For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues…
  • Sunday Scripture: 10/26/14

    Renewed Daily
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. - Psalm 51:17 If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to someone you know, please share this post on the social network of your choice for me. All you have to do is click one of the buttons below. May God Bless You, Shelly The post Sunday Scripture: 10/26/14 appeared first on Renewed Daily.written by Renewed Daily
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • More Trick Than Treat

    kristinemac
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Tomorrow is Halloween. And as I’ve spent the week focusing on the spiritual aspects and questions which abound for Christians in regard to this spooky day, I have missed an equally important... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Light in the Dark

    kristinemac
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    When Christians learn about my past as a witch, medium, and ghost hunter, they will often ask me what brought me to the place of repentance which (finally) led me to re-dedicate my life to Christ.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Spiritual Reality

    kristinemac
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    I read an excellent article on CharismaNews this evening. The topic is focused on Halloween and the spiritual reality which is the backdrop of this holiday. In other words, while many people are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Into the Spooky

    kristinemac
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    As Thom and I have traveled from state to state and city to city over the past twelve days or so, we have made note of a commonality within every community. There are: Psychics with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Life and Times of Thom and Kristine

    thommac
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Here we go.  Our tour of the east coast has been amazing and there have been many God ordained moments.  Many people made this tour a possibility from the people who donated, to the host homes, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Switchbacks

  • Scarier than Halloween

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

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

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

    Karen Woodall
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Sky watchers got a special treat early this morning with the appearance of a stunning total lunar eclipse. The burnt reddish brown beauty that captured the attention of millions lived up to its nickname, the blood moon. Brilliant red hues resulted from the peeks of sunlight that were filtered through the earth’s atmosphere and reflected off the moon’s surface.  It’s as if the ‘man […]
  • Setting Sun

    Karen Woodall
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    The sun sank low on the horizon beyond the hill out behind our house. As the blazing orange orb melted into the distance, red, pink and purple clouds seemed to ascend into a deepening blue sky in a way that would have made the most skilled of artists weep. As I paused to behold the […]
 
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • When the Gospel Becomes Inconvenient

    Jaime Strmiska
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Remember the old Burger King slogan, "Have it Your Way”? You know, the mantra that gave me permission to order my Whopper with ketchup and pickles – but hold the onions. Well beyond a fast food burger, there are a lot of other things I’d prefer to have my way – to my liking, on my terms, and at my convenience.
  • When We Take On Too Much and Do Too Little

    Ashley Brannan
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    We are limited, finite people and when we get ensnared in the enemy’s falsehood that we are self-sufficient and self-sustaining we live as if we are all we need and do what we want to do. This autonomous mentality robs us of knowing the Sufficient One and His intended way of life. Our self-sustaining efforts hinder us from truly breathing life with gratitude and acknowledgment for the One who sustains us.
  • Fasting vs. Dieting: Is There Any Difference for a Woman?

    Whitney Woollard
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’ll never forget the first time I performed a Christian fast as a new believer. I was on a mission trip in England and the leader called our team to fast together. Although I was a stranger to any sort of spiritual discipline, I was no stranger to going without food for a period of time. I was recently saved from a worldly lifestyle where I invested much time in my looks.
  • A Seat at the Table

    Beth Nicoletto
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    To my friend in Christ who has forgotten who she is, may you find yourself in this: I’ve been there too. I know what it’s like to wake up feeling like you just don’t know who you are anymore. You’ve lost your sense of life, you’ve lost your sense of self, and you’ve lost all sense of Christ. You feel alone and unworthy. You are confused and battered. You carry scars of past abuse both inflicted by others and also yourself, and you stare at them.
  • STG Internship!

    Self Talk the Gospel
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Do you know any fabulous college students looking to be […]
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • Halley’s Bible Handbook: A Classic, Relevant, and Handy Resource

    Jonathan Petersen
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    This guest post is by freelance writer Jeremy Bouma (@bouma) with Zondervan employee Adam Forrest (@ZonderAcademic). If you haven’t read all of the books you own, you’re not alone. I (Adam) worked in a bookstore for five years, and I used to joke with coworkers that owning a book is the best excuse for not reading it. But alarmingly, the same may be true for the Bible. [See our previous blogpost, A Summary of Recent Bible Reading Surveys] This year, the American Bible Society reported on the state of the Bible. Apparently Bible ownership remains strong, but readership is weak. Though 88%…
  • MacArthur Study Bible Notes and More Now Available at the Bible Gateway Digital Store

    Andy Rau
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Three new digital Bible study titles are available for purchase at the Bible Gateway Digital Store! Here are the newest additions to our library of digital content: MacArthur Study Bible: The perfect companion to serious online Bible study, drawing on decades of pastoral and scholarly work by respected scholar Dr. John MacArthur. NKJV Chronological Study Bible Notes: A comprehensive set of translator’s notes and articles that explore the history and cultural background of the Bible. King James Study Bible Notes: A massive collection of digital study material by respected scholars, from…
  • Lee Strobel Makes the Case for Grace

    Andy Rau
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Lee Strobel visiting the HarperCollins Christian Publishing office. This morning, the Bible Gateway team (and our colleagues here at HarperCollins Christian Publishing) had the privilege of hearing a devotional message by Lee Strobel! Lee is best known for his enthusiastic, reason-based defenses of the Christian faith (perhaps best exemplified in his influential book The Case for Christ). Among other things, Lee shared a moving story (about a drug-dealer-turned-pastor) from his upcoming book The Case for Grace: A Journalist Explores the Evidence of Transformed Lives. In telling the story of a…
  • Vanishing Grace: An Interview with Philip Yancey

    Jonathan Petersen
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    If the gospel is “good news,” why is it getting such bad press lately? And what can be done to reverse the trend? Philip Yancey challenges Christians to actually live the mercy-filled message that is so often preached. Bible Gateway interviewed Philip Yancey about his book, Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News? (Zondervan, 2014). [Click to see all of Philip Yancey's books in the Bible Gateway Store] Briefly define the biblical idea of grace. Philip Yancey: The classic definition is “God’s unmerited favor.” I would loosen that up a bit to say that it means…
  • Busy Mom’s Devotional Bible

    Jonathan Petersen
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The Busy Mom’s Devotional Bible (Zondervan, 2011), available in NIV pink, NIV blue, and KJV spring green, is a trim, go-anywhere pocket Bible that gives you inspirational content quickly during the course of your day. Packed with one-minute thought starters and featuring the entire Old and New Testaments plus relevant and encouraging thoughts for the day, this is spiritual fuel for your busy mom-on-the-go lifestyle. Throughout this Bible, you’ll find 52 one-minute Thought Starters that let you dip into God’s Word for a minute of refreshment. To go deeper, each of these…
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  • When God Doesn’t Seem Good: Living with Tough Texts in the Bible

    Caleb Smith
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    God isn’t always easy to trust. I don’t just mean in the daily lives of living out of faith. I mean even based on what we know of Him, it can be tough to trust Him to be good. Prime example: This is what the LORD of Hosts says: ‘I witnessed what the Amalekites did to the Israelites when they opposed them along the way as they were coming out of Egypt. Now go and attack the Amalekites and completely destroy everything they have. Do not spare them. Kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ “ 1 Samuel 15:2-3 Think about that for…
  • John 7:53-8:11 (Are Today’s Bibles Reliable?)

    Caleb Smith
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Not everything in your Bible may have come from the Bible. “What do you  mean, Caleb?” you ask. Well, the Bible has a very long history. It was written over a period of more than 1000 years, and was passed on for nearly 2000 since its completion. The timeframes for when some of the books of the Old Testament were written can at best be narrowed down to several centuries.  Because of this, things can change. Before the days of computers, printing presses, and trivia nerds, copying writings was a very difficult, time consuming, and tedious process. So naturally errors would…
  • Secure Because Jesus (Can You Lose Your Salvation? Part 2)

    Caleb Smith
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    My last post on whether or not you could lose your salvation was a bit of a mess. Well, that was mainly because I didn’t know exactly where I was going with it. Since then, I’ve gone through a bit of a paradigm shift. So now I want to approach it differently. My contention: it is completely impossible to lose (or give up, as some will say) your salvation. Why do I say this? See, it all goes back to a particular question. The question of whether salvation can be lost or abandoned goes back to the more fundamental question of this: what is salvation based on? What…
  • The Nicene Noggin

    Caleb Smith
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    I really have two different audiences for this blog. One of them is people who are very interested in theology, philosophy, and nerd stuff. The other is everyone else, especially those Christians I know doing daily life without needing lots of technical blahs. For a long time there has been a necessary tension between writing for these two audiences, trying to keep the more technical stuff more approachable for the less technical reader, and trying to keep the more normal stuff interesting enough for more technical readers.  Because of this, I’ve moved to a segregated blog. Not,…
  • Salvation and Certainty Revisited

    Caleb Smith
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    [This whole post is a follow-up of two earlier posts. First was I'm Not 100% Certain I'm Going to Heaven (And That's Okay) and the second was Clark Is Certain He is Going to Heaven. Make sure to read them if you haven't!] Some time ago, I argued against the possibility of true, epistemic certainty of salvation. You cannot be 100% certain of salvation, I argued, because you cannot have 100% certainty of anything you experience, period, even of the existence of the Bible, God, or anything beyond your own mind. Since then, I have come to think of this in another light. See, the assumption…
 
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  • Church Membership Does Not Equal Salvation

    Kyle
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Reading Christianity Today this morning I found an article that spoke about whether or not the church had the authority to declare someone as Christian or not a Christian. I figured this was an easy choice as the progressive church could not believe that it had the authority to undermine someone’s faith if it did not line up with what it thought was accepted. I was shocked to believe that a number of prominent church leaders truly believed the church had the authority to declare whether someone was in or out. Just because some may disagree with what the established doctrine says does…
  • Albigenses

    Kyle
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    There are a number of religions in this world. Each religion has any number of gods, goddesses, and demigods in their hierarchy of holiness. With the Abrahamic religions there has alway been one God. Whether we call him Jesus, Lord, Adonai, or YHWH He has always been the same God. This idea has been distorted a number of times throughout history however. Albigenses is the theory that that their were two gods, one of light and one of darkness, not unlike the idea of yin and yang. Though it was put down centuries ago certain ideas some hold today follow the same thought processes. Started in a…
  • He Will Come In the Blink of an Eye

