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  • Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate

    Just A Thought
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I love the smell of fresh baked bread.  When we livied in Croatia, walking down to the local bakery and smelling all the amazing breads and pastries was awesome and the taste was indescribable!  Now, living in northern British Columbia, I have access to fresh baked breads, organic coffees, and a host of other items at local farmer's markets and boutique coffee shops. When I came across
  • A Coming Storm Update

    Kingdom Calling
    Wes Bridel
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    The following is a reprint of the March 2015 Coming Storm newsletter… A Coming Storm Update Good news.  The work of the Lord is progressing.  I haven’t written much in the past couple years in part because I didn’t have anything different to say than what I’ve already said.  I would write from time to time to say that I felt we probably had a couple more years before the economy turned down again.  Today I have a different opinion. I believe this is the year that we begin to see the economy begin to crack apart.  My guess is that if I’m correct and these things begin in…
  • Are We Training Pastors for a Job That No Longer Exists?

    Spencer Burke
    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    It’s safe to say that the traditional expression of church has not varied for hundreds of years. This form worked well when the dominant culture in the world was agrarian, most people were uneducated and illiterate, and books were either unavailable or very expensive. Information and stories were spread by people who had dedicated their lives to learning, reading, and teaching. Many of these were pastors who received more schooling than most before going out into the world to build a church. Farmers from miles around would put on their “Sunday best” and walk, pile into wagons, or ride…
  • New today: Persistent anti-Semitism, Moses and the U.S.’s founders, frustrations in worship with children

    Century Blog
    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • How the U.S. compares with the rest of the world on religious restrictions

    byFaith
    Larry Hoop
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forbids laws establishing religion or impeding the free exercise of religion. But that doesn’t mean governments in the U.S. – whether federal, state or local – do not place any restrictions on religious activity. Indeed, according to a recent Pew Research Center study – the sixth annual report in a series – the U.S. has moderate levels of both restrictions on religion and social hostilities toward religious groups, ranking somewhere in the middle range of the nearly 200 countries analyzed in the report. For instance, the U.S. has more…
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    WORLDmag.com

  • The reality of Indiana’s religious freedom law

    Emily Belz
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Media and opponents mischaracterize the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • Midday Roundup: Harry Reid to retire, GOP plans to pounce on his seat

    Leigh Jones
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Senate retirement. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced this morning he will not seek reelection in 2016. Reid, 75, said he is stepping down from the seat he has held since 1986 to help elect fellow Democrats in what is sure to be a contentious election. Nevada is a swing state, and Reid was considered vulnerable during his last election in 2010. On Jan. 1, Reid suffered an accident while exercising that left him with limited sight in his right eye. That incident also
  • Ohio House passes heartbeat law over Kasich's opposition

    Bob Brown
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    On Wednesday, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill that would outlaw abortion if a baby’s heartbeat can be detected. A baby’s heart begins to beat 18 to 25 days after conception, and an ultrasound can detect it after about six weeks.  Opposition to the bill came from the usual corners but also from some pro-lifers. Senate President Keith Faber, a Republican, said although he was personally “for all the concepts in the heartbeat bill,” he doubted it would survive a
  • OU fraternity member seeks forgiveness for racist chant

    Rachel Lynn Aldrich
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    The former University of Oklahoma fraternity member caught on film leading a racist chant apologized publicly on Wednesday, saying he is deeply sorry for his involvement and embarrassed that he failed to stop it. Several Oklahoma City civil rights leaders stood by Levi Pettit as he made the apology after a meeting at a Baptist church on the city’s east side, a predominantly African-American community. The apology has sparked discussions on reconciliation and forgiveness in regards to
  • In posthumous video, Brittany Maynard calls for euthanasia law

    Lynde Langdon
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    A bill to legalize assisted suicide in California advanced out of committee Wednesday, aided by a new video featuring cancer victim Brittany Maynard, who killed herself with a physician-prescribed drug on Nov. 1. After learning she had terminal brain cancer, Maynard moved from California to Oregon because assisted suicide is legal under certain conditions there. “I am heartbroken that I had to leave behind my home, my community, and my friends in California, but I am dying and I refuse
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • Because Maybe It’s Time For All The Caged Birds to Sing

    Ann Voskamp
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    It’s been a hard, hard week — make that couple of weeks. And then yesterday, I succumbed to a high fever, and have had much time to reflect on suffering, and what that looks like in places around the world that don’t have easy access to medicine or healthcare — or even a bed. It breaks my heart to know that almost 300,000 women die each year in developing countries because of complications due to pregnancy. Thankfully, dozens of thought-leaders have heard the pleas of mothers and children in developing countries and are raising their voices to inspire a movement to…
  • How to Recover the Lost Art of Dying Well: What Kara Tippetts Taught Us

    Ann Voskamp
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    She’d said it brave into the camera, the liquid of her heart brimming like light in her eyes: “I feel like I’m a kid at a party, whose Father said it’s time to leave and go Home already….. And I am not afraid of dying — I just don’t want to go.” Her wondrous little boy, Lake, had curled into her in bed and he had looked into her eyes and whispered: “I don’t want you to go…” Kara hadn’t wavered, she was 38 years old and the mother of 4 children, dying of cancer, and she hadn’t looked away — She nodded and stroked his cheek with the palm of her hand, like…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [03.21.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    The total solar eclipse yesterday was breathtaking — come stand here & be in the right spot to see it a time-lapse showing the total solar eclipse from an archipelago found halfway between Norway & Iceland see what happens midway through the video? when the whole landscape is plunged into darkness?  how this dog walks on water  <grin> so this guy looks out his kitchen window and sees — How girls names have popularized — and not? this absolutely fascinated us who knew that one little library would do this (and what if it spread?)   how to solve a…
  • What To Do When Women Seem Scary

    Ann Voskamp
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    So when I met Melanie last last year, we talked about being moms raising kids, hers skinning knees on suburban sidewalks, and mine running through farm fields, and she told me she remembers to count the gifts each day. And really, one of the most fantabulous gifts of motherhood is sharing it with friends, although the friend-acquiring process can be…a little awkward. In between the carpools and playdates, Melanie Dale wrote a book about it, Women Are Scary: The Totally Awkward Adventure of Finding Mom Friends. What if we could stop walking around wounded, share our burdens, and link…
  • Journey through Israel to Iraq: How There Can Be Hope in Our Hidden Hells

    Ann Voskamp
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Three weeks after the 21 ‘People of the Cross’ lose their heads to ISIS there on the beach, and the waves rolled red with their blood, I fly into Iraq. Erbil, Iraq. They say ISIS is about 28 miles southwest of Erbil. That’s no stone throw away— but, yeah, if you were feeling particularly nimble, you could tie on a pair of old runners and jog that distance. Somewhere along the way in the travelling, I seem to have lost words? Somewhere along the way, something in me perfectly broke and now I’m home without words and I wake drenched in these night sweats and I can’t find…
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    Acton Institute

  • Europe’s Real Time-Bomb

    John Couretas
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    by Samuel Gregg While Europe’s governments and financial markets have been fixated in recent months by the ongoing fiscal and political disaster otherwise known as Greece, the challenges facing one of the EU’s smallest members are, frankly, quite minor compared to what may well be Europe’s biggest looming internal problem. The name of that challenge? In a word: France. You might also like... Becoming Europe read more
  • Gene Veith on Reformation and Vocation

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

    John Couretas
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    by Rev. Robert A. Sirico There are two prominent churchmen of our era whose lives and words expose the difference between a "preferential option for the poor" and a preferential option for the state. The first is Archbishop Oscar Romero. When an agent of El Salvador's military regime fired a single bullet into Oscar Romero's chest, the archbishop was in the midst of celebrating Mass. But it seems that before Romero could be laid to rest, he became an unlikely hero to Marxists and Liberation Theologians in Latin America. You might also like... Defending the Free Market read…
  • Faith is the Cross

    Acton Web
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    by Rev. Robert A. Sirico Sitting in a comfortable chair in a warm home makes it easy to forget how close religious persecution really is. The 20th century saw the most martyrs in recorded history, and the 21st century is off to a bloody beginning. As I write this, the world mourns the deaths of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of the Islamic State group. Article read more
  • Nathaniel Macon

    Acton Web
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    From 1757  to 1834 Ours is a government of suspicion; every election proves it; the power to impeach proves it; the history of Caesar, of Cromwell, and Bonaparte proves that it ought to be so to remain free. In the Liberal Tradition read more
 
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    Radio Free Acton

  • Gene Veith on Reformation and Vocation

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

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

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

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

    paul.edwards
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Radio Free Acton On this edition of Radio Free Acton, Michael Matheson Miller - Research Fellow at the Acton Institute - interviews Yale's Sterling Professor of English David Bromwich on his new book, "The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke." This week's podcast is part 1 of the interview; part 2 will be forthcoming in the next edition of Radio Free Acton. Soundcloud:  Audio File: 
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • Unstuck - Get Even

    24 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    This week John Ortberg returns with a message on reconciling with the ones that we've hurt.Featured Scripture: Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Unstuck - Get Vulnerable

    15 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    This week Scott Scruggs continues the "Unstuck" series with a message on vulnerability and confession as the next components in becoming "Unstuck."Featured Scripture: Genesis 3:9-10, Leviticus 5:5, James 1:23-24, James 5:16, Acts 19:18, 1 John 1:8-9, Revelation 3:20 Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Unstuck - Get Real

    8 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    This week Nancy Ortberg continues the series "Unstuck" with a message on how to make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves as the next step in becoming "Unstuck."Featured Scripture: Matthew 7:3-5, Psalm 139:23, 1 Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 2:10, Romans 12:3 Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Unstuck - Get Help

    22 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    This week, John Ortberg continues the series, "Unstuck" with a message on how we can turn to God as the Power greater than ourselves, who can "restore us to sanity."Featured Scripture: Genesis 3:5; Daniel 4; Romans 1:21 Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Unstuck - "Me Too"

    15 Feb 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Today, John Ortberg begins a new series, titled: "Unstuck." We've all been stuck at some point in our lives... Today John covers the first step in getting unstuck and explains how God gives us hope for change, healing, freedom and deliverance.Featured Scripture: John 8:34-36; Galatians 5:1; II Corinthians 3:17; Romans 7:15-21ff; Isaiah 53:6; Matthew 19:23-26; I John 1:8-9; James 5:16. Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
 
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    Brian McLaren EMC

  • You've heard "Let it Go" a million times. But have you heard "Let Go?"

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:21 am
  • Water. It's beautiful. It's life-giving.

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    Here are two of my pieces about world water day … Water as a Symbol Across Faith Traditions 5 Ways you Can Save Lives on World Water Day
  • A reader writes … easily accessible to our youth

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:43 am
    A reader writes: I've been doing an internship at a small Presbyterian church since last summer. In addition to my intern duties, I have been offered a position as Christian Education Administrator as they decide how to reorganize after losing their long time DCE. Our youth group has dwindled over the years. They were wanting something that would create excitement and help the youth think about their faith. A few weeks ago, we introduced WMTRBW. We used John Stonecypher's videos and worked with the material to make it easily accessible to our youth. The response has been great. Your book has…
  • God becomes real to us ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    when incarnated in the kindness and love of others. This beautiful video from Rob Leveridge offers a beautiful insight into incarnation … and eucharist. So worth your next 3 minutes and 55 seconds!
  • Banking With a Conscience: George Bailey or Mr. Potter?

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    George Bailey or Mr. Potter? This article points to a trend I think we all should be paying attention to … using moral influence upon corporations, beginning with banks, to move people toward the common good. More here. Quotable: Last week, with little fanfare, PNC Financial, the nation’s seventh-largest bank, disclosed a significant strategic shift. The bank said it would no longer finance coal-mining companies that pursue mountaintop removal of coal in Appalachia, an environmentally devastating practice that has long drawn opposition. It was a big decision for PNC, which has been one of…
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    byFaith

  • How the U.S. compares with the rest of the world on religious restrictions

    Larry Hoop
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forbids laws establishing religion or impeding the free exercise of religion. But that doesn’t mean governments in the U.S. – whether federal, state or local – do not place any restrictions on religious activity. Indeed, according to a recent Pew Research Center study – the sixth annual report in a series – the U.S. has moderate levels of both restrictions on religion and social hostilities toward religious groups, ranking somewhere in the middle range of the nearly 200 countries analyzed in the report. For instance, the U.S. has more…
  • 2015 State of Atheism in America

    Larry Hoop
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    March 24, 2015—This past year, Barna Group has spent a considerable amount of time studying the unchurched—those who have not attended church within the past six months. Much of that research is collected in the new Barna project Churchless, edited by David Kinnaman and George Barna. One of the most remarkable findings is that unchurched people are not always unbelievers—in fact, most aren’t. The majority are non-practicing Christians: They claim Christianity as their faith, but they haven’t been to church in a long time. But what about atheists and agnostics? Are their numbers on…
  • The Trek to Ridge Haven

    Zoe Erler
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:14 am
    In 2010 Willow Creek Presbyterian Church in Winter Springs, Florida, contacted Ridge Haven to inquire about reserving the camp for a men’s retreat. The church leadership had one clear directive for the camp: Make the weekend intense enough that no one gets bored. Willow Creek sent Ridge Haven its materials from previous retreats, and Ridge Haven went to work customizing the established format to suit Ridge Haven’s resources. By the first evening, many of the Willow Creek men had requested Tylenol. Since 2010 Ridge Haven has made Men’s Adventure Weekends a regular offering, and the…
  • Dying with Grace

    Zoe Erler
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    Kara Tippetts, 38, was the wife of PCA church planter Jason Tippetts (Westside Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado) and a mother to four young children. She passed away on March 22, after a long battle with cancer. Not long after receiving her initial diagnosis of breast cancer, Tippetts started a blog called “Mundane Faithfulness,” where she chronicled her daily battle with cancer and her fight for joy in the midst of pain and probable death. Her rawness, sense of humor, and spiritual clarity particularly connected with women, with close to 30,000 people who subscribed to her blog. In…
  • Kara Tippetts Home with Jesus

    Staff
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    Kara Tippetts went home to Jesus on March 22, 2015, after a long battle with breast cancer. Born Kara Lynne Thewlies on July 14, 1976, she grew up in Noblesville, Indiana, and earned her BS in English Education at Indiana University. She met her husband Jason Tippetts at Eagle Lake Camp, a Christian camp located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They were married on May 16, 1998. Kara was led to Christ in high school after a youth leader read her a tract about Christianity and a friend invited her to youth group. Hearing a message about forgiveness prompted her to seek a relationship with Jesus,…
 
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    Business Blessings

  • Twitter For Business – Notes from Seminar I attended

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

    jasonr2015
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:09 pm
    We had a fantastic time on Friday at our last Dayz with God below are some testimonies from the day.  Register for the next Day with God and join us in encountering his presence and receiving his revelation, insight, love, healing and refreshing. I came here wanting specific answers about my business, but God reminded me that ‘I was’ before I ever ‘did’. He also reminded me that I am creative, and love an adventure and a surprise. I came to another level of surrender as I made room for his creativity in my life and the adventure we are going on. I’m excited and I loved taking a…
  • Options for Outsourcing Overseas for Small Business

    businessblessings
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:02 am
    Recently I had the privilege of sharing on Outsourcing options for small business. This blog represents some of my notes on the presentation and trust that you will find this helpful.  It is not exhaustive but serves as a guide for you. Topics covered in this blog will include: Business agility requires you to have flexibility with staffing How do you do that given the current staffing costs and legislation in Australia Services that are available Practicalities involved Case Studies Outsourcing is something that has been around for a long time. Major corporations use it, but now because of…
  • 2015 A Year of Growth and Change

    jasonr2015
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Happy New Year! It has been awhile since I have sent out an email to our Business Blessings list, so wanted to bring you up to speed on what our plans are for 2015 and where we see God taking us this year. I would like to start off be declaring that I see that 2015 as a year of growth and a year of change. I sense that it is going to be a year of growth in our businesses in terms of numeric growth, the size of your turnover, an increase in the number of products and services you provide, an increase in staff and an increase in influence. But for that growth to happen there is a need for you…
  • 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…
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • Kumbaya nervous breakdonw (cont.)

    Margaret O'Brien Steinfels
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    In Wednesday's post I asked: what next for U.S.-Israeli ties?  J.P. Farry posted this grim but perhaps realistic analysis: "The reaction of so many Israelis to Obama's response to Bibi's election eve statement reflects their long-standing expectation that US Presidents are supposed to cut Israeli prime ministers "a lot of slack" given the tumultuous character of Israeli politics.
  • How Do You Teach Delight?

    Joseph A. Komonchak
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:03 am
    With its one hundred and seventy-six verses, Psalm 118[119] is by far the longest of all. It has the form of an acrostic: each of the eight verses in twenty-two strophes begins with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. That is an arrangement that is almost impossible to reproduce well in English, although Ronald Knox attempted it. The Psalm is a celebration of the Law of the Lord, all but one of the verses containing the word “law” or “commandment” or some other synonym.
  • "Listen & Other Stories" by Liam Callanan

    Mollie Wilson O'Reilly
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Fiction fans, you may remember Liam Callanan's short story "Exhibit A," which we had the good fortune -- and good taste -- to publish in Commonweal last summer.
  • Let's hear it for Fanny Howe's nomination

    Maria Bowler
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    This week, the Man Booker International Prize announced their shortlist for the £60,000 award, and the only American who made the cut was the poet, novelist and essayist Fanny Howe. Howe was nominated for her sixteenth book of poetry, Second Childhood, released by Graywolf press. As if we needed another reason to be curious about it, it also made Anthony Domestico's list of the Best Books of 2014,
  • Compare and Contrast: A Spanish Recruitment Video for the Priesthood

    Cathleen Kaveny
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    The immensely learned Rita Ferrone has called attention to a recruitment video (in Spanish with English subtitles) that is very different in tone than that of Father Barron. I think a compare and contrast is in order. What struck me most was the invitational quality of this video. The candidates are being invited into a mystery, not a clearly defined web of doctrinal propositions or a certain command and control structure. It inivtes to a kind of camaraderie of service,  I think. 
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • Technology in Developing Countries

    Susan Sayler
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Compassion sponsor, Laura, posted this suggestion on our community support page a while back: “Our family has sponsored since the 1990s…In the past year or two we’ve been hearing more and more about sponsored children (especially teens) having access to Facebook, cell phones, etc. and having televisions and video games in their homes. Our family cuts some costs by not owning Smart Phones, not paying for cable TV, etc., so it is hard for us to understand why families in Compassion’s programs would have what we consider to be luxuries, when physical and educational needs are not…
  • A New Rite of Passage

    Silas Irungu
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    “Ewuaso Najile Girls was dedicated as a place of hope and opportunity for girls to be anchored in excellence…,” reads a section of the plaque mounted on one of the walls of the school’s administration block. The dedication on Nov. 11, 2008 was presided over by Dr. Wess Stafford, former president of Compassion International. Joining him were Randy Wolcott, the Drake and Bass families, and Jane Spears and family, whose generous financial support enabled the school’s construction. Jennifer Sekeyian Kisurkat was consumed by the song and dance of young Maasai dancers during the ceremony…
  • You Asked, We Answered: Facebook Q&A

    Sam Hoover
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    We recently hosted our first ever impromptu Facebook Q&A session. There were a ton of great questions asked. Here are some of the most popular questions – and a few of our favorites – as well as our answers to them. A few edits have been made for clarity. From the point a sponsor selects a new child on the website, generally how long is it before they are told they have been sponsored? – Janet They find out within one month. We like to share this exciting news with their family as quickly as possible! How often are the letters usually passed out at the centers? I…
  • World Water Day: Uniting a Community with Sustainable Water

    Provashish Dutta
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    In a country… … that has 18 percent of the world’s population but only 4 percent of its water resources … where 21 percent of communicable diseases occur due to use of unsafe water …where diarrhea claims more than 1600 lives each day …and where 59 percent of people who practice open defecation reside… Staff members at one child development center took the matter of lack of access to clean sustainable water and sanitation into their own hands and mobilized their community into action. In a rural community in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India, we have…
  • Three Birthday Card Ideas for Your Sponsored Child

    Yvonne Reynolds
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Everybody has one. Old or young, we all celebrate it. It doesn’t matter if they are big or small celebrations, we all look forward to a little acknowledgment that day – a little something from the world that says, “I see you.” And for a child growing up in extreme poverty, we know how very special it is when he or she has more and more of them. More and more birthdays! It is such a joy when a faraway friend remembers your birthday by sending you a birthday card. I remember going through the Compassion Experience and hearing how Julian was so excited when she received a birthday card…
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    Desiring God

  • United Through Disability

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    When I’m in a group of parents where disability is the topic or reason for our gathering, the characteristics of ethnicity, education, economic status, and geography fade in their importance. I talk and listen to people who are very different than I am, and they talk and listen to me. And it isn’t weird or uncomfortable. Because of disability. Some of it is because of common experience. I have been ignored by health care professionals who assumed a dad didn’t have anything worthwhile to say about his son. I have been talked down to by school administrators as they explained why it was…
  • What Will You Leave Behind?

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Author, playwright, poet, and Christian apologist, Dorothy Sayers, once wrote, “What we make is more important than what we are, particularly if ‘making’ is our profession.” By professional “making,” Sayers was referring particularly to artists. But in reality, all of us are makers, whatever our profession. Making is not solely the realm of artists. God has bestowed on all humans the incredible privilege of being sub-creators. We all make things all the time. And our making is of great importance to God. What’s More Important? But is it true that what we make is more important…
  • Think of Yourself Less

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    I am very qualified to speak on pride because I am so proud. I hate my pride, but what I take even more seriously is how God hates it so much more. Pride is our greatest enemy because it makes God our enemy — an almighty opponent. “God opposes the proud” (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5). Why? What makes pride so singularly repulsive to God is the way that pride contends for supremacy with God himself. Pride is not one sin among many, but a sin in a class by itself. Other sins lead the sinner further from God, but pride is particularly heinous in that it attempts to elevate the sinner above God.
  • Seek the Treasure That Will Not Fail

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” What we treasure has massive implications for the health and security of our hearts. In this lab, John Piper explains why treasure in heaven will satisfy us more than any other, and shows us the pathway to more of the joy found in Jesus.Watch Now
  • Put Laziness to Rest

    25 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    God often has a backwards way of dealing with brokenness in our world. Conquering, but not by the sword (Matthew 26:52). Defeating death with death (Hebrews 2:14). Preaching parables to bad listeners (Matthew 13:13). Fighting laziness with rest. Because of the complexity of laziness, we need to pay close attention to the ways God addresses our complacency. To shout at men, “Get to work!” ironically reinforces a dysfunctional cycle of both work and rest. It fails to say what really needs to be said. It isn’t all that hard to see why God punishes his people by making them “forget…
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    Emergent Village

  • 4 Remodeling Ideas that will Add Luxury to Your Home

    Thomas
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    We can’t all have inherently glamorous homes, but if infinity pools, panoramic ocean views, and massive marble staircases are beyond your budget, you can still achieve luxury. Making a few remodeling changes can turn your average home into something worthy of the Hollywood Hills. Room-by-room, here are 4 of our favorite ideas.   1. From bedroom to boudoir   If your bedroom feels rich and elegant, you will too. Unfortunately, because the bedroom is least often seen by guests, it’s the room most often neglected during a home makeover.   Starting with the bed: take those…
  • 5 Key Considerations Before You Start Renovating Your Home

    Thomas
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    One of the main purposes of investing in home improvement is to boost the value of your property. Home improvements can offer significant value to the homeowner as well as the community where you live. When you invest in a quality upgrade, the boost in property value will enhance the outlook of your community. It also provides employment for the construction industry and an increased market for raw materials used in home remodeling projects. Hire a contractor vs Do-It- Yourself Many homeowners who consider themselves handy would rather do their own remodeling work. But undertaking home…
  • The Pros and Cons of Hiring an Interior Designer

    Thomas
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    When it comes to decorating your home, you have two basic options: you can either opt to do everything yourself, or you can opt for an interior designer of course Some people want to tackle the job themselves thanks to DIY and inspiration websites like Pinterest, but others know they’re just not crafty enough to handle the responsibility. Some also try to DIY, but then fail miserably and opt for the interior designer to help. If you’re weighing the option of whether or not to hire an interior designer for your specific project, the following are a few pros and cons. Pro: Interior…
  • Can you create a garden pond on a budget?

    Thomas
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    So the summer is coming and you have always wanted that garden pond feature so you can sit out in the garden on those lazy summer afternoons. Well why not? Having a pond in your garden doesn’t have to be expensive. Most of the hard work can be done by you, simply decide on where you are having the pond, the shape you would like and most importantly the size. By opting for a smaller pond you are straight away bringing the cost down. But you can still make the pond stunning and the centre piece of your garden. To help keep the cost down you don’t have to have stock in the pond which of…
  • Troubleshooting the 5 Most Common Garage Door Opener Problems

    Thomas
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Automatic garage door openers are a wonderful convenience, providing shelter for your investments and a protected entrance to your home. With great reliability, garage openers are frustrating when they break down unexpectedly. Luckily, most problems you face are an easy fix you can do yourself. Each model has its own quirks, so be sure to check your owner’s manual if the solution isn’t obvious. If your problems persist, consider enlisting garage door opener repair services. Unresponsive Openers Your press the button on your remote or wall mount and nothing happens. Most likely, your…
 
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • The Indomitable and Effective Cardinal Pell

    George Weigel
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    George Pell remade the Catholic Church in Australia by reforming Catholic institutions that had become sinecures for time-servers rather than launch-pads for the new evangelization. He’s now doing the same in Rome, with the unstinting support of Pope Francis. The post The Indomitable and Effective Cardinal Pell appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • An Unappealing ‘Doc Fix’

    James C. Capretta
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    A closer inspection of the details reveals a new bill to repeal the sustainable growth rate to be far less appealing in reality than in theory. The post An Unappealing ‘Doc Fix’ appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • New Interview with George Weigel on Evangelical Catholicism

    George Weigel
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:43 pm
    George Weigel talks with French magazine Famille Chretienne to mark the publication of the French edition of Mr. Weigel’s book Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st- Century Church. The post New Interview with George Weigel on Evangelical Catholicism appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • AP U.S. History Battle Hits Georgia

    Stanley Kurtz
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    The controversy over leftist bias in the College Board’s new framework for Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History has taken a new turn. Now that the College Board has decided to go beyond telling teachers what topics to cover and has moved to control how the class itself is taught, a question has arisen. Why should a single company enjoy what is effectively a government-supported monopoly on AP testing? A resolution intended to open up the market in AP testing to competition easily passed the Georgia state senate earlier this month, and it is now being considered by the Georgia State House.
  • Did the Enlightenment Cause a Global Decline in Violence?

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    The modern age included a laudable squeamishness against tyranny, but it also included a nice dose of utopian hubris, and the special horrors of the modern age are incomprehensible without this Enlightenment idea. The post Did the Enlightenment Cause a Global Decline in Violence? appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Parents Need to Talk to Their Kids About The Website “Omegle” NOW.

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

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

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    It’s kinda crazy. After a year in Nashville, we weren’t sure if it was the place for us to start a family and raise kids…so we began exploring a few ideas. One of these ideas was a casting call for young couples who were thinking of “breaking up” with their city. We applied as a joke, not realizing it was a real reality show on FYI, a station under A&E. After a ton of Skype calls, cameras showed up to our house in Nashville and we began the process of finding our next home. We filmed for a few weeks, really…long…days. How they managed to make this…
  • Look What God Did

    Anne Marie Miller
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Dear 25 year old Anne, It’s me. Anne. Today you…me…we…? turn 35. Holy Moses, has it been a decade? I wanted to tell you four words: “Look what God did.” 25 year old Anne, 2005 was the year you landed in the hospital so stressed out and so hurt from working at a church. You were 40 pounds overweight, working 90 hours a week, and glued to people-pleasing. You thought doing things for God was the same thing as being with Him. But it wasn’t. And over the next two years, as you resigned from that church and healed, you wrote about your journey. You helped…
  • Why the American Church is Not Going to Hell in a Hand Basket

    Anne Marie Miller
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    I know what the statistics say about the future of the evangelical American church. Our buildings are bigger, our lights are brighter, our programs are sleeker, our preachers are teaching, our pastors are shepherding and yet people are leaving out of the church in droves–especially my age (almost 35) and younger. Some are leaving for good. God, the Church, religion…it’s just not part of our core anymore. Some leave and plant other churches. We’re more entrepreneurial than ever so when we see something, in our opinion, that needs to be improved on, we know how to run a…
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  • Fall In Love – A Prayer for Lent by Father Pedro Arrupe

    Christine Sine
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
      The following prayer may seem like an unusual one to publish as a Lenten prayer but Lent is meant to be about re-evaluating our life focus and more than that about reconciling ourselves to the love of God as I mentioned in the post United by Love Not Doctrine.  Recognizing the depth of God’s love […]
  • Maundy Thursday Resources for 2015

    Christine Sine
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Today I am focusing on resources for Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday, which commemorates Jesus’ last Supper with the disciples and the institution of the Eucharist. Its name of “Maundy” comes from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “command.”This stems from Christ’s words in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give unto you. Love one another as I have loved you”. Many of […]
  • Reconciled to the Image of God

    Christine Sine
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    What kind of God do I believe in? This is the question that has revolved in my mind since I read Richard Rohr’s Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. He claims that Francis had a a strong maternal concept of God. Like many of us, I grew up with very patriarchal images of […]
  • Celebrating Holy Week With Kids – Resources for 2015

    Christine Sine
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Easter Sunday is the central celebration of our faith yet I struggle more and more because it seems to me that what begins with triumphant shouts of Christ is Risen Alleluiah, and a beautiful flowering of the cross ends with an easter egg hunt. “It’s great to see the kids so enthusiastic.” people tell me, but is it […]
  • United by Love Not Doctrine

    Christine Sine
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    A couple of days ago, with the help of a couple of friends, I planted the early vegetable garden with cauliflowers, cabbages, broccoli, lettuce, Chinese greens, and carrots. I use the square foot method – lots of diversity close together for maximal yield and minimal pest control. I start with well composted soil and try to […]
 
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  • Spiritual Disciplines: The Spiritual Discipline of Itinerancy

    Jennifer Dukes Lee
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Tomorrow we are moving. Again. My husband and I will be married 18 years in July. This will be our 16th house. 16 homes. 11 towns. 3 countries. You could say I am used to moving. So that is why when this surprise opportunity to rent a home that will allow us build vision and increase the impact of our maternity hostel ministry, we jumped on it. And when we learned that we had to pack and be ready to go in five days, I didn’t freak out. We move. It is what we do. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard. There is the physically hard part. The overwhelmed…
  • Spiritual Disciplines: The Same Old Thing Every Day

    heather.holleman
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    "Do you have to do this every day?" My youngest flops down on my caramel colored bedspread and rolls over onto her stomach. She's asking out of curiosity, not annoyance. "Yes," I say. "It changes me."  I'm in the same rocking chair where I cradled her in my arms 10 years ago. I glance out the window at the Weeping Cherry and the swirls of an orange and pink sunrise. I drink coffee with hazelnut creamer from a mug that says, "Put Your Big Girl Panties On and Get Over It."  It's the same thing every day: coffee, rocking chair, and…
  • Share Your Story: Spiritual Disciplines

    Jennifer Dukes Lee
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Three mornings a week, I wake up at 5:09 a.m. to head to the gym. On those mornings, I contemplate hurling my alarm clock across the room. For me, waking up that early is the opposite of fun. But I drag my stubborn self out of bed because it’s good for me. And by the time I get to the gym, I remember why I came. Working out makes me strong and healthy. That’s the reward for discipline. The same applies to my spiritual health. In order to grow strong and healthy in my spirit, I need the disciplines of prayer, solitude, worship, self-reflection, Bible reading and more. But the…
  • Tithing: It's Personal

    Michelle Henrichs
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The last command we have in the books of the Law regarding the tithe gives us this liturgy:  “So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O LORD, have given me.” You shall set it down before the LORD your God and bow down before the LORD your God. Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the LORD your God has given to you and to your house. – Deuteronomy 26:10-11 (NRSV) And this is also my last reflection on the tithe. So far, I've learned the tithe was an offering from…
  • Tithing: On learning contentment and cheerful givng

    Patricia Hunter
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I’m ashamed to admit this. When my husband and I were married in the fall of 1976, and I moved into his apartment near the university where he was a student, I brought an $800 credit card debt with me. According to an online calculator, $800 in 1976 would be almost $3400 today. Among other character flaws, my credit card debt was a reflection of undisciplined spending habits.   My husband wisely assumed responsibility for our finances. He closed that credit card account after paying it off and established a budget that kept us from spending more than we had coming in – a…
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    Good Letters

  • Dollar Store Evangelism

    Tania Runyan
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Because I enjoy the finer things in life, I ran into Dollar Tree the other day to grab a few bottles of shower gel. The store is a bright, stale-plastic-smelling establishment specializing in glow bracelets, “chocolatey” Easter candy, and knock-off pregnancy tests. (Why didn’t they carry those during my childbearing years?) While it’s preferable to [Read More...]
  • Monasticism In Lockdown America, Part 7: Holy Fool

    Chris Hoke
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Continued from yesterday.    Hank’s trembling confession had charged the small jail visitation cell where I sat discussing the image of God with three men from the infirmary. I pulled out the last of three “icons” and passed it around. It was a color printout of the crumbling Sphinx in Egypt—its nose fallen off, all [Read More...]
  • Monasticism in Lockdown America, Part 6: Icons

    Chris Hoke
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    The jail staff asked if I would meet with some of the guys in the infirmary. I sat down at the small, bare table in a cramped lawyer visitation cell, and three men in red scrubs squeezed by each other to take their seats with me. One of them was Hank, an old man with [Read More...]
  • Resisting My Inner Columba Bush

    Caroline Langston
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Poor Columba Bush: On top of the doubtlessly-endless-hassle it must be to have your husband effectively running for president when you are known as a “low key sort,” it’s even worse to have Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post go digging through your disclosure forms to find out that—as goes the stock phrase that has [Read More...]
  • The Healing Art: Doctors Prescribing Poems

    Peggy Rosenthal
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    My hematologist, who has monitored my leukemia for the past ten years, copied me into an email he sent to his colleagues. It was the poem “Beannacht” by Irish poet John O’Donohue, which begins: On the day when The weight deadens On your shoulders And you stumble, May the clay dance To balance you. And [Read More...]
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • What I Saw in the Shire–JRR Tolkien and the Love of Little Things

    Jake Meador
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Note: It’s March 25 which is the day that the Ring of Power was cast into Mount Doom in JRR Tolkien’s  The Lord of the Rings. About 10 years ago, a group of Tolkien fans decided to commemorate the day by making every March 25 Read Tolkien Day. So you should go do that. If you’ve not read  The Hobbit  or  The Lord of the Rings, I can think of no better day to start (and no better time to be reading them than the days of spring and Ascension which is only a week and a half away). If you’ve read those, go pick up  The Silmarillion. It’s a denser book, but the…
  • Mere Fidelity: The Spirituality of Work

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    How does work integrate into our spiritual lives?  How should Christians approach their work?  Nancy Nordenson, author of Finding Livelihood, joins Alastair and Derek to talk about the kinds of rhythms we need in order to work well. 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 tweet-sized brilliance.  And thanks to Timothy Motte for…
  • The Law and the Burden of Love in Harry Potter

    Jake Meador
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    In Les Miserables Victor Hugo told a number of miraculous stories, but none greater than that of its main protagonist, the former convict Jean Valjean. For those who don’t know the story, Valjean was a convict who worked on a chain gang for 19 years in early 19th century France for stealing food and then later attempting to escape multiple times. Upon his release he was granted a yellow passport which freed him, but also marked him as a former convict–thereby ruining his chances of finding good work or a place to stay. In one of the finest scenes I’ve ever read, the convict…
  • Mere Fidelity: Can Christians Ever Support War?

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    Can Christians ever support war? That’s the question we take up with special guest Preston Sprinkle, author of the widely praised book Fight.  It’s a lively, feisty discussion of an important issue and we hope you listen in. If you want reading from the other side, Nigel Biggar’s In Defence of War is worth considering. (Disclosure:  he’s my advisor.)  You can see my own thoughts on it here. 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.
  • The Narrow Vision of House of Cards

    Jake Meador
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Spoilers below spoilers below do not blame me for spoiling it if you read this there are spoilers below. Ahem. Since the debut of House of Cards‘ third season last week the reviews have been a mostly consistent blend of “meh” and “zzzz.” Those reviews are basically right, but a further point needs to be made about the show’s failings in order to understand why the show has gone from an exciting (if also horrifying) first season to a mostly dull and tedious third season. It’s become a cliche to contrast the 2010s Washington-based hit TV show about…
 
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  • ISIS, Murder, and Martyrdom: A Reflection from RZIM in the Middle East

    Maher Samuel
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Although the scenes of slaughter and murder are not new or alien to Christians in Egypt, the ISIS beheading of the 21 Coptic Christians (as seen in the video released in February) was one of the most devastating tragedies Egyptian Christians have ever witnessed. Though several weeks have passed, our minds are still perplexed and our hearts broken. The old question of “where is God amidst all this evil?” emerges again to denote a great challenge for Christian leaders in this region and particularly for those of us here in RZIM Middle East. The final words we heard on the ISIS beheading…
  • Short Answers 10: Is Atheism a Religion?

    Andy Bannister
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    Dr. Andy Bannister of RZIM answers the question, “Is atheism a religion?” Want to read more widely on this question? Check out Andy’s essay “The Scandinavian Skeptic” (or “Why Atheism Is a Belief System”). This video is episode 10 of RZIM’s Short Answers to Big Questions series, in which Andy and Nathan Betts take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realize we can only often scratch the surface: nevertheless, we hope to…
  • Ravi Zacharias and Team in Oklahoma, March 31-April 1

    Bethan Adams
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, Stuart McAllister, and Cameron McAllister are coming to Oklahoma March 30-April 1. Dr. Ravi’s event on the reliability of the Christian faith is sold out, but tickets are still available for the overflow room here. “From the three pillars of the Christian message, faith, hope and love, we hardly hear messages of hope,” says McAllister. “Why is hope not a central theme of your believing, acting and speaking? The belligerent and angry tone from the pulpit or boardroom is not hopeful; it’s despair.” The talks address business integrity and…
  • Short Answers 09: ‘How can you believe in God without evidence?’

    Nathan Betts
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    Nathan Betts of RZIM Canada answers the question “How can you believe in God without evidence?” If you want to read more widely on this question, check out the book The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller. This video is episode 9 of the Short Answers to Big Questions series, in which Nathan and Andy Bannister take 50 of the most common questions and objections about Christianity and attempt to give short, succinct answers to each of them. In such short videos, we realize we can only often scratch the surface—nevertheless, we hope to give you lots of…
  • Os Guinness on Capitol Hill

    Bethan Adams
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Author and social critic Os Guinness has been invited to address Senate staff members, Capitol Hill police officers, and a handful of senators in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, March 10. Os has been given a strategic opportunity to speak on the meaning and purpose of life with these influential leaders in the Capitol Hill community. Please pray for meaningful interactions during this event and for wisdom and energy for Os as he speaks.
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    Red Letter Believers

  • Hide and Seek – The Games People Play

    David Rupert
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    As a child, summer games seemed to play out into the last whimper of daylight. We biked, and ran, and threw sticks and chased girls. When we tired of baseball, dirt smudged on our face, we would all gather at Joe’s house for the next phase of our outdoor adventure.Hide and seek   Living in a neighborhood next to the open fields gave us opportunity to hide in the willows, under the broken tree limbs and in the makeshift fort next to Lanny’s house. We could play for hours. Quickly, one-by-one, we would quickly shout.“Not it.”“Not it.”” Not…
  • Giving: It’s more than money

    David Rupert
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    No one cared that I slept through church. The older ladies gathered around me and called me “cute.” My skin was still splotchy, and my eyes were clenched tight, squeezing out the light. I was just five days old. My mother sat with her new baby in the second row, proud of her expanding family. I can’t be sure, but there’s a good chance that first sermon was on tithing. We got a lot of that in our little mountain church full of lower-class working congregants. There were bills to pay, and the pastor did all he could to keep the lights on. Now, five decades later, I’m pretty certain…
  • Truth-telling in an age of deception

    David Rupert
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    As soon as the words came out of my mouth, I knew they were wrong. Something inside of me wanted to tell the truth, but like a split-second decision that changes your destiny, the river flowed out of the wrong channel. Trying to catch the words, they were gone, smoke spreading on a cold morning. Now out in the open, I had to deal with the after-affect. So, I justified the words, first to myself, then to God. Neither of us bought the argument, but it sounded reasonable.So rationalization was the next step. After all, I didn’t want the otherpersonto be hurt by the truth.  Out of sensitivity,…
  • Who needs a bucket list?

    David Rupert
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    Fly fish in New Zealand. Kayak in the San Juan Islands. Eat lunch in Istanbul. I have a list of things that I want to do — one day. The Jack Nicholson – Morgan Freeman movie, The Bucket List was about two men with terminal cancer nearing the end of their days. They escaped their hospital rooms so they could finally pursue things they had delayed their whole lives. Their list had things they wanted to die before they “kicked the bucket.” The term made its way into our vernacular and even today I hear people about “Putting the things on my bucket list.” The problem with bucket…
  • Groundhog Day: Winter of Despair or Spring of Hope?

    David Rupert
    2 Feb 2015 | 4:27 am
    Today it’s supposed to be 56. Yesterday it was snowing. Why is this time of year so undecided? “Will it be the winter of despair or the spring of hope?” asked Charles Dickens in a question that transcends the weather. In a thousand different ways in a thousand different times I’ve heard the same cry of the heart. How many times have I asked, “am I going to make it?’ Punxsutawney Phil, the erstwhile groundhog in Punxsutawney, PA, saw his shadow this morning. But the bigger questions at hand are not being asked by this overgrown rodent. All he knows is that the food…
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  • Music Monday 3.9.15

    Steve McCoy
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:38 am
    Streaming FreeSeth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott SmithTwin Shadow - EclipseInventions - Maze of Woods - Two guys, one from Explosions in the Sky & the other from Eluvium. Cheap AlbumsDelta Spirit - Into the Wide $5Brandi Carlile - Give Up The Ghost $5Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise $5Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers $5Radiohead - The Bends $5 - It's the 20th anniversary of this album and you should celebrate!NEWBrandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter - A must-buy for my family as she is singing in our house regularly. Every CD is…
  • Elijah Crohn's Update 3.6.15

    Steve McCoy
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Brief update after Elijah's first infusion of Remicade. Infusion - Elijah's first infusion went great. Stayed at Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Monday night and infusion was first thing Tuesday at Lurie Children's in Chicago. Given Tylenol, Benadryl, and Remicade. Benadryl made him a grump for a bit, but the Remicade had no visible effects. Seemed to take it great. Very proud of our boy. We took a photo next to a Lurie pillar (below) so we can track his growth with each visit, if we can remember to take the picture. :) We are believing that God and doctors and meds will get…
  • Lots-o-Links 2.25.15

    Steve McCoy
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    9Marks -- Life, Ministry, & Books with Tim Keller Part 1 on Life, Part 2 on Ministry, Part 3 on Books - Excellent interview. Kindle DealsThe Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper ($1.99)The Daring Mission of William Tyndale by Steven Lawson ($3.99)Imagination Redeemed by Gene Veith ($2.99)The God Who Is There by D.A. Carson ($3.99)Crazy Busy by Kevin Deyoung ($0.99)The God Who Justifies by James White ($2.99)Can artists do good work in the suburbs?The key attraction of the suburbs for artists is comparatively cheap and spacious accommodation; the same imperative…
  • Danny Dozen

    Steve McCoy
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:13 pm
    Happy Birthday, Danny! So proud of you making it a dozen years when THIS is your idea of a good time.
  • Fall Upon This Gospel

    Steve McCoy
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:44 pm
    I say man must fall upon this Gospel and be broken to pieces and in deep consciousness lie prostrate, like a man that is powerless, unable to move hand or foot. He must only lie motionless and cry: Almighty God, merciful Father, now help me! I cannot help myself! Christ, my lord, do help now, for with only my own effort all is lost!Complete Sermons of Martin Luther, Vol 2.1, page 396-397.
 
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • “Everything Contrary to Right Reason is a Sin” (Clement)

    Fred Sanders
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:08 am
    Clement of Alexandria’s Paedagogus reads like a spiritual guidebook that crashed into a book of manners. If that doesn’t make sense to us, it might be because  we don’t see all of life’s domains jointed together, as Clement did. Virtue, for Clement, was precisely the application of right reason to every detail of conduct. One of the results is that Clement left us a remarkable set of instructions for good behavior, taking the trouble to write down descriptions of how young people ought to walk, talk, eat, and sleep. The whole Paedagogus is worth perusing, but…
  • Christian Stoicism (Clement of Alexandria)

    Fred Sanders
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:46 pm
    People who worry about the hellenization, or greekifying, of Christianity tend to worry about Platonism. But the interaction with Stoicism has been equally complex and interesting. Clement of Alexandria (ca 150-215)’s fascinating book Paedagogus is a great early example. The title is variously translated as Tutor, Educator, Instructor, or Teacher of Little Children. etc. It’s a work of Christian ethics, but it incorporates so much from Stoic thought that about a century ago, when form critics were enjoying the apex of their credibility, they hypothesized that it was nothing more…
  • Dedicated to a Whole Bunch of Propositions

    Fred Sanders
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    Fivescore and seven years ago, our founding fathers brought forth in Los Angeles a Bible Institute. Here’s the 30-minute talk I gave in Biola chapel on Feb 25, 2015, Biola’s 107th anniversary. If you don’t know the Biola story, this is a short intro. It’s a great story, stocked with millionaire oilmen, a globe-trotting evangelist, the Bible Women, and more more more.       The post Dedicated to a Whole Bunch of Propositions appeared first on The Scriptorium Daily.
  • Shorthand Despair, Shorthand Hope

    Fred Sanders
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    Someone recently asked me a question about John Wesley. The person who wrote to me had long found Wesley’s spirituality helpful and encouraging, but were troubled by something they had read: Somewhere they ran across a few lines from a letter John wrote to his brother Charles well into his sixties, saying “I don’t believe in God and I don’t know if I ever did.” What in the world is the context of this shocking remark? By the time I had answered the question, I had written enough that I thought I’d post it here for wider circulation. Here’s the key bit…
  • Where Demons Fear to Tread: Angels and the Atonement

    Adam Johnson
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
      One of the better views of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is from the Ponte Sant’Angelo, a beautiful bridge lined with statues of angels, each bearing some token of the passion of Jesus—the cross, the nails, the crown of thorns, the spear upon which he was given vinegar to drink, the pedestal supporting him as he was whipped…. But what do the angels have to do with the passion of Christ? Why do they cherish the tokens of Christ’s passion? As it turns out, the theologians and artists of the church over the centuries have reflected on this question with surprising results, coming…
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  • March Is For (Panic) Writing

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

    Chris Marlow
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
      Egypt, Persecution and Love For Christmas, my wife and I gifted my daughters a quick trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. As we were driving back yesterday, I saw the news of ISIS killing 21 Egyptian Christians. I spent a week with Egyptian church leaders in 2008, so this news is extremely personal to me. I love the culture, history, and people of Egypt. They’re kind, humble warrior types. Egypt is unique in so many ways. It is considered a bridge to the West for the rest of the Middle East/North Africa countries, as they are a modern society. Rich and poor live…
  • Why You Should Take Your Kids to See Selma

    Chris Marlow
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:54 pm
                                                                  Photo Credit Why You Should Take Your Kids to See Selma  I’ve been hearing people raving about Selma, so I decided to check out the trailer. Right away, I knew it would only be a matter of time before my eyes started to water. I immediately resonated with this quote: “What happens when a man stands up and says “enough is enough?” We build the path as we came … rock by rock.” At Help One Now, we always say in our internal conversations: “Everyday, we struggle for…
  • Tools for 2015

    Chris Marlow
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    Tools I’m Using for 2015. The Muse   I’m a super fan of being productive. When much is given, much is required. I feel like one of my responsibilities in life is to manage my time well and utilize key tools that will help me fight to make the world better. I don’t go overboard and buy all the new shiny toys each year, I rarely buy apps, and I have a system that helps me control the cost (buy, sell, buy, sell). But, if I do need to spend cash, I will in order to be productive. Some of these tools are personal and others are team related. Some are new, but most are things I’ve been…
  • It’s Time to Fight

    Chris Marlow
    2 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    Fight. I’ve decided that this will be my one word for 2015.   There are so many things to fight for. For some, I know the word “fight” may even be a little too violent–maybe even a bit unspiritual. For me, it’s the essence of what I do. I fight to be a good husband and dad. I fight to build an organization that fights to break the chains of extreme poverty. I know in 2015, I’m going to have to fight to write a book. I’m also going to have to fight to be healthy, rest well, and enjoy the journey. Fighters change the world. But, as Mike Tyson…
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  • The Mission of God

    Andrew Jones
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:16 am
    The Mission of God is a free ebook for you, courtesy of The Gospel Project. Its a collection of writings fr0m many contributors, including me. Make sure you read my chapter on Itinerant Ministry, especially if you are considering the way of nomadic pilgrimage as a mission lifestyle. You are in good company, as you will find out in my ...
  • Runaway Radical

    Andrew Jones
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Here’s a book I bought this week simply because I respect the guy behind the book and his story of a negative missions experience that needs to be heard. And because my temperament is so close to his but my story was different. Runaway Radical: A Young Man’s Reckless Journey to Save the World is the story of a “radical” ...
  • Bohemians 1905

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

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

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

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Wartburg Seminary senior Joshua Johnson jokes, a bit seriously, that only a year ago you could stand in the middle of his living room to figure out the wind’s direction. Likewise, senior Hannah Benedict said that she, her husband Josiah and their daughter Eve used to “pile on blankets and crank up the heat.”   Until October 2014 drafty windows and doors were a given with the seminary’s family housing, made up of 10 units built in 1968. “While the houses had been kept up very well by our maintenance staff, time was beginning to take its toll,”…
  • Paschal predictability

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Easter, the preachers and theologians tell us, is the pinnacle of the church’s liturgical life.  With the lighting of the Easter Vigil’s new fire we proclaim that death no longer has the last word. When the morning comes, it will do so with golden paraments and lilies, with well-rehearsed choirs and perhaps some brass to accompany the congregation. When morning comes we will offer confident call-and-response proclamations and revive the hallelujahs from their Lenten game of hide-and-go-seek. If we’re lucky, even worship attendance will momentarily rise along with…
  • After the after

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I write oodles of children’s curriculum, so I’m typically boiling down a Bible text and finding age-appropriate ways to deliver God’s truths to little ones. For example, with young children the concept of “before and after” works well as a way to teach about Easter. Before Easter, Jesus was gone, his friends felt sad and the world seemed gray. After Easter, Jesus had risen from the dead, his friends felt hugely relieved and colorful new life sprang up all around.  This concept of “Happily Ever Easter” works well for kids,…
  • Create neighborhood trust

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Jennifer and her seventh-grade daughter, Maria, attended a congregation’s confirmation ministry for the first time. The family had no church home, but Jennifer wanted her daughter to be part of a community that would show her love, care and support.  Jim, a guidance counselor at a large suburban high school, is working with a congregation to provide much needed career mentors for students who may fall through the cracks after graduating.  Rosa, a principal, not only encourages members of a church to come to the elementary school library to help students with homework, but…
  • Peace of mind

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Soon after Shirley Protis arrived at the Kyriazes’ home, she began playing music from her iPod. As Andrew listened to the melody, he moved his fingers as if strumming, until his wife, Despina, brought out his mandolin. “He remembered some of the chords — he was trying his darndest to play,” Protis recalled of Andrew, who had been a professional musician. “Music has become a wonderful thing for us to enjoy. We sing along and have a nice time together.” The couple look forward to Protis’ visits each week. As a Legacy Corps volunteer, she spends time…
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  • Are We Training Pastors for a Job That No Longer Exists?

