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  • Five Whitespace Killers & Creators: What Holds You Back From Enjoying Time With God (A Special Giveaway)

    Faith Barista » 3 Steps To Live In The Now. Come to Me. (FREE PRINTABLE) | Faith Barista
    Bonnie Gray
    14 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    “Return to rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” psalm 116:7  {my images are free goodies for you to enjoy & share.} I have a special Lisa Leonard Connected Hearts Gold Necklace & Live Beautifully Journal  Giveaway today!   We’re celebrating finishing our Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest Book Club. Details below… When you need rest and alone time with God, is it hard or easy? What holds you back? When Hubby asked me out on our first date, it wasn’t what I expected. I had a strong, but unsubstantiated suspicion…
  • Finding Your Rhythm With God

    Desperate for More of Him
    Robin
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:09 am
    Daily disciplines are hard, at least when we first begin. Getting ourselves into a routine is often challenging because we fight back with our flesh that is tired, our minds that make excuses, and convince ourselves that tomorrow will be the difference. I think we all just need to chill out a bit and give ourselves a break. Jesus didn’t die for us to give us a life where we live in a perpetual cycle of defeat in our mind, but he calls us higher to renew our mind in him. We can get so performance based for so many different reasons that we miss the joy of living life that is right in front…
  • When Hustle Is Harmful

    Carlos Whittaker
    admin
    14 May 2015 | 10:25 pm
    HUSTLE… It’s all the rage. It’s in every other tweet I read. And every time I read one, I feel SO FREAKING LAZY. Cause those people tweeting and instagramming about their hustle NEVER TWEET about taking a nap. And I need naps. I need to do nothing.  Lot’s of nothing lots of times. I need to veg. At the end of my hustling days, and I have many of them, I need to realize that hustle is but one aspect of living a healthy life. I’m ALL for working hard and hustling.  I watched my dad work hardr than anyone around him while we were growing up as the only non white…
  • A Few Traps to Avoid in Seminary

    GoingToSeminary
    Ryan Burns
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    So, you think God called you to seminary so you can better serve God in the world? Awesome. Your seminary time will be sure to teach you many things about God and his Word. In order to exit seminary as passionate as you are about ministry now, you simply need to avoid a few common traps the enemy of our souls has placed in the seminary classroom. Don’t compare. Your calling, your study habits, your gifting, your experience and all God created you to be is not like your classroom neighbor. Each of you have a role in the kingdom and each of you need to be who God created you to be. If you…
  • Tour guides for faith

    Red Letter Believers
    David Rupert
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:14 am
    I am writing these words from the shores of the Dead Sea where I am closing out an amazing 10-day trek across Jordan with a dozen other faith writers. For some of us, we hoped to gain some inspiration. A few were here to see the sights. Others were looking for a pilgrimage, a way to connect with the roots of their faith. It’s an amazing place to do it all. While Israel has places associated with Christ’s birth and final days, Jordan boasts so many biblical ties it’s called The Other Holy Land. In just a few days you can see Mt. Nebo, where Moses gazed into the promised land…
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    WORLDmag.com

  • California Assembly passes abortion-referral bill aimed at pregnancy centers

    Courtney Crandell
    28 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    California’s Assembly passed a measure Tuesday that pro-life advocates say violates the constitutional rights of the state’s crisis pregnancy centers. If passed in the state Senate, the bill would compel all medically licensed pregnancy centers to inform their clients that California offers state-funded reproductive health services, including abortion. The sign would include a phone number for women to access those services. If a pregnancy center is not licensed, the law would require
  • George Pataki makes presidential run official

    Kent Covington
    28 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Former three-term New York Gov. George Pataki is running for the Republican Party nomination for president. He made it official Thursday morning, telling a crowd in Exeter, N.H., that he is running to protect American freedoms from a government that has grown too big and too powerful. Pataki may be one of the more moderate candidates in the GOP field, but his opening stump speech sounded a conservative rallying cry. “Washington politicians and bureaucrats believe they know better than
  • Family Christian accepts bid for buy-out from existing investors

    Lynde Langdon
    28 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    The bankrupt Family Christian Stores (FCS) has auctioned its assets to the highest bidder, which is owned by the same company that owns FCS and promises to keep its stores open. In court documents filed Wednesday, the company disclosed that FC Acquisitions agreed to pay about $42 million for the failing bookstore chain.  FCS came into Chapter 11 bankruptcy with more than $100 million in debt. If approved by a bankruptcy judge, the auction bid would allow the country’s largest
  • Decade-long sit-in at Massachusetts Catholic church nears end

    Kaylen Tanner
    28 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    Former parishioners of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Roman Catholic Church, in Scituate Mass., are waiting to find out whether they can keep their church building, after 96,000 hours of sit-in protest. With resources spread thin after the sexual abuse scandal and shrinking congregations, the Boston Archdiocese in 2004 announced consolidation plans. St. Frances was among 85 Catholic churches in the diocese to receive an intent to close notice. Appeals to the Archdiocese to reconsider went
  • Lessons from Fat Girl

    Chelsea Kolz Boes
    28 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    Writing—especially writing for children—exists to teach and to delight. That crucial lesson in balance, which not every age has comprehended equally, stands as my one remembered relic of the children’s literature course I took in college five years ago. Well, that and the blackberry pie. In that class, we spent a good deal of time reviewing the fictive children’s compositions of our peers. Ours were unsteady tales, rickety in plot and sparse in telling detail, which we had cranked
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • In a World of Injustices: A Letter to the Wounded & Suffering & Hurting

    Ann Voskamp
    28 May 2015 | 12:07 pm
    We can hear you. You who are battered and bruised … You who are suffering an unspoken broken behind doors we know –– in our churches, across our tables, our streets, right now across this warring, angry planet — at the hands of lovers and leaders, and enemies and family, you who are bleeding in the shadows, who are in the back pews — or turning and walking out the door — who are abused, persecuted and forgotten in corners all over this busted world. We will lay our ears down to the ground and we will hear the rocks cry out and we’ll be rocked and howl…
  • 4 Ways to Better Friends

    Ann Voskamp
    27 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    It was after Mare Griebe said she was done with me, that I knew. Mare, she had taken me to my first youth Bible study. She delivered the thickly folded scribbled notes from the first boy who ever asked me out . . . the one I ended up marrying. And I had flown half across the country to be her maid of honour. And then again, ten years later to hold her first baby. We talked lactation and I helped with latch and I thought we’d never fall apart. We were in grade 9 when she had played me my first Keith Greene song: “So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt.” It was the eighties. We had…
  • How You Can Keep On Hoping for What Seems Impossible

    Ann Voskamp
    26 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    Never got over this… So if you turned right after Clappison’s Corner and drove real slow around the potholes, you might see it? Sneeze or blink, and yeah, you might not. But it’s there on the top of a mossy stake, pointing the way you gotta take, either way: Hope. You don’t want to know where all the other roads lead. Just down the road from Centerton, thats’s where my Dad grew up on a dairy farm. Right around the corner from the Dykstra’s* dairy farm. Hank Dykstra had seven kids and a heart attack. Fell over dead to this world and alive to the next when their oldest…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [05.23.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    23 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    yeah,  come see all this wonder? <grin> you’ve gotta take a weekend road trip around these pretty  unbelievable roads? grin.02 because we all need a bit of hope like this maybe the most unlikely place for a concert? WWII pilot flies again – 70 years later – this …. it’s never to late to jump in think you could never? Think again — amazing okay, everybody needs at least one teacher like this. absolute #lifechanger the wonder of life who doesn’t love this?! oldest sisters in the world at a combined 391 years of age! <smile> the world…
  • UNafraid: How to Trust God in an Unsafe World [or When Fear Feels Safer Than Trusting God]

    Ann Voskamp
    22 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    As a former fear-er saved by God’s tender love and grace, Susie Davis has a passion for helping people find freedom and joy in their everyday life — you can feel it from the first moment you meet her. She exudes the freedom of joy. When she’s not at the barn or in the kitchen, you’re likely to find her encouraging fellow fear-ers or writing about uncovering joy in the everyday grace gifts like the pink geraniums and yellow finches that fill her backyard or even her little black cat, Madeleine. It’s a humbling grace to welcome my friend Susie and real hope to the farm’s…
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    Acton Institute

  • Double-Edged Sword: The Power of the Word

    rober6thom
    28 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    John 19:33-34 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. Article read more
  • Nature, Markets, and Human Creativity

    John Couretas
    27 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    by Rev. Gregory Jensen Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in his statement for the 2015 World Water Day makes a number of assertions that, while inspired by morally good ideals, are morally and practically problematic. You might also like... Creation and the Heart of Man read more
  • Faith and Freedom in High School

    Marc Vander Maas
    21 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Radio Free Acton Guest:  Marc Vander Maas 31:22 What happens when a group of high school students decide to form a student group to discuss the intersection of religion, liberty, and markets? At Grand Rapids West Catholic High School, they founded The Acton Club. Acton Institute Director of Programs and Educational Impact Mike C. Cook talks with the founders of the club about their experience over the last year in starting the group. Soundcloud:  Audio File: 
  • The Moral Limits of Psychology

    rober6thom
    20 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    by Rev. Gregory Jensen Defenders of the free market insist that virtue is essential to a just and thriving economy. If morality is relevant to economics, it is equally so to allied fields of social science, all of which have as their object of investigation the human person. Indifference to the moral dimension distorts the study of human action in economics; so too does it deform the discipline that reaches behind that action to the human mind: psychology.read more
  • Editor’s Note

    rober6thom
    20 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    by John Couretas The Houston- based Prison Entrepreneur- ship Program (PEP) treats convicted crim- inals as if they were “raw metal in the hands of a blacksmith— crude, formless, and totally moldable.” PEP puts pris- oners through a rigorous character training and business skills regimen to prepare them for a productive, even flourishing, reentry to life after incar- ceration. Ray Nothstine took part in PEP’s “pitch day” presentations where prisoners present their start-up dreams before a panel of business people and investors. Article read more
 
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    Radio Free Acton

  • Faith and Freedom in High School

    Marc Vander Maas
    21 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Radio Free Acton Guest:  Marc Vander Maas 31:22 What happens when a group of high school students decide to form a student group to discuss the intersection of religion, liberty, and markets? At Grand Rapids West Catholic High School, they founded The Acton Club. Acton Institute Director of Programs and Educational Impact Mike C. Cook talks with the founders of the club about their experience over the last year in starting the group. Soundcloud:  Audio File: 
  • Gene Veith on Reformation and Vocation

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

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

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

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

  • The Main Thing: Lessons from 1,000 Funerals

    24 May 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Stephen Covey once said, ‘The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.’ But that’s easier said than done, especially when life feels busy or overwhelming. So for the next three weeks, we’re going to ask the question, “What’s the main thing and how do we keep it the main thing?” Frank VanderZwan and Abby McHugh continue this series with a message on what happens after life and how we can prepare for the inevitable. Featured Scripture: Psalm 23; 2 Corinthians 4:16; John 14:1-3 Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter:…
  • The Main Thing

    18 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Stephen Covey once said, ‘The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.’ But that’s easier said than done, especially when life feels busy or overwhelming. So for the next three weeks, we’re going to ask the question, “What’s the main thing and how do we keep it the main thing?” John Ortberg will kick off this three week series with a message on what God says about ‘the main thing’ and how that helps us know what kind of people—and what kind of church—we should be. Featured Scripture: Psalms 78 2b-7; Colossians 1:28 Check out our weekly audio…
  • FAQ - "Is Christianity Unfair To Women?"

    10 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    This Mother's Day, John Ortberg closes out the FAQ series by addressing where women should stand in church and why we are egalitarian. Featured Scripture: Genesis 2:18; Psalm 33:20; Genesis 1:27-28; Genesis 3:12, 16; Exodus 15:20; 2 Kings 22:14-15; Judges 4:4; John 4:27; Luke 8:1-3; Luke 10:39; Acts 22:3; Acts 1:14; Acts 2:17-18; Acts 21:9; 1 Corinthians 14:31; Acts 18:18; Romans 16:1-2, 7; I Corinthians 11:2-12; Ephesians 6:5; 1 Corinthians 11:10; Galatians 3:28 Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or…
  • FAQ - "Hasn't Science Made Faith Irrelevant?"

    7 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    This week, Scott Scruggs continues the FAQ series by discussing the relationship between faith and science.Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • FAQ - Multi-Faith Panel

    7 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    This week, we bring together a multi-faith panel to answer questions about Christianity, Islam, Hindu, Judaism and Secular Humanism. The panel consists of Rita Sherma, John Figdor, Jihad Turk, Shawn Landres, Richard Mouw and John Ortberg as moderator.Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
 
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    Brian McLaren EMC

  • Theology & Peace

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    28 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    I'm presenting this week at the Theology and Peace conference in Chicago, which is exploring the linkages between peace and economics (a topic I posted about recently relating to the crisis in Burundi). You can see my slides here.
  • A turning point in Catholicism

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    23 May 2015 | 4:29 am
    The beatification of Oscar Romero. Quotable: Titanic battles were waged over liberation theology in the 1980s and 1990s, which, today, are largely over. A moderate consensus has taken hold, which goes like this: If “liberation theology” means fighting poverty and struggling for justice, the answer is yes; if it means armed Marxist rebellion and class struggle, it’s no. And quotable: the beatification ratifies a new standard for what counts as “martyrdom” in Catholicism. It’s no longer necessary to die explicitly in odium fidei, at the hands of those who hate the faith, which was…
  • Phyllis Tickle: You are loved!

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    22 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    The news became public today: Phyllis Tickle is writing her final chapter. You can read about it in this poignant and pitch-perfect RNS piece: http://www.religionnews.com/2015/05/22/author-phyllis-tickle-faces-death-just-enjoyed-life-dying-next-career/ For all of us who know and love Phyllis, this is an emotional time. She's become a kind of patron saint and elder for all of us associated with "Emergence Christianity" (which Phyllis christened) and a whole array of inter-connected communities like the Wild Goose Festival. She has (in Diana Butler Bass's unforgettable terms) provided a needed…
  • Jonathan Merritt gets it right … on Evangelical supremacy

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    19 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    Here. Quotable: … evangelicals’ greatest weakness is what they’ve championed as their greatest strength: the marrying of political and theological ideology. The rise of the religiously unaffiliated—the “nones,” as in “none of the above”—dates back to 1990 when the Christian right was in full-on combat mode. As conservative bodies became more partisan, members who couldn’t stomach the political agenda waved goodbye. “Among those who disaffiliated during this period, most were raised in evangelical denominations but were centrist to leftist politically,” Hout says. - See…
  • A reader writes … the most influential undergraduate book

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    18 May 2015 | 4:04 am
    A reader writes I attended a celebration banquet last night for the graduates in our College of Christian Studies (undergrad). As we honored the students, we asked each one to name one of the most influential books they read during their educational journey [here]. You will be pleased to know that several students identified A New Kind of Christian as the most influential book they read in their undergraduate program. I thought you'd appreciate that! :) That's encouraging! Undergraduates (and faculty) will be pleased to know about this new initiative I'm involved in … A Common Table ……
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    byFaith

  • Q&A: A look at what’s driving the changes seen in our Religious Landscape Study

    Larry Hoop
    28 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Based on more than 35,000 interviews, the Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study presented a detailed portrait of an America where changes in religious affiliation have affected all regions of the country and many demographic groups. The survey’s findings raise questions about why these changes are occurring. Fact Tank sat down with David Campbell, a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, to explore what the new findings mean. Campbell is the author of a number of books on religion, including (along with Robert Putnam) “American Grace: How Religion…
  • Overture 8: Shepherding Those Without Call

    Staff
    27 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    The way the PCA deals with ministers “without call” is confusing, according to an overture recently submitted by Tidewater Presbytery to General Assembly. The overture proposes a reworking of the language in The Book of Church Order (BCO) 13-2, 34-10, 24-7, and 24-9 regarding teaching elders, ruling elders, and deacons without call. The current language states that a teaching elder can be divested without censure at any time “not exceeding three years” with a two-thirds vote from the presbytery. “Many of these men fall through the cracks,” explains teaching elder Howard Donahoe of…
  • Assembly to Deal with 10 Overtures

    Staff
    26 May 2015 | 11:04 am
    The 43rd General Assembly will convene in Chattanooga on June 9. Some 1,000 commissioners will deal with 10 overtures, from subjects as wide-ranging as revising the Westminster Standards’ language on the Sabbath to Baptismal vows to giving testimony during trials. A short recap of the most substantive overtures follows: Overture 1: New Approach to Judicial Commissions Several overtures were submitted to General Assembly last year with the intention of changing portions of BCO 15-5 so that General Assembly reflects the presbytery model of allowing the entire body to have the final say in…
  • Overture 7: Giving Testimony – A Freedom or an Obligation?

    Staff
    26 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    Earlier this year, New Hope Presbyterian Church of Fairfax, Virginia, submitted an overture to Potomac Presbytery to change BCO 35-1 such that accused ministers will be required to testify against themselves. The presbytery rejected the overture, so New Hope has submitted the overture directly to General Assembly. The proposed change to the BCO would add the following language: In general, the accused party may be allowed, but shall not be compelled to testify. However, because of the relationship of mutual accountability between church officers and the church created in the voluntary…
  • Overture 3: Baptism Promises Need New Covenant Language

    Staff
    26 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    Gulf Coast Presbytery has submitted an overture to the 43rd General Assembly recommending a change to the Book of Church Order 56-5 concerning parental promises during the baptism of children. The authors of the overture believe that the language is more Baptistic in nature than covenantal. The language currently asks: “Do you now dedicate your child to God, and promise …” The proposed change would read: “Do you now acknowledge that God in his providence has placed this child within the covenant family, and entrusted him/her to your care, and do you promise …” Teaching elder…
 
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    Business Blessings

  • Build a Better Business Workshop

    businessblessings
    13 May 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Designed to enhance the business skills, profitability and growth of small businesses and delivered in conjunction with TAFE Queensland’s Small Business Solutions, this course provides owners the opportunity to get real business assistance from an accredited industry professional. Participants who complete the full workshop and mentoring program may be eligible to receive a nationally accredited qualification.  (BSB40407 Certificate IV in Small Business Management) Current planned dates are: Tingalpa Monday Nights 29th Jun, 13th July, 27th July, 10th July, 7th Sept Gold Coast…
  • Turn Your Business Idea into Reality

    businessblessings
    13 May 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Designed to enhance the business skills, profitability and growth of small businesses, this course run as part of TAFE Queensland’s Small Business Solutions, provides owners the opportunity to get real business assistance. Participants who complete the full workshop and mentoring program may be eligible to receive a nationally accredited qualification (BSB00307 Certificate III in Micro Business Operations) Benefits of Completing the course: Learn how to start a business the right way Develop your personal and business goals Develop an innovative and productive team Learn how to…
  • Time for Boards/Staff of Christian organisations to reconnect with God

    businessblessings
    8 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    There has been a significant shift recently for boards of Christian organisations to be more focused on corporate governance and responsibility.  This has been essential.  Christian organisations have needed to pick up their game in this area. However has it been at the expense of taking time to discern what God’s will is for the organisation. During the week I had the privilege of having input into a local community organisation that is doing all the right things.  They are ticking the boxes in corporate governance, administration and planning and the services they provide to the…
  • Announcing the New Audio Series – Getting the Numbers Right

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

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

  • Robomance

    Richard Alleva
    28 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Ex Machina is a deceptive movie about deceptions: the deception of attractive surfaces, the deception at the heart of a scientific experiment, the deception employed by an immured android that yearns to roam. Most of all, Alex Garland’s film is about the very human tendency to deceive oneself in order to feel needed. And to realize this last theme Garland pulls a fast one on his audience.
  • Those Who Want Housing, and Those Who Need It

    Dominic Preziosi
    28 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    In London it’s become the fashion of wealthy homebuyers to supplement already sizable residences with cavernous subterranean lairs. In Manhattan it’s to move into a sky-high aerie, priced in the tens of millions, from which it’s possible to look down on the Empire State Building. In the Bay Area it’s to snap up anything inside the city limits of San Francisco, the near entirety of which has become a bedroom community for Silicon Valley’s most monied. Wealth has always shaped cities, but its current role in the transformation of urban centers around the world seems unprecedented,…
  • Anticipation and Climate Change

    David Cloutier
    28 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    In his beautiful new book Finding and Seeking, Christian ethicist Oliver O’Donovan offers an extended critique of what he calls “anticipation” as a basis for moral deliberation. Anticipation is of a “middle-distance future” stemming from our actions, differing from the immediate “nearer future” of the specific purpose of our actions and the “further future” which, for Christianity, rests on the virtue of hope.
  • Ireland's 'Social Revolution'

    E. J. Dionne Jr.
    28 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    BOSTON -- Consider the stunned disbelief, perhaps of a somewhat aggressive sort, that would have greeted anyone who might have told a tavern crowd in Dorchester or Southie three decades ago that Ireland would be the first nation in the world to approve gay marriage by popular vote.
  • Same-Sex Marriage 'Reality Check'

    Kaitlin Campbell
    27 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Many who are responding to the 62.4% majority vote to nationally legalize same-sex marriage in Ireland are making much of Dublin archbishop Diarmuid Martin's frank but vague remarks in the New York Times:
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • Gaining Financial Independence through the Highly Vulnerable Children Fund

    Vera Mensah-Bediako
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    While all of the children in our programs are vulnerable to the effects of poverty, there are certain instances in which a child is considered to be in a state of high vulnerability. He or she may need additional stability in their life so they can participate in our Child Sponsorship program. This support is provided by the Highly Vulnerable Children (HVC) fund. There are varying issues that determine the vulnerability status of a child. Some factors may include: if there is no adult caregiver due to death or abandonment, if the primary caregiver is incapacitated due to illness or injury, or…
  • The Making of an Entrepreneur

    Web Team
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    As any successful entrepreneur knows, all it takes is the right opportunity. Living in the slums of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Mimose couldn’t provide for her family of five when her husband died. But she prayed to God that, because her talented son Enock had a loving sponsor who provided for him to be enrolled in our program, they would have an opportunity to change their future. The program at the Baptist Church of Martissant offers opportunities like vocational training and a caring staff that sees each child’s God-given potential – potential like Enock’s to become the…
  • How to Write a Letter from the New Compassion App

    Web Team
    18 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    To be honest, sometimes it is hard to find the time or energy to sit down, find a pen, think about what to say, and then write out a letter to my sponsored child. What should I write? What do I ask him? How long will it take me? How do I log into my account again? There can be so many questions to answer before the letter is even written, and in our busy lives and digital culture, writing letters can be a time-consuming task. But we know that our letters connect us to our sponsored children and that they are the main way we are able to communicate our love and care for them. Letters literally…
  • The Most Influential People in the World

    Naomi Cramer Overton
    15 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    The International Day of Families is an occasion to celebrate the importance of families to people, societies and cultures around the world. The parents in my workshop, just then, started shifting in their red, conference-room seats and looking mostly at their hands, or shoes. I was at a conference, speaking to a group of parents, and had just asked, “Raise your hand if you think you are one of the most influential people in the world.” One hand in the back sort of halfway went up in the air. Kind of. Today, on the International Day of Families, it’s a good day to learn, and own your…
  • What Are the Odds?

    Eryn Carman
    12 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Serendipity, happenstance, chance meeting, fate, it was meant to be — a wholly unique moment when you meet someone so special that you just know something bigger is at work. You’re so astonished at how it came to be that you start analyzing every little detail and decision that culminated in bringing this person into your life. You begin saying things like, “If only I had done this or that, then we never would have met. What are the odds?” A Series of Fortunate Events My friend Ben Steed — who works for our friends at Heartlight — recently told me of one…
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    Big Is The New Small

  • Change Your Mind – Change Your Perspective

    Scott Williams
    27 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    It’s time that you change your mind, change your perspective and change your life. Change Your Mind – Change Your Perspective is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • The Leaders Who Need The Most Development

    Scott Williams
    18 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    The Leaders Who Need The Most Development Are Often Times The Leaders That Say That Others Need More Development. Have you ever seen a situation where a leader has a team member who is either up for a promotion or in all actuality should be considered for a promotion; and the leaders says they are not ready yet, or they need more development. I understand that sometimes people aren’t ready and they could benefit by a little more time in the leadership development cooker. More times than not, the person is ready, all they need is a little encouragement, belief in themselves and an…
  • Do They Want To Work For You?

    Scott Williams
    12 May 2015 | 5:37 am
    Great leaders ask great questions of others. Great leaders also ask great questions of themselves. One of the greatest questions that a leader can ask themselves is this: Do They Want To Work For Me? Not Do They Have To Work For Me? Do They Like Me? Do They Respect Me?… Do They Want To Work For Me?  Honest answers to this great question will serve leaders well. If you lead well, they will want to work for you. If you show them respect, the will want to work for you. If you help them grow, they will want to work for you. If you inspire greatness, they will want to work for you. If you…
  • Do You Really, I Mean Really Want To Succeed?

    Scott Williams
    6 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    How bad do you want to succeed? great question and better answers here. Do You Really, I Mean Really Want To Succeed? is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • A Different Way Of Thinking by Seth Godin

    Scott Williams
    5 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    Great stuff here… A Different Way Of Thinking by Seth Godin is a post from: Big Is The New Small
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    Desiring God

  • A Surgeon for Sin-Sick Eyes

    28 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    True humility can take dramatically different forms from one clay pot to another. The form it took in John Newton (1725–1807) was Christ-exalting tenderness. His own experience of “amazing grace” (he wrote the song) worked its way so deeply into his soul that the log of self-justification was chopped up, and Newton became a delicate surgeon for taking specks out of many sin-sick eyes. And since, as Tony Reinke demonstrates, “Newton is a master craftsman of metaphors for the Christian life,” we may listen as he illustrates the way tenderness arises from the experience of grace. A…
  • Chosen by God, Cut Off from Christ

    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The crisis in the first verses of Romans 9 is the unbelief of Israel, God’s chosen people. How can we trust God’s promises to us, if his promises to Israel did not come true? In this lab, John Piper wrestles with the tragedy of Israel turning away from God after everything they have been given.Watch Now
  • Drunk You Is Not the Real You

    27 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Alcohol has been called the great truth serum. If you want to get to the bottom of yourself — to truly know yourself better — grab a bottle. People drink for lots of reasons. Many drink to experience freedom, an unrestrained, unchecked, and uninhibited ‘me.’ What comes out when you’re drunk — in person, over the phone, on social media, or in text messages — is supposed to be the real you, what you really think and feel under all the put-together masks you wear. The promise on tap is that excessive alcohol will unlock you to yourself and all your friends. It’s liberation by…
  • Let the Race Discussion Come Home

    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Whether they played T-ball, high school hoops, or professional football, ask any former athlete to name some of the most influential people in their lives, and inevitably a coach comes to mind. The bond they form during times of victory is only surpassed by the one formed during the lows of defeat. I’ve seen it play out like this during each of the 25 years my husband has coached high school football. Coaches have the ability to reach a set of young people the world is almost convinced is unreachable. Teen boys filled with swagger walking down the street will break into grins as they jog…
  • You Can Believe the Promises of God and Be Lost

    26 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    It is possible to believe the promises of God, and have the assurance of salvation, and yet be lost forever. Professing Christians with False Assurance This possibility is implied in Matthew 7:22, “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?” These folks believed that they were secure in relation to Christ. They called him “Lord,” and they tapped into supernatural power in his name. Perhaps they had even more “assurance of salvation” than many strugglers today (who are…
 
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    Emergent Village

  • Five Things to Consider When House Hunting

    Thomas
    25 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Looking for a new house can bring up a range of emotions in potential homebuyers. It is exciting to check out new places and imagine yourself starting a life there, but it can also be stressful to make such an important decision that involves so much money. Fortunately, we have put together a list of a few things you should keep in mind during the house hunting process. 1. Work with someone you can trust. Buying a home is a big deal, so it is important to surround yourself with professionals that you trust. You will want honest opinions and accurate answers to all of your questions, so…
  • How to Set Up an Attractive Chicken Coop in Your Garden

    Thomas
    25 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    A chicken coop is a great addition to your garden if you want to get free, fresh eggs every day, you enjoy the company of chickens (they really do make great pets), or you want a little extra help with pest control. But a standard chicken coop may not be attractive enough for your needs. Thankfully, there are many ways to set up an attractive coop that will keep your chickens safe and comfortable and keep your garden looking beautiful too. Continue reading for a few tips. The Right Siding and Accessories First off, place your chicken coop in an area of your garden that receives enough shade,…
  • Three Options To Heating Your Home Efficiently

    Thomas
    24 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Depending on your location, heating can be a vital part of you and your family’s survival.  People die every year from insufficient heating in their homes.  Don’t fall victim to this fate.  There are many different methods to obtaining that perfect temperature.  Gas furnaces, electric HVAC systems, and wood-burning fireplaces are just a few options in home heating.     Gas Furnace   Using natural gas in your furnace is a cost efficient way to heat your home, but you must be knowledgeable of the risks involved to utilize this technology safely.  When using gas heat, you…
  • Do I Need a Heat Pump or an Air Conditioner?

    Thomas
    18 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    You are probably aware that some people choose to use heat pumps instead of furnaces to heat their homes. But, did you know that people can also use heat pumps to cool their homes instead of having an air conditioning system? There are pros and cons for both heat pumps and air conditioners, and the debate over which system to use rages on.   How Do Heat Pumps Work?   In climates that don’t have extreme temperatures shifts, heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative for homeowners to install instead of furnaces and air conditioners. Heat pumps work like your fridge. Using…
  • Tips for Designing Your Home to Avoid Baby-Proofing

    Thomas
    13 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    When bringing children into a home, making the environment safe for them is of the utmost importance. Because of this, many people spend hours and hundreds of dollars working to baby-proof their homes before they bring in any little ones. However, if you’ve worked hard to design and decorate your home to your liking before you had children, you may find that making changes to accommodate a child won’t keep the coherent look you’ve mastered. To avoid this problem, consider designing your home to be kid-safe in the first place. While this may seem like you’ll have to water-down your…
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • Scott Walker’s Tax Populism

    Henry Olsen
    28 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Like all the GOP presidential contenders, Scott Walker is being advised by economists and editorial writers to adopt a “cut the top rate first” tax policy. It would be a shame if he followed their advice, which would mean abandoning the approach that he has employed in Wisconsin to such political and economic success. Standard “supply side” tax policy argues that the inventions and advances of the economy’s most active participants drive most growth. Thus, tax policy’s priority should be to encourage more of that activity by lowering the marginal rate on those participants’…
  • Men Such As These: A Memorial Day Reflection

    George Weigel
    27 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Like most denizens of Washington, I pay too little attention to the sites other Americans make sacrifices to visit. Earlier this month, though, prompted by reading James Scott’s Target Tokyo, a comprehensive history of the famous Doolittle Raid of April 18, 1942, I strolled through Arlington National Cemetery in search of three graves. They were in Section 12, side-by-side, each marked with a headstone identical in its simplicity to so many thousands of others: William G. Farrow, Dean E. Hallmark, Robert J. Meder. Hallmark was the pilot of the sixth B-25 to take off from the pitching deck…
  • Have Democrats Pulled Too Far Left?

    Peter Wehner
    27 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    Among liberals, it’s almost universally assumed that of the two major parties, it’s the Republicans who have become more extreme over the years. That’s a self-flattering but false narrative. This is not to say the Republican Party hasn’t become a more conservative party. It has. But in the last two decades the Democratic Party has moved substantially further to the left than the Republican Party has shifted to the right. On most major issues the Republican Party hasn’t moved very much from where it was during the Gingrich era in the mid-1990s. To see just how far the Democratic…
  • What Is the Huckabee Plan for Social Security?

    James C. Capretta
    26 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    Governor Huckabee claims to be representing average Americans against the rich and powerful, but his opposition to reasonable Social Security reforms would force tax hikes on the middle class. The post What Is the Huckabee Plan for Social Security? appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • ‘The Silencing’ of the American College

    Mary Eberstadt
    26 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    Compared to 2014’s pugilistic commencement season, 2015’s pomp and circumstance have seemed positively decorous—at least on the surface. Unlike last year, for instance, no online mobs have materialized to make a former secretary of state back out of giving a speech; no campus administrators have made embarrassingly high-profile withdrawals of invitations; and no uninvited speakers have subsequently had to publish their remarks elsewhere, like Cold War samizdats of yesteryear. Instead, almost without exception, Commencement 2015 has been a positively warm and cozy affair on one campus…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • We Cannot Remove God’s Love From Us

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 May 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Today at (in)courage, I share a slice of Lean on Me.  Here’s a sample for you. To read the full article, click here. I’m so grateful these women were so generous to share a little bit of this book that was many years in the making. And, oh yeah. I punched a wall in it. Over a year had passed since my divorce, and God’s silence was still too much for me. I was out of town, and in my hotel room one evening. I wept. For hours. Why? Why? Why? Where are you? I don’t understand. Still nothing. Still silence. The numbness morphed into anger. I drew myself up on to my knees and faced…
  • To All The Mothers Who Will Never Hold Their Babies on Mother’s Day

    Anne Marie Miller
    5 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    It’s really quite odd and blessed, the duality of joy and grief. A few weeks ago, Tim and I experienced a new type of happiness for us…a new kind of joy. I woke up early on a Wednesday morning with the strong urge to take a pregnancy test, even though I wasn’t late for my cycle. Five pregnancy tests later (I may be a little compulsive), we learned we were going to be parents. Everything seemed complete and right. We fell in love with the poppy-seed-sized clump of baby whose DNA was being written with each passing day. We celebrated with our friends, our family, our students. We…
  • How Should Christians Respond to Bruce Jenner’s Interview?

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Tonight, I sat and watched Diane Sawyer’s interview with Bruce Jenner. If you’re not familiar with him, he was named the “world’s greatest athlete” after the 1976 Olympics. He’s the step-father of the Kardashian girls. And he’s transitioning into a woman. I found the interview thoughtful and compassionate, heart wrenching and curious. How does the church respond? Fortunately, Dr. Russell Moore penned a gracious and loving response. How do we, as the church, respond? How do we love? And how do we talk to our kids about this (and many other hot topics…
  • Parents Need to Talk to Their Kids About The Website “Omegle” NOW.

    Anne Marie Miller
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    It’s been a while since I posted something about the book I have releasing next May (2016). It was first titled “10 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex” and it’s now “5 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex” – We didn’t take out five things; we just condensed a few similar topics to make it more cohesive for our conversation starters and resources. [Side note: If you want information about ordering this book when it’s available, just sign up here.] My friend Crystal helped me research apps and websites of…
  • Trusting God’s Design

    Anne Marie Miller
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    I didn’t know much about personality profiles growing up. What I did know is after about 2 hours at church, 2 hours at a party, 2 hours on a school trip, 2 hours at a sleepover…I was done. I wasn’t angry. I didn’t dislike people. I wasn’t bored. I didn’t want to check out. But something inside me hit a threshold of sorts and I knew I needed to spend at least a few minutes by myself and recharge. Otherwise, my mind would get spacey, I’d become easily distracted, my speech would begin to falter, I’d even become more clumsy. Over time, I learned…
 
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    Godspace

  • Mustard Seeds Are Sprouting

    Christine Sine
    28 May 2015 | 3:23 am
    It’s nearly summer and that means gardens are in bloom and good things are coming to life all around us. That’s exactly what if feels like here at MSA! All kinds of good things are springing to life as opportunities to connect, grow, and create push through soil tended by prayer, discernment, and patience. Here […]
  • Deep Peace Of The Creator of Life to You

    Christine Sine
    27 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    Yesterday we held our fortnightly MSA team meeting. There is so much happening at the moment as we get ready for the Celtic retreat August 7-9th and work toward a clear idea of what God is saying to us as regards the land on Camano Island. We are also in the midst of producing our first CD […]
  • Transition at the Mustard Seed House

    Christine Sine
    26 May 2015 | 3:54 am
    Many of you know that my husband Tom and I live in a small intentional community in Seattle which we call the Mustard Seed House. We are currently in transition. The Mustard Seed House is making a new beginning and we are looking for one couple or single who are looking for community to join us! […]
  • Meditation Monday – Bear Fruit That Will Last.

    Christine Sine
    25 May 2015 | 3:34 am
    I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. (John 15:16) These words that Jesus spoke to his disciples really caught my attention the other day. It is strawberry season here in Seattle. Tom and I are relishing the fresh berries I pick each day from the garden. And I have to […]
  • Let’s Get Creative With Pentecost.

    Christine Sine
    23 May 2015 | 3:32 am
    How are you planning to celebrate Pentecost his year?   I mentioned yesterday that one of my concerns about this celebration is that often everything happens inside the church. As the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples, the barriers of language and culture were broken down – not so that everyone thought and looked the […]
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    Good Letters

  • What Is a Christian?

    Sara Zarr
    28 May 2015 | 1:26 am
    According to recent survey by the Pew Research Center, the number of U.S. adults who identify themselves as Christians has declined—a lot—since the last such survey Pew did in 2007. This information comes out just as I’m in the middle of reading Rachel Held Evans’s latest book, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the [Read More...]
  • What Cannot Be Fixed

    Peggy Rosenthal
    27 May 2015 | 1:23 am
    I remember the time when “entropy” was all the rage. It must have been in the late twentieth century, that dark era when the world seemed in inexorable decline. Everyone was talking about “entropy,” how everything was inevitably caught in a process of deterioration, disorder, decay. There was sound physics behind the concept—in the theory [Read More...]
  • Self-Hating Jew: A Love Story, Part 1

    Richard Chess
    26 May 2015 | 1:19 am
    In response to “Never Again: Netanyahu’s Holocaust Cliché,” a recent post of mine on Good Letters, an old girlfriend messaged me on Facebook.  “It was the first time in a while,” she wrote, “I felt proud to be an American…I wonder why the writers of our times don’t instead write about the speeches of some [Read More...]
  • The Two Lists

    Tony Woodlief
    22 May 2015 | 1:36 am
    Seven-year old Isaiah found a small desk in the back of our garage and claimed it. “I want to paint it red,” he said. So we prepped it with a hand-sander, and I bought him a can of paint. Familiar with Tom Sawyer and being no fool, he recruited two of his brothers. Determined to [Read More...]
  • While My Pen Gently Weeps

    Vic Sizemore
    21 May 2015 | 1:34 am
    My daughter Gracie was helping me prepare dinner one evening. We were doing the bœuf bourguignon from Virginia Willis’s amazing cookbook Bon Appetit, Y’all, which puts a southern spin on every recipe—this one, by adding bacon. As Gracie stood on her cooking stool and crisped the bacon at the stovetop, the aroma filled the kitchen [Read More...]
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • Christian Ethics, Evangelicals, and Functional Marcionism

    Jake Meador
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last week the Nebraska Unicameral voted 32-15 to abolish the death penalty in my state. Governor Pete Ricketts may veto the bill, but since it only takes 30 votes to override the veto the bill is likely to pass regardless of what the governor does. After the verdict was announced one of our local pastors took to his blog to explain why he is opposed to capital punishment: I wish I could say that I am so full of godly love and peace at all times that I simply can’t fathom how one could justify the taking of a human life. But I can’t. The truth is every time I see that another innocent…
  • Mere Fidelity: Pentecost and the Prophetic Gift of the Spirit

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    26 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    Having just celebrated Pentecost, we consider the role that the frequently overlooked ‘prophetic’ gift of the Spirit plays in the life of the church. Articles to consider include Peter Leithart’s essay on the seven spirits, and the “Alastair Roberts corpus.” If you enjoyed the show (AND ONLY IF), leave us a review at iTunes.  If you didn’t enjoy the show, let us know and we’ll work to make it better.  Or we’ll ignore you.  And if you want to subscribe by RSS, you can do that here. Finally, as always, follow Derek, Alastair, and Andrew for more…
  • Don Draper is an Ad, Man

    Brett McCracken
    21 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    Mad Men, one of the best television shows in history, will always be known as “more than just a show about advertising,” in the same way Friday Night Lights is “more than just a show about football.” And yet Mad Men is, in an important sense, about advertising. Its characters, relationships, themes and mood should all be viewed through the lens of advertising. I’ve done some work in advertising. I’ve written ads, developed slogans, pitched concepts. I know that advertising is about positioning something in the most attractive light, selling the idealized version of it,…
  • Evangelicals and the Search for Credibility

    Jake Meador
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    There’s a sort of American Christian (almost always white and middle-to-upper class) who seems to think that the American church’s biggest problem at the moment is the previous generation of the American church. There are various sub-groups within this broader camp. The radicals, of whom Matt has written in the past, want to critique the suburban comfort of the previous generation and replace it with a Christianity focused on doing hard things and rejecting the supposedly easy life of material affluence embraced by the previous generation. The progressives, meanwhile, tell us…
  • Arguing For and Against Capital Punishment

    Jake Meador
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The response from younger evangelicals to the Tsarnaev ruling last week was predictable enough. It amounted to what Derek Webb sang many years ago in “My Enemies are Men Like Me”: “Peace by way of war is like purity by way of fornication / It’s like telling someone murder is wrong / And then showing them by way of execution.” So, once again, we are talking about capital punishment and how (not) to talk about it. The first point that ought to be made is that many of the critiques of capital punishment don’t quite get at the best arguments for it. One good…
 
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    Gordon Atkinson

  • The Man in Black

    Gordon Atkinson
    25 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Originally posted at RealLivePreacher.com in October of 2007 I saw him hitchhiking on the shoulder of I-35 the other day. He was walking with his back to the traffic and with his left thumb stuck out. This was just north of San Antonio, right near the town of Selma where the old city hall is now a Hooters restaurant, and the only remaining residential street was cut in half rudely by the interstate in the late 60s, leaving a string of tattered houses on either side. He was wearing black, of course. So melodramatic. I had to laugh. I pulled onto the shoulder, driving slowly alongside him. He…
  • I eat TV preachers

    Gordon Atkinson
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:51 pm
    I saw a TV preacher the other day. I was flipping through the channels, like men do, and there he was. A haircut with a floppy bible and a Plexiglas pulpit. He was pacing the stage like a rapper, arms moving and talking a hundred miles an hour. TV preachers fascinate me to no end. They have so much emotional energy. It’s tiring just watching them. I wonder if they pay high interest on their emotional debt, like I do. The body is a loan shark. You WILL pay premium rates to pull that kind of intensity at the time and place of your choosing. You will pay or lose a pound of flesh. This is…
  • All the Right Questions

    Gordon Atkinson
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    A church man came to see me the other day. A churchy man, an important man in his church. A deacon I think, maybe. He came to see me and our little church. He came to see if there was anything of interest going on here. I was wearing jeans and a Snoopy t-shirt at church that day, which put him off a bit, but the real surprise came when he found that I couldn’t answer any of his questions. How many members do you have? I don’t know. My answer, or lack of an answer, stunned him. He squinted a moment, trying to understand a thing that seemed impossible. It just isn’t possible that a pastor…
  • Elegy from Elton

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

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

  • Calling Evil Out: One Man’s Stand

    David Rupert
    23 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    I never meant to be in a fight, let alone one played out across the world. But this one has crossed the ocean, jumped the divide, and struck a chord right in the heartland of America, the heartland of my very soul. I wanted to spend the rest of my days writing about thoughtful pursuits, faith, and hope. I wanted to be a man of peace that would age gracefully, allowing the gray hair to take over my head one hair at a time. I wanted to fade away and not burn out. But what has happened to me over the last two months cannot be overlooked. By providence, by divine selection, by forces way out of…
  • The day I died in the Dead Sea

    David Rupert
    8 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    For three glorious days last month I was on the shores of the Dead Sea. At more than 1,400 below sea level, it’s the lowest spot on earth. I wrote on Facebook, “Today, I’m at the lowest point of my life,” stealing a line from  Benjamin Corley in our group. I couldn’t believe how quickly the interventions came in on my while and then I realized that I had forgotten to post a very important photo that would give a little context. Thank you all for caring! Ben and I took some of the mud collected from the shores and smeared it on ourselves. The $200 mud treatments charged…
  • Unsettled: Face to face with families of the martyred

    David Rupert
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    I was a white face in a sea of dark faces, many with tears streaming. They were crying for the slain, for the raped, for the pillaged, for the imprisoned. They weren’t distant peace-nics or sympathetic Africans. They weren’t there out of some guilt. They were living this tragedy. It seemed everyone there knew someone affected. I met a cousin, and an uncle, and a friend — all who have had a loved one impacted. Ethiopia. I can’t even find it on a map. I can’t tell you a single thing about the country except they had a terrible drought two decades ago. Or was it…
  • Tour guides for faith

    David Rupert
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:14 am
    I am writing these words from the shores of the Dead Sea where I am closing out an amazing 10-day trek across Jordan with a dozen other faith writers. For some of us, we hoped to gain some inspiration. A few were here to see the sights. Others were looking for a pilgrimage, a way to connect with the roots of their faith. It’s an amazing place to do it all. While Israel has places associated with Christ’s birth and final days, Jordan boasts so many biblical ties it’s called The Other Holy Land. In just a few days you can see Mt. Nebo, where Moses gazed into the promised land…
  • Out of the Gray: Conflicts of Interest

    David Rupert
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    “Merry Christmas!” Bernard winked with exaggeration as he slid the envelope with my name on it across the counter. I thanked him and then proceeded to help him mail his package. Signed. Sealed. Almost delivered. I stacked the card along with the others, to be opened later. Twenty years ago, I was a small-town postmaster serving an very rich community. At the time, it was the one of the most affluent zip codes in the United States. The people were generally kind and respectful of those who served them at the grocery store, gas station, and retail establishments. Christmastime was a season…
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • This Is My Manifesto

    Steve McCoy
    21 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    From Crossway, on The Prodigal Church..."This is my manifesto. I'm not angry about it. I'm not throwing stones. I just want to raise the banner for the gospel. I want it to fly high over all of our churches. Because in the end, they're not our churches, but Christ's.."
  • Sarah McCoy & Emma Stone

    Steve McCoy
    21 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    So everyone thinks my baby girl, Sarah (who graduated high school on Saturday!), looks like Emma Stone. Whaddaya think?Sarah McCoy Emma Stone
  • Lots-o-Links 5.20.15

    Steve McCoy
    20 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    What Small Churches Can Do by Joe Thorn | 3 articles so far...Part 1Part 2Part 3My Sermon Planning Worksheet by Chad Brooks | I'd do this a little different, but I'm sure many will find it helpful. Chad writes...I really prefer having a physical document to orient my sermon preparation. I have found beginning a sermon on this sheet and letting it be for a couple of weeks is a great jump start to my weekly preparation. Retro 51 Tornado Homerun Limited Edition Pen | Review: Office Supply Geek... Photo credit: Office Supply Geek The brass barrel of the Retro 51 Homerun is wrapped with…
  • WHI - Church & Kingdom

    Steve McCoy
    19 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    The White Horse Inn is one of my favorite podcasts. The newest episode of WHI is a discussion between Michael Horton and Scot McKnight on The Church & The Kingdom of God. Scot's recent book, Kingdom Conspiracy, is in focus.I've been able to spend some time with Scot and I always love hearing his perspective. I encourage you to listen to this one. 
  • The Mission is for the Unimpressive

    Steve McCoy
    14 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    This book is for you--the normal, unimpressive, everyday person, young or old, male or female--because Jesus means to carry out his mission of filling the world with his presence through you. You are meant to do this.The mission of Jesus is yours to participate in. It has always been God's intention to choose normal, everyday people, and to show his amazing power and glory through them. He's not looking for the most impressive person because he already is that person.Jeff Vanderstelt in Saturate (or Kindle), pgs 14-15.
 
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • HCG Moule on Atonement

    Fred Sanders
    27 May 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Here are a few more selections from the interesting little one-volume theology, Outlines of Christian Doctrine by H.C.G. Moule. When he begins discussing atonement, Moule quotes, without naming, some earlier thinker: It has been well said that Creation, relatively to God, is little, ‘a very little thing,’ but that Sin is not. Sin –shall we dare to say it?– is the one formidable fact, the one difficulty, before God. Its pardon, with Him, is anything but ‘a very little thing.’ (p. 80) The contrast –creation small, sin big– is interesting. One of…
  • Good Works, Class of 2015

    Fred Sanders
    26 May 2015 | 10:51 am
    A prayer for the 2015 graduates of the Torrey Honors Institute, from the commencement service last week: Father, we rejoice with these students in the hard work they have done in Torrey, and we present them to you as exhibits of good work. Furthermore, this good work they have done is also their good works, the productive deeds of righteousness they have to show for the last four years of focused effort toward a goal. We are proud of them, and we offer them to you. We admit to feeling a little bit silly about coming before you in solemn assembly to say “look at us, we did it.”  Later…
  • Internal Actions of the Trinity

    Fred Sanders
    22 May 2015 | 12:24 am
    Why have theologians in the classic tradition of trinitarian doctrine found it easy to confess that the external actions of the Trinity are undivided? One reason is that they started from a clear confession that the internal actions of the Trinity were not undivided. Or, to put it less double-negatively, the internal actions of the Trinity are distinct and distinguishable as real relations that stand in relative opposition to each other. Let me take that a little slower. If we’re going to use the concept of “action” to talk about what God does, we’re going to say that…
  • “Regard this Teaching with Complacency:” Webster on Creation

    Fred Sanders
    20 May 2015 | 12:35 am
    John Webster has been writing about the doctrine of creation recently, here an essay and there an essay. Much of this work will be gathered in God Without Measure, vol. 1, which should appear in hardcover early this summer and will be well worth the arm and leg it will cost. We count on Webster to do “theological theology” by relating every topic rather tenaciously to God, and this is what he’s been doing with the doctrine of creation. “The Christian doctrine of creation,” he says, treats three principal topics: the identity of the creator, the divine act of…
  • Call for Papers: LATC 2016, The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture

    Fred Sanders
    15 May 2015 | 12:48 am
    Starting today and running through July 17 there is an open call for papers for the 2016 Los Angeles Theology Conference. The conference this year (to be held in mid January at Fuller Seminary) has the title “The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture,” and our plenary speakers will be William Abraham, John Goldingay, Richard Hays, Amy Plantinga Pauw, and Daniel Treier. Those five speakers already guarantee a worthwhile conference, but as in previous years, Oliver Crisp and I are hoping to select nine more presentations to enrich the schedule even more. As the call says, we are…
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    Chris Marlow

  • Scratching the Surface

    Chris Marlow
    27 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    When you run a growing organization, there are moments when you sense that something has changed or is changing. You work hard for a season to accomplish certain outcomes, and they happen. You take a step back, pause, reflect and then, get back to work. This is how you grow; this is how success comes to life. For Help One Now, we’ve had a few moments like this: 1) 2012 Legacy Project 2) Key individuals joining our board. 3) Love Hope Trip in 2014 4) The 2014 Foundation Gala in Northwest Arkansas. 5) The acquisition of another non-profit in 2014. 6) Vision trip with MLB players in 2015.
  • The Life-Giver, Self-Builder and Critic

    Chris Marlow
    12 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    What Kind of Person Are You? photo credit In your daily life, there tends to be three types of people that you encounter: 1) The Self-Builders: They focus on building their own kingdom. They’re not really interested in what’s going on outside of their box. Their energy, dreams, cash, and time are focused on what they desire to do. These folks miss an opportunity to bring life to the world because they’re so fixated on their own life to care. 2) The Critics: These people are always putting others down, finding fault, looking to destroy. Critics can do this in subtle ways: “Oh ya, that…
  • When Life Is Overwhelming

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

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

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

    Andrew Jones
    23 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    I am still not officially blogging but getting ready to make a comeback after 2 GLORIOUS BLOG FREE YEARS, possibly on June 5th (the day I started TallSkinnykiwi in 2001 and the day I stopped it ten years later.  In the meantime, we are in Serbia at the Rainbow gathering. Yesterday I finished building a pizza oven that we will use ...
  • Bohemians 1905

    Andrew Jones
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Tonight I am speaking for 3 minutes at a football (soccer) stadium in Prague. One of the owners of The Bohemian 1905 football club asked me to share some thoughts on Australia and my own pilgrimage because, he told me, the tour of  Australia in 1927 that this Czech team undertook, as well as the great games that were played ...
  • Finding Prague at St Nicholas

    Andrew Jones
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    A new hotel opened last weekend called The Nicholas Hotel and our family were invited by the creative team at Bohemia Hotels to stay a night by the and enjoy the great location. I thought it would be a great time to bring out the old film cameras and take some old school shots around the hotel, which sits next ...
  • To blog or not to blog

    Andrew Jones
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    In light of Andrew Sullivan’s announcement today to give up blogging after 15 years, (striking similar to my 15 uninterrupted years of blogging with the distinct difference of Andrew Sullivan being talented and famous and Andrew Jones being neither), I am reflecting on my own decision to stop my blog 18 months ago and enter a blog sabbatical that has ...
  • Vintage logos and fonts. Special deal.

