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  • Just Money

    Acton Institute
    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    by Samuel Gregg Money: it’s on everyone’s mind sometimes. In recent years, however, many have suggested there are some fundamental problems with the way money presently functions in our economies. You might also like... Becoming Europe read more
  • Raining on Bart Ehrman’s Easter parade

    WORLDmag.com
    Michael F. Bird & Simon Gathercole
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    A group of biblical scholars respond to the anti-Christian author’s latest attack on the divinity of Jesus
  • You Know You Were a ‘90s Church Kid If …

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    sammyrhodes
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    A fond tribute to WWJD bracelets, side hugs and kissing dating good-bye. The ‘90s are all the rage these days. Tank tops. Jean shorts. Vans. Nirvana shirts. Saved by the Bell references. Neon colors everywhere. The way we remember the ’90s makes it seem so, so cool ... ... Unless you were a church kid. Then the ‘90s for you was less Saved by the Bell and more Adventures in Odyssey. Or as my friend likes to call it, Adventures in Moralism. You know you were a ’90s church kid if...
  • Things I've learned about Hosting Groups at your church Facility.

    Deep Thoughts by Gman
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    1. Have a contract. Stating what the expectations are and what can and cannot be done.2. Have a Usage Form. Similar to contract and gives the duties and fees etc.3. Be Consistent. 4. Make sure well used. Facility is no good if empty most of the week.5. Opportunity to reach out to the community.6. Possible Groups: Adult Day Care (We had a group called: Grace place); Scouts (Girls/Boys); Care-a-van (Medical services); Government (We're a polling place); Gym - exercise groups - zumba, yoga etc7. Can be an outreach as a service to people. Don't view as a project or people to automatically be…
  • Southern Baptist Leaders Seek to Revitalize Churches

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    Frank King
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Church Building The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the largest Protestant denomination in America, is declining. Reportedly, 800 to 1000 of its congregations cease to exist each year. Church leaders want to revitalize churches that are on the decline. So what is the problem? Or what do they think is the problem? “Churches are closing in large part because they have either become disconnected from culture and, or disconnected from Scripture. When this happens, life leaves the church.” According to the Christian Post, these are the words of Joshua Hedger, director of Center for Church…
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    WORLDmag.com

  • Bucket List Books: The best place to start philosophy

    Rachel Lynn Aldrich
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    This week we’re going to hop back into the world of pre-Christian classics and take a look at one of the most influential Greek writers: Plato. Platonic works take the form of dialogues, a form of literature that other philosophers have used since. Dialogues look like scripts: Different characters represent or argue for different positions. This form often makes for more dynamic and approachable reading for people interested in philosophy but hesitant to pick up some of those dense
  • Raining on Bart Ehrman’s Easter parade

    Michael F. Bird & Simon Gathercole
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    A group of biblical scholars respond to the anti-Christian author’s latest attack on the divinity of Jesus
  • The original guitar hero dies at age 93

    Jeff Koch
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The celebrated country music guitarist Arthur Smith, who influenced the Beatles and befriended Billy Graham, died this month. He was 93. He left behind three children, a wife of 72 years, and a long legacy in jazz, blues, and country music. Born in 1921 to a poor textile worker in South Carolina, Smith grew up working in the mills. His profound musical talent—Smith was a master at the mandolin, banjo, guitar, and trumpet— opened a way out of that world. By his later teens, he was
  • When a special-needs child becomes an adult

    Sophia Lee
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Public support for people with autism slows to a trickle when they come of age
  • Worship the Lord with banjo and accordion

    Angela Lu
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Where King David worshipped with flutes and lyres, Rend Collective uses banjos, accordions, mandolins, ukuleles, and something called a “Jingling Johnny.”“It’s crazy loud, but it sure is celebratory,” lead singer Chris Llewellyn said of the instrument that resembles a pogo stick, but with some pie pans and a bell. The band from Northern Ireland has swept the United States with its foot-stomping, Mumford-y worship music. The Rend Collective recently released its fourth album, The
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • What the ‘In Need’ People Really Need, Indeed… [Holy Week: 7]

    ann
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    And all the people in need, in desperate need, in broken need, whisper it like a breaking dawn in the dark, He is risen indeed, indeed, indeed. and the cornerstone of Christianity is this rotting cell sparking, a heart valve quivering in the pitch, a beetle scratching in the black while convex chest cavity shudders, sunken death inflating with His hot breath, atoms of the second Adam recreating resurrecting all the impossible things and the universe.   Can you feel it, within, in your darkest places? He is alive! And in us! (Consider pausing the music in the left sidebar in the very…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [04.19.14]

    ann
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    A photographic celebration of new life: day by day. Beautiful. What she does? And her smile? No. Words. Zoey and Jasper. More than just beautiful faces. This story is amazing. The artist? The medium? You aren’t going to believe this   Gather the family? A must see. {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} Who would have  thought this hope out of the Boston Marathon?  1 year later How one extraordinary educator works first to build an emotional bond with her students Smiling through tears at this dream come true. {Consider turning…
  • When You’re Tired of Being Torn: Why He Came [ Holy Week: Good Friday ]

    ann
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Our Pastor calls to ask if I’d do one of a few dramatic monologues for Good Friday service— a moment through the eyes of the mother of Jesus? So I write down words… and imagine the mother of our Lord… fingering the bloody tunic of her Son. Son…. Son of God… Son of mine… God. Why? From the beginning I have watched and I have listened and I have pondered all these things quiet in my heart — but now I have to ask: why? Why didn’t You come down from that Cross in all Your power and Glory? Why didn’t You blind the chief priests with Your divine…
  • The Miracle That Happens Every Time You Come to the Table & Eat [Holy Week: Day 4]

    ann
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    Shauna Niequist is a soul sister, a kindred spirit, a writer, a mama–and she’s a table girl, someone who has seen the goodness of God over and over in the faces of the people she gathers around her table. Bread & Wine is a love letter to life around the table, with recipes that take you by the hand and urge you gently into your own kitchen—knife, onion, oil, pan. by Shauna Niequist I love the table. Love the gathering, love what God does when we look one another full in the face, when we listen to the whole story, not just the textable sound byte, when we let the candles burn…
  • When You’re Feeling Spiritually Dry during Holy Week [Holy Week: Day 3]

    ann
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
     [Scroll down for the three posts shared here today?] Dad always did that after the meat and potatoes, after the plates were cleared and stacked. He’d ask for a toothpick. Him in his plaid flannel shirt and Levi’s, looking for a bit of a tree to right everything again. That’s what he’d do before he left the table: He’d snap the wood between his fingers. He’d snap the brittle wood right between his fingers. And he’d say that to us women. To us at the sink when he passed through the kitchen, when he went looking for his work boots again, for his…
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    Stuff Christians Like

  • Pretty sure the devil invented allergies.

    Jon
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Recently I tweeted: “Spring, the time of year I want to punch Adam in the face because I’m pretty sure allergies are a product of the fall.” I tweeted that because I am on lock down right now thanks to pollen. I can’t go outside or I look like I am crying from reading a really amazing poem about a pony. And there’s no way there were allergies in the Garden of Eden. I bet when God kicked out Adam and Eve he handed them a box of Claritin on the way. (Only one box though because even then, you could only get 15 at a time.) I had a hard time capturing why I hated…
  • 3 ways to be a better Christian hypocrite.

    Jon
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    A few days ago, a friend texted me. Apparently a Christian band had been publicly ripping on him and he needed some advice. Now at the bare minimum, that’s not the best use of time for a Christian band, what with all the spreading the joy of Christ they’ve got on their plate. But the time management problem wasn’t the biggest issue. For me, the real challenge was the band’s twitter profile. You’d think, that given their penchant for not liking people, they’d at least have a twitter bio that reflected that. Alas, that wasn’t the case at all, as each line spoke to their hope to…
  • 4 questions everyone should ask.

    Jon
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I recently did a video with Relevant magazine. It’s a quick set of four things everyone needs to review in their lives. (I think the one I’ve had the most reaction to is the last one and it’s a question my dad asked me when I was growing up.) It’s only 2:32 long but covers everything from social media to relationships. Enjoy! The post 4 questions everyone should ask. appeared first on Stuff Christians Like.
  • Finally, a church deals with gluttony.

    Jon
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    When I saw this typo in a church bulletin I laughed. Mostly because I am not as mature as you. Things like this tickle me. This isn’t my church. A friend sent this to me and I figured he’d like to remain anonymous. Or not, if he wants to be known I will put his name in here and he can be nonymous. (Pretty sure that’s right.) I also didn’t blank out part of the church’s name because I googled “First Free” and there was 3.7 million responses. If you are able to figure out which church is, congratulations, you are Inspector Gadget. In my head I…
  • Watching HBO and R-rated movies but only if the content is violent.

    Jon
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    A few months ago, my friend asked me a question, “How come we Christians get upset about the nudity in the show ‘Game of Thrones,’ but not at the violence? How come I haven’t heard anyone protest the idea that a little kid got thrown out of a window? On purpose.” Great question and I should have referred him to page 18 in the Stuff Christians Like book. It pretty much explained it. For Christians, we think it’s completely okay to watch R-Rated movies and HBO programs, but only if they got that rating because of violence. If they’re rated R because…
 
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    Acton Institute

  • War on Women: Hypocrisy and Paternalism under the Guise of Equality

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    by Elise Hilton With more than a dozen smiling women looking over his shoulder in the East Room of the White House, President Obama signed a proclamation in support of National Equal Pay Day on April 8. The president said he was working to prevent workplace discrimination and helping workers take control over negotiations regarding their pay. You might also like... Work: The Meaning of Your Life—A Christian Perspective read more
  • Just Money

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    by Samuel Gregg Money: it’s on everyone’s mind sometimes. In recent years, however, many have suggested there are some fundamental problems with the way money presently functions in our economies. You might also like... Becoming Europe read more
  • Religious Liberty & Economic Freedom - Live via Satellite

    Charissa Romens
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Box lunch included with RSVP by April 24 $10 individual registration; $5 students Event Date:  April 29, 2014 - 11:30am1:00pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Register Now For more information about this event, please contact Matthea Brandenburg at mbrandenburg@acton.org or 616.454.3080.read more
  • In Defense of Paul Ryan

    Acton Web
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    by Samuel Gregg Paul Ryan You might also like... Becoming Europe read more
  • Money For Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve

    nick.porter
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:41 am
    Schedule 6:30 pm--Doors Open. 7:00 pm-- Film Premiere: Money For Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve. Admission FREE EVENT! Please register online or contact Nick Porter at nporter@acton.org or call 616.454.3080 for more information. Event Date:  May 1, 2014 - 7:00pm9:00pm Location:   Mark Murray Auditorium - Acton Institute 98 E Fulton St Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available and free after 6pm. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Register Now Money For Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve THE FIRST FILM ABOUT THE NEXT…
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • The Truth About You - "The NEW Truth About You"

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This week, John concludes our series, "The Truth About You" by giving us the Easter message about how Christ's resurrection brings about the new truth about you.Featured Scripture:Ecclesiastes 1:8-9, Acts 2:5,14,22-24,32,38,41 Mark 15:21, 2 Corinthians 5:17Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Truth About You - "How Not to Get Stoned"

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    John continues our series, "The Truth About You" speaking on location from a court room, and looking at the story from John 8 about the woman caught in adultery and how we as stone throwers should look at ourselves before we judge.Featured Scripture:John 8:2-11, Deuteronomy 19:15Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Truth About You - "You Can Make a Bigger Difference Than You Think"

    6 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Join us we look at how God can use us, even when we aren't ready and aren't sure that we can make a difference.Featured Scripture:Matthew 13,25, 2 Kings 6,7Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Truth About You - "You're Never Really Ready"

    23 Mar 2014 | 12:01 pm
    This week John continues our series, "The Truth About You" looking at Jesus and his disciples, and how God knows when we're ready to follow him, even when we think we're not.Featured Scripture:Matthew 19:22;26:31-32;28:16-20, Exodus 4:10, Judges 6:15, Genesis 17:17, Jeremiah 6:5, Esther 4:11, Ruth 1:1, Samuel 10:22Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Truth About You - "The Last 10%"

    16 Mar 2014 | 12:05 pm
    John continues our series, "The Truth About You" looking at the importance of communities in our lives that speak the truth in love about the crucial last 10% of who we really are inside.Featured Scripture:Matthew 20:17-25;26:37, Ephesians 4:15, Mark 3:17, Luke 9:46-49;54, John 20:3-4, Acts 12:2Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
 
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    Brian McLaren EMC

  • The Scandal of the Resurrection

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    The scandal of Easter was not simply that a supernatural event occurred. Minds in the ancient world weren't divided by the rigid natural-supernatural dualism that forms modern minds. In those days miracles were notable not for defying the laws of nature (a concept that was unknown until recent centuries), but for conveying an unexpected meaning or message through an unusual or unexplainable medium. What was the scandalous meaning conveyed by the resurrection of Jesus? It was not simply that a dead man was raised. It was who the raised man was. Someone rejected, mocked, condemned, and executed…
  • hope beyond hope: Friday and Saturday meditation

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    When I wrote Everything Must Change, I hoped I was overstating the magnitude of our global crises … Planet: We are sucking out resources and pumping out wastes faster than the earth can handle, thus heating, killing, and destabilizing our planet in a suicidal way. Poverty: Our economic and political systems favor the super-elite minority and disfavor the vast majority in ways that inevitably contribute to political instability, social conflict, petty crime, organized crime, mass migration, political corruption, war, and terrorism. Peace: Given ecological and economic unsustainability, the…
  • a visual meditation

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    http://www.npr.org/2014/04/13/302019921/statue-of-a-homeless-jesus-startles-a-wealthy-community?sc=17&f=1001
  • Good Friday Meditation

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
    This is from my book Everything Must Change: The cross is an even more dramatic narrative reversal. . . . Rome uses crosses to expose and pronounce a death sentence on rebels; Jesus uses the cross to expose Roman violence and religious complicity with it, while pronouncing a sentence of forgiveness on his crucifiers. His cross doesn't represent a "shock and awe" display of power as Roman crucifixions were intended to do, but rather represents a "reverence and awe" display of God's willingness to accept rejection and mistreatment, and then respond with forgiveness, reconciliation, and…
  • A reader writes: Righteous? Just?

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    A reader writes ... I heard you speak this morning in Fort Wayne and I just want to thank you. You hear this a lot, I am sure, but reading you fills a void in my soul because I know that I am not alone. Thank you so much. … This morning you asked the question, with the hope that someone would research it as to how the word Diakaios got mistranslated as righteous in English translation so much, especially in the book of Romans. (nice run on sentence, eh?) So here is my question: Do you think that maybe King James himself instructed the scholars to do this in order to justify imperialism? If…
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    byFaith

  • Praise God for Easter Monday!

    Staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    In his song, The Beginning, Michael Card writes: “In the beginning was the beginning, in Him it all began / All that they had was God and the garden, the woman and the man / Before creation learned to groan, the stars would dance and sing / Each moment was new, every feeling was fresh, for the creature king and queen” Chorus: The beginning will make all things new, new life belongs to him / He hands us each new moment, saying, My child begin again…” Sin has the effect of wearing things down until they die. We see it most clearly in ourselves and those we love: We grow old and die.
  • Eternal Life is a Solid Hope

    Staff
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    This article first appeared in 2010.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest event in human history. Not only does it declare loud and clear that death has been conquered, but it also validates that Christ’s sacrifice of His life on our behalf is sufficient, enabling forgiveness of our sins and release from sin’s power and penalty. It further assures us that the Christian hope in eternal life is secure and guarantees that it is not a hollow fantasy. Debunking Naturalism But the Resurrection has another dimension that is often forgotten by the Christian. It totally dismantles…
  • The State of the Bible: 6 Trends for 2014

    Larry Hoop
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    April 8, 2014 — The Bible has been making its way onto box office screens and home TV screens over the past year: from Noah to Son of God, people have been watching the Bible. But are they still reading the Bible? And do they still believe in the Bible? Each year, Barna Group partners with the American Bible Society on State of the Bible, a comprehensive study of Americans’ attitudes and behaviors toward the Bible. Asking a national representative sample of adults the same questions year after year allows us to track the country’s shifting perceptions of Scriptures. This…
  • Chamber Music at Covenant College, April 10

    Staff
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The Covenant College Chamber Orchestra will present a spring concert on April 10, 2014, in the chapel at Covenant College. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Under the direction of Prof. Lok Kim, the orchestra will perform four pieces from the early classical period to the late Romantic period. Audience members can look forward to Iphigenia in Aulis, an overture by Christoph W. Gluck; Intermezzo from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana, by Pietro Mascagni; Serenade Lyrique, by Edward Elgar; and Symphony No. 39, Eb Major, by W. A. Mozart. “When people…
  • Drowning in Distortion — Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”

    Larry Hoop
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    My first experience teaching the Bible came when I was asked at the last minute to teach a Sunday School class of first-grade boys. I was only 16 years old, and I did not exactly volunteer to teach the class. I found myself telling a familiar Bible story to six-year olds and explaining it as best I could. There have been very few Sundays since when I have not taught or preached, usually to a congregation a bit less fidgety than my first. You learn one thing fast when teaching the Bible to six-year-old boys — they often think they can “improve” on the story as found in the Bible.
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    From the CCblogs Network

  • The forgotten days of Holy Week

    Laura Kelly Fanucci
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. How easily we pass over them, eyes set eagerly on Easter Sunday. Or anticipating Thursday’s opening of the Triduum.Our first half of Holy Week probably looks a lot like yours. Work. School. Kids. Meetings. Chores. Bills. The lackluster pregame show before the big kickoff. The forgettable prelude before the fanfare. The ordinary before the extraordinary.  read more
  • Learning leadership from my garden

    Steve Taylor
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A few nights ago we ate ratatouille. We sweated the onions over a low heat for 45 minutes. We added basil, garlic, and Italian parsley—all fresh from our garden here in New Zealand. Over time, we added the vegetables: pepper, eggplant, courgette, tomato. Finally, we mixed cheese and bread crumbs together.The eggplant grew from seed (heirloom from Diggers Club) in the garden. In the growing, I’ve been challenged about leadership. read more
  • Sin is lurking at the door

    Evan D. Garner
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard.Why? read more
  • Blessed are you . . . the Beatitudes and discipleship

    Jonathan Grieser
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I’m reading Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship along with our Lenten Bible study on the Sermon on the Mount. I’m not sure when I last spent any time with this Christian classic (25 years, 35 years?). Coming back to it after all those years, it’s striking both in the way it reflects its historical context and the ways in which it transcends its time and still speaks to us decades later. read more
  • Lent means spring

    Diane Roth
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Contrary to what you might have been told, Lent does not mean “40 days of beating yourself up.” It does not even mean “40 days of God beating you up and reminding you of what kind of a person you really are.”Lent means spring. read more
 
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • Resurrection: cosmic, communal; Hopkins, Karr

    Scott D. Moringiello
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    For Easter, here are two poems, inspired again by the Christian Wiman interview. The first, Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection,” is, I would argue, neither primarily about Incarnation or about Crucifixion but instead about the cosmic relevance of the Resurrection. It also reminds me of the theology of Maximus the Confessor. The second, Mary Karr’s “Descending Theology: The Resurrection,” was one that Wiman himself mentioned in the interview as a poem about the Resurrection. Karr’s poem reminds me of the communal…
  • Alleluia

    Joseph A. Komonchak
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Happy are those who dwell in your house. [Ps 83:5]... They will possess the heavenly Jerusalem without being confined, without being pressed, without boundaries dividing them from each other. All will possess it, and each will possess the whole....
  • Alleluia

    Joseph A. Komonchak
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Happy are those who dwell in your house. [Ps 83:5]... They will possess the heavenly Jerusalem without being confined, without being pressed, without boundaries dividing them from each other. All will possess it, and each will possess the whole....
  • The Christic Imagination – VI

    Robert P. Imbelli
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    "Then the other disciple, who had arrived at the tomb first, also went in. And he saw and believed." Fourteen hundred years later an English woman, Julian of Norwich, pondered the meaning of what she had seen years before during a night of prolonged sufferings. She concluded her account in her book, The Shewings, with these words:
  • The Christic Imagination – V

    Robert P. Imbelli
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The prayer at the Easter Vigil that follows upon the seventh reading (from the Prophet Ezekiel): O God of unchanging power and eternal light, may the whole world know and see that what was cast down is raised up, what had become old is made new, and all things are restored to integrity through Christ, just as by him they came into being. Who lives and reigns forever and ever.
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • He Is Risen!

    Web Team
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Hallelujah! Hosanna! After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. Artwork from Mathare Community Outreach Child Development CenterThere was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was…
  • Alive in Christ

    Web Team
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Christ has died. And we are united with Him in his death. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20 (NIV) My Account l Sponsor a Child l Help Babies and Moms l Crisis Updates
  • The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

    Web Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Compassion is closed today to honor Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour. “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. The Crucifixion So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is…
  • Easter in Haiti

    Ephraim Lindor
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Though some of Haiti’s traditions have diminished over time, some still remain strong — especially in the rural areas. Among these ongoing traditions is the Easter celebration. Easter weekend is a time of great celebration in Haiti. As in some other aspects of Haitian life, it’s a combination of Catholic and Voodoo tradition. Besides personal reflections and attending worship services focused on the last days of Christ on Earth among the evangelical churches, Haitian Easter observances also include a procession in which Catholic observances and rara bands play a central role. (Rara…
  • Giving a Gift to Your Sponsored Child: The Whys, Whats and Hows

    Shaina Moats
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Working in the contact center, I speak to many sponsors who ask for directions for sending a package to their sponsored child. Regrettably, packages can’t be sent. However, you can send a monetary gift – an option many sponsors I speak with are unaware of. We do not accept packages, primarily because of customs and duty costs. In most cases, the cost of shipping and duty would exceed the value of the gift. Also, the risk of theft or loss of the package while in route is very high. We send all of our mail through customs as “documents.” There isn’t a fee for shipping a document.
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    Big Is The New Small

  • A True Leader – (Video)

    Scott Williams
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    This video is simple, fresh and true. Leaders see the problem, they attempt a solution, they fail, they keep trying, they inspire others and together they succeed. A True Leader – (Video) is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • Leading On Empty

    Scott Williams
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    It’s a risky proposition to continue to drive your vehicle with the fuel light on and the gas hand on empty. I know “On Empty” is probably not the best word choice for the grammar teachers; however it is a phrase that I think you understand. You can run on empty for a little while, but eventually the car is going to stop. This is also very true for leaders. Leaders can’t continue to run if they don’t rest, relax, take time off, allow others to pour into them, learn from others, free their mind and refuel. I know this sounds like a novel concept, unfortunately…
  • What You Should Do When The People Around You Don’t Believe In You

    Scott Williams
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    Belief in people is of paramount importance as it relates to the success that they will have. As a matter of fact, believing in others is the fuel that propels them down the road to success. What should you do when those around you don’t believe in you?   You should find a different group of people to surround yourself with. If the people that don’t believe in you are friends and family, limit your interactions with them, tell them they’re wrong and more importantly believe n yourself and prove them wrong. “Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to…
  • Rare Video: A Young Steve Jobs Giving One Of His 1st Apple Presentations In 1980

    Scott Williams
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:03 pm
    This is a great piece of history. Coincidentally, I’m typing this on my MacBook Air. Love to get a glimpse into how he thought, processed and his wit, even early on. Rare Video: A Young Steve Jobs Giving One Of His 1st Apple Presentations In 1980 is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • How To Effectively Measure Leadership Success

    Scott Williams
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    Leadership can sometimes be tricky; and by tricky I mean difficult to evaluate the true impact of one’s leadership. Some leaders push people really hard, create an environment where individuals can’t ask questions or challenge the king and results are more important than anything else. These leaders and leadership environments may produce results for a season, but in the long-run, morale will be negatively affected. Those employees will do just enough to meet the performance expectations and they will begin to plan their exit from that environment when the 1st lateral or better…
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  • Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Homosexuality is not the only sin mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10. Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. It’s not the only sin mentioned, but it is different from all the rest, at least right now. At this moment in history, contrary to the other sins listed here, homosexuality is celebrated by our larger society with pioneering…
  • Have You Found What You’re Looking For? (Easter Sunday)

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Like children scattering around a yard for Easter eggs, you and I are on a hunt. We all hunt. Our thirsty souls rummage through every nook and cranny of this world, in search of shiny pleasures and saccharine delights. Every such joy seeker, in pursuit of treasures that will not fade or rust or break or be stolen, must pay careful attention to Easter — not with a nod-off-through-the-sermon kind of attention, but with a real, earnest, eager attention riveted on Christ. If we miss the significance of the resurrection, we scamper past the greatest joy in the universe. The Joy of Jesus As the…
  • Let His Blood Be on Us (Holy Saturday)

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Holy Week waits in relative silence on Saturday. The tomb has been sealed, the guards stand watch, the disciples likely hide in confusion, fear, and devastation. And the Savior lies lifeless, having surrendered all to save his people from their sins. How would you process the horrors of the last couple of days in the quiet, disturbing shadow of the cross? The disciples had to have a thousand painful questions. How could he be the long-awaited King if he was just killed? Is there something we could have done to stop it? If they tortured and slaughtered him like that, what will they do to us?
  • Jesus Between the Criminals

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Crucifixion in the ancient world was intended to take as long as possible. No vital organs were damaged, so it took two or three days to die, often from shock or asphyxiation, as muscles used for breathing grew weak. Luke 23:39–43 is a conversation between Jesus and the criminals crucified alongside him, and it is in the Bible because crucifixion was slow. There was time to talk. This conversation is surely one of the most extraordinary in the Bible. It shows us the similarities of these three dying men, and yet, at the same time, how very different Jesus is. The First Criminal The first…
  • It Is Finished (Good Friday)

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    It is Friday, April 3, A.D. 33. It is the darkest day in human history, though most humans have no clue of this. In Rome, Tiberius attends to the demanding business of the empire. Throughout the inhabited world, babies are born, people eat and drink, marry and are given in marriage, barter in marketplaces, sail merchant ships, and fight battles. Children play, old women gossip, young men lust, and people die. But today, one death, one brutal, gruesome death, the worst and best of all human deaths, will leave upon the canvas of human history the darkest brushstroke. In Jerusalem, God the Son,…
 
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  • John L. Allen, Jr. and Paul Vallely at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum

    EPPC
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Categories: Articles, TranscriptsTags: TranscriptsJohn L. Allen, Jr., Associate Editor of The Boston Globe, and Paul Vallely, author of Pope Francis: Untying the Knots, spoke at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum about Jorge Bergoglio's life, career, and future as Pope Francis.(Read more...)The post John L. Allen, Jr. and Paul Vallely at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Dr. Russell Moore and Molly Ball at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum

    EPPC
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    Categories: Articles, TranscriptsTags: TranscriptsDr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Molly Ball, staff writer for The Atlantic, spoke at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum about the persistence of culture war issues in American society and politics.(Read more...)The post Dr. Russell Moore and Molly Ball at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Dr. Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. and Ross Douthat at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum

    EPPC
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Categories: Articles, TranscriptsTags: Articles, TranscriptsDr. Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Senior Research Fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and Ross Douthat, columnist for The New York Times, spoke at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum about the concept of sin and its perceived disappearance from American society.(Read more...)The post Dr. Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. and Ross Douthat at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Easter with Flannery O’Connor

    George Weigel
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Categories: ArticlesFlannery O’Connor was an exceptionally gifted apologist whose insights about the modern world and the mysteries of redemption remain as relevant as ever.(
  • Sergio Rubin at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum

    Michael Cromartie
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Categories: Articles, TranscriptsTags: TranscriptsSome of the nation’s leading journalists gathered in South Beach, Miami recently for EPPC’s semi-annual Faith Angle Forum on Religion, Politics, & Public Life. Sergio Rubin, journalist and co-author with Francesca Ambrogetti of Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio: His Life in His Own Words offered a brief presentation on the leadership of Pope Francis on the global stage.(Read more...)The post Sergio Rubin at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
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  • Let’s Not Get the Hell Out of Here

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Easter Sunday is a hard act to follow. “The strife is o’er, the battle done/Now is the Victor’s triumph won/He closed the gates of yawning hell/The bars from heaven’s high portals fell.” And, this hymn by Charles Wesley, “Christ the Lord is risen today. Alleluia!” Or this one, by William Chatterton Dix, sung to the melody of Hyfrydol: “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!/His the scepter, His the throne;/Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone.” What could possibly trump that? And so it is not surprising that the day after the Feast of the…
  • From Death to Life

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Science teaches that the cosmological line between death and life is tenuous and fragile: Were the earth to wander beyond her normal orbit, her florid and rich life would be destroyed by excessive heat or cold. On our planet torrential rains or droughts are all that is needed to destroy vegetation and animal life. Each day tears of sorrow are shed as thousands of human beings pass out of this world, while at the same time tears of joy accompany the birth of thousands of new lives into the world. Life and death remain the two greatest mysteries that human beings encounter each day, yet all the…
  • The Joy of Orthodox Pascha

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    One spring, a few years before I converted to Eastern Orthodoxy, my wife and I vacationed in Greece. On the plane we became friendly with a happy elderly Greek-American gentleman who told us excitedly that he was on a pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain (the monastic polity of Mount Athos) for Pascha. “Pascha?” I asked. “What’s Pascha?” The man chuckled and said, “You know it as Easter.” He then spent ten minutes explaining why “Pascha”—the “new Passover” by which the entire human race passes from slavery to freedom under…
  • Yale’s Agony Over Social Justice

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last night Yale’s campus pro-life group—after a year in which they participated in meetings and even helped raise money for the organization—became the first group in living memory to be denied membership in the Social Justice Network of Dwight Hall. Billing itself as an “independent” and “non-sectarian” center for public service and social justice, Dwight Hall at Yale is a group that seeks “to foster civic-minded student leaders and to promote service and activism in New Haven and around the world.” Though legally independent, it is the…
  • Beat the Establishment

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The divorce papers of Democratic lobbyist super couple Tony and Heather Podesta show that for a certain class of people government is not a public service or a field for settling partisan disagreements so much as an opportunity for self promotion: “As a married couple who both lobbied they strategically cultivated their public image,” one document reads, “and worked to build the ‘Heather and Tony Podesta’ brand for the success of their shared enterprise.”This combination of statist ideology and insider self-dealing has not left the Republicans entirely…
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  • An Easter Sunday Prayer

    Christine Sine
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
  • Today There is Only Darkness – Thoughts from Thomas Merton and Oscar Romero

    Christine Sine
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    Last night we attended the Good Friday Tenebrae service at our church. It was a very moving service of readings. We started with the sanctuary alive with light and ended with it in darkness except for the Christ candle which stood at the foot of the cross. It was powerful. Here are the readings that(...)
  • Today I Am Lost In The Agony of the Cross – Thoughts from Michelle Ruetschle

    Christine Sine
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    This morning I sat at my desk lost in the agony of the cross. The agony of the cross is never far from us not just on this Friday but every day. We experience it in our own sufferings and of those we love. We watch it on TV in the agony of families who(...)
  • Prayers for Good Friday 2014

    Christine Sine
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    It is already Good Friday in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia so I wanted to get these Good Friday prayers up early. May we all enter into this day with heaviness of heart for the high cost of redemption. It is finished. The procession begun in triumph with shouts of acclamation. Hosanna, Hosanna!(...)
  • Forever, Not Forsaken by Linda Bonney Olin

    Christine Sine
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:29 am
    About three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 (NRSV) As I worked on a dramatic monologue and songs featuring Mary Magdalene, an image of Mary’s grief-stricken face haunted me. I heard her hollowly echoing Jesus’ words, over(...)
 
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  • Community Post: Not Okay with "Okay"

    mderusha
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A few years ago a literary agent turned me down after he read my query letter and a couple chapters of my manuscript. After I received the rejection, I responded to his email with a question. “So is it the lack of platform,” I asked him, “or the quality of the writing…or both?” He answered quickly. “To tell you the truth, Michelle, it’s both,” the agent wrote. “You don’t have a strong enough platform yet, but the bigger issue right now is your voice. Your writing is okay, but your voice needs work.” Staring at that terse reply on my computer screen, I felt like I’d…
  • Community Post Summary: Moving Beyond Mediocrity

    denadyer
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Parenting is tough. (Is that the understatement of the decade, or what?) Just this morning, my husband Carey and I took a walk and discussed how to find a balance between nudging our kids toward excellence without pushing them over the edge of perfectionism. We want them to grasp the concept of giving their best--to God and others--while knowing that they are loved just as they are. Carey and I decided we need a lot of prayer and wisdom, and we're thankful we are not in the journey alone. Here at The High Calling, a few of our community members participated in a similar conversation…
  • Community Post: No More Beanbag Living

    Amy Sullivan
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In a one room, white schoolhouse across the street from Bishop Baraga Catholic Church, six-year-old me scribbled the bonus word, “elephant,” on a spelling test. My correct spelling of the word was a complete accident. I pulled the ‘ol make-your-handwriting-as messy-as-possible-and-maybe-what-you write-will-resemble-the-correct-answer trick. My teacher, Mrs. Macintosh, deemed me gifted. I gushed. What an honor, what a privilege, or in my case, what luck. Gifted students were a part of an elite group called “Ben’s Group.” Ben’s Group consisted of myself and two other members:…
  • Community Post: "No" to the Good, "Yes" to the Great

    marniarnold
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There it was: an offer I never expected, but always deeply desired. With it came recognition. I’ve craved pats on the back from people from as far back as I can remember. My parents always sought to encourage me not to seek such things out, but I craved it because it was rare to receive pats on the back from my family. High fives, excitement, celebratory dinners, and encouragement only go so far if there is no other follow-up. Craving others’ approval became the norm for me, and when I didn’t get it, I threw a tantrum like my 5 year-old son does. Though the tantrums turned into…
  • Community Post: "Wow!" Customer Service

    Jim Lange
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” Matthew 5:41 In a recent Truth@Work roundtable, the first part of each meeting was a discussion about outstanding customer service. We had watched a video where Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s president, explained their philosophy of providing a $25 experience to patrons paying $6 for a meal. He stated they call this “second mile service,” quoting the words of Jesus. We decided that "Wow!" customer service can be applied to any business and in all areas of life. In fact, many people came to the realization that our true…
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  • Saint Death and Easter

    Guest Contributor
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Guest Post By Chris Hoke I got a call from a number I didn’t recognize. The voice was low, lifeless. He just got out of jail, and the guys in there told him to call me. I function as a volunteer chaplain in Washington State’s Skagit County Jail, and I’m the closest thing to a [Read More...]
  • 25 Years of Image, 18 of Glen Workshops

    Peggy Rosenthal
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    To celebrate Image’s twenty-fifth anniversary we are posting a series of essays by people who have encountered our programs over the years. Read the earlier installments, Stumbling into the Waterfall, Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out, and The Notecards of Paradise. I’m at lunch in a college cafeteria. At my table, the conversation goes like this: “Have you heard John Tavener’s [Read More...]
  • Oasis: An Observation from The Way of Saint James

    Guest Contributor
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Guest Post By Jan Vallone I almost passed it by. When the offer came in January, I was too busy teaching college writing. Too busy mentoring a student group. Too busy reading for three book clubs. Too busy writing for a blog. Too busy marketing my memoir. Too busy caring for my family, cat, and [Read More...]
  • New Plagues This Passover

    Richard Chess
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    As I write this, Passover is just a little more than a week away. This year, the first night of Passover coincides with our son’s twenty-first birthday. I suspect that, instead of attending a seder (we floated the idea of his coming home from school to be with us for the first seder), he’ll be [Read More...]
  • Poetry at the Goodwill

    Vic Sizemore
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    When I was a soccer-obsessed fifteen-year-old, I had no use for poetry. I endured my school hours like a crated dog, waiting to get out on the field. One afternoon in the library, I picked up a random book of English verse and flipped through it. Eventually I landed on a song from Charles Kingsley’s [Read More...]
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  • The Future of Protestantism: Online and at Biola April 29th

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    There aren’t many events that could possibly drag me out of bed at 3 AM in the morning, but a rigorous and lively conversation among four thinkers who I have an incredible amount of respect for is among them. I’m probably biased because one of the participants is a hero and friend of mine, but I couldn’t be more excited about seeing Fred Sanders, Carl Trueman, Peter Leithart, and Peter Escalante discuss the Future of Protestantism April 29th at Biola or, if you can’t be in the area, livestreamed into your computer or church through the joys of internet wizardry. The…
  • Noah: A Theological-Aesthetic Rorschach Test

    Chris Krycho
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:47 am
    Last week saw the premiere of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and with it a (predictable) storm of controversy from the evangelical community. Reviews have ranged from predictably critical to outright disdain to hostile readings, and from strongly (though not unreservedly) positive to more restrained affirmation of the film on aesthetic and spiritual grounds to especially measured theological and artistic engagement. In short, the responses spanned exactly the range one would expect from the evangelical community, which is itself deeply divided on the purpose, value, and meaning of the…
  • Lent, Individualism, and Christian Piety–An Email Conversation

    Jake Meador
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Recently my friend and occasional Mere O contributor Alastair Roberts exchanged a few emails about Lent that then turned toward a broader discussion of Christian piety and individualism. The exchange is shared below. I’ve slightly indented Alastair’s responses in order to make it a bit more clear where my part ends and his begins. (And if you missed Keith’s post from a few weeks back, do go and read that too.) Alastair – I’ll kick things off. My best guess as to why we’re seeing more evangelicals embracing Lent is that many of us have a reasonable desire to…
  • Words for the Anxious Soul

    Kevin White
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have been reading (and singing!) through the Psalms a good deal over the past year. One very valuable aspect of the Psalms is the way they give voice to a broad variety of human emotion. This is the inspired song book of God’s people, and it has a song for almost every mood. Here is one that has been very meaningful to me as of late: Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation  and my God. … Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. (Psalm…
  • Further thoughts on World Vision

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:22 am
    There is much more that can be said about the recent turn of events with World Vision, who has now reversed course.  I took to Twitter last night at the goading of Sarah Posner to say a few things about it.  Sarah and I don’t agree on much (we learned we have 72% cacao chocolate in common!), but I enjoy disagreeing with her so much that I yielded. And, let’s face it, I’m just a sucker for long-winded rants about anything. Among other things, I wrote last summer that evangelicals needed to address the nature of institutions. http://t.co/YeYA967hnv — Matthew Anderson…
 
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  • Why World Vision’s Pro-Gay Pivot (Had) Epic Gospel, Moral, and Theological Implications

    Jeremy Bouma
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:11 am
    BREAKING UPDATE: Apparently World Vision has reversed their decision to adjust their policy toward same-sex married employees/employment. Read the full letter from Richard Stern, here. An incredible turn of events that is well-appreciated, and well-received. While I still maintain what I’ve written below, at this point it more applies broadly to the conversation about the Church and same-sex marriage than to World Vision and their initial policy shift. So please read it in that light. Editorial Note: You may want to download the World Vision letter from Richard Stern (President) for…
  • Are You Lenting This Year? Ok, But Are You Giving Up AND Adding?

    Jeremy Bouma
    7 Mar 2014 | 8:13 am
    For those Christians unfamiliar with the Church calendar this week we began the season of Lent, that penitential period of self-denial that prepares the believer for Holy Week leading to Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. Accompanying this 40-days of purposeful penitence is repentance, fasting, almsgiving, penance, and prayer. Before we go further, are you Lenting for 2014? (Is that a word? I vote make it so!) If so, what are you fasting from during this season? (Let us know with comment!) Check out this wordle of the top things people are giving up this year for Lent 2014: What a list!
  • 3 Words I Never Thought I’d Say: “I Have Cancer.” (But I’ll Add 3 More: “I Have Hope!”)

    Jeremy Bouma
    22 Jan 2014 | 5:09 am
    First of all, to the handful of people who read this news without the full context before I meant to post it: I am really sorry! I forgot I had scheduled this to post before I decided to post it after an important consultation to give the fuller picture of my changed circumstances. Again, sorry for the fright, but thanks for the concern just the same. Here are the events that have led to the most unexpected life-shift: ———————————- Two days before Christmas a discovered a small lump on my throat after trying to rub the sore out…
  • Help Me Reach 100 Peeps On My Newsletter List and Score a Free Prayer Guide (and Other Goodies!)

    Jeremy Bouma
    17 Dec 2013 | 9:18 am
    Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat, please put a penny in the old man’s hat, as they say. Instead of penny-putting a safer bet would be to put your email address in the box below box and join my newsletter For the past year I have been building a group of people I think of as my “inner circle” with a newsletter that features regular blog updates of helpful content, exclusive free stuff, and updates on my work (like when I release a new book or have a speaking engagement). But here’s the deal: I made a goal of getting 100 peeps by years end and I’m…
  • What Will Spending Eternity In Heaven Be Like? It’ll Be Different Than You Might Think!

    Jeremy Bouma
    22 Nov 2013 | 5:33 am
    I was honored to write this article for a book launching Spring 2014, called Heaven and Hell: Are They Real? The book includes scripture quotes that capture the current interest in the reality of heaven and hell, while offering 30 days of readings on heaven plus 30 days of readings on hell. I was tasked to answer the question, “What will spending eternity in Heaven be like?” There’s an old hymn that says, “When we all get to Heaven, What a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, We’ll sing and shout the victory!” This is great news, isn’t it? One day…
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  • Four Gardens

    Ravi Zacharias
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In this classic message, Ravi Zacharias shares thoughts from the perspective of Easter as he delves into four gardens: the text, the context, the contest, and the conquest. Ravi inspires with truths surrounding creation, the word, the cross, and the resurrection in presentations excerpted from the Jesus Among Other Gods group study. This presentation is a beautiful and thought-provoking reminder of all that Easter celebrates.
  • Love’s Unveiling – Day 14: He is Risen!

    Amy Orr-Ewing
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Love’s Unveiling – Day 14: He is Risen! Matthew 28:7 Over the next two weeks, to help us prepare for Easter, RZIM’s Amy Orr-Ewing has recorded a set of online video Bible devotions that will take us day by day through the resurrection story all the way to Sunday, April 20, 2014. These devotions include a key verse from Matthew’s gospel, a short reflection, and a challenge or chance to respond. We will journey with Matthew in his gospel through the days and hours building up to the cross and the resurrection of Jesus. In this series we join Matthew at chapter 26 as history is…
  • Love’s Unveiling – Day 13: Public Service

    Amy Orr-Ewing
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Love’s Unveiling – Day 13: Public Service, Matthew 27:59,60 Over the next two weeks, to help us prepare for Easter, RZIM’s Amy Orr-Ewing has recorded a set of online video Bible devotions that will take us day by day through the resurrection story all the way to Sunday, April 20, 2014. These devotions include a key verse from Matthew’s gospel, a short reflection, and a challenge or chance to respond. We will journey with Matthew in his gospel through the days and hours building up to the cross and the resurrection of Jesus. In this series we join Matthew at chapter 26 as…
  • Love’s Unveiling – Day 12: Love’s Extremity

    Amy Orr-Ewing
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Love’s Unveiling – Day 12: Love’s Extremity, Matthew 27:46 Over the next two weeks, to help us prepare for Easter, RZIM’s Amy Orr-Ewing has recorded a set of online video Bible devotions that will take us day by day through the resurrection story all the way to Sunday, April 20, 2014. These devotions include a key verse from Matthew’s gospel, a short reflection, and a challenge or chance to respond. We will journey with Matthew in his gospel through the days and hours building up to the cross and the resurrection of Jesus. In this series we join Matthew at chapter 26 as…
  • Love’s Unveiling – Day 11: He trusts in God

    Amy Orr-Ewing
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Love’s Unveiling – Day 11: He trusts in God, Matthew 27:30 Over the next two weeks, to help us prepare for Easter, RZIM’s Amy Orr-Ewing has recorded a set of online video Bible devotions that will take us day by day through the resurrection story all the way to Sunday, April 20, 2014. These devotions include a key verse from Matthew’s gospel, a short reflection, and a challenge or chance to respond. We will journey with Matthew in his gospel through the days and hours building up to the cross and the resurrection of Jesus. In this series we join Matthew at chapter 26 as…
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  • How the tools of His trade would one day be the tools of His death

    David Rupert
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    He learned the trade from his father who probably learned it from his father. The tools were simple.  Wood.  Nails. Hammer. Wood shavings crunched on the floor, trod by leather sandals. The smell of lumber filled his nostrils. Banging. Scraping. Sawing. The workshop was continually busy. It was all in the life of a carpenter. There was something satisfying about taking raw lumber and forming a piece of furniture, a shelf or a tool.But then there was the unspoken destiny. Driving a crude spike into the green flesh of the fallen tree reminded Him of the dark days to come. Photo by Secret…
  • The roots of misconception

    David Rupert
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    Think about all of the tall tales you were told as a child; that touching a toad would give you warts; that lightning never strikes twice; that going out into the cold will give you a cold. We all have an image of George Washington walking around with wooden teeth, like a walking lumberyard. But the truth of the matter is that his dentures were made out of ivory, lead, gold and even a little donkey tooth. We’ve all heard the great Chicago fire of 1871 was caused by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lamp.  However, it  was a newspaper writer who invented the story to make colorful…
  • What’s trendy today might be ridiculous tomorrow

    David Rupert
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
     A few nights ago we had a discussion about harvest gold. You might remember those days when appliances, countertops and small mixers all came in this color.  And avocado green was popular too. Around the table we laughed at all the things that were supposed to be cool, forever.                   It was supposed to define a new generation of home fashion. Today it defines a generation of home remodelers. Growing up, our house had paneling – of course – and it kept the basement “cozy.” And don’t forget the wallpaper. The more flowers…
  • Playing it Safe: Why Mediocrity Will Never Change the World

    David Rupert
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    The dust swirled in the hot humid air as I trudged home from school. I slipped the report card next to Mom’s purse, hoping she would just sign it and give it back with cool indifference. No such luck. In our home, earning a mediocre grade was a major event, close to dental surgery or transmission work.  She saw the “C” in social studies. My reasoning is that the grade was “average.” But for an hour it seemed, I was on the receiving end of one-sided conversation about what that word means. There would be no average in our family. We came from a proud line of immigrants who fought…
  • Divided We Stand: How To Reach the Other Side

    David Rupert
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:01 am
    I’ve been thinking divisions lately, since they seem to be so prominently highlighted in conversations, the media, and politics. Really, we divide  our world into two basic groups – “Us” and “Them.” That’s it. There’s the “Us,” which is the socio-economic group we identify based on what we think is important. Things like race and culture and gender and religion factor into the “us.” And other things like sports allegiances, dress standards, or homes also create groups we can identify with. We are often identified by the part of town in which we live like: The…
 
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  • $5 April Albums Part 2

    Steve McCoy
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Nice list of cheap albums on sale for a short time...Wilco: Being There (a double album!)Arcade Fire: The SuburbsBob Dylan: The Freewheelin' Bob DylanJack White: BlunderbussNickel Creek: Why Should The Fire Die?LCD Soundsystem:  & This Is HappeningWye Oak: CivilianBuilt to Spill: Perfect From Now OnThe Raconteurs: Broken Boy SoldiersThe Avett Brothers: I and Love and You ($3.99)Chevelle: Wonder What's NextHidden Orchestra: ArchipelagoDawes: Nothing Is WrongThe Dead Weather: Sea Of CowardsSimon & Garfunkel: Sounds of SilenceJohnny Cash: The Number Ones & The…
  • Champs: "Down Like Gold" Acoustic

    Steve McCoy
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Really want to get my hands on the Champs album, Down Like Gold, but it's not in the U.S. yet. Here's something to obsess over until it gets here. Love.
  • How Frozen Should Have Ended

    Steve McCoy
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Goodness, yes. Don't miss bonus scene just over halfway through.
  • Streaming -- The Menzingers: Rented World

    Steve McCoy
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    I couldn't get enough of The Menzingers' debut album, On The Impossible Past. Outstanding. High-energy. And now we get to see what they do next as Rented World is now STREAMING FREE before they release it next Tuesday (22nd). Here's their first single, which makes this punk happy...
  • Saintseneca -- Dark Arc

    Steve McCoy
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    My new piece on Saintseneca and their album Dark Arc is up at Christ & Pop Culture: "Saintseneca's Dark Arc: Stripping Off The World's Varnish." Here's a blurb...The entire album is a juxtaposition of style and substance. It’s subversive, kind of Banksy. I can’t help but think that this is similar to what the church should be doing in the midst of our consumer culture. We should be taking the shiny, happy things of this world and breaking them, showing they aren’t what we think they are. We should be stripping off the varnish, seeing through the luster. Go read my whole…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • The Father Gives Life to the Son

    Fred Sanders
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Here is one big idea about the resurrection for you: The Father gives life to the Son. We know it happened when Christ left the tomb behind. He emerged from darkness and death into everlasting life because the Father had given him life. Christ is risen because the Father gave life to him so fully, so freely, so substantially, that death suffered its mortal wound. And although a new and decisive thing happened then and there at that moment of history, the life that the Father gives the Son is not a life that started there at Easter. The life by which the Son lives is the life he shares in…
  • Hours of the Compassion of God

    Fred Sanders
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A set of images from the Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves, a Dutch Gothic illuminated manuscript from about 1440 (see below for more information on the source). In a series of nine pages, the artist gives us the legend of the cross, which is a mixture of pious mythology, quaint credulity, a love of good storytelling, and curiosity about biblical history, all cooked up together in the fire of unrestrained devotional intensity. But though it’s a kind of fairy tale using historical characters, the theological intention is pretty clear: the crucifixion of Christ didn’t just…
  • Creeping to the Cross (At Home)

    Fred Sanders
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    In medieval England there was a unique part of the Good Friday service called “creeping to the cross.” It was a ritual procession that involved approaching the cross barefoot and on your knees. Being on your knees like that, “creeping,” is a physical expression of reverence, of humility, and of slowness. Reverence, because you’re on your knees, and “bending the knee” is an embodiment of respect. Humility, because the posture puts you down lower. And slowness because WOW it’s hard to go very fast on your knees. In fact, except for the young and…
  • Conversation on the Future of Protestantism (April 29)

    Fred Sanders
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    The Reformation (rumors to the contrary notwithstanding) wasn’t a total break from the Christian past; not a clean start; not a do-over from scratch. For the early Protestants, the whole point of reforming the church was to find a way of standing in continuity with the great ancient church by being biblical, apostolic, and universal. If you’ve read much at all in the church fathers, you know the Christian tradition didn’t start in 1517, and if you’ve read much at all in the reformers, you know they knew that. But how well is Protestantism today doing as an inheritor of…
  • No Other Such Sentence in All Literature

    R.A. Torrey
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,     ~Ephesians 1:5 God chose us out of the world “that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love,” because He had in His eternal purpose of grace “foreordained us (i.e. marked us out beforehand) unto adoption as sons.” This “adoption as sons” was “through Jesus Christ,” i.e., it would become ours through our accepting the Lord Jesus, the only begotten Son of God we obtain the right to become sons of God (John 1:12, R. V.) This foreordination…
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    Chris MarlowChris Marlow | Empowering leaders (and tribes) to launch movements for doing good.

  • Struggle for Progress

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

    Chris Marlow
    12 Feb 2014 | 3:42 am
    Credit: Power of Slow How Does One Deal With Tragedy? It is the question we hope we never have to ask. Unfortunately, I have had to deal with my fair share. My family has seen deaths due to cancer and accidents to moms, dads, and brothers. We’ve been here before–the middle-of-the-night phone call that changes your life in an instant. We had one of those phone calls a few weeks ago. My sister-in-law called from Dallas at 9:30PM on a Friday night; this never happens. We missed the first call, but as soon as the phone rang again, I told Necole she needed to answer it. I knew it was…
  • Tedx Talk: What if Doing Good was Simple?

