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  • Power From on High

    Interpulpit
    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…
  • 31 Signs You Might Be a Pastor’s Kid.

    Stuff Christians Like
    Jon
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Today is a guest post from Barnabas Piper. He’s a pastor’s kid, just like me. You might have heard of his dad, Bill Piper. I’m kidding, it’s John. If you’d like to write a guest post, click here!)  Back in the 90s, comedian Jeff Foxworthy did a bit called “You Might Be a Redneck if . . .” What followed the “if” was something like “ . . .your wife’s hairdo has ever been destroyed by a ceiling fan” or “ . . .you refer to the 5th grade as ‘my senior year’.” I have developed my own set of criteria to help pick out pastors’ kids (PKs).
  • The 60-second Church Communication Assessment and Auxano’s New Service: The Virtual Communication Audit

    Will Mancini
    Will Mancini
    9 May 2014 | 10:23 am
    This week we had fun releasing a new service at Auxano. We are calling it the Church Communication Virtual Audit. For years we have done communicate audits onsite through our Vision Framing work and out Guest Perspective Evaluations. We find that we can deliver a lot of value really fast when we are onsite. Finally the thought occurred to our 8-person Church Communications team: Why can’t we help any church with their communications whether we go onsite or not? Voila! The virtual audit was birthed. Se we thought we would tease the church world with this four-part lightning-quick…
  • Free Book Giveaway // The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication

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    Kenny Jahng
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Free Book Giveaway // The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication
  • Intelligent design proponent vindicated by new findings

    WORLDmag.com
    Dick Peterson
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Intelligent design proponent Michael Behe, a Lehigh University biochemist, withstood a barrage of criticism for an inference he made in his 2007 book, The Edge of Evolution . Stung by Behe’s presentation of direct evidence that threatens the mechanism of random mutation and natural selection as the creative force for life, Darwinists picked a minor point in the book’s argument, declared it erroneous, and used it to besmirch Behe’s entire work, and Behe himself. According to a recent
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    WORLDmag.com

  • Intelligent design proponent vindicated by new findings

    Dick Peterson
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Intelligent design proponent Michael Behe, a Lehigh University biochemist, withstood a barrage of criticism for an inference he made in his 2007 book, The Edge of Evolution . Stung by Behe’s presentation of direct evidence that threatens the mechanism of random mutation and natural selection as the creative force for life, Darwinists picked a minor point in the book’s argument, declared it erroneous, and used it to besmirch Behe’s entire work, and Behe himself. According to a recent
  • Is the apostrophe on top of the endangered grammar list?

    Emily Scheie
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    The world’s most endangered things include elephants in Africa, tigers in India, and apostrophes in England. For such a small punctuation mark, the apostrophe has generated great confusion and debate, and some grammarians argue it’s time to let the apostrophe go the way of the dodo bird. Linguists see evidence of the apostrophe’s decline, and text messaging may have slackened its use. But auto-correct programs and editors continue to insert the small swoosh, preserving what
  • L.A. charter schools save students from sex, drugs, and gangs

    Kiley Crossland
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Students who attend more rigorous high schools engage in healthier behaviors than their peers, according to a study released this week. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, surveyed low-income minority students who applied to attend three high-performing charter schools in Los Angeles. The researchers compared the students who were admitted by lottery, to those who were not admitted, most of whom ended up at low-performing public schools. The study found the teens at the
  • Midday Roundup: Witnesses dispute claims Arizona inmate suffered during execution

    Lynde Langdon
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Unusual, yes, but cruel? Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered a review of Wednesday’s execution of convicted murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood. The execution lasted one hour and 57 minutes, during which time Wood’s lawyers appealed to the state Supreme Court to halt the process. Wood died while the hearing was underway. A reporter wrote that Wood gasped for air for about 90 minutes during the execution, but other witnesses said that was not the case. Stephanie Grisham, press secretary for
  • Dreaming his dreams

    Chelsea Kolz Boes
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    I was sitting on our neighbors’ outdoor patio a few weeks ago watching my husband play music. There, on the chilly wet lawn at dusk, he, his friend Jesse, and our neighbor Tait passed a melody between their three guitars—an activity musicians call “jamming,” which is totally alien to me because I play nothing but first-grade piano. We sat in four lawn chairs while the rain turned the brick patio dark in spots. Since I felt illiterate and had no instrument in my lap, I watched the
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • How Your Life Really Can Change [and what to do when change comes]

    ann
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    Audio for this post: if you’d like to listen to today’s post — just click above on the arrow (not the text) for  an audio recording of this farm girl reading today’s post — and then scroll through the post?  {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} The kid went to get a big machete. A year and a half later, I think of that everyday. How he and his brother took off down that dirt road with their last handful of American tourist dollars to spend on that one longed for glint of steel before the flight home. How…
  • When There are Wars & Planes Fall from the Sky: How to Face the Problem of Evil & the Greater Problem of Good

    ann
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    So after dinner, she picks coneflowers in the garden. Cradles the long stems in her apron skirt, carries them up through the picket gate. And she turns to me on the top step of the porch, holds her apron out to me, all those purple petals — art in an apron. “Why is there all this loveliness?” She wants to know. I almost tell her — The World is full of loveliness because it’s full of of His love. Isn’t that the meaning of beauty? The fundamental purpose of loveliness — is to convey His love. Everywhere, wildflowers, even in cracks in concrete sidewalks. Everywhere, this…
  • What You Can Hold On To — Before Things (and You) Fail this Week

    ann
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    When the three oldest kids and a bunch of their friends and I met Jefferson Bethke – he knocked us all over with this brilliance, humour, and genuine care and warmth. He’s the kind of guy you want in your faith community, down your street, hanging out around a campfire with his wife and baby girl being real and sharing real Jesus. Jefferson has that compelling story of overcoming a painful childhood of poverty and a broken home, and this gives him a unique perspective on the grace of God and the work of Jesus in his life and the lives of others. It’s this perspective that has…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [07.19.14]

    ann
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Aerial photographs from around the world.  This life is a gift. Dutch physicist has created an extraordinary collection of artwork using coloured X-rays - must see He saved a man’s life – but couldn’t save his own. Then this happened. And what his dad said…  and yes, yes, yes — the whole earth is full of His glory … {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?}  what happens when people care for a stranger in Lowe’s  “I thank the guys and they look at me and say, ‘It was our honor…’”…
  • Why Now is the Time: Let’s All Be Brave

    ann
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    When you meet Annie Downs, you feel like you’ve come home. Home to realest and honest and funniest friend you didn’t know you had. No one meets Annie and doesn’t want her as their best friend. Annie’s spent the last few years focused on writing for teen girls and their leaders, but she never has forgotten her friends. The ones who are in college, the mamas, the singles, the husbands of her best friends. In Annie’s newest book, Let’s All Be Brave, she hopes to inspire these, her friends- men and women, to identify courage in their own lives, embrace it,…
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    Stuff Christians Like

  • 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…
  • How to Hillbilly Up a Worship Song.

    Jon
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I made fun of my friend Sojourner because he wore a tiger shirt on stage. I teased him because I was jealous that he could pull off a shirt with a full tiger face with no degree of irony. He is simply that cool. He didn’t even reference the shirt during the announcements he was reading from stage. I am not nearly that cool. Even saying the phrase “Snapback” in reference to a hat seems like something I am not cool enough to do. In retaliation, he bought me a shirt, the majesty of which is probably going to explode your computer. I have named it “Freedom,” here it is:…
  • Well actually, the Sabbath is Saturday.

    Jon
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s hard to believe that the World Cup is almost over. Soon we’ll have to say goodbye to loads of games, exciting international play, and … the friend who tells you to call it “football” not “soccer.” I love this friend, but only if they call the NFL, “American football.” And they better call the field “the pitch” and be able to name a player other than Ronaldo. If you’re going to chastise me for saying the word “soccer” which is Greek for “seriously, why are we arguing about this over a veggie plate at a…
  • The “everyone is on vacation, anything goes church service,” AKA tomorrow.

    Jon
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    (I can’t believe we’ve been kicking around this site for 6 years. It’s become a tradition that 4th of July weekend I repost the piece that started the Skittles running joke and let the cat out of the bag about how church is going to be. Consider this your guide to what’s going to happen at your church tomorrow if you live in the United States.) It is a poorly kept secret that the weekend before or after a big holiday, your church is going to do things a little differently than on most Sundays. That is, with a large portion of the congregation out on vacation, they’re…
  • 31 Signs You Might Be a Pastor’s Kid.

    Jon
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Today is a guest post from Barnabas Piper. He’s a pastor’s kid, just like me. You might have heard of his dad, Bill Piper. I’m kidding, it’s John. If you’d like to write a guest post, click here!)  Back in the 90s, comedian Jeff Foxworthy did a bit called “You Might Be a Redneck if . . .” What followed the “if” was something like “ . . .your wife’s hairdo has ever been destroyed by a ceiling fan” or “ . . .you refer to the 5th grade as ‘my senior year’.” I have developed my own set of criteria to help pick out pastors’ kids (PKs).
 
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    Acton Institute

  • The Economics of Liberation Theology

    Acton Web
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    by Carroll Ríos De Rodríguez None of the prominent liberation theologians influential in Latin America had significant training in or exposure to the discipline of economics. This was odd given that their concern for the material well-being demanded at least some attempt to provide an economic explanation of underdevelopment and mass poverty.read more
  • Lightening Our Burdens

    Acton Web
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    by Rev. Robert A. Sirico Recently, a 14-year-old in Michigan carried his younger brother on his back for 40 miles. The younger brother (Braden) is afflicted with cerebral palsy, and his big brother, Hunter, wanted to bring awareness to the disease while trying to raise money for medical research. Over the course of two days, the brothers completed their journey, which they called the "Cerebral Palsy Swagger." A cynic might look at this and say, "So what? What did the kid prove? His little brother still has cerebral palsy, and he didn't even raise that much money."…
  • Charles Malik

    Acton Web
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    From 1906  to 1987 The greatest thing about any civilization is the human person, and the greatest thing about this person is the possibility of his encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. In the Liberal Tradition read more
  • How Much Progress has Acton made with its Capital Campaign?

    Acton Web
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    by Kris Alan Mauren In the Winter 2012 issue of Religion & Liberty, I discussed Acton's decision to seek a new downtown headquarters. Our growth over the last few years has been phenomenal. In the FAQ column from 2012, I briefly mentioned our Acton@25 Capital Campaign. This initiative not only secured our move to 98 E. Fulton but allowed us to make the kind of investments that will enhance our current work while continuing to expand. Acton FAQ read more
  • Ambition Meets Complexity in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Acton Web
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    by Matthea Brandenburg Review of The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs And the Quest to End Poverty by Nina Munk (Doubleday 2013) 272 pages; $26.95. Jeffrey Sachs, the world-renowned professor of economics and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the Millennium Development Goals, makes a bold claim: Extreme poverty can be eradicated and the means for doing so may not be as difficult as we imagine. Review read more
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • w/God: "A Dallas Willard Conversation"

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:41 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.February 24, 2013This weekend John Ortberg and Scott Scruggs discuss some highlights from the 2013 Dallas Willard Center Conference that took place in Santa Barbara this past week, looking at some amazing insights from Dallas Willard on topics like Confession, Spiritual Formation and much more. Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or…
  • Best of MPPC Sermons

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:39 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+.
  • Lincoln and the Search for God

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Join us for a 4th of July weekend message from John Ortberg on Lincoln and the Search for God. Lincoln was raised in a very harsh religious upbringing, was a convinced skeptic who believed that reason was opposed to faith as a young man, then had his thoughts on faith deeply shaped by suffering, and ended up in his second inaugural address offering the most profound theological reflection of any presidential remarks in history. This look at his lifelong faith journey will actually reflect the spiritual dynamics of the Bay area in our day in fascinating, remarkable, and enlightening…
  • The Most Important

    29 Jun 2014 | 1:06 pm
    This week John concludes our series, “This or That: The Secret to Making Great Decisions” by looking at the most important decision in our lives… to follow Christ.Featured Scripture:Joel 1:2;3:1,3,13;3:10,12,13,14,16 Deuteronomy 30:19, Joshua 24:15, 1 Kings 18:22, Matthew 6:24, Revelation 21:12, Psalm 56:8, Isaiah 2:4;53:5Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad

    23 Jun 2014 | 3:48 pm
    This Fathers Day weekend, John continues our series, "This or That: The Secret to Making Great Decisions" honoring fathers and looking at some of the biggest decisions in our lives.Featured Scripture:Proverbs 8:1,10-11, Luke 14:28, Nehemiah 3:12;3:5, Ephesians 3:16-17, Acts 6:3;21:8-9Check 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

  • On Gaza, Israel, Netanyahu, Moral Superiority, and Being Human

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    "And what shall we do, we ordinary people? I pray we can listen to our hearts. My heart tells me that “never again” is not a tribal slogan, that the murder of my grandparents in Auschwitz does not justify the ongoing dispossession of Palestinians, that justice, truth, peace are not tribal prerogatives. That Israel’s “right to defend itself,” unarguable in principle, does not validate mass killing." - Gabor Mate, Jewish survivor of Nazi genocide Mate says: I have visited Gaza and the West Bank. I saw multi-generational Palestinian families weeping in hospitals around the bedsides of…
  • A death, the theoretic, and a poem ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    My friend Jason Derr sent me this: Over the weekend liberation theologian Rubem Alves - founder of the theopoetic - passed away. He was 80. His book 'The Poet, The Warrior, The Prophet' is a beautiful study on language, imagination and religion. I like to say that it is would have happened if Allen Ginsberg (beat poet, writer of 'Howl') were to write theology. Here is Alves' poem "Tomorrow’s Children" What is hope? It is a presentiment that imagination is more real and reality less real than it looks. It is a hunch that the overwhelming brutality of facts that oppress and repress is not the…
  • Q & R: How do you respond to N. T. Wright?

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Here's the Q: First, let me say how instrumental your work has been for me personally. Books like The Secret Message of Jesus and A New Kind of Christianity have forever shaped my life and ministry, and I'm exceedingly grateful for that. Second, I feel "stuck in conservative Christianity" as I watch and listen to you and others like Rob Bell and Adam Hamilton embrace a Christian position that embraces faithful, monogamous homosexual lifestyles. I consider myself fairly open to those biblical arguments that push to legitimatize faithful and love-filled homosexuality. In fact, I even offer to…
  • How (parts of) the Church Will Change on Homosexuality

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    I was invited to be part of a panel on LGBT human rights recently. I shared a four-zone schema for understanding religious responses to the reality that something like 3-6% of human beings turn out to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered. 1. Promote violence against and stigmatization of LGBT people in the name of God and religion. 2. Oppose violence but uphold stigmatization of LGBT people in the name of God and religion. 3. Oppose violence and seek to reduce stigmatization of LGBT people in the name of God and religion. 4. Oppose violence and replace stigmatization with equality and…
  • To brighten your outlook for the week ahead ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Wisdom and beauty and joy from my friend Bob Jackson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzikvK1WRCc
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    byFaith

  • Downwardly mobile for Jesus

    Larry Hoop
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    It is likely that few of us would expect to find an article praising the work of a PCA church on the website of Aljazeera America; but that’s where the following article originates. As you read, remember I Peter 2:12:  “Always let others see you behaving properly, even though they may still accuse you of doing wrong. Then on the day of judgment, they will honor God by telling the good things they saw you do.” (CEV) BALTIMORE, Md. — At the corner of Laurens Street and Fulton Avenue, a man watches Matthew Loftus walk by with his 21-month-old daughter, Naomi, strapped to his…
  • Dr. Lloyd Kim Nominated as MTW Coordinator

    Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Lawrenceville, Georgia, July 23, 2014 – The Committee on Mission to the World (CMTW) is pleased to announce the nomination today of Dr. Lloyd Kim of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to serve as the next coordinator of Mission to the World (MTW), pending election by the 2015 General Assembly. Dr. Kim has served as a missionary with MTW since 2004 in the Philippines and then in Cambodia, and is currently MTW’s international director of Asia-Pacific. Mark Bates, chair of CMTW and senior pastor of Village Seven Presbyterian Church said, “Dr. Kim is a proven missionary leader. He displays a rare…
  • Charles Turner – 1925-2014

    Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Charles E. Turner, husband, dad, pastor, friend, WWII Marine Corps veteran, teacher, and Loyal Servant of his Redeemer. died Friday, June 20, 2014, Charles joined his beloved Mary in the Heavenly presence of God. Charles was born in Carroll County, Ga., to Buren and Mary Turner March 28, 1925. He lived his early years on a farm and attended school through the 10th grade near Carrollton, Ga. In 1943, upon the death of his father, Charles joined the Marines. He served in the Pacific and spent some time in China. Upon his discharge he returned home, acquired his GED and attended West Georgia…
  • Kooistra New President of Erskine College

    Staff
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    The Rev. William S. Cain, chairman of the Erskine Board of Trustees, announced today that Dr. Paul Kooistra of Suwannee, Ga., has been appointed president of Erskine College and Theological Seminary. “I am thrilled to have Dr. Paul Kooistra as president and part of the Erskine family,” Cain said. “He is a time-tested leader who lives out his life with grace and humility before the Lord.” Kooistra, who has headed Mission to the World (MTW), an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America, since 1994, previously served for nearly a decade as president of Covenant Theological Seminary in…
  • A Friend in a Friendless Business

    Zoe Erler
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Brothers Josh and Mark Nottingham are different sides of the same coin. Casual and effusive, Josh, 35, is the personality at the forefront of the family’s Indianapolis-based company-ministry. Thoughtful and measured, Mark, 32, provides the operational expertise that serves as the backbone for the almost 40-year-old Missionary Auto and Truck Service (MATS) International. Together, they steer a company that is changing the way people in ministry — and across the PCA — are buying cars. Parallel Journeys, Unexpected Destination Although the brothers grew up around cars, a career in the…
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    From the CCblogs Network

  • Dissolving bitterness (or learning to trust the church again)

    Martha-Lynn Corner
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Once, when I was about seven, I jumped into the car after school and grabbed a Thermos rolling around on the floor. I was sweaty and dying of thirst and expecting water, or lukewarm juice, but was hit instead with a mouthful of my mother's leftover coffee.It was horrendous. read more
  • A parallel start in New Orleans

    L. Gail Irwin
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    On a recent mission trip to New Orleans, I visited Carrollton United Methodist Church, where two brand-new pastors are dreaming of a new venture: a parallel start. read more
  • Put me to sleep, Doctor

    Larry Patten
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I inwardly shuddered when Mom bluntly spoke to the doctor, but tried to appear calm on the surface. Regardless of any success or failure in hiding my feelings, no one in the hospital room was paying attention to me. We were focused on the surgeon's visit with Mom."They put pets out of their misery," Mom said. "Why can't you do that with me?" read more
  • Perceiving and becoming

    Tim Graves
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The clouds hung over the summit like a wet towel and, as if the bathroom fan were broken, my eyeglasses fogged up. My first hike to the top of Washington’s Wind Mountain was ill-timed for taking in its views of the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams. read more
  • Loving a weed

    Diane Roth
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    My love affair with milkweed began late: just last summer, to be specific. I had always sort of known about milkweed, the way that I know about cattails and dandelions and even the leaves of the mighty oak trees. But I haven't been much of a gardener in my life, so I didn't really know about milkweed until last summer. read more
 
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • Mary Gordon on "Francis and the Nuns" in Harper's

    Mollie Wilson O'Reilly
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    In my column last month, I asked, "Why hasn’t Pope Francis stepped in to get the Vatican off the nuns’ backs" and revoke the CDF's mandate to reform the LCWR? "If Francis really wants a less authoritarian, more mission-focused church," I wrote, "shouldn’t he have called this whole thing off already?" Mary Gordon asks a similar question in the August issue of Harper's, in an essay titled "Francis and the Nuns." It's a strong piece of writing and a very good summary of the tensions between U.S. sisters and the Vatican. Harper's readers will be well caught up on where things stand and how…
  • Religion and the "Value-Added" Life

    Robert Geroux
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    One of the most egregious (and frankly ugly) cliches of the managerial class is the language of labor that adds value, or “value-added” activity that builds on (and builds up) the entrepreneurial self.
  • Blind Ideological Justice

    E. J. Dionne Jr.
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as “an impartial guardian of the rule of law.”
  • New web exclusive

    The Editors
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Now on the website: John Corvino on what social conservatives get wrong about sexuality:
  • Is there a Christian Left?

    Michael Peppard
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Writing today at Salon, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig rounds up recent polling on religious attitudes in order to propose that the Religious Right is in its twilight years and the "Christian left" is on the ascendant: With millennial religious and political attitudes in flux compared to our predecessors, the upcoming years could be the Christian left’s big moment. There are certainly data that prima facie support this analysis, but does it hold up to sociological scrutiny?
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • Do You Make a Difference?

    Katy Causey
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ever feel that your sponsorship doesn’t matter? That your letters don’t make a difference? That you don’t make a difference?   One of the lies of poverty is that “You don’t matter.” But that lie is not limited to those in poverty. What would have happened – or rather, what might not have happened – had Fred and Sherrie chosen to believe they didn’t matter? Who would have imagined the ripple effects from their sponsorship of Mark, a young Kenyan? Thankfully, Fred and Sherrie believed transformation is possible for a little more than a dollar a day.   Mark…
  • 14 Playful Photos of Kids Being Kids

    Sam Hoover
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The best thing about working with kids around the world? No matter what country they are from, they LOVE to have fun. Here are 14 of our favorite pictures of kids being kids from the countries in which we work. Ecuador       Indonesia     Kenya     Rwanda     Philippines       El Salvador     Colombia     Uganda     Bangladesh     Burkina Faso     Togo   My Account l Sponsor a Child l Help Babies and Moms l Crisis Updates
  • 30 Adorable Things Kids Say in Their Letters

    Sam Hoover
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Every once in a while, the things our sponsor kids have written to us make us pause, laugh, and thank God that we get to be a part of their lives. Sometimes these one-liners are written by the kids themselves; other times, it’s a bit lost in translation from their native language to ours. Here’s a collection of the most adorable things our kids have written to us:   1. “I work hard in school. But I like the parrots at the zoo more.” 2. “Thank you for the pictures of Japanese food. Udon looks like tapeworms. You shouldn’t eat tapeworms.” 3. “Do you know about…
  • Compassion Summer Intern: Putting a Face on Poverty

    Web Team
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
     Editor’s Note: Every summer, 20 university students enroll in our 10 1/2-week internship program for the opportunity to gain professional experience within Compassion. This is just one of the many experiences from their country trip to Guatemala. During one of my first days as the Child Advocacy intern, I watched this video from former Compassion International President Wess Stafford.   You can also view “The Voice” on YouTube.  Years back, Wess had a dream about Compassion reaching 1 million of the 400 million children who live in extreme poverty around the…
  • The Power of Words

    Web Team
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Words have power. They can destroy and they can create. When we write to our sponsored child, our words are often the very thing that help create future dreams. And sometimes those dreams are to be just like us. You can also view The Power of Words on YouTube. My Account l Sponsor a Child l Help Babies and Moms l Crisis Updates
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    Big Is The New Small

  • Stuart Scott’s ESPYS Speech “Never Give Up”

    Scott Williams
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    This is awesome and inspiring. Well done Stuart Scott. Stuart Scott’s ESPYS Speech “Never Give Up” is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • 7 Ways Leaders Destroy Their Teams

    Scott Williams
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    Often times when it comes to “leadership” we hear the warm and fuzzies or the great success stories. There are so many great books and tools at the disposal of leaders that growth, competency and effective leadership should be inevitable. The challenge with that theory is it’s rendered “not always true” because of the simple fact that leadership deals with human beings and human beings are rather complex creatures. Anytime you are dealing with people things are never that simplistic. Another reason being an effective leader is not that simple is that fact that…
  • Why Organizations and Individuals Settle For Mediocrity

    Scott Williams
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    It seems like I’m in constant conversations with organizational leaders, groups and individuals about settling. By settling, I mean they see a better way, a better plan, a better relationship and a better situation; however they choose to settle for their existing state of mediocrity. If better is within your reach and you choose to settle for less, you are settling for mediocrity. We all have found ourselves in that awkwardly comfortable position of settling at one time or another on this journey we call life. Mediocrity is self inflicted and so is excellence. If individuals and…
  • The Leaders Who Need The Most Development

    Scott Williams
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    The Leaders Who Need The Most Development Are Often Times The Leaders That Say That Others Need More Development. Have you ever seen a situation where a leader has a team member who is either up for a promotion or in all actuality should be considered for a promotion; and the leaders says they are not ready yet, or they need more development. I understand that sometimes people aren’t ready and they could benefit by a little more time in the leadership development cooker. More times than not, the person is ready, all they need is a little encouragement, belief in themselves and an…
  • 3 Types Of English – How To Be A Tri-Lingual Orator

    Scott Williams
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:23 am
    Nice spoken word piece. 3 Types Of English – How To Be A Tri-Lingual Orator is a post from: Big Is The New Small
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    Desiring God Blog

  • Autocorrect and Indwelling Sin

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It’s a simple formula: overconfidence in phone-typing ability leads to an increased typing speed, which then leads to typos processed by a confused autocorrect program that turns “I’ll be praying for you tomorrow” into “I’ll be partying to your Oreos” (and much, much worse). Entire profanity-clad websites have been devoted to the emotion surrounding this experience. We want to cuss. We blame the phone. Like a tennis player who looks at his racquet after he volleys one into the net, we say, “I hate autocorrect!” It’s understandable because it’s such a common experience.
  • Keep Praying That Prayer

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    My six-year-old daughter prays for her teddy bear to talk, and I haven’t told her to stop. Do I think God will answer her prayer? No, I do not — I mean, I don’t think the bear will talk. But always getting exactly what we ask is not the point of prayer, and we should never stop praying because we lose hope that God will answer us. Jesus taught us these things when he told the parable of the persistent widow. He told the parable, as Luke says, “to the effect that [his disciples] ought always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). For Encouragement’s Sake Plain and simple, Jesus…
  • Four Lessons in Fruitful Time-Management

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Acts of love don’t just happen. At times we may experience the power of the Spirit in such a way that some good deed seems to flow naturally from our heart, through our hands, to the benefit of others. But plucking a ripe raspberry from the bush in a moment doesn’t mean that it just appeared. Weeks and months of sunlight and rain, proper nutrients and right conditions, went into the slow daily growth of good fruit. And so it is with our acts of love for the good of others. There is a process to the production of love, as the apostle Paul counsels his protégé Titus: “Let our people…
  • A First Glimpse at ‘Look at the Book’

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This is not the launch of Look at the Book. It’s a preview. It’s a ten-minute demonstration of the kind of thing I will be doing at our National Conference this September, and then with several texts each week when we launch Look at the Book online this fall. Some of you may recall from my legacy post that I feel an excited sense of calling for this next chapter of my life to take people with me into the kitchen. That is, the place where sermon-food is prepared. Presentation is one thing; preparation is another. One of the differences between presentation (preaching) and preparation is…
  • We Must Learn to Taste

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    God doesn’t play fair. Much to my parents’ concern, I hadn’t been to church for a long time. And yet here I was, in my first term at university, sliding into a pew at St Ebbe’s Church in Oxford. This, I can promise you, was not the result of any pious yearning on my part. Rather, it was because the congregation counted among its number a particularly lovely second-year student of modern languages. Where earnest parental pleading had failed, she had proved to be rather more convincing. Stop Reading the Bible Incidentally, or so it seemed, it was at St Ebbe’s that I met Tony. Knowing…
 
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  • Weird Al Just Committed the Greatest Word Crime of All

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:20 pm
    He takes care lest by a slip of the tongue he use the ablative instead of the accusative for ‘among men,’ but is unconcerned that by the fury of his mind he might cast a man out from among men” (Conf. 1.18.29). The particular pet peeves of the self-appointed language police have changed since the fifth century, but St. Augustine would surely recognize the same phenomenon active today. He might conclude, though, that we’ve sunk to a new low: today’s peevers tend not only to lack charity, but to lack even a good grasp of the language they imagine themselves to be defending. This lack…
  • Conservatives’ Mixed Message on Immigration

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    America has “bad-faith open borders.” We limit immigration but we enforce those limits only sporadically. Fred Bauer argues that this “is a distorted hybrid of the United States’ tradition of ordered borders and of the transnationalist aim of entirely open borders.” The distortion is real, but it is not rooted entirely in transnationalism. It is also rooted in a certain kind of American exceptionalism that has a history on the right, but that conservatives don’t talk about very much. Getting past “bad-faith open borders” will require rejecting romanticism and looking to the…
  • The Good Historian Resembles an Ogre

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    On April 1st of this year, the great French medievalist Jacques Le Goff died at the age of ninety (1924-2014). There were obituaries in the newspapers of Britain and Europe, but not much in the American press. This is unfortunate. More than a mere historian, Le Goff was a strongly pro-European public intellectual whose historiography helped support the formation of the European Union.Le Goff sought to help Europeans recognize themselves as still connected by the cultural fabric of a common medieval civilization. Along with his fellow members of the Annales school, he also strengthened…
  • Shipwreck and Mission

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    The post-Vatican II Lectionary for Mass has many fine features, one of which is the continuous reading of the Acts of the Apostles during weekday Masses in the Easter season. As the Church celebrates the Resurrection for fifty days, the Church also ponders the first evangelization: the primitive Christian community, in the power of the Spirit, brings the surrounding Mediterranean world the history-shattering news that Jesus of Nazareth, having been raised from the dead, has been constituted Lord and Savior for the forgiveness of sins. These serial readings from Acts end with Paul established…
  • A Line Crossed in the Middle East

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Say goodbye to one of the most ancient Christian communities in the world. Last week, members of ISIS—the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,” a Sunni Islamist group that recently has captured parts of Iraq and declared a new caliphate—began going through the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and marking the homes of Christians with the Arabic letter “Nun.” “Nun” stands for “Nasara,” from “Nazarenes,” a word that refers to Christians. The implications were clear. Mosul’s Christians faced the same fate the Christians of Raqqa, Syria, had when ISIS captured their city last…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • 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.
  • Why All The “Modesty Conversations” Miss The Point

    Anne Marie Miller
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Last summer, the feeds in my various social media channels blew up with articles on modesty. How low is too low when it comes to necklines? One piece or two piece swimsuits (or, the generally-church-camp-approved tankini?) Spaghetti straps, tanks, or sleeveless? AND THE PLIGHT OF THE YOGA PANTS (oh, but it’s okay if your butt is covered!) And then articles followed on what Paul meant when he spoke of modesty (more of a financial context), how men (and women) are responsible for their thoughts and actions (pluck out your eye, sinner! it’s not my fault you can’t look at me…
  • Surrender and Self-Sufficiency in the Church

    Anne Marie Miller
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    When I was nineteen years old, my grandfather was in his final hours of life after a long fight with cancer. He called each of his grandchildren into his room one at a time. I leaned over his fragile frame in order to hear the last words he would ever speak to me. He didn’t have the strength to open his eyes and could barely whisper the six words he spoke. “Never give up on church.” I told him I wouldn’t. But in order to keep my promise, I’d need to start making some significant changes in my life…like, actually going to church again. I had been out for a good three years,…
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    Godspace

  • Let the deep peace of God fill you

    Christine Sine
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    I wrote the following prayer this morning during my devotional time and posted it on the Light for the Journey Facebook page. My mind keeps returning not just to the prayer but to the posture I suggest we adopt for the prayer. I realize more and more how much we all need not just prayers(...)
  • Breathe in and Let God Fill You

    Christine Sine
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Yesterday I wrote and posted this breath prayer on the Light for the Journey Facebook page. Its popularity makes me realize that I am not the only one who appreciates these prayers. I wrote it after wandering around my garden following the first rain we have had for about six weeks. The wonderful fragrance that rain brought(...)
  • Spirituality for The New Parish

    Christine Sine
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Tom and I have just taken a walk around our neighbourhood. It is wonderful to see vegetable gardens springing up all over, and to have a chance to say hi to the early morning dog walkers. Last Friday I got together with other members of the steering committee for Seattle Tilth’s Food and Faith Initiative(...)
  • Waking Up to What God is Doing.

    Christine Sine
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    This morning I am sitting at my desk absorbed by the beautiful collage I was sent by Joyce Withrow who just finished reading my book Return to Our Senses. It incorporates the words: Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the sight. I am also sitting here thinking of the words I heard preached at church(...)
  • Taxes by Leroy Barber

    Christine Sine
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    This morning’s post is written by Leroy Barber the global executive director of Word Made Flesh. I am reposting this from his recent newsletter firstly because the sentiments in the letter so touched my heart. The question they raised in my mind is How can we support and be hospitable to people of colour wanting to work in(...)
 
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    thehighcalling.org

  • Submit Your Story (Link-up): Your Work Matters to God

    denadyer
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    The time you nearly died of boredom during a meeting...again. The week you almost quit because you felt insignificant, unappreciated, and underpaid. The year of depression, doubt, and downsizing in which you felt abandoned by God. We want those stories, and we invite you to tell them this week in our community link-up below. (We’ll be selecting a few of your stories to feature right here on the home page the following week!) Here are the details: Your Work Matters to God What if your work is drudgery? What if getting out of bed to head to your daily grind is just about to push you over…
  • Social Justice at Work: Use the Gifts You Have

    bibledude
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:49 am
    I remember introducing someone to the wide-open world of Google. It was a few years ago, about the time “Google” the proper noun was morphing into “google” the verb, 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 introduction was a result…
  • Social Justice at Work: How to Respond to Extravagance

    nathandroberts
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    The man is a “club scene legend,” my roommate tells me. He’s a real-life Batman: a mysterious, wealthy benefactor. You’ll be minding your own business at an exclusive nightclub when––surprise!––he swoops onto the scene, showering you with charitable gifts.gifts. YouTube clips show this charity in action. They depict the sorts of scenes that inspire rappers to wax poetic. Hundreds of champagne bottles are carried into a darkened club, radiant sparklers rubber-banded to their necks. The shimmering display screams as loudly as the clip’s…
  • Social Justice: Four Reasons to Pursue Change

    Marcus D Goodyear
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:54 pm
    For most of us, the idea of justice seems like something from a comic book. Superheroes in colored tights battling power hungry villains. Or maybe we look to our government for justice. Honorable people in black robes at the Supreme Court ruling on the laws of the land. Increasingly, the International Justice Mission (IJM) is helping us think more deeply about issues of justice in the world. Much of their work has focused on ending human trafficking, though they officially operate to “rescue victims of individual human rights abuse.” A friend of mine works for IJM and told me the…
  • Social Justice at Work: Getting Past the Stone Table

    1 Jun 2014 | 9:04 pm
    In the ending scene of 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe', Aslan is tied to the stone table, left to die. As mice furiously chew the ropes that bind him, Lucy and Susan turn away to watch the dawn. Suddenly there is a deafening ‘crack!’ “like the sound of a giant’s plate crashing.” They turn to see what’s happened; the Stone Table is broken in half and Aslan is nowhere to be seen. As the girls worry and fuss they shiver at the sound of his voice; there he is in all his full-maned glory.  Aslan is not only NOT dead, he has more to do to…
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    Good Letters

  • God, Guilt, and Aronofsky’s Noah, Part 2

    Vic Sizemore
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Yesterday I wrote about the film Noah and the believing soul’s ambivalence to God. Today I want to quickly note that in his book God, Guilt and Death, Merold Westphal describes how there is actually ambivalence to God on the part of the unbelieving soul as well. “I don’t believe,” the unbeliever says with real [Read More...]
  • God, Guilt, and Aronofsky’s Noah, Part 1

    Vic Sizemore
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    As it has become too expensive for our family of five to go to the theater together often, we usually wait to see movies until they reach the dollar theater here in town. This means that we usually do not see a movie until the flurry of reviews has passed. Not many people were still [Read More...]
  • Lavender and Pennies

    A. G. Harmon
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Whenever you detect the mysterious smell of lavender in a house, it means a friendly spirit is passing through one of the nearby rooms. The fragrance has to come out of nowhere, I’m told, and it has to be strong. Otherwise, your mind is just playing tricks on you. And if you see pennies lying [Read More...]
  • My Own Desert (Tortoise) Father

    Tania Runyan
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    I didn’t spend enough time with Oscar this summer. For forty years I’ve believed time will never run out. Visiting California, I took my annual walk through my childhood backyard of bougainvillea, crepe myrtle, and fruit. I picked some strawberries, paid homage to my name scratched in a concrete border in 1980, then wandered to [Read More...]
  • Caught in the Crosshairs: the Children at Our Border

    Tony Woodlief
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    I write this on a Sunday, when people who spent the week shouting at busloads of refugee children sit in their churches, praising Jesus for his great mercies. The irony runs deeper: Those children gather because of a drug war we wage on their soil, which is supported by some of the same evangelicals loudly [Read More...]
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    Tod Bolsinger

  • 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…
  • When Size Really Doesn’t Matter…. OR… Why a discussion of either “Wee Kirks” or “Tall Steeples” completely misses the moment.

    Tod Bolsinger
    28 May 2013 | 8:25 am
    Two meals, two conversations, the same topic. (Over and over again.)  One was the pastor of a declining church, the other a growing one.  One was in an urban setting, the other rural.  One of their churches was well -known, even iconic, the other was church that is not really known outside its community. Both pastors are in their late thirties. Both gifted preachers, caring people, have a strong presence and have good track records. They also share a common theological tradition. One of them pastors a church whose membership is in the thousands, the other (the growing church no less!) has…
 
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • Mere Fidelity: On Divine Accommodation

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    How does God accommodate himself to us? How do we know when he has accommodated himself to us, or when we are projecting ourselves back on him?  In this episode, we take up what has traditionally been called the doctrine of ‘divine accommodation,’ and consider its limits and its abuses. Other details worth noting:  the iTunes feed is here (thanks to everyone who has reviewed us so kindly) and an RSS feed for the show lives here. Finally, as always, follow Derek, Alastair, and Andrew for smart thoughts about theology and the world.
  • 3 Thoughts on Kindle Unlimited

    Jake Meador
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have a roundup on Amazon’s latest innovation over at Mere O Notes so if you’re wanting to learn more about Kindle Unlimited, start there. I. Our Technocratic Libertarianism While Mark Lilla is basically correct in saying that we live in a libertarian era, that term is not without its problems. (Ross Douthat made this point quite well in a recent blog post.) Despite our libertarian tendencies, we are still creatures bearing the image of God and living in a world as creatures made by that God. So both the essence of our humanity and the nature of our creaturely existence…
  • Mere Fidelity: On Marriage and Donated Gametes

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    This week’s conversation continues through our reading of Oliver O’Donovan’s Begotten or Made? with a conversation about the ways in which the possibility of gamete-donation by third parties to married couples has reshaped our understanding of marriage and its goods. We take as our launching point this meaty bit from O’Donovan: “For such a thesis forces the sharpest of dividing lines between the procreative and the relational goods of marriage.  It invites us to think that if the relational good is fulfilled in an exclusive communion of sexual love, then the procreative…
  • NT Wright and his Reformed Critics

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    This week’s show follows up on the conversation about NT Wright and locates him among his Reformed critics.  Who’s right, who’s wrong, and are there paths between that can learn from both? Various links from topics that came up during the show. 1. N.T. Wright on Penal substitution. 2. Wright’s most recent stand-alone summary article on justification. 3. D.A. Carson’s The Vindication of Imputation on the difference between exegetical and theological levels of discourse. 4. Michael Horton’s Review of Wright’s Justification. 5. Michael Bird’s…
  • Mere Fidelity: The Transgender Question

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week’s conversation continues through our reading of Oliver O’Donovan’s Begotten or Made? with a discussion of the questions that have come to the fore in recent weeks about transgender people. We take the following excerpt from O’Donovan as our way in to the subject. The sex into which we have been born (assuming that it is physiologically unambiguous) is given to us to be welcomed as a gift of God. The task of psychological maturity–for it is a moral task, and not merely an event which may or may not transpire–involves accepting this gift and…
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    jeremy bouma

  • Monday Morning Prayer: A Prayer for the Homeless

    Jeremy Bouma
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    This prayer is taken from Prayers for My City: A Fixed-Hour Prayer Book for Hometown, USA,  a new, modern prayer book • This innovative prayer guide contains an ancient spiritual practice for 21st century America featuring 21 unique prayers for your city • Available in Print from online retailers and as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.
  • Monday Morning Prayer: A Prayer for Hometown Farmers

    Jeremy Bouma
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    This prayer is taken from Prayers for My City: A Fixed-Hour Prayer Book for Hometown, USA,  a new, modern prayer book • This innovative prayer guide contains an ancient spiritual practice for 21st century America featuring 21 unique prayers for your city • Available in Print from online retailers and as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.
  • Monday Morning Prayer: A Prayer for Single Parents

    Jeremy Bouma
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    This prayer is taken from Prayers for My City: A Fixed-Hour Prayer Book for Hometown, USA,  a new, modern prayer book • This innovative prayer guide contains an ancient spiritual practice for 21st century America featuring 21 unique prayers for your city • Available in Print from online retailers and as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.
  • Vintage Faith Relevant-Making Linkage • 7.5.14

    Jeremy Bouma
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Timothy George on Why Religious Freedom Is One of the Most Pressing Issues Religious freedom is not merely political; it is pre-political. As a fundamental, “unalienable” right, it existed before the state. Religious freedom did not begin in modern times; it began when God brought humanity into existence. Rooted in the biblical understanding of human dignity and freedom, religious freedom is a part of what it means to be created in the image of God. Scot McKnight Asks, “Is the Bible Our Only Creed?” There is, I would contend, a difference between having a “creed” or a…
  • Worshiping Empire America This July 4th Sunday

    Jeremy Bouma
    4 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    I originally wrote this post 6 years ago when July 4th fell on a Sunday. I think the basic message still fits despite it falling on a Friday this year: Far too often American Christians (particularly evangelicals) are far too caught up in prostrating themselves before Empire Americana. A few years ago I read a rather prophetic book on the subject, Teavangelicals. It chronicles the hyper-involvement of Evangelicals with the upstart Tea Party movement. It’s quite shocking and not a little scary—though perhaps I shouldn’t be considering I worked in for Empire America for 5…
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    RZIM

  • 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.    
  • Happy 4th of July!

    Ravi Zacharias
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    A Happy 4th of July to you all!  It is a blessing to celebrate America’s Independence Day. As one who has come from abroad and made this now my home, I want you to know, many times when I come back from a long journey—and I travel over 200 days a year—I come back home, put my suitcase down, and my wife will tell you I get on my knees and kiss the kitchen floor and thank God that I’m home again. This is a nation that has been blessed of God, empowered for great and significant tasks, and there are thousands and millions who come to its shores to find that kind of succor and hope…
  • Live Stream on July 4 from James Madison University

    Ruth Malhotra
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    On July 4, 2014, Ravi Zacharias will speak at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he will address the Kenya Christian Fellowship in America (KCFA) at their 24th Annual National Conference. The topic of Dr. Zacharias’s open forum is, “The Problem of Pleasure.”  He will deliver the keynote message at 7:45 p.m. EDT, and hold a question-and-answer session with the audience. “Whatever your calling, it will test your character,” said Zacharias. “Any pleasure, however good, if not kept in balance will distort reality or destroy appetite.” Zacharias will be joined…
  • “The Lamb and the Fuhrer” Graphic Novel Now Available

    Ted Burnham
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The first graphic novel by Dr. Ravi Zacharias listens in on an imaginative post-suicide conversation as Adolf Hitler meets Jesus Christ and Dietrich Bonhoffer in the afterlife.  Based on his popular Great Conversations series, The Lamb and the Fuhrer: Jesus Talks with Hitler is the first in an expected series that covers imaginative conversations between Jesus Christ and historical world thought leaders. While translating his apologetic work into a graphic novel is a new initiative for Zacharias, he has often underscored the importance of the arts in seeking to reach “a generation that…
  • Ravi Zacharias to Speak at ICRS and Unveil Two New Books

    Ruth Malhotra
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:15 am
    Dr. Zacharias unveils “Why Suffering” and first graphic novel, “The Lamb and the Fuhrer,” at International Christian Retail Show Christian apologist and author Dr. Ravi Zacharias will participate in the 2014 International Christian Retail Show hosted by CBA, the Association for Christian Retail, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta June 22-23. In addition to unveiling his forthcoming book, Why Suffering, and his first graphic novel, The Lamb and the Fuhrer, Zacharias will keynote the ICRS Global Worship Celebration on June 22 and participate in a panel discussion on…
 
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    Red Blue Reviews

  • Bushnell Tour Z6 Vs Pro 1m

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    Bushnell Tour Z6 Tournament Edition Versus Bushnell Pro 1M Tournament Edition Bushnell Tour Z6 Tournament Edition Golf Laser Rangefinder  Buy at Amazon.com  Bushnell Tour Z6 Tournament Edition Features 6X magnification; 5-1300-Yard; Ranging Performance 450 Plus Yard to Flag Premium Lens Coatings Provide Superb Optical Quality; Waterproof (IPX7) & RainGuard HD Lens Coating PinSeeker Technology zeros in on flag Vivid Display Technology optical enhancement dramatically improves contrast, clarity and light transmission, while increasing the brightness of digital readout information…
  • Canon Eos Rebel T3i Vs Sl1

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 Versus Canon EOS Rebel SL1 18.0 Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera And DIGIC 4 Imaging With EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 IS Lens    Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 Features 18.0 MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and speed ISO 100 – 6400 for shooting from bright to dim light Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor (3:2) for shooting at high or low angles and 1,040,000-dot VGA with reflection reduction Video Snapshot features for enhanced video shooting options Comes with camera body, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Type II…
  • Tips For Skin Care For Women

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Use actual milk on your skin. You might have noticed that a lot of skin products list milk in their ingredients. This is because milk is great for your skin. Try rubbing some into your skin or adding it to a bath. Even the milk straight out of your fridge will work. Don t smoke. Smoking decreases blood flow and can make your skin look unhealthy and older. Your skin looks it s best when it has proper blood circulation. It can cause you to lose collagen and elastin, and can make it harder for your body to absorb essential vitamins and minerals. Spray-on sunscreen can help you properly care for…
  • How To I Become A Fashion Designer

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    When you are selecting a jacket for a extremely crucial upcoming party, you need to have to make absolutely sure that you find the jacket with the suitable sleeve duration. If your coat is also very long or as well short people today will observe. Your shirt cuff must show about half an inch or so. This is a important that you must constantly maintain in intellect. If you have been attempting to boost your wardrobe for very some time but haven t had the time to determine out now then now is the working day you have been ready for. You can make improvements to the way you glimpse, and on a…
  • Viper Vss5000 Vs Vss4000

    admin
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Viper VSS5000 SmartStart Security Remote Versus Viper Smart Start System VSS4000 Viper VSS5000 SmartStart Security Remote Start System    Viper VSS5000 SmartStart Security Remote Features 2-Way confirmation of commands received at vehicle. Smart Alerts sent via push notification or text messaging (SMS). Vehicle personalization – add a picture or change the name. Dealer locator – find the nearest dealer quickly and easily using the Find a Dealer tool. Password management   Viper VSS5000 SmartStart Security Remote Review You can remote start or lock and unlock your…
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    Red Letter Believers

  • “What were you thinking?” Overcoming the pains of regret

    David Rupert
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    My brother rode over the home-built jump at the end of the road over and again, circling around to get just a little more air or turn the handlebar in a circle before landing. My pant legs was full of grease from getting caught in the bicycle chain, but there was no stopping until the darkness pushed us grudgingly indoors. The next day, we started all over again. I found a matchbook in the middle of street and flipped open the cover to see five matches were still unused. This was our lucky day. I wasted a match just to see if it worked, only to be scorned by my brother. Still, we were awed…
  • Working for Free

    David Rupert
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    ____ My bicycle tire was in tatters, shredded by a jagged rock hidden in an open field. I pushed my bike home and that night showed it to my fix-it-father. He removed the tire from the rim, turning it over and over in his hands, and finally, with a grunt, declared it unfixable. “So, can I have a new one?” I pled, my green eyes caked with the dirt of a long day outside. He handed it back to me and said, “After you have enough money.” My shoulders sagged, the realization that my summer fun had suddenly hit a major roadblock. No money, no wheels. Eventually I earned the $3 by…
  • Competition: Why Losing Hurts So Bad

    David Rupert
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    I wrote the speech and then edited it, justifying and crafting every single word. Then I memorized it, hammering every inflection, timing every dramatic pause. As a high schooler I wasn’t in athletics. Maybe it was the aspect of losing. Maybe it was because we couldn’t afford shoes not available in the thrift store. Maybe it was because slow of foot. Instead, I poured myself into non-athletic pursuits. I even lettered in Speech. And this speech was a big one, the qualifier for state. It came off perfectly – my voice lilting and my composure perfectly erect for a flawless…
  • Rumble Strips: How the Side of the Road Keeps me Straight

    David Rupert
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:27 am
    It was  a dark Wyoming highway, well past midnight, and I was making the 450-mile monthly trek back home from my Air National Guard weekend duty. I was alone. No other cars were crazy enough to be out that late on a two-lane road. I had to stay awake. Occasionally I would see the orange glow of eyes along the road, tucked in the bushes, reminders that deer, antelope and elk were nearby. I fiddled with the radio, settling in on a talk show from a distant place that bounced across the night sky. I opened the windows and adjusted the heat. Anything to stay awake. My mind wandered. I was…
  • Don’t Hide Your Talents

    David Rupert
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:34 am
    An excerpt from the High Calling, where my article “Leadership Influence” appears today. …… Leaders don’t have self-esteem problems. We don’t suffer from thoughts of inadequacy. Instead we fear that by exerting our influence we will make others feel insecure. So we hide our light under a bushel, retreating from our God-given ability. We melt into the landscape, camouflaging our talents. Have you ever been part of a team where no one will step up and take charge? Everyone looks around, hoping, praying that someone, anyone else will be responsible. We know full…
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Happy Anniversary Molly!