    Andrew Jones
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    I have been collecting vintage fonts and logos recently, despite NOT being a hipster, but the huge collection in the January Big Bundle from Creative Market is about to swamp everything I have and give me plenty of goodies to spruce up the blogs of my friends and clients. Hmmmmmmmm!!!!!! Can’t wait. Especially that Tall Abbey font that could easily ...
 
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    The Lutheran

  • Faith in action

    31 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Service to others is a key practice of discipleship. Many churches organize service (or mission) trips as an eye-opening way to put faith into action. These independently organized “volunteer vacations” are growing in popularity. How can we make sure our efforts are effective? I was 13 when I traveled to eastern Washington with my church youth group on a service trip for Habitat for Humanity. Joining up with 100 or so other youth, we built both homes and friendships.  The experience was transformative, opening my eyes to realities beyond my own. Economic injustice now had…
  • 'Showers of Blessing'

    31 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Imagine going 10 years without a shower or bath. That was the story of one homeless man who recently had his first shower in a decade thanks to Christ Lutheran Church, Goleta, Calif. Before the church’s mobile shower, the man could only get clean by using the cold-water beach showers for washing off sand or bathroom sinks at fast food restaurants. The idea for “Showers of Blessing” was put into action last fall but had been brewing for some time, said Ron Cox, pastor. The church was already a designated “safe parking” site for people forced to sleep in their…
  • Luther's quote got it right

    31 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The account of the Ascension in Acts has two great questions. The disciples ask Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” (1:6). Then, as the disciples watch the Lord ascending to heaven, the angels ask the disciples, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven?” (1:11). The disciples had walked with Jesus, they had experienced the crushing defeat of his crucifixion, they had seen the risen Christ, and yet they seem to be afflicted by nearsightedness and farsightedness at the same time. They are looking for a restored…
  • Sacred return

    31 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    It was a sacred event in a sacred space, and those who were there left convinced that they’d been joined by countless unseen others to watch history come full circle.  The Lutherans in the group spoke of the Danish immigrants who purchased a small plot of land in central Denver more than 100 years ago and consecrated it for worship and the shaping of a community. The American Indians spoke of ancestors, summoned from the four directions in the sacred pipe ceremony. Both spoke of the pain and brokenness that has marked so much of the history between indigenous people and those whose…
  • James Crumley, LCA bishop dies

    31 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    James R. Crumley Jr., who as leader of the former Lutheran Church in America (LCA) saw himself as a “pastor with a larger parish,” died April 7. He was 90 years old. Throughout his ministry Crumley always saw his role as a pastor. “The highest privilege and the greatest responsibility any person can have is the care of souls,” he told reporters after his election as LCA president. “To hear him tell the story of his life, the Rev. Dr. James R. Crumley was convinced that God always was full of gracious surprises,” said ELCA Presiding Bishop…
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    Century Blog

  • Two kinds of ministers

    Ruth Everhart
    27 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I submit that there are two kinds of ministers: ministers who’ve been hurt by the church, and ministers who haven’t been hurt by the church, yet.I suppose you could apply this bifurcation to any group of persons.  read more
  • A Christian redoubt?

    David Heim
    27 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    With Christians in Iraq and Syria on the brink of destruction, Walter Russell Mead wonders if Christians in the West will do more than wring their hands.He says we can either help Christians in the Middle East flee persecution and start new lives elsewhere, or we can help them “fort up”—create “redoubts,” or enclaves that they can defend by force. read more
  • Dialogue matters

    Drew G. I. Hart
    27 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In 1960, when Vincent Harding moved to Atlanta, he began trying to weld together the ongoing nonviolent activism being lived out by some in the Black Church with the peace witness of the Mennonite Church. This effort became less than a decade long experiment, because Harding would eventually break formal ties with the Mennonite Church. Though his time and effort keeping a foot simultaneously in both the Black community and Mennonite community was fixed should not suggest to us that he no longer had an important role to play in for Mennonite lived faith or that he did not continue to influence…
  • New today: Roger Owens reviews Richard Rohr & Jon Sweeney, the biblical definition of marriage, why is Ben Carson a vegetarian?

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    27 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • New today: Race and policing in Scandal & New Girl, Randall Balmer reviews Lawrence Wright, blogging the lectionary

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    26 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
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    theologer

  • It's Not a Problem If It's Everyone's Problem

    Roger Mugs
    22 May 2015 | 4:34 am
    There are a lot of things in life for which the appropriate response isn’t to try and fix the problem, but just to recognize that everyone else has the same problem. To realize we’re not alone in our experience or feelings.
  • On Formality

    Roger Mugs
    21 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    Suits and ties and expensive shoes. There are places where these are still prevelant, but they are less and less common. I had four job interviews recently and, while I wore a jacket and a tie on the off chance someone would care, I had a very large and slightly ungainly beard, and no one said a thing. Now, maybe I should wait until I actually get a job offer to assume it was fine—but it was fine. America always was an informal place (perhaps not on the same scale as Australia, yet still very informal), but formality is dying amongst the younger generations here. Formality made sense in a…
  • Latest Greatest Methodology

    Roger Mugs
    8 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Every few years there are some new trends that take the world by storm. Or, I suppose I should say, they take a little splice of white-collar American households by storm. There was an obsession with frozen yoghurt shops for a bit when really they seemed to do nothing new but sell the same product by weight instead of volume. It seems something called “essential oils” are now all the rage. I’m a bit confused why it took so long when they’re called “essential”, but I can’t claim to understand the minutae of American life. Perhaps most obvious is there…
  • Churches are SLOW

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

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

  • Cults and Daggers: can you fit God in the machine?

    Kevin Schut
    27 May 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Posted on 05/27/15 As the author of a book about Christianity and video games, I’m naturally interested in how game makers choose to represent religion. So when I read what was supposedly a review of Cults and Daggers, but was really a poignant, troubling and beautifully written reflection on author Nathan Grayson’s loss of faith, I had to play this game. And now I wish I hadn’t. It’s not because my faith has been shaken. Rather, Cults and Daggers has further convinced me of how incredibly hard it is to fit the experience of religion into a game. The problem is that…
  • Imagining prayer

    Stephen Woodworth
    25 May 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Posted on 05/25/15 It was early fall and the start of another academic semester when the accident occurred. A new student, testing his long-boarding skills on the mountainous roads that surrounded our college, had hit the pavement hard without the protection of a helmet. I had yet to meet the young man, but as the college chaplain I rushed to the hospital to join his family. Once inside I was ushered to an upper floor marked by an eerie silence and a sign, which read “Neurological ICU.” When I gathered with the family around the boy’s bed I had few responses for their…
  • Louis C.K. is not a good person

    Craig Mattson
    21 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    Posted on 05/21/15 Louis C.K.’s recent Saturday Night Live monologue drew fire by surmising that child molestation must be really, really fun - otherwise, why would molesters risk so much to keep doing it? He generally survives the outrage that such jokes evoke by being the first to admit his own moral failings. No one in public life today is quicker to point out that, “Yeah, I’m not a good guy. I am not. I wish I was a good guy. I like the idea of being a good guy. Sometimes I have an opportunity to be a good guy but then I don’t necessarily do it…” …
  • Joss Whedon and quitting Twitter

    Bethany Keeley-Jonker
    20 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    Posted on 05/20/15 Certain quarters of the Internet were shocked when beloved writer-director Joss Whedon deleted his twitter account. In a recent interview, Whedon explained that, with Avengers: Age of Ultron behind him, he was planning to start writing again and needed to get away from the noise of Twitter. For someone with as many fans and frenemies as Whedon, that noise involved a lot of polarized blame and accolades directed at him, in addition to the regular cacophony of chatter, jokes and self-promotion I see when I log on. Whedon is an especially high-profile example of a phenomenon…
  • A curmudgeonly farewell to David Letterman

    Richard Braaksma
    19 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Posted on 05/19/15 After 33 years of entertaining millions and redefining late-night television, David Letterman is retiring. And while, like the many celebrity guests who have been bidding him farewell, I too appreciate him as a funny, smart, silly and creative talent, I want to offer a curmudgeonly and less generous look at his legacy. In fact, I wonder if his contribution to pop culture might have been, well, too curmudgeonly and ungenerous. There are plenty of ways Letterman took late-night comedy to unprecedented heights: with crazy street skits and improvised segments, by refusing to…
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • [Podcast] A New Wave of Youth Work with @TimothyEldred

    Terrace Crawford
    28 May 2015 | 2:28 pm
    The 15th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday. from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 15: A New Wave of Youth Work with Tim Eldred. Terrace interviews Tim … Continue reading →
  • A Letter to Me from @TylerPerry

    Terrace Crawford
    27 May 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Tonight as I was eating dinner I was thinking about friend of mine who is having conflict with a family member. My heart and mind began to take me to a state of frustration I had just a short time … Continue reading →
  • Announcing: D6 2Gen! from @D6Family

    Terrace Crawford
    27 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    Our friends at D6 have announced a brand-new curriculum that is debuting this Fall! I’m uber excited to share with you some behind-the-scenes stuff here on the blog. Here are some of the highlights of the new curriculum: Every age … Continue reading →
  • #ThisWeekinYM – Links of the Week!

    Terrace Crawford
    22 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
    You may be familiar with the brand-new This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast … but this is This Week in Youth Ministry LINKS!  Each Friday I’ll be bringing my favorite (and notable) posts from around the blogosphere to you right … Continue reading →
  • Great Gifts for Grads from @LeaderTreks!

    Terrace Crawford
    22 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    I don’t know if you’ve checked out the resources over at LeaderTreks.org, but my friends there are offering some great stuff for youth workers!  If you’re still looking for that last minute gift idea for seniors, you can snag this … Continue reading →
 
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • The Small Church

    8 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    Future of Small Church in America. (This is a handout and discussion guide I used for discussing small churches and the health of the church)Introduction:The Elephant in the Room: Big Church versus Small Church. (Talk about Bob Russell's home church illustration from When God Builds a Church)Resources Guide: Small Church AmericaOutreach Magazine July/ August 2014 “The Size of a Church does not determine its health. But a Church’ Health can determine its size.” Ed Stetzer “Do Small Churches Need Self-Assessment” “Proverbs 27:23 tells us, ‘Know well the condition of your flock and…
  • Why Goto ICOM 2015?

    6 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Why go to the International Conference on Missions in Richmond this Fall?Here are some suggestions:I. To learn more about missions of course.II. To recognize that the Kingdom of God is bigger than any of us.III. The Worship. There is nothing like it.IV. The students' passion to learn.V. To be encouraged to "Go ..." fulfill the Great Commission.VI. Opportunity to Pray. Pray for other missions and organizations and Christians around the World.VII. Opportunity to Give. Give of your time, talents and treasure to the Kingdom.VIII. To meet and make new friends. There is nothing like knowing the…
  • Why Church Camp Matters!!

    1 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    In a few weeks camp season will start. So why Church Camp? Why does it matter at all?I. Camp can be and is an extension of the church and its ministry. It is a vital mission and equipping of the leaders today and the future.II. It is life changing. It helps kids have that "Light bulb" turn on and the transforming power of Christ. (Romans 12:1-2)III. It is equipping. Teaches people to be the hands and feet of Jesus to others daily.IV. Exposes students to other cultures and ministries. Nothing like those mission moments and the Call to "Go."V. Supports other ministries. The Funds raised for…
  • Quote of the Day

    1 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    “The church today is often guilty of supplying believers with the paper armor of good advice, programs, activities, techniques, and methods – when what they need is the godly armor of holy living. No program, method, or technique can bring wholeness and happiness to the believer who is unwilling to confront and forsake his sin.” – John MacArthurhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Why the Cross? Why the Resurrection?

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

  • AD – Episode 6

    frank
    11 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    The episode this week revolved around Saul (Paul) and his leadership in the persecution of the early church. This man has made such a significant contribution to Christianity. So much so that it is hard to believe that he was such a destructive force as the church was getting started. Photo from the episode “The Persecution” The writers of the show had to speculate through much of the episode. We have no record of the conversations Saul had with Caiaphas nor Barnabas, Peter, or the rest of the disciples. However, it is possible that conversations like these had actually occurred.
  • AD Episode 5

    frank
    4 May 2015 | 4:28 am
    This week was another great episode. There were a number of powerful scenes but I was very pleased the producers spent some time showing us what the second half of Acts chapter 5 might have looked like. This was when the apostles were once again imprisoned, find themselves freed by an angel, and defended by a prominent Jewish leader named Gamaliel. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. (‭Acts‬ ‭5‬:‭34‬ NIV) Gamaliel went on to argue that there was…
  • AD – Episode 4

    frank
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    This was the most rapidly paced episode in the show thus far. I was talking to a member of our staff (Harold) about the show being a great visual representation of how much is packed into each chapter of the book of Acts. We were introduced to Barnabas,  saw Ananias and Sapphira judged by God, caught a glimpse of Stephen’s bravery, and watched as Peter and John had to work through their fears while in prison. However, the most powerful moment of the episode was what we discussed at church on Sunday. Peter and John are pulled out of their prison cell, and required to testify. It was a…
  • AD – Episode 3

    frank
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    We are on our third episode now, and we got to see the very beginning of the church as the episode brought to life… the Day of Pentecost. If you missed my thoughts on the previous to episodes you can find them here: Episode 1 Episode 2 This week the show continued to revolve around political conflict. The local Roman government, Jewish authorities (Caiaphas and Herod), and Zealots (Jewish rebels) were at odds with one another throughout the entire episode. However, the drama of the conflict isn’t what I found moving. What got me thinking this week was the focus on family. The…
  • AD – Episode 2

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

  • Responding To Jesus

    Rick Morgan
    23 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    How will you respond to the radical claims of Jesus? John 6:41-42  Then the people began to murmur in disagreement because He had said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."  42  They said, "Isn't this Jesus, the son of Joseph? We know His father and mother. How can He say, 'I came down from heaven'?" John 6:60-69  Many of His disciples said, "This is very hard to understand. How can
  • I Found You

    Rick Morgan
    11 May 2015 | 3:17 am
    I have found hope, love and strength to rise above. Doubt is one of the leading causes of blindness, we can easily forget the truth that God has already revealed and proven to us, that's right where Satan wants us to be. My pastor Ken Whitten says: Never doubt in the dark what God has showed you in the light. This song is a reminder to me to celebrate the fact that I have hope, I have love
  • The Real Bread

    Rick Morgan
    7 May 2015 | 2:38 am
    Jesus came to satisfy our soul not our body. John 6:30-40  They answered, "Show us a miraculous sign if You want us to believe in You. What can You do?  31  After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, 'Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" 32  Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, Moses didn't give you bread from heaven. My Father
  • Don't Have Much To Give? Good!

    Rick Morgan
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:28 am
    God uses inadequate people with inadequate resources. John 6:5-13 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for Him. Turning to Philip, He asked, "Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?" 6 He was testing Philip, for He already knew what He was going to do.  7 Philip replied, "Even if we worked for months, we wouldn't have enough money to feed them!" 8 Then Andrew,
  • Is Jesus The Lord?

    Rick Morgan
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:40 am
    The crowds try to make Jesus the servant. John 6:1-5  After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. 2  A huge crowd kept following Him wherever He went, because they saw His miraculous signs as He healed the sick. 3  Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with His disciples around Him.  4  (It was nearly time for the Jewish
 
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    Human3rror

  • Knotable for Chrome

    John
    28 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    This is pretty slick: Note instantly right from Chrome. When you switch tabs, it’s there. Before you lose that thought. Not bad. Was a little slow for me though… not super-responsive. The post Knotable for Chrome appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Rocket Chat

    John
    28 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    It’s like Slack… but open source. The post Rocket Chat appeared first on John Saddington.
  • iPhone 6 Iron Man Skin

    John
    28 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    So cool… The post iPhone 6 Iron Man Skin appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Simple Blog Content Strategy

    John
    28 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    The longer I write the more simple things have become. I used to create complex strategies for writing – now, I simply start. I don’t give it all that much thought. What’s nice is that it’s all gotten way better as a result. Who would have thought. In this guest post I share two simple questions that I ask myself if I do happen to get stuck. To be honest, I have internalized them so well that asking them is as thoughtless as breathing: 1. What is something that I’ve learned recently that is important enough to pass on to others? 2. Have I heard any great stories…
  • Improve Your Posture [Infographic]

    John
    27 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    This might prove useful: The post Improve Your Posture [Infographic] appeared first on John Saddington.
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  • Thursday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 May 2015 | 2:25 am
    There was simply too much left over from yesterday… Preston Sprinkle (oh the irony) makes a case for infant baptism, even though he has always believed and taught believers baptism. This was posted nearly a year ago, but Scot McKnight picked it up this week. The author takes James’ epistle, and recasts it in a form similar to Proverbs, to which it is often compared. “The Christian’s advantage, then, is not that they find themselves less fallen and closer to said perfection than others, nor that they find in their religion a means of escaping the world of fragility,…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    Option one:Option Two: Which one do you like best? (I think the second one was reconfigured to show better on Facebook.) I got really behind in rabbit chasing, so expect another list in a day or two. Faster Fostering: “not…all Christians are called to adopt or foster but all Christians are called to care for orphans in their distress.” Another reason not to forsake fellowship: A worship leader notes that singing together is an expression of mutual submission. Why can’t we all just be friends? It’s time for religion’s war with science to end, at least…
  • When There Was No Opportunity to Say Thanks

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 May 2015 | 2:38 am
    This is scheduled to appear later in the week at Christianity 201, under the title Gifts In Kind. In North America, we usually use the phrase “gifts in kind” to refer to donations people make to charities and non-profits of things other than cash. Someone will donate a valuable sterling silver cutlery set, or an oil painting by a renown artist. We usually think of such gifts as originating with people who are wealthy — after all, they owned these beautiful pieces in the first place — but it can also be done by people who are too poor to make a monetary gift, but find…
  • Blogroll Update # 3

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is the third time we’ve done this. Use the comments to add anyone you feel is missing, but make sure first they’re not in one of the previous lists. (Note: These are my personal bookmarks, and are not directly related to what appears in the published blogroll you see here every day.) Here’s the link to part one. (The really big one.) Here’s the link to part two. (Just two months ago.) And here comes part three. (Much shorter) Bareknuckle Bible | Loving the truth even when it doesn’t feel good Laughter is a Leap | Let’s hop to it! AdamMearse.com |…
  • Quality of Life

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 May 2015 | 4:47 am
    I usually see him at church. He lives in a house for developmentally challenged adults. Unlike me, he can’t just get in a car and go somewhere, and yet he truly gets around. He has no fashion sense, yet neither he is encumbered by having to worry about clothing, its availability, cost, cool factor, and what color goes with what other color. He isn’t blessed with perhaps all the right social graces, and yet I think he knows when people are taking a general interest in him as opposed to those who are just playing him in a conversation. He didn’t sweat the income tax deadline.
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  • Dignity!

    16 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    My daughter was asked to write a speech for school about something they believe.  This is what she wrote:         I believe in dignity for the homeless, which is something that I have been passionate about for a very long time.  When I was seven years old, we were in the middle of supper, and I had decided I did not like the meal.  My parents told me I needed to eat because there were
  • Confessions of a Concussed Christian

    9 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    As I wrestled with my son on the floor, he came close to my head with his hands and I immediately froze, a nervous sweat breaking out across my forehead.  Another time, I bumped my head and immediately became anxious, concerned that this blow may result in yet another concussion. The fact of the matter is that bumping our heads is just a part of life.  It happens...to everyone.  We bump
  • A Glorious Dark

    26 Apr 2015 | 4:08 pm
    A Glorious Dark is a new book by author A.J. Swoboda.  With Good Friday, the silent Saturday and Easter Sunday as the backdrop, Swoboda tackles tough questions about faith, doubt, suffering and pain. I found this book intriguing because we hear so many sermons on Good Friday and Easter Sunday but rarely will one talk about the silence that was Saturday.  What must the early believers have
  • A Call for Nonviolent Action

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

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  • “You Are Here” by Kenny Green

    Eric Bryant
    28 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Tweet This past week, Kenny Green spoke at Gateway South, and he interviewed Stephen and Dana Callendar. Their willingness to say “yes” changed everything for them and for others. Listen here: For Kenny Conley‘s message, watch or listen at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast.
  • AsUR Residency at Gateway Austin!

    Eric Bryant
    26 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    TweetApply now for the one-year residency at Gateway Church in Austin, Texas! This is designed to prepare leaders to plant or lead AsUR churches or campuses.  An AsUR church creates a safe place where people can “Come as they are…” no matter where they may be in their spiritual journey. This approach is the most effective way to reach and disciple in a post-Christian environment. From John Burke’s website: “We’re starting an AsUR residency at Gateway Church in Austin. Why? “The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of…
  • Tomorrowland: Creating a Better Future?

    Eric Bryant
    23 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Tweet As someone who has Futuristic and Positivity as two of my top five strengths according to the Gallup’s StrengthsFinder, you can imagine that I would be intrigued by a film like Tomorrowland. (Even the website – takemetotomorrowland.com and the novel e-book from Fandango have been enjoyable). So many films and books paint a bleak and dystopian view of the future. Tomorrowland makes the future seem better and brighter. With so many films based on old stories (remakes, comic books, and sequels), an original story from a thought-provoking filmmaker like Brad Bird definitely…
  • Losing Your Life To Find It (Jeff Goins Podcast)

    Eric Bryant
    19 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    TweetIf you don’t know Jeff Goins, you should get to know him. He’s a great writer and thinker, and I have enjoyed learning from him over the years. I was honored to be a part of his recent podcast. Listen in here:   From the interview and Jeff’s website: Show highlights In this episode, Eric and I discuss: What it feels like to find your calling A key element to discovering your life’s work many overlook The historic practice to determine what you were made to do How community plays a significant role in providing clarity The relationship between self-obsession and…
  • Post-Christian Ministry (Courses in Austin)

    Eric Bryant
    14 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    Tweet Are you looking to move your leadership to the next level? Are you hoping to catalyze a more effective effort in loving, serving, and influencing your city? If so, consider the Post Christian Ministry Certificate offered through Bethel Seminary.* These courses are designed for pastors and church leaders who want to become more effective in evangelism and discipleship in our post-Christian culture. You can take all three courses or choose the ones you prefer. Leading a Missional Organization – Fall 2015 Intensive: August 13-16, 2015 Register by July 31st Course Description: …
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  • Christ and Russia: Newsweek offers only a partial picture of a religious trend

    Jim Davis
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    "Russian Communists are turning to Christ," Newsweek trumpets, as if the magazine discovered the wheel. It almost deserves one of our "Got News?" logos.Almost. The article does have a few things going for it -- starting with the first three strong paragraphs:What do Vladimir Lenin, founder of the officially atheist Soviet Union, and Jesus Christ have in common? Not much, one would think. Yet according to Gennady Zyuganov, the veteran leader of Russia's modern-day Communist Party, both men sought to "save humanity" with a message of "love, friendship, and brotherhood".Speaking in Moscow in…
  • Concerning RNS and GetReligion: Yes, there are 'church' and 'state' debates in journalism

    Terry Mattingly
    28 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    For weeks, I have been hearing from readers asking me when GetReligion was going to address the Catholic News Agency report about the $120,000 grant from the Arcus Foundation to the Religion Newswriters Foundation, which owns Religion News Service.In one article, CNA noted that the grant listing said that its purpose was to "recruit and equip LGBT supportive leaders and advocates to counter rejection and antagonism within traditionally conservative Christian churches." When announcing the grant, Arcus officials said this grant would help foster a "culture of LGBT understanding through the…
  • Three keys to quality journalism on the Godbeat, and one All-Star who's mastered all three (updated)

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    28 May 2015 | 5:32 am
    A GetReligion reader sent us a link to a story on Christians who are gay and celibate.The reader said:Been reading for some months now and learning much about assessing news story content. The above got picked up by my local paper, the Augusta Chronicle, today. I was pleased to note the quote distribution and the sympathetic ear given Mr. Hill, whose work I've often read. Your thoughts?After clicking the link, I immediately recognized the byline:Gay and celibate: Some Christians affirming their homosexuality but pledging to forgo sex http://t.co/zrSG1jm8ME via @pittsburghpg— Peter Smith…
  • Regarding that maligned study on same-sex marriage opinions: What Poynter said

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    27 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Nine out of 10 Americans turn to GetReligion for clear, compelling analysis of religion news coverage. Trust me on that: I've done a survey."Wait a minute," somebody in Cyberland protests. "Can I please see details on the polling process and the specific questions asked?"What, you don't believe me!? Would it help if I produced an official-looking news release?I am joking, of course.But my point is serious, given recent headlines concerning a maligned study on same-sex marriage opinions that drew a ton of media coverage:A Columbia Univ disavows his highly…
  • Happy couple has 100 grandkids: Can you (as opposed to AP) spot the religion ghost?

    Terry Mattingly
    27 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    This has to be one of the #DUH items to ever grace the cyber pages here at GetReligion. Let's see if you can spot the religion ghost in this one.So let's say that you are reading a story about a nice elderly couple in Illinois named Leo and Ruth Zanger. The story appeared in the Quincy Herald-Whig that was picked up by the Associated Press, which is why several people (Hello M.Z. Hemingway!) saw it and sent me stunned, even incredulous notes.Now, the key to this story is that Leo and Ruth Zanger recently celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild. Thus, here is the top of the story:It's a…
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  • Booking Summer Slots

    admin
    19 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    The next few weeks I’ll be preaching at a few killer churches. CrossTimbers Church in Dallas TX Valley Bible Fellowship in Bakersfield, CA Crosspoint Community Church in Nashville, TN (HOME!!!) I’m also speaking at various conferences into the fall. If your church has a Sunday in between sermon series, or a Sunday you are looking for a guest speaker, I’d LOVE to come and teach. booking@ragamuffinsoul.com The biggest risk of my professional career was listening to God when he told me to write Moment Maker and become an author and speaker at the height of my worship leading…
  • When Hustle Is Harmful

    admin
    14 May 2015 | 10:25 pm
    HUSTLE… It’s all the rage. It’s in every other tweet I read. And every time I read one, I feel SO FREAKING LAZY. Cause those people tweeting and instagramming about their hustle NEVER TWEET about taking a nap. And I need naps. I need to do nothing.  Lot’s of nothing lots of times. I need to veg. At the end of my hustling days, and I have many of them, I need to realize that hustle is but one aspect of living a healthy life. I’m ALL for working hard and hustling.  I watched my dad work hardr than anyone around him while we were growing up as the only non white…
  • VLOG000 :: Nashville To Denver

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    Here goes a new venture!!!
  • 13 Thoughts On Your 13th Birthday – Love Dad

    admin
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    Happy Birthday Sohaila… Love dad…
  • Why the weekend AFTER Easter is JUST as important for your church

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

    Chaplain Mike
    27 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Beginning and End, George Stefanescu-Ramnic I finally ordered a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time, Terence Fretheim’s God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation. I started it last night and am already finding rich material for contemplation. In God and World, Fretheim is not just emphasizing the early chapters of Genesis, nor even OT texts that speak explicitly of God creating. No, he sees “creation” as a theme which pervades the very fabric of the Hebrew Bible. Explicit creational interests occur in every corner of the Old…
  • Natural Law and Sexual Morality

    Chaplain Mike
    26 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Song of Songs, Weil Any sexual act other than one man and one woman engaging in the type of intercourse inherently capable of procreation is an unnatural sexual act. • Ronald L. Conte Jr. “May the Marriage Bed Be Immaculate” In light of the Irish vote to legalize same-sex marriage, a decision that has its Catholic leaders pondering what the future might hold, I thought we might discuss a few thoughts about traditional Christian teaching on sexuality, in particular the place of “natural law” in understanding sexual morality. We traditional Christians tend to think our…
  • Matthew B. Redmond: Some Thoughts on What Is Happening at The Village Church

    Guest Author
    25 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM: Sin rules this world through the unholy trinity of money, sex, and power. Most of the scandals with which the church has to deal have something to do with one or more of these three areas. And often, the original transgression ends up being but a small part of the problem. As we have learned well, the cover-up is usually more significant in the long run than the crime itself. It only compounds the original error, adds sin to sin exponentially, and creates a multitude of problems that go far beyond embezzlement, adultery, or abuse of power. Last week was not a good week of…
  • A Memorial Day Meditation: Pentecost and Memorial Day

    Chaplain Mike
    24 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
       It is an odd conjunction of special days: Pentecost Sunday and Memorial Day (U.S.A.). Memorial Day looks back and commemorates the sacrifices of the past. Pentecost, an event which grew out of the greatest sacrifice and triumph, looks forward to a new day. The one recalls war. The other anticipates peace. One emphasizes what people have done to secure a nation’s freedom. The other stresses what God must do if people would be truly free within. One emphasizes our battles against flesh and blood. The other reminds us our greatest conflicts are not with human enemies, but with…
  • Sundays with Michael Spencer: May 24, 2015

    iMonk
    23 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Pentecost, Giotto If you haven’t read them recently, the relevant passages on Spiritual gifts are 1 Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12, and 1 Peter 4. Most of us who are old enough recall when we first heard teaching on the subject of “spiritual gifts,” or charismata. For me, it was in the Charismatic movement’s first wave, which involved me both with Catholic charismatics and with charismatics in the mainline churches. That teaching almost entirely dealt with the gift of tongues and other “supernatural” gifts of the Spirit. Later on, many of us encountered evangelical teaching on…
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  • Serbia

    Andrew Jones
    23 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    I am still not officially blogging but getting ready to make a comeback after 2 GLORIOUS BLOG FREE YEARS, possibly on June 5th (the day I started TallSkinnykiwi in 2001 and the day I stopped it ten years later.  In the meantime, we are in Serbia at the Rainbow gathering. Yesterday I finished building a pizza oven that we will use ...
  • Bohemians 1905

    Andrew Jones
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Tonight I am speaking for 3 minutes at a football (soccer) stadium in Prague. One of the owners of The Bohemian 1905 football club asked me to share some thoughts on Australia and my own pilgrimage because, he told me, the tour of  Australia in 1927 that this Czech team undertook, as well as the great games that were played ...
  • Finding Prague at St Nicholas

    Andrew Jones
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    A new hotel opened last weekend called The Nicholas Hotel and our family were invited by the creative team at Bohemia Hotels to stay a night by the and enjoy the great location. I thought it would be a great time to bring out the old film cameras and take some old school shots around the hotel, which sits next ...
  • To blog or not to blog

    Andrew Jones
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    In light of Andrew Sullivan’s announcement today to give up blogging after 15 years, (striking similar to my 15 uninterrupted years of blogging with the distinct difference of Andrew Sullivan being talented and famous and Andrew Jones being neither), I am reflecting on my own decision to stop my blog 18 months ago and enter a blog sabbatical that has ...
  • Vintage logos and fonts. Special deal.

    Andrew Jones
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    I have been collecting vintage fonts and logos recently, despite NOT being a hipster, but the huge collection in the January Big Bundle from Creative Market is about to swamp everything I have and give me plenty of goodies to spruce up the blogs of my friends and clients. Hmmmmmmmm!!!!!! Can’t wait. Especially that Tall Abbey font that could easily ...
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  • A Requiem for the Boy Scouts

    Albert Mohler
    26 May 2015 | 10:16 pm
    The Boy Scouts were doomed the moment the national leadership decided to preserve the organization at the cost of the values and ideals that gave it birth. Speaking to a national meeting of Boy Scouts of America leaders, President Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, called for the B.S.A. to abandon its policy of allowing the participation of openly gay scouts, but not the involvement of openly-gay adults. Speaking in Atlanta, Secretary Gates told his fellow B.S.A. leaders that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we…
  • The Gathering Storm: The Eclipse of Religious Liberty and the Threat of a New Dark Age

    Albert Mohler
    17 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Remarks Delivered Friday, May 15,  2015: Mister Attorney General, Mr. Sears, and distinguished guests, it is a great honor to accept the Edwin Meese III Award for Originalism and Religious Liberty. That honor is greatly magnified by the presence of Attorney General Meese and by the fact that this award bears his name. He is one of America’s most courageous defenders of human freedom and the American experiment in ordered liberty. I am also honored to receive this award from the Alliance Defending Freedom and its President, Alan Sears. I have known Alan for many years, and I know him to be…
  • Children of the Day

    Albert Mohler
    13 May 2015 | 9:22 pm
    “Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others…
  • “Whoever Would Save His Life Will Lose It” — A Charge for Graduates

    Albert Mohler
    7 May 2015 | 9:37 pm
    And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his lifewill lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”…
  • “It is Going to Be an Issue” — Supreme Court Argument on Same-Sex Marriage Puts Religious Liberty in the Crosshairs

    Albert Mohler
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:39 pm
    “It is … it is going to be an issue.” With those words, spoken yesterday before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Solicitor General of the United States announced that religious liberty is directly threatened by the legalization of same-sex marriage. Donald Verrili, representing the Obama Administration as the nation’s highest court considered again the issue of same-sex marriage, was responding to a question from Justice Samuel Alito. His answer confirms with candor the threat we have long seen coming. Back in 2005, long before the movement to legalize…
 
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  • Are you more interested in being “healthy” or “right”?

    Pete Wilson
    28 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    Generally in relationships, it’s not that one person is healthy and the other person is unhealthy, it’s that both of them are  imperfect. Because we are human beings, we tend to be self-centered, which is going to cause conflict. When expectations aren’t met, pride kicks in and distorts reality. What is important to remember in the midst of our conflict is that you can win the argument or you can win their heart, but you’re probably not going to do both.
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  • The Growth of Wheat among the Tares

    Nathan W. Bingham
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from The Growth of Wheat among the Tares, George Grant's contribution to the May issue of Tabletalk: The truth of the gospel actually becomes clearer and clearer as time goes on. The steadfast reality of the good news becomes more and more of a contrast with the vain fantasy of the philosophies of the world. The promise of the Great Commission is more widely realized as history unfolds. Continue reading The Growth of Wheat among the Tares, or begin receiving Tabletalk magazine by signing up for a free 3 month trial.
  • What Does “coram Deo” Mean?

    R.C. Sproul
    27 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I remember Mama standing in front of me, her hands poised on her hips, her eyes glaring with hot coals of fire and saying in stentorian tones, "Just what is the big idea, young man?" Instinctively I knew my mother was not asking me an abstract question about theory. Her question was not a question at all—it was a thinly veiled accusation. Her words were easily translated to mean, "Why are you doing what you are doing?" She was challenging me to justify my behavior with a valid idea. I had none. Recently a friend asked me in all earnestness the same question. He asked, "What's the big…
  • The Gospel in Mexico: An Interview with Victor Cruz

    Nathan W. Bingham
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from The Gospel in Mexico, an interview with Victor Cruz from the May issue of Tabletalk: Tabletalk: What is the greatest misunderstanding that those outside of Mexico have of Mexicans and Mexico? Victor Cruz: Maybe the greatest misunderstanding is that there is only one Mexico. Some people see Mexicans in a stereotype as uneducated, poor, and lazy. Of course part of the reality is that some Mexicans are like this, but there are millions of people who work hard, who are professionals, who manage their own companies, and who belong to a middle class that is larger than most…
  • Help Our Military Chaplains Fight the Spiritual Battle

    John Petersen
    25 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Rev. James R. Carter, who served in the military for 23 years on active duty, shares how with your support we are helping our military chaplains fight the spiritual battle. "For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds." —2 Corinthians 10:4 We're accustomed to turning on the TV or visiting our favorite news website and hearing of the latest casualties incurred in battle between the U.S. armed forces and various opponents. In light of such reports, it's easy to focus on the physical battles that our soldiers must fight. Yet there is an…
  • A Life of Blessing and Rest

    Nicholas Batzig
    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree'—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles " (Gal. 3:13-14). I distinctly remember hearing an unbelieving co-worker—at a restaurant in which I worked many years ago—say to customers as they left: "Have a blessed day." Every time I heard it I wanted to say, "But how is that blessing possible?" The language of blessing is used today with little to no understanding of its nature or cost. Galatians 3:13-14…
 
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  • Hyperbaric Treatment Update - Day 16

    27 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    We are continuing our journey of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. We just completed day 16 today. Garren is adjusting well to the treatments. We are now consistently at 2.0 atmospheres (equivalent of approx. 34 feet under water) for 1.5 hours (up from 1 hour when we first started). We are experiencing very little issues with ears clearing.
We are not expecting to see any significant changes until after at least 20 treatments, but to date here are some observations:Garren had a split in his lower lip from a fall 2 years ago that just would not heal. Since beginning the treatments his lip is…
  • Week 1 Complete

    13 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    We made it through the first 5 treatments. After taking one day off, the doctor felt like the twitching was not even related to the treatments, and was comfortable with allowing Garren to continue. On day 5 (yesterday) Nancy was introduced to the chamber for the first time. There are a couple of days that I will not be able to get in with Garren, so yesterday was Nancy's opportunity to get in and start getting used to it.While in the hyperbaric chamber, air pressure is increased in order to simulate being under water. The deeper you go under water, the greater the pressure (remember your high…
  • Good Twitch? Or Bad Twitch? - Day 2

    6 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    Day 2 in the chamber went according to plan. That is until we got out. As we were leaving, the technician who has been working with us noticed Garren's left cheek was twitching. (You know how sometimes your muscles will spasm? It was doing that).  Not constantly, but enough that she saw it and started asking about it. Nancy and I had noticed it after the first day. We assumed it must be something happening as a result of the treatment.The technician wanted the doctor to see it, so he came it to take a look. His first response was that it could be the onset of a seizure. After talking…
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - Day 1

    5 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    Yesterday we began Garren's newest therapy: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). We had heard about it a couple of times over the past several of years, and recently we came across it again. Nancy looked into it, and found a place in Matthews that offers this treatment.HBOT is the use of oxygen under pressure to facilitate healing. You can read more about this amazing treatment here. While the treatment looks promising, there is a cost, as insurance companies do not yet cover these treatment for brain injury recovery. God is good, and through the generous gifts of many, we have raised the funds…
  • Another Step In Our Journey

    9 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    Over the past several years I have come to understand more and more that life is a journey. We take steps down a path that leads us onward into the future. Our paths are not always easy. We rarely see what is beyond the next bend. But if we are following and trusting our God to lead the way, he is always faithful and will always lead us through - he leads us beside still waters, he makes us lie down in green pastures, he leads us through the valley of the shadow of death - no matter what our circumstance, we serve a God who is in control. These past 8 months, as Nancy and I have been walking…
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  • A letter to the UCC elders

    Tim Archer
    27 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    I don’t like open letters, but I’m about to write one. Largely because I want to publicly thank and applaud the elders of the church I attend: University Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas Dear elders, I know this is a bit impersonal, and I hope to speak with each of you personally. For now, let me publicly thank you for the statement you issued on Sunday about the participation of women in our Sunday assembly. It was a milestone on a long road, one that many of us had grown weary of. I’m sure that you especially have longed to reach a resting point in this discussion.
  • Links To Go (May 27, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    27 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    A Prayer from a Pacifist on Memorial Day God, we pledge our allegiance to Your kingdom as we seek to name evil and we discourage followers of Jesus from any vocation that might require violence. At the same time, we refuse to distance ourselves from those who have taken part in the way of Empire. God, help us to bring shalom to these people, Your children, as You have given peace to those of us who have never pulled the trigger. And prompt us to embrace the the families of the fallen, to deplore death, and celebrate life. May we mourn with those who mourn and trust that death has in fact been…
  • Dressing up, dressing down

    Tim Archer
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Someone approached me the other day to talk about my recent Heartlight article about “Dressing Down For God.” They skipped over the main points of the article, wanting instead to talk about what we wear when we go to church. The main argument was that people dress up on Sunday to give God their best. I don’t buy it. That’s a line, not a true motivation. There was a time when people saved their best clothes for Sunday, but it’s not true any more. Those who dress up on Sunday typically dress up on other days as well. The suit they wear for God is the same one they…
  • Parties and temples

    Tim Archer
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Just wanted to share a thought from a Bible study a few weeks ago. We were reading in John chapter 2. The chapter begins with Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding feast. Later he clears the money changers out of the temple. We noted that Jesus seemed more at home among the partygoers than he did the templegoers. I’m afraid we today might have gone into the wedding and cleared out the revelers while leaving those in the temple at peace. What do you think? Illustration courtesy Sweet Publishing
  • I’ve been digitized

    Tim Archer
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    OK, it wasn’t actually me. It was Tony and me. OK, it wasn’t actually Tony and me. It was the book that Tony Fernández and I wrote about Cuba. We’ve got a Kindle edition out now. If you don’t need another paperback lying around, or if you don’t want to wait to receive a copy in the mail, or if you’d like to save a few dollars off the price of a physical copy, or if you just like e-books… you can get A History of Churches of Christ in Cuba in Kindle format. Here’s the link: http://smile.amazon.com/A-History-Churches-Christ-Cuba-ebook/dp/B00XI0QFDK…
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  • The Seminary “Call”. What Does That Even Mean?