    Chris Marlow
    31 Dec 2013 | 8:44 am
    Here’s my TEDx talk that I did a few months ago. I would be grateful if you took time to watch it and if you enjoy the talk, share the video and leave a comment in the Youtube site. I feel this message is important and I want the idea to spread. It’s vital to fighting extreme global poverty!
  • 2013 Review

    Chris Marlow
    31 Dec 2013 | 4:36 am
      As 2013 comes to a close, I can’t help but to take a moment to pause and review what turned out to be a great year. Some personal highlights: I turned 4My oldest daughter became a teenager (boo) My younger daughter started middle school (boo) Necole and I took a vacation to Cancun Necole started a business Relatives moved from Austin to Raleigh. I was able to speak at a TEDx event here in Raleigh I hired a Literary Agent I started to coach and consult with a few young organizations — I love doing this! Professionally, Help One Now had another amazing year. At the same time,…
  • I Guess I’m Writing a Book

    Chris Marlow
    13 Dec 2013 | 5:03 am
    Photo Credit I Guess I’m Writing a Book. (yikes). While trying to get through security in the Miami airport after spending 5 days in Haiti, my friend Jen looked at me and said, “Chris, you need to get serious about writing a book. These stories need to be told.” I’ve already felt the call, but struggle to be a writer. You have to understand that writing is one of my greatest fears. I’m a builder of organizations. I can speak anywhere, anytime, and I love any meeting that includes a whiteboard and some idea-makers. Writing… not so much. My grammar…
 
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi

  • Ending Corruption for Lent

    tallskinnykiwi
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    While some Christians are giving up chocolate for Lent, which is all very well, others are seeking to end global corruption, bribery and corporate greed. Here is an Easter reflection on corruption from the Bible Society called Thirty Pieces of Silver [PDF]. Its a hot topic and one which involves a penetrating look inside our […]
  • A quick interruption of my blogging sabbatical.

    tallskinnykiwi
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Long time no blog.  My blog break has been good for me. I feel like I am learning to be quick to listen and slow to speak which has to be a good thing. But, to interrupt my break, and so you don’t completely forget me, here is a little update from me. Our family […]
  • Waitangi Day: Remembering a Transplanted Christianity

    tallskinnykiwi
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:52 am
    I was hoping to be in the north of New Zealand today to celebrate Waitangi Day with friends and colleagues but instead I will be at the DeLight Festival in Takaka.  Apologies to the NZCM gang at the Congress who I enjoyed meeting with 3 years ago in Waikanae. Hope it goes well. I did, […]
  • Poverty: The Catholics are taking the Protestants to church.

    tallskinnykiwi
    7 Dec 2013 | 10:14 pm
    “I want a Church which is poor and for the poor.”  Pope Francis said that last month, in his awesome document that you should have read already. Its called Evangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation. Download the PDF. So the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is coming up in 2017 and, based on the last weeks […]
  • Nothing coming down. Nothing going up.

    tallskinnykiwi
    7 Dec 2013 | 4:15 pm
    I just watched a very unfortunate recent video by our dear brother John Piper. I really don’t think he saw how his words could be misconstrued in the wrong hands. Hopefully it has been taken down by now or at least will be in the next few hours. Nothing is coming down, except his video. […]
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    The Lutheran

  • Is ?Allah? exclusively for Muslims?

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Christians have been using the word ‘Allah’ for 2,000 years even before the advent of Islam. If we, the Arab Christians, can use the word ‘Allah’ in the heart of the Muslim and Arab world, peacefully and without any controversy, it is very difficult for me to understand why Malaysian Christians cannot use it.  Munib Younan, Lutheran World Federation president and bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, in a Nov. 5, 2013, letter to Lutheran Church in Malaysia Bishop Aaron Yap and other leaders.  On Jan. 2 the Selangor [Malaysia]…
  • Locked up, locked out

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As a formerly incarcerated person, Kim Wilkins knows the challenges. Finding stable employment, often a parole or probation requirement, “takes effort,” said Wilkins, a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Chicago. “You have really got to want it.” The job search can be intimidating for people leaving prison or jail with few skills and little education. After serving their time, they enter a world where employers may refuse to hire them, public housing is denied to them, and only a minimal safety net exists to aid their reintegration into society. The help they need…
  • Act of indescribable beauty

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In 2010, I was part of the Northeastern Ohio Synod/Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown pilgrimage to Germany and Italy. We visited Martin Luther sites and then traveled to Rome. It was an interesting experience to be in the places that formed our spiritual identities in the company of those who, in our respective narratives, had the role of the “other,” or even the “enemy,” during and after the Reformation. But we came to a deeper respect and appreciation for each other’s tradition by being pilgrims together. All of us were asked what the most memorable…
  • Science and faith

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I have long thought that scientists who deserve our highest admiration are individuals blessed with sophisticated minds, brilliant intellects, meticulous scientific methods and notable achievements. But they also possess another special quality. They have a capacity to be awed. They meet mysteries they can’t solve. They ask questions that reveal beauty. They are stunned by the intricate majesty of the universe.  Listen closely to outstanding scientists. They share how little they know in the midst of how much they know. Listen closely to deep believers. They testify to how…
  • Pray that church is acceptable to God

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It is up to usThe “Church of the future” authors (March, page 14) state, “We begin with the obvious: insofar as both the church and the future belong to God, the church will ‘look’ like whatever God intends or desires it to.” Really? It will look like whatever God intends? Sounds like predestination to me. Why then do we need to discern ourselves with this matter? The church will be and look like, as stated in the next paragraph, that “as disciples of Christ, we trust and live and worship and serve and do our best to discern what ‘church’…
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    Century Blog

  • Meaning and mysterium tremendum

    Carol Howard Merritt
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A member of the congregation I serve died this week. It was fitting. The shadows of death linger about us this week. Like Peter, warming his hands by the blazing fire, trying to hide and catch glimpses of what Jesus suffered, I stood at the edge of the Holy Week shadows, watching for this central drama of mortality to unfold.  read more
  • My fear of the cross

    Darcey Steinke
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As a child I was afraid of the cross. Crosses with Jesus’ bloody body terrified me, but even the empty ones I saw in my father’s Lutheran church gave me shivers.My father was a liberal Protestant, but my grandfather, who was also a minister, held a more traditional view of atonement theology. read more
  • Raising the dead, with and without hope

    Kelly J. Baker
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As Easter approaches, raising the dead is at the forefront of my mind. But I think of a different vision of resurrected dead, zombies. The popular monsters reanimate as gruesome bodies; their essential natures, spirits, or souls are absent. Zombies are a reckoning of the horror of the dead coming back to life.  read more
  • When Jesus offends just by being himself

    Steve Thorngate
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Looks like Jesus the Homeless is coming to Chicago. Erica Demarest reports that the local Catholic Charities office plans to put up one of Timothy Schmalz's sculptures—which depict an unkempt Jesus, with stigmata, sleeping on a park bench—this spring.Weekend Edition did a segment Sunday on the sculpture at St. Alban's Episcopal in Davidson, North Carolina. Apparently some locals aren't fans. read more
  • Should Easter be surprising?

    David Keck
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In my experience, Easter Sunday is a fairly scripted event. For weeks, the choir has been practicing special music, perhaps a cantata. Extra bulletins have been printed since there may be visitors to the church, those Christmas-and-Easter Christians we are always talking about. Additional worshipers means that preparing and serving communion will take longer. There may be a bit of exhaustion—Holy Week services have drawn us into the agonies of Jesus’ last days. Pastors may have bags packed, ready to head out for a few days after all the extra work.Easter has been coming, and we’ve made…
 
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    theologer

  • Is this Even Possible? or: Everyday Missionary Mental Struggles

    Roger Mugs
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:06 am
    “This city is too big. There is no reason to go. We will surely not make a difference.” I’m sorry, but such thinking may have just condemned you to the desert for 40 years. (See Numbers 14). Problem is, here I am teetering back and forth on the ledge of condemnation if this is true. Thankfully there is redemption, the blood of Christ, the resurrection, and hope for the people of God.
  • Forgetting the Point. All Too Easy.

    Roger Mugs
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:20 am
    The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons*, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. - 1 Timothy 1:5–7 (Almost) Every seminary professor and seminarian ever.
  • Keeping Thoughts to Ourselves

    Roger Mugs
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:49 pm
    There was a time when a man was alone with his thoughts. Even when they were brilliant, witty, or perhaps full of wealth-making innovation. He wasn’t constantly attached to computers or even notebooks. This he had to keep such thoughts to himself and continue about his work, hoping not to forget before he could share them, or write them down. Now every thought more complex than, “Buy Milk,” or “I’m hungry,” we tweet, blog, or podcast (this thought included). God forbid we should keep things to ourselves, or between us and the Lord. And I wonder if back then…
  • I Shall Not Want. But I Do.

    Roger Mugs
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:45 pm
    “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.” - Psalm 23:1–2 Lord, what I want is green pastures and still waters. And I’m surrounded by cement. Yesterday I layed down on green grass. It wasn’t much. But the sun did shine. And it was shockingly refreshing. And last week I ran by a river. It ain’t much. But here I’m wanting to wrestle with God over this and ask for it at least spiritually. But I realize both have physically happened in the last week.
  • For Priests to Honor the Lord

    Roger Mugs
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:25 pm
    “And now, O priests, this command is for you. If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart.” - Malachi 2:1–2 My greatest fear in life might be that I would bring honor to the Lord and forget to do so for myself. It might be that I would advance the Lord’s Kingdom and be forgotten in history. Something I actually strive to live for, pray for, and seek actively after. But…
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    Think Christian

  • Ayahuasca and the high of Easter

    Jes Kast-Keat
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:21 pm
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  • How resurrection shakes things up (on ABC and elsewhere)

    Elijah Davidson
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:13 am
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  • Good Friday: when normcore went hardcore

    Jes Kast-Keat
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
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  • Stephen Colbert, David Letterman and the prophetic voice of comedy

    Erica Schemper
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
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  • Lent’s reminder that we’re all wolves of Wall Street

    John Van Sloten
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
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    Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day

  • John 10:28-30

    Bible Gateway
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.””
 
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  • Marriage Is for the Courageous

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    [Editor’s note: today’s post is adapted from the book Open: What Happens When You Get Honest, Get Real, and Get Accountable by Craig Gross with Adam Palmer] I once spoke at a marriage conference…where I heard an interesting fact about the relationship between happiness in a marriage and the amount of times the husband and wife in that couple were engaging in sexual activity. In other words, the more frequently husbands and wives have sex with each other, the happier they tend to be with their marriage… Sadly, the flip side of that is something else I learned at this…
  • What’s Your Porn Story?

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Everyone loves a good story. There’s a reason why exercise programs add all of those before and after photos and stories to the end of their sales pitch—because people are inspired by stories. Seeing someone else's success in weight loss pulls you off the couch and sends you running. Why? Because stories enable you to imagine tangible results that before were only intangible dreams. Have you ever watched a superhero movie and left energized? Or a sports movie that left you feeling like practicing? Or a love story that made you want to better your own relationships? That’s…
  • Just Like Jesus Did

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    In January we took our team to AVN Adult Expo for the twelfth year in a row to tell people one simple message … Jesus loves them. This year we tried something new and gave out free T-shirts that said Jesus Loves Porn Stars. These were T-shirts we silk screened right there on the floor of the convention. It was quite the crowd pleaser and attracted a lot of attention. You might wonder why we would do something like this. Why go through the aggravation of setting up a full screen press, dryer, etc? The reason is the same as why we go to the conventions in the first place. It’s the…
  • The Wrong Way To Use a Band-Aid

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Our pastor recently challenged us to read Romans 8 every day one week, and I love the way The Message puts it. It says the Law is like a Band-Aid (a cover up), where people tried and strived to match up, compare, win, earn their way. This was my problem before Christ. I was always the good girl who earned approval and pleasure by pleasing others and trying to keep the peace. But that only led me into a deep depression where I dabbled in self-mutilation and overeating, drinking alcohol to help me sleep.
 Then I married a guy who was, sadly, addicted to pornography, and I tried, in the name…
  • Jesus Loves The Forgotten - Jerrod's Story (Part 2)

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    [Editor's note: today's post is an excerpt from ‘Jesus Loves You, This I Know’ by Craig Gross and Jason Harper. It was written by Jason. You can read part 1 here.] I quickly jogged the fifty-yard distance from the car to the small sandy beach. I saw the towel spread out. It was right where Jerrod had taken meticulous care to assure there was not a single wrinkle. In the dark, but still able to see from my headlights, the small five inch square bump, the size of the wallet, protruded from under the towel. A quick feel to the right of the wallet revealed the keys to the family car.
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • Give a Gift. Advance a Ministry!

    Terrace Crawford
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    I’m pretty excited to announce this.  I love resourcing leaders.  I also love getting others involved in resourcing leaders.   So recently I’ve put together a kit to help encourage and advance other leaders and their ministries. What the Kit … Continue reading →
  • The Top 20 Movies of All Time

    Terrace Crawford
    2 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In anticipation of the Oscars later tonight, I found myself checking out the Top 20 movies of all time on IMDB, a very popular hub for Movie, TV and celebrity content. There were several movies I wasn’t surprised landed on there…but … Continue reading →
  • Check Out The Brand-New @D6Family Website!

    Terrace Crawford
    24 Feb 2014 | 11:10 am
    My D6 Family just launched a brand-new website for all their resources, including their conference!   Go check it out — www.d6family.com.  And make plans to attend their conference this fall!  They offer 2 great conference locations — Dallas and … Continue reading →
  • You Tubesday: A Honest Facebook Movie

    Terrace Crawford
    11 Feb 2014 | 8:03 pm
    If you were on Facebook at all last week chances are you watched one of the Facebook movies your friends posted titled “A Look Back.”  None were quite as good as the one Tripp and Tyler created for their YouTube … Continue reading →
  • A Gentle Nudge for Parents of Teens …

    Terrace Crawford
    9 Feb 2014 | 11:53 am
    Sometimes it’s a last ditch effort to let Parents know you’re super serious about helping their teen that works. I literally just sent this message to our parents (just 4 hours from our Sunday Evening experience). “Hey Parents (of teens)! … Continue reading →
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • Lessons from the Skating Rink that the Church can Learn From.

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    (Inspired by a conversation I had with Evelyn Cronin)1. Never Skate alone2. Conversation is always Welcomed.3. Lots of Food, Lights and seats equals delights.4. The more people know the songs; the more they will sing along.5. People of all ages like to try something new.6. There are no Generation gaps on the rink. People of all ages are either skating or encouraging one another.7. Encouragement goes a long ways.8. Everyone knows why they are there.9. There is always room for improvement.10. When someone falls down - there is always someone there to help them back up.11. Skating friends make…
  • Why Hospital Visits are Important?

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    It seems to me that hospital visitation is a rare and lost art in ministry. Unless it is an extreme emergency ...not very many ministers seem to go on hospital visits anymore. (They seem to delegate it to their leaders)Here are some reasons that hospital visits are still important in ministry:1. There is nothing like the ministry of presence. Communicating that you care and are there for someone.2. It is an opportunity to share Good News. Share the Scriptures. God's Word will not come back void.3. Prayer changes everything. There is power in prayer. It gives Hope.4. Have short visits. The…
  • Things I've learned about Hosting Groups at your church Facility.

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    1. Have a contract. Stating what the expectations are and what can and cannot be done.2. Have a Usage Form. Similar to contract and gives the duties and fees etc.3. Be Consistent. 4. Make sure well used. Facility is no good if empty most of the week.5. Opportunity to reach out to the community.6. Possible Groups: Adult Day Care (We had a group called: Grace place); Scouts (Girls/Boys); Care-a-van (Medical services); Government (We're a polling place); Gym - exercise groups - zumba, yoga etc7. Can be an outreach as a service to people. Don't view as a project or people to automatically be…
  • Honest Trailers - Frozen

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
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  • Fight Church Official Trailer

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
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    Frank Chiapperino

  • 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.
  • How’s Your Reputation?

    frank
    6 Feb 2014 | 7:01 am
    Do you care about your reputation? Most of us do. Most of us care about what other people think, especially those we love and respect. However, we don’t always ask ourselves a very important question… “What does God think of me?” Most would simply answer that the Bible says God loves them, and yes He does, but there’s a proverb that we should ponder more deeply. Proverbs 3:3-4 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and good sight in the eyes of God and man. When I…
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    Digging The Word

  • Who Do You Love

    Rick Morgan
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    If you really love God then you will love everybody.1 John 2:7-11  Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment--to love one another--is the same message you heard before.  8  Yet it is also new.Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining.9  If anyone claims, "I am living in the light," but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness.  10 …
  • Living As Jesus Did

    Rick Morgan
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    Are you living life God's way or your way?1 John 2:3-6  And we can be sure that we know Him if we obey His commandments.  4  If someone claims, "I know God," but doesn't obey God's commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.   5  But those who obey God's word truly show how completely they love Him. That is how we know we are living in Him.  6  Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.Most of us remember being separated from our parents in a large store when we were young. They told you not to wonder…
  • Stop Picking On Me

    Rick Morgan
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    God is our refuge, our strength and salvation, a mighty fortress is the Lord Almighty!1 John 2:1-2  My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the One who is truly righteous.  2  He Himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins--and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.John 14:16  And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.There is a lot of talk these days about bullying, one of the…
  • Digging For Treasure

    Rick Morgan
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:15 am
    How much value do you put on God's Word?Psalms 19:7-11  The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.8  The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living.  9  Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever.The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair.  10  They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.  11  They are a…
  • Confession Is Good

    Rick Morgan
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:56 am
    Confession brings forgiveness, cleansing and eternal life.1 John 1:8-10  If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.   9 But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.   10  If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in our hearts.We have all heard that confession is good for the soul, even modern psychology believes that confession is valuable, the problem is they don't know why confession is…
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  • Looking for LESS of This to Be News!

    pkuzma
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    In case you haven’t heard already, Bob Coy, pastor of one of the US’s largest megachurches, resigned this weekend due to a moral failure. We don’t know the details, and honestly don’t need to. However, It’s another day to say that we at Pastor For Life are STILL believing for the day when LESS of this will be news! If you’re a Pastor in a difficult place. let us know, and let us get you to a place where you can get help!
  • How’s Your Sleep Hygiene?

    pkuzma
    30 Jan 2014 | 9:15 am
    We all hear of the importance and benefits of good sleep each night, yet it seems few of us get it. Here are some helpful thoughts toward improving this vital area of health: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
  • Taken a Look at Your Work Hours Lately?

    pkuzma
    29 Jan 2014 | 9:23 pm
    NBC News did a short piece tonight on the price we’re paying because of overwork. It doesn’t mention those in ministry, but it might as well. Pastors are as susceptible, if not even more so, than non-Pastors, especially given that most of us work through the weekend. Watch and be challenged: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
  • Reducing the Rate of Pastoral Suicides

    pkuzma
    17 Dec 2013 | 12:53 am
    Suicide is not a new issue by any means. When a family member of a pastor commits suicide, we’re certainly sad and feel for the pastor and other family members. When a pastor commits suicide, now THAT we don’t expect. It’s a bit more deeply disturbing to most I’ve talked with about it. We were all shocked and saddened when Rick & Kay Warren’s son, Matthew, committed suicide last April. I’ve been encouraged by the way the Warren’s held on to their faith AND how they’ve admitted to struggling honestly and even publicly. Even though they took a…
  • Getting Our Arms Around Rick Warren’s Story

    pkuzma
    11 Apr 2013 | 7:06 am
    I am daily amazed and inspired at how Rick Warren is being real and yet still faith-full amidst his grief over the suicide of his 27 year old son, Matthew Warren. He could run and hide, but that’s not Rick. He could shut the world off and remain private. Nobody would blame him. Instead, he’s chosen to remain vulnerable and honest about the back story of Matthew’s lifelong struggle with mental illness. I can appreciate his recent tweet and Facebook post that said: It was Matthew’s story to tell. For me, as my own son has battled mental illness, I’ve been public…
 
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  • That Type of Guy

    John Saddington
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Non-alcoholic in the front and the fun in the back. I observed my father become an incredible leader as he worked his way up from the rank and file to become an executive in a company that does more than $70B a year in revenue. And our family moved as his career grew and went with him even when it meant moving a family of 7 internationally to Japan. I saw him in a variety of roles and although he worked hard and oftentimes late I do not remember him missing much of the weekly family events – he may have missed a few of my soccer games here and there but I can’t actually remember a…
  • Goodbye 465

    John Saddington
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    It seems like only yesterday that we first walked into our sweet Craftsman style home in Candler Park nearly 3 years ago. We’ve enjoyed every moment there and have made some incredible memories with our neighbors and our friends who live in the area. The house has also bore witness to a variety of life-changing events – ups, downs, and side-to-sides. We have laughed, cried, danced, mourned, and everything else in-between. A home is truly a sacred place. For those curious we aren’t moving too far and we’re going to be staying in the same school district. We’ll…
  • Getting Featured in the Apple App Store

    John Saddington
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    It’s been an interesting week for me to say the least and I have not yet quite figured out how to process most of it but a large portion has been related to my iOS app Pressgram and the fact that it has been featured by Apple as one of the App Store as one of the “Best New Apps” – an incredible honor on one hand and super-humbling on another. It’s hard to express in words the emotion easily as many consider this position to be somewhat the “Holy Grail” of the iOS world and even for myself I feel the tension between wanting to buy into the hype of it…
  • A Little, Precious Leg Cast in Purple

    John Saddington
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    A sad reality. A “spiral” break from her ankle up to that jut. I wanted to capture this because it was a definite “Family First” and it captures pretty perfectly what’s happening at a meta level for our family at large. We are definitely in a state of flux and many things have changed over the course of the first-half of this year and many times I’ve just thought to myself how broken things are and how desperately I’d love them to be fixed. And I am incredibly impatient when it comes to finding solutions to problems and I hate waiting. At least 4…
  • On Mortification and Leadership

    John Saddington
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Every so often I will spend time doing a 2 day detox using something simple like Arden’s Garden’s concoction that includes grapefruit, oranges, and lemons. The goal is to consume nothing more than 2 gallons of liquid for 2 days (no food!). This periodic form of fasting helps cleanse the body and it does a serious number on me in all forms – emotionally, psychologically, and physically. I get incredibly moody and I become a terribly moody person; in other words, I am pretty much a nightmare to live and work with. And even though I know this it’s almost impossible for…
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  • Just One Day Left!

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Well, that’s two major events in the life of Christ celebrated…only one left to go… I Thes. 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
  • The Pastor in the Movie “Heaven is for Real”

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    Throughout all the success of the Heaven is for Real book, and with attention now being refocused because of the movie, I am sure that Todd Burpo’s phone, if he dares to still have one, is ringing off the wall. (A dated reference to wall phones, in case you’re wondering.) The appearances and interviews that the family has done prior to film release have been very tightly controlled and for anyone else, access is a total impossibility. Even the Christianity Today review of this past week contains the phrase, “Burpo responded to questions sent through the film’s…
  • I Screwed Up

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    A title like that one is almost guaranteed to bring in readers because we love to read about others’ mistakes. So today I’ll be one of the others. I totally messed up a piece in this morning’s Good Friday service. A major brain cramp. It was a medley of two songs, two verses each, and when I finished the first verse of the first one, my eyes went back to to the top of the page, but my hands went on to the second piece. So there I was at the keyboard, and I just kept going because I couldn’t stop. About a dozen painful bars of this, and my brain reset enough to go into…
  • Should Christians Speak of “Mother Nature?”

    paulthinkingoutloud
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:19 am
    “Everybody talks about the weather but nobody ever does anything about it.” “Whether it’s cold Or whether it’s hot We’re going to have weather Whether or not” We plough the fields, and scatter the good seed on the land; But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand. He sends the snow in winter, The warmth to swell the grain, The breezes and the sunshine, And soft, refreshing rain. 1 … He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Matt 5:45) In North America in terms of weather,…
  • A Ton of Religion

    paulthinkingoutloud
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    Source: Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church
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    Just A Thought

  • Road Trip

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    So this is the scene….Jesus has just risen from the dead….what does He do next? ROAD TRIP!     James Tissot, detail from  "Pilgrims on the Road to Emmaus" (1884-1896),  watercolor on gray wove paper, Brooklyn Museum. Luke 24:13-35 Two followers of Jesus were heading to a village called Emmaus.  It was about 7.5 miles from Jerusalem.  The average person could do that in a couple
  • He Is Risen!

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. (Matthew 28:5-6) Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of
  • Eyes to See

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:09 pm
    "As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him. And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him
  • I Will Draw Near - Take 2

    30 Mar 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Earlier this month I posted the words to Sarah's new worship song, I Will Draw Near. Today as she sat down to play it, our daughter Hanna joined her in singing what I feel is a beautiful song. I was able to record it with the words so you can follow along. Song and Words are ©Sarah Apperson, 2014
  • The Pleasure of His Company

    25 Mar 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I have never read a book by Dutch Sheets before I received a copy of The Pleasure of His Company.  I was intrigued by the description of the book though and decided to give it a whirl.  My family is really glad I did. When the book arrived I saw that on the back cover it said you could use it as a daily devotional.  I decided to do just that.  My wife had been asking me to read out loud to
 
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  • Austin, Sacramento, Las Vegas, and Comedy

    Eric Bryant
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    You or anyone you know near Austin, Sacramento, or Las Vegas? If so, check out these events where I will be speaking: Gateway Church (South Campus at 9:30am and 11am) April 20th Conversational Sundays at the Zhi Tea Gallery in Austin (purchase tickets here) April 27th     Thrive Conference 2014 (Sacramento, CA) May 1-3 Lead Well Conference (Canyon Ridge Church, Las Vegas) May 2-3 Gateway Church (South Campus at 9:30am and 11am) May 11th Gateway Church (South Campus at 9:30am and 11am) May 18th Mustard Seed – Comedy and Fajitas (Reserve free tickets for Austin event)…
  • Easter Weekend at Gateway Austin

    Eric Bryant
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    We have a lot of great things going on Easter weekend at Gateway Church for the whole family. April 18 – Good Friday | McNeil Campus 6:30 PM Lost & Found | family service Experience the profound meaning of Good Friday with your children during a family-friendly, inspiring service. Childcare will be provided for children birth thru 4 years old. 8:00 PM The Good Friday Experience | appropriate for children 10 and older Engage your heart, mind and spirit around the significance of Jesus’ death on the cross during a powerful service. There will be no childcare provided.  April 19,…
  • “Realm – Fight Evil” by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
     At Gateway Church in Austin, we concluded our series on the spiritual realm. The Scriptures tell us our prayers can move the spiritual realm, and forces in the spiritual realm can move us – for better or worse. You can watch the entire series at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Each week, there are Next Steps to help us apply the message to our lives. John Burke shared some of the following insights: “Today I want us to understand how to fight evil. You can’t fight evil if you don’t understand how evil works. Just consider the evil I can manipulate you to do if you just…
  • “Realm – Temptation” by Rick Shurtz

    Eric Bryant
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
     At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued a series on the spiritual realm. The Scriptures tell us our prayers can move the spiritual realm, and forces in the spiritual realm can move us – for better or worse. You can watch the entire series at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Each week, there are Next Steps to help us apply the message to our lives. Rick Shurtz spoke at the McNeil campus, I spoke at the South Campus. We shared some of the following insights: “On the one side, we know what’s good and right and helpful. On the other, we’re drawn to the quick fix, escapism,…
  • “Realm – Evil is Real” by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
     At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued a series on the spiritual realm. The Scriptures tell us our prayers can move the spiritual realm, and forces in the spiritual realm can move us – for better or worse. You can watch the entire series at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Each week, there are Next Steps to help us apply the message to our lives. John Burke shared some of the following insights: “Today we’re gonna talk about a very controversial topic—Evil. Some people think there’s no such thing as evil—it’s all good.  I think they’re either very sheltered…
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  • Glorious Pascha! The Baltimore Sun gets the key parts right

    tmatt
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    I keep saying this year after year, but it’s true. One of the greatest challenges for religion-beat specialists, season after season, is the long, steady march of feature stories that editors want you to produce linked to the major holy days in the various world religions. Easter was always one of the biggest challenges for [Read More...]
  • Shocking news! T.D. Jakes doubts something!

    Jim Davis
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    “Replate 1A.” That was a favorite dry reaction at my old newspaper whenever someone announced something obvious, as if were front-page news. That’s what I said when the Hollywood Reporter labeled T.D. Jakes as “a man of God who admits he has wrestled with doubt.” Clearly, the reporter hasn’t read Pope Francis or the Dalai [Read More...]
  • What would Jesus tip? Be sure to ask … secular ethicists!?

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    .@TipsForJesus still leaves $$$, so for #Easter, we asked ethicists – is it moral? http://t.co/Nmvb0cyEoF pic.twitter.com/nhAZPrBsF2 — Megan Finnerty (@MeganMFinnerty) April 17, 2014   Just in time for Easter, The Arizona Republic decided to write about #TipsforJesus. As the Page 1 reporter who wrote the story put it on Twitter, “@TipsforJesus still leaves $$$, so for [Read More...]
  • New York critics, heaven and a very busy religion week

    tmatt
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    OK, think of all of the stereotypes that you have heard about elite critics in New York City, those powerful mainstream-media scribes who are said to have the power to determine what is good and what is bad at the highest levels of American culture. Do you have that picture in your mind? Now, don’t [Read More...]
  • What does it mean to be transgendered in India?

    geoconger
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Is it possible to write intelligently about sex in the non-Western world for an American media audience? Or, is our culture so narcissistic, so incurious, so parochial that a newspaper would be wasting its time in attempting to explain the difference between our world view and their’s? A recent spate of articles in the American [Read More...]
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  • Admission. I Drink And Drive.

    loswhit
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    [Don't skip past the gif above this.  It may be the most powerful thing you see today] Gotcha.  I actually don’t drink and drive.  I do something worse. I text and drive. I have gotten so much better in the last year. It’s made me safer and the people around me safer. Just allowing my drive time to be a time of silence. I don’t even turn the radio on. It’s almost the most refreshing time of my day. The silence in the car. But after a while the urge to connect comes at me quite similar to a drug addict in need of a hit. Because let’s be honest, it is a drug,…
  • Dear Ragamuffinsoul.com THANK YOU and a few pics!!!

    loswhit
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    I don’t know a better place to say all this than here. Where it all began. Ragamuffinsoul.com Listen. As of this morning…7 Days later… We are sitting at #2,464 in Books on Amazon.com. And we are still in all the best seller categories the book lives in on Amazon. To let you know how amazing this is… IT’S FREAKING AMAZING. There has been ZERO drop off in a week of sales and this tells me one thing. People like the book. And it is like a shot of air straight into a drowning man’s lungs. I’m hearing stories on how this book is spreading like wildfire and…
  • I Just Got Cussed At And Forgot To Look At My WWJD Bracelet

    loswhit
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    I’m at my gate at the airport in Orange County. I get called to said gate counter at airport in Orange County. I give gate agent my name at said gate at airport in Orange County. Man leaning against counter at said gate at airport in Orange County snaps at me…”UM. DON’T CUT IN FRONT OF ME @$$****”. I snap back at man leaning against counter art said gate at airport in Orange County…”I didn’t see you man. Call me that again and see what happens…” Insert break here… 1. “See what happens?” Seriously? Who am I Chuck Norris? 2. Jesus Christ was obviously ALL OVER ME, er,…
  • Some #MomentMaker Images For You To Spread Today!!!

    loswhit
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
  • Today Is The Day!!! #MomentMaker Book Launches And I Need YOUR HELP!

    loswhit
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    Well Ragamuffinsoul.com.  The day is finally here. The day that YOU helped me build. Without you guys this would not have happened and so I say thanks again.  It’s time to flex. I’m not daydreaming about  best seller lists.  But I am day dreaming about people that stop existing and begin THRIVING. That is what this is all about. You guys helping others become MOMENT MAKERS. And you can. Today…I would LOVE for you to do something for me. Well actually Some THINGS 1. Would you please think about buying my book from a book store in your area or from an online outlett like…
 
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  • Monday Monkery – Day after Easter Sunday Edition

    Chaplain Mike
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Pastor Dan, who does our weekly iMonk Saturday Ramblings, got Holy Saturday off this past weekend so that he could focus on all the special services he was participating in. I remember those marathon occasions from when I was a pastor and I’ll be very surprised if Dan’s not sleeping in today. And tomorrow. But never fear, he will return renewed and refreshed this coming Saturday to resume rambling. To feed our readers’ appetite for links and laughter in the meantime, today we’ll engage in a bit of Monday Monkery — post-Easter Sunday style. We hope you all had a…
  • Thomas Merton: Living in the Freedom of Easter

    Chaplain Mike
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    These words from Trappist monk Thomas Merton about Easter could not have been said better by any Lutheran or Protestant. He reminds us that Easter is not just about Jesus rising from the dead, defeating death. It is about our death and resurrection as well. In particular, Merton has us meditate on Paul’s teaching that we have died to the Law and are now free to live as saved persons in newness of life by the Spirit. I encourage you to read the entire chapter in Thomas Merton’s book on the liturgical year: Seasons of Celebration. Have a blessed Easter! Lent has summoned us to…
  • Why We Need Holy Saturday

    Chaplain Mike
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Dead Christ, Mantegna Note: In honor of Holy Saturday, we will not have an edition of Saturday Ramblings today. We will have a “links” post early in the week to come. For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures… - 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 One of the richest books of theology I have read in recent years is Alan E. Lewis’s meditation on Holy Saturday called, Between Cross and…
  • Why the Change in the Crowd?

    Mike Bell
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:41 am
    A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:8-9 22″What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” 23″Why? Whatcrime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” Matthew 27:22-23 (Originally posted May, 2008) What…
  • Holy Thursday at the Tea Party

    Chaplain Mike
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Sometimes, I’ve got nothing. Nothing to write about. No insightful words to impart. No interesting metaphors to spark the imagination. No provocative prose, no poetry to prime the pump. I’m sitting and trying to think, but everything is fuzzy, my mind full of inchoate thoughts, like bats fluttering around in an attic. I get the sense that these are auspicious days, that we have important things to talk about, that if we don’t we might miss the moment and the parade will have passed us by. But I’m blank, bleary, and “I don’t find this stuff amusing…
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  • Ending Corruption for Lent

    tallskinnykiwi
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    While some Christians are giving up chocolate for Lent, which is all very well, others are seeking to end global corruption, bribery and corporate greed. Here is an Easter reflection on corruption from the Bible Society called Thirty Pieces of Silver [PDF]. Its a hot topic and one which involves a penetrating look inside our […]
  • A quick interruption of my blogging sabbatical.

    tallskinnykiwi
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Long time no blog.  My blog break has been good for me. I feel like I am learning to be quick to listen and slow to speak which has to be a good thing. But, to interrupt my break, and so you don’t completely forget me, here is a little update from me. Our family […]
  • Waitangi Day: Remembering a Transplanted Christianity

    tallskinnykiwi
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:52 am
    I was hoping to be in the north of New Zealand today to celebrate Waitangi Day with friends and colleagues but instead I will be at the DeLight Festival in Takaka.  Apologies to the NZCM gang at the Congress who I enjoyed meeting with 3 years ago in Waikanae. Hope it goes well. I did, […]
  • Poverty: The Catholics are taking the Protestants to church.

    tallskinnykiwi
    7 Dec 2013 | 10:14 pm
    “I want a Church which is poor and for the poor.”  Pope Francis said that last month, in his awesome document that you should have read already. Its called Evangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation. Download the PDF. So the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is coming up in 2017 and, based on the last weeks […]
  • Nothing coming down. Nothing going up.

    tallskinnykiwi
    7 Dec 2013 | 4:15 pm
    I just watched a very unfortunate recent video by our dear brother John Piper. I really don’t think he saw how his words could be misconstrued in the wrong hands. Hopefully it has been taken down by now or at least will be in the next few hours. Nothing is coming down, except his video. […]
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  • It’s Back — The “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” and the State of Modern Scholarship

    Albert Mohler
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    The so-called “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” is back in the news and back in public conversation. The story first broke in a flurry of sensationalism back in September of 2012 when Smithsonian magazine declared that a papyrus fragment had been found which would “send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship.” Well, it didn’t jolt much of anything. In 2012 Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced that a papyrus fragment that had come into her supervision made reference to Jesus having a wife. Professor King announced that the papyrus…
  • Moralism is Not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think it Is)

    Albert Mohler
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:18 pm
    One of the most amazing statements by the Apostle Paul is his indictment of the Galatian Christians for abandoning the Gospel. “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel,” Paul declared. As he stated so emphatically, the Galatians had failed in the crucial test of discerning the authentic Gospel from its counterfeits. His words could not be more clear: “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say…
  • Drowning in Distortion — Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”

    Albert Mohler
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:42 pm
    My first experience teaching the Bible came when I was asked at the last minute to teach a Sunday School class of first-grade boys. I was only 16 years old, and I did not exactly volunteer to teach the class. I found myself telling a familiar Bible story to six-year olds and explaining it as best I could. There have been very few Sundays since when I have not taught or preached, usually to a congregation a bit less fidgety than my first. You learn one thing fast when teaching the Bible to six-year-old boys — they often think they can “improve” on the story as found in the…
  • Pointing to Disaster — The Flawed Moral Vision of World Vision [Updated]

    Albert Mohler
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:41 pm
    UPDATE [March 26, 2014] The President of World Vision U.S. announced today that the Board of Directors has reversed its decision and would return to its previous policy that affirms sexual abstinence for all unmarried employees and defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Additional comment will be posted as soon as possible. Like all revolutions, moral revolutions are marked by events that signal major turning points in social transformation. Yesterday, March 24, 2014, will be remembered as one of those days. The headline in the news story by Christianity Today made the issue easy…
  • Fred Phelps and the Anti-Gospel of Hate — A Necessary Word

    Albert Mohler
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:52 am
    Fred Phelps is dead. The fire-and-brimstone preacher, who for many years was pastor of the institution known as Westboro Baptist Church, died late Wednesday in a hospice in Topeka, Kansas. The announcement was made on his church’s website. The wording was simple: “Fred W. Phelps Sr. has gone the way of all flesh.” Thus brings to an end one of most bitter lives in modern history — and one of the most harmful to the Gospel. Fred Phelps became infamous due to one central fact — he was a world-class hater. He brought great discredit to the Gospel of Christ because his message…
 
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    Pete Wilson

  • When You Feel Helpless

    Pete Wilson
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    The other day I stood in line at my local coffee house. I was in a curious mood and just watched the four or five people in front of me as we stood in this unusually slow line. Their body language and facial expressions said it all. There were hands on the hips expressing disgust at the current inconvenience, some were rolling their eyes as they glanced up momentarily from texting on their cell phone and there was the predictable looking at the watch and then looking at the line and then looking back at the watch. Most of us do not like waiting for anything.  We live in a day of fast…
 
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    Ligonier Ministries Blog

  • Social Media Highlights (04/20/14)

    Nathan W. Bingham
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here are highlights from our various Facebook and Twitter accounts over the past week. You can’t love Jesus and not love His Word. —R.C. Sproul #reformed #reformedtheology #rcsproul pic.twitter.com/kvIN5H82Or — Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) April 15, 2014 There is no stronger message than the truths of God's sovereignty in the doctrines of grace. —@DrStevenJLawson http://t.co/cz0R72UcXE — Reformation Trust (@RefTrust) April 15, 2014 Stephen Nichols begins a 2-part series that introduces us to 5 essential and necessary articles of the faith:…
  • What Are Ten Books Your Teenagers Read as Part of Their Homeschool Education?

    R.C. Sproul Jr.
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of the weaknesses of the school model of education is that it squeezes out great books that don't fit neatly into one or another of those artificial divisions of learning we call "subjects." We don't start with, "What books have had a deep impact in shaping what I am?" But with "What subjects am I supposed to be teaching, and which books will help me teach them?" I don't teach my children subjects—I seek to instill in them wisdom. Which means I have them read the books that gave me wisdom. 10. All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes: The Christian and Pop Culture by Ken Myers. This…
  • What Do Expiation and Propitiation Mean?

    R.C. Sproul
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    When we talk about the vicarious aspect of the atonement, two rather technical words come up again and again: expiation and propitiation. These words spark all kinds of arguments about which one should be used to translate a particular Greek word, and some versions of the Bible will use one of these words and some will use the other one. I'm often asked to explain the difference between propitiation and expiation. The difficulty is that even though these words are in the Bible, we don't use them as part of our day-to-day vocabulary, so we aren't sure exactly what they are communicating in…
  • $5 Friday: Apologetics, Holiness, & the Holy Spirit

    Nathan W. Bingham
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This edition of $5 Friday will be resource downloads only as our offices are closed for Good Friday. Beginning April 25, we will resume offering a diverse selection of trustworthy resources in various media formats. This week's resources cover such topics as apologetics, holiness, the Holy Spirit, forgiveness, justification, the cross, Christian growth, the Lord's Supper, and more. Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET. View today's $5 Friday sale items.       
  • The Meaning of the Cross

    Nathan W. Bingham
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    In 1990, we recorded the teaching series, "Hath God Said?" In this brief excerpt, R.C. Sproul considers the various ways the cross was viewed by people in the New Testament. What happened on the cross was an event of cosmic importance Transcript Notice how the cross was viewed by people in the New Testament. All we know if we're an observer, a spectator, a member of the press—the Jerusalem Gazette, I'm assigned as a reporter to go out and witness the execution of a man whose been condemned for sedition by Pontius Pilate. And I watch this execution and I may go back to my pressroom…
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    United Church of God

  • Mark of the Yeast

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    In this Days of Unleavened Bread sermon, we will examine and understand the attitudes that God wants us to have to help us to root out and to come to see what leaven represents. Jesus Christ even used leaven to talk about the kingdom of God and we'll take a look at that. Then we need to focus on the attitude that God wants us to have that will help us to maintain an unleavened life throughout this coming year.
  • Where Does Easter Fit Into the Picture?

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Are you missing out on the deeper meaning of Christ's resurrection?
  • Jesus Christ's Resurrection: Our Hope of Life

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    What is the real significance of Jesus Christ's resurrection from the grave? What does it mean for you?
  • The Power of God Is Real!

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    How real is the power of God in your life? Can you see and know for certain where God has touched your life and made change possible?
  • BT Daily: To Be A Disciple - Part 10

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    What One Quality? - You might think being a disciple means you need a lot of skills.
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    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts

  • Links To Go (April 18, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Waiting By The Grave So here I am next to my son’s grave. God knows! He knows because he’s been here, because he is here with me… with Kenny. It’s a sacred place of waiting. It’s waiting for the promise of the Father, that his Son, Jesus, would not be abandoned to the grave. That is the rest of the story remembered during Holy Week. Wedding Morning Worship… To end we all gathered around this couple that we love so much and prayed prayers of boldness and love for their lives. For them to be courageous and strong and on mission for God. We prayed the same for ourselves. I think what…
  • Links To Go (April 17, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Why the Cuba embargo is such a very bad idea Sen. Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican who takes a heterodoxical position on the embargo, argues that current American policy only helps Cuba’s Communist rulers. “We could allow for the free movement of Americans to Cuba, who would bring with them books and newspapers and ideas and commerce,” Flake told me. “And if you really want to create headaches for them,” he continued, only half-jokingly, “let them deal with spring break.” Do You Love the Immigrant? I’m not talking about political policy. I’m not…
  • The baptism of Jesus: That voice from heaven

    Tim Archer
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the most famous elements in the story of the baptism of Jesus is the pronouncement from heaven: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” That’s how Matthew records it, and it’s the version I grew up with. (Though I hear the King James in my head: “This is my beloved son…”) Mark records the voice as saying: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Same idea, but speaking directly to Jesus. Luke records it as Mark did. John mentions no voice, just the coming of the Spirit in the form of a dove. Who was…
  • Links To Go (April 16, 2004)

    Tim Archer
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Five Errors to Drop From Your Easter Sermon Don’t say Jesus died when he was 33 years old. Don’t explain the apparent absence of a lamb at the Last Supper by only saying Jesus is the ultimate Passover Lamb. Don’t say the same crowds worshiped Jesus on Palm Sunday and then cried out for his crucifixion on Good Friday. Don’t bypass the role of the women as witnesses of the resurrected Christ. Don’t focus on the suffering of Jesus to the extent that you neglect the glory of the Cross in and through the Resurrection. My Top 7 Goals to Accomplish on Easter Sunday In…
  • The baptism of Jesus: Why was he baptized?

    Tim Archer
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We talked last week about John the Baptist. Now we need to talk about Jesus’ baptism. Each of the gospels mention it, though the perspective changes from book to book. Mark is pretty sparse on details (as he often is), though he does mention that voice that proclaimed the identity of Jesus and the Father’s pleasure with what had been done. Luke’s account is very similar. Matthew adds the protests of John, where he said, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” We’ll talk more about Jesus’ reply to John. John’s gospel doesn’t…
 
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    Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Novato, Marin County » Podcast Feed

  • Unless Your Righteousness Exceeds

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Sermon preached on Matthew 5:20-48 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 4/6/2014 in Novato, CA. Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. Matthew 5:20-48 4/6/14 “Unless Your Righteousness Exceeds” How to enter the kingdom of heaven. That’s a key question on people’s minds as Jesus preached about […]
  • How to Study the Bible: Grammatical-Historical Method

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Rev. W. Reid Hankins at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 4/6/2014 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on how to study the Bible, discussing the subject of hermeneutics, particularly the grammatical-historical method.
  • I Did Not Come to Destroy but to Fulfill

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Sermon preached on Matthew 5:17-20 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 3/30/2014 in Novato, CA. Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. Matthew 5:17-20 3/30/14 “I Did Not Come to Destroy but to Fulfill” We now are getting into the heart of the sermon on the mount. […]
  • How to Study the Bible: Hermeneutics

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Rev. W. Reid Hankins at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 3/30/2014 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on how to study the Bible, discussing the subject of hermeneutics.
  • Salt and Light

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    23 Mar 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Sermon preached on Matthew 5:13-16 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 3/23/2014 in Novato, CA. Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. Matthew 5:13-16 3/23/14 Salt and Light Last week we concluded the opening section of the Sermon on the Mount, known as the Beatitudes. We now […]
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    Vision Baptist Church

  • Newest Member: Eric Elrod

    trent cornwell
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Eric Elrod is our newest member as of Thursday night! He comes from a loving, Christian family and is moving his church membership from the church he attended during his childhood in Rydal, GA. He moved to Alpharetta to attend the Our Generation Training Center. He currently believes that God is directing his path to the country of India. He will be taking a trip there next month! When Eric is not busy posing for pictures in trees (see picture above,) he is actively involved in several ministries of our church. He serves as the music director and is leading the charge to see the choir grow.
  • The earth shall be filled

    Austin Gardner
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. Shall be filled it says. The knowledge of the glory of the Lord will cover the world as waters cover the seas. With such a promise how can you not desire to be part of the winning team. Though it may seem that the work progresses slowly it progresses surely. Take heart. Keep on keeping on for Him because it will be worth it and we will see our God, the Lord, His Word, and power cover this world. When I read this I see His will, His desire. I know that He will make it happen. I…
  • He delights in mercy

    Austin Gardner
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Micah 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. There is no God like the One and Only true God. He is a God that forgives sin. He doesn’t take into account our sins and failures. He is not an angry God. He actually delights in mercy. That phrase alone should change your life. Your idea of God should totally change. He is a God that delights in mercy. The word delight means that He has a strong feeling of happiness, great pleasure or…
  • Hunger for the Word

    Austin Gardner
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: I believe that today there is a famine in the land. I believe that it is a famine of hearing the Bible preached. I believe that most men preach about the Bible but few preach what the Bible says. I believe that too often men go to the Bible to find a verse that says what their people need when the Bible rightly preached will deal with just that. I believe that we are so results oriented that we must preach what will…
  • Real Worship

    Austin Gardner
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. God, through Hosea, tells His people that He is not looking for external worship. He wants them to love others, show mercy. He want them to know Him more than He wants them to bring offerings. We focus so much on the wrong things. We are about the ritual, the service when God is about our hearts. We focus on what is on the outside wild He focuses on what is on the inside. I want to love Him more. I want to show His love to others. I want to know Him better and share what I know. I hope these…
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    LifeVesting

  • The Language of Love

    Andy Wood
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    The language of a Judge is to execute and liberate. “knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin” (Romans 6:6-7). The language of a Father is provision. “God will provide for himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son,” (Genesis 22:8). The language of a Mother is to bear. “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter…
  • Pride: Four Signs You’re Headed for a Fall

    Andy Wood
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s one of the most haunting verses in the Bible.  Sad, because it actually happened.  Haunting, because it could also happen to you and me. The verse: Then all the disciples forsook him and fled (Matthew 26:56). What’s interesting is that a few verses earlier, they all had chimed in with their spokesman, Peter: “Even if I must die with you, I will never deny you” (Matthew 26:35). Wow. I think that may still be a record turnaround.  So what went wrong?  Are there any lessons to be learned? Any warnings to be heeded for our moments of testing?  I think so.  Put in proverbial…
  • Perfect Love

    Andy Wood
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Love… Such a simple word in English, made complicated by the fact that it can mean and refer to so many things. It’s often cheapened by reducing it to something resembling selfish pleasure… It often generates cynicism among those who gave their hearts to someone or something, and were crushed by the experience… It creates confusion because the same word can be used for Readers Digest, Mom’s lasagna, old movies, and your newborn infant. Yet even in the face of the frustration of finding the right way to express ourselves, I still believe in the promise and the reality of a Perfect…
  • The Next Thing You Need to Do

    Andy Wood
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    When you think you know all the steps ahead, you’re tempted to borrow emotional energy from today’s challenges to deal with tomorrow’s. Don’t. The next thing you need to do is the next thing you need to do. Trust the Lord and the process. Move forward. Not a month at a time… a day at a time. Most stresses come when we stretch too far in one step. Stride. Do the next thing, not the thing after that. Sequence. Pace. Peace will follow. Jesus was right…  Today’s trouble is enough for today. Awesome… now I’m singing this in my head. Elsewhere on LifeVestingHow to Resolve…
  • He Had a Hammer

    Andy Wood
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    I never really knew that Hank Aaron was black.  But I knew he was from Mobile, my home town.  And, lest I forget, the Mobile Press Register would remind me daily as it tracked Aaron’s pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record, shattered 40 years ago today. The Atlanta Braves moved onto my radar when I was eight years old.  That’s when the franchise moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta.  We started listening to Braves games on WUNI radio, where we heard guys like Milo Hamilton and Ernie Johnson – and later Pete Van Wieren and Skip Carey (my all-time favorite) – call games.  Occasionally…
 
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    Worship.com

  • "He is Risen" from Paul Baloche (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

    Worship.com
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    “He is Risen” from Paul Baloche (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO): Paul Baloche “LIVE”... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • "Hosanna" from Paul Baloche – Lyrics

    Worship.com
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    “Hosanna” from Paul Baloche (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • "You Lift Us Up" from Paul Baloche (OFFICIAL TUTORIAL VIDEO)

    Worship.com
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    "You Lift Us Up" from Paul Baloche (OFFICIAL TUTORIAL VIDEO): Paul Baloche "LIVE"... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • K-LOVE – The tomb is empty, so we don’t have to be

    Worship.com
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    “The tomb is empty, so we don’t have to be” Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Spoken Word: Odd Thomas – The Master’s Plan of Discipleship

    Worship.com
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Spoken Word: Odd Thomas – The Master’s Plan of Discipleship: Odd Thomas performs a... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
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    Reformation21

  • Noah

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Before beginning this review, I should make a confession.  Prior to Noah, I had never seen a Darren Aronofsky film before. Not Pi, not Requiem for a Dream, not Black Swan--none of them (though several of  his films are high on my watch list). There may be those of you, true film aficionados, who think this disqualifies me from writing a review altogether; in any case, it means that this will not be the sort of review that enthusiastically compares this or that motif with other works in the director's oeuvre. I should also caution that if you are looking for a review that engages at…
  • Christ the King in His Suffering

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:49 pm
    What does it mean for you that Jesus Christ is King?While many of us could give a good answer, perhaps not many of us would include the profound and powerful testimony of Scripture to Christ as King in his humiliation. This is the period described in the Apostles' Creed: he "suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; he descended into hell." Thinking through this time of earthly humiliation for Jesus, we might wonder whether his Kingship was evident at all.In the Old Testament's prophetic descriptions of the coming Messiah, we see that a number of these refer to his…
  • Four Views on The Role of Works at the Final Judgment

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Four Views on The Role of Works at the Final Judgment. Counterpoints: Bible and Theology. Edited by Alan P. Stanley. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 234 pp. $17.99. This book, edited by Alan Stanley, addresses four major views on the role of works at the final judgment. In light of the recent debates between John Piper and N.T. Wright, the proliferation of justification talk in the last few decades, and the emergence of the "post-New Perspective" era, the question the role of works at the judgment is an important one. While the strength of their respective arguments varies, each of the…
  • Imaging the Image

    6 Apr 2014 | 6:45 pm
    This month we want to focus on our status as "image of God," as we begin to think as well about its apologetic implications. Tenet 4 of our "Ten Tenets" says this: Man (male and female) as image of God is in covenant with the Triune God, for eternity.The Bible never gives us a definition of what "image of God" means. It uses the phrase in various contexts (e.g., Gen. 1:26-27, 9:6; 1 Cor. 11:7, 15:49; Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10; James 3:9), but it is not concerned to define it for us. Yet "image of God" is what sets us apart from every other created thing. How could it be, at one and the same…
  • The Experience of God

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:31 pm
    David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2013, 365pp. + ix. $25.00/£18.99There is much to provoke, encourage, and worry about in David Bentley Hart's newest book. As it seems petty and misleading to begin with these misgivings given the overall merits of the book, I'll begin with a précis of the work, follow with a description of the chapters, and end with some questions. The aim of the book is to offer a description of the term "God" according to "the classical definitions of the divine found in the…
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    Kingdom Calling

  • A Couple Updates

    Wes Bridel
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:17 pm
    It’s been too long since our last post and as you’ll read below, we hope to get this blog a little more active.  I wanted to make this quick post just to point out a couple things going on with: 1) The newest addition to our team here at Kingdom Calling 2) A friend’s blog and business who helps writers get published as New York Times Best Sellers & 3)  A short word on geopolitical & macroeconomic events Welcome Robin Slaughter!Robin has joined us as the Office Manager here at Kingdom Calling and our other related businesses.  I’ll probably speak more about a…
  • The Government has “Saved” us from the Government!