    Kyle
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    With the release of the new “Left Behind” movie eschatology and the rapture have again become the hot button topics in mainstream Christianity. Many Christians no longer believe as they do a decade ago and think a secret rapture is unreasonable or nothing more than mere fairy tale. The problem with this is the same as the Jeffersonian Bible. We accept things because they seem reasonable and fit within our understanding of how the world works. If it does not fit within those perimeters we dismiss it as hocus pocus and continue to only believe that which we can see. We believe that…
  • So It Goes

    Kyle
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In my quest to finish 100 books before the end of the year I finally picked up “Slaughterhouse Five”. Kurt Vonnegut’s classic repeated the same line repeatedly throughout the book that took us from a World War, the domestic life, and an amazing alien world called Tralfamadore. Throughout his amazing adventures and intense life moments the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim, continually states, “So it goes”. What seems like a contrite statement actually holds a very profound truth we should follow the rest of our days. Not everything is going to go our way, and it is how…
  • I Went Left

    Kyle
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Monday through Friday, most weeks without fail, I go to work and come home with nary a hitch. This Thursday though was the exception. My wife was out of town and I decided to go crazy and turn left out of the parking lot. Though I had lived in the area all of my life I had never gone out this road. Where I ended up surprised me. I ended up on rolling hills, with beautiful fall scenery, on a microadventure in my own back yard. Now I know your wondering why I went on this little tangent. I had this desire in my heart for a few weeks, but how did it get there. Did God put that there or did I…
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  • Love versus Love On

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

    Sharon R. Hoover
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Acts of peacemaking change things. Being a peacemaker, though, is not comfortable. The calling places us directly in the middle of conflict. It’s where the peace is needed! As Christ-followers we live as peacemakers. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Do you have three minutes? I made […] The post Be a Peacemaker appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Problem of Forgetting

    Sharon R. Hoover
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    I suffer from the problem of forgetting. Perhaps you struggle with it, too? When I take a class, I fill my notebook with lecture notes. I underline and annotate the textbook. I write outlines and essays to help me to process the information. When I craft the new stuff into my own words, it helps […] The post Problem of Forgetting appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Distractions from God’s Will

    Sharon R. Hoover
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    This post follows on last week’s discussion, How to Know God’s Will. As we seek to know the will of God, we often become distracted. Through my years of discipling believers and walking my own path, I’ve seen challenges emerge and effectively remove us from our Christ-centered journeys. These diversions come in many forms but most […] The post Distractions from God’s Will appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • How to Know God’s Will

    Sharon R. Hoover
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Have you ever asked: How can I know the will of God?  If you have, then, welcome! It is one of the most common questions asked about the Christian life. We read, pray, study and occasionally listen. Sometimes we feel content and in the center of God’s will. Other times we wander unsure of the direction […] The post How to Know God’s Will appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
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    Brad Andres

  • She Is More Precious Than Jewels (Scripture & Prayer) [Video]

    Brad Andres
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    God, thank you for Carlie. She is so much more excellent than I ever imagined. Never in a million years did I think I would find a wife like her. You have blessed me with a woman after your own heart. Carlie is the object of my eye. She captivates me with her beauty and strength. She runs our household effectively and keeps our doors welcoming. She desires to see people come to a saving knowledge of you and uses her talents to bring others into your presence. Thank you for bringing Carlie into my life. Amen. Men, what’s your prayer of gratitude for your wife?
  • Men – You Don’t Wanna Do It (Pornography & Adultery)

    Brad Andres
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    I love music. It has ways of communicating messages in ways that wouldn’t happen in other forms of communication. It helps make words memorable. It helps make messages stick in the mind. Lecrae has a new album. It is excellent. The messages and ideas he sends out in this album are deep and impactful. A message of his I want to emphasize is this: Men – You don’t wanna do it. I want to take a minute to highlight a song, and yes, this is directed primarily towards men. (I thought this post was about pornography and adultery? It is, just trust me, but you need to listen to the…
  • Help Yahoo Stand Against Child Pornography [Link]

    Brad Andres
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Help Yahoo Stand Against Child Pornography Love 146 10/19/2014 Love 146 is a charity I personally support. They exist to bring an end to child sex trafficking and exploitation. Here are the quick and short details of what I’m asking you to do: - Go over to Love 146′s call to action for standing against child abuse images by clicking on the image or clicking here. - Once you are there, read the short explanation, then sign the petition with your name and email. These two simple steps may help stop child exploitation online, and may help stop people from having the ability to find…
  • Are You Growing In Grace & Knowledge? (@WORDsearch) [Snippet]

    Brad Andres
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Are You Growing In Grace & Knowledge? (@WORDsearch) Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ… 2 Peter 3:18 is an interesting ending to Peter’s last letter to the Christians before he is crucified for the sake of the gospel. Peter tells the people to continue to grow in grace and knowledge. Of all the things he could have ended with, he emphasizes growth. Growing is an interesting concept. We can gain understanding when we consider our natural growth process. Who looks the same as they did when they were a newborn baby? Growth demands change. Why do we accept…
  • Perfect Peace (Scripture & Prayer) [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    God, Give me your peace. Help me to understand this peace that only you can give. It is a perfect peace, a complete peace, an all encompassing well being. Let me see that your peace comes from how I think about various situations in life. For if I have your vantage point, I can live in peace.  Help me to keep my focus on you. Let me give all of my trust to you.  And as I trust you with everything I am, then I will know that you are the Great I Am.  You are forever. Therefore, only you can give me perfect peace, peace forever. Thank you God. Amen. 
 
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    SightShift

  • I Am Centered And Focused- The 1 Dangerous Mistake I Make With What I Do

    Chris McAlister
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    I think about the pursuit of mission as a climb. I keep climbing. Every day. It’s a love. It’s grueling. It’s play. It requires sacrifice. And I’ve learned how to recognize when the climb becomes dangerous. I am making one key mistake. I am focused on the mission but I lose center. I start building who I am around what I do. I get uptight with people I love. And I stop appreciating the ways others are different than me. Instead I get annoyed at differences. A number of years ago a friend called this out in me. He said, “You’re focused but you’re not…
  • 7 hidden realities I learned the hard way about pastoring (6 apply to all leaders)

    Chris McAlister
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    (low res pic of Discovery’s launch 4 years ago) Your internal world drives your external leadership. And what you don’t know is dangerous. You can self sabotage the good you hope to accomplish. There are 7 hidden realities for pastors that change everything about their leadership. 6 of these apply to all leaders. This isn’t one of those posts. I don’t hate the church. I’m not bitter. But yesterday was my first day in 15 years that I haven’t pastored or been heading towards a pastoring role. I’ve served from the mega to the mini. I’ve served in…
  • One Thing Men Don’t Know About Themselves That Impacts Everything

    Chris McAlister
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    If you would have told me I would be writing about this topic a decade ago you would have gotten a strange look at best. But here I am. And I’m gonna say it. Men forget they are human and have emotions. This isn’t cliche. This is daily reality. The lightbulbs starting clicking on for me a number of years ago. I was getting battered financially. I was defeated. I was hurting. But I didn’t know how bad I was hurting. Instead I was focused on getting things done. In the name of survival I had learned to shut off parts of who I am. It took a number of incidents screaming for…
  • Rebuilding Who I Am (guest post)

    Chris McAlister
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The other day my friend Ryan mentioned something he wrote about the process of discovering and finding his own identity. It was really beautiful and I asked him if I could share it here. It’s so easy to let others make us in the image of who they need us to be. May you have strength to persevere in the de-construction and discernment in the re-construction. I live in this house. Lived here for almost 24 years. It’s where you live too. I remember seeing you here more when I was younger. I remember hearing you walk the halls. I remember feeling you around. This place used to be so much…
  • My Transition Away From Lead Pastor Of Discovery Church

    Chris McAlister
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The journey began 7 years ago. It was a transition that took more from me than I could’ve imagined. And gave back more than a lifetime’s worth of insight and transformation. Then almost 4 years ago the rebirth happened. Discovery Church was launched from the ashes of what was and reborn into a new future. Today I shared with our church family that effective the last Sunday of September I would no longer be the lead pastor of Discovery Church.  A few points to make: There’s nothing hidden. I’m not burned out. What became clear is that God has used me three times in transition…
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • Reimagining Church — A Quick Review of Frank Viola’s Book

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

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

    Steve Bremner
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Sure, I can see how they can be confused as the same thing, but hear me out. Not that I'm pre-tribulationist, but I want to help my friends out who hold to the pre-trib doctrine by giving many of you a helpful nugget here. This is also for those sending me emails and private Facebook messaged setting up straw man arguments about what you THINK post tribbers or amillenialists (or those of us who are both) believe without having bothered to actually look into it or ask one of them for yourself. Here's [Continue reading...]
  • Stop Giving Junk To Jesus

    Steve Bremner
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    A few months ago we were switching my office in our apartment with the guest bedroom to prepare for our intern named Lauren to arrive and have more space for her bedroom. As we were doing so, I put the books on my small bookshelf into a box to make migrating them to the new office much easier (and to make the bookshelf lighter when we carried it, mostly). That's when I noticed a big honking King James Translation of the Bible I had never noticed before. Since I never bought nor did I recollect [Continue reading...]
  • Missionary Tip #5: Don’t Thank Everybody Equally

    Steve Bremner
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    The following tip might seem obvious to some, but might cause a light to go off for others. You may have heard or believed that if you have partners who give you five dollars a month, and other partners who support you at $1000/month, to treat them all the same. For as long as I've been a missionary on support, I've also given to missions. The amounts I've been able to give have been pretty small due to the amount of my sustenance, but I've still been in the habit of doing so -- even now as [Continue reading...]
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    Shiloh 2014 Live

  • DECLARING SHILOH 2014 – December 9th – 13th 2014

    Shiloh 2014
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    DECLARING SHILOH 2014 – December 9th – 13th 2014 Herewith are the Epistles declaring the themes of Shiloh 2014, Shiloh 2014’s date amongst other information a we get set for this years convention. Exceeding grace greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. From scriptures we understand that: Every child of God is a member of […] The post DECLARING SHILOH 2014 – December 9th – 13th 2014 appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Pre Shiloh 2014 Message on Settlement