    Paul Burkhart
    28 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    Was Abraham called to kill Isaac? Yes. He went forward with that plan until God “called” otherwise. Would he have been disobedient to continue with the original “calling” of killing Isaac after God said “stop”? In the church today we have a very strange and anemic doctrine of “calling” that I don’t believe is biblical. We also have a very gnostic tendency of idealizing the spiritual at the detriment of the material. This is one reason why many of the commenters of this post can’t seem to understand why or how God would ever call someone AWAY from a seminary. The pulpit and…
  • How To Succeed in Seminary

    Ryan Burns
    19 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    It’s May, which for most schools is graduation season. Men and women who have invested countless hours in classrooms and libraries are now preparing for the ceremony that will mark the end of a sometimes long and often very difficult journey. All will don caps and gowns and the regalia appropriate to their school and earned degree; some will be adorned with colored ropes or sashes signifying special honor, their names highlighted in the ceremony’s program and the Latin words cum Laude, Summa cum Laude, or Magna Cum Laude: with honors, with high honors, with highest honors. And…
  • What I didn’t Learn in Seminary

    Ryan Burns
    11 May 2015 | 1:16 pm
    When I was interviewing for my first associate pastor role, the senior pastor said something to my wife and me that I would soon learn was almost a mantra: “If you come to Cold Springs Church, you will experience spiritual warfare.” Strangely, I had not heard anything of the sort at any time in what was then a dozen seminary courses; nor did I hear it in the rest of my courses. My school required four one-unit “Mentored Field Ministry” courses, which met every two weeks and usually involved discussion of ministry case-studies submitted by the students. Each case grew…
  • Making Friends in Seminary

    Ryan Burns
    6 May 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Though this title may sound a bit cheesy, any seminary student will tell you that one of the best parts of seminary is the lifelong friendships that you form. Think about it, it is most likely the one time in your life that you will be surrounded by a multitude of people all focused on the same mission as you: the glory of God and advancement of His name. Therefore, despite your busyness, it is important to remember that seminary is only for a season so you want to soak up all you can during your time there. So, how do we make and cultivate these godly friendships? Hopefully these simple tips…
  • A Few Traps to Avoid in Seminary

    Ryan Burns
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    So, you think God called you to seminary so you can better serve God in the world? Awesome. Your seminary time will be sure to teach you many things about God and his Word. In order to exit seminary as passionate as you are about ministry now, you simply need to avoid a few common traps the enemy of our souls has placed in the seminary classroom. Don’t compare. Your calling, your study habits, your gifting, your experience and all God created you to be is not like your classroom neighbor. Each of you have a role in the kingdom and each of you need to be who God created you to be. If you…
 
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  • A time when I had hope

    admindm
    9 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    I spent Friday afternoon setting on the wall out front of the apt building I lived in during my Jr. and High School days, I was there just last Tuesday after finding out my oldest female friend, Risa (Marisesa) Casey had died recently. I went up to my High School to look at the year book from my graduation year, and to my surprise was able to get one from the journalism dept. After that I went to my old apartment complex and walked around the old neighborhood, and thought about my Jr. and High school days. I was also remembering Kath Colby, a good friend who lived across the street who died…
  • Stop Casting Your Pearls Before Swine

    admindm
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:46 pm
    I kept hearing God say to me “STOP casting your pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6) over and over the past few months related to experiences I was having when I would get a word from God and share with others and get negative blow back from them. So I concluded that He meant telling nonbelievers, and even though I don’t that I knew of, he kept saying it to me. This weekend during the Passion 2015 conference he gave me understanding to what he meant via what two speakers shared as well as the Holy Spirit speaking to me again about it, this time more detailed. He said the church is full of…
  • And I will Make You Fishers of Men.

    admindm
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    “Follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Now it came to pass that a group existed who called themselves fishermen. And, there was a abundant amount of fish in the waters all around. In fact, the whole area was surrounded by streams and lakes filled with fish. And the fish were hungry. Week after week, month after month, and year after year, these who called themselves fishermen met in meetings and talked about their call to fish, the abundance of fish, and how they might go about fishing. Year after year they carefully defined what fishing means, defended fishing…
  • Church – A Loving Family

    admindm
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    This is a weird generation that we live in, that we say things like hey, did you go to church today? How was church? Because in our mind this so normal to us, because we think of church as a building or we think of the church as a service you attend, but that’s not biblical. When you think of church don’t think movie, think gang. Think of church like a gang, like joining a gang, you don’t say what time is gang today, how was gang today? No, you jump into a group of people 27/7 you change your identity, have a sense of belonging, you commit your life to it, to the others in…
  • Church–Christ Centered

    admindm
    6 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The gathering of Christ followers, what we call church, at its core it’s about the body and the blood of Jesus Christ, we are to gather because of Jesus,  because of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Without the blood and body of Christ we are nothing, we are doomed in our sins. Center stage at any gathering of the Church should be the Lords table, communion, not some speaker be it the pastor of who ever. I seek to be part of a gathering where everyone coming in understands that it’s about blood and body of Jesus, communion, the Lords table, is all about Jesus, who He is and what He…
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  • Belonging

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    3 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Sermon preached on I Cor. 6:12-20 by guest speaker Rev. Paul Treick during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 5/3/2015 in Novato, CA.
  • What Then Is This Bleating Of The Sheep

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Sermon preached on 1 Samuel 15 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 4/26/2015 in Novato, CA. Sermon manuscript Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. 1 Samuel 15 4/26/15 “What Then Is This Bleating Of The Sheep” Partial obedience is disobedience. I’m not sure who first said […]
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith 50-51

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Mr. Mike Awtry at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 4/26/2015 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on the book Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul, covering chapters 50-51, dealing with the doctrine of sin and original sin.
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith 48-49

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Rev. W. Reid Hankins at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 4/26/2015 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on the book Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul, covering chapters 48-49, dealing with the topics of Satan and demons.
  • Now Go and Attack Amalek

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Sermon preached on 1 Samuel 15 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 4/19/2015 in Novato, CA. Sermon manuscript Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. 1 Samuel 15 4/19/15 “Now Go and Attack Amalek” We will be taking two weeks to consider this passage. Next week we […]
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  • The Lord Is For Me – Daily Devotional – May 28th, 2015

    Austin Gardner
    28 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: What can man do unto me? What a comforting thought the psalmist must have had. He knew that God was for him. He didn’t have to fear what man could do to him because God was on his side. He is definitely on your side if you are born again. He has purchased your salvation, made you a partaker of the divine nature, made a new creature out of you. He is on your side. Love Him. Trust Him. You can relax in the sweetest love ever!
  • Couples Retreat: Shut up and let the Bible Speak

    Robert Canfield
    28 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    Communication is an extremely important aspect of marriage. We need to know what the other is thinking and feeling. This need is often emphasized in books about marriage. However, what often gets ignored when we speak about communication is that God deserves to have the loudest voice in our marriage. In our long nights of endless chatter we push God and His Word into a box that only gets opened on Sunday morning. Neither you nor your wife have all the answers. The answers you do have come from God’s Word; so why don’t you allow it to speak more often into your marriage? In our…
  • So Quickly And Easily We Forget – Daily Devotional – May 27th, 2015

    Austin Gardner
    27 May 2015 | 4:50 am
    Psalm 16:13 They soon forgat his works; They waited not for his counsel: The children of Israel had been brought out of Egypt and slavery. God had provided everything thing that they needed. He loved them. He protected them but they soon forgot what He was doing and wanted more. They wanted something else. It seems that things become normal to us. The blessings that others wish for happen to us and we get used to them.Then we are not satisfied. We then complain because He should be giving us more. We forget where we were. We forget what He did to get us to where we are. We focus on ourselves…
  • Raising Kids And How It Affects Your Marriage

    Robert Canfield
    26 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    This year Jim and Sandy Roberts will  be our guest speakers at the Couples Retreat. They will speak in the combined sessions about the challenges that you will face as you deal with raising children. It is our goal for you and your spouse to know Biblically how to face these challenges in a God-honoring way. Jim was a full-time pastor and Mrs. Sandy had a full-time job while raising two kids. Jim and Sandy have been married for over 40 years and have two children who are both serving the Lord in full-time ministry. God has taught them both a lot on this subject, and I know it will be…
  • Sunday In Review 5/24/15

    Beth Staley
    26 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    Check out the bulletin from Sunday to see upcoming events: VISIONNEWS-May23 Sundays at Vision are always exciting and yesterday did not disappoint! In the morning service, we confronted the question “Do Babies Go to Heaven” and learned many truths about our gracious God in the Bible. We are getting close to our goal of reaching 250 in attendance with 248 in the morning service! In the evening, we had the graduation service of the Our Generation Training Center students. The Our Generation Training Center is a ministry of Vision Baptist Church which trains young people for…
 
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  • Isolation is for Idiots

    Andy Wood
    28 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    Some of the most profound lessons in life can only be discovered face down in a proverbial ditch.  And that’s where I found myself about 25 years ago.  My career was crumbling. My family life was devastated. Whatever influence I had was waning quickly.  My dreams were being shattered.  I was a complete failure privately, and was about to be exposed as one publicly.  And for the moment, it was right where God wanted me to be. There as life was crashing in all around me, I asked the Lord one of the most life-changing questions I could have asked, and He was gracious enough to give me an…
  • Leading Through Your Worst Moments

    Andy Wood
    26 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    Nobody talks about the life-changing leader who helped them raise their umbrella at the beach.  Influence happens only rarely in comfort zones or times of ease. Vision is not the starry-eyed product of Monday morning quarterbacks or couch potatoes. Adversity was made for leadership.  And leaders were made for adversity. Seth Godin puts it this way: The worst moments are your best opportunity.That’s how we judge you and how we remember you.  You are presumed to be showing us your real self when you are on deadline, have a headache, are facing a customer service meltdown, haven’t had a…
  • Redemption Has Stories to Tell, Laura Kate

    Andy Wood
    21 May 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Dear Laura Kate, It was seven years ago this month that we welcomed you into the world.  And what an amazing seven years it has been.  Of course, there are plenty of things in this world to feel alarmed or sad about.  For example, I seriously doubt that anyone has watched the news or read a newspaper in the last seven years that didn’t contain the word “terrorist” in it. You have never known a world where, if people wanted to communicate, they actually had to look someone in the eye and use their voices to make words – or get a piece of paper and use a pen, pencil or crayon to…
  • Certainties on the Field of Battle and Blessing

    Andy Wood
    7 May 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Why? It’s the favorite question of three-year-olds, because at three you’re still innocent enough to believe it always merits an answer. But as time passes and our “whys?” become more sophisticated, we begin to understand that there are often multiple layers and perspectives of answers to that question. Then sometimes there is no answer at all.  At least no answer that will ever satisfy our demand to know what on earth (or heaven or hell) is going on. I don’t know why, and probably never will, somebody decided to stop dead still with no lights of any kind on in the fast lane of a…
  • Growth is Ugly

    Andy Wood
    6 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    I’ve received just under 10,000 calls, texts, or emails over the last few weeks, all wanting to know the same thing:  How’s the little sequoia tree doing? So rather than answer it both all of them at once, I thought I’d give you an update here. It’s ugly. Not slow death, needles-falling ugly.  Just the opposite.  It’s fast-growth ugly. One wild branch has taken off to the side like Sherman through Georgia.  Others have shot out in various other directions at lesser speeds.  And finally, when I got some consistent sunlight on it, the little guy started growing some height. That…
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  • Passion 2015: Glimpse

    Worship.com
    26 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    A glimpse into Passion 2015. Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • La Salvación es del Señor

    Worship.com
    24 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    La Salvación es del Señor: "La salvación es del Señor" – La IBI – Equipo de... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • "Can’t Stop Singing": From Covenant Worship (OFFICIAL ELECTRIC GUITAR TUTORIAL)

    Worship.com
    23 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    "Can’t Stop Singing": From Covenant Worship (OFFICIAL ELECTRIC GUITAR TUTORIAL): Ben... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Jesus Culture | I Want To Know You

    Worship.com
    22 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Watch and Learn ‘I Want To Know You’ from Chris Quilala of Jesus Culture. Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Tennessee Ernie Ford – Take My Hand, Precious Lord (Live)

    Worship.com
    18 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Tennessee Ernie Ford – Take My Hand, Precious Lord (Live): Music video by Tennessee Ernie... 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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  • Newton on the Christian Life

    23 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Tony Reinke, Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015. $14.79I imagine many will think this book tells an important yet familiar tale of a repentant man who writes an enduring, widely appealing hymn. Though I was acquainted with Tony Reinke's writing (see the review on Reformation 21 for his previous book, Lit!), and knew I would enjoy the prose of the book, I admittedly could not get fired up about Newton. Just look at some of the other giants of the faith Crossway features in their series on Theologians on the Christian Life--Luther, Calvin, John Owen,…
  • Race and the American Church

    23 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    My name is Otis Pickett. By the sound and reading of my name, you might think my parents were either huge Motown fans or fans of the 1978 film Animal House ("Otis.....my man!!!"). You might also assume, as do most people before they see me, that I am an African American male. I am actually a white southern male and am the fourth generation of Otis Pickett's. My dad, his dad and my great grandfather were all Otis Pickett's from Charleston, South Carolina. My son is the fifth Otis and will carry on the great legacy of people hearing his name, promptly tilting their head curiously to the right…
  • Disunity in Christ

    18 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Christena Cleveland, Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2013. $13.99/£9.99Christena Cleveland's Disunity in Christ is an important read for those who--in an increasingly pluralistic yet no less segregated society--call church their home. Putting us on notice and providing us with exhortation, it alerts us first to the pathologies and aggravations of difference which occur in social groups that might otherwise be expected to find unity in diversity. Optimistic rather than defeated, in every chapter it affirms faith in a common…
  • More Spalled Concrete

    18 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    In our last two articles, we've been dealing with various objections that continue to be offered against a Covenantal approach to apologetics. The objection that we considered last time needs more explanation and discussion that we were able to give it in one article. We will continue that discussion in this article (and the next) in order to try more fully to address the objection itself. The hope is that these responses will be taken into account if the objection continues to be offered, rather than, as is often the case, simply repeating the objection as if nothing has been offered in…
  • The Human Being: A Theological Anthropology

    11 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    Hans Schwarz, The Human Being: A Theological Anthropology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. $24.99After years of relative neglect, theological anthropology has been on the rise lately. In the last few years alone, we've seen books like Michael Welker's The Depth of the Human Person (Eerdmans, 2014), Christian Smith's What is a Person? (University of Chicago Press, 2010), Verna Harrison's God's Many Splendored Image (Baker Academic, 2010), and David Kelsey's monumental Eccentric Existence (Westminster John Knox, 2009). And that's just a sample. If you add specialized works on particular…
 
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  • Dear Jesus, Where are we going? A Prayer for God to remember and move.

    Robin
    7 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    Dear Jesus,     As you know, I seem to express myself best in my writing, at least sometimes.  As I sit here with a sick child, having to take off another day of work, I have once again tried to be pro active on this journey and have taken time to re-evaluate where we might be heading.  I’ve looked at my values and goals and yet I am at a loss for what lies ahead.  I guess I am in the tension of being intentional and authentic about my life and also walking in faith to where you are leading me.  It is a place that I don’t like, because I continually feel stuck.   I try…
  • Finding Your Rhythm With God

    Robin
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:09 am
    Daily disciplines are hard, at least when we first begin. Getting ourselves into a routine is often challenging because we fight back with our flesh that is tired, our minds that make excuses, and convince ourselves that tomorrow will be the difference. I think we all just need to chill out a bit and give ourselves a break. Jesus didn’t die for us to give us a life where we live in a perpetual cycle of defeat in our mind, but he calls us higher to renew our mind in him. We can get so performance based for so many different reasons that we miss the joy of living life that is right in front…
  • The Unconventional Journey: When Jesus Leads You.

    Robin
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    Have you ever wondered what direction in life to take? I think we all have. We’ve looked at the paths before us and wondered which one to go down. In learning to be led by Jesus, there are two ways that has directed me. Sometimes He lets you choose. I remember when I started seminary. I started on-line at one seminary, and absolutely loved the experience. But then as God lead me into a denomination, he began to open up doors to attend their seminary. After talking to a friend who attended both, and weighing different options like curriculum and cost, I took a deep breath and made my move. I…
  • Being Filled Up to be Poured Out

    Robin
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
         We are such busy people.  Even with the best intentions to be still before the Lord, we all seem to fall short.  We may start off like Mary, sitting at the feet of Jesus, but we don’t always stay there for very long.  We must get up and get on with the things of the day. But what I am trying to remember this morning, is that as important as it is to have a quiet time with God, we then have to learn to keep our minds engaged in the things of heaven throughout our day, having a heavenly trained perspective, instead of an earthly one.  That doesn’t mean ignoring peoples…
  • Making and Spending Time with God: Start Soaking

    Robin
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    As my alarm went off this morning, I rolled out of bed, made my coffee and was eager to blog; since I didn’t finish another draft that I was working on yesterday.   I kept thinking that I have to keep this going now, it’s all up to me to get some content out.  But as I raced through my evernotes to try and find a piece of inspiration, God tapped me on the shoulder and said “Robin, that’s not the way we do it, remember?, You get your inspiration from spending time with me.”   And there was the problem.  For the past several days I have been pre-occupied with…
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    Connecting to Impact

  • Away from it all

    jason@church4allnations.com
    26 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    This week (actually starting this past Saturday), my family and I are on a road trip through a whole bunch of states and amazing places. We drove nearly three days to arrive here near Yellowstone National Park. We got to visit Mt. Rushmore, and it reminded me of visiting as a kid and the many vacations to national parks and historical sites I have now come to appreciate. The point is, I may or may not write (or read) much in this next week as we try to take some family time and truly get away. I own a web development business so there’s no such thing as truly unplugging, but we’ll…
  • Sanctuary: One Radiance of Glory

    jason@church4allnations.com
    23 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Sanctuary– 1 : a place (as a church or a temple) for worship 2 a place of refuge and protection Meditating on the beauty He’s created and the power of His words… 2 Corinthians 3:18 (VOICE) Now all of us, with our faces unveiled, reflect the glory of the Lord as if we are mirrors; and so we are being transformed, metamorphosed, into His same image from one radiance of glory to another, just as the Spirit of the Lord accomplishes it.     Transformed. Reflecting. One radiance of glory to another.   God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a…
  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some favorites that challenged, inspired, encouraged, made me laugh, or all of the above. Be sure to check ’em out then add your own favorites to the widget below! 25 Inexpensive Ways to Help Your Neighbor by Deb Wolf (Counting My Blessings) 3 False Sources of Confidence in Ministry by Brandon Cox (Pastors.com) Organizational Slippery Slopes by Aby Garvey (Simplify 101) Wow! Wait, does that count as a rebound too? Originally Found Here Your turn! I started this list, I need your help finishing. Share your favorite inspiration, practical wisdom, or hilarity this week, from…
  • Nothing is under Control

    jason@church4allnations.com
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Ah, those mental checklists. Maybe you don’t have them, but I do. There are habits I want to change. There are failures I want to mitigate. There are problems I want to be done with. I realize I’ve hit this topic quite frequently, but you’ll have to forgive me because I’m not there yet. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s not about milestones or timelines. It’s about Jesus’ victory and life. The temptation for me, however, is that I feel I have certain mental spaces in order or haven’t had this or that thought flare up in a while. I…
  • The Big Picture of Pain

    jason@church4allnations.com
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    No one likes pain, but that doesn’t mean it’s meaningless. I started reading Philip Yancey’s book, Where Is God When It Hurts?  Why did I start? Because I’m in pain. Not physical pain, but emotional. Injustice in people’s lives hurts. Things that should be resolved and aren’t–they hurt. People being marginalized and hurt by others’ actions… It all hurts. When you deeply invest in caring for and praying for people, it’s probably going to hurt at some point. There is a point to this pain though. Mr. Yancey describes in great detail…
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  • Social Conservative Review: An Insider's Guide to Pro-Family News May 21, 2015

    22 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    Click here to subscribe to the Social Conservative Review American society has been characterized as post-Christian, post-modern, post-conservative, post-racial, and post-gender. We are said to be a culture of narcissism (Christopher Lasch), a culture of death (Ramesh Ponnuru), a culture of war (Anthony J. Marsella), a culture of fear (Barry Glassner), and even a culture of wimps (John Strausbaugh). There is some truth in just about all of these (although “post-genderism” is a term only the academy could love, given its intrinsic detachment from biological reality).  But one…
  • WATCH: In 6 Minutes, Local Pastor Shares Why the Supreme Court's Marriage Case Matters for Us All

    19 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    How can an evangelical pastor address current issues that affect his congregation? Reverend Bill Shuler, lead pastor of Capital Life Church in Arlington, Virginia, led by example in a recent sermon – addressing the cultural shift on the definition of marriage. His sermon on May 10, entitled "Scattered Seeds," centered on how God can redeem His people in seasons of struggle. In an aside about how the next generation faces a barrage of influences hostile to faith, Rev. Shuler spoke on tolerance, God's heart of love... and why believers cannot ignore how changing views on marriage policy…
  • Anthony Kennedy and the "Millennia" of Marriage

    8 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    After last week's oral arguments before the Supreme Court, those who seek a ruling that the Constitution of the United States requires a redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples should be wary of over-confidence. As usual, the eyes and ears of Court observers were focused on Justice Anthony Kennedy. He is often the "swing vote" between the Court's liberal bloc (Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan) and the more consistent conservatives (Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito). Last week's arguments gave every indication that Kennedy will cast the…
  • May Day! May Day! For Britain and for US

    4 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    For Britain, it is May Day. May Day was last Friday. The First of May has been a traditional holiday in Britain and Europe for centuries. Since the French Revolution, however, May Day represented workers and the Left. “May Day!” is also the international distress call (M’aidez—from the French for help me!) Next Friday, there will be an important national election in Great Britain. It could have profound influence on America. Polls are unusually volatile this time, but British Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, could win and be installed in Number 10 Downing Street as…
  • In the Face of ISIS Aggression: Trusting an Unknown Future to A Known God

    1 May 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Not more than 24 hours ago ISIS released a shocking new photo that is of an entirely different nature than any previously released. ISIS has largely waged its war on the West with an eerie online presence, by taping and capturing videos of massacres of Christians, numerous beheadings, burnings, stonings, etc. These images, which once shocked us and filled us with horror, have become almost mundane. We turn our heads and forget because it does not have a direct impact on us. Yet. Since many Americans have largely closed their eyes to the brutality that defines ISIS, the terrorist group may be…
 
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    Why God?

  • Where Do You Plan To Be In The Last Days? Will You Stay In America, Or Will You Go To Israel?

    Michael
    27 May 2015 | 5:33 pm
    We have all been watching the United States slowly fall apart, and many people speculate that this fall of 2015 will be the start of major unraveling. I would like to have a plan going forward when things do fall apart, and I am sure you feel the same way. I have been contemplating in my mind someday moving to Israel…where to go, when to go and how we are going to make this journey possible. If you are a believer, chances are you have also contemplated these things as well. We read in Matthew 24 verse 15, where it tells us the only safe place to be in the days ahead will be in the…
  • Why We Abandoned Christmas For The Biblical Holidays

    Michael
    26 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Passover 2012 Re-published From Hersite Several years ago Michael and I did something drastic in our friends and families eyes. To many of our friends, what we were doing was unthinkable….. We actually gave up Christmas. We abandoned the holidays of Christmas, Halloween and Easter, and instead ….switched to celebrating the biblical feasts found in the bible such as (Feast of Tabernackles, Passover and so forth) You can find out the significance of these holidays at the bottom of this post…… It was quite a shock to our families, as you can imagine……..and for…
  • September-December 2015? The Shemitah Debt Release- The 7 Year Pattern That Indicates A Financial Collapse

    Michael
    26 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Re-Published From The Economic Collapse Blog Does a mystery that is 3,500 years old hold the key to what is going to happen to global financial markets in 2015? Could it be possible that the timing of major financial crashes is not just a matter of coincidence? In previous articles on my website, I have discussed some of the major economic and financial cycle theories and their proponents. For example, in an article entitled “If Economic Cycle Theorists Are Correct, 2015 To 2020 Will Be Pure Hell For The United States“, I examined a number of economic cycle theories that seem to…
  • How Do I Prepare For Economic Collapse With No Money In The Bank?

    Michael
    9 May 2015 | 6:47 pm
    For most of us who know a collapse is coming, one of the first things that many of us ponder is “do I have enough money?“, “how much should I stock up?“, “how long will these terrors last for?“, ” how do I prepare with little money?“, “how will I feed my family?“…………. How do we prepare for an event, when we don’t know how severe it is going to be, or how long it will last for? In an interview with Mena Lee Grebin (Trunews 5/5/15), Rick Wiles was in his backyard, praying to the Lord, when he asked God…
  • 4 People Find Healing By Reciting Scripture- “Faith Come By Hearing The Word Of God”

    Michael
    5 May 2015 | 3:22 pm
    There are several testimonies of healing coming through repeating scripture promises that are related to healing. Here are 3 examples of healing that came though reciting God’s word: Don Gossett-  Healing By Reciting Scripture- The first chapter from Don Gossett’s Book From What You Say Is What You Get The year I discovered the importance of what some people call “mere” words was the hardest year in my entire life: the whole year was filled with heartache and trouble. August came, and on the fifteenth, our daughter Jeanne Michelle was born. It was a very difficult…
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  • Why haven’t I been reviewing a lot of books lately?

    Aaron Armstrong
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the early features of this blog was book reviews. I started writing these almost by accident. I was broke, liked reading, discovered blogger review programs, and away I went. That’s literally about as much thought as went into starting.But recently, I’ve been writing far fewer reviews. Where at this time last year, I’d probably written 20 or more, I’ve written maybe 10 (which, in all honesty, is still probably quite a bit considering the average 18-to-29 year old finishes nine books per year). I still love writing them because they’re among the most…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersA Bundle of Joy: Six Books On Christian Happiness by David Murray—$2.99Encountering Christ in the Covenants by Daniel McManigal—99¢Love Worth Finding by Joyce Rogers—99¢The Ever-Loving Truth by Voddie Baucham—99¢Biblical Authority by James Draper—$2.99If God Made the Universe, Who Made God?—$2.99Revisiting the burger mythAnd this, friends, is why we all need to be reminded once more that we ought not believe everything we read on the Internet.From Henry to Hip HopC. Daniel Motley:In 410 A.D., a group of Visigoth barbarians sacked the golden…
  • Nine things we’re glad we’ve learned in our marriage (so far)

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today is Emily’s and my ninth wedding anniversary. Our road to the altar was a long and complicated one, involving college romance, abandoning a religion/cult, living together, getting “engaged”, buying a house, spiritual attack, and being rescued by Jesus (in that order).I (Aaron) still remember the day we both became Christians, and our first question to one another was, “Now what?” We knew that being Christians meant our lives were going to be thrown into chaos. We just didn’t expect everything that was thrown at us in the time leading up to our…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersHow to Talk to a Skeptic by Donald L. Johnson—$1.99Grounded in the Gospel by J.I. Packer and Gary Parrett—$2.51 (reviewed here)Also, Tony Reinke’s new book, Newton on the Christian Life, is now available. Westminster Bookstore has it on sale for $13, or $10 each when you buy three or more.Does the Internet turn cowards into bullies?A couple weeks back, I was on Greg Dutcher’s new podcast, These Things Go to 11 talking about contending for the faith, doctrines worth fighting for and how the Internet lends courage to people whom might otherwise…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersBe Exultant by Warren Wiersbe—Free (ends today)Marriage Matters by Winston Smith—$2.99Found: God’s Peace by John MacArthur—$3.82Identity by Eric Geiger—$2.99God on Sex by Daniel Akin—$2.99The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler—$5.99In Defense of Purity RingsMike Leake takes on Stephen Altrogge:But I think purity rings—in their best form—are much more than just a reminder to not have sex. For full disclosure my wedding ring, and my wife’s wedding ring, is a combination of her purity ring, and two “pray hard” rings that we bought when…
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • The Gospel Applied: “The Artist” – Romans 11

    Randall Smith
    2 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Almost in the perfect center of the north end of the city of Paris, the hill of Montmartre and its grand white Cathedral of “Sacré-Cœur” (Sacred Heart) seem perched above the city. From the church you are afforded one of the most magnificent views of the “city of lights” that doesn’t require going up in a rickety elevator on an old “erector set” called the Eiffel Tower. Montmartre is noted for several things, but probably best known for the quarter’s daily working street artists. Gathered near the square due west of the church, these artists sit in front of easels painting…
  • Following His Footsteps: “That Pesky Jesus Problem” – Matthew 27:1-54

    Randall Smith
    1 May 2015 | 1:47 am
    One of the traits I truly admire in great leaders is their ability to remain calm in the face of extraordinary circumstances. The “best of the best” have been able to withstand enormous pressures, often without showing much of the wear it had upon them. Whether it is a jovial smirking face of the cigar-laden Winston Churchill, or the calm but tired look of Abraham Lincoln – history sometimes yields little snapshots of great men with resolute faces of quiet confidence. Think about those two men for a moment… Can you imagine finding yourself responsible for the course of your country in…
  • The Gospel Applied: “Intruder Alert!” – Romans 10

    Randall Smith
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Rodents and pests are both creative and enduring creatures – but they are intruders. To be fair, in many cases, we may be the actual invaders, for we build houses in the middle of their habitat and then desperately try to keep them from living in our space. How do we do it? We fill every gap and close every opening so that we can keep them from getting into our space. What do they do in response? They find another way in! It can be a battle if they have found your stuff to their liking. We may think of them as pests, but what they do is actually quite ingenious. A mouse can squeeze his body…
  • Following His Footsteps: “A Child of Two Worlds” – Matthew 26

    Randall Smith
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    One of our local high school teachers posted a question the other day on their Facebook page that was perfect for an introduction to this lesson. He wrote: “Christians are often asked how there can be a God with so much evil in the world. How does the atheist explain all the evil in the world?” An university student who claims to be an atheist responded with the classic language of a modern thinker: First, he wrote: “Define evil.” He went on to explain: “Did you know that there is a parasite that burrows into the eyes of children in developing countries? Is the parasite evil? No, of…
  • Following His Footsteps: “A Call to Watchmen” – Matthew 24-25

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

  • Who Do You Work For?

    Kyle Reed
    13 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    Did you know: 75 people move to Nashville a day. That’s a lot of people.I don’t know every specific reason these people are moving to Nashville, but I imagine several of them have dreams of work. Weird to dream about work, but we all have had grand dreams about the work we will do.Ordinarily these dreams are tangible with specifics to fields of interest. Rarely do we dream about who we will work for.I would argue it’s more important who you work for rather than what you work for (towards).You can work really hard at something but have a boss or client who doesn’t…
  • Finding Your Vocation In Stages

    Kyle Reed
    7 May 2015 | 6:24 pm
    This post is a part of a series entitled Hinneh: a blog series on vocation and calling. You can read more here: http://manofdepravity.com/2015/05/vocation-in-stages/Do you remember those times as a kid when someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up? I sure do. It was a magical question that was filled with hope, opportunity, and excitement. There was no hint of fear, doubt, or worry. This was the time to dream and say whatever your heart desired. I don’t know about you, but I think it was right around the age of 12 I lost that excitement and the reality that “my dreams”…
  • Is It A Dream Or A Goal?

    Kyle Reed
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    Evander Holyfield, ya the guy who had chunks of his ear bitten off by Mike Tyson, tells a story about his first trainer. Evander was a young boxer making his way into the sport and his trainer asked him one day, “do you want to be great?” Of course Evander had the same answer as we all would have, “yes sir, I do.”But the follow-up question was what shocked me the most. Evander’s trainer responded, “Okay, if you want to be great, you now have to decide if it’s a dream or a goal?”Are you living a dream or chasing a goal?Both dreams and goals have…
  • On Taking Risk

    Kyle Reed
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:18 am
    Today I want to talk about risk.A subject living in the shadow of fear.Take a look at your life, do you like what you see? Now take a look at your past, what have you learned? I believe achievement comes through what we achieve (novel thought right?). We can talk about all we want to achieve, but the ability to point to what we actual did only comes from what we actually do.This is as much for me as it is for you. For I am the biggest culprit in fear and risk management. I’ve mastered the proper amount of risk to allow myself to believe the lie of truly making change. But as I…
  • The Two Desired Results of Content: Measure and Movement

    Kyle Reed
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    The ROI of content is one of the hardest things to define. It is also the most frustrating. How do you explain to a boss, client, or yourself the ROI of something so intangible?The intangibles leading to ROI:The value of the brand.Other marketing messages.The response of the audience.The product itself.Time. place, setting, date.Organic search or discovery.Word of mouth.With so many factors leading to ROI how do you know the true value or if you even made a difference? This has been the question that many marketers ask daily, “how do we know if our content is effective in leading to…
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    Heart Choices

  • National Day of Prayer 2015

    6 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. I believe our nation needs desperate prayer. As I watch the news unfold, I'm amazed by what I see and hear. I believe Washington can't fix all of our problems. We need wise and humble leaders but most importantly ...we need to get on our knees and pray. Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Freedom of religion was so important to our founding fathers. They didn't want to be dictated to about how they could worship. The United States has opened its doors to people of all faiths. God gave us free will to make choices. We aren't…
  • Counting My Blessings

    4 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    How can I not count my blessings? I never would imagine I'd be doing what I'm doing at this stage of my life. If someone told me years ago, I would have laughed. But I have to say that I love it!The following Scripture comes to my mind:And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purposes.  Romans 8:28 (NLT)Little did I know that I would return to work after retiring for ten years from my nursing career.Little did I know that I would be working in a profession quite different from nursing.Little did I know how…
  • Whose Voice Are You Listening To?

    3 May 2015 | 3:13 pm
    There can be so many voices clamoring for our attention every day. Sometimes it seems that the loudest voices get the most attention. When I turn on the news I hear "NEWS ALERT" and stop in my tracks to see what's happened now. And what about those voices that echo in your head from childhood?Maybe you weren't always given encouragement as a child growing up. The voices may continue to shout: You're not good enough You're not that smartYou're not very prettyWho do you think you are?You come from the wrong side of townMaybe the voices you listen to come from doubting…
  • The Dreams I Carry Inside

    23 Apr 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Is there a dream you carry inside? That is the question asked by Bonnie of Faith Barista today.I look at the photo above with the white picket fence, blooming flowers and serene background. It's lovely. As a teenager, this was my dream. I wanted to get married, have children and live in a house with a white picket fence. And of course ...to live happily ever after.But I've learned many lessons through the years. The place where I live may change. My bank account balance may change.But what's more important is my character.Who am I when no one is looking?Who am I when I get knocked…
  • Does Anyone Else Love Fixer Upper?

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

    Mark Lamprecht
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWheaton College, a leading evangelical university, now sponsors a student group for homosexuals. This group, called “Refuge,” is designed to provide a “biblically faithful community” for homosexual students. According to an article on the Christian News Network: …the Wheaton Chaplain’s Office hired Julie Rodgers, a “celibate gay Christian,” to lead the group as student counselor. Rodgers believes God uses her homosexuality to glorify Him. “As God has redeemed and transformed me, he’s tapped into those gay parts of me that…
  • Ethics: Would You Rent from a Racist Landlord?

    Mark Lamprecht
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! NYMag.com recently ran an article titled “‘I Put in White Tenants’: The Grim, Racist (and Likely Illegal) Methods of One Brooklyn Landlord.” Consider what you would do if you discovered your landlord was racist like the one in the article in the following scenario. You recently moved your family into a newly updated neighborhood. A new job brought you to the area along with a good school system for your kids. Plus, the house you decided to rent seemed to be in the safest neighborhood around and there was not much to…
  • Trials and the World Today by Robert Hudson

    Mark Lamprecht
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsI am currently teaching through a series on the Book of James at church. We are only into the second chapter but one thing is certain, James is not bashful, he is not afraid of speaking the truth. James is the brother of Jesus and he did not believe his older half brother was his Savior until after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Reviewing James’ letter shows us that his faith was strong and he was determined that people would hear the rightful message AND how it should impact their lives. James’ faithfulness in speaking the Word of God…
  • When Don Lemon Does Not Understand Ryan Anderson’s Arguments for Marriage

    Mark Lamprecht
    19 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsIn the above clip, CNN Anchor, Don Lemon, debates Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and author of What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense, over same-sex marriage. However, Lemon does not seem to understand Anderson’s points. Specifically, Lemon does not grasp that 1) same-sex marriage is not illegal, 2) SCOTUS is deciding on redefining marriage, and 3) children do best when with their married parents. Same-sex marriage is not illegal Anderson’s point is that two people of the same sex will not be arrested for marrying each…
  • Refusing Service to a Same-sex Wedding is About Marriage Not Homosexuality

    Mark Lamprecht
    15 May 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhen a Christian baker or florist refuses service for a gay same-sex marriage, the issue is marriage not homosexuality. Apologist Greg Koukl has made this point several times and I agree. But is the claim true? Yes! Barronelle Stutzman, for example, owner of Arlene’s Flowers, refused to provide flower for the same-sex wedding of her gay friend, Rob Ingersoll. Stutzman provided flowers for Ingersoll for years despite him being gay. The issue clearly was not simply about his homosexuality, but her Christian convictions about marriage. I would further assume…
 
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  • 12 Pointers for Effective Epistle Exposition (pt.3)

    Peter Mead
    27 May 2015 | 1:21 am
    And to finish off this series of pointers on preaching epistles, here are the final four: 9. Root imperatives in their own soil.  It is tempting to simply harvest imperatives and preach a to-do list.  Don’t.  Instead let each imperative be felt in its own context, including the earlier sections of the epistle where our gaze was pointed to Christ.  Don’t let application sections become self-focused when they actually are intended to present guidance for what flows from the doctrinal sections. 10. Be clear.  You can never be too clear in the way you structure the message and…
  • 12 Pointers for Effective Epistle Exposition (pt.2)

    Peter Mead
    26 May 2015 | 4:50 am
    Continuing the brief list of a dozen pointers from yesterday…here are four more: 5. Master the whole.  Don’t just preach chunk by chunk through the epistle without getting to grips with the flow of the whole.  You cannot accurately preach a portion of an epistle without a good grasp of how the whole is working together. 6. Get the author’s logic.  Don’t read a section and look for three preachable parallel points.  Instead wrestle with what the author is trying to do in this particular section.  Sermon outlines can always adjust to fit the text, and they should do…
  • 12 Pointers for Effective Epistle Exposition

    Peter Mead
    25 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Epistles are often seen as the easiest texts to preach.  After all, they tend to be logical, structured and, since they are written to churches, easy to apply.  Here are some reminders that may be helpful for effectively preaching epistles: 1. Grasp the narrative.  Hang on, I thought we were talking about epistles?  Indeed.  By exploring the historical setting, especially by paying close attention to the details in the epistle itself, plus any Acts context, we can start to get a sense of the narrative that lies behind the letter.  The letter itself is one side of a conversation at one…
  • 4 Common Ways to Mis-Distill a Passage

    Peter Mead
    19 May 2015 | 11:02 pm
    The process of moving from passage to message involves distilling the passage text down to the passage idea.  The goal is a single sentence summary of the passage – a more concentrated representation of the whole.  I find the image of distilling the text helpful because it suggests that the details, the character, the tone and the balance of the passage should all influence the final statement of the passage idea. But we humans love to short-cut. When we short-cut this process we can seriously mis-distill what is there, with the end result that the passage idea does not carry the true…
  • Explain Well – 4 More Thoughts

    Peter Mead
    15 May 2015 | 12:33 am
    Yesterday I shared four thoughts on how to explain a biblical text well.  Here are four more. 5. Explain visually, not just conceptually.  When an idea becomes clear to a listener, they don’t say, “Ah, I grasp your conceptual logic!”  No, people say, “Ah, I see what your saying.”  What do they see?  A clear picture of the idea being explained.  We need to engage listeners at the level of imagination.  There is a screen in the hearts of listeners and by fault it begins foggy and confused.  Clear the smoke and form images as you explain the text, or as you…
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  • Great ESV Bibles You Can Give Away

    Lizzy Jeffers
    28 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    High Quality at an Affordable Price Crossway strives to create ESV Bibles of the highest quality that bear witness to the truth and beauty of God's Word, and that serve the needs of the global church. One way we seek to accomplish this is through our selection of value Bibles. These editions retain many of the components of the original versions, but are made more affordable by omitting gilded paper edges and ribbon markers. The result is a selection of Bible editions that are available at an affordable price—$16.99 and below–without sacrificing quality or durability. These Bibles are…
  • Are You a Bad Listener?

    Matt Tully
    27 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    This is a guest post by Deepak Reju, coauthor (with Jeremy Pierre) of The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need. The Profile of a Bad Listener Are you a bad listener? What would your spouse or best friend or roommate or children say about you? People tend to think much more highly of themselves than they actually deserve. So what would you say: are you a good or bad listener? Impatience leads to shoddy listening. An impatient listener is not able to appreciate or be fully engaged in her present circumstances. She is not willing to hear her friend out. She interrupts…
  • 4 Things to Remember When Reading the Bible

    Matt Tully
    26 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    This post was adapted from Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ by Tony Reinke. Proper Bible reading begins before we open the book. It begins in our approach. In a pair of sermons titled “On Searching the Scriptures” (John 5:39), hymn-writer John Newton explains how four elements inform our approach to the Bible—sincerity, diligence, humility, and prayer. 1. Sincerity As we might expect, Newton introduces his approach with the language of sincerity. I mean a real desire to be instructed by the Scripture, and to submit both our sentiments and our practices to be controlled…
  • Weekly E-Book Specials - 5/25/15

    Nick Rynerson
    25 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Every week, Crossway offers several great e-books at steep discounts. This week, all of our discounted e-books are from the Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series, edited by Dr. David Dockery. These deals are also available from other participating retailers, including Amazon, Westminster Bookstore, Vyrso, Christianbook.com, and others. The discounted prices are available through May 31, 2015. The Great Tradition of Christian Thinking: A Student's Guide David S. Dockery & Timothy George This book introduces an approach to the Christian tradition that is not simply…
  • Counseling and Pastoral Heartache

    Matt Tully
    22 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    This is a guest post by Jeremy Pierre, pastor at Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the coauthor (with Deepak Reju) of The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need. Creating Opportunity for Heartache “Life is hard enough with my own problems. Why am I taking on other people’s?” I have to admit, this thought passes through my mind more regularly than it ought. It usually finds me at some low point in ministry, then kicks me. The situations that bruise a pastor most are those that come when you’ve spent countless hours delicately untangling…
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  • Granting Us Peace with Others [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    19 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    God can turn foes into friends when he pleases. He that has all hearts in his hand has access to men’s spirits and power over them, working insensibly, but irresistibly upon them, can make a man’s enemies to be at peace with him, can change their minds, or force them into a feigned submission. He can slay all enemies, and bring those together that were at the greatest distance from each other. -Matthew Henry MATTHEW HENRY’S COMMENTARY|| Proverbs 16:7
  • Orange Conference Follow Along

    Jonathan Cliff
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    This week I’ll be at The Orange Conference in Atlanta, GA seeing what is happening in and around the world of local church ministry to children, students, and families. I’ll be in breakouts, meeting with friends, and trying to update my social media feeds with those items that are curious, intriguing, and thoughtful. Orange Leaders Blog You’re accustomed to reading helpful leadership articles and event information from Orange Leaders blog. During conference, you’ll still receive detailed information about OC15, as well as information about Orange Tour and Orange Conference…
  • Unvisited Tombs [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    “The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” George Eliot Middlemarch, George Eliot
  • A Sincere Response to No

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

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

    Kevin Martineau
    28 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    We think that withholding truth is somehow different than not telling the truth. Whether we like it or not, we do all kinds of things we are not even aware of to avoid the truth about ourselves and to withhold it from others. We withhold it from our spouses.  We withhold it from our friends.  We even think we can withhold it from God. Our marriage and relationships are like an iceberg. The thing that’s dangerous about an iceberg is that what lies below the surface is usually larger than what you can see above the waterline. The same thing is true in our lives.  There are huge parts of…
  • 10 symptoms of the false self

    Kevin Martineau
    27 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    The false self is pretending, consciously or unconsciously, to be somebody you are not. It is defensive and superficial and it severely limits our relationships. The degree to which we are living out of our false self exists on a continuum that ranges from mild to severe. We are all in process. Use the simple assessment below to get an idea of where you fall on the continuum. Note each one that describes you. 10 symptoms of the false self These are taken from Pete Scazzero’s post “Symptoms of the false self.” I am reluctant to admit my weaknesses and flaws to others. I look…
  • 3 ways to have purpose in our finances

    Kevin Martineau
    26 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    I recognize the fact that talking about our finances can be a very painful subject.  Most of us want to avoid this discussion at all costs.  We usually run in the opposite direction when the subject comes up.  Putting our heads in the sand about our finances is not going to make the problem away though!  We must address the big white elephant in the room or it is only going to get worse.  We must develop a plan for our finances! 3 ways to have purpose in our finances 1.  Develop a plan for giving. What attitude should we have towards giving? Acts 20:35 says: “…the Lord Jesus…
  • 3 ways to be an active learner

    Kevin Martineau
    25 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    I am a very routine and structured person.  This has it’s advantages and disadvantages.  One of the advantages of this trait is consistency.  I am good at maintaining things and keeping things going.  One of the disadvantages of this trait is also consistency.  Sometimes I am too good at maintaining things.  Sometimes yesterday’s successes can become tomorrow’s problems for me! It is far too easy for me to get stuck in a rut. It is far too easy for me to become to attached to doing things a certain way. It is far too easy for me to be content at where I am at in my…
  • 4 critical questions to ask ourselves about our relationships

    Kevin Martineau
    21 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    There’s probably no area greater, no area more important than our relationships. There is probably no area that has the potential to destroy our life than any else.  Lots of people have trouble with relationships. Whether it is in our marriages, with our kids, with other family members or with co-workers and friends. And when there is no plan for our relationships we will just end up anywhere. And anywhere is probably not where we want to be. Every relationship ends up somewhere, some relationships end up somewhere on purpose. 4 critical questions to ask ourselves about our…
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  • 14 Maya Angelou Quotes about Living a Life of Purpose

    jessec
    28 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    On the anniversary of her passing, a look at some of Maya Angelou’s most impactful ideas. A year ago today, the world lost an artist of the highest order. Maya Angelou was an author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. Over her 50 year career, she wrote numerous plays, movies, and television shows, published seven autobiographies, three books of essays and several accalimed books of poetry. She received dozens of awards including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, a Tony Award nomination, three Grammys for her spoken word albums, the National Medal of Arts, the Lincoln Medal and the Presidential…
  • Two More Seasons of ‘Serial’ Are on the Way

    Anonymous
    28 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    In an email to fans this morning, Sarah Koening informed Serial listeners that two more seasons of the wildly popular podcast are in the works—releasing this fall and next spring, respectively. As for the subjects of the new seasons, that still remains a mystery. Koening said though they are both different from the first season’s murder investigation, the new stories are, “no less interesting.” She wrote, “We are hard at work reporting not one, but two distinct new stories. This means we’re planning on a third season of Serial. And we hope it means we can reduce the amount of time…
  • How to Trust God When Your Dreams Aren’t Working Out

    corinnecarver
    28 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    5 truths to help sustain your hopes for the future—even when things aren’t coming together like you thought they would. “Pursue your dreams.” “Your dreams will come true.” “Don’t give up on your dreams.” Don’t these all sound familiar? Cheesy, unrealistic taglines thrown at us from the time we just start to talk to the day we graduate from high school, college and beyond. We all have life dreams. Some take shape in kindergarten where children are raising their hands in classrooms all over the world shouting out different ambitions, careers and game plans.
  • Here’s the ‘Daredevil’/’Law & Order’ Credits Mash-up You’ve Been Waiting For

    Anonymous
    28 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    We’ve already seen what the opening from Netflix’s Daredevil would look like mashed-up with the beginning of Night Court, now, a YouTube genius has combined the comic book series with Law & Order. Time well spent, Internet ...
  • Students Give Senior Trip Money to Principal Battling Cancer

    Anonymous
    28 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    The principal of Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire was moved to tears when the senior class announced that they had a surprise for her: They were giving her the $8,000 they had saved for their class trip to help her in her fight against cancer. Days earlier, Courtney Vashaw had informed the student body that she had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and would be receiving treatment. Local news station WMUR was on-hand to capture the scene. The senior class treasurer told the news outlet, “She's just very caring, very selfless, and we wanted to be…
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  • 14 Maya Angelou Quotes about Living a Life of Purpose

    jessec
    28 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    On the anniversary of her passing, a look at some of Maya Angelou’s most impactful ideas. A year ago today, the world lost an artist of the highest order. Maya Angelou was an author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. Over her 50 year career, she wrote numerous plays, movies, and television shows, published seven autobiographies, three books of essays and several accalimed books of poetry. She received dozens of awards including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, a Tony Award nomination, three Grammys for her spoken word albums, the National Medal of Arts, the Lincoln Medal and the Presidential…
  • Two More Seasons of ‘Serial’ Are on the Way

    Anonymous
    28 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    In an email to fans this morning, Sarah Koening informed Serial listeners that two more seasons of the wildly popular podcast are in the works—releasing this fall and next spring, respectively. As for the subjects of the new seasons, that still remains a mystery. Koening said though they are both different from the first season’s murder investigation, the new stories are, “no less interesting.” She wrote, “We are hard at work reporting not one, but two distinct new stories. This means we’re planning on a third season of Serial. And we hope it means we can reduce the amount of time…
  • How to Trust God When Your Dreams Aren’t Working Out

    corinnecarver
    28 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    5 truths to help sustain your hopes for the future—even when things aren’t coming together like you thought they would. “Pursue your dreams.” “Your dreams will come true.” “Don’t give up on your dreams.” Don’t these all sound familiar? Cheesy, unrealistic taglines thrown at us from the time we just start to talk to the day we graduate from high school, college and beyond. We all have life dreams. Some take shape in kindergarten where children are raising their hands in classrooms all over the world shouting out different ambitions, careers and game plans.
  • Here’s the ‘Daredevil’/’Law & Order’ Credits Mash-up You’ve Been Waiting For

    Anonymous
    28 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    We’ve already seen what the opening from Netflix’s Daredevil would look like mashed-up with the beginning of Night Court, now, a YouTube genius has combined the comic book series with Law & Order. Time well spent, Internet ...
  • Students Give Senior Trip Money to Principal Battling Cancer

    Anonymous
    28 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    The principal of Profile Junior-Senior High School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire was moved to tears when the senior class announced that they had a surprise for her: They were giving her the $8,000 they had saved for their class trip to help her in her fight against cancer. Days earlier, Courtney Vashaw had informed the student body that she had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and would be receiving treatment. Local news station WMUR was on-hand to capture the scene. The senior class treasurer told the news outlet, “She's just very caring, very selfless, and we wanted to be…
 
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  • 3 Steps To Live In The Now. Come to Me. (FREE PRINTABLE)

    Bonnie Gray
    28 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”  Mother Teresa {scroll down to download today’s free printable. my images are free goodies for you to enjoy & share.} I woke up tired.  It had been a tough week on my heart post-Mother’s Day. But, I was looking forward to the weekend.  But, when Saturday finally came, I didn’t feel like doing anything. This happens so often: a great idea stays in my head, but when space presents itself, I don’t actually enjoy the things that inspire my soul. I think we are a generation…
  • 4 Ways To Move Forward When You’re Paralyzed By Indecision

    Bonnie Gray
    21 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    “Don’t be afraid, for I will protect you. I call you by name, you are mine.” is.43:1 {my images are free goodies for you to enjoy & share.} I’ve been struggling.  I can’t decide the next book I want to write. And you know what’s the weird thing?  It’s not because I don’t have any ideas. It’s because I have too many choices. And I feel overwhelmed. Which is the right one?  What if I pick the wrong one? I find myself paralyzed, blanking out, unable to see the forest from the trees.  Sometimes, every idea seems inspiring and filled…
  • Five Whitespace Killers & Creators: What Holds You Back From Enjoying Time With God (A Special Giveaway)

    Bonnie Gray
    14 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    “Return to rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” psalm 116:7  {my images are free goodies for you to enjoy & share.} I have a special Lisa Leonard Connected Hearts Gold Necklace & Live Beautifully Journal  Giveaway today!   We’re celebrating finishing our Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest Book Club. Details below… When you need rest and alone time with God, is it hard or easy? What holds you back? When Hubby asked me out on our first date, it wasn’t what I expected. I had a strong, but unsubstantiated suspicion…
  • 7 Ways to Find Healing From a Toxic Mom

    Bonnie Gray
    8 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    It was very hard for me to write this. When I was a little girl, all I wanted to do was to make my mom proud.  To make her happy.  To see that smile on her face I would see in my dreams, to see it always shining like the sun on a summer golden day… that was my biggest dream. Above any other. She was the sun and my heart orbited around her. But, there comes a time, when God wants to take our dreams and place it tenderly within the loving arms of His heart.  To hold us so tenderly that we can finally face the things we did not ever have the strength to face before.  I have been so…
  • I Stress, Therefore I Am: 10 Ways To De-Stress

    Bonnie Gray
    7 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    “When you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” Victor Hugo {my images are free goodies for you to enjoy & share.} Well, we’ve reached the last chapters of my book Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest in our Online Spiritual Whitespace Book Club! To celebrate, I have a special Lisa Leonard Connected Hearts Gold Necklace & Live Beautifully Journal  Giveaway planned for us!  So, be sure to read all the way to bottom of today’s blog post, brewed just for you! These last chapters of the book…
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  • Hello world!

    Jason Fowler
    15 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Foundations Shaking

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

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

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

    Jason Fowler
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Man's sin is in his failure to live what he is. Being the master of the earth, man forgets that he is the servant of God. - Abraham Joshua Heschel {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
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    Mr. Garner Goes To Washington

  • Reflecting on the Past

    Rick Garner
    8 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    It's always healthy to do some personal maintenance. To look back over the course of your life, vocation, or other aspects and consider if you're on the best path. Recently, I started reading my blog from the beginning. I was surprised that I'd forgotten certain details or emotions of some recorded moments. This is the beauty of journaling  or blogging: capturing moments for history.When I started this blog, it was actually a Yahoo Group called "Mr. Garner Goes To Washington." Blogs weren't such the rage in 2004 but they soon would be. My posts focused my experiences as one who'd never…
  • Mississippi, The Last Shall Be First

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

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

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

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

    Jay Cookingham
    27 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    I've share my testimony in blog posts, sermons, men's events and one-on-one counseling sessions... it is time for something new.At the encouragement of my wife and much prayer, I started a new writing project. "My Story of Freedom: Forgiveness and Letting Go" is the story/testimony of how God transformed my life. How does one recover from growing up in an abusive home? This book will chronicle all the life events that Father God used to set me free and help answer that question. And it's a big question. Approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the United States have been the victims of sexual…
  • The Gain of Losing

    Jay Cookingham
    13 May 2015 | 9:05 am
      For over a month now my spirit seems unsettled and living on the edge of something I can't quite understand. This particular discomfort is like looking over your shoulder and expecting something or someone to be behind you but finding only your imagination at work. Not creepy but puzzling just the same. It seems to be a mixture of anticipation and uncertainty... throwing in a dash of curiosity and you have a hint of what I'm feeling lately. Not "bad" but uncomfortable, not anxious but so "not sure" of why I'm feeling this way. And I'm OK with that. It could be connected to being…
  • Unrecognizable?

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

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

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

    Gina
    21 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    If you were to have a moment with any of the people I lead (staff or volunteers) you would learn far more about me than this blog reveals. Though I know that statement doesn’t shock anyone, I think it’s worth stating. Please don’t be deceived by the ‘me’ represented on this blog. It’s only a part of who I am… as a leader, as a parent, as a wife, as a Christ-follower. It only tells part of the story.  And typically the parts that make me look good. Now that that’s out of the way. Can we get a little ‘real’ here? I stink at…
  • Take A Hike

    Gina
    20 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Originally posted 2008-03-26 07:10:42. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI’m pretty excited. We’re launching a new series in Toon Town and Studio 45 called Take A Hike.  It’s a 5 week series designed to teach kids about living a life of prayer.   So, I want to suggest a few follow up ‘tools’ parents could integrate at home.  Here is what I have so far. Power of a Praying Kid (Omartian) – much like Stormie’s previous books, this one actually leads kids through regular prayers. Prayer Saturated Kids (Sacks & Lawrence) – this book helps…
  • Stranger in the Locker Room

    Gina
    20 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Originally posted 2010-11-18 05:10:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Don’t be a stranger in the locker room. This piece of wisdom came from my boss, Chuck Carringer. (Chuck blogs here & tweets here. You’d benefit greatly from following his insightful thoughts.) It’s a bit of wisdom I’m familiar with though never heard it phrased so well. You see, Chuck is a former basketball coach so leadership lessons in the form of coaching analogies are not unusual. It simply means that by making it a point to be in the locker room, the players grow accustomed to your…
  • Rules of Engagement for the Non-Confrontational

    Gina
    20 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Originally posted 2012-01-24 09:44:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter I would argue that the most consistent skill that can make you or break you in any industry is your ability to work through conflict. In today’s market success hinges on your ability to work through conflict. Thsoe who fear it will avoid confrontation at all cost. While others are energized by it and therefore seek it out. Neither of these are the winning camps. Although I might argue the benefits of a leader that generates a little conflict among their team, this conversation is centered around our natural…
  • Measuring Success in Children’s Ministry

    Gina
    20 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Last month at the Orange Conference I had the opportunity to teach a breakout session called Measuring Success in Children’s Ministry. You can imagine the interest around trying to measure what we do and determine if we’re successful. There are so many things we do weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually to achieve our mission as ministry leaders. And though our ministry contexts look different, our denomination affiliations (or lack thereof) vary, our strategies and approaches differ… at the end of the day, we all share a common goal. We want to successfully lead people…
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  • Join Me Today at The Better Mom?

