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  • A Sorta Gift Guide for the Overwhelmed & Broken Hearted This Christmas

    A Holy Experience
    Ann Voskamp
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    I don’t really want to think about what you’d find if you sliced my heart right open. Hope’s at the front of the church singing like an ascension, like a heart could take to heaven — or least to the heights of St John’s Church of the Evangelist. My back’s up against the brick wall. And there’s a stained glass window, pieces of scarlet light, across from me, around me — and there was this baby born this week to people we love, who sit at the end of our row at Sunday chapel. The baby’s born with his pulmonary artery and aorta are the wrong…
  • Christmas Characters – Who Delivered Jesus?

    Healthy Spirituality
    Jean Wise
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Did you ever stop to consider who actually delivered Jesus when he was born? This year during Advent I have been slowly rereading the story of Christ’s birth, relooking at some of the characters and listening for new lessons. Many of you know I am an RN and the nurse in me became a bit puzzled, curious and more than a little interested thinking about the actual childbirth scene in Bethlehem that night. We really don’t know the technicalities of Jesus’ birth but this nurse wondered. Who delivered Jesus? Mary was young. This was her first baby. She went into labor away from her home.
  • Two Words Your Spouse Needs to Hear

    Faithful Choices
    Paula Whidden
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:39 pm
      Two simple words soften our hearts more than any others. They help us to see our value at home, in the work place, as a client, or as a team mate and spouse. They open our eyes to the value others place on us. These words build connection and calm anxieties. Without them, we feel neglected, ignored, and under appreciated. One study a UC Berkeley credits the lack of these two words with the downfall of many relationships.  Instead of using these two words daily, many couples point toward each other’s flaws. According to the research, though it’s nice to hear these words,…
  • How Do You Influence Your Spouse?

    Teshuva
    Ugochi Jolomi
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    One of the things I am so very grateful to God about is His blessing me with a man who totally loves and fears Him, one who would choose to please Him above all in all of his dealings. He always... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • When God Asks You To Walk On Water

    Self Talk the Gospel
    Allie Penner
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It was a crisp January day when I got a call from my husband, Jesse, who was en route from an MRI (because of headaches) to the Emergency Room. The MRI results showed a golf ball sized tumor in his brain. In an instant, our lives were turned upside-down. My heart pounded. With tear-filled eyes, I squeezed my young children and got into my car and drove. I drove, breathing deeply, vision narrowing in silence, thinking, “God you are faithful, God you are faithful. It’s going to be okay. God is good. God you are faithful.” Deep, slow, breath…in…out. What just happened? What next?
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  • The photo man always rings twice

    Andrée Seu Peterson
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Our artful God is ever working angles
  • Trends

    The Editors
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tech Apple led the way once again with wait-in-line technology, this time breaking ground in its iPhone6 with Apple Pay—an attempt to use existing technology to change the way we buy things. With fingerprint identification to access a default credit card, customers at select retailers can now pay without their wallets. Laser tag, for real The U.S. Navy’s newest weapon is ready for deployment. A laser weapons system dubbed LaWS performed flawlessly in tests aboard a ship in the Arabian
  • Lap dogs and attack hounds

    Marvin Olasky
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    My votes for the worst reporting of 2014
  • Tolkien take away

    Megan Basham
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Peter Jackson’s vision dominates Hobbit series
  • The use and abuse of stories

    Janie B. Cheaney
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Events like Rolling Stone’s flawed rape story can make a culture jaded and cynical
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • A Sorta Gift Guide for the Overwhelmed & Broken Hearted This Christmas

    Ann Voskamp
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    I don’t really want to think about what you’d find if you sliced my heart right open. Hope’s at the front of the church singing like an ascension, like a heart could take to heaven — or least to the heights of St John’s Church of the Evangelist. My back’s up against the brick wall. And there’s a stained glass window, pieces of scarlet light, across from me, around me — and there was this baby born this week to people we love, who sit at the end of our row at Sunday chapel. The baby’s born with his pulmonary artery and aorta are the wrong…
  • The One Unlikely Gift No Christmas Can Afford to Forget

    Ann Voskamp
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    I walk out of a Christian women’s conference in mid-December and step oblivious right over a cross. Yeah, I’m a woman rock hard and blind. A woman who forgets her own face, oblivious to the appalling miracle of rain that becomes wheat, bread in the mouth that becomes grace in the veins. Of God taking my place when my sins are that I keep taking His, and honestly, I would have just kept walking straight on into the dark coming on and never looked back. We are headed to the car — we have places to go and there are roads that lead away and I have no idea why we think that the Way that got…
  • Light the Candles. Advent Devotionals. Week 03. JOY. [VIDEO experience]

    Ann Voskamp
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    Disclaimer: This ain’t all together or professional slick or anything… Just a simple, homemade video, taped by our Hope-girl, because God pressed it hard on our hearts to make a space for folks who may not have a community to celebrate the wonder and beauty of Advent? If you’re looking for an updated, fresh story, professional version, it’s our humble joy to serve you here Join us and not Miss Him this year? Hush the hurry… and find the holy… consider journeying with us through December with  The Greatest Gift , named the Best Devotional of 2014…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [12.13.14]

    Ann Voskamp
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    c’mon — have time for a little walk through some of the world’s most amazing cities? what happens when kids go flying… when a teen with cancer signs a dream come true? so… don’t thinking anybody was expecting this? how to live a life worth remembering – I love this woman One man. One Dog. America. This is pretty unforgettable  wanna go ice skating like this? The National Geographic Most Beautiful Photographs of 2014 around the world – positively must see you’ve got to see this to believe it “New Research: Americans Want to Keep…
  • What Our Kids Need to Hold On To on the Dark Days

    Ann Voskamp
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:40 am
     The first thing that strikes you about Jessica Turner is how she lights up with joy and exudes vivaciousness. Jessica and her husband Matthew have been kind friends to our crazy family for more than the last five years and it’s an honour and delight to have her words here as she shares a bit about preparing for a new baby and Christmas. A grace to welcome Jessica to the farm’s front porch today….   by Jessica Turner Christmas is less than three weeks away, and I am four weeks from having a baby. A son. I’ve never been this pregnant at Christmas time. My other two…
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  • Three years later, this still surprises me.

    Jon
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Three years ago this week, Jenny and I stood in the jungles of Vietnam. Why? Because readers of this blog went on an adventure together that changed two villages halfway around the world. I think about this video and that project whenever I wonder about the power of online communities. I think about the generosity of you and the possibility of us. Those are two powerful things that I think God loves to throw together. Individuals that might never meet, giving hope to a village that might have never heard of, in a country they might never visit. Never doubt what our mustard seed growing God…
  • How to Instagram your quiet time.

    Jon
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    If a Christian has a quiet time and doesn’t Instagram it, did it really happen? If a Christian has a quiet time and doesn’t Instagram it, did it really happen?Click To Tweet Comedian John Crist has the answer and it is brilliant. The post How to Instagram your quiet time. appeared first on Stuff Christians Like.
  • The secret circle of people you text funny stuff that you’re afraid to share online.

    Jon
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I have a confession. I have a small group of friends I text funny stuff to that I am afraid to share online. They are like minded, humor friendly, non judgy people I trust not to shame me for laughing at something I probably shouldn’t be laughing at. I have a small group of friends I text funny stuff to that I am afraid to share online.Click To Tweet It is possible I am the only one who does this. It is possible that you will have two reactions to this post: How dare you sir! I never text funny things to a select group of like minded people. You’re not brave! I tweet, Facebook, and pin…
  • If the Hobbits made an airline safety video, this would be it.

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

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

  • The Worst Christmas Song Ever

    Acton Web
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    by Jordan Ballor At this point in the holiday season, whether we like it or not, we’ve all got Christmas melodies echoing through our heads. Everyone has a favorite or two; I particularly enjoy the smooth sounds of Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby. But there are plenty of annoying Christmas tunes as well. One song stands out for Christmas crapulence, however, and it has little to do with the catchiness of the song. You might also like... PovertyCure Curriculum read more
  • Francis and the Idea of Christian Poverty

    Acton Web
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    by Oskari Juurikkala To provide a synthesis of Pope Francis’s thinking on the economy is both difficult and easy. It is difficult, because he has never offered extensive and systematic reflections on such questions; his pronouncements are found here and there, inseparable from a broader moral and spiritual message. You might also like... PovertyCure Curriculum read more
  • Poverty, the Rule of Law, and Human Flourishing

    Acton Web
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    by Samuel Gregg Back in 2012, the financier George Soros and the head of one of the world’s largest anti-poverty NGOs, Fazle Hasan Abed, pointed out in the Financial Times that, despite the Great Recession, the number of people living in extreme poverty had dropped in every region of the world for the first time since record-keeping had begun. You might also like... Becoming Europe read more
  • Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times with Os Guinness

    catherine.biewer
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    Event Date:  April 9, 2015 - 6:30pm8:00pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street (Map) Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Register Now Schedule 6:30 - Doors Open 7:00 - Presentation Begins Coffee, appetizers, and cash bar. Pricing $20 - Regular $10 - Full time students For more information regarding this event, please email Catherine Biewer at cbiewer@acton.org or call 616.454.3080.read more
  • Uncle Sam Can’t Count: a History of Failed Government Investments with Burton Folsom

    Acton Web
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Register Now Event Date:  March 25, 2015 - 11:30am1:30pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street (Map) Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Schedule 11:30am - Doors Open 12:00pm - Lecture Begins Lunch will be provided. Pricing $15 - Regular $10 - Full time students For more information regarding this event, please email Catherine Biewer at cbiewer@acton.org or call 616.454.3080.read more
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • How Long Should You Wait for a Promise?

    14 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Senior Pastor John Ortberg continues the series, "What Are You Waiting For?" with a message called "How Long Should You Wait for a Promise?" taking a look at the identity of Jesus and how He is still the One we are waiting for.Featured Scripture:Matthew 11:3-4; John 10:22-25; John 5:46; Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 52:7; Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 5:3; Mark 8:27-29; Mark 8:31-32; Zechariah 9:9-10; Matthew 21:2ff; Matthew 21:4; Isaiah 53:3-5,11; Psalm 107:32; Mark 4:39-41; Exodus 34:6; Luke 7:48-49; John 2:19-22; John 6:34-35a; Mark 16:8; Luke 24:17-18,25ff Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You…
  • What Are You Waiting For?

    8 Dec 2014 | 2:10 am
    Senior Pastor John Ortberg continues the series, "What Are You Waiting For?" with a message on the hope that we count on when all other hopes don't pan out, and the ultimate hope that God provided for us in grace through Jesus.Featured Scripture:Psalm 33:16-20; Job 20:6-7, 20; Ephesians 2:8-9; Luke 2:1, 10-11; Matthew 1:21; Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • "What Are You Waiting For?" - Hate to Wait

    1 Dec 2014 | 4:28 pm
    This weekend John kicks off our new series, "What Are You Waiting For?" looking at what each of us is really waiting on the Lord for, and what the Bible has to say about taking action.Featured Scripture:Psalm 13:1-2;37:7,34, Luke 2:25;27-29;36-38, Genesis 16:1-2a;16:2b;4-6, Isaiah 40:31, Acts 1:4, Hebrews 10:12-13Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Putting Injustice in its Place: "Gary Haugen"

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Senior Pastor John Ortberg has a conversation with Gary Haugen from International Justice Mission in the first part of the "Putting Injustice in its Place" series.Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Live to Give: "Picking a Winning Investment"

    9 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Senior Pastor John Ortberg continues the series, "Live to Give," with a look at how to excel in the grace of giving through being a joyful giver.Featured Scripture:2 Corinthians 8:1-2,7, 9:7; Philippians 4:12-13; Proverbs 22:7; 1 Timothy 6:17; Matthew 6:19-21; 1 Chronicles 29:9Check 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

  • Q & R: Finding fellow thinkers, strugglers

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:50 am
    Here's the Q: I appreciate the work that you and others in the emergent movement are doing. You're helping to fill a hole that has been present in the church for a long time. I often wonder if my faith would still stand if not for you and others who are willing to struggle with the hard questions, showing me that it's OK to have them. My problem is that I live in the Bible belt, and I'm finding that as I become more open in my theology, I feel more alienated from my faith community. I have a wonderful small group that for the most part shows love, but anytime I hint at questioning some…
  • Q & R: Schedule … in California?

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:49 am
    Here's the Q: Hello, I live in Arroyo Grande, California, and was wondering if you could tell me California events Brian McLaren is participating in. I looked online, but his schedule was blank for 2015. Thank you for your help. Here's the R: Sorry for the delay. The 2015 schedule is now available here.
  • Food Chains - if you eat, see this documentary!

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:01 am
    You can rent or buy it from iTunes. I'm honored to be a volunteer with and ally of the group (CIW) profiled in this documentary. Highly, highly recommended.
  • Thoughts on American Racism ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:48 am
    from some white folks. Melanie. Quotable: One white girlfriend calls in tears, partly hopeful because there are people demonstrating in the streets all over the country, and partly distraught because of “what has happened to our country.” She has made a sign for her window that says simply, ERIC. Another white friend who teaches at an elite private school struggles “to justify teaching the structure of a sonnet when there seems to be no structure in the world —or when it seems that the structures that do exist appall and offend you.” I wish more people had his soft heart, where…
  • Joke of the Day

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    A pastor who was badly overworked went to the local medical center and was able to have a clone made. The clone was like the pastor in every respect-- except the clone used extraordinarily foul language. The cloned pastor was exceptionally gifted in so many other areas of pastoral work, but finally the complaints about the dirty language were too much. The pastor was not too sure how to get rid of the clone so that it didn’t look like murder. The best thing, it seemed, was to make the clone’s death look like an accident. So the pastor lured the clone onto a bridge in the middle of the…
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    byFaith

  • Ministry Transitions

    Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Ryan Baker, from without call to pastor of Grace Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. David Balzer, from stated supply of Grace PC in Chelsea, Alabama, to pastor of Grace PC in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Henry Beaulieu, from assistant pastor of Eastwood PC in Montgomery, Alabama, to assistant pastor of Trinity PC in Statesboro, Georgia. John Bopp, from pastor of Westminster PC in Vincennes, Indiana, to pastor of New Life PC in Minneola, Florida. Christopher Bowen, from RUF campus minister to assistant pastor of First PC in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ron Brown, from RUF campus minister to assistant…
  • Heirs of the Covenant

    Staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    The more we understand the soaring, sweeping, shepherding beauty of God’s covenant of grace, the more we are transformed by His grace to show Jesus to one another. “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! … Remember his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations” (1 Chronicles 16:11, 15). The Gospel of grace is the Good News that the Sovereign, Triune King of the universe enters into a relationship with His people. How could such a thing happen? It took a covenant. Covenant is a compelling idea. Covenant is the storyline of the…
  • Living with WAGR

    Zoe Erler
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    All the doctor had to do was look in 4-day-old Jenna’s eyes to know that something wasn’t right. Instead of green or blue or brown, her eyes were simply dark. That same day, Tom Cox and his wife, Kelli, received the diagnosis for their child: WAGR syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disease affecting fewer than 500 people worldwide. One of WAGR’s symptoms, they discovered, is aniridia, a condition that leaves those affected without irises, which causes varying degrees of blindness. Jenna was missing rises in both eyes and within the next two years developed other symptoms of WAGR,…
  • The Costly Call to Care for the Orphan

    Zoe Erler
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Like many American Christians, Morgan and Grace Dillow of Lexington, Kentucky, believed God was calling them to adopt. That was four years ago. Today, after a journey that has often been devastating, they don’t doubt His calling; they just see far more clearly a world that’s under the influence of rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world, and spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12) that stand firmly opposed to God’s command to “look after orphans.” The Dillows are left with questions and anger — and the promise that God uses even senseless events for a good they cannot…
  • Nurturing a Holy Curiosity

    Staff
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.  It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity. -—Albert Einstein We’re all born with a God-given sense of curiosity — children exhibit it, exploring their world each moment, whether they’re batting their infant feet at a plastic spinning toy or holding a magnifying glass tight in a preschool fist to watch ants emerge from an anthill. Years ago on a winter day, I stood for an hour or more aside a…
 
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    Business Blessings

  • Understanding Seasons

    businessblessings
    6 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    1 Chronicles 12 describes the different men from different tribes who joined David at Ziklag.  Of those from Issachar (v32) they were described as men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do. I’ve been reflecting on this lately, particularly in relation to the different seasons that we go through in life and the different natural seasons we go through each year.  Because of this I recently purchased a book entitled “The Seasons of God” by Richard Blackaby and wanted to share some thoughts that he shares on different seasons. Richard talks about the fact…
  • Why I am recommending the Financial Fitness Pack

    businessblessings
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    For those who have known me for awhile will know that I am passionate ab out ensuring that people have a good financial education.  Primarily so that they know how to manage their own money. The reality is that in Australia our financial literacy rates area very low only 26% according to the OECD figures.  Most people have learned how to manage their money by osmosis.  They saw what their parents did and copied it. Or they have learned points from friends or work colleagues, but never really had consistency in how to manage their money across the board. When you are in business and your…
  • Sending Christmas Cards: It takes time, effort and money, so why do we do it?

    businessblessings
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:14 pm
    This time of year every business asks themselves, should I send out Christmas cards or not? Many do not because of the time, effort and money involved in doing so.  So why do we do it, when should you send it, what you should not do and is there a better alternative? Let’s look at each of these. Three reasons to send out Christmas cards this year: It is Memorable – a well-designed Christmas card is unbeatable and will bring your business front of mind to all recipients.  Most businesses struggle to keep top of mind awareness with their customers.  A Christmas card helps to do this. It…
  • Money flees from those who have no purpose for it, and flows to those who do

    businessblessings
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    One of the issues that employers face is whether or not to use the payment of extra money as a means of motivating increased performance from employees. The issue that we face though is that money does not always provide greater motivation to employees to increase productivity. Here is a great explanation as to why that is the case: “If you only have a dollar and you earn another, the second dollar is worth 100% of the first one’s value.  If you have $10 and earn a dollar, it’s only worth 10% of the value to you.  If you have $100, a dollar is worth 1%, if you have $1,000…
  • Financial Fitness Pack Now Available

    businessblessings
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Business Blessings is pleased to announce that we are now working with Life Leadership to provide you access to some amazing personal financial teaching. The Financial Fitness Pack teaches the principles behind the Offense, Defense, and Playing Field of personal finance. With a basic understanding of these three areas, which are rarely taught together as a whole, anyone can learn to prosper, conserve, and multiply the fruits of his or her labor. Economic affairs do not have to be boring or stressful. Have fun learning how to take charge of your money and be fiscally fabulous! The Financial…
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • More 2014 Books: Parables, Homilies, Prayers, Maigret

    Thomas Baker
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Just to add to dotCommonweal’s recent end-of-year book recommendations, here are four 2014 favorites I’m giving to friends for Christmas.
  • Marco Rubio, champion of human rights. For Cubans.

    Matthew Boudway
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    This point has been made elsewhere, and no doubt it will be made again and again in the next few days, because it's an obvious point. But it's also an important one, so let me make it here too: Marco Rubio's sanctimonious response to yesterday's announcement that the Obama administration will begin normalizing U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba was impossible to take seriously. From the New York Times:
  • Not everyone was happy with the Vatican's thank-you note to U.S. sisters

    Mollie Wilson O'Reilly
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    The final report (.pdf here) on the "apostolic visitation" of U.S. sisters, after effusively praising them for their work and witness over the course of seven pages, concludes on a high note, fit for the Advent season: Our times need the credible and attractive witness of consecrated religious who demonstrate the redemptive and transformative power of the Gospel. Convinced of the sublime dignity and beauty of consecrated life, may we all pray for and support our women religious and actively promote vocations to the religious life. Indeed, the entire Church sings the Magnificat to celebrate…
  • Seeking Refuge

    Ananda Rose
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    I have only just arrived at La Posada Providencia, an emergency shelter for homeless migrants and asylum seekers in San Benito, Texas, when Sr. Zita Telkamp receives a call from a Homeland Security center in the neighboring town of Harlingen. “They’ve got another mother and child for us,” says Sr. Zita. A few minutes later she is barreling down Highway 77 through sheets of rain in the shelter’s communal minivan.
  • 'Eventide' by Voces8

    Paul K. Johnston
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Decca, $9.99, 64 mins. (2014)
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • One Word To Lead 2015

    Brianne McKoy
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Time used to dance slowly for me. I remember my creeping countdown to Christmas break. Spring break. Summer. The beginning of our lives was marked with seasons broken up for us, with rest. Then there was college and marriage and all the responsibility that piles itself high. It feels like a new kind of time that believes you’ve exchanged wonder for a number. An age. I’m wide eyed in disbelief that it is almost 2015. This year, I’ve told too many people that I am 26. When in fact, I turned 30. Somewhere along the line, time stopped for me. Somewhere around 26. Right when I got married.
  • A Christmas Miracle

    Jimmy Wambua
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    This story was orginally published on December 23, 2010 In December 1993, a thief broke into our house and stole our Christmas gifts. My sister and I were sponsored and we received many gifts from our sponsors. Her sponsor was from Australia, and there were kangaroo images printed on all her letters. Some of the precious gifts we received were mattresses and bedding, school shoes, sports gear, traveling bags, Bibles and utensils. These, however, attracted the attention of our neighbors in the slum. Christmas was my happiest day of the year because I had a chance to wear new clothes, sing…
  • Christmas Around The World

    Eryn Carman
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Traditions of dancing, singing carols, pageants, parades and nativity scenes fill our holiday season with joy — uniting us with family and friends as we remember the birth of Jesus Christ. Enjoy these beautiful photos from our friends celebrating Christmas around the world! Ecuador Indonesia Honduras Ethiopia Ghana India Philippines Rwanda Colombia My Account l Sponsor a Child l Help Babies and Moms l Crisis Updates
  • Second Friday Writing Club: Playtime

    Yvonne Reynolds
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    When I was a little girl, I was a big bookworm. Well actually, I still am! But as a little girl, I used my imagination and resources I had around me to create my own little home library. Card catalog, library cards, and borrower cards gave all of my friends a chance to borrow books from my library. Thinking back on this magical playtime of my childhood got me to thinking about how my own sponsored children might spend their time playing. From recent letters, Felix shared with me that he likes to play soccer, and Lina enjoys going on walks with her friends and her tutor from the project.
  • Surviving A Typhoon

    Eryn Carman
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    In the Philippines, tropical cyclones come and go frequently. The country is battered by an average of nine typhoons a year; some don’t make international news, and those that do will have caused devastating destruction. Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) hit the islands on December 6. As of Thursday, December 11, it has affected 70 of our church partners and over 4,000 Compassion-assisted children and their families. No injuries or casualties have been reported and if you sponsor a child there, we will contact you if we find that they have been directly affected. As news becomes available, it will be…
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    Big Is The New Small

  • Oklahoma City Pastor Preaches A Candid Sermon About Racism and The Gospel

    Scott Williams
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    Religion is Dead: The Gospel & Racism from Frontline Church on Vimeo. Oklahoma City Pastor Josh Kouri (Frontline Church) speaks very candidly about race, racial IQ, the system, justice, peace, racism and The Gospel. Real Talk… Definitely worth your while. Oklahoma City Pastor Preaches A Candid Sermon About Racism and The Gospel is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan on NBA All Time Scoring List

    Scott Williams
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:44 am
    Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan on NBA All Time Scoring List. This video has all of Kobe’s career milestones from point 1 to point 32.293. Love him or hate him, you have to respect his game. Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan on NBA All Time Scoring List is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • The Essence Of Leadership by Colin Powell

    Scott Williams
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    Simple yet brilliant thoughts from General Colin Powell on The Essence Of Leadership. The Essence Of Leadership by Colin Powell is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • Stop Chasing Your Competition

    Scott Williams
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:36 am
    A major problem when it comes to the success or lack there of for an individual, organization or brand is the fact that they are always chasing their competition. They make moves based on what their competition is doing and what they think their competition is thinking. These types of moves are not limited to the corporate giants or major brands, it also  happens on a daily basis for individuals, ministry’s and non-profits; although they don’t claim to “see others as their competition.” The problem with chasing your competition is it’s similar to a cat chasing…
  • The 5 Best And 5 Worst Types Of Leaders

    Scott Williams
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:13 am
    There are all types of leaders, Good, Bad and Ugly. The reality is some “so called” leaders are actually LINO’s, not to be con LIONS. LINO’s are Leaders In Name Only. Yes, they are only “leaders” because of their name, title or corner office only. The Best and Worst Types of Leaders can be divided into a number of simple categorical descriptions. I’m going to share 5 of each, believe me there are definitely more. The 5 Worst Types Of Leaders are: The leaders who are only in a role because a close friend or family member placed them there. It’s…
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    Desiring God Blog

  • Did Tolkien Waste His Life?

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    There were imaginative flickers of Middle-earth in the precocious child, Ronald Tolkien. Enchanting English landscapes, a language invented with a young cousin for kicks, an awakening love of mythology, especially of the northern and Germanic variety, and a local doctor named Gamgee were all future literary fodder. But it was in the fierce furnace of World War I, where Tolkien (a signals officer) saw unspeakable horrors and evils and which took the lives of all but one of his closest friends, that the mythology and epic tales that later gave birth to his books The Hobbit and The Lord of the…
  • Preempt the Next Newsflash: Overflow from #ATimeToSpeak

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    On December 16, 2014, I was part of a conversation on racial harmony gathered by Bryan Loritts at the former Lorraine Motel, now the National Civil Rights Museum, in Memphis, Tennessee. In preparing for this event, I jotted down notes on an array of related issues. As I looked over these notes on the way home, and reflected on some takeaways from the gathering, it occurred to me that some of them might be useful as talking points for those who are leading discussions or perhaps preaching or teaching on related matters. So what follows are seed-thoughts that I hope will sprout into fruitful…
  • Praise We Didn’t Plan

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The Psalms are an inspired record of the fight of faith; that’s one of the reasons we love them. By the time we get there in the story of Scripture, two competing realities grab our attention — the promise of God and Israel’s terrible situation. It goes like this: On the one hand, there is the fact of God’s promise. Going back to Genesis, we see God’s word to bless Abraham and make him a great nation through which the whole world would be blessed (Genesis 12:1–3). This promise perseveres over hundreds of years and progresses into the promise to David, that he would have a son who…
  • Engaging Race Face to Face

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    The American church is at a pivotal moment. It has been years since the issue of ethnic and racial tension has received the important attention and discussion it has in the last four months. While it might seem easiest not to engage this topic, or while some might expect the current discussion to quickly fade, Lecrae helps us see that there is a healthy, necessary way to move forward. The broad webcast isn’t the final word. But rather, as Lecrae explains in this six-minute video from last year, “There needs to be small, intimate settings of people coming together to wrestle through this,…
  • Christmas and the Things of Earth

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Creation. Incarnation. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). In the fullness of time, the Word became flesh (Galatians 4:4; John 1:14). These passages, and the events they describe, aren’t just a part of the same Bible; they’re inextricably linked. They are woven together. God made a world. God made himself into a baby. God created us. God with us. These are two steps in one Great Dance. God Speaks in Things How so? Begin with the goal of creation: “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). And not just the heavens. Everything declares the…
 
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    Emergent Village

  • Making The Most Of Your Space: How To Make Extra Storage In Your Bedroom

    Thomas
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    A small bedroom presents a challenge that many people understand: space. Humans do have a tendency to hoard objects of necessity and interest, from clothing and books to collectables and shoes. Wanting to have all of these things with us in our bedroom usually leaves us with a lot of clutter and very little space. What’s worse than bedroom clutter is our inability to locate the things we need at any given time. If this situation leaves you scratching your head, then you should seriously start researching ways to create some much-needed extra storage in your bedroom. Here are some great…
  • When to Roll Up Your Sleeves and DIY

    Thomas
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Before I bought my first house, I didn’t fancy myself very “handy”. And I guess I still don’t, but I’m a lot better than I used to be. After a year and a half of living in a fixer upper, my wife and I have learned a lot of new skills, and our house equity has been increased significantly by work we didn’t know how to do just a couple of years ago. But there are some jobs even I won’t tackle. It’s important to know when to get some industrial supplies from Gotstock and when to leave it to the pros. Here’s how I make the decision. How much can I save? I have done enough work…
  • 3 Key Items You Should Never Overlook When Redecorating

    Thomas
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:44 pm
    by  Stacie Stacie Stacie  Amateur interior-decorators devote endless hours to fretting over minute details, spend hundreds of pounds on unneeded embellishments and agonise for days over options separated by the breadth of a hair. However, it is amazing just how often that these same obsessive decorators will completely ignore key items within the rooms they are transforming. Either leaving them just as they were or not properly utilising just what a difference these items can make to the overall look and feel of any given room. This overlooking can be down to simple ignorance of the items…
  • Creating A Garden For The Whole Family

    Thomas
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:44 pm
    When it comes to your home, it stands to reason that you are going to want somewhere that the whole family can be happy. Of course, every family is different so there are no set rules for what is considered perfect. Instead, what you need to do is think about the needs of your family and create something perfect. One of the biggest things to take into account is the garden and what you are going to do with it. If you have young children then it is important to create a space that is the perfect compromise for both you and them. A garden is preferable for children so if you have a property…
  • When DIY is the Best Option

    Thomas
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    If you are like me, there’s a lot of work to be done on your house. My wife and I bought a fixer-upper, and we’ve managed to add a lot of equity to the house. But we still don’t have molding, a save staircase, insulation in the attic, and many many other little things. When we bought the house, we (like you?) didn’t know much about household repairs. I’ve learned a lot, but have gotten down to jobs I’m not as comfortable performing myself. Still, it’s really expensive to get these jobs performed by professionals, and early estimates have come in between $30 and $50,000. Here is…
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • Between Two Synods

    George Weigel
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:27 am
    On November 19, 1964, the draft text of Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Freedom was abruptly pulled from the floor of the council and a vote on it deferred for a year. The announcement of this unexpected decision, prompted by a request from Italian and Spanish bishops thought to be opposed to the Declaration, led to something approaching chaos. A petition to Pope Paul VI was hastily cobbled together and signed by hundreds of council fathers, asking the pope to permit a vote on the declaration before the council adjourned its third period in two days’ time. Paul VI determined that,…
  • Time to Start Prepping Post-Obamacare Reforms

    Yuval Levin
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    The Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments in King v. Burwell next year poses an enormous danger to ObamaCare, but it also presents an urgent challenge to the law’s opponents. The outcome might result in many thousands of residents in more than half the states being unable to afford health insurance. The next Congress must be ready to respond with a consumer-oriented health reform. That means preparing now. The issue in the case is that the Affordable Care Act makes subsidies available for individuals to buy health insurance through exchanges “established by the states.” But 36…
  • Francis, Filtered

    George Weigel
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    About a year ago, I suggested to one of the top editors of a major American newspaper that his journal’s coverage of things papal left something to be desired, as it seemed based on the assumption that Pope Francis was some kind of radical wild-man, eager to toss into the garbage bin of history all those aspects of Catholic faith and practice that mainstream western culture finds distasteful. My friend replied, in so many words, look, you know how these media narratives are: They’re like bamboo. Once they get started, there’s no stopping them. They just keep growing. Alas, he was right.
  • A Point of View: The Strangely Enduring Power of Kitsch

    Roger Scruton
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    In the early years of the 20th Century, the arts entered a period of revolution. Enough of the escapism, the modernists said. Art must show modern life as it is. Only in that way can it offer real consolation. Ornament is crime, declared the architect Adolf Loos, and all those baroque facades that line the streets of Vienna, encrusted with meaningless knobs and curlicues, are so many denials of the world in which we live. They tell us that beauty belongs in a vanished past. In the face of this message, Loos set out to discover a purer beauty - beauty that belongs to modern life and also…
  • Obama Scuttles. America Retreats. Things Fall Apart.

    George Weigel
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Last April, two months after the Maidan Revolution of Dignity had displaced Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and a few weeks after Vladimir Putin had annexed Crimea, a major player in the unfolding drama of Ukraine called me to talk over the volatile situation. It seemed that Putin, having blithely ignored Russia's treaty obligations by ingesting a chunk of his neighbor's territory, might not stop there. So toward the end of our conversation, my Ukrainian friend asked, "If this gets very bad, can we count on the United States?" To which I could only reply, "I'm mortified to have to say…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Until 2015, I Bid Thee Adieu.

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:04 pm
    You finally close the day’s work after reading and taking notes and asking questions. You stack the books, the printouts, the papers, the highlighters, the notebooks; you stack it all, on the dining room table for tomorrow. You save the manuscript. You close the computer. You walk away. And you hear a small voice whisper, “Add a chapter.” You argue back, “The title of the book is ’10 Things Parents Need to Know About Their Kids and Sex’ – You can’t just go and add a chapter!” He says, “Chapter 10 needs to be: Parents Need to Know…
  • The Power of a “Thank You” in the Story of Redemption

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Five minutes of pure beauty. The post The Power of a “Thank You” in the Story of Redemption appeared first on Anne Marie Miller • Author & Bible Teacher.
  • Free Devotional: Surviving Christmas: Advent Devotions for the Hard and Holy Holidays

    Anne Marie Miller
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    Growing up, I didn’t know much about Advent. Christmas cantatas, yes. Live nativity scenes, yes. Stolen baby Jesus dolls, yes. Advent…not so much. It was a few years ago after I began attending St. Bartholomew’s in Nashville where Advent really took a hold on my heart: a time to prepare and reflect upon the coming Christ, his birth, death and resurrection, the narrative of Mary and Joseph, angels, dirt, mundane, pain, rejoicing. Over time, I’ve written a few blog posts inspired by the season or on Christmas in general. Because as mystical and ponderous Advent is, the…
  • Enjoy A Free Chapter of “Lean on Me” from the Folks at FaithGateway

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
      The fine folks at FaithGateway posted a free chapter of Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community today. Here’s a little tease; you can click over to their website for the rest! They’re also offering 20% off the book, too! (Insert your own verbiage about stocking stuffers or Christmas shopping here…I’ll save you the grief.) Much love, Anne Marie Sometimes the only way to return is to go. — Josh Garrels Leaving behind four years of friendships in Nashville, I moved to California, confidently running, fearless in my decision to…
  • Having a Plan for Coping with Anxiety

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    It was 3:12 am and it felt like what I imagine a heart attack feels like. If I hadn’t felt this tightness hundreds of times before in the last 20 years, I probably would have been concerned, but it was a familiar foe. Rarely does it visit while I’m sleeping, but last night it did. I took some deep breaths, told my brain what was happening (because brains are only wired to know evidence – my racing heart and shallow breathing – not reason.) “You are starting to have a panic attack. There is no reason you should be this afraid. You are healthy, you are safe. This feeling…
 
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    Godspace

  • The Beginning by Michael Carroccino

    Christine Sine
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” (Mark […]
  • Advent #3 by Mark Pierson

    Christine Sine
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:39 pm
     
  • Come to the Manger by Keren Dibbens-Wyatt

    Christine Sine
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    Come to the manger all you sweet wanderers with disconnected memories and synapses that do not quite link up any more, like frayed cables lashing blindly in the wind. Come and worship the one newly born from and to wholeness. Where your ends do not meet he will find you, somewhere in the middle. All […]
  • Resources for the Christmas Season

    Christine Sine
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    The Text This Week as usual tops my list of go to sites for Christmas resources. Great links to pageant ideas and worship services and I really feel I do not need to add more ideas than you can find here. However I just came across Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell’s website: Rev-o-lution with its rich resources for Advent and […]
  • Chosen Ones by Jean Andrianoff

    Christine Sine
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:57 am
    And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. Luke 2:8-9 Imagine your feelings as a shepherd, mechanically carrying out your […]
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    Good Letters

  • Over the Rhine: Finding Our Tribe

    Guest Contributor
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Guest post by Linford Detweiler The following post is adapted from a talk given at the Glen Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 7, 2014. Hello. I’m Linford Detweiler. I’m one half of the band Over the Rhine, and my wife and I are leading the songwriting workshop this week. I asked Greg when [Read More...]
  • Thinking About Poverty

    Peggy Rosenthal
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:17 am
    What better time than Advent to ponder what poverty means? After all, Christ became poor for our sakes, emptying himself of his divinity as he emptied himself into our humanity. So what does poverty mean? Here are some dictionary definitions: Poverty (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary): 1a: the state of one who lacks a usual or [Read More...]
  • In Defense of Fruitcake

    Tania Runyan
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    At some point or another, every Christmas celebrant in America has to draw lines in the sand over the following doctrinal issues: When is it acceptable to begin listening to Christmas music? What are your thoughts on front yard inflatables? Will you shop on Black Friday or boycott it and buy all the crap a [Read More...]
  • The Regrettably Pretty Shoes: A St. Louis Story

    Guest Contributor
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Guest post by Linda Wendling  I love St. Louis. I love Ferguson. My whole family grew up loving this burg. Two kids went to school there; my friends and I ate girly tea-party fare at The Thyme Table. And we all hit The Ferguson Bakery (famous for its chewy anise cookies). Ferguson and St. Louis [Read More...]
  • Crime and Grace Collide in Denis Johnson’s Novels

    Morgan Meis
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:15 am
    On the back cover of Denis Johnson’s new novel The Laughing Monsters is a rather extraordinary quote by David Means. Means was reviewing Johnson’s short novel, Nobody Move, for the New York Times Sunday Book Review in 2009. The sentence from the quote that struck me in particular is that Johnson “routinely explores the nature [Read More...]
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • Mere Fidelity: Atonement

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    What shape should the atonement take as a doctrine?  Is penal substitutionary atonement an appropriate account of the doctrine?  Derek and I are joined by not one, but two guests for a conversation about the doctrine of the atonement. Adam Johnson is a professor at Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute (my alma mater), and is the author of God’s Being in Reconciliation and The Atonement: A Guide for the Perplexed (forthcoming). He also gave this interesting lecture on angels and the atonement, for those who are interested. Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry is (among other things) a…
  • Can Christians be gay? An Inquiry

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:22 am
    Some conservative evangelicals have been revisiting whether it’s permissible to be gay and a Christian recently. I generally try to steer clear of that discussion, as I find it often reinforces notions of ‘identity’ that are too underdeveloped to be helpful. “Identity” language is a virus in the church that addles the brains of otherwise very intelligent people.* The old forgotten terminology of virtues, character, acts, and so on was much clearer and did not have the incantatory effect ‘identity’ clearly does within the evangelical world, and if I had my way we’d all…
  • The Expansion of the Good: On the Moral Universe of Prudence

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    “There may be many ways to do wrong in this world, but there are also many paths to the right; those governed by prudence are willing to at least admit the possibility.” That’s from my recent article at Comment Magazine, a subscription to which would make an excellent Christmas gift to the thoughtful Christian reader in your life.I sent them a piece that was wreckage, and they graciously helped me work through my intuitions.I write to learn, sometimes, and this was one of those cases. Still, I want to say one or two more words about this above line, as the thought beneath it has…
  • Mere Fidelity: Teens and Sexting

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Hanna Rosin’s recent article at The Atlantic on teens and sexting is a long, disturbing look at a widespread trend. It’s definitely worth a read, though that isn’t necessary to listen to our conversation about it. Special thanks to MK Creative Arts for the audio editing. If you enjoyed the show (AND ONLY IF), leave us a review at iTunes.  If you didn’t enjoy the show, let us know and we’ll work to make it better.  Or we’ll ignore you.  And if you want to subscribe by RSS, you can do that here. Finally, as always, follow Derek, Alastair, and Andrew for more…
  • Sacred Loneliness and Sacred Comfort: A Review of Marilynne Robinson’s ‘Lila’

    Guest Writer
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Jonathan McGregor is a PhD candidate in English and American Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, where he’s writing about twentieth-century American literary intellectuals and Christian social thought. You can follow him on Twitter. There’s a moment in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead (2005) when the old preacher John Ames nearly loses control of his storytelling voice to a torrential repetition of the word “just”: I almost wish I could have written that the sun just shone and the tree just glistened, and the water just poured out of it and the girl just laughed….
 
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    RZIM

  • Ravi’s Update from Kiev, Ukraine

    Ted Burnham
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Christian apologists Dr. Ravi Zacharias and Michael Ramsden visited Kiev, Ukraine November 21-25 for a series of high profile public events and private meetings with missions leaders, church congregations, businessmen, and students from across the nation. In this video Ravi Zacharias gives an update on the visit.
  • Watch Live on Saturday: Ravi Zacharias in Hyderabad

    Ted Burnham
    6 Dec 2014 | 1:17 am
    On Saturday, December 6, Dr. Ravi Zacharias will be the featured speaker at an evangelistic outreach event hosted by Cross Culture in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, the fourth most populous city in India. Zacharias will speak on “Running From Reality,” and will hold an open forum Q&A session with the audience following his message. Over 1,000 students and young leaders from different backgrounds are expected to attend this gathering. The event will be streamed live online, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Indian Standard Time (8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time). You can watch here and follow along on…
  • From Kiev to Ferguson: Stable Words in an Unstable World

    Ravi Zacharias
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:56 am
    A memorial to those killed during Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution in Kiev. (Photo by Ben May / RZIM) Just a few hours ago I stood at the square in Kiev where one year ago over a million people gathered to protest Russia’s ruthless attempt at breaking Ukraine. The pictures, the flowers, the memory of the many dead scream in the silence. Ukrainian youth and others paid with their lives, and the pictures reveal the savagery of the oppressors. It was a biting cold sixteen degrees as I recorded a message there while passersby stopped to listen. As I now fly back, I see another scene: a…
  • Celebrate Generosity with RZIM on #GivingTuesday!

    Ruth Malhotra
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:47 pm
    As the RZIM team reflects on the tremendous ways God has blessed our ministry this year, we give thanks for the faithful support of friends like you who pray for us and stand with us. December 2 is Giving Tuesday, a day to celebrate generosity. We invite you to participate in Giving Tuesday by giving a special gift to RZIM. Simply put, RZIM is about meeting people in their need and doing so with the beauty and splendor of the gospel of Jesus Christ in its full credibility. Under the leadership of Ravi Zacharias, our team of over thirty evangelists answers the heartfelt questions of the…
  • With Gratitude on Veterans Day

    Ravi Zacharias
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    Thank you to all who have served in the U.S. military. You have our respect and gratitude on Veterans Day and every day. I have tremendous admiration for your skill, your commitment, and your passionate desire to defend this country and this country’s values, which I also cherish. More than ever, your strengths are needed in a world where so much is going wrong with such rapidity. We must be very careful to protect our loved ones, our offspring, and the values by which we live. America’s military and guardians of the law are protecting the sacredness and sovereignty of a nation and…
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    Red Letter Believers

  • Christmas for the lonely

    David Rupert
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
      He walked out to the get the newspaper, just like he does every morning. He still gets the paper out of habit. And for something to do. He used to look at the sports section, but now watches ESPN until late at night, the updated scores streaming in real time across the bottom scroll. Heavy and messy, today’s paper is stuffed with ads. It’s just one more reminder that Christmas is coming, as if he could possibly get away from that fact. The grocery store has been playing Taylor Swift Christmas songs since Halloween. And the mailbox has been reminding him of the dreaded day…
  • O Come O Come Emmanuel – A Stunning Rendition

    David Rupert
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:17 am
    These women, of Forte Femme, are amazing.     The post O Come O Come Emmanuel – A Stunning Rendition appeared first on Red Letter Believers.
  • “Merry Happy Something Day!” A Sensible Guide to Religious Holidays in the Workplace

    David Rupert
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    A few years ago, the kooky characters on the TV-show Seinfeld tried their best to promote a new holiday – Festivus, “for the rest of us.” It was a non-traditional, non-religious holiday in December that began with an “airing of grievances.” For many reasons, it never really gained traction beyond its original farcical intent. So today, just like centuries before us, we have a plethora of traditional and religious holidays this month. In Western culture, Christmas dominates not so much as a dominant Christian holiday, but a cultural and commercial event. There’s no doubt that the…
  • Don’t be Grumpy and Old: 3 Ways Christians Can Prepare for Happiness

    David Rupert
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    A good friend of mine has a father who is sinking into dementia. As his mind slips away, so are his “brakes.”  The graceful restraints of social morays concerning foul language, anger, and human interaction are gone. He’s a handful, battling nurses, cussing out family members, and berating visitors. His final days are stress on everyone around him. It makes me wonder, what will I be like when I’m old? Frustration, Fear, Loneliness I saw my father angry one time in his life – yes, just once. He was irritated with the cannula hanging from his nostrils and his hand became entangled in…
  • Gratitude – Words that express our thanks

    David Rupert
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    I am thrilled to be part of a fantastic writer’s group, Writers on the Rock. They aren’t concerned about being famous or writing the next best seller. They are just good people who want to make a difference with their words. On this day, Thanksgiving 2014, we have published a collaborative project, “Gratitude.” Please feel free to download it here — Gratitude And we would  be honored if you would share it. Thank you friends. The post Gratitude – Words that express our thanks appeared first on Red Letter Believers.
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  • John Fullbright: "When You're Here"

    Steve McCoy
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Here's an artist that will make my best albums of 2014 list. It's John Fullbright with "When You're Here" off of his album Songs (physical CD $1 cheaper & has instant download). Love his elastic, yet gravely-voice and creative songwriting. I have this song on repeat lately. Selection of lyrics...Ever changing, Ever movingEver finding, Ever losingEvery moment of our choosing bears a costAs for lonely, I can show youHow to live a life aloneAll it takes is getting used to getting lostIn my heart stands a scarecrowIf he’s hurt he doesn’t say soAnd he chases everything he…
  • Let Us Never Forget Why We Write

    Steve McCoy
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    "Let us never forget the sprawling genius of a midnight dream, and then how silly it seems in the light of day. ... We write to find out how it ends. So let us keep writing. And let us never forget how it feels to hold life in your hands."null
  • Pencils & Paper for Pastors

    Steve McCoy
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    I've been diving deeper into the world of notebooks, pencils, and pens lately in order to rework how I use some tools for daily tasks, projects, note-taking, journaling, etc. I'm always tweaking something, but I realized I was in a slump and needed some changes. I'm working on a lengthy post about pencils and how I'm geeking out on them right now. I think they are often taken for granted and underappreciated. I think they are remarkable and handy and enjoyable. And my pencil discoveries have put me in a generous mood. I'm giving away some pencils. But I want…
  • Cheap Albums 12.5.14

    Steve McCoy
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    In the new batch of $5 albums at Amazon I found some gems. Sharon Van Etten: Are We There Four Tet: There Is Love In You | Album of the Year for me in 2010The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main StreetHiss Golden Messenger: Lateness of DancersAngel Olsen: Burn Your Fire For No WitnessAndrew Bird: Music of HairField Report: MarigoldenFlogging Molly: Drunken LullabiesBill Evans Trio: Sunday at the Village VanguardJohn Coltrane: Blue TrainMIles Davis: Steamin'Brandi Carlile: Bear CreekRyan Adams: GoldChevelle: This Type of ThinkingAnimal Collective: Centipede HzDirty Projectors: Bitte…
  • Danny's Thanksgiving Song

    Steve McCoy
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Danny had an extra credit project for Thanksgiving this year. Despite having never gotten a grade below an A, he did it anyway. Pretty funny kid. And the family helped out!
 
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Little Micah, Little Bethlehem (Lesson 4: Micah 5)

    Fred Sanders
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    The book of Micah is a very small book, somewhere just past the middle of the Bible. It’s in there somewhere. It’s somewhere between Daniel and Malachi, between Amos and Zephaniah, between Obadiah and Habakkuk, between Jonah and Nahum. It’s down where the mighty stream of Old Testament salvation history starts narrowing to a trickle. It’s in a cavern, in a canyon, excavating for a minor prophet. Micah’s in a narrow place, a tight spot for a lot of people who think they can recite the 39 books of the Old Testament, but come to grief in here, where the Hebrew names get thick:…
  • Prophet and Apostle (Lesson 3: Isaiah 9)

    Fred Sanders
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:29 am
    The prophet says: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; The evangelist answers: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.   The prophet says: Those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. The apostles answer: He has delivered us from the domain of darkness, and God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.   The prophet foresees: For unto us a child is born, The angel reports: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.   Prophet: unto us a son is given; Apostle:…
  • Christmas Playlist 2014: Monophonic

    Fred Sanders
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    So much Christmas music is an overproduced mess. This year for our annual Christmas mix we decided to cleanse the palate by finding a set of songs at the other end of the production spectrum. We’ve got buzzing, droning, hissing and popping.  We’ve got yowling backup singers that ought to be on a different layer of the track, except there is no different layer of the track to put them on. We’ve got percussion that makes no sense. There are toy pianos. Some high notes that exceed the recording equipment’s capabilities and make the speaker sound all mashy. There’s…
  • What God Called Abraham (Lesson 2: Genesis 12)

    Fred Sanders
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Father Abraham had many sons, eventually. But for most of his life all he had was his wife Sarah, and his loyal servant Eleazar, and a word of mouth promise from God. For the Lord said to Abram, “Go out, away from the familiarity of your country, and far away from the network of your kindred, and out of the protection and security of your father’s house, to the land that I have not even shown you yet, but will show you later. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” So by faith Abraham obeyed, and he went out…
  • Beginnings and Creations in the Magician’s Nephew

    Fred Sanders
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:03 pm
    In October 2014, five of the faculty of the Torrey Honors Institute had a public discussion of C.S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew as part of Biola’s annual University Day. There was a lovely audience there, but we barely let them get a word in. Did I mention there were five of us? We were too busy interrupting each other to take the time to interrupt the audience. The interdisciplinary fun is brought to you by three systematic theologians, an early modern literature scholar, and a philosopher of education. Think of it as an extended-play, five-person episode of The Common…
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  • How I landed a Book Deal

    Chris Marlow
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Photo Credit In 2012, in an airport security line, Jen Hatmaker did what Jen Hatmaker does. She looked me in the eyes as we frantically tried to get through security after spending a week in Haiti and said: “Chris, you need to write a book and tell this story.” To be clear, Jen is not the kind of person you ignore. She has that “it” factor–the one where you just tend to follow her lead and say, “Yes, ma’am!” She will never admit this, but it’s true! So, a year goes by and I feel this nagging tug at my heart. I need to do this for so many reasons. But…
  • Why I’m Going Back to Church

    Chris Marlow
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    I found a church. It is a place that makes sense for my family–a place at which I can be involved and give back. It is a church that is focused on community engagement and not just the Sunday gathering, and yet, the Sunday gatherings are beautiful and holy and needed. It’s not that we have not been going to church. We have, but we have not been fully committed to serving a local body since we have moved back to Raleigh. We tried, but nothing felt natural or long term. It is led by a young, humble, and talented up-and-coming leader, and some of our close family friends are on staff.
  • Why I Have Been a Coward: A Confession of Silence

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

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

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

    Andrew Jones
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    In July of 2013,  a well known Christian magazine that focuses on Christian outreach asked me what I thought they should cover in 2014. WHAT I SUGGESTED I suggested articles on urban agriculture, going off-grid, permaculture, voluntary simplicity, interaction with Muslims, nomads, social enterprise, DIY and self sufficiency, outreach that includes seekers rather than targets them, outreach for churches that ...
  • Blogging in 2015

    Andrew Jones
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:07 am
    I have been unblogging for a while which has been a good experience for me. Learning to listen. Learning to watch. I used to call it “blogfast” but unblogging seems to be the term these days. But now that I am starting a new season of work in Europe, and will have lots to blog about, I want to get my ...
  • What went wrong in the south?