    Shiloh 2014
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Pre Shiloh 2014 Message on Settlement – The theme of Shiloh 2014 has gone forth as Heaven on Earth and it will be a season of settlement. What are you to expect come Shiloh 2014? Settlement! Stay expectant of settlement in your life. God does not want you unsettled beyond a moment in Shiloh 2014. […] The post Pre Shiloh 2014 Message on Settlement appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Shiloh 2014 Live Broadcast, Theme, Date and Venue

    Shiloh 2014
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Shiloh 2014 Live Broadcast, Theme, Date and Venue Shiloh 2014 Live Broadcast, Theme, Date and Venue – Hurray! Shiloh 2014 Date and theme has been unveiled by God’s servant. Bishop David Oyedepo reveals that the theme of this year’s Shiloh 2014 is “Heaven on Earth” while Shiloh 2014 date will span between December 9th to […] The post Shiloh 2014 Live Broadcast, Theme, Date and Venue appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Leadership Empowerment Summit, Shiloh Prep

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    You can not be saved by keeping the law.  Joining the church and being baptized will not even help save you.  - by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified - Galatians 2:16 You are helpless you can not save yourself.   The good news of the gospel is this:
  • Father

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Father, don't deny your children, Father, don't deprive your children, Of the guidance and spiritual encouragement, That you can give them.
  • 9 Amazing Benefits of Being Christian

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Jehovah Mekoddishkem, The Lord Who Sanctifies, has never shied away from HIS people - in fact, the common, the profane and the sacred are all very special to HIM.  Today, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution continues to protect Americans' freedom of religion, thereby protecting the right to be Christian. There's never been a better time to take advantage of all the benefits that spirituality and motivational spiritual quotes have to offer. Here are a few of the best things that Christianity can contribute to your life:
  • Pink isn’t just pink

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
     Pink isn’t just pink Pink is not just a color anymore It stands for those fighting for life The women who deal with this life threating disease
  • How to Find and Follow Your Bliss

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    "Following your bliss" is a phrase used in self-help circles to mean living a lifestyle that gives you a sense of peace, satisfaction, and wholeness. It is often centered on both modern and ancient spiritual quotes that serve to motivate and encourage people to chase after what truly makes them happy and to see the bliss that is already inherent in the world around them. For example, consider when Confucius said that: "Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see." Those who follow their bliss strive to live in a way that brings this beauty into every moment of their…
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  • Lincoln Brewster — Oxygen: Review

    Andre Viljoen
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Music Review by Ellenor Lotter Maybe this week’s review should be entitled “Confessions of a Worshipper.”  How is it that I didn’t know about Lincoln Brewster?  There is two things I like about this guy, no make it three!  1.  He is 6 months older than me, underlining the fact that your worship can impact the world when you are ‘our age’… 2.  OXYGEN and of course 3, the hairstyle!  So I was introduced to Lincoln Brewster yesterday for the first time and what an introduction this turned out to be.  His music had me singing in the car in no time.  I love discovering the…
  • Hope bringers, hope singers show up in Mozambique

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Sean Feucht, founder of the worship and prayer movement, Burn 24/7 and a group of Burn 24/7 worship leaders from various nations, have just been on a short mission trip to support Iris Ministries in Mozambique. Sean wrote this report for the Burn 24/7 website. Burn 24/7 coordinators in Port Elizabeth, Pete and Ali Gooch provided the pictures. The team led Moslem, Saide Alfred (centre), to the Lord. Mozambique is a nation that has largely been neglected and lost amidst the many growing global crises breaking out in the media. Although you will rarely see this third poorest nation in the world…
  • Call for 10 days Daniel fast of halaal products

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Christian Friendly Products (CFP) and Egeiro Ministry are calling on Christians to support a 10 days Daniel fast  from November 8 to 18, during which they will not buy, eat or drink any halaal products. CFP is a South African non profit company that wants suppliers to display its label on their products rather than halaal labels which currently appear on more than 50% of SA food products and help to finance the spread of Islam. Royalties from CFP labeling will be used to support Christian mission organisations. Explaining the Daniel fast call, CFP co-founder Etienne  de Jager says the…
  • Jannie Moolman looking forward to 5th Karoo Mighty Men on his farm

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Angus Buchan prays for KMMC coordinator Jannie Moolman (right) and his wife Marelize and daughters. Angus Buchan back in Middelburg for KMMC 2015 The Karoo heartland is again set to attract tens of thousands of men whose hearts thirst to experience the presence of the Lord and proclaim His glory. The fifth Karoo Mighty Men Conference (KMMC) will take place from April 24 to 26, 2015. Looking forward to next year’s KMMC, Jannie Moolman, event coordinator and owner of Rusoord Farm on the outskirts of Middelburg, where the conference is hosted each year, says KMMC 2015 will be a special event…
  • Toyi-toyi for services turns to toyi-toyi for Jesus

    Andre Viljoen
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Port Elizabeth evangelists Brendon Slabbert addresses protesters outside the City Hall yesterday. A housing protest in front of the Port Elizabeth City Hall took a surprising turn yesterday morning (Wednesday, October 29) when an evangelist, Brendon Slabbert, got permission to address the crowd. Slabbert who is a city businessman and student at the Word of Faith Bible Institute says he was busy “soul-winning” in the Central area yesterday morning. It became a bit quiet so he started “praying for the multitudes” and the Holy Spirit led him to a group of 17 people who…
 
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    I Love Devotionals

  • What to remember when God is silent

    Wendy van Eyck
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. Psalm 73:28 (ESV)Xylon is having another scan today. It should just be a routine one. It should just be another clear scan. It should be the second clear scan after 18 chemo sessions, a stem cell transplant and 20 radiation appointments.But "shoulds” don't hold a lot of weight when it comes to cancer. Even faith sometimes struggles to make the nagging fears that this part of our story isn’t finishedAdd to all of this the stress of moving house, and town,…
  • It’s (almost) my Birthday and I need your help

    Wendy van Eyck
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    Look around you: Everything you see is God’s—the heavens above and beyond, the Earth, and everything on it…God, your God, is the God of all gods, he’s the Master of all masters, a God immense and powerful and awesome. He doesn’t play favorites, takes no bribes, makes sure orphans and widows are treated fairly, takes loving care of foreigners by seeing that they get food and clothing. Deuteronomy 10:14, 17-18 (MSG)Currently my life is consumed with two things: 1) packing up and moving house 2) sifting through photos and telling stories for a non-profit, called Qhubeka, of…
  • Jesus is still reckless with hope

    Wendy van Eyck
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you…
  • When Love takes you places you never expected

    Wendy van Eyck
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
    Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8 (VOICE)Sun fell in shafts on the square as Xylon and I propped our feet on our backpacks. Opposite in a row of old women sat smoothing knee-length skirts over their knees and speaking rapidly in Spanish.Xylon pointed, and I turned to see an auburn haired woman clutching the hand of a blonde toddler heading towards us. We had never met Susannah but we guessed this must be her. Pulling our bags behind her we walked over to introduce ourselves.Susannah took us back to her apartment and started showing us around the space…
  • If you’re wondering if Jesus likes all of you (or how depression showed me he does)

    Wendy van Eyck
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
    But I'll take the hand of those who don't know the way, who can't see where they're going. I'll be a personal guide to them, directing them through unknown country. I'll be right there to show them what roads to take, make sure they don't fall into the ditch. These are the things I'll be doing for them - sticking with them, not leaving them for a minute. Isaiah 42:16 (MSG)I was 21, and standing in the dog food aisle, when I realised that I did not want to kill myself anymore. I remember the moment clearly; I can even picture the bag of dog food I was examining when I realised that I did…
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  • Reader’s Choice: Does God Care About What Job I Have?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ugochi Jolomi
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    My husband and I were scheduled to travel for a meeting outside our state one Friday morning, and to meet up with our flight; we have to leave for the airport by 7:30am immediately we drop off the... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Persecution Is Consequential.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    What people do not understand they usually reject. When someone is too used to darkness, light can become either a blinder or an illumination. It all depends on perspective and understanding. Many... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • What Happens When Couples Are Resolute.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    I have discovered that times when I make up my mind that something must be done; somehow, I find a way to get it done no matter how difficult or impossible it appeared. It does seem to me that... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • 5 Ways To Put The Devil On The Run.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    We cannot ignore or wish away the fact that we would have to face the enemy and all that he hurls at us as long as we live in this world. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have... Please click on title to READ ALL.
 
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  • Maranomi – The New Normal

    Keri
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    As we come to the end of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, I wanted to share a post I wrote a few months after […]
  • When Divine Healing Isn’t God’s Answer : 4 Focus Points in Ministry

    Keri
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    The following is an article by guest contributor (and my sister), Amy Harris. Thanks for sharing, Amy!   In a recent discussion while working toward […]
  • Are You a Key Piece?

    Keri
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Mark 1:2-8 (NIV) 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you,     who will prepare your way”[a]— 3 “a voice […]
  • “Can I Pleeeease???”