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    It’s safe to say that the traditional expression of church has not varied for hundreds of years. This form worked well when the dominant culture in the world was agrarian, most people were uneducated and illiterate, and books were either unavailable or very expensive. Information and stories were spread by people who had dedicated their lives to learning, reading, and teaching. Many of these were pastors who received more schooling than most before going out into the world to build a church. Farmers from miles around would put on their “Sunday best” and walk, pile into wagons, or ride…
  • Light of the World in an LED Culture

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. — Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV) I think it’s safe to say that when we read this verse, our imagination paints a nostalgic, beautiful picture—warm light shining through a cabin, flickering candles, cheerful flame in the fireplace, a beautiful little lake outside. Right?
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    Century Blog

  • Bifurcation of the family story

    Carol Howard Merritt
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The bifurcation of the agreed-upon version of life has an extra layer of meaning for me. Not only did it help me to understand what is happening as a parent, but it’s helping me with my own story-telling, as a daughter. read more
  • New today: J. B. Stump reviews Tom McLeish, blogging the lectionary, what's in the word hosanna?

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

    Diane Roth
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As part of my work, I have meetings and conversations with couples prior to their weddings. We don't just plan the ceremony. We also use an inventory which purports to measure the couple's "Strengths" and "Growth Areas." The inventory gives us many possibilities for conversations that we can have about their relationship. read more
  • Am I middle class? I don't feel rich.

    Steve Thorngate
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The recent conversation around University of Michigan student Jesse Klein’s column on being middle class has been fascinating. Klein’s family makes $250k a year and lives in a $2 million house. But it’s not an enormo-house, because that’s $2 million in Silicon Valley. read more
  • New today: Persistent anti-Semitism, Moses and the U.S.’s founders, frustrations in worship with children

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
 
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  • First Day Fears and Lessons From My Daughter

    Roger Mugs
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    I quit my job in January. Currently I have two things keeping me afloat, but I don’t know if either of them are long term solutions. Both potentially could be, but I’m not sure I’m interested in either one for the long term. One is working at a church to help them with their international missions connections. This church wants to set up new partnerships and I can probably help with that process. The other job is a sales gig for a big manufacturing company about an hour from here. There is a part of me that believes I should probably be pretty good at sales. And there is…
  • I'm a Better Missionary Than You

    Roger Mugs
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Somewhere today a missionary (or a million of them) is going to wake up feeling insufficient. They’ll wonder if what they’re doing is good enough, brave enough, or enough sacrifice for the Kingdom and the King. They’ll wonder if what they’re doing actually matters or if there is somewhere else they’re supposed to be and something else they should be doing. Part of the problem is there is always a more impressive missionary out there. Whether it’s a good thing or not, and it’s not, ministers often rank each other on some sort of imaginary scale. The…
  • Speak Wisdom and Justice

    Roger Mugs
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:23 am
    I’ve come to the conclusion that my role in the Kingdom of God is to speak. The problem with being called to speak is that it’s one of the easiest things to abuse, esepcially when you think the Lord has called you to do it. I’ve had a friend who told me their job was to speak in to my life, to sharpen me, to make me more like God. It doesn’t sound bad on the surface, but it ended up meaning this friend is constantly looking for things in my life in which he can give input. Any action is presumed to represent character flaws, and then something which can be fixed. Thank…
  • Farewell Trip

    Roger Mugs
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    I recently got on a plane and flew back to China to shut everything down. Nearly ten years living as a missionary in one place, it’s every bit as difficult to leave as you might imagine. I’ve wondered what kind of job I’ll be able to get after having been nothing but a missionary since college, and I have yet to figure it out. I’ve been thinking I’d love to do something which would send me to China a few times each year, but then, on the plane back I questioned that thinking. Fifteen hours on a cramped airplane followed by two more flights can put things in to…
  • Ten Years a Missionary

    Roger Mugs
    24 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Well, it’s been ten years and as of last week, I’m no longer a missionary. Well, I’ll always be a missionary, because like James Fraser said, true, lasting missionary work is done on our knees. I won’t be getting off my knees. But I will be looking elsewhere for employment. It’s been a long complicated road to arrive at this conclusion. And there will be a lot I miss about working as a missionary in China. Hell, I’m gonna miss noodles like crazy. But, on the bright side, I can say hell whenever I want now. Now I’m just going to be a Christian. No…
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    Think Christian Articles

  • Jim Wallis on welcoming the stranger

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Posted on 03/24/15 Editor’s note: This is the sixth and final installment in A More Welcoming Way, a series of TC articles on the immigration experience, attempts at reform and the church’s role in the process. For the past few years, Sojourners has been intimately involved in efforts to reform America’s broken immigration system. We took up this issue because we believe that our Christian faith compels us to struggle for a more humane immigration system as a moral imperative. The Scriptures are very clear on this issue, as Matthew Soerens of the Evangelical Immigration…
  • Monica Lewinsky on the price of shame

    Bethany Keeley-Jonker
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Posted on 03/23/15 In her well-received TED talk last week, Monica Lewinsky reminded her audience that many of today’s young adults were only children in 1998, when she became infamous overnight for her relationship with then-president Bill Clinton. She learned then what many have learned since: news travels fast and far in the digital age, especially when it’s mortifying. In her talk, “The Price of Shame,” Lewinsky contends that our culture of shaming has gotten dangerously out of hand and that we must instead encourage the values of compassion and empathy. Her…
  • Beer, bread, chocolate - and Jesus?

    Josh Larsen
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Posted on 03/23/15 I apologize in advance to those of you who don't live within driving distance of Chicago, because I'm about to literally whet your appetite for something you won't be able to attend. On Tuesday, April 7, I'll be sitting down with TC contributor John J. Thompson to discuss his new book, Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate; Crafting a Hand-Made Faith in a Mass Market World. The best part? We'll be doing it while enjoying the craft beer at Flossmoor Station in Flossmoor, Ill. Things start at 7 p.m. Admission is free (though the beer isn't). And you're all…
  • Getting back to basics with the new Cinderella

    Josh Larsen
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    Posted on 03/20/15 Sometimes it seems that even Disney movies have given up on moral instruction. Take last year’s Maleficent, the studio’s revisionist version of the Sleeping Beauty tale. I loved it, but mostly for the way it evoked the psychological effects of trauma while also offering a nuanced understanding of evil. Not exactly kids’ stuff. Meanwhile, as animated efforts become increasingly chaotic, even those with instructional instincts – such as Disney’s Big Hero 6, with its early emphasis on mercy and caregiving – inevitably give way to explosive,…
  • Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell: sorrow in the shadow of the cross

    John J. Thompson
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Posted on 03/18/15 Sufjan Stevens has so thoroughly inhabited his own creative space over the last 15 years that future critics likely will append the suffix “esque” to his given name. Where else can you find complex, understated, folk music with swirling mythological, environmental, Christological and psychosexual underpinnings? Stevens’ exceedingly rich musical prowess is prodded ever forward by the best kind of folk-art madness. By mastering the uncanny ability to sound transparent and oblique simultaneously, his work has been dizzying, compelling and at times…
 
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  • #ThisWeekinYM – Episode 6

    Terrace Crawford
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    The sixth episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.  Next week: My guests are Kenny and Elle Campbell and we’ll bring to you Part Two of Creating Great Environments for Students! from the description: … Continue reading →
  • Your Next Social Media Event!

    Terrace Crawford
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    I’m doing a number of Social Media Events this year and I want to come to your city! Our latest booking is in New Hampshire where I’m doing a Saturday seminar for parents and students.  Here are few of the topics … Continue reading →
  • #ThisWeekinYM – Links of the Week!

    Terrace Crawford
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    You may be familiar with the brand-new This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast … but this is  This Week in Youth Ministry LINKS! Each Friday I’ll be bringing my favorite (and notable) posts from around the blogosphere to you right here! … Continue reading →
  • TWIYM: Official Podcast Sponsor Announcement

    Terrace Crawford
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:48 pm
    We’ve been looking the last few weeks for an Official Sponsor of This Week In Youth Ministry Podcast… and today we found one. Our friends at LifeWay have come aboard to show their support to the Podcast because they believe … Continue reading →
  • #ThisWeekinYM – Episode 5

    Terrace Crawford
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    This is fifthepisode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday.  Next week: My guest is Kenny and Elle Campbell and our topic is Creating Great Environments for Students! from the description: This Week … Continue reading →
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  • Church Shouldn't Suck the life out of you.

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    I had just read this book ...still taking it in.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Walking on Water.

    4 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    There is a passage in Mark 6 that gives Jesus walking on water. I had recently given a short devotional thought this morning at Piedmont Christian School. (#yrs olds to High School)Here are my thoughts:I. We need to pray more. Pray like Jesus. II. We don't need to be afraid. We don't need to be afraid of Jesus especially.III. We do need to be astonished more. Our job is to point to well, Jesus.Sometimes it is just a matter of knowing WHO is in control.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Mulan- I'll make a man out of you (with lyrics) (HD)

    20 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
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  • Teaching the Word. What books are you teaching?

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    Sunday Mornings I've been preaching through the book of Galatians.Wednesday nights we just started Nehemiah. And my Thursday Morning Small Group we are looking at Ecclesiastes.So what books of the Bible are you reading and teaching from?http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • Books I am Reading. Winter 2015

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    So with the cold weather there has been time to catch up on some books on my to read list.I finished some of these books recently:I. Be Real.II. Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley (a book I am going to keep nearby and revisit its thoughts - good practical advice on reaching out to the unchurched)III. Preachers I have Heard. (an older book from an author from the UK and first published in the 1940s some preachers include William Booth)Upcoming to read: I. Good Leaders Ask Great Questions. - Maxwell. (Follow up from an earlier seminar of the same title)II. Growing in Christ. 40 days to a deeper…
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    Frank Chiapperino

  • Starting Easter Sunday

    frank
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Mark Burnett, creator of Survivor and The Voice, is also known for The Bible, which was the number 1 watched TV series of 2013. Now Mark and his wife Roma Downey are picking up where they left off with A.D. The Bible Continues. The show will work through the first 10 chapters in the book of Acts. Here is how they describe the mini-series… The immediate aftermath of Christ’s death had a massive impact on his disciples, his mother, Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the era, completely altering the entire world in an instant. Beginning at that fateful moment of the…
  • Commitment Through Change

    frank
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    I’ve been away from blogging for quite a while as I’ve been in a state of transition moving from Minnesota to my new position in Florida. I’m going to miss my friends at Hope Summit and my hopes and prayers are with them as they work their way through the changes in their future. If you are ever in Rochester, Minnesota I would encourage you to visit them. There you will find some loving people who are committed to building a community of faith. About four months ago I connected with Crossroads Christian Church just outside Tampa, Florida. Crossroads has seen some tough…
  • Rainy Day Box

    frank
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    I remember when I was a kid I loved playing outside in our neighborhood.  I was tight with my brothers and we always shared friends, toys, and adventures wherever we lived.  We would ride bikes, play in the park, fly kites, play tag, build forts… until the rain came.  I loved the excitement of a thunderstorm, and certainly thought that lightning was cool, but I hated the rain.  The rain totally killed my mood and canceled the fun. However, in those bummed out moments, my mom would save the day.  She would reach into the closet and pull out a very special box.  A box that we only…
  • Guilty Conscience

    frank
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Quite a few years ago I almost made a huge mistake. Actually, this has happened a few times in my life. In times of uncertainty we should always follow this Proverb: Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. (Proverbs 15:22) You know those times when people really frustrate you, and you want to lay a huge guilt trip on them to get them to do what you want? Well, I started doing that. I actually began the process of tying this person up with the ropes of guilt so they felt trapped into doing what I wanted them to do. Luckily, I acted on the above proverb and got the…
  • Who Knows The Condition Of Your Soul?

    frank
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    The mission Jesus gave his followers that established the church has two parts. In the gospel of Matthew He shares: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28) The first is making disciples by baptizing them, and the second is teaching them to obey. By the very nature of Jesus’ instruction, we can see that the journey of faith and…
 
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    Digging The Word

  • Who Is Jesus? Here Are Some Witnesses That Jesus Is God

    Rick Morgan
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
    The decision is yours but don't neglect to look at the evidence that Jesus really is God.  John 5:31-40  "If I were to testify on My own behalf, My testimony would not be valid.  32  But Someone else is also testifying about Me, and I assure you that everything He says about Me is true. 33  In fact, you sent investigators to listen to John the Baptist, and his testimony about Me was true.  34  Of course, I have no need of human witnesses, but I say these things so you might be saved.  35  John was like a burning and shining lamp, and you were…
  • Who Is Jesus? Here Is Some Proof That Jesus Is God

    Rick Morgan
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    The most important fact that you need to believe.  John 5:17-23  But Jesus replied, "My Father is always working, and so am I."  18  So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill Him. For He not only broke the Sabbath, He called God His Father, thereby making Himself equal with God. 19  So Jesus explained, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.  20  For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He is doing. In fact, the…
  • Mercy Versus Legalism

    Rick Morgan
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    Mercy is more important than trying harder.  John 5:1-18  Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days.  2  Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches.  3  Crowds of sick people--blind, lame, or paralyzed--lay on the porches [waiting for a certain movement of the water,]5  One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years.  6  When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, He asked him, "Would you like to get well?" 7  "I can't, sir," the sick…
  • Awesome Outcomes

    Rick Morgan
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:18 am
    Does your faith have a positive effect on others?  John 4:43-52  At the end of the two days, Jesus went on to Galilee.  44  He Himself had said that a prophet is not honored in his own hometown.  45  Yet the Galileans welcomed Him, for they had been in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration and had seen everything He did there. 46  As He traveled through Galilee, He came to Cana, where He had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick.  47  When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to…
  • Kingdom Work

    Rick Morgan
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:19 am
    Jesus focused on his father's business.  John 4:31-38  Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, "Rabbi, eat something." 32 But Jesus replied, "I have a kind of food you know nothing about."  33  "Did someone bring Him food while we were gone?" the disciples asked each other. 34  Then Jesus explained: "My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent Me, and from finishing His work.  35  You know the saying, 'Four months between planting and harvest.'But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.  36  The…
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  • AAA Texting and Driving

    John
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    Might be one of the scariest videos I’ve seen in a long time. I think I may entirely ban the use of cell phone devices while driving for my children when they get their licenses… The post AAA Texting and Driving appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Rip the Bandaid

    John
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    via Tony Hsieh (in an internal memo to staff): Therefore, there will be a special version of “the offer” on a company-wide scale, in which each employee will be offered at least 3 months severance (and up to 3 months of COBRA reimbursement for benefits) if he/she feels that self-management, self-organization, and our Best Customers Strategy and strategy statements as published in Glass Frog are not the right fit. In other words, get on board or GTFO. This “rip the bandaid” approach – that’s a lot of ouch. 1,400+ employees. The idea of Holacracy is a fascinating…
  • The Internet Rewards Doers

    John
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    I’m so glad I shared something intelligible. That was a long and rough week, if I recall it correctly. It’s only just recently that I’ve realized how much I’ve held myself back. But I had a lot of growing up to do over the past few years. Though I’m sure it could have been “better” if I grasped this sooner, I’ve learned things that I wouldn’t have had I taken the easy route to begin with. Go be a doer. You got this. The post The Internet Rewards Doers appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Nine Every Morning

    John
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:59 am
    via Peter De Vries: I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning. I love this because I believe it, 100%. There is a sweet and perfect combination between the love and passion that you have for your work and the dedication and commitment that you give it so that it can get done. You would think that one’s passion for work might be enough but it isn’t – it must be supported, undergirded, fundamentally founded on one’s resolve to see it done. I take this stance for any serious work, whether it’s writing, software…
  • Less Friends, Less Bullshit

    John
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    This seems like very affordable advice these days. Maintaining authentic and real relationships is really difficult. And when I say “authentic” and “real” I’m talking about exactly those types of relationships – not anything less than per definition. I know a few people who manage to maintain a ton of relationships really well at depths that seem unfathomable to me. I do not necessarily envy this but it is always fascinating. It just seems so untenable. The post Less Friends, Less Bullshit appeared first on John Saddington.
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  • Currently Reading: Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    I’ve written before that I like to alternate the books I am given to review — and book reviews here are very much down in quantity from a year ago — with older books or even classic Christian titles by authors now deceased. I’m currently reading Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God by Henry Blackaby. The book I’m reading was first published in 1994; the edition now sold is a revised and expanded edition from 2008. Although I’ve recommended the book here before, I had never actually sat down and read it page-by-page. The reason is I could…
  • Big Box Book Stores’ Christian Shelves Lack Essentials

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    Saturday night around 6:30 PM we dropped into a Chapters store. The Chapters and Indigo stores are the Canadian equivalent to Barnes and Noble, and whether I’m in Canada or checking out B&N on holidays, I love to hang out in the Religion section and see what conversations I can initiate. This time it was a couple whose son was being baptized the very next day in the church where I was baptized many years earlier. They were looking at a couple of Joel Osteen books and when I tried to steer them away from those, they didn’t actually need much convincing. They immediately…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:37 am
    Today’s graphics are a couple of Cheezburger classics from 2009. Is the Modern Offering the Same as Biblical Almsgiving? - “I have never heard an evangelical sermon on almsgiving. Despite countless texts in the Hebrew Bible about generosity toward the poor, the example of the first Christians, and a long tradition of the practice, especially during Lent, I have rarely heard the word mentioned in my adult life as a Christian. ‘Tithes and offerings,’ yes of course, and many are the sermons I have heard about the generic subject of ‘stewardship’ or…
  • To the Person With an Un-Churched Friend

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:47 am
    Dear _________, Your friend dropped by the Christian bookstore last week when I happened to be there. Every once in awhile, I get into a conversation with someone who really opens up; who really wants to share something, and this was one of those times. Your friend has a lot going on inside her. There’s a battle raging between the more conservative values she was raised with, and her desire to be a more progressive, rational humanist, liberal wife and mom. She gets nothing out of church, but she goes to please her husband. She thinks it’s good that her kids are getting some type…
  • When Down Is Up

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:07 am
    Today’s article contains some graphic imagery. About 40 years ago, Kirk, the son of family friends, was walking in a park near his apartment complex when he was lured into a public washroom where he was then sexually assaulted. As I was very young, my parents felt it better to spare me some of the details, but in the hushed whispers I gathered that it was an assault of the worst kind, and although the event faded over time, as I grew older the sense I got was that Kirk had been sodomized, and while I was never to speak of it if I had contact with him, I was left to believe that for one…
 
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  • Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    I love the smell of fresh baked bread.  When we livied in Croatia, walking down to the local bakery and smelling all the amazing breads and pastries was awesome and the taste was indescribable!  Now, living in northern British Columbia, I have access to fresh baked breads, organic coffees, and a host of other items at local farmer's markets and boutique coffee shops. When I came across
  • Out Of the Mouth of Babes...

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    "Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise." Jesus said this in reference to Psalm 8:2 which says, "Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger." Ok, my son CJ is no longer a baby but he does like to praise!  Back in December, shortly before turning four, he wrote a song
  • This I Know

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:45 pm
    July 31, 1984.  This was the day I went forward at a vacation Bible school in East Tennessee, repented of my sins  and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. Like most new believers, I was filled with zeal and wanted to learn all I could about the Lord.  I began reading my Bible fervently, attending every service and trying to be a good Christian. I now know I was not properly discipled.
  • Blindsided by God

    8 Feb 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Blindsided by God is an interesting book. The author, Peter Chin, shares the story of how his life of faith was brought to a low point over just a few months.  A miscarriage, a breast-cancer diagnosis and a break and entering were just some of the suprises that brought the Chin family to re-evaluate disappointment, suffering and the untamable goodness of God. As I read their story, I found
  • Unshockable Love

    1 Feb 2015 | 2:30 pm
     I need to recommend this book! Unshockable Love  by John Burke is a breath of fresh air.  It's a call to seeing yourself and the people around you through the eyes of Jesus.  Now I have heard that rather cliche statement before but John Burke delivers. Originally titled Mud and the Masterpiece, Burke's book is filled with interesting stories. Part One of the book really challenges you to
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  • TL;DW – A Message Summary of Father, Son, and Who? (week three)

    Eric Bryant
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
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  • Father, Son, and Who? – The Work of the Spirit

    Eric Bryant
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Tweet From the Gateway Austin website: “We talk about Him like he’s not here, like He’s an ‘it.’ He’s the often misunderstood third party of the Trinity. He’s the one who brings the party – the love, the joy, the peace and everything else we long for and were made to experience. Join us as we  explore the mystery of the Holy Spirit.” You can watch or listen to my message here Third Party: Chapter 16 | March 22, 2015 from Gateway Church on Vimeo. Here are some of the ideas I shared on the work of the Spirit of God: We live in a very spiritual world with…
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (without John Candy)

    Eric Bryant
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    TweetIn many ways, I overbooked myself this past month, but I felt like God wanted me to agree to two events that were happening during the same week. I already had the week of teaching with Bethel Seminary set up when a request came to speak in four California cities as part of One Night One Reason. During that week I took 8 flights using 6 airlines, and I was in 6 airports. It was crazy! I spent the night in San Diego Sunday night, in San Francisco Monday night, in Fresno Tuesday night, Drove from San Diego to the Los Angeles area and back to San Diego on Wed night, and then spent the…
  • Father, Son, and Who? (week two) by Ted Beasley

    Eric Bryant
    15 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Tweet From the Gateway Austin website: “We talk about Him like he’s not here, like He’s an ‘it.’ He’s the often misunderstood third party of the Trinity. He’s the one who brings the party – the love, the joy, the peace and everything else we long for and were made to experience. Join us as we  explore the mystery of the Holy Spirit.” You can watch or listen to Ted Beasley‘s message at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Here are some of the insights he shared: The Context of John 13-17 Jesus’ final words to his disciples before his death are found…
  • Gateway South – A Signed Contract!

    Eric Bryant
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    Tweet WE SIGNED THE CONTRACT! As Gateway South, we have been in such a faith-inspiring and exciting season, AND NOW we are closer than ever to having our own home! Life24seven is about knowing God intimately and bringing hope to humanity. No matter where we may be – 24 hours a day and 7 days a week – each of us can experience the fullness of life AND bring life to our family, neighbors, co-workers, and friends. Moving to a new location will enable us to do even more together to serve our city! Having a 24/7 space will allow us to help children, teenagers, college students,…
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  • 60 Minutes shows the faces and the tears of Iraqi Christians beseiged by ISIS

    Julia Duin
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    Every so often there’s a piece on TV that surprises you with its grace and pathos. Last Sunday’s 60 Minutes program on the persecution of Iraqi Christians by ISIS was one such program. This was the kind of mainstream media piece that I was calling for in my recent post "Why is the mainstream press (and Congress and churches) silent as Christians are literally being crucified?"To do the show, Lara Logan -- the same correspondent who got so badly attacked in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in 2011 -- goes to the Nineveh plains, a vast area east of Mosul including villages that have been there some…
  • Carlton Pearson gains a cheerleader in the Dallas Morning News

    Jim Davis
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    He may have given up preaching hellfire, but Bishop Carlton Pearson still likes DMN-nation. The Dallas Morning News gave the Chicago-based minister a free 450-word ad when he spoke at a local church.It's hard to blame the paper for having some fun. Pearson deserted classic Christian beliefs like sin, salvation and the danger of eternal punishment, pitching a universalist Gospel of Inclusion instead. Now he's a preacher turned pariah, although he's found new friends.So Pearson is good copy. But did DMN have to turn cheerleader for him, right from the first paragraphs?Bishop Carlton Pearson…
  • Has the Associated Press hierarchy officially changed its style for references to 'God'?

    Terry Mattingly
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Flash back with me, if you will, to my recent GetReligion "guilt file" post on the religious-liberty showdown between an Assemblies of God chaplain, Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Modder, and the principalities and powers at the modern U.S. Navy.There was a reference in the Military Times account to a Navy document listing the chaplain's offenses, one of which was that he:Told a female that she was "shaming herself in the eyes of god" for having premarital sex.I raised a style question about that claim, asking if the lower-case "g" on the reference to "god" represented a change in news style for Gannett or…
  • Covering religion news events in foreign lands? Think location, location, location

    Ira Rifkin
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    Writing about events in a foreign land? Then keep in mind this retailing truism: Location, location, location. In journalese, that might read, what seems an obvious choice in one place can look illogical and even dangerous somewhere else.When speaking religion journalese, that means Nigerian Anglicans are different from New York City Episcopalians, Baltimore Roman Catholics diverge from their co-religionists in Rio de Janeiro, and American-born Muslims do not think exactly like the Muslims of Saudi Arabia.Likewise, the politics and beliefs of American Jews do not necessarily equate with the…
  • That Indiana 'religious freedom' bill just got even more controversial, and don't forget the scare quotes

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:37 am
    CNN did not get the memo.I voiced concerns Wednesday about the prevalence of the term "controversial" in news coverage of that Indiana religious freedom bill passed this week. Specifically, I questioned whether that overused modifier — which the Associated Press Stylebook says to avoid — favors the opposition in a debate pitting religious freedom vs. gay rights.But Wednesday night, a GetReligion reader alerted me that CNN had ignored my advice."Note the tweet and lede of this story," the reader wrote. "Incredible."The tweet:.@GovPenceIN is set to sign into law a…
 
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  • The Curse of Knowledge – Part 2

    Mike Bell
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Last week I listed off some of theological beliefs that I had come to over the years, and described how that made if difficult for me to find a church. This week I wanted to respond to a number of the insightful comments that I received and carry on the conversation.  As usual my Fridays are busy, so be nice to each other! The most perceptive comment (in my mind) came from Flatrocker:   Mike, In thinking and praying about this, my thoughts keep coming back to “so what if you find a new home?” What happens when the inevitable feelings of longing and shortfall return? What then? I…
  • Merton on Humility

    Chaplain Mike
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Lord, You have taught us to love humility, but we have not learned. We have learned only to love the outward surface of it — the humility that makes a person charming and attractive. We sometimes pause to think about these qualities, and we often pretend that we possess them, and that we have gained them by “practicing humility.” If we were really humble, we would know to what an extent we are liars! Teach me to bear a humility which shows me, without ceasing, that I am a liar and a fraud and that, even though this is so, I have an obligation to strive after truth, to be as…
  • A Desperate Measure?

    Chaplain Mike
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM: We didn’t have enough strong opinions expressed yesterday(!), so I thought I’d start a discussion on something that’s happening here in the heart of the great Midwest. I don’t normally devote much space to political debates, but since this one is specifically “Christian” in origin and intent, why not? No, I’m not spoiling for a fight. Just anticipating that one might break out. Be careful, please. The legislature in state in which I live, Indiana, is sending a “Religious Freedom Bill” to the governor’s desk for…
  • Damaris Zehner: Some Thoughts on Artificial Birth Control

    Damaris Zehner
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    This is such a divisive topic.  I’ve tried for years to write about it and haven’t found the courage or the focus.  Here’s my claim:  I don’t like artificial birth control.  I think it is spiritually, physically, and socially harmful.  However, I don’t want to write a diatribe against it or try to persuade people with confrontational arguments.  I’d just like to explain myself well enough that those who commented on my last post can understand my “bass-ackward” and “troubling” point of view. Definitions   By artificial birth control, I mean hormonal treatments such…
  • Music Monday: There are years and there are Years (part 2: 2015)

    Chaplain Mike
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    In 2015, I’m looking forward to a great year in music. As I said last week, it would be hard to overestimate how much music means to me and how the songs and albums I listen to each year accompany and shape my life. Michael Spencer loved music and wrote about it or spoke about it on his podcast regularly. When Jeff and I began writing together five years ago, it became clear that we were kindred spirits with Michael in this area, and so we began regularly sharing the music we were enjoying with you. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever . . . . Now, let’s talk…
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  • The Mission of God

    Andrew Jones
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:16 am
    The Mission of God is a free ebook for you, courtesy of The Gospel Project. Its a collection of writings fr0m many contributors, including me. Make sure you read my chapter on Itinerant Ministry, especially if you are considering the way of nomadic pilgrimage as a mission lifestyle. You are in good company, as you will find out in my ...
  • Runaway Radical

    Andrew Jones
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Here’s a book I bought this week simply because I respect the guy behind the book and his story of a negative missions experience that needs to be heard. And because my temperament is so close to his but my story was different. Runaway Radical: A Young Man’s Reckless Journey to Save the World is the story of a “radical” ...
  • Bohemians 1905

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

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

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

    Albert Mohler
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:38 pm
    In the beginning was the Word. Christians rightly cherish the declaration that our Savior, the crucified and resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, is first known as the Word — the one whom the Father has sent to communicate and to accomplish our redemption. We are saved because the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Believers are then assigned the task of telling others about the salvation that Christ has brought, and this requires the use of words. We tell the story of Jesus by deploying words, and we cannot tell the story without them. Our testimony, our teaching, and our theology all require…
  • The Table of the Nations, the Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Part 2

    Albert Mohler
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    In part 1 of this series I set out an exposition of Genesis 10-11. In part 2, we will look at the question of ethnic and racial diversity through the lens of biblical theology. Now let’s consider how the rest of Scripture develops the table of nations. The apostle Paul clearly indicates that the dispersion of the nations was God’s plan all along. “And he made from one man, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place” (Acts 17:26). God’ sovereign plan from the beginning was to fill the…
  • The Table of the Nations, the Tower of Babel, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb: Part 1

    Albert Mohler
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:53 am
    The world around us is changing at a velocity unprecedented in human history. But we must realize that while the world seems to be changing almost regularly before our eyes, the task of the ministry remains absolutely the same. The founders of this school were convinced that Christian ministry should be modeled on the life and teaching of Jesus and his Apostles and later handed down to men such as Timothy, Paul’s protégé in ministry. Increasingly, the world is recognizing that to be human is to live by the light of a story — a story that tells us about the past, explains the future, and…
  • Fifty Shades of Shame — The Evolution of Pornography

    Albert Mohler
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:25 pm
    The release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, timed for Valentine’s Day, is a more important and lamentable event than many Christians may realize. What the movie represents is nothing less than the evolution of pornography in an age increasingly distant from a biblical vision of sexuality and human dignity. One of the hallmarks of the Christian worldview is an affirmation of the unity of the transcendentals — the good, the beautiful, and the true. Christianity affirms — and demands — that the good, the beautiful, and the true are actually one, unified in their…
  • The President at the Prayer Breakfast

    Albert Mohler
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Presidents of the United States are usually awful as theologians. In far too many cases, the closer they get to anything theological, the bigger the mess they make. President Obama seems rather adept at making such messes, but he is hardly the first. The only President of the United States to be baptized while in office was Dwight D. Eisenhower. In remarks made at the Freedoms Forum at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in 1952, the recently-elected Eisenhower said: “In other words, our form of government has no sense unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious faith, and I don’t care…
 
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  • Just Walk Away

    Pete Wilson
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Conflict is an inevitable part of any relationship. The key is how we handle that conflict. Contrary to what you may think, there are times during conflict when it is better to just walk away. Whether you need to stay up late to work through the conflict, or walk away to cool off and come back, the goal is to not let anger get the best of you. There’s a difference between resolving your anger and resolving the issue.
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  • 47 Hilariously Stupid Hacks. OK, They’re Actually Kind of Genius…

    Abby Heugel
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    They say necessity is the mother of invention and, if that’s the case, these people had a need to try and make their mothers proud — or at least solve an annoying problem. Brilliant or bogus? That’s for you to decide. Or you could just buy new socks. Special delivery. Bib and a beer. A shoe-in. A balancing act. Multi-purpose suspenders are all the rage this spring. It can fix anything (the duct tape, not the beer.) Brain food. All you need is a plastic bottle to enjoy the luxury of a gentle shower. Power tools and liquor in a glass bottle by a computer. What could possibly go…
  • A Man and His Dog Have a Heated Argument About Some Stolen Food. Freaking Hilarious…

    Abraham
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    This adorable pup may be guilty of stealing Dad’s snack, but that doesn’t mean he has to admit it. He’s going to stand up for himself no matter what. I think you’ll agree he makes some pretty good points…
  • How to Transform Your Boring Deviled Eggs Into Something Special For Easter

    Scott Neumyer
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    Easter is just around the corner and, if your Easter gatherings are anything like mine, that means you’ll be sitting around a big table stuffing yourself with food while trying to think of clever things to say to your strange uncle. So, why not be the hit of the party this year and bring a dish that will leave your guests with their mind blown and their mouths watering. Everyone loves deviled eggs, but just wait until you see what they see your deviled eggs that look like baby chicks. Via: PopSugar/YouTube What You’ll Need Start with six hardboiled eggs. If you want to make more,…
  • Bacon Lovers Unite! 35 Fun and Ridiculous Bacon-Related Products You Need in Your Life

    Abby Heugel
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    It’s been said that bacon is the duct tape of food. Wrap it around just about anything, and immediately all problems are solved. In fact, it’s estimated that each year more than 1.7 billion pounds of bacon are consumed in food service — and that’s not counting home cooks sizzling up the pork for their BLTs. (Do we even need the L and T at this point?) So we know you eat the stuff. But did you know that there are even action figures and ways to literally love bacon “to death” available for your purchasing pleasure? Here are 35 ways to get your bacon fix without clogging your…
  • They Rescued Norton From the Streets of Chicago, But That’s Not Where His Story Ends…

    Megan Berman
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    The stories of rescue dogs Norton and Evey were recently shared on imgur…and they will take you on an emotional roller coaster, so get your tissues ready. We reached out to their rescuers and got permission to share their story here. They simply asked that we encourage our readers to donate time and money to local shelters. Starving and Unable to Move Norton was found on the side of a major street in Chicago. No one looked at him twice probably thinking he was dead. My wife stopped and picked him up when she realized he was still alive. He had no tags or chip. Dehydrated and Weak He rested…
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  • Quest Church has purchased the building formerly known as Mars Hill Church. Full transparency: Here’s why and how.

    Eugene Cho
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I have some big news to share – news that will likely solicit mixed emotions for many people. If you’re an internet junkie, it’s possible that you may have already heard as I’ve been receiving my share of texts and tweets. About two weeks ago, Quest Church – the church I lead – purchased Mars Hill Church (Ballard). Yes, that Mars Hill Church. Since then, there’s been a trickling of blogs, online news, and television reports that have covered this. As such, there’s also been a trickling of criticism of why we would do business with MH, questions…
  • The Drop Box film. Why it’s complicated, why it matters, and why you should watch it.

    Eugene Cho
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:57 pm
    It’s true. The topics of orphan care and adoption are incredibly complex. Anyone that says otherwise are naive or selling something. It’s complicated on their own and even more complicated in the same sentence. And even more complicated when you engage it on local, national, and international level. They might be undergirded by certain same principles but they can (and should) look different on the ground. There’s no one simple, generic solution. And whenever solutions are presented, eventually – surely enough – loopholes are found to be exploited or…
  • 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…
 
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  • We Cannot Love God if We Do Not Love His Word

    R.C. Sproul
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Emil Brunner, the twentieth-century Swiss theologian and one of the fathers of neoorthodox theology, wrote a little book titled Truth as Encounter. His thesis was that when we study the things of God, we are not studying truth in the abstract. We want to understand theology not merely so that we can make an A on a theology exam. We want to understand the doctrine of God so that we can understand God, so that we can meet the living God in His Word and deepen our personal relationship with Him. But we cannot deepen a relationship with someone if we do not know anything about him. So, the…
  • $5 Friday: God's Love, Marriage, & Jonathan Edwards

    Nathan W. Bingham
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources include such topics as Johnathan Edwards, evangelism, God's love, worldviews, marriage, and more. Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET. View today's $5 Friday sale items.
  • 2015 Regional Conference: Audio and Video Now Available

    Nathan W. Bingham
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    "As our culture becomes more secularized and hostile to the Christian faith, it's easy for us to believe that we are the first generation to face this kind of world." —R.C. Sproul This month we held our 2015 Regional Conference in the San Francisco Bay area on the theme, Pilgrims in Progress. Drs. W. Robert Godfrey, Steven J. Lawson, R.C. Sproul Jr., and Derek Thomas joined us to discuss what our heavenly citizenship means for our earthly pilgrimage, our pursuit of truth, and our future hope. Dr. R.C. Sproul also joined us via live video for a special questions and answers session.
  • For the Church: Singing Come, O Lamb of God

    Randall Van Meggelen
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    "Come, O Lamb of God," from Dr. R.C. Sproul's Glory to the Holy One sacred music project, is a hymn of triumph in Christ. This hymn resembles psalms of confidence in its expression of trust in God's goodness and protection, and comfort in His presence amid all life's providences. Even when undergoing trials, its overall tone is triumphant and confident. "Come, O Lamb of God" also parallels some themes penned in Martin Luther's "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God." Both hymns 1) stress the futility of relying on the flesh and the blessedness of trusting in Christ, 2) use robust, military-like…
  • Unseen Influence

    Nathan W. Bingham
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from Unseen Influence, Aimee Byrd's contribution to the March issue of Tabletalk: We fix scraped knees, wounded egos, and sometimes even uncontrollable circumstances. We comfort and encourage. We love unconditionally, but not without standards, as we do all we can to shape our children in their formative years. We are preparing them for adult-hood, fixing them to leave. And mothers know that this kind of love doesn't expire when their kids leave home. Continue reading Unseen Influence, or begin receiving Tabletalk magazine by signing up for a free 3 month trial.
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    Geoffrey Janes

  • Another Step In Our Journey

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

    15 Feb 2015 | 5:29 am
    In Matthew 14 we read the story that many of us have heard or read many times - Jesus walks on water. In the middle of the night, while the disciples are out on the boat, they look out into the stormy waters, and they see a figure walking on the water. At first, as would be expected, they are afraid. But then Peter makes a bold request "Jesus, if that is you, then command  me to come out on the water with you."Jesus replies "Come." So Peter steps out onto the water in faith.Peter steps out in faith. He steps out of the boat, and he walks on the water! This is an amazing moment. It's a…
  • 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…
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  • House on Fire

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    How vigilant are you about remaining alert for and confronting looming crises?
  • Beyond Today -- Three Days and Three Nights

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Are you aware of a major contradiction in the Easter story? It may affect your beliefs and impact your eternal life.
  • Good Friday - Easter Sunday: It Doesn't Fit With the Bible!

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    Jesus Christ said He would be entombed for three days and three nights. Can this be reconciled with a “Good Friday” crucifixion and burial and an “Easter Sunday” resurrection, which allows for barely a day and a half in the tomb? Or do the Gospels spell out a surprising, simpler solution that fits perfectly with what Jesus foretold?
  • Think Different

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    What about you? Are you ready to “think differently” and change the world?
  • BT Daily: People Mean What They Say

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    When Iran's religious leaders says "Death To America" it might be good to listen.
 
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    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts

  • The fellowship of eating together

    Tim Archer
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    As we talk about religious feasts, it’s also helpful to keep in mind the concept of hospitality in the times and cultures of the Bible. In the nomadic environment of the patriarchs, guests were received almost without question. You took them in, fed them, and made them a part of your household while they were there. They were cared for and protected as family members were. Failure to offer hospitality or betrayal of the trust given through hospitality were serious offenses. It’s natural that some of that would have changed as the world of the Israelites became more urbanized. But…
  • God loves a party

    Tim Archer
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    In my sermon last Sunday, I was pointing out how central the sharing of food was to Old Testament worship. Feasting and celebrating before God are essential to the practice of God’s people in the Bible There were the weekly times of Sabbath, when families spent time together and shared a special Sabbath meal. While non-Jews often focus on the restrictions regarding work, Jews focus on “making the Sabbath a delight” (based on Isaiah 58:13), enjoying the best foods, wearing their best clothes, etc. There were also the regular feast days. There were three times a year when…
  • Embarrassed by potlucks

    Tim Archer
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Many of us have fond memories of dinner on the grounds, those times when church members would bring food to share and enjoy a time of fellowship. In fact, I’ve often heard it said that “fellowship” is a code word for food! For many churches, those days are gone. In those places, the potluck is a thing of the past, something of an embarrassment from our history that we’d like to sweep under the rug. And that’s pretty sad. Psychologist Paul Rozin compared the outlooks of North Americans and French people when it comes to food. For example, when showing both groups…
  • Eating together

    Tim Archer
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m not sure when I’ll get to write it, but the work that has been on my heart for a while is about the church and food. So even if I’m not able to write on this topic in book form, I can keep exploring it here on the blog. So here’s some questions to start your week off with: How often does your church eat together regularly? How often do groups within your church eat together? About what percentage of your church participates in these common meals? What type of meal do you have? Potluck? Catered? Go to a restaurant together? I’d love to hear your insights.
  • New book: A History of Churches of Christ in Cuba

    Tim Archer
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m pleased to announce that A History of Churches of Christ in Cuba is now available. Tony Fernández and I worked on this information over the course of several years, and it’s nice to see it in concrete form. Any history of the churches in Cuba is going to be incomplete at this point. There are too many stories that can’t be told yet. I’ll also mention that I made an appeal for information last year at a meeting of people who work in Cuba. Only one person sent me anything. Because of that, I’m sure that some people from here in the States will not have…
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    GoingToSeminary

  • 5 Simple Ways to Use Your Senses to Learn Biblical Greek and Hebrew

    Ryan Burns
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    By Mikel Del Rosario. Have you ever felt like the more you study the Biblical Languages, the more Greek and Hebrew you seem to forget? I felt that way, too, when I was first starting out. Today, I’ve completed my fourth semester of Greek and I’m currently in my fourth semester of Hebrew at Dallas Theological Seminary. Along the way, I discovered something that helped my Greek and Hebrew to stick.In this post, I’ll share five simple ways to use your senses in order to learn Biblical Greek and Hebrew. How can you better use your eyes, ears, mouth, hands and even your nose to make these…
  • Seminary Pro-Tip: Get a Children’s Bible

    Paul Burkhart
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    In your first year at seminary, you will inevitably be on either the giving or receiving end of what is probably the oldest seminary joke in existence, perhaps dating back to the time of Jesus himself. “Why do we have to buy all these textbooks? You would think that the only textbook we need is the Bible itself! Har har har.” Everyone will give a hearty laugh and then go on with their day. But behind that joke is a serious edge that has plagued seminarians for centuries. We know that the Scriptures are a primary means by which God makes himself known and keeps us. And yet, with all the…
  • Cheap Date Ideas for Seminarians

    Ryan Burns
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    There are many ways to continue to cultivate a godly and healthy marriage while in seminary. Just one of many ways to do so is to have intentional date night at least every other week (or once a week if possible)! It is true that seminary can be a difficult time financially for many couples, however, there are many date night options for couples that cost little to nothing at all. Here are a few ideas: Cheap Treats and Meals Out. Though this is a typical date night, it can be so nice in seminary to get out of the house and away from campus. This can quickly be costly but there are a lot of…
  • Going (Back) to Seminary

    Paul Burkhart
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    My last post on this site, years ago, was a fiery little piece called “Realizing Seminary’s Not For You“. At the time, God had powerfully and clearly led me to a place of realizing that seminary was not the place He had for me at the moment. I had just finished my first year at a well-known Reformed Evangelical seminary in Philadelphia. Coming out of that first year, I was not the man I was when I went in. I don’t know how to describe the changes without making them sound hyperbolic and overly-dramatic, but suffice it to say: I was in a place ripe for God to make big…
  • Around the Web: Lent 2015 Edition

    Paul Burkhart
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    Using the Christian Church Calendar can be an incredibly meaningful way of engaging God, and the tradition of the Community of Faith. It’s also a way of sharing one’s spirituality with the global church, both past and present. Here, I want to offer some of my favorite resources to engage in this time deeply. Check out Churches Different churches around the country put out specific resources for Lent. Check your church community’s website. Also be sure to look at churches in your area if your church doesn’t have anything. For example, I live in Philadelphia. My church…
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    Vision Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA

  • So you would know you needed the Bible

    Austin Gardner
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. God took them where they would need Him. He allowed them to get hungry. He then fed them with a miraculous food called manna. He did that so that man would understand that he needs the Word of God. So the story about the manna was to teach us the importance of God’s Word and our spending time in it and…
  • You can always come back

    Austin Gardner
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Deuteronomy 4:30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; 31 (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. God gave them rules and regulations to follow:commandments. He knew that they would walk away. He knew that their rebellion would bring consequences. He knew that they would be hurting. So even as He gave the commandments and the consequences He reminded…
  • Judge fairly

    Austin Gardner
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    Deuteronomy 1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it. God placed this men in places of leadership. They had to be careful not to look at a man and let that determine their decision. They had to do right no matter who. They knew that they were representing truth. It is wrong to stand even with your family. You must stand with truth. You must do right. Making right decisions is hard.
  • severe judgment

    Austin Gardner
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    Numbers 25:5 And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baal-peor. The men who went after the other god had to die. Maybe even harder was the fact that the leader had to kill his own men that had made that bad decision. There is a definite cost to leadership. It is not all easy. If you would lead you must make the hard decisions. Those decisions can cost you friends. You are there to please God not others.
  • Smithy’s Thank You

    Beth Staley
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Thank you card from one of Vision’s newest missionaries, Jamie Smithey to Chile.  
 
