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  • What to Tell Your Kids About Growing Up in a Crazy World

    A Holy Experience
    ann
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    So Maggie Paulus heard how I had told our boy that his wooden spoon was perfect, and encouraged him to go carve a thousand of them. So, she grabbed her pen and did what I  was struggling to do — to not let anything keep me from “flinging out into the streets, eyes and mouth full of His wonder, to pant it in the marketplace, the back alleys, the front fields, across the crackling wires that I have seen Him.” That’s what Maggie’s been doing — testifying to “the glory-sighting.” She opened her eyes wide to the reality of God’s Presence with us here, even in the…
  • How to write an amazing Christian passive aggressive note.

    Stuff Christians Like
    Jon
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    Someone sent me a picture of a sign they saw in a church. It is perhaps the greatest Christian passive aggressive note I have ever seen in my life. Since we Christians are so into “teachable moments” I thought I might be able to redeem this but turning it into a teaching tool. Let’s do life together. We’re in a season. We should sit in circles not rows! Sorry, I get a little carried away when I start down the path of the ole Christian conversation. Here is how to write an amazing Christian passive aggressive note. 1. CAPS. YOU GOTTA GO WITH CAPS. You know who loves lower case? The…
  • 29 ways to plan the ultimate Christian Wedding.

    Stuff Christians Like
    Jon
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is a picture of a picture from my wedding. We didn’t take it with a camera phone because they didn’t exist at the time. Though it’s not throwback Thursday, I thought I would share both proof I used to have brown hair and a post I wrote about how to plan the ultimate Christian wedding. I know a lot about weddings. I used to write advertising for a company that specialized in rental tuxedos. One of my jobs was to answer all the emails that people sent to a fictional girl called “Jenny.” So on any given day I was emailing wedding advice to anxious would be brides about…
  • How do reporters cover Israel?

    WORLDmag.com
    Marvin Olasky
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Matti Friedman was an Associated Press reporter and editor in Jerusalem from 2006 to 2011. He has lived in Israel since 1995 and been reporting on it since 1997, so his indictment of mainstream press coverage of Israel carries some weight. In the wryly titled “An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth,” Friedman notes that during his time with the AP the agency had more than 40 staffers covering Israel and the Palestinian territories—far more than the AP had in
  • When You’re Tired of Being a “Stuff Manager” & Want to Enjoy Living

    A Holy Experience
    ann
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    I read a handful of places every day, and always over at The Nester‘s — because she brilliantly, humbly, writes about the imperfect in life… translation: grace.  Myquillyn Smith sees the world through house-colored glasses. She’s a creative homebody armed with hot glue, paint and second hand furniture. She believes every home has a silver lining and that beauty can be found in the lived-in, loved-on and used-just-about-up. She shares how she learned to love her imperfect home in The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful, a battle cry for…
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    WORLDmag.com

  • How do reporters cover Israel?

    Marvin Olasky
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Matti Friedman was an Associated Press reporter and editor in Jerusalem from 2006 to 2011. He has lived in Israel since 1995 and been reporting on it since 1997, so his indictment of mainstream press coverage of Israel carries some weight. In the wryly titled “An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth,” Friedman notes that during his time with the AP the agency had more than 40 staffers covering Israel and the Palestinian territories—far more than the AP had in
  • Americans in North Korea beg for someone to negotiate their release

    Rachel Lynn Aldrich
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    North Korea paraded three American detainees before foreign media in Pyongyang on Monday, appearing to let them speak freely about their plight. The Americans, who were interviewed in three different rooms, said they have been able to contact their families. They also said they believed a U.S. official needed to come to North Korea to help gain their freedom. North Korean officials were present during the interviews, but didn’t censor any questions. It’s not clear whether the
  • Oklahoma drops Common Core, gets slapped with federal penalty

    Emily Scheie
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    Amidst rising opposition to Common Core, Oklahoma dropped the national education standards in June, four years after adopting them. As a result, the U.S. Department of Education last week denied Oklahoma’s request to extend its No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver, saying the state no longer met requirements for college- and career-ready education standards. Losing the waiver limits Oklahoma’s freedom in education spending and forces it to comply with requirements often considered
  • Third American missionary contracts Ebola in Liberia

    Andrew Branch
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    North Carolina-based Christian aid group SIM USA said Tuesday another American doctor has contracted Ebola in Liberia.  The doctor was treating obstetrics patients at SIM’s ELWA hospital in Monrovia, the organization said. That’s the same hospital where SIM missionary Nancy Writebol and Samaritan’s Purse doctor Kent Brantly fell ill in July. The doctor, who has not been named, “is doing well and is in good spirits,” a press release states. But how he contracted the virus is
  • No more victims

    Warren Cole Smith
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    The importance of being a voice for the voiceless
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • When You’re Tired of Being a “Stuff Manager” & Want to Enjoy Living

    ann
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    I read a handful of places every day, and always over at The Nester‘s — because she brilliantly, humbly, writes about the imperfect in life… translation: grace.  Myquillyn Smith sees the world through house-colored glasses. She’s a creative homebody armed with hot glue, paint and second hand furniture. She believes every home has a silver lining and that beauty can be found in the lived-in, loved-on and used-just-about-up. She shares how she learned to love her imperfect home in The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful, a battle cry for…
  • 3 Free Tools for a Productive September [September 1st is the New January 1st]

    ann
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Happy September! September 1st is the new January 1st! Fresh slates and bouquets of sharpened yellow pencils blooming new possibilities. And Happy Labor Day! Traditionally, school always begins in Canada the day after Labor Day… so quieter in this web corner today,  enjoying the day as the symbolic end of the summer, as we get older boys off to university and youngers prepare for another year of homeschooling. So just 3 Free Tools for a deeply, soulful productive September: 1. Free Printable Sandwich Wrappers: Print out a stack and wrap their food in the Living Bread to feed their…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [08.30.14]

    ann
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    Exhale? you need this 5 minute virtual vacation of small towns all around our world When one mama of ten picks up her camera — this happens: How this doctor welcomes newborns into the world? Glory be. So how about a coffee shop operating on the honour system? Yes please! only God does stuff like this When love finds its way back to you — 60 years later back to school — and the most unique bus stops all around the world - who was expecting the joys of this? 26 dogs loving through their hugs [p.s. we are now looking at getting a puppy] What an idea! Pre-fab shipping containers…
  • What to Tell Your Kids About Growing Up in a Crazy World

    ann
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    So Maggie Paulus heard how I had told our boy that his wooden spoon was perfect, and encouraged him to go carve a thousand of them. So, she grabbed her pen and did what I  was struggling to do — to not let anything keep me from “flinging out into the streets, eyes and mouth full of His wonder, to pant it in the marketplace, the back alleys, the front fields, across the crackling wires that I have seen Him.” That’s what Maggie’s been doing — testifying to “the glory-sighting.” She opened her eyes wide to the reality of God’s Presence with us here, even in the…
  • The Pick of Best Bibles: Back to School, Back to the Best Book, Back to the Best Read Ever

    ann
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    You’d have thought I was reading The Dangerous book for Boys or the like. The way he kept grinning at me as I read, looking over his shoulder and arching that eyebrow all mischevious at his brother all smirking. I think this as I read, that maybe this really is the original dangerous book for boys. The book boys have been reading for the last millennia or two, the one that grabs a body by the shoulders and shakes the drowsy straight stock awake. The one that binds the bloodied up and romances the lonely, that woos the rejected and cuts straight through to where the soul joins the bone. A…
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    Stuff Christians Like

  • When God goes full circle.

    Jon
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Six years ago, Jenny and I lived in Alpharetta, GA. We had a small house with green carpet and a purple bedroom that I called “Purple Rain.” The older woman before us who had owned it had what I believe interior designer’s call “Thomas Kinkade Palette.” We had young kids that were in that intense age where it’s impossible to leave the house, you destroy restaurants when you show up and you get roughly 92 minutes of uninterrupted sleep at night. In many ways we were in the survival years, but in others we were just starting to dream. Every few weeks, we would drive to a planned…
  • How to write an amazing Christian passive aggressive note.

    Jon
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    Someone sent me a picture of a sign they saw in a church. It is perhaps the greatest Christian passive aggressive note I have ever seen in my life. Since we Christians are so into “teachable moments” I thought I might be able to redeem this but turning it into a teaching tool. Let’s do life together. We’re in a season. We should sit in circles not rows! Sorry, I get a little carried away when I start down the path of the ole Christian conversation. Here is how to write an amazing Christian passive aggressive note. 1. CAPS. YOU GOTTA GO WITH CAPS. You know who loves lower case? The…
  • My new favorite license plate.

    Jon
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    I have no proof that the owners of the car I am about to show you are Christians. They didn’t have an official “Jesus fish” or Ichthus on the back. Although, that symbol usually doesn’t mean Christian, it means, “Worst driver ever.” If you’ve never been cut off by a Christian you have never driven in the Bible Belt. I can’t prove they are Christian or homeschool or any number of other things that might qualify them to be a topic on Stuff Christians Like. But they are stuff and I do like them, which means they fulfill 66% of the criteria and if I hit .660 in baseball I…
  • 29 ways to plan the ultimate Christian Wedding.

    Jon
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is a picture of a picture from my wedding. We didn’t take it with a camera phone because they didn’t exist at the time. Though it’s not throwback Thursday, I thought I would share both proof I used to have brown hair and a post I wrote about how to plan the ultimate Christian wedding. I know a lot about weddings. I used to write advertising for a company that specialized in rental tuxedos. One of my jobs was to answer all the emails that people sent to a fictional girl called “Jenny.” So on any given day I was emailing wedding advice to anxious would be brides about…
  • Cynicism is a shield. Hope is a hammer.

    Jon
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is a verse I started carrying in my pocket last week. Here are a few things I think about it. 1. “Taste,” seems like an invitation or a dare. I dare you to try. I dare you to believe for just a second. To not get wrapped up in every bad experience you’ve had with fake Christians or mean churches or any of the clutter that can accompany Christianity. Just taste. 2. “see that the Lord is good,” is one of the hardest things for me to believe sometimes. In my head I know it. I believe he is good, but there are days when I struggle to accept that. To rest in…
 
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    Acton Institute

  • The Church’s Call to Steward God’s Mission in the World

    Acton Web
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    by Stephen J. Grabill Although Christians across denominational lines often use stewardship language to describe our calling to live out God’s mission in the world, what we mean theologically by “stewardship” varies greatly across religious traditions. Some think stewardship is tithing; others think it means volunteering or living a simple lifestyle. Still others identify stewardship with environmental conservation, social action of some kind or another, charitable giving, or making disciples through evangelism. You might also like... For the Life of the World read more
  • Preserving Religious Liberty in an Age of Expanding Government

    Charissa Romens
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Registration: Begins at 11:00am Cost: $15 General; Free for University Faculty and Students Hosted by Catholic University of America and Sponsored by the School of Business and Economics Event Date:  November 10, 2014 - 12:00pm5:00pm Location:   Pryzbyla Center Great Room Catholic University of America 620 Michigan Ave NE Washington, DC 20017 More Information Throughout Western developed nations, there is dawning recognition that robust protections for religious liberty can no longer be taken for granted. Less understood are the ways in which infringements of other political, civil…
  • Preserving Religious Liberty in an Age of Expanding Government

    Charissa Romens
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Event Information Date: Monday, November 10, 2014 Time:  12pm-5pm (includes lunch) Registration opens at 11am Location:  Pryzbyla Center Great Room, Catholic University of Americaread more
  • The Holy War on Corporate Politicking

    Acton Web
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    by Rev. Robert A. Sirico The religious left's long-running campaign to silence those with different views has moved aggressively into corporate boardrooms. CEOs and directors of public companies are being hectored by social justice activists to abandon lobbying and other political activities. You might also like... Defending the Free Market read more
  • Symposium on Common Grace in Business

    nick.porter
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Keynote Conference Speakers Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Dr. Peter Heslam-- Dr. Heslam is Director of Transforming Business, a multi-disciplinary research and development project on enterprise solutions to poverty at Cambridge University. He has established an international reputation for work at the interface between ethics, business, society, and culture. Dinner Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Mouw--Dr. Mouw is an American theologian and philosopher. He is the former President of Fuller Theological Seminary, a position he held for 20 years. He is currently the Professor of Faith and Public Life…
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • Start Again: Life on Mission

    31 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    This weekend, Nancy concludes the "Start Again" series with a message on how our faith can be lived out by serving our communities and spreading the gospel.Featured Scripture:Gen. 2:10; John 7:38; Joshua 7:35; Deut. 15:7-8, 10; Acts 2:42-47 Check out our weekly video podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Start Again: Life Together

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:14 pm
    This weekend Charley continues the "Start Again" series with an invitation to Jesus' grand vision of community and "doing life together."Featured Scripture:John 13:34-35, Matt. 28:16-20, Matt. 22:36-40Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Start Again

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:12 pm
    This weekend, John launches our new series, "Start Again" taking a look at how God can have doors already open for us, and also talks about the direction MPPC is headed in the coming months.Featured Scripture:Revelation 3:7-8, 1 Corinthians 15:3-5Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • BEST OF SERMONS: A Discussion With N.T. Wright

    3 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Due to copyright issues with the movies we are using for our Summer at the Movies series, we will be posting a selection of some of the best MPPC sermons from years past.May 4, 2014N.T. Wright, the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the leading Bible scholars of our day. Here we engage in a dialogue with Professor Wright, considering some of the most difficult questions we face when it comes to understanding and living a Christian faith in the modern era. Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or…
  • BEST OF SERMONS: Who Was This Guy? - "Forgiveness"

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Due to copyright issues with the movies we are using for our Summer at the Movies series, we will be posting a selection of some of the best MPPC sermons from years past.John preaches to us from Matthew 5 & 6 about the power of forgiveness and relates it to a powerful story of how one woman was able to forgive in the most horrible of circumstances. 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

  • A reader writes: not a slow path to atheism

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    A reader writes: Thanks for inspiring us in your books, blog, and guidance; encouraging the will to continue in faithful even if uncharted Christian territory. I felt compelled to comment but have found it difficult to say what I wanted regarding the post at Rachel’s blog on "progressive Christianity being a slow path to atheism “. I see why your response was so long. Here goes mine. I found myself, quite unexpectedly, falling off that cliff a few years back. Ironically, I had just started reading Naked Spirituality. Difficult because it was a dark, painful time, even if fairly brief, and…
  • A Poem that Struck a Nerve

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Last month I posted a poem a day over at my Facebook page. (If you don't follow it, I hope you will …) I included one poem of my own which has been quite popular, with over 245,000 views at this point. Several people have asked if they can have permission to use it. The answer is that you are welcome to use anything I post here or on my Facebook page, as long as you pass it along for free and include attribution. (It's nice if you can include a link to this site too.) Here's the poem … +++++ "Please de-baptize me," she said. The priest's face crumpled. "My parents tell me you did it," she…
  • AUDIO VERSION of WMTR

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    We Make the Road by Walking - AUDIO VERSION - is on sale for $18.74 (25% off) here: http://amblingbooks.com/books/view/we_make_the_road_by_walking#.VAR1qkvCWKw
  • Readers write: joyous tears, set free, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, getting naked

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    A reader writes: I finished "The Secret Message of Jesus" and just began "Naked Spirituality" Learning so much and THANK YOU for writing! I've only been on my journey of faith for 5 years and never a dull moment. I was at a stuck point-feeling nothing new to learn-my pastor recommended you as an author and I'm realizing there will ALWAYS be more to discover about God! My relationship with Him, with Him in me just gets brighter! Broke down in joyous tears as I was reading today… Another reader writes: I realize that you must get hundreds of these types of emails but I still feel compelled to…
  • A reader writes: a response to yesterday's post:

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    A reader writes (slightly edited): Ouch! What you quoted was, of course, nothing really new or surprising, but extremely well said. But look what happens if you replace key words here and there. The result is not perfectly true, but it's strongly suggestive: While religion/Christianity, a particularly harsh and distorted version, does play a role to legitimate, recruit, and motivate, studies of most militias and hate groups show that the primary drivers are to be found elsewhere…. Drivers of radicalization include moral outrage, disaffection, peer pressure, the search for a new identity,…
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    byFaith

  • Everyday Evangelism

    Richard Doster
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    In his new book, “Get Real: Sharing Your Everyday Faith Every Day” (New Growth Press), pastor John Leonard hopes to recast the way we think about evangelism. Instead of cornering victims to talk to, Leonard wants us to watch for those who could use a listening ear. Instead of friendship evangelism, Leonard thinks we should engage our enemies. And our Gospel-sharing efforts will bear more fruit, he says, when we start evangelizing Christians and discipling non-Christians, instead of the other way around. Evangelism, Leonard counsels, doesn’t impose itself on others; it invites people…
  • Work and Purpose

    Staff
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    As we take a break to celebrate Labor Day, it’s disheartening to think that 92 million working-age Americans are not working, a healthy percentage by choice. The unemployed-by-choice have taken themselves out of the job market, most choosing early retirement or unemployment benefits rather than employment. As The Washington Post recently reported, “In 2007, 66 percent of Americans had a job or were actively seeking work. Today, that number is at 62.8 percent—the lowest level since 1977.” It seems the goal of an increasing number of people is to not work; and for many who do work,…
  • Washington Monthly Ranks Covenant College #13 in Nation

    Staff
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    In its 2014 college rankings, Washington Monthly ranked Covenant College #13 among baccalaureate colleges in the nation, up from #15 in last year’s rankings. The ranking specifically notes the community service in which students participate and the support students receive from staff and financial aid. Washington Monthly ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good, in three categories: social mobility, research, and service.Washington Monthly explains, “Our rankings have always rejected the idea that expense, luxury, and exclusivity should be held up as the highest…
  • Christianity and Economics

    Staff
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    French economist Thomas Piketty’s new book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” is generating lots of discussion outside the field of economics. It’s been fodder for pop-culture websites, op-ed pages, and Sunday morning news programs. Some observers even say it has influenced the Twitter tweets of Pope Francis. Piketty believes capitalism has “inherent and self-destructive contradictions,” as one reviewer writes. Deeply concerned about income inequality and concentrated wealth, Piketty proposes an 80-percent global tax on incomes over $500,000. But the book’s specifics are not…
  • The Ascension

    Staff
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Forty days after rising from the dead, Jesus issued some final instructions to His disciples and ascended into heaven (Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:1-11). While Christians universally confess this strange event as an article of their faith (Apostles’ Creed; Nicene Creed; Westminster Confession of Faith 8.4; Westminster Larger Catechism Q. 53), the exaltation of Jesus to God’s right hand generally drops off our radar from there. Most struggle to understand the meaning of Jesus’ ascension, much less its practical import for daily life as His disciple. So what is the Ascension about? Was Jesus…
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    From the CCblogs Network

  • Returning to the void

    David Williams
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    One of the unanticipated pleasures of my recent trip to the middle of the Pacific Ocean was the complete absence of the Internet.Oh, the scenery was stunning, and the wildlife—particularly under the surface of the water—was an amazing riot of living beings. The food was delicious and very slightly overabundant. read more
  • Quick to listen

    Tim Graves
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The first major decision I made was racist.A young white man in his twenties, I was going to change the world. The new director of an urban early childhood program dedicated to providing services within a multiracial, multicultural, mixed-economic setting, I was passionate about the mission. I was not a novice to racial tensions, having given my confession of faith in a storefront church with a strong emphasis on inclusiveness, and educated in the St. Louis city and Ferguson-Florissant school districts. read more
  • How shoulds affect how we see things

    Paula Jenkins
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    My search for the last year has been around finding balance, and it is the topic for the next retreat I am leading. And my experiences over the last year have been full of not only searching for balance, but also in trying to define what balance would look like. read more
  • Where is home?

    Laura Kelly Fanucci
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Right now I am home. Sitting in the house that we own. Where we are raising our children. Where mail arrives daily bearing my name. Where we welcome family and entertain friends. Where I pull weeds and paint walls. Where my car pulls into the driveway and my shoes slip off in the doorway.And I am writing about going home. Which is not here. read more
  • First steps

    Martha-Lynn Corner
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I've spent a lot of time as a mother noting my children's milestones. Oh, I think: he's climbing up that ladder unassisted. That never happened before! Or oh, how about that—she just listened to song lyrics, extrapolated their meaning, and ask a relevant question about them! Tonight, I sat across from my husband in a restaurant. This past year has been very difficult for both of us, and has been its own sort of milestone, for many of the weighty and immense reasons that make adulthood complex. read more
 
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • New issue, now live

    The Editors
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Our new issue is now live. Among the highlights: Wayne Sheridan’s interview with Tom Cornell, who has been part of the Catholic Worker movement for more than sixty years. Cornell speaks not only about his work with founders Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, but also about the operations of the Peter Maurin Farm in Marlborough, New York; pacifism; and the environment:
  • Farmer, Anarchist, Catholic

    Wayne Sheridan
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Tom Cornell has been a part of the Catholic Worker movement for more than sixty years. He started in 1953 when he was nineteen years old. By then, the movement, founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, had been around for twenty years. Day was still leading the movement, and Cornell often worked with her, especially as a writer and editor for the Catholic Worker newspaper, to which he still contributes. He has also been a leading peace activist, one of the first to publicly protest the Vietnam War.
  • As We Lie Dying

    Gerald Coleman and Margaret R. McClean
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    We all die, and most of us understand that it is best to be prepared. Yet most of us remain woefully unprepared for life’s final transition. One way of addressing this problem is the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) paradigm, which provides an opportunity for patients with advanced illness to understand their illness and their treatment options and to have their wishes for these options known and followed.
  • Mad Jack

    Peter Quinn
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    In her perceptive, exhaustively researched biography of Siegfried Sassoon, Jean Moorcroft Wilson posits that “a study of his life is a study of his age” (Siegfried Sassoon: Soldier, Poet, Lover, Friend, Overlook Duckworth, $40, 629 pp.). In factSassoon’s life spanned several ages.
  • Letters | But Was Aquinas Right?

    The Editors
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    In “Doubting Thomas?” (August 15) Brian Davies challenges my review of Denys Turner’s new book Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait, often on the grounds that I am mistaken in my “account of Aquinas.” For me to argue with Davies about what Aquinas meant would be like a Little Leaguer trying to hit against a World Series MVP pitcher.
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • The Power of Storytelling

    Nestor Reynoza
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Storytelling is a powerful tool. From the ancient Greeks to contemporary writers, we have all used stories — especially the compilation of stories we find in the Bible. Jesus Himself used stories to teach the truth about the kingdom of God to people while He was on earth. The power of storytelling was recently exercised in the minds of 221 children in Compassion through the “Tell a Story” contest. The story of Sara Rivas (both her written story and the story she lived) is a small sample of the great treasures hidden in the children who receive support through Compassion in El Salvador.
  • Watch Children Get Sponsored in Real Time!

    Web Team
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    What if we could show, in real time, the impact of child sponsorship?   That’s the question that launched an interactive new webpage called the Child Sponsorship Board. Unveiled last month on Compassion.com, this live feed begins with a blank page each day that updates in real-time with the pictures of children who have just been sponsored online.     It’s really quite addicting.   Beginning at 12:00AM (mountain time) every day, the Child Sponsorship Board comes to life with a picture of a sponsored child, a timestamp for when they were sponsored, and the first name…
  • Team Compassion Rides in the Courage Classic

    Web Team
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    On Saturday, July 19, 10 Team Compassion cyclists participated in the 25th annual Children’s Hospital Colorado Courage Classic, a nearly 200-mile bike ride to raise funds and awareness for the Denver Children’s Hospital Foundation. Together, the team raised $6,220 — advocating for kids through their personal interests.   “There is nothing like doing what you love with a team of others with the same passion while being able to promote a mission like Compassion,” says Matt Lindell, a Compassion employee.   From upper left to right: 
James Hansen, Mark…
  • Ebola Outbreak in Africa: Our Response

    Web Team
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Update (08/12/14): The map in this post has been updated to reflect the most current information available. With the recent outbreak of Ebola in West African countries, many sponsors have been asking if their children are safe.   First and foremost, no Compassion children or staff have been directly affected. Still, we are taking precautionary measures to protect our children and staff should the outbreak spread into the countries where we work. If your Compassion-sponsored child has been impacted we will contact you directly.   “Compassion is working with country health officials…
  • Letter Writing Inspiration

    Yvonne Reynolds
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Growing up in extreme poverty, our sponsored children hear so many lies that leave them feeling they have no hope of ever escaping the poverty they live in. But as Compassion sponsors, we have the opportunity to pour love into the lives of these children with encouraging and uplifting words in every letter we mail to them. The words in our letters can make a difference. We don’t necessarily need to send a long, lengthy letter each month. Just a simple note to tell your sponsored child that you love him, that you are praying for him, and that you know God is watching over him. So this month,…
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    Big Is The New Small

  • This Is How You Become Good At Anything

    Scott Williams
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    The way that you become good at anything is to do it over and over on a consistent basis. In other words you make it a habit. Great writers form a daily habit of writing, they write something on a consistent basis. It becomes a habit and over time they become good at it. The same thing is true for thinkers, networkers, speakers, leaders, gardeners, chefs, parents, married couples etc. If you want to become good at something, get in the habit of working on that thing on a daily basis. If you want to become great at something, work on it daily until you love it. “Greatness always comes…
  • Seth Godin On The Fallacy Of More Is Better

    Scott Williams
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    Does more = better? Seth Godin says “Not so much.” Simple and great insights. Seth Godin On The Fallacy Of More Is Better is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Doing The Work That You Love

    Scott Williams
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    It’s been said that if you do the work that you love that you will never work another day in your life. Well, that’s kind of sort of true. I love what I do; however i is work, it’s hard work. It’s a paradoxical tension that I’ve learned to appreciate. I love spending time with family, sharing the Gospel, strategizing, connecting, thinking, dreaming, leading, challenging and helping others win. Fortunately, that’s what I do every day. I love what I do and you should to. The reason so many people are not able to do the work that they love is because they are…
  • 5 Distinctions Of A Next-Level Leader

    Scott Williams
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    There are many different thoughts or definitions of what a Next-Level Leader is or what pairing those two words together actually means. In this post I will provide my personal definition of what a Next-Level Leader is, in addition to identifying 5 Distinctions of A Next-Level Leader. The definition of a Next-Level Leader is this- A leader that not only elevates their personal leadership to the Next-Level, but elevates the leadership of their team members, peers, their organization and competition to the Next-Level. They challenge the status quo and elevate elevate the level of performance…
  • Man Dies In Church and Pastor E. Dewey Smith and Church Members Pray Him Back To Life In Jesus Name

    Scott Williams
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    Seriously, this is a must watch video from this past Sunday at House Of Hope in Atlanta. Pastor E. Dewey Smith is an awesome man of God and I love his example of faith in this video and always. I know him, he’s a friend, this is the real deal and  this is how he rolls in Jesus’ Name. I’d like to warn you if you are watching this in a quiet place or public place (like work or Starbucks) you may find yourself taking a praise break out and start shouting. A couple of highlight moments and statements: They can perform CPR, but only God can give breath. Church Nurse:…
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    Desiring God Blog

  • Hey, Jealousy

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Christians always find ways to tidy up difficult and rebellious emotions. Anger has received a lot of attention lately. “Righteous anger and selfish anger,” we say. “That’s the important difference.” Perhaps. That’s fine enough. But don’t dare patronize jealousy with such trite platitudes. Scripture acknowledges this difference. Let’s just deal with Proverbs. “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). Anger is a tantrum, a screech, a baby’s cry. “Pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger…
  • How to Find Strength in the Strength of God

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    How do you do a task in the strength of another? How do you exert your will to do something in such a way that you are relying on the will of another to make it happen? Here are some passages from the Bible that press this question on us: “By the Spirit put to death the deeds of the body” (Romans 8:13). So we are to do the sin-killing, but we are to do it by the Spirit. How? “Work out your own salvation . . . for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12–13). We are to work. But the willing and the working is God’s willing and…
  • Some Books to Feed Your Brain

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Books are brain food. They make you think. They help you reflect. As a rule, they are more beneficial than blog post brain snacks (like this one). As a rule, they are far more beneficial than the brain junk food of many social media options. (Yes, I know there are junk food books and nutritious social media posts, but you know what I mean.) Like your body, your brain needs a balanced diet of theology, Christian living, history/biography, fiction, culture/politics/economics, and practical books to help you grow in your realms of responsibility, etc. My favorite guide to nutritious reading is…
  • Are We Passionate for People?

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    “But God, who comforts the downcast . . .” (2 Corinthians 7:6). It is an amazing thing that God comforts the downcast, and that he tells us this so clearly. The idea of God’s comfort isn’t religious folklore, nor is it some spiritual platitude to pull out when we can’t think of something more specific to say. This is a truth read explicitly in the words of Scripture, and pervasively narrated throughout. But how exactly does he comfort us? This is an important question. Comfort, in order for it to be real comfort, must be as palpable as our pain. Theoretical comfort won’t do. The…
  • The Awl

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Sometimes a story, a poem — a poem-story — can capture some of what social and political analyses can’t. How might you say in a story — flowing in the banks meter and rhyme — that life is never simple? Human experience is always deep, always ambiguous, always multilayered. How would you say that a kid can be harmful and dangerous, on the one hand, and wounded and broken on the other? That he can be hated by some and loved by a few? That symbols of love can become weapons of anger? That assumptions of knowledge can cover realities of ignorance? That selfish Samaritans can become…
 
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    Emergent Village

  • Increase the Value of Your Property with a Homemade Rock Fountain

    Thomas
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    We’ve given you advice on ways to update your garden in the past, but today we’re going to give you the first steps to building your own rock fountain that will wow your friends and family. While this can provide the perfect place for Zen relaxation, landscaping features can also add to the value of your property. What might seem daunting at first should take just a few days to complete so follow our tips and you’ll be creating a beautiful focal point for your garden in no time. Picking Your Spot While you’ll want the location of your fountain to be aesthetically pleasing, you also…
  • 5 Essential Home and Garden Security Tips

    Thomas
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    We love and cherish our homes whether it’s a small one-bedroom flat as our first proper home after moving out, a cottage, small semi-detached property or luxury mansion in the country and we all want them to look their best and impress any family and friends who come to visit. The problem that we all have, especially when we have our own gardens, is keeping our property secure. We can spend hundreds, even thousands upgrading our homes and gardens into something we truly love, places we want to spend time in and show off whenever we can; but this only encourages thieves and vandals to take…
  • What makes oak so good for furniture?

    Thomas
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    If you’re thinking of investing in some new furniture, chances are oak has crossed your mind. And with good reason – oak furniture never goes out of style and has the power to really add something to your home, so we thought we’d take a look at just what makes oak the ideal material for furniture. Here are just a few reasons we’ve come up with:    Durability. When you choose solid oak you know you’re getting quality, and that means you’ll have furniture that will stand the test of time. Oak is a highly durable wood and can withstand the pressures of modern life with ease,…
  • Significance of HVAC Training

    Thomas
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Technical education is immensely important for guaranteeing job prospects and financial footing to a technically educated individual. HVAC Training is meant to equip students to contribute effectively in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration industry. Dynamic changes in the industry require trained personnel to keep up with the developments and fulfill popular demands. Hence, the significance of HVAC Trainingwould always be mention worthy. The training imparts breakthrough knowledge on the advancing technologies and prepares the individuals for challenging career in…
  • Relocating For Your Job: Four Ways to Make the Transition Easier

    Annabelle
    28 Jun 2013 | 10:38 am
    Relocating for a job has its ups and downs. On the upside, you will gain a fresh perspective on life as well as gain the ability to take part in things will expand your professional growth. On the downside, you will have to pack everything you own and move to a new location, leaving behind friends and family. To make the process as smooth as possible, keep in mind the following tips. Tip One: Understand Your Employer’s Tax Liability When it comes to relocating for your job, understand your employer will most likely be responsible for paying your moving expenses. Everything from house…
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  • Welcome Back, Ted

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    This Thursday, for the first time since he argued before the Supreme Court in 2013 for a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, Theodore Olson will be back in the Federalist Society limelight. The former Solicitor General of the United States under President George W. Bush—for whom he successfully argued Bush v. Gore—will be talking not gay marriage but class actions and the BP oil spill settlement. A few years ago, that would have amounted to business as usual. Olson, a gifted communicator, would regularly serve as a Federalist Society speaker, even acting as their reviewer in chief…
  • Prison, Purgatory, and Heaven

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Several years of prison ministry have convinced me that there are substantial parallels between what we think about incarceration and how we understand salvation. After all, Christians believe that we are imprisoned by sin and that, rather than trying to escape our condition, we need to undergo a personal transformation before we can enter into the full presence of God. True, sin is universal in a way that jail is not. Nonetheless, crimes against the civil order and rebellion against God overlap in interesting and complicated ways, which makes prisoners among the most conspicuous, though…
  • Public Living, Public Dying

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Clive James is dying just as he lived—in full public view. The Australian-born poet, critic, BBC television personality, Radio 4 presenter, translator, memoirist, journalist, raconteur, and wit is dying of leukemia and emphysema. James retired himself from television years ago, but at seventy-four he keeps very much in the public eye, as British newspapers report each new farewell poem he publishes. It’s a strange goodbye for a writer who claims to despise the contemporary cult of fame. Celebrity has been one of James’s recurrent themes. His prescient mock-epic, The Fate of…
  • Dogs, Divorce, and Pre-pups

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Like, we didn’t see this coming? Pets are becoming the center of custody struggles among divorcing couples.This principally involves childless couples; I would imagine any pets go with the children otherwise. But the big mêlée in December last year, which was featured in a New York Post story, involved a lesbian couple fighting over a miniature dachshund. One woman bought the dog as a consolation gift for the other after having insisted that she get rid of her cat. (Whatever the reasons, I do regard that as a wise step.)For many couples, the dog—I have yet to hear of a custody fight…
  • Marriage and Mating Rites

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    If marriage is a sacrament, then the way in which practices that lead to marriage function as liturgies deserves attention. “Before ‘I Do’,” a new study published by the University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project, offers evidence of the ways certain common individual and cultural pre-marital practices can shape the experience and quality of a marriage. The research involved more than one thousand unmarried Americans between the ages of eighteen and thirty-four who were in a relationship when they entered the study between 2007 and 2008. Over the next five years, 418 of these…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Fight for Unity, or Don’t Fight at All: My Plea for Christians to Keep Your Opinions To Yourself

    Anne Marie Miller
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    When I was sixteen, my dad left the ministry. He did nothing wrong, but it was an ugly church-wide meeting full of Southern obstinacy. I saw men in our small church yelling at each other, accusing each other, accusing my father, accusing my mother, accusing the youth pastor. Some claims were insidious, others plan incredulous. I will never forget that Sunday in April. A fire rose inside me that rarely burns for much anymore. As shy as I am, as non-confrontational as I am, and – for that church – as female as I am, none of that mattered. I stood up, my whole body shaking and read verses…
  • Blogging Isn’t What it Used to Be…And that’s Okay.

    Anne Marie Miller
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    Several times a week, I log into the dashboard of my blog and think I have something to write. I could write about true freedom, and how that means willingly accepting my identity as a slave to Christ, which doesn’t bring oppression, but true joy. I could write about how I think the voice of the peacemakers is being shut down because the voice of the cynics is so loud…and the peacemakers know there’s really no point in fighting a virtual battle of words. I could write about all the new stuff I’m learning about anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma and grief or about the…
  • Redefining Friendship

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    When Facebook first opened its “Sign Up” doors to those of us far removed from a .edu email address, I remember landing in a competition with a coworker on who could “friend” more people than another. We would shout through the office wall that separated us, “I’m up to 881!” or “Your mom doesn’t count as a friend!” This went on until eventually, each of us hit the 5000 friend limit. Then I deleted Facebook for a few years and for me, was all the better for it. So many articles and blog posts and now even scientific studies are…
  • Shake the Dust :: Letting Go

    Anne Marie Miller
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Things fail. Health. Friends. Love. School. Work. Expectations rise and fall. Rise. And fall. And fall. (and rise?) Someone says or does something (or perhaps nothing?) and it opens up scars from the past Scars that say you’re not good enough Or that you’re dumb Or not worth it Or too much… I’ll never forget the first time I heard Anis Mojgani perform Shake the Dust years and years and years ago. Recently, my fingers found a scar not quite healed and those voices those LIES came pouring down like gasoline on my open wound.
  • Grace in the Mundane

    Anne Marie Miller
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    When you feel longing creep in as you pull your feet through the mud of the daily, command your spirit to rejoice. If the rocks cry out, imagine the will it takes to get a defeated soul to move. Command it anyway. Rejoice anyway. You are a child of the One who has loved you in the past for eons and will love you into forever for infinity. A man died in your place, painting you pure and lovely and nothing can steal this away from you. The post Grace in the Mundane appeared first on Anne Marie Miller.
 
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  • Memorial 9/11 Prayers – A Resource List

    Christine Sine
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    The 13th memorial of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 are is only a few days away. For many memories are surfacing and grief being poured out. Unfortunately fear and insecurity also tends to rise at this time, fuelled by reports of increasing terrorist chatter as the day approaches. At a time like this it is(...)
  • Back to School Prayers – A Resource List

    Christine Sine
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    Here in the Northern hemisphere summer is coming to a close and students are getting ready to go back to school. There are some great prayers and liturgies out there to help prepare our hearts and minds for the coming season. The list below is gathered from a variety of faith perspectives and different countries. If(...)
  • Prayers for the Journey

    Christine Sine
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    I have had so much to share over the last few months that I have not had time or space to post some of the prayers I have written for the Light for the Journey Facebook page. So here are a few of the most popular from the last month that have not appeared as(...)
  • When Hospitality Hurts by Amy Boucher Pye

    Christine Sine
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    Sometimes, hospitality hurts. We extend ourselves and welcome people into our homes, anticipating times of engaging conversation and laughter. But afterwards, we find ourselves drained in body, mind, and spirit. We become tempted to pull up the drawbridge and keep our castle to ourselves for a time. Our family has just come through a time(...)
  • Is Your Faith Riddled with Doubt

    Christine Sine
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    This morning I am looking out my window on our first cloudy day for quite a while. Like most people, I love sunshine and relish the long cloudless days that are often part of summer even here in the Pacific Northwest. But even more than that, I love the sunshine that radiates through the clouds, and(...)
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    thehighcalling.org

  • Submit Your Story (Linkup): The Power of Storytelling at Work

    denadyer
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    From 2010-2012, I worked at a charity which resettled refugees from all over the world. In cooperation with the U.S. State Department and national resettlement services, our agency helped these victims of war and persecution to start over in the United States. We provided them with a furnished apartment, pocket money, English classes, transportation, and job training. Our case managers enrolled the children in school and helped the parents get immunized and acculturated to a brand-new place, far from the home they were forced to leave. As I began to hear the refugees’ stories through…
  • Community Post: Not Another Team Like It

    glynnyoung
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Ten years ago, I was hired by a company I used to work for. My job was dealing with issues that had unexpectedly landed in the company’s lap, issues for which it had no current experience. I had the experience they were looking for. The first year was almost magical from a work perspective. No one really understood what I did; I was known as the guy who “handled all that old mess.” I had close to free rein to get the work done. I worked with people from other departments, but my own department generally let me do my thing. When you have an individual contributor job, it doesn’t get…
  • Share Your Story: Helping Employees Fulfill Dreams

    Jennifer Dukes Lee
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    I still remember how exhausted I felt during those early years in the newsroom. The daily grind of breaking news was breaking me.  And I needed a break from covering natural disasters and political scandals. Like most reporters I knew, I dreamed of being untethered from the daily news, long enough to take on a special feature project. But such assignments were considered luxurious because they often took a reporter away from her regular assignments for weeks or months. Editors usually gave such feature assignments to more seasoned reporters, and I was fairly new to the staff. One…
  • Your Work Matters: On Slow Work

    denadyer
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Dena Dyer I am currently an administrative assistant in the head office of a large nonprofit. I was hired to assist with marketing and communications and spend most days waiting for tasks, answering the occasional email, and working on social media projects. Often I have hours (and hours) which I am free to fill as I wish. Though I am assured by my boss that I am helpful as her assistant, I cannot see how my work matters at all. This work feels different, and sometimes antithetical, than what “I feel called to.” My previous workplace helped me feel important. I worked in a beautiful…
  • Your Work Matters: On the Work of Motherhood and Dreams

    denadyer
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Lying across the “big bed," an open window invites a breeze to tickle my spine. Stretching out like this feels good for the kink living in my lower back, and I pour myself into the purr escaping my lips. Unplanned moments of self-care are welcomed and I melt into the lifetime of that heartbeat. I wanted to write, but when I sat down at the computer my littlest lovely called out. In the middle of working out his daytime drama in dreamland, he needs my touch, to sleep peacefully. And that’s cool. Until it ain’t. My life feels interrupted right now. Parenthood is paralyzing. Every day it…
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    Good Letters

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Creative Writers According to St. Augustine, Part 1

    Gregory Wolfe
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    Guest post by Gregory Wolfe The following is adapted from a commencement address given at the Seattle Pacific University MFA in Creative Writing graduation ceremony in Santa Fe, NM on August 9, 2014. I’ve been thinking that in the rapidly changing, cutthroat literary marketplace—where it’s easier to get published but harder to make any money [Read More...]
  • Fiction is Truer than Fact

    Peggy Rosenthal
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    In Jill Lepore’s extraordinary biography of Ben Franklin’s sister Jane, Book of Ages, a short chapter near the end sketches the rise of the novel as a genre. Prior to the eighteenth century, “history” was the genre for telling the stories of lives, and they were always the stories of famous men. Then in the [Read More...]
  • The Creationist Crisis Reprise

    Vic Sizemore
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:47 am
    Several months ago I blogged about the Ken Ham Bill Nye debate at Liberty University. I hadn’t given the two much thought since then until last week when they both rose back into the media. My son’s Popular Science magazine arrived with Nye on the front, his fists wrapped like a boxer’s, and the title [Read More...]
  • Your Life Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

    Tania Runyan
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:29 am
    On the last night of Image’s Glen West Workshop earlier this month, after a moving concert by Over the Rhine and all manner of sniffling and hugging, Father Richard Rohr invited us to make spaces in our souls for worship. “How you live this moment is how you live your life,” he said. “How you [Read More...]
  • Lessons of The Giver

    A. G. Harmon
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Memory, of both the best and the worst, is central to guidance. Without it, we forego paths that have led to prosperity, take paths that have led to ruin. Further, memory is extremely personal, while at the same time supremely collective. We all have our own particular catalog of recollections, which we consult, as need [Read More...]
 
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    Tod Bolsinger

  • Community and Necessary Things

    Tod Bolsinger
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    “So, Charlie, when are we going fix that wall that’s falling down?” My good friend, Charlie heard the voice from the yard next door. Frankly, he hadn’t noticed that the wall was falling down.  Charlie is not the kind of guy who notices these things. But, Jim, the next door neighbor most definitely does.  They’d lived next door to each other for seven years.  But until the wall fell down they didn’t know each other.  When Charlie saw that indeed the wall was in need of serious repair, he assumed that meant that he and Jim would split the cost to pay someone to fix.  You know,…
  • Seminary Grads Give Schools all “D”s.

    Tod Bolsinger
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
     “Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him…”  Ephesians 4:15 In my new role at Fuller Seminary, I have been trying to follow the example of our faculty.  Academic Dean and Leadership Professor, Scott Cormode teaches his students, “Leadership begins in listening.”  And Scott and the faculty, led by Dr. Love Sechrest, walked their talk with an in-depth study of alumni and graduates that led to a complete revision of the curriculum that will be rolled out in the fall of 2014. So, in the brief time I have been at Fuller, I have been trying to follow…
  • A Cure for Denominational Depression

    Tod Bolsinger
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:13 am
    I’m a pastor in a denomination that is in the middle of (yet another) divide. I sat through another discussion about exiting churches at our Presbytery meeting a couple of weeks ago. It was like being part of a divorce negotiation with a couple that still loves each other yet one spouse can’t fathom being married any longer. The parties involved are trying really hard to be civil, to be respectful, to be fair.  All in all, they are doing a good job.  This is a Presbytery with a lot of mutual goodwill. If anything, it’s the kind of place where a “good” divorce could happen. And…
  • Partners in Failure

    Tod Bolsinger
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    We sat together at a coffee shop in Pasadena.  Me, a bit nervous.  He, warm and kind.  He had committed to fund the spiritual formation work I will be doing at Fuller Theological Seminary for the next three years. I wanted to buy him a cup of coffee as a tiny gesture of thanks.  And then he said something that has become as important to me as his financial support. In fact, it was really the moment when I knew for sure that God was in this huge vision to transform theological education.   “Tod, I believe that our Plan A is never God’s Plan A and we only get to God’s Plan A when…
  • The Whisper that Made Me Leave My Church

    Tod Bolsinger
    16 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    It was the whisper that made me leave my church.   It was the one line that I heard over and over again in the five years that I traveled across the country first in leading a commission for my denomination and then as a consultant in organizational change.   “Why didn’t seminary prepare me for this?”  I would hear that line echoed in my mind long after each conversation was over.  I had a sense that it was going to be shaping my future call.  I even wrote a blog post about it in December 2012.    And then a year after I wrote the blog post, I was invited to do something about…
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • A Joyful Indifference: A Reply from Tish Harrison-Warren

    Guest Writer
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Matthew, I really appreciate and resonate with your thoughtful response to my piece. I think your point about seeking respectability is true, and I would take it one step further. Since I wrote the piece for Christianity Today, I’ve reflected on how some younger evangelicals (and I’m including myself in this, which might be pushing the boundary of ‘younger’—let’s say late gen-x or early millenials), whose theological identities were formed in reaction to fundamentalism and the culture wars, believe that if Christians aren’t respected, then we are doing…
  • On Social Media and the Erosion of Conversation

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Pew’s research on social media’s effect on people’s willingness to undertake conversations is worth pausing to reflect about for a moment.  Active social media use actually decreases people’s willingness to share their opinions not simply online, but in other contexts as well.  This is particularly true of people who think their opinions are in the minority, though it happens more generally than that. A number of people pointed out after I posted it on, erm, the social media channels that they used Snowdon and the NSA as their test case, and wondered whether this…
  • Which Generous Spaciousness for Gay Christians?

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    It’s been five years since Andrew Marin published his widely read Love is an Orientation, and the need which Marin’s book attempted to fill has grown at a rapid pace.  While there has been no shortage of discussion among evangelicals about the moral and political status of homosexuality, few rigorously theological and pastorally sensitive resources have been developed for churches and pastors to learn best how to welcome gay into their communal and individual lives.  Instead, vague exhortations about how Christians need to be more loving and improve their image abound. Wendy…
  • On Disrespectable Christianity

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Tish Harrison Warren, whose writing I admire a great deal, has an excellent piece over at Christianity Today on Vanderbilt University’s lamentable decision to prohibit campus groups from setting their own standards for student leadership.  Harrison Warren was part of Intervarsity’s leadership during that season, and so had a seat on the front row.  Thankfully, though, she writes with a reflective calm: I began to realize that inside the church, the territory between Augustine of Hippo and Jerry Falwell seems vast, and miles lie between Ron Sider and Pat Robertson. But in the eyes of…
  • Mere Fidelity: Made for More, with Hannah Anderson

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Hannah Anderson’s Made for More is a book I heartily endorsed.  She joins us in this latest episode of Mere Fidelity to talk about the doctrine of the image of God, women, and their role in the church. Follow Hannah here, and give her (excellent) blog a visit. The iTunes feed for Mere Fidelityis here if you’d like to subscribe (thanks to everyone who has reviewed us so kindly), and an RSS feed for the show lives here. Special thanks to MK Creative Arts for the audio editing Finally, as always, follow Derek and Alastair for more tweet-sized thoughts.  
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  • Registration for Next RZIM Academy Course Closes on August 28th

    Ted Burnham
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Registration for the next course of the RZIM Academy closes at Thursday, August 28th at midnight EDT.  To sign up, visit rzimacademy.org and click on the box at the bottom of the page labeled Core Module: September 1 – November 23. REGISTER NOW Scholarships are available, but please get your applications by tomorrow (August 27th) if you want to enroll in the course starting next week.  That application can also be found at the bottom of the RZIM Academy’s homepage.
  • Who’s Doing Your Thinking For You?

    Cameron McAllister
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    I was oddly paralyzed in a used bookstore the other day. A feeling of helplessness seized me as I surveyed  the creased spines of the numerous books crowding the dusty shelves. Rifling through the faded paperbacks, I felt bored and listless, like I was rehearsing a tedious habit I’d long since outgrown. Usually, time stops the second I step into a bookshop. On this particular occasion, however, the exit exerted a near-magnetic pull. Like any self-respecting booklover, I wondered what was happening to me. Setting aside my tendency to be overdramatic, a surprising thought occurred to me…
  • Os Guinness helps launch QUEST in studio this week!