    Andrew Jones
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Alan Cross is a white evangelical Baptist pastor in Montgomery Alabama, the scene of some of America’s worst racial violence. For many years he has been asking the question “What went wrong in the south?” and that journey has led him to be a changemaker for justice in his denomination and beyond. It also led him to publish the book When Heaven ...
  • 5 ways to avoid microfinance corruption

    Andrew Jones
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Conversations about microloans to empower young entrepreneurs in the developing world should NOT contain words such as mafia, suicide epidemic, exploitation, microloan sharks. But they do. In San Francsico I chatted with Wolfgang Fernandez (Next Step) about the microloan industry; why is there so much corruption and what makes the successful programs stand out from those that are now bringing disgrace ...
  • Help me land the truck in Europe

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

    30 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Payne Avenue lives up to its name. Some nights it’s painful and strange (“Sweet Payne” by The Hold Steady). There are certain blocks of Payne Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., where nighttime pain gushes into the day, creating an endless stream of struggle. On one block, across from a Family Dollar Store, stands a food truck. The young driver sports piercings, tattoos and a clerical collar. Every Thursday noon she and volunteers serve up free food, hugs and prayers.  The food truck is a mobile church called Shobi’s Table (www.shobistable.org). Margaret Kelly is its…
  • Aging clergy article sparks reaction

    30 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    'Thank you'Thank you for “The ELCA’s aging clergy wave”. The real shortage is in congregations that can pay a full-time pastor with benefits. Many retired clergy I know are quickly returning to do interim, pulpit supply or agency ministry because of inadequate retirement benefits. I’ve served lower paying congregations that couldn’t put much money into my retirement accounts. At age 60 I don’t see myself retiring in the foreseeable future. The Rev. David CoffinDeshler, Ohio   Seminary beckonsWhile some bishops and others say the ELCA doesn’t face…
  • Permanently poor

    30 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In the face of daunting statistics concerning the poor — an estimated 17.5 million American households live with “food insecurity” every day — many of us distance ourselves from poverty. For us, scorn for the poor isn’t the issue. We just pay less attention to them, excising from our busy minds that which seems to be a hopelessly intractable problem.  “There’s not much we can do,” you may have heard someone say. “Besides, Jesus said we would always have the poor with us.” That statement of Jesus (Matthew 26:11,Mark…
  • Chef

    30 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This appealing drama illustrates the difference between a job and a vocation. As writer Kent Nerburn wrote in Letters to My Son (New World Library, 1999): “A vocation fills you with a sense of meaning. It is something you choose because of what it allows you to say with your life, not because of the money it pays you or the way it will make you appear to others. It is, above all else, something that lets you love.” Carl is a successful chef at a chic Los Angeles restaurant. But after a spat with a food critic, he loses his position. This gives him an opportunity to…
  • 'I can?t imagine a child without toys'

    30 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hey, mister! When do I get my airplane?” It’s that same little boy from the congregation’s preschool program. While his friends play in the church gymnasium, he peers into the adjoining woodshop, captivated by Joe Doster’s every move as the retired industrial and visual arts teacher transforms birch plywood into toy planes, trains, elephants, ducks and cars that will become presents for needy children. Doster smiles as he talks about that boy, a frequent visitor who represents for him every 21st century child who would cherish one of the old-fashioned wooden…
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  • New today: Kids observing baptisms, dealing with Internet criticism, evangelicals and apocalypticism

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    17 Dec 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
  • Mary, can you teach us to be courageous?

    Kendra Weddle Irons
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    My stereo is always on overdrive in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. My favorite is anything by Mannheim Steamroller even after our German exchange student last year told me no one from Germany actually listens to them. That’s OK. I’m willing to be different. read more
  • Locking up children

    Amy Frykholm
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This week, at a refurbished camp for oil and gas workers, the Department of Homeland Security officially opened a new detention center for women and children who cross the southern U.S. border. In DHS director Jeh Johnson’s view, this is a move to prevent people from crossing the border at all. He wants to stem the tide of “illegal migration,” and he believes that detention is one means to do so. “Frankly, we want to send a message that our border is not open to illegal migration, and if you come here, you should not expect to simply be released,” said Johnson.Let’s look…
  • It's none of my business

    Carol Howard Merritt
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This week, I was speaking to a handful of strong, smart writers who were on their way to publishing major books, but they were nervous about entering the Wild West World of the Internet. How were they going to handle the criticism they would have to endure? read more
  • Light, darkness, and expendable children

    James Sledge
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It has happened again; children slaughtered. This time it was a Taliban attack at a school in Pakistan, but it's an old, old story. It's part of everyone's least favorite Christmas-related story, Herod's killing the children of Bethlehem in an attempt to preserve his power. And terrorists and militias still use such tactics today. It's a time honored way to gain power, or to cling to it. read more
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  • Why I’ll miss the religious mockery of The Colbert Report

    Richard Braaksma
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Posted on 12/18/14 Nobody likes to be the butt of a joke. On the school yard, at the family dinner table - we like it when people laugh with us, not at us. Above all, we don’t like it when people make sport of what we hold dear. Like our faith. Christians complain about unfair portrayals of “people of faith” in Hollywood. We’ve come to expect ridicule from atheist comedians like Bill Maher or Ricky Gervais. But Stephen Colbert is supposed to be one of us. Tonight, Colbert wraps up nine years on The Colbert Report, Comedy Central’s hugely successful fake news…
  • Three things each of us can do to resist racism – right now

    Kimberly Davis
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:45 am
    Posted on 12/17/14 In the weeks since two separate grand juries decided not to indict white police officers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo in the homicides of two black men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, race has been at the forefront of many conversations. It’s a discussion fraught with tension, at once recalling America’s terrible past of African enslavement and bringing forth the reality of present-day disparity and continued struggle, even in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement. This tension has come to a tipping point, as protests spill onto streets across the United…
  • The incarnational allure of live TV

    Bethany Keeley-Jonker
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:19 am
    Posted on 12/16/14 A funny thing is happening in the medium of television. We are seeing more and more of something that was popular in TV’s early days: live events. This trend is likely influenced by two other developments: the accessibility and popularity of streaming and time-shifting technology, which makes it more convenient to view programming after it has been broadcast; and the practice of “live tweeting” or using other social media to comment on media events as they happen. Given these two developments, there are plenty of people who will not tune in for their…
  • Songs of Innocence and Metamodern Sounds: the top ten albums of 2014

    John J. Thompson
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Posted on 12/15/14 10. Songs of Innocence - U2 Under the cloud of misplaced hype, one of the most important bands in the history of rock released one of their most vulnerable and deeply spiritual records. Songs of Innocence may have been born under less than ideal conditions, but to miss this level of artistry would be a shame. Besides, you already have it on your phone. Give it a spin. 9. Lazaretto - Jack White Jack White returned this year with yet another slice of his wonderfully tweaked blues-based rock and roll. Lazaretto is everything you could want from a Jack White joint, unless…
  • For Christians, there is no torture debate

    Branson Parler
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Posted on 12/11/14 The release of the Senate report on torture has reignited debate around the topic. I think most Christians would agree that torture is wrong for a number of reasons, including its violation of the inherent dignity of the human person. But two other facets of the recent conversation are worth reflecting on from a Christian perspective. First, this discussion is often couched in consequentialist language. That is, the end justifies the means. Both Senate Democrats and CIA representatives have focused on whether the torture methods produced results, including the the killing…
 
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    Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day

  • Luke 1:76-78

    Bible Gateway
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    “And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven”
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  • FREE DVD: Fearless!

    Terrace Crawford
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    If you’ve followed my blog or twitter long enough, you’ll know that I absolutely LOVE giving away FREE stuff.  Today (and tomorrow) are those kind of days here. My friends at Dare2Share are putting together an incredible 2015 tour called … Continue reading →
  • The Christmas Project

    Terrace Crawford
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    Let’s do something together this Christmas. Recently I wrote about a significant need many of my friends had financially. Some of you gave and we were able to help a few leaders who were in desperate need of support. Since that … Continue reading →
  • Want to Win Starbucks for Life?

    Terrace Crawford
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Starbucks just announced something pretty big. This holiday season our friends @Starbucks will be giving away 10 “lifetime Starbucks cards,” which offer free beverages every day for 30 years!  From December 2 until Christmas, anyone who swipes a registered Starbucks … Continue reading →
  • Special: Get an Autographed Copy of Going Social!

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

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

  • Anti Santy Ranty

    Rick Morgan
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:39 am
    Is your view of God similar to your view of Santa?  They say there’s a big man who lives far away,Supposedly jolly but it’s hard to say.I’ve never seen him, and neither have you.But the children believe, and I spose that’ll do.He’s known as a loner, with many a quirkNo time for a chat, he’s embroiled in his workHe keeps to himself, for most of the year,I reckon we’re grateful he doesn’t appear.We send him requests, for particular needs,But we never hear back, who knows if he heeds?We try to be good, give his arm a twist,To merit our place on his blessed little list.And…
  • Emmanuel - God With Us

    Rick Morgan
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:22 am
    All that is within me cries for you alone be glorified.MercyMe - God With UsWho are we that You would be mindful of us?What do You see that's worth looking our way?We are free in ways that we never should be.Sweet release from the grip of these chains.Like hinges straining from the weight,My heart no longer can keep from singing.All that is within me criesFor You alone be glorified:Emmanuel, God with us.My heart sings a brand new song.The debt is paid, these chains are gone.Emmanuel, God with us.Lord, You know our hearts don't deserve Your glory;Still You show a love we cannot afford.Like…
  • Peace On Earth, Good Will To Men

    Rick Morgan
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    Is there really any peace?Casting Crowns - I Heard The Bells on Christmas DayI heard the bells on Christmas dayTheir old familiar carols playAnd mild and sweet their songs repeatOf peace on earth good will to menAnd in despair I bowed my headThere is no peace on earth I saidFor hate is strong and mocks the songOf peace on earth, good will to menThen rang the bells more loud and deepGod is not dead, nor doth He sleepThe wrong shall fail, the right prevailWith peace on earth, good will to menPeace on earth, Peace on earthPeace on earth, Good will to menFull lyrics >> It is easy to look at…
  • Perfect Gifts

    Rick Morgan
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    You can't out give God!  James 1:17  Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens.When any of us give a gift we are usually guessing at what the best gift is for the recipient, sometimes we give with the wrong motivation and you know that no matter what you give some day it will wear out and get thrown away.The original gift giver is still the best, he has a huge advantage, he made us so he knows what we really need the most and he is the only one that has the power to meet those needs. God always gives out…
  • It's Christmas Time!

    Rick Morgan
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    Can you say that with joy or with a groan?Born unto us this day a SaviorGifted from heaven to a mangerThe hope of the worldA light for all mankindAll of the earth rejoiceSo lift up your voice andSing out His praiseBorn is the King, rejoice in the dayMake a joyful soundLet His praise resound It’s ChristmasGoodwill to all the earthAnd peace divineAll of the earth rejoiceIt’s Christmas timeIt’s Christmas timeIt seems to come back sooner every year and if we don't watch out we will be saying "It's Christmas time" with a groan instead of with joy. As the "to do" list continues to grow our…
 
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  • On Fear, Pants, and Vocational Destiny

    John
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Theodore Roosevelt once said this: If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. It’s so true it hurts (get it… get it?!? Okay… too early…). By the time I left college I had worked for some really large companies and I was looking to continue that trend because it’s really all I knew. The startup world wasn’t even part of the equation nor would it be part of my life for a little while longer. One of the most significant jobs that I had was at Dell, Inc. I joined their Enterprise…
  • The First 365 Days

    John
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    A few weeks ago I crossed a major milestone with The Iron Yard – I survived a full year as a full-time salaried staff member and I didn’t quit nor did I get fired. So, that’s good. No, I mean, that’s freaking amazing. Seriously. I am, in many respects, generally unemployable and so to work with such great people in an environment where I am allowed to be myself and, consequently, creating exceptional value for my partners, investors, staff, and customers is incredibly rewarding and satisfying. Thankfully, I have known Peter and Eric for years so the concept of…
  • The “Let’s Do This” Mentality

    John
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    I love this little phrase (my all-time favorite use is in this video) and I love the diagram as well. A team that takes action in a focused and measurable way is a winning team, through and through. There are few things more satisfying than watching a high-performance team kick serious ass. In the athletic world we see this dynamic happen in real-time as plays are being made, shots converting to points, and strategy and tactics being executed flawlessly in motion. In corporate teams (and even in software development) the action isn’t as visceral or in-your-face fantastic. It’s…
  • Software and Aspergers

    John
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    A few great thoughts (and references) via Jeff Atwood on software developers and Aspergers:  I often joke that you have to be a little obsessive-compulsive to be a good developer. Software development .. skews heavily male is fixated with order, syntax, and literal interpretation allows you to deal with machines instead of people requires a nearly obsessive focus .. just like Asperger’s. Hah. I know that feel bro. The post Software and Aspergers appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Twenty Fifteen Theme

    John
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    The next version of WordPress (v4.1) isn’t quite out yet but I decided that I couldn’t wait because I wanted to desperately try out the new Twenty Fifteen Theme which is absolutely gorgeous. I’m currently running the theme live on this blog but you can, of course, see the official demo here. This theme isn’t entirely different than my previous aesthetic look because it also has a left sidebar with a focus on the content on the right. In many ways this new yearly theme is even more trim than my previous look and I’m thankful for that. Over the years I’ve…
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    Thinking Out Loud

  • Exodus: Don’t Wait for the Video

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:57 am
    Because I have worked in and around the Christian retail industry for too long, I know that the surge of Christian-themed movies at the box office these past few months always has a ripple effect in the Christian bookstores. Current top sellers in such stores — and their online equivalents — include God’s Not Dead and Mom’s Night Out, both of which had theatrical runs first. I don’t think you’re going to see the same happen with Exodus: Gods and Kings. For the most part, Christian retailers act as gatekeepers for what their constituency reads or listens to…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:34 am
    The two Mormon missionaries in artist Brook Robertson’s piece “Zion / Rocky Mountain Alliance” look determined. The figures are both wearing crisp white shirts and ties, resolutely staring forward as their vehicle heads towards it destination. Such a statue normally wouldn’t be out of place in Salt Lake City — the worldwide headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Except for the fact that the vessel is a spaceship. And one of the missionaries has the bright blue skin of a sharply-dressed alien. CLICK the image to read the full story at Huffington Post.
  • A Good Question

    paulthinkingoutloud
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:40 am
    This published a month ago at Just a Thought, the blog of author and church planter Rick Apperson in British Columbia, Canada. I thought readers here might appreciate this; click the title below to read at source. A Good Question “What does that teach you about God, Daddy?” This is the question my son has been asking lately. He likes to sing praise and worship songs. He also likes to make up new songs about God. Invariably he will end the song and ask what that song has taught me about God. It is a good question and will often cause me to think, what is the meaning of the song and what…
  • Enlighten, Strengthen, Mend, Bind, Heal, Revive

    paulthinkingoutloud
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:38 am
    I’d like to give credit to whoever wrote this…leave a comment
  • Communications Breakdown

    paulthinkingoutloud
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    I love this story. This is from Paul Pastor who has been my editor at PARSE for 18 months now and will be moving into some new areas of ministry in the new year. I didn’t actually ask his permission to run this, but you know the saying, “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission.” Thanks, Paul, for a great working relationship the past year-and-a-half. Ever been part of a communications breakdown? We had a similar situation occur with our kids involving, coincidentally, Prince Edward Island, but unfortunately it’s not fit to print here! So we’ll use…
 
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    Just A Thought

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> I love Christmas specials.  My family and I will gather together and watch Christmas classics of days past and it has become somewhat of a tradition in our house.  One of my favorites is called "A Charlie Brown Christmas."  You are probably familiar with this special. They key scene for me is when Charlie Brown goes out to pick a tree
  • Dancing Without a Care!

    7 Dec 2014 | 8:51 pm
    "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him." (1 John 3:1) Today I went out to eat.  A local hotel has hosted an annual breakfast for the community for the last 15 years.  The event is geared towards families and includes hay rides through the snow, Santa and other
  • A Good Question

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    “What does that teach you about God, Daddy?” This is the question my son has been asking lately.  He likes to sing praise and worship songs.  He also likes to make up new songs about God. Invariably he will end the song and ask what that song has taught me about God. It is a good question and will often cause me to think, what IS the meaning of the song and what DOES it teach me about God?
  • Confessions of a Kid at Heart

    15 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    I am a kid at heart.  Growing up I loved to read comic books, play with toys and collect baseball cards.  I have a confession to make.  I still collect baseball cards...and read comic books...but you won't catch me playing with toys...when anyone is around! I look back on my childhood with fond memories.  Sure, like any family we had our problems, but I always had a warm meal, a loving
  • A Near Death Experience

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I once had a near death experience. After years of attending churches around the world, I struggled under a heavy burden.  I had lost the joy I once felt when gathering with the body of Christ. I know I am not the only one.  For years I have met people whom no longer want to actively participate in church. Most of those who have abandoned the church share stories of hypocrisy and church
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  • Austin Christmas Live Plus…!

    Eric Bryant
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    Tweet Merry   Christmas! If you’ve been around Gateway for past Christmases, you know we love to have a great time celebrating the birth of Jesus.  And this year is no exception.  Make plans to join us and invite others…… Celebrate Christmas Austin-Style December 21st at 9:30am & 11am at Gateway South*Slow down from the busyness of gift shopping, holiday parties, and cooking to reflect on the real heart of the season with the Christmas story and through awesome (and FREE) live music from some of the city’s best artists including: George Devore Miles Zuniga Lex…
  • The #1 Thing I Learned From Exodus: Gods and Kings

    Eric Bryant
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    TweetRidley Scott knows how to make a stunning and epic film. The actors involved all know how to transform themselves into a new character. (Joel Edgerton who played Tom Buchanan in the Great Gatsby was unrecognizable as Ramses!) The Alamo Drafthouse knows how to make a delicious Fried Egg BLT with loaded french fries. Those facts were not new to me. The #1 thing I learned from the film Exodus: Gods and Kings was this: A personal relationship with God is foolishness to the world. This film really reminded me of Paul’s 1st chapter in his 1st letter to the Corinthians. The fact that God…
  • “The God You Need: The God of Comfort” by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Tweet At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series leading up to Christmas. The God You Need looks at key passages from the prophet Isaiah. Today John Burke shared at South Campus on The God Of Comfort. He shared the same message at the McNeil campus last week. You can watch the message at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast or listen to his message at South Campus below: John shared some of the following thoughts: “For many people the holidays are a lonely time. When we are in crisis what we need more than anything is having others going through it with us. Listen to how we should…
  • 7 Reasons I’m Excited to See Exodus: Gods and Kings

    Eric Bryant
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Tweet After being disappointed by Noah earlier this year (particularly with the Rock Creatures and the overtly Gnostic take on the Scriptures), you’d think I wouldn’t be as excited for Exodus: Gods and Kings as I am. Ever the optimist, here’s why I am excited to see the new film on Moses: 1. If Hollywood wants to spend $140,000,000 on a story from the Scriptures, I am happy to support them for their efforts. 2. I am easily entertained and love action movies with a spiritual bent. 3. Batman is playing Moses! 4. The director of Gladiator and Prometheus takes on Moses! 5. I do…
  • The Inventors – Thoughts from Walter Isaacson

    Eric Bryant
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    TweetToday I had the opportunity to hear Walter Isaacson at Book People in downtown Austin. Isaacson wrote the popular book Steve Jobs. His newest book is The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. Here are some of the insights he shared: We don’t know the heroes from our generation – the heroes of the digital revolution. In the early 1990s, he was asked: “Who owns the Internet? Who is in charge of it?” My first response was: “What a silly question?” But then I realized I didn’t know the answer. The…
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  • Was Holy Communion really celebrated on the moon?

    Richard Ostling
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    DAVID ASKS:Do you know if it’s true Christian Communion was celebrated during the first moon landing?THE RELIGION GUY ANSWERS:Yes. And that Apollo 11 Communion followed a related event on Christmas Eve of 1968 during Apollo 8′s first manned flight to the moon. The earlier flight didn’t attempt a lunar landing but the astronauts transmitted a breathtaking live telecast of moon photographs while in orbit.Then William Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman took turns reading the familiar account of God’s creation of the universe and planet Earth from Genesis 1:1-10 in the august King James…
  • 5Q+1 interview, part 2: RNS writer David Gibson on what GetReligion doesn't 'get' about religion news coverage

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Second of two partsIn case you missed it, we ran the first — and my favorite — part of our interview with award-winning Religion News Service national reporter David Gibson on Wednesday:Interview: RNS writer @GibsonWrites on the #Godbeat, falling into #journalism and his conversion to #Catholicism: http://t.co/7VLcHXPlz0— GetReligion (@GetReligion) December 17, 2014 As part of my e-mail discussion with Gibson, I asked:Is there anything GetReligion doesn't "get" about religion coverage in the mainstream media? Any tips or suggestions to help us improve what we…
  • Concerning 'holiday movies,' 'Christmas movies' and the civil religion found in shopping malls

    Terry Mattingly
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    It was one of quieter moments in the Christmas classic "Home Alone," tucked in between the church-pew chat with the scary next door neighbor and the open warfare between young Kevin McCallister and the "wet bandits." Do you remember the line?Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen.As prayers go, it wasn't much. However, this iconic moment also featured an heroic America child making the sign of the cross as he blessed his food. That's not your typical Hollywood gesture, either.It caught my attention and it also intrigued…
  • To the AP, there are no 'liberal' Catholics — just 'rank-and-file' faithful

    Dawn Eden
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Readers of The Associated Press's coverage of the release of the Vatican's report on its probe of American religious sisters will note a curious juxtaposition, one that has, alas, become all too familiar in AP reporting on Catholic issues. Here are the relevant paragraphs; the italics and boldface are mine:The probes also prompted an outpouring of support from rank-and-file American Catholics who viewed the investigations as a crackdown by a misogynistic, all-male Vatican hierarchy against the underpaid, underappreciated women who do the lion's share of work…
  • 5Q+1 interview: RNS writer David Gibson on the Godbeat, falling into journalism and his conversion to Catholicism

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Coming soon to @getreligion: A 5Q+1 interview with award-winning @RNS writer @GibsonWrites. #religion #journalism pic.twitter.com/pNI65TMHtw— GetReligion (@GetReligion) December 17, 2014 First of two partsOn his Twitter profile, Religion News Service national reporter David Gibson describes himself as a Catholic convert, a Vatican veteran, a faith fan and an alliteration addict.His RNS bio notes that he has written two books on Catholic topics, including a biography of Pope Benedict XVI.Gibson was honored recently as the Religion Newswriters Association's Religion Reporter of the Year for…
 
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  • Condoms, Guns, and Deadbolts

    loswhit
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Parenting. It’s a hotter topic than health care reform. Most people think they have it down. I know I don’t. I have a 12, 11, and 8 year old. The conversations are getting deeper. I would like to know what you would do in this situation. If you don’t have kids, you have parents so you can play along. If you have kids, this will be easier. I believe sex should be saved for marriage. So when somehow you find out that your 16 year old daughter who loves Jesus and you, is having sex with her boyfriend… Do you let her know your disappointment yet give her condoms knowing…
  • I wrote this prayer…I prayed this prayer…I cussed at this prayer…I now savor the day I prayed this prayer.

    loswhit
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    So I wrote this prayer… I prayed this prayer…And everything changed. It’s dangerous…But necessary… Pray it loud… Lord, Cut our hearts in half. Take the half that may belong to You and hold it, massage it it, redeem it, revive it. Take the half that belongs to us and destroy it, crush it, break it, defeat it. Fear is not the enemy. Fear is a facade that lies within the half of our hearts that belongs to us. Crush it. Death is not the enemy. Death is victory. Weeping may stay for the night… But joy comes in the morning. We have barely touched the redemptive…
  • Tour Our New Home :: The WhittaKASA

    loswhit
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    So we moved. After almost 4 years in our yellow walled condo… my wife finally got a house with white walls. She wants me to let it be known that she has only been home for 2 weeks and that this is Phase 1. And I want you to know that she unpacked 15 years of marriage and made my house a home in 2 weeks. She is amazing… So when you walk in the front door you find this HEAVY barn door.  When Heather’s parents moved from the burbs in Fresno to a ranch in Prather… this was the first thing that Heather stole right from under their nose… Did I mention how heavy this…
  • That one time I got Catfished… & how I fell in love anyways… Sort of

    loswhit
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    Jason Wells, the kid who sat next to me in youth choir did me a huge favor in my quest for love. He left Mrs. Blankenship’s 9th grade homeroom back window open. Not at my high school. At his. Our rival high school. Lakeside High School I had paid him 5 bucks and a month’s supply of NERDS. Catherine Skinner sat in the seat next to him in homeroom. And Catherine Skinner was a recent addition to the Lakeside cheerleading squad. We had played them the week before and I will never forget hearing the sounds of El Debarge fill my soul as she walked out onto the track with her pom poms…
  • JOIN #FitByFirst TODAY!

    loswhit
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Amigos y Amigas. It’s time to break forth the rhythm and the rhyme. Over 2,000 of you took part in the #FitByFourth Challenge. But alas, only a few finished.  Why is that?  Cause there was nothing at stake. This time around… There will be lots at stake. YOU NEED NO SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR GYM MEMBERSHIP TO PARTICIPATE!!! Starting TODAY… we are going to get a head start on all of the New Years Resolution peeps.  Cause only 8% of people who make New Years Resolutions keep them. Screw resolutions.  Let’s start NOW. Here are the  3 ESSENTIAL STEPS TO COMPLETE BEFORE…
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  • My Ancestors’ (not so great) Interaction with the Church (Part 2 – Dress Code Excommunication)

    Mike Bell
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Frey Family – Lois at center topMy Grandmother, Lois Grace Frey, was an extraordinary women. Her parents were pioneering missionaries to Africa with the Brethren in Christ in 1905. The Brethren in Christ were a branch of the Mennonite tree, with Wesleyan influences. My Great-grandfather, Harvey Jacob Frey, founded Mtshabezi mission in what is now known as Zimbabwe where he established a school for girls. The family returned to the U.S. in 1924, in order to give the children a high school education. When her parents returned to Africa, Lois stayed behind. She was accepted into Taylor…
  • Lisa Dye: Parousia!

    Lisa Dye
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Holy Eucharist, Kharlamov, Church of the Savior on Spilt Blood, St. Petersburg When my children were little, I diligently taught and enforced their close adherence to my side as we got in and out of the car, walked into stores, church or any other place. Looking back, I wasn’t strict or controlling in most respects. In fact, all my daughters voiced at one time or another that they wished I had been more demanding of them academically or musically or athletically. Rightly or wrongly, I opted not to nag. Despite my deficiencies in many areas, I mastered this one aspect of parenting. Due…
  • iMonk Classic: The Mood of Advent: We All Need A Savior

    iMonk
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I have several friends who are doing Advent in their Baptist churches for the first time, and they have lots of questions about candles and logistics. I wish there were more questions about Advent itself. For example, the mood of Advent is dark and serious. It’s not the mood of Lent, which is a particular kind of seriousness as the shadow of the cross extends over our path. It’s the mood of darkness that comes because the world is in darkness. We need a savior. This is the time that we stop and see that the powers of evil are entrenched in the world. Evil authorities and and evil persons…
  • For my wife on our 36th wedding anniversary

    Chaplain Mike
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A poem by Wendell Berry . . . OVER THE EDGE To tell a girl you loved her — my God! — that was a leap off a cliff, requiring little sense, sweet as it was. And I have loved many girls, women too, who by various fancies of my mind have seemed loveable. But only with you have I actually tried it: the long labor, the selfishness, the self-denial, the children and grandchildren, the garden rows planted and gathered, the births and deaths of many years. We boys, when we were young and romantic and ignorant, new to the mystery and the power, would wonder late into the night on the…
  • Another Look: This is not where I live

    Chaplain Mike
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Scream, Munch One. At breakfast with a local pastor the other morning, he told me if there was one thing he could change in his congregation, it would be that people would stop listening to news and political pundits that make them angry. Two. One of our long faithful readers sent me an email the other day. It included this paragraph: I quit blogging and am starting to question the wisdom/value of the constant deluge of information pouring into our homes via the internet.  I came to the conclusion that I really did not have enough things of value to say to warrant a full time blog…
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  • 2014 Trends: Simplicity. Sustainability. Spirituality.

    Andrew Jones
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    In July of 2013,  a well known Christian magazine that focuses on Christian outreach asked me what I thought they should cover in 2014. WHAT I SUGGESTED I suggested articles on urban agriculture, going off-grid, permaculture, voluntary simplicity, interaction with Muslims, nomads, social enterprise, DIY and self sufficiency, outreach that includes seekers rather than targets them, outreach for churches that ...
  • Blogging in 2015

    Andrew Jones
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:07 am
    I have been unblogging for a while which has been a good experience for me. Learning to listen. Learning to watch. I used to call it “blogfast” but unblogging seems to be the term these days. But now that I am starting a new season of work in Europe, and will have lots to blog about, I want to get my ...
  • What went wrong in the south?

    Andrew Jones
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Alan Cross is a white evangelical Baptist pastor in Montgomery Alabama, the scene of some of America’s worst racial violence. For many years he has been asking the question “What went wrong in the south?” and that journey has led him to be a changemaker for justice in his denomination and beyond. It also led him to publish the book When Heaven ...
  • 5 ways to avoid microfinance corruption

    Andrew Jones
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Conversations about microloans to empower young entrepreneurs in the developing world should NOT contain words such as mafia, suicide epidemic, exploitation, microloan sharks. But they do. In San Francsico I chatted with Wolfgang Fernandez (Next Step) about the microloan industry; why is there so much corruption and what makes the successful programs stand out from those that are now bringing disgrace ...
  • Help me land the truck in Europe

    Andrew Jones
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Update: YEAH!  2150 Euros aleady given (all from European countries) and i am offering those dear people free advertising on my blogs and/or a custom blog for their business or product. Good news: Our truck arrives in a few days in Belgium. Our friend Peter will pick it up and hold it until we arrive to drive it south to ...
 
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  • Moses Without the Supernatural — Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

    Albert Mohler
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:05 am
    Timed for a Christmas season release, director Ridley Scott’s intended blockbuster, Exodus: Gods and Kings hit the big screens this past weekend. On its opening weekend the movie shot to the top of the box office charts, displacing the latest Hunger Games movie, but falling considerably short of expected receipts. The best single line analysis of the movie and its failure to garner either critical acclaim or more viewers was offered by Eric D. Snider of GeekNation: “This big dud isn’t blasphemous enough to be outrageous, emotional enough to be inspiring, or interesting…
  • “To Give Knowledge of Salvation to His People: A Christmas Mandate for Christian Ministry”

    Albert Mohler
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:41 pm
    So many moments of our lives pass with almost no sense of significance. The twenty four hours in a day fade into the memory of the seven days of the week, then the thirty-odd days of a month, and then months into years. The years pass into the mist of memory. But certain moments, certain days stand out in vivid contrast. These are occasions of bright and lasting memory — births, deaths, family reunions, and Christmases. Add to those moments like this, a commencement ceremony. There is something even more special about this ceremony, however, for this is the graduation of those called to…
  • The Only Intelligible Explanation for the Incarnation: A. T. Robertson on the Virgin Birth of Christ

    Albert Mohler
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    The Christmas season comes each year with the expected flurry of media attention to the biblical accounts of Christ’s conception and birth. The general thrust of the secular media is often incredulity toward the fact that so many people still believe the Bible’s accounts to be true. This year, the Pew Research Center released a report on Christmas Day indicating that almost 75% of the American people affirm belief in the virgin birth of Christ. Meanwhile, the Public Religion Research Institute found markedly lower levels of belief, with just under half affirming the historical accuracy of…
  • The Ferguson Moment—A Moral Test for the Nation

    Albert Mohler
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    This is an edited transcript of The Briefing podcast from early Tuesday morning, November 25, 2014, hours after the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury announcement. The grand jury decision Americans were waiting for came Monday night in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. As the Washington Post reports, “A grand jury on Monday declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, resolving a secretive, months-long legal saga and reigniting powerful frustrations about America’s policing of African Americans.” The lead article on the issue in…
  • Sexual Orientation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

    Albert Mohler
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:37 am
    I recently addressed a major national conference on “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage” held by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. As expected, the conference was one of the most responsible and edifying meetings yet held of Christians concerned about these issues. This is exactly what would be expected of the ERLC and its leadership. The conference was both helpful and historic. I had the honor of delivering the opening keynote address entitled “Aftermath: Ministering in a Post-Marriage Culture.” The…
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  • Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak

    Pete Wilson
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    This past weekend at church I tried to communicate my heart regarding some of the recent racial tensions that we’ve had in our country over the past few months. It wasn’t a political statement. I wasn’t taking sides. I’ve just been wrestling with what my personal response should be and wanted to share that because I bet many of you are trying to figure out what your response should be. I’ll be honest: I was scared to talk about this. I didn’t want to say something that would be misinterpreted and offend an African American community that I care deeply about…
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  • 20-person Choir Sneaks Into Hozier’s Show, Harmonizes on “Take Me to Church.” He Loves It…

    Abraham
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:32 pm
    At a show in Paris earlier this month Irish singer-songwriter Hozier was treated to a unique surprise. Unbeknownst to him or most of the audience, a radio station and the venue had stationed a 20-member choir as normal audience members in the front row. Then when he launched into the chorus of his hit song “Take Me to Church,” they joined him as backup singers to his delight and complete surprise…
  • MasterChef Competitor Can’t Open a Jar. She’s About to Lose…but Dad Is in the Crowd.

    Abraham
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    During a timed competition on Brazil’s MasterChef, one of the cooks couldn’t open a container she needed for her recipe. Without it open — and fast — she would lose. Try as she might, however, the lid would not come loose. She even went so far as to risk her fingers and pry it off with a knife. But then… …she looks into the crowd, and there is Dad. And to make the story perfect, it all ended with her winning. Good job, dad.
  • This Photobooth Proposal Is So Simple but Absolutely Perfect

    Abraham
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Kevin is in love with Molly, so he decided to propose, and yesterday was the big day. He brought her into a photobooth and at just the right moment asked her to be his wife… No matter how many crazy wedding proposals you’ve seen online, it’s nice to know that simple can still be perfect.
  • Let Weird Al Yankovic Blow Your Mind with a Hilariously Easy Yet Effective Magic Trick

    Abraham
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    Who else is definitely going to try this on their kids as soon as they get the chance? Via: Reddit
  • The Best Man “Forgot” the Ring. Then the Most Bizarre Ring Bearer Ever Rolled Down the Aisle…

    Megan Berman
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    Instagram celebrity Quis is known for showing up anywhere he wants to wearing roller-skates and…Superman underoos. As you can tell, he loves popping up where you least expect him, so we’re not sure if we should be surprised that he was a special guest at a wedding in Lubbock, Texas this weekend, dressed in full “Superman Drawls” costume. The best man pulled the seriously overdone “I don’t have the rings!” prank…but then totally outdid himself when Quis rolled down the aisle (literally!) in his classic stance and attire, rings in hand. Luckily,…
 
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  • There will come a time to hope but for now, we mourn. We lament.

    Eugene Cho
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:20 pm
    “…Mourn with those who mourn.” [Romans 12:15] This picture. Wailing. Crying. Disbelief. Incredulity. Oh no, not again. Just utter pain. Deep lament. It hurts to just stare at this photo and even more so, to imagine the shrieks and intensity of this father’s deep scream. For a moment, put aside your views, your “I told you so” comments, or your aspirations to be a political commentator. For us – especially as Christians – if our Black brothers and sisters in Christ are hurting …If they are truly our brothers and sisters in Christ; And if we are truly…
  • In prison or in freedom, the good news is that God has not abandoned us. Christ is with us…

    Eugene Cho
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Over two years ago on November 3, 2012, we heard about Kenneth Bae’s arrest in North Korea. Over a year ago on August 10, 2013, we held a special prayer vigil for Kenneth Bae and his family. Two weeks ago, we marked his two-year anniversary in North Korea and prayed for his liberation from captivity. His sister, Terri, shared some specific prayer requests and conveyed that it would take a miracle. Last Sunday, we celebrated the news of his freedom and safe arrival in Seattle to be reunited with his family. There’s something special about family reunions. Today, we had the joy of…
  • Pray for the people of North Korea. Lord, may your light shine forth.

    Eugene Cho
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    I’m sitting in front of my computer and I’m crying. And I can’t stop. There’s a tidal wave of emotions. As a follower of Jesus, I’m ecstatic over Kenneth Bae’s release from jail. Many will know that he was detained in North Korea not because he was trying to topple its government but because of his faith in Christ and his love for the people of North Korea. And while many question the wisdom of going to a country like North Korea, I know that following Christ will sometimes lead us to places that might be irrational to many – even to the Church. As a…
  • Two years. 730 days and counting. It’s time to release Kenneth Bae. #BringBaeBack

    Eugene Cho
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:50 pm
    This is a deeply personal post and I hope you’ll take a moment to read it and share the video above. While I have never met Kenneth Bae personally, his sister and family attend the church I lead, Quest Church. He is an American citizen. He is also a son, a father, a husband, a brother…and also a follower of Christ. I do not know him personally but I consider him a brother-in-Christ. Yes, he is a missionary although he was not directly doing ‘missions’ work in North Korea but he was captured on November 3, 2012. If you do the quick math, today marks 2 years. That’s…
  • When your daughter’s name means “Joy of God” and yet, joy becomes the biggest challenge. #HappyBirthdayJubilee

    Eugene Cho
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    It’s hard to believe but it’s true. Time doesn’t stop for anyone. While I think I still kinda sorta wanna look young, I’m reminded how old I’m getting when I see my children. Today, my eldest child celebrates her 16th birthday. Her name is Jubilee and her name means the “Joy of God.” Jubilee also has a very powerful Scriptural meaning. It’s referenced in the Book of Leviticus where it is to “occur every fiftieth year, in which slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly…
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  • $5 Friday: The Cross, Suffering, and Revival

    Nathan W. Bingham
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as the cross, suffering, revival, Martin Luther, Christianity, and more. Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET. View today's $5 Friday sale items.
  • The Incarnation: What We Celebrate at Christmas

    R.C. Sproul
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this excerpt from What Did Jesus Do?, R.C. Sproul reminds us what we really celebrate at Christmas—the incarnation of God Himself. Transcript What we celebrate at Christmas is not so much the birth of a baby, as important as that is, but what's so significant about the birth of that particular baby is that in this birth we have the incarnation of God Himself. An incarnation means a coming in the flesh. We know how John begins His gospel, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." So in that very complicated introductory statement, he…
  • On Worldviews

    Nathan W. Bingham
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from On Worldviews, James Anderson's contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk: A person's worldview represents his most fundamental beliefs and assumptions about the universe he inhabits. It reflects how he would answer all the "big questions" of human existence: fundamental questions about who and what we are, where we came from, why we're here, where (if anywhere) we're headed, the meaning and purpose of life, the nature of the afterlife, and what counts as a good life here and now. Few people think through these issues in any depth, and fewer still have firm…
  • The State of Theology: Worshiping Alone

    Stephen J. Nichols
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    It's difficult to be a pastor in America these days. Five out of ten Americans think you don't need the church. So do three out of ten Evangelical Protestants. As the The State of Theology survey also shows, the majority of Americans do not see their pastor's sermons as carrying authority over them. You can find the full results of the survey at TheStateOfTheology.com. These few questions related to the local church, however, deserve a closer look and our significant attention. As we turn to the pages of the New Testament, we see the church emerging as the institution God blesses. The Gospel…
  • First Look: The New Edition of the Reformation Study Bible

    Nathan W. Bingham
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Assembled by R.C. Sproul, a team of the finest theologians and pastors have throughly revised and carefully crafted the new edition of the Reformation Study Bible to provide an unparalleled reading and discipleship experience. Here's a first look: "I believe it to be one of the most important discipleship resources we have produced at Ligonier." —R.C. Sproul The Reformation Study Bible will be first released in the English Standard Version this spring, and then in the New King James Version later in 2015. Sign up for news and previews at ReformationStudyBible.com or secure your…
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  • Waiting and Wandering

    14 Dec 2014 | 6:38 am
    A couple of friends and I decided to go backpacking earlier this week. It seemed like a good idea when we made our plans a couple of weeks ago. And while I love being on the trail, the cold weather really has a way of putting a damper on things. We knew it would be cold, but we didn't expect the wind, fog, mist and ice that we encounterd…after the first night we were done. We headed back to the car and went home.I continue to wonder what God has next for me and my family. Waiting is difficult. The hardest part is being sure that we are supposed to be waiting. If I knew how long I had to…
  • The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

    29 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    "The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me." - Psalm 50:23I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. I hope you were able to celebrate with loved ones, spend some time with good friends, and reflect on the abundant blessings in your life. We are blessed, far beyond what we even realize most of the time. Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect on those blessings.Psalm 50:23 says that "the one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me." When's the last time you offered thanksgiving as your sacrifice? But what does that even mean? Thanksgiving equals…
  • Guest Blogger: Kelsey Janes

    4 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Kelsey went with me on this trip to Mexico last year. She had a really amazing time, and is looking forward to going again. Here are Kelsey's Top Ten "Reasons why I want to go back to Mexico:"These are the reasons I want to back go to Mexico:1. I want to go to Mexico because I want to help the people there.2. It will be a good opportunity to learn another language.3. The food and fruit juices are delicious.4. Sleeping in a hammock is fun.5. Its fun to see the different villages and how they live.6. Meeting the people is fun because they are very different.7. Its a good way to make new friends…
  • One Week To Go!

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Time flies! I am blown away that 1 week from tomorrow we leave for Mexico! It seems we've been talking about it and planning it for so long, and in just 7 days we will be boarding a plane heading out on this Family Missions trip together.There are 23 of us going. 7 families. What an opportunity to see God work in the lives of each of these individuals, and in each of these families. The thing is, God is going to work in our lives. He is. He always does. What I love about trips like these is that it forces us into a deeper reliance on Him. We are removed from our comfort zone. We are removed…
  • 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…
 
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    United Church of God

  • Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    It's a familiar refrain this time of year: Peace on earth, good will toward men. Really?
  • After the Chaos: the Times of Refreshing

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    In a world of troubles and grief, we are all in deep need of physical and spiritual refreshment. Even tougher times are coming, but they're followed by Jesus Christ's reign and His times of refreshing.
  • BT Daily: Is the Bible True?

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    The ultimate proof that the Bible is true is in doing what it says.
  • End-Time Prophecy 101: The Two Witnesses

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    This is the fourth part in the Bible study series: End-Time Prophecy 101 . The world will soon be turned upside down. Fire, beasts, war, earthquakes and plagues are prophesied to come. The book of Revelation says at the heart of these events are two witnesses. What can we know about these two? What is their purpose and how is it accomplished? Most importantly, how does it affect your life now? Join us for our Wednesday night Bible Study as we examine "Who are the Two Witnesses?".
  • BT Daily: The Nature of Prejudice

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    We carry around our own fears and ideas. It is easy to impose our ideas on others. Give people a chance.
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    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts

  • Recent articles

    Tim Archer
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I probably won’t get much written for this blog over the next few days. But here’s a couple of things I’ve written for other sites: God With Us Peeking At Jesus
  • Links To Go (December 16, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Seven Things I Wish My Pastor Knew About My Homosexuality May I make two requests? Continue to love me, but remember that you cannot be more merciful than God. It isn’t mercy to affirm same-sex acts as good. Practice compassion according to the root meaning of “compassion”: Suffer with me. Don’t compromise truth; help me to live in harmony with it. 2 Reasons NOT to ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ It doesn’t faithfully reflect the character of Jesus and the humility of his birth. Christmas is a significant date in the Church’s liturgical calendar, not society’s calendar.
  • Links To Go (December 12, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Suggested reading for thought and discussion. No agreement nor endorsement implied. — Tim You Cannot Be Christian and Support Torture These evangelicals have reached a crisis of decision. They can choose security. They can choose to endorse torture in the name of security. But to do so is to renounce the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Torture-endorsing Christians either need to change their mind or they need to change their name. Torture Is Wrong Our Lord practices what he preaches and so, he teaches us over and over that torture is wrong, as powerfully with his ways as well as with his…
  • Links To Go (December 10, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    What to Do When You Don’t Know a Family’s Immigration Status There is no legal obligation to report someone you suspect is in the U.S. illegally It is best not to assume a person’s immigration status All children are required to attend school, whatever their immigration status Teachers and school authorities are not allowed to ask about the immigration status of children or their families It is not against the law to welcome a family into your home or help them, even if they are undocumented Did Early Christians Disagree Widely on Which Books Made it into the Canon? In sum, there is…
  • Dreaming

    Tim Archer
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I have a dream. I’m looking forward to the day when churches argue and fight about things that really matter. Okay, maybe I don’t really want the arguing and fighting part. Still, I’d love to see a large portion of our membership get passionate about things that happen outside of our church walls. I long for the day when someone writing about feeding the hungry can generate as much attention as someone arguing about what women can and can’t do in the assembly. I’d love to see members competing to get more attention for their style of evangelism, rather than their…
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  • My Heart Rejoices in the LORD

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Sermon preached on 1 Samuel 2:1-10 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 12/07/2014 in Novato, CA. Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. 1 Samuel 2:1-10 12/07/14 “My Heart Rejoices in the LORD” There are some words that have been passed down in various folk stories, words […]
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith 14-15

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Rev. W. Reid Hankins at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 12/07/2014 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on the book Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by RC Sproul, covering chapters 14 and 15, dealing with the topics of the omnipresence and omniscience of God
  • Lent to the LORD

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Sermon preached on 1 Samuel 1 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 11/30/2014 in Novato, CA. Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. 1 Samuel 1 11/30/14 Lent to the LORD We begin a new sermon series today. My goal is to ultimately take us through the […]
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith 12-13

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Rev. W. Reid Hankins at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 11/30/2014 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on the book Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by RC Sproul, covering chapters 12 and 13, dealing with the topics of the aseity and omnipotence of God
  • The City of the Great King

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Exhortation delivered on Psalm 48 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 11/23/2014 in Novato, CA.
 