    Wes Bridel
    16 Oct 2013 | 12:47 pm
    It appears as I write this that the government will come to a Debt Ceiling agreement just in the nick of time.  Of course, that has probably been their plan for months (and is exactly what I would have told you months ago if you had asked what they will do).  This appears to be a favorite strategy of Pres. Obama’s although he provides no leadership in these matters, so it’s hard to say it’s his strategy. Do you believe that crises as been averted?  Or do you see this as more along the lines of the politicians creating a crises so that they can avert one for their own political…
  • QE to Infinity

    Wes Bridel
    11 Oct 2013 | 10:56 am
    Could QE go on forever?  I think Jim Sinclair coined the term “QE to Infinity” to mean that the US Fed’s printing of money will never stop.  They can’t possibly stop it based on their current thinking and objectives.  What they are doing is an incredibly stupid idea, but their choice is basically to have crises soon, or keep printing and hope that the crises comes on the next guy’s watch…even though that means the crises will be bigger than it had to be. Well, when we put out the August newsletter, we told you all of this.  At that time, just about everyone on Wall Street…
  • Gold & Silver: Backwardization & Conclusion

    Wes Bridel
    9 Sep 2013 | 3:10 pm
    The gold and silver markets have had a crazy year with big drops in US dollar prices and a big bounce from the lows.  We’ve been discussing these markets here and here.  Today we’ll look at another big issue and conclude the focus on silver and gold before moving on to other topics… Backwardization This is why the gold futures prices have been in backwardization for months now.  This is unprecedented.  As it stands now, the market will pay you to hand over your gold bars today and collect new ones in the future.   (We’re talking big bars here, this isn’t something…
  • Silver & Gold: This year’s smash on prices

    Wes Bridel
    5 Sep 2013 | 4:00 am
    What can be said about Silver & Gold prices this year?  We started a new blog series Tuesday by discussing today’s price action with that of the 1970’s and How to know when prices will start falling for good.  Today’s post is the second of three posts on gold and silver. We’ve talked ad nauseum about the western central bank’s desire to control the price of silver and gold so that the general public is not spooked out of holding their pretty paper.  (The Federal Reserve of the US specializes in pretty green paper, but the UK & Europe like to make multicolored…
 
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    www.frcblog.com - Latest entries

  • Chinese Woman Speaks Out: "It is better to be a criminal in China than a pregnant mother"

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Steven Mosher from the Population Research Institute recently received this anonymous letter from a grieving mother in China who said, “It is better to be a criminal in China than a pregnant mother.” She went on to talk about the discrimination against women that takes place if a woman has an “illegal” child in violation of the one-child policy. A woman who simply wants to be a mother is treated worse than a criminal: •She is not allowed to apply for a job without a “Family Planning Certificate” proving that she does not have any “illegal”…
  • Dawn over the Jefferson Memorial

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Well, she did it again this year. My dear wife of 425 months decided to add one more item to an already full schedule on Palm Sunday. “Let’s go by and see the Cherry Blossoms,” she piped up. I groaned. Not this Sunday. There will be millions of people there. We’ll get stuck in traffic, just like we did last year. Can’t we go some other time? Of course, that’s part of the great appeal of the Cherry Blossoms in Washington. They come when they come. And it’s hard to predict how long they will last. Even a brief thunderstorm can put an end to them. But,…
  • UN, Please Note that Abortion is not Maternal Health Care

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    The UN Commission on Population and Development held its annual meeting last week. Wendy Wright (C-FAM) delivered a statement jointly submitted by the Family Research Council, C-FAM and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG). We must continue to hold the U.N. accountable for keeping maternal health as the priority in the agenda and not conflating it with abortion services. Here are some excerpts: “Now better than ever before, we know what it takes to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for mothers. It takes investment in education, skilled birth…
  • FRC's Tony Perkins on Fox News' 'Huckabee'

    frc-media-office
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    Family Research Council President Tony Perkins appeared on Fox News "Huckabee" on Saturday, April 12, to discuss comments made by Chick-fil-a CEO Dan Cathy regarding his involvement in social issues.
  • Truth is the Greatest Weapon

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    The Brendan Eich firing controversy at Mozilla has prompted a flurry of commentary. I would like to bring your attention to two excellent opinion pieces that place Eich’s firing in a larger context. The first article is a brilliant essay written by Mollie Hemingway (The Federalist) entitled “The Rise of the Same-Sex Marriage Dissidents.” The second is Daniel Greenfield’s piece, “The Left Isn’t Pro-Gay – It’s Pro-Power,” in Frontpage Magazine (online). Hemingway understands something so few analysts grasp these days: the struggle over the…
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    Why God?

  • Mysteries, Prophets & Psychics

    Michael
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    When asked, most Christians would say they believe the Bible. But when probed further, and asked specifically about the supernatural events that took place throughout the Old and New Testaments, and if they can be taken literally, that is when the words "symbolism", or "metaphorical" get thrown around. Did the Red Sea really part to allow the Jews to escape the Egyptians? Did one angel really strike down armies of men? Did Jesus really walk on water, turn water into wine, be born of a virgin, feed 5000 with a just few baskets of food... Did those things really happen? Or were they just…
  • The Medical Side Of Yeshua Jesus’s Crucifixion

    Michael
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    www.frugalsites.net It was customary for the condemned man to carry his own cross from the flogging post to the site of crucifixion outside the city walls.He was usually naked, unless this was prohibited by local customs. Since the weight of the entire cross was probably well over 300 lb. (136 kg), only the crossbar was carriedThe patibulum, weighing 75 to 125 lb. (34 to 57 kg),was placed across the nape of the victim's neck and balanced along both shoulders. Usually, the outstretched arms.then were tied to the crossbar. The processional to the site of crucifixion was led by a complete Roman…
  • Evangelistic Christian Ministries To Support

    Michael
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    These ministries aren't building gymnasiums, or coffee houses, but actually preaching the gospel to millions of people each year. If you are wanting to support a ministry with a tithe, consider the ones I have listed below. 1.  The Voice Of The Martyrs - Serves the  persecuted church through practical and spiritual assistance, while leading the free world into fellowship with them. Five Main Purposes Of The Voice Of The Martyrs 1. To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill Che Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ 2- To…
  • Dividing Israel’s Land- Judgement For The United States- Meteor, Florida, East Coast Tsunami Visions

    Michael
    12 Mar 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Meteor: The Destruction of America By Stan Johnson Stan puts together several others who had a similar visions: • SIX people saw: “…a large meteor hit near Puerto Rico.” • FOUR people saw: Tsunami hit Eastern coast of the United States • SIX people saw: America split into two pieces • THREE people saw: Large chunks of California to fall into the ocean! • THREE people saw: America split because she split Israel. Catastrophe: Meteor, Tsunami & Earthquake -Prophet Efrain Rodriguez was shown in a vision that a large meteor will hit near Puerto Rico and cause a tsunami 1,000…
  • Great Products From Answers In Genesis

    Michael
    12 Mar 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Buy The Ancient Man Pack From Answers In Genesis - Here Evolution and Origins Combo- Buy it Here Astronomy DVD Combo - Buy it Here More Interesting Titles From Answers In Genesis Things That Go Bump in the Night -Do black holes and dark matter exist? Buy It Here Interesting Articles From Answers In Genesis Evolution? Impossible! - Answers in Genesis Evolution Exposed: Biology | Answers in Genesis Big Bang—The Evolution of a Theory - Answers in Genesis Evolution: No Chance in a Billion Years - Answers in Genesis Body of Evidence | Answers in Genesis Young Age Evidence - Answers in Genesis…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • The last days of Jesus: the Sent One sends

    Aaron Armstrong
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:19-21) The third day had come. The tomb was empty, just as Jesus had promised. But instead of finding the disciples rejoicing and boldly proclaiming the resurrection, we…
  • The last days of Jesus: the resting Lord of the Sabbath

    Aaron Armstrong
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. (Genesis 2:2) God created the heavens and the earth—light and darkness, time and space, land and water, plants and animals, man and woman… And then, He “rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.” His work of creating all that is was complete. It was finished. During the days leading up to His death, Jesus was preparing to complete His greatest work: the redemption of sinners. And so He was arrested, beaten, tortured, nailed to a cross…
  • Links I like (weekend edition)

    Aaron Armstrong
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    What is this thing?!? Watch what happens when kids are introduced to a brand-new piece of technology… the Walkman! HT: Mike Leake Kindle deal recap Here’s a look back at this week’s Kindle deals—most of these end Monday, so act before it’s too late: The Cross in the Experience of Our Lord by R.A.Finlayson—$2.99 14 Words From Jesus by James Boice & Philip Ryken—$2.99 The Unexpected Jesus by R.C. Sproul—$3.99 The Work of Christ by R.C. Sproul—1¢ Old Story New by Marty Machowski—1¢ Saved Without a Doubt by John MacArthur—1¢ The Hole in Our…
  • The last days of Jesus: the despised but undefeated King

    Aaron Armstrong
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two,…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    When Jesus Said Farewell Collin Hansen: We Christians sometimes buy into a lie. We assume that if we’re not like those hateful, judgmental people who call themselves Christians, then the world will see that we’re actually pretty reasonable folks and want to follow Jesus. We believe that if Christians just cleaned up our act, then Jesus could finally captivate the hearts and minds of our neighbors. The only problem with this view is that it has no basis in the example or teaching of Jesus. Nice Christians don’t always finish first. Even though Jesus loved perfectly to the…
 
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    Bible Stories My Kids Love

  • Jesus Spits

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Did you know that Jesus spit in the Bible? That's right, he spit...Find out all about the time when Jesus spit in today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Where is That Coin

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Jesus tells a story about a women who lost a coin and how she searched her home until she found it. From that story we learn many valuable lessons about our relationship with God and how He celebrates when we find him. Enjoy today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • I Want My Prayers Answered

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Have you ever prayed for something and it did not happen? Have you ever asked for something you really wanted and did not get it? If so, today's Bible Stories My Kids Love is just for you. Enjoy today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • A Trumpet and a Torch

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    In today's Bible Stories My Kids Love learn about God's faithfulness to his people and how Gideon's army of 300 men defeated a large army with only trumpets and torches.Enjoy today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • The Creation Story

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Today we talk about how God made the heavens, the earth and all the living creatures!Enjoy this episode of Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • The God of Silence – Resurrection Morning

    ctsp
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Did you ever feel like God was watching as injustice raged some place – but He was just sitting on the sidelines? As we sit here today: • Central Africa is still raging with waves of savagery, where innocent men, women and children are being killed – some in the name of a religious faith. • Syria is still divided as many families have lost loved ones and others are clinging to fading hope – their life now in shambles. Churches have been targeted, and believers have been killed. • In the Ukraine, people are living nervously, particularly Jews who have seen the return of terrible…
  • An Enduring Legacy: “Celebrating an Outrageous God” – Nehemiah 12

    ctsp
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Have you ever been OUTRAGED at an injustice you saw or heard about? Have you ever had to hold back anger or tears because someone you loved deeply was brutally taken advantage of – and there was little or nothing you could do to help? “Outrage” is a boiling over that comes when we encounter a seemingly immovable injustice… Our Creator encountered one in the Garden of Eden long ago – when men mutinied against His leadership – but there was something He could do. God answered one injustice with yet another – by allowing a sinless man to be beaten, and summarily executed for crimes…
  • Shine the Light: “Sock Puppets” – Daniel 10

    ctsp
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    I have always been fascinated by puppets. I love marionettes in particular, as they were a staple of entertainment for nearly two thousand years in villages and towns of the western world. If you ever get the opportunity to travel to Palermo in Sicily, one of the oldest marionette puppet museums can be found in the “Opera dei Pupi” that opened in the thirteenth century, and still maintains some of the traditional shows and themes. The detail of each marionette, particularly that of the soldiers and courtiers is stunning. I don’t believe that I could operate something that complicated,…
  • An Enduring Legacy: “Leaders Who Pay the Price” – Nehemiah 11

    ctsp
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    There is no need to convince any room of people who are passing this time in history together that leadership is desperately needed and vitally essential for the complex times we live in! In fact, we would readily agree with John Maxwell’s well stated axiom: “Any person can steer the ship but it takes a leader to chart the course”. The course of our nation, and the course of our community is surely in jeopardy, and we are crying out for ethical, moral and stable leadership. We need humble, other-person-centered leaders, not self-aggrandizing and disconnected leaders. Our nation has…
  • Shine the Light: “Peering into the Darkness” (Daniel 9-12)

    ctsp
    5 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    I don’t like caves, and I have never been partial to bats… in fact they really creep me out. During my archaeological training, a group of young students in Jerusalem – my roommates and I – decided to go exploring in some caves in Wadi Tekoa – a site in the Judean Wilderness near the ancient home of the Prophet Amos. The caves were not excavated, and still retained all their antiquities, most of which were buried as much as twenty feet below the surface of the current cave floor. What I didn’t know at the time was that much the floor was nothing more than bat dung… several feet…
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    Heart Choices

  • Are you Carrying Heavy Loads?

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    Do you carry heavy loads?  The other morning I was lugging my large black plastic garbage bag to the dumpster. As I slung it into the receptacle, I accidentally threw my cell phone in too. Luckily, it landed right on top of my garbage bag.  I figured I could reach it and all would be well. Not to be!  I couldn't reach it as hard as I tried. I attempted to pull the garbage dumpster over but it was too heavy and full. I was also concerned that my cell phone would sink deeper into the garbage and be lost forever. So I hoisted myself onto the garbage as I attempted to reach it with…
  • The Blessing of Blooming Where you're Planted

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Bloom where you're planted. I've heard that many times and I do agree with it. But I have to say when I look at this photo, I wouldn't mind sitting in one of those chairs.  Just saying ...Back to reality.  I feel like I'm blooming right here in the desert of Phoenix.  Last week was very hot but today it was in the low 80's and windy.  Figures that I wore a skirt of all days. Between the wind blowing and the kids lifting it up, I'm glad I wore shorts underneath. I didn't want a Michelle Obama moment!I took these photos while I was driving home from an afternoon spent with…
  • Brokenness Can Lead to Blessing

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    Broken can be the best place to be.  I would never have written those words several years ago. But after going through incredible life changing experiences, I'm at a point in my life when I can acknowledge this fact.I don't want to stay broken. But it's the place where I got out of the way and allowed God to work in me and through me to ...impact others.I'm fairly competent in myself. After all, I am blessed with good health, a good mind and a desire to work hard.  I prided myself on the fact that I took care of my health through regular exercise and I choose what I ate wisely. I…
  • Beautiful Weather Blessings

    6 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    When you choose to live a thankful life, you begin to notice many blessings all around. I've found this to be so true in my life.  I pray that God will continue to give me eyes to see.I'm enjoying the beautiful weather in Phoenix. Sunny and in the 70's is my kind of weather.  Soon enough it will be triple digits so I'm taking advantage of this season and getting outside.I was able to take a walk to the semi-annual parking lot sale that is close to where I live. So many vendors displayed their goods including vintage, antiques and lots more. I always enjoy looking and getting out in…
  • Comfort One Another

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Comfort one another. But how do you comfort another person?  Do you find yourself at a loss for words when tragedy strikes someone you know? What do you say to a friend who is grieving after the death of a loved one?As I watch the news, it seems there are more and more tragedies occurring lately. I don't know if it's that information is spread more rapidly online. Or is it that we are witnessing people in this world openly acting out what's in their hearts?A 29 year old woman randomly shoots people she doesn't even knowA man recently released from prison and wanted for a probation…
 
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    Captain’s Blog

  • Fifty Nude Women – a discussion I think is worth having

    Chad Estes
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    I belong to a men’s discussion group. We meet about nine times a year to discuss various issues that range from politics and governing, to religion, humanity, masculinity, and popular culture. The men are highly intelligent and caring individuals. Some of them are the most giving individuals that I’ve personally experienced. I’ve known a few of them for a lifetime and others I’ve come to appreciate over the past couple of years. We don’t always agree, and sometimes the conversations are quite spirited, but there is a measure of respect for each other that I value. I am glad that I…
  • Noah Didn’t Float My Boat

    Chad Estes
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    After two steady days of rain I decided to go to see the movie Noah. For one thing it was $5.00 night at the new theater in town with the comfortable chairs, and for the other I wanted to see how to build a boat if this damn rain didn’t stop falling. I’ve avoided most of the debate over this film. I figure that if you are going to make a two hour movie from three chapters of Genesis, that only takes five minutes to read, you are going to have to fill in the provided outline with some broadened storylines. This doesn’t mean that the result will be anti-biblical, it just means that it is…
  • Are There Tears In Heaven?

    Chad Estes
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    I think so, sadness too. Before you curse me for being a heretic or quote familiar scripture verses at me consider this – when we arrive at our next destination our eyes are going to be opened like they never have before. What we were blind to we will now see; what we were mistaken about will become clear; what we missed in understanding will become known. And as the darkness fades in this new light I think there will be some sense of grief for where we have erred. I imagine the Reverend Fred Phelps today as he comes into a fuller understanding of the love and compassion of God. I think…
  • A Gift of Health for my Birthday

    Chad Estes
    3 Feb 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Today is my birthday. I just gave myself a gift, possibly the most important gift that to be able to enjoy life for many years to come – my health! Let’s not kid, I have been unhealthy. Several friends told me they could see it in my eyes. They were dull and lifeless – pretty much a window to my body’s condition. I’m not sure that I know all of the reasons that I let myself go so far downhill, though part of it was my coping mechanism for dealing with depression and grief. I have always been aware that not taking care of myself was an unhealthy way for me to progress,…
  • The Value of The Wolf of Wall Street

    Chad Estes
    1 Jan 2014 | 10:17 pm
    I remember watching a comedy almost two decades ago that was full of sexual innuendo. I laughed several times through the flick. My friend had also seen it and we kept using phrases from the film when we saw each other. One night we decided to have dinner together with our wives and watch a movie on our VHS player (I told you it was a while ago). Thing was, it was no longer funny. The movie was actually pretty darn uncomfortable when we were watching it with the ladies in the room. Not only did they not laugh at the sexism, it made me wonder why I had found it all that funny in the first…
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    Here I Blog

  • Sunday Considerations: Glorious Resurrection

    Mark Lamprecht
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsPreviously, I shared some pre-Christian Good Friday thoughts. My aim was to encourage people this Easter weekend to consider the sins – their sins – that put Jesus on the cross.  For further consideration this Easter, below are some insights from Charles Spurgeon on Jesus’ resurrection. His resurrection is glorious in its effects. He was “delivered for our offenses,” but, “He was raised again for our justification.” In death He discharged our debt. In Resurrection He exhibited the receipt of all our liabilities! He was Surety for us…
  • My Good Friday: When I was God

    Mark Lamprecht
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsEvery day was my Good Friday. Every day I was my own god. I loved my sin. Not a day went by that I was not planning another moment celebrating sin. What sins can I do tomorrow because today they were so satisfying? Which ones will fill my soul next? During the week I was a pretty good guy. I lived to make the most of myself for myself. I strived to be better both personally and in business dealings. I wanted more out of life to make the most of myself. A slight exaggeration here or there didn’t really hurt anybody, especially, if it made someone feel good and…
  • Ethics: Church Rejects Pastor Over His Race

    Mark Lamprecht
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! Today’s scenario will be considered from the perspective of a deacon (though church member would work too). In case anyone is wondering, yes, the following scenario, or similar, has happened – sadly. The senior pastor has been serving in your church for 20 years. The time has come for him to retire. As a deacon, you helped put together a pastoral search committee. However, two weeks ago, before the committee could be formed, the executive pastor of the last seven years asked to be considered for senior pastor role. The…
  • Sunday Considerations: Christian Behavior

    Mark Lamprecht
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsChrist is risen, and we have risen with Him and sit at the right hand of the Father with Him in spirit— and one of these days with a human body. In the meantime, we’re to act as if we are up there in heaven, but a little bit different. A farm boy comes to the city and acts different because he belongs on the farm. The city boy goes to the country and acts different because he belongs in the city. The man who has not been on a farm walks around gingerly, trying to keep out of the mud and keep his shoes from being soiled. He is acting like a city man on the…
  • Ethics: Millionaire Gay Couple Sues to Make Your Church Hold Their Wedding

    Mark Lamprecht
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! In the United Kingdom a Millionaire gay couple is suing to force a church to hold their wedding. If the couple were to win lawsuit it would not directly affect the United States, but it could motivate some Americans to pursue similar lawsuits. This post offers a similar scenario American churches could face someday. What if a similar lawsuit were happening here in the U.S. and it was against your local church? What if a millionaire gay couple were suing to force your church to hold their wedding? The congregation eagerly sits in the…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • With Me: Luke’s Easter Narrative

    Peter Mead
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    I have just written a blog that underlines one of Luke’s tools in his Gospel writing – he loves to use pairs.  Actually, he uses them for two reasons and if you are preaching from Luke this Friday or Sunday, you should be aware of this key feature in his wonderful Gospel.  To read the article, click here.
  • Guest Series: Preaching Wisdom – Part 6

    Peter Mead
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:19 am
    Guest blog: My good friend, Huw Williams, has offered this series on preaching wisdom literature.  Huw is the pastor of the International Church in Torino, Italy, where he lives with his wife and daughter.  Here is his personal blog.  Thanks Huw! _________________________ And to finish off the list . . . 6. Be aware of who is truly wise. Step back and think of wisdom literature as a whole genre for a moment, consider the dynamic that is going on. In it’s simplest form it is this – a wise person is offering his wisdom to someone who is less wise. Remember this is not the same as…
  • Guest Series: Preaching Wisdom – Part 5

    Peter Mead
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:16 am
    Guest blog: My good friend, Huw Williams, has offered this series on preaching wisdom literature.  Huw is the pastor of the International Church in Torino, Italy, where he lives with his wife and daughter.  Here is his personal blog.  Thanks Huw! _________________________ Continuing the list of areas for special attention, so far we have had beware of self-improvement, beware of making promises out of proverbs, and preach thought units.  Last in the list: 4. Consider what it means to preach a reflective genre… reflectively. We have already seen that wisdom literature requires…
  • Guest Series: Preaching Wisdom – Part 4

    Peter Mead
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    Guest blog: My good friend, Huw Williams, has offered this series on preaching wisdom literature.  Huw is the pastor of the International Church in Torino, Italy, where he lives with his wife and daughter.  Here is his personal blog.  Thanks Huw! __________________________ 4. Areas for special attention So let’s try and get down to nuts and bolts. What practical steps can we take to try and improve our preaching of wisdom literature? 1. Beware of self-improvement. It is all too easy to focus on the fact that Job ended up with more stuff at the end of the story than he had when it…
  • Guest Series: Preaching Wisdom – Part 3

    Peter Mead
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    Guest blog: My good friend, Huw Williams, has offered this series on preaching wisdom literature.  Huw is the pastor of the International Church in Torino, Italy, where he lives with his wife and daughter.  Here is his personal blog.  Thanks Huw! _________________________ 3. Be aware of the challenges in preaching wisdom literature. I’ve already mentioned some of the challenges in teaching wisdom. But there are other challenges – how about the theological question of preaching wisdom literature? Think of some of the big Bible themes – creation, sin, promise, redemption, and so…
 
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    Crossway Blog

  • The Final Days of Jesus: Sunday, April 5, AD 33

    Matt Tully
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this week’s video series, well-known New Testament scholars explore the background and significance of the history-shaping events that occurred during Jesus’s last week on earth. Designed as a supplement to The Final Days of Jesus, our prayer is that these videos will help deepen your understanding and experience of Holy Week. The Final Days of Jesus: Resurrection Sunday from Crossway on Vimeo.     Previous Videos: Palm Sunday (March 29, AD 33) Monday (March 30, AD 33) Tuesday (March 31, AD 33) Wednesday (April 1, AD 33) Thursday (April 2, AD 33) Friday (April 3,…
  • The Final Days of Jesus: Saturday, April 4, AD 33

    Matt Tully
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this week’s video series, well-known New Testament scholars explore the background and significance of the history-shaping events that occurred during Jesus’s last week on earth. Designed as a supplement to The Final Days of Jesus, our prayer is that these videos will help deepen your understanding and experience of Holy Week. The Final Days of Jesus: Saturday from Crossway on Vimeo.     Previous Videos: Palm Sunday (March 29, AD 33) Monday (March 30, AD 33) Tuesday (March 31, AD 33) Wednesday (April 1, AD 33) Thursday (April 2, AD 33) Friday (April 3, AD 33) The…
  • Partner Spotlight: Digital Deals

    Matt Tully
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    1. For audiobook listeners Kevin DeYoung’s new book, Taking God at His Word, is now available as an audiobook from Christian Audio. Through the end of April (4/30), get any DeYoung audiobook for only $4.98, including Crazy Busy, The Hole in Our Holiness, and What Is the Mission of the Church?. 2. For Olive Tree users Get the ESV with Strong’s for free when you spread the word about this resource. Sign in to your account and then share the giveaway through Facebook or Twitter. Once you’ve shared the link, the ESV with Strong’s will appear in your account. This deal ends April…
  • The Final Days of Jesus: Friday, April 3, AD 33

    Matt Tully
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this week’s video series, well-known New Testament scholars explore the background and significance of the history-shaping events that occurred during Jesus’s last week on earth. Designed as a supplement to The Final Days of Jesus, our prayer is that these videos will help deepen your understanding and experience of Holy Week. The Final Days of Jesus: Friday from Crossway on Vimeo.     Previous Videos: Palm Sunday (March 29, AD 33) Monday (March 30, AD 33) Tuesday (March 31, AD 33) Wednesday (April 1, AD 33) Thursday (April 2, AD 33) The Final Days of Jesus: The…
  • April’s New & Notable Books

    Matt Tully
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me Kevin DeYoung Is the Bible reliable, authoritative, and necessary? DeYoung tackles these questions and more as he builds a compelling case for trusting, using, and relying on Scripture as the Word of God for all of life. “My love for God’s Word is sweeter as a result of reading this book. For these reasons, I cannot recommend it highly enough.” David Platt, Senior Pastor, The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, Alabama; author, Radical Learn More | Excerpt | Study Guide | Buy…
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    Jenna Brooks - Read My Mind: Culture and Other Things

  • Hero.

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Matthew 28:1 - In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.They believed Him to be dead.Of course they did. He was murdered in plain sight. Beaten, mocked, and then tortured to death, on full display for the friends who had betrayed Him and the people who despised Him.The thing is, the man hanging on the Cross was God's Son, and He could have saved Himself. He didn't. Because the cost would have been us, and He couldn't allow that. He loves us too much. So He bowed His head, carried the…
  • Pay It Forward

    6 Apr 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…
  • You Ain't the Boss of Me

    16 Mar 2014 | 7:55 am
    Sheryl Sandberg wants to ban the word "bossy." Apparently, it's a negative put-down (as opposed to a positive put-down) - one which stops girls from pursuing leadership roles.Really? I mean... Really? Then these girls need to grow a set. (Oops. That was indelicate. Just... sexist. Sorry.)Apparently, Ms. Sandberg's fragile sensitivities were assaulted when, earlier in her life - like, 9th grade or something? - she was called "bossy."  She landed on her feet, though... That is, if you consider becoming the COO of Facebook, and Forbe's "6th Most Powerful Woman in the World",…
  • Run For Your Life

    20 Feb 2014 | 8:31 pm
    (Collaboration with J.R. Werner)Bill Overton lives up the street.  It’s a nice street, and a nice neighborhood. Seldom does anyone miss the occasional chance to greet a fellow stroller. So few people stroll these days, that one feels a camaraderie when happened upon by a neighbor who abandoned the family car to the garage for the day.I live on the corner, about two small-town blocks from the Overton house, but I don’t know Bill well enough to speak to. He doesn’t seem much interested in camaraderie.I do, however, know his early-morning routine, during the hours…
  • Annoying Things That I Have No Intention of Dealing With, and If I Never Hear About Them Again it Will Be Too Soon.

    2 Feb 2014 | 4:40 pm
    I had a friend, several years back, who would comment often on how much fun it was to be “an old crone”. The first time I heard Sherry say that, I was a bit surprised by her language: after all, “crone” is supposed to be an offensive term. So I asked her about it.She said, “One of the greatest pleasures of being an 'old crone' is that I get to decide what’s offensive to me and what isn’t. And anyone who has a problem with that… Well, I wouldn’t know, because I don’t care to know, so what difference does it make to…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • John Mark McMillan Performs

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    This week our good friend (and incredible artist) John Mark McMillan performs 2 songs from his new album, "Borderland," live from the RELEVANT Studio. You don't want to miss these performances, and as a bonus, you can scroll down to watch them too. We also get a global perspective on Easter in our interview with Pastor Oscar Muriu of the Nairobi Chapel in Kenya. This episode is one for the ages, so settle in because it's not every week we have an (almost) two hour episode!
  • You Know You Were a ‘90s Church Kid If …

    sammyrhodes
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    A fond tribute to WWJD bracelets, side hugs and kissing dating good-bye. The ‘90s are all the rage these days. Tank tops. Jean shorts. Vans. Nirvana shirts. Saved by the Bell references. Neon colors everywhere. The way we remember the ’90s makes it seem so, so cool ... ... Unless you were a church kid. Then the ‘90s for you was less Saved by the Bell and more Adventures in Odyssey. Or as my friend likes to call it, Adventures in Moralism. You know you were a ’90s church kid if...
  • This Elementary School's Advice About Bullying Is Just Horrible

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    A school in Lincoln, Neb. is under fire after sending fifth graders home with a pamphlet for how to deal with bullies. It was obviously well-intentioned, but it'd be difficult to dream up worse advice. For example: Treat the person who is being mean as if he is trying to help you: No matter how insulting or mean they may sound, be grateful and think they really care about you. Do not verbally defend yourself. Do not tell on bullies: The number one reason bullies hate their victims, is because the victims tell on them. Telling makes the bully want to retaliate. Tell an adult only when a real…
  • Hippos VS. Crocodiles: Our Worlds at War

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Wildlife photographer Marc Mol was at a river in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park when he captured something surely wrought by the blood moon: a stand-off between armies of hippos and crocodiles. A massive herd of hippos stumbled upon over a hundred sunbathing crocodiles, and it resulted in a battle for the very heart and soul of the animal kingdom. Although the action was a little hard to track, Mol reported only one fatality—a hippo who lost his life protecting his hippo brothers. His hippobrotamuses, if you will ...
  • And Now, a Video of Gorillas Hunting Easter Eggs

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    After watching the mighty king of the jungle being reduced to the status of an Easter egg-hunting eight-year-old, it’s really no wonder they are planning our near-certain demise ...
 
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    Travel Deals Blog BestTravelDeals.net

  • Mexico Cruise Deals

    kirsten
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    $169 & up — Weekend Cruise to Baja Mexico on Carnival Experience the tropical beauty of Baja with a cruise to Ensenada. Depart from Los Angeles, aboard Carnival Imagination. $209 & up — Baja Mexico 3-Day Carnival Cruise Departure dates from May 8, 2014 through April 30, 2015. $549 — 7-Night Mexican Riviera Cruise w/$100 Onboard Credit Ports of call: [...]
  • Australia Travel Deals

    kirsten
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    $1487 & up — Australia Travel Deals, Save up to $2600 Jet set to the iconic beaches, waterfront cities and tropical rain forests that lie Down Under. Explore famous sights such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Great Barrier Reef, Twelve Apostles and Ayers Rock. $3059 & up — 8-Night Australia Trip w/Sydney Harbour Cruise Includes flights to [...]
  • Greece Travel Deals

    kirsten
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    $580 & up — Greece: Athens and Islands Trips, Save $900 Packaged trips and cruises in Crete, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos & more for travel through November. $909 & up — Greece: Escorted Athens Land-Only Trip w/Cruise Spend 3 days exploring Athens and 3 more days cruising through Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos Crete & Santorini. $7,341 & up — Greece: 8 [...]
  • Orlando Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    $129-$169 — Ends Tonight: 4-Star Resort Inside Disney, 70% Off Hotel with daily shuttles to Disney plus free wi-fi. Travel now through December 25, 2014. $89 — 4-Star Orlando Resort through Summer w/Wi-Fi, 65% Off Free wi-fi plus mini-fridge in each room. Includes 1 free day + adults pay kid price at Universal. $69-$99 — Villa at [...]
  • Arizona Travel Deals

    kirsten
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    $259 & up — Luxe Arizona Resort w/Meals & Parking, $100 Off This resort boasts eight swimming pools, seven tennis courts, a spa and five dining options. Travel select dates May-June, April dates also discounted. $69 — Arizona: Studio at Mesa Country Club incl. Weekends Spacious villas provide more of a home-style feel than single-room properties. [...]
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    iChilly | Adventures of Chilly Chilton

  • Silencing My Ignorance

    Chilly
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:54 pm
    We live in such a noisy world.   It’s hard to grasp pure silence anymore. Yet, don’t we all long for it from time to time? … I know that I do. Hmmm. Yeah, I’m known as a preacher | teacher | speaker – I do these things a lot. And when I do, I’m loud, loquacious, wordy and verbose. I know, I know, I even annoy myself at times. People say, “he’s a loud guy…” (or big mouth). - yeah, I can be. Despite having such a noisy persona, I have to be honest… the things that God asks me to share (loudly at times) are only learned…
  • Jesus Loves Barabbas

    Chilly
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    Please take 8 minutes and 26 seconds to view this video. It’s about me… it’s about you… it’s about US! And, ultimately, it’s ALL about Jesus!  We shared this at our YouCharist event on Good Friday. Many have asked me to post it. It was produced by Grace Family Church and features Pastor Judah Smith.  Turn up the volume, make it full screen and prepare yourself for impact! Jesus loves you, Chilly
  • Cross Walk

    Chilly
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:42 pm
    This weekend, millions around the world will celebrate Resurrection Sunday and rejoice in the victory of Jesus Christ over sin and death. While current tradition on this day is to spend time with family, take pictures, attend church, and enjoy a wonderful meal, we should insure we understand that Resurrection Day is the foundation of our faith as Christians and an opportunity for all people to experience eternal life found only through a relationship with Christ the Lord.  During this “passion week”, I find it meaningful to think about what the Cross means to me. Far more than a…
  • Join Me this June!

    Chilly
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    (click picture for more details) The earlybird registration for this conference ends April 30th – so, register today to receive this discount for your whole staff! Click here: REGISTER US! In addition to this conference, Mount Hope Church and I will be launching  the ‘Accelerate Network‘ to provide ongoing relational leadership opportunities for pastors across the globe! I would really would LOVE to include you in this new adventure! IF you have ANY questions OR need any assistance, email me! It’s time to accelerate! Chilly
  • Simple Truth

    Chilly
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Materialism is an obsession with material things. Asceticism is the denial of the good gifts of the Creator. Pharisaism is binding ourselves and other people with rules.   Instead, we should stick to principles. The principle of simplicity is clear. Simplicity is the first cousin of contentment. Its motto is, ‘We brought nothing into this world, and we can certainly carry nothing out.’ It recognizes that we are pilgrims. It concentrates on what we “need”, and measures this by what we “use”. It rejoices in the good things of creation, but hates…
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    The Underground

  • Spanish town to change name from ‘Jew killer’

    Sam Kin
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Castrillo de Matajudios, a town in Spain is considering a name change. The name means ‘Jewish Killer’ in Spanish. The post Spanish town to change name from ‘Jew killer’ appeared first on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • David Cameron: I’m evangelical about my faith

    Sam Kin
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has come out to defend his previous religious comments saying he is “evangelical’ about his “Christian faith.” The post David Cameron: I’m evangelical... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Federal court grants James Dobson provisional injunction against Obamacare

    Sam Kin
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    A Denver federal court has granted James Dobson, founder of the Family Talk radio show, a provisional injunction that averts the federal government’s requirements that his ministry’s insurance cover... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Stories of Grace and Light: Becoming part of the solution

    Michael Ernest
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:38 pm
    I remember walking nonchalantly into my local church for the very first time. The post Stories of Grace and Light: Becoming part of the solution appeared first on The Underground - Christian News,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What is true religion?

    Got Questions
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Religion can be defined as “belief in God or gods to be worshipped, usually expressed in conduct and ritual” or “any specific system of belief, worship, etc., often involving a code of ethics.” The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • John Mark McMillan Performs

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    This week our good friend (and incredible artist) John Mark McMillan performs 2 songs from his new album, "Borderland," live from the RELEVANT Studio. You don't want to miss these performances, and as a bonus, you can scroll down to watch them too. We also get a global perspective on Easter in our interview with Pastor Oscar Muriu of the Nairobi Chapel in Kenya. This episode is one for the ages, so settle in because it's not every week we have an (almost) two hour episode!
  • You Know You Were a ‘90s Church Kid If …

    sammyrhodes
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    A fond tribute to WWJD bracelets, side hugs and kissing dating good-bye. The ‘90s are all the rage these days. Tank tops. Jean shorts. Vans. Nirvana shirts. Saved by the Bell references. Neon colors everywhere. The way we remember the ’90s makes it seem so, so cool ... ... Unless you were a church kid. Then the ‘90s for you was less Saved by the Bell and more Adventures in Odyssey. Or as my friend likes to call it, Adventures in Moralism. You know you were a ’90s church kid if...
  • This Elementary School's Advice About Bullying Is Just Horrible

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    A school in Lincoln, Neb. is under fire after sending fifth graders home with a pamphlet for how to deal with bullies. It was obviously well-intentioned, but it'd be difficult to dream up worse advice. For example: Treat the person who is being mean as if he is trying to help you: No matter how insulting or mean they may sound, be grateful and think they really care about you. Do not verbally defend yourself. Do not tell on bullies: The number one reason bullies hate their victims, is because the victims tell on them. Telling makes the bully want to retaliate. Tell an adult only when a real…
  • Hippos VS. Crocodiles: Our Worlds at War

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Wildlife photographer Marc Mol was at a river in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park when he captured something surely wrought by the blood moon: a stand-off between armies of hippos and crocodiles. A massive herd of hippos stumbled upon over a hundred sunbathing crocodiles, and it resulted in a battle for the very heart and soul of the animal kingdom. Although the action was a little hard to track, Mol reported only one fatality—a hippo who lost his life protecting his hippo brothers. His hippobrotamuses, if you will ...
  • And Now, a Video of Gorillas Hunting Easter Eggs

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    After watching the mighty king of the jungle being reduced to the status of an Easter egg-hunting eight-year-old, it’s really no wonder they are planning our near-certain demise ...
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    Faith BaristaBe New. Easter {The Living Way} | Faith Barista

  • Be New. Easter {The Living Way}

    Bonnie Gray
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    You don’t have to wait until you’re completely new. To be you. You don’t have to wait until there is no more sorrow. In order to step into the light. To be seen. You don’t have to try so hard. To understand everything. These are the words I whispered to myself. As I sat on the couch of my therapist’s office last week.   Can’t Undo Because for the first time in a very long time since my breakthrough last year, I experienced a rash of panic attacks. They’re different than they were before. Whereas before, I didn’t know why they were happening.
  • A Place For Us {Brokenness}

    Bonnie Gray
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    I don’t want to be one of those people. Someone who is afraid. Someone who can’t deal with hard things. Someone who has failed to overcome the things that could make me fall down. But, here I was, unable to deny that – I am afraid. I’m discouraged and I can’t find my way. What I’m really trying to say — what I’m terrified to face is this – I can’t make my place in this world. And I’m afraid you’re going to walk away from me. You’re going to turn your face away and shake your head. And leave me here. All alone. Place…
  • Need Someone {Your Cross}

    Bonnie Gray
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:41 am
    We all need someone. This is a beautiful, lonely, hard, and easy truth. Beautiful if you have someone. Lonely if you don’t. Hard for the times you’d rather not need. Easy for the times when someone you need — needs you too. You might look at me — getting ready to birth a book in print very soon. And you might think I ought to be so happy. I am. But, I also want to confide in you. Even Though I want to tell you that the journey to really being you — the journey to really finding your voice may inevitably lead you back to parts of your story — people,…
  • Lean In. God Will Make A Way. With You. {Wounded}

    Bonnie Gray
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:03 am
    Something happens when you find yourself lying on your bed. There’s a moment you can no longer fight the sinking feeling that life isn’t going to be the same anymore. You aren’t going to be the same anymore. Life hasn’t turned out out the way you thought it would. You didn’t turn out the way you thought you would. And you try very hard, to remember who you once were. You search your heart for glimmers of what it was that made you once feel alive.  It doesn’t feel like you could ever get that young, innocent feeling ever again. But, even just the memory of…
  • Take The Risk. Rewrite Old Memories. Tell Your Story.

    Bonnie Gray
    26 Mar 2014 | 2:26 am
    I was a newlywed. One year hadn’t even passed yet, since we first said our forever wedding vows. But, I was already counting the days.  Circling dates on the calendar like First Kiss, Anniversary of Our Engagement, and other cringe-worthy sappy-drenched remembrances.  I once thought I was going to be single for the rest of my life because my 30th birthday had passed and well, I just never fell in love.  So, you can imagine how amazed I was to find myself married to the love of my life. You know, I kept these special dates private.  But, for a small group of girlfriends, the ones…
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    Sustainable Traditions

  • The Industrial Mind and the Life of Faith (Slow Church book excerpt)

    Jason Fowler
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:15 pm
    The industrialization of the church has, significantly, paralleled the industrialization of agriculture and the near demise of the family farm. The post The Industrial Mind and the Life of Faith (Slow Church book excerpt) appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Slow Church: The Kingdom of GOD Will Not Be Franchised

    Jason Fowler
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:13 pm
    You can’t franchise the kingdom of God, say the authors of “Slow Church,” a new book that applies the lessons of the slow food movement to congregational life. The post Slow Church: The Kingdom of GOD Will Not Be Franchised appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Joel Salatin – God’s Plan for Creation (Video)

    Jason Fowler
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Joel talks about the need to embrace a more holistic Christian approach to Creation - one that goes beyond radical environmentalism... The post Joel Salatin – God’s Plan for Creation (Video) appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Food, Religion, and Politics: A Conversation on Contemporary Issues in the U.S.

    Jason Fowler
    7 Mar 2014 | 8:19 pm
    This moderated roundtable will bring together activists, entrepreneurs, and scholars to discuss faith-based reactions to sustainability and labor concerns in the food industry... The post Food, Religion, and Politics: A Conversation on Contemporary Issues in the U.S. appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Soil and Sacrament: Fred Bahnson TEDx Talk

    Jason Fowler
    20 Feb 2014 | 10:45 am
    If you haven't checked out his most recent book Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith - watch the video below and go get a copy of the book. The post Soil and Sacrament: Fred Bahnson TEDx Talk appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
 
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    Soulfari

  • Why I Cry at My Own Sermons

    Jay Cookingham
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
      Actually, I don't really know why...something strange is happening to me. It seems that I can't get through a sermon without choking back tears and fighting for composure. These deeply emotional moments come (seemly) randomly and when I least expect it...then I feel undone...almost unable to continue at times. Here's another thing...it happens when I'm sermon prepping and not even at the same spot in my notes as when I'm speaking a few days layer. My family will tell you that I'm not a crier, that is takes a lot to make me cry...so why the sudden influx of tear-duct activity? I…
  • Unrecognizable?

    Jay Cookingham
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Soulfari has been quiet for awhile as travel to ISI conferences and sermon prep has taken the bulk of my writing time. Yet as I prepare my heart for Palm and Easter Sunday I find myself at a lost for words...but not for the depth of emotion I'm experiencing. They are recognizable, real and very raw...but not fully explainable. So, I will let this short story I wrote last year speak for me, I hope it speaks to you as well. – Jay Unrecognizable? My neighbors shouted for me to hurry, to drop what I was doing and follow them. They ran ahead, their excited voices forcibly joining the crowd we…
  • It’s Not About You (Really)

    Jay Cookingham
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
        He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? MICAH 6:8 See that picture…that is me, not looking happy. I had just finished my afternoon session at the ISI Conference in O’Fallon and walked outside to take this pitiful selfie. Of course, there is a lot of back story leading up to this moment.   The trip to Illinois started with 3 cancelled flights and over 8 hours of delays, I almost decided not to go (easy when no planes are landing at the airport you’re trying to leave…
  • What a Year Has Given Me

    Jay Cookingham
    20 Jan 2014 | 8:31 am
    January 2014 marks my first year as a pastor, a 12 month odyssey that gave me just a glimpse of how much my heart would have to grow. This growth has surprised me at times and frustrated me when I thought I was already “finished” in certain areas of my development as a leader. Surprise, surprise. The small band of believers that I follow Christ with, is a love God, love each other, love people,fantastic group of hearts… I am honored to be a part of their journey. Most I have known for many years, a few have entered my life just recently, all have challenged me to grow deeper in my…
  • About Light

    Jay Cookingham
    23 Dec 2013 | 12:39 pm
         The creator of the universe…is with us…every moment of every day. He fills our space time continuum, our history, our future with…Himself…ALL of Himself! Every part of His coming was to rip the veil between us…bringing us back into the light. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. Isaiah 9:2 That’s the message of the incarnation, Christ being born into a dark world, into a violent time and bringing good news of great joy. The world Jesus entered was brutally dark and deadly.
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  • Chasing a Vision_Why we’re headed back to Monterrey

    Gina
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Last summer the McClain clan traveled to Monterrey Mexico and served with Back2BackMexico. We won’t try to convince you that we had the time of our lives. It was hot, we worked hard but most of all we had the privilege of getting to know the people the Back2Back Ministries is serving there. Not by swooping in with the gospel. No. Instead Back2Back is there, day after day, meeting all of the needs of the marginalized….earning the right to share the gospel and living it out in front of them. We got to know Dario and Rubiel, brothers living in a children’s home with which…
  • The Value of a Response

    Gina
    19 Dec 2013 | 5:13 am
    I have to admit.  One of my biggest leadership challenges is simply responding to people. I have great intentions of doing so.  And if I’m totally honest, I DO respond… 100% of the time… in my head. and that’s the problem. People don’t receive the responses that never leave my head. I’ve worked hard to improve this one thing this past year.  And one of my personal goals for 2014 is to make that even better. (ask me in 12 months how that’s gone ) The reason I’m focused on this is based upon my own consumer experience in communicating with two…
  • Safety Process: Communicating to Parents

    Gina
    18 Dec 2013 | 7:40 am
    Hey #kidmin audience.  I need your feedback and ideas. In fpKIDS, we have security standards in our kidmin areas to create a secure environment for our kids.  Each entrance to a designated kids area has a “Secure Checkpoint” where we post a security volunteer. They’re role is to ensure that the only people to cross that point are people with: a Security Receipt – alphanumeric code identifying their child fpKIDS Volunteer Nametag This is our effort to reduce the traffic in our kidmin spaces to only those individuals who need to be there. Although the Secure Checkpoint…
  • Volunteers & Safety Procedures: What works?

    Gina
    16 Dec 2013 | 5:45 am
    Safety Procedures are some of the more important and more  minute aspects of Kids Ministry.  And these details of ministry are critical to creating a safe environment for kids. The challenge with Safety Procedures is their regularity. Some safety processes you use so often you don’t even think about them like diaper changing, restroom procedures or illness. Other procedures you use so rarely, it’s easy to forget the proper process to handle it.  Things like bleeding or vomiting. As a ministry leader, I want to make sure our volunteers have the knowledge and resources to handle…
  • The Right to Be Believed

    Gina
    11 Dec 2013 | 5:26 am
    Working with kids has it’s “up-hill” battles. Whether your an educator in the classroom, a coach in the gym, a caregiver in an after-school program, or a volunteer giving a few hours a week to impact the life of kids… we can all agree.  There doesn’t seem to be enough to time to create significant change in a child’s life.  Especially those that need it most. It can often seem defeating. But there is hope. There are ways to make a deeper impact on limited time.  Check out these thoughts I shared at leadsmall.org. If you work with kids in any capacity,…
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    Natalie Snapp - Embracing Life Just South of Perfect

  • Praying for Boys, Session Four: Honor, Integrity, Obedience, Oh My!

    Natalie Snapp
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Last week, we started what we’ve all been wanting to start: praying for our boys. For each day, Brooke has written a page or two on a specific topic with ten correlating scriptures to pray over our boys and some questions to ponder on each subject. We prayed for heart change, obedience, overcoming fears, integrity, […]The post Praying for Boys, Session Four: Honor, Integrity, Obedience, Oh My! appeared first on Natalie Snapp - Embracing Life Just South of Perfect.
  • When Our Mistakes Become Our Best Teacher

    Natalie Snapp
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Writing and reading have always come easy for her. She was incredibly verbal as a toddler and she has a way of arranging words into a poetic dance at just nine years of age. She doesn’t really have to work at it – to her, writing is as natural as walking. But math is a […]The post When Our Mistakes Become Our Best Teacher appeared first on Natalie Snapp - Embracing Life Just South of Perfect.
  • A Letter To My Sons (As You Prepare to Start Dating),

    Natalie Snapp
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You all know how I feel about humility . . . It’s the building block to all healthy relationships – but we cannot experience true humility in our earthly relationships if we are not able to humble ourselves to God. A wealthy man who gives to charity but isn’t humble exhibits a heart that longs […]The post A Letter To My Sons (As You Prepare to Start Dating), appeared first on Natalie Snapp - Embracing Life Just South of Perfect.
 