    Steve McCoy
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    Molly and I have been married now for 21 years. She is a joy to my heart and the harder life gets and the more she has to endure, the more amazing she is to me. Somebody pinch me. I think I'm dreaming. Read my essay from last year: The Wedding Vows 20 Years Later.
  • Cheap Kindle Books 7.22.14

    Steve McCoy
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Glorious Ruin by Tullian Tchividjian (FREE)One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian ($3.74)The Storytelling God by Jared Wilson ($0.99)Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($1.99)Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson ($1.99)John A. Broadus: A Living Legacy by David Dockery & Roger Duke ($0.99)Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper ($1.99)The Cross and Christian Ministry by D.A. Carson ($1.99)To Live is Christ To Die Is Gain by Matt Chandler ($2.99)The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever ($3.49)Exiles by Michael Frost ($3.03)      The Road to Missional…
  • "A Place Called Space"

    Steve McCoy
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    So this is one of the coolest songs I've heard this year. It's from a new album from The Juan MacLean coming out this fall. Crank it up!
  • 3 Reasons Christians Have Relentless Joy

    Steve McCoy
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Tim Keller on Romans 8:28-30 -- three reasons Christians have relentless joy...Verse 28: Our bad things turn out for goodVerse 29: Our good things can never be lostVerse 30: The best things are yet to come(Via)
  • CAPC: Greg Thornbury

    Steve McCoy
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    President of King's College and friend, Greg Thornbury, was in a discussion on music and culture for Christ and Pop Culture podcast. Listen here. I just listened and it's excellent, thought-provoking.Members of CaPC ($5 a month) get far more free things than the cost of membership, including right now Greg's recent book in ebook form, Recovering Classical Evangelicalism (Kindle), Joy For the World ebook, new Gray Havens' song, other books, other music, a comic book, and more. Wowzers. Join up.
 
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • The Abundant Style of Erasmus

    Fred Sanders
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    I had heard that Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536) wrote a book showing hundreds of ways to say “thanks for your letter,” so I went and looked it up, just to see what one of the Renaissance’s prime movers was thinking when he did that. The book in question –originally published as De duplici copia verborum ac rerum Commentarii duo, and available in English in volume 24 of  his Collected Works as Copia: Foundations of the Abundant Style (translated and annotated by Betty I. Knott)– is much more than a stunt. It’s a really helpful exercise in developing a…
  • Remembering Chris Mitchell

    Matt Jenson
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    On Thursday night, my dear friend Chris died of a heart attack. We in the Torrey Honors Institute were—are—in complete shock. There were no warning signs, nothing indicating that his health was in decline. (An undetected heart disease proved to be the cause.) Chris and his wife Julie had moved to LA only a year ago to work at Biola and, after a blissful first year, they had just arrived in Colorado for a long stay with kids and grandkids. In his early 60s, Chris had just begun the last leg of his career, returning to the classroom after years overseeing The Wade Center at Wheaton College,…
  • In Memoriam: Chris Mitchell (1950-2014)

    Greg Peters
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “We cannot understand. The best is perhaps what we understand least.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord.Whoever has faith in me shall have life,even though he die.And everyone who has life,and has committed himself to me in faith,shall not die for ever.As for me, I know that my Redeemer livesand that at the last he will stand upon the earth. After my awaking, he will raise me up;and in my body I shall see God.I myself shall see, and my eyes behold himwho is my friend and not a stranger.For none of us has life in himself,and none becomes his…
  • Leaf By Niggle: A Recommendation

    Chris Mitchell
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    “Beauty, Eucatastrophe, and the Doctrine of Grace in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Leaf By Niggle” In September 1944, J. R. R. Tolkien received a request from The Dublin Review for a story that would be “an effective expression of Catholic humani­ty.” In response, he sent Leaf By Niggle, a short story he had written a year or two earlier. “[Th]at story,” Tolkien said, “was the only thing I have ever done which cost me absolutely no pains at all. Usually I compose only with great difficulty and endless rewriting. I woke up one morning with that odd thing virtually complete in my head. It…
  • I Believe in the Communion of (Global) Saints: Writing World Christianity

    Matt Jenson
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice,“Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Rev. 7:9-10) At Wheaton College, I was part of a worship and missions group that took its bearings from this doxological, omni-ethnic vision. All of history is headed towards worship of God and the Lamb sung by people from every tongue,…
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi | Tall Skinny Kiwi

  • 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 ...
  • Calvary the Movie

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    We don’t go to the movies very often but when we do, we like to see a really good movie. Last night Debbie and I went out on a little date night to a nice theatre where we sat in oversized chairs with a glass of red wine  . .  and we saw the movie “Calvary”. LOVED IT!!!!!!! A deep well ...
  • What’s so Amazing About Being Anglican?

    Andrew Jones
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    pdate: Conference went well yesterday with over 100 people attending. Here are some of the best moments: Original Post: Some thoughts on Being Anglican and my current journey to be even more Anglican, part of which is attending a conference this weekend in Wellington with Bishop Victoria Matthews entitled “Whats So Amazing About Being Anglican?” [PDF] Obviously I am thinking about ...
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    The Lutheran

  • Sending moms & kids to camp

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It’s no surprise — or secret — that Bible camp builds life-long memories and relationships. In August a group of single moms and their children will do just that atOutlaw Ranch, Custer, S.D.  Rachel Jensen, who went last year, already knows this to be true. She is 11 and just finished fifth grade. She volunteers at the Humane Society, dances, plays the drums, bakes, and tends to her cats and tarantula. But what Rachel is really looking forward to is being baptized at camp in August, and into the community of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Spearfish, S.D. Oh…
  • Call her blessed

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It is August. In the Northern Hemisphere it is the season of harvest: wheat and corn, persimmons and grapes, jujubes and apples and peaches. Roadside ditches bloom with foxtail and blanket flower. And in this season of harvest is the festival day of Mary, Mother of Our Lord: Aug. 15, a day dedicated to her for at least 1,400 years. Author Gertrud Mueller Nelson, in To Dance With God (Paulist Press, 1986), recalls “walking with my mother and sisters along the river banks, collecting every variety of grass seed … from pinks to sage …” to gather into…
  • Evangelism: The basics

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Like the people he met two millennia ago, Christ calls us from our varied stations in life to follow him and be his disciples. And in the succeeding 2,000 years Christians have struggled with exactly how to be faithful disciples of Christ while keeping their jobs, raising families, paying taxes and being good citizens of the countries in which they live. Exercise 1: What’s a disciple? We use the term “discipleship” freely, but what exactly is a disciple? Draft a “job description” for a disciple, listing all appropriate duties, responsibilities, commitments,…
  • The Hauntmaster?s dream for Halloween:

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The crazy inner workings of the Meadowbrook Asylum will be on display again this Halloween in Frewsburg, N.Y., thanks to the efforts of 11th-grader Craig Rodgers.  The ex officio member of Zion Lutheran’s youth group will again donate the proceeds of his homemade Halloween haunted house, called an asylum. Last year, Rodgers handed over $1,200 of the $2- and $4-ticket sales to the youth group. With the asylum’s growing popularity, he expects to triple that amount this year.  Rodgers, who has been creating and producing the Halloween event for the past four years, said…
  • ?It was like God had sent them here?

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The story of how Holy Trinity Lutheran, a once struggling church in Charlotte, N.C., was reborn began on a Sunday in June 2013. As the 11 a.m. service was about to begin, about 20 newcomers walked into the sanctuary and bunched into two back pews. “Like sardines,” recalled Nancy Kraft. The pastor of Holy Trinity was surprised, but delighted, that they had accepted her off-the-cuff invitation to worship. The group was made up of former members of nearby St. Andrew Episcopal Church — many had worshiped there for decades. But a few weeks earlier, the church had closed…
 
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    Century Blog

  • When doing church differently means doing it the same

    Christian Coon
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When I, along with a friend and colleague, started planting a new church in Chicago about five years ago, we had lots of ideas about how to do church, but one thing was certain: we wanted to do church differently. Lots of church planters have the same mission.We told other existing churches that we weren’t in competition with them—we wanted to attract people who, for whatever reason, would never set foot in a narthex. In other words, we didn’t want our church to be too. . . . churchy. read more
  • New today: Rowan Williams on prayer, book changes, bitterness

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    22 Jul 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
  • How books change us and are changed

    Edward J. Blum
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Books change. They change us individually and collectively. Tom Paine’s direct style convinced countless colonists that it was Common Sense to become an independent nation. Henry David Thoreau lectured New England college students that they were better off hand-crafting knives than they were sitting in stuffy classrooms. He influenced Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Books are also changed. read more
  • Meeting people where they are

    Carol Howard Merritt
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Most of us who work in a church can see parallels between bookstores and church. We had small, physical spaces in which we met and built community. We watched as big-box churches moved in, allowing for many more options, but individuals became much more anonymous in the process. Now, we know there are a growing number of people who are leaving church, but the search for God is still happening digitally. read more
  • Dissolving bitterness (or learning to trust the church again)

    Martha-Lynn Corner
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Once, when I was about seven, I jumped into the car after school and grabbed a Thermos rolling around on the floor. I was sweaty and dying of thirst and expecting water, or lukewarm juice, but was hit instead with a mouthful of my mother's leftover coffee.It was horrendous. read more
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    theologer

  • I Write Because... Precision

    Roger Mugs
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:20 pm
    I’ve been writing with some consistency since I was in early High School. Back then a friend of mine pressed me in to writing poetry and I loved it. Though, I still have those poems and they’re pretty embarrassingly awful. Thankfully we get better with practice, of which I’m still in need of a lot. Writing is fascinating to me because the written word, different from the spoken word, allows for careful contemplation and the ability to arrive more precisely at that which I’m trying to express. I consider myself a relatively well spoken person. And if there is ever a…
  • The Wall (School Age Kids)

    Roger Mugs
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    In conversation with my brother-in-law tonight we discussed the wall missionaries hit at around 30 or 35 (give or take) in their lives. Life wasn’t easy when overseas as a young single or even a young couple. But it is nonetheless decidedly different when you have kids, and those kids are hitting school age. Especially when the culture primarily bleeds things you don’t want your kids to learn. We’re hitting a wall where staying overseas means stepping up our lives substantially. Figuring out how to get our kids in school and live a sustainable lifestyle in this other…
  • America for a Missionary

    Roger Mugs
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    America for a missionary is a funny place. To us (and especially our children) it’s a great playground filled with delicious food, fun things to do for cheap (or free), and a whole culture who doesn’t treat us like lepers. People don’t stop my children in the street and rub their hands through their hair, people don’t stop to gawk and take pictures. We may personally feel very out of place here, but to everyone else around us we fit in, at least a little bit. And then there is the fact that my work, when in America, looks very different from my normal work. Support…
  • A Missionary Without Honor

    Roger Mugs
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    We’re on furlough stateside now and it’s the first furlough that I’m wondering how much longer we have overseas. In the past we have always thrived and then, in the last year, found our boundaries. Suddenly where we live isn’t obviously long-term-able for the family. I’m not saying we’re leaving right now—we’re not planning on it. But eventually we will be. Anyhow, I’ve been chewing lately on why I’m so opposed to leaving. The first and most obvious reason is I still believe overseas is where I am called to be. But the second reason is fear. We’ve been outside of America…
  • A Weekend Near the Border with Burma

    Roger Mugs
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    I’ve taken trips to the country-side before. But this one was different for a number of reasons. First of all, it was my first such trip with no other foreigners to share the experience. As such I imagine there were several things which would have made me laugh had someone with a Western perspective been there to share the experience with me, but rather I glossed over them or moved on too quickly. That said, there was still plenty of note. I travelled with a local pastor friend of mine. I could explain all the relationships and these peoples roles, but it was an unusual event because they…
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    Think Christian Articles

  • The missional opportunity of Obama’s LGBT executive order

    Stephen Woodworth
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    Posted on 07/24/14 On Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order amending a 1965 mandate that prohibited discrimination in the hiring of federal employees based on their “race, color, religion, sex or national origin.” Obama’s new order now includes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as federally protected categories as well. During a press conference at the White House the president announced, hyperbolically, “Thanks to your passion and advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of your cause, our government … will…
  • Are Christianity and capitalism compatible? Three things to consider

    Jordan J. Ballor
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    Posted on 07/23/14 The relationship between Christianity and capitalism is a perennial topic, one taken up recently by the New York Times’ Room for Debate feature. It’s important to distinguish between different economic forms, and labels like capitalism can sometimes obscure rather than clarify points of dispute. As the contributors to the Times’ debate illustrate, capitalism can mean anything from an emphasis on the need for the rule of law, property rights and freedom of association and trade to the privileging of moneyed interests and tyranny of cash over all of life.
  • Time for another Purge?

    John C. Nugent
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:48 am
    Posted on 07/22/14 I’m not a fan of horror films. It is difficult for me to enter storylines that deny the sanctity of life and capitalize on the mass appeal of gratuitous violence. But I was sucked in by the provocative plot of The Purge. Though its ratings weren’t stellar, this low-budget, 2013 film grossed over $89 million and was successful enough to warrant a sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, which opened last Friday. The premise of both films is simple. After crime and unemployment nearly brought the discontented nation to the brink of revolution, the United States has been…
  • What Glenn Beck gets wrong about Common Core

    Karen Swallow Prior
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:18 am
    Posted on 07/20/14 This Tuesday, Glenn Beck is live-streaming a national anti-Common Core event called “We Will Not Conform.” Opposing the Common Core State Standards has been Beck’s bread and butter of late. In May, he released the book Conform: Exposing the Truth about Common Core and Public Education, which currently holds top spots in three categories at Amazon. Much of Beck’s anti-CCSS steam comes from the anti-big government engine, a vehicle I tend to hitch a ride on myself. But in the case of CCSS, I’m getting off that train. It’s important to…
  • Jack White’s Lazaretto: good album, bad theology

    Robert Keeley
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:58 am
    Posted on 07/18/14 In the excellent documentary It Might Get Loud, Jack White talks about how he intentionally struggles with music. He often chooses crummy old instruments so that he has to work hard to make music with them. If he has time to go three steps to get from the piano to the organ during a song, he’ll put the organ four steps away just to add a sense of urgency to his performance. He talks about how God said that Adam and Eve would have to work hard to make things grow. “It is supposed to be a struggle,” he says. You can hear that struggle on White’s new…
 
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  • Do You Think You’re Valuable?

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    What do you find valuable? Maybe an heirloom that’s been treasured for generations in your family? Or maybe a new car, with all the latest technology in it? Or perhaps you look at something less material as valuable, like social status or popularity? Now think about this: what if I smashed your heirloom against the wall? Or drove that car off an overpass? Or gossiped about you and damaged your social status? Would you be angry? Of course! Something you found valuable was damaged in some way! So now here’s the next question: Do you think of yourself as valuable?

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  • Talking To Your Kids About Porn, Sharks, And Potty Mouths

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s funny how life’s little moments can serve as great teachable opportunities, especially with kids. The other day I saw a video on twitter (you may have seen it too). It was of a man in Australia who jumped off a cliff into the harbor only to land about 20 feet away from a GREAT WHITE SHARK! (watch it here) What is so awesome about this footage is that it was taken from a camera strapped on the man’s helmet so you can watch the whole thing from a 1st person point of view. Not to be a spoiler, but the man lives and at the end of the video after he swims to shore, he takes…
  • Lust in Translation - I Struggle Too

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Me too. I struggle. My struggle is lusting. 
The cootie shot I was given in 4th grade wore off and I was inflicted with a disease of selfish desire. 
I developed symptoms in middle school and the more hallways I walked the more I aimlessly meandered from my healthy innocence. Without a map I got lost staring with a dropped jaw and my misguided mind led me further from where I began. 
Lusting after girls went from a bad habit to an addiction accompanied by websites, pop-up ads, and guilt filled nights. Many times I’ve tried to find remedies to cure this struggle, but before I could…
  • Nine Reasons Men Should Stay Away From Porn

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Pornography has little to do with sex and everything to do with fantasy. And if not confronted, this addiction to fantasy can become a consuming fire threatening all quality of life. So before you go looking again for that woman on the screen, here are nine reasons to consider against it. 1. Porn makes you unhappy and bored.Research says that those who regularly indulge themselves in pornography are more likely to have higher levels of anxiety and depression and lower levels of self-esteem than those who don’t. The brain is to blame for this.   Apparently, as one artificially…
  • It Truly Does Take a Village

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    There is a website that I dig. It’s called Sevenly (Sevenly.org, to be exact). Every week, it designs a shirt in honor of a charity that you can purchase (so that some of the proceeds will go to it). Well, this past week, the charity was The Mocha Club which is an organization that provides food and education to children in African communities. One of the T-shirt designs features the African Proverb “It Takes a Village”. The rest of that saying was left off but it’s “…to raise a child.” I thought about that, a lot actually, as I read a recent news…
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • My Next Social Media Training – LIVE Online!

    Terrace Crawford
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    I’ve just announced my next Social Media Training Session that will be held LIVE Online featuring my friend and Social Media Coach, Jason Curlee, and yours truly!  We’re putting together over 2 hours of training together for this EXCLUSIVE, LIVE … Continue reading →
  • 5 Steps to Finding Your Next Mentor

    Terrace Crawford
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    I’m often asked by young leaders how they can find a mentor. There are a few steps I’d offer to finding the next person to coach you.   Here are 5 actions you’ll need to take to discover and keep … Continue reading →
  • Apply Now to Join My Online Coaching Network!

    Terrace Crawford
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    I’m looking to come alongside of 10 (yes, only 10!) rookie youth pastors (who have been in the field for 5 years or less) over the next 5 months.  Numerous youth pastors have been through my network (from all over … Continue reading →
  • Join me at the Student Leadership Conference!

    Terrace Crawford
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:04 pm
    I absolutely love conferences.  So naturally when I heard a couple of years ago that Doug Fields was creating a conference just for students I was stoked!  This year the Student Leadership Conference (#SLC) is back and better than ever… … Continue reading →
  • LIVE Online Social Media Training!

    Terrace Crawford
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:56 pm
    I’m stoked to announce my next Social Media Training Session.  I will be doing a LIVE Online Social Media Training on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 2:00PM EST! There are a limited number of spaces available, so secure yours [here]. Here … Continue reading →
 
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  • 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.
  • God's Children Defeat This Evil World

    Rick Morgan
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    We have what it takes to be victorious.1 John 5:4-5, 12-13, 18-20  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.12  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God's Son does not have life.  13  I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 18  We know that God's children do not make a practice of sinning, for God's Son holds them…
  • Do Something

    Rick Morgan
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:15 am
    It's not enough to do nothing, It's time for us to do something."Do Something" by Matthew WestMatthew shares the real-life story of a girl who asked, "If I don't do something, who will?God's children can long for heaven so much that the trials and the injustice of this sinful world will get us down. Instead of getting depressed about everything that we see wrong in the world we need to see these difficulties in life as opportunities to "do something."Since we have experienced God's ultimate love, love so big that he had to "do something" for us, we should be compelled to love our neighbor and…
  • God Is Love

    Rick Morgan
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:12 am
    If you love God then how can you not love your neighbor?1 John 4:7-12, 16-21  Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.  8  But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  9  God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him.  10  This is real love--not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.  11  Dear friends, since…
  • Is It The Truth?

    Rick Morgan
    11 Jun 2014 | 3:34 am
    True or false questions can be the trickiest ones to answer correctly.1 John 4:1-6  Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. 2  This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. 3  But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person…
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  • What Makes Your Job So Special?

    John
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Out of the blue my oldest asked me a very simple question as we were finishing up dinner last night: Appa, what makes your job so special? I told her that that was a really easy question to answer and I gave her these three reasons (she was specifically talking about The Iron Yard): 1. People I told her that I get to work with some of the brightest and most talented people possible. I also told her that I really like them, a lot, and that they apparently like me too. I told her that it’s really important that you like those that you work with. 2. The Mission Secondly, I told her that…
  • Guest on Life Stoked Podcast

    John
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
      I was a guest on Life Stoked podcast recently and I wanted to let you guys know about it. I shared personal challenges and stigmas that I’ve had to overcome. Thanks Deacon for inviting me! Here it is below: http://john.do/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/life-stoked-podcast.mp3 The post Guest on Life Stoked Podcast appeared first on John Saddington.
  • When It Hurts

    John Saddington
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    We are creatures that instictively move in the opposite direction of anything that would cause us pain (or seek to cause us pain). It doesn’t matter if it’s emotional, physical, or psychological – we’ll do just about anything to avoid it. Pain is inevitable. It’s unavoidable. We are predisposed to it. We are destined to experience it. We must walk through it. We must encounter it. And we will, God-willing, survive. Many of my friends are going through really tough times right now. It’s tough for them and it’s tough for me (more, of course, on their end). It’s…
  • Numerical Leadership

    John Saddington
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    I spent some time this morning with a startup founder and he’s in a bit of a pickle, crisis mode, really if we’re honest. It’s a place that I’ve found myself quite a few times in the past where I’m having to make very difficult decisions about the fate of the business and venture, decisions like who to let go, and where to focus time and attention for the next 30 days, and do we go on a capital raise, and do we need to stop development and such. Big decisions requiring a lot of risk with a ton of unknown outcomes. To top it all off it’s his first…
  • The Cost of Low Hanging Fruit

    John Saddington
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    There can be a significant cost associated with executing on “low hanging fruit.” In previous companies I came to the realization that trying to convince my team to always execute against them was not only unproductive but distracting. You see, not all low hanging fruit can be helpful and yet many times we personally try to knock out these things first and what may happen all too often is that we completely ignore the larger goals. How often have we convinced our self (or deceived ourselves) into believing that we’re making progress when actually we’re just treading…
 
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  • Evangelism for Non-Evangelists

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    I’m almost certain that if I lived in Hayward, Wisconsin, Mark O. Wilson would be my pastor. I thoroughly enjoyed his book Filled Up, Poured Out (reviewed here) and his newest, Purple Fish: A Heart for Sharing Jesus was a delight to read. Christian non-fiction (i.e. doctrinal) books are not expected to be this much fun. Here’s the difference: Mark Wilson is not dealing in theoretical evangelism. He’s a practitioner, with anecdotal accounts of the principles he believes in bearing results. In fact, to be honest, this is more a book of very short (i.e. many are single…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    Each week, I get paid to write teasers for some great online resources, as well as some quirky ones. After 40 years as a writer, Philip Yancey looks at The Golden Age of Publishing. Analysis: Some hints as to a recent survey showing that the love Evangelicals have for Jewish people is not reciprocated. Someone you know may need this book: An interview with author J. J. Jasper on grieving the loss of a child. Christians in Mosul ordered to leave this city found their homes identified with a painted letter ‘N’ for ‘Nazarene.’ The drive home and the Sunday dinner: A look…
  • Guest Post: Carlo Raponi — Sudden Urgency

    paulthinkingoutloud
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Carlo Raponi is Evangelism Outreach Director with Kawartha Youth Unlimited, a Youth for Christ chapter in Peterborough, a city about 75 minutes northeast of Toronto, Canada. This is his second time at Thinking Out Loud. There is not a day that I can remember where I’ve woken up alone in the world. Literally. I have no memory of any day of my life where I spent a whole day without ever encountering a single person. I think that if this ever happened it would carry with it a strange unfamiliar feeling that only gets seen in post-apocalyptic horror films. Instead, I, like all of us, am…
  • I Don’t Know How, But I Know The Way

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    This is the first few lines from a post by Dave Carrol at the blog Big Ear Creations: I’ve never known how I was gonna get where I’m going but I’ve always known the path. I didn’t know how I was going to afford to get married in college… but I knew the path. I didn’t know how I was going to get a job that paid apartment rent… but I knew the path. I didn’t know how I was going to get to Africa like that vision in my head… but I knew the path. I didn’t know how I was going to get into ministry like that picture in my mind… but I…
  • This is Church

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Sourced at: YouthForTruthUSA.com Video produced by: ThisIsDiscipling.org which rolls over to Mount Vernon Foursquare Church
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  • 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
  • The Fast Facts Bible

    19 Jun 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Zondervan has released the Fast Facts Bible.  It could also be called the Trivia Bible because in a nutshell that is what it is. With over 1,000 facts about God's Word trivia nuts can find lots of tidbits of information.  Sadly not all of it is useful.  I am not sure what to do with some of the info.  Each book introduction has a By the Number fact which includes the number of chapters,
  • D.L. Moody - A Life

    18 Jun 2014 | 8:21 pm
    I love a good biography. I particularly enjoy biographies of men and women of God from days gone by.  A quick scan of my bookshelf reveals biographies of William Booth, Corrie Ten Boom, A.W. Tozer, George Muller and Hudson Taylor to name a few.  So I was excited when I saw a new biography about D.L. Moody from Moody Press.  Author Kevin Belmonte has written a pretty good book with, D.L. Moody
  • What I Learned...

    9 Jun 2014 | 6:59 pm
    A friend has passed away. He will be missed. He taught me so much over the years. Things like compassion, love, humor and respect. All attributes he displayed to me over the last 8 years. Some looked at him and saw his "issues", I looked at him and saw Jesus Christ. I will always recall the hours we spent talking about the Lord while sitting on the couch. I will never forget the day he
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  • A Fruitful Life Giveaway Winners and A Special Thanks

    Eric Bryant
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Giveaway Winners For those who downloaded the free overview when it released last month, the following won the entire series: Crystal Z., Elden C., Ed C., Bruce W., Robin R., Vicky W., Max P., Carl F., Steve K., David C., Jim G., Kitty., David A., Roberta A., Danny D., Derek M., Corey R., Chalane C., Karen M., Kristi K., Trish P., DeDe G., Valerie K., and Katie J. Bonus Offer Download the entire series today for a chance to win more resources at a value of $75 (See A Fruitful Life – Bonus Offer for details). Special Thanks Special thanks to a few more of my friends who have featured A…
  • Peace Love Happiness: The Lifestyle (A Short Film)

    Eric Bryant
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Check out an inspiring documentary from Steve and Karen Markham… “If we want a better world, we have to create it”. – John Paul Dejoria (entrepreneur and co-founder of Paul Mitchell)
  • Catalyst in Atlanta – Discount

    Eric Bryant
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Catalyst Conference Discount I highly recommend Catalyst to you! For those visiting my site, they have offered a special rate to the conference in Atlanta. See the details below: “Catalyst exists to unify Leaders who love the Church – equipping them with impactful content and experiences that transform thinking, provoke action, and cultivate community. We hope you’ll make plans to join us for Catalyst Atlanta on October 1-3, 2014. Secure your seat today using rate code GATEWAY for only $229 per person before August 14, 2014. (*special $99 LAB rate using rate…
  • The Oasis Projekt – Help End Trafficking

    Eric Bryant
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    My good friend Robb Overholt and his daughter Laney are about to do something crazy! They are planning to hike the highest mountains in Scotland, England, and Wales within 24 hours in order to raise both funds and awareness for victims of human trafficking Join us for a Celebratory and Casual Fundraiser on Monday, July 28th! 6-8pm LFC Center at UT 1909 University Avenue, 78705 Ticket prices (which are a tax-deductible) to the fundraiser will include dinner, entertainment, access to silent auction, and door prizes. Please note that the topic is PG-13. Follow this link for tickets and/or…
  • Sharing A Fruitful Life With Others

    Eric Bryant
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Want to help others experience A Fruitful Life If so, help us in one or all of the following ways: 1. Send out Tweets or Facebook posts such the following: Become Who You Were Created To Be #AFruitfulLife by @EricBryant Download the series for only $3.96 (limited time)! https://thesnippetapp.com/web/writers/EricMichaelBryant     Become Who You Were Created to Be! Download a free overview of #AFruitfulLife by @ericbryant here: https://thesnippetapp.com/EricMichaelBryant/#a-fruitful-life  2. Write about or review A Fruitful Life on your website. I can help with interviews…
 
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  • An ISIS tax on Christians? The accurate word is ‘dhimmitude’

    tmatt
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    A month ago, I wrote a post about the events unfolding in Mosul and argued that journalists who covered this story — those brave enough to venture into the Nineveh Plain region — needed to grasp the meaning of the word “dhimmitude.” Yes, this is a controversial term. Yes, it is the right word to [Read More...]
  • Trend or not? Evangelicals reportedly questioning the Bible

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    "a medium-sized evangelical church in Laguna Beach where [Rob] Bell sometimes attends services" Strange not to ID it http://t.co/lYmOqBPjjw — Ted Olsen (@tedolsen) July 23, 2014 But that's not that article's biggest problem. It really seems not to know what it's reporting. Or if/when its exemplars agree — Ted Olsen (@tedolsen) July 23, 2014 @tedolsen [Read More...]
  • La Nación on soccer and Protestantism in Brazil

    geoconger
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Sitting in my “guilt file” of stories I should be covering — but have not yet gotten round to doing — is this fascinating piece from the sports section of La Nación, the Argentine daily. (With its larger rival Clarín, the two dailies make up almost half of the Buenos Aires newspaper market — as [Read More...]
  • What is this? Forbes goes to bat for Eden Foods critics

    tmatt
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    Several years ago, your GetReligionistas created a new item in our archives list of news “categories.” As faithful readers know, we focus on hard-news material produced by mainstream news organizations. The only time that we write about editorial columns, op-ed pieces, academic essays or the like is when they focus directly on issues in our [Read More...]
  • Study: Religious kids believe the Bible and other ‘fiction’

    Jim Davis
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Is this Clutching at Straws Month? Because I don’t know how to dress or what to buy for it. I do know how to celebrate, though. Just publish a study that counters traditional beliefs. And don’t ask questions that might uncover flaws. The latest example emerged this week in the July issue of Cognitive Science. [Read More...]
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  • Things You Can’t Do When Your Not a Toddler

    loswhit
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Anything else you would add to this list??? Los
  • Dear Colbie Caillat. A Letter From A Father Of 2 Tween Girls.

    loswhit
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Dear Colbie Caillat. It’s hard raising kids. Anyone who says it isn’t, is lying. But it is also the greatest thing in the world. You have no idea how much I freaking love it. And the older mine get, the more fun it has become. My girls love Jesus and family. But they also love boys and Demi Levato. #LetItGo!!!!! And we pray someone they look up to will let them know that their life is worth more than their boobs and image. So when you released your single “TRY”, I literally teared up. They have so much pressure to fit in. Yes, their Jesus loving Christian music…
  • People Will Never Respect You Because Of What You’re ABOUT To Do

    loswhit
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    “My wife and I have thought about adopting for a while.” “I’ve always wanted to write a book.” “I think I might ask her out.” “Yea, next time I go to a show I’ll sponsor a Compassion child.” “You know, I’m gonna finally tell my boss to chill out and treat us with respect.” “Dude! The church I’m planting is going to feed the homeless every Saturday morning.” “That’s it. I’m seriously going to drop everything and become a photographer.” These are just a few of the lines I remember from conversations I have been part of or overheard (yes, I’m a stalker)…
  • The How To Guide To Yanking Your Child’s First Tooth Out Of Their Grill.

    loswhit
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    I have lots of friends who’s kids are hitting that magical age when they start losing teeth. My kids are now at the age when teeth are less cute and more $8k of braces. Sigh. But thank God I basically recorded every moment of my kids elementary school years so that you can now officially have a manual on how to do this stuff. Above I have Sohaila’s first toof pull. You’re Welcome… Los
  • Booking FALL DATES!!!

    loswhit
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Here is my summer. June 29 :: Providence Church – Albany, GA #MomentMaker July 2 :: 100 Huntley St. – Toronto, Canada #MomentMaker July 6 :: The Crossing – Las Vegas, NV July 13 :: Seymour First – Seymour, IN #MomentMaker July 20 :: Highland, VA July 23-24 :: Provost, UT August 9 :: Melbourne, FL August 10 :: The Crossing – Las Vegas, NV August 17 :: Butte, MT August 22-23 :: Overflow Conference – Houston, TX August 28-29 :: Yellow Conference – Los Angeles, CA I’m looking forward to all the friends I’ll make AND my week off in Hawaii.
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  • Fr. Ernesto: Biting My Lip Hard

    Guest Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Biting My Lip Hard by Father Ernesto Obregon The cartoon above makes me bite my lip real hard. The cartoonist caught just what some people think about the trend in some churches to turn the worship service into a coffee shop atmosphere with some talking. While the term “seeker sensitive” is not as much of a buzz-word as it used to be, the concept is still around. But, there is a root that goes all the way back to the Jesus People of the 1970’s. The Jesus People were the parallel cultural reaction to the “hippies.” In both cases, there was a legitimate and merited rejection of the…
  • iMonk Classic: Letters to a Friend (parts 2-3)

    iMonk
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM: Letters to a Friend was a series of posts Michael Spencer wrote in July 2007, responding to some comments from a Christian friend regarding theology, divisions and debates. Today we look at parts two and three of this series. Friend says, “I reject the claims of various (evangelical) Christian groups to be infallible, right about everything and all other Christians except themselves wrong. This makes the entire business of theological debate meaningless and ridiculous to me. God is obviously above theology, and we have no idea what God thinks about who’s right in…
  • iMonk Classic: Letters to a Friend (part 1)

    iMonk
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM: Letters to a Friend is a series of posts from 2007 that Michael Spencer wrote, responding to some comments of a Christian friend regarding theology, divisions and debates. This is part one. Friend says, “I reject the claims of various (evangelical) Christian groups to be infallible, right about everything and all other Christians except themselves wrong. This makes the entire business of theological debate meaningless and ridiculous to me. God is obviously above theology, and we have no idea what God thinks about who’s right in these theological debates. Perhaps God…
  • The Spirit of Knowing

    Chaplain Mike
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. • Romans 8:15-16, NLT Sunday morning we had the privilege of going to our friend Randy Thompson’s church in Concord, NH to worship, meet his congregation, and hear him proclaim God’s Word. It was a good one, too. He spoke on a portion of Romans, chapter 8. Romans 8 is the Mt. Everest of Scripture and I never tire of coming…
  • A Highlight of the Summer of 2014

    Chaplain Mike
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    This is a summer with a lot of centennial connections for us and for the world. We visited Monhegan Island the other day, off the coast of Maine. In 1614, John Smith was there, making this year the island’s quadricentennial. We attended the celebration of our first church’s 200th anniversary. East Dover Baptist Church, East Dover, Vermont, was founded officially in 1814. 2014 is also the centennial commemoration of the start of “The Great War,” World War I (1914). The “war to end all wars” unfortunately led to a century of conflict, the deadliest century…
 
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  • 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 ...
  • Calvary the Movie

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    We don’t go to the movies very often but when we do, we like to see a really good movie. Last night Debbie and I went out on a little date night to a nice theatre where we sat in oversized chairs with a glass of red wine  . .  and we saw the movie “Calvary”. LOVED IT!!!!!!! A deep well ...
  • What’s so Amazing About Being Anglican?

    Andrew Jones
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    pdate: Conference went well yesterday with over 100 people attending. Here are some of the best moments: Original Post: Some thoughts on Being Anglican and my current journey to be even more Anglican, part of which is attending a conference this weekend in Wellington with Bishop Victoria Matthews entitled “Whats So Amazing About Being Anglican?” [PDF] Obviously I am thinking about ...
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  • ‘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…
  • There Is No ‘Third Way’ — Southern Baptists Face a Moment of Decision (and so will you)

    Albert Mohler
    2 Jun 2014 | 2:57 am
    Southern Baptists will be heading for Baltimore in just a few days, and the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention is to be held in a city that has not hosted the convention since 1940. This time, Baptists attending the meeting will face an issue that would not have been imaginable just a few years ago, much less in 1940 — a congregation that affirms same-sex relationships. Just days before the convention, news broke that a congregation in suburban Los Angeles has decided to affirm same-sex sexuality and relationships. In an hour-long video posted on the Internet, Pastor…
  • Ten Books for Eager Reading — The 2014 Summer Reading List

    Albert Mohler
    26 May 2014 | 9:30 pm
    G. K. Chesterton once wisely remarked that “there is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.” It may be true that readers can be divided into these two categories — those who are eager to read a book and those who just want a book to read. These two types of readers experience a book and the art of reading very differently. My summer reading list is for the first sort of reader. These are books that are both interesting and intelligent. They belong in an intelligent reader’s list of reading for…
 
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  • No Greater Gospel: An Interview with Dave Furman

    Nathan W. Bingham
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from No Greater Gospel, an interview with Dave Furman from the July issue of Tabletalk: Tabletalk: What is the biggest misunderstanding of Christianity that you have encountered in Dubai, and what are the reasons for this misunderstanding? Dave Furman: The biggest misunderstanding of Christianity that I have encountered comes from the messages that people hear and see in American media. It is widely believed that the United States is a Christian country; therefore, it is assumed that the American media (movies, TV shows, politics) represent distinctly Christian values and…
  • Why Christology Matters: A Dialogue Between Anselmus Modernus and Boso Brown

    Sinclair B. Ferguson
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    (With apologies to Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1093-1109) Boso Brown: So, Christology. Big word, but it doesn't really make any difference to me. Why should it? Anselmus Modernus: I am glad you asked. May I ask you a couple of questions in return? BB: Sure. AM: You sell computer technology, don't you? Does it matter if you describe your products properly? BB: Well of course it does! AM: Here's another question. You are married with two daughters, right? Does it matter to you if I describe your wife and daughters inaccurately, and tell you that it doesn't make any difference to my…
  • Pop Atheism and the Power of the Gospel

    Nathan W. Bingham
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from Pop Atheism and the Power of the Gospel, Dan Dewitt's contribution to the July issue of Tabletalk: "Meanwhile, I am left with the Atheist on my hands," Dorothy Sayers once penned to C.S. Lewis in a letter in which she sought some practical advice from the popular Oxford apologist. She went on to write, "I do not want him. I have no use for him. I have no missionary zeal at all." While many Christians likely attempt to project a little more enthusiasm for evangelism, I'm not sure they do not, deep down, resonate with Sayers' sentiment. With the relentless barrage of…
  • Win 200 Copies of "Everyone's a Theologian" for Your Church

    Nathan W. Bingham
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    This giveaway has been drawn. The winners are being contacted by email. Thanks to Reformation Trust, Ligonier Ministries is giving away a church prize pack that consists of 200 copies of R.C. Sproul's latest book, Everyone's a Theologian. This prize pack will be shipped to a church of the winner's choice located within the United States of America or Canada. In addition to the church prize pack, ten other winners will receive a single copy of Everyone's a Theologian.  "Everyone's a Theologian is anything but a dry discussion of minute points of doctrine. R.C. Sproul, demonstrating…
  • What Are We Saved From?

    Rev. Richard Phillips
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    A number of years ago, R.C. Sproul wrote a book with a title that asked a vitally important question. It was Saved from What? He began by recounting a time almost forty years earlier when a stranger abruptly had stopped him and asked, "Are you saved?" Sproul was taken aback by the intrusion and responded with the first words that came into his mind: "Saved from what?" Here is a good question that every Christian witness should be able to answer. But the man who had stopped Sproul stammered and stuttered, unsure how to respond. As Sproul points out in his book, unless we know what we need to…
 
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  • Guest Blogger: Garren Janes

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    As I mentioned earlier this week, our family is heading to Mexico for a Family Missions Trip. We are all super excited. God's provisions have already started coming in amazing ways! We are over half way to our goal of $7250 to cover the costs of this trip.Today, Garren is going to share why he is looking forward to going on this trip with us: I'm looking forward to this trip for multiple reasons:  1. Experiencing new things is fun - Why stay in your same state or even town your whole life? The adventure of going out of your comfort zone and learning about how others live is fun and…
  • A Family Missions Adventure

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    God is good. He promised in Scripture that He would supply all our needs. And He continues to faithfully do just that. Having recently been laid off from my position as Missions Pastor at Southbrook Church, it would be easy to question God's plans for our life. It would be a natural response to question God's provision in our life. Even though we have struggled emotionally with this decision, we continue to trust God's sovereign plan for our life.As a family, we had committed earlier this year to participate in a missions trip to Mexico, coming up in August of this year. We are still fully…
  • A Difficult Announcement

    24 Jun 2014 | 4:33 am
    This past Sunday we had to make a very difficult announcement. After 8 years of ministry service at Southbrook Church, I have been let go due to organizational restructuring. While I understand the purpose of this decision, and while I trust God's Sovereignty in the midst of this time, it is a very painful and difficult time for both Nancy and myself.You can watch the announcement here: 6.22 Announcement SD from Southbrook Church on Vimeo.Southbrook Church is planning to host a reception and take a love offering this coming Sunday, June 29, at 6pm. If you are in the area, we'd love to have…
  • What a Great Week!

    11 May 2014 | 8:31 am
    This week has flown by. At the same time, so much has happened, it's hard to believe it's only been 1 week! We were so blessed and humbled to be able to participate in just a small way in help TWR with a few projects. While this missions organization is located on one of the most beautiful islands in the Carribbean, it is perfectly positioned to broadcast the message of Jesus Christ to millions throughout the Carribbean and South America. And although we did not come into direct physical contact with any of those millions of people, we did have a direct and significant impact on the…
  • Hard at Work

    7 May 2014 | 3:47 am
    Monday and Tuesday have been very full and productive days for the team. We meet each morning at 7am for breakfast, team devotional, and debriefing from the previous day. Then at 8am we meet at the transmitter site with some of the staff there. We have a short devotional and prayer before the work begins.Our team is blessed to have Ross and Jeff, who have the experience needed to run several of the projects we are working on. We've been rerouting electrical cables, reparing drywall, painting, cleaning, replacing toilets, adjusting and replacing ceiling tile, and much more. We are helping TWR…
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    United Church of God

  • Are We Alone in the Universe?

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    NASA predicts humans will find alien life in the universe within twenty years.
  • Riddles

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    One of the greatest statesmen the world has known stated, "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside of an enigma" (Winston Churchill).
  • Stewardship 101

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Just what does the Bible have to say about money? Are we as Christians held to some higher standard when it comes to money? Are there practical tips in Scripture we can use today with regard to our own budgets?
  • Book Review - Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    All parents want to raise their children to be successful, but teaching children about money can be confusing and overwhelming.
  • BT Daily: Dead or Alive

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Is there a connection between an old spaghetti western and your Christian life?
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    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts

  • Links to Go (July 18, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights? It’s More Complicated Many of the questions today simply were not in play that long ago. For one, governmental regulations have a far wider reach than they did even 100 years ago. We work, play, worship, and live in spaces regulated by government. Just look around the next time you step foot in your local church. Some of the building was probably subsidized through state and federal tax exemptions. Any recent construction likely encountered local zoning ordinances. The certificate of occupancy, fire code compliance, and any food service permits all…
  • Links to Go (July 17, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Facts About the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border Today, the American Immigration Council releases Children in Danger: A Guide to the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border, which addresses the basics of the situation—who the unaccompanied children are, what happens once they’re here, and what the government has done so far. The guide also explains what the government’s current procedures are – what it means to process the unaccompanied children appropriately. The government’s response to the humanitarian challenge ignited a vigorous debate, and understanding the critical…
  • Two things I ask of you, O Lord

    Tim Archer
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today I don’t have any words of wisdom of my own to share. Thought I’d share some of my favorite wisdom from the book of Proverbs: “Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:7-9) Have a great day!
  • Links to Go (July 16, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Divorce Shocker: Most Marriages Do Make It “First-time marriages: probably 20 to 25 percent have ended in divorce on average,” Feldhahn revealed. “Now, okay, that’s still too high, but it’s a whole lot better than what people think it is.” Shaunti and Jeff point out the 50 percent figure came from projections of what researchers thought the divorce rate would become as they watched the divorce numbers rising in the 1970s and early 1980s when states around the nation were passing no-fault divorce laws. 7 Reasons Why Most Church Outreach Programs Fail They…
  • Getting Ready for Cuba

    Tim Archer
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ll be traveling to Cuba next week with a group from the University Church of Christ in Abilene. UCC is helping sponsor the national youth conference in Cuba this year, and we’ve got 8 of us going to participate in the event. The general theme is “Let’s Build Together,” based on the book of Nehemiah. I got to choose my topics, so I chose three building themes, even though only one of them comes directly from Nehemiah: We Are Doing A Great Work (Nehemiah 6) — I’ll use the stories of how the opposition (external and internal) tried to stymie…
 
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    Godvertiser.com | Digital Engagement Strategies That WorkGodvertiser.com | Digital Engagement Strategies That Work | Marketing Communications Ideas, Best Practices and Pitfalls For Right Now (yes, now!) and the Future.

  • Contribute To My Upcoming Book Project: 555 Social Media Marketing Tips

    Kenny Jahng
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    The “New Year”is half over! – and it’s time to think ahead about what BHAG’s you can accomplish in 2014. One of my goals is to publish a series of books (most on the Kindle platform) to help more individuals, non-profits and ministry leaders ramp up their communications efforts. For one of them, I am inviting you to become a contributor in an effort to help empower more people to harness the power of social media for their own cause. Simply submit your contribution below to get started! Loading…
  • Big Church vs Small Church: Does HOW You Say & WHAT You Say Matter?