    Natalie Snapp
    21 May 2015 | 4:27 am
    Ever feel like everyone has Heart Sister and you don’t? Ever feel lonely for friendships? Ever feel like you’re on the outside looking in? You’re not alone. I’ve been there, too. I’m excited to be featured over at The Better Mom today! Won’t you join me there? Click here to read “When You Feel Like Everyone Else Has Friends – And You Don’t.” Thanks, friend. See you there . . . The post Join Me Today at The Better Mom? appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
  • And The Winner Of The Girl’s Night Out Giveaway Is . . .

    Natalie Snapp
    18 May 2015 | 6:14 pm
    What better way to spend time with your Heart Sisters than a fun night out on the town, right? More than 1,800 of you entered to win a $100 Visa gift card, a Burt’s Bees Manicure Set, a fun OPI summer nail polish, a cute clutch bag (for your night out, of course) and a camera to take photos of your Heart Sisters and you. It’s my pleasure to announce the winner, right here, right now . . . Congratulations to . . . Cheryl Baranski Cheryl, please send your mailing address to info@litfuse.com. Yay for you! Come back and tell us what you do during your Girl’s Night Out?  …
  • When You Need Mercy And Not Judgment

    Natalie Snapp
    17 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    This is Sassy. Sassy came to live with us not so long after our sweet Ellie girl died and our hearts were still hurting. Her heart was hurting, too. We don’t know her story but she’s believed to be about eight years old – hence the white face. She was found wandering the streets of a town two hours from ours. She was taken to a shelter then Love of Labs of Indiana (LOLIN) placed her in a foster home. She was skittish, nervous. Loud noises terrified her, fast movements even more. She hated the crate. We tried it once and never will again. She won’t go into small, tiled…
 
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    Christianity 201

  • Gifts in Kind

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    In North America, we usually use the phrase “gifts in kind” to refer to donations people make to charities and non-profits of things other than cash. Someone will donate a valuable sterling silver cutlery set, or an oil painting by a renown artist. We usually think of such gifts as originating with people who are wealthy — after all, they owned these beautiful pieces in the first place — but it can also be done by people who are too poor to make a monetary gift, but find themselves in possession of something that can be assigned a value and then sold by the…
  • The Church: Rising From the Statistical Ashes

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 May 2015 | 2:28 pm
    I really appreciate Pastor Clarke Dixon’s weekly contributions here. In light of recent polls and news reports, this is very timely. Click the title below to read at Clarke’s blog. Is There Hope for Christianity? People say there is no hope for Christianity. They point to statistics. They point to unpopular doctrines and unloved ethics. It will die out eventually, they say. Furthermore, churches are boring and irrelevant, they will all die out. And people say there is no hope for the Christian. There is no such thing as the supernatural, at least not as described by the Bible,…
  • Jesus is Better

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” ~ John 6:68 NIV It’s been awhile since we did a video post from The Verge Network, but this one fits well here. The speaker is Halim Suh, Pastor of Teaching and Theology at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas. If you’re interested in hearing a full sermon by Halim, here’s a link to one from last year’s Advent season titled Jesus, the True and Better Adam. Here’s the song he was referring to; let these words soak in and complete your devotional…
  • When Love Output Exceeds Love Input

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Matt. 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ We make a point to try to revisit writers who have appeared here before. Such is the case with Mark McIntyre at the blog Attempts at Honesty. To read this at source,…
  • More of Jesus

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. ~James 4:8a NASB When the disciples were meeting together, it was already the feast of Pentecost, though the word, as Wikipedia reminds us, did not have its Christian meaning: Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai, although the association between the giving of the Torah (Matan Torah) and Shavuot is not explicit in the Biblical text. Rather, Pentecost in a New Testament sense commemorates the giving of the Holy Spirit. I don’t want to rush through this too…
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    Worthy Christian News

  • Uzbekistan: Prisoners of Conscience

    Worthy News Staff
    28 May 2015 | 2:12 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News)– Christians in Uzbekistan are becoming "prisoners of conscience" just for exercising their religious rights. According to Jihad Watch, these prisoners include a Protestant in Bukhara who received seven days' incarceration for "illegal" religious activity; another Christian was sentenced to 10 days for teaching religion "illegally". Nine Protestants were also fined for "illegally storing" Christian literature in their homes, including books, CDs and DVDs that were all confiscated by…
  • Syria: Monk Abducted from Monastery

    Worthy News Staff
    28 May 2015 | 2:10 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News)– A Syrian Catholic monk of the Mar Elian Monastery has been abducted by armed jihadists. According to International Christian Concern, Father Jacob Murad had refused to leave the monastery despite the recent advances made by the Islamic State. "As the priest and pastor, I will never leave this place so long as there are people here….," said Murad. Despite their role as mediators in the Syrian conflict, priests continue to be targeted by Islamist groups. Todd Daniels, ICC regional manager for the Middle East, said…
  • Iran Sending More Fighters to Yemen According to U.S. Intelligence

    Worthy News Staff
    28 May 2015 | 2:03 am
    (Worthy News)– Iran has dispatched additional paramilitary forces to Yemen to aid pro-Tehran rebels seeking to take control of the strategic southern Arabian state, the Washington Free Beacon reported citing U.S. intelligence reports. The Iranian leadership earlier this month ordered militants from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force, along with Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, to Yemen, where Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab states are seeking to defeat an insurgency led by Houthi rebels that currently control large parts of the country. The influx of Iranian…
  • ISIS-Linked Group Claims Responsibility for Attack on Hamas in Gaza

    Worthy News Staff
    28 May 2015 | 1:47 am
    (Worthy News)– A jihadist group with Islamic State ties claimed responsibility for a Friday mortar attack at a Hamas base in the Gaza Strip, the Jerusalem Post reported. According to AFP, witnesses at the scene said they heard explosions at the base, close to Khan Yunis. Information of any damage or injuries was not reported. The group, which calls itself "Supporters of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Jerusalem," said in an online statement that the rockets it fired were aimed at a base occupied by Hamas's armed wing, Izzadin Kassam The attack comes amid mounting…
  • NATO and Russia Stage Rival Air Combat Exercises

    Worthy News Staff
    28 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    (Worthy News)– Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the third major Russian military exercise over the past three months in response to six-member states of NATO beginning military exercises this week over the Arctic. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered four days of air combat readiness testing, the third major military exercise staged by the Kremlin in the past three months. The drills would involve 12,000 troops, 250 aircraft and nearly 700 artillery pieces and other heavy weaponry and include cruise missile strikes at an imaginary enemy target at a Siberian firing…
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    Worthy Christian Devotional - Daily Devotion

  • Understand YOUR part in the salt covenant!

    George Whitten
    28 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Mark 9:50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another." As we continue to probe the lessons from the salt covenant, we now inquire into our part in the covenant. Yesterday, we spoke of Yeshua (Jesus) as the unique Bread of Life– and His sacrifice our only provision for justification and righteousness. Now remember that the salt was "added" to the bread as it was broken. This added salt provides a picture of our communion with the…
  • Understand the Lord's Part in the Salt Covenant!

    George Whitten
    27 May 2015 | 1:56 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions. 2 Cor 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him. Yesterday's devotional revealed the salt covenant as a covenant of loyalty; today I want to share an understanding of the Lord's part in this covenant. Yeshua (Jesus) said He is the "bread of life". It was His body that was broken on our behalf as the substitutionary sacrifice for our sins. Notice that He never once called us to be the "bread of life"! He is the ONLY "Bread of Life" –…
  • Season with Salt!

    George Whitten
    25 May 2015 | 10:23 pm
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Leviticus 2:13 And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt. For years, when I visited my father-in-law's home in Jerusalem on the Sabbath, we would break bread and bless the bread with the traditional blessing – "Baruch Ata Adonai Eleheynu Melech HaOlam Ha-Motzi Lechem Min Ha'aretz" – which translated means,"Blessed are You Lord our God, King of the…
  • Walk with an Eternal Perspective!

    George Whitten
    25 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions. Luke 10:18-19 And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you power to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." This is a powerful passage which believers must claim! The Greek for the word "heaven", "oo-ran-os", implies not only heaven, but also eternity. The enemy was removed from the eternal places, and his power is only temporary in this world. Our power does not come from this temporary world, but from…
  • Be Transformed This Shavuot!

    George Whitten
    22 May 2015 | 2:56 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions. Leviticus 23:15-17 'And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord. You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the Lord. The Lord (YHVH) commanded the grain offering on Shavuot, (known as…
 
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  • Please Interrupt Me

    Lysa TerKeurst
    27 May 2015 | 11:20 pm
    I wonder if the greatest witnessing tool available to us Christians is often pushed aside because of our busyness. Recently, I was focused on all the items on my seemingly never-ending to-do list. As I was sitting at a stoplight, a friend called me and started lamenting that her son had forgotten his lunch and his belt required by the school’s uniform policy. She was stressed and trying to get in touch with her husband who’d just dropped her son off at school. She was at home with a new baby feeling groggy from a sleepless night and overwhelmed by her situation. Her son could probably get…
  • {The Courage to Leave a Legacy} Week 4: Four Ways to Be a Better Friend

    Ann Voskamp
    26 May 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Our words matter, yeah? So how can we use them to leave a legacy? Scripture calls us to share what God has done in our lives with the next generation, to tell the stories of God’s mighty acts {Psalm 145:4}, so this month we’re going to come together each Wednesday to talk about legacy. We’ll talk about the lessons learned from our mothers and grandmothers and friends, the important role women play in leaving these legacies, and how we’re choosing to share our God-stories with the next generation — something we’re all called to do. It was after Mare Griebe said she was done…
  • A Reminder to Savor

    Jessica Turner
    25 May 2015 | 11:20 pm
    I had a baby New Year’s Eve. Every day this year, I have held that little boy, breathing him in slowly. I have studied his features intently, taking in everything from the hairs on his head to his ten tiny toes. With my first baby, people told me it would go fast, but I didn’t really understand how fast. I didn’t savor the moments like I should have. With my second baby, she didn’t sleep much, I was her paci and the months were a blur. Again, I didn’t savor the moments like I should have. But with him, my third and my last, I know what I’m in for. This…
  • The Evolution of Friendship

    Amy Sullivan
    25 May 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Growing up . . . I played with Kristen from the moment my mother allowed me to sprint out our front screen door until the time I dragged my sweaty, sandy self home. Kristen and I filled our days gathering flowers and holding parades — in which we were the only people in attendance. When I was twelve . . . Sarah and I walked her block and talked of boys. We spent hours circling her neighborhood aching for that illusive thing called freedom. We weren’t sure what freedom was, but we were certain it included heavy, blue eye shadow. In high school . . . Amy and I drove around in my beat-up…
  • For the Extraordinary Ones on This Memorial Day

    Kristen Strong
    24 May 2015 | 11:20 pm
    “While you wonder sometimes if you’re doing OK, the rest of us are just watching in wonder.”  ~ Holley Gerth I tapped the doorbell while balancing the pepperoni pasta dish in my hands and the paper bag with green salad, homemade bread, and chocolate chip cookies hanging on my arm. Sarah answered the door with a kind smile and full arms — literally full with a sleeping newborn and a precious two-year-old girl. After greeting me warmly, Sarah opened the door wider, and I glimpsed older sister eyeing me from behind Mama’s leg. Sarah welcomed me into her home,…
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    Plough Weekly

  • See How Christ Is Already at Work

    28 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    “When we come to a foreign land in the name of Jesus, we should thank God that a law or ethic already exists which can find fulfillment. Or do we think we have first to hammer the laws of Moses or Christian morals into people?”
  • Johnny Appleseed

    27 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    A man stepped forward, barefoot and wearing a coffee sack for a shirt. He lived on the American frontier, planting apple orchards and bearing “good news fresh from heaven.” His name would become an American folk legend: Johnny Appleseed.
  • Plough Quarterly No 5: Peacemakers

    26 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    This issue of Plough Quarterly offers faith perspectives on peacemaking between nations, in the public arena, and within churches and homes.
  • How Christianity Came to Armenia: The Story of St. Gregory

    26 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    As a child, Gregory narrowly escaped death as punishment for his father’s role in the assassination of Armenia’s king. Hidden and raised by a Christian, he later endured 12 years of persecution, healed a king, and brought Christianity to his land...
  • Blood and Ink

    25 May 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Why were six Jesuits and two women killed in one night? Like Oscar Romero, they had come to believe it was their duty as Christians speak up for human rights and peace.
 
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  • Joy Quotes and Scriptures part 2

    Cheryl Cope
    27 May 2015 | 3:24 am
    Joy Quotes and Scriptures part 2 To tweet these verses or quotes, simply click where it says “click to tweet”, and a new window will open up enabling you to send your tweet. . To pin these verses or quotes, hover your mouse over the photo and click on the “pin it” button, and a new window will open up … Continue reading →
  • Joy Quotes and Scriptures part 1

    Cheryl Cope
    25 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    Joy Quotes and Scriptures part 1 To tweet these verses or quotes, simply click where it says “click to tweet”, and a new window will open up enabling you to send your tweet. . To pin these verses or quotes, hover your mouse over the photo and click on the “pin it” button, and a new window will open up … Continue reading →
  • Praise Verses to Tweet and Pin part 3

    Cheryl Cope
    20 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Praise Verses to Tweet and Pin part 3 To tweet these verses, simply click where it says “click to tweet”, and a new window will open up enabling you to send your tweet. To pin these verses, hover your mouse over the photo and click on the “pin it” button, and a new window will open up enabling you to … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci

    Cheryl Cope
    18 May 2015 | 4:07 am
    Book Review: Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals There is almost no expert on the planet that says we need to eat less vegetables. In fact, most experts and lay people alike agree that we all need to be eating more vegetables. But it sure can be difficult to get in enough servings per day! … Continue reading →
  • Praise Verses to Tweet and Pin part 2

    Cheryl Cope
    13 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    Praise Verses to Tweet and Pin part 2 To tweet these verses, simply click where it says “click to tweet”, and a new window will open up enabling you to send your tweet. . To pin these verses, hover your mouse over the photo and click on the “pin it” button, and a new window will open up enabling you … Continue reading →
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    Naty Matos' Blog

  • Drink your Starbucks

    Naty Matos
    1 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Not too long ago, I was sitting by the entrance of one of my favorite restaurants waiting for takeout. I usually dine in and hadn’t paid much attention to my surroundings. The place is clean, good customer service and superb food, nothing to complaint about. This particular day, while having the opportunity to seat there and with nothing more to do than look around (my phone battery was low); I noticed something I had never noticed before. Right behind the bar was an altar to a god. Something inside of me didn’t feel right. Here I was picking up lunch and now I had a dilemma, where am I…
  • Practicing humility

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

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

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

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

  • Ponderings on Memorial Day

    Ron Amundson
    25 May 2015 | 7:41 pm
    In my younger days, I pretty much lived at the airport. My boss, a member of the greatest generation, an Air Force Colonel, and a B17 captain had started a civilian flight school post retirement. Every once in a while he’d show me a letter from the USAF where they wanted him to return, and had even carved out some loopholes in order to make it possible for folks of his age… He often said it was tempting, but then he’d say “I like my life the way it is”. At 60+, he’d gotten married just a few years before and had a young son. It was a totally new life for…
  • And the Rose Petals Went Flying

    Ron Amundson
    25 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday… the word for the day is wow. One of the big things my old buddy emphasized in our hard core candor filled convo was “Let the Holy Spirit guide you”. A most appropriate set of words of wisdom for the 7th week of Easter just prior to Pentecost. Alas, like a lot of things, words said on one day don’t necessarily hit home until later, ie the last thing I was thinking of when we talked was the liturgical year… well, in going over the lectionary on Friday, things hit home and it was like, “isn’t this fascinating!” but…
  • Waiting for my Batteries to Recharge

    Ron Amundson
    23 May 2015 | 2:24 pm
    In my state of brain fade, I forgot to recharge my 18V batteries. As a result, no string trimming, no hedge trimming, and I only got a tiny bit of tilling done before the last remaining one took a dive… so its writing time. So, establishing a new normal… how? My buddies suggestion of some sort of impulse to clear my head logically makes sense. He said, get out of your element for a week, and then jump back into the fray… ok, but there are so many elements I’m into, been into, or entered and left, the easy possibilities are few and far between. One thought I had was to…
  • One Month has Passed

    Ron Amundson
    23 May 2015 | 1:17 am
    Yesterday was a freaky day, not one crash and burn thing. My guess this has a lot more to do with a cloud of witnesses praying for me, than it does any internal stuff getting fixed, but either way such is pretty cool. Its pretty freaky, in that my old tech group has really rallied to my aid. Its not that they did, as for the most part we’ve all been there for one another over the years… but the fact that God is using this bunch of guys to speak to me. Its a fascinating thing to interact in such a fashion as we’re normally chasing electrons and/or trying to solve the…
  • A New Normal… but no idea

    Ron Amundson
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    So, I had a long convo with an old business partner/friend. It was good to chat through things in a way where brutal honesty rules and no punches are pulled. That’s one of the cool bits about business… when decisions drive finance, you can’t beat around the bush or you will loose. Beyond that though, we’ve both been through the rough and tumble over the years, so despite hard core candor, there is never any question as to ones support for one another on either side. So… the obvious, “yep, you gotta figure out a new normal, but what that is, I have no…
 
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    Bible Prophecy Blog

  • The Coming Kingdom (Part 37)

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    19 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Dr. Andy Woods Sugar Land Bible Church We began scrutinizing New Testament texts that "kingdom now" theologians employ in an attempt to argue that the kingdom is a present reality in order to show that none of these passages teach a present form of the kingdom. We have examined the typical texts... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • A Dispensational View of the Christian Life (Part 6)

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    15 May 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Dr. Steve Spurlin Cornerstone Bible Church As we continue to look at the Dispensational view of the Christian life, we are pleased to be able to begin to look at the more positive side of the issue. That is not to say that the content of the teaching doesn't have negative aspects, but the outcome... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • The Rapture (Part 29)

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    15 May 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Dr. Andy Woods Sugar Land Bible Church My previous articles commenced a series on the rapture of the church. We began with the question, "What is the Rapture?" This question can best be answered by noting ten truths about the rapture from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. We then... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Economist: Force Everyone to Have a Government-Controlled Bank Account

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    13 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    (INFOWARS)—A former Bank of England economist has called for a total ban on cash and its replacement with credit accounts controlled directly by governments.In a column for the London Telegraph, fund manager Jim Leaviss all but advocates economic fascism as a means of enabling authorities to... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Vatican Officially Recognizes "State of Palestine"

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    13 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Robert Spencer Jihad Watch There is no "State of Palestine" at this time. This is part of the ongoing pressure upon Israel to create one. Creating one will be a great victory for the global jihad force, as a "State of Palestine" will inevitably be a new jihad base for renewed attacks against what... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

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

    1 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    I've recently updated some blogs and posted some new ones that I want to make you aware of: Confrontational EvangelismThe Love of JesusAlcohol and Cigarettes -- Ten Divine Revelations (updated!)The Bodily Form of God the Father  (updated!)The Law of Christ (updated!)The Spirit's Law of Life (updated!)May the Lord use these to inspire, encourage, and challenge you.  I also welcome your comments and feedback on any of these articles.Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also like the other posts in this blog available through the links in the side bar. You may also…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - April 2015

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

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

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Len and Jennifer LacroixWe're so glad you took the time to visit our blog.  We were based near Budapest, Hungary, serving as missionaries for four years.   However, we are currently based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. You're invited to listen to our radio interview on the Truth Radio Network, which was aired September 7, 2013.  We were interviewed by Joyce George on the program "A Place Missionaries Call Home."Each of the links below will take you to the following pages on the official website for Doulos Missions…
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    Relief: A Christian Literary Expression

  • LOST Expectations

    Aaron Guest
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Six years ago, my wife and I binge-watched the first five seasons of LOST. It took four months. Many nights we watched three or four episodes in a sitting, sometimes as a way to pass the time while my wife was feeding our infant daughter… or because we hadn’t finished the package of Oreos yet. Other times compelled by a look or a glance to “keep watching,” a willingness to relinquish the joy of teasing out possible meanings. This caught us up for season six. But like the rest of the LOST audience had been, we were then dangled out over the cliff for an entire week, week after week. I…
  • What Makes the Desert Beautiful

    Jean Hoefling
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince My priest said words to this effect, back in Lent when I went to confession: “We have this idea that life is about a good night’s sleep and a full stomach. Comfort isn’t a sign that all is well. It’s after vigil, prayer, and fasting that salvation comes.” How this paradox works will probably always be a mystery to me. Barrenness, deprivation, silence—they look and feel like death, yet those yawning, hollow spaces foster a life that might be what Jesus meant when he…
  • The Somedays Between Now and Then

    Chrysta Brown
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    When I committed to writing about getting older, I thought the words would come easily. After all, aging is something that has been happening to me for my entire life. I was born. I turned 10, 16, 18, 21, and 25, and someday I will be 40, then 60, then maybe 85. But before that, I will turn 27. When I was 11, I had a very clear picture of what I thought my life would be in my twenties. I remember thinking I would be married and living in New York City. I expected that I would drive to my job as a ballet dancer in a black SUV with tinted windows. I thought that I regularly would take in deep…
  • Power of Meditation

    Joy and Matthew Steem
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Is it possible that William Fisk, the arch-villain in Marvel’s Daredevil TV series, admired Thomas Merton? That was the thought that came to my mind after hearing him look down at the nearly dead hero, Matthew Murdoch, and calmly state, “I find it difficult to meditate. My mind won’t quiet. It’s a character flaw, I suppose.” Touché Mr. Fisk, touché. I also took much pleasure from the fact that it was the bad guy who was saying that. Now I know for certain that the writers didn’t put that line there for no good reason. They, like so many of the TV shows of the day, are…
  • He Is Not Here

    Callie Feyen
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    It is Holy Week, Maundy Thursday to be exact, and I am standing in line at Target waiting to pay for Sulfamethoxazole. I have some sort of infection that started in my nose, spread to my sinuses, and, worst, has manifested itself on my hands: little round bumps that itch and fester. They’re disgusting. I’m disgusting. I’m certain that if this were medieval times, I’d be put to death due to my condition. I have no plan to take my medicine. I’m going to tell you it’s because of the side effects. I’m going to tell you that after reading every word of the document attached to the…
 
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    Catholic News World

  • Nun testifies at Hearing with US Congress on ISIS Genocide

    Jesus Caritas Est
    28 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    Sister Diana Momeka (CNS) Sister Diana Momeka told a congressional hearing that Iraqis who have fled Islamists 'want nothing more than to go home' Dominican Sister Diana Momeka from Iraq has urged US congress to do more to help Christians displaced from her country “go back home”.Sister Diana, a Dominican Sister of St Catherine of Siena of Mosul, was speaking at a congressional committee hearing on Wednesday.“We want nothing more than to go back to our lives; we want nothing more than to go home,” she told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.During the hearing, entitled Ancient…
  • Latest #News from #VaticanCity and #PopeFrancis at #HolySee

    Jesus Caritas Est
    28 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    28-05-2015 - Year XXII - Num. 099 Summary- The Pope receives the president of Croatia: collaboration between Church and State to support the family and youth- To the bishops of the Dominican Republic: pastors of the Church cannot be indifferent to immigrants- Audiences- General audience: engagement is a path of preparation- Other Pontifical ActsThe Pope receives the president of Croatia: collaboration between Church and State to support the family and youthVatican City, 28 May 2015 (VIS) – This morning the Holy Father Francis received in…
  • Amazing New Book by Fr. Calloway "Rosary Gems" on the #Rosary

    Jesus Caritas Est
    28 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    Rosary GemsInspired by his own love for the rosary and the saints, Fr. Calloway has gathered and arranged into one book the largest collection of quotes on the rosary to ever appear in print. The quotes in Rosary Gems: Daily Wisdom on the Holy Rosary have been selected from the writings of popes, saints, blesseds, and the many venerables of the Church. This is the perfect book to help you rediscover the power and wisdom of the holy rosary! ORDER NOW:http://www.shopmercy.org/Rosary-Gems/RGEM/itd/07170108/101/375/FRCALLOWAYAbout the Author:Fr. Donald Calloway, MICDate of…
  • Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thursday May 28, 2015

    Jesus Caritas Est
    28 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    Thursday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 350Reading 1SIR 42:15-25Now will I recall God’s works;what I have seen, I will describe.At God’s word were his works brought into being;they do his will as he has ordained for them.As the rising sun is clear to all,so the glory of the LORD fills all his works;Yet even God’s holy ones must failin recounting the wonders of the LORD,Though God has given these, his hosts, the strengthto stand firm before his glory.He plumbs the depths and penetrates the heart;their innermost being he understands.The Most High possesses all…
  • Saint May 28 : St. Bernard of Montjoux : Patron of #Skiers , #Climbers, and Hitchhikers

    Jesus Caritas Est
    28 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    The St. Bernard dogs are named after him. Born in 923, probably in the castle Menthon near Annecy, in Savoy; died at Novara, 1008. He was descended from a rich, noble family and received a thorough education. He refused to enter an honorable marriage proposed by his father and decided to devote himself to the service of the Church. Placing himself under the direction of Peter, Archdeacon of Aosta, under whose guidance he rapidly progressed, Bernard was ordained priest and on account of his learning and virtue was made Archdeacon of Aosta (966), having charge of the government of the diocese…
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  • Atmosphere

    Todd
    26 May 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder explains how the truth is the truth whether or not we believe it. “So often when folks begin to hear the truth of their union with God and begin to catch the revelation of the finished work of the cross, they subconciously strive to “apply” the truth as if to “make it happen” and cause new creation realities to manifest in their lives. The truth is the truth whether or not we believe it. And the gospel is not a clinical principle we attempt to apply on our own, but something to be joined together in the commanded blessing…
  • Love Was Stronger

    Todd
    21 May 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Watch this Lyrics video: Audio Adrenaline – Love Was Stronger Love Was Stronger – Lyrics I was a child of wrath An enemy of the King of Peace But love was stronger Love was stronger I tried resisting grace The Son of God still took my place Cause love was stronger Love was stronger You are stronger than my sins, You carry To the cross with resurrecting love Love Love was stronger Love Love was stronger Love Love was stronger Love Love was stronger When You had called me in My flesh was weak, my heart was dead But love was stronger Love was stronger I was in a foreign land You made…
  • Inheritance

    Todd
    20 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Video: A powerful word spoken by Graham Cooke and music by Jonathan David Helser “The Lord says there is nothing you can do that would make Him love you more.  There is also nothing you can do to make Him love you less.  He loves you … Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because that is what he is like.” – Graham Cooke
  • The Love of God

    Todd
    18 May 2015 | 10:04 pm
    Watch this Video: Paul White explains the extent God goes to prove to man that He loves us. “… ‘and the weakness of God is stronger than men.’ that one I got a little taste of. Not that I’m confident that I understand God’s weakness, but I’m a parent. And I have found out what my weakness is. You might have an idea about where I’m going. My weakness is definitely my kids. That drives me. That presses me. I don’t want to see them wronged. I don’t want to see them harmed. I don’t want to see them screwed over. I don’t want…
  • Why Christology?

    Todd
    12 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder explains how Christology is absolutely paramount for getting our eyes off ourselves and our own works and avoiding these two ditches (legalism or gnosticism) of religious thinking. “Recently a large ministry denounced a particular speaker who has been verging into strange doctrine and bizarre imaginative beliefs. It’s caused a bit of a shockwave. It is merely the outgrowth and evolution of many gnostic tendencies that have already been fully infested in the charismatic church today.” – John Crowder 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 2 And so it was…
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  • Declining Religion in America? There’s an App for That

    John Dyer
    14 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Image: Hugh McLeod – http://www.gapingvoid.com/ This week, the Pew Research Center released a sweeping study tracking the precipitous decline in religious affiliation in the US since 2007. While commentators are debating the role of factors like theology, birthrates, and immigration, it’s also interesting to note that 2007 was the same year that Apple released the iPhone and Google announce Android. Of course, it’d be silly blame the smartphone for the decline of religion and the rise of the “nones,” but it’s hard not to think that our collective worship of the glowing…
  • What Moby Dick Can Teach Us About What We Click, Read, and Post

    John Dyer
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    “Grand Contested Election for the Presidency of the United States.” “Whaling Voyage By One Ishmael.” “Bloody Battle In Affghanistan.” [sic] — Moby Dick, Herman Melville My wife is a literature professor – but not the typical read-a-few-texts-and-give-a-quiz kind. She’s that rare gift to the world who can give students an experience in class so profound that it makes math majors want become English scholars. She even inspired me to start reading the classics, and when I finally cracked open a copy of Melvin’s masterpiece, I was surprised to find the above…
  • What Can We Learn about Video Churches from Mars Hill’s Closing?

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

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

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

  • 12 Startling Reasons to Practice Long Term Thinking in Ministry

    VRCurator
    28 May 2015 | 2:27 am
    I have never been more excited to put a tool in the hand of church leaders. God Dreams is my fourth book and I’m currently in the writing home stretch with Warren Bird, who’s been a amazing collaborator. The subtitle is 12 Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church’s Future. Here is the first of many peeks into the book and invite you to sign up for pre-release specials before the published in 2016 (link below). The biggest one will be a free visual summary that you wont want to miss! One of the chapters in God Dreams is focused on recovering the long view of…
  • 7 Reasons Why Every Church Leader Should Consider Periscope, the New Social Tool

    Will Mancini
    23 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    It’s only been eleven days since I heard about Periscope from one of Auxano’s newest navigators, Chris Rivers. We were doing a leadership training event at Elmbrook Church with 500 leaders discussing their new mission and values. In seconds,  Chris started live streaming the event and over 40 people joined in. Since then, I have broadcast 11 live events, averaging one per day. Yesterday, anyone could have watched 15 minutes of Auxano’s virtual team training. Last night anyone could have chatted with me about book writing, while I hosted a 15 minutes Q&A at 11…
  • 5 Biblical Principles for Personal Visioning

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

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

    VRCurator
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:16 pm
    How would you like to get 24 hours of vision, strategy and missional leadership coaching from one of the most effective pastors in the country? Rich Kannwischer, Senior Pastor of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA, will be leading a Vision co::Lab at his church from April – November. I am particularly excited about this opportunity to learn from Rich. Shortly after Rich assumed the pastorate at St. Andrew’s, I reflected on a dynamic interplay I observed in his leadership, between two different kinds of “wins.” Some things that a new pastor does naturally relate to…
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  • Why I Have A No Drama Policy

    Donald Miller
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I have a friend named Paul who has set up his automated email signature to read “No Drama.” At first, I thought it was an odd thing to add to every email you send out, but then I realized how much drama we unnecessarily create in life. And it doesn’t serve us in our work or our lives. Photo Credit: Transformer18, Creative Commons My friend is one of the world’s leading YouTube experts. Companies are always bringing him in to help them make the most of their YouTube efforts, and yet he’s always calm and collected. He never panics, mainly because he realizes there’s so little to…
  • Do You Filter Your Relationships? You Probably Should.

    Donald Miller
    27 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Growing up as a Christian I was taught I should forgive and accept everybody. I still believe that. But what forgiving and accepting has looked like over the years has changed. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received was given to me by my friend Ben. We were taking a break from a writing project, sitting out on my deck when I brought up some trouble I was having with a friend. I’d grown a little tired of this friend using me and I was losing trust. Ben said something I’d never forget. He said You know, Don, there are givers and takers in this life, I got rid of the takers…
  • What You Can Learn About Being Yourself From Duck Dynasty

    Donald Miller
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    How hard would it be to stay “yourself” after becoming extremely successful? Last year the Storyline team got to spend a few days with Willie and Korie Robertson. To be honest, I was a little star struck. And more than intimidated. What do you say to one of the most recognizable couples in America? And yet, within a few minutes, Willie had us all in stitches. He’s literally one of the funniest, most disarming people you’d ever hope to meet. Since then, Betsy and I have enjoyed watching their family positively influence the world. In November, Korie will be speaking at the…
  • 5 Articles I Sent My Staff This Week

    Donald Miller
    23 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    As a staff, we are committed to learning and growing, both professionally and personally. One of the ways we do that is by reading. Below are some of the most current things we’re reading together. If you’re in need of something great to read this weekend, start here. How to Avoid Making A Huge Mistake with Your Big Life Decisions via Graham Lea No matter what kind of life decision you might be facing, this is great advice. The consequences of making a big mistake can be huge. If you can avoid it, why not? How to Stay Organized As A Creative via Sarah Heyl I work with a team of…
  • The Devastating Power of Lies in a Relationship

    Donald Miller
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’ve only had two friends (that I know about) who’ve looked me in the eye and told me lies. Both of them were trying to cover up mistakes. I certainly had grace for their mistakes, but I’ve wondered looking back if I didn’t have grace for their lies. Neither of these two friends are in contact anymore. We don’t talk. Being in a relationship with somebody who lies is tough. It’s not that you don’t love them or care about them, it’s just that you can’t connect. Without trust, there’s no relationship. Henry Cloud and John Townsend say people lie for one of two reasons. The…
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    The Christian Gift

  • End of School Year Gifts for Teacher

    TheChristianGift
    12 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    The end of the school year – and Sunday School year – are fast approaching. Often, parents and children take this opportunity to convey their appreciation to a special teacher with a token of thanks. If you’re looking for such a gift idea for a beloved instructor, check out our collection of personalized plaques for teachers. Whether it’s Sunday School, Bible Class, or parochial school – these gifts are great ways to say “thank you” at the end of the term. Each piece is created using premium, museum-quality materials. We’ll mount and frame your…
  • Mother’s Day Rememberances

    TheChristianGift
    10 May 2015 | 1:22 am
    Before marriage and six children, this is my mother at her high school commencement. I often think about what her life was like as a young woman. She suffered a serious stroke when I was still in college – and became a living example of grace in spite of extremely difficult circumstances. My best friend; I miss her. “Her children rise up and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31:28
  • Life and Death

    TheChristianGift
    3 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 I just got the phone call I have been dreading. My brother called to tell me that his beloved wife died this morning. She’d been diagnosed with terminal cancer in February. The doctors didn’t give her much time; still the swiftness of her decline was astonishing. While I was out photographing the first light of the day this morning, she was preparing to leave this earth. If you are so inclined, I would greatly appreciate prayers for my brother Dave.
  • Shout for Joy!

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

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

  • 8 Useful Tips That Will Get Your Emails Opened & Acted On

    Steve Fogg
    27 May 2015 | 12:04 am
    Email marketing is a form of communication that many think is dead in churches. However if Mark Twain were alive today I think he would say ‘recent reports of email’s death have been greatly exaggerated.’ What we have to remember that different communication channels and tools serve different purposes. People interact with those channels differently. Whether it is the time of day, or the reason why they actually use email. Here are some tips that will help you improve how you communicate via email: 1. Focus on the right audience Used well with a good up-to-date list from your church…
  • Download My New Free eBook That Will Improve Your Digital Strategy

    Steve Fogg
    18 May 2015 | 11:50 pm
    As part of the redesign of my blog I wrote a short, but very actionable free ebook for anyone who serves in a church, non-profit or business.Why did I write it? As I look around online I find many great blogs and websites about website strategy or social media strategy, but very rarely do I find anyone that is writing about improving your whole digital strategy (I write more about this in the book). Many organisations operate in silos which makes them much less effective when building their online platform. The aim of the book is to give simple actionable steps to take your digital…
  • 7 lessons I’ve Learnt Leading Social Media For My Church

    Steve Fogg
    11 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    I’ve been leading social media at my church now for over six or so years. I’ve learnt so many great lessons along the way. Some have been positive, some tougher. As I write this I’m currently flying at 33,000ft returning to Melbourne from Queensland after speaking about the potential of social media to a few hundred church leaders. So I have a few hours to kill (and no WiFi distractions) so I thought would write and share some of the lessons what I’ve learnt along the way. Lesson #1: Keep Experimenting There is no such thing as a winning formula that will last…
  • Why Your Church Needs A Mobile Friendly Website (Now!)

    Steve Fogg
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    Google has implemented huge changes for all websites (including church websites). As you read this Google’s mobilegeddon is now active. What is mobilegeddon? Google is now ranking websites according to their mobile friendliness. You will see a tag next to the search result saying ‘mobile friendly’ Why does this matter? This has huge implications for the potential of your church website to be found at the top of Google’s search rankings. Think about that for a second. If you were once easy to find and were at the top of particular search rankings. You may lose that…
  • Why Your Church Bulletin Isn’t Dead

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

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I struggle to pray. I get distracted. I get busy. I can come up with a million reasons why prayer is hard. The end result is a prayerless life, or at least a life with much less prayer than is needed.God’s been at work in my life driving me to prayer. Books like Beloved Dust by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel and Prayer by Timothy Keller have helped. So has a growing sense of helplessness — a good thing, as it turns out. Paul Miller I recently read A Praying Life by Paul Miller, and I’m glad I did. It’s one of the most practical books I’ve read on the subject, and is helping me…
  • My Three Biggest Struggles in Prayer

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I don’t pray like I should. When I look at how Jesus prayed, I realize that my prayer life is anemic. I don’t say this to be humble or to exaggerate. I do pray; I just realize that my prayer life falls short of what I want it to be, and what it needs to be. As I think about this, there are at least three reasons.One: I’m not desperate. “A needy heart is a praying heart,” writes Paul Miller in his excellent book A Praying Life. “Dependency is the heartbeat of prayer.” I’m always needy, but I’m not always aware of my need. If I really grasped how much I need God, then I would…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    23 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: The Letter of R.T. Kendall to the UK Church R.T. Kendall's open letter to the UK church is good for all of us to read. 3 Ways Rising Secularism Affects Evangelism Here are three ways I think our evangelism strategies will change in a post-Christian age. There Isn’t a Way for Churches to Reach Millennials There isn’t a way to reach millennials. There are many ways, because the real truth about millennials is they are people just like every other age group of people. Introverts in the Dearest Place on Earth Both extroverts and introverts must do the work to…
  • Two Sets of Virtues

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful. Were you capable of deep love? (David Brooks) I’ll admit that I’m attracted to the résumé virtues. Who wouldn’t want to be known as a gifted communicator, a beloved pastor, a clear writer, and a successful church planter?Then there are the eulogy virtues that will never make it onto a résumé. In…
  • The Benefits of an Annual Study Group

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    19 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Every year I gather with a small group of pastors for a week. We meet the same week every year. The agenda is simple: on Tuesday morning we catch up, and then we get to work under the leadership of a Bible scholar. By the end of the week, we've completed our study of a book of the Bible or a theme (like the parables) and are on our way to being ready to preach what we've studied. Photo compliments of Chris Brauns This honestly is a highlight of my year. Some reasons:The relationships — Having met with the same group for a number of years now, I really appreciate these people and look…
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • “Born Again” Lectionary Lesson from John 3:1-17

    Stephanie Fernandez
    27 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    This free Bible lesson is based on John 3:1-17 when Jesus speaks to Nicodemus about what it means to be born again. It is designed for children’s church or Sunday School. Please modify as best fits your ministry. If your church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, this teaching plan would correspond to Year B – Trinity Sunday, Gospel Reading – John 3:1-17. Opening Activity – Born Again – All About Babies Supplies – whiteboard, chalkboard, or large paper pad, and corresponding writing utensil Play a game of hangman about all things baby.  Use some of the suggestions below…
  • Elijah Lesson: Evicted, Escaped, and Eating with Birds (1 Kings 17:1-6)

    Kristin Schmidt
    27 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    Following God is not always easy…we have the great privilege and blessing of living in a time and country that are not too threatening for Christians, but this certainly has not always been the case. In the Bible, we see many instances of people suffering for serving God and obeying His instructions. This story is one in a series following the prophet Elijah, who experienced more than his share of hardship for sharing God’s word. In Elijah we see perseverance, faith, and trust; and we see those attributes rewarded by God. Lesson focus: God wants us to honor us first and foremost; He…
  • Bible Verses about Giving

    Felicia Mollohan
    26 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    One day, I decided that the kids in my class on a Wednesday night needed to have some practice looking up verses in their Bible. They also needed a lesson on giving. So I decided to combine the two into a Bible Verse look up on giving. I gave them the rules: Before I say each new verse, their Bible have to be closed They try their best and keep trying Then we began. They made it a competition to see who could find the verse first, which just made it more exciting. I have two boys who have a good knowledge about their Bible and how to find things and another one who doesn’t really know. I…
  • The People in the Church Song for Preschool

    Felicia Mollohan
    26 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    I was at the library today with my boys and, as I was scanning the books for ones I’d like to bring home, I noticed the book called “Wheels on the Bus”. Now this is a very popular song that little children like to sing and put motions to. I then thought of a new song that my little class could sing with motions! I hope you like it. The People In The Church (to the “Wheels on the Bus” tune) (children raise their hands) The people in the church say, “Praise the Lord” “Praise the Lord”, “Praise the Lord” The people in the church…
  • Charades Bible Character Game to Encourage Bible Knowledge

    Felicia Mollohan
    26 May 2015 | 5:14 am
    It’s almost the end of school and my Wednesday night class is getting more and more fidgety. A few weeks ago, they were really having a difficult time in class and so I decided to stop the lesson and let them get up and move. I didn’t want chaos, so I started a game. I had them think of their favorite Bible character. Then I had them think of a way that they could show that to the class. We started doing Charades in class and, to my surprise, they loved it! They wanted to keep doing it and doing it! I even got requests the next week to do it again. I like this game for a few…
 
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    Reflect

  • Running from Discipline

    Jann Cobb
    27 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    This is certainly not a popular word -DisciplineIt brings with it all kinds of images some healthy and others not healthy. Before we talk about what discipline is I want to be clear, I am Not talking about Punishment. Discipline is not punishment. Discipline is training, correcting, recreating, smoothing out the rough spots. Disciplining is an act of love.Let's chat today about the discipline that is required to become stronger in your faith. The Bible talks about an athlete training their body, getting it into shape.  As we  do a word study today…
  • Running from the Pain

    Jann Cobb
    24 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    After several lessons about a wonderful book, Pancakes for Supper, the first grade teachers and I decided to have a culminating event by making pancakes with the first grade classes. This required strategic planning of materials, staff and more importantly the group of children that each of us would be supervising. Let's just say that some of our first grade students do not have much impulse control!  After setting up the tables with pancake mix, water, measuring cups, wooden spoons, spatulas and electric griddles we were ready to discuss the activity with the students.With as…
  • Running from Forgiveness Part 2

    Jann Cobb
    22 May 2015 | 3:30 am
     Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself.Do any of these resonate with you?If only I hadn't done....Why do I keep on sinning?I am not good enough to be in the presence of God.How could He ever choose me after what I've done?There's no going back now.I am so stupid!I have caused so much pain, how can I ever face them?What have I done?Extending God's grace to myself can be difficult because I know the depth of my sin.  Oh how I've let him down, let others down and gone back on my word.Gratefully we don't have to look very far in Scripture to find others who feel the same…
  • Running from Forgiveness

    Jann Cobb
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    I can never forgive this person for what they have done! I remember vividly saying that about the man who had abused me when I was a child. For years I pushed people away because I was afraid of getting too close, too vulnerable, open to being hurt again. I held on to the forgiveness because then I had control! I wish that I had learned the truth about forgiveness earlier. Even after I had become a Christian this hidden area in my heart was difficult to let go of. I had been running for so long with the pain of what happened to me that I could not see, comprehend or experience…
  • Running from His Call

    Jann Cobb
    15 May 2015 | 3:39 am
    I became a Christian at the age of 14. I'll never forget the night Dan Webster our Youth Pastor spoke about God's love for us and that he wanted to be our ultimate Daddy. This spoke directly to my heart and pulled me into the arms of Jesus. As a young Christian I thought that my life would be filled with hugs and kisses, sitting on my father's lap. God would be a daddy that would protect and care for me. Giving me lots of love.  While He is all of that, there is so much more to following Him.Through the years I have learned much about and struggled with obedience, following His call,…
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    Lawrence W. Wilson

  • Why People Don’t Attend Church (It’s not What You Think)

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    13 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    Fewer people are attending church these days, and the reason is not what you think. The Pew Research Center dropped a bombshell yesterday. The center for the study of religion in American life released a new study based on a survey of 35,000 Americans, which finds that Christians have declined sharply as a share of the population while the number of religiously unaffiliated and other faiths have continued to grow. Though some see good news in the study for Evangelicalism, I strongly disagree. Though historically evangelical denominations may have gained about 2 million members, that gain was…
  • How Value-Driven Ministry Is Killing the American Church

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
    Consumer behavior among church attendees results from a value-driven approach to ministry based on a corporate model for the church. This mistaken ideology is the central problem in North American Christianity. Church is now a commodity rather than a community, and members increasingly approach worship with a consumer mind-set. That should be self-evident to any church leader, but it’s easy enough to substantiate. Consider these actual statements heard from church members and visitors— continue reading
  • What the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Is Really About

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

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

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

    Admin
    10 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Health is an important factor of life, and is directly related to happiness. If you feel fit, healthy, and in shape then you will feel more confident in yourself, and more able to perform well at work, and during play. It is always a good idea to work at bettering your health, so with that in mind, here are six health improvements that you can make right now: Do More Exercise Top of the list, and available to you right now, is exercise. You know that it is good for your health, and it really needs no justification. You can catch some exercise in whatever way you choose. A brisk walk is…
  • Trick To Happiness: Enjoy The Little Things In Life

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

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

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

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

  • Five Guidelines for Establishing Value-Centered Student Ministries

    mikec
    28 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    Do you remember the fun Sunday School children’s song based on Matthew 7:24-27? Here are a couple of the condensed verses: The wise man built his house upon the rock. (repeat multiple times) The rain came down and the floods came up. (repeat multiple times) And the house on the rock stood firm! The foolish man built his house upon the sand. (repeat multiple times) The rains came down and the floods came up, (repeat multiple times) And the house on the sand went splat! I wonder why we are so enthusiastic about singing this song with children yet often fail to extract the principle of the…
  • Things that Matter…Things that Don’t

    mikec
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    How would you define the irreducible minimums of your student ministry? Can you write them into a sentence, paragraph or a list? What would that look like? I suggest every youth leader do this exercise to establish a baseline for their ministry. Recently my wife and I attended a Poetry Recital for our Granddaughter’s third grade class. Each student chose one of Shel Silverstein’s poems to recite and she chose “Hector the Collector.” Dressing in costume enhanced her presentation, but she also flawlessly quoted the poem explaining the dilemma created by collecting too much stuff. (Yes,…
  • Evangelism: What I Do or Who I Am?

    mikec
    18 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Some of the people in the seminar were shocked since I was the speaker and the topic was Evangelism. I began by saying, “I love Jesus and want everybody to know Him but I don’t do evangelism!” After a brief pause, I explained, “Evangelism is not what I do…it is who I am!” If we relegate evangelism to an event then it simply becomes something we do at the right times, with the right people in the right places. Evangelism needs to become a part of every believer’s DNA. It ought to be a natural occurrence for us to share our faith in everyday situations. When evangelism is who we…
  • Impact: South Africa

    mikec
    14 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    John and Christy Page lead an incredible team for Word of Life that is impacting the youth of South Africa. I had the privilege of serving with John and Christy in the States for several years before God called them to this amazing country, and I am real fans of their ministry. Listen to John’s passion for the students in South Africa: They have opportunities for churches to serve with them on missions’ trips, as well as a need for internships. Christy expresses well the many opportunities and her passion for their work: If you would like to contact them or know more about their…
  • Has Your Youth Ministry Come to a Dead End?

    mikec
    7 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    I was running late for an appointment so the slow traffic was an annoyance. My bright idea was to take a short cut. I was cruising until I turned down an unfamiliar street, coming to a screeching halt at a “Dead End” sign. It was not the end of the world but in my current state of mind you would have thought it. There are parallel incidences that happen to us in ministry bringing us to a dead stop. We think we are moving forward when something unexpected happens, causing us to question ourselves, our ministries or our calling to work with youth. Here are some Dead Ends we face in Youth…
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • How to Know When You’ve Finally Arrived

    J.B. Wood
    26 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Here is an excerpt teaser from my e-book, At Work as it is in Heaven. You can read it in its entirety over at The High Calling. Or better yet, why not just buy it now ? I once heard a story about Henry Kissinger falling asleep in the middle of a very important meeting. Everyone noticed, but [Read More...]
  • The Myth of Calling

    J.B. Wood
    23 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    When I was nineteen years old, I wanted more than anything else in the world to become a published songwriter. I was completely consumed with this idea, believing it was my one and only true calling from God for my life. Of course, now I know that there is another name for that kind of magical [Read More...]
  • Do Not Worry About Domestic Life? (#2 in a series)

    J.B. Wood
    22 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Continued from previous post. So here’s what that cynical voice in my head is saying about the “Do not worry” passage in Luke 12:23-33: Sure, it’s easy for Jesus to tell these people not to worry. He didn’t have the financial responsibilities of a family to worry about! Neither did Peter, or Paul, for that [Read More...]
  • Do Not Worry? Really?

    J.B. Wood
    19 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    These are worrisome times we are living in. There is an unprecedented global financial crisis, economic recession, threats of terrorism, never-ending war, more and more layoffs, an enormous government deficit, and crappy projections for  spending. It’s just bad news all the way around. Add this pile of stink to the routine madness that you and [Read More...]
  • Why Yelling at People is Not the Best Motivational Strategy

    J.B. Wood
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:47 pm
    I once hired a gentleman – let’s call him Aaron – on a contract basis to work with a small office team implementing a new accounting software program. Aaron was a partner in charge at a small but respectable local accounting firm, and as the expert consultant, he was to work closely with Barbara, the [Read More...]
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Is NICE an Appealing Attribute?