    Ruth Malhotra
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    “QUEST: Questions in Pursuit of Truth” is an avenue for you to ask your questions to Ravi Zacharias and the RZIM team through social media. To kick off QUEST, Os Guinness will be in the studio this week to answer your questions. Do you have a question for Os Guinness? Comment on RZIM’s Facebook page with your question or tweet it with the hashtag #RZIMquest! Os Guinness is an author and social critic. Great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, Os was born in China during World War II where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax…
  • How could a loving God stand by and watch suffering? A response to Joey Barton

    Vince Vitale
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Joey Barton hates that people are dying in Gaza right now, and he hates that there is not more he can do to stop the violence. I respect that greatly. He also implies that these terrible events should cause us to reject God. That, I think, is too quick. The sobering decision to create people in a world that includes the possible abuse of free choice, resulting in severe suffering, is not unique to divine creation. It is also relevant to human procreation. When we decide to have a child, we risk a lot of suffering. We don’t usually think of it this way, and understandably so, but it…
  • Are Different Styles of Music Acceptable in Church?

    Ruth Malhotra
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    A worship leader in youth ministry who performs hip-hop, reggae, and urbanized forms of music says his style of music is dismissed by some churches and embraced by others. At RZIM’s open forum at James Madison University, he asked Ravi Zacharias and John Njoroge why churches are so divided when it comes to different types of music, and whether substance is truly far more important than style.    
 
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    Gordon Atkinson

  • Greetings to the 2006 Freshman Class of Cornell University

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

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

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

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

    Gordon Atkinson
    18 Oct 2013 | 1:00 pm
    I’m currently writing a series of articles about ministers who no longer want to be in the ministry but feel trapped in their jobs. The series is running at The High Calling website and has been picked up by a number of other sites. There are 8 articles planned, and I hope to have them done by the end of the year. The Articles: Trapped: The Church Vocation Issue We Don’t Talk About Trapped Part Two: The Mercenary
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    Red Blue Reviews

  • How To Qualify For Financial Aid For College

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
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  • How To Get Rid Of Acne Scars Fast

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Even though regularly applying sunscreen can safeguard your pores and skin from growing older prematurely, it can also guide to acne complications more than time. The oils and compounds in well-known sunblocks can clog enlarged pores, triggering redness, discomfort, and inflammation. Instead, choose for sunscreens that are labeled non-comedogenic, which suggests that they will not clog your pores. Acne can be a horrible affliction, no make a difference what its lead to is or what age you are. On the other hand, there are approaches you can go about protecting against and clearing up acne…
  • Hp Nc365t Vs 331t

    admin
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:11 am
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  • How Do Vets Put Dogs To Sleep

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Let your lifestyle decide what breed of puppy you should convey into your dwelling. For instance, if you re a jogger, get a sort of canine that can operate with you, not a toy-poodle. Also if you are silent house-overall body, appear for a smaller sized pet that enjoys pampering and living it up on your couch. Staying away from a mismatch implies both of you will be happier. Are you wanting to turn into a canine proprietor? Or do you presently have a pet? Anyone with an interst in dogs should really know what it normally takes to be a liable owner. The next info can aid you when it comes to…
  • Dyson Dc59 Vs Shark Rocket

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Versus Shark Rocket Ultralight Upright (HV302) Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner    Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Features 2 year parts & labor warranty when purchased from an authorized reseller Sucks up as much dust as a conventional vacuum. Without the hassle of a cord. 3x the suction power of any other cordless vacuum in use. Powered by the Dyson digital motor V6 2 Tier Radial Cyclonesvery floor type   Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Review Balanced for floor to ceiling cleaning Extremely Versatile Dyson DC59 Animal…
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    Red Letter Believers

  • I can be great (But it’s not what you think)

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

    David Rupert
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    A writer’s group I belong to just published a group project, Freedom! It’s available for free here. Freedom_Final Please feel free to copy, print, and share!   The post The Freedom Project appeared first on Red Letter Believers.
  • A Letter to My Younger Self – The 10 Percent Rule

    David Rupert
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    I come from a long line of thriftiness. Perhaps it was the fact that my father’s kin were Norwegian peasant farmers who staked a claim in the hard North Dakota soil, planting beets and potatoes, hoping to make a living. They endured the ups and downs of dusty, dry summers and frigid, windy winters. They cobbled and they scrimped and saved. Photo by Jennifer Dukes Lee My mother’s side were Polish Jews, escaping Europe with little but their wits and small bags of precious stones to their names. Most of them died with about the same possessions they brough into this world. Both forks of the…
  • Independence Day

    David Rupert
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:46 pm
    “I am so sorry.” The words came slowly, like a hardened tube of glue, squeezed out slowly from the bottom. His eyes brimmed with tears and he shook with shame. He wore the tattoos that showed his company pride, battles fought in a far-away land. But the biggest fight of his life was being fought in front a group of strangers that he had wronged. “I can’t drink. I shouldn’t drink. It makes … do things.” That was an understatement. In the middle of the night he and two others had burst into our campsite, screaming, full of anger. One girl in our party was sleeping in the back of a…
  • Patience: How to Embrace This Place

    David Rupert
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    Have you ever avoided any mention of tomorrow because you can’t even get through today? Forget thriving through life. You just want to survive. All the hopes and dreams you want are elusive. Like the Psalmist, you ask, “How long must we wait?” Where is this land of milk and honey? Where is the blessing? Where is the healing?  There’s no joy, because you are in the desert. Suddenly all the happy Scripture verses and trite bits of encouragement seem terribly hollow.Music doesn’t cheer. Books no longer intrigue you. Friends bore you. Teachings sound inconsequential.
 
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Music Monday 9.1.14

    Steve McCoy
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    <--STREAMING FREE-->Ryan Adams: Ryan AdamsJustin Townes Earle: Single MothersBlonde Redhead: Barragan<--CHEAP-->Alt-J: An Awesome Wave ($5)The Decemberists: The King Is Dead ($5)<--COMING SOON-->Delta Spirit, one of my favorite bands, one of my favorite live bands, and has a new album releasing on 9.9 -- Into the Wide (pre-order for $6.99 and get 3 songs now). I've requested and received a review copy and I'm enjoying it a lot. At this point it is feeling like it will end up being my favorite DS album. My favorite song so far is "Push It," which is one of the…
  • New Music Tuesday 8.26.2014

    Steve McCoy
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    There are two new albums I bought this week. Two in one week is rare for me. Both are a lot of fun to listen to and are getting great reviews. I suggest you pick'em up!
  • Music Monday 8.25.14

    Steve McCoy
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    BUY TODAY --> The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers | CD with free download is same cost as download only. This album is a lot of fun, as are all TNP albums. And don't let the name scare you. It's from the mouth of a preacher. This music is really good and really fun.GOOD MUSIC --> After the Video Music Awards last night I needed some real music. Whether you watched or not, here's real music. St. Paul and the Broken Bones with two live Take Away Shows. Amazing. First is the title track of their album Half the City and then an Otis Redding cover, "I've Been Loving You."
  • Phriday is for Photos

    Steve McCoy
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Time for some Friday photos. One from vacation and one from the first day of school. Three of the ten beautiful horses at our vacation home. We would walk right around them and pet them as we fished.  Whenever we pose the kids for the first day of school photo (and most other times, too), we end with something goofy. This is what we got. This probably represents who they are better than standing up straight and smiling!
  • Best Ice Bucket Challenge

    Steve McCoy
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Easily the best video for the ALS ice bucket challenge I've seen. Amazing.
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Amateurs Needed for the School of Translators

    Fred Sanders
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Last year, four professors from Torrey gave brief talks on some of our favorite 20th-century Christian thinkers (Chesterton, Sayers, Tolkien, Lewis). Videos of the talks are here; the whole thing was pretty obviously an excuse to collaborate with Chris Mitchell on a project where he could share his expertise with the whole Biola faculty. But “expertise” is an interesting word for this series on non-experts. Although we tend to categorize them as “Christian thinkers,” all four were conspicuously not professional theologians, pastors, or spokespersons for official…
  • One of Those Critters

    Fred Sanders
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Here is a link to some footage of Bob Warren, who died last week, doing his thing: teaching. This is vintage Bob –although in one sense this footage is not characteristic of him, in that he doesn’t have his Bible open and he’s not digging away at a text. In every other way, though, this session displays so much of what I remember about Bob from the years I spent studying with him in Kentucky (1986-1990): the homespun affability, the intensity, the immersion in Biblical patterns of thought, the excitement of learning directly from Scripture, the deep concern to connect with…
  • A Much-Needed Gap

    Fred Sanders
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Recently I read a witty novel written entirely in the form of letters of recommendation. It reminded me of some spoofs I’ve seen in various places, which I would describe a satires of the genre of recommendation letter. These things have floated around in photocopied form since before the internet, and I can’t trace their authorship. So here is pastiche of the best lines I’ve seen, a compilation that I hope is The Most Ambiguous Recommendation Ever. Dear Committee Members, My student Nomen Nescio has asked me to send you a letter of recommendation. He is an incomparable…
  • Recommended: Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members

    Fred Sanders
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:54 pm
    As the academic year rolls back around, I usually end up reading a late-summer silly novel. Nothing eases the pain of being a grown-up with a job quite like a dose of Wodehouse –though Alexander McCall Smith and Jack Handey also work pretty well. I need more from a late-summer silly novel than just a little amusement; I want a book that delivers an actual laugh every few pages, and this year I found one that delivered –Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher. It’s a short novel written completely in the form of academic letters of recommendation. Epistolary novels are…
  • “Grace motivates permanently, on all levels.” Bob Warren (1946-2014)

    Fred Sanders
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:07 am
    Bob Warren died this week, and I’m remembering the four years I spent studying the Bible with him in the late 1980s.  Bob was a Bible teacher in Hardin, Kentucky, just a few miles down the road from Murray State University, where I went to college. He did some hog farming as well at that time, and ran a ministry called B.A.S.I.C. Training (that’s Brothers And Sisters In Christ). Every Tuesday night, students and locals from a variety of churches would drive out to “the hill” in tiny Hardin to share worship and hear Bob teach from the Bible. In the 25 years since…
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi | Tall Skinny Kiwi

  • Mark Driscoll’s Announcement at Mars Hill

    Andrew Jones
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    UPDATE: Mark announced he is stepping down from Mars Hill for six weeks while the charges are investigated, says Christianity Today.  There are a lot of people that care about him and want to see Mars Hill Church be the church they have given their energy towards. Lets hope and pray for a redemption story here. Personally, I feel 6 ...
  • Robin Williams

    Andrew Jones
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    hat a comic genius! I will miss Robin Williams. A few of us Christian bloggers are doing a crash synchroblog on Robin and this is my contribution. I always thought of Robin Williams as a unique artist and enjoyed him best when he was given scope to just be himself and do whatever he does. Like sit on a couch upside ...
  • Remembering Tony Palmer, the Great Ecumenicist

    Andrew Jones
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    ony Palmer was great Anglican leader and ecumenical ambassador. He was also a friend. So I am sad to announce that Bishop Anthony Palmer passed away on Sunday due to a motorcycle accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emily and the kids, as well as the Ark Community. Tony (Anthony) was one of those multi-talented individuals whose impressive abilities ...
  • Sending Elizabeth to College

    Andrew Jones
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Elizabeth, our oldest daughter, turned 21 this year. A few months ago she moved to Portland, Oregon and was accepted into the program at Oregon Culinary Institute. We are very proud of her. And so are many of you, who have followed her journey since the 90′s and have watched her grow up on our blogs or in person. Elizabeth has ...
  • Global Journey Map

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    If you have been following our journey on Jonberries.com for the past few years, you would have seen our family travel map, courtesy of Nomad Travel Map plug in for wordpress. Awesome feature. I have always tried to keep TallSkinnyKiwi separate from Jonesberries [dont be surprised if this sentence disappears shortly] but I do want to put a few maps ...
 
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    The Lutheran

  • Making malaria known

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    All Saints Lutheran Church in Novato, Calif., has been on a mission this year to make sure neighbors know about the ELCA Malaria Campaign. In fact, members made it their own, calling it the “Novato Malaria Campaign” and attempting to raise $53,301 — $1 for everyone in town. “These folks aren’t going to stop until they’ve carried the message of malaria prevention and control to every one of their neighbors,” said Jessica Nipp Hacker, coordinator for the ELCA Malaria Campaign, who visited All Saints last November. The 12 “apostles”…
  • Education, work get special looks

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It’s appropriate that in this issue we focus on matters associated with September: the start of the Sunday school year and an examination of work in recognition of Labor Day. Sunday school isn’t what it used to be for a host of reasons (page 16). Attendance at such programs in ELCA congregations dropped 60 percent from 1990 to 2010. The world has changed enormously since the beginning of modern Sunday school in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and then the post-World War II era. For those yearning for a return of those days, it’s time to move on.
  • They sleep on pews

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It’s Sunday evening at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Bangui, Central African Republic, and the main gate to the stone-walled compound is locked. Inside, under dim lighting, children run and play, young people gather under tarpaulin tents and a woman stokes an open fire while preparing a family meal. A few people engage St. Timothy’s pastor, Paul Denou, in a lively discussion about the differences between an internally displaced person (IDP) and a refugee. “Does it matter in the end, whether you are here or outside the country?” asked Jean Georges Haman, 65, a retired…
  • Church rain gardens help control flooding, improve watershed quality

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In the concrete jungle, an hour-long downpour can cause an all-day headache. Rain gushing from streets and sidewalks, parking lots, roofs and other impermeable surfaces quickly overwhelms a city’s sewer system. The results: flooded basements, backed-up sewers, and decreased water quality in lakes and rivers inundated with untreated wastewater and pollutants. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Jersey City, N.J., knows this problem well. “Tremendous problems with water” have included basement flooding and Hurricane Sandy, which affected many parts of Jersey City and Hoboken, said…
  • Our food, our neighbors

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Here we are at the end of summer. For the past three months, many of us began lazy days with a cold breakfast, maybe cereal with milk. The blueberries peeking through the cornflakes in September probably were grown in New Jersey or Michigan. As early as April, they likely came from North Carolina; in June, from Washington or Oregon; and in July and August, from Indiana. My pint of antioxidant rich blueberries cost about $4. And it probably was harvested by children. Children are short — just the right height to spot and pluck out the gorgeous dark berries. Their hands are small enough…
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    Century Blog

  • New today: Containing Ebola, listening across racial difference, have preachers lost their nerve?

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • Returning to the void

    David Williams
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    One of the unanticipated pleasures of my recent trip to the middle of the Pacific Ocean was the complete absence of the Internet.Oh, the scenery was stunning, and the wildlife—particularly under the surface of the water—was an amazing riot of living beings. The food was delicious and very slightly overabundant. read more
  • Rules vs. love

    Joann Haejong Lee
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The household I grew up in did not have a lot of rules. My parents were first-generation immigrants who worked 12 hours a day, six days a week. So even if we'd had a lot of rules, they would not have been home to enforce most of them. read more
  • 10 Books

    Drew G. I. Hart
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    10 books that have "stayed" with me or have had a long lasting impact. read more
  • New today: Peter Watson's book on atheists, standing with LGBT people globally, channeling drive away from resentment

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
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    theologer

  • An Empty Box of Chocolates

    Roger Mugs
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    In my younger years I was not, what most would call, suave. In fact while there were lots of examples of this, perhaps the most telling situation was when, in seventh grade, I asked an eight grade girl to be my girlfriend. She took three days to think it through, which in itself probably should have given me pause. Then one day right after the bell rang, she pulled me in to the hallway and said “no” in front of all my peers. That wasn’t that big of a deal in itself I suppose, even George Clooney was probably rejected once or twice in his life. But I was not rejected once. I…
  • Why I Smoke a Pipe

    Roger Mugs
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:09 pm
    About three years ago I took up pipe smoking in earnest. I had been smoking a pipe with occasional opportunity since when I was with a few friends, every night around midnight my freshman year of college. Now I don’t get back to the states but once every three years or so, and thus my dental hygienist was a bit surprised at what she saw. Knowing what I do for a living she said, “I’m really surprised at the amount of stain I see in here. It almost looks like smokers stain, but I assume it must be coffee.” Nope, it’s smoke. This, well, I’m not sure she had a…
  • The Biggest Problems in Missions Today

    Roger Mugs
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    It may be these issues apply to all ministry and not just missions, but missions is what I know and so that is the focus. This is not an exhaustive list of the problems in missions, there cannot be one because the people who do missions are, well, people. But these are the things I see most often, even in myself.1. We desire our own name to be glorified instead of the name of Jesus. This is by far the biggest issue and has many negative fruits.We complicate this by heroizing old missionaries instead of the work God did through them. We make these people out to be super-saints, and no…
  • Alcohol and Tobacco Policies as Bad Missiology

    Roger Mugs
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:09 pm
    (This has been re-written, or at least edited... hopefully for the better).For the nine years I've been in the field I've been watching the folks from the IMB (the Southern Baptist missions arm), among other organizations, send people overseas with strict No Alcohol and No Tobacco policies.* Apart from feeling bad for them and how often they're missing out on fellowship with other missionaries, I only occasionally gave the issue much thought. I do know that many abstain from both tobacco and alcohol and have good reasons for it, and I think I always assumed those would be the type of people…
  • Removed.

    Roger Mugs
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I haven’t pulled a post from this blog in a while. But I pulled the last one after some feedback that gave me pause. It’s being reworked and will be reposted. The last time I pulled a post it was because someone pointed out it was in conflict with the gospel. Ouch. Hopefully this one is less of a problem and is just a matter of better or clearer wording to better express what I meant. But as always, I reserve the right to say, and I’m saying right now, “Please disregard what you might have just read. It was foolish of me to publish it for any number of reasons.
 
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    Think Christian Articles

  • A parent’s praise for Stampylonghead

    Caryn Rivadeneira
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Posted on 09/02/14 Last winter, my 6-year-old begged me to bake him a cake decorated with his favorite Minecraft-playing YouTuber, Stampylonghead (aka Stampycat, Stampylongnose, Mr. Stampy Cat and Stampy). Fredrik wanted this cake - not to eat - but so we could take a picture and send it along to Stampycat himself, all in the hope of getting added to Stampy’s “Love Garden.” Naturally, as a modern mom in an age when predators can lurk in virtual life too, when I heard of my son’s desire to be put in a strange man’s Love Garden, my Stranger-Danger Alarm Bells rang…
  • Jim Gaffigan and the food purity movement

    Branson Parler
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Posted on 09/01/14 Jim Gaffigan is one of my favorite comedians. He jokes about kids, being a dad and liking food too much. I can relate. His book Dad is Fat spent 17 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Both his Comedy Central special, Obsessed, and book, Food: A Love Story, revolve mostly around food. Given Gaffigan’s success in making food a key theme, I think it’s worth asking why his comedy works so well (especially his focus on food). Part of it is simply his quirky sense of humor and delivery, but I also think it has something to do with the relatively recent…
  • “I love you all” – Michael Fassbender sings the Gospel wearing a papier-mâché head

    Josh Larsen
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:11 am
    Posted on 08/29/14 The strange new movie Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as an enigmatic bandleader who wears a giant papier-mâché head, ends with a remarkable scene of musical reconciliation. The moment – a performance of a song called “I Love You All” - mostly resonates within the narrative of the film itself, but there are also Gospel echoes all over it. Frank charts the slight rise and significant fall of an experimental rock band with the highly unmarketable name of Soronprfbs (actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson are among the other band…
  • Sea-ologians of the deep

    Chad Comello
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:48 am
    Posted on 08/28/14 At one point in Richard Linklater's Boyhood, Mason asks his father if there's magic in the world. Probably not literal magic, his dad replies. But then he asks the boy: if you didn’t know what a whale was and someone told you there was a giant mammal that lived underwater with a heart as big as a car and arteries you could crawl through, wouldn't you find that pretty magical? I'd say so. But more than that, I'd call it divine. Scientists, I'm sure, would frown upon using a religious word to describe…
  • Why The Simpsons went to church (and what they found there)

    Donna Bowman
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:27 am
    Posted on 08/27/14 In The Simpsons’ 1990s heyday – well before the Simpsons Marathon currently going on at FX - pundits frequently observed that it was one of the only places on television where the characters regularly went to church. That fact pushed back against the conservative outrage - they swear! they neglect their kids! they fight! they bite! - that dominated media dissections of the animated show. If you didn’t live through it, you might not know how stridently the show's nature was debated at the height of family values hysteria. Bart Simpson, that little…
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  • Bouncing Your Eyes: Part 1 - You’re Doing It Wrong:

    31 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    I guess it was Steve Arterburn and Fred Stoeker (writing in their book Every Man’s Battle) who coined the phrase “bounce your eyes,” written in reference to the practice of quickly looking away when you see an attractive person and don’t want to be triggered to act out sexually. Initially, this term didn’t come to me via Arterburn and Stoeker; I first caught wind of it through the thick cloud of male sexual wrangling that is part of non-denominational Christian culture. Men wishing to wrestle their sexual desires to the mat – or at least keep the…
  • What If You’re the One Who Cheated?

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Earlier this week, Craig wrote about the hard question: “Should I stay or should I go?”  But what if you aren’t the one asking that question? What if you’re the spouse who cheated and brought the question into your marriage?  That, unfortunately, is my story. I hid my porn addiction from my wife for the majority of our marriage. When I finally did confess it to her, it was like a bomb went off in her heart. She felt hurt, betrayed, blindsided, and angry.  We began going to counseling and attempting to find ways to repair the damage I had caused. I played…
  • Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Most of you who know me know I am a sucker for bad TV, TMZ, and yes, ESPN. I even got sucked into the show True Tori earlier this year and wrote a blog about it here. This question in the title of this blog is a tough one. I think every marriage is different, and the ways each one of us are able to handle these types of large questions – especially when our marriages have deteriorated to the point where we’re asking them in the first place – depends on our relationship, our makeup, and just who we are in general. I have seen couples who got through affairs and I have seen…
  • Madyson Marquette - Memoir of a Porn Star

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    One thing that we at XXXchurch.com have been so blessed to be a part of is helping women (and some men) in the adult industry start fresh. The thing for these people though is this: It’s hard. Really hard.  Have you ever had to start fresh? I mean start completely over?  Madyson Marquette has.  She was in the adult film industry for close to seven years.  During those years she hurt and was hurt by a lot of people.  Thankfully Jesus accepts us all JUST AS WE ARE (Tweet This!).   Whether we are liars, straight A students, thieves, or working in the sex…
  • My Teenager Is Making Porn… Uh, Now What?

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Picture this scene: I’ve just given a talk about kids and porn and now a small line of parents forms at the front of the small auditorium. Some people want to shake my hand and say thank you while others have a follow-up question or merely want to get the last word. You know, the norm. As the room clears out, I notice a mom nervously hanging around the edges of the group. Before long the tech guy comes up and hands me my MacBook while I hand over his wireless microphone in a wordless dance I’ve done a hundred times before in a hundred different locations. A few minutes later the…
 
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  • Win FREE TICKETS to @TheD6Conference!

    Terrace Crawford
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I’m heading to Louisville for the D6 Conference this October & I would love for YOU to join me in Louisville for the event! To make that happen, I’m giving away TWO FREE REGISTRATIONS (one for YOU & a guest) to TWO … Continue reading →
  • 3 Key Tips for Effective Communciation

    Terrace Crawford
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    I ran across this video from my archives the other day and thought it was worth sharing again.  Its a video I shot with my friend, EJ Swanson, backstage at a conference. EJ shares 3 tips that could help you become … Continue reading →
  • Check Out These Ministry Partners!

    Terrace Crawford
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    For those of you who haven’t been directly to the site in recent weeks, you may have missed out on some helpful new resources. Here are the folks that are making things happen at TerraceCrawford.com this month: D6Family - Check out … Continue reading →
  • How to Minister to Parents When You Don’t Have Kids Yourself

    Terrace Crawford
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I was recently interviewed by my friend Jeremy Lee over at ParentMinistry.net.  I had a great time discussing two things I love: Youth Ministry and Social Media.  During our time together Jeremy asked me a lot of questions about how I’ve helped parents during … Continue reading →
  • ALS #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE

    Terrace Crawford
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Over the last 2 weeks the ALS #IceBucketChallenge has gone viral. You’ve probably seen this on Facebook. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and … Continue reading →
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  • A Special Announcement

    Rick Morgan
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"John 1:6-9 God sent a man, John the Baptist, 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. 9 The One who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.John 1:15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”16 From his…
  • Who Do You Think You Are?

    Rick Morgan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    Keeping your perspective in ministry.John 1:19-28 This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” 20 He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.” 21 “Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?” "No,” he replied. “Are you the Prophet we are expecting?” “No.” 22 “Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?” 23 John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear…
  • The Testimony That The Light Is Coming

    Rick Morgan
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    John was sent to tell us to get ready.John 1:6-18  God sent a man, John the Baptist,  7  to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.  8  John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.  9  The One who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.  10  He came into the very world He created, but the world didn't recognize Him.   11  He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him.  12  But to all who believed Him and…
  • He Is Greater

    Rick Morgan
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    And greater is the One living inside of me than he who is living in the world.Mercy Me - Greater1 John 5:4-5  For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.  5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Satan hates you and wants to kill you. If he can't take your life then he definitely wants to take the life out of you. He loves to make you feel shame and guilt, he wants to defeat you and make you cry, he wants to hear you curse God.You may wonder why, what in the world did I do…
  • Also Known As God

    Rick Morgan
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    If he wasn't God on earth then why is the world still talking about him?John 1:1-5  In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2  He existed in the beginning with God.  3  God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him.4  The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. 5  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.This is a different genealogy from what you see at the beginning of Matthew and Luke's gospels.
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  • On Positivity

    John Saddington
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Keeping an incredibly positive outlook is one of the absolute essentials for making it in the startup world and launching your own business. There are only a few other character traits that are essential to one’s success. You have to learn to believe in the impossible. Or rather, you must be capable of believing in the unseen, the places that have yet to be created and the realities that yet to be seriously entertained (or at least by the masses). And, you must be serious about your attempts at solving the impossible as many can believe but very few will actually ever do. All startups…
  • Labor Day

    John Saddington
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    On this Labor Day I hope you are reminded that it is vastly more important that you have good work to do rather than the fruits of success that could arise out from that very work. In other words, our aim and focus must be on securing and executing against work that is meaningful, fulfilling, and purpose-driven rather than worrying about the necessary results of such work. Many of us have spent our lives focused on just the opposite waiting impatiently for the “big breaks” or if we have succumbed to our own impatience we have attempted to craft our own future through sheer force…
  • Blogging and Indirection

    John Saddington
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    I spend a great deal of time encouraging everyone I meet to do more writing. I think writing has become a nice-to-do and a sidelined skill and activity that more people have abandoned for other less valuable activities. I’ve stated my reasons why I write many times and I think it’s important for everyone to discover their own personal reasons why they engage in the most-healthy activity of writing. One of the natural outcauses that I have shared continually is the natural benefit of being exposed on the internet and the natural opportunities that arise from being more visible.
  • Time Required for an Acquisition

    John
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    A good friend of mine is walking through their very first acquisition and the numbers that he’s working with are 7-figures. Naturally, the excitement was pretty palpable as the thought of living completely debt-free and all the other benefits of a large buyout turn from fiction to reality. But that excitement doesn’t always stay that high for that long and he realized that really quick as he began moving into the “due diligence” phase where the nitty-gritty of an acquisition comes into play. After having walked through a few of these myself we’ve chatted weekly about the progress…
  • Some Thoughts on the WordPress Philosophy

    John Saddington
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Have you ever considered and/or read the actual WordPress Philosophy? It’s worth a read if you haven’t. I’ve been reflecting more and more about the core and foundational thoughts around WordPress, especially since I’ve been generally “away” and more removed from that direct community than I have been in the past, and with more clarity how I engage with the platform as a whole, both professionally and personally (and for my upcoming app Desk that will connect to it). Here are the main points of their philosophy and my own personal thoughts: 1. Out of the…
 
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  • Francis and Lisa Chan on Marriage that Matters

    paulthinkingoutloud
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    A few days ago I was asked to recommend a marriage book for a couple who are not presently following Christ, but would understand the book was purchased in a Christian bookstore. Given the broad application of the advice it contains, I recommended Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs, with The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman as a second choice. In many respects, You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity would not be for the couple in question. The reason? This is spiritually hardcore; a book for the fully devoted follower, or the person (or couple) that desires to move things…
  • Resting From Our Labors

    paulthinkingoutloud
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Here’s what’s going on here as we take a day off… Tomorrow, a review of You and Me Forever co-authored by Francis Chan and Lisa Chan. This book is rich in scripture as it looks at the spiritual nurture of couples as being the most important thing. If your local Christian bookstore doesn’t carry it, tell them it’s only available wholesale through Send the Light Distribution. I’m currently reading Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus  by Christopher Smith and John Pattison. I don’t usually get InterVarsity Press books to…
  • Night Out With The Girls

    paulthinkingoutloud
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    With the kids now older and facing high-school homework after supper instead of the early bedtimes of former years, Patricia donned an light jacket before heading out for her weekly Wednesday night coffee shop ritual with Julie and Deanne. Well, almost weekly; there were frequent cancellations in the past three years, but they tried to meet as frequently as possible. “So when are we leaving?” her husband Rick asked. “What do you mean we?” she responded. “I thought it might be fun to crash your little group; as an observer or like those war reporters who are…
  • Methodology for Music Ministry

    paulthinkingoutloud
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    Yesterday we looked at some very superficial reasons which draw people into the larger music business with a hope that church musicians can understand their own music-personality type. Today we want to stay somewhat shallow in looking at the raw practicalities of drafting the music for Sunday morning. Finding the recipe If you look at a recipe, it’s always divided into two sections. First you have a list of ingredients, and then you have the instructions as to how you wish to use them. Worship planning is very similar. There’s a list of songs you want to use, but how do you blend…
  • Motivation for Music Ministry

    paulthinkingoutloud
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    So what attracts people to work in the music industry? I’ve listed a few things below that I think apply both within and outside the church context, and one, at the end of the list, that I believe is more common only within Christian experience. Worship leaders: Perhaps finding what attracts you to music in the first place will help you understand your personality type as a musician. Performance Some people just want to play. They live to gig. If you’re a drummer and you can’t sing, you’re never going to be center stage, and people might not even know your name, but…
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  • Jesus Loves Me This I Know

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
     I have been singing this children's hymn for over a week now.  Like any ear-worm, it has buried itself deep and I have even woken up in the middle of the night with the song on my lips.  However, this simple but profound song isn't driving me crazy, it's driving me deeper into the Word of God!   I found a definition of love that I have been using as a baseline as I read various
  • Don't Miss Jesus

    9 Aug 2014 | 6:03 pm
    And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, "Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to
  • Let's Get Real!

    2 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Life is hard and sometimes it feels like we are on the losing side.  It's hard to get on top of life's battles.  Discouragement and disillusionment seem to be nipping at our heals.   Let's be honest...that sounds like a typical day for some of us! This week I was encouraged by a Psalm of lament.  To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
  • I'm Broken!

    7 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    “I’m Broken.” After sobbing for 20 minutes, these were the only words that I could say to express the way I was feeling.  Broken.  I knew it was a lie, yet it was how I was feeling at the moment.  My wife, so wonderful through my long struggle with a head injury, continued to speak affirming words and prayed with me before we ended our phone call. The day started off innocent enough, just
  • I Am a Citizen

    4 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I am both a US Citizen and a Permanent Resident of Canada. I love my country of birth and my country of current residence.  My family celebrates both the US and Canadian holidays.  Though I am proud to be an American, because my wife and kids were born in Canada, I will likely one day seek dual citizenship. We have just celebrated Canada Day and the 4th of July and as these patriotic
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  • God’s Vision and Voice by Erwin McManus

    Eric Bryant
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    “We are beginning a new era where faith is the fuel that awakens our God-given creativity and we embrace our responsibility to create a world that brings hope, meaning, peace, and compassion to every single human being.” – Erwin McManus #MTN2014 Mosaic JESUS’ VISION Jesus is having an unexpected conversation with a multitude. These were not the religious people who were trying to be good and trying to do what’s right. These were social outcasts – the homeless, the criminal element, the prostitute. No one is competing with Him for this audience. These were…
  • Creativity Can Heal by Erwin McManus (MTN2014)

    Eric Bryant
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Erwin McManus shared the following powerful and inspiring message at Mosaic Terra Nova (MTN2014): “What we are doing here matters! You may think why create fashion when there is famine? Why create films when there is genocide? You underestimate what you can contribute to humanity! What we are creating this weekend will be so unique! There will be songs written and sang that have never before been sung before! It could be from this tribe that the next great designers come! Humans are unique because we can materialize the immaterial. No other creatures do that! All beavers create dams.
  • “For Church Leaders: Thoughts from Erwin McManus (MTN2014)

    Eric Bryant
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
      Our time at Mosaic Terra Nova (MTN2014) started with a reunion of great friends from across the planet – from Paris, New Zealand, Shanghai, Toronto, and all across the U.S.. Here are some of Erwin’s thoughts on reaching others, the importance of creativity, creating fully-alive communities, and creating the future: Sometimes God gives us ideas that others have more courage and creativity to pull off. Mosaic may not do anything best, but our stewardship is to try some things first. Leadership requires knowing what are the right questions for your situation. Ethos is the…
  • “Heart Scan – Malpractice”

    Eric Bryant
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series: Heart Scan. John Burkeshared about maintaining a healthy heart in a message called “Heart Scan – Malpractice.” You can watch the message John shared at the McNeil campus at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. I shared the following message at South Campus: To dig deeper and apply the message, work through the Next Steps. Here are the notes from our message: “We all get wounded. No human escapes unharmed in this broken world. Hurt people hurt people, and these relational wounds, when they go unhealed, are like fertile…
  • “Creating a Culture of Accountability” by Craig Groeschel

    Eric Bryant
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    Last week I enjoyed the Catalyst One Day event in Austin with our Gateway team. Craig Groeschel shared the following insightful message:  “No leader plans to crash but too many leaders do it all the time. Left alone, the default is a culture of secrecy. Sin grows best in the dark. 1. Model transparency and personal confession. The moment we think we aren’t vulnerable, the more susceptible we become. Left alone, the default is a culture of secrecy. Sin grows best in the dark. When we blow it, we have two options: Confess it. Conceal it. We are all a few bad decisions away…
 
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  • What is this? Concerning that Time anti-news essay on modern nuns

    Terry Mattingly
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    At least once every month or two I get a junk-mail letter -- with spam emails coming more frequently -- from the business office of Time magazine, a publication for which I happily paid good money for several decades. Perhaps you get these as well, the messages that say, "We want you back!" urging me to renew the subscription that I cancelled a year or two ago. Apparently these people do not pay attention to return messages or even the people who do their telephone research with former subscribers.Does Time want me back? If so, why do the magazine's editors keep dedicating oceans of ink…
  • NYTimes tiptoes around religion angle in UK child sex-abuse story

    Dawn Eden
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The front page of today's New York Times offers a sensitively written account of the ordeals suffered by child sex-abuse victims in Rotherham, England, where an investigation has revealed that, between 1997 and 2013, "at least 1,400 children, some as young as 11, were groomed for sexual exploitation while the authorities looked the other way."Why did authorities ignore the abuse? The article takes its time arriving at the answer, and when it does, the answer it offers is incomplete.We are first given an account from Lucy, a victim now 25, who tells of how she was targeted by a gang…
  • Paging Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The ghost that haunts many urban teens

    Terry Mattingly
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Two or three paragraphs into this riveting Wonkblog essay in The Washington Post I began having flashbacks, and not the good kind.The key thought: Where is the late, great Democrat Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan when we really need him?The headline opens the door and it's a very important door, if you care about social justice and the urban poor: "What your 1st-grade life says about the rest of it." Here is the opening of the report, which has a Baltimore dateline for perfectly logical reasons:BALTIMORE -- In the beginning, when they knew just where to find everyone, they pulled the…
  • Veiled references: Reuters feature doesn't get the hijab done

    Jim Davis
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    British Muslim women are increasingly wearing head veils, although the faith doesn't require it -- and despite growing attacks targeting them, says a new feature article from Reuters. But the story doesn't prove any of that.This is the kind of reporting we get in the lengthy feature on the topic. Starting with 18-year-old Sumreen Farooq, we read:"I'm going to stand out whatever I do, so I might as well wear the headscarf," said Farooq, a shop assistant who also volunteers at an Islamic youth centre in Leyton, east London.While just under five percent of Britain's 63 million population are…
  • Yes, this is The Onion: Why do newspapers publish PR pieces for some churches?

    Terry Mattingly
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    OK, so the graphic over there is wrong. This is a GetReligion post about an alleged religion "news" item from The Onion.On one level, that makes no sense. We try to critique the mainstream press, so why bother our readers with an item from a satirical, pretend newspaper?Well, your GetReligionistas also, from time to time, like to write about op-ed page pieces and commentary essays that are clearly linked to life on the religion-news beat. Most of those are pretty serious.Obviously, that is not the case this time around.In fact, I am not sure WHAT is going on in this piece of pseudo-news.
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  • 5 Steps To Raising Perfect Kids

    loswhit
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    1. Don’t have kids. 2. Don’t have kids. 3. Don’t have kids. 4. Don’t have kids. 5. Don’t have kids. Listen. I’m sure there is great parenting advice out there on how to keep your kids out of gangs and stuff. But all I know is my parents were close to the perfect parents and I ended up in jail, almost not graduating high school, and a HOT MESS. I remember waking up every morning and seeing my dad on his knees down the hall praying for our little family. Sometimes those prayers take longer to pull off than others. But that is one thing I know we can all do and will work. While your…
  • How To UnNumb Your Church Butt

    loswhit
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    Tradition is a good thing. It brings a wealth of knowledge and history and alignment to a somewhat scattered church. Innovation is a good thing as it brings freedom, newness, and relevance to a somewhat stale church. Yet both of these things can become numbing. When you sit on a seat for too long your butt gets numb. I think we often numb the butts of our people and they need to stand up and walk around. Quit sitting on your church butt and let that circulation flow! Things are so much clearer and less numbing when you change positions. In what way can your/the church help unnumb their butts?
  • My Facebook Backlash… What is the Biblical way to handle disagreements online?

    loswhit
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Last night I posted a picture online where I had changed my boarding pass number from 5 to 1 with an iPhone editing app. The horror. I thought it was funny so I posted it. Many on my Facebook feed pointed out I was a “douchebag”. One questioned since I can’t “lay down my bag then I can’t lay down my life”. Another pointed out that we, as Christians, are supposed to point out each others sins. Yet another told me to “Get over myself” All of these comments, and more, I expected. I did something wrong and many Christians disagreed with, so I got their opinion.  I posted it…
  • The Dream Chasing Myth. Why Chasing A Dream Is Not Sexy At All.

    loswhit
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    There is a myth. A myth that somehow, when you hit your 30′s, and you make a couple of life changing decisions to leave A to head to B and start influencing/singing to lots of people that you are “chasing a dream”. I admit that I play into that fallacy. I’ve named posts “Dream This”, “Chase This Dream”, “Dream…blah blah blah”. These posts mostly hit as I was leaving my full time position at what some would call their “dream job”. Dream is a funny word. It is sexy. It is alluring. It is dangerous. Dangerous? Not the…
  • Moment Maker Of The Month Goes To Corey Wadden For Making Us ALL Cry

    loswhit
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Mom loses job. Son every parent in the world would want finds car mom always talked about when he was a kid and she was a housekeeper. Son buys car. Son Gives Mom Car. SON MAKES US ALL CRY LIKE A BABY… It’s better that way… Los
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  • Creation Is a Many Splendored Thing (2): Genesis 1:1-2:3

    Chaplain Mike
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Crucible of Creation: Orion Nebula (detail: Hubble) The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.He has established the world; it shall never be moved; your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. • Psalm 93:1-2, NRSV As the Bible’s first creation account, Genesis 1 enjoys pride of place. Positioned as the cosmogony of cosmogonies, the Priestly account is also the most carefully structured text in all of Scripture. Its intricate arrangement reflects something of creation’s own integrity . . . . . . As creation unfolds…
  • For Labor Day: Gene Veith on Vocation

    Chaplain Mike
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Harvest, Pissarro In the Lord’s Prayer, we ask that God give us our daily bread, which He does. He does so not directly as with the manna to the Israelites, but through the work of farmers, truck drivers, bakers, retailers, and many more. In fact, He gives us our daily bread through the functioning of the whole accompanying economic system — employers and employees, banks and investors, the transportation infrastructure and technological means of production — each part of which is interdependent and necessary, if we are going to eat. Each part of this economic food chain…
  • Spiritual Formation Talk: Sacred Reading

    Chaplain Mike
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. • Psalm 119:130 In our second post on Fr. Charles Cummings’ book, Monastic Practices, we take up the first of the three basic practices of monastic daily life, in order to consider how they might inform the spiritual formation of those who follow ordinary callings. Sacred reading, manual work, and liturgical prayer constitute the threefold footing of our daily life. (p. 7) The first practice is sacred reading (lectio divina). Cummings notes that St. Benedict devoted two to three hours each day to this…
  • Saturday Ramblings: Labor Day Edition, 2014

    Chaplain Mike
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Happy Labor Day weekend! In my heart, mind, and body rhythms, this weekend will always be the end of summer. However, here in Indiana, where we have an abomination called a “balanced school schedule,” we are already a month into fall. In fact, on July 31 my grandson announced to me that he was going to the pool on the next day because it was the (and I quote) “last day of summer.” What are they doing to our children? I’m pretty sure that the opening sequence of the Andy Griffith Show — you know, where Andy and Opie are walking down the road to go fishing…
  • Meeting Jesus Through Community?

    Mike Bell
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:20 pm
    I am involved in a number of different communities. Some are communities of faith, but most are not. Now, this may sound like a cop out, but my primary way of introducing people to Jesus has been to introduce those in my non faith communities to my faith communities. Let me introduce you to first to my non faith communities: 1. My neighborhood. We used to have a reasonably social neighborhood. Typically there would be 1 or 2 block parties a year, at either Christmas or during the summer. The two sets of organizers moved away, and for the past ten years there really hasn’t been any group…
 
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  • Mark Driscoll’s Announcement at Mars Hill

    Andrew Jones
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    UPDATE: Mark announced he is stepping down from Mars Hill for six weeks while the charges are investigated, says Christianity Today.  There are a lot of people that care about him and want to see Mars Hill Church be the church they have given their energy towards. Lets hope and pray for a redemption story here. Personally, I feel 6 ...
  • Robin Williams

    Andrew Jones
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    hat a comic genius! I will miss Robin Williams. A few of us Christian bloggers are doing a crash synchroblog on Robin and this is my contribution. I always thought of Robin Williams as a unique artist and enjoyed him best when he was given scope to just be himself and do whatever he does. Like sit on a couch upside ...
  • Remembering Tony Palmer, the Great Ecumenicist

    Andrew Jones
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    ony Palmer was great Anglican leader and ecumenical ambassador. He was also a friend. So I am sad to announce that Bishop Anthony Palmer passed away on Sunday due to a motorcycle accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emily and the kids, as well as the Ark Community. Tony (Anthony) was one of those multi-talented individuals whose impressive abilities ...
  • Sending Elizabeth to College

    Andrew Jones
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Elizabeth, our oldest daughter, turned 21 this year. A few months ago she moved to Portland, Oregon and was accepted into the program at Oregon Culinary Institute. We are very proud of her. And so are many of you, who have followed her journey since the 90′s and have watched her grow up on our blogs or in person. Elizabeth has ...
  • Global Journey Map

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    If you have been following our journey on Jonberries.com for the past few years, you would have seen our family travel map, courtesy of Nomad Travel Map plug in for wordpress. Awesome feature. I have always tried to keep TallSkinnyKiwi separate from Jonesberries [dont be surprised if this sentence disappears shortly] but I do want to put a few maps ...
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  • Lead with Empathy, Love Your Neighbor, Let the Truth Come Out — A Response to Ferguson

    Albert Mohler
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    From a modified transcript of today’s edition of The Briefing: I first addressed the situation in Ferguson back on August 12th, which was then the first opportunity I had to speak to the issue. Since then I have not addressed the question because I wanted to stand by what I said back on August 12th. We should not speak to the facts on the ground until we know what those facts are. The facts we know now are pretty much the facts we knew then—that there was an 18-year old African American young man who was shot 6 times, twice in the head and four times in the forearm by a police…
  • Are Christian Missionaries Narcissistic Idiots? — A Response to Ann Coulter

    Albert Mohler
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    In an ominous development Wednesday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest level alert for a response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, even as reports came in indicating that the crisis may now not be limited to West Africa. Centers for Disease Control Chief Tom Frieden posted on Twitter: “Ops Center moved to Level 1 response given the extension to Nigeria & the potential to affect many lives.” According to Doug Stanglin of USA Today, Level I means that increased staff and resources will be devoted to the outbreak. He also said it is the first time…
  • ‘Get with the Program’ — The Church of England Votes to Ordain Women Bishops

    Albert Mohler
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Writing about the age of John Milton, the British author A. N. Wilson once tried to explain to modern secular readers that there had once been a time when bishops of the Church of England were titanic figures of conviction who were ready to stand against the culture. “It needs an act of supreme historical imagination to be able to recapture an atmosphere in which Anglican bishops might be taken seriously,” he wrote, “still more, one in which  they might be thought threatening.” Keep that in mind as you read the news that the General Synod of the Church of England…
  • The Hobby Lobby Decision: A Big Win for Religious Liberty — and a Very Revealing Divide on the Court

    Albert Mohler
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:01 am
    Today’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case represents a huge win for religious liberty in America, and the 5-4 decision will now stand as a landmark case that will reshape the religious liberty debate for generations to come. At the same time, the deeply divided court also revealed in startling clarity its own internal debates over religious liberty — and that division of understanding at the nation’s highest court is very disturbing indeed. Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito declared that the Obama Administration had profoundly failed to meet the demands of the…
  • Baptist Polity and the Integrity of the Southern Baptist Convention

    Albert Mohler
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:18 pm
    The Southern Baptist Convention meeting last week in Baltimore was, in itself, a lesson in Baptist polity. The organizational structure of the Convention is directly drawn from Baptist principles, and those principles have been adapted to meet the new challenges faced by every generation. In the last generation, the Convention responded courageously to the challenge of theological compromise, asserting both the right and the responsibility of the Convention to require confessional fidelity and theological integrity of its seminaries, mission boards, and other entities. That process culminated…
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    Pete Wilson

  • Being Free Vs. Living Free

    Pete Wilson
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:57 am
    I read an interesting article the other day about how difficult it is for prisoners coming out of prison to adjust to being a free citizen again. Did you know studies show more than four out of 10 adult offenders nationwide return to state prisons within three years of their release. This same article told the story of a man named Randall Church who spent 26 years in prison for stabbing and killing another man. After 96 days of freedom he purposely set a house on fire and burned it to the ground then immediately turned himself in so he could be arrested and return to prison. He literally…
 
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    Eugene Cho

  • Thanks for your prayers and support. This is the week I share #OverratedBook with the world.

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

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

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

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

    Eugene Cho
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    It feels awkward and even a bit inappropriate to be talking about ‘celebrity news’ when so much is going on around the world: Iraq, refugees in Syria, children stranded at borders, Michael Brown’s death and Ferguson, Ebola, Ukraine, and the list tragically goes on. But then again, it feels appropriate because it’s another reminder of the fragility of our humanity. By now, most of you know that Robin Williams past away today (August 11). His life ended way too short at the young age of 63 – apparently because of suicide. While this was news to me, Robin had been…
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    Ligonier Ministries Blog

  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, September 2014

    Motte Brown
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The September issue of Tabletalk is out. This issue features articles explaining the nature, place, and purpose of parachurch ministries. Educational ministries, seminaries, mission agencies, conferences, and other events and organizations are a familiar part of the Christian landscape, but what is their place in relation to the local church? Parachurch ministries of all kinds exist around the globe, but are they warranted by Scripture? This issue of Tabletalk will seek to answer this question. Contributors include R.C. Sproul along with Justin Holcomb, Matt Boswell, Mez McConnell, Steve…
  • Welcome to a Reformed Church — Free eBook

    Nathan W. Bingham
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Until the end of September, Reformation Trust is giving away the ebook edition of Daniel Hyde's Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims. In this book Daniel Hyde sketches the historical roots of the Reformed churches, their scriptural and confessional basis, their key beliefs, and the ways in which those beliefs are put into practice. The result is a roadmap for those encountering the Reformed world for the first time and a primer for those who want to know more about their Reformed heritage. "As a minister in a Reformed church, I am delighted to be able to commend this book by…
  • 5 Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible

    Steven J. Lawson
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    How exactly does the Bible—an ancient book written thousands of years ago—reveal God's way to people today? There are several key questions we must ask, the answers to which reveal to us the way. Here they are: 1. Is there a command to obey? The Bible is filled with divine commands for you and me to obey. There is no question what God's will is in these areas. Our obedience to His commandments leads us precisely into the center of His will. For example, "Do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18). This is clear-cut.
  • Social Media Highlights (08/31/14)

    Nathan W. Bingham
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here are highlights from our various Facebook and Twitter accounts over the past week.   Post by 5 Minutes in Church History. Here's a new course with Dr. Sinclair Ferguson studying Jesus' Farewell Discourse. https://t.co/FiHCngxHxr pic.twitter.com/y5pKlbwAwN — Ligonier Connect (@LigonierConnect) August 28, 2014 The good news is that God justifies the ungodly freely, by giving to all who believe a righteousness that is not their own. —R.C. Sproul — Tabletalk Magazine (@Tabletalk) August 28, 2014 The holiness of God is traumatic to unholy people. —RC Sproul…
  • Life with Cancer: One Year Later

    Keith A. Mathison
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    One year ago this week, I received a phone call I'll never forget. I was sitting at my desk when the phone rang. I saw on the display that the call was from my wife Tricia. I answered the phone, and I could hear her crying as she spoke the words: "The doctor says I have cancer." I felt physically sick, but I had to keep it together in order to comfort her. We talked for a few minutes, and she gave me more details. I hung up the phone, shut my door, and I prayed. I told a few of my colleagues and asked for prayer before leaving work to go be with my wife. Those who have had cancer or who have…
 
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    United Church of God

  • Anxiety, heaven and the reward of the saved

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    As I was growing up, wondering about life after death was a part of me. Perhaps you've had a similar experience.
  • 10 Bad Ideas Found in the Bible

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Do you really have to live by what God says in the Bible? Many people seem to get on quite well by doing whatever they want. Isn’t God all-merciful so that everything will be just fine? Think again.
  • Sermon: Are You Going to Grow Up?