    Kenny Jahng
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Neat research on some of the key differences between how larger churches and smaller churches communicate with their communities. Take a look: This makes me wonder – should larger churches take a stab at being more interactive? Allowing the voice to be more personal? Being more open to “cluttering the feed” with content regarding specific ministries (vs only church-wide relevant content)? Thoughts? Leave a comment below.
  • Free Book Giveaway // The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication

    Kenny Jahng
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Free Book Giveaway // The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication
  • Your Social Media Presence Needs Vision

    Kenny Jahng
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    They, your church attenders, don’t want another verse from John in their News Feed. What if you social media presence was used strategically? What if you didn’t only promote your church, but was a positive influence in your community. You can help others and grow your church through social media, but it will require more strategy and less random verses. Most likely the youngest or the techie (or trekkie) got the job of social media point person. They might be the best person, but they need vision on how to use your church’s social media presence. You need to speak vision into your…
  • Top Church Blogs List for 2014

    Kenny Jahng
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
      YAY! It’s official — www.Godvertiser.com made it to the Top 30 blog list assembled over at ChurchM.ag. BTW – I’m hoping to get a bunch of the voices across the spectrum on this list to show up here on this blog so you get a taste of the great content out there for church leaders. FYI, if you’re part of the Twitteratti, you’ll want to check out the Twitter List the ChurchMag folks put together so you can follow the stream of content from all the writers at these blogs in one fell swoop. If you’ve taken a look at the Top 30 blog list, any…
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    GoingToSeminary

  • Am I Called?

    Lauren Visser
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Today’s guest post is from Evan Duncan. He is pursuing his MDiv at Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and he currently serves as media and communications director at First Baptist Church in Temple, Texas. Originally from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, he has a passion for using all forms of media to help spread the gospel message across the world. Duncan loves spending time with his wife, Brittany, as well as reading, writing, watching baseball, and trying to be funny on Twitter. For more of Duncan’s work, visit www.evanduncanmedia.com. I sit next to an accountant, a…
  • There’s No Such Thing as Balance

    Jonathan Watson
    9 May 2014 | 9:34 am
    My job allows me to chat with distinguished seminary professors every week. During one such conversation, I asked the professor what advice he would give to a young student trying to balance school, work, ministry, and family—i.e., me. His response? “There’s no such thing as balance.” He went on to explain that if a student were to balance every demanding area of life, he could only give a modicum of attention to each. For example, when you’re at your day job, do you balance it with family and ministry? Would you, while at your desk, be bouncing your child on your knee and inviting…
  • Devotions vs. Academic Study: Is One More Important Than the Other?

    Jonathan Watson
    3 Feb 2014 | 2:37 pm
    When I was accepted into seminary, I was filled with wonderful ideas about how soul-enriching my studies would be. After all, I’d be studying the Bible all day and learning about God and his character in every class. How could this not lead to deeper devotion and richer worship? I thought that, perhaps, in the interest of saving some precious time, I could combine my devotional time with my studies. Good idea? Well, yes and no. Once I began my studies I quickly realized that while  what I was learning was edifying, it was not enough. I was reading Scripture and studying deep theology and…
  • Choosing a seminary – a pastor’s opinion

    Brian Schmitt
    2 May 2013 | 11:39 am
    In my never ending quest to provide information that will help you decide on the right seminary for you, I occasionally find other people who have weighed in on the subject. Today I came across an older post by Mark Dever at togetherforthegospel.org. In his post, Mark explains five factors to consider when choosing a seminary. They are: Confession of Faith – “…Look to be trained at an institution which seems to be committed to a right understanding of God’s Word…“ Quality of Education – “…While there is no precise way to measure such…
  • Seminary Scholarships

    Brian Schmitt
    2 May 2013 | 11:37 am
    By far our most popular post over time has been our Seminary Scholarship post. The problem with this post is how narrow it is, and without great amounts of effort and time it would never be very inclusive. Not to mention how dated it has become. So, we decided it might be best to let our readers build the listing. Please email GoingtoSeminary@Logos.com with any scholarship submissions. As new submissions come in they will be added to the list. Of course we can’t verify all the details of each scholarship submission, that part will be up to you if you decide to apply for a specific…
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    Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Novato, Marin County » Podcast Feed

  • The Lord’s Prayer

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Sermon preached on Matthew 6:9-13 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 6/29/2014 in Novato, CA. Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. Matthew 6:9-13 6/29/14 The Lord’s Prayer As we continue today our sermon series in the Sermon on the Mount, we come a third time in […]
  • Interacting With Unbelief – God in Nature

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Intern Joseph Johnson at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 6/29/2014 in Novato, CA. This week Mr. Johnson continued a series in interacting with unbelief, discussing Romans 1 and how God is revealed through general revelation.
  • For Your Father Knows

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Sermon preached on Matthew 6:5-15 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 6/22/2014 in Novato, CA. Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. Matthew 6:5-15 6/22/14 “For Your Father Knows” We continue today our sermon series in the Sermon on the Mount. At this point, we turn to […]
  • How to Study the Bible: Genre – Psalms and Proverbs

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Rev. W. Reid Hankins at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 6/22/2014 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on how to study the Bible, discussing how the of genre of a passage informs its meaning, discussing psalms and proverbs specifically.
  • Chosen Child of Promise

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    15 Jun 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Exhortation delivered on Genesis 25 by Intern Joseph Johnson during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 6/15/2014 in Novato, CA.
 
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    Vision Baptist Church

  • Is God’s hand on you?

    Austin Gardner
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Numbers 17:5 And it shall come to pass, that the man’s rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you. God has a way of marking His man and making it clear who He is calling into the ministry. Make sure that you know that God’s hand is on you. Make sure that you are serving Him where He wants and the way He wants. It is His ministry. Too many of us choose to be what He has not chosen us to be.
  • God’s hand

    Austin Gardner
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Numbers 16:28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. There must be something about our ministry that says God sent me. Things must happen that are beyond our power and ability: they will not allow you to train them unless they see the hand of God on your life. What is there about you and your ministry that can only be explained by supernatural power. By the way, I always wonder the same thing about my ministry!
  • The earth filled with His glory

    Austin Gardner
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Numbers 14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD. The earth will be filled with His glory He says. He is angry, Moses has warned God that people are watching Him and will say that He couldn’t take care of His people if He destroys them. God hears the prayer of Moses but immediately replies: the world will be filled with His glory. He earnestly desires that the world be filled with His glory yet the church that claims to love and worship Him seems unconcerned about something He so desires. The church is more preoccupied with making sure the…
  • Stepping out in faith

    Austin Gardner
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    Numbers 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not. Satan and self would like for us to focus on ourselves and what we can do or on our enemies and what they appear to be. Caleb challenges the people to return and think of how great their God is. If they do not step out and take the promise land they will be in rebellion. 
It is not a matter of wanting something for themselves. It is doing what He has told them to do! If we are under orders to do…
  • Friendships often determine direction.

    John Pearson
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Text: 2 Timothy 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” Right now, dangerous and risky things are coming to our young people disguised as friendships.  Friendships determine the majority of the direction in their life and the things that influence them the most.  True friends will love them, not just accept them.   The teen years bring tremendous changes and a range of emotions to go with them.  Acceptance is huge in their lives and those that accept them will get first chance to influence them. God gives great instruction in II Timothy 3:1-9 – Turn…
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    LifeVesting

  • Just No Substitute for You

    Andy Wood
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
      I’m going to ty to kp this brrif, bcaus it isn’t my intntion to annoy o torrtu you.  It’s just to mak a point. A littl parrabl, if you will. Somtims ou finst lssons can com frrom thos littl annoyancs o rrally big nuisancs, o somwhrr in-btwn. In my cas, sinc I liv lif ptty much vrry day smi-pmanntly attachd to a kyboarrd, it’s ptty imporrtant that th kys actually wok. All of thm. Ovrr th last month o so, I noticd that th “” ky was starrting not to “show up” – it wasn’t as snsitiv to th touch as th oth kys.  I found myslf having to rrpatdly go back and typ, orr bang…
  • Seven Life Lessons I Learned from My Mama

    Andy Wood
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Today my mother would have turned 76 years old.  She passed away suddenly four years ago – a reminder to anybody who’s paying attention that there are no guarantees in this life. Like anybody whose life has touched another for that long, I have lived long enough myself to see Mama’s mental, emotional, and moral DNA flowing throughout my own and my sister’s life, as well as through the lives of her grandchildren and now seven (soon to be 9) great-grandchildren. We had our points of disagreement, some of them quite loud.  We also had hours of conversation – some of them way past…
  • Had Any Opposition Lately?

    Andy Wood
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Made an amazing discovery the other day. Did you know that not everybody is filled with joy when you decide to step out in faith, or take your relationship with God seriously? Did you notice that the whole world seems to push back when you decide to make a major change for the good in your life? That spiritual excellence irritates religious people? That our slip-ups, foul-ups, and whassups are nothing new – we’re even creatures of habit with the devil? That your biggest enemy is often yourself? Opposition (pause here to sigh).  Come on, Lord!  Why can’t something be easy? Truth…
  • His Delight

    Andy Wood
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    (Photo by Michelle Newell Photography, Lynnwood and Seattle, WA)   In a world where fame is measured in 15-minute increments, life declarations come in 140 characters or less, and you literally have nine seconds to capture somebody’s attention, it’s easy to assume you’re nothing special. When it feels as though you’re in a rat race and the rats are winning, where your value is measured by your performance or the approval of others and neither is all that remarkable, it’s easy to get lost in the ordinariness of just blending in. When life sometimes feels like that whac-a-mole…
  • Is it Time to Start Over?

    Andy Wood
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    I never laid eyes on you before. Never had dreams come true before. But there’s always a time for a new beginning. Our multiplied sorrow now is through. And all of the waiting’s over, too. And it’s been worth it all, for this new beginning. And who is like the Lord, who turns my mourning into dancing, And holds all things together, in His hands? He whispered, “Let there be…” and He began the world all over. But this time He laid its future in my hands. (Unfinished song I started 30 years ago today, when my baby girls were born) Your life is an adventure in starting over. You may…
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    Worship.com

  • Finding Perspective in the Presence of God

    Worship.com
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    A look at the 73rd Psalm and what our response should be when we see evil people succeeding. Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Episode 7-16-14 #WorshipTeamTrainingHangout

    Worship.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Episode 7-16-14 #WorshipTeamTrainingHangout: To Hire or Not Hire in the Worship Band? Episode... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Third Day Monitor Mixes – Mac Powell (I’ve ALways Loved You)

    Worship.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Third Day Monitor Mixes – Mac Powell (I’ve ALways Loved You): See what it is like for... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Teaching That Accords with Sound Doctrine, Part One

    Worship.com
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Teaching That Accords with Sound Doctrine, Part One: By Alistair Begg –... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Glorious Unfolding — Steven Curtis Chapman (Official Music Video)

    Worship.com
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    http://www.klove.com/music/artists/steven-curtis-chapman/ Music video for Steven Curtis... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
 
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    Reformation21

  • Paul and the Faithfulness of God: A Review

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
    N.T. Wright, Paul and the Faithfulness of God. London/Minneapolis: SPCK/Fortress, 2013. pp. 1658. $57.99 /£44.99Let me begin by stating the fact that most obviously strikes the recipient of a copy of Paul and the Faithfulness of God (henceforth, PFG): it is 1658 pages long. At one point, probably about a third of the way or half-way through, I had a feeling which - unprompted - interpreted itself in words similar to those of John Newton's Amazing Grace: 'When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun | We've no less days to sing God's praise, as when we first begun'. I…
  • Objections to K. Scott Oliphint's Covenantal Properties Thesis

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Paul Helm has recently offered criticism of certain aspects of K. Scott Oliphint's book, God With Us (Crossway, 2012), and Reformation21 has published responses by Oliphint and Nate Shannon. (1) It is striking that neither Oliphint nor Shannon offers much discussion of Oliphint's central thesis and arguably his most innovative proposal, that God relates himself to the world by taking on "covenantal properties" in addition to his essence.(2) Shannon's article in particular contends that Oliphint advances the Reformed commitment to Scripture by rejecting presumably corrupt elements of the…
  • Amazing Grace

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Eric Metaxas. Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. 320 pp. Paperback. $10.99/£7.99In a time when genuine heroes are scarce, a book on William Wilberforce is always welcome. Eric Metaxas wrote Amazing Grace as a companion to the movie of the same name, presenting a fleshed out biography of Wilberforce, the politician, the family man and Christian. The story of Wilberforce's struggles to abolish the slave trade is one that resonates with the democratic spirit of our age, and it is refreshing to read about a politician who…
  • Sanctification and the Heidelberg Catechism, Part Two

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Editors' Note: As the title indicates, this is the second of two articles on this subject. The first article can be accessed here.2. Does the third-use of the law play a significant role in the Christian life?The HC gives serious and careful attention to the requirements of God's law as a guide for the Christian life (Q. 92-113). This section does not teach sinners how to live in order to be saved, as if salvation could be earned by works of the law. Rather, it teaches those who are already saved through faith in Christ how to "behave towards God" and "what duties we owe to our neighbor" (Q.
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Thomas Piketty. Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Translated by Arthur Goldhammer. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014. 696 pp. Hardcover. $24.99/£24.99To say that Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century has become a sensation would be a bit of a cliché at this point. The French economist's 700-page analysis of wealth and inequality over the past three centuries has dominated not merely the financial press, but the popular press as well since its March appearance in English translation. By late April, the book had rocketed to #1 on Amazon (of all…
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    Connecting to Impact

  • Testing, Testing: 1, 2, 3

    jason@church4allnations.com
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’m sure everyone knows those test signals of the EBS, the Emergency Broadcast System. It sounds like a cat in heat and a dial-up modem got in a fight while they were thrown into a blender. I scramble for the mute button every time. It starts out with the words, This is a test. This is only a test. I  talked about hope last week and I really thought I had been through the test already or that perhaps it was mostly over, but then came this week. And I’m in the middle of the screeching and whirring waiting for further instructions because it feels real. It feels like it’s…
  • Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

    jason@church4allnations.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    My wife and I got married fairly young so neither of us knew how to cook. With a lot of trial and error, we learned how to follow recipes (not always as simple as it sounds) and we really enjoy cooking together and trying new things. One of the things I liked to make in all kinds of varieties is pancakes. We have the simple version that’s just a basic pancake and then there are ones where I shred apples or use yogurt or sour cream or oats and vanilla or make orange drizzle to go on top. You can throw different spices in there to bring out different flavors, but too much and it’ll…
  • It’s a Pity There’s Not More Compassion

    jason@church4allnations.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There’s a show on History (you know, used to be the History Channel) called American Pickers. Now, I honestly don’t watch it all the time, but it is very entertaining. I mean, just listen to the premise: two guys drive around in a van combing through barns, garages, and warehouses looking for treasures in a sea of hoarded items. Okay, it doesn’t sound that amazing, but what makes it so great are the two guys who are so passionate and excited about what they’re looking for. They never know what they’ll find or even what they’re looking for entirely, but they…
  • Sanctuary: By My Spirit

    jason@church4allnations.com
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sanctuary– 1 : a place (as a church or a temple) for worship 2 a place of refuge and protection Meditating on the beauty He’s created and the power of His words… Zechariah 4:6-7 (NASB) Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’”   What’s your sanctuary this week? What thought, verse, etc. are you…
  • May I Have a Word…

    jason@church4allnations.com
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hope you don’t mind something a little different today. I am trained as an English teacher and though I’ve used my degree in different ways, I have never taught full time. If English teachers were to have a gripe session though, I imagine it might look a little something like Weird Al’s new video, Word Crimes. Whether you know the song it’s parodying or not, it’s funny (at least to an English teacher). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc Yes, my twitter name is br8kthru and no, I’m not 7. What is your grammar pet peeve? What rule do you have a hard…
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  • FRC's Tony Perkins Urges for Meriam Ibrahim's Release before House Subcommittee

    frc-media-office
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins testified today before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations regarding the case of Meriam Ibrahim.  You can read the testimony here. Nearly 53,000 people signed a WhiteHouse.gov petition launched by FRC asking President Obama to grant her expedited safe haven in the United States.
  • Barack Obama and Constitutional Originalism

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm
    According to the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism, "Originalism is the view that the Constitution should be interpreted in accordance with its original meaning -- that is, the meaning it had at the time of its enactment." Yep -- that's what conservatives believe. The written text had and has a defined meaning, alterable only by amendment. As Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) has written, "The Constitution itself is not a document of convenience. It specifies an onerous process -- bicameralism and presentment -- to pass legislation. It imposes a system of checks and balances among…
  • Court Delivers another Blow to Obamacare

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Earlier this month the Supreme Court ruled that the Obama Administration could not force family businesses, like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, to violate their conscience in order to earn a living. Another blow to Obamacare was delivered by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals today in a 2-1 decision, Halbig v. Burwell, affirming that the Administration has to follow their own law, as written and can't either make it up or change it as they go along. The court ruled that federal subsidies to assist individuals in purchasing insurance are only available to those who purchase…
  • When Unborn Children are Considered Victims of Homicide

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    There are a number of disturbing facts about a homicide story coming out of Michigan, not the least the gory acts of violence surrounding the deaths of a man and a pregnant woman. The story leaves a lot of disturbing questions unanswered about the nature of the encounter that resulted in this tragedy. It is interesting to note that the reporting ABC affiliate recently called it a “triple homicide.” “Why triple?” you may ask. Michigan law Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 750.322 defines the willful killing of an unborn child by any injury to the mother of the child as…
  • Illiberal Liberalism

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Last week, we witnessed the Left's determination to enforce abortion-on-demand as the highest good of American society. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) held a hearing on his legislation that would "make it harder when not impossible for states to enforce measures that protect women as well as unborn children," writes Thomas Messner. "In provision after provision S. 1696 puts not a thumb but a fist on the scales in favor of abortion providers and against both unborn children and mothers who face the fear and uncertainty of unexpected pregnancy." The Left has been losing the battle for the…
 
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    Why God?

  • Spiritual Warfare- Upcoming Occult Holidays

    Michael
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Dark Nights of Summer! Upcoming Occult Holidays By William Schnoebelen © 2014 We are coming up on a season of spiritual iniquity. In the next eleven days there are two major Satanic and/or Wiccan holidays we want you to know about. Intercessors will note the increase in spiritual warfare during the upcoming weeks. Also, those who are satanic cult survivors may need extra prayer and counsel during these approaching dark holidays. Parents and those with spiritual authority need to take extra precautions to pray for and protect their children, congregations and pets (especially dogs) during…
  • 50+ Scriptures On Salvation

    Michael
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. John 6:37 - All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 2 Timothy 1:9 - Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ…
  • 70 Million Christians Martyred In A 2,000 Year Period

    Michael
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    A new article series in Christian History magazine says a "global war" is being waged against Christians. The reports are in the latest edition of the quarterly publication and co-authored by members of Voice of the Martyrs USA. Although they particularly examine the persecution of Christians in the last 300 years, they also contains figures going back through Christian history. The data, attributed to the late researcher David B Barrett, puts the number of Christians martyred since the time of Jesus at 70 million. It puts the number of Christians systematically exterminated in Nazi Germany…
  • The BEST DIY (Do It Yourself) Deliverance Reference Manual For Depression, Suicide, Rejection, Fear, Anxiety and More….

    Michael
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:02 pm
    I bought this book authored by Bree Keyton about 8 years ago, and I have to say it still remains one of the best books in our library, and we have a large collection! This book addresses what most people struggle with.  Depression, worthlessness, fear or shame,...and connects to the real reasons why people cannot seem to move forward or help themselves get over come an addiction, personality trait, or an obsession. Bree addresses how these spiritual principalities that have a door way, will effect how we think and act.  Medications cannot address spiritual attacks, no matter how much…
  • Christian Magazines And Articles

    Michael
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Support These Ministries Here: - Israel My Glory Magazine | Friends of Israel - Sid Roth - It's Supernatural - Acts & Facts - Institute for Creation Research - OneHope - God's Word. Every Child. - An International Ministry  
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    Blogging Theologically

  • Fleshing out the gospel

    Guest
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    A terribly puzzled look swept across the faces of those who had just heard me spill the title of our upcoming teaching series. “Fleshing—not flushing—out the gospel,” I emphasized in case they missed it. I thought it would help. But, they were confused nonetheless. “Fleshing out” was meant in a figurative sense. Just as we might flesh out a deep doctrine of Scripture, like the mysterious nature of God’s unity or the marginless end of God’s sovereignty, we must also flesh out the wondrous realities of the gospel. It’s not an option for believers. It’s necessary. My father…
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    Aaron Armstrong
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Defending Tony Dungy’s Right to Have an Opinion Ted Kluck: I had an opportunity to interview Dungy a few years ago and found him to be humble, gracious, and soft-spoken—exactly the kind of coach I would want my kid playing for. He’s not perfect—just a sinner like you and me and Dan Wetzel and Michael Sam. But Dungy is the kind of coach I would want to play for in that he seemed to treat every human in his orbit with a lot of respect and grace. I don’t have to tell you how rare this is in football. Dignity can sometimes be in short supply. That’s why I’m defending him (in a…
  • Beyond measuring the inseam (a theology of fashion, part 2)

    Aaron Armstrong
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Hopefully I was able to convince some yesterday that fashion can be an expression of God-given creativity. That if you are someone like me who just plain loves clothes, that’s okay. Creativity in dress and an appreciation for aesthetic beauty are God-given. But the Bible also has a lot of warnings surrounding our clothing. Many of the topics have been exhaustively discussed. (Cough, cough, modesty.) But here are a few points to consider, beyond the length of the inseam of a pair of shorts. In our love of clothes, don’t neglect the poor. Isaiah 3 has some fightin’ words for the haughty…
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    Aaron Armstrong
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Pop Atheism and the Power of the Gospel Dan DeWitt: With the relentless barrage of new atheist bravado over the last decade, believers are liable to grow weary in well-doing. Much of the contemporary anti-God campaign now serves as a mirror image of religious fundamentalism, with iconic leaders such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris standing guard as dogmatic defenders of a secular orthodoxy. Many students have imbibed their sacrilegious sound bites, adopting a brand of pop atheism that makes rational discussion seem virtually impossible. If Mario were real… HT: Mike Leake I Can Do All…
  • God, the original fashion designer (a theology of fashion, part 1)

    Guest
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    In my vanity, I’ve always liked to think of myself as a serious-minded woman. In high school, I didn’t go to parties; I stayed home and did my German homework. And although I like to consider myself an intellectual, I can’t help one thing: I love clothes. My favorite recurring dream is one in which I find my closet stuffed full of dresses I didn’t know I owned. I watch Downton Abbey episodes twice: the first time for the plot and the second time to stare at the costumes. But I’ve always dismissed my love of fashion as flighty and shallow. The weak underbelly to my otherwise…
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    OM USA

  • 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…
  • Artist Spotlight: Katie

    Emily
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    When Katie first arrived in Bobbio Pellice, Italy for OM's 2014 Incarnate event, she was exhausted - physically, mentally, and perhaps most of all, emotionally. For the past four years, she had been serving with the OM ships ministry and the intense community and lifestyle had left her needing time to rest and recharge.As the first few days passed, workers began to notice that Katie often pulled away from group activities to be alone. However, despite her hesitancy to interact, the Incarnate staff still saw an artist with incredible potential. It became increasingly obvious that…
  • Artist Spotlight: Sophia

    Emily
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    Bell in a Tower - acrylic on canvasAfter serving in Morocco with her family for four years, Sophia finally had the opportunity to experience the impact of OM Arts through the Incarnate 2014 program. However, despite her initial excitement to attend, staff and other students began to notice that she was quiet and often kept to herself.Wanting to ensure that she felt included, one of the workers approached Sophia voicing their complete support for her. "I told her that if she needed time alone, or time to pull herself away that it was totally okay," the staff member shared.However, as…
 
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • The Man and Message of Ezekiel the Prophet – Video

    Randall Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    The Prophet Ezekiel was a man called in an extraordinary way (an incredible vision of God), because he was given an incredibly tough work to do!  
  • Seminar in Ezekiel (I): Video – Setting the Prophet in His Place

    Randall Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    The Bible presents some big ideas that are the foundation of our understanding of the prophet’s vision. Here are some big ideas...
  • God on the Move: “Fight Rules”- Acts 15:1-35

    Randall Smith
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    We have been investigating the Biblical record on the life and mission of Paul, the famous first century Apostle to the Gentile world. In this lesson, I want to talk about how something tough to deal with. The text of Acts now moves into the hard subject of fighting and interpersonal disagreements between believers – but the approach we are taking will not leave us cynical or angry. In fact, even dissension and division can become a positive stage from which we can learn critical lessons about our walk with God. To be fair, our subject was not CHOSEN by me, it is the subject recorded as the…
  • Following His Footsteps: “Starting Block” – Matthew 3-4; John 1

    Randall Smith
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    I am no sprinter, and I have never won a foot race on any track, anywhere – at least that I can recall. Like most of you, I am a sports fan – but I am no sports man. As such, I watch the athleticism of younger men and women, and feel the absolute right to comment on their technique as I watch – though I couldn’t begin to fathom the sacrifice involved in their preparation, nor would my body be able to do any of my suggested moves were I in their place. As a fan of many sports and a master of exactly none – I offer this amateur observation that I have observed: The race is often…
  • Great News for Great Commission Bible Institute in Sebring, Florida!

    Randall Smith
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    The number of credits a student can receive in Bible if they transfer after their year at GCBI to Grace College in Winona Lake, IN is TWENTY FOUR! Considering credits at GCBI are TUITION FREE, this can mean a HUGE SAVINGS for a student that wishes to go on and complete a Bachelor’s degree at Grace. How thankful we are to have the acknowledgement of our program from a quality school like Grace. Here is what you can get… Since all the courses are Bible or Bible-related, the credit is only available to students either majoring in Biblical Studies (42 hour major) or Bible (30 hour…
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    Heart Choices

  • Five Minute Friday: BLOOM

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    It's Five Minute Friday.  With a one word writing prompt, we're given five minutes to write our blog post. Our word for today is: BLOOM.STARTIf I'd been given an advance vision of where I'd be in life right now, I think I would have run away. This isn't what I had in mind. I was quite happy to keep things the same. I was enjoying life, volunteering and spending time with family. I had plenty of time to read, cook and travel.But life has a way of turning upside down. Four years ago, we moved from a 4,000 square foot home to a 760 square foot condo. I had to return to work full time. I was…
  • Learning to Trust and Be Still

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    Learning to trust can be hard. On top of that, being still seems almost impossible in this day of multi-tasking. I learned a lesson recently from children. They are often the best teachers.This past week I had the opportunity to spend time in the pool with the little children attending our school's summer camp. There were groups of four children with ages ranging from 3-6. I would have each of the children sit on the top step of the pool as I instructed them one at a time. A lifeguard stood by attentively making sure they followed my instructions and were safe.To continue reading please click…
  • How Will You Respond to our Country's Problems?

    23 Jun 2014 | 5:28 am
    I watch the news.  I follow world events. I observe how our elected President of the United States responds to the issues confronting our nation today.It would be so easy to give in to fear.I wake up early each morning. After making a cup of coffee, I sit quietly reading my Bible. I spend time in prayer. I often sit on my front patio as I listen to the sound of the birds chirping before most of my neighbors awaken. I smell the blooming flowers in my little garden. And I thank the Lord for His presence in my life. I pray for guidance and wisdom. I pray for our country and yes, even our…
  • The Gift of a Loving Dad

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:13 am
    Father's Day has come and gone. My dad lives in Florida and I'm in Arizona. So I didn't get to spend the day with him. But as I reflect back on our relationship through the years, I can't help but feel grateful. Having a loving dad seems to be rare these days.My dad has always been there for me. We've gone through our ups and downs of course. But I never doubted his love for me.Even when I was a teenager and dating, he and my mom insisted on meeting every guy I went out with. My dad would quietly press a dime into my hand before leaving; just in case I needed to call home. I know I'm dating…
  • How Authentic Should Bloggers Be?

    9 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    How authentic are you? Do you portray yourself online in a certain way so people will think you have it all together? Or are you hiding your real self behind a mask?Blogging has opened up a new world for me. I've made so many online friends. My 'real life' friends don't always understand. But when you read someone's posts for a time you get a glimpse into their heart. And friendships form. I've had the pleasure of meeting many of my blogging friends in person and I have to say I've never been disappointed.There are bloggers who pour out all their troubles for all to see. As a Christian, I…
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    Captain’s Blog

  • To Tattoo, or Not to Tattoo

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

    Chad Estes
    20 Jun 2014 | 4:36 pm
    As I’ve been documenting stories of breast cancer and body image I have heard many different realities when it comes to breasts. I have friends with one breast, with no breasts, with reconstructed breasts, with enhanced breasts, with reduced breasts. I have friends with no nipples, with big nipples, with tattooed nipples, and with pierced nipples. I have friends whose husbands’ breast cup sizes are larger than theirs. I have friends whose natural breasts seem to defy the law of gravity. I have friends whose breasts aren’t perfectly symmetrical and have one breast larger than the other.
  • Birthright for a Bowl of Porridge

    Chad Estes
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:34 pm
    A church building is just a church building until you sell the one I grew up in. I don’t worship it as a temple, it is merely a museum for my childhood memories. It is the location I where I sang my first solo in a kids’ program. It encapsulates the pool where I was baptized as a teenager. It is the place I graduated from high school; the stage where I was married; the ministry where I first worked after graduating from college; the church where I dedicated my firstborn child. Unfortunately there is no option for adding the building to the local historical society. It has been…
  • Yes, All Women

    Chad Estes
    27 May 2014 | 8:24 pm
    I really like Twitter. It provides the Everyday Joe an opportunity to share news, to provide commentary, and with the help of the right hash-tags, gives them the opportunity to be heard. I used to use Twitter more often for my own voice, but once my storytelling projects picked up the pace, time for interaction in the Twitterverse substantially decreased. However, I still use is as my main source of hearing breaking news from different sources, and people, from around the world. For instance, if news breaks in my hometown of Boise, my phone alerts me with that Twitter feed. If significant…
  • A Veteran Named Lew

    Chad Estes
    23 May 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I spent all morning at a coffee shop with a photographer named Mati. We met at the 2014 Boise Squared Photography contest. She found me on the pedestrian bridge over the Boise River right after I had finished my first Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep portrait session. I was in desperate need to process my feelings with another person. I needed a good cry. Mati, even though at the time still a stranger, just hugged me and listened. Today was my chance to hear her story – to hear how she moved from being a designer to an iPhoneographer. It all happened because of her neighbor next door, Lew.
 
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    Here I Blog

  • 2 Reasons the SBC Resolution on Christians Suing Fellow Christians was Rejected

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

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

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

    Mark Lamprecht
    9 May 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsI’ve been busy lately reading and writing closing out the seminary semester. Throw in the fact that I’ve not been sleeping much and I’ve got a battle between sleep and school. Juggling seminary, work, and home life can be exhausting at times and even frustrating. Sometimes I wonder – why all this studying? What’s the motivation? As with anything we Christians do in life, our motivation should be to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31). Our reason should be kingdom motivated. That is, God’s kingdom, not our own. One of the temptations…
  • Sunday Considerations: As Little Children

    Mark Lamprecht
    3 May 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon Ads“I assure you,” He said, “unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3 (HCSB) When our Lord says, we must be converted and become as little children, I suppose he means also, that we must be sensible of our weakness, comparatively speaking, as a little child. Every one looks upon a little child, as a poor weak creature; as one that ought to go to school and learn some new lesson every day; and as simple and artless; one without guile, having not learned the abominable art, called…
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    Coffee Shop Journal

  • Vendor or Partner?

    Marla Saunders
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    I read a great article on Agency Post today about seeing yourself as a partner in your client’s business, rather than as a vendor. Partners are fully vested in the business, will put in the extra hours needed to let it succeed, and will allow their minds to dwell on creative options to solve everyday challenges. Partners will have “Eureka!” moments in the shower. Vendors, on the other hand, do not. They provide a service or an engagement and walk away. Our companies have always approached clients as partners without actually using those terms. That focus on learning a new…
  • Journey

    Marla Saunders
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:25 am
    Blessed are those who make You their strength, for they treasure every step of the journey. On their way through the valleys they stop and dig wells to collect refreshing spring water, and the early rains fill the pools. They journey from place to place gaining strength along the way, until they meet God in Zion.   – Psalm 84:5-7 (The Voice translation)
  • Why I am saying “No” to business

    Marla Saunders
    13 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    On a recent airplane flight from LA to Hawaii I found myself without a book to read. My iPad mini was loaded with at least ten books in the “to be read” queue, but I was thinking about beaches and sunshine. I knew I needed a real, physical, old-fashioned book. Without much hope, I popped into the airport sundries shop and managed to strike gold. Essentialism, by Greg McKeown, is one of those books that is likely to change my life over the course of the next year in ways I did not anticipate. Bottom Line Premise: Once you stop trying to do it all, you can make your highest…
  • Farming is making a comeback!

    Marla Saunders
    5 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
    One of the perks of my job is getting to dive into our client’s businesses during the course of our work with them. I love our Discovery Process where we lead the clients through really fun exercises that lead to deep insights about their industry and their brand. In the process, our team gets to learn details about another industry from the inside out. A favorite client of ours has been Farm Credit of Florida. It turns out that the Farm Credit system was established by the government back in 1916 to provide stability and financing to the agricultural industry. Nearing 100 now, Farm…
  • Storytelling

    Marla Saunders
    2 May 2013 | 9:20 am
      I’ve spent a good chunk of my life telling stories in one form or another. What time I didn’t spend telling stories was spent reading them. I could consume good books at a rate that would have bankrupted my parents if I didn’t know where the library was! David likes the story of my 8 year old self declaring I was going to read the entire children’s library in my town of Belmont. I smile now, but I’m also proud of the fact I made it through the A’s and had made headway into the B’s before I realized I’d bitten off more than I could choose.
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    BibleDude.net

  • 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…
  • i didn’t make myself an orphan (reflections from #AfricaWH day four)

    Dan King
    20 Jan 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Today was a one of the most difficult and most anticipated days for me on this trip. It was difficult because I knew I’d be visiting the Kigali Genocide Museum. It’s a memorial built to help Rwanda (and the world) never forget the tragic history that resulted in over 1,000,000 people being brutally massacred twenty years ago as a means of ethnic cleansing. It was greatly anticipated because of the amount of research I’ve done as I prepared to write the chapter on War, Terrorism, and Genocide for Activist Faith. That was an important chapter for me to write because of my…
 
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    Biblical Preaching

  • Christocentric, Christiconic, … part 2

    Peter Mead
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    Yesterday I started a list of five alternative labels to ponder for the preacher.  Rather than the Christiconic model espoused in Abraham Kuruvilla’s, Privilege the Text, why not consider these labels for the goal of our preaching?  Are we representing individual facets of Christlike morality in each pericope that we preach, or is something greater going on?  Yesterday we thought about Christotelic and Christodoxological preaching.  Here are three more labels, this time ones I have never heard used elsewhere (you will understand why!) 3. Christopisteuic (Preaching that aims…
  • Christocentric, Christiconic, …?

    Peter Mead
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Abraham Kuruvilla’s book, Privilege the Text, offers a theological hermeneutic for preaching.  I have surveyed the book here and offered some review here.  Today I would like to nudge our thinking in respect to AK’s suggestion that we replace a Christocentric approach with a Christiconic approach.  That is, rather than trying to see Christ in every text of Scripture, we should see a facet of Christ’s perfect morality in every text, and as we present that theologically derived “divine demand,” the hope is that our listeners will be moved to align themselves with it and thus…
  • Review: Privilege the Text by Abraham Kuruvilla – Part 2

    Peter Mead
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Yesterday I introduced and overviewed Privilege the Text: A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching by Abraham Kuruvilla (herein: AK).   Let me offer two quotes to give a sense of the book: “Application involves discovering the world projected in front of the text and aligning oneself to that world.  Such an alignment restores the relationship between God and his community.  A pericope, by way of its theology, thus contributes to the corporate mission of covenant renewal.  I submit that what God would have is that his people be captivated by the world projected in front of the text, and…
  • Review: Privilege the Text by Abraham Kuruvilla – Part 1

    Peter Mead
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:39 am
    Privilege the Text: A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching by Abraham Kuruvilla This book was Preaching Magazine’s Book of the Year for 2013 and has some significant endorsers.  Its four chapters span 336 pages, with essentially one (maybe two) “worked example” of Kuruvilla’s proposed approach to handling Old Testament narrative.  Let me begin with an overview of the chapters today, before highlighting some strengths and weaknesses tomorrow. Chapter 1 introduces the field of hermeneutics.  Abraham Kuruvilla (herein AK) points the reader beyond simply pursuing the meaning of a…
  • Post-Preaching Stress Disorder

    Peter Mead
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Now and then you might preach a sermon and finish on a personal emotional high that lasts for days.  Typically you won’t.  William Willimon wrote that,  “On any Sunday you can give it your all and still know that the Word deserves more.” Typically you may find yourself feeling vulnerable, weak, drained, self-critical and/or regretful.  Post-preaching stress disorder: known by most preachers, not understood by most others. People in your congregation probably don’t understand PPSD.  They are quite happy to chat with you after you have preached.  They might want to talk…
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  • The ESV Study Bible now available in Korean

    Lizzy Jeffers
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
      We are excited to announce the publication of the ESV Study Bible into Korean, the first complete translation of the ESV Study Bible into another language! The ESV Study Bible in Korean is available from a Korean online Christian bookstore. To our knowledge, this is the the only online source for the Korean ESV Study Bible. In addition to the hardcover pictured below, the Korean ESV Study Bible is also available in an 8-volume edition. We thank God for this new edition, and pray it helps Korean-speakers around the world understand the Bible in a deeper way.  
  • Fall 2014 Bible Study Resources

    Matt Tully
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Planning to lead a Bible study or family devotions this fall? Here’s a selection of new and notable resources from Crossway to help you study God’s Word personally or with your family and friends. Books Women of the Word Jen Wilkin A popular Bible teacher offers practical guidance and helpful tips for women who want to go deeper in their study of the Bible and learn how to teach others to do the same. “This book responds to the feelings-driven, me-centered approach that has too often dominated our study of the Scriptures. Jen encourages women to grow in knowledge of the Word in…
  • Midweek Roundup – 7/23/14

    Matt Tully
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Each Wednesday we share some recent links that we found informative, insightful, or helpful. These are often related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting and encouraging break for the middle of your week. 1. The Gospel Coalition reviews Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin [I]s Wilkin overstating a crisis of biblical illiteracy? If the current statistics found in the American Bible Society’s “State of the Bible Report” are any indication, then the answer is a resounding no. Only 37 percent of adults reported reading their Bible at least…
  • Deleting Bible Study from Your Mental Checklist

    Matt Tully
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is a guest post by Lydia Brownback and is part of Women of the Word Month, a free 31-day campaign designed to encourage and equip women for transformative Bible study. Learn more or sign up at crossway.org/women. The Checklist The mental morning checklist—we’ve all got one. Beds made? Check. Lunches packed? Check. Phone charged? Check. For many of us, that mental rundown includes a daily Bible reading, and checking it off is simply part of a well-organized morning. Yet, while all Bible reading is profitable, there’s something a bit off about placing it on a to-do list—kind of…
  • Help Wanted: Looking for Someone to Make My Kids Love the Bible

    Matt Tully
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is a guest post by Jessica Thompson and is part of Women of the Word Month, a free 31-day campaign designed to encourage and equip women for transformative Bible study. Learn more or sign up at crossway.org/women. Help Wanted Help Wanted: Looking for someone to make my children understand and love the Bible. My husband and I have tried everything, from bribery to anger to manipulation and they don’t seemed interested at all. If you can take on three kids, ages 5-10 and instill in them a love for God’s Word. I will pay you $100 per week. I would never actually put an ad like this on…
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  • 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”…
  • Sponsored Post: ScoreBig.com

    Jonathan Cliff
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    I love to go see baseball games. Anyone that follows me on Instagram, knows that recently I drove up the East Coast to see the Orioles, Phillies, and Yankees at their beautiful ballparks. It was fun, cheap, and due to my current life circumstances…easily scheduled. The problem has always been how to affordably take my family of 5 to the same fun sporting events. Enter a new website I discovered recently. ScoreBig.com. There are tons of different ways to purchase event tickets online, but ScoreBig.com combines the bidding, deal-catching, low price grabbing fun of all you’ve ever…
  • In Summer || Starr Cliff

    Starr Cliff
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Homemade ice cream. Mornings on the porch with coffee and the dawn song of birds singing. Visits from family and friends; highly anticipated,  and always better than hoped for. Floating the river. Baseball games. The pool. Bright nail polish. Big beach hats. Georgia awash in green. Fireflies temping us outside…mosquitoes driving us back in. Sweet tea in mason jars. Loud music with the windows down. Fresh, sweet tomatoes and fragrant basil from the garden,  devoured with slices of  mozzarella. My gorgeous kids with tanned legs and golden hair. Skinned knees and bug bites. A slower…
  • Praying Life [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    If God is composing a story with our lives, then our lives are no longer static. We aren’t paralyzed by life; we can hope. Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life (NavPress, 2009), 323
  • Finding Common Ground

    Jonathan Cliff
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:55 am
    We tend to identify ourselves by what are differences are. Unless we are isolated, and then we begin to find people who are similar. Play at game with me and imagine you are at a big party, with tons of different personalities in the room. There are a few outliers that will either work the room and campaign for mayor or find an isolated spot to do serious people watching, but most of us look for what’s familiar and stick with those people. We go into search mode for what we may have in common with the strangers around us, then when we find it we settle in with them. We find those…
 
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  • SHAME: Guest post by Stephanie Neighbour

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    I'm an Indie author agent. Last May, I acquired a client whose upcoming novel is so important, that I asked her permission to share an excerpt of her Prologue with my readers.This is a snippet from the Prologue of Stephanie Neighbour's Shame. Tentative publication date: Early 2015.Shame. It has the invisible pull of a magnet. One that has the ability to collect all of the ruins you’d rather the rest of the world not see. Secrets. Lies. Omissions. One-night stands. That time you cheated on your 9th Grade German final. All of those things you keep to yourself and never release, but which…
  • 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…
  • Jared Remy's Version of "Taking Responsibility"

    27 May 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Jennifer Martel and her daughter Jennifer Martel's Murderer, Jared Remy The Story Jared Remy pleaded guilty today. He said he wanted to take responsibility for murdering Jennifer Martel last summer. What a man. He owned up to stabbing her to death, leaving their daughter motherless.But...Wait for it...Jared Remy then said to the court, as he took "responsibility": “I don’t think it’s right when women use their kids against their fathers.” Well, copy that, Jared. You're obviously the standard that all daddies should live up to.It seems that the son of Boston…
  • To the Graduating Class of 2014

    15 May 2014 | 6:49 am
    This comes to you from an average person: a divorced mother of two young adults. The three of us work long days, keeping it honest, and hoping for the best. My own children have set a pretty good course for their lives, and for that, I’m grateful; however, most of us parents out here - living far under the radar of the powers-that-be - are plenty concerned about your futures. Now granted, I’m not one who has a bunch of letters after my name, so take this for what I intend to convey by it: a little bit of wisdom from someone who has been where you are in life -…
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  • Suspicious: The U.S. Government Edited a Wikipedia Article About Reptilians Running the World

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    If you're not familiar with David Icke, here are the basics: He was a one-time BBC sports commentator until a psychic told him he was the "Son of the Godhead" and he announced that the world is being secretly run by a group of reptile-like extraterrestrials. Ah, yes. One of those. His theories have a whole Wikipedia page, which isn't that big of a deal, but someone noticed yesterday that the Wikipedia page had been edited by someone in the U.S. House of Representatives. See if you can spot the changes some anonymous, high-ranking editor changed: Pre-edit: Icke has claimed on multiple…
  • Pastor's Response to Burned Cross Outside Church: "Whoever Did It, We Forgive Them."

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Vernon Hooks is the pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, a church in Clarksville, Tenn. where a burned cross was discovered on Tuesday morning. The church, just outside of Nashville, has a mostly black congregation and anywhere from 100 to 200 members, one of whom contacted Hooks when they saw the cross. "It was devastating," Hooks told USA Today. "I was somewhat hurt, but then I took time out to ask God to forgive whoever did this." "Whoever did it, we forgive them," Hooks told reporters while gathered with various church members. "That's the message, that we are a forgiving church…
  • How to Make Good Friends After College

    bethanymcilrath
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    A few tips on how to form thriving friendships after graduation. When we’re younger, friendship comes naturally. We have school friends, club friends, church friends, family friends, etc. The relationships we develop in our youth are usually fairly straightforward. Then we grow up, and our friendships do, too. Our friends move on. We move cities and get jobs. We have less free time than we did in college.
  • Map Shows America’s ‘Happiest’ and ‘Unhappiest’ Cities

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    The U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research recently unveiled their “Unhappy Cities” study which compiles survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about life satisfaction across America, and evidently, those Duck Dynasty dudes are onto something. For the surveys, the CDC asked residents around the country to self-report their own levels of overall life satisfaction, then adjusted the results for income, age, race and gender. When the results were calculated, the state of Louisiana was home to the top five happiest cities in the country, with Lafayette, leading the…
  • ‘Bibliotheca’ Project Seeks to Redesign the Bible as a Work of ‘Great Literary Art’

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Book designer Adam Greene wants to turn the modern, printed Bible into a visually beautiful, easy-to-read, redesigned work of art. Greene’s Kickstarter has raised more than $750,000 for the intensive project that—by drawing inspiration from the dimensions of the Ark of the Covenant—turns the Bible into a re-organized, four volume series, each the size of a contemporary novel. As he explains, the vision of the Bibliotheca project is taken from the history of scripture: The literature of the Bible was experienced by its ancient audiences as pure literary art—written or oral—with none…
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  • French Polynesia Package Deals

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    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    $3975 & up — Tahiti 7-Nt. Private Island Escape w/Air Travel now through March 24, 2015 to a private islet in Taha’a, savings up to 25%. $2550 & up — Moorea Luxury 5-Nt. Escape incl. Air Includes roundtrip international air, inter-island transport, accommodations, breakfast for two & more. $5825 & up — Bora Bora 5-Star Vacation w/Air, Kids Fly [...]
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    Up to 30% Off — Worldwide Car Rentals through Summer Save up to 30% off car rental services in 135 countries around the world. $9.25 & up — Car Rentals across the U.S. Rent an economy car at select airport locations through CarRentals.com. 15% Off — Luxury Summer Car Rentals in Europe 15% discount on any Merceces-Benz or luxury [...]
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    18 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    $88 — Palm Springs 4-Star Resort w/2-Night Stay, Save 60% Get away to Palm Springs and stay at a resort with a 60-foot water slide. Stay midweek through Sept. 29. $155 & up — 4-Star San Diego Hotel, 30% Off Marvel at San Diego’s perfect weather as you stroll to the Gaslamp Quarter. $159 & up — Carlsbad 4-Star [...]
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    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    $559 & up — Waikiki 3-Nt. Beachfront Vacations w/Air & Car Book by July 27 for travel through December 18, 2014. Includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, 3-day midsize car rental & more. $719 & up — Big Island 3-Nt. Beachfront Escapes w/Air & Car Package includes 3-day midsize car rental plus kids 17 and younger stay [...]
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    $1569 & up — Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket 9-Nt. Trip w/Air Visit Bangkok, The `Venice of the east`, then fly to Chiang Mai, `The Rose of the North`, and complete your journey with some days in Phuket, `Pearl of the South`, with its endless beaches and crystal-clear blue ocean. $1726 & up — Hong Kong, [...]
 