    Keri
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Lotus Carroll / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA During bath time, my 3 year old asked for the plastic cup I’d used to rinse his hair. […]
  • When the Road Gets Curvy

    Keri
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of the book, Love Isn’t Selfish: Understanding God’s Love through Human Relationships _____________________   I once had […]
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  • Dear Soul, Forget Not

    Ashley
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    1 Praise the Lord, my soul;    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.2 Praise the Lord, my soul,    and forget not all his benefits—3 who forgives all your sins    and heals all your diseases,4 who redeems your life from the pit    and crowns you with love and compassion,5 who satisfies your desires with good things    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.Psalm 103 : 1-5To be honest, my heart doesn’t feel…
  • Psalm 103

    LITR
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    1 Praise the Lord, my soul;    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.2 Praise the Lord, my soul,    and forget not all his benefits—3 who forgives all your sins    and heals all your diseases,4 who redeems your life from the pit    and crowns you with love and compassion,5 who satisfies your desires with good things    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.Psalm 103 : 1-5Take some time to read and pray…
  • Hard Pressed

    Karen
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Can you cover for me?”“I need a small favor.”“Please just come to the meeting. We really need your special gifts.”Sometimes, it sounds like the whole world is clamoring in my ear. In addition, my inner voice jabbers 24-7. Add in my typical day plus never-enough sleep and, well, I don’t wish to complain, but feeling hard-pressed on every side is status quo.Sound familiar?The 21st century lament of too much to do and not enough time probably would find a sympathizer in the Apostle Paul. Consider his life: He spends all of his time going hither and thither, running from angry…
  • Happiness vs. Joy

    Megan
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    What is the difference between happiness and joy? Is there one? They're both positive emotions, correct? But certainly there is a difference. Happiness (n): the quality or state of being happy; good fortune; pleasure; contentment.Joy (n): the expression or display of glad feeling.Can you see the difference? Happiness is solely based on our circumstances. We experience happiness when we get a promotion at work, eat a delicious meal, and get paid for our hard work. Happiness is circumstance focused.Joy, on the other hand, is something we, as Christians, can experience at anytime…
  • He is always faithful

    Erin
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I believe God sovereignly chose the sin of adultery to be so painful in marriage because it may be the closest we can come to experiencing the anguish we cause our Savior in our unfaithfulness. Believers are Christ’s bride. He is our perfect groom. He has always been and always will be faithful to us. We choose other lovers over and over again and he refuses to let us go. When he joyfully endured the cross this truth was not absent from his mind.The Jews had just turned their backs on him and because he is God, he knew we would continue to do this until the day he returns to redeem the…
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  • The Heavens Declare

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

    Michael Thompson
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    A park bench was the backdrop for two young men in deep conversation. This wasn’t one of those “who’ll take the Series” talks. It was gut level, expose-your-real-self talk. As they were unpacking hearts, one of the guys got quiet and just stared pensively into space. Noticing the distance and the deep sadness in his eyes, his buddy asked, “Man, where did you drift off to? You look so bummed. What did you start thinking about that got you down?” “My future”. Knowing his friend had a pretty good life, he couldn’t help but ask, “Your future? What in the…
  • Heartbreak

    Michael Thompson
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    How can you mend a broken heart? Anyone who grew up in the 70’s like me will likely find it hard to read those words without hearing the staccato falsetto of the BeeGees. Sorry. But in spite of that, it is a good question. There is so much heart-break in raw reality of life. And there are so many living constantly with those aching, unmended hearts. The searing pain of knowing someone you loved betrayed you, let you down, didn’t care or gave up when you needed them most is severe. In truth, nothing hurts like your broken heart. Nothing. Except when you face someone whose heart you…
  • Automanically

    Michael Thompson
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Automation. It is literally gold in my world…stock trading. In buying and selling equities, moms and pops compete with super computers which execute multitudes of trades in milliseconds with microscopic precision. Automated trading has become a kind of Holy Grail. Many who live and work in this world of Main Street vs Wall Street crave it with manic obsession. They chase it like Indiana Jones in pursuit of the Lost Ark. Set up a strategy, flesh out a technique, implement an idea…all before it actually happens. Then, leave it in the “cloud” to be mysteriously–almost…
  • Look What I Did!

    Michael Thompson
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:23 am
    Rehab Addict. Fixer Upper. Kitchen Crashers. American Restoration. It is a sad and silly admission, but my wife and I love DIY shows. The whole process of watching a dilapidated old house rise like a phoenix from the ashes of disrepair to its former beauty is mildly addictive. We can’t seem to get enough. One of my favorite parts in these renovations is to see what is uncovered from beneath the years of decay.  Layers of paint and wall paper; half-hearted attempts at adding on or covering up; tacky or kitschy approaches to trendy redecorating…all of these cover what was once the…
 
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  • A Response to Some Distortions by Archbishop Gregory Concerning the GOC

    Anastasios Hudson
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    [PDF] Introduction Archbishop Gregory of Colorado At the onset, I want to say that I have an extreme dislike for engaging in polemics. Nowadays, I normally do not engage in public refutations of false accusations; I spent too many hours of my life doing so in the 2000s, and it caused me a lot of consternation. Perhaps some good came out of it, but I found it impossible to answer every critic, and every argument. Nowadays, I don’t mind writing broadly in article or book format to address trends and events, but the point-by-point refutation style of responding so common online is something I…
  • Why Bishop Christodoulos Is Being Forced Off Facebook

    Anastasios Hudson
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis Those active in Orthodox Christian “corners” of Facebook have likely heard of or interacted with His Grace Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis, who joined the site as soon as it became open to the public in 2006 (in fact, I joined Facebook when he invited me). Bishop Christodoulos, a vicar bishop in the GOC, quickly reached the Facebook limit of 5000 friends, and while he primarily used it to interact with his spiritual children and promote videos on the YouTube Channel Greek Orthodox Christian Television, he also used it to become one of the most…
  • I’m Sorry, but I Hate Fall

    Anastasios Hudson
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Autumn…Did You Know It’s a Symbol of Death? I’ve always hated Fall. Autumn. The changing of leaf colors. The cold breeze. The way the sunlight seems to cast down upon us differently. Longer hours of darkness. Wet rain. Back to school. Hardly anything interesting on the church calendar. The stupid “holiday” of Halloween. The death of my best friend Roberto (+11/19/2008). Sweaters, long pants. Unpredictable weather: mornings cold, afternoons hot. Animals going away. Heating bills increasing. Seemingly more tired. Fall in 2012 was when I had to come to terms with…
  • Excerpt from Upcoming Book: Finding the True Orthodox Church

    Anastasios Hudson
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Finding the True Orthodox Church. The book consists of a series of chapters which address various objections to True Orthodoxy. This is the introduction to a chapter which addresses the question, “Are True Orthodox Vagantes?” This charge is sometimes leveled against the True Orthodox, by comparing them to various pseudo-churches with no legitimate heritage, in an effort to paint the True Orthodox as pretend clergy and poseurs. The chapter will explore the differences between True Orthodox and Independent Orthodox (i.e. vagante)…
  • The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine Routis

    Anastasios Hudson
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    +November 15/28 1927 Originally published by the Ta Patria Periodical Saint Catherine Routis THE HOLY NEW MARTYR Catherine Routis was born in 1900 in a small Greek village called Mandra in Attica Greece to poor but pious parents. Like her parents — John and Maria Peppas — Catherine was a pious child, offering to help family and neighbors in any way possible. At the age of 22, Catherine Peppas married Constantine Routis from the same village. Christ gave them two children, Christos and Irene. The devout Routis family joined the resistance of the True Orthodox Christians, participating in…
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  • Walking in the Recesses of the Deep

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    As I blinked quickly, I strained my eyes to try and see out into the night. My eyes only saw the white lines of the waves, as my ears picked up the whooshhhhhh, whooshhhhhh of the ocean crashing against the beachhead. I shivered even amidst the strong gusts of warm Caribbean air as I leaned against the upstairs portico of the house, viewing the night storm. I had come here to pray, my evening ritual of touching base with God once more before I closed my eyes for the night. Yet this encounter…it took the words right out of my mouth. I stood there silent, awestruck by the power and…
  • ISIS vs. Restraining Grace

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:37 pm
    I sat and looked at my screen today as I read a message from a friend serving in the north of Iraq… “We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically.” My eyes scanned the words again, and I blinked harder thinking that if I just cleared my sightline, the message would be different. But it wasn’t. It was there in black and white. As the minutes passed, and I sat in stillness, I desperately wanted to push my heart out of my chest. The ache was so heavy, and all I could do was push away from my desk and drop to my knees. As my…
  • With God, There Is No Plan B

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    The smile that passed over my face that evening, and the joy that seared through my heart like a flaming sword, was so surprising and yet infinitely welcome. As I sat on the couch curled up in a fleece blanket, sipping a glass of merlot, I listened to sermon after sermon about what it meant to be the “beloved.” And like the wine, I savored the message that I heard. Often as a little girl, I had been told that as believers we were the "Lord’s beloved," but that night I realized that I hadn’t even begun to scrape the surface of what that really truly meant.  I was transfixed.
  • When Waiters Wait, and Flavors Flood In

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    The waiter was waiting, staring me down as I hurriedly scanned the menu again and again. I was on a cleanse called the Whole30, in honor of someone I loved who was just diagnosed with diabetes. The cleanse was going well, until I would go out to restaurants. Then it got tough, and the restrictions against yummy things like grains, dairy, sugar, and alcohol became roadblocks to dining. And here I was sitting at a restaurant, giddy to be spending time with close friends, but staring warily at the menu. I had thought that if my friends ordered first, it would buy me more time, but they were so…
  • Dads Who Run

    16 Jun 2014 | 7:42 pm
    As I stepped out onto the bleachers and my eyes fell upon the scene that matched the noise we’d been hearing from outside the stadium for a half hour, a smile immediately touched my face. There was so much excitement in the air it was palpable! The hotdog vendors were shouting out among the buzzing fans, who were finding their seats while bribing their young kids to stay seated in exchange for cotton candy. The stands were full, and as you looked down onto the field, you could see the sun glinting off of the water—sprayed to dampen the baseball diamond. This was Camden Yards, home of the…
 
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  • Ode to Hot Doug’s

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A sad day for everyone who eats   Friday, October 3, in the two-thousand and fourteenth year of our Lord, the West’s inimitable culinary paragon, the peerless Hot Doug’s, shutters its doors in valedictory glory. From no other succulent summits and in no other toothsome times has such piquant, palatable, and positively nutritive delicacies captured the hearts and gullets of so many for so long.   Few modern mavens can now recall the long comestible winter before Doug’s raised a light of hope for the maws of civilized gastronomes. A hope built of unadulterated esculent will and…
  • On safari

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    In Swahili, the word “safari” just means “trip.” So, a safari doesn’t necessarily mean heading out into the bush to see animals. For us, however, it meant exactly that. On our last full day, we woke up early (4:30 a.m.) and headed out to Nairobi National Park. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so I’ll just post photos below. We ended the trip with a last meal with our host families and much of the church staff who’d been with us over the course of the week. We exchanged gifts and words and prayed together. It is, of course, impossible to summarize…
  • Kibera start-ups 1.0