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    When it comes to your spiritual life: Do you want to grow up into the stature and the fullness of Jesus Christ? Are you actively working on becoming a mature disciple of Jesus Christ? And do you understand what Christian maturity really is and how you're able to attain it?
  • 20-Year Plan for a Global Caliphate

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    It's remarkable to see what's been happening in the world in light of the al-Qaeda master plan from back in 2000 for establishing a world-dominating Islamic caliphate in seven steps over the course of 20 years.
  • Islamic Caliphate Declared: What Does It Mean?

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    A new caliphate—a transnational Islamic state commanding the allegiance of all Muslims—has been declared by the leader of insurgents in Iraq and Syria. What does this portend for the rest of the world in the days ahead?
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    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts

  • Public figures, news, and Christian love

    Tim Archer
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The other day, the Abilene Christian University Board of Trustees issued a statement of confidence in the school’s president, who is in the midst of a divorce. The Christian Chronicle, a well-respected newspaper within churches of Christ, published an article reporting on the incident. When they received criticism for the article that was published, I took the side of the journalists, arguing that such reporting about a public figure was warranted. That said, I think we need to learn the difference between the responsibilities of a journalist and those of a brother in Christ. That is,…
  • Links to Go (September 2, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    4 Ways To Live Out Your Role As Helper So let’s get a little technical. The Hebrew word for “helper” used in the verse above is the word “ezer”. It is a combination of two roots, meaning “to rescue, to save”, and “strength/power.” This word is used to describe the woman twice, but it is used to describe God 16 times. So we could translate the verse more properly by saying “It is not good for man to be alone, I will make a strength (or power) suitable for him.” (Hard Sayings of the Bible, Walter C. Kaiser) We Don’t All Look Alike The peaceful protesters in Ferguson…
  • Muscle and a Shovel

    Tim Archer
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I recently did a quick read of the book Muscle and a Shovel by Michael Shank. Am I allowed to say that it is what I thought it was? Written in an autobiographical style, it’s intended to be an apologetic for traditional Church of Christ beliefs. As such, it functions pretty well. I’m not really prepared to write a review. I may do so in the future. John Mark Hicks has written an excellent review which is available in electronic format for the Kindle. He also posted a summary of that review on his personal blog, presenting it in three parts: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 I’d highly…
  • Links to Go (August 29, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Four evangelical responses to gay rights — they’ve changed a lot since ’69 Evangelicals are often seen as being monolithic on issues of sexuality and LGBT rights. A careful study of responses to homosexuality by evangelical elites, however, shows that this is not the case. Sociologists Jeremy Thomas (Idaho State) and Daniel Olson (Purdue) combed through Christianity Today, evangelicalism’s flagship magazine. They uncovered four approaches that evangelicals have taken since the 1960s Stop Obsessing About the Proverbs 31 Woman Whether you’re male or female, you can use Proverbs 31 as…
  • Links to Go (August 28, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Huckabee and the Heresy of Americanism Americanism of this type blinds us to America’s very real, human, failures and sins. Historically, we’re tempted to whitewash things like slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, or Manifest Destiny and the brutal, un-Christian treatment of the Native Americans (you know, the Canaanites standing in the way God’s New Israel.) What’s more, it has a tendency to blind us to some of the dark stains on our current foreign policy record such as consorting with tyrants for the sake of American just cause in the world. Exodus: Gods, Kings, and Evangelical Headcanon…
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    Vision Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA

  • Preparing for the ministry

    Austin Gardner
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    1 Samuel 17:37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. David is prepared to fight the giant because God has prepared him by giving him experience in battle. The other battles were minor compared to this one. He had killed the lion and bear in hand to hand combat. He had used the simple elements that his father and profession had placed in his hands. He grabbed him by his beard and struck him maybe with his rod or…
  • Encouraging young leaders

    Austin Gardner
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    1 Samuel 17:33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. David is again being judged on outward appearances. It is not the size of the man in fight but the size of the fight in the man. What Saul doesn’t know is that David has learned to trust God. David knows that God has used him in the past and will use him again. Saul sees youth but David sees God using him even though he is but a youth. Would to God that we would begin to look on the character, desire, and heart of a man to…
  • God chooses His man

    Austin Gardner
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    I Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. God chooses to use David as the next king over Israel.
 
David is the son of Jesse the Bethlehemite 1 Samuel 16:1
 
 Samuel arrives at Jesse’s house preparing to anoint the next king of Israel. Samuel prepares to sanctify Jesse and his sons and offer a sacrifice but David is not even invited to the meeting. 1 Samuel 16:5
 
 In 1 Samuel 16:6 Samuel sees Eliab and by all outward…
  • How is your relationship to the king

    Austin Gardner
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    I Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, He hath also rejected thee from being king. What is our relationship with the king if we are not obeying the Word of the Lord about fulfilling the Great Commission. I know that it comes across as a major insult to hear not obeying God is rebellion or a comparison with witchcraft, stubbornness, iniquity and idolatry but that seems to be what the verse implies. I know it speaks of Saul and his partial obedience but what does that have to do…
  • Obedience or worship

    Austin Gardner
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    I Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to hearken than the fat of rams. How often do we boast about our worship when we have not obeyed the Great Commission? God met with us! We had a good service! What about obedience? The question is not the sacrifice but the obedience. How can we truly worship if we are not performing the Great Commission. God is not as interested in our worship as He is in our obedience. The church needs to worry about obeying the…
 
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    LifeVesting

  • Why Your Systems are Destined for Failure

    Andy Wood
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    One day you’re going to use the same technique for praying that you have seen God respond to time and time again.  But your prayer won’t get what you consider a positive response. One day you’re going to claim that healing, rebuke that sickness, or do whatever you’ve done repeatedly to see the Lord respond in situations like that. But he healing won’t be coming.  At least not the way you believed it would come. One day you’re going to repeat the same steps or process you have used dozens of times before and seen genuine fruit or progress in your personal life or ministry. But…
  • A Thousand Summers

    Andy Wood
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day (2 Peter 3:8, NAS). A Thousand Summers and a thousand more, Your bride has waited and anticipated That “blessed hope” You spoke in the language of forever. Knowing we were born and born again for this, We will hold on to Your promise and, if need be Wait a Thousand Summers more. So we wait, but never barren of Your presence, And we hope, but never void of Your great care. So we serve, with boldness standing on the promise That a Thousand Summers…
  • Come Just As You Are

    Andy Wood
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Cesar Malan was a famous minister from Geneva.  He showed genuine interest in the spiritual welfare of anyone he met. And get this!  He would actually ask them about it! Once Malan asked a woman he had just met about her relationship with God.  Caught off guard, and somewhat annoyed by his question, she curtly said she didn’t care to discuss the matter. Apparently this wasn’t the first time Cesar had faced such a response.  The minister kindly assured her that he would be praying for her salvation. It wasn’t long before circumstances brought the two together again.  As they talked,…
  • Good, Cheap or Fast – Pick Two

    Andy Wood
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    The original premise of LifeVesting is, what would happen if we applied principles of financial investing to all the areas of our lives?  Some of the things we have explored in the process are: There are four – and only four – things you can spend your time and money on. It is possible, like the Bible’s “Proverbs 31 woman,” to position yourself so that you laugh at the future rather than worry about it. God has an economy and you can be rich in it. Nearly ten years after my son proposed the idea, it still intrigues me.  Lately I’ve been thinking about some wisdom I got from…
  • When Your Greatest Strength Just Isn’t Enough

    Andy Wood
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    This is for the gifted speaker or preacher who just can’t seem to get his point across.  It’s for the exceptional teacher whose students this time just aren’t getting it. This is for the counselor who isn’t making any difference whatsoever, or the business innovator who’s just run out of ideas as his organization is falling into the abyss. This is for the genius sailor who just met up with the perfect storm. It’s for the career fisherman who’s fished all night and caught nothing. You may need to brace for impact. You may need to prepare to be disturbed… not by how hard things…
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    Reformation21

  • Political Affections

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Joshua Hordern. Political Affections. Civic Participation and Moral Theology. Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. x + 312 pp. $99.00/₤64.99How might theology contribute to reflection upon the recognized democratic deficit of western political societies? How might the church contribute to a renewal of civic participation? The answer for Oxford University Lecturer in Christian Ethics, Joshua Hordern, is the gospel of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God. Participation in the kingdom of God characterized by joy and hope allows Christians to recognize and…
  • Disability Theology and Flannery O'Connor

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Timothy J. Basselin. Flannery O'Connor: Writing a Theology of Disabled Humanity. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2013. xi +146 pp. $29.95/₤24.99What does it mean to speak of disability? According to the World Health Organization, over 15% of the global population (more than a billion people) lives with some form of disability, though the difficulties of precisely defining disability are significant. Etymologically, the word simply signifies a lack of some ability. As such, it assumes some standard of ability as the norm, some set of capacities, competencies or characteristics. Various…
  • Tangled Up in Blue: Depression and the Christian Life

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    "Why doesn't the church know what to do with depression?" That's the question I've been asking myself since the almost unbearably sad news broke that Robin Williams had taken his own life last week. There were a plethora of responses. Some touching. Some naive. More than a few lacking the nuances and gentleness of grace. What was undeniably clear is that we still don't know what to do with people struggling deeply with depression. Like Job's counselors, we often move too quickly to either a cause, or a quick cure. We don't know how to simply sit with people in sadness, much less know how…
  • Calvin on the Christian Life

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Michael Horton, Calvin on the Christian Life: Glorifying and Enjoying God Forever. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014. 271 pp. $19.99/£12.99Crossway Books are doing the church a great service with their wonderful series on theologians on the Christian life. The epigram--'gaining wisdom from the past for life in the present'--funds a treatment of each theologian that ensures more than merely academic or historical interest and which shows how previous generations conceived of following Christ in all of life. It is hard not to feel that our modern understanding of the Christian life is truncated and…
  • Living in Wonderland or Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    As we make our monthly way through the Ten Tenets, Tenet 7 is one that can be simply put, but remains complex in its application. Tenet 7 is this:There is an absolute, covenantal antithesis between Christian theism and any other, opposing, position. Thus, Christianity is true and anything opposing it is false.This tenet has a host of ideas supporting it, and it may help to clarify the terms used in order to make explicit some of those ideas. When we think of the antithesis as "absolute," we are pointing to the fact that the ground or foundation of the antithesis is not measured on a relative…
 
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    Connecting to Impact

  • Identity Surrender

    jason@church4allnations.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The last several months, I’ve been using different scripture reading and making confessions in my daily prayer time. I just wanted to share one of those today. Maybe you could benefit from taking a moment to breathe these words to heaven for yourself. Father, I thank you that I am Yours and I am loved. My identity is in You and who you’ve made me to be, and you are settling any identity issues in this year. You are strategically aligning me in relationship to heaven and earth. My faith is in the blood that stands as my righteousness. I am being perfected as a son and walking into…
  • Sanctuary: Evening Offering

    jason@church4allnations.com
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:00 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… Psalm 141:1-2 (NASB) O Lord, I call upon You; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to You! May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.   What’s your sanctuary this week? What thought, verse, etc. are you meditating on? 8 comment(s) for this post: Gayl: 31 Aug 2014 Thank you for the reminder to call upon God. We know that He will always be…
  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some favorites that challenged, inspired, encouraged, made me laugh, or all of the above. Be sure to check ‘em out then add your own favorites to the widget below!   As a redhead (or a guy who used to have red hair), I find this funny! (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 you or someone else (or one of each), and be a part of the Hit List. And for discussion: does your personality match the stereotype for your hair color? 3 comment(s) for this post:…
  • When Tired is Good

    jason@church4allnations.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart… –2 Corinthians 4:1 Since we’ve moved to the country, we stopped our membership to the YMCA. It’s so far and we weren’t sure when we’d use it so as of August 1, it disappeared into the mist. And since we’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time to run like I normally would. Around here in August, there is no running outside in the late morning or early afternoon or sometimes even evening. It’s just too hot. But at the beginning of the week I decided to get up…
  • I Have Decided to Placate Jesus

    jason@church4allnations.com
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The lure of convoluted systems of religion would seem ridiculous if they weren’t so subtle, but once you’re down the rabbit hole, so to speak, like Alice in Wonderland, you’re faced with a new reality and you adapt. I have certainly fallen into the trap of ceasing to follow Jesus and trying instead to merely placate Him. I wanted to make Him happy, but slowly the motivation shifted to proving I could do it, to controlling myself or my environment. I was going to beat sin. The more sin bested me, the more I wanted to overcome it. And like the semi-allegorical character in the…
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    www.frcblog.com - Latest entries

  • The View from my Adirondack Chair

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    I am very much looking forward to the upcoming Labor Day Weekend. I'm getting a head start today by having lunch in my back yard with a good friend. Working from home has its decided benefits. It's been a good and productive week for me. (I hope my boss agrees). My friend and I will be sitting in my favorite birthday gift -- my new Adirondack chairs. This very American invention seems to symbolize peace, order, creativity. Sitting side-by-side with a friend, in animated conversation, is one of life's joys. But there is a certain bittersweet quality to these days. We have never had a nicer…
  • Truth Matters in Ex-Gay Debate

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    [Note: A condensed version of this post appeared at The Christian Post on August 28, 2014 under the title, "Ex-Gay Therapy Debate: The Truth Matters."] The fact that some people change their sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual (some spontaneously as a developmental change, some through religious counseling, and some through professional therapy) is a big problem for the homosexual movement. It seriously undermines the myth that people are "born gay and can't change" This myth is essential to making the public believe that disapproval of (or even failure to actively affirm and…
  • Critics of Natural Marriage Remain in Search of Legal Rationale in 7th Circuit Arguments

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    “I regard it as absurd, you say it’s self-evident.” That caustic remark -- one of many -- from Judge Richard Posner, during the August 26 oral arguments regarding Indiana and Wisconsin marriage laws, perhaps encapsulated the gulf between those seeking to retain the natural definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman and those seeking to redefine it for the purpose of affirming homosexual relationships. Posner, a 75-year-old Reagan appointee, directed his quip at Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher, who was defending his state’s law defining marriage as…
  • FRC's Tony Perkins on Bill Bennett's "Morning in America"

    frc-media-office
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    On August 27, 2014, FRC President Tony Perkins appeared on Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" to discuss his trip to Israel.   Click here to listen to his interview.
  • The Social Conservative Review: August 28, 2014

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Click here to subscribe to The Social Conservative Review. Dear Friends, Baseball great Lou Gehrig is one of my heroes. His photo is on the wall of my office and I recall vividly seeing his uniform at baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Gehrig probably was, in the words of his biographer, the greatest first baseman ever to play the game. His record as a hitter and player generally remains, more than 70 years after his death, the stuff of legend. Just about everyone is familiar now with the "Ice Bucket Challenge," in which ice water is poured over one's head in the hope of generating gifts…
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    Why God?

  • 7 Facts Prove The Truth Of The Resurrection

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

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

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

    Michael
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:58 pm
    C.S. Lewis showed the very strong connection between the development of modern scientific thought and the belief the scientists held in a Creator (Lawgiver). “Men became scientific because they expected law in nature and they expected law in nature because they believed in a lawgiver.”14 "Overwhelming strong proofs of intelligent and benevolent design lie around us ... the atheistic idea is so non-sensical that I cannot put it into words." (Lord Kelvin) "I am a Christian ... I believe only and alone ... in the service of Jesus Christ ... In Him is all refuge, all solace." (Johannes…
  • Neuroscientist Dr Andrew Newberg Shows Evidence For God In The Human Brain

    Michael
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Why God Doesn't Use Biostatistics: Science and the Study of the Mind, the Body, and Spirituality. While Andrew Newberg sees himself more in the eastern religions than Christianity, his research is very interesting to note the design present that may indicates how we may be designed to love God. Neuroscientist Dr Andrew Newberg along with therapist Mark Robert Waldman, and their research team have concluded that spiritual belief changes the human brain for the better. Their studies have pointed them towards the acknowledgement that prayer does slow down the aging process, as well intense…
 
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Facing Leviathan

    Aaron Armstrong
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Influence. Leverage relationships. Eschew formal authority. Develop compelling values… this is pretty much what you see in all the best-selling leadership books. And while it’s not all bad (although not all good, either), it begs the question: if influence is the silver bullet, why isn’t it working?  Mark Sayers, senior leader of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia, may have stumbled onto the answer, and, as he writes in Facing Leviathan: Leadership, Influence, and Creating in a Cultural Storm, it’s less of an issue of technique or style than one of worldview. A clash…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readers The Pastor’s Kid by Barnabas Piper—FREE Welcome to a Reformed Church by Daniel Hyde—FREE Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper—99¢ Inerrancy and Worldview by Vern Poythress—99¢ Finishing Well to the Glory of God by John Dunlop, MD—99¢ Heaven on Earth by Stephen J. Nichols—99¢ Interpreting Gospel Narratives by Timothy Wiarda—99¢ Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul—$1.99 The Deity of Christ edited by Morgan and Peterson—$1.99 Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis by George Sayer—$1.99 The Legacy of Sovereign…
  • Seven books I’m reading this fall

    Aaron Armstrong
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Well, it’s finally here: Labor Day, and with it, the end of summer holidays in Canada. Tomorrow, kids all over Canada will return to school, and traffic will be slightly busier due to school busses. Life around the Armstrong home will be a little different, too, since it’s our first official day being a homeschooling family. As new seasons approach, I like to consider what I’m going to read over the next several weeks. A few weeks ago, I shared a look at what I planned to read during the summer (and actually read most of them!) Today, I wanted to share a few books I’m…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    How to speak Christianese HT: Jeff Medders Are We Passionate for People? Jonathan Parnell: It is an amazing thing that God comforts the downcast, and that he tells us this so clearly. The idea of God’s comfort isn’t religious folklore, nor is it some spiritual platitude to pull out when we can’t think of something more specific to say. This is a truth read explicitly in the words of Scripture, and pervasively narrated throughout. But how exactly does he comfort us? This is an important question. Comfort, in order for it to be real comfort, must be as palpable as our pain. Theoretical…
  • Even now, the Lord is betrayed

    Aaron Armstrong
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Just now, the Lord Jesus is betrayed by not a few of His professed ministers. He is being crucified afresh in the perpetual attacks of skepticism against His blessed gospel; and it may be that things will wax worse and worse. This is not the first occasion when it has been so, for, at various times in the history of the Church of God, His enemies have exulted, and cried out that the gospel of past ages was exploded, and might be reckoned as dead and buried. For one, I mean to sit over against the very sepulchre of truth. I am a disciple of the old-fashioned doctrine as much when it is covered…
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  • Ukraine Prayer Update

    OM usa
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    We've just received this update from our OM team in Ukraine:Ukraine Needs Your Prayers- The conflict in Ukraine continues to grow in intensity and scale of destruction.- The MH17 flight tragedy in Ukraine's eastern region has shocked the world.- The conservative death toll figures from the conflict since mid-April is now over 2000 people and 6000 wounded. More than half of those in the last month.  Recently about 60 have died every day. - The number refugees or internally displaced persons (IDP) is over 330,000. - In several large cities hundreds of thousands people are without basic…
  • Hope in Desolation

    Emily
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    An explosion shatters the stillness of the night.People scramble for shelter, the air thick with fear as they huddle together, wondering if they will even live to see another morning. A mother struggles to silence her crying child and cringes at the shouts that seem to echo across the dessert. An orphan crouches into the shadows and trembles as he hears the heavy footsteps that beat across the sandy terrain. As yet another bomb rumbles through the war-torn landscape, ripping up everything in its path, there is only one question that remains...When will it all end?For the people of Syria,…
  • Artist Spotlight: Abby

    Emily
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Like so many other young artists, Abby's experience at Incarnate 2014 was nothing short of life changing. Skilled in over five instruments, her giftedness in the area of music was unparalleled by any other student. In fact, she was so talented, that even Incarnate leader Bill Drake found himself astounded at her musical genius.However, despite her impressive strengths in the area of music, Abby was also very broken and damaged. Originally from Finland, her early life had been one of abuse and pain that she was desperately trying to forget. Her time at Incarnate was a drastic change from the…
  • Artist Spotlight: Kara

    Emily
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    With her contagious laugh and bubbly personality, Kara brought joy to everyone who attended Incarnate 2014. As a small town girl from Minnesota, Kara had grown up in a large homeschooling family with seven other siblings.Time - Oil paint on canvasAlthough she had only taken one online art course, she possessed incredible talent, particularly in the area of painting. Her passion was to create art of people that society often considered to be insignificant or unimportant. She was especially skilled at painting with a knife, creating a unique "ruggedness" that truly captured the essence of…
  • Artist Spotlight: Emma

    Emily
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    The shadows danced on the walls of the small cave as Emma leaned against the stones, eyes closed and heart searching for answers. The group had long since left, but she had requested to remain alone, in a cave where persecuted Christians had once come to worship in secret. Sing.It was here in this silent darkness that Emma felt she could truly hear the voice of God, and this moment, He was telling her to sing. Emma opened her eyes slowly, feeling His presence deep within her, and wanting nothing more than to answer His call.But as she took a breath to begin her song, she hesitated, feeling a…
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • Following His Footsteps: “The Paper Cut Test” – Mark 1 and 2

    Randall Smith
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Did you ever get a simple little “paper cut”? Isn’t is unbelievable that you can be so careful, eat right, exercise, maybe even go off to the gym and really try to get in shape, and a simple piece of paper can wound you in such a way as to distract you all day long? Not long ago, I was trying to organize some notes for a rather detailed speech I had to give to a group up north. One of the last things I do before I am going to make any kind of presentation is to check to see that I have all the pages in the stack, and that they are in the right order. In the process of checking the…
  • God on the Move: “Standing on the Promises” – Acts 18

    Randall Smith
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:08 pm
    It is no secret that I am not fond of cliffs, and aside from a single moment of insanity when I agreed to go repelling, my height sensitivity and general gravity based insecurities have kept me safely from the edges of high places. From time to time, I find myself sweating at the sight of someone on television that appears to be clinging to the side of a massive mountain with a sheer drop beneath them. I wonder what part of the brain has been sufficiently dulled to allow such insanity which is termed by some as bravery and courage. I get weak at the sight of such raw fearlessness. Let me…
  • God on the Move: “Power Lifting” – 2 Thessalonians

    Randall Smith
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Every now and then, you may hear of a report of what researchers have termed “hysterical strength.” This is displayed when an act of what appears to be “superhuman” strength is demonstrated by someone who appears otherwise “normal.” It usually occurs during a rescue of others in a life and death situation. Most common among the anecdotal examples are mothers lifting boulders, an adult pulling a child from under a vehicle while lifting the structure of it, or some other weighty item pushed aside by a normal adult in order to rescue their trapped child and save their life or limb.
  • Following His Footsteps: “Rising Star” – (Mt. 4, Lk. 4, Jn. 4)

    Randall Smith
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    “The hardest part was at the very beginning!” said the young pop music star. “I came along before there was an ‘American Idol’ show, but just after the big record labels were already losing to the digital market of iTunes and Napster. That window was very hard to get started in this business!” the young woman complained. Truthfully, I didn’t know who she was, but her interview caught my attention on the TV set above my head. Of course, the fact that my flight was going to be delayed and my sandwich was utterly uninteresting may have also had something to do with my interest in…
  • His Glory Shall Return! (Video on Ezekiel’s final vision)

    Randall Smith
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    The Temple was Ezekiel’s hope, but he found that hope replaced with God’s own presence – that was not dependent upon a building. God has a future for His people!  
 
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    Heart Choices

  • Choosing What's Best

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    The children in our preschool class of three year olds were instructed to sit 'crisscross applesauce, hands in your lap'. But one little boy refused to listen. Each time his name was called he glanced up. But then just as quickly, he returned to what he was intent on doing.It can be frustrating getting children to understand and do what is asked. They want to do what they want to do, when they want to do it. If only they would listen and obey. After all, it's for their good.  And time won't be wasted with time out's and discipline.As I thought about this, I realized how like little…
  • My Thoughts on Robin Williams

    16 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Image: FacebookI was saddened and stunned by the news of Robin Williams' suicide. I remember the first time I saw him. It was on the TV show Mork & Mindy which broadcast in the late 70's and early 80's. I couldn't stop laughing.I loved many of his movies including "Good Morning Vietnam", "Good Will Hunting", "Dead Poet's Society", "Patch Adams", "Awakenings", and "Mrs. Doubtfire". Not only was he a comedic genius but also a talented dramatic actor.The brains of genius talents like Robin Williams seem to be ten steps ahead of the rest of us.After hearing the sad news of his death, I read…
  • New Beginnings and Saying Goodbye

    11 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    A new school year is about to begin. A new crop of students. I love to get to know them but ...I have a hard time letting go of the past year.I will be starting this school year without Heidi. We worked together for four years and got to the point where we could almost finish one another's sentences. Oh how I will miss her!Jane's photo: the MomAnd then there are the children from last year. How thankful I am that most of them are still attending our school for Pre-K 4. So I will be able to see their sweet faces from time to time. And they can always stop by for hugs from Miss Debbie.I spent…
  • Five Minute Friday: Fill

    8 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    It's Five Minute Friday when we set our timers and get to write for five minutes flat. Our word for today is: FILL.STARTAs I consider the word fill, much comes to my mind. I tend to fill my life with many things. In this age of technology:I can fill my time shopping without leaving my home. I can look at beautiful images on Pinterest and dream of places I long to visit and things I long to buy.I can fill my time listening to music.I can exercise while reading my Kindle.I can fill my time keeping up with my friends and family on Facebook.I'm amazed at how much time elapses as I fill my…
  • How to Survive 10 Weeks of Summer Camp

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    I survived and thrived ten weeks of summer camp. I worked 10-11 hour days with no break. The camp counselors and I ate all our meals with the campers. We were constantly engaged with them. No rest for the weary!So how does a woman of 61 have the energy to keep up? So glad you asked!Every morning I woke up very early anticipating the day. I set my alarm clock for 5 am as a backup but I never had to wait as I always awakened earlier. I thanked the Lord for the day. I committed to not read or engage on social media until after my quiet time. I have YouVersion one year Bible downloaded on my…
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    Dave Ingland

  • Boca Raton HCG Clinic Choices

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

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

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

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

  • that time my son reminded me how God is in control

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

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

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

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

    Dan King
    27 Jan 2014 | 12:54 pm
    One of the many highlights of the #AfricaWH blogger trip for me was meeting Jerry. He’s an orphan living at Destiny Villages of Hope in Uganda, thanks to Operation Baby Rescue (a World Help initiative). After watching this video about his story, I think meeting Jerry was at the top of almost everyone’s list when we arrived at the village… Jerry will likely never know that our short time together had a profound impact on me. He helped me remember a very important life principle, and he did it in a kind of unexpected way. He did it through #selfies. I was holding him, and…
 
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Introduction to Incarnation Guest Series – The Incarnation In September?

    Peter Mead
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:55 pm
    This month I will be offering a first on this site – a series of guest blogs from a variety of great contributors.  This month marks the UK release of my new book, Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation (Christian Focus).  So I decided to ask some friends to offer a brief post on one aspect of the Incarnation of Christ.  I am thankful to each one that is writing in this series and hope that it will help stir our thinking about the importance of this vital subject. This week we will have guest posts from either side of the Atlantic, with John Hindley and Darrell…
  • 10 Thoughts on Reading – II

    Peter Mead
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Continuing this quick list of ten thoughts on reading . . . since many of us know we should read more and we want to read more: 6. Read selectively.  Too many people are in a stalemate with book buying.  They won’t buy a wonderful book recommended by people they trust for them at this exact moment in life . . . why?  Because they have some half-finished books.  Don’t despise the meal cooked for you now because there are leftovers in the fridge that you aren’t enjoying.  It makes no sense to be held captive by false guilt over not finishing a book (if it wasn’t…
  • 10 Thoughts on Reading

    Peter Mead
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:13 pm
      There are a lot of people in churches who believe they should be reading more than they are.  They know that there is a unique enrichment available from good literature, but struggle to take advantage.  Here are 10 quick suggestions that may be helpful: 1. Small blocks of time add up.  If you read for twenty minutes per day, then you will start to move through quite a few books a year, even if you are a typical slow reader.    If you aim for two hours a day, then you will probably not make through the week! 2. Location! Location! Location!  If you try to read at a busy desk…
  • 88 Questions Because Delivery Makes a Difference – III

    Peter Mead
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Let’s conclude the list of questions to ponder about effective delivery: 14. Are your word choices appropriate for subject and audience?  Is there an appropriate combination of dignity and authenticity?  Do you sound like an academic?  Do you sound like a stereotypical preacher (whichever stereotype comes to mind)?  Are your words understandable, condescending, flippant, crass, attention-seeking, natural, coherent? 15. Do you actually make sense when you speak?  Are your sentences fully there?  Do you rely too much on people to get what you mean, or can you consistently say…
  • 88 Questions Because Delivery Makes a Difference – II

    Peter Mead
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:22 am
    Continuing our list of 88 questions, grouped into 20 . . . all to nudge us to evaluate our delivery as we preach: 6. What do your feet do while you preach?  Do you pace?  Do you rock forward and back?  Is your natural stance, well, natural? 7. And what about your hands, do they fit with your communication?  Do gestures fit naturally or look forced?  Does time go from left to right or right to left?  Which way do you point when you talk about creation, or Christ’s return?  Do your hands do anything weird, repeatedly? 8. Does your facial expression reflect your heart? (And…
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    Crossway Blog

  • What Can Small Churches Do Together?

    Matt Tully
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    This is a guest post by Chris Bruno. He is the coauthor (with Matt Dirks) of Churches Partnering Together: Biblical Strategies for Fellowship, Evangelism, and Compassion. An Unlikely Partnership Matthew grew up in an idyllic Scottish village by the sea. Mez grew up in institutions in Ireland, moving from foster home to children’s home to prison. No, this isn’t the opening to a Charles Dickens story. Matthew grew up trying to avoid the Mezs of the world. Mez grew up trying to steal from the Matthews of the world. But God intervened to bring these two men to Christ and, ultimately, to an…
  • Christ in All of Scripture – John 21:15–19

    Lizzy Jeffers
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
      John 21:15–19 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know…
  • Materialism: The Material Girl

    Matt Tully
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    In this series of posts, the late James Montgomery Boice helps us avoid being “conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2) by unpacking the 5 major “isms” that dominate the modern world. Get Rich or Die Trying A fourth “ism” which is part of the “pattern of this world” is materialism. This takes us back to secularism, since it is a part of what secularism is. If “the cosmos is all there is or ever was or ever will be,” then nothing exists but what is material or measurable, and if there is any value to be found in life, it must be in material terms. Be as…
  • The Biblical Foundation for Church Partnerships

    Matt Tully
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    This is a guest post by Chris Bruno. He is the coauthor (with Matt Dirks) of Churches Partnering Together: Biblical Strategies for Fellowship, Evangelism, and Compassion. A Challenging Prospect Every Christian understands that the world will know we are Christ’s disciples by our love, so you probably have a desire to display Christ’s love by connecting with other churches in your community. So you plan a park cleanup day together. Or a pastors prayer gathering. Maybe, if you’re daring, a joint Easter sunrise service. But to go beyond that, into long-term committed partnership? There…
  • Looking for a Large Print Bible?

    Lizzy Jeffers
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    For many of us, a major concern when choosing a Bible is the size of the text. Regardless of age, having a text size and layout that’s easy on the eyes can vastly improve our overall Bible reading experience. To learn more about what it takes to design and produce a large print Bible, I sat down with Brian Martin (Bible Production Manager) and A.J. Penney (Bible Typesetting Manager), both members of Crossway’s Bible Production team. Here is what Brian and A.J. had to say about the main goals for producing a large print edition and also the major challenges to the process: Goals for a…
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    jonathancliff.com

  • Making Parents Look Good

    Jonathan Cliff
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m a small group leader and a parent. Actually I’m a parent first. Maybe I should rewrite that first statement. As a parent, I love nothing more than to see my kid receive attention from adults that mean them well and want to see them succeed. But selfishly, I love a small group leader that can do that while making me look good in front of my kids. I don’t want a small group leader that is a “better voice” for my kids, I want one that is “another voice” for my kids. As small group leaders learn to embrace the role as an accompanying voice in the life of my kid, the more value…
  • Getting the “New Kid” to Open Up

    Jonathan Cliff
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    As a Small Group you leader you need to have the ability to get kids to open up to you.  We need to feel pretty confident that we can get any kid, anywhere, in most any circumstance to talk with us.   You may be thinking, “I just wish I could get my kids to STOP talking so much!”  But I’m not talking about the kids you know, I m talking about those first time kids that come into our group, or maybe the kid in the checkout line at Wal-Mart (of course in public make sure you don’t creep the parents out and be sure to invite them to your church). Are there things you can do to get…
  • Ideology towards Practicality

    Jonathan Cliff
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m a father and I’m learning. I’m learning that signing my son up for baseball means I get to sit outside in the freezing cold March nights. I’m learning that my daughter will talk about her favorite songs for hours on end. I’m learning that what my kids hear at church isn’t necessarily easy for them to do right away. I’m learning that my children are a much greater challenge to me than my job as a leader of children’s ministries. I’m also a pastor and I’m learning. I’m learning that setting things on fire in a building with sensitive smoke detectors is not a great…
  • Orange Books Deal Week

    Jonathan Cliff
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Get some great deals during Deal Week. August 18–22 is the first ever Orange Books Deal Week. For five days, you can take advantage of five different special offers on select Orange Books: messages (including something new from Jon Acuff), subscriptions, and resources designed to inspire and help you grow your ministry. For details about the Deals—and the Prizes you could win just for posting the Deals—keep reading. To be updated about special offers like these from Orange Books, sign up on the home page of OrangeBooks.com. What’s better than a good read? A good read for a good deal.
  • Tell your Story

    Jonathan Cliff
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Did you know your church is always searching for more leaders? No matter how big the church you serve in is, there is always a need for more people to invest in the lives of the children there. As a small group leader, you play a huge role in this “recruiting” plan. If your church leader could clone you, they would! You are the one your leaders are attempting to replicate, and you play the oh-so-important role of recruiter for your ministry. You know the people in your world, and you know who would make an awesome SGL. Part of fulfilling the responsibility of “Creating a Safe Place”…
 
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  • The Cheat

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

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    One year ago today, Muni Savyon made good on his overt threat to murder his son Joshua. He wanted to get even with Joshua's mother (a fact which rapidly morphed into, "He was 'distraught'.") So he was given access to the child whom he said he would kill. "Supervised" visitation. Doesn't it ever occur to the ridiculous, self-important (albeit highly profitable) Family Court industry that the kind of guy who needs "supervised" visitation is going to become irretrievably enraged by that fact alone?I hope the judge who ordered Joshua into visitation with Muni has a good day today.
  • Have Your Own Back

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    You've witnessed this, too: the self-deprecating comments of women who look for all the world like they're winners. I'm no fan of the trend toward women demeaning themselves, not in any case; but this particular situation - it just seemed more representative than most.Last week, I spent a couple of hours in a local coffee shop. I was just hiding out, escaping my apartment for a while, because I do most of my work at home. Two women were seated at the table right in front of me.They were in terrific shape, dressed in workout gear, and they mentioned something about having just come from…
  • Harmony

    6 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    With all of the factional divisions within our culture these days, I often find myself thinking about my childhood best friend.Ali and I had almost nothing in common, yet we were as close as sisters for many years. And I learned one of life's best, most enduring lessons through her.Ali was an amazing artist, while I loved to write. She was a pure tomboy - she played on the basketball team, but I preferred being a cheerleader. She loved John Denver, and I was into Kiss. And as we got older, she tended to swing liberal while I was far more conservative, and we disagreed on most social issues.As…
  • The Road Much Traveled

    20 Jun 2014 | 7:51 pm
    You see it everywhere, this dichotomy of thought, that one has achieved the pinnacle of enlightenment by reaching the point of having no opinion at all.It's easy for the vagabonds who travel this road to rationalize their absence of position, and even easier - in this secular culture - to craft it as a superior stance: they simply claim to be able to see "all sides" of every moral issue. It's a ridiculous concept, one which declares their ignorance - because when it comes to right and wrong, there are only those two places to land. These wanderers take the path of least resistance…
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  • André 3000 May Retire From Hip-Hop Next Year

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Hip-hop star André 3000, one part of Outkast’s dynamic duo, is thinking of retiring from music when he turns 40 in May. In an interview with The New York Times, he said, “I remember, at like 25, saying, 'I don't want to be a 40-year-old rapper.' I'm 39 now, and I'm still standing by that. I'm such a fan that I don't want to infiltrate it with old blood.” It remains to be seen exactly what that means for the rapper, as he also said he’d love to put out another album. The star has been famously reclusive over the years, popping up on the occasional guest verse, but largely staying out…
  • ISIS Has Beheaded Another American Journalist

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    According to reports, ISIS—or the Islamic State as they are now referring to themselves—has released a video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven J. Sotloff. Two weeks ago, the brutal Islamic militant group that controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria posted a video online depicting the beheading of American James Foley. Both men were freelance journalist who were captured in Syria. In a statement, Sotloff’s family said they believe the video was real. In the latest video, a man with a British accent, who The New York Times says is the same masked individual from the…
  • Sneezy the Squirrel Vying for Mascot Status at Penn State

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Penn State junior Mary Krupa has been dubbed the campus "squirrel whisperer" after earning the trust of one of the college's many squirrels in residence. Mary has trained a squirrel she calls Sneezy to pose in dress-up clothes such as hats and sunglasses, even holding miniature props. Sneezy's Facebook page has almost seven times more likes than the school's own mascot, the Nittany Lion, provoking enough confusion to cause a German magazine to mistakenly report Sneezy as the school's mascot ...
  • Signs You May be Addicted to Busyness

    bradyboyd
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    4 signs you need to learn to slow down. Five years into my marriage, my wife met me at the door with her bags packed. I should have seen it coming. I had packed my life with jobs and positions and commitments out of my deep-seated need to be needed. I was too busy, and the gentle, calm woman I’d married five years prior had decided she would rather be single than be married and do life all alone.
  • Members of Bon Iver, The Strokes, and Arcade Fire Will Play in an Epic Charity Basketball Game

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    If you miss the good ole days of MTV Rock ‘N Jock showdowns between pop stars and actual athletes, than we’ve got some good news for you. The line-up for the annual Pop vs. Jock charity basketball game has been announced, and the stars of your favorite indie bands are on board for the celebrity hoops challenge. On September 20, during the Pop Montreal festival, Arcade Fire’s Win and Will Butler (who organized the event) will join forces with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture and some friends to play against a team of local ballers. The event, which benefits a…
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  • Asia Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Koh Samui, Thailand: Secluded Hidaway with Great Rates and Extras Includes transfers, wine, breakfast for two, spa credit, wi-fi & more. Bali, Indonesia: 3 Night Package + Cocktails, Lunch & Spa Credit Also includes private transfers, breakfast for two, $100 spa credit & more. For travel through December 19, 2014. Great Rates at Luxury Hotel in the Heart of [...]
  • Austria Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Great Rates at 4-Star Hotel Close to Vienna’s Attractions Family-friendly hotel near Third Man Museum, Naschmarkt, and Mariahilfer Street. $837 & up — Lienz, Austria: Grandhotel Lienz 5 Night Package For 2 People, 42% Off Surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains, from the Alps Grossglockner to the beautiful Dolomites. Lech, Austria: Kristiania Lech Double Room Package For 2 People Includes [...]
  • Adults Only Hotel Deals

    kirsten
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    $160-$175 — Jamaica: New Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resort Escape to a brand-new, adults-only, all-inclusive resort along Jamaica’s tropical coast and indulge in unlimited food, drinks and activities. $3082 & up – Ladera Saint Lucia 4-14 Nights Plus $1,845 In Exclusive Luxury Extras, 40% Off Includes roundtrip transfers, bottle of Prosecco and fresh fruit basket upon arrival, breakfast [...]
  • Venice Hotel Deals

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    25 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    $340 & up — Splendid Venice 3 Night Package For 2 People, 52% Off Enjoy floating gondolas, the chime of ancient church bells, and romantic piazzas make Venice such a treasured Italian destination. Travel from Nov 1, 2014 – Dec 29, 2014. $937 & up — Palace Bonvecchiati 3 Night Package For 2 People, 39% Off Nestled in [...]
  • Luxury Deals For Less Than $250/night

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    22 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    $80 — 5-Star Luxury Punta Cana Resort w/Wi-Fi, Half Off Includes unlimited luxury dining and free wi-fi. All drinks and meals included plus golf course nearby. $93 & up — 4-Star Luxury hotel near French Quarter This 8-story New Orleans luxury hotel is in the heart of the Arts District with 97 luxurious guestrooms. $148 & up — 4-Star [...]
 
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  • 48

    Chilly
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Reading some Psalm 48 as my 48th birthday begins… O God, we meditate on your unfailing love as we worship in your Temple. As your name deserves, O God, you will be praised to the ends of the earth. Your strong right hand is filled with victory. For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die. Psalm 48:9-10, 14 “It takes a long time to become young.”  ~ Pablo Picasso
  • Too Much Me

    Chilly
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    morning hair – no filter So, here’s some random stuff about me – in no particular order … for the most part, this is an absolutely pointless, random blog  - so many things that you simply DON’T want or need to know. Enjoy (or not)… it’s entirely up to you!   I love seafood and hate cinnamon. I try to run and eat right every day (don’t laugh). I’ve jumped off 80′ cliffs but never parachuted from an airplane or bungeed off a bridge. I’ve been to 49 states – still waiting on Alaska – hmm, you know, I’m…
  • My Take on Ferguson

    Chilly
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    www.washingtontimes.com A:  I’m praying for peace.  - I’m not the judge, jury, victim, police or mob. I don’t know all the facts. I DO know… - I’m praying for the Brown family & friends. - I’m praying for the Wilson family & friends. - I’m praying for law enforcement, investigators, community leaders, pastors and Christians in Ferguson. - I’m praying for justice. - I hate racism. - I hate violence.  - I hate HATE. - God LOVES ALL people and this is my heart as well. - God’s LOVE reconciles, forgives, heals and restores.  -…
  • Hurting Love

    Chilly
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Why is it that when we’re a jerk or a punk, it’s usually towards the person or people we love the most? We bark, grumble and growl…  we ignore and blow-off… and all of this in the face of someone who loves us.  We still manage to smile & speak kindly to complete strangers or acquaintances – the waiter, bank teller, neighbor or barista.  But we can be such idiots to our spouse or kids or parents or closest friends… I wish I could say that this blog comes from a person who is not guilty of such ridiculous behavior, but that would be a lie. I’m…
  • My Take on Haters

    Chilly
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:41 pm
    A:  I love them.  - I’m sorry that they are unhappy.  - I wish they didn’t choose to gossip, blame or remain hurt. - I’ve probably done lots of things that, to a carnal heart, deserve hate. Sigh… please forgive me… again. - Forgiveness really does work. - Giving the benefit of the doubt may seem naive but it works too. - Unconditional love works even better.  - Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t move on … just do it right (and quietly) - Grace. - Someone else has it FAR worse than you. Be thankful. Love others. “No mature Christian who is…
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    The Underground

  • Keeping The Faith: Fight Like A Butterfly

    Ronnie McBrayer
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Decades ago, while speaking of an upcoming championship bout, Muhammad Ali constructed a poetic couplet of epic proportions. With glitzy words corresponding to his style both in and out of the ring,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nigerians Threaten To Burn Ebola Units

    VOA News
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    ABUJA, NIGERIA— As fears of Ebola spread across West Africa, some Nigerians are rejecting the idea of building Ebola isolation units in their neighborhoods. In parts of Nigeria prone to communal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Palestinian Church Forced Out Of Building In East Jerusalem

    Morning Star News
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    even years of harassment and attacks by hard-line Muslims have finally forced a Palestinian church in East Jerusalem out of their building, church leaders said. The post Palestinian Church Forced... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • John Lennon’s Killer: My Life Is All About Jesus Now

    Religion News Service
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    The man who murdered John Lennon wants only one thing now — to tell others about Jesus. Mark David Chapman, 59, told parole examiners he was no longer the man who sought notoriety through killing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Woman in Yemen Burned To Death For Her Faith

    Morning Star News
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    On the morning of June 9 in southern Yemen, Saeed woke to the sound of screaming. He shot out of bed, pushed panicked family members aside and saw his wife stumbling out of their kitchen, engulfed in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • André 3000 May Retire From Hip-Hop Next Year

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Hip-hop star André 3000, one part of Outkast’s dynamic duo, is thinking of retiring from music when he turns 40 in May. In an interview with The New York Times, he said, “I remember, at like 25, saying, 'I don't want to be a 40-year-old rapper.' I'm 39 now, and I'm still standing by that. I'm such a fan that I don't want to infiltrate it with old blood.” It remains to be seen exactly what that means for the rapper, as he also said he’d love to put out another album. The star has been famously reclusive over the years, popping up on the occasional guest verse, but largely staying out…
  • ISIS Has Beheaded Another American Journalist

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    According to reports, ISIS—or the Islamic State as they are now referring to themselves—has released a video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven J. Sotloff. Two weeks ago, the brutal Islamic militant group that controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria posted a video online depicting the beheading of American James Foley. Both men were freelance journalist who were captured in Syria. In a statement, Sotloff’s family said they believe the video was real. In the latest video, a man with a British accent, who The New York Times says is the same masked individual from the…
  • Sneezy the Squirrel Vying for Mascot Status at Penn State

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Penn State junior Mary Krupa has been dubbed the campus "squirrel whisperer" after earning the trust of one of the college's many squirrels in residence. Mary has trained a squirrel she calls Sneezy to pose in dress-up clothes such as hats and sunglasses, even holding miniature props. Sneezy's Facebook page has almost seven times more likes than the school's own mascot, the Nittany Lion, provoking enough confusion to cause a German magazine to mistakenly report Sneezy as the school's mascot ...
  • Signs You May be Addicted to Busyness

    bradyboyd
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    4 signs you need to learn to slow down. Five years into my marriage, my wife met me at the door with her bags packed. I should have seen it coming. I had packed my life with jobs and positions and commitments out of my deep-seated need to be needed. I was too busy, and the gentle, calm woman I’d married five years prior had decided she would rather be single than be married and do life all alone.
  • Members of Bon Iver, The Strokes, and Arcade Fire Will Play in an Epic Charity Basketball Game

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    If you miss the good ole days of MTV Rock ‘N Jock showdowns between pop stars and actual athletes, than we’ve got some good news for you. The line-up for the annual Pop vs. Jock charity basketball game has been announced, and the stars of your favorite indie bands are on board for the celebrity hoops challenge. On September 20, during the Pop Montreal festival, Arcade Fire’s Win and Will Butler (who organized the event) will join forces with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture and some friends to play against a team of local ballers. The event, which benefits a…
 
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  • Sparkle Again: When The Stars Fall Down

    Bonnie Gray
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    I have been hungry for a long time. Soul hungry. I’ve longed for the cool mist of light spring rain, but I’ve been wandering in the desert. The desert of my soul. I haven’t forgotten the memories of my youth, where the sun kissed summer into my hair as I lay lazy on the quiet river of yesteryears. But I’ve wondered, could the girl with stars in her eyes ever come back to me? Because that little girl grew up. She discovered with each loss she sustained, she felt stronger when she didn’t look up at the stars.   She laid awake in her bed instead many nights,…
  • a fork in the road. busy or beloved?