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  • Name it, Claim it … PROCLAIM IT!

    Chilly
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:15 pm
    …an honest look at really knowing Christ… Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat – I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Luke 9:23 1. Many people today CLAIM Jesus Christ. They talk about Christ. You know, everyone’s a “christian”… They do many activities in Jesus’ name. Hookin’ up JC… ugh. Many claim to be followers of Jesus. Until He asks for sacrifice…
  • Artificial or Authentic?

    Chilly
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    God desires that our service, worship, witness, sacrifice, confession and love ALL be authentic. Yet, if we’re not careful, it’s way too easy to offer Him fake, plastic, versions … yeah, we give Him what we think He wants or what we wish we possessed or were.  But this causes us to allow deceit into what is sacred and ultimately we, ourselves, begin to accept & believe the lie. We become artificial… a fraud – and yes, like a china town rolex, without close examination most are fooled (including us). We must lay before him what is in us, not what…
  • Worthy

    Chilly
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    “Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.” C.S. Lewis HE died in order to make US worth it - what an unbelievably humbling thought. Just take a moment or two and really let this thought sink in… How can I grasp this kind of love and sacrifice? And, how should I respond? Ultimately, I think the only way to maintain the ‘worth’ He has given me, is to do the very thing He made me to do (and be). But my life is WORTH NOTHING unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus the work of…
  • 9 C’s of Church Planting

    Chilly
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:35 pm
    This is a revised & updated post. Shared with the Accelerate Network in June 2014. Church Planting is awesome! I love it! Is it tough? Oh yes! But, is it worth it? Always! Over the last 10 years, I’ve planted three church campuses in the inner city communities of Detroit. My family (incredible wife & 5 amazing kids) live right in the heart of the city. We do not have any full-time paid staff and we continually are in need of funds and resources just to get by … THIS IS FAITH! I’ve been chosen by God to share His love & truth in the most dangerous city in America. This…
  • John 3:16

    Chilly
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    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.  John 3:16 Yep, most of us have known this little verse FOREVER, but do we live it?  Within’ these simple words are such powerful truths… not only that, they contain the character and nature of God. This is pretty sobering for me — the more I really study it word by word by word — the more I realize how UNLIKE God I really am… gulp. I have made it my mission to IMPROVE in the God-Qualities found within’ this…
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  • Looking Back, Facing Forward: 20 Soundtracks Jars of Clay’s 20-Year Celebration with New Interpretations of Fan-Selected Favorites

    Special to The Underground
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    To celebrate 20 years together as a band, Jars of Clay has taken 2014 to throw themselves a yearlong birthday party. Not only have they spent the year performing a series of online Stageit concerts... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The New Christian Activist

    Justin Steckbauer
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    The loyal Christian, dedicated to the Heavenly Father must be an activist, in the pluralistic global environment post 9/11. We've put up with a lot in the United States. Christianity is in trouble... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Behind The Song Devotional: ‘Far Side Of The Sea’

    Brad Andres
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    HisNameHigh has recently released the album Genesis of Grace. Tyler Smith, drummer and composer, is here to talk with us about the song "Far Side of the Sea. The post Behind The Song Devotional:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Upcoming Movie ‘Tolkien and Lewis’ Tells Story Of Famous Christian Authors

    Michael Ernest
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    A story about two of the most famous modern Christian authors, C.S.Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien is about to hit the big screen. The movie will give the world insight on their friendship and lives. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kenya’s Catholic Bishops Sued After Canceling Lease For Muslim-Run Restaurant

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    23 Jul 2014 | 3:06 am
    The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops is facing a lawsuit over the cancellation of a rental contract for a restaurant operated by a Somali Muslim. The post Kenya’s Catholic Bishops Sued After... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Suspicious: The U.S. Government Edited a Wikipedia Article About Reptilians Running the World

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    If you're not familiar with David Icke, here are the basics: He was a one-time BBC sports commentator until a psychic told him he was the "Son of the Godhead" and he announced that the world is being secretly run by a group of reptile-like extraterrestrials. Ah, yes. One of those. His theories have a whole Wikipedia page, which isn't that big of a deal, but someone noticed yesterday that the Wikipedia page had been edited by someone in the U.S. House of Representatives. See if you can spot the changes some anonymous, high-ranking editor changed: Pre-edit: Icke has claimed on multiple…
  • Pastor's Response to Burned Cross Outside Church: "Whoever Did It, We Forgive Them."

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Vernon Hooks is the pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, a church in Clarksville, Tenn. where a burned cross was discovered on Tuesday morning. The church, just outside of Nashville, has a mostly black congregation and anywhere from 100 to 200 members, one of whom contacted Hooks when they saw the cross. "It was devastating," Hooks told USA Today. "I was somewhat hurt, but then I took time out to ask God to forgive whoever did this." "Whoever did it, we forgive them," Hooks told reporters while gathered with various church members. "That's the message, that we are a forgiving church…
  • How to Make Good Friends After College

    bethanymcilrath
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    A few tips on how to form thriving friendships after graduation. When we’re younger, friendship comes naturally. We have school friends, club friends, church friends, family friends, etc. The relationships we develop in our youth are usually fairly straightforward. Then we grow up, and our friendships do, too. Our friends move on. We move cities and get jobs. We have less free time than we did in college.
  • Map Shows America’s ‘Happiest’ and ‘Unhappiest’ Cities

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    The U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research recently unveiled their “Unhappy Cities” study which compiles survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about life satisfaction across America, and evidently, those Duck Dynasty dudes are onto something. For the surveys, the CDC asked residents around the country to self-report their own levels of overall life satisfaction, then adjusted the results for income, age, race and gender. When the results were calculated, the state of Louisiana was home to the top five happiest cities in the country, with Lafayette, leading the…
  • ‘Bibliotheca’ Project Seeks to Redesign the Bible as a Work of ‘Great Literary Art’

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Book designer Adam Greene wants to turn the modern, printed Bible into a visually beautiful, easy-to-read, redesigned work of art. Greene’s Kickstarter has raised more than $750,000 for the intensive project that—by drawing inspiration from the dimensions of the Ark of the Covenant—turns the Bible into a re-organized, four volume series, each the size of a contemporary novel. As he explains, the vision of the Bibliotheca project is taken from the history of scripture: The literature of the Bible was experienced by its ancient audiences as pure literary art—written or oral—with none…
 
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  • On the Porch At Ann Voskamp’s: The Pink Outfit (Day 14) 21 Days of Rest

    Bonnie Gray
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Although we met online years earlier, I first met Ann Voskamp in real life three years ago — walking along a beach, against the soft brush of waves upon smooth sand. I was standing at the cusp of my journey as an author.  I hadn’t written a single word of my book yet. I hadn’t even gotten a book contract. But, I had felt the whispers of my childhood story wanting to be told.  But, I was afraid. There are so many easier books I could write.  Books about what I’ve learned about God. But, separated from my little girl self. I write for DaySpring (in)courage and one…
  • Dare to Unplug & Go Off the Grid: Five Ways (Day 14) 21 Days of Rest

    Bonnie Gray
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    So, I just came back from a week of being unplugged-off-the-grid on vacation in San Diego last week. I was unpacking (a week is a long time with two boys and a hubby) and I couldn’t wait to confide in you about it all. I discovered something very surprising.   Something I didn’t suspect at all. And I didn’t even know it was happening.  In just one month. Right under my nose… my fingertips. I was addicted to social media.   After all, I’ve been disengaged online a lot for two years during my journey through PTSD, leading up to the book launch last month.
  • Move Beyond Surviving to Rejuvenating Rest {Book Giveaway} (Day 13) 21 Days of Rest

    Bonnie Gray
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    How many of us find ourselves running on empty with no time for rest, no time for ourselves, no time for God? I know what that’s like. I’m good at surviving — an expert at figuring out how to do things right and do them well. I am not afraid of working hard, swallowing whatever might get me down, and pushing thorough. I am a good thinker. I manage, cope and please. I am good at taking care of everyone and everything else — except my heart and me. Even though I’m married to my soulmate hubby, mom to two beautiful boys — deep inside, where no one can see…
  • What To Do When Your Dreams Stall: 5 Steps To Take (Day 12) 21 Days of Rest: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

    Bonnie Gray
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:05 am
    I get asked this question almost every time I’m interviewed about my new book Finding Spiritual Whitespace.  Why is it so hard to rest, if we know it’s good for us? This is what everyone wonders. And this is what I say:  it’s easier not to think about rest. It’s easier to go, go, go. It’s easier to say yes, yes yes. No one gets upset, no one gets disappointed and maybe there seems to be fewer conflicts — at the moment. But, deep inside, the person who pays the price for putting ourselves last is… us.  The very person God loves and cares about, we…
  • Finding Rest In a World Of Go: Podcast with Kathi Lipp (Day 11) 21 Days of Rest: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

    Bonnie Gray
    24 Jun 2014 | 9:46 am
    I first met Kathi Lipp four years ago for a cup of coffee, when I was first began thinking about writing a book proposal. Kathi is popular speaker and author of a new book I Need Some Help Here: Hope When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan.  She was the only published author I knew locally here in Silicon Valley with a string of books under her belt.  So, I when I asked a friend of a friend to introduce us, I grabbed the chance to have coffee with her and share our stories. Kathi Lipp gives the best hugs at my Book Launch Party for Finding Spiritual Whitespace {Red Rock Coffee,…
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  • Back On The Wagon

    Rick Garner
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Few things compare to a morning stroll upon a wooded trail. Patuxent Trails are perfect for walking, running, or biking. Although these trails are less than a five minute drive, I only started consistently using them in May after a six month break from my exercise routine.Yeah, six months.We canceled our LifeTime membership in November. Not the best of times to end a gym membership but LifeTime is expensive and we needed a plan that all of us could consistently use.Our random and long Winter didn't help matters, however, the fault is not with the season. That'd fall squarely on my shoulders…
  • Take A Breath

    Rick Garner
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    As I sat in the Chick-fil-A drive-through line, a child's voice caught my attention. The boy sounded as if he were pleading to his mother about something. Looking over my right shoulder, I could see a woman, a young boy, and a young girl walking to a newer model Honda van. The kids each had balloon animals given to them by a local artist inside the store.The pleading seemed to relate to not wanting to leave the store but I wasn't entirely certain of that. Lowering my passenger window, the audio was clearer."Shut up! You're embarrassing me!" My heart sank. Telling a child to shut up is bad…
  • Squirrel! Part 5: Eviction!

    Rick Garner
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:31 am
    After three months, several tiny holes in two bedroom ceilings, multiple failed techniques, falling from a ladder and nearly breaking my hand, and wasting $625 with Home Paramount - a squirrel was caught in our attic in less than a day. Borrowing a Havahart trap from a friend, baiting it with peanut butter, and placing it in the attic on the afternoon of February 13 the next morning we had a squirrel. Yup, on Valentine's Day we caught the little varmint.Here's where any rational person would ask: Why didn't you do that from the start? Well, like millions of men before me, at the time my…
  • Squirrel! Part 4: Whatever Happened With That Squirrel?

    Rick Garner
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:46 am
    It's a bit unfathomable to me that I've had squirrels in my attic for three months. Three. Months. Since late November, we've heard the random scratching that have produced two small holes in the ceiling of G's closet, two in her bedroom, and three tiny holes in our bedroom. It's only expected and reasonable that friends and family would be questioning, "Whatever happened with that squirrel?"2013 ended with me signing a contract with Home Paramount Pest Control. We've used them since 2006 for termite control and have been pleased with that service. Since we first heard the squirrel, I debated…
  • Squirrel! Part 3: Attack of the Squirrel!

    Rick Garner
    6 Dec 2013 | 10:14 am
    Tuesday night, I heard the sound I've grown to dread: scratching above G's ceiling. Exasperated, I thought, "After sealing the breech, we trapped the thing in there?!"But this scratching didn't sound as close. It sounded more like it was outside. Upon investigation, there was indeed a squirrel trying to dig through the wooden patch. I clapped my hands - which hurt - and flailed my arms - which probably looked silly. I had to run it off three times before it disappeared for the night.Then came early Wednesday morning. G reported scratching above her room. I assumed the rascal had returned.
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  • Session Six: On Guilt and Helping

    Natalie Snapp
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Long, long ago when I was an oh-so-wise college student who pretty much knew everything, I remember someone once saying, “Guilt is a useless emotion.” “Yeah!” I remember thinking with the fervor of a warrior about to embark on a battle. I knew all about guilt. And I still do. And once I became a mother? I experienced a whole new level of guilt. There was a time not so long ago when I would discount guilt because, after all, it’s a useless emotion. But then I realized that the Holy Spirit can communicate with us through guilt. In Chapter Fifteen of The God…
  • Dear Spencer (On Your Sixth Birthday),

    Natalie Snapp
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It cannot be true. I double-checked the calendar to make sure I’m not off a year and I’m dumbfounded to find I’m not. You, my youngest, spunkiest, rascally-est child are six years old today. I think I mention this each year but some things are just worth repeating – repeatedly. I need to shoot straight with you and tell you that when I took that pregnancy test on the cold, November evening of a late night at work for your Daddy and an exhausting day with your then two year old sister and six month old brother, I was not overjoyed. Don’t take it personally, love.
  • Session Five: Quiet Companionship and Admitting When You’re Wrong

    Natalie Snapp
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    My husband has a “shed” where he keeps his computer, exercise equipment, and any other “dude” thing he owns – complete with the head of an eight-point buck mounted to the wall. Truthfully, this “shed” is a man-cave – and it’s not a “shed.” It’s a detached addition to the house. I have a love-hate relationship with the “shed,” to be honest. I love it because it allows him a place to keep his “dude” things and gives him time away to refocus. I hate it because sometimes I can feel abandoned when…
 
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    Christianity 201

  • The Quest for the Purple Fish

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Before we begin, here is Psalm 23 in The Voice translation. 1 The Eternal is my shepherd, He cares for me always. 2 He provides me rest in rich, green fields beside streams of refreshing water. He soothes my fears; 3 He makes me whole again, steering me off worn, hard paths to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name. 4 Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because You are with me in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance, I am comforted. 5 You spread out a table before me, provisions in the midst of attack from my…
  • When God Tells Stories

    paulthinkingoutloud
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Many times at Thinking Out Loud there have been references to the sometimes-controversial Rachel Held Evans, but it might surprise you to see her here at Christianity 201. However, she’s been blogging the Lectionary this year, and while the concept of what follows is, at one level, quite simple, I hope you’ll read what she writes and get lost in the wonder of how the Creator of the universe chooses to communicate with us. To read at source, click here. I’m blogging with the lectionary this year, and this week’s reading comes from Matthew 13:24-43: He put before them…
  • Our Free Will with Respect to Sin

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    The questions of free will, election, predestination, etc., are very confusing to some and very divisive to others. Not every article posted at Christianity 201 agrees with my position, and sometimes in the same month, there are articles posted by writers who would disagree with each other. In many respects, this does not concern me at all. I believe that as we immerse ourselves in the scripture, we end up better able to formulate our own views on such matters, and better equipped to clearly articulate those views to others. Even if you’ve already reached your own conclusions, it is…
  • Murmuring and Complaining

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Today’s devotion was sourced at Christian Blessings, where they in turn “borrowed” it from the Institute for Christian Research. Murmurers and Complainers These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want. (Jude 1:16) Jude’s book cites several incidents in the early history of Israel right after they were wonderfully delivered from slavery in Egypt. Within a very short time, they had come through the Red Sea, had bitter water made sweet, seen water come out of a…
  • Repetition in Scripture: Poetry or Emphasis?

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    I am currently working my way devotionally through N. T. Wright’s second-newest book, The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential. Today I looked back at a section in the introduction that has been sticking with me: The Psalms rely for their effect on the way they set out the main themes. They say something from one angle and then repeat it from a different angle. NRSV Psalm 33:6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, Psalm 139:3 You search…
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    Worthy Christian News

  • 'Solution is Israel's Destruction', Iran's Ayatollah Declares

    Worthy News Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    TEHRAN (Worthy News)– Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated on Wednesday that the only solution for the region is the destruction of Israel, and that the armed confrontation must expand beyond Gaza, the Daily Caller reported. "These crimes which are beyond imagination and show the true nature of the wolfish and child killer regime, which the only solution is its destruction," the ayatollah declared to his audience. "However, until that time, the expansion of the armed resistance of the Palestinians of the West Bank is the only way to confront this…
  • European Court Rules Against Poland Over Secret CIA Prisons

    Worthy News Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    WARSAW (Worthy News)– The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that Poland is financially responsible to two individuals, who are now held in Guantanamo Bay, for rights that were violated by the CIA on Polish soil.   Poland denied the existence of secret CIA prisons, however the  judgment that adds pressure to the United States to reveal the truth of its detention of al Qaeda suspects worldwide. The Strasbourg-based court ruled that Poland had violated Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights that cover torture, the right to liberty, and the right to an…
  • Increased Earthquake Risk Along New Madrid Fault, USGS says

    Worthy News Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:54 am
    WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– The U.S. Geological Survey updated their seismic hazards map last week, and identified states along the New Madrid fault has the potential for larger and more powerful earthquakes. USGS says the New Madrid Fault, which runs through a number of midwestern states, has been identified as an area that has potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought. Far Western Kentucky is highlighted on the map as being an area of "high risk." Geoscientists say if a major earthquake hits along the New Madrid Fault, damage and possibly even…
  • Two Ukraine Jets Shot Down Near Site of Malaysia Airlines Crash

    Worthy News Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:44 am
    KIEV (Worthy News)– Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down Wednesday over separatist-held territory not far from the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash as international outrage over the tragedy has done little to slow the fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal reported. While Kiev made significant advances against rebels in the country's east in recent days, Ukrainian and U.S. officials say Russian weapons are continuing to pour over the border. The escalation in fighting suggests Russian President Vladimir Putin has no intention of dialing back his support…
  • Operation Protective Edge Enters 17th Day; Three IDF soldiers killed, 35 Terror Targets Hit

    Worthy News Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:33 am
    JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– Israel Defense Forces (IDF) killed 15 terrorists and took at least 150 terror suspects as prisoner in the Gaza Strip last night. The IDF death toll was raised to 32 as three IDF soldiers were killed overnight. A major tunnel network was discovered on Wednesday that contained maps and weapons for an imminent attack. Israel has discovered 31 tunnels so far, but has only destroyed nine saying it needs more time to dismantle the underground network. Related News on the Internet IAF hits 35 targets overnight; ground forces kill several Hamas operatives, take…
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  • In War You Need Chutzpah!

    George Whitten
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Genesis 14:14-16 Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people. Abraham's rescue of Lot and his household from the four Mesopotamian Kings in the…
  • How do we achieve peace?

    George Whitten
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Psalms 29:11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. Colossians 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. As we enter into day 16 of Operation Protective Shield, we read how a "ceasefire" is proposed by different countries in order to settle the conflict. However, it's not a 'true' peace they want to achieve, but just a pause in the violence. A ceasefire in the eyes of Islam is called a…
  • Rest Under His Wings!

    George Whitten
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Psalm 91: 1-10 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in…
  • The Sirens are Sounding!

    George Whitten
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Matthew 24:3-6 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. At the beginning of…
  • Continue to Lift Your Brother Up!

    George Whitten
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:32 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Exodus 17:9-12 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his…
 
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    (in)courage

  • You Are Where You Are For a Reason

    Kristen Welch
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    We sat on the lush green lawn next to the sprawling manor and let the sun warm us. July in Kenya is cold. The Mercy House babies toddled and giggled offering us flowers from the nearby bushes, while their teen moms finished lunch. It looked like just another Thursday in Africa. But it was more. It was miraculous. The wind whipped through the willow trees and blew petals from the flowering plants and it was as if nature itself bowed down at the holiness of what God had done. A houseful of transformed residents. Six new pregnant girls. New babies coming in the fall. Two beautiful homes paid for…
  • Freedom Because Of Christ

    Leeanne Burda
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 It was the vacation you wait for. When I say wait, I mean seven years. Having child after child after child we knew one day, somehow, we would be able to get away and have some time to reconnect. Finally, the opportunity came. Everything aligned perfectly – the trip, our parents watching the children, the flights, the time frame. This was finally happening! My husband had a three day work trip and I was tagging along. We extended it to six days so we could explore San Francisco. The second day into our…
  • When It’s Hard to Call God Father

    EmilyW
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    I was the little girl in the mushroom cut and the flannel nightgown waiting by the door for Dad to come home from visiting the parishioners. He would smell of tea when he finally came, would drop his briefcase in the office and sit at his desk, his head furrowed in wrinkles. I was the little girl who never played, who tried so hard to sketch perfect pictures and write prize-winning poems. I was the little girl who stopped eating at nine, because it was easier not to eat than it was to feel. I hated church, I hated the way my legs dangled from the hard pews, the way Dad laughed for hours in…
  • (in)courage Staff Picks – Summer Fun

    Sally Haukas
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Hi there! I’m delighted to be with you all today, bringing you a bit of my faves from the store. Though I currently live in Chicago, I’m a farm-raised Arkansan who finds her happy place in the great outdoors and being active. As the Multimedia & Design Manager for (in)courage, I get to daily express creativity, and I also try to carve out space to pursue my love of music and dance. I aim to live in the moment in the midst of the crazy and am so grateful God’s not done working on me yet. Hope you enjoy these little treasures from the online store. I love that I get to be…
  • When I Learn From My Child’s Fears

    Arianne Segerman
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    I gathered the kids into my room and we all flopped on the big bed together. It’s our common chat place, the big cozy bed. I needed to let them know the plans for the next couple weeks and remind them that school is starting up again. As soon as I got the words out about school, all three boys burst into tears. I could say they are just bummed they won’t be able to lay around, swim, eat, repeat — all day long. But that isn’t the case. Instead, they voiced feelings of anxiety and fear about the new year, everything appearing hopeless. They are sad a friend moved up to…
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    Plough Weekly

  • Because We Were Christian Pacifists

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Plough correspondent Timothy Keiderling sits down to talk with Catholic peace activist Tom Cornell. During the Vietnam War, Cornell worked to highlight human rights violations in Vietnam and helped pacifists gain conscientious objector status.
  • Bernstein’s Psalms of Peace

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    The ancient Hebrew song “The Lord Is My Shepherd” never sounded more sublime than in Bernstein’s “The Chichester Psalms.” Wrote the composer: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly.”
  • Raoul Wallenberg

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Almost seventy years after Raoul Wallenberg saved over 100,000 Jews from the Holocaust, he was honored with a U.S. Congressional Gold Medal. His example, a tribute to the difference that one person can make, is as timely as ever.
 
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    Cheryl Cope

  • 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 →
  • Book Review: Unwrapping Lazarus by Pete Carter

    Cheryl Cope
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    Book Review: Unwrapping Lazarus by Pete Carter Freeing the Supernatural in your Life I found this book to be engaging from the beginning and throughout, through the author’s excellent use of stories. And in the case of this book most of the time the stories equaled supernatural testimonies. I was crying and laughing all by the first three chapters. No … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: The Turning by Davis Bunn

    Cheryl Cope
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:43 am
    **Free Book Giveaway and Book Review: The Turning by Davis Bunn **For info on the free book giveaway, please scroll down to the bottom of this post. Thanks!! Updated with winner information…see below. The Turning is a fiction book about God bringing together dissimilar people for one purpose—to come against a plot from the enemy using media to get people … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: When I Journal He Speaks by Dr. Michelle Miner

    Cheryl Cope
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:01 am
    Book Review: When I Journal He Speaks by Dr. Michelle Miner A Journaling Journey to Greater Intimacy with God This book is all about journaling as a way of listening for God’s voice. It is based on a technique that the author learned from Mark Virkler but is not at all merely a copy of his material and it does … Continue reading →
  • Let the Father Love You

    Cheryl Cope
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:02 am
    Let the Father Love You Have you really let the Father love you? Have you really experienced His unconditional love for you? Are you convinced in your heart (as opposed to only a head knowledge) that He loves you no matter what, just the way you are? If not, you are not alone. It isn’t always an automatic thing, to … Continue reading →
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    Life & Theology

  • 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…
  • We’re better together

    Ben Reed
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    This is a guest post from my friend Jonathan Pearson, Orangeburg Campus Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church and Assistant Director of The Sticks Network. He’s also the co-creator of MillennialLeader.com, an online community for young leaders. Jonathan’s written a new book, Next Up: 8 Shifts Great Young Leaders Make. Trust me…it’s a book you want to read.   _________________________ We’re better together. That sounds like a line from a romantic comedy, but it’s so much more than that. The idea that we’re better when we work together and when we’re doing…
  • 10 things a small group leader has to stop doing

    Ben Reed
    13 May 2014 | 7:03 am
    There’s a lot of talk about what small groups need to look like. How they need to be structured, what they need to study, and where they need to go. Through all of this, group leaders can become overwhelmed. Group leaders want to have a healthy group, and instead of adding more to their plate, it’s time to start taking things away. There are tasks that are killing your group. And killing you, too. Let’s quit those together. 10 things a group leader should stop doing 1. Stop talking so much. Group leaders need to listen way more than they talk. Listen to stories. Listen for pain. Listen…
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    Bible Verses About . Org

  • Acts 19

    Bible Verses About
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Acts 19 Page Contents Hear the Bible: Acts 19 Audio Read the Bible Read Acts 19 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on Acts 19 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: Acts 19 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of Acts 19 here online and read the text below. You can […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Acts 18

    Bible Verses About
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Acts 18 Page Contents Hear the Bible: Acts 18 Audio Read the Bible Read Acts 18 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on Acts 18 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: Acts 18 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of Acts 18 here online and read the text below. You can […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Acts 17

    Bible Verses About
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Acts 17 Page Contents Hear the Bible: Acts 17 Audio Read the Bible Read Acts 17 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on Acts 17 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: Acts 17 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of Acts 17 here online and read the text below. You can […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Acts 16

    Bible Verses About
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Acts 16 Page Contents Hear the Bible: Acts 16 Audio Read the Bible Read Acts 16 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on Acts 16 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: Acts 16 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of Acts 16 here online and read the text below. You can […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Bible Prophecy Blog

  • The Two Witnesses

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    By Dr. Thomas Ice Pre-Trib Research Center "And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth" (Revelation 11:3).Usually when one deals with the two witnesses of Revelation 11:3-13, the discussion centers around the... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • VIDEO: Israel and the Kingdom of God

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

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

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

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

  • Collection of My Blogs

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

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    I've recently posted some new blogs to this site that I want to make you aware of: Noah's Ark a Type of ChristThe Messiah Is ComingWord of Warning for America Compelled by LoveLife is Short. Eternity is Not.Grace, Mercy, and PeaceThe Need for AccountabilityJesus (poem)Sin's Price (poem)Bitter or Better (poem) Die or Deny (poem) Who is Judge? (poem) Our Sympathizer (poem) May the Lord use these to inspire, encourage, and challenge you.  I also welcome your comments and feedback on any of these articles.Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also like the other posts in this…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - June 2014

    6 Jun 2014 | 8:30 pm
    I've recently posted some new blogs to this site that I want to make you aware of: The River of GodMy Journey from Buddhism to New Life in Christ The Light and the GloryChristian Sabbath is Sunday, not Saturday (revised) May the Lord use these to inspire, encourage, and challenge you.  I also welcome your comments and feedback on any of these articles.Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also like the other posts in this blog available through the links in the side bar. You may also access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."  …
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  • Our Violent Muse

    Jayne English
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The universe is no narrow thing. – Cormac McCarthy, from Blood Meridian Violence is a fitting theme for depravity. It paints lavish images of darkness in books like Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, and NBC’s new drama about Blackbeard, Crossbones. I’ve been following Sundance’s Rectify since last year, its first season. While the violence makes it difficult for me to stay with it, I keep returning because the characters and story are intriguing, the same reason I stayed with the other titles I mentioned. In Rectify, Daniel Holden has just been released from death row after…
  • Seeing into the Life of Things, Perspective and “The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper”

    Drew Trotter
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    While with an eye made quiet by the power Of harmony, and the deep power of joy, We see into the life of things.                                              -  William Wordsworth I’ll never forget the feelings I had the first time I saw Salvador Dali’s “The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper”in the stair well of the West Wing of the National Gallery. Replete with my advanced degrees in theology and clear in my worked out apologetics, I, like many others, castigated it for its arrogant docetism, its sarcastic orderliness, its in-your-face…
  • What are you having for dinner tonight?

    Jennifer Vasquez
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last night I watched Babette’s Feast, a bowl of luscious Rainer cherries in one hand, a nursing baby in the other. This film is about appetite. The opening scene shows a small isolated 19th century village on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark — bleak and gray, yet enchanting. The ocean is close — fish hang drying, slit and bloody. The viewer soon learns that these fish are a staple for this simple community and the family that forms the center of the film — two beautiful sisters and their father, pastor of a small close-knit sect. The pastor is beloved by the community and, though…
  • Freedom Summer and Poetry

    Adie Smith
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    In 1964, the Civil Rights movement was in full swing. The summer before, Martin Luther King Jr. had led his famous march on Washington. And in Jackson, Mississippi Medgar Evers, the head of the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP was shot and killed outside his home. His children were in the house. That summer, in a civil rights fervor, college students from around the country were bussed into Mississippi from Oxford, Ohio to break Jim Crow’s strangle hold on Mississippi. The 300 students were in their mid-twenties, black and white, self-educated and college-educated. This summer marks 50…
  • Naming the Silence

    Guest Blogger
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Tuesday, I give my junior high ESL classes a simple homework assignment. As you speak English, I say, pay attention to where you fall silent. Notice the words you don’t have English for. Then choose one of those that you think you really ought to know and look up the English definition. I assign this mostly because my students, who speak Chinese at home, are having trouble wanting to speak English. I want them to start listening, and to be a little curious. The next morning, the students remind me that they are ready to share their words. For once, everyone has done the homework. Their…
 
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  • Pope Francis meets #MeriamIbrahim Sudan Woman sentenced to Death is Free - Breaking

    Jesus Caritas Est
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Pope Francis blesses Meriam Ibrahim24/07/2014(Vatican Radio) Meriam Ibrahim, the woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, arrived Thursday in Italy and met with Pope Francis in the Casa Santa Marta. During the meeting, she was accompanied by her family: Husband Daniel Wani,  Martin (a year and a half), and Maya, born in prison two months ago.Her family was accompanied by the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister, Lapo Pistelli, who helped arrange her departure from Sudan and travelled with her to Italy.The head of the Vatican Press Office, Father…
  • Death Toll in Palestine 718 - Israel 32 - Please PRAY

    Jesus Caritas Est
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    ASIA NEWS IT : The Palestinian death toll rises to 718; 32 Israeli soldiers and three civilians killed. Among these there is also a Thai migrant who worked in a garden centre near the Strip. Palestinians stripped naked because they were suspected of "terrorism". Uproar over unnecessary humiliation. Khaled Meshaal rejects any cease-fire. UN denounces use of schools in Gaza as a weapons depots. Ban on flights to and from Tel Aviv lifted, but the air traffic yet to return to normal.  (Image Share Care2 com/ Google Images)Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - With the death of a family of six…
  • Latest from Vatican Information Service News - Pope Francis Appoints and Messages

    Jesus Caritas Est
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    - TELEGRAM FOR THE AVIATION ACCIDENT IN MAGONG- POPE'S MESSAGE FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARGENTINE SHRINE OF ST. PANTALEON- OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS- NINETY MINUTES FOR PEACE- AUDIENCES- OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS- THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL, A MISSIONARY JOY: WORLD CONGRESS OF ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS AND NEW COMMUNITIES- AUDIENCES- OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS- CARDINAL SANDRI TO THE ORIENTAL CHRISTIANS: YOUR TEARS AND HOPES ARE OURS- OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS- FRANCIS PRAYS FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE MALAYSIAN AIRLINES TRAGEDY- BROTHERHOOD BETWEEN…
  • Today's Mass and Readings : Thurs. July 24, 2014

    Jesus Caritas Est
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 398Reading 1JER 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13This word of the LORD came to me:Go, cry out this message for Jerusalem to hear!I remember the devotion of your youth,how you loved me as a bride,Following me in the desert,in a land unsown.Sacred to the LORD was Israel,the first fruits of his harvest;Should any presume to partake of them,evil would befall them, says the LORD.When I brought you into the garden landto eat its goodly fruits,You entered and defiled my land,you made my heritage loathsome.The priests asked not,“Where is the LORD?”Those…
  • Free Catholic Movie : St. Charbel : Wonderworker - Drama

    Jesus Caritas Est
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    Charbel, The Movie is based on the life of a Lebanese saint who abandons everything in his life and dedicates his lifetime performing miracles and healing people. He was a monk that lived in the 19th century and is a well respected saint by both Christians and Muslims in Lebanon. The movie chronicles the entire life of the Saint, shown through a flashback after he climbs to the top of a mountain monastery, preparing for death. The movie has been praised by many critics for its gorgeous screenplay and important topic. It was produced by Ronald Eid, who admits that he feels his life has been…
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  • Do Something

    Todd
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Watch this Video: Matthew West tells the story behind the song “Do Something.” Do Something – Lyrics I woke up this morning Saw a world full of trouble now Thought, how’d we ever get so far down How’s it ever gonna turn around So I turned my eyes to Heaven I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?” Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of People living in poverty Children sold into slavery The thought disgusted me So, I shook my fist at Heaven Said, “God, why don’t You do something?” He said, “I did, I created you” If not us, then who If not me and…
  • Enjoying the Wrath of God

    Todd
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder throws a gracious, ecstatic perspective on the wrath of God  - enabling us to see that wrath is not against humanity, but against the sinfulness that destroys us. “When we understand that God’s wrath is not some separate schizophrenic side of His personality, but rather a hot extension of His love – we see that the wrath of God has always been FOR us … See His wrath is not against you, His wrath is positively for you. His wrath has never been about His own moody narcissism, as if He was just personally peeved at dirty sinners because…
  • The Art Of Spiritual Warfare

    Todd
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Watch this Video: Andrew Farley explains how to stay out of deception. “Are you depending on what you’re doing, or are depending on what He’s [Christ] done? He gave His life for us, so that He could give His life to us, so that He could live His life through us.” – Andrew Farley 4 Spiritual Deceptions You need tradition You need more You need the Law You need rules Colossians 2:6-23 6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as…
  • Immanence & Transcendence

    Todd
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder explains two aspects of God’s nature. Immanence is the concept that God can be experienced through the natural world. Transcendence is the concept that God is utterly above and beyond this world. “God’s glory transcends us yet is woven throughout creation, and especially in us as we participate his His divinity immanently here on earth.” – John Crowder Incarnation Definition from BibleGateway  That act of grace whereby Christ took our human nature into union with his Divine Person, became man. Christ is both God and man. Human…
  • The Promise of God is Worth Any Price

    Todd
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Watch this Video: Heidi Baker explains the cost is great but the promise is way more than worth it. “Everything He asks you to do, you say Yes.  If your vision is possible in the natural realm it is too small.  So as you yield yourself to God right now, I believe that God is speaking all over this room.  He’s putting visions in your heart.  He’s giving you ideas. He’s giving you purposes.  He’s speaking to you about what you are to carry, and He’s saying, Will You Say Yes? Mary asked the angel, “How can this be I’m a virgin?” And…
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  • “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…
  • Starting a PhD at University of Durham, UK!

    John Dyer
    9 Jan 2014 | 11:30 am
    Durham Cathedral You might have noticed that it’s been a little quite here in the past few months. In the background, I’ve been working on an application for a PhD in theology and religion at the University of Durham. My hope is to study how people understand Scripture and they activities they do with it as they transition from print media to digital media. My basic premise is that the shift from oral to print has introduced new emphases with regard to Scripture and new ways of navigating and understanding it, and we are in the midst of new shifts with digital media that will…
 
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  • 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…
  • 10 Factors that Determine the Size of Your Vision

    Will Mancini
    13 May 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I often see leaders with radically different size visions, despite having a lot in common. Pastors may have the the same gifting, the same budget and the same amount of people attending worship services and yet still be on entirely different vision wavelengths. Where does this come from? Why does this happen? Here are my initial thoughts. Keep in mind that I believe providence and local ministry context are the primary factors in determining the scope of a ministry’s vision. This list focuses on developmental aspects of leadership. #1 The size of your God This isn’t a spiritual…
  • The 60-second Church Communication Assessment and Auxano’s New Service: The Virtual Communication Audit

    Will Mancini
    9 May 2014 | 10:23 am
    This week we had fun releasing a new service at Auxano. We are calling it the Church Communication Virtual Audit. For years we have done communicate audits onsite through our Vision Framing work and out Guest Perspective Evaluations. We find that we can deliver a lot of value really fast when we are onsite. Finally the thought occurred to our 8-person Church Communications team: Why can’t we help any church with their communications whether we go onsite or not? Voila! The virtual audit was birthed. Se we thought we would tease the church world with this four-part lightning-quick…
  • The 6 Areas of Break-thru that Church Teams Need Most

    Will Mancini
    27 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Two months ago we celebrated the 10-year milestone of Auxano. Back in February 2004, we built into the DNA of Auxano the idea that our services would always adapt to the primary growth challenges of local churches.  Today, with over twenty on the team, we are responding to the needs of churches with our boldest move ever. In fact, we have re-articulated our mission and strategy to reflect how we address the challenges of the growing churches we serve. Our new mission is Creating break-thru clarity with church teams to realize their vision.  Our new strategy is providing five primary…
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  • Why Creators Are Happier Than Consumers

    Donald Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’m no fan of the “there are only two kinds of people” idea but in the realm of being a creator or a consumer, I do believe each one of us leans toward one side or the other. I’ve blogged about it before, but it’s been a while and I think I have a clearer view of what these poles suggest, and a much better understanding of how learning to live more as a creator and less as a consumer makes us more happy. First, definitions. Creator: A person who leans toward being a creator is not necessarily creative; it only means he believes he has the power to create the kind of life he wants.
  • You Don’t Need More Talent Or Time

    Glennon Doyle Melton
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Dear Glennon, I want to write, but I feel like I’m not special enough. Also, I have no talent or time. Still, I feel this yearning… YOU! YES! You are the one! Please write. The most important quality in a writer is her certainty that she is not special. We do not need more artists using art to prove their specialness. “Special” artists don’t move us. What moves us are artists who show us that our shared, ordinary human experience is special enough. No talent? Good, that’s one less thing that might distract us from your message. Art is not for the talented; it’s for the honest.
  • Are You Blinded By Your Own Certainty?

    Dean Nelson
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Just recently I had a dentist appointment, and was without a car. No problem, I thought to myself. I’ll just ride my bike. The dentist’s office is only about two miles from my house. But both tires of my bike were flat. Still not a big deal. I had time to walk. However, it was really hot outside, and by the time I got to the dentist, I was overheated, sweaty and, perhaps, a bit cranky. I have issues with dentists anyway because of my hockey playing days in Minnesota and the movie Little Shop of Horrors, so that was probably messing with my head a little too. When the check-up and cleaning…
  • Does Talking About Your Work Keep You From Finishing It?

    Donald Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I think half the battle of a creator is in finishing his or her projects. I wonder how many of the world’s greatest creators never created anything great, because while they may have had the intelligence and even the skill, they weren’t finishers. Finishing is part of the art. A guy I met once ran into Norman Mailer at an airport and asked him what he was working on. Mailer politely declined to answer the question, saying that when he talks about a book too much, it steals his motivation to write it. *Photo Credit: Hash Milhan, Creative Commons I agree with Mailer, and I also…
  • Your Fears Are Making You Weak

    Jeff Shinabarger
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Have you ever had a friend witness your fear overtaking you? This happened to me when I was on vacation with friends in Florida. Josh and I noticed the tide was down in a canal where boats were docked. Boats came under a bridge and turned toward the docks, avoiding a sandbar in the middle. With the tide low, people anchored their boats and swam a short distance to play in the sandbar. We watched on the shore a hundred yards away. We looked at each other and in a flash, we took off our shoes and shirts and raced for the water. I dove in first, thinking I could get a jump on Josh. I have never…
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  • Night Falls on the Zakim Bridge

    TheChristianGift
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Show me a bridge and I’ll probably want to photograph it. One which has been on my shot list for a couple years now is the Zakim in Boston. Actually, its formal name is the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge. Quite a mouthful, so you can see why most locals refer to it simply as the “Zakim.” It spans the Charles River between Boston and Charlestown. Within close walking distance of the Bunker Hill Memorial, each of the structure’s towers mimics the memorial. It’s quite lovely – and hugely improves the appearance of that area following the…
  • Nubble Light at Daybreak

    TheChristianGift
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Last week I opted for a change of venue….moving from Rye, New Hampshire to Cape Neddick, Maine to shoot Nubble light at the beginning of the day. This necessitated an additional bit of sacrifice in that I have to give myself an additional 15 minutes in the morning to travel the extra distance. This means “wheels up” at 3:45am…which makes for an even longer day. The first morning was a total bust. I had high hopes since a storm was moving out; however, when I arrived at York, I could see that Cape Neddick was enveloped in dense fog. I turned around and headed back home.
  • Fireworks

    TheChristianGift
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Some of you know of my quest to find the “perfect” location from which to photograph the Independence Day fireworks in Portsmouth, New Hampshire last week. I spent months – literally – thinking about where I might go to get the shot I had in mind. Ultimately, it came down to the fact that I needed rooftop access from a specific building and couldn’t get it. Having been postponed from July 3rd to the 5th due to the hurricane passing through the area, I had an extra two days to think about my “Plan B.” I changed my mind the day of the show, and ended up…
  • Personalized Christian Gifts for Children – Bedtime Prayer Wall Art

    TheChristianGift
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    When I was a little girl, a lovely needlepoint bedtime prayer (“Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”) which my mother made for me hung on the wall above my bed. I still have it. That piece was the inspiration for the collection of personalized bedtime prayer plaques which we created for The Christian Gift. In fact, the little pajama-clad praying girl and boy who are depicted in the original piece were recreated by artist Kathleen Herold for two of our designs…all these many years later, those two little tykes have reappeared on the scene! We have a variety of designs, and many of…
  • Happy Independence Day!