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Thursday was mostly a repeat of Wednesday morning, so there will not be a great deal more to add. We returned to the Blue House — the popular local name for the church in Kibera (because it is painted sky blue and stands out from the surrounding browns and grays) — where we conducted the second day of the entrepreneurial training. We talked about assessing and starting small businesses, about supply and demand, market saturation and finances. The creativity and excitement in the group was even more evident today. They created lists of potential small businesses. I was impressed…
  • Down to business… and dancing

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    We returned to Kibera Wednesday for the first day of the entrepreneurial training class, the part of the trip I’d been most excited about. A local Kenyan businessman and our team leader tag-teamed the morning session, which focused on savings groups and how to think about starting a small business (markets, supply and demand, skill sets, team building, etc.). Attending the class were about 20 students, all probably between the ages of 18 and 30, and all from Kibera. Most of them also attended NBC’s church in Kibera and some had been with us for the clinics the last two days. The…
  • Care for widows and orphans

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    On Tuesday we went with a group of church volunteers to Kuwinda, a slum in the Karen neighborhood of Nairobi. By comparison, Kibera seemed well-off. The story goes that Karen was a wealthy British woman living in Nairobi during the colonial era. When visitors would head her way, they’d say they were going to Karen’s. As more and more Brits moved into the area, Karen’s name became the default title of the whole area. Today, Karen refers to a wealthy, traditionally expat community in the southwestern corner of the city. Interestingly, it also encompasses one of the poorest areas in the…
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  • In case stuff happens

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

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

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

    Silas Eke
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Reading: Hebrews 12:3-11There are a few reasons given in the passage for why God chastens us:a.Chastening is the evidence that we are saved (verses 6-8)For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receivesChastening is first of all evidence that we belong to God’s family. God does not chasten the devil’s children. He lets them go, and will deal with them in the final judgment.b.Chastening is for our profit and welfare (verse 10)For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.It is…
  • The Responsibility of Christian Youth

    Silas Eke
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    What messages does the Bible have for the Christian Youth? Here are a few passages: "Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, And put away evil from your flesh, For childhood and youth are vanity. Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, "I have no pleasure in them". [Ecclesiastes…
 
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  • Stop Asking God For Material Items

    Robert
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Don’t Keep Asking God For Things You Don’t Need 1 John 5:13-14 CJB says, “I have written you these things so that you may know that you have eternal life – you who keep trusting in the person and power of the Son of God. This is the confidence we have in his presence: if […] The post Stop Asking God For Material Items appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • He Who Speaks To God

    Robert
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    He Who Speaks to God Some people believe that hearing God is a privilege that is only available to those have become sons in the faith. This is not true. Many of us are evidence of this when considering that he had to “speak to us” in our sin state in order for us to […] The post He Who Speaks To God appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • God Still Heals Experience God Healing

    Robert
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    God Still Heals – God Healing Sometimes, when we are in the midst of great distress – either physical, emotional or even spiritual, it can be very difficult to believe that he is with us. But the truth is this: “God never breaks or loosens his commitment to his people. We are often the ones […] The post God Still Heals Experience God Healing appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • Don’t Be Anxious About Anything

    Sonya Richards
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    What The Bible Says. Don’t Be Anxious About Anything Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians Chapter 4, Verse 6 Are there times we pray for things that we ought not to?  James Chapter 4, Verse 3 says when we […] The post Don’t Be Anxious About Anything appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • Christians Support Same Sex Marriage?

    Sonya Richards
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Should Christians Support Same Sex Marriage? Why supporting same sex marriage is not loving “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not […] The post Christians Support Same Sex Marriage? appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
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  • The Negative Health Effects of Skipping a Single Meal

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    29 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Less is more, right? Yes, if you’re talking about miles per hour when you get pulled over for speeding, but not in the realm of eating. Whether you’re a celebrity-diet fan or experienced a night of too much booze and Burger King, chances are you’ve heard of the term fasting.  Fasting may seem appealing when you’re in a crunch or trying to undo some serious damage, but think twice before you consider it. Here’s what happens to your body when you skip a meal (yes, just a meal!): Digestion Disruption: Our bodies are used to having food to digest. When you stop eating for a day or a…
  • Chris Tomlin Released His New Album, Love Ran Red!

    Get Better Today
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    One of the world’s most popular Christian artists Chris Tomlin, just released his newest album Love Ran Red! Following up his insanely successful album Burning Lights, which reached #1 on the Billboard charts, Love Ran Red is poised for the same success.  Highlighted by singles called “Waterfall”, “At The Cross” and “Jesus Loves Me”, Tomlin’s album has a little bit of something for every listener.   Don’t be surprised if you hear some of the tracks in church soon either! The Love Ran Red tour, will begin in the Spring of 2015.  Before…
  • How To Accelerate Muscle Growth In A Short Period Of Time

    Get Better Today
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    If you have ever stepped into a gym, most like you’ve used the old school method of 3 sets with 10 reps to try and build muscle.Then, 90% of you won’t return after a month because you don’t see any gains. Of course not! Think about what you’re doing. In order for a muscle to increase in size you have to first break it down. You’re not going to accomplish that will 3 measly sets of a weight you can lift 10 times. If you really want to build muscle, try the method fitness coach Chad Waterbury advocates in his book Huge in a Hurry. At first I was skeptical to try this method I am about…
  • The Top 5 Exercises That Burn The Most Calories

    Get Better Today
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    So many people would love to lose body fat. Whether the goal is to burn fat to allow muscles to shine through or you are looking to lose pounds, the key to doing so is cardiovascular exercise. Cardio gets your heart rate up and burns calories unlike any other type of exercise. Although, there are many calorie burning exercises out there, you want to do the ones that yield the best results.   Here are the top five exercises that burn the most calories.   Cycling Cycling is a huge calorie burner. It is basically the ultimate cardiovascular workout. Something as simple as a hour bike…
  • The Top Grossing Christian Movies Of All-Time

    Get Better Today
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
      With the recent success of God’s Not Dead and Heaven Is For Real, Christian themed movies are on fire at the box office right now. And like we mentioned in “Christianity Might Be Hollywood’s Secret Weapon”, the success is creating a situation where we’ll need to evaluate the biblical accuracy of each movie. But it’s hard not to get excited about the popularity in the movies with an honorable Christian message. That’s why we wanted to share this cool Infographic from OnlineChristianColleges.com that details the…   Highest-Grossing…
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    charlessamuel.com

  • Being A Gay Christian Won’t Work For A Church of Fat People

    Charles Samuel
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    We treat overweight Christians sensitively as a church. But if you're a gay Christian? Not so much. Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post Being A Gay Christian Won’t Work For A Church of Fat People appeared first on .
  • Being A Gay Christian Won’t Work For A Church of Fat People

    Charles Samuel
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    We treat overweight Christians sensitively as a church. But if you're a gay Christian? Not so much. Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post Being A Gay Christian Won’t Work For A Church of Fat People appeared first on .
  • Being A Gay Christian Won’t Work For A Church of Fat People

    Charles Samuel
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    This post isn't really about being a gay Christian or being overweight. It's about loving people despite their failings. Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post Being A Gay Christian Won’t Work For A Church of Fat People appeared first on .
  • 4 Things We Get Wrong About Prayer

    Charles Samuel
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Here are 4 misconceptions we have about prayer. Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post 4 Things We Get Wrong About Prayer appeared first on .
  • Bad Church Doctrine Makes Us Slaves

    Charles Samuel
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Church leaders have a responsibility to accurately relay what's in scripture. So why do so many leaders share bad church doctrine? Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post Bad Church Doctrine Makes Us Slaves appeared first on .
 
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • The Night Before the Marathon

    Julie Wilson
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Honestly, it feels strange to be writing the final posts about my journey to the marathon. Even though I sit here two days after I ran the race, and my muscles are sore; it is hard for me to believe that I actually did it. Thinking about completing the race had been on my mind since last December. It felt much like a wedding or having a child in that the anticipation is built up, and then just like that it’s over, and we are expected to return to our “normal” lives. Carb loading and Conversation While enjoying a pasta dinner at a really nice restaurant the night before the marathon…
  • Put the Food Down

    Matt Hylton
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    When I began my 255 lbs weight loss journey When I started my weight journey, I used to eat 2800 cal of food per day. The types of food didn’t matter to me as long as I was getting my 2800 cal of food per day. I would eat whatever I wanted, not giving any thought to how it would affect my body. I was reading the Bible and came across Daniel 1:8 “…Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king…” He did not want to eat any of the King’s delicacies because they were offered to the false gods of Babylon. This Bible verse…
  • I HAVE A SECRET!

    Matt Hylton
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    Shhh… Don’t tell anybody! It’s not a fad diet, nor a miracle pill, powder, or potion.  It’s not a spa treatment or medical procedure. It’s not even in most people’s top 5 lists to become healthy and lose weight. What is it you ask?? What’s the secret I am talking about? So simple, yet people seem to ignore the basic truth that I am about to share with you. THE SECRET There is no secret, no formula, fad diet, pills or powders. It all comes down to the simple basic truth of eating right, living right, working out hard, and serving God. That’s it.
  • Breaking Through 20 Miles: Lessons from Marathon Training

    Julie Wilson
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    No doubts here! Twenty miles didn’t seem so bad the second time around.  The first time I ran that far, I was in doubt whether I could do it or not. This time, I knew I could do it just like I did a few weeks before. I anticipated a decent run, and it would be better because I knew the exact route. I knew what I would feel like, and I was ready. I shifted my schedule around to make sure I had plenty of time to get this “doable” run in. Things are not always what they seem… I started my run like any other long run. Plenty of Gatorade in my Camelbak, lots of Gu packets ready to fuel…
  • The EXCESS SKIN DILEMMA

    Matt Hylton
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:31 am
    The Truth about Excess Skin If you have never been extremely overweight and  lost a lot of weight, you probably have no idea about how uncomfortable excess skin is. Sure, I have done the easy part of eating right, living right, working out hard, & serving God. I know He is taking care of the hard parts, the things I could not do. The excess skin is still very annoying, cumbersome, and not to mention not attractive. I have more hanging excess skin then a flying squirrel. At least a flying squirrel has a purpose,and a good use for theirs. My skin is truly an irritant, and makes wearing or…
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    United Faith Church

  • The Reason Why

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— (‭Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭4-5‬ NIV) God chose us before creation to be his own. He adopted us as His children to shine in the way we live our lives. And the question is why? Why would this awesome God choose us? The key phrase is: “In love…” God chose before creation, this  means before we could make any move, before we could think or prove anything, simply…
  • Heavenly Minded

    Kris Burke
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Ephesians 3:7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. UFC, When I first read this verse I was stricken by the difference between Paul’s attitude in his writing and the circumstance he was in when he wrote it. If you read just the verse, he speaks about how he has become a servant of God and how it was given to him as a gift by God’s grace. He sounds like he is enthused and counts himself blessed to be given this opportunity of servanthood. But we know that Paul was writing this letter from a jail cell. He was imprisoned,…
  • Sonship

    Kris Burke
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Ephesians 1:5 In lovehe predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…   UFC, The world is full of people who have no choices in their actions but are bound to be “slaves to sin”. All of us can remember what that was like as we were once there. But Christ came to break slavery and bring us into sonship. Christ came and suffered on the cross so that you could be a son! We do not seek the Father because of rules; we seek the father because we have been adopted in love and we want to be close to our Father. We do not restrain…
  • Rejoice!