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    LifeVesting

  • Don’t Need No Camel to Know What Day It Is

    Andy Wood
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    Know what day this is? Isday. Sorry if you’re stuck on Wasday, hollering “Mayday!” muttering about Humpday, or dreaming of Someday. Today is Isday. It may be a good idea to redirect your focus. Know what day this is? The only day you’ve got. Fantasize about other ones or pine away for former ones, and you’ll waste this one if you’re not careful. Know what day this is? Reveal Day, where your Master Artist unveils what He designed just for you. You may want to return it for a refund or choose a different size or style. But you risk missing the heart of the One who made this day just…
  • Grace That Caught My Falling Soul

    Andy Wood
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    Honestly, I was a little disappointed. “Gonna be old school today,” I thought to myself as the choir started in on Dottie Rambo’s classic, “He Looked Beyond My Faults,” set to the Irish tune of “Danny Boy.” When it comes to church music, I can be nostalgic, but I’m not much of an old school guy.  I’m more of a “sing a new song to the Lord” type.  So on this day I settled down on the pew to politely smile and nod away my mild disappointment. I think God had a nod of his own. It wasn’t the first time I had heard the words – Lord knows, the song was written in 1968…
  • Why We Are Starting a Missions Organization

    Andy Wood
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    It was spring 1973 when I happened to catch a little announcement in my home church bulletin that would change my life.  It was an invitation to “Mission 73” – a youth choir trip to Virginia Beach, Virginia, for anyone who had completed the ninth grade. To say the trip was life-changing is to cheapen the phrase, and the memory of the trip.  You can read more about that here. In the wisdom and economy of God, He decided that the best way to grow me up, call me out, expose my weaknesses, and reveal my gifts was to put me on a bus or plane with a group of people for a short-term trip,…
  • Digging Deeper into Your Life Purpose

    Andy Wood
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Welcome back to the tour.  Hope you enjoyed the break, and I hope you have a good, roughed up version of a personal mission statement.  We’re ready to move to the advanced part of the lab.  Before we go in, remember, this is MY lab and it’s still messy.  Also remember that this work was done because of a felt need for change.  If you are absolutely satisfied that your personal mission statement is something you can organize your work and life around, with conviction and passion, leave it alone. Oh… and if you haven’t taken the time to do a little soul work and put your mission…
  • Welcome to Purpose Laboratories

    Andy Wood
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Hello everybody and welcome to the laboratory.  I hope this is educational or helpful to you, and we’ll go inside in just a minute.  Just a couple of guidelines first, so you can benefit the most from the tour. First, this is MY lab.  It’s up to you to set up YOUR laboratory however you think best. Second, it’s a little raw and messy because I just finished a major project redesign.  At least I THINK it’s finished. One other thing… as your tour guide, my job is to remind you, this is not a museum, but an active living and learning space.  So every once in a while I’ll ask you…
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    Worship.com

  • Kristen Stanfill – Even So Come (Live)

    Worship.com
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Kristian Stanfill sings “Even So Come” live at K-LOVE Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Tenth Avenue North — No Man Is An Island — Music Video

    Worship.com
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    http://www.klove.com/music/artists/tenth-avenue-north/ – Tenth Avenue North — No Man Is... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Waterfalls – Live Vineyard Worship

    Worship.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Waterfalls – Live Vineyard Worship with Joni Everson Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Vertical Church Band- Psalm 96

    Worship.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    Vertical Church Band in a live performance - Psalm 96 Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • How To Equip Youth To Fight Consumerism

    Worship.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    How To Equip Youth To Fight Consumerism 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

  • Happily Ever After? Thoughts on the Ending of the Acts of the Apostles - Pt 1

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    The ending of the Acts of the Apostles has proven a puzzle, to say the least.[1]  In the fourth century, John Chrysostom asked, "But of [Paul's] affairs after the two years [i.e., of Acts 28:30], what say we? (The writer) leaves the hearer athirst for more: the heathen authors do the same (in their writings), for to know everything makes the reader dull and jaded." Chrysostom's reflections are perceptive. He recognizes that Luke has not given readers the ending to Acts that they may want. He also recognizes that Luke is no careless author. The ending of Acts is a work of craft.One wishes…
  • Renaissance

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    Os Guinness, Renaissance: The Power Of The Gospel However Dark The Times. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP, 2014. 187pp. $16-00.What has Reformation (21) to do with Renaissance? It is the wrong question, at least if Os Guinness' latest book is in mind, because he tells us that 'renewal', 'reformation', 'restoration', 'revival' or 'return' serve as equally apt rubrics under which to treat his matter (p. 29). The light of the gospel shines in our distinctively dark time and the darkness has not the power to overcome it, but the ways of divine sovereignty do not make the vagaries of human…
  • Critiquing the Klinean Doctrine of Republication: A review article

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Andrew M. Elam, Robert van Kooten, and Randall Bergquist. Merit and Moses: A Critique of the Klinean Doctrine of Republication. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2014. 172 pages. $16.99/£11.99Currently, there is considerable discussion - both within the academy and within the Church - concerning the doctrine of republication.  In its most basic form, republication is the belief that "the Mosaic covenant [is] to be considered in some sense a republication of the Adamic covenant of works." (p.1)  In the opinion of those who hold republication views, such an understanding of the…
  • Mere Believers

    14 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    Marc Baer, Mere Believers: How Eight Faithful Lives Changed the Course of History. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013. 190 pages. $22.00Although I double-majored in English and history as an undergraduate, when I moved on to graduate school, I narrowed my focus to English. I did so, not because I lost my love for history--that I will never do--but because I was deeply troubled by changes in the academic field. Whereas mainstream readers still gravitate toward biographies of the key figures in world history, by the 1970s, the academic world had all but abandoned the Great Man theory of history.In…
  • Rejoice in the Midst of Suffering?

    14 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    We only need to read the headlines in the morning paper or turn on the evening news to have confirmed what we already know to be true, suffering is an ever-present companion in this world. As a result of the Fall, every individual throughout the history of humanity has known suffering and Christians are not exempt from this experience. Rather, in many ways the suffering Christians are called to endure can even be greater (John 15:20) than that which the unbeliever endures in this world.As we face this truth, I have found that nothing is as realistic about suffering as the Bible. The…
 
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    Kingdom Calling

  • A Coming Storm Update

    Wes Bridel
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    The following is a reprint of the March 2015 Coming Storm newsletter… A Coming Storm Update Good news.  The work of the Lord is progressing.  I haven’t written much in the past couple years in part because I didn’t have anything different to say than what I’ve already said.  I would write from time to time to say that I felt we probably had a couple more years before the economy turned down again.  Today I have a different opinion. I believe this is the year that we begin to see the economy begin to crack apart.  My guess is that if I’m correct and these things begin in…
  • A Couple Updates

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

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

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

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

  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some favorites that challenged, inspired, encouraged, made me laugh, or all of the above. Be sure to check ‘em out then add your own favorites to the widget below! Why a Former Orphan Wants to Go Back by Barrett Johnson (CharismaMag.com) The Point is Presence by Seth Haines (the High Calling) 6 Ways to Practice Silence by Kevin Martineau (Shoot the Breeze) Who knew? Cookie Monster is a pretty wise fella. Your turn! I started this list, I need your help finishing. Share your favorite inspiration, practical wisdom, or hilarity this week, from you or someone else (or one of…
  • Who’s Telling This Story Anyway?

    jason@church4allnations.com
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Editing is such a valuable art. Without it, we’d have all manner of spelling, grammatical, every other kind of error you can think of.  Without editing, a movie would drag on or could cease to have a point at all.  When I used to post my sermons online every week, I would go in for a little tweaking. It wouldn’t change the content. of course, but I took out things that might be meaningless for people not in the room. All that to say, editing is a beautiful thing when used properly. The question I’d like to ask today is, Who’s editing your life? If you think of your…
  • God Isn’t Bound to Your Math Skills

    jason@church4allnations.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I admit, I’ve tried to figure God out. I look at difficult situations and try to add it all up and speed the process. Surely this is almost over. I’ve been through so much. You add this, add that. You figure here, figure there. The more you focus on the situation, however, the bigger it becomes. It’s not balancing a checkbook or solving a story problem. Your math skills are not even required. While you’re busy being sure to carry the one, God is encouraging something else. Do not forget to rejoice, for hope is always just around the corner. Hold up through the hard…
  • Lord of the Ocean

    jason@church4allnations.com
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    As you make your way through life growing in the practice of wonder at God’s greatness and power, there is something special about the ocean. I don’t know that I’ve met anyone who’s been to the shores of a vast ocean and not been affected by it. In fact, most love to be near the ocean, to get in the ocean (depending on the region), stare at it, listen to it, experience it. It brings you to the end of yourself. You may be able to keep walking as long as there’s land beneath your feet, but you aren’t going to swim the ocean. Instead of pushing you to fear,…
  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some favorites that challenged, inspired, encouraged, made me laugh, or all of the above. Be sure to check ‘em out then add your own favorites to the widget below! True Comfort in Prayer by Floyd Samons (ThereGoI.com) Change This to Change Everything by David Dye (Lead Change Group) Jesus’ Cure for Worry by Dave Peterson (the High Calling) Interesting practical advice for those who wake up in the night. Your turn! I started this list, I need your help finishing. Share your favorite inspiration, practical wisdom, or hilarity this week, from you or someone else (or one…
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  • Taxpayers Shouldn't Pay for Pornography

    26 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    H.R. 5628, the Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act, would prohibit government employees from accessing pornography on the job.  This Act passed out of committee this week and might seem unnecessary.  Wouldn’t that kind of activity get you fired?  Not in the world of the Federal Government.  An EPA employee who watched as much as six hours a day of explicit content was still on the government payroll a year after being caught.  It is sad that our government has become so bloated that it can’t hold employees responsible for dereliction of their…
  • Social Conservative Review: An Insider's Guide to Pro-Family News March 26, 2015

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    26 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    Click here to subscribe to the Social Conservative Review Wes Modder holds several noteworthy titles – Reverend, Doctor, husband, father. And two more: Chaplain and Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy. Chaplain Modder served as a Marine in the 1980s but left to pursue his calling as a pastor. He later returned to the military to serve as a pastor to some of our country’s finest but most hard-pressed men and women, those who wear the uniform of the United States, and to their families. Yet now, after serving faithfully for 19 years, Chaplain Modder has been “hauled before…
  • Tony, the Homeless Track Star

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This afternoon I met a man on the street named Tony. A tall, handsome African-American man, he was well-spoken and dressed warmly in a new-ish parka. We talked for a while in front of the shelter where he resides currently. Tony is homeless and lives at a mission not far from Capitol Hill. Gregarious but soft-spoken, he told me a bit about his life and noted he had attended four colleges. He also said he had run competitively with some of track's greatest. So, when I got back to my office, I looked him up. In roughly 25 years in the nation's capital, I've been scammed a lot by people on the…
  • A Great Man Honored: Jean Vanier (2015 Templeton Prize)

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    The Templeton Foundation deserves considerable praise for giving its annual award, the Templeton Prize (and here ), to the Canadian philosopher and humanitarian, Jean Vanier (and here). The prize was established in 1972 and is given to a living person who “has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works." Vanier is a prolific writer, but he is most known for his founding of L’Arche. In Wikipedia, L’Arche is described as follows: L'Arche is an International Federation dedicated to the…
  • Georgia's S.B. 129 would free all Georgians from the tentacles of government

    19 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Down in Georgia, opponents of individual rights and personal freedom are attempting to ratchet up their smear campaign against S.B. 129, the "Georgia Religious Freedom Restoration Act." This measure is simply designed to ensure that individuals' consciences cannot be easily trampled by intrusive government regulation. The claims against this common sense proposal are wild and confused. For example, some have claimed the bill gives businesses an absolute right to refuse service. This is patently false. The truth is that S.B. 129 provides a method for sincere conscientious objectors of all…
 
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  • 90+ Of The Best Scientific Videos That Confirms God

    Michael
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Here is a channel to bookmark.  The Word Is Alive’s Channel features phenomenal apologetics videos, along with videos that confirm creation, and dismantles evolution with the latest science.  Learn and grow with some of the best sources of evidence for Christ.
  • The History Of Islam: William Federer

    Michael
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    Noted Author and Historian William Federer is the host of “American Minute,” heard on radio stations nationwide. He is also host of television’s “Faith In History!” TRU NEWS with RICK WILES and guest BILL FEDERER – JANUARY 26, 2015 What The West Needs To Know About Islam | William J. Federer William Federer, Miracles In American History In Depth History of the Muslim Religion | William J Federer What Every American Needs to Know About Islam William J. Federer – 11-16-2014 – History Best Presentation Of The History Of Islam by William Federer…
  • Bill Warner, PhD: Jihad vs Crusades

    Michael
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    Which was worse? Watch the data and you decide. This video is part of Bill Warner’s astounding lecture: “Why we are afraid. A 1400 years secret”: part of a must watch playlist: bit.ly/1C5oxnc” Bill Warner discussing Why We Are Afraid, A 1400 Year Secret of the growth of Islam
  • Hazem Farraj Sees Jesus In A Dream

    Michael
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Hazem Farraj A former muslim who was saved after seeing Jesus for himself .  Hazem Farraj is a TV Host, Minister, Author, Thinker, Philosopher, and Freedomist. He’s American by Birth, Palestinian by Blood, and Christian by Choice. Hear what he has to say as he shares his testimony.
  • Hossein Shares His Journey from Islam to Christ

    Michael
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Hossein’s testimony on an episode of “Jesus or Muhammad?” with David Wood, Sam Shamoun and C.L Edwards. “Jesus or Muhammad?” Hossein describes his journey from Islam to Christianity. Other Videos Of Muslims Coming To Know Jesus As Their Messiah: Former Muslim had Near Death Experience and Went to Heaven 1/2 – Akef Tayem / Sid Roth Thousands of Muslims See Jesus In Dreams and Visions and Are SAVED! Jesus Christ revealing Himself to Muslims, Islamic Followers Ex-Hezbollah Iranian Muslim Saw Jesus and Jesus Said Who He Was – Afshin Javid Muslim Jihadist…
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  • Seven words you should never say to creatives

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    There are certain words you should just never say.My three-year-old son, for example, has yet to figure out that he should never say, “You get in the kitchen and get me some milk,” to his mother. Though he will. (I hope.)Yes, my son is currently a misogynist. But like I said, we’re working on it. And the truth is, we grown-ups are just as bad. Sure, we usually aren’t declaring that a woman get back in the kitchen and make us some pie (if we’re sane); but we do say things we absolutely shouldn’t all the time. Things that, whether we realize it or not, are…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersWhen Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner—99¢Unlocking the Scriptures by Hans Finzel—Free (ends today)Andrew Fuller by Paul Brewster—99¢The Mind of Christ by T.W. Hunt—99¢Today is also $5 Friday at Ligonier, where you’ll find a number of great resources for sale, including:God’s Love by R.C. Sproul (paperback)Jonathan Edwards Teaching Series by Stephen Nichols (audio and video download)Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God (ePub)Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson (ePub)$5 Friday ends at 11:59:59 tonight.5…
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    Aaron Armstrong
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Theology resources on saleOver at Westminster Bookstore, you can get three excellent books for $20 while supplies last:Resurrection and Eschatology: Theology in Service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Richard B. Gaffin Jr.Collected Writings on Scripture by D.A. CarsonFor the Fame of God’s Name: Essays in Honor of John PiperWhy not rather be cheated?Jared Wilson:When we become eager to enact God’s wrath through personal vengeance, it’s often because we distrust God’s ability to deal with injustice Himself. Or we distrust Him to do it in a way that satisfies us. When we lash out,…
  • The golden age hasn’t come (yet)

    Aaron Armstrong
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Close your eyes and imagine what you would consider the golden age of Christianity:Was it in the earliest days of the church, when the Apostles and all the followers of Jesus had all things in common?The middle ages, during the high point of Christendom?The heady days of the Protestant Reformation, when men such as Martin Luther and John Calvin recovered the gospel from its near total abandonment?Or maybe it was the days of the Great Awakening in North America in the 18th century, the second Great Awakening in the 19th, or the renewed revivalism of the 1950s and 1960s? Or the early days…
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    Aaron Armstrong
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersPreaching to a Post-Everything World by Zack Eswine—$2.99Holy Ground by Chris Castaldo—99¢Five Points by John Piper—$3.99Wrecked by Jeff Goins—$1.99The In-Betweens by Jeff Goins—$1.99Salvation by Crucifixion by Philip Graham Ryken—$2.99Emotional blackmail in the churchJared Wilson quotes John Piper, and it’s a doozy.Reading for Information vs. Reading for DelightErik Raymond:I certainly don’t know the precise reason, however, I have a hunch that it is somewhere between what Jacobs observes and what I concluded about my lack of devotion…
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • Following His Footsteps: “Numbing Ungodliness” – Matthew 23

    Randall Smith
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    A number of years ago a friend of mine clipped an article and sent it to me. I kept it because it really spoke to me, and maybe it will to you as well…Sam loved to fish so much he often skipped school to go down to the pond and dangle a hook. One morning the sheriff was out looking for a missing vehicle and observed the youth fishing, but the boy didn’t look right. He had been fishing for some time, and when the sheriff came upon him he was sweating profusely and his words were slurred. You see, he showed up at the pond without bait, and dug near a stump to get his worms. They were big…
  • One Hour One Book: The Gospel of Luke

    Randall Smith
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:33 am
    As we keep rolling ahead in our “One Hour One Book” series – this is the “Gospel according to St. Luke:      
  • God on the Move: “The Family Mobile” – Colossians 3:18-4:18

    Randall Smith
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:27 am
    There is no secret in the fact that America’s families are changing. We are changing the definition of family, and we are changing the expectations that are packed into the word “family. Here is the question: “Does God have clearly defined expectation of how people should relate to one another both in the context of the family, and in the context of the community?” The Scripture text for our lesson today clearly demonstrates that He does. Key Principle: God has clearly defined His expectations of behaviors in our relationships as Christians. The small letter of Paul included three…
  • One Hour One Book: The Gospel of Mark

    Randall Smith
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    In our ongoing project to offer a single YouTube of explanation for each book of the Bible, this video on the Gospel According to Mark was filmed in front of Bible students to explain the setting, background and contents of that Gospel:
  • God on the Move: “The Evidence Behind the Ears” – Colossians 3

    Randall Smith
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    I love to take baths – my wife will attest to the fact that I can take a book and monopolize the bathtub for an hour almost anytime – but especially when it is cold and rainy outside, (which is twice a year in our little Florida town)! For reasons I don’t completely understand, I love to read in the bath, and a “hot tub” is a special sanctuary of relaxation for me. I should admit, however, for the sake of honesty, that it was not always so. I used to hate bath time (at about age ten!) There was a time in my early life when we didn’t have a bath – but a shower – and showers…
 
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    Standing On Giants | Looking to Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

  • A Conversation About Digital Marketing and Life

    Kyle Reed
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Christina Faith on her podcast Start to Finish.Kyle Reed interview Start to FinishWe talked all things digital, strategy, and finishing task. I also shared my Task Sheet download and the many books I am reading.Listen to the interview here: http://christinafaith.com/kylereedPlease help make this post, A Conversation About Digital Marketing and Life a whole lot better by adding some value to the conversation by leaving a comment.This is a post from: Standing On Giants - Looking to Stand on the Shoulders of Giants
  • Perfecting Your Morning Routine

    Kyle Reed
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    I hate routine, and yet I am a routine person. There are areas of my life that routine drives me to the point of insanity. There are areas of my life that routine keeps me in check.I have a love/hate relationship with routine.Today, let’s talk about my love for routine…my morning routine.Productivity is one of the most important things we do in life. It separates the pretenders from serious contenders. Do not overestimate how important your productivity matters. One of the best ways to be productive is to set yourself up for the most optimal productivity possible.You might be…
  • Why Remarkable Doesn’t Work For Us

    Kyle Reed
    19 Nov 2013 | 3:00 am
    You know what remarkable looks like. You see it every day.You consume remarkable music, eat remarkable food, drive remarkable cars, and use remarkable pieces of technology.You do not partake in anything less than remarkable.So why would you ever think that something that you create that is not remarkable would be consumed by anyone else? Why would you settle for mediocre? Why would you not honor yourself to have remarkable first before you expect remarkable results.Signed: Your future selfCreating something remarkable takes time, effort, and attention.Let’s make our work remarkable so…
  • 11 TED Talks Every 20 Something Should Watch

    Kyle Reed
    16 Nov 2013 | 7:01 am
    This is a guest post from Alicia Lawrence. She works for Inbound Marketing Inc and blogs in her free time at MarCom Land about communication, health and travel.The TED talks have grown in popularity. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, which covers a broad spectrum. TED talks excel best when looking towards the future and providing insight into our ever-changing present.Springing from the annual TED Talks Conference, the talks are now available online and have attracted a global audience. Consequently, these talks have reached billions. Clearly, the world is rapidly changing,…
  • It’s Time To Burn Your Bridges

    Kyle Reed
    14 Nov 2013 | 7:14 am
    I have been watching the show Gold Rush since the first episode. I don’t know if you have seen an episode, but let me catch you up. The show follows gold minors who are looking to hit it big and find gold wherever they can. As you can imagine with any reality show, the amount of drama and action is always at an all-time high each episode. And this season opened in true Gold Rush fashion with high action and high drama.As I watched the season premier a couple of weeks ago I realized that I had been learning a valuable life lesson from this show.Photo from Mopho.toNo, this lesson has…
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    Heart Choices

  • The Blessings of Spring Break

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    An entire week of spring break was just what I needed. I'd been anticipating this time considering all I wanted to accomplish. I had a list of projects to do. I had compiled a list of people I wanted to see. But spring in Phoenix includes blooming flowers.I love flowers. I love roses in my garden. But citrus in bloom is something else. I'm allergic. One year I actually woke up with hives all over my body. I had taken a long walk in an area where the orange trees were blooming abundantly.And our condo is located smack dab in the middle of a citrus grove! Go figure.Many of the items on my to-do…
  • Is it Time to Replace Your Old Mascara?

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    Photo Credit; Lash L'AmourHave you noticed the women on TV seem to have the longest eyelashes lately? Eyelash extensions seem to be the rage right now. But they are expensive and have to be redone about every 60 days. You have to go to a skilled professional to have them applied.  I knew I wasn't in the market for something that took so much time and money.But then I discovered Younique Moodstruck 3D lash mascara!I bought it for $29 online and loved it. Now I sell it!  This is the mascara I use every single day. I love it.I wrote about it on Heart Choices several months ago. I…
  • Exercise is a Healthy Heart Choice

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    I know you've heard it over and over again. Exercise is good for you. You have to exercise! Exercise is a healthy heart choice. But let me ask you a question. How many of you enjoy exercising? What excuses do you have for not exercising?I can't tell you how many women my age groan when they hear the "E" word. Even friends who have the time would rather do anything else but ...exercise.It takes discipline and commitment. Another dreaded word; the "D" word.I can honestly tell you I'd rather sleep an extra 45 minutes in the morning. But I've learned that unless I get up and jump on my treadmill…
  • Valentine's Week Blessings

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:14 am
    What a fun Valentine's week! Holidays are so different for me when I get to spend them with children. This past week we had a Valentine's party at school and the children were permitted to dress up for the holiday. They looked so cute. I'm so used to seeing them in uniforms so this was a nice change.The students in my Mini-Mustang class are the youngest at our school (2.75 - 3 years old). I have to be creative as I want them to learn but at the same time have fun. By this time, they all know and recognize the first letter of their name. They can identify their own cubby and find their seat…
  • Weigh-In Wednesday: Back in the Saddle Again

    11 Feb 2015 | 4:52 am
    Let me ask you a question? Do you want to be in good shape? I think the universal response would be a resounding YES! And I'm included in that response.For the last forty or so years I've been consistent in my exercise program. I used to teach post open heart patients about how to take better care of their health. I believe that if you teach something, you need to live it. I'd advise them to make a daily appointment for exercise. They wouldn't think of leaving their house without brushing their teeth. And I told them exercise was just as important for their health. So many times patients…
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    Captain’s Blog

  • Here We Have Idaho… Unfortunately

    Chad Estes
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Growing up in Idaho I heard a lot about prayer being taken out of public schools: Madelyn Murray O’Hair was public enemy #1, the End Times political upheavals were just around the corner, Gorbachev was the anti-christ, and Jesus’ second coming would be one of vengeance (most unlike his first visit). I never had to worry about the godless, public education system. My parents provided me a private, Christian school education. I’m very grateful for those years for many reasons. Unfortunately, though, I bought into some of the fears that my religious community held regarding public…
  • Hiding From Myself

    Chad Estes
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:24 am
    A couple of summers ago I received an email from an author who wanted me to review his book. It wasn’t an unusual request. I had spent a couple of years building up my presence on Amazon.com as a top book reviewer and parlayed my status into a job with a Christian web company. I loved getting paid to review new literature and fiction. I also stopped accepting a lot of the freebie work, for Christian authors, even through books kept showing up on my doorstep each week from writers and publishers. When Bryan asked me to review, Hiding From Myself, I was honest with him that my reviewing queue…
  • 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…
 
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    Dave Ingland

  • Understanding How Real Estate Pricing Works On Condos

    SaraM
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:31 pm
     Learning How Real Estate Pricing Works on Condos A condominium, townhouse or single-detached home has its own characteristics in terms of costing, terms and conditions as well as the lifestyle required. However, all these fall under the umbrella of real estate properties. Investing in any of these means that you have understand completely how the system of purchase goes. A condominium unit for instance is just a small property but it carries a high value especially if its location is found in an area where business is progressive. This brings us to the idea on how real estate pricing works…
  • Evergreen SEO Strategies That Work Every Time

    SaraM
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:23 pm
    SEO Strategies That Will Help You Achieve Top Rankings Search engine optimization is becoming more difficult than ever before as Google becomes more proficient at understanding sentence structure and meaning. Just a few years ago, it was possible to use private label rights articles to generate traffic to your website. It was also possible to use regurgitated content on brand-new websites and rank them because they had the primary keyword in the exact match domain. Unfortunately, things change very quickly on the Internet, especially with search engine algorithms, which is why new SEO…
  • 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…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • 5 Itchy Ear Preachers

    Peter Mead
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    Paul urged Timothy to preach the word in his final letter.  One of the reasons he gave was that the time would come when people would not endure sound teaching, but instead would accumulate teachers to suit their own passions.  Itchy ear preachers.  Here are some possible itchy ear preachers: 1. Preacher Myth – this is one Paul referenced, preaching that strays into the realm of speculative mythology.  We have our own versions of this today.  Sensational, conspiratorial, and often offering insight that nobody else can offer. 2. Preacher Fun – this is always going to be…
  • 10 Pointers for “Untrained” Preachers

    Peter Mead
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Last time we looked at some pointers for preachers who have had formal theological training.  This time let’s ponder the situation for those that haven’t.  There are many, many preachers, in many denominations, in many cultures, that are doing wonderful ministry without ever having had the privilege of formal training.  Here are 10 pointers for the “formally untrained” preacher: 1. Don’t wallow in insecurity because of a lack of formal training – Most of the “formally untrained” preachers I have met would love to be able to study in a Bible…
  • 10 Pointers for Seminary Trained Preachers

    Peter Mead
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:35 pm
    The periodic 10 Pointers series is going to add two more posts this week.  Previously we’ve considered younger preachers, older preachers, and preaching teams.  Here’s a set of 10 pointers for those of us who have had the privilege of studying in a Bible College or Seminary.  Next time we will offer 10 pointers for those without formal training. Disclaimer – I get frustrated with articles written about “all the things I never learned in seminary.”  I really praise God for the time I got to spend at two great seminaries and feel they prepared me very well…
  • 3 Ways Preachers Fear Listeners

    Peter Mead
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:27 am
    Preachers can fear listeners.  When they do, the ministry suffers.  Here are three ways preachers fear listeners: 1. I am scared because you are there!  This “deer in the headlights fear” is typically an issue for the beginner preacher.  Actually, the fear is usually of public speaking.  Seeing all the faces looking toward them, the preacher freezes and goes into a restricted function coping mechanism.  Vocal range becomes limited, pauses disappear, body language gets stuck, the mind struggles to think clearly.  This can occur for more experienced preachers under specific…
  • Let Historical Details Be Details

    Peter Mead
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:54 pm
    The Bible contains a lot of historical narrative.  Historical narrative contains details.  Let’s not be unnecessarily clever with these details. Hypothetical Tale 1 – In 1964 a preacher at a Bible teaching conference was preaching on the story of David and Goliath.  He came to the verse that tells of David taking five smooth stones and putting them in his pouch before going to face the giant.  “Now you may be asking, why five smooth stones?  Why not just one?  Does David lack faith in God?  Not at all, I tell you, he was just prepared for Goliath’s four…
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    Crossway Blog

  • Cultivating Friendships as a Pastor's Wife

    Matt Tully
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    In this video, pastor's wife and blogger Jen Thorn talks about navigating the sometimes difficult process of making friends in the church as a pastor's wife. Cultivating Friendships as a Pastor's Wife from Crossway on Vimeo. This video is part of Pastor's Wife Appreciation Month. Learn more and get involved at crossway.org/PastorsWifeAppreciation.
  • Win A Free Copy of the New ESV Following Jesus Bible

    Lizzy Jeffers
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    A New Resource Just for Kids The ESV Following Jesus Bible is full of outstanding content to help children understand and enjoy God's Word. Designed for children ages 8–12 as they transition from a beginner's Bible, the Following Jesus Bible will strengthen children in their faith and teach them what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. ESV Following Jesus Bible from Crossway on Vimeo. Cover Options Hardcover TruTone, Brown TruTone, Teal Enter the Drawing Complete this brief survey and automatically be entered to win one of three hardcover copies of the ESV Following Jesus Bible! The drawing…
  • Video: Justin Holcomb on the Book of Acts

    Nick Rynerson
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    In the video below, Justin Holcomb, author of Acts: A 12-Week Study, explains how the book of Acts chronicles the spread of the gospel in the early church and offers transformative grace for us today. Knowing the Bible Series: Acts from Crossway on Vimeo. Learn more and download a free excerpt.
  • Ask a Pastor's Wife: Community

    Nick Rynerson
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    In this video Q&A, Gloria Furman responds to Annie who writes, "How do a pastor and his wife have transparent accountability in a small group setting?" Ask a Pastor's Wife: Community from Crossway on Vimeo. This Q&A is part of Pastor's Wife Appreciation Month. Learn more and get involved at crossway.org/PastorsWifeAppreciation.
  • Pastors' Wives: 5 Misconceptions

    Matt Tully
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    This is guest post by Lauren Chandler and is part of Pastor’s Wife Appreciation Month. Lauren’s husband, Matt, is the author of The Explicit Gospel and serves as lead teaching pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas. Misconception #1 You have it all together. You’ve worked through all your issues. Sure, you may struggle, but not with anything major (whatever that may be). Oh, sister, may I encourage you? On this side of heaven, we will always have battle to do with our flesh. Will he give relief at times? Yes! But “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is…
 
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  • Rethinking Behavior Modification

    Starr Cliff
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    By: Starr Cliff It has hit me in a new way recently,  that of the four people in that photo right there,  I can only modify the behavior of exactly one of them. Me. I can shape,  nudge,  model,  correct and discipline those other three,  but ultimately it’s up to each of those human hearts how they will act and what words they will say. I’m trying to be ever mindful of the following: When I start to feel like there is not enough gentleness in this house,  rather than trying to figure out how to make my kids lose a bad attitude… maybe I just need to spend that energy…
  • What I Used to Care About

    Jonathan Cliff
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Woah, the past 12 months have been a blur. Much of what I’ve had on my heart to write, my brain has smartly kept me from posting publicly. Much of where my mind has been in this season of transition, has been written with ink on paper in a journal that I’ll treasure for the memory of God’s changing work done in my life. In the spirit of what I’ve seen, heard, and experienced over the past few months; here is a working list of things that matter less to me than they did a year ago. Not that they aren’t still important to me as an employee, father, or husband, but…
  • Insecurity’s Goal [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The most surprising thing I have learned about insecurity is that insecurity makes you selfish and self-focused. Ironically it is the opposite of what I thought I was. I thought I was being sensitive to the needs and perceptions of others, but I was only sensitive to others because of how it impacted me. If my boss didn’t praise me for a project, I assumed that I must have done something wrong. Never mind that he might have a hundred other priorities that day. The fact that he didn’t take the time to praise me must mean that I had done something wrong. If a friend didn’t return…
  • Developing Faith with Catechism

    Jonathan Cliff
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    My kids are learning so much. The three of them range in age from 9 to 12 and are tackling subjects like: Electricity, Comparative adjectives, Geology, Pre-Algebra, Revolutionary War history, and have written papers on the men and women of history like Pocahontas, George Washington, and even the ancient math-whiz Archimedes. So much learning, so much content and yet this is only the beginning. They’ve had to learn how to use the multiple remotes in our living room, that the milk goes back in the fridge after a bowl of cereal is poured, and that you never hug your mother early in the…
  • Things that Matter More

    Jonathan Cliff
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Woah, the past 12 months have been a blur. Much of what I’ve had on my heart to write, my brain has smartly kept me from posting publicly. Much of where my mind has been in this season of transition, has been written with ink on paper in a journal that I’ll treasure for the memory of God’s changing work done in my life. In the spirit of what I’ve seen, heard, and experienced over the past few months; here is a working list of things that matter more to me than they did a year ago: The places I visit. The friends I keep. The stories I’m telling. The questions…
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  • 6 ways to practice silence

    Kevin Martineau
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    We live in a noisy world. Silence is arguably the most challenging, most counter-cultural and least practiced spiritual discipline. Even a silent prayer or a few minutes of quiet reflection during a worship service can make people uncomfortable.  Finding silence, i.e. stilling our soul, is hard work. Practicing silence will interrupt your normal rhythm and others may misinterpret your silence. 6 ways to practice silence These were adapted from “Practicing Silence“. 1.  Find a quiet place and spend a significant amount of time each day “enjoying” the silence. This could be…
  • 3 reasons why we resist silence

    Kevin Martineau
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    If you are anything like me, practicing the discipline of silence is difficult and I usually resist it at all costs.  Dallas Willard has called silence and solitude the two most radical disciplines in the Christian life. Henri Nouwen said “without solitude it is almost impossible to live a spiritual life.” Pete Scazzero states that “If solitude is the practice of being absent to people and things to attend to God, silence is the practice of quieting every inner and outer voice to attend to Him.” 3 reasons why we resist silence 1.  We have had a lifetime of not being silent.
  • A time for everything

    Kevin Martineau
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:18 am
    Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens …”  The rest of the passage lists things that there is a time and a season for.  Things like: a time to weep and a time to laugh. a time to mourn and a time to dance. a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them. a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.  a time to keep and a time to throw away.  a time to tear and a time to mend. a time to be silent and a time to speak. I would add my own item to this list: A time to blog and a time to…
  • I’ll be back!

    Kevin Martineau
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    New content is coming soon! You just finished reading I'll be back!! Consider leaving a comment!The post I’ll be back! appeared first on Shooting the Breeze by Kevin Martineau.
  • All good things must come to an end

    Kevin Martineau
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    On August 8th, 2007 I entered this vast world called blogging. I had just come back from a 3 month forced sabbatical (i.e. medical leave) and I knew that I had a big journey ahead of me (and I still do!) I started this blog as an outlet to help me process everything that I was learning. But all good things must come to an end. I have decided to take an indefinite break from blogging. This decision didn’t come easily but I recognize that I have lost some of my passion for blogging and it has become more of a chore than a joy. Also, I would like to invest my time in other things right…
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  • Rumble At Anaconda Lockout

    9 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Rumble At Anaconda Lockout The 1965 Saturday night dances in Yerington,  Nevada became my responsibility quite by accident.  My best friend, Sue, was a dynamic personality and had a powerful voice. She and four other high school classmates formed a band called the Sabras , but they had no place to practice. Our living room just happened to be very large, and so it became the band practice spot and hangout. My mother worked late, so at first I neglected to even tell her of my afternoon activities, but when she did find out, to my surprise she was supportive.  As the band…
  • The Yellow Box

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    The Yellow BoxBrothers -- I had two.  They were as different as salt and pepper. No they were not black and white, but in flavor they were distinctively unique.  The room they shared illustrates their differences. One side was very neat.  The bed was made neatly.  All the clothes were picked up and hung in the closet or folded perfectly in his dresser drawers.  This side belonged to my brother Dan. Dan was eighteen months younger than me and eighteen months older than our youngest brother.  He was a perfectionist from birth and would go bonkers when things were…
  • Baseball and Mosquitoes

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Baseball and MosquitoesIt was one of those hot dry-your-eyeballs-out kind of days and I was board.  My nine year old mind decided to go visit my friend Rebecca, who lived across town, which in reality was only about four blocks away, but to me seemed quite a distant.  Rebecca was a few years older than me.  She was a sandy-haired Alabama girl with a Southern accent, which made her a weird bird to us Nevada kids.  She was constantly putting on chap stick, because the dry Nevada air caused her lips to chap and split. We became acquainted through our mothers.  My mother…
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    17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    In remembrance of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, I am re-posting my original story from my November 2009 blog.The Day JFK DiedNovember 22, 1963, Yerington, Nevada     As a sophomore in high school I sat looking at the clock in my English class, when the principle’s voice came over the loud speaker. “We regret to inform you that President Kennedy has been assassinated. School is dismissed. Go home and be with your family.”My mouth dropped; I could not take my eyes off the speaker box that hung over the door. I numbly heard the gasps and cries of my…
  • Poetry: Too and To

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Too and ToToo sick tonight  Too sick to fightToo sick to be right  Too sick to make it to midnight.Too many broken dreams  Too many failed schemesToo many unheard screams  Too many of life’s extremes.Too is abundance, to is towards   Too is my circumference, to is like new cordsToo is heavy, to is free flight.Too will be laid down, to heaven I’ll go tonight.Chere L Brown, Fort Worth, TX, June 3, 2014
 
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  • Nigerian Military Says It Destroyed Boko Haram’s Headquarters

    Anonymous
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    Just a day before the country’s presidential elections, the Nigerian military has announced that it has retaken the town of Gwoza, Boko Haram’s self-declared capital of its Islamic caliphate. The Nigerian Defense Headquarters tweeted: "FLASH: Troops this morning captured Gwoza destroying the Headquarters of the Terrorists self-styled Caliphate." Along with the militants who captured or killed in the operation, the military said it is now working to find escaping Boko Haram fighters and rescue hostages. According to a BBC report though, the battle was also tragic. A local told their…
  • 9 Ways to be a Better Neighbor

    bonniekristian
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Taking 'love your neighbor' to the next level. The Millennial generation likes cities, and we like to move. There’s a lot about this which is awesome—I mean, I write as someone who lives in a city and has moved four times in the six years since I finished college—but it can also lead to treating our homes as hotels, and our neighbors as fellow guests: We might smile and nod while parking, but that’s about it.
  • Our Cries Have Been Heard: ‘Coach’ Is Finally Returning to TV

    Anonymous
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    The new Golden Age of TV has officially arrived. Finally shows like Breaking Bad, The Wire and Mad Men have found a worthy successor: Coach Hayden Fox. A network has heard the cries, read the petitions, seen the passions of the masses camped out continuously in front of their studios for the last 18 years when the original series ended on ABC, and is bringing back the Craig T. Nelson sitcom Coach. From Deadline: “Coach Hayden Fox (Nelson) — now retired from coaching — is called back to become assistant coach to his own grown son, who is the new head coach at an Ivy league school in…
  • Vice Is Going to Make a Nightly News Show for HBO

    Anonymous
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Vice is no stranger to HBO: The non-traditional news outlet has produced three seasons of guerrilla-style current event films for the cable network. But soon, Vice will become a nightly fixture on HBO. As part of a new programming deal, along with providing more episodes of their current series, Vice will be producing a nightly, half-hour news show for HBO. Considering the lengths Vice reporters go to tell interesting stories—from hanging out with Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman in North Korea to embedding themselves with ISIS—it’s safe to assume that their nightly broadcast won’t look…
  • Russia Wants to Build a Road Connecting London and New York

    Anonymous
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin has reportedly unveiled new plans to build a road that would connect New York and London, via a 12,910-mile superhighway. As this image from Fox News shows, much of the highway would follow the Trans-Siberian Railway and connect North America to Russia in some sort of bridge (or maybe a tunnel) over the Bering Strait that would end up in a remote Alaskan town. Though the road could cost trillions of dollars, Yakunin argues that potential economic benefits would eventually make the “inter-state, inter-civilization, project" worth the investment.
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  • Nigerian Military Says It Destroyed Boko Haram’s Headquarters

    Anonymous
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    Just a day before the country’s presidential elections, the Nigerian military has announced that it has retaken the town of Gwoza, Boko Haram’s self-declared capital of its Islamic caliphate. The Nigerian Defense Headquarters tweeted: "FLASH: Troops this morning captured Gwoza destroying the Headquarters of the Terrorists self-styled Caliphate." Along with the militants who captured or killed in the operation, the military said it is now working to find escaping Boko Haram fighters and rescue hostages. According to a BBC report though, the battle was also tragic. A local told their…
  • 9 Ways to be a Better Neighbor

    bonniekristian
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Taking 'love your neighbor' to the next level. The Millennial generation likes cities, and we like to move. There’s a lot about this which is awesome—I mean, I write as someone who lives in a city and has moved four times in the six years since I finished college—but it can also lead to treating our homes as hotels, and our neighbors as fellow guests: We might smile and nod while parking, but that’s about it.
  • Our Cries Have Been Heard: ‘Coach’ Is Finally Returning to TV

    Anonymous
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    The new Golden Age of TV has officially arrived. Finally shows like Breaking Bad, The Wire and Mad Men have found a worthy successor: Coach Hayden Fox. A network has heard the cries, read the petitions, seen the passions of the masses camped out continuously in front of their studios for the last 18 years when the original series ended on ABC, and is bringing back the Craig T. Nelson sitcom Coach. From Deadline: “Coach Hayden Fox (Nelson) — now retired from coaching — is called back to become assistant coach to his own grown son, who is the new head coach at an Ivy league school in…
  • Vice Is Going to Make a Nightly News Show for HBO

    Anonymous
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Vice is no stranger to HBO: The non-traditional news outlet has produced three seasons of guerrilla-style current event films for the cable network. But soon, Vice will become a nightly fixture on HBO. As part of a new programming deal, along with providing more episodes of their current series, Vice will be producing a nightly, half-hour news show for HBO. Considering the lengths Vice reporters go to tell interesting stories—from hanging out with Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman in North Korea to embedding themselves with ISIS—it’s safe to assume that their nightly broadcast won’t look…
  • Russia Wants to Build a Road Connecting London and New York

    Anonymous
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin has reportedly unveiled new plans to build a road that would connect New York and London, via a 12,910-mile superhighway. As this image from Fox News shows, much of the highway would follow the Trans-Siberian Railway and connect North America to Russia in some sort of bridge (or maybe a tunnel) over the Bering Strait that would end up in a remote Alaskan town. Though the road could cost trillions of dollars, Yakunin argues that potential economic benefits would eventually make the “inter-state, inter-civilization, project" worth the investment.
 
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  • Why We Need Quiet & Why It’s Hard

    Bonnie Gray
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    “I need someone. I need to hold somebody close. And I need more than this holding.” Betty Smith, a Tree Grows in Brooklyn {my images are free goodies for you to enjoy & share} Quiet isn’t the absence of noise or voice. Quiet is a quality of putting everything to the side that isn’t important, but demands you to perform.  To produce and please.  Instead of being you. You experience quiet in your soul — when you give yourself permission — to be you. Quiet is an intimate movement to be at rest. To listen. To receive. To enjoy. To lay aside everything…
  • Let’s Paint Nite Together… Seriously! (Yippee!)

    Bonnie Gray
    21 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    “As bees gather honey, so we collect what is sweetest out of all things and build.” -Rainer Maria Rilke Want a break and do something soothing for your soul and fun?! We are now halfway through our Online Spiritual Whitespace Book Club — and we need to celebrate by doing a Paint Nite!! Have you ever done a paint nite?  I had never picked up a brush until during this past season of recovering from anxiety.  I wanted to gather anything that was beautiful and sweet — as a way to refresh my soul and be a child with God again. Something I’ve always wanted to do,…
  • Why It’s Time To Become The Beloved & Welcome Spring In You

    Bonnie Gray
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:05 am
      “You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen.” ~ Ernest Hemingway {i walked by a field of clovers. and stopped to see the morning kiss the silence by its drops of dew. i felt the air move across my lips, as i looked for a four-leaf clover close to the earth. i felt something stir in my heart and as it did, i held the moment gently in my…
  • Becoming Clutter Free In Your Heart & Your Home (Special Guest: Kathi Lipp)

    Bonnie Gray
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:39 am
    “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” C. S.Lewis my images are free goodies for you to enjoy & share Spring is just right around the corner (yes, tomorrow is the first day of Spring).  Do you have de-cluttering on your mind? This week, in our Online Spiritual Whitespace Book Club, we’re talking about how the journey to make space for God in our heart — leads us to the inevitable place of facing the clutter in our homes — and our stories. How are you welcoming Spring into your hearts?  During a season in my life when stress…
  • What Keeps You Up At Night? 5 Movements of Self-Care & A Soulful Giveaway (VIDEO)

    Bonnie Gray
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:35 am
    “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” St. Augustine {my images are free goodies for you to enjoy & share} I’m trying to sleep. But I can’t. I know I shouldn’t worry so much. So why am I still lying here in the dark awake? I’ve closed my eyes and said my prayers. Yet my bed tosses me far from comfort and release. Have you ever had trouble falling asleep? This is what I asked my friend Ayaka Lu and I’d like to share our soulful conversation with you in the video below. Soul Mocha Video: A Vulnerable…
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  • Father's Plan

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

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

    Jay Cookingham
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
      The bravest person I know entered my life Thirty-five years ago. March 16 started out as a snowy day, a winter mix that almost kept us from meeting, but the snow stopped and the sun melted what was left and I was on my way to Valhalla (New York that is, not the enormous hall of heroes located in Asgard). Although I am sharing a story about a hero, it is not the Norse kind. When I first saw this person it was in the middle of a crowd, one that was there to meet an unassuming Christian rock band schedule to sing at their church that weekend. As I got off the bus the band traveled in,…
  • A Review...I Believe

    Jay Cookingham
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:34 am
        Believe, NIV: Living the Story of the Bible to Become Like Jesus and it's companion book, Think, Act, Be Like Jesus (both by Pastor and author Randy Frazee) are two new discipleship tools that some churches may want to use to help new followers of Jesus to deepen their walk. Believe, NIV is divided into 30 chapter readings that address one of the following three questions: “What do I believe?”, “What should I do?” and “Who am I becoming?” and is read more like a story than a typical Bible. I would suggest using it along with a tradition translation so that context…
  • A Leap of Faith

    Jay Cookingham
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
      For the past two Sunday’s at BBCC I've shared on “A Leap of Faith: Where Fear and Faith Collide”. The subject of faith is a lifelong study I believe…one that continues to become clearer as we walk closer to our Messiah. Here are some of the highlights: When we think of the word collide, words like….crash, violent, conflict, pain come to mind. A collision will shape you or misshape you…possibly both. No doubt, you will feel the impact and be changed. Our response to a collision between faith and fear can reveal our heart…our fault lines and our view of Father God. That…
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  • On Obtaining Wisdom And Chasing Decisions

    Natalie Snapp
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Sometimes it feels like I live in that movie from the 1990’s, Groundhog’s Day (and yes, I know I’m dating myself here). In it, Bill Murray’s character experiences the same day over and over again. Which can be true in the life of a woman. There’s a template we live by and within that template, there are certain things we must do every single day. Pack lunches. Lay-out clothing for the next morning. Get kids up. Feed them breakfast, make sure their teeth are brushed and hair is combed, and do you have your permission slips/homework/Monday folder? They’re the…
  • Life Unstuck by Pat Layton

    Natalie Snapp
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Three years ago, I boarded a plane from Charlotte to Atlanta after attending my first-ever She Speaks Conference. I had just pitched my first book, Heart Sisters, and was sitting back in my seat to just exhale. Moments later, a bubbly and bright woman looked at me and declared her seat was next to mine. “Were you at She Speaks?” I asked because I could just tell. As soon as she confirmed my suspicion was correct, we began to talk. And talk. And talk. Until the wheels touched down in Atlanta – and I still wanted to talk more. We had an insane amount in common. Talking to Pat…
  • When We Think It’s Impressive to Be Busy

    Natalie Snapp
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    * Friends, I’m in Book Launch Land. I’m feverishly working to prepare for the release of Heart Sisters: Be the Friend You Want to Have. I’ll be re-posting some oldies (but hopefully you’ll think they’re goodies!) now and then so I can focus more on the upcoming release. Thanks for understanding . . . Oh – and I so appreciate you taking the time share on social media. This is the way of the writer these days and will help get the word out about Heart Sisters! A few years ago, I was talking to a woman who was in a panic because she didn’t think her kids…
 
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  • The Command to Hospitality

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Today we return to Gathering Rubies, the blog of Janice Garrison. Click the title below to read this at source. Love of Strangers HOSPITALITY, host, love of strangers, guest, friend, innkeeper (from International Standard Bible Encyclopedia) For much of my life I believe I misunderstood the word hospitality. I understood it to mean inviting someone into my home and perhaps sharing a meal and spending an enjoyable time with them. The them however, was always someone I already knew. I didn’t grasp that it was to be a stranger. Over the years as I have examined hospitality closer, I realize,…
  • The Uniqueness of Jesus

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Our regular Wednesday columnist Clarke Dixon continues in John 14. Clarke is a pastor in Ontario, Canada and, as I learned a week ago, each week hosts a “Hebrew Club” for people in the area who want to deepen their study of the Biblical language. To read more, click the title of today’s title below, which will link you to his blog. Jesus: Ordinary or Extraordinary? Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NRSV) Many people believe Jesus to have been an extraordinary person. However, the…
  • Serving While You Are Young…and When You’re Older, Also

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    In I Timothy 4, Paul instructs his “son in the faith” (1:2) on the carrying out of his ministry. If you’ve ever had to write a word of encouragement to a younger Christian — especially a child or teen or twenty-something — chances are you might have quoted verse 12: 12a Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young… But there is more to that particular verse: 12b Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.  Breaking it down, Paul gives “Tim” five areas in which he…
  • The Role of the Holy Spirit in the First Testament

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Haggai 2:5 NIV ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’ This is part one of a four part series author Bren Hughes has been running on The Holy Spirit in the Hebrew Bible. (Terms like Hebrew Bible, First Testament or First Covenant are to be preferred over the use of Old Testament.) At the bottom of the article you’ll see the links to the other parts. The Holy Spirit in the Hebrew Bible (1) Although my book, Heaven’s Muscle, is structured around my own journey of spiritual discovery, the heart of the book is…
  • Something You Cannot Control Happens When You Serve

    paulthinkingoutloud
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:28 pm
    This excerpt from Brandon Hatmaker’s book Barefoot comes to us via the Pastor-to-Pastor newsletter from FaithGateway.com. Click the image to learn more about the book. Discipleship: Giving to the Poor Is Not About Money Jesus was once asked point blank what we need to do to inherit eternal life; He was asked by someone who already knew all the rules. His response? Give to the poor. We know the law, yet this is probably the most obvious discipleship tool we miss. “You know the commandments: “You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not…
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  • Thai Police Arrest Hundreds of Christian Refugees

    Worthy News Staff
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:04 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent BANGKOK (Worthy News)– Police in Thailand have arrested more than 400 Pakistani Christian refugees, according to CBN News. Many of the Christians had been accused of blasphemy; thinking that Thailand would provide sanctuary after escaping religious persecution in Pakistan, they sought refugee status from the Thai government, which instead classified them as illegal immigrants slated for deportation. Some of the Christians are converts from Islam; since arriving in Thailand, they have depended on churches for food and housing.
  • Pastors in Sudan to be tried for Evangelism

    Worthy News Staff
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:59 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent KHARTOUM (Worthy News)– Pastors Yat Michael and Peter Reith have been transferred to prison from their detention in Khartoum after they were apprehended by Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services, according to Barnabas Aid. Both pastors will be taken from prison to court where they will face charges for evangelizing Muslims. Pastor Michael was arrested in December after preaching at a church in Khartoum; inquiring about the whereabouts of his fellow pastor, Reith was arrested in January after delivering a letter to the…
  • Obama Looks to UN to Force Two-State Solution

    Worthy News Staff
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– After years of blocking U.N. efforts to pressure Israelis and Palestinians into accepting a lasting two-state solution, the United States is edging closer toward supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution that would call for the resumption of political talks to conclude a final peace settlement, Foreign Policy reported. The move follows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisive re-election Tuesday after the incumbent publicly abandoned his commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state — the basis of more than 20 years of U.S. diplomatic…
  • Netanyahu hails 'a great victory for our people'

    Worthy News Staff
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:51 pm
    JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– As voting ended in Israel's Knesset elections Tuesday night, TV exit polls showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu well placed to retain the premiership, with his Likud party neck and neck with rival Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union but better positioned to build a coalition. Netanyahu hailed a Likud victory, though Herzog refused to concede, the Times of Israel reported. Netanyahu claimed a victory “against all odds” and promised to form a new government without delay. But Herzog also said he would make “every effort” to build a coalition.
  • American Missionary Kidnapped in Nigeria

    Worthy News Staff
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent ABUJA (Worthy News)– In Nigeria last week, an American missionary of The Free Methodist Church was abducted by armed men who then demanded a $300,000 ransom for her safe return, according to The Christian Post. "Early this morning we received a report that Rev. Phyllis Sortor, our missionary in Nigeria, was abducted from the Hope Academy compound in Emiworo, Kogi State, Nigeria, by several persons," the church posted on its website. "The U.S. Embassy has been notified, and the State Department and the FBI are working with local…
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  • On Being a Soft Place to Land

    Mary Carver
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:20 pm
    I asked my friend how she was doing. No, really, I said. How ARE you? Her child had been sick — scary sick — and I could only imagine how scared and stressed and exhausted she must have felt. Though I’d offered help in various ways, she’d politely refused. As a matter of fact, I was at her house while she helped me with something. But still I longed to do something for her, to make her feel better in some way. How are you, really? She told me that she was okay, although not good. She admitted that when friends had asked her the same question at church the day before,…
  • The Blessing of Togetherness

    Stacy Sanchez
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:10 pm
    “I’m not sure if this is a praise or a prayer request. Tomorrow, my mother-in-law arrives for a two-week stay.” Instantly, the room fills with laughter. Thank you for these women, Lord. Honest, straight-forward, God-fearing, grace-giving sisters in Christ. What a blessing to join together with them each week and share our hearts as we learn of Yours. “Please pray for my brother, that he can once and for all escape the demons that torment him and win his fight with drug abuse.” “My little one has had a fever the past few days. I’m so worried about her. The last time she had a…
  • How to Uncomplicate Being a “Good Neighbor”

    Lisa-Jo Baker
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:20 pm
    This past week our family was so sick we couldn’t see straight. It was a 72-hour marathon of toilets and buckets and bowls, and the laundry running round the clock on repeat. One by one I watched each kid succumb until it was finally my turn. Pete was the last man standing, until he wasn’t. It was brutal. We were shaken, and when my boys could finally straggle their way back to school, they looked relieved to be leaving behind the scene of the crime. I was left with a still-sick husband, what felt like a hundred more loads of laundry to go, and the desperate urge to text my…
  • The Fringe Hours – Link-up!