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    Vision Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA

  • Always be teachable

    Austin Gardner
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished. A king or a child, rich or poor, which is better. Well it depends on if you are teachable. Will you listen and be instructed or do you know it all? If you do then basically your growth and life are over. Drop some pride and learn. Be willing to listen to those that might have words of correction no matter how much it hurts.
  • Water cycle and wind currents

    Austin Gardner
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Ecclesiastes 1:6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. 7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. Solomon the wise man understands, from God of course, that the wind has a circuit. There is a jet stream. No one will know this for centuries but God showed it to Solomon. I love that. I love seeing things in the Bible that remind me that it is a divine book. The rivers go to the ocean but the…
  • Be careful with alcohol

    Austin Gardner
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    Proverbs 23:32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, And stingeth like an adder. This verse is in a discussion of what alcohol can do to you. I love the phrase, at the last. It is saying look to where it can take you and not where you start. Today many want to speak about the innocence of alcohol. They want to take about how it is ok. In this verse that is not the discussion. It is not how it starts but how it finishes. The same phrase works with porn or a thousand other things. Maybe it seems ok at the beginning but before you start why don’t you consider where it ends up! Though some…
  • Sunday in Review

    trent cornwell
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    Bulletin for the Week: 12:14:14 Yesterday was our 3195 day as a church! It was as exciting, encouraging, and just simply wonderful! I am grateful to God that this, the church, was His plan for us. Our Sunday School and Adult Bible Fellowship time still continues to have a high percentage (83%) of our church involved. It also continues to be a great way for us to connect in our church. As we have said since the beginning, we are not just friendly we truly are friends! In the morning service we learned about “A Women’s Great Faith” from  Matthew 15:21-28. We were challenged…
  • High opinion of correction

    Austin Gardner
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:51 am
    Proverbs 13:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: But he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured. Some people simply hate to be corrected. They do not want someone helping them see their mistakes and fixing them. In their pride they will not listen. Others have a high regard and opinion for what others might think and say. They are the ones that are blessed. They are the ones that will grow and be honored. Be careful to listen to your critics. Be careful to listen to your leaders that might have your best interest in mind. Do not take it as a lack of respect or love…
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    LifeVesting

  • Dear Archer

    Andy Wood
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Dear Archer, You entered our world today, December 18, 2014, and may I just say, you didn’t disappoint!  We fretted a little that we wouldn’t get here in time from Alabama, but like the gentleman you already are, you politely waited for us arrive, then for good measure took a few more hours for everybody to get their bearings.  Then in the fullness of time, you let it be known that you were large (our largest grandbaby yet), loud (probably the loudest, too), and in charge! Other babies have been born on this day, but only you can claim to have a sister who’s the Sasster.  In a world…
  • Seasons Greetings From the Jailhouse

    Andy Wood
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:46 pm
    It’s one of the highlights of the season – going to the mailbox and seeing who may have sent a card or annual Christmas letter and spending a little time catching up or reflecting on special people in our lives.  I especially like the ones that have family photos, to see how the kids have grown and changed. It’s also interesting to see how lives have evolved and changed, too.  Ours certainly have in the last year.  And it was in that frame of mind that I read a different kind of greeting recently.  It had nothing to do with Christmas, yet it had everything to do with an updated…
  • Maybe It’s Time for a Different Kind of Question

    Andy Wood
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Have you ever had somebody you wanted so badly to impress that you were sure to set yourself up for disaster? Not really? Okay, you can just laugh at my story then. I was in my first pastorate – a lovely country church just out on the edge of a small town in southwest Alabama.  People there were so kind and gracious to us.  I was new and eager to impress, plus was passionate and excited about reaching people and seeing the church grow and flourish. But this isn’t about reaching people or growing churches.  It’s about chicken. Grilling chicken, to be precise. A family had recently…
  • The Idea of Horses

    Andy Wood
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    I have always loved horses. Ever since I looped one of Mama’s belts for a stirrup and mounted the arm of our couch, using a bent coat hanger for a cowboy hat (we wuz broke back then), I have loved horses. Ever since the days of Trigger and Silver, “My Friend Flicka,” and Black Beauty, I have loved horses.  I love the faithfulness of their companionship.  I love the elegant beauty they demonstrate when they race.  I love their strength and power, which remains to this day the standard by which mechanical engines are measured. Even now, horses turn my head and, if it’s available, my…
  • Not Done Hoping

    Andy Wood
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    What stockings there are in this house are hung, and most all of the Christmas decorations are out and up for this most unusual of Christmases – one in which we are anticipating the birth of a grandson. In the kitchen alone, the candles and stuffed carolers next to the miniature street lamp sing in inaudible celebration that it’s Christmas.  Five trees of some size or shape adorn the china hutch and island.  Candles and ribbons grace the table, and the Santa hat makes a nice addition to the ceramic pig that keeps watch over all things kitchen.  A stuffed snowman (that lights up, of…
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    Worship.com

  • The Wisdom From Heaven

    Worship.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The Wisdom From Heaven: What is true wisdom and how is it displayed in the life of a Christian?... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • "Worship + Music + Justice" by Bluetree | Worship & Justice

    Worship.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:10 pm
    "Worship + Music + Justice" by Bluetree | Worship & Justice: Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Love Came For Me

    Worship.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Love Came For Me: Words and Music by Shannon J. Wexelberg Performed by Katie Wilcoxson on December... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • How Do I Respond to Snarky Social Media? — Ask a Pastor, Dr. Joel C. Hunter

    Worship.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    How Do I Respond to Snarky Social Media? — Ask a Pastor, Dr. Joel C. Hunter: Yvete asks, “People... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • "Good News"

    Worship.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    “Good News”: Christmas Eve Worship 2013 at Northland Church in Longwood, FL. 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

  • The Accident of Two Legs

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:28 pm
    We come now to the last of our Ten Tenets. The Ten Tenets are these:The faith that we are defending must begin with, and necessarily include, the Triune God -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- who, as God, condescends to create and to redeem.God's covenantal revelation is authoritative by virtue of what it is, and any Covenantal, Christian apologetic will necessarily stand on, and utilize, that authority in order to defend Christianity.It is the truth of God's revelation, together with the work of the Holy Spirit, that brings about a covenantal change from one who is in Adam to one who is in…
  • Interstellar

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    At the end of one of Christopher Nolan's most memorable films, The Prestige, one of the duelling magicians, Robert Angier, lies dying, and reproaches his rival, "You never understood why we did this. The audience knows the truth: the world is simple, miserable, solid all the way through. But if you could fool them, even for a second, then you can make them wonder."  The challenge for the magician, the impossible challenge, was to sustain that sense of wonder for act after act, even as the audience began to see through the earlier tricks, to somehow fool them once again, reversing the…
  • The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Paul Copan and Kenneth D. Litwak. The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas: Paul's Mars Hill Experience for Our Pluralistic World. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014. 201 pp. $18.00.Paul Copan and Kenneth Litwak have provided Christians with an interesting book describing the apostle Paul's Mars Hill experience in Acts 17. The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas focuses on how believers should evangelize and defend the Christian faith in a pluralistic world. By paying particular attention to how Paul evangelized in a multicultural setting in the first century, Copan and Litwak present readers…
  • The Seven Deadly Sins in a Digital Age: 6. Wrath

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    As we come to Wrath in a Digital Age, we must once again begin by asking, "what is this vice exactly?" Is Wrath a vice like Gluttony - too much of a good thing, or wanting a good thing in the wrong way? Or is it more like Envy - intrinsically disordered, and purely destructive? At first glance, Wrath looks more like Envy in this respect, a desire for nothing good, but only destruction, destruction of the person against whom we are angry.  And indeed, many have argued that it is impossible to be angry without sinning, which would be true if anger was directed first and foremost…
  • The Christian, Torture and Intercessory Prayer

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    So the government authorizes, or the apparatus of the state undertakes, torture. So what? We live in a fallen world and we are not surprised that criminal activity insidiously seeps into the highest reaches of public authority and command. We are realists, we are not shaken. Of course, we may also not be shaken for other reasons which are equally theologically revealing. Exposed to the discourse of the 'war on terror', from news to TV shows and movies, it is likely that we live as citizens in fear. Our fear may be under control, but its control is technological. Surveillance, security,…
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    Connecting to Impact

  • Christmas and a Break

    jason@church4allnations.com
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’m not usually one to admit it, but busyness has caught up with me! We all need time to recharge batteries and refocus so for the next two weeks, I’m not going to write anything here. I would like to take the opportunity to say how much I appreciate everyone who reads, shares, comments, and/or emails me on these little encouragements. That blows me away and I’m so thankful. You show me such kindness and warmth, and I pray all that and more are yours through this Christmas season. This is a season for joy and reflection. Jesus came, born into a hopelessly lost world, and…
  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some favorites that challenged, inspired, encouraged, made me laugh, or all of the above. Be sure to check ‘em out then add your own favorites to the widget below! When Your Heart Hurts for a Miracle This Christmas by Ann Voskamp (A Holy Experience) SEEING THE SECRET OF ENGAGEMENT by Dan Rockwell (Leadership Freak) 7 Ways to Have a Happier Holiday by Aby Garvey (Simplify 101) The comic book nerd in me really enjoyed this one. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KGF7SAPMAY ?list=PLrEnWoR732-BHrPp_Pm8_VleD68f9s14- The Avengers Sing Christmas Carols Your turn! I started this list, I need…
  • Forgiveness Is a Big Deal

    jason@church4allnations.com
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You ever noticed that at the end of Jesus’ model prayer in Matthew 6–you know, “our Father in heaven…Your kingdom come, Your will be done…”that one. Have you noticed the continuation into Matthew 6:14-15, For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. In grammatical terms, that word for is a conjunction, a connecter. He ends a lesson about prayer by emphasizing forgiveness because He felt it was that important. Some…
  • The Effort Needed to Make it Look Easy

    jason@church4allnations.com
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” –Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message) This is what resounded in my spirit on Sunday, “the unforced rhythms of grace.” I’ve shared here that there have been some difficult things to deal with recently, but I refuse to…
  • Sanctuary: Saving Gate

    jason@church4allnations.com
    6 Dec 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… John 10:7-9 (NIV) “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.   What’s your sanctuary this week? What thought, verse, etc. are you meditating on? 2 comment(s) for this post: Joanne Norton: 07 Dec 2014 YES, He's our gate, He's our safety. He's our…
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    www.frcblog.com - Latest entries

  • An Active President: Obama on the March As the GOP Preps to Run Congress

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Since last month’s election, the President has been a busy fellow. He’s traveled to China, heralded what he called a “turning point” in American military affairs, “signed a Presidential Memorandum that prohibits future oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay” and land areas near it and announced a new director for the White House Council for Strong Cities, Strong Communities, to boot. FRC takes no formal position on these issues, or on those that follow (with one exception). Rather, they are listed to make the point that Mr. Obama is not going…
  • Suicide Prevention? Try the "BFPF!"

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    I was puzzled. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta had sent me an entire briefing book on suicide rates. The thick 3-ring binder had statistics on suicide for every demographic group—from Aleuts and Ashkenazi Jews to Zuni Indians. But the figure for Black Females was less than 1 per 100,000. Could this be? I called a desk officer at CDC to learn if there was some mistake. “No mistake,” I was assured as the staffer on the other end of the line smoothly told me “we call it the ‘BFPF—Black Female Protection Factor—they’re very…
  • DC Council votes in support of forcing abortion coverage

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    Yesterday, the DC Council passed a bill called the “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act of 2014,” which could force employers in the District of Columbia (including the Family Research Council) to cover abortions. The actual language of the bill would prevent employers from “discriminat[ing] against” an individual with respect to the “compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment” because of an individual’s “reproductive health decisions.” The definition of “reproductive health decisions” includes but is…
  • Congressmen Defend Federal Role in Blocking D.C. Marijuana Legalization

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:57 am
    Representative Andy Harris (R-MD) has been blacklisted from a local Washington D.C. bike shop, at least according to the sign in their window reading “Andy Harris Not Welcome.” For those planning to visit who want to avoid a similar fate, the cautionary tale here is don’t expect to uphold federal marijuana laws in the District if you want to get your derailleur adjusted. Earlier this month, Rep. Harris successfully attached bipartisan language to the omnibus spending deal designed to block enactment of a marijuana legalization initiative that the District passed in November.
  • Think Progress implicitly endorses Texas RFRA

    12 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Think Progress reported yesterday on a decision by the city of Dallas to revise regulations on feeding the homeless. These revisions, which made it easier to feed and care for those living on Dallas streets, were motivated by a federal court ruling last year in favor of several religious ministries desiring to take food to the homeless and feed and care for them wherever they are found. Years ago, Dallas had cracked down on feeding the homeless and placed restrictions on how it could be done, and several Dallas area ministries and individuals who were impacted by these changes sued. The Think…
 
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    Blogging Theologically

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    Aaron Armstrong
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Is it Okay for Me to Church Hop?Tom Fuerst:But at the heart of all this, I have the firm theological belief that there is no such thing as a lone Christian. Rather, Christians only exist in families (not all families are biological). And, to turn a cliché, it really does take a village to raise a Christian. Church hopping is like family hopping. It’s just a stupid idea.The Disciple’s NapkinTim Brister:Over the past couple months, I sought to evaluate disciple-making in my own life and church community. In particular, I wanted to focus on the biblically prescribed means of grace as the…
  • In awe of the incarnation

    Aaron Armstrong
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us… John 1:14aLet’s just stop and sit with this verse for a moment: “The Word became flesh.”It’s so easy for us to lose our sense of awe at little things like this. To read a verse like John 1:14 and gloss over what it says. But we should never do this.Ever.Remember: Jesus—the Word through whom all things were created; the light of the world, who brings salvation to all who believe in his name—became flesh. That God would take upon human flesh is simply mind-boggling:The omnipresent became present.The infinite would become finite.The…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersJesus in the Present Tense by Warren Wiersbe—$1.99How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart—$3.99Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas—$2.99But Don’t All Religions Lead to God? by Michael Green—99¢A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada—$2.99A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddelbarger—$5.68And over at Westminster Bookstore, Joe Rigney’s new book, The Things of Earth, is on sale for $12 each or $8 when buying three or more copies.How to Ruin a Moses MovieJoe Carter:In the future, this movie should be taught in…
  • My favorite books of 2014

    Aaron Armstrong
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    That season has come around once again, where top ten lists abound! As you know, reading is one the few hobbies I have, regularly reading around 100 books a year. With that much reading, it’s no surprise that there’s a range of quality. Most are in that “good, but not earth-shattering” category, a few were so bad I wished I had a back… but a few were legitimately great. Here are the ones that made the cut this year. Prayer by Timothy Keller. From my review:Keller’s message challenges us, but reminds us of the grace of God. … It is rich in its theology, winsome in its approach…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersA few new Kindle deals for you:The Coffee House Chronicles set by Dave Sterrett and Josh McDowell—FREE (ends 12/17)Taking Christian Moral Thought Seriously by Jeremy Evans—99¢ (today only)100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart by Robert J. Morgan—99¢ (today only)The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine—$1.99The Power of Suffering by John MacArthur—$2.99Strange Fire by John MacArthur—$3.99Ordinary by Michael Horton—$3.99Scandalous by D.A. Carson—99¢The Great Exchange by Jerry Bridges & Bob Bevington—$1.99The Cross and…
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • God on the Move: “God’s Recovery Room” – Acts 28

    Randall Smith
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:27 pm
    It has been my experience that surgery, though usually absolutely necessary, is painful. Even though it will hurt, we will do it if we need it – even if we don’t understand exactly why we need it. We will trust a little gray-scale piece of film and a doctor who explains the incomprehensible problem. We take it at face value that we must attend to our troubles – regardless of the pain that surgical attention will cause. In our lives, surgery is just one kind of storm that can unexpectedly blow in and take, for a time, our sunshine away. The difference is that in most cases it is a…
  • God on the Move: “Journey to the Center of the Earth” – Acts 27

    Randall Smith
    6 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    The nineteenth century novel (published in 1864) by Jules Verne called in English “Journey to the Center of the Earth” has become one of the literary classics of the science fiction genre. Verne offered readers a tale about a German professor Otto Lidenbrock who insisted on testing his belief that there were volcanic tubes that led from the surface of the earth all the way to the core of the planet. To prove his theory, he led an expedition with his nephew Axel, and their guide (Hans) into the earth beginning at an Icelandic volcano. The fantastic journey included adventures such as…
  • Following His Footsteps: “Tenderized” – Matthew 19

    Randall Smith
    6 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    There are probably only a few of us that remember this face very well. By the mid-1950’s this American business mogul was watching his market share grow in what has been called “the US chicken craze”, as people were incorporating the wondrous bird in recipes of each of the three meals of their day (as well as late night snacks!). Chicken patties were selling at some breakfast outlets, while everything from fried chicken to chicken soup was flying off the shelves of American markets for the second half of the twentieth century. The twenty-first century kept pace with the steady growth of…
  • God on the Move: “Appeasement is a Failed Strategy” (Part Two, Acts 25-26)

    Randall Smith
    29 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Unless you have recently immigrated to our country, you are aware that for the last five years parts of our government have become fixated on the term “bullying”. The term has been defined in the newly organized “stopbullying.gov” website, which states: Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance…In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include: an “Imbalance of Power” (Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or…
  • Following His Footsteps: “Unattended Hurt” – Matthew 18:15-35

    Randall Smith
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    I am pretty stubborn about some medical things in my life, I admit that. At the same time, I have a dear friend that is far more stubborn than I have ever been – they just won’t take care of needed medical issues when they arise! Let me explain: A few weeks ago my friend banged their little toe into a piece of furniture and broke the toe. Looking at the direction of the toe, there was little doubt that it was broken. I urged my friend to get to a doctor, but that wasn’t what they chose to do. They didn’t want to spend the money, so instead they “toughed it out” with the pain. Now,…
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  • Hai Karate

    David
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Years ago my family and I lived in the small Texas panhandle town of Pampa. Pampa is about 60 miles north and east of Amarillo and, on a windy day, the dirt from the Oklahoma panhandle comes over to pay it’s respects. Pampa is filled with wonderful people who, due in part to it’s remote location, develop close and lasting relationships. Church and School are the center posts of most social interaction, so involvement in both is essential, unless you prefer to live life as a hermit. While we were living in Pampa, we attended the First United Methodist Church and…
  • Behind the Window

    David
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Buying a new car is one of those things that always evokes mixed emotions is all of us.  There are those of us who get excited and can’t wait to enter into the dance of negotiations and those of us who utterly despise the very thought of walking onto the new car tarmac and dealing with all the gamesmanship of purchasing a car. I for one find myself somewhere in the middle.  I enjoy the hunt, I enjoy the new car smells, and the discovery of the new inventions released for our “driving pleasure”. I recently went through this experience when the lease on my wife’s car…
  • Lessons from Cracker Jacks

    David
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:25 pm
    I was recently contemplating the past, something I find myself doing more and more as I get older, when the thought of something exciting returned from my childhood. Cracker Jacks! Yes, we still see Cracker Jacks today on the shelves of our grocery stores.  Now mostly in bags, not boxes.  Shiny mylar bags with high definition pictures of the molasses candy covered popcorn and peanuts contained within.  Even the familiar Sailor Jack and his dog Bingo graces the bag.  Not much has changed from what I remember from my youth. One thing, however, is missing.  Well, more than one thing, but…
  • Chasing Jesus

    David
    14 Feb 2012 | 10:33 am
    I am proud to present to you a guest blogger. Richard Gill. Yes Richard is related to me. He is my youngest brother in whom I am very well pleased. Not to take away from his bio, below, but his story is one that is quite a journey. A true chief of sinners to righteous servant story. A man after God’s own heart! Biography: Richard Gill lives with his wife and family on a small ranch in Oroville, CA. He enjoys riding his Harley, spending time with family and tinkering with the endless building projects that are required around the ranch and at his work as a contractor. His heart’s…
  • Just Another Magician

    David
    5 Feb 2012 | 4:18 pm
    Just before the turn of the 19th century into the 20th century, there was a young man by the name of Erik Weiss. Erik was born in Hungary the son of a Rabbi, and immigrated to the United States, with his family, one of 7 siblings. The family settled in the state of Wisconsin, and later moved to Harlem, New York. At the age of 9, Erik took a job as a trapeze artist and called himself “Erik, the Prince of the Air”. As a young teen Erik became interested in the art of magic. He started out with simple card tricks and soon found himself performing in dime museums and sideshows. To…
 
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  • Gifts of Christmas

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    The gift of Christmas. I love this time of year. I love to go to church and sing Christmas songs. I love to be reminded of what Christmas really is; the birth of Jesus. It can be so easy to get caught up in the busyness of this season. But my heart feels right when I'm worshiping with other believers.This Sunday was no different. But what was so special about this church service was ...the stories.I love to hear people's stories.My pastor asked people from our congregation to share their stories. It was filmed so we could all watch and listen to their voices. One young woman shared how…
  • The True Gift of Christmas

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
    Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. No matter where you live or what your background you can't help but feel the festive change that happens in the month of December. The sound of holiday music fills the air. Children are excited as they anticipate what Santa will bring. The newly popular Elf on the Shelf reminds children to be good. Baking cookies and preparing family recipes provides familiar smells in kitchens around the world. Malls become crowded with people shopping for gifts. The dictionary defines gift as "something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to…
  • Do You Struggle with Change?

    7 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I have a confession to make. I don't like change! I tend to stick with the same because it's comfortable. As I look back over my life, there are times when I knew I needed to do something different but ...I stuck with the same.You'd think I would have become more accustomed to change with the ups and downs of the last four years of my life.  I transitioned from a very comfortable retirement living in my dream home to returning to full time work in a different profession. Oh and along the way we moved into a much smaller living space; a condo. How's that for change? I even changed my…
  • My 5 Favorite Christmas Books

    2 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    It's the season of Christmas. I love this time of year when I get to decorate my Christmas tree, light the candles and listen to holiday music. Nestled underneath my tree are some of my favorite Christmas books. During the next few weeks, I will pick up each one and read. Here are my 5 favorite Christmas books:1. Let's Keep Christmas by Peter Marshall. Peter served as Chaplain of the United States Senate and pastor of New York Presbyterian Church until his death in 1948. This short book can be read in 5-10 minutes but it's loaded with wisdom. He writes about Christmas traditions and the…
  • How To Cultivate a Heart of Gratitude

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    I want to ask you a question. Let's be honest. When you review your day, what usually stands out in your mind? Do you tend to remember the things that went wrong? Do you dwell on the way someone treated you unkindly? Do you grumble when things don't go the way you expect?  Do you envy those who seem to have life easy?Over and over, the Bible tells us to be thankful. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to cultivate a heart of gratitude."This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24 (ESV)Maybe you are struggling in this season of your life. While I…
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  • Jesus Take The Wheel

    Chad Estes
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:42 pm
    We blew a tire on our way home from Portland on Sunday. We had just come over the mountain pass known as the Blues and saw the results of the dangerous, icy roads. Within a quarter mile there were two big SUV’s on their sides with emergency vehicles attending both accidents. I was definitely white knuckling the steering wheel until I saw the town of LaGrande approaching. An hour further down the road I was grateful to have Ladd Canyon, another cold weather road hazzard,  in my rearview mirror.  I anticipated a relaxed final two hour drive to Boise with dry roads. It was then that our tire…
  • What do Mark Driscoll and Bill Cosby have in Common?

    Chad Estes
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:46 pm
    They can both fill auditoriums with people who want to hear them speak They are both very entertaining, and can be very funny They both are known for speaking down to their constituents They both were surrounded by infrastructures that shielded them from consequences and stymied ridicule They both had power and hierarchy over others They both come across as family men They both speak out against filth, flarn, filth They both, apparently, had secrets Both of their empires are crumbling I’ve seen a lot of angry responses regarding ‘the unfair judgement and treatment’ that Cosby is getting…
  • A Second Follow-up to my Article about Churches and the LGBT Community

    Chad Estes
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Today the Idaho Statesman posted a letter to the editor regarding my guest article: With legalities settled on same-sex marriage, churches need to show love. Chad Estes’ guest opinion reflects the superficial understanding of the Bible that many “ordained ministers” have of God’s word. His statement that many conservative denominations continue their stand against any coupling that doesn’t fit their definition of marriage flies in the face of numerous verses in the New Testament condemning such homosexual relationships. Is he suggesting we delete these verses…
  • A Follow-up to my Article about Churches and the LGBT Community

    Chad Estes
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    I figured there would be more of a response to my recent article in the Idaho Statesman regarding same-sex marriage and how it will affect our local churches. I guess it won’t be an issue if these families don’t want to attend church, but don’t we want them too? Their presence may make us squirm as we figure out how to be family, but isn’t that a good issue to be faced with? The worse situation, in my opinion, is if same-sex couples don’t want to join one of our communities. If this happens we know that a forcefield is firmly in place around our churches keeping some sinners in…
  • Responding to Ebola Fears with Education

    Chad Estes
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    If you learned that your child’s teacher had just returned from Africa, would you be concerned that they had been exposed to the ebola virus? If so, maybe you’d call the school office to find out where the teacher had traveled to. If they had traveled to one of the countries in western Africa where people have been infected maybe you’d have some follow up questions. But if they hadn’t, would you let the issue drop? In Kentucky a school teacher who had recently returned from a medical mission trip to Kenya resigned after being asked to take a 21-day leave. Initially the school asked…
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  • 3 Sacred Cows in Preaching that Need to Be Tipped by Jared Moore

    Mark Lamprecht
    29 Nov 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsGuest blogger Jared Moore is the pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, KY. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Below is an excerpt from his book 10 Sacred Cows in Christianity That Need to be Tipped which is currently free on Amazon Kindle – get it while it’s free! A ‘sacred cow’ in the church is a tradition that has been exalted to a position of normalcy without Biblical warrant. It’s time for some cow tipping in the local church. Here are three sacred cows in preaching that need to be tipped. . .
  • Ethics: Unbelieving Children Practice Communion in Sunday School

    Mark Lamprecht
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! It is the Sunday School hour at church on Sunday morning. There is a special class for unbelieving children this morning. You take your 9-year-old son to the class deciding to stick around to see how the gospel is presented, etc. Since none of the children present professed faith in Christ, the teachers explain that Jesus is God the Son who died on the cross to save sinners. They explained sin and putting faith in Christ alone for forgiveness of sin and salvation. Then, the teachers taught on the Lord’s Supper – by…
  • Ethics: Transgender Student Elected to Homecoming Court

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

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

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

    Rob C
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Cyber Sex Crimes Laws and Defense Options Hiring a skilled and highly qualified cyber sex crimes lawyer is a definite must if you or someone you know is charged with pornography, cyber sex or other related offense. Sex on the Internet The internet makes it much easier to distribute pornographic materials to those who want it. It is also very easy for sex offenders to befriend teens or young children and persuade them to have cyber sex. But thanks to that very same technology, it is so much easier for law enforcers to catch pedophiles and other sex offenders. Different Kinds of Cyber Sex…
  • Boosting Confidence with SmartLipo vs. Vanquish Treatment

    Rob C
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Which Is Better, SmartLipo vs. Vanquish Treatment? SmartLipo vs. Vanquish Treatment, the difference between the two might confuse you. If you are planning to consider exploring the wonders of science to have slimmer and sexier body, take a second look at these two amazing methods. We cannot deny the fact that the world that we are living in at present can sometimes be harsh and shallow. There are times that we can notice that people are more concerned about the appearance of others instead of how they think and interact. This may be the reason sometimes we tend to become very conscious of how…
  • Dealing With Dental Emergencies In Boca Raton

    Rob C
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Dental Emergencies In Boca Raton Don’t Have To Worry You Whenever you find that there is something going on with one of your teeth or even your gums, the last thing you will want to do is wait until it starts to get worse. Waiting will make it so that you will have to look for emergency dental care services. Quality services for dental emergencies in Boca Raton and the surrounding area will help you to know that you have a competent dental staff on hand whenever you might need it. This will mean making sure that you are going with a dental office that is going to give you the best…
  • Sell Your Property Fast with Palm Beach Real Estate Photography

    Rob C
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Palm Beach Real Estate Photography Is A Smart Choice If you are having difficulty selling your property, a top notch Palm Beach real estate photography company is the answer to your problem. In selling real estate properties, potential clients do not want to read about how beautiful or how great a house is. They must be able to see photos to get them really interested in your property. Most buyers do not have the convenience of personally seeing the properties being sold. They just simply rely on the photos of the property and when they are impressed, you can consider it sold. But what if…
  • Deer Antler Velvet Side Effects

    Rob C
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Are There Side Effects Of Deer Antler Velvet? The question of deer antler velvet side effects is often raised. It is a valid concern since there are many supplements that have been known to have adverse effects after consumption. Despite its popularity, the extract is yet to gain complete acceptance as a viable option in management of physical health. Deer velvet extract is made from the natural substances found in the antlers before they calcify. The benefits that you can derive from the use of the products are many including regulation of blood circulation, hormone regulation, endurance and…
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  • Creativity, Inspiration and Dancing in the Streets

    Marla Saunders
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    Last year David and I found ourselves at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World all by ourselves. We’d stopped for the day on our way from south to north Florida, and we felt a little bit like two kids playing hooky from school. It was the middle of the week during a busy season and there we were eating Mickey ice cream ears and watching a parade. Sometimes when you are ditching school, it catches up to you. On this day, David had just taken a conference call that needed to happen, so he stepped into a quiet corner to chat while I watched the rocking street parade coming down Main Street. Now…
  • Travel: Journeys are the Midwives of Thought

    Marla Saunders
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    “Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, ship or train. There is an almost quaint correlation between what is in front of our eyes and the thoughts we are able to have in our heads: large thoughts at times requiring large views, new thoughts new places. Introspective reflections which are liable to stall are helped along by the flow of the landscape. The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is supposed to do. At the end of hours of train-dreaming, we may feel we have been returned to…
  • John W. Gardner: Leaders are Lifelong Learners

    Marla Saunders
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    I came across this speech by John W. Gardner today. I don’t often get stopped in my tracks by speeches from nearly 25 years ago, but when Harvard Business Review posted an article on lifelong learning, my curiosity was piqued. I was rewarded by this beautiful speech that inspired me to live with purpose, meaning and interest. The quote below is just a snippet of the full speech, which is worth the time you will spend reading it and digesting its meaning. “Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something…
  • 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)
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  • Preaching Christmas

    Peter Mead
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:12 am
    Christmas is an amazing opportunity to preach to people who normally wouldn’t be coming into church.  Here are seven top suggestions for making the most of the opportunity: 1. Pray a lot – there is a spiritual battle going on and the enemy wants to keep people distracted from the truth of the gospel. In the busy world of Christmas service planning, he can also keep preachers distracted from the wonder of the gospel too! 2. Preach fact – the Christmas message is not, as most tend to think, another holiday season fairy tale and religious myth.  Luke launched his gospel with…
  • Preaching Holiness – Postscript

    Peter Mead
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:09 pm
    This week I have been sharing some thoughts about holiness.  Obviously much more could be written, but just to finish the week, let me offer a quote from Michael Reeves’ 2012 book, The Good God (in the USA it is called Delighting in the Trinity). “People even say things like ‘Yes, God is loving, but he is also holy’ – as if holiness is an unloving thing, the cold side of God that stops God from being too loving. Balderdash! Poppycock! Or at least, it is if you are talking about the holiness of the Father, Son and Spirit.  No, said Jonathan Edwards, Holiness…
  • Preaching Holiness – part 4

    Peter Mead
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    This week we have been pondering the preacher and the theme of holiness.  There is so much more that could be said about each point, but hopefully we have had something to think and pray about. 15. Every sliver of unholiness will be judged and purged.  We really have no clue of how good that will be!  (That includes the unholiness of “older brother” religiosity . . . which means more of our lives will get there “as through fire” than we probably realize.  Nevertheless, what an utter relief the purging of all sin will bring to ransomed souls.) 16. When we make holiness sound like…
  • Preaching Holiness – part 3

    Peter Mead
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    This week we are chewing on matters of preaching and true godly holiness.  I won’t review where we have been already, but please do go back to the first posts if you missed them. 10. People need instructing in holiness, but never in a sermon severed from the glorious good news of the Gospel.  There are plenty of instructional sections in the New Testament epistles, for example.  Don’t go joyriding in an Imperative Harvester, but instead keep the instructions firmly planted in the rich soil of Gospel content within the context of their own Bible book.  We might take weeks to preach…
  • Preaching Holiness – part 2

    Peter Mead
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    We are pondering God’s holiness and our preaching.  Let’s continue the list of thoughts: 5. The Gospel is not just a solution for the guilt of our un-holiness, it also includes a recipe to generate true holiness.  Often preachers offer a way to get rid of the guilt, but leave listeners feeling that the pursuit of holiness and their ongoing commitment to Christ’s cause is a burden planted firmly on their shoulders.  The Gospel isn’t simply about forgiveness of sin, it also includes the transformation of the human heart and the wonder of union with Christ by the indwelling Spirit…
 
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    Crossway Blog

  • Why Serial Captivates Us

    Nick Rynerson
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    This year's most captivating, engaging, and talked about story isn’t a TV show, a book, or a movie; it’s a podcast called Serial. Even though Serial was only released back in October, it’s already the most downloaded podcast in history and considered by many to be the greatest podcast ever made. But what is Serial? According to their website: “Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial will follow one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. We'll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won’t…
  • Midweek Roundup - 12/17/14

    Nick Rynerson
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    Each Wednesday we share recent links we found insightful and helpful. These are often related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting and encouraging break for the middle of your week. 1. Sam Allbery reviews Expositional Preaching At its heart, Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today is a wonderful primer on preaching. A new installment in 9Marks’s Building Healthy Churches series, the book doesn’t say everything that could usefully be said, but it outlines the essentials better than anything else I’ve read. This will…
  • Bible Q&A: What Was the Incarnation?

    Nick Rynerson
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    In this series, Dr. Dane Ortlund, Senior Vice President for Bible Publishing at Crossway, answers readers' questions about the Bible. If you have a question for Dane, simply leave it as a comment at the bottom of this post. Q: What Was the Incarnation? The incarnation was the quiet eruption in the middle of history of a mercy that defies comprehension—when, as C. S. Lewis put it, God wrote himself into the story. He left the throne for the mud. The supernatural became natural. Heaven clothed itself with earth. “And the word became flesh…” (John 1:14). Not, he “created” flesh,…
  • Christ in all of Scripture – Luke 1:67-79

    Lizzy Jeffers
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    Luke 1:67-79 "And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, 'Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him…
  • Book Gift Guide

    Nick Rynerson
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    Looking for Some Gift Ideas? Christmas is less than two weeks away. If you’re still searching for that perfect gift, Crossway is here to help. No matter who you’re shopping for, below are some resources that will encourage and comfort. For the Day-Dreamer Imagination Redeemed: Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind Gene Edward Veith Jr. and Matthew P. Ristuccia In Imagination Redeemed, Gene Veith and Matthew Ristuccia uncover the imagination’s importance for Christians, helping us understand who God is, what his Word teaches, and how we should live in the world today. Here is…
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    Go Connect

  • Advocating for the Vulnerable

    Admin
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    We offer outreach consulting services to help churches as they develop plans and relationships with the community around them.
  • Church and Community Partnerships

    Admin
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Observing the separation of church and state does not mean we shy away from engagement.  To value the community we must engage with community.
  • Thank you Go Connect

    Admin
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    My wife and I have been so inspired by Go Connect.  Thank you for pushing us to live beyond what we think we can do and serve in our own neighborhood.  Thank you! Steve from Washougal
  • Better Benevolence

    Admin
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Churches everywhere want to know if person they are helping is being honest or if they getting taken for a ride.  With our services, churches can rest assured that will not happen.
  • Can Poverty be Beaten?

    Admin
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    All of us come face to face with poverty on a daily basis. Well that may change here in Clark County with a recent decision from our commissioners to ban solicitations in areas near traffic. Regardless of what you think of this action, I am sure you wonder what the right thing to do is. Do I […]
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  • Messy Spirituality [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    What landed Jesus on the cross was the preposterous idea that common, ordinary, broken, screwed-up people could be godly! What drove Jesus’ enemies crazy were his criticisms of the “perfect” religious people and his acceptance of the imperfect nonreligious people. The shocking implication of Jesus’ ministry is that anyone can be spiritual. Scandalous? Maybe. Messy Spirituality, Michael Yaconelli (Zondervan, 2009), Location 205
  • Moved by the Sight [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    How can the inner workings of the heart be changed from a dynamic of fear and anger to that of love, joy, and gratitude? Here is how. You need to be moved by the sight of what it cost to bring you home. Tim Keller – The Prodigal God: Recovering the heart of the Christian Faith (NY, NY : Dutton, 2008), 85
  • The Beauty of Approachability

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

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

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

    29 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    I went up to their bedrooms to tell them, one more time for this day, that I love them. But my children are asleep. So I kissed them both, taking a long moment to memorize their peaceful faces and listen to the steadiness of their breaths. I said, “I love you” as I shut their doors.Curious, isn’t it? Such a hollow feeling, saying “I love you” to someone who, for whatever reason, cannot receive the words.I came back downstairs to the office here, and stared out the picture window for a while. A beautiful, early winter sky, a boundless heaven of stars…
  • The Top Ten Most Effective Ways to Ruin Your Holidays

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

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

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

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

    nickvujicic
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    A few things every new parent should remember. After my wife Kanae and I married, we had just a few months of learning to “become one” before we discovered we were about to become three. It seemed we were newlyweds one minute and parents the next. We tried our best to prepare for the arrival of Kiyoshi, but like every other set of first-time parents, we soon discovered you are never fully prepared for the life-altering experience of having a baby in the house. All aspects of your life as an individual and as a couple are dramatically affected.
  • There Are No Words to Describe This ‘Star Wars’ LED Christmas Light Display

    Anonymous
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    'Tis the season to have a bad feeling about this ...
  • 54 Nigerian Soldiers Have Been Sentenced to Death for Not Fighting Boko Haram

    Anonymous
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    News agencies are reporting a disturbing story out of Nigeria, where the military has sentenced 54 of its own soldiers to death, after they say the men refused to fight Islamic militant group Boko Haram. Officials found them guilty of mutiny, and they now could face a firing squad. The soldiers have denied the charge. Troops in the country have regularly complained of a shortage of weapons and supplies and feeling outmatched by Boko Haram, a brutal organization that has killed more than 2,000 people this year alone in their campaigns of mass murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and arson ...
  • The Important Things Church History Taught Me About Christmas

    thomasturner
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    What church tradition shows us about celebrating the coming of Jesus, With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to blow the dust off your VHS of Elf (if you haven’t already), make some decadent hot chocolate, and get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. That would be a thoroughly typical American Christmas: extravagance, a little decadence to add some holiday weight, and some Jesus thrown in for good measure.
  • Marcel the Shell's 'Landslide' Cover Will Calm Your Fears

    Anonymous
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jenny Slate had a great year, garnering critical praise for her work in Obvious Child and releasing another episode of her unfailingly grin-inducing Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. She appeared on Conan last night, and gave America a little taste of Marcel's melodious singing voice. Softer than any pillow, this voice, and if you've ever wanted to hear it cover Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," this is your moment ...
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  • Get Moving & Make Some Noise!

    Chilly
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    The story is old and has been told well over one hundred zillion times. The story of an inn, a pregnant virgin, a stable, a manger, a star and a king. It’s a story that never grows old that Someone with a very creative mind and loving heart planned thousands of years ago when things didn’t work out in the garden. It’s an unlikely story with humble beginnings.. and what seemed like a sad ending instead ended miraculously. Picture with me the scroll being unfolded in temple in Jerusalem about 740 B.C. The pharisees and Levites listen attentively as a portion of scripture is…
  • Christmas Prodigals

    Chilly
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    Each day I look for unique ways to LEARN… I’ve always believed that anything alive MUST grow.  You know, stop learning and you stop living. So, with this in mind, I do various things to inspire & educate my heart and mind. One of the simple ways is by daily adding a new word to my vocabulary. You can find lots of applications that offer this – many will send a word to you, via email, daily. So my word today was: prodigality [prod’-i-GAL-i-tee] 1. extravagant wastefulness The story of the prodigal son (Luke 15) is familiar to most of us. I think often times when…
  • 12 Dazed!

    Chilly
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:15 pm
    <REPOST> I heard the weirdest Christmas song, again, today! I always wonder what people think when they sing the Twelve Days of Christmas! What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas? Hmmm, I’m glad you asked! Below is the explanation: From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly.  Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning…
  • 66 Expressions of Love

    Chilly
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    JESUS became a powerful expression of LOVE to EVERY book of the Bible and to EVERY member of your family!    Genesis: The Creator & The Light Exodus: The Passover Lamb Leviticus: The Sanctifier Numbers: The Guide & The Rock Deuteronomy: The Prophet Joshua: The Commander of the Army of the Lord Judges: The Righteous Ruler Ruth: The Kinsman-Redeemer 1 Samuel: The Anointed King 2 Samuel: The Son of David 1 Kings: The Wisdom 2 Kings: The Covenant of God 1 Chronicles: The Coming Messiah 2 Chronicles: The Temple of the Lord Ezra: The Remnant Nehemiah: The Mighty Wall Esther: The…
  • Tried and True

    Chilly
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and affections. Psalm 26:2 Why do you do what you do? Yeah, what’s really behind the things you do? The music you play? The clothes you wear? The things you read? The friends you hang with? The prayers you pray? The money you spend? Etc… You see, God knows your motives and affections… He knows the truth. Your service to God and others (yes both) will reveal who you truly are. It’s not enough to pray and read your Bible – no, you must OBEY it AND you must LOVE God…
 
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  • A First-Year Parent’s Survival Guide

    nickvujicic
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:10 pm
    A few things every new parent should remember. After my wife Kanae and I married, we had just a few months of learning to “become one” before we discovered we were about to become three. It seemed we were newlyweds one minute and parents the next. We tried our best to prepare for the arrival of Kiyoshi, but like every other set of first-time parents, we soon discovered you are never fully prepared for the life-altering experience of having a baby in the house. All aspects of your life as an individual and as a couple are dramatically affected.
  • There Are No Words to Describe This ‘Star Wars’ LED Christmas Light Display

    Anonymous
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    'Tis the season to have a bad feeling about this ...
  • 54 Nigerian Soldiers Have Been Sentenced to Death for Not Fighting Boko Haram

    Anonymous
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    News agencies are reporting a disturbing story out of Nigeria, where the military has sentenced 54 of its own soldiers to death, after they say the men refused to fight Islamic militant group Boko Haram. Officials found them guilty of mutiny, and they now could face a firing squad. The soldiers have denied the charge. Troops in the country have regularly complained of a shortage of weapons and supplies and feeling outmatched by Boko Haram, a brutal organization that has killed more than 2,000 people this year alone in their campaigns of mass murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and arson ...
  • The Important Things Church History Taught Me About Christmas

    thomasturner
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    What church tradition shows us about celebrating the coming of Jesus, With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to blow the dust off your VHS of Elf (if you haven’t already), make some decadent hot chocolate, and get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. That would be a thoroughly typical American Christmas: extravagance, a little decadence to add some holiday weight, and some Jesus thrown in for good measure.
  • Marcel the Shell's 'Landslide' Cover Will Calm Your Fears

    Anonymous
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jenny Slate had a great year, garnering critical praise for her work in Obvious Child and releasing another episode of her unfailingly grin-inducing Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. She appeared on Conan last night, and gave America a little taste of Marcel's melodious singing voice. Softer than any pillow, this voice, and if you've ever wanted to hear it cover Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," this is your moment ...
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  • Finding Whitespace During Christmas: Podcast with Kathi Lipp

    Bonnie Gray
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:33 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 for my new book Finding Spiritual Whitespace. Kathi is a popular speaker and author of The Cure For the Perfect Life: 12 Ways to Start Trying Harder and Live Braver (co-authored with Cheri Gregory). Kathi lives here in Silicon Valley too, so when I asked a friend to introduce us, we met at a cafe and became kindreds. Kathi Lipp gives the best hugs at my Book Launch Party for Finding Spiritual Whitespace {Red Rock Coffee, Mt.View, CA} Today, Kathi invited me to be…
  • Letting Go, Ferguson, Loose Ends & Real Peace

    Bonnie Gray
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    even in the darkest of nights, love is light. letting the kids stay up on Sunday night. creating memories. (Merry Christmas, friends. let’s make Christmas new this year. in us.) #spiritualwhitespace #peace I have a very, very special video to share with you today at the end of today’s post. I hope it will touch your soul with a comfort and peace, like the warmth of a candle flickering in the window.  Just for you. We lit up a Christmas tree for the first time Sunday night. Protestors in Berkeley, California, lit up the streets in violence that same night. It was both a…
  • (advent sunday soul rest) Awake Me. To Your Love.

    Bonnie Gray
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    It’s late tonight. Saturday.  But, I wanted to write you because today was too beautiful to keep in my heart. For today’s Soul Rest Sunday, I wanted to share some words God whispered to me. I woke up earlier this week Monday, with a heaviness.  I felt it in my bones and in my heart.  And I didn’t know why. The first week of Advent — the week of hope — shouldn’t be like this, I thought, as I filled the kettle at the kitchen sink, the sun glimmering against the water as it splashed into an empty pot. My heart felt unsure about some decisions I’ve…
  • Give Rest. A Christmas Gift For You.

    Bonnie Gray
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:18 am
    It’s hard to imagine.  Two years ago, I couldn’t hardly breathe.  Soul-weary. Exhausted. Anxious. It’s even harder to imagine.  It just last year I began to pen the first words to a book that changed my life. Rest. I knew about rest.  But, the book God wanted me to write wouldn’t be — from my head. Like all things beautiful and true — like the birth of a child, the taste of your first kiss, like listening to rain falling so quietly on your rooftop, you felt you were seven again looking at clouds move across the sky — there are some…
  • 10 Ways To Redefine Gratitude (From Me to You)

    Bonnie Gray
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    I have mixed feelings about the Thanksgiving holiday. On one hand, it’s a wonderful holiday tucked right before Christmas with no agenda other than to gather and eat a traditional turkey meal. But for some of us, Thanksgiving holds a different kind of stress: Brokenness. There’s a myth in some Christian social circles that if we’re struggling with discouragement, doubt or feelings of hurt or sadness, it may be due to the fact that we’re not being grateful. For most of my life, I’ve been afraid to share about the times I’ve felt overwhelmed emotionally, especially when I felt…
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  • This Video Will Wreck You

    Rick Garner
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    Finding this video yesterday and the other variations of skits similar to it reminded me of the power of drama. Such a simple skit coupled with a powerful song from Lifehouse creates an unforgettableimage of Christ's love. Yesterday, after watching a few versions, I sobbed. Full on ugly cry.Was it due to my gratefulness of Jesus's love for me? Was it my astonishment of how much He also loves you? Maybe it was the vivid picture that no matter how far we stray from Jesus, He is faithful...waiting for you and me. And once we fix our eyes on Him, He'll hold back the tidal waves of evil in the…
  • Turtle Invaders Are Here!

    Rick Garner
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zyrobotics, LLC for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.It's sad to think that some of you reading this have never heard of or played Space Invaders. Ah, the memories of playing that game at the mall arcade (something else long gone)! Sigh. Now, multiple game platforms exist and few games are more convenient than those playable via apps on your phone. With a wink at the classic Space Invaders approach, Turtle Invaders is a new app for younger children and children with special needs. I downloaded it and took it for a spin.You are an octupus…
  • Where Are You, iEmanuella?

    Rick Garner
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    One of the things I love about the web is finding fascinating people and resources. Last week, a video was shared on my Facebook feed. You can see the first thing that I saw below, a young girl showing words on card. Like me, you've probably seen dozens of these. I chose to watch it out of curiosity. The video wasn't just a story of a young woman growing in her faith, it was also a call to action. A challenge to love people first, regardless of their choices or if they agree with you. At the video's end was apparently the girl's online identity in white text over a black: iEmanuellaGoogling…
  • Issuing A New Challenge

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

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

    Jay Cookingham
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
      She peered from her dingy apartment window, wiping the frost with the sleeve of her sweater so she could see more clearly. A light snow was falling making the city streets outside her old brownstone a clean carpet of white. Sally was eagerly awaiting a delivery from the local grocery store containing the simple items for her dinner tonight. It was Christmas Eve and Sally wanted to celebrate this special time, at least in a small way. Over 90 and in failing health, it was to be a bittersweet celebration for sure. A few years ago her husband Samuel became gravely ill. To her great…
  • What Child is This?

    Jay Cookingham
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
      It was just another cry from a newborn, his cries already muted by the sounds of animals sharing his birth place. He was one of the many little Hebrew lives entering the world that night, just one of the ones born in the cold to poor, struggling parents, on a journey not of their choosing. All across Israel, an ordered census drew people to distant towns and faraway villages. A census of numbers, not the value of lives, mirrored the soul journeys of thousands searching for more. The cruel political climate is as dark as the night and the spiritual landscape, darker still. There seems…
  • Dream Coat

    Jay Cookingham
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
      It wasn’t technicolored or fancy looking by any means, it was a simple grey-black winter coat and it was just his size. He was the younger of two boys, maybe six to seven years old, with eyes as wide as saucers. Accompanied by an older woman of a different ethnicity, they all had come to a local coat drive hosted by the Hyde Park Methodist, a church that graciously allowed people from my church to help staff the event. It was near the end of the day and most kid’s coats had been chosen by the early crowd. His other brother ( I assumed) had found one from the slim pickings and the…
  • What Did You Expect?

    Jay Cookingham
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
      You find yourself, at age 58, pretty comfortable in your own skin. You’re taking some risks, stretching in areas unfamiliar to you. “Not bad for an old guy” you think and that brief thought puts some swagger in your steps. Yet swagger, like comfort… is very temporary… I believe a better word would be fleeting. I read this quote yesterday and it disturbed me, souring the milk of swagger in me. “He was swimming in a sea of other people’s expectations. Men had drowned in seas like that.” - Robert Jordan, New Spring Any husband, any father, any man following Christ, who is…
  • Killing Lions – A Review

    Jay Cookingham
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
        Many of us are hunting mice - while lions devour the land. - Leonard Ravenhill In the book Killing Lions: A Guide Through the Trials Young Men Face, John Eldredge (Wild at Heart) is joined by his son, Sam, for a conversational journey of what it takes to become a man. II bought this book for my sons (I have five) but found it revealing my heart as I read it through several times (I’m a fast reader). I grew up without a strong father influence in my life and many of the questions Sam poses resonated with my heart. Dealing (father and son together) with subjects such as…
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  • 5 Things to Help our Volunteers Lead Better

    Gina
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    © 36clicks | Dreamstime.com – Lane Five Photo As a ministry leader, one of my prime objectives is to lead a group of volunteers to successfully implement the functions of ministry on a weekly basis. That’s a flowery way of saying, “I lead a team of volunteers to invest in kids”. But that “Sunday-to-Sunday” race means I focus a lot time on preparing for church every week. Whether you do Sunday School, Children’s Church, or some variation of the two, kidmin leaders spend copious amounts of time ensuring we have enough volunteers to take care of the…
  • Your Ask is bigger than mine

    Gina
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    It’s true. If you volunteer in kids ministry… your ask is bigger than mine. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve got a big ask. But yours is bigger. How do I know? I can prove it. You see, I lead a ministry with a lot of kids. And I need a lot of volunteers to love those kids. I recruit volunteers from several avenues. To name a few, I might find a new volunteer from… …our new member class where someone wants to become an active part of our church. (40% success rate) …a push from the stage when my pastor mentions our kids ministry. (15% success rate)…
  • Preparing for what’s ahead – 3 things a Kidmin leader can do

    Gina
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    It’s hard to believe 2015 is almost here. December is in full swing and as Christmas approaches we are preparing for special weekends and activities for kids focused on the joys of Christ’ birth. But amidst all the holiday focus, there are 3 things I need to have ‘running in the background’ in order to be prepared for 2015. In my ministry context, church attendance trends down through November and December. Holiday events and traveling draw families out of their normal routine and church attendance becomes sporadic. However, we know we’ll see our families again…
  • They Won’t Do It for Jesus… for long

    Gina
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Leading volunteers is a craft. One that requires constant tweaking and learning. Yet there are some principals you learn about leading volunteers that never change. Volunteers want to know that what they do to matters. Volunteers want to enjoy what they do. Volunteers want to feel needed and known. Now, I can convince a volunteer to do just about anything if I present a compelling need. People are pretty generous and willing to do something they may not enjoy in order to meet a need. For a season, they will ‘grin and bear it’. But as ministry leaders, working with volunteers…
  • Chasing a Vision_Why we’re headed back to Monterrey

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

    Natalie Snapp
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    She timidly walked into the room, unsure yet confident. Scared but brave. She was beautiful. Young, but in a way that’s young now to my 41 years. She said she was 26. Her skin was the color of tupelo honey; her eyes dark as night. But behind those eyes, I saw fear. She was there to take a pregnancy test. Of course, really, she knew she was pregnant. She admitted to taking several home tests before this day and all were positive. “My boyfriend wants me to have an abortion,” she said. “But you know it’s your choice, right?” said the precious Client Services…
  • Books to Read During the Holidays @ Deliberate Women

    Natalie Snapp
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Congratulations to Commenter Number Four: Wendy Gutwein!!!! You were the $50 winner of a Noonday Collections voucher from Noonday Ambassador, Jill Blume. I’ll message you the details!   Today, I’m over at Deliberate Women  spouting off about my favorite books AND . . . I’m giving away two signed copies of Where Treetops Glisten: Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II  by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin . . . SO . . . Click here to visit me there and enter for your chance to win! The post Books to Read During the…
  • $50 Noonday Collection Giveaway – NOT. KIDDING.