    TheChristianGift
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    Fireworks over Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s Iconic North Church God of our fathers, whose almighty hand Leads forth in beauty all the starry band Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies, Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise. Thy love divine hath led us in the past, In this free land by Thee our lot is cast; Be Thou our ruler, guardian, guide and stay, Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way. From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence, Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense; Thy true religion in our hearts increase, Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace. Refresh…
 
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  • 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..
  • #BloodMoon2014

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

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

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Just a few years ago, many of Tim Keller’s sermon manuscripts were all on paper. He talked about this in a sermon in 1994:In my life, I have about a thousand sermons I wrote from about 1975 to 1985 that are all written on paper, hard copy. They’re not on any disk. They’re all there. That’s it. I spent 10 to 20 hours on each one of those things, and they’re all in one basic long file drawer. I look at that and I shudder sometimes. I say, “What would happen?”They may still be sitting there in a drawer somewhere, but things have changed. I know have over 1,200 of his sermons in my…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Instead of Building Your Platform, Build Your Character You build your character, and let God build your platform and influence. 6 Nuggets of Wisdom for Leaders Here are a few other nuggets of wisdom I have received from others who have greatly influenced my leadership. 5 New Habits to Help Church Leaders Do More in Less Time Here are a few areas that would be worth considering to increase your output for the rest of your year. A Word to the Introverted Pastor: Be Extroverted on Sunday If you asked most people in the churches where I have served as pastor,…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Theology, the Last Resort It is troubling that we often become more biblical when the difficult realities of life occur, our possessions are removed, and the comfort is gone. We get theologically serious. What would happen if we allowed biblical doctrine to guide our lives each day, everyday? The Great Commission Means Sharing Christ's Story, Not Yours Gospel presentations that include personal testimonies should take care to emphasize the gospel itself (the news of Christ’s death and resurrection), not merely our personal experiences of life transformation.
  • What Church Plants Have that Established Churches (Often) Don't

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Church plants have very little. They have little money, few people, no building, and an uncertain future. Yet church plants have a few things that older churches often don't have, and that makes all the difference.What do church plants have? Three qualities:A unified vision — Mission drift plagues many established churches. New churches typically don't succumb to this, at least in the early years. If you are in a church plant, it's likely because you've heard the vision and bought into it. Otherwise, there's little to keep you there. This is a huge advantage.An outward focus —…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Millennials Need a Bigger God, Not a Hipper Pastor When we tell them they’re special, we’re merely echoing what educators, coaches, and parents have told them their whole lives. But when we present a ravishing vision of a loving and holy God, it just might get their attention and capture their hearts as well. Putting Your City in Its Place When we know that place matters, that all nations live on the ground somewhere, it keeps us from the nebulous goal of trying to reach everybody on our own, and most importantly, it hones our focus on reaching somebody.
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  • 6 More Things That Drive a Children’s Pastor Crazy

    Mimi Bullock
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    When I penned my recent article, 10 Things That Drive a Children’s Pastor Crazy I had no idea that I’d be starting such an expansive conversation. However, I am glad we can talk and share with one another and hopefully, encourage a children’s pastor who may be asking, “Does anyone understand?” To those passing by these posts and subsequent comments, (including parents and other ministry workers) please don’t doubt our commitment to your kids. We love them—and we love you! Still, it won’t hurt our feelings if you feel compelled to Share, Like or Pin these articles. You know,…
  • Micah Bible Coloring Page

    Mandy Groce
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    This free coloring page is based on the book of Micah. 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 a young boy gathering sheep in a pin. There are two Bible verses included in the illustration. These are just partial quotes to give the children something to remember from the content of the book. Micah 6:8 … to act justly and to love mercy… Micah 2:12 … I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel.
  • Bible Puzzle: Noah’s Ark Maze

    Shirley McKinstry
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    After Noah built the ark, God caused at least two of each kind of animal to go into the ark. In this maze children draw lines leading the animals to the ark. Click here to download the printable PDF worksheet. This is part of a series called Bible Puzzle with a variety of different puzzles. Besides pencils, some need Bibles, crayons, and/or scissors and glue. Some are easier or harder than others. If you’re teaching a unit on Noah and the Ark, our website has many free resources that can help. Don’t miss this video story or Mandy’s coloring page about Noah’s Ark.
  • Mission Project – Printing Photos in Rural Haiti

    Tony Kummer
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    This post describes how our Haiti mission team used the Canon Selphy CP910 to print digital photographs using only batteries and a smartphone camera. This same project would be super easy for any outreach event at church.  If it works in Haiti, it could work anywhere.  I’d love to hear your feedback, especially if you have done something similar. Just leave me a comment.  Your questions are welcome too! Printing Demonstration (back home) Here’s the equipment we used. Total cost was around $350 for supplies and equipment (not including our personal smartphones). But next time…
  • “God Is Our Refuge” Bible Object Lesson

    Mimi Bullock
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    When we need a good place to hide, God is to whom we should turn. Kids know all about hiding—just look at the games they play! Bring this object lesson to your class and you’ll teach them a valuable truth that is sure to bring comfort when they need it. I based this object lesson on, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) However, there are many other verses you could use if you prefer. God is Our Refuge Object Lesson Supplies: A refrigerator box, a knife, marker or a sheet and two shares, a cardboard sign that reads “God”, a CD…
 
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    Lawrence W. Wilson

  • 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 asking questions 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…
  • 7 Things You Can’t Say about Immigration Reform

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Immigration reform is a hot topic this summer as the U.S. Congress appears poised to take action that could affect some 11 million undocumented residents. My denomination is on record in support of common-sense reform for biblical reasons. Our general superintendent, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, even met with the President to discuss the matter. Even so, immigration is a sticky subject for many Christians. We are law-and-order people for sure, so going soft on violators is hard to swallow. At the same time, we’re deeply compassionate and believe in being hospitable to strangers and those in need.
  • 15 Ways to Change the World by Noon Today

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    27 May 2014 | 5:30 am
    Most people think the best way to change the world is to do something grand or spectacular, like cure cancer or put an end to human trafficking. Those are needed and noble pursuits, no doubt, but you’re probably not the one to do them. I seriously doubt that you will ever become president, start a worldwide movement, or make a great scientific discovery. But you can still change the world if you want to. And you can do it today. Here’s how. continue reading
  • 8 Social Media Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Right Now

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    20 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    I am a huge fan of social media. In fact, I started blogging before there was blogging, circulating a weekly e-mail “post” to a few hundred subscribers back in the mid-1990s. I use Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram every day. Social media has flattened the world, making it easier for anyone to connect with everyone. As a pastor, whose job is communicating good news, I love that. However, as a reader and editor who thinks words have real power to do good or evil in the world, I have concerns. Sometimes it seems we have simply forgotten how to be nice. Social media is like a power…
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    Frank King's Blog

  • Let the Peace of God Rule in Your Heart

    Frank King
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
    Peace and the Holy Spirit In Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, he refers to the peace of God that surpasses understanding (see Phil. 4:7). He says it will keep our heart and mind through Christ. But just because we have that kind of peace does not mean that it rules in our heart. So the same Paul writes the following words to the church at Colosse: “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15). Note the word let. The point is that we must be willing to allow the peace of God to rule in our heart. As with any other aspect of Christian living, we can choose to obey…
  • It Matters How We Live

    Frank King
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    City of Jerusalem “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men” (2 Corinthians 3:2). Paul the apostle wrote these words to the church at Corinth. He likens those believers to being a letter that is read by others. His words remind me of something I used to hear some say in church. “I would rather see a sermon than hear one any day,” they said. The point is that action speaks more loudly than words do. When we are among unbelievers, whether it’s at family gatherings, in the workforce, in school or college, etc.; what we say among them is not as important as…
  • Essentials for Effective Leadership for Christians

    Frank King
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Gathering of Leaders Are you a leader in the church, in the workplace, in business, or academia? Or do you aspire to one day be a leader in some area of life? I believe that most people who desire to lead want to do a bang-up job. So in this post, I want to share several essentials for effective leadership. This counsel comes straight from the mouth of God. It is based on His advice to Joshua. God had chosen him to lead His people after Moses had died. These points are not optional but essentials for effective leadership for Christians: 1. Have God on your side. “I will be with you: I will…
  • How to Experience the Word More Deeply

    Frank King
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Preaching of the Gospel Jesus’ teaching on the parable of the Seed and the Sower is loaded with revelation about the ministry of the Word. Though many people hear the same sermon or teaching, some will experience the Word more deeply than others will. This is one of the points Jesus makes in His teaching in the parable. In the parable, Jesus compares some people who hear the Word of God to seed falling among the thorns: “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes…
  • What This World is Coming To

    Frank King
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    Earth and the Moon “I just don’t know what this world is coming to.” Have you ever said those words? We don’t have to wonder what this world is coming to. The history of this world has already been written in the Word of God. What God has said about the fate of this world cannot be changed. Typically, the writing of history succeeds the events that are being written of. Even then some will argue about the accuracy of the records. But God knows the end from the beginning. Through holy men of God, He has already revealed the fate of this world. He has no fear of contradiction as events…
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    Mike Calhoun

  • GEMS and Millennial Sub-Cultures

    mikec
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    “GEMS,” was trademarked as early as June 2012 by XO Group. Over the last couple of years, millennial women have made it into an art. However, perhaps it was the gathering of marketing and research executives in late June of 2014 at the offices of TIME Inc. in New York City that placed the real spotlight on this sub-target. This was not a convention about rare jewels or precious stones; it was a conference to learn more about the trends of millennial women and their purchasing power. GEMS is a new millennial sub-target for marketers according to Cherryh Butler in her article 7 Millennial…
  • Five Principles I Learned from a Friend

    mikec
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    One of my greatest blessings is working with people who are my friends. It is also a blessing when you can say that about a director of your ministry. Dr. George Theis was a former Director of Word of Life Fellowship and he was my friend. On July 2, 2014 he went home to be with the Lord. As I reflected on my friendship with George, I thought of five valuable principles I learned from him. I never remember him discussing these with me; I simply picked them up by watching his life. Love Jesus but hate sin.  He lived out Psalm 97:10 as well as any man I have ever known. (You who love the Lord,…
  • George Theis (1935-2014)

    mikec
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    Today I am taking a break from my normal blog to direct you to the memorial page for Dr. George Theis. George is one of our former Directors and a friend! Please take a few minutes to read about his life. I will be blogging on Thursday about “Five Principles I Learned from a Friend.” I want to share some strategic life lessons George taught me as I watched him live and minister.
  • My Next Forty Years of Ministry

    mikec
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    I always thought people who had been in ministry for forty years were old, until my wife Betsi and I joined their ranks. Now I have changed my mind. I am formulating a new perspective about us, one that not only appreciates the past but looks to the future. Forty years does not sound nearly as long when you say things like: 350,400 hours 14,600 days 2,080 weeks See everything really is a matter of perspective! The reality is I have the same passion, heartbeat and vision for the ministry that I have always had from day one. Matter of fact, I think I just got my “second wind” (a runner’s…
  • The Millennial Wine

    mikec
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    If you work with Millennials then you have probably had multiple discussions and/or debates about alcohol. The purpose of this blog is not to address the topic of drinking but to inform you of a trend. Millennials are changing the culture as wine consumers and because they now represent one third of the core drinkers, the industry has taken note. It is not that Millennials have given up on beer or liquor, it is just that they are consuming more wine. They also have gone to wine in boxes as opposed to bottles. There are several reasons for these changes: This generation by self-description is…
 
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • The Next Big Breakthrough Business Idea: Be Nice!

    J.B. Wood
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    A colleague was telling me about an epic deal he was working on, involving dozens of high-powered lawyers and bankers. “It was incredibly intense,” he said. “We had a huge conference area set up like a war room, with each party’s representatives lined up on either side of the table. For five days, we worked [Read More...]
  • Two Essential Ingredients to Effective Communication with Your Team

    Marcus Goodyear
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Once upon a time, I put together a brilliant plan for change. It was simple. It was easy. It moved people on my remote team from working in isolation to working cooperatively. I wrote it up, sent it out to everyone on the team, and called a virtual meeting. And I felt pretty darn good [Read More...]
  • How to Not Suck as a Leader

    J.B. Wood
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    So much has been written on the subject of leadership over the past thirty years that sometimes I honestly wonder if there is anything left to say. Popular authors and motivational gurus have found so many clever ways to slice and dice and list and repackage their critical leadership advice that I am just about [Read More...]
  • 5 Teamwork Lessons from Playing Soccer Naked

    Marcus Goodyear
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    All of this World Cup stuff reminds me of the time I played soccer naked. I was 16-years-old, a foreign exchange student in Germany, looking to leave my friends with a good story of the crazy American’s last week. Several of them challenged me to get sent to the principal’s office in our Gymnasium, a [Read More...]
  • Too Many Meetings? Creating Spiritual Clarity at Work

    J.B. Wood
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Several years ago, the senior executives of my company gathered in the Board Room to have a meeting about meetings. Apparently, some people had been complaining that we were having too many. I will be the first to admit there may have been some truth to this. Over the previous several months we had chartered one team after another [Read More...]
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    Harry's Blog

  • Recommending an Employment Solicitor in Crewe and Cheshire

    admin
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:23 am
    About a year ago I was involved in quite a messy fall out from a previous job I was working at due to redundancy.  If you have ever had to go through this you will know how painful it can be, plus how expensive it can be too – especially if you feel that you have been let go with no real reason.  It’s vital that you find a good employment solicitor to handle the whole process, because without one you could get taken to the cleaners and not get the money or recompense that you are owed… I nearly was.  I got in touch with these guys who are solicitors in Crewe, Cheshire near to where I…
  • I’ve Decided to Re-Train and Qualify as a Locksmith

    admin
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:39 am
    For those of you that know me, you will know I am not overly keen on working. I try to avoid it as much as possible if I am honest, but needs must so I’ve decided to re-train as a locksmith. Here’s the full lowdown in what I’ve got myself into. What I Need to Do to Get Started So first up, in order to become a master locksmith you need to be certified and validated by an organisation called the Master Locksmith Association (known in the trade as the MLA). This is not easy by any stretch of the imagination as includes me having to take four exams which are a mix-up of both coursework…
  • Would You Drop Wayne Rooney from the World Cup?

    admin
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Currently, like most people in the country, I am screaming at my TV set whilst England attempt to qualify for the second round of the World Cup. Question is about Wayne Rooney – quite simply WHY! The guy was meant to be the second-coming of Pele when he first appeared on the scene for Everton but what has he done for Manchester United and England, especially in the last couple of years.  Personally I would drop him and get Lallana out on the left, Sterling, in the middle, and then (if he recovers from injury) the Ox on the right.  That should sort it right out! I mean… what the…
  • Currently Attempting to Collect all the Vintage Star Wars Figures

    admin
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:53 am
    When I was a kid in the 1980s we were poor… my mum couldn’t afford to buy me all the latest Star Wars figures and I remember enviously eyeing my friend’s collection every time I went to his house. I am in my 20s now and (perhaps this shows that I might be psychologically damaged) I am trying to complete the selection by buying all the old figures up on eBay. This week I managed to get hold of almost every single last figure – I still have a few of the old ones to go! Not my collection – nearly there! The photo above is kind of what my table at home looks like at the…
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Living the Questions

    Jean Wise
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” Rilke I used to more uncomfortable with uncertainty. That tension between knowing and the living in the gray area of unknowing. I used to seek the supremacy…
  • What Will You Be When You Grow Up?

    Jean Wise
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    St. Birgitta A few years back a friend causally said to me, “Look back to when you were six or seven or eight, what did you want to be? That is your calling.” I read a new version of this question this weekend – “What did you love doing as a child?” (This question came from a book I am reading that I plan on sharing on this coming Thursday blog. Be sure to come back!) Both questions could be helpful when discerning the next chapter on one’s life. Even if you wanted to be a fireman – maybe you are passionate about helping others. Or what if you wanted to be a rock star – maybe…
  • Undivided Prayer – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    Teach me your way, Lord,
 that I may rely on your faithfulness;
 give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86: 11 (NIV) Train me, God, to walk straight; then I’ll follow your true path.
 Put me together, one heart and mind; then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear. Psalm 86:11 (The Message) Lord, you know these verses – in whatever translation – express one of my deepest desires – an undivided heart, living only for you. A heart I cannot mend on my own. I can only offer my tiny, dirty, shattered pieces to you, the great Healer and Restorer. Teach me your…
  • Prayer – Julian of Norwich – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    God of goodness, give me yourself. For you are sufficient for me. If I were to ask for anything less I should always be in want, for in you alone do I have all. Julian of Norwich The post Prayer – Julian of Norwich – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • Chasing Francis

    Jean Wise
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    I am a non-fiction book fanatic. Rarely do I read fiction but just finished and really liked a unique novel called Chasing Francis – A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ina Morgan Cron. This is a story about a minister who faces a faith crisis, questioning everything he had promoted and believed. Taking a leave of absence he visits his cousin who is a Franciscan monk in Italy and embarks on a life changing pilgrimage. The history of St Francis and the basic beliefs of that order is woven into the main character’s search for answers. What a unique way to introduce readers to St Francis and to showcase…
 
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    Daily Devotionals

  • John 13:34-35 – A New Command To Love

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 ESV) Jesus spoke these words after he had finished washing the disciples’ feet. Firstly, he made it quite clear that our loving one another was not a suggestion, but a “new commandment” to men from God. This love we are to have for one another is not optional, but a required mark of the Christian. Secondly, this love is to be of the…
  • Joshua 1:5 – Your Verse Five

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.(Joshua 1:5 ESV) Joshua 1:1-9 is one of the most often quoted, cited, and even commercialized of Old Testament texts; specifically verses six through nine. Here we find the Lord encouraging and emboldening Israel’s new leader using powerful phrases like, “Be strong and courageous,” and that he would “have good success wherever” he went. Joshua was to be a great man in Israel, blessed by God and exalted…
  • James 4:1-2 – Pridefulness In Quarrels

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?  You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. (James 4:1-2 ESV) Unfortunately as Christians we aren’t perfect, yet. Because of this, we tend to fight and argue on a seemingly daily basis (many times stupid things). Those who don’t want anything to do with the church will bring this up and rub it in our face. They have a hard time seeing Jesus or…
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -Obama’s Executive Order Discriminates Against Christian Organizations and Colleges

    Dr. D
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
                                                      (Photo credit: Wikipedia) President Obama signed an executive order this week that willfully discriminates against Christian organizations and colleges. The order demands that businesses and organizations that receive federal funds must hire LGBT folks regardless of religious belief or practice. In the…
  • -Boston: Pro-Palestinian Mob Shouts: “Jews Back to Birkenau”

    Dr. D
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
                 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) All across America, mostly on college campuses, and in Europe also there are a number of demonstrations supporting Hamas and the Palestinians along with counter displays of support for Israel. Unfortunately anti-Semitism has once more raised its ugly head in the midst of the conflict. In Boston the police had to protect the Israel supporters from a mob which nearly got out of control with shouts of:  “Jews back to Birkenau” “Drop dead, you Zionazi whores” “Allah is great”…
  • -ISIS Demands Christians Leave Mosul or Be Executed

    Dr. D
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    The leader of the new Islamic State in Iraq and Syria demanded last week that all Christians in the lands that he ruled over either convert, pay a special tax, leave, or die . Those who did flee were expected to leave behind all of their possessions and funds. However, it became even worse for the remaining Christians including clergy in Mosul when Christian leaders supposedly did not show up for a meeting they were demanded to attend. The Islamic State (ISIS) authorities in that city ordered all Christians to leave by Friday or face death. Then reportedly all of the possessions of the…
  • -Florida: County Judge Allows Same-Sex Marriage in the Keys

    Dr. D
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
                                          (Same-Sex Marriage map: Wikipedia) The judicial activism continues when it comes to same-sex marriage. In the latest example a County judge in the Florida Keys over-ruled state law to allow homosexual marriages in his county. Here’s the story from the World Mag: …Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia agreed with plaintiffs who argued Florida’s voter-approved constitutional…
  • -Support For Radical Islamists Declining Among Muslims?

    Dr. D
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    A survey conducted by Pew Research in 14 Muslim countries indicates that the support for radical Islamist groups is declining among Muslims. This probably reflects the fact that most of the time other Muslims are the victims of Islamist group activity. Here’s the story from Pew: As well-publicized bouts of violence, from civil war to suicide bombings, plague the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, concern about Islamic extremism is high among countries with substantial Muslim populations, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. And in the Middle East, concern is growing.
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    Trevin Wax

  • 7 Podcasts Worth Checking Out

    Trevin Wax
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    A few months ago, I listed nine magazines worth subscribing to. I’d like to follow up today with some podcast recommendations. Just like I don’t read every magazine cover to cover, neither do I listen to every episode of these podcasts. But here are the ones I turn to on a regular basis. All of them are free on iTunes. (I’ve decided not to include church and sermon podcasts. I listen to some great preachers, but for the purposes of this post, I wanted to focus primarily on news and cultural commentary.) Here’s my list: 1. The World and Everything In It As I…
  • Worth a Look 7.24.14

    Trevin Wax
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: 131 Christians Everyone Should Know by Mark Galli. $2.99. This book offers a succinct yet thorough introduction to 131 of the most intriguing, courageous, inspiring Christians who ever lived. It tells how they lived, what they believed, and how their faith affected the course of world history. Faith Whatley – 4 Principles for Building a High-Performing Team: Any team is important, especially the ones that serve the Lord and His Church. There are many ways to build a high-performing team, but I believe these four principles are the most important. The…
  • The Story of Scripture Is a Story of War

    Trevin Wax
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    The story of Scripture is a story of war—a cosmic battle between a good King who loves His broken creation and the Evil One whose kingdom is marked by rebellion and suffering. Miss the drama between these two kingdoms—the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness—and you miss a major part of the tension of the Bible. But wait, there’s more. This battle of kingdoms isn’t just the story of our world; it’s your story, and mine. There is a battle for our souls. What kind of people will we be? Whose kingdom will we belong to? We will worship; we will bow down;…
  • Worth a Look 7.23.14

    Trevin Wax
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Rich Mullins: A Devotional Biography: An Arrow Pointing to Heaven by James Bryan Smith. $2.99. A ”devotional biography,” giving readers an insight into Rich’s life, but more importantly, allowing the readers to learn what was most important to Rich – urging people to draw near to God. Ten Numbers about Our Past and Future in Space: Forty-five years ago Walter Cronkite, anchor and orator for a nation said, “The least of us is improved by the things done by the best of us.” It’s time to unleash the best of us…
  • “Was Bonhoeffer Gay?” and Other Adventures in Missing the Point

    Trevin Wax
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    A new biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Strange Glory, implies that the German theologian experienced same-sex attraction toward Eberhard Bethge, his friend and confidante who later wrote a biography of Bonhoeffer and oversaw the collection of his works. The response to the biography has been interesting. In his typically understated manner, Frank Schaeffer wrote an article, “Dietrich Bonhoeffer Was Flamingly Gay — Deal With It,” in which he predicted evangelicals would be up in arms about such an explosive claim. In contrast, Sarah Pulliam…
 
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    Authentic Christian Living

  • 10 Inspirational Quotes from pastors

    MinJea Jung
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    I once heard my pastors compare his job to a waiter. He said his main role was to serve good food to us. Check out these 10 inspirational quotes from pastors that we love. Our prayer is that they will satisfy your appetite! 1. Andy Stanley “when…God initiated his relationship with mankind, it didn’t begin […]Author informationMinJea JungSocial Media Marketing ​Intern | Bachelor of Science – Applied Mathematics from Emory University '14The post 10 Inspirational Quotes from pastors appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • 15 Bible Verses for scripture memorization

    MinJea Jung
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Out of more than 31,000 verses in the Bible, we selected these wonderful 15 Bible verses for scripture memorization.  We hope you print them out and take them with you to remember and memorize.  Feel free to Pin them and come back later if that works well for you. 1. 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these […]Author informationMinJea JungSocial Media Marketing ​Intern | Bachelor of Science – Applied Mathematics from Emory University '14The post 15 Bible Verses for scripture memorization appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • Christmas in July: 16 charities you want to know about

    Authentic Christian Living team
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Today we launch our annual Christmas in July campaign.  Our pages will promote 16 charities that we think are worth noting. If you have Christmas in July ideas, we want to hear them. Will you take 5 minutes to learn about what each of them do? 1. A21 Campaign Work: Be a voice for those in […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post Christmas in July: 16 charities you want to know about appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • Trusting the Lord with your plans

    Authentic Christian Living team
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    Truths to hold onto about the One true God: 1.He is Sovereign.  He is Lord over all and there is nothing that is not in His control. 2. He is Good.  God doesn’t use his control for evil- instead He works all things to His good and perfect will (even our rebellion and sin.) So […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post Trusting the Lord with your plans appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • What MOM really wants: Appreciation

    Authentic Christian Living team
    8 May 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Last year we posted a question on Mothers day on one of our Facebook pages. The responses from mothers had a bit of a theme: “recognize how much I do around here.” A buzz word right now in the business world is “employee engagement” which comes down to recognition, rewards,  appreciation and support. The needs […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post What MOM really wants: Appreciation appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
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  • Living the Questions

    Jean Wise
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” Rilke I used to more uncomfortable with uncertainty. That tension between knowing and the living in the gray area of unknowing. I used to seek the supremacy…
  • What Will You Be When You Grow Up?

    Jean Wise
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    St. Birgitta A few years back a friend causally said to me, “Look back to when you were six or seven or eight, what did you want to be? That is your calling.” I read a new version of this question this weekend – “What did you love doing as a child?” (This question came from a book I am reading that I plan on sharing on this coming Thursday blog. Be sure to come back!) Both questions could be helpful when discerning the next chapter on one’s life. Even if you wanted to be a fireman – maybe you are passionate about helping others. Or what if you wanted to be a rock star – maybe…
  • Undivided Prayer – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    Teach me your way, Lord,
 that I may rely on your faithfulness;
 give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86: 11 (NIV) Train me, God, to walk straight; then I’ll follow your true path.
 Put me together, one heart and mind; then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear. Psalm 86:11 (The Message) Lord, you know these verses – in whatever translation – express one of my deepest desires – an undivided heart, living only for you. A heart I cannot mend on my own. I can only offer my tiny, dirty, shattered pieces to you, the great Healer and Restorer. Teach me your…
  • Prayer – Julian of Norwich – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    God of goodness, give me yourself. For you are sufficient for me. If I were to ask for anything less I should always be in want, for in you alone do I have all. Julian of Norwich The post Prayer – Julian of Norwich – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • Chasing Francis

    Jean Wise
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    I am a non-fiction book fanatic. Rarely do I read fiction but just finished and really liked a unique novel called Chasing Francis – A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ina Morgan Cron. This is a story about a minister who faces a faith crisis, questioning everything he had promoted and believed. Taking a leave of absence he visits his cousin who is a Franciscan monk in Italy and embarks on a life changing pilgrimage. The history of St Francis and the basic beliefs of that order is woven into the main character’s search for answers. What a unique way to introduce readers to St Francis and to showcase…
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    As the Deer

  • Advantage

    Chris
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    “I had this advantage, at least, in my mode of life, over those who were obliged to look abroad for amusement, to society and the theatre, that my life itself was become my amusement and never ceased to be novel.” ~Thoreau, Walden
  • 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.
  • The Source of Courage

    Chris
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    The Source of Courage (Acts 9:10-19) Many years ago I took a class in calligraphy from Nancy Culmone, a nationally known calligrapher. The week-long class took place at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. As we all learned our letters, Nancy shared with us about her recent move from Massachusetts to New Mexico. It was a scary change for her. But she said to us, “I have learned in life that what I am most afraid to do usually I most need to do.” Often in life we find ourselves in a place where we are afraid to do something but we also need to do it. We may be afraid to move to a new place, start a…
  • Rural Lenawee

    Chris
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:52 am
    This lovely photo was taken by Lad Strayer, photographer for our local newspaper. He often posts them to Facebook. Lenawee is the name of our county. It is an Indian name that means, I believe, ‘the people.’
  • Wedding Homily for Lainey and Travis

    Chris
    31 May 2014 | 3:08 pm
    (Last weekend I officiated at a wedding for the daughter of a friend who died last year. This is the homily from that wedding. My wife also officiated, and she put the frame together as I spoke.) Madeleine L’Engle said, “Two people who love each other must ask themselves how much they hope for as their love grows and deepens, and how much risk they are willing to take. It is a fearful gamble, because it is in the nature of love to create, and a marriage is something which is to be created, so that together we become a new creature.” Lainey and Travis, you are taking a risk today, a…
 
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    Joshua Moran Blog

  • Dare To Dream

    Joshua Moran
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    At our church, we are currently going through our God at the Movies series. Yesterday, Pastor Jerry McQuay, spoke a message using The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as the illustration and one of...
  • Stop Being Critical!

    Joshua Moran
    25 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    During a time of prayer and fasting in early 2012, I was radically changed by a simple phrase. “Stop being critical” and I realized that was a deeper issue than I could admit in...
  • Honoring God and Good Decisions

    Joshua Moran
    4 Jan 2014 | 8:50 am
    In my reading today I was struck by Romans 1:21 and the clear delineation between honoring God and futility.  Ever feel like you are “almost” making the best decisions for your life? That sense...
  • Custom Bible Reading Plan – Biblical Divisions in a Year

    Joshua Moran
    1 Jan 2014 | 6:53 pm
    It is that time of year again, the start of a new Bible Reading Plan. I have done quite a few of the Bible In A Year type readings and this year I created...
  • God Does Not Discourage!

    Joshua Moran
    27 Dec 2013 | 8:54 am
    We all face issues of feeling down or discouraged and today was one of those days for me. Ever feel that way? Nothing traumatic or disastrous happened, if you were to reflect on whether...
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    The Word Works!

  • THE BELIEVER'S AUTHORITY I

    Tettei Shahday
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    Glory be to God for yet another message. It’s been a while, and I hope you’ve been soaring higher and higher by the power of the Holy Ghost and in the Name of Jesus. I want to share something important with you today, and it’s in a five-part series. I pray, that there shall be an extraordinary increase in your knowledge about God and His purpose for your life. I wanted to title this message “We Rule the World”, but all the same it’s all about the Believer’s Authority. Just open your heart as the Spirit of the Lord ministers to you as you go through this message.Satan Showed…
  • THE BELIEVER'S AUTHORITY II

    Tettei Shahday
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    God created man to have and walk in authority, having dominion over all things He had created. Man has a desire in himself to be in charge and to be in authority. It’s no surprise because it is a God given right but most at time we do not know how to use it, and therefore abuse it. We were not given authority over each other, neither male nor female. We were also not given authority over angels or demons in the heavenly realm. We were given authority over everything on earth. This means that if angels or demons were on the earth then we had authority over them. Man’s authority was…
  • THE BELIEVER'S AUTHORITY III

    Tettei Shahday
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    The Apostle declares to the saints in Christ: “[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!”(Ephesians 3:19, AMP). If God lives in us, why does he wish for the fullness of God? This is the awakening of the saint to his true self. We have so much in us, but until we have that…
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    Guarding the Heart Blog

  • Heart To Heart With Lee Grady #GTH500 Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Welcome to #GTH500 celebration guest series! See our top 20 posts, previous post from Christa Black and our Instagram contest here. It is my joy to welcome my dear brother, J. Lee Grady to Guarding the Heart Blog again. He is the director of The Mordecai Project, an international missions organization that focuses on confronting gender-based violence and oppression in developing nations. He was the editor of Charisma for many years, and he still continues to write his “Fire in My Bones” column for that magazine every week. He is also the author of several popular books. He and his…
  • Heart to Heart With Christa Black #GTH500 Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    Welcome to #GTH500 celebration guest series! See our top 20 posts, and the other guest post in this #GTH500 series and our Instagram contest here. We are honoured to have our first guest post from Christa Black who is a Multi-platinum-selling songwriter, powerful speaker, entertainer, and popular blog-author. Christa has traveled the world to speak in international events inspiring thousands to find freedom from addictions, eating disorders, shame, and self-hatred. My wife had her song on repeat for the longest of time. You could hear it and immediately know that it came from a deep place.
  • GTH’s 500th Post and a Mega Celebration!

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    It’s party time on Guarding the Heart (GTH) blog !!! I am extremely excited to announce that you are currently reading our 500th post! Plus, till date we have seen over 1,500,000 views to our blog from across the globe. Download GTH advert banner   Now that calls for a celebration! We celebrate the fact that God has brought us so far. We celebrate the fact that He connected us with you through GTH. In fact, we celebrate you! Thank you for being an integral part of this community. Your comments, likes and shares have been instrumental in helping us reach this milestone. The Best is…
  • 6 Secrets to Overcome Sin

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    The issue of sin is something that a Jesus lover cannot afford to ignore. That’s because our Master said, “If you love Me you will obey My commandments.” Becoming sin conscious certainly does not help anyone overcome sin. But what does help is becoming aware of how our flesh reacts and responds. Knowledge in itself does not set us free, but it shows us clear paths to eliminate distractions. So obviously not from perfection per se, but as someone learning to love Jesus one day at a time, I want to share with you 6 secrets to overcome sin: 1. Don’t Blame Someone Else for…
  • Persecutions in Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria; Former Strip Club to Become Church; Bible Translation Amidst Threats

    Blessen Varghese
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    10,000 Flee Christian Communities in Northern Iraq as Militants Take Control About 10,000 people fled from predominantly Christian communities in Qaraqosh, Iraq, a neighboring city to Mosul where members of the militant group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have reportedly overrun and are now viciously attacking Christians who fail to pay a poll tax. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees report, “Community leaders say the residents of Qaraqosh fled by bus, car and taxi into northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Wednesday night. Many are women and…
 
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    Writer of Pop

  • This Day in Pop Culture: July 24, 1998

    Jeffrey Totey
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    “Saving Private Ryan” is Released Director Steven Spielberg released the movie, “Saving Private Ryan” on this day in 1998 telling a story set during the invasion of Normandy during World War II.... Read more!
  • This Day in Pop Culture: July 23, 1903

    Jeffrey Totey
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    The Ford Motor Company Sells its First Car Henry Ford was 39 years old when the Ford Motor Company was launched in a converted factory in Detroit, Michigan in 1903. The Model A was the first car... Read more!
  • How to Get Involved in Seattle Theatre Community

    Jeffrey Totey
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    CBS SeattleFROM CBS SEATTLE“The show must go on!” is a quote often heard when referring to live theater. This is usually in reference to many of the unexpected events that can happen to the cast and... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Tim Hawkins on Netflix

    Jeffrey Totey
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Tim Hawkins shares how watching Netflix with his wife has influenced their arguments. Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • This Day in Pop Culture: July 22, 1959

    Jeffrey Totey
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Debut of “Plan 9 from Outer Space” Dubbed “the worst movie ever made” by many critics, Ed Wood’s infamous “Plan 9 from Outer Space” was released on this day in 1959. The “thriller” starred Gregory... Read more!
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    TILL HE COMES

  • Faith is Not a Work; Faith is Not a Gift

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If we define faith as “confidence” or “conviction” based on the evidence presented, and once we recognize that there is no such thing as “degrees of faith,” then this leads to the truth that faith is not a work. Faith is not a Work If we do not choose to believe something, then it cannot be said in that faith is meritorious. That is, faith does not contribute in any way to our goodness before God. Calvinists often argue that if man “contributes” faith to the process of salvation, then man has done a good work to earn that salvation, which therefore…
  • Are there Degrees of Faith?

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Yesterday we defined faith as confidence or conviction. One of the problem people sometimes have with this sort of definition, however, is that we think that there are degrees of faith, or (to put it another way), faith is on a sliding scale, where one end is “wishful-hope-so-thinking” and on the other end is “absolute certainty.” Though lots of people like to talk about “degrees of faith” this is not a proper way of thinking about biblical faith. There are no Degrees of Faith Faith is more like a light switch (and not a dimmer switch!). Just as a light is either…
  • What is Faith?

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Defining “faith” (Gk., pistis) and the verb “believe” (Gk., pisteuō) is a bit like trying to define love. We can look up the words in Greek and Hebrew dictionaries and compare how the words were used in various ancient contexts, but when it comes down to how the word is used in real life, the way the word is used today bears little resemblance to the way the word was used in biblical times. With love, we go through our days talking about how we love football, love pizza, love our cars, and love our spouse, and then we read in Scripture about how we are to love God and love one…
  • Calvinism’s TULIP by any other name… still doesn’t smell very sweet

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    It is important to know before embarking on a serious study of Calvinism that Calvinism goes by various names. Sometimes it is called “The Doctrines of Grace” and other times it is referred to as “Reformed Theology.” This sort of terminology reveals, in my opinion, the pride and arrogance of some Calvinists,for despite the claims of some Calvinists, many people who are not Calvinists still believe in grace, and not all the Reformers were Calvinistic. Calvinists also like to claim that Calvinism is equivalent to the gospel, and that there is no such thing as biblical Christianity that…
  • Sometimes the Bible is our own worst enemy

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Be careful not to quote too much Scripture to an atheist… because he or she may start quoting Scripture right back! There are a lot of verses in the Bible that seem downright, well, anti-biblical. Or at least anti-christ. You know… verses about killing babies, marrying girls you raped, and slaughtering all your enemies (including their cows and sheep). Would Jesus command such things? I don’t think so… If you liked this post, please share it with others!
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Living the Questions

    Jean Wise
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” Rilke I used to more uncomfortable with uncertainty. That tension between knowing and the living in the gray area of unknowing. I used to seek the supremacy…
  • What Will You Be When You Grow Up?

    Jean Wise
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    St. Birgitta A few years back a friend causally said to me, “Look back to when you were six or seven or eight, what did you want to be? That is your calling.” I read a new version of this question this weekend – “What did you love doing as a child?” (This question came from a book I am reading that I plan on sharing on this coming Thursday blog. Be sure to come back!) Both questions could be helpful when discerning the next chapter on one’s life. Even if you wanted to be a fireman – maybe you are passionate about helping others. Or what if you wanted to be a rock star – maybe…
  • Undivided Prayer – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    Teach me your way, Lord,
 that I may rely on your faithfulness;
 give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86: 11 (NIV) Train me, God, to walk straight; then I’ll follow your true path.
 Put me together, one heart and mind; then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear. Psalm 86:11 (The Message) Lord, you know these verses – in whatever translation – express one of my deepest desires – an undivided heart, living only for you. A heart I cannot mend on my own. I can only offer my tiny, dirty, shattered pieces to you, the great Healer and Restorer. Teach me your…
  • Prayer – Julian of Norwich – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    God of goodness, give me yourself. For you are sufficient for me. If I were to ask for anything less I should always be in want, for in you alone do I have all. Julian of Norwich The post Prayer – Julian of Norwich – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • Chasing Francis

    Jean Wise
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    I am a non-fiction book fanatic. Rarely do I read fiction but just finished and really liked a unique novel called Chasing Francis – A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ina Morgan Cron. This is a story about a minister who faces a faith crisis, questioning everything he had promoted and believed. Taking a leave of absence he visits his cousin who is a Franciscan monk in Italy and embarks on a life changing pilgrimage. The history of St Francis and the basic beliefs of that order is woven into the main character’s search for answers. What a unique way to introduce readers to St Francis and to showcase…
 
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    Ryan Peter. Writer.

  • A Non-Opinion on Israel and Palestine

    Ryan Peter
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    The big international news these past two weeks has been the eruption of war in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. Opinions abound. Emotions are charged. Suspicion is high. To be honest, I don’t really have an opinion on the actual conflict. It’s too complex and layered for most of us to actually have a well informed opinion on it that isn’t formed by our prejudice (in my “non-opinion”). To speak on it in any way makes people put you into only one of two camps – either you’re Anti-Semitic or you’re a Zionist. There doesn’t…
  • Why Slow Church Intrigues Me

    Ryan Peter
    5 Jun 2014 | 2:39 am
    I’m not one for the latest and greatest thing, especially when it comes to trends in church leadership and models. In my younger years I was all for everything that was different and cool and underground. These days I still have certain things that I like that others don’t, but I’ve learned that not everyone is the same, and I’ve learned that – when it comes to church trends – fads come and go and when you jump on a fad you confuse and hurt a lot of people and, before you realise it, become irrelevant. Jesus isn’t building his church on fads,…
  • South Africa 2014 Elections: Vote nanny state, or corruption, or human theocracy?

    Ryan Peter
    4 May 2014 | 3:58 am
    After completing a small voting aid tool to help decide on who to vote for out of interest, I found the results thought-provoking – apparently, the number one party I should vote for is the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP); (2) is Cope, (3) is the IFP and (4) is the DA. I was kind of disappointed, to be honest. I was hoping for some unknown choice to pop up. Oh, and last was the ANC. In the interests of interest I thought I would put down what’s really going on in my mind as a white (and therefore formerly privileged), Christian, conservative progressive (if there is such…
  • The Butcher’s Shadow – Chapter 9

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

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

  • I Am His And Through Him I Am Victorious!

    Kevin Shorter
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    This is a guest post from Erin Nelson. She a good friend of our family and a board member of our non-profit, Josiah’s Covenant. Her writing will draw you into her experience and her introspection will draw you into her experience with God. Get ready to be released into more He has for you. Through Him you are victorious! The Race Was On It was here that I waited in lake blue, I saw them, kayak red my husband and my littlest, a race was on. I looked down at my daughter and said, ‘let’s beat them!’ I prayed to God and laughed full as I pushed the paddle deep. We were cruising,…
  • Do Not Judge – God Has More For You

    Kevin Shorter
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    Do not judge, or you too will be judged.For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. – Matthew 7:1-2 Wisdom tells us to make judgements about many things. Is it safe to move forward? Should I trust this person? How should I act in this type of situation? We are constantly making judgements about things, but are they helping us or hindering us? I Judged Someone Last week I read a comment on Facebook where the person was claiming how they influenced someone else like a mentor. I know both of these individuals, know…
  • The Centrality of Love

    Kevin Shorter
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    It’s As Easy As Riding A Bike Have you ever tried to help someone ride a bike? The things we say often make it harder for this newbie to stay up. Look ahead. Don’t lean. Pedal. Sit straight. Keep the handlebars even. We often give so many instructions that the person is immobilized by all the things they have to remember. We do the exact same thing with Christians. Pray. Read the Bible. Share your faith. Go to church. Memorize Scripture. Go to Bible studies. Spend time with Christians. Serve the poor. And the list goes on and on until the poor Christian burns out on everything…
  • 2 Truths to Revolutionize Your Prayers

    Kevin Shorter
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    My college roommate, Larry, loved Jesus. In fact he loved Him so much that many of my Christian friends found him a bit odd. Sometimes it felt Larry was in his own little world with just him and Jesus. We would be together than Larry would spontaneously laugh. When questioned, he would just say Jesus told him a joke. Several times he would just walk away from the group in mid-conversation. When he returned he would tell us that Jesus told him to go talk to someone. Larry either loved and had a special relationship with Jesus, or he was crazy. As Larry’s roommate, I saw a lot of him. He…
  • How Long Should You Pray Each Day?

    Kevin Shorter
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:16 pm
    I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer. – Martin Luther Allison, my wife, was talking to a friend the other day who wanted to grow in intimacy with the Lord. As she listened, this friend shared a conversation she had with a mentor about the topic. The mentor asked her how long did she spend reading the Bible each day, which this lady responded, two hours. Where you and I would congratulate and even admire this devotion, her mentor pointed out this was the problem. She said, “if you want to grow in intimacy with the Lord, you will need to spend at…
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    Christian News Feed

  • 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…
  • Author and counselor partners with radio station for "Love Helps" campaign

    Gina Adams
    4 Mar 2014 | 5:53 am
    Author and counselor Kristi Lemley participated in WBGL Radio’s “Love Helps” campaign during the month of February.  The station gave away eight free counseling sessions to five select listeners who submitted their story online.  Lemley, who is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, is one of three area counselors who offered their services at no charge. Lemley’s new book, Broken and Transformed: Moving Beyond Life’s Difficult Times, is a culmination of Kristi’s journey through her own pain to find the freedom that Christ offers everyone, regardless of their…
  • Master Illusionist takes his magic and the Gospel to Central America

    Gina Adams
    14 Feb 2014 | 6:52 am
    Master illusionist Scott Humston just returned from his first ministry tour of Central America in the country of Belize, marking the second international tour of his career. During his Central American jaunt, over 1500 children and parents attended his week-long events, with over 100 people making decisions for Christ.  Humston was moved by the people that he met. “I was careful to make sure they understood that as a magician, I do tricks, but God does miracles,” says Humston.  “As with the programs we do for schools and churches here in America, I used a variety of…
 
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    God and You

  • The Real Reason why we 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…
  • A Special Something for You, Ma

    Angelyn
    31 May 2014 | 2:12 am
    Webmaster’s Note: This is an entry from my beloved wife who expressed her love and gratitude for her mom during our wedding day. As the month of May comes to an end, I would like to once more honor all moms for what they have done, thank them for their sacrifices and respect them for their imperfections. I will be starting my chapter of motherhood soon and by God’s grace, help and Word, I will be able to do as well as how my mother did for my siblings and I. This post is especially for you ma and to all mothers out there. Be reminded that you are blessed, loved and beyond…
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  • 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…
  • Joy and laughter as we do hard stuff – with pictures

    Ryan
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    It’s summer time. Let’s have fun because life only happens once. We should live, love and rest to do great work, not arrive at a place of absolute exhaustion that stopping just happens. Our Africa Director, Remmy, and I were talking today through some really difficult things happening in the lives of people we serve. Death, anguish, doubting God, etc are all part of the daily pain intersecting with our ministry. Yet, God has called us to be joyful. Even if we spent our lives exhaustively, leaving no ounce of energy left in the day — working until we can no longer stand or…
  • Feature partner: equipping Hope Chapel

    ForgottenVoices
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
                  Hope Chapel is a unique Forgotten Voices partnership. Then again, due to our model of quietly investing in custom plans of local churches doing orphan care, ALL of our partnerships are unique! Here are a few things that make Hope Chapel distinct: - They run a free community school for grades 1-7 - Students receive not only a free education, but free meals during the week. This is essential nutrition that helps kids focus better in school, and supports their overall health, especially for those who are HIV+ and taking anti-retroviral…
  • Planting seeds that matter

    Ryan
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    My little 4 year old loves planting seeds and watching them grow. Her little bean plant has now yielded 2 beans. She also helps regularly with our community garden. Avery takes great joy in watching God provide. A little seed she helps plant becomes a plant she can eat. Far more than I, Avery loves to appreciate that simple joy. Reflecting on her joy for gardening as I put her to bed last night, I got to thinking about the seeds of joy that God has planted in the life of Forgotten Voices. Like my daughter’s love, one seed’s life has grown and grown beyond my imagination. Our work…
  • Kids Serving Kids: The Read-A-Thon

    Ryan
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Kids Serving Kids Summer Read-a- thon for Forgotten Voices! Now running from July 1 – August 31, 2014 Step 1: Sign-up here to receive resources to help, encouragement for your child, as well as updates. Step 2: Get resources to help you, including the following: - Ask supporters/friends to join you.  - Get Reading! Track your books. Step 3: Sponsors can securely give here. 100% of $$ goes to Forgotten Voices. Step 4: After you are done, share what you learned. More information on why children are joining the reading fun can be found below… HAPPY READING! JOIN OUR SUMMER…
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    The Sovereign God

  • Ask for Anything, and Jesus Will Give It to You

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Well, not exactly. Many pastors would have you believe this - that if you ask for something in Jesus name, and believe that you will get it, you will get it. They teach that there are no boundaries to this truth, but they are mistaken. Joh 15:7  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.Notice Christ says, "If you abide in me..." which is given in the context of him being the vine and we the branches. Apart from Christ, we can do nothing and receive nothing. So, for starters, we must be abiding in him.And he tells us what…
  • Which is more important to God?

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Luk 6:46  "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?Luk 6:47  Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:Luk 6:48  he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.Luk 6:49  But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that…
  • If You Want More Joy in Your Life, Read This Post

    12 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    If you would like more joy in your life, read THIS.Enjoy!Al
  • Christ, the Anti-type, is the Real Sacrifice

    11 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    The Scriptures are filled with "types." A "type" is a symbol of something else. The something else is called the "anti-type." The type is a foretaste, a shadow of the real thing. The anti-type is the real thing.An example of a type is the animal sacrificial system in the Old Testament Temple. Animals were sacrificed year after year after year. Although actually sacrificed (put to death), they did not actually take away sin. They were symbolic of another sacrifice (the anti-type), which would take away sin - the Lord Jesus Christ. The author of Hebrews writes that the Ceremonial Law,…
  • Every Local Church Needs Reformation

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    The local church, or body of believers should be in a constant state of reformation or readiness for reformation. It is a living, growing, changing body, which God purposes to mold more and more into his image over time. What is "Reformation?"By "reformation," I simply mean the willingness to change, and actually change a local church's doctrine and practices, to conform more to the word of God, as he reveals it to them. In short, the local church should become more and more biblical over time. By "reformation," I do not mean changing some programs to adopt new ones. Last year we did ABC…
 
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  • The Simple Life

    April Schmidt
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    The simple life. We long for it. Pursue it. Theologize it. Downward mobility, simplicity, reconnecting to the earth—whether the waves are driven by social justice, nostalgia, or ecology— a major current of culture runs toward the simple life. Because this is America (land of the me and home of the crave), our cultural currents appear on the radars of markets. What’s selling now? Anything green—which means cardboard packaging with one-color soy ink. Thrift stores (re-use centers!). Movies where superheroes of former generations inhabit didactic binary worlds. Co-ops; but not belonging…
  • Bases Loaded

    Josh MacIvor-Andersen
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    My three-year-old son and I have spent a lot of time in the front yard this summer, him up by the steps doing his baseball windup in profile, a swift swaying of his arms front to back, front to back, before his pitch, which on a good throw bounces thrice along the sidewalk before hitting my glove. When I bounce it back, he tends to dive for it right before he shifts to slow motion, looking pensive, going inward, rising first to his knees and then to his full height (36 inches). He starts peering into the bushes while I stand quietly by the street pounding my fist into the leather glove I wore…
  • All About Birds

    Angela Doll Carlson
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The yellow-throated warbler prefers tall trees. It lives in the canopies of the highest stands of pine trees in swampy areas for the most part. It is a songbird, a warbler, called so because of the trilling melodies it produces. When it rained hard on our property in Tennessee, the spring fed creek bed would fill, the land around it becoming soupy, the slopes turning slippery. Before a storm the birds would go silent. I would sit and watch from my porch as the clouds rolled in from the north and the west.  But after the storm, the first sound that pierced the air no matter what time of day…
  • AIR Series: Scott Laumann

    Kristin George Bagdanov
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:12 am
    Update: Those in Northern Colorado are welcome to stop by the Ruminate Barn at 1041 N. Taft Hill Rd., Fort Collins this Saturday, July 12th between noon and 4 pm for a studio tour and the chance to purchase Scott’s artwork and prints at a discounted price. Others are encouraged to view Scott’s work on his website and Etsy Store. Thank you to all who joined us on June 28th to celebrate Ruminate’s first installment in the ongoing AIR (artist-in-residence) series, wherein we offer our renovated barn to a select number of artists, providing them space and time to create. For…
  • Four Lemon Slices

    Aubrey Allison
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    What words or harder gift does the light require of me carving from the dark this difficult tree? What place or farther peace do I almost see emerging from the night and heart of me? “Hard Night,” Christian Wiman 1. I moved from Texas to Seattle in December, and I only wanted to eat citrus. I wanted bright, sharp lemons to cut through the drizzle of winter. I found a painting by Lee Price called “Lemon Slices III” and I thought, this woman knows. “Lemon Slices III” by Lee Price. Oil on linen. 34″ x 76″ Her posture: trying to find some kind of comfort.
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  • New Release of GriefShare Prepares Churches for Grief Ministry to Aging Baby Boomers and Their Families

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:17 pm
    With the U.S. elderly population expected to nearly double by 2040, the GriefShare support group program offers churches a vital ministry outlet. WAKE FOREST, N.C., July 22, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Pastors, church staff, and lay leaders searching for ways to improve their church’s bereavement, pastoral care, and outreach ministries have an easy new solution: a fresh, updated edition of GriefShare, a 13-week support group course that ministers to those mourning the loss of a loved one. With a rapidly aging population in the United States — the number of Americans aged 65…
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Schedules Vote on Controversial UN Treaty

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Committee Vote on Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Scheduled for Tuesday, July 22 PURCELLVILLE, Va., July 21, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote this Tuesday on a treaty that will severely limit the freedoms of Americans if ratified. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has previously failed to garner enough support for ratification, most notably when the treaty fell six votes short in December 2012. Supporters of the treaty, however, feel that this time…
  • THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield I often warn people about those who worship at The Church of The Almighty Dollar. Unfortunately there are people in our modern society to whom money is morality. There yardstick for the rightness of their actions is last month’s sales rankings, or the latest quarterly earnings report. Such people are anchoring their morality in loose sand ! Morton Blackwell founder of the Leadership Institute in Virginia once said “ Don’t fully trust someone until he has stuck with a good cause which he saw was loosing.” Now Blackwell at the time was talking about…
  • #Firefighters Are You Facing Hard Times? Help is on the way:

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    IN HIS LATEST ARTICLE ANDY STARNES ONCE AGAIN SHARES WITH US HIS UNIQUE “FIREGROUND” PERSPECTIVE ON THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, AND ITS APPLICATION TO OUR DAILY LIVES. HIS ARTICLE CONTAINS USEFUL INSIGHTS FOR ANYONE FACING TOUGH CHALLENGES IN THEIR LIFE.-PASTOR CRUTCHFIELD   By Andrew J. Starnes “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character hope. “ Romans 5:3 How do we glory in our sufferings? Not many of us look at the problems of life as something to be happy about. As…
  • We Need Your Help !