    Bonnie Gray
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    isn’t it easier to be busy? isn’t it easier to be distracted? isn’t it easier to let someone else choose for us, what it is that needs to be done? it’s easier because we wouldn’t have to need. but isn’t that how God filled Adam’s void with Eve? when he felt his need? to be loved. it’s harder to choose what we want. because maybe we don’t know what it is we want. maybe it’s easier to give our lives completely over to a schedule that is a treadmill — rather than give ourselves over to an intimacy to become the beloved. to follow…
  • find me in the quiet places: a little big change (Day 20) 21 Days of Rest

    Bonnie Gray
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    {thank you for your sweet words of encouragement for my time with the Military to meet with the Wounded Warriors Battalion from Fort Campbell, KY this weekend.  i truly felt your prayers for me and the men and women who came to the Spiritual Whitespace Retreat that I led in Nashville, Tennessee.  My heart is still processing the amazing, tectonic soul-changing experience (can you imagine?). i can’t wait to savor the stories together. my post is still brewing but I’ll be serving it up soon, sweet kindreds. for now, today’s post is my letter to you having returned to…
  • Me & the Military? The Scariest Thing (Day 19) 21 Days of Rest

    Bonnie Gray
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:57 am
    I didn’t want to tell my story. I didn’t want to write that book. Not the one about my pain.  Not the one about my childhood. What use is it to go back in time and drudge up all the unhappiness and hurt? I’ve lived through it once before.  What good could possibly come by rehashing it all in print? I wouldn’t fit in with all the happy, unbroken people in the world. The truth is that I didn’t believe God could use anything I thought was weak.  Or broken. I didn’t believe God could use me weak and broken. Because if I really did believe such a thing,…
  • I Am His Mommy: Soul Words For School

    Bonnie Gray
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    The tags off the backpacks have been clipped.  I’ve labeled their stuff with a Sharpie and lime-green duct-tape.  I’m sitting on the carpet floor checking off the school supplies list and rummaging through two paper bags in front of me one last time.  Before school starts the next day. One bag is for my kindergartner Caleb. The other for my third-grader Josh. Josh is entering into third grade and I can’t help but think of little girl me. There is a big world inside him — a story that is being told where he is the author and I am one of the biggest characters…
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  • Soil of the Heart

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

    Lydia Reese
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    I think that plain speech is really difficult to do, but it is a really valuable thing when living with one another. Especially when you’re feeling a bit peeved at someone... The post Plain Speaking appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Avad: To Serve The Earth

    Lydia Reese
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    God is not asking us to turn everything into a productive vegetable garden, but is asking us to serve the needs of our earth, and to recognize its goodness and worth. The post Avad: To Serve The Earth appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Eden’s Exiles: Adam’s Lament

    Jason Fowler
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Adam longed for the garden as he longed for his own life. Furiously he worked as his mind raced and the forest all around him seemed to be breathing his name. The post Eden’s Exiles: Adam’s Lament appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Christianity and The Survival of Creation (Wendell Berry)

    Jason Fowler
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    We must learn to read and understand the Bible in the light of the present fact of Creation. This would seem to be a requirement both for Christians and for everyone concerned, but it entails a long work of true criticism The post Christianity and The Survival of Creation (Wendell Berry) appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
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    Mr. Garner Goes To Washington

  • Issuing A New Challenge

    Rick Garner
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Last weekend, I was called out to take the #ALSIceBucketChallenge by a friend. The following week, Georgia was called out by a friend to take the challenge. While I had a week to fulfill my challenge, G was given the typical 24 hours. We made her deadline but not before it had gotten nearly too dark to record outside. G and I agreed we'd "dunk" each other. We also discussed changing things up a bit and not donating to ALS. Instead, we chose to donate a scholarship to Girls Grace Adventure which is a discipleship oriented program for 2nd through 5th grade girls. GGA takes place at Grace…
  • Gary Needed Gas

    Rick Garner
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    An unusual event happened Monday around 6pm, and I'm curious how you would interpret the event.I arrived at the BP gas station in Maple Lawn and immediately noticed a man talking to another woman at a gas pump. By her body language she wasn't very receptive to what he was sharing. By his voice, he seemed sincere and somewhat desperate.As I turned off my car's engine and finished a text on my phone, the man walked over to a woman at the pump in front of me and began sharing his story with her. As I listened to his words, I considered just staying in my car or even driving away. For a moment,…
  • Hand Notes

    Rick Garner
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    I will miss you soooo much!G left me a note on the back of my left hand before she went to Kentucky for two weeks. The star is obvious but I'm not to sure what's on the left. Kinda looks like a shark now. :)Maybe I'll wash it off today. But not intentionally. We'll just let the hand washings be light.
  • Shedding My Social Media Skin

    Rick Garner
    3 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    When I first tweeted on August 23, 2008, as @webmonkeydc it was the result of @mheerema nudging me a few times. Then, I had been working for AOL for a couple months after a four year tour at WUSA9 in DC. Coding was a daily activity as was leaning new coding techniques. Thus, my Twitter handle fit. However, there comes a time when social media skin needs to be shed.Today, I project manage more than code. And although I try to keep aware of coding techniques, I'm falling behind fast. Since I live between Baltimore and DC, I really can't claim either. Plus, it's more valuable to…
  • Single Digits No More

    Rick Garner
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    My baby girl is 10 today. I swallow hard at the fact her single digits are gone forever. What a blessing it's been to be her dad these past 10 years!I missed out on much of her first year of life due to my working at WUSA9 in DC. Moving Kim and Georgia to Maryland happened just before her first birthday. Since then, I couldn't have imagined the sweet, caring, nurturing, creative, talented, bold, hilarious, witty, stubborn, debating, persistent, and beautiful young girl she would become.Being present for her accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior will always be a most amazing and wonderful…
 
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  • The Current of Change

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

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

    Jay Cookingham
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:35 am
      This past Sunday on Father's Day, our church decided to switch things up a bit. We decided to have a council of dads (3 to be exact) answer a few questions about fatherhood and being men in general. As I interviewed this men, in between the laughter and light heartedness, I discovered the richness of their stories and their grip on Father God's heart. Their story is all our story, ordinary guys serving an God who wants to be Father God to us all. I hope you'll listen and ponder the questions for yourself...and leave an answer here if you would. It would be awesome to hear more of your…
  • Desperate for God

    Jay Cookingham
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:20 am
      For days I have been wrestling with this thought… When desperate for God isn't desperate enough Desperateness is a sense of urgency that lives on the edge of hope. It’s chock-full of risk, jammed tight with do-or-die thinking and flirts heavily with a sense of last-ditchness. Desperatus (Latin for deprived of hope), wrecks havoc on a human heart, exerting its influence and putting extreme stress on our ability to trust. I wonder…is this a good way to approach a God of Hope…with a sense of desperatus? “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that…
  • Obedience Part 1

    Jay Cookingham
    27 May 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Obedience is not a four letter word that makes us cringe (in fact, its nine!) but its related to another four letter word...that word is love...yep, love! Here is part 1 one my sermon on Obedience: Holding on to Love...the beautiful part of this is when the congregation gets involved...just beautiful!http://strategicfathering.sermoncampus.info/main/main/20089937
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  • Exploders Who Shame and Exploders Who Blame

    Natalie Snapp
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This week in our Unglued book study, we’re talking about Chapters Five and Six – The Exploders and The Stuffers. Let’s start with Chapter Five – The Exploders. There are two kinds of exploders: those who shame themselves and those who blame others. And if you’re extra-special like me, you get the honor of claiming both. As far as the Exploders That Shame, I don’t think there’s a mother alive who can’t say they’ve never lost their stuff with their kids then later, likely as she’s about to lay her over-tired head on the pillow, felt…
  • Friday Fun: Baby Got Class

    Natalie Snapp
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Oh. My. I cannot tell you how much I laughed when I watched this latest from the Holderness family . . . Who cannot relate? Because if you can’t, I’m not sure we can be friends. But I love you anyway.   The post Friday Fun: Baby Got Class appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
  • The Everyday Radical

    Natalie Snapp
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    So on Tuesday, we talked about this whole movement to be “radical” in our faith. You can read more about it here. This is Part Two… Here’s the thing: we’re not all called to Africa. We’re not all called to sell everything, travel the country with an RV and proclaim Jesus to the world. We’re not all called to be homeless on Skid Row for months at a time. We’re not all called to adopt. I’m incredibly thankful for those who are. But sometimes, I think it can become more about showing the world just how “radical” we are. Sort of…
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  • Marriage with Eternity in View

    paulthinkingoutloud
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Ephesians 5 (NLT): 21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. 25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.[b] 27 He did this to present her to himself as a…
  • The Role of Discernment in Ministry

    paulthinkingoutloud
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Six months ago we introduced you to Bryan Lowe and if you didn’t then, I want you to take a few minutes to read his story… Bryan’s journey is tough to read. However, by God’s grace he writes daily devotional material that is both real and informative. On some days, his writing reflects struggle and discouragement…just like David did in many Psalms! (And just like you and I deal with, except that we never share it with anyone or let it show.) You can click the title to read this at source and look around his blog, Broken Believers. Either way, take an extra minute to…
  • What you Need to Combat Evil

    paulthinkingoutloud
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil ” (Ephesians 6:10-11) Today’s post is by well known Christian author Stormie Omartian and appeared at the devotional page of CBN. Click the title below to read at source, or click this link to find other devotions by her on the same site. What It Takes to Withstand Evil Before each specific assignment Navy SEALs are given, they thoroughly assess their equipment. Each item they have with them is chosen for a specific reason—to…
  • Welcoming Jesus

    paulthinkingoutloud
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Chris Lenshyn blogs at Anabaptistly and wrote what follows back in 2013, and apparently I bookmarked it at the time. Click the title below to read this at source, and then click around the blog to see what he’s been up to more recently. Matthew 25: How do we receive Jesus? Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was…
  • Trust in the Lord with all your Heart

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The summer camp where my wife and I met and where our boys attended and later worked on staff is named Camp IAWAH, an acronym for “In All Ways Acknowledge Him.” So it’s no surprise that Proverbs 3:5-6 is a verse we all know by heart. My son Aaron wrote this on his blog last week; it’s short, but I wanted to share it here… Proverbs 3:5,6 In the Bible, this passage reads “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and rely not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight.” I used to work at a summer camp that had a…
 
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  • Palestinian Church Forced Out of East Jerusalem

    Worthy News Staff
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– Years of harassment by militant Muslims have forced a Palestinian church in East Jerusalem to leave their own building, according to Morning Star News. The 110-member congregation of Calvary Baptist Church had moved out of the Shofat area of Jerusalem in July after Muslims threatened their landlord. "It was very emotional because a lot of our people really started to grow there," said Pastor Steven Khoury. "Most of the growth happened in Shofat because of the persecution." The persecution began…
  • Tripoli Under Control of Islamic Militia, Including US Embassy Compound

    Worthy News Staff
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    TRIPOLI (Worthy News)– Libya's toothless outgoing government admitted it has in effect lost control of Tripoli to armed militias, AU News reported. The interim government led by prime minister Abdullah al-Thani, which resigned last week, said armed groups, mostly Islamist militias, were in control of ministries and blocking access to government workers. "Ministry and state offices in Tripoli have been occupied by armed militias who are preventing government workers from entering and are threatening their superiors," the government said in a statement. The militia group…
  • Saudis Consider Plans to Move Tomb of Muhammad

    Worthy News Staff
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    MECCA (Worthy News)– One of Islam's most revered holy sites – the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad – could be destroyed and his body removed to an anonymous grave under plans which threaten to spark discord across the Muslim world, the UK Independent reported. The controversial proposals are part of a consultation document by a leading Saudi academic which has been circulated among the supervisors of al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque in Medina, where the remains of the Prophet are housed under the Green Dome, visited by millions of pilgrims and venerated as Islam's second-holiest…
  • Israel Bolsters Forces Near Syrian Border

    Worthy News Staff
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– Fierce fighting between Syrian rebel and government forces over the strategic Quneitra crossing on the Golan Heights has compelled Israel to up its readiness in the area, the Times of Israel reported. Forces loyal to the Assad regime have been fighting over the past day to retake the border area from rebels who captured it Wednesday, while rebel forces, including from the al-Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front, have been streaming to the area in a bid to hold the spot. The IDF’s top brass is meeting Tuesday morning to assess the escalating situation, while the…
  • Feds' Bulletin Warns of Terrorist Threat on Border

    Worthy News Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    DALLAS (Worthy News)– Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning…
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  • Learn how to teach!

    George Whitten
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions 2 Timothy 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. When the apostle Paul wrote this letter to his young student Timothy, he taught him some profound truths that I often apply in my life. I suppose when Timothy received these instructions, he was…
  • Sometimes we gotta get down and dirty!

    George Whitten
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:18 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions John 9:6-7 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. I read this passage and I wonder how I would react if someone mixed their saliva with some dirt on the ground and put it on my face like this. Ewww! Why didn't Jesus just heal this guy and be done with it? Why the messy prelude? If you'll notice, Jesus…
  • Tread and Receive the Promises!

    George Whitten
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Joshua 1:3,7-8 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. 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…
  • Never Surrender!

    George Whitten
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:14 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions 1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. In the 1940's, the world fought against the greatest evil it had ever seen, Adolf Hitler and his terrible regime. In the midst of this war, Winston Churchill said, "We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight in the fields and…
  • Get back to basics!

    George Whitten
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions 1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. Race car driving champion Bill Vukovich won the infamous Indianapolis 500 race two times, a record of success few others have achieved. When asked about the secret of his success in the race, Vukovich simply replied, "There's no secret. You just press the accelerator to the floor and steer left." Sometimes we have a tendency to complicate things when it comes to serving the Lord. But like race car driving,…
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  • Build Up Hope

    Crystal Stine
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    “[Christ] died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with Him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 (MSG) No one left out. No one left behind. I spent most of my childhood as the girl with her nose in a book. It was a great way to escape reality and it gave me an excuse not to join in, not to care if I wasn’t chosen, not to…
  • When Your Friends Prayers Aren’t Answered And Yours Are

    Abigail Waldron
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    If you saw me in the grocery store or happened to notice me with my girls in line at Starbucks, you’d think I was just a normal, busy, slightly-stressed-out mom of a toddler and a newborn. And I am. My days are full of diapers, tantrums, burp cloths, Fancy Nancy, and Duplos. I can talk breastfeeding and sleep training and toddler lit with the best of them. What you wouldn’t know about me from a casual glance is that my path to motherhood was not an easy one. It took me a full year to get pregnant with my oldest daughter, in spite of careful charting and planning, and in between my…
  • Sparkle Again: When the Stars Fall Down

    Bonnie Gray
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    I have been hungry for a long time. Soul hungry. I’ve longed for the cool mist of light spring rain, but I’ve been wandering in the desert. The desert of my soul. I haven’t forgotten the memories of my youth, where the sun kissed summer into my hair as I lay lazy on the quiet river of yesteryears. But I’ve wondered, could the girl with stars in her eyes ever come back to me? Because that little girl grew up. She discovered with each loss she sustained, she felt stronger when she didn’t look up at the stars. She laid awake in her bed instead many nights,…
  • A Sunday Scripture

    incourage
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:5-7 {Click here to share this image.}
  • I Am Going To Fix You

    Aliza Latta
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    So this is it. I am going to fix you.  Or at least, I want to. We are sitting across a table, and you are staring at me, telling me how you feel. You say you’re scared and ashamed and empty. You’ve run out of options and you don’t know what to do anymore. And yet to me, you are brave. I feel a sort of squeezing deep inside of my chest as you say this, and I feel scared and anxious, too. I could almost throw up I’m so nervous. Because I know after this, after you’ve courageously splayed your heart across this table, reaching out for someone to finally see you,…
 
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  • Screens versus Children

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    Children need spring breezes, rain, summer sun, and a lot of space to grow, not the artificial light of glowing screens.
  • Eric Gill and the Story of Plough

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    Gill, a sculptor and stonecutter as well as a designer, dreamed of escaping the “damned ugliness of all that capitalist industrialism produced….”
  • God Finds an Atheist

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Sibyl worked for a New York glossy magazine, and had no use for a God who lets children die in gutters. She opted for nihilism and sensuality, lived hard, and drank hard. Then one day it hit her...
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  • Book Review: The Name Quest by John Avery

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

    Cheryl Cope
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Book Review: Managing Money God’s Way by Bob Lotich This book is all about changing your mindset around money. There are plenty of books with all the particulars of the how-to manage your money, but not a lot of books about changing the way you think about money. Even for that reason alone it makes this book worthwhile to read. … Continue reading →
  • The Agony of Disappointment

    Cheryl Cope
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:04 am
    The Agony of Disappointment There are two sides to disappointment. Being disappointed by someone and being a disappointment to someone. They both can produce pain, agony or misery if you let them. Being disappointed by someone Who hasn’t had their expectations dashed? I would find it hard to believe any child growing up anywhere not having this happen at least … Continue reading →
  • Author Interview: Michelle Miner

    Cheryl Cope
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Author Interview: Michelle Miner Q1.)When did you first consider yourself a writer? A1.) I’ve always liked writing and find it easier to express myself in writing whether through poems or in my journal or letters to friends. Even though I’ve written a book, I’m not completely sure I consider myself a writer. (I know that doesn’t make much sense)…I simply … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: The Power of Agreement by Ron Phillips

    Cheryl Cope
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Book Review: The Power of Agreement by Ron Phillips God’s secret for your successful relationships with friends and family and in the workplace (and co-authored by Ronnie Phillips Jr.) First the things I liked about this book. There were plenty of scriptures included to back up points. There were plenty of basic truths included. Most of the stories were interesting … Continue reading →
 
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    Life & Theology

  • Tim Cooper, North Point Community Church, interview

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

    Ben Reed
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    When God calls, you’ve got to go. Well, I guess you don’t have to go. But to not go would be disobedience, and that’s not a choice I’m ready to commit to. So my family and I…we are going. With buckets full of bittersweet joy. At the end of the month, I will be joining the Saddleback Community Church staff on the groups team! This is a very bittersweet move for us. We’re leaving behind so many great relationships at Long Hollow. And beyond that, all of our family connections are here in the middle Tennessee area. We’re leaving what we know, who we love, and where we naturally…
  • Leaders move without the ball

    Ben Reed
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    In basketball, there’s a concept that’s vital. And it’s something that’s rarely seen by the person unless they’re watching intently. The casual basketball viewer won’t see it, because the casual viewer watches the ball. The ball is where the action happens. Scoring, passing, steals, and blocks all happen AT the ball. But what happens away from the ball is often just as important. image credit: UKSports.com   It’s a concept called “moving without the ball.” It’s pretty self-explanatory, but just for the sake of clarity allow me to explain in further…
  • The Mulligan

    Ben Reed
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    In golf, there’s a shot called the Mulligan. It happens when you hit a terrible shot, and want a do-over. It’s a free re-tee. A concession from the rest of the people playing with you that that shot didn’t happen. image credit: photo-dictionary.com And they’re glorious. Before the last shot, you were embarrassed. Frustrated. Angry. Confused. Lost in the woods. Ready to quit. Now? There’s great potential. You have the whole fairway in front of you. The green is wide open. You’re still on your first shot. Still on the tee box, at least as far as the group, and more importantly, your…
  • 9 truths nobody told you about small group

    Ben Reed
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    Ahh…small group life. You’re in…by the duping of your pastor. Or by the guilting of your wife. Or because you thought you were signing up for a free vacation. But that was 6 weeks ago. And you’re finding out that what you expected isn’t what’s being delivered. And what you were sold isn’t being given. Group isn’t exactly what you thought it would be. I don’t know what the hook was that got you “in,” but that won’t be the hook that gets you to stay. Allow me to tell you what nobody else told you when you signed up. And let…
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  • Bible Verses about Salvation

    Bible Verses About
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Bible verses about Salvation Introduction to what the Bible says about Salvation These Bible verses about salvation reveal how we can be forgiven of everything we have ever done wrong—no matter how bad—and enter the family of God. Bible Verses about Salvation Contents Introduction to what the Bible says about Salvation A Letter for you […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bible Verses about Sin

    Bible Verses About
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Bible verses about Sin Introduction to what the Bible says about Sin These Bible verses about sin reveal that everyone has sinned and that there is nothing we can do by ourselves to earn forgiveness. We cannot stop sinning and no number of good deeds we perform can ever erase them. Bible Verses about Sin […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bible Verses about Providence

    Bible Verses About
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Bible verses about Providence Introduction to what the Bible says about Providence These Bible verses about providence reveal that God is in control. God did not create everything once and for all at the beginning of time and then step out of the process to let it run on its own by the laws of […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bible Verses about Creation

    Bible Verses About
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Bible verses about Creation Introduction to what the Bible says about Creation These Bible verses about creation reveal that God created the universe. This is the literal, take home message of the Bible and the world He created is all around us. It is fundamentally down to us to discover how this happened and to […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bible Verses about God

    Bible Verses About
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Bible verses about God Introduction to what the Bible says about God In the following Bible verses about God we have vital answers to the most fundamental questions we can ever ask. The answers we discover to “Who is God?” and “What is God like?” can influence every other question and decision we make in […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Exploring Toronto’s Coffee

    rushyama
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Anyone who knows me knows I love coffee. Making and enjoying coffee has been a vital part of my mornings (and 75% of my afternoons) since college. Perhaps that’s natural considering I hail from a city that prefers espresso to water. At any rate, I do thank God often for the simple pleasures of a good cup of coffee and the time to enjoy it. While I don’t mind the occasional Starbucks (it tastes like home for me, maybe in the way that Tim Horton’s does for Canadians), I try to support local indie coffeehouses. It’s a fun way to get (usually) better coffee and to explore…
  • Half-versaries and Home

    rushyama
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    This weekend marks a couple mini-milestones: half-versaries for marriage and moving (back) to Canada. A lot has happened in the past six months — the macro things being moving, buying a home, filing immigration papers, moving again. Combined with the micro differences (Living with a new person! Name change! No car! No pennies! Metric system!), it’s been adventurous times. One of the biggest struggles I faced during the entire “getting married” process was the idea of leaving home. Even though Canada is where I spent my college years, I always figured I’d end up back in the Northwest…
  • Lewis on Joy

    rushyama
    29 Apr 2013 | 9:58 pm
    All joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still ‘about to be.’ - From Surprised by Joy All joy (as distinct from mere pleasure, still more amusement) emphasizes our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings.” - From Letters of C.S. Lewis
  • Teaching to See

    rushyama
    22 Apr 2013 | 9:35 am
    My boyfriend and I were recently discussing information design and data visualization (because we’re a little nerdy like that). He referred me to the site of data visualization pioneer Edward Tufte, where I happened upon the short documentary Teaching to See. This simple, thoughtful film is like having a coffee with Inge Druckrey, a longtime graphic arts professor at Yale (and Tufte’s wife). It’s about learning to observe, practice, create, and teach. As a musician, I enjoyed seeing some of her work directly related to classical music (such as the inspiration for her…
  • Fast(ish) No-Knead Bread

    rushyama
    14 Feb 2013 | 8:32 pm
    The other week at the library, I stumbled upon Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread. I’ve occasionally thought of getting into bread baking, but it always seemed too finicky and time consuming. We also have a couple of bread failure stories in the family, so I wasn’t in a rush to add to the heritage. But after flipping through the pages and pictures, I decided to give it a whirl. The first attempt, Pizza Napoletana, was pretty easy and turned out a delicious focaccia. It gave me hope that maybe bread baking…
 
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

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

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

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Our gift of these articles by Len Lacroix is made possible in part by your gracious support of the ministry.  Our ministry partners, who sponsor us, share a passion for reaching people for Jesus Christ, and we'd love to have you join us in this effort.  One way you can do so is by giving financially.There are two ways to donate to Doulos Missions International. You may either send a check or money order by mail or you may donate securely online.Doulos Missions International, Inc. is incorporated in the State of New Hampshire as a publicly-supported non-profit…
  • Preparing the Way Radio

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    In December 2013, we established a new radio program called Preparing the Way, which is a worldwide radio broadcast via the Internet dedicated to preparing the way for the imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ in repentance, preaching holiness, righteous, and truth.Scriptural Basis As the Scripture says:"A voice is calling, 'Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And let the rough ground become a plain, And the rugged terrain a broad valley; Then the glory of the…
  • Opportunities to Serve the Body of Christ

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

  • Ghost Stories

    Scott Robinson
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    In great deeds, something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field to ponder and dream; And lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls. Bvt. Maj. Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain Through a tinted window.
  • Rehearsal Space

    William Coleman
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s coming on autumn. Soon, I will feel compelled to read a poem by Gregory Orr to my senior class. I might ask each of them to read it aloud again for themselves. I will likely do the same in the spring, before they leave. Ghosts at Her Grandmother’s House It is autumn and I can see the lake because leaves have fallen. The distant water becomes blue leaves on the bare branches of oaks. I look back at the house: two empty armchairs on the porch. She is sitting in one of them, and my wife is a child in her arms. I will say this poem for their sakes, but also for my own. To read a…
  • Dancing for the Crowd

    Christina Lee
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I spent the afternoon before I gave my first poetry reading drinking wine in an outdoor café in Santa Fe. Although I’d set aside the time as a sort of toast to my two years of grad school, although I instagrammed a glow-y shot of the wine and my manuscript and the robin’s egg sky (#nofilter), I was miserable. As the hours passed, I grew increasingly terrified at the prospect of giving a reading. I read a few of my poems, felt sick to my stomach, read a bit out of the amazing chapbook from the visiting poet at our residency, re-read my own work, grew more nauseous. My carefully chosen…
  • We need rituals

    Abby Jarvis
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Every morning, I array my tools — lotions, liquids, powders, brushes. I darken my eyes, shadow and line. Some days I sing softly, some days I work in steely silence. I call it my war paint. The ordeal is part of my ritual, the morning routine that separates my time at home to my time in the real world. The shower, the clothes, the meditative time standing over the stove — all a liminal time between those two worlds. There are other, less mundane rituals. We all have them, we humans — the ones that mark us moving from one stage to another. Hovering over birthday candles, illuminated…
  • The Bible, the Detective Novel

    Michael Dechane
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Raymond Chandler co-created the beginning of a new sub-genre of writing: the hard boiled American detective novel. At one point he wrote some rules for writers working in his wake: you can read his Ten Commandments For Writing a Detective Novel here. I will circle back to Chandler’s Commandments in a moment, but I want to say I wish someone would write some thoughtful rules for reading a detective novel. I know that does sound spurious, or just silly, especially when detective fiction is so often a guilty pleasure for serious readers or literature students of all stripes. I wish it though,…
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    Jesus Caritas Est
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    To all faithful Christians who, in private or public, in church or in their own houses, shall keep any of the following Novenas, in preparation for the principal feasts of most holy Mary, Pope Pius VII., at the prayer of several holy persons, granted, by Rescripts issued through his Eminence the Cardinal-Vicar, Aug. 4 and Nov. 24, 1808, and Jan. 11, 1800 (all of which are kept in the Segretaria of the Vicariate) -i. An indulgence of 300 days, daily.ii. A plenary indulgence to all who shall assist at these Novenas every day, and who shall afterwards, either on the Feast-day itself, to which…
  • Today's Mass Readings : Tuesday September 2, 2014

    Jesus Caritas Est
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 432Reading 11 COR 2:10B-16Brothers and sisters:The Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.Among men, who knows what pertains to the manexcept his spirit that is within?Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.We have not received the spirit of the worldbut the Spirit who is from God,so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom,but with words taught by the Spirit,describing spiritual realities in spiritual…
  • Saint September 2 : Martyrs of the French Revolution

    Jesus Caritas Est
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    365Rosaries : September 2: The Carmelite Massacre of 1792: September Martyrs Posted by JacobToday, September 2 (and tomorrow, September 3), we celebrate the feast days of the September Martyrs of the French Revolution, among them John Francis Burté, Appolinaris of Posat, Severin Girault, John Baptist Triquerie, Blessed Alexander Lenfant, Blessed John du Lau (Bishop of Arles), and hundreds of others. By the conclusion of the French Revolution, over 1500 priests and religious were martyred for their refusal to renounce the faith. Today, we remember their courage, steadfastness, and…
  • Pope Francis Prayer Intention for September "That the mentally disabled may receive love..."

    Jesus Caritas Est
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:33 pm
    (VIS) – The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for September is: “That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life”. His intention for evangelisation is: “That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering”.
  • Pope Francis to Intereligious Soccer Match "...it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace..."

    Jesus Caritas Est
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:29 pm
    2013 photograph of Javier Zanetti, captain of Italy's Inter soccer team, and Pope Francis01/09/2014(Vatican Radio)  An Interreligious Soccer Match for Peace – an initiative desired by Pope Francis - will take place Monday night at Rome’s Olympic Stadium.  The 50-some former and current professional players to take part in the game were received by the Pope in the Vatican Monday afternoon.“Tonight’s sporting event,” said Pope Francis, “is a highly symbolic gesture to show that it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace, where believers of…
 
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    Plaigia

  • Why Faith

    Todd
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Watch this Video: Bertie Brits discusses what a life born from God is. Hebrews 11  What Is Faith? 11 Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. 2 Faith is the reason we remember great people who lived in the past. 3 It is by faith we understand that the whole world was made by God’s command so what we see was made by something that cannot be seen. 4 It was by faith that Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. God said he was pleased with the gifts Abel offered and called Abel a good man because of his faith.
  • Penal Substitution – Not

    Todd
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Watch this Video:  John Crowder exposes the wrong thinking of penal substitution. ” … [at the cross] Jesus was stepping into our blindness, to the goodness of God. See, if you think that at the cross, the Trinity was imploding on itself, that the Father was turning away, rejecting the Son – if the Father were to turn His back on the Son or the world, we would evaporate in less than a second.  The Trinity was not imploding on itself at the cross.  Matter of fact, the cross was the full expression of the love of the entire Trinity. If you think the Trinity was turning on…
  • The Relentless Tenderness Of Jesus

    Todd
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Watch this Video: Brennan Manning presents God’s Love. “What made Jesus Christ the greatest lover in human history is that He knew, and He really knows this afternoon, what’s hurting His people.” – Brennan Manning Romans 8:37-39 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which…
  • The Glory of God Revealed in You!

    Todd
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Watch this Video: Francis Du Toit discusses the mystery of the ages, Christ alive in us. “The Gospel is not some modern philosophical idea that we begin to proclaim on Facebook to make people feel better about themselves. The Gospel is the authentic idea of God. And in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are rebooted – to our original design. You see Jesus did not arrive on planet earth 2014 years ago to politely apologize for a faulty design.  He came to declare the righteousness of God … We did not begin in our Mother’s womb, but in the most intimate thought of…
  • God is Love

    Todd
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Watch this Video: Dan Mohler illuminates the Love God is Love. “You were created in Love’s image.  You were created to Love.” – Dan Mohler Colossians 1:27 27 to whom Love willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Love in you, the hope of glory.   Ephesians 6:10-17 The Armor of Love  10 Finally, be strong in Love and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of Love, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh…
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    Don't Eat The Fruit

  • A Technology Fast from Everything *Except* the Internet

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

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

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

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

    John Dyer
    5 Feb 2014 | 12:26 pm
    In the first act of The Social Network, the movie depicting the origin Facebook, we are introduced to a fictionalized version Mark Zuckerburg who, after being spurred by his girlfriend and overlooked by Harvard’s elite final clubs, begins creating facemash.com, a site that lets visitors vote on which of their classmates is better looking. After a night of beer chugging and code writing, Zuckerburg unleashes his creation on the Harvard campus which both delights and disgusts his classmates. Director Aaron Sorkin then juxtaposing scenes of students gathered around laptops ogling pictures of…
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  • 7 Reasons that Proactive Churches Get Legal Advice (Even When It’s No Fun)

    Will Mancini
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    I recently got to know David Middlebrook of the Church Law Group. My eyes were reopened to the scope of legal implications for the church. Because I like to focus my energies on vision, I frankly don’t think very much about the legal ramifications of church leadership. What struck me however is this: Legal negligence as a church leader leaves your vision susceptible. Here are my seven take-aways: #1  Don’t ignore governance. Sometime a gap grows between the way you practically get things done and the ways things are legally outlined to get done. You church has a by-laws and some…
  • 10 Principles for Discipling Key Donors

    Bob Adams
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    A guest post from Todd McMichen, Auxano’s Chief Campaign Officer Recently I had several pastors step into the ranks of being committed to providing ongoing discipleship to key donors. It began during the planning phase of a capital campaign, which laid the foundation for a long-term fruitful ministry. Each pastor put in place a unique structure that reflected his personality, church culture, and relational network. Though each took a distinct approach the results were the same, exponential. Here is a list of common principles these pastors employed. 1. Be bold. Provide a high challenge…
  • Choose Your Fuel: Vision, Hype, Busyness or a Building Project

    Bob Adams
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Mike Gammill is one of our Lead Navigators at Auxano. He recently completed a campaign with San Marcos Community Church in San Marcos, TX. The Vision Clarity impact and unique Campaign story will inspire you. In the summer of 2013, San Marcos Community Church was in the church plant doldrums. As a twelve-year-old plant they really weren’t a “plant” anymore, but their base of mission and worship was still a leased facility. They did own land a couple of streets over. They owned a building too, but it was a metal prefab building and was, literally, in storage. Their dreams of permanent…
  • New Personal Vision Cohort Launching Next Month! Join Me for Your Younique Year!

    Bob Adams
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    For over a decade in my personal ministry, I have worked closely with friends and close associates to coach them along their personal clarity journey. Recently, I have offered personal clarity tools and insights when speaking at conferences and leadership gatherings. As a result, many of you have shared your interest in going deeper on your personal clarity journey. Which is why I want to invite you to participate in Younique Year – a personal vision cohort designed to catalyze progress in realizing your life calling. I use the word “catalyze” very intentionally here. A chemical…
  • Fall 2014 Church Planters co::Lab – Join Me and 16 Other Planters!

    Bob Adams
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Church Unique Vision co::Lab is helping our church discover its one-of-a-kind thumbprint and then to cast vision with compelling clarity. It’s been a powerful experience for our key leaders. During our discussion, it has been amazing to see how God has imparted clarity to our leaders. Now we hae key people coming alongside us rather than doing their own thing. I strongly encourage other churches to go through this powerful training. - Darren Tidwell, LifePointe Church I am really looking forward to leading the next vision small group that begins on August 28.  There is some…
 
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    Storyline Blog

  • Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Writer?

    John Sowers
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I was in a bookstore doing a signing. Towards the end, Ian approached me. Ian was about seven, and he was holding a massive stack of books. He stared at me with a determined look. After a few moments, his dad nudged him and he asked, “How do I become a writer?” “Well,” I smiled, “Do you like using a pen, pencil or a computer? What I mean is, Ian, if you can write, if you can put words to paper, you are a writer. You never need anyone else to tell you that you are a writer. You are a writer now. This is the hardest lesson for any writer to learn. Fall in love with…
  • Your Feelings Are Not the Boss of Your Behavior

    John Richmond
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    My daughter was having a bad day. Rainy weather interrupted her soccer game. Her brother snubbed her by choosing his buddies over hanging out with her. Our well-intentioned toddler decided to help “organize” her room by pulling everything off her shelves. She was late for her flute lesson. To add insult to injury, the family was headed to an event where there would be lots of adults and little kids, but no one her age. The compounding effect of these little annoyances grew into honest frustration that bordered on anger. These emotions placed her on the precipice of a decision. How would…
  • Your Story Is Not A Paint By Number

    Andrea Lucado
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Still, well into adulthood, I find myself just wanting to fit in. It’s not in the same way as it was in high school of course. I’m not hoping to be invited to the right party or pretending to smoke a cigarette or claiming my drink in my plastic cup isn’t water. This was how I “fit in” as a teen. Today, I want to fit in with a life that follows the appropriate succession of events. I realized this over lunch with a friend. We discussed how each life phase brings its own set of expectations. With college, a degree and a job. With a job, a spouse and a home. With a spouse and home,…
  • Do You Think Your Story Matters Less Because You’re a Woman?

    Donald Miller
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    By now you know we love Shauna Niequist here at Storyline. She’s an incredible mother, wife, speaker and writer. We love the boldness of her femininity and the beauty of her intense intellect. We’re proud to have her keynote and host the Storyline Conference in Chicago. In this talk, delivered at the Q conference in Nashville, she opens up about her relationship with her mother, co-founder of the phenomenally successful Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. As you watch the video, we’re hoping you’ll spend time thinking about your passions, too. We’re hoping you’ll think about…
  • How Your Decisions Will Uncover Your Calling

    Jeff Shinabarger
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nicaragua was our family’s haven for a two month sabbatical. Twice a week we rented bikes from a social enterprise that was employing men coming out of addiction recovery programs or jail. We were the first customers at the bike shop to request a child seat. Our daughter was nearly two so we needed a way to include her in our bicycle excursions. They unburied a child seat from storage that someone had donated. They welded the seat to a bike for us to use. Jada was tied in with a rope that was interwoven through the seat and double knotted. We learned not all countries are quite as…
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    The Christian Gift

  • Personalized Pastor Appreciation Plaque

    TheChristianGift
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    The countdown to Pastor Appreciation month has begun! Here’s another one of the newest personalized plaque gift options to hit the store: Personalized Pastor Appreciation Plaque – New Addition Each one of our appreciation plaques is personalized for the recipient. These are a unique and memorable way to convey thanks without breaking the budget. We create our plaques one-at-a-time using premium materials. The matboard will not yellow over time and the artwork will retain its vibrancy. Don’t wait until the last minute to order!  
  • New Designs for Pastor Appreciation

    TheChristianGift
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Many congregations take advantage of Pastor Appreciation Month to formally convey thanks to members of the ministry team. While we’re enjoying the last lazy days of summer, October seems light years away. In reality, it’ll be here in less than six weeks! If you’re planning something in conjunction with ministry appreciation at your church, browse our collection of personalized plaques for clergy. We’ve just added two new designs so now there are even more to choose from! (You might also be interested in our service appreciation collection. Since each one can be…
  • Summer at the Garden

    TheChristianGift
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    Late August already: the new school year is just around the corner for some, while others have already returned to class. The last few months seem to have moved unusually quickly. Still, there’s more summer to enjoy. With overcast providing nice, even light last Friday afternoon, I grabbed the camera and headed in to Portsmouth to photograph one of my favorite spots there: the formal garden at Prescott Park. The plants are at the height of their summer display, with wonderful varieties of coleus providing punches of vibrant color. Full disclusure: the garden has great sentimental value…
  • In the Morning I Will Sing…

    TheChristianGift
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 59:16 Sunrise at Rye, New Hampshire  
  • A Nod to National Lighthouse Day

    TheChristianGift
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    A friend informed me that today is National Lighthouse Day. Who knew there was such a thing? That said, I think it’s a fine idea. I love lighthouses! (And I have a sneaking suspicion I’m not alone…) I’ve been spending a fair amount of time at Nubble Light at Cape Neddick, Maine this year looking for interesting skies at the edges of the day. On the morning pictured below, I thought the clouds were going to light up with color – but there wasn’t even a hint of it. Still, the moody sky had its own kind of beauty. Here’s to lighthouses everywhere! Nubble…
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    Steve Fogg: Clear & SimpleSteve Fogg: Clear & Simple | Marketing, Communications, Branding & Digital

  • Bite-Sized Communication tips: Episode Two

    Steve Fogg
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Welcome to episode two of my one minute bite-sized communications tips (It blew out to three minutes today – whoops). Today I talk about one of the common mistakes churches and non-profits make on social media.  In episode one I said that the aim here is to give you a quick tip that you can apply immediately to your context. It’s the same again this week. Bite-Size Communication Tips: Episode 2 from SteveFogg on Vimeo. Key thought from the video: The key to productivity is doing the right things at the right time versus everything all the time. Check out my Social media content…
  • Bite-Sized Communication tips: Episode One

    Steve Fogg
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I’m piloting a new idea this week. Each week I’m going to answer one question and post a short reply via video on a Wednesday (my time). It will be short and sweet. To the point. You could say bite-sized! There will be no fancy ‘in-video’ graphics or sales funnel asking you to buy something later. Just me answering your questions about marketing, strategy, communication, social media or web. If you like this, let me know and I’ll continue to do it. If not, that’s cool. I do like the idea as it does save me time and I can talk quicker than I can type. Now…
  • 6 Lessons About Social Media You Can Learn From My Failures

    Steve Fogg
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Photo Credit I love social media. I written time and time again about the benefits of social media for non-profits and churches. I’m extremely passionate about it and if your sit down with me for a coffee and ask me about it, just sit back and get comfy. You’ll be listening a while. One of the trends I’ve noticed is that I get quite a bit of attention as being an expert at social media for churches. It’s not true, and here’s why. Honestly, I’ve probably failed more times than I’ve succeeded. You only see my highlight reel. So in an effort to be…
  • 10 Marketing Tips To Help You Communicate To People Who Don’t Go To Church

    Steve Fogg
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:16 am
    Photo Credit Can church marketing ever work? Does it only ever suck? Can a church only ever really focus their marketing efforts on the right audience? What should the message be? These questions have been rattling around my brain recently as we have been developing our own external marketing on a new project. Here are some of the thoughts that may help you in your own marketing to your broader community. 1. People will never be convinced to come to church by your marketing efforts alone Marketing pithy slogans and statements will never in itself endear your church to your local community.
  • Hello. Is It Me Your Looking For?

    Steve Fogg
    3 Aug 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Yes, I’ve borrowed the lyrics from my favourite Lionel Richie song. A bit sad. But lets face it. It has been a while in between blogging drinks together. I’ve missed you. Yes, you. You have been on my mind. My conscience has always nagging me. That tactic worked. Tell them. Share it (Don’t worry. I’ve been taking notes). But to be honest with you, I’ve been very busy: • Researching, planning, writing and presenting an exciting new ministry initiative for my church in 2015. This has taken me an extensive part of my time which I’m now sprinting to…
 
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    W2W Soul

  • Guard Your Heart

    Kaleb
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
                    Every choice you have made originated with a thought.  The thoughts that occupy your mind and take root in your heart fuel your words and your words eventually determine your actions and the path... Read more..
  • When Your Life is Out of Sync

    Kaleb
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    There are days when I feel drained, out of sync and disconnected. On those days my perspective of life is fuzzy and I find myself aimlessly weaving in and out of situations and decisions without clarity or guidance. The impulse to look for answers within only leads to more feelings of confusion, discouragement and isolation. I’v... Read more..
  • Why God Designed Time the Way He Did

    Kaleb
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:29 am
    What if you could see your whole life at once? Past, present and future. If you could, would you live in fear or anticipation? Curiosity is an integral trait in all humans and I’m sure, given this opportunity, most of... Read more..
  • What You See Is What You Get

    Kaleb
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:25 am
    When you look at your life, what do you see? Do you see an insecure, unhappy, lost soul dragging through life; children that are out of control or beyond help; a marriage or relationship that’s falling apart; a dead-end job; failing health?  What do you see?  Trials and failures are the natural course of life. We know where... Read more..
  • The Meaning of “It is Finished”

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

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    So much of the time I’m not completely present. I’m thinking of what else I need to be doing, or somewhere else I would rather be. I don’t think I’m alone, either. I sometimes sense that others are half-present, suffering from what one person has called continuous partial attention. We can end up skimming through life, ministry, and relationships. One of the culprits, to be honest, is technology. I find myself checking Twitter and Facebook more often than I’d like to admit. I sometimes suffer from phantom vibrations of my cell phone. I forgot my cell phone one evening at a concert…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Tangled Up in Blue: Depression and the Christian Life Of all the people who should be leading the way in a careful handling of depression, the church should be foremost, both in affirming it's complexity, and in bringing hope to those in its clutches. A Sample Letter to Help Cultivate Community While Struggling with Depression-Anxiety It is sad that we use the same logic to isolate ourselves in the experience of depression-anxiety that is commonly used to silence an abused child or a spouse experiencing domestic violence. With our silence about our struggles we…
  • Ministry and Presence

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve been thinking about the story of Jimmy Carter, who was so free from having to worry about where else he should be and what else he should be doing that he was able to focus fully on the person in front of him.He spoke as though we had all the time in the world. At one point, an aide came to take him off to the next person he needed to meet. Free from having to decide when the meeting would end, or any other mundane care, really, President Carter could let go of those inner nagging voices and be there. (The Organized Mind) Is it possible to be this present in our lives and ministries?
  • Be There

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve experienced it. I’ve been talking to someone important, and felt that they are completely present with me. They are not thinking of what they are going to say while I’m talking; they are not in a rush to get to the next appointment. They are completely present. It’s such a rare thing to experience that it’s almost unsettling. In his new book The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, Daniel J. Levitin reflects on a time that he met Jimmy Carter when he was campaigning for president.He spoke as though we had all the time in the world. At one point,…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: 4 Reasons to Pursue Authentic Discipleship Discipleship isn’t about perfection; it’s about authenticity. Here’s the difference. Living Sent (For the Relationally Challenged) What follows are some suggestions as you seek to live an intentionally sent life... Christianity Can’t Replace My Zoloft What if “becoming a Christian” doesn’t actually psychologically change us in any real way and that “Sanctification” is really about living and loving in the midst of our brokenness? Choosing to Live an Unbalanced Life Question: Is there such a thing as a…
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  • Bible Lesson: Proverbs-Wisdom is applying God’s Truth

    Kelly Henderson
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    The following lesson was used with a small group of students ranging from 1st Grade to 4th.  The lesson coincided with the sermon series taught from Proverbs at our church. The wisdom of this Bible book is much needed by children today. Bible Passage: Proverbs 1:1-5; 2 Chronicles 1:7-12 Bible Story Title: Proverbs-Wisdom is applying God’s Truth Target Age Group:  Ages 5-11 (K-5th Grade U.S.A.) Target Time Frame: 60 Minutes Original Teaching Context: Sunday School Supply List:  Bibles, 3 pronged folders, loose leaf lined paper, items for students to decorate their journals…
  • Jericho March for Kids’ Church

    Mimi Bullock
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    We all know that God is a miracle-working God but have you ever paused to wonder why He performed so many miracles? I think one of the reasons why God would cause the sun to go backward or bring the walls of Jericho down is to show His people that nothing is impossible–if He is in the equation. As children’s pastors, we must teach kids about His miracles so they can see what He has already done and what He is willing to do for them. Some of my favorite ways to teach is through visual aids and interactions like a Jericho march. Recently in my children’s ministry, I taught kids about…
  • 7 Days of Creation Song

    Felicia Mollohan
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    The story of Creation is a familiar story that many churches do over and over. This is good, except, we may run out of things to do with the story. Singing is always a great activity for children. It gets them directly involved, moving, and thinking about what they are singing. This is what the “7 Days of Creation” song is for. I was thinking of Christmas and the song, “The 12 Days of Christmas”, popped in my mind. Then I thought, what about the days of Creation? There’s only 7 days in Creation, but the tune still works, it just ends earlier. I hope you and your…
  • Habakkuk Bible Coloring Page

    Mandy Groce
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This free coloring page is based on the book of Habakkuk. It’s one part of our series of illustrations for each individual book of the Bible. Click here to download the print friendly PDF version. We’ve also uploaded the image in JPEG format. The illustration shows deer on a hillside. The Bible quote from reads, “He makes me sure footed as a deer.” We will add a series index one we have several books online. For now you can follow our progress on this page. Information about the book of Micah is included in review worksheets about the Minor Prophets. You might also like our Bible…
  • Help for Parents: Preparing Kids for a New School Year

    Mimi Bullock
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Yeah! It’s that time again–back to school. With all the uncertainty in the world, it’s easy to see why parents would be a little fearful about sending them to school. As children’s ministers we have the opportunity to help parents send their children back to school safely. Feel free to share these practical tips in your weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter or on the church Facebook page. Build stronger ties with families by providing them with the tools they need for an awesome school experience. Parents, teach kids your cell phone number. Even if your child carries a…
 
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  • A Quote That Sums Up My Failures

    Daniel Dessinger
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    I don’t know how he got there, but Seth Godin is in my head. Take a look at this quote real quick: “I don’t like it” “I don’t understand it” Those are the only responses your new idea can possibly generate from many around you if your new idea is actually a great idea, something ownable, something you can build work around. The popular, obvious, guaranteed ideas have definitely been taken, or are so small that they’re not really worth your blood and tears. That means if the new title of your book is instantly understood by all, it’s…
  • Is the American School System Broken?

    Daniel Dessinger
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    I love Seth Godin’s response to this question. Take a look: “School isn’t off the rails. It’s still on the rails. But the society changed. Industrialists built school 100 years ago to train people to be obedient factory workers. The first teacher’s college in Massachusetts was called The Normal School. It was to train teachers to make their kids ‘normal’… The problem is, we don’t reward obedient factory workers anymore. “We are not creating any good jobs where you get paid to do exactly what you are told. Because if we can find…
  • Do You Ever Feel Thwarted?