    Natalie Snapp
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Well, it’s Christmas and during this season, we like to give gifts as a way to remember the ultimate gift . . . The gift God sent us a little over 2,000 years ago in the form of a precious baby. Of course, we know it’s not about the gifts, but . . . during the next few days, I’m going to be giving away some goodies as a way to say “I love each of you and wish I were a multi-trillionaire and could send you all a little something for being so loyal.” You guys . . . Oh my word. Do you know about Noonday Collection? My Heart Sister, Jill, became an ambassador about a…
 
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  • Two Sets of Stones

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Joshua 4:20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. 21 And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, What do these stones mean? Joshua 4:8 So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. Today’s reading is from the devotional website All About Reflections. Click the link in…
  • Amid the Bad News, There is Good News for All People

    paulthinkingoutloud
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:36 pm
    I really appreciate Clarke Dixon’s weekly contribution here at C201. To read this at source (and find a puppet script that goes with it) click the title below. Finding Joy Where do people find joy in our society? Often through fun, entertainment, and pleasurable experiences. Which would you like first, the good news or the bad news? Let me begin with the bad news: Whatever fun you are having, whatever pleasure you are experiencing, it will come to an end. Experience teaches us this. I love to watch the snow fall, the bigger the flakes, the more blustery the conditions, the better.
  • The Gospel Speaks to Suffering

    paulthinkingoutloud
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:36 pm
    This is the second of two Zondervan book excerpts we’re doing here. This one is from Robert W. Kellemen’s new book, Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives Applying the Gospel to Suffering by Robert W. Kellemen, Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives   The Gospel of Christ’s grace deals thoroughly both with the sins we have committed and with the evils we have suffered. Somewhere along the way, some of us may have gained the mistaken notion that to address suffering means minimizing sin and capitulating to a secular psychology perspective on…
  • Church Planting: Finding the Person of Peace

    paulthinkingoutloud
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    “Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.” (Luke 10: 5 NLT and 6 NASB) This book excerpt by David and Paul Watson from a chapter of Contagious Disciple Making showed up in an email last week.  I thought I would share it with all of you. An old man sat on the edge of the road approaching the village. When he saw me (David), he started. He slowly stood up and came to meet me. “Finally!” he exclaimed, “You are finally…
  • Are We All God’s Children?

    paulthinkingoutloud
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    It depends what you mean…  Matthew 25:21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them…
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  • Obama Moves to Normalize Relations with Cuba

    Worthy News Staff
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– President Obama announced sweeping changes to U.S. policy with Cuba on Wednesday, moving to normalize relations with the island nation and tear down the last remaining pillar of the Cold War, the Washington Post reported. Under the new measures, the United States plans to reopen its embassy in Havana and significantly ease restrictions on travel and commerce within the next several weeks and months, Obama said. Speaking from the White House, he declared that a half-century of isolation of the communist country "has not worked." "It's…
  • Michigan Approves Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    Worthy News Staff
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent LANSING (Worthy News)– The Michigan House of Representatives has approved a state version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act despite claims that the bill will give license for religious discrimination, according to Christian News. The proposed statue states: "The free exercise of religion is an inherent, fundamental, and unalienable right secured by Article 1 of the state Constitution of 1963 and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution." Many understand that these rights are not granted by government, or…
  • Turkey: Land Grab Threatens Return of Minorities

    Worthy News Staff
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:42 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro ANKARA (Worthy News)– A lawyer in Diyarbakir estimated that land grabs have targeted thousands of Christians and Yazidis in southeastern Turkey, according to Al-Monitor. They have even threatened the Yazidis if they try to return, Serhat Karasin told Al-Monitor. Problems with property ownership were triggered by Turkey's modernization of its land registry records at a time when many Christians, Yazidis and Kurds were living in European exile after fleeing the Kurdish conflict. Many of them lost their property to the Turkish treasury, which is entitled to confiscate…
  • Keep Christ Out Of Christmas?

    Worthy News Staff
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:39 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent PIEDMONT (Worthy News)– Not surprisingly, atheists were angered by an Alabama town's "Keep Christ In Christmas" theme for its annual Christmas parade, according to The Inquisitr News. Although Piedmont wanted to remind everyone about the reason for the season, the town's theme was opposed by the secular Freedom From Religion Foundation. On Nov. 24, the Wisconsin-based atheists reportedly sent a letter to Piedmont officials requesting the theme of the parade be changed because it wasn't appropriate for a secular…
  • Ethiopian Officials Destroy Evangelical Church

    Worthy News Staff
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:25 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent HARARE (Worthy News)– Heaven's Light Church in Harare, Ethiopia, was demolished Nov. 28 by order of the Shenkore administrative district that just days before had forcibly removed the church's sign, according to International Christian Concern. After the demolition, Heaven's Light Pastor Zemach Tadesse, his wife Aster and Pastor Yosefe Hailemariam were all detained for hours after attempting to photograph their damaged church. As all the land in Ethiopia is publicly owned, churches are unable to legally purchase property and…
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  • Go Back

    Angie Smith
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:20 pm
    It was a simple question, and one I doubt he expected would cause me to burst into tears. I’ll admit it surprised me too. “Ang, what do you want for Christmas?” We were brushing our teeth, sharing a space, wearing mismatched pajamas. And the dam broke. “I don’t know. I don’t know!” I said it aggressively, twisting the toothbrush and avoiding eye contact in the mirror. My heart was pounding and I felt angry. I didn’t have the slightest clue why, but being the Proverbs 31 wife I am, I expected him to know. “Okay.” He said it quietly, because we both knew it wasn’t about…
  • Just Like You

    Liz Curtis Higgs
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:20 pm
    More than once my exasperated mother said, “Someday, I hope you have a daughter just like you.” I always wondered if such words were a veiled threat—or an unspoken confession. Maybe she was just like her mother. Was that a bad thing, to see ourselves in our daughters? to see our mothers in us? When I gave birth to my Lilly, a new question arose: If she was just like me, would that make loving her easier or harder? Would we get along or always be at odds? Would life with Lilly be fun or a fiasco? I discovered the answer when she turned five. For Lilly’s birthday, I used a bunch of…
  • Breaking Light

    Tammy Strait
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    She’s sitting at a table lost in thought. I watch her for a moment before she looks up to find my face. We haven’t seen each other in months and yet it’s like no time has passed. The truest friendships are like that. They span the length and test of time to reconnect in the space of a single heartbeat. The instant our eyes meet, I see. Suffering. Caught in the shadows of joy. Though her eyes light up, and her beautiful smile betrays the pain, I know. Time has not been kind. In between the pages of laughter are the sentences that stop us still. The ones that can never…
  • The Gift in the Unraveling

    Melissa Michaels
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:20 pm
    As much as I love Christmas, I always keep it pretty simple. My goal is always to do as little as possible, while still keeping the ambience festive and joyful in our home. It’s easy to be a scrooge and not want to enjoy the beauty of the season because of all the work we take upon ourselves, but it’s also easy to become distracted by the glitter and shiny things and lose sight of our focus on Jesus, God’s gift to us and the reason we celebrate. You might think as a home decor blogger I’d be in my element this time of year, bringing out all the decorations, setting up…
  • Loving Our Neighbors – Vol. 2

    incourage
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    This is the second installment of the Marketplace Loving Our Neighbors series. You can read the first post here. You might have noticed that on Wednesdays, we talk a lot about new (in)courage products here on the Marketplace. We want to make sure you’re the first to know about product releases and tell you the story behind them. This December, we’d like to do something a little different and point you to some other folks who are doing awesome things around the world. Their work supports women in need all around the world, and their products are absolutely beautiful! So we’re…
 
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  • The Real Stable

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    "It was not by chance that Jesus was born in a stable," Papini writes, reflecting on the significance of Jesus' birth in the lowliest and filthiest of places.
  • Out of Egypt

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    Like Jesus, many will find themselves in a foreign land this Christmas, or in a prison cell or homeless shelter. Others are inwardly alienated, estranged from family or feeling far from God. But even in these places of exile, God’s redeeming love breaks in.
  • Blood and Ink

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    Why were six Jesuits and two women killed in one night? Like Oscar Romero, they had come to believe it was their duty as Christians speak up for human rights and peace.
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    Religion Dispatches

  • American Nuns and the Vatican: More Pain than Promise

    Mary E. Hunt
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    The other shoe dropped on December 16, 2014 at a press conference announcing the “final report” on at least one phase of the long-simmering Vatican struggle with U.S. Catholic sisters. It was not a red Prada slipper, and the devil is still in the details. Despite herculean efforts to make nice, the 12-page report and its presentation reinforce the Roman Catholic Church’s patriarchal power paradigm. And although many have hailed the report as a sign of the Vatican’s warming toward women, I am not convinced. Six Years of Scrutiny The first shoe dropped in 2008 when Cardinal…
  • The Death of Truthiness: A True Believer Mourns The Colbert Report

    Stephanie Brehm
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    In the beginning, there was The Colbert Report. I believe that today we lost the best and truthiest television program ever in the history of televisions—and of histories. Known to his friends as The Rev. Sir Dr. Stephen T. Mos Def Colbert, D.F.A., Heavyweight Champion of the World, Stephen Colbert stood at the helm of the Report for nine short years, guiding us with his “tips of the hat,” chiding us with his “wags of the finger,” and standing up against leaders who “think with their heads rather than know with their hearts.” A beacon of “truthiness,” Colbert warned…
  • 6 Overlooked Takeaways From a Reviewer of Controversial Texas Textbooks

    David R. Brockman
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    In September 2014, I found myself standing before a mostly hostile Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) testifying about religious imbalance and inaccuracies in public school textbooks under consideration for adoption. To my great surprise, I also found myself quoted in Politico, the Washington Post, and several Texas newspapers. Al Jazeera America sought me out for an on-camera interview. For a religious studies scholar more at home in the classroom or library cubicle, the swirl of media attention was, well, disconcerting. Six months earlier, the nonprofit watchdog group Texas Freedom…
  • Pope Francis Brokers End to Cuba Embargo, Despite Opposition of Catholic Pols

    Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    There will be much debate surrounding today’s announcement of the normalization of relations between Cuba and the US, but I hope the voices of the Cuban and Cuban-American people will be heard. While politicians like Marco Rubio, Mario Díaz-Balart, and Carlos Curbuel use their national platforms to denounce the changes, they do not represent the majority of Cuban-Americans (68%) who support re-establishing diplomatic ties with the island. In fact, although they’re comfortable pointing to the Church to justify socially conservative positions, they’re in opposition…
  • Read RD’s Live-Tweet of Serial, the Final Episode

    Andrew Aghapour and Hussein Rashid
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    In the three months since its premier, Serial has become the most popular podcast in the world—the fastest to reach 5 million downloads in iTunes history. Serial blends True Crime thriller with investigative journalism, teasing apart issues of religion, race, and romance in a 1999 Baltimore murder case that put 17-year-old Adnan Syed behind bars for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.   Was Adnan Syed falsely accused and a victim of bigotry? Is he a psychopath who manipulated Sarah Koenig and a Muslim community to support his story? Did Jay do it? What’s a Mail Kimp?? The…
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  • Book Review: Skinny Gut Diet by Brenda Watson

    Cheryl Cope
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:15 am
    Book Review: Skinny Gut Diet by Brenda Watson One of the basic premises of this book can be seen in this quote: “Gut microbes help give a new twist to the phrase ‘You are what you eat.’ You are what your gut microbes do with what you eat.” (page 14) Ms. Watson makes the claim that what is going on … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Look and Live by Matt Papa

    Cheryl Cope
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Book Review: Look and Live by Matt Papa Behold the Soul-thrilling, Sin-destroying Glory of Christ. Look and Live is all about the why and the how to of beholding the glory of God. I liked the flavor or tone of this book immediately and even more so, the “call” on page 15. “The call is this: Make your life one … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Renewing Your Mind by Neil T. Anderson

    Cheryl Cope
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:03 am
    Book Review: Renewing Your Mind by Neil T. Anderson Renewing Your Mind is a Bible study book, not a read-through book. It is designed for individual or small group study. It is organized into six week’s worth of bite-sized lessons. The lay-out reminded me of the scripture in Isaiah 28 that talks about learning precept upon precept, line upon line. … Continue reading →
  • The Right Way to Complain

    Cheryl Cope
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    The Right Way to Complain Yes, there is a right way to complain and there is a wrong way to complain, so, no, not all complaining is bad. Complain first to God and not to man. There may be occasional times where it is right and necessary to complain to men, that is to give out constructive kind criticism, but … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: When Heaven Seems Silent by Mark and Tammy Andres

    Cheryl Cope
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Book Review: When Heaven Seems Silent by Mark and Tammy Andres I was nearing the end of this book and had been crying because of it. My husband walks in and says, “You’ve been crying, look at that whole bowl full of kleenex, you shouldn’t read books like that.” I said, “That’s the sign of a really good book!” So, … Continue reading →
 
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  • The “Why” before the “What”

    Ben Reed
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    This is an excerpt from my book, Starting Small: The Ultimate Small Group Blueprint. It’s more than an excerpt, too. It’s the entirety of chapter 2, my favorite chapter. This is the part of the book that I love the most, it was the easiest to write (because it was an overflow of so much of what I teach and live), and it’s the part I come back to most because it’s so foundational to everything I do. My book’s on sale this week! Pick up a copy for yourself, or someone you’d like to invest in spiritually! Pick it up HERE.   Chapter 2 The Why before the…
  • 8 Leadership Principles from my first 90 days at Saddleback

    Ben Reed
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    My family and I just made a massive move across the United States, from Nashville to California. From the syrupy sweet Southern US culture to the fast-paced, always-sunny Southern California. To say that Nashville is different that Orange County would be the understatement of the century. But we’re adjusting. Slowly, but surely, we’re building healthy relationships, finding our rhythm, and figuring out where to get the oil changed. Coming on staff at Saddleback has already been an amazing adventure. I’ve learned more here than I’ve learned in the same amount of time in any other…
  • The 8 keys to being a better small group leader

    Ben Reed
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    You want to be a better leader, in life and in your small group. I know you do. Nobody that reads, watches instructional videos, and seeks to grow in their faith says, “I want to put this work in…so that my leadership capacity decreases.” Nobody. This is one of the best talks on small group leadership that I have ever heard. My friend John Morgan (blog, Twitter, Facebook) gave the talk at a leadership rally I held for small group leaders at Long Hollow Baptist Church. Whether you’re on a church staff, a small group leader, or not, this video will help you become a…
  • Post Traumatic Church Disorder

    Ben Reed
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:45 am
    I’ve talked with a number of men and women in ministry, and I’ve noticed an alarming problem. It’s often felt but rarely talked about. Just below the surface, it affects daily interactions, vision casting, and strategic planning. It affects how we relate to God and how we relate to others. I call it post-traumatic-church-disorder. image: CreationSwap.com user Megan Watson It may not be a professional diagnoses, but it’s a real issue. You’ve heard of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, right? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by…
  • God of the beginning and the end

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

    Naty Matos
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    The reality is that I’ve been so busy and this date snuck up on me. I can’t believe that I started this journey 5 years ago. I have been writing since I was  14 years old, but on a day like this day I decided that it was time to share what God had given me. Today is not a day to congratulate me, as all I did was share. Today is a day of gratitude for all of you who have come to shared with me your own experiences, my good and growth opportunity moment. I’m grateful for all of you who have supported this dream and have allowed me to meet so many wonderful people. Today I…
  • What are you doing with your gratitude?

    Naty Matos
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    This morning I woke up thinking about what today represents. To many is the day to have an excuse to overeat, party or drink. It’s also viewed as an opportunity to spend time with family and friends; nothing wrong with that. To some is another day at work. To some is the day to strategize about the next shopping spree to spend money that they don’t have to buy things they don’t need. The holidays are not festive for everyone and I used to be sensitive to that. Even before the traditional holiday excitement started to elude me. When I used to own a house, my Thanksgiving…
  • Tsunami

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

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

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

    Ron Amundson
    29 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    There is an internet meme concerning a nativity scene going around again. The picture at hand is a shows pretty amazing nativity scene. Despite the low res copy, “No Room for them in the Inn” is quite beautiful, and when one looks at a photo of a signed and numbered print, one can only imagine how much heart and soul the artist put into it. It was not a simple task to determine who created the art in the first place, as whoever created the meme didn’t include the title of the piece, nor did they give the artist credit. Its almost as if someone found it, said cool, and then…
  • Jean Valjean, Stolen Cookies, and #chsocm

    Ron Amundson
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    In Les Miserables, the main character Jean Valjean makes off with the churches silverware. He is caught, brought back to the church, where in the priest spins a tale that the silverware is a gift and admonishes him for forgetting to take the silver candlesticks as well. Such sets the stage for major change in Valjeans life. Things are quite different at a church in Florida. From the Palm Beach Post. A homeless man stole cookies from a church in the 10700 block of Okeechobee Boulevard. A deputy found him sitting by the building’s entrance. He said he had been looking for assistance, pulled…
  • Valley Girl is Best (rabbit hole and nerd alert)

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

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

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

  • The Lordship of Jesus Christ

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Dr. Charles Bing GraceLife Ministries Jesus is Lord. No one who believes the Bible denies that. But what does that mean and how does Christ's lordship apply to our salvation and our Christian life?The Meaning of LordThe word usually translated Lord in the New Testament is the Greek word Kyrios.... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Russian Weapons Advancements

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    Dr. Ed Hindson World Prophetic Ministry Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in mid-September that his country will embark on a program to introduce an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons, according to an Associated Press report.Putin's announcement came just as the Russian... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Video: World Government on the Horizon

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    Dr. Andy Woods's presentation at a Compass Bible Conference September 2014. He discusses the past, present, and future of Government from a Biblical point of view.47:38Related Links One in 500 people living with no nationality: report • TODAYonline Jeff Sessions: Funding Exec Amnesty Helps DC, Wall... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • The Moses I Never Knew: Why 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Fails to Inspire

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    Dr. Randall Price World of the Bible Ministries We all know that Ridley Scott can inspire. He did it with Gladiator. In that film he took a soldier who became a slave and pitted him against the king of Rome. And in the midst of this conflict of two wills, the character of the hero was revealed to... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Issues in Calvinism

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    Dr. Steven Hayes Continue in My Word "To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." (Isaiah 8:20)The Five Points of Calvinism (i.e., TULIP) are a logically consistent soteriological system. Beginning from the first point, Total... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
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  • Collection of My Blogs

    29 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    As I've been writing for the Master over the years and publishing my material online, I've developed numerous blogs. My Master is Jesus Christ, God's Son. And this site contains a collection of my best and most popular blogs in one place, so that anyone who would like to browse my material can more easily find what they are looking for. I hope you will enjoy what you find here! Feel free to contact me, if you'd like to, through the website listed at the bottom.Below you will find the names of my blogs, and beneath each title you will find links to the posts within each blog. In the sidebar,…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - December 2014

    29 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I've recently posted some new blogs to this site that I want to make you aware of: Michael Shigaba's Encounter with JesusAsk for the Ancient Paths Michael Shigaba's End Time Message for MankindNow is the Day of SalvationA Warning for Christian CouplesPoems: A Pleasing Sacrifice Wait for the LordSmoldering Flame 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…
  • Giving to DMI

    29 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Our gift of these articles by Len Lacroix is made possible in part by your gracious support of the ministry.  There are two ways to donate to Doulos Missions International. You may either send a check or money order by mail or you may donate securely online.Doulos Missions International, Inc. is incorporated in the State of New Hampshire as a publicly-supported non-profit charity.  We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt organization under IRC 501(c)(3). Contributions made to this organization are tax deductible.Online Donations You may…
  • Doulos Missions International

    29 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Len and Jennifer LacroixWe'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…
  • Opportunities to Serve the Body of Christ

    29 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    Len and Jennifer LacroixWe are missionaries, and our desire would be to come to your church or Bible Study group to preach and minister to you, while we are in the States.  If you would like us to do so, we can also make a presentation of our work in Eastern Europe.  Please pray about this.  It's a chance for us to encourage people to greater evangelism and commitment to completing the Great Commission globally, and we would be honored to come speak, if it is God's will.  So give us a call or leave a comment, if you would like us to come to speak to your group.You can find…
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  • Different Roads to To Kill a Mockingbird (Part 2)

    Callie Feyen
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It seems though, that To Kill a Mockingbird is the sort of book that gives something to me every time I return to it. This year, it’s Bob Ewell I’m paying attention to, though I hadn’t planned on taking a closer look at him. My drive to school these days isn’t terribly interesting. It’s mostly highway driving, and save for the leaves that bloom with color in the fall, there’s not much to look at. I feel more that I am driving away from something, then towards it. I am a mother now, to Hadley and Harper, and I haven’t gotten used to the fact that the three of us fumble through…
  • Different Roads to To Kill a Mockingbird (Part 1)

    Callie Feyen
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The first time I taught To Kill a Mockingbird to a group of 8th graders, I was student teaching at Stephen K. Hayt School on the North Side of Chicago, just a few blocks from Lake Michigan. Each morning, I drove down Lake Shore Drive towards my students, wondering if there would be a time when I’d tire of looking at the skyscrapers and the water. My dad worked at Northwestern University’s city campus, and normally was at work hours before I left the house. But the days I took my first steps into my career, he stayed at home until I was off Lake Shore Drive and setting up my classroom. He…
  • The Labor of Transcending Love

    Ross Gale
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    When I sat down recently to start a short story, I wondered what kind of stuff I was bringing to the creation. Maybe I was over-analyzing my thought process, but I already had these images, ideas, and tones and had yet to create even a single character. If our stories are to have life-giving meaning and value, what do we start with? My hunch borders on love: love for our readers, love for our characters, love for language. I started reading this idea into the novels and movies I enjoy the most. I see this love in Marilynne Robinson’s characters in her fictional Gilead. So much so she’s…
  • A Space of One’s Own

    Howard Schaap
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Been doing any writing?” my sister asked me at Thanksgiving. “No.” “How does that make you feel?” “Psychotic.” I should have said, of course, “Hyperbolic and clichéd,” since I’m not feeling exactly psychotic, but more like imbalanced or disoriented—like when you wake in the dark and don’t know where you are. And the cliché: “I need to find time to write,” says every writer in the world. But for me it’s actually more akin to finding space to write. The best writing I’ve done this fall, I confessed to a writing friend, was during my commute. “Confessed,”…
  • Advent and the Absence of God

    Jean Hoefling
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the bleak mid-winter, Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone.  – Christina Rossetti, “In the Bleak Midwinter” The raging, fertile excesses of summer are long gone and the world lies deep in Advent, this wending of the human heart in prayer and penance before the Nativity of Christ. In the spare gray-gold light of these mornings just shy of the winter solstice, we might sit where we sit each day to “meet with God,” our Bibles, rosaries, or prayer books at the ready. Outside, bare branches clatter against a wide, windy pewter sky, nature’s brittle…
 
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  • Saint December 19 : Blessed Urban V : Pope

    Jesus Caritas Est
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Bl. Urban VPOPEFeast: December 19Information:Feast Day:December 19Born:1310 Grizac, Languedoc, FranceDied:December 19, 1370 Avignon, FranceGuillaume de Grimoard, born at Grisac in Languedoc, 1310; died at Avignon, 19 December, 1370. Born of a knightly family, he was educated at Montpellier and Toulouse, and became a Benedictine monk at the little priory of Chirac near his home. A Bull of 1363 informs us that he was professed at the great Abbey of St. Victor at Marseilles, where he imbibed his characteristic love for the Order of St. Benedict; even as pope he wore its habit. He was ordained at…
  • SHARE Breathtaking Acappella version of "O Holy Night" in an Empty Church by Home Free goes VIRAL

    Jesus Caritas Est
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Home Free’s new version of "O Holy Night" is amazing singing a cappella in this beautiful church. Founded in 2000’s by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp, Home Free puts anyone in the Christmas spirit with this classic - SHARE with everyone....
  • Today's Mass Readings : Thursday December 18, 2014

    Jesus Caritas Est
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thursday of the Third Week of AdventLectionary: 194Reading 1JER 23:5-8Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;As king he shall reign and govern wisely,he shall do what is just and right in the land.In his days Judah shall be saved,Israel shall dwell in security.This is the name they give him:“The LORD our justice.”Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives,who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”;but rather, "As the LORD lives,who brought the descendants of the…
  • Breaking News Boko Haram Kidnaps 185 more Women and Children - Please PRAY

    Jesus Caritas Est
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    Boko Haram has kidnapped over 185 women and children, and killed 32 people in northeastern Nigeria on Sunday Dec. 14, 2014. They were taken in trucks after their village of Gumsuri was attacked with bombs and burnt. An official explained "They gathered the women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs," Communications towers were disabled in earlier attacks. Boko Haram began its terrorism in Nigeria, Africa in 2009. In April, Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls, they have said they were sold into slavery. US government research…
  • Saint December 18 : St. Winebald : Benedictine Abbot and Missionary

    Jesus Caritas Est
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    St. WinebaldBENEDICTINE ABBOT AND MISSIONARYFeast: December 18Information:Feast Day:December 18Born:Wessex, EnglandDied:18 December 761 at Heidenheim, GermanyWinebald is one of those amazing English missionaries who evangelized Europe, leaving behind a flourishing Catholicism and a number of monasteries and laying the beginnings of Christianity in what is now Germany, France, Holland, Austria, Belgium, and Luxembourg.St. Winebald was the son of a West Saxon nobleman, St. Richard, and the brother of St. Willibald. With his father and brother he made a pilgrimage to Rome in 721. His father died…
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  • It Was Finished

    Todd
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    Watch this Video: Bryan & Katie Torwalt’s song, It Was Finished It Was Finshed – lyrics It was finished On that day Death was beaten All darkness was slain All His passion Poured out like the rain upon the earth Three days buried They came to mourn The stone was rolled away The veil was torn For He had risen He is the King of all the earth Hallelujah He has conquered death We cry holy He reigns in all the earth Hallelujah He has conquered death And He reigns The room was shaken The wind of God Fire from heaven Descended upon The Holy Spirit The power of God For all the earth…
  • Christ Consciousness

    Todd
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Watch this Video: Tim Wright encourages us to recognize our unity with God and each other 1 Corinthians 2:16 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. Colossians 3:11 11 a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew,circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all. Colossians 1:27 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Ephesians 1:23 23 which is His…
  • Vulnerability

    Todd
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder discusses how we can never pry ourselves our of our own isolation and lack of intimacy. It only comes as a result of recognizing the depths to which Christ has already made Himself vulnerable to us. “Friendship, Boundaries & the False Self: We often construct walls around ourselves that block intimacy and friendships. At other times, we lack the tools necessary to develop proper boundaries with toxic people in our lives that drain us and exhaust us emotionally.” – John Crowder TO LOVE IS TO BE VULNERABLE “There is no safe investment.
  • The Illusion of Separation

    Todd
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Watch this Video: Paul White explains how Jesus has reconciled man to God (as opposed to God to man.) “If you were to say to me, ‘Why are Christians believing the illusion of separation?’ I would say, because most Christians – and I mean most – carry with them every day, a perpetual sense of lack.  They do not have the fullness of God. They do not have the anointing us Jesus. They do not have access into who God is. That may be a direct result of their feelings of guilt and condemnation over sin, but the most tangible thing is that they perpetually feel a sense…
  • Overcomer

    Todd
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Watch this Video: Video for “Overcomer” by Mandisa Overcomer – Lyrics Staring at a stop sign Watching people drive by T Mac on the radio Got so much on your mind Nothing’s really going right Looking for a ray of hope Whatever it is you may be going through I know He’s not gonna let it get the best of you You’re an overcomer Stay in the fight ‘til the final round You’re not going under ‘Cause God is holding you right now You might be down for a moment Feeling like it’s hopeless That’s when He reminds You That you’re an overcomer…
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    Don't Eat The Fruit

  • What Moby Dick Can Teach Us About What We Click, Read, and Post

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

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

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

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

    Will Mancini
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    You’ve heard of the naughty or nice quiz before. We put people on one side of the behavior equation this time of the year. And if that doesn’t cross your mind, then someone at North Pole Central is finalizing the tally before Santa’s globe-trotting, Christmas Eve sleigh ride. This year, however,  I want to put these terms on the same side of the equation. I think pastors need to consider “niceness” from an entirely different point of view. That’s right, I have a growing fear that we, as ministry leaders,  too often do the wrong thing in the name of…
  • Last Day Founding Subscriber Offer to My Blog Readers for SUMS Book Summary Tool

    Will Mancini
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    A few weeks ago, I shared that you would have the first opportunity to become a founding subscriber to SUMS reMix. This book summary tool is the most innovative content resource I know of in the church space. Many of you have already received an e-mail reminding you of the benefits for founding subscribers and the instructions to sign-up. But I wanted to remind you with another post if you haven’t acted yet. In a nutshell you will receive: 50% off regular subscription price, lock-in for life 3 additional Christmas gift subscriptions, totally free (give you boss or buddies in ministry…
  • 10 Ways We Get in the Way of God Building His Church

    Will Mancini
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Scriptures clearly remind us that God is building his church. But the reality of church can seem so contradictory to this truth. Reggie McNeal once wrote, “We have the best churches men can build, but we are still waiting for the church that only God can get the credit for.” When things don’t go well at church, is it possible that we are getting in God’s way? The quote from Reggie  has been retweeted quite a bit this last week. It got me thinking about theses question: How am I unintentionally trying to build a church without God? How I do become an obstacle to the…
  • The Top 10 Reasons to Advance Church Goals One Big Goal at a Time

    Will Mancini
    6 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Most church leaders never experience what it feels like to have one big goal for their entire church. (Unless of course they are raising funds in a traditional capital campaign.) Yet, to be a part of a church culture that sets and achieves big goals time and time again is as God honoring as much as it is exhilarating! What do most churches do instead of having one big goal? Its pretty simple. They either have no clear and stated aspirations at all or they have too many goals in an overwhelming strategic plan or cumbersome dashboard. The sweet spot is a rare yet priceless in-between: one…
  • Why You Need More than Church Capital Campaign to Fund Your Ministry

    Will Mancini
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Why does your church need more than a church capital campaign? Because pastors and church leaders and good-hearted church attenders are tired of the “campaign fatigue” brought upon by the traditional approach to raising funds. Stop Campaigning and Start Discipling The potential abuse of the traditional campaign companies comes by focusing on fundraising cycles, back to back (typically in 3-year cycles) designed to raise money without adequate vision, leadership development or disciple-making strategies in place.  Two years ago, the Auxano team felt led by God to address the…
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  • Your Story Matters [podcast]

    bobbymcgraw
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Everybody has a unique and powerful story. We can learn a lot about our own stories by looking at the story of Joseph. His story is found in Genesis 37-50. Click to listen to this message that I gave at Sugar Hill Church. Was today’s podcast helpful? If so, consider sharing it with a friend.
  • The Danger of a Single Story

    bobbymcgraw
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    I recently saw the following tweet in my Twitter feed: I paid attention to it because I know and love the CARE for AIDS people and organization and also because I love TED Talks. If you are not familiar with them, TED talks are short talks that are packed with great info. I found the talk that CARE for AIDS linked to very interesting. I have definitely been guilty of looking at the world through a single story. If you have a few minutes, check out the talk. What did you think of the talk? Any take-aways for you? I’d love for you leave a comment below.
  • How to Ask Questions that Get a Positive Response

    bobbymcgraw
    28 Jan 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Do you ask the right question—and in the right way? You’ve got to grab their attention if you want people to listen. In her book Communication Counts, media consultant Mary Civiello tells about a sales manager who wanted to introduce an incentive program. Salespeople could earn a bonus of $1,000 if they passed sales leads from customers over to a sales rep in a different division. Because the paperwork required to forward the lead took about 10 minutes to fill, the sales manager opened his presentation with a compelling point: “Who here would like to make $100 a minute?” Who…
  • Don’t Stagnate…Innovate!

    bobbymcgraw
    31 Dec 2013 | 6:28 am
    Today is the last day of 2013. In many ways it was a great year, but I believe 2014 can and will be even better both personally and professionally. As we head into another new year, a lot of people begin thinking about how they will get ahead and make a difference. The problem is many do not plan and end up repeating past mistakes and patterns. Only doing the same thing over and over again leads to stagnation, not just for individuals, but for the organizations they serve. Why not make this year your year of innovation? Leaders love innovators. Without them they would soon fall behind the…
  • De-Clutter Your Life and Keep Things Simple

    bobbymcgraw
    3 Dec 2013 | 2:00 am
    Time is one of the most precious commodities in our lives, if not the most precious of all, and it is one of the few things that we can never get back. Today’s lifestyles, however, are so filled with responsibilities and with clutter that we are just left chasing our tails as valuable seconds, minutes and hours slip by. Both at home and at work we try to fit more and more into our already full lives, not just in terms of activities, but also in terms of possessions. Some of the happiest and most contented people in the world today are those whose lives are simple. They work hard during the…
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    Storyline Blog

  • Finding Hope When the World is Full of Unrest

    John Sowers
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    This week, I sat with forty inner-city children around a Christmas Tree. The children are part of a gang-prevention mentoring program. I sat among friends like Jacob and Jill and Tanner and Bruce and Jed and Marcus, who came to The Mentoring Project and said they wanted to help. Heroes like Wayland and Ashley and TG were there, police officers working behind the scenes, giving troubled kids a second chance. Each child was called to the Christmas Tree. There they received a personalized gift. Then, they named someone whom they would give a present. Here were some of their gifts: I would give…
  • Jesus Came to Reconcile, Not to Divide

    Donald Miller
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    What I love about our faith is it’s power to reconcile. At the birth of the Christian community, just after Christ went to be with the Father, the Spirit was sent to reconcile Jews and Gentiles (and yes, even Muslims) with no shortage of truth. But the spirit of that movement was love and peace, even if it caused an enormous amount of tension. In history, there are very few movements that involve strong, unshakeable statements of truth of which people did not lift a weapon to defend. But our faith didn’t work that way. Our leaders didn’t lift weapons. Instead they were…
  • 3 Second Chance Christmas Stories to Lift Your Bummer

    Mike Foster
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    We all have a favorite Christmas story. Whether it’s the one about the elf with a strange affection for maple syrup, the boy who inevitably shoots his eye out, or a guy named Clark whose unwavering optimism makes him an expert at “external illumination.” What I love most about Christmas time is the amount of second chance stories that flood our televisions all throughout the season. They come in all forms. Some stories are told with claymation, puppets, and cheesy musical numbers but don’t miss their deep and abiding meaning! These stories have lasted for decades, if not centuries,…
  • We Get to Pick Our Treasures

    John Richmond
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    As I was unpacking our holiday decorations, I was reminded that there is a part of the Christmas story that always surprises me. While the three Wise Men were exiting the scene, the text tells us that the heroine of the story, Mary, “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Whether you think the Christmas story is a fairy tale or the accurate account of Jesus’ birth, this statement should make you stop and think. What did Mary treasure up? And why does it matter? The sanitized and ubiquitous manger scenes found on holiday cards conceal the escalating barrage of…
  • The Deception of Urgency

    Donald Miller
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    A couple years ago, I spent a month in a cabin on Bainbridge Island. I was working on a book and I wanted to get away from the city and the temptations that keep me from writing. If you’d have asked me when I left Portland for the island whether I was stressed, I’d have told you I wasn’t. But the island revealed my stress level was at an all-time high. I only knew that when I began to calm down. There’s something soothing about the ocean and the forest. It’s as though God reminds us through creation all things live, all things die, and He is in control. Back home I felt a certain…
 
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    The Christian Gift

  • It’s Christmas Time in the City

    TheChristianGift
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    I had the opportunity to squeeze a photo shoot in New York City into the schedule late last week. Much shorter than I would have liked, still it was a wonderful opportunity. There is something special about big city Christmas decorations. Larger than life, fantastic – the cityscape is transformed into a wonderland! These huge red ornaments on Sixth Avenue near Radio City Music Hall are a favorite of mine: Christmas in New York City
  • I Am So Glad When Christmas Comes

    TheChristianGift
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
      St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota has an amazing choir. Last year, they traveled to Norway to perform a Christmas concert at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim along with the Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir. The concert was recorded and aired on PBS stations. It was wonderful. One of the selections was I am so glad when Christmas comes – in its original language. PBS is showing the concert again this month. Check your listings for the date and time. If you didn’t see it last time – and even if you did – you won’t want to miss this.
  • Thank You For Being a Friend – Christmas Gift Ideas – Gifts for Friends

    TheChristianGift
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Thank you for being a friend Traveled down the road and back again Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant I’m not ashamed to say  I hope it always will stay this way  My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow. A hit in the late 1970s, this Andrew Gold song went on to become the theme song for The Golden Girls (the latter having been sung by someone else). Just another pop song, but it was catchy – and a sweet tip of the hat to the gift of friendship. And when we both get older With walking canes and hair of gray  Have no fear even though it’s…
  • Christmas Gift for Friend – Religious Gift Ideas

    TheChristianGift
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Wondering what to give a special friend for Christmas? If you’re searching for something unique, take a look at our collection of personalized friendship plaques. They’re a wonderful way to show someone who’s cherished how much they mean to you. We make our plaques using fine, museum-quality materials….from the paper and inks to the matboard and mounting tape. Everything is archival. Your gift will look just as good years from now as it does when it’s opened at Christmas!
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    TheChristianGift
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in 1863 was not the first (George Washington issued one more than 70 years earlier) – but it’s the one which established the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanks. Especially now, when there is an effort by many to quash any reference to religion from public discourse, it’s illuminating to read what the President had to say: The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are…
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    Steve Fogg: Clear & SimpleSteve Fogg: Clear & Simple | Marketing, Communications, Branding & Digital

  • 7 Free Christmas Graphics For Your Church

    Steve Fogg
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:51 pm
    It’s not too late to get your free Christmas graphics for your church or store them in your Christmas design stocking for next year. Here are some really good examples and six free christmas photos that my team has put together. When I started writing this post it was because I wanted to give some free photos at Christmas to the wider online church ministry sphere (see number seven). Then I saw a post on Church Marketing Sucks and decided to include a few more that I found online. The truth is these are seven sources, there are heaps more actual graphics on the sites themselves.
  • 10 Of The Best Church Website Designs This Christmas

    Steve Fogg
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:40 pm
    I love surfing the web for the best church website designs at Christmas. Here are ten websites that I hope will show you what is possible for your own church website for next Christmas. Some are responsive websites, some aren’t. I love the effort that has been put into these sites. This is just a list of what I think are some of the best church websites this Christmas with a few comments about what I particularly like about them. If you click on any of the pictures they will take to the site so you can see for yourself. But be quick as many churches hide the page once the service has…
  • Is This The Best Church Christmas Video Of 2014?

    Steve Fogg
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    I didn’t think I’d find another Christmas video from a church this year that I would fall in love with. But I think this one’s so good on so many levels. If you missed last year’s Christmas video from the team at Discovery Church here in Melbourne you can watch it here. St Thomas Church from Norwich, England have created a beautiful Christmas video on a shoestring budget. It is a parody on John Lewis Christmas TV advert (large store from the United Kingdom). Ian Dyble said “We use social media quite a lot so we use Facebook and Twitter for all sorts of things…
  • How To Increase Your Reach On Facebook

    Steve Fogg
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:20 pm
    I know I’m probably late to the party but I’ve been testing out a new way to increase our reach on Facebook over the last two weeks. What do I mean by that? Basically Facebook now throttles down the natural reach of your photos or comments (How many see your posts) on your Facebook page to the point now where you really need to pay to get decent reach to your audience. There has been a seismic shift in the way the social media game is played. (I wrote more about that here) I’ve written countless times about how to increase your reach on Facebook, all have worked for me.
  • 6 Vital Tools For Scheduling Your Social Media

    Steve Fogg
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Time management is essential in my role as a social media community leader. That means that my team and I have to schedule some or all of our posts. It doesn’t mean that you don’t engage with our audience though. I recently wrote more about the pros and cons of scheduling your social media which I highly recommend you read before you dive into scheduling. It’s no longer good enough just to be a good communicator. You also need the right tools to help you get the job done. Especially in the digital space. I’ve previously written about Why Technology Should Matter…
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  • Is the Revolution Still On?

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    In his audio lectures on The Call, Os Guinness describes what keeps his sense of calling fresh. First, Guinness emphasizes the importance of spiritual disciplines. Second, Guinness credits accountability. “We all need a small group of those who know our dreams, who know our longings and our prayers,” he says. “As time goes by, things slip. We need to hold each other’s feet to the fire.” William Wilberforce Guinness has a pastor-friend who regularly asks him, “Is the revolution still on?” Both of them have dreamed for twenty-five years of seeing the Lord do something in their…
  • What Keeps a Church Planter Going?

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    It happens to most church planters. At some point, you wonder what possessed you to think you could start a church from scratch. All churches are fragile, but an infant church is especially at risk, and the mortality rate for infant churches is high.I’ve heard someone say that a third of church plants thrive, a third limp along, and a third close. That means that two-thirds of church plants either struggle or fail. I’ve also heard that average church grows to only sixty people or so in the first four years. In places like Canada, that number is even lower. As I heard Ed Stetzer say…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Let's Talk about Moralistic Therapeutic Deism It has nothing to do with biblical Christianity. It's not in the Bible. Jesus didn't teach it. Paul wouldn't recognize it. And yet it calls itself Christianity and it's taught every Sunday by pastors in church buildings all over the place. What Is Evangelism? I'm more confident than ever that I not only can but must share the good news with those around me. So what’s changed? Why am I, a spectacular "failure" as an evangelist not discouraged? Because I finally learned what evangelism truly is—and the good news…
  • The Truest Kind of Rest

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    The thing about rest is that it sounds boring. The first time I heard of Richard Baxter’s classic The Saint’s Everlasting Rest, I almost felt like taking a nap. Don’t get me wrong: it’s a great book. It’s just that my thoughts immediately went to heaven being a long sleep in a lazy hammock. It’s good for 20 minutes or so, but an eternity of that kind of rest sounds tedious. It’s also why I had a hard time understanding Hebrews. “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from…
  • Work Hard at Resting Well

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    The last time I took up running, I ended up injured. I did really well until the last stretch of a long run when something went wrong with my knee. I hobbled home and traded my running shoes for medical visits and a cane. That was the end of my running for a few years. I’m running again now, and so far I’m doing a lot better. One of the keys is what I’m not doing. I’m not overtraining. John Stanton writes:Overtraining is doing too much too soon…Training is the result of the body adapting to stress. The stress must be regular enough and strong enough to stimulate adaptation, but…
 
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • Christmas Object Lesson: Christmas Lights

    Mimi Bullock
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:35 am
    Drag out that extra strand of Christmas lights — it’s an object lesson! While there are tons of teaching opportunities for presenting the Nativity story there are other topics you can teach too . One of those is the subject of church unity. Kids and teens can help encourage unity and solidarity in the church if they know how important it is. Begin this Christmas object lesson by sharing some verses on the topic of unity. Psalm 133:1 is my favorite first to use when teaching the subject. (“Behold, how good and pleasant and it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”) This object…
  • Christmas Object Lesson: The Nativity Scene

    Mimi Bullock
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:35 am
    Using a nativity scene for Christmas lesson is a no-brainer but if you want to present a new twist on your teaching, I’ve got some ideas to share with you. By presenting your teaching in this visual, interactive manner, you will engage kids in a way that will keep them interested in learning more about the Bible. Even if your church is not presenting a Christmas program, acting out the nativity scene in your class is also a neat way to reinforce this lesson. Besides that, you can check out these Christmas object lesson ideas. Racing to the Nativity: For this object lesson, you need a…
  • Christmas Bow Party Games for Kids

    Mimi Bullock
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:18 am
    Christmas bows make great party tools, especially if you have an abundance in a variety of colors. For these fast-paced games, you will need a couple of big bags of unused bows. From balancing games to straight up Christmas races, these party games will keep the fun going during game time or free time. Inexpensive an colorful, Christmas bows really are the perfect gamepiece! Try one of these fun, Christmas party games for kids–or with playful adults. Bow Tree Race: For this game you need two kids about the same height to pretend to be Christmas trees or two actual small Christmas trees,…
  • Retaining Visitors Who Attend Your Children’s Ministry Christmas Event

    Mimi Bullock
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    From the small church program to the larger spectacles like a Christmas pageant, chances are you will attract a lot of attention during the holidays, as evidenced by the increase in attendance. It’s nice to see the pews full and the seats taken, isn’t it? Did you know that Christmas attendance doesn’t have to be a fluke? You really can catapult your children’s ministry if you’re willing to do things a little differently this year. I will share with you my three-part program that helps me retain more families each year. Ready to retain visitors? Collect usable…
  • Christmas Object Lesson: The Gift in a Gift

    Mimi Bullock
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:16 am
    Want to bring some excitement to your holiday curriculum? You can’t go wrong with this Christmas object lesson. The idea is to teach kids that God’s gift—His son, Jesus. He is truly the gift that keeps giving. By presenting the “gift in a gift” you will demonstrate how people who love Jesus can share him with everyone. He is the gift that keeps going on and on! Before your teaching time, assemble four or five boxes. Each one needs to be intact without any missing sides. In the smallest box, put in a tiny baby doll or  baby Jesus from a nativity scene. Wrap up the smallest box with…
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    Reflect

  • Dec 18 The Amen

    Jann Cobb
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you you ever been listening to a sermon and just thought, Yes, that is so true? You just want to say Amen! We say it without even thinking about it. It's just what we say! There is so much meaning behind this word. It is found 78 times in the Bible. It shows up first in the Book of Numbers, and then for the last time in Revelation 22:21As a Hebrew word it means, “surely, indeed, truly.” The root word is "aman" which denotes “to be firm, steady, trustworthy, faithful”. I love that it sounds the same in English and in Hebrew! Amen.We use this word to say, Let it be so! I…
  • Dec 17 I AM

    Jann Cobb
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Jesus declares that He is, I AM multiple timesI am the bread of life I am the light of the world Before Abraham was, I am I am the door I am the good shepherd I am the resurrection and the life I am the way, the truth, and the life I am the true vine John 6: 35, 48 John 8: 12, 9:5 John 8: 58 John 10:9 John 10:11 John 11:25 John 14:6 John 15:1I Am is the name of God. When Moses asked God what shall I say when they ask me, "who sent you?" This is the response God gave him.God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'"…
  • Dec 16 Lord of Glory

    Jann Cobb
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:39 am
    GloryHis Glory revealedshekinah gloryGloriousnessGloria in excelsis DeoThe Glory of GodJesus is the shekinah Glory of God. The shekinah was the old testament word for the visible manifestation of God. When there was a cloud that followed the Israelites it was God’s shekinah, His presence. Jesus is God’s shekinah, His presence where we see God’s full majesty and beauty.And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18If we are made in…
  • Dec 15 Provider

    Jann Cobb
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:12 am
    It takes faith to believe that God will supply all of our needs. He has done this over and over for our family. The more we ask Him to be present in our lives and provide for us, the more we see His hand at work. I'm not talking about demanding that God give us things. I am suggesting that we invite Him into our everyday lives and look for the ways that He supplies our needs.Last year on our way to the airport we received an email from our friends in Colombia. We were taking a team of students on a mission trip and the email was asking that we teach an English class to a group of YWAM…
  • Dec 14 Our Refuge

    Jann Cobb
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    These last few years have been difficult for me. My mother has changed from a strong, independent, knowledgeable woman into a sometimes confused shadow of herself.  She has dementia. At first I shrugged it off, "She's just getting forgetful" I told myself. Now I know that she has dementia and never will be the same. It can be hard to have a conversation with her that requires detailed information and recall. My mother in all the ways that I used to know her is now gone. Sometimes it is too much to bear. I need a refuge! I need a place to just hide away from the feelings of sadness…
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    Lawrence W. Wilson

  • The Power of Asking a Different Question in Ferguson

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    In July 1967, when I was seven years old, I woke up on a bright summer’s day to find that the city of Detroit, just an hour’s drive from my home, was on fire. Police had raided an after-hours club where a group of African American men were celebrating the return of two GIs from Vietnam. An altercation broke out. The situation escalated. A full-scale riot ensued. As a child I knew nothing of the causes and barely understood the events, but I saw pictures in my parents’ newspaper and on evening news. It was like watching a nightmare, black-and-white images of Black and White…
  • The 9 Emotions You Feel on Every Short-Term Mission Trip

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    A short-term mission trip is an intense experience in many ways. And that’s a good thing. Leaving home, being immersed in another culture, and learning to work as a team creates a perfect storm of stress that can be a prime setting for spiritual discovery, if you’re open to it. Although there is much debate about the effectiveness of short-term efforts, I see a great value. In fact, I think every pastor should lead a trip at least once. You learn things on a mission trip that you just won’t get any other way. One of those learnings has do do with the big question not just for…
  • Best Books on Prayer for Christian Leaders

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

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

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

  • A Place for Meeting God

    Frank King
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:19 pm
    This blog post comprises the words of devotion #59 of my new book, “Transforming Moments with God”: Praying at the Altar We should safeguard our prayer time and our time of studying the Word of God. Through these, we experience intimate fellowship with God. This time of communing with Him should occur every day because that’s how often we need His divine input into our lives. It pleases the Lord when we establish a place, say in our home, whereby we frequent His presence. When God instructed Moses to build the tabernacle, He mandated a place for meeting with Him. “And there I will…
  • What It Means to Fear the Lord

    Frank King
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Caught in a Storm The Bible says some profound things about fearing the Lord. For instance, in Proverbs 1:7, we find these words: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge….”But what does it mean to fear the Lord? To many people, that term conveys a pretty intimidating idea. Let me start by saying that God is never the enemy. He is not against us. He is love and He is for us. But this in no way changes the fact that He is God. And as such we must reverence Him. In the book of Exodus, we find what I think is a perfect example of what it means to fear the Lord. To encourage…
  • Observations from Moses and His Experience with God

    Frank King
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Moses and the Red Sea Have you ever met someone who seemed to have an extraordinary relationship with God? I believe most of us would agree Moses fell into that category in his day. Because of the relationship Moses had with God, the Lord showed him sides of himself that most people will never personally see. This week, I have been studying the book of Exodus. As I noted Moses’ experience with God, some interesting points just seemed to leap off the pages of the Bible. I went through my busy day, anxious to get some time to sit down and pen this blog post and share my observations. God had…
  • Taste and See, the Lord is Good

    Frank King
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:46 pm
    God is Good Our relationship with God should not be passive but active. It’s good that we can quote lots of Scriptures from the Bible. But we also need to plug them into our personal lives so we can experience God. That’s what the psalmist means when he says, “O taste and see that the Lord is good….” (Psalm 34:8). The Hebrew word that renders taste (pronounced taw-AM) means to try the flavor of, or to eat a little to get a sense of the taste. This is not an invitation for us to simply reminisce about God’s goodness to us in the past, though that is important. Rather, it is an…
  • We Need a Word from the Lord

    Frank King
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Preachers Preaching Christian church leaders should be the prophetic voice in the earth. When governmental leaders want to know “what time it is,” they should be searching out God’s men and women to find out. The Old Testament prophets were that kind of voice in their generations. So were the apostles in their day. When Jeremiah the prophet was in prison, Zedekiah the king took him out to secretly ask him a question: “Is there any word from the Lord” (Jeremiah 37:17). Today, I believe that when people come to the house of God, many of them come hoping to receive a relevant Word from…
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • How MicroPrayers Can Help Get You Through the Work Day

    J.B. Wood
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    With the advent of ubiquitous mobile social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter within reach at a moment’s notice, many of us have taken to posting clever quips from our sporatic stream of consciousness, squeezed in to the cracks and micro-breaks throughout the busy day. Standing in line at the grocery store, for instance, [Read More...]
  • How to Say “Good Job” in Plain English

    J.B. Wood
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    There are many things to admire about the British, the most obvious being their attractive accents which somehow make them sound much smarter and far more commanding than their American colleagues. It doesn’t matter how disheveled their appearance might be, or how dry the subject is, those darn accents can captivate even the most insolent [Read More...]
  • Are You Going to Stay Stuck, or Are You Going to Fight?