    Kris Burke
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Deuteronomy 16:14-15 You shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your towns. For seven days you shall keep the feast to the Lord your God at the place that the Lord will choose, because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful.   UFC, It is such an awesome time in the church of God! This verse is talking about the Festival of Tabernacles, the time we are currently…
  • Be At Peace

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ NIV) Its very easy to see the turmoil and chaos that’s building up in the world. There are cases of Ebola beginning to spread. There are diseases affecting children that doctors can’t cure. There are rumors of war and wars that are occurring. Threats of economic collapse, terroristic attacks, and the list goes on and on. But what should be happening within the believer at such a time? PEACE! Jesus speaks peace…
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    FaithSuccess

  • How Important Is Speaking in Tongues?

    SEGUN
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    How Important is Speaking in Tongues By Kenneth E. Hagin There is more to being filled with the Holy Ghost than speaking in tongues, but tongues are an important and inte­gral part of receiving the Holy Ghost, since they are the initial evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:4). Also, speaking in tongues is an integral part of the believer’s devo­tional prayer life, for as
  • DEALING WISELY IN LIFE'S AFFAIRS

    SEGUN
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    RHEMA ENCOUNTER DAILY DEVOTIONAL DEALING WISELY IN LIFE'S AFFAIRS This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8). The Septuagint rendering of the latter part of the verse
  • How to Have a Harmonious Marriage

    SEGUN
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    How to Have a Harmonious MarriageThe Number One Problem in Marriages—StrifeHarmony at home is one of the greatest blessings in life. It’s also one of the easiest blessings to lose if we don’t make a decision to do all we can to nurture our marriage relationship.From the Scriptures you can learn the proper attitude about marriage: “Let marriage be held in honor (esteemed worthy, precious, of great
  • Great Faith can be yours

    SEGUN
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    What is faith Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. —Hebrews 11:1 Moffatt's translation of this verse reads, "Now faith means that we are confident of what we hope for, convinced of what we do not see." "Faith is just acting on God's Word irrespective of what we feel, think or see." Faith is an act. That's what faith is. Importance of faith We
  • God is watching over us (Protection)

    SEGUN
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Gods angels are watching over us Ps 91:11 ​​​​​​​- NETFor he will order his angels to protect you in all you do. Matt 18:10 “See that you do not disdain one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.Ps 34:7 ​​​​​​​The LORD’s angel camps around the LORD’s loyal followers and delivers them. Heb 1:14 Are they not all ministering
 
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    brian niece | sacramental living

  • Why Celebrity Pastors Are Going the Way of the Dodo Bird

    Brian Niece
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Celebrity pastors aren’t cool anymore.  But were they ever, really? North American churches have too easily slipped into cults of personality. And celebrity pastors have too easily given into the temptation to be called “good.” via // http://www.churchleaders.com I won’t name names in this post.  The intent here is not to call people out, nor add to divisions. The headlines of shady actions by celebrity pastors speak for themselves. Instead, let’s explore why this phenomenon even exits, and what it means to you. Follow Me Jesus used this phrase often. He called…
  • Let’s Talk About Grace, New Creation, Presence (Sermons)

    Brian Niece
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Grace, new creation, and presence sermons just posted here. God is on the move! I’m humbled to be a part of Christ’s work in reconciling all of creation to himself. Though I’m called to preach and that’s where I’m right at home, I know full well that the best sermons are those that are lived. My prayer is that something here will inspire you to join me in practicing the presence of God in all avenues of life. That’s how we make disciples!Related Posts: Another Un-Truth I Learned from the Church Hey, Leader! This Is for When the Transition Gets Tough 5 Ways…
  • 5 Ways We Can Live Grace in Everyday Life

    Brian Niece
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Grace radiates from the center of God. If we are being made in the image of this God, and if we are followers of Jesus the Christ, grace should be lived out in our lives in 5 clear ways. via // http://theologigal.com Paul’s letters to the Corinthians (the body of believers at Corinth) give insight to these 5 ways of living grace. 1. Divine Love The divine love that God shows to the undeserving is the greatest gift of all.  This character of divine love cannot be possessed. It must be granted. Paul’s greatest desire for the Corinthians is that they would be willing recipients of…
  • Truthful Tuesday :: The Work-life of a Pastor

    Brian Niece
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Some folks that are part of my faith community, CrossRoad Church, started a #TruthfulTuesday practice on Facebook a few weeks ago.  So here I am taking the plunge to show you behind the veil of my work-life as a pastor. It’s amazing that I’m pastoring again at all.  Let me explain … Why I’m Pastoring Again When I resigned from being a pastor 5 years ago, I wanted nothing to do with the local church, much less being a pastor ever again.  I was burned out, broken, hurt, damaged.  I knew I was still called to preach, but I couldn’t reconcile that call with…
  • Being the Church Around a Meal // from the archives

    Brian Niece
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    *This post first appeared September 14, 2008 // I thought this was an appropriate post based on the sermon I recently preached. We were sitting around, eating the family meal. Eliot, my 3-year old said, “We are the church.” “Why?” I asked. “Because we have food.” via // http://www.shutterstock.com My wife and I just stared at each other and smiled.  After a moment pregnant with meaning, awe, wonder, I said to Heather, “Something profound was just going on there.” She nodded in agreement. Somehow, Eliot is getting it … even at 3 years…
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    The Cross-Current

  • The Codex Alexandrinus – Score One for Shepherds Seminary

    Cross-Current
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    I’m excited to share that Dr. Andrew Smith, one of my professors here at Shepherds Theological Seminary, recently had a book published that will likely be the conclusive work on one of the earliest surviving complete Greek Bibles. Dr. Smith … Continue reading →
  • Shepherds 360 Conference [Erwin Lutzer]

    Cross-Current
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    My church, Colonial Baptist Church, in conjunction with Shepherds Theological Seminary (which I am attending), recently concluded their first annual national church leaders’ conference. The theme was, “Christ and our changing culture,” and the speakers included names such as Al … Continue reading →
  • Shepherds 360 Conference [Greg Gilbert]

    Cross-Current
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    My church, Colonial Baptist Church, in conjunction with Shepherds Theological Seminary (which I am attending), recently concluded their first annual national church leaders’ conference. The theme was, “Christ and our changing culture,” and the speakers included names such as Al … Continue reading →
  • Shepherds 360 Conference [more notes and quotes]

    Cross-Current
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    My church, Colonial Baptist Church, in conjunction with Shepherds Theological Seminary (which I am attending), recently concluded their first annual national church leaders’ conference. The theme was, “Christ and our changing culture,” and the speakers included names such as Al … Continue reading →
  • Shepherds 360 Conference [Al Mohler]

    Cross-Current
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    My church, Colonial Baptist Church, in conjunction with Shepherds Theological Seminary (which I am attending), just concluded their first annual national church leaders’ conference. The theme was, “Christ and our changing culture,” and the speakers included names such as Al … Continue reading →
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    The WILD VOICE

  • PLEASE SIGN PETITION – Asking Pope Francis to ANSWER CARDINAL BURKE and DEFEND THE CATHOLIC FAITH

    The WILDVOICE
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    http://thewildvoice.org Please SIGN THIS PETITION asking Pope Francis to answer Cardinal Raymond Burke's call to defend Catholic teaching. Read more → The post PLEASE SIGN PETITION – Asking Pope Francis to ANSWER CARDINAL BURKE and DEFEND THE CATHOLIC FAITH appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • The Church's Enemies Within The Church

    The WILDVOICE
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    http://thewildvoice.org God's story unfolding – the murder of Pope John Paul I, the removal of Pope Benedict XVI, the rise of the False Prophet, the changing Eucharist PAGE TOPICS God's Story The Murder of Pope John Paul I Interesting Coincidences Tony… Read more → The post The Church's Enemies Within The Church appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • TWR- THE WILD REPORT – 10.07.14

    The WILDVOICE
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    http://thewildvoice.org 10.07.14: Changing Catholic Doctrine – Pope Purges Conservatives – EBOLA in US – EBOLA as Bio-Weapon – ISIS in Canada – Exorcism – Satanic HBO Show – Satanic Music Video – LGBT Inclusiveness – Zombie Apocalypse – Putin and The… Read more → The post TWR- THE WILD REPORT – 10.07.14 appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Pope Benedict XVI Is Still My Pope – We Want Our Pope Back

    The WILDVOICE
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org Please feel free to DOWNLOAD and SHARE this image freely. "Pope Benedict XVI Is Still My Pope – We Want Our Pope Back" Read more → The post Pope Benedict XVI Is Still My Pope – We Want Our Pope Back appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Letter to POPE FRANCIS from DR. KELLY BOWRING

    The WILDVOICE
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org "Are You Planning to Redefine Church Doctrine?" On October 1, 2014, Catholic Theologian Dr. Kelly Bowring released an open letter to Pope Francis. You may read the full letter at www.twoheartspress.com We have posted a video of Dr. Bowring reading… Read more → The post Letter to POPE FRANCIS from DR. KELLY BOWRING appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
 