    Robin Dance
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Now that our study has wrapped up, we’re eager to hear from YOU. We’ve loved reading your comments over the past several weeks and hope even more of you will share how our winter study of The Fringe Hours has impacted your life. Write a blog post or link up an existing one. Book reviews are welcome, too, as well as links to graphics or images on Instagram or Facebook. You can show us or tell us! Also, DaySpring is celebrating with a fantastic buy on the beautiful Fringe Hours product line! Most items are available as Buy 1, Get 1 Free (excludes the book). Details: 1.  Add at…
  • {The Courage to Be Still} Week 4: How to Find Chill-Time with Jesus, Right Where You Are

    Jennifer Dukes Lee
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:20 pm
    “Be still and know I am God.” We’ve likely heard that verse, but in our culture of to-do lists and commitments, family obligations, and chasing our dreams, it can be hard to know how and when to “be still.” Where do we start? What does it look like to “be still,” and what can God do in our lives when we choose to listen to His quiet whispers in this loud world that can make us feel like we have to do it all? (in)courage exists as an online community committed to making safe spaces for women to connect over topics just like this one. Every Wednesday this month we’ll be sharing…
 
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    Plough Weekly

  • Mom

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    A high school junior’s tribute to her mother, Margrit Zimmerman, who even while dying of cancer pointed her children and many others to Jesus.
  • Becoming a Rooted Church

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    "We did not have to advertise Jesus or our way of life with words; we had only to base our daily decisions on him," writes Claudio Oliver in this account of how, step by step, a church became a community.
  • An Offering to God

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    This year marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of Archbishop Óscar Romero's assassination – he was gunned down at the altar while saying Mass in San Salvador. Remember Romero by listening to this piece of music he commissioned.
  • The Mystery of the Poor

    21 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    I was sitting at the supper table at St. Joseph’s House on Chrystie Street and looking around at all the fellow workers and thinking how hopeless it was for us to try to keep up appearances . . .
  • My Rich Friend

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    The author befriends a homeless man and buys him a sandwich, only to discover that he's not the only one with something to give.
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    Religion Dispatches

  • A Debate Rages in India Over Conversion, Secularism, and “Spiritual Violence”

    Murali Balaji
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Over the past few months, Indian and U.S. media have reported widely about right-wing Hindu groups’ plans to “re-convert” Muslim and Christians to Hinduism (and in some cases, Sikhism). Indeed, the so-called ghar wapsi (“homecoming or conversion”) effort has rung alarm bells among observers, stoking fears that the right-of-center government of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (a self-described Hindu nationalist), are seeking to undermine post-independence India’s secular ideals. It has drawn so much attention, in fact, that it prompted President…
  • My Childhood Hobby Was Satanic, Or So They Told Me

    Joseph Laycock
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Title: Dangerous games: What the Moral Panic over Role-Playing Games Says about Play, Religion, and Imagined Worlds Author: Josep P. Laycock Publisher: University of California Press Release Date: February 12, 2015 Pages: 368 What inspired you to write Dangerous Games? In the preface I’m very candid about my experiences growing up in Texas and being told that my favorite hobby is satanic. When grown-ups told me that playing Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) was going to drive me insane or cause me to worship the devil, it suddenly dawned on me that adults were fallible: They ran the…
  • “LGBT People Have a Lot to Teach Christians”

    Candace Chellew-Hodge
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
    “Millennials aren’t looking for a hipper Christianity,” author Rachel Held Evans says in her new book Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church, “we’re looking for a truer Christianity, a more authentic Christianity.” Evans found the kind of Christianity she was looking for but it wasn’t hidden amidst the droves of hipster-gimmick evangelical/emergent congregations with fair trade coffee bars in the lobby of their reclaimed industrial spaces and Sunday-night-back-of-a-dive-bar worship/open-mic services. Instead, Evans, 33, discovered a fresh…
  • PCUSA’s Nod to “Traditional” Marriage Understandable, but Not Accurate

    William E. Smith
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) made headlines recently after its local presbyteries voted to, as the New York Times put it, approve same-sex marriage. This new definition will go into effect in June. Given the tensions this issue has caused, both within the PCUSA and among many other denominations, it shouldn’t be very surprising that the phrasing in the PCUSA’s Book of Order was changed from “between a man and a woman” to “between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” “Traditional marriage” is common in the rhetoric of those opposed to same-sex…
  • Studies Confirm: Your Steak is Possessed by Demons

    Travis Proctor
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    The North American Meat Institute is going to battle this week over new federal guidelines that suggest that “a healthy dietary pattern is…lower in red and processed meat,” just the latest installment in an ongoing debate over the health effects of meat. Is meat essential for children’s health, a terrible toxin, or a great tool for eliminating fat? Is it the highway to heart disease, or the key to unlocking your ideal preindustrial self? If you’re confused, you’re in good company. People have been debating the merits of meat for centuries. Dig back to one of the earliest of those…
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  • Book Review: Against the Grain by Nancy Cain

    Cheryl Cope
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Book Review: Against the Grain by Nancy Cain Extraordinary gluten-free recipes made from real, all-natural ingredients. The first thing that impressed me about this cookbook was its massive size. It’s a full 400 pages long. The second thing that impressed me about this cookbook was the thoroughness. Every possible gluten-free substitutionary recipe is included in this book, that is, if … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Finding Favor with the King by Tommy Tenney

    Cheryl Cope
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Book Review: Finding Favor with the King by Tommy Tenney Preparing For Your Moment In His Presence Some books aren’t worth buying or reading. Some books are worth reading once. Some books are worth storing for a possible re-read. And others are worth re-reading and even studying. This book is the latter. This book also is not a breeze-through-it type … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Nourished by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph

    Cheryl Cope
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:45 am
    Book Review: Nourished by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night’s Sleep This book was unique in the fact that it was authored by a mother-daughter team. This team effort brought in freshness and a little bit of delightfulness. I found the style of writing to be very personable and a whole lot … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Daily Painting by Carol Marine

    Cheryl Cope
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Book Review: Daily Painting by Carol Marine Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist Between both the title and the subtitle, they give an accurate picture of what this book is about—how daily painting a small sized canvas will help you to become a more successful artist (that is, sell more work, make more … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Longing for More by Timothy Willard

    Cheryl Cope
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    Book Review: Longing for More by Timothy Willard This book is a devotional set up with readings for 5 days a week for a whole year. Each week is themed which helps keep it flowing. As per the author’s declared purpose to inspire and to challenge, it is meant as a supplement to your daily Bible reading and devotions and … Continue reading →
 
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  • WF: Open Up The Heavens

    Naty Matos
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    This is an amazing worship song. I need this song to be my alarm because it will not only get me out of bed energized but filled of the spirit. After a long hard week of work we need to be refreshed and renewed and what better way than praising God. How awesome is recognizing that God is almighty, all powerful, all amazing? We are all in need of a showers from heaven of peace, love and just his sweet presence. Enjoy this song and have a great weekend.  
  • More on serving Romans 12 :4-8

    Naty Matos
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body,and each member belongs to all the others.6 We have different gifts,according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying,then prophesy in accordance with your[a]faith;7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;if it is giving, then give generously;if it is to lead,[b]do it diligently; if it is to showmercy, do it cheerfully. Just as I closed the last…
  • Humble Service in the Body of Christ Romans 12:3

    Naty Matos
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    3 For by the grace given meI say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. In this part of the letter from Paul, I see a reminder of the older brother in the prodigal son story. It is very often that those who have not come to the feet of Christ because of our behavior. I know there was a time in my life when I thought my sins were too unforgivable. Sometimes looking at those around me with their pretend perfect lives made me feel even more…
  • WF: Drops in the Ocean

    Naty Matos
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today I had a real conversation with the Lord, one of those were you hear his voice immediately, not spiritually but audible. I had not turned the radio in my car in weeks. I was so consumed by my thoughts that any noise bothered me. Today I decided that I wanted to turn it on. As I’m driving the music is playing in the background. I’m not listening. In my conversation with the Lord I was telling him that apparently I was feeling lonely. I say apparently because I didn’t recognize it until without thinking I told someone that I was carrying my burdens alone. I was also telling the Lord…
  • Do not conform Romans 12:2

    Naty Matos
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    As we continue to go through the Study of Romans 12. Last time we heard about our bodies being a living sacrifice to worship God.  Let’s see what Verse 2 brings us.  2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will There are two things that catch my attention on this verse. First we need to recognize that although we are in this world, we are not of this world. You can laugh, but yes we are kind of aliens. We belong to God whose…
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    mnphysicists theological blog

  • 50 Shades of $500 Million

    Ron Amundson
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:40 pm
    There is much lamenting and knashing of teeth in my universes over 50 Shades of Grey. As such, I figured this movie would go down like The Interview… but it didn’t. The first weekend box office figures were $85 million, even larger than Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ. Granted, ticket prices have gong up a lot since the Passion, but still the box office shows this to be an incredibly popular movie with world wide figures pushing $500 million this week. One interesting bit, is that 2 groups who are normally at 180 degrees (feminists and conservative Christians) out of…
  • 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…
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    Bible Prophecy Blog

  • Assad 'Welcomes' Larger Russian Naval Presence in Syria

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    (AFP)—Syria would welcome an increased Russian military presence at its sea ports, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian news channels published Friday."I can say with complete confidence that we welcome any widening of the Russian presence in the eastern Mediterranean and on... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel's Nuclear Program

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:13 pm
    (ARUTZ SHEVA)—In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel's nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Cruz: 'Imagine a President Who Stands Unapologetically with Israel'

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    (JERUSALEM POST)—In speaking to an audience at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia, Texas Senator Ted Cruz received an extended applause for criticism directed at US President Barack Obama's relationship with Israel."Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Some Thoughts on a New Book: 'Perspectives on Israel and the Church: Four Views'

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    Dr. Michael J. Vlach MikeVlach.com This past February (2015) B&H Academic released a new "views" book: Perspectives on Israel and the Church: Four Views. It is edited by Chad O. Brand. Many thanks to Dr. Brand for putting this work together. It offers four differing views on the relationship... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Obama Administration May Stop Defending Israel at UN

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    (DAILY SIGNAL)—On Thursday, Obama administration officials indicated that the president was considering a fundamental shift in U.S. policy. Instead of using its veto to block United Nations Security Council pressure on Israel in peace negotiations with the Palestinians, the administration is now... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
 
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

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

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

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Len and Jennifer LacroixWe're so glad you took the time to visit our blog.  We 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…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - March 2015

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    I've recently updated some blogs and posted some new ones that I want to make you aware of: A Peculiar PeopleUnhealthy CompetitionIs Contraception a Sin? -- a Divine Revelation By the Spirit of God AloneLife After DeathThe Kingdom of Darkness Rapture Revelation to James AgboolaThe Kingdom of God as Revealed to James AgboolaListen to Jesus, Who Upholds Moses and the ProphetsSynching Up the Seven Seals with the Gospels  The Rise of Antichrists (updated!)The Marine Kingdom and Queen of the Coast (updated!) A Warning to the Nay Sayers (updated!)Remember the Eternal Law of…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - February 2015

    1 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    I've recently updated some blogs and posted some new ones that I want to make you aware of: James Agboola Revelation of Heaven and HellThe Marine Kingdom and Queen of the Coast The Rise of AntichristsPersecuted or Popular?Sequence of Signs Preceding the Coming of ChristRestored TruthRemember the Eternal Law of GodRapture Revelation to Margaret MacDonaldRapture Beliefs of Church FathersRevelation of People Missing the Rapture  Sins That Will Keep You From Heaven (updated!)Who intercedes for us? (updated!)A Warning to the Nay Sayers (updated!)A Warning for Christian Married Couples…
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    Relief: A Christian Literary Expression

  • Silence and the Prayer of the Heart

    Jean Hoefling
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Speech is the organ of this present world. Silence is the mystery of the world to come.” –St. Isaac the Syrian, 7th century An irony of Lent is that too many of us like to talk about the discipline of personal silence, yet practice it little and poorly. Like breathing big city air, we’re accustomed to wallowing in the vague brown pall of noise pollution, sometimes of our own making, unhealthy but familiar. I remember real quiet. I got big pristine doses of it during the years I lived in a largely abandoned hamlet high in the French Alps. In winter, I was sometimes completely alone,…
  • How to Be Quiet in Other Languages

    Chrysta Brown
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I have always wondered why Jesus chose the wilderness for his little getaways, but I think I can answer that question with my latest fascination, which is the fact that no one followed him there. Jesus’ disciples and fans followed him across cities and towns and even on water, but it is like He announced that He would be going to the wilderness, and everyone sort of slunk away with a sort of “Have fun with that!” shrug and nod. With this in mind, I am actively seeking the wilderness. Not the literal wilderness, mind you, but just a place where people will not follow me. I realize that…
  • Lillies, Birds, and Babies

    Melissa Reeser Poulin
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes I want to be a lily of the field or a bird of the air. I don’t know what worry feels like for them—I’m sure they worry, too—but I know all too well, these days, what it feels like for me. Flame retardants in sleepers and mattresses. Hormones in milk. BPA, phthalates, vinyl and other new and under-studied plastics in just about everything on the market, from baby bottles to cloth diapers. Co-sleeper or crib? Moby wrap or stroller? To pump or not to pump? If you’re a mom or a mom-to-be like me, chances are you understand this vocabulary. It’s an endless rote lesson in the…
  • What’s Wrong with the World: Why Chesterton was Right

    Joy and Matthew Steem
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes the problem with especially pertinent ideas is that they sound too simple. We read or hear the timeless ideal, whatever it is, and then all too quickly the largesse of its truth is lost to us. After all, it just makes so much sense, and is so simple! “Oh, yes, that is a most helpful truth,” we will say upon receiving it. Perhaps it contains too much truth for us to wrap our heads around? Many axiomatic statements are like that. They are just so replete that it takes a rather large aperture of mind to be able to actually suss out all their import. In one of his more widely read…
  • Rocks and Salvation

    Christina Lee
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I can remember the moment I fell in love with Yosemite. I was 18, standing in the meadow facing El Cap, watching speck-sized rock climbers make their assent. It was sunset. The late red-gold sun was filling up the valley. It was the rocks I loved—their permanence. See, I grew up with the concept of a very personal God—a find-the-car-keys God, a Jesus who wept if you let your friend copy your math homework. This theology has its benefits. But for a hyper-conscientious kid, it also has drawbacks. Namely: it is really exhausting. The granite rock faces flanking the valley seemed ambassadors…
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  • RIP 150 Killed in German Plane Crash - including 16 Students and 2 Babies

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
      Germanwings Flight 9525, an Airbus A320, departed Barcelona en route to Dusseldorf on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in the morning. Around 30 minutes into the flight, the plane began to descend and crashed in the French Alps. Andreas Lubitz, age 28, from Montabaur, Germany, was the co-pilot who crashed the plane. He had been concealing a medical illness from his employers.According German PI-News, Germany, Lubitz was a convert to Islam. On the plane were 16 students Joseph-König-Gymnasium in Haltern (Pictured above), there were also 2 babies aboard plane. Germanwings was a low cost plane of…
  • #PopeFrancis Worldwide Prayer for #Peace "...we learn to ask for forgiveness so that peace may grow in the world."

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Pope Francis with the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelite Order, Father Saverio Cannestrà at Santa Marta - OSS_ROM26/03/2015 12:(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday morning began a special prayer for peace as part of the 500 centenary celebrations marking the birth of St Teresa of Avila. The Pope led the hour of prayer at the Casa Santa Marta before saying Mass along with the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelite Order, Father Saverio Cannestrà.The worldwide Teresian family is participating in this initiative including Carmelite priest Fr Eugene McCaffrey from the…
  • Today's Mass Readings : Friday March 27, 2015

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Friday of the Fifth Week of LentLectionary: 255Reading 1JER 20:10-13I hear the whisperings of many:“Terror on every side!Denounce! let us denounce him!”All those who were my friendsare on the watch for any misstep of mine.“Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,and take our vengeance on him.”But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.In their failure they will be put to utter shame,to lasting, unforgettable confusion.O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,who probe mind and heart,Let me witness the vengeance you take on…
  • RIP Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of Assyrian Church

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:12 am
    Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, has diedHe was responsible for the rebuilding of his Church and overcoming old divisions. Fond of ecumenical dialogue, on 11 November 1994, he signed a Joint Declaration on Christology with John Paul II, which recognized that the Assyrian Church of the East and the Catholic Church confess the same faith in Christ. Rome (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East died yesterday at a clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (USA).Born in Iraq September 15, 1935, Mar Dinkha was ordained priest in…
  • Saint March 27 : St. Rupert of Salzburg

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    St. Rupert of SalzburgBISHOP, MISSIONARYFeast: March 27Information:Feast Day:March 27Died:27 March 710, Salzburg, AustriaPatron of:Salzburg, The State of SalzburgFirst Bishop of Salzburg, contemporary of Childebert III, king of the Franks (695-711), date of birth unknown; d. at Salzburg, Easter Sunday, 27 March, 718. According to an old tradition, he was a scion of the Frankish Merovingian family. The assumption of 660 as the year of his birth is merely legendary. According to the oldest short biographical notices in the "Mon. Germ. Script.", XI, 1-15, Rupert was noted for simplicity,…
 
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  • Entertainment Intelligence

    Todd
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Watch this Video: Shawn Bolz explains the church’s need for a relationship with entertainment. “We have such a weird dualism that happens in the church, where like, ya know, half the church says it doesn’t really like TV in their homes, but they have one anyways … We have a love hate relationship because we don’t understand the value of television. Six percent of television is corrupt. We take that 6% and say – dead fly in perfume makes you not want to use the whole bottle …” – Shawn Bolz  
  • Nothing Without Love

    Todd
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Watch this Video: Nate Ruess video for his song, Nothing without Love Nothing Without Love – Lyrics I am nothing without love I’m but a ship stuck in the sand Some would say that I’m all alone But I am nothing without love I wanna hold her in my arms But she feeling low she feeling sad I would take credit for what’s wrong But I am nothing without love Three years at sea after the storm On this sinking ship that love had put me on God I wish a gust of wind would come and carry me home But I got nowhere to go Now here you show up with the force of a wave And so I’m setting my…
  • The Ingredients of The Kingdom

    Todd
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Watch this Video: Paul White unpacks the message Christ came to bring to the earth – the Kingdom. “If you see someone who has joy in the Lord, 100% of the time, that person knows that they are at peace with God.  Not 99% of the time, 100% of the time they know they are at peace with God. When you see someone who knows they are at peace with God, 100% of the time its because they recognize their righteousness as being a product of their faith in Jesus.  Not 99% of the time, 100% of the time.  Keep that in mind. Watch someone come into the new creation reality and their full of…
  • Is That Really In The Bible?

    Todd
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Watch these Videos: Series from Andrew Farley answering questions about the Good News   Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7
  • What Faith Can Do – Kutless

    Todd
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    What Faith Can Do - Kutless Everybody falls sometimes Gotta find the strength to rise From the ashes and make a new beginning Anyone can feel the ache You think it’s more than you can take But you’re stronger, stronger than you know Don’t you give up now The sun will soon be shining You gotta face the clouds To find the silver lining I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains Hope that doesn’t ever end Even when the sky is falling I’ve seen miracles just happen Silent prayers get answered Broken hearts become brand new That’s what faith can do It doesn’t matter what you’ve…
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    Will Mancini

  • Powerful Quotes on Vision and Leadership by Lyle Schaller, Church Consultant #LyleLearnings

    Will Mancini
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Lyle Schaller, a church consultant who passed away last week, was the most well-known and most-traveled church consultants of the 20th century.  He was a master of understanding church vision and leadership. He wrote or cowrote over 94 books, and brought a prolific diagnostic ability to his work. I cannot express my gratitude enough for his life model and the rich learning that he passed on; especially helping guys like me practice in the arena of church consulting. To celebrate his legacy, the Auxano team is inviting church leaders and church consultants everywhere to join in a simple…
  • The Top 10 Ways Pastors Spend Time that Doesn’t Make Disciples

    Will Mancini
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    What gets in our way when it comes to the church’s mission to make disciples? Let’s look at the things we do at church and they way we spend our time as pastors: Preparing a sermon or teaching message in a given week without spending time in disciple-making relationships. Spending time meeting with staff and church leaders in a given week in lieu of spending time in personal disciple-making relationships. Designing a worship experience in a given week without a prior design of a clear disciple-making strategy. Managing a weekly money gathering process from people without having a…
  • The Most Important Trend of Church Trends in 2015 And What To Do About It

    Will Mancini
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
    I like reading about trends and I like thinking about the long lists of church trends. Two of my most widely read posts on church trends include: 5 Trends in Retail that Matter the Church (2013) 11 Church Vision and Strategy Trends (2011) This year I want to do something different by focusing on one important church trend. By calling it the most important trend, I want to state up front that I am not building my case with stats. What I do have is 14 years of weekly meetings with church leaders across the country talking about what’s happening in the church. Specifically, in the last two…
  • 12 Church Logos that Tell a Story (and Why Yours Should Too)

    Will Mancini
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Auxano just released another TeamUP download that focuses on one of our six services: communication. As a “vision shop,” we believe that all vision should be communicated visually. This gorgeous, free PDF will share a little bit more about our philosophy of communication and how your design can elevate and demonstrate the unique work of God in your church. Christmas is a great time to remember that Jesus is the logos of God; that is, the word, the expression, the representation of Him. In the beginning was the logos and the logos was with God and the logos was God (John 1:1). Here…
  • 6 Reasons Why Most Church Strategic Planning Is a Waste of Time

    Will Mancini
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Most church strategic planning is a waste of time no matter what you call it or why the church started the planning to begin with. Have you ever personally experienced a time-waster planning retreat? The planning may be called lots of things like: long range planning vision planning visioning weekend goal-setting strategic operations In addition to the variety of names, the planning may be spawned for numerous reasons like facility planning, attendance decline, website design, or capital campaign initiatives to name a few. But whatever you call it and and whatever got the process started,…
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  • Are You Giving Without Expectations?

    Dean Nelson
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    One of my favorite bands growing up was called Buffalo Springfield. If you’re too young to know this band, you’d at least remember a song that gets played under many circumstances today, called “For What It’s Worth.” The signature line in the chorus is “Stop, hey, what’s that sound, everybody look what’s going down.” It was sort of a protest anthem in the late 1960s and 70s, and it has appeared in countless movie soundtracks since then (most notably that classic scene in Tropic Thunder, or you may remember it in Forrest Gump). It has stood the test of time. I was with one of…
  • The Significance of How You Tell Your Story

    Al Andrews
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    It was our eldest son’s 21st birthday, and our family had gathered for a celebration. Before dinner, we were sitting in the living room when Hunter pulled up his sleeve, proudly displaying a motorcycle tattoo on his forearm, a gift from his roommate (who I plan to give a pony!) In a not-so-great moment of fatherhood, I blurted out, “Please tell me that is a henna tattoo.” It was not. My displeasure was not well concealed. But I attempted to be positive. “That certainly is a tattoo,” I tried. Nita, his mother who birthed him with clean, beautiful arms, didn’t do much better. He…
  • How to Know If You’re Dealing with a Manipulator

    Donald Miller
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    A few years ago, I started studying manipulative people. And I started studying them after having been completely taken in over the last several years by a few of them. You just assume all people are good and honest and it’s a shock and borderline offensive to think they aren’t, but the truth is some people are a lot more manipulative than others. The bottom line is manipulative people try to trick you into siding with them or submitting to their will without directly asking you to do so. They like to trick people into things. Whether it’s a business deal or romantic relationship,…
  • What Tools Do You Really Need to Chase Your Dream?

    Donald Miller
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Awhile back, I was in LA with a friend and he took me to his favorite taco shop. We were sitting there eating when I realized I’d actually been to the bike shop across the street, nearly five years before. I laughed as I told him I spent a couple hundred dollars on stuff I didn’t need in that very shop. I could remember it so clearly.I was heading out on a cross-country trek, riding from Los Angeles to Delaware and so I stopped and bought supplies at that very store. I bought special pumps, water bottles, velcro straps to hold my tool kit, bike mirrors and more. I wanted to be ready for…
  • Why It’s More Important You Slow Down than Hurry Up

    Cadence Turpin
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The first signs of spring weather always remind me baseball season is right around the corner. And let me tell you, I love baseball. I don’t typically watch on TV, because I think being in a ballpark is half of what’s to love about baseball. When I find myself sitting cozy in the cheap seats, with a Coca-Cola in one hand and a hotdog in the other, it somehow feels like time slows down. All the feelings of being rushed or thoughts about pending to-dos seem to float out of the top of the stadium. But the majority of my life moves fast. And seems to be picking up speed all the time. A…
 
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    The Christian Gift

  • Spring?

    TheChristianGift
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Has spring arrived yet where you live? Though the calendar says it’s here, it will be some time before it looks and feels like spring in this part of New England. With two to three feet of snow still on the ground at my house, we have a long way to go. That said, it’s an improvement over a month ago! This is what Nubble Light looked like on March 20th – the vernal equinox and first official day of spring. As you can see, much of the snow has melted surrounding the lighthouse. A welcome sight! Nearing Sunrise at Nubble Light
  • Personalized Confirmation Keepsake

    TheChristianGift
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Is there a confirmation coming up in your family? A personalized keepsake is a wonderful way to commemorate the day. (The memento which my aunt presented to me the day I was confirmed and which features my confirmation verse is still on display in my home these many years later. It was the inspiration for our line of keepsakes for confirmands.) Our collection features a variety of designs from which to choose. Each one is personalized, and each is created using premium museum-quality materials. You can view them here. One of the designs in our collection of personalized confirmation keepsakes…
  • God is Light

    TheChristianGift
    8 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Daybreak on the Atlantic Coast ~ Rye, New Hampshire I photograph quite a bit at daybreak: not because I love getting up in the wee hours in order to work! I’m a morning person but it’s still difficult during the longest days of the year to be raring to go at 3:30am. There’s morning and then there’s crazy! That said, where I live it’s much more challenging to find good sunset locations nearby. So if I’m going to get some work in on a regular basis, by necessity I need to focus on the start of the day. There’s also something to be said for the solitude…
  • Nubble Light in the Snow

    TheChristianGift
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:25 am
    Iconic Nubble Light (on Cape Neddick at York, Maine) is lovely any time of the year. That said, I’ve been trying for months to get a composition featuring the lighthouse in the snow with a “big sky.” While I’ve captured some terrific, colorful mornings, expansive color overhead has been elusive. Until this past weekend. On Sunday, though it was perfectly clear when I left my house (I almost abandoned the shoot), clouds quickly moved in. Snow was on the way. “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning…” Three degrees below zero – but it…
  • Personalized Christian Gifts – New Views

    TheChristianGift
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Great news for those of you who’ve asked for a better look at our personalized Christian gifts! We’ve revamped the product views of our artwork to enable you to see more detail in each design. In addition, you can now see each of the pieces in the various frames from which you can choose. Should I choose the black frame? Would I like it better in walnut? What about gold – or white? Now you won’t have to wonder. (Note: we’ve matched the frame choices to the artwork to make sure your finished product looks great. For example, if a design has a great deal of black…
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    Steve Fogg: Clear & SimpleSteve Fogg: Clear & Simple | Marketing, Communications, Branding & Digital

  • 4 Free Vector Graphics For Your Easter Services

    Steve Fogg
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:17 pm
    I love giving away free stuff. Here are four free vector graphics you can use for your upcoming Easter Services that I created in my spare time. I based the theme (not surprisingly) around the crucifixion. Feel free to remix and adapt. My images are covered under the Creative Commons Licence for non-profit use. Free Vector Graphic No. 1 Free Vector Graphic No. 2 Free Vector Graphic No. 3 Free Vector Graphic No. 4 They were all created in Adobe Illustrator CS6 by myself. Download them here. Happy Easter! Want more? LightStock give a high quality free vector away every week on their website.
  • How To Simplify And Organise Communication Requests

    Steve Fogg
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Being organised in your communications is essential. Having a streamlined system to manage requests is also vital. Gone are the days where you could just have a conversation in a meeting. We get bombarded with more information than we can cope with in a day. How do we make sure nothing is missed? One area which I need to improve in is to create simple repeatable systems and processes that help others get what they need to communicate out efficiently. We receive many communication requests each week which are processed through editable Microsoft word documents. Works well for us, but it…
  • 7 Of The Best Church Websites This Easter

    Steve Fogg
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Every Easter I love searching around different church websites looking for the best designs and functionality. This year there are some beautiful church websites specifically developed for this profound season. Each website design is so different. Some are dark and brooding. Some are full of hope.  But I didn’t select some of them just for the design, some of them have fantastic functionality. Click on the images and check them out. City On A Hill Church Dark, moody. This website is so classy. The video is uniquely Australian and very beautifully shot with some great social…
  • 18 Free Downloadable Photos For Easter

    Steve Fogg
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Need some free photos of the Cross for your social media graphics or to promote your Easter services? I got all inspired today and went out in my lunch break and took some for you to download. Here are eighteen low resolution examples of the Easter photos, the link to the hi-res photos is at the bottom of this post: Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4 Example 5 Example 6 Example 7 Example 8 Example 9 Example 10 Example 11 Example 12 Example 13 Example 14 Example 15 Example 16 Example 17 Example 18 Download the photos here. These photos are Creative Commons photos which means you are…
  • 9 Smart Tips For Improving Your Church Bulletin

    Steve Fogg
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:32 pm
    I am always on the look out for new ideas for any church communications and when it comes to the humble church bulletin I’m very interested. Why? In my opinion, the humble church bulletin or as some call it, news-sheet is a much maligned communications piece. Yet it has remained central to the life of many churches around the world from many different denominations. I know that in my experience no one communication piece can solve all your communication problems. And it is the same with the church bulletin. It will never be a magic bullet to helping people find what they are looking…
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  • Lessons from a Venezuelan Church Planter

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I had lunch with a church planter in Venezuela in the early days of planting Liberty Grace Church. Like us, he had experience in planting in a condo community.I was deeply encouraged by what this church planter told me, and I think of what he said often. Here are the top five lessons I learned from that lunch. Distinguish between planting season and harvest season. As a pastor of an established church, I’d largely been living in harvest season, based on the sowing work others had done before me. As a church planter, I’m in planting season. My Venezuelan friend told me that if I forgot…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Parents, Let’s Be Honest and Stop Acting like We Know What We’re Doing I’m a sinful parent trying to teach his sinful kids about a great Savior. My parenting most definitely will not save my kids. 3 Bad Reasons to Leave Your Church Stop treating your local church like your high school girlfriend, and start treating it like the bride of Christ. Community Isn't A Bed of Roses When you live in community with others it is dirty and intimate and confronting and sharp and challenging. It also provides amazing opportunities for growth and companionship. Church…
  • Four Adjustments in Church Planting

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’m a big believer in church planting, but I have some concerns about some of our current approaches. I wrote about them on Tuesday:The greatest needs are outside of North America.Our methods are too expensive.Our casualty rate is high.Our models aren’t always healthy. I’m familiar with some of these realities, because I’m neck deep in them myself. I believe we need to do better. I’m no expert in how to do this, but I’m thinking through a few ways that we may be able to take a more effective approach.1. Prioritize areas of greatest need.We need to reach people everywhere, but we…
  • Four Problems with Church Planting

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’m a big believer in church planting, yet I have some concerns with some of our approaches. Today I want to outline some of my concerns. On Thursday I’ll suggest some tweaks in how we plant that address some of these concerns. 1. The greatest needs are outside of North America.Paul said, “And thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation…” (Romans 15:20). While there are many people who have not been reached with the gospel in North America, I also agree with J.D. Payne who writes:I am sometimes…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    14 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: God Doesn’t Want Matt Chandler to Be Your Pastor God doesn’t want Matt Chandler to be your pastor (unless you happen to be in his church). God has placed your pastor in your church to care specifically for you. 9 Marks of an Unhealthy Church Here are nine marks that your church–even one that believes the Bible, preaches the gospel, and embraces good ecclesiology–may be unhealthy. How to Be Happy When Someone Leaves Your Church When another church prospers, I rejoice in God’s grace to them. 5 Things People Blame The Church For ... But Shouldn’t…
 
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • Silly Ways to Play Duck Duck Goose

    Mimi Bullock
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    Have time to kill at the end of class or looking for an active game to break up a teaching block? Keep it simple and call out this fun, classic game. Of course, you could play the traditional Duck, Duck, Goose game but why not make it more biblical? Try these variations on this fast-paced game. Duck Duck Goose Call-Out Variations Matthew, Mark, Luke and John: For the call-out, instead of shouting out Duck Duck Goose, have the players call Matthew, Mark, Luke, Matthew, Mark, Luke. The call-out player shouts, “John!” on the head of the person they want to run. Lion, Lions, Bears:…
  • Jesus the Rule-Changer: Gospel Principles in a Nutshell

    Kristin Schmidt
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Sometimes we make the message of salvation more complicated than it needs to be. Or we can become so caught up in Bible stories and individual characters that we neglect the most basic and critical overarching element of what and why we teach. At any time of year, but especially in preparation for Easter, it is helpful to review with children how important Jesus is to our faith. It may sound obvious but can be all too easily taken for granted. This lesson takes students on a brief tour of Old Testament rules and trends, ultimately pointing to the wonderfully transformative power of the…
  • Bible Lesson: Jesus Heals Official’s Son (John 4:46-54)

    Kelly Henderson
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    The following lesson was created for a small class of children ranging from age 5-10.  The students discover that Jesus’ miracles helped people believe in Him for eternal life. Bible Passage:   John 4:46-54 Bible Story Title:  Jesus Heals Official’s Son Target Age Group:  Ages 5-11 (K-5th Grade U.S.A.) Target Time Frame: 60 Minutes Original Teaching Context: Sunday School Supply List:  Bibles, map of Israel in the time of Jesus, Activity pages, index cards, pens, markers, soil, cups, seeds Learning Goal: Students will learn that Jesus’ miracles demonstrated His divine…
  • All My Heart Object Lesson – Matthew 22:37-39

    Mimi Bullock
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    One of the most “fun” collection of verses in the bible is Matthew 22:37-39. You know how it goes, “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”  In the past, I’ve taught kids these verses by pointing to the the heart, head and body. That worked okay but I really wanted to emphasis the amount of each we should be offering God. Remember the Bible tells us, “all your heart.” With…
  • High Jump Object Lesson – Psalm 18:33

    Mimi Bullock
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:54 am
    Forget super heroes! Once kids discover what God can do, they’ll realize that they are “super” too–thanks to Him. Looking for an object lesson that will teach kids that God can and will enable us to do things we never thought we could? This one will do the trick! All you need is a yardstick, ruler or measuring tape and a piece of paper and pen. Teaching Verses: He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. Psalm 18:33 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. For…
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  • Breaking through

    Jann Cobb
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:31 am
    Breaking throughposted in Uncategorized by janncobbIt happened today. I can hardly believe it as I look out to the once icy, frozen lake there it was. Water had broken through the ice and was once again flowing on the outside.It brings me so much joy to see the water flowing because it means that spring is here! I love everything that it implies.FlowersNew growthBirds singingBike ridesTemperatures that are warmSPRING!The water flowing also reminds me that a breakthrough is coming.I’m reminded of Jesus talking about the living water that is available to us!  He is working…
  • The Final week of winter

    Jann Cobb
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    And so here it is, the final week. The temperatures have begun to rise, the snow is melting, grass has been seen in lawns all over the neighborhood and birds are back. I even saw some geese flying over our house this morning. I had a twinge of excitement because I know that they are fully aware of the signs of the times.When your life has been cold and even the sun in the sky does not feel warm you long for spring, for something new to come. I can’t tell you the joy that I have when I see little flowers begin to push their way through the frozen ground to get to the sunlight. It’s a sign…
  • Admitting I don"t have it all together

    Jann Cobb
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    I confess, I don’t have it all together! For those of you who think that I can do everything and never get upset or come unprepared haven’t really been around me that much. I think we all have this outward persona that makes us want others to think of us in a certain way. For example I’m a teacher and I want people to think that I have thought out every lesson, and am ready to go, never being at at a loss for what to do next. It’s the same when I talk about my home.  I like to share about things that I cook. Some people think I cook all the time. Honestly, sometimes I…
  • I Stepped into a Big Mess

    Jann Cobb
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:05 am
    The weather has turned a little warmer and I was so excited to wear flats. If you are not from a cold weather state you may not understand the joy that one would feel to wear flats! But for me, putting flats on and not boots is rather exciting. It means that spring is just around the corner.On this warm night, as I stepped out in my flats with my husband it felt so good to be just a little bit warmer. I was excited because we were going to a restaurant that we had not been to before. As I went to get out of the truck, icy cold water met my flat and surrounded it. I had stepped…
  • Where am I from?

    Jann Cobb
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    I watched the television show, “Where are you from?” It follows high profiled people as they look at their ancestral roots. It was interesting and got me thinking about my own family. Like most people I am a mixed breed. German, Dutch, French and a little Indian make up my family recipe. Unfortunately, this is about all I know. I have never researched on ancestry.com or followed the genealogy line. Everything I know is from the stories that have been passed down. As with most families, sometimes there have been exaggerations. Basically, I really have no idea what is…
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    Lawrence W. Wilson

  • 9 Evangelical Dinosaurs and Why They Disappeared

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

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

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:43 am
    One of the core activities of Christian spirituality is the daily pursuit of God through personal spiritual disciplines. For centuries, Christians have done this to become more aware of themselves and more in tune with God. But few Christians today practice these habits—which may account for the generally low level of personal spirituality in the church. We have lively worship, lots of great activities, and strong opinions on public morals. Yet we often behave selfishly and with a sense of entitlement, as if we don’t know Jesus all that well. Spiritual disciplines correct that.
  • Top 10 Posts of 2014 and What They Reveal about Ministry

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Readership of this blog grew dramatically in 2014. Overall traffic rose by more than 250 percent, and the number of unique readers climbed by more than 80 percent. Hopefully, that’s an indication that the posts are helpful and meaningful to a growing number of folk. Through the year I learned a couple of lessons about blogging. But my greatest insights are about the state of the church. Here are my top 10 posts for 2014 and what I’ve learned from your responses. continue reading
  • 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…
 
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • Through God You Will Do Valiantly

    J.B. Wood
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    I have been thinking lately about excellence. Not just at work, but in every area of my life — as a Christian, husband, father, friend, volunteer, Starbucks customer… Do I truly aspire to excellence in the work I do? In the relationships I have? I guess this sudden conviction is a result of the convergence [Read More...]
  • Why Guilt-Ridden People Make Better Leaders

    J.B. Wood
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    The head of security, Fred, poked his head into my office the other day and asked if I was busy. “Uh…well, I’m going to lunch,” I said. It was 12:15, and my stomach was growling. Fred doesn’t usually show up around here in the executive suite, so it seemed a little suspicious. But, whatever. Maybe he [Read More...]
  • A Baffling Conversation with an Inappropriate, Foul-Mouthed, Pompous Christian Business Owner (Or is it Just Me?)

    J.B. Wood
    8 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    There is this gentlemen – I’ll call him Ray Smith- who was a prominent business owner in the region. He was well known, not just for his company and the products it sold, but also for their charitable works. Ray had even set up a special non-profit entity for the specific purpose of funneling his company’s [Read More...]
  • You Won’t be an Effective Leader if You are Too Busy Trying to Be Someone Else

    J.B. Wood
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:58 pm
    My friend, a high-level manager at a financial services firm, confided he felt as if he were leading a double-life. Not in a sordid, creepy way, involving drugs or scandal or Liza Minnelli cabaret impersonations by night. Rather, he complained that his “work” persona and his “home” persona had grown distinctly separate over the years, and it made him [Read More...]
  • How Not to Suck Up to Your Boss

    J.B. Wood
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    A colleague of mine, an older, distinguished gentleman, has this habit of trying to predict and finish my sentences. For instance, when I start a conversation, he’ll interject these vocal micro-blips while I’m speaking, as if he was just about to say the exact same thing. Me: “We were on the verge of closing the Colosco deal, [Read More...]
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Friendship – Embrace the Present Moment

    Jean Wise
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    Time stood still for me twice this past week – brief moments of tranquility, gratitude and rare awareness of how precious life can be. I held these treasured memories, took a photo with my heart and tucked the vision away to keep forever. I breathed in friendship this week. I ate my birthday dinner with a friend from sixth grade. We have known each other for more than 50 years – a journey we traveled together transcending life stages and unexpected detours. You can’t put a price on this relationship – so precious. She is a lifelong friend transformed into a sister for me. I…
  • Wishing and Working – Two Sides of a Coin

    Jean Wise
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    Funny how sayings from your mother stay with you. I can still hear my mama’s voice on quite a few words of wisdom, though the oddest one is this: “You can pee in one hand and wish in the other and see which one you get filled first.” Yep, she really did say that. I can’t remember but I must have “wished” a lot as a child cause I heard that quote quite a bit. A good reflective practice is to listen to the language you use. What does your vocabulary say about you? I have been trying to hear the words I chose in daily life during this Lenten season. I have discovered I continue to…
  • God’s Engraving – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I will put my instructions within them and engrave them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Jeremiah 31: 33 (CEB) Will it hurt, Lord? When you engrave my heart? Engraving implies a deep insertion of your word. Heart surgery is always serious and risky. I will be vulnerable. I will be transformed. To engrave means to carve into a hard object. Forgive my closed heart. Soften my dense inner world. Chisel my false casing and scrape off the dead shell covering my spirit. May I be more like soften clay in an Artist hand than concrete. I hear your soothing promise to be…
  • Trusting God During Transitions

    Jean Wise
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    Transitions. Changes. Crossroads. All times that can be challenging and full of emotions – joy, sadness, fear and confusion. “I guess all endings hurt a little even when you need them” – words of wisdom I heard last week from one of my daughters as she changes jobs. Good insight. We all go through changes and life shifts often facing them with faith and fear and probably some self-doubt. We chose a direction, then wonder if we made the best decision. We step out… no, we often leap into the unknown, not 100% sure where we will land. Williams Bridges wrote a classic book on this…
  • Growing Older – Maybe

    Jean Wise
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Don’t regret growing older; it’s a privilege denied to many” is my mantra this week. I am trying focus on this blessing but it is hard. You see Wednesday is my birthday – a significant year. A “get the red, white blue card in the mail from the government type of birthday.” A year beyond “will you still love me, will you still need when I’m ____?” song being played kind of celebration. See I can’t even write out the numbers. I don’t feel that old. There is a place inside of me that totally denies my age. I think some cruel trick has been performed – a wizardly magic…
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  • Philippians 3:18 – Thoughts On The Cross This Easter

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. (Philippians 3:18 ESV) It’s likely that if you asked the average person on the street what they think of Jesus, the majority of responses would be positive. Many would say that he was a good teacher that taught good moral lessons. But, mention the cross of Christ, and all that it entails, and you will likely receive a different response. Paul told the church in Philippi that there are people who are enemies of the cross of Christ. They may like Jesus…
  • Exodus 16:3 – Don’t Get Too Comfortable

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” (Exodus 16:3 ESV) God has done a lot of crazy/awesome things for the Israelites. The 10 plagues have happened, God parted the Red Sea, saved them from the Egyptians, and now they want to go back because their stomachs are rumbling. Their hunger makes them forget what God had done. They had gotten comfortable…
  • Romans 12:1-2 – Right Worship

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotions Bible Verses I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2 ESV) Every aspect of our lives is part of our worship. We worship from the moment our eyes open in the morning to the second they close at night. Worship is magnifying (or making much of) someone or…
 
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -UK: Street Preacher Fined for Quoting ‘Illegal’ Bible Verse?