    J.B. Wood
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    Every great story, every hero, every inspiring moment is born out of adversity and perseverance. Conflict and battles are the stuff of myth and legend, and we love these stories because we can relate. Our personal and work lives are filled with mini-versions: Pushing through. Overcoming obstacles. Fighting. I am not necessarily talking about fighting in [Read More...]
  • Don’t Expect God to do Your Grunt Work

    J.B. Wood
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    I was privy to a conversation involving a mentor and his coaching subject, a mid-level manager. They had been discussing the manager’s future – moving up the ladder, making the next career move, and the like. When asked about his plan of attack for pursuing the opportunities before him, the manager, an earnest and devout Christian, [Read More...]
  • What is Your “One Thing?”

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

  • The Role of Family Lawyers in Modern Society

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Family law has evolved rapidly to reflect social changes in the society; it has blossomed from the patriarchal approach to the gender parity reforms of the twentieth century. This is that group of norms that are invoked to settle domestic disputes, for instance between spouses. In this age where the marriage institution is guided by parity between partners, divorce, separation, guardianship, civil unions and the creation of partnerships are handled by family lawyers. Most states have different rules that apply to the family institution; however, the growing role of international law has led…
  • Courts Reform Bill – Effect on Personal Injury Cases

    admin
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Scottish Parliament unanimously passed significant reforms to Scotland’s civil justice system earlier this month. The current service was regarded as slow, inefficient and expensive, and thus the Courts Reform Bill was designed to upgrade the justice system. Under the new reforms sheriff courts will take on many more cases allowing the Court of Session, Scotland’s top civil court, more time to deal with more complicated and serious cases. Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny Mac Askill said : “This is a hugely important step forward in making Scotland’s civil justice…
  • The New Star Wars Trailer is Finally Here!

    admin
    30 Nov 2014 | 2:56 am
    It was with huge excitement that I managed to see the new Star Wars trailer. I am sure you have probably seen a lot of the hype about it too on the Internet, Facebook, and other social media channels. From the first glance, it really looks like it might be getting back to the style of the original Star Wars Trilogy. Personally I hated the new George Lucas movies, so here’s hoping that the JJ Abrams’ versions are going to get back to the roots of what we all know and love. If you’ve not seen it then here’s the Star Wars “The Force Awakens” teaser trailer in its full glory. What…
  • Recommending an Employment Solicitor in Crewe and Cheshire

    admin
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:23 am
    About a year ago my brother was involved in quite a messy fall out from a previous job he 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… my brother nearly was.  I got in touch with these guys who are solicitors in Crewe,…
  • 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…
 
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Christmas Characters – Who Delivered Jesus?

    Jean Wise
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Did you ever stop to consider who actually delivered Jesus when he was born? This year during Advent I have been slowly rereading the story of Christ’s birth, relooking at some of the characters and listening for new lessons. Many of you know I am an RN and the nurse in me became a bit puzzled, curious and more than a little interested thinking about the actual childbirth scene in Bethlehem that night. We really don’t know the technicalities of Jesus’ birth but this nurse wondered. Who delivered Jesus? Mary was young. This was her first baby. She went into labor away from her home.
  • Christmas Characters – Zachariah

    Jean Wise
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    Zachariah is one of the Christmas characters we often don’t deliberately ponder this season. I thought this year I would slowly read the story of Christ’s birth, relook at some of the characters and listen for new lessons. Zachariah invited me in to sit with him for a while. I reread his story from Luke. I remembered he served as a priest, was married to Elizabeth, was the father, late in his life, of John the Baptist, and when he doubted Gabriel’s message about the coming baby, he became mute until John was born. 6 Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according…
  • Testify to the Light – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. John 1: 6-8 Lord, let your presence burn inside me, casting light onto my path. Pierce me with your presence. Lord let your light shine within my heart, guiding my way and helping others see you. As I ponder our Christmas tree, forever pointing heavenward, leading my eyes up to you, may my life, my attitude, my smile, my compassion, my actions all face your wisdom and love. Clean the mirror…
  • Indecisive Discernment

    Jean Wise
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
      I had a discernment dilemma this week. I was indecisive. Waffling. Uncertain which to choose. The phone rang about a month ago and the voice on the other end was a long time friend whom I had worked with professionally in my former life in health administration. He knew I was a writer and needed someone on his staff with that skill plus knowledge of community politics and collaboration building. He would pay me well. I could name my hours. A wonderful use of my gifts. Good deal he said. My ego swelled. Someone wanted me. Wanted me back and based on my new role in life. The money…
  • Pray for Jerusalem

    Jean Wise
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: Psalm 122:6a “Please pray for Jerusalem.” “Pray for peace in our land.” On our recent trip to the Holy Lands, we heard these statements multiple times. Our tour guide asked. An employee at one of the hotels mentioned it. But it was a store clerk in a gift shop that I remember the most. We were visiting the Garden Tomb, a pleasant walk not far from our hotel. A walled green patch in the middle of Jerusalem, its beauty, charm and peacefulness fades the fact it probably isn’t the actual site of Jesus’ burial. A quiet place of contemplation in contrast…
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    Daily Devotionals

  • 1 Timothy 2:1-4 – A Call To Prayer

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verses First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV) Living in America can be similar to living in a bubble.  We see all the hurt and problems happening around us, but we are safe in this American bubble. You might not…
  • Psalm 46:10 – Be Still This Christmas

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10a ESV) The holidays are an emotional time for all of us. Some holidays are spent missing lost loved ones, or feeling depressed with our current life situation. Other holiday seasons bring us joy and laughter with friends and family. In each season, it is important to make the time to BE STILL. The Psalmist is pretty clear that during this time of being still, we are able to know God and grow deeper with him. Think back over previous holidays. Can you recall when you were present enough to truly soak up the blessings of…
  • James 3:9-10 – Gossip: The Double-Edged Sword

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verses With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. (James 3:9-10 ESV) It would take little effort to see that gossip is a fascination among human beings. Wisdom would show us that gossip is a wellspring of contempt and destruction, but popular culture remains inordinately obsessed with it. What of Christians, though? Are we above this? One of the strongest memories of absolute defeat in my life remains that of a time…
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -Sydney Siege: Response to Islamist Flag Demonstrates Willful Media and Government Ignorance

    Dr. D
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    The minute I saw a picture of the black flag in the window I was sure that the Sydney café siege was a terrorist event. After all, it closely resembled the Jihadi Muslim battle flag used by nearly every radical Islamist group.  Meanwhile the Western media, the local police commissioner, and the Australian PM continued to speculate on what the flag meant and the possible motives of the perpetrator. This event from my perspective demonstrates the willful ignorance of the Western media and government officials when it comes to radical Islam. None of them want to call any event…
  • -Plano TX Passes ‘Nondiscrimination’ Policy That Limits Religious Freedom

    Dr. D
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    We warned recently that religious freedom was in danger of being trumped and limited all across America by the next big ‘progressive’ issue/excuse called ‘transgender bathroom’ and ‘nondiscrimination’ ordinances and policies that bundle together all sorts of LGBT ‘rights’ along with same-sex marriage. We expected ordinances like the one introduced in Houston TX to be the model for similar laws to be passed and foisted upon cities and maybe even states by eager leftist politicians and councils. Usually against the will of the people. The most recent example of what we are…
  • -Obama’s Dept. of Education: Students Must be Allowed to Choose Their Own Gender

    Dr. D
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:57 pm
    U.S. Department of Education The Obama administration has now made transgender choice mandatory in all public schools across America. By order of the Department of Education on December 1, all schools receiving federal funds must allow students to choose for themselves whether they are a boy or a girl rather than the gender they were born with. Here’s the story from the Christian Post: In single-sex classes, which are common for sex education, students must be allowed to go to the class of the gender they consider themselves to be rather than their actual gender, the U.S. Department of…
  • -Dueling Christmas Billboards?

    Dr. D
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    In the last few years it has become fashionable for atheists to put up billboards during the Christmas season putting down the story of the birth of Jesus and Christianity as a fairy tale. One church in Arkansas responded with a billboard of their own reaching out to those who may question the reason for the season. Here’s the story from the Christian Post: A church in Alma, Arkansas has responded with "love and support" to the American Atheists holiday "skip church" billboards by putting up its own ad, welcoming doubters and those who have questions about faith.
  • -Family Guy’s Attack on Christ and Christmas

    Dr. D
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    Sunday night the very popular TV show Family Guy aired a controversial  ‘Christmas’ episode entitled- ‘The 2,000-year-old virgin.’ Here’s a synopsis of the show: Peter is stunned to run into Jesus at the mall, and even more stunned to discover that he is still a virgin, so Peter recruits Quagmire and Cleveland to celebrate Jesus’ birthday by finding a way to end his celibacy. During the episode, the ‘Jesus’ character asks for Peter’s permission to bed his wife Lois and both agree until they find out that this ‘Jesus’ has been fooling around with other…
 
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    Trevin Wax

  • Trevin’s Seven

    Trevin Wax
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Kindle Deal: The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. $2.99. 1. Peter Chin – Please Stop Asking ‘But What About…’ 2. Eric Geiger – Churches and Cruises to Nowhere 3. Courtney Reissig - The Darkness of Christmas 4. A Relevant Defending of Rob Bell 5. Five Online Trends Your Church Can’t Afford to Ignore 6. John Piper – 16 Reflections from “A Time to Speak” 7. Andrew Peterson’s new album is out - After All These Years
  • A Time to Speak

    Trevin Wax
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I’m encouraged and challenged by “A Time to Speak” – two panel discussions held Tuesday at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. The event included Bryan Loritts, John Piper, Voddie Baucham, Thabiti Anyabwile, Trillia Newbell, Ed Stetzer, Matt Chandler, Eric Mason, Albert Tate, Derwin Gray, and Darrin Patrick. These brothers and sister don’t agree on everything, and they have different views of the best way forward. But in their conversation, you’ll see a model of grace and guidance for how to discuss these matters and grow in Christlikeness. You can watch the…
  • Worth a Look 12.18.14

    Trevin Wax
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing by Jonathan Dodson. $3.99. Showing readers how to utilize the rich gospel metaphors found in Scripture and how to communicate a gospel worth believing—one that speaks to the heart-felt needs of diverse individuals—Dodson connects the gospel to the real issues people face each day by speaking to both the head and the heart. Timothy Tennent – Gospel Clarity vs. “The Fog” When you walk into a vibrant church, you can immediately sense the difference.  At every point, you meet…
  • My 10 Favorite Reads of 2014

    Trevin Wax
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Every December, I select the ten books that I most enjoyed reading during the year. I am not claiming these are the most important books of 2014 (since many weren’t even published this year). Instead, I choose ten books (and an honorable mention) based primarily on how much I enjoyed reading them. (See last year’s list, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006.) 1. A SECULAR AGE by Charles Taylor and HOW (NOT) TO BE SECULAR by James K. A. Smith   A work of philosophy and history that opens a window on the meaning of secularity and its…
  • Worth a Look 12.17.14

    Trevin Wax
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World by Michael Horton. $2.99. In this candid and hopeful book, Michael Horton challenges us to reorient our faith and our practice toward the transformative, Christ-centered gospel–both in the church and in the world. 5 of the Best Free Bible Study Tools, to which I would add MyStudyBible.com: Beyond the accessibility of the Bible itself, we also have extraordinary access to powerful Bible study tools, many of which are available for free. Here are five of the best free Bible study tools…
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  • Christmas Characters – Who Delivered Jesus?

    Jean Wise
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Did you ever stop to consider who actually delivered Jesus when he was born? This year during Advent I have been slowly rereading the story of Christ’s birth, relooking at some of the characters and listening for new lessons. Many of you know I am an RN and the nurse in me became a bit puzzled, curious and more than a little interested thinking about the actual childbirth scene in Bethlehem that night. We really don’t know the technicalities of Jesus’ birth but this nurse wondered. Who delivered Jesus? Mary was young. This was her first baby. She went into labor away from her home.
  • Christmas Characters – Zachariah

    Jean Wise
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    Zachariah is one of the Christmas characters we often don’t deliberately ponder this season. I thought this year I would slowly read the story of Christ’s birth, relook at some of the characters and listen for new lessons. Zachariah invited me in to sit with him for a while. I reread his story from Luke. I remembered he served as a priest, was married to Elizabeth, was the father, late in his life, of John the Baptist, and when he doubted Gabriel’s message about the coming baby, he became mute until John was born. 6 Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according…
  • Testify to the Light – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. John 1: 6-8 Lord, let your presence burn inside me, casting light onto my path. Pierce me with your presence. Lord let your light shine within my heart, guiding my way and helping others see you. As I ponder our Christmas tree, forever pointing heavenward, leading my eyes up to you, may my life, my attitude, my smile, my compassion, my actions all face your wisdom and love. Clean the mirror…
  • Indecisive Discernment

    Jean Wise
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
      I had a discernment dilemma this week. I was indecisive. Waffling. Uncertain which to choose. The phone rang about a month ago and the voice on the other end was a long time friend whom I had worked with professionally in my former life in health administration. He knew I was a writer and needed someone on his staff with that skill plus knowledge of community politics and collaboration building. He would pay me well. I could name my hours. A wonderful use of my gifts. Good deal he said. My ego swelled. Someone wanted me. Wanted me back and based on my new role in life. The money…
  • Pray for Jerusalem

    Jean Wise
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: Psalm 122:6a “Please pray for Jerusalem.” “Pray for peace in our land.” On our recent trip to the Holy Lands, we heard these statements multiple times. Our tour guide asked. An employee at one of the hotels mentioned it. But it was a store clerk in a gift shop that I remember the most. We were visiting the Garden Tomb, a pleasant walk not far from our hotel. A walled green patch in the middle of Jerusalem, its beauty, charm and peacefulness fades the fact it probably isn’t the actual site of Jesus’ burial. A quiet place of contemplation in contrast…
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  • Sermon on the Feeding of the 5000

    Chris
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    Broken and Blessed (Matthew 14:13-21) Martin Luther founded the Lutheran church. He was born in 1483. When he was a boy, Luther and a friend were hungry one day. They went from house to house in their village in Germany, singing for their food. They came to one house, and a large bearded man bounded out of the front door, waving a giant roll of sausage at them. He said, “I have a gift for you!” Later in life, Luther said he thought the man really was trying to give them a gift, but in the moment it startled them so much that the two boys ran away in fear. They didn’t get the gift.
  • What the Desert Teaches

    Chris
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    What distinguishes the Christian exercise of silence in prayer is the “naked intent” of the person who, while empty of thoughts, nonetheless reaches blindly for the God who cannot be seen or even named. What keeps contemplative prayer from being privatized, disembodied, and free-floating is its anchorage in the repetition of the psalms, lectio divina, the sacramentality of the Mass, and the stabilizing influence of community. What the desert teaches is a radical letting-go of the thinking-experiencing-managing self, so as to be content with God alone, a God without adjectives,…
  • Sermon on Psalm 90

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

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

    Chris
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Today is the first of a three part sermon series on faith, hope and love. In the next two Sundays, Pastor Drew will talk about hope and love. Today, the topic is faith, what faith is and what it looks like. For a scripture, I have chosen the story of Gideon in the Book of Judges. I love the characters in the Old Testament. They are earthy and real, full of strengths and flaws, as we all are. Gideon’s story tells us about faith. Gideon lived in a scary time in Israel’s history. They were being oppressed by the Midianites, who were terrorizing them and burning the crops. The Israelites had…
 
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  • Attacks in India, Pakistan; Myles Munroe’s Tragic Death; Darlene Zschech Healed; Billy Graham Turns 96; Bible is the Most Influential Book

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    Editorial: Persecutions against the children of God are rising. This author has received first hand information about attacks on the pastors and believers in Madhya Pradesh of the organization that he is a part of. Newspapers also reported of planned attacks in Bastar, Chattisgarh. The disappointing aspect about these attacks is that the police arrested the victims than the perpetrators. Let the church arise and pray for when the persecutions rose, the church expanded further in the first century! November was also a month when we lost giants in Dr. Myles Munroe and Chikku Kuriakose, a…
  • Keeping God Before You Always – #ManHostingGod

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    (If you missed the last post, read “Man Hosting God” here.) I am sure as children of God we all harbour the desire to see our churches, cities and nations soaked with God’s glory. God’s presence and glory inhabits in the praises of His people, but how will our cities experience the glory of God, when our worship doesn’t reach up to Him? The secret to pleasing God is living a lifestyle of worship where you are in an unbroken communion with the Holy Spirit. This continual communion with God is only possible when you keep God before you. Always. Two Hurdles to…
  • Man Hosting God

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    Picture this : Arms of a strong and rich man pick up a frail and dying baby from a ragged and old street. He brings the baby to his palatial home and feeds its hungry stomach. Day by day the child grows stronger and it is here that the little orphaned boy finds a name. He even inherits the rich man’s identity and possessions. Many decades later, this child now a successful entrepreneur, now wants to show his gratitude by taking care of the kind old man and buy him a new home. Can you imagine the journey of this little boy? This may be a relatively weak comparison but close enough for us…
  • Before You Try to Fix the Mess in Your Church – 7 Reflections

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    The purpose of this blog is to empower God’s children to have a closer walk with God. To be able to do so we must also understand how God places His children on earth. Marriage and Church Firstly, God never liked the concept of man being alone. He wanted us to understand partnership and dependence on each other through marriage. Simply because together we are stronger. And so when God created Adam and Eve, He also had the church on His mind. So being without a church is not an option. See Apostle Paul’s writings in Ephesians 5:30, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and…
  • Iraqi Christians Flee to Jordan; Persecutions in US, Nigeria, China; Christian Theme Park and Museum on Track

    Blessen Varghese
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    Editorial: Dear Friends, News Digest is back after a break for a month. While we have some encouraging news about Christians who had fled Mosul in Iraq, situation there is still grave. Amidst awe-inspiring news of standing of faith, Christians in that town had to go through a lot. Surely, their rewards in heaven will be great! While that is Iraq, it is quite disheartening to hear how pastors and Bible-believing Christians are having a tough time in the USA, a nation built under Christian principles. While some are facing jail sentences and fines for refusing to officiate gay marriages, others…
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  • Two Words Your Spouse Needs to Hear

    Paula Whidden
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:39 pm
      Two simple words soften our hearts more than any others. They help us to see our value at home, in the work place, as a client, or as a team mate and spouse. They open our eyes to the value others place on us. These words build connection and calm anxieties. Without them, we feel neglected, ignored, and under appreciated. One study a UC Berkeley credits the lack of these two words with the downfall of many relationships.  Instead of using these two words daily, many couples point toward each other’s flaws. According to the research, though it’s nice to hear these words,…
  • Surviving The Vote

    Paula Whidden
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Another election day has come and gone.  Many marriages got tossed around in the tumolt of opinion and reason. Some of us live in politically divided homes where politics stirs up fear and anxieties like nothing else. Learning to love one another through the differences will help you to remain strong. No matter how compelling your ideas may be, remember to respect and value one another through it. Research conducted by John Gottman, co-founder of the Gottman Institute,  revealed the intense harm caused by contempt within a marriage. He refers to it as the second horseman of the apocalypse.
  • Don’t Let an Argument Fester

    Paula Whidden
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:18 pm
    When Bill Gates wants business advice, he knows who to talk to. When Oprah seeks to communicate better, she has great advisers. But what about us dumb slobs; those of us who want to be married for the rest of our lives. Okay, we’re not all slobs, that is really aimed at me. Man, I need to clean my house. Sorry, back on topic. Those of us who want to remain married for the long haul need to find our own great advisers. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a grandparents who’ve been married for 55 years or parents married for 29 years. But the statistics tell us that most of us…
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand

    Paula Whidden
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:55 pm
     (This is a re-post of a wonderful habit I recommend for any couple) Jeremy leans back in the couch; he slouches shoulder to shoulder with Lynnette.  It’s their third date. As they enjoy the movie, the tops of their hands brush past one another.  He feels his desires stir while the fear of rejection looks over his shoulder.  She wonders if she should clasp his hand first or wait for him to grab hers.  Sitting on the edge of the most exhilarating tingling sensation, they bask in this wondrous moment. Lynnette never imagined something as small and subtle as a hand touch could stir…
  • Get the Road Map for the Rest of Your Lives

    Paula Whidden
    3 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
      Everyone tells you that the first year of marriage is tough. They aren’t lying.  The combining of two independent people into one joint life challenges even the closest and strongest couples. It’s also fantastic, so don’t let that last sentence get you down. That’s Why I Created Couple Corners: 52 Faithful Choices for a More Joy-Filled Marriage You’re going to want to get one for you and one for another couple. It’s that valuable.  I’m not just saying that because I wrote it. People keep telling me how it’s helped them. “An…
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  • What Are Your Disciple Making Goals for 2015?

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Millions of people will soon be writing down their New Year Resolutions. We might decide to eat healthier and exercise more, but will disciple making be a goal in 2015? Making disciples is a spiritual exercise but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t set goals and develop a strategy. Satan has a strategy. He has a disciple destroying strategy and it is extremely effective. He has a goal and that is to undermine the work of God. Satan has been perfecting his strategy for millennia and he’s using it on you. Today. We say we don’t need a strategy because we live by the…
  • NYC Mayor and Board of Education Want To Use Church Space For UPK Expansion

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    In recent months, Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked religious institutions to help with his expansion of prekindergarten in New York City. Who benefits the most from this arrangement? Should churches be serving the city in this way? Or are there better ways to help? On September 4th, 53,000 four year olds in New York City walked into a classroom for the very first time. Some of those classrooms are in community-based or faith-based organizations, including churches. By next year the mayor has promised an additional 20,000 openings. In an effort to generalize the UPK experience across such a…
  • 3 Reasons You Need To Know Jesus

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

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

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Prosperity Theology brags, “Give us the highest positions of power.” True Belief begs, “Please be merciful and give me sight.”
 
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  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Thoughts on Gentleness

    Will Johnston
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger. -King Solomon of Israel Part of my job as a pastor is to occasionally tell people things that they don’t want to hear. Let’s just say it’s not my favorite part of my job. But it has taught me the value of gentleness. Even delivered without any particular edge or harshness, the truth can hurt, but an extra measure of gentleness soothes like salve on a wound. Now I know pastors aren't the only people who have to do this. If you supervise employees, have kids, or want to be a true friend, sometimes you have to say…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Reflections on Faithfulness

    Will Johnston
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    This is a guest post by Susannah Cafardi, NCC Barracks Row Saturday Small Group Director. In his book, Finding My Way Home, Henri Nouwen talks about active waiting being a move not from nothing to something but from something to something more. He writes that a waiting person is someone who is present to the moment and believes that this moment is the moment. So often I get so distracted by what I think I see on the horizon that I lose the opportunities of the moment. Living out faithfulness has challenged me that in the midst of whatever I’m waiting for, I need to be fully present in the…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Thoughts on Faithfulness

    Will Johnston
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    The depth of your impact is determined by the duration of your investment. I get bored with stuff after about 18 months. Jobs, hobbies, whatever. After 18 months, I’ve kinda figured it out, looked it over, and I’m ready for what’s next. About a year-and-a-half after coming on board at NCC I got a call about a job opportunity from a friend of mine. It was a similar role to the one I was in, but it was at a much larger church, and there was a good chance I could get a promotion within six months. It was an agonizingly difficult decision. Bigger organization, more responsibility, and I’m…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Reflections on Goodness

    Will Johnston
    6 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    This is a guest post by Susannah Cafardi, NCC Barracks Row Saturday Small Group Director. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. -Galatians 6:9-10 I tried to live this out this past Thanksgiving weekend. On the upside, I had plenty of opportunities to be a blessing to those around me. There were diapers to change, dishes to wash, babies to carry, and photos to take. My parents were thrilled, and my…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Thoughts on Goodness

    Will Johnston
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    I’ve struggled to write about goodness more than any of the other fruit. It seems so simple, so self-explanatory. Who can’t hear their mom’s voice echoing in their head, “Be good.” Every kid knows what it means and knows when they haven’t been. Paul tells us that even people who have no explicit knowledge of God know right from wrong, that God has wired us to know this. But perhaps there’s a bit more to “being good” than what we thought about as children. When mom said, “Be good,” she usually meant, “Don’t do anything wrong.” But being good is also about doing what…
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    Writer of Pop

  • Third ‘Night at the Museum’ Totally Redeems Itself

    Jeffrey Totey
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:05 pm
    (L-R) Ahkmenrah’s (Rami Malek), Sacagawea (Mizuo Peck), Attila the Hun (Patrick Gallagher), Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), Nick Daley (Skyler Gisondo) and Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens) 20th Century FoxBen... Read more!
  • Tree TV: December 18, 2014

    Jeffrey Totey
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Best Bet: People Magazine Awards The Christmas special tonight is not Christmas-themed. This “star-studded” event celebrates the year’s  best pop culture moments according to People Magazine.... Read more!
  • Tree TV: December 17, 2014

    Jeffrey Totey
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Best Bet: Michael Bublé’s Christmas Unless you are really a fan of made-for-TV holiday movies, your best bet tonight is Michael Bublés third Christmas special with Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and... Read more!
  • Debut of The Simpsons

    Jeffrey Totey
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    December 17, 1989 Originally a part of The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons got their own Christmas special which aired on this day in 1989. Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire also known as The... Read more!
  • Tree TV: December 16, 2014

    Jeffrey Totey
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Best Bet: Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas With a similar look to the famous Rankin Bass holiday specials but with a new attitude, this special is tells a slightly different version of the 2003... Read more!
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  • When will God will gather His elect (Matthew 24:31)?

    Jeremy Myers
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    One set of texts which are occasionally referenced in support of the Unconditional Election comes from the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24. The reason these texts are cited is because they make reference to “the elect.” And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened (Matthew 24:22). For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect (Matthew 24:24). And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His…
  • My Next Book is Available on Amazon

    Jeremy Myers
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    My next book is available on Amazon… but don’t buy it yet!  Here’s what the cover looks like: Oh, and thanks to everyone who provided input on the title for this book. What are your thoughts about how it ended up? I suppose if you really want to go buy this book now, I won’t stop you, but I am going to do something special with this book in January… So stay tuned! Of course, if you want a free digital copy of the book, I will send one out to everyone on my mailing list when I officially release the book in January… so if you are not already subscribed, do…
  • What does “Many are called, but few are chosen” mean in Matthew 22:14?

    Jeremy Myers
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    In a previous post we looked at the statement of Jesus in Matthew 20 that “many are called, but few are chosen.” This post looks at the identical statement in Matthew 22:14, which also follows a parable from Jesus. The Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22:1-14 This parable in Matthew 22:1-14 is sort of two parables in one. In the first half of this parable (Matthew 22:1-10), a king prepared a wedding feast and invited many people to the feast. When the day of the feast arrived, the king sent out servants to remind those whom he had invited that the day had come. Such double…
  • Would Jesus waterboard His enemies?

    Jeremy Myers
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have a confession to make … I want to be waterboarded. Is that sort of twisted? I have real trouble believing that it is as bad as people make it out to be. In fact, I did a quick search, and found a guy who got together with some friends so they could all waterboard each other. How’s that for an evening of fun?! One of the comments on that post point out exactly what I suspect is the real reason waterboarding is considered “torture” by some: the people doing it to you are your enemies and so there is no way to “tap out.” In reality, then, the real horror of waterboarding is…
  • What does “For many are called, but few are chosen” mean? (Matthew 20:16)

    Jeremy Myers
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    At various times in Jesus’ ministry, He made the following statement: For many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 20:16; 22:14). This text is a tricky passage for Calvinists to explain because on the one hand, Calvinism often equates “calling” with “election,” and here Jesus seems to indicate that not all who are “called” end up being “chosen.” So for this reason, Calvinists often talk about a “general” universal call to all people and an “effectual” call to some. John MacArthur, for example, in his commentary on the Bible, explains Matthew 22:14 by saying this:…
 
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  • Christmas Characters – Who Delivered Jesus?

    Jean Wise
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Did you ever stop to consider who actually delivered Jesus when he was born? This year during Advent I have been slowly rereading the story of Christ’s birth, relooking at some of the characters and listening for new lessons. Many of you know I am an RN and the nurse in me became a bit puzzled, curious and more than a little interested thinking about the actual childbirth scene in Bethlehem that night. We really don’t know the technicalities of Jesus’ birth but this nurse wondered. Who delivered Jesus? Mary was young. This was her first baby. She went into labor away from her home.
  • Christmas Characters – Zachariah

    Jean Wise
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    Zachariah is one of the Christmas characters we often don’t deliberately ponder this season. I thought this year I would slowly read the story of Christ’s birth, relook at some of the characters and listen for new lessons. Zachariah invited me in to sit with him for a while. I reread his story from Luke. I remembered he served as a priest, was married to Elizabeth, was the father, late in his life, of John the Baptist, and when he doubted Gabriel’s message about the coming baby, he became mute until John was born. 6 Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according…
  • Testify to the Light – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. John 1: 6-8 Lord, let your presence burn inside me, casting light onto my path. Pierce me with your presence. Lord let your light shine within my heart, guiding my way and helping others see you. As I ponder our Christmas tree, forever pointing heavenward, leading my eyes up to you, may my life, my attitude, my smile, my compassion, my actions all face your wisdom and love. Clean the mirror…
  • Indecisive Discernment

    Jean Wise
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
      I had a discernment dilemma this week. I was indecisive. Waffling. Uncertain which to choose. The phone rang about a month ago and the voice on the other end was a long time friend whom I had worked with professionally in my former life in health administration. He knew I was a writer and needed someone on his staff with that skill plus knowledge of community politics and collaboration building. He would pay me well. I could name my hours. A wonderful use of my gifts. Good deal he said. My ego swelled. Someone wanted me. Wanted me back and based on my new role in life. The money…
  • Pray for Jerusalem

    Jean Wise
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: Psalm 122:6a “Please pray for Jerusalem.” “Pray for peace in our land.” On our recent trip to the Holy Lands, we heard these statements multiple times. Our tour guide asked. An employee at one of the hotels mentioned it. But it was a store clerk in a gift shop that I remember the most. We were visiting the Garden Tomb, a pleasant walk not far from our hotel. A walled green patch in the middle of Jerusalem, its beauty, charm and peacefulness fades the fact it probably isn’t the actual site of Jesus’ burial. A quiet place of contemplation in contrast…
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  • What’s the Meaning of Christmas?

    Kevin Shorter
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Make the Most of Every Opportunity This is the time of year most Christians want to tell the Gospel story. More people are more open to the message during this season because Christmas has a captivating story and message. God comes to the world He created and became a baby. Jesus teaches a message of love, hope, and peace. There is a greater awareness of joy and that there is a need for brotherly love. To tell the Gospel story feels like making the most of every opportunity as we are commanded (Colossians 4:3-6). Please bear with me with the rest of this post. I know we are preach Jesus. How…
  • Sacrifice with Joy

    Kevin Shorter
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Love Demands Sacrifice At Thanksgiving Allison and I shared that we have known each other for 21 years. We married young, and I said Allison was so amazing I had to snatch her up quick. We were celebrating with a group of friends who happened to all be single, and so I became somewhat conscientious that comment may have caused some pain. While it has been a wonderful journey for which I am very grateful, I’m not sure it has been a journey everyone would have wanted for themselves. So much of the time I am dying to myself for Allison to succeed or have a break. Paul commanded husbands…
  • Be Thankful. Don’t Be Anxious

    Kevin Shorter
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:27 pm
    image inspired by the movie Frozen “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7 We Have All Been Anxious Anxiety is a pervasive emotion; once it starts it’s hard to get rid of it. There are so many things we can be anxious about: provisions, security, relationships, future, projects, etc. Life is full of so many things out of our control that we are…
  • Jack Hayford Quotes

    Kevin Shorter
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    As we pray, the power of God enters the situation and begins to transform the situation. And in the middle of that, we are being transformed. God is offering revelational insight based upon a pursuit of Him in prayer. God will crush the obstacles in your life if you will follow in His way. Here is a key point for us to embrace as we persevere in prayer for our loved ones: Jesus wants to minister through us. I think a starting place is to recognize that if we don’t pray, it’s not going to happen. Instead of yielding to fatalism, hear the call: ‘Keep praying, even when tough stuff…
  • Thoughts on Biblical Humility

    Kevin Shorter
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Humble Yourself Through Fasting I couple weeks ago I had a post on How to Bring Revival. One of the points was to humble yourself. As I was writing the short description on this point, I realized there was more to say than what I was giving myself at that moment. Here is the fuller post on that section with the “deleted scenes.” Humbling yourself is often synonymous with fasting as David said he humbled himself with fasting (Psalm 35:13). In the late 90’s, Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ spearheaded the prayer and fasting movement for revival to come to America…
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  • How to Attract the Right Girl

    Sean
    29 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Let’s face it,  you’re reading this because you have not yet been able to close “that part” of your life. And that’s fine. Lots of guys in society at large find themselves right where you are. Clueless on how to find “the right one” and close the relationship with a heartfelt “I do“. This post is wrong from the time I wrote the first word until now. Yep. But not wrong in a bad kind of way. More of wrong in a screwed up kind of way. And that’s mostly because of the things that we’ve been indoctrinated with – subtly but…
  • I Wanted to Become a Pastor. Here’s why I’m a Businessman Today.

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

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

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

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

    Kathy
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    This month, Entumbane Presbyterian Church is our feature partner. Entumbane is the name of a community within the city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Entumbane Presbyterian Church has been demonstrating God’s love in their community for over 20 years. In 2000, the church initiated an Orphans Support Group with the aim of assisting orphans with practical support (school fees, school supplies, clothing, food) and emotional/spiritual support (visiting children and guardians at home to understand their challenges, provide advice and support, and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.)   Since our…
  • Orphan Care Spotlight: Psychosocial Support

    Kathy
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    In November and December, we will be sharing about the value of psychosocial support within the context of orphan care. The experience of losing a parent has emotional, psychological and spiritual implications. Many children served by Forgotten Voices’ partnerships have experienced significant trauma and grief, often witnessing sickness, death, poverty, sometimes abuse and neglect. Their emotional growth, behavior and fundamental understandings of relationships, and the world around them are affected. When overwhelmed caregivers, who are often dealing with their own grief, do not know how…
  • A Cup of Coffee Filled with Hope

    ForgottenVoices
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I watched Neatness sip her cappuccino a couple months ago, I was flooded with joy at how God has provided for her in so many ways. Here was a young girl who lost her Dad at age 11, was forced to move from an urban life to the rural areas where her job became picking up sticks for a fire and fetching water.   Her whole life was turned upside down.   Now, 8 years later she sat telling me how the local church’s intervention played a pivotal role in her life – not just in surviving, but in helping her accomplish so much. Someone always finds vulnerable children. Always. They…
  • We are Thankful

    ForgottenVoices
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
      Happy Thanksgiving!    We are so thankful for many of you who have given to us and the children we serve throughout this year. We wanted to take a minute to share with you that because we are encouraged by your generosity, we’ve now opened 13 new church partners in the past few weeks. This brings our total church partnerships to 30, and is a meaningful step towards our goal of reaching 500 additional kids this year. Thank you! If you haven’t had a chance to get involved yet, we’d love if you include us in your Christmas giving plans. Our year-end campaign, Seeds…
  • Rethink Gift Giving This Year

    ForgottenVoices
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    We are excited about the opportunity that we have this year to participate in the 7th annual Gifts that Give Hope Lancaster Alternative Gift Fair! Gifts that Give Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting other non-profits through alternative giving. Join us this year and take part in alternative giving to support a child orphaned by AIDS in Zimbabwe or Zambia. This is a great opportunity for a family outing! In addition to gift giving, there will be lots of family friendly activities and yummy food vendors. For more information and to see the list of participating…
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  • The Value of Sitting Under the Word of God

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:46 pm
    If we sit under the preaching of the word, we cannot measure the good that God will make of it, or say that it has done us no good, for God's purpose cannot always be immediately seen, but if we do not sit under the preaching of the word, we can be certain that we've gained nothing by it. Isa 55:10  "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,Isa 55:11  so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it…
  • Is Contemporary Music Biblical?

    3 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    1Ch 16:25  For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods. 1Ch 16:26  For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens. 1Ch 16:27  Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place. 1Ch 16:28  Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! 1Ch 16:29  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; 1Ch 16:30  tremble before him, all the earth; yes,…
  • Into the Holy of Holies Goes the Church of Christ

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Heb 10:14  For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. Heb 10:15  And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, Heb 10:16  "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds," Heb 10:17  then he adds, "I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more." Heb 10:18  Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Heb 10:19  Therefore,…
  • Why Should You Be Discipled, If You are a Christian?

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Eph 4:15  Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,There are many, many reasons why Christians should be discipled, but Ephesians 4:15 is a big one. All we need do is ask this simple question. What are we to do in this verse?The answer is - we are to "grow up in every way into him..." Consider the scope of this exhortation. We are to grow "in every way." What does this cover? It covers everything. Go ahead test it. Does it cover doctrine that you believe? YesDoes it cover behavior? YesDoes it cover how you…
  • James Preached that We Should Keep the Ten Commandments, as the Law of Love

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Jas 2:8  If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well. Jas 2:9  But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. Jas 2:10  For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. Jas 2:11  For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. Jas 2:12  So speak and so act as those who are to be…
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  • He Always Hears You

    Justin
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    He hears you! You have no reason to ever doubt that the Lord hears you. He hears you whether you’re praying out loud with a group or alone praying in your head. It sounds a little crazy but He hears your thoughts. I asked the Lord once while praying in my head, “Can you hear […]
  • Constantly Changing Perspectives

    Justin
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:15 pm
    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭55‬:‭8-9‬ NIV) I’ve realized that throughout life my perspectives are constantly changing. This doesn’t mean that […]
  • Living Joyfully!

    Justin
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Originally posted on The Living Message of Christ:For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (‭Colossians‬ ‭2‬:‭9-10‬ NKJV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know…
  • Pure Joy!

    Justin
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭2-4‬ NIV) I bless you with pure joy today in Jesus name! […]
  • More Than Belief

    Justin
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:14 pm
    I don’t just want to believe, I want to have faith. Faith is so much more than belief. Faith is trust, loyalty and a heart’s allegiance. Faith is a verb!
 
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    Ruminate Magazine

  • The Cartography of Words

    Jae Newman
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Much of the news right now could make you want to cringe inside. It’s enough to make you wish humans hibernated. I watched Obama’s speech on Ferguson. I’ve also seen photographs of two boys buried alive by a slow plow. Another story I read was about a child near Atlanta who was taken from his mother and forced to live behind a fake wall. What’s worse than that? The child’s mother never reported it to the police. In spite of all these headlines, I choose to believe that there is a future that will transcend all our collective ignorance and pettiness and that we are, as writers, to be…
  • Faith and Art: Seemingly Disparate Roads Find Communion

    Scott Laumann
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Recently, while speaking to a group of close friends in advance of our latest move, I mentioned how much I appreciated them taking an interest in my artistic process over the previous year: asking questions, attending my hosted events, helping with their time. I thanked them for not viewing my work as a commodity, something to be utilized solely for church purposes, yet also recognizing my art making as more than a vocation. I told them that being an artist had become a deeply spiritual journey for me. A few days later, I received an email from one of my friends from the gathering, a…
  • Simple Gifts: On Christmas and the Marketplace

    Judith Deem Dupree
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I am at the local outlet center, here in rural California, sitting at a small table near the “dancing waters.” The weather is mild for December, my latte pungent, and the surrounding décor intricate and artful. It is easy to settle into a holiday mood, soaking in an atmosphere sculpted with great care―an ornate authenticity that weaves a semblance of local habitat into the pervading “invitation to accumulation.”Huge man-made boulders are strewn in precise upheaval among shops, as if the earth had belched but a blink ago between The Gap and The Kitchen Store. Metal coyotes, bear and…
  • Thanks, Prayer

    Josh MacIvor-Andersen
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    To you who in my imagination (which is currently as close as I get to faith), don’t require belief as a prerequisite to unlock your attune, or to express gratitude from deep within the shadow of unbelief: Thank you that the de-icer was swift and effective in his work, that his spray-rig liberated the plane’s hydraulics to do their immense lifting and pushing down, and thank you that all the bits of rivet and metal and circuitry held together in their unified purpose, despite all physical odds, that they stayed singular and clamped tight as we accelerated up and out of a Wisconsin…
  • Ruminate in Ribbons: Giveaway

    Keira Havens
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    Win some stocking stuffers! Share this image on your social media networks with the hashtag #RuminateinRibbons and we’ll enter you in our Christmas Giveaway! We’re giving away subscriptions, flasks & a print perfect for the creative person in your life. So start sharing! We’ll select a winner from facebook, twitter, and instagram – post on all three platforms to triple your chances of winning. See official details below Prize Package 2 subscriptions to Ruminate Magazine – one for you and one for a friend! 2 beautiful flasks from Give Studio This lovely print…
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    Faith That Inspires Action

  • Coptic Solidarity Launches Advocacy Campaign for Imprisoned Christian Mohammed Hegazi

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Coptic Solidarity announces the launch of an advocacy campaign seeking the immediate and unconditional release of Mohammed Hegazi.  Mr. Hegazi — who goes by his adopted Christian name Bishoy Armeya Boulos — has been the subject of numerous spurious charges and sentences, prolonged detentions and threats to his and his family’s lives.  He has been targeted for the mere attempt in 2007 to reflect his personal conversion by applying to formerly change the religious status from Muslim to Christian on his state-issued…
  • Ratio Christi Club Kicked Off of San Jose State University Campus

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    ERIE, Penn., Dec. 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The Ratio Christi chapter at San Jose State University received a letter from the university stating that the club has been “de-recognized.” In the letter, school officials explained their actions to be in compliance with a new California State University Executive Order regarding how an organization selects its officers. Ratio Christi, like many other campus Christian organizations, requires that chapter officers adhere to the Christian faith and biblical beliefs. This means that non-Christians, or Christians who do not…
  • Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to Release New Documentary Film About ‘Unbroken’s’ Louis Zamperini

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:41 pm
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 16, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will release a new documentary film on Dec. 25 called Louis Zamperini: Captured by Grace. Zamperini is also the subject of Universal Pictures’ Unbroken, the movie based on the best-selling book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand. Captured by Grace is a compelling, documentary-style film that chronicles Zamperini’s remarkable journey – from Olympic runner to WWII prisoner of war – all the way to his return home and encounter with Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade in…
  • Georgia Baptist Convention Defends Religious Liberty, Calls on Atlanta Mayor to Reverse Discipline of Atlanta Fire Chief

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    DULUTH, Ga., Dec. 16, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The Georgia Baptist Convention (GBC) is calling on the Christian community to “stand up for biblical principles and fellow believers who are punished or marginalized for their faith.” The Duluth agency, which represents 1.4-million members statewide, felt called to respond to the recent 30-day suspension of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran by Mayor Kasim Reed. The statement was issued by the GBC’s Public Affairs Committee on Dec. 9. Cochran, on his own time and reflecting his personal religious convictions, penned a…
  • The Word Became Flesh: An Advent Meditation on John 1

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    By A Servant In Training When it comes to the doctrine of the Incarnation, few texts in Holy Scripture compare to the inspired words of St. John.Since John was the longest living of the Apostles, he lived to see the degenerate forces of the Gnostics trying to undermine fundamental doctrines of Jesus, as well as apostates and heretics denying either His deity or His humanity.  John witnessed what was being done to the Apostolic witness of his sainted brothers, and wrote his Gospel and his Epistles to reinforce the truth of Jesus.  At the very beginning of this effort, John pens the first…
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  • HOW FAITH FINISHED SIN

    Richie
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    What do you think your faith is for? The faith we have been given is the faith of the Son of God. “I have been crucified with Christ,” the apostle Paul says, “It is no longer I who lives but the Christ life that lives in me. And the life I live, I live by the [...]
  • TO BE DELIVERED FROM THE LAW

    Richie
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    Look I Paul say that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again, if you want to be self-justified, if you want to take that approach, you are obligated to the whole law, the very thing Israel was delivered out of (Gal. 5:2). You were never put in [...]
  • THE ANTIDOTE FOR UNBELIEF

    Richie
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Paul is the paramount apostle to the Gentile community, author of almost two-thirds of the new covenant, he never knew Jesus in the flesh but had a profound resurrection experience with the Resurrection Himself, and Paul makes this statement… “I have determined,” which means to judge in a forensic sense, “not to know anything among [...]
  • THE TMO OF TRUTH

    Richie
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Paul (the apostle) is emphatic, absolutely emphatic! He says, “I have determined not to know anything”… anything meaning everything that is not within this, “Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). It doesn’t matter how appealing or convincing it appears – there is no other doctrine – there is no other message or other man – [...]
  • EXIT NIGHT. ENTER LIGHT.

    Richie
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The point I made about the fallen man Adam is that he is not longer in the day, he is in the night. I want you to get this imagery because it is very important. Therefore the Lord God sent him (Adam) out of the Garden of Eden to till the ground from which he [...]
 
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    Evolution, Creation, Sermons And Christian Music

  • Fingerprints of Creation - Dr Robert Gentry

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

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

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

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

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

  • Is This Why You Don’t Have Joy in the Lord?

    Steve Fuller
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Joy in the Lord Throughout the Bible we read about the great joy we can have in the Lord – “…the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10) “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy.” (Psalm 5:11) “… in your presence there is fullness of joy…” (Psalm 16:11) “Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous…” (Psalm 32:11) “Then I will go to … God my exceeding joy…” (Psalm 43:4) “May the God of hope fill you with all joy … in believing” (Romans…
  • How Moses Overcame Temptation

    Steve Fuller
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Temptation Every Christian faces temptation.  We are tempted to gossip, lie, disobey, lust, overeat, seek revenge, and more. And sometimes our temptations can feel so strong that sin seems inevitable. But it’s not.  In 1 Corinthians 10:13 Paul says that every temptation can be overcome (see also 1 John 5:3-4; Romans 6:6; John 8:31-32). And not only can every temptation be overcome, throughout the Scriptures God tells us how. And one passage that clearly shows us how is Hebrews 11:24-26. How Moses Obeyed Here is what we read in Hebrews 11:24-25 — 24      By faith Moses, when…
  • How to Make Your Thanksgiving More Meaningful

    Steve Fuller
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Giving Thanks Sadly, giving thanks to God can become routine. So, to prepare for Thanksgiving, I thought I would list steps we can take to make our giving of thanks more meaningful. Here are steps I am taking – Thank God Humbly Thanking someone means recognizing that what they gave you was a free gift given to you by grace alone. And the fact that it was by grace alone, means we did not earn it, or deserve it. This is true regarding other people’s gifts to us.  But it is infinitely more true when it comes to God giving up his son for us – and all we through the gift of his son. So…
  • Posts on How to Deal with Trials

    Steve Fuller
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    God Promises Trials That might surprise you.  But it’s the main message Paul taught when he visited churches he had recently planted — After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”  (Acts 14:21-22) So since God promises trials, it’s crucial that we understand what God’s Word says about trials. So this week…
  • 10 Questions about Sanctification

    Steve Fuller
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    What is sanctification? Sanctification is the process by which the Holy Spirit overcomes our sin by increasing our desire for and joy in Christ which overflows in love for others. See 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Luke 18:27; Titus 2:11-13; Galatians 5:6; John 6:63. How do we grow in sanctification? We are sanctified the same way we are justified, by faith alone in Christ alone.  See Galatians 3:2,5; Hebrews 11:8; Romans 1:5; Romans 16:26; Galatians 5:6; 1 Timothy 1:5. What is faith? Faith means trusting all that God promises to be for us in Christ Jesus.  See Romans 4:18-22; 2…
 
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    Catholic Spiritual Growth » » Gaudium Veritatis (The Joy of the Truth)

  • Films That Make You Think

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I just finished watching my Spiritual Cinema Circle DVD, and I just had to share it with you. You know, Catholics have growing access to good Catholic films. Films about saints and popes are coming out all the time. There are also sources for good family films. But what about thought-provoking films for adults that help us to think about life and all of its many dimensions? Enter Spiritual Cinema Circle. This subscription program sends out a DVD every month. Each DVD has three shorter films and one feature. And these aren’t the same films you’ll find on Netflix, either.
  • The Joy of a Living Faith: Saint Theresa of Avila

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Saint Theresa of Avila is one of those saints that reveals to us the reality and the joy of a living faith. The one word I most often associate with this intrepid saint is “real.” Theresa pulls no punches. She tells it like it is. Even when she is talking to God.     A Living Faith in the Real World Even though Saint Theresa founded and lived in a religious order, she very much lived in the real world. Her life shows the false division between religious orders – even the most cloistered ones – and human life. Vibrant religious orders give us yet another…
  • How to Pray – Praying with the Saints

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Looking for methods that show you how to pray? One of the greatest methods of prayer we have at our disposal is to pray with the saints. We are not alone in our quest to grow in Catholic spirituality. Not only do we benefit from the family of the Church on earth (the Church Militant), we also benefit from the Church of all who have gone before us into the Kingdom of God (the Church Triumphant). Praying with the saints gives you a way to structure your daily prayer. It gives you the added benefit of gaining their help in your prayer and throughout your day! Connie Rossini shares her own…
  • Christian Love: Why Selfishness and “Stinking Thinking” Make Us Miserable

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Christian love is the key of Catholic spirituality. Our first calling is to love God with our whole hearts, mind and soul and to love our neighbor as ourselves. But it’s too easy to relegate love to a broad, vapid sense of well-being while still remaining selfish and self-centered at heart. My “favorite flavor” of selfishness is self pity and self pampering. What’s yours? Christian Love is More than Feelings of Good Will To truly love as Jesus calls us to is to make a firm choice to put God and other people before ourselves. The fullness of Christian love is actually…
  • Human Virtues: Forming Intellectual Virtues Can Be Fun!

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    When we think of human virtues, we often think of the moral virtues – the ones that help us to choose what is good and to strengthen our character. In fact, the moral virtues aren’t all that popular. Hopefully that is changing. But the intellectual virtues – the ones that help us to know and clarify truth – have an even longer journey to the popular circle. Human Virtues – On the Path to Human Fulfillment What most people don’t realize is how much happiness they turn their backs on when they disregard virtue. We hear so much about “Christian…
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    The New Life In Christ

  • 5 Things You Have Been Missing For Not Reading A Daily Devotional

    John Luke
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    Let's start by trying to do some break down, daily is rooted from the keyword, day to day. This is something you do every day. And devotinal is rooted from the keyword devotion, this is your dedication to what you do. So you can also split a daily devotional into, your day to day devotion to the Bible. A daily devotional doesn't necessarilly means your devotion to the word of God, it can also mean your devotion to your spouse. But the two words daily devotional is so much attached to the Bible that each time you mention a daily devotional almost everyone thinks about the Bible. Some people…
  • 5 Amazing Things You Can Find On A Daily Devotional

    John Luke
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:02 am
    People spend more time these days reading Magazines, News Papers, Forbes, Gossips... as they do reading the very book of life (the Bible) . Some have taken the time to break Biblical scriptures in the form of a daily devotional for your ease. A daily devotional basically is an explanation of human connection to the Bible ( A book writen about God.) Practice makes perfect. As soon as you start, you will want to kick yourself for not starting earlier. These are the 5 things a good daily devotional should or most have. 1. Based Only On The Bible: Some you will find a single Bible scripture…
  • 10 Reason Why Everyone Should Read Daily Devotional.