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    Purposeful Faith

  • Let your Light Shine Bright

    purposefulfaith
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Light. I wasn’t so sure about my light.  They say to let your light shine bright, but it wasn’t working for me quite right. Shining bright led me down roads of anxiety.  I would think, “I’m making them uncomfortable. They think I am crazy.  I look like a show off.  They think I’m a mess.  I’m talking too much.” Shining my “light” illuminated my vulnerabilities – and highlighted my insecurities.  It left me fearful.   I know that God calls us to shine his light, but why is it such a fight? I was in a mom’s bible study. We…
  • How to Believe God (over the lies of the world): Part II

    purposefulfaith
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: In the blog post, Caution: How Not to be of the World, we talked about how taking our focus off of Christ can divert us down a road we never intended to drive.  But, by keeping our eyes on the Lord, nothing can take us down.  Nothing can shake us.  Nothing can keep God away.  He sees us and is right next to us.  We can learn how to believe God and not the World. And when we do, God will stand next to us and walk us right up to the purpose of our life.  Finally, we can stand before purpose and to grab hold of it. When we keep our eyes on the Lord, when we keep him…
  • Caution: How Not to be of The World (Part I)

    purposefulfaith
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: We have a choice to make.  Do we believe the World or do we believe the Lord?  We have to live in this world, but we are smart to discover how not to be of the world. Because the fact of the matter is that you can’t serve both. You will either serve God or you will serve the world. “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.  (Matthew 6:24) The world tries to tell us that we need to be rich, powerful, successful, beautiful, funny,…
  • Why Can’t I Be Better?

    purposefulfaith
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Have you ever had that pull on your heart?  That ache that tells you that something is not quite right?  The persistent call that tells you that you have messed up yet again? The one that makes you ask, “Why can’t I be better?” It’s a feeling of shame, mixed with regret, all combined with a ton of guilt. I hate these feelings sometimes.  Even worse, I hate how I feel when I am not sure what I should do.  I hate not knowing if I will ever “be better”, “do better” and “love better”.  I hate feeling like I will…
  • The Best Tip to Get Through An Argument

    purposefulfaith
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: There is one tip – one tip – that is the best tip to get through an argument and you are about to learn it. We have all been in an argument. Those ugly, annoying, life-taxing disagreements that leave us feeling horrible. They hurt. They frustrate.  We feel slighted, annoyed and aggravated. We just can’t seem to get over how and why a person would treat us the way that they did. We Ask: Why would they intentionally hurt us? Why would they be so mean? Why would they go and say THOSE things? That is how I felt. I felt that the words spoken to me were…
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    The Standard Blog for Christian Business Owners

  • Spiritual Warfare in Business

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    I’m not going to believe some mumbo-jumbo about evil spirits and demon possession Firstly, why should I even consider entertaining God and business in the same sentence? Secondly, I am perfectly capable of taking care of business by myself. And lastly, if you think I’m even going to believe some mumbo-jumbo about evil spirits and demon possession, you’ve got to be kidding – I’ll leave that for my kids and Halloween! Does this sound about right? Well, I’m not surprised, especially when Christians talk about faith and work together, they’re invariably referring to what happens in…
  • Can I to talk to God direct about my business?

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Don't listen to what others say about God - your life depends on it! We're told; "you're unique, there's only one of you, your fingerprints, eyes and even your ears are all unique." I get it, I'm unique, I accept I'm made this way, I also have a unique brain, a unique business, I have unique mind and my thoughts are my own too, because that's how it is. So why do so many listen to other people views, ideologies and perceptions about God?Surely if we're unique 'all-over' we should be making up our own minds about God - shouldn't we? Where do I start? How can I make up my own mind about God and…
  • Left Behind - Released 2014 - Starring Nicholas Cage

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    I believe this is the start of a major revival and that Hollywood will change millions of lives Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have blessed so many people with their books, not just the Left Behind series but literally hundreds more.   This film being released in October 2014 will, I believe, change the lives of more people that we could ever imagine - in to the millions! The books have sold over 75 million copies and to date they have over 1.2 million Facebook followers for the movie.I was once told by a "grown-up" Christian that the last book in the Bible - Revelation, was nonsense…
  • Kovac (Charlie) Karol - Testimony & Fund Raising for Ghana

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Saved From the Brink of Death and friending Jesus on Facebook Charlie Kovac rebelled as a kid growing up and got enlisted in the army by His Dad.  He then got put in prison for rioting. After the army he pursued a life of alcohol, dealing drugs and porn and ended up homeless on the streets of Prague before moving to the UK.  Charlie's life was heading for terminal disaster until he had a personal encounter with God. This is his testimony...Starting with a Curfew My name is Charlie, and I'm 32 years old. I grew up in Slovakia and I had a good childhood. I had the best parents anyone…
  • What can the West do about the Islamic Problem?

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    When we're so full of arrogance, self-aggrandisement and renounce faith in God? In the same way the Israelites who ignored God chose to follow their own ideologies and idols, so too have successive western governments. Muslim hoodlums are allowed to roam British streets telling the ‘open and welcoming’ resident British, they are no longer walking on British run territory but militant Shari’ a enforced territory.Did any of our British soldiers die for this to happen in their own country? Who is to blame for allowing this to happen? I believe it is quite simple to identify how this has…
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    Articles | NewSpring Church

  • What Do You Know About Ghosts?

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ghost Hunters, Celebrity Ghost Stories, Haunted Highway, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Activity — it seems like every other TV show or movie is about the supernatural. We are fascinated with the spirit world, but how much of what we believe about ghosts is actually real?Are ghosts real?Spirit beings are in the Bible, but these are not the spirits of dead people who haunt the living as ghosts. We die once, then we're judged, destined to either heaven or hell (Hebrews 9:27, Matthew 25:46).  Jesus illustrates this point in a story about a rich man who dies and goes to hell. In his…
  • The Difference Between Radical And Radicalized

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Most of my childhood was lived in the 80s. If we really liked something, it was “awesome,” “gnarly,” or “radical.”  Radical is a great word to describe that decade in general. We wanted big hair, liked loud music, rolled our pants tight enough to cut off leg circulation, and wore the brightest colors we could find. We had fun being radical.History holds many examples of a people acting in radical ways. We also see times when people went beyond being radical to being extreme, radicalized in their beliefs and actions, often with tragic…
  • Are You Trying To Earn What You Can Only Receive?

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Most of our lives we’ve been told that nothing in life is free. Everything costs us something. A date to the movies and dinner can set us back $100, easy. An unplanned trip to the ER can cost thousands. A broken relationship can add up with years filled with anxiety and depression. So it’s hard to wrap our minds around something that is actually free. We are always looking for the bottom line or asking, “What’s the catch?” Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” For those of us…
  • 10 Easy Ways to Serve Someone Today

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Is serving really a big deal? According to Jesus, it is. In Mark 10:45, Jesus said “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus showed us through His actions that serving others is important.  When we truly understand what Jesus has done for us, we desperately want others to know Him and to find the same joy and hope we have. Telling people is not enough. We have to show them. In James 2:18, Jesus’ own brother wrote “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by…
  • Paid In Full

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A recap of Senior Pastor Perry Noble’s sermon, “Paid In Full,” in 140 characters or less.Nobody in the history of the world has had a bigger impact on the world than Jesus. #AtTheMoviesReligion always runs away from the mess. Jesus always runs to the mess. #AtTheMoviesIn Jesus, everyone is included. #AtTheMoviesWe weren’t good enough for God, but Jesus is good enough for us. #AtTheMoviesIt’s not about how good we are; it’s about how good Jesus is. #AtTheMoviesJesus intentionally pursued people who society said weren’t good enough.
 
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    Stories | NewSpring Church

  • He Was A Cheater Until God Changed The Game

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Daniel and Michelle Hemmingsen had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed their lives forever. Watch the couple's remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind their story ...Daniel and Michelle Hemmingsen were engaged to be married when the affair began.The woman was a customer at the store Daniel was managing in a neighboring town. He flirted with her, telling her how nice she looked. Then he asked her whether she was single. And within a few minutes, they had…
  • The Couple That Was Stuck In The Middle Of God’s Love

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Jesse and Ashley Boot had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed their lives forever. Watch the couple's remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind their story ...Ashley Boot felt an instant connection when she met Jesse the night of her 21st birthday.Jesse invited her to a rehearsal with his rock band, April’s Fall, which was just breaking out as support for nationally known acts such as Hinder. And from that moment on, the two spent every day together,…
  • The Girl Who Said “Yes” To A Dream Bigger Than Herself

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Tori DiMuzio had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed her life forever. Watch her remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind her story ...Tori DiMuzio suddenly looked into her future and couldn’t see anything.NewSpring’s Senior Pastor Perry Noble had made a rare Wednesday night visit to the Fuse student ministry to share a special message that God had laid on his heart specifically for the church's thousands of middle school and high school…
  • From Burned Out To Sold Out

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Jonathan Ashe had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed his family's life forever. Watch his remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind his story ...Jonathan Ashe and his wife, Brooke, had made a pact.This time, they told themselves, they’d sit on the sidelines. They deserved the break, after all. They would say ‘no' to membership, ‘no' to serving, and ‘no' to small group. They would show up…
  • She Found The Reason To Keep Living

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Maribeth Bottorff​ had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed her life forever. Watch her remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind her story ...Maribeth Bottorff thought friends were for other people.As far back as she could remember, Maribeth felt sad, awkward, unwanted. Maribeth had grown up in church, but she didn’t believe anyone could love her, much less God. She felt lesser than other people. Defective."It seemed out of the realm of…
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    Benjamin Ehinger's Blog

  • Be Prepared to do Good – Daily Bible Post – 10.24.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    Today’s Scripture is Titus 3:1-7 Paul writes to Titus in this letter and asks him to remind the people to be obedient to authority and to do good. This can be a difficult thing because sometimes, in order to do good, it means not obeying whatever the authority is asking or trying to force us to do. Paul goes on to remind Titus that once, they were foolish people and surrendered to pleasures and passions, too. This sounds quite a bit like what we are dealing with today in our society. Things haven’t really changed all that much. Showing the Love of Christ The main message Paul…
  • Is your Closet Full? – Daily Bible Post – 10.23.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Today’s Scripture is Psalm 139:13-24 Have you ever met somebody that believes in the saying, “fake it until you make it”? This may sound okay and it might make you appear to be happy to the rest of the world, but God knows better. Often, when I worked in sales, I was taught to drop my personal stuff at the door and pick it up when the day was over. However, this trick didn’t allow me to escape what was going on in my life. Instead, it made me focus on it even more because I wasn’t allowed to talk about it. The Outside Looks Clean We do many things and have many…
  • God is Everywhere – Daily Bible Post – 10.22.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Today’s Scripture is Psalm 139: 7-12 The Psalm for today shows us something very important, God is everywhere we go. We cannot hide from God nor can we escape his presence. No matter where we go, He will be there. It’s important to take comfort in knowing God is with us in every place, at every time, forever. God loves us and wants to guide us every step of the way. All we have to do is step out of the way, turn everything over to God and let Him guide our lives with his love. Of course, this is easy to say and not so easy to do. Whenever we feel as if God may have abandoned us,…
  • Iggy Azalea – Black Widow – Is this a Satanic Song?