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    Grace Guy - www.graceguy.org - GraceGuy's BLOG

  • Christ's Love for Barrabbas - and me

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
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  • Guest post: The Uncommon Blessing of Common Grace 

    30 Dec 2013 | 6:28 am
    Ah, grace. At once a solid cornerstone and as slippery as an eel. Just when you think you have a handle on it, it slips through your hands and hits you in the back of the head all at once.  Some time ago I was reading a well-known Christian leader’s blog, and once a week he would put up some funny or interesting video that was largely unrelated to the usual fare of heavy topics such as sin and salvation. In this case it was a video of Eric Clapton performing some mind-blowing guitar solo during a concert. I enjoyed the video but then scrolled down and started reading some of the…
  • A quick pearl of wisdom

    16 Sep 2013 | 4:32 am
    I was chatting with a friend about our need for Grace in our daily life, and how stuff creeps in that takes away our joy in Christ.GraceGuy : There's often a gap in what we know in our head about spiritual life and where our hearts are at.GraceGuy's wise friend Corina : That gap is the perfect spot where stubbornness and pride hang out. They have wild parties and invite disobedience and self-deity to come. Everyone gets drunk and someone ends up crying in the bathroomSo true.
  • The biblical characteristics of Pharisees

    26 Jul 2013 | 8:13 am
    It is fascinating for me to read Christ's interactions with different individuals in the Gospel account. He showed a remarkable ordered pattern of 'Connecting - Showing Grace - Dispensing Truth' with most people. And yet, there remained a group where he skipped over the 'Connection - Grace' part and went consistently straight to the Truth part: the Pharisees.The religious establishment of the time, the Pharisees were the ones who made the link between the people of Israel and God. But they had corrupted that calling with the filth of pride.Jesus did not show any Grace to them. On…
  • The Pharisees among us

    26 Jul 2013 | 8:13 am
    They walk among us, they greet us on Sunday mornings, they wear crosses on their necks, they have fishes on their cars.They believe they have cornered the Truth.The are quick to clamor the good they have done.They have a strong opinion on people they do not know, or seek to know.They stay away from 'bad' people.They are quick to find what is 'wrong' with others and seek to catch them in it, adding that they would never have done the wrongs that others did.They cowardly murmur gossip about others.They assume the worst about others and accuse them.They judge others for not doing something that…
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    Christianity 201

  • The Divine One Became Human

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? The “God is not a man that he should lie” text may seem out of place on Easter Sunday. I hope to show how it fits. Two women were having coffee on the back deck of a home overlooking a ravine. The 7-yearold son of the hostess walked out from the woods covered in mud, holding a hammer and a piece of wood and sporting a small cut on his forehead. The woman who was a guest couldn’t help but laugh at the sight,…
  • “Don’t Repeat Prayers” versus “Keep on Asking”

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Matthew 6:7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Luke 18:7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly…   Prayer: I don’t think Jesus ever intended it to be this complicated Several weeks back, I discovered Good Question, a blog by InterVarsity Press (IVP) author Christopher R. Smith. This is a treasure trove of Q&A on subjects that some…
  • Thoughts for Good Friday

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Isaiah 53 The Voice (VOICE) 53 Indeed, who would ever believe it? Who would possibly accept what we’ve been told?[a] Who has witnessed the awesome power and plan of the Eternal in action?[b] 2 Out of emptiness he came, like a tender shoot from rock-hard ground. He didn’t look like anything or anyone of consequence— he had no physical beauty to attract our attention. 3 So he was despised and forsaken by men, this man of suffering, grief’s patient friend. As if he was a person to avoid, we looked the other way; he was despised, forsaken, and we took no notice of him. 4 Yet it was…
  • Credit Where Credit Is Due

    paulthinkingoutloud
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Today at Thinking Out Loud, I looked at a particular phrase which I always find…
  • Trusting His Work, Not Our Works (or Lack Thereof)

    paulthinkingoutloud
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.  - II Cor 3:4 ESV Today I reconnected with Jerry White’s weekly devotional blog, A Disciples Notebook. (If you’ve had a stressful day, turn on your speakers and allow the tension of a busy week to turn toward God’s Spirit.) There were a number of recently posted items here including one by Thomas a Kempis; and one by Andrew Murray; but I thought I would present one here that Jerry wrote himself; though as always you’re encouraged to click through to read at source. Confidence A sense of unworthiness rests…
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    Worthy Christian News

  • Abedini: God has chosen us for this ordeal

    George Whitten
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent TEHRAN, IRAN (Worthy News)– The wife of an American pastor serving eight years in Iran for his Christian faith said God had chosen their family for this ordeal to reach people in despair. "The Lord has counted our family worthy enough to send Saeed to a dark place that he would be able to share with people who are in complete despair," Naghmeh Abedini told International Christian Concern. Saeed Abedini was arrested in Iran back on July 2012 while working on an orphanage project; he was later tried and sentenced for threatening…
  • Malaysia: Christians Want Confiscated Bibles Returned

    George Whitten
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:35 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (Worthy News)– Malaysia's Christian Federation and Bible Society are both appealing Selangor's administrative authorities to return more than 300 Bibles confiscated months ago in raids by the Islamic Department, according to International Christian Concern. Passing the proverbial buck, the Selangor authorities advised both organizations to appeal the Attorney General for restitution from the Islamic Department, an independent branch of local Malaysian administration that actually led the raids that confiscated…
  • Pastors in Bhutan jailed without charges

    George Whitten
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:40 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent THIMPHU, BHUTAN (Worthy News)– Two pastors in southern Bhutan have spent more than a month in jail without being formally charged, according to Morning Star News. Police arrested M.B. Thapa and Tandin Wangyal in Khapdani village back on March 5. According to the minister of cultural affairs, Damcho Dorji, the two pastors were trying to coercively "proselytize". But Officer in Charge Pema Wangdi said the only basis for their arrest was an alleged failure to procure prior approval to conduct a ground-breaking ceremony for the…
  • Sectarian violence continues in CAR

    George Whitten
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:44 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (Worthy News)– As sectarian killings continue in the Central African Republic, the country's churches held a month of prayer, according to Barnabas Aid. On March 30, members of CAR's two opposing factions — the Seleka and anti-balaka militias — gathered together in a sports stadium to demonstrate their reconciliation through a symbolic act of "burying the hatchet". The conflict in CAR began in November 2012 when the militant Islamists of Seleka launched an uprising against the…
  • Florida AFB Removes Controversial 'Missing Man Table'

    George Whitten
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:27 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (Worthy News)– Patrick Air Force Base in Brevard County, Fla., has recently removed a display honoring missing airmen from a base dining facility, according to International Christian Concern. The "Missing Man Table" was intended to honor service personnel who didn't return from combat. The table displayed an inverted glass, a single red rose, a yellow ribbon, a candle, a plate with lemon and salt and a Bible. According to the Air Force Chiefs website, the presence of the Bible was to represent "the…
 
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    Worthy Christian Devotional - Daily Devotion

  • The Veil Was Torn!

    George Whitten
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Hebrews 10:19-23 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. The New Testament records that when Yeshua (Jesus) died; there was…
  • Stand on the Wall!

    George Whitten
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:23 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Ecc. 1:5-6;9 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. 6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. 9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. In light of the recent riots on the Temple Mount while the blood moon was visible to North America, I wanted to remind our readers of the historical significance of this week. The writer of Ecclesiastes was aware of…
  • Circumcised a Second Time?

    George Whitten
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Joshua 5:2, 8-10 At that time the Lord said to Joshua, "Make flint knives for yourself, and circumcise the sons of Israel again the second time." 8 So it was, when they had finished circumcising all the people, that they stayed in their places in the camp till they were healed. 9 Then the Lord said to Joshua, "This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you." Therefore the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day. 10 Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the…
  • Choose Your Passover Lamb!

    George Whitten
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Exodus 12:3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: 'On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. Joshua 4:19 Now the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they camped in Gilgal on the east border of Jericho. 20 And those twelve stones which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up in Gilgal. Matthew 21:8-9 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and…
  • Get Close for Passover!

    George Whitten
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Thousands of people all over the world celebrate Pesach (Passover) tonight, commemorating the day the Angel of Death passed over the Israelite slaves in Egypt, sparing their firstborn because the blood of a lamb was applied on…
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    reformedcast.com

  • Episode # 148 – Law and Gospel Pt. II – 4/21/14

    scottoakland
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    We welcome John Samson back for a discussion on the differences and relationship between law and Gospel. John serves as the pastor of King’s Church in Phoenix, AZ. John is a graduate of  Elim Bible College (now re-named Regents Theological College). His written articles have been included in three new E-Books: The Work of the Trinity in Salvation (The Spirit’s Effectual Application of Christ’s Redemption to All the Father Has Given Him), Intro to Reformed Theology – A Calvinist Survival Guide, and The Doctrine of Regeneration. He is also the author of Twelve What Abouts –…
  • Episode # 147 – Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture – 3/31/14

    scottoakland
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    This time, we welcome Dr. Daniel Treier, author of the book Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Recovering a Scriptural Practice. Dr. Treier received his B.A. from Cedarville University, his M.Div. and Th.M. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. (Systematic Theology) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dr. Treier is also author of Proverbs & Ecclesiastes and Virtue and the Voice of God: Toward Theology As Wisdom, and co-editor of Co-Editor or Associate Editor of six other books, including the award-winning Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the…
  • Episode # 146 – The World Is Not Ours to Save – 3/10/13

    scottoakland
    25 Feb 2014 | 9:00 am
    This time, we welcome Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, author of the book The World Is Not Ours to Save: Finding the Freedom to Do Good. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson is the founder and director of the Two Futures Project, and also serves as chairman of the Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons for the World Evangelical Alliance. He is also the author of Brand Jesus: Christianity in a Consumerist Age, a contributing editor at Sojourners magazine, politics columnist at Relevant magazine, and a regular writer and speaker on matters of faith and public life. Tyler is an ordained Baptist minister with degrees from…
  • Episode # 145 – Law and Gospel Pt. I – 2/24/14

    scottoakland
    11 Feb 2014 | 9:00 am
    This week, we welcome back R. Scott Clark to the program to discuss law and gospel. Dr. Clark is professor of church history and historical theology at Westminster Seminary California since 1997, has also served as Academic Dean (1997-2000), and has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS, and Concordia University Irvine. He has been a minister in the Reformed Church in the United States and is presently a minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America. Dr. Clark is presently a minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America. He has…
  • Episode # 144 – Calvinism: A History – 2/10/14

    scottoakland
    28 Jan 2014 | 9:00 am
    This time, we welcome back Dr. Darryl G. Hart, author of the book Calvinism: A History. Dr. Hart is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Hillsdale College. He earned his B.A in film from Temple University, his M.A.R. in Theology/Church History from Westminster Theological Seminary, his M.T.S. in American Religious History from Harvard University, his M.A. in history from Johns Hopkins University, and his Ph.D. in American History from Johns Hopkins University. He blogs regularly at oldlife.org.  …
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    Bible Stories My Kids Love

  • Jesus Spits

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Did you know that Jesus spit in the Bible? That's right, he spit...Find out all about the time when Jesus spit in today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Where is That Coin

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Jesus tells a story about a women who lost a coin and how she searched her home until she found it. From that story we learn many valuable lessons about our relationship with God and how He celebrates when we find him. Enjoy today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • I Want My Prayers Answered

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Have you ever prayed for something and it did not happen? Have you ever asked for something you really wanted and did not get it? If so, today's Bible Stories My Kids Love is just for you. Enjoy today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • A Trumpet and a Torch

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    In today's Bible Stories My Kids Love learn about God's faithfulness to his people and how Gideon's army of 300 men defeated a large army with only trumpets and torches.Enjoy today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • The Creation Story

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Today we talk about how God made the heavens, the earth and all the living creatures!Enjoy this episode of Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
 
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    (in)courage

  • The Birthing Place of Beauty

    Amber Haines
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    On our early morning flight, the attendant offered me a drink, and with every intense ounce of me I asked for coffee. I may have grunted it, because she and the woman on my left bent their bodies in a knee-slapping laugh. I laughed, too, and then had to explain that I am a decade tired in the mother-way. I said, “I have four sons!” “Oh!” the woman sitting there said, “I have three sons.” And there it was, the look we gave each other, an immediate bond. She is a woman from Joplin, Missouri, a place wiped out in 2011 by an EF5 tornado. I asked her how recovery was going, and she…
  • Love & Marriage (and a Book Giveaway!)

    Melanie
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Anne Lamott once said, “A good marriage is where both people feel like they’re getting the better end of the deal.” There’s a lot of wisdom in that. Because that was probably how we felt the day we walked down the long church aisle looking like Wedding Day Barbie. We couldn’t believe we were lucky enough to be joined together in holy matrimony with this incredible man (Wedding Day Ken Doll, but better than Ken because I’ve always thought Ken appears to be a little shifty) for the rest of our lives. But then years go by. There are disappointments and hurt feelings…
  • An Easter Sunday Scripture

    incourage
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and His clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw Him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see…
  • Woman, Why?

    Angie Smith
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Of all the dark days in a year, surely this is the darkest. It’s the day when we sit still, remembering what it might have felt like to wonder if Christ was going to return to His people. His agony was silenced, His lifeless body leading many to question what was next. From where we stand, we know the resurrection is nearing, and like children we sit perched and awaiting redemption. But then, on that day, what would we have said? I’ll be the first to admit what might have crossed my mind. “I knew it was too good to be true. How could He have really been the Promised One?” And likely,…
  • A Good Friday Scripture

    incourage
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17 Click here to share this image.
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    Plough Weekly

  • Seven Stanzas at Easter

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    And if we will have an angel at the tomb,/make it a real angel,/weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair...
  • Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    I still hear these words as if it were only yesterday. The confines of our hearts and of the hospital room crumbled before the simple power of a small child’s faith and trust, as if Jesus himself was there with us.
  • Bach’s “Saint Matthew Passion” - Plough Music Series

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    J.S. Bach’s music helps us experience the cosmic yet personal significance of the Good Friday story, in what many consider the greatest work of art of all time.
  • Three Poems for Good Friday

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Three poets – including the anonymous author of the earliest Christian poem in English, ‘The Dream of the Rood’ – meditate on the meaning of Christ’s Passion.
  • Calvary Love

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Amy Carmichael, founder of the Dohnavur home for girls in India, reminds us of the practical ways our lives will change when we remember the love Jesus showed us on the cross.
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    Religion Dispatches - Stories

  • A Good and/or Bad Friday

    Mary Valle
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Faith got me though my cancer even as I considered and dismantled the apparatus of faith that had been installed in my head.
  • Duggar Daughters Talk Sex, Courtship, and Fear of Ungodly Men

    Myev Rees
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Duggar daughters' message is clear and stark. Ladies: Men can be frightening and dangerous. Your best defense is preventative. Turn inward and make yourself a Godly woman worthy of a Godly man…or risk abuse.
  • Passover with Mohammed: A Jewish Journalist in Yemen

    Sam Kestenbaum
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    “You?” Khalid nods towards me, his eyebrows rising slightly. I hadn’t yet told Khalid or anyone else that I met in Yemen that was a Jew. It hadn’t come up, it didn’t matter, I told myself. But I was also afraid of how they would react.  
  • Why Christians Should Not Host Their Own Passover Seders

    Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    When people learn that, as a lifelong and practicing Christian, I am married to a Jewish man and that we practice both religions in our house, I often become the safe person to ask about Judaism. I like this advocate role for the opportunity it gives me to gently encourage folks to look at ways in which their privilege as a member of a majority population can sometimes cause them to cause offense.
  • The Internet Is Not Killing Religion, Religion is Killing Religion

    Elizabeth Drescher
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Has religion run its course in western culture?
 
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    Cheryl Cope

  • He is Risen!

    Cheryl Cope
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    He is Risen!   Celebrating the resurrection of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Alleluia! He is risen! Alleluia! He’s alive!   I am the resurrection and the life… John 11:25    Join the conversation. Share your ideas or questions in the comment form below. (c) 2014 Cheryl Cope Cheryl Cope on Google+ … Continue reading →
  • Creativity for Easter

    Cheryl Cope
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    Check out these various activities to celebrate a biblically based Easter. Some art to look at, some arts and crafts to make, and some fun food ideas.
  • Book Review: Sweetie’s Song by C. A. James

    Cheryl Cope
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    Book Review: Sweetie’s Song by C. A. James I don’t read a lot of fiction books so I didn’t know what to expect with this one but I was more than pleasantly surprised. The short review is, it was simply and completely delightful. This book is about a grieving couple that gets a surprise visit from some adorable stuffed animals … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: When Religion Isn’t Enough by Mary Detweiler

    Cheryl Cope
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:52 am
    Book Review: When Religion Isn’t Enough by Mary Detweiler In a lot of ways this book is about the author’s journey out of Catholicism, but at a more fundamental level it is her journey out of religion and into relationship. You can benefit from Ms. Detweiler’s story. Perhaps she can save you some time, trouble and heartache by getting to … Continue reading →
  • Visual Artist Spotlight: Vicky Passmore

    Cheryl Cope
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Visual Artist Spotlight: Vicky Passmore Q1) When did you decide to become an artist?  A1) I remember being very young, maybe 5 or 6 and seeing my older sister draw, and thinking, “I can do that”! In hindsight, I was probably being more competitive than inspired, but then the inspiration came from that. I just enjoyed art without really deciding. … Continue reading →
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    Life & Theology

  • Is your church really safe?

    Ben Reed
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    Is your church safe? I don’t mean “we have police officers” and “we have hidden cameras” and “I’m packing heat on my pew.” Is your church safe for you to be you? Can you be the you that doesn’t have it all figured out? That has more questions than answers, some days? Can you be the you that you are on the inside that nobody else sees? The you that wonders how in the world a God that loves justice could also love you? The you that you’re ashamed of? Is it safe to for you to bring your doubts? Fears? Questions? Struggles? Victories? Insecurities? Quirks? Gifts? Doubts? Is it…
  • Getting your small group to like you

    Ben Reed
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    photo credit: iStockPhoto user Digital Skillet Getting your small group to like you isn’t something you may have explicitly set out to do. If you did, you’re pretty self-centered. And there’s a great chance that nobody really likes you. There. I said it. While you may not have set that out as a written goal though, it’s on the back of your mind whether you’re a leader or a group member. Don’t lie. You want to be liked. And that’s not a terrible thing. If you didn’t care what others thought of you, you’d probably be a jerk. Caring what others think (while not being…
  • 9 unintended benefits of small group life

    Ben Reed
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    We all have an opinion on small group life. Some of us lean towards “small groups are amazing.” Some of lean towards “small groups are just plain difficult. And awkward.” Rarely is someone neutral when it comes to intentionally building spiritually-formative relationships with others. I’ve been a part of life-giving small groups that I long to gather with week in and week out. Ones where I leave with more of Jesus than when I came. I’ve also been a part of groups that seem to suck the life right out of me. Ones where I give, but get nothing in return. (I think that has to do most…
  • The Pastor’s Kid

    Ben Reed
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:09 am
    I’m not a pastor’s kid, but I’m raising two of them. And I’m scared to death. My prayer for my kids is often, “Lord, help them to not, because of me and the church where I serve, hate your bride.” It’s easy when daddy spends his work day, and many evenings, serving a local body of believers, for kids to grow bitter. Instead of seeing life transformation and community-building, grace-infusing work being done, they see a “job” that takes daddy away from home. They see a group of people that expects more out of them than they can give. They…
  • How do you measure the value of a book?

    Ben Reed
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:17 am
    To measure the impact of a book, don’t count the pages. Count the coffee stains that mark late nights and early mornings. Number the highlights, underlines, notes, and scribbles. Note the dog ears, screenshots, and Facebook shares. Watch how your thinking shifts and your attitude morphs as questions increase. Notice your patience rise. Your love of life swell.   Life never slows down, until you find yourself buried neck-deep in line after line, page after page, thought after thought, crescendoing with an abrupt crash that leaves you marked. It changes your world. It whispers into…
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    Sincerely Christian

  • Respected Only Because We Have Respected

    A Colwell
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    “Surely they’ll respect my son” (ala Mark 2.1-11) RESPECT – honor, acknowledge the authority of, revere. RESPECT – requiring a confident trust, personal integrity of character. We demand it of others in regards to ourselves, grumbling and stewing when it is not given us — when we feel disrespected. God demands it of us. And […]
  • Faith on Film: Something More than the Buttered-Popcorn Version

    A Colwell
    3 Mar 2014 | 3:43 pm
    For the record, my undergrad degree was a Bachelors in Fine Art, which is why I can’t sit through Christian films like “Facing the Giants” and the recently released “Son of God”.  Not to say they aren’t good movies; to me, they are just bad art.   Consequently, I haven’t seen the most recent film […]
  • Bus Driver (Literally) Saved By the Bible

    A Colwell
    1 Mar 2014 | 8:07 pm
    A bus driver from Dayton, Ohio, was literally saved by the Bible.  While he was fixing his bus, some young persons targeted him as a “polar bear” they had to kill to earn their stripes.  Except they didn’t.  Because of a Bible. They shot him in the chest, the leg, and stabbed him in the […]
  • Because God Told Me So

    A Colwell
    24 Feb 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Of all the news that is coming out of this year’s 2014 NFL Combine, the story that intrigued me the most was that of Adam Muema, a running back prospect out of San Diego State.  What was interesting wasn’t any of the stats he put up during his work outs; in fact, he left with […]
  • The Three Pillars of Leadership

    A Colwell
    20 Feb 2014 | 9:21 am
    If you’re a pastor like me, then you know that this time of year, if you haven’t done so already, is when you attempt to do what you learned in seminary and lead as if you might “put yourself out of job”, by either training or coordinating such for your church’s leadership team. For such […]
 
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    mnphysicists theological blog

  • Valley Girl is Best (rabbit hole and nerd alert)

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

    Ron Amundson
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Its really not about you. There are people of strong faith who had significant heartburn over WV’s decision to change their employee agreement to provide for local church autonomy as concerns same sex marriage. There are also people of strong faith who applauded WV’s decision and were dismayed at its reversal. The issue of whether SSM is aligned with, or counter to the scriptures is not the big deal. The issue of whether the ancient creeds of the historical Christian faith have been cast aside to the point that SSM is a bigger deal than the trinity is not the primary issue at hand…
  • Rigging the Game

    Ron Amundson
    8 Mar 2014 | 8:48 am
    Its interesting to see how different sectors of Christianity approach a given problem. We see broken folks doing evil stuff and yet good comes about much of the time anyhow. We even see this in the scriptures, going all the way back to Moses, or even David knocking off a guy as he got the dudes wife pregnant, or Rahab lying to protect her guests. One could think the bit about being wise as serpents and gentle as doves, or even the parable of the unrighteous steward, could justify that a good end is all that counts, no matter how much evil needs to be put in motion to get there. Yet, the…
  • Transfiguration Sunday and the Wisconsin Bible Ban

    Ron Amundson
    6 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    Its human nature to try and extend exceedingly cool / awesome times, and Peter doesn’t disappoint in last Sunday’s Gospel reading. “Hey, lets build some places to stay at, this is awesome…” Alas God had other plans. Perhaps even more so, Peter James and John were instructed not to talk about i, at least for a while. While we don’t have a ton of insight into the personalities of James and John, no doubt this must have been an especially trying deal for Peter. Get your world rocked, and be on top of it in a huge way… You want this to never end! The top…
  • Proselytism is solemn nonsense: Pope Francis Rocks

    Ron Amundson
    1 Oct 2013 | 3:28 pm
    Pope Francis hit one out of the ballpark with his commentary on proselytism. While in isolation, one might view his comments as counter to the great commission, I tend to believe, like much of his other commentary, that he is looking at things from a big picture view. Lets consider Matthew 28:16-20 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of…
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    Bible Prophecy Blog

  • VIDEO: Israel and the Kingdom of God

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Dr. Andy Woods is the senior pastor of Sugar Land Bible Church and a full professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston and teaches Bible and theology. In addition, Andy has contributed to many theological journals and Christian books and has spoken on a variety of topics at Christian... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Israel to Miss Out on 'Blood Moon' Phenomenon

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    By Ryan Jones Israel Today The scheduled appearance of four total lunar eclipses on major Jewish holidays between this Monday night (the start of Passover 2014) and September 27, 2015 (the start of Sukkot) has the attention of much of the Christian world. But the eclipses are going to go... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • VIDEO: Leaders: We Must Address Climate Change Threat

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The leaders of the World Bank, the IMF and the United Nations urged countries around the world to tackle the issue of climate change to boost their economies and protect the planet.Forty ministers from around the world attended the informal conference on the economics of climate change during the... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • VIDEO: Passover Offering & Greetings from the Temple Institute

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    The footage in this video was taken from the Temple Institute's special symposium about the Passover offering, which included a simulation of the Passover offering in the Holy Temple.It was not intended to be an actual offering, as the Passover offering must take place on the Temple... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Can Good Works Prove Salvation?

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    By Dr. Charles C. Bing GraceLife Ministries There is every reason to think that those who have believed in Jesus Christ as Savior and are consequently born into God's family will experience a changed life to some degree. Some would say that this changed life is evidenced by good works which... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

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

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

    1 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We hope the idea of multiplying disciples and developing leaders in Eastern Europe excites you as much as it does us.  Our ministry partners, who sponsor us, share a passion for reaching people for Jesus Christ, and we'd love to have you join us in this effort.  One way you can do so is by giving financially.There are two ways to donate to Doulos Missions International. You may either send a check or money order by mail or you may donate securely online.Doulos Missions International, Inc. is incorporated in the State of New Hampshire as a publicly-supported non-profit…
  • Opportunities to Serve the Body of Christ

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

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    I've recently posted some new blogs to this site that I want to make you aware of: The Virgin Birth of Jesus ChristFalse Blasphemy of the Holy SpiritRighteousness by Faith not LawThere now, it is all over! Blessed rest.The Ebb and Flow of Ministry for the Lord  May the Lord use these to inspire, encourage, and challenge you.  I also welcome your comments and feedback on any of these articles.Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also like the other posts in this blog available through the links in the side bar. You may also access my complete blog directory at…
 
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    Relief: A Christian Literary Expression

  • Light Makes It Beautiful

    Jayne English
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I stood on the sidewalk in front of the Empire State Building. It was evening and traffic was light. My friends and I, high school seniors, were heading into the Riverboat Room to hear jazz great, Maynard Ferguson. They opened the doors, and I stopped a minute to feel the presence of the 102-story building. I knew I’d remember this night, but I didn’t know I’d soon walk away from cultural offerings like this. Nothing weird happened, I turned away from the culture because I took a traditional step – I became a Christian during my first semester of college. I don’t think anyone…
  • The Forced Pause, the Gift of Rest

    Bryan Bliss
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I walked to the grocery store in hopes of finding a power outlet to charge my laptop. Or better: a rogue bit of Wi-Fi that might allow me to e-mail my editor and assure her that, despite the 18 inches of snow being dumped onto our small town, I would be making my deadline. It was not a peaceful walk, the sort you’d expect as snow slowly pillowed on the ground and the entire world went quiet. No. I went to the store looking for time – looking to work. But all that awaited me was a couple of college kids wearing Adventure Time pajama bottoms and a cashier who kept checking the windows and…
  • The Book Thief

    Jennifer Vasquez
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A train winds its way through a wintry forest; nine-year-old Liesel watches as her young brother dies in their mother’s arms. After the burial, the book thief’s first acquisition is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, fallen from the pocket of the gravedigger. Just as Great Expectations begins in a graveyard, the film The Book Thief begins with this unavoidable end of all earthly quests. Liesel is soon separated from her mother, whose political views attract the unwanted attention of the Fuhrer. She is assigned a foster family, an elderly couple living on Himmelstrasse –  Heaven Street. …
  • No spoilers, please!

    Adam Waugh
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    My kids hate spoilers more than anything, and it’s all my fault.  A few days ago, I heard my son talking with his friend, when out of nowhere, he exploded, “WHAT?! I can’t believe you just did that!!”.  Naturally, I rushed over to check for blood or bruises, only to find out that this friend had spoiled the ending of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ by implying that Smaug was not killed at the end. “But you’ve already read the book…you already know how it ends!” I said. Owen replied, “I know, but still. I wanted to see…
  • Clothed in Mystery

    Adie Smith
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    After being out of town for a couple weeks, I climbed the stairs to my apartment, dropped my suitcase to the floor, and noticed the light had changed. The sunlight no longer blared with cool blues and purples; it filtered through thin chloroformed leaves leaving fluorescent green slatted across my wood floors. Even now I write this in the light from my laptop screen. An unchanging, medical light of pure white. My cursor blinks with black insistence to cover the light with words. When Justinian rebuilt Hagia Sophia, after conquering Istanbul and overthrowing her Islamic rulers, he sought to…
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  • Pope Francis Easter Message - Urbi et Orbi Full Text and Video

    JesusCaritasEst
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter! The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised… Come, see the place where he lay” ( Mt 28:5-6).This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for…
  • TODAY'S SAINT : APRIL 20 : ST. AGNES OF MONTEPULCIANO

    JesusCaritasEst
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    St. Agnes of MontepulcianoNUN AND FOUNDRESSFeast: April 20     Information:Feast Day:April 20Born:1268 at Gracchiano-Vecchio, Tuscany, ItalyDied:20 April 1317Canonized:1726 by Pope Benedict XIIIBorn in the neighbourhood of Montepulciano in Tuscany about 1268; died there 1317. At the age of nine years she entered a monastery. Four years later she was commissioned by Pope Nicholas IV to assist in the foundation of a monastery at Proceno, and became its prioress at the age of fifteen. At the entreaty of the citizens of her native town, she established (1298) the celebrated…
  • Easter Mass with Pope Francis from Vatican - Morning - Video - Readings

    JesusCaritasEst
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated the Easter Sunday liturgy in St. Peter’s Square. An estimated 150,000 people were in attendance. Video BelowBeginning with the words of the angels to the myrrh-bearing women—“Do not be afraid! ... for he has been raised”—Pope Francis said the culmination of the Gospel in the resurrection of Jesus is “the Good News par excellence”. RESSUREXIT ICON AND PASCHAL STICHERAThe 90-minute papal liturgy, which took place under a blue and sunny sky in St. Peter’s Square, began shortly after 10 a.m., with the very symbolic rite of…
  • Over 150,000 attended Pope Francis Easter Blessing at Vatican

    JesusCaritasEst
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated the Easter Sunday liturgy in St. Peter’s Square. In his Easter message, the Pope called for peace and stability in the world’s most conflict-ridden countries, and then bestowed his blessing Urbi et Orbi. An estimated 150,000 people were in attendance.Beginning with the words of the angels to the myrrh-bearing women—“Do not be afraid! ... for he has been raised”—Pope Francis said the culmination of the Gospel in the resurrection of Jesus is “the Good News par excellence”.Without the fact of the resurrection, he told the 150,000…
  • Pope Francis at Easter Vigil Mass from Vatican - Homily and Video

    JesusCaritasEst
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS THE EASTER VIGIL ST PETER'S BASILICA 19 APRIL 2014The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath. They go to the tomb to honour the body of the Lord, but they find it open and empty. A mighty angel says to them: “Do not be afraid!” (Mt 28:5) and orders them to go and tell the disciples: “He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee” (v. 7). The women quickly depart and on the way Jesus himself meets them and says: “Do not fear; go and…
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    Plaigia

  • No Exceptions to His Love

    Todd
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
     Watch this Video:  Dan Mohler explains that Jesus is awesome, just watch and see. “I want to show you today in the Bible, How right you are, how free from sin you are.  And huh, I’m not being arrogant when I say this. I don’t care what anyone says.  The Bible says you are free from sin. There is people that butcher this topic up, and keep the church sin conscious. It develops works and legalism, because we’re afraid that if we preach it the way it is, it’ll give people the excuse to sin.  And it does the total opposite. I did not find a way to sin and…
  • There is treasure in your trial

    Todd
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Watch this Video: Mario Murillo provides revelation for victory. “He’s [Paul] showing us that “How I am” and “How things are going” are misleading questions.  First of all, let’s start with “How I am” – How are you?  Paul says, “I am an ambassador in chains.  My circumstances do not define me.  What I’m going through is not the bottom line of how I feel, or how I am going to react to my life.”  The second is that he says, “Pray for me” and look at this, he’s not even praying for release.
  • Living with Joy

    Todd
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Watch this Video: Francis Chan talks about living each day as if it were potentially your last. “When is the last time you rejoiced because your name is written in the book of life?” – Francis Chan Philippians 4:1-8 - Think of Excellence 4 Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. 2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. 3 Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also…
  • Woman at the well

    Todd
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Watch this Video:  Illustration with Eric Moon depicting the heart of the woman at the well John 4:7-26 (NIV) 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 11 “Sir,”…
  • Prophetic Word for April 2014

    Todd
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Watch this Video: Doug Addison gives a prophetic word for April, how April is entering into the next season, how the new season is here, and we need to enter in to it. More from Doug Addison > http://dougaddison.com Doug Addison is a prophetic dream interpreter, speaker, writer, Life Coach, and stand-up comedian. Doug travels the world bringing a message of love, hope, and having fun! His unique style helps open people to discover their destiny and experience God’s supernatural love and power. Doug is an award-winning author of seven books. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles,…
 
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    SCOAN London

  • Easter Service – 20 April 2014

    SCOAN London
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The monthly service for April 2014 has been moved from 6 April to 20 April, which is Easter Sunday. Come and join us at the University of West London (Paragon House) at 11am to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. There will also be a time of mass prayer with Prophet TB Joshua on the video screen. Text 07985 034222 or Email uk@scoan.org for details and directions.    
  • Keep Watching the SCOAN Live Service on Emmanuel TV!

    SCOAN London
    4 Feb 2014 | 9:32 am
    At the SCOAN UK Monthly Service on 2 February 2014, different members of the congregation shared experiences of watching the live service from SCOAN Lagos on Emmanuel TV. Emmanuel and Katarina shared how each Sunday they put on their Sunday-best clothes and join the service in Lagos from their living room in North London, by connecting their computer to their TV set and watching Emmanuel TV. “We join the service just as if we were there in person”, Emmanuel explained, “when they stand, we stand, when they pray, we pray… and we have so many testimonies!” The…
  • 2014: A Year of Crossing the Bridge

    SCOAN London
    30 Dec 2013 | 2:58 am
    Remember what Prophet T.B. Joshua said about the year 2014: “It is a bridge that connects one to another. If the year is a bridge, what exactly will you expect? It means you have to live modestly. Cut your coat according to your size. It is not a time to walk arrogantly or a time to be proud. A time to cross a bridge is a time to be very careful.” He continued, “Destiny will work beautifully [in 2014]. Destiny – exactly what God has destined for you. If you are very careful, you will cross the bridge successfully. Please, you have to return back to your destiny. What is the meaning of…
  • BIRMINGHAM: Anointing Water Revival Town!

    SCOAN London
    6 Dec 2013 | 3:40 pm
    SHATTERING THE SUNDAY SILENCE As dawn announced its arrival on Sunday 1st December 2013 in the slumbering city of Birmingham, an uncanny scene began unfolding at the New Bingley Hall, a large auditorium on the outskirts of the city centre. Cars started rolling up with people dressed in a manner unbecoming of the unearthly hour they had arrived; bedraggled travellers sleepily jumped off night buses and made their way towards the venue; taxis pulled up with heavily coated passengers scurrying to join a queue that was steadily forming. It was 4am and the crowd was already swelling. Incredibly,…
  • Anointing Water Revival Coming To Birmingham!!!

    SCOAN London
    23 Nov 2013 | 2:20 pm
    Get ready! The Anointing Water Revival is coming to Birmingham, UK. By God’s grace, everyone will be ministered with the Anointing Water during the service and there will also be a powerful time of Mass Prayer. DIRECTIONS: The New Bingley Hall can seat up to 2000 and has over 300 free parking spaces. It has good road access from the A41 and A4540 (Ring Road), connecting with the national Motorway network (M5 J1, M6 J6). It is a short bus or taxi ride from the city centre, main train stations and National Express Coach Station. The buses that go to Hockley Circus are 16, 16A, 74 and 79.
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    Will Mancini

  • Welcome to “No Church” – 4 Steps To Reversing Your Negative Church Messaging

    Will Mancini
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Almost without exception, churches somewhere utilize negative messaging for very practical reasons. After all, someone parking in the wrong spot can create havoc. So it’s quite natural to put up a sign that says, “No Parking Along Curb.” But is that the only way to get the intended result? The question is worth asking because studies show the impact of negative verses positive messaging on the brain. Negative messaging narrows your thought activity and focuses on actions related to the message. Positive messages on the other hand, broaden your thinking and create openness.
  • Why Your Church is Probably Operating at Less than 50% Effectiveness

    Will Mancini
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Most of you will disagree with what I am about to suggest. Nevertheless, I will try my best to share with you what I’ve learned over the last 13 years. Keep in mind that this post title is not a theory; it comes from a front row seat watching real transformation of senior pastors, their staff, their lay leaders, and eventually their entire congregation. First, I’ll share the problem and give some quick illustrations of churches in the transformation process. Secondly, I will give two analogies to reinforce my point. THE PROBLEM The problem is that most churches have a general sense of…
  • The Vision Statements of 13 Great Leaders in the Bible

    Will Mancini
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:37 pm
    In a previous post, I introduced the powerful concept call the Future Perfect Paradigm. I am continuing this series by looking at the vision statements or the future perfect of 13 biblical leaders. What is the future perfect paradigm? The Future Perfect Paradigm is simply looking at everything today through the lens of a powerful future perspective. The more clear and powerful the future perspective, the greater the impact it can have on the way you look at today.  The summary chart below is taken from work by Robert Clinton and only slightly tweaked and expanded. We will continue to…
  • Smiling is Not Enough: The Top Ten Mistakes Your Volunteers Make Welcoming Guests at Church

    Will Mancini
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:18 am
    The team at Auxano enjoys playing the role of “secret worshipper” when we take a church through our visioning process called the Vision Pathway.  We call it a guest perspective evaluation. As I prepare to debrief a church again tomorrow, I want to share some general insights on welcoming ministry and hospitality for guests. Here are the top ten mistakes I see when volunteers are helping me as a first time guest: #1   Volunteers have not thought in advance about my next step as a guest so they don’t know how to guide the conversation with me.  #2   Volunteers  are…
  • What’s Your Future Perfect Paradigm? Exploring a Powerful Ministry Tool

    Will Mancini
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:32 pm
    What if there was a simple way of thinking about your day today, that could radically transform it? The term “future perfect paradigm” originates from the work of Stanley Davis in the eighties. He used the term as a framework in strategic planning. Even though the term may sound like just another cool way to talk about vision, Davis brought some unique and helpful thoughts to the study of vision and planning. I will explore a few key ideas from Davis in a series of posts. In addition, I want to expose you to some of Robert Clinton’s adaptation of Davis’s work as the…
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    Bobby McGraw

  • The Danger of a Single Story

    bobbymcgraw
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    I recently saw the following tweet in my Twitter feed:           I paid attention to it because I know and love the CARE for AIDS people and organization and also because I love TED Talks. If…Read more ›
  • How to Ask Questions that Get a Positive Response

    bobbymcgraw
    28 Jan 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Do you ask the right question—and in the right way? You’ve got to grab their attention if you want people to listen. In her book Communication Counts, media consultant Mary Civiello tells about a sales manager who wanted to introduce…Read more ›
  • Don’t Stagnate…Innovate!

    bobbymcgraw
    31 Dec 2013 | 6:28 am
    Today is the last day of 2013. In many ways it was a great year, but I believe 2014 can and will be even better both personally and professionally. As we head into another new year, a lot of people…Read more ›
  • De-Clutter Your Life and Keep Things Simple

    bobbymcgraw
    3 Dec 2013 | 2:00 am
    Time is one of the most precious commodities in our lives, if not the most precious of all, and it is one of the few things that we can never get back. Today’s lifestyles, however, are so filled with responsibilities…Read more ›
  • The Local Church is the Hope of the World

    bobbymcgraw
    1 Nov 2013 | 4:47 am
    What do you think of this statement? “The Local Church is the Hope of the World.”
 
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    Storyline Blog

  • Sunday Morning Music — Death In His Grave

    Darrell Vesterfelt
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. It is always good to take a moment to remember the single most important moment in our faith: the resurrection. I have been listening to John Mark McMillian for around ten years and this song is one I am reminded of when Easter comes each year. If you have not heard this song, take a moment to do so. These are some powerful lyrics: On Friday a thief On Sunday a King Laid down in grief But awoke with keys Of Hell on that day The first born of the slain The Man Jesus Christ Laid death in his grave Sunday Morning Music — Death In His Grave is a…
  • 3 Reasons My Children Are Happier Than Me

    John Sowers
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Recently, we were in San Diego, my wife Kari thought we should go to the Aquarium of the Pacific. My daughters love fish. Sahara likes watching seals jump. Dassi is a massive penguin fan. When you ask her what sound a penguin makes, she says, “Waddle, waddle, waddle,” then rocks side to side like a red-headed Weeble Wobble. I’d been to aquariums before and had moderate expectations. I knew it would be okay: glass and coral and fish and stuff. But through their two-year-old eyes, stepping into the Aquarium was like landing on Venus, surrounded by a flood of angelic voices, serenading us…
  • How To Fail And Still Win, A Guide To Not Losing Your Cool

    Donald Miller
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I like those television documentaries on the NFL channel called “A Football Life.” I especially like the ones about coaches. I learn something new with every coach who is profiled. Whether they’re a coach or player, though, I’ve noticed something each successful person has had in common: They lose well. For some reason, those who win in the end have an ability to treat a setback like a speed bump rather than a car accident. *Photo Credit: veggiefrog, Creative Commons I say this because just the other day I screwed up a meeting. I was late because I scheduled it wrongly on my calendar.
  • Your Story is Not As Beautiful As It Could Be

    Allison Vesterfelt
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been in a writing drought lately. I get up every morning and sit down to my computer. Words get typed into the screen. But they aren’t as good as the words I’m used to writing. They aren’t as good as they could be. I’m not being modest. I know what I’m capable of as a writer, and this is not it.  So what am I supposed to do to reach my potential?  There’s something I always do when I’m dealing with a creative block of some kind. It comes from an artist and author named Julia Cameron who I love and recommend completely. She wrote a book called The Artist’s Way that is…
  • This is Sometimes More Important Than Praying

    Tsh Oxenreider
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:18 am
    A few days ago, my family and I returned home after a two-month long road trip. On the way back, my husband Kyle and I had our customary debriefing conversation per easing back in to normal life: What was your favorite part of the trip? What did you learn? What makes you excited to head back home? What makes you not so excited? (We’re not really very formal about this—we just ask each other questions off the top of our heads while the kids go nuts in the back seats.) We had just driven 9,000 miles up and down both the east and west coasts, with all three kids in tow and work in our…
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    The Christian Gift

  • Blessed Easter

    TheChristianGift
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
  • By His Wounds We Are Healed

    TheChristianGift
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
    Isaiah 53:5…Good Friday.
  • Maundy Thursday

    TheChristianGift
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:32 am
    And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
  • A New Day Dawning

    TheChristianGift
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Nearly every time I’m out at daybreak with the camera, this verse from Ecclesiastes is in the back of my head: “Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning.” I couldn’t agree more! (I understand how those of you who aren’t morning people may not be quite as enthusiastic about this idea…) Since we’re very far north, the days are rapidly becoming longer, which means departure time for these photo shoots is necessarily getting earlier and earlier. That’s okay, though. For me, there’s nothing like starting the day in this way. And…
  • Come and See What God Has Done

    TheChristianGift
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    I had high hopes for this morning’s sunrise. A front had moved through, and even in the darkness before dawn I could make out quite a bit of clouds in the eastern sky. You need clouds to make color… Once I got to the shore, however, the situation was clear. The horizon was socked in, so there would be no way for the rays of light to paint the clouds in shades of pink and lavender. Still, it was pretty to watch. As the sun came up behind the clouds, a subtle, golden glow was visible along the entire horizon right at the water line (see below). Even when I walk away without an image…
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    Anchor Your Life

  • When It’s Hard to Stay Warm

    Marji "Mike" Kruger
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    When you think of Africa, you may think of hot deserts with dry and dusty land. How many people actually realize that there are places in Southern Africa that experience cold winters, with snow and temperatures that drop below freezing? This isn’t the picture most people normally have when thinking of Africa, but it is the reality in many parts of Lesotho and South Africa. The winter months, May-September, are tough in this region. What do you do when you live in a place that is freezing cold, and it’s hard to stay warm? You can’t turn on the heat. There is none. You can’t put on…
  • Final Instructions

    Marji "Mike" Kruger
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:04 pm
    This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (NIV) Matthew 26:28 It’s Thursday evening. In response to an argument among His disciples as to which of them would be the greatest, Jesus washes His 12 disciples’ feet. God washing their feet one by one. The disciples were fighting for top position, but no one would pick up the towel and do a servant’s job. But, contrary to common sense, Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve others. After washing the disciples’ feet, Jesus and His disciples begin their Passover meal,…
  • Coming with Expectant Hearts

    Marji "Mike" Kruger
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    “And this is the confidence we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.” – 1 John 5:14 Lesotho kids eagerly gathered around as their letters are read aloud. Like these children, are you eagerly gathered around the throne of God, pouring your heart out to him and eager to listen? If not, come, because he hears you.
  • To Serve or Be Served, That Is The Question

    Marji "Mike" Kruger
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    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.” (NIV) Mark 10:45 Jesus is in his final week on earth. The first 3 days of the week were very active for Him, but now He spends the bulk of His time with His disciples. There’s nothing recorded about what He did on Wednesday. On Thursday He and His disciples are celebrating the Passover meal in an upper room in Jerusalem. The episode that follows is an incredible example of 2 extremes in behavior. . . . . . a dispute arose among them (the disciples) as to which of them was…
  • The Plot

    Marji "Mike" Kruger
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:43 pm
    But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” (NIV) John 12:32 TUESDAY Jesus’ authority is challenged and questioned by the religious leaders, only to have His answers silence His accusers. The crowds reaction: they are amazed with His teaching, in awe of His answers, they want to crown Him their King. Jesus once again refers to His death. . .”The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many…
 
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    Steve Fogg: Clear & SimpleSteve Fogg: Clear & Simple | Marketing, Communications, Branding & Digital

  • The Goal Of Social Media For Churches

    Steve Fogg
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Photo credit Likes, comments, shares. We all love them on social media channels. Why? Because the gospel spreads virally through them on social media and it doesn’t cost a cent. Brilliant! It’s a quiet revolution, but one I believe that will have ramifications that we haven’t seen the limits of yet. But if that is all we are looking for as our return on investment then I want to you to know that is the wrong digital strategy. The social media landscape is changing. (BTW, there is a seismic shift going on right now which churches need to be acting on right now.) But there are…
  • My Top 8 Church Websites This Easter

    Steve Fogg
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Easter is a great time to be inspired by the creativity coming from other churches. As I look online and see what other churches around the world are creating on their websites to promote their Easter services I’m amazed at the talent out there. I love the strategy, creativity and work that communication peeps, designers, videographers put into crafting a great online experience for Easter. I’d love to hear from you as you review and enjoy the branding on these church websites. Please drop a comment below and share this post with your tribe. Chapel Church Nice use of parallax…
  • A Game Of Social Thrones

    Steve Fogg
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:37 pm
    No a social winter isn’t coming. Jon Snow still knows nothing. I’m hoping that Hootsuite’s clients always pay their debts. Watch and enjoy this social app trying to leverage social momentum off #Gameofthrones launch this week.   You just finished reading A Game Of Social Thrones! Consider leaving a comment!Have you subscribed via RSS yet? You can also get posts via email in your box.
  • Our Easter Promo Video For 2014

    Steve Fogg
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Creating Easter videos for church is such a challenge and joy. Crossway’s Easter presentation this year is called ‘RED’. Our challenge was to create a trailer that will invoke interest and preview the essence of the Easter story from the presentation. For some, Easter is a heavy and for somber time. We wanted to catch the gravitas and drama of the time without it being depressing or overbearing. Just a tip, the sound scape that Julz created is fantastic and I recommend you turn up your volume really loud. Credits: Creative Direction: Steven Fogg D.O.P and Editor: Liam Spicer…
  • Which Social Media Network Should You Start On?

    Steve Fogg
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:48 pm
    We live in the social age where we have so many social choices. Because of the multitude of choices, one question I get from churches, non-profits and businesses is ‘Where should I start?’ Good question. It’s not the same for everyone, and here’s why. I was recently speaking to a friend, Kris who is starting up a small boutique gourmet pre-packaged deli and cafe in a nearby suburb. I mentioned that the posts that people engage with me most on social media the most are actually about the food that I cook. I love cooking. And I love sharing, well almost. I love sharing…
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  • The Meaning of “It is Finished”

    Kaleb
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    "What did Jesus mean when He said, 'It is finished'?" Found only in the Gospel of John, the Greek word translated “it is finished” is tetelestai, an accounting term that means “paid in full.” When Jesus uttered those words, He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was wiped away completely and forever. Not that Jesus wiped away an... Read more..
  • #BloodMoon2014

    Kaleb
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Did you see the blood moon on April 15th, 2014? There will be four moons over the next year, all landing on Jewish holidays. It's interesting to note especially when we read in Acts 2: 17-21 how God uses the skies to send important messages to His people.... Read more..
  • Unlock Your God Given Purpose

    Kaleb
    24 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    To truly unlock your God Given potential and purpose, we must see our lives the way He sees it, focusing on what really matters and minimizing the din of things that only threaten to veer us off that path. We were all created with a purpose and it is time we start living out the purpose for which we were created. Jeremiah... Read more..
  • Evolution Requires More Faith

    Kaleb
    21 Feb 2014 | 8:49 am
    Atheists commonly say that it takes blind faith to believe in a Creator.  I believe it takes more faith to believe otherwise. Evidence of creation is in the artistry that surrounds us. "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God." (Romans 1: 20) #noexcu... Read more..
  • God is Our Safety Net

    Kaleb
    18 Feb 2014 | 10:30 am
    An integral part of the human experience is the rollercoaster rides that life brings. We will have our ups and downs but in the valleys of life one thing is an absolute truth: God is always with us. P... Read more..
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  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Five Errors to Drop From Your Easter Sermon If you want to help people see Holy Week with fresh eyes, start by dropping these familiar fallacies. The Preacher's Cheat-Sheet Here are two lists that have been very helpful to me. I combine them into what I affectionately call my Preacher’s Cheat-Sheet. Churches “Pandering” to Millennials? Ordering one’s life around faith and the church requires considerable sacrifice. Therefore, people have to see why church is so compelling that they would bother to get out of bed on Sunday morning. Moralistic pabulum and…
  • Noah According to Hollywood and the Church

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Dave Barker is Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at Heritage Seminary in Cambridge. In a recent discussion with Dr. Barker, I was surprised by some of his reflections on the movie Noah. He wasn't as negative as I thought he would be. "I wonder if the church does any better with its rendition of the Noah story!" he quipped.The controversy may have peaked, but it's still worth considering the way we interact with popular culture, and even more importantly, with Scripture. Dr. Barker was kind enough to answer some of my questions.There's been a lot of criticism of the…
  • The Slow, Hard Work of Making Disciples

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I've been thinking a lot about what Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:1-7:You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: 10 Ideas from Wise Leaders Look at these ten creative actions I’ve learned from others. Let’s Stop Forgiving Those Who Don’t Want Forgiveness Forgiving someone before they repent is un-godlike, avoids dealing with serious issues, and while it might offer some temporary and superficial relief, does not produce long-term satisfaction to the conscience nor reconciliation. The Quickest Way To Become a Better Teacher Slow down. Defending Eutychus Let your sermons be engaging, and let your eyes be open, by all means, but - most of all - let your hearts be eager…
  • Fall to the Ground

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I attended a conference years ago that changed my life, just not the way that it was supposed to. The conference was on creating a turnaround church. Shortly afterwards, I attended another conference on how to create a successful church. All of this resonated with my heart: I wanted to be the guy who made things happen, and who could teach others to make it happen to.That's when it hit me. Maybe we don't need a turnaround church. Maybe we need a dying church, one that is heeding Jesus' call to die to itself, to take up its cross, and to follow Him. I started a new blog with that theme (the…
 
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  • Object Lessons About Self Control

    Mimi Bullock
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    I believe God designed us to learn self-control during early childhood but for a number of reasons, this doesn’t always happen. Let’s be honest–some children have stronger wills than others and insist on touching the “hot stove” even when they are told not to.  Poor impulse control can manifest in different ways–constant interruptions during conversations, throwing a fit, ignoring instructions or grabbing everything that interests them. Overcoming all these impulses requires self-discipline or self-control. Since children are naturally impulse, this can…
  • Lesson: He Will Come Unto Us Like Rain

    Brittany Bradshaw
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    Lesson Title:   He will Come Unto Us like Rain Bible Reference:  Hosea 6:1-3 Target Age Group: Preschool to Elementary Learning Context: Sunday School Target Time Frame: 45 minutes Memory Verse: “And he shall come unto us as the rain.” Hosea 6:3 Gospel Connection: Sometimes in life we allow ourselves to drift further apart from God than we should.  We are sinners simply because we are human and it is a part of our nature.  This passage references the fact that God sometimes punishes us when we sin, but God will forgive us if we repent.  He does not leave us forsaken but comes to us…
  • The Seven I AM Statments of Jesus- Lesson #3

    Tara Tegard
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    Lesson Three: The Light of the World Main idea: Jesus is the light that shows us the way out of our dark sin. Teacher preparation: Read Scripture references, Exodus 13:17-22, John 7-9, Revelation 21:23-25, Leviticus 23 Gather: Bible, dry erase markers or chart paper and markers, clear contact paper, colored tissue paper (lots of blue and green, and a few pieces of other colors), black permanent markers, scissors Take time to meditate on this week’s Scripture and think about your own life. In what ways are you still choosing to walk in spiritual darkness? Are there any “secret sins” you…
  • Jesus Raises a Woman’s Son from the Dead Craft

    Felicia Mollohan
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    This craft came about while I was working on a lesson about Jesus raising a woman’s son from the dead. This story is in Luke 7:12-17 and it occurs directly after Jesus heals the Centurion’s Servant. Jesus is walking along and he sees a dead man being carried out. The man was the only son of his mother and she was a widow. Jesus has compassion for her and raises her son from the dead. This craft is a simple craft that children from 3+ can do. The younger ones will just need help with the brad. Materials: 1 paper plate per child 1/2 printout of the face (there are 2 per page to save…
  • Our 5 Most Popular Easter Resources

    Tony Kummer
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    Over the years, we’ve shared dozens of free children’s ministry resources for Easter. The full list is a little overwhelming for new readers! So here are the most popular of our collection along with easy to download formats. For download files, it’s sometimes easier to right-click the link and select “save as.” 1. Easter Coloring Sheets – Browse or simply download them in one PDF-file 2. Easter Poem with M&Ms – Read it here or simply download the printable version. 3. Worksheets about Easter & Good Friday – View the post or…
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  • The Last King of Scotland

    Daniel Dessinger
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:09 pm
    After watching The Last King of Scotland, I felt a profound sadness. A sadness that comes only after seeing the dark and gritty underbelly of the world which we rarely, if ever, truly see. Now I go to bed and I ask myself, “Was it worth the thoughts of cruelty and the pictures of torment to receive a few minutes reprieve from the world I live in? No. It was not. I could live my entire life without those images and be a happier man. But I DID see them. And now I live with the reminder that there is an ugliness and a darkness so profound in the world that men and women would despise each…
  • Dr. Mark Chironna

    Daniel Dessinger
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Thought assessment and management is a critical assignment for all of us. For better or worse, our thoughts do govern our lives. In fact, they are the seedbeds of all we do. Our thoughts and actions are inseparable. Our doing never happens apart from our thinking. We then think about our outcomes, and yet all too often fail to realize that our outcomes originated in our thinking. Sound thinking is empowered by love. The post Dr. Mark Chironna appeared first on Renew My Mind.
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    Daniel Dessinger
    10 Mar 2014 | 10:33 am
    The fear of failure will eventually result in doing nothing. — John Paul Jackson The post appeared first on Renew My Mind.
  • Starting Simple: What Does it Mean to “Have Faith”?