    John Luke
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    Daily devotional in its simplest defination is an explanation of Biblical scriptures to apply in every day life. We all live in a world we met and most of the things we live on was told to us by a family member, friend, collique or a parent. But the comes that time we want to find out the truth ourself. This is where a daily devotional plays a very vital role. As you begin to grow up, life is gradually going to lead you to it's vanity and you will need to find out things like importantance, usage and value. Only the Bible have the information, for those of you that are already advanced, the…
  • 18 Secrets Mentally Strong People Use

    John Luke
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:56 am
    We all life in a World were each man most fight for himself to survive. Some learn how to fight, some go to church and other spiritual help and yet some learn the hidden secrets of the mind. If you want to learn the art of mentally strong people, then keep reading...The avoid the following 13 things1.    Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves. 2. Give Away Their Power. 3.    Shy Away from Change. 4. Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control.  5. Worry About Pleasing Others. 6. Fear Taking Calculated Risks. 8. Make the Same…
  • Breaking Bad Habits With Christ Daily Devotional

    John Luke
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    Bad habits are some of the disgusting things we learned to do with our body while growing up, especially in the days of our youth. Some adults still do live with this habits but they are losing alot without knowing. So those of you who have decided to get ride of these habits and live a healthy, higher and forfilling live, then this article is for you so you might want to grab yourself a cup of coffee and a confortable sit and read on...Here is a list of 10 of the most common bad habits and the best way to quit them.1. Bad Habit: Snacking non-stop, even when not hungry.daily devotionalWhy…
 
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  • Telegraphing the Theme of Your Sermon

    Kenton Anderson
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    I can still hear my high school basketball coach warning about “telegraphing” our passes. This was a staple of his half-time tirades. Telegraphing occurred when we would look directly at the person that we were passing the ball to, making … Continue reading →
  • Story Stacking

    Kenton Anderson
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    Stacking is when a preacher gathers several stories or pictures and offers them in bulk, one after the other in a confined space of sermon time. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but stacking stories is … Continue reading →
  • What Happens When the Star Preacher Leaves?

    Kenton Anderson
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    So what happens when our preaching is so successful at attracting crowds that we actually make it hard for the church to out-last our influence? We’ve seen how it happens. A preacher does a great job and begins to develop … Continue reading →
  • To Manuscript or Memorize

    Kenton Anderson
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    I have been having a bit of a debate recently with some of my students about memorization. If we value a more look-the-audience-in-the-face kind of extemporanaeity, are we better to memorize written manuscripts or should we allow ourselves more freedom … Continue reading →
  • Paying Attention to Life

    Kenton Anderson
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    I heard a sermon this morning on the famous “Widow’s mite” narrative. The preacher took care to tell us the story in a way that had us leaning forward. We were completely gripped by his imaginative handling of the details … Continue reading →
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    A Life of Gratitude

  • Delivering Sweet Treats....

    Tori Shaw
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:41 pm
    We've been doing small acts of kindness throughout the month of December. It's been a lot of fun! My sweet boys have really enjoyed it. The act of kindness for Christmas Eve is to deliver sweet... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Cub Scouts!

    Tori Shaw
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Tonight Dylan's cub scout troop went to a local nursing home to sing Christmas carols. We decided to make it a family affair because we always enjoy bringing a smile to the faces of the elderly. My... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Moravian Cookies...yum!

    Tori Shaw
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    I've been making Moravian cookies since I was a very little girl. My Grandma Davis invited all of her grandchildren over to her home every Christmas to make Moravian cookies. She was the best at it!!... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • A Christmas Tradition

    Tori Shaw
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    This morning we visited Santa with our friends, the Almodovars, for the 5th year in row! This has definitely become one of our favorite Christmas traditions. Each year the kids get all dressed up to... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • The fold...

    Tori Shaw
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    I usually wait to write this blog at night when the kids are asleep but I didn't get home until 10pm last night (baby Tyson is playing baby Jesus in a big Christmas production!)  and I was too tired... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
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  • Try WordLens Translation App for Mission Trips

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:47 am
    by Bill Reichart with Ministry Best Practices If you are in ministry, you perhaps travel - perhaps on mission trips and other ministry endeavors. I do travel a lot, and one of the apps that I have grown to love, appreciate and depend upon is WordLens. WordLens allows you to translate the written word through the use of your camera, in real time without an internet connection, and it's free! Listen to Lifehacker describe it: WordLens is the brainchild of the folks at Quest Visual, recently acquired by Google, so expect to see some of its features rolled into Google Translate any time now.
  • 10 Leadership Tips from the Millennial Generation

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:47 am
    by John Weirick with Newspring Church for Catalyst As a generation known for a lack of long-term commitments, millenials are poor poster children for proven work and leadership. However, the tide is turning in churches and culture, with more young adults stepping into the forefront of businesses, arts, ministries, and more. Those of us identified as Millennials, between the ages of 20 and 35, should just admit the stereotypes are true for good reason. We like doing what we want, avoiding responsibility and hard work, and saving money by living with our parents long after we attain a college…
  • What Makes It A 'Christian' Film?

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:47 am
    by Dave Schroeder with DavidSchroeder.com Recently, I watched the movie Calvary (2014), which was one of the most powerful representations of the gospel I’ve ever seen on film. I don’t want to ruin the movie but go see it but see it with caution. Often truth in a movie like Calvary can hit us like a two by four. It is also R-rated and deals with some of the most serious issues in life. Like I would do with any good film, I shared my enthusiasm with a few people and the first question was typically, “Well, is it a Christian film?” I knew this question was coming and I…
  • Differentiating Mourning from Wallowing in Depression-Anxiety

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:47 am
    by Brad Hambrick with BradHambrick.com There are many things that unhealthy wallowing and healthy mourning have in common. It can be easier to confuse one from the other than many people think. The person who thinks he is “working through” his pain may be wallowing in self-pity. Those who try to rouse their friend out of self-pity may be rushing them through legitimate mourning. Unfortunately, there is no emotional litmus test to verify the difference in these two experiences. However, we can (a) clarify what wallowing and mourning share in common, so we are less prone to assume…
  • The 3 Sites I Use to Find Music for Videos

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:47 am
    by Brady Shearer with Pro Church Tools Star Wars. The Lord of the Rings. Home Alone. And most recently, Guardians of the Galaxy. Each of these films are outstanding. I wasn’t even born when Home Alone premiered, but 24 years later, it still holds up. And while Macaulay Culkin’s penchant for mischief and Joe Pesci’s inability to curse are two of the more enjoyable elements of Home Alone, the soundtrack is what truly holds the film together. From beginning to end, the soundtrack of Home Alone — and the soundtrack of each the aforementioned films — provide the…
 
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    Global Church

  • Once Burned, a Young Boy Faces Fire for Jesus

    Craig
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Shiva remembers the screams as his father burned his mother alive. He was badly hurt as he tried to pull his mother from the fire. While the night will be etched in his heart forever, God got a hold of young Shiva and is redeeming his life one day at a time. In the aftermath of his mother’s death, Shiva ended up living on the streets of India. A neighborhood friend told him about a home that took in children. One afternoon he knocked on the Christian orphanage’s door. A woman named Rachel—Aunty Rachel to the children—brought him into the fold. Trauma stalks children who are a part of…
  • Teen Learns Lesson on Pain and Death

    Craig
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Choking sobs marked each part of the 13 year-old Ugandan girl’s story. Her name is Birungi and she told her classmates how she has suffered alongside her mother. She recalled a recent period where they lacked food and the money for her school uniform. After expressing fears and the aching memory of that time, Birungi placed her head on her desk and cried. Her teacher, Deborah, spoke to her gently from the front of the class and then followed up after class. The young girl is a student at a Church of Uganda school that uses David C Cook’s curriculum focused on at-risk children. These are…
  • Preventing Ebola from Stealing Children’s Hearts

    Craig
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Five Liberian children pose for a picture. It’s a fearful, uncertain time for them. They’ve been exposed to a virus ravaging their country. They are sequestered and don’t know if their parents, siblings and friends are still alive. The day before this photo was taken their quarantine center took in four children. That same day two died. The man in the picture is a hero. He is one of many Liberians who’ve placed themselves in harms way to care for children exposed to the Ebola virus. Other Christians like him have sheltered children orphaned by this disease. At least 3,700 children in…
  • Little Children, Growing Faith, and a Mighty God

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

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

  • Hiding Place

    Pamela Rose Williams
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” ~ Psalm 119:114  I read today’s Bible verse and I was immediately comforted. How lovely is it that we can always go to the Lord no matter what we face in this life. He is our Hiding Place, an ever present shelter in a time of storm. Every time I read Psalm 119:114 I am reminded of a song, and I love how Selah performed it. Enjoy the video below and feel free to sing along. We can trust only in the Lord for the strength that we need to bring us through the valley. I found some encouraging “strength” quotes…
  • One Spirit

    Pamela Rose Williams
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long- suffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. ~Ephesians 4:1-6 Church unity, this is the gist of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Today’s passage from Ephesians 4 reminds…
  • No Fear

    Pamela Rose Williams
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) As a child of God, you do have the “power” to overcome fear.  God gives peace of mind when we keep our eyes upon Him and not on the things of this world.  The Apostle Paul gave great advice on what we should be thinking about.  We see this in Phil 4:6-9: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and…
  • French Dip Sunday Lunch

    Pamela Rose Williams
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    So simple and absolutely delicious! Great served with boiled or roasted new potatoes or rice and green beans or corn. I like it with a little melted Swiss or provolone cheese too. We enjoyed this for lunch after church when we were candidating for a pastorate. Our new friends Ed & Shelby invited us for lunch. You will want to invite friends for this dish … it is hard to mess up the recipe … it’s just too good! Ingredients: 1 beef roast (3 pounds) 2 cups water ½ cup soy sauce (I like using the less sodium kind) 1 teaspoon dried rosemary 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon garlic…
  • Vengeance and Recompense

    Pamela Rose Williams
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    “For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” — Hebrews 10:30-31 Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. So many times we run into situations where we just want to pay someone back for the wrong that was done to us. It is human — or should I say — fleshly nature. That is why it is so important to know how God wants us to handle such situations. We are never told to inpute payback upon anyone when they have…
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    A Convo With God

  • The Long Game

    30 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Then they yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor, and ate sacrifices offered to the dead; they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds, and a plague broke out among them. Then Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was stayed. And that was counted to him as righteousness from generation to generation forever. (Psalm 106:28-31 ESV)Some ask in sadness why Jesus hasn't come back. Why has it taken so long?I used to ask the same thing but then I had a thought. What if the delay is an act of love? What if He is constantly waiting for us to have every last opportunity to know Him? What…
  • Being the Hand of God

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” And Gideon said to him, “Please, sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.” And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” (Judges 6:12-14 ESV)Many of us are waiting on God to do…
  • Freedom from Shame

    7 Jun 2013 | 9:05 am
    But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 NKJV)There is no place in our lives for guilt to take root. Our hearts should not be fertile ground for it to blossom. Why? Because Jesus paid the price for all that we have done, are doing and will do. All we have to do is receive Him in faith as our savior, admit that we need saving. We cannot achieve freedom on our own. From this place of vulnerability comes freedom from guilt and shame. Once guilt and shame…
  • God, Help Us Love Each Other

    5 Jun 2013 | 2:54 pm
    Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. (I Thessalonians 5:11 NKJV)God I pray that you help us to comfort each other and strengthen each other in your love by giving us the courage to share your love with others sacrificially. Let us no longer look to our right or left and wait for others to love us first. Help us to be the first to love our neighbor because we know the truth, that it is You who first loved us. Please help us to understand that Your love is sufficient for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.
  • Give Us A Heart For The Poor

    4 Jun 2013 | 7:41 am
    A Heart for the Poor“If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs. (Deuteronomy 15:7, 8 NKJV)God please give us a heart like your heart to care for those in need. Please give us the wisdom to know what others need and the means to provide it. We know that all that you have given us is not ours alone. You have trusted us to be…
 
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • Advent Apologetics Day #14 – The Apologetic of Prayer

    Miguel
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In an article titled; “Discipleship as a Craft, Church as a Disciplined Community,” Stanley Hauerwas says;  “After many years of vain attempts to “explain” God as trinity, I now say, “Well, to begin with we Christians have been taught to pray, ‘Our father, who art in heaven. . .’” I then suggest that a goodRead More(Visited 53 times, 2 visits today)
  • Advent Apologetics Day #13 – Noble Argumentation?

    Miguel
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    An Advent Apologetic is one that is not quarrelsome but kind, able to teach, and patiently endures evil.  (2 Timothy 2:24)  It has nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; or purposefully creating environments for contention. (2 Timothy 2:23)  It’s one that does not lean towards grumbling or disruption. (Philippians 2:14)  It’s soft in response and doesRead More(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)
  • Advent Apologetics Day#12 – It’s about Helping

    Miguel
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    “When we do the work of apologetics we do it as disciples of Jesus, and therefore in the manner in which he would do it. This means, first of all, that we do it to help people, and especially those who want to be helped. Apologetics is a helping ministry.” ~ Dallas Willard An AdventRead More(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)
  • Advent Apologetics Day #11 – Is It Suppose To Hurt?

    Miguel
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Modern apologetics tends toward spending more time defending the historic Christian faith, or a perceived one, than demonstrating hope in the present or expressing a future confidence. An advent apologetic sometimes needs to ask “Where does it hurt?” A well reasoned logical argument, an attempt to rationalize the pain of others, or defense of theRead More(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)
  • Advent Apologetics Day #10 – Unable to Cope

    Miguel
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Some would think that the attitude of Advent and those often expressed via Apologetics, are at odds with each other.  Advent actions and attitudes are often described with words like patience, waiting, and hope.  Apologetics is often associated with abrasiveness, pompous posturing, and pithy argumentation.  What if we adopted an attitude of Advent in ourRead More(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)
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    Blasts From The Trumpet

  • Hanukkah and the Sons of Oil

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Think about this, the restoration of the new species is the fulfillment of a much greater Hanukkah. The new species is His victory! Are you a part of this miraculous victory? Continue reading →
  • The Great Last Supper and Two New Feasts

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    It seems all of God's Leviticus 23 feasts are being offered at one time to man as a giant last supper so they can be a part of that plan. At the close of this meal a new feast for God's family ... Continue reading →
  • A Deeper Look at Simchat Torah So We Can Rejoice in the Law

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    We are not under the law of Moses any longer, but we are sure under the laws of the Kingdom! Continue reading →
  • What is Sh’mini Atzeret?

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

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The new species of man or the new generation of God's people perhaps look on the Feast of Tabernacles a little differently than Adam's race. Continue reading →
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    Attempts at Honesty

  • Tim Keller on being defectively orthodox

    Mark McIntyre
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture I have been working my way through Center Church by Timothy Keller. It is slow going because there is so much to take in and think about. I’m finding that this book challenges most of what I’ve thought about church and has validated some of the misgivings I’ve had over the years regarding the way many churches go about their business. One paragraph in particular hit a chord with me so I thought I would share it with you. Regarding “defective orthodoxy” Mr. Keller writes:…
  • Can we stop pointing fingers?

    Mark McIntyre
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture Image via http://www.imagebase.net/ If we read of the failures of the Nation of Israel in the Old Testament without identifying our own, similar failures, we miss an opportunity for growth. The temptation of superficial worship is universal. Israel struggled with it, churches struggle with it, and I struggle with it. Through Isaiah, God said this to the nation of Israel: “What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?” Says the Lord. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed…
  • Life as an ambassador

    Mark McIntyre
    29 Nov 2014 | 5:41 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture Original at http://bit.ly/1y8C00x When Joseph was propositioned by Potiphar’s wife, he responded by saying, “. . . How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9) Joseph had the understanding that he had a responsibility to God to behave according to God’s standards of conduct. His first allegiance was to God. He made the right choice in a difficult decision even though the short term cost was huge. Fast forward about 1,900 years and there is a guy formerly known as…
  • The church is not the only army that shoots its wounded

    Mark McIntyre
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:58 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture I have heard it said that the church is the only army that shoots its wounded. I now know that this statement is not true. It is not false because the church does not shoot her wounded. It is false because the church is not alone in this behavior. What brought this to mind was all the discussion about Adrian Peterson and his discussions with the NFL. Even after Adrian’s case was resolved in the courts, the NFL commissioner felt pressured to come down hard on Mr. Peterson. The apparent reason for the commissioner…
  • What is the source of your glory?

    Mark McIntyre
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture “. . . for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.” (John 12:43, ESV) What would the church look like if all of us were more responsive to God and less concerned about what others think of us? Let’s be honest, we care about what other people think. We want to wear the right clothes, drive the right car, eat the right foods and we work hard to gain the admiration of our family, friends and neighbors. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be liked and admired,…
 
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    Before The Cross

  • What I Learned in Preschool

    Chris Howard
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Our daughter likes to entertain. In the confines of our home, my wife and I have seen hundreds of performances ranging from comedic to dramatic. Her songs have included piercing high notes and surprising low notes. She’s demonstrated dance moves with more coordination at 3 than I have at 40. Some in our inner-circle have witnessed this, and she always seems to enjoy an audience. That’s why I was a puzzled at her first Christmas performance at preschool. We heard from her teachers in the weeks before how much she enjoyed practicing and how we could expect to see her ham it up. But when she…
  • 5 Practical Ways to Take a Sabbath

    Mike Mobley
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Our culture is constantly going about a million miles per hour if you haven’t noticed already. Chances are, you’re skimming through this post as fast as possible to get to the next one or the next item on your to-do list to check it off. Besides, who doesn’t want to check items off of their list in order to “get things done?” Productivity and going 24/7 is often applauded in many areas, especially within the workplace. We have devices everywhere and social media has provided a way to feel constantly connected, even though most of us by now realize it…
  • Scripture on Stress

    Mike Mobley
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    There are many things we get stressed out over – studying for exams, the holiday season, a difficult job, how much money we have, or even what God is calling us to do with our lives, but is stress ever permissible at the end of the day? I’m not going to act like I never stress out over anything (because I sure do a lot), but I’ve learned through my own experiences that when I stressed, I’m ultimately not trusting in God. Over and over in the Bible we are reminded of how good God is to us and how He provides rest to the weary. He is the giver of peace. He brings joy to…
  • Regifting Ourselves With Jesus

    Chris Howard
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Well, it should be. Our mighty God’s plan to enter our context and subsequently bring about salvation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is certainly worth celebrating. But do you see what I see? It appears the gift we should celebrate most is easily lost in the shuffle of a busy month. An alien visiting our current culture might find we have a tendency to: Mark the evening or early morning after a day of giving thanks for what we have by rushing to find something new. Look the other way on debt as long as it means gifts…
  • How Can I Have Assurance of Salvation?

    Mike Mobley
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    I never really grew up in the Church. Yes, I technically was an alter boy and was in the Catholic Church off and on, but I seemed to miss out on a lot of things that I’ve learned over time was “just the way it was” back in the day in the Church. Things like a Gospel glove, Sandi Patty, and rededication. No offense to those who’ve used a Gospel glove or who have jammed out to Sandi Patti…those are great conversations for another day, but for this one, let’s talk about the rededication part. There’s a lot of people walking around confused or not sure…
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    Barbie Swihart

  • Featured Writer: Cathy Peek // More of Jesus!

    Barbie
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:09 pm
    I was sitting in a doctor’s office one Christmas when a young mom, who I had never laid eyes on, sat across from me. With hot tears rolling down her face, she blurted out to everyone in the room, “I hate Christmas! I hate what it does to me! I am so stressed out!” No one said a word. They just let her vent, but I understood more than she knew. Christmas is by far one of the busiest seasons of the entire year. Our lives become crazy from being overcrowded with an excessive amount of everything happening all in one month! In the hype of Christmas activity, I can feel the drain on my…
  • Journey To The High Places: Return To The Valley (Week 20)

    Barbie
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:23 pm
    After several days of exploring the most beautiful valley among the peaks of the High Places, Grace and Glory and her two attendants found themselves on the very edge of the High Places where they could look right down into the Low Places far below.  Grace and Glory gasped as she realized they were peering right into the Valley of Humiliation. She sat down on a grassy slope and reflected upon her Fearing relatives who still lived there.  As she thought about them and their wretched existence, a pang of compassion and pain shot through her heart. Tears welled up in her eyes and her heart…
  • The Weekend Brew: The Shepherd’s Song (by Mary Geisen)

    Barbie
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:29 pm
    8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a…
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    Interpulpit

  • Things to Be Thankful For

    Rick
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
      Thanksgiving comes as a holiday once a year, and that reminds the secular folks to count their blessings. We, as believers, know that thanksgiving is really every day. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:18). This does not mean your particular situation is necessarily God’s will for you. But God’s will is that you give thanks. He wants thankful children. He knows that it’s good for us to give thanks, as opposed to griping and complaining. But how do you give thanks when things are bad?   There is always…
  • Patience

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

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

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

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

  • Monday Morning Confessional: Godspeed John Hampton

    Tim Suttle
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    I was at a party Friday night when I heard John Hampton had died. I was taken aback by how sad the news made me. I’ve been thinking of John and the whole Ardent family ever since. When we were making records at Ardent Studios in Memphis, John Hampton would usually be mixing or producing some big [Read More...]
  • Performance Riders, Doomsday Preppers, & Advent: Isaiah 40:1-11 (Advent 2B)

    Tim Suttle
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    In the entertainment business there’s this thing called a performance rider, a written list of the artist’s demands. The promoter agrees to prepare the venue exactly the way the artist likes it. The instructions for this are all in the rider. Given the prevalence of artistic eccentricity, some of the demands can be absurd. Beyonce’s Rider asks [Read More...]
  • Top Ten Gift Ideas For Book Lovers – 2014.

    Tim Suttle
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    As a book lover, and I don’t mean to be harsh, I find most of the gift ideas for book lovers to be terribly disappointing. Trust me, pajamas with books on them will be more likely to appeal to those who don’t read books. We don’t want bookmarks, nor do we want–wait for it–a bedtime story duvet cover [Read More...]
  • Advent: The Great Decrescendo (Advent 1B – Isaiah 64:1-9)

    Tim Suttle
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    This was the message on the first Sunday of Advent, 2014 for Redemption Church. If you are a pastor feel free to copy & steal (w/attribution please!). You can listen to the message here.     Advent 1B – Isaiah 64:1-9 / Waiting “O, that you would tear open the heavens and come down.” Today [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional

    Tim Suttle
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    I confess that I have not written a Monday Morning Confessional since October 20th. That I have not written one has much to do with the fact that I am attempting to take a real Sabbath from Sunday afternoon until Monday afternoon. My definition of Sabbath is anything but rigid. Sabbath means almost anything that encourages delight, [Read More...]
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • Icon of Saint Etheldreda – Drawing

    MBA
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    Here is the  basic pencil drawing for a new panel icon of Saint Etheldreda that I have just started for a friend. Icon size is 9″ x 12″. Filed under: Drawings, Iconography, Icons, Saint Etheldreda, Saints Tagged: Catholic Icons, Christianity, Icon Drawings, Iconography, Icons, Religion and Spirituality, Saint Etheldreda, Saints
  • On icons of the Theotokos

    MBA
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Iconography of the Theotokos has a private significance for each human being because it symbolizes his materiality, physicality, and the relation of this matter to the spirit within the person. Through icons of the Theotokos we can observe sublimation and exhalation of this relationship between matter and spirit. In the pagan world, the conflict of […]
  • On icons – 14

    MBA
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:34 pm
    The mystery of the divine image in man is given to him through the teaching of icons – Vladislav Andrejev.Filed under: Icons, Quotes Tagged: Christianity, Icons, Quotes, Religion and Spirituality
  • Icons manifest the existence of God

    MBA
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:54 pm
    God adorns Himself in magnificence and clothes Himself with beauty. Man stands amazed and contemplates the glory whose light causes a hymn of praise to burst forth from the heart of every creature. The Testamentum Domini gives us the following prayer: Let them be filled with the Holy Spirit . . . so they can […]
  • On icons – 12

    MBA
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Filed under: Icons, Quotes Tagged: Christianity, Icons, Quotes, Religion and Spirituality
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • Who is the Father of Jesus Christ? – Response to a question

    MBA
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    The question was asked, “Who is the Father of Jesus (Christ)?” The answer is simple. The Father of Jesus Christ is God the Father – Him who was, is and always will be; the Creator, the first Person of the Holy Trinity. God the Father is almighty, the Unbegotten who willed His own hypostasis and […]
  • On deification – 3

    MBA
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:41 am
    Deification versus Salvation He was made man that we might become god (Athanasius of Alexandria, De Inc, 54.3).  Through Christ, the Word made flesh, man has access to the Father in the Holy Spirit and comes to share in the divine nature (Paul VI, 1965). Many, especially in Western Christianity, tend to commingle the terms deification […]
  • On deification – 2

    MBA
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:21 am
    Is it not written in your Law: I said, you are gods? (Jn 10:34). He has given us most great and precious promises: that by these you may be made partakers of the divine nature (2 P 1:4). Two kinds of deification exist. The first kind refers to the elevation of man to the highest level […]
  • On deification – 1

    MBA
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:07 am
    What is deification? Deification is the attaining of likeness to God and union with Him so far as is possible (Dionysus the Aeropagite, EH 1.3, PG 3.376a). God, you see, wants to make you a god; not by nature, of course, like the One whom He begot but by His gift and by adoption (Augustine […]
  • For Christmas

    MBA
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Filed under: God the Father
 
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  • Pestering Heaven

    missionsgirl
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Luke 18:1-8 “Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. “There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ “For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me…
  • I Don’t Feel Like A Warrior

    missionsgirl
    23 Oct 2013 | 6:45 pm
    Photo credit: Squidonius on stock.xchng “He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, And sets me upon my high places. He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze… I pursued my enemies and overtook them, And I did not turn back until they were consumed.”  Psalm 18:33-34, 37 NASB  Saw this as a friend’s facebook status update recently, and I realized something-I don’t feel like a warrior.  More often than I would like to admit, when times get tough I wish I could just keep my head down, do my job, and wait for the storm to pass me by.
  • The Great Collage Fundraiser

    missionsgirl
    9 Oct 2013 | 1:20 pm
    Hi Everyone, I just wanted to let you know about a fundraiser that I am doing to raise more finances for my involvement in missions.  I am making handmade cd case collages that can be hung on your wall as a decoration.  They also could make a lovely gift for a friend or family member.  Christmas is a comin’!  I usually make these by hand, and can do one on a particular theme if requested.  (You can request one by clicking here)  I can also do custom digital work if you prefer that, and you can send me your files at young_missionary (at) hotmail.com, along with any specific…
  • Free Form Friday: Longing for Fall

    missionsgirl
    23 Aug 2013 | 10:36 am
    Photo credit: chappy14 Just a little bit over one week left of August. At the end of next week, a new year of working with School of the Bible begins. I don’t know offhand what the “official” first day of Fall is this year, though I’m sure it’s sometime in September, probably a few weeks from now. But for some reason, whenever the calendar clicks over to September, in my mind Fall has arrived. Having lived in Texas for almost 8 years now, I have to disregard the indications of the weather here, which usually (and by that I mean always exhibits an annoying…
  • Free Form Friday: Let’s Get This Party STARTed

    missionsgirl
    26 Jul 2013 | 12:00 pm
    Photo credit: ba1969 (stock.xchng) Another week has flown by.  They say the older you get, the faster time goes by, and I’m finding it really is true.  Hoping to learn to make the most of the time I have. Speaking of time flying by, I got an e-mail today as part of the START experiment, run by Jon Acuff (of Stuff Christians Like fame), noting that today marks the halfway point of this 24 day experiment.  Halfway already?  Really?  When and how did that happen?  It makes me want to reevaluate what I’ve done so far with it. The premise of this experiment is simple: an online…
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  • Prayer: Be Inspired in All You do

    Bevjoy
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Be Inspired! Abba Father, I love and adore You. Thank You for everything You have done and continue to do for me, more than I can ever dare to imagine. Thank you, Sweet Jesus, that I have the utmost pleasure of walking in Your righteousness. Sometimes I fall short Lord, I try to hold on […]
  • Prayer – Healing from Undiagnosed Disease

    Ria Lewis
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Lord Jesus I ask that You forgive me for all of my words, thoughts, and deeds that are sinful toward You. I ask that You forgive me for all of my sins known and unknown. I ask that You cleanse my heart and renew my mind Lord Jesus. I accept Your forgiveness Lord Jesus and […]
  • A Payer to Abide and Focus on Our Lord Jesus

    Geevetha Mary Samuel
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Isaiah 12:4 And in that day you will say; “Praise the Lord, call upon His name; Declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted. Heavenly  Father, We thank You and praise You for this day and this life You have bestowed upon us.  We thank you for being able to see, […]
  • Prayer – Sharing the Joy of Love

    Bevjoy
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Holy Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty, the whole earth is full of Your Glory. Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your wondrous name and I give You all the praises that are due. I kneel at Your feet Lord, in adoration to Your majestic name and nature.  You are so awesome, omnipotent and omnipresent and so full […]
  • Prayer: Become Someone’s Miracle

    Bevjoy
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Become Someone’s Miracle Heavenly Father, I glorify Your Name and lift You High! You are my hiding place, my refuge, my fortress and my strength. I seek your direction as I strive to become a miracle for the many people who are hurting and crying out for Your tender touch. These people are hurting because […]
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    Christian Home and Family

  • Let’s tackle the “for generations” part – Radical Faith for Generations – episode 2

    Carey
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Carey In the last installment of this podcast I thrust you deep into the recesses of my mind… I hope it wasn’t too scary. My goal was to take you on the journey that I took as I was trying to unpack the notion of radical faith, because when it comes to faith in Jesus, I don’t want to be normal… at least not the kind of normal that is normal in the world today. That makes sense… right? If it doesn’t make sense to you, it will probably help if you stop this episode and go listen to the first one. It’s the context for what I’m going to go into today, so you…
  • Why “radical” is EXACTLY the right word – RFG episode 1

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Reasons I Am Thankful To Be A Pastor

    Brandon
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Photo Credit: rustiqueart via Compfight cc Sometimes I complain about being a pastor. There are times when I have Elijah moments. I feel depressed and whine to God about how I don’t have the strength to keep going. I think, if we are honest, we would admit that most of us have felt this way about ministry. Ministry is difficult! It can be extremely discouraging and defeating. It is times like these, when you feel down or discouraged in ministry, that you have to remember why you got started in the first place. You have to remember why you made the decision to follow God’s…
  • POLL: What Preaching Resource Do You Need?

    Brandon
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    As ProPreacher.com heads into its third year, I was thinking about how I might be able to make this website more helpful to you. Last year, I wrote an eBook that many have found helpful. This year, I want to begin working on another helpful resource. I have a few ideas, but limited time. So rather than working on just what I think might be helpful, I would rather hear from you. What would you like to see? What kind of resource would be most beneficial to you? Please help me out by voting below. Thank you! Take Our Poll Related posts: POLL: What Preaching Resources Are Most Helpful For You?
  • 2 Years of ProPreacher

    Brandon
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Photo Credit: kelly.sikkema via Compfight cc Wow, has it really been two years already? Two years ago I had a crazy idea to start a blog about preaching. I had no idea what would happen or if anyone would actually read it, but I had some thoughts that I wanted to clarify and some ideas I had to share. When I first began a career in ministry there were not many resources available for learning about preaching. You could go to a conference or read a book or two, but I was a broke newlywed youth pastor. I could barely afford to keep the lights on in our one-bedroom apartment. There was no way…
  • 5 Ways to Improve Audience Engagement

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

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

  • Reflections From Scotland

    john crews
    30 Nov 2014 | 1:58 pm
    In October Pam and I met the kids in Scotland as they continued their incredible odyssey through Europe.  It is amazing to think of the profound impact that Jonathan continues to have on their lives and the maturity and thoughtfulness that made this journey possible.The highlight of the trip, of course, was seeing the kids.  The next best part of the trip for me was just having time to rest and to reflect on life.  I had not taken much of a break after the events of February, and I was just plain tired. It has been an exhausting year.  The constant state of grief…
  • Thanksgiving

    john crews
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    For the first time in 27 years Pam and I are spending Thanksgiving without our kids.  Honestly, in their absence we are trying our best to hide from it -- at least from the traditions that can only lead to pain today.Thanksgiving around our house was always a bit unusual.  The kids never wanted to go anywhere, and they really didn't want anyone to join us at our house (except when Jonathan or Christian had a girlfriend -- which for some reason was the only exception to the rule).  They just wanted to be with immediate family.  They just wanted to spend time together in an…
  • The Trinity

    john crews
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Not long ago my son Christian and I were kayaking on the Trinity River, just a few miles from home.  We began to explore a finger off the river called "Denton Creek", but had to turn back sooner than we wanted because it was getting late.  Christian casually mentioned that "next time" we would explore further up Denton Creek.It was the second time that day that Christian talked about what we might do "next time" we went kayaking on the river together, and both times it felt like a punch to the gut.  In just a few days Christian and Dani would be leaving for Europe, and it was…
  • Faith, Hope, Love and Purpose

    john crews
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Over the past months I have had occasion to read many stories of other parents about the loss of a child and about life, such as it is, following such a loss.  Not surprisingly, I seem to gravitate mostly to stories of young people (usually in their late teens or twenties) who obviously left this world far to early.  The contexts are varied -- from homicide to suicide, a drug overdose to a car accident, or health issues -- both expected and unexpected.  But, the heartbreak is always the same.I have corresponded with some of those parent-writers through…
  • Radical Continued

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

  • A Cynical Pilgrim’s Progress

    Ryan Good
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    This is a repost of my blog I posted over at Anchorline. As we walked through the cold dark cemetery, the subject of God came up. “Ohh great, this guy!” I thought as my friend began giving me his best “evangelistic” plea. I didn’t let him get too far down this rabbit hole before interjecting. “Until I have definitive evidence that God exists, I cannot believe that He does”. To which he replied “I just don’t need evidence. I… I just believe man.” One of the weakest answers, to date, that I’ve heard in response. His lack…
  • The Calvinist

    Ryan Good
    14 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    When I “come out” to someone as a Calvinist, I hate that the majority of the time it is followed up by them saying “So predestination.”; so matter of fact. As if the only thing I believe is predestination. I believe a better follow up anytime someone makes a statement of following certain set of doctrines we should say “what then sets you apart from XYZ” XYZ being our particular doctrinal point of view. Let’s learn from one another! Let us never pigeon hole any person into what we think they may believe. The video below is a beautiful presentation of…
  • Lessons from the Foxhole

    Ryan Good
    29 Jul 2013 | 6:37 pm
    There’s an old saying, There aren’t any atheists in a foxhole When faced with life and death we don’t want to be on the wrong side of God; if there is a God. A fearful conversion is one that is not uncommon, but one that is often not from a place of true repentance. Going into the foxhole you were an atheist, converted while in the foxhole you are a believer, and coming out either a true convert or back to your old ways of unbelief. This is a scenario probably far too often seen in a real battlefield. There is another scenario I’ve experienced. It is a foxhole not of a…
  • The Daily Herald

    Ryan Good
    8 Jul 2013 | 5:35 pm
    Heralds were originally messengers sent by monarchs or noblemen to convey messages or proclamations—in this sense being the predecessors of the modern diplomatsFrom Wikipedia I have always found it beautiful to imagine serving a literal king in this life. The putting on of physical armor, mounting a horse with my scrolls in a satchel, and setting off on a journey to tell a hurting and dying world that there is a cure for the finality of death. Eternal life is possible through the laying down of your life for a King that has laid His down for us. It would be a grand adventure full of joyful…
  • Assurance

    Ryan Good
    2 Jun 2013 | 5:17 pm
    For quite some time I have been a doubter. I’ve doubted everything from my personal call to the very existence of God. Through my recent deepening of understanding who God the Father is and the fullness of the hope I have in His Son; I have an assurance that I never thought possible. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured…
 
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    The Pure Sacrifice

  • Surviving the Holidays

    Deanna
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    From the archives, Originally posted on November 25, 2013 It is that time of year again, time to think about the holidays.  I look forward to them now, but that was not always the case.  In my depression, I dreaded and at times even hated the holidays.  Because of that, this year I want to share some of the things I learned that helped me to deal with the holidays. When you are suffering from depression, it is hard enough to get through a typical day.  Add the stress of a major family get together and the and anxiety sky-rockets.  Just thinking about it brings feelings of dread and…
  • You Bless Me

    Deanna
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    Sweet Friends, I was concerned that I would alienate or even lose readers by sharing so much about my health struggles. Instead, when I finally got around to checking that email address I was blessed by your responses. In trying to plan for next year I will be honest God has not yet revealed His direction for my blog posts. It is my desire to get back to posting more intentionally, and with good content. This year I seem to have broken all the blogging rules, and honestly I don’t care because I was doing what I needed to do for me. I thank all of you for sticking with me on this…
  • Weekend Inspiration

    Deanna
    6 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Just for fun and some relaxing weekend enjoyment I wanted to share some of what I have found this week. Found this on Facebook  Filed under: Sharing Tagged: Weekend Inspiration
  • Consider Mary

    Deanna
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    From the archives originally posted December 5 2012 As I have read lately, and trying to really get into the Christmas season, I have looked at the Christmas story.  As I think on this, I can’t help but picture myself at 13.  Picture yourself as you were at 13. What did that look like?  Were you mature, smart, or did you still have lots of growing up to do?  What did your faith look like?  Did you believe in God?  Thinking about how you were at 13, could you imagine being visited by an angel? Take that a step further….Could you imagine hearing that you have won Gods Favor?
  • Will you help me?

    Deanna
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    I have shared some here on the blog about my recent health issues.  Today I need to ask for your help in spreading the word so I want to share a bit more. Digestive Issues I’ve struggled with fatigue, abdominal pain, being bloated, persistent indigestion and heartburn, and excessive gas, for I know two weeks or more before experiencing vertigo. It was to the point that I could not eat or drink without instantly bloating, having excessive gas, indigestion, heartburn and being overall miserable.  This resulting in my doctor running an ultrasound, a biliary scan and referring me to a…
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    C3 Journey - the Warrior's Log

  • The Power of Unity

    Jim Crumbley
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    6 “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! 7 Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.” Genesis 11:6-7 The descendants of Noah had united and determined to build a “great city” for themselves (Gen 11:4).  It was not their UNITY that concerned God. It was the determination to unify their effort with their own self focused desires. Unity with self focus takes us away from God’s…
  • Change Management…Less to be More

    Jim Crumbley
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:49 am
    Change is needed. What once worked now is just a distraction. What once numbed you to the pain that is your life now leaves you feeling groggy and unfocused. But how to change? The task seems so big that it’s hard to know what to do, much less where to start. When God saw a world void of him, he knew that change was needed. God understood that to get more out of the world he created that he would have to become less. God became man and Jesus became our messiah…LESS to be MORE. If we want change, we should follow this same path. To get MORE out of life, we have to be LESS. Lose…
  • To continue to be present

    Jim Crumbley
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    ABIDE: To continue without fading. In the original Greek, ABIDE is meno or “to continue to be present.” “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who abide in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 I want to remain in you Jesus. I want to stand with you in spite of anything I am feeling or going through. I struggle and fall. I falter into disbelief and am overcome with my own negative attitudes. I fail seemingly again and again and yet you continue to be present. I see now that it is true Jesus, you will…
  • The Stench of your life…

    Jim Crumbley
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:05 am
    It was her brother Lazarus who was sick. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Master, the one you love so very much is sick.”  John 11:2-3 The dream inside of you is dying. Perhaps it is dead. Hope is delayed, pushed back, forgotten with the weight of live’s challenges and responsibilities. Jesus loves you and you are sick. Does he care? After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” John 11:11 At one point you felt that you had an appointment with destiny that has turned into disappointment in…
  • Embrace Change…

    Jim Crumbley
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:54 am
    Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 1 Corinthians 15:51 Few like to embrace the inherent challenge of life altering change. If the opposite were true, if most loved the concept of change then no one would be stuck in the ruts of… Unhealthy lifestyles Abusive relationships Poor finances Bad jobs Spiritual deserts Unhappy marriages Bad parenting styles Change requires us to go to and then push beyond our personal point of pain, fear and uncertainty. The difficulty of pushing beyond what we know is that while there may be misery in where we…
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    Logos Bible Software Blog

  • Now Available: Bible Study Magazine Book Bundle

    Jake Mailhot
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Since 2008, Bible Study Magazine has been shipping issues every two months, and we just shipped our 38th issue. And now, Lexham Press is proud to announce a nine-volume collection of Bible Study Magazine books, available today! There are over 200 articles from Bible Study Magazine‘s 38 issues contained in these nine books—that’s over 35 percent of the archive. If you account for the other four Bible Study Magazine books that we’ve published separately (which can be found in the Lexham Bible Study Essentials Bundle), we’ve digitized almost 350 articles—over 60 percent of the…
  • 3 Ways to Get Logos 6

    Leah Parker
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Logos 6 is powered by three major building blocks: the core engine, datasets and media, and a massive research library. Base packages have all three of these components, but they aren’t the only way for you to get Logos 6. We’ve built a few other options so you can get the parts of Logos 6 that fit your needs without breaking your budget. Watch this video to check out your options: Here are the three ways you can move to Logos 6: 1. Upgrade Grow your library and get Logos 6′s features Logos 6 base packages offer a combination of value, features, and books. When you upgrade your…
  • 5 Reasons to Add Mobile Ed to Your Christmas List

    Kristen Carter
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    This Christmas, let Mobile Ed experts show you how to get the most out of your Logos library as well as Logos’ smart study tools—all in the context of what you’re learning in the course. Plus, get special offers when you purchase Mobile Ed courses this holiday season! Here are five reasons why now is the perfect time to immerse yourself in Mobile Ed’s rich learning environment: 1. You’ll get limited-time bonus gifts that are linked to the courses you purchase. For a limited time, purchase any Mobile Ed course and get a free book used in that specific course. For example, get…
  • Logos 6 Review: Dr. Mark Futato

    Todd Bishop
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Today’s guest post is from Dr. Mark Futato. Dr. Futato currently serves as the Robert L. Maclellian Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He is an avid Logos user and creatively integrates the software into core courses on Hebrew and Old Testament books. With the release of Logos 6, students of the Hebrew Bible have a wonderful tool at their fingertips, regardless of the level at which they are engaged in the study of the text. In addition to all of the strengths of previous versions of Logos, Logos 6 has new or enhanced features that students of…
  • Get Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for Free!

    Sherri Huleatt
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    For a limited time, get Charles Dickens’ classic novella, A Christmas Carol, for free! Plus, you can add John Milton’s Paradise Lost to your order for just 99 cents. Subscribe to the Noet Freebies email list, and you’ll receive a coupon code for both deals within 24 hours. Subscribe to Noet Freebies today! Dickens’ “reinvention” of Christmas “God bless us, every one.” Although immortalized as a simple blessing from the sweet, yet sickly Tiny Tim, these famous words carried a much heavier weight when first penned by Dickens about 200 years ago. Although A Christmas Carol is an…
 
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  • A Mother's Heart

    leslienease
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I've often thought about what a blessing it would have been to be chosen by God to carry His Son, Jesus.  When Mary's cousin, Elizabeth, saw Mary and understood that she was carrying the Messiah, she...
  • Early Morning Brave

    ashleighslater
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    It was dark and the clock read 4 a.m., but I couldn’t sleep. Perhaps it was the hotel bed. Or maybe all the coffee I'd downed the day before. Whatever the case was, slumber was far from me. For a...
  • When Willpower Isn’t Enough

    Tayler Beede
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Life wasn’t supposed to turn out this way. As a red-haired, freckle-faced little girl, my childhood dreams included being a cheerleader, driving a fancy car, wearing sparkly things. However, my story...
  • Trade Stress for Joy This Christmas

    Tayler Beede
    6 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    As we approach the holiday season, it appears that the push to get us into the festive mood and full of Christmas cheer begins earlier each year. By mid-October, retail outlets are reminding us to...
  • Why You Should Get Unbusy

    Tayler Beede
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    A few years ago I read this question on a website: “Why is being unbusy never as good of an excuse as being busy?” The writer submitted that they are equally important. And I agree. There’s a common...
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  • Review of “Exodus:Gods and Kings”

    joebuchanan
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    Last night, I had the opportunity to see the new movie “Exodus: Gods and Kings” starring Christian Bale as Moses and want to share some initial thoughts about the movie. I will address the Biblical problems that I have with the movie in a moment, but let me begin by saying that overall I found this movie to be disappointing. While the cinematography is good and the scenery in the movie is spectacular the acting left a lot to be desired. Christian Bale is one of my favorite actors but how can you mess up a British accent when you were born in Wales? The only conclusion I can come up with…
  • The Ministry of Revitalization Pt 2— Seek to Know Before Making Change

    joebuchanan
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    A couple of days ago I began to share some thoughts about the important work of revitalizing existing churches and encouraging young men going into the ministry to consider this area of ministry. During the first year or two of a revitalizing project the Pastor must seek to really get to know his people and ministry context.  More important than making immediate change or seeing immediate growth is to develop relationships and learn as much as you can about the community and church you’ve been called to serve. One of the most successful revitalizing Pastors that I have ever met was…
  • The Ministry of Revitalization Pt 1

    joebuchanan
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Last Friday on this blog I addressed young men going into the ministry to encourage them to consider the important work of revitalizing existing churches.  This week, my desire is to flesh out a little of what it takes to be a successful revitalizer.  Today, I want to focus on the single most important step in revitalizing an existing church — refocusing on the gospel. Whenever I have the opportunity to talk to young Pastors who are taking on a new church I always like to advise them to be careful about making many changes in their first year.  Instead of trying to change programs,…
  • Plant or Revitalize? — Why I would like to Encourage Young Pastors to Consider the Exisiting Church

    joebuchanan
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    One of the growing trends that I see among young men entering the ministry is the desire to plant new churches rather than Pastor existing, established churches.  The reasons for this are rather simple.  Many young guys simply do want to deal with the hassles and difficulties of steering a church back towards health and gospel centeredness, as one young man told me, “Why try to fix what is broken when I can just start brand new.”  Young Pastors also know that it is far easier to start an evangelistic minded church than it is to lead an existing church to recapture their zeal.
  • G.K. Beale on the Assurance of Salvation

    joebuchanan
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    At the recommendation my dear friend Nathan Martin (@nater_Martin) I spent some time last night reading the excursus in G.K. Beale’s “A New Testament Biblical Theology” on the assurance of salvation (pgs. 865-870). Assurance is one of the most important doctrines for a new believer to comprehend, but unfortunately it is often presented in ways that are at best unhelpful and at worst can be unbiblical. Instead of offering trite sayings or clichés, Beal provides us with a clear, simple and Biblical model for understanding the assurance of salvation. He argues that we can understand…
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  • Stop Trying To Be Someone Else — Be The Real You

    Diana Symons
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    This may come as a shock, but you are not your mother, your father, your sister, your brother, your pastor, or your best friend. The mold that is you won’t fit another person’s mold. Stop trying to be someone else. The you that God made is unique. Your personality and gifts are unique. They won’t work with another template. But the only way they will work according to the great plan that God designed for you is if you stop looking back. You are a  new creation in Christ. The old you is dead. Stop digging him up to look at all the stuff he did. That’s ancient history…
  • All That Jesus Is Lives In You — What Are You Afraid Of?