    Benjamin Ehinger
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    This should be a pretty easy question to answer. Is the song, “Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea Satanic? Below I will show you what you’re really listening to or letting your kids listen to when the radio plays this song. The Lyrics Let’s start by looking at the lyrics. Often, we hear it, but we don’t really know what we hear until it’s so etched in our brain we can’t seem to get it out. Here’s a closer look at what this song is all about. The hook: I’m gonna love ya Until you hate me And I’m gonna show ya What’s really crazy You…
  • Getting Messy for God – Daily Bible Post – 10.21.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Today’s Scripture is Luke 5:27-32 In the scripture for today, we see Jesus meet Levi the tax collector, also known as Matthew. Jesus tells him to come follow Him and Levi does so by throwing Jesus a party. At the party there are many other tax collectors and Jesus becomes accused of dining with sinners. It’s important to understand that tax collectors were the enemy of the time. They often charged more than the actual tax and put the excess in their pocket. Tax collectors were also those from a conquering country that had come in and taken over. In other words, they were the worst…
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • The Negative Health Effects of Skipping a Single Meal

    Get Better Today
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Less is more, right? Yes, if you’re talking about miles per hour when you get pulled over for speeding, but not in the realm of eating. Whether you’re a celebrity-diet fan or experienced a night of too much booze and Burger King, chances are you’ve heard of the term fasting.  Fasting may seem appealing when you’re in a crunch or trying to undo some serious damage, but think twice before you consider it. Here’s what happens to your body when you skip a meal (yes, just a meal!): Digestion Disruption: Our bodies are used to having food to digest. When you stop eating for a day or a…
  • Chris Tomlin Released His New Album, Love Ran Red!

    Get Better Today
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    One of the world’s most popular Christian artists Chris Tomlin, just released his newest album Love Ran Red! Following up his insanely successful album Burning Lights, which reached #1 on the Billboard charts, Love Ran Red is poised for the same success.  Highlighted by singles called “Waterfall”, “At The Cross” and “Jesus Loves Me”, Tomlin’s album has a little bit of something for every listener.   Don’t be surprised if you hear some of the tracks in church soon either! The Love Ran Red tour, will begin in the Spring of 2015.  Before…
  • How To Accelerate Muscle Growth In A Short Period Of Time

    Get Better Today
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    If you have ever stepped into a gym, most like you’ve used the old school method of 3 sets with 10 reps to try and build muscle.Then, 90% of you won’t return after a month because you don’t see any gains. Of course not! Think about what you’re doing. In order for a muscle to increase in size you have to first break it down. You’re not going to accomplish that will 3 measly sets of a weight you can lift 10 times. If you really want to build muscle, try the method fitness coach Chad Waterbury advocates in his book Huge in a Hurry. At first I was skeptical to try this method I am about…
  • The Top 5 Exercises That Burn The Most Calories

    Get Better Today
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    So many people would love to lose body fat. Whether the goal is to burn fat to allow muscles to shine through or you are looking to lose pounds, the key to doing so is cardiovascular exercise. Cardio gets your heart rate up and burns calories unlike any other type of exercise. Although, there are many calorie burning exercises out there, you want to do the ones that yield the best results.   Here are the top five exercises that burn the most calories.   Cycling Cycling is a huge calorie burner. It is basically the ultimate cardiovascular workout. Something as simple as a hour bike…
  • The Top Grossing Christian Movies Of All-Time

    Get Better Today
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
      With the recent success of God’s Not Dead and Heaven Is For Real, Christian themed movies are on fire at the box office right now. And like we mentioned in “Christianity Might Be Hollywood’s Secret Weapon”, the success is creating a situation where we’ll need to evaluate the biblical accuracy of each movie. But it’s hard not to get excited about the popularity in the movies with an honorable Christian message. That’s why we wanted to share this cool Infographic from OnlineChristianColleges.com that details the…   Highest-Grossing…
 
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    Church Community Builder

  • How to turn your ministry ideas into reality

    Steve Caton
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    “When the rate of change inside an organization is slower than the rate of change outside an organization, the end is in sight.” –Jack Welch When it comes to innovation and change, the church has always seemed to lag behind the rest of society. American culture changes every five to six years, while church culture changes every 25 to 30 years. We must figure out how to engage culture. This starts by embracing innovation. A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to host Jon Wright as part of Church Community Builder’s webinar series. Here are a few of the most valuable ideas he shared…
  • Four beliefs that directly affect your church’s generosity

    Steve Caton
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    No one likes to talk about money. Even fewer people like to ask people for money. But as church leaders, it comes with the territory. A church that doesn’t need financial support is a church that isn’t moving forward in ministry. It’s time to rethink what we, in error, tend to view as ‘sacrifices’ and remember that it is an honor to support a growing church with our finances, especially when that growth is changing lives. Here’s the good news … with the right perspective, every church leader can overcome some of the fear and awkwardness of talking about money and generosity with…
  • New Preferred Service Provider: BlueFire

    Church Community Builder
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    BlueFire: The ‘No Limits’ Donation Solution The donation software you choose plays an important role in enabling you to meet the different giving needs of your church members. BlueFire is a complete software package providing all the features and flexibility needed for an effective donation system that meets the diverse needs of the modern church. Take donations the way people want to give them and expand your reach! Grow Your Church by Keeping Things Simple. Integrate BlueFire with Church Community Builder. No matter where you take donations — online, kiosks, mobile, or…
  • New Preferred Service Provider: Kindrid

    Church Community Builder
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Unleash generosity with Kindrid Smart Giving. Kindrid provides churches an approach to giving built out of an understanding of generosity. Formed in partnership with LifeChurch.tv and OneHope, Kindrid’s Smart Giving tool is the simplest way for churches to engage givers. By providing easier and more enjoyable ways to give, the Kindrid team has found that churches can substantially increase participation in giving. You can learn more about the impact from a case study here. Not only is it simple for givers, but with a direct integration into Church Community Builder, Smart Giving also simple…
  • Nov. ’14: More Than Just a Pretty (Inter)Face

    Updates Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    A Redesign and More November 12’s release is more than just a beautiful new design. We’re also introducing some small but powerful new features to help you streamline the processes at your church. Update 10.28.14: More bug fixes were added to the list. Mobile-Friendly Attendance We know attendance data is extremely valuable to you — crucial both in strategic planning and in evaluating the effectiveness of the ministry programs you already have. That’s why the interface for recording event attendance without logging in is one of the first places we’re implementing a…
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    A Normal Believer in Christ

  • Jehovah Bless you, Keep you, Shine on You, be Gracious to you, and Give you Peace!

    aGodMan
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:13 am
    The real blessing is God Himself; blessing is not a thing but a Person – God in Christ as the Spirit to be everything to us for our enjoyment. When Jacob blessed his sons, God blessed them. In Numbers 6:22-27 we see a pattern of blessing – God commanded the priests to bless the people, and in their blessing God Himself will bless them. The blessing in this portion of the word is neither an Old Testament blessing nor a New Testament blessing but the eternal blessing of the Triune God! Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the children of Israel; you shall say…
  • We are Channels of Life and Priests to God to Overflow God to Others as Blessing

    aGodMan
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    The principle of blessing is that the greater blesses the lesser; the meaning of blessing is that blessing is the overflow of God through someone’s maturity in life. When God obtains a person who is mature in life, a person who is not only transformed but also mature, He has a way to flow through that person. God needs a human channel to flow – He needs a man who is saturated and permeated with God. When Jacob was mature, he blessed everyone, affording God a way to flow through him to Pharaoh, his sons, and his grandsons (Gen. 47:7, 10). When the Lord Jesus was on earth, He…
  • The Strongest Sign of Maturity in Life is Blessing Others with the Christ We Enjoyed

    aGodMan
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    At the end of his life, when he was 130 years old, Jacob went to Egypt together with all his family to be with Joseph; by this time he was a mature person, and he simply blessed everyone. The strongest sign of Jacob’s maturity in life was his blessing of others. When he met Pharaoh (who was the ruler of the whole country of Egypt), Jacob blessed him. When he met Joseph’s sons, Jacob blessed them. He didn’t supplant others anymore, neither did he try to get things for himself; he now was not only transformed but matured, and there was an overflow of the divine life that…
  • Blessing is the Overflow of the Divine Life that Inwardly Changes us and Fills us

    aGodMan
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Genesis 47:7 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father and set him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. The issue of Jacob’s transformation and maturity was blessing – he blessed everyone! At the end of his life, when he went to Egypt, all Jacob did was to bless: he blessed Pharaoh, he blessed his sons, and he blessed Joseph’s sons. The issue of maturity in life and of the reigning aspect of a mature life is blessing. To be transformed is to be changed within by the divine life, to be matured is to be filled with the divine life which transforms us, and blessing is the…
  • Paying the Price to Obtain the Life Supply from the Lord and Give Others Food

    aGodMan
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Because Joseph suffered and denied himself, he gained the riches of the life-supply; in the seven years of rich crops, he gathered the grain in many barns, and in the years of famine, everyone came to him to buy food. Christ as the real Joseph has all the food, and there’s a famine on the entire earth; all people come to Christ to receive the food supply. In order to receive the food supply from Joseph, the people had to pay four kinds of prices: first, their money, then, their livestock, their land, and eventually, themselves (see Gen. 47:14-23). The higher the price, the higher the…
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