    Jean Wise
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    What do you think of when you hear someone described as nice? Is that an appealing attribute? We were out with friends last week, having a great time. I smiled at my good buddy and spontaneously thought – “She is one of the nicest people I know.” Then I started the internal debate. Nice? Is that word strong enough? Or is it a weak way to compliment her? What does nice mean anyway? Merriam-Webster defines the adjective NICE as kind, polite, friendly. Hey that sounds good. But NICE’s roots come from Middle English meaning foolish and wanton, from Anglo-French meaning silly, simple, and…
  • The Power of Pentecost

    Jean Wise
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost – a powerful moment in our history when the Holy Spirit entered the followers of Jesus. What do you visualize when you think of the Holy Spirit? In the front of our church, painted high, close to the ceiling is a dove – one of the more familiar symbols of the Spirit. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. Matthew 3: 16 I guess I have always thought of the spirit as a quiet, gentle voice of God. The Lord passed by Elijah as a…
  • Do You Have a Yearly Focus?

    Jean Wise
    22 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    Do you have a topic or issue you focus on each year? Something you want to learn more about. Maybe an organization you wanted to explore and get involved with. Possibly a theme, book or subject shimmers in your spirit and invites you in. Some of us choose a word for the year to frame our year (or at times the word chooses us). My word this year is STILLNESS and it continues to surround and enhance my spiritual walk in 2015. But I also have two topics that have arisen to read about, learn more about and explore this year: The Desert Mothers and Fathers and Discernment. I have been gathering…
  • Trusting God

    Jean Wise
    14 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    How can we learn to better trust in God? When I conducted a survey of many of you last year this was one topic that came up in many of the responses. Trusting God is a common struggle and one I think we all deeply would like to improve. I have two prayers lately I have brought to God – over and over again. I repeat them constantly during the day – just in case he didn’t hear them the first (second and third and so on) times. I beat on heaven’s door with these requests and stick them on with permanent, if not eternal, gorilla glue. My heart to God’s heart type of deep desire. The…
  • A Fresh Perspective to Prayer

    Jean Wise
    12 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    I threw the windows open and unlocked the front door last week and invited the crisp spring air inside my house and my heart. Deep breathe, Jeanie. Feel the life in the atmosphere. Time to refresh and shake out that old dust. Don’t you love gaining a new perspective to old routines? Rearranging the furniture. Cleaning out the bedlam buried in a kitchen drawer. Learning a new way to thinking or doing something This is how I feel about a book I am reading by Kelly O’Dell Stanley called Praying Upside Down – a Creative Prayer Experience to Transform Your Time with God. Kelly tackles prayer…
 
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    Daily Devotionals

  • John 8:44 – Satan The Abusive Father

    admin
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44 ESV) From Ryan: Before we had a child and my wife worked outside the home, she worked with abused women. In fact, she even had a good friend that was in an abusive relationship. From my view on the outside and that of many others who see these relationships, we can’t…
  • Mark 1:40-42 – Learning From The Leper

    admin
    27 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verses And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. (Mark 1:40-42 ESV) As we read the account of the leper in the first chapter of Mark, there are a couple things we can learn from it. The first thing we can learn is how to come humbly to Jesus. We read that the leper came to Jesus with the words, “if you will”. There wasn’t a…
  • Luke 8:15 – Time to Ripen

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    26 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotion Bible Verse As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. (Luke 8:15 ESV) The parable of the sower and the seed is ever popular, and it’s likely you’ve heard it before. After telling the parable, Jesus proceeded to explain it’s meaning to the disciples. It is the last sentence in his explanation that we will focus on today: the seed that falls on the good soil is the seed that bears fruit in accordance with the Gospel. It is the seed that decides to follow Jesus during thick and…
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -Rubio: ‘Clear and Present Danger’ That Christianity Could be Labeled as ‘Hate Speech’

    Dr. D
    28 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    In an interview with CBN News, Senator Rubio talked about his fear that ‘mainstream’ Christianity and Catholic teaching could soon be labeled as ‘hate speech’ in this country: “If you think about it, we are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech. Because today we’ve reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage, you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.” Rubio pointed out that the logical end game for liberals who have already begun to persecute and prosecute individual Christians is ultimately to…
  • -The Tale of Two Soldiers: How the American Military Has Changed When it Comes to Religion

    Dr. D
    27 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    (WWII  US Army Air Force Bible) Nothing demonstrates how the American military culture has changed over the years when it comes to religion like the tale of two different soldiers that I found on the Internet yesterday. The first story is about an American airmen in WWII who lost his prayer book while on a mission flying over Germany. It must have fallen out of his pocket since he had it with him on the plane but was recovered on the ground thousands of feet down.  After 70 years it finally made its way back to its grateful owner. A heart rendering story for Memorial Day. The second…
  • -Shocking: 81% Middle East Muslims Support ISIS?

    Dr. D
    26 May 2015 | 12:05 am
    A recent poll taken by the Al Jazeera Arabic TV channel shows that 81% of their viewers support ISIS. The popular TV news network which is hosted in Qatar and viewed all over the Muslim world in the Middle East and North Africa asked their  Arabic viewers to respond to the following question: “Do you support the organizing victories of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)?” Response: Obviously the ISIS terrorists have a lot of support among Muslims in the Middle East, a very shocking development. Meanwhile President Obama and Muslim apologists in America keep on telling us that…
  • -Headstones Reflect the Diversity of Faith (And None) of Our Fallen Soldiers

    Dr. D
    25 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    Memorial Day is a good time to reflect upon the ultimate sacrifices made by many in our armed forces in order to keep America free. Nothing really reflects that freedom so much as the variety of religious designations (60 different) including ‘none’ on the headstones in our national cemeteries. The following article in HuffPost shows pictures of some of the different religious choices displayed in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia across from Washington DC.             *Top Related Posts?: -When Did it Become…
  • -Was Jesus a Real Person? Historical Evidence Beyond the Bible

    Dr. D
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
              (Tacitus via Wikipedia) I recently read one of the best summaries ever of all of the historical evidence for the real existence of the man called Jesus of Nazareth in a recent edition of the Biblical Archaeology Review (Jan/Feb 2015): “Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible” by Dr. Lawrence Mykytiuk of Purdue University It has become popular in secular and atheist circles to claim that Jesus never really existed as a real person in history. I have noted all of the conclusive historical evidence for his existence…
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    Trevin Wax

  • Where You Live Changes What You See When You Read the Bible

    Trevin Wax
    27 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    You may be surprised to discover just how much your culture determines what you see in the Scriptures. During the years in Romania, I found myself challenged by the insights Romanian pastors drew from the text. Preachers seemed to spend time on things that I tended to pass over. Even now, when Corina and I discuss a passage of Scripture, we often latch on to different words and phrases. We’re both inclined to think the other has missed the point and is majoring on the minors. Cultural background and social location play an important role in the way we read a text. Did You Notice…
  • 6 Counterfeits that Lead Away From the Biblical Gospel

    Trevin Wax
    26 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    The best way to spot a counterfeit is to know the real thing. When it comes to the gospel, the best way to spot a counterfeit gospel is to know the biblical gospel – not only to master it in a cerebral, objective sense, but to be captured by the beauty of what God has done for us in Christ. In Counterfeit Gospels, I lay out three aspects of the biblical gospel: There’s the Gospel Story – the grand narrative of Scripture (Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration). Within that overarching framework, we make the Gospel Announcement about Jesus Christ (His…
  • Which Kind of Writer Are You: Microwave, Crockpot, or Stir-Fry?

    Trevin Wax
    25 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    In my experience, I’ve come across three types of writers: 1. The Microwave Writer: writing well under pressure. Some writers do well under the pressure of a deadline. They’re like a microwave. Put the ingredients together and – zap! – you’ve got a meal. How do you know if you’re a microwave writer? Think back to when you were in college. Did you wait until the week the essay was due before beginning work? Perhaps you gathered some materials together beforehand, but you saved the writing part of your work until the night before the due date. Microwave…
  • Fountain of Love, Fill Our Souls

    Trevin Wax
    23 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    O God, Fountain of love, pour your love into our souls, that we may love those whom you love with the love you have given us, and think and speak of them tenderly, meekly, lovingly; and so loving our brothers and sisters for your sake, may grow in your love, and dwelling in your love may dwell in you; for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen. - E.B. Pusey, 1800-1882
  • God is an Inexhaustible Fountain of Love

    Trevin Wax
    22 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    God is the fountain of love, as the sun is the fountain of light. And therefore the glorious presence of God in heaven fills heaven with love, as the sun, placed in the midst of the visible heavens in a clear day, fills the world with light. The apostle tells us that “God is love”; and therefore, seeing he is an infinite being, it follows that he is an infinite fountain of love. Seeing he is an all-sufficient being, it follows that he is a full and overflowing, an inexhaustible fountain of love. And in that he is an unchangeable and eternal being, he is an unchangeable and eternal…
 
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Is NICE an Appealing Attribute?

    Jean Wise
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    What do you think of when you hear someone described as nice? Is that an appealing attribute? We were out with friends last week, having a great time. I smiled at my good buddy and spontaneously thought – “She is one of the nicest people I know.” Then I started the internal debate. Nice? Is that word strong enough? Or is it a weak way to compliment her? What does nice mean anyway? Merriam-Webster defines the adjective NICE as kind, polite, friendly. Hey that sounds good. But NICE’s roots come from Middle English meaning foolish and wanton, from Anglo-French meaning silly, simple, and…
  • The Power of Pentecost

    Jean Wise
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost – a powerful moment in our history when the Holy Spirit entered the followers of Jesus. What do you visualize when you think of the Holy Spirit? In the front of our church, painted high, close to the ceiling is a dove – one of the more familiar symbols of the Spirit. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. Matthew 3: 16 I guess I have always thought of the spirit as a quiet, gentle voice of God. The Lord passed by Elijah as a…
  • Do You Have a Yearly Focus?

    Jean Wise
    22 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    Do you have a topic or issue you focus on each year? Something you want to learn more about. Maybe an organization you wanted to explore and get involved with. Possibly a theme, book or subject shimmers in your spirit and invites you in. Some of us choose a word for the year to frame our year (or at times the word chooses us). My word this year is STILLNESS and it continues to surround and enhance my spiritual walk in 2015. But I also have two topics that have arisen to read about, learn more about and explore this year: The Desert Mothers and Fathers and Discernment. I have been gathering…
  • Trusting God

    Jean Wise
    14 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    How can we learn to better trust in God? When I conducted a survey of many of you last year this was one topic that came up in many of the responses. Trusting God is a common struggle and one I think we all deeply would like to improve. I have two prayers lately I have brought to God – over and over again. I repeat them constantly during the day – just in case he didn’t hear them the first (second and third and so on) times. I beat on heaven’s door with these requests and stick them on with permanent, if not eternal, gorilla glue. My heart to God’s heart type of deep desire. The…
  • A Fresh Perspective to Prayer

    Jean Wise
    12 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    I threw the windows open and unlocked the front door last week and invited the crisp spring air inside my house and my heart. Deep breathe, Jeanie. Feel the life in the atmosphere. Time to refresh and shake out that old dust. Don’t you love gaining a new perspective to old routines? Rearranging the furniture. Cleaning out the bedlam buried in a kitchen drawer. Learning a new way to thinking or doing something This is how I feel about a book I am reading by Kelly O’Dell Stanley called Praying Upside Down – a Creative Prayer Experience to Transform Your Time with God. Kelly tackles prayer…
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    RN - Guarding The Heart Blog

  • 3 Steps to Receive a Greater Dimension of God

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    21 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Many of us live in a narrow understanding of the visible realm and it’s hard for many to even begin to try to see into the invisible spiritual realm. An example of this in scripture is in the book of Daniel, “And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to…
  • 7 Traits of a History Maker – RN07 Podcast

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Welcome to Revive Nations Podcast… In this episode Pastor Shyju talks about 7 qualities that make a history maker! 1. Not afraid to be alone. 2. Doesn’t care about being misunderstood. 3. Creates his own discipline. 4. Practices hearing and seeing in the supernatural. 5. Married to his vision. 6. Feared no man. 7. Gave his life to His call. If you enjoyed the podcast, don’t forget to share and bless your family and friends with these. Here are some tweets from the podcast for you: Don’t be upset if you find yourself alone on a path, cos you are never alone because of…
  • Worshiping God Like the Seraphim – Unashamed Worshipper Series

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

    Blessen Varghese
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    Editorial: At the outset, let me start by apologizing for a couple of things. Firstly, for publishing a news item last month, which was actually a hoax. The news, which had been published in some news portals, was about supposed conversion of an ISIS terrorist. As exciting as the news was, turns out that it wasn’t true and had initially appeared on a portal dedicated for sarcasms, which was then picked up by other portals and reported as ‘news’. We thank our readers for pointing this out to us, and after checking again, found that many portals had this news item removed thereafter. We…
  • Church Politics & Understanding Your Pastor – RN06 Podcast

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

  • Video of the Day: Conan Makes CNN's Ridiculist

    Jeffrey Totey
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Conan O'Brien proves that he could take Anderson Cooper.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • Duchovny Leads 'Aquarius'

    Jeffrey Totey
    28 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    Brian Shafe (Grey Damon) and Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny) try to track down  the whereabouts of a missing teenager in Aquarius. (NBC) While it won't fit the bill for those who are missing... Read more!
  • Creation Museum Opens

    Jeffrey Totey
    28 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    May 28, 2007 On this day in 2007, the 70,000 square foot Creation Museum was established in Petersburg, KY as a resource for the science of creation. It features about 160 exhibits including history... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Chris Norton Walks The Graduation Stage

    Jeffrey Totey
    27 May 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Chris Norton doesn't do anything small. Back in 2010, he suffered a severe spinal cord injury while playing football for Luther College and was given very little chance to ever walk again. Last... Read more!
  • Derek Walsh Webb is Born

    Jeffrey Totey
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    May 27, 1974 Christians and controversy seem to go hand-in-hand, but at first glance, singer-songwriter Derek Webb (born this day in 1974) doesn’t appear to fit the bill. A former member of the... Read more!
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    Redeeming God

  • Dear World, I am sorry. Will you forgive me?

    Jeremy Myers
    28 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    We Christians owe the world an apology.I, at least, owe the world an apology. So here it is:Dear World, I am sorry.About what?About so many things …… But the one thing I am sorry about the most is presenting to you a picture of God which you found repulsive and repugnant and worthy only of your rejection.If I had done a better job of presenting God as He really is, as the God revealed to us in Jesus Christ, you might have loved Him instead of hated Him. You might have seen how much He loves you. How much He likes you.Instead, I told you that if you do not do certain things that he…
  • Since Grace is Free, YES … You CAN just go sin all you want

    Jeremy Myers
    26 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    I hold to radical, outrageous, shocking, scandalous, limitless grace. I believe there is no other kind of grace.But whenever I teach or write about this sort of grace, it is almost guaranteed that someone will object by saying, “So are you saying that we can just go sin all we want?”They are referring, of course, to the statement in Romans 6:1 where a person objects to Paul’s teaching about grace in exactly the same way. And Paul’s answer, of course, is “God forbid!”Can I sin all I want?In the past, I have responded similarly as Paul. I say “No, of…
  • Christianese – Learn the Christian Lingo

    Jeremy Myers
    24 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    We Christians have our own language. Some call it Christianese. Others call it just plain creepy.Please share this post with others!The post Christianese – Learn the Christian Lingo appeared first on Redeeming God.
  • Grace has no But

    Jeremy Myers
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    A man I work with recently asked if I had received an email from another coworker. I told him no, I had not. He said this, “I’m not calling you a liar, but …”I cut him off and said, “Yes, you are! You cannot say you are not calling me a liar, and then proceed to challenge the truthfulness of what I just said. The word ‘but’ negates everything that came before it.” I offered to let him view my email account just so he could see that I was not lying. He declined and left my office.The word “but” is an amazing word. We use it all the…
  • You sound Angry, Bitter, and Critical

    Jeremy Myers
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    My neighbor’s name is Carissa. She is twenty-one years old. And she is beautiful.But she has a very … strange relationship with her boyfriend. His name is Kirk. It is not that Kirk is abusive … not really. I suppose you could say he is controlling and manipulative, but I don’t even know if that is exactly accurate. Something just seems “off.”He wants to know where she is at all times, even though she hardly ever knows what he is doing most of the week.He demands to know where she spends her money, and also requires that she contribute a portion of her money…
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  • Is NICE an Appealing Attribute?

    Jean Wise
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    What do you think of when you hear someone described as nice? Is that an appealing attribute? We were out with friends last week, having a great time. I smiled at my good buddy and spontaneously thought – “She is one of the nicest people I know.” Then I started the internal debate. Nice? Is that word strong enough? Or is it a weak way to compliment her? What does nice mean anyway? Merriam-Webster defines the adjective NICE as kind, polite, friendly. Hey that sounds good. But NICE’s roots come from Middle English meaning foolish and wanton, from Anglo-French meaning silly, simple, and…
  • The Power of Pentecost

    Jean Wise
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost – a powerful moment in our history when the Holy Spirit entered the followers of Jesus. What do you visualize when you think of the Holy Spirit? In the front of our church, painted high, close to the ceiling is a dove – one of the more familiar symbols of the Spirit. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. Matthew 3: 16 I guess I have always thought of the spirit as a quiet, gentle voice of God. The Lord passed by Elijah as a…
  • Do You Have a Yearly Focus?

    Jean Wise
    22 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    Do you have a topic or issue you focus on each year? Something you want to learn more about. Maybe an organization you wanted to explore and get involved with. Possibly a theme, book or subject shimmers in your spirit and invites you in. Some of us choose a word for the year to frame our year (or at times the word chooses us). My word this year is STILLNESS and it continues to surround and enhance my spiritual walk in 2015. But I also have two topics that have arisen to read about, learn more about and explore this year: The Desert Mothers and Fathers and Discernment. I have been gathering…
  • Trusting God

    Jean Wise
    14 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    How can we learn to better trust in God? When I conducted a survey of many of you last year this was one topic that came up in many of the responses. Trusting God is a common struggle and one I think we all deeply would like to improve. I have two prayers lately I have brought to God – over and over again. I repeat them constantly during the day – just in case he didn’t hear them the first (second and third and so on) times. I beat on heaven’s door with these requests and stick them on with permanent, if not eternal, gorilla glue. My heart to God’s heart type of deep desire. The…
  • A Fresh Perspective to Prayer

    Jean Wise
    12 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    I threw the windows open and unlocked the front door last week and invited the crisp spring air inside my house and my heart. Deep breathe, Jeanie. Feel the life in the atmosphere. Time to refresh and shake out that old dust. Don’t you love gaining a new perspective to old routines? Rearranging the furniture. Cleaning out the bedlam buried in a kitchen drawer. Learning a new way to thinking or doing something This is how I feel about a book I am reading by Kelly O’Dell Stanley called Praying Upside Down – a Creative Prayer Experience to Transform Your Time with God. Kelly tackles prayer…
 
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  • Don’t Ruin My Witness: 5 Reasons This Bothers Me

    Kevin Shorter
    27 May 2015 | 4:45 pm
    original image courtesy of Chinese subway ad Don’t Ruin My Witness “Hey, this guy is not a Christian. Don’t ruin my witness.” I love Jesus! I think everyone would be better off having a relationship with Him. I love that there are those that have the gift of evangelism and eagerly talk about Jesus to everyone they meet. However there is something about this concept about not wanting to ruin your witness that bothers me. This phrase has been mulling over in my head for a few weeks now. I’ve heard statements like this for years. There is something very good in…
  • 2 Ways to Add Power to Your Prayers

    Kevin Shorter
    20 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    Jesus Loved to Tell Stories Jesus was a master storyteller. His insistence of using parables instead of just teaching has given preachers fodder for their sermons for two millennium. Oftentimes you can hear the same parable preached with differing action points pulled out. Parables allow for this because they leave the moral open for discussion. However there are some parables that get the same action points preached so often that we may miss what else Jesus was trying to communicate. I believe this has happened with the parable of the sower (Luke 8:1-15). This most often is taught that the…
  • Why We Don’t Let People Get Too Close

    Kevin Shorter
    14 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    image courtesy of Joanne Mara Peter Told Jesus to Leave Him When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” – Luke 5:8 Today as I was reading I was stopped at this passage. Jesus is cool to hang around when he is telling inspirational messages and doing amazing things, but when He starts taking a personal interest in us, we get nervous. Peter didn’t mind letting Jesus in the boat, it made him feel important. He didn’t like the extra work throwing the nets in again, but he guessed that was a small price to pay to…
  • The Importance of Believing in Yourself

    Kevin Shorter
    7 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    We Don’t Really Believe What God Says About Us I have led men’s groups for several years. One thing I have noticed with these men and myself is that we have a hard believing what God says about us. We may want proof, or we may have been conditioned to believe the opposite. Either way the good things God says about us are slow coming out of us because we simple don’t believe they are true. Now I know this is not just a man issue. I can already see it in my daughter who is only nine. As soon as we start a new subject in math, she starts declaring how hard math is and how she…
  • The Importance of Being You

    Kevin Shorter
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    The Importance of Knowing Who You Are The Gospel of Mark spends a significant amount of time focused on who people thought Jesus was. You have God declaring Jesus was His Son at the baptism by John and the Mount of Transfiguration (Mark 1:11 & Mark 9:7). Jesus is constantly telling the demons to be quiet about identifying who He was (Mark 1:24-25 & Mark 3:11-12). Pharisees couldn’t figure Him out (Mark 3:22). Others thought He was either Elijah or John the Baptist raised from the dead (Mark 8:28). The disciples were not even sure who He was (Mark 4:41). Finally Jesus…
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  • New book details the horrific account of the first Christian genocide of the 20th century

    Gina Adams
    5 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Author draws a definitive parallel to today’s persecution of Christians in the Middle East The current persecution of Christians in the Mideast has its echo in the religious cleansing that swept Asia Minor early in the last century. Over the course of ten years beginning in 1912, three million Christians were slaughtered. It was the first genocide of the 20th century.  Smyrna was a majority-Christian city inside the mostly Islamic Ottoman Empire, and its destruction was the final episode of the genocide. A small-town minister whose faith in God gave him the strength to save hundreds of…
  • Six-time Grammy winners hit #1 on Billboard Sales Chart

    Gina Adams
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    The six-time Grammy award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s new CD entitled PRAY has hit the #1 spot on Billboard Magazine’s Gospel Albums Sales Chart this week.  PRAY previously debuted at #1 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel albums chart, and has already produced two music videos for the title song as well as the worship tune “At The Cross.”  Choir director Carol Cymbala believes church choirs are still an essential part of corporate worship.  “I really believe that it's very important in the church today, if we are going to have a choir, that the people in the choir…
  • Award-winning vocalist hopes new music project will help curb biblical illiteracy

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

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

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

    Sean
    12 May 2015 | 11:49 pm
    When you see the gleam in her eyes for the first time The charm in her voice The grace of her smile When you see how she moves and whispers You are captivated When you see the kindness she shows to people you usually don’t Or how she thinks of others to the point of losing herself The love she gives to the world And her desire to live and nurture You are captivated When you hear her say “I do” the moment she gave herself to you The beginning of forever The start of a journey When you hold her in your arms as if it was for the first time You are captivated When you see her go…
  • Division of Churches and Gray Areas

    Sean
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:14 am
    I’m going to get lots of opinions publishing this post. However I’d be less of a man if I say that I don’t have my own. I’m saddened by recent news with what’s happening to a local church I used to attend when I was younger. Who I am and why I’m Writing this I write this not as a critic, skeptic or even someone who has know-hows and whatnots in church building. I write this as a sinner in constant need of grace and salvation. I write this as a man who knows only that I have a relationship with Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I have never been in a seminary,…
  • How you are Tempted by the Devil – The Parts and Strategy of Temptation

    Sean
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:25 pm
    If you look very closely to how Satan tried to tempt Jesus in his forty days and forty nights fast in the wilderness, you will find a fascinating way that Satan tries to tempt people. Temptation doesn’t root in action – it roots in identity and desire. “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” – Matthew 4:1 “After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.” – Matthew 4:2 Here we see and know that by this point, Jesus had a burning physical desire to satisfy his hunger. The tempter came to him and…
  • The Struggles of a Christian Entrepreneur

    Sean
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:06 pm
    It’s been four years since I started doing business in the Internet marketing industry. I deal with SEO and offer my services to clients around the globe. It isn’t easy. In fact most people think it’s hard. It isn’t hard, really. It is impossible. Webmaster’s Note: It’s been a while since I wrote consistently in the God and You blog. That’s because I’ve been lost in what to really write. My passion is about business and personal growth recently and I thought it may not be a good fit for the God and You blog – until this post. God-willing,…
  • Living Life Beyond Memories

    Sean
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    Today wasn’t really super special. I did a talk in Batangas for the Batangas Information Technology Society (BITS). Then tuned in to a song I’ve been listening to on the long drive home. Glen Campbell’s final ballad for his wife before he succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease, “I’m not Gonna Miss you.” I love my wife very much. We’ve been married for almost a year now and I must say that I never expected married life to be this good. Especially with all the jokes about it out there. Apple has made my life so much better and has made me a far better…
 
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  • Orphan Care Spotlight: Income Generation…..Church-run Businesses are On the Move!

    Kathy
    26 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    Income Generation is our Orphan Care Spotlight in May and June Income generation is woven into the fabric of Forgotten Voices. It is a focal point of our investment in the long-term sustainability of our church partners. Our goal is for every church partner to eventually have full ownership in funding their own ministry initiatives to orphans and vulnerable children, independent of outside aid. While this is a shared goal, it has consistently been expressed first by our African partners pro-actively seeking ways to sustain their ministries into the future. Forgotten Voices makes income…
  • On the move. . .Ryan off to Zimbabwe & Malawi

    Ryan
    18 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    This morning, one of the verses in my devotions was just a perfect way to begin the journey: “The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?” Today, I am off to Zimbabwe, then on to Malawi for the week. You can follow the trip here and on twitter at: http://twitter.com/ryanmkeith. I am most excited about seeing God at work and sharing that with all of you. It is remarkable to me how He is on the move, penetrating light and hope through the darkest valleys. It is always a sacred honor to see His love at work. Over the next 2 weeks, we will be…
  • Work of the Heart – Caregivers on the Move

    Kathy
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:46 am
    Income Generation is our Orphan Care Spotlight for May and June.  “Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart.” ~ Colossians 3:23 (New International Version) Caregivers are stewards of the people and God-graced abilities placed before them. The variations are as rich and unique as the fingerprints each of us bear. A loving mother of young children is well-acquainted with her responsibilities and daily routines to nurture her children: meal preparation, feeding, toileting, diaper changing, storytelling, games, questions inviting conversation, soothing, mending hurts, laundry,…
  • We are expanding into Malawi… on the move!

    Ryan
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
    We are on the move, striving to equip more churches to care for more children than ever. This is part 2 of a short series of reflections on this theme. Yesterday, I wrote on Zimbabwe and why we continue to invest there, despite the many challenges. WE ARE EXPANDING INTO MALAWI. I am excited to announce that we are on to Malawi, with hopes to expand our operation there as early as June 2015. Remmy and I will travel there again in May, after our time in Zimbabwe. This is the result of years of prayer, research, and conversations, under the leadership of our Board of Directors. On this…
  • On Zimbabwe… Setting suns and rising hope

    Ryan
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    We are on the move, striving to equip more churches to care for more children than ever. This is part 1 of a series of reflections on this theme. It seemed fitting to begin where we started: in Zimbabwe. We began partnering with 5 new churches in Fall 2014. Note that ALL photos in this post are from our talented friend, Krista Guenin. In May, I’ll be in Zimbabwe again… my 2nd home. I haven’t been since September last year, which may not seem very long to you, but to me it seems like an eternity. Since I was last there, we’ve partnered with 5 new churches and hope to…
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  • 3 Artistic Practices to Stay Irrelevant

    Scott Laumann
    27 May 2015 | 3:17 pm
    It’s one o’clock in the afternoon and I am pouring yellow sand into the cracks of a weathered log. The granules dance and settle into the meandering patterns across the wood surface. I’m transfixed. I look at the log for 30 minutes. Or more. I don’t really know. It’s quiet. I begin to think about searching for new ligneous shapes to study the traces of wear formed on them through years of exposure. I have an idea for a new series of drawings, some photos. This feels right. And then a voice interrupts this proceeding like an uninvited guest, “What the hell are you doing? Is this…
  • The Definition of an Open Heart

    Sophfronia Scott
    22 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Every day my 10-year-old son brings home a vocabulary word we’re supposed to discuss over dinner for his homework. They are called “Dinner Plate Words” and after we talk about it he writes out two sentences using the word. Recently his word was “vulnerable.” He read a definition out loud: “A state of weakness; open to attack.” He composed the sentences fairly quickly. I recall one said, “The mouse was vulnerable after the cat attacked it.” His next sentence also mentioned an attack or some other kind of struggle. I wanted to tell him there is another way to be vulnerable,…
  • Hector’s Story: Why I Teach Poetry in College Composition

    Jae Newman
    14 May 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Recently I listened to a Krista Tippet interview of Father Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest who has worked to develop and foster community for youth who find themselves growing up in gang cultures in Los Angeles. In the interview, Boyle recounts his experiences of teaching many young men to see themselves anew and how their relationships often spark, in him, a feeling of gratitude towards what these young men teach him. Does this resonate for you? Many of my greatest and most profound teachers are people who never knew they were teaching anyone. Sometimes when I tell people what I do for a…
  • Finding Place

    Jeremy Jones
    12 May 2015 | 3:21 pm
    I was fascinated by Scott Laumann’s recent post about space and place and American identity. I think a lot about place, write a lot about place. In fact, I’ve just moved back to my native mountains after a decade’s absence, and daily I make the commute to my university, winding through the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains where my family settled some 220 years ago. My people have been a people of place, mostly a Scots-Irish lot who left Ulster and took up in these hazy mountains for good. Lately, I’ve been wondering if my return here was predestined all along—those Scots-Irish…
  • On Suffering and Steadiness

    Judith Deem Dupree
    8 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    I live in the southwest, or, more particularly, the far southwest corner of this great, rugged-ragged hunk of earth―where it ends in an endless seascape. It―San Diego County―is an unordinary panorama, with its potpourri of terrains and neighborhoods and breathtaking shorelines. Further inland, beyond the continuous clots of habitation, a long, slow rise unfolds―undulating hills and creviced valleys peppered with flocks of live oak and manzanita, strewn with sage, the “heather” of our terrain. And yes, this nearly-uni-season haven―daydream of many an east coast…
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  • Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Chaplains in Texas Following Historic Floods

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    27 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Chaplains Deploying to Provide Emotional and Spiritual Care After Deadly Blanco River Flooding CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 27, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are on the ground in San Marcos, Texas, to provide emotional and spiritual care following the devastating and deadly floods that have caused widespread destruction throughout the area. From there, the chaplains will help bring assistance to nearby Wimberley and other areas affected by the overflow from the Blanco River, which – according to news reports – crested at more…
  • Global Hope Network International Has a Plan to Help Nepal Rebuild, and it Won’t Cost Billions in Western Aid

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    26 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Government leaders in Nepal have asked Global Hope Network International (GHNI), an experienced non-governmental organization already working in that country, to provide relief and to help the hardest-hit villages begin moving toward rehabilitation and sustainability. The organization is acting quickly to meet immediate needs of earthquake survivors. It also has a long-term plan to help the people of Nepal; one that doesn’t require billions in Western aid. “We believe it’s possible to bring not only much-needed relief…
  • Nonprofit Helps Victims of Clergy Abuse

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    23 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    BEDFORD, Iowa, May 22, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Clergy sexual abuse. It should be an oxymoron, but we all know it isn’t. Can anyone do anything about it? There is one group who for 13 years has been steadily moving to the forefront on the issue by helping victims heal, raising awareness among church leaders and organizations, and teaching prevention and recovery to anyone who will listen. Thousands worldwide are taking note—and recovering. The Hope of Survivors is exactly what their name conveys. Pastor Steve and Samantha Nelson founded the organization as a result of their…
  • Former Slave Goes on Hunger Strike for South Sudan

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    21 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    “The situation in South Sudan is heartbreaking, and such a horrible waste.” — Faith J. H. McDonnell, IRD Religious Liberty Program Director WASHINGTON, May 20, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — A South Sudanese activist and former slave is calling on President Obama to act quickly to stop the destruction of the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan. The country has been riven by ongoing conflict since December 2013, instigated by a coup attempt against the government by the former Vice President of the country. Simon Deng, who is from the Shilluk ethnic group and is a…
  • HBU Announces Archie W. Dunham College of Business

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    19 May 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Houston Baptist University announced it has received a $15 million gift from well-known Christian business executive Archie W. Dunham and his wife Linda. The gift represents the largest single gift in the University’s history and will fund scholarships, provide assistance for the Dunham Bible Museum, and result in the naming of the school of business. HBU President Robert B. Sloan, Jr., announced the naming of the Archie W. Dunham College of Business. “We have long been blessed at HBU to be able to point our students to Archie and Linda Dunham as examples of the transforming power…
 
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  • Life in Love Means No More FEAR

    Ashley S. Reid
    4 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    1 John 4:17-19 The Message (MSG)To Love, to Be Loved17-18 God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.19 We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now…
  • It'sTime to Grow Up - Let's Get Real About Purpose

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

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

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

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

    Steve Fuller
    20 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Spurgeon on God’s Promises For the past few weeks I have been reading Charles Spurgeon’s According to Promise: or the Method of the Lord’s Dealings with His Chosen. This has been timely, as God has used this book to strengthen my faith as we made the move to Abu Dhabi. Spurgeon’s teaching was so encouraging that I decided to share some quotes with you. I pray that these quotes will — remind you of the importance of God’s promises, encourage you to make regular use of God’s promises, and strengthen your faith in God’s promises. Quotes from the…
  • How to Help Your Small Group Become Missional

    Steve Fuller
    16 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Missional Vision Last night I met with an engineer to talk about the vision for our church plant. I shared our dream of being a church full of small groups in which, among other things, everyone was reaching out to lost friends, neighbors, and work associates with the gospel. His excitement about this vision stirred me so much that I thought I would share steps you can take to help your small group become more missional. But first — why be missional?  Four reasons — 1. Because Jesus commands us And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has…
  • Be Captured by Christ’s Love (“Jesus, the Son of God”)

    Steve Fuller
    9 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    A Heart-Capturing Love That’s what Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 — For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. The Greek word “controls” means that Christ’s love “holds [Paul] fast as the controlling factor in his life” (David Garland, 2 Corinthians (1999), p. 277). In other words, Paul has been so overwhelmed by the beauty of…
  • Promises Which Comfort Me in a New Country

    Steve Fuller
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    New Country We are thrilled to be in Abu Dhabi. The people are friendly, the food is amazing, the skyline is spectacular, and the gulf waters are beautiful. And we have been warmly welcomed and loved and helped in countless ways by our new friends. But in spite of all that, there is uncertainty and lack of familiarity — what’s a kilogram, and how many kilograms of deli meat should we buy? where will we live? what kind of car should we buy? what’s 23 dirhams in dollars? what’s the best way to call my parents? what will this new church plant look like? Flaming Darts As…
  • In 2 Corinthians 3:18 Are We “Reflecting” or “Beholding” the Glory of the Lord?

    Steve Fuller
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    A Crucial Verse I believe 2 Corinthians 3:18 is a crucial verse for understanding how the Gospel transforms us.  But there are two very different ways to translate this verse. Here is how the NIV translates it (note the word in italics) – And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory. According to the NIV Paul is not explaining how we are transformed.  He is simply saying that saved people reflect the Lord’s glory to others, and at the same time are being transformed into his likeness. But the…
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  • I’m going to get picky here

    Rey Lo
    20 May 2015 | 10:29 pm
    One of the things I really like about reading Donald Miller’s books is I sort of feel as though I’ve experienced him growing up. In his latest work “Scary Close” I’m struck by how he talks about how messed up he was when he wrote his previous books. His writing has always connected with me in a … Continue reading →
  • What My Past is Teaching Me About My Future

    Rey Lo
    13 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    As a third grader at St. Benedict’s Catholic School on the east side of San Antonio, I was short, pudgy, and not particularly athletic. I was the kid that was always picked last in PE. I don’t have a lot of clear memories from that time of my life. Mostly brief images, faces, passings moments … Continue reading →
  • Don’t hate

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

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

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

  • Mark 1:21-28 Jesus Teaches in the Synagogue, Casts Out a Demon

    Daniel
    28 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    Jesus teaches in the Synagogue (1:21-22) A demon confronts Christ (1:23-24) Jesus casts out the demon (1:25-26) The people are amazed, word of Jesus spreads (1:27-28) Exegesis Capernaum was a fishing village on the Sea of Galilee and home to Peter. It would serve as the base for the ministry of Jesus. The Synagogue was… Continue reading Mark 1:21-28 Jesus Teaches in the Synagogue, Casts Out a Demon
  • Mark 1:14-20 Jesus begins his Ministry and Calls his First Disciples

    Daniel
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    The Arrest of John the Baptist (1:14) Jesus begins his Ministry (1:14-15) Jesus calls Simon and Andrew (1:16-18) Jesus calls John and James (1:19-20) Exegesis Up until this point, Mark testified that three things occurred prior to Jesus beginning his ministry:  The appearance and prophecy of John the Baptist (Mark 1:1-8), the baptism of Jesus… Continue reading Mark 1:14-20 Jesus begins his Ministry and Calls his First Disciples
  • Mark 1:9-13 The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus

    Daniel
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    Jesus comes to John for baptism (1:9) The descent of the Holy Spirit (1:10) The approval of the Father (1:11) The Spirit send Jesus to the wilderness (1:12) Jesus is tempted (1:13) Exegesis Jesus approached John during the pinnacle of John’s ministry, as John had fulfilled his prophetic duty in preparing the way for Jesus.… Continue reading Mark 1:9-13 The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
  • Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist

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

    Daniel
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    The Gospel of Mark is attributed to Mark, also known as John Mark. We say attributed because the all of the gospels were written anonymously– the authors did not identify themselves; at least not explicitly.  Mark was always believed to be the author of this Gospel, and there are few, if any challenges to this… Continue reading Background on the Gospel of Mark
 
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    preaching.org » Blog Comments

  • A Well Turned Phrase

    Kenton Anderson
    14 May 2015 | 7:20 pm
    A word fitly spoken offers more than meets the ear. In my efforts to encourage an accessible and compelling conversational style in preaching, I sometimes fear that I have not given adequate consideration to the value of a well turned … Continue reading →
  • The Reprise

    Kenton Anderson
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:55 pm
    One very effective approach to preaching is what I call the “reprise.” This is where we introduce some piece of distinctive material early in the sermon while bringing it back later for a deepened and renewed consideration. It is this … Continue reading →
  • Half as Much is Twice as Good

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

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

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

  • ?Happy? Memorial Day

    Tori Shaw
    25 May 2015 | 8:34 pm
    My little family loves days when we can all just be together. Memorial Day is one of those days! We spent the morning fishing at Oak Hollow Lake. It was Evan's first time fishing and he really... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Now you see it, now you don't!

    Tori Shaw
    22 May 2015 | 8:08 pm
    When we moved into this house and had our alarm system installed, the technician put the key pad right in the middle of a wall in our living room. I was busy talking with the painters when he did it... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Take me out to the ballgame!

    Tori Shaw
    21 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
     The past couple weeks have been full of baseball practices and baseball games for our little guys.  We've headed to the baseball field four times per week for the past month. The boys have really... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Scrapbooking day!

    Tori Shaw
    16 May 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Scrapbooking has been one of my favorite hobbies since the summer before Bryan and I got married. My very first scrapbook was one that included all of our wedding showers and parties and rehearsal... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Our Little Oasis

    Tori Shaw
    15 May 2015 | 8:07 pm
    When Bryan and I were looking for houses (over a year ago now, I can't believe that!) we paid close attention to the back yard. We didn't have much of yard in our old house so this time, it was... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
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    Latest content from FaithVillage

  • Try WordLens Translation App for Mission Trips

    28 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    by Bill Reichart with Ministry Best Practices If you are in ministry, you perhaps travel - perhaps on mission trips and other ministry endeavors. I do travel a lot, and one of the apps that I have grown to love, appreciate and depend upon is WordLens. WordLens allows you to translate the written word through the use of your camera, in real time without an internet connection, and it's free! Listen to Lifehacker describe it: WordLens is the brainchild of the folks at Quest Visual, recently acquired by Google, so expect to see some of its features rolled into Google Translate any time now.
  • 10 Leadership Tips from the Millennial Generation

    28 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    by John Weirick with Newspring Church for Catalyst As a generation known for a lack of long-term commitments, millenials are poor poster children for proven work and leadership. However, the tide is turning in churches and culture, with more young adults stepping into the forefront of businesses, arts, ministries, and more. Those of us identified as Millennials, between the ages of 20 and 35, should just admit the stereotypes are true for good reason. We like doing what we want, avoiding responsibility and hard work, and saving money by living with our parents long after we attain a college…
  • What Makes It A 'Christian' Film?

    28 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    by Dave Schroeder with DavidSchroeder.com Recently, I watched the movie Calvary (2014), which was one of the most powerful representations of the gospel I’ve ever seen on film. I don’t want to ruin the movie but go see it but see it with caution. Often truth in a movie like Calvary can hit us like a two by four. It is also R-rated and deals with some of the most serious issues in life. Like I would do with any good film, I shared my enthusiasm with a few people and the first question was typically, “Well, is it a Christian film?” I knew this question was coming and I…
  • Differentiating Mourning from Wallowing in Depression-Anxiety

    28 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    by Brad Hambrick with BradHambrick.com There are many things that unhealthy wallowing and healthy mourning have in common. It can be easier to confuse one from the other than many people think. The person who thinks he is “working through” his pain may be wallowing in self-pity. Those who try to rouse their friend out of self-pity may be rushing them through legitimate mourning. Unfortunately, there is no emotional litmus test to verify the difference in these two experiences. However, we can (a) clarify what wallowing and mourning share in common, so we are less prone to assume…
  • The 3 Sites I Use to Find Music for Videos

    28 May 2015 | 3:50 pm
    by Brady Shearer with Pro Church Tools Star Wars. The Lord of the Rings. Home Alone. And most recently, Guardians of the Galaxy. Each of these films are outstanding. I wasn’t even born when Home Alone premiered, but 24 years later, it still holds up. And while Macaulay Culkin’s penchant for mischief and Joe Pesci’s inability to curse are two of the more enjoyable elements of Home Alone, the soundtrack is what truly holds the film together. From beginning to end, the soundtrack of Home Alone — and the soundtrack of each the aforementioned films — provide the…
 
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    Global Church

  • A Growing Discipleship Ministry for Children

    Craig
    21 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    In collaboration with church leaders in over a dozen African nations, we have adapted Children at Risk resources for local churches under a new name, Life on Life Discipleship for Children. The relational model of Life on Life equips caring adults to serve vulnerable children. Their relationships flourish in connection with their local church. In that context, learning resources cultivate three strands of discipleship—spiritual formation, character development, and life skills—to strengthen the whole child. As the Scripture says, “A cord of three stands is not quickly broken” (Ecc.
  • A Spiritual Remedy for the Effects of Ebola

    Craig
    6 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last fall as the Ebola virus continued to spread in West Africa, mission-minded donors received word of an urgent global initiative to deliver The Story of Jesus to churches in Ghana. The churches had already come together in 2013 to envision a national evangelism effort. They selected the illustrated story as an ideal resource to reach children and their families. Then Ebola raised the stakes. The donors’ response was swift and generous. Because of the initiative, 5.3 million copies of The Story of Jesus were printed and delivered to Ghana by spring 2015—all for about sixteen cents per…
  • Pray for Nepal

    Craig
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    I’m sure by now you are aware of the terrible earthquake and following devastation that happened in Nepal this past weekend. Praise be to God that our friends and partners in ministry are safe. However, there are still many pastors, many of whom have received the SD chips and the Story of Jesus who are missing along with their families. Here is an email we received on Monday from one of our partners in Nepal:  Greetings from Nepal! By God’s grace we are ok but still we are staying outside in the tent because there are several small earthquakes that are frequently coming even today.
  • Answers Amidst Suffering

    Craig
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    The Ebola crisis in West Africa may have already orphaned an estimated 10,000 children, leaving many mission and humanitarian organizations feeling almost helpless in its wake. But last fall, Dr. Lyn Westman and Mercy Ships joined in collaboration with David C Cook to create lessons for Helping Young People Deal With the Ebola Crisis. The curriculum guides orphaned children toward emotional recovery from the trauma and suffering of losing a loved one. The Emotional Toll of Ebola Though everyone reacts to loss and tragedy in different ways, there’s a natural pull into community during…
  • The Action Bible in Iran

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

  • Faith Builders (On Your Heart Tuesdays)

    Pamela Rose Williams
    26 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    I am pausing on the path to tell you what’s on my heart. I’ve been thinking lots about the fruit of the Spirit and today I am reminded of “faith”. I am forever in awe of how God provides for us day by day as we have taken a step of faith to serve Him in full time ministry. We have been doing this since 2001 and we been so blessed by His provision it just really blows my mind.  Let me give you some examples so that you can see how faithful God has been and continues to be. In our first church we had two kids still at home with us and we lived in the parsonage (which…
  • Ingredient Substitution List for Cooking

    Pamela Rose Williams
    25 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    Often times I get to cooking and find that I have run out of an ingredient. Well, rather than scratch the whole project, I will refer to my Cooking Ingredient Substitution List and have found that it is next to impossible to tell that something was changed. Take a look at what I find works: • 1 teaspoon baking powder = ¼ teaspoon baking soda plus ½ cup buttermilk or ¼ teaspoon baking soda plus 5/8 teaspoon cream of tartar • 1 cup sifted cake flour = 7/8 cup sifted all-purpose flour or 1 cup all-purpose flour minus 1-2 tablespoons • 1 cup self-rising flour = 1 cup sifted all-purpose…
  • Chicken Squares for a Picnic

    Pamela Rose Williams
    22 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    This recipe reminds me of my childhood days when my big sister used to take us (me and my other 3 sisters) on picnics. We would enjoy some of the greatest parks in the country  around the Emerald Necklace in Ohio. I think she probably clipped this one out of the newspaper or something — even so, these chicken squares are yum, yum, yummy. I love you Nancy and I have such fond memories of all the time you spent with your little sisters. Preheat Oven to 350 This is a great idea for something different for a summer picnic.  Make some chicken squares and surprise your friends with a yummy,…
  • Coming Soon – American Sniper Review & Giveaway

    Pamela Rose Williams
    21 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    A couple days ago the American Sniper movie was released on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD. With that release Warner Brothers announced that they will donate a portion of the proceeds across physical and digital sales to Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). One dollar of each purchase will be donated up to $1,000,000 from April 21, 2015 through December 31, 2015, void in Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi and South Carolina. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.com. Look for my review of the movie as well as a #Giveaway in the next few days.
  • Promises Promises

    Pamela Rose Williams
    19 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    Moleskine at Sea by StarbuckGuy@Flickr Peter opens his second letter with great news, that we have been given “exceeding great and precious promises”. 2 Peter 1:2-4 ( KJV ) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption…
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • What About Plowing In Short-Term Missions Trips?

    Miguel
    7 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    If we’re honest, much of short-term missions is about harvesting. The unsettled urgency to ‘win souls,’ and the expenditures towards that end drive the reaping, plucking, and gathering of ‘fruit.’ In many cases that fruit is considered to be the canny but hesitant confessions of unripened and uncultivated hearts, or the hastily repeated prayers ofRead More(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)
  • When White Chocolate Missional “Sent-ness” Becomes a Yoke Not of Jesus’ Making.

    Miguel
    5 May 2015 | 12:17 pm
    At the outset, and with all the transparency I can muster, I admit that I believe every believer is sent. What does that mean to me? It means I believe that deep within the Image of God DNA that we as believers have inherited, is the impulse for movement and mission from where we are,Read More(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)
  • How exactly, are we supposed to be ‘led by the Spirit’ in Missions?

    Miguel
    1 May 2015 | 2:38 pm
    The idea of ‘being ‘led by the Spirit,’ is often touted and dropped in cliche-esque fashion into Christian conversations. It’s use by others (“You need to be led by the Spirit”), tries to invoke an “ah ha” moment, as if by saying it, the receiver says, “Oh yes, that’s it, that’s the key to everything, ‘being led byRead More(Visited 143 times, 2 visits today)
  • 12 Self-Reflective Questions To Know Whether or Not You Have Caused Others To Sin or Stumble.

    Miguel
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:33 pm
    “We don’t cause people to sin or stumble, people choose to sin or stumble all on their own.” Ever heard that, or something like it? Is there any truth in that? Before answering, consider these: We can be an agent of temptation. – “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the oneRead More(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)
  • Is Making Disciples ‘The Mission?’

    Miguel
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    What is God’s mission? Perhaps, and for now, it’s the reconciliation of all things. (Colossians 1:20) What is humankind’s mission? That’s where it gets a little sticky. With the renewed fervor in Making Disciples, many are saying that ‘Making Disciples is the mission.’ I’m sure you’ve heard that as well. Let’s repeat that to makeRead More(Visited 101 times, 1 visits today)
 
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    Before The Cross

  • How To Resist Temptation

    Mike Mobley
    28 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    Temptation is difficult, ugly, and deceitful. However, Scripture gives us great encouragement when it comes to temptation and our response as followers of Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. This is awesome news to us! Think about it, the Bible states that all temptations we face each and every day is common to man. All men and women face temptation every day and we…
  • Fruit of The Spirit: Love

    Chris Howard
    26 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    My wife was watching HGTV the other night (which is guy code for “Yes, I watched it with her”). Through a few episodes of House Hunters, a show where a person or a couple tours 3 prospective homes with a realtor, I couldn’t help noticing the abuse of the word “love”. The people looking at the homes loved backsplashes. They loved crown molding. They loved the size of bedrooms and bathrooms and bathtubs. They loved lot-sizes and breakfast nooks and granite countertops. They loved man-caves and mom-caves and mudrooms. Word Abuse It reminded me the word love is overused. It will be…
  • How To Have Intimacy With God

    Mike Mobley
    20 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    We struggle sometimes with the notion that we can have an intimate relationship with God. Maybe it’s because He is the creator of the universe…so why or how could He be intimate with us? Maybe it’s because we don’t spend enough time with Him to have an intimate relationship? Maybe it’s just because we don’t trust Him at the end of the day to really be the priority in our lives? Regardless of the reason, the Bible makes it a fact that God is intimate, personal, and more loving towards us than anyone else. If we remind ourselves of the Gospel each…
  • Scripture on Encouragement

    Mike Mobley
    18 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    Encouragement is something that I think is underestimated most of the time. It seems to be something we can all agree is a “good thing,” but we don’t often make a practice of it. In the life of the Christian, someone who follows Jesus, why is encouragement so important? When we encourage others, we’re placing our confidence in what Jesus has done. Out of an overflow being forgiven and made righteous through Christ, we are able to truly encourage and build one another up to love and good works because the war is already over. In any battle or circumstance we find…
  • How Can I Know I Am Saved?