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Every ministry has its expenses, and Faith That Inspires Action is no different. Only through donations from supporters like you will we be able to reach our world the way we need to.  Help us to continue to reach thousands of people around the world with Christian news and information. Please donate online today by clicking here.   Yours in Christ, Pastor Crutchfield
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  • No Faith On The Factory Floor

    Richie
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Just perform, conform and comply! Does that picture look familiar? Is mainstream religion (through a mixture of law and grace) educating believers out of the freedom and faith Christ gave them? This clip asks that important question.
  • 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 [...]
  • All Answered At The Cross (The Lord’s Prayer)

    Richie
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Do you pray the Lord’s prayer? It’s innocent, but unnecessary. Why, because each aspect of the “model prayer” got answered through Christ on the cross at Calvary. Born under the Law, Jesus was confined to its perimeters when teaching. Much of what He taught related directly to those who had been raised and educated under the legal [...]
  • Who Turned The Lights Out?

    Richie
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:56 pm
  • Blood And Water

    Richie
    22 May 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Life experience is natural before it is spiritual. That changes when we meet Jesus. What was natural becomes spiritual. And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. ~ 1 Corinthians [...]
 
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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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  • Delight Yourself in the Lord and He Will Give You the Desires of Your Heart

    Steve Fuller
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Desires of Your Heart Our hearts are always full of desires. Whether it’s desire for food, or friends, or God, or sex – at every waking moment we are always desiring something. Which is why the promise of Psalm 37:4 captures our attention – Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Powerful promise.  But what does it mean? Some think it means that if I delight in God, then he will give me whatever else I desire, whether it be a job or health or a new car. But there are a couple reasons I don’t think that’s what this promise…
  • What’s the Root Cause of My Sin?

    Steve Fuller
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I’ve Never Heard That! A while back a woman in our home group shared that she was having a hard time being patient with her children. The group rallied around her, loving her and encouraging her and pointing her to Christ. Then she asked – “So how can I become more patient?  What can I do?” I mentioned that since sin is caused by unbelief, she could grow in patience by seeing which of Christ’s promises she was not trusting, and fighting the fight of faith to trust those promises. She looked shocked, and said “Sin is caused by unbelief?  Are you sure?
  • What God Did in India, the Northern Highlands, and Thailand

    Steve Fuller
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Mission Trip Jan and I just returned from a 3 1/2 week mission trip. We went to India and a place that for security reasons we called “the Northern Highlands,” where we joined a Training Leaders International team in helping pastors grow in studying and preaching God’s Word. We also went to Thailand, where we visited dear friends who were sent out from our church to work with an unreached Muslim people group. Thank You We could tell that many of you were praying for us, because we saw so much evidence of God’s grace – Helping me teach in India’s heat.
  • Blog Posts to Strengthen Your Prayer Life

    Steve Fuller
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Prayer Jesus calls us to pray night and day (Luke 18:7). James says our prayers will have great power (James 5:16). And Paul calls us to be constant in prayer (Romans 12:2). So while I am still away on a mission trip, I thought I would share some recent blog posts on prayer, hoping that God would use them to strengthen your prayer life. So here are five recent blog posts on prayer –   Promises for Those with Unannswered Prayer Here are some promises from God’s Word to strengthen you when your prayers are unanswered.       How to Pray When You Feel Devastated…
  • Posts on the Fight of Faith

    Steve Fuller
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Fight of Faith That’s what Paul calls the Christian life in 1 Timothy 6:12 and in 2 Timothy 4:7. Everything we need flows from faith in Christ, including – The provision of the Spirit (Galatians 3:5) Obedience (Hebrews 11:8) Love for others (Galatians 5:6) Peace (Isaiah 26:3) Joy (Philippians 1:25) Overcoming of the world (1 John 5:3-5) Spiritual life (John 20:31) Power to extinguish Satan’s flaming darts (Ephesians 6:16) But this raises a question – How Do I Fight This Fight? Here are some blog posts that I hope will help answer this question, and encourage you in the fight…
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  • 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 […]
  • If it Feels Good, Do(n’t do) It?!

    Rey Lo
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Originally posted on The Barefoot Pastor:MAYBE IT’S TIME TO GET A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE… One of the greatest tragedies, (in my opinion), is people blindly following what society tells us is right, or popular, or trendy, or Ke$ha! Interestingly, the people that we admire are the few who say, “who cares what is popular?? I’m doing…
  • What’s Best about the Team

    Rey Lo
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:47 am
    Being a native San Antonian, I’m pretty excited to see our San Antonio Spurs win their fifth NBA title in fifteen years. Among the multiple accolades and records broken by the core members of this team – Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and coach Gregg Popovich – what impresses me most has less to do […]
  • Imagine

    Rey Lo
    7 Jun 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Over the last year since my kids started their band I’ve had the opportunity to rub shoulders with a ton of people in the local music community. Bands, managers, promoters, bartenders, venue owners…and they’re all pretty amazing people. Each of them is pursuing a dream at one level or another. Some are artists looking to […]
  • These Days

    Rey Lo
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:26 am
    On December 6, 1991, Jennifer and I met with our friends Marshall, Kathy and Tina to catch the opening night of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Each of us being Trekkies, we couldn’t wait for the latest installment of the saga. While I don’t remember many details of the film I do remember who we […]
 
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    Catholic Spiritual Growth» Gaudium Veritatis (The Joy of the Truth)

  • Christian Friendship - How Friendship Lifts Our Hearts to God (Friendship Feeds Faith)

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    There are many benefits to cultivating a good Christian friendship, from making us smarter to making us better people to teaching us how to love. But there is one benefit of friendship that exceeds all others. As important as friendship is, it is not an end in itself. Friendship cannot bring us perfect happiness in which we can rest and desire nothing else. Why not? Because even without fallen human nature, human friendship has limits that keep it from completely satisfying the human heart. Friendship Fails to Satisfy Relationships are the highest of created goods. In other words, they have…
  • Christian Friendship Keeping Us Accountable and Making Us Better (Sometimes Despite Ourselves)

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Christian Friendship Keeping Us Accountable and Making Us Better (Sometimes Despite Ourselves) by Jeff Arrowood
  • Christian Friendship - Who Knew It Could Make You Smarter?

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Friendship Makes You Smarter by Jeff Arrowood
  • Christian Friendship - See People for Who They Really Are

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The old saying, “Love is blind” comes from literature. Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare both used the phrase for satire and comedy. But our culture embraced it as a truism meaning that love overlooks the details of personality, especially the faults. What a great example of how clueless our culture can be about relationships. In fact, one of the greatest benefits of Christian friendship is that it opens the mind to intimacy. When we love someone, we desire to know that person, even when knowledge of their not-so-good traits come with that intimacy. Yet, it’s true that we are…
  • Nurturing Christian Friendship with the Gift of Intimacy

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:44 pm
    A good Christian friendship is a gift from God. But like all areas of Catholic spiritual growth, keeping a Christian friendship strong requires some conscious, deliberate effort. One of the most important strategies for building strong Christian friendships is to give the relationship the gift of time. But the time you spend with each other does not always hold the highest value in and of itself. Quality and quantity BOTH matter. This is where I have personally gone wrong in most of my friendships. I am more than willing to spend time with close friends. I am not a good communicator. And…
 
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  • 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 →
  • Does Powerpoint Increase Retention?

    Kenton Anderson
    28 Feb 2014 | 5:01 pm
    You have all heard the statistics – that listeners retain only 10% of what they hear, 20% of what they see, but more than 30% of what they see and hear, or something along those lines. People use this as … Continue reading →
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    A Life of Gratitude

  • Tea for Two

    Tori Shaw
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
     A couple of weeks ago my sweet husband surprised me with a groupon for "Tea for Two" at the JH Adams Hotel. He bought it especially for me and my best friend, Melissa, so we could have some time to... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Showered with love and lots of PINK!

    Tori Shaw
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Today I was showered with lots of love and even more pink in honor of our sweet little Allison! My friend, Alicia, and my sister in law, Darcie, threw a beautiful shower for me. We had a wonderful... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Their Greatest Prayer Warriors!

    Tori Shaw
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:19 pm
    "Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children..." Lamentations... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • A letter from The White House...

    Tori Shaw
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    A few weeks ago Dylan wrote a letter to President Barack Obama. Dylan loves learning about presidents and he thought it was so cool that he could write a letter to the current one. In the letter... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • A Glimpse...

    Tori Shaw
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    I can't believe that I am 30 weeks pregnant today! At times this pregnancy has crept along but now, when I look back, I cannot believe its been 26 weeks since I took that little test and surprised... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
 
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  • Learning from Church Growth Trends in England

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    by Alan Rudnick with AlanRudnick.org As American churches slowly declined, we watched our European neighbors over the pond decline even faster. The “Death of Christianity” was forecasted to spread from England, Germany, and Norway to  around the world.  Surprisingly, a new study has revealed church growth trends in Europe. The death of Christianity story is greatly exaggerated. What can we attribute to this growth? Hipper churches? Better social media? Flashier worship bands? No . . . none of the above were found to produce long term church growth and revitalization. The…
  • The Formula for Family

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    by Lauren Sturdy with Buckner International “Family isn’t biology – it’s chemistry,” says Shelley Neimer. If that’s true, the Neimers, Rattans and Rushings have the formula down. Their tight-knit relationship is almost 15 years in the making. Amazingly, Lindsey Rattan says, they haven’t really experienced any rough patches over the years. “I truly believe, first of all, that God knew we were a match,” she says. “He brought us together for a reason.” That reason was a precious baby named Taylor. In 1999, Lindsey – then…
  • The Sad News About Adoption in our World

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    by Tricia Goyer with TriciaGoyer.com Last week I was honored to go to Kenya with AWANA International. AWANA has 1,500 groups in Kenya, and they are doing amazing things. But the most amazing thing (to me!) was the work they are doing in the Kibera slums. The Kibera slums is estimated to be home to 1.3 million people, nearly half of them are children. Many of these children are orphans due to the death of a parent — many to AIDS. Yet dedicated leaders are creating schools and providing homes for these children. Because of AWANA these children know the Word of God! If you know me at all,…
  • What is the 'Hot or Not' App Teaching Teens?

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    by Austin McCann with AustinMcCan.com One of the most popular trending apps right now is an app called “Hot or Not.” Even though this app attracts many young adults, teenagers are very much into it. Basically, it’s an app where you browse pictures other users have posted and you rate them as “hot” or “not.” The rating scale is 1-10 with a low rating obviously meaning you're “not” and high ratings meaning you're “hot.” The photos can range from appropriate to sexually explicit. If you rate someone as “hot” and they…
  • Suggestions for Your Kids' Summer Reading List

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    by Noelle Kirchner with Vocational Mothering Summer is not only a time to unwind, but it's a time to read to and invest in our children.  I have some book titles to share with you.  I have read them all and can wholeheartedly recommend them!  In fact, I read several of them to over 150 children this week at my church's Vacation Bible School.  Make sure you check out the book One below — it was a favorite! If you aren't familiar with Max Lucado's children's books yet, these are a great place to start: The Crippled Lamb  In this tenderhearted classic, we meet a…
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  • 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…
  • Redemption in Uganda

    Craig
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Maggie comes from a large family. Yet at 12 years old she found herself alone and destitute. A few months ago, she was placed in an orphanage in Uganda. Her story is far from over, however. She has tasted redemption. Maggie comes from a polygamous family where many children vie for limited resources. Unfortunately, her father has not put her at the top of the pecking order. This means that food, clothing and education are in short order. Upon her arrival at the orphanage, she told the caretakers she was in primary school at grade level. They introduced her to schoolbooks and classes, and…
  • Standing in the Gap for Local Pastors

    Craig
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:03 pm
    “I am the son of a farmer, and though I am illiterate, God chose me to be in His ministry 10 years ago. Many people in my church are uneducated. God gave me vision to lead these believers but I lacked training and materials. I prayed for a new thing to help. And God answered. Thanks be to God!” This short and powerful testimony comes from Bikesh, a rural pastor in central Nepal. He received an SD chip chock full of Warren Wiersbe Bible commentaries in the Nepali language. The chip fits neatly into his phone and provides 90 hours of biblically sound, professionally mastered audio teaching,…
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  • As More Schools Ban Paddling, Others Defend It

    News
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    by Rachel Chason | Religion News Service (RNS) The use of corporal punishment on disobedient students — commonly known as paddling — will be banned this coming school year in three counties in Florida and two in North Carolina. That still leaves hundreds of school districts in the 19 states where the practice is still legal. As the number of studies showing the negative effects that corporal punishment can have on children has increased, the number of students paddled in public schools nationally has decreased — going from 342,038 in 2000 to 217,814 in 2009-10, according to the…
  • Why Young Evangelicals are Moving to Poor Areas

    News
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    by Eric Metaxas | BreakPoint photo credit: photobucket.com A recent article in al-Jazeera America provided an inspiring glimpse of what restoration looks like. You heard me correctly: al-Jazeera. The article, “Downwardly Mobile for Jesus,” tells the story of what sociologist James Bielo of Miami University calls a “hot thing”: younger evangelicals moving back into the city, not out of a desire to enjoy the attractions of city life, but out of Christian commitment to make a difference in poor neighborhoods. The story focused on families in Baltimore’s Sandtown neighborhood, a…
  • The Church of England Votes to Ordain Women

    News
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    by Al Mohler | President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 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…
  • Why Women Need to Stop Judging Each other

    News
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    by Kelly Givens of iBelieve.com “Mothering a mess of kids is as important as preaching to a stadium for a month of Sundays.” Ladies, let these words from Ann Voskamp sink in and settle on your heart. Do you believe them? In the day-to-day of carpools, soothing babies or putting in overtime at work, what you do can feel inconsequential, unappreciated, unglamorous. But the work you are doing is just as important as the work of Max Lucado or any other ministry leader. In fact, Max Lucado himself will be the first to admit it. Ann writes: “I begged grace from Max Lucado a few weeks ago…
  • Take Action: Thank Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood

    News
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:56 am
    The U.S. Supreme Court is set to release their decision in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases on Monday June 30. Obamacare’s HHS Mandate forces employers to offer life-ending drugs and devices in health insurance policies. Americans United for Life has filed 18 amicus curiae briefs in challenges against the Mandate, defending the constitutional rights of all Americans. Follow this link to send a note to these brave families and to send a gift is you desire [Thank you Note]
 
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  • Oxford, England

    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.
  • Communion on the Moon: July 20th, 1969

    Eric Metaxas
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Forty-five years ago today two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon.   But what happened before Buzz Aldrin (pictured in the LM, left) and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it. I’m talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon.  Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine.  And a few years ago I had the privilege of meeting him myself.  (See photo below.)   I asked him about it and he confirmed the story to me, and…
  • “What the Bird Said Early in the Year”

    Eric Metaxas
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This week I’ve had the tremendous privilege of being in Oxford to shoot a small-group dvd series about C.S.Lewis, due out early next year. You can see photos here. I’ll be adding more each day. Today we shot behind Magdalen College, on Addison’s walk, where late one September night in 1931 J.R.R. Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, and Lewis took a walk. Tolkien got Lewis to consider the idea that Jesus’s incarnation, death, and resurrection were a myth that was also historically true. Nine days later, after a motorcycle ride to the Whipsnade Z00, Lewis assented to that idea, and…
  • Holy Talkshow, Batman! It’s Dick Cavett!!!

    Eric Metaxas
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    One of the true privileges of my life has been to befriend the great Dick Cavett, whose Emmy-winning tv show has been a major inspiration for Socrates in the City. I recently had the honor of speaking at a gala celebration of his career at the Museum of Broadcasting in Chicago — and was able to reprise Red Buttons’ famous “Never got a dinner!” routine. “Why!? WHY are we giving this man a dinner?! So how terrific that this master interviewer (pictured interviewing Groucho) has agreed to be the first-ever guest host on Oct. 28th to interview yours truly on the…
  • My new book is finished! It’s a Miracle!

    Eric Metaxas
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:07 am
    Have you ever wondered what a miracle is, or why miracles happen — or how miracles can change your life? What a coincidence — or is it a miracle? — because I’ve written a NEW book titled Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your LifeThe book will be launched on Oct. 28th at a special Socrates in the City event with our first ever guest host, none other than TV legend and Emmy Award-winning talk show host, Mr. Dick Cavett! He will interview me on the subject of miracles — but the event will be simulcast so anyone can watch it. Stay…
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • Kingdom Theology vs. Church Theology?

    Miguel
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    I just got an email from Dr. Scot McKnight.  Among other things, it contained this paragraph: I wanted to personally let you know about a local event I am speaking at that will interest you. I speak at lots of conferences and in churches and I have been watching a trend that deeply concerns me because it is shaking the importance of the church. An increasing number of our most gifted young Christians are choosing not to go into local church ministry and are choosing instead international NGOs, local social agencies or even local, state or federal politics. Propping up these choices is a…
  • Fighting According to God’s Rules of Engagement.

    Miguel
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 Paul uses some highly militaristic language in these verse.  The rules of war here are: Destroying defensive fortifications. Taking captives. and Punishing resistance when the…
  • Does Creed Kill Mission?

    Miguel
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    In the book, Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession: The Mission of the Holy Christian Church. By Rev. Lucas V. Woodford, he states that“The church has always been accompanied by creeds” (16), and always should be. Exploring the life of the church through the lens of the Apostles’ Creed will “radically celebrate the centrality of the Gospel in the life of the church” and specifically, mission. He also says that “The recent Great Commission emphasis has a recurring tendency to lose sight of the Gospel itself and subsequently create significant confusion…
  • Is It Time For A DNR on APEST?

    Miguel
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    What’s a DNR? A DNR is an order not to resuscitate a person who has stopped breathing by trying to breathe life back into them. What’s APEST? APEST in an acronym for the people gifts in Ephesians 4:11 ~ “So Christ himself gave the Apostles, the Prophets, the Evangelists, the Shepherd/pastors and Teachers.” What’s more important? Identifying who’s who in the spiritual gifts department or recognizing what people are gifted in what ways for God’s purposes, Kingdom living, and the edification of the church body? For example, what does a post resurrection prophet do? How can the…
  • A Crisis of Sorts Regarding APEST

    Miguel
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    First, what’s APEST?  APEST in an acronym for the people gifts in Ephesians 4:11: “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherd/pastors and teachers.” The purpose of these gifts are for the current equipping of God’s people for works of service, for the building up of God’s body (Church), for reaching towards unity in the faith, for attaining maturity through a knowledge (knowledge gained through first-hand relationship – properly, “contact-knowledge” - perception, discernment, recognition, intuition.),…
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    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog

  • Tim Keller on the Gospel

    Mark McIntyre
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture by It is quite easy to assume that if we understand the gospel accurately and preach it faithfully, our ministry will necessarily be shaped by it. – but this is not true. Many churches subscribe to gospel doctrines but do not have a ministry that is shaped by, centered on, and empowered through the gospel. Its implications have not yet worked their way into the fabric of how the church actually does ministry. These churches’ theological vision has likely arisen from something other than…
  • The fight against inanity

    Mark McIntyre
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture by Warning: if you are put off by a few profanities and a misunderstanding of Calvinism, then please do not click the link below. If, on the other hand, you would like to engage with the culture around you, then please read the article.  I ran across a post entitled The Bullshit Machine which I found challenging and thought I would share it with you. I am not sharing this for shock value, nor do I do it gratuitously. I realize that I risk alienating readers who frown upon the use of profanity, but…
  • It has the ring of truth . . .

    Mark McIntyre
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture by One of the things I enjoy about reading the Bible is how real the characters are. With the exception of Daniel and Jesus, we read stories of men and women who were seriously flawed but were used by God to bring about his will for humanity. Moses had anger issues. Jacob was a conniver and a dad who played favorites among his children. Joseph flaunted his favored position over his brothers. David was an adulterer and tried to hide his sin by committing murder. Elijah won a great victory on Mount Carmel…
  • Ladd on the cares of this age

    Mark McIntyre
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture by “The care of the age is not alone worry and the trouble and anxiety of making a living. It is the entire spirit which characterizes This Age: worry and anxiety about one’s physical life to be sure, but also the pressure, the drive of ambition for wealth, success, prosperity, and power. All of this is involved in the care, the burden, of This Age. The point is this: it is the character of This Age to choke the working of the Word of God. The spirit of the Age is hostile to the Gospel. When the…
  • Share your favorite Bible Verse

    Mark McIntyre
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture by In the spirit of testing out the new commenting system, I thought I would challenge the readers of Attempts at Honesty to use the comment system to share their favorite Bible verse (you can have more than one). Please leave a comment in the box below that tells us your favorite verse and why it is your favorite verse (what it means to you). For those who are reading this post by email, the title of the post is a hot link that will take you to the post on the web where you will be able to add a…
 
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    Before The Cross

  • How is Christianity Relevant Today?

    Mike Mobley
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    At first glance, Christianity might seem to be just another ancient religion, based on events that took place and beliefs that were formulated 2,000 years ago. However, if someone were to actually look into Christianity, they would see that Christianity answers the basic questions of human existence in ways that ring true in any time period. This not only makes Christianity relevant, but timeless. Where Did I Come From?  Like many religions and scientific inquiries, Christianity confronts the question of where things started. The Creator is a living person and a loving parent, not just a…
  • Grateful For Those Who Have Gone Before Us

    Mike Mobley
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Sometimes I get so focused on the here and now within ministry and our culture, that I forget many have gone before us in terms of spreading the Gospel and loving others. Am I alone in this? I’m quickly reminded (I believe by the Holy Spirit) to share the same message that’s been shared for hundreds of years, and to be persistent day by day just like how people did it in the past. Here are some names you might know from the past. This isn’t to get us to think “who will be the great names of our time,” but more to broaden our horizons and realize the Church is…
  • Finding Hope in the Fight

    Chris Howard
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    There was trouble when the morning dawned. The fifteen of us arrived after a near-sleepless 10-hour train trip from Delhi to Varanasi, India the afternoon before. After lunch with our missionary couple hosts and some time prayer walking along the Ganges River, we finally settled down at our hotel after a home-cooked dinner. Most of our team didn’t know three of our leaders fell to a stomach illness in the early morning hours and required a trip to the local hospital. We woke up to the disheartening news. I personally wondered if we’d continue with the original plan to boat along the…
  • Top 15 Posts for 300,000 Views

    Mike Mobley
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    We are celebrating post #400 today along with 300,000 views! Thank you all so much for your continued support by reading our posts, sharing, and praying for us. No doubt lives have been impacted by sharing the love of Christ. Our prayer is that God continues to be glorified through the next 300,000 views, more people would believe and put their trust in Jesus, and that His Church will continue to be built up in the process. Top 15 Posts for 300,000 Views 1. What’s Wrong With Living Together Before Marriage? The Bible is clear on how it defines marriage between one man and one woman. That…
  • Summer of God

    Chris Howard
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    There’s an episode of Seinfeld in which the character George Costanza claims the upcoming summer will be the best one ever. He claims it will be “the summer of George”. Events occur thereafter and ensure his summer will not go as planned. At the end of the episode, we hear him bemoan, “It was supposed to be the summer of George.” Don’t you love it when plans go awry? I didn’t think so. The truth is, we can plan to go here or do that and it may happen the way we envision it. But often, the plans can also go by the wayside as a new set of plans is unveiled. It’s how we respond…
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    My Freshly Brewed Life

  • On Writing Brave

    Barbie
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:24 am
    As a writer, I believe there are stories hiding in deep place of my heart that I’d rather leave there.  Buried underneath the weight of the past, I question whether these words must be resurrected in order to bring me to the fullness of the freedom that is mine in Christ.  Sometimes a story is better left unsaid.  After all, when you profess Jesus Christ as Lord, and believe that He has redeemed you from your past, why dig it up? But sometimes God withholds our stories, until such a time when we are ready to fully embrace the work He did on the cross.  Some stories have been removed…
  • Featured Friend: Mary @ Passage Through Grace

    Barbie
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Welcome to Featured Friend Wednesday!  Every Wednesday I will introduce you to one of my beautiful writing friends.  I hope you will take the time to read, get to know the writer and visit her blog and social media links. I am the Question-You are the Answer by Mary @ Passage Through Grace   Looking through the eyes of a 2 1/2 year old great niece on vacation was a lesson in self-discovery. Every few words or phrases were laced with “What’s that?” Questioning is the window to the world for a young child and not having been in a day to day situation with a toddler for…
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    Interpulpit

  • 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…
  • Helpless Christianity?

    Rick
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:13 am
      Why has the church majored on submitting to troubles with nothing more than a hope that God will somehow make everything well in the end? Why have we been taught such a helpless Christianity? Especially when: Jesus, in John 17:23, prayed that He would be in us and the Father in Him and that we would be made perfect in one And John wrote: greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world (1John 4:4). And Paul wrote: he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. (1Cor.6:17) And Peter said that we might be partakers of the divine nature (2Pet.1:4). And Romans 5:17 says that we…
  • Conformed or Transformed?

    Rick
    6 Jun 2014 | 6:57 pm
      Paul instructed, be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). To be conformed means to be passively fashioned or molded. You don’t have to do anything, you just get shaped. The influences of the world easily settle in and have effects on your life when you do nothing to guard against them. Then as you operate in the same fashion as the world, you reap the same results. On the other hand, being transformed brings God results.   Therefore, if you don’t want to be conformed, it’s imperative that you take measures to guard…
  • The Exceeding Greatness of His Power

    Rick
    15 May 2014 | 7:46 am
      The Church is not a social club that happens to espouse good morals and values. At least it shouldn’t be. We celebrate a gospel of POWER. There is wonder working power in the blood of the Lamb! It conquers sin and changes lives! True Christians are in on this, yet many still come short of all the power that is really available to them. Besides life changing power, there is also power to do the very works of Jesus. Most Christians don’t have a problem acknowledging that God is powerful. The problem is that they don’t acknowledge or understand that His power is in them and working…
 
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    Half Baked Lobster

  • A Stitch In Time: A Man And His Son

    phill longmire
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    A Stitch in Time As the 84 white ford pickup came to a screeching halt, a small billow of smoke trickled out of the exhaust. Rain poured so hard you would expect the Morgan salt girl to walk by. With closer examination, you could see a conversation taking place within the cab of the truck. The first silhouette looked like a man in his 40s, lean and strong, with features mimicking the Marlboro man. The second figure looked 14, alert and posed to take on the world. As the truck chugged at the deserted stop sign, it seemed they were making a decision, or concocting a plan. I know this stitch in…
  • Preteen Bible Lesson-Story Vocabulary

    phill longmire
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:17 pm
    One way to teach pre-teens the bible is by creating story boards or putting together story vocabulary. This may seem difficult at first but once you do it a couple of times, it can be quite fun for you and the teenager. This is a highly interactive activity and can be a lot of fun. Step One: Understanding Story Vocabulary Story vocabulary is basically the elements of a story. Even though I listed quite a few below, I wanted you to see how many options you actually have. Some examples… plot: the arrangement of events in a story or a play. flashback: an interruption in the…
  • Preteen Bible Lesson-Finding The Main Idea

    phill longmire
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Be sure to read all the posts in this series. They are listed below in order. Finding the Main Topic I’m going to show and supply you with some tools you can use in teaching any pre-teen how to read the bible. This will be extremely interactive and engaging for any teen during their own learning process. You can use this with any 3rd to 8th grader. ***NOTE: If this is your first time doing this, either go step by step with those you are teaching, or make the entire thing on your own and use it as a reference while teaching. You have to go step by step with your kids.  I want to…
  • Kids Small Groups-Small Group Roles

    phill longmire
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:47 pm
    You should read these in order Small Groups For Children-Building your Foundation Small Groups For Children-Developing Your Lap-book Small Groups For Children-Small Group Roles This is a continuation of the developing your lapbook post found above. This should all be done by your students before they start their groups. Consider this the construction phase. Discussion Director These instructions are specific for Template A, the default discussion director question card template. If you are using Template B and/or C, note that there may be a few minor differences. Cut out the iMessage…
  • Small Groups For Children-Developing Your Lap Book

    phill longmire
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:11 pm
    This is the second post on small groups for children. You should read these in order Small Groups For Children-Building your Foundation Small Groups For Children-Developing Your Lap-book Small Groups For Children-Small Group Leadership Roles Before you begin reading or having any group meetings you want to have your kids build a lap-book. This will be their own personal book they use during their small groups. Step One: After reading “Building Your Foundation” move on to the lap-book Step Two: Before reading construct the lapbook This should be the first thing you do. This fills…
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    Paperback Theology

  • Welcome to Costco – I Love You

    Tim Suttle
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    There’s a certain private prayer I find myself saying a lot these days. It’s a prayer of lament, a one-line joke cribbed from the movie Idiocracy. I utter this prayer under my breath when I hear a song, see a movie trailer, stumble upon TMZ, or overhear conversations in supermarkets, restaurants and public spaces–pretty much [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional

    Tim Suttle
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    I confess that I love pop-tarts despite the fact that they have to be just about the worst food you could possibly put into your body. I can’t help it. I love them. My favorite pop-tarts in order would be Chocolate, Strawberry, Smores, and Cherry. I try to only let myself eat them 3-4 times [Read More...]
  • Ordinary 15A / 16A – Sower & Seeds, Soil & Weeds: A Sermon from Matthew 13

    Tim Suttle
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    This is my sermon from last week. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and steal everything. 2014.07.13 – Discipleship Matt. 13 – Sower & Seeds, Soil & Weeds During a sabbatical a few years back, Kristin and I took a trip to Ireland. We rented a tiny car, drove south along the [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional

    Tim Suttle
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    I confess that my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning & I turned it off and went back to sleep. I woke up at 8:30. I went to bed at 10:30 last night. I don’t think I’ve slept ten straight hours in years, except maybe when I’ve been sick.  I must have really needed some [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional: Confessions of a Neurotic Pastor & Father

    Tim Suttle
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    I confess that I’ve been neglectful of the blog as of late. It’s not that I’ve developed a disdain for blogging, I’ve just developed a penchant for time management and priorities… family mostly. I am acutely aware of my children’s ages right now. They are 8 and 10. 8 more years and the oldest goes [Read More...]
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • The sweetness of holy icons

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
    An icon is the visual image of what is invisible. It is given to us that our understanding may be filled with its sweetness – Saint John of DamascusFiled under: Iconography, Icons, Quotes, Thoughts Tagged: Christianity, Iconography, Icons, Quotes, Religion & Spirituality, Religion and Spirituality
  • The icons of Our Lady of Longmeadow and Saint Michael the Archangel

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:38 am
    The icons I recently completed of Our Lady of Longmeadow and Saint Michael have been featured in the galleries at Fine Art America (FAA). The icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow which can now be found at Saint Mary’s Parish Church, Longmeadow, Massachusetts, USA, has been featured in the Christian Art, Christian Theme Artwork and […]
  • Icon of Saint Michael the Archangel

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    The icon of Saint Michael that I had completed earlier this year can now be found at the parish church of San Michele Arcangelo a Pietralata, Rome, Italy. I will post pictures of the new home of the icon when I receive them. The dimensions of the icon were 20cm x 30cm. It was written […]
  • The icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    The icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow that I just completed. It was written at Clare Priory, Suffolk, UK and in Santa Venera, Malta, in 2014 under the supervision of Fr. Richard G. Cannuli. The story behind this icon can be found here. Dimensions of the icon were 11″ x 14″. Materials included linen-covered wood with natural […]
  • Can Satan mimic peace? Response to a question

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    The question was asked, “Can Satan mimic peace?” The answer is in the negative. Peace is the one quality that Satan cannot mimic because he has none of his own to give. Only God can give peace – true peace – as He is order and peace in Himself.Filed under: God the Father, Peace, Questions, […]
 
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • How do I say the consecration prayer to God? Response to a question

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:53 pm
    The question was asked, “How do I go about saying the prayer of consecration” to God the Father? The answer is very simple: just say the prayer with sincerity and genuineness in your heart. And if you do not feel genuine and/or sincere, ask our Father to give you the grace of being genuine and […]
  • Do not be afraid

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Originally posted on THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER:Do not be afraid! Enter into the Ark of these times by entering with your whole heart, mind, soul, and strength into the Divine Heart of God the Almighty Father. He wants you, He desires you, with a profundity and intensity of Love that you will…
  • The icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    The new icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow has just been completed. It will be blessed and installed in its intended home at Saint Mary’s Parish Church, Longmeadow, MA later next month. This is a revealed icon, the story behind the icon can be found here.  Filed under: Icons, Mary, News, Notices, The Church, The Icon […]
  • For the people – 3

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:09 am
    ‘Thus says Yahweh: ‘As for all my evil neighbours who have laid hands on the heritage I granted my people Israel, behold I will now tear them from their countries and tear the House of Judah out of their hands. But, once torn out, I will take pity on them again and bring them back […]
  • To God our Father

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Filed under: God the Father, Prayer, Praying to God Tagged: Christianity, God, God the Father, Prayer, Religion and Spirituality
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  • Prayer: Trusting GOD for His Blessings

    Cheryce
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Father, there are times when sorrow, worry, doubt, fear and anxiety overwhelms me. Thoughts of the future, the past, and whether everything will work out in the end, play over and over in my mind. I wonder when my dawn will come, and if things will ever get better, for I don’t see a way. It breaks my concentration of all that I need to complete within my day. It distracts me from the joy and happiness You promised that is renewed every morning. Read more on Prayer: Trusting GOD for His Blessings…
  • Prayer: Conversion of Unbelievers

    Cheryce
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Messiah, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, we praise Your holy name. We magnify You, Oh great Lamb who sits on the throne. We lift the unbelievers before You, Oh God, have divine intervention in their lives. Grant them the privilege of hungering and thirsting after You, for life with You is so wonderful. Read more on Prayer: Conversion of Unbelievers…
  • Prayer for Dealing with Identity Issues

    Cheryce
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Oh Great Lamb of God, I worship You as You sit high upon the throne of grace and mercy. Thank You for all You have done for me and thank You for all the marvelous blessings You continually shower me with. Lord, You know my daily struggle, You alone know what I am going through and I pray that every stronghold in my life be broken, in Jesus’ name. Read more on Prayer for Dealing with Identity Issues…
  • Praying for Conflict Resolution

    Cheryce
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Heavenly Father, who we love, I lift Your name over all the earth. Father, lately I have found myself in a place that I do not want to be in. Anger, hatred and bitterness is causing me to lash out at the people around me and especially at my dear loved ones. I am on edge at every point, the slightest gesture upsets me. I cannot continue on like this, Oh Father, please hear my cry. Read more on Praying for Conflict Resolution…
  • Prayer: All Things Work Together for Good

    BJ
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    (See also: Prayer For Success, Guidance and Blessings in the Workplace andPrayer: I’m Under too much Stress – At home, work, school) In Romans 8:26-28 (NKJV), we read: Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who…
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    Christian Home and Family

  • Podcast 82 – Integrating music into your family devotions

    Carey
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Carey How to integrate music into your family devotions Or if you are using a “podcatcher” here is the feed address: http://www.christianhomeandfamily.com/feed/podcast/ USING MUSIC IN FAMILY DEVOTIONS Including music for the sake of worship is not an easy task for most people If you’re not musically inclined, what do you do? Before we get into the “how” part of including music in your family worship, there’s one other step we need to take first… Talk with your family about the “WHY” behind singing… Why do we sing to God in the first…
  • Monday Mindset: Thankfulness

    Carey
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Carey Jesus expects His followers to be thankful people. The scriptures are very, VERY clear. There are no exceptions. There are no qualifiers. Take this passage for instance… …giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ… - Ephesians 5:20 Take a minute to notice the extremities of this passage. We Christ-followers are to be thankful… ALWAYS. Really? Doesn’t the LORD understand the kind of life we live down here? Isn’t there some kind of loophole that makes room for grumbling or complaining or…
  • The problem with teen idols…

    Carey
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Carey When I was in high school, my girlfriend’s sister was an absolute maniac about Rick Springfield. You remember him, don’t you? Soap opera star turned rock singer? Jessie’s girl? <<<====== This guy? I wasn’t very nice about it back then. I told her the blunt truth. You are NEVER going to even get a chance to meet Rick Springfield, so why don’t you just give it up!? But despite my best efforts, the 14 year old girl continued her infatuation with good old Rick. In my thinking, it’s a sad situation when a person is elevated so high in…
  • Podcast 81 – Family devotions with small kids in the mix

    Carey
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Carey Family Devotions with small children in the mix Or if you are using a “podcatcher” here is the feed address: http://www.christianhomeandfamily.com/feed/podcast/ FAMILY DEVOTIONS WITH YOUNG KIDS IN THE MIX Before we begin to talk about the “how to” portion of family devotions with younger kids involved, let’s remind ourselves of the purpose of family devotions… PURPOSE OF FAMILY DEVOTIONS: Facilitate heart-level connection between your family members and the God of the universe. That kind of connection IS possible in the hearts and minds of younger…
  • Monday Mindset: Encouragement in Christ

    Carey
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Carey New Feature: Monday MindsetMonday mindset is a new feature of the blog aimed at helping you set your mind for the week to come. Each Monday I’ll focus in on one area that can make an eternal difference for your family. At the end of each post I’ll include “Action Steps” to help you apply the weekly concept in a practical way. I hope you enjoy this weekly mindset adjustment. And I pray that as you implement them, you’ll see the LORD do some wonderful things in your family. Encouragement in Christ is something we all need… because none of us is wired to…
 
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  • 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…
  • Why Pastors Should Go On More Walks

    Brandon
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    Photo Credit: _Hadock_ via Compfight cc Many pastors have a sitting problem. We sit 90% of the day. We sit while writing sermons. We sit while answering email. We sit while making phone calls. We sit in meetings. We sit while counseling people. We sit at restaurants. We sit driving to work. We sit in Bible studies. Some of us even sit while preaching. It is obvious to see how pastoral sitting can be linked to decreased activity and weight gain, but that is a problem for another time. The problem that we often don’t realize is that all of our sitting is actually hindering our…
  • Pastor, Don’t Quit

    Brandon
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:31 am
    Photo Credit: Michael Dawes via Compfight cc Early this summer my family and I took a trip to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. We spent a whole week sitting and playing with our kids on the beach. It was a great, much-needed vacation… except for one part. My wife and I signed up for paddle board lessons. Paddle boards are like big surf boards that you stand on and move with a large paddle. We thought it would be fun to learn. When you see people doing it, they look so cool and relaxed while paddling around the island. I quickly learned that paddle boarding is not as easy as it looks.
  • 2 Benefits Of Raising Objections to Your Own Sermon (One is obvious. The other is not.)

    Brandon
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Photo Credit: Marcello Maria Perongini via Compfight cc The longer you have been a Christian, the more in danger your preaching is of suffering from the  Curse of Knowledge. It becomes easy to assume that everyone believes some of the weird, miraculous, or difficult truths in the Bible. It becomes easy to forget that many people have serious questions and doubts about even the most basic Christian beliefs. You cannot just assume that when you talk about prayer, that people believe God really listens to them. You cannot just assume that when you talk about Jesus’ walking on water…
  • 4 Steps to Mastering Your To-Do List

    Brandon
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Photo Credit: Courtney Dirks via Compfight cc Ministry is never finished. There is so much to do. And there is always more to be done! You could always study more, pray more, plan more, email more, Facebook more, meet more, write more… more. more. more. If you aren’t careful, your to-do list can get out of control fast. Before you know it, your to-do list is longer than your ability to do it. So how do you regain control of your work? How do you manage the ever-growing list of things to do? 4 steps to mastering your to-do list: I have recently started following a simple 4-step system…
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    Pastor John's Blog

  • 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…
  • The Struggle

    john crews
    25 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
    For the first time since Jonathan left us I am alone.  Pam and Dani drove to Iowa this week, and Christian remains on his adventure in India.  I was excited that Pam and Dani were getting away, and I know they are having a great time visiting with Pam's Dad on the family farm.  I was, however, unprepared for the agony of seeing them pull out of the driveway.Even with my girls home I have felt utterly alone many times over the last two months.  But never more so than in this moment.  "Loneliness" is just one of the many complex feelings, thoughts and…
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    The Pure Sacrifice

  • Finding Spiritual Whitespace ~Review

    Deanna Wiseburn
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Do you find yourself often worn out from your busy life?  Are you struggling just to keep up, and often feeling like you are failing at that? There is hope for regaining the peace that your life needs.  Bonnie Gray has written an achingly beautiful book that will guide you as you make space for spiritual whitespace. “Spiritual whitespace makes room in our hearts for a more intimate relationship with God, rest, and soul rejuvenation.”   I couldn’t wait to begin this book, because I knew that I needed to work on rest. Yet I had no idea how very much I would REALLY need to…
  • Perspective Makes A Difference

    Deanna Wiseburn
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    photo credit: jspad via photopin cc I have enjoyed my blogging break, and I was able to step away from the computer and enjoy life more.  There is a lot to be said for spending less time in front of a screen, especially when you begin to spend all that time working crazily and it ceases to be fun.  That said, this refining process that I find myself in lately has me redefining my online life.  I am not sure what this will look like yet, other than posting will be slightly sporadic as I figure it out. As I am working now I find that I am seeing things a lot differently than I have in the…
  • Bloom

    Deanna Wiseburn
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
      So there is this flash mob of writing that happens every week for #FMFParty, we meet on twitter and share the joys and the sorrows of life.  Then Lisa Jo gives us a prompt and we all write for five minutes on that prompt.  There is to be no editing, and no stressing over whether we get it all write.  We simply write for the joy of writing and then we visit others and cheer one another on in community. The Prompt: Bloom GO! My thoughts on this immediately go to bloom where you are planted. But then there is more, so much more.  Because once you have found the ability to bloom, it is…
  • God Gets My Attention

    Deanna Wiseburn
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    I find that God is dealing with me during this period of change.  I am finding that I am selfish and that when things do not go my way I can get mean.  I find that God is stretching me and calling me to love.  This is hard for me in many ways…it is easy to love those who love me.  But when people are hard to get along with I find that I am so much quicker to judge than I am to bite back the mean words and show the love that God desires that I show. A verse that God is using to speak to me right now is Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any…
 
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    Christian Magazine Today.com

  • 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.
  • Is Reading the Bible Important?

    Annette
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:07 pm
    As Christians, reading the bible should be a part of life. Now, of course, you are thinking – yes, the bible is a part of my life, but is it really? Ask yourself these questions: David Platt When was the last time I opened my bible to read it? Was it while the pastor was reading his passages for the sermon? When I did open it, do I remember what I read? Did I read it more than twice this week? What about 5 times? Did I pray over what I read? Did I strive to follow the words I read? Did any of the verses have meaning to me? When I read the verses, was I in a hurry to get done? While…
  • What Is Maundy or Maundy Thursday?

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

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

    Annette
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:45 am
    Billy Graham begins this sermon talking about what we can do without. Think about that for a minute – What can you do without? Very few people you know doesn’t have a TV, a computer, or a cell phone including yourself, but could you do without them? If you woke up in the morning and you didn’t have these things, could you make it through the day? Of course you could and unless you make your living using a cell phone, on TV, or working from your computer, you could live your life everyday without them. While we can do without the things above, there are some things we…
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    C3 Journey - the Warrior's Log

  • Journey Generations DETAILS

    Jim Crumbley
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    If you haven’t signed up you can do so here: https://c3church.wufoo.com/forms/journey-generation-real-men/ If you want to pay on Saturday you can do that too, just email jimcrumbley@gmail.com and let him  know you are coming (so we can plan for food).  It’s gonna be great!! EVENT LOCATION John Rogers “Ponderosa” off Sardis Church Road, Buford (Hamilton Mill Parkway area) For parking…see below. PARKING Parking is limited at the Ponderosa. Arrangements have been made to park at Hamilton Mill Christian Church, 3809 Sardis Church Rd, Buford, GA. Shuttles to John’s property will…
  • Opportunity in Difficulty

    Jim Crumbley
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill God gives us opportunities to shift our world; to get up and move so that the change we are praying for becomes change that is realized. These opportunities though seldom arise without difficulty and challenge. There is almost always a mountain to climb, an obstacle to overcome or an attitude to shift. The lie we hear, and too often the lie we believe, is that the difficulty is indicative of heading in the wrong direction. Thinking we are outside of…
  • FAQ’s Journey Generation

    Jim Crumbley
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    July 25/26 at John Rogers house on Sardis Church Road off of Hamilton Mill Parkway…Directions to be emailed on line early next week. Is the Journey Generation a Journey? No, this is not a “Journey.” Even for those who decide to stay the night on Friday, the idea is to gather, connect, have some fun and learn. Is the Journey Generation a Father/Son event? Again…NO! There will be fathers and sons but many boys don’t have active dads or their dads are working. We’ll have men who can mentor/hang with those who don’t have their dads there. At no point…
  • Get in the face of Jesus…The Canaanite woman

    Jim Crumbley
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    A look at tenacious faith…Matthew 15:21-28 per·sist·ent: continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Tenacity…dogged determination…stubborn refusal to give up until it’s given up…these are the elements of persistent faith. From there Jesus took a trip to Tyre and Sidon. They had hardly arrived when a Canaanite woman came down from the hills and pleaded, “Mercy, Master, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly afflicted by an evil spirit.” 21-22 You heard stories of Jesus. Love…mercy…miracles.
  • Why not me?