    Dr. D
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    A judge in the UK has fined a street preacher for quoting a Bible verse that was offensive to homosexuals. In the process the judge seemed to be saying that some Bible verses were now illegal to quote in public. In this particular case, apparently quoting from Leviticus 18 was acceptable but Leviticus 20 was deemed to be against the law. Here’s the story from Christian Concern: A Christian street preacher has been convicted of a Public Order offence for using the wrong Bible verse in a public conversation with a man who identifies as homosexual. …In a highly unusual judgment, Michael…
  • -Indiana: Religious Freedom Bill Passes

    Dr. D
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:55 pm
    The Indiana state legislators recently passed a bill that supports religious freedom for people of faith including business owners. Here’s the story from Citizen Link: Indiana’s religious freedom bill passed the General Assembly by overwhelming votes. That means Hoosiers of faith will now be protected from violating their deeply held beliefs in their personal lives and businesses. The bill now goes to Gov. Mike Pence who is expected to sign it. Curt Smith of the Indiana Family Institute was elated with the victory. “Hoosiers have had a long tradition of respecting religious liberty,”…
  • -Gordon College Reaffirms Ban on Extramarital Sex Including Homosexuality

    Dr. D
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    (Picture from Gordon College website) Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts has officially come out this week reaffirming their Christian Biblical based conduct policy of banning all extramarital sex for students, teachers and staff outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. From the Christian Post: In an interview with CP, Sweeney explained the reasoning underpinning the decision on the part of Gordon’s Board of Trustees. "It was important to be clear [Gordon] supports the institutional commitment to orthodox biblical teaching around human sexuality," said…
  • -Christian ‘Forgiving ISIS’ Videos Go Viral in Arab World

    Dr. D
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” Matthew 5:44 We recently posted the video above of Christian child, 10 year old Myriam, forgiving ISIS even though her family had lost everything because of the terrorist group.  She said: “I will only ask God to forgive them. Now comes the news that the video and several others like it have gone viral in the Middle East demonstrating the teaching of Jesus to ‘love your enemies’ in a culture where ‘eye for an eye’ is the normal response. From Christianity Today: To date, more than 1 million people…
  • -Presbyterian Church USA Votes to Accept Same-Sex Marriage

    Dr. D
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    The Presbyterian Church USA voted on Tuesday to change the denomination’s definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. Here’s the story from the Blaze: The majority of the Presbyterian Church USA voted in favor of altering the definition to from “a man and a woman” to “two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” The change is set to take effect on June 21. The move was hailed by advocates who had long pushed for the measure. Response: And so it continues. We have proclaimed on a number of different occasions in the last several months that every church and denomination in…
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  • Trevin’s Seven

    Trevin Wax
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Mere Humanity: G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien on the Human Condition. $0.99. 1. The ERLC Summit on racial reconciliation continues today. Free live-stream here. Session and speaker list is here. 2. World - Kansas Bans Dismemberment Abortions 3. E. Stephen Burnett – Rediscovering Beauty, Truth, and Magic in Cinderella 4. Nine Every Morning - Combining love and passion for your work with dedication and commitment 5. Three Nigerian women recount their experiences as captives of Boko Haram 6.
  • Know Your Southern Baptists: Ted Cruz

    Trevin Wax
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Name: Ted Cruz Why you’ve heard of him: On March 23, Cruz announced he would seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president. Position: Cruz is the junior U.S. senator from Texas, after winning the election in 2012. Previous:  Cruz has served in the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and as a policy adviser to then-President George W. Bush. Earlier, he was Solicitor General of Texas and an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law. Cruz also served as a law clerk for several justices, including William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the…
  • Apologetics, Cultural Liturgies, and Our Postmodern Age

    Trevin Wax
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Yesterday, I began a conversation with Nancy Pearcey about her new book, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes. Today, we continue this discussion and focus on the benefits and limits of worldview training. Trevin Wax: James K. A. Smith makes the case that worldview analysis isn’t enough when it comes to discipleship, since we are formed by cultural liturgies, not just philosophical beliefs. What are the limits of worldview training? Nancy Pearcey: The issue raised by James K. A. Smith is whether we are shaped…
  • Worth a Look 3.26.15

    Trevin Wax
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic by Chris Castaldo. $0.99. Chris Castaldo takes readers on a fascinating and practical exploration of the challenges and opportunities encountered by Catholics who become Evangelicals. He examines the five major reasons why Christ’s followers often leave the Catholic Church, and shows how to emulate Jesus in practical ways when engaging Catholic friends and family. And, with humor and authenticity, he shares his own faith journey in order to help readers understand and work through their own. The ERLC…
  • Can Your Congregation Answer the Questions of a Post-Christian Society?

    Trevin Wax
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Ever since I was a teenager, I have benefited from the work of thinkers like Chuck Colson and Nancy Pearcey. Their book How Now Shall We Live? forced me to examine assumptions and answer the question of why I believed Christianity to be true. Nancy Pearcey’s Total Truth was also an important book in my spiritual development. It pointed me in the direction of Francis Schaeffer and led me to a deeper consideration of philosophy and worldview analysis. Nancy Pearcey is a professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, and she has recently released a…
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  • Why Should You Protect Your Honor?

    Jim
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Integrity Lessons Learned from Real Life I generally work Monday evenings and my wife stays home. Recently, she has been glued to the TV watching “The Bachelor.” However, last night the opposite happened. I volunteered to watched it for her and tell her what happened. This show is about a man searching for a wife out of a handpicked group of 25 incredibly gorgeous ladies. I considered it a waste of an evening, but I did it for my wife! As the episode started, there were only 4 ladies left vying to marry a nice, rich, handsome male. Each lady was on her best behavior, as they introduced…
  • You Think You’re In Trouble?

    Jim
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    Perfect Answers can Make No Common Sense, but IF You Trust God Completely, You will Witness Miracles!   Frequently we hear of those who face impossibilities – dire situations with seemingly grave consequences! I used to have a boss who called them “Insurmountable Opportunities!” Just look at these Insurmountable Opportunities and their outcome! A- Need to capture a fortified city without many weapons? God’s Instructions: Have your people stomp around the city 13 times and then yell! ”Makes no sense,” but . . . they did it anyway. The walls immediately fell outward. The…
  • In Trouble and Need Perfect Advice – Not Opinion?

    Jim
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Correct Answers May Make No Sense and not Arrive Immediately But . . . the RESULTS ARE PERFECT – Arriving not Early, but Just In Time! Many are in trouble/confused, want direction for their lives or just need solid counsel! Whom should they turn? They ask friends, relatives and acquaintances, getting opinions. Then they guess or do nothing. Result? They get buffeted by circumstances. GOOD NEWS! There is someone who always has the right answer and delights in helping. The answer may not make sense, but if you follow His direction, you’ll learn it was exactly right and tailor-made for…
  • Qur’an Scholar Research Findings

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

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

    Jean Wise
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    Time stood still for me twice this past week – brief moments of tranquility, gratitude and rare awareness of how precious life can be. I held these treasured memories, took a photo with my heart and tucked the vision away to keep forever. I breathed in friendship this week. I ate my birthday dinner with a friend from sixth grade. We have known each other for more than 50 years – a journey we traveled together transcending life stages and unexpected detours. You can’t put a price on this relationship – so precious. She is a lifelong friend transformed into a sister for me. I…
  • Wishing and Working – Two Sides of a Coin

    Jean Wise
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    Funny how sayings from your mother stay with you. I can still hear my mama’s voice on quite a few words of wisdom, though the oddest one is this: “You can pee in one hand and wish in the other and see which one you get filled first.” Yep, she really did say that. I can’t remember but I must have “wished” a lot as a child cause I heard that quote quite a bit. A good reflective practice is to listen to the language you use. What does your vocabulary say about you? I have been trying to hear the words I chose in daily life during this Lenten season. I have discovered I continue to…
  • God’s Engraving – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I will put my instructions within them and engrave them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Jeremiah 31: 33 (CEB) Will it hurt, Lord? When you engrave my heart? Engraving implies a deep insertion of your word. Heart surgery is always serious and risky. I will be vulnerable. I will be transformed. To engrave means to carve into a hard object. Forgive my closed heart. Soften my dense inner world. Chisel my false casing and scrape off the dead shell covering my spirit. May I be more like soften clay in an Artist hand than concrete. I hear your soothing promise to be…
  • Trusting God During Transitions

    Jean Wise
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    Transitions. Changes. Crossroads. All times that can be challenging and full of emotions – joy, sadness, fear and confusion. “I guess all endings hurt a little even when you need them” – words of wisdom I heard last week from one of my daughters as she changes jobs. Good insight. We all go through changes and life shifts often facing them with faith and fear and probably some self-doubt. We chose a direction, then wonder if we made the best decision. We step out… no, we often leap into the unknown, not 100% sure where we will land. Williams Bridges wrote a classic book on this…
  • Growing Older – Maybe

    Jean Wise
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Don’t regret growing older; it’s a privilege denied to many” is my mantra this week. I am trying focus on this blessing but it is hard. You see Wednesday is my birthday – a significant year. A “get the red, white blue card in the mail from the government type of birthday.” A year beyond “will you still love me, will you still need when I’m ____?” song being played kind of celebration. See I can’t even write out the numbers. I don’t feel that old. There is a place inside of me that totally denies my age. I think some cruel trick has been performed – a wizardly magic…
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    As the Deer

  • Romans Again

    Chris
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:50 pm
    During Lent this year, the daily lectionary has us reading Romans. I remember studying it first in 1984 while taking an intensive summer class in Thermodynamics at the University of Nevada, Reno. I did homework typically in a carrel at Getchell Library (above). Each day I also read a passage from Romans and answered questions in a study guide. The class in Thermodynamics took five weeks to finish; it took six weeks that summer to work through Romans.  Whenever I read Romans, I always see something new. This time these verses caught my attention.  First, 3:19.
  • The Apple Sermon

    Chris
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    The Apple Sermon (preached to confirmation students) When I was a boy, my Dad and I would go out for a drive in a red Peugeot 504. Dad loved Peugeots. He also loved green Granny Smith apples. He’d eat an apple, roll down the window, and throw the core out on the ground. This shocked me at first since there were large signs along the road that said, “NO LITTERING. $500 FINE.” When I reminded him of this, he’d turn to me and say, “Don’t worry. It’s biodegradable.” Things that come from plants are biodegradable. Apple cores, banana peels, and so on. They decompose and dissolve…
  • Doubt/Faith

    Chris
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    From a brief essay on the importance of doubt: Doubt about one’s most cherished beliefs is, of course, central to science: the physicist Richard Feynman stressed that the easiest person to fool is oneself. But doubt is also important to non-scientists. It’s good to be skeptical, especially about ideas you learn from perceived authority figures. Recent studies even suggest that being taught to doubt at a young age could make people better lifelong learners. That, in turn, means that doubters—people who base their views on evidence, rather than faith—are likely to be better…
  • Grave Digger

    Chris
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:36 pm
    A funeral this morning, then a memorial meal, and later an 85 mile drive up to Dewitt for an interment. Because I went with the funeral director, I stayed at the grave till the grave digger closed it with a load of dirt. Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. This time of year they use a heater to warm the earth; even so the man said the frost was three feet deep. I took a handful of dirt from the backhoe and dropped it in the grave.  I have dug graves too — the small kind for an interment of ashes — and filled in the hole afterward with a little pile of dirt. No…
  • Cleo

    Chris
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:31 pm
    This is our cat Cleo, using an app called Waterlogue. 
 
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  • 3 Things That Slow Down Intimacy With God

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The point of breakthrough in our walk with God comes when we learn intimacy. Many of us have a relationship with God but we don’t have intimacy. We read our bibles and go to church, but it ends there. God is saying, “I desire more than that.” As believers, we should acknowledge that it’s only by God’s grace that we can walk close to Him. There are three different levels of walking with God: 1. Relationship 2. Fellowship 3. Intimacy Relationship is the first level when we ask Jesus to come into our hearts. We begin our walks with God with consistent times of…
  • Broken and Blessed – [Bonus Post Divine Favor Series]

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    We’re delighted to release this powerful resource on FAVOR for you! I would also like to add an additional post for all our dear subscribers of Guarding the Heart blog. This post is for those who are struggling with brokenness in their lives. ‘Broken and Blessed’ has been one of the powerful revelations God has been putting deep down in my spirit. Wherever I have shared this message, I have received testimonies of breakthroughs in the lives of people. I believe this concluding post will set your hearts on fire and get you excited for what’s ahead of you. This will be…
  • 5 Declarations Over Your Chains – Divine Favor Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Divine Favor SeriesFriends, this will be the concluding post of the Divine Favor Series. I hope that this series has encouraged you to pursue Jesus like never before, and planted fresh expectation and hunger in your hearts to seek His face. I’m believing that the Lord will shower favor on His children this year. Favor is nothing but a special portion, something extra. Are you ready for it? Greatness will come, but we cannot use the fact that it’s the Year of Favor to be passive in our pursuit of God. There are little things in our heart that…
  • Egyptian Christians Martyred; ISIS Terrorist Converts to Christianity; Victims of ISIS Forgives; Saeed Abedini Worships God in Prison

    Blessen Varghese
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    Editorial: I just did not have the courage to view the video of the execution of the heroes of faith by ISIS. But I had moist eyes reading about how they were uttering the name of Jesus even as they were being beheaded. There was also an amazing report about a former jihadi ISIS terrorist converting to Christianity. I believe these are all signs of things to come. Persecutions and revivals will take place simultaneously! Pray, not just for those persecuted around the world, but also take a moment to pray for ourselves to be able to stand firm in our faith, that God may give us much grace and…
  • Tapping Into Favor Through Mercy

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:12 am
    This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Divine Favor SeriesDear friends, I am back in Montreal from powerful meetings in India last month. And I want to thank all our partners and friends for your prayers and support. Meanwhile, in this post I’d like to continue the study we have been doing on favor. Before we get into it, let me remind you that “The greatest favor we can have is the grace to see His face.” [tweet this] We Cannot Understand Favor Without Understanding Mercy. If we were to honestly look at us, we’re not worthy. It’s not that we pray like we…
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  • Andrea Logan White is No Mean Girl

    Jeffrey Totey
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Andrea Logan White in Do You Believe (Pure Flix)Last fall I was treated to an on-site visit for the production of Do You Believein Michigan. While there, I got a chance to speak to Andrea Logan White... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: David Hasselhoff Sings on 'American Idol'

    Jeffrey Totey
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I am not a David Hasselhoff hater, but why this? Will it give you nightmares?Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • Spock's Birthday

    Jeffrey Totey
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    March 26, 1931Okay, so today isn’t “Spock’s” birthday, but it is Leonard Nimoy’s, who was born on this day in 1931. Although Nimoy has had a steady acting career, the role he is most famous... Read more!
  • The First Easter

    Jeffrey Totey
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    March 25, 31 ADEaster and its’ surrounding holidays are considered to be “moveable feasts” in that they do not adhere to a fixed date like Christmas or Valentine’s Day. It is believed that the very... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Disney's "Monkey Kingdom"

    Jeffrey Totey
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Disney's Monkey Kingdom comes to theaters April 17thPosted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
 
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  • Are Christians infatuated with the Blood of Jesus?

    J. D. Myers
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever listened to some of the songs Christians sing around Easter? We seem to be infatuated with the blood of Jesus. Take this song as an example: There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins; And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains. Or this one: Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Refrain: Are you washed in the blood, In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb? Are your garments spotless? Are they…
  • The Cross is the Absolute Center of Scripture, Theology, and Life

    J. D. Myers
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    In the past, some people have accused me of having a “crossless gospel.” I think this is hilarious, because if they really knew what I taught and believed, they would see that for me, the cross is the absolute center of everything I teach and believe. For me, the death and resurrection of Jesus is the foundation to how I read and study Scripture. The cross is at the center of my theology. What Jesus did on the cross provides the pinnacle example of how Christians are to live our lives. Without the cross, there is no Gospel. And as Paul says, if Christ is not raised, our faith is…
  • What I Appreciate About Pagans

    J. D. Myers
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    This post is part of the March Synchroblog, in which each participant writes what they appreciate about another religion. I chose to write what I appreciate about Pagans. Who are the Pagans? Christians often refer to any non-religious person as a “pagan” or a “heathen.” This is a drawing of Odin, the Pagan deity who hung on a tree and sacrificed his eye to gain wisdom so that he might rescue the world from evil giants. But did you know that there really is a “Pagan” religion? And no, they don’t worship the devil, cut themselves with knives, or sacrifice virgins in the woods.
  • Redeeming God Redeeming Me

    J. D. Myers
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Welcome to the new website: RedeemingGod.com “Redeeming God” is still under construction, and will be for quite some time … I was going to write a post about all the changes you can expect to see and what plans I have for the future, but then I realized that I simply don’t know what is going to happen to me or this blog next week, let alone next year. However, here are a few things to note for right now (though these also may change): Redeeming God? What’s that about? Remember when Drew Marshall made fun of my blog name “Till He Comes“? I laughed it…
  • I am Dying … (So I Can Live Again)

    J. D. Myers
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    One of the themes of my life is that death precedes resurrection. I firmly believe that many people hold on to personal goals and pet projects long after they should have let them die a natural death. If we would let these things die, this would enable God to raise up something new in our life from the dust and ashes of the past. I wrote about this in The Death and Resurrection of the Church. Churches often keep programs running for many years after they have ceased contributing anything to the life of Jesus in the church. If a church would remove programs from life-support, they would see…
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  • Friendship – Embrace the Present Moment

    Jean Wise
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    Time stood still for me twice this past week – brief moments of tranquility, gratitude and rare awareness of how precious life can be. I held these treasured memories, took a photo with my heart and tucked the vision away to keep forever. I breathed in friendship this week. I ate my birthday dinner with a friend from sixth grade. We have known each other for more than 50 years – a journey we traveled together transcending life stages and unexpected detours. You can’t put a price on this relationship – so precious. She is a lifelong friend transformed into a sister for me. I…
  • Wishing and Working – Two Sides of a Coin

    Jean Wise
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:11 am
    Funny how sayings from your mother stay with you. I can still hear my mama’s voice on quite a few words of wisdom, though the oddest one is this: “You can pee in one hand and wish in the other and see which one you get filled first.” Yep, she really did say that. I can’t remember but I must have “wished” a lot as a child cause I heard that quote quite a bit. A good reflective practice is to listen to the language you use. What does your vocabulary say about you? I have been trying to hear the words I chose in daily life during this Lenten season. I have discovered I continue to…
  • God’s Engraving – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I will put my instructions within them and engrave them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Jeremiah 31: 33 (CEB) Will it hurt, Lord? When you engrave my heart? Engraving implies a deep insertion of your word. Heart surgery is always serious and risky. I will be vulnerable. I will be transformed. To engrave means to carve into a hard object. Forgive my closed heart. Soften my dense inner world. Chisel my false casing and scrape off the dead shell covering my spirit. May I be more like soften clay in an Artist hand than concrete. I hear your soothing promise to be…
  • Trusting God During Transitions

    Jean Wise
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    Transitions. Changes. Crossroads. All times that can be challenging and full of emotions – joy, sadness, fear and confusion. “I guess all endings hurt a little even when you need them” – words of wisdom I heard last week from one of my daughters as she changes jobs. Good insight. We all go through changes and life shifts often facing them with faith and fear and probably some self-doubt. We chose a direction, then wonder if we made the best decision. We step out… no, we often leap into the unknown, not 100% sure where we will land. Williams Bridges wrote a classic book on this…
  • Growing Older – Maybe

    Jean Wise
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Don’t regret growing older; it’s a privilege denied to many” is my mantra this week. I am trying focus on this blessing but it is hard. You see Wednesday is my birthday – a significant year. A “get the red, white blue card in the mail from the government type of birthday.” A year beyond “will you still love me, will you still need when I’m ____?” song being played kind of celebration. See I can’t even write out the numbers. I don’t feel that old. There is a place inside of me that totally denies my age. I think some cruel trick has been performed – a wizardly magic…
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  • Keen for the SA Indies Rock Book Festival this weekend

    Ryan Peter
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Being an indie author in South Africa is really tough work. You spend your life hearing a lot of, “Yeah, I still need to read your book. I’m just busy finishing this new James Patterson novel,” from your friends and a lot of, “Your book doesn’t fit our marketing plans,” from publishers. (Well, the reason why is because it’s far more lucrative for the publisher to be marketing James Patterson!) I think the real reason for the lack of support, however, is due to the lack of a decent community and vibe around indie authors. That sort of thing has to…
  • Why I’m not Happy with the Media’s Take on the Helen Zille and Cape Times debacle

    Ryan Peter
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:44 am
    This week there’s been a huge debacle in the South African media world after Helen Zille, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party federal leader and Western-Cape Premier, publicly announced that the Western Cape government will not renew its subscription to the Cape Times. Her reason for doing so: It’s clear that the Cape Times not only plagiarised another article, but she implies that they may have even made a whole story up, given that they absolutely refused to provide her any details of their sources and confirm the story. Read her thoughts here. Then compare the Cape Times article…
  • Racial Self-Righteousness: The Real Problem

    Ryan Peter
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    So much of our discussion on race in South Africa misses the point. We focus on the effects all the time but not the cause. Why is that? Because when we look at the cause we have to look at our own hearts – white, black, coloured, indian, chinese, or whoever else. This is because it’s our own hearts that are the problem. The brilliant writer G.K. Chesterton once touched on this when he was invited by The Times to write on the topic, “What’s wrong with the world?” His alleged response to the paper was simple: “I am.” Human nature always deviates…
  • Crying at the back of a bus

    Ryan Peter
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Below is an excerpt from my book about singleness, Your Single Happiness. Can we be happy when we’re single? How much is marriage our decision and our effort, and how much do we leave up to God to decide? And what the heck do we do about staying pure? Your Single Happiness looks to answer these questions and more. There I was, ten years old, crying at the back of the bus as our school tour to the small town of Oudsthoorn ended. For months I liked this girl, you see, and plucked up the courage to buy her a necklace in the gift store. What girl wouldn’t like jewellery?
  • Your Single Happiness is here!

    Ryan Peter
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:10 am
    Your Single Happiness, a new book of an old book of mine, has released! I’m very excited to be releasing this book! So what do I mean by “a new book of an old book”? In 2004 I was tired of “having tried everything” and still being single. For most of my life I battled with self-worth issues, while being absolutely fascinated with girls and romance. But my dreams and hopes of being married at the age of 24 had, by now, been shattered too many times, and I was over it. This was augmented by a very popular but over-idealistic view of dating, which had influenced large parts…
 
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  • Don’t Limit Your Prayers

    Kevin Shorter
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Jesus Curses the Fig Tree I was recently reading Matthew and was stopped by the account of Jesus cursing the fig tree (Matthew 21:18-22). It is an interesting story. Jesus and the disciples were heading into Jerusalem, and Jesus was hungry. Coming upon a fig tree, they found nothing on it but leaves. Jesus cursed the tree declaring it would never bear fruit again. Most interpretations of this event surround around why Jesus did this. Was he angry? Should He have done this? What did it mean? These are interesting interpretations and many of which are helpful. What I found little discussion…
  • A Fresh Infusion of Truth

    Kevin Shorter
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:43 pm
    Does God Really Think This Way? For many years I have participated in or led men’s groups. One of the major points of our times together have been listening to God on behalf of one another and sharing what we have heard. It is an interesting practice as some of the men feel very uncomfortable hearing from God in this way. How do we know if what is being said is from God or just nice words? Most of the difficultly with this type of prayer is that we are afraid to put words in God’s mouth. We are more confident in our ability to get it wrong than in God’s desire to use us in…
  • Is Your God Really This Good?

    Kevin Shorter
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:13 am
    Can God Use a Monk to Bless People? On a recent trip to Thailand, my youngest daughter made a few comments about “fake” monks. These comments came because we riding a truck taxi with a monk who was riding shotgun. He was a friendly guy chatting away with the driver and acknowledged us when we entered. Next we dropped him off at a hospital that seemed to have plenty of monks hanging around. We don’t know much of his story or what he was going to the hospital for, but the conversations with my daughters sparked some very interesting thoughts about God. First her comments…
  • Are We Unintentionally Encouraging People to Sin?

    Kevin Shorter
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:56 pm
    I feel the need to add to the last post after some comments that thought I was encouraging people to sin. I understand where people may think this. Our natural desire is to try to control others. We think if we love them in their sin, then we are saying their sin doesn’t matter. Did Jesus Love People Too Much? The Pharisees also had a hard time with this. That’s why they were always pointing out that Jesus was hanging out with prostitutes and tax collectors. In their minds, Jesus was condoning their sin by spending time with them. What we find though is that these people enjoyed…
  • Are We Unintentionally Encouraging People to Hide Sin?

    Kevin Shorter
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:26 am
    Radical Vulnerability in Relationships Discouraged Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz, just released his new book, Scary Close. Last week this book went to number 5 in the New York Times Best Seller list. I’m so happy to see this and hope to read it soon. Basically, Miller won me over with its premise: dropping the act and finding true intimacy. The more we hide who we are, the less we will live out of the greatness God put in us. This book promises to share how he lived out being himself no matter what the cost. I was thinking recently how as Christians we actually move people away…
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  • New Documentary exposes the Green Movement’s attack on Christianity

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

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

    Gina Adams
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    E-Squared Media Network will host a free, one hour webinar on Wednesday, February 25 at 11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern time called “Encountering and Experiencing a Healing God.” The seminar will feature several podcasters from the E-Squared Media Network including Jefferson Drexler, Suzanne Lederer, Dixie Diamanti, Jeff Allen and Dewey Bertolini. The webinar will be live via http://www.E2MediaNetwork.com, Twitter @e2medianetwork, www.Facebook.com/e2network.  The webinar is free, but registration is required at…
  • Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir to offer free, live stream of world concert premiere of their new CD this Sunday, February 8

    Gina Adams
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    The six-time Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir will offer a free, live stream of the world premiere concert of its new CD, Pray, on Sunday, February 8 beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The new CD releases via Provident Distribution on February 10, 2015. Pray is the choir's 29th recording and features fourteen new songs, twelve of which were co-written by Brooklyn Tabernacle's worship and band leader, Freddy Washington."I think this CD has something for everyone," says Washington. "It’s a great blend of old and new. There are songs that I think are very new for…
  • Six-time Grammy-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir releases 29th recording

    Gina Adams
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    The Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir will release its 29th album via Provident Distribution on February 10, 2015. The CD entitled, Pray, features fourteen new songs, eleven of which were co-written by choir director, Carol Cymbala.  Cymbala believes that choirs are still an integral part of congregational worship."The ultimate purpose of a choir is to lead the congregation into the presence of God," says Cymbala. "Prayer is vital. Preparing the choir spiritually is so important. I do feel strongly that the idea of many voices lifted up to the Lord,…
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  • Division of Churches and Gray Areas

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

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

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

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

    Sean
    27 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    It’s been an awesome 2014. I have nothing but thankfulness and gratefulness to the Lord for all the blessings and mercy and grace – and most especially for the salvation that He has freely given us through Jesus. Here are some of the blessings that I’ll always be thankful to God for this year: I got married to the most beautiful, wonderful girl I’ve ever known Were blessed to have a beautiful baby boy My new SaaS start-up Qeryz A small but lovely home Lots and lots of baby stuff A new batch of teammates for SEO Hacker New awesome clients to take care of New mentors…
 
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  • Orphan Care Spotlight: Skills Training

    Kathy
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    In March and April, we will be sharing about the value of skills training within the context of orphan care. Most often,skills training among Forgotten Voices church partners targets caregivers– the person who has assumed the responsibility for raising a child who has lost one or both parents. This is often a surviving parent, a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, older sibling or family friend. These are people who have bravely and faithfully stepped into the void left by a parent, often without the practical means to meet all of that child’s needs. Through our local church partners, we can…
  • Come to our Open House — We are on the Move!

    ForgottenVoices
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
      Forgotten Voices is On The Move.  We are being presented with some exciting opportunities for growing the amount of children we can help.  Join us in April to celebrate what God has done in the past year and hear first hand from Ryan (our founder) what’s next and how you can be involved. This is a casual event that will feature light refreshments, a short presentation with Q&A, and time to visit. Our Farmhouse Office 1215 Gettysburg Pike, Dillsburg PA 17019 April 17th,  7:00pm RSVP Here!    
  • Whisper love now, for time is fleeting… my kids grow fast!

    Ryan
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    While you are reading this, I’m off this week. (Note: I wrote this last week). I’m excited to have more concentrated time to look into the eyes of my 2 children, as well as whisper words of truth and love into their tender ears. I love holding them both and telling them they are loved by my wife and I, as well as our God. My girls are growing up so fast!! Some days it seems just like yesterday my now almost 5 year old was not even born yet. Now, Avery is speaking in complicated sentences, assessing life & culture, and pontificating about God in ways that bring me into a…
  • Ryan Keith – Called to Entrepreneurship

    ForgottenVoices
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    For those of you who missed it, check out Ryan’s talk on social entrepreneurship that he gave at the Messiah College Business Alumni Breakfast on Wednesday, February 18th in Harrisburg, PA. Thanks to Messiah College and Reed Horanburg for sharing this video! Ryan Keith: Called to Entrepreneurship
  • No Snow Day Here… hope continues

    Ryan
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    It’s a snow day where I am today. It seems everything around us is closed.  But, as I walked outside to shovel my driveway this morning, I got a Skype call from Beki, our Zimbabwe Director. He was MUCH warmer, but he wasn’t off. Instead, he was busy organizing a retreat that Forgotten Voices is hosting tomorrow for most of our pastor partners in Zimbabwe. It’s absolutely incredible that on the other side of the world, amidst all this snow, our work is going 24/7. Your faithful gifts have brought this about. The last few hours we’ve been working on some last…
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  • The Uncomfortable Magic of Lent: Beauty for Ashes

    Stefani Rossi
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    February 18th ushered in the Lenten season of 2015, and across the globe Christians joined in solemn liturgy by confessing, “We are dust, and to dust we shall return.” A full month of the season inhabits a spell of time that, at least in my corner of the world, dances upon the threshold between parched, dark winter and the dawning of spring. These two palpable realities live in tension with one another, as do the realities that we are creatures who embody eternal glory and that we are mortal. This tension shepherds us into 40 days of reflection preceding Eastertide. Lent is often…
  • A Review of Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman

    Paul Anderson
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    As long as there are tiny rural towns to pass on long and nearly empty stretches of country highway, the ones that you sometimes wonder about for days after stopping there for gas, and as long as writers like Thomas Maltman are around to tell the stories of these places and the people in them, then regionalism will never die. In his latest novel, Little Wolves, Thomas Maltman appoints himself the scribe, as Steinbeck did with the central California coast, Twain did with Missouri and its river folk, Cather with the Nebraska plains, and Faulkner with the deep South, of an often overlooked…
  • Review of Sand, Smoke, Current, by Robert Vander Lugt

    Ruminate Magazine
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Reviewed by Michael Shoemake I take things much too seriously, sometimes. (Like most writers, I’m the introspective type.) It’s no wonder then that when asked to review Robert Vander Lugt’s Sand, Smoke, Current, a collection of thirteen compelling and thought-provoking short stories, I settled into three days of pleasant surprises and deep reflections. Sand, Smoke, Current begins with the story “Onslaught,” previously published in Relief Journal and awarded their Editors’ Choice for fiction. Here, Vander Lugt masterfully sets the tone and rhythm for each subsequent story: The…
  • Defining Place and Space

    Scott Laumann
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:53 pm
    “Americans have a sense of space, not of place.” These words by Chinese geographer Yi-Fu Tuan have been bouncing around in my head for the past two months. I am in the process of preparing an art installation based upon this idea, and I’m sorting through a million unresolved ideas. As I consider Tuan’s statement, I reflect on my own life:  Am I one of these Americans? Have I been searching for a “sense of place?” Does it even exist? What do space and place mean, and which has more value? In his essay “American Space, Chinese Place,” Tuan…
  • Storytelling is Like Baking Cupcakes with Toddlers

    Whitney Hale
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Last night, my sons helped border cupcake pan pits with heart-print liners. They dragged old wooden chairs to the counter where they lawlessly poured, mixed, tasted, and baked. After the cakes were cooled, the brothers decked them out—dumping on piles of chocolate icing and pouring on copious amounts of heart shaped sprinkles. And my youngest son kissed the head of his newborn sister, leaving a ring of chocolate pressed into her hairline, and the bathroom soap dispenser was sticky and brown with chocolate. There was a finger shaped dent in the top of a cupcake where one son enjoyed a moment…
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  • Pope Francis Visit Website Gets America Ready for the Pope

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio, March 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — When the news is overloaded with Pope Francis, where do you get the details on his upcoming U.S. visit? Catholic to the Max, the Ohio-based family company famous for their t-shirts, coffee mugs, and framed art, has made the all-in-one solution. They call it www.PopeFrancisVisit.com. PopeFrancisVisit.com is a comprehensive website providing information on Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the United States. Finding historical background and keeping up with the latest information on a papal visit to America usually means…
  • What Compass Guides Your Thinking ?

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield Editor, FaithInspires.Org In today’s world we are surrounded by more information, more often than any other time in history. The set of thinking skills we use to determine what is true or useful is called discernment. This set of thinking skills is more important in regards to our faith than any other part of our lives. Consider what the Bible says at Leviticus 10:10” “ And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;” (KJV) So obviously if the Bible addresses it directly it is very important. Even as adults we…
  • ’60 Minutes’ Sunday will Report on Plight of Christians in Iraq

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    WASHINGTON, March 20, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — This Sunday, “60 Minutes” will air Lara Logan’s report on the plight of the Christian church in Iraq. Among those interviewed for the program was Bishop Bashar Warda whose flock has expanded by 60,000 as Erbil has abandoned thousands of those displaced by the Islamic State. 21Wilberforce also met with Bishop Warda and other faith leaders during a January visit to northern Iraq and issued a report entitled “Edge of Extinction” (21wilberforce.org). Just as Bishop Warda’s flock has grown exponentially,…
  • Good Friday Day of Prayer

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    DANBURY, Conn., March 16, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — May We Pray for You? The Guideposts OurPrayer Ministry, announces its 45th annual Good Friday Day of Prayer event, scheduled for 7-5pm, Friday, April 3 at Mizzentop Day School (formerly Peale Center) 66 East Main Street in Pawling, NY. As in years past, OurPrayer invites the public to attend or submit prayer requests online at www.ourprayergoodfriday.org where each prayer request will be prayed for by OurPrayer staff and volunteers. This Good Friday Day of Prayer, we welcome you to join the hundreds of people near and far as we…
  • Pope Francis condemns attacks against Christians in Pakistan

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:53 pm
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has made an appeal for peace in Pakistan and for solidarity with the country’s persecuted Christian minority, in the wake of a pair of terror attacks that left at least 14 people dead and scores of others wounded in the city of Lahore, and accused the world of, “trying to hide” the persecution of Christians.“With pain, with much pain,” said Pope Francis to the crowd of pilgrims and tourists gathered for the Angelus prayer this Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, “I learned of the terrorist attacks today against two churches in the city Lahore in…
 
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  • It'sTime to Grow Up - Let's Get Real About Purpose

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

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

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

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

    Ashley S. Reid
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    com·mu·ni·ca·tion noun \kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən\ (Merriam Webster Dictionary): the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc., to someone else: a message that is given to someone : a letter, telephone call, etc.God communicates with us in two major ways: the Bible and the Holy Spirit. As you know we will be discussing the latter today. However, I want to emphasize that there are no set amount of ways that God communicates with us in the Spirit. In fact the way he speaks to me can be…
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  • “Come as You Are” (David Crowder Worship Video)

    Steve Fuller
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Come As You Are Let’s say you are feeling far from God.  Maybe you are discouraged, or full of worry, or overwhelmed with anger. At those times, what should you do? The good news of Jesus is that no matter how unspiritual we feel, if we want him to help us, and trust him to help us, we can turn to him just as we are — and he will help us. Show Me You might be wondering where this is taught in God’s word.  Good question. In John 7:37 Jesus said “if anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.”  So heart-thirst does not disqualify you from coming to Jesus. In…
  • Promises for the Stress of Packing and Moving

    Steve Fuller
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Stresses of Moving Tomorrow the movers come, and everything except what we have in our suitcases will be packed into a 20-foot storage container and shipped to Abu Dhabi. So it’s been pretty stressful – as we had to give away, throw away, sell, or pack all our worldly possessions. But the good news is that in Jesus Christ, God promises to be everything we need. So I thought I would take this blog post to share with you promises God has used to bring us peace. Help ESV Psalm 33:20 Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. Whether it’s wondering how many…
  • If We Aren’t Motivated by Rewards, We Can’t Please God

    Steve Fuller
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    My final sermon series at Mercy Hill Church is on the three words that summarize our vision – Faith, Community, and Mission. This last Sunday I preached on faith, from Hebrews 11, focusing on verse 6. As I soaked in this powerful chapter, and meditated especially on verse 6, I saw three truths which are crucial for every believer to understand. First, we should always have faith in God. I see that in the first half of Hebrews 11:6 – And without faith it is impossible to please him… If it is impossible to please God without faith, then the only way to please God is with faith. Which…
  • Superstitions: Worry, Control, and Trust (by Joe Scheumann)

    Steve Fuller
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Introducing Joe I met Joe last summer, as he was one of the instructors on the Training Leaders International trip to India and the Highlands. We had lots of stimulating theological discussions, and God gave us a rich heart connection. A few days ago he sent me this post, and asked if it might be helpful for my blog.  Since I am swamped preparing for our move to Abu Dhabi, the timing was perfect.  Thanks, Joe! —————————————- Superstitions I noticed something while I was watching a sporting event a few weeks ago. I…
  • Promises to Help You Receive Constructive Criticism

    Steve Fuller
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Constructive Criticism I am writing a book on how to live by faith.  My sister, Janice, is a godly woman, a sharp thinker, and a skilled editor. So I asked if she would give me some constructive criticism, and she graciously said she would. A few weeks ago I sent her the first three chapters.  I figured they might need minor tweaking and polishing.  But when we talked on the phone, she humbly and gently suggested that they needed major revision. She was quick to point out that she loved what I was saying and that it’s what Christians desperately need to hear. But she also said the…
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  • Because you didn’t hang the moon

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

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

    Rey Lo
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    There was a season in my life during which I worked as an auto claims adjuster. Anyone that knows me well knows that is an odd job for me to have had, but when you’re in need of work and no one else is calling you on the phone, you take what you can get. […]
  • The Prodigal Us

    Rey Lo
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:39 am
    By now you may have heard about Katy Perry tweeting a Bible verse before her Super Bowl performance a couple of Sundays ago. Before anyone in Christendom starts to stake a claim on Perry, I’ll be the first to say that this probably doesn’t mean much more than, before a pretty big career moment, she […]
  • I see.

    Rey Lo
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    “What you don’t see with your eyes don’t invent with your mouth.” My friend Marcella posted the words of Judge Judy on a meme as a status update. They made me chuckle at first then I started letting them sink in. What an intriguing concept. What if all of us spent one day only speaking that […]
 
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    Catholic Spiritual Growth » » Gaudium Veritatis (The Joy of the Truth)

  • Christian Spirituality – Rote Prayer vs. Spontaneous Prayer

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    7 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    One of the most common questions I get about Christian spirituality is, “Why do Catholics use such rote prayers while non-Catholic Christians (and charismatic Catholics) seem so much more comfortable praying spontaneously?” It’s a good question and the answer is fairly complex. You see, there is a proper role for both rote (pre-written) and spontaneous prayer in Christian spirituality. One style of prayer is really not better or worse than the other – and either kind of prayer can be abused. But before we get into how each of these prayer styles should be used, let’s remind…
  • Lent: It’s Only Ash Wednesday and I Already Miss My Netflix

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    I don’t know about you, but I”m a Lent wimp. I tend toward self-indulgence. So I find sacrifices very difficult. While I’m not writing this post on Ash Wednesday, the thoughts that inspired it did actually happen. I had spent the day with this year’s sacrifice – giving up watching Netflix (really the only source of TV we have) – and had gone to Ash Wednesday Mass that evening. Coming home and putting the kids to bed, the evening suddenly became uncharacteristically quiet. I felt a great void where my habitual Netflix indulgence used to be. And I thought to…
  • 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…
 
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    The New Life In Christ

  • The Psychology Of Blogging

    John Luke
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Blogging what is this now? hold your breath. Blogging is a means of organising items, stories, news, and information on the internet. It is like a website, but this one is free you do not have to pay any hosting fee. I found out about blogging in 2011. I was just playing with it all through that time. But as I kept doing it, I found this guy at viperchill that is even employing family members doing blogging after he left his full time job and decided to do blogging. He is crazy about seo (you can read about what the heck is seo at (The A, B, C's Of SEO). I found out how much I was in love…
  • Blogging Your Way To A Million Dollar Empire

    John Luke
    6 Mar 2015 | 3:18 am
    If you are someone that is regular and curious about what is going on, on the internet like me, then you must have found out that people make money on the internet. I am not talking here about scammers, I am talking here about people who make real money. For those of you that do not know, there are people that are going to ask you to buy a product online, the most common is a dog and do not deliver the goods, this type of people are called scammers. I want to talk to you today about people that will deliver you, your product and even give you an online course to teach you what they have…
  • Have You Seen How Many Blogs Are Online?

    John Luke
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:04 am
    The first time I stumbled upon blogging was back in 2011. By then I did not even know what I had felt on. I was just trying to have content online to my Cameroonian friends since I had just travelled to Germany at the time. When I just started to find out what blogging was all about back in 2012, I found out that people made some money blogging. I was determined to also make some money from my blog. I have succeeded to make a couple of dollars since then. But I was curious to find out more...Then late 2014 I found out that people do make a living from blogging. Then I took blogging a little…
  • Leading Bloggers

    John Luke
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:06 am
    Leadership is something that has been in place from the foundation of the Earth. Man fall when he left the leadership of God. We are not here today to talk about the Bible, so stay with me. In the times of the Pirates, when a leader fails to lead them to Gold and precious stones, he was either replaced or killed. A good leader should be able to inspire, encourage, guard, direct protect his subjects. I want to take up that position and hope you vote for me to be your leader. If you recently had an idea to start a blog then do a search on the number of blogs online, and you will find out that…
  • 5 Steps To Christian Growth

    John Luke
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:22 am
    Like birth that involves a child being born and gradually growing to an adult, so is Christianity. There is also birth and growth to adult hood in Christianity. Christianity is not a Religion it is a understanding of the death on the cross of Calvary. To the world dead on the cross is foolishness but unto us it is power leading to salvation. This are the 5 steps to Christian growth...1 Understanding Your Helper: Your helper to Christianity is the Holy Spirit. Understanding the Bible is a very difficult task. Infact you can't understand the Bible as a human. You need divine interpretation to…
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  • Half as Much is Twice as Good

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

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

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

    Kenton Anderson
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    Often when I am preaching or teaching, I find that I am focused on how a particular listener in a crowd might be responding to what I have to say. I find that sometimes I am scanning the crowd looking … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    A Life of Gratitude

  • Preoccupied....

    Tori Shaw
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Today I had the privilege of sharing a lesson at MOMS (mothers of many seasons). This is a lesson that God has been teaching me for months! I've been jotting notes down and reading scripture and... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Happy Birthday Popsy!

    Tori Shaw
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Today was my dad's birthday. We had been planning to go out to dinner to celebrate but when he ended up in the hospital yesterday, we had a quick change of plans! My boys and I decided to make... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Little bits of Encouragement...

    Tori Shaw
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:48 pm
    I know people label the 2nd year of life as the "terrible twos" but I really think that should be the label for the third year. With both Dylan and Evan, our family has experienced the "terrible... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Green Food Coloring and Chocolate Gold Coins....

    Tori Shaw
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Every year on St. Patty's day, we get a visit from a mischievous little Leprechaun! It doesn't matter one bit that we are the only ones in High Point that get a visit like this, my kids love it! It's... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Happy Half Birthday!!!

    Tori Shaw
    15 Mar 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Has it really been 6 months since I first laid eyes on this sweet little fella? Could it really be half of year since we got the surprise of our lives?? Didn't we just find out that the little girl... 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

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:58 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

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:58 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?

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:58 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

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:58 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

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:58 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

  • A Resource Library for Pastors in India and Nepal

    Craig
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    A few weeks ago, we shared how God is touching hearts in India and Nepal with the gospel and raising up leaders like Pastor Rajan Neupane. (If you missed the story, you can catch up here.) In Nepal, Christianity is spreading so rapidly that emerging Christian leaders—who are barely more than new believers—are stretched thin. Written materials are helpful in some places, but many of the leaders are semi-literate or oral learners. Seminaries and training programs cannot reach them or keep pace. Audio recordings on a secure digital (SD) card provide an ideal solution. Families typically own…
  • From Nepal: A Pastor’s Perspective

    Craig
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Pastor Rajan Neupane’s conversion to Christianity could have landed him in a Nepali prison twenty years ago. But today, stories like his reverberate throughout the entire region: Twenty years ago, one of my friends became ill and after some time, he was cured. I asked him, “How did you get cured?” He answered me, “I read the Bible and Jesus changed me.” I went home and couldn’t sleep for more than a week. Only one sentence was coming to my mind: I read the Bible and Jesus changed me. I read the Bible and Jesus changed me. So I went back to his home and asked for a Bible. He gave…
  • From Uganda to Nations Next Door – Part 2

    Craig
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:09 am
    Recently, we wrote about how God is doing something so amazing among the children of Uganda that even the country’s president sees the potential. He said: We could have a different country in two generations. If you need to, you can quickly catch up on Part 1 of this update. To the Nations Next Door Now, word is spreading about the groundbreaking new children’s ministry in Uganda. Christian leaders in a dozen other African nations have contacted David C Cook and are ready to invest in their churches’ ministry to children. For example, the curriculum team for the nation of Mali reports…
  • From Uganda to Nations Next Door – Part 1

    Craig
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:33 am
    God is doing something so amazing among the children of Uganda that even the country’s president sees the potential. He said: We could have a different country in two generations. A different country … from the one where children are bending—and at risk of breaking—under the weight of violence, poverty, abuse, disease, and even ritual child sacrifices. A different country … from the one where churches are ill-equipped to intervene on behalf of children because they have lacked both the priority and the resources … until now. A Light in the Darkness With an entire generation at…
  • A Miracle in a Young Girl’s Life Alters Family’s Destiny

    Craig
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    A young Indian girl studied The Story of Jesus booklet translated into herKanada language,and then slept free from the nightmares and evil dreams that had haunted her most days. But there’s more to this testimony. The Story of Jesus is a graphically illustrated Bible story created to introduce children to Jesus. Our ministry partner in South India, where this young girl lives, is using three million copies of The Story of Jesus in six native languages. He and his ministry equip Christians at sports camps, local churches, schools, and parachurch organizations to evangelize children and their…
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    CHRISTIANITY Every Day

  • Before Anything

    Pamela Rose Williams
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
        Red Rocks of the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico   “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” (Psalm 90:2,4) It is good to think about our Almighty God and Father.  How He “always was” “always is” and “always will be”.  He was before anything.  He is the One who made everything. He is able “… to do exceeding abundantly…
  • The Tree of Life

    Pamela Rose Williams
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19) I had to go back a long way to put today’s verse into context.  This passage comes from that letter that Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus.  Let’s back up a bit to see what he was talking about. Looking at this chapter and many of Paul’s other writings…
  • Easter Ham Pie

    Pamela Rose Williams
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    Easter Ham Pie Yesterday I looked in the freezer and there was some ham chunks that had been leftover from our Easter ham this year. I wanted something different so I thought up this recipe that I have named “Easter Ham Pie”. It is quite simple and made with stuff that you should already have in your pantry. Ingredients: 2 frozen, deep dish pie crusts (or home made if you are feeling ambitious) 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes 1 cup of cubed ham (precooked) 1 can of cream of chicken soup plus 1 can of milk 2 carrots, sliced or cubed 1/2 cup frozen edamame (soy…
  • Peace of God

    Pamela Rose Williams
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    “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 minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) In this passage, written to the church at Philipi, Paul says “Be careful for nothing”.  That’s another way of saying, “Don’t be anxious”.  Well I think for most people, that is easier said than done.  Being anxious, I think, is something that most humans do regularly.  But as in the true…
  • Above All … He Carried My Burden

    Pamela Rose Williams
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    Above All, by Michael W. Smith Verse 1 Above all powers  Above all kings Above all nature And all created things Above all wisdom  And all the ways of man You were here Before the world began Verse 2 Above all kingdoms  Above all thrones Above all wonders  The world has ever known Above all wealth  And treasures of the earth There’s no way to measure What You’re worth CHORUS Crucified  Laid behind a stone You lived to die Rejected and alone Like a rose Trampled on the ground You took the fall And thought of me Above all Verse 1 Above all powers  Above all kings Above all…
 
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • Are Contemporary Church Meetings ‘Built On’ the Synagogue Model?

    Miguel
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    The word “assembly” in James 2:2, and the word “congregation” in Acts 13:43, is translated from the Greek word sunagógé, which is translated as “synagogue” in all 56 other places that it appears in the New Testament books.  Christ’s followers, as it appears by the usage of the terms in 45-49 A.D., (the time ofRead More(Visited 20 times, 20 visits today)
  • When Judaizers Skip Window’s Mites on the Sea of Galilee.

    Miguel
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    NT Wright says this about Jerusalem and the Ministry of Jesus, “It was in this world that Jesus grew up, and to this world that he addressed his preaching. If we are to understand the thrust of Jesus’ ministry, we must project ourselves as far as possible into the worldview and mindset of a first-centuryRead More(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)
  • Andy Stanley was Calling the Church to end its Templish Behavior. So, why all the ruckus?