    Mike Mobley
    14 May 2015 | 7:54 am
    I never really grew up in the Church. Yes, I technically was an alter boy and was in the Catholic Church off and on, but I seemed to miss out on a lot of things that I’ve learned over time was “just the way it was” back in the day in the Church. Things like a Gospel glove, Sandi Patty, and rededication. No offense to those who’ve used a Gospel glove or who have jammed out to Sandi Patti…those are great conversations for another day, but for this one, let’s talk about the rededication part. There are a lot of people walking around confused or not sure of…
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    Barbie Swihart

  • Introducing…Monday Morning Chit Chat

    Barbie
    27 May 2015 | 10:19 pm
    As I continue to navigate through a long season of “now words”, I’ve been desiring to lighten things up here a bit, not that I’m always that deep. But I want to share more of my random, fun and personal side. I have some other things coming up in the Fall, but for now, I want to introduce you to a little something that I hope will be fun for you to read. Introducing… This will be a simple post in a more chatty format. It may or may not have anything to do with my spiritual side, but will be more on the personal side of my life. I am giving you, my beautiful reading…
  • I’ve Learned That… // Tuesday @ 10

    Barbie
    26 May 2015 | 10:31 pm
    I’ve heard it said that there are hard lessons to be learned in battle. I’ve heard it said that only some things grow in the wilderness. I’ve heard it said, “no pain, no gain”. Are you going through a hard time? Are you walking through a valley season where there seems to be no end in sight? Are you growing tired and weary on the journey? I know am. But, If I take time to examine my heart, I will see lessons learned amidst hardship. @BarbieSwihartTweet This. I’ve learned that God truly is my Provider. He feeds the Sparrows, and He takes care of my needs. He…
  • Awaken Our Hearts To Fully Live // The Weekend Brew

    Barbie
    22 May 2015 | 7:44 pm
    When you feel as if you have nothing left to give, but you surrender your weakness to the Lord, despite your feelings or your circumstances, God will always bless and He will always speak. I am continually amazed that when I come before the Lord to paint during worship, but feel empty and far from Him, those are the times when I paint the most profound pieces. God reminds me that although I may feel empty, there is abundance to be found in His presence. God awakens my empty heart to His abundance. @BarbieSwihart #TheWeekendBrewTweet This I painted this piece about two weeks ago during…
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    Interpulpit

  • OUR Authority in Christ

    Rick
    9 May 2015 | 8:12 am
      Everybody loves to cheer for the underdog! It’s not enough to go the distance; audiences must see Rocky win—again and again. Has there ever been a greater underdog than a dead person? And yet Jesus rose from the dead and triumphed over all the natural odds. But Jesus was NEVER the underdog. He was the One with authority, and was even authority itself! Death never had a chance of keeping Him. On the other hand, all Christian believers were the underdog. We were in a lost condition, children of wrath, and without God in this world. Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus…
  • More Authority in Christ

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

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

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

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

  • Why the “Big Drop in Share of Americans Calling Themselves Christian” Isn’t Our Problem

    Tim Suttle
    14 May 2015 | 4:38 am
    The New York Times reported earlier this week on the sharp decline in the number of Americans who self-identify as Christians. I’m guessing Christians will likely blame this on shifting cultural values or some other outside phenomenon. As for my take, I think the church should probably be able to manage faithfulness with or without cultural approval. [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional: Frederick Buechner, and Listening to Your Life

    Tim Suttle
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    I confess that a friend of mine just picked up Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner, and sent me a pic that reminded me of this great little devotional book. I’m grateful for the reminder. There were a couple of years in the late 90s, while I was traveling with Satellite Soul, that this [Read More...]
  • Nazarene Controversy Highlighted in The Daily Beast: Here’s My Take…

    Tim Suttle
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    I’m just going to give you my take on this, then link back to the article… Karl W. Giberson is serious scholar, and a former faculty member at Eastern Nazarene College. Giberson says Oord is the victim of a fundamentalists witch hunt. He says, “The controversy at NNU is one battle in the long war [Read More...]
  • Earthday: Why Christians are so Bad on the Environment

    Tim Suttle
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    Do you know what scientists commonly call ecological studies? Dissipation studies: Terrestrial field dissipation studies, soil dissipation studies, habitat dissipation studies, natural resource dissipation studies, petroleum, forest, reef, fisheries dissipation studies… The Catholic theologian Ronald Rolheiser says that to be human is to live with an excess of desire. “Desire is always stronger than satisfaction,” [Read More...]
  • New Shrink Video Releases Today: A Creative Introduction

    Tim Suttle
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:46 am
    Author readings are all over youtube.com, but I’ve never seen an author take any care with the medium–make any kind of creative investment in them. I have long thought author reading videos could have value beyond their use as a promotional tool. They could exist as a creative way to experience the author’s voice first [Read More...]
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • Relics – 17 – Virgin Mary, St Anthony, St Gallo, St Mary Magdalene

    MBA
    23 May 2015 | 2:17 am
    Above is a multi-reliquary showing a fragment from the veil (ex velo) of the Blessed Virgin Mary and bone fragments (ex ossibus) of Saint Anthony of Padova, Saint Gallo the abbot and Saint Mary Magdalene. The fragment of the Virgin Mother’s veil shown above constitutes a second class, whereas the fragments of bone of Anthony, Gallo … Continue reading Relics – 17 – Virgin Mary, St Anthony, St Gallo, St Mary Magdalene →
  • Relics – 16 – St Anthony of Padova

    MBA
    17 May 2015 | 4:47 am
    Above is a reliquary showing a bone fragment (ex ossibus) of Saint Anthony of Padova, the famous silver-tongued preacher and Scripture expert. You can read more about Anthony here. The fragment shown above constitutes a first class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.Filed under: Relics, Saints Tagged: Relics, Saint Anthony, Saints
  • Relics – 15 – St Gabriel of the Addolorata

    MBA
    11 May 2015 | 12:38 am
    Above is a reliquary showing fragments from the body and the ashes (ex corpore et cineribus) of Saint Gabriel of the Addolorata, the flighty, rich, young man who left everything to follow his call and who died at the age of 24 years. You can read more about Gabriel here. The fragments shown above constitute a first class … Continue reading Relics – 15 – St Gabriel of the Addolorata →
  • Icon of God the Father in progress – 2

    MBA
    9 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    Filed under: God the Father, Iconography, Icons Tagged: Catholic Icons, Christianity, God, God the Father, Iconography, Icons, Religion and Spirituality
  • Icon of the Woman Clothed With the Sun featured

    MBA
    9 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    The panel icon of the Woman Clothed With the Sun (Rv 12:1) that I recently completed has just been featured in the Christian Theme Artwork, Catholic Art, and International Women Artists galleries at Fine Art America. This icon is now in the possession of an interfaith family in Malta.Filed under: Iconography, Icons, Mary Tagged: Blessed Mother, Catholic Icons, … Continue reading Icon of the Woman Clothed With the Sun featured →
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • On the Truth of God – 4

    MBA
    26 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    “From Jude, servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James; to those who are called, to those who are dear to God the Father and kept safe for Jesus Christ, mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. My dear friends, at a time when I was eagerly looking forward to writing to you about […]
  • On the Truth of God – 3

    MBA
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    “As it says in scripture: Anyone who is upright through faith will live. The retribution of God from heaven is being revealed against the ungodliness and injustice of human beings who in their injustice hold back the truth. For what can be known about God is perfectly plain to them, since God has made it plain to them: ever since the creation of the world, […]
  • On the Truth of God – 2

    MBA
    24 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    “Do you not realise that people who do evil will never inherit the kingdom of God? Make no mistake – the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, the self-indulgent, sodomites, thieves, misers, drunkards, slanderers and swindlers, none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. Some of you used to be of that kind: but you have […]
  • On the Truth of God – 1

    MBA
    24 May 2015 | 2:48 am
    “From Paul, an apostle appointed not by human beings nor through any human being, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead, and all the brothers who are with me, to the churches of Galatia. Grace and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ who gave himself for our sins to […]
  • What is the Will of God the Father? Response to a question

    MBA
    17 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    The question was asked, “What is the will of God the Father?” The brief answer is that the Will of God the Father is that all humanity returns to live in Him, for Him, in an eternity of reciprocal love, peace, joy and happiness. The Will of the Eternal Father is the Divine Will.Filed under: […]
 
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    ChristiansTT

  • By His Blood – The Rapture – We shall meet the Lord in the Air?

    Brook Potter
    28 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    “One of the main reasons, I suppose, why the obvious way of reading the Olivet Discourse has been ignored for so long must be the fact that in a good deal of Christian theology, the fall of Jerusalem has had no theological significance.” – NT Wright In one of my previous articles, I pointed to a number of things I came to learn about the subject of the End Times. I mentioned ten (10) major things I learned, that caused me to consider other interpretations of eschatology outside the realm of the pre-tribulation rapture By His Blood – The Rapture – We shall meet the Lord in…
  • Prayer for Victory in the Midst of Persecution

    Ranuka Ramesar
    20 May 2015 | 7:07 pm
    2 Timothy 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted… Father, today I come to you for strength. God, you said you are my shield. In your Word you said that you will be with me in the valley and on the mountaintops, that you would never leave me nor forsake me. God, the enemy is coming against me from all angles but I choose to stand on your promises and rest in the comfort of your Word. Deuteronomy 28:13  The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you Prayer for Victory in the Midst of Persecution
  • God Does Work in Mysterious Ways!

    Geevetha Mary Samuel
    18 May 2015 | 6:28 pm
    I would like to share with you something about my family and to let you know that God works in mysterious ways and through each one of His angels. My third son, Jonathan, is going to turn 19 soon, and is pursuing his Cambridge A Levels (the equivalent of College or first year university in the US). He intends to do a medical degree. A very smart boy who excels in everything, except chores at home! He is one who’s very actively involved with the church and school charity programmes, in the sense that he organizes visits to shelters and God Does Work in Mysterious Ways!
  • Under the Wings of the Lord

    Geevetha Mary Samuel
    13 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
    With all the recent tragedies involving air planes, especially with Malaysian Airlines, my heart leaps with joy when I reach home after work and find my oldest son’s car at home. He’s back home and it’s a wonderful feeling! Each time he leaves for work, I am filled with sadness and anxiety, sometimes even tears when I’m down, and we have a mutual agreement, that he sends me a message as he lands safely in his destination. It could be the wee hours in the morning but deep sleep comes only after I know my son has safely landed. Being Under the Wings of the Lord
  • Prayer for Healing from Hypertension

    Ria Lewis
    11 May 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Father, I humbly ask for healing from uncontrolled high blood pressure. Lord, I place my blood pressure under the subjection of Your authority. Blood pressure, return to a normal rate and stay there in the name of Jesus!! I ask, in Your Holy name, for a healthy relationship between the amounts of blood my heart pumps and the blood flow in my arteries. I come against heart attack and stroke caused by uncontrolled hypertension in the name of Jesus. I claim healing in name of Jesus. In John 10:10 it says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and Prayer for Healing from Hypertension
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    Christian Home and Family

  • How would you have me become a better father? – What one reader would ask God… - Christian Home and Family

    Carey
    27 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Carey How to be a good father… It’s not an easy question to answer. A while back I asked readers of this blog to answer this question: If you could get a direct answer from God about any question related to marriage, the family, and parenting – what would it be? I got some very good responses. One Dad asked, “How would You have me become a better father?” It’s a question worth asking. I hesitate to answer FOR God on any question, but I feel pretty safe offering these thoughts because they come directly from His word: First let me say that I don’t know…
  • I love God, you love God – but not enough - Christian Home and Family

    Carey
    21 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Carey I love God. I really do. In spite of how I fail. And in spite of how passages like this make me feel… I’m often the ornery one, truly loving God but not acting like it. If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. – John 14:23-24 Jesus’ words make sense. Love must be translated into action if it is going to be real in the real world. For God so loved, He gave... is…
  • Child discipline = raising their sights - Christian Home and Family

    Carey
    11 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Carey Child discipline wasn’t something I appreciated when I was a child But I knew it had to be done. Once, my Dad had told me I was going to get a spanking and then seemed to forget about it. My young soul was tormented. When was I going to get it? Days passed and I was in agony. Finally I went to my Dad and asked him for the spanking he’d promised.Tweet This He was befuddled and told me that I didn’t need it anymore. My older brother told me I was stupid. Maybe I was, but I couldn’t stand knowing that I was to receive discipline but not knowing when. Now that…
  • 10 things I learned from my mom – by Melinda Green – Happy Mother’s Day - Christian Home and Family

    Carey
    8 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Carey 10 Things I’m so Thankful I Learned from My Mom This is a post my oldest daughter wrote for the site a few years ago… and every Mother’s Day I have to pull it out again. It still brings tears to my eyes… #1 The Truth of My Identity in Christ Ever since I was little my mom has been teaching me about who I am because of Jesus and His work in me. I am a new creation. No matter how I fall short and mess up I know that I am pure and holy because of Christ. Because of this knowledge I can live life confident in God and who He is making me to be. When insecurities and…
  • Anchored to the family - Christian Home and Family

    Carey
    6 May 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Carey The anchor to my Dad’s boat always fascinated me. It was kind of heavy to a little kid like me, but it didn’t seem that big. It wasn’t all THAT impressive. But it could hold our boat relatively still in spite of wind and waves. That was what fascinated me. An anchor is a pretty functional and cool thing. Your family can be an anchor to your kids The way you teach them. The way you love them. The way you pray with them. The degree to which you are open, honest, and instructive about the way the world works… and how God thinks about it. The godly wisdom you…
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    Logos Bible Software Blog

  • 5 Free Apps To Simplify Your Life and Ministry

    Eric Vaniman
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If you’re a pastor, you lead a busy life. It’s hard to prepare for the next sermon, stay connected to your congregation, and maintain a balanced family life—all while trying to find time alone with God, to draw close to the one who’s called you to ministry. That’s where Faithlife mobile apps can make a difference. If you own a phone or tablet, there is a Faithlife-family mobile app for you. Made by the creators of Logos 6, each app can help simplify your life and ministry in its own unique way. Even better, they’re all free from the App Store or Google Play How Faithlife…
  • Learn to Use the Timeline in Logos 6

    Todd Bishop
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Bible covers a staggering sweep of history. From the rise and fall of kingdoms to the intimate turmoil of families in desperate plights, Scripture tells it all. But that breadth also poses a challenge—how in the world do we keep track of all those people, events, and places? When you branch into church history and theology, the problem only magnifies. It’s hard to remember who influenced whom, which theologian pioneered which doctrines, how schools of thought battled it out in the public arena, and which ideas came to define the worldview of their eras. With the Timeline in Logos 6,…
  • Get 3 N.T. Wright Books for $3

    Jonathan J. Watson
    27 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Time is running out to get May’s free book, PLUS two additional books at an exciting discount. This month, get The Lord and His Prayer by N.T. Wright for the unbeatable price of FREE! We’ve discussed the important insights this book provides as well as exciting ways to integrate it into your Bible study. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, you’re missing out! Did you know that when you get this month’s free book, you can add two other books by Wright for a fraction of their regular prices? Get two additional books for over 90% off! This month, we’re excited…
  • How Worldview Should Influence Biblical Interpretation

    Jake Mailhot
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    When we read something, that information is filtered through our own experiences and culture. This is no less true when we read the Bible. Our worldviews are important, but we rarely get a chance to see the Bible from another perspective. Because of language barrier and distance, we have limited access. Although it’s never appropriate to read something into the biblical text that isn’t there, unique cultural viewpoints can help draw out scriptural truth that might otherwise have been missed. The Transformative Word series is designed to help illuminate these diverse perspectives.
  • May Deals under $20

    Paul Kirby
    26 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    May is almost over—don’t miss great savings on more than 100 products, including commentaries, biblical and theological studies, preaching resources, and more. If you’re looking to build your library with some low-priced titles, check out these deals for under $20: The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians (32% off) In this introduction to one of the earliest Christian writings, Thomas O’Loughlin tells the Didache’s intriguing story, provides a fresh translation, and offers an illuminating commentary that highlights areas of special interest to Christians today. God’s…
 
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    Faithlife Women

  • Service: Love in Action

    Tayler Beede
    13 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing (Ephesians 2:10, NCV). The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea...
  • Choosing Grace Over Grudge

    Tayler Beede
    9 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I know it hurts. I know it seemed unfair. I know your heart aches and you don’t understand why they did what they did to you or said what they said. I know you may be finding it hard to […]
  • The Non-Bible-Thumper Guide to Sharing Your Testimony

    asheritahciuciu
    1 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    “Jesus sent [the man healed from demon possession] away, saying,“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much...
  • Dayenu: It Would Have Been Enough

    Tayler Beede
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It is the method to my step and the life to my spirit and it is not that God is good, but that God is still good. In 2000, when my brother was killed in an accident, one of our […]
  • God Doesn’t Have Blurred Lines

    pamfarrel
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Last year, a song about blurred lines hit the top of the pop and R&B charts selling 6-million in 29 weeks. It has a catchy tune, so people would play it in the backgrounds of their lives and hum...
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    Living in the Kingdom of God---Diana Symons

  • Comparing Yourself to Other People is Not Trusting God

    Diana Symons
    23 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    We always think that other people are more spiritual. God uses people like Daniel and Joseph, not us. But the truth is, God uses people like Daniel and Joseph AND us. Remember Jacob? Remember Gideon? God is not looking for perfect people, He’s looking for obedient and loving people. We lose so much by short changing ourselves. Our assumptions rob us of freedom and blessing. God wants you right now, just as you are. Do you have room to grow? Of course, but He loves who you are and all the gifts and talents He put in you. Use them. Enjoy them. We compare ourselves to other people, and…
  • Why I Love Home Churches Over Denominations

    Diana Symons
    17 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    We are way too concerned about what churches we belong to. We ask people what church they go to and we size them up, like we determine who we agree with based on their politics or fashion. Do we agree with that church’s teaching, type of worship, formality/informality? So we rate them. Some are awesome, and some are woefully misguided, according to us. I love home churches. I love the intimacy of the fellowship, the worship, and care. I belong to two different home churches. One was formed on purpose, and the other by accident. A few years ago, I had three different people ask to meet…
  • The Frustrations at Work Go Away When You Hear God

    Diana Symons
    16 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
    God is not the God of Sunday mornings, He is God of our lives. When we begin to live in the kingdom as we are called to, we get to enjoy the benefits of our relationship with the One who loves us best. He lives in us and He just happens to know everything. Learn to draw from that. Set aside the stress so you can hear God. I recently started a new job and have been stretched in areas totally new to me. At first, I was pretty stressed about it. I went home at night and had to vent my frustrations at not knowing the things I needed to know. But this made me realize something about myself that I…
  • Fear Is Evil, But You Can Be Free At Last

    Diana Symons
    3 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    Fear not, live in peace. Fear is evil. Call it stress, anxiety, worry — it’s still fear and one of the worst killers there is. Not only does it ruin your faith, it will kill your body. Stress kills and it’s so unnecessary. It is a very effective attack of the enemy, but there is an awesome offense against it. It’s called trust. God tells us over and over and over to fear not. He really is a good Father, and like a good Father, He loves His children with limitless love. Imagine a parent encouraging a toddler to walk. A loving parent will be right there with her to make…
  • It’s All About Love, Whether You Like It Or Not

    Diana Symons
    1 May 2015 | 7:41 pm
    It’s all about love. Full stop. It’s about you knowing how completely, and divinely loved you are, and how to love everyone. The first part gets you to the second part. Until you get how much God loves you, you’ll never really love others like you could, and should. Does that make you squirm a little? It did me, because I wasn’t a natural lover. I put people at arm’s length and smiled from a distance. But then I started reading the Bible like my life depended on it, because it does. I learned some things. Like:“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’…
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    Seedbed

  • Threshing Floor Podcast 039: Aldersgate and the Role of Salvation

    Seedbed
    28 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    In our first summer episode our guys talk about their favorite beginnings of summer, snow cones vs. snow balls and early 90′s Christian television. When things get a little serious, the boys talk about Aldersgate and the role of salvation in Wesleyan theology. To finish up the episode, we have our 3rd (and final) discussion about Mad Max: Fury Road LISTEN: Direct Download iTunes RSS Stitcher
  • Why is Systematic and Wesleyan Theology Important?

    Larry Wood
    27 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The study of systematic theology may seem far-removed from daily life, but when we understand it as the interpretation and communication of God’s revealed truth as it relates to other disciplines, it becomes more urgent of a task. What might a comprehensive, contemporary theology that is faithful to the Bible look like? How might it relate to questions of bioethics, philosophy, anthropology, food production, immigration, global economics, or modern farming? The Christian faith believes that who God is makes a difference for every aspect of our lives, and it is the task of systematic…
  • Seeing Beyond Inward Versus Outward Focus

    Chris Dunagan
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    As traditional mainline denominations struggle with declining attendance and participation, it seems to have become increasingly popular to criticize churches for focusing inwardly and exhort churches to focus outwardly.  Sometimes this focus is expressed in terms of existence, i.e., whether the church exists for its members or for those who are not yet members.  Changing from an inward focus on itself to outward focus on the community outside its walls, many preachers and pundits say, will help a church reach more people, grow the church, and reverse the trend of denominational decline.
  • Pentecost is a Lifestyle

    Keith Turner
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    In a couple of weeks, our churches will transform. They will feature blazing red colors. Various artworks depicting the descent of the Holy Spirit will be on display. Clergy will don their red vestments. Acts 2 will be read once more, and hymns featuring the Holy Spirit will be sung. Finally, the long Easter celebration is over. Let’s move onto something different – for an hour on a Sunday morning at least. All of the brouhaha that is Lent and Easter is over, and thus begins the long season excitingly dubbed The Season after Pentecost. Wow. Two millennia of Christian tradition, and after…
  • Our Pentecostal Mission in the Holy Spirit

    Brian Russell
    24 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Take some time to read Joel 2:28–32; Acts 1:8; 2:1–41; 28:30–31. When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in…
 
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    Joshua Rhone

  • [Infographic] Flora and Fauna Hiking Guide

    Joshua Rhone
    22 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Stay Safe and Healthy in the Wilderness by Learning All About the Animals and Plants Around You Source: Fix.com
  • [Video] The Backwards Brain Bicycle

    Joshua Rhone
    21 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Last night, unable to sleep, I stumbled across the following video. It is worth a watch for entertainment value alone, but I cannot stop thinking about the video’s content as it relates to other topics: spiritual formation, leading both oneself and others successfully through change(s), etc. With that in mind, I would encourage you to watch the video. Then, if you are interested, I’d like to invite you to subscribe to my blog, so that you can be notified regarding upcoming posts exploring the implications of the video with regard to such things as personal transformation,…
  • [Photos] Mount Union, PA: Thousand Steps (1000 Steps)

    Joshua Rhone
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:54 pm
    I’m proud of Quinton. For the last few days, Crystal and Maddie have been away. As part of our father-son time, Quinton wanted to try to best our reaching of step 700 last year. He not only made it to the top, but managed to spend a couple of hours exploring the mountainside. Good times.
  • The dangers of ahistorical Protestantism

    Joshua Rhone
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    Somehow I stumbled across both Scot McKnight’s blog post ‘Al Mohler and Baptists Becoming Catholic and Anglican‘ and Carl R. Trueman’s post commenting on said post. Both are worth a read. I was particularly struck by this comment, made by Trueman: A Protestantism which fails to acknowledge those historical roots and indeed to teach them to its young people leaves itself vulnerable to Canterbury and Rome. There is an historical dimension to Christianity which is important and which needs to be an integral part of pedagogy and discipleship. Trueman’s comment hit…
  • [Book] Scary Close by Donald Miller

    Joshua Rhone
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I discovered Blue Like Jazz in college. Donald Miller’s ‘Nonreligious thoughts on Christian Spirituality’ was fresh. Honest. Raw. Naturally, it resonated deeply with many, including me and my peers. In the years since Blue Like Jazz, Donald has written other books. Good books. Books that I’ve enjoyed. Books that I’ve discussed over coffee with close friends. Books that have made me think. Scary Close is the most recent of those books. And it is more than good. It’s great. Scary great. Better than Blue Like Jazz great. To be clear, I didn’t pay for…
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    Salt Formation

  • Word Pictures in the New Testament for theWord

    Britt
    13 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Are you digging into the Greek to better understand the Bible? Are you looking to get to the original langaunge to grow closer to God? Then Word Pictures in the New Testament by A.T. Robertson is for you. This module is hands down one of the ones I use the most! Download Word Pictures in the New Testament for theWord Bible Software Here!   About A. T. Robertson “Archibald Thomas Robertson (November 6, 1863 – September 24, 1934) was a notable American scholar of New Testament Greek… He was educated at Wake Forest (N. C.) College (M. A., 1885) and at The Southern Baptist…
  • Hebrews 9:1-10 The Earthly Ministry of the Priest

    Britt
    11 May 2015 | 6:36 am
      Last lesson we took looked at Hebrews 8 and the fact that with a new covenant God has made the first one obsolete. We saw the 5 points of the superiority of Jesus as high priest.  We took an in depth look at the new covenant.  Finding out who it is with and what impact it will make. This lesson we are going to tackle Hebrews 9:1-10 where we will take a look at the first tabernacle and its worship. Let’s first go over a brief introduction to the Hebrews 9 to set up the text.   Introduction to Hebrews 9:1-10 The author takes his readers back in time to the tabernacle in…
  • John 14:15 If You Love Me

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

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

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

  • Word Pictures in the New Testament for theWord

    Britt
    13 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Are you digging into the Greek to better understand the Bible? Are you looking to get to the original langaunge to grow closer to God? Then Word Pictures in the New Testament by A.T. Robertson is for you. This module is hands down one of the ones I use the most! Download Word Pictures in the New Testament for theWord Bible Software Here!   About A. T. Robertson “Archibald Thomas Robertson (November 6, 1863 – September 24, 1934) was a notable American scholar of New Testament Greek… He was educated at Wake Forest (N. C.) College (M. A., 1885) and at The Southern Baptist…
  • Hebrews 9:1-10 The Earthly Ministry of the Priest

    Britt
    11 May 2015 | 6:36 am
      Last lesson we took looked at Hebrews 8 and the fact that with a new covenant God has made the first one obsolete. We saw the 5 points of the superiority of Jesus as high priest.  We took an in depth look at the new covenant.  Finding out who it is with and what impact it will make. This lesson we are going to tackle Hebrews 9:1-10 where we will take a look at the first tabernacle and its worship. Let’s first go over a brief introduction to the Hebrews 9 to set up the text.   Introduction to Hebrews 9:1-10 The author takes his readers back in time to the tabernacle in…
  • John 14:15 If You Love Me

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

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

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

  • He makes it all possible

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    A Change of Mind. Day eleven...I know wood. For over twenty years I operated a furniture factory. And I can't imagine a problem with furniture that I haven't dealt with. If a family member or a friend has a problem with something made out of wood I am completely confident that I can help him or her deal with it in the best way possible. Now I can't take a piece of furniture that's in a pile of ashes and restore it to its original condition. But if I have anything to work with at all, I can fix it.
  • Consider

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    27 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    A Change of Mind. Day ten...When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,What is man that You are mindful of him,And the son of man that You visit him? (Psalm 8:3–4 NKJV)
  • God with us

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    A Change of Mind. Day nine...What if God just flew out of Heaven and landed on earth in His man costume? What if He then just walked around doing God things and finally ended the whole show by pretending to be in pain on a cross. (He was, after all, God. He could fake the whole thing and we wouldn't know the difference.)
  • Memorial Day.

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today I want to honor our two sons‐in‐law for their military service—Dustin, who has served as a Marine in Afghanistan, and Caleb, who has served in the Army National Guard in both Afghanistan and Kuwait.
  • Memorial Day Weekend

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    As a departure from the traditional Memorial Day celebration, today I want to honor those men and women of God to whom we all owe so much.
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • Acts 22: Taking Advantage

    Zak Schmoll
    28 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    Paul must’ve been an interesting man. In Acts 22, the story ends with him explaining to the Roman centurion that he was indeed a Roman citizen and therefore could not punished until he was legally condemned. Paul could have said that at the beginning of the conversation. He could have avoided this entirely unpleasant episode, but he did not for some reason. Perhaps he did not because it gave him an opportunity to witness. However, it did not end there for his opportunities. Act 22:30  On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed…
  • Acts 21: The Will of God

    Zak Schmoll
    27 May 2015 | 3:59 am
    In Acts 21, Paul knew what he was getting into. Act 21:11  And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. Act 21:12  And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. Act 21:13  Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord…
  • Acts 20: Fallen People

    Zak Schmoll
    26 May 2015 | 4:04 am
    Paul visited Ephesus in Acts 20 for what he knew was the last time. As a result, he had some very important things to communicate to the people that had gathered at that church. Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Act 20:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Act 20:30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples…
  • Acts 19: Coming Full Circle

    Zak Schmoll
    25 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    Yesterday, we talked about Apollos, and today we get to see how Paul handled believers who had been taught by Apollos in Acts 19. Act 19:1  And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, Act 19:2  He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. Act 19:3  And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Act 19:4  Then said Paul, John…
  • Acts 18: Completing the Picture

    Zak Schmoll
    24 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Potential is not something that should be wasted. In Acts 18, we meet Apollos. He was a great preacher, but he only knew up until the baptism of John. As a result, he did not understand all of the things about Jesus Christ. Rather than throw him out as a lost cause, two friends of Paul, Priscilla and Aquila, taught him the rest of the story. Act 18:24  And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. Act 18:25  This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently…
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 148 — Psalm 24-26, John 10:22-42

    virtuousgirls1
    28 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    Psalm 24 Focus Verse: The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. (4) God requires for those who would approach Him to be clean in body and soul. He will hear those who do not trust in themselves or in […]
  • i·den·ti·ty

    virtuousgirls1
    27 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    i·den·ti·ty who you are, the way you think about yourself, the way you are viewed by the world and the characteristics that define you
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 147 — Psalm 20-22, John 10:1-21

    virtuousgirls1
    27 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    Psalm 20 Focus Verse: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. (7) Augustus. Alexander. Napoleon. They conquered many lands and founded vast empires by trusting in their military strategies, horses, chariots, and legions of fighting men. David also had a lot of men […]
  • We Trust In Christ

    virtuousgirls1
    27 May 2015 | 10:38 am
    Some trust in chariots, some trust in horses. Some trust in Chanel, some trust in hairspray. But we trust in Christ :)
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 146 — Psalm 17, Psalm 19, John 9:24-41

    virtuousgirls1
    26 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Psalm 17 Focus Verse: Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded. (4) When pressured to do wrong, we need to stay focused on Jesus. Let us never stray from the straight and narrow, obeying what God has commanded us to […]
 
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • John The Baptist- Coloring Pages

    Crafting The Word Of God
    19 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    John The Baptist (Coloring Pages) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the […]
  • Jesus Calls His Disciples- Coloring Pages

    Crafting The Word Of God
    16 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Jesus Calls His Disciples (Coloring Pages) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on […]
  • Jesus Ascension

    Crafting The Word Of God
    14 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This quick craft will help illustrate the story of Jesus’ ascension. “9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.10 And as they were gazing intently into [h]the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood […]
  • Fiery Furnace- Coloring Pages

    Crafting The Word Of God
    12 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Fiery Furnace (Coloring Pages) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link […]
  • Fiery Furnace Hand Spinner

    Crafting The Word Of God
    9 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When your kids turn their spinner they will be able to see Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego in the fiery furnace. “23 But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high […]
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    Renewed Daily

  • Life According to Herman: Trails

    Shelly Hendricks
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. - Ephesians 5:1-2 Hello, all! I suppose my last post must have been acceptable, because Shelly once more is allowing me to share my thoughts with you. My last post made for quite the sticky keyboard. You may not have noticed, but we snails tend to leave a slime trail wherever we go. It's not something we choose, it's just something that happens because we are what we are.
  • Is Prayer Tangible?

    Shelly Hendricks
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.Luke 5:13 I believe so strongly in the power we have access to through prayer! Prayer moves mountains. Prayer is a vital connection with our God. That just takes my breath away. He wants to walk and talk with me. Me! But even as highly as I view prayer, when someone comes to me with a problem I still tend to want to fix it. Oh, don't get me wrong. I pray! Right that moment and all the moments after, I am actively lifting that person in prayer. The other day it dawned on me…
  • Goal Setting When You’re Chronically Ill

    Shelly Hendricks
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Give us each day our daily bread. - Luke 11:3 There's this thing about chronic illness. I'm sure it's not just with us, but I've noticed it much more since I've been disabled. It's the impossibility of not letting ourselves or others down. How to explain?.... If I am able to get out one afternoon, I may then pay the price by having to spend the rest of the week inside and hurting. If I do well with walking for a week, even taking my walker instead of my chair out in public, I may then expect to need the chair for the 3 following weeks. One morning I may wake up able to get around on my own…
  • Redo Your Room: A Review and a Giveaway!

    Shelly Hendricks
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In partnership with Girls’ Life Magazine, Redo Your Room offers creative ideas to girls to help them with a room makeover. Faithgirlz! and Girls’ Life magazine team up with Redo Your Room, a fun new book girls nine to twelve (and possibly even their older sister!) will love to flip through again and again. Containing tons of fabulous room makeover ideas,Redo Your Room offers step-by-step instructions that help readers create a whole new look for their bedroom without breaking the piggy bank. Girls will be inspired by the creative, stylish, and resourceful tips as they discover their inner…
  • The Time I Starred in “The Hobbit”

    Shelly Hendricks
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying,“My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” - Matthew 26:39 So last weekend, we rented the latest in the Hobbit movies. I loved it. Really, you should see it. Imagine my surprise to find myself right there in the middle of the movie! Seriously, I'm a star! I was kicking booty and taking names. The only reason I recognized myself was the fact that my head topped the Mohs scale of hardness charts. I knew right then that I was looking in a…
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • Michael W Smith: Sky Spills Over Review and Giveaway

    kristinemac
    27 May 2015 | 7:44 pm
    I have been a fan of Michael W. Smith for a very long time. And I have to say I love his new single, Sky Spills Over. The lyrics are beautiful, hopeful, and the music is just fresh. I think... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Feeding Frenzy

    kristinemac
    24 May 2015 | 1:51 pm
    When sharks smell blood in the water a "feeding frenzy" can occur. This is described as "an aggressive and competitive group attack on prey…" and has become known in modern... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Future of Thom and Kristine

    kristinemac
    18 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    I am writing to share with you the good things which God has done for my husband, Thom, and I. I want to share with you the call to missions/ministry which God has confirmed for us in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Who’s Your Daddy?

    kristinemac
    14 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    This morning, Thom and I had a coffee/tea meeting with our pastor.  We had a very enjoyable time. This is probably one of the few times we've been able to sit down with him in the past year... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are Christians Persecuted in the U.S.?

    kristinemac
    9 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Thom and I had a discussion about whether or not Christians are being persecuted in the United States of America on episode two of The Vagabond Christian Podcast. I hope you will listen in,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Clearing Away the Clutter

    Karen
    27 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    The college semester is over and my oldest son spent the weekend emptying his backpack of textbooks and school supplies and reloading it (and several other containers) with an odd collection of camping, hiking and outdoor equipment to head off for three months for his second year as a counselor at a local scout camp. […]
  • Puzzling Over God’s Will

    Karen
    20 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    I love Coca-Cola memorabilia. Especially the old stuff. I love the style, the flared lettering, the nostalgia from a simpler time. In fact, I have a whole room decorated with old coke crates, signs and collectibles. Clif and I even painted our extra freezer red with the classic Coca-Cola logo so it looks like an […]
  • 25 Life Lessons from Another School Year

    Karen
    13 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    SCHOOL’S OUT! As I begin to put away class materials (for awhile), I also close the book on my seventeenth year of homeschooling. It boggles my mind! (Has it really been that long?) As I survey the years, I can’t help but sometimes wonder how exactly I came to be here, especially since I never really planned […]
  • 3 Reasons You May Not Find God’s Will

    Karen
    6 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    I once heard a pastor say that close to 90% of all the answers pertaining to what God wants you to do can be found by consulting the Bible. I wholeheartedly believe that most of our anxieties about God’s will can largely be relieved by studying the scripture and following through on its guidance. Now I […]
  • Baltimore & Beyond

    Karen
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    The news has been dominated by scenes from the streets of Baltimore for much of this week. The rampant, lawless behavior of the mobs as they vandalized neighborhoods and assaulted those who were assigned to keep the peace and protect innocents was disturbing to watch… especially since these incidents unfolded less than 40 miles from […]
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • Keeping Faith While In Despair

    Jennifer Boudreau
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This article is part of our second annual “Impressed” series. Keep track of the series here and enter to win the book giveaway here. Don’t forget, the more you share the Impressed articles online, the higher the chances are you’ll win a book! Also, make sure you’ve liked us on Facebook so we can keep track of you. Happy sharing, and enjoy “Kierkegaard saved my faith,” he said. Words spoken from the deep, dusky voice of my professor Dr. Robbins, or “DJ,” as many called him. His lecture had concerned the time of the Scientific…
  • It’s Time to Drop the Act

    Darlene Hanson
    26 May 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Editor’s Note: This article is part of our second annual “Impressed” series. Keep track of the series here and enter to win the book giveaway here. Don’t forget, the more you share the Impressed articles online, the higher the chances are you’ll win a book! Also, make sure you’ve liked us on Facebook so we can keep track of you. Happy sharing, and enjoy Years ago, while attending a week-long intensive family counseling session as we attempted to navigate our daughter’s recovery from drug abuse, I was introduced to the concept of masks. You might be thinking of Halloween or…
  • How to Become the Best Version of Yourself

    Emily Harris
    25 May 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Editor’s Note: This article is part of our second annual “Impressed” series. Keep track of the series here and enter to win the book giveaway here. Don’t forget, the more you share the Impressed articles online, the higher the chances are you’ll win a book! Also, make sure you’ve liked us on Facebook so we can keep track of you. Happy sharing, and enjoy The longest struggle of my life has been with my identity. Who am I? What’s my purpose? What’s my favorite band? Where do I see myself in 20 years? All of these questions and then some have occupied my mind since I was a…
  • When Jesus Stood Up For Me

    Sarah Welles
    22 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    Editor’s Note: This article is part of our second annual “Impressed” series. Keep track of the series here and enter to win the book giveaway here. Don’t forget, the more you share the Impressed articles online, the higher the chances are you’ll win a book! Also, make sure you’ve liked us on Facebook so we can keep track of you. Happy sharing, and enjoy The book Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey, came to me at the perfect time in my life. Although, I hardly doubt that it was by accident. It was on my book list for quite a while, but I believe the Lord had me read it when I was…
  • Why Grace Is So Amazing

    Jaime Strmiska
    19 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This article is part of our second annual “Impressed” series. Keep track of the series here and enter to win the book giveaway here. Don’t forget, the more you share the Impressed articles online, the higher the chances are you’ll win a book! Also, make sure you’ve liked us on Facebook so we can keep track of you. Happy sharing, and enjoy Grace. It’s a simple word with profound meaning. These five modest letters strung together cut to the core of what separates the Christian faith from all other religions. It’s the heart of the Gospel. Follow its Greek roots,…
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • How Can We Hear God’s Voice in Scripture?

    Mel Lawrenz
    27 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    This is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Understand the Bible” series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. Some years back, I did a survey of our church’s congregation with the simple question: “If you could ask God one thing, what would it be?” I was not surprised that the most frequent response had to do with the problem of evil in the world, but I was struck by the next most common question: “How can I hear the voice of God?” The…
  • What Distinguishes One Bible Translation From Another?

    Jonathan Petersen
    26 May 2015 | 6:05 am
    If you’ve browsed a Christian bookstore and walked into its Bible section, you’ve seen the tremendous variety of Bible translations that are available. You’ll also notice those same translations here on Bible Gateway. [See our blogpost: Read More Than One Bible Version Side-By-Side.] You may wonder what distinguishes one translation from another. Or ask, “What is a ‘literal’ translation, versus a ‘word-for-word’ translation?” Dr. William D. Mounce (@BillMounce), Bible translator with the ESV and NIV translations, has some answers. Dr.
  • Read More Than One Bible Version Side-By-Side

    Jonathan Petersen
    25 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    The parallel Bible feature on Bible Gateway lets you read a Bible passage in several different versions side-by-side. It’s very easy to do! Whether you’re grappling with a challenging Bible passage, or are just curious to see how different translators approach the same scriptural text, you’ll find it a useful part of your Bible reading. Here’s how to read more than one Bible side-by-side. While Reading a Bible Passage Look up any Scripture passage (say, 1 Corinthians 13) and then click or tap the Add Parallel button. It’s just above and to the right of the text and looks like this:…
  • Bible News Roundup – Week of May 24, 2015

    Jonathan Petersen
    24 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Bible Verse Sends US Marine Back to Court ⇨ Military Times ⇨ Isaiah 54:17 ▼ University of Florida Under Fire by Atheists for Bible Verse Inscription ⇨ Christian Examiner ⇨ Micah 6:8 ▼ North Las Vegas School Apologizes to 6th-Grader for Barring Bible Verse ⇨ Las Vegas Sun ⇨ John 3:16 ▼ Despite Trials, Bible Translators Working Faithfully ⇨ OneNewsNow ▼ New Translation Method Gets Bible Translated in 2 Months ⇨ Christianity Today ▼ Video Interview: Dr. D. A. Carson on the New NIV Zondervan Study Bible Releasing in…
  • Pentecost: The Holy Spirit Arrives

    Andy Rau
    22 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, when we commemorate the remarkable event that kickstarted the early Christian church. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended on a gathering of Christians and vividly demonstrated that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was meant for all people, regardless of nationality or ethnicity. The full account is found in Acts 2:1-31. Here’s the key part of the passage: When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And…
 
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • Heaven Is a Myth. Kind Of.

    Caleb Smith
    27 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    “So now he’s saying heaven is a myth. What has gotten into Caleb’s brain today?” This is may be something like the reaction you had to the title of this post. And that’s probably justified. I’ve already pulled pretty well the same stunt with I Don’t Believe in Hell a while back. It’s just that heaven and hell are such deliciously popular topics that such titles always attract attention. Anyway, what am I actually saying this time? Well, first off I’m certainly not saying that there is no such thing as heaven. That would be Biblically…
  • Evangelicals vs. Fundamentalists: What’s the Difference?

    Caleb Smith
    27 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    Broadly speaking, there are four kinds of people in Protestant Christianity. These are not denominational lines, but apply more broadly, affecting the entire Christian worldview. What are these sections? Liberalism, progressivism, evangelicalism, and fundamentalism. All of these are rather distinct. Liberals tend to deny fundamental tenants of Christian doctrine in favor of a more private and unobtrusive spirituality, with an emphasis on social issues. Progressives tend to hold at least to the basic creeds of Christian belief (one God, Trinity, deity of Jesus, historical death and…
  • Why Did Jesus Come “In the Flesh?”

    Caleb Smith
    26 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    This past Sunday I received the opportunity to preach, which I haven’t done in some time. I greatly enjoyed it, and thank God that my message was well-received. In my preparations, I wrote a manuscript, and I decided I would upload that as a post. It’s long, mind you, since it’s an entire sermon, but I hope someone can be blessed by it. Why “In the Flesh?” Tonight I’ll be starting in 2 John 1:7. I won’t be spending much time there, but I’m using this verse to bring up a particular question. After that, don’t worry, I’ll still be…
  • A Better Reason to Work Hard

    Caleb Smith
    22 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    Work hard, make money, live the American Dream. Sound good? That’s the normal philosophy of middle class people in our rather rich nation. The point of work in our Western, individualist culture is to make money that we can use to get a nice house (eventually a dream house), fill the house with nice goodies, and live a comfortable life. This basic assumption is often carried over without second thought into Christian circles. But I want today to give two Biblical reasons to work, emphasizing one of them in particular. As I can see, there are two main reasons to work from a perspective…
  • Jesus the New and True Israel

    Caleb Smith
    19 May 2015 | 5:01 pm
    What do God’s redemptive plan and the movie Inception have in common? Complex layers within complex layers. If you don’t know Inception, the movie is about dreams, and involves dreams within dreams within dreams. Each dream is very different, but also very connected to the dreams on the higher and lower levels. The dreams are all important and, after you wake up, end up changing your real life. How does this relate to God’s redemptive plan? Like the Inception dreams, the history God shapes with His people has many very different but very connected parts. What happened with…
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    Brad Andres

  • How To Make Sure Your American Christianity Would Survive In Other Parts of the World

    Brad Andres
    26 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    Be Filled with The Holy Spirit Yesterday, we remembered those who’ve given their lives in service to America. We honored you and showed our appreciation for your sacrifice. Thank you. As we remember those who’ve suffered for our freedom, we should take a moment to remember and honor those who’ve suffered for our right to live with Christ. To those who have suffered for us to know Christ and to make him known, thank you.  In a previous article, I asked a question: Would your Christianity survive in other parts of the world? Now, I’m asking (myself included) if your…
  • Speak God Your Servant Hears (Scripture & Prayer) [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    23 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    God, Sometimes I pray and pray and pray and I don’t hear from you. Well, really I tell you what I want and keep talking. Sometimes, I forget to listen.  Honestly, my heart longs for a relationship with you. I want to converse with you, not talk to you. I want to converse with you, not talk to you.Click To Tweet So, thanks for showing me an example in Scripture. On occasion, I may not notice your voice. I may think it is something else, someone else, a passing thought, or coincidence. Help me tune into your voice. Sometimes, I need to consult others to discover if I am truly hearing…
  • A Lesson on Prayer from My Dog

    Brad Andres
    21 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    Search Like Crazy! Respond Enthusiastically! Our Border Collie, Dixie, likes to play hide and seek. You can hide anywhere in the house and say (sometimes in a whisper), “Come find me.” In a split second, you can hear Dixie’s little feet clicking down the hallway or up the stairs as she searches for you. When she reaches you, she looks into your eyes, full of excitement as if to say, “Why did you want me to come find you, Master?” She enthusiastically waits for a response, and for instructions on what to do next. Yesterday morning, I woke, headed down to the kitchen to make a cup of…
  • What is Your Sacred Routine? [Snippet]

    Brad Andres
    19 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    What is Your Sacred Routine? I wake up at 4am. I hit the gym, then I drive to the coffee shop and splurge while I pray, reflect, and write. If I were to go home, I’d go back to sleep. When I’m accomplished around 8:00am, I head home, spend an hour or so with my family before I head into work at the church office. That’s my routine. You may be thinking: “It’s easy for you to say that your routine is helping me grow closer to God, after all, you’re a pastor. You help people understand the Bible and grow with God.” True. But, I wasn’t always a pastor. I worked at Wal-Mart for…
  • What is the Bible? What are the Scriptures? [Video]

    Brad Andres
    12 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    What is the Bible? When was the Bible written? Who wrote the Bible? What is the Bible about? This video gives a quick answer to these questions.
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    Steve Bremner

  • We’re Only at the Very Beginning of the Podcasting Boom | RYOT News

    Steve Bremner
    28 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    By Simon Owens We’ve seen a new phrase enter our lexicon in recent months: the “Serial effect.” Google it and you’ll find this neologism employed everywhere from The Hollywood Reporter to USA Today, and it’s used to describe the cambrian explosion caused by Serial, a podcast that relitigates the trial of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend in 1999. This podcast was so popular, the thinking goes, that it’s introduced millions of new listeners to the podcasting medium, in the process unleashing a tide that lifts all boats. Podcasts are now considered part…
  • If You’re Serious About Writing, Read Stephen King’s Memoir

    Steve Bremner
    25 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    When I was a pre-adolescent, I had an advanced reading-level. I remember my teachers in fifth and sixth grade telling my parents during parent-teacher interviews that I had the reading level of someone at least two or three years older than my age. This was a double-edged sword. On the one hand, in the few years after having learned how to read, I was excelling at it. This was probably because I was always getting grounded by my parents, and had nothing else I was allowed to do but read. But on the other hand, the kinds of things I was now starting to read were things no 10 year-old child…
  • Is God Preparing a Spiritual Awakening among the Millennials? | Discipling Culture

    Steve Bremner
    21 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    Photo credit: Discipling Culture Blog Original post: Is God Preparing a Spiritual Awakening among the Millennials? – Discipling Culture This article caught my attention because it wasn’t bashing millennials for a change. Nor was the author crying that the end of evangelicalism is near due to the decline of millennials attending church services. Mike Breen, who I quote from a lot on this blog and on my podcast and whose Lifeshapes I borrow heavily in my discipleship and teaching on making disciples, hits the ball out of the park. He posted this post on Tuesday after reading…
  • That Time I Left My Laptop On the Subway in Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Steve Bremner
    19 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    Last night, we got a notification from our leaders Mark and Anna that upon returning from a three-week trip to the United States, Mark had left a bag with his passport and $4500 cash and other items in the taxi, and it sounded like he was really struggling with forgiving himself for the error. After daily weekday prayer this morning which included taking some time to pray for the situation, and that maybe miraculously the taxi driver would give it back upon discovering it, I was reminded of the time I left my laptop on the subway in Rotterdam 9 years ago.  I dug up the post in the archives…
  • Keep Your Fire Burning | Podcast

    Steve Bremner
    19 May 2015 | 5:51 am
    In today’s episode of the show, I continue sharing some thoughts, reflections and revelations on the fire of God and getting closer to the purging purifying fire of His presence. What type of fire are you? Is your fire invisible, yet giving off an odor? Are you properly adding fuel to your fire, and spending time alone in intimate fellowship with the Father? Are you fueling your life with the Word of God and the oil of His presence? Are you allowing fresh winds of the Holy Spirit to fan those flames? Or are you dabbling with sin in your life so as to remove the oxygen His fire needs?
 