    Daniel Dessinger
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Sometimes it feels like God Himself has opposed us and our efforts to succeed. The stars seemed aligned for breakthrough and suddenly catastrophe strikes. Hearbreak disrupts. Hope is lost. There’s are times I feel thwarted and it angers me to the core. The injustice of my good intentions falling apart before execution is too much to bear. Then there are times when being thwarted feels special. Almost like a privilege. When my insides feel cleaner and purified by the process of disappointment. As though I am being pruned. And while my desires are not being fulfilled, somehow I know that…
  • God is Faithful to Fulfill His Promises

    Daniel Dessinger
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    “He was enabled to become a father because he considered Him faithful who had made the promise.” Our God is faithful to fulfill His promises. In the face of impossibility, let us consider Him faithful. The post God is Faithful to Fulfill His Promises appeared first on Renew My Mind.
  • Seated in the Palace

    Daniel Dessinger
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Between God’s promises in our life and the palace of our divine purpose is always the process that molds us into the person we need to be to stay seated in the palace. - Kris Vallotton The post Seated in the Palace appeared first on Renew My Mind.
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    Lawrence W. Wilson

  • Best Books on Prayer for Christian Leaders

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    The lack of prayer as the most obvious gap in our practice of Christian leadership, and one way to close that gap is to challenge, inspire, and educate ourselves to pray more. Learning to pray is no great mystery. You hang around the people who are really good at it. Reading books about prayer may be the best way to do that. It will create a hunger within you to pray more often and enable you to pray with greater effect. continue reading
  • Why You’re Not Reaching Millennials (Or Boomers, or Gen X)

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Generation labeling makes the church narrow its vision for spiritual transformation. But people aren’t just one thing. They can change. I resisted seeing the movie Divergent at its release earlier this year because it looked to be a knock-off of The Hunger Games. Amazon Prime made it too easy to change my mind though, and I’m glad I did. This story gets at an important truth we, especially Christians, need right now. continue reading
  • The One Way to End Violence in the Middle East (or Anywhere)

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    To a wide-eyed Midwesterner like me, the current spate of ethnic or religiously motivated conflicts in the world is stupefying. Here in the middle of this vast country, we are surrounded by people who look and think pretty much as we do. There are minority populations of course, but we’ve managed to melt into one big pot of suburban blandness. Seeing people forced from their homes under threat of death because of their faith, others murdered over perceived blasphemies, and civil wars fought over what language to speak is both puzzling and terrifying. I realize those descriptions reduce…
  • The Only Two Questions Any Pastor Should Be Asking Right Now

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Pastors spend a lot of time solving problems, and that means asking questions. Unfortunately, most of those questions are unimportant, even trivial. I know this because I’ve wasted plenty of my own time wondering about these same things. In fairness, many of these questions are forced upon pastors by their job description as the leader of an organization and have little to do with their real work as shepherds of God’s flock. But a pastor has to earn a living somehow, so most spend the majority of their time pondering things like these— continue reading
  • How to Transform Your Life in Only 20 Years

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Everybody wants to change some aspect of their life. Whether it’s finances or career, marriage or education, we all want to be different tomorrow than we were yesterday. Most of the time, we look for easy changes, quick fixes, or dramatic solutions that will produce instant results. But here’s the news: those things don’t exist. To produce lasting change you must take incremental action over time. Yes, that might begin with a big transition like going to rehab, getting married, or finding a new job. But permanent change—true spiritual growth—comes by harnessing the…
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    Frank King's Blog

  • Hats Off to the American Worker This Labor Day

    Frank King
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Labor Day Symbols On Labor Day, we pay tribute to the contributions workers make and have made to the strength and prosperity of America. Not as if this tribute is without significance. For in America, we also have able-bodied citizens who can work, have opportunity to work, but chose to exist otherwise. Some chose the life of a beggar. Some would rather exist as thieves, stealing from those who work hard for what they have. Some spend their life exploiting every social program and charity they can. Our able-bodied citizens who can work, have opportunity to work, but chose to exist as…
  • When Prominent Church Leaders Fall

    Frank King
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Modern Church Building Church leaders are just like the rest of us in at least one respect. We all have our shortcomings. We all are subject to moral failure. A significant difference between us and them, however, is that prominent church leaders tend to have a large sphere of influence. Accordingly, when they fail the impact is greater. The question is, how shall we respond when prominent church leaders fall? In this post, I will lightly touch on two such leaders. One is David Yonggi Cho, leader of the world’s largest mega church (over 450,000 members). The other is Mark Driscoll, pastor…
  • God Sees the Champion in You

    Frank King
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    The Champ Suppose you saw yourself the same way that God sees you? Yes, I know the Bible reveals a lot about who we are in Christ. But still, I believe that if God were to show us a complete picture of the potential He has placed in us and His expectations of us based on that potential we would probably think God has the wrong person. For example, in chapter 6 of the book of Judges, the angel of the Lord visited a man named Gideon. He was hiding by the winepress because he feared the Midianites, who at the time were oppressing the Israelites. But here is how the angel greeted Gideon as he…
  • Forgive Him (or Her) and Release Yourself

    Frank King
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Begging for Forgiveness Have you ever been on the receiving end of wrongdoing? I am not talking about petty stuff. No, I am talking about serious offenses. For instance, while dating you, you found out he was also dating your best friend. Oh, and at the same time, both of them were telling you how much they loved you. Or, you sacrificed to lend a friend a large sum of money which he promised to pay you back. Because he never did, you now find yourself in a serious financial bind. During my Christian life, I have witnessed a few instances where fellow church members refused to speak to each…
  • We Are What We Are by the Grace of God

    Frank King
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:54 am
    Amazing Grace We know that we saved by grace through faith. But the grace of God does not stop at salvation. We also live our daily lives under the umbrella of grace. The things we do in serving the Lord are divinely assisted by His grace. We must never forget that. Take Paul the apostle, for example. He was a man who persecuted the people of God. Granted, it was out of ignorance. But when God saved Saul of Tarsus, as he was then known, He did a gracious work on the inside of him. He became the Lord’s most productive servant of his day. Paul said concerning himself, “By the grace of God I…
 
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    Inspirations from Phather Phil

  • If there are words for Him, then I don’t have them…

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

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

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

    PhatherPhil
    31 Dec 2013 | 11:20 am
      Dear Lord; Happy New Year’s Eve Father! As my mind wandered this morning Father, drifting along this past year’s erratic path and pondering the days ahead You spoke to my heart; a whispered phrase of things to be… “Another Chance…” You promised.  And with that I realized Lord… Every day I wake with breath in my lungs You’ve granted me Another Chance… “I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies…
  • It Began in a Lowly Manger

    PhatherPhil
    24 Dec 2013 | 9:46 pm
    Dear Lord; Happy Christmas Eve Father! When I think of Christmas Lord, so many things come to my heart… Hope… Love… Peace… Joy… And an overall sense of Wonder. And yet, with all of the situations that have surrounded me throughout this Blessed Season Father, I’ll admit that much of that child-like excitement has felt quietly subdued this year… However this morning as we talked Lord, You breathed some life back into my weary spirit. Today Father, I asked You a very pointed question and You very clearly answered it… Although I’ll admit Your response wasn’t even on my…
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    Mike Calhoun

  • Don’t Pray Like a “Wuss”

    mikec
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Wuss – weakling or wimp – Dictionary.com Unabridged, Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010. If you cannot bench press 1075 lbs. (world record), climb Mt. Everest without bottled oxygen, score the decisive goal at the World Cup or win the Mixed Martial Arts championship then some may refer to you as weak or a “wuss.” The truth is few people want to do any of these things. Only a minority has the desire to even try – and a select few have actually pulled one of them off. Yes, there are some things that are limited to a small number of people. But being…
  • Super-size Your Youth Ministry Model

    mikec
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Why is it that every time I order food I hear something like: “Would you like that Super-Sized “Will that be small, medium or Large “Lunch or dinner portion?”  “Do you want to add a side for just …?” or my favorite “Tall, Grande or Vente Sometimes the most difficult decision in ordering food is choosing the size you want to consume. I am sure the marketers are just playing to the “I want to have choices” culture. People in general and this Millennial Generation specifically wants to be the masters of their own consumption. Interestingly enough, the consumer is sold the…
  • Five Reasons Good Christian Leaders Leave

    mikec
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Good leaders don’t leave organizations/churches that they hate: they leave the ones they love. Often they don’t leave because they are mad or upset: they are just tired and used up…they feel they don’t have anything left to give. The travesty could have been avoided by good oversight. Although there are probably one hundred reasons that this is true, I have identified five that I feel represent broad areas of concern. Each of these should be building blocks in good leadership. When they are missing or are misplaced then the results are less than desirable. Trust – If there is a lack…
  • What is a Reverb?

    mikec
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    REVERB is an incredible all-night student event. More than 1,000,000 students have attended this event (formally called Superbowl) and there have been over 100,000 recorded decisions for Christ. This year REVERB will be held in twenty locations nationally plus several more in Canada. The night kicks off with a sporting event, some even connected with NHL and NBA teams. This is followed by an interactive AMP rally with music, games, and tons of prizes. During the AMP rally the students will hear a clear Gospel presentation and be given an opportunity to respond. The rest of the night is…
  • Vision…The Vital Component of Leadership – Part 3

    mikec
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    Visionary leaders are people who see farther, more and before others. The quality that makes a visionary leader worthy of following is character. As a freshman in college I heard Dr. Jerry Falwell say, “Character is what you are in the dark.” I have pondered that statement many times when faced with the urge to live a life of duplicity. This is my third and final post on the subject of vision. I addressed the Upward Component, Outward Component and now conclude by examining the Inward Component, character. By combining Numbers 13, 14 and Joshua 14, 15 we get a glimpse into the life of the…
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • The Spiritual Value of Wasting Time at Work

    J.B. Wood
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    I was on speaker phone the other day with a colleague, Bruce, closing up several items regarding some new deal activity. After five minutes or so, the business part of our conversation was over, so I fired up my computer, opening several application windows in anticipation of the call winding down. Hello, excel! Hello, email! Good day, internet! [Read More...]
  • Are You Supposed to Know ‘God’s Will’ for your Job?

    J.B. Wood
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    The other day my friend asked a rather blunt and personal question: “Do you think it is God’s will for you to be at the company you’re with right now?” What I wanted to say was, “Well, duh. I’m working there, aren’t I?” In other words, how else could I have possibly ended up in [Read More...]
  • Feeling Beat Up at Work? Three Great Ways to Manage Yourself Through the Stress

    J.B. Wood
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    A friend confided that, lately, he goes home from work every day feeling like a failure. He is in charge of a sales organization that has been slipping ever since he took over a few months ago. The pressure from upper management is tremendous. It seems like everything is stacked against him – the tough [Read More...]
  • Is Prayer Just Too Boring?

    Marcus Goodyear
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    New Study Suggests Prayer Is So Boring People Prefer Painful Electric Shocks It has been a weird few weeks in the news regarding prayer. Folks got riled up over 15% discounts for public prayer in a North Carolina restaurant, over the end of the discount for public prayer in the same restaurant , over exercise groups praying [Read More...]
  • You Can’t Compete with Grace

    J.B. Wood
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I recently attended a Strategy conference featuring some fancy Harvard Business School professors at a swanky California seaside hotel. During one of the luncheons, I struck up a conversation with the gentleman seated next to me, a sturdy-looking man who worked for a large charity organization in the Midwest. The word “Grace” was prominently emblazoned [Read More...]
 
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • When My Soul is Startled

    Jean Wise
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    Heavy silence draped the normally chatty room. My Weight Watcher leader shared a list of what we shared as a group about the negative thoughts we experienced about managing our weight. We all listened with sad hearts to the damaging self-talk we splatter on ourselves. I will never lose weight. This is just too hard. Losing weight takes too much time. The leader then asked us to switch the statements to positive sayings: Slow but steady will win the battle. Starting new habits is hard but healthier. I am worth it. That last one startled my soul.  “You are worth it, aren’t you?” she…
  • Lord, I Don’t Want to Be a Stumbling Block – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    “You are a stumbling block to me: for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Matthew 16: 23b Lord, I don’t want to be a stumbling block to you. But my human eyes only see human things. My spiritual eyes squint to the blurry images before me. I can barely make out my path. My hope seems out of reach. My final destination beyond veiled passages. My sight fails me; faith is the only way to clear my vision. Help me see others through your eyes of love. Free my view from the heavy shackles of earth and lift my eyes towards heaven. I don’t want to stand in your…
  • Prayer – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Let prayer be the key of the morning and the bolt at night. Philip Henry The post Prayer – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • Six Benefits of Wisdom

    Jean Wise
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    This summer I hear Wisdom calling me. It is as if wisdom has been inviting me to tea. I feel her tug to draw closer and get to know her better. So I have been reading, asking, searching, staying open and surprisingly quiet, trying to hear her lessons. Last June we had a good discussion on this blog about wisdom. So I thought I would share one dimension of wisdom I have been exploring and get your thoughts about the benefits of building wisdom in our lives. One aspect of learning more about wisdom is pondering the benefits. Why should we try to grow in God’s wisdom? What does the Bible teach…
  • Spiritual Muscle Memory

    Jean Wise
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    The Network of Bible StoryTellers Festival continues to teach me even now at home. I was amazed at how they learned to tell the stories – striving for 75% or more accuracy in the words they use and 95% accurate in the content of the story. One method they taught us to learn the stories was to add gestures; the same one each time to illustrate a point. For example, moving arms each time to point that Jesus moved from one place to another or to look up when looking at a mountain. Adding movement to the story creates muscle memory. Muscle memory is simply the process by which we consolidate…
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    Daily Devotionals

  • Psalm 8:1- Majestic

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. (Psalm 8:1 ESV) This psalm was written as a song to be sung by God’s people. Imagine, if you will, living in a day before electricity as those who originally sang this verse did. Picture stretching out underneath a canopy of suspended lights at nighttime. The stars would have been breathtaking, overwhelming your eyes by their sheer number and collective intensity. Most of us rarely have the opportunity to see the “heavens” outside of our modern city…
  • Galatians 2:20 – The Great Participation

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 ESV) Has the practice of your faith seemed dry, repetitive and possibly ritualistic? Do you find yourself saying statements like “I need to go to church”, “I need to do my devotional” or “I have to go through Scripture today?” Over-emphasis on the “I” can lead us down a path that paints the Christian life as being something that we…
  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-2 – Nothing But Jesus

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:1-2 ESV) A word of admonition to us all: don’t be a “wannabe” theologian! Paul was straightforward with the church in Corinth. He didn’t use philosophically charged speech or yammer on endlessly, he cut straight to the source of life, Jesus. As Christians, we should be all about Him. We should wake up with a craving to be like Jesus everyday and…
 
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -Ft. Hood Shooter Supports ISIS?

    Dr. D
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
                 ( Major Nidal Malik Hasan: Wikipedia) The Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Hasan Not only has come out in support of ISIS but has written a letter asking for formal citizenship to the so-called Islamic State: "I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State,”Hasan says in the handwritten document addressed to “Ameer, Mujahid Dr. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.” "It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion…
  • -New York: Christian Owners Will No Longer Host Weddings After Losing Lawsuit Over Same-Sex Wedding

    Dr. D
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
          (Same Sex Marriage: Wikipedia) The Christian owners of a farm in New York which is rented out for public events will no longer host weddings. The couple came to that decision after a judge fined them $13,000 for declining to host a same-sex ceremony that was against their religious beliefs and convictions. The judge reasoned that since they rent out their farm as a public venue for weddings then they could not decline to host same-sex ceremonies which are legal in the state even if it was to be conducted in their own personal residence. The couple actually have…
  • -HS Players Pray for Injured Teammate- Atheists Attack

    Dr. D
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:29 pm
    video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Players on a High School football team took a knee and prayed for a teammate who was injured on the field. Something that has been going on in America for many generations. Except this time an activist atheist organization complained and attacked the school administrators for allowing it. Here’s the story from The Christian Post: The injured player was on the ground being tended to by trainers and coaches. So the Seminole High School football team did what many football teams do. The teenage boys took a knee, bowed their heads and…
  • -Sacramento: “Too Many Churches Already”

    Dr. D
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Immigrant Christians Have Difficulty Getting Their Place of Worship Approved Romanian Christians who left their home country because of persecution found a new kind of discrimination in Sacramento, California when they attempted to receive city approval for a place of worship. One of the reasons given for a permit refusal for their new location was that there are “too many churches already” in the city. That is when the lawyers for Pacific Justice Institute went to work.  PJI’s Brad Dacus said the following about the case: "Another reason given was that they said there were…
  • -Love Your Neighbor- It’s Good for Your Heart?

    Dr. D
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
           (Photo credit: Wikipedia) “Love your neighbor”…following this Biblical commandment could actually be good for you in a number of different ways- mentally, spiritually, and physically. There is recent medical research which indicates that good relations with your neighbors might actually be better for the physical condition of your heart: "Having good neighbours and feeling connected to others in the local community may help to curb an individual’s heart attack risk," said a statement that accompanied a study published in the Journal…
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    Trevin Wax

  • Startled By Our Sun-Drenched World of Grace

    Trevin Wax
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Last winter, thousands of kids were singing along to the Frozen soundtrack: “The cold never bothered me anyway.” They were wrong. The winter was insufferable. Excluding the winters I endured in Romania, it was the coldest I can remember. We get four seasons in Tennessee, but winter is usually brief and mild – several cold spells, a couple of good snows, with a few isolated days of warm weather to give us a taste of spring. But this winter was different. Several weeks in a row, arctic blasts (dramatically renamed “polar vortexes”…
  • Worth a Look 9.2.14

    Trevin Wax
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis by George Sayer. $1.99. This book is an intimate account of the man who helped-and through his works, continues to help-generations hear and understand the heart of Christianity. Thom Rainer – 6 Reasons Some Churches Are Moving Back to One Worship Style: I spoke to a number of pastors whose churches had made the shift back to a singular worship style. I asked about their motivations for leading their congregations in such a direction. I heard six recurring themes, though no one leader mentioned more than three for a particular…
  • Forgive Us For Our “Go-It-Alone” Attitude

    Trevin Wax
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    How overwhelming, our Father, that You would show such care, such love and kindness, to bring us not only into relationship with Yourself through Christ, but also into relationship with the local church! Your corporate focus on us— sanctifying us in Christ Jesus, calling us “holy ones,” and uniting us with the larger body of Christ, reminds us that Your will for us intertwines with all of those that Jesus has redeemed, so that united together in the Body we discover immeasurable joy and purpose. So in the church, joined together in union with Christ, we experience grace to…
  • Empires Fall as Victims of Their Own Proud Illusions

    Trevin Wax
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    In proportion as a society relaxes its hold upon the eternal, it ensures the corruption of the temporal. All earthly civilizations are indeed corruptible and must one day perish, the pax Britannica no less than the pax romana, and Christendom no less than Babylon and Troy. But if most have perished prematurely, it was largely as victims of their own proud illusions. And if our Western civilization is to prove more durable, it can only be in the strength of this more chastened estimate of its own majesty and this knowledge that “here we have no continuing city.” - John Baillie,…
  • Know Your Southern Baptists: Philip Humber

    Trevin Wax
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Name: Philip Humber Why you’ve heard of him: As a starter for the Chicago White Sox, he pitched a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners on April 21, 2012. Position: Currently, Humber is pitching in the Oakland Athletics organization for their Triple A affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats. Previous: Humber was selected third overall in the 2004 MLB draft by the New York Mets. In his major league career, he has pitched for the Mets, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, White Sox, and Houston Astros. Education: He turned down an offer by the New York Yankees out of high school and…
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    EverydayChristianFamily.com

  • Qur’an Scholar Research Findings

    Jim
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    Quotation from Mario Joseph “For me God was only Allah, and I believe Allah never married, so no sons for Allah. So I preached that Jesus was not God. Then somebody asked me Who is “Jesus?” – From the crowd. Maybe a Muslim, but he asked me “Who is Jesus?” I was preaching He is not God, but the question was, “who is He?” To know who is He, I read the entire Koran once again: 114 chapters and 6666 words in the Koran. When I read it the name of the Prophet Mohammad I found in Koran in 4 places, but the name of Jesus I found in 25 places. There itself, I was a little confused.
  • Are “Magicians” Condemned in the Bible?

    Jim
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Strong’s Definition Clears up Confusion! Years ago I became fascinated when something disappeared then magically reappeared. It fooled my eyes and my mind. So, I purchased trick after trick and had fun showing the tricks. As a wedding musician I found “Flower Girls” and “Ring Bearers” were initially cute dancing together at receptions, but after 15 minutes no one paid any attention to them and were just in the way. Out of pity I began entertaining them on my breaks with tricks, then hearing their belly laughs. 3 years ago I decided to start entertaining as a Magician professionally.
  • Baseball & Discipline in the 1950s

    Jim
    28 Nov 2013 | 3:55 am
    Methods & Freedom of Kid Discipline! In an earlier article I mentioned the movies “The Sandlot” and “A Christmas Story” reminded me of the 50s. Discipline for children was unrestrained in the 1950s and very effective and memorable. It was fear that kept us from making intentional mistakes. One method used to cleanse me of a dirty word was washing my mouth out with soap. (I especially disliked the taste of Lifebuoy soap. Yeech!) Mom used a 3”-long hat pin for discipline. When she wanted me to change my attitude/actions, she simply said, “Where’s my hatpin?” Man, did I ever…
  • God Does Miracles in Surprising Ways!

    Jim
    27 Nov 2013 | 3:46 am
    Why Do We Think God’s Actions Must Make Sense to Us? Every day we encounter God’s mighty acts, but don’t realize it. It might be avoiding bodily injuries; not getting hit by cars, because God sent them by other routes; healing us of dreadful diseases, we never knew we had, etc. (On 9-11 odd circumstances made numerous people late to work saving their lives!) Occasionally, these acts of God are so spectacular and out of the ordinary, we call them Miracles! Tumor Healed There is an account of an English plumber, Smith Wigglesworth, and a woman who was dying of cancer. After praying…
  • Weather Advisory and Alert!

    Bob
    1 Nov 2013 | 11:13 am
    This is no Joke! Weather Forecasters are in 1 Accord! St. Louis, Missouri, February 21, 2013. Shocking News! A huge snowstorm is approaching! It’s a beautiful clear morning at a chilly 21 degrees. It’s not a holiday, but 350 school districts and private schools are closed for the day. Why? Because a vicious rumor is being spread. Radio and TV stations have picked up the rumor and are spreading a warning as if it is true! Amazing! Who’s spreading this rumor? Meteorologists (I call them “weather guessers”), who are wrong time-after-time, day-after-day! They report that a major winter…
 
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • When My Soul is Startled

    Jean Wise
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    Heavy silence draped the normally chatty room. My Weight Watcher leader shared a list of what we shared as a group about the negative thoughts we experienced about managing our weight. We all listened with sad hearts to the damaging self-talk we splatter on ourselves. I will never lose weight. This is just too hard. Losing weight takes too much time. The leader then asked us to switch the statements to positive sayings: Slow but steady will win the battle. Starting new habits is hard but healthier. I am worth it. That last one startled my soul.  “You are worth it, aren’t you?” she…
  • Lord, I Don’t Want to Be a Stumbling Block – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    “You are a stumbling block to me: for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Matthew 16: 23b Lord, I don’t want to be a stumbling block to you. But my human eyes only see human things. My spiritual eyes squint to the blurry images before me. I can barely make out my path. My hope seems out of reach. My final destination beyond veiled passages. My sight fails me; faith is the only way to clear my vision. Help me see others through your eyes of love. Free my view from the heavy shackles of earth and lift my eyes towards heaven. I don’t want to stand in your…
  • Prayer – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Let prayer be the key of the morning and the bolt at night. Philip Henry The post Prayer – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • Six Benefits of Wisdom

    Jean Wise
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    This summer I hear Wisdom calling me. It is as if wisdom has been inviting me to tea. I feel her tug to draw closer and get to know her better. So I have been reading, asking, searching, staying open and surprisingly quiet, trying to hear her lessons. Last June we had a good discussion on this blog about wisdom. So I thought I would share one dimension of wisdom I have been exploring and get your thoughts about the benefits of building wisdom in our lives. One aspect of learning more about wisdom is pondering the benefits. Why should we try to grow in God’s wisdom? What does the Bible teach…
  • Spiritual Muscle Memory

    Jean Wise
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    The Network of Bible StoryTellers Festival continues to teach me even now at home. I was amazed at how they learned to tell the stories – striving for 75% or more accuracy in the words they use and 95% accurate in the content of the story. One method they taught us to learn the stories was to add gestures; the same one each time to illustrate a point. For example, moving arms each time to point that Jesus moved from one place to another or to look up when looking at a mountain. Adding movement to the story creates muscle memory. Muscle memory is simply the process by which we consolidate…
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  • Sermon on Faith

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

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

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

    Chris
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Scientists in Colorado are studying the amount of light in the universe, and they have discovered a curious thing. There is far more light in the universe than they can account for, from the sources of light they know of. One of the scientists said, “The universe is like a brightly lit room, but you only see one 40-watt bulb. You wonder where all the light is coming from.” Then he said, “The way we understand light may be fundamentally wrong. The universe is exciting, scary, and mostly mysterious.” I love this honest, humble admission of how limited our knowledge is. And it reminds me…
  • Fallingwater

    Chris
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    We attended a family reunion in West Virginia last week. First, second, and third cousins, all descendants of Linda’s father Carl, or his siblings. Perhaps fifty or so there at a resort in the mountains near Beckley. Afterward, as we came home, we detoured through western Pennsylvania to visit Fallingwater, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s. We took the hour long tour, then spent the night in Donegal before coming home.
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  • The Power of Day 1

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

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

    Joshua Moran
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Ever been in an emergency situation with a group of people? For some, that moment is the time run around with their hands flailing around. pacing and saying “oh no” every 2 seconds. Then...
  • 5 Must Have WordPress Plugins for Church

    Joshua Moran
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
    So you decided to build your church website in WordPress! Congratulations on making a wise choice, and unless you have a budget of 10k or larger, you can grow with WordPress for years to...
  • Doing God’s Will

    Joshua Moran
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:40 pm
    I was reading this today in my devotional from My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers: To choose to suffer means that there is something wrong; to choose God’s will even if it...
 
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  • ISIS Beheading Children, Boko Haram Resumes Attacks, Ebola Victim Recovers and more.

    Blessen Varghese
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Editorial: Dear Friends, The news coming out from Iraq should really break our hearts. According to an eye-witness, ISIS has resorted to beheading of young innocent children there. Elsewhere in Africa, Boko Haram’s attacks are killing hundreds of innocent civilians, most of them Christians. Meanwhile, we do have some positive developments in Gaza with Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas agreeing to an indefinite ceasefire. As children of God, we do have many reasons to pray though. Continue praying for the situation in Iraq and Africa, not just in terms of persecutions, but also as the threat…
  • 5 Keys To Rise Above Every Hate (Overcoming Offence Series)

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Overcoming OffenceImagine someone saying I’m going to punch you but you are not allowed to be offended. That’s exactly what Jesus taught. Everything in our flesh seems to go against that principle of unconditional love. Who really does not want to fight back a guy who is trying to steal your jacket? And who really is willing to let go of his/her scarf as well, along with the jacket? Matt 5:39 says, do not resist an evil person. Be intentional about letting him get the best of you. When you do that you don’t become the fool. Instead you…
  • How Not to Let Offence Drag You Down

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Overcoming OffenceLast week, as I was writing this post, I began to do a self check and see if there was any offence in me against anyone. See part 1 on Offended Christian here. The more I searched my heart in prayer, the more Holy Spirit kept showing me an individual. The more I wanted to ignore it, the more the Lord brought it to the light. I kept denying that I was hurt. But the fact was, as much as I thought I was not hurt, it was my pride that kept me from admitting that I was hurting. Because to admit that “I was hurt” felt like a confession…
  • I Will Hurt You: An Offended Christian

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Overcoming OffenceThere is a beautiful looking bird in Canada called seagull. Of late I have been fascinated with seagulls. They look white and are magnificent acrobats of the sky. Unlike other birds, when flying they make seemingly impossible antics appear effortless.They can even float motionless in midair by catching wind currents with perfect timing and precision. As much as their acts are amazing, I found hardly anyone in Canada celebrating this bird as they would probably with the other birds of the air. I wondered why these white beautiful…
  • Revive Nations Latest Video Updates August 2014

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Hello Precious GTH readers, I just got back from wonderful meetings in Switzerland. Thank you for all your prayers. If you have not already, you can follow Revive Nations’ ministry updates by becoming a partner for free here or like my Facebook page here. Today I want to share with you some of our recent video resources that are available on YouTube. If you want us to immediately notify you every time we upload a new video, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Pray with Pastor Shyju – Destroying the Tumours That Abort the Destiny! [click above  to watch] Join me in…
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  • 3 Reasons You Need To Know Jesus

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    What if Mark’s Gospel had been written as a series of blog posts? Here’s what he might have to say based on Mark 1:1. The Beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. – Mark 1:1 Everyone needs to know Jesus. Why? Here are 3 reasons that come to mind: 1. Jesus is King The word “gospel” means “good news”. But not everyday good news. Like, “Gospel! My indigestion seems to be clearing up!” More like, “Gospel! A king has been born.” Or, “Have you heard the gospel? Our king conquered the enemy army!” Gospel…
  • David Platt: Newly Elected President of the IMB

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    David Platt has been selected as the new president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. I find it important to highlight this breaking news because of the strategic importance of the IMB and because of my respect for David Platt. If you don’t know about David or the IMB, let me give a brief introduction of my own and then share a few resources to help you get to know the man and the mission. Brief Introductions The IMB is “the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals”. With nearly 5,000 career missionaries,…
  • Jesus is asking, “What do you want me to do for you?”

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Prosperity Theology brags, “Give us the highest positions of power.” True Belief begs, “Please be merciful and give me sight.”
  • 3 Keys To Maintaining A Disciple-Making Focus While Church Planting

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    16 Oct 2013 | 6:49 am
    In the Book of Acts, planting churches in unreached areas was the natural application of the Great Commission. In fact, the logical implication of the Great Commission is that it would be done in the context of the local church wherever it exists and that it would lead to establishing local churches where they don’t exist. Baptism isn’t something that is done isolated from Body life. It is the initiatory rite of a new disciple into the church. Naturally, if a church doesn’t exist and we are pursuing the disciple-making mission, a church needs to be established or we…
  • Fighting Human Trafficking by Planting Churches

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    8 Mar 2013 | 11:31 am
    This is a guest post by Patrick Hubbard. Patrick is the Founder and President of Living Bread Ministries. The vision of LBM is to expand an interdependent church planting movement among the global poor. In this post, Patrick explains how their vision of planting churches in impoverished areas is an important step towards ending slavery. The trafficking of human beings for sexual exploitation and forced labor is possibly the greatest humanitarian tragedy the world has known. The United Nations estimates that there are over 2.5 million people in forced labor, including the sex industry, at any…
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    Writer of Pop

  • Video of the Day: How to Change a Toilet Roll

    Jeffrey Totey
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Frustrated with his kids lack of cleaning skills, Will Reid created this "first in a series" of instructional videos for them. "My kids said this wouldn't go World Wide as no one would be interested!... Read more!
  • This Day in Pop Culture: September 2, 2013

    Jeffrey Totey
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Oakland Bay Bridge Becomes World’s Widest BridgeThe original San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opened on November 12, 1936 – six months before the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge features two sections:... Read more!
  • This Day in Pop Culture: August 23, 1814

    Jeffrey Totey
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Dolley Madison Saves Portrait Long before she became a symbol for snack cakes, First Lady Dolley Madison became famous for saving a portrait of George Washington by British troops during the war of... Read more!
  • This Day in Pop Culture: September 1, 1972

    Jeffrey Totey
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    First Spire Christian Comic BooksThe very first Christian comic books were released in September of 1972. Spire produced a version of Brother Andrew’s “God Smuggler and David Wilkerson's “The Cross... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: I Am Second - Gabe Salazar

    Jeffrey Totey
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I am Second - Gabe Salazar.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
 
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  • Did David’s Mother Commit Adultery?

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As I was researching a text for my book on Calvinism, I stumbled across the Jewish tradition that David was born as the result of an alleged adulterous relationship. Have you ever heard of this idea that David’s mother committed adultery? I hadn’t either. But I researched it, and checked with several of my Rabbi friends, all of whom said that this is the traditional Jewish history regarding David and David’s mother. I am sharing it with you because it has many surprising parallels to Jesus. The tradition is based on Psalm 69 David Was Despised by His Family (Psalm 69) If you…
  • Poll: Would you get a microchip implant?

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 occurred, I was a pastor of a small church in Montana. My theology was somewhat different then than it is now, and so shortly after these attacks, I preached a sermon about prophecy and the End Times in which I said that the governments of the world would eventually use the threat of terrorism to force everybody to accept the “Mark of the Beast.” I said at the time that the Mark of the Beast would probably consist of some sort of microchip implanted into a person’s forehead or hand which would not only allow people to be tracked, but…
  • Had had “had”, had had “had had”, “had had” had had

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    I find this funny, but I suppose that is my writer’s humor showing through… The most amazing thing is that that (ha ha!) final sentence is grammatically correct. Don’t you just love English?! If you liked this post, please share it with others!
  • Genesis 6:5 and Genesis 8:21 do not teach Total Depravity

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Yesterday we briefly looked at the Calvinistic understanding of Genesis 6:5 and Genesis 8:21, and how they use these verses to defend the doctrine of Total Depravity. In this post I want to look at how these verses can be understood differently. Learning what these texts mean begins with seeing them in the context of the the flood, and the events leading up to the flood. The Point of the Flood Account in Genesis 6-8 One primary point of Genesis 6–8 is to show what humanity has done with the knowledge of good and evil gained by eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. It has not…
  • Are people “Only Evil Continually”? Calvinism and Genesis 6:5

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Two key texts for the Calvinistic teaching on Total Depravity are Genesis 6:5 and Genesis 8:21. Both verses state that all the intents, thoughts, and imaginations of mankind are only evil continually. Regarding these verses, Calvinistic author Edwin Palmer says this: Note carefully the description of the wickedness. It was great. It penetrated to the deepest recesses of man. Not only to his heart, not only to the thoughts of his heart, but also to the imagination of the thoughts of his heart. Such innermost attitudes, according to the Bible, were only evil and that was continually so—all…
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  • When My Soul is Startled

    Jean Wise
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    Heavy silence draped the normally chatty room. My Weight Watcher leader shared a list of what we shared as a group about the negative thoughts we experienced about managing our weight. We all listened with sad hearts to the damaging self-talk we splatter on ourselves. I will never lose weight. This is just too hard. Losing weight takes too much time. The leader then asked us to switch the statements to positive sayings: Slow but steady will win the battle. Starting new habits is hard but healthier. I am worth it. That last one startled my soul.  “You are worth it, aren’t you?” she…
  • Lord, I Don’t Want to Be a Stumbling Block – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    “You are a stumbling block to me: for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Matthew 16: 23b Lord, I don’t want to be a stumbling block to you. But my human eyes only see human things. My spiritual eyes squint to the blurry images before me. I can barely make out my path. My hope seems out of reach. My final destination beyond veiled passages. My sight fails me; faith is the only way to clear my vision. Help me see others through your eyes of love. Free my view from the heavy shackles of earth and lift my eyes towards heaven. I don’t want to stand in your…
  • Prayer – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Let prayer be the key of the morning and the bolt at night. Philip Henry The post Prayer – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • Six Benefits of Wisdom

    Jean Wise
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    This summer I hear Wisdom calling me. It is as if wisdom has been inviting me to tea. I feel her tug to draw closer and get to know her better. So I have been reading, asking, searching, staying open and surprisingly quiet, trying to hear her lessons. Last June we had a good discussion on this blog about wisdom. So I thought I would share one dimension of wisdom I have been exploring and get your thoughts about the benefits of building wisdom in our lives. One aspect of learning more about wisdom is pondering the benefits. Why should we try to grow in God’s wisdom? What does the Bible teach…
  • Spiritual Muscle Memory

    Jean Wise
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    The Network of Bible StoryTellers Festival continues to teach me even now at home. I was amazed at how they learned to tell the stories – striving for 75% or more accuracy in the words they use and 95% accurate in the content of the story. One method they taught us to learn the stories was to add gestures; the same one each time to illustrate a point. For example, moving arms each time to point that Jesus moved from one place to another or to look up when looking at a mountain. Adding movement to the story creates muscle memory. Muscle memory is simply the process by which we consolidate…
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  • Summarising the Discussion on Mark Driscoll

    Ryan Peter
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    When it was announced that Mark Driscoll, well-known evangelical pastor at Mars Hill Seattle, has stepped down for six weeks while allegations against him are examined, it resulted in a flurry of opinion, conversation, and finger pointing. I don’t like to say too much about this sort of thing. I don’t know Driscoll, have never been to his church (they just never appealed to me) and live on the other side of the planet anyway. But some of the opinions around this are worth talking about. If you’re not quite up to speed on who Driscoll is and the background of the allegations,…
  • Dealing with Addictive Sin: How I Came to See Holiness in a Brand New Way pt 2

    Ryan Peter
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    In my last post in this series: How I Came to see Holiness in a Brand New Way, pt 1, I briefly wrote about how my struggles with sin became a faith crisis. Addictive sin leads you into despair and makes you question every aspect of your beliefs. You wonder: is there something I’m supposed to know that’s supposed to help me get over this? Why is this easier for others but not for me? As a Christian, an addiction to pornography led me to asking: Does Christianity have any real power? Can Jesus really save me from my sin? Or is Christianity just about forgiveness and then trying as…
  • Depression, Robin Williams, and Pathetic Church Beliefs

    Ryan Peter
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:09 am
    Robin Williams. Talented. Funny. Wacky. Deep. Able to move from one subject to another without even taking a breath. Sometimes accused of being sentimental, although I always thought that he seemed to choose his roles carefully. I used to criticise him a bit – perhaps because I often saw him represent a shallow everything-will-be-ok, you’re-ok and I’m-ok modern liberal sort of philosophy so prevalent in our western culture. I realise now that he actually didn’t – in fact, now I think I get him. I was wrong. Badly wrong. But, of course, it’s too late. In…
  • How I Came to See Holiness in a Brand New Way, Pt 1

    Ryan Peter
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:07 am
    A journey of many, many years comes to a solid foundation to work from. I don’t generally come to conclusions quickly when it comes to theology. It’s taken me years to decide where I sit on many things. And I’m fine with changing my mind, so I’m not very dogmatic. The subject of holiness, however, has probably been the central driving factor of most of my theological searching. That might not be obvious when you look at what I’ve blogged about and written over the years. It may seem like I view the subject as an afterthought. That’s because, in the…
  • The Big Question of Christian Music

    Ryan Peter
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    I suppose the first thing I should say is, is Christian music really a big question? When I was younger, I thought so. My teenage years as a Christian were largely formed by my fledging album collection. I never really paid much attention to preaching or reading (besides the Bible) – my Christian music heroes discipled me from afar. My dream was to be a like them – a Christian rock star. I used to stare at the back of the CD covers of my Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, and Tree63 CD’s, dreaming about the day when it would be my turn – when my music would also count and…
 
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  • 10 Things to Pray for Your Pastor

    Kevin Shorter
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
      image courtesy of the Hillsong Unfortunately events occur that remind you to pray for your pastor. The news tells us stories of pastors falling away, making incredulous statements, and such. Not all of what we read is true, but there is a pressure on the position as they seek to lead you in your relationship with God. They may not ask you for it, but they need your prayers. There are many things you can pray for your leader. Ask God to help lead you in these prayers. I have put together a list to help you think through what to pray for your pastor. 10 Things to Pray for Your Pastor 1. He…
  • What is the Book of Philemon About?

    Kevin Shorter
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    original image courtesy of Haagen Dazs Philemon is an interesting letter to have been kept in the Bible. Most of the letters were written to a community of believers, which makes sense to have for us now to read and benefit from them. The personal letters to Timothy, Titus and even 2 & 3 John have instructions for those individuals about how to live for or serve Christ. The point is each of these letters in the New Testament are easily applicable to our lives, except Philemon. What is the Book of Philemon About? Philemon is a letter requesting forgiveness of a slave that ran away. In my…
  • Sin in the Camp; Achan was Framed

    Kevin Shorter
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
    As I have mentioned previously, for many years I struggled with pornography. There is much shame that goes into addiction. You feel bad for what you have done, and you often hate who you are. Added to that pain is the problems you feel have been created around you. No matter how private your sin, the story of Achan is often used to guilt you into more shame. While what Achan did was wrong, I believe too much blame is focused on him. Our prejudice to hate sin makes us miss God’s heart of this story. I hope to remove some of that shame and release a fresh view of the love of God. Sin in…
  • It’s Our 5th Anniversary; Here’s a Gift!

    Kevin Shorter
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    For the last five years, the goal of the Prayer Coach blog has been to take some of the mystery away from prayer. God is in love with you but oftentimes we make prayer into something harder than what God intended. This blog has looked at how we view God and how He views us because we often have a different view of these from what is true. At this time of celebration and reflection, we would love to hear from you. What have been some of your favorite posts? What would you like to hear more on? We would love to hear you comments and encouragement. If you are relatively new to us, here are…
  • 10 Things to Pray for Your Kids

    Kevin Shorter
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Our kids are a blessing from the Lord. For all the wonderful things we are all doing, nothing can be as important as raising our children. You may be winning thousands of people to the Lord, pastoring a megachurch, or even running a nation. No matter how important each of these other things are, God can get someone else to do those jobs. You are the only parents your children will have – you cannot be replaced. With this in mind, parenting is not an easy job. Your children will tire you out, get on your nerves, confuse you greatly, and test your faith. We need supernatural help to even…
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    Christian News Feed

  • New Imprint to offer romance novels that promote abstinence

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

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

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

    Gina Adams
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    "Fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT will simply adore IMPERVIOUS..." -- Pretty Little PagesHeather Letto, author of the new young adult fiction book entitled Impervious (Bookfish), is offering readers a chance to download her entire book for free, one chapter each day,during the month of August.  Additionally, Letto has created a bible study that is also available for free.  The study guide expands on the topic of heaven that the fictional tale of the city of Impervious represents. Letto says the main theme of Impervious revolves…
  • Renowned Speaker and Author says a "Revolution" is needed in America's Schools

    Gina Adams
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Renowned international speaker and author, Bob Lenz, is releasing his latest book entitled Dignity Revolution: Standing up for the Value of Every Person, co-authored with award-winning educator, Deborah Tackmann. Dignity Revolution is a culmination of Lenz’ three decades of leading assemblies in over 3000 public schools on the issues of bullying, self-harm, suicide and substance abuse. Since 1982, Lenz has reached an estimated four million youth in the U.S. and around the world. Lenz says he hopes the book will begin a national movement among middle…
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  • 5 Baby Truths and Myths Every Young Couple Should Know

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

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

    Sean
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    It’s been a while since I wrote in God and You – perhaps about a month? A lot has happened lately. I’ve co-founded another start-up, Qeryz, a SaaS company that deals with as-you-go microsurveys. It’s been tough and it’s been busy and I wanted to take this time off to write this letter to my son – in hopes of him reading it someday. So here it goes. Son, You are loved. I want you to know that. You’re going to be young, you’re going to be innocent, you’re going to be cute and cuddly and all things a baby boy should be. But someday I know…
  • Why Christians need the Gospel More

    Sean
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:45 am
    We hear the gospel at some point in our lives and we do two main things: accept it or reject it. Christians are people who have accepted the gospel. The problem is, us modern day Christians fail to see is that we still needs the gospel in our daily Christian walk. The Satan Strategy “We begin our discussion of strategies with the case of patients who still live within our magnificent darkness. Perhaps something has piqued their interest to the point that they are willing, even eager to entertain the thought of becoming a  child of the Enemy. But one fact always works in our favor:…
  • “I Fell out of Love for my Wife”

    Sean
    8 Jun 2014 | 7:19 am
    “I fell out of love for my wife.” “I fell out of love for my husband.” Ever heard those phrases before? Our society is plagued by a disturbingly rising divorce rate. I think I found out one simple but profound insight to this problem. Tonight, I asked myself why God did not explicitly command husbands (or wives) to “love your children?” Why is it that the Bible explicitly commanded husbands to love their wives and for wives to submit to their husbands but none of that for the kids? “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the…
 
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  • Edson, the boy/man who kept dreaming

    Ryan
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Without question, one of the highlights of my time in Africa has been meeting Eddie, a boy who wanted to become a pilot. You can read more of his background here, but I want to focus on his present situation. A couple of years ago, Forgotten Voices made the painful decision to end our partnership with Eddie’s church because the pastor had been called away and a team of local volunteers did not remain to carry on the project to a level that met our accountability standards. In those moments, we are reminded to trust in God and know that God has called us to steward resources well, AND…
  • Weaving joy and loss into love

    Ryan
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    I’ve arrived safely Zambia and have spent the past few days visiting current and potential partners. Check out our twitter feed for live updates on the stories God is weaving this week! I wrote the below reflection on the plane to Africa. Pray on and thanks for reading. “My life is but a weaving, between my God and me, I did not choose the colors, He worketh steadily, Oftentimes He weaveth sorrow, and I in foolish pride, Forget He sees the upper, and I the underside. Not till the loom is silent, and shuttles cease to fly, Will God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why. The…
  • Off to Zimbabwe & Zambia – Prayer & Requests

    Ryan
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Dear friends, I am sending this from the gate at JFK in New York. I am about to board for Johannesburg, South Africa and then on to Ndola, Zambia. It’s a long day of traveling – about 20 hours from gate to gate. Please pray for health, safety, and joy along the way. Specifically, I am going to Ndola, Zambia (Aug 18-Aug 23) and Bulawayo, Zimbawe (Aug 24-Sept 4) to meet with new potential church partners as we strive to reach 500 more beneficiaries this year than last. In addition, we have recently invested in some new church income generation projects that will hopefully allow…
  • Strong Faith

    Ellen
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week I read an account of a 9 year old Zimbabwean girl that I just had to share.  It was written by the volunteers of one of our local church partnerships in Zimbabwe. Here’s how it began: “Faith is a smart girl who likes going to school. She is young but is applauded for being responsible.” Those two sentances speak volumes to me. The first thing local volunteers report about her is that she’s smart. Not that she’s an orphan – which she is. Not that her living situation with 6 other siblings is very difficult – which it is. No, first they want…
  • Support Forgotten Voices this summer at Emma’s Lemonade Stand

    Kathy
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    An 8 year old girl named Emma and her family are spending their summer helping Forgotten Voices! After learning about Forgotten Voices at church, they wanted to find a way to help the children Forgotten Voices supports. So, several Saturdays throughout the summer they are hosting a lemonade stand at their home in Mechanicsburg. Their first sale was Saturday June 28th and their next sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 19th. Be sure to drop by that day anytime between 10am-1pm to buy a cup of cold lemonade, coffee or bake sale item! Look for the “Lemonade Sale” signs to find your…
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  • Working from rest (part one)

    Justin
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    Originally posted on In My Father's House:We, as the people of God, are called to work from rest. As the writer of Hebrews told us, this rest is where our faith intersects the promises of God (Heb.4:1-10). Simply put, we do this by abiding in Christ. But when we don’t do this, we’re…
  • Choosing Optimism

    Justin
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Today I choose to be optimistic. I accept life at life’s terms and am grateful for another day of being alive. Through optimism I find gratitude and through gratitude I find love – a love of life, myself and those around me. Through love I find God, for God is love. Life is a journey, […]
  • Doubt: The Pesky Mosquito

    Justin
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Originally posted on waiting for baby bird:Mosquitoes are pesky and bothersome.  They know how to ruin a good party by landing on your food or in your drink during a summer backyard BBQ.  They make a conversation difficult as you spend most of your time focused on swatting, dodging, or spraying away the small…
  • Back on the Wagon

    Justin
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Hello everyone, I haven’t written in a while so I wanted to give you a quick update and ask for your prayers. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you may know that I’ve struggled with alcohol abuse for many years of my life. I’ve had a couple periods of sobriety, both times lasting […]
  • Where the waves and wind still know His name

    Justin
    20 May 2014 | 12:06 am
    Originally posted on In My Father's House:I don’t remember who said it first, but it’s true. God raises up songwriters to write songs so we will sing words we would never pray. And I think one recent example is “Oceans” by the Hillsong folks. I wrote about this at the beginning of this…
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  • Process: The Night Sea Journey Part

    Nicole Rollender
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:21 pm
    “What was your writing process with this poem?” Recently, I froze when a fellow woman-poet asked me this in a writing workshop. I was thinking, “Well, I email myself a poem draft 45 times after each minute revision in a different font, and pretend it’s from a poet-friend-far-away. But that’s a quirk, not process, right?” Then, she said, “You need to articulate how you write. Do you walk in the woods reciting your poems, figuring out the downbeats? Do you internalize your rhythms? Do you black out found texts?” The question blindsided me because I just didn’t know what…
  • Announcing the 2014 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize Winners

    Brianna Van Dyke
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Ruminate Magazine is excited to share with you the winners of the 2014 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize! The winners were selected by John Wilson, editor of Books and Culture. You’ll find the winning pieces in Issue 32-Clearing It Out – pick up a copy today! FIRST PLACE Jessie van Eerden – Work Ethic         SECOND PLACE Robert Rebein – A Fire on the Moon             HONORABLE MENTION Amy Nolan – My Mother’s Hips FINALISTS Hal Ackerman  •  Hot Flashes Angela Doll Carlson  •  Stations Tammy Delatorre …
  • On Being Strangers with Your Spouse

    Kristin George Bagdanov
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Today is my parents’ anniversary. They have been married for 38 years. So, I asked my mom if, after all that time, she felt like she knew my dad entirely, like there was nothing new she could learn about him. Luckily, her answer supported my thesis. She replied: “Definitely not. How could I when people continually grow and change?” A quick caveat about what I am going to say here: it isn’t limited to spouses—it applies to any close relationship—friends, family, long-time lovers. And what I want to say is this: that the best of these relationships, the ones that endure and deepen…
  • AIR Series: Casey Underwood & Judith Dupree

    Ruminate Magazine
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Our next installment in the AIR Series features an artist-in-residence and a writer-in-residence! Please join us for what will be an environmentally-centered reception of Casey Underwood and Judith Dupree’s work: Saturday September 27th 5-8pm The Ruminate Barn at 1041 N. Taft Hill Rd., Fort Collins Beer and appetizers are provided at this free & open event RSVP on Facebook ST. PETE’S FLY SHOP will host a casting demonstration & workshop for those who also want to explore the kinetic connections between art and fishing or just want to mix up the traditional art reception…
  • Keeping Awake

    Brianna Van Dyke
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    “The Spiritual life is, then, first of all a matter of keeping awake.” -Thomas Merton I’ve been looking for structure, something to push back the chaotic hustle, busyness, and multitasking that can be so wearing. Somewhere I read a quote from a monastic who said multitasking was a kind of violence against the soul, and I remember being shocked by the severity of those words—especially in a world, okay my world, that honors efficiency and productivity—but I also remember feeling the truth of those words. Grasping for straws, I started with the tangibles: I made lots of lists;…
 
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  • Love Is: A Poem

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    I know its different from what I usually do, but I thought those here might enjoy one of my first published works. It is a poem called Love Is. It was originally published in Hearts on Fire: A Treasury of Poems on Love, by The American Poetry Society. I forget the exact year, I believe it was 1983. LOVE IS By Robert A. Crutchfield A man for his chosen woman. A woman for her chosen man. A child for its loving parent. Love is a most unpredictable thing. Sharing is a large part of it Caring is a large part of it. Being together is a large part of it. Love is a most unpredictable thing. It comes…
  • Revival Reaches 1.5 Million Weekly on Christian Radio

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Revival Outside the Walls (ROTW), a California-based ministry resource, now reaches 1.5 million people weekly on Christian radio. Its radio program, 60 Second Re-Charge with Barry Meguiar, reminds and motivates listeners to share their faith at every opportunity. The broadcast is heard on 16 percent of Christian radio stations nationwide and currently airs on over 300 outlets. ROTW is a non-clergy, lay-led resource for faith-sharing founded in 2011 by Barry Meguiar, President of Meguiar’s Car Wax and Host of Discovery’s…
  • New #HolyGhostExperience Social Campaign Mobilizes 25,000 to Drive Audiences to Upcoming World Premiere

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    HOLY GHOST — #1 most-funded faith-based film in Kickstarter history — continues to build momentum as Millennial-driven audience crowd-markets and promotes the film around the world World Premiere Experience Set for September 6th CHICAGO, Aug. 26, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Wanderlust Productions—the independent film studio behind the cult hit trilogy FINGER OF GOD, FURIOUS LOVE and FATHER OF LIGHTS—is poised to disrupt the entertainment industry’s long-established business model with the debut of its dynamic new documentary film  HOLY GHOST. Featuring a…
  • FRC’s Tony Perkins Wraps up Visit to Israel as a part of ‘Christians in Solidarity with Israel’ Trip

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
      JERUSALEM, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Family Research Council President Tony Perkins is wrapping up a visit to Israel this week as a part of the “Christians in Solidarity with Israel” trip, hosted by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB).  He met with several high level Israeli officials including Nir Barkat, Jerusalem’s mayor and advisors to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.   Perkins’ national radio show, Washington Watch, broadcast live from Jerusalem during Perkins’ trip. Perkins made the following comments about his trip…
  • Catholic Relief Services Commits $1 Million to help Persecuted Iraqis

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
      BALTIMORE, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has committed an initial $1 million in private funding to help victims of the escalating violence in northern Iraq. With the help of our partners in Iraq, CRS is currently providing food, water and essential living supplies to families in desperate need of the essentials. Over the next six months, CRS hopes to more than double our initial $1 million commitment and help an additional 30,000 people with social support and trauma counseling, education for children and preparation for longer-term…
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  • Grace Explained In 2-Minutes

    Richie
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Have you got 2-minutes for a spiritual download? Take a moment to check out this clip on the meaning of Biblical GRACE. I pray it empowers you! For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. ~ John 1:17
  • Pure Christianity Explained In 50-Seconds

    Richie
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    What sets true Christianity apart from all other religions in the world? This clip answers that question in 50 seconds flat For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. ~ Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Matters Of The Heart (David vs Saul)

    Richie
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    This message is effectively in two parts. Part ‘A’ examines David – a man after God’s heart – as revealed through verses 1-3 of Psalm 23. Part ‘B’ looks at Saul, Israel’s first king who tragically became characterised by ego, self -preservation and manipulation.
  • Word To The Wise

    Richie
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    What does it mean to rightly divide the word of truth? (2 Tim. 2:15). And how do you do it? This message compares text between Paul and James on the topic of “wisdom” to reveal how seemingly different scriptures, if viewed through the lens of Grace, are in fact saying the same thing (Jesus).
  • Ego, Law and Grace

    Richie
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    When the apostle Paul said he had been crucified with Christ, what exactly did he mean? And if he was dead, what life was Paul living? This message unpacks Galatians 2:20 in a powerful way, and reveals the profound contrast between self (ego) and the Law given by Moses to deal with it, and the reality of [...]
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  • Fingerprints of Creation - Dr Robert Gentry

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

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

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

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

    Samuel Kadyakale
    16 Oct 2011 | 10:00 am
    In the following video US senate chaplain Barry C Black preaches on the title How Then Shall We Live. He preached this sermon at a camp meeting in Bermuda.
 