    Daniel Dessinger
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:59 am
    Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. Hebrews 11:1-2 Faith is perhaps the most talked about word from the Bible, yet most people don’t understand it. We’ve all heard that first sentence, but I’m guessing many of us don’t have the second sentence memorized. It’s important because it provides CONTEXT. And context is important. You’ve also no doubt heard the other most popular verse about faith: Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 Uh… What? What does that mean?
  • Organic Isn’t Just Trendy. It’s The Way God Made Us

    Daniel Dessinger
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:58 am
    Listening to a few people talk about eating healthy brought this point to mind. Some people treat the “organic” lifestyle as a fad – as though it were just another scheme to lose weight or lower your cholesterol level. That happens because we adopt labels without considering their origin. To these people, “organic” might as well be “low fat” or “no carbs”. It’s just a ploy to get people to spend more money on their health. Unprocessed, organic, real foods aren’t trends or fads like Weight Watchers. They’re foods in their natural habitats, unaltered by any chemicals or…
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  • Holy Thursday, Smack Talk, and Modesty in Christian Leaders

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    As a seventh grader, I was the greatest football player in the world, and I knew it. There was no organized team, but I played in my backyard every day, by myself. I would hike the ball to myself, throw long, arching passes to myself, make impossible, diving catches by myself, then run for a touchdown, high-fiving myself in the end zone. I was unbeatable. Not even I could stop me. continue reading
  • How to Preach without Notes (And Why You Should Try)

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    I entered pastoral ministry in 1986, and I’ve experimented relentlessly with preaching forms and techniques for nearly three decades. Preaching today is both more interesting and more challenging than ever before. Though much of my speaking has been in the pulpit, I’ve also done a good bit of presenting in classrooms, at conferences and retreats, and in business settings. For the first 13 years of my ministry, I delivered three different messages a week. I still preach before a live audience almost every single week. Over the years I learned many lessons on how to improve…
  • How to Change the World in 7 Days: A Defense of Short-Term Missions

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    When recruiting people for the Water for Life mission in Haiti, I often say, “This is your chance to change the world.” It’s a bold statement, and some will disagree. Short-term missions has more than a few critics. They do have a point or two in their favor. These intensive, whirlwind experiences are supposed to produce a positive result, but even some proponents admit they can be disastrous. continue reading
  • 10 Things Christians Must Do to Get Our Public Debate under Control

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    I was nearly home after a short bike ride. It was one of the first days pleasant enough to ride outside, and I felt good. It was a warm-up ride, hopefully a prelude to a good season. Then it happened. A vehicle slipped alongside me on the moderately busy street, the street I live on. There was no shoulder, and he passed me rather close. Nothing unusual about that. But what happened next startled and upset me. The driver slowed a bit, turned toward me, and angrily hollered: “Use the sidewalk!” Cyclists are perfectly within the law to ride on the road in Indiana, as I thought…
  • Water for Life Trip 2014 – Your Chance to Change the World

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:08 am
    Once in awhile we find a chance to do something of unquestionable importance. These opportunities lift our lives out of the ordinary routines of everyday life and allow us to experience meaning and purpose in a direct way. That’s why I’m going to Haiti in September 2014, and I’m inviting you to come with me. continue reading
 
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  • Reflections on the Attitude of Jesus toward Calvary

    Frank King
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Cross of Crucifixion To God, it’s not only what we do that counts, but also our attitude in doing what we do. Sometimes, we are guilty of doing the right thing but with the wrong attitude. We know that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. But what was the attitude of Jesus toward the crucifixion? He knew beforehand He was going to die. He also knew how He was going to die. “…And they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him,” He told His disciples (Matthew 20:18-19). In Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, He…
  • Southern Baptist Leaders Seek to Revitalize Churches

    Frank King
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Church Building The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the largest Protestant denomination in America, is declining. Reportedly, 800 to 1000 of its congregations cease to exist each year. Church leaders want to revitalize churches that are on the decline. So what is the problem? Or what do they think is the problem? “Churches are closing in large part because they have either become disconnected from culture and, or disconnected from Scripture. When this happens, life leaves the church.” According to the Christian Post, these are the words of Joshua Hedger, director of Center for Church…
  • “Bad Company Corrupts Good Character”

    Frank King
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Bad company If developing and maintaining a godly character is important to you, then the kind of company you keep must be important also. That’s because of the vital connection between these two. ‘Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character,”’ the Bible warns us (1 Corinthians 15:33). So if the Bible refers to bad company, there must also be a thing called good company. To me, good company refers to those who encourage me to pursue my dreams in life. They speak to the champion in me. They inspire me to greater heights. I consider those who desire to take in the…
  • The Contradiction of the Crucifixion of Christ

    Frank King
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:43 am
    Symbols of the crucifixion As we approach Easter, the crucifixion of Christ stands front and center. Crucifixion was perhaps the least likely method by which a person was put to death in Jesus’ day. At first, the Romans reserved this punishment only for slaves or for freemen who had committed the most heinous crimes. This cruel form of death was regarded as too barbaric for the average Roman citizen. It is an understatement to say that Jesus did not fit the profile of those who were normally put to death by crucifixion during His day. So what gives? Something this wrong does not happen by…
  • Persistence in Prayer Pays Off

    Frank King
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Time to pray To emphasize the importance of persistence in prayer, Jesus taught a parable to the intent that “men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). Why did He teach a parable with that objective? Because at times we have a tendency to do exactly the opposite; that is, we quit praying and become faint or weary. This normally happens when we have been praying about something for a long time, and prayer does not seem to be making a difference. With time, we accept as fact that nothing will be changing and how it is now is how it’s going to be. Well, Jesus doesn’t want…
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    Creation Hope

  • Hello world!

    Admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
 
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • I Have Seen The Lord – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in.  She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.  “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her. “Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him.   “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was…
  • Holy Saturday – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Holy Saturday: a celebration of the sacrament of honest, raw doubt that precedes the resurrection and reigniting of faith.
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  • Favorite Quotes from Spiritual Misfit by Michelle DeRusha

    Jean Wise
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I wrote on Tuesday, I really like Michelle DeRusha’s new book, Spiritual Misfit. She openly shares her struggle with her faith in a real and honest way. Her words remind me of an incident I experienced in a Sunday School Class a few years ago. We were studying different people of the Bible. I mentioned the old song “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” and how the whole story of Joshua being obedient to walk about the walls of Jericho seven times always spoke to me. The message in this story reminds me that my job is to obey God, so God could do his job of removing walls. God wins the…
  • Spiritual Misfit – A Massive Missive – Book Review and Giveaway

    Jean Wise
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Michelle DeRusha’s memoir Spiritual Misfit – A Memoir of Uneasy Faith releases today and let me tell you her missive, her message in this book is massive. I love her honesty and her humor in telling the story of her faith. This book will bring a smile to your face and faith to your heart. Every one has a story, but many times we don’t share our inner struggles, our doubts and even the times when we feel ashamed of our unbeliefs. In this book Michelle describes her time of wearing the masks we think others want us to see and how revealing our raw selves leads to discovering our true…
  • A Donkey and a Colt – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied and a colt wither; untie them and bring them to me…The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt and put their cloaks on them.” Mathew 21: 2,7 Wait, Lord, there were two donkeys? A mother and a colt? Lord, I love it when something new pops out of your Word and pokes my spirit, waking me up. Why a mother and her colt? I know the Old Testament prophesized about riding on a colt, but I never imagined two donkeys that day.  I wonder if they were frightened. I wonder…
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    Daily Devotionals

  • John 21:15 – Hope in Haiti: Part 5

    ryan
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse 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.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” (John 21:15 ESV) Peter decided he wasn’t worthy and couldn’t be useful any longer to the world, so he went back to the beginning after the resurrection of Jesus. He got in his little boat, rowed out into the sea, and fished the night away in vain. In the morning, the resurrected Christ, the true Lover of our souls who sees us for what we really are,…
  • Jeremiah 18:1-4 – Hope in Haiti: Part 4

    ryan
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. (Jeremiah 18:1-4 ESV) This clay is of the earth. I am not a heavenly vessel. While I may have found myself in such a brokenness that it seemed best to lay my head in the dust, sit in silence…
  • Galatians 5:22-23 – Hope in Haiti: Part 3

    ryan
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV) Where we live in Haiti, we have three Mango trees on our property. My son devised a wonderful plan to put old fisherman nets around the base of the trees, supported by cuttings of branches. As the mangos ripen naturally on the tree in God’s good time, they fall out of the tree and land soft as a baby in our net. Every morning of the season, we wake up early and immediately go out into…
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -Happy Resurrection Day

    Dr. D
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
             (RESURRECTION: Luz Adriana Villa A.) He is Risen! He is risen indeed! Happy Resurrection Day to you and all of yours. Here are some timely remarks given by President Obama at the recent Easter Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC: “So this Easter Week, of course we recognize that there’s a lot of pain and a lot of sin and a lot of tragedy in this world, but we’re also overwhelmed by the grace of an awesome God.  We’re reminded how He loves us, so deeply, that He gave his only begotten Son so that we might live through Him.” “And…
  • -NYC: Redemptive Reversal- Churches Can Use Public Schools After All

    Dr. D
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
         (Mayor Bill De Blasio: Wikipedia) In a redemptive reversal just in time for Resurrection Day (Easter), New York City officials have decided to allow churches to rent public school buildings after all. Here’s the story from Citizen Link: Churches across New York City were celebrating last weekend. Not only because it was Palm Sunday, but because, after a 19-year legal battle, they were allowed to stay in the rented public school buildings where they meet. Even though the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the city’s right to ban religious services in public…
  • -Good Friday: “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming”

    Dr. D
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Here it is again. My favorite message of all time for Good Friday is by Dr. Tony Campolo. It has become a tradition on this blog to post it every year on this day. Here is a link to the famous tape and where it can be downloaded. The whole tape is great but the best part is at the end when Tony Campolo recalls one Sunday when he had a little preaching competition with the head pastor at the church where he attends. Dr. Campolo tells how he preached the perfect sermon in every way and had taken the congregation to ‘the heights of glory’. As he sat down beside his pastor, Dr. Tony patted…
  • -Chilling: Flyers in Eastern Ukraine Demand that Jews Register and Pay a Tax?

    Dr. D
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
            (Eastern Ukraine: Wikipedia) Here’s a shacking and chilling development in Eastern Ukraine. Not only has some of the declarations and actions of Putin reminded folks of the Nazi/Hitler ramp up to WWII but now some of the Russian ‘separatists’ who have taken over the government in Eastern Ukraine may be following in Nazi footsteps with their treatment of Jews. Flyers have been printed and distributed to the Jewish community demanding that they register, declare their possessions, and pay a ‘special’ tax.  Here’s the incredible story…
  • -So Now You Are Weird and Subject to Ridicule If You Believe in Creationism?

    Dr. D
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
                 (Blake Griffin: Wikipedia) Is this where the dominant culture is going in America. The vast majority believe in God but now you are considered weird and subject to ridicule if you believe the Biblical teaching that God created everything as opposed to accidental evolution? A firestorm of media ridicule followed in the wake of a recent Rolling Stone interview where Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin admitted that he believes in creationism and a young earth. Here’s the story from the Blaze: The revelation came…
 
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    Trevin Wax

  • Christ is Risen, the First

    Trevin Wax
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Christ is Risen! The world below lies desolate. Christ is Risen! The spirits of evil are fallen. Christ is Risen! The angels of God are rejoicing. Christ is Risen! The tombs of the dead are empty. Christ is Risen indeed from the dead, the first of the sleepers, Glory and power are His forever and ever. - Hippolytus (AD 190-236)
  • “I Have Broken the Winter”

    Trevin Wax
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    N. D. Wilson: The Greeks were right. Live in fear of a grinding end and a dank hereafter. Unless you know a bigger God, or better yet, are related to Him by blood. The last page approaches, reached only through trials and triumphs, tears and laughter. The ending comes. But God is too big for endings, too big to work with a single narrative arc. This will be the end of Death, the end of a story that began in a garden and has played out in gardens ever since. Let us bury Death in a garden, and seal the hole with a cross. For him there will be no Spring. There is a rustling of impatience.
  • Trevin’s Seven

    Trevin Wax
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Kindle Deal: 14 Words from Jesus by James Montgomery Boice & Philip Ryken. $2.99. 1. Geoff Ashley - Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? 2. Amy Julia Becker - The Song Jesus Sang on the Cross 3. Google Glass’s Insane, Terrifying Etiquette Guide 4. Luke MacDonald – The Danger of Authenticity 5. Ed Stetzer interviews Mark Phelps, son of Westboro leader 6. When Jesus Said Farewell 7. Elizabeth Stoker – Why I’m a Pro-Life Liberal
  • The Multifaceted Diamond of Christ’s Atoning Work

    Trevin Wax
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    The atonement is like a multi-faceted diamond. What Christ accomplished on the cross is so massive, and the window into the heart of God is so big that no one explanation or description of the atonement can tell the whole story. Because the atonement is at the heart of who God is and what he has done for us, we can never fully exhaust the riches that flow from this event. But recognizing our inability to mine all the theological treasures represented in the cross of Christ should not keep us from pondering the beautiful truth of this event. In recent weeks, guest contributors have written…
  • Worth a Look 4.17.14

    Trevin Wax
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Kindle Deal of the Day: The Doctrines That Divide: A Fresh Look at the Historic Doctrines That Separate Christians by Erwin Lutzer. FREE. Lutzer examines various controversies that exist within the broad spectrum of Christianity, presenting the issue and the biblical understanding of the doctrine. Russell Moore – Same-Sex Marriage and the Future: We must prepare people for what the future holds, when Christian beliefs about marriage and sexuality aren’t part of the cultural consensus but are seen to be strange and freakish and even subversive. If our people assume that…
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  • I Have Seen The Lord – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in.  She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.  “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her. “Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him.   “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was…
  • Holy Saturday – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Holy Saturday: a celebration of the sacrament of honest, raw doubt that precedes the resurrection and reigniting of faith.
 Anonymous The post Holy Saturday – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • Favorite Quotes from Spiritual Misfit by Michelle DeRusha

    Jean Wise
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I wrote on Tuesday, I really like Michelle DeRusha’s new book, Spiritual Misfit. She openly shares her struggle with her faith in a real and honest way. Her words remind me of an incident I experienced in a Sunday School Class a few years ago. We were studying different people of the Bible. I mentioned the old song “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” and how the whole story of Joshua being obedient to walk about the walls of Jericho seven times always spoke to me. The message in this story reminds me that my job is to obey God, so God could do his job of removing walls. God wins the…
  • Spiritual Misfit – A Massive Missive – Book Review and Giveaway

    Jean Wise
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Michelle DeRusha’s memoir Spiritual Misfit – A Memoir of Uneasy Faith releases today and let me tell you her missive, her message in this book is massive. I love her honesty and her humor in telling the story of her faith. This book will bring a smile to your face and faith to your heart. Every one has a story, but many times we don’t share our inner struggles, our doubts and even the times when we feel ashamed of our unbeliefs. In this book Michelle describes her time of wearing the masks we think others want us to see and how revealing our raw selves leads to discovering our true…
  • A Donkey and a Colt – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied and a colt wither; untie them and bring them to me…The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt and put their cloaks on them.” Mathew 21: 2,7 Wait, Lord, there were two donkeys? A mother and a colt? Lord, I love it when something new pops out of your Word and pokes my spirit, waking me up. Why a mother and her colt? I know the Old Testament prophesized about riding on a colt, but I never imagined two donkeys that day.  I wonder if they were frightened. I wonder…
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    Josiah Concept Ministries

  • What an Apologist’s Job is NOT

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Cory Tucholski:Melissa Cain Travis pretty much hits the nail on the head with this piece. Excellent work! Originally posted on Hard-Core Christianity: A year or so into my grad school work, I tentatively assumed the role of public apologist. The landmark day was in the summer of 2010, when I instituted this blog to formally make myself available to both believers and non-believers struggling with questions about the alleged truths of Christianity. Not surprisingly, as I’ve worked to educate others, I have learned many valuable lessons on what to do and what  not  to do in apologetics…
  • A Manual for Creating [totally unreasonable] Atheists

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Cory Tucholski:This made me laugh out loud. I have debated several of the truly UNREASONABLE atheists. To be fair, many atheists are very reasonable. But for those that aren’t, this post is all about them and perfectly satirizes their arguments. Just epic. Originally posted on HashtagApologetics: This blog post will teach you how to talk people out of their faith. You’ll learn how to ridicule the faithful through mockery, because this kind of behavior will force them to value reason and rationality, cast doubt on their beliefs, and mistrust their faith. I call this activist approach…
  • Book Plunge: A Manual For Creating Atheists

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    22 Feb 2014 | 12:17 am
    Cory Tucholski:Part of the reason I didn’t write a review on the blog for Peter Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists is because I knew that my reaction was the same as most Christians who are informed in matters of faith and philosophy. Sure enough, Nick Peters wrote the exact review that I wanted to. Originally posted on Deeper Waters: What do I think of Peter Boghossian’s book on creating atheists? Let’s talk about it on Deeper Waters. Boghossian’s book in the past month or so has been the subject of great conversation on the internet. Why is this the case? Is it…
  • Is the Bible Imperfect, or Was God Unable to Create it Perfect?

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    20 Feb 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Dave, an atheist on Twitter, was arguing with Man-E, a Christian who blogs here.  The subjects were many, but one thread had to do with inspiration.  Dave poses this seemingly unanswerable question: Really, you are saying either god created an imperfect bible or that god was unable to create a perfect bible. Both blaspheme. @obvious2me— Dave (@Dave_was_here) February 21, 2014 This is what we in the business call a “false dichotomy.”  The reason?  A serious misunderstanding of divine inspiration. God is not a suit-and-tie executive and the 40+ authors of Scripture…
  • Defeating Religion in One Easy Step, part 4

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    2 Feb 2014 | 8:31 am
    Part 4 — Explanatory Scope Luke Muehlhauser, the proprietor of Common Sense Atheism, has proposed that we can defeat religions in one easy step.  To do so, he takes a broad look at different arguments for God and notices what they all have in common: They all posit God as the best explanation for something. Luke identifies the following four criteria for a good explanation: It’s testable and it passes the tests we give it. It’s consistent with our background knowledge and experience.  (What philosopher Tom Morris called The Principle of Belief Conservation). It’s…
 
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  • 4 Ways You Can Help Your Leader Today

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Our last month’s newsletter that was sent out to all our partners had a tremendous response. We therefore decided to share that content with all our Guarding the Heart readers as well. If you haven’t already been receiving our monthly newsletter, you can get it by simply partnering with us for free [here.] I hope you’re encouraged with the partners letter and will do your best to stand with your leader today! Blessings, Shyju Click to read more.. P.S – If your a leader, you can find more exclusive resources for you at our blog for Pastors and Leaders.   You just…
  • Wage War Against Devil’s Biggest Scheme

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    Do you know that right now even as you are reading this article the devil and his kingdom is waging war against you. 1 Peter 5: 8 reminds us, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Job 1:7 is clear that our enemy does not rest. “The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”" The battle is constant, that’s why Peter reminds us to “be sober-minded and watchful.” Satan not only waits to…
  • RN004 Fighting the Schemes of the Devil [Oasis Podcast]

    Shyju Mathew
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    In this Oasis Podcast – Episode #004 (19:49), I want to share with you a powerful wake-up call we had from God at our Church here in Montreal. Even though this was not planned as a sermon, I want to share this inspiration with you because of the reviving anointing I experienced with this sharing. Here are few things that I have covered on this podcast with a bit more explanation for those who are not into listening to audios: Exposing the Strategy of the Devil in This Generation “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”…
  • Revivalist Steve Hill is No More; Persecutions in Somalia, Syria and Pakistani; New Bible Museum and an Update on Pastor Saeed Abedini

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:40 am
    Brownsville Revivalist Pastor Steve Hill Passes Away Pastor Steve Hill, perhaps best known as the evangelist for the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Florida, USA, passed away on 9 March 2014. Hill passed on to glory after a long battle with Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer and the leading cause of death from skin disease. Fueled by his own dramatic deliverance from drugs, alcohol and crime in 1975, Hill dedicated his life to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. Click here to read more about Steve Hill.   Syria Jihadist Group Forces Christians to Submit…
  • 4 Reasons Why There’s Hope in Your Mess!

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:15 am
    Just a few months close to being engaged, he decided that she was not the one for him… Months away from their wedding day, she quits with no more love to give. “I love God but I have failed Him a million times….” These are the kind of stories that you hear quite often while being in the ministry. I don’t know if you are the reason someone is having a heart break or if you are on the receiving end, but at the moment you may feel like it’s over. It may seem like you can never correct the wrong you did or may be you have completely lost trust in…
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    Christian Curios by Connie K Cameron

  • Mom's German Burrito

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    lyricoc@yahoo.comI held it in my hand, examining it.  I turned it over once, not enough to look suspicious.  It smelled a bit different. “Okay,” I said to myself, it’s just like mom’s.”I was in grade school.  Most kids would have eaten dinner away from home many times by this age, but I didn’t have that pleasure.  I was old enough to spend the night at my friend, Carol’s house, but not old enough to know a true burrito, how sad.I took a bite, “no, this was not going to show on my face!”  I told myself.  But the memory of getting a mouth full of,…
  • Rapture

    4 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    RaptureThe dictionary definition of rapture is: the state of being carried away with joy, love etc.. ecstasy.The dictionary definition of tribulation is: Great misery or distress as from oppression.I want you to know that what I’m writing is just my opinion from reading and studying that I’ve done.  I’m open to hearing other opinions.       This is what I believe;  2 peter 2:5 says, “If He did not spare the ancient world when He brought the flood on it, ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness and seven others; if He condemned the…
  • Elijah And The Toothbrush

    23 Mar 2014 | 10:57 pm
    lyricoc@yahoo.com  I would so love to hear from you!!  Please drop me a line!My husband, Mark and I wanted our little boy, Elijah, to start brushing his teeth.  He didn’t like the idea.  He didn’t want to do it himself and he wouldn’t let me do it for him.  So his teeth were going un-brushed.  Elijah’s Doctor said that he was getting some build up and that he needed to start brushing.  Mark and I decided to hold on to Elijah and brush them for him, big mistake.  After that there was no possible way he was going to brush his teeth by himself.
  • Easter

    20 Mar 2014 | 11:36 am
    lyricoc@yahoo.comI’ve always loved spending time coloring eggs during Easter with my family.  When I was ten years old, I went on a camping trip with Erin, a friend from Girl scouts, and her family.  We went to the Colorado River.  We were only going to stay a few days, but Erin’s parents decided that they wanted to stay until the day before Easter.  I was so homesick those last couple of days, each night I w2ould cry in my sleeping bag. To get through those last couple of days, I told myself that at least I would be home for Easter.     Well, we pulled…
  • The Blood

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:24 pm
    lyricoc@yahoo.com       In May of 1995, my husband, Mark went to see a doctor because he had swollen legs and headaches.  The doctor told him that his blood pressure was very high and after testing his blood, we were told that he had hepatitis C.  I was pregnant at the time, so my doctor told me to come in and have a blood test also.  All these blood tests got me thinking about how important the blood is, and about how there are so many scriptures that talk about the blood.  There are approximately 363 verses that talk about blood in the bible: Blood of…
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    Faithful Choices

  • The Most Egg-citing Time of Year

    Paula Whidden
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    It’s true… totally, completely, unalterably, unavoidably, demonstrably, outrageously true. I’m officially egg-cited. In spite of a nasty head cold that’s been spreading through my family, which I contracted at the beginning of this week, I’m still egg-cited. Ok, the whole egg thing is probably getting a little annoying so I’ll stop. But you get my point. I love this time of year, even if my sinuses don’t. It’s not because of the flowers bursting through their bulbous cocoons. It’s not because the birds twitter louder. It’s not…
  • Couple Corners: An interview with my husband – FCP004

    Paula Whidden
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:44 pm
    When you write a book about marriage, everyone always wants to know about your marriage. Here’s your chance to meet my husband Tim.  On today’s podcast for The Faithful Choices Podcast with Paula Whiddenmy husband Tim gets to interview me and then I will interview him. We’ll talk about the book and what it means to be the husband of that lady that decides to write a book on marriage.  I hope you enjoy it.  If there are questions you wish I had asked him, please let me know.  Maybe we’ll do another interview some time.
  • Inspiration and Perspiration

    Paula Whidden
    14 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    Dreams dance inside our heads every day. What car we want to drive, what job we wish we had, places we want to visit enter into our dreams with a sweet wisp of possibility. Then, reality hits. We adore dreaming, because it removes us from where we live. It brings us hope. It lightens are load with fictional ideals. I’m a bit of a dreamer.  If you sat me down at this moment and asked me about my dreams, you’d hear maybe 20 or more possibilities doing hip-hop in my head. Unfortunately, dreams that dance in my head never make their way to my feet, because feet that dance need…
  • The Ripple Effect and Faithful Friendships

    Paula Whidden
    7 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    (This is a past article I wrote when my friend Verne passed away.  His story is worth remembering. So, I’m sharing it again.) Verne and Ruth  married in 1956.  They adored teens and Jesus. As serious Bible students, they regularly memorized scriptures and even sang them.  They became mentors in the youth development program at the First Baptist Church of Phoenix.  In this role, they played many sports, went on trips and shared their faith to hundreds of teens. One of those teens was named Shari Sullivan.  Shari enjoyed their times and appreciated the genuine care and love given to…
  • Love is…on my mind

    Paula Whidden
    13 Feb 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Last weekend, our family had the privilege of attending a 50th wedding anniversary.  It is the second one of these I’ve attended in my family.  Quite frankly, I’m humbled by the whole thing. Getting two people to agree to go to a movie is tough. Imagine choosing to stick together for 50 years. In my twenties, this sounded daunting.  I didn’t date much, because I couldn’t imagine meeting someone that I wanted to live with every day of my life.  No offense to my friends, but I didn’t even like them THAT much. Spending a lifetime with someone, seeing them every…
 
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    Writer of Pop

  • This Day in Pop Culture: April 20, 2008

    Jeffrey Totey
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    A Woman Wins an Indy Race Dominated by men in the sport of car racing, 26-year-old Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Monteigi in Montegi, Japan on this day in 2008. The event made... Read more!
  • This Day in Pop Culture: April 19, 1975

    Jeffrey Totey
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    “Love Will Keep Us Together” Released On this day in 1975, America heard the lyrics of “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon, AKA The Captain the Tennille for the first time.... Read more!
  • Sparkly 'Transcendence' has a Dull Finish

    Jeffrey Totey
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) getting into his work in "Transcendence." (Warner Bros.)FROM EXAMINER.COM The trailers for the latest Johnny Depp film, Transcendence, look very intriguing and... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Bash-N-The-Code

    Jeffrey Totey
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Yes kids, this is the kind of videos good Christians watched when we were your age.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • This Day in Pop Culture: April 18, 1924

    Jeffrey Totey
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The First Crossword Puzzle Book is Published Although crossword puzzles had arrived a few years earlier in 1913 in the pages of the New York World, it wasn’t until this day in 1924 when Simon &... Read more!
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    TILL HE COMES

  • What I believe about Predestination

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have tried to avoid this question for a long time… But recently a reader wrote in asking what I believe about predestination, and since I have written about other difficult “-ation” questions (such as masturbation), I decided to answer this question about predestination as well. Here is the straightforward question on predestination that the reader submitted: Whats your stand on predestination? Whew! I am hesitant to tackle this topic. Here’s why: My Previous Experience with Predestination I once preached a sermon on predestination and election, and there was a…
  • Jesus as the Divine Scapegoat

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Yesterday we looked at the idea of God as a divine scapegoat. We pick up with this idea today, showing how Jesus also was a divine scapegoat. He not only revealed to us what God had been doing all along, but also unmasked the scapegoat mechanism for all to see. Through Jesus, we see the truth of violence, that it comes from us, and not from God. The way many Christians have come to understand and explain the crucifixion of Jesus, it almost seems as if God Himself was to blame for this violent act as well. Did God Need an Innocent Victim To Suffer for the Sins of the World? A large swath of…
  • God as the Divine Scapegoat

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The biblical symbol of the scapegoat helps us understand what God was doing when He allowed (or inspired) Old Testament authors to attribute violence to Him. When we understand that God Himself is the primary scapegoat in Scripture, it helps us see that God is not violent, but He allowed violent people to attribute violence to His name so that He could bear their shame and guilt. “God Himself reuses the scapegoat mechanism, at his own expense, in order to subvert it.” (Girard, One By Whom Scandal Comes, 43-4). To put it another way, God “allowed himself to be expelled so as to make of…
  • Why God Appears Violent in Scripture

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The reason that God appears so violent in Scripture (and in nature) is not because He is violent, but because He allows human and natural violence to be attributed to His name for our own sake. There are numerous reasons God allows violence to be attributed to His name, but we must begin by understanding the origin of violence itself. The Origin of Violence Throughout history and around the world, people have noticed that violence permeates everything. From birth to death, from galaxies down to sub-atomic particles, violence is omnipresent. Whenever people recognize this, they are left with…
  • Can a Christian lose salvation?

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A reader recently sent in a question about whether or not she could lose her salvation. I searched my blog high and low for somewhere that I had answered this before, and much to my shock, could not find that I had previously written about this anywhere. I am certain I have written about it, but since I couldn’t find it, decided to write about it anyway. Here is the question she sent in: I m getting real confused on the subject of salvation as I am doing my bible study. I would be grateful if you could take out some time and clear my confusion. Can a born again christian lose salvation?
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  • I Have Seen The Lord – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in.  She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.  “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her. “Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him.   “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was…
  • Holy Saturday – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Holy Saturday: a celebration of the sacrament of honest, raw doubt that precedes the resurrection and reigniting of faith.
 Anonymous The post Holy Saturday – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • Favorite Quotes from Spiritual Misfit by Michelle DeRusha

    Jean Wise
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I wrote on Tuesday, I really like Michelle DeRusha’s new book, Spiritual Misfit. She openly shares her struggle with her faith in a real and honest way. Her words remind me of an incident I experienced in a Sunday School Class a few years ago. We were studying different people of the Bible. I mentioned the old song “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” and how the whole story of Joshua being obedient to walk about the walls of Jericho seven times always spoke to me. The message in this story reminds me that my job is to obey God, so God could do his job of removing walls. God wins the…
  • Spiritual Misfit – A Massive Missive – Book Review and Giveaway

    Jean Wise
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Michelle DeRusha’s memoir Spiritual Misfit – A Memoir of Uneasy Faith releases today and let me tell you her missive, her message in this book is massive. I love her honesty and her humor in telling the story of her faith. This book will bring a smile to your face and faith to your heart. Every one has a story, but many times we don’t share our inner struggles, our doubts and even the times when we feel ashamed of our unbeliefs. In this book Michelle describes her time of wearing the masks we think others want us to see and how revealing our raw selves leads to discovering our true…
  • A Donkey and a Colt – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied and a colt wither; untie them and bring them to me…The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt and put their cloaks on them.” Mathew 21: 2,7 Wait, Lord, there were two donkeys? A mother and a colt? Lord, I love it when something new pops out of your Word and pokes my spirit, waking me up. Why a mother and her colt? I know the Old Testament prophesized about riding on a colt, but I never imagined two donkeys that day.  I wonder if they were frightened. I wonder…
 
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    Ryan Peter. Writer.

  • The Butcher’s Shadow – Chapter 9

    Ryan Peter
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Was this the address? Shakes checked his GPS again. Yep, this had to be it. There was no number on the wall or even marked on the street, but the GPS was pointing right here. The walls were painted a sullen yellow, with a thick chain knotting the dark green, paint-chipped gate shut. Shakes got out his car and walked over to the chain, looking at it closely. It was fastened together by a thick padlock. Peering through its bars he could see a wild, unkempt garden with leaves and twigs strewn all over the driveway. There was no doorbell or intercom unit and the house, deeper inside, looked as if…
  • The Butcher’s Shadow – Chapter 8

    Ryan Peter
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:54 am
    The distinct smell of chlorine seemed stronger here as Andrew Keller stood on the edge of the pool. He took a deep breath. It wasn’t a pleasant smell, of course, but it relaxed him. It was time for his morning swim at the gym- one of the few things in his life that resembled a routine. That’s what comforted him. He closed his eyes and relished the warm sensation of the water as he dived in. It was a cold winter morning – it really was cold this year – but come rain or shine, winter or summer, late night or not, a night spent at home or not, it didn’t matter – every…
  • Why I closed my Elance profile and you should too

    Ryan Peter
    7 Mar 2014 | 5:06 am
    Yesterday I finally closed my Elance account and asked them to delete my profile. They say they’ll close it in the next billing cycle, so it’ll take a month for it to be deleted from the Internet – hopefully for good. For writers like me, online bidding sites like Elance are a waste of time. In June last year I wrote about my experience with Elance and why the system just doesn’t work for me. I know I’m not the only one. Almost a year later, the company has bought out oDesk, arguably its biggest competition, and this makes them huge – but the market there…
  • The Butcher’s Shadow – Chapter 7

    Ryan Peter
    7 Mar 2014 | 3:38 am
    Tandi felt the cold, dry Johannesburg winter air bite her knuckles first as she stepped out the elevator. She stopped and grimaced, putting on her gloves. Her face was the next victim. She ignored it as best she could, scanning the lonely basement parking lot. Only four cars parked under the false, cold light, hoping for their owners to claim them from their meaningless existence, to finally go home to a warm garage while their owner enjoyed the loving embrace of their spouse and family. But these four probably had owners who had no family. Home seemed so distant to her right now – a…
  • The Butcher’s Shadow – Chapter 6

    Ryan Peter
    28 Feb 2014 | 2:06 am
    “So what was it?” Shakes asked Jessica. They were in the office, Serita listening eagerly. “No one knows,” Jessica replied. “Perhaps a bird or a rock, but we can’t tell for sure.” “It’s two stories up and quite far from the road,” Shakes replied. “How could anyone throw a rock to that small window?” “Well, it might have even been something falling off the roof,” Jessica replied. “At any case, it doesn’t matter. That boy knew something Shakes, it was obvious.” Shakes nodded. “I’m…
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  • Why Would the Stones Cry Out?

    Kevin Shorter
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” - Luke 19:40 The Triumphal Entry Here is the scene. Passover was about to begin. Crowds were descending upon Jerusalem to celebrate and give their sacrifice. Jesus was among the crowd. There He is riding on a donkey. The people start to make way for Him. Not only creating a path, but they also throw down palm branches and their outer garments. In joyous celebration they shout out their praises: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Today is Palm Sunday where we remember this…
  • The Extravagant Fool by Kevin Adams

    Kevin Shorter
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:47 pm
    The Element of Time When we read the Scriptures, sometimes we forget the element of time. We are told that Noah is to build an ark, he’s given instructions, and told he did everything just as God commanded. Then the next chapter says it is about to rain. We are not given an account of Noah building the ark. A process which some have said took Noah 100 years. In some of the other stories we are given accounts of their processing, but still the element of days is lost in the quick recount. Moses was forty years old when he killed the Egyptian and fled Egypt; he was eighty when he…
  • Can Demons Block Our Prayers?

    Kevin Shorter
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Can Demons Block Our Prayers? I had a comment recently asking the question if demons could block our prayers. While many Christians jump up with a hasty NO, I think the sincerity of the question is worthy of investigation. Plus, do we really know this to be true or do we just want to believe it? Was Daniel’s Prayer Blocked By Demons? Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom…
  • Creative Intercession by Allison Shorter

    Kevin Shorter
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Christian Want to Be Effective As I have written this Prayer Coach blog over the years, I have gained an understanding of Christians’ struggles with prayer. What I have concluded is that most Christians want their lives to be partnered with God, but they feel ineffectual in living it out. Their prayer lives are hampered because deep down they are unsure if they are doing it right. They are slow to step into the lives of those who are hurting because they don’t know how to help. Uncertainty binds Christians from being effective. Still I believe all Christians want to partner with…
  • How Do You Work Out of Rest?

    Kevin Shorter
    18 Mar 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Original photos by Robert Maxton “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:9-11). “What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.” – (Ecclesiastes 2:22-23) The…
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  • Miracles in My Wedding Day

    Sean
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Although I know it may seem well nigh impossible for me to tell you that my wedding day was perfect, it truly was. We had 530 guests who attended our wedding. It was at the Bellevue Hotel in Alabang. The Grand Ballroom was packed with people. It was a very beautiful day. I never imagined this day would come so soon. Yet it has – and all that while I was still just 25 years old. Indeed, God provides. Here are some things that I’d like to remember about my wedding day because, as simple as they are, they are no less of a miracle for me. Zero Spoilage It was one of the most painful…
  • My Month 1 as a Married Woman

    Angelyn
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    I recently got married to a wonderful man. Ever since, many of our friends have been asking us how married life is and how we are.  And with God’s prompting, I decided to write this post to encourage and hopefully bless other women of what married life has been for me. A Dream Come True It all starts in the wedding. Most girls I know have their own version of a fairy tale wedding. Be it the color motif, theme, songs, entourage and the works on their most special day. Every girl wants and expects this day to be perfect. In fact, a lot of couples spend so much to make sure this happens.
  • The Knight in Battered Armor

    Sean
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:43 pm
    I wasn’t always like this. I remembered when I had my breastplate shined anew, my shield oiled, and my sword finely sharpened. Those were very fine days. Laid with ambition, I was ready to go out to battle imagining the glory and fame of the world outside. I was a fierce romantic. I set out marching, taking in the fields, the sun, the wind. It was a thing to behold. My journey is far and my quest is long. I have gone through years and years of hard-fought experience. Now here I am, a knight in battered armor. The shine of my suit has left me. My shield has bent with heavy blows. The…
  • 5 Reasons why you should get Married

    Sean
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:37 pm
    This is not to say that a lot of people don’t want to get married. However in our day and age, there is an ongoing trend of delaying tying the knot and saying “I do“. It’s as if it’s a bad thing to declare your life-long love to the person you want to spend it with. Webmaster’s Note: This is my first entry here coming from my honeymoon break. I’ve learned and realized some things that I wish to impart to you. 1) It’s not as Bad as you Think In fact, it’s not bad at all! There’s a promise attached to it in the Bible which says:…
  • Goodbye to the Single Life

    Sean
    21 Feb 2014 | 2:41 am
    I’ll surely miss you, you know? We’ve had awesome times together you and me. Scuba diving, going out with friends, playing computer games and sports. Never thought it’d be this day. The thing is, I’m quite happy about it. Growing up, I always saw myself as the knight in shining armor type. Someone who would be the go-getter of the damsel in distress. You could say I was a romantic – perhaps in a strange way since I’ve never had a girlfriend before I met my fiancee. FREEDOM – that’s the word that’s held so deeply by individuals today.
 
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  • 3 little words. 1 big impact.

    ForgottenVoices
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36     Home based care.  3 little words. 1 big impact. When I think about all the different ways our local church partnerships in southern Africa are meeting the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children, Home Based Care definitely encompasses the broadest range of services.   Cleaning homes when…
  • This was a day that taught me to believe

    Ryan
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I remember the look of his tired eyes. Fibion, a pastor in Zimbabwe, had just buried his 6th person in the month, with more to be buried soon. It was in 2005 and I couldn’t stop being overwhelmed for him. I listened to him intensely. My friends and I were exploring starting a ministry that would become Forgotten Voices and this is was the kind of guy who we wanted to help, but also the kind of guy I needed to learn from. Pastors who were constantly on their knees, waiting for who? I loved God, but this was a whole new level of faith. His eyes and soul just seemed so tired. Here was a man…
  • Feature Partner: volunteers at Ndeke Evangelical Church

    Ellen
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    As April (hopefully!) brings signs of Spring, it also brings a celebration of volunteer service and the incredible impact it can have. From the very beginning, we’ve said that volunteers are at the heart of our ministry. This has been true for many reasons. It began with seeing care for orphaned and vulnerable children being carried out across Zimabwe and Zambia, quite often, by dedicated volunteers.    Ndeke Evangelical Church of Zambia is an excellent example of this. Their Home Based Care ministry is a vital part of their outreach to children. Pastor Vincent says, “We started by…
  • Come to Our House!

    ForgottenVoices
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:18 am
    Come to Our House! May 9th. 7pm-9pm. We would love for you to enjoy a bit of food and music in our living room and hear about our work in the past year, as well as plans for the future. Bring a friend and introduce them to the family! Admission is free. RSVP here by May 2nd. We hope to see you there!      
  • Prayers from my wife – unexpected surprises

    Ryan
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:46 pm
    My wife and I have 2 precious daughters. Avery is here with us on her 2nd birthday. Prayers from my wife are always treasured. This afternoon, my incredible wife had the opportunity to speak with some women today and share the story of Forgotten Voices, as well as her  journey of being married to me. Oh to be a fly on the wall. What it is like to be married to a guy who travels so far and experiences so much and how we do life and ministry together as a family, amidst the pain and hope. She’s doing a series of these little gatherings of 10-15 women, quite a few times throughout…
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  • It’s all Goode

    Adin Walls
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    I’d love to say Roger Goode and I were best mates at Fish Hoek High School, and say that I always knew he would be a success. Honestly, I don’t think we cared much for each other at school. But I am pretty inspired by what he has done and his recent success. I recall our matric play, written and directed by Roger. It was everything you get today in his radio shows, a bit ridiculous, but totally engaging and charming. What’s inspiring about the Roger Goode story is that he has remained true to what he loves and wants to do with his life. I guess, perhaps, he wanted to be a…
  • Win a R2500 fashion voucher from MrP

    Adin Walls
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:17 am
    Calling all people who wear clothes! In a drive to promote their online presence Mr Price are running a promotion which stands you in the running for a R2500 fashion voucher. What’s interesting, and I had no idea of this, is that Mr Price are now an online shopping experience. If you’re like me, stores are a place you go to lose a little bit of your soul. So the idea of everyday value clothing which you can buy online is pretty cool indeed. It’s an online competition so I think all they’re really after are your personal particulars. So you all you need to do is click…
  • My latest music videos

    Adin Walls
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:58 am
    Okay well they’re not so much music videos as they are video blogs. I am recording my songs in video format as I get the time. I am especially excited about the song, She moves me, so please check that one out.
  • If anyone can do it, Gareth can.

    Adin Walls
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    I said to my wife on 31 March, “Gareth’s gonna start a new radio station, that’s what I would do.” I’m not sure if the big reveal for Gareth’s new venture will show that he is starting an internet radio station, but given the Telkom-esque monopoly the SABC has on the radio waves, I can’t see it going any other way. And if anyone is to make a proper go of internet radio, Gareth is the guy. I’ve tried the two big ones – 2 Oceans Vibe and Ballz (what a name eh?) but I have not been convinced. 2 Ocean’s Vibe has got a bit of a…
  • My wife is not inferior… and neither are you.

    Adin Walls
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    We regularly get comments as adoptive parents that imply that, specifically my wife, is an inferior parent and sometimes even an inferior woman. Comments that go along the lines of ” when you have your own kids you will understand” and a line of questioning that is clearly geared to focus on how adopting was an easy route around not being “proper” parents. Which, if you’re reasonable, is obviously quite silly. I have mentioned in a previous post that while people may feel this way, we are indeed proper parents and Alouette is our “real” daughter.
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  • How Should We Relate to the Poor?

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Pro_14:31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. I've been thinking a lot about the poor this week, mainly because one of the texts I will teach this coming Lord's Day.   How should we in the church relate to the poor in particular. Bottom line? If you survey the passages that address how we in the church should respond to those in our midst who are poor, you find one response - generosity! We are to be generous to those among us who have less in this world. Period.The Lord tells us that when we give to the poor, we lend to…
  • The Lord Gives Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom

    6 Apr 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Just a quick meditation from today's service. Spiritual knowledge, understanding and wisdom come directly from the Lord himself, through the preaching and teaching of his word. These are all contained in Christ. We are told in Col 2:3 that in Christ "...are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."These things are "hidden."  They are hidden from the world, and even hidden from our own intellect, our own abilities, our own skills. They only become known when the Lord reveals them himself. Pro 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and…
  • What is the purpose of the Sabbath Day?

    9 Mar 2014 | 7:47 am
    Mar 2:27  And he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.The Pharisees got it wrong, and because they got it wrong, their conclusions regarding it and their application of it were wrong too. Many today get it wrong as well.  I am referring to the Sabbath Day.If you don't understand the original purpose of the Sabbath Day, you will likely make wrong conclusions about the application of it today. When the Pharisees did this, Jesus pointed them right back to the beginning, by telling them that "The Sabbath was made for man..." meaning it was made for the…
  • Seven Truths about True Believers in (or Disciples of) Christ

    1 Feb 2014 | 8:35 am
    Seven Truths about True Believers in (or Disciples of) Christ There are certainly more than seven truths about true believers in (or disciples of) Christ, but these are a good start.  They demonstrate why churches must purposefully engage in relational disciple training (obedience-based disciple training) in ministry. 1. True believers in (or disciples of) Christ are learning to obey all the commandments of Christ."...teaching them (disciples) to observe all that I commanded."  Matt 28:20   "And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his…
  • In the Case of Edward, the Newly Purchased Slave of Christ‏

    28 Sep 2013 | 12:27 pm
    Joh_13:34    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.Edward is a 27 year old man, married, with no children. He works at a local bank.  He has been attending a local church for a while, and one day, by the grace and power of God alone, he hears the word of God (Romans 10:17) and is granted faith in Christ (Phil 1:29). Instantly he is raised from the dead (Eph 1:4-5), justified  (Romans 3:28),  forgiven of all his sins (Acts 10:43), washed (1 Cor 6:11),  clothed (Rev…
 
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    Ruminate Magazine

  • Notes on the Naming of a Daughter: A Mini-Manifesto on Myth

    Josh MacIvor-Andersen
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Our little girl was born at home, “from water to water,” as my wife says, safe and sound and all systems go. Weeks later we faced blank lines on a birth certificate, which meant we had to end a decade-long conversation on girl names. Four simple syllables have never given us more trouble. There were, of course, those colossal six in our last name—that gangly hyphen, the extra capitalized I—but this felt different. Even more loaded. This, after all, is a little girl entering a world that still tilts heavily towards injustice, inequality, and ambivalence  against her sex, a little girl…
  • Jeanne Murray Walker to Judge Ruminate’s 2014 Poetry Prize

    Brianna Van Dyke
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Jeanne Murray Walker, poet, playwright, and teacher, lives with her husband, Dan Larkin, a lawyer, outside Philadelphia. They are the parents of two children, Molly and Jack, and they have three grandchildren. Born in a village in northern Minnesota, Jeanne attended Wheaton College (Chicago) and earned a PhD in English at The University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of seven books of poetry, including A Deed to the Light, Coming into History, and New Tracks, Night Falling. Her poetry and essays have appeared numerous journals, including Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, Christian Century,…
  • Review: Asaph by Loud Harp

    Chris Hess
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Movement. Over oceans and over states lines. Airplanes in the sky and hitchhikers on the shoulder. Movement in our hearts and the movement of our feet. The bus to get across town and the train to get out of it. Towards or away. The road and the path. Travel and sojourn. We’ve all heard there’s somewhere we ought to be – on our own or with other pilgrims. Asaph – the new album from Loud Harp (out April 8) – is born of movement, found in the space of time on the road. One band member (Dave Wilton of A Boy And His Kite) driving while the other (Asher Seevinck of…
  • Peace at the Bottom of an Exhale

    Aubrey Allison
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Now I wear this coat, silently making myself all over again, shaped into a figure beside the red water, watching the sun rise, the green coat over my shoulders, hearing each step confirm my place… —”Overcoat” by V.P. Loggins in Ruminate issue 28 When I was in college I had a friend who used the word “peace” in a way that annoyed me. “I prayed on it and God just gave me a peace about it,” she would say. One of our friends, a new Christian, asked us how do we know if we’re making a decision based on what God wants, or what we ourselves want? “Well, just see if…
  • Spring Retreats

    Brianna Van Dyke
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Join us for our spring retreats in the Ruminate Barn in Fort Collins, Colorado. All readers, writers, artists, poets, prayer-seekers, contemplatives, rest-seekers, and anyone who wants to do a little Ruminating are welcome! All the info can be found here.
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  • Traveling with Saints

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    Traveling with Saints By Edward M. Dougherty, M.M. Maryknoll Superior General reflects on how two popes to be canonized this spring have influenced his life. Few people ever get the chance to travel with a saint. I did! In September 1988 I was in the contingent of international church people and journalists that accompanied Pope John Paul II on his fourth pastoral visit to Africa. When Pope Francis recently announced that he would canonize Pope John Paul along with Pope John XXIII on April 27, I was elated and relived my up close and personal encounter with Pope John Paul. I can still recall…
  • Kingdom Racing Finishes Fifth Place, Spreads God’s Word at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:53 pm
    LONG BEACH, Calif., April 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Kingdom Racing, along with Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports, finished fifth place in the VERIZON INDYCAR Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with Simon Pagenaud behind the wheel of the No. 77 car. Pagenaud started in sixth place and after an on-track incident landed him in 21st place, he fought his way back to the top. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. This was the scripture verse (Jeremiah 29:11) given to Simon before the…
  • CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER TURNED CHRISTIAN EVANGELIST LAUNCHES NEW BOOK TO INSPIRE GREATNESS IN OTHERS

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    From the pulpit to Capitol Hill Frank Shelton has seen people in a variety of fields rise to levels they never imagined. He has heard from many of them and in some cases witnessed first hand the role their Christian Faith played in their success.On April 29th. His book hits the shelves. The book is packed with fifteen chapters and powerful examples of the greatness that God desposited in each of us. GOD MAKES NO JUNK and we are made in His image! Shelton tells his readers. The book’s powerful illustrations of patriotism, prayer and perseverance will help you find your purpose and…
  • Viguerie Book TAKEOVER Rockets to #1 on Amazon Political Parties List

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Maps Battle Plan for Conservative Victory in GOP Civil War It’s the Primaries, Stupid! Argues Viguerie.   MANASSAS, Va., April 9, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ – TAKEOVER, the latest book by conservative direct marketing pioneer and author Richard A. Viguerie was released April 8 and within hours hit #1 on Amazon’s Political Parties list. In TAKEOVER Viguerie makes the case that the most important battle in politics today isn’t between Democrats and Republicans – it is the civil war within the Republican Party between limited government constitutional…
  • Chrisagis Brothers Bringing Love & Laughter to the World

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    YORKVILLE, Ohio, April 2, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Brian & Shawn Chrisagis known as the Dynamic Duo in Christian circles bring love and laughter to everyone they touch. The internationally known twins are not only working with David Leepson, an award winning reality TV producer, but working with Burton Gaar a booking agent and manager to help get them on tour in the year ahead. The brothers have caught the eye of several TV producers who tried to turn them into reality TV stars. The Chrisagis Brothers have pursued their dream and calling from the Lord since they were young and…
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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

  • Let This Easter Song Wake You Up

    Steve Fuller
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Spiritually Asleep? It’s easy to get there. Recent discouragements, guilt over sin, being distracted by the world’s promises – all of these and more can cause spiritual snoozing. So how can we tell when that’s happening? Dead giveaways for me are – Lukewarm love for Christ Dull prayer and Bible reading No passion for Jesus’ glory Wimpy battle against sin Little care for fellow believers Apathy towards the lost What Can We Do? Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:14 – “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Notice that the way to overcome…
  • Where Can I Find Peace?