    Jim Crumbley
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism. Acts 10:34 We’ve all heard it. That story of recovery that happened to someone we know. A healing…a miracle shift in a family…a dream fulfilled when all evidence pointed to “NO WAY.” If them, then why not me? God’s grace comes through Jesus not through us or our works. So the question to ask ourselves is not “do we deserve it?” Rather, the question is “are we willing to stick it out long enough to receive it?” Are we willing to…
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    Logos Bible Software Blog

  • One Week Only! Get 20% Off the Tyndale Bible Dictionary

    Katie Monsma
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Starting this week, we’ll introduce a new weekly deal every Thursday! This week, you can get The Tyndale Bible Dictionary for 20% off with coupon code WEEKLYTBD at checkout. Study 1,000+ topics with top scholars The Tyndale Bible Dictionary is packed with significant biblical people, places, and terms, and it’s fully integrated with Logos 5’s Timeline and Bible Facts tools. You can easily set it as your preferred dictionary in Logos—then you’ll be directed toward this all-inclusive dictionary whenever you have questions about a person, place, or event. Not only do coauthors Walter…
  • Time Is Money with the Lexham Bible Guides

    Jake Mailhot
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Last week, Lexham Bible Guide: Romans shipped to customers, completing the Paul’s Letters Collection. To celebrate, we’ve placed the entire collection on sale. For a limited time, you can get it for $100.00 off! If you’ve been waiting to dive into this amazing resource, now is the perfect time. Time is money One of the biggest benefits of the Lexham Bible Guides is that they help you save time researching. We’ve all heard the phrase, “time is money,” but let’s put that phrase into a tangible context. Pastors have an incredible number of job duties to perform each week.
  • Why an Upgrade Now Is Better than an Upgrade Later

    Colin Jones
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    An upgrade to Logos 5 is the best way to get all the resources that make Logos 5 powerful, while getting the best deal on a new library. But don’t wait—upgrade discounts end August 5. Check out your custom discount before it’s gone! Open doors you didn’t know existed Datasets power your library. If you’re using Logos 5 as just an ereader, you’re not getting the full experience of what Logos 5 can do for your Bible study. Datasets were created to connect your resources and unveil new discoveries you didn’t even know you could find, like: Pinpointing every time Jesus heals in the…
  • Get 90% Off Classic Studies on Christology

    Pam Bauthues
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Right now, when you bid on the 28-volume Classic Studies on Christology, you can save 90%! These classic works explore the person and work of Jesus Christ, assessing his theological importance from a variety of perspectives. Regarding Christology, William S. Plumer says, “As one is sound or corrupt here, so is he substantially right or wrong in the main. Both now and in the last day, the great question in determining character and destiny is the same: ‘What think ye of Christ?’” Plumer, along with such notable scholars as Henry Barclay Swete, William Sanday, and Archibald Thomas…
  • 50 Deals, 3 Days: Save on Galatians Commentaries

    Pam Bauthues
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    For three days only, you can save big on featured Galatians commentaries. No matter what your area of study, you’ll find the perfect commentaries to complement your library—most for over 30% off! Fifty titles are on sale, but here are five you won’t want to miss: 1. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Galatians Regularly $44.99, now only $40.95! In this volume, highly regarded New Testament scholar Douglas Moo provides commentary on Galatians. With a user-friendly design, this accessible commentary dives into Moo’s extensive research through chapter-by-chapter exegesis,…
 
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    HopeHorner.com

  • 5 Steps to 3 Ways You Can Do 2 Things Better

    19 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    The title to this blog is confusing, isn't it?But did it capture your attention?It probably did.The last two months I have been writing for GovLoop - an online network of government professionals who share tips and techniques for providing top notch government programs, leadership and services. Writing for GovLoop was a challenge. I had to come up with 12 articles in 12 weeks, but believe it or not, that was not the challenge.The challenge was creating the right title to get people to actually READ my article.When my first few articles posted on GovLoop, I noticed the editor had changed my…
  • Rolling into Heaven as a Bloody Stump

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    I grew up believing that the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount were a list of things I should do.Blessed are the meek...(OK, I need to be meek.)Blessed are the pure in heart. (OK, I need to be pure of heart.)Blessed are the peacemakers..(OK, I need to be a peacemaker.)And so on...Of course, I failed miserably at following through on that huge list, and as I now know, thanks to Dallas Willard's book The Divine Conspiracy, I also failed in my interpretation of it. As it turns out, the Sermon on the Mount is not a list of things for me to do or be. It is not a bunch of "rules for living." It…
  • 5 Sassy Things YOU Said as a Kid That Your Kids Can't

    28 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    Remember those snappy phrases we used to throw around as kids? The ones that went along with someone sticking out their tongue or taking their ball and going home? Well, sorry moms and dads, we used them, but your kids can't and here's why..."Take a picture. It lasts longer!"OK, sure hold on. Let me just change apps on my phone. THERE! GOTCHA! Hey, guess what? You're right. It does last longer. It can last a long, looooonnng time. I can save it to my camera roll, upload it to Instagram, make a keychain out of it on Shutterfly, add a caption to it and then send it to my best friend or the girl…
  • Is That 'Raca' I See In Your Eyes?

    21 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    During a discussion about "giving others the benefit of the doubt" one of my co-workers said he had heard it put this way:"Investigate before contempt." I said, "Contempt? You sure you mean contempt?  Maybe you mean 'investigate before convict'?"He said, "No, no, contempt...I think."I raised my eyebrows. "Wow. Contempt is a pretty harsh word." Everyone just kind of looked confused about the whole thing, and we went on to the next topic, but the word stuck with me.Later that day, I was reading Dallas Willard's book The Divine Conspiracy where he describes Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
  • Remember to Breathe with Your Lungs

    14 Jun 2014 | 7:24 am
    TV is depressing.When you get your cable hooked up, the installer should hand you a prescription for Prozac, or at least a credit for a free download of Pharrell's song "Happy." Two commercials I watched this past week really brought me down. Maybe you've seen them, too?One showed parents holding babies, singing, laughing and reading books to them. The tag line of the commercial was "Remember to sing, read and talk to your baby." The next one featured only dads playing with kids and encouraged fathers to "Take time to be a dad."I sat and watched, in shock, with sadness in my heart, and…
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    Living in the Kingdom of God---Diana Symons

  • It’s Time To Decide What You Really Believe

    Diana Symons
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    If you are a Christian, why do you live in fear, stress, anger? It’s a difficult question, because it makes you look inside where you thought it was all ok. But if you live in fear, stress, or anger, it’s not ok. Something is really wrong. If you live like that, you are no different from the person who does not claim to know Jesus. But you do claim to know Jesus, so why the stress? The answer is because you don’t believe what you say you believe. Jesus said to fear not. He said to throw our burdens on Him. He said to be filled with His Spirit and live in joy. When we…
  • God Cannot Change You Unless You Want More

    Diana Symons
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    God has more for you. Some of you are thinking, yes I know, in heaven. That’s not what I mean. There is more now, but you have to want it. Do you want more of God? Do you want to feel the rush of angel wings in the night? Do you want to smell the fragrances of heaven? Do you want to be made into the person that God sees? We can be content to stay in our little boxes, or we can allow God to change us, and by changing us be drawn closer to Him. It’s an exhilarating prospect, but beware. You cannot be changed without changing. Your life cannot stay the same. Your choices cannot stay…
  • Waiting For Answered Prayer

    Diana Symons
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    You know that God answers prayer. What does He say? If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. (John 14:14) Of course, you have to be in relationship with Him. You have to know you hear His voice — My sheep hear my voice. (John 10:27) But what if you are hearing Him and it seems like your prayers aren’t being answered? First of all, know that everyone will go through that. It’s wrong to assume that God answers prayers for everyone else but you. We all go through dry spells. It’s what you do during those times that will affect if and when your prayers are answered.
  • Don’t Be Caught On The Sidelines : There’s Water To Walk On

    Diana Symons
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Why was Peter the only one to hop out of the boat and walk on water? We don’t need to go into what happened next. The point is, he walked on water! What were the other guys doing? Watching him. They were scared. They didn’t believe. They weren’t willing to try it. They missed out. Are you watching from the sidelines? Are you thinking: I have a job and a family, I go to church, I read my Bible, that’s good for me? No need to change the world? No need to release the kingdom? Sitting on the sidelines is dangerous. Jesus was pretty cross with the Church of the…
  • Have You Stopped Hearing God? Time To Be A Sponge

    Diana Symons
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    I heard a great teaching recently that I had to pass on. Why is it that sometimes we feel so dry spiritually? We remember the times of joy and refreshment and wonder what happened? Where did God go? He’s still there, but He’s changing you. Think of your spirit like a sponge. When it absorbs all it can, there’s no more room for anything else. You need to dry out a bit so God can refill you with new revelation. You’ll be able to absorb more after a time of quiet. I think it sometimes gets hard to hear God when He wants us to come closer. We’ve learned what we…
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    Seedbed

  • Threshing Floor Podcast 020: Why Does Atonement Matter?

    Seedbed
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Atonement. What’s atonement? In this episode of The Threshing Floor our hosts answer that question and talk about why atonement matters in our world. We also talk about contextualization and communion and middle eastern food in central Kentucky. Listen: Direct Download iTunes RSS Stitcher
  • Understanding the Fast of Ramadan

    Matthew Friedman
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ramadan is a 30 Day fast that involves abstaining from food, drink, smoking, and sexual relations during daylight hours. Muslims use it as a time to train themselves to flee from lust and other sinful appetites. For many Muslims Ramadan commemorates the coming of the Word of God to Muhammad. If in Christianity the eternal Word of God “became flesh,” it might be said that in Islam the Word “became a book.” There is a sense in which Ramadan is like Christmas, especially since even nominal Muslims become more attune to spiritual things during this season. Watch more in…
  • Why Worship Leaders are the Best Storytellers

    Nathan Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    From the call to arms and the recent cease fire, save a few minor skirmishes, of what is known as the “Worship Wars” within the Evangelical Church one can see that the battlefield has profoundly shaped the ecclesial and ministerial landscape. Perhaps more than any other the office of worship leader has changed the most. This title of “Worship Leader”, if understood as an individual within the ecclesial community, was often times attributed to the pastor, who also prepared the sermon and the overall liturgy of the church. Thus the art presented within the worship gathering would…
  • The Top 5 Things I’ve Learned about Pastoral Ministry from Mixed-Martial Arts

    Drew McIntyre
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many consider Mixed-Martial Arts to be a brutal sport not worthy of a Christian’s attention. But Drew McIntyre, a Methodist minister, insists he’s learned profound insights about pastoral ministry from watching the matches. Here he shares 5 points he’s learned over the years. – I’ve been semi-obsessed with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for years. In fact, outside of Duke basketball, it’s the only sport I follow seriously. MMA, most commonly known through the UFC promotion, is a combat sport which combines various martial arts like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling,…
  • 4 Reasons Why the Poor Mattered to Early Methodism

    Andrew Dragos
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    It is well known that early Methodism was especially concerned for the poor of society. The Methodist revival included field preaching to coalminers and the establishment of schools, employment opportunities, and special banks for the poor. Methodists felt compelled to reach out on a grande scale in ways unique to their movement. There are many reasons why Wesleyan spirituality was oriented toward the under-classes of society. The following are just 4 of those reasons. 1. Sin is the great equalizer—both the wealthy and the poor are affected. The first reason Methodism so emphasized ministry…
 
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  • THE: Turkey Hill Experience (part 2)

    Joshua Rhone
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
  • THE: Turkey Hill Experience

    Joshua Rhone
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
  • 4th of July picnic at Parker Dam

    Joshua Rhone
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
  • [De]hydration issues while running

    Joshua Rhone
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    Recent runs have been plagued by cramps (sometimes quite severe) and side-stitch, among other ills. Last week, in particular, was rough. On Tuesday, June 24th, for example, I decided to hit the trails after sitting through the annual business meeting for the Western Pennsylvania District of the Wesleyan Church. Granted, I’m not in ideal shape and I ran on a whim, without proper fueling and hydration. I was smart enough (or so I thought) to down 48oz of Gatorade before running. A hydration bladder filled with water and a couple of Kind bars, I assumed, would provide any needed fuel and…
  • Quiet

    Joshua Rhone
    29 Jun 2014 | 6:22 pm
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    Intersections4Life

  • The Art of Whimsy and Wonder

    Charles Crutcher
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    This past weekend, I had the joy of spending time with family and friends doing what I love: mosey. Another way to put it is spending time with others. Saturday I spent a beautiful day with great weather that is a bit out of place for July, only experiencing temps in the sixties and seventies in Oklahoma. Under the big captivating sky, me and some friends were among undulating green hills of a golf course. I knew the day was special and would probably never come around just like that again. Some of these friends I have known for several years and some newly acquainted. You know what I love…
  • Finish the Race

    Steve Becker
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Not many people in the USA watch the Tour de France, but I am an exception, I guess. For those that don’t know anything about Le Tour, here is the express overview. The event is 21 days long. All but two or three days, scattered across the 21, the typical day consists of a 100 mile or longer race. The riders push their bodies and minds to do all this in a compact time-frame. Oh, I forgot to mention that the riders typically travel at 25-60 mph and climb and descend mountains along the way. One of the riders that was predicted to be a potential overall winner is Andrew Talansky.
  • Are You Content?

    Charles Crutcher
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Yesterday is a wrinkle on your foreheadYesterday is a promise that you’ve brokenDon’t close your eyes, don’t close your eyesThis is your life and today is all you’ve got nowYeah, and today is all you’ll ever haveDon’t close your eyesDon’t close your eyesThis is your life, are you who you want to be?This is your life, are you who you want to be?This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be?When the world was younger and you had everything to lose-Switchfoot I was listening to this song while working out today and I was hit by a…
  • Kicking and Screaming

    Steve Becker
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I have a confession to make.  There are days when I cannot even imagine my life without Christ.  And then there are the days when He has to drag me down His path kicking and screaming.  I have had quite a few of the latter lately and it has affected my attitude quite a bit. Having a relationship with another person is difficult.  There are disagreements, arguments, laughing and crying and everything else in-between.  Having a relationship with Jesus is even more difficult at times.  Knowing you need to do what He leads you to even though you have absolutely zero desire to do it, well,…
  • 19 Years Later

    Charles Crutcher
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The first time I saw Shannon, I admit my heart skipped a beat. And then she smiled. She lights up a room when she does that! We got married when we were both nineteen. Quite a few folks said we were too young. They could have been right, but nineteen years later, here we still are by God’s grace. In those years, our marriage has been tested. There have been good and challenging years, setbacks, loss, and some tragedy too. It seems in marriage that no one goes unscathed. Some don’t make it. I wish I could tell you the exact formula for a good marriage, but I don’t think there…
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  • The People That Know Their God

    Raymond
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    How much do you know about God and are you sharing what you know with others? The Holy Spirit desires to reveal more of himself to us by “His Written Word”.  Today, Pastor Ron will explain how the more we know about God the stronger we will become with an inspiring message titled, “The People … Continue reading »
  • This Thing Called Grace

    Raymond
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    What does God’s amazing grace mean to you?  His Grace is always sufficient and provides the faith and courage we need to reach our full potential.  Today, Pastor Ron will discuss the enabling power of God’s available Grace that supplies everything we need to live victoriously with an encouraging message titled, “This Thing Called Grace ”. … Continue reading »
  • Issues of the Heart

    Raymond
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Is your heart due for a checkup today? Jesus knows us personally and daily demonstrates his love and compassion towards us. And as a result, we are chosen to show His compassion to others. Today, Pastor Ron will explain the meaning of trusting God to completely develop our heart so that we can become an … Continue reading »
  • Whose Baby Is It?

    Raymond
    9 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    What does God require from parents in training our children? Our primary responsibility is to prepare our sons and daughters to walk according to God’s plan and purpose for their lives. Today, Pastor Ron will discuss the significance of instilling in our children the Word of God so that can become all that God has … Continue reading »
  • Family Issues Bleeding To Death

    Raymond
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Are you tired of the dysfunction and problems in your family and feel enough is enough. God has given you the keys and authority to condemn everything attempting to destroy your family. Today, Pastor Ron will explain how God is the answer to our homes and he as the power to heal anything with an … Continue reading »
 
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    Give Me That Mountain

  • Maybe faith has an added element

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day four...Over thirty years ago, I moved my family from New York State back to Missouri to start a furniture manufacturing business. I risked everything we had to get that business going.
  • The substance of all achievement

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day three...I wonder when man first dreamed of flying. We've come a long ways from the days of attaching men to kites (as did the ancient Chinese) to the days of modern space travel.
  • Covering a life with faith

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day two...I don't know much about finishing metal products, but I have a great deal of experience in finishing products made with wood. Besides having spent over twenty years of my life in furniture manufacturing, I've done quite a bit of interior construction as well. And a white finish, as far as I'm concerned, is the most difficult finish to apply to any piece of wood—whether on a piece of furniture, a set of kitchen cabinets, or any interior millwork.
  • The substance of hope

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day one...“I have lost all faith in humanity!”
  • In conclusion

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Health and Healing. Day eighty-eight...I have given you enough material over the last four months to get you started in your journey toward living in the kind of health that Christ died for you to have.
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • Isaiah 53: Recognizing God

    Zak Schmoll
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    Isaiah 53 is one of the most popular prophetic chapters in the Bible. I am sure that you have heard it a million times, but sometimes I think that we can forget the implications of this type of prophecy. Isa 53:2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. Isa 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isa 53:4  Surely…
  • Isaiah 52: Feeling Our Pain

    Zak Schmoll
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:58 am
    I know that God is love, and I know that His understanding is infinite. However, I have to imagine He has a very difficult job. In Isaiah 52, we hear about the people of God being in captivity, and God hears all of their complaints. Isa 52:5  Now therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed. Isa 52:6  Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I. God certainly…
  • Isaiah 51: The Passage of Time

    Zak Schmoll
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    I think that as Christians we often times forget that while we certainly do live on earth, this is not all there is. There is a salvation that will last forever, and we hear about that in Isaiah 51. Isa 51:4  Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people. Isa 51:5  My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust. Isa 51:6  Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the…
  • Isaiah 50: A Purpose In Life

    Zak Schmoll
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    I know that we have a simple question at the end of Isaiah 50, but I thought it was pretty interesting, so I want to delve into that a little bit. Isa 50:10  Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God. I think that the word order is a little bit complicated in this case, but basically, this is pretty straightforward. Is there anyone who is walking in the darkness? Let him or her trust in God. It isn’t rocket science. Having this walk and relationship…
  • Isaiah 49: God of Forgiveness

    Zak Schmoll
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Isaiah 49 is interesting because when I started reading the chapter, I wasn’t quite sure if the subject was Isaiah himself or Jesus Christ. However, as you move farther in the chapter, you run into this verse which I think puts this beyond doubt. Isa 49:6  And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. I think that this is really a great mission statement that essentially sums up why Jesus…
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    Armchair Theology

  • 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.
  • Are You Reformed?

    Dave
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    “Are you reformed?” I get that question quite a bit as a Baptist attending a Presbyterian seminary (Westminster). It’s a tough question to answer. My answer depends on the context: What does “reformed” mean to the person asking the question? What “Reformed” Used to Mean “Reformed” properly refers to: The theological heritage of John Calvin, the Synod of Dort, and the Westminster Confession A commitment to covenant theology, including pedobaptism Belief in predestination and reprobation (i.e. TULIP, commonly called Calvinism) A…
  • The Gospel In Real Life

    Dave
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:10 am
    I am enjoying the current issue of Themelios. The article Do The Work of an Evangelist by D.A. Carson is truly excellent. It ties closely to the main theme of Armchair Theology so here is an excerpt with my commentary. For some Christians, “the gospel” (equivalently, “the evangel”) is something you preach only to unconverted people. The gospel merely tips people into the kingdom; transformation and sanctification are sustained by discipleship. Once people become Christians, then the work of life transformation begins, often buttressed by various discipleship seminars: “Biblical…
  • Free EBook: Is Jesus in the Old Testament?

    Dave
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:57 am
    Here’s a quick note that Iain Duguid’s ebook Is Jesus in the Old Testament? is available for free download on the Westminster Bookstore website to help promote a sale on three of his commentaries. If you scroll down you’ll also see deals on other books he wrote about finding the gospel in the Beatitudes and the lives of the patriarchs.
  • Getting Holiness Right

    Dave
    20 May 2014 | 4:50 pm
    This is a follow-on to the previous post You’re Doing Holiness Wrong about the debate surrounding Tulian Tchividjian about living a holy life. That post presented the history of the discussion. This is my take on the matter. Tchividjian’s Critics Are Missing His Point It seems to me that some of Tchividjian’s critics believe he is teaching that obedience is unnecessary since Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us. That’s not the case. Tchividjian’s point is this: We should obey God. The way we get the strength to obey God is by reflecting on the amazing…
 
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    Seeing Invisible

  • How Much is Enough? Minimalism and the Christian Faith

    Blake Mankin
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Meagan and I are getting ready to move across town–closer to work, friends, and the place our church meets. Even though we currently live in a garage, getting ready to pack up for a move has its way of surprising us with how much stuff we have. I realized recently I had far too many pairs of underwear, and sometimes I just have to wonder, “Do I really need all of these books?” Yes, excess can live even in a relatively small space. The idea of shedding excess is a growing ideal all around us. “Simplicity” and “minimalism” are words used in increasing…
  • Marriage After One Year

    Blake Mankin
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    It’s now been more than a year since I married the most incredible woman in the world. May 25, 2013, Meagan walked down the aisle towards me and we started our life together as husband and wife. It’s been a thrilling ride, full of laughter, adventure, sanctification, and daily lessons in dying to ourselves. As we continue to put one foot in front of the other, we continue to find each step brings a new, beautiful view. I’ve learned a lot with Meagan by my side. I’ve learned lessons about relating to others, like how undivided attention is one of the greatest gifts you…
  • I’m a “Professional Christian” and Sometimes God Feels Far Away

    Blake Mankin
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    I work for an evangelical Christian nonprofit organization, and sometimes God feels far away. There, I said it. Sometimes God feels far away. We all have seasons where this is true, but for those of us getting our paychecks “doing the Lord’s work,” saying we’re in a spiritual desert can have an added twinge of guilt to it. It can feel like we’re talking behind our Boss’s back and we might get in trouble–even fired. The truth, however, is that we won’t. Being honest about where we are in our relationship with God can be magnetic rather than…
  • Does My Suffering Have Meaning?

    Blake Mankin
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    Viktor Frankl was a neurologist and psychiatrist. He was also a Holocaust survivor. He endured the pain and torture of life in the concentration camps, experiencing brutality like none of us can imagine. Through this experience, he was able to observe how humanity processes and reacts to suffering and finds meaning in the midst of horrific circumstances. In the 1940s, Viktor Frankl published a book about his experiences as a prisoner, Man’s Search for Meaning (af. link) In the book, he documents how guards and other prisoners processed and created their environments. He also…
  • Don’t Go: Stay and Make Disciples

    Blake Mankin
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:20 am
    Let me encourage you, friend. You don’t have to go somewhere exotic or try something new in order to live a radical or meaningful life. In fact, sometimes the most radical thing you may be called to do is stay right where you are right now. With these people. In this place. At this time. Read this again and see what happens: Stay right where you are right now. How does that make you feel? Does it create anxiety or relief? Why? What if you miss out on new experiences? What if you end up living a boring life void of new people and places? What if you’re wrong and it’s not…
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • Alanna J. Wall: Founder of “Polished Girlz”

    virtuousgirls1
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Visit Alanna online at: www.polishedgirlz.org Twitter: @polishedgirlz | Facebook Meet Alanna J. Wall. Born in 2000, Alanna truly is a new millennium girl. She is the founder of “Polished Girlz”. Alanna wanted to combine her love of drawing and nail design for different projects, but was told she was too young to volunteer. Nevertheless, Alanna’s […]
  • Women of the Word: Reuel’s Seven Daughters

    virtuousgirls1
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    In Exodus chapter 2, we read of seven sisters who are at a desert well trying to get water. These sisters were the daughters of Reuel, priest of Midian. Unfortunately for them, some mean shepherds were also at the well hindering the seven sisters from getting what they had come for. Luckily for them, Moses […]
  • Having Confidence In Christ’s Return

    virtuousgirls1
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Matthew 24:36 tells us, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” The Bible is clear in telling us that no man knows when Jesus Christ will return. Despite this clarity, there are many who still predict the dates of when they believe He […]
  • One Day

    virtuousgirls1
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    One day, a little child will be able to have a wolf or a leopard or a lion or a bear for a pet. (Isaiah 11:6-9) The wolf will romp with the lamb, the leopard sleep with the kid. Calf and lion will eat from the same trough, and a little child will tend them. Cow and […]
  • Heeeeeeeeere’s Tasha! Cover for the 4th Book In the Girls of Virtue Series

    virtuousgirls1
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    V-GIRL: GIRLS OF VIRTUE SERIES BOOK FOUR – TASHA A fiction series for girls combining fun, fashion, friends, and faith, based on the book, The Virtuous Girl. We’re almost finished writing on the fourth Girls of Virtue Series character. Her name is Tasha Lu Solara. She is fourteen-years-old from Hacienda Heights, California. She loves dance […]
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • 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 […]
  • Lead By Example

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:11 am
    Quite often we fail to realize that the eyes of the kids in our children’s ministry are constantly glued on us and on what we do. For those whose parents are not saved we can be the only example they have of how a believer should act. This raises a question that we should all […]
  • Shout Out!

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    20 Jun 2014 | 11:17 am
    Check out Meaningful Mamas site where she shares her 100 best bible crafts from around the web. A few from Crafting The Word Of God were lucky enough to be included. Check it out! You can also enter for a chance to win $500 Filed under: Updates Tagged: best crafts, bible crafts, crafting the word […]
  • Burning Bush Sun Catcher

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:37 am
    A really cute craft for the story of Moses and the burning bush. Instructions Print the template onto card stock. (Template) Glue the template sheet to the back of a sheet of black construction paper. Cut out all of the white from the template. You will be left with the burning bush border shape. Place […]
 
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    Renewed Daily

  • Just Keep Going

    Renewed Daily
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    **(My family and I are getting ready for our first ever family vacation this week! In order to have time to pack, rest up, plan and enjoy this time, I'm pulling some of the most popular posts from my blog and re-posting. Hope you don't mind.)** Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. - Romans 12:12 When I first became very ill, the constant running theme in my life was “I don't know how to do this!” And I didn't. It was true. I didn't know how to be sick. I didn't know how to not feel guilty about all that I couldn't do for my family. I didn't know how…
  • Acceptance is Not Surrender

    Renewed Daily
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    **(My family and I are getting ready for our first ever family vacation this week! In order to have time to pack, rest up, plan and enjoy this time, I'm pulling some of the most popular posts from my blog and re-posting. Hope you don't mind.)** For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 One of our most difficult…
  • Overwhelm Me… A Prayer

    Renewed Daily
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    **(My family and I are getting ready for our first ever family vacation this week! In order to have time to pack, rest up, plan and enjoy this time, I'm pulling some of the most popular posts from my blog and re-posting. Hope you don't mind.)** Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles. - Psalm 55:2 Overwhelm me, Lord. Overwhelm me completely. Cast your shadow of mercy over me until it seems as shady as a cave. Wrestle me to the ground and pry my grasping fingers from my cares. Swamp me with your lovingkindness as I lean here on a cypress knee. Fill me to overflowing…
  • Fruit of the Spirit

    Renewed Daily
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    **(My family and I are getting ready for our first ever family vacation next week! In order to have time to pack, rest up, plan and enjoy this time, I'm pulling some of the most popular posts from my blog and re-posting. Hope you don't mind.)** But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! – Galatians 5:22-23 This morning I woke from a dream of my old life.  This happens every once in a while, and it always leaves me feeling restless and a little…
  • Sunday Scripture: 7/20/14

    Renewed Daily
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. - 2 Corinthians 4:7 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: 7/20/14 appeared first on Renewed Daily.written by Renewed Daily
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • Will God Forgive Someone Who Praises the Devil?

    kristinemac
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    Do you want to know what saddens me? People who believe (fear) that whatever they (or someone they know/love) have done (or even may still be doing) cannot be forgiven by God. How is it possible... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is A Paranormal Experience?

    kristinemac
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Here is a question I have noticed this evening:  "What is a paranormal experience?" Techenically speaking (and according to a dictionary definition) a "paranormal experience... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Known. Valued. Loved

    kristinemac
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    When it comes to spiritual warfare it is important to know your identity. As Christians, we walk day by day in relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are part of God's kingdom as His... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Saturday Evening Post (Not the REAL One!)

    kristinemac
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Today is Saturday. A Saturday which is pushing past the boundaries of mid-July which means AUGUST is not far behind. August. Where did the time go? But speaking of August, I would like to announce... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Life Tips with Kristine: Jesus Wants Us To Have Some Popcorn

    kristinemac
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:27 pm
    So, my daughter and I took a quick trip to the Walgreens earlier today.  Our mission: POPCORN. Our budget: A handful of silver coins. Yes. That's right. Pretty much all I had in my purse. As... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Movie Parables

  • 3 Days to Kill (2014)

    Michael Elliott
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott Ethan Renner has a lot on his plate. He is an accomplished CIA assassin on one last seemingly impossible mission before retirement. He is estranged from his family but trying to rebuild a relationship with his teenaged daughter. And he is dying of a rare and incurable disease. It will come to no surprise to parents that it is the middle issue that is giving him the most trouble. When Renner (Kevin Costner) discovers that he has limited time left on this earth, he tries to start putting his affairs in order. It isn’t going to be an easy task. Mainly because…
  • Prisoners (2013)

    Michael Elliott
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:55 am
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott What is a father to do? In Prisoners, two girls disappear from their homes and the only suspect is a young man whose camper van was spotted in the vicinity. When the police are unable to hold or charge him with anything due to a lack of physical evidence, the father of one of the girls decides to take matters into his own hands. Hugh Jackman stars as Keller Dover, a working class man who is driven to desperation after the investigation into his daughter’s disappearance hits a dead end. Keller remains convinced of the guilt of Alex Jones (Paul Dano), a…
  • The Nut Job (2014)

    Michael Elliott
    28 May 2014 | 1:17 pm
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott The animated children’s movie, The Nut Job, may be interesting to look at but it is sadly uninteresting to watch. The artwork is great, the vocal talent is competent, but the story is pedestrian at best. Surly Squirrel (voice by Will Arnett) is a resourceful, adventurous non-hero type whose main interest in life is looking out for number one – himself. He lives in a park that is home to an odd assortment of animals that have all agreed to form a collective in order to have a better chance of surviving the coming winter. Based on the food supply…
  • Her (2013)

    Michael Elliott
    24 May 2014 | 6:20 pm
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott Her, the latest film from the imaginative mind of Spike Jonze, is not just another love story. It is a sad and telling commentary on loneliness, isolation, and the false comfort we derive from an overdependence on technology. Set in an undisclosed future that cannot be too distant from us, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a professional letter writer for people who can’t be bothered to take the time to be intimate but still want to keep up the appearance of intimacy. Moping around after a painful divorce, Theodore is one of the first to try out a new computer…
  • I, Frankenstein (2014)

    Michael Elliott
    24 May 2014 | 5:30 am
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott In I, Frankenstein, an unlikely hero joins the eternal battle between good and evil. Frankenstein’s monster, doomed by his creator to wander the earth in a solitary existence, finds himself to be the key to both mankind’s survival and its total annihilation. It has been 200 years since the monster (Aaron Eckhart) buried the grieving doctor who had foolishly pursued his creation into the frozen tundra following the murder of his wife. Since then the world has changed greatly. The one thing that remains unchanged is the unending struggle that is invisible…
 
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    Thoughtful

  • 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
  • Grumpy Old Men: Mad About Hypocrisy (Video)

    11 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    It's been a while since I've shared a sermon with you, and it's been a while since I've listened to one from my alma mater, so I knew it was time to find something worth listening to and worth sharing. I was pleased to find one about David, since I've been reading so much about him lately.  (You can see my posts about that here and here.)  This is a great look at David, Bathsheba, and Nathan.  
  • Discussion: Demons

    11 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Do demons exist? I recently started reading a book about a particular man's journey in learning about the existence of demons and spiritual warfare.  I was surprised that the man had been the minister of a church that regularly had healings take place and many other miracles, but he solidly did not believe in the real existence of the devil or demons. I have a hard time with the idea that
  • The Lord Looks at the Heart

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I've been reading a lot about the life of David lately. First, I read a historical fiction book about Michael, and right after I finished that one, I read two more books from the same author, one about Abigail and one about Bathsheba. While I realize that much of it is conjecture, it brought me into the life of David in a unique way, through the minds of his wives.  I suggest you read all
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  • Salsa Church

    Karen Woodall
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    It’s been beautiful at our house this summer.  Hot days, warm nights and just enough rain. For a backyard gardener like me, that means ripe garden tomatoes, crisp bell peppers, hot jalapenos and habaneros, and fresh onions are stacked on the counter in our kitchen. That can only mean one thing… Salsa time! So recently, […]
  • Preparing for the Unknown: 4 Lessons from Joshua

    Karen Woodall
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    My favorite teacher in elementary school was Ms. Sharon. She sported a cool shag haircut and large tortoise shell framed glasses. Almost every day she would wear one of her many a mod-print mini dresses along with tan go-go boots. That may seem a little over the top, but it was 1972, so she was right […]
  • Broken Down, but Not Stuck

    Karen Woodall
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    My family just returned from a trip to North Carolina to visit my parents, where we had a wonderful time cooking out and playing at their lake house to celebrate the the Fourth of July. The weather was nearly perfect. Sunny and just hot enough to remind us that it was summer. But thanks to uncharacteristically low humidity and light breezes (courtesy […]
  • Taking Sides

    Karen Woodall
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    I was recently involved in a discussion about shrinking religious liberties in America. Near the end of the conversation, my friend solidified his position by confidently proclaiming that “If we keep working hard and stand strong, we WILL WIN because God is on our side.” “God is on our side…’ . hummmmm I’m pretty sure […]
  • Liberated

    Karen
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:31 am
    Janez Rus was a young shoemaker in Germany in 1945. Hoping to make connections and gain some notoriety for himself, he participated in several pro-Nazi rallies. But when the government fell at the end of World War II, he realized he had chosen the wrong side. Fearing that the Allied troops would label him a […]
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    Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times

  • Why God Made Rats: Loving the Unlovable

    Martin
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Why rats remind me of the need to accept people as they are. There are rats in the alley behind my house… rats and cats. Ugly, gray rats often scurry in and out of a narrow gap between the walls of two of the yards behind me. One day, I saw a cute, little kitten [...] The post Why God Made Rats: Loving the Unlovable appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
  • Mid-2014 Ministry Update

    Martin
    31 May 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Early this year, I collected and reviewed the data from my book sales, blog views, and social media follow/unfollow rates. I could only conclude that as things stand now, I have no lasting future as a Christian author and blogger. This doesn’t mean I plan to stop blogging altogether. However, it does mean that among [...] The post Mid-2014 Ministry Update appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
  • How the Idolatry of Celebrity Worship Has Infiltrated Christianity

    Martin
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    …And What We Can Do About It American Idol stage, image courtesy hyku@Flickr (CC-SA) In some ways, the show American Idol is emblematic of our pop culture “religion.” The judges are like wealthy entertainment moguls and promoters who decide what people to hire and promote as celebrities. They are the “gods” of our culture. The [...] The post How the Idolatry of Celebrity Worship Has Infiltrated Christianity appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
  • How Ancient Civilizations Avoided Collapse

    Martin
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:11 am
    Agrigento, Ancient and Modern Many ancient civilizations were able to endure for over 500 years, or in some cases more than 1,000 years. Even though we consider ourselves to be far more advanced, we are in some ways at the tribal stage of development the way we’re divided among ourselves. In fact, the very fabric [...] The post How Ancient Civilizations Avoided Collapse appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
  • A Prayer Walk in the Rain

    Martin
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:02 pm
    image courtesy Chobonaut I went for a walk in the rain today. I walked farther than I had planned because I was enjoying a fruitful time of prayer. Have you ever felt like God was looking down at you in approval of something you were doing for His sake? It’s a wonderful feeling, isn’t it? [...] The post A Prayer Walk in the Rain appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
 
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  • How to Live the Good Life

    Beth Nicoletto
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here, come sit at my table. Drink some Wild West tea I snatched from my trip to Montana and let’s kick off our shoes. The lights are dimmed, the baby is asleep and I’ve got time. Time to sit with you, with our shoes off and tea steeped. The question for the night is, how can one live the good life? Great question. One that could bring 6 billion different answers, one unique to each individual on this planet. An answer that guides and directs our steps, our purposes, our moments. One that some people search for their whole lives. I sit across from you and simply share that I believe to…
  • When God Is With Us – Part One

    Melissa Danisi
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know it’s not Christmas, but I can’t stop thinking about those 3 words:  God with us. Immanuel Christ incarnate God leaving his holy dwelling, putting on flesh, to dwell among us, to enter in to our mess, our need. Unlike any other religion, Christianity has a God that is both transcendent and immanent.  He is beyond our understanding, beyond our finite thinking, and yet intimately involved in every detail, and with us in every part of our life. Sometimes, when I set out on my daily walk, I put my headphones in and I press play on my bible app to Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the…
  • How to Be the Church We Were Meant to Be

    Molly DeFrank
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Southern California June drizzle declared war on my frizzy hair. I sat with three other fourteen-year-old retreat-goers, and we eyed the straws and gumdrops before us. In our freshman awkwardness, we tried to look more bored than the person next to us (bored=cool when you’re 14). We waited for the middle-aged church lady to give us instructions. “Each group will use the gumdrops and straws to build a church. The group that builds the largest church will win a prize,” The woman announced as she held up four Snickers bars. “You have ten minutes. Get started.” Eight separate groups…
  • The “Other Brother” and God’s Grace for the Self-Righteous

    Christina Machuca
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Once in a while, I make myself enjoy a Saturday that involves zero makeup and yoga pants. This was one of those Saturdays. I was lying on the couch enjoying my third Netflix movie, my sister was sick with a cold upstairs, and the doorbell rang. On the other side of the door stood my sister’s boyfriend with soup in one hand and roses in the other. For me? No, no, for my sister who my family often refers to as the “prodigal daughter.” I thanked him and took his offerings to my sister, as she refused to see him in her state of sickness. As I walked up the stairs to give her the delivery I…
  • Why I Don’t Want Christian Kids

    Michele Slayden
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The transition into the role of motherhood was not any easy one for me. To be quite honest, I remember feeling panicked and overwhelmed that I was responsible for this little life. The “honeymoon” phase of motherhood was short-lived for me in those first weeks. Since the age of twelve, I babysat, changed diapers, fed spoonfuls of glorified orange and green slime to unsuspecting babies, been pooped on, thrown up on, played dress-up, and sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” a dozen times. The job offered the assurance of a declared beginning, end, and dollar amount confirming I had worked…
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • What People Use the Internet For

    Jonathan
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:07 pm
    When we saw that Americans spend most of their online time in social networking and emailing—according to an online survey by GfK and the Interactive Advertising Bureau—we thought it may be helpful to remind you of the many places you can encounter Bible Gateway’s daily Internet content. The study says the average American interacts with websites like Facebook and Twitter for 37 minutes each day. The daily average for email activities is 29 minutes, while search and watching online video tie for an average each of 23 minutes a day. Since almost half of all American adults…
  • What They’re Saying About the New Bible Gateway on Twitter

    Andy
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:10 pm
    We’ve been very pleased with the feedback we’ve gotten so far about the new Bible Gateway. Many of you are finding the new site easier to use and navigate. And even feedback pointing out problems with the new site has helped us to make some useful tweaks and improvements. Many Bible Gateway fans on Twitter have been talking about the new site… and they like what they see! Here’s a sampling of Twitter praise for the new Bible Gateway. Thanks to everyone who’s sharing their love for Bible Gateway online! My review of the new @biblegateway. The premier Bible website…
  • The Life-Enriching Benefit of a Phrase: An Interview with Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

    Jonathan
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:53 am
    Aside from concentrating on entire books of the Bible or chapters or even verses, sometimes brief, simple phrases can do the most to inspire and draw a reader closer to God. Bible Gateway interviewed Marilyn Chandler McEntyre (@marilynmcentyre) about her book, What’s in a Phrase?: Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014). You write, “Phrases have lives of their own.” What do you mean? Ms. McEntyre: While a sentence leaves us with a declaration or proposition or question to consider, a phrase doesn’t declare or propose, but drops into our…
  • We’re Listening! Answers to Common Questions About the New Bible Gateway

    Andy
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:31 am
    Since we started rolling out the new Bible Gateway website this week, we’ve received many comments and questions from users. (Please keep that feedback coming!) We’ve noticed that some issues are coming up more frequently than others. Here are five of the most common questions and issues we’re hearing about the new website, and what we’ve done to respond to them. 1. What happened to the various options on Bible passage pages–audio, parallel view, text display options, etc.? All of these options are still present, but many users reported trouble locating them. To make…
  • Get More Out of Your Bible Reading: Five Things to Try at the New Bible Gateway

    Andy
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:36 pm
    So, you’ve seen the new Bible Gateway, either at BibleGateway.com (where it’s being rolled out gradually this week) or at the beta website. You’ve probably realized by now that the basic stuff—searching Scripture and reading Bible passages—works more or less like it always has. Many Bible Gateway visitors use the site to look up Bible verses and little else. And that’s great! But Bible Gateway can do a lot more than just display Bible verses. Here are five simple things you can do at the new Bible Gateway to move beyond “just” looking up Bible…
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • #JustIntrovertThings

    Caleb Smith
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    If you didn’t know this already, I’m a bit of an introvert. And I, like my introvert pals, sometimes do things that don’t make sense to other people. Socially unusual things. They are easy to misinterpret. I’m pretty sure people frequently get the wrong idea. So here’s a basic guide to weird things we do. I’ll phrase them in first person since some I’m not sure if they are just me or many introverts like me. When I don’t smile when passing you by, it usually says nothing about my mood or feelings about you. In fact, quite often it means…
  • Quick Thoughts on Children

    Clark Ingram
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:49 pm
    As Caleb awaits the birth of his child, I thought I’d rudely offer my unasked-for advice. The process of rearing children seems to me, an unmarried, unsexed, needless to say, un-patriarchal individual, much simpler than parents often admit. It isn’t necessarily that they won’t admit that the process is simple as though out of self-interest; hoping to appear more haggard and experienced then they are, rather they themselves are unaware. Let me be clear, when I say that the process is simple, I do not mean to say what the parent will feel during the process. It may feel hard…
  • How to Not Take Bible Verses Out of Context

    Caleb Smith
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Context. Possibly the most important word in Biblical interpretation. Nearly anything in the Bible, if ripped from its proper context, can be used wrongly or just be perplexing. Imagine, for example, Elijah’s instructions to the rich leper Naaman being used to tell someone how to treat skin cancer. “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” Obviously, if you take into account the context of Elijah telling Naaman how God will heal him of leprosy, then you realize this has no relevance to how you should deal with…
  • Bible Interpretation: Don’t Wander Alone

    Caleb Smith
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    “That’s just your interpretation.” How many times have you heard those infamous words? Any time you disagree with certain people over what the Bible teaches, you will hear this. And while your initial reaction may be frustration or condescension, it does raise a legitimate question. When different people disagree on the meaning of Scripture, at least some of them are wrong. These even applies when people interpret the Bible in the same general way. So for some beliefs, that really is just “your” interpretation. Of course, this isn’t the meaning behind most…
  • Greet ‘em All: The Introvert’s Worst Bible Verse

    Caleb Smith
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:20 am
    And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same? Matthew 5:47 Just sayin’, as an introvert this verse pretty well stinks. I mean, really. If there’s anything we’re bad at, it’s greeting people. And if there’s anyone we’re uncomfortable greeting, it’s people we’re not already friends with. Yet this goes along in Scripture with Jesus saying “Love your enemies” and all that jazz. So if we’re going to take Him seriously on that, we also need to take Him seriously on…
 
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    Nomadic Ministry

  • The Deaths of Innocents

    Kyle
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Since the beginning of the current Israeli and Palestinian conflict there have been a number of civilians who have lost their lives to a number of different sources. As Christians we see these actions as reprehensible. Any act that takes the life away from a fellow human is seen as evil for as Christ told us we need to turn the other cheek. Though the loss of life in battle by a noncombatant is tragic the society we live in and the way wars have been waged since the beginning of time have made it such. Back in biblical times there was really no distinction between combatant and civilian. God…
  • The Seventh Seal: The Culmination of History

    Kyle
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week brings us to the end of our look at the Seals of Revelation. We find the last seal in Revelation 8:1-6. This is where we see the overview of history transition into the tribulation period we know as Daniel’s 70th week. Revelation 8:1-6 states, “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar having a golden censer, and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer with the…
  • Sola Scriptura

    Kyle
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Without the New or Old Testaments we would have nary an idea of what occurred during the creation of the universe, the workings of God through His chosen people, nor the life of our Messiah, Jesus. Most Christians will tell you that everything in the Bible is the inspired word of God and that it is clearly infallible to a tee, because of this they believe it should be Scripture alone that governs our lives, or Sola Scriptura. The problem with this is that it presupposes us to blindly accept what we are told even if our conscience or common sense tells us otherwise.    Contrary to popular…
  • They Thought Jesus Was Crazy Too

    Kyle
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    The man we call our Lord and Messiah lived under first century Roman rule in Judea and Samaria. During that time the religious elite included the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes. You usually belonged to one of the three groups and followed their ideology faithfully, not unlike a Christian picking a denomination today. Today we see everything our Lord did as sane and for the good of the people, but imagine what this would have looked like two thousand years ago.    For all everyone knew Jesus was the son of Mary and Joseph. As the son of a carpenter, mason, or whatever Joseph truly was…
  • Tomorrow is Never Promised, So Stop Worrying About It

    Kyle
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    I am the type of person who always like to think ahead. I try to see myself in grandiose situations in which I am doing amazing things. Sometime though I think I get ahead of where God wants me to be in this life. Regrettably, I sometimes spend more time focusing on future plans that working for the Kingdom today.    It is no secret that I do not want to live an ordinary life. From a young age I have felt a deep connection to God that has brought me to great realization as well as fantastic dreams. The problem with me is that I am always looking for those dreams to be realized in this…
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    Do You Really Believe.com

  • 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…
  • Do you wonder if the Bible is real?

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I recently asked this question to a group of people and many responded that it’s hard to understand the difference in the Old Testament (the beginning) and the New Testament (the life of Jesus).  In general, everyone believed that it is a real book based on facts. This issue between the old and new is that the old is about a God that seemed to zap people and the new is about a loving God.  One person gave an illustration about when your kids are little, you simply punish them when they do something wrong without any explanation.  An example is when a 2-year-old child grabs at a…
  • I am so confused! Do you feel like you do not hear anyone or they cannot hear you? Complete silence?

    admin
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I have been “friends” with many people.  Some have been acquaintances, long time friends or family.  I have seen people turn out to be not who you think they are.  Also, I have thought that I have heard people loud and clear just to find out that I didn’t understand a word they said.  All in all, it seems to be a daily battle to figure out others.  I can see why some choose to be alone due to not communicating correctly. This aloneness is with people you can see and with a God you do not see.  Sometimes you can be with people all around you and yet you are at the peak of…
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    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.
  • Is God at Work?