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  • Don’t Be Surprised by Trials

    Steve Fuller
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Knee Problems Years ago I hurt my left knee, and had surgery which took out out most of the cartilage. This meant I had to stop running.  But thankfully I could still ride my mountain-bike, which I love. But now I’m wondering if I can continue mountain-biking.  Here’s why. My knee felt fine during our June mission trip, including one hike up what seemed like thousands of steps to a mountaintop viewpoint. So when we got back home, I had a crazy idea about hiking to the top of a nearby mountain.  Big mistake. Now my knee is hurting.  Bad. Surprised by Trials My knee pain has…
  • Struggling? Here’s a Worship Video That Can Help

    Steve Fuller
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Struggling? It happens.  Prayers go unanswered.  Problems multiply.  People disappoint.  God seems distant. And we struggle — to believe, to trust, to hope, to love. So what can we do? David Struggled David wrote Psalm 61 when he was struggling.  We don’t know the details, but he says he felt faint (weak and feeble) and like he was at the end of the earth (far from God). So what does he do?  He prays.  But isn’t he feeling far from God?  Yes.  But he prays anyway. Distance from God is not overcome by waiting, but by praying. And what does he pray when he’s…
  • “I Believe; Help My Unbelief!”

    Steve Fuller
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I Believe, Help My Unbelief That’s what the man with the demonized boy prayed in Mark 9:24. And that’s what I’m praying this morning. Here’s my problem: I’m dealing with some fears that show I am loving fame and money more than Christ.  (Sounds awful — but there it is.) This shows there is unbelief in my heart, since I am not believing Jesus’ promise in John 6:35 – I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. My problem is unbelief, since I am not believing that Jesus himself will…
  • How God Strengthened My Faith

    Steve Fuller
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Worried, Fearful, and Anxious I need wisdom for how to handle a relationship from way back in my past. It’s difficult, because I have no idea what to do, every option looks painful, and I need to do something soon. So last week I found myself feeling worried,  fearful, and anxious about this. What Can I Do? God’s word commands me to not be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6), to fear not (Isaiah 41:10), and to let the peace of Christ rule in my heart (Colossians 3:15). But how can commands like these be obeyed?  I can’t just choose to stop being anxious or fearful,…
  • Pictures from Our Mission Trip

    Steve Fuller
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pictures Some of you asked to see pictures from our recent missions trip to India and a place that, for security reasons, we call the Northern Highlands. So — here you go! We were part of a team organized by Training Leaders International, which sends pastors and seminary professors to train church leaders who otherwise would have no formal Bible training. Two Powerful Weeks We spent one week in a village outside of Vijayawada, India, and another week in the Northern Highlands. In each location we worked with around 25 pastors, some who had traveled for hours over difficult roads to…
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  • This is not the way it’s supposed to be

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

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

    Rey Lo
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:53 pm
    I really enjoy creative people and I particularly enjoy artists. Music, film, theater, painting…my best day would be spent in a local art museum leading into a performance of a play at a community theater followed by a stop at a local venue to hear a few local bands and capped off by a midnight […]
  • I don’t get what I see around me

    Rey Lo
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    I was engaged in a conversation today. It was about being the kind of friend you want others to be to you. But, what if a person can’t be the kind of person they want to be. Maybe past hurts have damaged their ability to engage with others in a healthy way? What if they’ve identified […]
  • I’m some kind of crazy

    Rey Lo
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    In 1994 I experienced a moment of clarity. For the previous couple of years I had been volunteering with a student outreach program at my church. I had never worked with teenagers before. The students were pretty diverse, but I found myself drawn to the ones who didn’t typify what you might expect from church kids. They were the […]
 
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  • Christian Friendship - Do We Choose Our Friends?

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    “It is by chance that we met, by choice that we became friends.” Henri Nouwen Two ancient wisdoms seem to contradict each other. On one hand, we hear that we should choose our friends wisely. On the other hand, there is a general belief that we don’t choose our friends. They just happen to be the people that enter our lives. Do we choose our friends? I was just thinking about this with the men's group I'm in. One of our members may be moving away. We were talking about how strange God's will can seem - bringing us all together as friends only to separate us within a year. John - the guy…
  • Christian Friendship - How Your Mortality Affects Your Friendships (This One Will Surprise You)

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    Cultivating and nurturing good Christian friendship is an important part of Catholic spiritual growth. Unfortunately, there are some influences in our lives that make it difficult for us to even want to put the effort and energy into cultivating friendships. Nurturing friendship is hard work! Depending on your age, it might surprise you to think about our human mortality as an impediment to making friends. But if it’s not an influence now, it can most certainly be in the future. Obviously, death physically separates us. But what separates us even more is often the idea of death. As we get…
  • Why Habits Make a Well-Ordered Life Second Nature

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    The first step to Catholic spiritual growth is to grow in prudence, virtue of the well-ordered life. In this series, we've seen that living a well-ordered life is not just a dream. We've discussed how disordered priorities can keep us from prudence. Virtue is always hard work, and we looked at the tough choices that it requires of us. And we discovered a method of goal making that keeps us on track without making us think small. In this last article of the series, we'll talk about how habits can help us to tie all of this together and make living the well-ordered life second nature for us. A…
  • The Well-Ordered Life - Making the Tough Choices

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Living a well-ordered life with prudence (virtue) is the first step of Catholic spiritual growth. Unless we have the time, energy and attention to give to our relationship with Jesus, we cannot expect that relationship to grow. We’ve seen how we can reclaim some of the time in our day through planned responses to the “urgent” things that make us react automatically. That's an important part of prudence. Virtue can really empower us. But at some point, we’re going to have to make some choices. Something’s gotta go. So how do we choose what to invest ourselves in - and what to say no…
  • The Well-Ordered Life: Bringing Order to Your Physical Space

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The first step of Catholic spiritual growth is to grow in the virtue of prudence to live a well-ordered life. Then you can take the time to pray, to nurture your relationships, and to do all of the other things necessary to deepen your relationship with God. The well-ordered life includes practical elements like time management, household management, financial management, and management of our physical space. These areas require a lot of work and effort. But the effort is so worthwhile! Let's take a look at management of our physical space. I tend to be a . . . bit of a mess in this area.
 
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  • Scripture for August 29

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

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

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

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Psalm 3 is the Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom. Psalm 3 has 8 verses. 1 O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you […]
  • Scripture for August 27

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4: 13-14)
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  • The Future of Homiletics

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Simple Things...

    Tori Shaw
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Today we celebrated Labor Day by having a picnic at the park and then hanging out by the lake. The boys had so much fun throwing rocks into the water. The would have thrown rocks all afternoon! When... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Butterflies!

    Tori Shaw
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:50 pm
    We spent the morning at family fun day at All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm. We all enjoyed learning about the Monarch Butterfly and feeding them with sugar pads. The butterflies flew all around us,... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • An Impromptu Birthday Celebration...

    Tori Shaw
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Since Miss Allison's arrival could happen anytime now, Bryan and the boys surprised me with a special birthday celebration. My birthday is in 8 days and they were worried I might not be able to or... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • One of the joys of homeschooling....

    Tori Shaw
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:10 pm
    I love homeschooling for many reasons but I have to say, one of my favorite things is the flexibility it allows. I've been having a whole lot of back pain with this pregnancy so today, instead of... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • To be able to worship....

    Tori Shaw
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Our worship service at church this morning was absolutely amazing! The Holy Spirit was so present, it was incredible. I never wanted it to end. God showed up in such a beautiful way. So many people... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
 
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    Latest content from FaithVillage

  • Believing in the Maybe

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    by Billy Coffey with What I Learned Today My daughter and I are standing in the middle of a one-lane dirt road deep in the woods. Locals call it the Coal Road, the story being that generations ago coal from the mountains was transported through here by some sort of rail. I’m not sure if that’s true or not—something about that doesn’t seem right—but it’s the Coal Road nonetheless, maybe like big people are often nicknamed Tiny or Slim. It’s peaceful here on the Road, though during summer nights and autumn weekends the local teenagers come here to drink…
  • That's Between Me and God (and God Ain't Talkin')

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    by George Bullard with Bullard Journal What’s going on when you ask a Christian about a specific practice of discipleship in their life and they say, “That is between me and God?" Perhaps nothing unusual. Or, perhaps a whole bunch of evasive things. What do you think? Legitimately some people are very private about their practice of Christian discipleship, they are shy about sharing, genuinely humble about boasting, or truly believe it is inappropriate pride to talk about their practices. These people do hold an annual gathering in the telephone booth at the corner of West 47th…
  • Love is the Narrow Path

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    by Jeremy Statton with JeremyStatton.com There is a path that is narrow. The sides are covered with thorn bushes whose branches reach out across like hands trying to grab you all who attempt to pass. The skin of arms and legs scratched in warning of where the path may lead. The path itself is uneven, scattered with rocks and stones and tree roots. In some places it is covered with leaves and branches making the correct path impossible to see. The bridge that once crossed the rushing river is now rotted and unstable. In some areas the bridge is incomplete. The path is empty and lonely. It…
  • Medicine & Prayer: How Kent Brantly Survived Ebola

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    by Liz Szabo with Religion News Service (RNS)—An American doctor treated for Ebola, Kent Brantly, was discharged from Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital Aug. 21. Another American aid worker, Nancy Writebol, was discharged Aug. 19. “God saved my life,” said Brantly, looking gaunt, at a press conference Thursday, at which the room applauded his appearance. He thanked his medical team and the millions of people around the world praying for his recovery. “Please do not stop praying for the people of West Africa.” Bruce Ribner, medical director of the…
  • 'A Christian Survival Guide' | Ed Cyzewski [Book Review]

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    by Conrade Yap with Panarama of a Book Saint Some books skirt the important issues of faith. Others dig so deep and lose the audience. Still, there are those that managed to point out the key matters and raise important questions but fail to adequately address them. How then do we grow in the midst of questions and doubts about the Christian faith? When the facts of life conflict with the faith we profess, which goes? Refusing to give into easy doubt or simplistic answers, author Ed Cyzewski takes the bull of questions by the horns and helps readers join the doubts toward reasonable faith.
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    Global Church

  • From Graveyard to Vineyard

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

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

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

    Craig
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    “I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (The Message). Benon, a fourth grader from Uganda, believed he was ugly and his mother hated him. He tried to end his life on three separate occasions. Benon’s parents separated and more…
  • Young Disciples Stand Firm: A Report from the Frontlines

    Craig
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    The Gospel is taking hold in the world and the youngest believers have found themselves on the frontlines of faith. Nine year-old Rushita and eleven year-old Rukmini are two disciples of Jesus battling for their faith. The girls live in a slum and attend the Life Club, one of 239 Clubs covering 7,000 children in India. The Clubs are the hallmark of David C Cook’s orphan initiative. “There was no peace in our home,” said Rukmini. “My parents were furious about the Club. Arguments broke out often. My dad scolded my mother for not keeping an eye on us.” The girls’ parents were strict…
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    CHRISTIANITY Every Day

  • It’s A Miracle!

    Pamela Rose Williams
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” — John 6:29 This powerful statement was spoken by Jesus shortly after He had fed the multitude with just 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. Jesus was speaking of how it was the work of God that  just a few fish and loaves of bread could be multiplied into so much food that there was enough left over to fill 12 baskets (John 6:12). Jesus and His apostles often worked miracles during His earthly ministry. Not only do we see miracles in the New Testanment, but they were done before Jesus…
  • From the Inside Out

    Pamela Rose Williams
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    Romans 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. Photo credit: facebook.com/joelhouston A popular song, written by Joel Houston, front man for the world renowned Hillsong United, is “From the inside out”. It speaks of how much we desire to love the Lord. It speaks of the depths of love that truly as humans we fall so short of ever doing. Let’s take a listen to this song (and sing along if you like) and then see how it lines up with Scripture. I hope you are blessed by…
  • Counsel of the ungodly

    Pamela Rose Williams
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” — Psalm 1:1-2 When troubles come isn’t it easy to get carried away and commiserate with everyone about it? You tell your story and you complain about “woe is me”. Then before you know it whomever you are commiserating with starts to give you advice on how you can “stick it to” someone. In the Bible a man named Job had a few…
  • Watch: Dolphin Tale 2 Bethany Hamilton Clip

    Pamela Rose Williams
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    In this clip Bethany Hamilton, the surfer, talks about her small role in DT2 and openly discusses her faith in Jesus as part of a promotion for a mainstream family film with big stars. I think you will enjoy it! This promotional clip and post is shared at the request of Grace Hill Media. Christianity Every Day was not paid nor otherwise compensated to run this promotion. See our disclosure and privacy policy at the bottom menu on this page.
  • 5 Things Christians Need to Know about the Ferguson Riots

    News
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    by Russ Jones | ReligionToday.com Contributor Photo: google maps The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri has attracted the attention of the world in the recent shooting and death of unarmed Michael Brown by a Ferguson Police officer Saturday, August 9. Officer Darren Wilson reportedly fatally shot Brown just minutes after he allegedly robbed a convenience store stealing a box of Swisher Sweets cigars in a strong-arm robbery. Since the shooting of the 18-year-old African American teenager, Ferguson has been the scene of Molotov cocktails, rioting, looting, and intense protests. These…
 
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    Eric Metaxas

  • What Readers Are Saying about MIRACLES

    Eric Metaxas
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Here’s what some readers are saying about MIRACLES: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life “Metaxas’s Miracles mixes storytelling with logic and inspiring beauty with profound mystery. An intoxicating combination.”     – Patricia Heaton, Emmy-award-winning actress, Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle “Miracles is the sort of book that–once you’ve read it–you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life.”     – Kathie Lee Gifford, Emmy-award-winning host, The Today Show “The realm of miracles…
  • What readers are saying about *MIRACLES*

    Eric Metaxas
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    “Metaxas’s Miracles mixes storytelling with logic and inspiring beauty with profound mystery. An intoxicating combination.”     – Patricia Heaton, Emmy-award-winning actress, Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle “Miracles is the sort of book that–once you’ve read it–you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life.”     – Kathie Lee Gifford, Emmy-award-winning host, The Today Show “The realm of miracles is the ultimate no-go-area for tough-minded writers. I can’t think of any author but Eric Metaxas to enter this unknown…
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    Eric Metaxas
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
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    Eric Metaxas
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Eric will speak at Newday Summer Camp, a youth conference that runs from July 28 – August 2. For more information, contact Newday Summer Camp.
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    Eric Metaxas
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Eric will speak at the C.S. Lewis Foundation’s 2014 Oxbridge Conference in England. This conference takes place in Oxford and Cambridge, and runs from July 21st through 31st. For more information, click here.
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • Left Behind Reciprocity in World Missions

    Miguel
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    No, we’re not going to be discussing Nicolas Cage’s upcoming movie “Left behind” based on the wildly popular book series. In fact, we’re not going to talk about eschatology at all.  Eschatology, is the study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the end times. We’re going to talk about what’s happening nowRead More(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)
  • 10 Types of Missionaries, and Why We Need Them.

    Miguel
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    To assume that all missionaries need to fit some constrained missionary mold is a great injustice to a sending God, His sent ones, and the ones He sends them to.  The wonderfully diverse nature of God and His infinitely creative design still catalyzes His people toward the reconciliation of all things.  (Colossians 1:120) With thatRead More(Visited 199 times, 1 visits today)
  • ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish.’ Yeah… Umm… About That

    Miguel
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    Last night, after a few hours of discussing “what kills mission” in our Discipleship Group, one said that it was “important to remember that when it comes to mission, you need vision, because ‘where there is no vision, the people perish.’” It struck me as a bit off, but then we sang together and prayed.Read More(Visited 83 times, 1 visits today)
  • Becoming Indigenous – Part II

    Miguel
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    In the first part of this series, I briefly laid out the foundation for the idea of “Becoming Indigenous.” I also asked some questions to help frame the conversation going forward. I’m going to pitch my tent on this topic  for a while with an occasional deviation. You can follow me on twitter @Missionaries, toRead More(Visited 81 times, 1 visits today)
  • Is ‘Listening’ The New Holy Grail of Evangelism?

    Miguel
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I breezed through this article on the Huffington Post’s religion section last night before I went to bed and it gnawed at my conscience all night.  It’s called “How I Kissed Evangelism Goodbye,” and it is a REALLY GOOD article.  But, I think it’s full of bad assumptions and reflects a poor missiology & ecclesiology.Read More(Visited 134 times, 1 visits today)
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    christian-view.com

  • Scripture for August 29

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

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

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

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Psalm 3 is the Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom. Psalm 3 has 8 verses. 1 O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you […]
  • Scripture for August 27

    Christian
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4: 13-14)
 
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    Blasts From The Trumpet

  • Daylight at the End of the Tunnel: All Things Made New

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

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    The new species of man, who is he, what is he, where is he? The new man is one that is tired of the way the earth is run, tired of its lack of morals, the immodesty, the blatant disobedience to God's call for holiness, and decided to seek God's light. Continue reading →
  • Enforcing Christ’s Victory to Earth: Part 7

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    There are two kingdoms waging war. It's the Kingdom of light against the kingdom of darkness. The Word, also known as Yeshua, stands against the prince of this world, Satan. They both have a plan, one for restoration of man, the other for his destruction. Continue reading →
  • Pentecost Today: The Government, Bride, Jubilee

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    26 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    As we have discussed in many past blasts, there is much hidden manna, nutrients for our minds, to be found in God's feasts. The Feast of Weeks (Leviticus 23:15), or Pentecost (Acts 2:1), known also as the Feast of Harvest (Exodus 23:16) and Day of First Fruits (Numbers 28:26) is certainly no exception. Continue reading →
  • Enforcing Christ’s Victory to Earth: Part 6

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    12 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    Those of you that have been following this series are hopefully enjoying the most exciting era in the history of man. God's plan for humanity's restoration is being revealed and fulfilled very, very quickly over the last few years. Across the earth people are responding to the Lord's knowledge. Change is coming about in man and God's Kingdom is daily being established while the world around us continues to fall apart. Continue reading →
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    Bible Studies with Adam Collier

  • Announcement: The Ages to Come Podcast

    Adam Collier
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
      I am excited to announce that I have started an evangelistic podcast at theagestocome.com. This podcast has two purposes: 1) to share the gospel of Christ using the tool of evangelism 2) to give other believers the opportunity to share the gospel of Christ. Ephesians 2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus Podcasting is exploding right now due to the explosion of smartphones.  I am seeing…
  • Time to Prune Life

    Adam Collier
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:07 am
    I have about a dozen apple trees, I transplanted them a few years ago. They were last pruned 3 years ago. Last summer we harvested about one bushel from these trees. The summer before that I think there was one edible apple harvested. I have taken a pruning class and studied apple tree pruning for some time now. This weekend I had my loppers and my pruning knowledge, it is the right time of year so I decided it was time to prune. While pruning I thought of several principles to growing productive apple trees that could be applied to life. Pruning apple trees is about energy management, the…
  • Thirteen Years Ago

    Adam Collier
    23 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    13 years ago I got married, this turned out to be a pretty good deal. It is hard to believe that it has been 13 years, it seems like just a few years.  I have spent almost every waking hour with her for the past 13 years and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Here are the top 10 things that I love most about my wife Melanie: I trust her, in everything I trust her, this alone makes for a great marriage. She improves herself, she teaches herself and teaches me new things often. She feeds us high quality, gluten free and healthy food every day, she is also constantly becoming a better…
  • Separate Love from Money

    Adam Collier
    20 Feb 2014 | 4:06 am
    1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.  7 For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. This passage of scripture teaches clearly that the love of money produces evil and grief…
  • Several Things I will Not Forget About Uganda

    Adam Collier
    16 Feb 2014 | 8:14 am
    In August a few years ago I traveled to Uganda on a missions trip with another family from my church and our pastor. I did not blog about this trip at the time because I did not have a blog at the time of the trip.  For ~12 days we were in Masaka Uganda, preaching to, greeting and praying with the people.  Pastor Beatrice and Mark Kitende planted a large church in Masaka and have had great success in spreading the gospel of Christ.  The size of the church is the largest in the area at several thousand members.  The church is very active in outreach, in church planting and in…
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    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog

  • Four reasons for division in the church

    Mark McIntyre
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture In a previous post, I outlined the problem of division in the church. Today I discuss the reasons why it takes place. Causes of Division I can think of four reasons why church leaders cause division over non-essentials: Pride Misunderstanding Insecurity and Idolatry Pride It is all too common to find those who feel superior to those who do not properly understand doctrine. If I am honest, I must admit that my inner Pharisee seeks to move me toward such feelings. It is easy to become proud. Yet, this…
  • Division vs. Diversity in the Church

    Mark McIntyre
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture I’ve been thinking about my post of 5 days ago regarding division in the church and feel the need to clarify something. Unity in the church does not equate to uniformity. We should not all look the same inside the church because the people in the culture around us are not all the same. Within the bounds of correct belief and practice is the opportunity for diversity. I understand that diversity has become almost a technical term for support of LGBT rights, but I will use the word anyway.
  • Links to consider and share – 8/26/2014

    Mark McIntyre
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:41 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture Some links to articles I found interesting or helpful and you might like to share: Chuck Lawless gives us 10 Reasons Bivocational Ministry Matters Joshua Hook provide some thoughts on the question, “Why is it so difficult to be humble about our religious beliefs, values, and convictions?“ While on the subject of youth, you might want to see 3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church. Nick Peters encourages us to prepare Christian young people in his article entitled,…
  • What bloggers like

    Mark McIntyre
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:46 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture What bloggers like is interaction. They like to dialog with their audience. I realize that everyone is busy. I also realize that not every post requires a comment. But if a post stimulates a thought, take a few moments and write a comment which expresses that thought. The post writer will appreciate it and any subsequent readers will be better for it. This is not only true for Attempts at Honesty, but for any blog that you like to read. I follow several blogs and I don’t post a comment on every…
  • The Bible App Project

    Brian
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture This is a guest post by Brian of The Bible App Project whose biographical information appears in the author box below this post. If you would like to provide a guest post to Attempts at Honesty, please see the guest post guidelines and contact me if you are interested in providing a post. Making mobile more inspirational.  That is our mission. Today is an exciting day for us at TheBibleAppProject.org.  We are officially making our push to become the largest mobile developer for religious themed…
 
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    Before The Cross

  • Hope Is Here

    Chris Howard
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    No matter where you are today, hope is a gift you can enjoy right now. It’s not an empty hope. It’s not a wish. It’s not a dream. The great thing about the hope you can receive through a relationship with Jesus Christ is that hope exists on multiple planes. Hope For the Past Whatever sins you have committed in the past, you can rest assured knowing that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ paid for them all. There is not one stain in your past that Jesus did not blot out. You may experience some residual consequences from sin, but you are no longer condemned because of them.
  • Week In Review (8/22/14)

    Mike Mobley
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Here’s a recap of blog posts you may have missed this week: Kent Brantly’s Remarks From Leaving Hospital - It’s awesome to hear what Kent had to say after recovering from the hospital and leaving. “I prayed that God would help me be faithful even in my illness and that in my life, even in my death, he would be glorified.” Seven Warnings For Church Leaders Who Use Social Media - Thom Rainer discusses how social media can be an effective tool, but to use caution and wisdom in regards to what is posted, how it could be misunderstood, to remember it’s permanent, and is…
  • Don’t Myth This

    Chris Howard
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    One myth is that you have to get your life straight before you can have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, the myth prevents people from stepping into a Church and away from the Gospel message. This creates a challenge for believers tasked to follow the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Making matters more difficult, many Christians struggle with the same myth. Sometimes we believe our efforts are what God considers the most important, and if…
  • Top 10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Marriage

    Alexis Sparks
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    This is a guest post by Alexis Sparks who is “an imperfect person loved by a perfect God with a heart’s desire to fall more in love with God and be transformed by Him.” You can contact her on Twitter and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here. When I look at our wedding picture I am filled with gratitude and sadness. Sadness because our marriage almost ended 4 years in (filed for divorce and all), but gratitude because God redeemed both Justin and I, and that…
  • What is Your Succession Plan?

    Ray McDoniel
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    This is a guest post by Ray McDoniel. Ray accepted Jesus at age 32 and as God revealed to him that money was his God, he has spent the past 17 years helping others with how to manage their money God’s way and become a Godly steward of His assets. You can contact him on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here. A 51-year old friend died of an aneurysm recently. It’s a reminder that only Jesus knows when He desires to bring us home to Him. It made me think of what it means to have a…
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    My Freshly Brewed Life

  • Journey To The High Places: On The Shores of Loneliness (Week 7)

    Barbie
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:14 am
    Walking through a desert season will often leave you feeling lost and alone. Even though you want to believe that His Presence goes with You, I think the desert is purposely made to make one feel helpless and dependent. It forces us to reach forward into the great unknown, seeking the One we love with every ounce of strength we have left. After wandering in the desert and accepting her circumstances with a heart of joy, Much-Afraid now finds herself standing on the shorts of loneliness. I believe the two work simultaneously together — the dry and thirsty land and the vast sea which…
  • The Weekend Brew: When The Sky Speaks

    Barbie
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:13 pm
    I walked outside tonight to capture this awesomeness.  In that moment, when I made the choice to stop and be still, God spoke directly to my heart. I heard Him say, “I am with you.” I heard Him say, “You are safe in the shelter of My wings.” I heard Him say, “My love for you is unending.” I heard Him say, “There is beauty in the storm.” I heard Him say, “My light will guide you.” I hope these little messages from God’s heart to mine will minister to you today. Now it’s your turn to share encouragement at The Weekend Brew.
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    Interpulpit

  • The Name: I AM

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

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

    Rick
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
      Jesus is the answer. So what’s the question? I believe Paul asked the right question when the heavenly light shone and knocked him off his horse on the road to Damascus: “Who are you Lord?” (Acts 9:5). He learned who Jesus was, and it changed his life forever. When God shined the light of his knowledge into our lives, it changed us as well. At least it should have knocked sin, selfishness, and pride off the throne of the heart. Sometimes, however, it is not the light that knocks us down, but life knocks us down! The trials come and we are found reeling from the hits. At such…
  • Be a Spiritual Person

    Rick
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
      What does it mean to be a spiritual person? Many can miss out on the blessings in Christ, even though they hold all the right Christian beliefs and values. Jesus said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38). Why is it that so many Christians complain of thirst and emptiness when it comes to the Lord? Jesus spoke this about the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit had not yet been given. But now that Jesus has been glorified, and the Spirit was given at…
  • Power From on High

    Rick
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
      Before Jesus left this earth to ascend to the Father, He promised that He would send us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. He spoke of the Holy Spirit as not just being with His disciples, but being IN them (John 14:17). And then they would know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you (vs.20). Are you also His disciple? Do you believe this is true of you? If this is true, why is it that the church has historically taught such a helpless Christianity? Why have we been taught that the best we can do is simply trust God that one day it will all be ok in the end? If the Holy Spirit…
 
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    Paperback Theology

  • Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture – Now Available Wherever Books are Sold

    Tim Suttle
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    Our society is fascinated with success. The American story is about bigger, better, higher, stronger, and faster. Don’t talk about limits, talk about results; talk about the latest models, strategies, and techniques that will lead us to greatness. This kind of leadership is pragmatic. It asks only one question: “What works?” That’s the American story. That’s [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional

    Tim Suttle
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    I confess that Shrink is set to release tomorrow. So I’m probably going to talk a lot about ideas from the book in the coming months. But before I get to that, I have a few acknowledgments to make. In today’s confessional, I feel compelled to say:     To the pastors of small churches everywhere: I’ve [Read More...]
  • Distractions Make Us Stupid

    Tim Suttle
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    I was sitting in a restaurant with a few friends recently, and every so often a cell phone would emit this short whistle tone. You may have heard this alert, it’s the classic tweet alert on the iPhone–an unmistakable tone that says, “Over here.” That little whistle could be the global symbol for distraction. We live distracted lives. For better [Read More...]
  • SHIFT: from loneliness to solitude

    Tim Suttle
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    This is the sermon I preached last week at Redemption Church. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and steal anything that helps you with your sermon. Thanks goes out to Isaac Anderson who allowed me to steal some of his exegesis and commentary on 1 Kings 19.  __________________________________________________________ 2014.08.24 – SHIFT 1 [Read More...]
  • Your Life is Like Fox News: Reality Distortion Fields & Why Self-Deception is Inevitable

    Tim Suttle
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    “I’m a great believer in self-deception. If you asked me what makes the world go round, I would say self-deception. Self deception allows us to create a consistent narrative for ourselves that we actually believe. I’m not saying that the truth doesn’t matter. It does. But self-deception is how we survive” Errol Morris, documentary filmmaker, [Read More...]
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • On icons – 7

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    The painting, the writing, of icons is “an actual spiritualization of matter, a re-enactment of the Incarnation, reflecting actually and not only symbolically the appearance of God at the human and earthly level” (R. Temple, in Doors of Perception).Filed under: Iconography, Icons Tagged: Christianity, Iconography, Icons, Religion and Spirituality
  • Sharing in the divine life

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Through grace we become deified and come to share in the divine life of Holy Trinity – J. Baggley, Doors of Perception.Filed under: Acquiring the Holy Spirit, Deification Tagged: Christianity, Deification, Religion and Spirituality
  • The divine essence and energies of God

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:59 am
    The divine essence means the unknowable ground of divinity; the divine energies are those aspects of the divine life that are directed away from the Godhead itself, like rays emanating from the sun. It is through the divine energies that the act of creation is accomplished and that God is revealed and known as the […]
  • Why are icons needed?

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:51 pm
    “The destruction of images [has] left behind a void, the wretchedness of which we are experiencing in a truly acute way. [It has become] a symptom of the crisis of man’s very existence . . . a blindness of the spirit” (Benedict XVI, The spirit of the liturgy). While “in the period of iconoclasm the […]
  • On icons – 6

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:07 pm
    In the icon, we see a divine reality which goes beyond the dimensions of this earthly world, but which, at the same time, respects this earthly world because it is created by God to become transfigured in His Spirit. If the representation loses the character of God’s mystery, if it reduces this mystery to the […]
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • On God the Father – 1

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:17 pm
    “Being only Father, and the Father of an only Son, He wants us to think of Him only as united with the Son. He wants nothing but to have the Son with Him, in all His thoughts and feelings, in His whole existence. He does not want to feel alone in His divinity, and for […]
  • Why an icon not a painting? – 2

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:11 pm
    “At all levels – the artistic, the spiritual, the political and the domestic – icons reveal a profound concern for the integration and inter-relationship of the spiritual and the material, the sacred and the secular” (J. Baggley, 1987, Doors of Perception).Filed under: Icons, The Icon of the Divine Heart Tagged: Christianity, Icons, Religion and Spirituality, The […]
  • For the people – The desert

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown. She was pregnant and in labour, crying aloud in the pangs of childbirth. Then a second sign appeared in the sky, a huge red dragon which had seven heads […]
  • The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father – 25

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Originally posted on THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER:The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father: Part 5 – Brief Overview of the Theology of the Icon of the Divine Heart It is beyond the scope of this work to enter fully into the theology of the ecumenical icon of the…
  • Where in Scripture is the Heart of the Father? – Response to a question

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Originally posted on THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER:The question was posed, “Where in Scripture does it talk about the Heart of the Father?” The answer was already posted early last year, so it is herewith reposted as follows: The Heart of God the Father in Christianity is indicated by 27 specific references…
 
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    Christians of T&T

  • Covenant House of Praise

    Christianstt
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Name: Covenant House of Praise TT Our prayer for you is that the God of all grace anoints you with fresh oil and his precious Spirit illuminates the word as you read.We pray that he empower you to effectively communicate to others and be a light to the world. Website Address:http://www.covenanthouseofpraisett.org Phone Number: +1 868-637-4379 Read more on Covenant House of Praise…
  • Prayer for Overcoming Life’s Burdens

    Cheryce
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Praying to Overcome Life’s Burdens Yeshua, Almighty God, Everlasting Father, I am overwhelmed by life’s burdens. My cross is heavy, worry fills my mind and sadness consumes my heart. Day in, and day out, I feel heavy, drowning in my past, worrying about my present and anticipating my future. Read more on Prayer for Overcoming Life’s Burdens…
  • Prayer: Wisdom and Understanding God’s Word

    Cheryce
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Praying for Wisdom and Understanding God’s Word Jehovah Nissi, as night departs and day arrives, and as I go out into the world fulfilling Your will for my life. I ask that You keep me out of harm’s way. Lead the way. Oh Heavenly Father, guide me accordingly, shape me and mold me into a better person and, as I draw near to You, may I understand Your teachings and to apply them to my life. Read more on Prayer: Wisdom and Understanding God’s Word…
  • Prayer: Heal Our Land

    Bevjoy
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Heal our Land Most merciful Father, Almighty God, we approach Your throne, with confidence and boldness, to declare Your matchless worth! You, oh Lord, are Jehovah Shalom, Prince of Peace, Maker of Heaven and Earth; we lift Your name high and rejoice in the knowledge of You – Hallelujah! You are the King of Glory, risen to the highest place of honour where we find grace. Let Your power overflow, Lord, as we worship You. Today, we pray that You Heal our Land. Read more on Prayer: Heal Our Land…
  • Prayer for An Abundant Harvest

    Bevjoy
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Believing for an Abundant Harvest Almighty God, Creator of all things, You are great and mighty and worthy of all my praise. Thank You Lord for Your continued blessings and kindness towards me. I am grateful for the new mercies I see each day. Today though, I seem to be struggling with my financial responsibility, as my ends don’t seem to meet and so my commitments are falling by the wayside. I ask, Father, that You lengthen these ends so they meet every need and demand in my life. You are my Shepherd and You promised to guide me and feed me so there will be no lack of an abundant harvest.
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    Christian Home and Family

  • Monday Mindset: The power of a Bible verse

    Carey
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Carey Don’t ever underestimate the power of a Bible verse Even more importantly, don’t underestimate the power of the God who spoke it. One of the primary means God uses to do work in our lives is through those Bible verses we take so much for granted. And if you’re raising your children in a way that includes regular church attendance (you are, aren’t you?), then you run the risk of scripture becoming too familiar. Yes, too familiar. Scripture only has power when it has meaning to the person reading it. Its truth has to soak in to the soul, transform the mind, and…
  • Spiritual training for your children doesn’t have to be hard, even if you’re starting late

    Carey
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Carey SPIRITUAL TRAINING FOR YOUR KIDS DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HARD… I’ve heard the story, many times. By God’s grace, a parent has come to faith in Christ later in life. They change course mid-stream so to speak, in their own life and in their family. There’s a new mind-set and new way of living that they’re trying to implement in their household. In many cases, they are doing it after years of heading in the opposite direction. Many parents who are in that boat feel that they don’t have much to offer their children, spiritually speaking. They don’t know how to lead their children…
  • Sexual sin and the Christian family

    Carey
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Carey We live in a tremendously sexualized culture. Sexual sin is a natural result. Sexual sins are some of the things that destroy families and their ability to have radical faith for generations. But sex is not the real issue behind sexual sin. Really, it’s not. Sexual sin happens because believers who once walked close with their LORD (or perhaps never did) have lost their joy in Him. That is where every sexual sin begins, without fail. So how does our sexualized culture figure into that? By pushing sex (a naturally appealing thing) into the forefront of our minds and attention, to…
  • Podcast 86- I can’t do this anymore! True or False?

    Carey
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Carey I Can’t Do This Anymore! True or False? Or if you are using a “podcatcher” here is the feed address: http://www.christianhomeandfamily.com/feed/podcast/ I CAN’T DO THIS ANYMORE – TRUE OR FALSE? In this episode of the podcast we’ll be considering a very common statement I hear from people who have lived for many years in a painful or hurtful circumstance. “I can’t do this anymore.” I know how you feel, but is it true? Well, yes and no. I can’t count the number of times I’ve either heard someone say, or have said myself,…
  • Monday mindset: Consideration

    Carey
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Carey A Consideration assignment for your family If you’ve been following along with these Monday Mindsets each week, you probably realize by now that the assignments center around two things: A clear belief that anything and everything you attempt in terms of spiritual or family growth, must be empowered by the Holy Spirit. So start there. Before you begin the first conversation, begin with a prayer of dependence that the Holy Spirit will empower and enable every idea you have and effort you make. The power of significant conversations within your family. Talking about truth together…
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    Pro Preacher

  • Amazing Deal On My New Book – 50% OFF!

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

    Brandon
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Photo Credit: tj.blackwell via Compfight cc It is a sad reality today that many churches are simply not reaching many people for Christ. No, it’s not all about numbers. Yes, fellowship and discipleship are important. But if we are trying to follow the great commission, why are we not doing more to try to reach more people? Put simply, I believe it is because we have not created a culture of evangelism in our churches. Somewhere along the way, many churches have lost their evangelistic fervor. If we want to create a culture of evangelism in our churches, I believe there are at least 5 things…
  • 5 Lessons From The Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church Controversy

    Brandon
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Photo Credit: Mars Hill Church via Compfight cc Let me be clear.  I am not here to cast stones. I don’t know all the details about Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church, so I am not going to make any snap judgements. All I know about Mark Driscoll is a few brief interactions and what I have read about him and from him. Any time accusations and blame are thrown towards church leaders, it doesn’t just hurt them. It hurts the entire church as a whole. By the way, if you don’t know what I am talking about, you can read a good summary of the events surrounding Acts 29’s Removal of Mars Hill…
  • Why Good Leaders Get Messy

    Brandon
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Photo Credit: Benjamin Lehman via Compfight cc Recently I was at a high school church camp. The last two days of camp we had some bad weather. Heavy rain forced the camp to shut down most of the outdoor recreation. Although the rain was pouring, it didn’t stop the crazy high school students from playing in the rain, and jumping in the mud. That is when I noticed something about leadership. It was easy to spot who the good adult leaders were. Some of the leaders complained about the rain. They chose to be negative about the situation. They lamented that their group wasn’t able to…
  • Preach To Break Then Build

    Brandon
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photo Credit: slinky2000 via Compfight cc I have a friend who is really into rebuilding old cars. It is an art form to take a rusted out car from the scrap heap or auction lot and restore it to better than new condition. He once told me that when you rebuild a car, you don’t just add the parts that are missing. That wouldn’t work. Why? Because many of the existing parts are beyond repair. Rust, corrosion, and years of damage have left them unusable. The car must be broken down piece by piece, cleaned, restored, and reassembled with new parts for a proper restoration. I think that is a lot…
 
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    Revolution Radio

  • Revolution Radio with Guest Adam LiVecchi

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Adam and Sarah are very happily married. Sarah is a classically trained Violist. She with Aaron, Adam’s brother, have produced several instrumental CDs which can be found on the Store page. Also she has been featured in several other CD’s with Shores of Grace. When Sarah plays prophetically the atmosphere changes and people are refreshed. Adam is the founder of We See Jesus Ministries, he travels and speaks in churches and at conferences. He has authored several books, the first one is entitled “His Name is the Word of God”. He was also featured in a book compilation published by…
  • When you face trials where is God?

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Aimee will be sharing a message of encouragement and freedom, teaching on when you face trials where is God? How do we get through them and what does the Bible say about them?
  • Interview with Sharnael Wolverton on Quantum Physics and healing essential oils

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    16 Mar 2014 | 2:30 pm
    This was the interview from 2010 that Aimee did with Sharnael Wolverton on Quantum Physics.  If you would like to get one of the kits discussed in this program, the offers have changed slightly, but you can do so by clicking here
  • Song of Solomon Part 10 by SJ Hill

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    25 Feb 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Continuing the series on the Song of Solomon Part 10a by SJ Hill
  • Interview with Adam LiVecchi of We See Jesus Ministries

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    18 Feb 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Adam and Sarah are very happily married. Sarah is a classically trained Violist. She with Aaron, Adam’s brother, have produced several instrumental CDs which can be found on the Store page. Also she has been featured in several other CD’s with Shores of Grace. When Sarah plays prophetically the atmosphere changes and people are refreshed. Adam is the founder of We See Jesus Ministries, he travels and speaks in churches and at conferences. He has authored several books, the first one is entitled “His Name is the Word of God”. He was also featured in a book compilation published by…
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    Pastor John's Blog

  • Radical Continued

    john crews
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    I know my posting on this blog has fallen off in recent months, and that when I have posted my writing has been dominated by thoughts about life after Jonathan's passing.  It is an inescapable fact that the events of that horrific February night will forever color my view of life, and my view of God for that matter.  Our family continues in the struggle to find our footing in a new world that is so unlike the world we once knew.  The Bible tells us that we are foreigners and temporary visitors in this world (1 Peter 2:11-12) and never has that seemed more true.I continue to…
  • The Four Of Us

    john crews
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    From the day that Dani was born until the day that Jonathan went off to Baylor, it was a set of words we rarely put together.  And when we did use those words it was simply a mathematical description of how many of us happened to be at home at the moment.  It was an expression of convenience -- used when one of the kids was spending the night away or when one of the boys was off at college.But, "the four of us" is now an inescapable expression.  Even worse is "all four of us."As the days, weeks and months roll by, I suspect that from the outside all…
  • Praying For Peace

    john crews
    9 Jun 2014 | 9:08 pm
    In just a couple of hours the clock will strike midnight, and the date on the calendar will roll over from June 9th to June 10th.  And, in that moment Jonathan would have been 28 years old.But there will be no celebration of his birthday tomorrow.  There will be no cake and no candles and, most of all, no Jonathan to blow the candles out.Instead of a birthday, tomorrow will mark an anniversary of sorts.  As Pam said earlier today, it will mark the 28th anniversary of when she and I became parents.  I became "Dad" on June 10, 1986, and I celebrated my first Father's Day by…
  • Of Dogs and Armadillos

    john crews
    25 May 2014 | 3:11 pm
    It has been nearly four months since Jonathan passed away.  While I would like to say that life is getting easier, the reality is that little has changed (putting aside the horror of the first couple of weeks).  In fact, if anything, so far time has not been our friend.Even when Jonathan was in college, I can't think of a time when two months passed without seeing our son.  And, in the last four or five years there was never a time when even two weeks went by without seeing him.  Except for his years at Baylor, Jonathan was always part of our daily life.There are…
  • Torn

    john crews
    9 May 2014 | 4:37 pm
    For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!  I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.  Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of…
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    The Pure Sacrifice

  • An Education on Depression: It doesn’t have a look

    Deanna Wiseburn
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    I know by now you have probably heard about the death of Robin Williams. Coincidentally this happened the very night that I decided to take a break from social media and blogging. In a sense I struggled with my resolve, because his death brings talking about depression to the front of people’s minds. This gives me an opportunity to share. Yet I stuck to my commitment to fast. So I have resorted to writing this post old school style and I will post it on my return. Like always hearing of someone losing their battle with depression gets me to thinking, sometimes this is a good thing and…
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    Deanna Wiseburn
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
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  • Removing the Masks

    Deanna Wiseburn
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Where I work now we are not able to wear any kind of jewelry, makeup, hair products or perfume.  It has a lot to do with the nature of the job, and for me this is not a big problem.  As a rule I don’t wear any of this stuff anyway…but I realize this is not the case for most of the people in the world.  So often people spend a lot of time on what they look like, and some even refuse to leave the house without makeup and hair perfectly done.  At 5’4″ I have to admit that I am overweight.  But I have found a place of acceptance about where I am today.  I’m not…
  • Talking About Writing and A Praise Report

    Deanna Wiseburn
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today’s post is a little different.  I have witnessed in the blogging community lately a fun little blog hop, and I halfway wondered if I would be asked, while at the same time not really giving it a lot of thought because I was on a blogging break.  But before I get into that I want to share a song I heard again the other day that resonated with my heart as I declared this is really all I want. The the other week a dear friend that I met through #FMFparty asked me if I would be willing to take part in the blog hop I mentioned above.  I have not known Marie long, but I have fallen in…
 
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    Christian Magazine Today.com

  • “Eye” Shouldn’t Have Looked – Life Lessons

    Annette
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Donny, my husband, had bladder cancer and had to be checked and rechecked every three months.  The way bladder cancer is checked is with the use of a camera – and there’s only one way to use that!  Yup, that’s right! Anyway, I would go with Donny to his appointments for support and also to drive him home afterward.  One of his recent appointments was at a cancer center about two hours from our house.  The doctor there was taking longer than usual to see us and we were waiting in the examining room.  Donny had assumed the position that many of us women have assumed so many times…
  • Inspirational Wall Art for Christian Families

    Annette
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    One of the most popular ways to decorate right now is with word art. Word art, of course, comes in many different styles, types, and sizes. For the Christian family, some word art may not suit your needs, but luckily, there are some inspirational wall art pieces that may not only dress up your walls, but help remind you daily that God is good! Here are some pieces that can be seen on Etsy. There are more canvas wraps added daily with different types of mediums in the works. Take a look. We hope you like them… If you follow us on Facebook, you may have seen some of these posted.
  • Visit the Most Beautiful Churches in USA

    Annette
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine: This cathedral is just a twenty minute ride along the subway connecting to the Times Square. The church covers the whole block and is tall such that the Statue of Liberty can fit in it. Only St. Peter’s Basilica in the city of Vatican beats this cathedral in size. This amazing structure was built in the year 1892 and was designed in a Roman Byzantine design. It’s Great Rose Window has been named as the biggest glass stained window in United States having over eleven thousand coloured glass pieces. Washington National Cathedral: This church has…
  • Christian Summer Camps Offering Wheelchair Sports

    Annette
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    The folks at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch offer Christian summer camps, including special wheelchair activities and other wheelchair sports for adults and children who want to attend a summer camp with a Godly atmosphere. The Ranch was opened by Bob Bardwell after an accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Bob understood that this was God’s plan for his life and began the construction of Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch in the early 1970s. Several decades later, Bob has more than half a dozen full-time employees and many volunteers that help run the Christian summer camps…
  • Best 5 Ancient Churches of Turkey

    Annette
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Numerous individuals are astonished to figure out that there is a plenitude of ancient churches scattered everywhere throughout the vast Muslim nation of Turkey. From the mystery cavern churches utilized by Christians throughout the Roman intrusion to the glorious structures restored by the Turkish government that are currently significant chronicled attractions. On the off chance that you need to finish a tour of Turkey, one energizing course would be to investigate the main top five ancient churches in Turkey. Below is the list of the best 5 ancient churches in Turkey:   · St.
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    C3 Journey - the Warrior's Log

  • Don’t quit on God

    Jim Crumbley
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    If you find yourself struggling with fear, let God’s word speak for you. Read His promises to Him and then thank your Father for fulfilling them even if the evidence is not yet seen. Nothing soothes the soul like a thankful heart. Nothing takes our eyes off of our circumstances like putting our eyes on God. God’s love never quits…stand in courage and don’t quit on God.   Psalms 136 1-3 Thank God! He deserves your thanks. His love never quits. Thank the God of all gods, His love never quits. Thank the Lord of all lords. His love never quits. 4-22 Thank the…
  • Seven Points from Vegas

    Dave Hastings
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    This is raw…live notes taken on his phone by Dave Hastings at the C3 America’s Vega Conference. If you are hungry, dig into what God’s is feeding through Dave’s notes. JimC _______________________________________________________________________ Lift up your eyes…Notes from Ps Phil Pringle’s message Depending on your translation “Lift up your eyes” is in the Bible up to 60 times. Guess what is not? “Bow your head.” Psalm 3 - Prep your heart by reading this Psalm Ps Phil gave seven points on how to lift up your eyes. (1) See others…
  • The Boxer of Quirinal…fight the good fight

    Jim Crumbley
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 In 1885, Archeologists unearthed a statue of an ancient boxer on the slopes of the Quirinal. The statue is thought to have been a part of the Baths of Constantine and buried so that the invading Goth’s could not damage it. Writing of its discovery,  Rodolfo Lanciani expressed the raw emotions felt by the discovering team. I have witnessed, in my long career in the active field of archaeology, many discoveries; I have experienced surprise after surprise; I have sometimes and most…
  • Consistent, Dependable, Faithful

    Dave Hastings
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    “I said, what I said, and I said what I meant.  An elephant’s faithful 100%” – Horton the Elephant (Dr Seuss) Consistent: (of a person, behavior, or process) unchanging in achievement or effect over a period of time. Dependable: trustworthy and reliable. Faithful: loyal, constant, and steadfast. What bosses need in employees and look for in those to promote is actually quite simple. They want someone who is consistently dependable and faithful. In other words, someone who shows up on time and ready to work! Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said,…
  • Frozen in place….