    Steve Fuller
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Where to Find Peace? We often face situations whose outcomes could be painful – like unemployment, health problems, or heartache. At the same time, we know God promises to give us peace (Isaiah 26:3; Romans 15:13; Philippians 4:6-7). But how is that possible?  How can God give us peace, when we know that what we face might be painful? Not-So-Helpful Answers We can think God gives peace by telling us to believe that everything will be OK, which we think means painful things won’t happen. But while God can keep painful events from happening, he does not always do this. So what good is…
  • My Battle with Fear

    Steve Fuller
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Gripped by Fear To avoid future strokes I had a hole in my heart closed up with a 25 millimeter patch of high-tech cloth developed by NASA that was put into my heart through a blood vessel in my leg.  Amazing. The procedure went well, and I was released yesterday afternoon, feeling thankful, peaceful, and glad to have that behind me. But when I got home all of a sudden, out of nowhere, I was barraged with fears. What to Do I feared a future stroke.  That the 25 millimeter patch would dislodge.  That the incision in my upper leg through which they did all this would tear open and I’d…
  • A Worship Song for Those with Unanswered Prayer

    Steve Fuller
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Unanswered Prayer Last week I wrote a blog post in which I shared promises that strengthen my faith when I have unanswered prayer. So today, I thought I would follow-up by sharing a worship song by Shane and Shane based on Psalm 13. Two Dangers When we pray about something important to us, without receiving an answer from God, we face two dangers. One is that we turn to God with a bitter heart.  In this case, it’s good that we are turning to God and praying. But our bitterness shows that we are no longer trusting God’s wisdom, goodness, and power.  Instead, we are believing that we…
  • Don’t Settle for “God OUGHT to Be My Satisfaction”

    Steve Fuller
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Weekend Reading Last weekend I was reading a new book about the Gospel. The author talks about how, when he gets angry, it’s often because he is not receiving admiration from others. Then he digs deeper, and says the root problem is that he’s not seeing God himself as being enough satisfaction, which is why he then looks to other people’s admiration to satisfy him. That is so biblical, so God-centered, and so helpful. But then (at least as far as I have read) it looks like he stops there — leaving us feeling guilty that God is not enough satisfaction for us, and not…
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • 10 Things Pastors Hate To Admit Publicly

    Rey Lo
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Originally posted on pastormatt.tv:When Ellen and I were first married ministry was not our 20-year plan, the Navy was. We had it all planned out; we were to spend the next 20 years with me being gone for 15. The Navy explained to my sweet new bride how grueling it would be, that…
  • Guest blog: Why I love musicians

    Rey Lo
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    I’m very excited to introduce you to guest blogger Lynnwood King. He is the front man for the rock bands, The Heroine and The Revival. He’s a high energy, fully-charged vocalist with a heart for artists that is unmatched.  I have had the privilege of working with some amazing talent from our city over the years. In […]
  • Guest post: Faith and Science

    Rey Lo
    8 Feb 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I’d like you to meet my friend and today’s guest blogger, Jackie Williams. She lives in Toledo, Ohio, where she was born and raised. She is happily married with four great kids. I LOVE science. Always have and always will. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an astronaut. Still do. Bill Nye […]
  • What I’ve taught my kids (I hope)

    Rey Lo
    1 Feb 2014 | 10:21 am
    We’re not a perfect family by any stretch. We’re not the most organized, we disagree, we spend too much time in front of our private screens and eat more meals apart from one another than I’d like. We also laugh a lot, have been to hell and back, take great vacations and do some pretty […]
  • Guest post: “Dear Teenage Punk…”

    Rey Lo
    28 Jan 2014 | 4:30 am
    I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Shad Purcell, whose voice I hope we get to hear from time to time on this site. Shad is married to April and they have two sons, Samuel and Cooper. He is an avid runner, fantastic communicator and former teenage punk.       Dear Teenage Punk, […]
 
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    The Book

  • 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 … Continue reading →
  • Lovingkindness: For God so Loved (John 3:16-3:21)

    Daniel
    26 Jan 2014 | 1:51 pm
         There is no greater display of the love of God than the gift of Jesus Christ, his only Son. It is an act of tremendous mercy that those who believe in Christ shall have eternal life. God did not send Jesus to judge the world, in which case the world would indeed be … Continue reading →
  • Lovingkindness: By God’s Mercy (Titus 3:3-7)

    Daniel
    12 Jan 2014 | 4:59 pm
    In this passage from his letter to Titus, Paul addressed the command for followers of Christ to be peaceable and gentle to all men, including the unbelievers. Paul stated that all believers were once to enslaved by sin and the world. It is only by the lovingkindness of God that mankind was saved. It was … Continue reading →
  • Lovingkindness: Reading, Psalm 136

    Daniel
    8 Jan 2014 | 10:01 am
    Psalm 136 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 136 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 4 To Him who alone does great wonders, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; 5 To Him who made the heavens with … Continue reading →
  • Lovingkindness: The Messiah (Psalm 118:22-29)

    Daniel
    4 Jan 2014 | 9:34 am
    The Psalmist David, speaks of his own redemption and exaltation by God, in the midst of his troubled life. He acknowledges it to be the work of God, and marvels at God’s wondrous plans. It is a wonderful day that God displays his lovingkindness. The Psalmist is exuberant with joy.  The Lord has made this … Continue reading →
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    The New Life In Christ

  • Emmanuel TV "Changing lives, Changing Nations, Changing the World"

    John Luke
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    Emmanuel TV "Changing lives, Changing Nations, Changing the World"
  • The Battle

    John Luke
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Td Jakes
  • ORDER MY STEPS By Nicholas Duncan-Williams

    John Luke
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    Nicholas Duncan-Williams
  • Dream Great Dreams

    John Luke
    20 Mar 2014 | 11:28 am
     how do i know god
  • Wrestling Before God

    John Luke
    16 Dec 2013 | 11:01 am
    Take up the whole armor of God . . . praying always . . . —Ephesians 6:13,18 You must learn to wrestle against the things that hinder your communication with God, and wrestle in prayer for other people; but to wrestle with God in prayer is unscriptural. If you ever do wrestle with God, you will be crippled for the rest of your life. If you grab hold of God and wrestle with Him, as Jacob did, simply because He is working in a way that doesn’t meet with your approval, you force Him to put you out of joint (see Genesis 32:24-25). Don’t become a cripple by wrestling with the ways of…
 
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    preaching.org » Blog Comments

  • Moved or Removed: Managing Emotional and Exegetical Distance

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

    Kenton Anderson
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:26 am
    Someone recently told me that they like the way I “break the fourth wall” when I preach. That sounded kind of cool, so I immediately had to go and find out what he meant by it. Turns out, this is … Continue reading →
  • Best PowerPoint Practices for Preaching

    Kenton Anderson
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:13 pm
    A couple of days ago I posted on the limitations of using PowerPoint as it relates to retention in preaching. That post led to a record number of page views for this website. Clearly, many people are interested in this … Continue reading →
  • Does Powerpoint Increase Retention?

    Kenton Anderson
    28 Feb 2014 | 5:01 pm
    You have all heard the statistics – that listeners retain only 10% of what they hear, 20% of what they see, but more than 30% of what they see and hear, or something along those lines. People use this as … Continue reading →
  • No One Prefers Video Preaching

    Kenton Anderson
    20 Feb 2014 | 8:28 pm
    One of the fastest growing trends in recent years has been the move toward video-venue preaching. On one hand, this is an effective way of improving the quality of preaching that people hear. It is not a bad thing to … Continue reading →
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    A Life of Gratitude

  • The good news of Good Friday

    Tori Shaw
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Good Friday is the day we celebrate the death of our Lord and Savior. So why do we call it good? What He endured was far from good. Crucifixion was a gruesome, horrible way to die. I can't even... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Washing the feet of others....

    Tori Shaw
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
     "Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God.  So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Shaving cream and food coloring!

    Tori Shaw
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:04 pm
    In celebration of Easter we dyed eggs this evening. We usually use the little kits that mix with vinegar but since I knew Evan would really want to participate this year, I was excited to find an... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Hosanna!

    Tori Shaw
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Tonight our little family celebrated Palm Sunday with a special family devotion activity. Every year during the week before Easter, I like to spend our family devotion time focusing on Jesus' life,... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Under Contract!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tori Shaw
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:07 pm
    This has been quite the week for the Shaw family! On Wednesday my worker's comp case was put to rest, on Friday we placed an offer on the perfect house for our family and today we made an agreement... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
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    Latest content from FaithVillage

  • Where to Find the Associate Pastor You Need

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:55 pm
    by Alan Rudnick with AlanRudnick.org The role of the associate pastor or minister is one that many churches think they cannot afford. In reality, the are a variety of ministry callings that do not involve staffing a full-time pastor or minister. In many cases, the associate pastor or minister can be found in their church. As church budgets get tighter, congregations struggle to use lay people to meet the needs of church goers. This model can be effective, but there are particular situations where a church needs an associate pastor. The typical indicator of the need for staffing another…
  • When Starting Small Groups, Enter Through the Gates

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:55 pm
    by Andrew Mason with SmallGroupChurches.com In biblical times, the city “gates” were the first place of entry into a city. Even though this put the gates on the outer rim of a city’s geography, make no mistake about it: the gates were the center of city life. If you’re a new Small Group Point Person (staff or volunteer), you need to know where the gates of your church are, and then you need to enter through them first. What do I mean by “enter?” What I mean is, you need to initiate your vision for small group ministry through the gates of your church. Scripture writers often…
  • 'On Preaching' | H.B. Charles Jr. [Book Review]

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:55 pm
    by Conrade Yap with BookSaint.blogpost.com What is biblical preaching? Is it necessary for a preacher or preacher-to-be to go to seminary? How can one get ready for preaching each and every week? What about taking a sabbatical from preaching? What has prayer got to do with preaching? These questions and many more are dealt with in On Preaching, a very down-to-earth treatment of all things preaching. Broadly framed in three parts, the book's central conviction is that preaching is such a huge privilege that it cannot be taken for granted. In talking about the three kinds of preachers, the most…
  • How to Keep Your Small Groups from Fizzling

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:55 pm
    by Andy Blanks with YouthMinistry360.org The Fizzle. We've all been there. What starts out as a strong small group hits a few bumps in the road. Maybe a sports season causes a drop in attendance. Maybe you have personal stuff that causes you to miss a few times. Maybe you struggle gaining back your momentum after the holidays. Whatever the case, oftentimes these little "bumps" begin to add up. And next thing you know, what was a meaningful gathering turns into drudgery. You've fizzled. And if you've been there, it's no fun. But it doesn't have to be that way. There are things we can do to…
  • 'Go and Sin No More?' That's Impossible!

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:55 pm
    by Jeremy Myers with TillHeComes.org A reader recently sent in this astute question: Why does Jesus tell people to “Go and sin no more” when He knew it was basically impossible for them to stop sinning? This is a great question, and one that has been cropping up a lot in the comments on my blog recently. For example, check out some of the comments in my post about “How do I stop sinning?” “Go and Sin No More” Disclaimers Before I attempt to answer this important question about what Jesus means when He says “go and sin no more,” let me state two disclaimers. Yes, I know that…
 
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    Global Church

  • Help for New Christians Leading New Churches in Asia

    Craig
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    “I travel to more than 12 rural villages to preach the Gospel. In the past five years, 60 people have accepted the Lord and been baptized.” Pastor Sanjeev. Sanjeev is a Nepali pastor who received an SD card chock full of discipleship resources from David C Cook at an event launching an outreach in Nepal. We expected less than hundred people to show up, so we were surprised to see more than 600 pastors, evangelists, and lay leaders pack into a small stone church. Some like Sanjeev made a two-day journey from the country’s interior to receive an SD card. Our lives are full and often…
  • Answered Prayer for Training in South Sudan

    Craig
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:32 am
    A couple of weeks ago we asked for prayer for a special training of Sudanese pastors and children’s ministers who are called tor reach some 300,000 elementary-age children in refugee camps. Now they’re equipped with the Children-at-Risk program (whole life discipleship – life skills, character development, spiritual formation… soul care), and ready to go. Here is the report. North and South Sudan are countries of great misery. Civil war, famine, religious persecution, genocide and atrocities of all kinds against civilians have kept mass groups of people living in fear and on the run.
  • Miracle in a Trash Dump

    Craig
    13 Mar 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Bad news clogs the airwaves these days. Fatigue has crept in as wars, civil unrest, persecution, and families torn apart vie for our attention. Yet in the midst of chaos, God is still in control and still performing miracles. Eleven year-old Sindhu is one of those miracles. She lives among the 1.7 million people who dwell in slums in Hyderabad, India. Yet Sindhu is not invisible to the God of the universe. She is a daughter of the King. Sindhu comes from a home where Hindu gods are feared. Her father was struck by tuberculosis; her mother supports the family by picking through trash in a…
  • Urgent Prayer Request for Outreach in South Sudan and Uganda

    Craig
    19 Feb 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The eight-year old girl painfully recounted losing her mother, father, brother, sister, and grandparents. She witnessed her mother’s shooting. She cried when she spoke of a dream where her mother cooked her a meal. Then she put her hands together and prayed to God. This young girl’s interview recently aired on NBC Nightly News. She now lives in a refugee camp with a great aunt, her only living relative. Nearly one million men, women, and children have fled the violence that broke out on December 15 in Juba, South Sudan’s capital city. Most have ended up in refugee camps in South Sudan…
  • Jesus’ Smallest Fans in Pakistan

    Craig
    28 Jan 2014 | 9:52 am
    Ruby. Tania. Asif. Anwar. Fulshan. These are fans of Jesus. They are children who live in Pakistan and recently came across some really great news. All of these children—and many more like them—learned about Jesus through the Story of Jesus evangelistic booklet in Urdu, produced by David C Cook and shared one on one throughout Pakistan. The Story of Jesus is an evangelistic booklet hand-drawn by renowned Marvel and DC Comics artist, Sergio Cariello. Since 2011, 38,812,000 have been distributed in 71 nations and 49 languages. This includes 8 of the top 10 countries where Christians face…
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    CHRISTIANITY Every Day

  • Wait on the Lord

    Pamela Rose Williams
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Are you waiting on the Lord for something? Have you considered what the Bible says about waiting? Take a look at some of the things that Pamela Rose found.
  • Louisiana and the Bible as Official State Book

    News
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Louisiana is a step closer to making the Holy Bible its official state book after the House Committee approved the legislation.
  • Dolphin Tale 2 – Sneak Peek

    Pamela Rose Williams
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    “Dolphin Tale 2” is the sequel to the successful 2011 family film “Dolphin Tale.” Here is a sneak peak for the movie that will be in theaters September 19, 2014.
  • Boy in Tennessee Told Can’t Read Bible in After School Program

    News
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Staff of the REACH (after school program in Tennessee) reportedly told the boy that he could not read the Bible during a free-reading period.
  • Hollie’s Irish Smoothie

    Pamela Rose Williams
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Here is a recipe for a healthy and GREEN smoothie.
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    Eric Metaxas

  • Abilene, Texas

    Ryan Hoover
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    Eric will speak to the Abilene Christian University community at 11 AM on April 11, 2013.
  • Fort Worth, Texas

    Ryan Hoover
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Eric will be speaking at the Fort Worth Club in a private event hosted by the Club.
  • Fort Worth, Texas

    Ryan Hoover
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Eric will be the keynote speaker at the Christian Prayer Breakfast of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, on the morning of April 10th, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. To reserve your ticket or sponsor a table, visit the event website.
  • Dallas, Texas

    Ryan Hoover
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    Eric will be the keynote speaker at the Dallas Christian Leadership Prayer Breakfast in downtown Dallas’s Anatole Hilton Hotel. This annual event will begin at 7:30 am, and Eric will be signing books afterward. More details to come.
  • Atlanta, Georgia

    Abbson LLC
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Online Simulcast: Science and Faith: Are They Really In Conflict? Eric is joining renowned Oxford University professor John Lennox and bestselling author Stephen Meyer for this online simulcast event, discussing the intersection between science and faith.  Churches and other groups should register at www.incastevents.com/science.
 
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • I might be willing to reconsider church hierarchies, if…

    Miguel
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    If you’ve read some of my writings, you know I’m sort of critical on hierarchical systems within the Church. There are many reasons for this, but primarily, those reasons are  centered on Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 20:25, 26 and Mark 10:42,43: If these verses were to be combined, it might read something like this: “You know that those considered rulers of the unbelievers use their self-given authority to dominate or lord over others, then their higher officials exercise authority over them, and so on… It shouldn’t be that way among you. Instead, whoever wants to become great…
  • Slipstream Mission

    Miguel
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    A slipstream is a region behind a moving object in which a wake of fluid (typically air or water) is moving at velocities comparable to the moving object. Think of it as a wake with momentum. This momentum is powerful, often chaotic, and sometimes dangerous. Many would suppose to draft behind such movements to take advantage of the speed and power already forged by the original mover. Sometimes it make sense to do so, other times, it can be catastrophic. When it comes to mission movements, some are intuitive and can “jump in where God is already moving.” Others, spend inordinate amounts…
  • So, What’s Wrong With The Epistles?

    Miguel
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    “Key to encountering the biblical Jesus is a step that many Christians seem to find painful, that is, our preparedness to read the Gospels in order to emulate Jesus.” Alan Hirsch & Michael Frost in “ReJesus” (p. 17) I get it, I really do.  So much has been made, or should I say “derived” from the writings of Paul, John, Peter, James, and others in the New Testament.  I also understand that some doctrines are developed to the exclusion of Gospels, but that doesn’t make the outer-gospel texts any less inspired, important, or indispensable.  Does it? The…
  • A Prayer To Use BEFORE You Evangelize

    Miguel
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    The Church is infamous for using what some call “The Sinner’s Prayer.”  It is often a prayer used to “seal the evangelism deal.”  While extremely effective in producing short-lived converts, it remains disastrous in making life long disciples.  In my upcoming book “The Gospel Rock in my Pocket,” I use an unconventional process for beginning an evangelism/discipleship journey with people you know, and those you might not know so well. The entire process for a new evangelism encounter begins with Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for…
  • Organic Theology?

    Miguel
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    Systematic theology can be defined as “any study that answers the question, ‘What does the whole Bible teach us today?’ about any given topic.” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, 21.)  While some say that his definition is over-simplistic, it helps us to differentiate between systematic approaches to theology and others.  Because the “whole bible” already exists, we can systematically approach a subject like Sin, Salvation, or God’s Kingdom, and break them off into study-able little chunks from which to make conclusions or propositions. There has…
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    Blasts From The Trumpet

  • PASSOVER From the 7th Day to the Eighth: Be Set Free

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    In Leviticus 23:2 the Lord says “these are my Holy Convocations, these are My feasts” and He lists them. The food served at these feasts is not food for the body, but food for our minds. Continue reading →
  • Enforcing Christ’s Victory to Earth: Part 4

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Creation depends on us and eagerly waits for us to us to grow in knowledge, mature to the place we are ready for the final harvest. Continue reading →
  • Enforcing Christ’s Victory to Earth: Part 3

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    17 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    God's house, like any household, has rules laid down by the Father for the good of His children. One of those rules states we must come to dinner at His designated time and eat all of what He has ordered to be served. Continue reading →
  • Enforcing Christ’s Victory to Earth: Part 2

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    We can see why unless born again there is no hope of returning to the image of God as in our beginning. Let's face it, man is a mixed species. We did not remain after our own kind. Continue reading →
  • Enforcing Christ’s Victory to Earth: Part 1

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    17 Feb 2014 | 12:00 am
    Not satisfied with good, man wanted to know evil therefore choosing the Tree of Good and Evil over the Tree of Life. They became fruit of the tree they chose. Continue reading →
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    Life Above Fear

  • When He Saw… He Was Afraid

    David
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Suggested Scripture reading – Matthew 14:22 -31 It had been a long drive for the missionary. He was visiting supporting churches and was scheduled to speak at a church on the eastern shore of Maryland the next day. He had driven several hundred miles and was ...
  • Fear Not: God Is Our Refuge

    David
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear.” Psalm 46:1-2 The wind was picking up quickly as we made our way to the safe house into which the people of our church were gathering. Hurricane Georges, a ...
  • Fear Not: Believe Only

    David
    25 Jan 2014 | 7:07 pm
    “But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only and she shall be made whole.” Suggested Scripture reading – Luke 8:40 – 50 Tom had not been able to get them out of his mind. A missionary had come to his church recently ...
  • Fear Not To Take Unto Thee Mary Thy Wife

    David
    16 Jan 2014 | 4:40 am
    “Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with chi;d of the Holy Ghost. . . . While he [Joseph] thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of ...
  • Fear Not, For The Prayer Is Heard

    David
    30 Dec 2013 | 9:52 pm
    “And when Zacharias saw him [the angel, Gabriel] he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son.” Luke 1: 12-13 Suggested Scripture reading – ...
 
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    Ananēphō Living Ministry

  • Recovery In The Wilderness

    Wade H.
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Numbers 14:1-4 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) – 1 Then all the people in the Israelite community raised their voices and cried out loud all that night. 2 They complained to Moses and Aaron, “If only we had died in Egypt or this desert! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us to this land—just to have […]
  • A Christmas Story – The Hidden Story of Humility

    Wade H.
    25 Dec 2012 | 12:54 pm
    A Christmas Story – The Hidden Story of Humility James 4:6 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)  -  6 But God shows us even more kindness. Scripture says, “God opposes arrogant people, but he is kind to humble people.” 1 Peter 5:6 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)  -  6 Be humbled by God’s power so that when the right time comes […]
  • James and the Recovery Life Part 9 – Self-focus and Unanswered Prayer

    Wade H.
    10 Nov 2012 | 2:43 am
      James and the Recovery Life Part 9 - Self-focus and Unanswered Prayer James 4:1-3 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) – 4What causes fights and quarrels among you? Aren’t they caused by the selfish desires that fight to control you? 2You want what you don’t have, so you commit murder. You’re determined to have things, but […]
  • James and the Recovery Life pt. 8 – Arguing and Fighting With Others (Really Yourself)

    Wade H.
    17 Oct 2012 | 6:19 pm
    James and the Recovery Life pt. 8 – Arguing and Fighting With Others (Really Yourself) James 4:1 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) - What causes fights and quarrels among you? Aren’t they caused by the selfish desires that fight to control you? This is a concept that is often completely overlooked or avoided.  If you are […]
  • James and the Recovery Life pt. 7 – The Fire-Breathing Evil Within

    Wade H.
    19 Sep 2012 | 10:24 pm
    James and the Recovery Life pt. 7 – The Fire-Breathing Evil Within James 3:2 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)  -  2 All of us make a lot of mistakes. If someone doesn’t make any mistakes when he speaks, he would be perfect. He would be able to control everything he does. Your mouth is a mistake-making […]
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    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog

  • Tim Keller on Freedom

    Mark McIntyre
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture “Luther preached that there was nothing more important for a person than to see that he or she could contribute nothing whatsoever to one’s own salvation. We can be fully accepted and counted legally righteous in God’s sight through faith in Christ, solely by free grace. To understand and grasp this is to finally know freedom from the crushing burden of proving yourself – to society, family, other people, or even to yourself. It means freedom from fear of the future, from any…
  • Every good endeavor

    Mark McIntyre
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:03 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture “If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavor, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever. That is what the Christian faith promises.” Tim Keller in Every Good Endeavor © copyright 2013 – All rights reserved – Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog
  • Go and sin boldly

    Mark McIntyre
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture Recently I Tweeted this out: “If Easter is not history, we must become cynics.” – Brennan Manning This quote was taken from Brennan’s book, Ruthless Trust. As I recall (I don’t have the book with me right now), the point is that if the resurrection did not happen there is no hope for humanity. There comes a point at which we must choose to believe the evidence we have. It is no good putting off the decision until there is no choice but to believe. God does not work that…
  • Foolish and slow of heart

    Mark McIntyre
    22 Mar 2014 | 4:41 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture Two guys were walking along a road, talking about the events leading up to the crucifixion of the one they thought would restore the nation of Israel. The theme of their discussion is that things did not work out the way they expected them to. Along comes a stranger that they later figure out was Jesus himself. Luke 24:18 records the question they asked Jesus before they knew who he was: “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these…
  • Encourage one another?

    Mark McIntyre
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:02 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture Sometimes when we try to encourage someone the encouragement we are trying to provide has the opposite effect. I can think of three reasons why this may be the case. We may not adequately convey the message of encouragement due to poor communication We may misunderstand our friend’s situation and offer a response that does not fit the need Sometimes, in our pride, we give the encouragement in such a way as to make ourselves look better than we really are When I am discouraged, I want to interact…
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    Before The Cross

  • Events of the Holy Week – Sunday

    Mike Mobley
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    Photo by Bakar_88 Mark 16:1-8 - When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to…
  • 50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

    Mike Mobley
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    “Why did Jesus have to die?” That is a pretty popular question we hear these days whether it is from believers or non believers. It typically falls in line with some way of thinking that “if God is so powerful, then surely He wouldn’t have to sacrifice His son, right?” What often gets missed in the midst of these question is an accurate reflection on just how sinful we are, and just how holy God is. For believers, there are times we forget our first love. For non believers, there is a misunderstanding of who Jesus is and what He has done. We are so sinful (me…
  • Events of the Holy Week – Friday

    Mike Mobley
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo by Bakar_88 Mark 14:43-52 - And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” And when he came, he went up to him at once and said,”Rabbi!” And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him. But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. And…
  • Events of the Holy Week – Thursday

    Mike Mobley
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Photo by Bakar_88 Mark 14:17-26 – “And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been…
  • Events of the Holy Week – Wednesday

    Mike Mobley
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Photo by Bakar_88 “And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet. And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.” – Luke 21:37-38 Jesus continues teaching daily in the temple.   It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.” – Mark 14:1-2 The chief priests were…
 
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    My Freshly Brewed Life

  • The Weekend Brew: The Resurrection And The Life

    Barbie
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    May you reflect today on the cross and His suffering. May you remember that He bore your sin and shame. May you be reminded of the cost of being His. May your eyes look to heaven and know, He is risen. Though days may be dark, He is the light. You may have experienced death — death of a dream, a promise, a loved one. May you rememberer the promise that is yours: The one who believes in me shall live, even though they die. He is the resurrection and the life. May you rise up from the ashes today, fill your lungs with the breath of God, and walk on. Wishing you and your family a joyous…
  • He Remembered Me

    Barbie
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    Do you ever have days where you feel unseen, forgotten, overlooked, unappreciated?  I’ve had more than my fair share of these days of late.  This pressing into Jesus, this seeking His face and determining to find my fulfillment in Him and Him alone, it’s a hard journey at times. The world would tell me that I crave man’s approval. The world would tell me that my eyes are for everything else but Him. The world would tell me that my time is better spent doing rather than being with Him. The world would tell me that my sin is too great, my shame too deep. I give in to the…
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    Interpulpit

  • What’s Your Story?

    Rick
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
      When Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the crowds shouted, “Hosanna!” (John 12:13). This means, “save” or “rescue,” and it was shouted in the form of praise to the One they believed would free them from the Roman occupation. Not long after that, however, they turned around and shouted, “Crucify Him!” They got their story wrong. Jesus didn’t come to set them free from the Romans, but to set them free from sin. Lots of people talk about Jesus, but do they have the story right? The Muslims think of Jesus as a prophet, but he is not on the same level they…
  • Pulling Down Strongholds

    Rick
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
      Are you being hindered by a stronghold? A stronghold is some form of spiritual opposition that seems impenetrable. It is often envisioned as demonic oppression that keeps an individual or a geographical area in misery or sin. There’s certainly something to that, but in 2Corinthians 10:4-5 it refers more to things that hold the mind captive. If the enemy can get you thinking contrary to the knowledge of God, he can keep you from the enjoyment and victory of a life in Christ. Those who know what’s going on can deal with the problem. For the weapons of our warfare are not…
  • Can You Lose Your Salvation?

    Rick
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Can you lose your salvation? Some say yes, and some say no. I think they’re both wrong. The church has made this more difficult than it should be.   Salvation is through faith, and because of grace, God will never drop you. Never fear- If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1John 2:1). This is the good news of the Gospel! Jesus is a perfect Savior, and no matter how bad his people mess up, he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25)! However,…
  • Hope in the Word

    Rick
    24 Feb 2014 | 12:35 pm
      …In his word do I hope (Psalm 130:5) The title of this post may not seem to be terribly exciting, because it sounds like a religious cliché. We all know we’re supposed to place our hope in God and His Word, and it is easy to hear this and just respond with, “yes I know.” It’s like hearing, “God loves you.” We’ve heard it so much that its meaning has failed to really impact us. But when you consider, “God loves you,” and really take it to heart, the meaning can return and become a powerful life changing truth! The same is true for putting hope in God’s…
  • Immersed in the Spirit of God

    Rick
    1 Feb 2014 | 12:32 pm
      To be immersed in the Spirit of God is to be flooded by Him from within and without. Notice that there were two sources of the great flood in Genesis 7:11: The fountains of the deep, and the windows of heaven: In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. What came next was total immersion of the earth! Although that context was destruction, the principle of immersion can still be instructive. Many Christians are seeking the…
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    Half Baked Lobster

  • Teaching Kids To Read The Bible-Text To Text Connections

    phill longmire
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Three things we use in teaching literacy to kids… Text To Self Text To Text Text To The World Keene and Zimmerman (1997) concluded that students comprehend better when they make these connections. We want kids to connect what they read to what they know, heard, or see. We want kids to apply or connect their readings to their lives. If I could define why I spend so much time writing about teaching kids to read the bible, it would be…unless kids find ways to connect scripture to their lives, it carries very little meaning. Schema theory explains how our previous experiences,…
  • Teaching Kids To Read The Bible-Think Alouds

    phill longmire
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    If you are interested in building literacy through the bible be sure to check out my resources. They are extensive resources that use scripture to increase the reading level of any child. Our focus is third through sixth grade. Check it out here I usually talk about student lead projects and learning. But one of the more powerful teaching tools I use as an educator is what we call think alouds. It wasn’t until this was demonstrated live, did I fully appreciate it’s power in teaching biblical literacy. I learned and honed my craft through age appropriate picture books. Please…
  • Building A Child’s Literacy Through The Bible

    phill longmire
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    If you are interested in building literacy through the bible be sure to check out my resources. They are extensive resources that use scripture to increase the reading level of any child. Our focus is third through sixth grade. Check it out here In a recent post teaching kids the new testament I spoke about breaking down or summarizing chapters of the bible so that you can have a plan of attack in teaching kids the bible. One of the topics we focus on is identifying who the characters are in each chapter. For instance in the post mentioned above, Luke chapter one, it is broken down with…
  • Teaching Kids Books Of The New Testament-Luke Chapter One

    phill longmire
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:39 pm
    If you are interested in teaching kids books of the new testament be sure to check out my new resource available on Amazon. Kids Bible Project-Independent Author Bible Study I will use Luke chapter one as an example on how you can teach kids to read books of the bible. The first thing you want to do is understand what you are reading, so that you can guide a child through the learning process. For instance if you start off reading Luke chapter one, you might want to do a summary of that chapter. Or obtain a break down of what is being said and why is it being said. Breakdown of Luke Chapter…
  • Bible Crafts For Older Elementary-Bible Zoo

    phill longmire
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:17 pm
    This is a great project that I modified from my classroom in the public education setting. I normally use this to teach grammar, but could not think of a better way to get older elementary kids involved in learning new concepts in the bible. You will have to make the decision on how much direction you give in choosing how you want the final project to look, but I am always surprised at how well these turn out.  I usually do this at the beginning of a school year, and they turn out so well that I keep them up all year around. Here are the directions and even a rubric so that you and your…
 
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    Paperback Theology

  • Wendell Berry on the Practice of Resurrection: The Mad Farm Liberation Front

    Tim Suttle
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    I do not love poetry, typically, when it is not set to music. Wendell Berry is one notable exception, and this happens to be one of my favorites. I’m always struck by how clearly Berry is able to see and describe the consequences of the way we choose to act as a society. I love [Read More...]
  • How Does “Dying for our Sins” Work?

    Tim Suttle
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    I read a great post from Brian Zahnd this week, it’s worth a read. Here’s a quick excerpt. You can find the whole article and Brian’s blog here: When we say “Jesus died for our sins,” what does that mean? It’s undeniably an essential confession of Christian faith, but how does it work? This much I’m [Read More...]
  • Good and Bad News for Christmas & Easter Christians: A Little Friday Funny

    Tim Suttle
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    So I found a neologism as yet unknown to me: Chreastians. It’s a mash-up of Christmas, Easter, and Christian meant to refer to the folks who only come around on Christmas and Easter. It’s a bad word both aesthetically and in it’s derogatory intention. Apparently there’s also the word Chreasters (Christmas and Easter) – equally troublesome. [Read More...]
  • Ten Facts About Da Vinci’s Last Supper: A Reflection for Maundy Thursday

    Tim Suttle
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Every year on Maundy Thursday I wake up thinking about this painting. I’ve never seen it in person (bucket list), but I’ve known about it nearly my entire life. A copy of it was framed and hung in the second and third-grade Sunday School room in the tiny little Southern Baptist Church my family attended. [Read More...]
  • Lent 6A, Palm Sunday: John 19:12-19 – Powerful / Not-Powerful

    Tim Suttle
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Here’s a transcript of my sermon from last week (Palm Sunday). If you are a pastor please feel free to cut & paste everything. I got much of the historical stuff from commentaries, especially Ken Bailey’s work on Jesus, and from talks by John Ortberg & Rob Bell.     2014.04.15 – Lent 06 John [Read More...]
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • Happy Easter to all my readers

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Filed under: God the Father
  • What did Adam look like before the fall? – Response to a question

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    The question was asked, “What did Adam look like before the fall?” The short answer is he looked a god, like the Virgin Mary is today and like we called to become again (2 P 1:4). Being full of the Holy Trinity, living completely in Them as They similarly lived in Him and with the […]
  • A post with a difference – The Nativity Stones Cross

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I do not normally write such posts. In fact, I have never done so on any of my sites, despite the numerous requests I keep receiving in this regard. But given the appropriateness and appeal of what I am going to speak about – the Nativity Stones Cross – and the attraction I felt towards […]
  • God the Father and ourselves

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:26 am
    “There comes a time in each person’s life when they have to become true worshippers of God the Father in Spirit and in truth. For indeed, these are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks to worship Him” (Fr. Francis E. Reilly, March 2014).Filed under: Call, Call to Holiness, God the Father Tagged: Call, Christianity, […]
  • What is Deification of Man in Christianity?

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    13 Mar 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Deification is the transformation of man into god through the grace of God. Predominant in the theology of Eastern Christianity, but marginalized and obscured in contemporary interpretations of the theology of Western Christianity, Bartolo-Abela explores how it is deification, not just salvation, that was and remains the intent of God for mankind, with deification occurring […]
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • Happy Easter to you all

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Filed under: God the Father
  • The first betrayal – Thought for the day

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    Originally posted on THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER:The first betrayal was not that of Jesus by his priest Judas Iscariot, although we tend to focus on this during our present times. Nor was it that of God the Father by Adam, when the latter sinned. The first betrayal was that of God…
  • What’s the Father God? – Response to a question

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:24 am
    The question was asked, “What’s the Father God?” The Father God, or as He is better known God the Father – Yhwh, Allah; the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the God of Hagar and Ishmael – is not a what but a Who. God the Father is your Father and Creator, as He is […]
  • On the icon of the Divine Heart

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:42 am
    Why have we been given the icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father – an icon of a heart and Person generally invisible in nature, in comparison to the incarnate Son of God who visibly took on our humanity? Because “visible things in so far as they represent invisible things without shape so […]
  • The Heavenly Father and ourselves

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    23 Mar 2014 | 10:44 pm
    “There comes a time in each person’s life when they have to become true worshippers of God the Father in Spirit and in truth. For indeed, these are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks to worship Him” (Fr. Francis E. Reilly, March 2014).Filed under: God the Father, The Desires of the Divine Heart, Worship […]
 
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    Christians of T&T

  • PRAYER: THE PEACE OF GOD

    Cheryce
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Jehovah Nissi, The Lord My Banner, we worship you, we praise and glorify you. You are worthy, oh so worthy, Lord. Exalted Creator in Heaven, You are faithful, oh so faithful. You are righteous and none can compare to you. Thank you Jesus for washing away our sins, and bringing us in union with Your Awesome Glory! Read more on PRAYER: THE PEACE OF GOD…
  • PRAYER: STANDING ON THE PROMISES

    Cheryce
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    El Shaddai, Lord God Almighty, we bow down before you to honour, praise and worship you. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. We thirst for you, oh God, our Redeemer. Lord, you are good and your mercy endures forever. We give you thanks for setting us free from sin, free from bondage, free from temptation, free from evil. We bask in your glory and your holy presence. We look forward to the fulfillment of your promises,and we act and continue to act on the promises, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense. Thank you for all the promises that have been fulfilled and…
  • PRAYER: WISDOM FROM ABOVE

    Cheryce
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    El Shaddai, God Almighty, we pour out our hearts before you like running water. We lift our hands in praise to worship you, Omnipotent Father, for you are high and lifted up and all the world will praise your great name. Lord, we request that you help us lead our lives through your divine wisdom from above, and not the worldly wisdom provided by the devil. Read more on PRAYER: WISDOM FROM ABOVE…
  • By His Blood – The religious love affair with Jezebel – Part 1

    Brook Potter
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:06 pm
    In the collection of Scriptural writings, there are few names that spark more controversy than the name Jezebel. In Christendom, the name alone has becomes synonymous with seduction and temptation. Modern Pharisees throw the name on everything from celebrities, other pastors and even congregation members who may ask questions. It seems the easiest solution to a difficult situation, is to find a Jezebel, and then the people will no longer ask questions. Read more on By His Blood – The religious love affair with Jezebel – Part 1…
  • PRAYER: WALKING IN TRUTH

    Cheryce
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Yeshua, Mighty King, Precious Lamb, Defender, we worship you. Thank you, oh Lord, for strength to overcome trials and temptations. Thank you for helping us find peace within our minds, bodies and souls. Help us, oh Father, to walk in truth daily, as we strive to deliver your word to your people, and protect us from false preachings. Help us to not fall prey to the subtleties of Lucifer, he is the king of lies and abides not in the truth. Read more on PRAYER: WALKING IN TRUTH…
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    Christian Home and Family

  • Christ is Risen: what difference does it make?

    Carey
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Carey Over 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ, rose from the grave. It is not a myth. It is not a fairy tale. It is not a crutch for the intellectually weak or the emotionally unstable. It is historical fact. Because Christ is risen from the grave: Your sins can be forgiven. (Matthew 26:28) Christ’s righteousness can be yours. (Romans 8:10) His Holy Spirit can live inside you. (Romans 8:11) Your life can be transformed. (2 Corinthians 5:17) You can be free from the domination of sin’s power. (Romans 6:6) You can be a partaker in the divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4) Death does not have to…
  • You’re going to die eventually, why not now?

    Carey
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Carey No, I’m not advocating suicide… well, maybe I am, in a way. I’m advocating what Jesus insisted upon for everyone who wanted to be His disciple… Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?Matthew 16:24-26 Jesus was NOT the soft-spoken,…
  • Podcast 68 – Why the fruit of the Spirit is not a checklist

    Carey
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Carey TODAY’S PODCAST Podcast 66 – Why the fruit of the Spirit is not a checklist   If you’ve been in Christian circles for any length of time, you’ve heard a sermon or talk about the fruit of the Spirit. You’ve seen it on plaques in people’s homes, you’ve heard children’s songs about this list of virtues. Our human tendency is to take list of character qualities like that and make them into a checklist that we have to strive toward. We feel good if we accomplish some of them in a given day, and bad and guilty if we don ‘t. Is that…
  • 3 reasons divorce is not an option

    Carey
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Carey Remove the word “divorce” from your vocabulary. That’s some advice my wife and I received when we were first married… and it was great advice. In my thinking, if you always have divorce in the back of your head, as a “just in case” option, you’re going to be less committed to working through the hard things that inevitably come up in marriage. You’re going to be more prone to consider bailing out when times get tough. You’re going to be open to making one of the biggest mistakes of your life. I want to encourage you to decide that…
  • Dealing with emotional pain in marriage

    Carey
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Carey Emotional pain left over from the past is powerful. And it’s especially damaging when it resides inside a marriage relationship. I’ve seen couples married 5 years, or 35 years, struggling to get past hurts that happened years and/or decades earlier. Pain and resentment, like rotting garbage, pile up year after year, offense after offense, and grow into a stinking, smoldering, nasty infection that makes the marriage into a miserable mountain of pain, rather than the joy it’s meant to be. The problem is not the emotional pain. We all experience pain like that. It’s…
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    Pro Preacher

  • 7 Great Easter Videos for Easter Services

    Brandon
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Are you looking for the best Easter videos to add a little something extra to your church’s Easter services? Most churches don’t have the budget to hire someone to create videos for them. Fortunately, there are a lot of great companies now that make high-quality videos for churches. Some of them are a little expensive, but it’s a small price to pay for a video that will may speak to people in ways your sermon alone cannot. So I have compiled a list of some of my favorite Easter Videos. Check them out: Son of Man by Dan Stevers Can’t see this video? Click here I love this…
  • 5 Mistakes Pastors Make on Easter (and How to Avoid Them)

    Brandon
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Photo Credit: stringberd via Compfight cc Easter is a busy time for churches. It is easy to make mistakes when you feel overwhelmed with all the extra work and preparation. To help make this Easter the best yet, here are 5 of the common mistakes pastors make on Easter that I have noticed. 1. Not Preaching With Urgency Do you feel a sense of urgency about Easter? Do you feel the responsibility to make the most of every second you have? You may only have one shot to introduce someone to Jesus. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that you will have another chance. They may not come back.
  • 20 Questions to Ask Before Preaching Your Easter Sermon

    Brandon
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Photo Credit: Evan Courtney via Compfight cc Easter Sunday is like the Superbowl of preaching. This may be your largest attended service of the year. Statistically, people are more open to visiting a church on Easter (and Christmas) than any other time of year. Because of this, your Easter sermon is infinitely important. The eternal destination of many people in attendance is hanging in the balance. For many of them, this is the only chance you will get this year to reach them. For some, it will be your last chance ever. The weight of responsibility on a pastor to preach on Easter Sunday…
  • Let Scripture Speak for Itself

    Brandon
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:08 am
    Photo Credit: Daniel Y. Go via Compfight cc A while back I visited a church in my area (I love sitting in on other churches to observe and learn). The pastor was a great preacher. His sermon was engaging, clear, and spot on. However, I walked away feeling a little uneasy. This may be a personal preference. I am not saying the way he preached is wrong. In fact, I enjoyed his message. For me, however, it just reinforced something in me that I have been feeling for a while. What was it? He preached the story of David and Goliath. He preached it like many pastors do. Rather than reading verse…
  • The 3 Levels of Dynamic Preaching

    Brandon
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo Credit: Marty.FM via Compfight cc Did you know that for musical arrangements, composers write more than just the notes to be played? They also write the strength with which each note should be performed. These markings are referred to as the “dynamics” of music.  A composer might write a pp, meaningpianissimo or “very soft,” or a ff, meaning fortissimo or “very loud.” There are multiple marks all meant to tell the musician roughly how strong or soft a note is meant to be played. These dynamic markings make all the difference in a song. The best songs do not stay at…
 
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    Working Christianity

  • Come In One Way, Leave Another

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

    Michael
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    As humans we’re often selfish. We more focused on ourselves than others and will only do, most of the time, what is necessary for us to maintain or what will benefit us. But how does that impact others we’re in relationships with and how we interact with others around us? John 14:15 is Jesus saying […]
  • Becoming A Better Christian

    Michael
    16 Mar 2014 | 12:30 pm
    One of the things I strive for in life is to always get better. Sometimes it means that it will cause uncomfortable growth or situations, but it’s very much worth it. The same can be said for Christianity. One of the things we should, not must, strive to do as Christians is to get better. […]
  • Sheep and Goats

    Michael
    23 Feb 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Just the other week as I was leaving from the parking deck behind the office I work in, a guy flagged me down and asked for a jump. I was tired, think I had just been cussed out for something and had had a long day, but I pulled over and gave the guy a […]
  • Take The Leap

    Michael
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:19 am
    Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of books, articles, and seeing lots of things that just keep reinforcing me to try more and take more leaps of faith. Not in an unfounded way, but just to try more and stop trying to plan it all out or be too afraid to move. I was quite […]
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    Pastor John's Blog

  • Firsts

    john crews
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    As I got in the car and headed to church last Sunday morning I should have been nervous.  I had not really run through the sermon for that morning.  Among other things, I was really unsure how long it would take to get through it.  I had an outline, but much of the sermon was more conceptual than planned out.  I put preparing for Sunday off a little longer than normal -- which is really par for the course these days.  Still, I was neither uneasy nor excited ... I was just sort of numb.I do not preach often on Sundays.  The last time I did was that terrible day.
  • Spring

    john crews
    5 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    It has been a little over a week since I last wrote anything on this blog, and for that I apologize.  While pain and joy both are often mothers of creativity, numbness seems to result largely in blank pages.  Or, put more concisely, I have simply had nothing to say in the last week.I have resolved and then endeavored several times to get caught up on a number of projects that have mostly languished over the last two months.  Each time, however, I have lost focus -- managing to eek out only the most pressing or time sensitive tasks.  Real life in its present form is…
  • Despair

    john crews
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:50 pm
    On Monday Pam and I dropped Christian and Tommy off at the airport as they began their journey to India.  We would have been concerned parents anyway, but given recent events our worry for their safety was off the charts.  Still, we are grateful to Tommy for including Christian in this adventure, and know it is a great opportunity in so many ways.  But the other side of the coin is that the house is quiet.When the kids were growing up Pam and I always assumed that Jonathan would be forever the adventurer and that Christian would stay close to home.  But during their…
  • The Box

    john crews
    22 Mar 2014 | 10:26 am
    After the first forty-five days it seems we have fallen into a familiar pattern.  It is a pattern of unpredictability.Yesterday morning was the first morning in over a month and a half that I woke up feeling joyful.  As I laid there in the moment contemplating whatever pleasant thought I had awakened to,  I found myself surprised by the way I was feeling.   But, I knew that it could not last.  In fact, I have found that most "good" days (by which I really mean "tolerable") are followed by rather horrific ones.A couple of nights earlier I saw Jonathan's door open, and…
  • The Dream is Over

    john crews
    15 Mar 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Like millions of other people around the world, just under a year ago I read the tragic news that Pastor Rick Warren had lost his son.  I knew a little about Pastor Warren from his book "A Purpose Driven Life" and I knew a little about Saddleback Church -- having spent many years in Orange County California.  But I really knew nothing about the man.  I did not know that he had a wife named Kay or a son named Matthew.  For that matter, I knew nothing about his family at all.Like so many others, my heart went out to Pastor Warren and his wife when I heard the news.  I…
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    The Pure Sacrifice

  • Jesus is the Glue

    Deanna
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    photo credit: jspad via photopin cc I was reading recently about Kintsugi, the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer resin dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.  As a philosophy it speaks to breakage and repair becoming part of the history of an object, and not something to disguise.  Collectors became so enamored of the new art that some were accused of deliberately smashing valuable pottery so it could be repaired with the gold seams of kintsugi.  This reminds me of the image in the bible in Romans of the clay asking the potter “Why have you made me…
  • Food Addiction is Real

    Deanna
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    photo credit: Kirti Poddar via photopin cc I mentioned that I would share with you some of what I have learned, and some things I already knew but never really cared about before.  Remember, I am not a health care professional and I am not an expert on health matters.  I want to start with the fact that food addiction is a real problem.  Whenever we eat foods that are not natural it sets us up to want more and more.  In fact, refined sugar is the most addictive substance of all.  It is more addictive than cocaine, morphine and heroin. Food manufacturers actually hire people to make the…
  • Given New Life

    Deanna
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Joining up tonight with an Amazing community on Twitter, #FMFparty and we are all writing about Paint.  We simply write unedited for 5 minutes and then link up.  Please feel free to join us. This weeks prompt: Paint When I think about paint, I think about clean, new, fresh.  Paint can be a marvelous thing because it takes something that may feel old, stale, worn, and makes it look new again.  In some ways paint can be compared to the blood of Christ.  We are washed in the blood and given new life, much like paint gives things a new life.  The bad thing is that anything you paint will…
  • Spring Changes

    Deanna
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I have been known to start things I do not complete.  Over time through Christ I have learned to overcome this. I sometimes have really ambitious ideas and my series on the new testament definitely falls into this category.  I have not forgotten, after some thought I realized that to do each of the gospels justice that I need to take a break between them.  I am concerned that it will become too familiar and I do not want to neglect talking about something important.  But, I will come back to do the book of Mark soon. You also see some other changes around here today on the appearance of…
 
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    Christian Magazine Today.com

  • What Is Maundy or Maundy Thursday?

    Annette
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Footwashing – MaundyPhoto courtesy of Wikimedia Commons I have been a Christian for more than 30 years and I have to admit, until today I had never heard of Maundy. Have you? Another lady, Angie, and I teach a primary Sunday school class and each year we tell the story of Palm Sunday and the Easter story. I have studied these stories not only on my own, but have heard our pastor and assistant pastor preach these stories often, yet have never heard the word ‘Maundy’ used. Of course, this doesn’t mean they didn’t use it. It only means that until today, the word…
  • Why Can’t We Be More Like Ducks?

    Annette
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:25 am
    Have you ever had a pet duck? Just this past month, my husband decided we needed ducks – our two kids and I, that is. So, he brought home three baby ducks. they will be 4 weeks old in a day or two and they are adorable, messy, but adorable. As I watch them, I thought to myself - why can’t we be more like ducks? Okay, that may sound like a silly question, but think about it for a minute…are you done thinking? Let me explain what I mean. Number One Ducks have these natural instincts that not only keep them alive, but keep them happy. As soon as they hear a sound, they are…
  • Dr Billy Graham Preaching – Three Things You Can’t Do Without

    Annette
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:45 am
    Billy Graham begins this sermon talking about what we can do without. Think about that for a minute – What can you do without? Very few people you know doesn’t have a TV, a computer, or a cell phone including yourself, but could you do without them? If you woke up in the morning and you didn’t have these things, could you make it through the day? Of course you could and unless you make your living using a cell phone, on TV, or working from your computer, you could live your life everyday without them. While we can do without the things above, there are some things we…
  • Winter Jam 2014 – What Can You Expect?