    Diana Symons
    29 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Every time I stop to think about God’s great plan for us, my heart melts. Think about it — He made the decision before the worlds were formed to be your God. He knew you and He made a way to be everything you need. He planned out the role of Israel to establish His name on earth. He planned to send His Son to make an atonement for our sins. And then He planned to send His Spirit to live in us so we could be all that we were meant to be. He thought of all that before He spoke the first word of creation. Now think about this life you have in Christ. He knocked on the door of your…
  • When You Live In Praise, You Are A Portal To Heaven

    Diana Symons
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:47 pm
    When you are filled with the presence of God, you become a portal to heaven for everyone around you. How many people do you work with, go to school with, hang out with? Do they all know Jesus? No, but you do. You may be the only connection those people have with heaven. You carry the kingdom of God with you where ever you go. You’re not just an ambassador, you’re a connection to the eternal, living God. Walk worthy of this calling. If you refuse to honor Christ is your life, He has no obligation to honor you. Your response to stress and pressure should show others that there is…
  • Answered Prayer Can Be Hidden In The Middle Of Your Mess

    Diana Symons
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    The cry of our heart should be to have more of God, to be filled with Him, to be changed by Him. He said seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened. The more you pursue Him, the more willing He is to be found. But we have to remember that He is God, and His ways are not our ways. In our desire for holiness, we assume that God will move and act the way we expect Him to, because that’s the way we would do it. We have the Holy Spirit in us, so we expect that His Godliness will emerge in us because we want Him to. To some degree that will happen, but it is more probable that God…
  • The Best Thing To Do When You Just Don’t Know

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

    Bill Mounce
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Can we trust the Bible? In this Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. Bill Mounce responds to the notion made popular in recent years by writers like Bart Ehrman, that the Greek manuscripts are too different to provide reliable testimony concerning its claims. View more of our resources on Apologetics.
  • 14 Christmas Sermon Illustrations

    Jonathan Andersen
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Each Advent season, God invites us anew to reflect on the beauty of the incarnation—the mysterious act of the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us. I hope these images will help you contemplate Christmas, complete a sermon, or come close to the feet of Jesus in worship. 1) A Commando in Enemy Territory In my mind’s eye, on Christmas Eve I see a single commando tumbling out of the bomb bay doors of a B-52 at 30,000 feet. He falls silently in the midnight darkness into enemy territory. Satan sleeps, not knowing that he will organize a rebellion. The empire of sin will fall, not from…
  • Getting Face to Face with God in the New Year

    Carolyn Moore
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    I covet. I know you’re not supposed to, but there are things I want that other people have.  My coveting problem doesn’t have anything to do with money or stuff. I yearn for spiritual experiences. I covet Paul’s face-to-face encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus.  I am jealous of those three years the disciples got to spend with the earthly Jesus, and I covet their encounter with the Holy Spirit in a room overlooking the city after his ascension. I covet my friend who saw Jesus face-to-face in a hospital room, and I envy anyone who gets knocked off their feet by the power of…
  • Ken Collins on John Wesley 12: The Marks of the New Birth

    Kenneth Collins
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Listen in on Steve Martyn and Ken Collins as they host a series preaching through John Wesley’s sermons. This week, enjoy The Marks of the New Birth (John 3:8). Check back every Sunday for a new sermon, and view the entire collection here. http://seedbed.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/Collins-Wesley-XII.mp3 If you’re listening from outside of North America, please contact J. D. Walt and let us know. Learn more about the new collection of John Wesley’s sermons here.
  • Small Group Studies for the New Year

    Andrew Dragos
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    The new year is almost upon us, and whether choosing curriculum for small groups in the new year or fresh studies for personal use, here I want to share some background about 3 studies from Seedbed that could help fulfill all of these purposes. 1) Invitation to the Bible by Brian Russell Biblical literacy is often hailed as one of the prime reasons for the moral and spiritual decline of the West. Well, it’s one of those chicken and egg dynamics for sure, but certainly familiarity with God’s redemptive story as told through Scripture is a means of grace by which the Spirit draws us…
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  • Hiatus

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    For those that subscribe to and/or regularly follow my blog, you’ll notice that it has been a while since I’ve posted something of substance (or at all for that matter). The hiatus has been somewhat intentional, in that I needed a break. Blogging became a chore. It became something I felt that I had to […] The post Hiatus appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Sir Ian McKellan teaches Cookie Monster to ‘resist’

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    I find this far funnier than I probably should. Cookie Monster: ‘Me not much of a jewelry guy, me not sure that’s very relevant example (1:17).’ The post Sir Ian McKellan teaches Cookie Monster to ‘resist’ appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Miroslav Volf reflects on the difference between joy and happiness

    Joshua Rhone
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Author and theologian, Miroslav Volf, reflects on the difference between joy and happiness. This post seems especially apropos given that this Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)––a day commemorating joy and/or rejoicing. What Is the Difference Between Joy and Happiness?   The post Miroslav Volf reflects on the difference between joy and happiness appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Søren Kierkegaard regarding the Incarnation

    Joshua Rhone
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    If a poet or an artist puts himself into his Productions he is criticized. But that is exactly what God does, he does so in Christ. And precisely that is Christianity. The creation was really only completed when God included himself in it. Before the coming of Christ, God was certainly in the creation, but […] The post Søren Kierkegaard regarding the Incarnation appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Advent Resources

    Joshua Rhone
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    Good morning everyone. This year I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Advent resources. Here’s are some of my favorites… RESOURCES TO USE WITH CHILDREN Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann Voskamp. We’re going through this book with our children this Christmas. Ann crafted a beautifully written and exquisitely illustrated […] The post Advent Resources appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
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    Intersections4Life

  • One Present – The conversation – Part II

    Steve Becker
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    (Read Part I Here) Hello again!  I am very glad to hear your voice. Did you read the rest of the story? Yes, its all true. You are welcome. Yes, I forgive you. Yes, I will guide you. Yes, its all washed away.  Think of today as a new book of your life starting on page one. Oh, you can call me anytime you want. Yes, for anything. What do you mean you aren’t worth it?  Of course you are. Yes, I know who you are. Yes, I know what you’ve done. Well, what do you think happens now? Yes, keep reading and share my story with others. Yes, I know what they have done too. It’s my…
  • Emergence: A Call to Service

    Charles Crutcher
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    Recently, I read a book by Erwin McManus on how prayer may actually impede you from doing what you know you should do. In other words, we shouldn’t pray for direction when its obvious how we are supposed to act.   One example would be to see someone lying in the ditch and hurting, but instead of helping that person, the witness would “pray” about it. We are supposed to pray without ceasing, but if we find ourselves trying to come up with excuses to God, then who are we really kidding?   There are things God clearly ask us to do. It’s like I tell my son,…
  • One Present – The conversation – Part I

    Steve Becker
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    What if I told you I had the perfect gift for you? Would you be willing to give up all your other presents for one? Would you be open to handing back the television, car, new clothes, game system, music, phone, and so on? Do you think those things last forever? What if I were to tell you I had to give up something very dear to me so you could have this one present? Would you be interested then? What if I told you my only Son had to die in order for you to get this gift? Would you find it valuable then? Why would I do this, you ask? Love. A greater love than you can understand. Are you…
  • Splash!

    Steve Becker
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    I had the honor of baptizing my youngest two kids recently.  What an amazing day that was.  Not to mention the week building up to it. I cannot explain to you the feeling of doing this.  You either baptize someone you love and know or you cannot experience this feeling.  Again, I cannot explain the joy it brings. I made a joke right afterward that I could retire now.  My kids are all believers and have accepted Christ into their hearts and now they are baptized.  Mission completed.  Of course, its not over yet, but the important stuff is taken care of. I have no greater joy than this,…
  • Becker’s Blurb – Pride Long Gone

    Steve Becker
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    I was somewhere between ten and thirteen years old.  My mom had just dropped me off at a party for someone in my youth group.  Lots of kids showed up and we were playing some party games. There was a game that came up where several people were blindfolded and had to eat as many bananas as they could in a minute.  I was one of the blindfolded participants. I chowed down as many bananas as I could in that minute.  Slamming banana piece after banana piece into my mouth and getting the next ready.  Lots of cheering going on, lots of noise and some laughing, as you would expect. I took off my…
 
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  • The Incarnation of the Son of God: John 1:1-18

    Britt
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Photo Credit Flickr/ Len Matthews   With Christmas coming up our scripture memorization is John 1:1-18. This is John’s description of the Incarnation of the Son of God.  I would like to start off with a short introduction to the book and then dive straight into the text. Most of the introduction below is from the Charles Ryrie NASB Study Bible. All text is quoted from the NASB. All Greek translations are from The Strongest NASB Exhaustive Concordance, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and Thayer’s Greek Lexicon Author: Apostle John – he is identified as the…
  • Hebrews 2:1-4 We Must Pay Much Closer Attention

    Britt
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
     Photo Credit Flickr/ A. Strakey Text Added   In this post our main focus will be on Hebrews 2:1-4 which is the first in a series of warnings the author gives his readers (cf. Hebrews 2:1-4; 3:7-4:11; 5:11-6:12; 10:19-39; 12:14-29). Last post in our Hebrews Bible Study Series we looked at Hebrews 1:1-4 Christ is Superior to the Prophets. If you have just found this post be sure to check out the introduction to Hebrews, the post on how to get an understanding of the book of Hebrews and the post on an in-depth understanding of the book of Hebrews. These will all help you to build a good…
  • Christ is Superior to the Prophets: Hebrews 1:1-4

    Britt
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
      If you have been following along we are going through the book of Hebrews. This is a bible study that forces you to interpret the scripture yourself. This study will help you to ask the right questions and give you insight to important words and phrases. To recap: We recently looked at the introduction the the book of Hebrews. We got this by reading the book several times and asking the right questions. Then we went through the major literary units to understand the book of Hebrews. Lastly we broke the units or natural breaks of the book of Hebrews down further to get an even better…
  • Does This Cause You to Stumble: John 6

    Britt
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    Photo Credit/Flickr Louish Pixel    This week I have been internalizing:  John 6:60-61  Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? To really get a grasp of all that this verse means we need to look at the context of the passage. We will walk through John 6. This is not a detailed study but we will look into the truth that Jesus is teaching. All the text is from the New American Standard Bible (NASB).
  • Understanding the Book of Hebrews

    Britt
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
      Do you need help understanding the book of Hebrews? Then you have come to the right place. I have been writing a bible study on the book of Hebrews. This study will force you to interpret the scripture yourself. All the study is intended to do is help you along. In my first post we looked at a basic introduction to the book of Hebrews. Then I explained how to read through the natural breaks or literary units in the book and write an overall summary of each. This will help you to get a grasp of how to understand the book of Hebrews. Now we are going to break those literary units down…
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  • The Incarnation of the Son of God: John 1:1-18

    Britt
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Photo Credit Flickr/ Len Matthews   With Christmas coming up our scripture memorization is John 1:1-18. This is John’s description of the Incarnation of the Son of God.  I would like to start off with a short introduction to the book and then dive straight into the text. Most of the introduction below is from the Charles Ryrie NASB Study Bible. All text is quoted from the NASB. All Greek translations are from The Strongest NASB Exhaustive Concordance, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and Thayer’s Greek Lexicon Author: Apostle John – he is identified as the…
  • Hebrews 2:1-4 We Must Pay Much Closer Attention

    Britt
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
     Photo Credit Flickr/ A. Strakey Text Added   In this post our main focus will be on Hebrews 2:1-4 which is the first in a series of warnings the author gives his readers (cf. Hebrews 2:1-4; 3:7-4:11; 5:11-6:12; 10:19-39; 12:14-29). Last post in our Hebrews Bible Study Series we looked at Hebrews 1:1-4 Christ is Superior to the Prophets. If you have just found this post be sure to check out the introduction to Hebrews, the post on how to get an understanding of the book of Hebrews and the post on an in-depth understanding of the book of Hebrews. These will all help you to build a good…
  • Christ is Superior to the Prophets: Hebrews 1:1-4

    Britt
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
      If you have been following along we are going through the book of Hebrews. This is a bible study that forces you to interpret the scripture yourself. This study will help you to ask the right questions and give you insight to important words and phrases. To recap: We recently looked at the introduction the the book of Hebrews. We got this by reading the book several times and asking the right questions. Then we went through the major literary units to understand the book of Hebrews. Lastly we broke the units or natural breaks of the book of Hebrews down further to get an even better…
  • Does This Cause You to Stumble: John 6

    Britt
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    Photo Credit/Flickr Louish Pixel    This week I have been internalizing:  John 6:60-61  Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble? To really get a grasp of all that this verse means we need to look at the context of the passage. We will walk through John 6. This is not a detailed study but we will look into the truth that Jesus is teaching. All the text is from the New American Standard Bible (NASB).
  • Understanding the Book of Hebrews

    Britt
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
      Do you need help understanding the book of Hebrews? Then you have come to the right place. I have been writing a bible study on the book of Hebrews. This study will force you to interpret the scripture yourself. All the study is intended to do is help you along. In my first post we looked at a basic introduction to the book of Hebrews. Then I explained how to read through the natural breaks or literary units in the book and write an overall summary of each. This will help you to get a grasp of how to understand the book of Hebrews. Now we are going to break those literary units down…
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  • Did I do that?

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Understanding Identity. Day thirteen...“Did I do that?” You may remember this infamous question asked by Steve Urkel, right after he'd caused some sort of destruction on the set of the nineties sitcom “Family Matters.” Something other than common sense appeared to be directing Urkel's decisions.
  • The spirit of a man is what's born-again

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Understanding Identity. Day twelve...Some time ago, I was visiting with clients about two young boys previously living on the streets in Kansas City, whom they'd taken into their home to live as a part of the family. Just hearing that much of the story made me realize this was an incredible act of love. The two brothers had a new identity—from kids on the street with nothing and no one to look after them, to kids in a home with everything and caring people to look after them.
  • When Jesus' words meet with our obedience

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Understanding Identity. Day eleven...My dad was a farmer and had a whole lot more equipment than I did when I was getting started with my own family. So whenever I needed to repair something, I just made a trip out to the farm.
  • To move into God's identity requires us to have vision

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Understanding Identity. Day ten...I need a picture of what I'm putting together. Whether it's a big project or a small one, I need a picture. If there are no illustrations or photos, then I read the instructions and develop a picture in my mind.
  • Feed the new, starve the old

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Understanding Identity. Day nine...“Feed a cold. Starve a fever,” is a familiar home remedy, and one that's easy to follow. If you have a cold, eat—even when you don't feel like it. If you have a fever, don't eat—even when you do feel like it. We have all kinds of proverbs to help us keep a simple focus on what we are trying to deal with.
 
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • Joel 3: God Is Just

    Zak Schmoll
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:26 am
    In Joel 3, we’re faced with a prophecy concerning someday in the future. According to verse one, we don’t know a specific time, but it is obvious that it is a good time for the people of Israel. Those people who had been the oppressors of Israel are going to be judged for what they had done. Joe 3:1  For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, Joe 3:2  I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they…
  • Joel 2: Making Decisions

    Zak Schmoll
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:56 am
    In Joel 2, we have a mighty army coming at the people of Israel, and they are going to do damage. There is no way that the people can theoretically stop them by themselves. However, there is something that can be done. Joe 2:12  Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: Joe 2:13  And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. I find it interesting because God is rather…
  • Joel 1: Perseverance

    Zak Schmoll
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:59 am
    Welcome to Joel! It is only three chapters long, so we will not be here very long. This book surrounds a plague. It seems as if locusts have come to the people of Israel, and they are in dire straits because of it. However, the thing that particularly stood out to me about this chapter is the fact that we are advised right from the beginning to not let this information pass away. Joe 1:1  The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. Joe 1:2  Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?
  • Hosea 14: This Is Amazing Love

    Zak Schmoll
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:34 am
    Hosea 14 brings us to the end of yet another book, and I invite you to remember back to Hosea 3 where Hosea bought his wife back from slavery. After everything that has gone wrong, his love for her was so great that he was willing to take her back. Now, look at the language used here in Hosea 14. Hos 14:4  I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. Hos 14:5  I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. Hos 14:6  His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and…
  • Hosea 13: Save Us from Ourselves

    Zak Schmoll
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:20 am
    Hosea 13 is a difficult chapter. It lays out consequences for not following God. For example, the consequences for Samaria are brutal. Hos 13:16  Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up. This is a popular attacking point for skeptics. However, please keep in mind that it is not God who is doing this. Rather, this is a consequence of living a life that is contrary to God. Samaria is becoming desolate because she has rebelled against God. Therefore,…
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • How To Never Miss God’s Provision Again

    mholmes
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever felt like you missed God’s provision? Are you living a life of lack and debt going from paycheck? Do you feel like you AREN’T seeing the Promises of God come to pass in your life? And there IS an answer to that, but before we get there I want to introduce Travis […] The post How To Never Miss God’s Provision Again appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The $50 Billion State of Tithes and Offerings In America [INFOGRAPHIC]

    mholmes
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    For all its controversy tithes and offerings account for $50 billion a year in the U.S. $50 billion. What’s also interesting is that the future of tithes and offering will NOT be checks and cash. The ministries that only use these mediums are vastly more ineffective than their computer savvy counterparts. In other words more […] The post The $50 Billion State of Tithes and Offerings In America [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • LL Cool J On The Benefits of Tithing

    mholmes
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:06 pm
      LL Cool J on tithing? That’s right the mega star recently shared the reasons for his success namely his faith in God and tithing: “I mentioned earlier longevity, versatility and originality. What I didn’t mention was spirituality and believing in God…Every dime I get, no matter what it is, I give 10 percent to […] The post LL Cool J On The Benefits of Tithing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The Generational Blessing That Follows Giving

    mholmes
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    The longer I live the more I realize that God is concerned with generational blessings. God told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3 NLT) Look at that: a generational blessing. Moses told Israel, […] The post The Generational Blessing That Follows Giving appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How I Took My Branch to #1 Four Times

    mholmes
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    I know this is not a sales, leadership, or management blog. This site is primarily designed for giving. But as a result of giving and God’s faithfulness I have seen some TREMENDOUS blessings recently. You may not know but I’m a manager  of a retail store. Yes, I do have a day job. Now between […] The post How I Took My Branch to #1 Four Times appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
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    Blake Mankin

  • We’re Not the Solution

    blakemankin
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    To truly care about something means to wish its well being with or without us. It’s far too easy to want to see ourselves as the solution to another’s problems more than we want to see their problems solved. Sadly, I fall into this mentality all the time. But the savior mentality was never meant for us—that role has already been filled. It was placed on the head of a Jewish carpenter with the crown of thorns. For us to desire the best for others, we must be willing to be a part of a solution—not the entire solution. In fact, we must be willing to be absent from the solution. If we…
  • Excellence Is Boring

    blakemankin
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Excellence requires a certain level of boring. To be excellent requires focus, and focus makes us predictable. It means saying no to most things and yes to a few. It means being associated with a particular skill, cause, or activity when our names come up in conversation. Our wanderlust can be our biggest liability because it can keep us from adopting the amount of boring it takes to become great at something. This is often said of my generation, that we’re too directionless because we live off the thrill of chasing new experiences. I know this can be true in my life. As a millennial, the…
  • Understand before Attempting to Be Understood

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

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

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

  • I’m Not Okay

    virtuousgirls1
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:43 pm
    It’s okay to not be okay because God is always more than okay.
  • Women of the Word: Vashti

    virtuousgirls1
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    We meet Vashti at the beginning of the book of Esther 1:8-20. She was the former Queen of Persia and the first wife of King Ahasuerus. Now it came to pass that King Ahasuerus threw a mega feast for all the men in his kingdom while Vashti threw another feast for the women. On the […]
  • Girls of Virtue Series – TASHA – Week 12 Recap

    virtuousgirls1
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    V-GIRL: GIRLS OF VIRTUE SERIES BOOK FOUR – TASHA 14-year-old Tasha Lu Solara loves dance, drama, fashion, and coding. But the most important thing you should know about her is that she is a follower of Jesus. Growing up in an atheist/Buddhist family, Tasha is reluctant to talk about her faith. It isn’t until she […]
  • My Identity In Jesus

    virtuousgirls1
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity and power is a false identity – an illusion! Loudly and clearly he says: ‘You are not what the world makes you; but you are children of God.” ― Henri J. M. Nouwen
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    virtuousgirls1
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Christmas Wreath Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Christmas Wreath Puzzle (Activity Sheet) Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking on the […]
  • Copy The Christmas Bunny- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Copy The Christmas Bunny (Activity Sheet) Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking on […]
  • Christmas Bunny Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Christmas Bunny Puzzle (Activity Sheet) Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking on the […]
  • Copy The Christmas Puppy- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Copy The Christmas Puppy (Activity Sheet) Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking on […]
  • Christmas Puppy Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Christmas Puppy Puzzle (Activity Sheet) Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking on the […]
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    Renewed Daily

  • A Prayer for Perspective

    Shelly Hendricks
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God. - Romans 4:22-25 We long for You to deliver on this earth what You already came and suffered to deliver. It is finished. We demand that You provide on this plane what is waiting for us in…
  • The Glory of the Lord

    Shelly Hendricks
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    He called you to salvation when we told you the Good News; now you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. - 2 Thessalonians 2:14 When we talk with our kids about finding a lasting relationship, we always talk about taking enough time to see the other person in all seasons. I mean, a person with the flu is not necessarily the same person you took to the party. A person grieving is not the same person who was rejoicing. Changes bring... well, changes. This got me to thinking recently about the “glory of the Lord.” We all want to experience that, don't we? We sing about it. We pray…
  • Til He Appeared

    Shelly Hendricks
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. - 2 Peter 3:9 Oh, how long have we lain, pining? How much longer must we groan? May we ever use the pain as a constant and ready reminder that the world is still in sin and error. Christ has appeared. Their souls need to know their worth. Our physical difficulties are nothing compared to the pain of a lost soul. We can offer them the thrill of hope. We can bring rejoicing into the weary world. What can we do, today, to remind them that a…
  • Do You Know the True Value of Your Prayers?

    Shelly Hendricks
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    “And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people” (Revelation 5:8). In this life, and most especially in this season of giving, it is so easy to feel we have nothing of value to give. So many of us stretch our finances to the breaking point just to keep a roof over our heads and food in our bellies. We worry each month whether or not we’ll be able to afford the medications and doctor visits that are required to maintain…
  • Sunday Scripture: 12/14/14

    Shelly Hendricks
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” Jesus *said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” - John 4:25-26 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: 12/14/14 appeared first on Renewed Daily.written by Shelly Hendricks
 
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • The Simple Gift of Christmas Lights

    kristinemac
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Today is my twenty-sixth wedding anniversary.  I count myself a blessed and lucky woman to be married to Thom McGuire. We may not have a lot of money and sometimes life seems to kick us when we... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Life-Tips with Kristine: Diet Mtn Dew Works in Everything

    kristinemac
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    There used to be a time in my life when I could multi-task. For instance, I could watch television (and keep up with the program), talk to my husband (and keep up with the conversation), surf the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • LifeTips with Kristine: Aw, Cottonballs!

    kristinemac
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Have you ever had a sudden thought which pops into your head and then escapes your mouth in a sudden declarative statement? I'm sure you have at least heard of this phenomenon over... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • So This Is Christmas

    kristinemac
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Throughout my life, Christmas has always meant food, music, television movies and specials, decorations, gifts, twinkling lights, and time spent with family and friends. I love the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Review: The Lumo Project–Gospel of John

    kristinemac
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:16 pm
    There are many films out there which depict the life of Jesus but only a few which seek to do so using the Bible as it's true source without "creative license" being employed. This has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Switchbacks

  • Sweetly Singing Angels??

    Karen
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    Recent years have bought us many new and wonderful Christmas songs, but one of my most favorite carols has always been the old standard “Angels We Have Heard on High.” I can clearly remember standing in the church congregation when I was young, belting out the chorus as the pipe organ shook the walls with […]
  • You Are Not Able

    Karen
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    Walk into any Christian bookstore and you’ll probably find no less than thirty items inscribed with some variation of this familiar verse above from Joshua 24. But probably few who have it framed on their walls know much about the context of the words. If you were able to go back in time to the […]
  • The Main Thing

    Karen
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    This past week we gathered with 22 family members and friends to enjoy a wonderful celebration. After the feast concluded, the crowd splintered into smaller groups that shape in various places around our house. Three or four gathered around the television to watch the football game. Two sat at the counter to catch up on the […]
  • Eternal Blessings

    Karen
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    Recently I got an email from a friend letting me know that her father had passed away early that morning. Another friend sent a notice asking for prayer for her family after the passing of her uncle. A facebook from another girlfriend recounted a tragic accident that suddenly claimed a family member. And at work, a colleague announced […]
  • Do Not Grow Weary

    Karen
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    Three weeks left until the end of the semester… and it can’t come fast enough. This stretch of homeschooling has proved to be much more demanding than I had anticipated, and as a consequence, has extracted a lot of blood, sweat and tears from my kids… and from me. You know, I don’t really mind […]
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • Breaking the Chains of Resentment

    Michele Slayden
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Anger. It was the emotion eating up my friend Katy as she began to relay the details of her painful, ugly childhood. For weeks, she had shown up physically to my Bible Study but emotionally she was far away, hiding from something. I was only a junior in college at the time, but I could spot the bitter root of resentment with my eyes closed. Similar to my own story of pain and hurt, she began venting on the sordid details of her past and had a steady grip on her rights. I presented her with the same option I had been given just years prior – a very freeing, yet difficult choice to let go…
  • Slow Down the Season

    Jenny Plumb
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    We are smack dab in the busiest season of the year. The perpetual motion of this season seems to be a great churning spin cycle leading up to Christmas Day.   I have three children and we celebrate advent each night with three different activities because we attempt to have an equal opportunity culture over here.  Oh sure, it sounds all cute and cozy, but last night saw one child throwing a fit on the floor because it wasn’t her night to flip the calendar. That calendar flip can be intense. All the activities, advent, parties, traditions and gift giving are meant to build excitement…
  • When God Asks You To Walk On Water

    Allie Penner
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It was a crisp January day when I got a call from my husband, Jesse, who was en route from an MRI (because of headaches) to the Emergency Room. The MRI results showed a golf ball sized tumor in his brain. In an instant, our lives were turned upside-down. My heart pounded. With tear-filled eyes, I squeezed my young children and got into my car and drove. I drove, breathing deeply, vision narrowing in silence, thinking, “God you are faithful, God you are faithful. It’s going to be okay. God is good. God you are faithful.” Deep, slow, breath…in…out. What just happened? What next?
  • Amidst The Chaos: Remembering Christ During Christmas

    Molly DeFrank
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you noticed this crazy thing that happens to us moms around Christmas time? We fall into one of two camps. Camp #1: We obsess and stress and exhaust ourselves in the name of holiday cheer. We are basically an entire village of Target Black Friday Ladies. Camp #2: We throw our hands up in frustration at the commercialization of one of the holiest days of all time. We Grinch our way through the shopping, decorating and hosting. We’re spent even before the Black Friday shoppers line up outside Best Buy on Thanksgiving morning. If you’re anything like me, you teeter back and forth…
  • What Does Your Sign Say?

    Jen Rumley
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Growing up in the south left its mark on me and largely shaped my views of myself and the world.  People often joke about the Bible belt and the religious “deep south,” and while it can be a wonderful thing, it also created hurdles and mountains for me to overcome. Being vulnerable and allowing people to see all of me was not something that I necessarily grew up feeling was acceptable. Every where I looked, people appeared good and shiny on the outside, clean and put together.  After growing up a bit, I began to peer behind the curtain, kind of like on the Wizard of Oz.  Seeing behind…
 
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • The Logos Became Sarx

    Andy Rau
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    A guest post by Kent Dobson, general editor of the NIV First-Century Study Bible [Also see our blogpost, Reading the Bible with Eastern Eyes: An Interview with Kent Dobson] Advent is a strange time of year. We look forward to the Christmas, the coming of Christ, and then when we get to Christmas, we remember what happened at Bethlehem. What is the point of this time of year? Are we just to remember what happened? Look back and say, “wish we could have been there”? This time of year we keep reminding one another that the real meaning of Christmas is not found at the mall. Then we go the…
  • Literary Forms in the Bible: An Interview with Leland Ryken

    Jonathan Petersen
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Truly comprehending the Bible involves knowing both what it says (content) and how it says it (form). Being able to identify and appreciate the many literary forms in which the Bible is written assists readers in more fully understanding God’s Word. Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Leland Ryken about his book, A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible (Crossway, 2014). What need among Christians does this book seek to meet? Dr. Ryken: These days we hear enough about the literary dimension of the Bible that ordinary Bible readers have a vague awareness that this is something they…
  • What is the Big Picture of the Book of Beginnings?

    Mel Lawrenz
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:31 am
    For 10 weeks we are focussing on how to understand the Old Testament. Many people find parts of the Old Testament daunting and challenging to understand. In the weeks to come we’ll break it all down, bit by bit, looking at the land of the Bible, the book of Genesis, the Law, the books of the prophets, the eras of the kings, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and more. We begin today with how to read the narrative stories of the Old Testament. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along, encourage them to learn more and sign up to receive the series via email. (And it is not too late…
  • The Unbelievable Gospel: An Interview with Jonathan Dodson

    Jonathan Petersen
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    In this social media age, what is the most effective way to communicate the good news that God loves people and has provided the way to redeem wholeness in a person’s life through the saving work of Jesus Christ? With the shifting sands of culture, flexible forms for evangelism are needed to retain gospel faithfulness. The rich metaphors found in Scripture still communicate a gospel worth believing. Bible Gateway interviewed Jonathan K. Dodson (@Jonathan_Dodson) about his book, The Unbelievable Gospel: Say Something Worth Believing (Zondervan, 2014), winner of the Christianity Today…
  • Reverend Fun’s Top Five Christmas Cartoons, 2014 Edition

    Andy Rau
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Could you use a bit of light-heartedness amidst all the Christmas season stress? We’ve looked through many years’ worth of Reverend Fun cartoons and picked out the five highest-rated Christmas-themed cartoons, as rated by Reverend Fun readers. Here they are: 1. “Eternal Life, My Favorite!” 2. The Coolest Thing 3. You Sure About That? 4. Look at the Bright Side… 5. A Bit Much? A glimpse at last year’s top-five Christmas cartoons shows that for the most part, the top five list is pretty stable. A few cartoons traded places in the list, and “Not What You…
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • An Android Analogy for God’s Sovereignty: Xposed Causality

    Caleb Smith
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:52 pm
    If you are a pretty serious Android user, you’ve probably heard of the Xposed Framework. It is wonderful magic that lets you basically do anything to your phone/tablet without installing a new version of Android or modifying system apps. Recently, when deliberating on God’s sovereignty, it struck me that the way Xposed works could actually make a decent analogy. Since, as I mentioned in my last EC post, I don’t still accept the Calvinist/Westminster view of God’s sovereignty as His determining every single future event and choice, this came in handy. I finally…
  • My Favorite Christmas Song

    Caleb Smith
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:44 pm
    This is my absolute favorite Christmas song. The first part with Silent Night/Away in a Manger is good, but I really love I Celebrate The Day because I completely identify with it. Pay close attention to the lyrics and see if you do, too. Here is where You’re finding me In the exact same place as New Year’s Eve And from the lack of my persistence, see We’re less than half as close as I want to be The post My Favorite Christmas Song appeared first on The Nicene Nerd.
  • A Different Kind of Calvinism: Let’s Talk Sovereignty and Maybe Jesus’ Humanity

    Caleb Smith
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:02 pm
    [This is the fifth post in my Evangelical Calvinism series. If you haven’t read them, links to the other four are at the bottom of the post.] When I left off explaining EC last time, I gave an unfortunately brief sketch of the EC view of human freedom. Human freedom, as opposed to libertarian free will, is grounded in God’s life of Triune love, given to us through Christ as the image of God in whom we were created. I left much unanswered, though, so here I plan to address two more topics: the relation of God’s sovereignty to human will, and a doctrine called “the…
  • A Few Silly Christian Jokes

    Caleb Smith
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Christian jokes. Gotta’ love ‘em. Without further ado, here’s what I got: Baptist Jokes You might be a Southern Baptist if: You think God’s presence is strongest on the back three pews. Your definition of fellowship has something to do with food. You honestly believe that the Apostle Paul spoke King James English. You think Jesus actually used Welch’s grape juice and saltine crackers. You think someone who says “Amen” while the preacher is preaching might be a Charismatic. You clapped in church and felt guilty about it all week. You got saved at 6…
  • I Am the Resurrection and the Life

    Caleb Smith
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Tears. They filled Martha’s eyes as she spoke with the man before her. She respected him and was happy to see him, but couldn’t help but be slightly angry at him. He could have fixed things. He should have been there. She’d choked out some words of trust to him, but they were somewhat hollow. Then he replied. And his reply turned her dejected expression to a puzzled one. He told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” If it’s not obvious now, I recount the funeral of Lazarus here, and the one who…
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    Nomadic Ministry

  • I’ll Ride With You

    Kyle
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The events of the last day are stunning.  A supposed ISIS Iranian gunman held up a Australian shop for 16 hrs which ended in the deaths of two hostages and the terrorist.  Many more were kept in constant fear of death for a number of hours.  Most of us could not imagine the terror that was felt yesterday.  It is not entirely unreasonable to think that there would be backlash against those who perpetrated the act.  Though I am sure that there are  many who will condemn an entire religion based on the actions of one fanatic something else occurred as well.  People of all faiths and in…
  • The Tower of Babel

    Kyle
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The world that we know today was drastically changed during the Biblical flood.  Entire civilizations were removed from creation and God hit the reset button on creation.  Fast forward a couple of generations and you find a group of people, the descendants of the only righteous man, and they have not forgotten their history.  Nimrod, in the midst of his civilization, desires to build something that will reach the heavens.  This ill advised building would come to be known as the Tower of Babel and has many things to teach us even today. We see the flood narrative sprinkled throughout a…
  • Video of the Week: Take Me To Church

    Kyle
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
  • Stop the Monologue, Start a Dialogue

    Kyle
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” It seems that God has been distant or at best whispering to us for the last 1900 years or so.  Before that we had periods of that included Creation, the rise and fall of empires, and God becoming man.  Now we have preachers who teach of nothing but prosperity through faith, a world that continually falls away from true faith, and fly by night Christianity that we only need to practice on Sundays or holidays.  Many will say that it is because they do not see God…
  • A Jewish Christian’s Look at Islam: The Hajj

    Kyle
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:25 am
    Members of all three Abrahamic faiths undergo pilgrimages to their holy sites.  For Jews it is the Wailing Wall and the Temple Mount.  For Christians it is the Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  For Muslim’s the most important pilgrimage that one can undertake is to Mecca during the lunar month of Dhu al-Hijjah.  Here is where we see the first real separation between the three faiths with a rewrite of part of Abraham’s life.  This is the last Pillar of Islam. All Muslims who are financially and physically able to have to complete this journey at…
 
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    a Journal of Missional Living

  • A Wise One’s Gift List

    Sharon R Hoover
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    What is on your Christmas list? We are all about the Christmas gift list these days. Our friends and family ask what we want. We, the gift-buyers, also want to get the perfect gift for others. Lists and suggestions are on Pinterest, Twitter, and every other social media. Gift-giving anxiety has even birthed the prolific “Registry” […] The post A Wise One’s Gift List appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Ode to Lost Sock

    Sharon R Hoover
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    It’s laundry day. It. Happened. AGAIN… Where, O where have you gone, Lost Sock? At the bottom of the clothes basket, I found you not. I shall miss your soft texture that warmed my toes, as well your vibrant hues that did delight mis ojos. Have you gone off in search of fellow wanderers? The […] The post Ode to Lost Sock appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Beauty of Childlike Faith

    Sharon R Hoover
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Earlier this week I let my inner child out. My birthday served as the convenient excuse. I didn’t get dressed until 11:00am; and when I did get dressed it was into my most favorite clothes. The colors and styles clashed loudly but they rated exceedingly high on my meter-o-comfort. My daughter cringed when she heard […] The post Beauty of Childlike Faith appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Love versus Love On

    Sharon R Hoover
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    I am not one to complain. But I heard it again yesterday. She said: “We want to love on the community!” Like the sound of fingernails scraping a chalk board, the “love on” phrase causes me to physically cringe. My shoulders rise as I draw a deep breath. My jaw involuntarily clenches. What happened to: “We […] The post Love versus Love On appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Be a Peacemaker

    Sharon R Hoover
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Acts of peacemaking change things. Being a peacemaker, though, is not comfortable. The calling places us directly in the middle of conflict. It’s where the peace is needed! As Christ-followers we live as peacemakers. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Do you have three minutes? I made […] The post Be a Peacemaker appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
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    Brad Andres

  • Are Christmas Trees Forbidden in the Bible?

    Brad Andres
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:55 am
    I remember growing up with the expectations of Christmas. Well, I remember knowing that we “had” to go to the Christmas eve candlelight service. And then I remember knowing that we could not open any presents on Christmas eve. I also remember that I was supposed to stay in my room so Santa would bring presents and put them under the tree. In reality, I never cared if Christmas or the trees were legitimately Christian. I understood about the birth of Christ, but that wasn’t what all this Christmas stuff was about – it was about the presents! Don’t judge me –…
  • May I Wait For You With Good Works (Scripture & Prayer) [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    The world waited for God to come and set things right. Jesus came and gave Himself to restore the relationship between God and humankind. Now, the world waits for Jesus to come back and finish His work of salvation. He brought salvation and promised perfect peace in the world to come. Currently, we are waiting for Jesus to return. This “waiting” is not passive, but active. While we are waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, we are to be zealous for good works. Helping others, doing good deeds, is the essence of these good…
  • Why The Holy Spirit Is Not Enough

    Brad Andres
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:55 am
    This morning at 6:30 AM, I’m sitting in McDonalds working on some writing, and I cannot help but become over-taken with the love and presence of God. There is nothing like His love. So, I stopped working, and enjoyed spending time in the presence of my Savior. There is a verse in this song, actually a plea for help, which exclaims: Holy Spirit, gift of God Teach my soul to soar Train me in your holy ways, oh Lord. God, let that be our prayer today, let these words flow from our hearts. Let us know more of your Spirit. Let us become more like you. Help us. Empower us. Lead us. You see,…
  • Exodus: God’s and Kings [Video]

    Brad Andres
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    I don’t know what to expect. Actually, I do. Christians will probably get mad because this doesn’t as accurately portray the Bible as we believe it should. Most of America will watch this movie because it’s from the director of Gladiator, it looks awesome, and well yea… It’s probably gonna be a blockbuster. I’m not sure how much research went into the movie for the historical accuracy as portrayed in the Bible. I hope there was careful attention to the person of Moses, and the story of the Exodus as told in the Bible. Will there be added details not found…
  • Thankfulness Is Like Armor. [Quote]

    Brad Andres
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Thankfulness is like armor. It protects me from bad attitudes, greed and envy. Matthew Gaither
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    SightShift

  • Disappointing Behavior vs. Being A Disappointment

    Chris McAlister
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    #SightShift30Days is over. This one seemed to be the crowd favorite. Do you know the difference between disappointing behavior and being a disappointment? Maybe the message comes across in the chaos of this video. Maybe. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWQmr20zXEY ?list=PLuaOrEkHKJL5FLRY2eH-VKMeDsU_duZd3 (Click here if a box doesn’t appear.) This is the craziness of my life. I. love. it.
  • How To Ask For What You Need Without Feeling Anxiety

    Chris McAlister
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    For 30 Days I’ve been sharing how #SightShift has helped order my internal world that day so I can run my external world. A sampling from the last few days…   Day 21: Figure out your “being” then zero in on your unique “doing”. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=bipwhZQwD7w   Day 22: How to ask for what you need without anxiety. Hint: Another human being doesn’t define who you are. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=za0AoHN7SpU   Day 23: When you need change…intensity won’t solve your problem. Clarity will.
  • Protest Until There Is Peace

    Chris McAlister
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    For 30 Days I’m posting how SightShift is helping me. Your angst is connected to where you can increase your influence. You have an inner fire. It can be a curse to your leadership trajectory. Or it can be like rocket fuel. Day 17:   //www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l7PEDtZjWs (here for the video if there is no box : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l7PEDtZjWs&index=17&list=PLuaOrEkHKJL5FLRY2eH-VKMeDsU_duZd3 )
  • If You Want To Be Resilient Separate Who You Are From What You Do

    Chris McAlister
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    7 Days in on the #SightShift30Days project. I’m sharing something from my daily life and how SightShift helps me order and process thoughts and activities. Find certainty in who you are. Then you can have clarity in what you do. And you’ll be resilient… //www.youtube.com/watch?v=8586HTIA8Yk
  • How I Struggle and 30 Days of SightShift

    Chris McAlister
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    For 30 days I’ll be sharing some challenge or struggle from that day and how SightShift helps me process it. I won’t be posting them all on the blog or emailing them out. I’ll create a playlist on youtube. Spend 30 days with me and follow along at #SightShift30days and you’ll get certainty in who you are, clarity in what you do, and confidence in relating. It’s deep in my bones and everything has changed. Even when I struggle, mess up, and hit obstacles I can reframe in the moment. You can too. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiAHoJmcsF0 (if the video doesn’t…
 
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • Information, Imitation and Innovation | Podcast

    Steve Bremner
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    This week I continue with my flow of thoughts from last week concerning making disciples. We hold discipleship as one of our main core values in our ministry Oikos, and seek to reproduce reproducers. Which is why we have a balance of informal and formal discipling. We spend time hanging out and goofing around with our disciples and those we’re mentoring through things like movies, games, and eating meals together. Likewise there’s also formal stuff like teaching and Bible study, one [Continue reading...]
  • Why I Harp on Discipleship | Podcast Episode

    Steve Bremner
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    There’s really ONE specific thing Jesus commanded us to do: MAKE DISCIPLES of the Nations. Yet, depending on who you talk to, this is viewed as optional, or something only special people like pastors or missionaries do. Today I share from my heart a personal 'kairos' moment that changed everything for me: my ministry focus, how I use my time on a weekly basis, who and what I focus my energy towards. I personally don't want to wait until I've gone a few decades in life and say "you know, I [Continue reading...]
  • No, God’s NOT Going to Change His Mind In The End

    Steve Bremner
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    I started to write the following blog post over the past weekend before I saw an article show up in my news feed that basically gave me pause for thought. Or at least pause for concern, to say the least. It was for an article on the Huffington Post called You Know God's Going to Change His Mind and Save Everyone in the End, Right? by Mick Mooney. I'm seeing a lot of my friends in the "Hyper Grace" camp -- of which on certain specific points I consider myself apart of -- champion a lot of his [Continue reading...]
  • The Manifest Presence of God is Birthed in Intimacy

    Steve Bremner
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    This week we finally release an interview I've been sitting on for a couple of months with Brian Guerin, itinerant minister with Bridal Glory International, and author of the new book God of Wonders: Experiencing God's Voice Through Signs, Wonders, and Miracles. This episode flows nicely with what we've been talking about concerning the collective Bride of Christ and we get back to "the upper room" again. We started off today with learning a little bit about Brian and his testimony, and [Continue reading...]
  • The Holy Spirit Flows Through Intimacy and Community | Podcast

    Steve Bremner
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Today's podcast is another word of encouragement that follows along the thoughts I began unpacking in the last podcast -- or at least the last one I did alone without a guest -- Come Up Out of Babylon and Build God's Temple. You don't have to listen to that one first before jumping straight in today, but it might help. If you have the Stitcher Radio app on your smartphone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show for later. Recenly Shaun Wissmann, who I’ve had on [Continue reading...]
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    Recent Prayer Requests

  • Dec 19, St. Jude, I ask you to help my Brother in this difficult time.

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    St. Jude, My brother might be laid off today and is in complete, helpless and total despair. A year ago, he was down in the dumps, kicked to the curb
  • Dec 19, Loving God spirit and love.

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Havenly Father I thank you so much. For beening in me and my family life. We been through so much. And some time still go through bed stuff. But when
  • Dec 19, Bring peace into my relationship

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:57 pm
    My relationship is still so very new but I know that God put him into my life to lift each other up. Work has put distance between us but I know that
  • Dec 19, Heal the pain.

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Deat Lord, first of all thank you for all the bleesings and protection that you have given to me and to my love ones and family. Lord, I am here praying
  • Dec 19, Praying for my Family

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Deat Lord, first of all thank you for all the bleesings and protection that you have given to me and to my love ones and family. Lord, I am here praying
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    Wisdom For Wealth

  • The Purpose-Driven Strategy to Double Your Income Online

    Uche Nwokolo
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    FOCUS!!! This is a guest post from my amazing friend, Micheal chibuzor, feel free to visit him at http://contentmarketingup.com/ To give you an idea of how much you’re expected to be making online, let me tell you a short story. I know you love stories. Don’t you? In 2011, when I started my blog, I didn’t know what I was doing. Trust me, I would wake up in the morning, think of a topic and just write what I thought was correct. That same year, I wrote more than 200 guest posts, got featured on authority blogs and generated a lot of high PR backlinks – but guess how much I made?
  • How to quickly make more money and Pay urgent bills Promptly

    Uche Nwokolo
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Make more money quickly Without Losing your dignity Are you intimidated at the thought of making more money when you urgently need it because it looks IMPOSSIBLE? You are overwhelmed and concerned about wasting your time on this issue again. Because the last experience you had was traumatic as you were confused and clueless on how to make more money quickly. But here is an exciting and wonderful truth… You can make more money within the blink of an eye if you learn how to do it effectively. I know you are patient and cautious when it comes to money and you don’t like getting into a shady…
  • God’s Wonderful Financial Plan That’ll Make You Live Forever in abundance and Prosperity

    Uche Nwokolo
    18 May 2014 | 8:22 am
    There Is Only Abundance,plenty and bounty with God Can you imagine for a moment what would happen to you if you were to live a life? Where you have no need to complain about being in need and want. A life where you can give effortlessly and live debt free. A life where you can do the things you love, work where you want to and be with those whom you love. A life where you don’t have to work all round the clock because of fear of not having enough money to meet your basic needs. Does that sound impossible to be real? Yes it does but not with God who fed five thousand men with five loaves of…
  • How To Manage Your Precious Time And Triple Your Productivity Without Killing Yourself

    Uche Nwokolo
    7 May 2014 | 5:20 am
    Learn How To Accomplish More in Record Time Does it seem you would never have the right amount of time to get things done so you can be with those with whom you love? Your whole day is so busy and choked up with activities and you are concerned about it. It is taking a toll on your health, your strength and vitality is now waning at an alarming rate due to your “busyness”. You are stressed up but more frustrating is that you never seem to get anything done in record time. Waking up the next day for work is now a NIGHTMARE and you ceaselessly complain that there isn’t enough time. But…
 
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    Only|Ordinary

  • The Stories Jesus Told Part 2: The Problem of Familiarity

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    The Problem of Familiarity…Been There, Read That  How many times have you read the story of the Prodigal Son, or the Good Samaritan?  How many times have you heard a sermon that used a Parable as its text?  If you have been in church any amount of time… you probably have heard the parables used quite often.  If you think about it, it makes sense to use them, they teach a point, and they use stories or comparisons to illustrate what it is they are trying to teach they are essentially sermons in and of themselves.   Because we have heard someone else tell us what these parables mean,…
  • Why Are Churches not Rushing to Ferguson, Mo?

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Why Are Churches not Rushing to Ferguson, Mo? Think about it! Our nation is in crisis, lives are being devastated there is a battle raging….so why aren’t the churches rushing in to provide aid and comfort? When there is a flood, hurricane or tornado, churches tweet about how they are rushing to send help and that they are loading the vans and trucks and buses to get to the area. Convoy of Hope rolls out sometimes before the storm ends and their website states that they are there for every storm…isn’t what is happening in Ferguson a storm? Why aren’t they rolling to Ferguson? Where…
  • The Stories Jesus Told: The Problems with Parables Part 1

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    The Problem of Not Being There…Context, Context, Context Studying the Parables of Jesus presents us with some difficulty.  It is kind of like trying to tell a popular American joke to someone from another country, only to have them not laugh with you at the punch line.   The reason they did not laugh at the joke is either because you are not a good joke teller, but more than likely it is because the person you intended to make laugh did not fully understand the joke.  They may have understood the language of the joke but they missed nuances of the context, cultural and locational…
  • New Blog Series: The Stories Jesus Told

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The Stories Jesus Told Have finally got the Small Group Study Guide Student Manual about ready for publication.  I have ordered the proof copy and it should be ready to roll of the presses at the new year! The Leader’s Guide The Leader’s Guide is compiled and being edited.  It is a slower process than I had hoped that it would be, mainly due to being very picky about content and layout.  Of course this is self-induced pain, but worth it I believe to make this a tool that people can use. The guide is designed to enable a Study Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Pastor to be able to open the…
  • Write Better: Scrivener

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I Tried Scrivener…and I liked it! I read a blog that talked about using Scrivener to write and how it was better than trying to write in Word or Pages. It is really designed for screenplays and books more than it is papers on the Old Testament…but it works for writing, period! I admit that I don’t have a handle on all of its features but just using it for one paper has me sold on it. If you need quantitative proof here you go: Usually I struggle to write a ten page paper.  When I use Pages or Word, I feel like I spend more time formatting than writing especially footnotes. I end up…
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    Blog Roll

  • How Love Is Supposed to Be

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    "All of us blossom when we feel loved and wither when we do not feel loved."   (Gary Chapman)   Love is a gift from God, whether it's between us and God or between us and another. There is freedom in love--freedom to be yourself, to feel "safe" without pretence, to be honest without fear of rejection. When love is freely given and received, nothing else can compare.
  • I Want to Bear Fruit

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Angelou
  • All About Jesus--Getting to Know the Christ of the Bible

    6 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    "I can give a precise day when Christ came to me and began to transform my life with his power and love." - Keith Ward Some people consider Christianity to be about culture, morality, or the fulfillment of religious obligations. In reality, however, it is all about Jesus. Though the Christian faith involves doctrines and practices that affect all of life, its essence is about the person of Jesus Christ. This is why powerful, encouraging spiritual quotes such as the one above by philosopher and theologian Keith Ward are not rare within Christianity. Many people who have either had a…
  • The Body of Christ

    6 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    Throughout the New Testament, the community of Christian believers is referred to repeatedly as the "Body of Christ". For instance, in 1 Corinthians 12:27, the Apostle Paul wrote, "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it" (NIV). But what does this mean? In what ways are we a body? As explained by S. Michael Houdmann, "After His bodily ascension, Christ continues His work in the world through those He has redeemed--the Church now demonstrates the love of God clearly, tangibly, and boldly. In this way, the Church functions as 'the Body of…
  • Temptation and the Devil--What Would Jesus Do?

    6 Dec 2014 | 4:57 am
    In order to understand the temptations of the devil, you have to see how he works. Most often, he uses your weaknesses and your needs against you in order to get you to move away from God's grace. That is his primary strategy and purpose. Billy Sunday, the popular evangelist from the early-1900s, explained, "Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in."   So how does one overcome temptation? Jesus taught to stand firm for what you believe in, not allowing outside influences to affect your decisions. Regarding temptation,…
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  • Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:21 am
    Gateway News annual publishing break Dear reader may you and your loved ones enjoy a blessed, Christ-filled Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Gateway News is taking its annual 3 weeks publishing break. We will be back in the office on Monday, January 12 to bring you Christian news and views that bring hope, release destiny and promote a revival culture. While we will not be posting any fresh news on our website until we get back, you may like to read previous articles which you can find in our archive or by visiting menu links. You are also welcome to send news tips or general emails to…
  • Online seminar with Dr Gerda Dippenaar: Develop your spirit, overcome your soul!