    Jim Crumbley
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    We all have our personal FREEZE point. That place where, even after substantial progress, we no longer move forward but become frozen in place. Since the kingdom is always advancing, if you are stuck you are actually going backwards. If we are not advancing, we are retreating from where God is taking us.  Freezing is a symptom of our modern “pestilence;” the INFECTIOUS disease of self-focus. God calls us to die to self. Our culture tells us that the path to happiness is focus on self. Without a concerted effort each day to give God control in our lives, we become infected with…
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  • 3 More Ways to Fill Your Life with Scripture

    Ray Deck III
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Get new Bible-verse T-shirts, postcards, and mobile apps (for iOS and Android) featuring our Verse of the Day artwork. We started illustrating new verse art every day in 2011, and the collection has grown to 700+ unique pieces. This Bible art represents a large series of visual inspiration, and now you have three new ways to bring it into your life: 1. New Bible-verse T-shirts Our first Bible-verse shirts are so popular that we’ve had to reorder them three times! Now, we’re introducing five more designs based around some of the most loved verses—like Isaiah 61:3 and John…
  • Hours Left to Save 30% with the Labor Day Sale

    Taylor Blomquist
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Time’s running out to save on 20 resources that will help jump-start your Bible study this fall! Prepare for the new season with commentaries and Bible study guides that will take you deeper in your understanding of Scripture. Save on titles like: Holman Bible Handbook This practical tool expands biblical insights for the modern reader by combining an understanding of the ancient world with the timeless message of God’s Word. This resource is full of articles, outlines, and commentary from leading evangelical scholars. It also includes full-color photos, illustrations, charts, and…
  • Take 39% Off The Essential IVP Reference Collection

    Jonathan J. Watson
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    For a limited time, save 39% on The Essential IVP Reference Collection—that’s $75.00 off the regular price! This 18-volume collection provides detailed entries for the Bible’s most important concepts. Even better, when combined with Logos 5′s powerful search tools, this becomes an indispensable resource for your daily Bible study. Incredible savings on important NT resources The best part of The Essential IVP Reference Collection is its New Testament works. This incredible set includes the following: Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels Dictionary of Paul and His Letters…
  • Logos 5: Display a Verse from All Bibles

    Morris Proctor
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials. Recently I was reading Revelation 3:20 in the ESV, where Jesus says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” I noticed in to being used as the phrase, rather than the word into. To refresh my English grammar, I quickly looked up the difference between in…
  • The Heat Is On: Logos’ 2014 Curry Cook-off

    Jonathan J. Watson
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    On August 7, things got heated at Logos Bible Software. That Thursday was Logos’ annual curry cook-off. One of our company values is awesomeness, and our quarterly cook-offs are one way we live that out. Though this cook-off was the first for many, it proved an incredible experience. We had eight entries featuring a fantastic array of flavors. The winners were: First place: Kiel Nation (Parvati’s Penance) Second place: Peter Venable (Thai Panang) Third place: Tie between Derek Fekkes (Thai Yellow Curry) and Michael Schoonmaker (My Daaling Clementine) Participants dish out their curry…
 
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  • The Gospel for the Weak Mom

    Tayler Beede
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    "I thought parenting was going to portray my strengths, never realizing God had ordained it to reveal my weaknesses." —Dave Harvey 106 degrees. I stood leaning against the port-a-potty dutifully...
  • Reactive or Effective: How to Keep Your Cool

    Elizabeth Russell
    11 Dec 2013 | 7:00 am
    I threw a spoon across the kitchen the other day. It felt good for about two seconds and then regret sank in. My girls had been screaming and picking on each other all afternoon and I had reached my...
  • Teaching Your Kids to Ask Important Questions

    Tayler Beede
    4 Dec 2013 | 8:08 am
    As parents, we want our kids to make good choices. When they are very young, we make the majority of the decisions for them. As they grow up, mom and dad relinquish more and more of that...
  • Unsung Heroes: Being a Role Model Outside the Spotlight

    Elizabeth Russell
    29 Nov 2013 | 7:00 am
    I bet most of you have never heard about Jonathan slaying a giant in the Bible, yet here it is: “And there was a again a war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six […]
  • Ticked, Annoyed, Angry?

    Tayler Beede
    13 Nov 2013 | 9:44 am
    I woke up feeling fine. But my mood didn’t last long. Stewing over a situation I couldn’t change, I felt engulfed by negative emotions—I was ticked off, annoyed, and angry.  Grumpily telling my...
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  • Thoughts on Preaching The Book of Job

    joebuchanan
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    This past Sunday I wrapped up a five-week sermon series on the Book of Job.  This was my second attempt at preaching through Job and I must say that it went far better than the first.  The first attempt that I made at preaching this book occurred during the second year of my ministry.  I was new to expository preaching and believed that good preaching meant dealing with a book verse by verse.  With this noble but ill-conceived notion in my brain, I set out to take my congregation on an enlightening journey through the book of Job.  Over the next 40 weeks I laboriously plunged into the…
  • Thoughts on David Platt Becoming IMB President

    joebuchanan
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week the trustees of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention elected Pastor David Platt to take over the reigns of what is arguably our most important organization.  As he takes over this enormous responsibility I would like to suggest a few ways that every Southern Baptist can help to make this a smooth and effective transition.   Pray for David Platt and his family – I think that this goes with out saying but yet it stills needs said.  The truth of the matter is that we all know that we need to pray for Dr. Platt and his family but I would like…
  • Friday RoundUp For August 29th, 2014

    joebuchanan
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here are some of the posts that I have enjoyed from other people’s blogs this week: Nate Martin  –  Scared of Seminary Tomorrow marks my first day as a seminary student at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. I am thrilled of course, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I was scared. I am scared because I am about to get exactly what I asked for and it makes me very uncomfortable. Let me explain… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE J.D. Greear-  What David Platt’s IMB Presidency Signals About Our Future: This morning, the International Mission Board…
  • Hope for Pastors Who Are Trapped in Depression

    joebuchanan
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    This past Sunday I preached a message from the book of Job entitled “The Dark Night of the Soul:  The Problem and the Blessings of Depression.”  In this message, we examined the difficult and often neglected subject of depression in the life of believers.  I showed our congregation that Job shows the classic signs in this book of experiencing anxiety and depression.  In this blog post, I would like to extend that conversation to the problem of depression among Pastors.  Specifically, I would like to offer some hope and help for Pastors who are serving the church but who feel…
  • Lord It’s Hard to Be Humble When I’m Discontented In Every Way

    joebuchanan
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    We live in a society built around perpetual dissatisfaction. As I write these words on my two-year-old MacBook Pro, I cannot help but to think about how much better my life would be if I went out and bought one of Apple’s latest computers. Honestly, there is nothing wrong with my present computer; in fact, it is the best computer I’ve ever owned and still works as good as the day I bought it, maybe even better. The truth is, I don’t need a new computer, but I’ve been preconditioned by the culture around me and the genius marketers at Apple to believe that every time a new, updated…
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  • Overheard in a Diner: "You Get What You Get And You Like It!"

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

    23 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    I saw a bumper sticker this week that said:For a minute, I had no idea what it meant.  Then, I finally figured it out.Half marathon.A full marathon is 26.2 miles, so this person was announcing to the world that they had completed a half marathon. This made me chuckle.Isn't that little bit like putting a community college bumper sticker on your car? Or finger painting your back window with the words, "Just Engaged!"Look at me! I didn't make it the whole way - but I made it HALF way! I am the champion of ALMOST! Yay for me! Whoop! Whoop!C'mon people. You only have so much real…
  • Top 5 Ways The California Drought Helps YOU!

    16 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    The situation in California is dire.The state is in an epic drought.State governing officials just issued strict water conservation measures for all Californians--absolutely NO watering lawns everyday, washing cars with a hose or allowing sprinklers to spray water on sidewalks. Fines will be issued to violators. The "water police" are making the rounds. "Water wasters" are being ratted out on websites and hotlines.So what do Californians do in the midst of this crisis?They buy Evian.And adjust their sprinklers, put away hoses, time showers and pray for rain. Californians sacrifice to SAVE THE…
  • Jiminy Cricket is a Liar

    9 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are...When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true!Shut up, Jiminy! You know that ain't true. You're a BUG. You couldn't be a lawyer or a banker or a doctor if you wished on every star in the galaxy! Cool hat, though.I'm sorry. I don't mean to pick on a cricket. It's just that I'm frustrated. Have you noticed how many teens live in Jiminy's dream world when it comes to their future careers? They have no idea what they are good at, are motivated only by money, and haven't the slightest interest in doing the HARD WORK it takes…
  • Put Down Your Finger & Back Away from Your Opinion

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Opinions are like belly buttons. Everyone has one.I come from a very opinionated family. We have opinions about our opinions. We like to "go on the record" or like the people in the old Saturday Night Live skit: "Talk Amongst Ourselves." I could chalk it up to our Irish blood, but that would probably be a cop-out. I mean You can tell an Irishman, but you can't tell him much is really true, but the reason why people in my family bring a bean casserole AND an opinion to get-togethers is more than just heritage. My Dad especially loves to "debate the issues" and discuss what the "moderns" think…
 
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  • Love Is Not For The Faint Of Heart

    Diana Symons
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    We become bondservants out of love. Love is not for the faint of heart. Love takes guts and determination. Why? Because we need to love people we don’t even like. We need to love our enemies — you know, the ones who hate us back. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Cor 13:4-7) Love does not take…
  • You’ll Never Love Like Jesus Without Humility

    Diana Symons
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Love is the essential heart attitude of the kingdom, and you can’t love without humility. Love is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity. (1Cor 13:4) Love makes you take a backseat to the needs and feelings of others.  Humility guards your heart. It keeps arrogance out and makes you gentle. Good deeds done without humility become bragging grounds. We feel justified in telling people how we prayed for someone or helped them. Humility allows us to do good in secret. When we feel free to talk about our…
  • Your Identity In Christ Is Authority In Love

    Diana Symons
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Authority puts demands on our love. Your identity in Christ is who you are, not who you will be in heaven. When Jesus said, the kingdom of God is near you, He meant here and now. If we lived in the understanding of our identity, we’d be a wholly different church. Imagine the prince of a kingdom living his life. Would anyone question his commands? Would anyone ask, Who do you think you are? No, the prince’s father is the king. There would be hell to pay for abusing or disrespecting the prince. The prince has perfect confidence that what he says will be backed up by the authority of…
  • If You Dread The Day Ahead, Find Your Love

    Diana Symons
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    If you wake up in the morning dreading the day ahead, find your love. When we are born again, we take on the mind of Christ, and He loves without measure. We’re to love God above all things, and we’re to love each other with the same level as we selfishly love ourselves. As a church, we’re not good at that. We really haven’t been taught to love people. We say that we do, but we haven’t been taught to live it. If you love with the love that God put in you, you’ll see people through the eyes of God. He loves us all immensely. He doesn’t want anyone to…
  • If People Can’t Tell That You Are A Christian, Then There Has Been No Transformation

    Diana Symons
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Transformation takes time. When you became a Christian, did you change dramatically? You should have. The difference in you should have made everyone you know stop and ask you what happened? Maybe you were raised in the church without a big conversion. Is your life dramatically different from your friends outside the church? And by that, I don’t just mean that you don’t get drunk or do drugs. I mean, can they see by your life that Jesus shines in you? If we carry around all our fear, frustration, and anger just like everyone else, then the gospel has not changed us. There has…
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  • Calvin vs. Wesley (Book Review)

    Brian LePort
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    When Wesleyan ideas are put to the test, the theory makes for good logic and even better practice than Calvinism. Read Brian LePort’s review of Calvin vs. Wesley, a recent book which generously compares these two compelling, and in some ways, competing traditions. – Book Review: Don Thorsen’s Calvin vs. Wesley: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice Don Thorsen, Calvin vs. Wesley: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2013). 158 pp. ISBN: 978-1426743351 In Calvin vs. Wesley: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice one will not find a Wesleyan polemic…
  • Wallpaper Download: September 2014

    Seedbed
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24 Download this free wallpaper and use it as your September desktop calendar & smart phone background. 1280×800 ; 1440×900 ; 1680×1050 ; 1920×1080 ; 2560×1440 iPhone 4, 4s ; iPhone 5, 5s Tip: for a proper iPhone fitting, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion
  • 10 Challenging Commandments of the New Testament

    Andrew Dragos
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Laws and commandments are an Old Testament thing, right? Not at all. The New Testament is full of them. Did you know that there’s even a “law of Christ?” (Gal 6:2) Well, I’m speaking mostly to myself here, but many of the New Testament’s commands are difficult to follow. The New Testament consists of many situational works and correspondences, so appropriating its commands can become difficult. But here are 10 that I find particularly challenging not because they’re hard to contextualize, but because my flesh prefers to avoid these altogether! While these…
  • Jeremy Steele on the Youth Ministry Collective

    Jeremy Steele
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our new Youth Ministry Collective has been going strong for over a month now. Watch Jeremy Steele describe the vision behind the collective and extend the invitation for you to join! This is also the perfect time to pre-order Jeremy’s book: Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry: A Wesleyan Field Guide. Check out the wealth of resources already available on the Collective: LIFT: Free 3 Part Series for Youth Group What Could Be More Important Than Vision? How to Lead Championship Ministry Teams 3 Tips for Making a Difference with the Ice Bucket Video Simon Says and Twister Collision:…
  • 4 Ways to Foster Health In Your Worship Team

    Drew Causey
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    What does a healthy worship team look like, and how can you foster that culture as a worship leader? Drew Causey claims that healthy worship teams are better than a talented worship team, and healthy teams are usually the talented ones anyway. Read these 4 tips on how to accomplish this as a worship leader.. – I’ve been involved in leading worship in the church in some fashion for almost sixteen years. I have run sound, lights, and media for church services. I have played in bands, chamber groups  and orchestras. I have sung in choirs big and small, on praise teams talent-filled and…
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  • Measuring spiritual growth

    Joshua Rhone
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    …can be tricky. Often, sometimes intentionally and often unintentionally, we measure our spiritual growth (or the growth of others) by way of comparison. We compare ourselves with someone else. More often than not, we compare ourselves who has been on the journey of faith longer than us, and as a result we end up feeling like a spiritual zero. Don’t believe me… Pause for a moment and take a moment to try comparing yourself with some of the great heroes/saints of the faith–––Moses, Ignatius of Loyola, Mother Theresa. Of course, I need not expand that list any further.
  • The Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family (A Review)

    Joshua Rhone
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Dr. Kara Powell’s most recent book, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family: Over 100 Practical and Tested Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Kids, is a follow up to the earlier, Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids, which she co-authored with Dr. Chap Clark. While both books draw on research that was collected as part of longitudinal study conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute, two things set The Sticky Faith Guide For Your Family apart from the earlier book. First, The Sticky Faith Guideutilizes research that has been done in the years since the release of…
  • Goodnight, Ark (A Review)

    Joshua Rhone
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Goodnight, Ark, written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by Jane Chapman, is part of the Zonderkidz line of books. (I recently had the opportunity to read and review another book from the Zonderkidz line: Jonah and the Great Big Fish.)  If it isn’t readily apparent, Goodnight, Ark is a children’s book that seeks to recount the biblical account of Noah and the ark in an age-appropriate manner. As an adult who is reading and reviewing the book, I’ve tried to keep that in mind. First, let’s look at the content of the book. Admittedly, when it comes to this aspect of the review, I…
  • Jonah and the Great Big Fish (A Review)

    Joshua Rhone
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Jonah and the Great Big Fish is part of the Zonderkidz line of books. Intended for children ages four through eight, Rhonda Gowler Greene attempts to tell the story of Jonah in an age appropriate manner. As an adult who is reading and reviewing the book, I’ve tried to keep that in mind. First, let’s look at the content of the book. Admittedly, when it comes to this aspect of the review, I can’t help but comment as an adult who is well-acquainted with the story of Jonah. The story begins with God instructing Jonah to go to Nineveh. He’s to tell the people of the city to…
  • An interview with Garrison Keillor

    Joshua Rhone
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:12 am
    Yesterday I watched Jeffrey Brown’s interview with Garrison Keillor. They talk Lake Wobegone, Keillor’s unlikely success and how Keillor prepares for and delivers the much acclaimed ‘News from Lake Wobegone’ segment of the show.
 
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  • Life is a Gift

    Charles Crutcher
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Life is a journey. Life is an adventure. It’s an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks, as Merriam-Webster so eloquently pens it. Each of us are going through something, but for some of us, something is happening to those we love. Worse, it’s happening right before our very eyes. If you have ever found yourself in this situation, read on. Have you ever had to sit by and watch a family member or friend fight cancer? I have. In fact, I have a family member who is fighting stage 4 right now and we are praying for healing. I’m not just writing this for you, but…
  • Believe

    Steve Becker
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    It has been a tough few weeks. I have some close friends who have lost loved ones within the last few weeks.  A couple of close friends have family members that are dealing with major health issues as well. Oh, lets add that my sister-in-law is dealing with breast cancer at a young age as well. My wife’s grandfather, Raymond, passed away almost two weeks ago and his funeral followed shortly thereafter.  I had the honor of officiating at the graveside.  I loved this man like my own grandfather and will miss him. Again, its been a tough few weeks. It’s hard to imagine, but I only…
  • A Word With You

    Charles Crutcher
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Many “dog” years ago, I was a young teenager with long hair, a by product of a lot of rock and roll music. During those formative years, a lot of things were going on internally, and some other dynamics at the time really brought on the confusion. My family moved around a lot, making it difficult to build any deep relationships with other people for very long. My senior year was spent with a bunch of strangers. I felt very lost, to be honest. Have you ever been there? Isolation can happen anywhere, even inside church walls. I found a lot of people inside the church saying things…
  • I Do

    Steve Becker
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    August 5th, 2004 I won the lottery.  Not the one where you pick numbers and become monetarily wealthy.  No, I won a bigger lottery that day.  That day I was joined in marriage with my beautiful wife Jennifer. Fast forward ten years.  Jennifer and I are stronger than ever in our relationship.  Sure, we faced some tough days. I can almost guarantee there were days where she wanted to just boot me out the door and give me directions to a lake of fire.  Yet, here we are. I have grown quite a bit as a man over the last decade.  Everything from how I handle my temper to sharing work at the…
  • Get Busy Living

    Steve Becker
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    One of my all time favorite movies has a quote that I repeat to myself often when I am feeling down and defeated. “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.” – Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption This last two weeks has been a true challenge to stay standing with my head up.  My family has had two major medical events pop up out of the blue and really knock the wind out of us.  Both of these happened within a week of each other and they are going to have a lasting effect at least through Christmas. Mentally I have…
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  • Quarter Quell – Selah the Corner ft. Gemstones & Redd Lettaz

    Britt
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Photo Credit/Facebook Quarter Quell by Selah the Corner ft. Gemstones & Redd Lettaz Track leak from Selah the Corner’s upcoming project ‘Hoodie Season 2: Black Dawn’. They killed it with this Hunger Games Battle Rap theme! It’s grimmy, futuristic and str8 fire! Get Quarter Quell Free Download Now!  Let us know what you think?
  • Benjamin Trillington – Social Club

    Britt
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
                              Photo Credit/Facebook  Benjamin Trillington – Social Club Social Club has done it again on this hard hitting, funky beat! Download Benjamin Trillington Now!    Let us know what you think!    
  • Speak – Yaves Ft. Swoope

    Britt
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
     Photo Credit/ Yavesmusic.com Speak – Yaves Ft. Swoope Yaves drops Speak featuring Swoope from the ‘Favor Over Fury’ album. They killed it on this one! Speak The Word Young Man. Find out more on Yaves Music Here! Download Favor Over Furry Today!  2 Timothy 4:2 - 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. What do you think about the track?    
  • Let Your Light Shine – Gemstones ft. Adia

    Britt
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
     Photo Credit/ Facebook  Another Gem! Let Your Light Shine by Gemstones feat. Adia. Turn this up LOUD! This is a new song to be released off his upcoming album. Can’t wait!   Let us know what you thought of the track in the comment section below!    
  • Crescendo – B-Doe’s Debut Album Listen Now!

    Britt
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
     Photo Credit/ B-Doe Website Crescendo by B-Doe Listening Session… B-doe dropped his first full length album on August 4th. His desire is for people to “look to the better” and turn away from the false gratification the world gives. He has released two mixtapes before this album and is very excited to be able to share it with others. He has a love for hip-hop, but he also has a second love for classical music. You heard right, classical. You will see both genres bleed through his music. His album features other artists such as Omri, Young Noah, Result, B.morr, and many more…
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  • Quarter Quell – Selah the Corner ft. Gemstones & Redd Lettaz

    Britt
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Photo Credit/Facebook Quarter Quell by Selah the Corner ft. Gemstones & Redd Lettaz Track leak from Selah the Corner’s upcoming project ‘Hoodie Season 2: Black Dawn’. They killed it with this Hunger Games Battle Rap theme! It’s grimmy, futuristic and str8 fire! Get Quarter Quell Free Download Now!  Let us know what you think?
  • Benjamin Trillington – Social Club

    Britt
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
                              Photo Credit/Facebook  Benjamin Trillington – Social Club Social Club has done it again on this hard hitting, funky beat! Download Benjamin Trillington Now!    Let us know what you think!    
  • Speak – Yaves Ft. Swoope

    Britt
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
     Photo Credit/ Yavesmusic.com Speak – Yaves Ft. Swoope Yaves drops Speak featuring Swoope from the ‘Favor Over Fury’ album. They killed it on this one! Speak The Word Young Man. Find out more on Yaves Music Here! Download Favor Over Furry Today!  2 Timothy 4:2 - 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. What do you think about the track?    
  • Let Your Light Shine – Gemstones ft. Adia

    Britt
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
     Photo Credit/ Facebook  Another Gem! Let Your Light Shine by Gemstones feat. Adia. Turn this up LOUD! This is a new song to be released off his upcoming album. Can’t wait!   Let us know what you thought of the track in the comment section below!    
  • Crescendo – B-Doe’s Debut Album Listen Now!

    Britt
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
     Photo Credit/ B-Doe Website Crescendo by B-Doe Listening Session… B-doe dropped his first full length album on August 4th. His desire is for people to “look to the better” and turn away from the false gratification the world gives. He has released two mixtapes before this album and is very excited to be able to share it with others. He has a love for hip-hop, but he also has a second love for classical music. You heard right, classical. You will see both genres bleed through his music. His album features other artists such as Omri, Young Noah, Result, B.morr, and many more…
 
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    Give Me That Mountain

  • Faith redefined

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day thirty...“Daddy,” the sixteen‐year old says to her father while out on her a first driving lesson, “Please give me permission to ignore the speed limits and the stop signs. Driving would be so much easier if I didn't have to put up with all the rules!”
  • Labor Day

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Just a brief thought for the Federal holiday here in the U.S. today: Jesus changed the way we work. The work we do no longer flows out of our own strength, but out His presence in our lives.
  • Labor Day weekend

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    Labor Day became a national holiday shortly after the bloody Pullman strike in 1894. Sadly, history is full of conflicts that have come about when the exchange of labor for services has become unfair in either direction.
  • God is not a vending machine

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day twenty-nine...God is not a vending machine.
  • Relationship with God is not a maintenance item

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day twenty-eight...Because of my experience in construction and manufacturing, I can't live a normal life. I just notice things in building projects that shouldn't have happened.
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • Jeremiah 27: Submitting to God

    Zak Schmoll
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    God sent Jeremiah with a unique message in Jeremiah 27. Basically, the idea was that the people were going to be under the rule of Babylon no matter what. They now had to submit to Babylon. If they did submit, God would allow them to remain in their own land. However, if they fought back, they were going to go into captivity. It seems kind of counterintuitive, but that wasn’t the only advice that was going to the King of Judah. Jer 27:9  Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto…
  • Jeremiah 26: Worth Putting Faith In

    Zak Schmoll
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    God does not always call us to do what is easy or what we want to do. For example, I have a feeling that if Jeremiah had been left to his own devices, he probably would not have done anything that would put the threat of death on his head. However, because he was willing to do whatever God told him, we end up in situations like we find in Jeremiah 26. Jer 26:7  So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD. Jer 26:8  Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak…
  • Jeremiah 25: Is Justice Good?

    Zak Schmoll
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    God is a patient God. As we see in Jeremiah, He warned the people of Judah over and over again that they had to straighten out, and they simply refused to listen for years. It is even more interesting because it was not like they had to guess what God wanted them to do. Jer 25:4  And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear. Jer 25:5  They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to…
  • Jeremiah 24: God Will Keep His Word

    Zak Schmoll
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    I think that Jeremiah 24 must have been somewhat comforting to at least a portion of the people of Judah. There were national problems particularly among the leadership that ensured that the people were going to be taken captive. However, there were some people in Judah who had been faithful to God, and there was going to be a sense of justice for those people. God presents Jeremiah with a vision of two baskets of figs. One basket was good, and the other was bad. Jeremiah asked what they were representative of, and here is the response regarding the good basket which is what I want to focus…
  • Jeremiah 23: On False Prophets

    Zak Schmoll
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    Jeremiah 23 provides us with God’s opinion of the false prophets who have been leading His people astray. They say that they are speaking for God, but God tells Jeremiah that He truly never sent these people. Jer 23:30  Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour. Jer 23:31  Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. Jer 23:32  Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their…
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • How to Overcome the Spirit of Mammon

    mholmes
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
        Today I’m going to walk you through the EXACT step by step process that will ensure you make the BEST financial decisions, large or small, every single time. Make sure you read all the way to the end for a special Bonus Guide that will teach you EXACTLY How my wife and I […] The post How to Overcome the Spirit of Mammon appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Are You Under the Curse for Not Tithing?

    mholmes
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:17 pm
      Sometime ago I wrote that you WILL NOT be cursed if you don’t tithe. In fact I said: You will not be cursed. In fact, in Christ you’re eternally blessed! All the curses under the law came upon Christ…All the curses of the Law were laid on Christ at the cross. Period. So no […] The post Are You Under the Curse for Not Tithing? appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 4)

    mholmes
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
      So we’re finally here: the last installment. In this post we conclude my year of tithing and its results. In case you missed the first 3 installments here they are: My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 1) My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2) […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 4) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 3)

    mholmes
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    In case this is your 1st time here, this case study is an unbiased account of my first year tithing. In my first post I spoke about being fired within my first 90 days of tithing (click here). In the 2nd post, I spoke about being disheartened not seeing the results from my tithing experiment […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 3) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2)

    mholmes
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    As I stated in the last post I wanted to give an unbiased and truthful account of my first year with tithing. Up to this point in my life I had never seen anything done like this before. Most people when they talk about tithing are quick to talk about how much of a multiplication […] The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
 
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    Armchair Theology

  • Where Righteousness and Peace can Kiss

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

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

    Dave
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 If Jesus is the Word and the Bible is “the Word” does that mean the Bible is Jesus? I’ve actually heard this taught in a Bible study and I recently had a conversation with another blogger about a similar statement so I thought I’d explain exactly why this isn’t the case. Why you might be tempted to think Bible = Jesus If you paid attention in math class you might remember something called the transitive property. It states: If A = B and B = C, then A = C. So, in mathematics,…
  • Gospel-Centered Links June-July 2014

    Dave
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Top 20 Christ-Centered Expository Preaching Checklist I’ll begin my link post with a link to a link post! Preaching Christ From All The Scriptures Qualified A very important article: But as every good virtue in this fallen world has its Achilles’ heel, so this good and excellent principle has been taken too far by some. The very text we use, most often, to defend the preaching of Christ from all the Scriptures – does not, in fact, teach that every passage is necessarily about Him or His work. The misuse and abuse of the beauty of Christocentricity has (1) caused some to…
  • 6 + 1 Types of Typology

    Dave
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    This past January I took a course at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary titled “Christ in the Old Testament.” Gordon Hugenberger taught the course and he is a big fan of typology. I’ve covered typology and allegory in the past but Hugenberger gave a historical overview of some interesting approaches to typology. Here’s a quick summary: Nature Typology  e.g. Jonathan Edwards and John Calvin New England Theocratic Typology e.g. William Bradford Some North American colonists intended to establish a new theocracy, roughly after the pattern of OT Israel, in the New World.
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    Seeing Invisible

  • Robin Williams, Depression, and the Church

    Blake Mankin
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    After Robin Williams’ recent suicide, depression has been placed in the national spotlight. How could someone so successful feel so terrible about himself? What does depression actually look like, and what do I do if I feel similarly? What do I do if someone in my life is battling depression? These and other questions have been discussed on radio stations, news sites, and blogs. But what about in Christian circles? What does the national dialogue about mental illnesses such as depression have to contribute to our churches? Let me start with this: I love Jesus with all my heart, and I…
  • Are You a Child?

    Blake Mankin
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    When I was a young child, I asked a ton of questions. I would ask everything from, “Why can’t I have a soda?” to “If God created the world, who created God?” Yes, I was curious. But I wasn’t alone in my curiosity. The Guardian cites a fascinating study about curiosity in children: A 1964 study found that babies as young as two months old when presented with different patterns will show a marked preference for the unfamiliar ones. The instinct to explore grows into an instinct for inquiry. Some time after their first birthday, children start to point at things, looking up at…
  • You Should Be a Member of a Subculture

    Blake Mankin
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Every place has a culture with both stated and discrete ways of doing things. Stop at a stop sign. Tip at least 18% at restaurants. In Austin, there’s a coffee house called Flight Path. In college, it was one of my favorite places to study–mostly because it had a strong culture of silence. It didn’t take long to realize the largest room in the cafe was a place where talking was unacceptable. No rules were posted on the wall stating this explicitly, it was simply a strong cultural expectation. Most of the rules and strong suggestions, like the silent culture of Flight Path,…
  • Changing Oil and Laying Down Your Rights

    Blake Mankin
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    I was sitting in a small room recently waiting on an oil change. The room was full of people trying hard to avoid eye contact, some tapping toes and most scrolling through social media sites on their phones. These types of environments seem to come with an expectation of silence, almost as if the people on the covers of the old magazines hanging on the wall will scold you if you make a noise. At one point, a woman stood up to make a phone call, and we all wondered if she’d have a public conversation or would step outside into the heat of the Houston summer. She chose to pay the price of…
  • When Your Church is Made of Grass

    Blake Mankin
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    The air conditioner at the building where my church meets doesn’t work all that well. August in Houston is blazing hot, meaning the sanctuary gets toasty in a hurry. It’s not uncommon for beads of sweat to form around my forehead as I sit in my pew. Wouldn’t my church experience be more enjoyable if they could just fix that AC? This thought process happens sometimes as I walk into a service on a Sunday afternoon. I can feel entitled to a better environment, a more comfortable two hours. Surely we’re driving away people with the building’s high temperature, right?
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • Caught Up In the Clouds

    virtuousgirls1
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. […]
  • Imago Dei

    virtuousgirls1
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    The soul of man bears the image of God; so nothing can satisfy it but He whose image it bears. Our soul, says Augustine, was created as by God, so for God, and is therefore never quiet till it rest in God. – Thomas Gataker
  • Creator of the Universe

    virtuousgirls1
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    How amazing is it that we can call the Creator of the entire universe both Father and Friend :)
  • Women of the Word: Rhoda

    virtuousgirls1
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Rhoda is only briefly mentioned once in the Bible. Her story is told in Acts 12:12-17. Rhoda was a servant girl in the house of Mary, who was the mother of John Mark. A group of people had gathered at Mary’s house to pray for the apostle Peter, who had been arrested and put in […]
  • Perfect Peace

    virtuousgirls1
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:11 pm
 
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Update: Things Getting Back To Normal

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    As I posted before and some of you know, things got a little hectic in my life and this affected the amount of times that I could update my blog.  This quick post is to let you know that things have finally gotten back to normal. I had a great time at V.B.S. The kids played […]
  • Bearing One Another In Love

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2 Love is central in our relationship with God and in our relationship with others.  Our kids need to understand the importance of selfless and sacrificial love. Not in what the world says is love, but in true biblical love. Instructions […]
  • All Made In God’s Image

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    2 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    God made all of us. Humans were made special by God. We were made in the image and likeness of God. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27 “13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my […]
  • Jonah Sun Catcher

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Things are starting to calm down around here so I decided to upload a quick post. This is another quick, but cute sun catcher craft. This time for one of my favorite stories; the story of Jonah and the great fish. Instructions Print the template onto card stock. (Template) Glue the template sheet to the […]
  • Update: Lack Of Posting

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:24 pm
    I want to talk about why I haven’t been regularly posting new crafts and activity sheets this month. The month of July has always been the most hectic month for me every year. It seams as if this is the moth when I’m at my busiest. Lucky for me this year I have even more projects to work […]
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    Renewed Daily

  • The Spirit-Filled Life by Charles F. Stanley (A Review)

    Renewed Daily
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. - John 14:26 Much has been written and spoken—and argued!—about the Holy Spirit and what it means to be filled with the Spirit. Charles Stanley cuts through the confusion and introduces you to a living Person as real and active as God the Father and Christ the Son. Through personal stories, biblical exploration, and insightful explanation, he will help you discover: who the Spirit is—and how to develop a relationship with Him who…
  • For That Is What We Are

    Renewed Daily
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. - 1 John 3:1 Have you ever had to get through something difficult and didn't know how you were going to do it? Sometimes that feels like every day, right? What about the times you've made it through something horrific and people wonder how you did it? Another common occurrence for those who live with chronic illness and disability. As a mother, I've noticed a strange phenomenon. I…
  • The Importance of Your Labor

    Renewed Daily
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry.In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food.We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love.We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of…
  • Sunday Scripture: 8/31/14

    Renewed Daily
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. - Hebrews 4:8-10 If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to someone you know, please share this post on the social network of your choice for me. All you have to do is click one of the buttons below. May God Bless You, Shelly The post Sunday Scripture: 8/31/14 appeared first on Renewed Daily.written by Renewed Daily
  • Recommendation Saturday: Recycled You

    Renewed Daily
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    But now, O Lord, You are our Father,We are the clay, and You our potter;And all of us are the work of Your hand. - Isaiah 64:8 Do you feel expendable? Maybe thrown away?  No matter what condition you are in, you still make beautiful music. You have a purpose. You can be recycled in the Master's hands.  And without you and the music you bring, someone's life wouldn't be worthwhile.  You matter. We are best when we are community. I would love to share in some of that community right here from my website. You can join in, too! Share a post from your own blog and then simply click on the…
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • The World in Which We Live

    kristinemac
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    You know, when I first began thinking about this post, the theme had a very different tone. I'd seen a video on Facebook. Ah. Facebook. The video featured Victoria Osteen making some really... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Feeling Nostalgic

    kristinemac
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    There are just some days I miss my grandparents. It's been years since they all passed from this world.  I've had nothing but pictures and my fond memories of them for nearly thirty... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Loose Ends

    kristinemac
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:23 pm
    I am at loose ends. There is nothing worse for a writer and blogger than the periods of time when there just isn't anything to say. Very, very frustrating. Sure.  There are books and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Eyes Have It—Still

    kristinemac
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    As many of you know, last October I was diagnosed with a cornea disease called Cogan's Dystrophy (Map-Dot-Fingerprint). This disease/condition (?) is identified by scar tissue left on the corneas... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Power of Our Words

    kristinemac
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    "A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak." Ecclesiastes 3:7 NLT The other day I was reminded about how important it is to engage our brains before... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Thoughtful

  • Margaret's Ark (Book Review)

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Last week, I read a book that is way out of my comfort zone.  It was available from my local library as an ebook, and I thought the premise was interesting.   It got to the point where I would not allow myself to read it at night, for fear I would have nightmares. It wasn't a horror story, but it was apocalyptic.  Like The Day After Tomorrow.  Or I Am Legend.  Knowing.  
  • What are you praying for?

    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    It seems like there are so many more things to be praying for today.  Maybe it’s just that communication has improved and hearing prayer requests isn’t limited to a few minutes during the Sunday service.  It would be an easy thing to pray all day and not run out of people or situations to pray for.  Our cities, our countries, our world needs prayer.  Our families.  Our friends, both the
  • The Dust From My Feet

    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension and Essential Tremor, among a myriad of other issues mostly stemming from these two. She had brain surgery in 2012, to install a VP Shunt, and had a revision in January of this year. She now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is
  • Deliver Us From Evil (book review)

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Deliver Us from Evil by Don Basham was an interesting book about a Christian man's journey from believing that the devil and demons did not exist and had never existed to recognizing the influence of them in our world.  The tag line of the book is "A Pastor's Reluctant Encounters with the Powers of Darkness."  It is really an apt description. At the beginning of this story, Mr. Basham
  • Red Lights and Low on Gas

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Saturday night, I found myself across town with about 30 miles worth of gas in my car.  My husband had told me he would get gas in the morning, so I headed toward home.  I knew there was enough gas to get home and to the gas station in the morning, but I asked God to help us extend that gas a little farther by helping me not have to stop at any red lights. In the interest of full disclosure, I
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    Switchbacks

  • Shedding the Camouflage

    Karen Woodall
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    The Butterfly Garden is one of the feature attractions at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. The glass enclosed exhibit is home to scores of exotic species of these beautiful, free-flying insects. This time of the year one of the showcased creatures is the Latin American Blue Morpho butterfly. This particular flittering beauty sports iridescent blue […]
  • Zipping Through The Obstacles

    Karen Woodall
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    Last week our family wrapped up our summer vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Though we rented a very nice mountain cabin, most of our time was divided between the Tennessee Aquarium (definitely worth the visit if you’ve never been), white water rafting on the Ocoee River, and ziplining through the trees. The entire get-away […]
  • Confronting D’spayre

    Karen Woodall
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Over the last several years, blockbuster movies like Iron Man, The Avengers &Captain America have brought once barely known comic book figures into the cultural mainstream, so that now heroes like Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, and Steve Rogers are household names. And so too, are their arch-enemies, Victor Von Doom, Loki, and the Red Skull. With […]
  • Bound to a Bad Decision

    Karen Woodall
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    Years ago, a family member of mine had a friend who was selling gold coins as investments. Being a only a casual collector, he negotiated what he thought to be a fair price and exchanged money for a single coin. Wanting to be sure that he’d gotten what he paid for, he took his new purchase to a […]
  • “Hang in there! You can do it!”

    Karen Woodall
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    How many times have you heard that? Maybe someone said it to “encourage” you when you were facing an exceptionally tough situation. Or maybe it was you who said it hoping to “bless” someone else. I know it’s usually intended as positive inspiration to push you forward so that you won’t give up… A kind of “one […]
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • Why I Talk to Myself

    Dave Hawes
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you ever find yourself saying things like, “I should be sharing the gospel with more people, but I just don’t. I should be more thankful for and amazed by the life-giving sacrifice of Jesus, but I’m just not. I should be more confident and secure in my identity and self-worth in Christ, but I’m just not”? I first became aware of my “Christian schizophrenia” a few years ago as a college student. During my senior year I was enveloped by a dark cloud of depression.  Up to that point in my Christian walk, my identity as a believer had been secured by how good I was at pleasing…
  • The Truth About Self Talk and Men

    Self Talk the Gospel
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Purpose is an incredibly important thing. Purpose drives people and organizations to do what they do, and often to love what they do at the same time. We at STG find value and purpose in exposing people to Jesus. We believe that Jesus can be found in our stories – both in the victories, and the struggles. And through the courage and vulnerability of men and women to share their stories, we can learn how to become better followers of Christ. By exposing people to Jesus, we also hope to show our readers the damage of undisciplined self talk, normalizing those crazy thoughts, and then seeking…
  • Are You A Grace Avoider?

    Jaime Strmiska
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    At an early age, I became captivated by measuring up. I was mesmerized by achieving and striving. I remember in grade school, getting my first straight-A report card. And after that, anything less was unacceptable. Not that anyone told me so – my parents certainly didn’t pressure me, nor did my teachers. But in my mind, well heaven forbid I got a B (gag, I know!). I was also the swimmer in high school who wouldn’t settle for anything less than 100-percent effort. I wasn’t a star athlete, but I knew I could ruthlessly compete with myself. And that became the game I played for three…
  • When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity + Free Giveaway!

    Self Talk the Gospel
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    We at STG believe we should strive to preach the gospel to ourselves daily in an effort to quiet the enemies in our minds, so we can listen to Jesus in our hearts. Our goal is purely share how we replace negative self talk with Biblical truths. After stumbling across Jen Hatmaker’s Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity, we love that it is a narrative of a family who asked the hard questions of church once they admitted to the tensions they felt in their lives. We love interrupted because it is not a story of forsaking truth for grace and mercy, but of asking of…
  • STG Friday Faves Vol. 8

    Self Talk the Gospel
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
      Welcome to our Friday Faves! In case you missed it, here is a collection of content we found online this week that we thought you might enjoy. Although we won’t always endorse or agree with everything you see here, we would love to provoke your thoughts. Enjoy! Is It “Goodbye Evangelicalism” or “We Join You In Your Suffering” by Thabiti Anyabwile “Don’t place abortion in opposition to persecuted Christians in Syria or persecuted Christians in Syria in opposition to the Mike Browns. Can not the evangelical heart and mind expand to care about and act…
 
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    Jane Hall

  • The Power of the EX!

    Jane Hall
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    I was at one prison for 15 years; at a juvenile prison for 5 years and at a juvenile jail for 5 more.  The Lord Himself only knows how many souls came my way.  As a child, I wanted to be a missionary.  I have a clear, clear memory of telling my mother of my career plans.  She asked me why I would have such a desire and I said, “They seem to be the happiest people on earth.”  Years later. for whatever reason-she didn’t take my working at the “penitentiary” as she called it too well, she would tell people I was a missionary.   I remember standing in a hot…
  • On Flying in General

    Jane Hall
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    I believe I can fly I believe I can touch the sky I think about it every night and day (Night and day) Spread my wings and fly away I believe I can soar I see me running through that open door I believe I can fly I believe I can fly. (R.Kelly)At the youth prison, we had some difficult kids.  What a euphemistic observation.  One of the hardest kids (Kingdom of Heaven, p.158) was always angry.  He had reason to be but as is so often the case, there was very little I could do about any of his issues.  Space Jam had hit the movie screen and the kids loved it.  In desperation, I bought the CD…
  • Everyday?!? Yikes!!!!

    Jane Hall
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    I said I’d post everyday.  As I said yesterday-or the day before-I did not think this through.   I can’t watch the news.  Like Auburn football, it scares me to death.  It doesn’t scare me for me; I’ve had a great life.  I want Ben & Ginny Grace and Tripp & Audrey Rose and Ann Harper AND all who are to come to have an even better life.  Things look rough to me.  But, 42 years ago, the US was engaged in a very real Cold War.   It’s easy to look back now and say, “It wasn’t that bad.”  But it was.   We were at a family reunion;…
  • Everyday!?!