    Miguel
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    If you’re reading this, then it’s unlikely that much background is required, but last week Andy Stanley said; “The “temple model grants extraordinary power to sacred men in sacred places who determine the meaning of sacred texts.” Sure, the megachurch pastor is passionate about taking the Church back to what he feels Jesus called itRead More(Visited 459 times, 1 visits today)
  • The ‘Deacon Language’ of the New Testament is a Language of Mission.

    Miguel
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    In the New Testament Greek, diakon- words like servant (diakonos) in Mark 9:35; “And Yeshua sat down and he called the twelve and he said to them, “He who wants to be first shall be last, and the [servant] ( of every person.” (Aramaic Bible in Plain English) and Matthew 20:26 “It shall not be so amongRead More(Visited 93 times, 1 visits today)
  • Like God’s Manifold Nature, Mission Unfolds Too

    Miguel
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:28 am
    Imagine an infinitely unfolding autobiography written on an equally infinite unfolding piece of paper where the author forever reveals himself.  The manifold nature of God is like that.  It gives me great comfort to know that God is manifold and that He will never cease to be so.  It has been popular of late toRead More(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)
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    Blasts From The Trumpet

  • From a Worm to Victorious Butterfly: New Creature – New Species

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Before man can fulfill the will of God to totally re-establish His Kingdom on earth, he must be transformed, and passover from the new creature, the worm, to the victorious butterfly, the new species. Continue reading →
  • Final Purim: Alive and Free

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    As God's knowledge began to flow the spiritual eyes of mankind slowly opened and His plan for restoration, the new heaven and new earth was revealed. Continue reading →
  • In His Image, After His Kind: Enter His Rest

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    As man enters God's rest he begins to experience restoration and slowly matures into a new species altogether. Continue reading →
  • What Happened?

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Adam and Eve were created physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually perfect in every way. They were in total harmony with all the universe. Sickness, pain, sorrow and decay were unknown. They lived in a beautiful garden planted and manicured by God Himself, hobnobbed with angels freely, and every evening in the cool of the day the Father visited His children. Continue reading →
  • Which Tree Have You Chosen?

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    There is a harvest going on people, a separation of those that eat from the Tree of Life from those that choose the Tree of Good and Evil. Continue reading →
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    Before The Cross

  • Prone To Wander, Here’s My Heart

    Mike Mobley
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    I wasn’t really part of the Church growing up and started following Jesus later on in my life after I was already in my 20’s. That means I missed a lot of Church history including things like older hymns that the Church used to sing and worship to. Whenever I would hear one when I first became a believer, I almost immediately thought “that sounds too old…not interested,” but now I find great encouragement in them. “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love, Here’s my heart. O take and seal it; Seal it for thy courts above.”…
  • Springing To Life

    Chris Howard
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    “For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” – Song of Solomon 2:11-12 I used to call on God only when I needed Him. A morning devotional was my guaranteed time to communicate to Him. I could tell him my prayer requests and let Him know I needed Him on my side that day. Then the day would begin and if things got tough, I’d look Him up again and see if He could come and right my ship until I could proceed to take the controls again.
  • The Real Definition of Love

    Mike Mobley
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    Love is quickly defined as feelings we have towards someone else or when we really like someone or an emotional state we find ourselves in when we are “in love,” but the Bible defines love differently – as an action. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son…” – John 3:16 God always initiates in every circumstance, with every person. He initiated sending His Son, Jesus, down to earth, to rescue us. Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross taking on the penalty of all our past, present, and future sins, and rose from the dead…
  • Should We Pray For The Same Thing Over And Over?

    Mike Mobley
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    This is a very popular question in regards to how we pray. Do we just make a request to God once? Are we supposed to pray the same thing over and over again? What difference does it make, can’t He just read our minds? Are we doing the wrong thing by praying for the same thing, over and over again? “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your waysand my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:9 I’ll be the first to admit that I have no idea how prayer works at the end of the day. I know what the Bible says about prayer and I…
  • Scripture on Decisions

    Mike Mobley
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    We can make so many decisions within each day. Should I go for this promotion? Should I pursue a relationship with this person? What should I eat today? Is this the right thing to do? Should I go this direction or that direction? Whatever the decision is that we are making, how often are we referring to the Bible and praying to God about that decision? Our culture is fast paced and typically we are praised for getting a lot of things done. I know I’m guilty of this personally, but I can go a full day making hundreds of decisions and never taking them before The Lord before I do so.
 
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    Barbie Swihart

  • When You Want To Pray And Don’t Know How // Share The Brew With Ellen Chauvin

    Barbie
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Today I am excited to introduce you to one of my new blogging friends, Ellen Chauvin. I met Ellen in the Bloggers: Learning, Growing, Encouraging Facebook Group (formerly Better Blogs). I’ve enjoyed getting to know her and reading her beautifully, inspiring blog. I am so thankful she agreed to share her heart with you all. Please make sure to visit Ellen’s blog. You will be blessed! Think about the most important person in your life. Do you spent a great deal of time with them? Perhaps it’s your best friend, spouse, parent or child. They are top priority to you. It’s easy for…
  • Easter Stories {Classic Tales for the Holy Season} Review & Giveaway

    Barbie
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:12 pm
    I love to read stories centered around the holidays. When my kids were younger, I would read to them stories from the Bible and from books which shared the experiences of others, that gave them a deep appreciation for the season. I was thrilled to receive a copy of Easter Stories – Classic Tales for the Holy Season to review. Please read to the end of the post for your chance to enter to receive your very own copy of this book which is bound to be a family treasure. About The Book Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of…
  • Let Go And Let Me // The Weekend Brew

    Barbie
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:45 pm
    The cracks in the sidewalk resemble my soul, ridges and grooves mark off sections into the compartments of my life — God, family, church, work and fun. Twigs, scattered leaves and pebbles gather to fill the crevices, much like my insecurities, weaknesses and doubt that soaks in to cloud my soul. A journey of footsteps wearing down the familiar path traveling daily to the same places. My footsteps uncertain as they follow a path to where my heart leads them. The sidewalk is marked by a distinct beginning and end – the destination is clear. My life leads me in circles as I follow…
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    Interpulpit

  • Does God Lead Us Into Temptation?

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

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

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

    Rick
    7 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
      While a multitude of churches around the world make it a weekly practice to recite the Lord’s Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4) is taught to be a model: “After this manner, therefore pray…” Of course, it’s not wrong to recite the prayer. My fear, though, is that in the name of tradition, it’s often recited meaninglessly. When this happens, it can become what Jesus warned of just before teaching it: a vain repetition (Matt.6:7). The prayer is found in two different places, and in each place there is some variation in the recorded words. That,…
  • The Prayer of Faith

    Rick
    17 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
      Prayer is one of the most important and powerful aspects of the Christian life. The devil knows that he’s in trouble when Christians begin to pray. That’s why it’s so hard to develop our prayer life. There are many hindrances and distractions. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak, and the principalities and powers do all they can to take advantage of our weaknesses. Anything to keep us from praying! That’s because things change when Christians pray. Everyone prays, but Christian prayer makes a difference. After Saul was converted on the Damascus road, the Lord told…
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    Paperback Theology

  • The Kingdom of God is Like… A Little Friday Funny

    Tim Suttle
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    The kingdom of God is like a hum drum mid-inning break at a Houston Astros game, when a dance contest suddenly breaks out between the mascot and a security guard. Half of the people in the stadium were off at the concession stand or restroom, most in the stadium weren’t even paying attention, but for [Read More...]
  • Shrink On Sale for $4.99 Now thru April 5th

    Tim Suttle
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    The most powerful reason the church is in decline in North America is that the church’s way of being in the world does not represent a genuine alternative to mainstream society. The church leadership conversation has been coopted by our culture. When the church becomes an agent of the culture, indistinguishable in most ways from [Read More...]
  • Why was Brownback Booed at KU v. WSU Game?

    Tim Suttle
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    It was meant to be a typical celebrity sighting by the CBS crew. During a commercial break in the KU v. WSU game, the camera focused on Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. The shot was displayed on the screens in the arena, and when fans got a glimpse of Sam Brownback, they started booing loudly. Let’s [Read More...]
  • 5 Reasons Your Church Should Be Smaller

    Tim Suttle
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    This was first published at Crosswalk.com, so please stop by and visit the original post. For years it has bothered me that, although the majority of churches in America have fewer than 300 people, most church leadership advice comes from pastors of huge churches. The assumption that bigger is better pervades the church leadership culture. What if [Read More...]
  • Scot McKnight on Shrink: Great Is The Enemy Of…

    Tim Suttle
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Scot McKnight and I noticed a point of resonance in our two most recent books, and thought it would be fun to interact with the other’s work. Specifically, we are attempting to find points of reverberation around the topics of faithfulness, and the church. The following post is Scot’s engagement with my latest book, Shrink. [Read More...]
 
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • Relics – 2 – St Benedict Joseph Labre

    MBA
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Above is a reliquary showing both a bone fragment (ex ossibus) and a piece of clothing (ex indumentis) of Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, the “holy hobo.” You can read more about Benedict Joseph here. The bone fragment is a first class relic, the clothing fragment is a second class relic.Filed under: Relics, Saints Tagged: Christianity, […]
  • Relics – 1 – Jesus Christ

    MBA
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    Above is a reliquary showing pieces of the manger and sepulchre of Jesus Christ. Also shown is a piece of stone from the place upon which Christ was laid when He was brought down from the Cross. All three relics are second class.Filed under: Jesus Christ, Relics Tagged: Christianity, Jesus Christ, Relics, Religion and Spirituality
  • Icon drawing of the Virgin of Tenderness

    MBA
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:37 am
    Drawing of another icon I am working on, this time of the Virgin of Tenderness (Eleusa).Filed under: Drawings, Iconography, Icons, Jesus Christ, Mary Tagged: Christianity, Iconography, Icons, Jesus, Mary, Religion and Spirituality
  • Icon drawing of Christ with Joseph the Patriarch

    MBA
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:49 am
    Here is the basic drawing of another icon that I am presently working on. It is a panel icon of Jesus Christ with Joseph, the Patriarch of the Old Testament.Filed under: Drawings, God, Iconography, Icons, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Joseph the Patriarch Tagged: Christianity, God, Icon Drawings, Iconography, Icons, Joseph the Patriarch, Religion and Spirituality
  • Icon drawing of God the Father

    MBA
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    This is the basic drawing of another icon that I am working on. It shows God our Almighty Father on His throne. And before anyone starts yelling that such an icon is heretical, such icons are allowed in the Catholic Church. Moreover, neither does the Orthodox Church forbid them, although many think they do. If […]
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    ChristiansTT

  • Prayer – When I need to be Comforted

    Bevjoy
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:35 pm
    You, Lord are the Great Comforter, my refuge and my strength. You hold me in Your tender arms where I am always comforted when I need it most. Thank You for holding me and keeping me safe, protected and comforted, away from negative thoughts and external forces. Almighty God, today there are people who need […] Prayer – When I need to be Comforted
  • Prayer for Caregivers

    Ria Lewis
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:08 pm
    John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Lord Jesus, please strengthen all caregivers who give sacrificially of […] Prayer for Caregivers
  • A Prayer For Our Precious Daughters and Granddaughters

    Geevetha Mary Samuel
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:03 pm
    I wrote this prayer with thoughts of our precious daughters, how they are to endure the tough responsibilities as women and as children how we are to mold them through the hands of our Lord Jesus, to be a great woman of God. Psalm 139 : 13-14 For You created my inmost being, You knit me […] A Prayer For Our Precious Daughters and Granddaughters
  • The Appeal to the Stick Fallacy, Beware Judgement Day!

    Brook Potter
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    “What happened to the Gospel that teaches us not to fear? ” - Father Lazar Puhalo Over the years, I’ve encountered my fair share of debate on topics within Christendom. I’ve grown pretty good at determining who is asking questions to learn, and who’s asking questions to antagonize. As a result, I generally limit my […] The Appeal to the Stick Fallacy, Beware Judgement Day!
  • What Happens When We Think Love is Synonymous With Evangelism?

    Brook Potter
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:07 am
    “Real love, however, is always the process of meeting needs.” – John Lynch. In a recent article, I talked about how I was invited by some friends to spend time with them in a venue that happened to be a brothel. The response was mostly positive and most people understood the article was not about evangelism, it […] What Happens When We Think Love is Synonymous With Evangelism?
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    Pro Preacher

  • Google Voice For The Glory Of God – A Free Church Texting Solution

    Brandon
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Photo Credit: what_marty_sees via Compfight cc I did something different last Sunday that was highly successful. I preached a sermon calling qualified people to step up and serve in a specific ministry. The sermon wasn’t different, but the way I asked them to respond was. In the past, I have used cards in the bulletin or sign up sheets in the lobby. But we are living in the digital age! There must be an easier and faster way without having to attempt to decipher terrible hand-writing on paper! Nearly everyone today carries a cell phone on them. Why don’t we harness this…
  • 3 Ways Losing Weight Has Made Me A Better Pastor

    Brandon
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Photo Credit: dvgphoto via Compfight cc One of my big goals this year is to lose weight and be healthier. After having a new baby, moving to a new state, and transitioning to a new job, I looked in the mirror one morning and realized I was about 40 pounds overweight. If you are overweight or have ever been there, it’s not a fun realization to say the least. How did this happen? I was so focused on church and family last year, that my own physical health suffered. Can you relate? So I made a commitment, got my family onboard with me (because I know I don’t have the strength to…
  • 5 Keys To A Great Christmas Sermon

    Brandon
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    Photo Credit: SpreadTheMagic via Compfight cc For a church, Christmas Eve services are typically one of the highest attended days of the year. A great message is absolutely essential on such a big day. This may be the only time many of these people will give your church a chance. This may be the last time you get to speak to them if they are not compelled to return. So here are some tips. 5 Keys To A Great Christmas Sermon 1. Keep it short. I’m not going to tell you how long you should preach. But whatever your average time is, work to shave some time off of it. If you normally preach…
  • 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?
 
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    Pastor John's Blog

  • Twisted History

    john crews
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    "He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past."                                                   George OrwellFew people would dispute the fact that "traditional Christianity" finds itself increasingly under pressure in the United States.  This stems, at least in part, from the reality that some…
  • Year One

    john crews
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:38 pm
    There were a couple of times last night, I have to admit, when I wondered in passing about the score -- or at least about which team was winning.  With all of the hype surrounding the Super Bowl, I expected it to be a pretty good game.  And, I even knew some of the story lines.  Avoiding awareness of it completely, after all, would have required living under a rock for the last couple of weeks.  But looking up the score on the internet, or God forbid turning on the television, was simply not an option.  For millions of Americans the Super Bowl…
  • 2015

    john crews
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:28 pm
    It probably comes as no great surprise that in most ways I would be happy to put 2014 behind me.  I have tried, I am sure in vain, from time to time to express the depth of the devastation 2014 brought to me and my family.  But honestly, no words are or ever will be adequate.Unlike "ordinary" bad years, we cannot just put 2014 behind us.  Not now ... not ever.  I am sure the reasons for that are obvious.At the same time, I am not particularly looking forward to 2015. Although I have largely come to the view that one day is the same as any other, and that January 1 is…
  • 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…
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    Logos Bible Software Blog

  • Don’t Miss March’s Deals

    Paul Kirby
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    March’s sale is almost over, but there’s still time to save on a wide range of commentaries, theological works, reference volumes, and more. Check out these deals under $15: Revelation’s Rhapsody by Robert Lowry—get it for $10.95! Get clear guidelines on interpreting the New Testament’s most challenging book and understanding how its message applies to Christians of every century. Why God Won’t Go Away by Alister McGrath—get it for $10.95! In this book, McGrath provides a spirited rebuttal to the claims of the New Atheists, critiquing the New Atheism on its own merits and…
  • Free Desktop Training: Learn from the Logos Pros!

    Todd Bishop
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I’m Todd, one of the Logos Pros at Faithlife. I’m part of a team of expert Logos trainers whose goal it is to educate and empower you with Logos Bible Software so that you can do better Bible study. I’m excited to announce that Logos is offering free training for the desktop app. Each week, we’ll walk you through a new video tutorial from one of the Logos Pros teaching you how to master Logos’ tools and resources. You’ll learn to navigate lexicons in Logos, use the Passage Guide for in-depth research, consult cross-references in ancient literature, and much more. Check…
  • Turn Your Logos App into a Reader’s Bible

    Ray Deck III
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Bible is meant to be read, and the Bible is also meant to be studied. But a good study Bible isn’t always a good reading Bible. A good study Bible includes footnotes, section headings, cross-references, and sometimes study notes. All that markup is very useful for Bible study, but it can get in the way of Bible reading. So a good reader’s Bible is simple—containing little more than beautifully arranged, flowing text. As Logos users know, toggling back and forth between studying and reading modes in Logos 6 is easy. With a single click, you can hide all of those helpful…
  • Can a Commentary Be Technical and Accessible?

    Jonathan J. Watson
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Time is running out to save on the recently reconfigured 17-volume Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Save over 30% when you get this series today! Frequently, commentaries lean toward one of two extremes: technical exegesis or accessible exposition. The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament seeks to bridge that divide with this exciting commentary set on the New Testament. The first volume on Philippians, published in 1992, was authored by Moises Silva and received critical acclaim. It was soon followed in 1994 by Dr. Darrell Bock’s commentary on Luke…
  • Game Time! Get 50% Off Select Works by Douglas Moo and Leon Morris

    Kristen Carter
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    This is it! The Final Four results are in, and select works of Leon Morris and Douglas Moo are now 50% off. Plus, your votes will decide if D.A. Carson or J.I. Packer will be the 2015 Logos March Madness champion. Score superb savings You voted Leon Morris and Douglas Moo through the first four rounds of Logos March Madness, and now you can save 50% on 15 of their works! Save on these products and 13 others: Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to Matthew This superb commentary in the Pillar series explores the meaning and relevance of Matthew in an eminently straightforward…
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    Faithlife Women

  • Loving Myself Isn’t Selfish

    Tayler Beede
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    I am by most standards a very frequent flyer. In the last several years I have logged over a half of million sky miles. I’ve become so accustomed to the long distant flights, that any flight ten...
  • Why Is the Heart of Worship So Important?

    Tayler Beede
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Recently I read an article about a husky dog named Miley who was living—or perhaps I should say barely surviving—in a trash dump somewhere near Los Angeles. When a rescue worker found her, she could...
  • An 11-Year-Old’s Honest Letter to Sports Illustrated

    Tayler Beede
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    In my free time I run a blog with my mom called Nitty Gritty Love. My brother was recently out for the day with my dad, and came home upset after seeing the most recent Sports Illustrated cover. My...
  • How Lent Can Bring You Closer to God (Even If You Didn't Grow Up With It)

    asheritahciuciu
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    If you grew up in a faith culture that doesn't include rituals, the season leading up to Easter may be filled with confusing terms. Lent? Ash Wednesday? Maundy Thursday? What do they all mean, and...
  • A Paralyzed Faith

    Tayler Beede
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    What is paralyzing your faith? What issue are you hiding from the rest of the world? What is the prison you’re hiding in so you don’t have to face others or yourself? The truth is, we all have...
 
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    Living in the Kingdom of God---Diana Symons

  • Is It Possible To Live A Perfect Life?

    Diana Symons
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Jesus said that we are supposed to be perfect. Yikes! That’s a tall bill. Who can do that? Do you know anyone who is perfect? No, I didn’t think so. Yet Jesus said we should be. Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48) The thing is, God’s definition of perfection is different from ours. We think we would be perfect if we never made a single mistake, never said the wrong thing, and every single project we attempted came out, well, perfectly. But we fail and fail and beat ourselves up because our humanity gets in the way. And…
  • The Opinion of Other People Doesn’t Matter

    Diana Symons
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    There is such a danger to arrogance. We are essentially selfish people. It’s our natural instinct to think of ourselves all the time. But it’s just as dangerous to consider the opinions of others. How many times have you made decisions because of how you thought you’d be seen by other people? Think about the clothes you wear, the music you listen to, friends you hang out with. We can be absolutely controlled by what we think others will approve of. And it’s wrong. There is only one opinion that matters, and that is God’s. His opinion of you is given in love. He…
  • Are You Actually Living What The Scripture Says?

    Diana Symons
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    When we have the Bible available to us, we have no excuse for not obeying it. The problem is, we are so familiar with it that we forget to live it. Take for instance, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 5:3) Another way to look at that is, if you are not poor in spirit, you have no part of the kingdom of heaven. Being poor in spirit does not mean being spiritually destitute. Think in terms of opposites. Poor in spirit is opposite of arrogance, pride, and selfishness. We have to be told to be poor in spirit because our natural tendency is to be selfish. We…
  • It’s Not About Bible Study Or Signs And Wonders

    Diana Symons
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    There’s a lot to be said for Bible study. It teaches you the truths of God and the stories of what He has done. But that’s just knowledge. There’s no life in just reading the Bible. Knowledge of God is not the same thing as salvation. The demons know God better than the average person who claims to be a Christian. And then there are those who live and breathe the experience of signs and wonders. When God is present, anything can happen and there are groupies who seek after that as their goal in life. Signs and wonders are cool. They really are, but seeking after miracles…
  • My Experience Of The Presence Of God

    Diana Symons
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    It is a danger to prescribe any experience of the presence of God as a formula. Don’t do it. Instead, add it to your list of what is. God is multidimensional and our experiences with Him will flux and flow  with Him. This is one adventure that I had. I have been asking God to know more of Him. I am in such need of His presence in my life. I am too quick to judge. Too quick to protest. I need His kindness, His goodness, His grace in my life. So I ask Him daily for more of Him. Yesterday I told Him that I wanted to soak in His presence so that His very essence would bleed into my spirit,…
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    Seedbed

  • 5 Trends in Global Missions

    Jim Ramsay
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The world has undergone enormous changes in recent decades. While God’s mission remains unchanged, how we go about participating in His mission has to respond to these changing contexts. In my role at The Mission Society, interacting with missions globally in recent years, I have observed several trends reflecting this response. Here are five of those trends that I find highly significant and widely impactful. 1) Missions is global. While this may be old news to many, there can still be the assumption in the pews of many US churches that missions is what we from the US do for them. Missions…
  • 7 Ways to Welcome Your New Pastor

    Robert Kaylor
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The beginning of the spring season brings with it the season when many pastors and their families are on the move to a new church in a new community. Moving always brings with it a mixture of excitement and anxiety for both the pastoral family and the receiving congregation, but when a pastoral transition is handled well, the excitement will usually far exceed the anxiety! One of the best ways that a congregation can prepare for the arrival of a new pastor and his or her family is to work at making the transition as smooth as possible. In fact, the better the congregation focuses on providing…
  • The History of Contemporary Worship Music

    Lester Ruth
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    What is the history of contemporary worship music and how did it become such a powerful force in modern expressions of Christianity? In today’s video, Dr. Lester Ruth explains key elements and helps us understand this fascinating cultural and church phenomenon. Click here to purchase a PDF discussion guide for this video. View our growing playlist of Seven Minute Seminary.
  • 4 Tips for Starting Fresh on Progressive Turf

    Randy Jessen
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I did not know Pastor Bob very well, even though we spent a lot of time together in district clergy meetings.  During one of our gatherings, a pastoral colleague from across town asked if the group would pray for her son who was enlisting in the military.  He had a deep desire to defend our country by going to war in the Persian Gulf.  Pastor Bob was the first one to speak.  He quickly and boldly declared that he could not pray for her son because that would be a futile human effort.  After all, God has no interest in war so those who go to war simply need to fend for themselves.  It…
  • What Happens to Those Who Have Never Heard the Gospel? How Prevenient Grace Makes a Difference

    Brian Shelton
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    What happens to those who have never heard the gospel? The fate of those who have never heard the gospel has long been a concern in our theology of human destiny. Yet, a theology that maintains prevenient grace possesses an opportunity and explanation that offers hope and clarification to this perennial difficulty. Since the doctrine of prevenient grace maintains a divine enabling of human ability through various means for corporate and individual soteriological potential, eventually discussion leads to its role in the phenomenon known as “natural revelation.” This is the divine testimony…
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    Joshua Rhone

  • The dangers of ahistorical Protestantism

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

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

    Joshua Rhone
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failureshould be required reading for anyone entering into, or already engaged in, ministry. It is jarring. Raw. Author J.R. Briggs writes about failure in a refreshingly honest way. At times he shares from his own experiences with failure.1 In other instances, he shares lessons that he’s learned through relationships that have been cultivated as a result of the Epic Fail Pastors Conference, which J.R. created. That is not to suggest that Fail is simply a book of anecdotes about ministry failure. Far from it. As the title…
  • [Book] Eldership and the Mission of God: Equipping Teams for Church Leadership

    Joshua Rhone
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    In Eldership and the Mission of God: Equipping Teams for Faithful Church Leadership, authors J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt contend that ‘when a church lacks structural health, that local body suffers, and there’s no hiding it.’1 According to the authors, ‘the local church is most healthy when it is pursuing God’s heart and oriented around his mission.’2 Thus, church leaders – Briggs and Hyatt term these people ‘elders’ – play a crucial role.3 But what is an elder? What are the responsibilities of an elder? Who can be an elder? We begin with the question: What is an…
  • Mile… Mile & a Half

    Joshua Rhone
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    I struggle with insomnia. The last few weeks have been particularly challenging. Usually, I try to take advantage of my sleepless nights by reading, researching and writing. The other night, I felt like a member of the walking dead, so I perused Netflix for something to watch. While perusing I stumbled upon Mile…Mile & a Half. (The film can also be streamed via Amazon). The film follows’a group of artists who] leave their daily lives behind to hike & record California’s historic John Muir Trail, a 219 miles stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney.’1 Over the span of…
 
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    Salt Formation

  • 2 Cor. 9:6-7 God Loves a Cheerful Giver

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

    Britt
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
      This is a commentary I use almost daily. Dr. Utley has done a fantastic job. Though I do not always agree with everything he says I definitely want to hear it. The commentary is a word study commentary, often word by word, giving the meaning in the original language and context. He writes in such away that allows you to do the interpretation. I found it for theWord bible software and wanted to share it with you. Do yourself a favor and go get it. Dr. Bob Utley’s Free Bible Commentary Here is the description from theWordmodules.com website.   You Can Understand the Bible:…
  • Free Bible Software theWord

    Britt
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
      I have been meaning to get this post out. I have played around with a few bible softwares and a came across theWord. It is by far the best! Install the best free bible software theWord!  In fact there is so much free quality content (modules) that you can get with theWord that I am going to be writing a lot more posts on the modules. Most of my links to products that I use will be transitioning to theWord. If I use a tool that is not offered by theWord then I will link to Christianbook.com otherwise all links to tools will be to theWord. This really is the best software I have found…
  • 1 Cor. 13:10 When the Perfect Comes

    Britt
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
      This week’s memory verse is 1 Cor. 13:10. Before we get into what the text has to say to us today, we are going to take a look at Paul’s purpose of writing 1 Corinthians, the audience, the theme, a quick overview and then an overview of the literary unit that we find the verse in. This way we have a lens to view the scripture with. Once we see what Paul was saying to his audience we can then see how it relates to us today.   Purpose “What occasioned the writing of 1 Corinthians was apparently three things. Paul had written a previous letter (1 Cor. 5:9) which was…
  • Hebrews 8 A New Covenant He Has Made the First Obsolete

    Britt
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:03 pm
        What is the New Covenant? Who was it for? Is it in effect now? What does it have to say about believers today? These are some questions that arise when one looks at Hebrews 8. Last lesson we looked at Hebrews 7:11-28 A Better Hope through Which We Draw Near to God.  We saw that the priesthood has been changed and therefore the law also, Christ’s priesthood was established according to the power of His indestructible life, how the fact that the Law has been put away impacts us, the better hope Christ brings us, what this hope is established on and why Christ is able to save…
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    Salt Formation

  • 2 Cor. 9:6-7 God Loves a Cheerful Giver

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

    Britt
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
      This is a commentary I use almost daily. Dr. Utley has done a fantastic job. Though I do not always agree with everything he says I definitely want to hear it. The commentary is a word study commentary, often word by word, giving the meaning in the original language and context. He writes in such away that allows you to do the interpretation. I found it for theWord bible software and wanted to share it with you. Do yourself a favor and go get it. Dr. Bob Utley’s Free Bible Commentary Here is the description from theWordmodules.com website.   You Can Understand the Bible:…
  • Free Bible Software theWord

    Britt
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
      I have been meaning to get this post out. I have played around with a few bible softwares and a came across theWord. It is by far the best! Install the best free bible software theWord!  In fact there is so much free quality content (modules) that you can get with theWord that I am going to be writing a lot more posts on the modules. Most of my links to products that I use will be transitioning to theWord. If I use a tool that is not offered by theWord then I will link to Christianbook.com otherwise all links to tools will be to theWord. This really is the best software I have found…
  • 1 Cor. 13:10 When the Perfect Comes

    Britt
    14 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
      This week’s memory verse is 1 Cor. 13:10. Before we get into what the text has to say to us today, we are going to take a look at Paul’s purpose of writing 1 Corinthians, the audience, the theme, a quick overview and then an overview of the literary unit that we find the verse in. This way we have a lens to view the scripture with. Once we see what Paul was saying to his audience we can then see how it relates to us today.   Purpose “What occasioned the writing of 1 Corinthians was apparently three things. Paul had written a previous letter (1 Cor. 5:9) which was…
  • Hebrews 8 A New Covenant He Has Made the First Obsolete

    Britt
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:03 pm
        What is the New Covenant? Who was it for? Is it in effect now? What does it have to say about believers today? These are some questions that arise when one looks at Hebrews 8. Last lesson we looked at Hebrews 7:11-28 A Better Hope through Which We Draw Near to God.  We saw that the priesthood has been changed and therefore the law also, Christ’s priesthood was established according to the power of His indestructible life, how the fact that the Law has been put away impacts us, the better hope Christ brings us, what this hope is established on and why Christ is able to save…
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    Give Me That Mountain

  • Love and discipline

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Law and Grace. Day thirty-six...For the very first time after the delivery, your child is secure in your arms. You look into her face and wonder how you ever lived without her. It's as if a switch has been activated that has elevated your concept of love to a level you didn't think existed.
  • In God's eyes or in mine?

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Law and Grace. Day thirty-five...After Ehud's death, the Israelites again did evil in the LORD's sight. So the LORD turned them over to King Jabin of Hazor, a Canaanite king. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth‐haggoyim. Sisera, who had 900 iron chariots, ruthlessly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years. Then the people of Israel cried out to the LORD for help. (Judges 4:1–3 NLT)
  • Making the connection

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:59 am
    The Law and Grace. Day thirty-four...In my early twenties I worked on a construction crew building a new subdivision in central Illinois. (The homes were being built for members of a “New Age” commune. But that is a story for another time.)
  • Delighting in the law?

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Law and Grace. Day thirty-three...Do you know anyone here in the U.S., other than those in the legal profession, who have their nose in the law most of the time? As an even more remote possibility, do you know anyone who delights in that law?
  • Where there is no law

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Law and Grace. Day thirty-two...At the time the automobile is gaining popularity in the early 1900s, two winding dirt roads intersect in Michigan. For horse‐drawn vehicles the intersection of the two roads had always been safe. But not so for the motorized vehicles.
 
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • Luke 5: Reaction to God

    Zak Schmoll
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    In Luke 5, I want to focus on the calling of Peter. Luk 5:5  And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. Luk 5:6  And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. Luk 5:7  And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. Luk 5:8  When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I…
  • Luke 4: Living in Difficult Circumstances

    Zak Schmoll
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:06 am
    In Luke 4, we see the temptation of Jesus, and I find it so interesting that the entire episode is book ended by the fact that Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit. Luk 4:1  And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Luk 4:14  And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. I think this is significant. Obviously, it shows us two parts of the Trinity simultaneously active, but it emphasizes that Jesus was not operating alone. It makes it even more…
  • Luke 3: What He Could Do

    Zak Schmoll
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:48 am
    John the Baptist was an impressive man. He was an excellent preacher, and in Luke 3, we have a wide range of people coming to talk to him, and some of them are beginning to wonder if he is the Christ. Luk 3:16  John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Luk 3:17  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. John…
  • Luke 2: Living for a Purpose

    Zak Schmoll
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:42 pm
    In Luke 2, we of course get the ever popular birth narrative of Jesus Christ, and as important as that is, so much has been said about it that I want to turn our attention to Jesus at the temple and the character of Simeon. Luk 2:25  And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. Luk 2:26  And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Simeon was a man who clearly was given a supernatural…
  • Luke 1: Told by Eyewitnesses

    Zak Schmoll
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:15 am
    We have come to the third gospel, and I think it is appropriate to show the way that Luke begins his account. Luk 1:1  Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Luk 1:2  Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; Luk 1:3  It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, Luk 1:4  That thou mightest know the certainty of those things,…
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • What Happens When You Force People to Tithe

    Michael
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Faith Christian Church has been accused of using coercive leadership and financial tactics. More than 20 former members were interviewed by the Arizona Daily Star for an inside investigation into the church’s practices. The church is now being investigated by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. The EFCA is meeting with one of the former […] The post What Happens When You Force People to Tithe appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Pastor who promised three-fold return for Bentley “seed” missing

    Michael
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Prophet Uebert Angel founder and president has been involved in case of fraud regarding a Bentley and the promise of “a three fold return.” Businessman Ndabazinengi Shava says he gave the car to Prophet Angel last year to sow “a seed into his life.” According to Shava it was promised he would see the three fold return […] The post Pastor who promised three-fold return for Bentley “seed” missing appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • 3 Biblical and Data Driven Reasons Why You’re Giving Less

    Michael
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Ellen Painter Dollar recently shared her struggles with tithing. According to her, when she was in her 20’s she was a faithful giver. Now that she and her husband presently make 4 times what she used to make she doesn’t tithe. According to her: “We give away about 5 percent of our gross income every […] The post 3 Biblical and Data Driven Reasons Why You’re Giving Less appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • What I’ve Learned from a Series of Rapid Fire Promotions

    Michael
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
    I recently got promoted. That is why you haven’t seen as much posts from me.My workload has increased because of the promotion. I used to be an assistant branch manager at a Fortune 500 company, now I’m promoted to a branch manager. Being a new manager has a few perks including increased pay, greater responsibilities, […] The post What I’ve Learned from a Series of Rapid Fire Promotions appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How Tithing Helped Improve My Marriage

    Michael
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    I’m a pro-tither. I advocate it and encourage people to do it. I have seen tremendous blessings as a result of it. One blessing that I’ve seen is the improvement of my marriage. Before I was a consistent tither my marriage was on its last leg. My wife was pregnant with our 2nd child and […] The post How Tithing Helped Improve My Marriage appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
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    Armchair Theology

  • Should We Avoid Redemptive-Historical Sermons?

    Dave
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Over on the Ligonier blog Derek Thomas recently wrote an article titled “Bad Homiletical Models of Expository Preaching.” The fourth hermeneutic he lists is redemptive-historical preaching, more commonly called Christ-centered preaching. He makes two criticisms: First, he warns that redemptive-historical sermons can become repetitive: Within the redemptive-historical model, there is a commitment to preaching the text and even doing so consecutively; as such, it sounds like expository preaching. But there is a (valid) concern to emphasize context within the overall structure of…
  • Free “Preaching Christ” Webinar

    Dave
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Peter Mead is holding a free webinar tomorrow, 12 March, at 6pm GMT called Preaching Christ. I think that’s 2pm eastern US time. Peter is a great resource for practical ministry advice so this will probably be a worthwhile lecture. To register head over to Peter’s website. It doesn’t look like there’s word yet on whether this will be recorded for those who can’t make the live broadcast.
  • Video: How To Use Strong’s Concordance

    Dave
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Though original language study isn’t my focus on this website, the How NOT to use Strong’s Concordance series has been some of the most popular Bible study content I’ve ever written. Today I got a question about how to conduct the kind of original language study I referenced in the last post of the series. I put together a short video to show you how to do it with a free online tool: This shows an Old Testament example using Hebrew but the same can be used for Greek word studies in the New Testament. If you have a question I can help answer just contact me.
  • Notes on the 2014 Westminster Seminary Preaching Conference

    Dave
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    R. Kent Hughes was the plenary speaker at this year’s WTS preaching conference. His two main teaching sessions were entitled “Essential Bibliology” where he treated critical beliefs about the Bible to ground our preaching, and “Essential Cardiology” where he discussed the heart attitudes that must shape our preaching. Following are my notes – fragmented as they may be – of the two sessions. Essential Bibliology Hughes coined a phrase which he calls “Dysexposition” which takes several forms The textis referenced and then abandoned, perhaps for the…
  • Connect to Christ in Function, Not Form

    Dave
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    I recently preached a sermon on the ark of the covenant in Exodus 25. While studying the ark I realized that there was an overwhelming amount of typology written about the ark that, while not necessarily allegory, was definitely superficial. I would consider it unwise at least and probably irresponsible. Most of these instances focused on how the Ark was built from two materials (gold and wood). Here’s an example: the ark may be viewed as a figure of the person of Christ. This is seen from its composition. It was made of shittim-wood, overlaid with pure gold. The shittim was a kind of…
 
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    Blake Mankin

  • Preparing for Parenthood

    Blake Mankin
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    Meagan and I are having our first child, and we’re pumped up about it. We announced it to our families after we had a positive pregnancy test the week of Christmas. Talk about a fantastic present for both them and us. As joyful as it’s been, the first trimester (and now the second, thus far) was rough. Meagan’s been sick–really sick–throwing up all the time and continuously feeling nauseous. She’s gained an aversion to foods she used to love and a particular affinity for things like chocolate croissants and hummus. (Not together, but then again, nothing is…
  • You Can’t Take It with You: Storing Treasure in Heaven

    Blake Mankin
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    One of the easiest things to forget is that we won’t be able to take a single one of our possessions to heaven. Everything we think we own is essentially leased to us by God, and we’ve been trusted to manage his portfolio. Giving our possessions a perceived attribute of permanence makes us more likely to grip them with white knuckles. We can become unable to view our things with the eyes of Christ. In Matthew 19, Jesus says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures…
  • Work is Worship for Pastors and Project Managers Alike

    Blake Mankin
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:44 am
    I’ve taken a whack at this topic before, but it’s worth writing about it again because it’s easy to miss the fact that what we do from nine to five Monday through Friday is an opportunity to worship God. Not just interactions with coworkers or the chance to use the money earned for charity, but the actual vocation itself. Whether you’re a banker, artist, accountant, or craftsman–your job has potential for worship. Exerting ourselves in work is an opportunity to bring God glory. Much has been said about finding meaningful work. This line of thinking is…
  • What Giving Does

    Blake Mankin
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:16 am
    When we give money away, we’re participating in more than just a transaction. We’re influencing heart-level change. But sometimes it can feel as though a small donation to a huge charity, cause, or need is just lost in the shuffle, not truly contributing much. Here are some reminders about what giving does. It reminds us we don’t own anything. When we choose to part with the money in our bank accounts, we’re reminded again that none of it is ours to begin with. The foundation of being a good steward is understanding the funds entrusted to us are ours to manage, not own. Giving money…
  • Can Christians Stand with Israelis and Palestinians, Too?

    Blake Mankin
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:43 am
    Few things spark as strong of a reaction as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, especially in Christian circles. It’s an incredibly complex issue, one I can’t completely wrap my head around—full of religious, historical, cultural, geographical, and emotional factors that are too many to list here. Wrapped up in this decades-long conflict is violence that’s resulted in incredible heartbreak and overwhelming injustice. Just recently, a Palestinian man boarded a bus in Tel Aviv and attacked people with a knife, injuring nine. At the end of January, the New York Times reported on an…
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 86 — Deuteronomy 8-10, Luke 4:1-30

    virtuousgirls1
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Deuteronomy 8 Focus Verse: He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. (3) God tests us to see if we trust Him. […]
  • Jesus – the Greatest Champion of Women

    virtuousgirls1
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    Perhaps it is no wonder that the women were first at the Cradle and last at the Cross. They had never known a man like this Man—there had never been such another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them, who never flattered or coaxed or patronized; who never made arch jokes about them, […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 85 — Deuteronomy 5-7, Luke 3

    virtuousgirls1
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    Deuteronomy 5 Focus Verse: Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. (33) We may not understand why God has commanded us not to do certain things. We may not like all His rules and […]
  • Women of the Word (Recap 8)

    virtuousgirls1
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    When God created woman, He made a very special creation. He made us beautiful and unique. He made us strong and resilient, gutsy and spirited, sassy and sweet. And He loves us. God really, really loves His girls. And the Bible is filled with many women – some good, some bad – all of who […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 84 — Deuteronomy 3-4, Luke 2:25-52

    virtuousgirls1
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Deuteronomy 3 Focus Verse: Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? (24) There is no one like our God. Words fail to describe all that He is and […]
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Update: V.B.S. Crafts

    Crafting The Word Of God
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    This is just a quick update on where I am on the V.B.S. crafts. I am still working hard to finish uploading all the crafts and coloring pages for the three V.B.S. programs. I am about finished uploading all of the coloring and activity pages, I will start uploading the crafts in a week and hope […]
  • The Empty Tomb Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    The Empty Tomb 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 […]
  • He Is Risen Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
    He Is Risen 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 […]
  • Elijah At Horeb- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:32 am
    Elijah At Horeb (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 […]
  • Elijah At Horeb- Coloring Page

    Crafting The Word Of God
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    Elijah At Horeb (Coloring Page) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the […]
 
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    Renewed Daily

  • What Did God Write About Your Life Today?

    Shelly Hendricks
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16). The above verse assures us that each of our days were ordained and recorded before we were even on this earth. That thought amazes me. It’s very comforting to me to know that God isn’t surprised by the things that catch me off guard. Before I was even breathing, God wrote about the moment my breath was taken away by news of rare chronic illness taking over my life. Did He write about my fear? Or how I turned immediately to run to Him? I hope you'll…
  • Locust Here, Locust There, Locust, Locust Everywhere…

    Shelly Hendricks
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Then I will make up to you for the years That the swarming locust has eaten, The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust, My great army which I sent among you.” - Joel 2:25 The years that the swarming locust has eaten. Oh yes. How many for you? It's coming up on 7 for me. Eaten. Consumed. Dare I say it? Pooped out. Yep, feeling those years have been digested and are gone. The creeping locust. He's the sneaky one, right? And creepy. He scares me. He hides in the dark and hops out right at the moment I'm feeling at all secure. His eyes bulge out and he makes that…
  • If Words Matter

    Shelly Hendricks
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught.And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live. - 2 Peter 1:12-13 So there's this script I seem to follow on the harder days. It's not something that I consciously think about; I've been doing it so long that it's habit. And it's a bad one. I've been more and more convicted lately that it's time to replace the self-defeating words I say. Words matter, even the words you say to yourself. Maybe especially those. I can…
  • When Waiting Expectantly Involves Cringing

    Shelly Hendricks
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. - Micah 7:7 Oh, friends lately I've been feeling such anticipation. I think some of it has to do with the fact that we've just moved and have a new beginning. But the greater part of it feels like it's coming from a peaceful, expectant place inside... maybe the Holy Spirit? So I'd say I'm about 75% hopeful and expectant, and about 25% cringing. Do you know what I mean? When you deal with the constant discouragement of disability, you learn to tamper your hope. When you go…
  • Will Illness Separate Us From God If We Allow It?

    Shelly Hendricks
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:31-34). Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or…
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • TV Movie Review: A.D The Bible Continues…

    kristinemac
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Today, I had the opportunity to watch an early screening of A.D. The Bible Continues Episode One, a teleivision miniseries which airs on NBC, Sunday April 5th. A.D. The Bible Continues is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Movie Review: The Drop Box

    kristinemac
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    On Monday, I had the opportunity to see a documentary called The Drop Box. Allow me to share the official synopsis from the movie website: The Drop Box tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hey! God’s Trying to Tell You Something

    kristinemac
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    There have been times in my life when (as I look back) I realize that God is trying to tell me something.  There are those who say such instances are coincidences, self-fulfilling prophecy, or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Freeing the Madman

    kristinemac
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    I have been reading a Christian novel by Tracy Groot called Madman.  I found the book (published in 2007) at the 2014 Breathe Christian Writer's Conference on the bookseller's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Angels, Angels, Angels

    kristinemac
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    My friend (former occultist and now Christian speaker/author) Marcia Montenegro, has been posting warnings on Facebook about the danger of "angel contact/communication".  Human... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    A Constant Grace

  • Wow! Jazz: Amazing Grace by Darwin Noriega

    Matthew Monroe
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I am so glad I found this beauty, a piano player named Darwin Noriega killing it on the piano playing Amazing Grace, jazzing it up.  I am a firm believer that we should create beauty because we are created in the image of God. That includes making great music!  It is very refreshing to see a band in a church that has mastered their talent and can pull off something like this in a church setting.  It is also very refreshing to see a church that accepts creativity at this level go imagination.  I was a professional blues and jazz musician for over 10 years.  This hits home with me.  I…
  • Grace from a Lowly Beginning – Matthew 1:18-25

    Matthew Monroe
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Matthew 1:18-25 v.18 Joseph and Mary were engaged, and became pregnant out-of-wedlock.  The child was of the Holy Ghost, not Joseph, not another man but of God in the form of the Holy Spirit. v.19 Joseph had every right under the Law to give Mary a writ of divorce and of course he thought through the scenario.  Joseph was a man of the law but decided to divorce her without drawing attention and letting Mary keep her honor in the community.  A graceful mindset of which we all need reminding.  The ability to move forward out of conflict quietly, letting the other party…
  • Through the Gospels: Matthew 1:1-17

    Matthew Monroe
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Matthew 1:1-17 “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ” – This begins the account of Jesus’ family line.  In it you will find some of the greatest Men in biblical history.  But first and foremost you will find proof of the line in which it was prophesied that Jesus would come. God promised Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3.  In Genesis 22:18, God told Abraham, “in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you…
  • Too Embarrassed to Ask

    Matthew Monroe
    26 Aug 2013 | 4:10 am
    At least once in a lifetime, unless luck is in good portion, help is required to survive an unfortunate circumstance.  Many in the world have made decisions that have made it difficult to meet the demands of everyday life – credit card debt, termination of employment and so on.  Others have burdens and encounter circumstances that are nearly unbearable and have catastrophic effects on the quality of life.  The latter scenarios offer an easier path to compassion and are easier to ask for and find relief.  On the other hand, the former scenario can lead to embarrassment of the…
  • Thoughts on Dwelling in the Past

    Matthew Monroe
    23 Aug 2013 | 7:41 am
    Dwelling on the past is taking away from God what He is doing for you now. One of the toughest concepts to grasp as a Christian is that the most debilitating sin is fixating your mind on things not reverent to God. This includes something as seemingly benign as dwelling on your past mistakes and sins. Have you ever thought about a moment in your previous years and felt the rush of blood to your face and embarrassment of your actions all over again? I have done so many times. This is not meant to happen. God has forgiven us through the blood of Jesus Christ and those happenings are forgiven…
 
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  • Famous Last Words: Complete

    Karen
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    We always enjoy having guests over to our house. The fresh faces and conversation are a welcome change of pace, and this past weekend was no exception. So, of course, the days before their arrival were filled with preparation and much needed cleaning. In an attempt to spread out the workload, I gave each of […]
  • Famous Last Words: Diligent

    Karen
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    Spring is at the door and here in Atlanta, it has come with wonderfully moderate temperatures. A most welcome change after what seemed to be a particularly cold and dreary winter. But as anyone this far south knows, it won’t be long until oppressive heat envelopes the region in a thick steamy blanket as spring morphs […]
  • Famous Last Words: Abandon

    Karen
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    My God, My God Why have you forsaken Me?  (Matthew 27:46) Anyone who’s ever attended a church service on Good Friday or read the Gospel of Matthew would recognize these anguished words from our Lord as He hung on the cross. But while they may be familiar, they aren’t so easily understood. For most of […]
  • Famous Last Words: Family

    Karen
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    My friend, Michelle, is about to add two new members to her family. No, she’s not having twins. She and her husband are adopting two orphaned children from Haiti. Knowing a little about the complexities of their experience with foreign adoption, I know she would be quick to say that bringing a baby into a […]
  • Famous Last Words: Promise

    Karen
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    A few years ago, the book Heaven is For Real rocketed to the top of the New York Times best seller list, and its popularity peaked last year with the release of a 12 million dollar feature length drama that drew audiences searching for confident assurance that the promise in the title was definitely a […]
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • Hearing God’s Voice {Bible Study}

    Whitney Woollard
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This post is part of our awesome Spiritual Disciplines series. Keep track of the series here and check our e-mail newsletter for all posts. Don’t subscribe? Sign up! I chose to practice the spiritual discipline of Bible study because few things awaken and revive my soul like studying God’s Word. There’s simply nothing like it! As I participated in this discipline for Self Talk the Gospel, I was fascinated afresh with the God revealed in the Bible—the God who spoke creation into existence (Gen. 1), who breathed life into mankind (Gen. 2:7), who pursued humanity after…
  • With a Pure Heart {Giving}

    Darlene Hanson
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This post is part of our awesome Spiritual Disciplines series. Keep track of the series here and check our e-mail newsletter for all posts. Don’t subscribe? Sign up!   Giving. This should be easy. Time. Talent. Treasure. I’ve got this. Or so I thought. A brief search on the meaning of giving reveals the same idea wherever you look: the transfer of something without the expectation of receiving something in return . . . sounds about right and even sounds Biblical. Mother Teresa famously said, “This is the meaning of true love, to give until it hurts.” Sound…
  • Exposing Darkness to Light {Confession}

    Dave Obwald
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This post is part of our awesome Spiritual Disciplines series. Keep track of the series here and check our e-mail newsletter for all posts. Don’t subscribe? Sign up! I can’t write a piece on confession without first being confessional. I have a new life in Christ. He is restoring/recovering me from fear of rejection, people pleasing, and numbing out pain and fear regarding pornography. Oh–and that’s not before I placed my faith in Jesus, or started working in full-time vocational ministry, but after. I woke up this morning praying that the Lord would give me…
  • Living The Ultimate Life {Worship}

    Michele Slayden
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:26 pm
    Editor’s Note: This post is part of our awesome Spiritual Disciplines series. Keep track of the series here and check our e-mail newsletter for all posts. Don’t subscribe? Sign up! I love my morning coffee. I love a beautiful sunrise and the sound my Bible makes as I turn pages. I love a warm sunny day with the sound of ocean waves crashing in the distance. I love great music and dancing like I think I could be the next contestant on any reality TV show. I love laughing with my family and friends until my cheeks hurt and belly aches. And I love deep discussions about God, life, and…
  • The Fight Against Discontentment {Thanksgiving}

    Meghan Alanis
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This post is part of our awesome Spiritual Disciplines series. Keep track of the series here and check our e-mail newsletter for all posts. Don’t subscribe? Sign up!   Living a life of thanksgiving has the power to fight anxiety, worry, depression, ingratitude, and discontentment. I also believe thanksgiving has the power to build your faith, and when your faith is greater than your fear and doubt, what can stop you? To live a life aware of God and all he has given you, even in the hard times, is a place I long to be. Free from bondage with eyes fixed on Him,…
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • What Was Jesus Teaching in the Parables?