    Annette
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I have to admit – I have never been to a Winter Jam concert before this past weekend. I also have to admit – I’d been missing out! I didn’t even know that it was coming close to us or who was in the line-up until my sister called me up. You see… My niece attends a local Christian school whose field trip was to Winter Jam. When my sister called us up and asked if we’d like to tag along, I had to say yes. I thought it would be a great experience for us all. Of course, the experience I expected wasn’t anything like I received. As you sit in the seats…
  • Christian Author La Verne Hughes New Book Release

    Annette
    4 Mar 2014 | 11:26 am
    Christian author La Verne Hughes has released her new book The Trip of A Lifetime. We recently got to talk with La Verne and she agreed to answer a few questions from our readers. Below is the interview along with a bit about her book. The Trip of A Lifetime Before we get started, we wanted to give you a sneak peek into The Trip of A Lifetime. Here is an inside look at the story.   Unknowingly, Bobby is about to hand Cheryl a Coke that Ted had previously fixed for himself. The day before, Ted and a friend of his had made plans to make their senior dance night a night to remember. When…
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  • Afraid yet filled with joy…

    Jim Crumbley
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Matthew 28:1-10 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the…
  • What’s so good about it?

    Jim Crumbley
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    Good Friday…There was hell to pay. The day of a terrible injustice. The day that 12 friends all turned their back and ran. The day when all the pain and hurt of the world was laid upon one man’s shoulders. The day of mockery, betrayal and separation. There was hell to pay and Jesus paid it. What’s so good about it? Good is not found IN Hell. Good is found going THROUGH Hell. There was hell to pay and Jesus paid it. For us…for you… Jesus knew that the day of his crucifixion would be hell to go through. But, the only way to get victory over Hell is to go…
  • Death…swallowed up in victory

    Jim Crumbley
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    Isaiah 25:6-8 6 In Jerusalem (Hebrew, “on this mountain”),the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world. It will be a delicious banquet with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat. “And they brought him to the place called Gol’gotha (which means the place of a skull).” Mark 15:22 Calvary, the mount where Jesus was crucified and the beginning of all hope was realized. The place of death and the pathway to resurrection. This mountain…God’s church…the new Jerusalem has a banquet spread for all the…
  • Wisdom: Have you got what He’s already told ya to get?

    Jim Crumbley
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    We all NEED things but what do we really “need” that we don’t already have? In Christ, we have all things including wisdom! But wisdom untapped is a life wasted. Having Jesus does not mean that we will never face a challenge or have a problem. To have Jesusis to have ready access to the Father and an advocate in the Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth. Change in our life though only happens when we have the wisdom to listen and understand. Through the stories of the Israelites journey after their deliverance from Pharaoh, God reminds us that constant calls of “I…
  • Trust God not your chariots…

    Jim Crumbley
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    I am believing God for something. It is bigger than myself, larger than I can do on my own and not without its natural challenges. Sometimes the circumstances look like we we winning. Other times the circumstances look like they are at a dead end. Either way, I am believing God for something. It is bigger than myself, larger than I can do on my own and not without its natural challenges. The circumstances of my life don’t dictate the blessings of my life. Some trust in circumstances. I trust in God. He blesses me in good times and bad. God blesses me when things go my way and when they…
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  • The Resurrection Changes Everything

    Jayson D. Bradley
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    We don’t like to talk about death. When we absolutely have to, we fall back on euphemisms like “passed on,” “no longer with us,” or “didn’t make it.” Left to our own devices, we’ll ignore it entirely. The arts are more willing to engage the drama and inevitability of death; as a culture, we read novels and watch movies to try to make sense of it. On our own, though, we’re sociologically and psychologically unequipped to deal with death’s reality. I’m convinced that we support huge cosmetology and plastic-surgery…
  • Good Friday: Sorrow and Hope

    Ryan Nelson
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Around the world, today is a day to remember God’s sacrifice. Good Friday is also known as Holy Friday, or Great Friday. In Germany, this same day is often called Sorrowful Friday. These drastically different names capture not only important aspects of Good Friday’s purpose, but also the dual nature of the emotions surrounding this day. It is good indeed To some, Good Friday may seem to be an ironic name; what could be “good” about the day humanity murdered the deity that created it? But to Christians, Good Friday serves as a reminder not just of the death of Jesus, but of the hope we…
  • Why Phyllis Tickle Loves Our New Anglican Base Packages

    Benjamin Amundgaard
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Phyllis Tickle is one of the most interesting and important voices speaking to and for Christians today. A force in the Christian publishing world for nearly a quarter of a century, Phyllis has a lot to say about the trends of Christian belief and practice. Though she just celebrated her 80th birthday, Tickle’s analysis of new movements in Christianity continues to set the tone for current scholarship and reflection. Tickle’s most recent work focuses on what she calls “Emergence Christianity.” Her two books on the subject—The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why and…
  • Improve Your Study of Biblical Languages

    Brandon Rappuhn
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Doing research for your dissertation? Looking to further your investigation of the Christology of John and Paul, or of Hebrew poetics in the Minor Prophets? Check out these three new bundles from Sheffield Academic Press, Augsburg Fortress Press, and the Pontifical Biblical Institute, which explore issues of language, interpretation, and ancient culture in the context of New and Old Testament study: Fortress Press New Testament Studies Bundle (70 vols.) This bundle is a treasure trove of key modern works on Matthew, Luke/Acts, John, the Pauline epistles, Jesus, and Paul. The…
  • Learn from the Experts with the Lexham Methods Series

    Jake Mailhot
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few weeks ago, we dropped the price of the Lexham Methods Series to $60: that’s over 75% off, an incredible discount on such a valuable resource. Have you placed your Community Pricing bid? If not, you should bid right now—a price this low won’t last long! Need a bit more convincing? Our team of scholars has put hours of research and writing into the resource, but to make it even better, we’ve also called on a number of expert contributors. Lexham Methods is a collaboration between professors, linguists, and our in-house research team. Here’s what our partners have to say…
 
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  • Praying In Every Situation of Life

    joebuchanan
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Pray in Every Situation of Life The book of James is one of the most helpful books in all of the Bible.  Written by James, the brother of Jesus, the book has a pastoral tone and is filled with practical application.  Near the end of the letter, James turns his attention to the crucial issue of prayer.  He writes: Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is…
  • The Importance of Praying Together

    joebuchanan
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    We have experienced something very special over the past several weeks here at First Baptist, Metropolis.  For nearly two months now God has moved within our congregation in a very special way.  Last Sunday night in our deacons meeting we rejoiced in the fact that last month eighteen people joined our fellowship, most of them by baptism.  What’s even more exciting is that nearly every week, I am hearing from other Pastors around the country about how God is moving in their congregations.  Couple that with the fact that right not across the nation there are two films in the theaters…
  • First Steps for New Believers/Members Study

    joebuchanan
    9 Mar 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Over the past several weeks our church has been blessed with a number of new converts.  Several of these have been teenagers and our youth Pastor, Cliff Easter came to me and asked me to put together a four week Bible study to help get them started in discipleship.  Our goal in these first four weeks is to help get them established in their understanding of the gospel and to help them to see how Jesus is the central figure in all of the Bible.  We also wanted to help them get started in some basic spiritual disciplines that will help them grow in their relationship with the Lord — namely…
  • Go See the “Son of God” and take a Friend with You

    joebuchanan
    28 Feb 2014 | 8:13 am
    Last night around 170 members and guests of our church got the chance to preview the new movie “The Son of God.”   I want to encourage everyone reading this blog to go see the movie this week and to take a friend with them.  While the movie does not attempt to recreate any one of the four gospels verbatim and it does take creative license in rearranging some of the material, nevertheless, it is an accurate portrayal of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.  Let me share with you some reasons why I think that Christians need to support this movie: 1.) It provides and excellent…
  • You’ve got to Pastor the Church You’ve Got

    joebuchanan
    15 Jan 2014 | 10:11 am
    Many years ago I was Pastoring in West Virginia when one Sunday afternoon I got a call from a friend of mine who was Pastoring a church about twenty miles from us.  He started the conversation by saying, “I need your opinion, my deacons came to me after the service this morning and said they needed me to come to a special called meeting tonight.”  Then he asked me a hard question, “Do you think I’m in trouble?”  My response was to ask him some questions, specifically, “Have you done anything different or controversial?”  He then proceeded to tell…
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  • Pass the Peace

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Here's a quote I saw recently:"You want to know where sin and death is?Follow the violence.You want to know where the gospel is?Follow the peace."Read the full blog post hereMy peace I give unto you.Go in peace.Peace be with you.Blessed are the peacemakers.Jesus said a lot about peace and we still hear a lot about peace today. In some churches, they even "pass the peace" or "exchange the peace." No, it's not a code word for sharing drugs. It means the church-goers are going to get up and give each other hugs or handshakes and say something like "God's peace to you" or "Peace be with you" to…
  • How to Turn A Truck Stop into a Home

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    The other day I was at a community festival in the middle of a large apartment complex. I stood on a grassy knoll and talked with a resident of the neighborhood."So how do you like living here?""It's OK. I mean, it has it's moments, but I don't want to be here forever. Nobody WANTS to live here. Everybody is just here because they have to be. It's the cheapest place in town. We're just passing through."He went on to explain that once he starts making money off his new business, he's going to move to a nicer neighborhood. One with less crime, less trash in the streets, less noise--more peace,…
  • Still Haven't Found What I'm Waiting For

    5 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    Diet soda is as damaging to your teeth as crystal meth. This is what I heard on the news today. "Great," I thought as I chugged down my can of Pepsi Max. "It's only a matter of time before I look like a toothless drug dealer." So be it. I gotta have my diet soda. I steer clear of regular soda because of all the calories, but diet soda is my consolation prize.I have to have the bubbles.And caffeine.Water just won't cut it.So even if it makes me look like one of those "after" photos in the before and after pictures cops use to scare kids away from heroin, so be it. This attitude, my…
  • Hiring Freeze: World Vision Gives Married Gay Christians the Cold Shoulder

    29 Mar 2014 | 8:11 am
    You can't work for us.You CAN send us money to feed starving children, but you can't work for us.But I'm a Christian!I'm qualified! I'm a role model!I love to serve others!Too bad. You can't work here.Why?Because you're married.So? You are too!Yeah, but my marriage isn't a "gay" one.Oh.This is a conversation that may occur more frequently thanks to the recent "change of heart" made by World Vision. The large relief organization changed it's hiring policies to allow married gay Christians to work for their organization. Well, almost. They made the change, made it public and then made a…
  • The Zombie Killer in All of Us

    22 Mar 2014 | 6:50 am
    My 12 year old nephew recently introduced me to the show "The Walking Dead" on AMC.The show has been on for several years, but I only started watching it recently, thanks to his prompting. I am only 35+ episodes behind, but I am slowly catching up to season 4. The show is about the Zombie Apocalypse--a world full of zombies where only a few people survive. These few people are now fighting off zombies around every turn just to stay alive. In season 1 a few episodes in, they find their way to the Center for Disease Control facility in Atlanta, and get inside the building to take refuge. They…
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    Living in the Kingdom of God---Diana Symons

  • One True And Living God Is Everything That We Need

    Diana Symons
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Polytheists believe in multiple gods because of human limitation. It’s just too hard to conceive that one God could  be all things. They have a god to bless grapes and wine, one god to bless fish, one god to bless childbirth, etc. One God with unlimited power and knowledge goes beyond what we can know in the natural.   That’s why there are so many names of God: Jehovah Jireh – the Lord our provider Jehovah Shalom – The Lord our peace Jehovah Nissi – The Lord our banner Jehovah Rapha – The Lord our healer Jehovah Tsid-Kenu – The Lord our…
  • Let’s Remember Who The Enemy Really Is

    Diana Symons
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The kingdom of God is about showing kindness. Keeping love as our focus helps us see people as we should. People with other lifestyles and opinions are not the enemy. God loves them. He died for them, and for us to badmouth or abuse them is an affront to God’s love. Our enemy is Satan. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:12)  When we remember that, it makes it easier to love people, despite our differences. The…
  • The Key To Hearing God Personally

    Diana Symons
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Humility helps you hear God. There are two things that are vital to our life in the kingdom: loving God (and each other) and hearing the voice of God personally. If we don’t love God first, above all things, then our priorities are misaligned. And if we’re not loving each other, we’re not obeying God. We need love filtered glasses to view everything in life. And it has to be genuine. If we’re not hearing the voice of God personally, it means that we don’t have a relationship with Him. Jesus said, My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. (John…
  • Salvation Is Not A Prayer, It’s A Lifestyle

    Diana Symons
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    It’s a little scary how our traditions can slowly take on importance until we think we’re behaving Biblicaly when we’re not. For instance, you won’t find an example in the Bible of people being saved by saying a sinner’s prayer. Yeah but, what about: …if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Rom 10:9) Good point. You have to start somewhere. You have to acknowledge that you need a savior. But our entrance to heaven is not about words that we repeat, it’s about a…
  • Jesus Is Coming Back — For Us!

    Diana Symons
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Do you ever get so caught up meeting deadlines, picking up the kids, and managing life that you forget that Jesus is coming back for us? It’s easy to do, even when you’re busy doing ministry. Jesus said to pray “on earth as it is in heaven”, so when we focus on living today with the quality of life that God wants for us, it’s still easy to forget about our future. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. (I Thes 4:17) That’s amazing to think…
 
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  • Sunday Best: Legal Adultery, Christian Russia, Re-segregation

    Seedbed
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dale M. Coulter reflects on Holy Saturday and how to understand Christ’s descent into hell. The Economist covers how after 223 years New Hampshire is about to make adultery legal. The Philosopher’s Mail writes up “Easter for Atheists.” See how one organization is helping students pay off loans through volunteering. Here are 10 reasons some people are excited about Stephen Colbert taking over the late show. Buffer explains why we have our best ideas while in the shower. Thom Rainer speculates on 10 trends on the employment of pastors. Ryan Mauro describes Putin’s…
  • Tory Baucum On Anglican Church Life, Part II

    Seedbed
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Rev. Dr. Tory Baucum, Rector of Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia, and one of the Six Preachers of Canterbury Cathedral, shares what Anglicanism is and what church life looks like. View Part I of the interview. View our interview with Archbishop Robert Duncan of the Anglican Church in North America. See more video interviews.
  • Threshing Floor Podcast 014: Noah

    Seedbed
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the midst of the glorious (and Lent breaking) reality of the AM Crunchwrap our hosts find the time to talk about the recent movie Noah. They share a conversation about Biblical narrative, the nature of God and the interior human struggle of the Biblical Story. We also lament the loss of a childhood hero for two of the hosts and talk about the spring of super Jesus movies. The Master List of Noah Links: The Noah Movie and It’s Sources Noah: A Jewish Retelling Sympathy For The Devil The Storymen Podcast: Noah Episode Listen: Direct Download iTunes RSS Stitcher  
  • What is a Sacrament

    Michael Pasquarello III
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    What is a sacrament and what is its purpose? Dr. Michael Pasquarello III shares in this Seven Minute Seminary. View our growing playlist of Seven Minute Seminary.
  • The John Wesley Collection

    Seedbed
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Seedbed has started an exciting project of updating significant works of John Wesley with modern typesetting and beautiful cover art in order to make it accessible to a new generation of readers. John Wesley’s profound legacy and impact on world Christianity during and since his lifetime can be viewed through a number of lenses. The revival that arose under his leadership changed the social and political structure of eighteenth-century England as the poor and lost found hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ rather than in revolution against the crown. The influence of Wesley’s…
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  • Jesus Is

    Charles Crutcher
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    What is Easter to me? I do not worship a cross or a tree But I follow the one who died for me You can measure His love in eternity What is Easter to me? It’s the sound of a prison break Bringing the dead awake He set the captives free What is Easter to me? It’s the sound of the evil one trembling Because the gates began crumbling The Son shining brightly for all to see Who is Easter to me? Immanuel, Aslan is he Lion of Judah roaring mightily He speaks a word and storms cease to be Who is Easter to me? The wave walker on the stormy sea The One whose light shines within me The…
  • Whats Your Average?

    Steve Becker
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I love baseball. I love to watch baseball. I love to play baseball. I love to listen to a game on the radio. I love to see stats and manipulate the “what-if’s” and the averages. I also love to ride my bike.  These two things are complete opposites and exactly the same when it comes to stats.  Not so much with our daily walk with Him.  We cannot look at averages when it comes to Christ. With Christ we should either be in or out.  There is no room for gray in there.  You are either with Him or lost.  We should live our lives that way as well.  However, some try to…
  • To Live is Christ

    Steve Becker
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Paul is someone I can identify with at some times and at others I strive to be more like him.  Today I strive to be more like him, and more like Him.  That will tie together here in a minute. Paul has some things he writes in the Bible that confuse me.  Of course, I am not a scholar of any kind, so that is probably not a huge accomplishment.  This, however, is not one of those.  This is a simple concept.  This is how Paul lived and how I strive to live daily. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21 – NASB) It reads funny until you start to think about…
  • Walk and Talk

    Steve Becker
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This picture represents what I feel I need to do every day.  I need to walk with Christ.  I need to keep that cross at the forefront of my life, and the word crosswalk has a different meaning to me. I have to make an admission to everyone today.  I spent a lot more years talking the talk rather than walking the walk.  It is something I am very regretful of and have not forgotten to this day. There have been countless opportunities presented to me when I should have lived more inline with my faith and done more to perform the one primary function I believe we are all called to do. Spread…
  • Joy for the Journey

    Sarah Galloway
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are some days that quite simply are just better than others, and then there are some days that feel nasty and hopeless, like they will never end.  On those long bleak days when it seems like there is no end in sight for your pain or suffering it’s easy to get your focus out of whack, and to notice the soaring waves and not the face of the Savior.  Despite our troubles and suffering I still believe we have the power to make a choice.  One that I believe makes the difference between just surviving or living abundantly as we have been called to do.  That choice is to revel in the…
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  • Noah Movie: What Every Christian Needs to Know

    Britt
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Image Credit Youtube The new Noah Movie by Darren Aronofsky starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins is out and is making an impact on all who watch it. There are tons of reviews out both from the Christian and Secular worlds. I have not seen it and probably will not go to see it. I did find this article by Dr. Brian Mattson and I think that every Christian should read it to know what lies behind the movie. He has done some solid research and lays out a good argument for the Noah Movie being grounded in 2nd century Gnosticism! For more on Gnosticism and its…
  • More than Music Pt. 1 DJ Wade-O Download

    Britt
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:38 am
    Image Credit Wadeoradio.com More than Music Pt. 1 DJ Wade-O Download. The new mixtape by DJ Wade-O and JahRock’n Productions. This mixtape takes some of the biggest Christian Rap songs of the past year and mashes them up with classic Gospel, Hip Hop, Funk, Rock and Jazz Records. DJ Wade-O and JahRock’n took the creativity one step further, as each mash-up combines songs that either have similar themes in content or have the same words in their title. Lecrae’s “Fakin’” is mashed up with Jr. Mafia’s “Get Money.” KB’s “Angels” is mashed up with Gospel-Great Richard…
  • Dream Junkies NREM Edition Free Download

    Britt
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Image Credit Kings Dream Ent. Download Dream Junkies NREM Edition for Free! Dream Junkies is a collective effort from Kings Dream MCs Ruslan, Beleaf, and John Givez. You gotta checkout this Positive Hip-Hop Album. Below is the download and track listing. Watch their video “Get a Bar 2″ where Ruslan, Beleaf, and John Givez take a break at an undisclosed location to share their skills. Read the Dream Junkies NREM Edition album review by Branden Murphy on Wade-o-Radio.com Don’t miss  the official music video for “Bass Loud” by Beleaf  feat. Andy Mineo off his…
  • The Birth of Jesus: The Meaning & Predictions

    Britt
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Image Credit Aaron Dailey “Lewis Sperry Chafer places the incarnation as one of the seven greatest events that have occurred in the history of the universe”. The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary. In this post we will take a look at the Incarnation ( the Birth of Jesus). We will discuss its meaning and the prophecies of His birth from the Old Testament. Meaning of the Birth of Jesus When we talk about the birth of Jesus we are talking about the incarnation. “The doctrine of the incarnation, briefly stated, is that the Lord Jesus Christ is one person with two natures…
  • Over 100 Christians Killed in 3 Villages in Nigeria

    Britt
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Image Credit AP Muslim gunmen raid three Christian villages in Kaduna state. Over 100 Christians Killed! Published March 16, 2014 By Morning Star News  MANCHOK, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim herdsmen armed with guns and machetes on Friday night (March 14) launched attacks on three villages in Kaduna state, killing more than 100 Christians and destroying homes, sources said. Scores of the ethnic Fulani assailants simultaneously attacked the Christian villages of Ugwar Sankwai, Ungwar Gata and Chenshyi in the Kaura Local Government Area for about four hours, sources said. The Rev.
 
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  • Noah Movie: What Every Christian Needs to Know

    Britt
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Image Credit Youtube The new Noah Movie by Darren Aronofsky starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins is out and is making an impact on all who watch it. There are tons of reviews out both from the Christian and Secular worlds. I have not seen it and probably will not go to see it. I did find this article by Dr. Brian Mattson and I think that every Christian should read it to know what lies behind the movie. He has done some solid research and lays out a good argument for the Noah Movie being grounded in 2nd century Gnosticism! For more on Gnosticism and its…
  • More than Music Pt. 1 DJ Wade-O Download

    Britt
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:38 am
    Image Credit Wadeoradio.com More than Music Pt. 1 DJ Wade-O Download. The new mixtape by DJ Wade-O and JahRock’n Productions. This mixtape takes some of the biggest Christian Rap songs of the past year and mashes them up with classic Gospel, Hip Hop, Funk, Rock and Jazz Records. DJ Wade-O and JahRock’n took the creativity one step further, as each mash-up combines songs that either have similar themes in content or have the same words in their title. Lecrae’s “Fakin’” is mashed up with Jr. Mafia’s “Get Money.” KB’s “Angels” is mashed up with Gospel-Great Richard…
  • Dream Junkies NREM Edition Free Download

    Britt
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Image Credit Kings Dream Ent. Download Dream Junkies NREM Edition for Free! Dream Junkies is a collective effort from Kings Dream MCs Ruslan, Beleaf, and John Givez. You gotta checkout this Positive Hip-Hop Album. Below is the download and track listing. Watch their video “Get a Bar 2″ where Ruslan, Beleaf, and John Givez take a break at an undisclosed location to share their skills. Read the Dream Junkies NREM Edition album review by Branden Murphy on Wade-o-Radio.com Don’t miss  the official music video for “Bass Loud” by Beleaf  feat. Andy Mineo off his…
  • The Birth of Jesus: The Meaning & Predictions

    Britt
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Image Credit Aaron Dailey “Lewis Sperry Chafer places the incarnation as one of the seven greatest events that have occurred in the history of the universe”. The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary. In this post we will take a look at the Incarnation ( the Birth of Jesus). We will discuss its meaning and the prophecies of His birth from the Old Testament. Meaning of the Birth of Jesus When we talk about the birth of Jesus we are talking about the incarnation. “The doctrine of the incarnation, briefly stated, is that the Lord Jesus Christ is one person with two natures…
  • Over 100 Christians Killed in 3 Villages in Nigeria

    Britt
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Image Credit AP Muslim gunmen raid three Christian villages in Kaduna state. Over 100 Christians Killed! Published March 16, 2014 By Morning Star News  MANCHOK, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim herdsmen armed with guns and machetes on Friday night (March 14) launched attacks on three villages in Kaduna state, killing more than 100 Christians and destroying homes, sources said. Scores of the ethnic Fulani assailants simultaneously attacked the Christian villages of Ugwar Sankwai, Ungwar Gata and Chenshyi in the Kaura Local Government Area for about four hours, sources said. The Rev.
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  • The importance of preparation

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Health and Healing. Day twenty-seven...When hearing someone say, “Let's do some painting,” those volunteers with no experience will immediately grab the brush and open the can—having no idea how far away they are from actually being ready to paint.
  • Shaping and perfecting

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Health and Healing. Day twenty-six...Art and function have always been inseparable in pottery. I am constantly amazed at what a pile of clay can become in the hands of the right person. Maria Martinez (1887–1990) was such a person.
  • Dealing with distractions

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Health and Healing. Day twenty-five...As Mom would say, “How do you know you don't like it until you taste it?”
  • God is glorified in our victory

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Health and Healing. Day twenty-four...William Tyndale (1494–1536) was an English scholar whose mission in life was to get an English translation of the Bible into the hands of the common people, so they would no longer have to rely on the clergy to tell them what God said.
  • Pursuing the standards

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Health and Healing. Day twenty-three...Well‐run businesses have rules that must be followed, just like well‐run families, well‐run municipalities, or any other well‐run grouping of people. So as an employer I regularly had to deal with disciplinary issues.
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • Proverbs 9: Productive Conversations

    Zak Schmoll
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Proverbs 9 provides some very good advice for those of us who are interested in apologetics. Obviously, our interests often times bring us into deeper discussions with people who we might not see eye to eye with. These discussions can be frustrating to say the least. I was involved in a conversation with a few people where it seemed like everything I was twisted into something that I had never said. On top of that, no one bothered to address the questions I had. Proverbs 9 tells us something about interactions like that. Pro 9:7  He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he…
  • Proverbs 8: The Fear of God

    Zak Schmoll
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    I am really liking how Proverbs fits together so nicely. We have been talking a lot about wisdom, and as you will remember, the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. As a result, I have kind of played around a little bit with how I would define the fear of God in a way that is consistent with the other times we have talked about it. However, in Proverbs 8, we discover another definition for what it means to fear God. Pro 8:13  The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. If we truly fear God, we are going to get as far away…
  • Proverbs 7: Embracing Wisdom

    Zak Schmoll
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Proverbs 7 begins with great imagery about the relationship that we are supposed to have with wisdom. It ought to be something that we are very close to and interact with as if it were family. Pro 7:1  My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Pro 7:2  Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Pro 7:3  Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Pro 7:4  Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: I think that this is so important. It is one thing to know about wisdom. I can talk about…
  • Proverbs 6: Seven Things God Hates

    Zak Schmoll
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:55 am
    God is certainly a loving God, but He hates sin, and Proverbs 6 is one of the more famous passages on sin in the entire Bible. Pro 6:16  These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: Pro 6:17  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, Pro 6:18  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, Pro 6:19  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. Honestly, this list seems rather limited. The entire book of Leviticus is about things that we should or shouldn’t…
  • Proverbs 5: An Outside Relationship

    Zak Schmoll
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:55 am
    Proverbs 5 sounds a lot like marriage counseling. Solomon is basically warning his son about the dangers of having relationships with women outside of his marriage. Pro 5:3  For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: Pro 5:4  But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Pro 5:5  Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Pro 5:6  Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. I first think that this is applicable to both genders. Solomon was writing to his son,…
 
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    Armchair Theology

  • Why I Believe the Resurrection

    Dave
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:14 pm
    A look back on the most important event in history: Why are you a Christian? Why is the building you attend church standing there? Why do we have centuries’ worth of hymns and books? Why is the Bible the best-selling book of all time? Because we believe that in Jerusalem in the first century a man walked out of his grave. But how can we prove that the resurrection happened? There was no video surveillance. There were no autopsy reports. All of the involved witnesses were biased. Why do we believe Jesus rose from the dead? Continue Reading
  • The Impossibility of “Fire Insurance” Faith

    Dave
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You take out fire insurance so that if, in the unlikely event that your house burns down, you’ll get your house back. You don’t really believe your house will burn down but you admit the possibility and prepare for the worse. Sometimes you’ll hear Christians argue for “fire insurance” faith. What does it look like? You might try persuading your neighbor to become a Christian just in case there is a God. “What harm could it do,” you ask, “just to be safe?” This is the modern-day outworking of Pascal’s wager: all bet with their lives…
  • Our Biggest Need, God In Our Lives

    Dave
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Reading from my pastoral counseling course: Why was such an awesome miracle necessary? Because sin not only reduces us to fools, but also inflicts us with a profound blindness. This spiritual blindness affects us in many ways, by ultimately it obscures our God as He has revealed Himself. Yes, God as a Spirit is physically hidden, but sin blinds us from Him in a much more profoundly spiritual sense. Like the people in the days of Christ, we don’t see God even when He is right in front of our eyes. The troubling thing about Sara’s story of her divorce is not just that it is a sad story of…
  • Jonathan Edwards and the Typology of Nature

    Dave
    9 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Typology is a sticky subject. Which passages can we consider typological? Which can’t we? Jonathan Edwards liked typology so much that he extended it beyond Scripture and into the natural world. He assumed that if the world was made by the God of the Bible we would see things in the world and its created order that pointed us to truths about God. Some examples: “Children’s coming into the world naked and filthy, and in their blood, and crying and impotent, is to signify the spiritual nakedness, pollution of nature and wretchedness of condition with which they are…
  • Is Strong’s Concordance Reliable?

    Dave
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    The most-visited page on my website remains How NOT To Use Strong’s Concordance. It’s slightly frustrating that a page which has essentially nothing to do with this site’s central message is it’s all-time leader in views, pulling in more than quadruple the amount of search traffic as most other sections of the site. I’m not too frustrated however because the gospel-centered hermeneutic I’m dedicated to here is a much narrower niche. So I thought I’d pause a moment and answer a question I see a lot about Strong’s concordance: Is it reliable?
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    WisdomWonderBeauty

  • We Survived the Move! (Barely)

    Mr. Wiseguy
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tunnel Snow Swirl Photo Credit: Sharon Mollerus via Compfight cc Let me tell you, it was close! We started with a blizzard the night before moving day, and we just finished our first house-project-that-sounds-easy-but-surprisingly-never-ends. It’s been a crazy month! When we first walked through this house, we were most excited by……… the utility room! That’s right – not the kitchen or the yard or the garage. The utility room. It was huge – and mostly empty. One piece of advice from the BiggerPockets podcast is to look for easy equity. This was a great…
  • We Bought a House!

    Mr. Wiseguy
    21 Feb 2014 | 11:53 am
    **This post is part of the 30 Before 30 series. It’s like a bucket list, but broken down by decades – 30 goals by age 30, 40 goals by 40, and so on. The ongoing list and relevant posts can be found here.** Our New House! It’s true! We closed just a few days ago. Our search began nearly a year ago – and the market was ridiculously competitive. In 4 months, we put in an offer on only one house – along with 11 other potential buyers that same day. Seriously frustrating. With Lil Wonder on the way, we decided it was a good time to take a break. We licked our wounds…
  • Why Before How

    Mr. Wiseguy
    9 Feb 2014 | 12:53 pm
    NEXT: Twin Cities 2014 “My story started with an observation back in college. There are challenges like making the next best smartphone. And then there are challenges like poverty and disease. There is significantly more money going into your phone – making the next, slightly better version of what you already have – than into these large world issues. Not only money – time, resources, and talent all favor the latest technology.” I’ll admit, I was intrigued – especially considering this was a talk on using real estate to replace your 9-5 job. My good…
  • NEXT: Twin Cities – Putting Ideas in Action

    Mr. Wiseguy
    19 Jan 2014 | 7:23 am
    Photo Credit: “Caveman Chuck” Coker via Compfight cc The lightbulb flashes – there! A great idea. Quick, capture it! Ideas are elusive – especially the best ones. Thankfully, you were quick and wrote this one down. You’ve done it. Cured cancer, discovered Atlantis, found the perfect Cheerios:milk ratio. What it is isn’t important – what matters is it’s big. There’s only one question remaining… What’s Next?   Seriously. How do you go from a great idea to a great product? What if you want to take it further and change peoples’…
  • Lifestyle Design

    Mr. Wiseguy
    9 Jan 2014 | 10:51 am
    Are you being crushed by ‘average’?  – Photo Credit: peasap via Compfight cc Go to College > Graduate > Get Hired > Buy a Car > Buy a House > Have a Family > Work for Decades > Retire. Sound about average? Here are some more examples of average: The average student in Minnesota has $31K in student loan debt  [Mint] The average baby boomer is $500K short of being able to retire [CNBC] The average new car loses 11% of its value the second it leaves the lot [Edmunds] The average mortgage debt is $150K [NerdWallet] Does being average sound appealing? I…
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    Seeing Invisible

  • Why I Wrote Here & Gone

    Blake Mankin
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Next month, I’ll be releasing my third EP. It’ll be called Here & Gone, and it’s a handful of songs I’ve poured my heart into. I’ve had some incredible friends that have helped me pull this off, and I’m grateful they’ve served generously to make it possible for me to keep creating songs.   Music is one of those things that helps me articulate ideas in a way no other medium can. It’s a canvas that offers a different palette of colors to choose from. And with Here & Gone, I painted in a way I haven’t before. I’ve been…
  • Why Your Home Should Have an Open Door Policy

    Blake Mankin
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    photo credit: Lee Cannon via photopin ccGrowing up, my family had an open door policy. This meant that anyone was welcome. It meant the house could be a wreck and people could still come over. It meant the refrigerator didn’t just feed our immediate family, it also fed our extended family–included neighbors and friends. I didn’t know just how impactful this philosophy was until I was at lunch recently with a friend I’ve known most of my life. He told me he wanted to model his future family with the same idea in mind. The open door policy changed his life, and it made him want to…
  • What We’ve Learned Living in a Garage

    Blake Mankin
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:42 am
    Meagan and I live in a garage that’s been converted into a place to live. It’s about 450 square feet and is essentially a studio apartment. Our neighbor down the road actually used to live in it, and he installed small windows and a kitchen. We weren’t quite sure how it would go getting our marriage kicked off living in a place this small, but we were excited for the adventure. And let me tell you–it’s been amazing. People sometimes wonder how we do it. They ask us how we manage with what they might think is a space for ants. Honestly, it’s hard to imagine doing anything else…
  • Six Things You Need to Know About Life After College

    Blake Mankin
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    photo credit: kevin dooley via photopin cc The day after graduation can feel like an identity crisis. I remember sitting there thinking about how anti-climactic it felt to walk across a stage and get a diploma. How it seemed like college happened in a blink of an eye. I had worked so hard to graduate, and there I was–having an existential crisis. I had no idea what the next few months/years/decades would hold for me because I hadn’t locked down a job and I felt scared, unsure of myself, and in limbo. To some extent, sadly, this uncertainty remains true even today. But the decisions up…
  • Ten Quick Tips to Start Your Work Week

    Blake Mankin
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    photo credit: Ian Sane via photopin cc Welcome to Monday. Another week is upon us, and we have some decisions to make. Will we go all in? Will we choose to press into the adventure God is inviting us to experience? When Friday rolls around, will we be able to say we gave it our all? Will we be able to say we focused, pressed in, created, invested in relationships, poured ourselves out, and rested? Here are ten quick tips to remember as you move through work this week: 1) Don’t look for your worth in your job title. Your position doesn’t define you. What God thinks of you defines you. And…
 
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • 5 Stages of Easter

    virtuousgirls1
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Palm Sunday A triumphant entry. A crowd of happy people. Singing and shouting, “Hosanna!” Palm branches waving for a King had come in peace. Zion’s King had come. Righteous and victorious. Lowly and riding a donkey. The Prince of peace. Maundy Thursday A holy day. A solemn day. Thursday of mysteries. The washing of feet and the last supper. The Christ gives bread as His body and the cup as His blood. Take and eat. Take and drink. An announcement sends a wave of shock through the gathering of twelve. There is a betrayer among them. What? Is it I, Lord? Surely, it isn’t…
  • JANAE – NEW POST (chapter 5)

    virtuousgirls1
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Taylor wins a chess championship; Janae gets into a fight with Beverly – CHAPTER 5 of ‘JANAE’ has been posted. Check it out now! Girls of Virtue – Book Three: Janae Before Janae could do it, Mika Gist gave her a call. “Janae, there just aren’t any words to express my disappointment with what happened on Sunday,” she began as soon as Janae answered her cell phone. “I heard about the fire at your church. I know about your mom and I am glad she is okay. But there is such a thing called professionalism where the job is finished, no matter how you feel or what is going on in your…
  • Good Friday

    virtuousgirls1
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    The same day true love died is also the day death died.
  • A Separation, Darkness, and Good Friday

    virtuousgirls1
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Here is an awesome Good Friday devotional from Lon Solomon that we thought we would share. (Also, you can listen to Lon preaching “Jesus Rose from the Dead, IMPOSSIBLE?” at MBC this Easter weekend). Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45-46) Today is Good Friday — the day we remember Christ’s death on the cross. Scripture tells us that on…
  • Women of the Word: Salome, mother of the sons of Zebedee

    virtuousgirls1
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    James and John were brothers who were also disciples of Christ while He was here on earth. They had good character qualities which included loyalty, faithfulness, and zeal for the kingdom of God. After Jesus’ ascension, the Zebedee brothers, both preached the Gospel. James became the first apostle to die for Christ. Legend has it that John was thrown into boiling oil, but survived and lived to write the book of Revelation on the island of Patmos. Perhaps a lot of the passion, dedication, and toughness that these brothers showed can be attributed to their mother, Salome. Salome was also…
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Mothers Day Flower Basket

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    I’m about a month early, but I thought I would get a start on Mothers Day. This craft is a cute mothers day flower basket that any mom would be happy to receive. You can also use this as a cup holder by inserting a small Styrofoam cup into the flower basket. Instructions Print the […]
  • Bible Beard

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    A simple beard your kids can make for a variety of Bible stories. Instructions Print the template onto card stock. (Template) Color and cut out the beard. There are two ways of wearing the beard. 1 Glue the beard to a large popsicle stick. 2 With a one-hole punch, make two holes on each side […]
  • The Church

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The church is the group of believers not the building itself. It is very important that kids have a correct understanding of what the church is and isn’t. Important aspects to cover when teaching our kids about the church: The difference between the local and universal church. When the church was founded. The reason we […]
  • Adam And Eve- Coloring Page

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Adam And Eve (Coloring Page) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the […]
  • A Year Of Blogging

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Today marks my blog’s first birthday; one full year of blogging. When I started my blog I really had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know if anyone would actually visit my blog or if I would even be blogging a year later. It has been a crazy ride; full of fun, but a […]
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    Renewed Daily

  • Sunday Scripture: 4/20/14

    Renewed Daily
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. - Colossians 1:12-14 If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to someone you know, please share it 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: 4/20/14 appeared first on Renewed Daily.written by Renewed Daily
  • Recommendation Saturday: Rise Up!

    Renewed Daily
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach.And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained.So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.This is a trustworthy saying:If we die with him,we will also live with him.If we endure hardship,we will reign with him.If we deny him,he will deny us.- 2 Timothy 2:8-12When you're feeling overcome by the discouragement, when all…
  • Why Seek the Living with the Dead?

    Renewed Daily
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”Peter and the other disciple started out for the tomb. They were both running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and…
  • The Power of One

    Renewed Daily
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. - Romans 5:18-19 One can have power. Power that is so far-reaching, it may not be fully known in that person's lifetime. But this is not about your power or mine. No. This is about the bad way that the word “small” makes us feel.Each of you, no matter who you are, no matter where you're from or what your…
  • Hanging In Here

    Renewed Daily
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle. - Exodus 17:10-13On any…
 
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • Fairest Lord Jesus

    kristinemac
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Good Friday. The day we remember the deepest act of love ever offered to humanity. The day when Jesus gave His life so all  of us could be forgiven of our sin once and for all. Fairest Lord Jesus.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DVD Review: Iesodo

    kristinemac
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Iesodo (Yay-Sa-Doe) is a cute children’s video series which features animated birds in short vignettes taken from Bible stories about Jesus. There are three words I will use to describe these... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • In the Quiet Moments

    kristinemac
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Well, I woke up to three inches (thereabouts) of snow covering my balcony this morning. Can you believe it? Snow! In fact, there were snowflakes floating through the air as I drove my husband to work... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DVD Review: Acts of God

    kristinemac
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    Why does God allow suffering? Oh man. What a difficult and emotionally charged question. A question which, if we are being (completely) honest with ourselves, Christians tend to avoid or not handle... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jesus Final Miracle

    kristinemac
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Today, I heard a message which spoke of Jesus activities preceding His entry into Jerusalem…the city where His death would occur within days of His triumphant arrival as the people cried out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Movie Parables

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

    Michael Elliott
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott The lunacy continues in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues as America’s dumbest newscaster returns to the screen with his team of broadcast nitwits in tow. On the surface, this sequel to the 2004 comedy appears to offer nothing particularly new. It is just a rehash of the same sophomoric humor of the original film. But there is one notable exception. After stripping away the idiotic behavior of the characters, the questionable taste of the filmmakers, and the puerile nature of the jokes, there is a substantive message at the heart of it all for those…
  • Grudge Match (2013)

    Michael Elliott
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott You have to admit, the concept behind Grudge Match is genius. Casting the Italian Stallion and the Raging Bull in the same film and making them arch rivals is the stuff from which boxing dreams are made. It is just a shame that the film arrived about twenty years too late. Still, the old gents give it their all, playing to their strengths and even poking a little fun at their own images in the process. A sports rivalry between Henry “Razor” Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (Robert De Niro) grew to epic proportions with each of…
  • 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

    Michael Elliott
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott It really isn’t fair to call the featured artists of 20 Feet From Stardom “unsung” heroes, because they can all sing their hearts out and have on many of the popular hits we know and fondly remember from our youth. Backup singers Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega, and Judith Hill among others are brought front and center in an award-winning documentary that finally puts a well-deserved spotlight on these exceedingly talented vocalists. As stated by many of the artists who appear on screen (Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Bette Midler, and…
  • Home Run (2013)

    Michael Elliott
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott There are some problems that cannot be solved by tackling them alone. Home Run tells the story of a very successful baseball player whose life is much less successful off the field. It is a life-affirming story of addiction, forgiveness, recovery, and deliverance that will resonate with many people who have overcome challenges with the help of a support group. Cory Brand (Scott Elrod) is a popular, league-leading All-Star for the Denver Grizzlies baseball team. What people don’t know is that his childhood was anything but idyllic. Raised by an alcoholic…
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

    Michael Elliott
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott Based upon the autobiography by Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street shows how important it is to have a moral compass and how easily greed and excess can lead one away from it. Unfortunately for Belfort, he was drawn to an industry at a time when greed and excess was the name of the game. And unfortunately for the world today, it doesn’t look like there has been much of a downside to playing it which is why things probably haven’t changed all that much. The rich get richer and the poor who want to get rich get duped. Belfort, (Leonardo DiCaprio), was…
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    Thoughtful

  • Laughter is worthwhile (A-Z Blogging Challenge)

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter."  Mark Twain I remember laughing a lot in college.  Looking back there aren't many things I specifically remember laughing about, but one particular moment comes to mind. Dorm checks were on Thursday evenings.  It was relatively informal.  Every (or almost every) Thursday, an RA would check your room and make sure
  • Keeping doors closed and locked is important.(a.k.a. The Night The Man Came In The Dorm) A-Z Blogging Challenge

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    This time I just want to tell you the story of the night the man came in our dorm. First of all, our dorms were strictly separated.  There were three dorms for the girls and three dorms for the guys.  The only times we were allowed in each others' dorms were at the twice a year open houses or during move in or move out times. On top of that, we had curfew every night.  On Monday through
  • Jesus is more important than school. (A-Z Blogging Challenge)

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    For being at a Christian school, it could sometimes be really difficult to live an authentic Christian life. There were plenty of opportunities to worship.  We had chapel, including a worship time, twice a week, plus church on Sunday mornings.  Many of us were at church on Sunday nights and Wednesday nights as well.  We had worship in small group and at dorm meetings.  On any given night, you
  • Invitations to dinner are important. (A-Z Blogging Challenge)

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    It didn't take me long to learn that in college, invitations to dinner are important.  You can only eat in the cafeteria so many meals in a row before you're ready for a change in scenery.  And if you're a proper college student, you can't exactly afford Olive Garden or McDonald's on a regular basis, so you have to rely on the kindness of others. But it's really more than that.  Meals are
  • Helping feels good (A-Z Blogging Challenge)

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Spring break:  Beaches, road trips, a week relaxing at home with the family. Or. Week of Evangelism:  Beaches (yes, a group went to Hawaii), road trips, a week of spending time with friends and school mates to help people that need it. Week of Evangelism (Week of E) came around every spring, at about the same time other schools were having spring break.  And honestly, it looks the same from
 
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    Switchbacks

  • Resurrection – A Reason for Hope

    Karen
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.  – Matthew 28:5-6 A lot of emotions, questions and fears must have been swirling within the women as they made their way to […]
  • Eclipsed

    Karen
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    On Tuesday April 15, skywatchers in Atlanta will be treated to a total lunar eclipse. While poetry, songs, and love stories romantically depict the moon as ‘shining’ in the night sky, the reality is that it has no light of its own and merely reflects the abundant light of the sun back to a dark […]
  • From Theory to Reality

    Karen
    28 Mar 2014 | 10:22 am
    Recently, I was thumbing through a wonderful and thought-provoking book written by a Gary Haugen who works on behalf of oppressed people who are enslaved in countries around the world. His initiation into this ministry began when he learned of the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s. Back then, he recalled seeing news broadcasts reporting the […]
  • Understanding Noah

    Karen Woodall
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:31 am
    The big budget movie, Noah, opens this weekend.  And if you’re active at all on social media, you know that it’s already stirred a significant level of controversy. Some Christian leaders have called on their congregations and followers to boycott it because of the creative license that writers have taken with the story. Other commentators […]
  • Team Colors

    Karen Woodall
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:52 am
    The NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament officially gets underway this weekend. If you read my post last week, it’ll be no surprise to discover that I look forward to it every year. I enjoy watching game after game after game as the exciting, and sometimes brutal eliminations take place. And you can be sure that I’ll […]
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    Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times

  • How Ancient Civilizations Avoided Collapse

    Martin
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:11 am
    Agrigento, Ancient and Modern Many ancient civilizations were able to endure for over 500 years, or in some cases more than 1,000 years. Even though we consider ourselves to be far more advanced, we are in some ways at the tribal stage of development the way we’re divided among ourselves. In fact, the very fabric [...] The post How Ancient Civilizations Avoided Collapse appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
  • A Prayer Walk in the Rain

    Martin
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:02 pm
    image courtesy Chobonaut I went for a walk in the rain today. I walked farther than I had planned because I was enjoying a fruitful time of prayer. Have you ever felt like God was looking down at you in approval of something you were doing for His sake? It’s a wonderful feeling, isn’t it? [...] The post A Prayer Walk in the Rain appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
  • What Does the Bible Say About Human Rights?

    Martin
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Do we have all these rights?…  Do we have any rights? (Courtesy: @Flickr) The topic of human rights can be a confusing one for Christians. It brings up questions such as: What rights do people in relation to one another? What rights do we have in relation to governments? When is it appropriate to demand [...] The post What Does the Bible Say About Human Rights? appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
  • The Truth About Tithes and Offerings

    Martin
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    You’ve probably heard stories about widows who gave their last dollar to a televangelist. Many Christians have had negative experiences in terms of how funds were solicited and used by ministers. I now know what the Bible actually teaches about tithes and offerings. Here are some tweets on this topic, posted from my account, @RTGbook: [...] The post The Truth About Tithes and Offerings appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
  • Thoughts on Justice and the Wisdom of Solomon

    Martin
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    This post is the start of something new! As some of you know, I occasionally preach a little “sermon” on Twitter. Unfortunately, it can take a great deal of time and work to convey the same ideas in a blog post, due to all the transitions and further thoughts. This can easily extend a few [...] The post Thoughts on Justice and the Wisdom of Solomon appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
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  • {Good Friday} Worthy Is The Lamb Who Was Slain

    Jen Ratzlaff
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is a picture from my childhood that is unlike any other.  It is of my sister and I, bundled up against the bitter early Spring on an Idaho farm.  We have on giant beanies, “toughskin” jeans, and pink cheeks that tell of the frigid wind.  Next to us, in a sheep’s pen, is a tiny newborn lamb and its mother. We had spent the morning seeing all of the animals and hearing about farm life.  We especially enjoyed the newborn lambs.  Have you seen baby lambs?  Really, nothing is cuter.  Farm life can be full of harsh realities, though, and before long we came across death in the…
  • Taking Off the Mask

    Meghan Alanis
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you ever look around and wonder if what we see on the outside of others is truly who they are? We walk around and see smiles plastered on faces that are so used to answering the question of “How are you?” with “I’m good/fine, how are you?” I sometimes wonder if anyone every really answers that question honestly anymore. Myself included. Since when have we become so much like robots that our answers, facial expressions and questions to others spew out of our mouths like a script we have memorized? I have been reading a book on vulnerability. (Seriously, if you haven’t read…
  • Running and Resting: Maintain Margin in Your Busy Schedule

    Melissa Danisi
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I recently had to fill out an inventory answering the question “How am I at maintaining margin?”  I had to rate the following questions from 0=Never to 5=Nearly Always. I am able to keep up with my work load without taking time from other important things and people in my life. My lifestyle is characterized by love, joy, peace and patience. When there is more work than I can handle, I can leave it, physically and mentally, so that it doesn’t bother me after work. I have ample time and energy to enjoy my friends. I take a day of rest weekly. I get enough sleep to maintain good physical…
  • Sitting in the Significance of Covenant

    Jaime Strmiska
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ever have those “aha” moments? The ones that leave you a little dazed and wondering why you never “got it” before? I feel like I’ve been having one of those lately working through a Bible study on covenant. The concept of covenant is core to our Christian faith, but even what may seem like the most basic, foundational tenets have a way of rocking our world. Covenant is woven all throughout the Bible. And I’ve been sitting in awe reading through one particular example the last few weeks. It’s from 2 Samuel 9. It’s the story of David showing kindness to a young man named…
  • Writing Your Way to Understand God’s Word

    Ashley Brannan
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have you ever closed the pages of the Bible and wonder, “Well, what am I to do with that?” or you already forget what you just read? Been there, and we often will if we don’t take intention to interact with the very living Word of God. As we examine the scriptures, may we respond to its examining of us. What makes a conversation? Interaction. Responses. Yes there are many things said through non-verbal communication, but dialogue makes life-giving conversation. God is sharing His very heart with you on these pages, and we often walk away silent without responding to His very…
 
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • We Serve a Risen Savior!

    Andy
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Hallelujah—Christ is risen! Today is the most joyous day of the year: the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb, and the grace and forgiveness that his death and resurrection make possible. Today, Christ-followers in every corner of the world are rejoicing in the living hope that is Jesus Christ. Wherever you are this morning, you can participate by taking a few moments to read the Easter story below. Maybe you’ve never read the Easter story before, or maybe you’ve read it a hundred times. Either way, know that whatever your circumstances, whatever…
  • Passion Week Visualized

    Jonathan
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    The following Infographics are from the NIV QuickView Bible (Zondervan, 2012) (website). Navigate and understand the Bible easily with more than 360 visual Infographics, 20 maps, lists, and color-coded sections alongside the NIV text. The Bible is presented as never before through at-a-glance snapshots that visually display key stories and insights from God’s Word.
  • The Fools and Villains of Good Friday

    Andy
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today is Good Friday, the bleakest moment in the Gospel story. Reading the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial and crucifixion today, we have the benefit of knowing that it’s all leading up to the triumph of Easter. But to the Jesus-followers present at the scene, it must have seemed that the world as they knew it was falling apart. One of the challenges of reading the crucifixion story two thousands years after the event took place is that it’s difficult for us to empathize with its participants. From our perspective, the Easter crowds seem insanely fickle; Jesus’ disciples…
  • Maundy Thursday and the Command to Love

    Katie
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    You’re probably familiar with Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday—the three most prominent days of Holy Week. But how much do you know about Maundy Thursday (that’s today!)? Maundy Thursday, also known as “Holy Thursday,” is the Thursday before Easter. It’s a day of anticipation in which we wait for the grim events of Good Friday and the joyous news of Easter Sunday. The word “maundy” comes from the Latin word mandatum, which translates to “commandment.” The particular commandment is found in John 13. Jesus, washing his…
  • The Bible Says Heaven is for Real

    Jonathan
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    The movie Heaven is for Real (@heavenisforreal) is the latest Hollywood production to incorporate biblical truth into theatrical entertainment, joining recently released movies Son of God (@SonofGodMovie), Noah (@NoahMovie), God’s Not Dead (@GodsNotDeadFilm), and the 35th anniversary edition of Jesus Film (@JESUSfilm) on Blu-ray and DVD (watch online). The movie’s companion book is Heaven is for Real: Movie Edition by Todd Burpo (W Publishing, 2014). Heaven Is for Real is the true story of Colton Burpo, the four-year-old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who, during emergency…
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • Sidestepping Abiathar: Arguing for Christianity without Fighting for Inerrancy

    Nicene Nerd
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:48 pm
    If you’ve ever had a debate with an atheist or other skeptic about Christianity, you’ve probably heard it. Those four terrible words. “The Bible contains errors.” Suddenly, at least from their perspective, your entire argument is worthless. For we know how it goes: If they’re convinced there is one error in the Bible, that should mean it’s not God’s Word for God cannot err, and if the Bible isn’t God’s Word, then Christianity is false. Naturally, the first response that may come to mind is “Prove it” or perhaps “No there…
  • How to Know God’s Will for You (Without Gimmicks, Funny Feelings, or Voices in Your Head)

    Nicene Nerd
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    “What is God’s will for my life?” This question consumes the minds of many believers perpetually. Taught from birth to seek God’s will in everything, many find themselves stuck on major (or minor) decisions trying to discern what God wants them to do. I come to free you. Okay, as dramatically as I imagine saying that in my head, I’m really only trying to point out a Biblical truth which actually is somewhat liberating. Ready for it? Here it goes. You don’t need to constantly seek out “God’s will”—i.e. mysterious plans God has for your…
  • Are Catholics Real Believers?