    Sharon R Hoover
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    “Where have you seen God working lately?” Our pastor asked. I glanced over at a smudge on the wall to avoid his eyes. I could not think of a “lately” example. How can that be?? Everything that I believe about God declares that He is alive and active! I’ve come to the humble realization that it […] The post Is God at Work? appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Prayer for Global Needs (infographic)

    Sharon R Hoover
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    I long for world peace. Really. I’m not a beauty contestant trying for the “right” answer (except for that one Junior Miss event in high school… but we won’t talk about that right now!). I’m not writing an essay for college admission. I truly long for our world to be at peace. Most times, however, I […] The post Prayer for Global Needs (infographic) appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
 
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    Brad Andres

  • HisNameHigh with the Genesis of Grace

    Brad Andres
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Editors Note: This is a guest post by HisNameHigh (HNH) Ministries. HNH Ministries exists to further the gospel of Christ using a three-fold approach being motivated by the very Person of Love. They say “the only story worth telling, the only song worth singing, and the only life worth living is the one that is lifting His Name High.” You can connect with HNH ministries on Facebook. In the beginning, HisNameHigh started as a group of young, passionate, teenaged Jesus followers who heard the call to compose and lead worship in the early 2000s. Following several years of touring,…
  • Why Saying “Don’t Be So Heavenly Minded That You’re No Earthly Good” May Not Be Good Thing

    Brad Andres
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Besides poor grammar, “don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good” communicates that thinking about heaven and living in anticipation of arriving at heaven is a negative thing. As with any group of words, the context in which these words are given help determine the actual meaning. The context which this phrase normally appears in is something similar to the following: A new believer decides he is not going to hang out with his old friends. He makes this choice even though he has not yet told them about their decision to follow Christ. Then,…
  • Adultery and The Great Misunderstanding of Following Christ

    Brad Andres
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’ve discussed what the state of Pornography reveals about American Culture. Pornographic materials are easier to find online now than they ever have been before. But, this isn’t the only online danger lurking around. In the recent years, the popularity of online dating websites has risen to a high level. Even for Christians, there are online websites dedicated to helping you find the right match, assisting you in finding God’s partner for your life. Among these websites are Christian Mingle and eHarmony. However, there seems to be another website where supposed believers…
  • The Slender Man Stabbing and Childlike Faith: What Should We Learn From This?

    Brad Andres
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:25 am
    Two 12-year-old girls plotted to kill one of their friends for several months. They invited her to a sleepover and planned to kill her the next morning at a public park. These two girls thought through the fact that the bathroom in the park had a drain. This would provide them a way to clean up the blood, they reasoned together. By divine providence, the murder didn’t unfold as planned, but unfortunately, the victim of this sinister plot was stabbed 19 times with a five-inch blade. Fortunately, as nothing short than miraculous protection from God, the victim is alive and in stable…
  • How God Shows Heaven Is For Real

    Brad Andres
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Jesus was talking to his disciples over dinner. These people have spent the past three years with Jesus. They’ve seen him do some amazing things, like raise people from the dead, heal paralyzed people, see people healed of leprosy, and see five loaves of bread and a couple fish multiply itself to feed thousands of people. Consequently, when Jesus spoke, these people listened. So Jesus starts to tell them one of the most radical thoughts he has had yet. Jesus explains that he is going to die, then he is going to rise up from the dead three days later. Shock fills the room… So Jesus…
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  • Fear Doesn’t Win

    Chris McAlister
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:51 pm
    When you feel frustrated that others don’t understand your path.. When you feel stuck… Fear doesn’t win: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGDo6GfRoUM  
  • Create Or Comply

    Chris McAlister
    23 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Your daily choice is to create or comply. Robot kingdoms abound. Pharaoh always needs more slaves for his pyramids. The Tower of Babel needs more bricklayers. I remember one winter selling sugar glazed hams. While I took orders and sold sweetened pork the boss and his family went snow skiing. I was a robot in their kingdom. Your identity is something to be received… BUT Your mission is something to be achieved. And you’re way more empowered in the pursuit of that achievement than you’ve ever considered. Do you want to be free in building kingdoms built on compliance? Of…
  • Why I’m Not Writing To You More Right Now. (A Tease)

    Chris McAlister
    20 May 2014 | 3:20 pm
    After the last few emails I’ve sent, I had a few folks ask me for more frequent writings. I’d love to do that, but couldn’t at the time. Here’s why:Sometimes I get paid thousands of dollars to present content and I wanted more people to get that content (even if they didn’t have thousands of dollars to pay me for it). So I’ve been recording videos, making downloadable guides and getting ready to share that with as many people as possible. I’m probably going to end up giving a 90% discount on this content. It’s coming soon. So yeah, more frequent…
  • An Event I’m Honored to Host

    Chris McAlister
    9 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Years ago I was stuck… …and like all great struggles, I had to turn to both myself and to the help of others to get UNSTUCK. Ben Arment’s Dream Year was one of the “others” that gave me the steps to get out of my own way. Ben has publicly and privately given so much direction to what SightShift has and will become. To say “I owe him” is an understatement. With that backstory, you can appreciate why I was so excited when Ben asked me to host Dream Year Pitch Nights in Columbus. Ben has worked with a LOAD of folks. He has helped them personally and in…
  • Tips for Talking To Your Teens

    Adam Lehman
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    *Hi, I’m Adam. Chris asked me to hijack his blog and write something meaningful about connecting with teenagers. This is my best attempt. I’d love to hear your thoughts over on Facebook. Listening to teenagers, one thing became painfully clear to me: teenagers rarely feel free to be themselves around adults. Now I have a theory for this… Most of the adults in their lives have communicated that they’ll be most celebrated when they perform well. This counterfeit of “performance based love” is confused with unconditional love. Teachers celebrate the highest…
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • How Star Trek: The Next Generation Taught Me to Live Life On Purpose

    Steve Bremner
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    I started writing this article for Medium.com nearly a year ago but never got around to posting it. When I decided to publish it on my blog, I was going to split it into two parts, but decided to leave it as it is. It's long, so I hope you have your cup of coffee handy, but if you're a sci-fi nerd like me you'll still appreciate the thoughts put forth. When I was a pre-adolescent, I looked forward to watching brand new episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Friday nights at 10pm on our local [Continue reading...]
  • My First Thoughts About Kindle Unlimited

    Steve Bremner
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    You'll have to forgive me for yet another post about Amazon Kindle in quick succession. I've been working on some other updates and more theological posts about disciple-making for my blog which I'll get around to this week. With the timing of the new Kindle Unlimited service, I couldn't resist the urge to post real quick about it and then get back to my other planned writings. I found out about it on Thursday as a rumour, but then on Friday they actually launched it. For those visiting my [Continue reading...]
  • KDP Free Days vs. KDP Countdown Deals

    Steve Bremner
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
    This post is written specifically for other authors who've written Kindle books or are planning on it. I've written previously why many authors make their books exclusive to the Amazon platform, specifically for the promotion benefits Amazon gives authors who are enrolled in KDP Select for 90 day intervals. When enrolled in KDP Select, an author has the opportunity to do one of two promotions during that ninety day period; either a free promotion up to 5 days in length or broken up into parts [Continue reading...]
  • Why Your Favorite Indie Authors only Publish on Amazon

    Steve Bremner
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    From time to time, I get asked why my books aren't available on the Kobo/Nook/iPad, or [insert your non-Kindle e-reader of choice]. The simple answer? The vast majority of e-book readers use a Kindle device (like 55% of the market). The other 45% is divided over the e-reader options. I would sincerely love to accommodate those who encourage me and like my writing but simply have another preferred device for reading ebooks. Unfortunately, most of the other companies are NOT user-friendly [Continue reading...]
  • Church as Community | Podcast with Michael Dow

    Steve Bremner
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:52 pm
    This week I was privileged to finally have Michael Dow on the show. He has spent his entire saved life in a few different types of ministries, one of which was a missional community called King's People in Charlotte, N.C. He now is apprenticing with Daniel Kolenda, of Christ For All Nations, doing massive crusade evangelism around the world. Shortly after having published the podcast interview/discussion I had with Eric Gilmour back in January, Eric sent me a message out of the blue suggesting [Continue reading...]
 
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    Only|Ordinary

  • Do You Remember what Church is Supposed to Be?

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Do you remember? How Church is supposed to be and what it is supposed to do? Have the light shows and fog machines clouded our minds? Maybe this will help: We are the Church The post Do You Remember what Church is Supposed to Be? appeared first on Only|Ordinary.
  • Are we changing church to attract people…too much?

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Is Your Church Relevant? I found a post on ChurcLeaders that was about trying to be relevant to young adults. You can read the article here.  Basically the author states that what a young adult wants in their 20’s is different than what they want in their 30’s. So the question needs to be asked why are we changing our churches to attract young adults in their 20’s only to loose them because they don’t like the church of their 20’s in their 30’s. Church is supposed to be where people gather with God at the center…not our wants, styles, culture. The post Are we changing church to…
  • Unconventional Leadership Lesson Number 14: Watcha gonna do now PL?

    admin
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:52 am
    Watcha gonna do now PL? IF you have ever been to Ranger School that is a question you have probably  heard a lot.   It is usually asked about the time the stuff just hit the fan and the plan you had has gone out the window and you as the Leader are standing there like a deer in the headlights, possibly mumbling to yourself…saying don’t cry, don’t cry… The question is mean to find out what you are going to do with the mess you just found yourself in. Unconventional Leaders are able to answer that question 99% of the time.  They may have to take a knee and a deep breath, think a…
  • What if Churches had to follow Truth in Advertising Laws?

    admin
    17 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    What if Churches had to Follow Truth in Advertising Laws like businesses do? What do you think a church add would look like or sound like?   Here a a few church commercials you can watch     This is what your church looks like to first timers:     This is what Christians sound like to those that don’t go to church.   Here is a commercial if churches had to follow Truth in Advertising Laws.     Here is the best T-Shirt ever                         The truth is that there are no perfect…
  • Unconventional Leadership Lesson Number 13: Three Things Unconventional Leaders do that Conventional Leaders don’t.

    admin
    4 May 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Three things Unconventional Leaders do that Conventional Leaders do not: Eat Right Sleep Right Exercise   There are tons of books that tell you all of this, but unconventional leaders actually do it.  I am not saying that they get eight hours of sleep a night or eat the perfect balanced meal that has all the proper food groups.  I am saying that they eat what is right for them and the mission the sleep the right amount for them and their mission and they exercise.   I was on a seventeen hour flight one time when about half way through the flight, some guys started pulling those elastic…
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  • Chance chapter on child’s active faith sheds light on powerful prayer

    Alf James
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Kathryn Kuhlman Faith has been on my heart recently: firstly, because a number of friends have been faced with faith-testing trials, either in terms of their health or finances; and secondly, it is so hard when we have been praying, but our prayers do not seem to be answered, even though we may believe we have been praying in faith. Yet, faith is at the heart of Christianity, for it is our faith in Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our risen, living Saviour, which is granted to us by the grace of God, that defines us as Christians. Most Christians will agree that faith in Lord Jesus…
  • Kari Jobe SA tour opening night leaves songstress in tears

    Luchae Williams
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Kari Jobe during her powerful SA tour opening night in Port Elizabeth. (PHOTO: Nancy Morkel) Kari Jobe, award winning Christian singer/songwriter, kicked off her South African tour in Port Elizabeth last night, at Word of Faith Christian Centre. Sharing her love for the Holy Spirit and Africa, she explained that it was her first visit back to South Africa since a ministry trip 14 years ago with the ministry school she had attended. “I was so impacted by your hunger for the presence of God!” she shared, recalling her experience with South African worshippers back then. Jobe’s bassist…
  • Hundreds accept Jesus in Adelaide

    Lauren Jonas
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    PHOTO: Lauren Jonas Recently Every Tribes Missions escorted a hip group of young local missionaries to the historical town of Adelaide. The mission was simple – share the love of Jesus Christ. Daily the group set out to various areas in the little town of Adelaide, going from door to door sharing the Good News. The Mission team took Jesus to the streets by also ministering to Gods people in tavans, taxi ranks, hair salons and old age homes. Romans 10:9 states, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God Stephanie Swart praying…
  • South African Christian fiction author, Joan McKenzie, releases debut novel

    Patsy Fulton
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    PHOTO: Provided In the South African Highveld coalmining community of Witbank, a diamond is found. Joan McKenzie has released her debut Christian Fiction, ‘Mary of Bethany’s Dream.’ It brings a refreshing and delightful panoramic view of Yeshua the boy, who becomes the man of all men. Joan McKenzie is of British descent, born and brought up in Africa, with the privilege of a good private education. Her love of reading and an appreciation of the power of words are central to her life. In 1973 she surrendered her life to Jesus. Her Target Audience is a wide range of believers, from young…
  • Make this Women’s Day matter! — End exploitation!

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    The “Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act” has not yet been implemented despite President Zuma signing the comprehensive legislation into law in December 2013. The illegal sex-industry in SA is largely overlooked by authorities because of a lack of proper regulation. However, sexual exploitation and abuse of women and girls persist in this sordid trade. The trafficking of women and teenage girls for the purpose of prostitution remains a social scourge. Strip clubs, massage parlours and escort agencies are often legal fronts for prostitution and trafficking.
 
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  • If you’re wondering when God will blow the whistle on your sin

    Wendy van Eyck
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:31 am
    [A note from Wendy: Today I'm lending this space to Kristen Wetherell. A newlywed who loves to write about how each of us can find out who we are through spending time with Jesus.]For Jesus is not some high priest who has no sympathy for our weaknesses and flaws. He has already been tested in every way that we are tested; but He emerged victorious, without failing God. So let us step boldly to the throne of grace, where we can find mercy and grace to help when we need it most. Hebrews 4:15-16 (VOICE)The Lord is not a referee.When my pastor spoke these words from the pulpit the other…
  • When you’re fighting (for) each other

    Wendy van Eyck
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
     Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned. Song of Solomon 8:7 (NLT)It wasn’t love at first sight.By the time I met Xylon I had plans about who I was going to marry. He was going to be tall, dark and handsome. And Xylon is only two of those things: handsome and dark.When I met Xylon I didn’t know if I could spend the rest of my life looking down to a man. But Xylon didn’t care. He took a risk. He fought for me. He romanced me (still does). Poured out his heart over an untouched meal…
  • When you’re wondering what God wants from you

    Wendy van Eyck
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbour, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously – take God seriously. Micah 6:8 (MSG)Sometimes learning to love like God makes me feel uncomfortable. (tweet this)The other night I went for dinner with friends. We ordered pizza, and we laughed, and we spoke about the ups-and-downs of our week.And then my one friend started speaking about meeting a homeless woman. My friend said all she…
  • When love is hard (or when you're worried love will mean you have to move to South Sudan)

    Wendy van Eyck
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. 1 John 4:8 (MSG)Love.I don’t know why but the word makes me uncomfortable, so uncomfortable that for years I couldn’t write, “Love, Wendy”, on cards or letters or emails. I would write anything but “love”. Recently, I’ve started ending my letters with “love”. I’ve started scrawling love out in scratches that resemble a doctors’ badly written script. I’ve started taping “L-O-V-E” out at the end of emails. And…
  • When you need God to show up

    Wendy van Eyck
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    [A note from Wendy: Today I'm lending this space to Kathyrn O’Brien. An accomplished writer, but a brand new blogger, so let’s welcome her with open arms.]No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37 (NIV)I was certain I didn’t have breast cancer.  Surely, the Lord would have prepared me for news like this, wouldn’t He?  But oddly enough, there I was last October in the teachers’ lounge at school, on my cell phone with Dr. Curtis, head of radiology. “That’s Kathryn with a K...” I stammered, quickly…
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    Intersections4Life

  • The Art of Whimsy and Wonder

    Charles Crutcher
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    This past weekend, I had the joy of spending time with family and friends doing what I love: mosey. Another way to put it is spending time with others. Saturday I spent a beautiful day with great weather that is a bit out of place for July, only experiencing temps in the sixties and seventies in Oklahoma. Under the big captivating sky, me and some friends were among undulating green hills of a golf course. I knew the day was special and would probably never come around just like that again. Some of these friends I have known for several years and some newly acquainted. You know what I love…
  • Finish the Race

    Steve Becker
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Not many people in the USA watch the Tour de France, but I am an exception, I guess. For those that don’t know anything about Le Tour, here is the express overview. The event is 21 days long. All but two or three days, scattered across the 21, the typical day consists of a 100 mile or longer race. The riders push their bodies and minds to do all this in a compact time-frame. Oh, I forgot to mention that the riders typically travel at 25-60 mph and climb and descend mountains along the way. One of the riders that was predicted to be a potential overall winner is Andrew Talansky.
  • Are You Content?

    Charles Crutcher
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Yesterday is a wrinkle on your foreheadYesterday is a promise that you’ve brokenDon’t close your eyes, don’t close your eyesThis is your life and today is all you’ve got nowYeah, and today is all you’ll ever haveDon’t close your eyesDon’t close your eyesThis is your life, are you who you want to be?This is your life, are you who you want to be?This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be?When the world was younger and you had everything to lose-Switchfoot I was listening to this song while working out today and I was hit by a…
  • Kicking and Screaming

    Steve Becker
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I have a confession to make.  There are days when I cannot even imagine my life without Christ.  And then there are the days when He has to drag me down His path kicking and screaming.  I have had quite a few of the latter lately and it has affected my attitude quite a bit. Having a relationship with another person is difficult.  There are disagreements, arguments, laughing and crying and everything else in-between.  Having a relationship with Jesus is even more difficult at times.  Knowing you need to do what He leads you to even though you have absolutely zero desire to do it, well,…
  • 19 Years Later

    Charles Crutcher
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The first time I saw Shannon, I admit my heart skipped a beat. And then she smiled. She lights up a room when she does that! We got married when we were both nineteen. Quite a few folks said we were too young. They could have been right, but nineteen years later, here we still are by God’s grace. In those years, our marriage has been tested. There have been good and challenging years, setbacks, loss, and some tragedy too. It seems in marriage that no one goes unscathed. Some don’t make it. I wish I could tell you the exact formula for a good marriage, but I don’t think there…
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  • Secrets In Marriage

    Ugochi Jolomi
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:17 am
    Why do couples keep secrets from each other? I have always wondered, and I always thought it was not right, but some say there are things your spouse should never know. “Like what?”I ask.... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Making Your Spouse Happy

    Ugochi Jolomi
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    There is a common saying that when mummy is not happy nobody else will be. I believe this applies to daddy too. The tone of every marriage is determined by the couple, the husband (man) and the... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • My Son Almost Blinded My Son’s Eye

    Ugochi Jolomi
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We just got home that evening and it was just getting dark. I went straight into the kitchen to get dinner ready. When suddenly, out went the lights! It took just a flicker of moments for the lights... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • When Words Won’t Come Out Right

    Ugochi Jolomi
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:27 am
    I have heard a lot of people say they do not want to say anything or comment on a matter because they fear the words won’t come out right. They hold their thoughts and tongues back and battle hard... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Is Christ’s Return For Real?

    Ugochi Jolomi
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Long before I was born, long before my parents and great-grand parents were born. It had been written and told that Jesus is coming a second time to judge the earth. Now thousands of years have come... Please click on title to READ ALL.
 
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  • 24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am

    Kim
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    My husband and I loaded three screaming children into our car.  They were scared.  They were sad.  They were confused.  Three young lives were coming from a life of pain and joining our family through adoption.To try to soothe the children, we attempted to vocally calm them down, held their hands, and played worship music through the car stereo.  Gungor’s song, Beautiful Things, was the first song we heard.  “All this painI wonder if I’ll ever find my wayI wonder if my life could really change at allAll this earth    Could all that is lost…
  • The Tithe of a Good Steward

    Christina
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    No one likes to hear it—give, give, give. Give to your church! Give to this organization! Support that organization! We need your money!Give it to God. He “loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). It doesn't have to be a traditional tithe of ten percent, though if that works for you, do it. But God doesn't want just your money—yes, churches and missions need money to operate, but tithing shouldn't be about just our money. Don't just give to an organization; give to God.You've heard of the three T's—time, talents, and treasure. What can you give to God in the way of your time? It…
  • Only God Is Our Refuge

    LITR
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our Lord Jesus,We thank You for not allowing us to face valleys on our own.  Thank you for the goodness of Your love. As Psalm 62 states, we praise You for being our Rock, Salvation, Fortress, and Refuge.We pour our hearts out to You today, Lord. Thank You for giving us hope in You.For women who need Your comfort in the shadow of the valley, Christ, we pray that they will find rest in You. God, calm our souls and remind us that we will only find hope in You.Love,Your Daughters In the RoundEllie Holcomb website“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®…
  • God's Smallest Blessings

    Jennie
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    As I wrote recently, being in a new place for nine months with no friends, family, or church made me feel disconnected and lost.  Who knew that God would answer my prayers in the form of a four year old named Katie?Joy’s recent post, A Limited Time Opportunity, spoke of the importance of God’s gift of community. Her words rang in my heart and mind as I sought God’s will in the church that I would attend. By God’s grace, He led me back to the first church I visited after moving.What timing God has!The church is small, yet their love for God is ENORMOUS! There was a community…
  • An Uncanonized Psalm of Rebuilding a Marriage

    Erin
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I mentioned in my last post that I wanted my husband and I to be on the same side of the spiritual fight as it relates to brokenness in our marriage. Another story that resonates with me in the battle is that of Nehemiah. Nehemiah is a servant of King Artaxerxes who learns that the wall of Jerusalem and its gates have been destroyed. He is devastated by this news and after deep prayer finds favor from the King to be sent to rebuild it. In order to do it he faces tremendous opposition and conspiracy, but does not give up. As a result of his work he is blessed to witness Israel’s…
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  • It Won’t Be Long

    Michael Thompson
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Time is relative…sometimes even fickle it would seem Time Flies: it goes by so quickly when you’re having fun, watching your children grow or enjoying an insanely pleasurable vacation. Time Stands Still: when you are in pain, waiting for a promise to be fulfilled or enduring an intensely boring speech. The way we describe the passage of time during different situations belies our understanding that time doesn’t just “go by”. Pain freezes time in its tracks. When you are hurting–whether physically or psychically–time seems to almost move in reverse.
  • Worth It

    Michael Thompson
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Was it worth it? Answering that question has been a frequent internal reflection when looking back at my pivotal life choices. Sometimes the answer is joyfully easy. Though it has always challenged my self-centeredness and stretched my willingness to sacrifice and give, the 35 years of life with my amazing bride, Dianne, has made me a much happier and better man. Worth it! No matter the busyness and weariness that came when our children were little or how challenging and painful watching them face their own adult struggles, none of that could ever lessen the daily joy they are to me. Worth…
  • Trusted Source

    Michael Thompson
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    When the dialog box popped up it not only caught me by surprise, its message caught me off guard. “This publisher cannot be verified by a trusted source.“ The software was from a source I knew, but Windows had questions about its safety for my computer and the company network. While the download was safe, the warning sent my mind in another direction. What does it mean to be a “trusted source”? In technology it simply means the content comes from a person or site with which you are both familiar and comfortable that they have the digital security in place that will…
  • Two Sides of Discontent

    Michael Thompson
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    A little voice inside me–a psychic mini-me–perpetually pesters and agitates me. It gnaws incessantly at my soul screaming that I have settled for less than I should and become satisfied in that mediocrity. Every time I find myself comfortable, feeling at ease with where I am and at peace with who I am becoming, this nagging sense of restlessness circulates with my platelets infecting my whole being with “there has to be more!” I hate that little guy. He literally will not shut up and leave me alone. His name is Discontent. As a Jesus follower I know I am to be utterly…
  • Something to Cry About

    Michael Thompson
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    It was mama’s mantra when trying to get me to dry the unwarranted tears of a precocious little boy: “Stop that crying or I’ll give you something to cry about!” Yesterday I finally understood the real meaning of those words. Three different news stories showed unrestrained weeping based on some seemingly critical precipitating event. Watching it made me realize that modern culture robs the value from so much—even tears. The first episode of crying occurred just an hour from where I live at the opening of Universal Studio’s new Harry Potter ride, Diagon Alley. Literally…
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  • The Hook

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Every good story starts with a hook.  This is where the author tries to draw you in and create in you the desire to find out what happens next.  This is what we mean when we say that you got "hooked" reading a book or watching a movie. John has a similar hook in his gospel with the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-12).  In this story Jesus attends a wedding, but they run out of wine.  In their
  • The Awards Podium

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I remember going with my dad to the state championship freestyle wrestling tournament when I was in High School.  We drove all the way to northern Nevada for the tournament just so that I could compete.  Freestyle wrestling is not very popular in Nevada, so we didn't have high expectations, but we thought that the statewide tournament would give at least some competition.   I remember my
  • Lost in Traffic

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nothing is worse than getting lost in traffic, especially away from your own city.  My wife and I took a road trip to Seattle in the first year of our marriage, and had a little trouble finding our way around.  Why would anyone make one-way roads anyway?  I just imagine some disgruntled city planner cackling to himself about all of the driver's he was going to trap going down the wrong road
  • What's in a name?

    30 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Recently I was heading out to a house to take photos.  The company I work for owns the home, and I was tasked with finding a renter.  I needed the photos for the internet advertisement.  When I pulled up to the house, I found a U-Haul out front and a family moving in.  We had not rented to them... I felt bad for their family, but I pulled up the ownership records on my smart phone and
  • Christian Group at Bowdoin College must allow homosexuals to join and compete for leadership

    23 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bowdoin College in Maine has recently required all student groups, including Christian groups, to allow any student to join, and compete for leadership, regardless of their religious beliefs or sexual preferences.  Find the full article here. It is a sad direction that our culture is going.  Being a "Christian" has become little more than calling yourself one.  It is no longer expected that a
 
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    Bible Verses About . Org

  • Acts 19

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Acts 19 Page Contents Hear the Bible: Acts 19 Audio Read the Bible Read Acts 19 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on Acts 19 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: Acts 19 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of Acts 19 here online and read the text below. You can […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
  • Acts 18

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Acts 18 Page Contents Hear the Bible: Acts 18 Audio Read the Bible Read Acts 18 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on Acts 18 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: Acts 18 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of Acts 18 here online and read the text below. You can […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
  • Acts 17

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Acts 17 Page Contents Hear the Bible: Acts 17 Audio Read the Bible Read Acts 17 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on Acts 17 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: Acts 17 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of Acts 17 here online and read the text below. You can […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
  • Acts 16

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Acts 16 Page Contents Hear the Bible: Acts 16 Audio Read the Bible Read Acts 16 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on Acts 16 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: Acts 16 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of Acts 16 here online and read the text below. You can […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
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    Anastasios Hudson

  • 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…
  • Out of Commission Until July

    Anastasios Hudson
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:25 am
    Dear Readers, I just wanted to touch base and let you know that I am working on an important certification for my technical career, and as such, I have not been posting lately. I envision returning to active posting in the beginning of July. I have a lot of ideas churning in my head and have taken a lot of notes on things that might be interesting to cover, so stay tuned! In the meanwhile, please pray for me as I am a bit stressed out about this exam! In Christ, Anastasios
  • A Friend With Corn Allergies Raises Awareness

    Anastasios Hudson
    27 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’d like to direct my readers to a YouTube channel my friend Sharon just started concerning her journey through life struggling with a corn allergy. While that might not immediately seem like the kind of thing for me to post on my website, I have noticed that a lot of traditionalist Orthodox Christians are interested in the subject of alternative medicine, food allergies, non-GMO, etc., and I know some who themselves suffer from similar ailments, so I figured it might be of “crossover interest” and possibly helpful to someone if I posted the link. I also think Sharon is a…
  • What You Should Realize When Your Dog Dies Young

    Anastasios Hudson
    23 May 2014 | 12:40 pm
    On Monday, our dog Peluche started acting strange, became lethargic, got glassy eyes, layed down, and died. He was a small dog, and only 10 years old, which means for a small dog, he was probably too young to die. My first dog, by comparison, lived to be 17 years old, which is ancient by dog standards. He probably suffered a heart attack or a stroke, but his departure from this world was quite sudden regardless of the causes. The death of a pet is always a sad event. God did not invent death—that was the consequence of Adam’s sin, which could have been avoided—but God allows all things…
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  • I John Chapter 2

    Servant1
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I John Chapter 2 I John Chapter 2
  • I JOHN 1

    Servant1
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    I JOHN 1
  • Epistle of I John I

    Servant1
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:28 am
    Epistle of I John I This is a background analysis of what the situation was that the epistles are calling heretical that was trying to deceive Christians. Epistle of I John I
  • A Man Reaps What He Sows

    Servant1
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:55 pm
    A Man Reaps What He Sows Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.  Bear you one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.  For every man shall bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teaches in all good things.Be not…
  • Old Testament Survey

    Servant1
    11 Jun 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Old Testament Survey Old Testament Survey
 
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  • With God, There Is No Plan B

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    The smile that passed over my face that evening, and the joy that seared through my heart like a flaming sword, was so surprising and yet infinitely welcome. As I sat on the couch curled up in a fleece blanket, sipping a glass of merlot, I listened to sermon after sermon about what it meant to be the “beloved.” And like the wine, I savored the message that I heard. Often as a little girl, I had been told that as believers we were the "Lord’s beloved," but that night I realized that I hadn’t even begun to scrape the surface of what that really truly meant.  I was transfixed.
  • When Waiters Wait, and Flavors Flood In

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    The waiter was waiting, staring me down as I hurriedly scanned the menu again and again. I was on a cleanse called the Whole30, in honor of someone I loved who was just diagnosed with diabetes. The cleanse was going well, until I would go out to restaurants. Then it got tough, and the restrictions against yummy things like grains, dairy, sugar, and alcohol became roadblocks to dining. And here I was sitting at a restaurant, giddy to be spending time with close friends, but staring warily at the menu. I had thought that if my friends ordered first, it would buy me more time, but they were so…
  • Dads Who Run

    16 Jun 2014 | 7:42 pm
    As I stepped out onto the bleachers and my eyes fell upon the scene that matched the noise we’d been hearing from outside the stadium for a half hour, a smile immediately touched my face. There was so much excitement in the air it was palpable! The hotdog vendors were shouting out among the buzzing fans, who were finding their seats while bribing their young kids to stay seated in exchange for cotton candy. The stands were full, and as you looked down onto the field, you could see the sun glinting off of the water—sprayed to dampen the baseball diamond. This was Camden Yards, home of the…
  • What’s in a Name?...Everything!

    9 Jun 2014 | 3:19 pm
    I sat at my computer and looked at the finished design on my screen. A business card…finally, I had taken the time to design one, after having it on my to-do list for…ahem…awhile. Having been a yoga instructor for a little over a year, I never knew that yoga instructors were even supposed to have business cards until my students began asking me for them. My general reaction was two-fold: (1) surprised that people took my instruction seriously and assumed I had business cards; and (2) semi-panicky and slightly embarrassed at having to scribble my name and contact info down onto random…
  • Coffee Cup Theology

    4 Jun 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Sitting in the chilly office, I cradled my cup of Starbucks like a mini-space heater. I took a long sip of the hot latte and felt the goosebumps on my skin slightly soothe. As I set the cup down, I noticed a quote on the green coffee sleeve, it was by Oprah Winfrey, and it went something like this: The only courage you ever need is the courage to live the life you want. I read it a few more times, and then let out a long sigh. “Oh Oprah, you got it so very wrong.” And I was saddened that this was the message being handed to millions of people every morning as they hurry through their…
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    Griffin Paul Jackson

  • 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…
  • It’s not anti-semitic to oppose Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    In the last few days, more than 100 Palestinians – half of whom were women and children – have been killed by Israeli bombs. Eight hundred have been injured. Thousands of homes – homes! where kids eat breakfast and sleep in their beds! – and businesses have been damaged or destroyed. Hospital generators will be out of power within days. There is no way to get fuel for ambulances. Medicine and food are running out. As of midnight Friday, no Israelis had been killed, though 10 were injured. This is not a defensive move. This is not mere retaliation. This can scarcely even be called war.
  • Not getting blind drunk doesn’t make you boring

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Every year lists come out comparing American institutes of higher learning. Schools are judged on every possible level: test scores, cafeteria quality, standard of living, graduation rate, availability of professors, athletic programs, and a bunch of less flattering cultural things. One of the most popular ways to judge schools is by the amount of drinking and the intensity of the partying. The Princeton Review alone has four such “extracurricular” categories: “Lots of Beer” vs. “Got Milk?”; “Lots of Hard Liquor” vs. “Scotch and Soda, Hold…
  • Thoughts from my mid-20s

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    I turned 25 last week. I’m neither thrilled nor disappointed. After 20, birthdays just sort of are. I don’t feel old at all, but I don’t feel especially young anymore either. It’s the feeling of being sort of caught in the middle of two vague, large spaces, on a border between a pair of giant countries but not knowing when you’ve left one and entered the other. No one asks for a passport for utter adulthood. It’s not quite the feeling of being lost, but it’s something like it. Living after education, but before rootedness. After dependence on others, before others are dependent…
  • Two sides to SCOTUS’s Hobby Lobby decision

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Oh what a wonderland Facebook becomes in the aftermath of a Supreme Court decision! There have been a lot of angry reactions (and a few elated ones) to the Court’s 5-4 decision overruling the government mandate that companies must provide contraceptive healthcare to their employees. While many of these reactions are knee-jerk in nature, there are legitimate grievances on both sides. From what I’ve read and heard about the case – and now in the post-decision mayhem – it’s not as clear cut as some have made it out to be. But, of course, this should come as no surprise. Rarely should…
 
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    Faith Travel Focus

  • Downton Abbey Meets the Delaware DuPonts

    Ruth Hill
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    The irresistible combination of the Costumes of Downtown Abbey exhibit and the DuPont Winterthur mansion and gardens is the place to see now until January 5. The post Downton Abbey Meets the Delaware DuPonts appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Riding With Buffalo Bill Into Yellowstone

    Ruth Hill
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Buffalo Bill's ride includes Cody, Wyoming -his hometown, 5 museums of the Old West, and Yellowstone National Park. The post Riding With Buffalo Bill Into Yellowstone appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • The Faith Travel Association Launches Their New Website

    Ruth Hill
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Faith Travel Association is a business-building resource for travel professionals, sites and organizations worldwide which are focused on faith-based travel. The post The Faith Travel Association Launches Their New Website appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Lights Up for Italy Passion Play 2015

    Ruth Hill
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    The tiny mountain town of Sordevolo, Italy is offering Italy Passion Play performances on an outdoor stage June through September, 2015. The post Lights Up for Italy Passion Play 2015 appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Find America’s Star-Spangled Banner and Faith in Maryland

    Ruth Hill
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:54 am
    All but forgotten by most Americans, the War of 1812 brought the new nation together and birthed the symbolic and restored "Star-Spangled Banner" flag. The post Find America’s Star-Spangled Banner and Faith in Maryland appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
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    Sermon Notes by Silas

  • God of Justice

    Silas Eke
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Revelation 16:4-7Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying: “You are righteous, O Lord, the One who is and who was and who is to be, because You have judged these things. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due.” And I heard another from the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.” NKJVMoses after walking with God for a number of years asked God "Please let me meet…
  • How can I know my prayers are answered?

    Silas Eke
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    I once heard someone say, “I am absolutely sure that all my prayers are answered!” I have also heard someone say: “We have no way of knowing – all we can do is to pray. It is God who decides whether to answer or not". The one borders on presumption and the other on ignorance.When we pray, how can we be sure our prayers are answered? To effectively answer the question, we shall consider:I.The Rule of PrayerII.Qualities of Acceptable PrayerIII.Qualities of Unanswered PrayersIV.Extent of Assurance for Answered PrayersV.Scriptural Limitations of AssuranceVI.Two Classes of Good PrayerThe…
  • Who is an Elder?

    Silas Eke
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
    First Timothy 3:1-13 “This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behaviour, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall…
  • We are Human Beings, not Human Doings

    Esther Eke
    21 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Someone forwarded this to me and I thought it would make a great Sunnday afternoon blog post. This has probably been republished a thousand times... so what is one more posting going to hurt? The subject matter is the purpose of life and I think the verse in Ecclesiastes shown above pretty much sums it. Anyway, Here is what Rick Warren has to say:This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, 'Purpose Driven Life ' author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California . In the interview by Paul Bradshaw , Rick had this to say about the purpose of life.In a nutshell, life is…
  • The Art of Praying with Authority (First bind ... then spoil)

    Silas Eke
    14 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Background image courtesy www.pachd.comMatthew 12:28-29; Luke 11:21-22“But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house” (NKJV)“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace.  But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armour in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.” (NKJV)Prayer may be resolved into five constituent…
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    Bible Quotes

  • John Chapter 4 – Can God Use Me If I Am Divorced?

    Bible Quotes
    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 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 Bible Quotes.
  • Demonic Activity and Wisening Up To It – 1 Peter 5:8

    Sonya Richards
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:01 am
    Wise Up to Demonic Activity 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5 :8 (NIV) We need to be more aware of Satan and his demonic activity.  The Bible has much to say about how he works.  1 Peter 5:8 says he is crafty.  […] The post Demonic Activity and Wisening Up To It – 1 Peter 5:8 appeared first on Bible Quotes.
  • Bible Statistics -Blow Your Socks Off- Infographic

    Bible Quotes
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:04 am
    Amazing Bible Statistics We decided we would like to put together a nice graphical representation of some Bible Statistics that would interest both our Bible Quote recipients as well as our readers.  We started a couple of weeks ago gathering information and Bible Statistics that we found both surprising and amazing as well as some […] The post Bible Statistics -Blow Your Socks Off- Infographic appeared first on Bible Quotes.
  • Bible Verses and How The Bible Is Relevant Today

    Bible Quotes
    5 May 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Bible Verses and Their Meaning To You The Bible and Bible Verses in particular have a strong effect on millions of people around the world. Despite the fact that this written word has life changing effects, there are many people who don’t see the value in Religion or studying the Bible in any fashion. As […] The post Bible Verses and How The Bible Is Relevant Today appeared first on Bible Quotes.
 
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • Introducing Lightstock, A Company That’s Spreading The Gospel With Photography

    Michael Fear
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    As someone who spends a lot of time writing and telling stories, finding great images to enhance my work is a constant battle.  In the same way that Jesus used parables to help him get a point across, I feel pictures help make our stories more visual. So when I came across Lightstock, a faith-focused and cheesy-free stock photos company – I knew I had to connect with them.  They’re helping spread the gospel in a brand new way and I have a ton of respect for that. Recently I was able to get the opportunity to talk with one of their founders, Josh Bailey, about Lightstock…
  • 7 Little Known Fitness Hacks That Will Change Your Life

    Get Better Today
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Photo Credit via PixaBay.com There is so much to learn about working out properly, it can be as confusing as you want to make it. However, there are some simple tips, tricks and hacks that anyone can do to make working out easier and more effective. Below are some simple fitness hacks that you can incorporate today to take your fitness to a higher level.  Eat more meals- Note I am not saying eat more food.  Break your meals into smaller portions and eat more frequently. Ideally you should eat a meal every 3 hours. Doing this will keep your blood sugar levels in check, keep your appetite…
  • God Is Good, Even When It Doesn’t Look Like It

    Michael Fear
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Jennifer Lynn Photography At my wedding on June 21, 2014, I got the opportunity to give a short speech to the crowd of 300+.  Here’s what I said… “As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” -Acts 4:20 Photo credit to Port Charlotte photographer Jennifer Lynn Photography.   Share On Facebook! Share On Twitter!  
  • 10 Things Christians Should Stop Saying

    Get Better Today
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Photo via Jeff’s YouTube channel. As said before, we are huge fans of Jefferson Bethke’s work here at Get Better Today.  And recently, we came across an older video he created titled 10 Things Christians Should Stop Saying and thought you’d enjoy.  Here’s what Jeff said about it… The main point is that words mean something and communicate something. I even say some of the things mentioned in this video, and it was filmed to be a light hearted critique about some things we say that maybe we don’t think about the meaning behind.” Follow Jeff on…
  • This Guy Made $15 Million Before His 30th Birthday & Said It Wasn’t As Cool As You’d Think

    Get Better Today
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    An anonymous Quora user recently posted this interesting answer to the question,”Is getting rich worth it?”. It should be stated, we can’t confirm the validity of the user, but it’s still worth a read.   “I made $15m in my mid-20s after I sold a tech startup. I talked to a lot of people about this question, and thought a lot about how to stay the same person I was before and after making money. Here’s my answer: being rich is better than not being rich, but it’s not nearly as good as you imagine it is. The answer why is a bit more complicated.
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • 5 Ways to Beat Diabetes

    Austin Andrews
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    As I entered into my senior year, things in my house were getting more and more serious. Not just the, “Is he really going to graduate?” type stuff, but my parents’ health too. Before the fall semester started,my mom got word that she was a diabetic. It was a blow to my family, because we had always been the “fat but healthy” family. Then, my dad had a near death experience that left his body reeling. In a 3 month period I went from two “fat-but-healthy” parents to two parents, one having had a near death experience and both being full on, type 2 diabetics. Diabetes prevention…
  • Losing 157 lbs- Greg Bowman

    Guest Blogger
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Greg Bowman- Lead Pastor of Word Of Life Church, Chaplin and Hospice Pastor Yesterday while traveling, I realized how difficult the journey was taking the same trip to Springfield two years ago. I weighed over 460 lbs. I had fallen the year before at General Council getting off a pedicab in front of my hotel. Due to the fall, I had dislocated my knee, fractured my femur, tore 3 of the 4 ligaments that hold your knee in place, and severed my peroneal nerve which controls the up and down movement of your foot. Yet I was in denial of having a serious weight problem. Once swelling went down and…
  • Meet Matt- A Challenge Hosts

    Austin Andrews
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Where did you start in this journey? I have been on my journey for 2 years now, and I had lost everything in my life;  A wife, family, friends, job, church, my health. Like a boxer I am on a comeback trail and God is restoring everything to me, but NEW. It’s not that old stuff from my previous life.This keeps me going! What made you decide to be a part of helping others achieve health goals? I knew that my journey was two fold. First, I want to live, and second I want to help others live. “IF GOD CAN DO IT IN ME, HE CAN DO IT IN ANYONE.” What role does faith play in your…
  • Independence Day Memories

    Ken Andrews
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Like many of you, I slept in a little on this 4th of July. As I sat down at my computer to check email and gander at Facebook, just a hint of melancholy came over me. I know why…it’s the 4th of July. Family Gatherings and Good Grub More than any other holiday, I have extended family memories of awesome 4th of July gatherings. First, almost every family reunion I ever attended happened on Independence Day. Most of those all happened at my grandparents’ home in Grover Beach, California. My grandparents lived across the street from an elementary school, which was next to a park and tennis…
  • Celebrating Mr. America

    Austin Andrews
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    A great friend of RetroFit is a man who has talent, dedication and expertise in the human body. John Heart, also known as Mr. America due to his Natural Bodybuilding Title win just over a year ago.  This man has been in the fitness training industry for two decades with an expertise in body transformation! Just a few weeks ago, Mr. America entered into a contest and took second in the WNBF Intercontinental Pro in Calgary. Below will be a stunning B/W shot of John’s latest competition body BUT before we get to that- Checkout John’s “Mr. America Shape Up Series” on…
 
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  • Is there beauty in the body?

    Matt Greene
    28 Jun 2014 | 2:01 pm
    No, I'm not talking about tanned skin and trim waist lines. What I am referring to is the body of Christ.Is there beauty in this body?I have an older brother, he's one of my best friends in this life. He's one of my biggest supporters and he's had a huge influence on me as a writer and musician. But, like any siblings, growing up we had our fair share of disagreements.  As a kid I didn't realize he was one of my best friends. I knew I wanted to be like him and be wherever he was, but he also frustrated me more than any other person I knew. So much so that we constantly fought about…
  • Who is my neighbor?

    Matt Greene
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”  Luke 10:25-29 (ESV)Who…
  • What ever happened to follow-through?

    Matt Greene
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Image created by the Keep Calm-o-matic. Copyright © 2009 - 2014 Reincubate Ltd From the title this might sound like a post about basketball, and it is kinda, but not really...well, sorta...anyway...As a kid I played basketball up until I reached high school. I didn't have the height or the skills necessary to compete at that level, but the one thing I did have was follow-through. For the most part my coaches preferred to leave me in the all-important role of keeping the bench warm for the star players. Because when you're sweating like that you really need a warm seat to sit on,…
  • Is it too late for me?

    Matt Greene
    15 Jun 2014 | 9:46 am
    Maybe you've asked yourself this question. Or maybe it was more of a declaration, "It is too late for me!" Regardless, I would venture to say that most of us at some point in our lives have pondered this question, or embarked on a similar journey of thought. So, the question here is this - Is it too late for me, or you? If you take a few minutes to browse social media, blogs, online news, magazines, etc., I have no doubt that you will stumble upon something related to recycling, repurposing, or reclaiming this or that. It's everywhere - DIY refurbished furniture, how to recycle (fill in…
  • why are you cast down

    Matt Greene
    7 Sep 2012 | 5:15 pm
    death has cast it's shadow over me / the grave attempts to claim victory / i wait for the lord to conquer my enemies all surrounding me / i wait for salvation to come and rescue me, lord, please rescue mehow long will you let me stay in this grave? / how long will you leave me in this desert losing my faith? / lord, please come, please come and rescue me / o god, please come and speak over me your victorywhy are you cast down, o my soul? / just lift your eyes up to see salvation raining down / your god, he is reigning nowi had searched so long for anything / that could fill this emptiness…
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  • His Name Is Victory

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Psalm 60:12 – With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. There are many battles that we will face in this life, or may even be facing. Battles within, battles that surround us, or even battles we face on behalf of others. We can see them coming from every direction. Yet, the one thing the Christian DOESN’T do is retreat! Our enemies of fear, lust, pride, or any other darkness we face deserves only one thing…a battle.  But how do we win these battles? How do we run out to confront them face to face as David did and overcome? Only by the VICTORY…
  • Independence Day

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    This weekend we celebrate our Independence Day. The 4th July is a reminder of what America has been rescued from. Our forefathers were once under the oppression of tyranny, but through bravery and sacrifice our nation gained freedom to grow and become their own people. How awesome is it to benefit from such sacrifice! In light of this holiday, let’s not only celebrate our freedom as a nation. Let’s celebrate our freedom to come back to our Father in heaven. The Bible makes very clear that all men have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. That each of us have chosen to go our…
  • Dependence Day

    Kris Burke
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    1 Peter 2:16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. UFC, Happy 4th of July! This holiday marks the anniversary of when we as a country claimed our freedom and independence. As Christians, we should also be celebrating our freedom. Our freedom from the slavery of sin and from the oppression of the world. We, however, do not claim independence. We claim something greater; we claim DEPENDENCE on Jesus Christ. While the country celebrates their independence, we as a church celebrate our dependence on God!  As Jessica said, the ways of God…
  • The Law bearing fruit

    Kris Burke
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 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, The very first lines of the book of Psalms state clearly what it means to be blessed by God. It isn’t the one who gives the most to the poor, it isn’t the one who does the most good deeds; but…
  • Break the Chains

    Kris Burke
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Psalm 107:13-16 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron. UFC, So many of us can remember what it was like to be “Chained up”. We can remember being chained to the ways of the world; the worldly thinking, reasoning and desires. Those chains bound us as slaves to sin and made us subject to its ways.
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  • EMPOWERED WITH ALL MIGHT

    SEGUN
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    AGAPEEMBASSY DAILY DEVOTIONAL: THURSDAY, JULY 24TH, 2014.…That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness (Colossians 1:9-11).It's God's will for us to be strengthened; that is, empowered with ALL
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