    Mel Lawrenz
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    This is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Understand the Bible” series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. For most of us, the parables of Jesus naturally lodge themselves in our memories. The parable of the good Samaritan, for instance, is not only a memorable parable, but it has become embedded in our culture—as in “Good Samaritan laws” that protect people who come to the assistance of others. The parable of the prodigal son—where a…
  • The Ministry of Leading Biblical Worship: An Interview with Jeremy Armstrong

    Jonathan Petersen
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Worship is both a noun (the formal expression of reverence and adoration for God) and a verb (to feel an adoring reverence for God). The Bible tells us to worship God (Psalm 100:2) and to hold his name in highest regard (Exodus 20:7 and Matthew 6:9). It also quotes God saying he wants our worship to be love-inspired (Hosea 6:6) and Spirit-led (John 4:23). So the role of anyone responsible for leading corporate worship services can be seen as vital to the growth of the Christian body. Bible Gateway interviewed Jeremy Armstrong, managing editor of Worship Leader magazine (@WorshipLeader) on the…
  • “If God Loves Me, Why Did I Lose My Job?” A New Devotional for the Unemployed

    Andy Rau
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Are you unemployed? Are you struggling with the emotional toll of that unemployment? If you’re unemployed right now (or know somebody who is), you know that joblessness brings more than just stress about finances. It also brings crippling worry about the future, despair at long and fruitless job searches, and frustration with prayers that aren’t being answered. Does God even care about you? Why would He leave you to wallow in spiritual, emotional, and financial uncertainty? There aren’t easy answers to those questions—but our newest email devotional has some insight…
  • How Should We Understand the Teachings of Jesus?

    Mel Lawrenz
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    This is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Understand the Bible” series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. If someone asked you who your favorite teacher was when you were growing up, chances are someone specific would come to mind. And chances are you still respect that person today not because he or she was a fantastic lecturer, or had a superior knowledge of the subject matter, or had a memorable voice. Our favorite teachers—the ones who…
  • Bible Gateway “Holy Week” Infographic Published in Newsweek

    Jonathan Petersen
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    “Holy Week” is the name given to identify the final days leading to Jesus’ arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection. As Holy Week unfolds, a large cast of characters play out a powerful emotional drama. But the story’s depth makes it somewhat complex. To help you track the people, places, and events of Holy Week day-by-day, Bible Gateway has prepared an infographic that visualizes each of the different strands of the Easter story as they lead to Easter Sunday. (Click the image above for a full-size version. It’s also available in PDF.) Each line in the chart represents a different…
 
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    a Journal of Missional Living

  • Journaling: Healing through Private Words

    Sharon R Hoover
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    Do you journal? If so, have you ever read through your pages of writing? Journaling offers a window into the past and that can instruct our future. Last week I flipped through my 2014 journals. Like glancing over the stern of a boat at the rapids already passed, the meandering paragraphs and doodling entries reminded me … Continue reading Journaling: Healing through Private Words → The post Journaling: Healing through Private Words appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Am I Too Comfortable in this Life?

    Sharon R Hoover
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:36 am
    When I am home, I auto-pilot my way through most daily tasks. Even driving. When I returned from the grocery store yesterday, I barely recalled the drive home. Scary stuff. My mind lapsed into replaying conversations from the day, then making dinner plans, then deciding what to include in a new book proposal. My body, … Continue reading Am I Too Comfortable in this Life? → The post Am I Too Comfortable in this Life? appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • One Thai Day at a Time

    Sharon R Hoover
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    I sit barefoot in a bamboo hut in rural Thailand. My sandals lay at the foot of the six-rung wooden ladder at the home’s entrance. Smoke wafts into this center space of the home as the family prepares dinner. The open fire pit glows off to the right in the kitchen area. Pots and pans … Continue reading One Thai Day at a Time → The post One Thai Day at a Time appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • 48 Hours and an Ocean Away

    Sharon R Hoover
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    I am literally on the other side of the planet from my home. In an amazing opportunity, I’ve joined a small team to come alongside the ministry of Farthest Corners in Thailand. We are here to host several biblical training seminars in rural villages. I am humbled to be a part of this team and … Continue reading 48 Hours and an Ocean Away → The post 48 Hours and an Ocean Away appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Our God is Able

    Sharon R Hoover
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    I am excited to be travelling to southeast asia today to serve with our mission partner, Farthest Corners. So, please welcome my friend and fellow writer, Debbie Harris,  with her beautiful offering of poetry as the new year begins. Our God is able! Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and … Continue reading Our God is Able → The post Our God is Able appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
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    Brad Andres

  • Starve Yourself of Your Sin Because Jesus is Alive

    Brad Andres
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    Jesus Christ is alive. Some of us understand this phrase; others of us sometimes misunderstand the meaning. Jesus is the only person in recorded history who did the following: Predicted His own death Foretold of how He would raise himself back to life after 3 days Died exactly how he declared He would Came back to life exactly how he said He would Didn’t die again – But left earth to live in heaven until He returns to finish His work of restoring peace to the world Since Jesus is returning to the earth to finish His work, we should consider how we live our lives. But why? Why…
  • Does Giving Money to Homeless People Help?

    Brad Andres
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    She came in, shivering, no – convulsing. It was -3 degrees outside. Tears were in her eyes. She obviously needed help. The manager of the local coffee shop offered her free food and a warm cup of coffee. She denied. Her story: She slept in her car all night long. I sat across from her, concern in my eyes and compassion flowing in my heart. Can you tell me what happened?  She talked about how she needed to get out of a bad situation at home, an abusive situation Ok. Well, what can I do to help?  She wanted money for a hotel. She had a friend who could give her a discount at the hotel…
  • God Strengthen Me [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    7 Mar 2015 | 4:12 am
    God, I feel I am strong. I often feel like I have a strong head on my shoulders. I’m confident I am moving in the right directions with your Spirit.  But sometimes, I get so scared. I’m not good enough. I have no idea what I’m doing. You can’t use me, I’m not the right person. I’m not ready. Fear-fed thoughts come pouring into my consciousness: “What if it really happens? What if this really works? What if YOU really show up?” Help me God. Reassure me. Give me more of your Spirit. Give me more of your power. Give me more of your presence. Oh…
  • What Jesus Says About Premarital Sex in the Bible

    Brad Andres
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    Jesus taught something profound, something radical, and something so unfair that it made everyone’s head spin. He said that to lust was to commit adultery. For us, this means watching porn is cheating on your wife. If you haven’t read Men – You Don’t Wanna Do It (Pornography & Adultery), then you should consider doing that now before you continue reading. It leads to this article, but if you want to see one thing Jesus discusses in reference to premarital sex in the Bible, then read on! Just when people thought Jesus couldn’t get any more radical, he tosses a…
  • Tempted Yet Without Sin [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:55 am
    God, Sometimes I feel like I’m all alone. Sometimes I feel like you don’t understand. Like you don’t get what I’m going through. Sometimes I feel like you’re so far off. While I still trust that you care for me, that you love me, I just can’t help but feel abandoned in my moments of temptation. It’s like your presence, power, and strength seem to disappear when these temptations come to overtake me. But you didn’t leave me alone. You sent Jesus. And Jesus gets it. He went through the temptations. Some of which, I’ll never have to face. His…
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    Steve Bremner

  • Encounters With Jesus | Book Review

    Steve Bremner
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    The following post is an expanded version of of my Amazon review of the book Encounters with Jesus: Forty Days In The Life Of Jesus Through The Eyes of Those He Touched by Benjamin Nelson I’ve been acquainted with Benjamin online for a while now. He’s always been an encourager and champion of my books and podcast, so when he contacted me asking if I’d be willing to look at his book, I couldn’t resist, as I felt it was the least I could do to show some appreciation for him. You may think this is a flagrant contradiction to my previous post on doing review swaps with…
  • Should Creflo Dollar Have His Expensive Private Jet? | Podcast

    Steve Bremner
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    This week I recorded a spontaneous time of sharing my heart with you guys. Since the internet is all abuzz with the fact Creflo Dollar asked the body of Christ to help him buy a $65 million private jet for his ministry, I have mixed reaction. Since this was the type of thing that would take me way too long to sit down and write, and I don’t have the time, I figured a podcast would be the best way to do that. So why does this missionary in a third world country think people need to leave Creflo alone? Or at least examine ourselves as to why we’re irked about his request? Listen and…
  • Why I refuse to do “review swaps” with other indie authors

    Steve Bremner
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:22 pm
    For those who don’t know, when you self-publish a book, you get approached by a lot of other self-published authors who offer to scratch your back if you’ll scratch theirs by reading and reviewing each other’s books. Especially if you’re in any publishing or writing groups on Facebook or Google+, but especially Facebook for some reason. Or maybe you’re reading this and you’re the one who approaches other authors to do review swaps. Sounds like a harmless way of getting reviews for your book when you’re hardly yet known, right? Here’s the thing: if…
  • The Mr Miyagi School of Supernatural Rest | Podcast

    Steve Bremner
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:37 pm
      This week we had Jeremy Mangerchine back on the podcast, and we discussed his newest book, The Quitter’s Manual: Finding Rest in a World Gone Busy. The last time I talked with Jeremy on the podcast we discussed hearing the voice of God and tapping into the member of the Trinity who lives within us. This week we go further and talk about “tapping into rest”, and having the peace that surpasses understanding and tapping into the source of divine power (Jesus Christ). It’s all about discovering rest and abiding in The Vine! Visit our guest’s website…
  • When Is It OK To Oppose Church Leadership?

    Steve Bremner
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    “Never have I seen a nation so honoring and proud of the role of President and yet so dishonoring and undermining of the President himself as the United States.” That is how Anna Burgess’s most recent blog post began in which she proceeded to talk about how we should respond to leaders we disagree with. Her post was not particularly about the POTUS, but that’s how it began and she goes on to share her personal experiences under church leadership as well as things she’s been confronted with as a leader in her own life and ministry in recent years since. Full…
 
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  • Mar 26, Permanent healing of my daughter

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Dear Lord God, Please grant permanent healing to my daughter Alowina - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In her daily life, please make
  • Mar 26, lord I accept you will

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Dear father you are a merciful god and I know you hear every prayer that I call out to you every name and situation that may have burdens I call on your
  • Mar 26, Get rid of the debts

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Dear lord God Jesus please forgive my sins and the mistake and misbehaviours that I have done in my life . Please God help me with prosperity by all means
  • Mar 26, Prayer for a miracle ,hope, health,job and my children,friends .

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Thank you lord it's been a long time and I ask that you forgive me lord if my life and situations of my life change. I know it came from you. Lord bless
  • Mar 26, Prayer to get a job

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Lord, please help me to get a full time permanent job that will suit my husband's hours of work for us to look after my daughter at the same time. Please
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    gatewaynews.co.za

  • When freedom of religion is not so free after all

    Adv Nadene Badenhorst
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:26 am
    PHOTO: Great-images Free to believe but not free to act! In South Africa, as around the Western world, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Christians to live out their faith.  Sure, you can have religious convictions and beliefs — as long as you don’t act on them! This is the message of LGBTI activists to Christian business owners and, as a well-known evangelical church in Johannesburg recently learnt, now even to churches who rent out their facilities to the public.  According to the online news article wherein the story was first reported, the particular church advertised…
  • Chinese pastor jailed for protesting church cross removal

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:20 am
    The Chinese authorities have bulldozed a number of churches in what has been seen as a crackdown on Christianity. (PHOTO: China Aid). Originally published in Christian Today A Chinese pastor has been sentenced to a year in prison for his involvement in a protest against the removal of a cross from a church in Zhejiang province. Huang Yizi, who leads Fengwo Church in Wenzhou, was sentenced by the People’s Court in Pingyang County on Tuesday. His lawyer said he would launch an appeal.  Pastor Huang was first arrested on 2 August 2014, just over a week after an attack on Wenzhou’s…
  • Judge tells preacher: Don’t use that part of the Bible

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    Michael Overd was fined £200 and ordered to pay £1,200 costs. Originally published in The Christian Institute A street preacher has been told by a judge which Bible verse he should have used when discussing homosexuality, as he was convicted of a public order offence at Bristol Crown Court. Michael Overd was represented by the Christian Legal Centre. It said the freedom to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in a loving way should be ‘defended to the hilt’. The National Secular Society has also spoken out about the case, raising concerns about free speech being curbed. FinedOverd, who…
  • Will removal of statue solve the problem?

    Afrika Mhlophe
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:37 pm
    So the Cecil John Rhodes statue at the University of Cape Town (UCT) will soon be relegated to some rubbish heap somewhere. Hooray, but wait what happens after that? Well that depends on what side of the debate you are on. There are those who think we should not waste our time revisiting what happened in the past but that we should focus on building for the future. Now builders would tell you that the integrity of whatever you are building is determined by the foundation it is built upon. It is an undeniable fact that South Africa is built upon a solid foundation of racial prejudice and…
  • Over 100 Christians arrested in Pakistan for riots and killing church suicide bombing suspects

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    People from the Christian community attend a protest to condemn suicide bombings which took place outside two churches in Lahore, March 16, 2015. Suicide bombings outside two churches in Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 others during services on Sunday in attacks claimed by a faction of the Pakistani Taliban. (PHOTO: Reuters/Moshin Raza) Originally published in The Christian Post Over 100 Christians have been arrested for the riots in Pakistan last week following a Taliban suicide attack on two churches that killed 17 people. Police forces have been arresting people who were part…
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    I Love Devotionals

  • To the ones who struggle to cope with death

    Wendy van Eyck
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
    Look at the myriad of stars and constellations above you.Who set them to burning, each in its place?Who knows those countless lights each by name?They obediently shine, each in its place,because God has the great strength and strong power to make it so. Isaiah 40:26 (VOICE)Friends of mine have three little children. The oldest, Ethan, is six. He wants to be a pizza delivery man when he grows up and marry his childhood friend, Isabella. Four year old, Emma vacuums up spiders, dances in tiny ballet shoes and is one of the most beautiful little girls I know. Caleb is the type of guy…
  • 7 bible verses to comfort you in tough times

    Wendy van Eyck
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:23 am
    This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. Psalm 119:50 (ESV)Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room.A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life... and her family waited. Six days turned into eight weeks. Helo awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn't feel half of her face, couldn't hear from one ear, and could not speak. While intubated in the ICU with a breathing tube, Helo…
  • One thing to do when you wish you were happier

    Wendy van Eyck
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (MSG)I let my fingers find my husbands as we walked along the pier. We spoke about contentment. We talked about what it meant to us. We wondered at friends of ours who keep moving cities but never seem happy no matter what their address says. We mused about whether they are discontent because of their inner selves rather than their…
  • When you need God to show you he cares

    Wendy van Eyck
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    “Do you think you can explain the mystery of God?    Do you think you can diagram God Almighty?God is far higher than you can imagine,    far deeper than you can comprehend,Stretching farther than earth’s horizons,    far wider than the endless ocean. Job 11:7-9 (MSG)He met God on a beach in Cape Town. Homeless, Gavin found himself digging his feet into the sand, while his hands fingered the only possession he owned: a crack pipe. He had the clothes on his back and this one crack pipe. At 27, he had been a crack addict…
  • When you need to take a breath and find God’s grace (again)

    Wendy van Eyck
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:57 am
    After you have suffered for a little while, the God of grace who has called you [to His everlasting presence] through Jesus the Anointed will restore you, support you, strengthen you, and ground you. 1 Peter 5:10 (VOICE)Some things in life feel like they will never end. And then one day they do. We’ve been renovating our house for four months. Since we moved in two weeks ago there must have been about 80 different people coming through knocking this into a wall, or fixing this cabinet here. It’s been exhausting and my husband and I keep looking at each other and saying,…
 
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    Intersections4Life

  • What’s At The Next Intersection?

    Steve Becker
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    This year starts a new chapter in the Intersections4Life story.  We have come a long way and it is time to transform and shake things up again. Before I announce the news, I want to let all of you who read our posts just how honored we are that we have the opportunity to be a part of your lives and impact you with the things God puts on our hearts to share with you through this blog. Now, on to the big news. Intersections4Life is taking the next step in our ministry.  We are becoming more than a blog.  The process has started to incorporate and operate as an official Non-Profit…
  • The Long Road Home.

    Sandy Baggs
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    My husband Stacy and I celebrated 3 years of marriage this past 19th of March. He is 51 and I am 48 years of age, and yes, we had been married before, of course, at our ages. I had relocated to Oklahoma from California in the summer of 2009, and in the summer of 2012 I moved to Wyoming to be with my new husband, with the plan in both our minds to return to Oklahoma as soon as possible to be near our families. “It was only temporary.” Well, “temporary” turned into what I better describe as “terminal,” and I saw no way for us to get home. But I kept praying and so did others. We…
  • A Love Manifesto

    Charles Crutcher
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    Can you hear the world groaning? Cops are getting killed, racism is still prevalent, and lines are being drawn in the sand. Terrorists are commanding armies, and people are hurting one another. What is wrong with the world?   The Bible tells us the problem is sin. I believe it. But there is something else that feels wrong to me. To be honest, I have felt it for years. The world has a love deficiency.  Think about that for a moment. Have you ever been hurt by another, or maybe you had a relationship with someone that didn’t work out because the other person took advantage of…
  • Missing – Our War

    Steve Becker
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    We look around today and see all these conflicts happening.  We have criminals everywhere and they are getting more publicity every day, it seems.  There is the war on drugs and the war on terrorism.  There seems to be a war for everything. And yet the one war that should be at the top of our list is often overlooked.  This is the war for our souls. As Christ followers we are called to turn from the ways of the world and toward God.  This sounds a lot easier than it is.  Our churches make every attempt to share with us what the Bible says about this subject and that subject, but what is…
  • Missing – Domestic Abuse

    Steve Becker
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    This week I am starting a series of posts called Missing. We will address things that are very prevalent in today’s world, but are likely not being addressed on Sunday mornings. Please note that being a man, I can only present this from my viewpoint.  I constantly work to be neutral on topics, but I am just not wired the same as women, and vice versa. The first topic I want to tackle is domestic abuse. This is something that I have a sense of familiarity with on many levels. Something that is a part of many peoples lives and they may not realize it. There are so many aspects to this…
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    Teshuva

  • The Mirror Is For Your Good.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    Can we truly survive and thrive without a mirror? Of course we can! But speaking in terms of checking our looks, women especially find it difficult to leave the house without looking in the mirror... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Three Purposes Of Marriage.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:43 am
    Myles Munroe rightly said that when the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable. Some couples knew what marriage was for and about before they got married, if you belong here, this would... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • He Wants To Die.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    It was early evening, between five and six, when His call came through; he said he had been asked to see us by a family friend in another state who he had talked with him. He said he needed to talk... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Marriage, Motives, And Methods.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    In marriage, couples must learn to make their motives and methods transmit their desired messages to each other. I discovered that many times motives are pure, sincere and good, but the method of... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • My Jeans And My God.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    I was in my early teen years, still innocent, trusting and unassuming.  There was in our neighbourhood a lady who had become like a family friend and has gained trust in our home. She was a very... Please click on title to READ ALL.
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    Happy Easter 2015, Easter Wishes Messages

  • Happy Easter Wallpapers 2015 - Easter HD Wallpapers

    Deljo Joseph
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Here is some glorious happy easter wallpapers of Jesus, related with Easter.These HD Easter wallpapers are here with out loosing the essence of spirituality.  I hope sharing these pictures will bring you divine caring. For sure the wallpapers will be attractive in your facebook too.  Rather than just words, these kind of clean pictures will curve more impression on the viewer.You might love: Funny Easter Pictures 2015Happy Easter HD Wallpapers, Free Easter Wallpapers, Blessed Easter Wallpaper 2015Easter Tomb Wallpapers, Empty Easter Tomb WallpaperHappy Easter Cross…
  • Happy Easter Messages 2015, Easter Text Messages Wishes

    Deljo Joseph
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    Happy Easter Messages - Easter Wishes MessagesSkip to: Easter Bunny Wallpapers 2015 | Easter Egg Photos 2015Easter, the day of glory which reminds the resurrection of Christ is also a day of refreshing relations.  It is a good opportunity to talk to someone you haven't contact for long, or with some relatives or friends who are away. Similarly it is a good reason to begin a relationship with somebody you really wish to.  Yah, that is what I mean.  Even after the appearance of Facebook, Twitter or Whatsapp, SMS /…
  • Funny Easter Pictures, Easter Funny Pics 2015

    Deljo Joseph
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:22 am
    Yes, here I have gathered some Easter funny pics for you.These are all just for fun, I think this will be good for sharing in Facebook and Whatsapp.  What you can see here is natural rare collection of funny Easter pictures.See the Easter bunny is in a hurry for the Easter is getting closer:Easter bunny is our Easter Buddy who greets you Easter wishes for the first time, so,On behalf of Easter Bunny, I too am greeting all the best thoughts and wishes of Easter to you, Yes especially for you You.Population is increasing every day all around the world, so, somebody has reserved so many…
  • Easter Recipes 2015, Easter Dishes

    Deljo Joseph
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    Without special drinks (Cool and Hot) and food, Easter is incomplete.The presence of deliciousness is a real decoration for Easter. Invite your friends, relatives, girl friend, boy friend or teachers, to home, and serving them some Easter dishes is going to be great. Being good in preparing dishes & drinks is a real honor, whether you are a girl or boy.Skip to: Making Easter EggsJust imagine you inviting someone special, or your friends, to home these days. If you could prepare something in a simple way, but interesting like, you have never done before. It will be awesome. Me by adding…
  • Easter Bunny Pictures 2015 Collection HD Free Download

    Deljo Joseph
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:43 am
    Easter Bunny Pictures - Easter Bunny HD Pics CollectionSkip to: Easter Cards 2015Hey friend, here I’m providing you the best pictures of Easter bunny, I’m sure that you won’t get it so easily even you go to somewhere around web. Well I’m not adding text on the picture because, you may use that picture for various acts like, using it for projects, print and past in your walls, sharing in facebook, sending to friends, send on whatsapp, and many other works depends on your creativity. I am sure that these will be perfect for your desktop background.Skip to:  Funny Easter Pictures…
 
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  • 5 Ways to Remember the Gospel

    Abby
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever had a moment or a weekend conference that made God's grace so clear to you? A time where you walked away with an unmatched excitement about God, a spiritual high?How long did you feel that energy? Spiritual highs are great, they are times when we feel closest to God, but like any high, they don't last.I wish I could say that I wake up every morning gung-ho for Jesus, but honestly before having at least a cup of coffee I'm not gung-ho about anything.How can we make those spiritual highs last? How can we prolong the experience?I think Jerry Bridges says it best in…
  • Back From the Dead

    Elaine
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    We are dead.  Spiritually dead.  There is no doubt about it.  This consequence of sin is promised by God, inherited through Adam, and earned by each one of us.  The Bible is clear about our fate.  We are spiritually dead and destined for hell.  To think of ourselves as already dead is a harsh reality – quite morbid, actually.  I am going to be very blunt for a moment:  Think of all that is associated with being physically dead.  Nothing works anymore.  You are no longer functioning.  But it gets worse.  When you are dead, you begin…
  • Oh Sweet Grace!

    Megan
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Ephesians 2 : 4-5But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…But God…Do you truly believe you are blessed? Whether you believe it or not, you are! You have received such rich mercy and grace from your Father.Mercy: compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm. Mercy is the act of God withholding the punishment we deserve, due to our atrocious sins and rebellion against Him. It is the deliverance from God’s wrath at final…
  • He Doesn't Need Me

    Erin
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    “Erin, God doesn’t need you.” That is an infamous line that my mother has used to bring me back to reality many times. How true that is! There are over 7 billion people on earth… 7 billion! I am quite sure my simple mind cannot even begin to grasp the magnitude of that number, but I think it is safe to say that there are plenty of people for God to use to accomplish his purposes and good works. “God’s work is not man working for God; it is God’s own work, though often wrought through man’s hands.” — J. Hudson Taylor So, allow me rephrase…
  • Sweepin' Our Sins Away

    Christina
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Imagine you have a kid. Say, four years old or so. There is a room full of dust bunnies, and you hand her a dust mop with strict instructions that you want every last dust bunny taken care of. (And we all know how fast those suckers multiply!)You leave the room, and poor Cinderella goes to work, pushing the dust mop around. Maybe she hums while she pushes, maybe she stops to look at her shadow on the wall, maybe she puts the mop down altogether to try to build a doll out of the dust bunnies. She knows what “Clean this room!” means, but just how long are you going to wait for her to really…
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  • Life-Mulligans

    Michael Thompson
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    I love do-overs. Whether in games, relationships or life, I delight in second chances–an occasion to redeem myself. There is hardly any sense of relief as good as when I mess up my lines but get to rewind the footage and film take two. In golf we call them Mulligans. For non-golfers, a Mulligan is when a hacker like me takes a second shot because the first one stunk so bad…and my score is no worse because of it. In other words, the first shot didn’t count. Yes, I know Mulligans aren’t legal. But then, I’m not quitting my day job for the PGA tour either. But no…
  • Ordinary Idols

    Michael Thompson
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Wait…what!? That was my reaction as I read the words. Once in a while Eugene Peterson paraphrases a line in the Bible and catches its meaning in a startling, even painful way. This was one of those times. In a culture that likes to think of itself as progressive and informed, the idea postulated in the phrase seems both archaic and arcane. We are advanced, cultured, refined and intelligent. So what was the phrase that startled the breath out of me? “Casual idolatry is lethal.” (Psalm 119:118b MSG) My first response was…Idolatry!? Oh come on! We do not carve little…
  • Our Daily Bread

    Michael Thompson
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Warning: having children who are healthy, green, fit and organic will take all the fun out of junk food. Nothing will ruin a good fast food binge like learning what is actually in the crap I just consumed. It seems my young ‘uns are committed to having me around for a while so they take great pleasure in unfolding in great detail the artery-clogging, gut-expanding effects of my favorite indulgences. Even my grand-kids get in on the act. Angelina, our oldest granddaughter, caught me eating some chicken strips and asked “Grandpa, do you want to know what they do to those…
  • The Grind

    Michael Thompson
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sophia, #2 of our 3 Granddaughters, was just post-toddler when she discovered PawPaw’s famous horsey rides. Now this was no normal knee-bouncing pony ride. It was epic–legendary among her older cousins. I bounced her wildly on my knee, her blonde locks flying everywhere as if she had mounted a fleeting steed. Then, at just the right moment, I would kick my foot straight out so she would free fall nearly to the floor, when my leg would pop up just in time to catch her and bring her back to proper riding position. She was Guinevere galloping side-by-side with Arthur and the…
  • Just Like Me!

    Michael Thompson
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:57 am
    The only thing better than a new baby around the house is… TWO! That pleasure is amplified when they are grand-babies! That is the happy predicament in which my wife and I find ourselves. Two new grandbabies invading our lives only a few months apart and each planting their own flag of conquest in our hearts. We feel a bit sorry for our Facebook friends. A few days ago, as much of our “gang” came home to visit their elderly Granny, these two little cousins–just now old enough to be aware–discovered each other. Isabella, meet Silas. Silas, Isabella. Lying on the…
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  • Repent more

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    I am struck by how infrequently the Church confesses its sins. I am talking to myself here, too. It is easy to confess pride, selfishness, laziness, because these are the kind of sins that make everyone else nod and say, “Me too.” We are not going out on a limb confessing these things. But how often do we confess gossip and jealousy, anxiety and ungratefulness? How often do we confess our sins of bad language, bad thoughts, bad desires? Too often, our hypocrisy goes unrecognized, our judging ways get overlooked with the words, “Well, it’s true!”, and our dirty earthliness gets…
  • What you should know about the brief wondrous career of Aaron Schock

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Seven years ago, Aaron Schock was positively chipper. At 27 years old, he was the youngest representative elected to Congress — and the first congressman born in the 1980s. He wore pastel ties and overused the word “like.” He facebooked. The wunderkind looked and sounded Millennial. In a 2012 interview with GQ, which loved him not for his politics but for his suavity and his abs — pictures of a shirtless Kid Schock circulated widely — he was asked what the GOP had to do to get ahead. “The party needs to modernize, not moderate,” said Schock. “While we can’t…
  • You can’t fix it

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    It must be one of the worst feelings in the world to watch from the street as a building burns, or to watch from the shore as a ship sinks. You think, If only I could throw enough water on it. Or, If only I could swim fast enough. But no fire extinguisher or life raft you have will do the job. The same is true in other parts of life. There are some habits you just can’t break on your own. There are some relationships you just can’t save. At least not now. At least not in this way. It’s a terrible feeling. All this helplessness. You might respond by overthinking or people-pleasing or…
  • The Church stays relevant not by CONFORMING, but by REFORMING

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Rob Bell was only pointing out what so many think is obvious in remarks that have caused Christians of all stripes to hurry to their ramparts. He offered his opinion on the Church’s “inevitable” about face on homosexuality. Then he said something about the Church getting more irrelevant if it keeps quoting letters written 2,000 years ago. Lots could be said (and has been said) in response. The thing that got me thinking the most, however, isn’t what he says about homosexuality or the Bible; it’s the word relevance. At first we may be tempted to say the Church…
  • Leave the ashes on

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    There’s still ash on the back of my hand. The sign of the cross smells like campfire. For some reason it feels weird that Ash Wednesday reminds me of hotdogs and marshmallows and Tonka pies. Less weird that it reminds me of kids singing praise songs around a bonfire at summer camp in Michigan. It’s a very visible sign, ashes. But it’s doing something to the other senses too. Feels chalky. Looks birch-y. Smells ashy. Tastes — — no, not really. Religion is a sensory experience as much as it is a spiritual one. Bread and wine and church chairs. Singing and trembling…
 
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    Sermon Notes by Silas

  • The Proof of the Orange

    Silas Eke
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    Once an atheist said; “If any man can prove to me that there is God, I shall believe in Him. But I am sure that there is none, and if there is, there is no proof, conclusive scientific proof, to show that He exists.” Everywhere was quiet and it looked that his bluff was not going to be challenged until an old man came out with an unpeeled orange in his hand.Before the audience and under the watchful eyes of the challenger, the old man peeled the orange and proceeded to eat the orange without saying one word.When he finished eating the orange he turned to the atheist and said: “Tell…
  • Prepared for Change

    Silas Eke
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    First Kings 17:7-10“And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup that I may drink.”A while ago we considered the drying up of the Brook Cherith on which Prophet Elijah…
  • Short Stories: Thank God for Mothers

    Silas Eke
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    I like my Mother's Translation the bestFour clergymen were discussing the various translations of the Bible. One liked the King James Version because of its beautiful English. Another, the Revised Version of 1881 because of its literal and accurate translation of the original Hebrew and Greek. The third likes the James Moffatt translation for its up to date vocabulary. The fourth was silent. When asked to express his opinion he replied, ‘I like my mother’s translation best’. The others were surprised. ‘I didn’t know your mother translated the Bible’ one said. ‘Oh yes’ came the…
  • A man named Achan

    Silas Eke
    7 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Reading: Joshua 7:1-26In the records of God’s people under the leadership of Field Marshal Joshua, God did mighty things and the people of Israel had great conquests. One day, the most unusual thing happened: not just opposition or resistance, but defeat from unexpected quarters. In Joshua 6, Jericho has just been conquered, a great victory for God and His people that day. BUT as Jericho was being conquered, an undisciplined soldier, a man named Achan,  was busy falling to his covetousness and taking forbidden spoil. And because of this, God turned His back on the people. This is…
  • Learning Discipline from the Soldier, the Athlete and the Farmer

    Silas Eke
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Reading: Second Timothy 2:1-19There was a time when the then Nigerian Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo,  made so much call for discipline that it became a house-hold word. Many people tried to refer to their Dictionaries to find out if the word had acquired a new meaning. I did too!. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary says among other things: System of rules for conduct; control exercised over members of Church; chastisement (Ecclesiastical); mortification by penance; (were Paul to define discipline I feel convinced that he would have taken this last one for his…
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    Your Bible Quotes

  • Rejecting the Bible and Implications It May Have

    Robert
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Rejecting the Bible Rejecting the Bible and refusing to believe in either God or the Bible is setting oneself up for condemnation on the Day of the Lord when Christ returns. 9-12 The Anarchist’s coming is all Satan’s work. All his power and signs and miracles are fake, evil sleight of hand that plays to the […] The post Rejecting the Bible and Implications It May Have appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • How the Bible was Canonized

    Robert
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    How the Bible was Canonized A canon is: a general law, rule, principle, or criterion by which something is judged. a collection or list of sacred books accepted as genuine. Scripture was written over a period of hundreds of years by shepherds and poets and kings.  The Bible authors include more than 40 people, and […] The post How the Bible was Canonized appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • Sometimes the Bible is Confusing

    Robert
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Sometimes The Bible Is Confusing Sometimes the Bible is confusing.  Oh, we might not want to admit it, but it is often not clear what God is trying to say through the text.  There are reasons, of course.  Since the Bible is a living document, meanings change to speak to you at different times and […] The post Sometimes the Bible is Confusing appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • The Bible is a Love Story

    Robert
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    The Bible is a Love Story The Bible is a love story of God’s love for creation.  “In the beginning, He created…and He saw it was good.”  Genesis But He loved the frailest of all creatures the most, as you would love the weaker child more.  Compassion for weakness makes love stronger; the bravery of […] The post The Bible is a Love Story appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • The Bible Is Alive and Here Is Proof

    Robert
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    The Bible is Alive The Word of God is alive and powerful, able to change, comfort, bless, encourage, teach, rebuke, convict, calm, and speak to every person who looks into its pages with an open mind, a willing spirit, and a sincere desire to know, learn, grow, and be changed into the image of God, […] The post The Bible Is Alive and Here Is Proof appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • A Man Gave A Homeless Guy A Pair Of Shoes And His Reaction Is Priceless

    Get Better Today
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    We’re sick of the negativity on the popular news channels. Our country is filled with great people, yet the media never talks about them. That’s why we thought you’d love these photos that were originally posted on Reddit.  Although we’re not entirely sure where the photos are taken from, they’ll definitely restore your hope in humanity. The man below buys a homeless stranger a pair of shoes and his reaction will bring tears to your eyes.   The post A Man Gave A Homeless Guy A Pair Of Shoes And His Reaction Is Priceless appeared first on…
  • What If Walt Disney Listened To His Doubters?

    Get Better Today
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Walt Disney World is widely known as greatest place on earth.  But ask yourself this… What if Walt Disney, the founder of the popular amusement park, had listened to his doubters? Let’s be thankful he didn’t. The post What If Walt Disney Listened To His Doubters? appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • 5’7″ Kid Spends 6 Months Trying To Dunk And Finally Does It!

    Get Better Today
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Have you ever dreamed about dunking a basketball? If so, we have great news!  According to a 5’7″ kid named Malte, you may be able to dunk if you’re willing to put in the hard work. Through a 6-month time period, he filmed his dunk attempts and you can see the progress. Disclaimer:  We don’t think following his plan will guarantee you can dunk.  Part of it is God-given ability.  Did Malte work hard and achieve his goal?  Yes and it worked. But I can train all day and never run the 100-meter dash in the Olympics. It’s still an awesome video and inspiring…
  • Dean Smith Quotes About Life, Leadership & Basketball

    Get Better Today
    8 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Dean Smith Quotes   “If you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.”   (Click To Tweet)   “I always mean what I say, but I don’t always say what I’m thinking.”   (Click To Tweet)   “Basketball is a team game. But that doesn’t mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.”   (Click To Tweet)   The best leaders in any profession care about the people they lead, and the people who are being led know when the caring is…
  • I’m Tired Of Underestimating God

    Michael Fear
    7 Feb 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Can I tell you a secret? But before I tell you, you have to promise to share it with someone else. Let me repeat… I think you should share my secret with everyone you know. Ready to hear it? Ok… I underestimate God. And I think you do too.   This past week… I was driving home from work and thanking God for His goodness. In other words, I’m always a grateful, content, mighty prayer warrior. Just kidding. I’m not even close. In all actuality, my prayer went something like this… “Thank You for everything You’ve done for me.  You have been…
 
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • How do I stay Motivated?

    Matt Hylton
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:35 am
    People ask me all types of questions but one that’s asked the most is, how do I stay so motivated? They see me being diligent to get up and head to gym or the aquatic center 5-6 days a week. I am seen having my shaker bottle of water with me everywhere I go.  I would love to tell you I have perfect nutrition and that my workouts are flawless. I would love to tell you I never get tired of working out, but this would be a lie. I don’t have perfect nutrition. YES, it’s better than it was over two year ago. My workouts may not be flawlessly executed, meaning I don’t always giving…
  • Netflix, Facebook and Time: Making time for what Matters

    Julie Wilson
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    It’s funny how we make time for the things we want, while continuously pushing things we need to do to the side. This occurred to me this week when I realized at the end of one day this week, I had forgotten to drink any water all day long. I was so busy, and I had “forgotten” to drink my water. I made time to heat up the cherry Danish that was sitting in the school office, though!  I didn’t just grab it, but I took the time to put it in the microwave so that it was the perfect temperature!  I shake my head thinking about this, but it’s true! I Don’t Have Time We make time…
  • Busting the Bucket List

    Matt Hylton
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Forget the Bucket List, That list of things you want to do or accomplish before you die should be forgotten.yeah, it was a great movie!! Well, at least a good movie with a great message, but I say No!! No to having a bucket list because since January 5, 2012; Jesus has touched my life and brought change, transformation, and NEW Life. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” John 14:6. The Old Versus the New I recently had this discussion with a friend about how with my new life, I want to do things. I want my life to be active, full, vibrant, meaningful with no regrets. I want…
  • 3 Steps to Overcoming Excuses

    Austin Andrews
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:40 am
    Learning to Overcome Excuses! A while back, I had the opportunity to share my story with a small school out in Camarillo! The students were incredibly respectful, very attentive, very much focused on what I had to say and I had an incredible time. Part of what I love is getting to meet people at different places! People are nice, but while the faces and names might be different, people in most places are the same. They act the same, they fear the same, they respond the same- people, everywhere I’ve gone, have the same fears and struggles. People need help Overcoming Excuses! I met one…
  • I found 1,000 Calories a Day that I Wasn’t Tracking

    Julie Wilson
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    I was kind of hesitant to share this with anyone. I decided it would be more beneficial in helping someone else on their own journey, than to just keep it to myself. If I was doing this after losing a significant amount of weight, working with Retro Fit Ministries ,and being best friends with a personal trainer; then others have to be doing the same thing.   Frustration on the Scale I have been so frustrated with my health journey the past few months. I know I have posted since my marathon that I was starting over a few times. I have done so well with my water intake, consistent workouts…
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    United Faith Church

  • Eyes to see

    Kris Burke
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Matthew 16:15-17 “But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. UFC, Lately, God has been showing me how so many walk in this world blinded to the truth. They are blinded to the state of their lives, blinded to their sin and blinded from seeing the Lord Jesus Christ for who He is. Jesus Christ had the same problem while He was walking this earth. Many people…
  • Light in the Dark

    Kris Burke
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Psalm 112:4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. UFC, Ever walk in a place that just seems dark? Maybe its your jobs or your schools but when you are there you feel as though you are surrounded by the ways of the world and there is an absence of light. We, as Christians, are supposed to be carriers of the light of Jesus Christ, light in the dark.   That light is supposed to shine from our hearts where ever we go. We are meant to bring light to the hopeless and desolate places. As you are at your jobs today, the light of…
  • Fruit of the Gospel

    Kris Burke
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Colossians 1:6 In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. UFC, Paul and the Apostles worked diligently in the gospel and got to see just the beginnings of the fruit of their labor. They were witnesses to the gospel beginning to spread and multiply throughout the land. Even today, we have had the opportunity to hear this gospel because of the seeds that Paul laid during this time long ago. Today, we need to ask ourselves how we are seeing the fruit of…
  • Confidence

    Kris Burke
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    Galatians 1:3-5 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. UFC, In our reading last week, I was struck by the opening lines that Paul wrote to the church in Galatia. Many theologians believe this letter to be the first letter that Paul wrote. He opens by saying, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. To me it sounds as Paul was speaking on behalf of Jesus Christ. Paul knew…
  • Praise the Lord

    Kris Burke
    13 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Psalm 150 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. UFC, We are in a season of praise with God. As you are at work, at home, in the supermarket or at school continually lift up praises to our King! Never let…
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  • “Who Is God?” :: 6 Ways to Answer the Question

    Brian Niece
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “Who Is God?” :: 6 Ways to Answer the Question There is so much about life and faith that we think we know. With each passing day, I’m recognizing how very little I have an actual handle on. Do you ever find yourself groping for words when you try to address the question “Who is God”? Let’s be real: many of us would rather not have to be bothered with answering this question. And yet, we need to be able to articulate what we think we know. For Jesus-followers, describing the person of God is our foundational understanding. If we cannot find ways to talk…
  • God’s Love for “Others”

    Brian Niece
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    God’s Love for “Others” In this season of Lent, approaching the remembrance of Christ’s cross event, I’ve been reading The Gospel of John. It will rock your world, if you’ll let it! John paints the cross as a scandal that cannot be endured. And yet in this scandal of the cross we discover Christ’s glory: the revelation of God’s ethic and standard of what it means to be a disciple. We also discover what God’s love for others looks like. It’s a hard pill for me to swallow. Why does Jesus disown himself to the point of death? Why would any who follow…
  • The Prayer of Examen

    Brian Niece
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    The Prayer of Examen The Prayer of Examen was formally introduced by St. Ignatius of Loyola in the 1500s. ex·a·men (iɡˈzāmən) noun “a formal examination of the soul or conscience” Last week in my faith community, we practiced a version of this prayer. It is a simple but very effective daily practice that can be used focus on God’s presence in our lives. Become More Aware of God’s Presence The prayer of examen is a review of the last 24 hours. So if you engage in this exercise at night, you are essentially reviewing the day. As you move through the prayer, you…
  • Living Like God’s Kingdom Is Here Now

    Brian Niece
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    Living Like God’s Kingdom Is Here Now What if we lived like the God’s kingdom was already breaking into this world? I’ve spent the last few weeks exploring the details of The Lord’s Prayer. Imagine if we actually lived like our prayer “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” were already being answered in a multitude of ways? via // http://stevehackman.net God’s Kingdom Is Like … Jesus tells a story in the first part of Matthew 25 that illustrates what God’s kingdom is like: “Then those who were ready…
  • Toward Unity :: A Follow-Up

    Brian Niece
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Toward Unity :: A Follow-Up This is a follow up to my recent post “Not About People :: A Brief Theology of Worship.” It speaks more toward unity than worship. via // http://fanpop.com Opening Statements I’m a communicator. I’m a pastor, preacher, and writer. I value the gifts of communication God has granted me. I’m also a prophet. I’m a renovator, changer, and agitator. I do not take lightly this role God has given me. What humbles me most is when my communication is not clear, and, at the same time, my prophetic voice has unnecessarily hurt people. So…
 
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    The Cross-Current

  • Who was St. Patrick?

    Cross-Current
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Happy St. Patty’s Day! I have to admit that, next to Easter and Christmas, my favorite holiday is St. Patrick’s Day. I love St. Patrick’s Day! The way my wife gets excited about Valentine’s Day (which is more than you … Continue reading →
  • What is Your View of God?

    Cross-Current
    15 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    What do you think about God?… some random thoughts on my views: I believe in one God, who exists eternally in triune nature. That is to say, there is one God, yet He exists in three persons – Father, Son, … Continue reading →
  • Paul’s Epistle to the Romans

    Cross-Current
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    The following is a very brief digest/outline of the book of Romans. The goal is to provide a condensed summary of the book–a cursory introduction to get started in personal study.   The Epistle of Righteousness In the epistle to … Continue reading →
  • The Festival of Purim and the Providence of God

    Cross-Current
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    I am a couple of days late in sharing this, but I thought I would share these thoughts from my professor, Dr. Doug Bookman, on the providence of God and the celebration of Purim – the memorial holiday that remembers … Continue reading →
  • Digest of The Acts of the Apostles

    Cross-Current
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:13 am
    The following is a very brief digest/outline of the book of Acts. The goal is to provide a condensed summary of the book–a cursory introduction for the benefit of personal study.  The Expanding Witness of the Church In the book … Continue reading →
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    The WILD VOICE

  • BREAKING BREAD – Pope Reshaping the Eucharist

    The WILDVOICE
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    http://thewildvoice.org PAGE TOPICS Is the Eucharist Still the Body of Christ? Does Anybody Still Care? The Really Big News Story – That Nobody Really Covered A New Transubstantiation – The Body of Christ Turns Into 'The Brother' (VIDEO/TRANSCRIPT) The Other Francis… Read more → The post BREAKING BREAD – Pope Reshaping the Eucharist appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • An Enormously Popular Pontiff and The Uncomfortably Unpopular Jesus Christ

    The WILDVOICE
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:08 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org February 17, 2015 PAGE TOPICS A Dissenter's Reply to More Praise of Popular 'Pope' Francis Response to His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl Huff Post – Pope Francis Slams 'Prejudiced Mentality' of Doctrinal Legalists A Post from Antonio Socci's Website Using… Read more → The post An Enormously Popular Pontiff and The Uncomfortably Unpopular Jesus Christ appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • POPE FRANCIS AND THE DEVIL'S HORNS

    The WILDVOICE
    3 Feb 2015 | 2:56 am
    http://thewildvoice.org February 3, 2015 THE HORNS, THE POPE, and HELEN KELLER written by Agnes MJ After having bumped into the images displaying Pope Francis making the "horns sign" on January 17 while visiting the Philippines, and having found myself both in… Read more → The post POPE FRANCIS AND THE DEVIL'S HORNS appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • What The Bible Really Says About What Pope Francis Sort of Said About Atheists

    The WILDVOICE
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:52 am
    http://thewildvoice.org           January 31, 2015 PAGE TOPICS 'Pope Francis' – His Own Words The Missing Links – Damage Control Saint Mark Reports – 'Pope Francis' Interprets Modern Day Atheism   Rabbits. Balloons. Limits on freedom of speech.… Read more → The post What The Bible Really Says About What Pope Francis Sort of Said About Atheists appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • "I am confused and worried…" – Catholic Voices speak to Pope Francis

    The WILDVOICE
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:43 am
    http://thewildvoice.org January 22, 2015 BACKGROUND and INTRODUCTION On October 18, 2014, The WILD VOICE initiated a petition asking 'Pope Francis' to clarify his positions, statements, and behavior on matters important to Catholics and to answer the call of Cardinal Raymond Burke… Read more → The post "I am confused and worried…" – Catholic Voices speak to Pope Francis appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
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    Purposeful Faith

  • Mercy for a Broken Spirit

    purposefulfaith
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: I gossip. I lie. I am prideful. Jealous. Discontent. Impatient. When I see the face of my sins, it nearly breaks my spirit. It burdens. But, broken pieces draw us to the original crafter – the one who puts all things back together again. And in his light I can see: I did everything wrong, but Christ did everything right. I did nothing of worth, but he is entirely worthy. I dropped the ball, but he holds it – the entire earth is in his hands. I am destined to death, but he took death on the cross so I wouldn’t have to. I come to him a broken daughter and he leaves me as…
  • Pausing To Prepare

    purposefulfaith
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Post by: Christy Mobley Warning: Don’t ever catch a hormonal woman off guard. However, if you do, approach with caution. Be aware that her responses may range anywhere from rage to tears, and possibly temporary memory loss. And be prepared for such. I thought I was walking up on two friends talking. I wasn’t privy to the firestorm that took place just minutes before with a third-party, and there was nothing to warn me of the impending danger. But like getting too close to a smoldering ember, I got burned. Because I was in the wrong place at the right time I was…
  • Beating Inflating Fears

    purposefulfaith
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Fear grips me. I feel rattled. It holds me.I can’t escape it. It comes when I least expect it and it won’t leave when I tell it to. Many times fear leaves me confused, with a heart covered with layers and layers of knots. I know I am not supposed to do it, but I still do. The more I try not to, the more I do. So, what do I do? Join me as I discuss my journey through my fears, my journey to beat them and God’s hand in my deliverance. Continue reading as I dive into the depths of my heart to uncover the release of fear on Katie Reid’s fabulous blog,…
  • Living as a Disappointment (Linkup)

    purposefulfaith
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:12 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: I lived much of my life feeling disappointed in myself. I heard the message loud and clear, I needed to more than myself. You got a job? You should have got this other one. You are doing this? You should be doing that. You are going there? Anywhere, but there. You are thinking this? What about that? You are saying this? I think you should say this. Underneath the questioning, was the underlying thought that my decisions were not good enough, my thoughts not worthy and my perceptions were invalid. Over and over again, I heard, I was not enough. So, either I would follow the…
  • Living for Christ in a Selfie World

    purposefulfaith
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:42 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: I’ve got something kind of embarrassing to say, something I kind of hate to admit, but I am sharing it today in hopes that God’s truth helps me overcome this annoying habit. Here goes: I can’t stop making everything about me. How that person responded – is about me. My ministry work – is about me. Someone getting chosen above me – is about me. My husband’s response – is about me. My children’s behavior – is about me. The response of another – is about me. Can you see where this is going? Somehow everything…
 
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    The Standard Blog for Christian Business Owners

  • Two Ways to Do Marketing Like Jesus

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
    If Jesus taught a class about marketing, what might He say? Considering that one out of every three people in the world claims to be a follower of Jesus, he is unquestionably the greatest marketer in history. Whether you’re a businessperson trying to sell more products or services, a non-profit leader trying to recruit more donors and volunteers, a pastor trying to get more members, a politician trying to win more votes, or as a thought leader trying to gain acceptance of an idea… Jesus has provided a model for marketing that can help you make a profound, positive impact on the…
  • Death Came Knocking; I am a walking miracle!