    Nicene Nerd
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Can Catholics be real Christians? This is a question that many evangelical Protestants ask at some point, and I think there is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation out there. This linked article, while not exhaustive, is I think a good start to understanding this issue. The post Are Catholics Real Believers? appeared first on The Nicene Nerd.
  • The New Way to Get the Nerd

    Nicene Nerd
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Hello, all! Many of you probably saw my recent video of me singing “In Summer” from Frozen. Well, having done that, I came to the decision that I want to do more blog stuff on my YouTube channel, because vlogging is cool. So send me requests and I’ll respond with videos! The post The New Way to Get the Nerd appeared first on The Nicene Nerd.
  • Love, Selflessness, and Pleasure

    Nicene Nerd
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    If you asked twenty good men today what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness. But if you had asked almost any of the great Christians of old, he would have replied, Love. You see what has happened? A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more than philological importance. The negative idea of Unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point. I do not think this is the…
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    Nomadic Ministry

  • He is Risen Indeed

    Kyle
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    A woman runs frantically back to the group of Disciples who are sitting dejected a the thought of going back to the normal day-to-day after following the charismatic Man whom they thought was their Savior. Bursting through the door of the Upper Room she frantically tells them that His body is missing as she tries to catch her breath. The Disciple that Christ loved and the rock of the church sprint to the tomb only to find it empty as the woman had said. Seeing this they each went to their own homes, but the woman stayed outside the tomb weeping as a man approach. As she spoke to this man…
  • Video of the Week-DC Talk Red Letter’s

    Elijah Christian
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bslr7yb3Eao The truth is in the Red Letters.
  • A Truly Good Friday

    Elijah Christian
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
      Jesus walked into Jerusalem a marked man. He frightened the Jewish ruling class because He claimed to be God and had the ability to forgive people’s sins. He frightened the Roman elite because He caused unrest in the sizeable Jewish minority. Jerusalem was the hot bed of it all. It is no surprise that after Passover holiday that the authorities finally make their move to end this Jesus movement. Little did they knew they were planning right into God’s plan. After being sold out by one of His disciples, Judas, Jesus is taken in the Garden of Gethsemane. His disciples try to fight…
  • Jesus’ Last Passover

    Elijah Christian
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Right in the middle of the Passion week is the Jewish holiday of Passover. This is the holiday that Jesus and the disciples were celebrating in the Upper Room. It symbolizes God having passed over the Israelites to take of the firstborn of all of Egypt. Passover allows us to remember just how great the God we serve is and how He has been with us since the beginning. The Jewish people were slaves in Egypt after the Pharoah’s of the day had forgotten about the contributions Joseph had made for them. They were forced to endure great hardships under their Egyptian rulers and God heard their cry…
  • The True King

    Elijah Christian
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
      We all live under the rule of someone. Whether it be children under the rule of their parents or citizens under a government we all have someone that we answer to. This can get frustrating at times when those above us are uncaring, corrupt, or evil. We have been given a great hope though. No matter what earthly powers we live under right now we know that we serve the True King. As we begin the Passion week we find ourselves watching our King make his triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Many of these same people who are lying these branches down in front of Christ will soon be those who are…
 
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    Do You Really Believe.com

  • What do you think the marks of a true Christian are?

    admin
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Based on being or not being a Christian, I really believe this is a judgement that you need to do on yourself.  Judging others is not for the Christian or non Christian.  Let’s leave this up to God… Love in Action Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in love.Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.  Bless those who…
  • Who is Jesus? (Video)

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”  John 11:25-26 (NIV) So many people have an idea of what Jesus was.  The key to Jesus is He was the One to save us all. Click here to view the video on YouTube. Do you rely on Jesus?  Are you willing to allow Him to save you?  Do you not understand? Do You Believe? Questions, Share, Email, Facebook image: Christopher Chan    
  • Do you think God owes you?

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Do you ever wonder if God loves you and you don’t get what you deserve or do you think God owes you? What relationships in your life have taught you grace? Or have relationships shown you no grace?  Have you had to show grace? The Death-Dealing Sin, the Life-Giving Gift 12-14 You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in—first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge…
  • Are you breaking bad?

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I wondered about the name of a very popular TV show called “Breaking Bad”.  Based on the name, you could interpret it in so many ways.  I started watching it with the hopes that it would show some people breaking free from being bad.  The show was not this at all.  In fact, I think it was someone breaking the mold on being bad to worse than bad. The interesting thing in life is that we seem to seek being bad.  I know there is also a very popular song right now that states the following: “Counting Stars” by One Republic: I feel something so right By doing the wrong thing And I…
  • Who is calling?

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 (NIV) What does “save” mean?  When we call upon God, we will get help.  This help will not always be what we think help is, but when we look back on life, we will realize how God helped us.  Think about a major pain point in your life.  Ask God why this was put in your life and how you can use this for Him.  Know that if you ask God to save you He will! Do You Believe? Questions, Share, Email, Facebook
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    a Journal of Missional Living

  • How Perspective Matters (in pictures and life)

    Sharon R Hoover
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:05 am
    Sometimes our problems are all about perspective. (Mind-blowing photos to change your perspective are just a few inches below...) When I’m feeling a bit crazed from the pulls of being wife and mom and friend and daughter and employee and sister, I just need to step back and remember that this life is most about […] The post How Perspective Matters (in pictures and life) appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • The Weaver

    Sharon R Hoover
    28 Feb 2014 | 4:55 am
    A classic poem, The Weaver, written by Benjamin M. Franklin and quoted frequently by Corrie ten Boom speaks to the age-old quandry of contentment amidst uncertainty… My life is just a weaving Between my Lord and me. I cannot change the color For He works most steadily. Oft times He weaves the sorrow And I […] The post The Weaver appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Emerging out of the Christian Bubble

    Sharon R Hoover
    21 Feb 2014 | 7:33 am
    I don’t remember making the choice to be in the Bubble. I just remember looking up and finding myself reclining comfortably in the Christian bubble. I listened to Christian music, read Christian novels, subscribed to Christian blogs, attended Christian conferences, and wore Christian jewelry. I had become a valuable consumer of all things Christian. Don’t […] The post Emerging out of the Christian Bubble appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • New Look for the Journal

    Sharon R Hoover
    15 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    I love moving furniture around in my house. It makes things new. Fresh. (It also shows me where the dust was gathering and what needed tending to!) In similar fashion, I decided it was time to move the furniture around here in my blog home.  I’ve had the same look for three years. It’s time […] The post New Look for the Journal appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Romance as a Mirror of Life

    Sharon R Hoover
    14 Feb 2014 | 5:41 am
    It’s here. The romance day of the year…Valentine’s Day! While it generates millions of dollars in card and flower sales (billions, even?), the day also offers a moment to reflect on romance. According to Dictionary.com, the very nature of romance is fanciful, impractical, and unrealistic. Yet I believe the display of these strong emotions is, […] The post Romance as a Mirror of Life appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
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    Brad Andres

  • Lead Us Not Into Temptation. Deliver Us From Evil.

    Brad Andres
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    God is simple, yet God is complex. His love is easy to understand, yet His love is deeper than the oceans. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil is easy to get but deeper than surface understanding. These phrases in the Lord’s prayer embrace the complexity of God. Why would we need to ask God to keep us away from temptation if He doesn’t want us to sin? Why should we ask to be delivered from evil if we are under God’s circle of protection? Many ancient Jewish prayers suggest this verse means something along the lines of “do not let us sin when we are tested.” It…
  • Walk Your Talk: Our Image of a Christian Man (@GoodMenProject)

    Brad Andres
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    It may be khaki pants, a tucked in polo shirt, shaven, clean cut hair, wife, two kids, and a two story off-white house with a picket fence. Or it could be worn jeans, a loosely fitted tee shirt, old tennis shoes, a high mileage, low rusted car, and a family. How about suit and tie, slicked hair, bible always in right hand near his chest hidden behind the glare of his watch. Maybe it’s the dude with tattoos, torn shirts, camo shorts, and who likes to enjoy a few beers on the weekend. Or possibly it is the gentleman who has the kept beard, deep voice, button down shirt, and each weekend plays…
  • 5 Money Tips After the Honeymoon (@Manturity)

    Brad Andres
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Finding your prized bride or groom is exciting. Then, being able to enjoy the union of two becoming one is exhilarating. The honeymoon is a surreal experience to give you the opportunity to relax, unwind, and simply escape the stresses of everyday life with your new partner in life. Unfortunately, the honeymoon doesn’t last forever. All newlyweds must come back to the eb-and-flow of everyday life. In family life, finances are part of the everyday driving rhythm. Money, unfortunately, is also one of the leading causes of divorce among married couples. Here are 5 money tips to help you stay…
  • A Brief History of St. Patrick

    Brad Andres
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    At 16 years old, St. Patrick was taken as a prisoner to Ireland. He spent six years shepherding as a captive.One day during his captivity, he felt God tell him it was time to leave Ireland. At that point, St. Patrick walked a few hundred miles to the coast, and from there continued his journey home to Great Britain. Shortly after returning home St. Patrick had a dream in which angels directed him to return to Ireland as a missionary to spread the message of Jesus Christ. Shortly afterwards, Patrick spent the next 15 years studying and gaining religious training. Once he was ordained, he was…
  • Jesus as the Son of God and Disciples as Real People (Movie Review)

    Brad Andres
    12 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    To answer the question many people are asking: Yes the Son of God movie is comprised mainly of scenes from The Bible TV series. However, there are also additional scenes added, some scenes extended, and a few scenes which were removed from the footage shown in The Bible TV series. All in all, I feel even if you watched the entire The Bible TV series, Son of God is worth the watch. What the Son of God movie is not. The Son of God movie is not a masterpiece of the Passion of Christ. Mel Gibson’s Passion portrays the final moments of Jesus’ life in a much more vivid and impactful…
 
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    SightShift

  • Tips for Talking To Your Teens

    Adam
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    *Hi, I’m Adam. Chris asked me to hijack his blog and write something meaningful about connecting with teenagers. This is my best attempt. I’d love to hear your thoughts over on Facebook. Listening to teenagers, one thing became painfully clear to me: teenagers rarely feel free to be themselves around adults. Now I have a theory for this… Most of the adults in their lives have communicated that they’ll be most celebrated when they perform well. This counterfeit of “performance based love” is confused with unconditional love. Teachers celebrate the highest…
  • Freedom From Pressure: A Leader’s Family

    Chris McAlister
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    As a pastor I face the pressure of navigating a public life while nurturing a young family that needs space to develop in an environment of freedom.  I’m writing this from my perspective but cross-application is possible as all families face pressure to conform. Every family member has a unique journey. Every family member has a unique journey. Each one is to be celebrated. We need to annihilate, deconstruct, and destroy this idea that – if there’s a pastor in the family – all members of the family should relate to the church the same. INSTEAD family members do not…
  • Leading From A Secure Identity: 3 actions

    Chris McAlister
    4 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    3 ways I see Jesus leading that inspires me to lead others. These actions overflow from a secure identity. 1. You don’t have to have all the answers. As a leader my grasp on the situation is finite. I pray. And with prayer I may not get the answer but I am reminded I am not threatened by the lack of having an answer. I can rest secure in my identity even when the outcome of the mission feels uncertain. In His humanity Jesus relinquished having all the answers. He was clear on who He was, His mission towards Jerusalem, and building the community of His disciples. He was OK not knowing…
  • 9 ways fear can define you as a single person

    Chris McAlister
    14 Feb 2014 | 3:00 am
    Maybe you resonate with these words: I’m single. And the pressure on every single person is to be in relationship. So I search for relationship. But when I search because of the external pressure I feel, I try to force something on my life. It’s not overflow. It’s clouded by my core fear. And this approach leads to unhealthy relationships. Not relationships that thrive, that are life giving, that are mutually beneficial. But relationships that I steal from, that I suck the life out of, that I take from more than I give to. They become strained and hard rather than fun and…
  • A Few Other Books On Identity…Kind Of

    Chris McAlister
    28 Jan 2014 | 3:00 am
    This list isn’t exhaustive. And I don’t agree with everything in the books but these are some solid reads to reinforce your SightShift journey: God, Freedom, and Human Dignity by Ron Highfield It may be a heavier read than what you’re used to but it isn’t drowning in academic prose. It’s clear, compelling, and worth working through for the historical overview regarding the concept of identity. I actually owe an apology to the author. I read this one while editing the SightShift: Identity book. I went to painstaking detail to cut everything that wasn’t…
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • How Should We Respond to World Vision? | Podcast with Zack Hunt

    Steve Bremner
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:09 pm
    This week I got to have on the podcast Zack Hunt, author of the popular blog, The American Jesus. We discussed the origins and inspiration of The American Jesus, and how a blogger can walk the fine line of being poignant and being humorous. We also discuss the polarization that faith-based movies are causing in the Christian subculture and what should our reaction be to it. It was a real privilege for me because I've been following Zack's often humorous and oft-poignant blog for about a year, [Continue reading...]
  • Why I Will Not Be Giving Away My New Book Free | Podcast

    Steve Bremner
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    This week we're trying something a little different. This week I recorded an episode of the Fire On Your Head podcast solo. That means this week there is no guest. This is the first time I've recorded a podcast this way in nearly 7 years. In the past I've made 5-10 minute introductions often times before getting to the recorded interviews. This time, it's just 35 minutes or so of me sharing from my heart and updating you on a few things; my latest book, and why I won't be giving it away [Continue reading...]
  • Missionary Tip #3: Learn the Language

    Steve Bremner
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:55 am
    This tip might seem like a no-brainer, but I'm amazed how many missionary friends I have who basically budget for their support to factor in paying for a translator. For years. Now, I realize when you first go to the new country, or you are on a short term trip, it's not likely you'll have learned the language beyond pointing at items on a menu and sharing greetings. But I know people who've been on the field over a decade and still don't speak the language. Who need to travel with an interpreter [Continue reading...]
  • How To Put Non-Amazon e-books on Your Kindle

    Steve Bremner
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:56 am
    If you have ever gotten an ebook that you can read on your Kindle, but you didn't buy it or obtain it from Amazon, don't worry. Placing it on your Kindle is quite easy. I recently gave away Kindle books of mine, and I was surprised to see 80% of the people who downloaded them wrote me back asking how to put it on their Kindle device. Some even searched for software to use to 'convert' the file to another file type they assumed it needed to be in order to work on their Kindle device. Take a [Continue reading...]
  • Hungry for a Fresh Touch

    Steve Bremner
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:15 pm
    ?§m? / Foter / CC BY-NCIn a recent post I mentioned the impact the late Evangelist Steve Hill has had on my life. On Friday Lili and I watched the memorial service live online, and we have been really stirred up in a fresh way concerning the presence of God and revival in our lives. As a result, we've watched a few YouTube videos of him preaching during the revival in the 1990s, starting especially with this one after seeing many people share it on Facebook: You Can't Have it! I introduced [Continue reading...]
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    Recent Prayer Requests

  • Apr 21, Prayer for financial stability

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Lord, I am not worthy, I know fully well my money belongs not to me, but to you. You have graciously provided for me in the past and I have misused your
  • Apr 21, Prayer for immediate employment of my brother

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Dear Lord Jesus Christ please help my brother Macnell Alcorcon for an immediate employment now in Singapore. I hope Lord his previous employer in Singapore
  • Apr 21, A Prayer to Save My Marriage

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Heavenly Father, please help me I have made a mess of my marriage by not being the loving and caring man that I set out to be and that my wife expected
  • Apr 21, Prayer for Help and Guidance

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Jesus,thank you for waking up me once again.Lord,pls.bless my child in her activities.May you will beside her helping,guiding,guarding,protecting and loving
  • Apr 21, Prayer for my dying Mother

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Please pray to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, The Master Physician, if He is willing to heal my very sick Mother, She suffers from Anemia and her care
 
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    Wisdom For Wealth

  • 5 Eye-Opening Reasons Prosperity eludes You Despite Your Efforts

    Uche Nwokolo
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    Why you are not prosperous yet You seem Confused, why are others prosperous while you struggle despite your determined efforts? What is it that you haven’t done yet? You ask yourself, you have given your best shot in life still yet you have nothing to show for all your efforts, Life must be so unfair and cruel to you. Something must be wrong or don’t you think so? There is always a way out. Here is a surprising truth about why you are not successful So who is at fault then? Could it be God, the government, your family or even the environment? None of them rather you are the problem. Does…
  • 15 Bible Verses About Giving That’ll Make You More Prosperous

    Uche Nwokolo
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    15 bible verses about giving Giving is an act of meeting other people’s needs that are of utmost importance to them, which in turn makes you more prosperous. Through this bible verses about giving I hope to show you vital concepts about giving because the more outstanding you are at something the better the results in this case more prosperity for you. So here are fifteen bible verses about giving that would make you a more prosperous giver as long as you are willing to do them. 1.) John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him…
  • How To Make the Most Out Of Opportunities In Life For Greatness

    Uche Nwokolo
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:19 pm
    make the most of opportunities In Life The great Napoleon said Ability is of little account without opportunity. This means no matter your potential for greatness without opportunities you would still be broke and poor. This is why you must learn to make the most out of opportunities in life that comes you way if you want to become a man of unending influence and greatness.   Before we learn how to make the most out of opportunities in life we need to know what makes an event an opportunity or why should you call an event an opportunity. What Really Makes an Event an Opportunity? You may…
  • The Savvy Way To Differentiate Cash Flow Vs Capital Gains

    Uche Nwokolo
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Cash flow vs capital gains As an Investor who truly wants to surge his income irrespective of market conditions then you must be able to differentiate cash flow from capital gains but not foolishly or carelessly but this time it must be done the savvy way.  It involves having an in depth and basic knowledge of both cash flow and capital gains.   Before I show you how to differentiate cash flow vs. capital gains the savvy way, permit me to share with you this story that would help you a lot. How I learned About Cash Flow the Hard Way Recently I and lots of people were carried away by a…
  • How a Rich Man Lost His Billions and Life within a Day

    Uche Nwokolo
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:18 pm
    lost his soul and money within 24hrs Interested in some gossip? I don’t like getting my hands into other people’s issue but I would break this rule just for today. I discovered some vital lessons about a rich man’s private life concerning money. You should read this story and also learn from it, so let’s get into some private things about this rich man who lost it all within a day. Before we continue I would like to get something straight with you. I would like to say that this is post is not trying to make mockery of this young man but rather to learn from his life. We want to see…
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  • Unconventional Christianity Lesson 1: Stop Inviting People to Church

    admin
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Stop Inviting People to Church!  Really! The problem with inviting someone to church is that you are inviting them to church. You are inviting them into a relationship with the people of the church and all the luggage. And if you invite them into a relationship with the church, that is sometimes the only relationship that comes from them going to church. What I mean by that is that we invite people to church to hear our pastor, or to check out our awesome worship team, or our cool youth pastor, the hip worship leader, the tasty treats at our coffee shop, our off the hook stage lights with…
  • Unconventional Leadership Lesson Number 11: Support Your Team

    admin
    9 Mar 2014 | 4:47 am
    Recently I was asked how leaders can support our team members as they seek challenging opportunities and experiment with new ways of doing things. Conventional leaders don’t support others who seek challenging opportunities because it takes the spotlight off of themselves.  When you take the spotlight off of a conventional leader they get upset. Unconventional Leaders Support Their Team Members! Unconventional Leaders support their team members by: giving them space, don’t micromanage giving them grace, when they fail dust them off and put them back in the fray giving them encouragement…
  • Unconventional Leadership Lesson Number 10: Sometimes You have to Pull an Old Tire Around

    admin
    23 Feb 2014 | 2:34 am
    Sometimes You have to Pull an Old Tire Around I had a company Sergeant Major that had been in the Army over twenty years, (so that made him around 40 or so) that would run, pulling an tire behind him.  I asked him once why he did that, and he said He needed to do it to challenge himself.  Regular running to him just was not challenging anymore. That may not sound impressive to some.  But let me add that a 40 plus year old, in the Army for over 20 year as a Green Beret, with probably well over one hundred jumps (parachuting from an airplane, usually with a hundred pounds or more of gear…
  • Theology is not about faith…so quit using theology as a weapon

    admin
    21 Feb 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Theology is not about faith.  Really it isn’t… That might sound really strange, but theology is not about faith. Nor is theology faith. Theology is not about salvation. Theology does not save you, it does not bring you salvation. There is a theology of salvation it is called soteriology. There is no fancy word for the theology of faith, so let’s just name it pistosology. I have written in the past about how we humans judge and assess one another’s theology.  I still continue to be amazed at how we are so passionate about our theology as it is compared to others.  It has been…
  • Unconventional Leadership Lesson Number 9: You Can Do Push ups Everyday

    admin
    15 Feb 2014 | 2:49 am
    You Can Do Push ups Every Day It has something to do with the way that you are working the muscles, no weights, kinetic energy or something…but you really can. I found this out on a deployment to a new team.  Probably my first overseas deployment with the team.  I had been around awhile and knew almost everyone on the team, but this was the first time being on a team with them all. The Team Sergeant was, and still is a physical beast, he was huge.  I was frankly not in that good of shape.  It must have been our third day of PT, I was sore front he first two days, it was hot and the Team…
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  • The Spiritual Significance of Easter

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    While Christmas may get the lion's share of media and commercial attention, Easter is the true holiday of the Christian faith. Without Easter, Christianity would be rendered impotent.   As the celebration of the Resurrection, Easter reaches to the core of Christianity. Christians--whose faith is based on the person, teachings, and works of Jesus Christ--look to the Resurrection as not only the focal point of their faith, but the pivotal event of all history. If the Resurrection were not an actual historic event, the whole of Christian teachings and practices would be rendered…
  • Showers of Blessings

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I tend to be a negative person on far too many occasions.  Just this morning I had to make an early morning drive to Wal-Mart in the rain.  I got very wet putting the bags in the car as I left the store.  Then to top it all off, the other drivers seemed a bit befuddled as to how to drive in the hazardous road conditions created by the deluging rains.  As I got within a couple of blocks of my home I was stopped behind the elementary school bus for a minimum of two stops and it took the kids twice as long to get on the bus because the parents were holding umbrellas over them…
  • Faith Quote CS Lewis

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:31 am
     
  • Finding Time For Yourself

    24 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a relationship we often forget the benefit of alone time. In this article we talk about the importance of finding time for yourself, and suggest a few ways to do that in a productive, but relaxing way that you can enjoy.
  • A Brief Introduction To Christian Values

    24 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Christian Beliefs and Values are highly individual to most, however there are core values. In this post we explore these core values as a brief introduction to Christian values.
 
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  • Christians differ over significance of upcoming blood moons

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    Originally published in Christian News Network Christians worldwide are divided over the significance of four upcoming ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipses, namely whether or not the celestial events mark the fulfillment of end times biblical prophecies. During the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the full moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow, causing a total lunar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible from many locations, including all of North and South America. According to EarthSky, the total eclipse will be visible from about 2:00–3:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time. Though the moon’s…
  • First Christian convert from Waodani tribe in Ecudador, passes away

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    Originally published in Assist News One of the first published editions of The Dayuma Story (Photo: assistnews.net) The first believer among the Waodani, previously known as Auca, language community in Ecuador, Dayuma Caento, died on March 1, 2014. According to a missionary prayer update from Wycliffe associates, she was approximately 80 years old. In 1956, five missionaries lost their lives attempting to make contact with this group. Two years later, God used Dayuma to open the way for Elizabeth Elliot and Rachel Saint to begin language work among the Waodani. Dayuma helped to build a…
  • UK PM Cameron calls for stand against the persecution of Christians

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, addressed a room of Christian leaders in his Downing Street office, declaring his faith in Jesus. (Photo: christiantoday.com) Article originally published in Christian Today David Cameron has spoken out more candidly than ever before about his Christian faith during the fourth annual Easter reception in Downing Street last night. Speaking in front of church leaders from all traditions, including Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Prime Minister said he finds his “moments of greatest peace” when he attends the sung Eucharist at St…
  • Movie Wise…APRIL 17, 2014

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:54 am
    A weekly column in which Pieter Pohl, founder and managing director of Innovation Films, sheds some light on the latest movies. Check in each week for reviews and previews of mainstream and Christian movies at the cinema, on TV or on DVD. NOW SHOWING IN CINEMAS: SON OF GODWARNING: Moderate ViolenceOFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.sonofgodmovie.comIN CINEMAS: FROM 17 APRIL 2014MOVIEGUIDE REVIEW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOEa-lhq364&list=PLaCax0dnX198wyJYLHGQGdrU3KxOvYFNH&feature=share&index=2 MovieGuide: SON OF GOD begins with John narrating God’s promise and covenant with His…
  • KMMC speaker preview: Johnny Louw

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:23 am
    Johnny Louw speaking at Karoo MMC 2013. He is speaking again at KMMC 2014. A mighty light set to ignite  Johnny Louw’s desire is to inspire people to be the light of God in their everyday lives, whether it be in their families, among friends, fellow employees or to a stranger in the street. Louw has a rare ability to motivate people to speak life, blessings and love; to be the solution, the remedy, and the strength through Christ to every situation that presents itself. Louw will be witnessing for the Lord Jesus Christ at the Karoo Mighty Men Conference 2014 (KMMC 2014), which will take…
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  • When you need to replace ugliness with beauty (or what a screaming man taught me about loving my enemies)

    Wendy van Eyck
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    [A note from Wendy: Today I'm lending this space to Kristin Grunewald. Her creativity in worshipping God never ceases to amaze me. She recently shared this story on Facebook and I asked if I could share it here.]You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. Matthew 5:33-34 (MSG)Today, a simple trip to the “financial vortex” we like to call Target, ended up being an experience that God would use in my…
  • What if heaven isn’t real? (or when your doubts seem bigger than your faith)

    Wendy van Eyck
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Then all his disciples deserted him [Jesus] and ran away. Mark 14:50 (NLT)"There had better be a heaven."“Why do say that?” my husband asked me.I sighed before responding, “Because if there isn’t, then what are we living for?”We were chatting quietly after just hearing a friend of ours had passed away. We’ve had three friends in their early thirties pass away in the last three months. Each death makes me feel more fragile. It makes me feel my age. It makes me wonder who will be next. It makes me ask some honest questions, to speak and write about things that make me…
  • When you just need a break

    Wendy van Eyck
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” Mark 6:31a (NLT)This is the first March since we’ve been married where the calendar hasn’t been marked by chemo sessions. The first March in two years where our days aren’t measured by injections at 6am and 6pm. It seems a little surreal this change in routine. For so long we put our heads down and pushed through 18 chemotherapies, a stem cell transplant and radiation that it is strange (but good) to not have doctor’s appointments or scans to schedule. We’ve decided to take a break…
  • How to find contentment in difficult circumstances

    Wendy van Eyck
    9 Mar 2014 | 8:00 pm
    [A note from Wendy: Today I'm lending this space to Kelli McIntosh. A woman who understands the difference hope can make.]{A guest devotional by Kelli McIntosh}I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11 – 13 (NIV)I wish you could hear the sound of Kyle’s laughter when he wakes up most days. I do much of my writing in the morning, directly below his bedroom. He just woke up minutes ago and he’s doing his…
  • What if you believed you were worthy?

    Wendy van Eyck
    5 Mar 2014 | 7:02 pm
    It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. 1 Peter 1:18 – 19 (MSG)I measured the oats. Scooped in half a cup of water. And left the mixture to boil. A minute later, I returned, to porridge bubbling over the edge of bowl.  “You’re such an idiot,” I thought. “You should know better. This always happens. You can’t even make a bowl of porridge.”I stopped.“Where is this coming from? It is just porridge. Stop treating…
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  • Jesus Is

    Charles Crutcher
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    What is Easter to me? I do not worship a cross or a tree But I follow the one who died for me You can measure His love in eternity What is Easter to me? It’s the sound of a prison break Bringing the dead awake He set the captives free What is Easter to me? It’s the sound of the evil one trembling Because the gates began crumbling The Son shining brightly for all to see Who is Easter to me? Immanuel, Aslan is he Lion of Judah roaring mightily He speaks a word and storms cease to be Who is Easter to me? The wave walker on the stormy sea The One whose light shines within me The…
  • Whats Your Average?

    Steve Becker
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I love baseball. I love to watch baseball. I love to play baseball. I love to listen to a game on the radio. I love to see stats and manipulate the “what-if’s” and the averages. I also love to ride my bike.  These two things are complete opposites and exactly the same when it comes to stats.  Not so much with our daily walk with Him.  We cannot look at averages when it comes to Christ. With Christ we should either be in or out.  There is no room for gray in there.  You are either with Him or lost.  We should live our lives that way as well.  However, some try to…
  • To Live is Christ

    Steve Becker
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Paul is someone I can identify with at some times and at others I strive to be more like him.  Today I strive to be more like him, and more like Him.  That will tie together here in a minute. Paul has some things he writes in the Bible that confuse me.  Of course, I am not a scholar of any kind, so that is probably not a huge accomplishment.  This, however, is not one of those.  This is a simple concept.  This is how Paul lived and how I strive to live daily. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21 – NASB) It reads funny until you start to think about…
  • Walk and Talk

    Steve Becker
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This picture represents what I feel I need to do every day.  I need to walk with Christ.  I need to keep that cross at the forefront of my life, and the word crosswalk has a different meaning to me. I have to make an admission to everyone today.  I spent a lot more years talking the talk rather than walking the walk.  It is something I am very regretful of and have not forgotten to this day. There have been countless opportunities presented to me when I should have lived more inline with my faith and done more to perform the one primary function I believe we are all called to do. Spread…
  • Joy for the Journey

    Sarah Galloway
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are some days that quite simply are just better than others, and then there are some days that feel nasty and hopeless, like they will never end.  On those long bleak days when it seems like there is no end in sight for your pain or suffering it’s easy to get your focus out of whack, and to notice the soaring waves and not the face of the Savior.  Despite our troubles and suffering I still believe we have the power to make a choice.  One that I believe makes the difference between just surviving or living abundantly as we have been called to do.  That choice is to revel in the…
 
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  • What Easter Means For Believers

    Ugochi Jolomi
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I believe that Jesus was crucified, that He died and was buried. I believe that on the third day He rose from the grave and ascended into heaven after He had shown Himself to His people. Easter is a... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Shhh… Don’t Say Divorce

    Ugochi Jolomi
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    When tempers rise in the midst of an argument between a man and his wife, more often than not unwholesome and destructive words are spoken. I have discovered that we do not speak from empty hearts,... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • One Shocking Meaning Of Doubt

    Ugochi Jolomi
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:24 am
    Every time I think faith and trust I am always reminded of an incident in my family that occurred a little over ten years ago.  We had driven a fairly long distance from our then house to the only... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • The Wedding Vow (updated)

    Ugochi Jolomi
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    Did you make any vows to your spouse the day you got married? I believe everyone did. Some of you like me read an already prepared vow by the Church, some wrote their heart felt words on papers and... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • When Blessings Hold Us Back

    Ugochi Jolomi
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:48 am
    Recently I was speaking to a group of about six ladies and we got into a discussion about God, faith and our priorities. They were very sincere in their words, even though they were sincerely wrong-... Please click on title to READ ALL.
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  • Loving your Neighbor

    Keri
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:07 pm
    An excerpt from my book, Love Isn’t Selfish about loving your neighbor Automotivespace / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) “I encourage you […]
  • How’s the Atmosphere?

    Keri
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    kevin dooley / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) How would you describe the tone in your house? Is it relaxed? […]
  • Like a Buggy with a Bent Wheel…

    Keri
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:49 pm
    mrgreen09 / Foter / CC BY I was recently reading an excerpt from Dr. Dobson’s book, The New Strong-Willed Child. As he gave the analogy […]
  • Facing the Storms

    Keri
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:36 pm
    We all have rough times. If you are married and your marriage hasn’t yet experienced difficult times, it will eventually. For any of you who know […]
  • A Challenge for the week

    Keri
    9 Mar 2014 | 9:38 pm
    adwriter / Foter / CC BY-NC Take a few moments before reading further into this article to replay in your mind the words you have […]
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  • Looking For Free Online Christian Music?

    Dusty
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:45 pm
    If you were out skimming the internet looking for some free online Christian music, then look no further. At the bottom of this page is a link to get our national radio single for FREE! Our song “You Alone” that we released last September has been steadily gaining momentum and has even made the Most Added list on the Soft AC/Inspirational Charts. We are so thrilled about this that we wanted you to have it! We recorded the song in Canton, GA, in Scotty Wilbanks’ studio with our producer Steven Howell. If you didn’t know, Scotty is the keys player for the infamous band Third Day. He…
  • By Your Side Tenth Avenue North Lyrics

    Tristan
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:14 am
    “By Your Side” has to be one of Tenth Avenue North’s most powerful songs. It is such a beautiful depiction of Jesus’ plea to us to trust in his goodness and mercy. He is so loving and has an unfathomable desire for us to be His. Yet, as the song talks about, we so often fight against Jesus taking care of us. In our pride and stubbornness, we strive for relationship with God through our works and our image of ourselves as “good” people. But all those things fail and we are left wanting. Amen for the fact that Jesus sticks by our side even when we look past…
  • Get You Some FREE Jesus Music

    Dusty
    26 Mar 2014 | 12:56 pm
    For Christian folks, it is pretty much a given that there be an intense love for Jesus. For everyone in general, you can pretty much expect that music is a part of their lives in some form or fashion. So, it would make perfect sense that if someone were to fall into both of those categories, they might really love them some Jesus Music! After all, since music is pretty awesome, adding Jesus to it would simply make it that much more amazing right?…RIGHT! Now if you’re tracking with us so far, you are probably already thinking that finding some music about Jesus is pretty incredible in…
  • The Low Down on Contemporary Christian Music (CCM)

    Dusty
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:35 am
      Contemporary Christian Music is one of those genres that seems to be a little misunderstood if you ask me. It wasn’t until recently that I myself discovered what actually classified in the CCM category. I was pretty much guilty of making the common assumption that Contemporary Christian Music artists were artists that played your low key, ambient, worshipful type music, most of which is very soft to medium paced. After a little digging though, I learned that the genre is actually much broader than what I and many others have limited it to. So to share what I learned, I want to start…
  • To Hell with Christian Contemporary Music?

    Tristan
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:45 pm
    “Christian Contemporary music is cheezy, boring, and un-creative.”“It’s all fake.” “They’re all just trying to get money.” These are some of the things I’ve heard in the past, and even more recently, regarding the value of Christian music and artists. And as a Christian Contemporary musician, the words of that old hymn that say, “ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers,” weigh on me. I’ve played with a national Christian artist named Climbing Blind for nearly four years now, and have been blessed to do some touring, play lots of shows, and…
 
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    Happy Easter 2014, Easter Wishes Messages

  • Funny Easter Pictures, Easter Funny Pics 2014

    Deljo Joseph
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:22 am
    Yes, here I have gathered some Easter funny pics for you.These are all just for fun, I think this will be good for sharing in Facebook and Whatsapp.  What you can see here is natural rare collection of funny Easter pictures.See the Easter bunny is in a hurry for the Easter is getting closer:Easter bunny is our Easter Buddy who greets you Easter wishes for the first time, so,On behalf of Easter Bunny, I too am greeting all the best thoughts and wishes of Easter to you, Yes especially for you You.Population is increasing every day all around the world, so, somebody has reserved so many…
  • Happy Easter Wallpapers 2014 - Easter HD Wallpapers

    Deljo Joseph
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Here is some glorious happy easter wallpapers of Jesus, related with Easter.These HD Easter wallpapers are here with out loosing the essence of spirituality.  I hope sharing these pictures will bring you divine caring. For sure the wallpapers will be attractive in your facebook too.  Rather than just words, these kind of clean pictures will curve more impression on the viewer.You might love: Funny Easter Pictures 2014Happy Easter HD Wallpapers, Free Easter Wallpapers, Blessed Easter Wallpaper 2014Easter Tomb Wallpapers, Empty Easter Tomb WallpaperHappy Easter Cross…
  • Happy Easter Messages 2014, Easter Text Messages Wishes

    Deljo Joseph
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Happy Easter Messages - Easter Wishes MessagesSkip to: Easter Bunny Wallpapers 2014 | Easter Egg Photos 2014Easter, the day of glory which reminds the resurrection of Christ is also a day of refreshing relations.  It is a good opportunity to talk to someone you haven't contact for long, or with some relatives or friends who are away. Similarly it is a good reason to begin a relationship with somebody you really wish to.  Yah, that is what I mean.  Even after the appearance of Facebook, Twitter or Whatsapp, SMS /…
  • Easter Recipes 2014, Easter Dishes

    Deljo Joseph
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Without special drinks (Cool and Hot) and food, Easter is incomplete.The presence of deliciousness is a real decoration for Easter. Invite your friends, relatives, girl friend, boy friend or teachers, to home, and serving them some Easter dishes is going to be great. Being good in preparing dishes & drinks is a real honor, whether you are a girl or boy.Skip to: Making Easter EggsJust imagine you inviting someone special, or your friends, to home these days. If you could prepare something in a simple way, but interesting like, you have never done before. It will be awesome. Me by adding…
  • Easter Bunny Pictures 2014 Collection HD Free Download

    Deljo Joseph
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Easter Bunny Pictures - Easter Bunny HD Pics CollectionSkip to: Easter Cards 2014Hey friend, here I’m providing you the best pictures of Easter bunny, I’m sure that you won’t get it so easily even you go to somewhere around web. Well I’m not adding text on the picture because, you may use that picture for various acts like, using it for projects, print and past in your walls, sharing in facebook, sending to friends, send on whatsapp, and many other works depends on your creativity. I am sure that these will be perfect for your desktop background.Skip to:  Funny Easter Pictures…
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  • Death Loses

    Joy
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever noticed some of the crazy things the Bible says about death?  1 Corinthians 5:55 says,O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?Who talks smack to death like that?  And check out Matthew 10:28:And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.Seriously, when is the last time you said, “Oh, no worries, this can only kill my body”?  How in the world can the Bible make such bold statements?Verses such as these do not always seem to resonate with the reality of life and death.  I know this all too well.  Just over…
  • Frazzled

    Jennie
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Patience is a virtue”, one of my co-workers stated in passing after a trying day at work.  Frazzled from spending my morning trying to catch up on paperwork, with no avail, I led a group of non-verbal clients in planned activities.  It wasn’t going very well.  We seemed to be having an off-day, as I was having a difficult time engaging my first afternoon group.  One client was bent on doing his own activity, and when asked to rejoin the group, the response was stomping of the feet, jumping up and down, and shaking his head violently.  He refused all of my…
  • My Neighbor, Blake

    Karen
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Meet my neighbor, Ian. Ian is a great guy. He dogsits for me. My dog loves Ian and, in my book, that makes Ian solid.  When I read in God’s book that Jesus commands me to “love your neighbor as yourself,” {Leviticus 19:18} it’s easy for me to love Ian (and all my other great neighbors) and treat him how I would want to be treated. But, as Jesus taught when he schooled an expert in the Law, the set titled “My Neighbors” isn’t just the people that I know. {Luke 10:36-37} OK. Now, meet Blake. I don’t know Blake, and you probably don’t either. But a bunch of us who frequent…
  • Reflections on the "Son of God" film

    Stacy
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Picture the opening scene of the film “Son of God” with me.  The wild ocean and a single cave sitting on a rocky island.  One man named John resides there, exiled from his homeland.  This is the island of Patmos where John received visions from God to write the book of Revelations.   As the camera pans around John and the wind whips across the ocean, his thoughts are vocalized.  “He was the light shining in the darkness. He has always been there—Then the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  I am John and I am one of His followers.
  • Ditch The Agenda

    Elaine
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever tried to have a deep heart-to-heart conversation with a stranger?  Sharing the depths of your life, faith, and struggles would be very difficult if you have not built trust with another person.  Motives must be known, a friendship must be present.Why, then, do we generally look for opportunities for evangelism and discipleship in this way?  In my mind, I instinctually imagine “evangelizing” or “discipling” as sitting in a cozy coffee shop with another person having a weighty heart-to-heart conversation.  However, this is often the culmination, not the…
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  • The Spotlight

    Sandy Vahine
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Read or listen to today's devotion at http://odb.orgBible reading: Romans 5:1-11We all know people who love to hog the spotlight. Even when we are more modest, we like to recognized for our accomplishments. As our reading in Romans makes clear, we have nothing to boast about save Christ. Our achievements pale in comparison with the great work that Jesus undertook on our behalf.From an early age, Jesus understood that his ultimate destiny was betrayal, suffering and death on a cross. He gave up His position in Heaven, at the right hand of the Father, to take on the form on a man and enter into…
  • All Kinds of Help

    Sandy Vahine
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    Read or listen to today's devotion at http://odb.orgBible reading: Genesis 41:46-57As Joseph's story illustrates, God often puts us in circumstances to help other people. Joseph endured years of imprisonment before Pharaoh learned of his abilities and put him in a position to save many lives during a severe famine.So to, God prepares us to be able to help others. Sometimes we are born with certain talents or abilities: compassion, hospitality, artistic and creative capability, intellect or organizing powers. All of these can be used to help others.Sometimes, however, we go through some type…
  • Joining the Family

    Sandy Vahine
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Read or listen to today's devotion at http://odb.orgBible reading: Galatians 3:36-4:7At age 11 months I was adopted. As my parent's adopted daughter, I received all the love and attention that a natural child would have gotten. When my parents died, I was entitled to an inheritance.In a similar way, when we accept Christ as our savior, are 'born again' in the waters of baptism, we become members of the family of God. All other Christians become our 'brothers and sisters in Christ.' As today's scripture in Galatians makes clear: "You are all sons (and daughters) of God through faith in Christ…
  • Spoonful of Sugar

    Sandy Vahine
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Read or listen to today's devotion at http://odb.orgBible reading: Psalm 19:7-14Today's devotion speaks of "realistically optimistic" people. Aren't those the people to whom we are drawn? We like being around those who see the positive side of every situation. Those who are creative and full of joy.David's Psalm tells us that God's judgements ... His truth ... is "sweeter also than honey." Truth doesn't have to be bitter or harsh. When we are following God's truth, life itself becomes sweeter.As Julie Ackerman Link says in today's devotion, "Pure truth, untainted by pride, is the sweetest,…
  • New Beginnings

    Sandy Vahine
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    Read or listen to today's devotion at http://odb.orgBible reading:Isaiah 43:14-21God offers you, as he did the people of Israel, an opportunity to start over. In Isaiah 43:19 God says, "Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?" Any time we choose, we can put the failures and mistakes of the past behind us and begin over again. Every day God gives us new life, new opportunities, new beginnings.Think of what you'd like to change: your spending habits, your overeating, your overspending, your lack of friends, a disappointing relationship, (your failure…
 
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  • Everything Changed

    Michael Thompson
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    It was just another Sunday morning. Not really different from any other. The sun rose as it always did. The chores and challenges of daily living lay ahead. A new day; a new week. Another round in the endless cycle of routine sameness of living on this planet. That is what most of the world thought as it roused itself from sleep that very first Easter morning. It seemed no one knew that everything had changed. Until a few women gazing through misty eyes clouded by grief and despair saw something that proved this was anything but just another Sunday morning. Jesus had emerged from that…
  • Waiting When It Makes No Sense

    Michael Thompson
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    He was gone. His friends could not believe the vortex they had just survived. A few hours before they were reclining at a table, sharing a meal and listening to His deepest thoughts. Then, He was gone. Dragged before a kangaroo court, hustled through an inept and unjust legal process, tortured and impaled on a cross…all in a matter of hours. Now, His body lay in a borrowed tomb. And with Him, hope. When He later surprised two of them walking along a road, the devastated disciples admitted as much: “We had hoped.” Before the tomb was empty, it was occupied. Before the stone…
  • When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

    Michael Thompson
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    A single wordless symbol tells the whole story of God loving people back into His arms. The cross. Anyone, anywhere, any time can look at a cross and know that God could not have loved us more. Jesus said it was only when He was lifted up in death on the cross that people could really see life as it was meant to be. This single, intense beacon of light piercing the pervasive darkness has been and will always be what draws people to the loving heart of Father. What we see when we look at that cross makes a difference. Do we see a poor dying man–innocent victim of a vicious mob of…
  • I Remember

    Michael Thompson
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Some of the most poignant and profound memories of my life happened at a table. Laughter, tears, debates, conversations, celebrations. Something visceral happens when a memory is sealed with a meal. The very presence of long-lost friends or long-departed family members seems immediate and intimate. Every time I taste that particular food my mind vividly fills with that specific memory. The sights, scents, sounds and sensations of those shared moments come rushing back in. I remember. Jesus sealed His covenant and seared it into the memory of His disciples with a meal. They would never be able…
  • Am I Religious?

    Michael Thompson
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    I heard it again…and I wanted to scream! “I’m not into religion, only relationship.” It’s become the gold standard religious defense against the dreaded accusation of being…well, religious! We advocate that Jesus came to found an organic movement not an organized religion. We talk about grace over law and relationship over rules. Love. Acceptance. Forgiveness. Freedom. These are the things that matter; this is the good news we offer. But here is the dilemma: if all that is true, why do so many people think we’re religious? To find the answer, I started with the question:…
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  • Why did Jesus say “My God, Why have you forsaken me” on the Cross?

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    Mark 15:34 tells us that just before His death on the cross, the Lord Jesus Christ said “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” So, why did he say this? The answer is because the Father forsook Him and He was stating a rhetorical question to both express that, and also to fulfill the prophesy of Psalm 22:1. For a complete understanding of this, there must be an understanding of what He did for us on that cross. The humiliation and torture, were only the beginning. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and in the Scriptures, death never means “ceasing to exist.”…
  • What is Faith and Why is it Required for Salvation?

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 3:22, Romans 3:26, Romans 3:28, Romans 5:1 and many other verses in God’s Word (hover over verse to view KJV text) make it very clear that aside from faith in Jesus Christ, there is no hope for salvation. In short, God’s Word states that those who do not have faith in Jesus Christ, will die an eternal death, which is to be eternally separated from God, in Hell. But what is faith? Is it believing that Jesus Christ really did live on earth, die for the sin of His people and rise again 3 days later, or is there more to it? The answer is…
  • Why Doesn’t God Answer all of My Prayers?

    admin
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:22 am
    Most people who have ever lived, whether they believed in the One True God or not, prayed to some extent. It may be every day or once a year, but most people in the world believe in a Creator. I reach out to people of varied beliefs on a regular basis and you might be surprised how many self-professing Atheists own a Bible and pray! They won’t admit it at first, but once you get past the early stages of the conversation (arrogance and rebellion) many of them will either admit or make it very obvious by their words and actions that deep down they do believe there is a God. Scripture…
  • If God is Good, Why Does He Allow Suffering?

    admin
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    This is one of the most common questions among atheists (no belief in God), agnostics (belief in a higher power, but no defined God) and sadly even some proclaiming Christians. The answer to this question, at the highest level, is because God is good and we are not (due to the sin that we choose to commit, mankind has been separated from God… everyone and everything in the universe is decaying and dying). However, if you want a more in-depth explanation, keep reading. To get a better understanding, we must first look at things at that higher level. Are we capable of looking at things as…
  • Does Science Support a Creator or Evolution?

    admin
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    For most of history, an overwhelming percentage of the world population have believed that we are created beings. Even today, in a society that is seemingly ambushed by “Scientists” who push their beliefs of a “big bang” and monkey to man evolution off as fact in our schools and through our media, it is still a tiny percentage (somewhere around 1%) of the world’s population who believe that we came into existence without a Creator. So most people in the world do believe in a God. The question then comes down to who God is. Of those of us who believe in a God, the…
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  • Holy Homosexuals?

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Following Britain's legalization of same-sex marriage, the first gay priest in the Church of England has recently married his long-time partner.  The full story can be seen here.  The main argument presented against the Church of England embracing homosexuality and homosexual priests was the backlash it could create abroad (such as intensified persecution in Islamic countries).
  • One Lone Nut

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    On April 30th, 2013 the Barna Group Researchers posted their research into the Christlike attitudes and actions of self-identified Christians in the United States.  They looked for things like believing that God is for everyone, reaching out to unbelievers, and having compassion for people not following God. They found that less than 25% of "Christians" in the United States model the
  • Titus 1:10-16, Deception at the Door

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Titus 1:10-16             I live in a dense community where the houses are packed tightly together with only about 4-6 feet between each house.  This makes our community a great target for door to door activities.  I probably answer the door to at least one or two salesman a month, and pick up who knows how many flyers from our front door.             We are also a great target for
  • Titus 1:5-9, Passionate Pastors

    30 Mar 2014 | 5:20 pm
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  • Evangelism

    29 Mar 2014 | 4:49 pm
    I was a wrestler in High School.  I absolutely loved the sport.  I liked the focus required, the physical regimen necessary to succeed, and the self-reliance.  It really is an amazing sport.   When I first started wrestling as a freshman, the coach employed a very common tactic when training people who had no experience in the sport.  He gave us a few basic moves that could be used in
 
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    Happy Easter Wishes Quotes 2014 Messages Sms

  • Happy Easter Blessings

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    Easter Blessings 1) May Easter bunny get you lots and lots of presents. Enjoy the season of Easter eggs and bonnet hats. Have a Happy Easter.   2) Easter gives us yet another reason to be thankful to God. Have the joy of the coming of Christ be filled in your heart and bring peace into your life. Have a Blessed Easter.   3) After one whole year the season of Easter has finally come, Let us praise God and send him our never ending love. All you kids out there, the Easter bunnies are already here, So get your dancing shoes on, let us together celebrate and cheer. Happy Easter to you.
  • Best Happy Easter Wishes Greetings Quotes Sayings Pictures 2014

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Best Happy Easter Wishes Greetings Quotes Sayings Pictures 2014   1) May the day that God has resurrected bring you delightful, love and joy. Have a fulfilling and joyful Easter…!!! Happy Easter Day 2014     2) Many persons like you, Many people love you, But there is only one who DIED for you.. That is Jesus Christ…!!! Wish you a blessed Happy Easter Sunday     3) Easter is a promise God renews to us in each spring. May the promise of Easter fill your heart with peace and joy…!!! Happy Easter…!!!     4) I shall Walk This Day In trust…
  • Easter Sayings Greetings Picture

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless. The post Easter Sayings Greetings Picture appeared first on Happy Easter Wishes Quotes 2014 Messages Sms.
  • Funny Easter Bunny Eggs Jokes Picture

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    3 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    Funny Easter Bunny Eggs Jokes Picture The post Funny Easter Bunny Eggs Jokes Picture appeared first on Happy Easter Wishes Quotes 2014 Messages Sms.
  • Best Short Easter Quotes And Sayings

    admin
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    Short Easter Sunday Quotes 1) Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. ~S.D. Gordon   2) Thou art the Sun of other days. They shine by giving back the rays. ~John Keble   3) The story of Easter is the story of God’s wonderful window of divine surprise. ~Carl Knudsen   4) Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer Death is strong, but Life is stronger Stronger than the dark, the light Stronger than the wrong, the right. ~Phillips Brooks Best Easter Quotes 2014 5) Once more to new creation Awake, and death gainsay, For death is swallowed up of life, And Christ is risen…