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  • May 28, Prayer for Help and Thanksgiving

    27 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    St. Jude, I am so sorry for not writing more and praising the Lord's name. I have no excuses. I am so thankful for your miraculous and amazingly transforming
  • May 28, Prayer for Healing My Mother's Parkinson's Disease

    27 May 2015 | 10:59 pm
    I would like to ask for help in praying for my wonderful mom. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's on Feb 2014. She sometimes wants to give up and seems
  • May 28, Prayer to Bring Him Back to Me

    27 May 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Dear god I pray that you bring him back to me. I don't understand what it is that I did. We were talking for the longest and everything was good and then..
  • May 28, Prayer for God's Help

    27 May 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Dear god, I pray that you bring me and my baby back together. I hate not talking to him, not hearing his voice, and not seeing his face. I miss him and
  • May 28, Prayer for inner peace

    27 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    I am grateful for all the miracles you have provided for me, for your love and help during all the troubled times I have endured with you. I have a heavy
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  • Conventional Leaders can’t understand Unconventional Leaders

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    16 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    Conventional Leaders can’t understand Unconventional Leaders Actually Conventional Leaders HATE Unconventional Leaders I can’t explain why, they just do.  Maybe it’s culture shock, maybe it is jealousy… One of the best examples is the found in the movie Black Hawk Down, one of the conventional leaders has issues with the unconventional ones.  You can see it on YouTube here. (warning there are some bad words) Another example comes from one of the best Unconventional Leaders there is, in a book that he wrote about Leadership. I had the pleasure of serving with Pete Blaber,…
  • Dear Pastor: Communion is More Important than Your Sermon

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Communion is More Important than Your Sermon   Too many times I have been to services where Communion was an afterthought because the sermon and/or the worship went longer than was planned…and so as people are gathering their stuff and thinking about lunch (depending on what time the service is)…and not really focused on communion. Sadly most churches celebrate Communion only once a month, being relegated to line in the bulletin and another thing to do on the schedule. Communion is a BIG deal!  It is probably the most important ordinance Jesus gave to the church (you could argue baptism…
  • What are Your Shibboleths?

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    What are your Shibboleths? Shiao Chong posted a great article at Think Christian entitled The new Christian shibboleths.  Are you in or out? I think the title of the article it’s self is a play on words…perhaps a shibboleth itself?  I loved the article and the comments posted.  Here is a quote from Shiao  “Lately, I have found that many North American Christians are increasingly relying on shibboleths to determine if someone passes as “one of us.” Being anti-evolution, anti-abortion (often synonymous with anti-feminist), anti-gay and anti-global warming – for some…
  • Isn’t it Ironic?

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:04 am
    Isn’t it Ironic? This post is probably going to create within you as the reader a very visceral reaction. It shouldn’t, but it more than likely will…because we have been “programmed” to think in a certain way about God, and this post will hopefully challenge you to think in a different way. So what is so Ironic? It is ironic that when someone preaches or teaches that God is more inclusive than we are comfortable with we crucify them, yet we are very comfortable teaching that God is very exclusive…it seems we are very comfortable teaching that God choses the select, the…
  • The Stories Jesus Told Part 2: The Problem of Familiarity

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    The Problem of Familiarity…Been There, Read That  How many times have you read the story of the Prodigal Son, or the Good Samaritan?  How many times have you heard a sermon that used a Parable as its text?  If you have been in church any amount of time… you probably have heard the parables used quite often.  If you think about it, it makes sense to use them, they teach a point, and they use stories or comparisons to illustrate what it is they are trying to teach they are essentially sermons in and of themselves.   Because we have heard someone else tell us what these parables mean,…
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  • Boko Haram kills dozens in villages, turns children into human weapons

    admin
    28 May 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Returnees queue during the evacuation of Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram militants, at a camp for displaced people in Geidam, Yobe state, Nigeria, May 6, 2015. Niger has evacuated Nigerians living around Lake Chad, military and aid officials told Reuters on Tuesday, as the armies of four west African nations battle to quash the Islamist militants. (PHOTO: Reuters/AfolabiI Sotunde). Originally published in The Christian Post Boko Haram has killed dozens of people, including many Christians, in a slew of separate attacks carried out in raids on villages in Nigeria in the past week. The UN has…
  • Image of couple praying fervently before wedding goes viral

    admin
    28 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
    US Marine Corps Corporal Caleb Earwood and his bride Maggie hold hands and pray on opposite sides of a corner moments before their church wedding in Asheville, North Carolina. (PHOTO: Dwayne Schmidt Photography). Originally published in Christian Today A picture taken of a young couple praying fervently moments before they got married has become a huge hit online, drawing countless visitors and inspiring other couples to seek God first before tying the knot. In the photo taken by wedding photographer Dwayne Schmidt, US Marine Corps Corporal Caleb Earwood and his bride Maggie are seen prior to…
  • Sudan’s aerial bombing kills 3-year-old girl, wounds mother in Nuba mountains

    admin
    28 May 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Originally published in Morning Star News A Sudanese Air Force bomb on Monday (May 25) killed a 3-year-old girl and wounded her Christian mother at their home in Kauda, South Kordofan state, sources said. In the latest civilian death in nearly 3,500 government bombings of civilian targets since April 2012, Kaka Abdu Kuku Tiral died after the bomb hit outside her home while her mother, Hamida Osman of the Sudanese Church of Christ, sustained a head injury, aid workers said. Kauda is the political capital of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N), but there is no military…
  • Assisted suicide case: State applies for leave to appeal

    admin
    28 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, the Minister of Health, and the National Director of Public Prosecutions have applied for leave to appeal a recent landmark ruling in the high court in Pretoria allowing a terminally ill man to end his life with the help of his doctor. The applicants are appealing against the whole of the judgement handed down by Judge Fabricius on May 4 ,2015, reports Doctors For Life International (DFL) which will be part of the appeal as a “Friend of the Court” Judge Fabricius got it wrong in finding that the South African Law Reform Commission’s…
  • Senior Vatican official says Ireland’s gay marriage vote is a “defeat for humanity”

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    28 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Children wave rainbow flags as they stand with their same-sex marriage supporting parents at Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland, where 62% of voters were in favour of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum in the traditionally Catholic country. (PHOTO: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton). Originally published in The Christian Post A senior Vatican official, reportedly seen as second only to the pope, said Ireland’s recent legalisation of gay marriage is a “defeat for humanity” in comments seen as the strongest yet from the Catholic Church on the controversial referendum.
 
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  • When God breathes life into a hopeless situation

    Wendy van Eyck
    27 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    {Guest post by Sandra Ng’ambwa}Listen to me, family of Jacob,    everyone that’s left of the family of Israel.I’ve been carrying you on my back    from the day you were born,And I’ll keep on carrying you when you’re old.    I’ll be there, bearing you when you’re old and grey.I’ve done it and will keep on doing it,    carrying you on my back, saving you. Isaiah 46:3-4 (MSG)This is the prayer I prayed months on end for my grandfather.  I remember saying ‘Lord, thank you for babu…
  • Where is God when bad things happen? (an update on Xylon’s health)

    Wendy van Eyck
    24 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8 (ESV)I’ve been crying bitter tears since Thursday.On Wednesday the doctor told us that Xylon’s cancer has recurred. It took me 24 hours before I cried. And then it was sobs right onto my husband’s chest. God was meant to have healed Xylon this time. This is not the story he is meant to be living. Not the way I thought our story would be. Every morning since Wednesday we’ve woken up hoping that this recurrence was just a bad…
  • What to do when you no longer feel God’s presence

    Wendy van Eyck
    20 May 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Guest post by brett “Fish” andersonBe still, and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10a (NLT)I have often jestfully said to God, “Just one ocean, God. You part one ocean before me and I will never doubt you again.”Because you’d think that would be enough right? Or maybe one dead body raised to life.Yet, the Israelites got to walk through the Red Sea [Exodus 14]. And on a number of occasions the disciples watched Jesus bring people back from the dead [Matthew 9 and more]. And both groups, despite seeing God work incredible 3D-movie-type surround sound miracles, end up doubting God and…
  • One thing you need to remember about your life

    Wendy van Eyck
    18 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things, as when we stare into polished metal. I realize that everything I know is only part of the big picture. But one day, when Jesus arrives, we will see clearly, face-to-face. In that day, I will fully know just as I have been wholly known by God. 1 Corinthians 13:12 (VOICE)If you look at our couch now it looks like something we spent a lot of money on.But that's not the full story of our couch. In fact, that's not even part of the story of our couch.We were given our couch because it was being thrown out. The fabric was torn, it…
  • How to pray when you can't change your circumstances

    Wendy van Eyck
    13 May 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that. Galations 2:20b (MSG)Xylon's scan is coming up again. It's always hard. It's the one thing no one told me about cancer that it never goes away. After 18 chemo sessions, a stem cell transplant, radiation, three relapses and now two clear scans I imagined it would be over. But it isn't.Next Tuesday Xylon has his scan. A day or two after that the doctor will call with his results.It is nerve wrecking.I…
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  • Give to God

    Steve Becker
    27 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    So I am reading through Luke right now and I came across this often quoted, but frequently misunderstood passage of scripture. Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” He saw through their duplicity and…
  • Turning 40 (How do you measure a life?)

    Charles Crutcher
    22 May 2015 | 5:51 am
    I used to think that nothing special comes from the ordinary, but then I remembered there wouldn’t be anything extraordinary without it. I’m turning 40 in a couple months. You read that right. 40.  40. I can almost hear the voices of those who have gone on before. You creak when you get up! I’m not really in denial. I’m telling everyone that I’m splitting into two twenty-year-olds! At this point of life, sure there are plenty of things I wish I had already done. There are still dreams rolling around inside of me. I still wish I was a published author at this…
  • Reflection or Shadow

    Steve Becker
    19 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    I heard an interesting message yesterday in my daily devotional time.  Yes, heard one.  I have an audio devotional that I work through daily as well as reading.  It keeps all my senses aligned. Anyway, this message was talking about how we were created in God’s image.  I guess I never stopped to think about what that really means.  Do we look like God?  Are we just an image that He came up with and created us from that image?  Either way, that is really not the point today. Today I want to talk about how others see us.  Specifically, how non-Christians see us.  Are we…
  • Aidan’s Operating System

    Charles Crutcher
    1 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    Nearly 12 years ago, a little person entered into Shannon and my life. We were blessed with our son, Aidan.   He’s a very clever, smart, and intelligent boy. I think he gets that from his mother.   Aidan blesses us so much. He shows me new insights every day. He makes me want to become a better father. He’s loving and kind. I have seen him be compassionate to others. Recently, my back went out on me and he came over and hugged me and told me he was sorry my back was not feeling well.   He’s a normal kid. He has his challenges as we all do. A little over a year…
  • Readers Choice – God, I Need A Break. Are You There?

    Steve Becker
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:41 am
    I received this topic a while back and at first glance wondered how I would tackle the issue.  I took quite a bit of time and worked this through in my quiet times, this is the result. The topic request was “Even the strongest shoulders need a break sometimes (being strong on the outside, but really struggling with having enough faith to pull through a difficult period, and allowing worry to take over)” I call that acting. At times I think we all act out a part.  When we are at work and something in our personal lives is going down the drain.  Maybe you brought a bad day at…
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  • Sin From The Roof Top

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    25 May 2015 | 4:25 am
    In the spring, when kings go forth to battle, David sent Joab with his servants and all Israel, and they ravaged the Ammonites [country] and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.  2... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • How To Avoid Adultery

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    20 May 2015 | 4:56 am
    Adultery has become unashamedly popular in recent times. It has risen through the rank and file of our society, young and old, low class, middle class and high class. The church and unchurched,... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • I’m This, He’s That!

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    12 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Why is it that I used to think my husband was very funny and I enjoyed that he made me laugh, but now I sometimes think he just talks too much? My husband always tells of how he enjoyed my toilet... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • A Mother’s Faith

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    8 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    It is Mothers’ Day this Sunday and I thought to share this post in honour of all mothers. The greatest gift anyone could ever have is a mother! HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY!Click To Tweet The faith... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • 28 Things Great Couples Do.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    4 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    We all want our marriages to work but we must be willing to invest in it. Couples who have made a success of their marriages did not do nothing to make it so. They were deliberate, intentional and... Please click on title to READ ALL.
 
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  • Sin is like…

    Keri
    4 May 2015 | 3:12 pm
    A quote about what sin does from Love Isn’t Selfish, the book (available on Amazon at http://goo.gl/pFrRll (affiliate link)).
  • “Stop being afraid”

    Keri
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Have you ever felt utterly hopeless as you look around you and see the enemy coming at you from every angle? What do you do when […]
  • A Sore Thumb

    Keri
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:40 pm
      From another room, I recently heard our oldest ask his dad, “why are you looking down?” As his dad responded that he was looking […]
  • Sin & Sacrifice

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

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

    Elaine
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hope.  What is hope?  As a Christian, our hope is the joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation.  It is a living hope, because the Lord has brought us from death to life and we have the promise of an inheritance with Christ that can never perish, spoil or fade.  While we are still on this earth, we will face suffering, pain, heartache, trial and tribulation.  There is no way to avoid it.  But in the midst of these, we can still have hope. However for me, it can be a little difficult to keep clinging to the promise of an inheritance that at…
  • Refuge in Despair

    Erin
    27 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The feeling of despair is inevitable for all people at some point. You can argue that some people have a much rougher go of it, but not one human being will or has made it through life free from heartache. We live in a world filled with sinful, flawed and selfish people. On top of that, our physical bodies are not meant for this world forever making disease and death unavoidable. So when faced with despair, rather than avoiding this reality what keeps me [and you] turning to Christ? Jesus loves me. The Bible Tells me so.There is nothing I can go through that would keep Jesus from loving…
  • Red Soap

    Christina
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    It's like a splash of cold water on a hot day. It's like a bite of juicy watermelon when you're both hungry and thirsty. It's like being told you don't have to take that really hard math test after all. It's like doing the debt-free scream on Dave Ramsey's radio show. It's being set free from the bondage of sin and decay.A new creation! New life in Christ! What an awesome thing!Sin weighs us down, and he lifted it off of us and onto the cross, washing us clean.Isaiah 1 : 18Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;though they are red as crimson, they shall be like…
  • What to do with sin after salvation

    Tracy
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    "Once saved always saved, right? So, I can sin all I want now that I'm a Christian. I mean, God will forgive me because I'm His."WHAT? Have you ever heard this , or even thought it yourself? As a Christian, my old nature is gone, and I have a new nature, one that wants to follow Christ. 2 Corinthians 5 : 17 ESVTherefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.My old sin nature is gone, yes, but I still fight sin. Even after I become a Christian, I will sin. Paul talks about his struggle in Romans 7.Romans 7 : 19 ESVFor I do not do…
  • Struggle and Hope

    Toni
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    We hope for so many things. We hope for good weather. We hope that Starbucks doesn’t run out of Pumpkin Spice Latte (especially if our hope for good weather doesn’t turn out). We hope for a raise, a good doctor’s report, we hope for change.We may be disappointed when we hope for any of those things, but we will never be disappointed when we hope in Christ!Christ changes everything, and because we believe in Him, we have the confident expectation that the things we hope for will truly come to pass.When we speak of the things that we, as Christians, hope for, it is not for temporal things…
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  • On A Scale of 1 to 10…

    Michael Thompson
    23 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    Picture a scene in a really bad B movie–the main character slowly wakes from a deep coma. Eyes open, thoughts forming, but unable to move. Trapped in the frightening fog between dead to the world or alive to the pain. That was me. I had just spent six hours under general anesthesia and was now sporting an incision that bisected my abdomen. My large intestine was now M.I.A. It had been a permanent, life-altering surgery. Emerging from the near-death anesthetic sleep, I had an incredibly unpleasant “Aha!” moment. The climax of a classic Batman episode flashed before my eyes.
  • Leaking Life

    Michael Thompson
    13 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    Leaking life…every day for twelve years. That’s what was happening to a woman who snuck up on Jesus in a last-ditch attempt to get well. (Luke 8:43-48) You see, she’d had a menstrual hemorrhage for twelve years. Since, as Scripture says, “Life is in the blood”…she was literally discharging life. What’s worse, she had spent her life-savings on everything from specialists to quacks. None of their therapies worked. Twelve trickling years had left her: Weak: tired and anemic, she had no energy to live; no joie de vivre Depressed: emotionally hopeless,…
  • Bookends

    Michael Thompson
    9 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    Eagles. Dad was obsessed with them. He peppered beautiful statues of them in his office and around our home for as long as I can remember. A few of them live at my place since he passed away. One is a set of bronze bookends. In an age where our libraries are digital bytes we read on tablets and smart phones, bookends are a thing of the past. Vintage kitsch. I’m sure there are a lot of younger folk who can’t imagine what they are or what possible purpose they serve. So to educate the uninitiated, bookends are heavy objects set at each end of a bunch of books to hold them in…
  • Foxhole Friends

    Michael Thompson
    5 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    “Seven years…that’s how long I have been mad at God.” He was a father whose daughter had died seven years earlier. His words trembled and eyes were wet as he spoke to me just after I had poured out my heart at my young nephew, David’s, recent memorial service. “Today, my heart has been healed.” New and different tears filled my eyes as I grasped that something of the insight God had birthed in my heart just days before, had eased opened a door in his heart that had slammed shut when he lost the light of his life. There were others too who shared with…
  • Legacy

    Michael Thompson
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    Michael Thompson:My nephew has show profound insight in this blog article. Read it thoughtfully. Originally posted on The KT Consideration: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”  -Isaac Newton A man’s legacy is hidden from him until a time in which he has eyes to see it. For some, clear perception develops much earlier than others: late in adolescence, teenage years or in their early twenties. For others, blooming slowly and through process, it reveals itself in sometimes painful & powerful ways. I’m best described by the latter. Lately…
 
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  • What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

    Joshua M. Spaulding
    24 May 2015 | 7:08 pm
    You may have heard someone refer to the “gospel.” Maybe you heard about the Gospels of Matthew, Mark Luke and John. The Lord Jesus also preached the gospel in Mark 1:14-15: “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” So, what is the gospel? The word “gospel” means “the good news.” In short, the good news is that Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, willingly gave Himself and died on…
  • What does “Judge not that ye be not judged” mean?

    Joshua M. Spaulding
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    One of the most popular verses in Scripture is Matthew 7:1 – “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” It is commonly referred to when the sin of an individual or group is condemned. But what exactly are we being told not to judge here? Does this mean that we should not condemn sin? Should we just ignore sin, or are we correct in calling sin, sin? To answer this question we must go to God’s Word (the Bible). In John 7 the Lord Jesus has one of many run-ins with Jews who are critical of His ministry. In this instance they question His authority and rebuke Him for healing on…
  • Do Animals go to Heaven? Will there be Animals in Heaven?

    Joshua M. Spaulding
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Do pets go to Heaven? To answer this question we must go to God’s Word, the Bible. The Bible does not specifically say whether animals cease to exist at death or if they carry on as eternal beings. With some questions that are not specifically answered in the Bible, like children going to Heaven, we can draw conclusions based on the nature of God when we have passages that support such conclusion. But even then, we should never be dogmatic, or definitive on anything if it is not 100% clear. What does the Bible say about pets in Heaven? The Hebrew word that is normally translated to…
  • Do Children go to Heaven?

    Joshua M. Spaulding
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    Many people ask the question “do children go to Heaven when they die?” To answer this we must ask another question “What does the Bible say about children going to Heaven?” When we do this we do not find a direct answer, which means we should not be dogmatic about it. However, we do find some truths in the Bible that seem to support the idea of an “age of accountability” and “age of innocence.” The “age of accountability” is the age at which a young person is mentally able to truly understand the Gospel. (When he knows that: that he…
  • Is Christianity about being really good?

    Joshua M. Spaulding
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    Many unbelievers (and sadly some self-proclaimed Christians) in the world today believe that Christianity is all about being really good as the means of gaining God’s favor. Nothing could be further from the truth. Referring to the 14th Psalm, the apostle Paul said in Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one…” Furthermore, the prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”…
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  • The NFL has a message for Jackie Robinson West

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    12 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Why is it that when the National Football League concludes that the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs to a level more to their quarterback’s liking in the AFC Championship Game, the team is fined a million dollars, two draft picks, and Tom Brady gets a four-game suspension, but when a little league team from Chicago is found to have included players from outside of their district, they get their national title revoked? The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl, and they will keep their rings. Jackie Robinson West lost in the World Championship, and ended up having…
  • A religion for heroes

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    11 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    A problem with Christianity — and shared by most great religions — is its perfection. The holiness of the call, the excellence of the commands, make it literally impossible to adhere. The standard of religion makes its only true adherent God himself; the rest of us are jesters and foolish observers, if we are not altogether critics. And so it is with Christianity, which literally demands perfection. Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. And Be holy, because I am holy. And, more specifically, think of your neighbor before yourself, be fearless, walk humbly,…
  • ‘Age of Ultron’ as Christian commentary

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    4 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Thor is the Asgardian god of thunder in Norse mythology. The Scarlet Witch was given psycho-magical powers by an Elder God. The infinity stones and the tesseract of a pre-universe signularity have in them vaguely Vedic elements. So I am certain the undertones of numerous religions are present in the Avengers, as they are throughout the comic book universe. After all, these are worlds built on the supernatural. But because The Avengers: Age of Ultron is an American movie and because I’m much more apt to pick up Judeo-Christian symbols than those of any other religion, the blockbuster…
  • On MLK and the growing “defense” of rioting

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    During the Ferguson protests last year, the majority of editorials and blogposts pinned to my Facebook wall or found on the opinion pages of mainstream media condemned both systems of oppression and violent reactions in the form of rioting and looting. But a smattering of articles — those that attempted to legitimize, validate, and excuse rioting — caught my eye. An increasing acceptance of rioting “In defense of looting” was the first such piece that struck me. The writer, Willie Osterweil, offers a few “defenses” of looting. One is that looting and violence are good…
  • Freddie Gray and the narrative

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    29 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    It is important to remember what prompted the problems we see this week in Baltimore. The event that started this latest series of widespread public unrest in another American city was the life-ending injury to Freddie Gray’s spine while in police custody. If we allow the aftermath of that event to drown out the event itself, if we replace the initial problem only with theoretical discussions of the ethics of protest, then we do a disservice to Gray, to our communities, and to the forward movement of history. To be sure, it is absolutely appropriate to talk about the ethics of protest, the…
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    Faith Travel Focus

  • Philadelphia to Welcome 8th World Meeting of Families 2015

    Ruth Hill
    27 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    The World Meeting of Families is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families. The 2015 event is the first to be held in the United States. The post Philadelphia to Welcome 8th World Meeting of Families 2015 appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Celebrate Magna Carta 800 and Boston in Britain

    Ruth Hill
    20 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    England is about to launch its big 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta June 13-14 with the Great Magna Carta Weekend in Lincoln and Boston. The post Celebrate Magna Carta 800 and Boston in Britain appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Czech Out 600th Anniversary of Jan Hus’ Martyrdom

    Ruth Hill
    8 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    Czech's capital city of Prague is marking the 600th anniversary of Jan Hus' martyrdom with a roster of spiritual and cultural events. The post Czech Out 600th Anniversary of Jan Hus’ Martyrdom appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Don’t Miss Britain’s Christian Heritage

    Ruth Hill
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:51 am
    Keeping Britain's Christian heritage alive and relevant to today is Christian Heritage London, a study and touring ministry. The post Don’t Miss Britain’s Christian Heritage appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Journeys Unlimited Offers Ethiopia Tour and Christian Heritage Conference

    Ruth Hill
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    Journeys Unlimited, an American tour provider for the past 20 years, is sponsoring its Third International Conference on Ethiopia and its Biblical, Historical and Cultural Roots November 4-12. The post Journeys Unlimited Offers Ethiopia Tour and Christian Heritage Conference appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
 
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    Sermon Notes by Silas

  • Kept Securely in Christ (Part 3)

    Silas Eke
    16 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Romans 8:26 – 39 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the…
  • Kept Securely in Christ (Part 2)

    Silas Eke
    9 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Romans 8:5-25So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors — not to the flesh, to live according to the…
  • Kept Securely in Christ (Part 1)

    Silas Eke
    2 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Romans 8:1-4There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. In a real sense, Romans…
  • The Great Commission

    Silas Eke
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:30 pm
    GO by SethtotheBrownMatthew 28:18-20“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I AM with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Before His crucifixion, Christ had told His disciples that after His resurrection, He would go to Galilee. At the sepulcher, the angel directed the women to announce the…
  • The Excellence of Knowing Christ

    Silas Eke
    18 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Philippians 3:7-11“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ  and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any…
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    Your Bible Quotes

  • Bible Promises To You and Others

    Sonya Richards
    22 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    Bible Promises Many desire to see miracles as those in Jesus’ days on Earth.  He healed the sick and cleansed the lepers, but does He still do that now?  He does, but perhaps we are looking in the wrong direction.  And for those He healed, did all recognize the miracle, or did some praise an idol? The Bible promises that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and the Bible promises that the things that were done in that day will be repeated until Jesus returns. James 5:15New International Version (NIV) 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the The post Bible Promises To…
  • The Almighty Author of the Biblical Marriage

    Sonya Richards
    13 May 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Biblical Marriage God is the Author of Biblical Marriage.  In the beginning, He created man and then woman to be his helpmate.  God was the head of Adam; Adam was the head of Eve, and Eve was one flesh with Adam.  The balance of powers in any system must be equal lest they lean too sharply to the left or right, finally falling, bringing down the entire structure. Satan, as we know, is a cunning tempter and he delights in distorting God’s Word, causing confusion in the body of Christ and, if he can break down the family, he goes The post The Almighty Author of the Biblical Marriage…
  • Women in the Bible Strong and Brave

    Sonya Richards
    6 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    Women in the Bible Women are in no way neglected in the Bible.  On the contrary, there are many strong, brave women in the Bible, beginning with Eve.  Eve is the first of the women in the Bible, mother of all, and helpmate to Adam.  Eve, as most everyone knows, was seduced by the snake (Satan), did what God forbid, ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and gave some also to her husband, sealing their fate and expelling them from the Garden. Eve is portrayed in many ways including evil and stupid, but she did The post Women in the Bible Strong and Brave appeared first on Your…
  • A Quick Bible Read Is Often All It Takes

    Sonya Richards
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
    A Quick Bible Read A quick Bible read is sometimes all we can manage in the midst of a busy day, but it’s better that than not at all.  “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).  So, even a brief read before heading out for work or just a chapter or two before bed can help in a much bigger way than The post A Quick Bible Read Is Often All It Takes appeared first on Your Bible…
  • What Is a Bible Thumper

    Sonya Richards
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    They Call Us Bible Thumpers They call us Bible thumpers, hypocrites, and even fools.  The unsaved have us pegged as hypocritical, much of which is in their minds.  I know because I have been there, judging imperfections and petty sins of Christians to be the evidence of their “holier-than-thou” attitude and unworthiness to preach to me when the fact, much of the time, is simply the equality of us as sinners.  Does this make me a Bible Thumper? We Christians are just sinners who have acknowledged our sin and need for a savior and have committed to the process of The post What Is a Bible…
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • 20 Funny Basketball Memes

    Get Better Today
    8 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    There’s nothing better than a funny basketball meme.  So we decided to post 20 funny basketball memes we could find on the internet.  We’d cite our “sources”, but let’s be honest – they’re just memes.  Nobody has a clue where they come from. Anthony Davis Meme  Kobe Bryant Meme Russell Westbrook Meme Michael Jordan Basketball Meme Metta World Peace, Ron Artest Meme Tim Duncan Meme Jeremy Lin Meme Funny Basketball Meme Yao Ming Meme James Harden Meme Lebron James Meme Kobe Bryant Memes Humorous NBA Memes Pizza Rolls Meme Stephen Curry Meme Anthony…
  • Who Are You Rooting For? Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao

    Get Better Today
    2 May 2015 | 4:38 pm
    The post Who Are You Rooting For? Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • 15 Leg Day Memes That Are Incredibly Funny

    Get Better Today
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:51 pm
    There’s nothing better than a funny leg day meme.  So we decided to post 15 hilarious and funny leg day memes that we know you’ll love.                               The post 15 Leg Day Memes That Are Incredibly Funny appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • John Lester Tosses His Mitt To First For An Out

    Get Better Today
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Cubs pitcher Jon Lester has been experiencing trouble throwing to first base this year. But this situation is a little different.  San Diego Padres hitter Clint Barmes, hits a comebacker that gets stuck in Lester’s glove.  Since, he can’t get the ball out of the glove – what should he do? Just throw the glove to first. The post John Lester Tosses His Mitt To First For An Out appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • Ex-NBA Player Who Made $60 Million Explains Why Pro Athletes Go Broke

    Michael Fear
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    View image | gettyimages.com \   Josh Childress, former NBA player and college star, made over $60 million in his basketball career. In a recent interview with Grit Media, Childress discussed NBA money and how it’s easy for professional athletes to go broke. He’s a Stanford grad – it’s not surprising he’s brilliant. “The first mistake is, people say, ‘Okay, I’ve got $11 million,'” Childress said. “You’ve got five [million dollars after taxes] over four years. So that million-dollar house that you thought you had $11…
 
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    consolationproject.com

  • Ben Carson Is Running For President

    The Consolation Project
    4 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Its official, as of the 4th of May Ben Carson is officially running for the presidency of the United States of America. Though he admits he isn't the typical politician he believes he has what it takes to make a difference.
  • We Are The Jerusalem Jesus Wept For

    Alroy Ndhlovu
    1 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Just as Jesus Christ made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem when He was on earth He is soon to make another glorious entry into this earth at His second coming. Will we cause Him to weep again?
  • Devastating Earthquake Hits Napal Causing Massive Loss

    The Consolation Project
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    A devastating earthquake hit Napal causing plenty of damage to infrastructure and a massive loss of life. This was the worst quake to hit the area in 81 years.
  • How The New Christian Left Is Twisting The Gospel

    Chelsen Vicari
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It is no secret that there is an expanding gulf between traditional Christian teachings and contemporary moral values. But the sad truth is that the ideological gulf between America's evangelical grown-ups and their kids, aka the "Millennials," seems to be widening too.
  • Getting Drunk Is Easy: What It Means To Be Sober

    Christopher Pemhiwa
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    The importance of being sober in a world so intoxicating cannot be emphasized enough. Here are a few words to keep you focused in such a distracting world.
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • 8 Pound Gain at my Grandpa’s Memorial

    Austin Andrews
    27 May 2015 | 7:18 pm
    I gained 8 pounds this weekend. My extended family and I gathered in Tucson to say goodbye to my Grandpa Chuck, who passed away and needed to be laid to rest. The ceremony was heartfelt and the memories fond but the toll of the weekend was high. My emotions were high as the reality and grief of losing my Grandpa hit me. So, I ate. And ate. And while I made some good choices a few times, I made some “possibly regrettable” choices many times as well. (Chimichanga with a traditional MExican Mole sauce at the oldest Mexican Restaurant still running in the US anyone?!) All of this led me to…
  • #TWITTER-SAVED-MY-LIFE

    Matt Hylton
    26 May 2015 | 7:37 pm
    #TWITTERSAVEDMYLIFE We all have heard of divine intervention stories but when it happens to you it changes your life forever. I say this because in 2011 while I was pastoring a small church in Salisbury, MD I was told by the denomination I was affiliated with that there is a pastor who was on the Biggest Loser TV show who is now helping out other people and ministers regain their life and health. The problem was the denominational officials didn’t have the former Biggest Loser contestants name or contact information. Like most people I shrugged my shoulders and said, “oh well. If it…
  • Healthy Tips for that Flavorful Burger!

    Austin Andrews
    20 May 2015 | 10:38 am
    With Memorial Day right around the corner, its about that time where we should take a hard look at how we can enjoy our burger, and we can eat it too! Let’s infuse big flavor, enjoyable bites and an exciting grill day into our healthy life plan using these flavorful tips!   Swap plain, protein-rich Greek yogurt or sliced and mashed avocado in place of mayo for a healthier spread. Instead of classic white bread crumbs try using Whole Wheat or try ground nuts (such as hazelnut or almond) for a healthier filler that’s also gluten-free. Instead of reaching for that Sour Cream based…
  • Biggest Loser Renewed for Season 17!

    Austin Andrews
    11 May 2015 | 6:49 pm
    30 Minutes of Activity a Day for 30 Days… Are you ready to get moving? For several months there has been a cloud hanging over NBC’s The Biggest Loser TV Show. A flagship reality TV Show that has experienced some decline in viewership the past three years but still makes the network a huge chunk in change, Biggest Loser has seemingly been in a state of purgatory. Until Now. Biggest Loser’s Facebook page has seemingly come to life the last 4-5 days, but I wasn’t convinced enough to post anything about it. I know how much all of us have LOVED the show, and for me to…
  • To Women who are not Mom’s and Mom’s

    Austin Andrews
    10 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    A Message to Women: My Mom, Future Moms, People Missing Mom, and Women who are not Mom. Posted by RetroFit on Sunday, May 10, 2015   To Moms and Women who are not Mom’s: To MY Mom: I love you, and I wouldn’t be the man that I am today if it wasn’t for you. Thank you for all you have given me, and will give me. I hope someday I not only get to a parent like you, but I get to give back to you as well. To ALL Moms: You are loved and appreciated. You might have not been the greatest mom of all time (Title taken by my mom currently) but you have given life, sometimes…
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    United Faith Church

  • Powerful Love of God

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    20 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. What great compassion and love the Father has for his Church! The whole world can be shaking and in chaos, but his people will kept in peace. It’s the powerful love of God that keeps us safe. It floods our minds with thoughts of peace. It fills our hearts with joy and nothing can separate us from it. Wherever we go his presence goes with us because “he who watches over Israel will…
  • Joy From Heaven

    Kris Burke
    14 May 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Psalm 4:7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. UFC, All of us have come across different types of joy in the world. Joy when their football team wins, joy when the paycheck comes or joy when everything seems to be going right. What is the difference between joy of the world and joy from God? Joy of the world is ever fleeting and constantly changing. The joy from God, however, lasts eternally. As much as people cheer for sports or laugh when their bank accounts are full, their joy cannot be compared to the joy from the Kingdom of God. Our joy…
  • The Depth of Love that God has for Us

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    13 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! Just think about the depth of love that God has for us.  He hasn’t called us into empty religion that leaves us unsatisfied or endless rituals that leave us lifeless.  He calls us into his family!  He connects us to his own heart and becomes the very lifeline that causes us to be pure and walk in love. We are children of God that haven’t been abandoned as orphans but cupped in the hands of our Father! As his children may our prayer today be to,…
  • Conformed to the Image of the Son

    Kris Burke
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Romans 8:29-30 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. UFC, Wasn’t the life of Jesus so amazing? Reading about His supernatural life throughout the gospels can leave you amazed. He healed the blind, rescued the lost, fed the hungry and even raised the dead. Yet as amazing as Jesus’ life was, we have been called to live a life just like His. We have been called to live…
  • Word of Truth

    Kris Burke
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. UFC, We have been given something so precious. God has entrusted us with His precious Word. What are we doing with that Word? It has the power to transform, convict, teach, reveal, cut, and expose. How are we handling the Word of God? Are we allowing it to sit unused or are we utilizing it to cause change and transformation in our hearts? The Word is a gift from God and we should be utilizing it every day. That way we can present…
 
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    FaithSuccess

  • HAPPY NEW MONTH!

    SEGUN
    1 May 2015 | 4:19 am
    Good day and how are we doing. It has been a while. We apologise for the break Wishing us all a Blessed New Month in Jesus Name, It shall be the beginning of change and Stability in Jesus Name. This Month shall be a Month of Months for us in Jesus Name. Lets look at Exodus 12: 2 in various versions New International Version "This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of
  • Happy New Year!!! - from FaithSuccess

    SEGUN
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Happy New Year!!! Thanks to you all for being a reader of FaithSuccess Blog, God bless you We really appreciate you for being part of our SUCCESS in the year 2014. This new year shall be a season of fruitfulness for us all in Jesus Name. It shall be a blessed year in Jesus Name . May God's presence go with us, and be a wall of fire round about us. Zech. 2:5! God shall deliver us from
  • Leadership nuggets

    SEGUN
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Leadership involves impact/influence. The way you can advise you're a pioneer is to look over your shoulder. In the event that some person's taking after, then you're the pioneer. In the event that no one's tailing, you're not the pioneer. The minute you need to say to the individuals in your service, "I'm the pioneer!" you are no more the pioneer. Authority is something that is earned. You
  • Progressing by THE WORD!

    SEGUN
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all (1 Timothy 4:15) 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8 - KJV).
  • Paul's Thorn in the flesh

    SEGUN
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:55 pm
    What About Paul's Thorn? "But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell" (Num. 33:55). "Don't you remember, though, Brother Hagin 'Paul was sick all his life.'" "No, I don't remember that." "But
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    United Faith Church Barnegat New Jersey Blog

  • United Faith Church in Barnegat New Jersey is Building with Love Instead of Dollars

    United Faith Church
    5 May 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Through the example set by Pastors Jerry and Janeth Santiago, United Faith Church of Barnegat New Jersey becomes an exemplary model of how miracles still do happen today for those who give their heart to God. With humble beginnings it is hard to believe that a mere eight years ago, United Faith Church was meeting […] The post United Faith Church in Barnegat New Jersey is Building with Love Instead of Dollars appeared first on United Faith Church Barnegat New Jersey Blog.
  • What is a Disciple? – A Crucial Question for Today’s Church

    United Faith Church
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    What is a disciple? Many people think that a disciple is simply one who believes in Jesus. Some might even take it further to say a disciple is one who studies the word of God, one who is well versed in the discipline of being a Christian. Still neither is a true disciple of Jesus […] The post What is a Disciple? – A Crucial Question for Today’s Church appeared first on United Faith Church Barnegat New Jersey Blog.
  • How do you know if you’re in a cult? – the True Church checklist

    United Faith Church
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Nowadays, the term ‘cult’ is thrown around rather loosely, casually labeling churches and other organizations as cultish for displaying radical characteristics. UPDATE – View the True Church Infographic In this day and age of tolerance, where all things are permissible, the only thing that does not seem to be permissible is unwavering and undivided devotion […] The post How do you know if you’re in a cult? – the True Church checklist appeared first on United Faith Church Barnegat New Jersey Blog.
  • What is Discipleship? – 10 Blessings for the True Disciple

    United Faith Church
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Are you a Christian searching for more and asking what is discipleship? When you read the Bible, do you discover a major gap between the powerful lives led by Jesus’ disciples and your own? Perhaps you have been ‘born again,’ but you have yet to see the fruit of the abundant life that you have […] The post What is Discipleship? – 10 Blessings for the True Disciple appeared first on United Faith Church Barnegat New Jersey Blog.
  • Freedom in Marriage – United Faith Church Testimony

    United Faith Church
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Freedom for the captives from cancer, poverty, alcoholism, depression, and death. Our family overcame it all and now lives in freedom with a fully restored marriage!  This is a real-life story of my miraculous journey to freedom with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Story My wife and I began our marriage following some really terrible […] The post Freedom in Marriage – United Faith Church Testimony appeared first on United Faith Church Barnegat New Jersey Blog.
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    brian niece | sacramental living

  • Thoughts on Following Jesus

    Brian Niece
    19 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    Thoughts on Following Jesus This week will mark 17 years that I’ve been married to my life-mate. Reflecting on the perspective changes that 17 years has brought, reminds me of the perspective changes I’ve experienced while following Jesus. The Naiveté of Youth In 1998, I had no idea what I was committing myself to when I made a covenant to share life with Heather. She had no idea either. I loved her (though my understanding of love has deepened and broadened considerably since). As inwardly focused as I was at that time, I thought she’d support me in my arrogant pursuits…
  • A Prayer for Times of Chaos

    Brian Niece
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    A Prayer for Times of Chaos via // pixabay.com My soul sinks, my heart skips beats, my breath is short and labored. Life swirls erratically around me, chaos calls to chaos. But now, right now, I must rehearse everything I know of you: You called Abraham, You wrestled Jacob, You sustained Moses, You graced Elijah, You forgave David, You protected Jeremiah, You inspired Ezekiel, You consoled Hosea, You blessed Mary, You shaped Peter, You sanctified Paul. Drowning in the surf, the thundering breakers crushing me, I now remember: You have promised to never leave me. My life is your prayer. Amen.
  • On Truth and Power

    Brian Niece
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    On Truth and Power Jesus-followers are to speak truth to power. Yet, there comes a time when power must embrace truth and act truthfully. Take our US American government as an example. How can our representative form of government be an authentic republic when the “power” entities succumb to threats to their power, rather than embracing truthful ways of living and being even at the expense of that power? Truthful Living Or let me just consider myself. I’m a pastor. It’s my job; my source of income. But God did not call me to be a pastor, rather to preach the gospel…
  • Confessions :: If I Could Just Be a Christian

    Brian Niece
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    Confessions :: If I Could Just Be a Christian I was reading recently where Gandhi was once asked why he was not a Christian even though he spoke highly of Christ. Gandhi’s reply: “I would become a Christian, if I could just find one.” Ouch! Immediately we might want to respond to such a subtle accusation by reminding Gandhi of all the churches that are filled (or partly filled) each Sunday. “Go into any one,” we might say, “and meet a Christian.” The truth is, Gandhi’s reply is haunting me. via // www.deviantart.com Confession: I have come to…
  • Sacrifice of Comfort // from the archives

    Brian Niece
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Sacrifice of Comfort // from the archives *This post first appeared September 18, 2007 // At that time, we had just one child and one on the way ... Seems so long ago ... A week ago, on a breezy Monday night, my family and I joined some friends outside a store to give away something: free hugs. It was part of International Free Hug Day. I floated out the idea to some people to see who (if anyone) was interested. Actually found a person who loved the idea, headed it up, invited others, etc. I must confess … I was way out of my comfort zone. I signed up to make a sign, but not to be a…
 
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    The Cross-Current

  • We’ve moved!

    Cross-Current
    19 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    SORRY! I moved The Cross-Current to a new URL address — See you over at the new blog!
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    The WILD VOICE

  • Priest Speaks Up Against 'The Francis Effect'

    The WILDVOICE
    19 May 2015 | 6:33 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org published on May 19, 2015 “Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it; and indeed to neglect to confound evil men, when we can do it, is no less a sin… Read more → The post Priest Speaks Up Against 'The Francis Effect' appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • VIDEO: 'The Last Babylon'

    The WILDVOICE
    6 May 2015 | 4:34 am
    http://thewildvoice.org THE LAST BABYLON – HD In a world of massive deceit and totalitarian regimes hidden behind the mask of democracy, the sheep are held hostage into their blindness. The mainstream media, the global banking cartel, the New World government, the… Read more → The post VIDEO: 'The Last Babylon' appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • VIDEO: 'Under the Dome of Pope Francis'

    The WILDVOICE
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    http://thewildvoice.org UNDER THE DOME OF POPE FRANCIS – HD This short video attempts to underline the two sides of the one disunited Catholic Church under "pope" Francis' kingship. Through the use of imagery and the absence of any commentary, the clip… Read more → The post VIDEO: 'Under the Dome of Pope Francis' appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • A POPE AND A PRIEST SAY ‘Don't Worry Too Much About HELL’

    The WILDVOICE
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:44 am
    http://thewildvoice.org published on   April 11, 2015 PAGE TOPICS There Is No Punishment – Distinct and Clear Pope Francis – Don't Quote Me On That Cut Back On The Pasta – By The Way, The 'Pope' Just Denied Hell Father Barron… Read more → The post A POPE AND A PRIEST SAY ‘Don't Worry Too Much About HELL’ appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • BREAKING BREAD – Pope Reshaping the Eucharist

    The WILDVOICE
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    http://thewildvoice.org March 14, 2015 PAGE TOPICS Is the Eucharist Still the Body of Christ? Does Anybody Still Care? The Really Big News Story – That Nobody Really Covered A New Transubstantiation – The Body of Christ Turns Into 'The Brother' (VIDEO/TRANSCRIPT)… Read more → The post BREAKING BREAD – Pope Reshaping the Eucharist appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
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  • When Prayer Gets Hard

    purposefulfaith
    28 May 2015 | 12:50 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Guest post by: Kelly O’Dell Stanley Praying for YOU is easy. If you come to me and ask for prayer, these are the words I will have for you: All things are possible. God is a healer. Hold tight to your faith. Just believe. I will carry your request to God, believing He can do anything. And that He will. Absolutely. It’s easy enough to pray for my friends. I don’t even hesitate. But for me? Sometimes the only words that will come are ugly, insidious whispers: You are not enough. You don’t deserve what you want. You haven’t been faithful enough. You haven’t…
  • Fighting Back Tough Times

    purposefulfaith
    27 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: So, I wrote a recent blog post, practically entitled, “The Great Purposeful Faith Hack Attack,” only to be faced with its aftermath yet again.  My site has been deeply compromised, injured internally and badly beaten. Poor thing. But God’s Word hasn’t. Jesus was badly compromised, injured and beaten, but his words last forever. His touch, a lifetime. His promises, forevermore. His power, ever-flowing. So, it all doesn’t really matter does it? In so many ways, anything can be stripped down to its core, but what always remains is the name of…
  • Just A Work-In-Progress (Linkup)

    purposefulfaith
    26 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Sometimes I think I act like a fake Christian. I come on this blog and talk the talk, but then at home, I drop the ball. I raise my hands to pray, only to turn and go the opposite way. I say in Jesus’ name, and seconds later, wonder if my name still counts in his book. I love other people, until it gets inconvenient. These actions make me feel like an inadequate daughter, a lazy child and a no-good-worthy christian. They make me wonder if Jesus could really love a girl like this? A girl who is so often just a Christian poser. While I know Jesus extends me grace (which I…
  • Living Without Fear

    purposefulfaith
    25 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Purposeful Faith has been delighted to have Katy McCown join us as a guest contributor. Her insights have compelled our heart to love God more and more. We wish her only the best as she follows God in the next chapter of her life. Katie, thank you for being you. You glorify God in a powerful way! Post by Katy McCown In Proverbs 31 God introduces us to this woman, “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25 (NLT) And the hearts of all God’s girls say, Yes, please! But deep down we wonder, Is this…
  • Protect Your Heart from Hackers

    purposefulfaith
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: My blog was hit by a brute force hacker who brutely forced fear straight into my heart. They attempted to hack and whack the message of God. To halt the images leading the way to the way, the truth and the life. To hammer my functionality. To halt images portraying the way, the truth and life. I panicked. I emailed help like a mad woman. I fretted and feared. But, nothing can stop the truth of God. We may fall, sites may fall, finances may fall, buildings may fall, jobs may fall, kids may fall, feelings may fall, but nothing can make our all-powerful Jesus fall from…
 
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    The Standard Blog for Christian Business Owners

  • Ask About Faith

    28 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    A new website and an exciting new development for The Standard You will already know our commitment and enthusiasm for God's word and will have probably gathered we are being guided down a a somewhat different path to many others - Praise God! Over the past few weeks God has been making his plans clearer by the day and this short blog is to give you the 'heads-up!' We are to start evangelising in coffee shops on Sunday mornings!!! Our message will be to explain the following: What life as a Christian is supposed to look like What the big picture of the Bible is What forces exist that…
  • Sins of the fathers? Ending our addiction to national debt

    22 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    For Christians working in banking & business who are concerned about Britain’s debt-driven economy This event is the latest in a series designed to celebrate and expand on the content of each of the Jubilee Centres Cambridge Papers as they are published.  This event on June 15th, will be of particular interest to Christians working in the city, in finance and in business and is entitled ‘Sins of the fathers?  Ending our addiction to national debt.’  During the recent financial crisis, governments borrowed freely, as if they were fighting an existential…
  • The Failed UK Church

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    The conduct of church and their leaders results in the loss of 100,000 worshippers every year! I am struggling, seriously, I really mean it! I'm struggling as a Christian. A born-again Christian at that and here's why. I've been self-employed since 1987 and as you would expect I've had my fair share of ups and downs. After some tumultuous years, my wife and I became born-again Christians in June 2009.We have never settled in a church, yet we have never stopped reading and learning about God and Jesus and faith from wherever we could. During the past six years we have attended four churches in…
  • Praying for Business: Part Two (2/2)

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    Some Practical Suggestions Yesterday I began to offer some practical suggestions for pastors (and other worship leaders) who want to start praying for the marketplace and its workers. These suggestions were: Look to Scripture for new insight into how business might be an essential element of God’s business in the world. Allow someone who works in business to share in a worship service how she integrates her faith into her work. Then ask the classic “missionary question” – “And how can we pray for you?”  I recognize that these two starting points are not easy…
  • Praying for Business: Part One (1/2)

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    Some Practical Suggestions Last week my blogging focused on the question: Why don’t we pray for business? I was especially concerned with the absence of marketplace related prayer in the context of corporate Christian gatherings for worship and prayer. When we get together for these purposes, we Christians often pray for government and political leaders, for and pastors, for soldiers and missionaries, perhaps even for teachers and police officers. But rarely, if ever, do we pray for businesses and their employees. I have offered several reasons why this happens in…
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  • ​Am I A Failure If My Child Doesn’t Follow Jesus?

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s painful to watch someone you love say “no” to Jesus or walk away from the Church. Seeing a child settle or self-destruct leaves us feeling helpless and heartbroken. Well-meaning friends and parents may try to force them toward God and church, but more often what they need is not discipline, but direction. Obligation wears out, but inspiration from the Holy Spirit creates a heart change that lasts forever. 3 Ways to Deal With Your Child Living Without Jesus 1. Don’t give up. Your child belonged to God before belonging to you (Psalm 127:3). God wants even more for…
  • 4 Questions To Ask When You Want To Make The Right Decision

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    27 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    We’ve all heard of buyer’s remorse, that feeling you get when you purchase something and later regret it. Most of us have experienced it at some point in our lives, whether it was a new shirt, a TV, or even a car. As Christians we can also experience a similar wave of doubt when faced with a decision where there’s no clear answer. It can appear as should I buy house A or house B? Should I spend the money and take my family on a vacation or save it for a rainy day? Some decisions we make instantly without much thought but others can weigh us down for weeks while we search for…
  • God Wants Me To Do What?!