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:35 am
    Contact Dr Gerda Dippenaar at You can contact me at drgerdadippenaar@gmail.com to book a seminar of for further info. Learning to practice the presence of God (Gen1: 26,27) In Genesis we read that God made man in the image of God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit – with the result that man is also a spiritual being. God gave man a soul to be able to communicate on earth and He formed him a body to be able to live on earth and move around. Adam and Eve lived in the dominion of their spirit when they walked and talked with God in the Garden of Eden. When they sinned by disobeying…
  • 2014 world overview; 2015 world outlook

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    A Special Edition of A World in Motion (Issue 14, December 2014)  by INcontext Ministires compiled to present an overview of the year gone by and encouraging believers to seek God’s Kingdom and hope in Him in the midst of current events.  2014 AT A GLANCE As predicted, Russia annexed Crimea in a strong show of Russian nationalistic pride and forced the world to reconsider the balance of power. As a result Russia lost its seat on the G8 and faced mounting criticism at the G20 meetings in Australia. World powers were unable to sign a nuclear peace deal with Iran, extending the deadline…
  • Church of England overturns centuries of tradition

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Bishop Libby Lane.Originally published in Charisma News   The Church of England appointed its first female bishop on Wednesday, overturning centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue.   It named Reverend Libby Lane, a 48-year-old married mother of two, as the new Bishop of Stockport in northern England.   Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: “Congratulations to Rev. Libby Lane on becoming the first woman bishop in the Church. An historic appointment and important day for equality.”   Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, spiritual head of…
  • Boston Doctor cured of Ebola announces return to Liberia

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Dr Rick Sacra and wife Debbie embrace at The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where for three weeks he fought and then recovered from an Ebola virus infection. (PHOTO: Facebook Sim/Liberia) Originally published in Christian Examiner A Massachusetts doctor who contracted Ebola in August while on a medical mission in Liberia announced his plan to return to the hot zone nation this week. Dr Richard Sacra, a University of Massachusetts Medical School faculty member, received treatment in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was cured of the disease and released in late September. Now tolerant of the virus,…
 
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    I Love Devotionals

  • 3 ways asking God to help me forgive changes things

    Wendy van Eyck
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:26 pm
    If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings, who would stand a chance? As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit, and that’s why you’re worshiped. Psalm 130:3-4 (MSG) One of the hardest things to do is to forgive someone who hurt you. I know that I should. I know that Jesus asked me too but that doesn’t make the fact that often forgiving feels like trying to swallow a pill that should be a quarter of the size. I’m still learning day-by-day how to forgive when my heart aches and my soul is angry, maybe you are too, which is why I sometimes need to remind myself how asking…
  • 3 reminders of God's love for the days you feel invisible, unwanted or held back by your past

    Wendy van Eyck
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:28 am
    None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. Romans 8: 38-39 (MSG)I’m taking a bit of a break from writing new devotionals over the Christmas season. But I thought I’d take a look back at some of the places where God has met me over the last few years and share these with you until the New Year. This is part of my attempt to…
  • When you don’t have anything left to give

    Wendy van Eyck
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    I don’t really have much of anything. The only thing I have in my house that might be of any worth is a jar of oil. 2 Kings 4:2b (VOICE)It was almost 12 months ago that I chose my one word for 2014.I liked the idea of picking one word that sums up who I want to be or how I want to live, one word that I can focus on every day, all year long. I picked the word: enough.I selected it because I hardly ever feel like I am enough. I chose it because I spend so much of my life making comparisons and believing that what I have isn’t enough. I wanted to stop doing…
  • When you feel like there is no way out

    Wendy van Eyck
    7 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    {Guest post by Nichole}Today's devotional is by Nichole Howson. She is a Business student who grew up in a town outside of Windsor, Ontario, on a dairy and cash crop farm where she learned what it means to work hard, and what is involved to be successful. You can read more about her on her blog, Defying Shadows, or catch up with her on Facebook and twitter. Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. Psalm 55:22Have you ever been so far under that you feel like there is no way out? So stressed that you do not think you can get…
  • How India taught me that God answers prayer

    Wendy van Eyck
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    {Guest post by Nelet}Nelet Kok a big dreamer with a big need for adventure, cool television content and wanting to live a simple life. She loves traveling to everywhere weird and wonderful.  She likes politics, history, animals and people that take the road less travelled by.  You can connect with her on her blog or Facebook. For I know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)I left my perfectly ordinary job in December 2013. A job that gave…
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    Intersections4Life

  • One Present – The conversation – Part II

    Steve Becker
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    (Read Part I Here) Hello again!  I am very glad to hear your voice. Did you read the rest of the story? Yes, its all true. You are welcome. Yes, I forgive you. Yes, I will guide you. Yes, its all washed away.  Think of today as a new book of your life starting on page one. Oh, you can call me anytime you want. Yes, for anything. What do you mean you aren’t worth it?  Of course you are. Yes, I know who you are. Yes, I know what you’ve done. Well, what do you think happens now? Yes, keep reading and share my story with others. Yes, I know what they have done too. It’s my…
  • Emergence: A Call to Service

    Charles Crutcher
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    Recently, I read a book by Erwin McManus on how prayer may actually impede you from doing what you know you should do. In other words, we shouldn’t pray for direction when its obvious how we are supposed to act.   One example would be to see someone lying in the ditch and hurting, but instead of helping that person, the witness would “pray” about it. We are supposed to pray without ceasing, but if we find ourselves trying to come up with excuses to God, then who are we really kidding?   There are things God clearly ask us to do. It’s like I tell my son,…
  • One Present – The conversation – Part I

    Steve Becker
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    What if I told you I had the perfect gift for you? Would you be willing to give up all your other presents for one? Would you be open to handing back the television, car, new clothes, game system, music, phone, and so on? Do you think those things last forever? What if I were to tell you I had to give up something very dear to me so you could have this one present? Would you be interested then? What if I told you my only Son had to die in order for you to get this gift? Would you find it valuable then? Why would I do this, you ask? Love. A greater love than you can understand. Are you…
  • Splash!

    Steve Becker
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    I had the honor of baptizing my youngest two kids recently.  What an amazing day that was.  Not to mention the week building up to it. I cannot explain to you the feeling of doing this.  You either baptize someone you love and know or you cannot experience this feeling.  Again, I cannot explain the joy it brings. I made a joke right afterward that I could retire now.  My kids are all believers and have accepted Christ into their hearts and now they are baptized.  Mission completed.  Of course, its not over yet, but the important stuff is taken care of. I have no greater joy than this,…
  • Becker’s Blurb – Pride Long Gone

    Steve Becker
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    I was somewhere between ten and thirteen years old.  My mom had just dropped me off at a party for someone in my youth group.  Lots of kids showed up and we were playing some party games. There was a game that came up where several people were blindfolded and had to eat as many bananas as they could in a minute.  I was one of the blindfolded participants. I chowed down as many bananas as I could in that minute.  Slamming banana piece after banana piece into my mouth and getting the next ready.  Lots of cheering going on, lots of noise and some laughing, as you would expect. I took off my…
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    Teshuva

  • 8 Things To remember This Christmas.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    I love Christmas because of the global excitement. There is no time of year like it when nations all over celebrate the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ. With all the merriness and busyness going... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • How Do You Influence Your Spouse?

    Ugochi Jolomi
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    One of the things I am so very grateful to God about is His blessing me with a man who totally loves and fears Him, one who would choose to please Him above all in all of his dealings. He always... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Is The Matrimonial Bed Sacred?

    Ugochi Jolomi
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    I met a young lady recently who shared a couple of concerns she had for her marriage. As she started talking about her matrimonial bed, she began tearing up and I must confess, I choked a bit on that... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Farting Before Your Spouse.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    I apologize for being away for a bit and I am hoping you missed Teshuva for this while. I went away for the most awesome Conference our Ministry has had in recent times and I couldn’t get real time... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Be A Saviour Not A Judge.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    The enemy has from the beginning been a deceiver. He is working hard, especially this end times to set believers against each other and disunite the Church of Christ. Unfortunately believers are... Please click on title to READ ALL.
 
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    Blog - Live In The Round

  • Graciously and Tenderly Frustrating

    LITR
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today's reading allows us to be frustrated with life.  YES! We do not live in a perfect world, and the truth is, based on our own personal sin records, we don't even understand God all the time. But John Piper gives us a remedy for this frustration through the example of Martin Luther.When God frustrates the parts of your life that don't glorify Him:1) Do not give up.2) Take generous servings of the Bible daily (more if necessary!).3) Repeat.When I feel frustration in my spirit, and God shows me that there is nothing in this world that can truly satisfy, I do know the truth.True…
  • He Came To Serve

    LITR
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:04 am
    Did anyone else read today's reading from "The Dawning of Indestructible Joy" and think, "Wow! I really do act like this Christian life is all about serving Jesus."?  As Ashley says, "We tend to believe that we are 'saved by grace, but kept by works.'But what would happen if we truly, deep down in our hearts, understood that Jesus came to serve, NOT to be served?! If we could live in the freedom of being in love with our Savior, who, from beginning to end, works in our hearts? I think we would find that, indeed, we still would serve our hearts out.  However, this type of…
  • Freed to be Part of God's Family

    LITR
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dear Lord Jesus,How can we begin to thank You for saving us from the slavery of sin in which WE put ourselves? Through your death, You freed us from the shackles that we willingly put on. You didn't leave us there, however. You rescued sinners and adopted them into Your family. Through faith in You, we are given more than freedom from damnation, but also a new life, a new identity in You!Your grateful daughters in the Round,LITR
  • Our Truest Treasure

    LITR
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    What gift could I possibly give to God Himself?  The Maker of heaven and earth, the seas and stars, and everything in between.  How does my singing at church or even giving up any treasures in my life begin to glorify Him?What if the gift was about the giver's heart than actually helping the Recipient? “By giving to you what you do not need and what I might enjoy, I am saying more earnestly and more authentically, “You are my treasure, not these things.” — John Piper, The Dawning of Indestructible Grace The more that we desire Him, the less we want other things…
  • The Glory of the Word Made Flesh

    LITR
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    “ One might say, in summary, calling Jesus “the Word” implies that he is “God-Expressing-Himself” to us.” — John Piper, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy Admittedly, John 1:1 can be confusing upon first read. Why did John use the term "the Word" to describe Jesus?In today's advent reading, we see a superb explanation from John Piper.  Basically, no phrase other than "the Word" could satisfy when describing Jesus.As we focus on what it means for Jesus to be called "the Word', let us also remind ourselves to look with a magnifying glass at the Bible passages that we…
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  • Veiled In Flesh

    Michael Thompson
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    Staring into the face of her tiny newborn she simply could not believe it. A gift from the Almighty God dropped into her womb in an unprecedented miracle. God’s Son. No one could believe it. Even Joseph had struggled so to wrap his mind around it, that a dream from the Father was required just to free him from his doubts. Nothing like this had ever happened before. Mary gently stroked the flushed cheek of her little boy and pondered–something she would do often in her life as the Mother of this unique Son. (Luke 2:19) Here in the barn, with the scents and sights of life at its…
  • Sawdust, Shepherds and a Savior

    Michael Thompson
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    He traced his fingers over the rough-hewn wood, gazing intently at the orderly array of tools. The miter, the saw, the hammer, the plane. This little carpenter shop was somehow different now. Last night Joseph received a visit while he slept. Today he understood that the baby which he had not sired was a gift from heaven. Not his own, but his responsibility. Standing next to that workbench, he envisioned the little tyke puttering alongside him every day learning the tricks of the trade. His very own apprentice. God would be a carpenter. They didn’t talk much that morning. Instead, they…
  • …Con Carne

    Michael Thompson
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    One of my favorite things about growing up in the Western United States was the food. There is a unique heritage and character to the food of “cowboys”.  The rugged lifestyle required real food. Something with lots of nutritional value to fuel the hard activity of taming the Wild West. Earthy. Spicy. Hearty. Meaty. I am no cowboy, but I sure inherited their love of a solid, hot meal whose star was the fall-apart pot roast, savory meatloaf, sizzling steak, gravied venison or luxuriant lamb. I apologize to my vegetarian friends with their herbivorian sensibilities, but I am an…
  • Every Longing Heart

    Michael Thompson
    6 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    Expectation. The word is forever tied to Christmas for me. Ever since I was little, the Season stretched on for at least a month and served as the most anticipated event of the year. The pile of presents under the tree grew almost daily. Covert moments of shaking those presents to decipher their content occupied time on nearly every one of those days. The build up to the glorious chaos of Christmas morning became agonizingly slow the closer I got to the Day…as if time were standing still. The sheer ecstasy and relief that came when the waiting was over can hardly be described.
  • The Soul Felt Its Worth

    Michael Thompson
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    We have had two Christmas trees in our home for as long as I can remember. One is in our living room. My wife loves to decorate this ten foot tree with white lights, delicate burgundy ribbons, glittering crystal ornaments, and pretty things with names like Waterford and Swarovski. Precious Moments, Snow Babies, ballerinas and sparkling Fleur de Lis lend an air of sophistication. Gold and glitter cause the tree to gleam and glisten when light strikes the tree from any angle. It is truly beautiful. Everyone in the family calls it the “fancy tree”. It’s the tree everybody…
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    Anastasios Hudson

  • Thoughts on the Russian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate

    Anastasios Hudson
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    The following question was recently posed to me on my personal Facebook page, by a Ukrainian friend of mine, who is a college professor. Dear Anastasios… Just what do you think about the current status of, and what do you think about, this “Russian Orthodox Church?” You see, I’ve known you “virtually,” in “cyber space,” and what not, for are a number of years… But now, what do you think, really? Dear Dr. X______, Thank you for your question! I have long avoided answering such questions on my Facebook page, because I have a mixed group of…
  • Ordained by a New Calendar Bishop?

    Anastasios Hudson
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Part of my ongoing Correspondence series, featuring replies to people who contacted me and asked questions. Based on your research, Is it true that one of the ordaining bishops of Metropolitan Petros was with the “New Calendar but under the ROCOR” like I have read? You’re getting things mixed up a bit—Metropolitan Petros was ordained by ROCOR Bishop Seraphim of Caracas and Archbishop Leonty of Chile. Archbishop Akakios of the GOC The ordination you are referring to is that of Archbishop Akakios, who was ordained for Greece while traveling to America (the only way he…
  • Thoughts on Halloween

    Anastasios Hudson
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    Example of sensationalistic, Fundamentalist Nonsense I don’t celebrate Halloween, out of obedience to my bishop and because my conscience does not permit me to engage in anything that makes light of the dark powers (which, when I was involved with occultic things as a teenager, I witnessed with my own eyes). That being said, a few points: 1) A lot of the anti-Halloween stuff is derived from Protestant Fundamentalist nonsense, and should not be taken seriously or used in Orthodox arguments against Halloween. We really don’t know what Druids did, what their religion was like, or…
  • A Response to Some Distortions by Archbishop Gregory Concerning the GOC

    Anastasios Hudson
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    [PDF] Introduction Archbishop Gregory of Colorado At the onset, I want to say that I have an extreme dislike for engaging in polemics. Nowadays, I normally do not engage in public refutations of false accusations; I spent too many hours of my life doing so in the 2000s, and it caused me a lot of consternation. Perhaps some good came out of it, but I found it impossible to answer every critic, and every argument. Nowadays, I don’t mind writing broadly in article or book format to address trends and events, but the point-by-point refutation style of responding so common online is something I…
  • Why Bishop Christodoulos Is Being Forced Off Facebook

    Anastasios Hudson
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis Those active in Orthodox Christian “corners” of Facebook have likely heard of or interacted with His Grace Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis, who joined the site as soon as it became open to the public in 2006 (in fact, I joined Facebook when he invited me). Bishop Christodoulos, a vicar bishop in the GOC, quickly reached the Facebook limit of 5000 friends, and while he primarily used it to interact with his spiritual children and promote videos on the YouTube Channel Greek Orthodox Christian Television, he also used it to become one of the most…
 
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  • Hope doesn’t mean forgetting

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Sometimes, we look forward to a new year because it means we get the chance to start over. The clocks and the fireworks shoot straight up and hang for a minute before, boom, a fresh start, a clean slate. It will be good to start again. This world, this society, this writer could use something of a new beginning. There were beautiful, kind, hilarious things this year, but 2014 also left more than its share of carnage. We could use a turn of the page. And this is what Christ offers perpetually. He keeps offering the chance to become clean again, to wash our hands of all the grime and sadness…
  • Pray for the young men

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    For many, justice seems far off today. And with it, the other American dreams: peace, freedom, equality. Some will say they vanished in the night. Some will wonder how they can love their country today. This is all because Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer, was not indicted by a St. Louis grand jury. Whatever is required now, prayer is required most of all, from all parties, all sides. Prayer that God would change us, change the rhythm our hearts and the nature ofTalk TTT our havens. That he would forgive us all our…
  • A defense of Willow and Jaden… but what the heck is prana energy?

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Willow and Jaden Smith are too cool for me. They are also, I think, not crazy. An interview they did with The New York Times Magazine has been bobbing across the internet over the last week or so. Finally I succumbed and took a read… probably several reads, considering how many times I had to reexamine sentences after they went way, way, stratospherically over my head. The headline is “Jaden and Willow Smith on Prana Energy, Time and Why School is Overrated,” so that sort of grabbed me. If hearing teenagers talk about breathing as meditation and the needlessness of public education…
  • Thirty seconds in a thousand years

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    I first posted this a year ago today. It was a Wednesday, and it was not so cold as now. __________________________________________________________ Eighty years after the fact, you’re lying on a worn mattress with now-thin pillows under your sun-freckled baldspot and your hand is propped higher than the rest of you. Why? Because it’s being held by your wife or your son or your neighbor in the old folks’ home who sometimes cheats at dominoes. Because whoever it is pulled up the ugly chair with the flower-pattern cushion and has been sitting at your bedside since you woke. Because this…
  • Losing a friend

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    A very dear friend passed away about two weeks ago. He was one of the best people I know: a good friend, a loving husband and father, a sibling in Christ. He didn’t grow up with brothers, but to me – and I’m sure to many of those who lived with or near him – he was very much like a brother. There is nothing I can say – and, strangely, nothing I want to hear just yet – that can make lighter the weight of this loss. And mine, it must be said, is a meager pain compared to the surpassing sadness that belongs now to his family and his wife. I feel grief, and will for many days, but it…
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    Sermon Notes by Silas

  • A Thanksgiving day Prayer

    Silas Eke
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    A Thanksgiving Day Prayer by Scott WesemannLord, so often times, as any other dayWhen we sit down to our meal and prayWe hurry along and make fast the blessingThanks, amen. Now please pass the dressingWe're slaves to the olfactory overloadWe must rush our prayer before the food gets coldBut Lord, I'd like to take a few minute moreTo really give thanks to what I'm thankful forFor my family, my health, a nice soft bedMy friends, my freedom, a roof over my headI'm thankful right now to be surrounded by thoseWhose lives touch me more than they'll ever possibly knowThankful Lord, that You've…
  • And you, Parents,...

    Silas Eke
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Ephesians 6:4: “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”  In the bible passage before us, the father is being addressed as the head of the family. He is therefore given the collective role of the parents. The father, according to Deuteronomy 6, is responsible for teaching God’s laws to the children. The father’s second area of responsibility is that of leadership. He is not only the head of the family, but should also give leadership. The third area of responsibility is discipline. He should…
  • The Greatest Gift

    Silas Eke
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:09 am
    1 Corinthians 13:1 - "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal." Love is the Oil to lubricate all our spiritual being, and to cause it to run easily – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8Love is the Life to rejuvenate, so that everything may blossom  fruitfully – John 15:10-16Love is the Affection to captivate, and to cause us to go with others willingly – Ruth 1:16-17Love is the Power to consecrate, which causes us to sacrifice ardently – 1 Samuel 18:3-4Love is the Spring to animate which will cause us…
  • The Marriage Machine: Rules that make it work

    Silas Eke
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Studying people and their reasons for marriage can be quite intriguing. Have you ever wondered how some couples ever got started? Marriage pairs come in different shapes and combinations: tall and short, outgoing and introverted, smart and absent-minded, plump and thin, attractive and sloppy. The combinations can be equally impressive, oppressive, depressive, encouraging, mind-boggling and simply neat. One important fact is that each pair fashions out a way of life for itself. An outside observer may not be able to understand what they see in each other, but these two folks are drawn together…
  • In case stuff happens

    Silas Eke
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The story is told of a King who wanted to celebrate the twenty first birthday of his son, the Prince. He printed posters and handbills and invited all who considered themselves his loyal subjects to attend the Birthday party. At the bottom of the posters and bills was printed in very fine print “you must be well dressed”.In his domain lived a very poor, homeless beggar who was dressed in rags. He read the poster and wanted to attend the party but was not qualified because of the fine print. He then decided to go to the palace to protest his disqualification.When he got access to the King,…
 
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • Surprise! 5 Unhealthy Foods That Are Actually Good for You

    Get Better Today
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Scientific studies are being conducted on thousands of items of food that we consume every day.Some of these studies show how these once deemed unhealthy foods are not as detrimental to your health as initially thought. Below are just a few examples of what was once considered an unhealthy food item is now being hailed by science as healthy. Eggs Eggs were once considered a dietary taboo and thought to clog arteries, which could lead to heart attacks or strokes. However, new research give individuals the green light to consume eggs on a daily basis, some are even calling eggs a superfood. One…
  • After A Long Day Of Work, This Dad Still Knows What His REAL Job Is

    Get Better Today
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:54 pm
    After coming across this incredibly heartwarming photo on Reddit, we knew we had to share it. Even though the news likes to highlight “Deadbeat Dads”, the truth is – there are a lot of great dads out there still! This picture of a dad reading to his little girl on the subway, is proof of it. Photo via theekhai & Reddit The post After A Long Day Of Work, This Dad Still Knows What His REAL Job Is appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • This Lady’s Story Takes A Crazy And Unexpected Turn. You’ll Learn A Life Lesson.

    Get Better Today
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Once upon a time, there lived a master architect. This man had devoted his entire life to creating some of the most beautiful buildings of his era — from the lavish private residences of celebrities, athletes and dignitaries, to the grandiose buildings of state government, to the breathtaking arches of world-renowned cathedrals. But after years at his craft, he was exhausted. He knew it was time to retire. Luckily, he had an apprentice whom he’d taught well. A young woman who showed promise and potential. The old master said to the young apprentice: “It’s time for me to retire. I’m…
  • BUSTED: Tim Tebow Caught On Camera & It Shows His Real Priorities

    Get Better Today
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Popular football player and former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow, was recently caught on camera…   Known for his public expressions of faith, Tebow is currently a college football analyst for ESPN.  Taken by Christian singer Tanner Clark, the picture below shows Tebow leading his co-hosts in a prayer while they were off-air. Post by Tanner Clark. The post BUSTED: Tim Tebow Caught On Camera & It Shows His Real Priorities appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • Here’s Why Following God Can End Badly

    Get Better Today
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    If there’s one thing you can say about Matt Chandler – it’s that he is all about the Truth. And that’s why we love him. Even though the topic in this video can be incredibly difficult to handle, his message is incredibly powerful.  Chandler talks about the people in the Bible who’s lives ended badly here on Earth.   Like usual, he cuts straight to the chase. Even though we’re Christians, it doesn’t mean our life is going to be easy.  In fact, sometimes it can be flat out horrible. That’s why you need to watch this video… The post…
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • Three Tips to a Healthy Thanksgiving

    Julie Wilson
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Get 40+ Recipes and the accountability you need to NOT GAIN WEIGHT during the holidays! Thanksgiving is one of the few days in the year that almost every dieter thinks to themselves, “I’m taking the day off. I have been working hard and I deserve a day when I don’t worry about my diet…” I totally get that mindset and I think it has its merits. There is proof that cheat meals and high calorie days have the ability to motivate or kick start a metabolism. I believe that. There are a couple of issues we have to think through though. First, high calorie days are not an excuse to binge…
  • The RFM Cranberry Salad

    Austin Andrews
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    I cannot tell you the number of Cranberry Salads that I have seen that use cool whip, marshmallow, candied nuts etc. My own family had one, and while I know a lot of it is tradition my family has a new tradition we celebrate: being healthy. We are committed to changing our health but we also recognize, we don’t have to lose flavor to keep our health! Notice the ingredients we are using are fresh, vibrant and full of life! I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as my family has! Get 40+ Recipes and the accountability you need to NOT GAIN WEIGHT during the holidays! RFM Cranberry…
  • 5 Steps to make your House a place for a Healthy Family

    Julie Wilson
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:19 am
    Going against the Popular Opinion You are finally at the point where you want to get your health on track by making better food choices.  You are ready to throw out all the junk food while switching to lean protein and veggies.  One problem, your spouse and children are not on board with this new way of life that you have decided to adopt. Everyone has their moments where they decide it is time. How many times have others tried to get you to lose weight or change your eating habits? Were they successful? My guess is that they probably failed,and it’s simple. You weren’t ready.
  • Feeling Guilty for Spending Time on Me

    Julie Wilson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:27 pm
    A New Transition After teaching for three years, I spent the past four years being a stay at home mom and taking care of my two daughters who are now 2 and 3 ½  years old. I spent every day,all day with them. I never felt guilty about running or working out at the gym because I saw it as my time. I needed a break once in awhile to take care of myself so I could be the best mom for them. Just this past August, I started my journey back to teaching. I am teaching fifth through eighth grades history, English, and reading in a small Christian school. My oldest daughter is in preschool at my…
  • Bodymedia And Check Into Life Giveaway!

    Austin Andrews
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Get more info about the Holiday Challenge that just started! It is time for a giveaway! On our season of Biggest Loser one of the greatest tools we got for weight loss was not just the knowledge of how to lose weight BUT a tool to measure our workouts! We used the Bodymedia Fit Link and we have loved it! Since the season Pastor Ken has worn his consistently and it has been a great tool for his maintenance! The second item we are giving away is my book, Check Into Life! It has been available on Amazon for several months and I have LOVED getting the feedback from readers all over the globe! Why…
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    United Faith Church

  • The Star of Bethlehem

    Kris Burke
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:44 am
    Matthew 2:1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalemand asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”   UFC, The Magi followed the Star of Bethlehem in search of the Messiah when He was born. They saw the light from afar and followed it to its source so that they could come and worship the “King of the Jews”. Jesus Christ has been a beacon of light since the moment He was born. That light shone brightly in His life, His death and even…
  • Godly Sorrow

    ufc
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. – 2 Corinthians 7:10-11 UFC, Few people ever dare to take a real look “behind the curtain” of their own hearts. But God, in His love, continually shows us the state of our heart so that we can rid ourselves of sin and come closer to Christ. When we do see that sin, we can…
  • Remember the moments…

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, you his servants, the descendants of Israel, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. – 1Chronicles 6:12-13 We’re in the season of Thanksgiving. Of course, it’s a time that we get together with family and friends to eat until we can’t eat anymore! But, much more, it’s a time to remember. To remember how good the Lord has been and the countless times he’s delivered and helped us. Throughout this week let there be times that we stop what we’re doing and simply remember.
  • Prayer

    Kris Burke
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. UFC, People underestimate the power of prayer. Throughout the country we can see prayer as an under utilized part of peoples walk holding no expectation of an answer. But what, in all the world, is as powerful as prayer? When we are praying we are not just speaking to the air but we are lifting our petitions to the ears of the Most High God. Our prayers enter the realm of…
  • A City on a Hill

    Kris Burke
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. UFC, When I first read this verse I immediately started thinking about Jesus on the cross. Picturing that, “city on a hill” reminded me of Jesus being brought up a high hill and than lifted up high in the air on the cross for all to see. Jesus allowed himself to be brought up that hill and raised up on that cross to be on display. The enemy thought it was to display His shame but Jesus Christ knew it was a display of His victory. Now we, reborn by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, are also being raised up and…
 
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    FaithSuccess

  • Leadership nuggets

    SEGUN
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Leadership involves impact/influence. The way you can advise you're a pioneer is to look over your shoulder. In the event that some person's taking after, then you're the pioneer. In the event that no one's tailing, you're not the pioneer. The minute you need to say to the individuals in your service, "I'm the pioneer!" you are no more the pioneer. Authority is something that is earned. You
  • Progressing by THE WORD!

    SEGUN
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all (1 Timothy 4:15) 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8 - KJV).
  • Paul's Thorn in the flesh

    SEGUN
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:55 pm
    What About Paul's Thorn? "But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell" (Num. 33:55). "Don't you remember, though, Brother Hagin 'Paul was sick all his life.'" "No, I don't remember that." "But
  • What About Paul's Thorn in the Flesh?

    SEGUN
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    What About Paul's Thorn in the Flesh? Tradition has taught that Paul's thorn in the flesh was some type of physical ailment or sickness. If you will take time to study the Word, you will find that this is not true. Paul clearly states in II Corinthians 12:7 that because of the abundance of revelations he had received, he was given a thorn in the flesh and the thorn was "a messenger of Satan."
  • Adieu Dr Myles Munroe

    SEGUN
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    It is no longer news that our famous pastor and motivational speaker Dr. Myles Munroe went to be with the Lord on 9th November, 2014. Adieu Papa, till we meet to part no more at the bosom of Our Lord Jesus Christ When the sun says goodbye to earth, it leaves a beautiful sunset as a gift. Dr Myles Munroe, You have touched lives and made the gospel real to multitudes. Farewell Sir. (1 Thess 4:
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    brian niece | sacramental living

  • A Story of Hope

    Brian Niece
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    The purpose of any good story is to show us where we fit into it.  In many stories we find ourselves as the main character.  But the story of hope at Advent shows us we are not the center.  And it is in that displacement that we have immeasurable hope. via // http://favim.com/orig/ No matter how many times I’ve celebrated and observed the season of Advent, I never tire of it.  Advent reminds me that hope is a gift; a gift that I will never deserve. But the receiving of this gift of hope requires some response.  And each season of Advent, my response is to trust my God a bit more.
  • Why Celebrity Pastors Are Going the Way of the Dodo Bird

    Brian Niece
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Celebrity pastors aren’t cool anymore.  But were they ever, really? North American churches have too easily slipped into cults of personality. And celebrity pastors have too easily given into the temptation to be called “good.” via // http://www.churchleaders.com I won’t name names in this post.  The intent here is not to call people out, nor add to divisions. The headlines of shady actions by celebrity pastors speak for themselves. Instead, let’s explore why this phenomenon even exits, and what it means to you. Follow Me Jesus used this phrase often. He called…
  • Let’s Talk About Grace, New Creation, Presence (Sermons)

    Brian Niece
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Grace, new creation, and presence sermons just posted here. God is on the move! I’m humbled to be a part of Christ’s work in reconciling all of creation to himself. Though I’m called to preach and that’s where I’m right at home, I know full well that the best sermons are those that are lived. My prayer is that something here will inspire you to join me in practicing the presence of God in all avenues of life. That’s how we make disciples!Related Posts: Another Un-Truth I Learned from the Church Hey, Leader! This Is for When the Transition Gets Tough 5 Ways…
  • 5 Ways We Can Live Grace in Everyday Life

    Brian Niece
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Grace radiates from the center of God. If we are being made in the image of this God, and if we are followers of Jesus the Christ, grace should be lived out in our lives in 5 clear ways. via // http://theologigal.com Paul’s letters to the Corinthians (the body of believers at Corinth) give insight to these 5 ways of living grace. 1. Divine Love The divine love that God shows to the undeserving is the greatest gift of all.  This character of divine love cannot be possessed. It must be granted. Paul’s greatest desire for the Corinthians is that they would be willing recipients of…
  • Truthful Tuesday :: The Work-life of a Pastor

    Brian Niece
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Some folks that are part of my faith community, CrossRoad Church, started a #TruthfulTuesday practice on Facebook a few weeks ago.  So here I am taking the plunge to show you behind the veil of my work-life as a pastor. It’s amazing that I’m pastoring again at all.  Let me explain … Why I’m Pastoring Again When I resigned from being a pastor 5 years ago, I wanted nothing to do with the local church, much less being a pastor ever again.  I was burned out, broken, hurt, damaged.  I knew I was still called to preach, but I couldn’t reconcile that call with…
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    The Cross-Current

  • Ancient Wine and the Modern Christian [part 2]

    Cross-Current
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    Yesterday, I introduced the topic of Christians and wine drinking. Dr. Robert Stein argues that the wine the Bible speaks of was nothing like the wine with which we are familiar today. He cites ancient Greco-Roman sources to show that … Continue reading →
  • Ancient Wine and the Modern Christian [intro]

    Cross-Current
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    The question of whether a Christian should consume alcohol remains one of the most hotly debated issues in evangelicalism today. As Pastor John MacArthur puts it, “there have been few periods of history in which the drinking of alcoholic beverages … Continue reading →
  • Diffusing the Trauma.

    Cross-Current
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    Originally posted on Triangle Living:People seem to love hearing about the shenanigans in the Preston household… whether it’s because it never sounds realistic or plausible, or because you’re just glad it’s not you… whatever the reason, here’s a laugh…
  • Join the Fight Against Child Slavery

    Cross-Current
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    The Blog of Manly, a men’s blog that I write for, has set up a fundraiser to support Operation Underground Railroad in their mission to rescue children out of slavery. The way O.U.R. carries out their missions is somewhat unique, … Continue reading →
  • Who is “the Israel of God?”

    Cross-Current
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    In the vein of our recent discussions regarding the church, kingdom, and dispensationalism, I’ve been doing some interesting reading. A particularly fascinating question in the Covenantal/Dispensational discussion is: who is the “Israel of God” that Paul refers to in Galatians … Continue reading →
 
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    The WILD VOICE

  • POPE FRANCIS BIRTHDAY PRESENT: CUBA

    The WILDVOICE
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org OBAMA'S BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO BERGOGLIO: CUBA December 17, 2014 – Happy birthday, Francis! On His 78th birthday, Pope Francis received his miracle, or better, his birthday wish: President Obama announced a major loosening of travel and economic restrictions on Cuba.… Read more → The post POPE FRANCIS BIRTHDAY PRESENT: CUBA appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Pope Francis Marching toward One World Religion since March 13, 2013

    The WILDVOICE
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:39 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them." - J.R.R. Tolkien Below is a short-format summary list of blatant steps choreographed by 'Pope Francis' towards… Read more → The post Pope Francis Marching toward One World Religion since March 13, 2013 appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • CHARITY: SARAH VS BERGOGLIO

    The WILDVOICE
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:55 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org CARDINAL ROBERT SARAH SPEAKS THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARITY by Paul Joseph C. On November 7, 2014, a voice of truth reminded us of charity's true meaning according to Christ-based, Catholic teachings. It is a true thunderbolt cutting through the thick… Read more → The post CHARITY: SARAH VS BERGOGLIO appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • A MOTHER'S LOVE LETTER TO HER LOST SON

    The WILDVOICE
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    http://thewildvoice.org INTRODUCTION written by Paul Joseph C. It was 3pm on Passover day in the year 33 AD. That dark afternoon witnessed the brutal suffering and death of a special Man on a cross. That innocent Man's birth was the very… Read more → The post A MOTHER'S LOVE LETTER TO HER LOST SON appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • THE NEW WORLD KINGS: POPE FRANCIS and PRESIDENT OBAMA

    The WILDVOICE
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:23 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org PAGE TOPICS The Francis Effect – Still Going Strong Welcome to King Francis I For the Love of Islam Confusion Reigns The Meeting of Kings Final Words FRANCIS I and BARACK OBAMA by Paul Joseph C. THE FRANCIS EFFECT –… Read more → The post THE NEW WORLD KINGS: POPE FRANCIS and PRESIDENT OBAMA appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
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    Purposeful Faith

  • The Gift of God-With-Us

    purposefulfaith
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Post by: Angela Parlin For a couple months, we’ve looked forward to hosting two sisters, who are orphans, in our home this Christmas. We selected clothes for them to wear, rearranged bedrooms, stocked up on groceries, and scheduled outings. We shopped for Christmas gifts, wrapped them all in red and black glittery paper, and hid them in a closet. It’s been great fun, preparing for Christmas and getting ready to welcome these little ones into our family for a month. But then, this week happened, the last week before they arrive. You wouldn’t believe how many things went…
  • Dreams That Were Never Ours To Begin With

    purposefulfaith
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:02 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: I am delighted to have this story featured on God Sized Dreams today… Sometimes we have that one dream. We want it so badly. We want it with all that we are. We can see it. We can feel it. It rules our mind. It drives our behaviors. It consumes our thoughts. We can only imagine what life will be like when we finally have it. Things will change. Life will matter. Everything will come into perspective.   God knows how much is riding on this. Right? We think so. So, we diligently pray, as any good Christian should do. We ask and we seek to no end. We call up to God…
  • 5 Truths to Replace The Lies Servants Believe

    purposefulfaith
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: I love writing.  I love sharing. I love encouraging.  I love following the call of the Lord so that I can call others to know the Lord more. I love giving it all for the one who gave it all. Yet, sometimes, when my eyes stray from the Ultimate Servant, I start to think I am the ultimate giver. When this happens two things normally happen: 1.) I start feeling insecure, because I think results rely on my shoulders. 2.) I attempt to steal the Lord’s glory. Tired. Worn. Weary. My eyes wander from Christ. I desire appreciation and require affirmation. It’s so easy for…
  • Prepare Your Heart for the Birth of Jesus

    purposefulfaith
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:25 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Mary and Joseph knocked on the door to inn, but there was no room.  There was no space.  Every inch of the inn was occupied. “…She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” (Luke 2:7) As we prepare for Christmas, we are wise to create room for the greatest gift of Christmas to be delivered.  We are wise to make sure we don’t say, “Jesus, I don’t have room for you.”  Because, if we fill our mind, our actions and our hearts with other things, we will have a big sign on our…
  • Will They Love My Gift?

    purposefulfaith
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:23 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: By: Katy “Hey when ya get a chance today, find one of those big empty boxes in the garage and have the kids start getting stuff to give away.” A text from my hubby on his way to work one morning just before Christmas last year. How sweet. How noble. What a great Dad. None of those, however, crossed my mind. Instead, I kinda went, “Ugggggghhhhhh.” Doesn’t he know we all still have the flu? Doesn’t he know I have disinfecting to do? Doesn’t he know the kids all have attitudes? But in the spirit of Christmas I turned off the television,…
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    The Standard Blog for Christian Business Owners

  • If Christianity is Relevant to Business, then where should I Start?

    2 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Why should I care about who Jesus is and what he did. The world is full of noise and distractions, which means who ever shouts the loudest gets heard. So when it comes to faith, business people have been bludgeoned in to thinking they should ignore faith because they’re too intelligent and too busy for all that and are therefore particularly adept at side-stepping anything to do with faith. For me, I look at this faith "thing" as good from God and bad from satan.  Continue reading and see what you think by the end... Faith vs Happy Clappy The last thing I wanted was to be…
  • Keep Calm and Pray Out Loud

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    God is not sitting in heaven quaking in his boots, worrying about the troubles of this world and nor should we! As a business owner and a Christian I often feel torn between thinking that I have to do everything in my own strength to change what's going on in the world or to shout out from the rooftops that we've got to pray out loud, even to pick up a Bible and go to another country and almost scream at people so that they understand what it means to be a Christian and why it is so important to stop blanking Jesus thinking they've got it all sussed!When I turn on the news or scroll down…
  • Spiritual Warfare in Business

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    I’m not going to believe some mumbo-jumbo about evil spirits and demon possession Firstly, why should I even consider entertaining God and business in the same sentence? Secondly, I am perfectly capable of taking care of business by myself. And lastly, if you think I’m even going to believe some mumbo-jumbo about evil spirits and demon possession, you’ve got to be kidding – I’ll leave that for my kids and Halloween! Does this sound about right? Well, I’m not surprised, especially when Christians talk about faith and work together, they’re invariably referring to what happens in…
  • Can I to talk to God direct about my business?

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Don't listen to what others say about God - your life depends on it! We're told; "you're unique, there's only one of you, your fingerprints, eyes and even your ears are all unique." I get it, I'm unique, I accept I'm made this way, I also have a unique brain, a unique business, I have unique mind and my thoughts are my own too, because that's how it is. So why do so many listen to other people views, ideologies and perceptions about God?Surely if we're unique 'all-over' we should be making up our own minds about God - shouldn't we? Where do I start? How can I make up my own mind about God and…
  • Left Behind - Released 2014 - Starring Nicholas Cage

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    I believe this is the start of a major revival and that Hollywood will change millions of lives Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have blessed so many people with their books, not just the Left Behind series but literally hundreds more.   This film being released in October 2014 will, I believe, change the lives of more people that we could ever imagine - in to the millions! The books have sold over 75 million copies and to date they have over 1.2 million Facebook followers for the movie.I was once told by a "grown-up" Christian that the last book in the Bible - Revelation, was nonsense…
 
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    Articles | NewSpring Church

  • When Two Become One, Christmas Does, Too

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tradition. My husband and I realized the weight of this word during our first Christmas together.  Where would we go? How would we celebrate?   Changing anything about the holiday tradition that I was accustomed to was out of the question. My husband felt the same way, so we engaged in a “discussion” about our first Christmas plans.  I wish I could tell you I was slow to anger and self-sacrificing, but I wasn’t.    Traditions can have a strong hold on us. Traditions are not inherently bad.The Bible is full of beautiful traditions such as baptism and…
  • Settling The Great Santa Debate

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you remember when you discovered Santa wasn’t real? I don’t know how old I was at the time, but I remember the horror of realizing so many children around me believed a lie. It felt like a great letdown, and the Christmas experience seemed to lose its magic. Now, as adults, we have to wrestle with the question of Santa again. However, this time it’s not about what we think of him. As we get older, we have to deal with the question of what to tell our children about Santa. Are we leading kids astray if we tell them about Santa and let them leave cookies and milk on…
  • 3 Reasons Christmas Is The Perfect Time To Invite Someone To Church

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    At this point in the Christmas season, most of us are scrambling to buy and wrap last-minute gifts. We’re up to our ears in cookies, we’ve got stockings to stuff, and parties to attend.  But what if the most important thing that happens this Christmas isn’t something we do, but a question we ask?  3 Reasons Christmas Is The Perfect Time To Invite Someone To Church 1. Christmas spirit already has people doing things they wouldn’t normally do.  Only at Christmas do we see penny-pinchers digging in their pockets for change to give to the man merrily ringing…
  • What The Movie Missed About The Real Exodus Story

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s a gamble when Hollywood makes films based on Bible stories: plenty can go well but plenty can go wrong. Exodus: Gods and Kings released this weekend. Read this infographic to get the big picture of Exodus in the Bible and let’s look at how the 2014 film adaptation compares. 4 Things Exodus: Gods and Kings Didn’t Tell You About the Bible Story 1. People don’t meet God by accident. Moses first met God by coincidence in the film, but the Bible shows us God called on Moses and Moses chose to go listen to God (Exodus 3:1-6). Although Moses did not…
  • Yes!

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A recap of Senior Pastor Perry Noble’s sermon, “Yes!” in 140 characters or less. The key to getting unstuck in our lives is to say “yes” to Jesus. #ThrillOfHope God has not abandoned or forgotten you. #ThrillOfHope What we call stuck, God calls a setup for a miracle. #ThrillOfHope God doesn’t call us to tough circumstances, but situations that are impossible without Him. #ThrillOfHope Faith is when we keep moving, even when we can’t feel it anymore. #ThrillOfHope When we try the impossible, it leaves room for God to do a miracle. #ThrillOfHope…
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    Benjamin Ehinger's Blog

  • Friendship Matters – Daily Bible Post – 12.18.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    Today’s Scripture is 1 Samuel 18:1-4, 23:15-18 Friendship is very important in our lives here on earth. It’s not about the number of so-called friends we have, but the quality of those friends. They can be family, people we work with or anybody else found within our lives. God blesses us with friends for a reason and we are called to take those friendships very seriously. 18 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. The last part of this verse is very important. Jonathan didn’t love David as who he…
  • No Longer Servants, but Friends – Daily Bible Post – 12.17.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    Today’s Scripture is John 15:9-17 There are two major themes found within this specific section of John. The first is love and the second is obedience. We are to love our neighbor so much that we are willing to lay down our lives for them. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. We are also to obey the commandments God has put forth for us. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. Along with these two obvious themes, we are also told that we are no longer servants of…
  • Christ is More than Just IN Christmas – Daily Bible Post – 12.16.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    Today’s Scripture is Luke 2:6-14 Christmas is nearly upon us and this scripture is exactly what Christmas is about: The Birth of Christ. There have been many signs in front of businesses, churches and other establishments telling us to pus Christ back in Christmas. While I agree that our world has for some reason forgotten what Christmas is all about, Christ has never been out of Christmas. Listen to a Christmas music station for more than an hour and you will hear bible verses, a number of reference to Christ and many other Christian things. Christ is the reason for Christmas,…
  • Stewardship and Obedience – Daily Bible Post – 12.15.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    Today’s Scripture is Deuteronomy 4:1-9 The book of Deuteronomy can be a hard one to take for sure. Heck most of the old testament is hard to take and understand. This specific section has a message that is two-fold. First, God is about to give Isreal the laws they are to follow. He goes as far as to tell them: 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you. However, anybody that has read the bible knows, they certainly added to the law, as by New Testament there were over 600 things they were supposed to…
  • Living in Harmony – Daily Bible Post – 12.11.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Today’s Scripture is Isaiah 11:1-19 This specific part of the book of Isaiah gives us a slight glimpse into what heaven may very much be like. 6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. 9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy…
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    Christmas 2014

  • Christmas 2014 Family Photo Ideas

    christmas
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:33 am
    Christmas 2014 Family Photo Ideas: Here we are sharing latest collection of Christmas 2014 Family Photo Ideas. You can download Christmas Family Photos in High Definition with High resolution size for Your Desktop, Computer, PC, Laptop, Apple, Notebook, Mac OS, ...
  • Christmas Nail Art Designs

    christmas
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    Christmas Nail Art Designs: Here we are sharing latest collection of Christmas Nail Art Designs. You can download Christmas 2014 Nail Art Designs Pictures in High Definition with High resolution size for Your Desktop, Computer, PC, Laptop, Apple, Notebook, Mac ...
  • Merry Christmas 2014 Quotes in English

    christmas
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:59 am
    Merry Christmas 2014 Quotes in English: Here we are sharing latest collection of Merry Christmas Quotes in English. You can download Merry Christmas 2014 Quotes in High Definition with High resolution size for Your Desktop, Computer, PC, Laptop, Apple, Notebook, ...
  • Merry Christmas WhatsApp Emoticons Download

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    15 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    Merry Christmas WhatsApp Emoticons Download: Here we are sharing latest collection of Merry Christmas WhatsApp Emoticons. You can download Christmas WhatsApp Emoticons in High Definition with High resolution size for Your Desktop, Computer, PC, Laptop, Apple, Notebook, Mac OS, Ubuntu, ...
  • Christmas Decorations Pinterest 2014 Pictures

    christmas
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Christmas Decorations Pinterest 2014 Pictures: Here we are sharing latest collection of Christmas Decorations Pinterest 2014 Pictures. You can download Christmas 2014 Decorations Pictures, Images in High Definition with High resolution size for Your Desktop, Computer, PC, Laptop, Apple, Notebook, ...
 
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • Surprise! 5 Unhealthy Foods That Are Actually Good for You

    Get Better Today
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Scientific studies are being conducted on thousands of items of food that we consume every day.Some of these studies show how these once deemed unhealthy foods are not as detrimental to your health as initially thought. Below are just a few examples of what was once considered an unhealthy food item is now being hailed by science as healthy. Eggs Eggs were once considered a dietary taboo and thought to clog arteries, which could lead to heart attacks or strokes. However, new research give individuals the green light to consume eggs on a daily basis, some are even calling eggs a superfood. One…
  • After A Long Day Of Work, This Dad Still Knows What His REAL Job Is

    Get Better Today
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:54 pm
    After coming across this incredibly heartwarming photo on Reddit, we knew we had to share it. Even though the news likes to highlight “Deadbeat Dads”, the truth is – there are a lot of great dads out there still! This picture of a dad reading to his little girl on the subway, is proof of it. Photo via theekhai & Reddit The post After A Long Day Of Work, This Dad Still Knows What His REAL Job Is appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • This Lady’s Story Takes A Crazy And Unexpected Turn. You’ll Learn A Life Lesson.

    Get Better Today
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Once upon a time, there lived a master architect. This man had devoted his entire life to creating some of the most beautiful buildings of his era — from the lavish private residences of celebrities, athletes and dignitaries, to the grandiose buildings of state government, to the breathtaking arches of world-renowned cathedrals. But after years at his craft, he was exhausted. He knew it was time to retire. Luckily, he had an apprentice whom he’d taught well. A young woman who showed promise and potential. The old master said to the young apprentice: “It’s time for me to retire. I’m…
  • BUSTED: Tim Tebow Caught On Camera & It Shows His Real Priorities

    Get Better Today
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Popular football player and former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow, was recently caught on camera…   Known for his public expressions of faith, Tebow is currently a college football analyst for ESPN.  Taken by Christian singer Tanner Clark, the picture below shows Tebow leading his co-hosts in a prayer while they were off-air. Post by Tanner Clark. The post BUSTED: Tim Tebow Caught On Camera & It Shows His Real Priorities appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • Here’s Why Following God Can End Badly

    Get Better Today
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    If there’s one thing you can say about Matt Chandler – it’s that he is all about the Truth. And that’s why we love him. Even though the topic in this video can be incredibly difficult to handle, his message is incredibly powerful.  Chandler talks about the people in the Bible who’s lives ended badly here on Earth.   Like usual, he cuts straight to the chase. Even though we’re Christians, it doesn’t mean our life is going to be easy.  In fact, sometimes it can be flat out horrible. That’s why you need to watch this video… The post…
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    Church Community Builder

  • Want to move more Christmas guests to fully engaged members? Here’s a map.

    Steve Caton
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s the time of year when you know your church is going to see a massive number of first-time visitors. Just because history tells you that many won’t come back again until Easter, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be intentional about stewarding everyone who walks through your door this Christmas. Moving first-time visitors to fully engaged members of our local expression of the body of Christ should always be a goal for all of us in the local church. If it’s not, you will never sustain the momentum you experience at Christmas or any other time of year. Developing a solid and…
  • Discontinued Support for SSL3 Cyphers

    Updates Team
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    We want to ensure we can continue to provide you with the most secure experience using the Church Community Builder software. Therefore, as of December 11, 2014, we have officially discontinued support for any non TLS cypher suites (namely those cyphers relied upon for SSL3). Why? Newer cyphers and encryption protocols offer better security and are not vulnerable to several known exploits. Although several older browsers and clients are only compatible with SSL3, there are compelling upgrade paths for all of these clients that are much more effective at securing the communication traveling to…
  • Five ways churches can regain the patent on community

    Steve Caton
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here’s something every church leader should recognize: The church no longer holds the exclusive patent on community. With the advent of social media and the plethora of ways people can meet (gyms, coffee shops, meet-ups, online forums, workplaces, night classes, bars, running groups, book clubs…), the attraction of church as the place to find community is no longer an exclusive honor. Sam Davidson wrote a really poignant post on this topic. Sam pointed out that in the church’s attempt to be a community, it continually draws its circles smaller. Five ways churches can regain the patent…
  • Discontinuing Support of Internet Explorer 9

    Updates Team
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    We want to ensure we can continue to provide you with the best possible experience using the Church Community Builder software. Therefore, as of December 11, 2014, we have officially discontinued support for the Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) web browser. Why? Newer browser versions often contain important security updates and faster processing, and are typically more compatible with web standards. We believe it is a best practice to always update to the most current stable version of any browser you use. Internet Explorer 9 is out of compliance with some key areas of modern web guidelines,…
  • Why your database, not your building, is your church’s most important asset

    Steve Caton
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    For me, there’s nothing like sitting down eye to eye with our church partners. I have a lot of long-distance phone conversations with church leaders, so when I get the opportunity to have face time with them, I always come back excited and inspired about the ministry impact being made and the role we get to play in making that possible. I recently set out on our annual Church Community Builder road trip, where our leadership team and several other associates hit the road to spend time with church partners. We do this every year as part of our ongoing effort to get out of our world and into…
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    A Normal Believer in Christ

  • Being Open Vessels to the Lord’s Shining within from our Spirit, the Lamp of Jehovah

    aGodMan
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:09 am
    Our experience and enjoyment of Christ is for the church, and as we know Christ, pursue Him, enjoy Him, and experience Him we become His corporate expression in the church life. Too many times, however, we don’t enjoy the Lord, we don’t open to Him, and we don’t experience Him, and therefore the church life is poor in expressing Christ in all His riches. For the church life to be the corporate expression of Christ we need to have our soul subdued and saturated with Christ as the life-giving Spirit. Since our soul is so active and ready to do things, say things and go places…
  • Having the Divine Reality Wrought into us to Become our Reality, Life, and Living

    aGodMan
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:19 am
    The church life is nothing else but Christ Himself being enjoyed, realized, experienced, and expressed through the believers in Christ for God’s corporate expression. In order for the church life to be such a place, we need to have our soul subdued and saturated with Christ as the life-giving Spirit. If we all live in our soul, there will be no church life; if we allow our mind, emotion, and will to take the lead in our fellowship and coor