    Jane Hall
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I said I would start posting everyday!  Evidently, I lost my mind temporarily!!! This is hard work.  I think; I know, that the things we do everyday are the things that make a difference in our lives. It doesn’t matter in the least what I say if I don’t do the right things (Kingdom of Heaven, p. 71).  I always thought the book should have been, Pray, Love, Eat.The post Everyday!?! appeared first on Jane Hall.
  • The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

    Jane Hall
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    It is hard for me to keep focusing on the blog when it seems as if it’s going nowhere.  Literally out of the blue, I got enough confirmation to write everyday.  And I vow to do so.  An inmate who served almost 24 years GOOGLED my name, found the site and wrote the sweetest, dearest, note.  He’s trying to care for aged parents and work and adjust to freedom. I started this post on Pentecost and didn’t finish it. Today’s gospel (8/10/14) was about Peter’s leap of faith in stepping out on the water.  I’ve always loved it because I think Peter…
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • God Still Performs Miracles: An Interview with Mark Batterson

    Jonathan
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do we dare believe that God can speak into our lives powerfully and tangibly? Jesus did this. During his earthly ministry he healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, and even raised the dead. What if he would do these things today? Bible Gateway interviewed pastor Mark Batterson (@MarkBatterson) about his book, The Grave Robber: How Jesus Can Make Your Impossible Possible (Baker Books, 2014). [NOTE: Baker Books offered one free copy of The Grave Robber to each of the first five readers who requested it. All five have now been requested. Thank you.] How do you define “miracle” and…
  • Work in the Bible—Thoughts for Labor Day Weekend

    Mel Lawrenz
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    By Mel Lawrenz, author of Spiritual Influence (which shows the value of Christian work). More than 80 countries in the world have a day which commemorates the value of work, and the contributions of workers to the well-being of society. In the United States and Canada, it is the first Monday in September. The Bible has much to say about the dignity of work, which helps us to see our labor as more than “just a job.” And, of course, we should keep in mind the labor of many who may not receive a paycheck for what they do, but whose contribution is just as valuable. Studying at the university…
  • Four New Audio Bibles Now Available: Arabic, Thai, Romanian, and English

    Andy
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    We’ve added four new audio Bibles to our online library! You can now listen to the Bible narrated in the following languages and versions at our Audio Bibles page: New International Version Anglicized (NIVUK) — English [Note: the NIVUK audio Bible is read by English actor David Suchet, whom you may recognize as Hercule Poirot in the long-running TV show] New Arabic Version (NAV) — Arabic; the Old Testament has now been added to the existing New Testament audio Noua Traducere În Limba Română (NTLR) — Romanian Thai New Contemporary Bible (TNCB) — Thai To…
  • Most People Wish They Knew More About the Bible

    Jonathan
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    The majority of Bible Gateway users responding to an online survey say they wish they knew more about the Bible than they currently do. Readers of the Bible Gateway Blog were asked “How do you describe your personal knowledge of the Bible?,” to which more than 2,000 responded. Of that number, a total of 59% agreed with, “Wish I knew more.” Almost a third of responders (28%) said they are “comfortably knowledgeable,” nearly a tenth (9%) called themselves “a Bible scholar,” and 4% said, “About all I know are some of the names of the books, but not…
  • Putting Education to Work: An Interview with Fr. John Foley, Founder of Cristo Rey

    Jonathan
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The story behind Cristo Rey (@CristoRey), a unique education model, can be read in Putting Education to Work: How Cristo Rey High Schools Are Transforming Urban Education by Megan Sweas (HarperOne—an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014). Bible Gateway interviewed the founder, chair emeritus, and chief mission officer of Cristo Rey, Fr. John O. Foley, S.J. about the national movement. Translate Cristo Rey for us and tell why you chose that name for your school? Fr. Foley: Cristo Rey means Christ the King. I remember being in a meeting with a group of Jesuits who were organizing the…
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • Jesus is the New Us: Being In Christ

    Caleb Smith
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    My title probably makes no sense, so I shall move straightaway to explaining it. We are humanity. We are humans. So is Jesus. Jesus is the God-man, both entirely divine and entirely human. He is indeed entirely human. So what is my point? Jesus is not just any human, but the human. First time around, Adam was the human. He represented all of us, and was deeply connected with each one of us by being the original man from who we all descend. And thus because of his sin, in Adam we all die. Adam’s death is our death, and our death is Adam’s death. In Adam we, humanity, were given…
  • Can Animals Go to Heaven? Fido’s Destiny

    Caleb Smith
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Off the top of my head I know my family has killed at least half a dozen dogs. Well, I say “killed,” but it’s really just that our land is cursed with the ability to drastically shorten any animal’s lifespan. Time would be too short to tell of the demise of Jax, Johnny Reb, Sadie, Rascal, and the others, not to mention our cats and their babies. This carries with it a small burden of sadness. Given that pets are so beloved, and that as Christians we strongly believe that we will be reunited with our loved ones in eternity, it is only natural that people ask if our…
  • Zelda and the Outdoors

    Caleb Smith
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    I stepped outside the other day to go to my car and stopped as I saw the brightness of the world. It occurred to me that “to go” was really the only reason I head outside, at least most of the time. This seemed, and seems today, a bit of a shame. This is what a lot of us do. We use outside as nothing more than a way to get from Building A to Building B, with most of even that trip actually spent inside a car.  The situation here is quite a shame. Outside is filled with wonders and beauty. Flora and fauna grace hills, fields, mountains, lakes, valleys, and forests. There is…
  • I Don’t Just “Believe the Bible,” And Neither Do You

    Caleb Smith
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:42 pm
    It is normal and usually well-regarded in evangelical circles for people to say that they simply “believe the Bible.” They’re not this or that, and they don’t follow such or the other philosophy. They just believe God’s Word, and all the people said Amen! Hallelujah!  Well, as nice as this might sound, it’s not real. No one really just believes the Bible, nor would it be possible to do so. When we come to Scripture, we all bring preexisting logical structures, presuppositions, and other ideas to the text which are not necessarily present within it. This…
  • It All Goes Back to Jesus Christ

    Caleb Smith
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    We are Christians. “Christ” is part of our very name. We are different from Jews because we believe Jesus is the Christ; we are different from Muslims because we believe Christ is God’s Son. So everything must go back to Jesus Christ. This sounds obvious, but is it? Does all of our theology, all of our practices, all of our lives, find their root explicitly in the divine Son of God? Think of your answers to the questions of life. Shouldn’t they be like this? “Who is God?” “Jesus.” “What is the meaning of life?”…
 
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    Nomadic Ministry

  • Israel Seizing Israel

    Kyle
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    After weeks of bombardment and broken promises Israel finally has a “ceasefire” in hand that will probably only last at most a month. In an act of civil, instead of physical, aggression toward the Palestinians, Israel has now decide to take a swath of land over the green land as theirs to control. Of course, the international community and keyboard warriors have taken umbrage with this and declared Israel’s actions to be malicious and evil. The problem with this is that if we look at this biblically is Israel really taking anything back that is not their’s in the first place. God told…
  • The Fourth Trumpet

    Kyle
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:33 am
    We assume that every day will go relatively the same as the last. We will wake up with the sun, go to bed with the moon, and the stars will continue to stay in their vast orbit long after we return to dust. At the end of this age though God will turn those scientific notions onto their head. Revelation tells us that all three will go out in some way during the End Times. God has gone from hurtling objects at us, which many will see as just random bad luck, to turning off our sources of light, something science may have a little more trouble explaining. Revelation 8:12 states, “The fourth…
  • Before You Judge

    Kyle
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:57 am
    For any who think Israel is being heavy handed or unfair in their retaliation to Palestinian rockets, imagine living under the constant barrage of rocket attacks such as this. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LjaG_cXLo0 Hundreds of these fall a day, would you allow this to happen to your family?
  • How Far Would You Go

    Kyle
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    We have all heard the hypothetical story of the man who walks into a church with a gun and tells everyone that anyone who does not leave will be shot and killed. The person who stays changes with each retelling, but the focal point is the same. We all believe that we would be that person who does not flinch in the face of the end for our faith. This is a real easy point to make as we sit in relative safety and security. As the new Islamic Caliphate continues to gain ground and strength though martyrdom may not always be a far off fantasy for people of all faith throughout the world. As we…
  • The Third Trumpet

    Kyle
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:33 am
    Has God gotten your attention yet? After hail mixed with fire and a giant mountain/meteor crashing into the sea I believe God will have sufficiently put the world on notice that the time of the end is near, but the warnings will continue because God still wants to give those who are not there yet a chance to come home. The third trumpet brings with it another celestial body, probably smaller than the last, that poisons a third of the rivers and fresh waters. Imagine the chaos that will ensue if one-third of the population that is remaining cannot get drinking water. Yet many will still see…
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  • Do you worry about the end or get excited?

    admin
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.  You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  Matthew 24:5-7 (NIV) If the end of your life is happening tragically, naturally, or by the entire world coming to a conclusion, I think that it will feel the same way no matter how it comes to you.  I know my parents thought that Jesus would return…
  • What more does God need to do?

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    If you gave up one of your children to death to help a person be free and clear, what more do you think you would need to do?  Can anything else be done?  Is there any greater cost? 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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19…
  • Where would Jesus sleep?

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Vacations with extended family can be a lot like following Jesus in that they both require patience, faith, and sacrifice. Patience so you don’t end up jumping off the hotel because your cousin is so annoying, faith that the driver won’t fall asleep at any given moment, and sacrifice the best possible bed for your relatives, so you wind up with a blow up bed. In all these things, we should remember that we are the annoying relative, and Jesus has patience with us. We should know that Jesus is our driver, and He won’t fall asleep at the wheel, because He wants us to be safe.
  • Do you love people that you hate?

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    It is so easy to get angry with others if they cause you to get frustrated or if they cause any type of harm to you or your family.  Also, in today’s world, it seems that if you do nothing about it you could be considered weak or not caring. If these people that do this to you were truly loved by yourself, do you think it would change the world we live in? Love for Enemies 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He…
  • Are you willing to suffer?

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Arrested. Tortured. Beheaded. Murdered.  Hung upside down to die.  What do all these punishments have in common? They are all punishments early followers of Christ faced for following Him.  The punishments they faced were punishments reserved for the hardest criminals, but were given as a means of persecution.  The Bible warns us that we are going to face persecution.  The road to the future won’t be easy.  We have to choose whether we want to pay the price of following Him, or if we want to be like the world. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands…
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    a Journal of Missional Living

  • Distractions from God’s Will

    Sharon R. Hoover
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    This post follows on last week’s discussion, How to Know God’s Will. As we seek to know the will of God, we often become distracted. Through my years of discipling believers and walking my own path, I’ve seen challenges emerge and effectively remove us from our Christ-centered journeys. These diversions come in many forms but most […] The post Distractions from God’s Will appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • How to Know God’s Will

    Sharon R. Hoover
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Have you ever asked: How can I know the will of God?  If you have, then, welcome! It is one of the most common questions asked about the Christian life. We read, pray, study and occasionally listen. Sometimes we feel content and in the center of God’s will. Other times we wander unsure of the direction […] The post How to Know God’s Will appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Our Drift from Generosity

    Sharon R. Hoover
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    We know the  Golden Rule of Kindergarten: share with others. We teach it, encourage it, expect it. Scripture calls us to it (Luke 10:25-37, James 2:14-17, Hebrews 13:16). Yet as adults we drift away from basic generosity. Ambition, hurts, envy, and betrayals become unseen companions in our journey. They bend our steps off our intended Christ-centered path. […] The post Our Drift from Generosity appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Connecting Life through Blogs

    Sharon R. Hoover
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:35 am
    Everyone has a story. And, we are connected to one another’s story. Sometimes our paths physically criss-cross; other times similar experiences draw us together. We have much to learn from one another’s story. Blogs offer one way to share these adventures. Their public voice creates a bridge between us and allows us access to one another that we […] The post Connecting Life through Blogs appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • 5 Ways to Explore the New Bible Gateway

    Sharon R. Hoover
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    I am a fan of innovation. This week brought a new, crisp interface for my favorite online Bible research site, Bible Gateway. I do still like to turn the pages of my “real” Bible. But when I want to do research online, I appreciate the ease and depth of Bible Gateway. The new interface simplifies […] The post 5 Ways to Explore the New Bible Gateway appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
 
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    Brad Andres

  • Whether You Walk On Water or Take A Swim, “The Water Feels Alright”

    Brad Andres
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Ever wonder what it would be like to walk on water? I do. I think about it on occasion. Truth be told, I have this desire to experience walking on water. Sure, it wouldn’t serve much purpose, but if I have the faith then I could do it right? Not so much. I guess I’ll have to stick to swimming, but is that really so bad? I am fascinated with the event when Peter walks on water while moving towards Jesus. (Read all about it in Matt. 12:22-33) Here’s my summary: It’s about 3 AM. The disciples are pulling an all-nighter. Not because they want to, but because they are in…
  • Repentance [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    God, cleanse my heart. Purify me inside. Forgive me for my sins. Lead me into the way everlasting. Help me to live with your kingdom in mind. Strengthen me to be able to obey your Word. Give me the confidence to live completely controlled by your Spirit. Amen.
  • Behind the Song: “Great and Mighty” by HisNameHigh

    Brad Andres
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 The “Great and Mighty” is With Us! Life is full of difficult situations which require us to rely on Jesus. When we are completely reliant on Him, it doesn’t matter what obstacles we face. Jesus will always help us overcome what we see as impossible. As believers we are often told throughout Scripture to trust in the Lord and to not fear any situation. Notice that our God is with us wherever we go! This indicates that He…
  • I Am Content [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    God, give me wisdom to see my wants for what they really are – desires. Grant me the knowledge and understanding of things that are truly needs in my life. Help me to see the difference between my needs and my wants. But most of all, give me more of you. For if I have you, then I can learn to be content no matter what the situation is. You are my true need; meet my need. Give me more of your Spirit; bring me into more of your presence. Amen.
  • Behind the Song: “I Am Yours” by HisNameHigh

    Brad Andres
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    The worship song “I Am Yours” was formatted as a hymn since its origin. The hymn-like style shows itself in terms of chord progression, and lyrical and melodic phrasing.  When Tyler first presented the song to all of us, we immediately knew it was a song worth keeping and developing.  We instantly felt a connection to its unique hymn style. Old Truth, Fresh Forever We’ve heard the truth that Jesus died on a cross for us so frequently, that sometimes, we forget what this truth truly encompasses.  The crucifixion of Jesus is an event that we should visit often. We should continually…
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  • My Transition Away From Lead Pastor Of Discovery Church

    Chris McAlister
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The journey began 7 years ago. It was a transition that took more from me than I could’ve imagined. And gave back more than a lifetime’s worth of insight and transformation. Then almost 4 years ago the rebirth happened. Discovery Church was launched from the ashes of what was and reborn into a new future. Today I shared with our church family that effective the last Sunday of September I would no longer be the lead pastor of Discovery Church.  A few points to make: There’s nothing hidden. I’m not burned out. What became clear is that God has used me three times in transition…
  • Loading The Dishwasher Is Your Next Step For Change

    Chris McAlister
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I hate home improvement or repair work. If I have to buy a new tool for a job around the house I try and give away the tool so I don’t have to use it again. I don’t like laundry or dishes or anything that isn’t doing work I love or playing hard. But with 3 daughters and a wife there’s a necessary amount of work, I mean…errr…partnership, to keep things humming along. And I know this is lame but I didn’t pitch in as I could’ve when the kids were toddlers. I failed to understand how profound loading the dishwasher could be. It was profound because…
  • 1 Quick Action To Keep You From Being Uptight

    Chris McAlister
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    I know you’ve seen it. There’s a couple arguing. The man is intense. Uptight. And then he turns around placing his coffee order with a smile and small talk pleasantry. I know it well because I’ve done it. I remember when I was going through a season of being uptight at home while I was praised for being calm and collected at work. I could fake it at work. The tension I was masking was coming out at home because my guard was down. What’s that about? I want to be the same person in both places. I want to be calm in the midst of chaos. One ritual helped me do that. One of…
  • I Don’t Want To Mess This Up

    Chris McAlister
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I can’t go to the grocery story without my cell phone. Can. Not. You see I walk in with the list. The list texted to me by my wife. But that isn’t why I need the phone. I need the phone because the word “pineapple” is confusing. That one word lacks too many descriptors I need that would reduce my anxiety. Is it canned? Is it the real one you have to cut? If it is canned is it sliced, chunked, or tidbits? What about the syrup? Heavy? Light? Mixed with vodka at this point is the only way I want them. I know men get this. Because I see us walking around the grocery store…
  • Food, Body Image and Shame

    Chris McAlister
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hey SightShift gang. Sadly we’ve been over exposed to messages of shame regarding our bodies and nutrition in this comparison-fueled society. I’m always on the lookout for voices helping others navigate into freedom. Meet Simi. Simi’s on a mission to help ladies through a fantastic program with only 8 spots available. Because I’m about to do a series of posts for just the guys the timing on this is great so we can keep things balanced out ;-). You can see my questions for her in bold: Q: Will you tell us a little bit about yourself?   Hi! My name is Simi Botic, and I…
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • Engaging Missions Podcast Interview with Bryan Entzminger

    Steve Bremner
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Recently I was approached by Bryan Entzminger about being a guest on his podcast, Engaging Missions. Since I love to podcast, and to a lesser extent, love to do as little as necessary in producing them, it was great to basically get to record this but have someone else take care of the recording and editing. As we talked, he let me share some exciting things about how mine and Lili's ministry has shifted over time on the mission field, and some of the amazing things God has been doing in the [Continue reading...]
  • How to Hear God’s Voice with Ease | Podcast with Jeremy Mangerchine

    Steve Bremner
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    This week I got to interview Jeremy Mangerchine on the podcast to discuss his recent book The Longest Bridge Across Water: An Ordinary Man's Encounters with an Unordinary God. Thanks to technology, I was able to talk to him while he sat parked somewhere in New Orleans on his cell phone while I sat at my desk in Peru. I've been doing this show for years, and I still get jazzed up about the fact I can basically have a conversation with anybody in the world thanks to the internet, and record [Continue reading...]
  • If You Love Him Feed His Sheep, Don’t Exploit Them!

    Steve Bremner
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    In my last post, I Don't Care What Your Business Card Says, Mr Apostle, I touched on the theme of modern-day apostles and how just because one claims to be one, doesn't mean they truly are. The same could go with any leadership title or five-fold ministry gift. I just chose to start with apostle, but I wasn't planning on going after each of the five-fold ministry gifts or anything. It's just the disparity between an apostle then and an 'apostle' today is quite huge. Interestingly enough, [Continue reading...]
  • I Don’t Care What Your Business Card Says, Mr. “Apostle”

    Steve Bremner
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    In our day there is a proliferation of men “who call themselves apostles, and they are not…” (Rev 2:2) I constantly get friend requests and new Twitter followers on a more regular basis than I used to, presumably as more and more people have discovered this blog or podcast or any of my Kindle books. I no longer accept every friend request, but encourage following my fan page instead. On Twitter, I feel no guilt in not reciprocating a follow. However, every so often I look at profiles [Continue reading...]
  • Are Millennials Leaving The Church or Just Our Definition of it?

    Steve Bremner
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    My thoughts this morning come to you after reading a couple of different articles. The first from Relevant Magazine that I read last night, but I'll get to that second. This morning I came across an article from Church Leaders called The Church Failed Millennials, Just Not in the Way You Think It Did. The author admits to being 27 years old, which at this point is not too many years younger than I am, since by definition I'm considered one of the older millennials. And granted, I'm writing [Continue reading...]
 
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  • London: thousands gather in massive demonstration against UK anti-semitism

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    People hold placards and Israeli and Union flags outside the Royal Courts of Justice as Jewish groups rally in London on August 31 (PHOTO: AFP). Originally published in Breitbart.com More than 4 500 people thronged the streets of London outside the Royal Courts of Justice today to protest about the rise of anti-Semitism on the streets. The attendees carried banners reading “zero tolerance for antisemitism” and “prosecute hate before it’s too late” as they listened to speakers including Chief Rabbi Mirvis, Maajid Nawaz from the Quilliam Foundation, and Douglas Murray.  It was…
  • 13-year-old says ISIS made him watch beaheadings, crucifixions, stonings

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Originally published in The Christian Post A 13-year-old boy has shared of the beheadings, stonings and crucifixion he witnessed terror group ISIS carry out at children’s camps in Syria, where the Islamic militants are indoctrinating young boys into their ideology and training them to use weapons. “My friends and I were studying at the mosque, and they taught us that we should enrol in jihad with the [Islamic State],” Mohammed told CNN in a video. “I wanted to go, but my father did not allow me to.” The 13-year-old explains that he was called to attend one of…
  • John Lennon’s killer: ‘Jesus has helped me to see that he loves me’

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    1 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    Mark David Chapman posing for a mugshot in 2013. (PHOTO: New York State Department of Corrections) Originally published in The Christian Post It’s been almost 35 years since that fateful day on Dec. 8, 1980 ,when Mark David Chapman fired shots that echoed around the globe as they killed one of the world’s most beloved singer-songwriters in ex-Beatle, John Lennon. But in Chapman’s eighth parole board hearing this Wednesday, he told the New York state parole board that although he took Lennon’s life in search of self-fame and notoriety, his life is no longer controlled…
  • How God is moving with dreams and visions in the Muslim world

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    1 Sep 2014 | 12:27 am
    Saeed Abedini, who is serving an eight-year sentence in a brutal Iranian prison for his Christian faith, came to Christ at age 20. A devout Muslim at the time, he had found a Bible and started reading it. One night, he was awakened three times by a voice that said, “Saeed, I am coming soon. Go preach My Gospel.” The third time, the voice was accompanied by a bright light shining through Saeed’s bedroom window. Trembling and sweating, Saeed said, “I will do it.” At that moment, the light moved away, and he saw what appeared to be the back of Jesus exiting through…
  • Sports roundup — Monday, Sept 1

    Shaun Mc Neilage
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:04 am
    Cricket: Zimbabwe stuns Australia  Captain Elton Chigumbura hit a fluent half-century as Zimbabwe secured a shock three-wicket win over Australia in the triangular series on Sunday. Zimbabwe’s only previous success against the world’s top-ranked 50-over side came in their very first meeting in Nottingham in 1983 and since then have endured 27 defeats and one abandoned match.   After Australia elected to bat, the tourists were restricted to 209 for nine in their 50 overs, a target Zimbabwe chased down with two overs to spare. Chigumbura came to the wicket with his side…
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  • When you need eyes to see God's love in hard things

    Wendy van Eyck
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Does He not see my ways, And count all my steps? Job 31:4 (NIV)There is light dancing on my wall.Shimmering. Playing. Shifting. Each morning for the past week I’ve been waking up to the sight of sunshine filtering through the trees and projecting the waving branches on my wall. It’s a beautiful sight. As I’ve sat mesmerized looking at it I’ve felt like God has been painting light on my wall as a gift to me. Surprising me with beauty and inviting me to share a few moments just appreciating the splendor of what he has created. For a few minutes each morning…
  • One thing to remember when you are afraid of what lies ahead

    Wendy van Eyck
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) One thing no one told me when Xylon was diagnosed with cancer was that we’ll never really get over a diagnosis like that. It sticks to me. Even after Xylon had a clear scan, cancer lurks at the back of my mind. When we dream of the future there’s this cloud of cancer that hangs on the edge like a thunderstorm gathering on the horizon. These “what if’s” that are linked to the next scan, the next doctors appointment, the next simple winter…
  • I’ve been hiding all the ugly (or a reminder for when I need courage to be myself)

    Wendy van Eyck
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    You are priceless to me. I love you and honor you. So I will trade other people for you. I will give up other nations to save your lives. Isaiah 43:4 (NIV)Our home went on show this Sunday. We spent hours preparing it for strangers to traipse through and put a value on it. I’ve been hiding all the ugly. Shaking out cushions that have lost their life, putting bins in the cupboard to open up the space, placing shampoo out of sight and appliances in cupboards. We’ve been making our house look perfect. As I hid the laundry bin in a cupboard I thought about how my…
  • When you're going through a deep, dark valley

    Wendy van Eyck
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    A note from Wendy: Today's guest devotional is by a women I've never met but who reached out to me to tell me her story, her story that was like mine but different. Her story of meeting a man with skin darker than hers and making South Africa her home. They now live back in her home country, the USA, but somehow it feels like she could come over for milk tart and rusks and we'd get along just fine. And finally He said to me, “My grace is enough to cover and sustain you. My power is made perfect in weakness.” So ask me about my thorn, inquire about my weaknesses, and I will…
  • When God does nothing

    Wendy van Eyck
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery. Ecclesiastes 8:6-7 (NIV)“I also like it when God does nothing.” I look at my husband and wonder if all the treatments he’s had for cancer are affecting his brain. Then Xylon goes onto say, “I like it when God does nothing because sometimes the things I pray for are pretty stupid. If God let them happen my life would be a mess.”He went on to give an example of a job opportunity that recently fell through. At the time Xylon felt like his dream job had just been denied…
 
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  • Life is a Gift

    Charles Crutcher
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Life is a journey. Life is an adventure. It’s an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks, as Merriam-Webster so eloquently pens it. Each of us are going through something, but for some of us, something is happening to those we love. Worse, it’s happening right before our very eyes. If you have ever found yourself in this situation, read on. Have you ever had to sit by and watch a family member or friend fight cancer? I have. In fact, I have a family member who is fighting stage 4 right now and we are praying for healing. I’m not just writing this for you, but…
  • Believe

    Steve Becker
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    It has been a tough few weeks. I have some close friends who have lost loved ones within the last few weeks.  A couple of close friends have family members that are dealing with major health issues as well. Oh, lets add that my sister-in-law is dealing with breast cancer at a young age as well. My wife’s grandfather, Raymond, passed away almost two weeks ago and his funeral followed shortly thereafter.  I had the honor of officiating at the graveside.  I loved this man like my own grandfather and will miss him. Again, its been a tough few weeks. It’s hard to imagine, but I only…
  • A Word With You

    Charles Crutcher
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Many “dog” years ago, I was a young teenager with long hair, a by product of a lot of rock and roll music. During those formative years, a lot of things were going on internally, and some other dynamics at the time really brought on the confusion. My family moved around a lot, making it difficult to build any deep relationships with other people for very long. My senior year was spent with a bunch of strangers. I felt very lost, to be honest. Have you ever been there? Isolation can happen anywhere, even inside church walls. I found a lot of people inside the church saying things…
  • I Do

    Steve Becker
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    August 5th, 2004 I won the lottery.  Not the one where you pick numbers and become monetarily wealthy.  No, I won a bigger lottery that day.  That day I was joined in marriage with my beautiful wife Jennifer. Fast forward ten years.  Jennifer and I are stronger than ever in our relationship.  Sure, we faced some tough days. I can almost guarantee there were days where she wanted to just boot me out the door and give me directions to a lake of fire.  Yet, here we are. I have grown quite a bit as a man over the last decade.  Everything from how I handle my temper to sharing work at the…
  • Get Busy Living

    Steve Becker
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    One of my all time favorite movies has a quote that I repeat to myself often when I am feeling down and defeated. “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.” – Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption This last two weeks has been a true challenge to stay standing with my head up.  My family has had two major medical events pop up out of the blue and really knock the wind out of us.  Both of these happened within a week of each other and they are going to have a lasting effect at least through Christmas. Mentally I have…
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  • How To Deal With Resentment.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    His Story A man told of how his wife cannot seem to look him in the eye or face. She seems to get irritated at every instance and reacts negatively at almost every thing he says or does. He said it... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • It Is A Race Against Time!

    Ugochi Jolomi
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    The world is in darkness. Wickedness and cruelty is on the increase. Natural disasters are being unleashed back-to-back, epidemics, plagues and many more. Souls are perishing. Men and women are... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Is Love Enough?

    Ugochi Jolomi
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Is love enough to consent to marriage? Is love enough to sustain a marriage or any other relationship? Do we need something more than love? Is there anything more than love? These questions need real... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Wake Up The Love

    Ugochi Jolomi
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    A Poem Do you still melt from the look Do you still shiver from the touch Does it still feel like you’re on a hook Wishing your together time was much Do you still sit up and wait Or you no... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • The Mirror

    Ugochi Jolomi
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Can we truly survive and thrive without a mirror? Of course we can! But speaking in terms of checking our looks, women especially find it difficult to leave the house without looking in the mirror,... Please click on title to READ ALL.
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  • Even When it Hurts

    Keri
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:58 pm
    The last couple of months have been somewhat quiet here on the Love Isn’t Selfish blog. My attention had been pulled away to our non-profit’s […]
  • The Traumatic Life of a Betta with a 3-Year-Old

    Keri
    21 Jun 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Stephie189 / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)  B (the betta) escaped trauma a few nights ago because after giving my […]
  • On the Ark with the Lions

    Keri
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    La Lince / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) For some reason, when I woke up this morning, one of the […]
  • 5 Lessons from Frozen

    Keri
    30 May 2014 | 9:43 pm
    ChaoticMind75 / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0) Like many households, we’ve seen the movie Frozen a time or two. Or […]
  • When Life Shatters

    Keri
    3 May 2014 | 10:36 pm
    The other day, I knocked my tablet off a counter and cracked the screen. It’s not pretty. The same day, I was setting up at […]
 
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  • Hide and Seek

    Toni
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Luke 19 : 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”In the 1960’s, most of the neighborhood moms were home. And that meant that most of the neighborhood kids were home.And that meant daily games of hide-and-seek, especially towards the dusky part of the evening.Finding a place to hide was always a trick. You wanted to be hidden, but you wanted to have a clear line of sight; you wanted to be close enough to home that you only had to run a short distance to touch it, but you wanted to be far enough away that you weren’t found in the first few minutes. A tricky business…
  • Labor Day Encore: My First Blog (Again)

    Ashley
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Interested in writing for Live In The Round?Check out Ashley's vision behind the site and apply here.  (Deadline is today!)We have an amazing team and are so excited to grow our community!So I have a blog. Well, I had a blog. It came about after a friend asked me about an issue that I’d briefly studied, so I typed out my notes and journal entries and sent it to her. From there, I decided that there’s not much more required to actually publish it online, so why not? I thought of a catchy name and developed my voice (mostly coming out of the attitude that most Christian women’s stuff…
  • An Un-Canonized Psalm of Freedom from Sin

    Erin
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Very rarely do prisoners actually escape, nor do they even try. They are in prison with the intention of staying there. Someone has to set them free.We all struggle with patterns of sin, causing us live like trapped prisoners. My husband has been no stranger to that. I recall him saying with certainty a few years back, “This will always be my struggle.” Praise God that he has granted him a deeper understanding of his freedom from the bondage of sin through Christ.For many years now my husband has understood his salvific freedom, meaning that he knows God has rescued him from the grip of…
  • I'm Loud - Get Over It

    Megan
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We all love good redemption story.  The addict who was freed from bondage and is now a servant to The Lord, not drugs and pornography. The murderer of innocent people, turned radical disciple. Who’s the most fascinating person in the Bible to you? For me, it’s the apostle Paul. Paul is responsible for 13 out of the 27 New Testament books of the Bible. However, he never thought that’s what his life would come to.Radical Redemption Paul was a man who absolutely hated Christians (Galatians 1:13,14). He did not just dislike them; he wanted them dead. Remember,…
  • My Chains Are Gone

    Jennie
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    After learning of Robin Williams’ death, I decided to honor him with a screening of Aladdin. At the end of the movie, Aladdin has a final wish to request from his magical genie, voiced by Williams.  He wishes for Genie’s freedom. Genie is in shock, repeating the phrase, “I’m free, I’m free. I’m free. I’m free at last!” You can watch the short clip below.  As Genie realizes the amazement of being set free, it reminds me of the freedom we are given through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Through God’s amazing grace and love, we are set free from our sins. In the…
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  • Scandal!

    Michael Thompson
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    It appears that modern culture loves a good old-fashioned scandal. Heck, we even have a hit TV show by that name! Nothing rattles the airwaves or creates viral impact like a scandal involving some lecherous leader or fallen star. Whether pastor or politician; celebrity or corporate executive, it seems sadly we are titillated and fascinated by tarnished, adulterated implosions. Face it, there is a perverse societal interest when people topple from grace. I got to thinking about it. Maybe herein lays the secret to transforming the church’s impact on culture: …recover and unleash…
  • …the half of it.

    Michael Thompson
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    “You don’t know the half of it!” It was an unexpected response from this gifted software developer. And it was said with the wry smile of someone who knew “stuff”…inside info about which I had no clue. I had commented on the leading edge characteristics of some new features just added to our company’s stock analysis software. He looked at me as if regarding an uninitiated neophyte. Now understand, I am the lead national instructor for this software. I have taught tens of thousands of customers the intricacies and techniques of using it successfully. I…
  • Making Waves

    Michael Thompson
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    The weather was perfect for a boat ride so I was thrilled when my boss invited me to join him and his son for a ride on the intracoastal waterway in Wrightsville Beach. The boat is a slick little Super Air Nautique designed specifically for wakeboarding. As we tooled down the river with teens in tow, Chris explained that the boat actually uses built-in ballasts to take on water and increase weight. This lowers the hull in the water and creates a deep, surf-like wake. We were literally making waves. What happened next blew my mind. His son pulled himself into the deep wake just feet behind the…
  • Bubble Wrapped

    Michael Thompson
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    Whirling dervish. It’s my nickname at work. I got it because when it comes to setting up or tearing down a trade show booth, I get focused, frenetic and fierce. People step back to watch me destroy the booth and pack up all its contents in minutes. But my work style ain’t pretty! And without fail, I always hurt myself. It’s not just at work either. My kids will regale you with stories of  how often I bang my head, smash my finger, slam my knee or elbow into something–and my resultant fits of dramatically expressed pain. And no, they are NOT laughing…
  • I Pick You!

    Michael Thompson
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    As I stared across the room I smiled and marveled at the wonderful, radiant woman she has become. It seemed like yesterday that my older brother and sister-in-law brought her home to be part of our big, crazy family. It was not a simple or an easy journey. But from day one this little girl had a warmth, kindness and depth we all recognized as a special gift from God. All the kids in our extended family are amazing, genuine, undeniable blessings. But we all recognize that there is something unique about Lenae. A few days ago when I got to see her I watched her interact with her wildly…
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  • Bible Verses about Salvation

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Bible verses about Salvation Introduction to what the Bible says about Salvation These Bible verses about salvation reveal how we can be forgiven of everything we have ever done wrong—no matter how bad—and enter the family of God. Bible Verses about Salvation Contents Introduction to what the Bible says about Salvation A Letter for you […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
  • Bible Verses about Sin

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Bible verses about Sin Introduction to what the Bible says about Sin These Bible verses about sin reveal that everyone has sinned and that there is nothing we can do by ourselves to earn forgiveness. We cannot stop sinning and no number of good deeds we perform can ever erase them. Bible Verses about Sin […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
  • Bible Verses about Providence

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Bible verses about Providence Introduction to what the Bible says about Providence These Bible verses about providence reveal that God is in control. God did not create everything once and for all at the beginning of time and then step out of the process to let it run on its own by the laws of […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
  • Bible Verses about Creation

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Bible verses about Creation Introduction to what the Bible says about Creation These Bible verses about creation reveal that God created the universe. This is the literal, take home message of the Bible and the world He created is all around us. It is fundamentally down to us to discover how this happened and to […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
  • Bible Verses about God

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Bible verses about God Introduction to what the Bible says about God In the following Bible verses about God we have vital answers to the most fundamental questions we can ever ask. The answers we discover to “Who is God?” and “What is God like?” can influence every other question and decision we make in […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
 
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  • Are You a Convert? Tell Your Story!

    Anastasios Hudson
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Anastasios Hudson Baptized, July 2006 (o.s.) Are you a convert to the GOC under Archbishop Kallinikos, our sister Russian Church (the ROCOR under Met. Agafangel), or our sister Romanian Church?  Would you be willing to share you conversion story?  If so, please contact me at anastasios At anastasios.hudson DOT com. I will be editing a collection of conversion stories and would love to have your contribution.  You can help others sort through the issues and make the decision to join our Church! In Christ, Anastasios
  • Answering a Sincere New Calendarist Inquirer

    Anastasios Hudson
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    Dear in Christ A., Since the last time we talked I have looked into some other “true” churches and have been absolutely appalled at much of their beliefs. However, this is still not the case for your church. Who from what I see is teaching the same Orthodoxy of the Holy Fathers. I’d be curious to know which other “true” Churches you have investigated and which teachings of theirs you find appalling. It seems to me that many in this day and age imitate the Greek Old Calendar Church.  In other cases, there were former members of our Church that left us and went…
  • New Book: Metropolitan Petros of Astoria

    Anastasios Hudson
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Thanks be to God, I have finally published my book, Metropolitan Petros of Astoria: A Microcosm of the Old Calendar Movement in America. This book, which was originally my Master’s thesis at St. Vladimir’s Seminary (2005), has been edited and corrected, and formatted for publication. At present, the book is available in print-on-demand and ebook formats from the following locations: Print: CreateSpace and Amazon.com Ebook: Amazon Kindle, Lulu, Kobo, Nook, iBookstore From the back cover of the print edition: “Metropolitan Petros of Astoria was born Stephanos Astyfides on…
  • Excerpt from Upcoming Book on Metropolitan Petros

    Anastasios Hudson
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    My book, Metropolitan Petros: A Microcosm of the Old Calendar Church in America will be released as an ebook and in print-on-demand format this week, God-willing. I am putting together the final edits and formatting to meet the various publishers’ requirements. In the meantime, here is an excerpt of the work, the Preface to the Published Edition. Please stay tuned, and plan to purchase your copy, which will help raise awareness of this monumental figure, and help support my writing career and family! Preface to the Published Edition The first time that I visited the Cathedral of Saint…
  • New Calendarist Elders

    Anastasios Hudson
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Part of my ongoing Correspondence series, featuring replies to people who contacted me and asked questions, mostly when I served as a priest (2008-2013). Dear Chris, I’m not surprised that you are struggling with the issue of how to view the New Calendarist elders. Almost everyone who comes down this path has to confront this issue.  I also had to consider it, of course.  As you know from my article I sent you[1], I do not believe that struggling from within makes any sense or is good for the soul, and I think that “elderphilia” is a cancer in modern Orthodoxy.  To me, the idea…
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  • Writing and listening after Ferguson

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    I tried to write about Ferguson. I tried five times. I sat down at my computer, reading and writing, reading and writing. Thinking of conversations I’d had, of classes I’d taken, of what my friends had told me about their experiences, of my own experiences. I tried five times, but it didn’t work. I published one piece on this blog but took it down after an hour because I couldn’t escape the feeling that it wasn’t helpful — that I was writing just to write, rather than offering anything truly beneficial. Bloggers, I know, are not supposed to post pieces and…
  • For or against year round school?

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    I just read that some schools in Michigan are getting government funds to test out a new year round school regimen. My first reaction was It’s about time. American schools have considerably longer summer breaks than some better-performing schools in Europe and Asia, and we all know how much students forget over the course of a summer. To be clear, the year round school isn’t exactly accurate because students will still receive long breaks. Some suggest a five-week break in the summer, with several two-week breaks at other times, or breaks of varying lengths throughout the course…
  • When something needs to change

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    I won’t forget those toys in the sandbox, the ones that looked like little compact excavators. A red excavator sat across from a yellow one, and I would sit on one and my brother would sit on the other, and we’d dig. There’s nothing quite like miniaturized heavy machinery to get young boys excited. Painted and peeling nuts and bolts atop an inflexible spring. It wasn’t hard to imagine riding a bull or manning a bulldozer, all macho and crazy. The excavators were planted in the sand so that they couldn’t move. All you could do was sit on the sunburned metal seat and swivel, creaking,…
  • “Winning the internet” and how to resent much of the new online universe

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Imagine if I’d elected as the tagline for this post: “If you don’t read this you’re probably wasting your life.” You’d likely think I was being an overdramatic jerk, but you might click on it anyway, just to see what I had to say. Like the rest of you web connoisseurs/consumers, I’ve come to know a thing or two about the reality of the “clickable headline.” Thank you, internet. What can I say? I like Buzzfeed. Sue me. I like seeing 23 photos taken one second before utter catastrophe. I like someone showing me the 40 most powerful photographs ever taken. The 21…
  • Reflections after one year of writing on the internet

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    This week marks my blog’s one-year anniversary! After you’ve done anything for a year, you learn a thing or two about the right ways and the wrong ways of going about it. Before anything, I want to say thank you to all the faithful readers out there! It’s very encouraging to hear that people are reading and sharing what’s written here. Reads, comments, Likes, and shares are pure gold for a blogger. Thank you for your thoughts and interest. I’m sure some of you read this blog simply because you know me – thanks for that, and keep doing it! – but I do hope I can write something of…
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  • Orlando For Faith Travelers

    Ruth Hill
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    As you plan a trip to wildly popular Orlando, consider adding some "unexpected" inspirational visits that will enhance your vacation experiences. The post Orlando For Faith Travelers appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Canada’s Prince Edward Island Celebrates 150

    Ruth Hill
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Founders Week is August 28-September 7 in Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island province, and multiple events are on the calendar including a flotilla of Tall Ships that will visit the island. The post Canada’s Prince Edward Island Celebrates 150 appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Star-Spangled Banner Celebrates 200

    Ruth Hill
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    The War of 1812 is often forgotten, but two enduring symbols survived that conflict - the Star-Spangled Banner and the National Anthem which honors it. The post Star-Spangled Banner Celebrates 200 appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Plan Ahead for Popular Christmas Markets

    Ruth Hill
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    The popularity of Christmas Markets on both sides of the Atlantic is making early travel planning advisable. Open in late November and close just after Christmas. The post Plan Ahead for Popular Christmas Markets appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Camp Meetings Recall Frontier Faith

    Ruth Hill
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Camp meetings are living faith encounters that have their roots in the Great Awakening of the early 19th century, and seeded later tent revival meetings. The post Camp Meetings Recall Frontier Faith appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
 
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  • Billy Graham Stories

    Silas Eke
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Bundesarchiv, Bild 194-0798-22 / Lachmann, Hans / CC-BY-SA [CC-BY-SA-3.0-de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia CommonsThe Christian cannot do anything without Christ. Billy Graham was preaching, and a chap listened intently and later told Billy: “Do you know why I cannot be a Christian? It is because I fear that when I start, I cannot hold on” To this Billy replied: “Don’t ever forget that!” You can never be able to hold out without Christ!The Bible is God's TNTOnce the great Evangelist Billy Graham sent his New Testament to a…
  • There is no denomination in heaven!

    Silas Eke
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    First Corinthians Chapters 1-4A Baptist Pastor had a dream and found himself fully dressed with a Bible in hand at the gate of heaven. As he was about to enter, he heard so many people crying and wailing in hell. He went to the gate and met the gate-keeper. He asked the gate-keeper “Who are those crying? Is there a Baptist there?” The Gate-keeper answered, “No” He said, I thought so!. In order to satisfy his curiosity, he asked, Are there some Methodists there? He again answered No! He asked of all the other denominations he knows, and the answer still was, no! He left there confused.
  • Only Jesus Loves Me Unconditionally

    Silas Eke
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    The story is told of a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco. “Mom and dad, I am coming home, but I’ve a favour to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring home with me.” “Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him”.“There’s something you should know,” the son continued, “he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.”“I am sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere…
  • It is well with my Soul

    Silas Eke
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The song "It Is Well With My Soul" was written by a successful Christian lawyer, Horatio Spafford. His only son died at age 4 in 1870. In 1871, the great Chicago fire wiped out his vast estate made from a successful legal career. In 1873, he sent his wife and four daughters over to Europe on a summer trip on the ill-fated SS Ville du Havre. Since he had a lot of work to do, he planned to follow them later. The ship sank and he lost his four daughters with the wife being the only survivor. She sent him a famous telegram which simply read, "SAVED ALONE...."  On his return home, his Law…
  • Raising Godly Teenagers

    Silas Eke
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Ecclesiastes 11:9-10: “Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And in the sight of your eyes; But know that for all these God will bring you into judgment.  Therefore remove sorrow from your heart, And put away evil from your flesh, for childhood and youth are vanity.”It is the desire of every parent that the children grow up to become God-fearing and respectable members of the society. We would all like our children to grow up in Christ. God also wishes that all children grow up to love Him and know…
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  • Don’t Be Anxious About Anything

    Sonya Richards
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    What The Bible Says. Don’t Be Anxious About Anything Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians Chapter 4, Verse 6 Are there times we pray for things that we ought not to?  James Chapter 4, Verse 3 says when we […] The post Don’t Be Anxious About Anything appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • Christians Support Same Sex Marriage?

    Sonya Richards
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Should Christians Support Same Sex Marriage? Why supporting same sex marriage is not loving “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not […] The post Christians Support Same Sex Marriage? appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls

    Robert
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    Publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls Soon after the scrolls were discovered at Qumran, they were studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the American Schools of Oriental Research, also in Jerusalem. Eventually the effort was somewhat consolidated at the Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française in East Jerusalem. In 1952 G. Lankester Harding, […] The post The Dead Sea Scrolls appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • John Chapter 4 – Can God Use Me If I Am Divorced?

    Robert
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Can God use me if I am Divorced? John Chapter 4 Many of the Samaritans from that village committed themselves to him because of the woman’s witness: “He knew all about the things I did. He knows me inside and out!” They asked him to stay on, so Jesus stayed two days. A lot more […] The post John Chapter 4 – Can God Use Me If I Am Divorced? appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
  • Prayer Is For Us So Don’t Lose Faith

    Sonya Richards
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Prayer is for us You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.  James Chapter 4:2 (NIV) I have heard people question why we pray.  Prayer is for Us.  The argument is, […] The post Prayer Is For Us So Don’t Lose Faith appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
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  • What Most People Get Wrong About David and Goliath

    Get Better Today
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Photo via The Gospel Project   The story of David and Goliath is one of the most popular of all time.  But there’s a problem… Most of us don’t fully understand the REAL meaning of the story. That’s why we though you’d enjoy this short video… Matt Chandler, one of the best bible teachers on the planet, explains the true biblical meaning behind the story David and Goliath and what most people get wrong about it.     Share On Facebook! Share On Twitter!  
  • This Picture Will Make You Thankful For Everything You Have

    Get Better Today
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Think your life is tough? Sometimes we all need a healthy reminder of how blessed we are… Look at the picture below.  It will make you thankful for everything you have. Photo via Reddit. Share On Facebook! Share On Twitter!
  • 11 Christian T-Shirts From Faith-Based Companies That You’ll Fall In Love With

    Get Better Today
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:14 pm
    For a really long time, if you wanted to buy a trendy T-Shirt from a faith-based, Christian Company – you were out of luck.   The few shirts you could find, were mostly corny. But those days are over. Today, there are a few clothing companies that are dominating the Christian T-Shirt game.  Their gear is sooo impressive, that we had to let you know about it! 1.  Artic Flow Tee via Grateful Apparel – $25  BUY IT HERE Photo via instagram.com/gratefulapparel 2.  Iron Sharpens Iron via Walk In Love – $25  BUY IT HERE Photo via Instagram.com/WalkInLove 3.  Coffee…
  • 25 Things I’ve Learned In My First Twenty-Five Years

    Michael Fear
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:52 pm
    With my illustrious 26th birthday coming up, I thought I’d reflect on my first quarter-century.  Here are 25 things I’ve learned in my first twenty-five years…   #1 – Stay Out Of Debt This is #1 on the list for a reason.  It’s the first thing that popped in my mind and that’s because it’s incredibly important. The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. -Proverbs 22:7   #2 - Failure Is Painful, But Rewarding Many of my greatest blessings came at the end of failure.  In a culture where failure is…
  • Francis Chan Talks About Discipleship With ChaseGodTV

    Get Better Today
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Francis Chan, Pastor and the best-selling author of Crazy Love, recently sat down with the guys at ChaseGodTV to discuss making disciples. Since Chan is one of the most genuine guys we’ve ever come across, we had to so share this short video with you.  He talks about the importance of discipleship, how the devil will fight against it and overcoming the challenges associated with making disciples.   Share On Facebook! Share On Twitter!  
 
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  • September: Goodbye Food Entitlement

    Julie Wilson
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Does the Journey Get Easier? Someone asked me yesterday if eating right is easy for me now. It has been almost four years, after all. My response was no, and I don’t know if it will ever be easy for me. It’s my normal now, and most of the time I choose to eat right. The truth is that I am still tempted every meal, and I have to make a conscious decision every time. It’s not an automatic thing that happens easily.  It’s a meal by meal choice that I have to choose for myself and be intentional about. Will Run for Food It’s been really easy to get off track lately. I can tell you that…
  • Three Misconceptions About My Former Obesity

    Matt Hylton
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Assumptions Can Result in Misconceptions For many of my former obese years, people had formulated misconceptions or warped views about my obesity. I was thinking about how often people assumed things about my obesity, yet never actually took the time to ask me anything. I have chosen three misconceptions to share with you, the reader. These are not exhaustive and I am sure there is a lot more that could be talked about. MISCONCEPTION 1:  He Must Eat Everything I can only speak for myself when I say “Heck no!” I was a very picky eater. I liked fast food, sodas, pizza, tacos,…
  • Prepare Yourself : Lessons from Marathon Training

    Julie Wilson
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    Definition of a Journey I am amazed at the parallels I see in my running journey when compared to my weight loss journey.  A journey is the act or instance of traveling from one place to another according to Webster’s definition. To me, the definition makes it seem simple and to the point. If you have been on or are currently on a journey in your life, you know this couldn’t be further from the truth. Journeys have ups and downs, moving forward and backward, and sometimes a complete loop. Almost Prepared: The Long Run A few Saturday’s ago was my weekly long run. I was scheduled to…
  • Julie’s Journey to the Indianapolis Marathon

    Julie Wilson
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    It’s getting real. When I was challenged to do my first full marathon this year, I had no idea all the things that would go through my head while out on my training runs. Most of my thoughts actually revert back to when I was living an unhealthy lifestyle. I remember all the things I couldn’t do. I remember seeing other runners out in inclement weather, or crazy hours of the day and think they needed to wake up. Who in their right mind would put themselves through that? Becoming Capable. And now..I am one of those people! I was scheduled to run 12 miles for my long run this week.
  • A Mustard Seed Beginning

    Julie Wilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Recently I was out for one of my first marathon training runs. When I run, I like to think about things, pray, and let my mind wander sometimes. On this particular run, I was about 2 miles in and thinking about my journey. I was thinking about how far I have come, yet how far I still have to go as far as training for a marathon goes. The thought: A Mustard Seed Here I was running 3 miles, when that is not even close to the distance I will be tackling in October. A verse came into my mind, and at the time I didn’t even know what the source of the verse was, but knew this would be so…
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    United Faith Church

  • New Season

    Kris Burke
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Psalm 1:3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. UFC, Most trees spend years growing before they finally begin to give off their fruit. They establish their roots, grow down deep and sturdy their limbs before they can finally bear the weight of the fruit. Then, when the season is right, they bear the fruit they were meant to bear. We too, as a church, have gone through the growing years. We have established ourselves in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have grown our roots…
  • The Father’s Plan

    Kris Burke
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Ezekiel 11:19-20 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. UFC, What is the pu