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    You don’t have to have read the Bible or go to church to have heard of Moses. Moses told Pharaoh to let his people go, parted the Red Sea, and led Israel into the promised land. He wrote the first five books of the Bible and is mentioned in 31 of the 66 books of the Bible. Moses’ life was so influential and dramatic, it’s been made into a movie multiple times. Moses is remembered for his leadership, for giving Israel the Ten Commandments and the Law, and for being man of great faith (Hebrews 11:23-29). To most of us, a life like Moses’ seems out of reach. But…
  • What Freedom Inspires Us To Do

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Freedom is worth celebrating! Many people talk about freedom around Memorial Day and other holidays, but it’s far more relevant than just a few times a year. Freedom isn’t just an abstract idea to talk about, but it’s a spiritual truth God wants to teach us. Everyone benefits from learning how to make the most of our freedom. One of the best ways to use it is not to keep what’s good for ourselves, but share what’s good with more people. We can celebrate freedom by serving God and serving others. 3 Ways Freedom Inspires Us To Serve 1. Freedom shows…
  • I Doubt God Wants To Save My Friends and Family

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    24 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A recap of Kaleb White's sermon, “I Doubt God Wants To Save My Friends and Family,” in 140 characters or less.​ 1. It’s not a problem to have doubts. The problem is when we take our doubts to anyone other than the One who can do something about them. #WithoutADoubt 2. Sometimes the best thing we can pray is, “I believe! Help my unbelief.” #WithoutADoubt 3. We don’t have to wonder if Jesus can save our friends and family members. Jesus can and He wants to. #WithoutADoubt 4. The first step to a God-sized faith in what He can do is a God-sized faith…
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    Benjamin Ehinger's Blog

  • It’s never too late, but why wait?

    Benjamin Ehinger
    24 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    We say it all the time….”it’s never too late.” Usually, this phrase is used when talking to or about somebody that is suffering from the “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve syndrome.” The truth is, it really is never too late, but why procrastinate any longer? I remember when I was floating through life in a fog and had no idea that I could experience so much more fulfillment from Christ than I would ever find in sex, drugs, alcohol or social interaction. It’s amazing how much knowledge we gain when we look back. It wasn’t too late…
  • Why are Atheists So Loud?

    Benjamin Ehinger
    22 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The so-called atheist movement is getting to be a bit annoying. Just about every time I log on to Facebook (granted, it’s only once a day, maybe twice on occasion) there’s a new article about some atheist group offended over Christianity. It has become such a common thing, it makes me wonder if that’s another agenda being shoved down our throats until we just accept it. First it was divorce becoming the normal, then the homosexual movement, now it’s transgender and atheism. I am sure I missed a few in there and feel free to correct me in the comments. Today, I want to…
  • The Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve Syndrome

    Benjamin Ehinger
    21 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    We all suffer from it and we all deal with it daily. We make decisions, second guess ourselves and end up using one of the three words: Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve. These three words can be added into the bad word category because they certainly don’t Glorify God. Yes, there are times when it’s not a big deal, but there are times when we look back and really regret something we should’ve done, could’ve handled or wish we would’ve done differently. Why do we Struggle with Regret? Regret comes from a lack of forgiveness. Sometimes, it’s a…
  • Sand or Stone – 4.7.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:12 am
    Today’s Scripture is Matthew 7:21-27 What have you set your foundation on, here on earth? Have you set your foundation on sand or is it built on stone? Do you have the rock as the foundation of your life or are you living on shaky ground easily destroyed by the smallest gust of wind? In today’s scripture, Jesus makes it clear we need to do more than just say we believe in Him with our lips. We need to build a life with Jesus Christ (The Rock) as our foundation and nothing else. “21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only…
  • Praise the Lord! – 4.6.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:52 am
    Today’s Scripture is Psalm 18:1-3,46 Very fitting scripture for the day after Easter, we remember what the Lord has done for us and this Psalm helps us to glorify Him in every way. David used seven different words to describe what the Lord is to him and we can use all seven and more to describe what He is to us. “18 I love you, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my…
 
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • 20 Funny Basketball Memes

    Get Better Today
    8 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    There’s nothing better than a funny basketball meme.  So we decided to post 20 funny basketball memes we could find on the internet.  We’d cite our “sources”, but let’s be honest – they’re just memes.  Nobody has a clue where they come from. Anthony Davis Meme  Kobe Bryant Meme Russell Westbrook Meme Michael Jordan Basketball Meme Metta World Peace, Ron Artest Meme Tim Duncan Meme Jeremy Lin Meme Funny Basketball Meme Yao Ming Meme James Harden Meme Lebron James Meme Kobe Bryant Memes Humorous NBA Memes Pizza Rolls Meme Stephen Curry Meme Anthony…
  • Who Are You Rooting For? Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao

    Get Better Today
    2 May 2015 | 4:38 pm
    The post Who Are You Rooting For? Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • 15 Leg Day Memes That Are Incredibly Funny

    Get Better Today
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:51 pm
    There’s nothing better than a funny leg day meme.  So we decided to post 15 hilarious and funny leg day memes that we know you’ll love.                               The post 15 Leg Day Memes That Are Incredibly Funny appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • John Lester Tosses His Mitt To First For An Out

    Get Better Today
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Cubs pitcher Jon Lester has been experiencing trouble throwing to first base this year. But this situation is a little different.  San Diego Padres hitter Clint Barmes, hits a comebacker that gets stuck in Lester’s glove.  Since, he can’t get the ball out of the glove – what should he do? Just throw the glove to first. The post John Lester Tosses His Mitt To First For An Out appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • Ex-NBA Player Who Made $60 Million Explains Why Pro Athletes Go Broke

    Michael Fear
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    View image | gettyimages.com \   Josh Childress, former NBA player and college star, made over $60 million in his basketball career. In a recent interview with Grit Media, Childress discussed NBA money and how it’s easy for professional athletes to go broke. He’s a Stanford grad – it’s not surprising he’s brilliant. “The first mistake is, people say, ‘Okay, I’ve got $11 million,'” Childress said. “You’ve got five [million dollars after taxes] over four years. So that million-dollar house that you thought you had $11…
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    Church Community Builder

  • 4 questions to help you evaluate your church’s connection process

    Steve Caton
    28 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Effective connections processes and growing churches go together like bacon and happy men. If you see one, it’s highly likely you’ll see the other! Yet, I am still surprised by the number of churches I visit or talk to that have no connections process at all. How is that possible? Have you considered that every single ministry in your church benefits from an effective connection process? Think about it. Discipleship thrives because there’s an intentional process in place to move people into a deeper relationship with Christ. Community flourishes because people feel cared for.
  • Direct Communication Gets You Moving and Improving

    Steve Caton
    26 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Last year, my friend Rob Cizek, who is the Executive Pastor at Northshore Christian Church in the Seattle area, wrote a very popular article on the topic of direct communication. In the post, he goes into great detail about the differences between being indirect and direct as well as how the latter is a requirement of effective leadership. It is a great piece that makes me wonder a lot about why we have such a hard time doing this in the local church. Don’t we realize that, by being ‘nice’ and indirect, we are only hurting the people we lead? If we can learn how to be direct in a loving…
  • Why your church should have a succession plan for every ministry role

    Steve Caton
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Succession planning has become an important conversation, especially for many of today’s megachurch ministries. However, making sure you have people in place to handle each role in case a staff member leaves — voluntarily or otherwise — is important for every church. And it’s much broader than just the senior pastor. For example, if your business administrator leaves, you could lose a lot of historical knowledge if you don’t have a plan in place. If your communications director leaves, does someone else have the social media passwords? In fact, the lack of effective succession…
  • Why you might be alienating guests from the platform (and how to avoid it)

    Steve Caton
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    When church has been a part of your weekly routine for several decades, it’s easy to forget how some of the jargon and habits can be completely foreign to newcomers. Churches are full of insider language we don’t even think about because we’re so used to it — but the people we’re trying to reach often aren’t. Words like ‘lost’ and ‘witness’ can be confusing and even seem condescending to someone who is not familiar with those terms. Communication breaks down when the speaker’s meaning isn’t accurately conveyed to or interpreted by the listener. Whether we’re…
  • XPs … you’re not alone.

    Steve Caton
    14 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    As I shared in this post, executive pastors carry a load that is different from every other leader in the church. They juggle not only leading the staff and making key decisions, but also making sure people are equipped to do the ministry they are called to do. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when your role includes such a variety of responsibilities. If you’ve ever felt like you’re alone in these challenges, you’re not. Hey, Executive Pastor! You’re not alone. Here are a just few challenges we’ve heard from executive pastors: Your job title includes being a ‘jack of all…
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    A God-man in Christ

  • Engaging in Spiritual Warfare by Being in Ascension and Proclaiming Christ’s Victory

    aGodMan
    28 May 2015 | 1:58 am
    In the spiritual reality behind the scenes of the human world and things there’s a spiritual warfare raging: Satan fights with all he has against God and His people. The fact is, however, that Satan has already been defeated by Christ on the cross, so now he fights to delay the fulfillment of God’s plan; at best he can delay it a little, but when the Lord gains a group of believers who stand on earth for Him and align their will with His in prayer, Satan will be defeated and put to shame. Spiritual warfare is necessary because Satan’s will is set against God’s will,…
  • Seeing the Need to Engage in Spiritual Warfare as we Live with Christ in Ascension

    aGodMan
    27 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    As those who love the Lord and seek to know Him, we are eventually called by our Beloved Lord – in His time and in His way – to live with Him in His ascension as a new creation in resurrection (see Song of Songs 4:7-15). When the Lord sees that we are ready for this, He calls us to live with Him in His ascension, and here we become a garden to satisfy Christ; He is delighted and pleased with the rich produce and sweet fragrance of Christ being wrought into us to satisfy Him. We need to live in ascension with Christ by living in our spirit and by discerning the spirit from the soul…
  • Living in Ascension by Living in our Spirit and Discerning our Spirit from our Soul

    aGodMan
    26 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    All believers in Christ are, on the one hand, those who want to know God and experience Him more, and, on the other hand, the lovers of Christ, those who love Him and seek Him in love. As those who love the Lord and seek Him, we are eventually called by our Beloved Lord to live with Him in His ascension as a new creation in resurrection, as seen in the seeker’s experience in Song of Songs 4:7-15. The Lord knows when we’re ready; He prepares us and sets up the environment in such a way that, when we hear His call, we simply are with Him in ascension, and He is delighted to have us…
  • Being Called by our Beloved to Live with Him in His Ascension as a New Creation in Resurrection

    aGodMan
    25 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    After seeing the extraordinary scene of Christ’s ascension as unfolded to us by the Spirit of revelation, we need to further see something and enter into the experience of Christ’s ascension as unveiled to us in the Song of Songs. Christ’s ascension is not a mere idea, concept, doctrine, or even an objective truth but an actual experience in which we need to enter and possess. The question is, Do we know ascension according to the experience of life? If we were in the Lord’s presence right now, as people of genuineness and sincerity being in the light and seeking to…
  • Receiving the Divine Transmission and Being one with Christ to Respond in Prayer

    aGodMan
    23 May 2015 | 3:37 pm
    It is so wonderful and encouraging to realize that Christ is in the heavens as our divine High Priest interceding for us, and He was appointed by God to care of us. He knows what we need; we think we know what we need, but Christ knows what our real need is, and He intercedes for us before God. Knowing that Christ is a divine High Priest interceding for us should cause a reaction in us; we should respond to Christ’s intercession by cooperating with Him to grow in life, enjoy the Lord, and be transformed, and we should be those who reflect His prayer on the earth. We need to cooperate…
 
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    "What Is The Meaning Of Life?"

  • Do You Make A Promise You Can’t Keep?

    Albert
    27 May 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Have you ever thought about it? Have you thought about the idea that the God of All the Universe has made promises to humans? Pretty amazing, huh? A God that is beyond human comprehension has laid out how things are, and it includes promises on his end. A covenant is basically an agreement. This post … Continue reading Do You Make A Promise You Can’t Keep? →
  • Ottoman What? – Why The Ottoman Empire Matters To America

    Albert
    24 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    When you hear the words “Ottoman Empire” does anything come to mind? Probably not, if you are an American. For such an important part of history it is largely left out of discussions. Maybe not on the other side of the world, but In America, at least. Is there a reason you should know about … Continue reading Ottoman What? – Why The Ottoman Empire Matters To America →
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  • The Meaning Of Life – In The Material World

    Albert
    17 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Do you feel like your life is headed somewhere? Yes, you might be doing the things you think you should. But does it seem like there should be more? The Bible has many responses to that, but this post looks at one area specifically. This post looks at how physical things on earth work as … Continue reading The Meaning Of Life – In The Material World →
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  • We All Make Disciples

    Tim Sherfy
    27 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The parting command of Jesus, what is often known as “The Great Commission” (Matthew 28:19-20), was to make disciples. Done correctly, we all make disciples who then go on to make other disciples who go out and make more disciples. This is the organic way that the church, and ultimately the message of Jesus, was designed to be spread throughout the world. image © igor If we don’t make disciples who will make other disciples, then the beautiful message of Jesus gets muted and the people who most need to hear the truth might never encounter it. So it’s troubling how so many people pray…
  • What Defines You?

    Tim Sherfy
    24 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We live in a world where people are constantly searching for their identity. They try and find it in their career, in their relationships, in their possessions, or in their looks. There is a gnawing ache inside each of them that longs to be filled, so life becomes a relentless pursuit to define who they are. Typically when you ask someone who they are, they respond by telling you what they do or in what circles they run. image © Marek Identity is an intensely personal and internal concept that we mysteriously try and define through that which is external. Sadly, even some believers in Christ…
  • Faith that is Fully Alive

    Tim Sherfy
    20 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Josh Husmann, pastor at Mercy Road Church in Indianapolis, recently made the point that, “Your faith is most contagious when it is fully alive.” Dormant faith rarely spreads. If we aren’t living in such a way that our faith drives everything we do, we will struggle to be effective witnesses for Jesus. image © Maxim Malevich When we are fully engaged in our faith, our lives take on an irresistible glow, a fire that is visible to all those with whom we come into contact. We all want a faith that is fully alive, but the struggles of our own doubts and insecurities leave our faith…
  • Out of Your Comfort Zone

    Tim Sherfy
    17 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Recently my pastor said something that I have found to be true. He said, “Passion for Christ will always take you out of your comfort zone.” If you’ve been a follower of Jesus for any amount of time, you probably recognize this and consider it a no-brainer. But recognizing something to be true and accepting it are two very different things. image © Jusakas Let’s face it: most of us will do about anything to maintain our comfort. In fact we aggressively pursue it through the purchase of entertainment, clothing, food, and other vices. None of these crutches have anything to do with…
  • The Rich Young Ruler Revisited

    Tim Sherfy
    13 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I have always been drawn to the story of the rich young ruler found in three of the four gospels (Matthew 19:16-22, Mark 10:17-22, Luke 18:18-23). I love the black and white of it (or so it would seem). I love the way it lays down the gauntlet and demands everything from us in exchange for Jesus. image © vladimirfloyd So much has been written about this story already. Yet still I keep coming back to it. What does it mean to you and me and the lives we lead on a daily basis? How does it apply to those who profess to follow Christ 2,000 years after He walked on this very earth? One of the…
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    Steve Simons

  • The Salvation Paradox

    Steve Simons
    16 May 2015 | 4:38 am
    Prophets and preachers, theologians and pastors — believers of every sort have sought to understand and explain the root cause of Salvation.  If you want to be saved, how can you make that happen? The ironic answer is, you need to be in need of salvation. The more accurate answer is that Salvation is accomplished by God because He desires to save every human life, including yours.  It doesn’t require prerequisites or justification.  It isn’t the result of your personal holiness or because you deserve it.  Salvation is provided to all who accept it. In point of fact,…
  • Dealing With The Downside

    Steve Simons
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Your manager is looking for you to complete the project before next Friday.  Your team is behind.  You know you have a choice.  You can either choose to take the hit now or next Friday.  You think through the alternatives.  On the one hand, there are compromises you could make to deliver something workable even though you are certain that you can’t complete the entire task on time.  On the other hand, if you make a move to reset expectations again or ask for additional resources your manager may start looking for someone else to drive the job to completion. As you consider the choice…
  • The Radicalization of Peace

    Steve Simons
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Individual radicalization and religious extremism today present a clear and present danger both to individuals and to the core freedoms upon which civilization is built. The content of speech is not what should determine if it can be allowed by any society.  Speech should be free, period. Speech is a medium for communication and it is the most powerful agent for change that the world has ever known. And not getting offended is actually not a right that should be protected. Curtailing speech is one of the first indications of many a failing civilization.  Whether it is speaking out against…
  • The Actual Power of Peace

    Steve Simons
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:23 pm
    When you wake up in the morning, in that moment before you have pushed the covers back, before the cold reality of a brisk tile floor has met your feet, before you have stood in the warmth of a shower with your eyes closed enjoying a moment of solitude, before the worries, the cares, the concerns, and the plans for the day come flooding in to fill your thoughts with everything you are going to be involved in that day — before everything — right as you are thinking about opening your eyes, there is a moment of peace in which the plans and the purposes of that particular day will…
  • The Joy of Gratitude

    Steve Simons
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    God is ready to flood you with favor. God is ready to bless you with abundance. God is ready to provide you with prosperity. All it takes is a change in attitude, and you will start seeing the super-natural goodness of God in a whole new way in your life. When you are ready to enjoy, appreciate, and accept God’s goodness, it opens the door to blessing in a way that nothing else can.  This is because God loves you, which means that He wants to be good to you and give you things that you will enjoy, use, and love. If you tell God that you don’t like what He is giving you, you are…
 
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  • Good, Bad, Ugly, This Was Probably Be The Hardest Thing He Ever Did… Lecrae Confesses

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    4 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Christian rapper Lecrae has a powerful testimony and in this short video he displays true openness as he confesses to an abortion he made his girlfriend get when he had just become a Christian. He discusses carrying around the weight of this sin, hiding it, and trying to cover it up for years, and finally having to confess to his wife. God works in all of us, bringing light to the darkest corners of our hearts, and washing away the deepest stains of guilt. It’s never too late to confess, God wants to heal us, and the first step to freedom in The post Good, Bad, Ugly, This Was Probably Be…
  • Kirani James shatters Michael Johnson’s Drake 400 metres record

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    25 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    Kirani James outdid the field on a miserable Friday to win the 400 metres and shatter the meet record. that record was set by in 1996, by American Michael Johnson. The 22 year old Grenadian’s performance was outstanding especially in the horrid weather conditions. James shattered the meet record set in 1996 by American star Michael Johnson on a cold and windy night, finishing in 44.22 seconds, beating the old mark of 44.41 seconds. It wasn’t that far off the 43.94 that James posted to win the 2012 Olympics, and it was a half-second better than runner-up Yousef Ahmed Masrahi.
  • Best Marriage Proposal of 2015? Warning: Will Make You Cry! – 365 Day Proposal

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    10 Apr 2015 | 4:11 am
    So, how have you imagined the ideal proposal will be? Do you cared to be romanced at the proposal?  Dean proposed to Jennifer on the beautiful island of Aruba. This video has already garnered more than 22 million likes from the time it was uploaded on YouTube. Many say that it is the best proposal ever. It took the groom-to-be 365 days to film his proposal! Now how’s that for devotion and dedication!  Lots of love certainly went into making this proposal! And when the given day of proposing came, his fiancée burst into tears after watching the video. You will The post Best Marriage…
  • World’s Best Street Drummer? You’ve Have To See This!

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    10 Apr 2015 | 3:47 am
    WOW! Watching this drummer playing these buckets is simply wonderful! Known simply as Gordo, he is a street performer in the Australian city of Sydney. He is known as the fastest street drummer, and watching the video you will understand why! This guy is talented!! The post World’s Best Street Drummer? You’ve Have To See This! appeared first on ChristiansMag.
  • She Had to Choose Between 2 Doors. Which Door Would You Choose…?

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    9 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
    Would you describe yourself as beautiful? Do you rely on the opinion of others to know if you are beautiful? Dove traveled to San Francisco, Shanghai, Delhi, London and Sao Paulo to prove that beauty is a choice – and the power of this choice is in your hands. The company put up signs that said “beautiful” and “average” above the entryways of shopping centers in these five cities and filmed as completely random women contemplated about which door to enter. Feeling beautiful is a personal choice women (and men) should feel empowered to make for themselves, every day. According to a…
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  • CHRISTIAN LIFE for youth

    David
    17 May 2015 | 10:18 pm
    CHRISTIAN LIFE for youth Telugu Christian short film  Christ changes life lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matt 6:13 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with... The post CHRISTIAN LIFE for youth appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Telugu Christian SKIT – Real Christmas

    David
    15 May 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Telugu Christian SKIT – Real Christmas Birth day celebration in bible Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the... The post Telugu Christian SKIT – Real Christmas appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Audio Bible Telugu Revelation

    David
    14 May 2015 | 3:23 am
    Audio Bible Telugu Revelation Audio Bible Telugu Revelation 22 chapters listening audio bible free, audio bible Telugu download, Telugu audio bible New Testament, Telugu audio bible New Testament, free download Telugu audio bible mp3,... The post Audio Bible Telugu Revelation appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Audio Bible Telugu Hebrews

    David
    12 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    Audio Bible Telugu Titus   Audio Bible Telugu Titus 03 chapters listening audio bible free, audio bible Telugu download, Telugu audio bible New Testament, Telugu audio bible New Testament, free download Telugu audio bible... The post Audio Bible Telugu Hebrews appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Audio Bible Telugu 1Thessalonians

    David
    10 May 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Audio Bible Telugu 1Thessalonians Audio Bible Telugu 1Thessalonians , Audio Bible Telugu 2Thessalonians, Audio Bible Telugu 1Timothy and Audio Bible Telugu 2Timothy Audio Bible Telugu 1Thessalonians 05 chapters listening audio bible free, audio bible... The post Audio Bible Telugu 1Thessalonians appeared first on Gospel Daily.
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  • Faith In Focus (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    27 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    It’s the last official day of school for my youngest son (Freshmen Year). And As I was praying over his day; I heard the Lord whisper in my spirit, “Faith In Focus!”  As moms, we believe the very best for our children, and if we are not careful; worry, doubt or even fear can easily creep in. Especially, when listening to the local, state or national news. A few blogs ago, I spoke about a healing that occurred within our family (oldest son). We were in our early-to-mid twenties and had just joined our 1st local church (as a married couple), and had rededicated our life back…
  • Daily Inspiration (Mommy Moments)

    Marvlun Reed
    26 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    A few weeks back, I felt led to share/post encouragement to parents…. and today I felt led to share again to this site: Today is a very special day for two of our children!!!! And My husband and I are pulling double duty to be available and support them both! He’s in Wisconsin, and I’m here at home!!!! We’re both preparing to see dreams come true! In just a few short hours my daughter will be sworn in as an Attorney (Passing Both the California & Wisconsin Bar) & My youngest son will be jumping as a part of the Varsity Team!!!! Being a parent requires much…
  • In You Alone (Worship Moments)

    Marvlun Reed
    26 May 2015 | 12:04 am
    Current Situation: Worship Music playing softly in my ear, while my heart is in pursuit of the King!” There in the stillness, I can discern His Presence! His love surrounds me, and all I can do is offer up Praise!! I’m usually asleep by this Time, but not Tonight! Tonight, I am Up pursuing My Heavenly Father (My Passion) As I sit here worshiping, & meditating on His word, I am encouraged to Trust Him even more, to Praise Him even louder, and to Share my Faith (and I encourage you to do the same) He is Worthy of our Praise, Worthy of our Adoration, and Worthy of our Trust!!!!
  • God’s Benefit: Healing (Sermon Notes)

    Marvlun Reed
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Last Night’s Sermon, amazing! It was filled with powerful truths and golden nuggets. Here are a few of my notes; We have to believe that it is God’s Will to Heal Us God Can God Can, and God Will God Can, and God Will Heal Me God Can, and God Will Heal Me Know If we can hear enough of God’s Word, long enough, We will be Healed!  And Healing Comes After Hearing. Sozo= Salvation, Healing, and Prosperity (Never Expect Less From God) To learn more about Healing, Pastor Blunt recommends – “His Healing Power” by Lillian Yeomans Scripture References: James…
  • Standing on His Promises (Worship-Moments)

    Marvlun Reed
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    Preparing my heart for tonight’s service, planning center on repeat, hands raised in total surrender, while tears are flowing freely! He is a God who continues to Amaze me! I am so grateful for His Unending, Unyielding love towards us all. It’s easy to love Him, and even easier to worship Him (my audience of one). I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in my local church, receive a word from God, and fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ! Tonight, Pastor is teaching on “God’s Benefit, Healing,” and we’re singing one of my favorite worship…
 
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  • How to Make Your Social Strategy Successful

    Cristina
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    You work hard at social media.You strive to share the content of others more than your own.You read everything you can from every respected blog and site on best practices.But the needle isn't moving. When will your "tipping point" arrive? When will all of your hard work pay off?In this video, not only do I talk about what not to do, I share a couple of ways to make your social strategy successful. You may already be using these strategies without even realizing it. If you are using these strategies, you're more ahead of the game than you think. You can always level up these strategies by…
  • My Social Media Report for May

    Cristina
    26 May 2015 | 11:28 am
    Last month’s social media report was chock-full of opportunities and this month, May? May has been met with a downright bevy of activity. That’s right, a bevy. When was the last time you heard that word used? There was so much behind the scenes happening, that I feel a little behind the scenes peek is in order.  Let’s get started, shall we? Guest PostsI wrote two guest posts for The SITS Girls:Read These 4 Books to Improve Your Writing 10 Blogging Tips That Will Actually Amaze YouI wrote a guest post for Blessed Is She:Glimpses of HeavenI wrote a post for Building Bridges…
  • Have You Actually Forgotten Your Why?

    Cristina
    21 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    Why do you do anything?What is the "why" behind your massive to-do list?(You have one, because so do I!)Lately, I have been obsessed with why. It's easy to say yes or no to something, or fly down rabbit holes. We get excited at the prospect initially, but after getting bogged down with details or getting distracted by everything else, we can lose our why. The why is what attracted us in the first place, so it's vital to our own personal success and fulfillment. Today, I share a vlog about an instance where I asked someone why they chose to do something and they couldn't remember. Here…
  • Automation Versus Intention

    Cristina
    19 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Tips are something we live by, have you noticed? Top ten tips for this, or top 5 must have tips for that. Heck, even I've used them. Tips, especially when noted in a headline, catch your eye, and if they're done right, pull you into the post and keep the reader going till the very, last word.  Yesterday, a post I wrote for The SITS Girls was featured. I share 10 Blogging Tips that Will Actually Amaze You.  By far, this post has received the most comments of any post that I've shared there and it's not surprising. The title received an A+ from my favorite Title Analyzer from…
  • Sorry, Not Sorry

    Cristina
    14 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    It's Thursday and that means, another Thoughts on Thursday vlog linkup with my dear friend Jen from JVKom Chronicles. I was going to chat about other things as you'll see. So let's get to it. I should add though, that it's important to be humble. Humility always wins. Always try to give people the benefit of the doubt, especially when things get heated. But if you turn a corner and someone bumps into you, don't just give a sorry away. That implies you did something wrong. Be intentional about what you are sorry for and what you don't make excuses for. In this example, "excuse me" works, and…
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  • Lessons Learnt From Aruna Shanbaug's Life

    Raj Richard
    24 May 2015 | 6:28 pm
                Shortly after her 25th birthday, this nurse was sexually molested and ruthlessly strangled by a vengeful hospital sweeper. The brutal attack incarcerated her into a vegetative state for 42 years. Aruna Shanbaug died on 18-May-2015, disowned by her family, but devotedly loved by the hospital staff to an extent that they kept her away from the pain of bedsores.             We do not hope for Aruna’s painful situation upon anyone. But her situation could happen to anyone although in a…
  • Has Science Disproved Prayer?

    Raj Richard
    17 May 2015 | 10:56 pm
                      Atheists deploy science as an instrument to negate religion. Through the deployment of science if they prove the ineffectiveness of prayer, they reckon that they could posit God’s non-existence.             Atheists refer verses from the Bible that apparently mandates 100% answer to prayer (Matthew 17:20, 18:19, 21:22; Luke 11:9-10).  So if a less than 100% answer to prayer is observed, the atheists suppose that prayer is ineffective, hence the Bible is…
  • How Could Christianity Insult & Injure You? (Toxic Christianity)

    Raj Richard
    10 May 2015 | 11:06 pm
                    Barna research reveals the rise of secularism and the abandonment of religion by many young people.1 In this day and age, quite a few young people believe it’s hip to be a secularist or an atheist.             Apparently, in today’s Arab world, an appearance of being religious is more in vogue than being religious. WIN/Gallup International poll reveals one million Saudis who are “convinced atheists.”2           …
  • Are Earthquakes A Part of The Great Tribulation? How Should Christians Respond To Natural Disasters?

    Raj Richard
    4 May 2015 | 1:11 am
                The Bible foretells a seven year tribulation period prior to Christ’s second coming. This will be a time of unparalleled suffering for mankind.             Earthquakes are a sure means to inflict this gory suffering, and the Bible includes earthquakes as a part of the tribulation period. Hence some Christians were quick to associate the recent earthquake in Nepal with the tribulation, thus implying the rapid proximity of Christ’s second coming.
  • Rapture Revolutionized; What If Christians Are Not Raptured?

    Raj Richard
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:40 pm
                If you believe that Christ will return invisibly to snatch away the church (the living and the dead, who will be resurrected), you believe in the doctrine of rapture. You would also believe that God will give glorified bodies to all raptured believers of Christ so to live with HIM unto eternity.             Your belief would include the great tribulation - a future seven year period of extraordinary suffering for mankind (need not be a literal seven year period). With reference to the timing…
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  • How Your Money Personality Type Can Shape Your Financial Planning

    19 May 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Do you have trouble digging out of debt, no matter how many personal finance articles you've read? Maybe, on the other hand, you have plenty of money but can't stand the thought of spending any of it – even on reasonable purchases for yourself or loved ones.If finances cause you stress, or are a source of tension in your relationships, you may need to look beyond practical advice on saving and understand how your personality drives your decisions about money.Authors, therapists, financial planners and researchers have outlined various money personality types to help explain the ways…
  • 5 Ways to Borrow $5K For Your Business

    19 May 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Sometimes, you just need to borrow a small amount of money for your business for things like buying extra inventory, doing some extra advertising, or updating your website. Banks usually won’t spend time to process paperwork for such small loans. A lot of business owners ask family or friends for small loans, but if you don’t feel like asking for help, here are 5 ways to borrow $5000 or less for your business.1. Get a Short-Term Business LoanIf your credit score is decent and you’ve been in business for at least several months with stable or growing revenue, you should be…
  • 3 Simple Local Newspaper Blogging Tips to Boost Your SEO

    19 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Many local newspapers have been forced to close over the last decade due to drops in circulation and advertising revenue as readers turn to digital means of consumption.However, it’s not all bad news. Local bloggers have, in many ways, filled the gaps caused by the loss of newspapers. Even better, you can contribute to this effort with a blog on your website and not only will you be helping to spread local news and information, you will be greatly improving your local search engine optimization (SEO) and awareness of your business.Let’s look at three things that made local…
  • 6 Things I Learned About Branding

    19 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    I know a lot about bookkeeping and creating efficient business solutions for my clients. In fact, many of my business clients come to see me as their “right arm” for how they run their internal operations.But I didn’t realize how powerful a brand could be for the growth of my business. For any small business owner out there who’s considering getting a new brand or a re-brand, here are six tips I’d like to pass on.1. Don’t try to do it on your own.When I started thinking about creating my brand, I thought I could do it by myself. But I realized I was going…
  • The 5 Best Sources for Business Loans

    19 May 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Most small business owners will need outside funding at some point in their business to meet their goals. Perhaps it is to fuel growth, or you need a cash to cover a gap while you wait for your customers to pay. Whatever the reason, it is is important you consider all your options for financing before starting your search.Here are the 5 best places to find a loan for your small businessBank Loans. The cheapest source of debt financing for your business is going to be a traditional bank loan or line of credit. If you can get a loan from a bank, you should always go that route. That being said,…
 
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  • 1512 - How to walk on water

    MoJ
    19 May 2015 | 1:15 am
    Every day I am amazed at how little I know and how much there is still to learn in this short stint we have here on earth called life. The problem is that I walk around as if I know everything. That sounds like a bit of a contradiction. OK, it sounds like a huge contradiction. Let me explain.I walk around wrapped up in a package called Marc, filled with decades of experiences which are completely unique to me. No one can claim to have had them. To top it all, I have a certain character and temperament and personality that also makes me pretty unique, stuff I have been filled with since birth.
  • 1511 - Two ways to deepen your Bible study

    MoJ
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
    We often go for walks in the morning, currently through the suburb of Hoheizen in Capetown and often come across some very neat sidewalks as captured in the photograph.Matthew 5:48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.Jesus said a challenging thing in this verse, he said, “be perfect” in a way that comes across as an attainable condition. The word can mean a number of different things, like ‘holy’ or ‘complete’ or ‘finished’ or even ‘mature’. No matter which one we take it challenges us to take our current level of spirituality to completion, to a point…
  • 1510 - Growing up

    MoJ
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:43 pm
    Just spent a wonderful week with my youngest and her husband, sampling some of what Capetown has to offer. The weather played along fantastically, except for the one day we wanted to watch another sunset from the beach and were greeted with a chilly sunless fog, in sharp contrast to the evening before in the picture above.I have been looking at growth and God’s expectation from us. I think the popular understanding of religion is that God loves us and as long as we go to church and live a ‘good’ life we have pretty much covered all the bases. I call that worshiping the God in your own…
  • 1509 - The Remnant

    MoJ
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    I love stained glass, and the last post and this one contain pictures I took in Winchester Cathedral when we were there at the end of 2014. This one was interesting because of the South African connection, the description at the bottom mentions the soldiers of the Kings Royal Rifles who laid down their lives for their Sovereign in South Africa.I was in an interesting discussion today in which the subject of apathy with respect to the attitude of an unbaptized person, and his approach to the Bible, was discussed. How does one rev up spiritual interest in someone who is comfortable in the way…
  • 1508 - Make up your mind

    MoJ
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    ‘Make up your mind’, an expression often heard, more by the undecided than others but interestingly a process that once complete is followed by action. A decision has been made and a physical action now follows. Sounds simple. Often though, action does not follow in spite of the decision because we can be held back by a certain powerful layer of resistance, our own bodies and the fickleness of our minds. It’s one thing to decide to go sky diving, it’s quite another to stand at the edge of the door, wind whistling around your ears, peers egging you on several kilometers above the earth…
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  • Finding Something that is Lost

    Alan Scott
    11 May 2015 | 6:34 pm
    The topic of my last article was on perseverance. When I wrote it, I had no idea that I was about to enter an extremely tough time in my life. Since that article nearly three weeks ago, things have taken a difficult turn. My mother, who lost the use of her right leg two years, has now lost the use of her left leg. The past three weeks has been an ongoing struggle to accept and adapt to a new reality. It’s been a mental challenge for everyone involved – my mother, the friends who help me to care for her, and myself. And it’s also been a physical challenge. She’s no longer able to…
  • The Power of Perseverance

    Alan Scott
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:38 pm
    One of the things I would like to deny about myself (but can’t) is that I have a tendency to bail on things. When someone raises their voice to me, I’m ready to walk away. When my life becomes what I feel I didn’t sign up for, I start seeing greener grass. Whenever I’m in a funk, I start to consider other options. Every time I’m in a rut, I seek my escape. Basically, I have a tendency to want to do away with what no longer feels natural or easy to me. Honestly, I didn’t even realize I was like this until about 2 years ago. I had just left my most recent job because I no longer…
  • Supposed Former Nonconformist

    Alan Scott
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    If you haven’t noticed yet, most people in society operate by standards that have already been set for them by someone else. Many of these standards are false and can often leave those who follow them, well, miserable. A nonconformist clearly see these paths, and says – no, thank you. They follow a different path. Their own. Nonconformists are often considered to be rebels and innovators, and perhaps that’s true in many cases. Nonconformists are also often seen as purposefully difficult. Or being different for the sake of being different. Perhaps to be “cool”, or more…
  • You Can’t Change Others – Only Yourself

    Alan Scott
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    I’m disappointed. Constantly. Other people irritate me. They don’t do the things I want them to do. They don’t react the way I want them to react. They’re rude. They’re inconsiderate. They’re selfish. And this leaves me constantly annoyed, angry, frustrated and disillusioned. And I’m officially sick of it. I’ve decided that everyone else on this planet is wrong, and they’re against me. And they all must die! Ok, I’m being a bit dramatic here. But in all seriousness, what I said above is exactly how I feel…a lot. Just minus the cruel deaths. It’s safe to say that since…
  • Slow Down, Life’s Not a Race

    Alan Scott
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    In the past few years I have been living a life that is more intentional, peaceful and controlled. And as I slow down, I notice more than ever just how fast our lives can often be. Some of my friends are always on the go! They eat out several times a week. They’re involved in many organizations. They work late. They have an abundance of friends and social events to attend. I often wonder if the thought of spending a Saturday night at home is perhaps inconceivable to them. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, but to be constantly moving is definitely inconceivable to me. And nowadays it…
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  • Shut Up! Your Stupidity Is Showing!

    Gerald Fugit
    28 May 2015 | 3:53 am
    “When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Ba’al, he died.” “And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men […] The post Shut Up! Your Stupidity Is Showing! appeared first on .
  • Hell Bent

    Gerald Fugit
    19 May 2015 | 12:37 am
    “And the sword shall abide on the cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels.”       Hosea 11:6. Recently the entire State of Texas went through a drought for several years. Prayer meetings were held many places. As soon as 2015 arrived the rain came. I have […] The post Hell Bent appeared first on .
  • It Is About Christianity

    Gerald Fugit
    14 May 2015 | 3:59 am
    “Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars, according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.”        Hosea 10:1. When we look at our times and the times of the prophets it is striking […] The post It Is About Christianity appeared first on .
  • Sin Brings Sorrow; Sorrow Brings Slavery; Slavery Brings Spiritualism

    Gerald Fugit
    4 May 2015 | 10:57 pm
    “Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every corn-floor.”      Hosea 9:1. The various sins of Israel were bringing sorrow and the prophet Hosea told these evil people soon slavery would be a way of life to […] The post Sin Brings Sorrow; Sorrow Brings Slavery; Slavery Brings Spiritualism appeared first on .
  • Sounds Of Trouble

    Gerald Fugit
    29 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    “Set the trumpet to thy mouth, He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.”    Hosea 8:1. Man has used various instruments to tell that some peril is coming for all those who will listen. There are not always sounds […] The post Sounds Of Trouble appeared first on .
 
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  • Full Bible Movie – The Book of Revelations

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    27 May 2015 | 1:52 am
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  • Full Bible Movie – The Book Of Acts – The Visual Bible

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    27 May 2015 | 1:50 am
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  • BIBLE MOVIES in order as in the Bible

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    27 May 2015 | 1:43 am
    Experience the beauty and majesty of the greatest stories ever told. They illustrate the strength, courage and weakness of man and the faith that has sustained mankind for generations. (147) The post BIBLE MOVIES in order as in the Bible appeared first on Watch free English & Christian Movies.
  • Sa Piling Mo with lyrics by Ray Caballero

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    27 May 2015 | 1:36 am
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  • When It Hurts Like Hell (I’ll Praise You)

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    27 May 2015 | 8:56 pm
    I have a four-year old and a two-year old. And I don’t want them to grow up cursing.So maybe I should stop.I hate to admit that it was kind of funny the first time my eldest repeated a curse word. But the second time it was concerning. By the third time, I was overwhelmed in a combination of fear and shame that engulfed my soul (and the dreadful thought of it happening a fourth time, at church).The last thing I want to do is advocate cursing. And it only happens occasionally; less and less the more I choose Jesus, my wife and my kids over my desire to say whatever. Let no…
  • Destiny, Purpose, and Other Confusing Words

    Adam Walton
    26 May 2015 | 8:11 pm
    I will never forget being a 6th grade kid walking around the mega church I grew up in. I had just started playing guitar in the youth group and helping out in the kids ministry by shadowing a young boy with autism. We were standing in the hallway of this massive church building on a Sunday morning with some folks from my parents small group, and they were talking about my involvement in the church at such a young age.Then one of the older gentlemen leans over and looks at me with his big scary old man eyes and says, “Well isn’t it just clear… You were MADE for ministry!”“What?” I…
  • The Sin of Josh Duggar

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    24 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The Duggars have been representing Christianity (at least their version of it) to millions of viewers for 7 years. Their show 19 Kids And Counting has made them a household name and has brought the Independent Baptist lifestyle to the forefront of American culture.What does that mean?Well, all their kids are home-schooled and are only exposed to select media. They wear modest clothing, don’t swim in public (because “it’s just too hard for the guys to try to keep their eyes averted”) and don’t believe in any kind of contraception… precisely why it’s…
  • How To Un-discipline Your Kids

    Jonathan Puddle
    22 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Five years ago my wife and I stopped spanking our kids. Shortly after that we stopped doing time-outs or reducing their privileges, along with just about every common post-bad-behaviour correctional technique we were familiar with. And as for our kids? Once they figured out that there was little headed their way for bad behaviour… they’ve never behaved better.Sound too good to be true? It’s not! But it is too good to be quick, easy or simple. It’s not at all equitable or reasonable really, and it will require you to bear a great deal of sacrifice.As far as I’m concerned, there…
  • So You’ve been hurt by the Church?

    Talia D'Orazio
    21 May 2015 | 12:39 pm
    As a Pastor’s kid this phrase was all so familiar to me. That family that left the church, those people who hated my Dad (whaaat? nooo.) It’s most definitely in the Christian-ese Dictionary. But over the years I have realized: Does anyone actually know what anyone is actually talking about when they say I’ve been hurt by the church?Lots goes on in a church. There’s relationship, community, leadership, those intense flaggers, and everything in between. A lot can take place when you bring people together under one roof and decide to do life together. It can be…
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    Something More - TRAILHEAD

  • Poem

    26 May 2015 | 1:48 pm
    "Finding Life" This empty shell of maiden frameporcelain doll without a nameAwaiting nothing- lifeless beingday by day always the same. Click Here for Full Poem
  • Devotion

    25 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    "Have You Forgiven You?" Christians are supposed to be known for their love and quickness to forgive. Many of us do pretty well at that- but how quick are we to forgive ourselves? We may even be willing to forgive ourselves for things we did before we came to know Jesus Christ- but what about the things we've done SINCE then?  Click Here for Full Devotion
  • Dear Cassie,

    20 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    "Which Denomination  is Right?!" Oooooh- this is a good one! Does everyone have their steel-toed boots on? OK, good- because there's going to be more stepping on toes today. Here is the question posed to "Dear Cassie"...There are so many denominations around nowadays- how are we supposed to know which one is Biblically right? Which denomination is right? Here's my Cassieology (My 2 cents) on the matter... NONE OF THEM ARE AND THEY ALL ARE!  I'm not crazy- there's a method to my madness. Click Here for Full Dear Cassie,
  • Poem

    18 May 2015 | 6:43 pm
    "Just Let Me Cry" So brave for so longyet with nothing to fear,when life looms in darknessbut no haunt is near...Cascading emotions drip down in retreat while the loneliness echoesmy name in defeat.  Click Here for Full Poem
  • Devotion

    17 May 2015 | 6:21 pm
    "Just How Mature Are You?" Y'all ready for this one? I'm gonna step on some toes the way I had mine stepped on- and it's gonna hurt so good! This is a topic that many Christians think they are doing well in, but may not actually be... MATURITY.Not the "I never act silly" or "I'm always the serious one/the one in control" type of maturity. Rather, I'm referring to  spiritual  maturity, the whole: meat vs. milk thing.   Click Here for Full Devotion
 
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    Eurasia Northwest | Establishing the Church where it is not.

  • ENW Team Members: Shahan & Tyra Teberian

    Matt Smith
    28 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Background When did you first feel a call into missions? Briefly tell us the story in your own words. Shahan first felt the call to missions in 2007. He was on a short-term missions trip to Armenia when God opened his eyes to ministry in Armenia. Shahan wrestled with God for a full year until he took the first step on the road to full-time missions work. Tyra first felt the call to missions while on a short-term missions trip in high school. After many years of waiting for God to open the right door, on a short-term missions trip to Armenia in 2008, God set the missions flame on fire once…
  • A Baby for Delor

    Matt Smith
    17 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Nearly a year ago, I met a young Kurdish woman who ran and tucked herself into a corner, hoping to remain unnoticed, when I crouched down to enter the door of her humble home. Later, my friend – the pastor’s wife in that village – whispered to me that she was childless after three years of marriage, and her husband’s parents were about to cast her out. She would be returned to her family, used, unwanted, and with no hope of ever remarrying and having a future. Delor’s eyes and the memory of her shadow in the corner never left me. Longing for a Child When you live overseas in a…
  • Life’s Meaning: Searching Abroad, Kristin Discovers it in her Homeland

    Matt Smith
    4 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    Kristin has been many place outside of Estonia, where she was born. She enjoys traveling, and has searched for experiences to bring her closer to her true Purpose. Though she often asked the meaning behind life, her question was often met with questionable stares and disapproval. After some time, her questions faded away and dug deep into her heart, leaving a hole that no religion could fill. She searched for life’s meaning outside of Estonia, hoping that others would hold the answer. It wasn’t meant to be. Years went by, and still she was no closer to Truth. Alpha Encounter After…
  • Armenia: Ancient Christian Roots & Shaping of a Nation

    Matt Smith
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Similar to Georgia, Armenia is situated in an area of major territorial disputes, trade routes and civilization uprisings. It’s just south of Georgia and between Azerbaijan (east) and Turkey (West). The beauty of Armenia cannot be overstated. Its main attractions come in historic form, including its most famous: the Geghard Monastery. The building of this church began in the 4th century, during the rise of Christianity here. Other churches like the Tatev Monastary and the Etchmiadzin Cathedral help visitors understand the blend of religious and cultural values here. The…
  • Georgia: Unreached People Groups

    Matt Smith
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:11 pm
    1. Georgian Turks Many Turkish immigrants live in the southwest part of Georgia, not far from their original homeland in Turkey. The Turks are a proud people whose ancestors identified themselves as Ottomans until World War II. Turks have always highly valued education and and hard work. Many moved to Georgia to start a new life. In urban areas like Tbilisi, their traditions of intermarriage and specific clothing have faded away. Some Turks have continued their lives as nomads, living as shepherds in the Caucuses Mountains. These families stay on the move and instill ancient traditions…
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    Love Made Known

  • The Divorce

    Bianca Flores
    27 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    My parents had three beautiful children: Angelo, Bianca (me), and Anthony. My parents raised all three of us properly. They never showed a bad example to us. They took us to church every Sunday and by the time I was six years old, I had fallen in love with Jesus in such a beautiful way; I had accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. I continued to grow in my love for the Lord until something happened in high school: My parents were getting a divorce due to infidelity in the marriage. You have to think about the situation I was in in order to understand how shocking and detrimental this was to me.
  • From Poverty to Purpose

    Frank Thomas
    20 May 2015 | 11:20 pm
    “You don’t know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you’ve got!” -Frank Thomas Growing up with a broken mother and no father, Frank Thomas underwent an intense upbringing where he and his brother had to fend for themselves. Living in poverty and with no hope, Frank hit rock bottom and contemplated suicide– until Jesus stepped in and changed his life forever. Check out his testimony in the video below and we pray that it would inspire and encourage you.     The post From Poverty to Purpose appeared first on Love Made Known.
  • Victory Over Infertility Issues

    Greg Winfield
    12 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Victory Over Infertility Issues – And the Word Became Flesh and Dwelt in our Household   We were married in 1982. At 20 and 22 years of age, we weren’t real sure what direction we wanted our lives to go in, but one thing we knew for sure was that we wanted children. Although we discussed the topic briefly, the question of whether we could have children or not never came up. There was no reason for it to come up. Having children was the natural progression of life for us….or so we thought In the beginning, there was no sense of urgency to get pregnant. We knew it would…
  • Steven Sins. Jesus Saves.

    Steven Chew
    2 May 2015 | 7:14 pm
    I grew up in a Christian household. My parents took me to church on a weekly basis and early on, I was exposed to the Bible and stories about Jesus and heaven and hell and something called the “gospel”. I readily accepted the existence of God and took to heart what I understood as general moralism. I understood that we should be “nice” Christians, that we should “love” others, and think of others before yourself. However, I didn’t quite understand how this Jesus character played into all of this. When I was in 2nd or 3rd grade I remember praying to God for the first time, not…
  • Mirror the Lord’s Goodness With Your Gifts

    Stephanie Espinoza
    2 May 2015 | 4:16 pm
    At a young age I was told of who God was but it wasn’t until I was old enough to understand what a big part he took in our lives that I chose to put my faith in Christ. I believe that it is supposed to be a natural and organic relationship with your creator. It’s not supposed to be hard to want to put your trust in Him. Keyword: want. You have to want it. I assure you he will suddenly surprise you with a reminder. It’s like as soon as you make that choice he sends a message out to earth specifically for you saying “I’m here! I heard you my child! I love you!” that’s God. You…
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    FOCUS Blog

  • What Netflix’s “Daredevil” Got Right about Faith

    27 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Daredevil is not a superhero. At least, not quite like the superheroes we normally think of.
  • When Does Geeking Out Go Too Far?

    20 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    Dear Nerds, Enthusiasts, and Fellow Geeks: Ten minutes before I started typing these words, I looked up the current overall gross income of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” flick, the most recent of Marvel’s hyper-productive studio features. The results? $875.26 million worldwide. And it hasn’t even opened in Japan or China yet.
  • 5 Ways to Save Your Relationship

    18 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    Adultery, inability to have intimate relations, challenges with in-laws, infertility, pornography addiction, financial struggles and bitterness. These aren't just problems that show up on Mad Men, these are challenges FOCUS student and staff alumni face.
  • Keep the Past in the Past – 7 Things You Have to Know

    13 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Some of us reading this blog might be the good kid that never did anything bad. Others of us might be the exact opposite. In a world that encourages us to do whatever makes us feel good, sadly, a lot of us have…for a long time.
  • Too Thin to Be Beautiful? What France Doesn’t Understand about Beauty

    11 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    “Skinny shaming” seems to be the new “fat shaming.” I don’t know about you, but both are still shaming.
 
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