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    If you are walking in your purpose, are you giving it your best shot? The following article was written by a good friend of mine who is very active on the Women's Speaker Circuit and a great advocate of Women in Business and of course Christians in Business. Her "shocking" article will resonate to both business owners and employed people alike...Redbull Coincidence? I am so glad to be back and connected with you once again. Last year on the 15th of December, I was heading home to London after enjoying a wonderful weekend away with friends and family. During the drive back, I suddenly felt…
  • Honey Production in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:14 am
    Small business investment in Bosnia Herzegovina - Honey Production | 5000 EUR | 3 Yr ROI What are we to do? I received this message this week (22.01.15) below via The Standard from a group of Pentecostal Christians in Zenica, Bosnia Herzegovina. Dears, My name is Dario Kapin and I'm pastor of Pentecostal Church in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. We have been working on planting church for about 11 years and city is 95% Muslim town. Unfortunately due to many things we have lived only by supports we received from other Christian ministries. Now we have came to a point that we would like to…
  • ISIS: Fighting Fire with Fire

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    In the battle with ISIS You cannot fight a spiritual war with physical artillery In a world where faith and spirituality are ridiculed, even by some Christians, it’s not surprising that the West appears to be doing nothing about the atrocities in the Middle East. From where I’m standing, it all seems pretty clear to me. Our world has become so self-serving that it has dispensed with all this God stuff and continues with the self-styled order that allows anyone and everyone to reject the past – even if it was right and even if it foretold our future.Say it as it is! Try as we may to…
  • How do worship songs affect us?

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:05 am
    Is it right to sing Matt Redman's Blessed be the name of the Lord? When life “hit’s the fan”, the Church regularly turns us to the Book of Job to supposedly help comfort us, however, it seems to me that there’s a mismatch of messages. Are we really supposed to be comforted by the Book of Job or are we being “left in the lurch” for the sake of entertainmenmt?Some Experience of Suffering When my twelve day old sister died when I was about eleven years old I remember my Grandmother talking about Job. Of course I didn’t have a clue then. But recently I heard a sermon about Job and…
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    Articles | NewSpring Church

  • Not Feeling It?

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Some days, all I want to do is crawl back in bed and chill for the rest of the day. However, if I allowed my life to be governed by how I felt at a particular moment, I would be in trouble. We ALL would be! So, I am going to go to the gym this morning and work out. I am going to go out with my wife for supper tonight. I refuse to let how I feel govern my decisions or my attitude. The same can be said for our walks with Christ. I promise that there are days that I do not feel very godly. I do not “feel” like a Christian. However, I can’t let my feelings govern whether or not…
  • What Y2K Can Teach Us About Following Jesus

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Remember the days and weeks leading up to New Year’s Eve 1999? I was only 7, but I remember that night clearly. My cousins told me the world would end, which to a 7-year-old meant no more Saturday morning cartoons or ice-cream, but it still had me scared. Fifteen years later, we laugh at how silly we were to be freaked out over nothing. The world did not end, computers kept running, and disaster did not strike. But that fear of the end of the world hasn’t left us. Instead of preparing for Y2K, people stockpile for the zombie apocalypse, a government collapse or the next world war.
  • Ready To Give Up on Evangelism? Read This First

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever watched someone make decision after decision that seemed to wreck their life? It’s a heart-wrenching experience when someone you care about is blind to what they’re doing to themselves by making poor choices. Bad decisions have a snowball-effect. You know someone is walking into trouble when they rationalize decisions by saying: This really isn’t that big of a deal. I can handle it. Would it really be that bad? Jesus won’t let us walk away from Him for too long without calling us back to Him. But when someone we love doesn’t know Jesus, and we know…
  • What If You Already Have Everything You Need?

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Several years ago, I was in the midst of one of the darkest seasons of my life. I had been hospitalized because of my battle with depression, I felt like I was drowning in a pornography addiction, I had just taken an indefinite leave of absence from college because I had no idea what to do with my life, and my parents had just announced that they were getting a divorce. To say that it felt like life was caving in on me would have been putting it mildly. Peace and Pain Relief Are Not The Same I was angry with God because it felt like He had broken a promise to me. I had no idea what promise…
  • How To Declutter Your Heart Not Just Your Home

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    When spring arrives, we get the urge to clean. We air things out, sweep corners, scrub floors, wash the windows, and toss the past date food in the fridge. Spring cleaning is a time for bringing renewal and freshness to our homes. But if we’re being honest, our homes aren’t the only places in need of a deep clean and declutter. Over time, additional responsibilities at work, commitments at church, and unfinished projects at home can pile up, weighing down and cluttering our hearts like the hall closet in desperate need of attention. All sorts of things stop us from saying no…
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    Benjamin Ehinger's Blog

  • Making it Clear – Daily Bible Post – 3.26.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    Today’s Scripture is Joshua 24:15-24 Have you made it clear? Have you made your declaration, eliminated the idols and shown that your heart belongs to Christ? It’s easier to say than to actual do, but if you don’t believe it with your heart, you cannot truly call yourself Christian. Joshua was making sure his people were sincere and ready to commit to following God 100% in today’s passage. He wants them to make it clear that they will be following God and not the other false gods. Not only does he want the people to make it clear, but he also makes it clear that…
  • Faithful Servant – Daily Bible Post – 3.25.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:38 am
    Today’s Scripture is Luke 2:36-40 The prophetess Anna shows us an amazing example of true faithfulness to God. She was married to her husband for only seven years before he died and she was possibly childless, yet she remained faithful to God. She grew old and could have become impatient, but she remained faithful. Anna could have felt useless without a husband and possibly without children. She could have become suicidal, depressed, a shell of her former self. However, she chose to remain faithful to God and she was rewarded by seeing and recognizing Jesus as an infant. God’s…
  • Trusting God Always – Daily Bible Post – 3.24.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    Today’s Scripture is Psalm 56. Trusting God is very easy when things are going great. When your life seems peaceful, happy and full of many great things, it’s easy to trust God. However, life isn’t always so wonderful. Sometimes, we are pursued by our enemies, which can be literal human enemies, demons from our past, earthly idols or a number of other things. When our enemies are pursuing us, we must trust in God, even though it may seem easier to blame God. For our Own Good As children, our parents often made us eat our vegetables, get our shots and do many other things we…
  • The Word and The Light – Daily Bible Post – 3.23.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    Today’s Scripture is John 1:1-9 This section of the Gospel of John may not be difficult to understand, but it’s vitally important. Simply put, we are told the Word was there in the beginning and the Word was not only with God, but also was God. The Word is Jesus Christ and all things were made through Him. Jesus is the light of the world and darkness cannot overcome the light. We are also introduced to John the Baptist and told he will come to bear witness to the light. This passage is a very easy one to understand since it’s an introduction to John the Baptist and also…
  • Work Hard, Play Hard is the Devil’s Motto

    Benjamin Ehinger
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    This specific brainstorm may become a full chapter in my book, as I am passionately against the motto, “Work Hard, Play Hard.” Please open your mind and don’t misinterpret this as me being against hard work, because I am not. It’s not the working part I have a problem with and I don’t really have a problem with celebrating one’s accomplishments or having fun on the weekends. However, when you put “Work Hard” with “Play Hard” and you live it out, it becomes a massive distraction to what should be the most important elements of a…
 
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • A Man Gave A Homeless Guy A Pair Of Shoes And His Reaction Is Priceless

    Get Better Today
    7 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    We’re sick of the negativity on the popular news channels. Our country is filled with great people, yet the media never talks about them. That’s why we thought you’d love these photos that were originally posted on Reddit.  Although we’re not entirely sure where the photos are taken from, they’ll definitely restore your hope in humanity. The man below buys a homeless stranger a pair of shoes and his reaction will bring tears to your eyes.   The post A Man Gave A Homeless Guy A Pair Of Shoes And His Reaction Is Priceless appeared first on…
  • What If Walt Disney Listened To His Doubters?

    Get Better Today
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Walt Disney World is widely known as greatest place on earth.  But ask yourself this… What if Walt Disney, the founder of the popular amusement park, had listened to his doubters? Let’s be thankful he didn’t. The post What If Walt Disney Listened To His Doubters? appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • 5’7″ Kid Spends 6 Months Trying To Dunk And Finally Does It!

    Get Better Today
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Have you ever dreamed about dunking a basketball? If so, we have great news!  According to a 5’7″ kid named Malte, you may be able to dunk if you’re willing to put in the hard work. Through a 6-month time period, he filmed his dunk attempts and you can see the progress. Disclaimer:  We don’t think following his plan will guarantee you can dunk.  Part of it is God-given ability.  Did Malte work hard and achieve his goal?  Yes and it worked. But I can train all day and never run the 100-meter dash in the Olympics. It’s still an awesome video and inspiring…
  • Dean Smith Quotes About Life, Leadership & Basketball

    Get Better Today
    8 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Dean Smith Quotes   “If you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.”   (Click To Tweet)   “I always mean what I say, but I don’t always say what I’m thinking.”   (Click To Tweet)   “Basketball is a team game. But that doesn’t mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.”   (Click To Tweet)   The best leaders in any profession care about the people they lead, and the people who are being led know when the caring is…
  • I’m Tired Of Underestimating God

    Michael Fear
    7 Feb 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Can I tell you a secret? But before I tell you, you have to promise to share it with someone else. Let me repeat… I think you should share my secret with everyone you know. Ready to hear it? Ok… I underestimate God. And I think you do too.   This past week… I was driving home from work and thanking God for His goodness. In other words, I’m always a grateful, content, mighty prayer warrior. Just kidding. I’m not even close. In all actuality, my prayer went something like this… “Thank You for everything You’ve done for me.  You have been…
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    Church Community Builder

  • Partner Spotlight: Church rallies an entire community around a special need

    Steve Caton
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today we want to shine a spotlight on Elevation Christian Church, one of the churches that we get the privilege of serving. The leadership at Elevation saw a need in a family that serves at another church and proactively used Church Community Builder to rally financial support within the Elevation church family for this family. Check out the video below. Partner Spotlight: Meeting a need and building relationships What we love most about this is not only that Elevation used Church Community Builder to fund this awesome trip for a sick little boy, but also that they were able to use this…
  • 3 ways to surface church trends and make better ministry decisions

    Steve Caton
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Let’s get real about church data. We have a lot of it to filter through, but it is often a challenge to understand what it is telling us about our ministry and the people in it. With that in mind, I want to share some practical ways you can leverage the data in Church Community Builder to surface trends and make informed decisions. First I’d like to share a brief video. Three trend reports worth paying attention to Attendance reports. These show you weekly or monthly total numbers by attendance grouping. Use this data to assess strategy for specific programs, services, and/or small…
  • Discontinued Support for CBC Ciphers (TLS)

    Updates Team
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    We are committed to providing you with the most secure experience using the Church Community Builder software. To better that security, on March 25, 2015 we will be discontinuing support for CBC ciphers. Why? Newer ciphers and encryption protocols offer better security and are not vulnerable to several known exploits. Although several older browsers and clients are only compatible with CBC ciphers, there are compelling upgraded ciphers that are much more effective at securing the communication traveling to and from Church Community Builder. How will this affect me? Users of modern browsers…
  • Is your ministry at risk?

    Steve Caton
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Church has always faced and will always face threats that can derail our ability to reach more people with the Gospel. Some threats may have a spiritual origin and others may be manmade, but regardless of the source, our job as church leaders is to identify the risks and eliminate or minimize their effects so our ministry can flourish. While not always pleasant, it’s prudent to carefully consider what could go wrong so you can take appropriate actions now to prevent those risks or at least lessen their impact. 10 ways church leaders put their ministries at risk Here are ten risks to…
  • Web Software Outage March 18 @12:32pm (MDT)

    Church Community Builder
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Update: Mar 19, 2015, 10:15am (MDT): Our engineers believe the issue was caused primarily by a saturated state table on our primary loadbalancers that was compounded by the indeterminate uplink state of our redundant circuits. The problems combined to effectively black-hole new inbound connections. We’ll continue evaluating the situation for potential improvements we can make to prevent this cascading effect in the future! On Wednesday, March 18 around 12:32pm (MDT), our engineers became aware of connectivity issues with the Church Community Builder application and posted to the status…
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    A Normal Believer in Christ

  • We need to See and Experience the Characteristics of Christ as our Daily Manna

    aGodMan
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    When we read the book of Exodus we may have a high appreciation for God delivering His people out of Egypt, the changing of bitter water into sweet, the law given at Mount Sinai, etc but we may not appreciate the manna too much. But throughout their journey in the wilderness toward the good land, the people of Israel daily ate one thing only: the heavenly food, the manna. Every morning, when the dew lifted, there upon the surface of the wilderness were fine round flakes, fine as the frost on the earth. When the children of Israel saw it, they asked one another, What is it? Then Moses told…
  • Eating Nothing but Christ to be Reconstituted with Him and Build up the Church

    aGodMan
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:41 am
    God cares more for what we are than for what we can do for Him; thus, God cares very much for what we eat because what we eat determines what we live by and what we become. When God created Adam, He didn’t give him a to-do list but put him in front of the tree of life, warning him concerning eating from the wrong tree. After God delivered His people Israel from Egypt, He led them in the wilderness and completely changed their diet: He fed them with heavenly food, the manna which daily came down from heaven. For forty years the people of Israel ate only manna; during this time, their…
  • Having a Change of Diet to Eating Christ as the Real Manna in our Christian Life

    aGodMan
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:22 am
    Having a Change of Diet to Eating Christ as the Real Manna (picture credit: Diet) The deep truth in Exodus 16 and in the whole book of Exodus is that God wanted to change the diet of His people from the Egyptian food to the heavenly food, the heavenly manna. Even though the people of Israel were positionally no longer in Egypt but in the wilderness, in their constitution they were “Egyptian”, that is, constituted with and yearning for Egyptian food. Because they lived their whole life in Egypt, they desired to eat Egyptian food and even told Moses that it was so much better in…
  • Eating, Digesting, and Assimilating Christ into our Being to Live because of Him

    aGodMan
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:28 am
    In John 6 the Lord Jesus showed us how He is the bread of life, and just as He lives because of the Father so we who eat Him as the bread of life shall live because of Him (John 6:57-58). In order for us to live Christ and express God from within, we need to eat Christ as the bread of life. To eat means to take food inside of us so that the food would be digested by us and assimilated into us to become the very cells and tissues of our being. The Lord Jesus is the bread of life; when we eat Him, we take Him into us in the way of life so that He may be assimilated by our regenerated new man…
  • Our Real Need is to Eat Christ as the Bread of Life – He is our Daily Food Supply

    aGodMan
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:21 am
    After being delivered by God with a strong arm from the usurpation of Pharaoh in Egypt, the people of Israel began their journey through the wilderness toward the good land, the land flowing with milk and honey. One of the most crucial things to realize in the book of Exodus is the change of diet: the people of Israel were constituted with the Egyptian food, but during their journey in the wilderness God changed their diet to the heavenly manna and the living water. As God’s people today we need to have a change of diet from anything else to the heavenly Christ as our unique food. God…
 
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    "What Is The Meaning Of Life?"

  • 4 Reasons Why Learning History Is Rewarding – And Worth Your Time

    Albert
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Some recent posts on this blog  have discussed the fringe group Islamic State and how what they do could be described as un-Islamic. So, maybe it is time to shift the focus a little, as people have heard a lot about them. Us non-Muslims aren’t perfect, either. But it brought to mind some other lingering … Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Learning History Is Rewarding – And Worth Your Time →
  • Have You Had Enough?

    Albert
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    What???   The Islamic State was recently quoted as saying murdering innocent civilians, like women and children, was justified because of the Prophet Mohammad did while fighting. Yes, we hear this kind of statement a lot (especially recently) and it shocks people. But after the initial shock of such a statement, some research sounded in … Continue reading Have You Had Enough? →
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    20 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Is There Really Such A Thing As A Near Death Experience?
  • Is There Really Such A Thing As A Near-Death Experience?

    Albert
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    You have probably heard it on the news or somewhere else: A miraculous story of someone who came back from heaven, describing a white light, peace and a place you don’t want to come back from. It sounds inviting and is something we like to hear in our earthly lives. The stories are fascinating because … Continue reading Is There Really Such A Thing As A Near-Death Experience? →
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    16 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Could God Make Mistakes
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    Even If i Walk AloneEven If i Walk Alone | ...this i choose to do.

  • What Does God Ask of You?

    Tim Sherfy
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
  • Who We Will Become

    Tim Sherfy
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    image © icsnaps – Fotolia.com In 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, we are instructed to take every thought captive. In other words, we have to be careful which thoughts we allow into our minds. A.W. Tozer said, “If we are honest with ourselves we can discover not only what we are but what we are going to become. We’ll soon be the sum of our voluntary thoughts.” We become that about which we think. If we want to live a life that looks like Christ, then we must become intentional about which thoughts we allow to take hold in our head. Jesus thought only of pleasing His Father and…
  • Living What You Believe

    Tim Sherfy
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    image © ra2 studio – Fotolia Francis Chan’s latest book, “You and Me Forever”, will certainly challenge the way you think about your marriage, but perhaps even more importantly it will challenge the way you live your life. Every page seems to hold a new challenge for me. For example, Chan says, “While many of us would say we believe what [the Apostle] Paul believed, our lives do not reflect it. If we believe that billions are dying and headed for God’s judgment, does it make sense to center our lives around anything other than the mission to reach them?… Does the way…
  • Jesus is the Good News

    Tim Sherfy
    15 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    image © a2bb5s – Fotolia We often get in the way of the simplest message. Instead of just telling people about Jesus, we launch into complex explanations of why Jesus is the good news and what we must do in order to experience Him. In his book, “Flesh”, author Hugh Halter puts it in very understandable terms: “Jesus is the good news that most of us are starving for. It’s just that He has been hijacked by rules and structures and humans afraid of grace.” We’ve made it a difficult thing to understand that Jesus is the good news. His love, His grace, His desire to be with us…
  • The Raging War

    Tim Sherfy
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    image © anibal – Fotolia It seems few of us live our lives with any recognition of the very real spiritual battle raging all around us. Real angels and real demons clash in ways that affect our physical world in tangible ways, but we carry on oblivious to it. In his book, “You and Me Forever”, Francis Chan says, “He has given us a clear mission – to make disciples. Yet Christian[s]… can most typically be found… skipping through life, ignoring the battle that rages around them. We have made happy families our mission. That is not the mission Jesus gave us.” We are to tell…
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  • Slow Processes

    sarahbeth
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:08 pm
    I grew up with Christian parents and we always went to church twice a week. I have no memory of the day I chose to put my faith in Christ. That used to bother me a lot. However, Christ has given me peace that it does not matter if I remember the exact moment I […] The post Slow Processes appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • Wake Up Call: A March 2015 Update of Yours Truly

    sarahbeth
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Sometimes we know we are need of a wake up call, but are so deep in our struggles that we become deaf. I’ve recently had a several month stretch of being willingly deaf to spiritual convictions. This post is an update about my life and my spiritual dry spell. If you have experienced such a time, […] The post Wake Up Call: A March 2015 Update of Yours Truly appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • Heavenly Thinking

    sarahbeth
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:23 am
    Lately I’ve felt like I’ve had to choose between two crappy feelings: either I feel horrible about myself or I feel horrible about everyone else. Either I’m just not worthy of anyone’s time or everybody is just selfishly busy. I get so angry at everyone for always being so busy. And then I think that […] The post Heavenly Thinking appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • Do You Really Believe?

    Ashley Welch
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Have you ever heard how God took the day off? He got so tired from running the world and listening to everyone’s prayers that he just clocked out. He didn’t make the sun rise or set; he didn’t set the wind in motion. The ocean flooded and the sky fell. It was a disaster. I […] The post Do You Really Believe? appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist: A Book Review

    sarahbeth
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    The authors of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” use logical, philosophical, and scientific evidence to provide proof for the Biblical account of how this world got here. I will not beat around the bush: I strongly recommend this book. I especially recommend this book to Christians who are struggling to reconcile […] The post I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist: A Book Review appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
 
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  • Plane Crashes in French Alps – 148 People Feared Dead

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    24 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    A plane has crashed near the village of Digne-Les-Bains in the French Alps, according to the French Prime Minister. The Germanwings Airbus A320 was flying fromBarcelona in Spain to Düsseldorf in Germany. Debris has been found near the village of Digne. It was carrying 142 passengers and six crew. Germanwings is a subsidiary of Lufthansa. The cause of the crash is not yet clear. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said “We of course don’t know the reasons for the crash. We obviously fear that the 142 to 150 passengers and crew died today, given the conditions of this crash.” The The post…
  • THis Baby was Born without a Brain, How Long He survived Is Nothing Short of a MIRACLE!

    .
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:44 am
    When Josiah White was born without a brain, doctors said he only had a brain stem, could die at any time, and he was not expected to live beyond 6 weeks. God told Rachel and Eric White to adopt and care for young Josiah despite the condition and dire prognosis. They were convinced it was God’s will and so they did and have no regrets! Josiah as you will see from the video was a bright, happy baby that brought a lot of love, and joy into the lives of the White family. Eric says, “he gave us far more The post THis Baby was Born without a Brain, How Long He survived Is Nothing Short of a…
  • Father Forces Son to Post This Humiliating Confession on Facebook to Stop His Behaviour

    .
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:35 am
    This is one dad whose no-nonsense approach has a lot of people talking. Bullying continues to ravish our schools and the forms bullying takes has now expanded with the use of cellphones and online networks, like Facebook and SnapChat. But what if your son or daughter was bullying others? What would you do? Well, when Timothy Robenhorst learned that his son Kayden had been bullying a classmate, he took drastic action. Kayden had to make an apology to the victim in front of the entire class. In addition, Kayden is now also woken up at 4:30am every morning to start The post Father Forces Son to…
  • Hollywood Actress Cybil Shepherd From ‘Do You Believe?’ Speaks About Jesus Healing After Heartbreak

    .
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    Still looking well at age 65, Cybill Shepherd has always been a Christian. On television she was known for her roles as Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting along Bruce Willis and Cybill Sheridan in Cybill  and more recently Madeleine Spencer in Psych. But a personal tragedy and heartbreak did make things very difficult. Here she speak of how her role in her latest faith-based movie  ‘Do You Believe?’ has helped her turn to Jesus for healing!! . ‘I think I had a bit of a broken heart, and there was a part of it that wasn’t going to heal, and that’s when The post…
  • 11-yr-old Who Fled Arranged Marriage Speaks Out: : I’d Rather Kill Myself

    .
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    Nada al-Ahdal was 11 years old when she posted this video on YouTube. The young Yemen resident is known for having escaped two different child marriage pacts her parents had made for her. Al-Ahdal posted this YouTube video decrying child marriage and her being forced into marriage contracts, which quickly went viral and prompted coverage of Yemenis’ continued practices of child marriage. Yemen has no minimum age for marriage and that about half of all women married in Yemen are married off as children. Yemen has one of the highest rates of child-marriages in the world, with girls…
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  • The Age of Eternity Second Coming

    David
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:21 pm
    The Age of Eternity Second Coming After the completion of Judgement, the Age of Eternity starts with the formation of new heaven an new earth. The old things will be passed away and will... The post The Age of Eternity Second Coming appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Nee Rakthame Nee Rakthame Nan Shudhdheekarinchun

    David
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Nee Rakthame Nee Rakthame Nan Shudhdheekarinchun నీ రక్తమే నీ రక్తమే నన్ శుద్దీకరించున్ నీ రక్తమే నా బలము ||2|| నీ రక్త ధారలే ఇల పాపికాశ్రయంబిచ్చును ||2|| పరిశుద్ధ తండ్రి పాపిని కడిగి పవిత్ర పరచుము ||2||        ... The post Nee Rakthame Nee Rakthame Nan Shudhdheekarinchun appeared first on…
  • The Judgement Time to The World

    David
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    The Judgement Time to The World “An when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to decieve the nations which are in the four... The post The Judgement Time to The World appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Devuni Sthuthiyinchudi Lyrics

    David
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    Devuni Sthuthiyinchudi Lyrics Devuni Sthuthiyinchudi Ellappudu Devuni Sthuthiyinchudi Aayana Balamunu Prasidhdhi Cheyu Aakashavishaalamandu దేవుని స్తుతియించుడి ఎల్లప్పుడు దేవుని స్తుతియించుడి        ||దేవుని|| ఆయన పరిశుద్ధ ఆలయమందు ఆయన సన్నిధిలో ఆ… ఆ… ||2||       ||ఎల్లప్పుడు|| ఆయన బలమును…
  • Saagilapadi Mrokkedamu

    David
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Saagilapadi Mrokkedamu Sathyamutho Aathmalo Mana Prabhu Yesuni సాగిలపడి మ్రొక్కెదము సత్యముతో ఆత్మలో మన ప్రభు యేసుని ఆ ఆ ఆఆ ||2||              ||సాగిలపడి|| మోషేకంటే శ్రేష్టుడు అన్ని మోసములనుండి విడిపించున్ ||2|| వేషధారులన్ ద్వేషించున్ ఆశతో... The post Saagilapadi…
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  • His Amazing Grace (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Woke up this morning with a song in my heart, and a spring in my step!!!! Mornings are the Best! I love spending time in His word, in worship, and in personal development! It’s during that time that I come face to face with me! The Bible as my Mirror. I allow the Holy Spirit to teach, adjust, correct, train, and comfort as needed! Scripture Reference: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of Godmay be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) Lately,…
  • Worshiping My King…..

    Marvlun Reed
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:58 pm
    While waiting for my son at church tonight, and reflecting on God’s Amazing Grace, This song rose up in my spirit. He is such an amazing God!!!!! Oh how I love him!!! There is much joy in Him! “With All I Am” Into Your hand I commit again With All I am For You Lord You hold my world in the palm of Your hand And I’m Yours foreverJesus I believe in You Jesus I belong to You You’re the reason that I live The reason that I sing with all I am I’ll walk with You wherever You go Through tears and joy I’ll trust in You And I will live in all of Your ways Your…
  • Morning Worship (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    On this site; my goal is to share useful information to help encourage you on your christian journey! Sometimes, I will share my notes from a sermon, a book, a conference, or even my own personal quiet time. You can also expect to see, and hear music that inspires me! Today, as I was meditating on God’s Amazing Grace, this song rose up in my spirit, #Surrendered “This is my desire” Hillsong United This is my desire to honor You Lord, with all my heart, I worship You And all I have within me, I give You praise And all that I adore is in You Lord, I give You my heart I give…
  • Mommy Moments (Morning Inspiration)

    Marvlun Reed
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    These last few Saturdays my youngest son has been up early, dressed, and ready to go.  He’s Excited! The 3 on 3 basketball tournament is underway at our church. My little “Happy feet,” turned “Mr Buckets” has spent countless hours (years) learning the game, reading books, watching videos, and studying the moves of the great players. He absolutely loves the game of basketball. I am inspired by his Tenacity and his Drive…. My advice to him: “Keep Growing, Keep Reaching, and Keep Believing in your Dreams!!!” Charlie “Tremendous” Jones said; the…
  • The Parable of the Talents (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    Everything we have comes from God and belongs to Him. We are responsible for using those resources so that they increase in value. As Christians, we have additionally the most valuable resource of all – the Word of God. If we believe and understand Him, and apply His Word as good stewards, we are a blessing to others and the value of what we do multiplies. We are accountable to the Lord for the use of His resources. God gives us time, gifts, and other resources according to our abilities, and he expects us to invest them wisely until he returns. We are responsible to use well what God has…
 
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  • Show up for Yourself

    Cristina
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    Do you show up for yourself? Another week, another vlog link up. I am loving these, aren't you? This week has been rough. I won't lie, work is crazy and my allergies are at an all time high. I even used my asthma pump twice this week. I could have easily bowed out of the link up, but I like adding this to my week. It's real time and real talk. I don't plan them, rarely have a script (unless it's that lame index card that I finally threw out this weekend, I think?).  So have a quick look at my 3 minute "showing up for myself" vlog with pillows, as I hate on Charity because she's so cute…
  • How to Start Sharing Your Blog Posts on Instagram

    Cristina
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    You've just hit publish on an epic blog post, of course you want to share it. Visual images are all the rage, aren't they? But some feel that Instagram isn't the place for blog posts for a number of reasons, but if you're looking to build a brand, I say why not? I've had a lot of Insta-pals comment and say how much they loved the blog post and actually start a conversation with me about it. Even a link up was born out of one of my Instagram posts! I am also sharing a freebie for my subscribers (did you know they have access to their own page!) with Instagram linkups and…
  • Church Triumphant: The Annunciation Revisited

    Cristina
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    I am teaming up with Tiffany of Life of a Catholic Librarian to talk about this month's Church Triumphant post so be sure to head over to her place to read about St. Isidore the Farmer.While the Annunciation isn't a saint literally speaking, the people a part of the Annunciation are saints, Mary Mother of God and (or Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady, she's got all the great names), St. Gabriel the Archangel are. As you can see below, I've written (clickable thumbnail images included!) about the Annunciation before, so what new perspective can I give? What more can I…
  • This Week in Blogging and Doing

    Cristina
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    So, here I thought I had nothing to share. But I've been all over the interwebz consuming everything that had to do with blog conferences, social media, blogging, reading, copywriting, Facebook groups, meeting online people IRL. You name it. Let's get started! --1--I am headed to the Catholic Women Blogger Network conference in May! These ladies are a part of the Facebook group that I've been telling you about. The conferences are divided regionally and as a gal living in PA, I'm headed to the Mid-Atlantic conference. What's better than meeting ladies that I've been chatting with for-eh-vuh?
  • The Fantasy of Yes

    Cristina
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    As a working mother with tons of responsibility and more drive that she knows what to do with, the thinking is to say no. I've written about it, practiced it and preached it. To just say no and mean it. No to people that hurt you, no to another thing slapped on your already full plate, no to negativity. No, no, NO! Now I'm telling you to say yes? I am.  In this week's Thoughts on Thursday vlog with Jen from JVKom Chronicles, I waited till the last minute. I think there is something to the last minute for inspiration and recording yourself for the world to see (my world is my hubby,…
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  • Fear Of Death; Are You A Genuine Christian?

    Raj Richard
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:11 pm
                Some fear death and consider it evil. In contrast, the illustrious Greek philosopher Plato, who lived much before the Lord Jesus, ridiculed mankind’s fear of death, “No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils.” 1            The Bible teaches that death is not to be feared. Apostle Paul welcomed death (Philippians 1: 21). Psalm 23 urges its believers to not fear death (verse 4). Having…
  • Could Christians Worship In Temples & Mosques? (Pope Francis Worshiped in a Mosque)

    Raj Richard
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:33 pm
                Whether Christians could worship in mosques and temples is not a moot point, because Pope Francis has provided a panoramic backdrop through his worship at an Istanbul Mosque. Since we are wired to follow our leaders, we could think that worshipping in mosques and temples is acceptable to the God of the Bible.             Christians’ worship in mosque or temples is predicated on our visit to these sacred places. So we should primarily clarify if Christians could visit a sacred place of…
  • The Foolishness of Lent

    Raj Richard
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:58 pm
                Sacrifice is at the heart of Christianity.             Christ sacrificed HIS life to save mankind of sins, provided mankind believe in HIM. So Christ’s sacrifice should motivate our sacrifice; not just once or twice but throughout our life.             The Bible mandates the Christian to not live for himself but to be crucified with Christ and live for Christ alone, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ…
  • Was Mother Teresa Guilty? Responding To Ghar Wapsi & Conversion Controversy In India

    Raj Richard
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
                It’s a widespread firm notion among the resolute Hindu community that Christian missionaries in India have been converting people to Christianity under the guise of service. This accusation has now been leveled by the leadership of Hindu community against Mother Teresa – arguably the most popular face of contemporary Christianity.             Mother Teresa founded ‘Missionaries of Charity’ – a prominent Catholic social service organization that cares for the needy - children, sick,…
  • A Christian’s Letter To ISIS (A Christian’s Response To ISIS)

    Raj Richard
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Dear ISIS,            It’s exceptionally difficult to use an endearment term ‘dear,’ for you mercilessly traumatize and slaughter human beings. I am a Christian, and I write to you since you sadistically persecute the Christian community.            You brutalize women sexually that forces them into hospitals.1 You are merciless with children. You beat, enslave, crucify, and use them as child soldiers! 2            You…
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  • Make Way for Gen Z: Is Your Business Ready?

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Although many businesses are still heavily focused on Millennials, 2015 is a good time to look ahead. Generally agreed on as anyone born after 1990, Gen Z is the largest generational group in the U.S. And they're vastly different from any other group. “If marketers thought they threw out the playbook with Millennials, they need to know that Gen Zers aren't even playing on the same field," reports Ruth Bernstein in Ad Age. Rebels With a Cause This next generation wants to make a difference in the world – and will appreciate businesses that do the same. Compared to 39…
  • 3 Quick Website Fixes with Big Payoffs

    19 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    It doesn’t matter what type of business you’re running, your website has to perform. If your website doesn’t come up in Google, you may as well not exist. And if your customer does find your website, you have 15 seconds to capture their attention – or they’re gone. We create branded websites for small businesses and help our customers wrestle with these challenges. Online visibility and performance is an art. It takes a lot of work – every day – to really stand out online. But here are three quick fixes that make a lasting impact. 1. Set Your…
  • Why Your Blog Isn’t Getting More Attention

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    You’ve put everything you can into each and every blog post you’ve written and no one seems to be reading. So what gives? No one is biting, and you’re left sitting at your laptop feeling confused and frustrated. Here are few tips and strategies to help you get to the bottom of this dilemma. Measurement How many times have you asked,  “What do I want to accomplish with my blog and how do I measure those goals?” Without accurate metrics to measure success against, you are, at best, looking for a needle in a haystack. There are a lot of tools out there you can…
  • How to Start a Fashion Blog

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    Starting a fashion blog takes work, patience and dedication. Every fashion blogger needs to find a unique style and voice, conduct research, gather information and figure out ways to create the best content en route to a successful site. The following tips will show you how to start a fashion blog from the ground up. Determine Your Fashion Niche Before you write the first word or take the first photo, determine how you are different from every other fashion blogger. What’s your niche? Then make it real. Your fashion blog should feature you. Let people know who you are and why your…
  • Guiding Principles of Successful Websites

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    At Hack the Hood, an Oakland based tech-career education and readiness program, young people learn how to structure and craft websites, gather digital assets, and work with small business clients to create simple and effective designs. With the help of lead instructor Max Gibson I’ve developed a list of basic principles from our curriculum that can help anyone make a successful website. 1. Know your audience Take the time to ask yourself this very basic question, “Who is my website intended for and what purposes does it serve?” Understanding and thinking through what your…
 
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  • 1508 - Make up your mind

    MoJ
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    ‘Make up your mind’, an expression often heard, more by the undecided than others but interestingly a process that once complete is followed by action. A decision has been made and a physical action now follows. Sounds simple. Often though, action does not follow in spite of the decision because we can be held back by a certain powerful layer of resistance, our own bodies and the fickleness of our minds. It’s one thing to decide to go sky diving, it’s quite another to stand at the edge of the door, wind whistling around your ears, peers egging you on several kilometers above the earth…
  • 1507-Christianity is for fools

    MoJ
    15 Mar 2015 | 10:47 pm
    ‘Christianity is for fools’ was the subject of a great communion message on Sunday and the theme was the absurdity of Christianity as seen from the eyes of non-Christians. I had not thought of it from that extreme point of view before and yet if I had to roll back the blanket of time to the late 70’s and 80’s I would certainly have thought that with the worldly mindset that I had those days. If I was able to see myself through the lens of time to where I am today I would have called the lens owner a charlatan because that future was not what my young brain had mapped out for itself.
  • 1506 - Joy is better than happiness

    MoJ
    8 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    We have just changed cities, moving from Johannesburg to Capetown. Moving from an established household to a granny flat with as much as we could pack into our car for the two day journey as we could (or as my wife could, she is much more efficient than me). In the words of a local car manufacturer, “Life’s a journey, enjoy the ride”, and so we did. This made me think about one characteristic that always seems to be affected whenever something takes place outside of our planned life, and that is joy.Joy is one of those emotional charges that we usually completely misunderstand. We seem…
  • 1505 - The truth will set you free

    MoJ
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    What is freedom and what is so great about it?What an intriguing question and one that we don’t often spend too much time on unless some political group is ‘fighting for their freedom’. We live in a country where one of the racial groups had been suppressed for years and had used many means, political and violent, to obtain their freedom. This freedom has now been in place since 1994 and yet one gets the feeling that most of the citizens are no more free now than in the past, so what is freedom?As a young child, the need to be free of our parent's restraints was always present. We…
  • 1504 - I’m perfect, I think

    MoJ
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Mankind as a whole is very sensitive to criticism. Just monitor your own feelings when someone corrects you. We get defensive, anger builds up, our stomachs churn, reasoning gets suspect and yet when that wave has cleared at some future time and we analyze what was said, stripping the emotional bits from the message, we may find that there may have been some truth in it. How did we miss it at the time?It’s a matter of preparation to some extent. When we react in this way it means that somewhere in our brain there is a little voice that is telling us that we are perfect. Logically we know…
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  • Slow Down, Life’s Not a Race

    Alan Scott
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:02 am
    In the past few years I have been living a life that is more intentional, peaceful and controlled. And as I slow down, I notice more than ever just how fast our lives can often be. Some of my friends are always on the go! They eat out several times a week. They’re involved in many organizations. They work late. They have an abundance of friends and social events to attend. I often wonder if the thought of spending a Saturday night at home is perhaps inconceivable to them. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, but to be constantly moving is definitely inconceivable to me. And nowadays it…
  • Stop Complaining for a Happier Life

    Alan Scott
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    I learned a big lesson this week. Be careful what you ask for. Especially when you’re asking it from God. For Lent this year I gave up one (I stress “one”) of my biggest faults. Complaining. Well, at least that was my intent. It turns out that during my first two weeks of Lent, my resolution has been a smashing failure. In fact I think in the span of 12 days, I have complained more than I have in four months. Again, be careful what you ask for. When we decide to give things up, or to stop falling into our old faults and habits, it can only happen if we are given opportunities to prove…
  • Lent – A Time for Spiritual Spring Cleaning

    Alan Scott
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:20 am
    Who has a stronger conflict than he who strives to overcome himself? - Thomas à Kempis Well, it’s Lent again. Every year it’s the same thing. Christmas is over and I’m constantly thinking about how far away Lent is. I always think to myself how the season of Lent is so spiritually benefiting to me. How wonderful it is. How valuable it is. And I’m always glad…it’s weeks away. I think it’s often hard to transition from the spirit of Christmas, to a spirit of penance. But the reality is, that if you do practice Lent, in the spirit it is intended to be practiced, it’s certainly…
  • Daily Gratitude

    Alan Scott
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:42 am
    Yesterday was a fast-paced, stress-filled mess for me. At least that’s how I felt when I was in it. As it was happening. When I came home and pulled into my driveway, I turned my car off, paused, and took a deep breath. The day had seemed to steal my breath from me. And after taking this deep breath…I thanked God. Mostly for having given me another day. Even though I was not exactly the person I wanted to be and failed in many ways, with God’s help, I still had the evening ahead of me and could try again. Sitting in the driveway after a day of failures, there was still an evening of…
  • Stop Keeping Up with the Joneses – They’re Miserable

    Alan Scott
    4 Feb 2015 | 4:33 am
    Every day people are faced with making many decisions. Big or small, important or unimportant, this is part of life. And in life, we have to choose some things in preference to others. But choosing doesn’t always involve just “things”. Choosing also involves philosophies. Ways of living. Ways of being. Ways of believing. And often in life, we become trapped into a deceptive way of thinking. One such deceptive trap many fall into is: That we should have everything. That we can have everything. That we deserve everything. It’s called ‘the more, the better’ mentality. “Life is…
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  • Finally

    Gerald Fugit
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:57 am
    For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:”       Hosea 3:4. As we each live out our lives it appears that there will be no end to our trouble. It […] The post Finally appeared first on .
  • Tell It As It Is

    Gerald Fugit
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:19 pm
    “Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out or her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;”       Hosea 2:2. There are times when we do not see the end clearly. Our own family can be […] The post Tell It As It Is appeared first on .
  • Strange Order

    Gerald Fugit
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:33 am
    “But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horseman.”      Hosea 1:7.     When we read about the prophets it is common to think what […] The post Strange Order appeared first on .
  • It Has A Name – Hypocrisy

    Gerald Fugit
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    “THEREFORE thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou are judgest; for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.”    Romans 2:1.  The world that we live in is filled with double-dealing. It is common rather than uncommon in the human race. There is no tribe or race […] The post It Has A Name – Hypocrisy appeared first on .
  • Cede Not To The Muslims

    Gerald Fugit
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:55 pm
    “But if thine heart turn away, so that thou will not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; “I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess […] The post Cede Not To The Muslims appeared first on .
 
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  • Everyones Hero (2006)

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    26 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    A young boy named Yankee Irving finds himself at an extraordinary crossroads: He has a chance to be a hero – and make a difference against incredible odds – or he can play it safe. With faith in himself instilled by his family, he teams up with a sassy young girl and some off-the-wall sidekicks and embarks on a sometimes perilous, often funny, cross-country quest. In the process, he restores his family’s honor, befriends the world’s biggest sports superstar, and reveals the hero within… (0)
  • Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

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    26 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    An alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as…
  • Spiders (2013)

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    26 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    After a Soviet space station crashes into a New York City subway tunnel, a species of venomous spiders is discovered, and soon they mutate to gigantic proportions and wreak havoc on the city… (4)
  • Mr. Go (2013)

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    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A 15-year-old circus ringmaster Wei-wei is left all alone with gorilla Ling-ling after grandfather passes away. Thanks to her grandfather’s love for baseball, Ling-ling was trained to play baseball and has developed remarkable hitting skills. The materialistic sports agent Sung Chung-Su hears of this remarkable gorilla, and signs Ling-ling to play in the professional South Korean baseball league. Dreaming of success, World’s first gorilla pinch hitter and his 15-year old trainer begin on their run in the Korean Baseball League… (4)
  • Seven Below (2013)

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    26 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    Storyline: This movie is about a group of people who are on the way to a resort in a van when all of a sudden they crash as a result of a mysterious woman on the road. They are helped by a local named Jack (Ving Rhames) and taken to his house before a storm sets in. 100 years ago there was a family killed in the same house. After they get there, Bill McCormick (Val Kilmer) dies mysteriously and they all start seeing things that can only be described as ghosts. Then things take a turn for the worst… (17)
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    HAPPY SONSHIP

  • Justin the Believer

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Imagine that. The most annoying celebrity in the world (and one of the most hated men online) is a Christian. I feel confident to call him a Christian because he was raised to know Jesus, has been recently baptised, has a pastor that he’s accountable to, prays before he goes to work and has given thousands of dollars to those in need.Yeah. I think Justin Bieber might be an even better Believer than me.Now that’s annoying! On March 30th Comedy Central will air The Roast of Justin Bieber. The verbal spanking was filmed two weeks ago but a lot of the jokes and content have…
  • The Godly Guilt Trip We Need To Take

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:43 pm
    We have heard what the right thing to do is. But every once in a while, we need a reminder to go ahead and do it.When I was young my parents use to guilt me into eating all my food by talking about the kids in Africa that have none. It was an annoying and sometimes effective strategy. Truth that was utilized to manipulate me into doing what was right.But in 2009 I went to the Republic of Niger and spent a week in sub-Sahara bush. This area is among the poorest regions in the whole world. We went to preach the Gospel and assist a local ministry. We did everything from feeding children,…
  • Happy Devotions 4: Radically Accepted

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    I HAVE to tell you. And you REALLY need to listen: God the Father Loves You! He truly cares. He’s interested in your pain, your future, your dreams. You have made many mistakes (will probably make a few more). However, the Creator of the universe cares for you, as if you were the only one to care for. This is your truth today. It’s not just Christian talk. It’s not even water-downed Christianity. It’s the most furious, transformative and powerful reality:God is love. God loves the world. God loves you!Whether you acknowledge it or not, its air to your lungs.
  • When You Love God But Hate Church

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Jesus loves his own body. He is very comfortable in his own skin. He feels no shame about his figure. He is not self-conscious about his physique. And unlike me (after three months of winter-bingeing) he looks in the mirror and honors every part of himself. Completely.You and I are the body of Christ, and somehow he loves every wrinkle and bruise and flabby bit. Yes, Jesus really loves the church, even when you and I don’t.Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. 1 Cor. 12:27We together are his body. But in it, there is still room to be individuals. The…
  • Usando el Paracaídas del Corazón

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Aunque el amor de Dios es incondicional, existe un requisito para recibirlo. Esta requisito es para los que están cansados de la amargura. Aquellos que quieren ser verdaderamente libres (no religiosamente esclavos). Dios nos ama, y porque nos ama, pone una saludable demanda que requiere un simple acto de fe.El bendito perdón.Aunque no nos guste, es la llave exclusiva que nos brinda el poder para ser libres y la herramienta que nos permiten libertar a otros. La cláusula no negociable en el Reino de la Gracia. Ajústate los pantalones y atrévete a ser libre.Porque si perdonan a otros sus…
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    Something More - TRAILHEAD

  • Youth Q&A

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    "Lying Friend" Here is a GREAT question that I received from  Anonymous: My friend has lied to us for a long time & I told her that I was through with all of it... but I don't know if I should forgive her or not.  What should I do? Know why this is a great question? Because in some form or fashion, this is something that people of all ages have to face at some point or another- even adults.  Click Here for Full Youth Q&A
  • Devotion

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Don't Lie to Me Hello- my name is Cassie- and I am a liar.  Allow me to explain: I do not lie to other people (at least I try my very best not to).  I hold truthfulness in extremely high regards and give my best efforts to personally live out that standard... with others. Deep down though, if I really decide to "tell it like it is" then I am, indeed, a liar and constantly trying to deceive- MYSELF.   Click Here for Full Devotion
  • Devotion

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Family Ties Did you know that not every woman likes their mother-in-law?  WHAT?!!?!?!?! As shocking as it is- it's true! Many mother and daughters-in-law  fuss, fight, and argue constantly! I'm sure within different families there are tons of various reasons why this might be the case, and unfortunately the finger- pointed in blame- would be aimed in many different directions.  Family ties are not that easy to maintain when people do not see eye-to-eye. Thankfully, I happen to love my mother-in-law and have a great relationship with her... so the story of…
  • Poetry

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Daily Meditation Stop and Relax...Take a deep breath...and let the Spirit take hold.Be aware of yourself and your beating heart;let God restore rest  to your soul.  Click Here For Full Poem
  • Devotion

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    What Kind of Example Are You? Not everyone has had the privilege of experiencing the many joys and frustrations of growing up with an older sibling. If you did, however, then you probably- at some point or another- were told to  follow their example.  {Or perhaps, not to}. Many younger siblings look up to their older brother/sister and want to be just like them, doing everything they do.  Click Here for Full Devotion
 
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